In presenting this paper the first thought in mind is an earnest belief that most homoeopathic physicians recognize the fact that the majority of surgical conditions are preventable if the patient can be seen before the stage of gross pathology.
It is now generally accepted that homoeopathic remedies act through the defense mechanism of the body. The action of highly potentized remedies is psychogenetic, while crude drugs are physiological. ALL drugs that have a physiological effect depress the defense mechanism.
It is well to consider here the statement of Dr. Alexis Carrel, for thirty years and until 1939 Conductor of Research in the Rockefeller Institute, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Surgery in 1921. In his book, Man, The Unknown, he said:.
Man is an indivisible whole of extreme complexity. No simple representation of him can be obtained. (p.2). He is the chemical substances constituting the tissues and humors of the body. He is the compound of tissues and consciousness that hygienists and educators endeavor to lead to its optimum development while it extends into time. (p.3.).
Further on Dr. Carrel says:.
Man cannot be separated into parts. He would cease to exist if his organs were isolated from one another. (p.44). And it is impossible for a specialist, actively engaged in the pursuit of his own task, to understand the human being as a whole. (p.45.) Still more harm is caused by the extreme specialization of the physicians. Medicine has separated the sick human being into small fragments, and each fragment has its specialist. When a specialist, from the beginning of his career, confines himself to a minute part of the body, his knowledge of the rest is so rudimentary that he is incapable of thoroughly understanding even that part in which he specializes. The more eminent the specialist, the more dangerous he is. (p.46.).
DEFENSE MECHANISM OF THE BODY.
This brings us to the subject of the defense mechanism of the body. In our present understanding it consists of the autonomic nervous system, reticulo-endothelial system, blood plasma, leucocytes (especially polymorphonuclear), monocytes, sensorium commune, diencephalon, thalamus and hypothalamus.
Dr. Carrel makes interesting comment in Man, The Unknown, as follows:.
There is not a shadow of a doubt that mechanical, physical, and chemical sciences are incapable of giving us intelligence, moral discipline, health, nervous equilibrium, security, and peace. Our curiosity must turn aside from its present path, and take another direction. It must leave the physical and physiological in order to follow the mental and the spiritual. (p.43.).
We can readily see embodied in this last sentence the essentials of drug provings originated by Samuel Hahnemann, and that these highly diluted remedies administered to the healthy individual for their action through the defense mechanism is proven by the symptoms produced as their effect is made known on the intelligence, moral discipline, and the nervous equilibrium.
Again, we KNOW that the highly diluted homoeopathic remedies affect the autonomic nervous system because it is through the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine glands that there become manifest the symptoms of fear, anger, shame, suicidal tendency, and the modification of cutaneous circulation.
The above commentary and quotations bring us to the subject of this paper.
SURGERY VS. Similia.
Surgery has never cured disease, yet it is essential often as a means for the preservation of life. Crude drugs and physical therapy are often of value as palliatives. Potentized remedies, applied according to the Law of the Similars, cure.