In the realm of mental healing homoeopathy excels all other known methods. This statement is necessarily true because it is impossible to divorce mental states from physical conditions; both are expression of the whole being or patient.
The homoeopathic approach to mental states of sickness is complete in its comprehensiveness, embracing not only mental,moral ,emotional and physical disturbances of the patient, but including his inherited background in the study also.
Hahnemann was the first to stress the importance of mental symptoms and states in all sickness, either mental or physical, as well as to use them for the selection of the indicated remedy; and a century and a half of homoeopathic applications and trial by him and his disciples have confirmed the truth of the observations.
Only in comparatively recent years has psychiatry been of any interest to the ranks of traditional medicine and even now it is relegated to a circle of one of the specialties. This group, however, is slowly coming around to the homoeopathic concept of sickness, recognizing the fact that mental disease is invariably associated with physical changes in physiology if not in abnormal anatomical changes of the body. Because mental distress is so intimately merged with physical states and conditions, it explains the reason for so many brilliant cures of obstinate forms of mental ailments by homoeopathy.
Hahnemann was one of the first to insist upon humane treatment for the insane. Where they were formerly restrained by; chains and in dungeons, he introduced methods of sunshine and healthy normal surroundings for the mentally sick.
He urged they be treated as normal people, thus dispelling all impressions of abnormality, also to surround them as far as possible with a healthy, useful environment. Thus he was one of the first to recognize the chemical changes which takes place in the blood stream under the influence of emotional and mental disturbances.
Because of such reactions it is apparent that the victims of mental disorders present the so-called vicious circle in medicine more marked than can be found under any other type of illness.
As physicians, most of us pay too little attention to mental and emotional symptoms as being great disturbing factors in the economy of the patient. We may prescribe the correct remedy, the proper diet, right hygiene and sanitation, bathing, sunshine, fresh air, regulated exercise, sufficient rest, etc., and still fail to cure some obstinate mental cases until we can teach them some semblance of mental control, called by psychiatrists mental hygiene.
By means of suggested methods we may help these people to control impulses of anger and hate and envy and fear, which well up and overwhelm them on the least provocation or from the least irritating instance. Of course, all irritating or exciting things and circumstances must be avoided as far as is possible until a more healthy, stable nerve habit can be established by the curative remedy plus all the aforementioned essential of treatment.
The proving of the homoeopathic materia present a complete array of mental symptoms and states corresponding to the picture of any mental aberration to be found in the realm of sickness, and because of this fact, the homoeopathic physician is better equipped than any other to cope successfully with all varieties of mental disorder. Also, his concept of sickness and his recognition of the close relationship of mental and physical illness which, taken as a whole , constitutes the patient, enhance the homoeopaths chance of cure in mental disease.
Some interesting observation of certain definite mental symptoms corresponding to certain definite diseases have been noted.
The often remarked cheerfulness and optimism associated with cases of pulmonary consumption is one, the over whelming fear and anxiety found in serious heart conditions also may be mentioned, and the nervous fears and unreasoning premonitions manifested in typical cases of neurasthenic is still another instance. All these may be termed characteristic diagnostic symptoms of diseases states. Such symptoms, even though they be mental, are not as valuable for prescribing purpose as are other more specific mental symptoms. They stand out as indicators of board general states and are valuable to than extent.
Kent, in his lectures on homoeopathic philosophy, makes some fine distinctions and grades in mental diseases. He regards an insanity of the will, that division of the mind relating to the love and desire nature, as being the most difficult to control or cure. Aur. met. is cited as the remedy most typical as an expression of such a state because of Aurums well known tendency to suicide in its profound mental depression.
The desire to live being the deepest rooted instinct in all animal creation, when that desire no; longer dominates the being, there is profound perversion in the deepest centers of consciousness and life. Perversion of the rational mind are graded next in importance and power. Delusions, illusions and impaired reasoning are states more amenable to cure and the Argentums, or silver remedies, are mentioned as typifying those states. Where the brain cells and centers are disturbed by toxic causes, remedies like Stramonium and the snake poisons are corresponding agents that may be needed.
Aberrations and disturbance of the memory, being less severe manifestations of mental disease, are related to the cortex of the mind. These memory disturbances are found along with declining physical conditions, the approach of old age being the most common instance in memory weakening, though there are temporary periods during the course of acute disease when these manifestations appear. For the most part these are more readily curable.
The suppression of deep physical constitutional manifestations often ultimate in mental abnormalities. Such apprehensions often follow palliative drugs and external applications of powerful salves and rays, such as ultra violet, x-rays, radium emanations in excessive dosage, together with a coal tar drug, and the constant injections of vaccines and serums both for treatment and prophylaxis. In some cases we may see natural methods of building up body resistance with increase of food,rest, fresh air and sunshine.
Dr. Kent mentions the fact that may tubercular patients cured by the natural method years later became insane. Such cases undoubtedly built up an increases of vital resistance without antidoting and overcoming the chronic toxins engendered by the evolution of the chronic disease which went on form less to more vital center of the economy to ultimate in some form of mental disease.
We are told by unquestioned authorities that no human beings escapes the tubercular infection, but that only ten out of a hundred die of tuberculosis; but every homoeopath knows that cancer, epilepsy and many forms of obscure mental disease occur in association with, or in sequence of tuberculosis in the individual or his family. Only protracted, painstaking, correct homoeopathic treatment can eradicate the deep seated, chronic, inherited soil conditions upon which these obstinate diseases grow and flourish.
To the nation, the rapid increase of mental disease is one of the outstanding problems, socially and economically, of the present time, and only some modified form of applied eugenics together with a widespread homoeopathic treatment of superior quality can solve that problem successfully.
Sanitation, hygiene, scientifically proper diet, fresh air, sunshine, regulated exercise and adequate rest will do much to improve health and modify disease, but only the magic power of the homoeopathic remedy can eradicate inherited dyscrasias flowing down through the generations. To the individual and his family no more pathetic or tragic misfortune can be envisioned than the wreck of the mind, whose handmaidens are sorrow and improvement.
Routine methods employed by the dominant school have proven dismal failures in restoring the majority of these unfortunates. High grade homoeopathic prescribing would restore at least 80 percent of the inmates of our insane asylums to a state of health and well being, thereby bringing joy to thousands with an enormous saving of the taxpayers money. Nothing in the annals of medicine ever accomplished such cures in mental disease as has homoeopathy.
No force in the world today holds so much of weal or woe, of wealth or poverty for humanity as the Hahnemannian doctrine. These beneficent doctrines have stood the acid test of ad century and half of malicious oppositions from a heartless, selfish, commercialized majority. And inspite of bigotry and unscrupulous misrepresentation it has continued to exist and grow, performing its miracles of cure and bringing joy to unnumbered thousands.
As time moves on, and true science expands its vision, the homoeopathic law with its with is developed philosophy will be increasingly recognized and used in ever widening circles to aid in the regeneration of mankind.
In that new days, a grateful world will place the hallowed name of Samuel Hahnemann on the highest pinnacles of everlasting fame, and hail his matchless discovery of the Law of Similars as a merciful manifestation of providential goodness to restore the weak, the halt and the blind, to a state of health and harmonious order.
DR. PARKIN : I have been familiar with the care and treatment of the insane for quite a long time. I was in the State Hospital at Patton be homoeopathic, but homoeopathy was not given really a fair trail in the State Hospital at Patton. I am sure of that. When I was in that institution they had between 1,000 and 3,000 patients, and there were only six, I believe, so it was a very difficult matter to prescribe homoeopathically.
Then we got mostly those cases that were pretty well advanced.
They were cases that had become so far disordered in their minds as to be a menace to health, person and property, and were therefore adjudicated insane and committed to the institution. The cases that are more amenable to treatment seldom come under our case.
I do know that what Dr. Grimmer just said is true, and I would emphasize the remark he made, that it is only high-grade prescribing that will bring results, and high-grade prescribing is not at all common, not only in Patton but outside.
Take a case of dementia praecox that has undergone definite deterioration; I dont feel at all optimistic about getting results with homoeopathic remedies or in any other way, and I dont know of any other method o;f successfully treating mental disease by the use of the homoeopathic remedy.
I feel absolutely hopeless in treating a case of general paresis with a homoeopathic remedy. I may be voicing my own inability in the matter. I am frank to admit I have never been successful treatment than the so-called constitutional or degenerative psychosis, like the various groups under the heading of dementia praecox,. They do respond to careful prescribing.
When you are dealing with a case of dementia praecox, where the fundamental mechanisms of the mind are involved, where the will, the emotions and the intellect have become weakened themselves and among themselves, so that you get what is sometimes termed intrapsychic ataxia, the problem of finding the remedy is just to much for the ordinary, everyday, common garden variety of homoeopathic physician, like myself. I do not say theoretically it is not so, that it isnt possible, but when I mention that it isnt done it is because I havent been able to do it, which doesnt mean very much after all.
I didnt intend to discuss the paper, but since Dr. Sherwood and Dr. Smith pushed me up in front, the blood is on their heads and not mine. I dont know that I can contribute much, except that I do endorse what Dr. Grimmer has said, with certain limitation. I think Hahnemann himself to distinguish between those conditions which are curable from those conditions which which are not curable, and thereby we save ourselves a lot of trouble.
Among the case that are well developed psychoses, I think of dementia praecox mostly and general paresis. I think they are conditions that are not susceptible to successful treatment.
Of course, you are all aware of the methods now used, shock treatments of various kinds, such as metrazol and insulin. Insulin is gradually getting shoved aside and metrazol is taking its place. The result, of course, are like the results in all these other methods of therapy that come on the stage and then blow up in a blaze of glory, and are heard no more about after a little while. I think that is what is going to happen to these present methods that are being used. There is something to the shock treatment, but you dont have to depend upon metrazol or insulin, or any of those substances. Shock does help an individual to get over a psychotic state.
If the old school will not see the light and learn something about homoeopathy, they will have to learn some more humane way of producing shock rather than by injecting metrazol or insulin, or any of those things, to produce that violent shock.
To get back to homoeopathy, I am in entire agreement with what Dr. Grimmer says, that it is the only thing I know of that it likely to get results in mental cases.
About two weeks ago a woman about forty-five or fifty developed very definite delusion that she was being put into a hypnotic state by a sort of remote control by some man she had known many years and for whom she had apparently had a great admiration. At any rate, she told me there was a great love between them, and them existed for twenty years. He visited her every night and several times during the day. She didnt mind his visiting her in spirit, and to her it was just as real as though it actually occurred physically. She didnt mind his his visits if he just would not hypnotize her and put her in a trance. Every time he visited her they had sexual relation, and to her it was just as though it actually occurred.
I dont know they that you would find that in the repertory of symptoms, but there was something on the side, a certain volubility. She just liked to talk. There was a certain suspiciousness in her attitude. I didnt know what to do. I dont know how to find the remedy in the repertory, but in the back of my noodle I had the thought that may be Lachesis would be the remedy. Mind you, I am just the common, garden variety of prescriber, and I am right about one time out of twenty, depending on whether it is my lucky day. This was my lucky day. I prescribe Lachesis and much to my surprise she got well and went home. Lachesis did the work.
I dont know what the old school has to say about it. At the sanatorium where she, was, all she got was harmless little sugar pills, and the conclusion at the sanatorium is that she got well, and would have gotten well anyway. However, I have my own opinion.
DR. STEVENS : I would just like to ask. Dr. Grimmer what success he has had in restoring memory to elderly people, and if he finds that is feasible.
DR. DIXON : We have the history of homoeopathy in public institutions dating back to the time of Talcott, I think about 1880, when he was put in charge of the Middletown institution in New York, and established a record for cure that has never been approached since. Yet in the state New York today, I think the seven state institutions are supposed to be under homoeopathic control.
Simply from the records Talcott established in Middletown back in 1800-I think I am right about the thing, but I may be wrong because I am in that state where I forget, too- the precedent established then would be an incentive for some of the homoeopathic men, who have contacts with institutions, to better study their homoeopathy, because that has been a growing record for homoeopathy for nigh on to sixty years.
DR. SHERWOOD : In your opinion, Dr. Grimmer, why is it that mental conditions and insanities are on the increase?.
DR. GRIMMER :First of all, I want to thank the gracious doctor for his comments on the paper and for his expression of faith in what he believes homoeopathy can do. Also, I want to acknowledge to him that the kind of cases he spoke of, at least if they are at all advanced, are among the incurable cases that Hahnemann tells us about.
When I spoke about curing eighty percent I should have modified it that way; at least eighty percent of those cases that had not advanced too far. When there is destruction of nerve tissue, we know there is no regeneration of the same under any condition. Only new nerves may be educated to take up the function of some of the destroyed nerve fibers.
I have seen some cases of dementia praecox cured, however. I saw one case that Dr. Kent cured. I have cured one or two myself, but very late, hard cases, where I had every opportunity over a long period of time, I did fail to cure. Those are some of the cases we cannot cure.
DR. MOORE : Did you ever see any Parkinsons cured?.
DR. GRIMMER :I have seen some early cases of Parkinsons cured.
DR. MOORE :Where there are leukaemic lesions, the pathologists say they cant be cured. There have been a number of Parkinsons cured.
DR. GRIMMER : They can be cured if you get them before too much destruction of tissue takes places.
The doctor has told me of a case I have been treating for two years. I didnt know really how bad the case was until the doctor told me some of the sidelights on it. Although he had had a negative Wassermann, Dr. Sherwood tells me that same had syphilis to his knowledge. A little over a year ago he began to have delusion of persecution, with a great deal of restlessness and unreasoning fears, and he really was in a serious way mentally. Three of us in Chicago undertook to treats his case, and eventually they left me holding the bag. I was alone on the case. He came out here on the Coast, and Dr. Sherwood shipped him back because he realized it was one of those difficult things.
However, the remedy that cured that man -I am satisfied that he had a brain lesion-was one of my newer developments, which has been used somewhat experimentally, Kali bicyanatum. That remedy in potency from 10 to 50M. has completely restored this man. He is now seeing a few of his patients at his home. I have advised him not to go back to practice too soon. He is perfectly well physically and mentally; in fact, he is in better health than he has ever been. It is one illustration of what homoeopathic remedies can do. While we could see some of the symptoms, this man had other remedies. He had Kali cyanatum and Kali bromatum for the fears, the things that were bothering him, and they helped him for a little while, but they didnt hold and he would revert to his former state.
Each relapse was worse. He is well-known young doctor in Chicago.He is well today under this new remedy and has had two doses of the 10M. and two doses of the 50M.
I dont recall that I have been able to cure any case of paresis where it was far advanced. I have helped them over a period of time, But I cant recall any real cure I have made of a paretic. The same is true with advanced locomotor ataxia. We have been able to help them and carry them along for years, and restore, functions to a large degree, but eventually they would go back.
Answering Dr. Stevens question about restoring memory in the aged, if you can help their physical well-being you will perhaps not entirely restore them, but you will markedly improve the memory. It does take time and patience, and it may take two year to get anything like definite results.