There appears to be a steady increase of allergies in children. This is shown mostly by eczema in small babies and later, after a year or two, or even before, by asthma. I do not know now other parts of the country are, we certainly have a great deal of asthma in children in Southern California, and it appears to be markedly on the increase. What is the increase. What is the reason for this increase in allergic conditions? It is because we are more proficient in diagnosing such conditions or are there real reasons for these annoying and troublesome manifestations?
Do you suppose the almost universal use of all of the inoculations of babies from six months on into adult life may help to cause these conditions? Personally, I feel certain that this is having its effect even though it does not show up at times until the second or third generation. Also he over use of the powerful drugs of today as penicillin, streptomycin, aureomycin, sulfa drugs and the various new allergy drugs cannot help but change the human economy. I feel satisfied that all these tend to increase tends to overcome future troubles and ailments instead of producing them.
Most of these cases are sensitive to all kinds of things; as food, pollens, certain wearing apparel, etc. Babies are probably most often sensitive to milk, eggs, wheat and orange juice.
I do not believe that there is any doubt but that allergies are transmitted from one generation to another. I have seen if often in my own practise, an allergic mother, some of her children, or all of them will also be allergic. I had one family who had asthma for three generations.
The most common allergic manifestations, eczema, asthma hayfever and urticaria, are certainly on the increase, at least in Southern California, and there must be reasons for it. The hayfever and asthma sufferers of Southern Californian, due to pollens, usually enjoy these conditions more or less the entire year as we always have numerous pollens, although these cases are usually aggravated at certain times when the pollens that they are particularly sensitive to are more prevalent.
However, there are cases of hayfever and asthma that are relieved for a number of years on coming to California. If these patients have the proper homoeopathic treatment, then it may never recur. Babies and small childrens eczema and asthma are usually due to food, although if not cured, they later develop sensitiveness to various pollens and other things.
Has Homoeopathic anything to offer in these cases? The members of this Society know, and I know, that Homoeopathy is probably the only system that does really cure these patients and prevents them from having a life of half invalidism and suffering.
It is slow process in curing these cases and usually takes at least one to five years. Occasionally we get a case that responds quickly but that is far from the rule. In my early years of practise, I expected to cure these cases quickly but I find that it is seldom done. It is seldom that one remedy will cure these cases but usually takes a series of remedies. Of late years, I tell patients when they bring their asthmatic children to me, that I am sure that I can help them and probably cure them, but that it will take a long time to do so.
I tell them that unless they are willing to give me plenty of time, that it is useless to start at they will only be wasting their money and my time. There are plenty of discouragements in handling these cases but if we have the perseverance and patience we will succeed with good homoeopathic prescribing. It is certainly a great satisfaction to be able to cure these young patients and save them from untold suffering and loss of time in the years to come.