I do not say that Nitric acid will cure cases of cancer of rectum. But, in view of two or three of some of my recent cases, it offers good possibilities and especially so when used in conjunction with other remedies that are indicated on the basis of the individual’s symptoms.
This is one of the most wretched diseases known to mankind and one that we meet far too often in our practice. It is very sneaking and can often go unnoticed, even in a case of constipation, rectal pain, haemorrhoids, diarrhea, or unaccounted for haemorrhages. Surgery is always too late for cancer. If I suspect in the least that one such case is in the making, I refer it to a proctologist immediately.
The description of the growth often helps to select the remedy. For instance, in one case it represented finger-like bleeding excrescences almost obstructing the rectum. Nitric acid suited this condition, as well as the general demeanor of the patient. Case is doing nicely with an occasional dose of intercurrent Sepia and looks better, feels better. No colostomy as yet three months after the proctologist recommended it.
Another case: A man already had had his colostomy, was in excruciating pain, metastasis had already spread to the prostate. Thuja helped this case after Nitric acid. Six months after surgery the patient was referred to the original surgeon for a check up and he actually found the opening from the colostomy to the rectum more patent. Yet he refused to budge from his stand that the patient cannot get well.
Well, who knows, maybe he won’t. The patient thus far is free from pain in the rectum and is passing material from the lower rectal segment. That is a help. At least we are trying to do something for this poor man. That is more than the surgeon did who pinned a fatal prognosis on him and did nothing more after surgery.
DR. ANTHONY SHUPIS (Waterbury, Conn.): Mr. Chairman, I should like to ask Dr. Bond, when he gets a specialist in on these surgical conditions what is his procedure and what, in his practice or in anybody else’s practice, is the advantage or disadvantage of non-operative or operative procedure in pelvic abscesses, in which I am particularly interested, and usually those based on gonorrheal background.
DR. WILBUR K BOND. (Greensfork, Ind.): Doctor, I think the unfortunate thing about Homoeopathy is that a lot of the cases are so stormy we don’t get them. They get excited and go off to somebody else before they come to the homoeopath’s office. I have had no experience with pelvic abscesses, but I can see that it certainly would be worth while to prescribe our wonderful remedies such as Hepar or Mercury, and then, if they have to be drained off, they can be opened. That is another nice thing about Homoeopathy: support of surgery. As I said in my paper at Chattanooga, they go on much better and to a finer recovery.
In every one of my cases where I treated the patients homoeopathically and they went to surgery, the local surgeons all commented on how quickly they got out of the hospital, but that never led them in the least to investigate the reason. I don’t know why they take that very passive attitude, especially if they are actually interested in their patients. I don’t know why they are so passive toward what we have done. If another man has something better than I have, I will go to any end to hunt him up. I have traveled clear across the country because I have heard that a man has had something I was interested in. I think each of us should have the good of his patients at heart, and if someone else has something we don’t have, we should be broadminded about it and go to investigate it and use it if we can, and, if we can’t use it, all right, throw it out.
DR. SHUPIS: I am interested in cases of pelvic abscesses where nature walls off the abscesses and establishes a sinus, say, in the vagina, and the cases automatically drain that way every time they kick up. I happened to have one such case and, speaking from a knowledge of the case, when I first started practice and took up Homoeopathy, this patient, under the influence of the remedy or just naturally used to drain through the vagina. She had an abscess not due to gonorrhea, but she had had a conization of the cervix for cervical erosion, and secondarily developed the pelvic abscess. I couldn’t do anything with the remedy. Then her hair began to fall out, and then she got scared, and went to a surgeon, and he operated on her three times, and finally he thought he got out all the abscess, and she hasn’t been troubled since but I wonder.
That is only a single instance, and I should like to know if anyone here has had experience.
DR. BOND: Medorrhinum is on my slate.
DR. SHUPIS: I talked with Dr. Griggs about it, and he said no matter what remedy you use, you eventually have to use surgery. He said eventually they all come to surgery.
DR. VIRGINIA JOHNSON (Chicago, Ill.): I would suggest Medorrhinum and Tuberculinum, especially, and then tissue remedies in the lower and higher potencies, but the high potencies last longer.
I have had the experience of clearing them up without surgery.
DR. F.K. BELLOKOSSY (Denver, Col.): They come to surgery if you don’t find the right remedy. If you find the right remedy, there is no surgery. The patient’s hair fell out. That doesnt mean because she had an abscess. It may be you gave the wrong remedy. If you give Phosphorus when you should not, the hair will come out in bunches.
I have a case of fistula; the man is sixty-six years old. He has had that fistula for fifty years and never wanted to have an operation and now I have cured him of it without any surgery. He was afraid of surgery and he didn’t have to have it. So they can all be cured with a good homoeopathic remedy, but it is very difficult to find the right one.
The surgeons very often make a colostomy when it is not necessary, when they make a premature diagnosis of cancer, where there is no cancer, and they make a colostomy, and the patient doesnt die, and they think in about six months or a year he will die, but he doesnt, and then he comes out and he has really no cancer. In such cases surely Homoeopathy is wonderful.
DR. JAMES STEVENSON (New York, New York): I wonder if Dr. Bond routinely uses Carcinosin or uses a lot of Cadmium, as Dr. Grimmer does, and also what potency he uses when he repeats, and what his indications are for surgery after treating a cancer patient. Also I should like to know what number of five-year cures he has had, say, in the last ten years of practice.
DR. BOND: Carcinosin has been a very splendid remedy in my hands, especially where there has been a hereditary history of cancer. That is the only case in which I use it, and then high in the 50,000th potency, and I have had brilliant results in cancer and other diseases where the indicated remedy seemed not to do anything.
Now, as to the indications, finally, for surgery that I use if the case fails to respond to remedies and still suffers a lot. I let her have her choice of surgery, and that is in perhaps three months’ or six months’ time, depending on how much the patient can take in the way of suffering. Each case is a law unto itself.
Speaking of Cadmium, I, too, have found it a very wonderful cancer remedy, especially Cadmium iodide, Cadmium metallicum, Cadmium sulphate Cadmium phosphate. With last you have to prescribe on the indications of the Cadmium and Phosphorus and sort of piece your case together to see how you can get your prescription out of it.
So far as the cures are concerned, I didn’t come here with any data on that.
DR.STEVENSON: I wondered if you could give a rough idea.
DR. BOND: I couldn’t even do that, but I have a lot of cases alive, well, and doing housework after ten years.
DR. STEVENSON: Really? What about the potency?
DR. BOND: The potency is the one thousandth. I start with that and work up to the CM in most of the remedies.
DR. STEVENSON: Do you find you have to repeat more often than usual?
DR. BOND: Well, yes, I do. In very severe cases I think you have to watch them, because I believe almost a hopeless or “turned” case relapses, a permanent case relapses into a bad state, and you have to be ready to meet that with either a new prescription or another dose of the same remedy. Sometimes I like to give the low potency three times a day for quite a while.
DR. STEVENSON: How low?
DR. BOND: 3x or 6x.
DR. STEVENSON: I read in an article by Dr. Jackson in an old RECORDER that low remedies seemed to help and high remedies caused fatal aggravations.
DR. BOND: You have to try your patient out. In some cases I rapidly had to go to CM, to save the life. If I played along with 3x or 6x, I would have gotten nowhere. I have one such case of cancer of the breast, really cancer, both breasts, worse on the left side; however, this woman is one of the ten-year cases alive and well. She looks well, has retained her normal weight, and has kept doing her housework, and takes care of an invalid mother-in- law, and I think that is something! She had one of the worst cancers I have ever seen. It was one of the kind where the nipple was defaced and deformed and retracted, and it was all incorporated in one mass of scar and adhesions and glands, even up into the root of her neck and down into her arm.
The scar over the armpit was so hard it was pulling her arm down, and the other breast was involved, full of lumps, and at times it would bleed and pain her terribly. Many, many remedies had been used on herD Lachesis being one and, finally, the case got so bad that it looked like Silicea, but Silicea never did anything. That was one of the last remedies I gave her, and I gave her the CM after she had been through all the other potencies, but I never could get much help out of Silicea.
Finally, in desperation, I took her to Dr. Holcombe, of Kokomo, and he looked at it and said it was Carbo animalis, one of Dr. Griggs’ old remedies, and here is the prescription he gave her; Carbo animalis, one thousandth potency, morning and night, for five doses, and then he said, “Silicea does seem to be indicated, an earmark, scar contractions, hardness. It is all right to give her Silicea 6X, three times, every three hours.” She has done amazingly well on that.
She is better than she was three months ago, when she was biting her finger-nails with pain, and she hasn’t had any more pain since. The glands are going down in the neck.
In cancer we have to be heroic and we can’t be afraid to use our tools.
DR. STEVENSON: How do you feel about biopsy spreading cancer?
DR. BOND: I would never do a biopsy upon cancer patients, and I never would operate on these cases. They have their cancers and live longer without surgery.
DR. STEVENSON: Don’t the surgeons try to talk you into biopsy?
DR. BOND: They would if I let them; but surgeons don’t come into my cases very often in cancer unless the patient takes it on his own or her own to consult somebody. I usually find this: If they want surgery in the first place, they won’t rest unless they do get it.
DR. A. C. NEISWANDER: Have you had any experience with surgery, x-rays and the hormone therapy? Have you ever tried to treat any in the breast, particularly, that way?
DR. BOND: You have to carry on the best you can, even though they are messed up. In a great many cases, if they can get some action, in spite of all the things they have had for instance, if they had had x-ray treatment just start out with a high potency of x-ray to antidote the x-ray.
DR. SUTHERLAND: It does, too.
DR. BOND: Fifty thousandth potency, and then your field is cleared and you can go ahead with remedies. If it is a desperate case, I wait a week or ten days.
DR. NEISWANDER: Do you try to antidote the hormone therapy?
DR. BOND: If I can find out the particular hormone they have been abusing, or the particular hormone that has been abusing them, I get it. We inveigle the original doctor some way and we got a sample of it. We don’t know the name of it. Roger Ehrhart potentizes it for us. I have Theelin and a number of those drugs in my office. Allopathic drugs, all run up to the 50M, even Nature’s Remedy, and all those things are potentized, and I have Oxythine, and Milk of Magnesia.
DR. SHUPIS: Now, I don’t like to prolong this, but the late Dr. Hayes had some of these cases, and I inherited several of his cases of carcinoma of the breast and he had them over ten years on homoeopathic remedies, and there are two that are alive today, and one patient that he had died after eleven years, who was well enough so that she wanted to play golf in her last year. I also had a case, a Grade 3 carcinoma of the caecum, with obstructing symptoms, and the surgeon took out the mass, and the prognosis was very poor.
I had Dr. Sosnitz, in New York, run it through his little machine and he gave a very grave prognosis on the case. She was a farmer and she got out and worked in the fields and got a rupture in the incision. She came in to see me about a month ago. Incidentally, Dr. Sosnitz said she had carcinoma of the right breast, but I didn’t feel anything and neither did the surgeon, but she came in with what looked like an angry breast. I would suspect a carcinoma with metastases.
She said she didn’t want any surgery, and I gave her Rheum and I gave her Cadmium 200., and it cleared up in a week.
DR. R. S. FARIS: (Richmond, Va.): I want to commend Dr. Bond upon his use of specialists in special cases. He spoke about one patient with pain in the back. In a case of that kind I think very often it is wise to refer them to an osteopath. If you know your osteopath, that is all right,because there are times when osteopathy comes in handy.
When I first started practicing I was fortunate, I believe, in having rather close contact with an osteopath, who is also a surgeon, and I was his anaesthetist and did his laboratory work for him, and saw him give lots of osteopathic treatments. He later asked me to give the treatment. Of course, I had the anatomy from my own medical training, but he taught me the manipulation, and it has been of wonderful value.
There was a man who came to see me who was a sergeant in the army. He was being transferred from some point in Ohio to Richmond, and he was driving through in his car and in the early evening he got a little sleepy, and when he woke up, he was down in the ditch with three broken ribs and his car smashed to pieces. They took him to the little hospital in Amherst, Virginia. He was there two months and, as soon as he could leave, he was taken to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, and there he had dozens of x-rays.
It was about two years after this accident when I saw him for the first time, and when he came in, he told me the only way he could get out of bed in the morning was slowly to go over on his stomach and then twist himself around so his knees and legs would drop off the bed, with his arms still resting on the bed and then he could push himself up, resting on his knees, and from there gradually get into an erect position. He complained of pain about the mid-dorsal region and this homoeopathic general practitioner began going up and down his back a little, rather intelligently, and there were evidently two slips there, close together, and I was lucky enough to get two lovely “pops” that we like to hear, when the bones go back into place.
After the treatment, I told him to come back in two days for another treatment, and he did. He came in and informed me that for the first time in some months he had been getting out of bed in the last two days in the manner he ought to, the way he normally and formerly did, and I gave him a slight treatment.
Those two bones had been out of place for two years, and he had been through his own specialist and Walter Reed, and all that sort of truck, and his back still hurt, but the one osteopathic treatment put the spine in shape and the pain left him, and that was what was hurting him.
Now, lots of bone specialists won’t recognize that, and they will let a patient go on and maybe offer to operate and take out the bone, but that is not necessary.
That reminds me of another case. The first man was cured so far as pain in his back was concerned. He went around normally. The other one I happened to think of had a lumbosacral slip, and he worked in a tobacco factory, and he had reported down to the factory hospital. The doctor in charge finally told him the one thing to do was to operate, that they would have to take a piece of bone out of his shin, and cut a groove in the side of the spinal column and insert this piece of shin bone so as to immobilize the lower part of the back.
Well, that didn’t appeal very much to the patient. He had a simple lumbosacral slip, and one treatment put that back in place and knocked the surgeons out of a beautiful operation, because with the bones in line, the trouble was gone no more pain. So, an osteopath and I am not one can often pick up things of that sort which some of our celebrated bone specialists pass over.