LIFE is the result of the incessant action of an invisible, immaterial, essential, and dynamic principle, of which the regularity and harmony of the functions constitute health, while their derangement and discord constitute disease.”.
This definition necessarily implies that if this functional harmony does not exist, in either its organic or spiritual relations, we must have discord. To me, the is law appears almost universal. In towns from 1000 to 100,000 or more inhabitants, and in such a city as Bogota, where I live, which has 140,000, I have investigated the state of health of many undoubtedly robust persons with the general result that they did not feel quite well; one had a headache, another indigestion, chills, remittent pains, etc.; apart, of course, from mental complaints of melancholy, forgetfulness, and hypochondria; all of which investigations prove my proposition.
A rule of teaches us to infer the unknown from the known;. analogy, given the condition of a people living in certain climates and hygienic surroundings, we may infer the conditions of other peoples in the same circumstances, or as we may infer that pathological causes are more prolific in the city than in the country with its purer air, water, and food. What conclusions can be drawn from these observations? Simply, that mankind, as a body, is physically and mentally diseased, although a good external appearance may indicate perfect health, just as happens with fruits of good color, the interior of which is unsound.
In man, the two forces of conservation and destruction, health, and disease, are in ceaseless warfare, the end of which is death. The pathological state, whether latent or active, moral or physical, is a natural one.
Can the provings of medicines be obtained on a healthy person, since we have demonstrated that disease is inherent in life itself, and that the very word life is relative to death, or merely a synonym for the constant transformation of matter?.
Most probably until now, medicines have had to be proved on diseased persons, and the pathogenesis have not been obtained from healthy ones, consequently the diseased state produced was not artificial but rather a union with an organic pathological state.
Moreover, account must be taken of the purity or impurity of water, and the chemical atmospheric gents that may have an influence in producing new, or modifying old symptoms, and we must especially consider the individual temperament, the climate, customs, etc. How, therefore, shall we distinguish natural from induced disease, and how shall we obtain an absolutely pure drug in every sense of the word?.
If two symptomatologies are recorded, one before, the other after taking the drug, the result will be particularized so as to destroy any general pathogenesis.
In the Organon of the immortal Hahnemann occurs this statement, “Only by means of repeatedly verified observations on a great number of individuals of both sexes suitably selected, can we arrive at a knowledge of the ensemble of morbid conditions which a drug is able to produce; that is to say, successive provings must give nearly identical results.” This rule is very important, because it necessitates accuracy as to the symptoms produced by a medicinal agent or a to the power of a drug to alter and modify health.
The microscope has shown us that earth, air, light, and was and even stones contain innumerable animalcule, which chemistry can reduce to the original elements of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. how shall we know for certain, when we administer a drug, that it is this drug which has produced the cure,. and not the chemical atoms which the drug contains? aLl that we are sure of is that the drug was not absolutely pure; hence we may conclude: That ideal health does not exist, and that provings do not constitute law; that drugs cannot to prepared pure, and that pathogenesis cannot be generalized.
The vehicles for preparing Homoeopathic drugs are alcohol, sugar of milk, starch, etc., because they are considered inert, but as we have shown that they contain, or themselves may be, medicinal substances, they cease to be inert and innocent to the economy, and for that reason they cannot serve as vehicles for pharmaceutical preparations.
According to the definition of physics inertia is a purely negative property, that is to say it does not exist. Inertia is, in a certain sense, activity, hence any combination, however weak, develops a new body with a greater or less amount of released electricity, as, for example, the formation of a neutral salt by the union of sulphuric acid and an alkali. It has been likewise proved that each one of them is complex, although in an infinitesimal proportion; therefore, each molecule is an example of polypharmacy, since each, however small, is divisible into its elements which goes to prove that there cannot be inert or innocent substances.
If, in spite of all these obstacles, Homoeopathy cures with such brilliant and surprising results, its triumphs will be greater when these defects are overcome. It will be immense advantage toward this end to publish a Homoeopathic dictionary, well illustrated in the botanical and anatomical sections, and in at least four languages, English, German, French, and Spanish.
In conclusion we may state:.
1. That man’s natural condition is that of disease.
2. The word health is relative to the greater or less degree of disease.
3. An absolute proving is impossible where health is only relative.
4. Generalized pathogenesis are inaccurate.
5. Drugs are never absolutely pure, and this prevents certainty in efforts.
6. Nevertheless, Homoeopathy, the law of similars, is the only science which, by reason of its exact data, gives us more accurate results than the systems opposed to it have been able to obtain.
President Mitchell announced that the Section in Rhinology and Laryngology, and the Section in Paedology would hold their sessions at once. He then declared the World’s Congress of Homoeopathic Physicians and Surgeons adjourned sine die.
WESLEY A. DUNN, M.D.,.