List and indication with differentiating symptoms of remedies frequently indicated in cases of Influenza…

How to Cure Influenza

THAT these epidemics will recur it is fair to assume. In the meantime the wise thing to do is to study every method to combat such a death-dealing force. It is the stern duty of every orthodox doctor, and common sense on the part of every family.

Though brevity is expected of me, I must fix the reader’s attention on to what may be expected of medicine, and this is best done by presenting some statistics, comparing the death rates of this disease in various hands. This concerns the laity more than the profession, for theirs is the risk.

(1) DR. W.A. Pearson, whom I have known well for over twenty- five years, is Dean of the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia; their hospital of 592 beds, runs up twenty storeys in the heart of that city. He has certified that he carefully collected records of 26,795 cases of epidemic ‘flu including 1918, treated by homoeopathic physicians, with the remarkably low mortality rate of practically 1 per cent, whilst for the same epidemics the Orthodox death rate was 30 per cent. I talked with Dr. Pearson in 1934 and he stated that the recurrent death rate averages still held for both schools of medicine. He further told me that many doctors, known personally to him, never lost a case, unless such had previously been “doped” with Aspirin, or such like heart-depressants before the cases were transferred to homoeopathic care.

(2) Another set of statics is to be found in the International Homoeopathic Directory for 1932, which I compiled (see page 220). This can be obtained from the publishers of this journal. These figures were collected by Dr. T.A. McCann of Dayton, Ohio, who reported same in his Presidential address before the seventy- seventh Annual Congress of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, held at Washington, D.C., June, 1921, and these figures included that most fatal epidemic year of 1918. 24,000 cases treated allopathically, that is, by orthodox men, had a fatality rate of 28.2 per cent, whereas, 26,000 cases treated by homoeopathic physicians, including the 1918 epidemic, when their death rate was 1.05 per cent (also reported in the Journal of the American Institute of Homoeopathy for October, 1921.)

(3) See Bulletin 43, Series II, for June 21st, 1934, issued by the “Bureau of Publicity” of the American Foundation of Homoeopathy, at Washington D.C., and read : “The tragic ‘flu epidemic of 1918, an aftermath of War, was for the most part fought by methods of war (Aspirin and Quinine) when in orthodox hands the death rate was roughly 48 percent and with strict homoeopathic treatment the death rate as 3.95 per thousand cases, or under four-tenths of 1 per cent.”

This death rate is substantiated by an old friend of mine from New York, a Dr. Guy Buckley Stearns, who is now Associate Professor of Materia Medica of the New York Homoeopathic Medical College, in a review of 16, 913 cases with but sixty-seven deaths, that is with homoeopathy without Aspirin.

The terrible difference shown in the death rate of the two schools of medicine must be put down to our homoeopathic medicines and to our method of selecting same. Dr. Stearns dwells on the ever-changing methods of the orthodox with their palliatives, sedatives, narcotics, fever-breakers, purgatives and alcoholic stimulants, which are one and all thoroughly harmful. Aspirin and all coal tar derivatives actually cause untold numbers of UNNECESSARY DEATHS, with Aspirin worst of all be cause it falsely beguiles by its quick relief of pain. Aspirin, whatever the advertisements say, puts a double load on the heart. It weakens the heart and all the vital forces, already taxed to the utmost by disease, and at best it lengthens the convalescence by three or four times that of the convalescence of those treated by homoeopathy.

The remedy you decide to give to-day may not be the one necessary tomorrow. The particular symptoms must be considered at every prescription, and they must match with what is known of the drug chosen. If you do select the absolute simillimum to-day such will run a remarkable recovery and perfect cure, so rapid in fact that you will get a surprise, and when observed, it is wise to stop all medicine and allow the homoeopathic stimulus to work itself out undisturbed, for Nature is an efficient worker and does not brook over-drugging. One great difference between the two schools of medicine is that orthodoxy is always flirting with the “maximum” dose which may be given without immediate destructive results, though as long as the “maximum” dose as printed in orthodox works and as allowed by their pharmacopoeia is not exceeded, a death certificate is quite “legal” and does not entail calling in a coroner. We homoeopaths can recognize many “drug-diseases” in patients which drift to us from orthodoxy. We homoeopaths always aim at giving the most minute medical stimulus, never harmful, which will arouse the vital reaction towards Natural repair, and we have a guiding rule (similia) on which to base every prescription.

Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle
BIO: Dr. Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle 1861 – 1955 was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. He served as editor of the International Homeopathic Medical Directory and Travelling Secretary to the International Homeopathic Society.