Creating Waves of Awareness
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They say homeopathy can't work, for example, simply because they can't find any mechanism to explain how it could work. That's tantamount to saying that nothing new will ever be discovered because skeptics already know everything there is to know about the way the universe works.
Vitamin E, Smoking and Health
Smokers who quit and took a specific form of vitamin E were at a 19 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than people who did not quit smoking, researchers from Ohio State University reported, but cautioned that the study is too small to prove there's a benefit.
Gamma-tocopherol, less common than the Vitamin E form alpha-tocopherol, can be found in soybean and canola oils, as well as in pistachios, cashews and peanuts, olive oil, sunflower oil, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach, carrots, avocado California. Choose the non-GMO foods.
The Power Of One
Peru and Monsanto
Iodine Deficiency Causes Breast Cancer - The Overwhelming Evidence
CHAPTER XXI LOCAL APPLICATIONS
Local applications -what visions these words being to mind! Mustard plasters, onion poultices, boneset and brine-in fact, anything in common usage that could be applied by the home nurse or procured by the most skillful physician. From time immemorial local applications have been the rule among the laity as domestic remedies and among physicians from Æsculapius down to the present day. This method of treatment was based on the teaching and general belief that if the outward manifestations were removed, the disease was cured; that the outward manifestation was the disease itself, and that the individual would be cured were the manifestation removed.
This doctrine was taught from the earliest times until Hahnemann proclaimed to the world a new doctrine, that the local manifestations were but on outward expression of the inward and spiritual force, which when disturbed expressed itself in external signs; that if these external manifestations were removed by local treatment, the disease was not cured, but driven in to some more centrally located organ, there to express itself in some graver form.
It was the custom of the older physician to use first the local applications; then if the manifestation showed itself in the internal organs, the ever-present purge was used to drive it out. It has been said that the use of the purge was the last remnant of pagan medicine, and was based on the theory that all disease was caused by a very active evil spirit.
Hahnemann's teaching in regard to local applications is very clear and distinct, and in practice has thoroughly proven its value. Organon, Par. 194:
It is neither beneficial in acute local disease of rapid growth, nor in those of long standing, to use a remedy externally as a local application to the diseased part, even if the medicines were specific and curative in that form. Acute local diseases, such as inflammations of single parts, like erysipelas, for instance, which are not produced by violent external injuries, but by dynamic or internal causes, will usually yield rapidly to internal homœopathic remedies selected from our stock of well-tested medicines.
In a recent homœopathic journal one of our distinguished English confreres advocated the use of the potency as a local applications. This method of treatment received censorious consideration from Hahnemann, in Paragraphs 196, 197 and 198 of the Organon.
It may seem as if the cure of a local disease could be accelerated, not only by internal administration, but also by external application of the correct homœopathic remedy adapted to the totally of symptoms, since the effect of a medicine, applied locally to the disease itself, might possibly produce a more rapid improvement.
But this kind of treatment is entirely objectionable, not only in local affections dependent on psora, but also in local symptoms arising from syphilis and from sycosis, because the local application of a medicine, simultaneously with its internal use, results in great disadvantages. For in disease characterized by a main symptom in the form of a permanent local affection, the latter is generally dispelled by topical applications more rapidly than the internal disease. This often leads to the deceptive impression that we have accomplished a perfect cure. At all events the premature disappearance of this local symptom renders it very difficult, and in some cases impossible to determine whether the total disease has also been exterminated by the internal remedy.
For the same reason, a medicine having the power of curing internally, should not be employed exclusively as a topical application to the local symptoms of chronic miasmatic diseases. For, if these are only topically suppressed, this partial effect will leave us in doubt regarding the action of the internal remedies, which are absolutely indispensable to the restoration of general health...
What, then, should be the attitude of the Hahnemannian in regard to local applications? Is it necessary that we leave the patient in all his discomfort in a chronic case like psoriasis and depend entirely upon the potentized remedy? Does the intense itching necessarily prove the deciding symptom in selecting the remedy? Just what is the meaning of local applications? If by local applications we mean something that will thwart the expression of the disease, this certainly should not be considered beneficial according to Hahnemann's teaching; but if we base our use of local applications upon physical principles, we may consider it. For instance, in cases of psoriasis and like disease, the scale that is thrown off by the cuticle tears the corium. This the cause of the intense itching and is purely a mechanical disturbance. This can be removed very easily and properly by olive oil, followed by a bathing of the part, for cleansing purposes. Such conditions as appear in erysipelas, where there is great tension and dryness, may be temporarily relieved without violating Hahnemannian principles by laying on for a few minutes a soft cloth which has been dipped in a normal salt solution. Such treatments are not local applications in the sense that Hahnemann referred to in his derogation of the practice.
There is another phase of local applications to be considered, those which have to do with the thermic reactions of this body. For instance, it would be very objectionable to put cold applications on a patient whose symptomatology calls for Rhus tox. It would be equally inconsistent and aggravating to put a local hot application on a Pulsatilla patient, and one should guard against using a hot water bottle at the feet of Sulphur patients. When using any adjuvants, the thermic reactions of the patient should be considered. This brings out the necessity of having a keen observation and a very thorough knowledge of the aggravations and ameliorations of our remedies, so as to avoid doing anything locally that would aggravate the general discomfort of the patient.
There is only one condition where local application of the indicated potentized remedy may be used to advantage, and that is in cases where it is impossible to administer it by mouth. This statement is based on Hahnemann's observations that mucous surfaces and denuded surfaces are receptive to the indicated remedy, but in a more limited degree than through the alimentary canal. Paragraphs 290, 291, 292:
Besides the stomach, the tongue and mouth are the parts most susceptible of medicinal impressions; but the lining membrane of the nose possesses this susceptibility in a high degree. Also the rectum, genitals, and all sensitive organs of our body are almost equally susceptible of medicinal effects. For this reason, parts denuded of cuticle, wounded and ulcerated surfaces, will allow the effects of medicines to penetrate quite as readily as if they had been administered by the mouth, and therefore olfaction or inhalation must be still more efficacious.
Parts of the body deprived of their natural sense, e. g. in the absence of the sense of taste or smell, the tongue, palate, and nose will impart impressions made primarily on these organs, with a considerable degree of perfection to all other organs of the body.
Also the external surface of the body, covered by the cutis and cuticle,, is capable of receiving the action particularly of liquid medicines; and the most sensitive parts of the surface are, at the same time, the most susceptible.
This is a subject which has not been made clear to many homœopathic physicians, and many well-meaning practitioners have resorted to external measures; but there is no wavering in Hahnemann's own teaching.
There are many things in common use by physician in general whose ultimate results need to be carefully considered by the careful physician. These methods are not confined to physicians of the regular school, but are also used by many physicians who are devoting themselves to specialities. First among these methods which are objectionable from the Hahnemannian point of view and which cause trouble for a large number of patients is the indiscriminate and persistent use of astringent sprays, which are usually permeated with medicinal ingredients. This is particularly true of nasal sprays and douches, and their action is suppressive of the natural discharges of the body whenever such treatment is used, and so clogs and shuts off the natural outlets of the sinuses in the nose and face. When the natural discharges are once suppressed and shut in, we have the ideal circumstances for abscess formation, for we have heat, moisture and bacilli. No better field can be devised, not even the incubating ovens of the laboratories.
All unnatural nose and throat discharges should be met by the simillimum for each individual case, and it is never safe to resort to, or permit the patients to use, local means to stay the flood of discharges from the nose and throat. It is much better to let them run their course without medicine than to use the slightest means to lock the natural outlets. The satisfaction and reward that the Hahnemannian homœopath has in abiding by this rule, and staying with his patients in these aggravating conditions, and seeing them recover rapidly and painlessly in the natural order of sequence, is worth all the pains and care that are expended.
I have been in practice for nearly forty years, all of the time in New England where sinus trouble is rampant, and I have never yet had a case of sinus infection develop in my own practice. I have received many from other physicians, but have never seen one develop in a patient who has been treated with the indicated remedy.
Another field where much harm is done is in gynecological work. Leucorrhœal discharges are exceedingly troublesome to many patient, and astringent douches are frequently ordered by specialists in this field. Lotions and astringent douches can and do suppress the quantity of these secretions, often times changing their character entirely. This treatment appeals to the patient because it speedily reduces the offensiveness of the symptoms. The temptation would be to do this very thing, if we did not know the fundamental law that vital energy will express itself, and in the kindliest way to the future health of the patient; when we attempt to alter by physiological means, we are bound to disturb that vital force and cause it to express itself in some other channel than that which nature chooses.
Among this same line is the promiscuous use of local applications, deodorants to suppress or change the character of perspiration. This is exceedingly objectionable, because it leaves pent up in the system that which is poisonous and injurious to the health of the individual. This condition is not often observed by the doctor unless he by chance runs across it, or is on the alter for such suppression.
In the indiscriminate use of surgery, the habit of painting the patient with iodine is objectionable from two points-that of the absorption of the drug, and from the local irritation that this drug so frequently creates. Many patients are exceedingly susceptible to drugs in such form, and it is not uncommon for involuntary provings to be made by the local use of iodine or other applications on such a patient. One patient was particularly sensitive to zinc in any form, and felt constitutional symptoms after the use of adhesive tape or talcum powders.
I want to urge strongly the use of asepsis in our obstetrical work instead of antisepsis, because at this particular period the whole female genital tract is particularly susceptible to the use of antiseptic drugs; whereas it asepsis is strictly carried out, the patient's recovery is uneventful.
CHAPTER XXII DISEASE CLASSIFICATION
All scientific advancement shows epochs of great progress. In the early seventeenth century the Swedish student Linnaeus studies the flora of the world, which was then largely unclassified, and through his prodigious endeavors he classified the vegetable kingdom as far as then known, and laid down a system of classification which would be applicable to further discoveries. This placed the study of botany on a scientific basis.
In 1817 and 1818 Cuvier studied the animal kingdom, the knowledge of that kingdom being at that time disjointed and unclassified. Through his stupendous labors he classified all animal life into four great kingdoms: the Vertebrates, Mollusks, Articulates and Radiates. Into these four great families all animal life can be classified.
A contemporary of Cuvier was Samuel Hahnemann. At that period, disease was known only by a few named diseases, with no relationship or method of classification. Medical practice was in an extremely chaotic condition, and was not yet free from the appellations of many years of superstition. It was still thought that diseases were the work of the evil one and no comprehensive study of disease conditions had been made. In order to establish a logical basis for the recognition of disease conditions, and their origin and relationship, it was necessary to make many close observations of the then known diseases, and then proceed to deductions and proper classifications. Hahnemann set himself to this task, bringing his logical, scientific mind to bear on the situation, and he made the first classification of diseases that had ever been attempted.
It is significant that in this endeavor he recognized the presence of bacteria and attributed to these animal forms, too minute for the eye to see, many forms of epidemic and acute illness; and this deduction he announced in 1818 more than sixty years before Koch isolated the tubercle bacillus.
As Cuvier classified zoology into four great kingdoms, so Hahnemann classified disease into four great divisions. Since the principles of classifications would fail unless these classifications were all-embracing, it was the work of several years to trace the course of each disease to its origin and place it in its proper classification, with due regard to its source and development.
The first of these classifications was simple, is that it embraces all diseases that might spring from mechanical and exterior sources; this included fractures, strains, indiscretions of diet, external poisons such as fumes or noxious plants, extremes of thermic conditions such as frostbite or sunstroke, and all trade disease. This class embraced condition which are largely self-curative in that they may be rectified by regulating environment and habits.
While these conditions may be self-curative if the conditions are regulated, medicine may assist and hasten the recovery. Any of the condition in this classification may be more or less mixed with more deep-seated conditions from another and deeper origin, and this may so complicate the matter that medicine will be required to alleviate the resultant distress.
Repeated claims have been made that the followers of Hahnemann treat diseases by the symptoms only, applying remedies according to the symptomatology and paying attention only to the symptomatic applicability of remedies; but it cannot be emphasized too strongly that Hahnemann made one classification of disease conditions that were dependent entirely on external causes, such as the mechanical conditions. It was Hahnemann's teaching that the removal of the cause was the first step in the proper method of cure. This may occasion at times surgical procedure; rectification of diet; the removal of irritating substances; change of environment; anything and everything that may place the patient in the best possible relation for complete cure, which will take place of itself when the cause is removed. Hahnemann taught by precept and example the value of thinking through to the beginning, the first cause, of disease conditions, and treating them accordingly.
In his observation of cases, and in the further study of the progress of diseased conditions under the homœopathic method of treatment, Hahnemann was especially struck with the course of non-venereal diseases. Hahnemann found himself treating seemingly acute conditions with apparent success, but, to his surprise, these cases would return with a recurrence of symptoms at intervals; sometimes these symptoms were very similar to those they had before, while at other times there would be an aggravation on of the previous condition, or other variations. Considerable study of these cases convinced Hahnemann that there was some underlying condition which was the mainspring of these recurrent manifestations and which was causing more or less gradually a retrograde condition, although the acute manifestations were apparently met and conquered by the homœopathic remedy. It occurred to him that he was treating in these acute conditions only a part of the real disease; otherwise the disease would have become completely and permanently cured by the administration of the simillimum.
If these exacerbated symptoms were but a fragment of the disease, then there must be a much deeper, primitive force underlying these sporadic manifestations, which could be judged only by the force and frequency of the reappearance. It became Hahnemann's study to take into consideration these deeper conditions from which sprang the acute disease, as a part of the prescription necessary to cure. It was his aim to find a remedy which would meet the acute condition and the presumably hidden condition at the same time. In order to undertake this stupendous task it was necessary to study a vast number of cases and to consider and develop a number of remedies to meet his requirements, and find a remedy which was to cure both the acute symptoms and the underlying chronic sickness; to conquer the hidden primitive malady.
This involved two lines of investigation, one in natural chronic disease conditions and one in artificially produced disease conditions which should be similar in symptomatology and depth of action to the natural disease.
In his study of disease, he separated all disease conditions into the four great groups before mentioned. The mechanical conditions were easily detected and classified. To the three remaining groups Hahnemann gave the term miasms.
The manifestations of chronic disease conditions which Hahnemann called miasms were so designated by him for want of a better term; in fact, in the German language and in Hahnemann's day the world miasm properly defined the idea Hahnemann had in mind. In the development of modern diagnostic terms, and in the English language of today, this designation seems to be out of place and a word of explanation is needed.
According to the common definition, a miasm is defined as polluting exhalations or malarial poisons. It is obvious that the word in English does not interpret intelligently Hahnemann's meaning. Therefore, the residual poisons of syphilis and gonorrhœa that have become, according to Hahnemann's classification, the miasms of syphilis and sycosis, might better be termed the stigmata of syphilis and gonorrhœa. The effect of either virus affecting the primordial cell casts a stigma or blight upon the developing cell that is nearly ineffaceable. The same stigma may be laid upon the constitution of an individual by acquiring the disease, if the virus is not thoroughly eradicated from the system.
The word sycosis, coming from the Greek word meaning fig, has found a place in the modern medical dictionary with several definitions, one of which is as follows: Hahnemann's term for the constitutional effects of the gonorrhœal virus. Thus we see that one of the accepted definitions of the word sycosis is that which Hahnemann had in mind, and which he called alternatively the fig wart disease.
In many instances it was very easy for him to trace the venereal relationship of disease conditions, and he soon found it easy to recognize the branding of this group. At first he classed these under one head, but later divided the venereal miasms into two classifications, syphilis and sycosis, or gonorrhœa.
However, the great majority of disease conditions remained unclassified. For ten years cases were studied, patients were closely questioned, and even history was called upon to divulge the course of disease through the centuries. Through endless difficulties Hahnemann traced these hitherto unclassified diseases, and gave to them the name of psora. This word psora, which Hahnemann used to denote the third great miasm, is defined by the modern medical dictionary as follows:
I. Scabies. 2. Psoriasis. 3. Hahnemann's term for the "itch dyscrasia," defined as the parent of all chronic disease-skin diseases, neoplasms, insanity, etc.; it was similar to, though of more extended application than, the "herpeti diathesis" of French writers. And the definition adds: p. leprosy, psoriasis.
Funk & Wagnall's Dictionary gives: Psora. I. Pathol. The itch, or some such similar skin disease. 2. The itch mite. The derivation is Latin and Greek, but it is rather Hebraic in origin, coming through the Greek and Latin, the original word being tsorat.
Interpretation of this Hebrew word tsorat conveys clearly the thought Hahnemann had in mind. Tsorat: A groove, a fault; a pollution; a stigma; often applied to leprous manifestations and to the great plagues. It is the meaning of the original Hebrew word that we must regard as the basis for the term covering this constitutional defect.
In the light of modern comprehension of these conditions, classified by Hahnemann as psora, we may not doubt but that the original meaning of the Hebrew word had greater significance than we have understood. A groove, a fault... With our growing knowledge of the so-called deficiency disease we are coming to realize that the lack of certain from foods, is the great common denominator of almost all the so-called psoric conditions, plus a lack of balance in the equilibrium of health that manifests through a hypersensitivity of impressions-functional disturbances and the patient's recognizance of disturbance that varies from consciousness to neuroses.
The vast majority of the diseases of the earth came under this great classification, which has been called the mother of all diseases; and Hahnemann found that there was a traceable relationship between these chronic manifestations and the many various plagues which had troubled the peoples of the earth since the most ancient times, manifesting themselves in various ways, such as the ancient plagues of Egypt, leprosy (at one time France alone had over two thousand homes for lepers), and the itch poison which swept Europe at a later date. In many instances Hahnemann found there was a close connection between such grave infectious diseases and the patients with stubborn recurring symptoms.
Hahnemann became convinced that these recurring symptoms owed their existence to this chronic miasm which he called psora, and that of itself this condition could never be cured. While the acute manifestations may subside and be quiescent for a considerable period, the chronic state that causes the acute eruption of symptoms never dies until it is met with the similar remedy.
Hahnemann found that this form of disease was first made manifest on the skin, as a skin infection or eruption; this was its natural place, but here the natural manifestation is susceptible of suppression by many forms of treatment, such as lotions, ointments, mineral baths, surgical operations with the removal of organs, and anything that tends to obliterate the manifestation on the surface by seemingly curing the external symptoms. It is on the surface that it naturally thrives and here it will do the least harm. By suppression this constitutional state becomes more manifest in a train of distressing symptoms, so long as the skin manifestation is quiescent, and may affect any part of the body.
Hahnemann found, too, that many chronic ailments which are enumerated in pathological works under distinct names, originate, with few exceptions, in this widely ramified psora. All skin manifestations and conditions; almost all adventitious formations such as swelling of the glands, sarcomatous and carcinomatous tumours; deformed bony structures; hæmorrhagic tendencies; all suppurations; functional disturbances; nutritional disturbances; all of the acute disease manifestations; all these conditions Hahnemann traced to this source and classified under the head of psora.
It is characteristic of the skin in these conditions that there is considerable itching, for psoric conditions always itch. In fact, not only was psora considered the mother of all diseases, but it might well have been considered as the source of almost all subjective symptoms, especially those described by the patient "sensation as if." In classifying those constitutional diseases which have not run a course through so many centuries, that is, the venereal classifications, it has been noted that their action has been swifter, and while at times more destructive, the subjective symptoms have been present in the degree in which psora has been present in the system.
Although fundamental miasms have their period of remission, latent states lasting perhaps for years without showing any manifestations, some sudden crisis in the history of the individual may rouse them to sudden eruption and the patient will become severely disturbed in health. These crises may be in the form of accidents, exposure, some slight infection, indiscretions of diet or hygiene, some apparently simple thing out of all proportion to the serious consequences. In this class come the pneumonias following accidents and exposures; infections from slight wounds; almost all of those grave states roused by a seemingly slight cause.
Here the homœopathic physician, by taking into consideration the psoric background, will bring into play the remedies that are related in their symptomatology to these psoric states, and he will be able to do most effective work.
The development of the similar remedy to meet these conditions led Hahnemann to understand the real nature of disease. He realized that it was the dynamic force of the remedy must meet the disease on the dynamic plane, but that the drug dynamis must be more potent than the disease dynamis if the disease were to be eradicated.
The action of the stigma is to debilitate the life force, to deform the body, to dull the intellect and to upset reason. The miasms are destructive in every way, of both the mind and the body, and they tear at the very spirit of man. It is disorganizing disease that fills the state institutions of every description, and we cannot meet these conditions intelligently until we recognize the ancient origin of disease and undertake its extermination on the basis of the miasms.
To classify disease conditions as circumstantial or environmental is to view them in a limited way, and we must recognize the background and meet them on that ground if we are to cure. For this reason it is essential to find the simillimum, and to find the remedy for these conditions we must seek a deep-acting remedy-call it an antipsoric if you will-to eradicate the evil. It is only by using the dynamic form of the simillimum that we can hope to eradicate the evil.
In fact, only the dynamic form of the similar remedy can possibly be the simillimum for these cases, since these chronic conditions are so closely knit with every fibre of the dynamis. So no matter how like the symptomatology of the remedy to that of the patient, unless the remedy is in a dynamic form it cannot reach the basic stigma.