By: Hans Weitbrecht
It was start of December 2001 a 58 year old male came to my clinic. He was terminally ill with cancer of the stomach and esophagus. After undergoing the usual procedures he was left with most of his stomach gone and his weight was down from 100 kg to 65. He was only able to hold a small amount of food down and was put on astronaut’s diet. Any amount of liquid was vomited almost immediately. He had a almost constant burning in the stomach, sometimes accompanied by a burning in the spine. For this he had a morphine pump, which he used quite frequently. He also was on sleeping tablets; otherwise he would have been sleepless. He was quite listless and hardly able to walk 20 steps. He appeared to be restless, moving about and pretty tense. The colour of his face was ash gray.
He was fully aware, that live could be over any moment.
However, he had two wishes: one to see his family once for a last time – and to have one last pint of Guinness which he loved in his good days, but was unable for the last year to take at all.
He received ARSENICUM LM 1 to be taken once a day / first glass / one teaspoon to be increased by one extra a day, if this is tolerated. I told him to reduce on morphine and the sleeping tablets as things would improve.
Phone call two days later: remedy is tolerated well.
Follow-up a week later:
He arrived in better spirits and reports the following:
Last night he had a good night’s sleep without any sleeping tablets. The energies are up and he is able to go for a 10 minute walk outside. The stomach burning is still there, but he can keep some liquids down. He is using the morphine twice a day whenever the pain becomes unbearable. Now he has a cough, which is dry during night but brings up some pussy stuff during day. This comes along with at tightness in the chest worse outside. He used to have this cough before, used to smoke. He is still losing weight. He was much calmer in himself and the color of his face was just pale.
Now I changed to LYCOPODIUM LM1 to be taken as above.
Phone call two days later: cough improved, -- continue.
Follow-up a week later:
The sleep remained good though short – 6 hours only. The stomach has settled further, -- there are times where he hardly notices the burning. Small amounts of liquids are tolerated. The cough is still there, but to a lesser degree. The energies are still poor enough, but giving the condition he is in they are steady. He had one day without morphine, and he tried half a pint of Guinness – and it stayed down. Weight still the same. He goes for small walks 3 times a day, but needs an hour’s rest afterwards.
Continue LYCOPODIUM LM 2 as above.
As this was only a few days before Christmas, and he was not too sure if he can make it in-between the years, I left Lycopodium LM 3 with him as well.
He rang on Steven’s day, saying that he is almost free from pain. The cough has subsided. The energies are middling, but he is in great spirits. His relatives arrived.
He lost some weight. Sleep is good --6 hours--. Has not taken any morphine or sleeping tablets since the last meeting. Feels great clarity in his mind. Did not try more Guinness yet, --
Continue with LYCOPDIUM LM 3 as above.
His wife rang me on the third of January 2002. He passed away peacefully on the second of January around midday. He had a pint of Guinness on New year’s night and kept it down. His energies slowly lessened, and so did his appetite. He died with a clear mind and without any morphine or other drugs.