When we recommend the use of homeopathic remedies, the medicalnihilist says: "Don't talk homeopathy to me! I didn't come to you for drugs;I have had enough of them."
When we explain that these remedies are so highly refined that theycannot possibly do any harm, he becomes still more indignant. "I don't needany of your mental therapeutics in homeopathic form," he exclaims. "I,too, believe in the power of mind over matter, but I have no faith in your sugarof milk pellets; they are poor substitutes for the real article. That kind of sugar-coatedsuggestion might work on some people, but it doesn't on me."
When I first entered upon the study of medicine, I, too, did not believein the curative power of homeopathic doses; but experience caused me to change mymind. The well-selected remedy administered at the right time often works wonders.
True homeopathic medicines in high-potency doses are so highly refinedand rarefied that they cannot possibly produce harmful results or suppress Nature'scleansing and healing efforts; on the contrary, if employed according to the Lawof Homeopathy: "like cures like," they assist in producing acute reactionsor healing crises, thus aiding Nature in the work of purification and repair.
Homeopathy Works with the Laws of Cure, Not Against Them
For instance, belladonna, given in large, poisonous doses toa healthy person, will cause a peculiar headache with sharp, stabbing pains in foreheadand temples, high fever, violent delirium, dilation of the pupils, dryness and rawnessof the throat, scarlet redness of the skin and extreme sensitiveness to light, jarsand noises.
It will be observed that this is a fair picture of a typical caseof scarlet fever. A homeopathic prescriber, when called to a scarlet fever patientexhibiting in a marked degree three or more of the above-described symptoms, wouldgive a trituration of belladonna, say 6x. In numberless cases the fever has subsidedand its symptoms have rapidly disappeared under such treatment.
The reader may say: "I do not see any difference between thisand the allopathic suppression of disease by drugs."
There is a great difference. The allopathic physician may use thesame remedy, belladonna, in the same case, but he will give from ten to twenty dropsof tincture of belladonna, repeated every three or four hours. These doses are fromtwenty to forty thousand times stronger than the homeopathic 3x or 6x.
Herein lies the difference. The allopathic dose allays the fever symptomsby paralyzing the organism as a whole and the different vital organs and their functionsin particular. This is frankly admitted in every allopathic materia medica. But bysuch dosing Nature is forcibly interrupted in her efforts of cleansing and healing;the acute reaction is suppressed, but not cured.
If fever is a healing effort of Nature, it may be controlled and modified,but must not be suppressed. A minute dose of homeopathic belladonna, acting on theinnermost cells of the organism which the coarser allopathic doses would paralyze,stimulates these cells to effort in the right direction. It brings about conditionssimilar to those produced by Nature, and thus assists her; it is cooperation insteadof counteroperation.
After this brief discussion of the practical application of homeopathy,let us now ascertain in how far its laws and theories agree with and corroboratethe laws and principles of the Nature Cure school.
Hahnemann discovered the Law of similia similibus curantur accidentally,while investigating the effects of quinine on the human organism. Ever since thenit has been applied successfully by him and his followers in treating human ailments.
However, this law has been used empirically. Neither in the Organonnor in any other writings or teachings of Hahnemann and the homeopathic school canbe found a clear and concise explanation of why like cures like. The proof offeredhas been negative rather than positive.
Therefore the allopath says: "You tell me that 'like cureslike,' and that you can prove it at the sickbed; but unless you can give me goodand valid reasons why it should be so, I cannot and will not believe that it is your'similar' which cures the patient. How do I know it is your 'potency'? The patientmight recover just as well without it."
With the aid of the three laws of cure, I shall endeavor to give thereasons and furnish the proofs for our contentions. The laws alluded to are: TheLaw of Cure, the Law of Dual Effect and the Law of Crises.
Similia similibus curantur is only another way of stating thefundamental Law of Nature Cure: "Every acute disease is the result of a cleansingand healing effort of Nature."
If a certain set of disease symptoms are the result of a healing effortof Nature, and if I give a remedy which produces the same or similar symptoms inthe system, am I not aiding Nature in her attempt to overcome the abnormal conditions?
In such a case, the indicated homeopathic remedy will not suppressthe acute reaction, but it will help it along, thus accelerating and hastening thecurative process.
In the last analysis, disease resides in the cell. The well-beingof the organism as a whole is dependent upon the health of the individual cells ofwhich it is composed. This has been explained more fully in connection with the actionof stimulants.
In order to cure the man, we must free the cell of its encumbrances.Elimination must begin in the cell, not in the organs of depuration. Laxatives andcathartics, by irritating the digestive tract, may cause a forced evacuation of thecontents of the intestinal canal, but they do not eliminate the poisons which clogcells and tissues.
In stubborn chronic diseases, when the cells are too weak to throwoff the latent encumbrances of their own accord, a well-chosen homeopathic remedyis often of great service in arousing them to acute reaction.
For instance, if the system is heavily encumbered with scrofuloustaints and if its vitality is lowered to such an extent that the individual cellcannot of itself throw off the morbid encumbrances by means of a vigorous, acuteeffort, sulphur, if administered in doses sufficiently triturated and refinedto affect the minute cells composing the organism, will start disease vibrationssimilar to those of acute scrofulosis, and thus give the needed impetus to acuteeliminative activity on the part of the individual cell.
The acute reaction, once started, may develop into vigorous formsof scrofulous elimination, such as skin eruptions, glandular swellings, abscesses,catarrhal discharges, etc.
Are High-Potency Doses Effective?
The question now arises: How large or how small must the dose be inorder to affect the minute cells?
In the administration of medicines, the size of the dose is adjustedto the size of the patient. If half a grain of a certain drug is the normal dosefor an adult, the proper dose of the same drug for a small infant, say, less thana year old, may be about one twenty-fifth of the adult dose. How small, in proportion,should then be the dose given to a cell a billion times as small as the infant?
The dose given to an adult would paralyze or perhaps kill an infant.In like manner the minute cell would be benumbed and paralyzed by the drug suitedto the infant's organism.
But this is how allopathy effects its fictitious cures. It suppressesinflammatory processes by paralyzing the cells and organs and their vital activities.
Homeopathy adapts the smallness of the dose to the smallness of thecell which is to be treated. Herein lies the reasonableness of the high-potency dose.
The Personal Responsibility of the Cell
The cell resembles Man not only in physical and physiological aspects,but also in regard to the moral law.
Elimination must commence in the cell and by virtue of the cell'spersonal effort. Its work cannot be done vicariously by drugs or the knife. Large,allopathic doses of medicine may be given with the idea of doing the work for thecell by violently stimulating or else paralyzing the organism as a whole or certainones of the vital organs; but this is demoralizing and destructive to the cell. Thepowerful doses calculated to affect the body and its organs as a whole make superfluousor paralyze the individual efforts of the cells and thus intensify the chronic diseaseconditions in cells and tissues.
Alms-giving, prison sentences and capital punishment have a similarallopathic effect upon Man, the individual cell of the social body. Instead of providingfor him the proper environment and the opportunity for natural development and forworking out his own salvation, they take this opportunity away from him and weakenhis personal effort or make it impossible.
The Efficacy of Small Doses
The late revelations of chemistry, Roentgen rays, x-rays, radio-activityof metals, etc., throw an interesting light upon the seemingly infinite divisibilityof matter. A small particle of a given substance may for many years throw off a continuousshower of corpuscles without perceptibly diminishing its volume.
For an illustration we may take the odoriferous musk. A few grainsof this substance will fill a room with its penetrating aroma for years. When wesmell musk or any other perfume, minute particles of it bombard the end filamentsof the nerves of smell in the nose. Therefore the musk must be casting off such minuteparticles continually without apparent loss of substance.
With the aid of this recent knowledge of the true nature of matter,of the minuteness and complexity of the atom, we can now understand how the highlytriturated and refined (attenuated) homeopathic remedy may still retain the dynamicforce of the element, as Hahnemann has expressed it, and how a remedy so attenuatedmay still be capable of exerting an influence upon the minute cell. Since chemistryand physiology have acquainted us with the finer forces of Nature, demonstratingthat they are mightier than the things we can apprehend by weight and measure, theclaims of homeopathy do not appear so absurd as they did a generation ago.
Undoubtedly, the good effect produced by a well-chosen remedy is heightenedand strengthened by the mental and magnetic influence of the prescriber. The positivefaith of the physician in the efficacy of the remedy, his sympathy and his indomitablewill to assist the sufferer affect both the physical substance of the remedy andthe mind of the patient.
The varying mental and magnetic qualities of prescribers have undoubtedlymuch to do with the varying degrees of efficaciousness of the same remedy when administeredby different physicians.
The true Hahnemannian homeopath, who believes in his remedies as inhis God, will concentrate his intellectual and spiritual forces on a certain remedyin order to accomplish certain well-defined results. The bottle is not allowed tobecome empty. Whenever the graft runs low, it is replenished with distilled water,alcohol, milk sugar, or another "vehicle." Every time he takes the medicinebottle into his hands, these potent thought forms are projected into it: "Youare the element sulphur. You produce in the human body a certain set of symptoms.You will produce these symptoms in the body of this patient."
If there is any virtue at all in magnetic, mental and spiritual healing,the homeopathic remedy must be an effective agency for transmitting magnetic, mentaland psychic healing forces from prescriber to patient.
Transmission of these higher and finer forces, whether directly, telepathicallyor by means of some physical agent, such as magnetized water, a charm or simile,etc., is the modus operandi in all the different forms of ancient and modern magic,white or black. It is the active principle in mental healing, Christian Science,sympathy healing, voodooism, witchcraft, etc.
Homeopathy and the Law of Dual Effect
I have formulated the Law of Action and Reaction in its applicationto the treatment of diseases as follows:
"Every agent affecting the human organism has two effects: a first, apparent, temporary one and a second, lasting one. The second effect is directly opposite to the first."
Allopathy, in giving large, physiological doses, takes intoconsideration only the first, apparent effect of the drug, and thereby accomplishesin the long run results directly opposite to those which it desires to bring about.It produces the very conditions it tries to cure. As an example, note the permanenteffects of laxatives, stimulants and sedatives upon the system. This has been explainedmore fully in Chapter Six.
On the other hand, the homeopathic physician may use the same remediesas the allopath, provided they produce symptoms similar to those of the disease,but he administers the different drugs in such minute doses that their first effectis noticed only as a slight "homeopathic aggravation," while their secondand lasting effect is relied upon to relieve and cure the disease.
In other words, homeopathy produces as the first effect thecondition like the disease, and counts on the second and lasting effect of thedrug to bring about a permanent change.
If, in accordance with the Law of Dual Effect as applied to drugs,the primary, temporary effect of the homeopathic remedy is equal to thedisease, it is self-evident that the secondary, lasting effect of theremedy must be equal to the cure.
This law has been proved by homeopathy for over a hundred years. Anexperienced homeopathic prescriber would no more doubt it than he would doubt theLaw of Gravitation.
Homeopathy and the Law of Crises
Therefore, if the remedy be well chosen in accord with the Law ofsimilia similibus curantur, the first homeopathic aggravation, which correspondsto the crisis of Nature Cure, will be followed by speedy and perfect readjustment.Nature has her way, the disorder runs its course, and the return to normal conditionswill be quicker and more perfect than if the homeopathic remedy had not been employedor if Nature's healing processes had been forcibly interrupted and suppressed bylarge, poisonous allopathic doses. Homeopathy assists Nature in removing the oldencumbrances, whereas allopathy changes the acute, inflammatory healing effort intochronic, destructive disease.
The Economics of Homeopathy
The Law of like cures like is of great practical importancefrom another point of view, namely, that of economics.
The best engineer is the one who accomplishes the maximum of resultswith the minimum of expenditure of force and with the least friction. The same istrue of the physician and his remedies.
We have learned that drugs given in the coarse allopathic doses attackand affect the organism as a whole. If, for instance, there is a catarrhal affectionof the serous and mucous membranes of the respiratory tract accompanied by fever,the allopath will give quinine in large doses to change this condition. He may accomplishhis aim; but if so, he does it by paralyzing the heart, the respiratory centers,the red and white blood corpuscles and the excreting cells of the mucous membranes.The body as a whole and certain parts in particular are saturated with the drug poisonand correspondingly weakened. As allopathy itself states it: "Quinine reducesfever by depressing the metabolism" (the vital functions).
Homeopathic materia medica teaches that Bryonia has a specialaffinity for the mucous and serous membranes of the respiratory tract and that itssymptomatic effects correspond closely to those described in the preceding paragraph.
If, in accordance with the Law of similia similibus curantur,a homeopathic dose of Bryonia be given to a patient exhibiting these symptoms, theremedy, as has been demonstrated, will assist Nature in her work of cure; and indoing this, it will not attack and affect the entire organism, but only those serousand mucous tissues for which it has a special affinity and which, as in the caseof this patient, are the most seriously affected.
To state it in another way: the large, allopathic dose paralyzesthe whole organism in order to produce its fictitious cure. The small, homeopathicdose, on the other hand, goes right to the spot where it is needed, andby mild and harmless stimulation of the affected parts, assists and supports thecells in their acute eliminative efforts.
Homeopathic medication, therefore, is not only curative in its effects,but also conservative and in the highest degree economic.
Homeopathy, a Complement of Nature Cure
Having proved the accuracy of Hahnemann's Law of similia similibuscurantur, and having occasion daily to observe its practical results in the treatmentof acute and chronic diseases, we should not be justified in omitting homeopathyfrom our system of treatment. The attenuated homeopathic doses of certain drugs maybe of great service in bringing about the acute reactions which we so earnestly desire,especially in the treatment of chronic diseases of long standing.
I am aware of the fact that in severe and obstinate conditions homeopathyis often apparently of no avail. But when the system has been purified and strengthenedby our natural methods, by a rational vegetarian diet, hydrotherapy, chiropracticor osteopathy, massage, corrective exercise, air and sun baths, normal suggestion,etc., the homeopathic remedies will work with much greater promptitude and effectiveness.
It is the combination of all the different healing factors whichconstitutes the perfect system of treatment.
No disease condition, whether apparently hopeless or not, can be calledincurable unless all these different healing factors, properly combined and applied,have been given a thorough trial. It is no charlatanic boasting, but the simple truth,when we affirm that the different natural methods of treatment, as we of the NatureCure school apply them, can and do cure so-called incurable diseases, such as tuberculosis,cancer, locomotor ataxy, epilepsy, eczema, neurasthenia, insanity and the worst formsof chronic dyspepsia and constipation, always providing that the patient possessessufficient vitality to react to the treatment and that the destruction of vital partsand organs has not advanced too far.