By Heselton J T.
A CHILD may show signs of anaemia very early. For the first few months of its life there is usually enough iron transmitted by its mother, to render medication unnecessary. But wrong feeding, insufficient rest and sleep, want of sunshine and outdoor exercise, all contribute to produce an ailment difficult to eradicate.
When we speak of any creature being anaemia we mean quality or quantity of blood is lacking and that there is need of tissue- salts to restore the biochemic balance and vigorous health. Some mothers, however, are so blind to the weakness their children exhibit that only when the disease has made considerable headway do they think of seeking medical advice.
On the other hand, some ask, ” Can anaemia be cured?” The allopaths have found this ailment, until recently, quite beyond their skill, although since using liver extract they have obtained better results. Formerly, the doctors gave preparations of iron and were disappointed.
The reason being that the system could not appropriate iron in its crude from and doctors were reluctant to admit that trituration would render it colloidal and effective. Some, however, wiser than the majority, remembered that the mothers iron was preserved and transmitted in the liver of a new-born child and this hint led them to make an iron- extract from the liver of an animal that proved of real utility.
The biochemist, however, maintains that this triturated Ferrum phos. is superior to the liver extract, especially when alternated with Calc. phos. and these are the principal remedies he uses to make new blood and strengthen the system of the anaemic. Of course, other biochemics may be needed to secure complete restoration.
A grammar schoolboy gave much concern to his parents. He did not lack intelligence, but he was listless and had no interest in his lessons and any work he was called to do he deemed a burden. On examining his eyes he was found to be anaemic which accounted for his general weakness and lack of vitality. He was given Ferrum phos. alternated with Calc. phos. and soon there was striking improvement.
His parents however, were advised to find him some outdoor employment and since he has assisted his father a nursery man and florist he has developed both in body and mind, and his garden work has become a delight.
An employee of one of my friends sought my advice. Previously, she had consulted a local oculist for bad eyesight and told him that black specks were constantly passing before her eyes. He recommended her to seek another man who further advised her to see a specialist. In the meantime she came to me. I explained that her liver was not doing its work hence impurities were entering the blood stream and causing her this particular annoyance. She showed also distinct signs of anaemia and the two remedies mentioned gave rapid relief.
A young lady from a neighbouring tows had a distressing tale to tell. From her sixteenth year she had consulted various doctors for anaemia and chronic enteritis (inflammation of the intestines). In addition she had lapsed abdomen. She had never been well for twenty years and seemed to have little hope that anything could be done for her. I assured her that there was no need for despair.
She was told to have bran-porridge for breakfast and a second vegetable for dinner and take the two remedies prescribed alternately every two hours. After the first fortnight the change was so pronounced that many of her friends congratulated her on her improved appearance.
The next case was complicated with psoriasis. This obstinate complaint of a lady began also in her teens and caused her more concern than anaemia. Several practitioners had endeavoured to cure her skin affection with ointments and suppressed it. Nature, however, was not to be thwarted and every spring the silver-like flakes reappeared on every part of the body.
As there was paretic constipation and poisoned blood Kali phos. was alternated with the Sulphates. In a week there was much improvement though the anaemia still needs attention.
Naturally you ask ” does it take long to get rid of anaemia ?” It may take six weeks or nine months. Indeed, no time limit can be definitely stated. If the anaemia be pernicious the allopath does not hesitate to give blood-transfusions. Usually in such extreme cases there has been inexcusable neglect either on the part of the patient or relatives since this condition might never have occurred.
It is always desirable to alter the diet. Dandelion either in salad form, decoction or coffee is almost imperative. No other herb contains so much iron the special need of the anaemic. And a patient often testifies that a change of diet has been an excellent addition to biochemic medication which is found much more effective than that of the orthodox profession.