EDITORIAL

  CONSTANTINE HERING.

 

In the history of great men, their greatness shines with added lustre as the years ago by. It is now more than fifty years since Constantine Hering left his work on earth, and we can begin to appreciate the wonderful contributions he made to the healing art. It is given to but few men to plumb the depths of philosophy and to gain insight into diseased states and provings of remedies, and to put a finger upon the essential things in health and in disease. The period of Herings life abounds in great men who were his contemporaries in homoeopathic history, but none shines with greater brightness, nor contributed more to the cause of homoeopathy than did he. His rugged mind was fitted for exploring hitherto undiscovered territory; his intense interest in life and in preserving health led him into almost unbelievable labors for the cause of homoeopathy.

Herings interest, like that of many others of his day, was roused by attacking homoeopathy. He was commissioned by his preceptor, the eminent surgeon Robbi, to write an article which should strike a death blow against the “new school”. Herings early training in mathematics and his logical mind made him a suitable one to undertake such a task, for he could prepare a logical article. The young medical student was flattered that his preceptor considered him fit for such a task, but before undertaking it he felt that he must go into it thoroughly.

After reading some of Hahnemanns published articles, Hering felt that he must apply himself to a deeper study of their meaning, and here his logical reasoning played his preceptor false, for Hering became so convinced of the logical position which Hahnemann took that he himself became interested in proving drugs. A little later, Bradford tells us, Hering received a wound in the dissecting room which seriously endangered his hand, and amputation was threatened as the only possible means to save his life. The suggestion of a friend of Herings, who was also a student of Hahnemann, led to its complete healing through the exhibition of the potentized remedy. This did more than heal Herings wound; it turned his interests entirely into the homoeopathic field.

Soon after his graduation from medical college, Hering was appointed to carry on scientific research and to make a zoological collection in dutch Guiana. This difficult task did not interfere with his interest in homoeopathy and he continued his studies along that line, which soon led him into homoeopathic practise. His homoeopathic interests were reported at the Saxon court, and he was directed to attend the duties for which he was appointed and cease his medical work. Herings independent nature refused to accept such dictation, and he resigned his post, but continued his medical practise in Paramaribo for a time. A former friend and pupil of Hering, Dr. G.H. Bute, who had been a Moravian missionary in Surinam, had been forced to leave because of the climate and had settled in Philadelphia. Learning of Herings resignation, Dr. Bute urged Hering to come to Philadelphia, where there was a very good field.

Herings work in Philadelphia and Allentown is well known to all who are interested in homoeopathy, and they stand as a monument to his wholehearted endeavors for the cause in which he had such faith. It may not be so well known that his provings and partial provings embraced more than seventy remedies, of which some, such as Lachesis, are classic.

One marvels at the courage, the patience and the unflagging zeal of this man, who accomplished so much in his lifetime. His homoeopathic writings were many, and his editorial connections with more than one Homoeopathic journal influenced the trend of homoeopathic history in the days when American homoeopathy knew many giants.

Herings wide interest in current history and his deep friendships among men of letters, statesmen and men of prominence marked him as one of wide vision and understanding; but his deepest interests lay in the cure of suffering humanity, and it was there that his greatest genius expressed itself. Hering the scientist; Hering the tireless worker; this is the man who placed an indelible stamp upon the homoeopathy of the United States and of the world; and so long as homoeopathy is practised, so long must we be eternally grateful for the impress which Hering left upon the art and the science of healing – H.A.R.

SOURCES OF VITAMINS.

The results of vitamin deficiency have been given in some detail in the December Recorder. The natural sources of these important parts of the diet follow in the order of importance.

Vitamin A: Most potent source, cod liver oil. Excellent, alfalfa, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, spinach, tomato, watercress, butter, cheese, cream, egg yolk, whole milk. Good, artichoke, asparagus, cabbage, celery, chard, clover, corn (yellow), escarol, kale, pea (green), pepper (green), squash, string bean, sweet potato (yellow), apricot, avocado, banana, orange, peach, pineapple, prune, clam, glandular organs (liver, kidney), oyster (raw).

Vitamin B (B1) : Most potent, yeast. Excellent, cereals (whole), wheat, corn, rice, oats, etc., pea, wheat bran, wheat germ, egg (yolk). Good, asparagus, bean, cabbage, carrot, cauli-flower, celery, collard, lettuce, onion, parsnip, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip, turnip green, watercress, apple, banana, cantaloupe, date, grape, grapefruit, lemon, nuts, orange, peach, pine- apple, prune, strawberry, brain, cheese, fish roe, kidney, liver, milk, oyster (raw).

Vitamin C : Most potent, cabbage, lettuce, onion, spinach, tomato, tomato juice, lemon juice, orange, orange juice. Excellent, celery, rhubarb, turnip, citron juice, lime juice, peach, pineapple, pineapple juice, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine. Good, bean (cooked), beet, cabbage (cooked), carrot, cauliflower, collard, cucumber, endive, pea (cooked), pepper (green), potato, pumpkin, spinach (cooked), sweet corn, turnip green, watercress, apple, banana, grape, grape juice, grapefruit, pear, watermelon, milk (variable).

Vitamin D : Most potent, cod liver oil, sunlight, direct (most potent in summer), Excellent, egg (yolk), salmon. Good, butter (variable), clam, whole milk (variable), oyster.

The ultra violet component of sunlight and vitamin D are interchangeable as anti-rachitic agents.

Vitamin E : Most potent, wheat germ oil. Excellent, lettuce, watercress, wheat germ. Good, alfalfa, barley, bean, corn (whole), molasses, oat (whole), vegetable oils (coconut, cottonseed, corn), pea, whole rice, whole wheat, meat.

Vitamin G (B2) : Most potent, liver, kidney, spleen, lean meat. Excellent, beet green, kale, potato, spinach, turnip green, watercress, wheat germ, egg, haddock, milk, salmon. Good, banana, beet, cabbage, carrot, cowpea, lettuce, onion, tomato, turnip, wheat brain – E.B.I.

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