[ Read before the Bureau of Pediatrics, I.H.A., July, 4, 1950].
C.P. BRYANT, M.D.
In discussing modern methods of living, I will not attempt to enter upon a detailed discussion of the refined foods which are take only the well-known fact that such foods are detrimental to the health of the nation, especially, of course our white flour lacking in minerals so essential to life, as well as in vitamins. Our vegetables, too, are rapidly becoming unfit for proper food, because of chemical fertilization which will destroy the earth worms of our soil, thus depriving the foods of the proper nitrogen, as well as allowing some of the chemical to be absorbed into the vegetable product itself.
Recently, I was much startled to find one of our largest truck gardens a large collection of copper sulfate which is used to prevent insects from attacking the celery. As copper sulfate is readily soluble in water, it is evident that very soon the copper sulfate is taken up by the celery, and as such, is far more deadly than the insect poison. In addition, tobacco, alcohol, and the demineralization of our food are rapidly shortening the tenure of the civilized nations.
A Committee of 400 Scientists Give Their Report.
on the Status of Present Day Medicine.
Alexis Carrel has made the statement that not one day has been added to the span of human life. Recently a most startling report had been made by Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, at the time chancellor of Stanford University, and former Dean of the School of Medicine, as chairman of a committee of 400 scientists appointed throughout the nation to study the status of present day medicine, which I quote:.
Medicine, based on pills and potion, is becoming obsolete. Physiology, with the help of physic, has taught us many ways to deal with the human body, that only was dreamed of a decade ago by us M.D. s, but successfully pursued by those of the drugless schools. These treatments make us of electricity and specific manipulations. They bring biological responses more potent than many drugs gathered through centuries by trial and error. The medical profession will profit be recognizing these concepts, and must insist that schools promptly revise their instruction to conform with the knowledge of body mechanics.
The Present Day Medical Attitude: Drugless Methods.
The following, taken from an article by Dr. George M. Piersol, University of Pennsylvania, appearing in the August, 1944 issue of ARchives of Physio-therapy, will explain the medical attitude, and its reason for calling such drugless methods quackery. Dr. Piersol states, page 455:.
if we examine the question openly and honestly we are forced to admit that many persons, and certainly the majority of physicians in this country, fail utterly to appreciate the possibilities of physical medicine, and are even loathe to accord it just recognition.
It is apparent that for the first time in the history of orthodox medicine there is some evidence of a receptive attitude toward physical medicine. It is in this category that I place Homoeopathy. It is becoming evident that professors in great teaching institutions are losing their faith in the crude drug treatment.
Dr. Julius Bauer Gives an Example of an Experiment.
With Modern Methods of Therapeutic Treatment.
In 1942, Julius Bauer, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Medical Evangelists, Los Angeles, and formerly Professor of Medicine in the University of Vienna, published a book entitled Constitution and Disease. To show Professor Bauers attitude toward modern methods of treatment, I wish to quote from page 23, where it is stated:.
A large group of patients with angina pectoris were treated in cardiac clinics of both London and New York with the various drugs usually prescribed for this disease. Another group was treated only with placebos, and it was this group which showed the best therapeutic results.
A similar experiment was tried with persons suffering from arterial hypertension, and, recently, with a group of 32 cases of hay-fever due to rag-weed pollinosis. The latter were treated with a placebo and compared with a similar group treated by means of oral pollen therapy. The placebo consisted of capsules, identically colored, but containing no pollen extract, and was administered together with injections of physiological saline solution. In the first group, 7 of the cases were improved, and 2 markedly so-“an apparently better result than that obtained from any of the patients receiving oral pollen therapy”.
In Man, the Unknown (page 2247) by Dr. Alexis Carrel, he would seem to be quoting directly from Hahnemanns Organon:.
The physician must clearly distinguish the sick human being described in his books from the concrete patient whom he has to treat, who must not only be studied, but, above all, relieved, encouraged, and cured. HIS ROLE IS TO DISCOVER THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SICK MANS INDIVIDUALITY.
Man is an indivisible whole of extreme complexity. No simple representation of him can be obtained (p. 2, Alexis Carrel). He is the chemical substances constitution the tissues and humors of the body. In fact, the autonomous nervous system, by means of its sympathetic and parasympathetic fibers, dominates the entire world of the viscera, and unifies their action.
The autonomous apparatus is linked, as we know, to central nervous system, supreme co-ordinator of all organic activities. It is represented by a center situated at the base of the brain. This center determines the manifestation of emotions. Wounds or tumors in this region bring about certain disorders of the affective function. In fact,. it is by the agency of the endocrine glands that our emotions express themselves. Shame, fear, and anger modify the cutaneous circulation (pp. 101-102, Man, the Unknown).
Hereditary and Congenital Influences.
Tumors and other gross pathological changes are not essential and primary factors in disease, but are the resultant manifestations of the hereditary and congenital imbalance of the autonomic nervous system, which, in its turn, produces function perversions. These functional perversions, if continued long enough, will produce morphological changes. These we know as pathology.
Health in Relation to the Influence of the Nervous System.
The work of Speransky is quoted (The Nervous System in Pathology, Leningrad, 1930, in Russian), in which all sensory and motor nerves were removed from the left ears of two rabbits. To both ears of one of them Besredkas antivirus was then applied, followed in twenty-four hours by an injection of a culture of staphylococci. The control animal and the left denervated ear of the experimental animal showed a severe inflammation, while the right ear was left intact.
This proves conclusively that the defense mechanism is depressed by all crude medication, including serums and vaccines.
As an example, E. Rodney Fisk, M.D., in 1928 gave statistical evidence of the value of homoeopathic prescribing in lobar pneumonia when he showed that the mortality rate under pure homoeopathic treatment (11, 526 cases) was 2.8 percent.
In mixed homoeopathic treatment, plus vaccines and other medication (6, 143 cases), the death rate was 6.2 percent; while the mortality under serums and vaccines alone (609 cases) was 12.2 percent.
Pathology ONLY occurs when the autonomic nervous system fails to eliminate disease during the functional period.
J. Boerema (Med. Tydshrift voor Gneehunde, 19:9540, 1935) incised the breast muscle of pigeons and introduced the following antiseptics: iodoform, alcohol, iodine, phenol and rivanol, leaving one wound untreated with merely aseptic precautions. After 72 hours the birds were killed and the incised sites prepared for histological examination, which revealed that the untreated specimen showed the most advanced healing with inhibited effects in all of the other specimens in the order of the antiseptics listed.
The Detrimental Influence of Modern Processing of Food.
The modern processing of food has been a great detriment to childhood, and also to infancy; I have reference particularly to the pasteurization of milk. After 60 years, Germany, which introduced pasteurization, abandoned it, as the government found the claims made were false and that the peoples health was jeopardized. Sir Arnold T. Wilson, President of the Central Council of Milk Recording Societies in Great Britain, who had visited Germany, reported that pasteurization of milk is now illegal in that country, and a punishable offense.
There are many eminent authorities who condemn pasteurization. among these are such men as Surgeon-General Hugh T. Cumming, of the United States Army; Dr. Sandwich, in his report to the British Royal Commission of Tuberculosis; Dr. Chalmers Watson, Senior Surgeon of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman, Director of the Bio-Chemical Research Foundation of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia; Professor D.F. Fraser-Harris, formerly of St. Andrews at Glasgow University; Professor Erf and Professor Scott of Ohio State University, and a host of others who have proved that mortality rates do not fall but rise, when milk is pasteurized.
Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, lecturing at the University of California, Los Angeles, has given a most striking example of the deficiencies of pasteurized milk as compared to raw milk. He fed rats over a long period of time, and found that those on pasteurized milk failed to grow, while those on raw milk thrived as healthy rats. Those rate on pasteurized milk suffered malnutrition.
It has been reported by the United States Health Service that 97 percent of the population is using pasteurized milk. Dr. James H. Steele, Chief Veterinarian of the United States Public Health Service, Chief Veterinarian of the United States Public Health Service, has reported that undulant fever has increased sixty- fold in the past two decades. would that indicate that pasteurization has protected out children from the ravages of this disease?.
Vital Nutrients in Milk Destroyed by Pasteurization.
N. Philip Norman, M.D., formerly a lecturer in the Department of Gastroenterology, New York Polyclinic Hospital and Medical School, now Consulting Nutritionist of the Departments of Health and Hospitals of the City of New York, has given the following report:.
A quart of fresh, unpasteurized milk contains a third of the adult requirement of Vitamin C. Pasteurization robs us, every year, of as much ascorbic acid as is contained in the entire citrus crop of the United States; it also robs us of some calcium, which pasteurization of the milk converts into an unassimilable form.
Dr. Harold F. Hawkins, former Associate Professor of Bacteriology, University of Southern California, has stated that raw milk from healthy cows that have been suitably tested is of the highest biological value; pasteurization should not be used to make milk safe, for one-half of the calcium is destroyed by this process.
Dr. Frank W. Stockton, D.D.S., in an article entitled The Practical and Preventive Measure Against Dental Disease, states; “The three mighty enemies to dental health in the childs diet are: refined sugar, white flour, and pasturized milk”.
Diphtheria anti-toxin came into existence in 1895 and since that time the death rate from diphtheria has steadily increased, in spite of the attempt of the manufacturer of serum to prove to the contrary.
In Germany 19,000 children die annually in spite of the serum treatment, and only 400 of this number are 15 years and older.
In the diphtheria epidemic in Cologne the mortality rose to 32 percent, in spite of injections of serum up to 15,000 units.
In private practice before anti-toxin, the mortality from diphtheria never exceeded 20 percent.
Let us now consider the REDUCTION of the CASE MORTALITY among those NOT treated with anti-toxin, as compared to those treated WITH anti-toxin.
The Metropolitan Asylums Board of London exercises its function over probably the largest area and population in the world. In order to test the value of anti-toxin in the treatment of diphtheria, as many patients as would consent to treatment without anti-toxin were carefully isolated from all other patients. The treatment given them was fresh air, liquid diet and plenty of fresh drinking water; no medication was used. The authoritative official report of this Board carries great weight and may be regarded as conclusive. Especially is this the case when the evidence afforded is contrary to that which the compiles would have wished to present.
The following figures are copies from the tables contained in the annual reports of the above Board from 1895 to 1907:.
Case treated WITH ANTITOXIN from 1895 to 1907:.
Death Average for the Whole Period………… 14.09 percent.
Case Treated WITHOUT ANTITOXIN form 1895 to 1907:.
Death Average for the Whole Period………… 6.00 percent.
Below we show the Paris statistics over the same period of time:.
Case Treated WITH ANTITOXIN:.
Death Average for the Whole Period………. 14.49 percent Cases Treated WITHOUT ANTITOXIN:.
Death Average for the Whole Period……… 9.42 percent.
In conclusion, I wish to state that the end results of modern methods of living and preventive medicine indicate specifically that a radical change must be made not only in the method of treating the sick, but also in preventive medicine.
There is but one school of medicine that relies upon a definite law of practice: the homoeopathic school. The homoeopathic concept, like by like, has been definitely proven by our present understanding of modern physics. All disease have their own specific frequency which is met by a like frequency of the remedy; thus there is now available proof that the end result of treatment can be vastly improved by carefully following of the concepts of Samuel Hahnemann.
DR. ARTHUR W. YALE [San Diego, California]: I want to congratulate Dr. Bryant for having enough to get up before this audience and speck on pasteurized milk. Three years ago, before our California State society, a very able paper was read along similar lines, and the Board of Censors got hold of it and would not allow it to be published.
There is only one reason for pasteurizing milk, and that is so that the big dairies can keep their milk for five days. That is the only logical reason. You cannot destroy a virus in milk under 262 degrees. You will increase its growth and multiply it if you heat the milk to 268 degrees.
The idea of bringing up our children on pasteurized milk, and then having to feed them orange juice and additional vitamins because the milk is pasteurized, is certainly ridiculous. I want to congratulate Dr. Bryant and thank him.
DR. W. W. SHERWOOD [Santa Monica, California]: 1,too, want to congratulate Dr. Bryant on this paper. Like every paper he has ever presented, this is well filled with worthwhile remarks. The regrettable part of it is that about the only place it will published is in our own magazine.
This is something that should be spread. While I am not particularly in sympathy and accord with trying to teach lay people too many things, I think this is one thing that should be put into the hands of lay people so that they can read it and study it.
All Dr. Bryant has said about devitalized food is right to the point. My experience in devitalized foods-sending a person to a store to get something-even to a health store-has been very disappointing, because the average health store in business today is in business to get money.
I would like to find one such store that would be glad to sell an individual healthy food instead of a lot of vitamins on the side.
DR. CARL H. ENSTAM [Los Angeles, California]: I would like to commend Dr. Bryant for his choice of subject, because the subject of pasteurization of milk is a very unpopular one, which he loves to tackle. He is my idea of a knight in shining armor. Nothing will make him back up when he has the truth by the tail. There is no doubt but that his idea is sound, and I think all any reasoning person need do is to recall this fact:.
We are not preventing this trouble at its source when we pasteurize a dirty product supposedly to make it right.
I want to say that I grew up in the milk business, and I learned the difference between raw milk and pasteurized milk and the certified brand. To me, certification means that your producer obtains and produces the finest breed of animal that he can obtain, and that he insists on the care of the animal and its yield to meet hygienic and sanitary conditions.
Raw milk, as far as I am concerned, probably should be classified as an unpasteurized and probably rarely fit milk, to be used only if its is cooked. I think Dr. Bryant has done a very fine thing. Too many times we are called upon to endorse a process or a method which does not meet with the approval of well-trained medical minds.
DR. VIOLA M. FRYMANN [La Jolla, California]: I would like to thank Dr. Bryant for a very excellent and stimulating lecture on a very necessary subject at this time. The fist point I should like to emphasize is this insistence that we get back to natural foods.
The structure of the human body is very important to health, but if we feed the human body all natural whole food from the start, beginning with the infant, then we shall find that we have an almost perfect structure.
If we come across a patient who has an abnormal structure it is not enough to normalize the structure-we must provide wholesome food, because the body is built of the food that is put into it, and the body can be no better than the food that is put into it.
The second point to which I would like to refer is that of inoculations-immunization-vaccinations. It is a point which I feel, as homoeopaths, we should take a very definite stand upon. We are all familiar with the cases that have suffered this or that ailment since diphtheria immunization, or vaccination, or whatever it might have been. These ailments become chronic, and they may last from twenty to forty years. Unless we take a stand against the evil which is producing them at the beginning, we are falling down on the principles to which we adhere.
Lastly, in connection with the pasteurization of milk, I would like to give you one thought summarized by George Bernard Shaw: “To pasteurize clean milk is foolish; to pasteurize dirty milk is criminal”.
DR. W. GIER [La Jolla, California]: I commute between La Jolla and San diego, a distance of twenty miles, and every day I pass or meet tank trucks hauling milk. Those tanks are made of aluminum. They may pasteurize the milk after it is taken out of one of those tanks, but the aluminum contamination will not be driven our of the milk.
DR. JACKSON: I think those aluminum tanks are glass-lined. I understand they are.
DR. GIER: I dont know. I would like to know how they are sterilized inside, no matter what they are made of or how they are lined.
DR. GIER: I dont know. I would like to know how they are sterilized inside, no matter what they are made of or how they are lined.
DR. GUSTAV TUFO (Chicago, Illinois]: The very thought of pasteurizing milk is akin to the thought that all of us, homoeopaths and others alike, boil vegetables in slated water. The boiling water is akin to sterilization. It does not necessarily destroy the vitamins, but it denies certain things in the vegetables which the body can utilize, and which we throw away.
DR. A.H. GRIMMER [Chicago, Illinois]: This does have a most vital point for all of us to remember as homoeopaths. Those of us who are dealing with the treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases know that of course foods are fundamental in treatment. This is very, very important, and it does take courage to bring it up with so much opposition and prejudice against it.
Everything that a homoeopath does is more or less prejudiced, thats true. We all have to fight for these principles, and we might as well be consistent. It does not do us much good if we work out our lives trying to get a remedy, if fundamentally, we are feeding our patients incorrectly, or if we are permitting them to eat out of toxic material, such as aluminum and things of that kind. Those points have to be considered.
Furthermore, as homoeopaths and true followers of Hahnemann, we must not forget the mental side of the human being. He is not only physical but he is emotional and mental. All those things have to be considered as a whole.
DR. BRYANT (Closing): By way of conclusion, I would like to state something I might have mentioned before, that there is a simple method of getting good milk; it is so simple that it is strange it has not been adopted.
A simple method of getting really good milk is nothing but the mechanical method that is now in use in all standard dairies, more or less, where they have sterile mechanical milkers. The milk should be taken directly from the udder to a sterile bottle and capped right then and there. That will eliminate the danger of handling.
I am sure the great contamination of our milk is due to the handling of the milk, which is usually four or five days old by the time it reaches the customer.
I would like to add something else; this, by the way, I received from my daughter in London. when they gave 150,000 children in Paris toxoid, toxin antitoxin, out of those 150,000 children who received that “protection,” 150,000 died. There never was an epidemic of diphtheria that took quite that number of lives.
That report was made by Professor Tissot, of Paris, and is a well qualified report.
Thank you for your courtesy. I hope my will stimulate many f you to do as I have done-to study every vestige of this problem to see if these is some way to solve it other than the present way. At the present time we are framing a bill in the State of Washington calling for the abolishing of the pasteurization of milk. We dont expect to win this time, but it is the beginning of a move which eventually we know, as Germany has discovered, will be the way to dispense with this pasteurization of milk.