NOTE: Send questions to Eugene Underhill, Jr., M.D., 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia,
Questions: DO YOU APPROVE OF BORIC ACID EYE WASHES AND MOUTH WASHES?
Answer: NO we do not. In the first place the routine use of boric acid, especially in the nursery, is unnecessary. In the second place, it has caused at least as many and probably more cases of sore mouth than it has ever cured; and finally, unless due precautions are taken, boric acid crystals may be accidentally used in milk formulas “because of their similarity in physical appearance to dextrose crystals.”-See J.A.M.A., April 22, 1944, page 1205.
As an eye wash in our opinion, boric acid is greatly over rated.
Questions:DO YOU ALLOW PATIENTS TO USE GERMICIDAL SOAPS WHILE UNDER HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT?.
Answer: This is a matter which should always be inquired into when a patient comes under treatment. The use of germicidal soaps should never be allowed. Should the patient happen to be suffering from a skin eruption the use of medicated soaps might either aggravate the condition, or what is worse, suppress the eruption.
Questions:IT IS TRUE, IS IT NOT, THAT MOST EPIDEMICS OF SEPTIC SORE THROAT ARE DUE TO CONTAMINATED RAW MILK?.
Answer: Raw or pasteurized or even reconstituted powdered milk may be the source of such an epidemic. See J.A.M.A., Vol. 124, No. 17, page 1191. It is very orthodox to blame raw milk. Contaminated milk would be nearer the truth and whether raw, pasteurized, homogenized or whatnot makes no difference in a matter of this kind. Before pasteurization the lactic acid bacillus goes far in protecting the milk. After pasteurization the safety of the product depends upon clean containers and scrupulous cleanliness on the part of the handlers and dispensers.
Questions: WOULD YOU CONSIDER THE CAUSE OF FURUNCULOSIS TO BE FROM AN EXTERNAL OR FROM AN INTERNAL SOURCE ?.
Answer:It might be either, although we would regard an internal disorder as the cause in the vast majority of cases. Taking this view we would attempt to correct the diet and alkalinize the system and then prescribe the indicated homoeopathic remedy. Sulphur, Psorinum, Arsenicum, Hepar, Pyrogen and Silica are all remedies frequently indicated in cases of furunculosis.