NOTE: Send questions to Dr. Eugene Underhill, Jr., 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
Question: HAVE YOU HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE VITAMIN E PREPARATIONS?.
Answer: Yes, a limited experience. Occasionally a patient becomes overly enthused about some vitamin combination that “cured” a friend o f a very similar (?) trouble, and begs for permission to try it. Sometimes it is poor strategy to make a direct frontal attack against his well fortified prejudices. An orderly withdrawal to a stronger position may be indicated. Moreover, opportunity is thereby provided for a little reconnaissance in the vitamin field. Just tell the patient that we will stop all medications while he tries the vitamin preparation. The chances are better than three to one that his venture will prove disappointing and there is always a chance that he may walk right into a booby trap. If he does, the vitamin craze, as far as he individually is concerned, blows up. He may then surrender unconditionally to homoeopathy.
We have yet to observe any really constructive results from the use of any vitamin preparation that has come to our attention. Our present position is that these substances are more or less stimulating, more or less irritating and definitely disappointing in their effect upon the human organism.
Question: WHAT IS THE WAY IN WHICH THE SIMILIMUM IS SELECTED OVER THE PATIENTS BLOOD?–DR. TARDRES, MAREN-GO, ALGERIA.
Answer: This method is still in the experimental stage. The first work along these lines was undertaken by the late Dr. Albert Abrams of San Francisco, California, in the early 1920s. There are now a number of modifications of the method and various machines on the market. The principle is that of picking up the vibrations from a blood specimen by means of a delicate detector connected to a grounded electric circuit. Some of these machines require connection to an electric power line but most of them do not. The original models were connected to no battery nor to any other source of electric energy.
So far the personal equation remains a large one in all this work, and the method is still entirely too uncertain to really depend upon.