H. W. SHELTON
1. Our health rests in our hands, because we choose those whom we. trust to guide us along the various paths to health, such as:.
a. Drug therapy: Homoeopathy, Allopathy.
b. Drugless therapy: Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Naturopathy. (Lindlahr), A. B. Tahar, Diet (and Fasting), Exercise.
c. Psychological therapy: Psychiatry, Christian Science,. Mental Science, Faith Cure, etc.
2. Historical as to drug therapy.
a. Hippocrates (Greek, about 400 B. C.). Stated from. observation that a drug could cure the condition it could. cause. His chief therapeutic agents: diet, medicinal waters,. fresh air, gymnastics.
b. Galen (Greek, between 100-200 A. D.) Theory of evil. “humours”, or excessive bile, phlegm, or blood, to be cured by. bleeding, salivating, blistering, or purging. (Note survivals. nowadays.).
c. Paracelsus (German-Swiss, 1490-1541) Denounced “humours”. theory and ignorance, pomposity and greed in orthodox practice. of his day. Pioneer in studying natural phenomena.
d. Hahnemann, (German 1755-1843). Rediscovered and extended. research into action of drugs in curing symptoms and diseases. they could cause. Stated that drugs should be tested on. healthy humans. Discovered effectiveness of small doses of. single remedy. Enunciated as a natural law that “Likes should be treated with likes”–“Similia similibus curantur”.
e. Pasteur (French 1822-1895). Discovered that administration. of an attenuated virus of a germ disease will produce relative. immunity, and will also cure. Thus “antitoxins” work according. to the same law enunciated by Hahnemann.
3. Nature of Disease.
a. Life activity is seated in “protoplasm”, which produces cells and tissues. When these function in balance and proportion, we have health. When the proper balance and proportion is disturbed (as by germ, or poison, or waste) we have disease. The over- or under-activity needs some sort of modification by some sort o stimulus to restore normal functioning (health.).
b. Protoplasm reacts to stimuli. Rudolf Arndt (biologist). discovered that to any given stimulus (e. g., thermal,. electric, chemical) protoplasm reacts according to the dose.. A small dose encourages life activity.
A large dose impedes life activity.
A very large dose destroys life activity.
E. g., Fermentation (Life activity of yeast grown in sugar. solution can be measured. Arsenic administered in proportion. of.
1 to 1,000 stops the life activity.
1 to 5,000 impedes life activity.
1 to 10,000 or more, encourages life activity.
c. Modern biological and chemical research have taught us. much, and shown the reasonableness of the effectiveness of. small, almost infinitesimal doses. It is axiomatic that a dose. should never be larger than necessary to produce curative. result.
d. Diseased cells are more sensitive to stimuli than are. healthy.
The administration of any drug in sufficient quantities to the healthy human organism will produce a particular set of symptoms peculiar to that drug. When that particular set set of symptoms shows itself in disease, sufficiently small quantities of the same drug will alleviate or cure the disease. This seems to be a natural law which is capable of repeated demonstration. It is the essence of homoeopathy, expressed as the “Law of Similars”.
1. Empirical treatment of 1. Treats disease with
disease based on trial-and-error a precision proportioned
experience and experiment. to accurate application.
of Law of Similars.
2. Treats disease as entity, often 2. Treats symptoms as
waiting for treatment until they occur and develop,
diagnosis is determined, thus often thus frequently effecting
wasting precious time. cure in early stages
before disease has obtained.
3. Tends to treat effects rather 3. Symptoms are
than causes. E. g., indicative of causes, and the
“Aspirin” for colds, headache, remedy which a particular
pneumonia, any pain. set of symptoms
“Gargle” for sore throat. indicative cures by getting
“Castor Oil” for constipation. at the seat of the
“Sal Hepatica” for acidity and trouble, whether known or
“Nose drops” for running nose.
4. Gives strong doses, often re- 4. Gives smallest
pressive to Natures healing possible dose–enough to
effort, and with bad after affect diseased but not
effects of drugs used. E. g., to affect healthy cells.
“Quinine” and “Calomel”. Therefore especially.
important for babies.
5. Gives combinations of drugs 5. Gives single remedy,
in prescriptions. (How to tell effects of which can be
which drug did what?) (Cf. intelligently studied.
“Anacin” as advertised over
6. Has a few standard remedies 6. Has over 1400
(one allopathic M.D. said 7 or 8) standard remedies each with
to cover most varieties of disease, its proven combination
and tends to rely on patent of symptoms; does not
medicines, E. g., rely on or often
“Aspirin” for colds. approve patent medicines.
E.g., has more than.
applicable to various kinds.
7. Drugs tested on the ill. (How 7. Drugs tested on
distinguish drug effects from the healthy,
disease effects?) producing definite groups.
8. Drugs tested on animals. 8. Drugs tested on
(What fallacies may arise humans.
between animal and human
9. Requires long training, 9. Requires similar
with degree of M.D. training, with degree.
of M.D., and in.
training in more extensive.
10. Tends towards “specialists,” 10. Tends towards
the patient being handed from general practitioner, fully
one to another, no one of whom responsible for results;
is responsible for the patient with simplicity, growing
as a whole, whose medical costs understanding and
mount steadily. Medical advice cooperation, and economy for
becomes increasingly complicated the patient.
11. Tends towards surgery as a 11. Tends away from
short-cut to cure. surgery as reliance on.
remedies brings better.
results in most cases.
(E. g., tonsils, appendix,.
12. Prescriptions: for centuries 12. Dispenses own
a “racket” of the apothecaries, medicine, simple and
costly to the patient. Patient economical for the patient.
can seldom wisely and safely patient can often wisely
prescribe for self, and helpless and safely prescribe for
when M.D. not available. self, without needing.
M.D. for minor ailments.
LA JOLLA, CALIF.
This was not intended for publication. It was the explanations of a father to his son as to why he had a homoeopathic physician.–Ed.