Monthly Archives: September 2014

The proper use of ‘Key notes’ i.e. the main Prescribing symptom.

ECZEMA

Cases From E.B. Nash

Florence Johnson, a young woman, had been afflicted a long time with chronic gastritis. She was unable to take ordinary food without great burning and distress in her stomach. This condition of stomach was relieved when she had eczema of both ears, which was intensely painful and burning. She would sometimes succeed in healing the ears, but in proportion as she succeeded in that the stomach symptoms returned. Then she would get very poor in flesh. I had given her Sulphur and Graphites without perceptible benefit and also Arsenicum 30 and 200. Finally I concluded to try the Arsenicum higher. Gave her Arsenicum 37m., made on my own potentizer, and the effect was wonderful. The whole trouble promptly yielded, and she had no trouble since now several years. I forgot to say that she also had scalp trouble of a similar nature with that of the ears, which also subsided. (Nash.)

Sneezing and Coryza

SABADILLA

SNEEZING CORYZA

By Eugene Beauharnais NASH


Miss E., aged 23, book-keeper, rather tall, thin, but counting herself in good health, complained of a single annoying symptom of long standing, as follows :

Since fourteenth year of age had suffered from attacks of sneezing and lachrymation. The slightest change in temperature, the most trivial irritation, would bring on violent paroxysms of sneezing, lachrymation and watery coryza going from one room to another, a draft, the opening of a door, the chilling of the hands or a bright light striking the eyes were any of them sufficient to precipitate an attack, and when such exciting causes appeared to be lacking occasional attacks would come on anyhow. There was no organic catarrh, no discharge (except at the time of the paroxysms), no symptoms of any kind left afterwards. No headache, no menstrual trouble, no pains, no aching, no modalities except as above mentioned in regard to the sneezing, Sabadilla 200, a few powders, cured completely and permanently.

REMARKS.- This case was absolutely hopeless for a pathological prescriber or for an allopath. The pathology is not mysterious, almost anyone, if the knew enough, could talk learnedly about it. I would be a description of how puerperal irritation, inconceivably slight, affected by branches of the sympathetic nerve and carried by paths and routes absolutely unknown to the mucous membrane of the nose, produced an undue afflux of blood, tumefaction and irritation of the Schneiderian membrane until another reflex was thereby started, setting up the whole complex mechanism of stimulation, there occurred a powerful, sudden contraction of the diaphragm, producing a friable expulsion of air through the nasal passages, accompanied by such a stimulation of the lachrymal apparatus as to produce copious tears, and also by such an activity of the nasal mucous membrane as to cause a profuse flow of watery secretion from the nose to the great detriment of many fine linen handkerchiefs. What is all this but words, vain words ? Miss Eberle could go through the process forty times while the pathologist was describing one sneeze. How could the most profound understanding of the pathological process show that Sabadilla was the remedy ? I leave that problem to the prayerful attention of the devotees of pathology, Epsom salts, castor oil and calomel. As to the remedy, sneezing, lachrymation and thin nasal discharge are characteristic. I count it a fault in our materia medica that it does not dwell with sufficient emphasis upon this important feature ofSabadilla. This drug in the days when the allopaths used Galenical medicines rather than coal tar products was of considerable prominence as an antiparasitic and vermifuge. Like nearly all the drugs of the old school, more than a year old, it has fallen into disuse, but was retained in the last pharmacopœia for the purpose of manufacturing the alkaloid veratrine of which it is the source. The present pharmacopœia drops it entirely, retaining its alkaloid only. I know by experience that it is impossible to powderSabadilla seeds without taking precaution against the inhaling of the dust, as it is provocative of most powerful stimulation ; the alkaloid has the same property but in a milder degree.

It is said that the celebrated Schneeberger Schnupf-Taback owes its property of causing powerful nasal titillation to the presence of Sabadilla in its composition.

Sabadilla is almost a polychrest, and indicated probably twenty times where it is once used. I have no doubt that Ipecac., Pulsatilla and Lachesis are frequently useful to zig zag a case to health when Sabadilla would do more powerful and direct work than any of those mentioned. The resemblances and differences between it and Lachesis are worthy of careful study.

In the Materia Medica we find the following symptoms, showing its power in the direction of Miss E’s symptoms : “Lachrymation, worse when walking in the open air or looking at light ; sneezing, coughing or yawning, lachrymation as soon as the least pain is felt in some other part of the body, for instance, the hand.”

“Margins of the lids red.”

“Spasmodic sneezing ; fluent coryza.”

“Either nostril stuffed up ; itching nose.”

“Violent sneezing from time to time, shaking the abdomen, followed by lachrymation.”

“Coryza with savage frontal pains and redness of eyelids ; violent spasmodic sneezing, influenza and lachrymation on going into the open air. Cough with lachrymation.” (J. B. S. King.)

Answer to Errols Question regarding Aconite case.

Errol Klinkerfuss
Case as presented here

Probably everyone knows the remedy would be aconite. But why? If you repertorize the sxs in the TPB:

Rubric numbers from P&W 2015 Edition of hte Therapeutic Pocket Book.

  • Anxiety 2
  • Sleeplessness 1964
  • Aggr Catching cold 2270
  • Aggr Cold air 2461

You get 10 remedies and Aconite is the tenth.

If you do a search in the MM in Synopsis you get well over fifty remedies that have fear of death. All ten in the repertorization. So, just based on the case as presented, why Aconite?

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Thank you for your comment Errol,

I would suggest the following that might help.

  • ·The Repertory is a GUIDE to the Materia Medica,
  • This means it does not replace knowledge of the Materia Medica.
  • The repertory serves to confirm what is known.
  • The Repertory gives an indication for another/other remedies that might have slipped our mind or have a symptom association that we are unaware of.
  • It also requires an accurate choosing of rubrics.

Any published case in a journal, is at best a precis, or overview of what the attending physician observed. In this case, I would take the following rubrics to start with: (click on image to enlarge)

aconite

We can see the causation. A very cold wind. (There is no mention of her catching a cold.)

The results from this are a nervous weakness confining to bed. A fear of dying, NOT a general state of anxiety, but a specific fear which resulted in sleeplessness.

In my choice of rubrics, Aconite was number 2. A quick glance through the remedies, brought my attention back to Aconite. The Materia Medica showed in the proving that the fear of death was very strong. I did not see the particular combination as strongly in any of the other remedies.

I hope this helps.

Admin.

 

ANY Remedy is both an Acute and a Chronic.

CHRONIC NERVOUS PROSTRATION

After graduation in Philadelphia, on my return home (Candor, N. Y.), I was called to an adjoining town (Danby) to a patient who had been in bed twenty years from what was diagnosed then by several physicians as “nervous prostration.”

I thought this was a hard case for a novice to undertake, but on examination was informed by the patient that her whole trouble was brought on at first by an exposure to dry cold air on a long ride, 20 degrees below zero. She had never been well since. Now she was troubled with insomnia of long duration. She was afraid to go to sleep for fear she might die. On these indications I prescribed Aconite 6x notwithstanding the chronic character of the case. A month after she came walking into my office.

She said, “‘I did not report as I promised, because I slept good the first night, and have done so ever since, I feel well.”

This was my first case after graduation, many years ago. It was a remarkable cure, for it helped both the patient and me ; me in the establishment of my faith in homœopathy, and the patient so long sick to perfect health. (E. E. Snyder.)

Using the Materia Medica Properly.

LEUCORRHŒA

Dr Skinner.

Dr Thomas SKINNER (1825-1906)Mrs. W., age 25 years, married, and has two children : the last was born fifteen months before I saw her, from which time she has suffered from profuse yellow leucorrhea with violent pruritus vulvæ ; worse at night. She has at the same time great bearing down of womb, perfectly incapacitating her from standing or walking or doing her household duties, such as ironing and washing.
Most violent chronic headaches, of a throbbing and tensive character, and arising from the least worry or fatigue, with habitual constipation. Has been, under allopathic treatment two years without benefit. The keynotes to the cure were as follows : Heat and pressure on vertex ; throbbing and tension ; headaches more or less constant and worse before the menses ; worried by trifles, and memory impaired. Flushing of face ; fainting spells without cause ; sinking, empty, exhausted, craving for food ; worse at eleven o’clock in the forenoon ; intense icy cold feet ; worse when the head is bad.
Sulphur, one millionth potency (Boericke), in one dose of five pellets, cured permanently every symptom, constipation, leucorrhea and sensation of prolapsus included and without repetition. (Skinner). The italics are mine. (N.)

The decline of Homoeopathy

England has long been the model and a leader in the resurgence of homoeopathy in the West. Sadly, the concerted efforts by determined sceptics and the press, plus the almost compete ruination of the therapy by false practices like the Sensation method, have rendered in the main, the therapy ineffective.

We have started a Register to point patients in the direction of therapists who still adhere to the tried true and effective methods of practice as defined by Samuel Hahnemann. http://ihmregister.wix.com/irhhp

The application to join the Register is here. https://instituteforhomoeopathicmedicine.wordpress.com/register-application-form/

The following figure represents the ‘medical’ practitioners in the UK and approved non medical staff. However, a quick glance at the non medical Registers, will show a decline in members.

We have concentrated on the figures for the U.K. However a quick look at other European countries, the USA, Australia all show a major drop in student intake.

Until there is a return to the proper practice of the therapy, we will see it merged and become a branch of herbalism or naturopathy in the next few years.

England: The National Health figures.

  • In 1996 there were 170,000 homoeopathic prescriptions.
  • In 1996, £900,000 was spent on homoeopathy.
  • In 2012, a ten fold reduction to 1800 prescriptions.
  • In 2012, £130,000 was spent on Homoeopathy.
  • Private non medical teaching colleges all report a drop in student intake.

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Even the little critters

Another case from E.N. in SoCal USA

 

Angry Birds

A yellow finch crashed into one of our large windows. It lay on its back with eyes closed, beak opening and closing spasmodically. One wing was extended and the whole body was twitching clonically. I gave Arnica 1M in water from a dropper bottle. Squirting dropper full in the eye or in the beak as it opened and shut. I plussed the remedy before each dose which I gave every minute or so.

After 5 or 10 minutes it sat up on its feet, wing still extended and eyes closed. I continued the remedy every minute until it opened its eyes. Not reacting to sounds or sights. Then gave it every 5 minutes. After another 10 minutes it began to blink, then folded its wing to normal position.

Another 5 minutes passed and it began to see me and react to me snapping at my fingers. I continued the arnica every 5 minutes. After another 10 minutes, during which its reactions increased, it suddenly flew off.

I’ve treated around 30 birds [finches, sparrows and hummingbirds] this way over the last 10 years. Only one died while I was treating it. I’ve found them dead at other times, when I wasn’t home to give them Arnica.

This hummingbird sat on my finger for a while as I gave it drops of arnica. It was blind after the crash, but suddenly it could see and its expression changed to, “WHAT THE HECK?!!”  and it roared off!

bird

Case of the Week. ADHD

Case presented by E.N. (who is based in Southern California). from his archives.
E.N trained under Andre Saine for nearly 10 years. Due to personal ill health, not resolving under the Saine methodology, and also experiencing dissatisfaction with the approach to casetaking in the Saine method, E.N. took a back seat from practice and went to a research position . Discovering the Therapeutic Pocket Pocket, E.N. pusued information regarding its usage and contacted the I.H.M. for both understanding the technique and for aid with his personal health issues of which he had endured for 20 some years. The I.H.M were able to  help E.N. on both counts, with his long standing health problem removed after two years of treatment, and with personal training in the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book. E.N. is a rational and careful student of Hahnemann and is very helpful to the I.H.M. with his time and resources.
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October 2, 2004
N.M.  4 year old boy diagnosed with  ADHD.
He is sexually precocious, masturbating with his toys alone in his room. Yells out, “Penis!” “Vagina!” and uncovers himself anywhere anytime. Asks people if they have a penis or a vagina.  Humps people’s legs like a dog sometimes. Blurts out sexual things often.
Very difficult to control, great nervousness, cannot focus.
Obsessed with a blue dog toy which he is constantly asking for, “Where’s my blue dog?” Asking “Why?” to everything for hours at a time. Sucks his thumb. Runs all around. Wants to be around his mom all the time. “He’s glued to me.” His mother said. Aversion to being touched. Only when he wants it.
He falls asleep late, it can take him 3-4 hours to fall asleep. clenching and grinding his teeth and talking during sleep. Wakes in the night with nightmares at around 3 am. Fear of the dark but afraid of shadows cast by light at night.
He is constipated,  stools only every 4 or 5 days that are enormous, 3 inches in diameter and 12 inches long in one piece. It take 2 hours to pass a stool. Very painful. This began a year ago. Pain in the stomach every day for the last 6 months.  Feels full, abdomen distended .
He desires sweets and sour,  lemons and limes. Aversion to fruit, especially apples. Worse in general when hungry.
He has ear infections with high fever every month after which his behavior  is worse. This began after vaccinations MMR, DPT, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Mono.
He developed bronchitis and asthma 2 weeks after the vaccinations.
Head banging has two lumps from it.
Has dark green, thick nasal discharge every day.
He is worse in the winter and often has colds with cough and expectoration which he can’t raise and has to swallow. He is chilly in general and sensitive to becoming cold. Has blanket even when its hot..
Feels worse around groups of people [ 9 or 10 people is too much for him ]
He has been taking homeopathic remedies, combination remedies, and Rescue Remedy without much reaction.
Parents we both completely exhausted from taking care of the boy.
The symptoms I used to repertorize were:
  • Stool, too large
  • Constipation
  • < after fever
  • Coryza, discharge, greenish
  • < winter
  • Desires sweets
  • Desires sour or acids
  • < fasting
  • Expectoration, must swallow
  • < after midnight
  • Sexual desire, too much
I was using the Complete Repertory and Boger/Boenninghausen back then. However, and luckily for me, later corroberation using the TPB reveals Kali Carbonicum as the strongest remedy. After studying Hahnemann and Allen’s Encyclopedia it covered the case well. I gave Kali Carbonicum 30c in water, once a day.
October 29, 2004
Masturbating with toys is gone, since remedy, but still blurts out sexual things and uncovers but not as much. Playing with toys other than just blue dog.
Fear of shadows gone. No grinding of the teeth in sleep. Still clenching though. No talking in sleep.
Aversion to being touched is better. More snuggling and lets people give him a hug.
Constipation is better. Hard stool every day, but only takes 5 minutes to go. No pain.
Stomach pain, fulness and distension is much better.
Now eating apples, which he hated before the remedy. Desire for sweets is less.
Kali carbonicum 200c in water once a day.
November 29, 2004
Mom says he’ s a lot better. 60 % in general. More focused, playing with toys, drawing by himself, screams at times, but will cooperate much more now at school.
Sleep is better, falling to sleep sooner, 45 minutes, was 3-4 hours before. Less nightmares, no grinding of teeth
Constipation 100% better.
Repeats words much less. Sexual obsessions 80% better, hardly ever.
Fear of dark much better.
Mom says,” Like a different child!”
Continue Kali Carbonicum 200c in water once a day.
January 11, 2005
” Pretty good. Better every day” Better concentration. Follows instructions. Acts up on purpose to get attention instead of uncontrollable outbursts. Can get him to do things. More and more a little boy you can talk to.
If he misses the medicine for 3 days ( mother is away a lot ) he gets worse in general. His school says he’s doing a lot better.
Constipation is much better, stools still large, but no pain and passes in 1 to 3 minutes.
Still 2 hrs to fall asleep. No nightmares. Last 2 nights up at 3 am.
Still touches his genitals but will stop when asked.
Screaming is better, will talk less loud if asked. Not as interested in blue dog toy. Fear of dark and shadows is better.
Good appetite. No fits if refused something. More variety in what he wants.
Over all doing pretty well. Others see it too.
Kali carb. 1M once a day. Call if any aggravation. Check back in 3 weeks.
January 12, 2005 (next day)
Was told by mother that she realized that the pharmacy had sent her Calcarea Carbonica 200c instead of Kali carbonicum!  So he’s been on Calc c since November 8, 2004!
Very nervous last 2 days. Has a “tick” wiping his mouth with his hand and sucking in saliva over and over.
The mother didn’t seem as positive about his progress in general today!
Told her to give Kali carbonicum 30c again until the 200c arrives. Myabe he”ll need Calc c later.
January 28, 2005
Not a lot of progress. Not as obstinate. Has had a cold and sinus infection.
Constipated again, 2-3 days between stools, which are larger. Appetite low, losing weight. Desire for eggs and yogurt.
Very nervous at school, new strict teacher.
The “tick” is gone.
[Was on Kali c 30c since Jan 12.]  Kali Carbonicum 200c in water once a day.
February 17, 2005
” A lot better!”
Appetite increased. Asks for seconds.
Constipation better but still slow and stool a bit large. Every other day, was better awhile back.
More focused, people notice a difference in him.
Continue Kali Carbonicum 200c once aday.
March 17, 2005
“Really well!”
Growing up. Getting dressed himself. Can play by himself. Still repeats things over and over. And repetitive playing. Trying hard at school, teachers say night and day difference.
Eating well, Hasn’t gained weight . Taller.
Stool still large, every other day. Slight pain. Only take 5 minutes.
Sleep is much better. Can get to sleep with out mom and to sleep in 30 minutes. Still afraid of shadows, but better. Much less anxious.
Increase Kali Carbonicum 200c to twice a day.
March 28, 2005
Mother called to report the he’d been “off the wall” for the last week.
Hyper aggressive, uncontrollable, cranky, saying NO! like in the past. He has a cold. She gave a combination remedy for the cold.
Stopped the remedy for 5 days. Call if no better after that time.
April 19, 2005
Relapsed badly after stopping the remedy. All behavior worse. Then after a few days some improvement.
Kali Carbonicum 200c once a day. Check back in 7 days.

 April 27, 2005

Slightly better maybe. Missed the remedy 2x in the seven days. Decided to wait 7 more days and if no better start on Kali Carbonicum LM 0/1.
May 4, 2005
Not eating much, getting thinner, repeating things a lot, sexual behavior back.
Kali carbonicum LM 0/1 once a day.
May 28, 2005
General improvement. Better focus. Appetite good. Constipation gone, regular BM.
Still repeats himself when he wants something and doesn’t get it. Very clingy towards the mother. Waking 2 or 3 times in the night for the last week.
Continue remedy.
July 5, 2005
“More calm, better in general.” Still worse around too many people but not as bad as in past.
Can’t sleep, hard to fall asleep.
Appetite less.
Constipation 80% better. No large stools. 5 minutes to pass.
Wetting the bed. Sleeps too deep. Wakes once at night, 3 times a week, only when mom is at home.
Pulling at genitals, says “Genitals!” and “Poop! ” a lot.
School reports observing a night and day difference in him from 1 year ago.
Stomach pain when hungry. Feels full quickly.
Had fever and bronchitis for 2 weeks. Behavior was worse after fever.
Kali C LM /0/2 Once a day.
July 7, 2005
Still fixates on things, gets upset if everything isn’t a certain way.
Continue same.
August 22, 2005
Improving. More focused. Moving up to kindergarten class. Giving hugs and kisses to family on his own. Likes to be cuddled now.
Sent Kali Carbonicum LM 0/3 to continue once a day.
September 26, 2005
Mother said he was doing well. More articulate. Asks real questions about everything. Gets upset occasionally and has tantrums, but MUCH shorter and she can reason with him now, no way before. He’s enjoying school. Invents his own games and picks up after himself. She reckons 80% improvement over the boy he was when we started treatment.
Continue Kali Carb LM 0/3 once a day.
November 17, 2005
Mother didn’t contact me until he’d been without medicine for 2 weeks. He was becoming more nervous and off the wall. I sent her Kali c LM 0/4 same dosage.
I had to refer the case at this point due to my ill health. So I don’t know what happened after this.
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This is an interesting case on a lot of levels. Firstly, the initial choice of remedy, and then the mix up with the prescription. E.N. having been trained in the Kent methodology, continued with the case and prescription obtaining good results. I took a quick run through the symptom picture at various stages, and think I would have changed along the way to address certain aspects of presenting symptoms. The case does however show the efficacy of homoeopathic medicine when covering the essential symptoms.

 

CDC WhistleblowerThompson Apologizes to Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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“I apologize again for the price you paid for my dishonesty…”–CDC Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

Wakefield- “Is the Press Release real”?
Thompson:  Yes!
Wakefield: “Thank You.  It was the right and honorable thing to do”.
Thompson:  “I agree.  I apologize for the price you paid for my dishonesty”.
Wakefield: “I forgive you completely and without any bitterness”.
Thompson: I know you mean it and I am grateful to know you more personally.

The last desperate effort when the CDC whistle blower story broke last week was for the vaccine establishment and media to drive a wedge between Dr. Thompson and Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose “fraud” (according to British journalist Brian Deer) has been made to carry the sins of the entire vaccine industry for many years. Dr. Wakefield shared two text messages with The Truth Barrier that he and his wife received from Dr. Thompson.

The first one was to Dr. Wakefield’s wife, Carmel, and it read: “I do believe your husbands career was unjustly damaged and this study would have supported his scientific opinion. Hopefully I can help repair it”.—Text exchange between Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. William Thompson,  Aug 27, 2014

Polly Tommey, Director of Autism Media Channel, told The Truth Barrier there are more whistle blowers trying to find the courage, and or, the legal protection, to speak.

“There are more whistleblowers coming out,” she said. “We know who they are and we’ve spoken to them. They’re petrified. These sources make Thompson pale in comparison, some of them. They know the MMR is a massive problem, data has been corrupted, they’ve been told to hide things…”

Comment: One guy spoke about Gardisil. He said, ‘You can forget about MMR—Gardisil is one of the biggest crimes ever. 144 girls or something have died already. Thompson is only the beginning. “

New “Case of the Week” post to be started.

The I.H.M, would like to present a case a week from guest contributors. The case must contain:

  • A clear and concise presentation of the complaint.
  • A clear and comprehensive presentation of the symptoms chosen for the prescription.
  • The reaction from the prescription.
  • The conclusion of the case with the follow up appointment notes and rationale for changing medicines if was necessary.

Send to edu@homoeopathyinfo.com with the header titled CASE