Why We Study Homeopathic Chemistry
IT’S IMPORTANCE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
All of us as medical doctors endured one or more semesters of college chemistry, inorganic and organic. We memorized formulas and tables, and if lucky, obtained a little laboratory experience. However, that generally does not translate into skills you could take to the field, and be able to procure medicines, laboratory reagents and wares, etc., out of grocery and hardware stores in times of crisis or emergency. One also would not have a general idea as to how raw, inorganic reagents are obtained, manufactured or produced, like muriatic acid (pool acid), chlorox, caustic soda (lye), etc. Or why ordinary, over-the-counter medicines got their names like Epsom or Glauber salts. And certainly one did not obtain any skill or knowledge of how to produce homeopathic medicines from scratch, whether by trituration or succussion. And one probably would not have a first hand understanding of how 6x translates into 1 ppm, and whether that amount would be a toxin or medicine, as in the case of thermometer mercury, chloroform, or acidum nitricum. In other words, what was learnt was not genuine, useful chemistry, rather some odd form of dumb-downed chemistry, to ensure we become sacred customers of industry.
Our understanding of chemistry must start with history, for a man without knowledge of it, is a man without substance. Little known to so few is the importance electricity contributed to chemistry and a revolution that would change society forever. One man that was contributory in so many ways was Sir Humphry Davy, a British chemist and inventor. He finished his education under the Rev. Dr. Cardew. He is probably best remembered for his discoveries of several alkali earth elements like calcium and potassium, but also of chlorine and iodine.
Long before Jimi Hendrix popularized purple haze, a man named Courtois added too much sulfuric acid to seaweed and a cloud of purple vapor rose. Courtois noted that the vapor crystallized on cold surfaces making dark crystals. Courtois suspected that this was a new element but lacked the funds to pursue his observations. However he gave samples to his friends. Louis Ampère (founder of the electrical amp) had given some of his sample to Humphry Davy. Davy did some experiments on the substance and noted its similarity to chlorine. Davy sent a letter dated December 10 to the Royal Society of London stating that he had identified a new element. Later it would be found in high concentrations in the thyroid gland, and further its essential ability to end apoptosis and prevent cancer. [And that is why Japanese women generally have lower breast cancer rates than those on the western dietary, they eat lots of seaweed!]
Davy was fascinated by the medical powers of airs and gases, making revolutionary discoveries. In 1812 Davy was knighted by the Queen. Davy's laboratory assistant, Michael Faraday, went on to enhance Davy's work and in the end he became a famous and influential scientist in electromagnetism. Faraday gave us faradic current, an alternating and interrupted current capable of producing a mechanical reaction on muscles without a chemical effect. It facilitates muscle contraction when inhibited by pain also inhibits pain on the area treated, and is also useful in muscle re-education with some forms of paralysis. [Faraday caused a revolution in physiotherapy and natural healing. Rev. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church in the eighteenth century, was actually an early naturopath, and advocated the practice of electrotherapy and whole person in medicine.]
Davy was a pioneer in the all important field of electrolysis, using the newly invented chemical battery to split up common compounds and thus prepare many new elements not previously known. He went on to electrolyze molten salts and discovered several new metals, especially sodium and potassium, highly reactive elements known as the alkali metals. Potassium was discovered in 1807 by Davy, who derived it from caustic potash, also known as lye, leached from hardwood ashes. Before the 18th century, no distinction was made between potassium and sodium, what we know now as the eternal dual, between the cell and lymph, between acidosis and health. Potassium was the first metal that was isolated by electrolysis and in the same year by passing an electric current through molten sodium hydroxide he isolated sodium. Davy went on to discover calcium in 1808 by electrolyzing a mixture of lime and mercuric oxide. He worked with electrolysis throughout his life and also discovered magnesium, boron, chlorine, iodine, and barium. Thus, Davy changed not only medicine and chemistry, but contributed significantly to developments in homeopathy, pharmacy and nutrition.
Calcium, of course, had been known from the earliest times and lime-burning was carried out by the Romans. Of course it was not called calcium, that was coined in 1808 by Davy himself, from Latin calx or "limestone." The Romans used lime for building, indeed they were the innovators of lime and natural cement mortars. It was used throughout the medieval period making castles, buildings and fortresses. [It was Jimi Hendrix who popularized castles made of sand]. It was during the 16th Century that lime made its use as a general soil enhancer, and the liming of fields became common practice. But let's not confuse those British limey's. Sailors in the 1700s and before used to die of scurvy because they didn't know to take foods with them that were high in vitamin C. Eventually British sailors under naval surgeon Dr. Lind hit on taking lemons, and cases of scurvy went way down. Later they switched to limes because they were cheaper, which was too bad because limes have less vitamin C than lemons. Sailors had to eat lots of limes, so they became known as limeys, since they so often put it in their afternoon rum drinks. Of course, eventually vitamin C was identified by Albert Szent-Györgyi, and given the scientific name "ascorbic acid". "A-scorbic" means "against scurvy". That too, would change nutritional practice forever.
Now let's get practical on calcium. Chalk, limestone and marble are different crystalline forms of calcium carbonate which occur in mountain ranges and in oyster shells (Hahnemann's calcarea carbonica) and coral (calcium). Coral Calcium, today's market hype, is a salt of calcium derived from fossilized coral reefs. It is composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), but with small amounts of magnesium and other important trace minerals. To absorb dietary calcium, the stomach must produce of course adequate hydrochloric acid, the only normal mineral acid in the body. Failing that form of calcium, one could add a small portion of calcium hydroxide (home depot cement) to distilled water and prepare limewater. Anybody can make it, by putting pure, clean, unslaked lime in pure water. Take a large bottle, and funnel into it enough lime to fill about one-fourth of its depth. Pour in water enough to fill it full, then cork and shake it. On standing, the clear lime-water will be ready for use. If all the lime is dissolved by its saturation; that is, contains as much as it will dissolve. Lime-water is often added with great advantage "to milk for babies, when they have sour stomach or diarrhea, as it is antacid and somewhat astringent." A tablespoonful may be put in a half pint of the child's food, so long as such an occasion exists. No harm will be done if it should be taken in that way for days, or even weeks. Don't worry, it won't dry into cement, but it will act as an anti-diarrheal, as do all the calcium salts (magnesium of course is the opposite).
Now, in homeopathic parlance, Aqua calcarea --Lime-water-- (1/2 teaspoonful in milk) can also be used as a rectal injection for oxyuris vermicularis (pinworms). But let's not forget Calcium chloratum - Rademacher's Liquor--(1 part to 2 of distilled water, of which take 15 drops in half a cup of water, five times daily. Good for boils and Porrigo capitis, as well as Vomiting of all food and drink, with gastric pain. Also of import in impetigo, glandular swellings, and angioneurotic edema. Rademacher's solution, five-drop doses three times a day in water, is also for those who are compelled to work, on an insufficient amount of sleep. [If you get all that, calcium deficiency has diverse implications, and calcium chloride assists the chloride efficiency of digesting it!]
Of course, as a pre-digestive aid, and antacid, a chunk of coral calcium, egg shells or oyster shell, can be dropped into a bottle of vinegar to solubilize it, and now one has an excellent salad tonic. Again, cork and shake it. And the body has to obtain adequate vitamin D from sunshine, by its photon action on dermal cholesterol (synthesis is from 7- dehydrocholesterol), and thus small bowel uptake is complete.
So there you go, medicine from the field for sour stomachs, diarrhea, pinworms and calcium deficiencies. An understanding of field chemistry, acid, antacid, acidosis, alkalosis. A scoop of bagged cement and bottled water. Now you're fit for missionary service in the antacid arena. Now you understand calcium, make no bones about it!
The Genius of Homeopathy
Lectures and Essays on Homeopathic Philosophy
By Dr Stuart M. CLOSE
Chapter I - The Psychological Point of View
Chapter II - General Interpretations
Chapter III - Schools of Philosophy
Chapter IV - The Scope of Homœopathy
Chapter V - The Unity of Medicine
Chapter VI - Life, Health and Disease
Chapter VII - Susceptibility, Reaction and Immunity
Chapter VIII - General Pathology of Homœopathy
Chapter IX - Cure and Recovery
Chapter X - Indispositions and the Second Best Remedy
Chapter XI - Symptomatology
Chapter XII - Examination of the Patient
Chapter XIII - Homœopathic Posology
Chapter XIV - Potentiation and the Infinitesimal Dose
Chapter XV - The Drug Potential
Chapter XVI - The Logic of Homœopathy
Chapter XVII - The Development of Hahnemannian Philosophy in the Sixth Edition of "The Organon"
Dr Stuart M. CLOSE
MANY of the articles which make up this book were originally prepared and delivered as lectures for the Senior Classes of the New-York Homœopathic Medical College, during my engagement as Professor of Homœopathic Philosophy, 1909-1913. Most of them, after revision, have appeared during the past four years in the Department of Homœopathic Philosophy conducted by me in The Homœopathic Recorder. Revised again, they are now issued in compliance with many requests from readers of The Recorder and others, who have expressed their belief that they are worthy of preservation and that their publication in book form will serve a useful purpose.
In discussing Hahnemannian principles from, a modern standpoint I hope to contribute something toward a renewal of interest in the science and art of therapeutic medication as exemplified in Homœopathy, of which the medical profession is much in need.
A review of current literature and neighborly relations with many physicians of the dominant school of medicine reveals not only a more friendly spirit than formerly existed, but an active interest in what their homœopathic brethren have to offer toward the solution of therapeutic problems and a duke to co-operate. The era of therapeutic nihilism is passing away. Thinking men and leaders of the dominant school are ready to participate in a scientific discussion of the theory and principles of therapeutic medication from a homœopathic standpoint when approached in a non-sectarian spirit. They are becoming more generally receptive of the idea of the existence of a general principle or law of therapeutic medication than ever before and more willing to consider evidence submitted in favor of that proposition. They rightly hold, however, that the evidence to be submitted should be prepared in such a manner as to comply with the requirements of scientific research. Leaving that phase of the subject to the scientific and research workers' and others to whom it may be congenial, and not forgetting the many in our own school who are interested, it seems permissible to present once more, as simply and attractively as possible, an exposition of the logical, historical and philosophical principles upon which Homœopathy is based and attempt to show, at least suggestively, its relation as a department of general medicine to other sciences. That is the object of this book. It makes no pretensions to being "scientific." It is conceived and submitted in a fraternal and philosophic spirit, however far it may fall short of adequate expression.
- Msgr. Prof. [Dr. of Med.] Charles McWilliams: Dr. Carlos Jaramillo
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