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injections of Cortisone have all been of no avail. Scan shows a huge cervical disc herniation at C6-7. He is
annoyed, tense; grouchy, can explode easily. In his youth, was abandoned and lived under child public care services;
was a rebel who wanted to destroy all mankind. In fact, he is sensitive under the hard shell. Stutters. Fastidious for
order. Feels good in altitude. Mercurius solubilis brought about a rapid improvement. Scan done five months later
showed regression of the herniated disc, right side.
2. 63-year-old retired Cardiologist with severe cervical nerve root syndrome due to diffuse and pronounced
cervical Arthrosis with flattening of C3-4 and C5-6 discs. Contractive stiffness from nape to the shoulders, with
intolerable deep tearing pain in the neck, and a burning tingling (pins and needles) which extends down to the posterior
parts of the arms to the last three digits, and down the mid-back. As the day progresses the pain becomes worse. Has
chills, and is chilly. Lying down ameliorates a bit.
The problem began 15 years ago and has become progressively worse Has played a lot of Soccer until about 8
years ago and enjoyed hitting the ball with head. Has played close to 40 years. Has tried Acupuncture, Physical
therapy, Analgesics, Traction, Homeopathy etc. but to no avail. four Steroid injections 20% reduction of pain. MRI
and CT Scan: anterior listhesis of C3 and C4, retrolisthesis of C4 and C5, and significant degenerative changes C4 to
C7. Surgery was not recommended due to the extensive degenerative changes at multiple levels. Over a period of 2
years he has received from two different homeopaths many remedies without benefit.
He is a hot patient. Jerking of a limb in sleep. Likes sweets, spicy, and salty foods. Very meticulous, disciplined,
very sociable, offended easily if someone is rude or not polite. Sensitive to offensive odors.
Sulphur and then Nux vomica did not help. The burning, prickling that the patient had in the cervical/thoracic
spine that was worse lying down and better from walking around fit Thallium metallicum. Immediate and maximum
relief was experienced. Tellurium followed. Now he is left with only 15-20% pain.
3. 72-year-old retired Engineer, with presumed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. About 3 years ago he lifted a
plastic pool half full of water that weighed over 500 lbs. to empty it, the patient felt a numbness with tingling in both
his feet. These paraesthesias never left, but gradually progressed upward to his neck. When aggravated he would get
dark rings under eyes, have bloodshot eyes, mucous in throat, and develop a strong body odor. If one side would
improve, then his eyes would also clear up. His hands have started to clench with flexion of the wrists, 2 years ago.
Felt his hands are oily, as if he had soaked them in oil and tried to pick up something. Hands shake constantly. Feels
very weak. Lost much strength in legs. Balance is very poor. All symptoms worse left side. < sudden noise, any
stress or anger, cold air, hot weather; > local heat. Feels extremely frustrated, used to build everything with his hands.
But now cannot even hold a plate without dropping it. Does not feel any tingling while sleeping; he never has the
tingling on waking until he starts to move to rise (and therefore he did not have Multiple sclerosis, but this was a
mechanical problem, a postural problem, probably blew a disc in his spine while he was lifting.) He has had Eczema
with itchiness on thighs and legs for years, which is > with Cortisone ointment. Warm-blooded person, likes spicy and
salty foods. A strong, stoic, patient. A caring person with good values.
Hypericum was given (electric shock kind of pain, with the ascending paraesthesia) and he had an aggravation of
most of his symptoms for the first three days and then he started to improve and within two weeks, he was almost
completely recovered. Back to his old self, full of energy, with full use of his hands and body. It has been three
months since the remedy, and he is still fine. His Eczema has broken out. The worst he has had.
92. Dissimilar Disease
SAINE Andre (Simillimum, 10,1/1997)
Refer to Paras 39,41,42...in The Organon, on “complex disease” and “dissimilar disease”. These should be
understood, as they are very important. The point is that as a disease - an acute disease or a chronic disease -
progresses, you will go into different stages of the disease. If a different remedy is needed for the different stages, it is
a dissimilar disease which means, not similar to the prior state. If a remedy of the prior state is given in the progression
of disease either acute or chronic what will happen is that you will precipitate the following state. You are going to
make it worse. A case of a 48-year-old woman with serious pathologies is given in full detail to explain this;
93. Hypothyroidism, Panic attacks, and Anorexia: Three Cases demanding respect
SOUTH Lianne (SIM, 10,1/1997)
1. 19-year-old female student with diagnosed Grave’s Disease. She had a great sense of hyperbole. From out of
her voluntary narration, four rubrics were formed: Affectation, Contemptuous, Loquacity, Ambitious and the remedies
Lachesis, Platina, Hyoscyamus, Veratrum album came up. Platina was chosen. From December 1993 to February
1995 she was on treatment. Follow-up in September 1996 confirmed that there was no relapse of thyroid symptoms.
An interesting case study.
2. 15-year-old young woman, a nationally-competitive Skier. She suffered a neck injury while skiing, and she had
another small injury falling off her bike. Shortly after that she began to have terrible panic-attacks: a lot of dizziness,
hyperventilation, and “really weird thoughts.” Always afraid of needles, pins, and spiders, but this got much worse.
She is on the drugs Prozac, Zanax, and Imipramine, with no help. Instead she got terrible panic attacks, seven or eight
times a day. She looked a 21 year-old instead of her actual 15. She is a very sophisticated, very beautiful, and very
arrogant, girl. The rubrics: Haughty; Fear, overpowering; Anxiety; and Delusions, horrible. Platina M once and XM
twice, during the period April 1995 to July 1995, and she remains well.