THIRTY YEARS OF CLINICAL RESEARCH AND CONFIRMATION OF THE INTESTINAL NOSODE
WILLIAM B. GRIGGS, M.D.
(JAIH. 59, 7-8/1966)
Non-Lactose fermenting bacilli have been long observed as inhabitants of the intestine, but in bacteriological works no particular significance had been assigned to them nor importance given to their pathogenic effects in man.
The late Dr. T. M. DISHINGTON conceived the idea of having the autogenous vaccines of patients potentized, and from a collection of autogenous vaccines making a “proving” from the clinical symptoms thus obtained. These potentized vaccines made from abnormal bacilli in the intestine are, of course, true nosodes.
Dysentery co. is the name given to the Nosode prepared from cultures of the B. dysenterica.
My research work was done by two pathologists, Dr. John WERTZ and Dr. George HOPP, at the Women’s Homeopathic Hospital and St. Luke’s Children’s Medical Center. I took my symptomatic observations from those cases that had from 80 to 100 percent of the Nosode present in the stool. My cases from which I will report were all made with the potentized Nosode. I will now describe the method of clinical research which I established.
The Nosode in question is the Dysentery co. In presenting to you a brief summary of the Provings of the non-lactose organisms of the intestine in relation to diseases of children, it is particularly fitting to open with the Nosode prepared from cultures of the B. dysenterica.
For this Nosode I will suggest the “Keynote” which Dr. PATERSON has suggested, that is “anticipatory nerve tension,” mental nervous tension, mental uneasiness in anticipation of some event. The “Dysentery co.” child is of hypersensitive nature, which expresses itself as shyness or timidity. You cannot fail to note this in the typical facies of the child. In the presence of strangers the whole attitude of the child expresses the nerve tension felt within, and you will observe the tenseness of the facial expression, which is not altogether an expression of fear, but more an expression of an alertness - a tuning up of the nerve centres to full pitch of expectancy to enable an immediate response to be made on the reception of the slightest external stimulus. Headache, frontal over the eyes, or in vertex, brought on by excitement; often occurs at regular time periods of 7 or 14 days’ cycle. Duodenal ulcer often calls for the use of the Nosode Dysentery co. Cardiovascular, functional disturbance of heart action, associated with nerve tension; palpitation before important events; anticipatory discomfort in the cardiac area.
For example, if you address the child or make a complimentary remark there will appear almost immediately a hyperaemia of the surface capillaries of the cheeks - a blushing of the skin - which is the more noticeable because of the peculiarly white background of the rest of the skin area. The instability of the capillary circulation under the influence of the sympathetic nervous system is a characteristic you must remember in the clinical Proving of Dysentery co.
If you continue your observation - that is keep the child under tension – you may note the fibrillary muscular twitchings of the face or limbs which would suggest to your mind the symptom complex so common in the child, namely St. Vitus dance (Chorea).
It is not considered good homœopathic practice to prescribe for disease names, but if you are called upon to treat Chorea in the child, you would be fully justified in immediately recalling to your mind the fact that the Nosode (Dysentery co.) has much of this characteristic muscular twitching in its clinical Proving.
I will now describe some clinical cases in which the Dysentery co. had proved highly curative.
1. Roger C. – Age 12 – I was called to see this young chap who was suffering rheumatic pains in the joints of his upper extremities. His temperature was 103° F. and he had pain on the least movement of the limbs. I gave him Bryonia, which brought temporary relief. Then the pains all descended down through the lower extremities with some pain in the chest. I then prescribed Kalmia lat. In 48 hours all pain in the extremities was completely dissipated, but he complained of pain over the cardiac region. Upon careful examination, I diagnosed a soft systolic murmur over the mitral area; we were dealing with an acute rheumatic endocarditis. Observing the child’s anxiety and nerve tension about himself, I prescribed Dysentery co. under the influence of this Nosode, his temperature came down, the cardiac pain was relieved, and the murmur completely disappeared at the end of two weeks. This demonstrated the curative effect of this Nosode in rheumatic Endocarditis. This boy continued to improve physically and was pronounced by a prominent cardiologist, fit to go into athletics.
2. Baby X – A male infant born in the Women’s Homeopathic Hospital under the care of Dr. Israel Binder presented the following picture: sudden and projectile vomiting a few weeks after birth. I was asked to see the case and made a provisional diagnosis of Pyloric Stenosis based upon the fact of the type of vomiting after feeding, and the characteristic starvation stool. I prescribed Nux vomica plus a Sauer formula and a venous clysis of saline and glucose. Dr. John WERTZ examined this stool and found Dysentery co. present. This I prescribed in the 30th potency and in 48 hours the vomiting ceased and in a week I had a normal stool from the diet. This demonstrated the curative value of Dysentery co. in pyloric spasm.
3. The third case is Miss L. H. – Age 9 – She was admitted to the Women’s Homeopathic Hospital with a diagnosis of Chorea. She was a bright and intelligent patient with a pure white skin, with jerkings and twitching over the eye-lids, facial muscles, and hands. She was unable to feed herself. The symptoms took a diagonal direction. Agaricus was prescribed with some amelioration. After two weeks, when a slight mitral murmur was discovered, I prescribed Dysentery co., and in one week she was able to feed herself. In another month she was discharged cured, with no change in the remedy. This also demonstrated the curative action of Dysentery co. in severe cases of Chorea.
This intestinal Nosode is like all other remedies in the orthodox Materia Medica. The knowledge of the use of these and many other remedies comes only through careful study of drugs from the standpoint of their similarity of action. He who looks upon disease as an entity for which a specific remedy can be devised never can attain the knowledge of how to cure. Only he can gain it who recognizes:
First: That each individual reacts to the infection according to the laws of his own being;
Second: That his symptoms are the result of that reaction, and that they represent the body’s attempt to get well;
Third: That the body reacts as a whole, each tissue doing its part, and that the totality of the symptoms represents a single effort and requires a single drug for a cure;
Fourth: That the curative remedy is that one which stimulates a reaction in the body like the one the body already is attempting, in other words, causes symptoms like those already present;
Fifth: That the curative reaction of the body is a positive effort, i.e., the protective mechanism is stimulated, not depressed; therefore, minute doses of the similar or curative drug must be used, because of the fact that small amounts of drugs stimulate while large amounts suppress.
I hope I have been able to demonstrate some of the clinical curative range of this valuable Nosode.