Mercury Hydrargyrum or Quicksilver
Outline of the section: Effect of drug from the viewpoint of natural therapeutics discussed.
These are the three names for the only liquid metallic element. It is used as medicine in more than a hundred different forms. The nitrates, oxids, chlorids and iodids are Thou salts most frequently employed in medicine. Other preparations commonly used are. blue mass and calomel, and in syphilis the bichlorid, the yellow iodid and the red iodid. Still other preparations are cyanid, the yellow sub sulphate, mercury and chalk, the plaster and the iodid of mercury and arsenic, yellow wash, black wash, corrosive sublimate, etc.
Effect of Drug from the Viewpoint of Natural Therapeutics
In the first few years, after the mercury has been absorbed by the organism, and while it is "wandering" in the circulation and in the tissues, it shows in the iris, especially in the upper half, as a whitish film. After five or more years it begins to condense into a greenish crescent of metallic luster on the uppermost margin of the brain region in the blue eye and of bluish color in the brown eye. In serious cases this greenish rim may extend all around the outer margin of the iris. The metal, on account of its deteriorating effect upon the skin, also greatly broadens and intensifies the scurf rim. (Color plate, Fig. d, p. 116)
It takes this treacherous, insidious poison from five to fifteen years to create its havoc in the brain and nervous system. "When this commences, unless radical measures are employed, it marks the beginning of the end--the development of locomotor ataxia, paralysis agitans, paresis, etc.
The first and secondary stages of syphilis mark Nature's efforts to expel the syphilitic virus; the tertiary stage is due to the destructive effects of mercury, iodin, potassium, salvarsan (arsenic), etc., on the brain, spinal cord and other vital organs.
"All wrong," exclaims the allopath, "these tertiary symptoms are due to syphilis, not to mercury."
To this we answer, "Not so; we have treated hundreds of cases of luetic diseases but not a single one has ever developed any tertiary symptoms."
Syphilitic cases under favorable circumstances recover under homeopathic or Christian Science treatment. If the highly diluted remedy or the metaphysical formula does not actually cure the disease, it at least does not interfere with Nature's cleansing, healing processes.
Treatment under our system usually lasts from three to six months and after this natural cure the patient's system is purer than before infection because the ulcers, discharges or skin eruptions have acted as fontanelles and the treatment has eliminated not only the venereal virus, but also other hereditary and acquired taints latent in the system.
On the other hand, we have in every case of locomotor ataxia, paralysis agitans or paresis, unraveled a history of some form of alterative treatment and usually found the corresponding signs of these poisons in the iris.
Says the allopath, "This talk does not amount to anything ; it is unorthodox and unscientific ; all our authorities contradict it."
Possibly; but the experience of thousands of patients, for twenty to thirty years slowly tortured to death, verifies it. Not even the fanatical inquisition nor the imaginative brain of a cruel Indian has ever invented tortures more inhuman and devastating than those inflicted by the "alteratives". How much more merciful would it be to give these victims of medical malpractice in the beginning a good big dose of an "alterative" and have done with it!
When you see vigorous, blue eyed manhood succumb in the prime of life to destructive diseases "which have never before been in the family"--think of the alteratives!
When you see a young wife, once the embodiment of health, fading away after marriage, a victim of mysterious ailments--think of the alteratives! Medical authorities claim that over fifty per cent of all men in large cities have been treated for venereal diseases.
When you see the offspring of a healthy mother made defective by scrofula, chronic catarrh, decayed teeth, epilepsy or idiocy--think of the alteratives! Anemia, rachitis and scrofulous constitutions in children are only too often due to the poisoned blood of their progenitors.
With every additional year of practice and observation my conviction is strengthened that drug poisoning is the most fruitful source of chronic and hereditary disease. Nature tries to remedy the effects of wrong living by acute reactions of brief duration, but three fourths of the most dreadful cases of chronic disease coming to us for diagnosis and treatment are caused by the suppression of Nature's acute healing efforts and by the destructive effects of poisonous drugs, vaccines, serums, antitoxins, and of uncalled for surgical operations.
Locomotor ataxia, paralysis agitans and paresis are man made. Nature never punishes and curses her children in such a dreadful manner. All such suffering is the result of human ignorance, prejudice and indifference.
Lest these statements appear exaggerated and iconoclastic, I shall quote passages from various allopathic authorities who consciously or unwittingly confirm my position.
A. Ross Diefendorf, M. D., is an authority on mental diseases in this country. He was formerly lecturer on Psychiatry at Yale University and a member of many medical societies.
His book "Clinical Psychiatry" is in common use as a text-book in many American colleges. It is interesting to note how unconsciously he confirms our claims that mercury and not syphilis is to blame for the entire train of so called syphilitic symptoms. On page 276 in the work before mentioned, Dr. Diefendorf says, in Chapter VI on Dementia Paralytica (Paresis) :
"Dementia Paralytica, or general paresis of the insane, is a chronic psychosis of middle age, characterized by progressive mental deterioration with symptoms of excitation of the central nervous system, leading to absolute dementia and paralysis, and pathologically, by a fairly definite series of organic changes in the brain and spinal cord, probably the result of some toxin, in the origin of which syphilis is most often an important factor.
"Etiology.--The disease is unknown among the uncivilized nations and is most prevalent in western Europe and North America, hence, it seems to be a disease of modern civilization. In America, the disease comprises from five to eight per cent of the admissions to insane institutions, but in some European cities, notably Berlin and Munich, the paretics average thirty-six to forty-five per cent of the male admissions. The disease is somewhat more prevalent in large cities and manufacturing centers, while it is relatively rare in farming communities."
Uncivilized nations do not treat syphilis or other diseases with mercury; therefore, we find among them no Dementia Paralytica, locomotor ataxia or paralysis agitans. These diseases are found only in localities of the earth where drug stores flourish.
Therefore, paralytic diseases are more prevalent in large cities and manufacturing centers where syphilitic diseases and consequent mercurial treatment are more prevalent.
"Negresses show a striking tendency to the disease; in Connecticut the negress paretics are ten times more prevalent than the female white paretics."
If negroes are free from the disease in Africa, as medical authorities state, but "show a striking tendency" to it in civilized countries, how can this be explained except on the ground that the disease is the product of unnatural treatment and drug poisoning?
"Our average age of onset in 172 cases is forty two years. Kraepelin in 249 cases finds that it occurs preeminently in middle life, as eighty one per cent of the cases occur between thirty and fifty years, the disease rarely appearing before twentyfive or after fiftyfive years of age."
Syphilitic diseases are usually contracted between the ages of twenty and thirty and it takes from ten to twenty years for mercury to complete its work of destruction in brain and nerve matter.
"Recently a number of cases of juvenile paresis have been reported occurring between the ages of ten to twenty years, in which hereditary paresis, syphilis and alcoholism are prominent factors. Clinically, the juvenile form is characterized by simple deterioration of three to four years' duration with numerous paralytic attacks, choreic disturbances, and paralyses."
Frequently young children are subjected to prolonged mercurial treatment on the mere suspicion that they have hereditary syphilis, or for curing eczemata.