Determining The Causes Of A Disease
( Originally Published 1934 )
We hope that this will assist materially in simplifying the understanding of the causation of most of our illnesses and diseases. If we acknowledge and recognize a common foundation of disease, then the causation of diseases is neither as mysterious nor incomprehensible as is generally believed. This simplified understanding of the nature of disease is made possible by the rapid curative results obtained by the intensely practical means of this system. There is rarely an illness which is single. Most all illnesses are multiple. Therefore, it is not fair to attach the tag of diagnosis or name to a solitary predominating disease which stands out for the time being, let us say, like pneumonia, appendicitis, tuberculosis of the lungs, or meningitis, or most any illness which may predominate for the time. Let us take pneumonia for example. The pneumonia was preceded by other determining factors such as deficient oxygen intake, sinusitis and poisoning the body with bad food. These three are the greatest, commonest and principal resistance reducers of the human body under most all circumstances and at all ages. All these factors and probably others have extended over a considerable period of time, and they have all caused many other illnesses of the body in general and some organs in particular, with the point of most prominence appearing in the lungs. The same facts hold true of appendicitis, meningitis, or most any other illness. Herein a common cause for most of our illnesses is given as the explanation for their origin. This is much easier to visualize and comprehend than the multitudinous explanations and appellations which are used almost as many explanations as sicknesses are usually offered. This, on the face of it, must be wrong. Such a simple explanation for the origin and causation of diseases as offered here must in all probability be correct, for in simplicity there is truth. Particularly is this found to be so in actual practice; failures to pro-duce successful results are remarkably rare. After all, actual practice is the crucial test.
The use of too many names has led to much confusion and has made the correct diagnosis more difficult. In most of our illnesses the various diseases or complications (in the illness of any one person) are merely different parts of the whole illness, and in order to effectively and intelligently correct the various diseases and complications, the whole (all the illnesses) must be capable of being attacked at one and the same time by the same means. It is exactly this, which this system makes possible; by attacking the common foundation of disease, all the various diseases of so many different parts of the body are simultaneously attacked and corrected by the simple means devised. In other words, in most any illness, the whole person is ill, not just one part or organ. For example, let us take the case of a child or adult seriously ill with pneumonia. The child or adult may have at the same time a bad cold, abscesses of the ears or even a mastoid inflammation, or laryngitis and bronchitis, and even abdominal complaints. Now the antisepticizing treatments enable us to simultaneously help and relieve all the various illnesses by attacking the common cause of them all, thus helping to simplify the etiology of disease and relieving all the diseases at one and the same time.
Determining the Exact Disease or Diseases the Patient Is Suffering From--The Diagnosis
All the necessary well-thought-of diagnostic means accepted by the medical profession as a whole should be employed in every case to aid in arriving at a correct diagnosis. This should include a full, careful and complete physical examination, and also all other well-recognized laboratory tests and examinations.
To correctly diagnose the disease or diseases from which one is suffering, only too often is one of the most difficult tasks on earth. In a large percentage of illnesses, making the right diagnosis is humanly impossible at the onset of many illnesses, and in many instances it is almost impossible even after the sickness is well advanced; often this is equivalent to saying at the proper or safe time. Therefore, the most encouraging thought in connection with diagnosis in all cases wherein this system of medicine is employed properly is the following learned from actual experience : The administration of the nasal antisepticizing treatments as soon as possible in any seriously ill case difficult of diagnosis, assists us materially in making an early diagnosis. Just how this works is as follows : As mentioned above, there are many side or additional minor illnesses which affect almost all patients at the same time the principal illness is doing its most harm. Now, the antisepticizing treatments, as a rule, quickly control and eliminate from the picture and therefore, from consideration, most all these adventitious or accessory minor illnesses and permit the major or most serious illness to predominate and there-fore stand out and be recognized. Furthermore, the prompt use of the antisepticizing treatments at the earliest possible moment, if possible at the onset of any illness, also helps most patients wonderfully in every respect. At least we are enabled to do a great deal for the patient while waiting for the diagnosis to be made. Valuable time is not wasted thereby. In using the antisepticizing treatments, much is done for the patient and valuable time is not lost. This is frequently the deciding point between life and death.
As a general rule, we may take it for granted that if the patient does not quickly and favorably respond to the nasal antisepticizing treatments, the diagnosis is insufficient or we are dealing with the terminal or hopeless stage of a disease. We may be quite sure that there are present unrecognized complicating illnesses which would and should explain our difficulty to help the patient. It will be found that merely with the use of the antisepticizing treatments and the proper diet, that most patients will quickly get well and therefore the diagnosis will be simplified.
Again this system of medicine gives us a much better opportunity to make the diagnosis for the very good reason that most complications, if not all, are prevented as a rule if the antisepticizing treatments are used in time. The fatal ending in most cases is a result of the harmful and destructive effects of complications.
Another excellent reason why this system gives us a much better opportunity to make the diagnosis is because it gives us much more time. That is, it keeps most seriously ill patients and even critically ill patients alive much longer. The longer you can keep the patient alive, the better and greater are our chances for arriving at a correct diagnosis and helping the patient.
The diagnosis of disease is the most difficult branch of the entire medical science. With the exception of permanently successful treatment which, after all, is paramount, all the other branches of the medical science are really subservient to diagnosis.
The nasal antisepticizing treatments of this system have such remarkable curative powers that in many moderately, seriously or even dangerously ill patients, where time is an important element, this rule of diagnosis first, may be reversed temporarily. That is, thanks to the effectiveness and rapidity with which this treatment works, treatment in general, for the time being, may even take precedence over diagnosis for the very good reason, as explained, that in many cases immediate, accurate diagnosis is impossible. In many seriously ill or desperate cases we cannot wait for the diagnosis but must have certain means whereby we can assist the patient at once and put the illness under control. The nasal antisepticizing treatment offers us this means; it can be successfully used in most cases. A reasonable claim to a fool-proof system of medicine is made possible by the fact that repeatedly, with extremely few exceptions, successful results are obtained in patient after patient by the means and therapy of this system; and that if the patient does not remain well after repeatedly successful temporary recoveries by these treatments, we may then be assured that the full diagnosis has not been made.
In a science so difficult, so complicated, so vital as the medical science, a truly fool proof practice of medicine would be a blessing.
To illustrate the difficulty of making a correct diagnosis, the following history is presented of a rather remarkable case of a seriously ill patient wherein these methods were faithfully used. We can frankly claim that these methods and therapy enabled us to keep the patient alive especially over the extremely serious and acute attacks, until the correct diagnosis was made. Faith was never lost for a moment in this system and rightly so.
Illustrative case: The patient had been seen by more than twenty of our leading medical men over a period of seven months. This patient had taken suddenly ill with extremely peculiar, violent and serious symptoms. These symptoms consisted of a sudden, great distention of the abdomen, associated with acute gastric dilatation ; very rapid pulse ; extreme dyspnea (dangerous and alarming shortness of breath), choking; prostration; marked nausea; a horrible sense of impending dissolution and death; and uncontrollable aimless fear, and sense of apprehension, distention feeling of the head; compressing, band-like feeling around the head; some dizziness on turning; marked wakefulness and complete sleeplessness (insomnia) ; frequent and urgent, burning urination; constipation; decided loss of weight; profuse, persistent and more than excessive perspiration; horrible nightmares and intense sensation of dread during what little sleep the patient could get ; extreme pallor and marked ashen-gray color of the skin of the entire body, especially of the face. Urine was negative; aside from the deranged (irregular) action, the heart was negative; lungs negative; Wassermann negative.
There were three such major periods of illnesses, each extending over a period of from four to six weeks; each major period consisted of repeated daily or weekly attacks of greater or lesser severity, coming on at irregular intervals, especially late in the evening or at night. These individual attacks came on rather suddenly and consisted of extremely rapid pulse, alarming dyspnea and shortness of breath, great nervousness and restlessness, and most, if not all, of the above mentioned symptoms. Twenty or more of our best medical men saw this patient and the diagnoses ranged anywhere from influenza to meningitis.
The methods and therapy of the common foundation system of medicine were repeatedly, persistently and continuously employed and never for a moment was confidence lost in them. Only a weak solution of ephedrine sulphate, one per cent, was used for opening the nose, which was followed by a 1-1000 bichloride of mercury solution, both for spraying the nasal cavities and washing out the various sinuses.
The persistent, continuous and immediate use of the antisepticizing treatments would manage to keep the patient alive, especially to tide over the acute attacks even when the dyspnea would be so extreme that we often thought the patient would expire any moment.
Now, just the fact that the therapy and methods of the common foundation system of medicine did not succeed in permanently curing the patient, should have put us on our guard in view of the fact that no other palpable, evident reason for this patient's mysterious and continued serious illness could be found. For these reasons we should have doubted the correctness of the numerous diagnoses. If the patient does not get well, the diagnosis is wrong. In this case the true and correct diagnosis was cocaine poisoning, administered surreptitiously in the patient's food from one to more times daily. When this was discovered, the patient got well in very short order by a complete change of source of food supply.