Acute Diseases Of The Heart
( Originally Published 1934 )
Almost all cases of heart diseases of both the acute and chronic types are secondary to focal infection from the absorption of germs or their poisons (toxins) or both from local foci. The principal source of supply of these germs and poisons (toxins) to the diseased heart is from the patient's common foundation of disease which consists principally of the nasal sinuses and the nose, and from secondary foci from bad teeth, diseased tonsils, and possibly from other secondary foci such as diseased appendices, hemorrhoids, prostate and most any other abscess which may be present in any part of the body. All these secondary foci are dependent for their existence on the principal or mother focus the nasal sinus or the patient's common foundation of disease.
Theoretically, if this statement is true, then the correction of the patient's common foundation of disease should rapidly control and heal as much as possible the disease of the heart. When properly put into practice, these facts prove themselves to be true and correct, and the excellent efficiency of these methods in producing good results in all forms of heart disease quickly convinces us of their correctness.
Nothing will control acute attacks of heart disease as rapidly as these methods. Just as quickly as acute rheumatism or focal infection can be controlled and cured by these methods, so quickly can the inflammation of the various tissues and structures of the heart be put under control and healed. Time must not be lost in these cases, since irreparable damage may result to the valves or muscles of the heart. The sooner the patient is put under treatment, the less likely are we to have permanent disability remaining with the resulting heart murmurs and abnormal heart action.
Patients suffering with extensive disease of the valves of the heart are the difficult and worrisome patients.
When the heart muscles weaken and give way under the excessive load or strain, which is known as a broken compensation, it is surprising and delightful to see how nicely and quickly the patient improves, the shortness of breath is relieved, the pains around the heart removed, the pulse made to beat slower and stronger by the use of these treatments and methods, and in many cases merely by just the use of the antisepticizing treatments. Some desperate cases of patients dying of heart disease may require the forcible spraying out of the maxillary sinuses and even an emergency performance or repetition of the Upper Respiratory Passage Operation as described in the second section of this book for physicians. This may be the only means of saving the patient's life. Much less of the drug digitalis (heart stimulant) will be necessary. The patient will be enabled to sleep, and in a more comfortable position; he will be able to lie flat on a pillow or two and not be compelled to sleep sitting upright on a back rest, since the gasping for breath will have disappeared and the patient can breathe and rest comfortably. The passing of the urine will be greatly increased in quantity, the marked swelling of the abdomen and feet (edema) will decrease decidedly, and in every way the patient will be made comfortable and happy.
Acute attacks of heart disease superimposed on old, chronically inflamed hearts are always due to recent absorption of focal infection in large quantities from the patient's common foundation of disease, following a cold due to a fresh infection and a new attack of indigestion or better expressed a fresh upsetting of the person by the eating of bad food. These patients suffer mostly from what is known as a broken compensation. This is a failing or weakening heart. All these injurious agents to the heart come principally from the patient's common foundation of disease; hence, the rapid improvement under common foundationing again explains and both proves the correctness of the theories of common foundationing. As a rule, the immediate, energetic use of the antisepticizing treatments and in some cases also the resort to some of the minor surgical aids of this system will quickly restore the patient. The physician should also use digitalis or other heart stimulants in worrisome cases. These heart stimulants alone will not save the patient, but when combined with the antisepticizing treatments and some of the other methods of common foundationing, in most instances the patient will be saved.
These people suffering from heart disease are mouth breathers. In fact, when the heart gives way, they suffer from shortness of breath (dyspnea), and gasp for breath. The antisepticizing treatments and, if necessary, some of the other methods of this system open the nose and enable the patients to breathe more easily and the gasping for breath is relieved. They are enabled to inhale much more oxygen; and also to breathe with their mouths closed.
Most of these cases can be kept alive many years longer by these methods than by the use of drugs (stimulants) alone.