Teeth Worst Offenders
( Originally Published 1936 )
The teeth were unquestionably the worst sources of infection, and as they could not be safely saved, I advised their removal. In addition, I recommended common sense in his living habits and, later, removal of tonsils and appendix, if necessary. The eye, as frequently occurs, was worse for a few days after the removal of the infected teeth, after which it promptly got well and has remained so for the past year. He insists on retaining his appendix and tonsils, and is even unwilling to minimize infection from these sources. Unless normalized or removed, they will cause another chapter to this story at some future time when his vitality again is lowered.
Mr. B. awoke one morning and immediately noticed that some-thing was wrong with his eyes. He saw double, and on looking at himself in the mirror found that one eyelid drooped. He had been in the best of health and could not remember any past illness that could account for this. Nevertheless, an examination of his blood showed a general infection, which yielded to treatment, and as it got better, the eyes improved.
Mrs. Jones began suffering from headaches after reading a few moments. She needed only proper glasses, which I prescribed and which she wore constantly, obtaining prompt and complete relief. After a month she began wearing the glasses only for close use, with continued complete relief. Several months later, however, her husband lost his position, and within two weeks her headaches promptly returned. After a re-examination showed that the glasses were practically correct, she began wearing them again constantly with partial relief. In several weeks, her husband secured another position, and within a few days the headaches ceased completely. They were obviously due partly to eye strain and partly to a general nervous irritability associated with fear, loss of appetite, etc., and other factors surrounding her husband's economic status.