22. Whatever will cleanse the stomach, restore the natural heat and produce perspiration, will also tend to restore digestion, assimilation, the secretions, and in fine, remove every derangement which occurs in the system.
23. The lower order of animals, as the hybenating species, will bear the abstraction of heat from their bodies without producing disorganization; they sink into a state of torpor and insensibility during winter, and on the return of warm weather are reawakened into life and activity.
24. In the higher order of animals and in man, the abstraction of heat cannot be borne below a certain degree, but for a limited period, without producing disorganization and death. Hence, they are endowed with a power to React against cold and other deleterious agents; and by thus establishing a counteracting force or influence, life and organization is preserved against causes tending to their destruction. Many of the symptoms which occur in disease, as pain and fever, are caused by the recuperative, life-sustaining actions, the organs being driven, as it were, to a new mode of action, with the design of counteracting the influence of offending causes, and regaining their lost vitality.
25. Fever does not constitute a disease, but is always an evidence of the existence of an offending cause in the system, and which nature is struggling to remove.
26. Living beings are ever surrounded by agents or powers which exert an influence in direct antagonism to the laws of life tending to subvert or destroy vital action. Thus the living state is held, as it were, in a balance between opposing powers.
27. The direct effect of cold and other morbific agents upon the system, is to weaken vital action, and to lessen the power of generating heat: hence, disease of every form and variety commences with symptoms which show that the vital powers are weakened; these are Lassitude, General Debility, Coldness of the Surface and Extremities, and Chilliness. Cold and Damp Feet exert an influence in weakening and deranging the natural and healthy order of action in the system, and thus prove a fruitful source of disease. Dampness probably operates as a conducting medium by which the caloric, but more especially the electro-galvanic fluid escapes, not only from the lower extremities but also from the stomach and all the viscera of the abdomen, by means of the nerves, which form a connecting chain of conductors or channels throughout the system, for the passage or circulation of this nervous fluid. As the nervous influence escapes from the system, the functions, over which it has control, become enfeebled and deranged.
28. The first symptoms in disease prove a weakened condition of vital action. As the constitution reacts, a new train of symptoms ensues. The pulse becomes quicker and stronger; the surface becomes hot and dry, and the system is in a state of feverish excitement, or in other words, the patient has a fever. The constitution struggles against disease and occasions the fever, and it is by this power of reaction that disease is overcome.
Intermittent fever, as it is termed, commences with a chill. As the system reacts, fever comes on; and the recuperative efforts which occasion the fever, restore the heat, bring on perspiration and frequently other critical evacuations more especially from the kidneys, by which the disease is partly or wholly removed, until the return of the succeeding chill, when the constitution institutes the same preservative, recuperative train of action. In Eruptive Diseases, as Small-pox, Measles, and Scarlet Fever, there are always in the commencement General Debility, Chilliness, and a Disordered Stomach. These are the direct effects of the morbific agent that produces the disease, and but for a counteracting influence, vital actions would be overcome. The constitution establishes a reaction or fever, by which the disease is thrown to the surface, producing an eruption on the skin.
29. The design of reaction or fever is to restore the lost heat and vitality, and remove all morbific or deleterious agents and their effects from the system, and thus preserve it from disease.
30. A course of treatment that will cleanse the stomach and bowels and restore their natural action, and remove obstructions from the system, will also remove fevers, by assisting to bring about what the fever is endeavoring to accomplish. When the offending cause is removed there will be nothing to excite fever or reaction.
There is another and very opposite plan for subduing fever, to wit: By reducing the vital force or the recuperative efforts of nature, by purging, with the use of poisonous agents, such as are now used, i. e., Aconite, Belladonna, Strychnine, etc. This, though the fashionable practice, is nevertheless unnatural, unsuccessful, and hazardous to the future health, if not to the life of the patients on whom it is practiced.
There is hardly a single man or woman, who has only had the grippe, that is not suffering from some weakness. This is absolutely nothing less than the after affects of the fashionable treatment followed at the present time. I have been in practice for more than two years at one place, have treated all kinds of cases during that time, have not lost a Single patient during all that time. I simply follow the natural, common-sense treatment, help the system to throw off all morbid matter, and when the disease leaves the system there is then no other disease lurking there from the medicine that has been given. My reader may ask: "Does the medical profession look with favor on your practice?" Certainly not. The thanks that I have received so far can be summed up in one word "persecutions".
31. An important indication in the treatment of all acute diseases, attended with high arterial excitement or violent fever, is to overcome the contracted or spasmodic condition of the capillary vessels by relaxing the system with "Lobelia."
32. To effect a relaxation of the system there is probably no agent of equal value with the "Lobelia Inflata." This medicine exerts a surprising influence in equalizing the nervous power, and in relaxing the system, without weakening the vital properties. In many instances, however, fever may be removed by the same means alone that will overcome a chill, i. e., Pure Stimulants and Vapor Baths. Medical men of the old school have not made a proper distinction between pure stimulants that strengthen and promote a healthy action, and those agents which occasion morbid excitement at the expense of the vital powers. Brandy and all alcoholic preparations aggravate fever, and hence it is inferred that all stimulants are improper in such cases. A patient, in a fever that would be injured by Brandy, would in the same condition be benefitted by drinking freely of Capsicum Tea or taking one grain Capsicum tablets every thirty minutes. It is as contrary to the theories of the regular practice to use Capsicum in Scarlet Fever as in any other form of fever, it being a disease of a highly inflammatory character, and yet a majority probably of the profession make use of this article in Scarlatina, and many of them depend exclusively upon it.
33. As a consequence of a reduction and derangement of vital action, there are in disease thickened, morbid secretions, by Dr. Thomson termed "Canker," formed on the lining membrane of the stomach and bowels, and which in acute disease, as in Dysentery, Pleurisy, the various forms of Eruptive disease and all other Febrile affections, tend more or less to putrefaction, and thus prove deleterious to the constitution. The stomach becoming coated with thickened tenacious secretion or "canker," is probably a general cause of a disease being protracted. It is an observation of Samuel Thomson, that "where there is a settled fever there is canker seated in the stomach." The tongue is more or less coated with "Canker" or morbid secretions in disease, and its appearance affords a criterion by which to judge of the condition of the stomach. A tendency in this Canker to soften and clean off from the edges of the tongue, is usually one of the first signs indicating a favorable crisis in a disease.
34. To remove the Canker is of the first importance in the cure of disease. This requires in the first place the use of such means as will excite the secretions, and restore the inward or natural heat, by which, as Dr. Thomson expresses it, "The Canker is brought to a point," and as these morbid secretions soften they may be removed by the use of what is known as No. 3, or medicine for Canker. The Tannin and Gallic Acid contained in these vegetable preparations, have a strong affinity for the Canker, and by combining with it overcome its tendency to putrefaction, and they also detach it from the mucous membranes, and thus remove obstructions to the secretions, and enable nourishment to be taken up by the Chyliferous Vessels.
35. In violent local determination of blood to a part or organ, as in Croup, Inflammation of the Brain, Violent Pleurisy, Inflammation of the Kidneys, Apoplexy, etc., one of the most important indications in the treatment is to overcome this undue determination to the diseased part by relaxing the system with "Lobelia," either by the stomach or administered by injection. The same course of treatment is applicable in Profuse Hemorrhage, as in Bleeding from the Lungs, Nose, or Uterine Organs.
36. Finally, Dr. Thomson's system fulfills all the important indications for the cure of disease in general; and, if judiciously applied, will effect a cure in all cases that are curable by means of medicine.