here have been many preparations from different
tubercule, and they all act. It is a 'nosode' which in one form oranother,
one would be sorry to be without. In potency, killed and sterile and
triturated and, in the 30th potency, merely one part in a decillion, in
alcoholic tincture; and of that, only sufficient used to medicate a few
tinest pellets of milk sugar. By the methods of Hahnemann, the most
terrible poisons and disease products can be so tamed and roped-in as
to affect curatively the strong man, who needs them and is therefore
hypersensitive to their action, and yet perfectly innocuous to a
healthy infant a day old. Neither is the delicate preparation per se a power, nor
is the sick man sensitive all round; but it is only 'like to like' that
makes contact, and then things happen.
"And as to any objections to its use, founded on its unpleasant origin,
Burnett says, 'If phthisis [tuberculosis] can be cured by bread and
butter or attar of roses,
well and good; but if not, then let us have something that will cure
Physical Characteristics (Herscu):
The head provides a number of clues to this prescription. The first
clue is that these children are often
born with a large amount of long hair on the scalp and on the back.
Most parents remember this hair, as it is not very common for babies to
be so hirsute, especially down the centre of the back.
These children develop ringworm
of the scalp very easily. The eruption causes circular patches of hair
to fall out.
The third clue is that these children often strike their heads.
Some strike their heads against a wall or the floor when they are mad.
Others do it during a headache. The most common time, however, is
during attempts to sleep, when they burrow their heads into the pillow
or hit their heads against the pillow or mattress as a way to relax.
Headaches can be caused
by studying or by reading or watching television for too
long. The headache may begin with visual
disturbances like those found in Natrum muriaticum, Sulphur,
flickering, zigzags, and lights. Occasionally, the child notices that
everything he looks at just before a headache strikes has a blue tinge to it.
This is very confirmatory of Tuberculinum.
Also, as in Phosphorus
the headache may be preceded by a feeling of severe emptiness of the
stomach and an intense hunger.
The headaches are severe,
with so much pain that it typically leaves the little patient ravaged
for days afterward.
An interesting, though rare, observation is that these children
sometimes sweat profusely,
especially from the scalp and forehead, during a headache. This is only
peculiar to a few remedy types and so may be used to confirm the remedy.
Just as these children are often born with long hair on the head, they
are also born with long,
full, beautiful eyelashes. The child has a twinkle or
brightness in the eyes like that found in Phosphorus.
[the white of the eye] may have a blue
hue. These children are often born with strabismus,
astigmatism, or weak eye
muscles that give rise to weakness of accommodation such
as myopia, all of which cause the child to develop headaches from
occur on the eyelids. The children who develop upper respiratory
infections also develop blue allergic "shiners" around the
The adenoids enlarge
easily, causing Tuberculinum
children to develop chronic fluid
in the ears. These children develop recurrent
in which the ear becomes red and painful, making the victims cry before
the eardrum finally and inevitably ruptures. The ear then discharges
thick, yellow pus. Sometimes this discharge develops into a chronic
condition with a thin, white discharge that lasts for months.
The nose is affected in two ways. Nosebleeds
occur from overheating, exertion, fevers, sleep, or from the slightest
blow to the nose. The other problem is the ease with which Tuberculinum
children contract colds. These frequent colds begin when cold, wet
weather passes through the area. Others develop chronic corysas after
they drink milk products.
The child who has allergies wakes up with a stuffy nose that stays
stuffy until he goes outside to play. Then the nose begins to run with
a clear mucus, just as it does in Calcarea
carbonica. Authentic corysas begin with the production of
thick, yellow mucus that extends to the ears, sinuses, and lungs.
The face is often pale,
or pale with patches of
ruddiness, especially on the cheeks.
The face may have terrible acne
in the teenager, almost to the point of boils. The central line of the
face (the nose, chin, and central forehead) is most affected.
quite easily on the face, noted most during exertion or sleep.
The child may be born with anomalies,
such as cleft palate or a small dental arch. The teeth are greatly affected.
First is the curious fact that the child may be born with too many sets of
teeth. In most, the teeth are too crowded
and will not align properly along the dental line, so that some of the
teeth will lay in front of or behind the others. Commonly seen are
teeth that are severely serrated.
These children grind
their teeth in their sleep; if a child is old enough to
have worked at it for awhile, the teeth may be ground down and
(h) Throat and
The throat may show large tonsils from repeated or chronic tonsillitis.
With tonsillitis or any respiratory infection (even if the child does
not currently have an infection but tends to contract them), one will
be able to palpate all the cervical lymph nodes, as they will be large
and indurated. The nodes of the neck will feel like a chain of marbles.
The chest is greatly affected
in these children, just as might be expected from the remedy's
namesake. Afflictions vary from physical deformities to acute or
chronic infections. The chest may be narrow and long or take the form
of a pigeon chest or a funnel chest. The shape of the chest
and rapid growth during adolescence often lead to chest pains, felt as
stitches whenever there is exertion.
(j) Weak Lungs:
Lung problems may begin from the first day of life. Some of these
children are born with fluid
in the lungs. Most catch colds frequently that drop into
the lungs and settle into a persistent
cough. The health history commonly reveals repeated and frequent bouts of
bronchitis, croup, whooping cough, pleurisy, or bronchopneumonia.
A child seems to recover from one attack, retaining perhaps only a
lingering cough, only to suddenly develop a new infection.
There are a few symptoms
common to all
these respiratory infections. The child has a high fever in the evening
that is accompanied by a red face, profuse perspiration, and very
swollen, hard cervical glands.
children develop chronic
coughs due to a little tickle
in the back of the throat. Weakness of the lungs precludes the ability
to recuperate completely, and so the children maintain this cough.
Parents might add that it is always there but that sometimes it gets
worse. Such a cough becomes more noticeable after playing outside in
cold air. Once an acute cough is fully developed, however, it is
aggravated in a warm room and eased somewhat in the fresh, open air.
is one of the best remedies to give during pneumonia
with chills, nausea, vomiting, and high fevers that recur in the
afternoon, and where there is a distinctly red face. The coughing fits
that accompany the pneumonia typically begin in the afternoon and
consist of dry, painful coughs that make the child cry. Headaches also
prevail at these times.
The lungs of the pneumonia patient are full of mucus
that makes breathing difficult, causing shortness of breath and
wheezing. This is especially the case when lying down at night. While
much mucus can be heard in the rattling breathing, the child may not be
able to bring it up. Sufferers cough and cough, moaning with the pain
of each spasm.
They perspire profusely all over with this illness, most especially on
the face. They constantly grind their teeth. They desire cold water
during coughing fits. Diarrhea develops, as well as bone aches
throughout the body.
The remedy Tuberculinum
also helpful for children who have had pneumonia that never fully
resolved and left them with the type of ongoing cough described here
and a tendency for recurring bouts of bronchitis.
These children may also develop asthma quite easily. It may be the
allergic variety, set off by animal fur or by pollen and grasses. It
may follow an acute infection such as pneumonia or come on during a
Cravings and Aversions:
They strongly crave cold
milk and spicy
meats such as ham, bacon, sausages, and salami, especially
if these are smoked.
Many have a strong desire for sweets,
salt, spices, eggs, butter, peanut butter, yogurt, and macaroni and cheese.
About a third to a half of Tuberculinum
children are averse to
eating meat as well as vegetables.
cases the main clue
is the strong desire for
cold milk, some children drinking gallons a day. They also
have a high thirst for cold water, even if they themselves are chilly.
Children tend toward poor
nutrient absorption or a fast metabolic rate. This can be
recognized by the fact that they can eat as much as an adult but not
gain any weight.
youngsters may have an increased
appetite before or during a headache, feeling an emptiness
in the stomach that must be filled with food.
If present, constipation
is usually quite severe, with the stools becoming very hard and
consisting of little balls. It is accompanied by colic.
The more common complaint,
though, is diarrhea.
The thin Tuberculinum
child may suffer from lactase deficiency, causing profuse diarrhea
every time milk is taken. In other children, there may appear
be no reason for the diarrhea. The common history elicited from the
parents is that the child has recurrent bouts of diarrhea that last for
one, two, or even three months; for some children this type of stool
gets to be the norm. Diarrhea may accompany any illness, but especially
respiratory disease and fevers. The loose stools often persist long
after the illness has ended.
The specific symptoms of the diarrhea may remind one of Sulphur. It occurs
mainly in the morning
when the child wakes up, forcing the child to run to the bathroom. The
stool is painlessly and explosively expelled without effort. This is
common with Sulphur
lead the doctor to mistakenly prescribe it. After the remedy does not
work and the case is reanalyzed, it will be realized that the stools do
not have the characteristically strong Sulphur odor, nor
do they excoriate the anus as one would expect to find with that remedy.
The remedy Turberculinum
is the best friend that the parents of a bed wetter can have. This
remedy has cured more children of the embarrassing,
socially-stigmatizing disorder than any other remedy in the materia
medica. The problem may be lifelong or have only begun after an acute
For most children the cause of the problem is that they cannot rouse themselves from a
to get up and go to the bathroom. It is commonly found that after the
remedy has acted the sleep is not as profound and the child will awaken
Boys tend to
from the early age of four or five years. Embarrassed parents mention
that the child either masturbates or is always touching his genitals
and can maintain an erection.
from menarche the girls develop dysmenorrhea
before the period, complaining of severe cramps, backaches, and
swelling of the breasts. It is interesting to note that the pains
increase with the flow. This is unusual as most women experience relief
as the flow becomes heavier.
Some thin, emaciated-looking
girls do not begin to menstruate at the normal age.
They can get to be fourteen or fifteen years and still not show any
sign of approaching menarche. These girls begin to lose weight in their
teens, have slow comprehension, and develop one respiratory disease
after another. The problem is not so much the menstrual cycle or the
lack of it, but rather a deep constitutional disorder that may first
make itself known at the expected time of menarche.
Along with pigeon or funnel chest, there may also be scoliosis. Teenagers
may complain that their backs hurt whenever they stand for too long and
feel better if they walk about or play.
One may observe out of the corner of an eye that the feet and legs are
restless during the interview. The child kicks the legs
vigorously from the knees down.
The child may have deformities
of the limbs.
The children may be bowlegged or have weak ankles that frequently turn.
Looking at the fingers and toes, one may notice that they are deformed
and crooked, turned medially or laterally. It is incredible to watch
these crippled digits straighten out over a period of months with the
prescription of Tuberculinum.
There may be abnormally slow
There may be no apparent problem during the first few years. However,
as the child continues to grow older, X-ray examination will reveal
that the child is falling behind in bone development.
Alternately, the child may undergo rapid
accompanied by many problems in overall health. With every growth
spurt, the tall, thin person grows weaker and more lethargic, with
problems such as a runny nose, swollen glands, tonsillitis, and aching
joints. The child just lies around watching television until the growth
reaches a plateau.
may split or peel easily, be plagued by hangnails, or become ingrown.
The child perspires from
the feet, especially at night.
is one of the common remedies for juvenile
The pains and stiffness are aggravated by damp weather, a change of
weather, sitting or standing for too long, rest, and first motion after
rest. They are ameliorated by continued motion and heat. Children with
arthritis wake up stiff and feeling crippled until they move about.
The pains wander and are accompanied by swelling, heat and redness.
After the inflammation stops, the joint remains large and becomes
externally pale looking. This apparent cessation of the arthritic
process only seems to prompt another joint to go through the same
sequence of events.
As mentioned before, the health history may contain the fact that the
child was born hirsute.
This is a big keynote for the remedy.
Looking at the child's skin, one finds it is pale, thin,
delicate, and has a translucent quality.
This type of skin is very susceptible to ringworm, making Tuberculinum the
main remedy for this condition.
The overall allergic
predisposition of the child may show itself on the skin as
well as in the respiratory system. The child may develop hives.
readily develops. Some Turberculinum
children have eczema from birth. The eczema and hives have common
modalities: the itching is intense at night, as it is in cold air or
during cold, wet weather, and is especially intense when the child is
undressing for the night. The most beneficial palliative is dry heat.
In general, the Tuberculinum
child perspires easily.
These children develop
fevers very easily. Tuberculinum
is the main remedy to consider for a fever of unknown origin.
The fevers usually begin to rise at three
or four o'clock in the afternoon and continue into the
night, dropping in the morning and rising once again in the afternoon. Perspiration is
evident all over the body, but especially on the head. The face becomes
very red. A great thirst
for cold water is not uncommon.
Even though the child is tired he may find it hard to fall asleep
both from physical restlessness and an inability to calm the mind. He
may need to rock to sleep or bang his head rhythmically on the pillow
until he fades away.
children do fall asleep, they usually sleep quite deeply -- so deeply,
in fact, that they often lose the inhibition against wetting the bed and
urinate. This is a common symptom for Tuberculinum. The
sleep may be so deep that the child does not wake up when a parent
carries him to the bathroom or even while urinating there.
Almost all of these youngsters grind
their teeth during sleep. Many also experience severe night sweats.
children often wake up
slowly and unrefreshed, but eventually they feel okay.
However, of one wakes them up or if they are pushed in the slightest in
the morning, one will find their tempers very difficult to handle. If
the child is allowed to approach the parent, then everything is fine.
Important General Characteristics
may be called for in the case of a child exhibiting only a few keynote
symptoms of the remedy, plus a family history of tuberculosis. This
remedy may also be considered for cases in which a disease recurs over
and over again. There is a weakness that not only prevents acute
conditions from ending quickly but also brings out constitutional
symptoms with every acute attack. It is this underlying weakness that
forms the basis for understanding this remedy type, similar to that
discussed in the chapter on Medorrhinum.
(b) The child is negatively affected by changes in weather such as
those coming before a storm, at the onset of cold, wet weather, and in
fog and drafts. Ironically, the child tends to be chilly yet prefers
the cool, fresh air even though it may aggravate the physical
complaints. Their ideal, preferred environment is cool, dry, mountain
(c) Complaints often change
location from one body system to another, and are never
completely eradicated from the body.
should also come to mind for the congenital
anomalies and illnesses that seem to be plaguing humanity
ever more frequently.
(e) One commonly finds retarded Tuberculinum
children with large heads, swollen glands, and bone anomalies who have
constant upper respiratory problems. After taking the remedy, they seem
to brighten up and become healthier.
An Illustrative Case
(Eugene Nash, Leaders
in Homeopathic Therapeutics):
While on a visit to my daughter in Athens, Pa., I called upon one of
the homeopathic physicians of the place, whom I had never met before.
He had read "Leaders," and after we had talked books for a while he
asked me if I would not like to see a curious case, and there was no money in it, but it
had come into his hands from the allopaths who had given it up to die.
Of course, there being no money
in it, I readily consented to go. Found a child of seven months, with
"head on him" larger than a man's head, with eyes pushed out and turned
upwards, only movable a little from side to side. It looked idiotic.
The fontanelles could not be felt, because of the hydrocephali
condition which filled the whole scalp, distending it as above
I could not see that the child recognized anything, except that its
whining and moaning (almost constant) seemed to increase if it was
spoken to or moved.
Inquiring into its family history discovered that several of the
mother's sisters had died with tuberculosis. She was the only one left
of the family, I think. I gave, with the doctor's consent, a powder of Tuberculinum 1M and
advised to let it act. This was on the Monday following Easter Sunday.
May 24th, 1900, I received the following letter:
E. B. Nash,
"Dear Doctor: -- You will
doubtless remember the case of hydrocephalus you saw with me while in
Athens, and for which you prescribed Tuberculinum. Well,
from that day, the head ceased to increase in size and (though it has
taken no medicine at all, since taking that) has begun to gradually decrease. They
measure it in the same place every Sunday, and last Sunday it was half
an inch smaller than a week before. Will you kindly send me a graft at
once of Tuberculinum
high, that I may continue the remedy at intervals, etc., etc."
I received one letter since, reporting further improvement. I can
hardly expect a cure
in such a case, but the effects of the remedy, so far, seem to be quite
Mental and emotional
states are often the leading
qualities that lead to a prescription of the remedy Tuberculinum. As
with all remedy types, the state of the mental faculties will often be
the first clue that the child needs this particular remedy, although
this may not be the reason that the parents bring the child in for a
A proportion of these children may be born with mental handicaps
ranging from mild learning difficulties to severe mental retardation.
Mental or emotional retardation is often accompanied by many other disorders
or physical deformities.
Within the wide range of
mental difficulties, on the less affected side of the
spectrum we find children who merely find it exhausting to apply themselves
to a lesson or project. Though the mental aptitude to work at a certain
level may be there, the child has a weak ability to concentrate on the
task at hand. The strain of focusing on the task, of sitting and doing
the work, is too great.
Some develop headaches
from studying or concentrating for too long. Because study
can easily lead to physical aggravation, the child becomes averse to
taking on mental activities. Homework is an agonizing topic for many Tuberculinum
children. The parents may state that the child absolutely cannot, or
will not, sit still long enough to do an assignment.
Another common scenario of of the Tuberculinum
child who excels in school until befallen with a severe illness. Then
the spark with which she studied and concentrated flickers out. The
parental description is that "ever since she had pneumonia, she just
cannot study, concentrate or comprehend the way she used to."
The memory becomes
affected, forcing them to read a chapter or learn numbers
or letters over and over again. After taking the proper remedy, the
child will be able to concentrate and learn much more easily. The degree and depth of amelioration
varies greatly, so parental optimism needs to be tempered
with actual class reports from teachers who, unaware of the homeopathic
treatment, have noticed significant academic improvements.
is an important feature of the Tuberculinum
child's behaviour. There is an odd dissatisfaction
with whatever he is currently doing, which manifests in a desire to move, to
change positions, to ramble from room to room and from toy to toy. In
church, the parents must struggle to keep the child well behaved.
These hyperactive children are noisy, screaming when upset or when they
want someone's immediate attention. They are also loud in general,
repeating things over and over.
constitutes the main group of hyperactive children that responds to
changes in the diet.
types, they react
intensely to sugar. But for Tuberculinum
children, it is especially
that trigger impulsive, restless, and malicious behaviour. After eating
cheese or drinking milk they often end up breaking things and hitting
Many parents can tell the moment their Tuberculinum
offspring is at all under the weather because the amount and intensity
of basic energy expended is greatly reduced. During a respiratory
illness she will become lethargic and weak. She will need to sleep long
hours or lie in bed all day -- almost the opposite energy expression of
her usual self.
These restless juveniles, like Tuberculinum
adults, may love to
The parents of such a child state that he likes to go to new places all
the time. The most common way to elicit this is by asking about car
rides. A usually nasty, irritable Tuberculinum
child may become quite agreeable, attentive, and playful during a ride
in the car. The ride fulfills an inner desire for change.
babies seem to be born
irritable and angry, crying and being very fussy,
especially on first awakening. The children exhibit irritability, contrariness, or
destructive tendencies early and to an extreme degree.
These strong negative tendencies may remain hidden until the child has
an acute illness. The child with a high fever may become totally
uncontrollable in the office: kicking, screaming, hitting, and pushing
the mother or father away. "This is unusual," apologizes the parent for
a usually well-behaved child.
They have fits of irritability that lead to temper tantrums.
During these tantrums it is common for the child to pound his fists and
feet on the floor or strike his head on the floor or wall. This "head thumping"
is very characteristic of this remedy, as is the strong aversion the
child has to being touched when having one of these attacks.
is also noted with great regularity; the child is negative. "Let's
have supper." "No!" "Let's go shopping." "No!"
There is an intolerance
that makes the child violently angry. The contrariness and quarrelsome
nature, for which this remedy is well known, leads to the aggressive
fighting behaviour often seen in these children. When corrected, the Tuberculinum
child may tighten his lips, clench his fists, and then explode. This
type of child opposes another's every decision. This is the child who
disobeys for no apparent reason, deliberately doing what is not allowed.
Parents may complain that it is a constant power struggle over every
issue at home. "It does no good to punish him. If is spank him, he
slaps me back." Or, "If I punish him, he seems to be unaware of it and
continues to act the same way. He is so obstinate."
Mood and behaviour can change quickly. A parent often describes the
child as unpredictable,
expressing a wide range of responses, even is very similar situations.
One time the child will comply with a request. The same request on
another day may trigger a temper tantrum. This unpredictability can
drive parents to distraction. The child suffers internally, not really knowing what she wants.
Yet she knows that she needs something, something other than what she
and violence should always make one think of Tuberculinum. One
finds both self-distructive behaviour and disructiveness toward others.
may begin after
a bout with an acute
"Now," one mother reported, "my son Nate is whiny and nothing seems to
please him. He has become strong willed, wanting everyting his way. If
he does not get it, he quickly becomes angry, making fists and hitting
people for little reason." Such dramatic changes in the ability to deal
with authority, especially after an illness, should always make one
consider the remedy Tuberculinum.
Lodged deeply within the psyche of these children is an eye for an eye
mentality. If they are hit, they hit back as a matter of course. If
thwarted, they lash out at the offending person directly or indirectly.
For example, the child may wait on purpose, dillydally, and waste time
dressing just to perturb the parents by ruining their plans. Another
method of irritating offending persons is by intentionally ruining
their belongings. They destroy books, presents, favorite plants -- in
short, anything that is cherished by the other.
These children break
easily, repeatedly, and with enjoyment. Breaking things is one way to
release tension. Younger children love to sit and destroy a magazine or
newspaper in the middle of the floor of the waiting room. If a sibling
builds a model, the Tuberculinum
child will break it. It is as if they are relieved of some mental
anguish when they demolish something.
The family pet commonly takes the brunt of a Tuberculinum
child's temperament. It is very common to hear that the child enjoys
choking the animal, pulling the tail, pulling the hair a little too
roughly while petting, dragging the pet on the ground, etc. There is a malicious character
to this remedy type. The parents often fear for their child's future.
"What will he be like when he is sixteen?" is a frequent anxious
The children may also enjoy teasing
others in a mischievous
way. Their pranks can be playful or have an edge of destructiveness.
For example, the child may hide toys of books that a sibling wants. He
then watches with pleasure as the sibling frantically searches for the
children who are not aggressive or mentally slow, tend to be leaders. This type
of child is extroverted
and easily communicative. She looks all around the office, like Sulphur.
The child is an "up" person -- active, wriggling about in her chair,
asking, "What's an MD? What's an ND? What's this thing for?" She shares
with others and has many friends. With her individualistic manner she
usually gets what she wants. She tends to be quite competitive, never
giving up or quitting when she plays.
The strongest fear of Tuberculinum
is a fear of animals,
especially cats and dogs and all their wild derivatives
such as lions, tigers, wolves, and bears. Unlike other remedy types who
have a fear of animals, the Tuberculinum
child may try to bluff by ascribing negative attributes to these
animals. They state that they are gross, ugly, and disgusting. I recall
the case of John, a child who had always loved animals. During an acute
episode of pneumonia, he developed a strong fear that his own pet dog
would bite him.
Fear of being alone
is often found in developmentally delayed Tuberculinum
children. They feel that something bad will happen to them if a parent
is not around, similar to that of Lycopodium.
Notes on Tuberculinum
Children who have been repeatedly given antibiotics for respiratory
tract infections, who can't get rid of one cold before another comes,
will benefit especially from a dose of this medicine in high potency at
the beginning of the school year. If fact, its value as a preventive as
well as its efficacy in chronic ear infections, enlarged glands,
tonsils, and adenoids, epistaxis [nose bleeds], enuresis [bed wetting],
eczemas, ringworm and other skin conditions, its service in young
persons who grow too tall too fast without corresponding muscular
development, cause Tuberculinum
to be prescribed for children and adolescents more frequently than any
The mental instability of Tuberculinum
is not the suddenly contradictory mood of some other remedy types, but
a chronic, inherent tendency: accommodating behaviour alternates with
disruptiveness, tenderness with violence, restlessness with passivity,
anger with indifference, reliability with capriciousnes, cheerfulness
with negativity, febrile activity with lethargy, need for security and
support with the desire for independence, a desire for seclusion with
eagerness for intense experience -- making the individual a constant
fountain of emotional upheavals.
The alternating moods can be observed from an early age. The normally
attractive and affectionate child periodically becomes ornery and
disobedient, exhibiting violent fits of temper that upset the whole
family dynamic. He constantly wants attention but at the same time
desires to be let alone. He is quick to strike out at others, will bite
at a restraining hand, or hurls objects with a desire to break things
and to injure. The child hurls not only objects but also words, the
most offensive, preferably scatological, ones he can muster, and
certainly the frequent tantrums of the "terrible twos" -- the violent
outbursts of peevishness and fury from little apparent cause -- yield
as to no other remedy.
Misbehaviour may take other forms than destructive behaviour: this
remedy ranks high for excessive stubbornness and wilfulness in a child.
The principal distinction is that many other remedy types are content
when the object has been gained, while Tuberculinum soon
desires something else.
This type can also be mischievous. In fact, a mischievous streak in
children often signifies an underlying Tuberculinum
susceptibility. One three-year-old with chronically runny ears was not
disagreeable. He was, however, unmanageable in an impish way. For
instance, discovering the potential of a really sharp pair of scissors,
he began to cut tiny, almost unnoticeable, holes in the backs of
upholstered living-room furniture. Confronted with these misdeeds and
reprimanded, he stoutly denied his guilt and blamed the family dog,
Patches. He realized that no one believed him but was sufficiently
shrewd to sense that, unless caught in the act, he could not be proven
guilty. No threats or punishment could induce him to change his story.
And, to make it more credible, in the presence of other family members
he solemnly delivered upbraiding homilies to poor dumb Patches.
A pleasing attribute of this type is a lively sense of humor. A
ten-year-old girl cured of enuresis by periodic doses of Tuberculinum
1M used to warn her father that smoking, coffee, and alcohol would
hasten his aging. One day he parried, "I'm not aging any faster than
you, young lady. You are growing older every day yourself!" "Not so,"
was the ready reply. "Once you're over the hill you start picking up
Incidently, this child who so fearlessly confronted adults -- parents,
teachers, and anyone else with whom she could match wits -- was
extremely fearful of dogs and when younger became quite hysterical if
approached by one. This fear is a key to the remedy. When the drowning
physician finds himself in a sea of non-specific symptoms, it may prove
a sturdy plank.
consists in the need to fulfill both the civilized and primitive sides
of one's nature. The conflict occurs largely at the subconscious level
and, when thwarted, is expressed in tantrums on the slightest
provocation, melancholy, restlessness, and alternating moods and modes
But the homeopathic remedies are directed precisely at the unconscious
level. And the potentized tuberculin virus, like the other deep-acting
nosodes, achieves its profound cures by addressing our archetypal
conflicts and helping to resolve them.