Autoimmune disease revisited
Almost two years ago I wrote a couple of newsletters on the relationship between interference fields and autoimmune disease. One was primarily about psoriasis (Volume 6, No. 11 ); the other was about rheumatoid arthritis (Volume 6, No. 12 ). Both cases responded well to neural therapy, although the course of the second one was complicated.
In the practice of neural therapy we all hope for those "and they lived happily ever after" endings. And sometimes they occur. However in real life, it is not always so simple. I intend in this newsletter to provide some follow-up on these two patients and to present another case that demonstrates how complex these inter-relationships can be.
The first case (the young woman with psoriasis) was the simpler. Four sessions of neural therapy over a period of 6 months treating the left sphenopalatine ganglion, the nose and the transverse colon resulted in an almost complete cure not only of her psoriasis, but also of her irritable bowel syndrome. However, at least part of the credit must be given to adopting a gluten-free diet. I have found that in autoimmune disease eliminating dietary gluten is essential for any hope of success.
The second case (the young engineer with rheumatoid arthritis) has had a bumpier ride. At first I saw him every two weeks, but in the last year every month or so. As you may remember from the previous newsletter (Volume 6. No 12), there seemed to be many triggers that would "turn on" his joint pain and swelling. These included interference fields in his wisdom tooth space (a site of previous infection), his submandibular ganglion (the associated autonomic ganglion), his left upper arm (a site of vaccination), his small intestine, stomach, gastro-esophageal junction and anus (all irritated by food sensitivities). These were all treated, but he did not make lasting progress until his tooth space was treated with the Lasercam, and he gave up eating gluten, dairy products, beef and eggs. He is now virtually free of pain, able to perform hard physical labour, is off his prednisone and is taking only a small dose of methotrexate. However he does need to have his wisdom tooth space treated every month or so with the Lasercam or his joint pains relapse. He is improving month by month and it is our hope that he will soon be able to stop his methotrexate.
The third case I want to present is of a 65-year old woman with rheumatoid arthritis of 7 years' duration. I began to see her two years ago when in addition to diffuse joint pain she was also complaining of fatigue and gastrointestinal symptoms secondary to her many medications. These included Sulfalazine, Naproxen, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Lamazaprole and Effexor (venlafaxine). Interference fields were found in the nose and gastro-esophageal junction and treated by neural therapy to no effect. Modification of diet (eliminating gluten, dairy, beef and lamb), reducing sugar and dense carbohydrates, nutritional supplementation (especially of zinc and vitamin B6), improved her energy and reduced her joint pain. An interference field at the left T10 sympathetic ganglion, (associated with groin pain echoing that of an inguinal hernia from 40 years before) was treated and joint pain improved even more. In fact she was feeling better than she had in years when she had a sudden relapse in February of this year (6 months ago).
Close questioning revealed that the relapse occurred within a week of replacement of an amalgam dental filling. Autonomic response testing had previously indicated that mercury from her dental fillings might be playing a role in her rheumatoid arthritis, and this relapse confirmed it. At the time of this writing the patient is preparing to have her dental amalgam replaced with composite material and undergo a mercury detoxification program.
Again we return to Speransky! His experiments in the 1920s and 1930s showed that any irritation of the nervous system, whether locally - of a nerve, tooth or organ, or systemically - by introducing a neurotoxin, (and he experimented with mercury) can trigger a tissue memory. In this case the rheumatoid arthritis was for all intents and purposes in complete remission. Mercury, from a dental amalgam replacement, was enough to stir up the latent rheumatoid arthritis and make it active again.
The older German neural therapists advised always to search for interference fields even in chronic well-established disease. Like Speransky, they recognized that the chances of influencing the progress of a disease is much smaller once it has passed a certain point. (At a certain point, a disease "escapes" from the influence of the body's regulatory mechanisms and takes on a life of its own.) However the point at which this happens is never clear and the patient should always be given the benefit of the doubt.
And then there are some cases, where the body's disease lives "on the edge", neither progressing in severity, nor responding lastingly to treatment. The last two cases presented in this newsletter fall into this category. They also demonstrate that treating these patients "on the edge" requires paying attention to a multitude of factors, any of which can limit response to neural therapy or even push the patient "over the edge".
The Neural Therapy in Practice newsletter was intended as a complement to Dr. Kidd's book, Neural Therapy: Applied Neurophysiology and Other Topics, which is still available for sale through Amazon.