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A Fish Tale

In 1989 a dark red Beta fish lived in a vase in one of my chiropractic treatment rooms. Children who visited the office loved to watch him gobble bits of freeze-dried worms. I turned away from my patient to grab a hot pack and noticed—no fish. The fish had jumped out of the vase and I found him about two feet away from his home. I gently picked him up and was about to carry him to the toilet for a watery burial when he twitched weakly in my palm. Almost reflexively I tossed him back into the vase where he sunk like a stone, lying motionless on the bottom. I noticed that his color had gone from red to blue.

My mind swam. What homeopathic remedy would I administer to a human who was oxygen-starved and had changed color? I tossed two pellets of Papaver sominiferum—the homeopathic preparation derived from parts of the opium poppy­—into the water of the vase. This is the remedy that is frequently helpful for babies that have been deprived of oxygen in the birth process.

Almost instantly the fish righted itself and its fins returned to life and began rhythmically flapping. This fish lived for a long time, but in the next few weeks after the incident its fins developed holes and deteriorated and sloughed off and then re-grew. This indicated that the blood of the fish had been drawn to the interior to save the nervous system and the outward fins had become ischemic (blood and oxygen-starved) and the tissue died and had to be replaced. This is exactly the same mechanism that occurs when humans are submersed in freezing cold water. The blood goes to the brain and interior organs to spare these critical parts from oxygen deprivation.