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Case Studies

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.

One Lucky Chick

After much searching we obtained four tiny bantam mille fleur chicks. They were kept in my 7 year old daughter’s room in a “Havahart” cage that was wired closed to form a home for the chicks. On the second day one small chick got too close to a wire end, pulled away and tore a large piece of its skin off. The wound was larger than a quarter and comprised about 1/6 th of the chick’s body.

I held the little bird in my hand and watched sadly as it weakened, its neck drooping and its pupils becoming dull. My daughter, frantic and in tears, pleaded for me to do something. “Mommy. What about Arnica?” “Okay, I said, Get my keys.” On my key ring was a little vial containing high potency Arnica 1M. I really did not think that Arnica was going to help this mortally wounded chick but I pried open it’s teeny beak and forced a couple of pellets in. To my utter surprise I watched the chick’s pupils go from cloudy gray to shiny black over the next few seconds. In a minute it was trying to raise it’s head and start to peck for food.

I cleaned the wound with Betadine and carefully placed the chick back under the warming light with a little pile of food and a jar lid of water. I told my daughter that the chick would probably not be alive the next morning.

The next day the chick was alive. It was just lying on it’s side eating the food that was within reach while the other three chicks bounced all over the place inside the cage. Within days the other chicks began to show feathers. Little mahogany pin feathers pushed out all over their bodies. The injured chick was still lying in one place and was still covered only with brown fuzzy down. A day or so later the other chicks showed further feather development. These beautiful chickens have red-brown feathers with a bright white circle and a black dash on every feather, which gives the appearance of being covered with thousands of flowers, hence the name Mille fleur. The injured chick still had no feathers.

In two weeks the three chicks were sporting brown feathers with black and white flowers and the injured chick was just beginning to be able to balance on its legs and move around. Its wound had dried and contracted and was now barely visible. Three days later he was bounding around and within the next 24 hours this chick went from having no feathers to being fully feathered to the same point as the uninjured chicks. It was almost as though we could see the feathers growing out by the hour. This was a lovely illustration of a known phenomenon: as long as the energy and economy of the chick was being used in the healing of the wound, there was no energy for the development of feathers; as soon and the healing was finished the feathers rapidly emerged—two weeks of feather growth was condensed into two days. This same pattern can be seen in human babies that are born prematurely. These children lag behind other babies of the same age but at a certain point they leap forward and catch up developmentally with children their age.