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presented by Domenick J. Masiello, D.O., D.Ht.

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Domenick J. Masiello has practised classical homeopathy in New York City since 1986.

He takes up the story:

"I have not limited myself to chronic cases only. I made a decision early on that I would take all patients, acute or chronic no matter what age, gender, medical condition, etc. Needless to say, this has made for some interesting and challenging days in the clinic. For several years now, I have noticed that two weeks into the flu season or "pre-flu" season, I could predict with about 90% certainty, the epidemicus remedy. This epidemicus phenomenon also occurs in autumn (pre-flu viral syndrome), during the height of the flu season in winter as well as a short summer flu phenomenon lasting only about 2-3 weeks. I often thought about a website from which patients and practitioners alike could benefit from this info. So how about a feature in which I can broadcast this info together with links to Pharmacies selling the remedy needed?"


In addition to acute and chronic ailments, Hahnemann wrote about epidemic diseases as well. He made it clear, particularly in paragraphs 101 and 102 of The Organon, that regardless of what the disease may be called, if a physician made a careful examination of all of the known features of a disease and treated a number of cases of that epidemic disease, then he could have in his mind a characteristic portrait of the disease. He could then find an appropriate homeopathic remedy for its cure. This remedy would cure other cases of the same epidemic. This was not merely theoretical for Hahnemann. He successfully treated an epidemic of scarlet fever with Belladonna and predicted which remedies were necessary to treat an epidemic of Asiatic cholera never having seen an actual case himself. Rather, his grandnephew, a homeopathic physician in St. Petersburg, provided the master with the necessary symptom picture.

In chapter three of Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy, Kent restates Hahnemannís assertion that if a physician clearly observes the features of the disease, he will be able to develop and image or schema of that disease and know which remedy to give even if a particular patient does not have all of the symptoms of that schema or image.

This notion of the symptom picture for a newly emerging epidemic eventually became known as the genus epidemicus. We can find this term used in the writings of H.C. Allen, in the mercurius cyanatus chapter of his Keynotes and Characteristics With Comparisons. We can also find it in Constantine Heringís Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica in the colchicum autumnale chapter. Likewise, E.B. Nash in the Apis Mellifica chapter of his Testimony of the Clinic, uses the term when discussing the use of Apis during an epidemic of diptheria.

Hahnemannís students and future homeopathís have taken the notion of the genus epidemicus even further into the realm of prevention . It is indeed possible to protect oneself from an epidemic of a contagious disease by taking doses of the remedy known to be homeopathic to the epidemic.

These days we associate the word epidemic with widespread contagious diseases in developing countries. While this characterization is certainly true, the term epidemic also includes widespread contagious diseases which are common and regularly occurring even in the developed world. The most common of these is influenza. Each year we can see large numbers of patients getting sick with viral infections beginning in the autumn. The autumnal variety is usually not influenza per se, but some other virus. Remember - the name of the disease or the microorganism causing it is not as important as the symptom picture. This is usually followed by actual influenza during the winter months.

 Domenick J. Masiello, D.O., D.Ht.

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