In an article ʻThe Matter with Factsʼ, the author, Shaoni Bhattacharya, states that in 2012,
one in eight deaths worldwide was caused by air pollution aggravated by our reliance on
fossil fuels, according to the World Health Organization . As the number of chemicals
being released into the environment has been markedly augmented each year since the
end of the Second World War, this figure can only be growing. Apart from air pollution,
toxicity derives from many sources and includes organophosphates found in the food and
water supply, chemicals used in cosmetics, food containers and many plastics, drugs –
medicinal and pleasure, radiation, vaccinations, as well as flame retardants, formaldehyde,
solvents, lead and mercury, to name just some of the possible sources.
Nowadays, the organism is being daily challenged with these many undermining
influences and, in fact, this increase is beyond the capacity of humans to adapt and could
also explain why so many species of animals are becoming extinct, not least the bees.
This is illustrated in the advent of new diseases such as ʻGulf War Syndromeʼ, MRSA,
Myalgia Encephalitis, ʻStates on the Spectrumʼ, Alzheimerʼs disease, as well as a startling
rise in the number of cases of autoimmune diseases, especially multiple sclerosis and
Parkinsonʼs, not forgetting diabetes and different types of cancer.
According to Dr. Joe Pizzorno, ND, ʻover 50% of diabetes is due to phthalates, arsenic and
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nearly 45% of Alzheimerʼs disease is linked to DDT
alone. Prostate cancer is 31.5% attributable to arsenicʼ .
Unless the selected homeopathic remedy covers the specific allergen/s affecting the case,
sufferers are likely to continue to find it hard to detoxify from these heavy metals. These
toxins will combine to serve as a ʻmaintaining causeʼ. By opening up the channels of
drainage through remedies such as Carbo Sulphuratum – in this remedy, the vision is often
affected, Nux Vomica, Sarsaparilla – sycotic cases where mercury may be the culprit, and
Sulphur, the patient can be greatly relieved of their continued suffering. Through freeing
the energy to respond to these challenges, the constitutional treatment can then be given
and take effect accordingly. Often, it should be noted that, it is a related remedy which
prepares the way for the one which is indicated constitutionally.
This has been illustrated to me in cases, e.g. where the remedy, Lycopodium, seemed
highly indicated but failed. When I introduced Chelidonium initially, a remedy with more
affinity to detoxing the liver, the cases started to progress in order to pave the way for the
combined treatment to take effect.
The fallout from the phenomenon of such marked toxicity which is observable today not
only affects the physical body, but also the mood – most notably depression. Many of our
patients complain of known allergies but it is often the unrecognised allergens which
underpin disease. After all, allergies often mimic other inflammatory diseases such as
arthritis, bronchitis, colitis, and migraines. The most vital factor to be elicited is why the
patient suffers in the manifestation of their state. Without addressing the origin of the
allergic factor in the case – often emotional – the disease, however limiting, cannot be
This trend is reflected in the erosion of values which prevails in the ʻpost modern worldʼ.
This, in turn, affects the mindset which often portrays confusion and insecurity in our
patients about their individual identity. This stress layer compounds the original toxic layer
which remains a challenging ʻmaintaining causeʼ. The sufferer no longer knows what is
theirs and what is not theirs on all levels.
Prolonged stress undermines both the adrenal system as well as the gut in tandem. The
gut has as many, if not more nerve receptors than the brain and is even considered to be
the second brain . Therefore, it should be covered in the homeopathic prescription in
order for the full case (including any suspected allergic response) to be tackled.
Therefore, when treating any case of pathology, one can suspect that an allergen or a
mixture of allergens is underpinning the disease and creating the impermeability of the
intestines (popularly known as ʻleaky gutʼ) contributing to the state. It is well known, for
example, that gluten can cause thyroid disorders – especially Graveʼs disease and
Hashimotoʼs . Just by removing the gluten, the case cannot be resolved without fully
understanding and targeting why the patient has the ʻdis-easeʼ in the first place. This
theory can be applied in any illness as once successfully treated with homeopathy, the
aggravating foodstuff or allergen no longer creates the susceptibility.
How does one define an ʻallergenʼ? It represents an imbalance in the immune system that
involves the whole body and it is actually an immune deficiency that results in excessive
inflammation and lies behind a myriad of symptoms. These symptoms can masquerade
Anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, fatigue, brain fog, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea
(the latter two states may alternate in the same patient), fibromyalgia/muscle aches, joint
pains, headaches, insomnia, rhinitis, obesity, skin disease, or stomach aches.
These symptoms can lie at the root of arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, diabetes,
migraines, and myalgia encephalitis, as examples.
The bowel nosodes come into their own when treating allergies – many of them appear in
the rubric for allergies in the Clinical chapter of Murphyʼs Repertory . Dysentery Co. and
Proteus are the ones which cover the stress factor the most acutely, especially when the
stress is ongoing. Gaertner is especially indicated after exposure to antibiotics which are
known to disrupt the bowel flora and predispose the individual to allergies. Morgan acts
after the use of steroids to clear the ʻsoilʼ of any opportunistic pathogens which may be
lurking after such strong drug intervention.
I have found Bacillus works well to activate cases needing carbon remedies such as Carbo
Animalis – the combined synergy of these two remedies brings about a radical shift
towards health in cases which have a recognizable toxic background, often manifesting in
intense mental and physical exhaustion. Sycotic Co. relieves cases where Medorrhinum
and related remedies such as Natrum Sulphuricum, Nitric Acid, and Thuja may be
indicated as the constitutional remedy in the case.
The psoric miasm (Psorinum) and the sycotic one (Medorrhinum) tend to allergies. Those
which dominate here are demonstrated usually in the form of hayfever and rhinitis, as well
as itchy skin eruptions. Medorrhinum is more likely to progress to deeper pathology in the
form of asthma and disabling discharges. Damp weather aggravates them. The latter
remedy is prone to multiple allergies (like Carcinosin).
The miasm which supersedes with an allergic backdrop is that of cancer – Carcinosin. Of
course, suppression is marked in this miasm and accounts for the degree of severe
pathology which can dominate in the case. The excessive inflammation which affects the
immune response is the true indication where this applies. There may be a history of other
family members suffering inflammatory diseases or multiple allergies. Often, the allergies
appertain to (ironically) favoured food substances in a patient needing this remedy or – in
extremis – multiple chemical sensitivity.
The main remedies for allergies, apart from the bowel nosodes and the main nosodes
Allium Cepa, Apis Mellifica, Arsenicum Album, Arsenicum Iodatum, Iodum, Lycopodium,
Mercurius Vivus, Natrum Muriaticum, Natrum Sulphuricum, Nux Vomica, Rhus
Toxicodendron, Sulphur, and Zincum Metallicum.
Stomach acid is often depleted in the organism today as the effects of ever increasing
toxins combined with stress take their toll. This becomes worse as one ages and zinc
becomes depleted in the organism. Zinc is vital to the immune system and helps to relieve
allergic reactions. The clues to zinc deficiency lie in symptoms such as:
Alcoholism, anxiety, depression, fatigue, psychiatric disorders, hormonal imbalances,
paralysis, propensity to yeast infections and parasites, as well as digestive issues such as
Here, one can see some general overlap with the symptoms appearing under the definition
of ʻallergenʼ mentioned earlier in this article. This could indicate that many such cases
could benefit from the introduction of Zincum Metallicum in low potencies repeatedly to
build up the organism.
Even before introducing the constitutional remedy in cases where zinc deficiency plays a
role and is given in a case, the patient will often start to show signs of reaction and
recovery. In fact, Zincum Metallicum, as it can be seen in the rubric ʻtoxins, chronic effects
fromʼ, may well match the deeper level of the case. Then, the potency can be raised to act
on that level.
The four main remedies for the chronic effects of toxins include:
Alumina, Causticum, Mercurius Vivus, and Plumbum Metallicum – they all appear in black
type in this rubric (chemicals seem to have a deleterious effect in cases needing this group
of remedies. All these remedies have an affinity with autoimmune diseases including
multiple sclerosis and Parkinsonʼs disease.)
Nine remedies appear in italics and include Alumen, Belladonna, Colocynth, Kali Iodatum,
Natrum Sulphuricum, Opium, Platina, Sulphuric Acid, and Sulphur.
Fourteen remedies appear in plain type and include Antimonium Crudum, Arsenicum
Album, Carbo Sulphuratum, Cuprum Metallicum, Gelsemium, Hepar Sulph., Iodum, Kali
Bromatum, Kreosotum, Lycopodium, Manganum Aceticum, Nux Vomica, Petroleum, and
There is a condition called ʻhistadeliaʼ which was coined by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer . It can lead
to allergies, low blood pressure excessive bodily fluids and hormonal fluctuations. The
accompanying emotional symptoms include instability, regression, and abnormal sleep
patterns. The combination of symptoms can be found in the remedy – Apis Mellifica –
where the intensity of the patientʼs state is markedly palpable on observation. This remedy
is closely related to Natrum Muriaticum, which may well be the background constitutional
remedy to a toxic state first presenting with the picture of Apis.
Bacterial overgrowth often underlies cases where allergens have triggered candida,
causing a slowing down in the digestion. A remedy which I have found to be very useful for
such conditions is Berberis Vulgaris which promotes detoxification through the kidneys and
liver – the main filters of the body. As in the case of Zincum Metallicum, it works well in low dose and repeated over time. Another remedy which can act in such cases – also in low
dose and repeated over time – is Butyric Acid. In this case, levels of hydrochloric acid are
very low. This can be seen commonly today in the age of fast food combined with
increased stress levels.
Here, the main remedies are broken down to encompass those toxins they can eliminate:
Aluminium, chemicals (leading to possible paralysis), codeine, artificial foods,
lead, mercury, organophosphates.
Chemicals (leading to possible paralysis), lead, mercury, this remedy often works well in
Alumina cases where there is lack of reaction – this applies especially to constipation (in
Air pollution, antibiotics, arsenic, aspirin, chemotherapy drugs, chlorine, cortisone, chronic
effects of allopathic medicines, lead, mercury, pesticides.
Air pollution, arsenic, lead, mercury.
Coal gas fumes, lead.
Chemicals, lead, mercury.
Poisoning from chemotherapy.
Chemicals (leading to possible paralysis), lead, mercury.
Antibiotics, chronic effects of allopathic medicines, lead, pesticides, organophosphates.
Mercury (leading to possible headache and/or paralysis).
Lead, mercury (leading to possible headache).
Arsenic, chemicals, lead, mercury.
Antibiotics, chronic effects of allopathic medicines, artificial foods, lead, mercury.
Featherbed (leading to possible asthma), manganese.
Air pollution, antibiotics, arsenic, chemicals, chemotherapy drugs, chlorine, cortisone,
chronic effects of allopathic medicines, lead, mercury, pesticides.
Air pollution, lead, mercury, mould.
Air pollution, aluminium, antibiotics, arsenic, chemicals, chemotherapy drugs, chronic
effects of allopathic medicines, artificial food, lead, mercury, narcotics, pesticides,
Air pollution, arsenic, chemicals, chlorine, codeine, chronic effects of allopathic medicines,
lead, mercury, narcotics.
Chemicals (leading to possible paralysis), lead, mercury.
Aluminium, arsenic, chemicals, chemotherapy drugs, lead.
Air pollution, aluminium, arsenic, chemicals, cortisone, chronic effects of allopathic
medicines, artificial food, lead, mercury, mould, pesticides, dioxins.
Air pollution, antibiotics, aspirin, chemicals, lead.
Chronic effects of allopathic medicines, lead, mercury, artificial food.
One can conclude from this list that, alongside the bowel nosodes and main nosodes
mentioned, the armamentarium needed to tackle the growing layers of toxicity is based on
many of the fundamental remedies or derivatives of them. Even if the one chosen is not
the constitutional remedy in the case, it will individually start the process to pave the way
to immunity and resistance to this ever-increasing threat to global health in synergy with
the matching constitutional remedy.
1. Shaoni Bhattacharya, ʻThe Matter with Factsʼ (September 6, 2016) New Scientist.
2. ʻ“Toxicity is the primary driver of disease”, says Pizzornoʼ (September 2016), CAM
3. Michael D. Gershon, ʻThe Second Brain – Your Gut Has a Mind of Its Ownʼ, Harper
4. Chris Kresser,ʻThe Gluten-Thyroid Connectionʼ, (July 18, 2010), www.chriskresser.com.
5. Robin Murphy, N.D., ʻHomeopathic Clinical Repertoryʼ, Lotus Health Institute,
Third Edition, 2005.
6. Carl Pfeiffer, Dr., ʻNutrition and Mental Illness – an Orthomolecular Approach to
Balancing Body Chemistryʼ (April 1988), Healing Arts Press.
7. Leo Galland, Dr., and Jonathan Galland, ʻThe Allergy Solutionʼ, JD, Hay House, 2016.