[Note Cholera, Plague and Typhoid symptoms, 3 vaccines in use at the time.]
There is evidence that the Spanish Flu did have hemorrhagic symptoms.
Vickie Menear, MD and homeopath, was doing some research on Flu for her class at Hahnemann Homeopathic College, Albany, California, when she ran into a great deal of literature that supports this possibility. I called her and she said that if you had questions, she'd be happy too answer them.
Again, Email me and I'll give you her phone number.
In the meantime, let me quote some of her source material. If you
are interested in following up this new "lead" on the Spanish Flu epidemic,
this is a good place to start. Here are the references:
1. THE PLAGUE OF THE SPANISH LADY: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 by Richard Collier, Atheneum Publishing, New York, 1974
"It began, undramatically, after a two-day incubation period, with a cough. Next there was pain--behind the eyes, in the ears, in the lumbar region. Soon a drowsy numbness invaded the body, and fervor set in; often the temperature soared to 104 degrees F. The pulse was thready and unstable; the victim's tongue was thickly coated...every mortal fiber ached indescribably--the throat, the head, the naso-pharynx.."
"But which disease? All over the world, doctors were noting symptoms so at variance with the spring epidemic --and with any known form of influenza--that it might have been an unknown sickness...that each time a man so much as stirred on his pillow, serous fluid poured from his mouth and nostrils...a burning pain above the diaphragm...the frontal headache that recalled Typhoid fever...painfully congested conjunctivae...coated tongues with bright red tips...another maverick symptoms: what doctors term 'silent lungs', an absence of breath so total he was convinced his stethoscope had given out."
"...case after case of leucopenia--a kind of leukaemia in reverse, where the white corpuscles of the blood are strangely reduced in numbers...lost her sight within six days...gangrene of the sexual organs...afflicted by diarrhoea so intense he endured twenty movements a day....On one factor, at least, all doctors were agreed: only in Cholera did the collapse come so suddenly that most victims could fix the precise moment when they fell...a man staggering home at a run, handkerchief clapped to a bleeding nose--but most often this killer-virus struck like a lightning-bolt."
"One moment she could see her face, mirrored opaquely in a bowl of water that her mother held (she was having Epistaxis, nosebleed while in the throes of the Spanish Flu). Next instant it had vanished, blotted from view by the blood pouring from her mouth and nose....Dr. Hennewig arrived. His verdict..."I have seen many such cases -- without the haemorrhage she would not have recovered."
"Later, Germany's Public Health Administration was to report that in many areas Epistaxis affected up to HALF of all influenza victims--often as much as a pint of blood at a time."
"Major Charles Mix, of the Army Medical Corps, saw a greater significance. Among doughboys at Camp Mills, New York, Mix noted interference with the passage of blood from the heart's right ventricle to the lungs caused enough damming back of venous blood 'to make possible nasal haemorrhage on the slightest occasion'. Many were even then cyanotic, and some, despite this haemorrhage, developed pneumonia..."
"....why should the sickness affect so many organs of the body normally untouched?...most often the disease resembled encephalitis, with the patient lapsing into a coma...a dilation of the heart but even of fatty degeneration...a cough so intense that it ruptured the muscles of a soldier's rectum...retention of urine...puffy faces and swollen ankles of acute nephritis...the lungs were the organs most vitally affected...a patient's face so contorted in death that even close friends couldn't recognize him...and autopsy surgeons were encountering what one doctor termed 'a pathological nightmare'; lungs up to six times their normal weight, looking 'like melted red currant jelly.'"
2. EPIDEMIC AND PEACE, 1918 by Alfred W. Crosby, Jr., Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, London, England
"The Surgeon General's office dispatched Colonel Welch to Devens (Army base)...included in that group Colonel Victor C. Vaughan, ex-president of the American Medical Association; Rufus Cole of the Rockefeller Institute; and Simeon Walbach of the Harvard Medical School....(p.7)...Welch and his colleagues...glanced in at the wards with their lines of cots and prostrated soldiers, whose linens were often stained with bloody sputum and the sudden nosebleeds that were symptoms of the Spanish Influenza..."
"In the open chest of a cadaver Welch saw the blue, swollen lungs of a Spanish Influenza...Cause of death? That at least was clear: what in a healthy man are the lightest parts of his body, the lungs, were in this cadaver two sacks filled with a thin, bloody, frothy fluid.....The lungs of those who died quickly, sometimes only 48 hours after the first ache and cough, were such as he had never seen before...Their most conspicuous feature was the enormous quantity of thin, bloody fluid. It oozed out of their lungs sectioned for examination, and in the large air passages leading to the throat it mixed with air in a bloody froth. As rigor mortis set in, the fluid often poured from the nose and stained the body wrappings."
"If there was anyone at Devens (the Army base) who could be depended upon as a pillar of strength, it was this safe of Johns Hopkins. But when he saw the wet lungs of influenza pneumonia in the fall of 1918, the pillar trembled. "This must be some new kind of infection...or plague."
Dr. Menear has a list of other books and articles supporting the hemorrhagic symptoms of the Spanish Flu. Should you want the list published here, on OUTBREAK, I'll be happy to call her and get it sent to you. She also has information on Crotalus Horridus being utilized as a remedy during the pandemic.
I can only note that the symptoms of the 1918 "influenza" and the Ebola of 1995, have marked similarities .
My percentages of homeopathic remedies used versus traditional medicine (drugs) during 1918 influenza come from an article that appeared in Homeopathy Today, January, 1990. It was the following and I'll quote:
"Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) collected 26,795 cases of (1918) influenza treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality rate of 1.05 percent while the average old school (traditional medicine/drugs) mortality was 30 percent."
I'd like to credit Julian Winston, New Zealand, one of our foremost homeopathic archives experts, and firstname.lastname@example.org, in which this article appeared.
This article was originally published by the Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy, May, 1921 and I'd like to share the entire article and you can draw your own conclusions. This article was a culling of information after the Spanish Flu epidemic had occurred. In it, you will find mentioned other remedies, other than Crotalus Horridus, that were used to save lives--Gelsemium, Eupatorium Perfoliatum, and Bryonia. Unfortunately, I wasn't given the space at this website to share this information with you before this.