Popularly known as lockjaw because, this symptom occurs early in the disease. The cause of the disease is infection with the tetanus bacillus (discovered in the earth by the German physician, Arthur Nicolaier), an organism which is commonly seen with a rounded knob at one end and so is called the drum-stick bacillus. The knob represents a spore, from which a fresh organism will develop; these spores are very resistant to heat, cold, drying and ordinary antiseptics. The tetanus bacillus is anaerobic, that is, it will not develop in the presence of oxygen. It is a normal inhabitant of the intestine of horses and cattle and is present in manured soil. Contamination of a wound with such soil at once creates a risk of tetanus.
The microbes themselves do not travel far from the site of introduction, but their poisons pass up motor nerves to centers in the spinal cord and brain. Symptoms may begin from a few hours to some weeks after infection. There may be such disturbances as sleeplessness, frequent yawning, stiffness in the throat muscles and difficulty in swallowing.
Then the lower jaw becomes spasmodically fixed (trismus) and soon the spasm involves the rest of the face, and neck, and the trunk and the limbs.
The patient appears to grin or snarl, the so-called risus sardonicus, the head is drawn back, the neck is fixed and painful and the trunk and limbs are fixed. The back may be bent backwards (opisthotonos), or forwards or to either side. The spasms relax from time to time but rarely completely and are readily brought on by noise, a bright light or a breath of wind; they are very painful. The mind is quite clear throughout. Death takes place from exhaustion as a rule; rarely is it due to spasm of the breathing muscles and consequent asphyxia. The duration of the disease varies from a day or two onwards, and the long it lasts beyond ten days the better the prospects.
Even more important from the point of view of prognosis, is the duration of the incubation period; the odds in favor of recovery are considerably increased if this lasts beyond ten-days and again increased if it lasts beyond three weeks Symptoms may be quite localized to the neighborhood of the wound.
Any wound should be cleaned up as a matter of course, but if there is any possibility of contamination with tetanus, as when the wound is got during gardening or on the football field, for example, a prophylactic injection of anti-tetanic serum should be given as soon as possible. The disease is treated by keeping the patient perfectly quiet in a darkened room. Injections of serum are given, including some into the spinal canal. Sedatives, such as luminal, are given, and chloroform may be needed so that the patient can be fed through a tube. See: Antiseptic.
Application and treatment:
An interesting note is the fact that in most cases auto mechanics and other workers whose cuts, bums and minor skin abrasions are constantly exposed to such petroleum products as brake fluid, motor oil, transmission oil, and the like almost never get any form of tetanus because there is some immunity built up in them during this haphazard process.
Infections are the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and the reaction of the tissues to their presence and to the toxins generated by them.
A toxin is any poisonous substance of microbic, vegetable or animal origin, being unstable and does not cause infection until after an incubation period.
A toxin is a carrier of negative polarity and when polarized positive can become inert and nonpoisonous and readily assimilated by the body’s digestion systems. Infections may be readily devitalized by frequencies of 20, 250, 727, 787, 880, 5000, and 10,000 Hertz from 3 to 5 volts applied energy force for 2 to 5 minutes minimum.
Polarity does not devitalize microorganisms but instead creates an environment which they will not or cannot reproduce. They thrive in negative and positive polarity but not when locked up in all negative or all positive polarity which polarizing forces tend to prevent them from multiplying and thereby cause their expiration after about 3 days or shorter depending upon their normal life span after polarization.
Medical policy has been to suppress electronic methods of radionics, electromagnetic energy, magnetism and other energy forces which have been demonstrated to devitalize all viruses, all pathogenic bacteria, worms and other harmful microorganisms internally as well as externally in and on the body. The great resistance to energy from electron means has gradually been accepted by shock treatments, X-ray radiation and other harmful and destructive methods that support hospitalization on a massive scale without regard for the consequences.
Electrode pads may be applied over the infected area or in or on any part of the body to induce energy into the body for relief. Negative polarity is the “No Grow” side while positive polarity is the “Grow” side or healing side of the polarizers and when combined with the electromagnetic energy it can reduce inflammation or aid healing as desired.
To reduce inflammation use the negative polarity with or without the electromagnetic energy as described above with very low output of alternating electronic energy applied to the body directly.
The body should be cleaned of all grease and dirt before application of energy. An ohmmeter should be used to check the conductivity of the pads to be sure that they are clean enough to conduct at least 85% efficiency. If not, replace, or clean as per instructions for that product. Test it again. Drink electrolyte before using instruments and acidophilus afterwards as already proportionately described.