The Remedies of War Part 3

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Unlike the Persian Gulf War, Vietnam veterans suffer a unique predicament. The responsibility and blame was left on the heads of those that fought the war. They were left to sort out who was responsible for what. There was no “homecoming parade”, no yellow ribbons. Instead they were spat upon, or jostled by the antiwar demonstrators who called them “baby killers”, asking them to wear humiliation that did not come off with their uniform.

Often veterans were unprepared for the ferocity of the attacks. Much of the antiwar movement had been censored from the veterans because it was “bad for morale”. Many veterans were angry for the way we pulled out of Vietnam. They took it as a personal loss, after all the friends they lost, and for what.

In the future I would like to apply for a grant to finish writing a book entitled The Remedies of War. In this material I have begun a material medical of symptoms that many of the veterans commonly experience of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf War. This article does not permit me to go into the depth of these symptoms.

This is a general essence synopsis and an thumbnail sketch caricature taken from some of the cases of the veterans I have treated in the past few years.

Mercurius, Mind section

Delusion that everyone is the enemy. Often veterans have said, “The enemy did–so I did. They don’t usually refer to them personally but with the slang “Charlie” or “Gooks”. This expression used continually has lead me to understand this remedy state a little better. But even 30 years later this state is still active. They are suspicious, commonly looking at others hands for weapons. Anyone at any time could be “the enemy”. They often will have an arsenal in their home or carry a weapon on them, or they have built a fort out of their home. They feel isolated and withdrawn from others, not knowing how they could fit into society, not necessarily wanting to. They can be very tightly bonded to their family or estranged from them, yet protective. Mercurius has helped many with relieving bloods stools and foul secretions that have been with them since the war. It is also interesting to note that many of the explosives used in Vietnam contained mercury.

Nux vomica

The liver is under fire with detoxing from the chemical warfare that continues to battle inside these men. Often Nux types are the warriors. They consider themselves to be the “best” in any branch of the service. They have hair-trigger responses of anger to anyone who is perceived as a threat. Often these veterans have reported trying to run people off the road to vent their violence, even if the offense towards them was slight. In the moment it doesn’t appear that way and “they are not going to let them get away with it.” They may try to drink themselves to death or pursue the world of stimulants. Their home can look like an inspected military base. They may be married many times or have several affairs to hold their feelings at bay sublimated by their high sexuality.


Surprisingly, they can be very logical about the events of the war. Sometimes their fears and need for security emotionally is not always readily seen with a cool camouflaged exterior. There is an edge to them, though, and they try to control their environment and those around them better than they can control their inner world. They are prone to flashbacks and nightmares that bolt them out of bed.

Their subconscious visits their near death and traumatic experiences, often with panic attacks. They will keep the TV or radio on continuously for company or have someone nearby until exhaustion takes them to sleep. They can also create a fortress with weapons to protect them and give them those needed feelings of security.