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BARYTA CARBONICA Bar-c.,
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up. [Mark Twain]
I would rather have my ignorance than another mans knowledge, because I have so much of it. [Mark Twain]
Barium Carbonate. Witherite.
Barium, from Gr. barys, heavy, was distinguished from lime by the Swedish chemist Karl Scheele in 1774. Lavoisier included baryte or barote in 1789 in his list of simple substances as Terre pesante [heavy earth]. The English scientist Sir Humphrey Davy first isolated the element in 1808. It is found only in combination with other elements, mainly with sulphate [barite] and carbonate [witherite]. It belongs to group 2 [formerly group IIA] of the periodic table, called the alkaline earth group, and resembles calcium chemically. It is a soft metal with a silvery white lustre [like lead] when pure. Because it very easily oxidizes [turning black or greyish] it should be kept under petroleum or other oxygen-free liquids to exclude air. Water or alcohol decomposes barium. Barium minerals are dense, but barium itself is comparatively light.
Alloys of barium with aluminium [or magnesium] are used as getters in electron tubes [e.g. in television sets, computer monitors, X-ray tubes], where they perfect the vacuum by combining with the last traces of various gases, and thus prolong the life of the device. The screen of audio-visual equipment [television, computer, etc.] contains 4 to 10% barium carbonate to absorb roentgen rays arising in the electron tube. To achieve the same effect in colour televisions and colour [computer] monitors, the barium is combined with the even more active strontium. Barium protects by immobilizing and shielding. An alloy of barium with nickel is used in spark plugs and engine rod bearings. The carbonate is used in ceramics, paints, enamels, marble substitutes, rubber; for the manufacture of paper, barium salts, electrodes, optical glasses; as an analytical reagent; and as a rat poison and insecticide. Barite [barium sulphate] is used as an X-ray contrast medium [barium meal]; as a weighing agent in oilwell drilling fluids; for the manufacture of photographic papers, artificial ivory, cellophane; as a filler for rubber, linoleum, oil cloth, polymeric fibres and resins, lithographic inks; as a water-colour pigment for coloured paper, in wallpaper; as a size for modifying the colours of other pigments; in heavy concrete for radiation shield.1 Barium powder is highly inflammable and may ignite spontaneously in air [at room temperature]. Various barium salts are employed in pyrotechnics [imparting a bright yellowish green colour to fireworks], signal flares [green], explosives, rocket propellant, matches, or as fireproofing agents.
Barium carbonate is almost insoluble in water. The compound is poisonous and may cause, in case of overexposure: salivation, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, violent diarrhoea; increased blood pressure; tinnitus, giddiness; muscle twitching, convulsions, paralysis; dilated pupils; confusion, somnolence; cardiac arrest; death due to respiratory failure. Acute poisoning is characterized by muscle weakness, followed by paralysis of the limbs and lungs, with additional heart problems. Victims usually remain conscious. Long term inhalation of barium dust may lead to deposition in the lungs, producing a form of pneumoconiosis called baritosis. Pneumoconiosis, or anthracotic tuberculosis, is characterized by pain in the chest, cough with little or no expectoration, despond, reduced thoracic excursion, sometimes cyanosis, and fatigue after slight exertion.2 Fibrogenic forms of pneumoconiosis include silicosis [caused by silica dust], asbestosis, anthracosis [caused by coal dust], and berylliosis [caused by beryllium dust or fumes]. Nonfibrogenic forms are considered to be benign and include siderosis [caused by iron dust], stannosis [caused by tin dust], and baritosis.
Dr Wilson of London has lately described a distinct case of poisoning with the carbonate. The quantity taken was half a teacupful; but emetics were given, and operated before any symptoms showed themselves. In two hours the patient complained of dimness of sight, double vision, headache, tinnitus, and a sense of distension in the stomach, and subsequently of pains in the knees and cramps of the legs, with occasional vomiting and purging next day; for some days afterwards the head symptoms continued, though more mildly, and she was much subject to severe palpitations. Mr Parkes mentions that, according to information communicated to him by the proprietor of an estate in Lancashire, where carbonate of baryta abounds, many domestic animals on his estate died in consequence of licking the dust of the carbonate, and that it once proved to two persons, a woman and her child, who took each about a dram. Dr Johnstone says he once swallowed ten grains of this compound, without experiencing any bad effect.
Experimentally, retarded growth can be evoked in rats and guinea pigs by placing them on a barium-free diet. The same effect occurs with a strontium-free diet. Blood pressure increases significantly in rats exposed to 10 to 100 ppm barium in their drinking water. In humans there appears to be increased risk of cardiovascular disease if the drinking water contains barium levels of 1.1 to 10 mg per litre. Both barium and strontium belong to the alkaline earth group, which comprises furthermore beryllium, magnesium, calcium, and radium. Magnesium and calcium are important physiologic elements; strontium and barium are closely related to calcium, but are not known to have any physiologic function and thus are foreign to the body.
As a foreign substance barium produces poisonous and untoward effects much easier than the physiologic calcium. In experiments many similarities are shown to the action of excessive doses of calcium. The anti-swelling, solidifying and therefore slowing effect on exchange and function of calcium action is much greater in barium and leads sooner to persistent states of pathology.
4 Soluble salts of barium are highly toxic and are used to control wide animals such as wolf, bear, etc.
Barium gets into the air during the mining, refining and production of barium compounds, and from the burning of coal and oil. Barium compounds that dissolve easily are found in lakes, rivers, and streams. Fish and aquatic organisms accumulate barium. Most soils contain low levels of barium. Barium entering the body through the lungs seems to enter the bloodstream very easily, while it doesn't seem to enter the bloodstream as well from the stomach or intestines.
Seaweed, fish, and Brazil nuts contain the highest amounts of barium in foodstuff.
Despite the fact that barium performs no known essential function in man, the average individual contains 22 mg of the mineral, most of which is in the bones. In heart disease there is a decrease in barium levels in blood and serum with an increase in the injured heart muscle. Other disorders that decrease blood barium levels are duodenal ulcer, chronic cholecystitis, cancer of the liver and liver cirrhosis. Barium is poorly absorbed from conventional diets and little is retained in the body. A study of English diets found a daily intake between 400 and 900 mcg per day; in the USA intakes are similar at 750 mcg per day. Various other studies put the mean intake in general at 510 mcg per day. Barium levels in foodstuffs are associated usually with those of calcium and strontium. Vegetables and fruit can provide between 3 and 80 mcg per g dry weight but the richest sources by far are nuts. Brazil nuts contain between 700 and 3200 mcg per g but this was not accompanied by unusual levels of strontium.
WITHERITE Witherite is an uncommon carbonate mineral. It belongs to the aragonite group of minerals, all of which can form twins. Twins are the result of an error during the growth of the crystal. The aragonite group has four members: aragonite [calcium carbonate], cerussite [lead carbonate], strontianite [strontium carbonate], and witherite. The latter always forms twins. Witherite effervesces in dilute HCl solutions. It also fluoresces light blue under both long and short-wave UV light and is phosphorescent under short-wave UV light. Notable occurrences include Cave-in-rock, Rosiclare, Illinois, USA; Alston Moor, Cumberland and Durham, England; Thunder Bay area, Ontario, Canada, and Germany.6 It is used in casehardening steel and in refining sugar.
EXPERIMENTS -In the early part of the last century a series of very interesting experiments designed to demonstrate the effects produced upon a sensitive subject by the touch of precious stones and minerals, were made in the case of the Seeress of Prevorst, Frederike Hauffe [b. 1801], a woman believed to possess remarkable clairvoyant powers. When pieces of granite, porphyry, or flint were placed in her hand, she was not affected in any way. The finest qualities of fluorspar, on the other hand, had a marked action, relaxing the muscles, causing diarrhoea, and producing a sour taste in the mouth; occasionally a somnambulistic state was induced. This latter condition was also produced by Iceland spar and by the sapphire. While the substances so far noted depressed the vital energy, sulphate of barium stimulated the muscles, produced an agreeable warmth of the body, and made the subject feel as though she could fly through the air. If the application of this material was long continued, the pleasurable sensation found expression in laughter. In the case of witherite, a carbonate of barium, this effect was produced to an even greater degree, for if water in which this mineral had been dipped were swallowed, spasms of laughter resulted.
GEMSTONE Barium minerals of gemstone quality are extremely rare. The only one known is benitoite. Benitoite - barium titanium silicate - was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century at San Benito, California. It has a unique crystal structure, unlike any other known mineral. It is called -stone of heaven+ because of its sapphire blue colour. It is employed as a flirtation stone and as a stone to increase love between women.
 Hahnemann - 9 provers; method: unknown.
1 Merckx Index. 2 Stedman+s Medical Dictionary. 3 Christison, A Treatise on Poisons. 4 Leeser, Textbook of Hom. Materia Medica, Inorganic Medicinal Substances. 5 Mervyn, Vitamins & Minerals. 6 Amethyst Galleries, Inc. [website] 7 Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones.
NUTRITION. MIND. GLANDS [TONSILS; prostate]. HEART. Nerves. Blood vessels. Lungs.
Worse: Company. Thinking of symptoms. Cold [damp; to feet; to head; changes]. Lying on [painful part; left side]. Odours. After meals. Cold washing. Warm food. Sun [headache]. Near warm stove [headache]. Emotions. PRESSURE.
Better: Eructations. Warm wraps. When unmindful of his disease. Walking in open air. Being alone. Cold food.
CALCAREA CARBONICA - Calcarea carb. individuals are very protective of their independence from others, while Baryta carb. people tend to be dependent on others. Calcarea carb. people are not stymied by crippling irresolution, and they are powerful workers who are greatly ameliorated by their occupation. Baryta carb. people lack self-confidence and are rarely completely comfortable on the job.
SILICEA - Silica individuals exhibit a corporeal and emotional fragility that is not seen in Baryta carb. Baryta carb. people tend to form dependent relationships, while Sil. individuals often find themselves in the role of the caretaker. Sil. individuals may not express themselves openly and can appear timid in a group situation, but on the inside they know exactly how they feel. Baryta carb. people are truly confused about their own feelings and rarely form fully realized opinions.
PULSATILLA - Pulsatilla people can be flexible, spontaneous, and lively. They can be charming and emotionally expressive. Baryta people, on the other hand, have not developed agility in social settings. They can appear stiff and uncomfortable and are greatly stifled by their fear of people, men, and crowds. Pulsatilla people can act childlike in a delightful and engaging way; Baryta people more closely resemble a child who is a painfully shy and awkward wallflower.
BUFO - Bufo individuals can display a form a feeble-mindedness or imbecility that suggests mental deficit. Baryta people can have mental confusion, but they do not typically exhibit the mental dulness that is characteristic of Bufo. Baryta individuals are frozen in a state of childlike emotional arrest. They are timid and not outgoing. In contrast, Bufo people can be gregarious and confrontational. They are not afraid of crowds or people and often enjoy performing in front of others. Their sexual drive is typically high. They can be violent or destructive.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF GROUP 2
[Mag-c.; Calc.; Bar-c.; Stront-c.]* Fear of evil. Easily frightened. Laziness / indolence. Inclination to sit. Starting on going to sleep and during sleep. Vertigo during headache. Vertigo with nausea. Occipital headache, as if occiput is pressed inward. Shaking sensation in head. Uncovering head <. Black spots before the eyes. Exertion of vision <. Epistaxis from blowing nose. Thirst; extreme. Delayed menarche. Pain in lumbar region while sitting. Cold feet in evening. Disturbed sleep from anxiety. Dreams of fire. Chilliness in bed. Aversion to [cold] bathing. After breakfast >. Winter <. Dry weather >.
1-4 1 Karen Cohen, Paradoxical Facets of an Underprescribed Polychrest, Proceedings of the 1995 Professional Case Conference. * Beryllium and Radium are excluded because both are [chemically] atypical for group 2. Beryllium is closer related to Aluminium than to the alkaline-earth metals; Radium should be considered in connection with other radioactive elements as Uranium and Plutonium.
M Children and old age: beginning and end of life. c Children: retarded or defective mental or physical development ["dwarfish in body and mind"; LATE IN LEARNING TO WALK, TALK AND READ], enlarged glands, scrofulous ophthalmia, chronic tonsillitis and adenoids. Suitable for children because of Baryta's relationship to the lymphatic system. Children do not want to play; hide behind mother or furniture in presence of visitors. c Old people (often resulting from CVA) lose their memory, start to act thoughtlessly and foolishly. Suitable for old people because of Baryta's correspondence to arteriosclerosis. M Physical and mental functions diminished. SLOW, INEPT and BACKWARD. SLOW comprehension, slow in acting, slow movements. Simple-mindedness. M BASHFUL TIMIDITY; aversion to and aggravation by presence of STRANGERS. M Idea of being laughed at, talked about, watched or mocked.
1 Cohen, Paradoxical Facets of an Underprescribed Polychrest, Proceedings of the 1995 Professional Case Conference.
2 Olsen, The Breakdown State of Baryta Carbonica, Proceedings of the 1993 Professional Case Conference.
MIND: Absentminded when spoken to . Ailments from embarrassment . Loss of ambition . Aversion to amusement . Antagonism with herself . Anxiety evening in bed, must uncover , while lying on left side . Awkward from bashfulness . Biting nails . Carefulness . Childish behaviour . Aversion to company, > when alone . Delusions, body looks ugly , that she is critized , being laughed at and mocked at , is going to be robbed , body is smaller , he cannot succeed, he does everything wrong , being watched . Dulness, unable to think long . Fear of men , from noise at night [1; Caust.; Nat-s.], of people, in children , of railroad travel , of strangers . Desire to hide, child thinks all visitors laugh at it and hides behind furniture [2/1]. Irresolution in acts , in projects , about trifles . Aversion to laughing . Loquacity during menses , during pregnancy [2/1]. Neglecting everything . Desire to nibble [1; Mag-m.; Nat-c.]. Indisposition to play, in children . Sensitive to noise, male voices . Spoiled children . Time passes too slowly .
VERTIGO: At night in bed . When crossing a bridge . From mental exertion . From motion of arms . On reaching up with the hands . From sneezing . From quickly turning or moving the head . When walking along a narrow path [1/1], when walking over a narrow bridge [1; Ferr.; Sulph.].
HEAD: Coldness, begins in head . Hair, baldness, young people [2; Sil.]. Heaviness in occiput < motion . Pain, headache from feet becoming cold , from becoming heated by a fire or a stove ; in occiput, during damp weather ; pressing, vertex, while standing in sun [2/1]. Shaking sensation while sneezing [1/1], on stamping [1/1]. EYE: Lachrymation when yawning . Pain, from exertion of vision , > looking downward [1/1], when looking sideways [1; Pyrog.], when looking upward , > winking [1/1].
VISION: Dim, old people [2/1]. Foggy, morning , after eating . Sparks, in dark .
EAR: Eruptions, scabby behind ears . Noises, > while lying , on sneezing , while walking fast [1/1]; hissing as from boiling water ; reverberating when blowing nose . Pain on blowing nose [1; Calc.]. Pulsation at night when lying on the ear . Stopped sensation, as if by a valve .
HEARING: Acute, for male voices [1; Nit-ac.]. Impaired, & hypertrophy of tonsils
. NOSE: Constant inclination to blow the nose . Coryza, sudden attacks . Dryness after discharge [1/1]. Epistaxis before menses . Odours, imaginary, of pine-smoke [2/1].
FACE: Bloated before menses . Sensation of cobweb . Induration, submaxillary gland . Paralysis, one-sided . Perspiration, one side . Swelling, parotid gland, right . Wrinkled face . MOUTH: Frequently recurring abscess of gums . Paralysis of tongue, old people [2/1]. Speech wanting after apoplexy . Taste, sour before eating [1; Nat-m.]. TEETH: Pain, toothache before menses , during menses , when thinking about it .
THROAT: Sensation as if food lodged in oesophagus ; as if food turns like a corkscrew on swallowing and passes over raw places in oesophagus [1/1]. Sensation of a foreign body while sneezing [1/1]. Induration of tonsils . Inflammation after each cold ; recurrent tonsillitis . Pain, during menses ; burning, at night , on empty swallowing ; rawness, at night . Swallowing difficult, must drink in order to swallow , can swallow fluids only, solid food gags .
EXTERNAL THROAT: Pressing pain in thyroid gland . Tension sides .
STOMACH: Sudden aversion to food while eating . Emptiness & aversion to food , without hunger . Sensation as if a ball is moving up and down during eructations [1/1]. Sensation of fulness after eating ever so little . Sensation as if stomach were hanging down relaxed , after stool [1; Sep.]. Sensation of a lump > eructation [1/1]. Nausea, > after breakfast , from pressure on stomach , sudden while eating . Pain, > eructations ; burning > motion [1*]. Sensation of a stone after eating , > eructations .
ABDOMEN: Anxiety after eating [1/1]. Coldness in liver region . Sensation as if intestines were falling from side to side on turning in bed . Gurgling on motion . Pain, > eructations ; & retraction of umbilicus [1; Chel.; Plb.]; pressing in hypogastrium when lying on back [1/1]. RECTUM: Haemorrhoids protrude when passing flatus , protrude during urination .
BLADDER: Urging to urinate after eating , > sitting [1; Canth.].
PROSTATE: Enlargement, senile .
MALE: Erections, in morning only , while riding, with impotence at all other times [1/1].
LARYNX: Voice lost from mucus in larynx , in wet weather .
RESPIRATION: Asthmatic, old people . Difficult, when lying, from enlargement of tonsils ; as from smoke . Rattling, old people . COUGH: Feet becoming cold . In company . Lying on abdomen > . Child coughs at sight of strangers . When thinking of it . Warm food .
CHEST: Aneurism of the large arteries . Catarrh alternating with diarrhoea, old people . Sensation as if chest were coated . Oppression while lying . Pain > eructations . Palpitation of heart > eructations [1; Carb-v.], sudden , from thinking of it . Sensation as from smoke in chest .
BACK: Heaviness sacral region as of a weight . Pulsating after emotional excitement [1/1], > motion [1/1]. Restlessness, lumbar region, > passing flatus [2/1]. Stiffness after sitting . Tumours, fatty, cervical region .
LIMBS: Tender callosities on soles of feet . Chapped fingertips . Dryness, like parchment, of hands . Fulness of veins of hands . Heaviness of hands before menses , of
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