I did not feel good at all! The day before, on a boat trip on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, I had shared some food with a friend. I became violently ill and she was fine! The curious reality of different people with differing reactions to pathogens! All night I had a high fever with intense nausea and stomach cramps. The next morning I got going with extreme effort. We had to be in Zurich, approximately 2 hours by train, for a lunchtime meeting with the manufacturers of Bio-Strath Herbal Yeast Elixir. I need this like a hole in the head!
I always travel with a complete first aid kit of homoeopathic remedies. It is more or less the first thing I check and pack when I go on a trip. I don’t know what I would have done had I not had access to my willing little helpers. That’s how I think of my vials of little white pillules, privately!
Nux Vomica turned out to be the remedy to keep me going while it relieved most of the symptoms of bloating and nausea. I felt extremely restless, wanting to move about constantly. This is a typical keynote symptom of Arsenicum Album, a terrific remedy for food poisoning. Taking the Arsenicum Album in the morning, and then starting the Nux Vomica after 2pm, I felt I could try to face our hosts in Zurich.
We were collected at the train-station by a 40-odd year old man, who looked younger than his age, who took us on a regional train-line to the outskirts of Zurich. The offices of Bio-Strath were situated on the 2nd floor of a typical European office block, bedecked with baskets of fragrant geraniums on every window sill. In a friendly, polite correct Swiss way, we were invited into the offices which he told us were manned by 3 people only. Between them they provided all the services to local and overseas clients, ensuring that their products got onto the shelves of pharmacies and health food stores as efficiently as possible.
Even in my hazy state of mind, swinging between sudden fever and nausea and pain in the front of my head, I could not help but marvel at the work ethic of these people. Nobody is elevated to answer the phone, or to pick up the broom, if need be. No wonder the standard of living in Switzerland, whether urban or rural, is of such a high standard. People take pride in what they do and in their surroundings. Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Switzerland will remember the rolling green pastures, neat and devoid of even one plastic bag! So, there we were, visiting an international company, who produces and manages a popular herbal tonic with the minimum of cost in labour! Coming from our fair land of South Africa, I wondered what other surprises they would have in store for us.