Natural Hygiene---the most modern science

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Good Sense About Health
3 Dozen Reasons to eat All Raw
Drainage: the real dirt
Death, American Style

Over twenty years ago, T. C. Fry, the foremost spokesman for natural hygiene, tried to sum up on a single page its fundamental concepts.  Although his term, Life Science, never gained lasting popularity, hygienic living is enjoying a resurgence among people who fully understand the dangers, and costs (physical & financial), of undergoing modern medical treatment.  


Why must we write so much about what is basically such a simple system? In this brief article is the essence of LIFE SCIENCE. Yet many cannot master it after reading volumes!

The reason does not lie in knowing but in the difficulty of doing—in the difficulty of overcoming all the wrong conditioning previously undergone.

So what is the essence of LIFE SCIENCE?

LIFE SCIENCE, essentially, is living by the dictum that exuberant well-being is normal and natural. Likewise, discomforts and sicknesses are abnormal, unnatural and, therefore, unnecessary.

LIFE SCIENCE is a regimen of living that brings to your body all that it needs and keeping away from it those baneful factors and influences which interfere with or destroy the body’s vitality and lower its functioning power.

Primarily the LIFE SCIENCE SYSTEM for great well-being requires these fundamental needs:
1. Pure air.
2. Pure water.
3. Cleanliness. This also means internal purity which is more important than outside cleanliness. Don’t pollute your body.
4. Warmth. The body must not be chilled.
5. Sound and efficient sleep.
6. Wholesome, raw food to which we are naturally adapted. (partial chart)
7. Wholesome activity or exercise several times a week which brings the entire body musculature into vigorous play.
8. Sunshine upon our bodies.
9. Rest and relaxation.
10. Constructive play and recreation (this could also come under #7, Wholesome activity or exercise).
11. Emotional and mental well-being. These factors are largely dependent upon the physical factors just as the physical factors are largely dependent upon emotional and mental factors.
12. Pleasing environment. Our social, domestic and topographical environment must be pleasant and consonant with our disposition.
13. Security of life and its means.
14. Self-mastery. We must be in complete charge of our persons.
15. Motivation—having things to do, objectives to achieve, etc.
16. Creative useful work. We are not naturally parasites.
17. Belonging to a group or circle.  We are gregarious.
18. Expression of reproductive instincts.
19. Indulgence of our highly developed senses for beauty and goodness.

Teaching you and others to fulfill these basic conditions and needs is the objective of LIFE SCIENCE.



R. T. Trall: The True Healing Art

Dr. Trall, considered by many to be one of the major founders of the natural hygiene movement, delivered a speech in 1862 at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.  Ostensibly a plea for better treatment of the Union army sick and wounded, it actually proved one of the earliest indictments of the harsh medicines of the drug business.  Interspaced with dozens of personal anecdotes, Trall wove a strong net that allowed few of the abuses of the drug trade to escape unscathed.  

Here's a sample wherein he patiently explains that the body works on drugs and that drugs do not work on the body (as your family physician was trained in medicine school).

And now, may I present Dr. R. T. Trall...

..."On the theory that remedies act on the living system, and by a power or property inherent in themselves, and that this property enables them to elect or select the organ or structure on which they will make an impression (we drop for the moment the question whether the impression be "sanative " or "morbific"), medical men have arranged and classified their materia medica as emetics which act on the stomach; purgatives, which act on the bowels, diaphoretics, which act on the skin; diuretics, which act on the kidneys; expectorants, which act on the lungs cholagogues, which act on the liver; stimulants, which act on the blood-vessels; tonics, which act on the muscular fibers; narcotics, which act on the brain, etc.

"All this seems very plausible, but there is no truth in it.

"The person who is ignorant of the first principle of astronomy, could affirm most conscientiously that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and passes around the earth once in every twenty-four hours. Does he not see it with his own eyes? But with knowledge of the law of gravitation, he would know that this appearance was illusory, and that the earth revolved on its axis, while the sun stood still.

"A knowledge of the law of vitality would teach medical men that only living structures have inherent powers to act; that all dead things, in relation to living, are entirely passive; and that the only property they possess is inertia, which is the tendency to remain quiescent until disturbed by something else—the power to do nothing.

"The living system acts on food to appropriate it to the formation and replacement of its organs and tissues. This is digestion and assimilation—the nutritive process. And the living system acts on drugs, medicines, poisons, impurities, effete matters, miasma, contagions, infections¾ on everything not useful or usable in the organic domain—to resist them; to expel them; to get rid of them; to purify itself of their presence through the channel or outlet best adopted to the purpose under the circumstances.

"And herein is the explanation of the classes of medicines; the rationale of the action of medicines, which has so puzzled the brains of medical philosophers in all ages.

· Emetics do not act on the stomach, but are ejected by the stomach.

· Purgatives do not act on the bowels, but are expelled through the bowels.

· Diaphoretics, instead of acting on the skin, are sent off in that direction.

· Diuretics do not act on the kidneys, but the poisonous drugs are got rid of through that channel,

· And so on…

"And this equally mysterious entity called disease! Is not its essential nature sufficiently apparent? The disease is simply the process of getting the poisons out of the system; and so this perplexing problem is also solved.

"That the explanation I have given of the nature of disease and the modus operandi of medicines is the true one may be demonstrated in this way. We can take all of the medicines of the pharmacopoeia and produce all the diseases of the nosology. Thus certain combinations of brandy, cayenne pepper, and quinine will produce, in a healthy person, inflammatory fever; calomel, nitre, and opium yield typhus symptoms or typhoid fever; gamboge, scammony, and ipecac simulate cholera; nitre, antimony, and digitalis, the Asiatic or spasmodic cholera; cod-liver oil, salt, and sulfur, the scurvy, etc. Castor oil, Epson salts, and a hundred other articles called cathartics, will occasion diarrhea; and lobelia, Indian hemp, tobacco, and many other drugs, will induce vomiting. And what in the name of medical science and the healing art are the diarrhea and the vomiting except efforts of the living system to expel the poisons—purifying processes, diseases?

"Any person, who can explain the philosophy of sneezing, has the key that may be applied to the solution of all the problems before us. Does the dust or the snuff sneeze the nose, or does the nose sneeze the dust or the snuff? Which is acted on or expelled, and what acts? Is sneezing a healthy or a morbid process? No one will pretend that it is normal or physiological. No one ever sneezes unless there is something abnormal in or about the nasal organ. Then sneezing is a remedial effort, a purifying process, a disease, as much as is a diarrhea, a cholera, or a fever."...    

[the entire 100 page book is posted at Soil & Health library]




One of the "big guns" of the natural hygiene movement was Dr. Herbert Shelton of Texas.  Although he supervised life-restoring fasts to tens of thousands, he thought of himself primarily as an educator.  Adamant that health can only come from within and that drugs can only interfere with that healing, Shelton wrote endlessly that anyone and everyone (at least those not permanently damaged by drugs or other toxins), is entitled to as much health as they desire if they are properly nourished.   Sadly, another of his major messages, namely  that health is ultimately a no-cost item, seems destined to forever be drowned out by the shrill chorus of sellers of drugs and other nostrums. 

It is high time the people begin to learn something about the causes of disease and of the "complications" that so frequently develop under regular care. Indeed, physicians and doctors of all schools should learn the causes of disease and "complications," and they should all learn to realize, that to mask symptoms with their drugs and treatments is to stand in their own light.

Behold what a muss! "Scientific medicine" is capable of making a very elaborate diagnosis; but, then, does not know what is really wrong with the patient nor what to do for him. Don’t take my word for it - consult Cabot, Mackenzie, Baldwin, and others who have dared slip their professional muzzles long enough to do a little effective thinking.

The paradox of all medical paradoxes is that physicians recognize pathology as its own cause. Etiology and diagnosis, according to the approved theories and practices of the "regulars," starts with a developed pathology. The science of diagnosis, as practiced today, is merely the naming and classifying of established pathologies; all present and future symptoms being recognized and treated as pathognomic, all antecedent symptoms being ignored as not having any relationship to the existing pathology or so-called disease.

What is a system of diagnosis and treatment worth that is based on an etiology that starts with "causes" that are, in truth, but organized effects?

For example, when a surgeon removes a fibroid tumor, or extirpates a hyperplastic gland, or tonsil, or adenoid without a thought, or the slightest knowledge that these enlargements are but organized effects - neoplasms (new tissue growths) - that cannot possibly come into existence without cause, which cause is not touched by the operation - and, then, pronounces his - patient well (cured), does he not assume that the growth is its own cause? To remove a gall stone and pronounce the patient cured is tantamount to saying that the stone was its own cause. To remove the thyroid gland and pronounce the patient well of goitre (hyperthyroidism) is to imply that the goiter caused itself. Is it difficult to understand that all of these procedures leave the cause untouched - to result in the building of more pathology?

MEDICAL IGNORANCE ABOUT DISEASE What is disease? Regular medical men freely confess that they do not know. Did they know its essential nature, they would cease their learned glibness about immunity. Theoretically, one "attack" of an infectious disease establishes immunity to future "attacks." In practice, they seek to borrow the "acquired immunity" of an animal and transfer it to man. Or to produce a mild and modified form of the disease so that immunity may be established.

As I have so often pointed out, this is an effort to set aside the law of cause and effect.

Only some so-called infectious diseases are supposed to confer immunity. For example, Forel says: "One attack of gonorrhea in no way protects against a second infection, but rather predisposes to it, and when this disease becomes chronic, exacerbations or relapses of the acute stage often occur without fresh infection."

Nobody thinks that one "attack" of a cold renders one immune to future "attacks." It is well known that one may have pneumonia numerous times. The same is true of typhoid fever. The fact is that only a minority of the so-called infectious diseases are supposed to confer immunity. Of these, there is not one that people have not had two or more times. For example, there are records of men and women having had smallpox as many as five times.

Opposing truths cannot exist. Our medical, like our social and political state, is a stupendous frenzy. The former, like the latter, is built out of dualism, and shredded by multiple contradictory systems. The universal belief in dualism has evolved a chaotic medical state that is well named a "fool’s paradise" instead of medical science. Our very thinking on the subjects of health and disease is dualistic. We think of health and disease as antagonistic entities at war with each other. Disease is an "attack" from without. Hence, our conception of proper treatment is to go after the attacking force with hammer and tongs, or with shot and shell - a practice that all too often cripples or kills the patient.

Where law and order reign, why should man be left in a more helpless state than all life below him? To the logical mind, this is unthinkable. It should be recognized by all that man is as well fitted to live on the earth as are the lower orders of life. His environment is really more friendly to him than he is to it. It is certainly more friendly to him than he is to himself. A true health science will teach man how to use both himself and his environment constructively - healthfully.

What does the average individual know about keeping well? Almost nothing. What does the average doctor of all the schools of so-called healing know about keeping well? About as little as the average layman. The physician lives haphazardly and his patients live as near like he does as they know how, or as their means permit. The people and their doctors are all in the same boat together with a blind man at the helm. They lack the chart and compass and drift aimlessly on a sea of ignorance and misinformation.

When a man becomes ill, he calls a physician, takes the drugs the latter prescribes, and gets well or not, as the case may he, and neither he nor the physician knows why he did the one or the other. Certainly the prescription of the physician has nothing to do with his recovery. His prescription has been aimed at masking symptoms and not at cause. He hurls his shot and shell at the "attacking" force with due courage and vigor and the only thing he destroys is the patient.

The physician has no idea, previous to any one visit, how he will find his patient, and when he finds a change in symptoms, it has no meaning to him. When a physician prescribes for a patient and leaves him he has no more idea than the man in the moon in what condition he will find his patient upon his next call. The very best of them cannot tell whether or not "complications" will develop in a given case. They are never certain that their patient will improve and cannot be sure that he will not grow worse. When the physician finds a change of symptoms in his patient, he cannot tell whether this change is due to food, drugs, fear, excitement caused by visitors, improper nursing, or to something else. He is likely to conclude that it is a "peculiarity of the disease" or an "unusual development." Every first-class physician knows that "modern medicine" cannot predict anything. Yet, if they had a true science, if they knew real causes and had a valid plan of care, they would be able to predict - prognose - with something like precision, the outcome of the diseases in the patients they treat. Their very masking of symptoms with drugs stand in their own light and prevents them from knowing the true conditions of their patients.

What is disease? We apply this term to a group of abnormal signs and symptoms We group these symptoms into vaguely defined symptom complexes give the complexes names and then go after them with hammer and tongs. Stereotyped treatment is the rule under this way of regarding disease. Quinine for malaria anti-toxin for diphtheria, arsenic for "syphilis", digitalis for the heart, operation for appendicitis, morphine for cancer, the anti histamines for colds. In not one instance do we seek to find, understand and remove cause.

Let us look at measles, which is defined as a "catarrhal fever, a typical enanthom," (eruption on the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, occasionally bronchus and gastrointestinal mucous membrane). "The internal enanthema (eruption) is to be expected, or suspected, when the exanthema (external eruption) fails to show up.

All of the symptomatology of measles, carefully compiled by the makers of medical text-books, as well as of all other so-called diseases, has very little meaning for the physicians of the various schools of so-called healing. What does it mean? It means that all of the eruptive fevers - all of the so-called diseases of the mucous membranes, those of the nose and lips, those involving the throat and lungs, and ending with pneumonia, and all of those that involve the outer skin - are but different forms of elimination of pent-up by-products of metabolism. They are processes of vicarious or compensatory excretion.

Exaltation of function - rapid heart action, rapid breathing, diarrhea, increased temperature, etc., etc.- as seen in the various so-called acute diseases, represents efforts of the body to eliminate toxins and repair damages. In this respect, exaltation of function is desirable and beneficial under certain conditions. Such exalted function indicates a wrong somewhere and this wrong should be searched for and righted without depressing or weakening the sum of the vital energy.

A cold is a catarrhal disease, a "catarrhal fever," and is a process of vicarious elimination. Contrary to popular belief, a cold is not something that we "catch," but it represents a process of getting rid of something we have slowly accumulated. What does cold weather have to do with the cause of colds? People "catch" colds as often in warm weather as in cold weather. An increase in temperature may precipitate a cold as often as will a decrease in temperature. They have colds as often in dry as in wet weather. Men have colds as often as women, although they dress heavier. Indeed, men have more catarrh than women, because they dress more warmly, dissipate more and eat more.

Back of every catarrh is a toxemic state. Catarrh is impossible in the absence of toxemia. Toxemia is produced by anything and everything that enervates the body. Enervation inhibits (checks) excretion (elimination) permitting the accumulation of uneliminated waste. The accumulation of body waste - end-products of metabolism - produces toxemia.

Toxemia is the universal, basic cause of all so-called disease. Adventitious complicating causes may be super-added to toxemia. By checked elimination is not meant constipation, but checked excretion through all of the excretory organs of the body. Toxemia is not caused by constipation and is not removed by laxatives, enemas and colonic irrigations. Nor will the use of kidney medicines increase elimination through the kidneys. None of the so-called blood-purifiers can be of any value in remedying toxemia.

The ultimate cause of mankind’s many so-called diseases lies in the enervating habits of mind and body practiced almost universally. Because this is so, the ultimate remedy for our diseases is a correction of the habits of life.

Today, as in the past, when a man becomes ill - he takes a pill from a box, potion from a bottle, gets an injection of a poison from a hypodermic syringe, or has an organ removed. No attention is given to cause. His life is not changed, his habits are not corrected, and in a short time he is sick again. Neither the physician nor the patient is able to trace a connection between the two so-called diseases. So-called health is again restored and the incident passes from memory.

Again, within a short time, another illness (which is as much of a surprise as were the prior two illnesses) develops and still no thought is devoted to its connection with the two preceding illnesses. So long as the real nature of disease and real source of cause are not understood, this will continue to be true.

The medical axiom that "all diseases tend to recovery" is much overworked, and by no school more than by the old school or self-styled "regulars." Why? Because the primary cause, the universal cause of disease - toxemia - is not known. The many diseases which the medical tongue so flippantly describes as functional derangements that "tend to recovery," are simply crises in toxemic saturation. In their alleged "self-recovery" in spite of "cures", palliations, and the "chief function of the physician to guard against complications," there is no recovery at all.

Like the escape of excess steam through the safety-valve of an engine, the steam pressure is lowered for the time being; but unless the cause of toxemic saturation is removed, crises will recur time after time, as the toxemia continues to in-crease, and the "curing" has to be done over and over again.

This requires that the wisest of physicians must be constantly busying himself "guarding against complications" - complications that he is almost always responsible for building.

What is a self-limited disease? Disease is remedial effort. It is a process of purification and repair. When the process of compensatory elimination that is called disease, has reduced the toxemia to the toleration point, the symptoms subside spontaneously and the disease is said to be cured. But the patient is not well. He is still toxemic. The cause of the toxemia has not been removed.

The toxemia will again rise above the toleration point and another crisis will develop. Crisis will follow crisis until organic change takes place. Gastric ulcer, diabetes, Bright’s disease, heart disease, diseases of the arteries or nerves, cancer, etc., follow in the wake of recurring crises.

Instead of seeing in these changes a progressive pathological evolution of which cancer, diabetes, disease of the heart and arteries etc., are but end-points - the wisdom of all the ages of medical science is expended in a herculean effort to prove that established pathology is its own cause. On the day that medical savants succeed in lifting themselves by their own boot-straps, they will also succeed in proving that pathology is its own cause.

Here in this land of so-called self-limited diseases is where all the curing methods and systems shine. Just as anything and everything seems to cure a cold, so anything and everything that may be used with which to treat the patient suffering with measles or pneumonia or gonorrhea, etc., will appear to cure. Here in the realm of "self-limited" disease the regular and the irregular cults, the faddists and the mountebanks, every phase of the curing system from the erudite professor to the most stupid lout prove the virtues of their cures. In this every-doctor’s land grandma’s cataplasms cure, grand-pa’s brass-ring cure for rheumatism cures, the rabbit-foot charm and buckeye for piles cure, penicillin cures pneumonia and anti toxin cures diphtheria, the punch in the back cures measles and the herb tea cures gastritis All cures are successful in this grand jamboree of "self-limited" crises. Christian Science and prayer are as effective as the most scientific treatment. The prayer may be, as in Africa, directed to a petrified frog - no matter, it cures.

Our toxemic crises - so-called acute diseases - keep pace with the ebb and flow of toxemia as our habits of living hold this down within the limits of toleration or increase it above the established limits. Toleration is a state of chronic disease, a state, for example in which chronic catarrh, is continuously active throwing off toxins. Acute diseases are intermittent due to the fact that toxemia is pushed above the point of established toleration only intermittently. Chronic disease means chronic provocation.

To point this differently: disease begins where cause begins and persists where cause persists.

Nothing so effectively hastens the elimination of toxemia and the recuperation of nerve energy as mental, physical and physiological rest. Only through rest can the enervated body muster sufficient nerve energy with which to increase its work of elimination. By physiological rest is meant fasting, or abstinence from all food except water. Once fasting and rest have enabled the body to eliminate its stored up toxins and recuperate its nerve energy, a physiological mode of living will enable the patient to grow into better and better health until full health is reached, and to maintain health thereafter.

Such a program of physiological living is not made up exclusively of a plan of eating. Proper diet is extremely important, but it does not constitute a complete way of life. All of man’s life must be live in harmony with simple, well-defined laws of nature. Exercise, fresh air, sun-shine, sufficient rest and sleep, a wholesome sex life, a cheerful and poised mental attitude, and consistent avoidance of all devitalizing habits are of equal importance with diet. One cannot maintain health, no matter what his diet, if he is practicing enervating habits and denying his body the benefits of sunshine, fresh air and exercise.

Coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, poisoned soft-drinks, and other poison-habits will wreck the strongest man, no matter what his diet

If toxemia is not eliminated, if nerve energy is not restored to normal, if the causes of enervation are not removed and corrected, there can be no genuine return to health. There can be only a recession of symptoms after these have reduced the accumulated toxemia to the toleration point, perhaps slightly below, and a state of comparative comfort is again established. This state represents a very low state of health, a state of chronic toxemic saturation. In this state, despite recurring crises, there is the slow, progressive development of the many and varied forms of chronic and degenerative pathologies, not the least of which is that condition of organismal enfeeblement, impairment and decline, which we call old age.

What about bacteria and epidemics? First, there must be a changed condition of the body’s fluids and tissues, giving rise to that systemic impairment that is designated "susceptibility" or ‘lowered resistance." [i.e., the "germ theory of disease"]

Once you grasp the fact that all bad habits lead to toxemia, it will not be difficult for you to grasp the idea that this perversion of the fluids and tissues must take place before it is possible for bacteria, which are nature’s reducing forces, to make any further changes in these materials. Assuming that the scavenger work done by bacteria under these conditions actually complicates the disease, they cannot be the primary cause of disease, nor of any epidemic.

Epidemics of any proportion follow in the wake of some mass prostrating influence -war, prolonged dry, hot weather; prolonged wet, cold weather; sudden changes of temperature, etc. - that further enervate an already most prostrated and greatly toxemic part of the population. The sudden rise in toxemia thus occasioned necessitates the development of a crisis to throw it off. Mass sickness follows mass prostrating influences.

When crises have been repeated (and cured) until organic changes are established, medical delusions multiply like rats in the corn crib - the most deluded and fatuous draw their air-line decisions, fight their therapeutic battles, and, if they belong to the "regular" school, promise therapeutic perfection - if only the United States Army and Navy will beat down the cultists and quacks, while they demonstrate the glories and wonders of "medical science" on the dear people.   [you may want to review "Barking Up The Wrong Tree"]

It is in this field that all of the cures and curing systems meet their Waterloo. The pathology which has been in the making since the development of the first of these "self-limited" crises reveals no tendency to spontaneous disappearance. Rather its tendency it to grow worse and more complicated with the passing of time. Organic change occurs in more and more tissues and organs and these "complications" defy the best efforts of the peddlers of cures. Cause has been present from the beginning (the first cold of infancy represents an established toxemia) and has never been removed.

The physicians are long on diagnosis at this terminal stage of the evolving pathology. They name exactly the pathological status quo and, although they do not hesitate to treat the patient and to accept money for their experiments, they freely confess that their treatments are ineffective. They have all been experts at curing the continuous series of recurring crises - the "self-limited" diseases - but they are all helpless before the end-point of the development of which the first crisis was the initiation. They cannot cure cancer, or diabetes, or Bright’s disease, or endocarditis, or arteriosclerosis.

Toxemic subjects who continually poison themselves with excessive carbohydrates and thus stress the pancreas, develop sugar in the urine. These are cured with insulin. Indeed, insulin cures them until they die of diabetes---they leave us, perhaps, in either an insulin or a sugar coma.

Insulin-cured diabetics, like pepsin-cured dyspeptics, are made to feel fine for a year or two - until the burden of cause so stresses other organs that they develop "complications." They are also so filled with "reflex’ discomforts that they demand other forms of "relief." When this stage is reached the curing must become a medley of palliating measures. Surgery, drugs, in fact, all kinds of cures, are now resorted to in keeping with the whims of the patient and the caprices of the physician. Because there are so many who refuse to die after being cured by all known cures, it is necessary to discover new cures all the time.

Every day we watch people getting fatter and fatter on "plenty of good nourishing food" that "keeps up their strength" until they die of fatty degeneration, cerebral hemorrhage (apoplexy), or paralysis. Nobody warns them of what is in store for them and they will not heed if they are warned. So disgracefully have we become habituated to associating health and even distinction with a most pampered state of the body, that we think it most natural or normal for a fat man to maintain at the highest pitch, the unholy "love affairs" of his unregulated body. Unfortunately, our standards are empty of all value except for measuring varying degrees of ill health. Even our "normal" or "healthy" individuals, as measured by these standards, represent only a slightly less degree of ill health than that seen in the sick.

A study made by the collaboration of forty-three American life insurance companies, using three numerically equal groups of people over forty-five years of age, showed the incidence of diabetes in these three groups as follows. In the group of very thin people there was one case; in the normal group there were five cases; in the fat group there were two hundred and twenty-seven cases. Similar figures are available for cancer and a few other so-called degenerative diseases of later life. Fat and the overeating that is back of it are serious dangers at all ages of life.

Our strong men do not live any longer than the run-of-the-mill specimens of humanity. Many explanations for this have been devised. Actually, there is very little excuse for these mental meanderings. Athletes and strong men are often toxemic to the point of collapse.

They are so vulnerable from the effects of self-poisoning that all they need to bring them down with a "fatal malady" is some slight unusual enervating influence, or some slightly unusual amount of an accustomed influence. As unreasonable as it may appear, the average medical man as well as the average layman, recognizes those - who are on the verge of apoplexy, "heart failure," kidney disease, or other diseases resulting from the degeneration brought on from chronic toxemia, arterial tension and fat pressure – as ideal types of health.

They are commonly referred to as "pictures of health." In the early days of the recent war a young man was called before his local board for examination. The physicians found him fit and told him to go home and await his call for induction. He dropped dead on the way out.

Many bankers and big business men die of operations for prostatic disease. These deaths are wholly unnecessary. Only the worst type of ignorance and commercialism causes physicians to resort to operations for prostatic enlargement and prostatic "infection." Cutting out a prostate gland is as non-sensical as cutting out uterine fibroids and breast tumors. This senseless desexing and mutilating of women goes on regularly, country-wide.

Chronic candy drunkenness kills many with coma brought on from acidosis; others develop rheumatism, hard arteries, organic heart disease, obesity and other symptom-complexes and the urge of the candy manufacturers is for us to consume more and more candy. Private profits are always paramount to human welfare.

Headaches are often blamed upon "eye-strain," and the symptom is palliated with glasses. "Eye-strain" causes headaches, they chortle! The animal body physiologically adjusts itself to all kinds of anatomical deformities and, when in full health, free from toxemia, functions smoothly in spite of such defects. In caring for "eye strain," it is significant that when toxemia is removed, the headache ceases.

Anemia is frequently blamed upon food deficiency. But it is never recognized that the deficiency is secondary to the impairment of nutrition and will end when nutrition is restored to normal. Restoration of normal nutrition depends upon the removal of the impairing causes and not upon overcrowding an already impaired nutritive system with more food or with more food of a given kind. When once toxemia and its parent, enervation, are recognized as the real cause of anemia, we will direct our attention to the removal of these things and to the correction of their causes, and cease the present foolish effort to usurp nature’s prerogative of a cure.

Operations for appendicitis are rendered necessary by the officious gouging, boring and digging examinations made by physicians who have much more interest in the surgical fee than in the welfare of their patients. A surgeon who understands what appendicular inflammation is and then makes the regular examination, is a criminal protected by law. Such surgeons with their heavy-handed examinations are responsible for most of the ruptured appendices against which they so glibly warn us. They create most of the dangers in appendicitis and produce the apparent need for operation.

For those victims of their own and the physician’s ignorance who have developed truly irreparable organic conditions, the future is not as dark as it may seem, if they can be taught how to live. Nature tolerates a certain degree of irremediable pathology and permits us to live for an extended period - providing we lighten her burden. She cannot carry the double load of impaired function and bad habits. She cannot be expected to hold an impaired nervous system at par and simultaneously take care of three times as much food as is needed to replace the ordinary wear and tear. Efficient metabolic activity cannot be maintained when enervating habits are regularly indulged. The hopelessness of chronic sufferers is not wholly due to the fact that physicians regularly commence their care of such patients at the wrong end of their diseases, but also to the fact that causes are ignored and mere palliation, this of a very doubtful character, is exclusively employed.

The man with a crippled pancreas must learn to live within his limitations. The same is true of the heart cripple, the renal (kidney) cripple and all other types of physiological cripples. A one-legged man would not think of trying to run, but a man whose heart is crippled does not hesitate to overtax it. The man with an impaired pancreas demands to be permitted to eat to his belly’s content of carbohydrates and then be given a shot of insulin.

"Science" is ever on the alert in its search for new crutches to be employed by the physiological cripples, who never seem to realize that while the crutch may seem to give them impunity, they must pay for their bad mental and physical conduct with increased impairment of other organs, of the whole organism in fact. Neither insulin nor penicillin will ever enable man to live as fast and furious as he wishes with impunity.

The greatest need of this world today is health education. Knowledge of Natural Hygiene is needed by everybody.

The universal belief in dualism has evolved a chaotic medical state that is well named a "fool’s paradise" instead of medical science. Our very thinking on the subjects of health and disease is dualistic, i.e., disease is an "attack" from without. Treatment is to go after the attacking force with shot and shell - a practice that all too often cripples or kills the patient.


Dr. Bernarr's collected thoughts on why people should only eat raw food for optimum health

A key point in modern hygienic science is that all creatures must eat those foods to which they are adapted by evolution---and in the state those foods are presented by nature.  Exceptions to this can be fraught with peril.  For instance, Mad Cow Disease is now known to be caused by feeding rendered meats to cows---creatures that evolved to graze grass.  This collection of reasons to eat raw by Dr. Bernarr approaches the concept from many different directions.

Dr. Zovluck adds: "I have been a 100% raw food eater, for over 50 years."

To get more information, motivation and discipline so as to always eat 100% raw foods, you can contact him to get help.  Or if you are in Los Angeles you can attend his monthly FREE Raw Food Potluck-Lectures

Dr. Bernarr, D.C., D.D.
God Healing, Inc.
PO Box 46832, Los Angeles, California 90046, USA
Telephone: 323-653-6314; 323-852-0403



DRAINAGE---Dr. Herbert Shelton

These few quotes from HEALTH FOR THE MILLIONS hold a goldmine of information for the sick who appear to be eating "well," but who do not seem to be getting "well." Whether in the soil, lower life forms, or humans, wellness cannot exist without copious and abundant drainage.  Many people, barely existing, seem unaware that their body is engaged in a heroic struggle against a foul internal swamp.

Dr. Shelton speaking…

Drainage is the sum of all processes by which waste is carried from the cells, prepared in the lymph nodes and nodules, carried to the liver, lungs and kidneys to be removed from the blood (eliminated) and, finally, expelled from the lungs, bladder and bowel (voided). In this process not only is the normal waste of life removed from the blood, lymph and tissues, but foreign or adventitious materials that may have been introduced into the body are also expelled.

By waste is understood all end-products of metabolism. By foreign materials are understood all non-usable substances introduced from without. By vicarious or compensatory processes are understood those supplementary processes, such as skin eruptions, catarrhal effusions, serous effusions, deposits, fever and suppurative processes by which any form of useless material is sent out of the body.

The breaking down of the cell substances in normal activities (functions) of the organism results in substances no longer usable. These are toxic. Such waste-products (byproducts of metabolism, as they are called) must be eliminated from the body, else they accumulate and poison it. Because they are continuously formed—every activity of every cell giving rise to waste—they must be continuously removed from the cells, blood and lymph.

The process of drainage of waste from cells and tissues from the body in general must be as continuous as the process of nutrition by which the used-up cellular substance is replaced. Any failure of drainage, no matter how caused, represents the beginning of disease.

When a piece of human tissue is cultured in a flask, two thousand times its own volume in liquid is required to prevent it from being poisoned by its own waste—metabolin. Just as the gradual accumulation of alcohol in a mass of fermenting material reaches a state of concentration fatal to the bacteria that produce alcohol, so the accumulation of normal cellular waste in liquid medium eventually reaches a fatal concentration. This is a true self-poisoning.

The cells and tissues of the intact organism need a pure medium. Due to the marvelous ability of the blood-vascular system in circulating the body’s fluid, and the lungs, liver and kidneys (with some help from the bowels and skin) in excreting the waste, the cells of the human body are able to live in a fluid medium of but six or seven quarts.

Were the tissues of the average man reduced to small fragments and cultured in flasks, these would require approximately 58,835 gallons of fluid in which to live. Even then, in time, unless the fluids were changed at intervals, the accumulation of waste would reach a fatal concentration.

Drainage begins in the cell. The one-celled organism, after digesting a particle of food or another organism, expels the residual substances by a process called cellular defecation. In the multi-celled organism, such as man, the waste products of cellular activity are expelled in the same manner. Just as the one-celled organism gives up its waste into the fluid medium surrounding it, so the cells of the body expel their waste into the tissue fluid or lymph.

The initial act of drainage (cell defecation) is the whole of the process in the one-celled organism.

However, in the complex organism, composed of many millions of cells, the vast majority of which are out of immediate contact with the external environment, means of both carrying away and disposing of cellular waste is essential. It must be extruded from the cell as its accumulation in the fluid medium in which cells are bathed would result in the same poisoning that results from a similar accumulation of cellular excretions in the fluid in which tissues are artificially cultivated.

Lymph, a continuously flowing medium, carries waste along to the heart, where it is again mingled with the blood. In its passage through the lymph glands and liver, the waste is altered and prepared for further action by other organs.

Waste excreted by the kidneys as urine is finally expelled by the act of voiding; waste excreted by the liver, in the form of bile, is stored in the gall bladder for a time, then voided into the small intestines. From there it is sent into the colon and finally voided with the stools. Carbon dioxide is excreted into the air cells of the lungs, where it is voided in the act of exhaling. Waste excreted into the colon by various glands is voided in the stools. [Anyone who does not fully understand the toxic nature of bile should consult with the Gerson institute. Their standard cancer treatment is centered around maximizing toxic bile excretion from the body.]

Drainage is a total process, from the excretion of waste by the cell to its alteration by the liver and lymph glands, to its transport to the organs of excretion, to its elimination by liver, kidneys, colon and lungs, and to its ultimate voiding. Removal of waste is essential to the continuance of life. It is by this overall process of drainage that the fluids and tissues of the body are kept sweet and clean. The lymphatic system, circulatory system, liver, colon, urinary system and respiratory system are all essential to the complete removal of waste from the body. We have confined our remarks to the drainage of cell waste, but it should be understood that drainage includes elimination of adventitious and exotic substances.

Also, we have confined our remarks to the normal processes of drainage, but those extraordinary processes of expulsion, such as vomiting, diarrhea, diuresis, coughing, sneezing and skin eruptions by which many unwanted substances are expelled should also be thought of as drainage.

Cells, tissues and organs not only excrete waste into the lymph, but have power to reject, resist and expel unsuitable and unusable substances. In this work each structure behaves within the limits of its structural character. As there is great diversity of differentiation in the body, there are an almost endless variety of simple and complex resistive and expulsive activities—diseases. [This bears repeating: acute "disease," as we know it is simply a struggle of the body to repel or excrete something harmful. Chronic "disease" is that state where the organism no longer has the power to throw off the offending agent, but instead has to coexist. Natural hygienists teach that true health cannot occur until chronic diseases are first returned to acute stages. This ties in perfectly with Dr. Gerson’s observation that he knew a patient was getting well when the liver was strengthened enough to cause inflammation in other parts of the body.]

The mucous membranes are frequently employed as fontanelles through which unusable substances are expelled. Skin eruptions also are channels of compensatory or vicarious excretion. When an abscess is formed, it must be drained. Drainage is always carried out at the point of least resistance.

A biochemical study of the changes through which the waste of cellular activities go in being prepared for excretion would reveal that the process by which the body maintains its internal purity and sweetness is far more complex than this brief outline of the gross process indicates. But this chemical detail is not essential to our purpose, which is that of emphasizing the importance of systemic cleanliness. Upon the cleanliness of the fluids and tissues of the body depends its health to a far greater extent than is commonly realized.

To some extent the breaking up, rendering innocuous, and removal of the products of vital activities is effected by the blood through oxidation; but we are certain that this is not all that takes place in the drainage process. The work of the lymph glands and the liver in reducing waste to less toxic and more easily excreted substances certainly is of the highest importance. The liver not only removes waste from the blood, converting it into bile, but it also changes certain waste products so that they are more easily excreted by the kidneys.

The structures and functions of drainage show it to be nearly as complicated as the process of nutrition. There is also an overlapping of organs and functions in the two processes. The same respiratory system that supplies the body with oxygen also excretes carbon-dioxide; the same liver that performs several roles in nutrition also plays several roles in drainage; the same heart, circulatory and lymph system that supply cells with food, water and oxygen, also carry away their waste and transport it to the organs of excretion.

The blood and lymph can be purified by no other means than by those functions and processes of life that have this as their work. This is to say that we all possess built-in blood purifiers and there are no other known blood purifiers. All blood passes through the lungs, liver and kidneys every few minutes, and these take out waste and foreign materials. The amount of blood passing through the kidneys in twenty-four hours is equivalent to forty-five barrels. Similar volumes pass through the liver and lungs. Thus it will be seen that the work of excretion is constantly in progress. These and their helpers, the lymph-adenoid bodies and the colon, maintain purity of the blood.

The great quantity of carbon dioxide formed in the tissues of all the higher animals in the normal activities of life, if not immediately and continuously removed, would soon result in death. One of the functions of respiration is the removal of carbon dioxide from the blood. This is representative of the work done by the liver and kidneys in excreting waste of different character. Each excretory organ expels its own type of waste, but all work together to keep the fluids and tissues of the body sweet and clean.

It is important for us to know that the normal human body is well able to expel its waste products. Failure of excretion can occur only after the powers of the organs of excretion have been reduced. it is as essential that man’s systemic drainage shall be in good order as it is that the drainage system of any city shall be.

Something should be said at this point of the work of the lymph-adenoid bodies in purifying lymph and preparing waste and adventitious substances for excretion. These bodies, known as nodes, nodules, tonsils, Peyer’s patches and vermiform appendix, are distributed throughout the body along the channels of lymph circulation. They perform many functions, not the least of which is manufacturing white blood cells. But for our present purpose, they hold up and collect toxic materials as lymph flows through them. By chemical means they render waste less toxic and alter it for more efficient handling by liver and kidneys.

If more toxic materials find their way into the lymph-adenoid bodies than they can handle at their normal size (as in an ant bite, an abscessed tooth, or vaccination) those organs enlarge to increase their working capacity. An ant sting on the toe may result in an enlargement in the groin; vaccination results in enlargements in the axilla (armpit) and chest; an abscessed tooth may result in enlargements in throat and neck. As they are part of the body’s first-line defenses, their removal is unwise. [I have heard that statistical studies exist that strongly indicate those people who are missing defensive organs (tonsils/appendix) have much higher mortality rates in later life. If anyone can locate such studies, please forward them to]

We may express these processes and the organs and functions by which drainage is accomplished in the following diagram:

SUBSTANCES REJECTED: Cellular Waste and/or Foreign matter



Not only normal function, but life itself rests upon a normal "internal environment," maintained by the organism itself through the exercise of its nutritive and excretory functions. By these functions the cells are provided with nutriment even as the environment of the cells is kept sweet and clean, a condition which is, as we have seen, absolutely essential to their continued existence.

[It is beyond me how anyone could read this document and not see the absolute connection to such as the colds/flu/24-hr-bug that plagues our society. Are not these "diseases" simply flare-ups where the nearly overwhelmed body shifts gear and speeds up the eliminative function? Shelton’s work goes on to describe such as fever, mucal drainage, coughing, and extraordinary elimination as merely the stepping up of drainage from the micro to the macro level.]


The American Death Ceremony

The author of this humorous piece has been lost to history---pity.

The death ceremony started as a crude ritual, back in the days of witchcraft. In recent years, it has been developed into a step-by-step science. It usually takes from 10 to 15 years, however modern scientific advancements are shortening this period of time.

It starts with one simple aspirin for a simple headache. When the one aspirin will no longer cover up the headache, take two.  After a few months, when two aspirin will no longer cover up the headache, you take one of the stronger compounds. 

By this time, it becomes necessary to take something for the ulcers and excessive bleeding that have been caused by the aspirin. Now that you are taking two medicines, you have a good start and are doing your share to support the pharmaceutical industry. After a few months, these medications will disrupt your liver function. 

If a good infection develops, you can take some penicillin. Of course, the penicillin will damage your red blood corpuscles and spleen so that you develop anemia. Another medication is then taken to cover up the anemia. 

By this time, all of these medications will put such a strain on your kidneys, they should break down. You are now prepped to start the rounds of high-tech antibiotics. When these destroy your natural resistance to disease, you can expect a general flair-up of all of your symptoms.

The next step is to cover up all of these symptoms with sulfa drugs. When the kidneys finally plug up, you can have them drained, or perhaps replaced---if you're rich enough. Various poisons will build up in your system, but you can keep going quite a while this way.

By now the medications will be so confused they will not know what they are supposed to be doing, but it does not really matter. If you have followed every step as directed, you can make an appointment with your undertaker.  Note: if you are really rich, you can delay just a bit more by having a liver transplant.  You may as well use some of that money you earned with long hours, hard work, and general bodily abuse.

This game is played by practically all Americans, except for the few ignorant souls who follow Natural Hygiene.













1. Disease arises from micro-organisms outside the body. Disease arises from micro-organisms within the cells of the body.
2. Micro-organisms are generally to be guarded against. These intracellular micro-organisms normally function to build and assist in the metabolic processes of the body.
3. The function of micro-organisms is constant. The function of these organisms changes to assist in the catabolic (disintegration) processes of the host organism when that organism dies or is injured, which may be chemical as well as mechanical.
4. The shapes and colors of micro-organisms are constant Micro-organisms change their shapes and colors to reflect the medium
5. Every disease is associated with a particular micro-organism Every disease is associated with a particular condition.
6. Micro-organisms are primary causal agents. Micro-organisms become "pathogenic" as the health of the host organism deteriorates. Hence, the condition of the host organism is the primary causal agent.
7. Disease can "strike" anybody. Disease is built by unhealthy conditions.
8. To prevent disease we have to "build defenses". To prevent disease we merely create health.