By: Herbert M. Shelton
Hygienic Review 1970
Noise and numbers are barriers to the march of
truth. Add to this money and the prestige that
comes with great age and you have a barrier to
genuine progress that is difficult to overcome.
Greater, perhaps, than all these combined is the profit that is made out of the
exploitation of ancient error.
Vested interest neither surrenders its advantages in the interest of truth, nor
investigates new truths.
Organized opposition to and brutal suppression of everything that threatens
the position and profit of vested interest must always be expected.
Thus it is that, in this year 1970 A. D., the approved method of combating
intestinal parasites is the same as that used a hundred or two hundred years
Recently, for a considerable period of time, I observed birds and small
animals drinking water from a cesspool and none of them became ill. I began
to think on the matter and I ran my mind over the fact that animals have no
sterilized foods and drink.
The cow or horse grazing in the pasture, the dog gnawing a fresh bone on
which are still particles of flesh, the cat eating a freshly killed mouse, the
opossum devouring the carcass of a horse that has been dead for several
days, the buzzard eating a dead animal on the highway that is run over every
few minutes by a car or truck none of these animals know anything of the
science of bacteriology and the need to sterilize what they eat. What protects
these animals; what keeps them in health?
How truly did Dr. Tilden declare in 1930 that:
"Mascerated flies, cooked flies, flies in all kinds of foods, milk with barnyard
fertilizer strained out; dried fruit peppered with fly excreta and filth galore; have
been taken into the stomach of mankind for ages; yet the human race has
multiplied in spite of wars, contraceptives, abortion, and the lethal influence of
stupid as well as scientific medical treatment and prophylactics."
Tilden was not thus advocating the eating of filthy foods or the drinking of
unclean milk; he was pointing out that man, as well as animals, possesses
strong defense forces that render our cultivated fear of bacteria ridiculous.
Not vaccines and serums, but our own normal means of defense protect us
from all possible bacterial and parasitic inroads.
Parasites along with their larva and eggs are almost as ubiquitous as
bacteria. We come in contact with them daily and in a hundred ways. It is
probably impossible to avoid taking them into our bodies in some form. We
must, therefore, possess a very adequate defense mechanism that protects
us from their infestation so long as we do not break it down.
It is common to think that there are parasitic diseases and the textbooks list a
whole catalogue of these.
It is the Hygienic view that the parasites are merely incidental and
adventitious elements of disease and not the cause. Wrong habits of body
and mind reduce the powers of the body and make it possible for parasites to
live in its cavities.
To repeat, the parasites are not the cause of the disease, but incidents of the
disease. When you start homesteading parasites you may know that your
tissues and secretions have become so impaired that the parasites find
residence in them possible. Parasites of all kinds must find favorable
habitats if they are to set up housekeeping.
Intestinal parasites do not trouble those of normal digestive powers; those
who have normal resistance. After they have impaired their digestive system
and broken down their resistance, parasites can live in the intestines and
An intestinal tract that does not harbor decomposition and putrefaction will
successfully resist an invasion of parasites and bacteria.
Intestinal catarrh permits the inroads of parasites. When the intestinal catarrh
has reached the ulcerative stage it becomes a serious menace to the life of
So-called amoebic dysentery is not caused by the amoeba, but by the factors
of life that break down resistance and provide a favorable habitat for the
Drugs to kill the amoeba add to the systemic impairment and do not restore
the health of the patient. Patients with so-called amoebic dysentery suffer
more from the treatment administered to them by the specialists than they do
from the dysentery.
If they were let alone they would not suffer as much as they do under
orthodox or regular treatment. Not only do the specialists rob these people
of health and money, but they rob them of precious time that might be spent
in finding a way back to health.
Amoebic dysentery ends in recovery in two to three weeks if the patient is
cared for properly and no amoebicides are given by mouth or by enema.
These drugs cause inflammation building ulcerative colitis and proctitis. The
ulceration is then credited to the parasites.
It is commonly thought that the Rockefeller millions annihilated the
"hookworm disease." A drug was given that temporarily relieved the patient,
but palliation of symptoms is not restoration of health.
A drug that occasions bowel action temporarily relieves the person who has
constipation; a drug that kills or "drives out" hookworms may temporarily
relieve a symptom, but it will not restore health.
What causes "hookworm disease?" The kindergarten answer is that the
hookworms are the cause. But is this answer correct?
The cause lies back of the hookworm in those factors that sufficiently impair
secretion and excretion and make it possible for hookworms to live in the
If the digestive ferments have lost their parasitical power, to merely expel the
worms (and this is a continuous process, even in the absence of treatment
worms are passed out with each stool) leaves the patient liable to infestation
by more worms. No so-called disease is ever remedied until its cause is
understood and removed.
Hookworms cannot thrive in a normally functioning digestive tract; only
those with impaired digestion give hostage to hookworms.
The poor anemic victims of an unwholesome and deficient dietary are the
victims of hookworm invasion. Killing the hookworms does not restore
health to these people. Killing the worms does nothing to restore man's
On the contrary, drugs administered to kill hookworms further impair the
digestive organs. They help to prepare the alvine canal for a greater invasion
Our "scientists" and "scientific" physicians make war on hookworms. They
go after them with parasiticides and destroy them in hecta-combs. They
never restore the patient to health.
If the patient is provided with a short period of freedom from hookworms, it is
not long before he is infested again and the killing has to be done all over.
Why? Because no cause has been corrected.
The patient is the same invalid after the frenzy of killing has ended that he
was before the hookworms came along. He is fertile soil for the next
hookworm he encounters.
These hookworm hatcheries have unwittingly prepared in their digestive
tracts a fascinating habitat for the hookworms. By wrong living they have
built gastro-intestinal catarrh and reduced the digestive power of their
digestive enzymes. They thus become hosts for hookworms. The
hookworms, rather than being cause, are simply incidental. Restore the
patient to health by correcting his mode of living and the hookworm finds
It is well to know that parasites do not thrive in an empty colon and when
deprived of the decomposing food supply upon which they live, they perish
and the patient lives.
This means that the surest and safest way to free the digestive tract of
parasites is a fast. This also aids in freeing the patient of his gastro-intestinal
catarrh, after which digestion becomes normal.
Thereafter a correct mode of living and sane eating will maintain a digestive
tract in which parasites can find no lodgment. This plan of care works as
effectively with tapeworms as with amoeba and hookworms.
Not drugs to kill the parasites, but stopping their food supplies, frees the
digestive tract of them without harm to the patient.
By: Herbert M. Shelton
Hygienic Review 1970
Article: Intestinal Parasites