To Natural Hygiene
By: Mark S. Blackburn, MBA
Do you sometimes think current medical
practices are set up more for the benefit
of doctors, hospitals, and drug companies
than for patients?
Death by doctors (Iatrogenic Disease) is
the 3rd leading cause of death in America.
Natural Hygiene is Scientific and Honest
Natural Hygiene is a method and system of healthful living based upon the
scientific method. It uses logic, reasoning, and observation to derive laws and
principles regarding healthful living.
Whenever observation does not yield hypothesized results, the hypothesis
must be rejected. This contrasts strongly with current US health practices.
Today in America the Medical Industrial Complex does not admit the scientific
method into healthcare principles.
It admits only the profit motive. And, with minor exception, it does not
consider the benefit, well-being, or financial, physical, or emotional health of
Profit for the drug companies and their union drug dealers (US licensed
physicians) is their chief motive.
Health studies in the USA are conducted at the expense of corporations, for
the benefit of yes, corporations---not for your benefit. For this reason there is
so much confusion on the part of Americans about health.
In fact, very few Americans are healthy, and even fewer understand what
health is, or recognize it when they see it. Even US doctors have little idea
what health is since they seldom if ever see healthy people.
Natural Hygiene Is Based Upon Proven Principles Or Laws
If a principle cannot be observed and proven, then Natural Hygiene will not
adopt it. There are observable, repeatable, provable laws, which govern
For instance--if you take two men of nearly identical size, athletic ability,
mental acuity, health and age and give one 8 hours of sleep per night and the
other only 1 hour, the one receiving 8 hours will outperform the other in
physical and mental activities, and will be less prone to diseases.
This is observable and provable. If you have ever spent a sleepless night, you
already proved this to yourself. There are but a few central laws to Natural
Hygiene and they will sound so simple-minded and unsophisticated, that you
may dismiss them as childish.
Please ponder them carefully, though, as it is the ramifications of these laws,
which can start you on the path to a much more creative, meaningful,
productive, and healthful life.
The first law to Natural Hygiene is that health and disease are a continuum.
We can be at one extreme (extremely healthy) or we can be at the other
extreme (almost dead) or we can be any where in between.
At any point in time we can by following principles of healthful living move
along the continuum towards better health. Alternately, by not following
principles of healthful living we can move towards a condition characterized
by a lack of health (also known as enervation or disease).
Health is the result of healthful living. (Simple but profound).
Health is the natural state of the body when living under natural healthy
Disease arises not from exterior enemies in the form of germs, microbes, or
viruses, but ONLY from taking improper care of the body. If the body is not
receiving proper care, it can enter a state of dis-ease. Our bodies are
Just like a mechanical object like a car, if our body does not receive the correct
fuel, or adequate rest, or sufficient oxygen, it will suffer and break down. The
body will make every effort to accommodate improper care and special
conditions, but eventually it will succumb to the ill effects of improper care.
This is similar to putting coffee in your car's gas tank. Without the proper care,
a car will not function properly. The human body, like all life forms on Earth
will respond similarly.
The body is innately self-healing. It contains it's own intelligence to heal itself
independent of any exterior motive or means. If the body is in a state of
disease it is because the body has not been receiving it's proper care.
In order to allow the body to heal itself we need only remove the improper care
(the source of enervation) and replace it with proper care. The body will then
There is no such thing as medicine. Medicines, tonics, and elixirs have been
foisted upon an unsuspecting but faithful public for centuries. In fact, all
drugs are toxins--poisons.
That is why they are controlled substances. If you give a well man a drug, you
will make him sick. How could giving a sick man the same substance make
him well? It is logically impossible.
Poison is poison--Always. The body will heal itself in the absence of poisons.
It cannot heal itself when they are present. At best, drugs suppress
Symptoms, however, are the body's method of healing itself. Do you have a
cough, or congestion, or an elevated temperature? These are all mechanisms
the body employs to rid itself of toxemia and heal itself.
If you artificially stop these mechanisms, you do not permit the body to heal
itself. The disease remains although some of the curative symptoms have
been suppressed. The suppression was accomplished by consuming toxic
drugs, which will further toxify the body and compromise one's health.
And the disease remains. Health NEVER results from eating pills. Health is
the result of healthful living. Pills do not occur in nature, and should never be
eaten for any reason.
Wild Animals Do Not Get Sick
In nature, animals seldom if ever suffer diseases. If we look at our own class
of mammals and order of primates it is extremely rare that a primate in the wild
suffers any of the maladies Americans suffer from.
The primates lucky enough to live in the wild are driven largely by instinct and
availability of their native foods. With the onset of agriculture, refrigeration,
factory farming, pesticides, preservatives, grocery stores, processed foods,
and businesses driven by profit rather than human animals driven by instinct,
the 'civilized' human race has put itself into a state of deplorable health.
The US Surgeon General says 6 of the leading 10 causes of death are caused
directly by improper diet. Many experts say the figure is 9 out of 10. (Logic
should tell us that when 6 or more out of the 10 leading causes of death is diet
related, that something is terribly wrong with our diets).
By observing the relationship between diet and health the early Natural
Hygienists were able to draw conclusions easily. If they were alive today, they
would be affirmed by the correctness of their observations, and horrified by
the accelerated downturn in public health.
I will note here that while improper food (fuel) is a rampant problem for all
humans today, it is especially so in western cultures such as the USA and
Europe. However, improper care of the body includes more than dietary
A Healthful Diet
We all learned as children that fruits and vegetables were good for us. We
learned that as we cooked our food, it would lose vital nutrients and vitamins.
We learned it was better to lightly steam vegetables than to, for instance, boil
In other words, the more we cook, the less benefit we get (from our food). We
all intuitively understand that it is better to eat ripe food, fresh food, whole
food, raw (uncooked) food, organic food. But, understanding this, how many
of us make it a point to insist that we eat a diet of predominately whole, fresh,
ripe, raw organic plant food?
Americans think they eat the healthiest diet on the earth. The opposite is true.
Imagine if I locked you in prison and fed you nothing but raw potatoes for 2
years. Would that be a healthy diet?
Most Americans would intuitively say no. It would not have enough variety.
Did you know that during the German occupation of Holland during WWII, that
Hitler's occupying troops saved all the sugar and spices & milk (the dainty,
tasty food) for themselves, and gave only potatoes to Dutch citizens.
Firewood was tightly rationed, and it was very rare that cooked meals could be
prepared. Most of the potatoes consumed by Hollanders were eaten raw for
What do you suppose happened to the health of these poor potato-heads? It
so happens that Holland kept fairly detailed health records before, during, and
after the war. During the German occupation there was no meat or dairy
consumed, and their diets consisted of primarily potatoes and edible weeds.
Disease rates plummeted, the death rate plummeted, and the birth rate shot
up. The Dutch had never been healthier. As soon as the war was over and the
normal rich modern Dutch diet returned, the death & disease rates increased
back to pre-war levels.
Americans, too, would thrive on a diet of uncooked potatoes and dandelions.
(This is not to suggest that potatoes & dandelions would be the optimal diet
but it does correctly point out that such a diet is vastly superior to the average
Let me say that the proper diet for Homo sapiens is about 50% fruit, and 50%
vegetables. All of these should be eaten in their whole, ripe, raw, natural,
This is the original and appropriate diet of man. Avoid grains, dairy, and meat,
since the human species was never intended to eat any of these. Like most
other primates we are not carnivores, omnivores, or gramnivores, but are
frugivores (primary fruit-eaters).
What Are Health-Robbing Things To Avoid?
Avoid loud noise. Loud noises especially industrial noises (and music with
syncopated beats which run contrary to your heartbeat) should be avoided.
Avoid toxic environments. Avoid, for instance, areas where there is exhaust
gases from internal combustion engines, paint or industrial fumes.
Avoid unhealthful foods: All Dairy, Baked Goods (Breads, Cakes, Crackers,
Muffins, Pastries), Coffee, Meat, Fish, Fowl, Fermented foods (including
Alcohol), and Grains.
The human species was never designed to consider any of these as 'food' nor
do any of the primates with whom we share highly similar anatomy.
Avoid a sedentary life. We are beings created to be active and in motion.
Sitting for extended hours in front of a TV or a computer is contrary to the
biomechanical needs of our body.
What Are some Healthy Things To Enjoy?
Breathe fresh air. Obviously, we were not meant to live indoors. This is not
our natural environment. Get as much fresh air each day as possible. Sleep
with windows open if possible.
Get adequate sleep. Now considered to cause 10x as many car accidents as
alcohol (according to DOT & NHTSA) inadequate sleep and rest are pandemic
to our modern society. You will function better and you will live a safer,
healthier, longer life full of greater joy, accomplishment and satisfaction if you
ensure that you get adequate sleep and rest.
Get adequate sunshine. Really? Doesn't sunshine cause skin cancer? No, a
cancer-causing western diet (rich in dairy & meat & cooked, processed foods)
Sunshine is a life-sustaining nutrient that is very healing and cleansing to your
skin. Naturally I am not advocating sunburn. Moderation is fine. But,
generous and frequent sun exposure is essential to optimum health.
I take most of my vacation time in the winter when it is too cold to sun in
Sacramento, and I head a lot closer to the equator where I can comfortably lay
in the sun for two weeks.
Australia has more skin cancer cases than any other country. My Natural
Hygiene friends in Australia say that no one following a hygienic diet has a
problem with skin cancer.
Cancer is caused by eating toxic acid-forming American food, which is full of
pesticides, poisons, amines, and many other cancer-causing compounds.
Get regular, moderate, varied exercise. Ideally 30+ minutes a day at least 5
days per week. Try to not perform the same exercises all the time. Try to
change your routine frequently. Exercise the entire body.
Enjoy Passion and Purpose in Life. Be a lifetime learner. Get your heart and
mind engaged in worthwhile, fulfilling pursuits. Individuals who have purpose
and who support positive causes invariably have better health.
Have a Partner in Life. Many related studies seem to confirm that all
individuals do best with a partner in life. There are many physical and
psychological benefits, which accrue from loving and being loved.
There are benefits, which come from touching, and being touched. If you are
not in such a relationship, you might make special effort to receive massages
frequently. If you're in a bad relationship, try to make it work. If it cannot, end
it and after some time find one that will work.
Practicing Natural Hygiene in Daily Life (A practical approach the next time you
Incidentally, as I write this I have not been sick in 4 years. That is the goal of
Natural Hygiene: to live in such robust health, that you never get sick, or feel
any discomfort at all (such as headaches, stomach aches, menstrual cramps,
bad breath, dandruff, psoriasis, cold clammy feet or hands, body odor, etc.).
And, since I have adopted and followed a Natural Hygiene regimen, I have
never had any of the discomfort symptoms or disease of any kind.
If you are sick, remember that you have departed from health--the natural state
of the body. The body is naturally self-healing. Only toxifying the body can
cause illness. Therefore you may need to carefully audit what you have
recently been doing which may have toxified the body.
Probably you will know. You may have eaten something the body is rejecting
like popcorn or cheese...two of the worst things any human can eat.
You may be severely run down from lack of sleep & rest. Usually there are
several factors at work. Yet, removing the most significant contributing
causes should result in rapid improvement, since the body is naturally
During my first few years following Natural Hygiene principles, I would follow
the following protocol during sickness and I found I would recover about twice
as fast as when I would go to a doctor and go the 'pill' route.
When sick, I would immediately restrict my food to only fruit. Ideally you might
eat just one fruit per meal or one fruit per day. But, the key point is to eat only
Absolutely no vegetables, nuts, etc. If you have never tried this, you are in for
a pleasant surprise. You will find yourself bouncing back very quickly if you
eat only fruit. Why is this? Fruit is the easiest to digest of our foods. Fruit
requires much less energy to be converted into fuel. Due to this, it puts very
little strain on your body to digest.
Digestion, by the way, is a huge energy drain on the body. Minimizing this
drain by eating the perfect food for humans (fruit) you will recover very
What if you have no appetite? This is fine and no cause for alarm. Your Aunt
Margaret would bring you chicken soup in such an instance and force you to
Can I let you in on a valuable secret? Do you want to do much better in the
future? The body expends 60% of its daily energy digesting foods. That's a
huge amount. When the body gets sick it will try it's best to heal you.
And, it will if you cooperate. For instance, if your temperature elevates to 105,
your body is doing this for a reason. Taking aspirin to reduce the 'fever'
merely disables the body's natural self-healing intelligence, which is
absolutely superior to any physician, drug, or pill.
So, if you have a loss of appetite, the body is saying to you: "please do NOT
eat anything until I switch back on your hunger." Why would the body do
this? In nature almost all animals if injured, in shock or trauma, will go for
several days without eating.
This natural fasting allows (in the case of humans) the 60% of your energy
which gets directed towards digestion to be directed to much more important
In essence the body is saying: "We have an emergency here. It is much more
important to conserve & direct energy now than it is to take in food. If I can
save enough energy by not digesting, I can overcome this toxification
The average adult human can go about 40 days without eating anything with
no harm (and often with considerable benefit).
To eat when you do not have appetite is very harmful, and substantially
compromises the self-healing process.
During a fast, the constantly working digestive system can rest and reinitialize.
Fasting has been a regular part of many religious traditions. During a time of
fasting the mind and spirit of man often move into heightened states.
Fasting is widely followed in the animal kingdom during crisis, injury, or
disease. It is a very beneficial practice, and millions of people around the
world fast regularly.
It is only in the obese & sickly United States that fasting is considered strange
or even unhealthy. In September 2000, I suffered the only serious injury of my
adult life. The doctors could only recommend an expensive, invasive,
potentially debilitating surgery, and suggested that I would probably never
fully recover the use of my knee.
I live in a downtown bungalow up 3 flights of stairs. The knee injury was a
huge issue for me. After several discouraging months, I decided to voluntarily
fast for 10 days. During this fast my knee healed rapidly and remarkably.
There are numerous books detailing remarkable recoveries from injury and
disease through extended fasting. Fasting is a regular part of the Essene's
religion. They fast one day per week, they fast 3 consecutive days per month,
10 consecutive days per quarter, and once a year they fast for a few weeks.
Essenes are the healthiest religious group in the world. They only eat living
plant foods, ideally that they have grown themselves. They do not kill any
animals or plants to feed themselves. They are at peace with the universe, as
they dispense no violence to any living being.
Lastly, in a natural environment, fasting was sometimes necessary as seasons
changed and food became unavailable. It has always been a part of the
natural human existence until recently (especially in the USA).
Natural Hygiene is a protocol for healthy living with a tradition of over 100
years. It has a fascinating history, and at one time was the dominant health &
healing protocol in America.
It was overcome by the drug companies who did not want health to stand in
the way of their profits. Logically, Natural Hygiene could & should be called
simply "Natural Health."
By: Mark S. Blackburn, MBA
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