Nature Cure: Philosophy & Practice
Based On The Unity of Disease & Cure
By: Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
Excerpt From Book 1922
What Is Nature Cure?
It is vastly more than a system of curing aches and pains; it is a complete
revolution in the art and science of living.
It is the practical realization and application of all that is good in natural
science, philosophy and religion. Like many another worldwide revolution
and reformation, it had its inception in Germany, the land of thinkers and
About seventy years ago this greatest and most beneficent of reformation
movements was inaugurated by Priessnitz in Grafenberg, a small village in
the Silesian mountains.
The originator of Nature Cure was a simple farmer, but he had a natural
genius for the art of healing.
His pharmacopoeia consisted not in poisonous pills and potions but in plenty
of exercise, fresh mountain air, water treatments in the cool, sparkling brooks,
and simple, wholesome country fare, consisting largely of black bread,
vegetables, and milk fresh from cows fed on nutritious mountain grasses.
The results accomplished by these simple means were wonderful. Before he
died, a large sanitarium, filled with patients from all over the world and from all
stations of life, had grown up around his forest home.
Among those who made the pilgrimage to Grafenberg to become patients and
students of this genial healer, the simple-minded farmer-physician, were
wealthy merchants, princes and doctors from all parts of the world.
Rapidly the idea of drugless healing spread over Germany and over the
In the Fatherland, Hahn the apothecary, Kuhne the weaver, Rikli the
manufacturer, Father Kneipp the priest, Lahmann the doctor, and Turnvater
Jahn, the founder of physical culture, became enthusiastic pupils and
followers of Priessnitz.
Each one of these men enlarged and enriched some special field of the great
realm of natural healing. Some elaborated the water cure and natural
dietetics, others invented various systems of manipulative treatment, earth,
air and light cures, magnetic healing, mental therapeutics, curative
gymnastics, etc., etc.
Von Peckzely added the Diagnosis from the Eye, which reveals not only the
innermost secrets of the human organism, but also Nature's ways and means
of cure, and the changes for better or for worse continually occurring in the
In this country, Dr. Trall of New York, Dr. Jackson of Danville, Dr. Kellogg of
Battle Creek, and others caught the infection and crossed the ocean to
become students of Priessnitz.
The achievements of these men in their respective fields of endeavor will
stand as enduring monuments to the eternal truths revealed by the genius of
Quimby, the itinerant spiritualist and healer, became successful and
renowned by the application of the natural methods of cure.
At first his favorite methods were water, massage, magnetic and mental
treatment. Gradually he concentrated his efforts on metaphysical methods of
cure, and before he died, he evolved a complete system of magnetic and
Quimby's teachings and methods were adopted by Mrs. Eddy, his most
enthusiastic pupil, and by her elaborated into Christian Science, the latest and
most successful of modern mental-healing cults.
Dr. Still of Kirksville, Missouri, made a valuable addition to natural methods of
treatment by the invention of Osteopathy, a system of scientific manipulation
of the bony structures, nerves and nerve centers, muscles and ligaments.
A later development of manipulative science is Chiropractic, originated by Dr.
Palmer of Davenport, Iowa. Thus the simple pioneers of German Nature Cure,
every one of them gifted by Nature with the instinct and genius of the true
healer, who is born, not made, laid the foundation for the worldwide modern
health culture movement.
They were not blinded or confused by the conflicting theories of books and
authorities, or by the action of a thousand different drugs on a legion of
different symptoms, but applied common-sense reasoning to the solution of
the problems of health, disease and cure.
They went for inspiration to field and forest rather than to the murky
atmosphere of the dissecting and vivisection rooms. They studied the whole
and not only the parts, causes as well as effects and symptoms.
Realizing that man had lost his natural instinct and strayed far from Nature's
ways, they studied and imitated the natural habits of the animal creation
rather than the confusing doctrines of the schools.
Thus they proclaimed the "return to Nature" and the "new gospel of health"
which are destined to free humanity from the destructive influences of
alcoholism, red meat overeating, dope and tobacco habit, and of drug
poisoning, vaccination, surgical mutilation, vivisection and a thousand other
abuses practiced in the name of science.
When parents learn how to create children in accord with natural law, how to
mold their bodies and their characters into harmony and beauty before the
new life sees the light of day, when they learn to rear their offspring in health
of body and purity of mind in harmony with the laws of their being, then we
shall have true types of beautiful manhood and womanhood, then children
will no longer be a curse and a burden to themselves and to those who bring
them into the world or to society at large.
These thoughts are not the mere dreams of a visionary. When we see the
wonderful changes wrought in a human being by a few months or years of
rational living and treatment, it seems not impossible or improbable that these
ideals may be realized within a few generations.
Children thus born and reared in harmony with the law will be the future
masters of the earth. They will need neither gold nor influence to win in the
race of life—their innate powers of body and soul will make them victors over
The offspring of alcoholism, drug poisoning and sexual perversity will cut but
sorry figures in comparison with the manhood and womanhood of a true and
noble aristocracy of health.
Catechism of Nature Cure
The philosophy of Nature Cure is based on sciences dealing with newly
discovered or rediscovered natural laws and principles, and with their
application to the phenomena of life and death, health, disease and cure.
Every new science embodying new modes of thought requires exact modes
of expression and new definitions of already well-known words and phrases.
Therefore, we have endeavored to define, as precisely as possible, certain
words and phrases, which convey meanings and ideas peculiar to the
teachings of Nature Cure.
The student of Nature Cure and kindred subjects will do well to study these
definitions and formulated principles closely, as they contain the pith and
marrow of our philosophy and greatly facilitate its understanding.
(1) What Is Nature Cure?
Nature Cure is a system of building the entire being in harmony with the
constructive principle in Nature on the physical, mental, moral and spiritual
planes of being.
(2) What Is the Constructive Principle in Nature?
The constructive principle in Nature is that principle, which builds up,
improves and repairs, which always makes for the perfect type, whose
activity in Nature is designated as evolutionary and constructive and which is
opposed to the destructive principle in Nature.
(3) What Is the Destructive Principle in Nature?
The destructive principle in Nature is that principle which disintegrates and
destroys existing forms and types, and whose activity in Nature is designated
as devolutionary and destructive.
(4) What Is Normal or Natural?
That is normal or natural which is in harmonic relation with the life purposes
of the individual and the constructive principle in Nature.
(5) What Is Health?
Health is normal and harmonious vibration of the elements and forces
composing the human entity on the physical, mental, moral and spiritual
planes of being, in conformity with the constructive principle of Nature
applied to individual life.
(6) What Is Disease?
Disease is abnormal or inharmonious vibration of the elements and forces
composing the human entity on one or more planes of being, in conformity
with the destructive principle of Nature applied to individual life.
(7) What Is the Primary Cause of Disease?
The primary cause of disease, barring accidental or surgical injury to the
human organism and surroundings hostile to human life, is violation of
(8) What Is the Effect of Violation of Nature’s Laws on the Physical Human
The effects of violation of Nature’s Laws on the physical human organism
Abnormal composition of blood and lymph.
Accumulation of waste matter, morbid materials and poisons.
These conditions are identical with disease, because they tend to lower,
hinder or inhibit normal function (harmonious vibration) and because they
engender and promote destruction of living tissues.
(9) What Is Acute Disease?
What is commonly called acute disease is in reality the result of Nature’s
efforts to eliminate from the organism waste matter, foreign matter and
poisons, and to repair injury to living tissues.
In other words, every so-called acute disease is the result of a cleansing and
healing effort of Nature. The real disease is lowered vitality, abnormal
composition of the vital fluids (blood and lymph) and the resulting
accumulation of waste materials and poisons.
(10) What Is Chronic Disease?
Chronic disease is a condition of the organism in which lowered vibration
(lowered vitality), due to the accumulation of waste matter and poisons, with
the consequent destruction of vital parts and organs, has progressed to such
an extent that Nature’s constructive and healing forces are no longer able to
react against the disease conditions by acute corrective efforts (healing
Chronic disease is a condition of the organismin which the morbid
encumbrances have gained the ascendancy and prevent acute reaction
(healing crises) on the part of the constructive forces of Nature.
Chronic disease is the inability of the organism to react by acute efforts or
healing crises against constitutional disease conditions.
(11) What Is a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis is an acute reaction, resulting from the ascendancy of Nature’
s healing forces over disease conditions. Its tendency is toward recovery,
and it is, therefore, in conformity with Nature’s constructive principle.
(12) Are All Acute Reactions Healing Crises?
No, there are healing crises and disease crises.
(13) What Is a Disease Crisis?
A disease crisis is an acute reaction resulting from the ascendancy of disease
conditions over the healing forces of the organism. Its tendency is toward
fatal termination, and it is, therefore, in conformity with Nature’s destructive
(14) What Is Cure?
Cure is the readjustment of the human organism from abnormal to normal
conditions and functions.
(15) What Methods of Cure Are in Conformity with the Constructive Principle
Those methods which:
Establish normal surroundings and natural habits of life in accord with
Economize vital force.
Build up the blood on a natural basis, that is, supply the blood with its natural
constituents in right proportions.
Promote the elimination of waste matter and poisons without in any way
injuring the human body.
Arouse the individual in the highest possible degree to the consciousness of
personal accountability and the necessity of intelligent personal effort and
(16) Are Medicines in Conformity with the Constructive Principle in Nature?
Medicines are in conformity with the constructive principle in Nature insofar
as they, in themselves, are not injurious and destructive to the human
organism and insofar as they act as tissue foods and promote the
neutralization and elimination of morbid matter and poisons.
(17) Are Poisonous Drugs and Promiscuous Surgical Operations in
Conformity with the Constructive Principle in Nature?
Poisonous drugs and promiscuous operations are not usually in conformity
with the constructive principle in Nature, because:
They suppress acute diseases or reactions (crises), the cleaning and healing
efforts of Nature.
They are in themselves harmful and destructive to human life.
Such treatment fosters the belief that drugs and surgical operations can be
substituted for obedience to Nature’s Laws and for personal effort and self-
(18) Is Metaphysical Healing in Conformity with the Constructive Principle in
Metaphysical systems of healing are in conformity with the constructive
principle in Nature insofar as:
They do not interfere with or suppress Nature’s healing efforts.
They awaken hope and confidence (therapeutic faith) and increase the inflow
of vital force into the organism.
They are not in conformity with the constructive principle in Nature in so far
They fail to assist Nature’s healing efforts.
They ignore, obscure and deny the laws of Nature and defy the dictates of
reason and common sense.
They substitute, in the treatment of disease, a blind, dogmatic belief in the
wonder-working power of metaphysical formulas and prayer for intelligent
cooperation with Nature’s constructive forces for personal effort and self-
They weaken the consciousness of personal responsibility.
(19) Is Nature Cure in Conformity with the Constructive Principle in Nature?
Nature Cure is in conformity with the constructive principle in Nature
It teaches that the primary cause of weakness and disease is disobedience to
the laws of Nature.
It arouses the individual to the study of natural laws and demonstrates the
necessity of strict compliance with these laws.
It strengthens the consciousness of personal responsibility of the individual
for his own status of health and for the hereditary conditions, traits and
tendencies of his offspring.
It encourages personal effort and self-help.
It adapts surroundings and habits of life to natural laws.
It assists Nature’s cleansing and healing efforts by simple natural means and
methods of treatment which are in no wise harmful or destructive to health
and life, and which are within the reach of everyone.
(20) What Are the Natural Methods of Living and of Treatment?
Return to Nature by the regulation of eating, drinking, breathing, bathing,
dressing, working, resting, thinking, the moral life, sexual and social activities,
etc., on a normal and natural basis.
Elementary remedies, such as water, air, light, earth cures, magnetism,
Chemical remedies, such as scientific food selection and combination,
specific nutritional augmentation with natural food concentrates,
homeopathic medicines, simple herb extracts and the Vito chemical
Mechanical remedies, such as corrective gymnastics, massage, magnetic
treatment, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation and, when indicated,
Mental and spiritual remedies, such as scientific relaxation, normal
suggestion, constructive thought, the prayer of faith, etc.
What Is Life?
Medical science, as taught in the regular schools, is still dominated by the old,
crude, mechanical conception of vital force and this, as we shall see,
accounts for some of its gravest errors of theory and of practice.
If a watch is in good condition, in harmonious vibration, its movement is so
adjusted that it coincides exactly, in point of time, with the rotations of our
earth around its axis.
The established, regular movement of the earth forms the basis of the
established harmonic relationship between the vibrations of a normal, healthy
timepiece and the revolutions of our planet.
The watch has to vibrate in unison with the harmonics of the planetary
universe in order to be normal, or in harmony.
In like manner, everything that is normal, natural, healthy, good, beautiful
must vibrate in unison with its correlated harmonics in Nature.
Orthodox medical science attributes disease largely to accidental causes: to
chance infection by disease taints, germs or parasites, to drafts, chills, wet
The religiously inclined frequently attribute disease and other tribulations to
the arbitrary rulings of an inscrutable Providence.
Christian Scientists tell us that sin, suffering, disease and all other kinds of
evil are only errors of mortal mind, or the products of diseased imagination
(though this in itself admits the existence of something abnormal or
Nature Cure philosophy presents a rational concept of evil, its cause and
purpose, namely: that it is brought on by violation of Nature's Laws; that it is
corrective in its purpose; that it can be overcome only by compliance with the
There is no suffering, disease or evil of any kind anywhere unless the law has
been transgressed somewhere by someone.
These transgressions of the law may be due to ignorance, to indifference or
to willfulness and viciousness. The effects will always be commensurate with
The science of natural living and healing shows clearly that what we call
disease is primarily Nature's effort to eliminate morbid matter and to restore
the normal functions of the body; that the processes of disease are just as
orderly in their way as everything else in Nature; that we must not check or
suppress them, but cooperate with them.
Thus we learn, slowly and laboriously, the all-important lesson that
"obedience to the law" is the only means of prevention of disease, and the
The Fundamental Law of Cure, the Law of Action and Reaction, and the Law
of Crises, as revealed by the Nature Cure philosophy, impress upon us the
truth that there is nothing accidental or arbitrary in the processes of health,
disease and cure; that every changing condition is either in harmony or in
discord with the laws of our being; that only by complete surrender and
obedience to the law can we attain and maintain perfect physical health.
Self-Control, the Master's Key
Thus Nature Cure brings home to us constantly and forcibly the inexorable
facts of natural law and the necessity of compliance with the law.
Herein lies its great educational value to the individual and to the race. The
man who has learned to master his habits and his appetites so as to conform
to Nature's Laws on the physical plane, realizes that personal effort and self-
control are the Master's Key to all further development on the mental and
spiritual planes of being as well; and that self-mastery and unremitting and
unselfish personal effort are the only means of self-completion, of individual
and social salvation.
The naturist, who has regained health and strength through obedience to the
laws of his being, enjoys a measure of self-content, gladness of soul and
enthusiasm, which cannot be explained by the mere possession of physical
These highest and purest attainments of the human soul are not the results of
mere physical well being, but of the peace and harmony which come only
from obedience to the law.
The Unity of Disease and Treatment
There exist three primary causes of disease and of premature death of the
physical body. These are:
Abnormal composition of blood and lymph.
Accumulation of waste matter, morbid matter and poisons due to a faulty diet,
overeating, the use of alcoholic and narcotic stimulants, drugs both street
and prescription, vaccines, accidental poisoning and, last but not least, to the
suppression of acute diseases (Nature's cleansing and healing efforts) by
poisonous drugs and surgical operations.
Every disease arising in the human organism from internal causes is
accompanied by a deficiency in blood and tissues of certain important
Undoubtedly, the majority of these diseases are caused by an unbalanced
diet, or by food and drink poisoning.
Wrong food combinations, on the one hand, create an overabundance of
waste and morbid matter in the system and, on the other hand, fail to supply
the positive mineral elements or organic salts on which depends the
elimination of waste and systemic poisons from the body.
Accumulation of waste and morbid matter in blood and tissues creates the
great majority of all diseases arising within the human organism.
More harmful and dangerous, and more difficult to eliminate than the different
kinds of systemic poisons, that is, those which have originated within the
body, are the drug poisons, especially when they are administered in the
inorganic mineral form.
Health is dependent upon an abundant supply of life force, upon the
unobstructed, normal circulation of the vital fluids and upon perfect
oxygenation and combustion.
Anything that interferes with these essentials causes disease; anything that
promotes them establishes health.
Nothing so interferes with the inflow of the life force, with free and normal
circulation of blood and lymph and with the oxygenation and combustion of
food materials and systemic waste as the accumulation of morbid matter and
poisons in the tissues of the body.
This I have endeavored to explain more fully in connection with lowered
vitality. Let us now see how disease and health are affected by mental and
Mental and Emotional Influences
Our mental and emotional conditions exert a most powerful influence upon
the inflow and distribution of vital force.
Destructive emotional vibrations obstruct the inflow and normal distribution
of the life forces in and through the organism, while on the other hand the
constructive emotions of faith, hope, cheerfulness, happiness and love exert
a relaxing, harmonizing influence upon the tissues, blood vessels and nerve
channels of the body, thus opening wide the floodgates of the life forces, and
raising the discords of weakness, disease and discontent to the harmonics of
buoyant health and happiness.
Let us see just how mind controls matter and how it affects the changing
conditions of the physical body.
Life manifests through vibration. It acts on the mass by acting through its
minutest particles. Changes in the physical body are wrought by vibratory
changes in atoms, molecules and cells.
Health is satisfied polarity, that is, the balancing of the positive and negative
elements in harmonious vibration.
Anything that interferes with the free, vigorous and harmonious vibration of
the minute parts and particles composing the human organism tends to
disturb polarity and natural affinity, thus causing discord or disease.
In the past we have been thinking of the body as a solid and imponderable
mass difficult to control and to change. This conception left us in a condition
of utter helplessness and hopelessness in the presence of weakness and
We now think of the body as composed of minute corpuscles rotating around
one another within the atom at relatively immense distances.
Under the old conception the mind fell readily under the control of the body
and became the abject slave of its physical conditions, swayed by fear and
apprehension under every sensation of physical weakness, discomfort or
The servants lorded it with a high hand over the master of the house, and the
result was chaos. Under the new conception, control is placed where it
It is assumed by the real master of the house, the Soul-Man, and the servants,
the physical members of the body, remain obedient to his bidding.
This is the new man, the ideal progeny of a new and higher philosophy.
Understanding the structure of the body, the laws of its being and the
operation of the life elements within it, the superman retains perfect poise and
confidence under the most trying circumstances.
Animated by an abounding faith in the supremacy of the healing forces within
him and sustained by the power of his sovereign will, he governs his body as
perfectly as the artist controls his violin and attunes its vibrations to Nature's
harmonies of health and happiness.
The Unity of Acute Diseases
We shall now consider some of the secondary manifestations resulting from
these primary causes.
Hereditary and Constitutional Taints
On first impression, it might be thought that heredity is a primary cause of
disease; but on further consideration it becomes apparent that it is an effect
and not a primary cause.
If the parents possess good vitality and pure, normal blood and tissues, and if
they apply in the prenatal and postnatal treatment of the child the necessary
insight and foresight, there cannot be disease heredity.
In order to create abnormal hereditary tendencies, the parents, or earlier
ancestors, must have ignorantly or wantonly violated Nature's Laws, such
violation resulting in lowered vitality and in deterioration of blood and
The iris of the newborn child reveals in its diagnostic details not only, in a
general way, hereditary taints, lowered resistance, and deterioration of vital
fluids, but frequently special weakness and deterioration in those organs,
which were weak or diseased in the parents.
Under the conventional (unnatural) management of the infant, these
hereditary tendencies to weakness and disease and their corresponding
signs in the iris become more and more pronounced, proceeding through the
various stages of encumbrance from acute, infantile diseases through
chronic catarrhal conditions to the final destructive stages.
In the face of the well-established facts of disease heredity we have, however,
If the child is treated in accordance with the teachings of Nature Cure
philosophy, the abnormal hereditary encumbrances and tendencies can be
overcome and eliminated within a few years.
If we place the infant organism under the right conditions of living and of
treatment, in harmony with the laws of its being, the Life Principle within will
approach ever nearer to the establishment of the perfect type.
Hundreds of "Nature Cure" babies all over this country are living proof of this
gladsome message to all those who have assumed or intend to assume the
responsibilities of parenthood.
Modern medical science is built upon the germ theory of disease and
treatment. Since the microscope has revealed the presence and seemingly
entirely pernicious activity of certain microorganisms in connection with
certain diseases, it has been assumed that bacteria are the direct, primary
causes of most diseases.
Therefore, the slogan now is:
"Kill the bacteria (by poisonous antiseptics, serums and antitoxins) and you
will cure the disease."
The Nature Cure philosophy takes a different view of the problem. Germs
cannot be the cause of disease, because disease germs are also found in
The real cause must be something else. We claim that it is the waste and
morbid matter in the system, which afford the microorganisms of disease the
opportunity to breed and multiply.
We regard microorganisms as secondary manifestations of disease, and
maintain that bacteria and parasites live thrive and multiply to the danger
point in a weakened and diseased organism only.
If it were not so, the human family would be extinct within a few months' time.
The fear instilled by the bacterial theory of disease is frequently more
destructive than the microorganisms themselves.
We have had under observation and treatment a number of insane patients
whose peculiar delusion or monomania was an exaggerated fear of germs, a
Keep yourself clean and vigorous from within, and you cannot be affected by
disease taints and germs from without.
Bacteria are practically omnipresent. We absorb them in food and drink; we
inhale them in the air we breathe. Our bodies are literally alive with them. The
last stages of the digestive processes depend upon the activity of millions of
bacteria in the intestinal tract.
The proper thing to do, therefore, is not to try and kill the germs, but to
remove the morbid matter and disease taints in which they live.
Instead of concentrating its energies upon killing the germs, whose presence
we cannot escape, Nature Cure endeavors to invigorate the system, to build
up blood and lymph on a normal basis and to purify the tissues of their
morbid encumbrances in such a way as to establish natural immunity to
destructive germ activity.
Everything that tends to accomplish this without injuring the system by
poisonous drugs or surgical operations is good Nature Cure treatment.
To adopt the germ-killing process without purifying and invigorating the
organism would be like trying to keep a house free from fungi and vermin by
sprinkling it daily with carbolic acid and other germ killers, instead of keeping
it pure and sweet by flooding it with fresh air and sunshine and applying
freely and vigorously broom, brush and plenty of soap and water.
Instead of purifying it, the antiseptics and germ killers would only add to the
filth in the house.
All bacteriologists are unanimous in declaring that the various disease germs
are found not only in the bodies of the sick, but also in seemingly healthy
The inability of bacteria, by themselves, to create diseases is further
confirmed by the well-known facts of natural immunity to specific infection or
All mankind is more or less affected by hereditary and acquired disease
taints, morbid encumbrances and drug poisoning, resulting from age-long
violation of Nature's Laws and from the suppression of acute diseases; but
even under the almost universal present conditions of lowered vitality,
morbid heredity and physical and mental degeneration it is found that under
identical conditions of exposure to drafts or infection, a certain percentage of
individuals only will take the cold or catch the disease.
We learned how lowered vitality weakens the resistance of the system to the
attacks and inroads of disease germs and poisons.
The growth and multiplication of microorganisms depend furthermore upon a
congenial, morbid soil.
Just as the ordinary yeast germ multiplies in a sugar solution only, so the
various microorganisms of disease thrive and multiply to the danger point
only in their own peculiar and congenial kind of morbid matter.
Thus, the typhoid fever bacillus thrives in a certain kind of effete matter,
which accumulates in the intestines; the pneumonia bacilli flourish best in the
catarrhal secretions of the lungs, and meningitis bacilli in the diseased
meninges of the brain and spinal cord.
During the ten years that I have been connected with sanitarium work, my
workers and myself, in giving the various forms of manipulative treatment,
have handled intimately thousands of cases of infectious and contagious
diseases, and I do not remember a single instance where any one of us was
in the least affected by such contact.
Ordinary cleanliness, good vitality, clean blood and tissues, the organs of
elimination in good, active condition and, last but not least, a positive,
fearless attitude of mind will practically establish natural immunity to the
inroads and ravages of bacteria and disease taints.
If infection takes place, the organism reacts to it through inflammatory
processes, and by means of these endeavors to overcome and eliminate
microorganisms and poisons from the system.
In this connection it is of interest to learn that the danger to life from bites and
stings of poisonous reptiles and insects has been greatly exaggerated.
According to popular opinion, anyone bitten by a rattlesnake, gila monster or
tarantula is doomed to die, while as a matter of fact the statistics show that
only from two to seven per-cent succumb to the effects of the wounds
inflicted by the bites of poisonous reptiles.
In this, as in many other instances, popular opinion should rather be called
In the open discussions following my public lectures, I am often asked:
"What is the right thing to do in case of snakebite? Would you not give plenty
of whiskey to save the victim's life?"
It is my belief that of the seven percent who die after being bitten by
rattlesnakes or other poisonous snakes, a goodly proportion give up the
ghost because of the effects of the enormous doses of strong whiskey that
are poured into them under the mistaken idea that the whiskey is an efficient
antidote to the snake poison.
People do not know that the death rate from snakebite is so very low, and
therefore they attribute the recoveries to the whiskey, just as recoveries from
other diseases under medical or metaphysical treatment are attributed to the
virtues of the particular medicine or method of treatment instead of to the real
healer, the vis medicatrix naturæ, the healing power of Nature, which in ninety-
three cases in a hundred eliminates the rattlesnake venom without injury to
Microorganisms are just as much the product as the cause of disease and act
as scavengers or eliminators of morbid matter.
In order to hold in check the destructive activity of bacteria and to prevent
their multiplication beyond the danger point, Nature resorts to inflammation
and manufactures her own antitoxins.
On the other hand, whatever tends to build up the blood on a natural basis, to
promote elimination of morbid matter and thereby to limit the activity of
destructive microorganisms without injuring the body or depressing its vital
functions, is good Nature Cure practice.
The first consideration, therefore, in the treatment of inflammation must be to
not interfere with its natural course.
By the various statements and claims made in this chapter, I do not wish to
convey the idea that I am opposed to scrupulous cleanliness or surgical
Far from it! These are dictates of common sense. But I do affirm that the
danger from germ and other infectious diseases lies just as much or more so
in internal filth as in external uncleanliness. Cleanliness and asepsis must go
hand in hand with the purification of the inner man in order to insure natural
The Laws of Cure
This brings us to the consideration of acute inflammatory and feverish
From what has been said, it follows that inflammation and fever are not
primary, but secondary, manifestations of disease.
There cannot arise any form of inflammatory disease in the system unless
there is present some enemy to health, which Nature is endeavoring to
overcome and get rid of. On this fact in Nature is based what I claim to be the
fundamental Law of Cure.
"Give me fever and I can cure every disease." Thus Hippocrates the Father of
Medicine expressed in the fundamental Law of Cure over two thousand years
I have expressed this law in the following sentence: "Every acute disease is
the result of a cleansing and healing effort of Nature."
This law, when thoroughly understood and applied to the treatment of
diseases, will in time do for medical science what the discovery of other
natural laws has done for physics, astronomy, chemistry and other exact
It will transform the medical empiricism and confusion of the past and present
into an exact science by demonstrating the unity of disease and treatment.
Applying the law in a general way, it means that all acute diseases, from a
simple cold to measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, smallpox, pneumonia, etc.,
represent Nature's efforts to repair injury or to remove from the system some
kind of morbid matter, virus, poison or microorganism dangerous to health
In other words, acute diseases cannot develop in a perfectly normal, healthy
body living under conditions favorable to human life. The question may be
"If acute diseases represent Nature's healing efforts, why is it that people die
The answer to this is: the vitality may be too low, the injury or morbid
encumbrance too great or the treatment may be inadequate or harmful, so
that Nature loses the fight; still, the acute disease represents an effort of
Nature to overcome the enemies to health and life and to reestablish normal,
It is a curious fact that this fundamental principle of Nature Cure and Law of
Nature has been acknowledged and verified by medical science.
The most advanced works on pathology admit the constructive and
beneficial character of inflammation.
However, when it comes to the treatment of acute diseases, physicians seem
to forget entirely this basic principle of pathology, and treat inflammation and
fever as though they were, in themselves, inimical and destructive to health
From this inconsistency in theory and practice arise all the errors of
allopathic medical treatment.
Failure to understand this fundamental Law of Cure accounts for all the
confusion on the part of the exponents of the different schools of healing
sciences, and for the greater part of human suffering.
The Nature Cure philosophy never loses sight of the fundamental Law of
While allopathy regards acute disease conditions as in themselves harmful
and hostile to health and life, as something to be cured (we should say
suppressed) by drug or knife, the Nature Cure school regards these forcible
house cleanings as beneficial and necessary, so long, at least, as people will
continue to disregard Nature's Laws.
While, through its simple, natural methods of treatment, Nature Cure easily
modifies the course of inflammatory and feverish processes and keeps them
within safe limits, it never checks or suppresses these acute reactions by
poisonous drugs, serums, antiseptics, surgical operations, suggestion or any
other suppressive treatment.
Skin eruptions, boils, ulcers, catarrhs, diarrheas, and all other forms of
inflammatory febrile disease conditions are indications that there is
something hostile to life and health in the organism, which Nature is trying to
remove or overcome by these so-called "acute" diseases.
What, then, can be gained by suppressing them with poisonous drugs and
surgical operations? Such practice does not allow Nature to carry on her
work of cleansing and repair and to attain her ends.
The morbid matter which she endeavored to eliminate by acute reactions is
thrown back into the system.
Worse than that, drug poisons are added to disease poisons. Is it any
wonder that fatal complications arise, or that the acute condition is changed
to chronic disease?
The fundamental Law of Cure here explains why allopathic medical science is
in error, not in a few things only, but in most things.
The foundation, the orthodox conception of disease being wrong, it follows
that everything, which is built thereon, must be wrong also.
"Why do allopathic doctors give poisons?" Their reply:
"Our materia medica contains poisons because drug poison kills and
eliminates disease poison."
We, however, claim that drug poisons merely serve to paralyze vital force,
whereby the deceptive results of allopathic treatment are obtained.
We have learned that so-called acute diseases are Nature's cleansing and
All acute reactions represent increased activity of vital force, resulting in
feverish and inflammatory conditions, accompanied by pain, redness,
swelling, high temperature, rapid pulse, catarrhal discharges, skin eruptions,
boils, ulcers, etc.
Allopathy regards these violent activities of vital force as detrimental and
harmful in themselves. Anything, which will inhibit the action of vital force,
will, in allopathic parlance, cure (?) acute diseases.
As a matter of fact, nothing more effectively paralyzes vital force and impairs
the vital organs than poisonous drugs and the surgeon's knife.
These, therefore, must necessarily constitute the favorite means of cure (?) of
the regular school of medicine.
This school mistakes effect for cause. It fails to see that the local
inflammation arising within the organism is not the disease, but merely marks
the locality and the method through which Nature is trying her best to
discharge the morbid encumbrances.
When, under the influence of rational, natural treatment, the poisonous
irritants are eliminated from blood and tissues, the local symptoms take care
of themselves; it does not matter whether they manifest as pimple or cancer,
as a simple cold or as consumption.
The Law of Dual Effect
Everywhere in Nature rules the great Law of Action and Reaction. All life
sways back and forth between giving and receiving, between action and
The very breath of life mysteriously comes and goes in rhythmical flow. So
also heaves and falls in ebb and tide the bosom of Mother Earth.
In some of its aspects, this law is called the Law of Compensation, or the Law
of Dual Effect. On its action depends the preservation of energy.
In the realm of physical nature, giving and receiving, action and reaction
balance each other mechanically and automatically.
What we gain in power we lose in speed or volume, and vice versa. This
makes it possible for the mechanic, the scientist and the astronomer to
predict with mathematical precision for ages in advance the results of certain
activities in Nature.
The great Law of Dual Effect forms the foundation of the healing sciences. It
is related to and governs every phenomenon of health, disease and cure.
When I formulated the fundamental Law of Cure in the words, "Every acute
disease is the result of a healing effort of Nature" this was but another
expression of the great Law of Action and Reaction.
What we commonly call crisis, acute reaction or acute disease is in reality
Nature's attempt to establish health.
Applied to the physical activity of the body, the Law of Compensation may be
expressed as follows:
"Every agent affecting the human organism produces two effects: a first,
apparent, temporary effect, and a second, lasting effect. The secondary,
lasting effect is always contrary to the primary, transient effect."
Stimulants, as we shall see later on, produce their deceptive effects by
burning up the reserve stores of vital energy in the organism. This is
inevitably followed by weakness and exhaustion in exact proportion to the
The first, temporary, violent effect of poisonous drugs, when given in
physiological doses, is usually due to Nature's efforts to overcome and
eliminate these substances.
The secondary, lasting effect is due to the retention of the drug poisons in the
system and their action on the organism.
In theory and practice, allopathy considers the first effect only and ignores
the lasting after effects of drugs and surgical operations.
It administers remedies whose first effect is contrary to the disease
condition. Therefore, in accordance with the Law of Action and Reaction, the
secondary, lasting effect of such remedies must be similar to or like the
Common, everyday experience should teach us that this is so, for laxatives
and cathartics always tend to produce chronic constipation.
The secondary effect of stimulants and tonics of any kind is increased
weakness, and their continued use often results in complete exhaustion and
paralysis of mental and physical powers.
Headache powders, pain killers, opiates, sedatives and hypnotics may
paralyze brain and nerves into temporary insensibility; but, if due to
constitutional causes, the pain, nervousness and insomnia will always return
with redoubled force.
If taken habitually, these agents invariably tend to create heart disease and
paralysis, and ultimately develop the patient into a dope fiend.
Cold and catarrh cures (?), such as quinine, coal-tar products, etc., suppress
Nature's efforts to eliminate waste and morbid matter through the mucous
linings of the respiratory tract, and drive the disease matter back into the
lungs, thus breeding pneumonia, chronic catarrhs, asthma and
Mercury, iodine and all other alternatives, by suppression of external
elimination, create internal chronic diseases of the most dreadful types.
Each drug breeds new disease symptoms which are in their turn cured (?) by
other poisons, until the insane asylum or merciful death rings down the
curtain on the tragedy of a ruined life.
In accordance with the Law of Dual Effect, then, the secondary effect of these
remedies must be contrary to the disease conditions, that is, curative.
Suppression Versus Elimination
My claim that the conventional treatment of acute diseases is suppressive
and not curative will probably be denied by my medical colleagues.
They will maintain that their methods also are calculated to eliminate morbid
matter and disease germs from the system.
But what are the facts in actual practice? Is it not true that preparations of
mercury, lead, zinc and other powerful poisons are constantly used to
suppress skin eruptions, boils, abscesses, etc., instead of allowing Nature to
rid the system through these skin diseases?
Some time ago Dr. Wiley, the former Government Chemist, published the
ingredients of a number of popular remedies for colds, coughs and catarrh.
Every one of them contained some powerful opiate or astringent.
These poisonous drugs relieve the cough and the catarrhal conditions by
paralyzing the eliminative activity of the membranous linings of the nasal
passages, the bronchi and lungs, the digestive and genitourinary organs; but
in doing so, they throw back into the system the morbid matter which Nature
is trying to get rid of, and add drug poisons to disease poisons.
Equally harmful is suppression by means of the surgeon's knife. It may be a
quicker and apparently more effective process to remove the inflamed
appendix or the diseased tonsils than to cure them by building up the blood
and inducing elimination of systemic poisons by natural methods.
But operative treatment is not eliminative. It does not remove from the system
the original cause of the inflammation or deterioration of tissues and organs,
but it does remove the outlet, which Nature had established for the escape of
These morbid encumbrances, forcibly retained in the body, weaken and
destroy other parts and organs, or affect the general health of the patient.
My own observations during nearly fifteen years of practical experience,
confirmed by many other conscientious observers among Nature Cure
practitioners as well as physicians of other schools and of allopathy itself,
prove positively that the average length of life after a major operation,
performed on important, vital parts and organs, is less than ten years, and
that after such an operation the general health of the patient is in the great
majority of cases not as good as before.
In the following paragraphs are mentioned some very common instances of
suppression and some of their usual chronic aftereffects (sequelae).
Diarrhea is suppressed with laudanum and other opiates, which paralyze the
peristaltic action of the bowels and, if repeated, soon produce chronic
All feverish diseases are more or less interfered with or suppressed by
antiseptics, antipyretics, serums and antitoxins.
The best books on Materia Medica and the professors in the colleges teach
that these remedies lower the fever because they are "protoplasmic poisons"
because they paralyze the red and white blood corpuscles, benumb heart
action and respiration, and depress all vital functions.
Nervousness, sleeplessness and pain are suppressed by sedatives, opiates
Every one of the drugs used for such purposes is a powerful poison, which
paralyzes brain and nerve action, in that way interfering with Nature's healing
efforts and frequently preventing the consummation of beneficial healing
Epileptic attacks and other forms of convulsions are suppressed, but never
cured, by bromides, which benumb and paralyze the brain and nerve
All that these sedatives accomplish is to produce in the course of time idiocy
and the different forms of paralysis and premature senility.
However, is he not considered the best doctor who can most promptly
produce these and many similar deceptive results through artificial inhibition
or stimulation by means of the most virulent poisons found on earth?
Dandruff and falling hair are caused by the elimination of systemic poisons
through the scalp. The thing to do, therefore, is not to suppress this
elimination and thereby cause the accumulation of poisons in the brain, but
to stop the manufacture of poison in the body and to promote its removal
through the natural channels.
Dandruff cures and hair tonics contain glycerin, poisonous antiseptics and
stimulants which are absorbed by scalp and brain, causing dizziness,
headaches, loss of memory, neurasthenia, deafness, weakness of sight, etc.
Measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, spinal meningitis and other febrile diseases
of childhood, if properly treated by natural methods, are curative or at least
corrective in their effects on the system, and represent well-defined, orderly
natural processes for the elimination of inherited or acquired disease taints,
drug poisons, etc.
But if arrested or suppressed before they have run their natural course,
before Nature has had time to reestablish normal conditions, then the
abnormal condition becomes fixed and permanent (chronic).
In addition to this, the poisons and serums employed to arrest the disease
process very often affect vital parts and organs permanently, causing the
gradual deterioration of cells and tissues, and paving the way for
tuberculosis, chronic affection of the kidneys, cancer, etc., in later years.
These self-evident facts, which can be verified by any unprejudiced observer,
account for the "mysterious sequelae" of drug- and serum-treated acute
diseases, which never occur where natural methods of healing have been
Some of these chronic aftereffects are deafness, blindness, heart and kidney
diseases, nervous affections, idiocy, infantile paralysis, etc.
These are merely a few ordinary examples of the results of suppression.
They could be multiplied a hundred fold, yet medical science assures us that
the causes of cancer and other malignant diseases are unknown.
If men and women lived more naturally, the majority of diseases would
The primary cause of disease is violation of Nature's Laws. "Civilization" has
largely stood for artificiality of life and for unnatural habits.
A higher civilization, yet to come, will combine the most exquisite culture of
heart and mind with true simplicity and naturalness of living.
Excessive meat eating, strong spices and condiments, alcohol, coffee, tea,
overwork, night work, fear, worry, sensuality, corsets, high heels, foul air,
improper breathing, lack of exercise, loveless marriages, race suicide, all of
these and many other evils of hypercivlization have contributed their share in
creating the universal degeneracy of civilized nations.
When the unnatural habits of life have lowered the vitality and favored the
accumulation of waste matter and poisons to such an extent that the sluggish
bowels, kidneys, skin and the other organs of elimination are unable to keep
a clean house, Nature has to resort to other, more radical means of
purification or we should choke in our own impurities.
These forcible housecleanings of Nature are colds, catarrh, skin eruptions,
diarrheas, boils, ulcers, abnormal perspiration, hemorrhages and many other
forms of inflammatory febrile diseases.
Sulphur and mercury may drive back the skin eruptions; antipyretics and
antiseptics may suppress fever and catarrh. The patient and the doctor may
congratulate themselves on a speedy cure; but what is the true state of
Nature has been thwarted in her work of healing and cleansing. She had to
give up the fight against disease matter in order to combat the more potent
poisons of mercury, quinine, iodine, strychnine, etc.
The disease matter is still in the system, plus the drug poison.
When vitality has been sufficiently restored, Nature may make another
attempt at purification, this time, possibly, in another direction; but again her
well-meant efforts are defeated.
This process of suppression is repeated over and over again until blood and
tissues become so loaded with waste material and poisons that the healing
forces of the organism can no longer react against them by acute diseases.
Then results the chronic condition, which in the vocabulary of the "Old
School" of medicine is only another name for incurable disease.
The more skilled the allopathic school becomes in the suppression and
prevention of acute diseases by drugs, knife, x-rays, serums, vaccination
virus, etc., the greater will be the increase of chronic dyspepsia, nervous
prostration, insanity, cancer, secondary and tertiary syphilis, tuberculosis
and many other so-called incurable diseases.
Thus, the standard medical practice is self-supporting; the treatment of acute
conditions assuring a lifelong supply of chronic conditions for the doctor to
Suppression of acute diseases, by drugs and knife, is the all-important factor
in the creation of malignant diseases.
If the medical doctor had studied his experiences in foreign lands he would
have found that the scourges of mankind exist only in those parts of earth
where the drugstore flourishes.
Nature Cure doctors cure the so-called specific diseases by our natural
methods, provided they are not suppressed and complicated by mercury,
iodine or other poisonous drugs.
We never interfere with the original lesion, but allow Nature to discharge the
poisons through the channels established for this purpose.
Under this rational treatment, discharge and ulcer act as fontanels to the
system. Not only the specific poison, but much of hereditary and acquired
disease matter also are eliminated in the process; and after such a cure,
blood and tissues of the patient are purer than they were before infection.
A great many persons, especially women and children, acquire these
diseases innocently. Are we not justified in relieving their minds of needless
fear and in showing them the way to prevent the dreadful sufferings of the
secondary and tertiary stages brought on by suppressive drug treatment by
means of mercury, iodides, etc.?
These poisonous drugs suppress the initial lesion and diffuse the disease
poison through the system.
Nature takes up the work of elimination by means of skin eruptions and
ulcers in various parts of the body, but these also are promptly suppressed
with mercurial ointments and other alternatives.
This process of suppression is continued for months and years, until the
organism is so thoroughly saturated with alterative poisons that vital force
can no longer react by acute reactions against the original syphilitic poisons.
This state of vital paralysis is then called a cure.
The medical professor, however, knows better. He instructs the students
from the lecture platform:
"When, after two or three years of mercurial treatment, syphilitic symptoms
cease to appear, you may permit the patient to marry--but never guarantee a
Why not? Because the professor is aware that the offspring of such a union
are born with hereditary symptoms well known to every physician, and
because the patient thus cured (?) may turn up in the doctor's office at any
time thereafter with a hole in his palate, ulcers on his body, caries of the
bones or with other secondary and tertiary symptoms.
Mercury has an especial affinity for the bony structures. It will work its way
through the vertebrae of the spine and the bones of the skull into the nerve
matter of the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation, excruciating
headaches, nervous symptoms, girdle pains, etc.
These stages of acute inflammation are followed in a few years by sclerosis
(hardening) of nerve matter and blood vessels, resulting in paresis, or
Neither is it necessary to contract specific diseases in order to fall a victim to
these dreadful conditions: mercury, iodine and other destructive alternatives
are given in a hundred different forms for a multitude of other ailments.
We have treated many hundreds of cases of so-called chronic neuralgia,
neuritis, rheumatism, neurasthenia, epilepsy and idiocy, due to the pernicious
effects of quinine, iodine, arsenic, strychnine, coal-tar products and other
virulent poisons taken under the guise of medicine.
Under our methods of natural living and treatment, the patient improves; the
organism becomes more vigorous, and the organs of elimination act more
freely; the latent poisons are stirred up in their hiding places; healing crises
make their appearance.
The processes of elimination thus inaugurated develop various symptoms of
acute poisoning. The eliminating crises are accompanied by headaches,
ringing in the ears, nasal catarrh, bone pains, neuritis, strong taste of quinine
in the mouth, etc.
Every healing crisis, if naturally treated, diminishes the signs of disease and
From what has already been said on this subject, it will have become
apparent that inflammatory and feverish diseases are just as natural, orderly
and lawful as anything else in Nature, that, therefore, after they have once
started, they must not be checked or suppressed by poisonous drugs and
Inflammatory processes can be kept within safe limits, and they must be
assisted in their constructive tendencies by the natural methods of
To check and suppress acute diseases before they have run their natural
course means to suppress Nature's purifying and healing efforts, to court
fatal complications and to change the acute, constructive reactions into
chronic disease conditions.
We claim that all acute diseases are uniform in their causes, their purpose,
and if conditions are favorable, uniform also in their progressive
I have endeavored to prove and to elucidate the unity of acute diseases in
regard to their causes and their purpose, the latter not being destructive, but
constructive and beneficial.
I demonstrated that the microorganisms of disease are not the unmitigated
nuisance and evil which they are commonly regarded, but that, like
everything else in Nature, they, too, serve a useful purpose.
I showed that it depends upon ourselves whether their activity is harmful and
destructive, or beneficial: upon our manner of living and of treating acute
To me the story of inflammation has been one of the most wonderful
revelations of the complex activities of the human organism.
More than anything else it confirms to me the fundamental principles of
Nature Cure, the fact that Nature is a good healer, not a poor one.
Before inflammation can arise, there must exist an exciting cause in the form
of some obstruction or of some agent inimical to health and life.
Such excitants of inflammation may be dead cells, blood clots, fragments of
bone and other effete matter produced in the system itself or they may be
foreign bodies such as particles of dust, soot, stone, iron or other metals,
slivers of wood, etc.; again, they may be microorganisms or parasites.
When one or more of these exciting agents of inflammation are present in the
tissues of the body in sufficient strength to call forth the reaction and
opposition of the healing forces, the microscope will always reveal the
following phenomena, slightly varying under different conditions:
The blood rushes to the area of irritation. Owing to this increased blood
pressure, the minute arteries and veins in the immediate neighborhood of the
excitant dilate and increase in size.
The distension of the blood vessels stretches and thereby weakens their
walls. Through these the white blood corpuscles squeeze their mobile
bodies and work their way through the intervening tissues toward the
In some mysterious way they seem to sense the exact location of the danger
point and hurry toward it in large numbers like soldiers summoned to meet an
This faculty of the white blood corpuscles to apprehend the presence and
exact location of the enemy has been ascribed to chemical attraction and is
The army of defense is made up of the white blood corpuscles or leukocytes
and of connective tissue cells which separate themselves from the
All these wandering cells possess the faculty of absorbing and digesting
microbes. They contain certain proteolytic or protein-splitting ferments, by
means of which they decompose and digest poisons and hostile
On account of their activity as germ destroyers, these cells have been called
germ killers or phagocytes. In their movements and actions these valiant little
warriors act very much like intelligent beings, animated by the qualities of
patience, perseverance, courage, foresight and self-sacrifice.
The phagocytes absorb morbid matter, poisons or microorganisms by
enveloping them with their own bodies.
It is a hand-to-hand fight, and many of the brave little soldiers are destroyed
by the poisons and bacteria, which they attack and swallow.
What we call pus is made up of the bodies of live and dead phagocytes,
disease taints and germs, blood serum, broken-down tissues and cells, in
short, the debris of the battlefield.
We can now understand how the processes just described produce the well-
known cardinal symptoms of inflammation and fever; the redness, heat and
swelling due to increased blood pressure, congestion and the accumulation
of exudates; the pain due to irritation and to pressure on the nerves.
We can also realize how impaired nutrition and the obstruction and
destruction in the affected parts and organs will interfere with and inhibit
The organism has still other ways and means of defending itself. At the time
of bacterial infection, certain germ-killing substances are developed in the
Science has named these defensive proteins alexins. It has also been found
that the phagocyte and tissue cells in the neighborhood of the area of
irritation produce antipoisons or natural antitoxins, which neutralize the
bacterial poisons and kill the microorganisms of disease.
With the Evil, Nature Provides the Cure
Furthermore, the growth and development of bacteria and parasites is
inhibited and finally arrested by their own waste products.
Vaccines, serums and antitoxins of medical science are prepared from
bacterial excrements and from extracts made of the bodies of bacteria.
In the serum and antitoxin treatment, therefore, the allopathic school is
imitating Nature's procedure in checking the growth of microorganisms, but
with this difference:
Nature does not suppress the growth and multiplication of disease germs
until the morbid matter on which they subsist has been decomposed and
consumed, and until the inflammatory processes have run their course
through the five stages of inflammation; while serums and antitoxins given in
powerful doses at the different stages of any disease may check and
suppress germ activity and the processes of inflammation before the latter
have run their natural course and before the morbid matter has been
If the inflammation has been allowed to run its course through the different
stages of acute activity and the final stage of Reconstruction, then every
acute disease, whatever its name and description may be, will prove
beneficial to the organism because morbid matter, foreign bodies, poisons
and microorganisms have been eliminated from the system; abnormal and
diseased tissues have been broken down and built up again to a purer and
more normal condition.
As it were, the acute disease has acted upon the organism like a
thunderstorm on the sultry, vitiated summer air. It has cleared the system of
impurities and destructive influences, and re-established wholesome, normal
Therefore acute diseases, when treated in harmony with Nature's intent,
always prove beneficial.
If, however, through neglect or wrong treatment, the inflammatory processes
are not allowed to run their natural course, if they are checked or suppressed
by poisonous drugs, the ice bag or surgical operations, or if the disease
conditions in the system are so far in the ascendancy that the healing forces
cannot react properly, then the constructive forces may lose the battle and
the disease may take a fatal ending or develop into chronic ailments.
Furthermore, it is not at all necessary to suppress inflammatory processes by
poisonous drugs and other unnatural means, because we can easily and
surely control them and keep them from becoming dangerous by our natural
means of treatment.
Catching a Cold
According to popular opinion, the catching of colds is responsible for the
greater portion of human ailments.
Almost daily I hear from patients who come for consultation: All my troubles
date back to a cold I caught at such and such a time, etc.
Then I have to explain that colds are not caught suddenly and from without
but that they come from within, that their period of Incubation may have
extended over months or years, that a clean, healthy body possessed of
good vitality cannot catch cold under the ordinary thermal conditions
congenial to human life, no matter how sudden the change in temperature.
At first glance, this may seem to be contrary to common experience as well as
to the theory and practice of medical science.
But let us follow the development of a cold from start to finish. This will throw
some light on the question as to whether it can be caught, or whether it
develops slowly within the organism; also whether this development or
incubation may extend over a long period of time.
Catching cold may be caused by chilling of the surface of the body or part of
the body. In the chilled portions of the skin the pores close, the blood
recedes into the interior, and as a result of this the elimination of poisonous
gases and exudates through these portions of the skin is suppressed.
This catching a cold through being exposed to a cold draft, through wet
clothing, etc., is not necessarily followed by more serious consequences.
If the system is not too much encumbered with morbid matter and if kidneys
and intestines are in fairly good working order, these organs will take care of
the extra amount of waste and morbid materials in place of the temporarily
inactive skin and eliminate them without difficulty.
The greater the vitality and the more normal the composition of the blood, the
better the system will react in such an emergency and throw off the morbid
matter which failed to be eliminated through the skin.
If, however, the organism is already overloaded with waste and morbid
materials, if the bowels and the kidneys are already weakened and atrophied
through continued overwork and overstimulation, if, in addition to this, the
vitality has been lowered through excesses or overexertion and the vital
fluids are in an abnormal condition, then the morbid matter thrown into the
circulation by the chilling and temporary inactivity of the skin cannot find an
outlet through the regular channels of elimination and endeavors to escape
by way of the mucous linings of the nasal passages, the throat, bronchi,
stomach, bowels and genitourinary organs.
The waste materials and poisonous exudates, which are being eliminated
through these internal membranes, cause irritation and congestion, and thus
produce the well-known symptoms of inflammation and catarrhal elimination:
sneezing (coryza), cough, expectoration, mucous discharges, diarrhea,
leucorrhea [vaginal dis-charge], etc.
In other words, these so-called colds are nothing more or less than different
forms of vicarious elimination.
The membranous linings of the internal organs are doing the work for the
inactive, sluggish and atrophied skin, kidneys and intestines.
The greater the accumulation of morbid matter in the system, the lower the
vitality, and the more abnormal the composition of the blood and lymph, the
greater will be the liability to the catching of colds.
What is to be gained by suppressing the different forms of catarrhal
elimination with cough and catarrh cures containing opiates, astringents,
antiseptics, germkillers and antipyretics?
Is it not obvious that such a procedure interferes with Nature's purifying
efforts, that it hinders and suppresses the inflammatory processes and the
accompanying elimination of morbid matter from the system? Worst of all,
that it adds drug poisons to disease poisons?
Such a course can have but one result, namely the changing of Nature's
cleansing and healing efforts into chronic disease.
From the foregoing it will have become clear that the cause of a cold lies not
so much in the cold draft, or the wet feet, as in the primary causes of all
disease: lowered vitality, deterioration of the vital fluids and the accumulation
of morbid matter and poisons in the system.
What, then, is the natural cure for colds? There can be but one remedy:
increased elimination through the proper channels.
This is accomplished by judicious dieting and fasting.
If the inflammatory processes are allowed to run their normal course under
natural methods of treatment through the stages Nature will rebuild the
membranous and glandular structures of the intestinal canal perfectly,
convalescence will be rapid and the patient will enjoy better health than
before he contracted the disease.
If, however, through injudicious feeding or the administration of quinine,
mercury, purging salts, opiates or other destructive agents, Nature's
processes are interfered with, prematurely checked and suppressed, then the
sloughed membranes and absorbent vessels are not reconstructed, and the
intestinal tract is left in a denuded and atrophied condition.
Such a patient may arise from his bed thinking that he is cured; but unless he
is afterward treated by natural methods, he will never make a full recovery.
It will take him, perhaps, months or years to die a gradual, miserable death
through malnutrition, which usually ends in some form of wasting disease,
such as pernicious anemia or tuberculosis.
If he does not actually die from the effects of the wrongly treated typhoid
fever, he will be troubled all his life with intestinal indigestion, constipation,
and the accompanying nervous disorders.
If they would continue their researches and experiments along these natural
lines, they would attain infinitely more satisfactory results than through their
germ-hunting and germ-killing theories and practices.
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