The True Interpretation
Of The Cause Of Disease
By: John H. Tilden, M. D. 1935
From time immemorial man
has looked for a savior; and,
when not looking for a savior,
he is looking for a cure. He believes
in paternalism. He is looking to get
something for nothing; not knowing
that the highest price we ever pay for anything is to have it given to us.
Instead of accepting salvation, it is better to deserve it. Instead of buying,
begging, or stealing, a cure, it is better to stop building disease. Disease is of
man's own building, and one worse thing than the stupidity of buying a cure is
to remain so ignorant as to believe in cures.
The false theories of salvation and cures have built man into a mental
mendicant, when he should be the arbiter of his own salvation, and certainly
his own doctor, instead of being a slave to a profession that has neither
worked out its own salvation from disease nor discovered a single cure in all
the age-long period of man's existence on earth.
We hear of diet cures, dietitians, balanced rations, meat diets, vegetable diets,
and other diets--chemically prepared foods of all kinds.
The reading public is bewildered with hundreds of health magazines and
thousands of health ideas. There are thousands writing on health who would
not recognize it if they should meet it on the street.
Fanaticism, bigotry, stupidity, and commercialism are the principal elements in
the dietetic complex that is now belaboring the public.
Cures are what the people want, and cures are what doctors and cultists
affect to make; but at most only relief is given.
The periodicity, which characterizes all functional derangements of the body,
lends color to the claims of cure-mongers that their remedy has cured their
patients, when the truth is that the so-called disease "ran its course."
The truth is that the so-called disease was a toxemic crisis, and when the toxin
was eliminated below the toleration point, the sickness passed--automatically
But the disease was not cured; for the cause (enervating habits) is continued,
toxin still accumulates, and in due course of time another crisis appears.
Unless the cause of Toxemia is discovered and removed, crises will recur until
functional derangements will give way to organic disease.
The entire profession is engaged in doctoring crises of Toxemia--curing (?)
and curing (?) until overtaken with chronic disease of whatever organ was the
seat of the toxin crises.
There Are No Cures
Nature returns to normal when enervating habits are given up. There are no
cures in the sense generally understood.
If one has a tobacco heart, what is the remedy? Stop the use of tobacco, of
course. If the heart is worn out from shock, as we see it among gamblers, or
among men who are plunging in the stock market, what will cure? Drugs?
No. Removing the cause.
Every so-called disease is built within the mind and body by enervating habits.
The food and dietetic insanity that constitutes the headliner on the medical
stage just now is causing the people to demand a diet that will cure them of
their peculiar maladies.
The idea prevails that some peculiar diet will cure rheumatism or any other
disease. Diet or food will not cure any disease.
A fast, rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits, mental and physical,
will allow nature to eliminate the accumulated toxin; then, if enervating habits
are given up, and rational living habits adopted, health will come back to stay,
if the one cured will "stay put."
This applies to any so-called disease. Yes, it fits your disease--you who write
to find out if the Tilden system of cure applies to your case. Yes; cannot you
realize that law and order pervades the universe?
And it is the same from nebula to stone, from stone to plant, from plant to
animal, from animal to man, from man to mind, and from mind to
To use a blanket expression: Law and order pervades the universe, the same
yesterday, today and forever, and is the same from star-dust to mind--from
electron to mind.
Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in health and disease. One
disease is the same as another; one man the same as another; one flower the
same as another; the carbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the
Yes, one disease can be cured (?) the same as another, unless the organ
acted on by toxemic crises is destroyed.
For example: If wrong eating is persisted in, the acid fermentation first irritates
the mucous membrane of the stomach; the irritation becomes inflammation,
then ulceration, then thickening and hardening, which ends in cancer at last.
The medical world is struggling to find the cause of cancer. It is the distal end
of an inflammatory process whose proximal beginning may be any irritation.
The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen and nutriment, and, in
degenerating; the septic material enters the circulation, setting up chronic
septic poisoning called cancer cachexia.
Disease is a common expression of universal enervation. An understanding
of physiology and pathology necessitates a firm grip on evolution as
expressed in biology; or reasoning will go astray occasionally.
Modern cures and immunization are vanity and vexation; they are founded on
the foolish principle of reasoning from effect, is disease, to cause.
The organ which is suffering from many crises of Toxemia is discovered--it
may be ulcer of the stomach, then the ulcer is cut out; it may be gallstone,
then the stone is cut out; it may be fibroid tumor of the womb, then the tumor
or womb is cut out.
The same may be said of other effects--the medical armament is turned loose
on a lot of effects. This is accepted by the public mind as efficient treatment of
disease, when in fact it is a stupid removing of effects.
And that is not the worst of such blundering. The operators have not the
slightest idea of the cause of the effects they so skillfully remove.
In other derangements the same lack of knowledge of cause prevails. In the
treatment of deficiency diseases, the lacking element is supplied from the
laboratory; but nothing is done in the line of restoring the organ to normality.
Because medical science has not discovered why organs fail to function
properly; and until this discovery is made, scientific blundering will continue.
The World Needs The Science Of Surgery
If mutilation (unnecessary surgery) is required in nine hundred and
ninety-nine cases to perfect the skill required in the thousandth case, the
question of the need of high-class surgery must be answered by the mutilated
or vandalized class.
Why is so much surgery thought to be necessary? Because of the ignorance
of the people, egged on by a science-mad or selfish profession. It is more
spectacular to operate than to teach people how to live to avoid chronic
disease and operations.
Are Palliatives Ever Necessary
It is doubtful if the palliation, which doctors and cultists give, is worth the
disadvantage that the sick habit taught the patients by their doctor brings
The drug habit taught the thousands certainly overbalances any relief given.
Drugs to relieve pain are never necessary.
Twenty-five years in which I used drugs, and thirty-three in which I have not
used drugs, should make my belief, that drugs are unnecessary and in most
cases injurious, worth something to those who care to know the truth.
Yes Venereal Disease Can Be Cured Without Drugs
I make no exception of syphilis, and stand ready to demonstrate the truth of
what I say at any time and anywhere to a committee of doctors.
Nature cures--nature can eliminate syphilis, or any type of infection, if all
enervating habits are given up and a rational mode of living adopted.
Stimulants Are Subtlety Undermining
So insidious in their action are all stimulants that the unwary are surprised by
finding themselves more or less slaves to them when they are not conscious
of using them to excess.
The coffee headache is an example. A time comes when it is not convenient
to get the usual breakfast cup. A dullness or languid feeling appears three or
four hours after breakfast, that cannot be accounted for until some friend
suggests that perhaps it is due to missing the coffee; but the victim is not
convinced until he proves it true by trying it out several times.
Some develop a headache, and still others are troubled with gaping or
yawning and a feeling of oppression, due to heart enervation brought on from
the use of coffee.
At first stimulants gently remove awareness--remove tire and actuate the mind
and body. It should be obvious to reasoning minds that borrowed activity
must be paid for sooner or later.
Using nerve-energy in excess of normal production brings on enervation.
Few people waste nerve-energy in one way only. Food is a stimulant.
Overeating is overstimulating.
Add to this excess one or two other stimulants--Coffee or tobacco--excessive
venery, overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount of drain of
nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated.
Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequently toxin accumulates in
the blood. This adds a pronounced auto-toxin stimulation to that coming from
overstimulating habits, and completes a vicious circle.
This complex stands for a disease-producing Toxemia, which will be
permanent except as toxin crises--so-called acute diseases--lower the amount
of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until the habits that keep the body
enervated are controlled. Perfect health cannot be established until all
enervating habits have been eliminated.
Introduction to Toxemia
The medical world has built an infinite literature without any (except erroneous
and vacillating) ideas of cause.
Medicine is rich in science, but now, as well as in all past time, it suffers from a
dearth of practical ideas.
The average doctor is often educated out of all the common sense he was
born with. This, however, is not his fault. It is the fault of the system. He is an
He has facts--scientific facts galore--without ideas. Millions have facts, but no
ideas. Thousands of doctors have all the scientific data needed, but they have
not harnessed their science to common sense and philosophy.
Without a clear conception of cause, cure must remain the riddle that it is.
The late Sir James Mackenzie--while living, the greatest clinician in the
"In medical research the object is mainly the prevention and cure of disease."
If cause is not known, how is prevention or cure possible--as, for example, by
producing a mild form of smallpox or other so-called disease by poisoning a
healthy person by introducing into his body the pathological products of said
Certainly only pathological thinking can arrive at such conclusions.
Vaccines and autogenous remedies are made from the products of disease,
and the idea that disease can be made to cure itself is an end product of
This statement is not so incongruous after we consider the fact that all search
and research work to find cause by medical scientists has been made in dead
and dying people.
As ridiculous as it may appear, medical science has gone, and is still going, to
the dead and dying to find cause.
If prevention and cure mean producing disease, surely prevention and cure
are not desirable. If prevention can be accomplished, then cures will not be
At the time of his death, Mackenzie was laboring to discover prevention. A
more worthy work cannot be imagined.
But the tragedy of his life was that he died from a preventable disease he
could have cured the disease that killed him if his conception of cause had
been in line with the Truth of Toxemia--the primary cause of all disease.
In spite of Mackenzie's ambition to put the profession in possession of truth
concerning prevention and cure, he died without a correct idea of even in
what direction to look for this desirable knowledge as evidenced by such
"Our problems being the prevention of disease, we require a complete
knowledge of disease in all its aspects before we can take steps to prevent its
The study of pathology--the study of disease--has engaged the best minds in
the profession always, and it surely appears that the last word must have
been spoken on the subject; as all research workers believe, that a more
intense and minute study of the early symptoms of disease will reveal the
There is, however, one great reason why it cannot, and that is that all
symptom-complexes--diseases--from their initiation to their ending, are
effects, and the most intense study of any phase or stage of their progress will
not throw any light on the cause.
Cause is constant, ever present, and always the same. Only effects, and the
object on which cause acts, change, and the change is most inconstant.
To illustrate: A catarrh of the stomach presents first irritation, then
inflammation, then ulceration, and finally induration and cancer.
Not all cases run true to form; only a small percentage evolves to ulcer, and
fewer still reach the cancer stage. More exit by way of acute food poisoning or
acute indigestion than by chronic diseases.
In the early stages of this evolution there are all kinds of discomforts: more or
less attacks of indigestion, frequent attacks of gastritis--sick stomach and
vomiting. No two cases are alike.
Nervous people suffer most, and some present all kinds of nervous
symptoms--insomnia, headaches, etc.
Women have painful menstruation and hysterical symptoms--some are
morose and others have epilepsy.
As the more chronic symptoms appear, those of the lymphatic temperament
do not suffer so much.
As the disease progresses, a few become pallid and develop pernicious
anemia, due to gastric or intestinal ulceration and putrid protein infection; in
others the first appearance of ulcer is manifested by a severe hemorrhage;
others have a cachexia and a retention of food in the stomach, which is
vomited every two or three days, caused by a partial closing of the pylorus.
These are usually malignant cases.
To look upon any of these symptom-complexes as a distinct disease,
requiring a distinct treatment is to fall into the diagnostic maze that now
bewilders the profession and renders treatment chaotic.
It should be known to all discerning physicians that the earliest stage of
organic disease is purely functional, evanescent, and never autogenerated so
far as the affected organ is concerned, but is invariably due to an extraneous
irritation (stimulation, if you please), augmented by Toxemia.
When the irritation is not continuous, and toxin is eliminated as fast as
developed, to the toleration point, normal functioning is resumed between the
intervals of irritation and toxin excess.
For example: a simple coryza (running at the nose--cold in the head), gastritis
or colonitis. At first these colds, catarrahs, or inflammations are periodic and
functional; but, as the exciting cause or causes--local irritation and
Toxemia--become more intense and continuous, the mucous membranes of
these organs take on organic changes, which are given various names, such
as irritation, inflammation, ulceration, and cancer.
The pathology (organic change) may be studied until doomsday without
throwing any light on the cause; for from the first irritation to the extreme
ending--cachexia--which may be given the blanket term of tuberculosis,
syphilis, or cancer, the whole pathologic panorama is one continuous
evolution of intensifying effects.
Germs and other so-called causes may be discovered in the course of
pathological development, but they are accidental, coincidental, or at most
auxiliary--or, to use the vernacular of law, obiter dicta.
The proper way to study disease is to study health and every influence
favorable or not to its continuance.
Disease is perverted health. Any influence that lowers nerve-energy becomes
disease producing. Disease cannot be its own cause; neither can it be its
own cure, and certainly not its own prevention.
After years of wandering in the jungle of medical diagnosis--the usual
guesswork of cause and effect, and the worse-than-guesswork of treatment,
and becoming more confounded all the time--I resolved either to quit the
profession or to find the cause of disease.
To do this, it was necessary to exile myself from doctors and medical
conventions, for I could not think for myself while listening to the babblings of
That I have discovered the true cause of disease cannot be successfully
disputed. This being true, my earnestness in presenting this great truth is
When I think back over my life, and remember the struggle I had with myself in
supplanting my old beliefs with the new--the thousands of times I have
suspected my own sanity--I then cannot be surprised at the opposition I have
met and am meeting.
My discovery of the truth that Toxemia is the cause of all so-called diseases
came about slowly, step by step, with many dangerous skids.
At first I believed that enervation must be the general cause of disease; then I
decided that simple enervation is not disease, that disease must be due to
poison, and that poison, to be the general cause of disease, must be
autogenerated; and if disease is due to an autogenerated poison what is the
cause of that autogeneration?
I dallied long in endeavoring to trace disease back to poison taken into the
system, such as food eaten after putrescence had begun, or from poisoning
due to the development of putrescence after ingestion.
In time I decided that poisoning per se is not disease.
I observed where poisoning did not kill; some cases reacted and were soon in
full health, while others remained in a state of semi-invalidism.
I found the same thing true of injuries and mental shock. It took a long time to
develop the thought that a poisoned or injured body, when not overwhelmed
by Toxemia would speedily return to the normal, and when it did not, there
was a sick habit--a derangement of some kind--that required some such
contingency to bring it within sense-perception.
To illustrate: An injury to a joint is often complicated with rheumatism; the
rheumatism previous to the injury was potentially in the blood.
Just what change had taken place in the organism which, under stress of
injury or shock of any kind, would cause a reaction with fever I could not
understand until the Toxemic Theory suggested itself to my mind, after which
the cause of disease unfolded before me in an easy and natural manner.
And Now The Theory Is A Proved Fact.
After years of perplexing thought and "watchful waiting" I learned that all
disease, of whatever nature, was of slow development; that without systemic
preparation even so-called acute systemic diseases could not manifest.
In a few words: Without Toxemia there can be no disease. I knew that the
waste product of metabolism was toxic, and that the only reason why we were
not poisoned by it was because it was removed from the organism as fast as
Then I decided that the toxin was retained in the blood, when there was a
checking of elimination.
Then the cause of the checking had to be determined. In time I thought out
the cause. I knew that, when we had a normal nerve-energy, organic
functioning was normal.
Then came the thought that enervation caused a checking of elimination.
Eureka. The cause of all so-called diseases is found. Enervation checks
elimination of the waste products of metabolism. Retention of metabolic
toxin--the first and only cause of disease.
Those who would be freed from the bondage of medical superstition should
study "Toxemia Explained."
Medical science is founded on a false premise--namely, that disease is caused
by extraneous influences, and that drugs are something that cures or palliates
The term "medical" means pertaining to medicine or the practice of medicine.
Anything used in a remedial way carries the idea of curing, healing, correcting,
or affording relief, and this doctoring is all done without any clear
understanding of cause.
The words "medical" "medicine" "disease" and "cure" have become concrete
in our understanding, and shape our thoughts and beliefs.
And so arbitrary are these beliefs that new schools and cults are forced to the
They may declare that an impinged nerve is the cause of any pathology. But
they do not trouble themselves to find why one impinged nerve creates a
pathology and another does not.
There is no hope that medical science will ever be a science; for the whole
structure is built around the idea that there is an object--disease--that can be
cured when the right drug--remedy, cure--is found.
It is my intention to portray the common, every-day foibles of scientific
medicine so that the people may see the absurdities concerning disease and
cure, which they are and have been hoodwinked into believing by the blare of
Then I shall describe the only worked-out rational explanation of the cause of
so-called diseases, hoping, to contrast the old from the new.
Until Toxemia was discovered and elaborated by myself into a medical
philosophy there was no real medical philosophy.
The cause and cure of disease is and has been a medley of guesswork and
speculation, which has confounded the best and most industrious medical
minds in every generation.
Today, as never before, the brightest minds in the profession are delving into
research work, endeavoring to find the efficient cause of disease.
But they are doomed to disappointment, for they fail at their beginning. Why?
Because all the work that has ever been done in searching for cause has been
along the line of critical study and examination of effects; and certainly
reasoning minds cannot believe that an effect can be its own cause.
No one believes in spontaneous generation. The remnant of this belief was
annihilated by Pasteur's discovery of germs as the cause of fermentation--a
discovery so profound that it created a frenzy in the medical world; and, as in
every epidemic of frenzy, mental poise was lost.
The importance of the germ as a primary or efficient cause of disease was
accepted nolens volens, willy-nilly.
Everyone was swept off his feet. As in all sudden gushes in change of belief,
it was dangerous not to agree with the mob spirit; hence opposing or
conservative voices were suppressed or ostracized.
The germ frenzy was fierce for two or three decades; but now it is a thing of
the past and will soon be, if not now, a dead letter.
The Value Of Symptomatology
Sir James, when living, was probably the greatest clinician of the
English-speaking world; yet he had not outlived the medical superstition that
disease is a positive entity, and that the way to find disease is to trace
symptoms to their source.
But if a symptom is traced to its source, what of it?
A pain is traced to its source, and we find that it comes from the head. The
head does not cause the pain.
Then we find that there are symptoms of hyperemia--too much blood in the
head. The pressure from too much blood in the head causes the pain. Then
pressure must be the disease? No. Then too much blood is the
Certainly; too much blood in the head was a cause. What is it that causes
congestion? We find that pain is a symptom. Pressure causes pain; it, too, is
Too much blood in the head causes pressure; it also is a symptom. Pain,
pressure, hyperemia are, all three, symptoms.
In time the walls of the blood vessels weaken, and the pressure ruptures one
of the vessels. Hemorrhage into the brain causes death from apoplexy.
Is the ruptured blood vessel the disease? No. Is hemorrhage into the brain
the disease? No; it is a symptom. Is death from hemorrhage the disease?
If the hemorrhage is not severe enough to cause death, but does produce
some form of paralysis--and there can be many kinds--is paralysis a disease?
Haven't we been traveling along a chain of symptoms from headache to
paralysis? We have not found anything to which all these symptoms point as
disease; and, according to the requirements of Sir James Mackenzie, disease
is made manifest to us only by symptoms.
Here we have a chain of symptoms beginning with pain, ending in
hemorrhage and death or paralysis, without giving us any indication whatever
of cause as understood.
Any other chain, namely, stomach symptoms, ending in pyloric cancer, will
not give any more indication of disease at the various stages than the
The first symptom we have of any chain of symptoms is discomfort or pain. In
any stomach derangement we have pain, more or less aggravated by food.
Catarrh follows, or more often precedes, it--or what we call inflammation or
gastritis. Gastritis continues, with a thickening of the mucous membrane. A
time comes when there is ulceration.
This will be called a disease, and is recognized as ulcer of the stomach; but it
is only a continuation of the primary symptom of catarrh and pain.
The ulcer is removed, but the symptom of inflammation and pain continues,
and other ulcers will follow. This state eventually merges into induration or
hardening of the pyloric orifice of the stomach.
When this develops, there is more or less obstruction to the outlet causing
occasional vomiting, and, on thorough examination, cancer is found.
If we analyze the symptoms from the first pain and catarrh in the stomach, we
shall find the chain of symptoms running along. The first symptom to be
noticed is pain.
On examination, we find a catarrhal condition of the stomach; and this
catarrhal condition is not a disease--it is a symptom.
Catarrhal inflammation continues, with the thickening of the mucous
membrane, which finally ends in ulceration. Ulceration is not the disease; it is
only a continuation of the inflammatory symptom.
If the ulcer is removed, it does not remove the disease; it only removes a
symptom. These symptoms continue until there is a thickening and
induration of the pyloris, which is called cancer. And yet we have not
discovered anything but symptoms from beginning to end.
By removing the cancer, the question of what the disease is has not been
answered. Cancer being the end-symptom, it cannot be the cause of the first
Any other so-called disease can be worked out in the same way. Pain and
catarrh are the first symptoms, as a rule that call a physician or a patient's
attention to anything being wrong; and pain and catarrh are not the disease.
When the cause of the pain is found, it too will be found a symptom and not a
disease. And this will be true to the end.
It is no wonder that diagnosticians become perplexed in their search after
disease, because they have confounded symptoms and disease.
The fact of the matter is, it is impossible to put the finger on any ending of a
chain of symptoms and say: "This is the disease."
In the beginning of this analysis we showed that headache, or pain in the
head, is not a disease; and when we had finished we found that hemorrhage
or apoplexy is not a disease--it is only a continuation of the primary
"Disease is made manifest to us only by symptoms which it produces." This
statement tacitly infers that there are diseases and symptoms, and that
through symptoms we may find disease.
When we undertake to trace symptoms to disease, we are in the dilemma of a
mountain-climber who on reaching the top of one mountain finds other peaks,
and higher ones, farther on and on.
During influenza epidemics there is always a cry for a universal method of
treatment, and attempts are made to meet this cry in the shape of so-called
specifics and vaccines.
When a great authority declares that dangerous diseases are combated
without any perception of their nature--and that, too, in spite of the germ
theory--it should be obvious to thinking minds that the germ theory has been
weighed and found wanting.
Yet, when something must be done, and nothing better has been discovered,
"serums and vaccines may be used indiscriminately."
Medicine rests on a sound scientific foundation. Anatomy, physiology,
biology, chemistry, and all collateral sciences that have a bearing on the
science of man, are advanced to great perfection.
But the so-called sciences of symptomatology, disease, diagnosis, etiology,
and the treatment of disease go back to superstition for their foundation.
We see the incongruity of jumbling real science with delusion and
superstition. Disease is believed to be an entity; and this idea is necessarily
followed by another as absurd--namely, cure.
Around these two old assumptions has grown an infinite literature that
confounds its builders.
Truth As Famous Men See It
When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has; the greater will
be his confusion. Herbert Spencer.
Confusion worse confounded is the only explanation that can be given of the
theory and practice of medicine.
The whole materia medica is infected with the baneful consequences of the
nomenclature of disease; for every article in it is pointed only against their
From a short review of the facts, reason and humanity awake from their long
repose in medicine, and unite in proclaiming that it is time to take the cure of
pestilential epidemics out of the hands of physicians, and to place it in the
hands of the people.
What mischief have we done under the belief of false facts, if I may be allowed
the expression, and false theories. We have assisted in multiplying diseases.
We have done more--we have increased their mortality.
I shall not pause to beg pardon of the faculty for acknowledging, in this public
manner, the weaknesses of our profession. I am pursuing Truth, and while I
can keep my eye fixed upon my guide, I am indifferent whither I am led,
provided she is my leader.
According to the Toxin Philosophy, every so-called disease is a crisis of
Toxemia; which means that toxin has accumulated in the blood above the
toleration-point, and the crisis, the so-called disease--call it cold, "flu"
pneumonia, headache, or typhoid fever--is a vicarious elimination.
Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin. Any treatment that obstructs
this effort at elimination baffles nature in her effort at self-curing.
Drugs, feeding, fear, and keeping at work prevent elimination. A cold is driven
into chronic catarrh; "flu" may be forced to take on an infected state;
pneumonia may end fatally if secretions are checked by drugs; we already
know what becomes of headache; typhoid will be forced into a septic state
and greatly prolonged, if the patient is not killed.
The above illustrates how "a few cases may be cured or ameliorated." But the
story is different when the attending physician knows that every so-called
disease is a complex of symptoms signifying a crisis of Toxemia--nature's
And she--nature--can succeed admirably if not interfered with by venders of
poison, who are endeavoring to destroy an imaginary entity lurking
somewhere in the system, which is mightily increased and intensified by the
venders' cures or amelioratives.
It is a real pleasure for the doctor who knows that he cannot cure anything, to
watch nature throw off all these symptoms by elimination, if he is willing to do
a little "watchful waiting" and "keep hands off."
The patient will be comfortable most of the time, and will say, when asked how
he is: "I feel all right; I am comfortable."
Patients never answer in that way when drugged and fed. Yes, when nature is
not hindered by officious professional meddling, sick people can truthfully
say, when well over a crisis of house cleaning: "I had a very comfortable
Nature is not revengeful. Great suffering, chronic and fatal maladies are built
by the incorrigibleness of patients, and the well-meaning but belligerent
efforts of the doctors who fight the imaginary foe without ceasing.
The people are so saturated with the idea that disease must he fought to a
finish that they are not satisfied with conservative treatment.
Something must be done, even if they pay for it with their lives, as tens of
thousands do every year.
This willingness to die on the altar of medical superstition is one very great
reason why no real improvement is made in fundamental medical science.
When the people demand education--not medication or vaccination, and
immunization--they will get it.
Is there nothing for a doctor to do? Yes, of course. He should enter the
sickroom with a smile and a cheerful word, free from odors, and neat and
clean; be natural, and free from affectations.
He should not tell at how many confinements he officiated the night before, or
how many thousands he has had in the past ten years.
Professional lobbying is not appropriate in the sickroom. Patients should
have confidence in their doctor; and if he does a lot of medico-political lying,
the patient will know it, and it sloughs confidence.
He should advise perfect quiet; no food, liquid or solid, and positively no
drugs, but all the water desired; a warm bath at night; a hot bath when
necessary for pain, and as often as necessary to secure comfort.
Rest, warmth, fresh air, and quiet are curative. Then the physician should
educate his patient into proper living habits, so as to avoid future crises of
When this regime is carried out, and Doctor Nature is allowed full control, all
acute so-called diseases can be cured; and the patient will stay cured if he will
practice self-control concerning the enervating habits that brought on his
crises of Toxemia. Where this is carried out faithfully, so-called chronic
diseases will never be built.
All Diseases Once Innocent
Cancer, tuberculosis, Bright's disease, and all chronic diseases were once
innocent colds "ameliorated" and which returned and were "ameliorated"
again and again; each time accompanied by a greater constitutional
enervation, and a greater constitutional toleration for toxin-poisoning,
requiring a greater requisition of mucous membrane through which to
eliminate the toxin.
Research is being carried on vigorously in an attempt to find the cause of
disease; the conception of disease being that it is individual. Here is where
investigators meet their Waterloo.
All the so-called diseases are increasing symptom complexes due to repeated
crises of Toxemia.
They have no independent existence. As soon as Toxemia is controlled, they
disappear, unless an organ has been forced by innumerable crises to
Even organic change, when the organ is not destroyed, will be overcome by
correcting the life and getting rid of the cause--crises of Toxemia.
To find the cause of cancer, start with colds and catarrh, and watch the
pathology as it travels from irritation, catarrh, inflammation, induration,
ulceration to cancer.
All symptoms of all so-called diseases have one origin. All diseases are one.
Unity in all things is nature's plan.
Few realize man's possibilities if his handicaps are removed--handicaps
which are old beliefs and herd-instincts.
The Toxemic Philosophy is founded on the truth that there is no such thing as
In this it differs from all the so-called curing systems. Every pretense or
promise of cure, in all lines of therapeutics, is false.
Many think they know what I mean when I use the word "Toxemia" having
referred to the dictionary for its definition.
Toxin Poisoning--Toxin: Any of a class of poisonous compounds of animal,
bacterial, and vegetable origin--any poisonous ptomaine. (Standard
There are so many ways for the blood to become poisoned that, unless what I
mean by "Toxemia" is thoroughly comprehended, there must be a confused
This explanation is made necessary because even professional men have
said to me: "Oh, yes, I believe in the poisoning resulting from retained
excretions (constipation) and ptomaine (food) poisoning."
As stated before, a ptomaine poisoning resulting from the ingestion of food
that has taken on a state of putrescence, or a poisoning resulting from this
change taking place in food after it has been eaten, and which is generally
called autotoxemia, is not an autogenerated poisoning.
Both of these poisons are generated on the outside of the body, and must be
absorbed before the blood can be poisoned. Food or poison in the intestines
is still on the outside of the body.
A suppurating wound, ulcer, or chancre is on the outside of the body, and if it
causes septic (blood) poisoning, it will be because the waste products are not
allowed to drain--to escape.
The discharge being obstructed, it becomes septic, and its forced absorption
poisons the blood. Even vaccinia fails to produce septic poisoning, because
its poison is discharged on the surface--on the outside of the body.
Occasionally the waste products are forced to enter the blood because of
faulty dressings then septic poisoning, with death, follows.
The Deadly Germ
The deadly germ on the hands, lips, drinking-cups, hanging-straps of street
cars--in fact, found anywhere and everywhere--is not deadly until it gets mixed
up with man's deadly dirty, filthy physical and mental habits.
There are people who cannot be taught cleanliness; they either scrub their
bodies raw or neglect them overtime.
The deadly germ must be mixed with retained, pent-up waste products before
it becomes metamorphosed into its deadly toxic state.
The dog or other animal licks it out of his wound. When the "deadly germ" is
osculated into the mouth, and from there into the stomach, it is digested.
The normal secretions of the body, on the outside as well as on the inside of
the body, are more than enough to get away with all the "deadly germs"
allotted to each person.
Normal persons are deadly to all germs and parasites peculiar to the human
Normal people have no need of heaven or hell; these are conjurations of
ignorance and filth on the search for artificial immunization. Truth immunizes
the germ fallacy.
Those who preach fear of germs today are the mental offspring of those who
have preached fear of God, devil, hell, and heaven in the past.
They do not know that the fear, which they inculcate, is more to be dreaded
than the object of their warning. Fear does a thousand times more harm than
any other one cause of Toxemia.
Nature goes her limit in the prevention or absorption of any and all poisons.
The indurated wall built at the base of ulceration is a conservative measure--it
is to prevent absorption.
In the matter of prevention, nature sometimes goes too far, and builds tumors
and indurations so dense as to obstruct the circulation; then degeneration
takes place, with slow absorption of the septic matter.
This poisoning takes place very insidiously. It is called cachexia, and the
names given to this pathology are syphilis or cancer; or, if of the lungs, it is
This may be thought a very great digression from the subject of Toxemia; but
as all pathological roads lead to Rome--the unity of all diseases--an apology is
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