A True Perspective Of
Health & Disease
By: Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
We live in a day of sensational discoveries and
"miracle medicines." Remarkable new cures and
near-panaceas are frequently announced. Snake
venom, artificial fever, frozen sleep, penicillin,
streptothricin, blood plasma, powerful X-rays and
ever more comes before us almost daily—these compete with sports,
movies, politics, crime and other publicity for free newspaper space.
So much is claimed for this parade of "miracle cures" and so many new
discoveries are made relatively that the public is kept constantly keyed up
with open-mouthed and wild-eyed expectancy. Perfect health via the medical
promises seems always just around the corner.
At long last, "science" is staging a powerful and winning Blitz-Krieg against
our ancient and most implacable foe—disease.
With remarkable and sensational discoveries crowding so closely one upon
the heels of another, the time is surely not far distant when universal health
will prevail and disease will have disappeared from the human scene.
Not only is ours an age of remarkable "cures" it is also a time of equally
remarkable preventatives. We now have so many "successful" vaccines and
serums that there is no longer any need for anyone ever to suffer from many
of the "diseases" that were previously so common.
New serums are frequently discovered. We may look forward hopefully to
the time when all "disease" will be conquered. Surgery, too, has made rapid
strides. It has grown much more daring. Today it invades physiological
precepts, which only a few years ago it would not have touched.
With the newer advances in surgery added to the new "cures" and the new
serums and vaccines, we have an almost ideal combination for the "conquest
What these three groups of anti-disease weapons lack in power and
effectiveness is completely compensated for by the many glandular products
(hormones), and by vitamin and mineral combinations that are claimed to do
so much for the sick. Surely, there is no reason to doubt that the Golden Age
The intelligent and informed reader, however, will notice one very important
defect in all these methods of "cure" and "prevention." He or she will quickly
detect a deficiency for which no amount of shouting can compensate. It is
None of these methods of "cure" or "prevention" are designed to affect or
even touch the basic causes of disease.
Drugs may suspend vital activity such that symptoms disappear but they do
not remove cause. They may kill germs but they also kill off patients. They
do not clear up the systemic condition that permits bacteria to thrive and
grow in parts of the body where they are not normal.
Powerful X-rays may destroy a cancerous growth but they also destroy
healthy tissue and cause further cancer while leaving intact the causes of
disease. It cannot be emphasized too much that: If a modality does not
remove causes, it does not "cure".
Serums and vaccines are admittedly capable of doing much harm, but they
do not remove the causes of disease. Therefore, they do not enable us to
“avoid” diseases, even those for which they are administered.
We need to know that: If they do not enable us to avoid the causes of
disease, they cannot prevent disease.
Surgeons may pull a tooth, extract the tonsils, cut out the gall bladder, excise
the appendix, sever and remove the ovaries and seminal vesicles, drain the
sinuses, etc. but they do not thereby remove the causes of disease.
Mopping up the water from a leaky faucet does not remove the causes of the
leak. Removing effects of cause likewise does not remove the cause. It is
time for us to understand the following:
If surgery does not remove the causes of disease, it cannot "cure" the
disease. There is no "cure" short of removal of causes.
Cutting out an organ, suppressing a symptom with a drug (medicine),
destroying a growth, removing a stone—these processes touch effects only.
They fail to restore health for three very vital reasons:
They do not remove the causes of ill health.
They are not the factors out of which good health is built.
They produce positive injury to the body.
We must look to constructive natural agencies, forces, and methods for
"prevention" of disease and recovery of health. We must cease relying on
destructive, unnatural or anti-natural measures, forces, agents and
Agents such as drugs that produce disease in the well cannot possibly
produce health in the sick. Disease-producing agents and measures are not
The popular methods of "prevention" and "cure" neither prevent nor restore
health. Witness the ever-growing army of sick and suffering in spite of the
ever-increasing size of our army of physicians, nurses and hospitals, and the
ever-growing list of "cures" and "miracle drugs." To be healthy, do not
indulge the causes of disease.
Only madness can lead us to attempt to be free of disease by submitting to
means, which cause yet more disease.
To "cure" disease, remove the causes of disease. It is the worst kind of folly
to attempt to cure disease by ignoring its causes and employing modalities,
which are in themselves causes of disease.
To build health, employ the causes of health. It is absurd to attempt to build
health by employing means and measures that are known to impair and
For over forty years this writer has helped the sick and suffering back to
health and has taught them how to remain well. I have employed a system
called Natural Hygiene. For over forty years my health school has been host
to over 40,000 people. Dr. Shelton's Health School has been employing the
health-building system of Natural Hygiene with only successful results.
At the Health School we have received a great preponderance of people who
have suffered for years and "have tried everything" without avail. Our
success in building good health in the great majority of these sufferers has
At the Health School we have no "cure" at all. We recognize that only nature
(normal forces and processes of life) restores health. We accord to nature
the conditions and the opportunity to restore health. We recognize that in
nature and nature only exists the power of healing.
The forces and powers of nature constitute the true panacea. Ours is a plan
of living and a program of education that restores our guests to harmonious
living with nature. If this plan of care seems too simple, too easy or not
heroic enough just think this over: If this plan were ineffectual we would not
have succeeded where all others had failed.
I implore you to intelligently consider the preceding statements. Lay aside
you’re previous conditioning and prepossessions. Do some real honest-to-
goodness thinking. Then, when you thoroughly understand Natural Hygiene,
give it a fair and honest test.
Heed the ancient admonition: "Prove (test) all things, hold fast that which is
An old adage has it that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof."
The proof of the truth of the principles presented in Natural Hygiene and of
the value of the practices built thereon is in making use of it. "The wise will
Sylvester Graham used the alimentary organs of the orangutan as the true
type with which we are to compare those of the human body, in order to
ascertain the natural dietetic character of man.
He pointed out that:
"In all that the organs of the orangutan differ from those of man, they bring the
orang between man and carnivorous animals; and thus, as it were, push man
still further from a carnivorous character."
Graham wrote several years before Darwin derived man from an "ape-like
arboreal ancestor." It has always seemed unaccountable to the present
writer that transformationists (they have stolen the term evolution, and
miscall themselves evolutionists), while insisting that man and the apes are
brothers (or cousins) and are descended from a common ancestor and that
man (or his ancestor) formerly lived in the trees (frugivorous) also at the same
time, insist that primitive man was carnivorous, even cannibalistic.
For, while his organization places him at the apex of creation and shows him
to be the arch-type of the frugivore, they have pictured him as more beastly
than any beast.
In his Outline of History, H. G. Wells, following the "scientific" pattern (or line)
describes our early ancestor, just after he had emerged from the ape-stage,
"When he found dead animals, semi-putrid, he would relish them
nonetheless. He would eat his unworthy children. He would seek larger
animals in a weak and dying state. Failing to find them, dead and half-rotten
examples would be made to suffice."
This is the crowning achievement of our carnivorous biology. This "early
man" who has been created by biological speculation, should have
descended from a jackal or a hyena, not from an ape.
His dietary habits as "described" by Wells, relate him to saprophytes
(scavengers) and carnivore and not to the frugivore from which, according to
the hypothesis, he sprung.
It is our contention that, instead of early man being the degraded beast that
Wells and most Darwinians picture him, the carnivores and saprophytes of
the present and past have "fallen" from their once high estate to their present
state of degradation.
By: Herbert M. Shelton
Article: A True Perspective Of Health And Disease