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Nature Cure: Philosophy and Practice Based on the Unity of Disease and Cure | by Henry Lindlahr



There are two principal methods of treating disease. One is the combative, the other the preventive. The trend of modern medical research and practice in our great colleges and endowed research institutes is almost entirely along combative lines, while the individual, progressive physician learns to work more and more along preventive lines...

TitleNature Cure: Philosophy and Practice Based on the Unity of Disease and Cure
AuthorHenry Lindlahr, M.D.
PublisherThe Nature Cure Publishing Company, Chicago
Year1922
Copyright1922, Henry Lindlahr
-Nature Cure: Introduction
Ho, ye who suffer! Know ye suffer from vowselves. None else compels--no other holds ye that ye live or die. --Siddartha To The Progressive Physicians Of The ...
-Introduction
IT was the following letter from Mr. William Louden to the editor of Health Culture which prompted the author to issue the Nature Cure Magazine (published from ...
-What Is Truth?
The exact information and rational method of teaching which Mr. Louden is seeking, has heretofore been wanting in health-culture literature. Many, indeed, ...
-Nature Owe an Exact Science
One of the reasons why Nature Cure is not more popular with the medical profession and the public is that it is too simple. The average mind is more impressed ...
-Chapter I: What Is Nature Cure?
The Upas Tree Of Disease Evil is not an accident, not an arbitrary punishment, not always an error of mortal mind. It is the natural and inevitable result of ...
-Chapter II: 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 ...
-Chapter II: Catechism of Nature Cure. Part 2
(17) Are Poisonous Drugs and Promiscuous Surgical Operations in Conformity with the Constructive Principle in Nature? Poisonous drugs and promiscuous ...
-Chapter III: What Is Life?
In our study of the cause and character of disease we must endeavor to begin at the beginning, and that is with LIFE itself, for the processes of health, ...
-Life Is Vibratory
In the final analysis, all things in Nature, from a fleeti g thought or emotion to the hardest piece of diamond or platinum, are modes of motion or vibration.
-What Is an Established Harmonic Relation?
Let us see whether we cannot make this clear by a simile. If a watch is in good condition, in harmonious vibration, its movement is so adjusted that it ...
-Obedience the Only Salvation
Orthodox medical science attributes disease largely to accidental causes: to chance infection by disease taints, germs or parasites; to drafts, chills, wet ...
-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 ...
-Chapter IV: The Unity of Disease and Treatment
There exists a close resemblance between the mechanism and the functions of a watch and of the human body. Their well-being is subject to similar underlying ...
-Primary and Secondary Causes of Disease
Primary Causes Lowered vitality due to overwork, nightwork, excesses, overstimulation, poisonous drugs and ill-advised surgical operations. Abnormal ...
-Natural Methods of Treatment
1. Return to Nature, or the establishment of normal habits and surroundings, which necessitates: Extension of consciousness by popular general and individual ...
-The Three Primary Causes of Disease
We shall now consider the three primary causes of disease one by one. Lowered Vitality There is a well-defined limit to the running of a watch. When the wound ...
-Health Positive -- Disease Negative
The freer the inflow of life force into the organism, the greater the vitality, the more there is of strength, of positive resisting and recuperating power. In ...
-Health and Disease Resident in the Cell
We must not forget that health or disease, in the final analysis, is resident in the cell. Though a minute, microscopic organism, the cell is an independent ...
-Abnormal Composition of Blood and Lymph
As one of the primary causes of disease, we cited abnormal composition of blood and lymph. The human organism is made up of a certain number of elements in ...
-Accumulation of Morbid Matter and Poisons
This is the third of the primary causes of disease. We have learned how lowered vitality and the abnormal composition of thevital fluids favor the retention of ...
-Mental and Emotional Influences
Our mental and emotional conditions exert a most powerful influence upon the inflow and distribution of vital force. The author of The Great Work [The Great ...
-Chapter V: The Unity of Acute Diseases
In the last chapter I endeavored to explain the three primary causes of disease, namely: (1) Lowered Vitality, (2) Abnormal Composition of Blood and Lymph, (3) ...
-Natural Immunity
Under Division II of Secondary Causes or Manifestations of Disease we find mentioned germs, bacteria, parasites, inflammations, fevers, skin eruptions, chronic ...
-Bacteria: Secondary, Not Primary, Manifestations of Disease
In a previous chapter we learned how lowered vitality weakens the resistance of the system to the attacks and inroads of disease germs and poisons. The growth ...
-Chapter VI: The Laws of Cure
This brings us to the consideration of acute inflammatory and feverish diseases. From what has been said, it follows that inflammation and fever are not ...
-Why Does the Greater Part of Allopathic Materia Medica Consist of Virulent Poisons?
The statements made in the preceding pages are a severe indictment of regular medical science, but they point out the difference in the basic principles of the ...
-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 reaction. The ...
-Chapter VII: 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 ...
-The Results of Suppression of Children's Diseases
Sycotic eruptions on the heads and bodies of infants, also called milk scurf, if suppressed by salves, cream, unsalted butter or merely by warm bathing, are ...
-Good Nature Cure Doctrine from an Allopathic Authority
The following utterances of the late Dr. Nicholas Senin strongly confirm our claims as to the nature and cure of disease. Coming from the lips of a celebrated ...
-Suppression, the Cause of Chronic Diseases
Dr. Senn was right. If men and women lived more naturally, the majority of diseases would disappear. The primary cause of disease is violation of Nature's Laws.
-Proofs by the Diagnosis from the Eye
We have treated many hundreds of cases of so-called chronic neuralgia, neuritis, rheumatism, neurasthenia, epilepsy and idiocy, due to the pernicious effects ...
-Chapter VIII: Inflammation
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 ...
-The Story of Inflammation
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 ...
-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. We have an example of this in ...
-The Five Stages of Inflammation
What has been said in former chapters confirms my claim that all acute diseases are uniform in their causes and in their purpose. From the foregoing ...
-Suppression During the First Two Stages of Inflammation
It may be suggested that suppression during the stages of Incubation and Aggravation need not have fatal consequences if followed by natural living and ...
-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 ...
-Suppression During the Third Stage of Inflammation
Should the inflammatory processes be suppressed during the stage of Destruction, the results would be still more serious and far-reaching. We have learned that ...
-Suppression by Means of the Ice Bag
A few years ago several gentlemen of Greek nationality called on me with the request that I visit a friend of theirs who had been lying sick for about two ...
-Suppression During the Fourth and Fifth Stages of Inflammation
Let us see what happens when acute diseases are suppressed during the stages of abatement and reconstruction. If the defenders of the body, the phagocyte and ...
-The After-effects of Drug-Treated Typhoid Fever
In hundreds of cases I have told patients after a glance into their eyes that they were suffering from chronic indigestion, malassimi-lation and malnutrition ...
-A Change for the Better
Speaking of typhoid fever, we are glad to say that for this particular form of disease the most advanced medical science has adopted the Nature Cure treatment, ...
-Chapter IX: The Effects Of Suppression Of Venereal Diseases
ANOTHER good illustration of suppression may be found in the allopathic treatment of venereal diseases. Almost invariably the drug treatment suppresses these ...
-The Wasserman and Noguchi Tests
Medical men may say to the foregoing that the Wasserman and Noguchi tests furnish positive proofs of syphilis in the system. These chemical tests are supposed ...
-The Destructive After-Effects of Mercury
Concerning the destructive after-effects of mercury, of which homeopaths have made a most careful study, Professor Farrington says, on pages 558-559 of the ...
-Chapter X: Suppressive Surgical Treatment of Tonsillitis and Enlarged Adenoids
The following paragraphs are taken from an article in the Nature Cure Magazine May, 1909, titled Surgery for Tonsillitis and Adenoids. They will throw further ...
-Chapter XI: Cancer
Let us see how our theories of the Unity of Disease and Cure apply to cancer, the much-dreaded and rapidly increasing disease which is considered absolutely ...
-Cancer Not a Local, But a Constitutional Disease
For many years I have been teaching in my lectures and writings as well as in private advice to patients that cancer is a constitutional disease; that it is ...
-Cancer Not a Local, But a Constitutional Disease. Part 2
But, it will be said, meat eating alone does not account for cancer, because vegetarians also succumb to the disease. This is true. Alkaloids of putrefaction ...
-Chapter XII: Women's Suffering
Certain ailments peculiar to the female organism have become almost universal among civilized races. Probably the majority of surgical operations are performed ...
-Chapter XII: Women's Suffering. Part 2
Suppressing inflammation of the genital organs by poisonous antiseptics, sprays, tampons or other local applications only tends to aggravate the chronic ...
-The Climacteric or Change of Life
Under our artificial methods of living, the climacteric or change of life, has become the bugbear of womanhood. It seems to be universally assumed that this ...
-How Can the Ailments of the Climacteric Be Avoided or Cured?
Is it not self-evident that the easiest way to sidestep the troubles incident to this critical period and to reestablish the perfect equilibrium of the ...
-Chapter XIII: The Treatment of Acute Diseases by Natural Methods
In the preceding chapters we have described the results of the wrong, that is, suppressive treatment of acute diseases. We shall now proceed to describe the ...
-The Natural Remedies
The most important ones of these natural remedies can be had free of cost in any home. They are: air, fasting or eliminative diets, water, and the right mental ...
-The Fresh-Air Treatment
A plentiful supply of pure fresh air is of vital importance at any time. We can live without food for several weeks and without water for several days, but we ...
-"Natural Diet" in Acute Diseases
From the appearance of the first suspicious symptoms until the fever has abated and there is a hearty, natural hunger, feeding should be reduced to a minimum ...
-Fasting
Total abstinence from food during acute febrile conditions is of primary importance. In certain diseases which will be mentioned later on, especially those ...
-Hydropathic Treatment in Acute Diseases
We claim that in acute diseases hydropathic treatment will accomplish all the benefcial effects which the Old School practitioners ascribe to drugs, and that ...
-Baths and Ablutions
Cooling sprays or, if the patient is too weak to leave the bed, cold sponge baths or ablutions, repeated whenever the temperature rises, are very effective for ...
-Hot-Water Applications Are Injurious
Altogether wrong is the application of hot water to seats of inflammation as, for instance, the inflamed appendix or ovaries, sprains, bruises, etc. Almost in ...
-The Whole-Body Pack
The whole-body pack is most effective if by means of it the patient can be brought into a state of copious perspiration. The pack is then removed and the ...
-The Bed-Sweat Bath
If the patient does not react to the pack, that is, if he remains cold, or if, as is sometimes the case in malaria, the fever is accompanied by chills or if ...
-Local Compresses
In case of local inflammation, as in appendicitis, ovaritis, colitis, etc., separate cooling compresses may be slipped under the pack and over the seat of ...
-Enemas
While ordinarily we do not favor the giving of injections or enemas unless they are absolutely necessary, we apply them freely in feverish diseases in order to ...
-Just How the Cold Packs Produce Their Wonderful Results
(1) How Cold Packs Promote Heat Radiation Many people are under the impression that the packs reduce the fever temperature so quickly because they are put on ...
-(2) How Cold Packs Relieve Inner Congestion
In all inflammatory febrile diseases the blood is congested in the inflamed parts and organs. This produces the four cardinal symptoms of inflammation: redness, ...
-(3) How Cold Packs Promote Elimination
By far the largest number of deaths in febrile diseases result from the accumulation in the system of poisonous substances, which paralyze or destroy vital ...
-The Electromagnetic Effect of Cold Water Applications
One of the most important, but least understood, effects of hydropathic treatment is its influence upon the electromagnetic energies in the human body. At ...
-Increase of Oxygen and Ozone
The liberation of electromagnetic currents through cold-water applications has other very important effects upon the system besides that of stimulation.
-The Importance of Right Mental and Emotional Attitude in Acute Disease
We have learned that in the processes of inflammation a battle is going on between the healing forces of the body, the phagocytes and natural antitoxins on the ...
-The Importance of Right Mental and Emotional Attitude on the Part of Friends and Relatives
What has just been said about the patient is true also of his friends and relatives. Disease is negative. The sick person is exceedingly sensitive to his ...
-Summary: Natural Methods in the Treatment of Acute Disease
I. Fresh Air A plentiful supply of pure air in the sickroom. Frequent exposure of the nude body to air and sun light. Patient must not be kept too warm. II.
-Chapter XIV: The True Scope of Medicine
Anyone able to read the signs of the times cannot help observing the powerful influence which the Nature Cure philosophy is already exerting upon the trend of ...
-Chapter XIV: The True Scope of Medicine. Part 2
With regard to the origin of the modern treatment of typhoid fever, however, the learned doctor is either misinformed or he misrepresents the facts. The credit ...
-The Position of "Nature Cure" Regarding Medicinal Remedies
We do condemn the use of drugs insofar as they are poisonous and destructive and insofar as they suppress acute diseases or healing crises, which are Nature's ...
-Inorganic Minerals and Mineral Poisons
For many years past, physicians of the different schools of medicine, diet experts and food chemists have been divided on the question whether or not mineral ...
-Inorganic Minerals and Mineral Poisons. Part 2
This might explain why salt is the only inorganic mineral substance which is extensively used as food by humanity in general. Also animals who, guided by their ...
-The Importance of Natural Diet
While certain medicinal remedies in organic form may be very useful in supplying quickly a deficiency of mineral elements in the system, we should aim to keep ...
-Chapter XV: Homeopathy
When we recommend the use of homeopathic remedies, the medical nihilist says: Don't talk homeopathy to me! I didn't come to you for drugs; I have had enough of ...
-Are High-Potency Doses Effective?
The question now arises: How large or how small must the dose be in order to affect the minute cells? In the administration of medicines, the size of the dose ...
-The Personal Responsibility of the Cell
The cell resembles Man not only in physical and physiological aspects, but also in regard to the moral law. Elimination must commence in the cell and by virtue ...
-The Efficacy of Small Doses
The late revelations of chemistry, Roentgen rays, x-rays, radio-activity of metals, etc., throw an interesting light upon the seemingly infinite divisibility ...
-Homeopathy and the Law of Dual Effect
I have formulated the Law of Action and Reaction in its application to the treatment of diseases as follows: Every agent affecting the human organism has two ...
-Homeopathy and the Law of Crises
Therefore, if the remedy be well chosen in accord with the Law of similia similibus curantur, the first homeopathic aggravation, which corresponds to the ...
-The Economics of Homeopathy
The Law of like cures like is of great practical importance from another point of view, namely, that of economics. The best engineer is the one who ...
-Homeopathy, a Complement of Nature Cure
Having proved the accuracy of Hahnemann's Law of similia similibus curantur, and having occasion daily to observe its practical results in the treatment of ...
-Chapter XVI: The Diphtheria Antitoxin
IN this country the antitoxin treatment for diplitheria is still in high favor, while in Germany, where it originated, many of the best medical authorities are ...
-The Diphtheria Antitoxin. Part 2
Not long thereafter the doctor's cook was suddenly taken ill with severe pains in the throat and sent to the hospital. It was thought to be a case of ...
-A Reply to My Critics
My discussions of the germ-theory of disease and of the vaccine, serum, and antitoxin treatment in a series of articles entitled: Harmonies of the Physical and ...
-Nature Cure in Germany
That it is possible to cure all kinds of serious acute diseases by drugless methods of healing, has been proved by the Nature Cure practitioners in Germany, ...
-Nature Cure in America
During the last ten years, I have treated and cured all kinds of serious acute diseases without resorting to allopathic drugs. In a very extensive practice, I ...
-Chapter XVII: Vaccination
The pernicious aftereffects of vaccination upon the system are similar to those of the various serum and antitoxin treatments. Jenner, an English barber and ...
-Vaccination. Part 2
Realizing this to be a fact, most of the German governments have modified or entirely relinquished their compulsory vaccination laws. But, our opponents insist, ...
-The Serum, Antitoxin And Vaccine Treatment: Looking Forward
At present the trend of allopathic medical science is undoubtedly toward the serum, antitoxin and vaccine treatment. Practically all medical research tends ...
-Chapter XVIII: Surgery
The discoverers of anesthetics are classed among the greatest benefactors of humanity, because it is believed that ether, chloroform, cocaine and similar nerve- ...
-Destruction or Cure -- Which Is Better?
But, the surgeon says, we do not remove organs from the body unless they have become useless. However, this claim is not borne out by actual facts. During the ...
-The Human Body Is a Unit
We are realizing more and more that the human body is a homogeneous and harmonious whole, and that we cannot injure one part of it without damaging other parts ...
-Chapter XIX: Chronic Diseases
The Old School of medical science defines acute diseases as those which run a brief and more or less violent course and chronic diseases as those which run a ...
-The Cell
Let us now study the actual condition of the cells, tissues and organs of the body in chronic disease. We know that the human body is made up of billions of ...
-The Life of the Cell
Every individual cell must be supplied with food and with oxygen. These it receives from the red arterial blood. The cells must also be provided with an outlet ...
-The Life of the Cell. Part 2
What can we do to help them? We must endeavor in the flrst place to furnish the cells with the right nourishment. We must abstain from everything that may be ...
-Chapter XX: Crises
Crisis in the ordinary sense of the word means change, either for better or for worse. In its relation to medicine, the term crisis has been defined as a ...
-Healing Crises
In Chapter Two Catechism of Nature Cure, we defined healing crises as follows: A healing crisis is an acute reaction, resulting from the ascendancy of Nature's ...
-Healing Crises, When Properly Conducted, Are Never Fatal to Life
When well assisted by the right, natural methods of living and of treatment, healing crises are never dangerous or fatal to life. The only danger lies in ...
-Drugs Versus Healing Crises
Our explanations of the natural laws of cure and of natural therapeutics are often greeted by Old School physicians and students with remarks like the ...
-The Lasting Effects of Artificial Purging
In accordance with the Law of Action and Reaction, action and reaction are equal and opposite; the temporary irritation and overstimulation of the sensitive ...
-Do We Never Fail?
Certainly we fail, but our failures are usually due to the fact that sick people, as a rule, do not consider Nature Cure except as a last resort. The methods ...
-The Law of Crises
Everywhere in nature and in the world of men we find the Law of Crises in evidence. This proves it to be a universal law, ruling all cosmic relations and ...
-Chapter XXI: Periodicity
In many forms of acute disease, crises develop with marked regularity and in well-defined periodicity. This phenomenon has been observed and described by many ...
-The Law of Sevens
In accordance with the Law of Periodicity, the sixth period in any seven periods is marked by reactions, changes, revolutions or crises. It is, therefore, ...
-The Law of Sevens Applied to Individual Life
Applied to the life of the individual, the Law of Periodicity manifests itself as follows: Human life on the earth plane is divided into periods of seven years.
-The Law of Sevens in Febrile Diseases
If we apply the Laws of Periodicity to the course of acute febrile or inflammatory diseases, we find that the sixth day from the beginning of the first well- ...
-The Law of Sevens in Chronic Diseases
Applied to the cure of chronic diseases under the influence of natural methods of living and of treatment, the Laws of Crises and of Periodicity manifest as ...
-The Same Old Aches and Pains
Frequently we hear from a patient in the throes of crises: These are the same old aches and pains that I had before. It is exactly the same trouble I have been ...
-Our Greatest Difficulty
The greatest difficulty in our work lies in conducting our patients safely through the stormy crises periods. The first, preliminary improvement is often so ...
-Chapter XXII: What About The "Chronic"?
It Takes So Long Yes, Nature Cure is all right, but it takes so long. Now and then we hear this or a similar remark. Our answer is: No, it does not take long.
-Afraid of Cold Water
The most-dreaded terror on the threshold seems to be cold water. Undoubtedly, it has kept away thousands from Nature Cure and thereby from the only possible ...
-Business Versus Cure
From a business point of view it would, perhaps, be better to omit the cold water altogether. It would certainly be much less trouble; but then, the rugged ...
-Pull the Roots
Cutting off their heads does not kill the weeds. The first sign of improvement in the treatment of a chronic disease does not mean a cure. Diagnosis from the ...
-Is the Chronic Patient to Be Left to His Fate
Because Allopathy Says He Is Incurable?
Frequently we have been severely criticised by our friends, our coworkers or our patients for accepting certain seemingly hopeless chronic cases. They exclaim: ...
-Why Nature Cure Achieves Results
Nature Cure achieves results in the treatment of chronic diseases because its theories and practices are entirely opposite to those just described. However, ...
-Chapter XXIII: The Treatment of Chronic Diseases
Let us now consider the best methods for producing the healing crises referred to in the preceding chapters, that is, the best methods for treating the chronic ...
-The Natural Methods of Treatment
Natural methods of treatment may be divided into two groups: Those which the patient can apply himself, provided he has been properly instructed in their ...
-Diagnosis
Correct diagnosis is the first essential to rational treatment. Every honest physician admits that the Old School methods of diagnosis are, to say the least, ...
-The Story of a Great Discovery
Dr. Von Peckzely, of Budapest, Hungary, discovered Nature's records in the eye, quite by accident, when a boy ten years of age. Playing one day in the garden ...
-Chapter XXIV: Vitality
In Chapter Four, we named, as the first of the primary causes of disease, lowered vitality. What can we do to increase vitality? Old School physicians and ...
-Stimulation by Paralysis
This heading may seem paradoxical, but it is borne out by fact. Stimulants are poison to the system. Few people realize that their exhilarating and apparently ...
-Stimulation by Paralysis. Part 2
But this means drawing upon the reserve supplies of nerve fats and of the vital energy stored in them, which Nature wants to save for extraordinary demands ...
-The Effects of Stimulants upon the Mind
The mental and emotional exhilaration accompanying the indulgence in alcohol or other poisonous stimulants is produced in a similar manner as the apparent ...
-Hypnotism and Obsession
Again, we find the seeming paradox of stimulation by paralysis exemplified in the phenomena of hypnotism and obsession. The abnormally exaggerated sensation, ...
-Chapter XXV: Natural Dietetics
The chemical composition of blood and lymph depends upon the chemical composition of food and drink, and upon the normal or abnormal condition of the digestive ...
-Natural Foods
In the following I shall give the outline a natural diet regimen which has been found by experience to meet all requirements of the healthy organism, even when ...
-Natural Foods. Part 2
Also do not use coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or stimulants of any kind. Good foods are: Dairy Products: milk, buttermilk, skimmed milk, cream, ...
-Vegetables
Leguminous Vegetables, such as peas, beans and lentils in the ripened state are richer in protein than meat (25 percent), and besides they contain a large ...
-Cooking of Vegetables
While most vegetables are not improved by cooking, we do not mean that they should never be cooked. Many diet reformers go to extremes when they claim that all ...
-Fruits and Berries
Next to the leafy vegetables, fruits and berries are the most valuable foods of the organic minerals group. Lemons, grapefruit, oranges, apples are especially ...
-Cooking of Fruits
It is better to cook apples, cranberries, rhubarb, strawberries, and all other acid fruits without sugar until soft, and to add the sugar afterward. Much less ...
-Mixing Fruits and Vegetables
Many people, when they first sit down to our table, are horrified to see how we mix fruits and vegetables in the same meal. They have been taught that it is a ...
-Mixing Starches and Acid Fruits
Occasionally we find that one or another of our patients cannot eat starchy foods and acid fruits at the same meal without experiencing digestive disturbances.
-A Word About the Milk Diet
When we explain that the natural diet is based upon the chemical composition of milk because milk is the only perfect natural food combination in existence, ...
-Drinks
It has been stated before that coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages should be avoided. Instead of the customary coffee, tea or cocoa, delicious drinks, which ...
-Chapter XXVI: Acid Diseases
The origin, progressive development and cure of acid diseases are very much the same whether they manifest as rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, stones (calculi), ...
-How Uric Acid Is Precipitated
The alkaline blood takes up the uric acid, dissolves it and holds it in solution in the circulation until it is carried to the organs of depuration and ...
-How Uric Acid Is Precipitated. Part 2
Every time this precipitation of uric acid from the circulation is repeated, some of the morbid materials remain and accumulate in different parts and organs.
-Chapter XXVII: Fasting
Next in importance to building up the blood on a natural basis is the elimination of waste, morbid matter and poisons from the system. This depends to a large ...
-When Fasting Is Indicated
Persons of sanguine, vital temperament, with the animal qualities strongly developed, enslaved by bad habits and evil passions, will be greatly benefited by ...
-How to Take an Occasional Therapeutic Fast
Before, during and after a therapeutic fast, everything must be done to keep elimination active, in order to prevent the reabsorption of the toxins that are ...
-Fasting in Chronic Diseases
At all times some of our patients can be found fasting; but they do not begin until the right physiological and psychological moment has arrived, until the ...
-Chapter XXVIII: Hydrotherapy Treatment of Chronic Disease
While in our treatment of acute diseases we use wet packs and cold ablutions to promote the radiation of heat and thereby to reduce the fever temperature, our ...
-The Good Effects of Cold-Water Applications
(1) Stimulation of the Circulation. As before stated, cold water applied to the surface of the body arouses and stimulates the circulation all over the system.
-Why We Favor Cold Water
In the treatment of chronic diseases some advocates of natural methods of healing still favor warm or hot applications in the form of hot-water baths, ...
-The Danger of Prolonged or Excessively Cold Applications
As we have pointed out in the chapter dealing with water treatment in acute diseases, only water at ordinary temperature, as it comes from well or faucet, ...
-How to Keep the Feet Warm
The proverb says: Keep the head cool and the feet warm. This is good advice, but most people attempt to follow it by doctoring their cold feet with hot-water ...
-How to Keep the Feet Warm. Part 2
(11) The Morning Cold Rub The essentials for a cold rub, and in fact for every cold-water treatment, are warmth of the body before the application, coolness of ...
-How to Keep the Feet Warm. Part 3
(13) The Head Bath Loss or discoloration of the hair is generally due to the lack of hair-building elements in the blood or to sluggish circulation in the ...
-Chapter XXIX: Air and Light Baths
Even among the adherents of Nature Cure there are those who think that air and light baths should be taken out of doors in warm weather only and in winter time ...
-What Is the Cause of Poor Skin Action?
Man is naturally an air animal. He breathes with the pores of the skin as well as with the lungs. However, the custom of hiding the body under dense, heavy ...
-The Importance of the Skin as an Organ of Elimination
Of late physiologists have claimed that the skin is not of great importance as an organ of elimination. Common experience and the Diagnosis from the Eye teach ...
-When Air Baths Should Be Taken
On awakening in the morning and several times during the day, if circumstances permit, expose your nude body to the invigorating influence of the open air and ...
-Where Air Baths Should Be Taken
If at all possible, air baths should be taken out of doors. Every house should have facilities for air and sun baths, that is, an enclosure where the nude body ...
-How Air Baths Should Be Taken
At first expose the nude body to cool air only for short periods at a time, until the skin becomes inured to it. Likewise, unless you are well used to the sun, ...
-The Friction Bath
While taking the air bath, the skin may be rubbed or brushed with a rough towel or a flesh brush in order to remove the excretions and the atrophied cuticle.
-Chapter XXX: Correct Breathing
The lungs are to the body what the bellows are to the fires of the forge. The more regularly and vigorously the air is forced through the bellows and through ...
-The Process of Breathing
With every inhalation, air is sucked in through the windpipe or trachea, which terminates in two tubes called bronchi, one leading to the right lung, one to ...
-Bad Effects of Shallow Breathing
Very few people breathe correctly. Some, especially women, with tight skirtbands and corsets pressing on their vital organs, use only the upper part of their ...
-Breathing Exercises: General Directions
The effectiveness of breathing exercises and of all other kinds of corrective movements depends upon the mental attitude during the time of practice. Each ...
-Breathing Exercises: The Proper Standing Position
Of great importance is the position assumed habitually by the body while standing and walking. Carelessness in this respect is not only unpleasant to the ...
-Diaphragmatic Breathing
The diaphragm is a large, flat muscle, resembling a saucer, which forms the division between the chest cavity and the abdominal cavity. By downward expansion ...
-Breathing Exercises to Be Taken in Bed
(13) With hands at side, inhale slowly and deeply, as directed in Exercise Number (1), filling and emptying the lungs as much as possible, but without ...
-Rhythmical Breathing
It is a fact not generally known to us western people (our attention had to be called to it by the Wise Men of the East ), that in normal, rhythmical breathing ...
-The Alternate Breath
Exhale thoroughly, then close the right nostril and inhale through the left. After a slight pause change the position of the fingers and expel the breath ...
-Alternate Breathing Exercises Warning
While the alternate breathing exercises are very valuable for overcoming obstructions in the air passages, for establishing the habit of rhythmic breathing and ...
-Chapter XXXI: Physical Exercise
Aside from breathing, gymnastics in general--or in the case of illness or deformity, special corrective and curative exercises--should be taken every day.
-Physical Exercise: General Rules
Weak persons and those suffering from malignant diseases, such as cancer, tuberculosis, heart trouble, asthma, or from displacements and ruptures, or who are ...
-Corrective Gymnastics
(1) Raise the arms forward (at the same time beginning to inhale), upward above the head, and backward as far as possible, bending back the head and inhaling ...
-Supplementary Physical Exercises
(9) Stride-stand position (feet about one-half yard apart). Raise the arms sideways until even with the shoulders, then, without bending the back, rotate the ...
-Special Exercises for Reducing Flesh and Strengthening the Abdominal Organs
(21) Lie flat on stomach, heels and toes together, hands stretched out in front. Fling head and arms upward, at the same time raising the legs, knees straight.
-Physical Exercises for Invalids
Persons who are very weak and unable to be on their feet for any length of time need not, for this reason, forego the benefits to be derived from systematic ...
-Chapter XXXII: Manipulative Treatment: Massage
Massage has very much the same effects upon the system as the cold-water treatment. It accelerates the circulation, draws the blood into the surface, relaxes ...
-Magnetic Treatment
The beneficial effect of magnetic treatment is not so much due to the actual transmission of vital force from operator to patient as to the arousing and ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: History
In many European countries bonesetters have, in a crude way, been treating strains and sprains of the spinal column since time immemorial. These bonesetters ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: Osteopathy
The autobiography of Dr. A. T. Still contains the following interesting statement: In the year 1874 I proclaimed that a disturbed artery marked the beginning ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: Chiropractic
In 1895, Dr. D. D. Palmer put forth the following claims as to the cause and cure of diseases: Sprains of the spine result in partial displacement of one or ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: Naprapathy
The connective tissue doctrine of disease was first proclaimed by Dr. Oakley Smith in 1907. It may be briefly stated as follows: A vertebra does not become ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: Neuropathy
This system of manipulative treatment was originated in 1899 by Drs. John Arnold and Harry Walter of Philadelphia. Their claims may be briefly stated as ...
-Spinal Manipulation and Adjustment: Neurotherapy
While the exponents of the above systems of spinal manipulation differ widely in their theories as to the cause of disease and the means of removing such ...
-The Relation of Neurotherapy to Other Manipulative Systems
Osteopathy, chiropractic, naprapathy, neurotherapy and spondylotherapy, as we have learned, are various systems of maipulative treatment which have been ...
-The Fundamental Difference Between Neuratherapy and Other Manipulative Systems
The following paragraphs will explain the fundamental difference between neurotherapy and the older systems of manipulative treatment. The older systems, the ...
-Chapter XXXIII: Legitimate Scope and Natural Limitations of Mental and Metaphysical Healing
During the last generation people have perceived more or less clearly the fallacies of Old School medicine and surgery. They have grown more and more ...
-Self-Control, the Whole Law
Obedience to all laws on all planes of being depends primarily on self-control. Self-control is, therefore, in a sense, the whole law, for man cannot break any ...
-What about the "Cures"?
As in medicine, so also in metaphysical healing, men judge by superficial results, not by the real underlying causes. The usual answer to any criticism of ...
-Healers Work with Laws that They Do Not Understand
In our critical analysis of Old School methods we found that by far the greater part of all chronic ailments is due to drugging and to surgery. People commence ...
-"Faith Without Works" Is Dangerous
To believe that God or Nature will overcome the natural effects of our ignorance, laziness and viciousness by wonders, signs and metaphysics, or to deny the ...
-Chapter XXXIV: The Difference Between Functional and Organic Disease
Much confusion concerning the curability of chronic diseases by the various methods of treatment arises because people do not understand the difference between ...
-The Limitations of Metaphysical Healing
In the writings of metaphysical healers we often meet the assertion that they can cure organic diseases as easily and quickly as functional ailments. If they ...
-Chapter XXXV: The Two-fold Attitude of Mind and Soul
The following is an extract from a letter sent to me by a reader of my articles in The Nature Cure Magazine. Sometimes you say we must rely on our own personal ...
-Chapter XXXVI: The Symphony of Life
Human life appears to me as a great orchestra in which we are the players. The great composition to be performed is the Symphony of Life, its infinitude of ...
-Chapter XXXVII: The Three-fold Constitution of Man
The following diagram and accompanying explanations will serve to illustrate Three Planes of Being, the corresponding Three-fold Constitution of man, and their ...
-The Unity and Continuity of the Law
That which we call God, Nature, the Creator or the Universal Intelligence is the great central cause of all things and the vibratory activities produced by or ...
-Chapter XXXVIII: Mental Therapeutics
The new psychology and the science of mental and spiritual healing teach us that the lower principles in Man stand or should stand under the dominion of the ...
-Positive Affirmations
This explains why affirmations of health are justified in the face of disease. The health conditions must be first established in the mind before they can be ...
-Chapter XXXIX: How Shall We Pray?
SHALL we say: Father, give me this Father, do for me that! ? Or shall we say: Behold, I am perfect! Imperfection, sin and suffering are only errors of mortal ...
-The Right Way to Pray
After all, the only true prayer is personal effort and self-help. This does not mean that we should not invoke the help of the Higher Powers, of those who have ...
-Chapter XL: Scientific Relaxation and Normal Suggestion
Under the strain of work-a-day hurry and worry, your nerve vibrations are apt to become more and more intense and excited. They run away with you until, as the ...
-Relaxation while Working
At first glance this expression may seem paradoxical, but experience will teach that it is not only possible, but absolutely necessary that we perform our work ...
-Relaxation while Sitting
Sit upright in a comfortable chair without strain or tension, spine and head erect, the legs forming right angles with the thighs (the chair should be neither ...
-Relaxation Before Going to Sleep
When ready to go to sleep, lie flat on your back, so that as nearly as possible every part of the spine touches the bed, extend the arms along the sides of the ...
-Chapter XLI: Conclusion
Our critics say: If Nature Cure is all that you claim for it, why is it not more generally accepted by the medical profession and the public? The greatest ...
-Strengthening of Will-Power and Self-Control
If I were asked the question: What do you consider the greatest benefit to be derived from the Nature Cure regimen? I should answer: The strengthening of ...







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