Health is the greatest wealth, which means that he that has health must cherish it with care, lest he should lose it. To this end he must have adequate knowledge of how to live for health. Unfortunately it happens that most people do not know the value of health until it is lost. Indeed it may be said that the civilised world is learning how to live without health, and in this they are actively encouraged by the medical profession.

It may be useful even at the very commencement of this book to explain that health is not merely the absence of disease, but a positive quality of the living body, of which fitness for one’s work and happiness are distinguishing marks. Indeed as we shall see later, health alone is real as such, and not disease, which is only a symptom of a fall in one’s health-level.

It may also be stated here that the cure of disease is not a distinct science, but just an integral part of this true science of health, which may be called the Life Natural, or Natural Hygiene. That is to say, the cure of disease is here regarded as one of the concomitants of the recovery of lost health, and not something independent of it. Efforts to cure disease, which are not aimed at health-recovery, are therefore quackery, even though practised by "experts"—that is, by men who are licensed by the state. That this is so will appear from the following confession by Sir James Barr, Vice President of the British Medical Association: "The treatment of disease is not a science, not even a refined art, but a thriving industry". And this remains true down to date, as will be seen in due course, and will always be true.

In God’s creation there is a mysterious correlation between ends and means. This means that for achieving any particular end one must employ the appropriate means; otherwise the end that is reached will not be what we desire. That is why it is said that the end does not justify the means. What this means is that improper means must not be employed. This rule applies to the earning of money, as well as to the acquisition of knowledge. All wise and good men have agreed on this principle. For instance, it is wrong to use immoral means for winning knowledge; actually when immoral means are used, the knowledge obtained thereby turns out to be tainted and misleading. Applying this principle to the quest of health, we have to understand that we must proceed in accordance with the teachings of this true science of health, wherein the giver of health is recognised as God. It is for this reason that we designate this science as the divine science of health. UnHygienic means do not bring health, but loss of health.

This true science lays down the laws of living for health, which are the laws of God, and hence cannot be altered by men. Doctors that do not care to know these laws are unworthy of being trusted; the licence to practice medicine, which they hold, has no validity. Patients relying on such doctors not only do not achieve health, they also lose whatever health they have. The practice of medicine, especially as it now obtains, is not only useless for preserving health but actually injurious to health and dangerous to life.

Due to ignorance the average man takes his health for granted; that is, he assumes that for him health is an inexhaustible possession, which will not be lost by any amount of self-indulgence, in violation of the laws of Hygiene. He has also an inexhaustible faith in the ability of medicos to restore him to health as often as he loses it. Actually, because these men do not employ Hygienic means, they confer only a semblance of health, true health cannot be won through their ministrations, because the means used by them are wholly unHygienic.

The final effect of medical ministrations is to land the patient in the third and last stage of disease, in which the bodily substances—blood, flesh, nerves, and the organs—become degenerate; from this state of degeneracy arise diseases affecting the heart, lungs, or brain, or the body as a whole; the much dreaded cancer is just one of these.

Medicos call these by the name "degenerative" diseases, which is misleading. This phrase suggests that these diseases arise first and that degeneracy of the body-substance comes afterwards as an effect of these diseases. The truth is that the degeneracy comes into existence first and the diseases arise from it as effects of this degeneracy. Very few doctors are aware of this truth. For instance, we may take note of the effort made by Dr A S McNeil to enlighten the members of his profession on this point. In his book, The Cancer Mystery Solved; he showed that "general poisoning" of the body-tissues is the condition in which this disease becomes possible. But all such efforts have proved futile, because these, if successful, would be far from financially profitable. The medicos depend upon an extensive practice in which the most deleterious substances are freely used, both for preventing and for "curing" diseases. Even if the medicos wish to reform their ways, the vested interests who dominate them—the manufacturers of drugs, vaccines, and serums—will not let them.

For this reason there are always quite a large number of medical failures; these are patients who have been reduced to a state of utter hopelessness, being sufferers from doctor-made diseases, mostly chronic, and often of a fatal tendency, for which the medicos have admittedly no cure. A very few of these come to hear and accept the message of hope given by this divine science and are redeemed from their hopeless state and given a new lease of life and health. Many of these redeemed souls become faithful followers of the Life Natural and thus stay cured and enjoy a high degree of positive health for the rest of their lives. Also they are their own doctors. So Nature Cure is the system of last resort.

In brief, the practice of medicine is based on the policy of violence to life and the living body, thus tending towards the ruin of health, while that of Hygiene proceeds on the principle of non-violence, which is in harmony with the laws of health. This means that the two are poles apart—that each is in perfect contrast to the other, and that they would cancel each other if combined.

This contrast can be understood by the following analogy, taken from the universal religion of the Vedantas, which is in harmony with all religions, as well as with true science. All religions alike recognise two distinct stages of human life. In the first stage man relies on himself, or on the skill of professionals, ignoring God, the Indwelling Spirit, to whom he owes all he is and has, his mind, his life, and all else. This is known as the path of Pravritti, which means going away from God, deeper and deeper into worldliness. Because knowledge and skill come from God alone—God, whom he ignores—he becomes more and more ignorant, thinking himself wise all the time, and thereby commits sins, which are mistakes of a serious nature, and finally reaches a state of despair, in which he thinks—mistakenly, of course—of suicide as a means of escape.

By the grace of God a few are diverted from this wrong path to that of return—Nivritti—along which, guided by that same grace, he reaches the true goal of life, which is reintegration with God in his supreme state, wherein he is freed from illusion and misery and becomes a co-sharer in his supreme Bliss. What is commonly called repentance is just this change from this wrong path to the right one.

We may say that the mode of living followed by the average civilised man—who lives recklessly, without caring for the effects of this mode of living upon his health—is like the path of Pravritti—going away from God—while the path of Hygiene, followed by the fortunate few mentioned above, is like that of Nivritti, whereby the goal of life is reached.

In worldliness a series of problems is apparently solved, but rise is given to new problems. But in this goal, which is deliverance, all problems are simultaneously solved and hence there is an end of all problems. In the same way, under medical care, a series of diseases are gone through, each being apparently cured, but only giving rise to new ones, so that there is no end to the problems of health, except by death or renunciation of the faith in medicos. But in the Life Natural there is a final and perfect solution of the main problem, the health-problem, which means that the disease-problem also is at an end.

In this context we may take note of an admission by Dr Sir William Osler—quoted by NCP in the Health For All for August–September 1959: "The patient has to recover twice, once from disease, and once from the remedy." The reason is obvious; the remedy employed is always a poison, which generates a new disease, a worse one.

That remedial cures are not real cures is implied in the statement by Sir James Barr, quoted before. That statement means that medicine is just quackery. There are a number of other pronouncements made by other wise and honest men, some of whom will be cited later. Real—that is, radical—cure can come only by the removal of the cause; this cause is the sum total of past unHygienic conduct, and the persistence in it. Therefore, to escape from the cumulative effects of proceeding on the wrong path, the patient must cease living unHygienically and begin to live in the right way, thereby making amends for his past sins. These ill-effects cannot be evaded otherwise. Continuing to rely on doctors is therefore a suicidal policy. That way the cause is never removed, as is seen from the following pronouncement by Dr Weir-Mitchell: "Back of disease lies a cause, and that cause, no drug can reach." Drugs, vaccines, and serums do not remove the cause of disease, they only aggravate the ill-health there is, and thus sow the seeds of more and worse diseases.

That drugs and other medical agents are inimical to health is evident from the fact that all of them are poisons which violently interfere with life-processes, and build up worse diseases. This is corroborated by Dr Alonzo Clark, MD, in this sentence: "All our curative agents are poisons and as a consequence every dose diminishes the patient’s vitality."

Diseases should be viewed as punishments for Hygienic sins. Persisting in this sinful way of life can only perpetuate ill-health, and make it more serious. This can be prevented only by reforming one’s way of life; there is no other way. It will later be shown that many of these diseases are also capable of serving as stepping stones to better health, if they be got through Hygienically. But in the medical way this is impossible. The diseases are not radically cured, but driven in; this driving in of diseases is called "suppression". Suppressed disease is latent disease, which causes a diminution of health. Repeated suppressions bring about in the end a great fall in health and a predisposition to very serious chronic diseases, which are medically intractable, so that only "symptomatic" treatment is possible and is given. But these treatments also involve the free use of poisons. Ultimately it takes the patient far, far away from health and probably lands him in one or more of the diseases of degeneracy.

by K. Lakshmana Sarma

Extracted from: Sarma, K Lakshmana. 1984. Practical Nature Cure. Pudukottai, India: The Nature Cure Publishing House.