This section of the book is from the "Handbook of Nature Cure Volume One: Nature Cure vs. Medical Science" book, by John L. Fielder.
All too often the great surgeon or physician, and even the general practitioner, vainly imagines that "he" or "she" can cure disease by suppressing symptoms and thwarting Nature’s work. The practitioner of natural methods of treatment, knowing full well their own feebleness within the mighty, all-embracing powers and forces of Nature, bows their head with humility, and says, "Not I, but Nature, cures. All I can do is help Nature do her work by all means within my power." Herein lies the failure of orthodox medicine and the triumph of natural methods of treatment.
One is based on a philosophy which looks upon disease as something which "happens" to man quite by ill luck, accident, or chance; something which enters the body from without—germs or microbes—and has to be fought against and defeated. The other is based upon a philosophy which realises that all disease emanates from within the body, is self-generated as a result of individual mistakes and errors of living, and is Nature’s blind [?] attempt at self-healing. Two completely antithetical and contradictory philosophies of disease!
The one exonerates man from all blame with regard to all the ills that befall them, allowing them to pity themselves as much-injured martyrs, always at the mercy of a wayward and malign Providence, never knowing when they may be attacked by some awful microbe or prowling germ, and by means of outside agents attempts to "cure" them; and the other states definitely and conclusively that man’s ills are in every case the outcome of their own mistakes and misdeeds—"as a man sows, so shall he also reap"—and that only by rectifying these same mistakes will their troubles be finally overcome and a definite cure effected.
The medical profession claims that it can cure disease by means of drugs, surgery, inoculations, etc; Nature Cure says that man must cure themselves of disease, but with the aid of help and advice from those qualified by training and experience to give it!