What is not generally realized, even among Hygienists, is the rapidity with which the crisis in the drugging business is coming to a climax. To the flood of wonder drugs, their effects in causing a whole catalogue of disastrous side effects, and the contempt the people have brought upon themselves by their past credulity and apathy, we are indebted for the creation of a situation essential for the spread of fear and distrust, even open rebellion, in which the profession of medicine is going to be fatally wounded, if not destroyed. The perfidy of the people has inspired the contempt for them shown in the efforts of the Kefauver committee, the Humphrey committee and the press, to channel and dissipate the popular fear and distrust. These efforts have been, perhaps, more successful than we know; but they have not, thereby, succeeded in destroying the causes of this distrust and fear.

Side effects, iatrogenic diseases and drug-induced deaths may be said to be a kind of catalyst which is reducing the complicated thesis of the healing question to its essence--shall the sick be poisoned? In this combination of pathological phenomena he the potentials of a mass awakening and, provided we Hygienists do our work well and with sufficient energy, a revolution in the world of so-called healing.

The end is, or should be, an eventual non-poisoned world and the present medical system must be destroyed by whatever methods are necessary and effective if the human race is to survive. The administration of poisons, being imminently logical from the viewpoint of the medical man, will not be attacked by him. This attack will have to be mounted and intensified by a growing army of informed Hygienists. Whatever else they were, the pioneer Hygienists should be called moral and physical heroes and we should be willing and ready to receive from them whatever is valid for us today in the light of their struggles and achievements, their errors and victories.

Changing the medical system will not by itself change human behavior. Life in the present jungle has left some corruption on all and time will be required to eradicate every vestige of our unnatural and anti-natural modes of behavior. The Hygienic revolution can produce its own frustrations if those taking part in it forget what their goal is and do not assiduously set about changing themselves.

However limited their long-run effectiveness, those representing the persistent Hygienic strain in America have honored their people by their example of non-cowardice and serious thought about our revolutionary goals. Their example should serve to remind us that one quality is as supremely important today as it was yesterday: to have tested convictions and act upon them without equivocation or compromise.

Why a revolution? Has the world not gotten along very well on the basis on which it is now established? Must we undergo a radical change to enjoy the blessings of health and vigor? Why should we abandon the certainties of the present for something the outcome of which we do not know? Shall we take a chance that it will be better than what we now have? These are not idle questions to those of us who wish to see the insane practices of medicine replaced by a sane Hygienic milieu in which no man or woman would be compelled to live contrary to the laws of being. Then only can the people be led to permit the living organism to do its own healing work.

Questions such as these may also be running through the minds of many people today, as they view with apprehension and alarm the growing evils of drugs. Fearful of the new drugs and realizing that the old ones were abandoned because they were failures, they sense that something in the way of a change is needed; but they are likely to think that, perhaps, some petty reform will make things work. But a better understanding of the functioning and the imperatives of the biological system serves to confirm what ages of experience have already taught us-namely, that no petty reform of the drugging system will suffice.

The fact is that the world has not gotten along well for ages on the present basis. Confining our remarks to medicine, the medical system is but two and a half millenniums old. At its origin, it was a system of mild drugging that, while it restored no health, offered less obstruction to the healing processes that belong to life. Not until after the close of the Dark Ages did the practice of drug medication become popular. From that time to this, it has grown in deadliness--in toxicity. The record of its past is nothing of which any medical man can be justly proud.

Why a revolution? Because the medical system is a false and fatal system. Its foundation is laid in error and its practices are the outgrowths of false conceptions. There are no genuine certainties connected with it, save that of evil. We know that all of its drugs are poisonous; all of its vaccines and serums are hurtful; all of its surgical procedures are damaging; all of its rays and other means of caring for the sick are harmful. It is not a source of health and vigor. No possible reform of such a system can do other than perpetuate a system of error. A real revolution is urgently needed. Reforms are dangerous in that they serve as bait; they serve to lure the people away from basic issues and tempt them to be satisfied with petty reforms.

The Hygienic revolution is a great revolution. It touches more interests than any revolution since the agrarian revolution that occurred before the dawn of history. Think this not an extravagant statement. It is true. The Hygienic revolution combats greater evils, contemplates greater benefits and will result in more ultimate good than any social, political, religious or medical change in the habits, opinions, thoughts and actions of mankind that has come within the knowledge, either by experience or by reading, of my readers.

I fear that few of us look at it in its legitimate bearings. We discern not its destiny. We comprehend not the grand, gradual and mighty changes which it is producing and is yet to produce in the aims and conditions of the family of mankind. If, to the great mass of the population of the world, it is still viewed as a humbug, those who understand it most view it more favorably and expect more of it. But many of these think that it is not much superior as a means of restoring health to drugs and surgery. Others think it preferable to all the medical means, but suppose its value to lie chiefly in its applicability to states of disease.

We must learn to see Hygiene in a much broader light. Its real significance lies not alone in the efficacy with which it enables the body to restore its health, but also in its fitness for use by the body in maintaining the healthy state. It is a program that reaches back to the very roots of being for its sanctions.

We view the progress of Natural Hygiene, with the science and philosophy on which it is founded, as being the necessary foundation of all revolutions and reforms that will truly benefit mankind. The first object of a sick man is health and he can do nothing that is very effective in bettering his condition in other ways until he has freed himself of suffering and weakness. This is equally true with a sick world--its primary need is health. With health will come vigor, clear-sightedness and a capacity for change, for valid reform and revolution.

Give the world health and you provide it with a capacity for every kind of physical, moral, social and economic improvement. When a man has pursued a Hygienic course to the attainment of full health, he finds that his moral ailments have been purged from him. So will it be with the whole world, when the universal adoption of Natural Hygiene has restored man to that pristine soundness and primeval vigor that he knew when the race was young. Hygiene is the best and the only means of renovating society.

The whole secret of the revolution which we are aiding lies precisely in the transition from merely quantitative changes to qualitative ones in the ways of caring for both the well and the sick. It will represent a transition from one phase of body care to another and radically different one. Whoever chooses the path of reform as a substitute for revolution does not choose a peaceful and slower path to the same end, but chooses different ends altogether. For this reason we must vigorously resist all reformist trends and expose all reform movements. We must meet reformism, not merely with the negative principle of anti-reformism, but with positive revolutionary goals and with revolutionary means. We must not be fooled by any opportunistic principle which is false and always leads to failure.

To the accusation that we betray the needs of the present by placing our hope in some far-away revolution, we reply that nothing short of a real revolution will suffice. No petty reform will do more than leave the old system intact and functioning. It will lend it a renewed lease on life, but will not serve the people. Any apparent immediate gain of reform will be wiped out within weeks after it is gained. History records that reforms are highly useful in appeasing discontent, but they add little to the genuine welfare of the people.

The Hygienic movement of the present provides the only center of organized resistance to the theories and practices of the dominant school of medicine. It is the fate of all such movements, no matter in what field, to attract every manner of reformist and opportunist element and if these are not resisted, the movement is inevitably weakened. This calls for a ceaseless stand and struggle against all reformist tendencies. For, all past experience in all fields has shown that, if such resistance is not continued, a revolutionary movement tends to degenerate into a mere party of reform with many romantic ideas, but no fundamental approach to the problems that confront society. Our struggle against reformism must be unremitting. We cannot repudiate the revolutionary principles for which we stand and proclaim mere reformist aims.

We have to contend, not only with the false theories and fatal practices of the medical profession, but with the lingering vestiges of the other schools of medicine, as these are embodied in popular thought. Under such a situation, the possibility of tactical and eventually strategical errors are multiplied many times. If we do not understand the reformist elements that will force their way into our movement and effectively resist these, we will be transformed into a mere collection of antagonistic movements, each trying to save itself by converting the Hygienic movement into an outright reform movement.

The present prospects for a militant Hygiene are far from dark. But we must fully realize that if we are to take every advantage of the opportunities now presented to us, all of us must exert ourselves to our utmost capacities, energies and resources. We cannot, we dare not permit trivia and personalities to dominate our thinking and our acting in this time of crisis. He who thinks that the forces of organized medicine and the drug industry are too strong for us to overcome or who foolishly believes that the physicians themselves will change and do the work for us, is useless and spent. His own folly and inaction doom him and he thereby invites doom for the Hygienic movement, despite all of his protestations of loyalty to the principles and practices of Hygiene.