It has been made abundantly clear in preceding pages that every drug is a poison and every dose of every drug produces disease. A new drug is simply a new poison and gives rise to a new disease. The production of disease by the prescriptions of physicians is what is meant by iatrogenic disease. It is common today to refer to such diseases as "diseases due to medical progress." They are diseases that the patient would not develop were he not medically treated. This simply means that the physician is a foe of his patient and is engaged in producing disease in him. Many iatrogenic diseases are far worse than the original trouble for which the physician treats the patient. Today a physician may truthfully say to a prospective patient: "I cannot cure your cold, but I can give you hepatitis," or he may say: "I cannot cure your pimples, but I can give you aplastic anemia." Leukemia, cancer, spontaneous breaking of the bones, heart disease, asthma and various other so-called diseases result from the use of drugs.

The production of disease by drugs is no new phenomenon. indeed, this is precisely what they were originally administered for. All so-called medicines, in doses of any size, are poisons. They are used as medicines because they are poisons. Both the allopaths and the homeopaths profess to cure disease by producing disease. To produce disease, whether an opposite or a similar disease, they had to have disease-causing substances--poisons. All of the effects of all of their medicines were symptoms of disease. When a fever patient was treated for a month by a medley of poisons. the perplexities of diagnosis and complication of maladies were enough to confound the profoundest minds in the medical profession of the entire world. It was recognized, in the days of Graham and Trall, by medical authorities that after several doses of any drug had been taken, and more especially after several doses of several drugs had been administered, it was difficult and sometimes quite impossible to discriminate between the symptoms produced by the drugs and those of the disease. This difficulty becomes quite apparent when it is understood that the only distinction between a medicine and its therapeutic effects and a poison and its toxicologic effects is one of quantity. The dose of a drug that will occasion with one patient what they term medicinal action may with another patient or with the same patient at another time occasion what they distinguish as a toxicologic action, while any addition to the medicinal dose of any drug at any time changes the modus operandi to that of a poison. The fact is that drugs have no modus operandi and are poisons in doses of any size.

Physicians spent as much time trying to cure their drug-caused diseases as they did trying to cure the original maladies of their victims. indeed, it was often intimated in medical literature that, after a physician had attended a patient a few days, his principal effort at each succeeding visit was to counteract the effects of remedies prescribed at the preceding visit.

If new symptoms of disease clamour for relief and if a physician is a man of large resources, he will not be in want of a remedy for each symptom as it arises; for, of the thousands of drug combinations and preparations upon the shelves of the drug stores, surely one can be found to meet the needs of each case. Each new remedy creates new symptoms or aggravates old ones till, finally, the powers of the patient become exhausted in the fruitless struggle with drugs. Such a physician, so profound in science, so rich in experience, does not suffer in his practice, for each of his cures creates new need for his services.

It may be received as a truism, that in a nation where there are large numbers of disease-treaters and a large number of hospitals and clinics, there is a sick people. Physicians and hospitals flourish only where sickness abounds. If the people are healthy, the hospitals close and the physicians take in their shingles. Where there is no disease, the disease-treaters cannot exist. Today, we do not propose to educate more physicians, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, create more specialists and build more hospitals in an effort to provide health for the people, but as a means of taking care of an increasing number of sick. Our research is to find more cures, not to find a way to preserve health. Medicine has always and does yet rest upon unproved and undemonstrated suppositions and hypotheses. Anatomy, physiology, chemistry, etc., are, indeed, expanding sciences; but the "application of remedies to cure diseases" has always been and still is an experiment. A full knowledge of the human system, an understanding of the real nature of disease and a recognition of the relations of drugs to the living organism, will rescue man from the impositions and pretenses of the medical system.

If we can rescue mankind from the vile curse of drug taking, if we can make men see and understand that there is no reason, no excuse, no necessity for so great an abuse of their splendid organism, and make them see both the necessity and the reason why drug taking should be discontinued at once and permanently, we will have saved millions from torture and untimely death. Many there are who cannot of themselves discontinue their drugging any more than can the drunkard of himself leave off drink. They experience the same difficulty the tobacco user has in discontinuing his pipe or the chewer his quid. Without realizing it, they are addicts. Their bodily aches and pains and mental tortures all drive them back to the source of their misery for evanescent respite from their so-called (but miscalled) withdrawal symptoms. They are slaves to their drugs; they are bound hand and foot and need the help of a kind and sympathetic, withal skilled hand, in breaking their drug habits and making them free men again. One who knows and understands their sufferings and their anxious desires for relief and who, at the same time, knows what slumbering resources are lying within them, can alone rescue them from their bondage to the physician's poisons.

We believe that all Hygienists, past and present, have agreed that the worst diseases we have to manage, the ones that give the most trouble and offer least hope of full recovery, are the chronic diseases caused by the drugs which physicians employ in curing acute diseases. The early Hygienists thought that it was always unsafe to take a case or to promise anything after the "drug doctors" had had the patient in hand a few days. Thus Susan E. Capen, M.D., a graduate of the College of Hygeo-Therapy, says of a case which she rejected: "She sent for me two days before she died and urged me to take charge of the case. I confess I had not sufficient courage to do so. Her chest and forearms were completely covered with blister sores. Her tongue was black and sore, probably from calomel. She had been charged by her three doctors not to use cold water for bathing and to keep a bottle of hot water constantly at her feet; and when I got there she had two hot stones at her sides, with a burning fever, as you might suppose."