Chronic sufferers are frequently told that their disease is incurable. For those of us who do not believe that any so-called disease is curable or that there is any such thing as a cure, the whole concept of curability and incurability is wrong. Past experiences have shown that the so-called incurable frequently recover health when they abandon drug treatment and resort to other forms of care. To be assured by one or more scientific physicians that one is hopelessly incurable, to go through a medical clinic and to be informed that there is no cure for your disease, to have the verdict of a consultation of physicians handed to you in a word--incurable, to be treated for years with drugs and surgery and grow progressively worse and then to turn to some form of "quackery" and recover health is to upset one's faith in science.

Medical men, in pronouncing a condition incurable, have only their own experiences in mind. Neither the people nor the physicians have any sort of conception of the health-destroying effects of drugs. Every dose of every drug administered to a patient is not only disease producing in its own right, but it depresses the healing operations that are always going on in the sick organism. When the drugging is discontinued, when the body is relieved of this intolerable burden, it can do for itself much that it fails to do while being poisoned.

The strength of the body's self-healing efforts is graphically illustrated in those many instances in which they succeed in restoring health in spite of the use of drugs. Should we then be surprised that they are frequently successful in more advanced cases, when drugs are abandoned? Incurability is often nothing more than drug poisoning.

All diseases are the results of causes and when these causes persist, the disease persists. When the causes of disease have persisted for a sufficient length of time, the cells and tissues bearing the brunt of the toxic load, being in a state of chronic irritation, give down and degenerate, with the result that organic disease evolves. The line of demarcation between functional and organic disease is not well defined as the first fades insensibly into the other. Functional disease is of a remedial character; organic disease is of a destructive nature.

In chronic disease the first stage is purely functional, entailing only a modification (of a remedial nature) of the work ordinarily done by the part and in no way involving any loss of integrity of the affected tissues; the second stage of chronic disease is one in which the cells composing the affected organs are in a state of degeneration. The practical importance of this differentiation of the two stages resides in the fact that the first stage is remediable if cause is removed; the second stage is often not completely remediable because of irreversible changes in the cells involved. The tragedy of irreversibility lies in the fact that all irreversible pathologies are the culmination of a pathological process that went through a long period of remediability before reaching the irreversible stage. Failure to remove cause during this time permits the evolution of irreversibility.

Fortunately, in the great percentage of cases of chronic disease, no irreversible changes have taken place in the tissues. This means that nearly all chronic diseases may be fully recovered from. There is but one reason why chronic disease is not remedied in every recoverable case: namely, because the cause of the disease is not removed. It does not matter what is done in the way of treatment; recovery cannot occur until cause is removed. When cause is removed, no treatments are needed. Recovery is a spontaneous process.

The pessimism of the medical profession in regard to the so-called incurable diseases lies not only in the fact that they begin their treatment in a stage that is past redemption and ignore the insipient stages, but at the same time they ignore the real causes of the organic decay. The fatal ending of advanced pathology should not be regarded as presaging the victory of pathology over life--of evil over good--when causes are removed at a much earlier stage of the process. The time to remedy so-called incurable diseases is before they have reached the incurable stage. We are daily implored to cure some advanced and hopeless condition, such as cancer, apoplexy, advanced tuberculosis, etc. But nature's laws are inexorable and unalterable and only ignoramuses and imposters pretend to effect restoration to health in spite of these laws. There is a point of no return, a point of irreversibility after which, no matter how ideal the condition supplied for recovery, the movement toward health is feeble and ineffective.

Fortunately, the point of irreversibility is commonly much beyond the point to which medical men apply the label "terminal case." Their classifications are based on the failure of their drugs and have no validity under other and.more rational plans of care. When irremediable structural changes have taken place, function can be restored only to the extent of the limits imposed by the structural damage. The individual so structurally impaired may be properly designated a "physiological cripple" and must be taught to live within his limitations, else will he bring greater trouble upon himself.

Practically every organ in the body is larger and possessed of greater functional capacity than the ordinary activities of life require. This makes it possible for an organ that has undergone irreversible changes, provided only that this has not occurred in too much of the organ to permit of efficient function, to meet the regular needs of the body, provided that the causes of its impairment are removed and its remaining functioning tissue is restored to health. It is due to this reserve power possessed by each organ of the body that the organism is capable of compensating considerable pathology, if impairing influences are removed. In case of injury, if not too much of the organ is destroyed, it will be able to meet the demands of life. An excellent example of this compensating power is the ability of one kidney to do the work of two kidneys if one is destroyed or removed.

In many cases the damage is great enough that the individual is forced to function on a lower physiological level. As a physiological cripple, he gets along well so long as he lives within his much lowered limitations. He is no longer able to behave as a whole man with full functioning capacity. In such cases, as Graham so graphically pictured, the weaker organ must form the standard by which activities are to be gauged, just as the weakest and not the strongest part of a bridge must be employed in determining the load it will sustain.

The great reason why so many die prematurely, even after they adopt, more or less, the Hygienic way of life, is that they are altogether too prodigal of their resources. They are likely to think that because they "live Hygienically," there is no limit to their energies--they can walk unheard of distances, work long hours, do more work than anyone else, get along on insufficient sleep, and not suffer. Some of them work so hard at getting well that they keep themselves enervated.