Hygienic means health preserving. Practically, it implies the observance of the laws of life. It pertains to the integrity of everything that lives. It applies to the vegetable and animal kingdoms as much as to the human realm. Every form of life has its appropriate Hygiene. As there in a basic oneness of life, human Hygiene, animal Hygiene and plant Hygiene, despite their obvious variations, are basically one. This is the reason we said earlier in this chapter that a valid system of Hygiene will be universally applicable.

The recuperative agencies and influences of nature with which living organisms are surrounded, both in woods, fields, gardens and public parks, are such as have a normal or physiological relationship to the living organism, such as the virtue hidden in pure air, the wholesome substances contained in foods, the great value of sunshine and warmth, the beneficent effects of pure, cool water, both as drink and as bath, the vital value of the many and varied forms of physical exercise, the open window that transforms the chamber of sickness into the cheerful abode of health, rest and sleep that restore fagging energies, the judicious use of fruits, the natural food of man, and last but not least, as it occupies a most exalted place in the essential factors of healthy and healthful existence, the potent influences of the emotions upon the body--both in health and in disease, are needs common to all forms of life. We propose no "faith cure," but would emphasize that the mind has more to do with the condition of the body and recovery from a state of disease than many have any idea or are willing to allow.

Why not include the giver of drugs among our arrangements for health? Because he has nothing to do with the human organization while under the conditions of health, but only while in a state of disease, and then only to further outrage the laws of life by administering the foes of life and health. In the words of Trall: "We repudiate all the teachings of all the drug schools in the world, so far as principles are concerned." Our system of Hygiene "has its principles in the laws of nature themselves."

It is logical to assume that in a primitive and natural state of society, normal intuition (instinct) would control the activities of the organism of man, as it does of other animals, and that good health would predominate. Is it heresy to say that man is fully endowed in the germ to carry on the functions of living without the benefit of "pedagogic warrants," that he is possessed of an inherent, though now well suppressed, knowledge of life? It is through the means of the senses and the instinctive demands of the organism that those means that pertain to organic life and development are distinguished by man.

Man possesses animal appetites which he inherited along with his structure as integral parts of his organism. By this is meant that he possesses desires for food, water, activity, rest, sleep, the urge to reproduce himself, the urge to defend himself from danger or to flee from it, etc. It is not necessary that we assume that these appetites are inherited tendencies from some ape-like ancestor. They are part of man as they are part of all other animals, because man has the same need for them. They are expressions of the inner needs of man himself. We talk of how close to the surface are man's "animal appetites," always with the connotation that there is essentially something base with these appetites. Never was a greater mistake made.

Natural Hygiene (no other hygiene is valid) must comprehend the whole man in all of his relations of body and mind and in all his relations to his environment. Hygiene is a plan of living that is adapted to human beings and not to spiritual creatures. It is adapted to supply the physiological needs of a living organism, not one that fills the organism with exotic and adventitious materials of a deleterious character. The Hygienic System is based squarely upon the ascertained facts and principles of physiology and biology. What is urgently required today is a revolutionary new orientation of biology. It is an unfortunate fact that biologists and physiologists conceive it to be their duty to supply a basis for the drugging practice and not to supply valid principles for a way of life.

Of all animals man should be the healthiest, for he has it within his power to control the elements of his environment in his own interest and to provide himself with all the elements of a healthy existence. He has the intelligence required to investigate and understand his elemental needs and to apply these under all the varying circumstances and conditions of life. His resources are never as limited as are those of the lower animals.

An analysis of hygiene, as it is understood and practiced by man of today, reveals it to be very inadequate and filled with elements that are far from natural. If we think only of the food factor in the plan of conventional hygiene, we are confronted with a food supply that violates the very cardinal principles of good nutrition. Yet, the conventional authorities in medicine and in the field of accepted hygiene accept and approve this processed and refined diet, together with condiments and additives, and also accept and approve what they call "moderation" in tea and coffee, tobacco, alcohol, poisoned soft drinks, etc. This is the reason it became necessary to supplement the term Hygiene with the adjective, Natural, in order to distinguish it from the spurious hygiene taught by medicine.

A rational Hygiene will study and understand exactly and precisely the nature and influences and the uses of air, water, food, sunlight, rest, sleep, activity or exercise, temperature, clothing, housing, noise, the emotions, the sex life, occupations, habits, environment and other factors of living, and apply the knowledge daily, hourly, constantly, acting ever and always in proper relation to the laws of life, to the end that health may be preserved and restored. Hygiene does not pay an exaggerated attention to exercise alone or to diet alone or to sunshine alone or to emotional poise alone or to any other factor alone. A well-rounded, correlated and integrated system which includes all the conditions and materials of healthy life and that excludes all the conditions and materials that are inimical to health is essential, as health must be built and maintained as a unit and must rest upon a total way of life. It is certainly wrong to withhold from the body a full supply of all of its needs in keeping with its capacity to utilize them. Only harm can result from habitual excesses of any kind, such as overeating, overeating on some particular food factor, over activity, sexual excesses, too much water, over sunning and other forms of excess. Health is based on the proper use and not the abuse of the normal factors of life.