Hygienists have a great work to do. Before they can teach a genuine science of life, they must first weed from the minds of their students their false medical theories and superstitions. Customs are difficult to break. It is very unpleasant to many people to see long established usages broken and cherished prejudices set at naught, even when a great good is achieved thereby.

Dr. Shelton says that he makes no effort to please third-graders. He thinks that every man who comes in contact with Natural Hygiene in some way should inform himself about the simple facts of life. He states: "If they are so brain lazy that they will not make an effort to inform themselves about the simple facts of life, if they are incapable of thinking, if they refuse to think, if they are so besotted that their minds refuse to function, we cannot reach them with the glorious message of `health by healthful living.'" . . . "Even those patients who, once having been freed of their most annoying symptoms, return, like the dog to his vomit, to their former sensuality and excesses, cannot be saved from the fate they weave for themselves."

I have seen a patient cry as she viewed the menu of a banquet which her husband was attending, even though it was many such banquets which placed her in the serious condition that drove her to the Health School in the first place. Oh, how they hate to give up their disease-producing habits! Many would rather remain ignorant of the laws of life, that they may violate them without compunction.

Not so far off as it may seem, there lies a great battle in which the gathering forces of Hygiene shall meet the forces of medicine to determine the victor. There are faint signs in the multitude of disquietude and fear of modern medicine. The medical profession has become ostentatiously boastful of their "achievements," which have all proved such disastrous failures that even a child can discern the colossal emptiness of their boasts, as well as the deadliness of their practices.

Wendell Phillips said, "We are apt to feel ourselves overshadowed in the presence of colossal institutions. We are apt to ask what a few hundred or a few thousand persons can do against the weight of government, the mountainous odds of majorities, the influence of the press, the power of the pulpit, the association of parties, the omnipotence of wealth . . . No matter where you meet a dozen earnest men pledged to a new idea--wherever you have met them, you have met the beginning of a revolution. Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past; its foundations are laid far back. The child feels; he grows into a man, and thinks; another, perhaps, speaks, and the world acts out the thought. And this is the history of modern society."

The Hygienic revolution will be similar. The pioneer Hygienists were the thinkers. Dr. Shelton formulated their thoughts into a consistent science, and soon the world will adopt these thoughts. We must be brave, he says. "Our enemies acquire strength only as we ourselves lose it. Meet them bravely and we are victors; fly before them and we are lost." "If we have struck one good blow against the hoary abominations of treating the sick by the administration of poison, we have not labored in vain."

Dr. Shelton has made his position clear on this greatest of all movements in the history of mankind. He has spent 48 years writing about Hygiene, so that Hygiene's position be well documented. Hygiene must not again be stolen and perverted by the medical profession, as it was in the 1880's. When this was done, the practicing Hygienists laid down their swords, thinking they had won, because the medical profession had accepted Hygiene.

This was a false assumption. The sword was sheathed too soon. It remained for Dr. Shelton to reopen the battle. He has devoted his life to the study and promulgation of Natural Hygiene and has shown that medicine and Hygiene are antagonistic forces. They cannot coexist. Hygiene annuls medicine.

As true reform always goes forward and revolutions never go backwards, the coming Hygienic revolution can do nothing but surge ahead. As it gains momentum, it will rapidly snowball into Health For The Millions!

The iridescent light of Hygiene is spreading and dissipating the unhealthy fogs of terror, ignorance and prejudice; the forces of regeneration are purifying human society and the universal adoption of Hygiene will establish human health.

Hygienists should not lose hope. We believe that truth will ultimately prevail. We think that as sure as the sun rises and sets, so will the principles of Hygiene be acknowledged as the true life principle, while the practices of the old schools of so-called medicine will be thrown aside, and finally swallowed up in oblivion.

One may have knowledge of healthful living, but it is only in its proper application to the improvement and happiness of man that knowledge becomes power. The knowledge is here in this book. It is necessary that we acquire self-control in our ways of living and gain control of our polluted environment to guarantee that boundless health prevail. We need, most of all, to tap our sources of information and make use of the great store of laboriously accumulated knowledge in the creation of a better tomorrow.

To accomplish this object, we need but two things--the thought and the means. The thought is in this book, and is being absorbed by the minds of millions. Ages of want, oppression and misery have brought forth the thought of a glorious future, and the means are at our hands. We have them in the great increase in knowledge, in the brilliant discoveries of science, in the vast force of machinery, in the powers and economics of combination and association.

The dawn of a new era of human society is brightening over the earth.