Although every school of so-called healing insists that it is working for the betterment of the health conditions of mankind, their works all demonstrate that, however successful they may claim to be in grappling with the health problems of the day, they fail to take due cognizance of certain fundamental principles of physiology and biology and, failing to take cognizance of these principles, they have all failed equally to provide measures that truly meet the situation that has arisen. The Hygienic System alone meets this need.
8. Medicine seeks to cure disease; Hygiene seeks to remove cause. Look further at our differences, for we are radically apart. We are not the same, with only seeming differences. There is a vital antagonism between the two systems. Medicine has a great advantage of position and rests securely behind ancient fortifications, but these do not constitute criteria of truth.
So long has the world been accustomed to the thought that diseases are to be cured with drugs that the proposal to care for the sick without drugs, but with only the normal things of life, seems at first absurd. It is absurd--just as absurd as was the theory that the earth is round and turns on its axis, when it was first presented. The theory was controverted for 1,200 years. We may expect Hygienic principles to be controverted for a long time, too, before they are finally accepted. Physicians say that they give drugs to "help nature throw off disease." Sublime thought! What is this disease that nature is trying to "throw off?" In what way do drugs assist in the process? They give their drug, but they do not stop to remove or correct causes and if this is not done, all of their efforts are in vain.
9. Medicine holds that diseases are caused by germs, viruses, parasites, etc. Hygiene teaches that diseases result from violations of the laws of life. Physicians seem to be ignorant of the simplest rules of life and health.
10. Medicine teaches that disease may be prevented by immunization; Hygiene teaches that obedience to the laws of life is the only preventive of disease.
11. Medicine is a system of treating disease, largely a system of spectacular palliation; Hygiene is a way of life. The results of the two systems are as different as are their theories and practices. Writing in 1853, Dr. Thomas Low Nichols said that if a Hygienic practitioner "had a case of fever, he would be ashamed to be more than a week in curing it. In a chronic disease, the patient makes such steady progress and gets so thorough an understanding of his case as to get beyond the necessity of advice." This is not all, as he pointed out. The best part of the matter is that when a man gets well under Hygiene, he gets with his recovery the knowledge necessary to maintain his health forever after. "A patient cured, is a patient lost; and if that patient is the head of a family, don't count on that family practice to meet your current expenses."
He further said: "In common medical practice, when a physician gets a few families to take him as their regular physician, his fortune is made. He deals out his medicines and the diseases come as seed-time and harvest. The more business he has, the more he may have. The more he tinkers, the more the constitutions of his patients want mending, until the doctor and his drugs become the necessities of life." Hygienic practitioners find all this changed and the more thorough and conservative they are with their patients, the less they will have to do with them. We must rely upon continually making new converts. We must use every means to spread a knowledge of Hygiene or our very successes will destroy us. But true men can never fear the progress of intelligence, nor regret the happiness of mankind and when the medical core is finally disbanded, it will be because we have triumphed over suffering and there is no enemy to conquer.
The people are familiar with the practices of the medical system; they know only too well how futile, even lethal, are its practices. Millions of them are admitted by medical men themselves to be suffering with iatrogenic disease. The people know that medical practices are in a constant state of flux, that medical theories are as unstable as quicksand and as changeable as the wind. Physicians keep them on a constant teeter-totter ride--up into the clouds of hope and expectancy, then down into the dark valley of despair--as they promise new wonders with their newly discovered cures and then discard them as failures.
It is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone that a false system of medical practice prevails. Notwithstanding the great number of reformatory modes and systems that have come into existence within this century or just before and the number of drug systems that have died out, nothing significant has been done to perfect a science of medicine. Have physicians and pharmacologists ever made a serious attempt to prove that drugs possess curative properties? By reference to what general principle can their curative powers be proved? So far as we can see, they make no pretense of proving the curative power of their drugs but rest their case entirely on experience (their so-called clinical tests are merely part of their experience). Certainly, they fail to apply scientific rules to the verification of their claims. In the past, at least, certain medical leaders (Broussias, for example) have denied the applicability of scientific rules to the testing of drugs, on the ground that the facts oppose science. Bleeding, said Broussias, is well known to cure inflammation, no matter what science says.
We ask for evidence. What reason have we to believe that any drug can ever restore a sick person to health? Is it because it is in the nature of drugs to do so? Drugs either cure or they don't. If they do cure, disease should decrease in proportion to the increase in drugs and physicians. The contrary is the obvious fact. Concomitantly with the increase in the number of physicians and the number of drug remedies, there has been a steady increase in the incidence of disease. "How wonderful!" I exclaimed as I finished reading a lengthy list of remarkably efficient curative drugs now at the command of physicians. "Certainly there is now no need for more sickness in the world. No more colds, coughs, corns, consumption, constipation, worms, skin eruptions, backaches, fevers, etc., for the world now has an arsenal of 'wonder drugs' that should speedily free mankind of suffering."
12. In the regular practice of medicine, it is not good manners to ask questions and explanations are never volunteered. You must respect the wisdom of your physician and trust your case in his hands. He is entitled to your confidence and his fees and you have nothing to do but to follow his prescription and his directions. If you ask what you are taking, he will use his discretion about telling you; or if he condescends to tell you the truth, you will be little wiser. The common practice of medicine, as with every other kind of charlatanry, is based upon confidence and credulity.