Drugs simply produce a series of complications--drug diseases. Hence, the more a physician medicates a family, the more they demand to be drugged. After he has had the management of a case for a year or two, he seemingly becomes an indispensable necessity to existence. Seldom does such a case pass through the day, never, perhaps, a week, without discovering a new ache or pain requiring another visit to the physician and another drug. If the physician has 100 such patients, he is set up for life.

It is just the opposite of this with the Hygienist. When he cares for a fever patient, Hygienically, the patient is left perfectly whole and if he should later become sick again, he knows how to care for himself. He does not need to call in the Hygienist.

How common is the practice of dosing patients whose sickness is mild with poisons that make the condition worse! The more drugs taken the worse the condition becomes. Many are killed outright by the practice. Others, who would have speedily recovered with a little intelligent nursing, have their illnesses greatly prolonged and their suffering intensified. Many infants and children are sacrificed to the drugging practice, while a great army of adults are drugged to within an inch of that river over which there is no re-ferriage. Drug medication is a self-sustaining institution; when a drugging physician gets into a family, health departs. If his drugs seem to cure, they actually complicate the condition of the patient--hence, the more he drugs a family, the greater grows the apparent need for drugging.

Drugs are inherently noxious, large numbers of them being very virulent. So-called medical science treats the sick with poisons that are more virulent than those that are responsible for their illnesses. Commonly, the more grave the symptoms, the more heroic the means employed with which to treat them. As all of his alleged remedies are poisons, one of the important studies of the medical student is toxicology, the science or study of poisons. He must learn the so-called toxic actions of every drug that he is to give to his patients. As all of his drugs occasion effects other than those he seeks to produce, he must also study their so-called side effects or untoward actions. He must be forever on guard against giving what is called an overdose; he must watch for symptoms of poisoning and sensitivity and discontinue the drug if and when these occur. He is well aware that his drugs are disease-producing, that they are not useful in a state of health and that they are fraught with danger in a state of disease.

It is only under the sway of false teachings and false training, when wrong ideas of the way, the manner and means of living have been ingrained in man's mind, that he can contemplate with complacency or approval the drugging practice or any other practice of treating the sick which enjoins the employment of substances and procedures the natural and inevitable effect of which, if taken into or applied to the healthy organism, is to kill or to tend to kill. A man whose instincts have been subverted and whose intelligence has been obfuscated may accept poisons for the cure of disease, but otherwise, he will reject such substances as vigorously as a two-days-old infant will reject forty-proof brandy as food.

If drugs cure the sick, the more drugs administered, the more cures should follow; but such is not the case. We see evidence on every hand that as drugs multiply, diseases also increase. In the first place, drugs do not truly relieve a single malady; they paralyze and irritate the whole frame, but they remove no causes and they provide none of the essentials of health. A temporary excitement (stimulation ) may bring temporary fictional relief from symptoms, but such a strained exertion results, in its very nature, in a consequent and commensurate depression. Poison is exhaustive of the forces of life and destructive of living tissue and it is the worse kind of folly to imagine that such substances can be health restoring.

How great is that army of cure-mongers and disease-treaters that regularly take advantage of the general longing of the masses, even its educated contingent, for something mysterious and incomprehensible, and who must have a "sign" or a statistic, however fraudulent and inaccurate, and fill their pockets with money thus obtained. Their cures change rapidly, but their modes of operation continue to revolve about this love of money.

Everyone must be conscious of the constant changes which medicine undergoes, changes which are assumed to represent progress, improvement and increased effectiveness. Unfortunately, these changes continue to revolve around the same old fallacies, so that no genuine progress is ever made. If their principles inclined them away from drugging and in the direction of Natural Hygiene, there might be some hope for them; but they incline them in the opposite direction. Don't be fooled by the popularity of a new drug or a new operation. Fashions in treatment come and go like fashions in women's hats. The most fashionable drugs and operations soon become passe. The ephemeral popularity of new drugs depends on no peculiar or even demonstrated common merit, but upon the skill with which its imaginary virtues are puffed by every device of publicity and advertising.

Physicians are busily engaged in establishing the myth that they are capable of weighing the probable harm of a drug against its possible benefits in a given case, thus determining the wisdom of giving or withholding the drug. They possess no such power of discrimination. Indeed, for the most part, they are engaged in administering their drugs, not in withholding them. They know, even if they disregard this fact in practice, that their drugs are always hazardous. They also know that the "possible benefits" of their drugs are only hypothetical.

Physicians have cultivated the myth that they know how to give drugs, whereas the layman is unacquainted with the intricacies of medical science, hence does not know how to employ them. Neither the character nor the intent of one administering a substance determines its relation to the organism. A malfactor with murderous intent may administer a poison to a man; a most benevolent individual with the best of intentions may administer the same size dose of the same poison to the same individual--the effect or the result will be the same in either case. To take poisons under the direction of a physician does not alter the relation of the poison to the body. Whether taken in large doses or small, it remains a poison and the effects are those of poisoning. Poisoning is never constructive in its effects or its results.

If the activities of the living organism are governed by law, when it is in intimate relations with foreign substances of any kind or quality, we may be certain that the law recognizes no differences between a poison when administered by a physician and the same poison when administered by a malfactor with murderous intent. Whatever the principle that presides over the organic structures and protects them with an eternal vigilance, it is no respecter of persons, but treats every intruder within her secret domains as unworthy of a place therein and promptly rejects it.