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The Hygienic System: Fasting And Sun Bathing | by Herbert M. Shelton



In presenting this volume on fasting I am well aware of existing prejudices against the procedure. It has long been the practice to feed the sick and to stuff the weak on the theory that "the sick must eat to keep up their strength." It is very unpleasant to many to see long established customs broken, and long cherished prejudices set at naught, even when a great good is to be achieved. In this volume we offer you real wisdom and true science--we offer you the accumulated wisdom of many thousands of years, wisdom that will still be good when the mass of weakening, poisoning and mischief-inflicting methods of regular medicine are forgotten. A brief history of fasting will help to prove the truth of this.

TitleThe Hygienic System: Fasting And Sun Bathing
AuthorHerbert M. Shelton
PublisherDr. Shelton's Health School
Year1934
Copyright1934, Dr. Shelton's Health School
AmazonThe Hygienic System Vol III Fasting and Sun Bathing

By Herbert M. Shelton, D.P., N.D., D.C., D.N.T., D.N. Sc., D.N. Ph., D.N. Litt., Ph. D., D. Orthp.

Author of "Human Life, Its Philosophy And Laws", "Natural Diet Of Man", "Hygienic Care Of Children", "Natural Cure Of Syphilis", "Natural Cure Of Cancer", "Basic Principles Of Natural Hygiene", Etc., Etc.

First Edition 1934. Third Revised Edition 1950

To A New Era, which has just begun to glow in the gold-red light of Eos, the goddess of dawn, while the deluge of medieval superstitions is fast assauging, and many a submerged truth has reappeared like a bequest of a former and better world, to stand as way-marks on the road to a true Science of Life--its name a prophecy that links its destiny with invisible but strong ties, to the fate of the dainty butterfly: a grovelling grub entombs itself as a chrysalis in a cocoon whence it comes forth a being of celestial beauty, a winged flower of rainbow colors and pure silk, a fitting emblem of the fruition of life's renewed effort to assert its original purity and healthfulness--that no longer considers depravity and wretchedness as the normal condition of man, and happiness as the reward of a self-abhorring suppression of all natural desires; that rejects the blind confidence in the efficacy of an abnormal and mysterious remedy, and realizes that the physical laws of creation find an echo in our innate monitor, this book is dedicated.

Dedication

-Foreword
Want Of Appetite is not always a morbid symptom, nor even a sign of imperfect digestion. Nature may have found it necessary to muster all the energies of our ...
-Introduction
In presenting this volume on fasting I am well aware of existing prejudices against the procedure. It has long been the practice to feed the sick and to stuff ...
-Introduction. Part 2
It is quite common to see Dr. Dewey referred to as the Father of the Fasting Cure. Dr. Hazzard on the other hand, declares that Dr. Tanner is justly entitled ...
-Introduction. Part 3
Necessarily, this limits his field very largely to the field of animal experimentation and also limits his knowledge of the effects of fasting in various ...
-Chapter I Definition Of Fasting
Nutrition may be conveniently divided into two phases--positive and negative--corresponding to periods of eating and periods of abstaining from food. Negative ...
-Chapter II Fasting Among The Lower Animals
In the study of fasting it is necessary that we approach the subject from many angles. Perhaps no subject is less understood by the public and the healing ...
-Fasting Among The Lower Animals. Continued
Pupal Sleep The pupal stage of insects which undergo metamorphosis, is that immediately following the larval stage. The term chrysalis has almost the same ...
-Fasting In Disease
I need but devote little space to a discussion of what every one already knows; namely, that the sick animal refuses all food. The farmer knows that his ...
-Food Scarcity
I need devote but little space to the fact that animals fast for shorter or longer periods in times of food scarcity when floods, droughts, storms, etc., ...
-Fasting In Accidental Imprisonment
A number of accidental emergencies force both domestic and wild animals to fast at times. How frequently such accidents occur in nature, we are not in a ...
-Hibernation
All animals adapt themselves in some manner to the winter season. Winter is a difficult period for many plants and animals in northern countries. With its ...
-Hibernation In Plants
Perhaps before we give our attention to hibernation among animals we may profitably take a hasty glance at the hibernating practices of plants. The winter ...
-Hibernation In Animals
Hibernation is common among insects and is seen in every group of vertebrates except birds, which substitute migration for hibernation. It is largely found in ...
-Hibernation In Cold-Blooded Animals
While hibernating mammals seek caves, dens or hollow logs, usually making themselves dens of dry leaves or grass to sleep through the winter, the lower orders ...
-Hibernation Of Insects
Most insects hibernate in the larval or pupal stage. The larvae of many caterpillars hatch in Summer and sleep all Winter. A few insects, as certain moths, ...
-Initiation And Duration Of Hibernation
In general the time of the initiation of hibernation corresponds closely with the scarcity of food and lowering of temperature. The termination coincides with ...
-Metabolism During Hibernation
In cold-blooded animals in a state of hibernation metabolism is almost at a complete standstill. Indeed, in some of them, as well as in frozen caterpillars, it ...
-Aestivation
Aestivation is similar to hibernation, if, indeed, it is not identical with it. If hibernation is to be called winter sleep, aestivation may be with equal ...
-How Long Can Animals Abstain From Food?
The most remarkable records of continued abstinence from food are to be found among the lower animals. Compared to some of these, man is a piker. It is often ...
-Fasting As A Means Of Survival
After this survey of the many and varied conditions under which animals fast, and the different uses to which fasting is put, it becomes obvious that fasting ...
-Chapter III Fasting In Man
Man is an animal and, as such, is subject to the same laws of existence and the same conditions of living, as are other animals. As a part of the great organic ...
-Religious Fasting
Fasting as a religious observance, has long been practiced for the accomplishment of certain goods. Religious fasting is of early origin, antedating recorded ...
-Fasting As Magic
With fasting as magic we have nothing to do, except to study the phenomenon. Tribal fasts, as seen among the American Indians, to avert some threatened ...
-Disciplinary Fasts
Major W. C. Gotschall, M. S., says: There is nothing new about fasting. Among the ancients it was recognized as a sovereign method of attaining and maintaining ...
-Periodic And Yearly Fasts
Luke mentions in his Gospel the practice of fasting one day out of each week, which seems to have been very general in his day. Periodic fasting has been ...
-Hunger Strikes
Hunger strikes have become very frequent during the past thirty years. Perhaps the most famous of these have been the protest fasts of Ghandi and the hunger ...
-Exhibition Or Stunt Fasts
There have been a number of fasters who were more or less professional fasters, fasting largely for show and making money out of the process. These have fasted ...
-Experimental Fasts
Experimental fasts in which men and women have taken part are, perhaps, more numerous than we think. Profs. Carlson and Kunde, of the University of Chicago, ...
-Fasting When Eating Is Impossible
There are pathological conditions under which eating is impossible. Such conditions as cancer of the stomach, destruction of the stomach by acids, and by other ...
-Shipwrecked Sailors And Passengers
Shipwrecked sailors and aviators forced down at sea, have, in many instances, been forced to exist for long periods without food, and often without water. Many ...
-Entombed Miners
Frequently, when there are mine cave-ins, one or more miners are entombed for shorter or longer periods, during which time they are without food and often ...
-Fasting In Illness
It is estimated that fasting for the alleviation of human suffering has been practiced uninterruptedly for 10,000 years. No doubt it has been employed from the ...
-Famine And War
War and famine, whether the famine has been produced by drought, insect pests, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, freezes, snows, etc., have frequently deprived ...
-Fasting Under Emotional Stress
Grief, worry, anger, shock and other emotional irritations are almost as potent in suspending the desire for food and in rendering digestion practically ...
-Fasting By The Insane
The insane commonly manifest a strong aversion to food and, unless forcibly fed, will often go for extended periods without eating. It is customary in ...
-Hibernation In Man
Of possible human hibernation, it has been said that it is a condition utterly inexplicable on any principle taught in the schools. Nonetheless, there are a ...
-Instinctive Fasting
Fasting above all other measures can lay claim to being a strictly natural method. There can be no doubt that it is the oldest of all measures of meeting those ...
-Long Fasts In Man
In the preceding chapter it was shown that animals may go without food for prolonged periods without damage to their bodies or to individual organs. The ...
-Long Fasts In Man. Continued
Augusta Kerner, of Ingolstadt, a trance faster, survived in a semi-conscious condition nearly a quarter of a year without food. Dr. Dewey tells of two children, ...
-Fasting Ability And Survival
From the foregoing parts of this chapter it will be seen that fasting in man is practiced under about as wide a variety of circumstances as among the lower ...
-Chapter IV A Bill-Of-Fare For The Sick
Organisms capitalize the results of the joint work of their several organs and physiological systems in the form of capacities and valuable stored substances.
-A Bill-Of-Fare For The Sick. Continued
Prof. Morgulis further says: Active growth and regeneration are not incompatible with inanition, and the wear and tear, at least in some organs, is so ...
-Chapter V Autolysis
In order that we may understand much that takes place within the fasting organism, it is necessary that we have an understanding of the process of autolysis, ...
-Autolysis In Plants
The plant kingdom teems with examples of autolysis, but a few familiar examples will suffice for our present purpose. All bulbs, of which the onion will serve ...
-Autolysis In Animals
At the very commencement of life autolysis is an essential process. The embryonic development of animals in eggs involves digestion of the food stored in the ...
-Autolysis During Pupal Sleep
The period of pupal sleep in the life of insects is a period of great and complex organizational changes, resulting in a new and radically different insect.
-Distribution Of Materials
The severely wounded animal refuses to eat, yet its wound heals. Great quantities of blood are sent to the site of the wound. This represents a great quantity ...
-Autolysis Is Controlled
Autolysis is a rigidly controlled process; it is no blind, undirected bull-in-a-china-shop affair. Not only throughout the fasting period, but also throughout ...
-The Autolytic Disintegration Of Tumors
Trall asserted that all abnormal growths possess a lower grade of vitality than normal growths, hence are easier to destroy. I think it may be equally true ...
-Chapter VI Fasting Is Not Starving
The word starvation is derived from the Old English steorfan, meaning to die. Today it is used almost wholly to designate death from lack of food. When we ...
-Fasting Is Not Starving. Continued
Fortunately we are not left unprotected and unwarned in this matter. Before the danger point is reached an imperious demand for food will be made. We say, then, ...
-Chapter VII Chemical And Organic Changes During Fasting
Abstinence from food may mean missing one meal, or it may mean going without food until death results from starvation. Missing one meal produces no organic or ...
-Blood Changes
The blood diminishes in volume in proportion to the decrease in the size of the body so that the relative blood-volume remains practically unchanged during a ...
-The Skin
The exquisite texture and delicate pink color of the skin that develop while fasting attests the rejuvenation the skin undergoes. The clearing up of blotches ...
-The Bones
There is no evidence of any loss to the bones during a fast. Indeed, as will be shown in another chapter, they may even continue to grow while fasting. When we ...
-The Teeth
Teeth are specialized bones and are subject to the same laws of nutrition as other bones of the body. In certain quarters it is claimed that fasting ruins the ...
-The Brain, Cord And Nerves
The brain and nervous system are supported and lose little or no weight during a fast, while the less important tissues are sacrificed to feed them. They ...
-The Kidneys
The losses to the kidneys are insignificant and are usually much less than that of the body as a whole. In the young the kidneys are even more resistant to ...
-The Liver
The losses to the liver during a fast are largely water and glycogen. Usually the liver loses more in weight relative to the rest of the body than the other ...
-The Lungs
Jackson says: In uncomplicated cases of total inanition, or on water only, the lungs are usually normal in appearance. The loss in weight of the lungs in such ...
-The Muscles
It has been shown by investigators that the skeletal muscles may lose 40% of their weight, whereas, the heart muscle loses only 3% by the time death from ...
-The Heart
The heart muscle does not diminish appreciably, deriving its sustenance from the less essential tissues. Its rate of pulsion varies greatly, rising and falling ...
-The Pancreas
Jackson says that in the early stages of inanition in young guinea pigs the pancreas (like the other viscera) appears in general more resistant to loss in ...
-The Spleen
The losses to the spleen during a fast are chiefly water. In starvation resulting in death, the spleen may lose 67 per cent of its total weight.
-The Stomach
A classical example of the way in which fasting permits the stomach to rejuvenate itself is that of Dr. Tanner. He suffered for years with dyspepsia before his ...
-Chemistry Changes
The chemical changes which occur in the fasting body are as remarkable as anything that we have described previously. It is quite natural that the fasting body ...
-Chapter VIII Repair Of Organs And Tissues During Fasting
From what has gone before about the body's reserves, its ability to autolyze these reserves and its less important tissues, its ability to shift its materials ...
-Chapter IX The Influence Of Fasting On Growth And Regeneration
In a previous chapter I (Definition Of Fasting) have discussed the chemistry changes in the body during a fast and have there shown how the body distributes ...
-Chapter X Changes In The Fundamental Function While Fasting
Professor Morgulis says: Laboratory as well as clinical experience corroborates the rejuvenating effects of inanition. If it is not too prolonged it is ...
-Physiological Rest while Fasting
An important object secured by the fast is the rest of the organs of the body. The overstimulation of the physiological functions, which results from over- ...
-Metabolism while Fasting
Metabolism is lowered from one-fourth to two-fifths during the fast. This falls quite rapidly during the first part of the fast until the true physiological ...
-Respiration while Fasting
This is one of the fundamental organic functions which Morgulis states is improved by fasting. The remarkable effects of fasting upon the breathing of ...
-Elimination while Fasting
Fasting is nature's own method of ridding the body of diseased tissues, excess nutriment and accumulations of waste and toxins. Nothing else will increase ...
-Organic House Cleaning
The vital cells of the body must be nourished during the fast. These are nourished off the food reserves stored in the body and off the less essential tissues, ...
-Chapter XI The Mind And Special Senses During A Fast
The mental effects of fasting have been known for ages and have been much discussed by all writers on fasting. A few years ago a group of young men and women ...
-Spiritual Powers
A few words about the effects of fasting upon the so-called spiritual powers may be appropriately introduced here. In detailing his experiences during his ...
-Insanity
Nowhere does the beneficial office of physiological rest in enhancing mental clearness show more clearly than in fasting by the insane. I shall have more to ...
-"Abnormal Psychism"
Dr. Henry Lindlahr conjured into being a condition to which he applied the term abnormal psychism, which he said often resulted in certain types of individuals ...
-The Special Senses
Due, no doubt to wrong life, man's senses are comparatively dulled. In all cases of fasting the senses become more acute. So invariable and distinctive is this ...
-Chapter XII Secretions And Excretions
The secretions of the body on the whole are either suspended altogether or greatly reduced during the fast. Secretion is commensurate with need. The body is ...
-Gastric Juice
The secretion of gastric juice is continuous throughout most of the fast, but in a greatly diminished quantity and is of a weakly acid character. At times its ...
-Bile
The secretion of bile customarily continues during the early days of the fast. Indeed, it may be secreted in increased amounts. In some very foul conditions of ...
-Pancreatic And Intestinal Juices
The pancreatic and intestinal juices are reasonably thought to be secreted in reduced quantities. It is known that they are weaker in digestive power than ...
-Urine
The volume of urine excreted during a fast, as at other times of life, is determined by the amount of water consumed and by the amount of sweating done. In the ...
-Chapter XIII Bowel Action During Fasting
After the digestion of the last meal prior to the fast, the bowels practically cease to function. They take a rest. Dr. Oswald says: The colon contracts, and ...
-Bowel Action During Fasting. Part 2
In Dec. 1932 and Jan. 1933 a patient fasted 31 days in my Health School. His bowels moved on the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 13th and 20th days of the fast. Another patient ...
-Bowel Action During Fasting. Part 3
I soon became convinced from tests I made that there is no absorption of toxins from the colon. At that time, twenty-five years ago, physiologists were still ...
-Chapter XIV Fasting And Sex
The effects of fasting upon the sexual functions are variable. The examples of the salmon and the Alaskan fur seal bull were given in a previous chapter. In ...
-Chapter XV Rejuvenescence Through Fasting
Upton Sinclair says: The great thing about the fast is that it sets you a new standard of health. Old and young alike are renewed and have their whole organism ...
-Chapter XVI Gain And Loss Of Strength While Fasting
Most men can understand eating to get strong, says Dr. Tilden, but it takes a long time to educate them to stop eating to get strong. As paradoxical as it may ...
-Gain And Loss Of Strength While Fasting. Continued
In December 1903, eight athletes under the supervision of Mr. Macfadden entered a seven days' fast and performed feats of great strength and endurance under ...
-Chapter XVII Gain And Loss Of Weight During Fasting
Although we usually say that a faster loses about a pound a day, the loss of weight varies greatly, depending on a number of circumstances. Fat subjects lose ...
-No Danger From Loss Of Weight
There is much fear on the part of many, that fasting may result in tuberculosis. They have the idea that to get thin is to lay oneself liable to this disease.
-Chapter XVIII Fasting Does Not Induce Deficiency "Disease"
A remarkably significant fact, which I pointed out some years ago, is that those extreme conditions of malnutrition or deficiency diseases, which laboratory ...
-Fasting Does Not Induce Deficiency "Disease". Continued
Dr. Jackson says that: In scurvy, the gums are markedly congested and swollen in about 80 per cent of adult human cases, * * * The alveolar bone and peridental ...
-Chapter XIX Death In The Fast
Opponents never tire of telling us of the large number of deaths that have occurred as a result of fasting. They read the story of the death of a faster in ...
-Death In The Fast. Part 2
Writing in Physical Culture, Sept. 1912, Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard says: when severe and distressing manifestations arise during the period of abstinence from ...
-Death In The Fast. Part 3
Carrington gives 76 Farenheit as the lowest temperature at which life has survived in human beings, although we know that some warm-blooded animals ( ...
-Chapter XX Objections To The Fast
A number of supposedly scientific objections to the fast are offered from various sources but not from any source that is entitled, from actual and broad ...
-Objections To The Fast. Part 2
Although opposed to fasting, Kellogg makes the following admissions of benefits received from it: 1. Surplus body fat may be disposed of. 2. Any accumulation ...
-Objections To The Fast. Part 3
This is but one instance of many that have impressed the value of fasting where to some practitioners it might have been contra-indicated. If the body, because ...
-Objections To The Fast. Part 4
Whatever may be the source of vital energy, it is certain that no food can supply any of this energy until after it has been digested, absorbed and assimilated.
-Chapter XXI Does Fasting Cure "Disease"?
If disease is a process of cure, does fasting cure disease? If there are no cures for disease, if disease does not need to be cured, is fasting a cure? To us ...
-Does Fasting Cure "Disease"?. Continued
Fasting is primarily a rest of the organism. There is no condition of disease in which rest of the vital organs is not of benefit to the whole organism. Rest ...
-Chapter XXII The Rationale Of Fasting
In previous chapters four important facts about fasting have been fully established, as follow: 1. Fasting, as a period of physiological rest, affords the ...
-Nature's Preparation For a Fast
Writing of a case that passed under his care, Dr. Jennings explains the rationale of fasting, thus: The child has taken no nourishment for a number of days and ...
-They That Work Must Eat
The body's reserve stores are designed for use in just such emergencies and may be utilized in such circumstances with greater ease and with less tax upon the ...
-Fasting and Elimination
Dr. Oswald says: A germ disease, as virulent as syphilis, and long considered too persistent for any but palliative methods of treatment (by mercury, etc.), ...
-Fasting Compensation
The principle here presented, that the energy customarily expended in the digestion and assimilation of food may, when no food is eaten, be employed through ...
-Chapter XXIII The Length Of The Fast
A long controversy has raged between the advocates of the short fast and the advocates of the fast to completion. The advocates of the short fast depict what ...
-The Length Of The Fast. Continued
There is a popular belief that the work of purification can be finished with a diet and, in many cases, this is true, providing the patient is willing to ...
-Chapter XXIV Hunger And Appetite
Hunger is the great safeguard of all life. It impels the organism in need of food to search for and procure food. It may be safely inferred that if there is no ...
-Hunger And Appetite. Part 2
Carlson and Luckhardt point out that since others who have starved for longer periods of time (than four days) unanimously attest the fact that, after the ...
-Hunger And Appetite. Part 3
Carrington referred to these symptoms as habit hunger, Dewey as hunger of disease, Oswald as poison hunger. As they do not represent hunger at all, I see no ...
-Appetite
One of the most frequent dietetic errors is that of mistaking appetite for hunger. Appetite is no more hunger than sexual passion is love. Graham made a sharp ...
-Chapter XXV Contra-Indications To Fasting
The dangers of fasting are so slight as to be almost negligible or insignificant. When Purinton declared that an extreme fast, say from twenty to forty days, ...
-Chapter XXVI Fasting In Special Periods And Conditions Of Life
Special periods of life and certain conditions of the body are often regarded as bars to fasting, even by those who profess a belief in the beneficial efficacy ...
-When To Fast
I take the position that the time to fast is when it is needed. I am of the decided opinion that delay pays no dividends; that, due to the fact that the ...
-Fasting By Vegetarians
Certain advocates of flesh eating, particularly one who lectures on the radio and gives away hams as a means of securing an audience, caution vegetarians ...
-Fasting In Infancy And Childhood
Replying to the question: may babies be safely treated by fasting, Carrington says: babies not only can be treated safely by this method, but it is unsafe not ...
-Fasting In Old Age
We often meet with the objection that a patient is too old to fast. I have conducted a number of fasts in patients from seventy years to over eighty-five years ...
-Fasting During Pregnancy
In another volume we have called attention to the fact that chronic disease, even that form called tuberculosis, frequently abates during pregnancy. Great ...
-Fasting During Lactation
If fasting is necessary during lactation, it should be done, but if not necessary it should be avoided, for the reason that it stops the secretion of milk and ...
-Fasting By The Strong And The Weak
It is usually readily granted that the strong may fast for a certain length of time, perhaps, with impunity, but it is usually objected that the weak should ...
-Fasting By The Emaciated
Shall emaciated persons fast? By all means. Emaciation is rarely due to a lack of food, but almost always is a result of sickness. Dewey, Carrington, Macfadden, ...
-Fasting In Deficiencies
As knowledge of the causes of disease increases, it becomes increasingly evident that there are certain forms of disease which are in part due to food ...
-Chapter XXVII Symptomatology Of The Fast
The symptomatology of fasting forms a most interesting study, which can be fully appreciated only by the man or woman who studies it at first hand, by ...
-Subjective Symptoms
Under his discussion of Subjective Impressions arising during the fast, Benedict says, It is commonly believed that the withdrawal of food for one or two meals ...
-The Pulse
The pulse varies greatly during a fast. It may run up to 120 or even higher, or it may drop as low as 40, per minute. Indeed, Mr. Macfadden records a case in ...
-Symptomatology Of The Fast. Appetite
The first day of fasting is seldom accompanied with any noticeable change in the usual demand for food. On the second day there is usually a big demand for ...
-The Tongue And Breath
These are interesting studies during a fast. The tongue becomes heavily coated in almost every instance (I have seen five or six exceptions) and remains so ...
-Temperature
When we observe body temperature during a fast, we are presented with a paradoxical series of phenomena which prove both interesting and highly instructive.
-Feeling Of Chilliness
Despite the fact that the faster maintains normal temperature on a fast, or even has a slight rise in temperature, there is commonly a feeling of chilliness in ...
-"Famine Fever"
In many cases, particularly of overfed individuals, we have what is called famine fever when a fast is entered upon. It is a slight elevation of temperature ...
-Sleep
It is the usual thing for the fasting person to sleep no more than three to four hours out of each twenty-four hours, and this frequently causes worry. Three ...
-Chapter XXVIII Progress Of The Fast
The man or woman who has never undergone a fast, or who has never had opportunity to watch the varied phenomena that are to be seen in cases of fasting, labors ...
-The Early Days Of The Fast
Dr. Shew says of the first few days of fasting: A feverish excitement of the system, together with a feeling of debility, faintness and depression is generally ...
-Disappearance Of Symptoms
As the fast progresses, the symptoms grow less and less marked until they cease entirely. Many things that the sick customarily do are more disagreeable than ...
-Increase Of Symptoms
I have emphasized the gradual disappearance of symptoms. I must also emphasize the fact that there is sometimes a temporary increase in symptoms during the ...
-Crises During The Fast
Crises developing during the fast are not different from those developing at other times and are not to be cared for any differently. They are all orthopathic ...
-Crises During The Fast. Continued
Nausea: This seems to be an expression of a sudden decrease of the normal tension of the stomach. It may be induced by a foul odor, a bad taste, a disgusting ...
-Dangerous Complications
Under the head of danger signals or complications, works on fasting usually list uncontrollable vomiting, persistent hiccoughs, a persistent, very erratic ...
-Strength And Weakness
Benedict devotes consideration to strength tests during the fast. He says The tests made by Luciani on Succi in which a dynamometer was used to measure the ...
-Chapter XXIX Hygiene Of The Fast
Fasting is not a toy to be played with by the ignorant nor should it be looked upon as a stunt. There have been stunt fasters, but we do not advise one to ...
-Conservation
All of our care of the faster should be designed to conserve in every possible manner, his energies and reserves. Every method of care and every influence in ...
-Rest
The hibernating animal possesses sufficient reserves to maintain a minimum of physiological and little or no physical activity throughout a prolonged period of ...
-Mental Influences
Somewhere in the Bible is the statement that a man's foes shall be they of his own household. How true this is may be discovered by anyone who undertakes a ...
-Exercise
For a number of years I continued exercise through the fast of most chronic sufferers. My rule was: Chronic sufferers, unless otherwise contra-indicated, ...
-Working During The Fast
On general principles working during a long fast is to be severely condemned. It has been done. It can often be done. But it should not be done. Perhaps the ...
-Bathing
Bathing during the fast should follow the rules laid down for bathing in a preceding volume. The faster in particular should avoid extremes of temperature.
-Sunbathing
Sun bathing is as beneficial and useful during the fast as at other times. The chronic sufferer should have these throughout the course of the fast. Certain ...
-For The Bad Taste
Throughout most of the fast, the fasting individual is annoyed by a very bad taste in the mouth. This may be alleviated somewhat by a daily scrubbing of the ...
-Water Drinking During The Fast
Most fasting advocates advise drinking much water while fasting. This is done on the theory that water aids in eliminating toxins from the body. Levanzin ...
-Seasonings For The Water
Due to the bad taste in the mouth while one is fasting, the water is likely to appear to taste badly. At other times patients complain of the water being too ...
-Feeding Intervals
Tilden says: A fast must not be continued when the patient is suffering greatly, it matters not in what way. * * * Some patients will start without food and ...
-The Enema During The Fast
Dr. Hazzard, Mr. Carrington, Mr. Sinclair and others, regard the enema as almost indispensible during the fast. This arises out of a distrust of the body's ...
-The Gastric Lavage During The Fast
Certain advocates of fasting employ the lavage as a routine practice. Dr. Tilden formerly employed it as a daily measure. This proved to be too great a tax ...
-False Teeth
Fasters who have false teeth should keep their teeth in during the fast and should bite on them sufficiently often to keep the gums tough. The gums will shrink ...
-Forcing Measures
The lingering faith in forcing measures is a hold-over from the time we still had faith in the drugs of the physician. When we lost our faith in his poisons, ...
-Chapter XXX Breaking The Fast
The proper conduct of the fast is vitally important. There are really very few practitioners of any school who know how to conduct a fast or how to properly ...
-Breaking The Fast. Continued
The primary indication that the fast is to be broken is the return of hunger; all the other indications which I have enumerated are secondary. Often one or ...
-Hunger After The Fast
My experience agrees well with that of Carrington, who says that after a long fast the faster is ravenous and eating must be kept under control at all costs ...
-Food After The Fast
After a fast the diet should be of the very best from the standpoint of its nutritive qualities. No canned and bottled juices should be used in breaking the ...
-Chapter XXXI Gaining Weight After The Fast
The gain in weight after a fast is usually very rapid. Often it is almost as rapid as the loss during the fast. People that were formerly always underweight ...
-Chapter XXXII Living After The Fast
The fast is in vain, says Tilden, if the patient returns to his old habits. This is true of convalescing in general. The results of the fast will be more or ...
-Chapter XXXIII Fasting In Health
Writing in Physical Culture (May, 1915), Mr. Carrington says: If a well man starts going without food, he begins to starve (not fast). The nearer well you are ...
-Chapter XXXIV Fasting In Acute Disease
Instead of using medicine, rather fast a day, wrote Plutarch. Someone else has said: Wise people, falling into any ailment, take a bath, go to bed, and fast, ...
-False Teachings Of Medical "Science"
Physicians have taught the people that there are specific diseases requiring specific causes and that the sick must be fed to keep up their strength. while ...
-Instinctive Repugnance To Food In Acute Illness
Animals will not eat when sick. It has long been known that when animals are severely injured they refuse food. Shock, severe injury of any kind, fever, pain, ...
-Feeding To Keep Up Strength
The idea that dominates the physician, the nurses and the relatives of the sick person is that the vital power or strength must be supported with food while ...
-No Power To Digest In Acute Sickness
Beaumont showed that there is no digestion in serious acute illness. He says of one of his experiments, that, this experiment has considerable pathological ...
-No Nourishment Without Digestion
In all types of acute disease the whole organism is engaged in the work of eliminating toxins, not in that of assimilating food, hence, it is perfectly natural ...
-Rectal And Skin Feeding
It may be objected to all of this that the patient should be fed so-called pre-digested foods. Our reply is that there are no predigested foods and little ...
-Gastro-Intestinal Decomposition
If bacteriologists desire to make cultures of pathogenic organisms, they use meat broths, meat jellies and boiled milk. These substances provide equally as ...
-The Stomach And Intestines In Acute Illness
A standard medical author thus describes the stomach in acute gastritis: The gastric mucous membrane of such a stomach is red and swollen, it secretes little ...
-Nausea And Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in acute disease of all forms. If food is taken it is commonly vomited. Where vomiting does not take place, the food is ...
-Feeding Increases Suffering
To feed under such conditions causes the temperature to rise and the pains and general discomfort of the patient to increase. Much of the restlessness and ...
-Compensation
Disease is labor, action, struggle--it is often violent action. Rapid heart action, rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., etc., represent increased effort.
-Physiological Rest
Nothing is remedial, wrote Trall, except conditions which economize the vital expenditures. The amount of work done by the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, glands, ...
-Prevention
Tilden says: All acute disease could be prevented if anticipated by a fast of sufficient duration to lower the accumulated toxins below the toleration point.
-No Danger Of Starvation
There is no danger of the patient dying of starvation in the process of getting well. Let us bear in mind that the body is possessed of reserve food stores ...
-Pain
Pains that seem unbearable without the use of narcotics and anodynes rapidly lessen while one fasts, so that within a short time to a few days the patient is ...
-Torture Of Hopeless Cases
Feed the patient anything his fancy may desire; he is going to die anyway, is the advice frequently given by physicians when the patient has been brought so ...
-Fasting In Fevers
Trall insisted that strictly speaking, fever and food are antagonistic ideas. No simple fever, if well-managed, requires dieting in any way, save the negative ...
-Typhoid
Typhoid fever patients become comfortable in three to four days if the fast is instituted at the onset of the disease, and in from seven to ten days are ...
-Pneumonia
If fasting is instituted at the very outset in pneumonia, the patient will not be very sick, the exudate into the lungs will not be great and resolution will ...
-Appendicitis
All medical authorities admit the great value of fasting in appendicitis and recommend its employment, if the patient refuses an operation, or, if for some ...
-Rheumatism
Page quotes Casey A. Wood, M.D., Professor of Chemistry in the Medical Department of Bishop's College, Montreal, in an article in the Canada Medical Record, ...
-Coughs
Most coughs can be stopped by a twenty-four to seventy-two hours fast; then, if the errors in eating are corrected, the cough is gone forever. Relief comes in ...
-Diarrhea - Dysentery
Vomiting, restlessness, diarrhea and gross fatness are some of the symptoms of the surfeit disease and its proper cure is--not soothing syrups, but--fasting.
-Wasting By The Acutely ILL Despite Feeding
Dewey emphasized the fact that the bodies of the acutely ill always waste, no matter what they are fed nor how much. Indeed, he insisted that in typhoid and ...
-Weakness
Weakness in acute disease is not properly attributed to the fast. Indeed, the fasting patient will not become as weak as the eating patient. He is more likely ...
-Chapter XXXV Fasting In Chronic Disease
Nobody who thoroughly understands fasting, harbors any doubts about its possibilities and limitations. Most people who have voluntarily resorted to fasting for ...
-Dieting Versus Fasting
A light diet, such as the eliminating diet, is offered as a substitute for fasting, particularly in chronic disease, While we employ such diets quite often and ...
-Lost Appetite
One of the most common complaints of the chronic sufferer is this: I have lost my appetite. Frequently the complaint takes this form: I eat, but I do not enjoy ...
-Plenty Of Good Nourishing Food
'Nourishment!' is the prevailing cry of those who would cure us, says Adolph Just in his Return to Nature; 'you need more nourishment!' But how can a body be ...
-Fear Of Fasting Unfounded
The thin and weak individual, knowing little or nothing of fasting, may be excused for his fear of fasting, but the plethoric and overweight individual ...
-Starvation From Over-Feeding
Great numbers of the chronic sufferers who habitually over-eat are very thin and grow progressively thinner with the passage of time. Indeed, one frequently ...
-Fictional Desire For Food
Many chronic sufferers think they are ravenous. They feel that their supposed desire for food should be satisfied. There is a great mass of chronic sufferers ...
-Undigested Food In The Stomach
It is not unusual, in certain cases, of indigestion, to have food remain in the stomach two or three days. Beaumont found that food taken in certain morbid ...
-Instinctive Eating
There have been men who approved of fasting in acute disease, but not in chronic disease, on the ground that so long as nature demands food, food should be ...
-Nature Accepts The Fast
In chronic disease digestion is not suspended. In many cases it seems not to be impaired. Appetite may and may not be present. There is not, therefore, the ...
-Elimination
Due to many causes waste accumulates during the entire life period of the body. The older the body and the more gluttony and sensuality have been indulged in, ...
-Fasting and Physiological Rest
It should be obvious that when energy is low and functions are inefficient, a period of physiological rest will be beneficial. When the digestive function is ...
-Relief Of Pain
Fasting not only brings absolute comfort to those who have a fatal disease, but it brings comfort in every other disease, cuts all diseases short, and gives ...
-Pleasures Of The Practitioner
Dr. Arthur Vos grows poetic in his praise of the benefits of fasting in chronic disease. He says: I can conceive of no greater pleasure in the pursuit of my ...
-Some "Orthodox" Testimony
Asclepiades used fasting 2,000 years ago, as did Thessalus of Tralles; Celsus employed fasting in jaundice and epilepsy; Avicenna used to fast his patients ...
-A Few Diseases Considered
It is not intended here to do more than consider a few so-called diseases, as object lessons in the use of the fast, as these are covered in greater number in ...
-Fasting In Nervous Diseases
In many quarters there exists a strange prejudice against the employment of the fast in what are called nervous diseases. It is customary to recommend a full ...
-Chapter XXXVI Fasting In Drug Addiction
Alcoholism Dewey seems to have been the first to call attention to the great value of fasting in alcoholism. His book, Chronic Alcoholism, first published in ...
-Nicotinism
Let us look at tobacco next. Nicotinism, like alcoholism, is a chronic illness that is more or less willfully, although largely ignorantly cultivated. Young ...
-Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
It should not be necessary to devote space to coffee, tea, chocolate and cocoa addiction. These poisonous substances (caffeine-containing drugs) are used by ...
-Other Poison Habits
Other drug habits, such as the opium and morphine habit, the cocaine habit, the chloral habit, etc., are developed in much the same manner and follow much the ...
-Opium Addiction
The opium and morphine habits are often the result of the use of these drugs by the physician in the treatment of some disease that can be more readily, and ...
-After-Care Of The Addict
It seems necessary to point out that any return to the prior mode of living, after the fast, will reproduce a state of enervation and toxemia, thus giving rise ...
-Chapter XXXVII Fasting Versus Eliminating Diets
There is today much loose talking and writing about fasting by writers and lecturers and doctors who have never conducted and in the majority of instances, ...
-Food Cures
Diet cures are quite popular at this time and are now exploited from the housetops by all and sundry. There are grape cures, lemon cures, orange cures. onion ...
-Deficiencies
The other half-truth upon which diet cures are based is that diseases are due to nutritive deficiencies, and cure follows an adequate supply of the deficient ...
-Less Food Better
Writing in Physical Culture, May, 1915, Dortch Campbell says: There is nothing that can be found as an actual substitute for fasting, nothing which will give ...
-Helio-Hygiene (Sunbathing)
MAN wants but little here below, and between meals a pickaninny will content itself with liberty, light and air, and a couple of rag-babies. Felix L. Oswald ...
-Chapter XXXVIII Sun-Bathing
Life is a sun-child, says Dr. Oswald; nearly all species of plants and animals attain the highest form of their development in the neighborhood of the equator.
-Sun-Bathing. Continued
Arnold Rikli, who died in 1907 at the age of 97, is regarded as the originator of the modern practice of sun-bathing. For over half a century he prescribed sun- ...
-Chapter XXXIX Sunlight
Scientists have made many efforts to define light and many more to determine what it is. So far no fully satisfactory definition has been formulated and no one ...
-Chapter XL The Use Of Sunshine
Dr. James C. Jackson wrote: I think it may be said with perfect truth, that no living organism, of whatever species, whose subject has a brain, a pair of lungs, ...
-The Use Of Sunshine. Continued
Plants turn their leaves and flowers to face the sun, and some of these, like the sun-flower, follow the sun around, seemingly in order to have the largest ...
-Sunshine And Resistance
Saleeby says: That a properly aired and lighted skin becomes a velvety, supple, copper coloured tissue, absolutely immune from anything of the nature of ...
-Sunshine And Mental Efficiency
As might have been expected, any influence which produces such marked effects upon nutrition and occasions such profound changes in the superficial as well as ...
-Sunshine For The Unborn
Sunshine stimulates the growth of hair. Under its influence, breathing becomes deeper and slower; sleep sounder, blood-pressure is diminished, and urinary ...
-Sunshine Assures Better Milk
Sunbaths before and after childbirth increase the mother's ability to nurse her baby and improve the quality of the milk, while they tend to prevent tiredness, ...
-Sunshine For Mothers
The subjection of a pregnant woman to daily sunbaths will benefit both her and the developing foetus, and I am convinced, will also do much towards lessening ...
-Sunshine In Growth
Sunlight is also especially important during puberty and adolescence, when profound internal reorganizations are taking place. After a fast or a wasting ...
-Sunshine For Preservation Of Health
If sunlight is so necessary to the perpetuation of life, and the production of normal development, it is equally necessary to the preservation of health and ...
-Chapter XLI Sunshine In Sickness
It should not be assumed that sunlight is, in itself, a cure for disease. It is supplementary to other hygienic or nutritive factors--it is not a cure. It may ...
-Sunshine In Sickness. Continued
Dark-skinned races do not absorb sunshine as rapidly as the lighter skinned peoples and, consequently, when housed, clothed and transplanted to regions where ...
-Chapter XLII Suntan And Sunburn
Prolonged exposure of the unprotected skin to the sun's rays results in severe and painful burning, prostration and even death. Necessary and useful as is ...
-Tanning
The bronzing or browning of the skin due to a deposit of pigment (melanin granules) around the nuclei of the epidermal and basal cells, following exposure to ...
-Precautions For Heliophobes
Individuals whose skins redden, blister and sizzle, but never tan, are said to be heliophobes, and are advised to stay out of the sun. I think this is ...
-Lotions And Suntan Preparations
Articles on sunbathing which appear in popular magazines and newspapers tend to emphasize the dangers of sunbathing on the one hand, and the virtues of sun-tan ...
-Thickening Of The Corneum
The second protective mechanism developed by the body is a thickening of the corneum. This is the horny or uppermost layer of the skin. The pigment is in the ...
-Avoiding The Sun
The body's third defense against the sun is that of getting out of it before an over-dose has been received. Even animals whose bodies are not nude, but are ...
-Chapter XLIII Substitutes For Sun-Bathing
In some form or other radiant energy plays many parts in all animal as well as plant activity, so that an investigation of the whole effects of the sun's ...
-Chapter XLIV Objections To Sun-Bathing
In an article appearing in The Cosmopolitan, July, 1949, under the title In Defense of Dermathermy, Wolcott Gibbs presents the following objections to ...
-Chapter XLV The Sun Bath
Efforts are made in many quarters to convince everyone that the sunbath is a complicated and extremely hazardous procedure that can be applied only by a ...
-First The Tan
One of the first things necessary in taking sun-baths is to acquire a good coat of tan. Women and others who do not desire a dark tan on their faces, necks and ...
-Enervation From Over-Sunning
Excess sunbathing proves to be very enervating and Tilden says he has seen patients who had so greatly enervated themselves by sunbathing, they were two years ...
-How To Sun-Bathe
Sunbathing is entirely different from the popular practice of enjoying the fresh air. The bath is taken with all of the clothing removed. Care must be taken ...
-Natural Protection Alone Needed
Protection of the head and eyes is usually strongly urged. This advice is pernicious. Man does not require goggles or bonnets any more than do the lower ...
-Eating And Sunbathing
Some caution against eating during or immediately following a sunbath. I know of no reason for either rule. It will be noticed that the lower animals usually ...
-Light Vs. Heat
The devitalizing influence of the hot sun is well known. People who lounge on the sand at the beaches at winter or summer resorts become lazy and indifferent, ...
-Time Of Day
A sun-bath taken at any time of the day will be beneficial and a busy person should take one at any time he or she can. But as the intensity of light and the ...
-Sunbathing Comfort
The sun-bath should be pleasant and, if it is taken progressively, will never cause discomfort. Care must be observed in the employment of sunbathing, in cold ...
-A Way Can Be Found
The excuse often offered for not getting sunbaths, that there is no place to take them, is a lame one. Some day all cities will be equipped with solaria. There ...
-Signs Of Excess
Excesses in sunbathing are usually quick to make themselves known. If headache, fatigue or upset stomach follow a sunbath, this indicates an overdose. Harm ...
-Precautions For Invalids
Sick and weak individuals need sunbaths most; yet these must observe greatest care in taking them. A headache, indigestion, or any other evidence of impaired ...
-Chapter XLVI The Air Bath
Sun-baths, light-baths, and air-baths are collectively referred to by Rikli, Monteuius and others as the atmospheric cure. The literature on the subject is so ...







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