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To all who believe in the omniscience of phenomena--that action and reaction are inherent--a part of an object and its environment-- and that the two forces are equal--that compensation is ever and forever in the balance of necessity"; that the law of adjustment is always immanent, and demand and supply are ever-present; that "the cause of any and every need of a living entity is at the same time the cause of the satisfaction of that need"; that every noxious influence "acting" on the human body is extinguished eo ipso; that the noxious agent itself occasions the creation of the protective device which renders it innocuous; that the movements of the living organism, in "disease" as in health, are always teleological, always lawful, and always in the highest interest of Life; that the disposition of the forces of Life may safely be left to the eternal and immutable laws of Life; this book is dedicated

TitleThe Hygienic System: Orthopathy
AuthorHerbert M. Shelton
PublisherDr. Shelton's Health School
Year1939
Copyright1939, Dr. Shelton's Health School
AmazonHygienic System Orthopathy Vol VI

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", Etc.

-Introduction
The progress of Medical Reform has reached a stage which to all who can read the signs of the times is a sufficient presage of its victory. Its exponents have obtained a hearing. The transition period...
-Introduction. Part 2
In 1849 the American Hydropathic Society was founded. Joel Shew, M. D., was made president and R. T. Trall was made Chairman of Directors. Any physician residing in the United States of America, havi...
-Introduction. Part 3
Nature ever points the true and perfect way, Therefore, learn betimes ne'er from her path to stray. The System built by Jennings, Trall, Graham and their contemporaries and successors, they calle...
-Introduction. Part 4
The Hydropathic organ of intelligence, The Water Cure Journal, has a very extensive circulation, has obtained a strong hold on the public mind, and, all things considered, takes a very commendable st...
-Introduction. Part 5
Again, he says: I charge and shall undertake to prove--nay, I shall prove, for it is true, and I have the evidence--that the regular medical profession, in all of its standard authorities, text-books...
-Introduction. Part 6
In reply to the charge of infidelity, the Grahamites proclaimed that the assertion that every misfortune and sickness is a dispensation of Divine Providence, which no foresight nor care on our part c...
-Chapter I Living Matter Cures Itself
The greatest engineering feat of which we know anything is the building of a complex animal organism from a microscopic ovum. Think, for instance, of the marvels of the human body with its pulleys and...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 2
The power of cure is inherent in living matter. Beginning with the tiniest microscopic cell or germ and extending to the most highly complex organism of which we know, the power of healing or cure is ...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 3
2. The power of healing which is evidenced either by what is termed healing by first intention, or healing by second intention, upon the occurrence of any wound or abrasion. Whether the continuity...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 4
If an artery is cut, blood gushes in profusion, lowering arterial pressure. Syncope (swooning) occurs; the hemorrhage decreases; a blood cot forms, sealing the artery; the hemorrhage definitely ceases...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 5
By cutting off the legs and tail of a salamander, Spallanzi got in the course of three months, six crops of these members. In one season one animal produced 087 perfect bones with their appropriate mu...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 6
Between the power which repairs a trifling injury in any part, or that knits a broken bone or heals a serious wound, and the power which previously was occupied in maintenance of the body, there is no...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 7
In a marvelous manner these glands enlarge (hyperthrophy) to enable them to meet the extra demand made upon them when the toxins in the body are in excess of their normal capacity to meet and destroy....
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 8
The whole of the modern medical practice of vaccine, serum, and antitoxin therapy is based upon the supposition that the body manufactures substances called anti-toxins, anti-bodies, antigens, etc., w...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 9
The encapsulation of exudates, excretions, extravasations, disintegrating tissues, germs, parasites, bullets and other foreign bodies renders them harmless. The processes and structures it evolves are...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 10
The heart and lungs are carefully protected by being enclosed in a bony cage made up of ribs, spinal column and sternum. Nature fortifies and places all the vital organs in the least exposed and most ...
-Living Matter Cures Itself. Part 11
The voice of history and the laws and powers of life cry aloud in praise of hygiene and in denouncing therapeutics. It will be noticed in all the examples given of the power of self-repair that no ...
-Chapter II The Rational Of "Diseases"
For ages men have sought the answer to the question, what is disease? Today it is generally admitted that this question cannot be answered. They are now content to say, disease is a departure from h...
-Recovery Without Treatment
If disease is an antagonistic element of any nature, and has succeeded in making a successful attack upon the body and obtained so firm a hold that the powers of life are unable to throw it off; i...
-Irritation
A slight sense of uneasiness, we call irritation; if it is severe, we call it pain. Irritability and excitability are terms employed to describe the ability, disposition, or property of cells and tiss...
-Pain
An excitant applied to an organ or part occasions exaltation of its functional activities and an elevation of its sensations. If the irritating effect is prolonged or intensified there follows sensati...
-Pain. Continued
Pain arises from many diverse causes, such as traumatic injury--a cut, or bruise--acute irritation, inflammation, chilblains, crude substances passing through the bowels, nervous excitement, an absces...
-Coughing And Sneezing
The respiratory movements are inhibited during the act of swallowing, so that food cannot be drawn into the pharnyx. If the acts of swallowing and inspiration are not properly correlated, small partic...
-Vomiting
Many drugs--epsom salts, ipecac, strychnine, calomel, common table salt, etc.--will occasion vomiting or emesis. The ordinary action of the stomach is reversed and the drug is cast up. When the stomac...
-Diarrhea
Purgation, says Trall, is vital action in relation to things abnormal, and is in proportion to the vigor of the bowels. He points out that when the bowels expel colocynth or croton oil with a force...
-Fluxes
Under the heading of fluxes I intend to treat acute and chronic discharges, such as colds, catarrhs, running sores, etc. A few years ago the medical head of a sanitarium with which I was conn...
-Accelerated Heart Beat
All experience and observation reveal that in acute disease there is accelerated circulation. The increased circulation is concomitant with and grows out of accelerated heart action and increased re...
-Fits--Convulsions
Jennings wrote: Instead of fits tending to the destruction of life, they tend to its preservation; and indeed, are as absolutely necessary, in some cases, for the ekeing out of life, as the repairs o...
-Prostration
In all conditions of disease there is a reduction of nervous energy and a lessened ability of the organs of the body to perform their functions. Although certain functions are for a time exalted, th...
-Suspended Animation
The following quotation from Jennings well illustrates the principle of conservation of power we are here attempting to make clear: In the course of my 'let alone' practice, I have many times been as...
-Vital Symptoms Classified
In considering the above proof that disease is a curative process we find two general classes of phenomena to be present in all acute disease--namely, (1) increase of function, and (2) decrease of...
-Life Not Passive
Our evidence shows that the organic world, the world of living things, is not passive under the impact or touch of external force and substance, but responds to it, and acts and reacts with a play of ...
-What Is "Disease"
The nosologies of the schools class as evil, as disease, all vital efforts to get rid of pathogen. Hence inflammation, though a vivid effort to remedy trouble, is a disease ; fever is a disease,...
-What Is "Disease". Continued
In speaking of smallpox, medical men frequently say: The chief difficulty in diagnosis lies in those cases where the disease is so virulent that the patient dies before the eruption develops. This s...
-Orthopathy
Ours is a universe of law and order. Every law is the expression of a force--every force must act lawfully, being unable to act in any other way. Every organ in man's body is designed for particular f...
-Normal Or Abnormal
The biologist, T. Swann Harding, says that the sciences of medicine and biology certainly do not know what is normal. He says that the organism tested may be 'abnormal' and may demon-state approp...
-Unity Of Health And "Disease"
All of this leads inevitably to a recognition of the essential unity of the actions of the body in health and its actions in disease. Back of both groups of actions are the same powers of life and t...
-Vital And Non Vital Processes
It is essential that we learn to separate the vital forces and vital activities from the extra-vital, non-vital and anti-vital, mechanical, chemical, thermal and electrical forces and their effects. W...
-Vital And Non Vital Processes. Continued
These modifications of functions are looked upon by the various schools of healing as foes of life. The efforts of the body to defend and repair itself are looked upon as the very things that endang...
-Teleology
There is nothing prenatural in disease. Its phenomena or symptoms are marked by purpose, and that purpose is beneficient. Except for disease, the patient would die. Dr. Claunch declares disease ...
-A New Vocabulary Needed
A new science requires a new vocabulary and up to now the Hygienic principles have only been able to stutter in the language of old-school medicine. Its conceptions have not yet been naturalized in hu...
-No Danger In Biogony
Past and present systems have regarded physiological action as evil, merely because unusual. Trall said: The extra expenditure of power is the very essence of disease. *** Disease is the 'extraordina...
-Failure Does Not Alter Nature
Failure of the effort to eliminate pathogen and restore structural integrity does not alter the essential nature or the healthward tendency of the vital struggle. Trall said if the process of inflamm...
-Chapter III The Rationale Of "Fever"
Fever (pyrexia), from fevero to heat, is an elevation of body temperature, accompanied by a quickened pulse, preceded and accompanied by varying degrees of failing nutrition and organic waste. A stand...
-Excess Warmth Stops Cell Activity
We can raise the temperature of the amoeba as high as we like for we supply the heat from the outside. It is not a product of the cell's own activity. In the body, in fever, this is not so. The heat i...
-Excess Warmth Stops Cell Activity. Part 2
The prevailing theory is that the waste of tissue, even of bone, and the changes in the blood, including the diminution of the red cells, is due to the fever; that the fever burns up the tissues and t...
-Excess Warmth Stops Cell Activity. Part 3
The entire series of phenomena represent an organic unit. Fever per se is a necessary increase in body temperature designed to enable the body or some part or parts of it to effectively destroy some...
-Excess Warmth Stops Cell Activity. Part 4
Dr. Wm. F. Havard says: No one ever died of fever. Some observers record temperatures in acute diseases of well over 108 degrees Fahrenheidt, with complete recovery of the patient. Dr. Shew says,...
-Chapter IV Rationale Of Inflammation
If the doctrine of Fever formed one of the fundamental principles of Allopathic medicine, the doctrine of Inflammation formed the other. Prof. Pain declared (Institutes of Medicine, P. 464), The most...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 2
In explaining the Rationale of inflammation Dr. Trall said, Hydropathic Encyclopedia, (1851,) Vol. 2, p. 108: Inflammation as well as fever, is the effort of the vital powers to protect the organis...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 3
The arteries and veins dilate and the circulation is quickened. After a brief time the rate of circulation in the dilated vessels slows down until it is slower than normal. The web becomes swollen fro...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 4
The white blood corpuscles are seen in the exudate in greater abundance than under normal circumstances. These cells are credited with wonderful powers of destroying germs, particles of dead matter, e...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 5
Germs must be pent up in the wound or abscess before they can set up a morbid process. Nature is not afraid of dust or germs or air. Dr. Tilden rightly says: The whole question of wound infection hin...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 6
Cyanide of potassium, an excellent Allopathic remedy, if applied locally causes inflammation of the skin with an exzematous eruption, and if applied in quantity to an abraded surface will produce fat...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 7
In an abscess, in appendicitis, and similar internal conditions, inflammation serves the same defensive and reparative purposes as when it develops in the superficial structures of the body. It is nev...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 8
Dr. Jennings observed: It is common for physicians to estimate the danger in inflammatory affections, by the degree of violence or force of inflammatory action, and hence they are solicitous to keep ...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 9
Medical pathologists have summed up the characteristics and concomitants of inflammation; all of the consequences to the system from chemical and mechanical agents, when the inflammation fails or only...
-Rationale Of Inflammation. Part 10
The inability of pathologists to discover any definite physiological or pathological distinctions between different occasions of inflammation, has caused medical men to name it according to its locali...
-Chapter V The Rationale Of Crises
A crisis may be defined as a vigorous effort of the body to free itself of toxins, either through some of the normal outlets of the body--bowels, kidneys,--; or through some compensatory channel. Cris...
-The Rationale Of Crises. Continued
In this connection a statement made by Dr. Trall is of interest. He says: Critical efforts attempt to perform a threefold duty: Eliminate morbid matters, balance the circulation of the blood, and equ...
-Chapter VI Self - Limited Diseases
Medical men say that most if not all acute diseases are self-limited. They explain this term to mean that the disease persists until the body cures itself by forming a sufficiency of immune substa...
-Chapter VII Biogony Not A Radical Cure
The fact that so-called acute disease is a curative process is so revolutionary in its nature that its acceptance by the various schools of Heteropathic medicine would mean the complete destruction ...
-Chapter VIII The Course Of Bionogy
The succession of symptoms occurring in a case of biogony constitutes its course. Instead of the wild disorder and confusion one would expect under the attack theory of disease, these developments...
-Prodromus
Each of these stages in the evolution of disease is marked by its own characteristic developments, the sequences of events following in orderly fashion throughout. In other words the phenomena of ...
-Prodromus. Continued
These periods are of uncertain duration except the reactive stage of the self-limited diseases. Maladies such as rheumatism, neuralgia, neuritis, appendicitis, etc., present a wide range of differen...
-Chapter IX Prognosis
Prognosis is the art of forming an estimate of the probable future of a case, an attempt to tell whether the patient is progressing towards recovery or death. General prognosis refers to disease ...
-Chapter X The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms
Ours is a world of amazing multiplicity. It is a world of endless changes, increasing divergences and ever widening differentiations. So broad and boundless is the multiplicity around us and in us tha...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 2
Casting the confusing nosologies and classifications of the schools to the wind, Dr. Jennings says, most systems of medicine, in their nosological character, are but attempts to classify the phenomen...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 3
The terms measles, typhoid fever, pneumonia, etc., only indicate a more or less distinctive group of symptoms--a symptom-complex. Bach disease is a group of symptoms that varies greatly with differe...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 4
The established practice of giving different names to similar conditions, simply because they are located in different parts of the body, is very short-sighted and leads to treating the affected organ...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 5
The multiplication of names is almost limitless. We find malnutritional edema labeled, ship dropsy, prison dropsy, and famine dropsy, depending on the circumstances under which the victim of malnutrit...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 6
The symptoms of catarrhal inflammation differ somewhat with different locations. If it is located in a narrow passage as in the bile duct, Eustachian tubes, urethra, neck of the womb, or bronchial tub...
-The Unity Of Diseases And Symptoms. Part 7
Again: You own some prejudices about yourself and your ailments. They are a menace or a hindrance to your health. Let us get rid of them. All your prejudices amount to one. They arise from the mistak...
-Chapter XI The Evolution Of Pathology
The principles of Continuity and Unity, which underlie all of modern science and which permeate all of its literature, have never found an acceptance in the field of medicine, and particularly in the ...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 2
It has long been taught that the seat and nature of disease are in great measure learned by a study of the symptoms, but these require to be analyzed and classified and confirmed by autopsies to ...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 3
The commencing stage is necessary to the very existence of pathology. It is difficult to say at what precise point perfect health begins to pass into disease. Organs and functions verge from the ide...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 4
The contrast between health and impaired health is the difference between a healthy and a morbid circle of affinities, based on a good and a bad metabolism respectively. Pathology is the complex effec...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 5
The subject of pathology has been divided into many parts in order to make a complete inventory of changes in each organ and tissue, and in each biogony; but this, it should be clearly understood, is ...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 6
We watch the decline of symptoms and the return of health and the subsequent development of a different group of symptoms and lose the continuity of the etiological thread because the two-diseases...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 7
In diabetes the pancreas is not the only organ involved; for, the causes of diabetes have not concentrated their attack and spent their force upon the pancreas. Diabetes is preceded by and accompanied...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 8
The supposition that the organic locality of an affection makes a difference in its essential nature or character is the source of much confusion. So-called local pathologies represent different aspec...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 9
If there is no isolated pathology, there can be no isolated symptom-- the later is as absurd as the former. Purinton is almost wholly correct when he declares that a symptom tells nothing and foretel...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 10
A child starts life under modern conditions of meddlesome midwifery, over-feeding, wrong feeding, coddling, over-clothing, too much handling, lack of fresh air and sunshine, noise, too much excitement...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 11
A common mistake is to regard diseases as cured and health restored when the symptoms have ceased. In reality the patient is in the same condition he was just prior to their appearance. It is still ...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 12
Dr. Hugh S. Cummings, Surgeon-General of the United States Public Health Service says: Physical examinations of school children have shown that defects are common in the lowest grades. Data obtained ...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 13
The great obstacle to a correct understanding of pathology and the problems it presents, and, consequently, the chief impediment to its removal, is the too exclusive attention paid to particular modes...
-The Evolution Of Pathology. Part 14
True to our ancient practice of lopping off branches instead of cutting away the roots, we suppress colds, fevers, eruptions, pains, and other symptoms; remove tonsils and adenoids, drain the ...
-Chapter XII The Causes Of Pathology
The cause of any phenomenon is the sum of all antecedent conditions necessary to bring about the effect, result, condition, or phenomenon. An antecedent is a determining factor--a contributory cause. ...
-Enervation
An animal has been defined as a nervous system served by organs. The whole body is supplied with nerves and so jugulated is the network that if all the tissues of the body could be melted away, leavin...
-Impairment Of Organic Function
The nervous system presides over organic functioning--all its functions are controlled by the nervous system--the nervous function being the only exception. When nerve energy is normal organic functio...
-Toxemia
Disease means poisoning. All so-called disease gives evidence of being caused by toxins. Trall said: There are aside from accidents-- mechanical injuries--but two sources of disease in the world,...
-Toxemia. Part 2
Physiology plainly reveals mutual relations existing between the organs and the blood. The blood is not a self-forming fluid, but owes its state to the functions of the numerous organs, so that no mat...
-Toxemia. Part 3
There are many toxemias, some arising from simple chemical substances, arising as end-products of metabolism, or as slightly abnormal intermediary products, others arising from the formation of more c...
-Intestinal Toxemia
Intestinal toxemia is poisoning (infection) by decomposition products absorbed from the digestive tract. The toxins are exogenous--of outside origin. Enervation checks secretion and lowers digestiv...
-Organic Toxemia
The term, organic toxemia, we apply to toxins arising within the body as a result of destructive processes going on in one or more of its organs. Sometimes the toxins are contained in pus, as those de...
-Chemical Toxemia
I have employed the term chemical toxemia for the want of a better one. By this I mean poisoning by drugs, chemicals, radium, dyes, food adulterants, bleaches, vaccines, serums, antitoxins, etc., whet...
-Toxic Deposits
We hold to the theory that the body deposits at various places in the tissues much of the uneliminated toxins and renders them as harmless as possible. Sylvester Graham wrote: the vital economy has s...
-Toxemic Developments
Having presented the chief sources of poisoning--of primary toxemia and the various complicating toxemias--it is now necessary to view the effects of these. First, however, let us say, with Dr. Weger,...
-Toxemic Developments. Part 2
When the diarrhea of mucous, that is the means of expelling toxins in what is called a cold, has reduced the toxins to the toleration point, the cold ends spontaneously. It is customary to say, it is ...
-Toxemic Developments. Part 3
But few crises, if the subject is properly cared for, ever go on to serious organic change, and the come-back under Hygienic care is much greater than in the regular way, and the degree of loss of fun...
-Toxemic Developments. Part 4
Toxin from retained metabolic waste (checked elimination) and toxin from bacterial fermentation in the digestive tract, evolve such a state of pan-toxemia that crises are repeatedly, often almost cont...
-Toxemic Developments. Part 5
Medical literature abounds with discussions on the successive stages of disease, the sequelae of disease, secondary specific diseases, etc., but they fail to grasp the essential oneness of all s...
-Toxemic Developments. Part 6
Perhaps we cannot expect those who believe in special creation in pathology to accept the truth that the eruptive diseases (exanthema) are toxemic crises, complicated by putrescent poisoning, and th...
-Heredity
For a study of the principles of heredity, the reader is referred to Vol. 5 of this series. There it will be learned that heredity is the transmission of germinal characteristics, including germinal w...
-Diathesis--Predisposition
Constitution is the sum total of the comparative development and soundness of all the organs of the body at any given time. It is susceptible of improvement or impairment. The best constitutions am...
-Animal And Vegetable Parasites
Many parasites find a habitat in and on the human body and, under certain conditions, these are capable of causing much trouble. Under favorable conditions these parasites multiply very rapidly, where...
-Germs
The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, March 12, 1924, in an editorial entitled New Conceptions of Disease and Treatment, discusses the trend away from bacteriology and the laboratory specialist a...
-Germs. Part 2
Bacteria both lose, and at other times gain, a certain degree of virulence and toxicity. Since this is limited by the environment in which they live, it is natural to conclude that it is their environ...
-Germs. Part 3
If germs are powerless against a healthy body the logical preventive is the cultivation of health. If the body manufactures its own antiseptics and antitoxins it should be supplied with the proper ele...
-Germs. Part 4
The hemolytic streptococcus is a micro-organism with the reputation of being a dangerous invader of the human body. It is considered a real menace to health. Observations have verified the fact that t...
-Germs. Part 5
Dr. Pettenkofer, professor of bacteriology, at the university of Vienna, reached the conclusion that germs do not cause disease. One day, while instructing his class in the bacteriological laborator...
-Germs. Part 6
Similar experiments with the same negative results were carried out in Philadelphia, at Camp Pike, and at other places. Surely such results or lack of results do not speak well for the germ theory in ...
-Infection
The word infection is bandied about by doctors of high and low degree and by laymen as though it were of settled meaning. The word is an old one and is used now with a different meaning than it had a ...
-Epidemics
An epidemic is mass sickness in which one form of biogony predominates, either actually or psychologically. One so-called disease is made the head-liner, and there is a tendency to diagnose all illn...
-Epidemics. Part 2
If one's physical condition is ripe for the development of, let us say scarlet fever, he will develop it, even though there is not another case on earth. That is the way the first case developed. If h...
-Epidemics. Part 3
Jennings truly declared: Those present whose capital stock is not equal to the emergency, are prostrated more or less, according to the amount of sustaining energy which they have in store at the tim...
-Resistance And Immunity
Man is adapted to his environment; is coordinated with and adjusted to the universe and the cosmic rhythms. Only when his organism is impaired, from wrong living, do the natural elements of his enviro...
-Resistance And Immunity. Continued
Granting that he is right, where does the anti-bacterial substance come from? How does it get into the body; or how does the body produce it? Upon what conditions of food, air, rest, exercise, sunsh...
-Chapter XIII Causes Of Enervation
Enervation is a state of lowered nerve force, a condition brought on by using up nerve force in excess. A state of mere temporary or partial exhaustion of power from too long continued or excessive ac...
-Sensory Excesses
All of the nerves of special sense may be used to excess. Nerves, in their normal state, give out a feeling of comfort and Veil-being. When they have been forced to spend over much, or are forced to g...
-Mental And Emotional Causes
Great stress must be placed upon the emotional states in their office of producing enervation. No other school, save the purely psychological, emphasizes the bearing of the emotional stresses upon the...
-Mental And Emotional Causes. Part 2
Not only are the muscles and glands involved in digestion impaired by fear, but the muscles and glands of the whole body are impaired. Human beings, due to their more highly organized nervous systems,...
-Mental And Emotional Causes. Part 3
Work performed more for ultimate results than for the love of work and discovery of self, is not productive of poise, but rather its opposite-- tension--which ages, bringing hard arteries, cancer, apo...
-Excesses
All excess is harmful. Excess means over-indulgence in the normal or wholesome things of life. The word excess is not correctly applied when used in reference to tobacco, opium, alcohol, etc., for thi...
-Over-Work
Over activity is a form of excess. If we work too much or play too much, we gradually lessen our energy. Overwork is working beyond the compensatory power of the body during the hours allotted to rest...
-Sexual Abuses
Venery, or continued thought thereon, saps the nervous energies. The enervating influence of neither of these aspects of sex life has received the general recognition which it demands. One of the most...
-Nerve Leaks
Excessive talking, chronic coughing, nervous habits, as continual movement of some part of the body, are all enervating influences. The first two are particularly reprehensible. Many people make and k...
-Dietary Abuses
Digestive strain arises from eating food at wrong times, eating too often, eating in excessive quantity, insufficient mastication, eating food of poor quality, and eating foods in wrong combinations. ...
-Poison Habits
Substances which Nature never intended for the food of man have come to form a principle part of our diet; caustic spices torture our digestive organs; we ransack every clime for noxious weeds and in...
-Tobacco
nicotine: In time of stress, embarrassment, weariness, etc., there is only one logical thing for any man or woman to do--light a cigarette. Take a poison and handicap yourself. Prussic acid is the ...
-Alcohol
Alcohol is a strong poison and its use in any form is inimical to the human body, as indeed, it is to every organized thing in existence. It is a product of the decay of organic matter occasioned by b...
-Coffee. Caffeine
Coffee contains, besides caffeine, such harmful things as pyridine, caffeol, tannic acid, and aromatic oils. Pyridine is a poison developed by roasting the coffee. Coffee decreases one's efficiency...
-Tea. Theine
Theine, contained in tea, is a poisonous substance similar to the caffeine of coffee. Caffeine and theine are similar in their effects upon the body, producing an increased metabolism or energy produ...
-Chocolate. Theobromine
Chocolate and cocoa, due to their alkaloids, which act as slow poisons to the body, are harmful to the liver and stomach. They are mere excitants and supply no nutritive needs of the body. Theobromine...
-Cold Drinks
The cold drink habit is like all other habits--it grows on what it feeds. The soft drink factories run full blast in every state in the Union. There are thousands of these factories turning out drinks...
-Drugs
Drugs enervate and suppress. There are many very popular drug habits. Thousands daily take a purgative or a laxative to induce bowel action. Many thousands more employ drugs to aid digestion, or to br...
-Toxins
It is necessary to include in our tabulation, the enervating influence, not merely of toxic substances introduced into the body as such, but of those toxins that are generated in the body, in the inte...
-Treatment
All the various so-called schools of healing employ means of stimulating and inhibiting function in treating the sick body. For ages medicine men have assumed to dictate bodily processes, instead ...
-Deficiencies
All pathology arises from departures from bionomic ideals. Whatever is actually prejudicial to the general health becomes a factor in the production of all pathology, from a cold to cancer. The defici...
-Insufficient Rest And Sleep
Mental, physical, sensory and emotional activities, in fact, anything requiring action, use up nerve energy, but when indulged within normal resistance, rest and sleep, restore expenditure. When we pe...
-Climate
Exposure to heat and cold, exposure to heat and humidity and to meterological influences of either a stimulating or depressing nature, call for the expenditure of nerve energy in resisting them. They ...
-Social And Economic Causes
Among the potent causes of the physical defectiveness and suffering we see around us are poverty, ignorance, over-work, overcrowding and the evil effects of certain trades. The farmer is muscle-bou...
-Perversions
Perversions represent profound enervation and are seen in the sensual who have so exhausted their power that the ordinary or normal things of life have ceased to hold anything for them. In sex they re...
-Summary
There are no accidents in pathology and biogony any more than crops are accidents when the soil is well tilled and seeded. Only lack of understanding can declare illness to be an accident. The foundat...
-Chapter XIV The Conditions Of Recovery
The word cure has two diametrically opposite meanings. It is an equivoke and an unwary orthopath is liable to harm himself by its homonymy. It should be discarded by the Hygienist altogether, or oth...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 2
Over 135 years ago, Dr. Benjamin Rush said : The physician who can cure one disease by a knowledge of its principles may cure all; for their causes are the same. Look at the confusing medley of conf...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 3
Therapeutics is the art of meddling with the functions and operations of an organism, that is struggling to throw off a pathogenic influence, on the absurd idea that the meddler (doctor) knows more ab...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 4
Dr. Trall says: *** We must never forget that nature is the true physician. The restorative power is inherent in the living organism. All that the true healing art can do is to supply favorable condi...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 5
However, this need not bewilder or confuse us; for, it all sums up in toxemia. All of this confusion clears away when toxemia is understood ; order is brought out of chaos and certainty takes the plac...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 6
Even were a cure found that would eradicate a so-called disease, it would still leave a state of impaired health. There is no respite from law and order; there is no therapy that can cure without ...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 7
When the roar that greeted this jibe at the medical profession had subsided, the speaker continued: The land is flooded with sickness which flows from ignorance of nature's laws. Proper instruction w...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 8
Tilden says: The idea that disease can be cured is absurd. It is as reasonable to believe that a remedy can be given to overcome the effects of a knockdown blow over the head. It is as reasonable to ...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 9
After pointing out that the elements of nutrition--warmth, moisture, food, exercise, etc.--are the requirements of health, growth and maintenance, Dr. Densmore says: This is a universal law in organi...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 10
The Hygienist is bound to preserve, with the utmost care, the vital powers of his patient; to provide every condition favorable to recovery, and to avoid every measure in practice which has proven to ...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 11
The most important and most essential factor in the preservation and restoration of good health is an abundance of vital or healing power. A knowledge of the means or conditions of the conservation, a...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 12
A tired man may feel strong in the presence of danger. He may forget his fatigue under excitement. A cold plunge or a hot shower may exhilirate him for a moment. A cup of coffee or a dose of some drug...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 13
The heart is the great central organ of circulation. The blood moves in a circle, returning to the heart and being pumped out again. The more food one consumes the greater is the work of the heart and...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 14
The opposite theory of cure is the one now everywhere advocated. Sustain the patient's strength, is the cry everywhere heard. Support the vitality and the patient will surely rally. The theory we hol...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 15
It is very unfair to judge of the gravity of a condition by the readiness with which health is restored. Such a patient quite probably would have remained, like thousands of others, an invalid, for a...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 16
It is objected that one should be guided by his instincts and should not go to bed until he desires to. It is claimed that when we ignore our instincts we must pay the associated penalties. This objec...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 17
By resting he recuperates. By resting he enables the body to utilize the energy, usually expended in mental and physical work, but which is conserved through rest, in the work of elimination and repai...
-The Conditions Of Recovery. Part 18
It does not matter what the conditions are, time is a required element. Those mind cures, faith cures, etc., that appear to be instantaneous and that are permanent, can occur only in those cases where...
-Chapter XV Results Of Suppression Of Biogony
By suppression is meant thwarting, subduing, inhibiting, suspending, repressing, and destroying the automatic or spontaneous efforts of the body to defend itself from injury, repair damages and elimin...
-Results Of Suppression Of Biogony. Part 2
The above fully explains and makes clear what Jennings meant when he declared that curative measures, if they are to draw off all the vital powers from a local seat of disease, must at least be eq...
-Results Of Suppression Of Biogony. Part 3
Nature is compelled to resume her original struggle with diminished chances of success, shorn of just as much strength as she had to expend in combatting the additional enemy. She may even be compelle...







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