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Natural Hygiene History

Natural Hygiene History

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Natural Hygiene
The beginnings of natural hygiene go back thousands of years. Over 2000 years ago, Hippocratestaught basic natural hygiene principles. Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of modernmedicine, although modern medicine today seems far removed from his teachings.
Hippocrates established medical theory on rational scientific principles, and he believed that diseasehad only natural causes and not supernatural ones. Furthermore, he regarded the human body as awhole organism, treating patients in what we today call a holistic manner with proper diet, fresh airand attention to habits and living conditions.
The Hippocratic Oath, named after Hippocrates, was meant to give the medical profession a sense ofduty towards humanity.
The Hippocratic Oath
"I swear by Apollo, the physician, and Asclepius and Health, and All-Heal, and all the gods and goddesses that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this oath and stipulation: 
To reckon him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him and relieve his necessities if required; to regard his offspring as on the same footing with my own brother, and to teach them this art if they should wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation, and that by precept, lecture and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by stipulation and oath, according to the law of medicine, but to none others.
I will follow that method of treatment which, according to my ability and judgement, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.
I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to any woman an instrument to produce abortion.
With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art. I will not cut a person who is suffering from a stone, but will leave this to be done by practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and further from the seduction of females or males, bond or free.
Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I may see or hear in the lives of men which ought not to be spoken abroad I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men at all times, but should I trespass and violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot." 
Apparently those entering the medical profession no longer say the Hippocratic Oath. One wonderswhy.
Many Natural Hygienists based their initial research on the Scriptures. Genesis 1 verse 29 states:
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Returning to More Recent Times
Natural Hygiene, as it is today, can be traced back to
Dr Isaac Jennings
(of Oberlin, Ohio, USA)who, after practising medicine for 20 years, began to ask questions when, during a fever outbreak inthe summer of 1815, a patient who rested, drank water and did nothing, recovered in absolute recordtime compared to patients who had been medicated. Based on this, Dr Jennings noted similar resultswith many other patients.
He then went on to treat many patients with what must have been one of the first placebo (dummypill) treatments. In 1822 he gave up medical pills, plasters, powders and potions and treated patientswith pills made from bread and vegetable-coloured water for the next 20 years. This he only did tokeep the patients’ confidence in him. He would then advise his patients to correct their lifestyle anddiet to a more natural approach. He then practised for a further 20 years the "do nothing mode oftreating disease." He wrote three books,
"Medicine Reform" 
"Philosophy of Human Life" 
 (1852) and
"Tree of Life" 
Natural hygiene was often referred to at this stage as
Dr Jennings had a great influence upon Dr R T Trall, who went on to do more for the hygienemovement than any man, next to Dr Herbert Shelton.
Dr Russell Thacher Trall
was born in 1812 in Connecticut, and after graduating from a regular orAllopathic School of Medicine, he practised as a regular Doctor for 12 years. Dr Trall wasremembered as an independent and thinking mind whilst at medical school (much to the dismay of hisprofessors).
After spending some time in Europe to investigate so-called hydro-therapy at various clinics, hereturned and designed or developed a system, which he called Hygieo-therapy. He set out to promotethe welfare of mankind by teaching the
Laws of Life
and the conditions of health so as to preventrather than cure sickness and disease.
He was the founder of
The New York Hydrophatic and Physiologist School
, later changed to
TheNew York College of Hygieo-Therapy
. It had the right to confer the degree "Doctor of Medicine" andadmitted both sexes (very daring for those days). Besides having a fully equipped laboratory andlarge library, the College/School taught Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,Pathology, Psychology, Hygiene, Dietetics, Callisthenics, Theory and Practice of the “Healing Art”diagnosis, Therapeutics, Jurisprudence (science or the philosophy of law), nature cure, water cureand other subjects including dissection. The faculty members were all doctors in their various fieldsfrom chemistry to surgery and obstetrics.
At about the same time,
Sylvester Graham
(born 1794) entered Amherst College to study as aMinister of Religion. Whilst there, he studied anatomy and physiology. He left the ministry later tolecture on the
Science of Human Life
During a cholera epidemic in 1832, he went around teaching and lecturing on the importance of freshfruit and vegetables and whole grains in the diet, as well as abstinence from meat and meat products,alcohol and other stimulants or narcotics, correct sleeping, bathing, clothing and exercise habits toavoid cholera, with astounding results.
At the time, the average person (influenced strongly by Europe) believed that animal flesh and fleshbroths with a little good wine and complete abstinence from most fruit and vegetables were the bestway to escape cholera! This was backed by the then "Board of Health".
Many others followed the Natural Hygiene route, such as
Drs Susana and Mary Dodds, Dr A MRoss, Dr Joel Shaw, Dr G H Taylor, Dr J C Jackson
- the list is almost endless.
Most of these people wrote books with titles such as
"The Natural Cure" 
"How Nature Cures" 
"The Exact Science of Health" 
"The Fasting Cure" 
, etc.
Today’s natural hygiene was very much developed by
Dr Herbert M Shelton
, another disillusionedmedical Doctor who wrote the "Bible" of natural hygiene,
"Human Life, its Philosophy and Practices of Orthopathy" 
, and who, for many years, ran his Health School in San Antonio.
One of his students,
Virginia V Vetrano
, went on to become one of the founders of the
Institute ofNatural Hygiene or Life Science
, which unfortunately no longer exists.
Today, much can be learned from books written by
Bernarr Macfadden
Ross Horne
Dr Robert SMendelsohn
Dr Henry G Bieler
, and
Dr Weston Price
Dr Dean Ornish
Udo Erasmus
. InSouth Africa, people like
Professor Bernard Meyer
Professor Meiring
Dr A R P Walker
Dr André Kruger
can be seen to be carrying the torch of themodern medical reformer.
The basis then of natural hygiene is that we are designed to be healthy, i.e.:
Health is Normal and Natural,Disease is Not
and that
Health is as a Result ofHealthy Living and that alone
You cannot buy health! If you could, Howard Hughes and Aristotle Onassis, two of the richestmen in the world, would not have died prematurely.
Natural hygiene teaches that using drugs, medicines, herbs, vitamins, supplements, etc. areunnecessary and in fact, harmful. Natural hygiene teaches that the best way to help a body in a sickor diseased state is to
"intelligently do nothing"
at the same time, establishing the conditions ofhealth which are fresh air, pure water, rest and sleep, wholesome foods (especially fruit, vegetables,nuts and seeds), cleanliness, comfortable temperature, sunshine, exercise, constructive work,emotional poise, self mastery, recreation and a pleasant environment.
We will now take a look at how healthy living can slow down, stop or even reverse degenerativediseases. 
 Natural Hygiene history is part of the history of healing and medicine- so here is first an overview.  
This has been the com mon w ay to look at disease for m illennia, and is still very popular: 
Disease is the problem  - and the w ay to get rid of the diseasis to stop the disease symptom s. The cause is mysterious.Fear of inexplicably being struck by disease is typical.

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