by Chris Beckett, special correspondent for The Best Years in Life This article is dedicated to all health-truth seekers everywhere, in the hope that the knowledge within it will inspire you as it did me; a system of health recovery/maintenance based on natural law, which saved my life from Leukemia 30 years ago, just y as one day……….. it may also save yours !! Early in the 19th Century a remarkable health discovery was made that tore away the mystery that surrounded disease, revolutionized the care of the sick, saved countless thousands from premature death (so prevalent in that period), and was the advent of a period of physiological enlightenment for both medical and laymen alike. This discovery, known as Natural Hygiene, and the pioneers who fought to bring its truths to light, constituted an incredible piece of American history that involved Statesmen and World famous figures. This article is just part of the absorbing story of the evolution of Natural Hygiene, the movement which was built around it, its struggle to gain acceptance for principles that were based on natural law and a rudimentary understanding of the amazing but glorious health potential it holds for humanity as a whole. What is Natural Hygiene? Natural Hygiene is defined as being the science and fine-art of preserving and restoring health by those substances, agencies, and influences that have a normal relation to life, which are: pure food, pure water, sunlight, rest, sleep, relaxation, exercise, play, warmth, family relationships, and all healthful mental influences. Hygiene is neither a system of medicine, nor one of the healing arts, nor a system of therapeutics. It offers the client no cures, has no cures, denies all cures, does not pretend to cure; but, it permits nature or the body to heal itself. Viewed this way, Hygiene is not just fasting, or dieting, vegetarianism, food combining, or any one life- element of living, but a combination of all of life’s agencies in such manner and degree as Nature can use, to realize the maximum physical and mental healing potential of the body. The Principles of Natural Hygiene. The human body has basic physical, physiological, emotional and spiritual needs – about 19 have been identified - such as proper food, sunshine, rest, sleep, exercise, water, emotional poise, gregarious social gathering etc. These needs have to be supplied at the appropriate time in the appropriate amounts for abundantly good health to be achieved. If this is fulfilled, the human body can manage and take care of itself, resulting in superb robust health. If these needs are supplied either in excess or as a deficiency, or if other alien substances are consumed by the body, sickness eventually becomes inevitable. The human body is self-preserving, self-maintaining, and self-healing. All that

having practiced medicine for 20 years and being thoroughly discouraged with the results. and drugs also need to be eliminated. is it possible to do something (via or no appetite is a clear signal from Nature that food is not required from outside. for the incredibly powerful healing & cleansing processes of the body to be required from us is to remove the causes of the problem. 1822 . If we also listen to our body it gives us very clear signals as to what it needs and what it does not need.1832: Dr. or in cases of accidents. and colored water tonics to patients. Origins 1822: Isaac Jennings. During the following few decades. whole. trauma etc.water. After becoming fully convinced of the correctness of his "Let-Alone Plan.D. any medical intervention only results in further problems and complications. Even the thinnest of individuals have a store of food reserves from which they can feed from in times of deprivation. Man can live for only minutes without air. Because of his pioneering impact Jennings is credited with being "The Father of Natural Hygiene. Citizens of this country were fed-up with failures and contradictions of the then current medical practice and theory. raw organic foods (at least 50%. Body processes are very complex. but by eating a diet high in natural. days without water. thirst . Lack of. In most cases." Jennings announced his discovery to the world. while instructing them in healthful living. Only in certain life threatening cases. so the most effective course of action is to just leave the body "intelligently alone" to handle its own problems. a group of health-conscious doctors and citizens boldly claimed that Nature knows better than the most learned physicians. drinking. The truths proclaimed by Jennings and Graham found immediate and widespread acceptance. disease and/or injury. For example. preferably 80-85%) we can avoid most illnesses. tiredness means it needs sleep. of Fairfield. hunger . surgery etc) to help the body. M. and weeks without food." and the "No-Medicine Plan. Connecticut. starch powders. A coughing fit after your first smoke indicates it does not want tobacco!! We have to heed the signals of the body at all times. It is recommended that cooked food should be minimized and processed food avoided altogether." . began to administer placebos of bread pills." "Do-Nothing Cure. Poison habits such as smoking. Jennings and physiologist/minister Sylvester Graham started a healing system called "Orthopathy". but he is misunderstood. since the body will use the energy saved from not having to digest food. but internal feeding or “fasting” means that you will be feeding from your own food reserves while your body heals and cleanses. Natural Hygiene believes that adulterated Diet and improper living habits are the primary reason for sickness and disease. rest (go to bed) and preferably stop eating (fast).

Nature is the remedial principle". This inaugurated a new era in medical science. Ironically. a "curing treatment" which used little or no drugs while employing water as the main therapeutic agent. A brilliant thinker and articulate debater. 1830 . as well as its emphasis on fresh air and sunlight. Harriet Austin and James Jackson founded the largest Natural Hygiene institution in the world. established the Library of the American Physiologic Society. schools and sanitariums opened throughout the country. 1861: Dr Trall. and founded numerous "Grahamite" health retreats and boarding houses. Trall publicly challenged the entire medical establishment on their theory and practice. During this time. who had once been a practicing Hydropathist. In just a few years. American physicians who had lost faith in drugging but lacked belief in Hygiene adopted Hydrotherapy wholesale as both became intertwined and indistinguishable for several years.1830 .1860: Scores of Hygienic homes. 1833: Dr. health book stores and health food restaurants. or Hygiene vs. he published "The Graham Journal of Health and Longevity". philosophy and practice that was in variance with prevailing allopathic doctrines of the time. Seventy-five hydrotherapy (water-cure) institutions were founded. Dr. before the most distinguished medical minds of the United States entitled "The True Healing Art. Dr. especially among the common working people. homeopathic and chiropractic medicine combined. over 80 "health papers" effectively reached the masses which coincided with an improvement in the hygienic habits of Americans.C. Medication". announced a formal declaration separating Hydrotherapy from Hygieo-Therapeutics (Natural Hygiene) by stating "water possesses no power whatsoever to cure any disease. 1844: Dr.1832: For several years Graham lectured nationwide on the relationship of physiology to Hygiene and gained a large following. theory. with the . Russell Thacker Trall emerged as a great mastermind of Hygienic "Hygieo Therapy". which combined the use of all Hygienic agents into one holistic system. 1862: Dr Trall delivered a landmark lecture at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. Russell Trall founded the New York College of Hygieo-Therapy to educate competent health practitioners. Joel Shew introduced the European system of "Hydrotherapy" to the United States. "Our Home on the Hillside". and the health reform movement in America reached its height. in 1861. The lecture was widely published and circulated among the populace. always emerging as the victor. with 250 beds. Hydropathists adopted the Hygieo-Therapy (Natural Hygiene) dietary and exercise plan. opened the nation's first health food stores. 1852: Natural Hygiene was so enthusiastically received and popularized that its practitioners outnumbered those of allopathic. 1853: Dr.

national attention focused on survival. Schools and sanitariums were wrecked and the common citizen could no longer afford Hygienic educational literature. as alternative schools of healing were shutdown nationwide. 1920: Dr. student of Hygiene founds the American Red Cross and becomes its first president. Shelton wrote the first of 40 books in his efforts to revive Natural Hygiene. Throughout his career. a new era in modem medicine was inaugurated. Over the next 50 years. Shelton was considered a threat to medicine. In the meantime.onset of the Civil War. and widely circulated a monthly magazine both in this country and abroad. and all gain the priceless knowledge needed to stay well". Texas and included a clinic. under the influence of the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations. laboratory. Shelton's Health School operated in San Antonio. which identified the primary cause of ALL disease as toxemia (a state of internal pollution) brought on by debilitating. "the sick get well. He is repeatedly threatened and jailed over 30 times!! 1948: The American Natural Hygiene Society was founded. after thoroughly reading 19th century Hygienic literature. Shelton's books were translated into eight languages. medical authorities strongly opposed and condemned Tilden. The health reform movement was halted as the war impoverished the nation. and unhealthful living practices. became convinced that disease need not be experienced.1981: Dr. the well get better. and educational program. According to Shelton. 1928 . pasteurization. he lectured widely.1910: The infamous Flexner Report ended health-care reform in the States. The prevailing "germ era" helped usher in the decline of 19th century health reform. and health reform ended. many of Dr. 1881: Clara Barton. H. including sterilization. With Pasteur. enervating. Tilden conducted a private practice to teach patients how to eliminate body toxicity. and fear of raw foods. wrote 25 books. he published the famous book "Toxemia Explained".000 fasts were professionally supervised. In 1926. 1900 . Colorado. vaccination.1940: Dr. 1909 . Several . Well over 60. 1864: French chemist Louis Pasteur fathered "The Science of Bacteriology" and "The Germ Theory of Disease" by demonstrating the existence of microorganisms. 1861 . 1924-1940: Tilden opened and operated a Hygienic school and sanitarium in Denver. Tilden. but they also found complacency in blaming their ill health on malevolent invading bacteria. rather than taking responsibility for their own poor lifestyle choices. It concluded that "germs" cause pathogenic change in living cultures within laboratory experiments.1865: The Civil War caused Hygienic institutions everywhere to close. Herbert M. J. Not only did people develop germ-phobia.

Fry founded the Life Science Institute and published Healthful Living magazine with a circulation of 30. Fry also developed a Natural Hygiene teacher training course. the best-selling health and diet book in history. however. Terrance C. 1970: At age 44.000 students into the Natural Hygiene correspondence program before the company veered from its Natural Hygiene roots and focused on digestive enzyme supplements. mind and spirit into teaching pure true Natural Hygiene. Within a few years." 1999: Healthful Living International (HLI) is founded by a dynamic group of pure Natural Hygiene educators and practitioners (Healthful Living Consultants) whose mission was to incorporate knowledge of total wellness of body. is below 10. Warner Brothers published and provided extensive national coverage through media and conferences. although relatively few were directed by those with "recognized" credentials. 1982: T.1997: Art Baker serving as Dean of Students of Life Science Institute enrolled nearly 1.C. he wrote and self-published several easy-to-read booklets and books popularizing Natural Hygiene. which became the basis for Hygienic study.S. David Klein published the first issue of Living Nutrition Magazine. C. sanitariums. Fry read Shelton's book "Superior Nutrition" and became a hygienist overnight. which popularized Natural Hygiene for millions of Americans. Fry's Healthful Living.1980: Shelton published the monthly magazine Hygienic Review popularizing and reviving Natural Hygiene worldwide for 20th century thinkers. some of which were in contrast to Shelton's formidable text-books and manuals. Shelton also wrote and published the seven volume series entitled The Hygienic System. 1995 . a 2200 page.000. and private practices. Annual conventions were held.. 1986-1988: Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. The Healthful Living Consultants were the first international professional association of Natural Hygiene practitioners that included licensed doctors and professional health educators and counselors. 1939 . "The True Voice of Hygiene. teaching and study with Life Science Institute. Current membership in the U. 111 lesson home study curriculum. . after years of counseling. The Life Science Institute also produced audio and video cassettes on Natural Hygiene and offered retreats and seminars to students and to the general public. some of which are still active today.000. From 1934 . wrote “Fit For Life”.chiropractors and laymen elected Shelton as its first president. A second book “Living Health” followed. as it was sold off to a group in Canada. 1996: Inspired by T. retreats. and 30 chapters worldwide are established. 1990's: Many Hygienic organizations and practitioners continued operating educational programs.1941.

no treatment.Differences between Natural Hygiene and Alternative Medicine Natural Hygiene stands unique amongst all other therapies and healing sciences in that it alone insists that there is no such thing as cure .only adjusting the diet. Natural hygiene does not try to treat symptoms . In part two of this article (coming soon) discover the amazing and only system of health recovery employed by Nature that saved my life through FASTING and what it can also do for you too. heat. Naturopathy means using natural ways to deal with disease. . mud etc. Herbs. light. In Natural Hygiene there is no therapy. Needles. Natural Hygiene and Naturopathy Although these terms are used interchangeably. lotions. water baths etc. potions. there is a World of difference between them. "Pathy" means "disease". Pure Natural Hygiene does not recognize all these treatments . massage and mud baths.only selfhealing. All other therapies try to deal with the symptoms using this therapy or that. Magnets. sunbaths and air baths are recognized. This includes a proper is the ONLY system that insists on discovering the cause of the disease and eliminating that cause.

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