Natural Hygiene

The beginnings of natural hygiene go back thousands of years. Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates taught basic natural hygiene principles. Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of modern medicine, although modern medicine today seems far removed from his teachings. Hippocrates established medical theory on rational scientific principles, and he believed that disease had only natural causes and not supernatural ones. Furthermore, he regarded the human body as a whole organism, treating patients in what we today call a holistic manner with proper diet, fresh air and attention to habits and living conditions. The Hippocratic Oath, named after Hippocrates, was meant to give the medical profession a sense of duty 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 wonders why. 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 in the summer of 1815, a patient who rested, drank water and did nothing, recovered in absolute record time compared to patients who had been medicated. Based on this, Dr Jennings noted similar results with many other patients. He then went on to treat many patients with what must have been one of the first placebo (dummy pill) treatments. In 1822 he gave up medical pills, plasters, powders and potions and treated patients with pills made from bread and vegetable-coloured water for the next 20 years. This he only did to keep the patients’ confidence in him. He would then advise his patients to correct their lifestyle and diet to a more natural approach. He then practised for a further 20 years the "do nothing mode of treating disease." He wrote three books, "Medicine Reform" (1847), "Philosophy of Human Life" (1852) and "Tree of Life" (1867). Natural hygiene was often referred to at this stage as Orthopathy meaning TRUE or RIGHT AFFECTION or BEHAVIOUR. Dr Jennings had a great influence upon Dr R T Trall, who went on to do more for the hygiene movement than any man, next to Dr Herbert Shelton. Dr Russell Thacher Trall was born in 1812 in Connecticut, and after graduating from a regular or Allopathic School of Medicine, he practised as a regular Doctor for 12 years. Dr Trall was remembered as an independent and thinking mind whilst at medical school (much to the dismay of his professors). After spending some time in Europe to investigate so-called hydro-therapy at various clinics, he returned and designed or developed a system, which he called Hygieo-therapy. He set out to promote the welfare of mankind by teaching the Laws of Life and the conditions of health so as to prevent rather than cure sickness and disease. He was the founder of The New York Hydrophatic and Physiologist School, later changed to The New York College of Hygieo-Therapy. It had the right to confer the degree "Doctor of Medicine" and admitted both sexes (very daring for those days). Besides having a fully equipped laboratory and large 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 cure and other subjects including dissection. The faculty members were all doctors in their various fields from chemistry to surgery and obstetrics. At about the same time, Sylvester Graham (born 1794) entered Amherst College to study as a Minister of Religion. Whilst there, he studied anatomy and physiology. He left the ministry later to lecture on the Science of Human Life. During a cholera epidemic in 1832, he went around teaching and lecturing on the importance of fresh fruit 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 to avoid cholera, with astounding results. At the time, the average person (influenced strongly by Europe) believed that animal flesh and flesh broths with a little good wine and complete abstinence from most fruit and vegetables were the best way 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 M Ross, 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.

Professor Meiring (Chemical Pathologist). vitamins. for many years. HOME MEMBERS CONSTITUTION EDITORIAL FAQ COURSES/BOOKS PRESENT PAST FUTURE BOARDS DOCTORS LIST CASE STORIES ARTICLES OLD PARADIGM --. emotional poise. constructive work.so here is first an overview. Today. wholesome foods (especially fruit. Howard Hughes and Aristotle Onassis. One of his students. and Dr Weston Price. Natural hygiene teaches that using drugs. Dr Dean Ornish and Udo Erasmus. pure water. establishing the conditions of health which are fresh air. recreation and a pleasant environment. The basis then of natural hygiene is that we are designed to be healthy. etc. Dr Robert S Mendelsohn. comfortable temperature. Natural hygiene teaches that the best way to help a body in a sick or diseased state is to "intelligently do nothing" at the same time. sunshine. vegetables.and the way to get rid of the disease is to stop the disease symptoms. two of the richest men in the world. supplements. harmful. and who. i. In South Africa. ran his Health School in San Antonio. would not have died prematurely.: Health is Normal and Natural. and is still very popular: Disease is the problem . Disease is Not and that Health is as a Result of Healthy Living and that alone You cannot buy health! If you could. exercise. cleanliness. stop or even reverse degenerative diseases. which unfortunately no longer exists. "Human Life. are unnecessary and in fact. its Philosophy and Practices of Orthopathy". people like Professor Bernard Meyer (Physiologist). Virginia V Vetrano. . Dr Henry G Bieler. medicines. another disillusioned medical Doctor who wrote the "Bible" of natural hygiene. NATURAL HYGIENE HISTORY Natural Hygiene history is part of the history of healing and medicine . We will now take a look at how healthy living can slow down. Dr A R P Walker and Dr André Kruger can be seen to be carrying the torch of the modern medical reformer."DISEASE IS THE PROBLEM" This has been the common way to look at disease for millennia. Fear of inexplicably being struck by disease is typical. nuts and seeds). went on to become one of the founders of the Institute of Natural Hygiene or Life Science. Ross Horne. rest and sleep. The cause is mysterious.e. self mastery. much can be learned from books written by Bernarr Macfadden. herbs.Today’s natural hygiene was very much developed by Dr Herbert M Shelton.

sometimes under the influence of tobacco and or other drugs. darting from tree to tree. which interfere in man's life for good or evil and are able to cause disease.perhaps a cold originates from getting too cold. cut out the ulcer. and still is widespread. The cause is mysterious. offerings and other efforts to appease the invisible higher beings that rule over health and disease "Western medicine really began in ancient Greece. Mysterious cause . The earliest mythical doctor was the god Asclepios (Lat. and were invoked and worshipped in complex dance rituals. The Asclepian opened his stomach. but they caught and tied him to the door-knocker. perhaps from bacteria. magic rites. and resembling disembodied heads with long snapping hair. sneezing and fever. and saw a vision: the god seemed to order his followers to seize and hold him that he might incise his stomach. Mesopotamia 3000 BC (www. or what? Example 2: cancer is "cured" by attacking the growths with chemo & radiation & operations.rituals. they shall cut off his hand. These beings were held to be involved in the cause and cure of disease. The snakes would crawl over the patient during the night and the patient would wake in the morning cured. but the floor of his chamber was covered with his blood. Acupressure. usually for cure.'"(planetherbs.Example: a cold is "cured" when the cold-symptoms. or he opened the eye-socket of a seignior and has destroyed the seignior's eye.ca) "It seems in most ancient cultures there is a tradition of working on the feet to help the body ." "The Iroquois of New York and Ontario gathered in a longhouse for ceremonial and religious purposes. reflexology and some energy methods are probably even older." (www. "Evidence that surgery was occasionally practiced in the 4th century BC Asclepian temples in Greece is shown in the following: 'A man with an ulcer in his stomach. Click here to go to "NEW PARADIGM --." Hamurabai's Code. So he fled. Evil spirits could enter the body. he shall make good slave for slave. The solution . He incubated. and. sewed him up again and loosed his bonds.ca) Cutting and manipulating Surgical methods as a cure were obviously also developed very early . which were replaced by metal needles around 400 BC. while the patient slept within the confines of the temple. have been stopped by some concoct. He went away whole. The patient made a request of the god. If a physician performed a major operation on a commoner's slave with a bronze lancet and caused (his) death."DISEASE IS THE SOLUTION" = the appearance of "Hygiene" and "Nature Cure" in the early 1800's.umanitoba. probably aided by an opiate.in the beginning probably by cutting out and removing problematic body parts. father of the goddess Hygieia. Acupuncture was used in China before 2500 BC using sharp stones. Aesculapius).com) "If a physician performed a major operation on a seignior with a bronze lancet and has caused the seignior's death. Here is a look at the historical development of "cures": Magic & spirituality The primitive mind's belief in spirits. was probably universal. A billion dollar industry is built around "cancer research". skilfully but grotesquely carved played an important part in their ritual. the god visited in a dream.umanitoba. Various diseases were treated by 'incubation" or temple sleeping. and were alleged to be portraits of the strange quasi human beings whom the forest hunters met at nightfall. Wooden masks.

25 kilos of leopard bone. Sanguine (air) hot/moist 2.C. however.. marshmallow root."(www.org) Folk-medicine.umanitoba."(www. "The Greek system. the quantities used nationwide must be mind-boggling. 797 kilos of saiga horn. Choleric (fire) hot/dry .com) "Arabic medicine derived from Constantinople and followed the armies of Mohammed. 3039 pairs of geckos. that had to rely on highly educated specialists . . which annually consumed 506 kilos of scorpions.D. like mica and gypsum. perhaps in a sweat lodge.balance itself.." (martinwilliams. for the treatment of a wide variety of common ailments. Medicines were given orally. animal parts and minerals. Heading the list are poaching of rhinos in Africa.com) "Treatment involved plant remedies. by inhalation or by enema." (planetherbs. Marshmallow root is a demulcent herb.ca) "Animal ingredients have long been part and parcel of the Chinese pharmacopoeia.com) Folk-medicine . . 2796 kilos of freshwater turtle shells. and 9650 centipedes.. dry 3. Records from 2000 years ago tell of some 20 animals including snakes and rhinos being used in medicines. and yarrow have been found carefully tucked around the bones of a Stone Age man in Iraq. and use supernatural or magic remedies. Hyacinth is a diuretic that encourages tissues to give up excess water. Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. traditional medicine Medicinal plants. started by Hippocrates . especially of endangered species. As mute witness to this fact. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has come under fire for its use of animals. As there may be as many as a thousand TCM manufacturers in China.. in a manner similar to European herbal folk medicines two centuries before. the Chippewa around 1925 used around 200 plants in different ways. A team from China's endangered species commission obtained data from 13 TCM manufacturers. Melancholic (earth) cold.. For instance.that decided what disease you were prone to get . Galen (130 A.) there can be found a pictograph which may be evidence of reflexology being applied. "The use of plants as medicine is older than recorded history. These three medicinal herbs continue to be used today.cdsb. 29 kilos of bear gall powder. such as a sore throat or irritated digestive tract.Arabic Medicine.e. Often the healer would induce altered consciousness.you were governed by a balance of these body types: 1.tripod..) assigned foods and herbs to each of the four humours that form the basis of "galenical" dietetics and medicine that was accepted throughout Europe and the Middle East for 1500 years. Yarrow is a time-honored cold and fever remedy that may once have been used much as aspirin is today.. have been used for a long time to get rid of disease symptoms. The Master transmits vital energy by using a particular sound vibration which clears the blockages and stimulates the circulation of energy. in Egypt. The . Phlegmatic (water) cold/moist 4. ---. hyacinth..and the cure." (planetherbs. Knowledge was often collected and handeddown by women." (www. Greek.org) "CHUN DO SUN BUP is a 6000 year old ancient healing method that uses the power of the original ki energy and is deeply rooted on the Taoist principles of creation of life.reflexology-usa.g. and tigers in India and Siberia. would let blood. soothing to inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.major systems With time simple folk remedies often became big extensive systems.Lately. Traditional Chinese Medicine. of varying pharmacologic effectiveness. in the physician's tomb (2300 B.

when given as a poison. saffron. "Hygiene". Large medical schools developed in Damascus. Bagdad. purged. customs and geographical conditions. by the opposition of other schools and rising public protest. naphtha and senna.. blistered. as it was the chief ingredient in many of the patent nostrums sold to women for female diseases.ca) "For at least a century strychnine was the best remedy the profession had for palsy and paralysis. it was a tonic. a nervine. slaughtered human beings.000 years before they were compelled. a remedy for our palsied fellow men. It was used to kill cats and dogs. . Not only were pregnant mothers bled. These principles were accordingly modified as they were assimilated by different cultures.medicine of the Arabic world transmitted classical Roman and Greek traditions to early modern times. Bleeding was resorted to in cases of apparent death from a fall and in other injuries." (soilandhealth.. but physicians also drew blood from blue babies. . puked. acupuncture and moxibustion. the Three Humours. The death rate was high and the sick man who recovered without sequelae was so rare as to be negligible. Dropsy was treated by bleeding.. we see an obvious blend of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. rituals.umanitoba."Hygiene" & "Nature Cure" emerges In the early 1800's some medical doctors discovered that discontinuing drugs & surgery gave better results with their patients. It is certain that if well persons had been put to bed and subjected to the same treatment to which the sick were subjected. Robin Hood was bled to death by a man to whom he had resorted for relief from an inflammatory disease... musk.By 1850 it was easy for a man of no particular training to attend lectures for one winter and emerge a full-fledged doctor. physicians have frequently bled them to death. to discontinue the bleeding of the sick. it was deadly to hogs and cattle and. it was standard medical practice to withhold water from the acutely ill and thousands of patients literally died of dehydration. . They developed new medicines camphor. blistering In the 1800's the excesses of doctors and the cottage industry drugs led to general loathing and ridicule of the medical profession by the public in USA and Europe." (planetherbs. emerged. It is probable that physicians spilled more blood than all the wars during the same period. New methods like fasting and raw diets were . According to the legend.---. But when given as a medicine. Bleeding was employed in wounds and head injuries that resulted in unconsciousness. leek poultices for gout and a decoction of carrots for jaundice. Indeed. . treatments in vogue included horseback riding for pulmonary tuberculosis. myrrh.Many of the patent medicines amounted to little more than cheap whiskey.. mercurialized and alcoholized into chronic invalidism or into the grave. and plantain and liverwort. they would have inevitably been made very sick and some of them would have been killed. tapping. bleeding." (www. sedimentation and crystallization.. narcotized.com) Poison. iodine.umanitoba. Alcohol was a foundation of the many bitters that were sold to the people as tonics. with the Chinese principles of Five Elements..ca) "Ayurveda was based on balance and harmony with nature and the utilization of therapeutic diet. --.During most of the last century.org:Shelton-68) Revolt & reform ." (www. distillation. various physio-therapies. Cordoba and Cairo. herbs. "In Canada in 1829. This is the time when a revolt. --. They developed chemical methods in preparing the active principle of these drugs. scotch snuff plaster for croup. patients were bled. In Tibetan medicine. They even sold remedies for alcoholism that were chiefly alcohol." "In the days of which we write." "In addition to drugging their patients to death. for instance. the blood-loving and bloodspilling allopaths shed the vital current of their patients for over 2.

" "In the years prior to World War I.Carnegie and J. This soon became a large (anti-drug & cleanliness & exercise etc.000 generations .) being formed around 1820-1850. When John D.. But they are still far from formulating a system of general laws for health. international empire with that of I. one of the great reform-movements (like anti-slavery.all-raw meat eating: "the primal diet". heal the body. and tooth decay.D. and the remains of the farmers usually show skeletal signs of malnutrition. which has the highest mercury .au) Late 1900's revolution Similarly to what happened in early 1800's there is now an emerging group of doctors in revolt (more or less) . Genetic evolutionary changes take a minimum of 1. women's rights. It was known as I. led the crusade for upgrading the medical schools of America.or another 8.. exercise & sunshine & fresh air were recommended... including swordfish.pnc. Abraham Flexner. suffering from elevated blood pressure and dying in their thirties with heart attacks. for it was through the increased sale of drugs that the donors realized a profit on their donations. A.G. fat..) movement. The end result was that all medical schools became heavily oriented toward drugs and drug research. they have been the dominant adversary against safer non-drug treatments. Petroleum-based industrial drugs In the 1900's medical doctors regained respect from the public by weeding out most of the worst excesses. "An anthropologist examining skeletal remains of early man can tell immediately whether the bones and teeth belonged to a hunter-gatherer (mainly protein eater) or a farmer (mainly carbohydrate eater) simply by their condition. author of the famous Flexner Report of 1910." Drs. that dominated the entire world's chemical and drug industries and was a powerful economic and political force in all countries. it has grown and prospered. etc.developed. In order to expand their drug operations the Rockefellers set about "educating" the medical profession. The hunters grew tall. .com.. "Not only has the Rockefeller-I. as was done by hygienic doctors in the 1800's.Rockefeller had set up gigantic tax-exempt foundations for that purpose. Farben. and as our consumption of grains increased. as well as new science about the insulin mechanism.. centered in Germany.000 to 10 000 years to adapt. well-formed bones and sound teeth. there came into existence an international cartel. For 700. stunted growth. and a comprehensive "medical" theory about natural healing and health was created. More on the next pages. Eight thousand years ago we learned to farm. Not only has that cartel survived through the years. Translations of the ancient Egyptian papyrus writings and modern examination of their mummified remains by pathologists tell us .G. This was done partly through adopting hygienic measures (like washing hands before surgery) . nuts. I recommend only ocean wild-caught raw fish. and berries.. Eades: "Protein Power" "I have seen that eating 1-3 pounds of raw meat daily helps regenerate. In Europe this new science was called "Nature Cure". with strong. Rockefeller interlocked his American-based. our health declined. and reverse the common toxic deterioration associated with aging and disease. They base their ideas on anthropological findings about early man. Farben in 1928 there was created the largest and most powerful cartel the world has ever known.. .G.partly through cooperation with big money to create socalled "scientific medicine" based on new mass-produced chemical drugs. .000 years humans ate a diet of mainly meat." (www.Farben combine been instrumental in fostering chemicalbased drug treatment as the basis for health care.using nutrition rather than drugs. of a people afflicted with rotten teeth and severe atheriosclerosis. in USA "Hygiene" or "Orthopathy". There is also a new phenomenon .

a new way of thinking . Example: a cold is elimination started by an overload of toxins . the dangers/benefits of veganism. drugging) system. traces of mercury are great detoxifiers of toxic mercury in the body. the way to get rid of disease is stop breaking the divine laws about how to take care of ones body. the schools of healing had arrived. both among healing practitioners and the public --.just rest and sleep more. and in the 1900's diet became a major topic.that still is new... In the 1800's there was some side-tracking by hydropathy. The medical system gradually did adopt the sanitation-part of Hygiene. return to a pristine mode of living.content. When fish are cooked. When digested and made bioactive by plankton and eaten by fish. Background "The "medical art" in America during the colonial period had been simple and unpretentious. and still is.g. give the body maximal rest (including mental rest)... HOME MEMBERS CONSTITUTION EDITORIAL FAQ COURSES/BOOKS PRESENT PAST FUTURE BOARDS DOCTORS LIST CASE STORIES ARTICLES • Natural Hygiene history Summary "Hygiene" became very popular in the 1800's. and eat less . mercury and other metallic minerals become free-radicals and toxic. A new paradigm ." "By the time the period arrived (1800's) . the prefix Natural was added to Hygiene. It is easy to avoid disease. that had gotten a powerful ally in the Rockefeller drug & oil empire."DISEASE IS THE SOLUTION" This concept was revolutionary when it first appeared. When "sanitation" and "hygiene" as a consequence became synonymous. e.2 NEW PARADIGM --. No big deal .wrong behavior. Example 2: cancer is the last stage of continually breaking universal divine laws . There were no medical schools and few physicians. be overeating the day before. . The cause is obvious .excessive toxicity is making the cells go crazy.and let the body do its cleaning job undisturbed . One knows exactly how to remove disease if it appears. Vonderplanitz: "The recipe for living without disease" NATURAL HYGIENE HISTORY . folk .but in the 1900's it lost ground to the medical (allopathic.one knows that the cold will soon be gone." A. The solution is to stop all toxins. while rejecting its no-drugs philosophy. almost 200 years later: Disease is the solution.g.the cause may e.

medicine was almost obsolete. his teeth rotted by mercurials.. physicians bled patients to cure them. Ling of Sweden and Lamb and Combe of Britain influence the American scene.." H. ch. although a bit hard on the fishes. Shelton. made possible the immediate and widespread acceptance of the truths announced by Graham. of disease and death that Sylvester Graham threw a stone in 1830. Beginnings (Early 1800's:) "The whole medical system of Western society was in a state of chaos and confusion. each school accused the other of killing its patients. Oliver Wendell Holmes that if all the drugs of the pharmacopeia were cast into the sea it would be better for mankind. It is not surprising that the revolution had its first beginning in France." "He noted.. his liver enlarged and impaired by tartar emetic knows that the effects of drugging are many and varied. 1968 Dr. created by the failures and contradictions of medical theories and practices.2. "Should we marvel that the people lost confidence in their physicians and began to (correctly) suspect that they were being killed by them? A real revolutionary situation existed." H. Shelton.D. but always evil. his contemporaries and successors..only water and bread pills from 1822 "Isaac Jennings. "It was into the milieu of doubt and uncertainty. In addition to this struggle. where medicine was most progressed. ch. Shelton. Butchers bled pigs to kill them. using water (drops of it) and bread pills to meet the demands of his patients for "medicines" for another 20 years before he made public the secret of his phenomenal success. there were physicians in France who discarded drugs and relied upon "nature" and "good nursing." ".. Homeopathy and chrono-thermalism had come from Europe to compete with the dominant school. there was a wide-spread drug nihilism among medical men. M. an accusation which could be well substantiated against each school. 1968. further apart and smaller. 1968.: . 1968.. in consultation with his more experienced professional brethren. even kill him if he were to take it in a state of health? Whoever has had his bowels moved into convulsions by cathartics. Especially did the works of Priessnitz. that . As early as the beginning of the nineteenth century. .After 20 years spent in the regular drugging and bleeding practices of the time." Nature Cure in Europe: ".1." H. medical colleges (schools of physic) had been established.1. during which his confidence in drugs and bleeding had grown steadily weaker so that his lancet had been sheathed and his doses were fewer. Only the existence of a revolutionary situation. Schrodt and Rausse of Germany. A considerable medical literature with Latin and Greek terminology had accumulated. Jennings ." "In addition to drugging their patients to death. the revolution in Europe and that in America were interrelated and interconnected. which became known as the allopathic school. he discontinued all drugging in 1822 and relied thereafter on Hygienic care of the sick. Shelton. . ch. physicians have frequently bled them to death.. also. The French school seems to have exercised very little influence outside of France." H. The time was ripe for a change. Is it to be wondered that the people became distrustful of their physicians and began to believe that they were being killed in the process of being cured? "How is a man who is already sick to be made less so by swallowing a substance that would sicken. the leading medical authorities of both Europe and America agreeing with the statement made by Dr.

He worked out a theory of disease. is a unit and. ch. who was not a physician.' made a great step in advance.early development Dr." "Medical deprecations of Graham's work began very early. another pocket was stored with a variety of powders made of wheaten flour. Shelton.. which cannot be aided by any system of medication or any medication whatever." H. 1968. than any other author ever did -. and. fasting." H. reduced Graham and Grahamism to smouldering ruins with such matchless and devastating logic as "eutopian dreamers.. that he was "pre-eminently the father of the philosophy of physiology.' he has given the world more philosophy and more truth concerning the primary and fundamental laws which relate man to external objects and to other beings. he furnished one pocket with an assortment of breadpills." Sylvester Graham "Sylvester Graham. variously scented and colored . His fame spread far and wide. Jennings lived a long life as a member of Oberlin: he died in 1875 at the age of 86. of various hues. for another 20 years before he retired. diet. as a general rule. in its various forms of fever. he nevertheless made a valuable attempt at systematization. which he called Orthopathy." H. in this theory. relying solely upon the healing powers of the body and placing his patients in the best possible conditions for the operation of the body's own healing processes. Diseases vanished before him with a promptness unknown before. One Dr. is entirely true to the laws of life. .000." " ." "modern empirics and modern innovators.2. and a third pocket with a quantity of vials filled with pure. "Beginning with Graham's lectures and the publication of the Graham Journal of Health and Longevity." "bigoted exclusives.3..2... inflammation. from Yale University. In his masterly and celebrated work. soft water.. • Hygiene theory . Dr. pure air and other Hygienic factors. 1968." "modern Pythagoreans. Shelton. diverse from any that had preceded him." "new sect of fanatics. Shelton. gave much less medicine than young ones.." "Herald of Health." "visionary novelties. the 'Science of Life." etc.. Isaac Jennings." "men of erratic and visionary genius. Jennings' theory of disease "Jennings continued his no-drug practice. which he called the "let alone" practice. says of Sylvester Graham. the latter trusted all to drugs. and further observations induced him to discard them altogether. Jennings practiced a system of medicine which he termed orthopathy. though some of his theories are not what later developments would approve.than all other authors ever have. January 1865. "Disease. but.old doctors. coughs. This led him to doubt the prevalent ideas of the faculty of medicine. The former trusted more to nature. So vigorous was Hygiene promulgated and so great was the enthusiasm with which the people accepted . with 'The Science of Human Life. the Hygienic movement pushed forward with vigor and enthusiasm. etc. came to Oberlin in 1839 as a physician with an honorary M. who served as Oberlin's mayor in 1849. ch. he permitted his patients to get well.. D. by means of rest. As early as 1850 the Water-Cure Journal had a circulation of 18. etc.2. Bell . ch." "self-conceited and opinionated dogmatism.. . 1968.

According to one account. and to base a theory of medical science.confusion Hydropathy . not only gained acceptance but took the lead as water-cure physicians.. Although most treated both sexes. who had long been denied access to the "regular" medical field. the effects of remedies. It should be recorded that after this lecture was delivered. Shelton. In 1860 Trall issued a booklet on the Principles of Hygeio-Therapy. and thereby discovered their harmony or disharmony with universal and unalterable law. to be made up of Hygienic practitioners.it.. The True Healing Art. or Hygienic Versus Drug Medication. vital stamina diminishes. The Hygienic movement was already well established and had thousands of adherents at the time of . and the human race deteriorates.D." H. Complying with this demand. ch. Shelton. homeopathic. 1968 • Hygiene and Hydropathy ." H. the doctrine of vitality. Trall said that "allopathic physicians could be named both in this country and in Europe who had immediately abandoned the whole drugging system after reading The True Healing Art. In this manner he has been enabled to do what no other author before him ever could do. explain the nature of disease.T. it was estimated in January 1852 that the practitioners of the two schools -hydropathy and hygeiotherapy -. 1968. and a system of the Healing Art. viz.allopathic. Writing in November 1873. " Dr. No author except him ever traced medical problems back to their starting point. and humanity improves in all the relations of its existence. 1968. more complicated. Dr. that wherever the Drug Medical System prevails. male and female.". Trall delivered this lecture in several other cities.2. ch. . Trall M." "In 1862 Trall delivered in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington his famous lecture.. His philosophy goes back of all medical systems and proves to a positive demonstration the fallacy and falsity of medicating diseases with poisonous drugs. wherever the Hygienic Healing System is adopted--and there is no exception--renovation denotes its progress. diseases become more numerous.in this country. and the laws or conditions of cure. human health declines. and that some of them were then practicing Hygienically. Trall: The True Heling Art "In April 1862 Trall issued a call for the formation of a National Hygienic Association. R. it was left to him to solve the great primary problems which must underlie all medical systems. the vis medicatrix naturae. . desolation marks its track." http://www. the centers were especially popular with women.pwgazette. On the contrary. there was a heavy demand that it be delivered elsewhere. "All history attests the fact. on the laws of nature themselves.3." H.. Trall R. and more fatal. Shelton.T.3.com "The introduction of hydropathy into this country occurred 22 years after Jennings had discarded the drugging system and adopted the Hygienic practice.outnumbered the practitioners of any of the medical schools -. eclectic and physio-medical -. 213 cure centers were established between 1843 and 1900.using water as a drug "Hydropathy spread quickly in America. and women.

. Hydropathy had its origin in Europe. 1968 "Hydropathy presented a totally fresh approach to childbirth.. while most of the practitioners were designated as hydropathists. In other words. At least as early as 1853. but they were separate and distinct and must be understood in this way if we are to grasp in clear outline the evolution of the Hygienic System. Women found they could be up and about a few days after delivery." thus setting the two systems apart from each other. alcohol and animal foods.D. sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe. . instead of calling for radical changes in the ways of life. Many physicians who turned to water-cure thought of water as an agent that could be made to take the place of drugs altogether. as many believed.pwgazette.. vigorous exercise. The two movements mingled and ran along together for a time. Shelton.It is important that we keep these distinctions in mind.. are the true materia medica." and that "all the elements of hygiene.. He mentions also that "our periodicals and our books also repudiate as absurd the idea of curing disease.the introduction of the water-cure into this country. May 1858. When people discontinued the use of tea. Catherine Beecher. not Priessnitz. ... denying that it was a disease. they called their practice hydropathy and called themselves hydropathists." ." H. Its books and magazines already had a wide circulation..000 women and found that the sick outnumbered the well by a ratio of three to one. it sought . tobacco. they professed to be able to do with water everything that they had formerly sought to do with drugs.. With the scientific management of allopathy. it (hydropathy) turned out to be a mere reform movement. Mrs. and these only. Trall's institution was listed as a hydropathic and Hygienic institute. Trall speaks of those "who do not distinguish between water treatment and hygienic treatment... as the allopaths seemed to believe. Even though they adopted more or less of Hygiene in connection with their water-cure practices. Beecher's suggested remedies for women's poor health were three: dress reform." http://www. ." "Writing on the health reform movement in December 1853. they were following Graham and Alcott." "Great numbers of physicians had lost confidence in drugs and took advantage of the water-cure as a means of escaping from the drugging system. coffee.. and participation in the water cure.. Water curists taught that excessive pain in childbirth was the result of poor health. By the middle of the nineteenth century women's health in America was in a deplorable state. or that it was of necessity excruciatingly painful because it was God's punishment for Eve's sin." "In an editorial in the Journal. (1798 . author of Uncle Tom's Cabin." "Instead of being a revolutionary movement. made an informal survey of over 1. The physiological reform (Hygiene) had its origin in this country. They stressed extensive exercise and proper diet during pregnancy and the relaxing effects of free movement and warmwater baths during labor. two months of invalidism after delivery was not uncommon.com Separating Hygiene and Hydropathy "The practices of the early Hygienists were a composite mixture of hygiene and hydropathy.1859) designates the physiological (hygienic) as distinct from the hydropathic part of the movement. William Alcott M.

D." James C. be disposed to ascribe the result to some specific agent. Nichols and Jackson. enemas. and which was early joined by Dr. . for drugs. Shelton NATURAL HYGIENE HISTORY . dripping wet sheets. but he had come ARTICLES face to face with a group of facts: He had seen a number of patients recover health from apparently hopeless conditions without drugs. under such a glimmer of light as I had. Jackson Health Conventions "The movement initiated by Graham and Alcott and measurably contributed to by Mary Gove. Jackson's (M.. Two health conventions were held by the American Physiological Society (founded in .. douches. packs. it is difficult to stop. represents the beginning of the Hygienic movement.. Such treatments have no legitimate place in a system of Hygiene. It arose to meet a need of the people and it has continued and will continue to exist because the need is ever-present. 1968 "It is because the world stands so much in need of this knowledge that we are determined to make it available to those who might come within the sphere of our influence. 1968 "The Hygienic System was not merely a historic phenomenon of interest to historians .. Jennings.. And though we have had to suffer as almost all persons who undertake the promulgation of new truths. added their weight and thought and their experience to the evolution of the new but old way of life.Jackson thus repeated an old and common mistake--that of mistaking coincidence for cause . FUTURE BOARDS He explains in 1861 that he had no more desire to DOCTORS LIST disbelieve his allopathic education than he had to CASE STORIES become an infidel in religion.3 • Natural Hygiene early doctors HOME MEMBERS Medical doctors abandon drugs CONSTITUTION "When a man begins to doubt the drug EDITORIAL system. and the healing power of the body is always ignored. . James C.. This was only the beginning and many subsequent men. we have been able to endure and that is what always wins new victories.. fomentations. He reasoned to himself: "What power is it that has done this work?" He answers: "One naturally would." H. Shelton. . hot and cold applications. An example of FAQ COURSES/BOOKS the transforming power of a new idea is supplied PRESENT us by Dr. Taylor.it was the bursting forth of life itself. especially Trall. . etc." Herbert M...) conversion to PAST hydropathy.merely to substitute water in the form of baths. within a few months these so-called incurables were walking about quite vigorously and ultimately returned home in good health." H. Shelton.

The Civil War 1861-65 had a devastating impact . Austin and Jackson founded a 250bed institution in New York: Our Home on the Hillside. By line upon line. he began to use sugar tablets — blank cartridges. Shelton. . 1968 • (1) Theory develops: What is the real cause of disease? Enervation & toxemia John Tilden M. a hygienist. called for "Health Reform in the name of The Lord" in many books between 1864 and 1915. " H. Physiological societies were formed in several cities. hydropathists and nature curists. Personal experience.general impoverishment caused the closing of hygienic colleges.D. (but the total Hygienic program is far from having been accepted). 1968 Colleges & Civil War In 1853 Dr. and half of the first class graduates were women. which may properly be called the world's first health food store. Shelton." H. and a provision store. Susanna Dodds founded The Hygienic College of Physicians and Surgeons. precept upon precept and volume upon volume. a hygienist and Seventh Day adventist. fresh air and water) is not as persistent nor as criminal today. 1989) Hygiene influences medicine "Neglect of the Hygienic needs (especially of the need for rest. Clara Barton. thanks to the work of Hygienists.1837 by Sylvester Graham) under the general term of the American Health Convention. Ellen White. founded the Red Cross in 1881. Jackson declared that the changes in medical practices that occurred during his lifetime had been due "clearly and wholly to the promulgation of the principles" of Hygiene. magazines and institutions. (partly from Bidwell.(1851-1940) first practiced medicine and surgery for twenty-five years. In 1858 Drs. Hygiene never regained its dominant position.. he called them — which he continued to give (to use his own words). "until I was mentally evolved to . The first of these opened in Boston 1838. however. In 1887 Dr. led him gradually to lose all faith in drugs. and like Jennings. The second was held in New York 1839. Trall founded the New York College of Hygeio-Therapy.. as it was a hundred years ago. the workers for a revolution in the way of life have done a good job.

. in all probability. whether the symptoms presenting themselves are those of disease proper or due to drugs.. Not one can say with any certainty that the drug he prescribes will have the action he hopes to experience. he first learned that the sick creature will not eat. "Little by little I have proved the truth of my theory. I had no idea of how I should find them at the next call. I held back. Tilden finally gave up the placebo practice and learned to rely upon Hygiene. I had the usual stock-in-trade subterfuges that are worked off on a confiding public. for example: 'If no complications arise.. When visiting the sick... Colorado. hence a true philosophy. An interesting tidbit: Dr. It is a scientific system that covers the whole field of cause and effect—a system that synthesizes with all knowledge. This is the harm in doing for sick people anything labeled curative. after the first twenty-four hours of medication. in that the make believe medication educated my patients into believing that their improvement was due to the supposed drug they were taking. Every day this trying-out of the theory has convinced me more and more that TOXEMIA IS THE UNIVERSAL CAUSE OF DISEASE. I did not know if it would take on a severe form. . overclothing. to care for the sick along natural hygiene lines." "To sum up: No doctor knows anything definite about his patients after the first day's drugging. and argued with myself. (partly from ANHS: The Greatest Health Discovery) "Twenty-five years I practiced the science of medicine. I myself have personally stood the brunt of my experimenting. where he remained until his death in 1940.. He established an institution in Denver." "The toxin theory of the healing art is grounded on the TRUTH that TOXEMIA is the basic source of all diseases. but he cannot be poisoned — sick — without being enervated.. This produces Toxemia. I fought to suppress giving open utterance to a belief that would. I did not know anything that would make me comfortable regarding the outcome of the disease. So sure and certain is this truth that I do not hesitate to say that it is by far the most satisfactory theory that has been advanced in all the history of medicine.the truth that even sugar pills were injurious. When the nerve supply is not equal to the demands of the body." Dr. nor why they died." "Man can be enervated. Tilden: Toxemia explained "Dr. or quickly run its course. I did not know if the disease would end soon or late. I was not sure but that there was something wrong with my reasoning. both lay and professional.'" "I defy the so-called best practitioners . to undertake to prove that what I am saying is not true... I did not know whether or not there would be complications. In fact. During most of that time I did not know why people were sick. Tilden recommended a silver-dollar's size of raw chopped meat per day. resulting in the retention of waste products. Not one can tell. yet not sick. that in caring for animals." (ANHS: The Greatest Health Discovery) ." "When this truth first began to force itself upon me.. the patient will recover. Tilden tells us that it was at the cook-stove that he learned that how a sick kitten clings to heat. organic functioning is impaired." "As has been stated continuously in my writings for the past dozen years. and have willingly suffered because of it. . I have tried it out daily for the past twenty years.' John H. years ago. and excesses of all kinds use up nerve energy. . I saw that it would bring me very largely in opposition to every established medical treatment. These two lessons were later to bear fruit in his practice. Every honest doctor will admit that there is an unknown quantity about every case he treats which forces him to guess if asked to give his opinion. the habits of overeating. Not one can tell from one day to another how his patients will be. . got well. cause me to be hissed at — subject me to the jeers and gibes of the better class of people.

inflammation and pathology in bodily organs and systems.namely: enervation. except in death. If you understand and follow these laws you'll be healthy. Dr. etc. vitamins. overeating etc. • ENERVATION John Henry Tilden.the excessive use of emotion. • DEFICIENCY Deficiencies: The insufficiency of necessary food substances.the lack of rest or sleep. proteins. Enervation is the reduction or loss of energy occasioned by -. into the total organism. fats. enzymes etc. we cannot revolt against them without revolting against ourselves. or -. lead to breakdown of cells. drugs..the key to understanding how we function and why we are sick or healthy. according to its location.. Gian Cursio started emphasizing deficiency more.Toxemia which is caused by the ingestion and accumulation of substances which are foreign to the body and toxic in nature. If you break them you will get sick. Since these laws are fundamental parts of us. our nerve and muscle cells. formulated a theory of the cause of disease as due to a recurring cycle of enervation and toxemia. Here Dr.. Bass: How Important is Diagnosis? Read more in INHS magazine: What is Disease? • (2) Theory develops: Laws of Life Laws of Health What is the Laws of Life? Essentially the manual . negative thoughts. Stanley S. " Dr. -. Retention of this excess leads to decomposition of the food and the production of irritating and toxic chemical wastes. such as carbohydrates. . .the overdoing of physical actions. our bloodstream. diseases are caused by any or all of 3 factors . a student of Cursio.. explains: "Generally speaking. tissues and organs which is given names of diseases. M. which further increase the toxic state. Bass.. "The laws of life are not something imposed upon the organization of man. such as chemicals. stress.. in our tissues. • TOXEMIA There are 2 sources of toxemia: -. probably due to his experiences with deaths & diseases from vegan deficiencies.D. which provide a fertile field for the growth of microbes and various species of bacteria. minerals. worry.Enervation & toxemia & deficiency In the 20th century. unnatural food or natural food in excess beyond what the body can use at the moment. There simply is no escape." Herbert M. These produce irritation.Toxemia which is due to the accumulation of toxic wastes resulting from the food and beverages we eat and drink. toxemia or deficiency. They are imbedded in the very structure of our being. We cannot run away from the laws of being without running away from ourselves. or -. Shelton Here are a couple of the laws: .

but is soon followed by diminished function and weakness. The Law of Power: "The power employed. It states that the overriding goal is self-preservation/survival." .what looks like relief it this: vitality being redirected (from the original problem) to deal with the new poisonous threat -. that is.D. (1841-1924) is credited with beginning to formulate the "Laws of Life" or "Laws of Vitality" as he called them .g. Wrong! Dead things (in the form of drugs) cannot act. The Law of Action: "Whenever action occurs in the living organism. Whenever a drug is taken . This basic energy law has four secondary Laws of Vital Relation: --." 3) Body reaction to a drug changes with time to the opposite. stimulation. The Law of Dual Effects: "All agents which are taken into the body or which come in contact with it from without occasion a two-fold and contrary action in time. Lots of energy equals health. there is no power in the drug itself. in any vital or medicinal action is vital power. The second effect is a state of weakness. the secondary or reactive action being the opposite of the active or primary one. the action must be ascribed to the living thing which has the power of action — and not to the dead whose leading characteristic is inertia. while low energy equals disease: Life’s Great Law: Every living cell of the organized body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation. power from within — and not from without.the drug. Bass: The Laws of Life) 1) Dead things can NOT act A very common error today . The relief is due to an action by a body that has enough vital power. alcohol appears to strengthen for a while. will remove pain and so on.(1) The Law of Action. and (4) The Law of Vital Accomodation (S. as the result of extraneous influences. And that the success of life depends upon the amount of energy available." 2) Vital power comes from within Even if it looks like taking a drug creates an immediate relief.A) Energy is the basis Robert Walter M. The body deals with the drug immediately. first-priority.you hear it all the time: this drug or herb will do something. E. will give more energy.” The success of each living organism — whether it be simple or complex— is directly proportioned to the amount of its life force and inversely proportional to the degree of its activity. only the body has power of action. sustained by an inherent force in the organism called “vital force” or “life force” or “Nerve Energy. (3) The Law of Dual Effects.including the basis: "Life's Great Law". (2) The Law of Power. and consequently expended. This is the first effect.

even irrational and hostile. With the appearance of these symptoms.destroy or adapt to poison You cannot steer the body's reactions . if The Toxic Sufferer does consult a medical doctor about the reason for his low energy and irritability. the body can react in two ways .they are always automatic and instinctive. or up (get better) . and we have power to reverse the trend. These toxic substances begin to saturate first the bloodstream and lymphatic fluids and then the cells themselves. Traditionally. The following is by Victoria Bidwell from The Health Seekers Yearbook (1989): THE SEVEN STAGES OF DISEASE STAGE ONE IS ENERVATION: Nerve Energy is so reduced or exhausted that all normal bodily functions are greatly impaired. irritable. The Toxic Sufferer experiences actual pain. and “out of it. The Toxic Sufferer does not feel his “normal self. The Toxic Sufferer can feel exhausted. medical scientists have named many of the 20. based upon a self-preservative instinct which adapts or accommodates itself to whatever influence it cannot destroy or control. resulting in a low-grade inflammation.4) To survive . Stage One thus begins the progressive and chronic process of “Toxemia Toleration” that continues through all of the following stages. The Law of Vital Accommodation: The response of the vital organism to external stimuli is an instinctive one.” He feels either stimulated or depressed by the poisonous overload. especially the elimination of endogenous and exogenous poisons. Tilden's revolutionary writings in the 1930's explained the seven stages of disease and what happens when our energy level gets lower and lower. The Toxic Sufferer feels inordinately tired.either throw out the toxin. along with pathological symptoms at this point.’ You are perfectly healthy!” STAGE FOUR IS INFLAMMATION: The low-grade.” STAGE THREE IS IRRITATION: Toxic build-up within the blood and lymph and tissues continues. STAGE TWO IS TOXEMIA: Nerve Energy is too low to eliminate metabolic wastes and ingested poisons. • (3) Theory develops: Diseases in stages 1930's : From flu to cancer Dr. During these first 3 stages.it is simple cause and effect. with this single goal: self-preservation and survival. run-down. If a drug enters. the medical doctor can finally give The Sufferer’s complaint a name. An area or organ where toxicants have amassed next becomes fully inflamed. chronic inflammation from Stage Three is leading to the death of cells. the doctor tells him: “There is nothing wrong with you. queasy. itchy. Note that a sick person can move down the steps (get worse). or adapt itself by working at a lower vitality level. The cells/tissues where build-up occurs are irritated by the toxic nature of the waste.000 distinctly different . These symptoms are ‘all in your head.

STAGE FIVE IS ULCERATION: Tissues are destroyed.cleaning and organizing Dr. both conventional and experimental.reviving Hygiene and creating a complete hygienic system. He removed the junk. sac. . STAGE SIX IS INDURATION: Induration is the result of long-standing. they are replaced with scar tissue. Tissues. Once the set of symptoms is conveniently named. . and whole systems lose their ability to function normally. You need to make preparations accordingly. which is intensified by the emotional distress of realizing that he is only getting worse. normal-functioning cells — by chronic inflammation and death of cells. wen. Toxins may or may not be encapsulated in a tumor. while giving credit to the hygienic masters." Herbert Shelton • CLEANUP: Dr. organs. and lifted Natural Hygiene up to a higher stage. even heroic attempts to get well. Standard medical doctors continue with both drugging and surgery and all other kinds of modalities deemed appropriate. Standard medical doctors typically continue drugging and often commence with surgery and other forms of more radical and questionable treatment at this stage. • (4) Theory develops: System-building Dr... Herbert M.diseases after the site where the toxins have accumulated and precipitated their symptoms. Shelton took the old hygienic writings and separated the real stuff from the therapies.” Failure of vital organs eventually results in death. The Toxic Sufferer is “a pathological mess”: he is on his deathbed. e. the doctor can mechanically prescribe the “antidote” from his Physician’s Desk Reference or from his memorized medical/ pharmaceutical repertoire. • ORGANIZATION: He organized the collected knowledge. The Toxic Sufferer experiences a multiplication and worsening of symptoms while the pain intensifies.. obedient. You have just so much longer to live. He cleaned up Hygiene.g. forming an outlet for the poisonous build-up. chronic inflammation with bouts of acute inflammation interspersed. Herbert Shelton . Standard medical doctors declare at this stage: “There is no hope left. • SYSTEMATIZATION: He systematized Hygiene to create a system of pure basic principles. and made Hygiene intelligent. by removing hydropathic ideas. or polyp. regardless of his earnest. (“Induration” means “hardening” or “scarring” of tissues. The body ulcerates. The chronic inflammation causes an impairment or sluggishness of circulation: and because some cells succumb. "It was my effort to revive a movement that had been allowed to all but die. The Toxic Sufferer endures even more physical pain. Standard medical doctors thus commence drugging and treating at this stage. The message of Natural Hygiene is now heard around the world. Biochemical and morphological changes from the depositing of Endogenous and Exogenous Toxins bring about degenerations and death at the cellular level.) STAGE SEVEN IS IRREVERSIBLE DEGENERATION AND/OR FUNGATION (CANCER): Cellular integrity is destroyed through their disorganization and/or cancerous proliferation. This is the way we lose good. Shelton (1895-1984) was a brilliant man with unique abilities and happened to be the right man for the right job .

but it was based on contemporary science. He would just listen. From 1925 to 1928 he was on the staff of Macfadden's Physical Culture magazine and was the health columnist for the New York Evening Graphic. (from Dr. he began sifting. He was principled. writing the monthly magazine Hygienic Review. • Secondly. in its curriculum and principles.) In 1922. Vetrano .Dr. than any subsequent college. Tilden's chopped raw meat may have been his largest mistake from today's perspective. • Dr. selecting and testing what those who had gone before had left as a heritage. he established an institution to care for the sick through physiological resting. His decision to choose a vegan diet-concept and abandon Dr. Shelton "Herbert Shelton first became acquainted with the system at the tender age of 17 (1912). 40+ books. Shelton was always on top of the latest research and commented on it. he graduated from the American School of Naturopathy and did post graduate work at the Peerless College of Chiropractic in Chicago.sometimes in a not too easy-to-digest style. Stanley Bass interview 2003) Herbert M. In order to obtain clinical experience. had humility. He was sure of himself. Shelton's Hygienic Review . and honored the old hygienic masters and those with more knowledge. Dr. Shelton came co-founder and co-owner of How to Live Magazine.in his lifetime doing the labor of many men. Dr. He gave his whole life to the cause of cleaning up and re-creating Hygiene. (The College despite its name. and was the forerunner of a host of other volumes on correct living for the prevention of disease and the recovering of health. with a very high accuracy rate and he was a fearless warrior for the truth. He did a lot of writing.and when he spoke he was usually analytically correct. and gave many lectures . His articles were hard hitting and impressive in their message on health and disease. listen . He started to probe into its past and single handedly exhumed the vast storehouse of knowledge that lay neglected and unread. His formal education in the health field was obtained at the International College of Drugless Physicians in Chicago which was founded by Bernarr Macfadden in 1920. Shelton published his first great work Human Life: Its Philosophy and Laws. a publication which came out eleven years later and earned for itself recognition as the most informative journal on health and disease for the lay person. which incorporated much of the teachings of the pioneers. for three reasons. jailed up to 30 times. • Lastly. which laid the groundwork for his Hygienic Review. He was not always diplomatic but could be a skilled politician. Shelton became increasingly determined that there must be a renaissance in natural hygiene. or fasting. He often worked almost all night on writing his books using his extensive library. Shelton interned in various institutions before setting up practice for himself. which provided a living laboratory of the physiology of health recovery. Beginning in 1919. especially so was the one on Rudolph Valentino and his untimely death brought on by medication. and during the day taking care of patients at his Health School together with Dr. was more like that of Trall's. Herbert Shelton had a great sense of humor and told lots of stories. Year 1928 The year 1928 was a landmark in the 20th century Natural Hygiene Movement.

said Trall. the Hygienist means "things normal. Shelton humorously relates how be managed to almost single handedly put out the magazine. What are these means? To settle this question. activity. cleanliness and wholesome emotional influences. that confirmed the experiences that processed and refined foods are inadequate to meet man's nutritive needs. Texas. 1939). we need a system of care that is equally applicable to both the well and the sick. Hygienic materials have nothing in common. Never did it double up on two months as did many other publications. One may be constitutionally feeble and it may be that he has been sick all his life. rest and sleep. in the body. We are frequently asked: where are our experiments? Do we need experiments to prove that man cannot live without air? Are we called upon to prove that fresh air is better than foul? Must we show experimentally that rest and sleep are nature's processes of recuperation? Must we demonstrate the value of cleanliness? Are experiments needed today to convince us that violent emotions are ruinous? Have we so far forgotten the benefits of exercise that we need them demonstrated to us in the laboratory? After all the experiments that have been performed. we have merely to provide a satisfactory answer to the question: what are Hygienic materials? By Hygienic agents. yet it continued each month without missing an issue. air. Dr. then to our minds it follows. while at the same time operate his institution in San Antonio. nursing him or her. that Dr. water. wash dishes. waiting upon him and giving the forces of life a chance. well or sick. except that which is consistent with the health of the body when uninjured. which it needs and must have to restore lost ground. Yet physicians do to him. Shelton's Hygienic Review was never able to pay for itself. sweep floors. Tilden's depth in 1940. Look with us at the relations of life to which the sick are subjected. all the "dregs and scum of earth and sea" are employed in a vain effort to restore health without any consideration being given to the causes of the disease. that disease is vital action abnormally expressed. I would hop into my car and give my printer a hand in getting out the magazine. watching over the patient. that we find ourselves entirely unable to appreciate the adequacy of the means employed in Hygienic practice to the accomplishment of the ends sought. irresistibly. what no argument could induce them to do for the plants in their garden. ANHS "If our theory is true. instead of keeping things away that exhaust and providing things that nourish. which brought to an end his Health Review and Critique. they are food. light. steadily and persistently. with the "remedies" of the physician. "I would make beds. and thus left unbroken the continuity of magazines devoted to the Hygienic ideal which have been published came into being in 1832. So long have we been educated to belittle and deprecate the simple health requirements of nature and to rely upon the mysterious and incomprehensible and to misunderstand the nature of disease and to grossly overrate the danger of certain conditions. is the same organism and as there is no radical change in its structures or its functions and no radical change in its elemental needs in the two states of existence. Often after getting through with the noon day dishes. that such means as the organism needs and must have to keep itself in health are the means. do we need more experiments to demonstrate this fact all over again? Can we not accept the very means by which we live without having to have their value demonstrated in the laboratory? . and the only means." The Greatest Health Discovery. heat. serve meals." Herbert Shelton 1968 "Most people's prejudices against the Hygienic System arise out of the very simplicity of its means and methods.It was fortunate that before Dr. As the living organism." Briefly. Shelton's Hygienic Review made its debut (Sept. Instead of caring for the sick as they would a valuable rose bush. Dr. Throughout the whole realm of nature we find nothing provided for the repair of injury. even during the difficult days of World War II when help was scarce and paper rationed.

Evil must be overcome with good. its philosophy and its practices should pass and be forgotten." Herbert Shelton 1968 "Most people's prejudices against the Hygienic System arise out of the very simplicity of its means and methods. A new dispensation has dawned. The eyes of the people are being opened to the hard consequences of medicine's false philosophy and fatal practices. ----. Shelton. not by producing new diseases. In the days of our ignorance this may have been permissible. The medical profession no longer serves any possible end. that we find ourselves entirely unable to appreciate the adequacy of Hygienic practice. 1968 . through every means at its command. taught the doctrine of casting out devils through Beelzebub. has long taught people to poison themselves with deadly drugs whenever they were ill. They have long. The profession." H.So long have we been educated to belittle and deprecate the simple health requirements of nature and to rely upon the mysterious and incomprehensible. But now light has come into the world. Disease must be limited by supplying the conditions of health. too long.The medical profession.

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