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ANSWER 1: (Natural) Hygiene is that branch of biology that relates to the preservation and restoration
of health
"HYGIENE is that branch of biology that relates to the preservation and restoration of health.
Bionomy is the science of the laws of living functions; or that branch of biology which treats of habits and
Orthobionomics is a word I have coined to designate the correct adaptation of life and environment to each other.
The hygiene of health and the hygiene of disease is one.
However, for convenience, we divide it into Preventive Hygiene, or the hygiene of healthful maintenance, and
Remedial Hygiene, or the hygiene of health restoration.
By Preventive Hygiene is meant the intelligent employment of hygienic principles, forces and agencies for the
maintenance of functional and structural integrity.

By Remedial Hygiene is understood the intelligent employment of hygienic principles, forces and agencies for the
restoration of sound health."

There must be a way to live exactly right, which, if a man does, he will grow into health, said a young school-teacher to
himself some years ago. He was beginning I to despair of his life because every doctor to whom he went diagnosed his
case differently and proceeded to make him much worse than ever. Then began a long series of experiments upon his own
body, and years of study of the subjects that relate to health and disease. That man, young Robert Walter, later became one
of the leaders in the nature cure or hygienic movement. Like many others who have turned to hygiene he was forced to
study the matter out for himself because physicians are interested in disease and not in living.
A soap-box lecturer was once entertaining a crowd on Broadway in New York City. lie told the following story: - The
superintendent of an institution for the feeble-minded sent an inmate into the basement to mop up the water from a faucet
that accidently had been left running. Later in the day the man was found mopping with the water still running full blast.
You darned idiot, why dont you turn off the faucet, shouted the superintendent. / The simpleton grinned and replied:
Nobodys paying me to turn er off. Im gettin two bits an hour to mop er up. When the roar that greeted this jibe at the
medical profession had subsided, the speaker continued: The land is flooded with sickness which flows from ignorance of
natures laws. Proper instruction would shut off disease at its source, but if doctors turned off the tap, they would put
themselves out of a job. Nobody pays the medical profession to turn er off, they get two bits an hour to mop er up.
Dr. Shelton, Human Life It's Philosophies and Laws, 1928

ANSWER 2: (Natural) Hygiene is a branch of biology & a complete way of life

"Hygiene is that branch of biology which investigates the conditions upon which health and life depend, and the
means by which they are sustained in their virtue and purity.
It is a complete way of life comprising a system of mind-body care in health and in sickness. It is based upon the
demonstrable principle that the same elements requisite to maintain vigorous health are essential to a state of sickness.
These are modified only insofar as the altered needs and capacities of the sick organism require, but they superimpose
upon the normal elements of living no anti-vital elements.
A truly valid system of mind-body care must be coeval with life. It must have a timeless validity that belongs not to the
works of men, but nature itself. It must be of such a character that it meets adequately all needs of the living organism
under any condition of life.
It must be the very constitution of things. It cannot grow out of the haphazard researches and discoveries of man, but must
be part of his life from the very beginning. It will thus be a system that will not, because it cannot, pass away. The fact that
the systems that have been of mans devising pass after a brief day of popularity, reveals that they are not valid. A valid
system of Hygiene cannot be artificial. It must meet the elemental demands of living and be based upon the unvarying
principles of nature. It must harmonize in all particulars with all we know about life, and not fly in the face of a valid
interpretation of mankinds vast experience. It must meet both the simplest and deepest problems by appealing to
demonstrable principles.

The principles of Natural Hygiene must be capable of uniting all the elemental factors of Hygiene and holding them
together. This constitutes a firm central point upon which man can rely.
Our principles must not be myths, legends, assumptions, theories or dogmas, nor a combination of them. They must
constitute more than a staunch conviction or a popular belief. They must be true; if they are not true, they cannot
serve as a valid foundation upon which to build a true way of life.
Because the principles of Hygiene grow out of a wealth of related facts, they have their roots in the daily life and real
experiences of man. Because they are true, they will apply with full force to other forms of life, and not to man alone. For a
valid Hygiene must satisfy life, and not merely man or some men. It is a much larger thing than most of us imagine. While
it is true that all forms of life obey certain fundamental laws, each type of organism has its own distinct pattern, entirely
original and different from that of every other organism."
Dr. Shelton, Health for the Millions, 1968

ANSWER 3: "Hygiene of the fast"

The term "hygiene" can also be used like this:
"... the fast must be properly conducted. The "Hygiene of the fast" does not differ from the "hygiene of disease".
Indeed we must learn to regard fasting as Hygienic, not as a therapeutic measure."
Dr. Shelton, 1934, the Hygienic System III


QUOTE 1: "There are no cures - Nature returns to normal when enervating habits are given up"
Dr. Tilden says the following in his preface to Toxemia Explained.
Nature returns to normal when enervating habits are given up. There are no cures in the sense generally understood. If
one has a tobacco heart, what is the remedy? Stop the use of tobacco, of course. If the heart is worn out from shock, as we
see it among gamblers, or among men who are plunging in the stock market, what will cure? Drugs? No! Removing the
Every so-called disease is built within the mind and body by enervating habits. The food and dietetic insanity that
constitutes the headliner on the medical stage just now is causing the people to demand a diet that will cure them of their
peculiar maladies. The idea prevails that some peculiar diet will cure rheumatism or any other disease. Diet or food will not
cure any disease.
A fast, rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits, mental and physical, will allow nature to eliminate the
accumulated toxin; then, if enervating habits are given up, and rational living habits adopted, health will come back to stay,
if the one CURED will stay put. This applies to any so-called disease. Yes, it fits your diseaseyou who write to find out
if the Tilden system of cure applies to your case. Yes; cannot you realize that law and order pervades the universe? And it is
the same from nebula to stone, from stone to plant, from plant to animal, from animal to man, from man to mind, and from
mind to super-mind God. To use a blanket expression: Law and order pervades the universe, the same yesterday, today and
forever, and is the same from star-dust to mind, from electron to mind.
Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in health and disease. One disease is the same as another; one man the
same as another; one flower the same as another; the carbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the same. Yes, one
disease can be cured (?) the same as another, unless the organ acted on by toxemic crises is destroyed. For example: If
wrong eating is persisted in, the acid fermentation first irritates the mucous membrane of the stomach; the irritation
becomes inflammation, then ulceration, then thickening and hardening, which ends in cancer at last. The medical world is
struggling to find the cause of cancer. It is the distal end of an inflammatory process whose proximal beginning may be any
irritation. The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen and nutriment, and, in degenerating, the septic material enters the
circulation, setting up chronic septic poisoning called cancer cachexia.
Disease is a common expression of universal enervation. An understanding of physiology and pathology necessitates a
firm grip on evolution as expressed in biology; or reasoning will go astray occasionally.

Modern cures and immunization are vanity and vexation; they are founded on the foolish principle of reasoning from
effect, is disease, to cause. The organ which is suffering from many crises of Toxemia is discoveredit may be ulcer of the
stomach, then the ulcer is cut out; it may be gallstone, then the stone is cut out; it may be fibroid tumor of the womb, then
the tumor or womb is cut out. The same may be said of other effectsthe medical armament is turned loose on a lot of
effects. This is accepted by the public mind as efficient treatment of disease, when in fact it is a stupid removing of effects.
And that is not the worst of such blundering. The operators have not the slightest idea of the cause of the effects they so
skillfully remove. In other derangements the same lack of knowledge of cause prevails. In the treatment of deficiency
diseases, the lacking element is supplied from the laboratory; but nothing is done in the line of restoring the organ to
normality. Why? Because medical science has not discovered why organs fail to function properly; and until this discovery
is made, scientific blundering will continue.
QUOTE 2: "The belief in disease and cures stands as an effective barrier to a true education in healthful living"
Hygienic Review
Vol. XXVIII July, 1967 No. 11
Healing Versus "Curing"
Herbert M. Shelton
Healing is a prerogative of the living organism. It is omnipresent and is forever functioning in the body that is not in full
health. Curing disease is a voodoo game. A cure for disease will be discovered simultaneously with the discovery of
perpetual motion. The search for cures should have been abandoned at the same time the search for the Philosopher's stone
was given up. People who want to be cured should not consult a Hygienist. Hygienists cannot cure; they have no cures.
Man can know what to do to help lagging function; he can know much about the creative processes that go on in his body,
and their requirements; but he cannot make blood; he cannot produce a cell; he cannot knit a broken bone; he cannot repair
a wound. All that he may legitimately do is to remove all interfering factors, whether internal or external, and supply the
normal conditions of this creative work; after which the organs and processes of life, under the control of the laws of life,
get busy and do the work of healing.
We have a great army of invalids and semi-invalids who are going from specialist to specialist, from hospital to hospital,
from clinic to clinic, from sanitarium to sanitarium, from one health resort to another, from climate to climate, from the sea
shore to the mountains, seeking, ever seeking, for health. They go from one school of curing to another school of curing,
but they never regain health. They spend time and money in their search for health and never find it. What is wrong? If the
drugs and operations, the sea bathing and sunshine and mountain air and different climates and the specialists and the
famous hospitals and clinics and sanitariums cannot cure them, what is the reason? If modern medical science, with all of
its great wealth of cures, fails them and they turn to the lesser schools of curing, and these also fail them, what shall they
The answers to all these questions are simple ones. These people are not getting well because the causes of their illnesses
are not being removed. Their modes of living are not being corrected. Enervating habits are being permitted to cripple their
functioning power so that they remain toxemic. They continue to eat in a manner to maintain the constant and seething
cesspools in their digestive tracts. They do not need to change climates. They do not need to go to the mountains or to the
sea shores. They need to change their modes of life. They can get well as soon as they cease to build disease. When they
learn the correct way of life and conform to it, they can have health. Until then, they are destined to go on suffering and
chasing cures until the undertaker relieves them of the necessity of further chasing.
The first deviation from health is a gradually evolving enervation resulting from enervating mental and physical
habits. So long as enervation checks secretion and excretion, there is a general inability of the organs of the body to
function normally. A toxemic state of the body develops and slowly devitalizes the tissues for years, resulting in delayed
healing and degeneration in injured or devitalized parts. The varying symptom-complexes, starting with enervation and
progressing to toxemia, impaired nutrition, with a gradual deterioration of the entire system, and ending, finally, in
ulceration, induration and fungation (cancer), is a long drawn-out pathological evolution with a continuous degeneration of
tissue. When men live in a manner to maintain continuous toxin saturation, they are in line for the development of any
disease to which diathesis or environment determines them.
It may be questioned that this progressive toxemic saturation of the tissues of the body is responsible for the many socalled diseases with which man suffers. It is commonly thought that each of these so-called diseases is a distinct entity,
requiring a specific cure. This idea grows out of the symptomatic differences noted in the various so-called diseases. Why
should not organs differing as much in histology and function as the tonsils and the stomach present different symptoms

when they are inflamed? Will it be denied that the cardinal symptoms of inflammation are the same in the two organs? It
will not. But the secondary symptoms will differ and these differences will flow from the differences in structure and
function of the two organs. If pneumonia differs from hepatitis or if nephritis differs from colitis, this is due to the fact that,
while inflammation in every possible location is basically the same, the different structures lend their own characteristic
features to the symptoms. But if they are basically and actually one and the same thing, why should they be recognized as
different diseases and treated differently?
Pneumonia is a symptom-complex based on inflammation localized in the air cells. Were the inflammation localized in the
bronchial tubes, it would be called bronchitis. When the inflammation is localized in the tonsils, it is called tonsilitis; if in
the stomach, gastritis; if in the womb, metritis; if in the appendix, appendicitis; if in the colon, colitis, etc., etc.
In studying pathology in the text books, it has neither past nor future. It is without beginning and without end. We study
isolated fragments of pathological processes. Is it atrophy we study? We never have it connected with preceding states of
the body. Do we study abscess of the liver? We study the abscess as though it has no connection with the ills of functional
impairment, irritation, chronic inflammation, etc., that have preceded. End-points are studied. Unfortunately, also, there is
no differentiation between what we may term natural pathology and drug-created pathology. Nobody ever suspects that we
are studying end-products of years of pathological functioning and our pathology is like topsy; it was never born, it just
growed. It appears without cause, without a history of premonitory symptoms, to be cut out and pronounced cured.
The belief in disease and cures stands as an effective barrier to a true education in healthful living. The medical
profession is not teaching the people how to live, but has opposed every effort at living improvement. The only prevention
they have fostered is that of immunization by means of vaccines and serums.
Wrong habits of body and mind reduce the powers of the body and make it possible for parasites and germs to live in its
cavities. Parasites and germs are not the causes of disease of the body, but incidents of the disease. Germs are as helpless in
a truly healthy body as a feather in a gale. The cause of disease is not the germ that is present, but the mental and physical
habits that have broken down the body. Let the office of the germs be what it may, they can no more cause disease than a
fire can be kindled in a vacuum. The theory that germs and parasites have to be destroyed in order to cure disease is one of
the myriads of delusions that collectively constitute what is called scientific medicine.
Parasites seem to be almost, if not quite as omnipresent as germs, but like germs, parasites of all kinds must find favorable
habitats if they are to begin housekeeping. When you start homesteading parasites, you may know that your tissues and
secretions have become so impaired that the parasites find residence in them possible. "Carriers" of germs and parasites are
those who have converted their bodies, particularly their digestive tracts, into bouillon cultures, by enervating habits and
gross eating. Amebic dysentery, a so-called parasitic disease, ends in recovery in two to three weeks if the patient is
properly cared for and no amebicides are given by mouth or by rectum. These drugs cause inflammation, build ulcerative
colitis and proctitis.
If we take a look at the curing process in the case of cancer, we cannot help but be shocked and amazed at the pain to
which people are subjected in their effort to regain health without the necessity of removing the cause or causes of their
suffering. The tortures of the orthodox hell are mild compared to the suffering of the cancer patient who has been operated
upon and then given the orthodox treatment that is used as a follow-up. The pain is "relieved" with narcotics given in
increasing doses, with diminishing "relief," until the patient dies in a narcotic drunk. At no point in the care of a cancer
case is any effort made to discover and remove its cause.
Cancer does not develop in a normal body. This is to say, a genuinely healthy body will not evolve cancer. Cancers are not
self-caused. It should be understood, then, before any effort is undertaken to treat cancer, that it is necessary to know what
changes have taken place in the body before cancer develops. If these are known and corrected, the cancer should
disappear, providing the whole organism is not so greatly devitalized that it is not capable of throwing off the evolving
pathology. To remove the cancer and follow the removal with X-ray and radium certainly does nothing to correct the precancerous developments and their causes.
A physician is called to see a sick man. He finds him in severe pain and administers an anodyne. This provides a temporary
respite from pain, but it practically suspends the operations of the body in throwing off toxins and repairing damage. If the
case is one of pneumonia, and the cough is "relieved," the lungs fill with secretion and the patient dies; if it is one of
diarrhea in an infant, and the diarrhea is checked, the infant may die of the "relief." Maltreated pneumonia may end in

death or in tuberculosis. Maltreated pleurisy may end in pyothorax (pus in the pleural cavity). If the pus is well drained,
and the patient is otherwise properly cared for, he will make a full recovery. If drainage is imperfect, pus absorption
follows and the patient will be kept in a state of semi-invalidism with the possible development of one or more abscesses in
some vital organ or organs. In such a case, ultimate death from exhaustion is the contingency to be expected.
We frequently read in medical works that "most fatal diseases start with a cold;" we are warned not to neglect a cold, lest it
be the forerunner of more serious illness. We are also told that colds make us liable to "other diseases." The real truth, as
any practitioner of the so-called healing arts may demonstrate to his own satisfaction, is that, unwise care of the patient
with a cold often produces a fatal malady. The imprudent always "feed a cold" until it ends fatally. There is one important
rule of life that all informed people should know and observe, and this is: When feeling bad, cease all eating. This is one of
the most important rules that may be observed in the care of the ailing body.
Children that are kept in bed, kept quiet, and not permitted to eat when they have measles, whooping-cough, scarlet fever
and other so-called children's diseases, will be well in a few days. If fed and drugged in the usual manner, a child that
should soon recover may die in a few days.
Parents whose misguided sympathy leads them to persuade, even to coerce, their children to eat when they are irritated,
excited, tired, hard to please, or have no desire to eat, may lose one or more children before they learn the simple fact that
such children should not be fed. If they are put to bed and allowed to keep quiet, but without food, they will be well and
happy the next morning. Parents should send their false teachers and doctors and physicians of all "schools of healing,"
with their drugs and foods, and their neighborhood advisors to the oblivion, to which they so richly deserve to go, and care
for their children sensibly.
The child or adult with a cold, should refrain from eating so long as the cold lasts. The original meaning of the old maxim,
"Feed a cold and starve a fever," was feed a cold and you will have to starve a fever. Its meaning has been perverted.
People who develop pneumonia are those who have a cold and who continue to eat up to and during the development of
pneumonia. Pneumonia begins with a cold; the patient commonly complaining for a week, but eating daily, even
overeating. It requires a week to ten days of eating while the cold lasts to evolve pneumonia; often it requires but three
more days to prepare the patient for the undertaker.
I will be told that germs cause pneumonia. Yes, I am aware that this is the theory. But germs are as omnipresent as the
orthodox god. They are always on hand. Pneumonia develops only when our living and eating have made it possible. In
spite of the constant presence of pneumonia germs, we can maintain good health and never have the disease. Feeding in a
cold provides a culture medium for the growth and multiplication of the germs. If they are the cause, they are invited by
People who die of pneumonia have been toxemic for years. They have suffered with a long-drawn-out sub-acute
inflammatory state, accompanied with colds and other symptoms until the ultimate development of pneumonia. In the
majority of cases there has also been impairment of liver function. But the immediate cause the fulminant is protein
poisoning, due to excessive eating of animal foods. If these patients have also been addicted to alcohol, the death rate is
higher. I think that a careful statistical analysis of pneumonia cases will also show that smoking increases the death rate.
More than three million people are incapacitated by illness every day. Great numbers of these are cared for in hospitals.
New hospitals are continually being built and new additions are being built to those already in existence. We are always
preparing to care for increasing numbers of sick people, all the while the story goes out that preventive medicine is such a
howling success.
It is obvious, however, that the art of keeping well is not well understood and that knowledge of how to stay well is not
spreading very fast. The great amount of sickness observed among those who are the closest adherents of the schools of
healing, reveals that they are not receiving the right kind of health education. If our people knew how to keep well, we
could do with fewer rather than more institutions in which to care for the sick.