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INHS member and long-time hygienist Karl Anderson presents this interesting collection of articles from "Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review" and other publications.


  The Importance of Rest in Disease - 1942 - Dr. Gian-Cursio
  Defense of Natural Hygiene - 1943 - Dr. Gian-Cursio
  Hemorrhoids - 1941 - Dr. Gian-Cursio
  Toxin (Poison) - John H. Tilden MD
  Diseases of the Stomach - George S. Weger MD

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The Importance of Rest in Disease
by Christopher Gian-Cursio

Hygienic Review
Vol. IV November, 1942 No. 3
The Importance of Rest in Disease
Christopher Gian-Cursio

Though sleep and rest are important to the healthy, they are more essential to those who are ill. A sick man must not only sleep and rest sufficiently to recover from the daily wear and tear, but must also rest more than the amount necessary to balance current expenditure so as to facilitate curative action. During sleep, and in a lesser degree while resting, the body makes the greatest advances in removing the immediate causes of disease. Also, during periods of complete relaxation the body accumulates potential energy which can be used at some future period. Therefore, rest is not only important for the immediate welfare of the organism but also for some future state.

Individuals who are not sick enough to be forced to bed by nature will learn that a voluntary increase of sleep and bed-rest requires effort and is not as simple as it appears, especially if distressing reactions occur. Illustrative of this is the recent experience of an acquaintance. He complained that getting eight hours sleep made him feel listless and less at ease than when he only slept six hours a day. He could not comprehend why, with the increase of rest, he should feel less refreshed. Like many others he concluded that too much sleep was not conducive to bodily comfort. Why this happened is explanable; this person's organism had become adjusted to a six hour cycle without perturbation to the individual, even though the amount of sleep was insufficient. By sleeping two hours more for a few nights the organism was given an opportunity to better itself. As part of this program of betterment Nature began to remove the deleterious effects that had occurred from years of insufficient sleep. Besides a headache and early morning listlessness, he complained of a foul taste in the mouth and his tongue looked much like that of the inebriate after a night of debauchery. A furred tongue and other unpleasant buccal sensations indicated that the increased rest was producing a detoxifying effect. The organism is an intelligent opportunist and it took advantage of this increased rest to catch up on its eliminative work. The detoxifying effect of rest is not unusual as many have this experience upon awaking. Some even have buccal unpleasantness when they take an afternoon nap. The fact that an individual can sleep longer than usual proves that the need for sleep is present.

In On Regimen In Acute Diseases, an ancient book of medicine supposed to have been written by Hippocrates, not only is the sanatory benefits resulting from enforced rest described but also the resultant temporary uneasiness following the "rest cure. " Therein it is stated, that "if a person having received a wound in the leg, neither very serious nor very trifling, and he being neither in a condition very favorable to its healing nor the contrary, at first betakes himself to bed, in order to promote the cure, and never raises iris leg, it will thus be much less disposed to inflammation, and be much sooner well, than it would have been if he had strolled about during the process of healing; but if upon the fifth or sixth day, or even earlier, he should get up and attempt to walk, he will suffer much more than if he had walked about from the commencement of the cure, and if he should suddenly make many laborious exertions, he will suffer much more than if, when the treatment was conducted otherwise, he had made the same exertions on the same day. "

Those who have rested completely during a fast will find that the resumption of activity, when eating is resumed, will be associated with a feebleness and unease that some attribute to the fast. The fast is only partly responsible for the apparent weakness, for complete bed-rest alone will often result in this discomfort. On the fast the body is more efficient in decreasing the expenditure of energy, and the redistribution of the vital power during the early post-fasting days is very gradual. Because energy is converted into work slowly after physiological rest, does not mean there is a lack of potential. The person who does not rest during a fast appears and acts stronger, but has less potential energy for future development. The deleterious effects often ascribed to physiological rest, are fleeting and always the consequence of an organismal effort that is beneficent.

The individual who is unable to adjust himself to inactivity will sometimes become unruly and difficult to manage. The common complaint of those who need bed-rest is that they are not accustomed to staying in bed. The fact that the patient acts so contrary to what is right indicates that he is in dire need of recuperation. Lack of balance within an individual is shown by erratic behavior and is indicative of orgamsmal deterioration. The Natural Hygienist who is often burdened with this type has to listen to many outbursts of "This resting in bed is killing; I'm not so sick that I have to stay in bed." "Don't you think I will get weaker if I stay in bed." "I will never get my strength back unless I walk around a little." Such ideas are delusions and the deluded one becomes so distorted that to him the Natural Hygienist is a jailer and the Sanatorium a prison. I have had patients of such a rebellious nature that they refused to give Natural Hygiene a chance because they thought resting was too "strenuous." This type of individual will only refrain from reckless activity. when the organs of motion can no longer respond to his bidding. I have been called to see some of these individuals who in the past rejected my entreaties to rest, and who were then either unconscious or in a deep coma. Though at this time they were completely immobilized their fund of vitality was low and recovery, if possible, would never be as quick or complete, as with voluntary immobilization.

An individual can become so habituated to squandering energy that he becomes deaf to the warnings of the body. The organism is not insensitive to a deficiency of recuperation and the innumerable forms of unrest are an indication of this. Very often to overcome disquietude, and produce temporary exhilaration a person resorts to gluttony, smoking, drinking, and other unnatural acts. Only the Natural Hygienist fully recognizes how the stimulation associated with the expenditure of energy can delude one. Dr. Robert Walter's address, Nature Cure, delivered before the Sixty-second Session of the American Institute of Homeopathy, in 1906, emphasized this fact and in this regard stated:

"We Lose power by going to bed very much as air and water lose gravity when the storm ceases and the water finds its level. The existence of both gravity and vitality is known only by their work; when the work ceases, the evidence to our senses of their existence also ceases. But who will say that the gravity is thereby lost or destroyed? Then why conclude that vitality is lost because our consciousness of it has ceased? As long as any hind of power continues in repose, whether gravity or vitality, its very existence is purely a matter of faith; it is only when it is doing work, and is consequently being expended in the work done, that it becomes evident to our senses, for which reason we are easily deluded into the belief that we are getting what we are unconsciously losing."

The mechanism of the body is a most obedient servant but it will obey no further when the destructive influences become too encroaching. The organism is very obliging and adjusts itself with facility, for how is she to know if the vital action demanded of her is for necessities or things that are not indispensable. The body is obedient to the will, even to furnish power for driving twenty miles for such a non-essential as a barbecue or some other palate tickling mixture. Since most individuals are not discerning and wise, their bodies are endangered until the preservative instinct demands a halt.

If a sick person should increase the amount of rest, to twice the amount necessary to balance the current or daily expenditures, the body will be able to convert more energy into restorative work. If nine hours sleep is all that is needed to recuperate from the previous daily work, then by staying in bed nine more hours the energy accumulated during the previous period of sleep, will be used by the body while it is resting and free from the usual stresses. Because of this there is greater efficiency in the usage of vital power. If this individual should stay in bed twenty-four limits then the energy accumulated will be used by the body or a longer period of inactivity and with a corresponding increase in benefit.

The feeling of well-being that follows a complete rest is usually a preliminary for a period of great reaction in which there is an acceleration in the removal of encumbrances and structural impairment. The body works rhythmically, and the periods that distress are in production during the time when the individual feels well. During the periods of increased action against morbific agent there will be further prostration until this particular stage of organismal renovation is completed. This prostration is sometimes so profound that even music produces a depletive and disconcerting effect. The unusual sensations that occur during a "rest cure" are not the result of a destructive process but are due to constructive and remedial action that takes place within the living organism. With the increase of rest the body reacts with greater force against toxins. If any structural impairment exists remedial action is augmented in that particular structure.

When remedial activity is in the ascendency there is often an aversion to the perverse pleasantries that necessitated the illness. One can become so sensitive that the slightest deviation from the natural produces repulsion. The body becomes greatly intolerant especially in acute disease, a type of remedial action that will not tolerate interference.

Rest, to be complete, necessitates twenty-four hours a day in bed. During this kind of rest, not only is the musculature rested, but also all of the vital organs. By slowing the expenditure of energy the recruiting of energy is accelerated. In complete muscular and digestive immobilization the activity of many organs is decreased. Not only does a particular organ recuperate, but because it does, it decreases its demand upon other organs. Other organs, because they are resting, do not require as much from that particular organ. A defective organ when its work is lessened to a minimum increases in ability to maintain functional and structural integrity. As is becomes more efficient in this respect it becomes less tolerant of any morbific agent within its structure or found- in the blood. In complete physiological rest the whole body profits, especially when a particular impaired organ becomes more efficient and increases in ability to help the body as a whole.

By complete rest I do not intend to convey that inertia of a part ever takes place. Vital inertia only occurs upon the death of a structure. The elemental parts of an organ, the cells, when they are not discharging energy, are active in its recuperation. Vital activity Is continuous and has two phases the discharge of energy and the recovery or recuperation of energy.

Complete rest not only requires inactivity of the musculature, but involves curtailment in the use of the auditory, visual, and vocal structures. Over-use of any of these organs interferes with the healing endeavors of the body, because energy is diverted to them; energy that could be used to greater advantage elsewhere.

Sounds are quite depleting to the sick or well. Just because one is able to resist the vibrations of sound without any sensible discomfort does not mean that energy is not lost. Resistance to a stimulus requires an expenditure of vital force, and thereby, results in a leakage of vitality. It is commonly said that noise only affects sick people because of their weakened condition. This is erroneous, for noises affect all; only in sick people because nature demands a conservation of energy, there is an increased sensitivity to anything that causes a wastage of energy. It can be said that they are hypersensitive to depletive influences. Voluntary inhibition of the actions of the many organs is not fully resorted to even by those who consider rest important. The reading of newspapers makes use of the visual energy. Also, associated with the use of the visual organs, perception takes place and this necessitates vital activity and the resultant expenditure of vital force. Books and other forms of literature also require brain activity and, associated with this, there is a certain amount of muscular tension and general structural rigidity. Reading will occupy the mind, but it will act as an obstructive influence, especially when the organism is undergoing changes in which even minute amounts of vital force are of tremendous importance. Rest must be regulated by what the body has done, is doing, and will do.

The Natural Hygienist is often questioned as to what Nature can do in the cases that in the past apparently received no benefit from Nature Cure. I can say that this was not the fault of the natural forces as they exist in the living body. The failure is in man not in Nature. Unusual results will never occur unless unusual efforts are made by a person, who comprehends fully the conservation of vital energy. No limit can be set as to what can be attained in regeneration if one conserves every particle of vital power. By perfection in practice the failures of today can become the successes of tomorrow.

Christopher Gian-Cursio

Defense of Natural Hygiene - a bit of history
by Christopher Gian-Cursio

Hygienic Review
Vol. IV May, 1943 No. 9
Defense of Natural Hygiene
by Christopher Gian-Cursio

I was accused of practicing medicine on a woman whose only chance of recovery (if recovery was possible) was an immediate fast. For this purpose she was brought to my home. Concerning this prosecutor Smith said: "anyone in the family could have administered water, why entail great expense by going to such an institution." This remark contains a double fabrication. The implication of commercialization, and that handing a sick person a glass of water is all there is to fasting.

Those who have studied the fast know that it is not for the incompetent nor for the well versed layman in serious cases. Without knowledge of fasting and the principles of Natural Hygiene there is not enough sustaining force in the individual to conduct a fast to its proper termination. This knowledge comes by observation and the proper interpretation of what is observed. Medical doctors, with me, have watched fasting cases and have seen the organismal renovation that has occurred, especially in persons considered by them beyond the help of medicine. These doctors though above the general practitioner in intelligence, concluded that the fast is a most intricate method and one that they recognized as taking study and practice to properly master; yet Smith near the close of her summation stated: "The only person who is to determine if a person is to be given nutrition or not (fast) is a regularly licensed physician." There is no medical school in the country or in the world where physicians are instructed concerning the fast, yet from out of thin air an allopath, because he is from the dominant school of medicine, suddenly becomes a fasting expert.

The recent fast of forty-five days by a conscientious objector in New Jersey was broken by medical doctors with injections of glucose. The method used to break this fast shows how little knowledge is possessed concerning the fast by the medical fraternity. The doctors assumed that the administration of the glucose was essential, for what they evidently considered a state of hypoglycemia (low in blood sugar). Yet prior to the breaking of the fast, the faster was, according to the doctors, in an amazing physical condition and in no more need of glucose than he was of the many other nutrients. Glucose taken alone after a fast, especially by the injection method, is dangerous. Nature produces glucose (dextrose or grape sugar) associated with other nutrients. It is a monosaccharide that is found in conjunction with other important nutrients in fruit. All nutritive substances needed to supply the wants of the body must enter the alimentary tract. Entrance gained elsewhere is unnatural and the subsequent reactions are likewise. Furthermore, the assimilation and utilization of any nutrient occurs in accordance with the needs of the organism. The quantity to be absorbed is regulated by the body and the digestive tract is a specialized apparatus for this purpose. The skin can no more act for the digestive tract than can the digestive tract substitute for the skin.

In order to show that I was incompetent, the prosecution thought that with a flourish of words, she would make Allopathy replete with fasting experts. Moreover, if one was to believe the prosecution the knowledge needed to conduct a patient through a fast (through crises and minor reactions) is universal and so simple that any one can supervise a fast. Yet, when she sought to make me out as an incompetent she said that only "medical doctors" were learned in fasting.

The attorney for the prosecution was indulging in unusual mental gymnastics and acrobatics. For her selfish purpose she attempted to show incompetency where knowledge existed, and competency were ignorance prevailed.

During the summary of my first trial she said I lacked training and that "ignorance and incompetency on the part of the defendant was a very dangerous thing to the community." This was not a new tactic; for in many of her previous trials of drugless practitioners she emphasized the lack of education and ability to help sick people. But as one individual ex-incurable, that Natural Hygiene had helped, said, "If ignorance and incompetency gave me a new lease on life, then ignorance and incompetency is a virtue that should be cultivated by all doctors."

To the prosecution, the fast was a thing insane and inhuman. She tried to sell this idea to the jury and the judge and hoped that it would be a point to sway them in her favor. In the summation of the first trial in what she thought to be one of her salient points, she said, "The drastic fast was dangerous to a sick woman, who to begin with was weak and diseased." The outburst of laughter that this statement brought from the several score, some of whom had fasted three weeks or more, vividly conveyed to the greatly astonished prosecutor that the courtroom was filled with believers in fasting.

At the second trial, in her summation, she again called the fast dangerous. This time she was more cautious. Instead of a positive statement her remarks were in the form of a question and she said concerning the fast: "Can a strong person sustain that?," and then as though the jury decided the person could not, "How can a, weak person?"

One can see that the strategy of the prosecution was not logical, for earlier in her summation she claimed that only a legally recognized Allopath was capable of conducting a fast. By this remark she admitted the possibility that the fast was proper, but not for a Natural Hygienist. This pseudo-authority on Natural Hygiene took her derisive stand against the fast without even investigating the first principles of fasting. If Smith had fasted one person for a day and observed the changes that occur and then based her conclusions as to the efficacy of the fast upon this sole experience, she would have some semblance of knowledge of what the organism does, when alimentation is suspended.

Sixty-five years ago Dr. Henry Tanner, M. D., proved for all time that a long fast is physiological. He did it in a manner filled with hardships. Many doctors have been glorified over the radio and on the screen, and in most cases the basis for glorification is fictitious. But the life of Dr. Tanner contains enough true drama to fill two movie scripts. In 1877 Dr. Tanner fasted 42 days, and what he thought would terminate in death at the end of ten days resulted in his recovery from a severe heart condition. Prior to the fast he was so sick that seven doctors told him that his heart was apt to cease functioning at any moment. His distress was such that he could not lie down but had to sleep sitting in a chair. Tired of living he thought that to cease eating would hasten the end and therefore, embarked on what he thought was a suicidal course and as he said:

"I had found a short cut out of this vale of tears, and wilderness of woe', and had made up my mind to pack my trunk and depart to find rest from physical sufferings in the arms of death.

But instead of dying, he began to improve and on the eleventh day he was so well that he realized he had discovered a means of regeneration. On that day he went to a fellow-physician, Dr. A. Moyer, who upon examining him said: "Why doctor according to all authority, you ought to be at death's door, but you certainly look better than I ever saw you before." He was so astonished that as Dr. Tanner said "he could not believe the evidence of his own senses." Dr. Tanner then told what he had done. In an attempt to be witty Dr. Moyer said that if he kept it up he would go as long as any of the fasters as related in the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Tanner was not in a humorous mood for he had realized the importance of his great discovery prior to seeing the doctor. Dr. Tanner had expected to terminate the fast but now it had to be defended, so he decided to continue his fast, and prove that a protracted fast was possible. He fasted 42 days. Dr. Moyer was no longer a doubter and feeling that this important discovery should be made known, he told Dr. Tanner that he wanted to prepare an article for the Chicago Medical Times. Tanner refused to give his consent for as he said:

I was not willing to run the gauntlet of the scorn, sneers and ridicule of the law-makers of medical ethics, who would if they had dared resort to all the tortures of the inquisition to compel submission to their arbitrary mandates.

Dr. Tanner's guarded secret did not stay that way long. Dr. Moyer related the fasting experience to another doctor who happened to be the editor and publisher of the Duluth Herald. From then on it was sensational news for the press of that locality. The medical doctors singly and in a group reacted to the fast with words of denunciation. Dr. Tanner was called a fraud and imposter. Realizing that his standing in the community was at stake he proposed to the Henepin County Medical Society of Minn., that he would fast again for them to observe that a long fast was possible. Instead of accepting his proposal they met it with further ridicule. Considered a mad quack Dr. Tanner said he was shunned by all classes of people high and low, cultured and uncultured. My business has gone a glimmering; reputation ditto, my old time friends upon whom I had banked, shunned me as they would a person with the contagion of small pox in their garments.

In 1879 opportunity offered itself to clear himself of the stigma, in defense of Mollie Fancher against Dr. W. A. Hammond. Dr. Hammond had called the fasting girl a fraud and was willing to pay her one thousand dollars if she fasted 20 days. Dr. Hammond accepted Dr. Tanner as a substitute. After Dr. Tanner traveled to New York, Dr. Hammond backed out. Dr. Tanner had so much trouble and hardships during six weeks in New York that he lost 36 pounds. His troubles are too lengthy to relate here, but he finally found a group that would oversee his fast: the United States Medical College in New York City under the sponsorship of Dr. R. A. Gunn. The fast began on June 28, 1880 in Clarendon Hall. Watched at various times by sixty volunteer physicians the watch was as rigid as "satanic ingenuity could make it." He lay on a canvas cot, with six gas jets that were lit all night projecting a glare on his face. The cot was devoid of sheets and mattress, and he had only a piano spread for a covering. Coupled with the heat in New York during the month of July and August, the obstacles that confronted Dr. Tanner were so great that it is amazing that he overcame them. Roped in like a circus oddity, thousands of people came in to see Dr. Tanner. Many proved so crude in conduct that they had to be controlled.

On the 10th day of the fast Dr. Bradley falsely accused Dr. Tanner of taking food. The resulting disturbance was so great that as Dr. Tanner said he was so agitated that it was like fasting an additional five days. The Herald Tribune expended almost two thousand dollars after the first week to see that justice was done and named its own watch for 32 days which consisted of a double watch of 32 men in 24 hours, not only to watch the faster but also the other watchers. In an editorial at that time the Herald Tribune said that the "behaviour of the watchers was inhuman." The fast attracted so much attention that close to the end of the fast he received six hundred letters a day. The fast was broken on August 7th, as Dr. Gunn said amidst "The deafening chaos and the wild enthusiasm of the audience." It was a real holiday and Tanner writes of it:

"The hall was crowded with a throng of enthusiastic and excited people. The streets were a jam for blocks away. Thousands upon thousands who couldn't find entrance into the hall were earnest to see the breaking of the fast. Hammond had predicted my death in less than 24 hours after the breaking event, ministers congregated in numbers to offer spiritual advice and prepare me for the change. The pastor of the Strangers Church, a well meaning man, was particularly anxious to fix my attention on things pertaining to my eternal welfare, to all of which I turned a deaf ear, my thoughts were centered on the things of earth at that hour as never before."

Headlines throughout the Nation acclaimed Dr. Tanner as a hero.

With Dr. Tanner's happy ending one could think that misrepresentation would no longer exist but apparently the press today is much more orthodox and medically inclined than it was during Tanner's day. Even today untruths are published about Dr. Tanner. A few years ago in a national weekly magazine there appeared an article on fasting, wherein it was falsely stated that Tanner attempted to fast forty days "but reconsidered after 14 days." In this same article another false remark is that Dr. Tanner, a professional faster, fasted forty days in 1890 and that he received a thousand dollars and that weakness forced him to give up. Dr. Tanner was not a professional faster. He sought to prove that a long fast was possible and, as he said in a letter that appeared in the New York Times on January 18, 1880, he wanted to awaken nations and individuals "to thought and action" concerning the fast: not for money, for all he asked was a suitable apartment to fast in, all other expenses entailed he would pay.

The Associated Press recently (July 11, 1942) in a dispatch from San Antonio, Texas, again tried to distort the truth about the fast. The fast was accused of producing a lethal effect and according to the dispatch that appeared in a Jamestown, N. Y., paper a woman "died of starvation as a result of a fasting treatment." "This woman lived on a diet of water to which a few dried vegetables were added in the final days of treatment." Charges were placed against that staunch and fearless fighter for truth, Dr. H. M. Shelton. The writing of this dispatch must have been done by a ninconpoop. Who ever heard of a water diet? A person does not die of starvation as the result of a fast. Fasting is physiological, while starvation is pathological. The object of the fast is to suspend nutrition and no food is given. Water is not a food therefore fasting is not a water diet. Water (H2O) enters the body, stays there a certain time and is then eliminated as H2O. Diet means according to Taber's Medical Dictionary: "Selection of food materials necessary for the nourishment of the body, or suitable in disease states, or both." The American Medical Dictionary defines it as: "The customary allowance of food and drink taken by any person from day to day." Winston s Simplified Encyclopedia refers to diet as: "manner of living, with special reference to food. A prescribed course of food, intended as a health measure."

As for the dried vegetables, no one in the history of fasting has ever advocated the use after a fast, of dried lettuce, celery, spinach, carrots, potatoes or the any other vegetables. A Natural Hygienist does not give dried vegetables in any form. To read this report one would certainly come to the conclusion, that fasting is destructive, but the truth is otherwise. To begin with the woman had what is considered in medicine as an incurable disease. Though she fasted 34 days she had been eating two months before she left Dr. Shelton's place. She died about two weeks later in a hospital. How could starvation be the cause of her death? Even if she had died on the fast, it would not have been the result of the fast, since it was conducted by one of the few authorities on the fast. The woman was discharged by Dr. Shelton because she refused to cooperate, showing that lie not only had a patient with a severe physical condition but one whose conduct was erratic.

Dr. Tanner would never have believed it possible in 1942, yet Dr. Shelton's trouble proves that pioneering is not over and that true health reformers like of yore still exist.

The unpleasantries that we as Natural Hygienists have undergone and will undergo are not unexpected for we knew before entering the work that we would have many troublesome days, for as Dr. James C. Jackson said in a speech on New Year's Day of 1859: "The man who has settled it,- that he will be faithful to his convictions happen what may to him or his, must also settle that he will have trials." And how can it be otherwise for we have before us as Jackson continues "principles sublime enough in and of themselves to make a true man glad to spend his strength in their defense." The laws that govern this universe have not gone amiss when it makes the path of the Natural Hygienist so strewn with obstacles, for truth will win even though eons must pass before victory becomes a reality.

In my trials the prosecution stressed to the jury that since it was obvious that I was guilty of a crime it was up to them to see that I could no longer plague the community with my destructive methods. For, as she stated, "The State has set a high standard as to who is to practice medicine so as to safeguard the health of the people," and then continued: "Furthermore, did this defendant have the qualifications and the right to take care of hopeless cases." Hopeless cases it is true! Often have we wished that we could get a few cases that are not hopeless so as to spare us much depletive work. But since the sick cannot be forsaken and since to starve practicing Natural Hygiene is more conducive to my equanimity than getting rich at a much easier avocation, I will never cease doing this work.

Those who have persecuted the Natural Hygienists should realize the magnitude of their wickedness. Some day Nature will demand an accounting. The laws of nature are not nullified for them. The harm that their efforts have brought to others is only momentary but the destruction to themselves is much more lasting. As Marcus Aurelius Antoninus said: "He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad." This is an orderly universe; chaos has its day, but that day must eventually come to an end.

Those who have aligned themselves against truth must realize, as Orlando J. Smith says, that:

Everything in Nature, conscious and unconscious, animate and inanimate, is busily engaged in paying its debts. By what system is this perfect accounting made? We see no books, observe no management, and yet the numberless settlements are made with as much exactness as if each one were superintended by a group of experts, combining more of knowledge and justice than are possessed by all of the mathematicians, scientists, thinkers, philosophers and judges in the world. We cannot explain this accounting on the theory of chance or accident; we must conclude that it is the justice which regulates the affairs of the world.

A Natural Hygienist will not allow intolerance and persecution to alter him but for the better. Moreover, oppression will only produce more determination to resist the forces of destruction. Though our enemies bring hardships, ruin can never befall us. The wise words of Seneca are fitting here:

"Why do many adversities befall good men? i No evil can happen to a good man; contraries do not unite, just as so many rivers, so many showers of rain pouring from the heavens, so great a number of medicinal fountains, do not change the taste of the sea, nor even modify it, so the shock of adversity does not affect the mind of a brave man. He remains ready for action, and whatever happens, he gives to it his own color, for he is more powerful than all I external circumstances. I do not say that he does not feel them, but he overcomes them and even quietly and calmly rises superior to their assaults."

My acquittal is not one that vindicates me, ' but Natural Hygiene, and one that shows that in this world, tormented by war, men still understand and see the good there is in Nature and men.

Christopher Gian-Cursio

I was going through some old "Natures Path" magazines and I came across this Cursio article. Also I am including the picture, I couldn't resist since he looks so dashing. - karl

by Christopher Gian-Cursio

Dr. Cursio 1941 Nature's Path
(Dr. Benedict Lust, Editor)
March, 1941
by Christopher Gian-Cursio, N.D., D.C.

Hemorrhoids or piles is the most frequent disturbance of the rectum and anus. It is seldom seen in children, and it becomes more common as the age of the individual increases from adolescence onward. It is more prevalent in men up to middle-age, but after the menopause the number of cases seen in women are about the same as in men.

So-called authorities would have us believe that piles are caused in women by pregnancy. This is not the case although during pregnancy the piles may become more pronounced. Any impairment in pregnancy is determined by debility and toxicity of the body in general, and the part in particular; not by the pregnancy itself which is a physiological process.

As to the cause of piles, Charles L. Greene, M.D., states, that the formation of hemorrhoids "is favored by the lack of valves in the hemorrhoidal veins." Also the hemorrhoidal veins are loosely situated and do not have strong support from the surrounding tissue which adds to their proneness to dilatation. The anatomical state may determine the kind of disease manifestation that is likely to occur, but disease can never result unless causes of disease exist in the entire body.

Constipation is falsely accused of causing piles. Constipation is not the cause of disease but an effect of unnatural living. I have seen severe cases of constipation without any hemorrhoids, and I have also seen individuals with their daily bowel movements suffering from internal piles. Regardless of constipation, stasis and dilatation of the veins in the anus and the rectum can occur if debility and toxicity exist within the organism.

Constipation helps to aggravate the condition especially when the fecal matter passes through the lower rectum and the anal canal. Those who resort to cathartics in hope of removing the constipation only make matters worse by irritating and inflaming the lining of the anus and rectum. This further weakens the structures, which, coupled with straining at stool results in increased dilatation of the hemorrhoidal veins. The use of spices and condiments has the same effect on the lining of the pile as purgatives. Wrong eating, and over-eating, the use of alcohol, drugs, in fact anything that tends to over-work and injure the liver creates obstruction and stasis of the portal and venous circulation, and as a result the hemorrhoidal veins in the anus and rectum dilate because of the venous sluggishness that results.

For over a century the nature Curists in this country have been teaching that an unnatural diet is the principle factor in the causation of hemorrhoids. Today many progressive Medical men are advancing the same hygienic conception. One of them, Joseph Franklin Montague, M.D., F.A.C.S., a recognized authority on rectal diseases warns that the practices of over-eating and over-drinking are chief causes in the formation of piles. In criticizing the quality of the modern diet he states:
"There is no doubt that the refined foods upon which man lives today, and particularly those artificial aids to a lagging appetite which he has contrived and used for many years past, namely condiments, contribute very largely to the production of abnormal gastrointestinal conditions. They induce chronic dilatation of the intestinal mucosal vessels, mucosal plethora, and finally portal plethora, with its resulting chronic passive congestion of the intestines. There is absolutely no need of the many highly spiced mixtures which are used in food today. Their only function is to evoke a pseudo-appetite, an abnormal craving for food which the mind desires, but which the body most certainly does not require."

There are three kinds of hemorrhoids—the external, anal, and internal. External hemorrhoids are located around the edge of the anus. They are not troublesome unless a blood clot forms or the skin covering the pile is cracked. The vessels of the hemorrhoids may be injured and ruptured in this particular type of pile by individuals who assume that it is an internal hemorrhoid that has protruded and attempt to replace it within the anus with their fingers. Since an external pile cannot be displaced, this is impossible.

The anal hemorrhoid is found within the anal canal and is situated between the external and internal hemorrhoid. The internal hemorrhoid is above the anal canal and is covered by the mucous membrane of the rectum. One great difference between either the external or anal and the internal is that there is very little bleeding associated with the external and anal hemorrhoid, whereas bleeding in internal hemorrhoids is often one of the earliest symptoms. Seventy-five percent of cases of hemorrhoids consist of various combinations of the external, anal and internal varieties. The remaining twenty-five per cent are of the internal variety only.

In the early stages the development of hemorrhoids is insensible to the individual, but from the very beginning the condition is the result of Nature's efforts to relieve the Portal System of an overload of venous blood. In the human organism where there is an overload in the portal veins some of the venous fluid is diverted to the veins of the anus and rectum. Therefore, enlargement of a vein in the anus or rectum is the result of Nature's efforts to lessen congestion of the portal system. If portal engorgement occurs often then the vein becomes dilated. This dilatation plus the irritation of the fecal matter against the swollen vein tends to weaken the vein wall. Nature, to preserve the integrity of the vein will strengthen the weakened vein by the formation of fibrous tissue. However, with continuous congestion the reinforced vein will eventually become permanently dilated and result in what is known as hemorrhoids.

Nature never forsakes the organism; even when the hemorrhoids have formed she stands by doing her best to preserve the anal and rectal structures. If given time in some instances she will produce an obliteration of a hemorrhoid by a closure of the vein. This results from constriction of the vein by hardened connective tissue that is formed around it. This type of natural removal of a hemorrhoid is not infrequent and is proven by the studies of an eminent authority on rectal diseases. If Nature is able to remove structural impairment even though the individual lives haphazardly, just think what can be done when the individual lives in conformity with the laws of his organism.

The formation of internal piles is gradual. In many cases the first symptom is a feeling of incomplete evacuation. This is followed by protrusion during defecation in which the hemorrhoid slips back into the rectum unassisted, but as the condition progresses replacement is required by gentle pressure of the fingers. There comes a time, in some cases when the pile will protrude merely from standing on the feet, even for a short period.

I have noticed, in cases of piles of the internal variety where there is much bleeding during and after defecation, that the patient becomes fearful that he will gradually die from loss of blood. There is no immediate danger from hemorrhage of this nature, and no individual need think that because bleeding is present now drastic measures must be resorted to, to remove the impairment. Hygienic methods in these conditions will, eventually, if persisted in, give the body a chance to remove the vascular engorgement that exists, and restore the tonicity of the venous system in the rectum and anus.

It is well to emphasize, that often bleeding piles serve to lessen venous engorgement in the anal and rectal structures. Furthermore the whole organism is benefitted. Concerning this A. B. Cooke, A.M., M.D. wrote: "Clinical observation, as well as theory, justifies the conclusion that the occasional moderate loss of blood from this source may act as a conservative process in certain conditions, notably cirrhosis of the liver and organic heart disease. The portal vein is chronically engorged in these diseases and the development of internal hemorrhoids is a frequent and natural complication. In these cases it seems clear that an occasional hemorrhage from the rectum can only serve a beneficent purpose, depleting the overloaded venous circulation and promoting the comfort, if not prolonging the lives, of the patient."

In some patients, following a prolapse of the internal pile, strangulation occurs because the sphincter muscle that closes the anal opening grips the hemorrhoidal mass so tightly that the circulation in the vein is obstructed. In cases of this nature that have been untreated it has been observed that mortification of the hemorrhoidal tissue takes place, followed by a sloughing off or a separation of the dead tissue from the living structure—thus resulting in a spontaneous or natural cure. There is great pain associated with strangulation, but if fasting is resorted to at the earliest moment coupled with rest in bed the discomfort is reduced to a minimum and the patient feels comfortable. The power of nature is also demonstrated when thrombosis or clotting of blood occurs in external or internal hemorrhoids. In this condition nature takes the matter in hand by creating inflammations and obliteration of the veins results which accomplishes the same thing that man attempts to do artificially with his injections.

Cases of the internal variety of hemorrhoids are the only type considered suitable for the injection treatment. The purpose of this treatment is to obliterate the veins by the injection of a solution that is an irritant. The principle behind this treatment is to produce a perivascular inflammation which is usually followed by fibrosis and eventually results in obliteration of the vessels. It is clearly obvious that this type of treatment is not aimed at the improvement of a diseased structure, but seeks to destroy the parts whose anatomical alterations result in the manifestation known as piles. It is better that an individual keep his piles and still have his blood vessels even though they be swollen and partly incapacitated. Even in severe hemorrhoid there is much function of the rectal and anal veins which is essential to the maintenance of healthy action of the pelvic organs.

The harm resulting from the injection treatment for hemorrhoids may not be immediately apparent but nevertheless there is a certain amount of damage done, especially because it gives an individual a false sense of security in thinking that with the removal of the piles the cause of his troubles has disappeared.

As long as the necessity for piles exists removal of a hemorrhoid cannot be productive of any good; since the causes of venous overload are still present some other vascular structure must bear the burden of the plethora. Destroying a simple structure, will only strain and eventually weaken one that is complex and more vital to the organism.

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, over two thousand years ago warned about interfering with Nature by removing hemorrhoids; concerning which he wrote: "Those who have hemorrhoids do not readily have either pleurisy nor inflammation of the lungs nor corroding ulcers," also, if piles "are healed prematurely patients go all too rapidly to such diseases and they are rapidly fatal."

Hippocrates saw in hemorrhoids an effort of Nature to help the organism and wrote—"When hemorrhoids appear in melancholy and kidney ailments it is good."

I do not wish to convey, nor do I believe Hippocrates wanted to, that piles are something to be sought after.. What I wish to stress is that they are the result of Nature's effort to help the organism, and to remove the piles without removing the cause is dangerous. The primary causes are the unnatural habits of living that are productive of the systemic state that gives rise to the manifestation known as hemorrhoids.

Concerning the dangers that result from wrong treatment of piles, Dr. James C. Jackson, ably stated, seventy-five years ago: "The treatment usually administered by physicians is quite out of the line of scientific certainty, and is not only not productive of cure, but, oftener than otherwise, involves complications of a constitutional and very serious nature."

In 3,000 autopsies performed by William Ophuls, M.D., and his associates at the Stanford University Medical School, three cases of thrombosis of the hemorrhoidal vein were noted. In one of these "thrombosis had followed operative removal of hemorrhoids and had extended into the iliac and femoral veins, also into the vena cava with complete occlusion of the latter. This had given rise to circulatory disturbances hi the spinal canal with ascending softening of the cord." From the above it is obvious that a happy ending and operative procedure did not go hand in hand.

Thrombosis is possible in both the external, anal, and internal piles, although it is more common in the external and anal varieties. When a blood clot forms the pile swells and deepens in color, resulting in pain which is usually severe. With the first sensation of pain, fasting and rest should be resorted to and in a short time the clot will shrink and disappear. In individuals that are highly toxic, following thrombosis an abscess may occur, and in these cases the fast must be prolonged until the drainage of pus has ceased.

The removal of piles necessitates regeneration of the whole organism, and once the piles disappear they do so permanently provided the individual lives in conformity with the laws of his body. In contrast to this we have the so-called cures by surgery, and the injection method in which there are recurrences in of from fifteen to twenty per cent of cases in from two to ten years. I think these figures are conservative, for not only do piles return but there is also a progressive degeneration of the vascular system elsewhere.

To remove hemorrhoids we must begin at the bottom. We must realize that piles are effects of a systematic pollution and the sooner one goes on a watery regimen or fast the quicker the hemorrhoidal tumors will begin to recede. With the fast the digestive organs, especially the liver, are given a chance to rest and regenerate. Furthermore, the venous and arterial circulation, due to the lessened toxicity and increase of available energy, becomes more efficient. With the resumption of eating of proper foods tonicity is gradually restored, not only to the rectal and anal veins, but also to all parts of the body. Sometimes it may take a year or even longer before complete disappearance may result but improvements are noticed at the very beginning. In some cases the hemorrhoidal mass may never entirely disappear, but it will never occasion any more inconvenience than the lobe of one's ear.

Natural nutrition following a fast is of great importance, and as Susanna W. Dodds once emphasized: "Some extremely bad cases have been cured almost wholly by a careful diet."

Dr. James C. Jackson, who in his lifetime as a hygienist, had about a thousand hemorrhoid patients under his care with great success, wrote concerning proper feeding: "Whoever, having piles, would get rid of them, must eat unstimulating, simple food. Meats, cakes, dressings or rich gravies for the table must be abandoned, and in their place grains and vegetables, simply cooked, and fruits, substituted."

After a fast, especially in chronic cases of piles, difficulty may occur at defecation which may be painful and even result in bleeding but this inconvenience is only temporary as with the resumption of eating the discomfort will gradually lessen. Some cases, of course, may require the injection of a few ounces of tepid water to facilitate the removal of the hardened fecal matter, especially if the patient is feeble and unable to cooperate. Although in the many cases that I have seen I have resorted to rectal injection of water only twice.

Rest is of great worth and most individuals with hemorrhoids have noticed the relief they feel when they lie down. Complete rest, which means staying in bed, helps to lessen pain and tension because of a decrease in blood volume in the rectal and anal veins. Rest should not be used merely to lessen the distressing symptoms but to conserve energy for the benefit of the entire organism.

Bed rest, therefore, should be enforced to the fullest extent even though there is no immediate discomfort in the anal and rectal areas. By curtailing the expenditure of nervous and muscular energy the vital organs are vivified; as a result there is an improvement in circulation and elimination which facilitates the removal of structural impairments. Use rest not merely to remove symptoms associated with piles but to conserve energy for the regeneration of the entire organism.

To receive maximum benefit with the Natural methods one must consider the body in its entirety. Most people fail to see that hemorrhoids are part of a systemic state; as a result they look for specific treatment to the anal and rectal areas. The removal of hemorrhoids requires methods that are as beneficial to the eyes or heart as they are to the hemorrhoidal veins.

To remove hemorrhoids one must regenerate the organism as a unit by methods that do not squander the energy of the body. The Natural methods must be made subservient to the guiding intelligence of the organism, so that depletion of the vital force that sustains the organic intelligence does not occur.

Christopher Gian-Cursio

Toxin (Poison)
by John H. Tilden MD

Impaired Health
Volume 2
Toxin (Poison)
by John H. Tilden MD

Any poisonous nitrogenous compound produced by animal or vegetable cells.

"Any poisonous substance--protein in nature--produced by animal or vegetable
cells."--Gould's Medical Dictionary.

Toxins are those substances which, when taken into the body, or if developed
within the body, are capable of so changing the fluids as to cause sickness or

There are two orders of toxins resulting from the fermentation of protein
and protein compounds. One is physiological and the other pathological. Snake
venom is a type of the first, and sepsin---putrefaction--is a type of the other.

Toxins that are developed physiologically, like the venom of the snake, are
said to be for the purpose of defense. If we could know all about the subject,
it is possible that the poison serves a physiological purpose in his
snakeship's physical economy.

Man's interpretation of venom, odors, teeth, beaks, horns, hoofs, and claws
has been from the standpoint of an eternal warfare for existence. Those
attributes of animal life--physiological functioning--have been studied quite
largely from the standpoint of weapons of offense and defense. If studied from
an optimistic point of view, all those supposed defensive and offensive organs,
and their functions, will be found to be indispensable aids to
metabolism--digestion and assimilation--and to be physiological necessities.

When we keep steadily before the mind's eye that what we call bad is the
reverse side of good, that unity is the key to universal order, and that the
old and childish belief in two warring forces, namely, good and bad--God and
Devil--is unworthy of present-day enlightenment, we are equipped mentally for
analyzing chemical, physiological, and pathological processes rationally and
certainly sanely.

There is no question but that autogenous toxins are first of all
physiological necessities, and when forced to play the role of an enemy in
physical economy, it is because it serves nature's purpose better. Hence
optimism sees only good in all processes.

It may be asked: What of it, if the ending must be the same?

But the ending is not to be the same. A father chastises his son, not
because he is an enemy of the boy, but because he is vitally interested in the
son's welfare.

If God is good, then His chastening rod is not to defeat His purpose--to
oppose cosmic necessity.

John H. Tilden

Diseases of the Stomach
by George S. Weger MD

Diseases of the Stomach
Genesis and Control of Disease
George S. Weger M.D.

Acute Gastritis, Gastroptosis, Chronic Gastritis, Hematemesis, Peptic Ulcer; Gastric and Duodenal, Gastralgia, Cancer of the Stomach, Dyspepsia, Gastric Dilatation.
A comprehensive resume of the different degrees of gastritis from simple catarrh to ulceration is given in a special article immediately following this discussion.

Irritation of the stomach in varying degrees is present in more than one-half of the patients receiving our advice and institutional treatment. Very likely this incidence could be confirmed by all practitioners who recognize in various symtom-complexes (some quite obscure and apparently unrelated) a primary gastric catarrh. Simple gastritis or catarrh is not difficult to remedy by proper dietetic means preceded by a short period of physiological rest. Ulcer-ative conditions require more time and restriction. However of more than one hundred cases of gastric, pyloric, and duodenal ulcer that have come under our personal supervision and care in the last twelve years, not more than three or four have failed to make good and dependable recoveries.

One of the cases of the latter class was a woman nearing her seventieth year who gave a clear history of pyloric ulcer of at least twenty years standing. All evidence of discomfort disappeared in five or six weeks and she remained well for more than a year. It was then found that the stomach did not empty and that only a trifling amount of liquid food could seep into the intestines. Slow starvation was inevitable unless surgery could be successfully employed. With great reluctance the patient submitted to an operation which resulted fatally within a week, due to extreme impoverishment and the constitutional effects of arteriosclerosis. Autopsy disclosed an old pyloric ulcer in which the healed scar contracted gradually to completely obliterate the opening. This is an infrequent complication and is cited only to prove that healing had taken place. In this case there had been frequent hemorrhages for years preceding our dietetic treatment. Other forms of diet had been unsuccessfully tried in this country and also in various European health resorts.

One case was that of a man past sixty-five with recurrent exhausting hemorrhages for the control of which an emergency operation was imperative.

Another case on our records is that of a perforation requiring an emergency operation. Months later the patient was reported doing well and remaining comfortable as long as food was properly combined.

Those who expect a cure for gastric derangements without paying any attention to diet, constitute the army that goes from one doctor to another, vainly hoping yet often despairing. There are diets and diets, there are doctors and doctors. Some diet lists that are submitted to us as having been prescribed for ulcer or other stomach troubles are the records of pathetic attempts to cure something, the real cause of which is not clearly understood. Failure or recurrence is inevitable if cause if not removed.

GASTRIC DILATATION, PTOSIS, and GASTRALGIA almost invariably recover by proper treatment.


The Real Significance of Gastric Ulcer This most distressing condition develops so frequently that it deserves a more prominent place in the hall of famous diseases. It occurs in grown people rather than in children. The adult usually suffers for a long time before he submits to an operation for the relief of a condition about which there is such an element of doubt in diagnosis and prognosis. X ray and fluoro-scopic examinations are used to confirm the tentative diagnosis, but except in pronounced cases even this method is not always conclusive. Though opening the abdomen is a major surgical affair at any time, operations for gastric and duodenal ulcers are becoming quite as common as appendectomies. Unless the condition demands active and immediate surgical interference because of perforation, the patient usually has sufficient time for deliberation. Given time to think the situation over after reading enlightening literature, most people can be convinced that the surgical extirpation of an ulcer does not remove the cause of the ulcer. The removal of an effect may open the field for the development of another ulcer or a similar condition elsewhere in the body for the primary cause or causes still remain active in the system. Surgery does not remove cause.

A postoperative picture, quite disconcerting, can often be painted by those who have had one or more gastroenterostomies, subsequent operations for relief from adhesions, and not infrequently gall bladder drainage or removal, yet have not learned how to eat properly afterwards. The appendix may have been disposed of early in the history of the case. The disillusionment that accompanies the return of the symptoms, often in an aggravated form, leaves bitterness and disappointment that shatters faith in surgery and medicine. Even in such apparently hopeless cases, with loss of continuity of structure or loss of important organs or sections of organs, there is a way by which comfort can be restored, and compensatory adaptation to abnormal states is possible of attainment.

Gastric ulcer is concomitant with gastric hyperacidity. This is an undisputed fact. It is the universal belief that an excess of acid in the stomach is purely a local condition. This belief we question. Treatment directed to the relief of the local condition alone is likely to result in failure. The condition of the stomach represents more than mere local acidity. The great food receptacle registers its own hyperacidity plus the same condition in the entire body. There is a constitutional hyperacidity or acid-osis invariably present in such cases. Though many people remain quite comfortable by comparison for years after operation, we are convinced that constitutional correction is most important, nay, even absolutely essential to dependable and permanent recovery from gastric ulcer.

Any change in diet from the ordinary conventional menus to the so-called milk or cream diet or alkaline cure will prove agreeable for a time because milk or cream causes less immediate irritation than food containing roughage that requires greater gastric motility for digestion. A sore anywhere, whether on the mucous lining of the intestinal tract, or the outside covering of the body, will heal more quickly if left alone and kept quiet than if it is continually irritated by handling, rubbing, wrinkling, contracting, and expanding. New tissue cannot form with such disturbances going on. Therefore the first step necessary to the permanent cure of gastric ulcer is to induce complete rest by doing absolutely without food. Daily gastric lavages to wash out the corrosive acids, and water to drink as desired. This treatment insures local rest. But the patient needs more than that for there is much more to be accomplished.

Normal gastric juice is acid in varying degrees. However, it should not be corrosive. The reason that hyperacidity is really a corrosive acidity is due to the fact that the glands which secrete acid must utilize the material within the body that is furnished for this purpose. People who overeat on sweets, starches, and proteins have an unstable body chemistry due to the storing up of acids throughout life. It is not possible for the stomach to modify the acid when the material from which it manufactures its secretions is abnormally acid.

Since it is easy to demonstrate that the quickest way to overcome constitutional acidity and restore normal alkalinity is by an absolute fast while resting in bed, one can readily see that a complete fast serves a dual purpose. When the surplus acid toxins are eliminated, healing of the ulcer takes place. But not until then.

Even when this treatment is applied, dependable healing will not take place if the fast is broken too soon. The fast must be continued until all reactions indicate that systemic renovation has been completed. True, many patients are already thin and depleted and look the part of chronic sufferers. This state, while deplorable, is not a contraindication to the complete fast. There is no other way that is lasting.

It has been estimated that fluid amounting to more than one-twentieth of the body weight passes through the stomach each twenty-four hours. Certainly when the body is saturated with toxic waste this circulating fluid is contaminated. The stomach tube, if used daily during a fast, will prove that much harmful and irritating material from the general circulation finds its way into the stomach and, unless washed out, remains there to pass into the bowels for reabsorption. For this reason a gastric lavage is a desirable if not altogether necessary procedure. No further proof of the efficacy of a lavage is necessary than the relief it gives.

Just what these corrosive acids of elimination are has not been clearly proved. They are assumed to be the hydrochloric acid excess, plus lactic, acetic, and phosphoric acids (which result from the presence of organic matter) also various inorganic salts, all having been present in excess in the blood and constituting a part of the poisonous waste that we know as toxins. The constitutional condition behind and preceding the incidence of gastric ulcer is by far the most vital point involved. We must learn to discriminate in all cases and all conditions between the patient and his disease.

George S. Weger M.D.


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