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Quotes: "The chief factor in all living creatures and life forms is Energy, Life Force or Vital Force, the Life Principle which does all the work in the body at all times. When it is present, the organism is alive. When it is absent, death exists."

"All bodily cells and tissues intelligently cooperate to assist the body in this effort, to maintain normal health, with all energy directed to survival at all costs, whenever threatened."

Energy - Its Oneness and Unity As the Chief Factor in Health and Disease

(How It Acts Under 2 Different Conditions)

by Dr. Stanley S. Bass

The chief factor in all living creatures and life forms is Energy, Life Force or Vital Force, the Life Principle which does all the work in the body at all times. When it is present, the organism is alive. When it is absent, death exists.

- The greater the amount of energy which is present in the body, the greater the ability to use and express the energy in vital action.
- The lower the amount of energy present, the more restricted the amount of work and vital action the organism is able to express.

Energy is oneness. There is only one energy in existence. Its many forms of expression vary according to the nature of the substance it is expressing through.

  • In man, in a normal state of health, it expresses its activities in eating, digestion, assimilation, nourishment of cells and tissues, growth, repair, elimination of food and body wastes, etc. this same energy is used by all the senses in thinking, feeling, emoting, tasting, smelling, hearing, etc.
  • In a state of illness or disease, it is that very same energy acting in the body which is called forth to rally its forces to evict the offending toxins, poisons or threat to the vital domains or the body's existence, to restore the conditions to normal.

    To paraphrase this as principles, we may logically state that:
    Health is energy expressing itself in the body under conditions which are normal.
    Disease is energy expressing itself in the body under conditions which are abnormal.


    Homeostasis is the tendency of energy in the body to move in the direction of normality and health at all times.
    All bodily cells and tissues intelligently cooperate to assist the body in this effort, to maintain normal health, with all energy directed to survival at all costs, whenever threatened. This is inherent in all life forms in nature since the beginning of creation.

    Under the condition of disease, the key to understand the various symptoms which are manifesting, is to realize that these signs are the various progressive stages in the remedial process that the body energy or vital force uses to eliminate the toxins from the body to restore a normal state, as according to the basic principles of homeostasis.

    The Stages of Disease

    These successive stages, which manifest in the body cells and tissues during the process called disease, are variously described as: beginning with irritation, then followed by inflammation, induration (hardening of the tissues) etc.

    The Oneness of Disease

    All diseases without exception obtain their energy to manifest through the tissues from this one energy source or vital force. The proof of this is that no symptoms or stages of diseases occur in a dead body which has lost its vital force. These responses can occur only in a living body possessed of vital force.

    The Naming of Disease

    All diseases, even though they use the same one vital force in manifesting through the various progressive stages in tissues and organs, for thousands of years since the beginning of medical practice, have traditionally been named according to the location of where the disease is present. For example, rhinitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose, sinusitis is the mucous membrane inflammation of the sinuses, hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, colitis of the colon etc. Note, the process is the same in all locations, and the stages of healing are the same, but the variations in symptoms differ in each organ because of the differences in tissue structures between each organ.

    The big problems in the practice of medicine are caused by:

    1. The belief in medicine that all actions which occur in the body when each specific drug is given are due to the drug acting upon the body. In reality, the reverse is true. All responses in the body when a drug is given are due to the body acting in self-defense. To protect itself from injury from the drug, which is a toxic substance. If a drug is given to a dead person, and if the drug is performing the action, then why is there no response? This is because only the living body with its vital force is capable of action. Drugs possess no vitality of their own and are inert substances. All actions are vital actions performed by energy present only in living bodies.

    2. The belief in medicine that most diseases are caused by living outside entities, such as germs, bacteria, viruses, parasites etc. Therefore in treating disease, they use drugs and other agents to combat the so-called "cause of disease", and in so doing, they invariably fight the body's efforts (which are manifesting as symptoms). Thus, they exhaust the body's efforts to remedy and eject the cause of the disease - the toxins which are menacing the body and causing the vital force to act in self-defense.

      In primitive races, for thousands of years, germs, viruses and bacteria were never a problem. This has consistently been observed by trade ships carrying doctors while traveling throughout the world since the discovery of America. They have reported the absence of disease and epidemics in practically all countries and islands wherever they traveled. The diseases of so-called civilized countries were unheard of. The simple lives of these nations living on natural foods and under natural conditions were sufficient to cause them to be free of almost all disease. It was only when the trade ships carrying supplies of coffee, alcohol, tobacco, refined flour and white sugar, canned food etc. introduced these foods to the natives in trade, that epidemics and diseases began to occur, wiping out huge portions of the native population, frequently in one generation. See "Primitive man and his Food" by Arnold DeVries; also see "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston Price D.D.S.

      It has been observed that bacteria, germs, viruses and parasites play the role of scavengers and will feed on decaying food substances and tissues, breaking them down to a form, which makes them easily eliminated from the body in preparation for their use by the soil. In this respect, they perform a useful ecological function. When these decaying substances are not present in the body, they leave it or die off from lack of nourishment. They can survive only on decomposing substances and cannot live on healthy food substances!

      Medical men in believing these so-called entities are the cause of disease use their toxic drugs to battle against them and destroy them. In so doing, they damage and poison the tissues, making recovery much more difficult, greatly weakening the vital force which are trying to eliminate the original causes of disease, the toxins in the body.

    3. In the mistaken belief that the symptoms or stages of the disease process, such as inflammation, chills, fever, suppuration (elimination of pus and fluids from the tissues), etc. are the disease itself, they thereby war against the vital efforts of the body to eliminate the cause of the disease (toxemia or body toxins). Thus they weaken the healing process, often to the point where the possibilities of recovery are completely thwarted, leading to an irreversible condition of disease and a fatal outcome.

      The early practitioners of Natural Hygiene in the 1800's who understood the truth and difference between so-called disease and the vital remedial efforts of the body, had remarkable success in epidemics, fevers and most diseases. By not using drugs or fighting the healing process, but instead using water fasting (physiological rest), sleep in quiet and peaceful surroundings, the body used all of its forces very successfully, succeeding in termination of most diseases. In contrast, the medical practitioners who warred against all so-called diseases, had a high percentage of failures and fatalities.

    The Cause of Disease

    1. Enervation - loss of energy which cause a slowdown and retention of body wastes leading to:

    2. Toxemia - retained body wastes and metabolic toxins. These produce further enervation or weakening of body energies leading to greater and increased toxemia, establishing a recurring vicious cycle until a saturated toxemic state is produced forcing an elimination process called acute disease.
      Energy loss is also caused by the use of toxic stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, environmental poisons, etc. Also negative mental and emotional states, loss of rest and sleep.
      Processed foods, altered foods, preservatives, food colorings and many toxic chemicals added to flavor foods, irradiation, overcooking, etc. contribute to toxemia and enervation. Also included are overeating especially, overexercising, or overwork.

    3. Deficiencies - caused by refining of food, which removes vital substances, or food from depleted soils. This is very common and almost worldwide in prevalence today.

    The following is from "Human Life - Its Philosophy and Laws" by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton:
    The Unity of Diseases And Symptoms - Chapter XV.

    Stanley S. Bass

    by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton

    from "Human Life - Its Philosophy and Laws"
    Chapter XV

    In The Water-Cure Journal, for August, 1853, (pages 28 to 32), is an article by Dr. N. Bedortha, entitled Medical Reform. Incidentally, this is also the title of Dr. Jennings' first book. In this article Bedortha says:— "Thompson's theory of disease was simple, and his practice in harmony with that theory. He discarded the endless nosologies of medical books, and advocated the unity of disease. Under whatever form the disease might appear, his mode of practice was simple and uniform."

    Again he says, in briefly recounting the development of Orthopathy:
    "Disease in his (Jennings) theory is a unit, and the manifestations of disease in the form of fever, coughs, colds, etc., are kindly efforts of nature entirely true to the laws of life and health, which cannot be aided by any system of drug medication, whatever, relying solely upon the Vis Med. Naturae, placing the patient in what he supposes is the best possible condition by rest, pure air, and proper diet."

    The Unity of Disease means simply that all "diseases" by whatever name they are called are one and the same thing. Instead of there being hundreds of diseases there are simply many variations in form and manifestation of the disease process - the curing process. This is a most revolutionary principle and when finally understood and acted upon will simplify medicine and result in the passing away of nearly all of what now passes for science in the realm of medicine. It is possible to see all symptoms and all symptom complexes in terms of their essential unity. We can go still farther and show that the phenomena of health and the phenomena of disease are essentially one. Instead of health and disease creating, for us, the puzzles of nosologists and epistemologists, they are but two phases of the same thing - life or living.

    Jennings says: "Philosophy of Human Life," p. 18:
    "The external appearances, or tokens of distress, which the vital economy is compelled to develop under the pressure of overpowering causes, and which are called diseases, are as evanescent in their general character as the morning cloud, and the early dew; and as changeable as the 'shifting figures of the magic lantern' and as numerous and multiform, as endless variety of causes and influences acting upon millions of parts, each impressible with varied action, in kind and degree, can produce.
    And these phenomena will vary in different countries or communities according to the nature and degree of violence done to the vital machinery, by different modes of life. Where departure from correct living is the widest and longest persevered in, the phenomena of impaired healthy action will be the most numerous, complicated and severe or aggravated; and where the laws of life are best observed, and for the longest period, these phenomena will be the fewest, least complicated and mildest."

    Over against the heteropathic doctrine of disease which runs throughout the theories and practices of all schools today, Jennings placed the great fundamental fact of Orthopathy, from which the system derives its name, and which he states thus in the introduction to his "Philosophy of Human Life" (preface):

    "It will be the subject of the following pages . . . to show the unity of human physical life; that its tendency is always upward towards the highest point of health; in the lowest as well as the highest state of the vital funds; and that what is called disease is nothing more nor less than impaired health, feeble vitality; that recovery from this state is effected, when effected at all, by a restorative principle, identical with life itself, susceptible of aid only from proper attention to air, diet, motion and rest, affections of the mind, regulation of the temperature, etc., with occasional aid from what may be justly denominated surgical operations and appliances."

    Thus, at the very outset, orthopathy differs from all heteropathic systems past or present in that it regards disease as a state of health, a low state of health, in which the efforts of the body are all directed toward the normal health standard. Every action of the body is "RIGHT ACTION" instead of "WRONG ACTION" as is held by all other schools.

    But if disease is a unit and the disease process is the same wherever located and however far advanced, how are the apparent different diseases accounted for. This question may, at first, seem difficult to answer. However, the difficulties are more apparent than real. The so-called different diseases are disease in different organs or in different structures. The apparent differences are given to them by the differences in the affected organs and the degree of affection.

    The brain can't vomit and the stomach can't become insane. The liver can't urinate and the kidneys can't produce bile. The bowels can't cough and the lungs can't give rise to a diarrhea. The heart can't sweat and the skin can't miss pulsations. Each tissue has its own work to perform and when affected or deranged gives rise to its own peculiar symptoms—that is each deranged organ speaks its own language or dialect.

    The symptoms of any disease are characteristic of the part affected. The distinguishing symptoms of the "different" so-called diseases are due to the differences in the organs affected. Thus, if the meninges of the brain and cord are affected, stupor and delirium will be present; if the lungs are affected, respiratory difficulties are present: if the stomach, intestine or bowels are affected, the symptoms will be characteristic of these organs. It is the tissue that is affected and the degree of the affection that lends individuality to disease. All the specific characters of disease are derived from the tissue or organ affected and not from some specific character of the "disease" itself. Disease is not an entity.

    The reason for calling one form of disease catarrh, another diarrhea, or appendicitis or phrenitis, or tonsilitis, or metritis, or nephritis, or asthma or headache, etc., is not because of any real essential difference in the "disease," nor even in the cause of the "disease," but rather because of the difference in location. Each organ has its own way of acting and feeling and this gives rise to "different" symptoms. The real difference in one disease and "another" disease is in the structure and function of the organ affected. All disease is essentially one, every form having essentially the same general characteristics and, at basis, due to the same causes.

    In the chapter in Inflammation it was learned that inflammation is a unit. Names and forms relate, not to the process we call inflammation, but to the organ affected or to the stage of the process. Inflammation of the tonsils is not one disease and inflammation of the ovaries another disease. It is the same thing in different locations. Ovarities and tonsilitis are merely names denoting locations. Inflammation is the same in whatever location it is found - whether in the brain or appendix or lungs or legs. The various names given to the "inflammations" are derived from the organs or tissues inflamed.

    Catarrhal inflammation may exist in any mucous surface in the body and may be either acute or chronic. Or inflammation may begin in one mucous surface and, as time passes, extend to other mucous surfaces.
    Thus a woman who has catarrh of the nose and throat may develop metritis and the woman who has asthma or hay fever almost always has leucorrhea and metritis. The same constitutional derangement is at the bottom of each of these "diseases." Hay fever is but an aggravated case of catarrh. Bronchial asthma is a bronchial catarrh.
    The symptoms in these "diseases" are fundamentally the same. The distinguishing symptoms are those of location or structure.
    Asthma is a special disease only because it is located in the bronchial tubes and not in the nasal passage or colon. Dr. Tilden sagely observes that if the structural changes occurring in the nasal mucosa during an attack of hay fever, or in the bronchial mucosa during an attack of asthma, were also to occur in the neck of the womb their presence there would afford a complete and adequate explanation of the phenomena of dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation. "This simile," he adds: "can be carried to every passage and cavity of the human body that is lined with mucous membrane. The fact is, there is no difference between a catarrhal state of one part of the body and that of some other part."

    The same blood and flesh condition that causes asthma can and does cause uterine and ovarine diseases to develop and exist at the same time the asthma exists. The asthma is not the cause of the uterine troubles nor vice versa. They both stem from the same fundamental cause.

    Herbert M. Shelton:

    Dr. Stanley Bass



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