From INHS email discussion group (Jan 04):|
1. What is Natural Hygiene?|
If I might add my five cents worth to this discussion.
NH could well be defined as Life Sustainability.
NH could also be defined as not treating the effect but the removal of
cause. Anything which treats the effect and does not address the root cause
is the practice of medicine.
NH addresses all aspects of living,the environment and those factors in it
which impinge upon our health and well being,similarly with our work and
living places, manufacturing, economics, spirtuality, psychologically,
politically etc., and not just fasting and feasting.
> Good points, perhaps we should start by trying to figure out what NH is?
i would say natural hygiene is the art and science of living
healthfully to maintain body integrity. It incudes but is not limited to
following and is all that we need as self directing humans to have
highest quality of life:
I remember one client Isabelle Moser had during for about ten years from mid-80s through
mid-90s. This woman was obsessed with correct eating, cleansing and detoxification. She
ate a perfect perfect traditional NH vegie diet, fasted, etc. But she was in an abusive
relationship, was personally enormously out-ethics in her daily life with other family
members, was constantly in a tizzy over the consequences of her latest non-ethical
behaviour or the deeds done to her by her abusive spouse; naturally, everything in her
life was going wrong, causing massive stress. Nothing much could be done for her because
she refused to clean up her life.
I think it might be a good idea to write up something like a
constitution or mission statement that describes as broadly as possible
what constitutes "hygienic" medicine.
1. If I were writing such I'd say that hygiene focuses on the
self-healing ability of the body, views disease as a lowering of that
ability, views restoration of health as increasing that ability whilst
simultaneously reducing the dietary and lifestyle impediments to that
2. Lost healing power is caused by these treatable factors: lowered
nutritional content in the food being eaten; lowered ability to
assimilate nutrition due to its indigestibility (wrong foodstuffs);
toxaemia and resultant organic damage from toxaemia, which can also
cause reduced digestive capacity and thus further reduce overall
3. The main healing modalities of a hygienist are dietary reform often
initiated by temporary severe dietary reduction to accomplish organic
healing and detoxification, to the extent of extended fasting on water
or very restricted low-calorie dietaries (juice, mineral broth, "Bieler"
broth) that induce considerable weight loss, often accompanied by
physiological bedrest in the case of severe disease conditions.
4. But we should not eliminate or condemn the use of secondary
treatments that increase vital force, such as the use of food
supplements, protomorphogens, herbal remedies, homeopathic, chiropractic
adjustment, exercises, etc., so long as THESE ARE CONSIDERED SECONDARY
to dietary reform and detoxification.