Medical doctors abandon drugs
"When a man begins to doubt the drug system, it is difficult to stop. ... An example of the transforming power of a new idea is supplied us by Dr. James C. Jackson's (M.D.) conversion to hydropathy.
He explains in 1861 that he had no more desire to disbelieve his allopathic education than he had to become an infidel in religion; but he had come face to face with a group of facts: He had seen a number of patients recover health from apparently hopeless conditions without drugs; within a few months these so-called incurables were walking about quite vigorously and ultimately returned home in good health. He reasoned to himself: "What power is it that has done this work?" He answers: "One naturally would, under such a glimmer of light as I had, be disposed to ascribe the result to some specific agent.
- Jackson thus repeated an old and common mistake--that of mistaking coincidence for cause ... and the healing power of the body is always ignored." H. Shelton, 1968
"The movement initiated by Graham and Alcott and measurably contributed to by Mary Gove, and which was early joined by Dr. Jennings, represents the beginning of the Hygienic movement. ... This was only the beginning and many subsequent men, especially Trall, Taylor, Nichols and Jackson, added their weight and thought and their experience to the evolution of the new but old way of life. ...
Two health conventions were held by the American Physiological Society (founded in 1837 by Sylvester Graham) under the general term of the American Health Convention. The first of these opened in Boston 1838. The second was held in New York 1839. Physiological societies were formed in several cities, ... and a provision store, which may properly be called the world's first health food store." H. Shelton, 1968
Colleges & Civil War
In 1853 Dr. Trall founded the New York College of Hygeio-Therapy, and half of the first class graduates were women. In 1858 Drs. Austin and Jackson founded a 250-bed institution in New York: Our Home on the Hillside. Ellen White, a hygienist and Seventh Day adventist, called for "Health Reform in the name of The Lord" in many books between 1864 and 1915. Clara Barton, a hygienist, founded the Red Cross in 1881. In 1887 Dr. Susanna Dodds founded The Hygienic College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The Civil War 1861-65 had a devastating impact - general impoverishment caused the closing of hygienic colleges, magazines and institutions. Hygiene never regained its dominant position. (partly from Bidwell, 1989)
Hygiene influences medicine
"Neglect of the Hygienic needs (especially of the need for rest, fresh air and water) is not as persistent nor as criminal today, thanks to the work of Hygienists, hydropathists and nature curists, as it was a hundred years ago; (but the total Hygienic program is far from having been accepted). By line upon line, precept upon precept and volume upon volume, the workers for a revolution in the way of life have done a good job.
Jackson declared that the changes in medical practices that occurred during his lifetime had been due "clearly and wholly to the promulgation of the principles" of Hygiene. " H. Shelton, 1968
Enervation & toxemia
John Tilden M.D.(1851-1940) first practiced medicine and surgery for twenty-five years. Personal experience, however, led him gradually to lose all faith in drugs, and like Jennings, he began to use sugar tablets — blank cartridges, he called them — which he continued to give (to use his own words), "until I was mentally evolved to the truth that even sugar pills were injurious, in that the make believe medication educated my patients into believing that their improvement was due to the supposed drug they were taking. This is the harm in doing for sick people anything labeled curative."
Dr. Tilden finally gave up the placebo practice and learned to rely upon Hygiene. He established an institution in Denver, Colorado, to care for the sick along natural hygiene lines, where he remained until his death in 1940. An interesting tidbit: Dr. Tilden recommended a silver-dollar's size of raw chopped meat per day. (partly from ANHS: The Greatest Health Discovery)
Enervation & toxemia & deficiency
In the 20th century, Dr. Gian Cursio started emphasizing deficiency more, probably due to his experiences with deaths & diseases from vegan deficiencies. Here Dr. Bass, a student of Cursio, explains:
Laws of Health
What is the Laws of Life? Essentially the manual - the key to understanding how we function and why we are sick or healthy. If you understand and follow these laws you'll be healthy. If you break them you will get sick.
"The laws of life are not something imposed upon the organization of man. They are imbedded in the very structure of our being, in our tissues, our nerve and muscle cells, our bloodstream, into the total organism. ... Since these laws are fundamental parts of us, we cannot revolt against them without revolting against ourselves. ... We cannot run away from the laws of being without running away from ourselves. There simply is no escape, except in death." Herbert M. Shelton
Here are a couple of the laws:
This basic energy law has four secondary Laws of Vital Relation: --- (1) The Law of Action, (2) The Law of Power, (3) The Law of Dual Effects, and (4) The Law of Vital Accomodation (S. Bass: The Laws of Life)
1930's : From flu to cancer
Dr. Tilden's revolutionary writings in the 1930's explained the seven stages of disease and what happens when our energy level gets lower and lower. Note that a sick person can move down the steps (get worse), or up (get better) - it is simple cause and effect, and we have power to reverse the trend. The following is by Victoria Bidwell from The Health Seekers Yearbook (1989):
THE SEVEN STAGES OF DISEASE
STAGE ONE IS ENERVATION: Nerve Energy is so reduced or exhausted that all normal bodily functions are greatly impaired, especially the elimination of endogenous and exogenous poisons. Stage One thus begins the progressive and chronic process of Toxemia Toleration that continues through all of the following stages. The Toxic Sufferer does not feel his normal self. He feels either stimulated or depressed by the poisonous overload.
STAGE TWO IS TOXEMIA: Nerve Energy is too low to eliminate metabolic wastes and ingested poisons. These toxic substances begin to saturate first the bloodstream and lymphatic fluids and then the cells themselves. The Toxic Sufferer feels inordinately tired, run-down, and out of it.
STAGE THREE IS IRRITATION: Toxic build-up within the blood and lymph and tissues continues. The cells/tissues where build-up occurs are irritated by the toxic nature of the waste, resulting in a low-grade inflammation. The Toxic Sufferer can feel exhausted, queasy, irritable, itchy, even irrational and hostile. During these first 3 stages, if The Toxic Sufferer does consult a medical doctor about the reason for his low energy and irritability, the doctor tells him: There is nothing wrong with you. These symptoms are all in your head. You are perfectly healthy!
STAGE FOUR IS INFLAMMATION: The low-grade, chronic inflammation from Stage Three is leading to the death of cells. An area or organ where toxicants have amassed next becomes fully inflamed. The Toxic Sufferer experiences actual pain, along with pathological symptoms at this point. With the appearance of these symptoms, the medical doctor can finally give The Sufferers complaint a name. Traditionally, medical scientists have named many of the 20,000 distinctly different diseases after the site where the toxins have accumulated and precipitated their symptoms. Once the set of symptoms is conveniently named, the doctor can mechanically prescribe the antidote from his Physicians Desk Reference or from his memorized medical/ pharmaceutical repertoire. Standard medical doctors thus commence drugging and treating at this stage.
STAGE FIVE IS ULCERATION: Tissues are destroyed. The body ulcerates, forming an outlet for the poisonous build-up. The Toxic Sufferer experiences a multiplication and worsening of symptoms while the pain intensifies. Standard medical doctors typically continue drugging and often commence with surgery and other forms of more radical and questionable treatment at this stage.
STAGE SIX IS INDURATION: Induration is the result of long-standing, chronic inflammation with bouts of acute inflammation interspersed. The chronic inflammation causes an impairment or sluggishness of circulation: and because some cells succumb, they are replaced with scar tissue. This is the way we lose good, normal-functioning cells by chronic inflammation and death of cells. Toxins may or may not be encapsulated in a tumor, sac, wen, or polyp. The Toxic Sufferer endures even more physical pain, which is intensified by the emotional distress of realizing that he is only getting worse, regardless of his earnest, obedient, even heroic attempts to get well. Standard medical doctors continue with both drugging and surgery and all other kinds of modalities deemed appropriate, both conventional and experimental. (Induration means hardening or scarring of tissues.)
STAGE SEVEN IS IRREVERSIBLE DEGENERATION AND/OR FUNGATION (CANCER): Cellular integrity is destroyed through their disorganization and/or cancerous proliferation. Tissues, organs, and whole systems lose their ability to function normally. Biochemical and morphological changes from the depositing of Endogenous and Exogenous Toxins bring about degenerations and death at the cellular level. The Toxic Sufferer is a pathological mess: he is on his deathbed. Standard medical doctors declare at this stage: There is no hope left. You have just so much longer to live. You need to make preparations accordingly. Failure of vital organs eventually results in death.
Dr. Herbert Shelton - cleaning and organizing
Dr. Herbert M. Shelton (1895-1984) was a brilliant man with unique abilities and happened to be the right man for the right job - reviving Hygiene and creating a complete hygienic system.
Dr. Shelton was always on top of the latest research and commented on it. He would just listen, listen - and when he spoke he was usually analytically correct.
His decision to choose a vegan diet-concept and abandon Dr. Tilden's chopped raw meat may have been his largest mistake from today's perspective, but it was based on contemporary science.
He gave his whole life to the cause of cleaning up and re-creating Hygiene. He often worked almost all night on writing his books using his extensive library, writing the monthly magazine Hygienic Review, and during the day taking care of patients at his Health School together with Dr. Vetrano - in his lifetime doing the labor of many men. He did a lot of writing, 40+ books, and gave many lectures - sometimes in a not too easy-to-digest style.
Herbert Shelton had a great sense of humor and told lots of stories. He was sure of himself, had humility, and honored the old hygienic masters and those with more knowledge.
He was principled, with a very high accuracy rate and he was a fearless warrior for the truth, jailed up to 30 times. He was not always diplomatic but could be a skilled politician. (from Dr. Stanley Bass interview 2003)
To read various articles by Dr. Shelton click here.
Shelton: Man's Pristine Way Of Life, 1968, can be read free at soilandhealth.org
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