What is Natural Hygiene?
The Greek goddess Hygieia (Hygeia) gave the name to "Hygiene", as the movement was first named in the 1800's - and "Natural Hygiene", as Drs. Shelton and Cursio called the revived movement in the 1900's. See picture of Hygeia, the goddess of health.
Quote: "A demand was made that an "expressive classic name,"... be adopted for the system of philosophy and practice that belonged to the new school of thought. As early as 1856 the phrase Hygienic System came into use as the various practitioners came to be less and less satisfied with being designated hydropathists". H. Shelton, 1968.
What about the term Natural Hygiene?
Quote: "Inasmuch as a spurious system of hygiene is promoted by the medical profession--one that accepts processed and refined foods, haphazard eating, so-called moderation in tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, etc.--and rejects most of the genuine program of Hygiene, we prefixed, several years ago, the descriptive adjective, natural, to the name, thus giving us Natural Hygiene." H. Shelton, 1968.
More here about the term "Natural Hygiene".
Why did Hygiene get started?
In the early 1800's many MDs both in Europe and America were critical overfor the medical practices common at the time. In USA this movement got the name Hygiene.
Quote: "All but two of the pioneer Hygienists were medical men who had become disillusioned with medical practices..."
H. Shelton, 1968.
A return to pristine living
"Not by divine revelation, as so many have claimed for their "discoveries," but by a close and careful study of nature did all these men come to their knowledge. Hygiene represents a return to that pristine mode of living that emerged with man when he first appeared on the earth; it is a revival of something precious that had been all but lost during the course of ages, thanks to the corrupting and perverting influences of shaman, priest, physician and trader. These, with their false systems and false teachings, have led the race astray. When and where ignorance and superstition have prevailed with all their mind-beclouding and debasing influences, there disease and crime abound".
H. Shelton, 1968.
What does Natural Hygiene teach about illness?
Illness does not develop without cause
Quote: "Illness does not develop without cause; there are laws which regulate human life as well as any other system or constitution, and the man who violates any of the laws of his being, ought to know, when he suffers mental and physical distress, that this is a consequence of the transgression".
(Herbert Shelton 1968)
"It was necessary for them to understand that man is the builder of his own diseases and that disease does not come upon them without cause." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.2.
Acute disease is a remedy, not an enemy
Note: There is acute disease, an elimination / detoxification process, that often takes the form of a common cold. And there is chronic disease, a later stage of body degeneration.
Quote: "It became necessary for them to learn that acute disease, instead of being the enemy it had long been regarded, is a remedial process.".
H. Shelton, 1968, ch.2.
Disease cannot be cured by poisons
"So long as medical colleges promulgate the superstition that drugs have curative power, they will continue to be curses to the race."
"Could the colleges of medicine confine themselves to the teachings of the sciences that are connected with medicine, they could become worthwhile institutions; but so long as they continue to mystify disease and to teach that it can be cured by poisons, they not only reject science, but they aid and abet the patent medicine industry." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.3.
Laws of Life - the basis
Life and health is not haphazard
"One of the first fallacies that the Hygienist had to overcome was the belief that life was subject to chance and haphazard or to the whims of a capricious Providence and was not governed or controlled like all else in nature, by immutable law." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.6
The basis of Natural Hygiene - the laws of life
"Hygienists declared that the principles of nature, the laws of science and the truths of the universe, are just as fixed and certain in their relation to the human organization, in relation to life, to health, to happiness, to disease and suffering, as they are in relation to all things else. To ascertain and understand the natural laws, or the regularity or uniformity with which everything occurs, and thus to found on a sure basis a system of mind-body care, was the aim of Hygienists." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.6
The more obedience to the laws - the more health
"We expect to see the sun rise and set, a seed to sprout and grow, water to run downhill, chemical reactions to take place, all in accord with exact law. We do not expect to gather grapes from rose bushes nor figs from thistles. Is there less reason to expect that man should obey the laws of his being? Shall we not expect him to have health in precise ratio to his obedience?"
"Man is not in charge of his own destiny, despite his proud boasting to the contrary. He is still in the grip of natural processes; he is still subject to natural law." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.6
No man is an exception to the laws
"Hygienists have no secret compound to offer, no panacea to sell at a dollar a bottle and no wonder drugs to produce health in spite of the existence of every reason in the earth why health should not exist. They can only point to the laws of nature, by obedience to which we are able to attain and maintain the most glorious health. ... The laws of nature form a unique, harmonious system and no man is exempt from them."
"No man thinks he is an exception to the law of gravity, but he may think that he is an exception to the rule that poisons tend to kill. ... Natural laws make no allowance for man's ignorance. A poison will kill the man of genius as quickly as it will kill the fool;" H. Shelton, 1968, ch.6
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