What is health?
Is health abnormal in our society?
"In a nation of cretins, a healthy man would be regarded as abnormal; in a community of color blind people, a man with good color vision would be regarded as abnormal; in a nation in which everybody has defective teeth, a man with a good set of teeth would be regarded as abnormal.. Thus it is evident that we cannot accept the common definition, vague as it is, of disease, as valid. " H. Shelton, 1968, ch.8
Health is perfect harmonious development
"Health is a condition of perfect development, a state of wholeness and harmonious development and growth and adaptation of part to part, of organ to organ within the organism, with no part stunted and no part in excess. In this state of organic development lies the perfection and symmetry of beauty. Beauty is but the reflection of wholeness, of health. It is easy to demonstrate that the forms and proportions of man and of every animal and plant, which are in their highest and most perfect state, are also the most beautiful."
"Our word health is derived from the Saxon word for whole. Heal is derived from the same word and means to restore to a state of wholeness, soundness or integrity. Holy comes from the same root and signifies wholeness and purity of mind. Taken in its fullness of meaning, health is completeness and perfection of organization, fitness of life, freedom of action, harmony of functions, vigor and freedom from all stain and corruption-in a phrase, it is "a sound mind in a sound body." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.8
Try to picture health
"If we try to picture health, what do we see? A form of perfect symmetry and proportion; a clean, smooth, semi-transparent skin, with the red blood shining through, especially in the cheeks and ends of the fingers and toes; glossy hair that is full of life; clear, bright eyes that are full of expression and that dance with life, rosy lips that smile with the joys of life, pearly white, sound, even teeth; a breath that is as sweet as that of the kine in the springtime; freedom from disagreeable body odor, indeed, where health is perfect, emitting an agreeable aroma; a body that is filled with activity, delighting in work or exercise, and a happy, courageous, mirthful and hopeful disposition and a desire to help others." H. Shelton, 1968, ch.8
How do we get healthy?
Lost touch with nature
"Health, as previously defined, is maintained by a simple nourishing diet, pure air, exercise, cleanliness and the regulation of the passions. The individual consists of more than a body. The wholesome, natural and due performance of the functions of the mind is equally as important as that of the body.
Modern man is a mechanic and a chemist and he interprets life in mechanical and chemical terms. He has lost all touch with nature and with the sources of supply of his basic needs." H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 9.
"Say what you like, healthful habits do not cause death. Pure air, pure water, moderate eating of wholesome foods--these and similar wholesome things are not disease producing. Impure air, impure water, excesses of food, unwholesome food, imprudence in eating, excesses of all kinds, lack of rest and sleep, inadequate exercise, poisoned drinks, smoking, etc., are all disease producing.
Here, then, we have set before us two ways of life--opposite ways--the one leading straight to health and strength, the other equally as straight to weakness and disease. " H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 9.
The demands of full health
"It remains true, unfortunately, that most health seekers attempt to regain health by the employment of partial or incomplete measures. Instead of wholeness of program, they adopt some one or two elements of what should be a health-building way of life and ride this as a hobby. Full health requires, nay, it demands a full program of healthful living." H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 9.
Broader social aspect
"We tend towards health as far as we and others become aware of the evils that exist. But if my neighbor poisons the air with the fumes of tobacco, if he pollutes the water with the exhaust from his factory, if he radiates evil wherever he goes, he makes me suffer with him. There is a unity in the race that makes the crimes of one man rebound to the hurt of another."
"The full Hygienic life must await that broader social revolution that will liberate man from age-old slaveries ..." H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 9.
A broken bone self-heals - inflammation is the remedy
"If a bone is broken, it may be set by human art; but no human art can heal it. All that the surgeon can do, after setting the bone, is to stand quietly by and wait for the processes of healing to do their work.
A wound is not a disease; but the vital activities--pain, inflammation, feverishness and other evidences of vital action--do constitute disease or remedial action. These represent processes by which healing is accomplished. ... A broken bone, like a flesh wound, is healed by inflammatory action." H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 17.
Self-healing is incompatible with using "cures"
"Since the time of Stahl (1600's) ... the healing power of nature ... has often been denied by medical theoreticians. ... Too many admissions of the intrinsic power of self-healing would prove incompatible with current orthodoxy, both in thought and practice. If the body heals itself, what need is there for cures?"
"We are asked to believe that, though there are no drugs that will heal a wound, there are some that will cure pneumonia or typhoid fever. .... We are entitled to ask: are there two natural modes of healing operating upon different principles, one of them carried on by the living organism, the other carried out by drugs?" H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 17
Why do most people believe in "cures" - but not in self-healing?
"Physicians are well versed in pathology, but alas! ignorant of the body in a state of health and of the basic needs of the living organism."
"Our forefathers would conjure up for themselves some hideous monster ... ready to pounce upon them at any minute. ... Although this ancient conception of disease has faded somewhat, it is not entirely dead. ... Down to the present time, that mysterious imaginary monster, disease, has been the thing aimed at; and remedies have been employed with which to combat, expel and kill it." H. Shelton, 1968, ch. 18.
Or read: OLD PARADIGM --- "DISEASE IS THE PROBLEM" Natural Hygiene history is part of the history of healing and medicine .....
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