of natural therapeutics by Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
OF CHRONIC DISEASES
Acute diseases represent
Nature's efforts to purify and regenerate the human organism by means of
inflammatory feverish processes, while in the chronic condition o system
is not capable of arousing itself to such acute reactions. It must be prepared
for this through natural methods of living and of treatment, as has been
explained Volume I of this series.
Natural treatment of acute diseases tends to relieve congestion, to facilitate
the radiation of heat and elimination of morbid matter and systemic poisons
from the body. In this way it eases and palliates the feverish processes
and keeps them below the danger point without in any way checking or suppressing
While our methods of treating acute diseases have a sedative effect, our
treatment of chronic diseases is calculated to stimulate, that is, to arouse
the sluggish organism to greater activity in order to produce the acute
inflammatory reaction or healing crisis.
If the unity of disease, as demonstrated in Volume I of this series be
a fact in Nature, it must be possible to treat an chronic as well as all
acute diseases by uniform methods, and the natural methods must correspond
to the primary causes of disease.
These natural methods may be divided into two groups:
a) Those which the patient can apply himself, provided he has been properly
instructed in their correct selection, combination and application;
b) those which must be applied by or under the direction of a competent
Natural Therapeutic physician.
To the first group belong diet, fasting, bathing and other water applications,
correct breathing, general physical exercise, psychological exercise, corrective
gymnastics, air and sun baths, mental therapeutics.
To the second group belong special applications of the methods mentioned
under the first group, and in addition to these, hydrotherapy, Swedish
movements, neurotherapy, orificial dilatation, medical treatment in the
form of homeopathic remedies, non-poisonous herb extracts, and, most important
of all, the right management of healing crises which develop under the
natural treatment of chronic diseases.
outlined in the following sections applies to all forms of disease listed
on page 86 after they have entered upon the chronic stages. In addition
to these, we may classify as chronic diseases the following:
Abscesses of Liver
Amyloid kidney (a
form of Bright's disease)
Anemia (Primary and
Atrophy of bones
Calculi (stones, all
Carries of the bones
Cirrhosis of liver
of hip joint
Deformity of spine
or other bony structures
Eczema, all kinds
Emphysema of the lungs
Fatty and fibroid
degeneration of heart
Gastric and duodenal
Heart disease (all
Hyperemia of liver
Inflammation of bones
Insanity, many forms
Lungs, all diseases
Necrosis of bones
Edema of the lungs
Paralysis of all kinds
Prolapsus of the rectum
Rheumatism, all forms
Tumors, all kinds
Worm, all kinds
OF NATURAL DIET
meat-potato-white-bread-coffee-and-pie diet customary in the American home,
restaurant or hotel is bound to create, sooner or later, disease conditions
in the system. This combination of foods creates in the body large amounts
of poisonous acids, alkaloids and ptomains, and does not contain enough
of the alkaline mineral elements on which depend the purification of the
system from morbid matter and poisons.
The foods which are generally considered most nutritious,—meat, eggs, dried
peas, beans, lentils and cereals,—are the greatest danger foods because
they are exceedingly rich in acid producing starches, fats and proteins,
and deficient in acid binding and eliminating alkaline elements. These
purifying elements can be secured in sufficient amounts only in fruits
and vegetables which run low in starches, fats and proteins, but contain
large amounts of the mineral salts of iron, lime, potassium, sodium, magnesium
Among the thousands of young people reared in this country whom I have
had occasion to examine by diagnosis from the iris, I have found very few
who did not suffer to some extent from digestive troubles. It is a fact
that the American people, notwithstanding all the natural advantages which
they enjoy, suffer more from indigestion, malassimilation, and from the
multitude of diseases growing out of these primary causes, than any other
people on earth.
The reason for this is that from the cradle up all the laws and principles
governing right eating and drinking are continually violated. The child
is allowed to eat and drink what it pleases, and since indulgence in unnatural
food and drink creates abnormal appetite, he soon learns to crave those
things which are most detrimental to health. As he becomes accustomed to
meats, strong spices and condiments, pastry, coffee and tea, he loses all
relish for fruits' and vegetables, especially the latter. Piping hot soups
and meats are washed down with ice water and mixed with ice cream, which
only too often is a mixture of skimmed milk, glue, chemical coloring and
artificial flavoring corn-pounds. These unwholesome food combinations are
supplemented by large quantities of white sugar and adulterated candies,
all of which are very injurious to the system.
Is it any wonder that the prosperous and well fed American people suffer
almost universally from early decay of the teeth, digestive troubles, chronic
constipation, hemorrhoids, nervous dyspepsia, appendicitis, rheumatism,
cancer, tuberculosis and a host of other diseases directly caused by food
and drink poisoning?
Among the peasantry of European countries the meaning of the words "dyspepsia"
and "dentist" is hardly known. A dentist can make a living only in the
largest cities. The country people live closer to Nature than do our overfed
but mineral starved Americans. In Europe, on account of the high cost of
flesh foods, meat is used very sparingly. White sugar, coffee, tea and
pastries are holiday luxuries. Ice water is not found even in the homes
of the wealthiest people nor in the best hotels. The peasantry and middle
class people in northern European countries live largely on whole grain
bread, potatoes, vegetable's and dairy products. When they come to this
country they are the picture of health and robust strength, but they eagerly
adopt American customs of living, believing that meat, white bread and
coffee three times a day constitute "high living". The natural result is
that in a few years most of them lose their red cheeks and become dyspeptic
and nervous like their new compatriots.
I have frequently observed the gradual lowering of the health standard
in descendants of immigrants. In many families you will find the grandfather
and grandmother who came from the "old sod" hale and hearty in their old
age; the second generation, at middle age, dyspeptic and nervous; and the
grandchildren anemic, wearing glasses at a tender age and affected by all
sorts of chronic ailments. Statistics show that in our largest cities,
where surroundings and habits of living are most unnatural, the fourth
city-bred generation dies out unless regenerated by the inflow of fresh,
healthy blood of immigrants from Northern Europe, and of the sturdy young
people who crowd in from the farming communities to be swallowed up by
the insatiable maw of the great city.
The belief prevails that in order to make rich blood one must eat large
amounts of meat and eggs. The science of Natural Dietetics, however, teaches
that the richness of the blood depends not so much on sugars, fats and
proteins, as on the positive mineral elements. Almost any ordinary food
mixture will provide enough of the former elements of nutrition, but it
is much more difficult to provide sufficient amounts of the mineral salts.
In order to feed the blood with all the elements it needs in the right
proportions and in that way to maintain it in a normal healthy condition,
one half the diet should consist of fruits and vegetables, and the other
half should be made up of starches, sugars, fats and proteins. Meats, if
used at all, should be eaten very sparingly. Multitudes of enthusiastic
vegetarians have proved that it is better to do without meat altogether.
Eggs also should be used sparingly, at an average of not more than four
and Tea. Coffee and tea have no place in the Natural dietary. They contain
powerful nerve stimulants. I believe that their influence on the system,
in the long run, is worse than that of weak alcoholic drinks.
Flour. White bread and pastry should be avoided altogether or used very
sparingly. Bread and other cereal products should be prepared from whole
meal only. Nothing should be taken away from the grain in the milling process.
As a result of the agitation against white flour by Nature Cure people,
graham bread, entire wheat health breads and whole grain cereal foods are
coming more and more into favor with the public. In this respect the stringent
war regulations which by many were considered a great hardship were in
reality a blessing in disguise.
In order to comply with the popular demand for white flour, the hulls and
life germs containing the mineral salts, vitamins and valuable ferments,
as well as some of the gluten, which is equal in nutritious value to the
high priced steak, are "refined" out of the flour and go into the bran.
Our domestic animals wax fat and strong on the bran and life germs (shorts),
while their masters, living on impoverished white flour products, grow
constipated, dyspeptic and nervous. The excessive use of meat, white bread,
coffee and white sugar is undoubtedly the most common cause of constipation
and the resulting autointoxication.
and Condiments injurious. Green vegetables are most beneficial when eaten
raw with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil. Avoid the use of vinegar
It is a product of fermentation and a powerful preservative which retards
digestion as well as fermentation, both processes being very much the same
in character. Lemon juice, being a live vegetable product, rich in vitamins,
use pepper, salt or sugar on fruits and vegetables at the table. They may
be used sparingly in cooking. Strong spices and condiments are more or
less irritating to the mucous linings of the intestinal tract. They gradually
benumb the nerves of taste. At first they stimulate the digestive organs,
but, like all other stimulants, produce in time weakness and atrophy. Fruits
and vegetables are rich in all the mineral salts in the live, organic form,
and therefore the addition of inorganic mineral table salt is not only
superfluous, but positively harmful.
The juicy fruits and green leafy vegetables are not improved by cooking.
The only foods that are made more digestible by cooking are grains, rice,
potatoes and the legumes. Here cooking serves to break up and separate
the hard starch granules and to make them more pervious to penetration
by the digestive juices.
to Cook Vegetables—Steaming. After the vegetables are thoroughly washed
and prepared place them in the cooking vessel, adding only enough boiling
water to keep them from burning, cover the vessel closely with the lid,
and let them steam slowly in their own juices. The leafy vegetables (spinach,
Swiss chard, beet tops, etc.) contain enough water for their own steaming.
If placed in a vessel over a slow fire enough juice will gather in a few
moments to prevent burning.
Cook all vegetables only as long as is required to make them soft enough
for easy mastication. Do not throw away a drop of the water in which vegetables
have thus been cooked. Use whatever is left for the making of soups and
methods of cooking the savory vegetables are highly recommended, as they
leave in the vegetable after cooking all the tenderness and delicacy of
flavor of the raw article.
For cooking cabbage have the water slightly salted and actively boiling
when ready to toss in the finely chopped cabbage. This stops the boiling.
Watch carefully for the first signs of bubbling again and immediately turn
down the flame or set the vessel where the contents cannot possibly boil.
The vessel must not be covered. The cabbage will gradually settle to the
bottom and appear as if not cooking, but will be thoroughly done in about
twenty-five minutes if the vegetable is fresh. When done it should be instantly
removed from the fire, drained and served with butter or white sauce. The
flavor is in the volatile oil within the cells, and this oil is thrown
off into the air if the cabbage is cooked above the boiling point. Boiling
also toughens the woody fiber. If cooked as above there will be no odor
and the cabbage will have the same green and white color as before cooking.
Cauliflower should be cooked in the same manner, first separating the florets.
Onions should be cooked in the same manner, except that they may be allowed
to boil gently.
Turnips and vegetables of like nature, such as rutabaga and kohlrabi, should
be cut in small cubes and cooked in much the same manner, uncovered, in
boiling, slightly salted water. These vegetables may be allowed to boil
very gently until transparent, and should be removed and drained as soon
as the pieces can be pierced with a fork. They should retain their natural
color and flavor. Serve with butter or white sauce.
Cooked in this manner, below the boiling point, almost none of the mineral
salts of the vegetables are leached to the water, which has, therefore,
little value, but it y be used as a foundation for soups.
If the vegetables, as is the usual custom, are boiled hard for a long time
in a large quantity of water, then drained or, what is worse still, pressed
out, they have their nutritive and medicinal value. The mineral salts have
vanished down the sink pipe, the remains are insipid and indigestible and
have to be soaked in soup stock and seasoned with strong condiments and
spices to make them at all palatable. The natural flavors of the vegetables
are the most delicious.
order to insure the full benefits of mouth digestion, the starchy foods
should be thoroughly masticated and mixed with saliva.
The drinking water must be of natural temperature as it comes from well
Food and drink should never be taken hot or icy cold. This foolish habit
will, in time, ruin the best stomach and the finest set of teeth.
Do not eat when overtired or emotionally excited.
Do not eat the heavy meal of the day between working hours.
These are just a few of the more important rules which, if strictly followed,
will soon improve the digestion and ensure better elimination and freer
movement of the bowels.
In many instances, however, even the best combination of food and drink
will not overcome indigestion and malnutrition, because, through long continued
abuse, the digestive organs have become so diseased and atrophied that
they cannot properly digest and assimilate even the best of food materials.
In such cases the digestive organs must be made more active and alive by
the natural methods of sanitarium treatment, such as hydrotherapy, massage,
neurotherapy, deep breathing, curative exercises, Swedish movements, air
and sun baths, homeopathic remedies and last but not least, by the right
mental and emotional attitude.
For a splendid collection of vegetarian recipes and further advice on natural
dietetics, see our Cook Book,
7. A General
Vegetarian Regimen. Sample Menus. Breakfast should consist of acid and
sub-acid fruits only; or berries only; or raw vegetable relishes only;
or of a mixture of both fruits and relishes-for those who have a good digestion.
If, however, for some reason it is better to take the raw food meal at
noon or in the evening, the daily regimen may be adjusted accordingly.
For instance, if the raw food is taken at noon, the luncheon foods may
be taken in the morning. I find this advisable in cases where people leave
early in the morning for work and would otherwise become hungry and faint
before noon. In our sanitarium regimen we find the raw fruit breakfast
No.1. Raw acid and subacid fruits, such as orange, grapefruit, apple, grapes,
berries, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe,
Breakfast No.2. Raw vegetable relishes or a vegetable salad.
Breakfast No.3. Raw fruit, in combination with stewed prunes, applesauce,
rhubarb, baked apple, etc.
is served at noontime and consists of cereal foods, health bread, rye crisp
with butter, cottage cheese, peanut butter or honey. To balance the starchy
and protein food we serve vegetable relishes, vegetable salads and sweet
alkaline fruits such as figs, dates or raisins.
This does not mean that many of these foods should be taken at the same
time; on the contrary, the more limited the variety representing the various
groups, the better is the effect on the system. The weaker the digestive
organs, the more care must be taken in the selection and combination of
In all chronic disease it is of great importance to limit the intake of
starchy foods to a minimum, therefore not in more than one kind should
be taken at a meal. For instance, if bread or rye crisp is taken, potatoes
and cereal should be excluded, and vice versa.
No.1. Steamed wheat with honey and milk; celery or lettuce salad.
Luncheon No.2. Health bread or crisp with butter or peanut butter; sliced
tomatoes or cucumbers; radishes or young onions.
Luncheon No.3. Shredded wheat biscuit, honey, milk; berries, figs or dates.
Luncheon No.4. Baked potato, a vegetable salad, stewed fruit, raisins,
figs or dates.
Luncheon No.5. A raw vegetable relish, a cooked vegetable, baked or boiled
potato, alkaline fruits, berries, nuts.
Luncheon No.6. Vegetable salad, soft boiled or poached eggs, health bread
or rye crisp, raw or stewed fruit or berries.
Nuts, figs; dates or raisins may be taken in moderate quantities with any
No.1. Relish—cucumbers; Salad—raw carrot salad; Vegetables—beets and greens,
new peas, steamed potatoes; Dessert—strawberries.
Dinner No.2. Relish—celery, ripe olives; Salad—pineapple salad; Vegetables—buttered
cabbage, macaroni and tomatoes; Dessert—raisins.
Dinner No.3. Relish—radishes, ripe olives; Salad—fruit salad; Vegetables—vegetable
roast and brown gravy, spinach, mashed potatoes; Dessert—ice cream.
Dinner No.4. Relish—raw asparagus or cauliflower; Salad—tomato salad; Soup—vegetable
soup; Vegetable — carrots and peas, baked potatoes; Dessert—fruit tapioca
Dinner No.5. Relish—green onions; Salad—Waldorf Astoria; Vegetables—asparagus,
vegetable stew, baked potatoes; Dessert—rhubarb pudding.
Food Diet. Sample Menus. A. This diet consists of raw foods,—fruits, berries
and leafy, juicy vegetables. Vegetables may be taken with dressing of lime
or lemon juice and olive or other vegetable oil. No starchy foods or vegetables
such as bananas, potatoes, or cereals must be included.
B. This diet takes in all fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts and cereals
that can be relished in the raw state. It also includes all raw dairy products,
honey and raw or soft-boiled eggs. The foods may be selected and combined
for the various meals according to individual taste and requirements.
No.1. Vegetable relishes or vegetable salads.
No.2. One or two kinds of raw fruits or berries with or without milk or
No.1. Dates, figs, raisins or currants with crushed cereals or vitamine
Luncheon No.2. Bananas, apples, nuts or vitamine with milk or honey.
Luncheon No.3. Combination salad of grated beets or carrots, sweet corn,
asparagus or cauliflower; nuts or bananas with any kind of vegetable salad.
To any of these may be added milk, buttermilk, sumik, vitamine, raw eggs
This is a very nutritious and palatable combination of cereals, nuts, and
raisins or currants. On a hand grain mill crush wheat and rye, mix one
pound of this with one quarter pound of crushed nuts or whole pine nuts.
To this mixture add one quarter pound of seedless raisins or currants.
One may also add ad libitum chopped dates, figs or prunes. It is best not
to mix the vitamine with milk or cream, as this would prevent thorough
mastication. Milk or other drink may be taken separately as required.
Diet. Our dry diet is a modification of the Schroth Cure much in vogue
in European sanitariums. Under the latter regimen patients are fed on dry
toasted bread with moderate doses of light wine. No other drink is given
until excessive thirst forces it. The diet is accompanied by eliminative
hydropathic applications such as wet packs, bed sweat baths, etc. While
this has proved very effective in the treatment of the most stubborn chronic
diseases, the dry fruit diet is to be preferred for the following reasons:
The dry diet promotes elimination because it draws the fluids from the
tissues and with these the pathogenic materials encumbering the system.
But why use for this purpose food like toasted bread, when the large amounts
of starches and proteins it contains tend to create more pathogenic materials?
Why not use in its place dried fruits which are in themselves rich in the
eliminative mineral elements and which serve as well the purpose of dehydrating
The thickening of the blood and lymph streams with pathogenic materials
has a depressing effect upon brain and heart. This undesirable condition
Scroth tried to overcome by giving light wine but alcoholic stimulation
is always followed by corresponding depression and therefore nothing can
be gained by it.
The dry diet,
for obvious reasons, usually produces profuse mucoid elimination all through
the system. It frequently hastens the development of healing crises.
As a rule patients endure the dry food diet from one to two or three days
only. It should then be followed by a raw food regimen.
Diet. Milk is the only perfect, complete or standard food combination in
This is evident from the fact that it contains all the elements of nutrition
which the new born infant body needs, not only for its vital activities
but also for the building of its rapidly multiplying cells and tissues.
It is for this reason that Dr. Lehmann, one of the pioneers of Nature Cure,
selected the chemical composition of milk as a standard, or yard stick,
by which to measure all other normal food combinations. This has been fully
described in the A B C of Natural Dietetics, Volume III of this series.
The following analysis of cow's milk and human milk shows that there is
very little difference between the two.
As a matter of fact, cow's milk is to be preferred because it contains
more positive mineral elements than human milk. This is due to the fact
that cattle, especially those on pasture, consume more of natural foods
fresh from the soil and rich in mineral salts. This is the reason why calves
do not suffer from rachitic diseases, as do infants fed by anemic, mineral-starved
This praise of milk as natural food frequently provokes the question, why
then not live on milk entirely? To this I reply that while milk is the
natural food for the new born and growing infant, it is not so well adapted
to the adult. The digestive apparatus of the infant is especially adapted
to the digestion of milk, while that of the adult requires more solid and
bulky food. The advent of the teeth indicates that Nature intends to change
from fluid to solid food.
The liver is especially concerned in the digestion of milk. This organ
is comparatively three times larger in the infant than in the adult. The
digestive juice of the stomach in the infant is alkaline; it is acid in
the adult. Therefore milk in the stomach of the infant curds; in the stomach
of the adult it curdles.
The stomach and upper parts of the intestines in the infant form almost
a straight tube, and the contents of the former are easily discharged,
while in the deep curvature of the adult stomach the milk easily stagnates.
The more relaxed and atrophic the stomach, the worse for the digestion
and discharge of milk. Furthermore, the digestive processes and peristaltic
action in the young child are much more active than in the adult. This
explains why not everybody can use milk as a food or medicine—why in many
instances it causes biliousness, fermentation and constipation.
Patients have come to us from institutions where practically everybody
is subjected to the sweet milk diet. Under long continued, forced milk
feeding they had become so constipated that the bowels could not be made
to move by any means whatsoever. They were literally pasted together with
colloid materials. It required several weeks of careful management and
treatment to bring about a natural movement of the bowels. Milk causes
constipation because it contains large amounts of soft, pulpy, cheesy matter,
which tends to coagulation and slime formation. On the other hand, it does
not contain sufficient tough cellulose matter which stimulates the peristaltic
action of the bowels and acts at the same time as a most efficient scourer
and cleanser. It is for this reason that we frequently find it advisable
to give fruits and leafy vegetables with the milk diet.
In cases where it is easily digested a straight sweet milk diet often proves
very beneficial. We prescribe it frequently with splendid results. As a
rule, however, it is better to take fruits or leafy vegetables with the
A great deal of chronic disease is caused by starch and protein poisoning,
i.e., autointoxication, due to the pathogenic materials such as acids,
ptomains, alkaloids and xanthins, resulting from starch and protein digestion.
Since milk contains no starch at all, only low percentages of proteins
and fats, and considerable amounts of mineral salts, it will be seen that
a straight milk diet means a mild form of protein and starch starvation,
which favors the elimination of pathogenic products. However, a study of
the comparative analyses of milk, fruits and vegetables will show that
juicy fruits and juicy, leafy vegetables are much lower in proteins and
fats than is milk, and much richer in mineral salts. Furthermore, the tough,
bulky cellulose waste of fruits and vegetable acts as good scouring material
for the stomach and bowels. This is the reason why in most instances we
prefer a fruit and vegetable diet to the milk diet.
The prevalent idea that acid fruit juices do not behave well when taken
with sweet milk is another popular fallacy. The only food material I know
of with which fruit acids do not agree very well is starch, and milk does
not contain starch. The digestion of protein materials in the milk requires
an acid medium and the sugar or glucose in the milk is already predigested,
therefore I do not know of anything in milk that is incompatible with fruit
acids. Practical experience also proves this to be true. As a matter of
fact, I have met with many confirmed dyspeptics who could not digest milk
unless they took acid fruit juices with it.
There is one method of forced milk feeding that is particularly revolting
to me. It is patterned after the Weir Mitchell rest-cure and stuffing treatment.
The patient is put to bed and prohibited from making the slightest exertion.
He is then given one, two or three tumblerfuls of milk every half hour,
according to his capacity. The most remarkable results in the way of flesh
and energy building are claimed for this stuffing treatment. It is especially
intended for patients who are extremely weak and emaciated. Often they
gain a pound or more each day. One advocate of the milk diet describes
its beneficial effects as follows:
two hours the action of the heart will have greatly accelerated, and within
twelve to twenty four hours there will be a gain of about six beats to
the minute. The pulse will be full and bounding, the skin flushed and moist,
and the capillary circulation quick and active. This natural increase in
the circulation results from the increased amount of blood assimilated
by the stomach and intestines."
In the first place, I do not consider the forced circulation a "natural"
result. It is in reality caused, not by the increased amount of blood",
but by the enormously increased amounts of water in the blood and tissues.
This to some extent accounts for the increase in weight. Another reason
for the sudden increase in weight is the abnormal fat formation. Large
amounts of water in the tissues of the body deaden the processes of oxidation
and favor fat formation, but this is an unhealthy process. A lymphatic
or watery condition of the system is one of the principal causes of obesity.
But suppose new flesh and fat cells are formed under the "masting" process,
which, however, is hardly possible in so short a time; this would simply
mean increasing disease in the system. To put flesh and fat on a diseased
body means an increase of diseased cells and tissues. The new or "daughter"
cells are formed by division of the mother" cells. The daughter cells are
therefore of exactly the same material as the mother cells. In other words,
if the protoplasm in the mother cells is abnormal or diseased it will be
the same in the daughter cells.
It is for this reason that under natural treatment we first endeavor to
purify the blood and tissues of all abnormal products through natural diet
and treatment. This usually entails some loss in weight, which we welcome
as a sure indication of elimination and regeneration. After these stages
of elimination and purification, with their healing crises, have been safely
passed, then come the periods of regeneration and up building of new blood
and tissues. What is thus gained will be pure and wholesome. Therefore
we favor the various forms of milk diet during the last regenerative or
up building stages of treatment.
I make these statements backed by much experience in our institutional
practice. We have treated many patients who had undergone the stuffing
(masting) milk cure treatment for many months at a time, but the results
had been only partly beneficial, and these in many instances were far outbalanced
by detrimental after effects.
A gentleman who has become one of the most efficient members of our staff
suffered for twenty years from a bad form of arthritic rheumatism. Among
many other things, he had taken for eight months the forced Milk Cure,
but without receiving any appreciable benefit. Under our strict raw food
diet and neurotherapy treatment he experienced marked improvement from
the start. During the sixth month he passed through a remarkable healing
crisis in the form of malarial fever. Such a fever had been "cured" with
quinine twenty years before. From this suppression dated the beginning
of his chronic "rheumatism". The healing crisis was treated in the natural
way, and from that time on he improved more rapidly than ever and regained
mobility of the ankylosed joints.
Another young man who is now under our treatment had suffered for years
from extreme emaciation and nervous weakness, due to indigestion and malassimilation.
He also tried the forced milk treatment (forced milk feeding while lying
in bed), but to no avail. He finally had to abandon it on account of the
aggravation of all his symptoms. He is now gaining under natural diet and
treatment, which had to change the abnormal condition of his ductless glands
before he could gain by the milk or any other diet. The swamping of the
system with enormous quantities of milk in this case had only aggravated
the abnormal condition of these wonderful organs by increasing colloid
obstruction and the percentage of leukocytes.
Straight Milk Diet. When the system, through natural diet and treatment,
has been duly prepared for the up building process, then the straight milk
diet may be applied to good advantage. Under this regimen the patient receives
no 'other food but sweet milk. It is taken every hour or half hour, in
quantities ranging from one to two glasses (one half to one pint).
The milk should always be sipped slowly. Masticating is of no particular
benefit, as it contains no starch. Those who enthusiastically advocate
prolonged mastication of milk forget that the ferment (ptyalin) of the
saliva acts starch only. On the other hand, it is certainly not advisable
to take the milk down in great gulps. It is important that it should mix
gradually and thoroughly with the gastric juice, which acts upon the protein
matter the milk. If large quantities of milk create revulsion or unpleasant
results, acid fruit juices, or better still the meat of acid fruits such
as lemon, grape fruit, lime or orange will give relief and create better
tolerance for the milk.
If one finds it impossible to take large quantities of milk every hour
or half hour, from the start, smaller quantities may be taken at intervals.
For instance, one half pint every hour the first day, one pint every hour
the second day, one pint every half hour the third day. The quantity of
milk to be consumed per day depends upon the size and weight of the patient.
It may range from three quarts per day for a person weighing from ninety
to one hundred pounds and suffering from indigestion and malassimilation,
to eight or ten quarts per day for a person large size and weight and endowed
with fairly good digestive capacity.
Diet for Fleshy People. Those who suffer m an overabundance of fat and
flesh must take milk lily in moderate quantities, say, from two to five
quarts sweet skim milk daily. The cream, in such cases, would only tend
to perpetuate and increase fat formation. In many cases of obesity a straight
skim milk or buttermilk is a splendid remedy for reducing fat. As I said
before, the milk diet means a mild form of starch and protein starvation.
On the other hand, it increases the activity of the kidneys and flushes
the capillaries. In such cases the sweet skim milk may be reinforced by
acid fruits taken either with the milk or between the milk feedings.
Diet. We find that with many people buttermilk agrees much better than
whole milk or skim milk. Others cannot tolerate it at all. The buttermilk
may be taken at intervals similar to those prescribed for sweet milk, but
not in excessive quantities. I find by experience that on an average one
half or one third of the sweet milk quantity is sufficient for the buttermilk.
Buttermilk is especially beneficial in cases of low acidity of the stomach
and a tonic for an atrophic condition of the intestines. Quite often it
can only be determined by some experimentation whether sweet milk or buttermilk
diet is most beneficial in a given case.
Milk, Clabber or Sumik Diet. Sour milk, may be prepared in various ways,
either by exposing whole or skimmed sweet milk to warm air, or by enclosing
unskimmed sweet milk in an air-tight jar or bottle. It is allowed to remain
in ordinary living room temperature of from 60 to 70 degrees until the
milk has become clabber. The clabber is produced by lactic acid fermentation
under proper conditions. However, strictest cleanliness must be observed
in the preparation of the sour milk, or germs of putrefaction may enter
and create a dangerous product. The longer it is allowed to stand in a
warm temperature the more acid it becomes. After being properly soured,
or clabbered, it should be thoroughly stirred or aerated with an egg beater
until it assumes the consistency of thick cream. This is called sumik.
With some patients it agrees splendidly, while others cannot tolerate it.
Sumik may be taken at intervals and in quantities the same as sweet milk
Milk Diet. Under this regimen, whole or sweet skimmed milk, buttermilk,
sumik or clabber may be taken at intervals and in quantities in accordance
with the desire and capacity of the patient. In many instances this will
prove the best of all methods. The patient should be encouraged to take
milk as frequently and in as large quantities as he can easily tolerate.
With the various milk regimens, water should be taken only when distinctly
desired. Ordinarily milk contains more water than the system requires.
and Fruit Diet. I have found the following milk and fruit combination diet
of greatest benefit in a majority of cases. While many patients can take
acid fruits to good advantage with the milk, I have found it of greater
benefit, in many cases, to give sweet alkaline fruits, such as figs, dates,
prunes, raisins, dried currants, etc., with the milk, and acid or subacid
fruits between the milk feedings.
and Acid Fruit Diet. Many people who become bilious and constipated on
a straight milk diet or who develop quickly a revulsion to milk, will tolerate
the milk and digest it much better if they take with it acid or subacid
fruits, such as lemons, limes, grape fruit, oranges, or berries. They should
be allowed to partake of fruit as often as desired but should be cautioned
not to take any more fruit than necessary to counteract the unpleasant
effects of the milk.
The following mixed fruit and milk diet has proved beneficial to many patients
who for some reason or another cannot take the straight milk diet:
Breakfast: One to three pints of milk, sipped slowly. With the milk take
any of the sweetish alkaline fruits, such as melons, pears, prunes, dates,
figs, raisins, or raw vegetable relishes such as celery, raw cabbage, water
cress, green onions, carrots, etc.
At ten A.M.—One of the following fruits: Grape fruit, oranges, peaches,
apples, apricots, berries, grapes or any other acid or subacid fruit.
Luncheon: The same as breakfast.
At three P.M.—The same as at 10 A.M.
The same as breakfast.
An orange or apple may be taken before retiring.
Exclusive Meat Diet. Through theoretical research as well as through actual
experience in an extensive institutional practice, I have become convinced
that in the great majority of diseases a well balanced vegetarian diet
is essential to improvement and cure.
However, there are exceptions to this, as to any other rule. In the treatment
of certain negative physical and psychical conditions, when the vitality
is below par, when the digestive organs have grown so weak that they cannot
properly digest and assimilate the ordinary vegetable foods, we have found
it advantageous to put these patients, temporarily, on a partial meat diet
Then, again, there is a certain type of dyspeptic patient who, on account
of abnormal conditions of the digestive organs, cannot digest and assimilate
starchy foods. In these cases even small amounts of starches cause fermentation,
gas formation and many other distressing symptoms. Usually these people
are so weak that they cannot subsist on an exclusive fruit and vegetable
diet. Both fruits and vegetables cause more or less distress in the way
of indigestion and gas formation. In such cases we have found various forms
of meat diet of temporary benefit.
In the following pages I shall describe a few meat regimen that have proved
beneficial in many instances.
Exclusive Meat Diet. One who has had much experience with this dietetic
treatment describes the Salisbury exclusive meat diet as follows:
"Dr. Salisbury claims that consumption (tuberculosis) is caused by fermentation
of food in the stomach, and that the cure consists in excluding those foods
which ferment and confining the diet to the most nutritious as well as
the most easily assimilated food, beef being the best.
round steak, from the third to the sixth cut, is as being the most nutritious
and having the waste in the form of fat, bone or any undesirable tissues.
"The best preparation for broiling is as follows: Remove the round bone,
together with the outer rind of tissue and fat, also the tough fibers running
through the beef, then cut into pieces small enough to go into a meat grinder
and reduce the whole to a pulp. If one has no meat grinder, then the beef
may be chopped in a tray, but care must be used that there be no stringy
fibers left in pulp. Shape the beef into a compact layer, not over three
quarters of an inch in thickness, using the edge of the knife to avoid
pressing the beef into a livery, soggy mass. When ready to broil, slide
from the plate onto a close meshed wire broiler, and cook over live coals
or lit blaze until done through,—the redness of the meat gone—when it should
be served hot, with salt and butter to taste. Salt after cooking, as salt
applied before cooking hardens the beef.
"If it is not convenient for one to broil the beef over or a bright blaze,
then a spider or frying pan may be used if it is allowed to get very hot
before sliding the beef into it from the plate. When ready to turn, put
the plate over the beef and turn all the way over and slide the beef again
into the spider, uncooked side down, and finish cooking."
seven mouthfuls of beef to one of toasted bread boiled rice,—whole wheat
bread being preferred to white flour bread, which has been deprived of
some of its desirable qualities."
* This is not in accord
with Natural Dietetics as explained in Vol. III.
Water Drinking. This same authority advocates the drinking of hot water
as a preserver of health and as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of
chronic disease, but many of his claims in its behalf are directly contrary
to the teachings of orthodox physiology and food chemistry as well as to
Natural Therapeutic philosophy.
evident why the Salisbury meat diet requires enormous quantities of hot
water to counteract its bad effects upon the system. The ingestion of such
large masses of meat, unbalanced by mineral salt, foods, would cause excessive
accumulation of colloids, alkaloids of putrefaction and other pathogenic
materials, if these were not washed out of the system by correspondingly
large amounts of hot water. Excessive thirst, of which the author speaks,
is caused by the increased oxidation of morbid products. Thirst disappears
almost entirely under a well balanced vegetarian diet. This explains why
an exclusive meat diet necessitates the hot water flushing.
recommend the exclusive Salisbury meat regimen only in exceptional cases
of incipient or advanced tuberculosis or in other cases which exhibit positive
intolerance of starchy and vegetable foods.
A meat diet may prove beneficial also in cases of abnormal psychism caused
by negative physical and mental conditions described in Volume I. In such
cases the meat diet has a tendency to fortify the animal magnetism of the
psychic and thus to break contact with conditions on the spiritual plane.
Even in most of these cases a vegetarian diet including the dairy products
will bring all the good results without the danger of uric acid poisoning
which is always present under an exclusive meat diet. I have seen many
people cure themselves through the Salisbury method from carbonic acid
poisoning due to an excessive starch diet, only to develop serious forms
of uric acid poisoning, such as rheumatism, heart disease, high blood pressure,
Meat and Vegetable Diet. Breakfast: Acid and subacid fruits. Dinner: A
small portion of roiled Salisbury steak, rare broiled beefsteak, mutton,
ire roast beef, or roast mutton, with raw vegetable relishes, salads and
one cooked leafy (not starchy) vegetable. Supper: A raw or soft-boiled
egg three times a week, together with a baked or boiled potato and vegetable
relishes or salads. On other evenings a slice or two of health bread or
a dish of cereal, together with vegetable relishes, salads, olives, figs,
dates or raisins.
Any one meal must not contain more than three of these varieties of foods.
In cases where starchy foods are not tolerated, Salisbury steak or meat
in some form may be substituted for cereals or bread.
Combination Meat and Vegetable Diet. Under this regimen starchy foods are
restricted to a minimum. A small portion of meat is allowed three or four
times a week.
Suitable foods besides meat are acid and subacid fruits, especially for
breakfast: Raw vegetable relishes and salads, cottage cheese, cooked vegetables,
olives, dates, figs, raisins, nuts in moderate quantities; eggs (raw, soft
boiled or poached) in moderate quantities-not more than four a week; cereals,
bread and potatoes, if used at all, in very moderate quantities only, but
not in combination with meat or with acid fruits.
the most common complaints of the sick is that they have "lost their appetite".
They seem to imagine that this is a terrible affliction. Quite the reverse
is true however. In the majority of cases Nature takes away the appetite
because a fast is needed. They do not know that the greatest blessing to
them would be to "lose their appetite" long enough to find their hunger.
Loss of appetite is simply an indication that the system is overcharged
with pathogenic matter and that Nature is trying to stop the eating long
enough to give these clogging, benumbing or irritating accumulations a
chance to escape from the system, or it may be that the digestive organs
are too weak to take care of large quantities of food. However, the laity
for ages has been encouraged by the medical profession in the idea that
to lose the appetite and miss a few meals is a great calamity; that this
must be prevented by taking powerful stimulants in the form of appetizers
and tonics. These serve to create a false and artificial appetite and cause
the sufferer to stuff the weak stomach with more food, while that taken
in previous meals is fermenting and putrefying, filling the system with
Many people are learning the trick of curing their colds, headaches, nervous
spells and other acute troubles, by missing a few meals or taking a short
fast. It is the quickest, simplest and most efficient method of relieving
the overloaded, food poisoned system. We would be surprised if we knew
how little food is actually required to keep the human organism in good
condition. The majority of people are food poisoned,—even those who believe
they are eating moderately.
Cornaro, the great Italian Nature Cure apostle, who lived in Venice in
the Fifteenth Century, proved these facts which humanity at large has not
digested and taken advantage of even at this late day. At forty he was
dying chronic diseases resulting from overeating, drinking and riotous
living generally. Being gifted by nature with some intelligence and will
power, he essayed to cure himself by reversing his habits of living, i.e.,
by reducing the daily allowance of food and drink to a minimum.
forty years his daily allowance of solid food was not more than twelve
ounces. Then he yielded to the urging of his relatives and friends, who
believed that he was starving himself, and took a few ounces more of food
than his former quota. The result was that he immediately began to feel
most miserable, both physically and mentally and his former good health
and energy did not return until he reduced his daily allowance to the old,
accustomed twelve ounces.
After the age of eighty he wrote several books on matters of health, and
particularly his own experiences. His most pretentious work, which is even
now in print and widely read, he finished when he was over one hundred
years old. The history of this man and his experiences with moderate living
and fasting should be taught in every school in the land.
1. The Physiology of Fasting. Fasting is undoubtedly of the most potent
and incidentally the cheapest of all natural remedies. The reason why it
is not more universally applied is that the laity at large, as well as
the medical profession, are under the impression that the interruption
of eating even for a brief period will greatly reduce the vitality of the
This popular fallacy is caused by the belief that food and drink are the
only sources of strength. In other parts of these writings (see Philosophy
of Natural Therapeutics and Nature Cure Cook Book) I have shown that this
is not so—that the life force which is the real source of our vitality
or strength is entirely independent of our material bodies (physical and
spiritual) and of food, drink, medicines, tonics and stimulants; that this
life force flows into us from the source of all life, intelligence and
creative force in the universe; from that which we variously call God,
Nature, Universal Intelligence, the Oversoul, the Will to Live, and by
many other names. If people fully realized this fact they would not be
in such great fear of missing a few meals or of undergoing a more or less
Fasting as a remedy is fully in harmony with our philosophy of the causes
of disease. If disease is created through abnormal composition of blood
and lymph and through accumulation of morbid matter in the system, it stands
to reason that fasting will help to eliminate from the system waste matter
and morbid accumulations. The most difficult feature about fasting is the
breaking of the eating habit. Therefore the first three or four days of
fasting are always the hardest. They are usually accompanied by craving
for food, nervous disturbances, mental depression, headaches, sleeplessness,
etc. We must remember that eating is the oldest and most firmly established
of all habits. Therefore it is not easily broken.
After the habit is broken, which usually requires two or three days, fasting
becomes easier day-by-day. One reason for this is that about the third
or fourth day the mucous membranes of the intestines begin to eliminate
morbid matter. The processes of assimilation have come to a standstill.
The membranous linings of the stomach and intestines, which ordinarily
act as sponges for the absorption of food materials, are now throwing off
effete matter from the system. The sponge is being squeezed. This is indicated
by the fetid breath and coated tongue which reflect the foul condition
of the digestive organs. These are not fit to digest or assimilate food;
therefore hunger ceases.
The system now has to draw for food upon its reserve stores. The waste
and morbid materials are stirred up and eliminated first.
When we consider that the digestive canal from mouth to anus is about twenty
six feet long and lined all through with eliminating cellular and glandular
structures, then we can better appreciate the purifying effect of a protracted
fast. One need not fear the weakening effects of fasting, since of late
years it has been proved in thousands of cases that fasts of even forty,
fifty and sixty days duration have no perceptible weakening effect upon
the system, unless the patient be greatly weakened and emaciated by disease
at the beginning of the fast.
One of our patients recently finished a forty nine day fast. At the end
of it he felt actually stronger than he did at the beginning. Up to the
last day he took long walks. At the same time the chronic troubles which
were caused by drug poisoning and surgical operations were greatly alleviated.
The foregoing explains why short fasts of from one to three days duration
have not a decided curative effect. It takes that much time to start the
eliminative processes the linings of the intestines. As soon as food is
taken these processes are interrupted and reversed. I would consider seven
days a short curative fast. Shorter fasts may be taken, however, in order
that one may become gradually accustomed to the practice.
In this as well as in many other things, much depends upon the right mental
attitude. If one fears the effects of fasting and believes that it is going
to weaken him, this causes mental and nervous depression which is bound
to react disastrously upon his system. H, on the other hand, one becomes
thoroughly convinced that rational fasting cannot injure the system, that
whether eating or abstaining from food the life force will flow into the
body just as abundantly, then the fasting will greatly facilitate the elimination
of waste and pathogenic matter and there will be no mental apprehension
and no nervous uneasiness to affect the system and to interfere with the
Many of our patients have undergone protracted fasts, but. I do not remember
a single instance in which any one of them has been injured through the
practice. We carefully observe the physical and mental condition of the
patient from day to day and interrupt the fast when such action is indicated.
Signals in Fasting are rapid and prolonged loss of weight approaching the
danger line; serious and prolonged mental depression and the appearance
of psychical symptoms such as clairvoyance or clairaudience, which indicate
abnormal psychism due to an extremely negative physical and mental condition.
Also the fast should be interrupted when a patient shows great fear and
apprehension of its weakening effects, as the destructive effects of anxiety
and worry might overbalance the benefits to be derived from the fast. In
such eases it is better to postpone a protracted fast to a time when the
mental and emotional conditions are more positive.
Long Should One Fast? I never prescribe the length of a fast beforehand.
Even when I am convinced that a prolonged fast of two, three or four weeks
is indicated, I would not inform the patient to this effect. I usually
tell him that we shall extend or shorten the fast according to the effects
it produces; that we may continue it for a few days or for a week or more,
according to changing conditions. This assures the patient that the fast
is not going to be continued beyond his powers of endurance. It is much
easier for him to fast from day to day than to look forward to a long fixed
The practice of fasting until the tongue becomes dean, the breath sweet
and natural hunger returns is a rather dangerous one. I have found in many
eases that the symptoms of a foul condition of the digestive organs would
not disappear after four or five weeks' of fasting nor would there be the
slightest manifestation of hunger, and in several such eases it seemed
doubtful whether breath and tongue would clear up before the patient was
ready for the undertaker.
It is much safer to break the fast before the desired results have been
fully obtained and to repeat it after a period of recuperation. The digestive
organs may be in such a diseased condition that it is impossible for them
to become normal through one prolonged fast.
patients have come under our care who had protracted the fast too long
while waiting for the cleaning up. One of these patients is with us now,
just recuperating from a complete collapse caused by excessive fasting.
When she finally tried to eat, her digestive organs were so weak that they
could not take care of any food whatsoever. She was brought to our institution
on a stretcher, emaciated to the proverbial "skin and bones". It required
considerable careful management and treatment to revive the paralyzed organs.
In such cases only very small quantities of easily digestible food, such
as white of egg, milk, sumik or buttermilk, must be given. 'With this we
give subacid or sweet fruit juices. Careful massage and neurotherapy are
required to revive the benumbed organs. Magnetic treatment also is of great
value in accomplishing this.
for Fasting. Most writers on fasting maintain that one can stop eating
and start on a prolonged fast at any time without preparation. This, however,
is not always advisable. It may be all right in certain cases which are
not affected by serious chronic diseases. But where the organs of elimination
are in an atrophic condition, and where the system suffers from mineral
starvation and is overloaded with pathogenic matter, it is much safer to
prepare the system for the fast through a low protein diet rich in positive
mineral elements, or, better still through a raw food diet and through
thorough systematic natural treatment. I have fully explained this in Chap.
XXVII Vol. I.
Large amounts of negative pathogenic materials eliminated from the tissues
and thrown into the circulation as a result of fasting must be neutralized
by the positive alkaline mineral elements and eliminated from the system.
These neutralizing and purifying elements can be introduced into the system
only through a fruit and vegetable diet, low in starches and protein matter
and rich in the positive alkaline mineral elements.
When the natural diet and treatment have purified the system sufficiently
for the manifestation of a healing crisis, then the physiological and psychological
moment for fasting has arrived. Then the system is not in condition for
the digestion and assimilation of food.' Therefore fasting becomes imperative.
The whole body, including the linings of the stomach and bowels, is engaged
in the work of elimination; this results in loss of appetite, revulsion
to eating, coated tongue, foul breath, mental and nervous disturbances,
all of which would only be aggravated by eating.
In order to prevent reabsorption of morbid excretions, enemas (Sec. XVIII)
and treatment for constipation (Sec. XXVI, No.1), are indicated before
and during a fast.
Crises Suppressed by Eating. I have frequently observed that good healing
crises such as diarrheas', acute catarrh or febrile conditions were suppressed
by eating. This is easily explained by the fact that healing crises are
processes of elimination, while eating promotes the processes of assimilation.
This is especially true of diarrhea, which is one of the most efficient
forms of acute elimination or healing crisis. Forced absorption of food
will frequently check the morbid discharges. Furthermore, it is dangerous
to give food in cases of well established violent diarrhea because it only
irritates the raw surfaces in the intestines and keeps them in an inflamed
condition. The food is not absorbed, but only serves to prolong the purging,
dysentery or bloody flux unnecessarily, and thus may cause perforation
of the bowels, hemorrhage and even death.
Not a morsel of food should pass the lips until the intestines have stopped
moving and have had time to heal and to rebuild the sloughed membranes.
Therefore fasting should be continued all the way from one day to a week
after the cessation of purging, according to the severity and duration
of the acute attack. For example, after a diarrhea lasting one or two days,
no food should be taken for twenty four hours. After a diarrhea lasting
four or five days fasting should continue for three days or longer. After
eight days or more of violent purging, no food should be taken for at least
One of the most remarkable healing crises I ever observed came in the form
of a diarrhea which lasted four weeks. During this time the patient did
not receive any food whatsoever, nothing but water mixed with acid fruit
juices. The discharges were of a black, watery nature. The patient assured
me that during this entire four weeks' period he did not sleep one wink.
Still he did not suffer particularly in the daytime. He had sufficient
energy to accomplish his usual amount of work. While this may seem incredible,
and while it is possible that the man may have slept more than he was aware,
we have witnessed many similar instances of remarkable endurance during
healing Crises. The man had suffered all his life from chronic enteritis
(inflammation of the bowels). The eyes showed several itch spots in the
intestinal area indicating that the underlying cause of the trouble was
suppressed itch. He remembered that such eruptions had been suppressed
several times in his youth. This vigorous healing crisis eliminated the
disease taint from his system, and he has enjoyed good health ever since.
Juices in Fasting. In the majority of cases we prefer to give to those
who are undergoing prolonged fasts moderate quantities of diluted acid
and subacid fruit juices. In this I take issue with some of the best authorities
on fasting. I cannot understand why acid and subacid fruit juices should
in any way interfere with the good effects of a fast. They do not contain
food elements which promote the processes of digestion. On the other hand,
they are rich in mineral salts which are necessary to neutralized the negative
pathogenic substances with which the circulation is flooded during the
Besides having this neutralizing and eliminating effect, they are splendid
tonics and antiseptics and are rich in vitamins, or, as I have called them,
the life elements (microzyma) which sustain and stimulate the vital activities.
Pasting, therefore, is much easier to endure and more pleasant when the
diluted fruit juices are taken.
juices should not be taken pure or in large quantities because in this
form they may excite the digestive processes. There is no danger of this,
however, when they are taken in dilute form; for instance, the juice of
half an orange or half a lemon to a tumbler full of cold water. The water
should be of natural temperature as it comes from the hydrant or well.
Ice water should not be used under any circumstances.
Water Drinking. In some cases where the stomach and intestines are in a
very foul and slimy condition hot water drinking proves very beneficial
From one to two glasses of water, as hot as can be swallowed without injuring
the tender membranes of the mouth and throat, may be taken three times
a day. I do not advise the continuance of hot water drinking longer than
necessary to wash out the morbid accumulations in the digestive tract.
This must be supplemented also by copious enemas every second or third
The diluted fruit juices may be taken between the hot water flushings.
I would advise the hot water regimen only in extreme cases where something
of a radical nature has to be done to clear the digestive tract of its
while Fasting. The idea prevails that during a prolonged fast one should
have complete rest. This, however, is a serious mistake. There is no reason
why one should not take the usual amount of exercise or accomplish the
accustomed daily tasks, provided, of course, these do not strain the physical
and mental energies to the point of exhaustion. As a matter of fact many
of our patients feel stronger and display more endurance after the first
week of fasting than during the first few days. This is easily explained
by the fact that during the fast the system eliminates large amounts of
clogging pathogenic matter (colloids and leukocytes). This allows freer
circulation of the blood and nerve currents and a more unobstructed inflow
of vital energy.
and Acute Reactions Caused by Fasting
Formation. One of the common symptoms exhibited after starting on a fast
is excessive gas production accompanied by rumbling in the bowels and colicky
pains. This is caused by the stirring up and disintegration of deposits
of old fecal matter in the intestines, and by the elimination of pathogenic
materials from the system. Usually the bowels soon stop moving when no
food is taken. In such cases warm water enemas should be taken to flush
the colon. (Sec. XVIII, No.4)
The accumulations in the lower intestine during a fast are of a particularly
poisonous nature, and should be removed in order to prevent reabsorption.
In many instances the temperature rises during the first day of the fast
and sometimes a slight febrile condition prevails during the entire period
or subsides after a few weeks. In other cases we observe a lowering of
the temperature below the normal. All these and similar reactions are not
of a serious nature, and nothing should be done to interfere with them.
They become dangerous only by suppression.
Mouth. Another unpleasant but perfectly natural symptom is the gathering
in the mouth of thick and sticky viscous accumulations of saliva. This
condition has been called "cotton mouth" by the laity. In other cases the
mouth feels dry and burning hot. These symptoms are of course signs of
greatly increased combustion of morbid materials and their elimination
through the membranes of the mouth and throat. Similar conditions exist
in the stomach and intestines.
Vomiting. In some cases where the liver has been enlarged and engorged
with morbid accumulations, bile discharges in large quantities into the
intestine and from there regurgitates into the stomach, causing bilious
vomiting of an extremely offensive character. This symptom also is more
terrifying than dangerous. It is a rather unpleasant but nevertheless effective
way of house cleaning.
People who have taken a great deal of calomel or mercury in other forms
often develop violent vomiting while fasting. This may continue for a week
or more. If they are robust enough to stand the ordeal it is well to let
the crisis ran its course, but if they are in a very weakened condition
it may be advisable to interrupt the fast for the time being. In such cases
it is best to give white of egg to soothe the inflamed lining of the stomach.
It must be remembered that in these mercurial patients the liver and stomach
are particularly affected and that these organs try to throw off the mercurial
poison through vomiting. I have frequently perceived distinctly the peculiar
metallic and mercurial odor of the breath and of the bilious discharges.
Perspiration. Another unpleasant symptom which we frequently observe during
prolonged fasting is a very offensive odor of perspiration, which indicates
vigorous elimination of pathogenic materials through the skin. Frequent
quick cold rubs will promote this form of elimination and at the same time
remove the offensive excretions and thus prevent their reabsorption In
some eases it may become necessary to employ warm water and soap to remove
the offensive elimination.
of Fasting Unfounded. The majority of those who undergo their first long
fast are most pleasantly surprised to find that the terrors of starvation
exist only in people's minds. It has happened that people stranded on barren
islands or lost in desert places or entombed in mines, even where they
had water have died apparently from starvation in the course of a week
or two. It is now fully proved by the thousands who have fasted for long
periods ranging from forty to ninety days that death in such eases is not
due to actual starvation. The real cause must be fear and apprehension,—proving
again that the things we fear we materialize.
We cannot reiterate too often that fear is a perversion of the great law
of faith. It is faith in evil. By submitting to fear we give evil power
over us. The most necessary requirement, therefore, for a successful fast
is the profound conviction that it cannot harm us in any way, but that
it will prove of great benefit, physically, mentally and morally, because
it not only purifies the body but strengthens will power and self control.
Regimen. Before, during, and after a therapeutic fast, everything mull
be done to keep elimination active, in order to prevent the reabsorption
of the toxins that are being stirred up and liberated.
Fasting involves rapid breaking down of the tissues. This creates great
quantities of worn out cell materials and other morbid substances. Unless
these poison producing accumulations are promptly eliminated, they will
be reabsorbed into the system and cause autointoxication.
To prevent this, bowels, kidneys and skin must be kept in active condition.
The diet, for several days before and after a fast, should consist largely
of uncooked fruits and vegetables, and the different methods of natural
stimulative treatment should be systematically applied.
During a fast, every bit of vitality must be economized; therefore the
passive treatments are to be preferred to active exercise, although a certain
amount of exercise (especially walking) daily in the open air, accompanied
by deep breathing, should not be neglected.
fasting, intestinal evacuation usually ceases, especially where there is
a natural tendency to sluggishness of the bowels. Enemas are therefore
in order and during prolonged fasts may be taken every few days.
By "prolonged" fasts I mean fasts that last from one to four weeks, "short"
fasts being those one, two or three days' duration.
Moderate drinking is beneficial during a fast as well as at other times;
but excessive consumption of water, the so-called "flushing of the system",
is very injurious. Under ordinary conditions from five to eight glasses
of water a day are sufficient; the quantity consumed must be regulated
by the' desire of the patient.
Those who are fasting should mix their drinking water with the juice of
acid fruits, preferably lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. These juices
act as eliminators and are fine natural antiseptics.
Never use distilled water, whether during a fast or at any other time.
Deprived of its own mineral constituents, distilled water "leeches" the
mineral elements and organic salts out of the tissues of the body and thereby
intensifies dysemic conditions.
While fasting, the right mental attitude is all important. Unless you can
do it with perfect equanimity, without fear or misgiving, do not fast at
all. Destructive mental conditions may more than offset the beneficial
effects of the fast.
To recapitulate: never undertake a prolonged fast unless you have been
properly prepared by natural diet and treatment, and never without the
guidance of a competent adviser.
Regular Fast. Under this regimen no food is taken, but sufficient water
to quench the thirst. In some oases it may be advantageous to increase
the quantity of drinking water in order to dilute the pathogenic materials
in the circulation and thus to facilitate their elimination through the
skin and kidneys. Thirst, therefore is a safe indicator for the amounts
of fluid needed.
Dry Fast. This means total abstinence from food and drink. Most people
cannot endure this radical fast more than two or three days. It is a very
powerful agent for promoting elimination. When no fluids are taken, the
tissues are drawn upon for the elimination of waste materials. It has been
found that such fluid starvation, which is directly contrary to the popular
idea of flushing, is a powerful method for promoting elimination of morbid
matter and disease taints, especially from the systems of individuals who
are obese or whose tissues are "water logged".
Seven day Fast. If no adverse symptoms interfere, we frequently prescribe
a short fast of seven days. This in the great majority of cases cannot
produce any harmful or weakening results, and, understanding the laws of
periodicity, we prefer a seven day period. If developments arc favorable
to a prolongation of the fast we endeavor to extend it to the fourteenth,
twenty first, twenty eighth or subsequent seven day period (Chapter XXIII,
Long Fast. Long fasts may extend from one to seven or more weeks, according
to individual indications and the vitality of the patient.
As already explained, we never fix a definite period for the fast beforehand
but extend it from time to time according to conditions. We add small quantities
of acid fruit juices to the drinking water as long as it agrees with the
patient. If a revulsion to fruit acids develops, the' water may be taken
After the bowels stop moving naturally enemas must be taken from time to
time, say once or twice a week, in order to prevent reabsorption of toxic
materials from the lower intestine. Indications for breaking the fast have
been described under "danger signals".
12. Breaking the Fast. The great benefit derived from a fast may be all
lost, and may be followed by harmful after effects if the fast is not broken
in the right way. In fact, the best effects of a fast depend upon the dietetic
management after it is broken. The longer the fast, the more care must
be taken in breaking it.
The greatest danger lies in eating too frequently and too much at a time.
After a long fast the digestive organs are in a condition of complete inactivity,
and to overload them suddenly with a large amount of food may provoke acute
attacks of indigestion and produce many other kinds of serious disturbances.
The organs must be trained into normal activity gradually, beginning with
very small quantities of light food. I have frequently found it very advantageous
to break the fast with a few tablespoonfuls of freshly toasted popcorn,
unsalted and unbuttered. This is a splendid scour for the membranous linings
of the stomach and bowels, and its tough particles stimulate the peristaltic
action of the intestines.
The popcorn may be followed within an hour by some mild fruit juice, preferably
lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice. Not more than the juice of half
a grapefruit or of one orange should be taken at a time. The quantity of
undiluted fruit juice may be gradually increased on the second day to three
or four half tumblerfuls. On the third day the meat of acid or subacid
fruits may be taken instead of the juice alone.
After the third day the fruit diet may be supplemented and combined with
raw vegetable relishes and salads. If a person be sensitive to the mixing
of acid fruits with vegetables, they should be taken at separate meals.
To this raw food diet may be added small quantities of nuts or a ripe banana.
The raw food diet may be continued from a few days to many weeks, according
to the individual condition of the patient. Or it may be followed, whenever
it seems advisable, by the regular vegetarian diet.
On the other hand, it may be advisable to follow the fruit diet after breaking
the fast, by a straight or modified milk diet. This is especially indicated
where milk agrees with the patient and where it is desirable to give animal
food in order to overcome a negative mental and physical condition and
to build flesh more rapidly.
No hard and fast rules can be established concerning any of these regimen
or practices. One must be guided entirely by individual conditions and
requirements. It is dangerous for people to experiment along these lines
without the guidance of a competent and experienced Natural Therapeutics.
If the fast is broken in the right way it will be found that lost weight
is regained very quickly. In many instances people gain much more, after
a prolonged fast, than they weighed before. Moreover, the new blood and
tissues will be purer and healthier than the old, effete tissues which
have been eliminated through strict diet, natural treatment and fasting.
OR WATER TREATMENT
in our treatment of acute diseases we use wet packs and cold ablutions
to promote the radiation of heat and thereby to reduce the fever temperature,
our aim in the treatment of chronic diseases is to arouse the system to
acute eliminative effort. In other words, while in acute disease our hydropathic
treatment is sedative, in chronic diseases it is stimulative.
Good Effects of Gold Water Applications
of the Circulation. As before stated, cold water applied to the surface
of the body arouses and stimulates the circulation all over the system.
Blood counts before and after a cold water application show a very marked
increase in the number of red corpuscles. This does not mean that the cold
water has in a moment created new blood cells but it means that the blood
has been stirred up and sent hurrying through the system, that the lazy
cells which were lying inactive in the sluggish and stagnant blood stream
and in the clogged and obstructed tissues are aroused to increased activity.
Undoubtedly, the invigorating and stimulating influence of cold sprays,
ablutions, sitzbaths, barefoot walking in the dewy grass or on wet stones
and of all other cold water applications depends largely upon their electromagnetic
effects upon the system. This has been explained in Chapter XXXIV, Vol.1.
of impurities. As the cord water drives the blood with increased force
through the system, it flushes the capillaries in the tissues and cleanses
them from the accumulation of pathogen which is one of the primary causes
of acute and chronic diseases.
As the blood rushes back to the surface it suffuses the skin, opens and
relaxes the pores and the minute blood vessels or capillaries, and thus
unloads its impurities through the cuticle.
We Favor Cold Water. In the treatment of chronic diseases some advocates
of natural methods of healing still favor warm or hot applications in the
form of hot water baths, various kinds of steam or sweat baths, electric
light baths, hot compresses, fomentations, etc.
However, the great majority of Nature Cure practitioners in Europe have
abandoned hot applications of any kind almost entirely because of their
weakening and enervating after effects and because in many instances they
have not only failed to produce the expected results but have aggravated
the disease conditions.
We can explain the different effects of hot and cold water as well as of
all other therapeutic agents upon the system by the law of action and reaction.
Applied to physics this law reads: "Action and reaction are equal but opposite."
I have adapted the law of action and reaction to therapeutics in a somewhat
circumscribed way as follows: Every therapeutic agent affecting the human
organism has a first, temporary, and a second, permanent effect. The second,
lasting effect is contrary to the first, transient effect.
The first, temporary effect of warmth above the body temperature, whether
it be applied in the form of hot air, water, steam or light, is to draw
the blood into the surface. Immediately after such an application the skin
will be red and hot.
and lasting effect, however (in accordance with the law of action and reaction),
is that the blood recedes into the interior of the body and leaves the
skin in a bloodless and enervated condition, subject to chills and predisposed
to "catching cold".
other hand, the first, transient effect of cold water applications upon
the body as a whole, or upon any particular part is to chill the surface
and send the blood scurrying inward, leaving the skin in a chilled, bloodless
condition. This lack of blood and sensation of cold are at once telegraphed
over the afferent nerves to headquarters in the brain and from there the
command goes forth to the nerve centers regulating the circulation, "Send
blood into the surface!"
As a result, the circulation is stirred up and accelerated throughout the
system and the blood rushes with force into the depleted skin, flushing
the surface of the body with warm, red blood and restoring to it the rosy
color of health. This is the second effect. In other words, the well applied
cold water treatment is followed by a good reaction, and this is accompanied
by many permanent beneficial results.
The drawing and eliminating first effect of hot applications, of sweat
baths,—etc., is at best only temporary, lasting but a few minutes, and
is always followed by a weakening reaction, while the drawing and eliminating
action of the cold water applications, being the second, lasting effect,
exerts an enduring, invigorating and tonic influence upon the skin which
enables it to throw off morbid matter not merely for ten or fifteen minutes,
as in the sweat bath under the influence of excessive heat but continually
by day and night.
Danger of Prolonged or Excessively Cold Applications. As I have pointed
out, only water at ordinary temperature as it comes from well or hydrant
should be used in hydropathic applications. It is positively dangerous
to apply ice bags to an inflamed organ or to use icy water for packs and
ablutions in febrile conditions.
Likewise, icy or icy water should not be used in the hydropathic treatment
of chronic diseases. Excessive cold is as suppressive in its effects upon
the organism as are poisonous antiseptics or anti-fever medicines.
The baths, sprays, douches, etc., should not be kept up too long. The duration
of the cold water applications must be regulated by the individual condition
of the patient and by his powers of reaction. It should be borne in mind
that it is the short, quick application that produces the stimulating,
electromagnetic effects upon the system.
In Sections XIII and XV are described some of the baths and other cold
water applications that are especially adapted to the treatment of chronic
Bathing and Swimming. This is very invigorating and beneficial to those
who are strong enough to secure reaction. The bathing or swimming should
never be extended too long. Twenty minutes is sufficient even for a young
and vigorous person. There must be no feeling of chilliness or exhaustion
afterward. This would be a sign of overdoing. If the reaction is good there
should follow a feeling of comfort and warmth, especially of the feet and
hands. There will be a good appetite and the sleep will be sound and refreshing.
Ocean bathing is more tonic than inland water bathing because the salts
in the seawater have a positive electromagnetic effect upon the body.
Bath. Stand in cold water reaching up to the ankles for one to two minutes,
according to the summer or winter temperature of the water. Dry the feet
with a coarse towel and rub them vigorously with the hands, or walk about
briskly for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Bath. (a) Stand in water up to the calves, from one to two minutes, then
proceed as above.
b) Stand in water up to the knees, from one to two minutes, then rub vigorously
or walk as directed.
Walking. Walk barefoot in wet grass or on wet stone pavements several times
a day, from ten to twenty minutes at a time, or less in case of weakness.
The early morning dew upon the grass is especially beneficial; later in
the day wet the grass or pavement with a hose.
barefoot walking, dry and rub the feet thoroughly; and take a short, brisk
walk in shoes and stockings.
Water Treading. Stand in a bathtub or large foot-tub containing about two
inches of cold water, step and splash vigorously for several minutes, then
dry and rub the feet, and increase the circulation by walking around the
room a few times.
Spray. Turn the full force of water from a hydrant or hose first on one
foot, then on the other. Let the stream play alternately on the upper part
of the feet and on the soles. The coldness and force of the water will
draw the blood to the feet.
These applications are excellent as a means of stimulating and equalizing
the circulation, and a "sure cure', for cold and clammy feet, as well as
for excessive perspiration of the feet.
In this connection, we warn our readers most strongly against the use of
drying powders or antiseptic washes to suppress foot-sweat. Serious nervous
disorders have been traced to this practice.
Ablutions. Partial ablutions with cold water are very useful in many instances,
especially in local inflammation or where local congestion is to be relieved.
The "kalte Guss" forms an important feature of the Kniepp system of water
Sprays or showers may be administered to the head, arms, chest,—back, thighs,
and knees or wherever indicated, with a dipper, a sprinkler or a hose attached
to the faucet or hydrant. The water should be of natural temperature and
the "Guss" of short duration.
Bath. Take up cold water in the hollow of the hands from a running faucet
or a bucket filled with water, rub arms and legs briskly for a few minutes.
Body Bath. Stand in an empty tub, take water in the hollow of the hands
from a running faucet or a bucket filled with cold water, and rub briskly
the upper half of the body, from neck to hips, for two or three minutes.
Use a towel or brush for those parts of the body that cannot be reached
with the hands.
Body Baths. Proceed as in (9), rubbing the lower part of the body from
the waist downwards.
Bath. Sit in a large basin or in the bathtub in enough water to cover the
hips completely, the legs resting on the floor or against the side of the
tub. While taking the hip bath, knead and rub the abdomen.
Dry with a coarse towel, then rub and pat the skin with the hands for a
Morning Cold Rub. The essentials for a cold rub, and in fact for every
cold water treatment are warmth of the body before the application, coolness
of the water (natural temperature), rapidity of action, and friction or
exercise to stimulate the circulation. No cold water treatment should be
taken when the body is in a chilled condition.
a) Directly from the warmth of the bed, or after sunbath and exercise have
produced a pleasant glow, go to the bathroom, sit in the empty tub with
the stopper in place, turn on the cold water, and as it flows into the
tub, catch it in the hollow of the hands and wash first the limbs, then
the abdomen, then chest and back. Throw the water all over the body and
rub the skin with the hands like you wash your face.
Do this quickly but thoroughly. The entire procedure need not take up more
than a few minutes. By the time the bath is finished, there may be from
two to four inches of water in the tub. Use a towel or brush for the back
if you cannot reach it otherwise.
As long as there is a good reaction, the cold rub may be taken in an unheated
bathroom even in cold weather.
the bath, dry the body quickly with a coarse towel and finish by rubbing
with the hands until the skin is dry and smooth and you are aglow with
the exercise, or expose the wet body to the fresh air before an open window
and rub with the hands until dry and warm.
A bath taken in this manner combines the beneficial effects of cold water,
air, exercise, and the magnetic friction of the hands on the body (life
on life). No lifeless instrument or mechanical appliance can equal the
dexterity, warmth and magnetism of the human hand.
The bath must be so conducted that it is followed by a feeling of warmth
and comfort. Some persons will be benefited by additional exercises or,
better still, a brisk walk in the open air, while others will get better
results by returning to the warmth of the bed.
There is no better means for stimulating the general circulation and for
increasing the eliminative activities of the system than this cold morning
rub at the beginning of the day after the night's rest. If kept up regularly,
its good effects will soon become apparent.
This method of taking a morning bath is to be preferred to the plunge into
a tub! Filled with cold water. While persons with very strong constitutions
may experience no ill effects, to those who are weak and do not react readily,
the "cold plunge" might prove a severe shock and strain upon the system.
a bathtub is not available, take the morning cold rub in the following
Stand in an empty washtub. In front of you, in the tub, place a basin or
bucket filled with cold water. Wet the hands or a towel and wash the body,
part by part, from the feet upward, then dry and rub with the hands as
Evening sitzbaths. The sitzbath is best taken in the regular tub made for
the purpose, but an ordinary bathtub or a washtub or pan may be used with
equally good effect.
Pour into the vessel a few inches of water at natural temperature as it
comes from the hydrant, and sit in the water until a good reaction takes
place that is, until the first sensation of cold is followed by a feeling
of warmth. This may take from a few seconds to a few minutes, according
to the temperature of the water and the individual powers of reaction.
Dry with a coarse towel, rub and pat the skin with the hands, then, in
order to establish good reaction, practice deep breathing for a few minutes,
alternating with the internal massage exercise described on page 187.
The morning cold rub is stimulating in its effects; the evening sitzbath
is quieting and relaxing. The latter is therefore especially beneficial
if taken just before going to bed. The cold water draws the blood from
brain and spinal cord and thereby insures better rest and sleep. It cools
and relaxes the abdominal organs, sphincters and orifices, stimulates gently
and naturally the action of the bowels and of the urinary tract, and is
equally effective in chronic constipation and in affections of the kidneys
Head Bath. Loss or discoloration of the hair is generally due to the lack
of hair building elements in the blood, or to sluggish circulation in the
scalp and a diseased condition of the hair follicles. Nothing more effectually
stimulates the flow of blood to brain and scalp or promotes the elimination
of waste matter arid poisons from these parts than the head bath, together
with scalp massage.
Under no circumstances use hair tonics, dandruff or eczema cures or hair
dyes. All such preparations contain poisons in the form of strong antiseptics
and germicides. Dandruff is a form of elimination and should not be suppressed.
When the scalp is in good condition, it disappears of its own accord.
The diagnosis from the iris of the eye reveals the fact that glycerin,
quinine, resorcin and other poisonous anti-septics and stimulants absorbed
from dandruff cures and, hair tonics and deposited in the brain are, in
many cases, the real cause of chronic headaches, neuralgia, dizziness,
roaring in the ears, loss of hearing and sight mental depression, irritability
and even insanity.
Cold water is an absolutely safe and at the same time a most effective
means to promote the growth of hair, as many of our patients can testify.
If the hair is short, the head should be washed thoroughly with cold water
each time the face is washed While doing this the scalp should be vigorously
pinched, kneaded and massaged with the finger tips. When feasible, turn
the stream from a hydrant or hose upon the head. This will add the good
effect of friction to the coldness of the water.
Where the hair is too long for such frequent washing, daily cold water
treatment may be applied by dipping the finger tips in cold water and rubbing
it into the scalp; progressively covering the whole surface and vigorously
massaging as above. Frequent washing of the hair in cold water, without
soap, and drying in the air will obviate the necessity of washing often
with soap. When it becomes necessary to use soap for cleansing purposes
(and it should be used no oftener than absolutely necessary), use only
pure castile soap and tepid, never hot water, rinsing thoroughly in warm
and then cold water. If plenty of cold water is used in finishing, the
scalp thoroughly rubbed and the hair dried in the open air, there will
be no danger of "catching cold" if one is living according to the natural
regimen. Avoid the use of commercial shampoos.
your hair cut only during the first quarter of the moon. The ladies may
clip off the ends of their hair during that period. Skeptics may smile
at this as "another evidence of ignorance and superstition". However, "fools
deride, philosophers investigate".
AND HOT WATER APPLICATIONS
Baths. Tepid baths vary in heat from 70 to 90 degrees. Many find them refreshing,
but those who have become used to the effect of cold bathing find them
rather enervating and weakening.
Sitzbath. The tepid sitzbath is taken by sitting in either an ordinary
bathtub or a special sitz-tub, in four to six inches of water, the temperature
of it ranging from 60 to 70 degrees. Such a lukewarm sitzbath is often
indicated where there is retention of urine from a heated or inflamed condition
of the urethra and bladder. It soothes and relaxes these structures and
allows the urine to flow.
If the temperature of the body is much above the normal the sitzbath should
be taken in water of natural temperature, as it comes from the hydrant
or well. In all cases of fevers, where the patient is able to arise from
bed and take' the cold sitzbath, it will prove of great benefit. While
in the bath the patient should lave the abdominal parts with the cold water.
and hot Baths. It is only on rare occasions that we recommend bathing at
high temperature. Continually indulged in, it weakens the circulation,
enervates the superficial nervous system and leads to atrophy of the cuticle.
The effect of warm and hot bathing on the skin shows in the eyes through
the heavy dark scurf rim in the outer border of the iris.
Russian and Electric Light Baths. For reasons before mentioned the natural
healer never uses these or other forms of sweating processes unless it
is as a temporary application for the breaking of a cold or incipient fever
as described under Sweating in Bed.
While it is true that vigorous perspiration draws the blood to the surface
and promotes the elimination of waste matter, such perspiration should
be induced in a natural way, not through overheating the body artificially.
The best perspiration is that induced through walking or other exercise
in warm weather, or through wet packs in bed, which we shall describe hereafter.
Sweating, if it can be produced without overheating the body unduly, is
of especial value in dropsical conditions and in cases of incipient or
advanced diabetes and Bright's disease. It is also very beneficial in all
forms of chronic rheumatism.
in Bed (Figs. la, b, c, d). This is best accomplished by means of the cold
whole body pack, if necessary, assisted by hot water bottles or hot drinks.
The procedure is as follows:
Spread on a bed or couch two or three blankets, according to the season
of the year, the warmth of the room and the heat of the patient's body.
Over the blankets spread a bed sheet which has been wrung out in warm water
if the temperature of the body is subnormal, in cold if the body is at
fever heat; then wrap the wet sheet quickly around the body of the patient,
tucking it in between the legs and between the body and the arms.
Then pick up the top blanket and tuck it in around the body, folding the
ends in over the feet and around the neck; then pick up the second and
third blankets and do likewise. When finished, the patient and the pack
look very much like an Egyptian mummy. The patient should react and begin
to perspire, or at least to feel comfortably warm, within five or ten minutes.
If he remains cold too long, put along each side of the body two or three
hot water bottles or bricks heated in an oven and wrapped in flannels;
then cover the whole over with a few more blankets. The patient should
be allowed to remain in the whole body pack and perspire as long as he
can stand it. This may be from ten to thirty minutes or more, but should
not be extended so long as to exhaust the patient unduly.
The removal of the pack must be followed immediately by a quick cold rub,
standing up in the bathtub or in a washtub; or if the patient be too weak
for this, by a cold friction rub in bed. The cold rub is frequently followed
by a fine after-sweat which may continue from ten to thirty minutes, according
to the vitality of the patient after this another cold bath or cold rub
should be given. The patient is then allowed to rest. One or two such bed
sweat baths or whole body packs are usually sufficient to break up a bad
cold or incipient febrile disease. H it should not succeed in breaking
up the congestion and aborting the fever, it will surely cause it to run
a much easier course. This is accomplished in a perfectly natural manner
through increased heat radiation and forced elimination of morbid matter
through the skin. Perspiration will be greatly facilitated by drinking
either cool or warm water, or hot lemonade. In extreme cases where the
patient does not react to a whole body pack and is in danger of chilling,
perspiration can be induced by giving hot lemonade or a small cup of hot
coffee with lemon juice.
If the patient is too weak to endure the rather heroic but very effective
whole body pack treatment, partial packs such as trunk, throat and leg
packs may be applied, reinforced by hot water bottles or hot bricks. These
are more easily applied and endured. (For description of the partial packs,
see Sec. XV, Nos. 9 to 19.)
In an extensive practice, extending over a period of eighteen years, I
have always found the sweating in bed preferable to the use of artificial
apparatus, which is always more or less dangerous and more exhausting and
injurious to the skin than the simple hot or cold wet packs, which have
a powerful "drawing" effect upon the circulation and at the same time relax
the pores of the skin.
Sweating for the cure of disease is very much in favor among the Indians.
While living in the Rocky Mountains I frequently had occasion to observe
the Turkish bath contrivance of the Indians. The sweating treatment is
given (no matter what the disease may be) by placing the patient under
a wickerwork frame covered almost airtight with skins. Before the patient
enters the low, box-like hut, several pails or tin pans have been set into
holes in the ground. These are filled with boiling water and from time
to time hot stones from a nearby fire are dropped into the hot water to
keep up the production of steam. When the patient has perspired to the
limit of his endurance he is taken out and plunged into a nearby creek
or lake, or in the winter time h& is rubbed down quickly with snow.
I relate this not because I approve of the steam bath but to draw attention
to the fact that the natural instinct and good sense of the Indian has
hit upon elimination as a therapeutic measure.
by Exercise. The most beneficial perspiration is that induced by brisk
walking or other exercise. This should be followed by a quick cold bath,
spray or rub. The warmer the body, within natural limits, the quicker the
reaction from the cold water application.
Compresses or Fomentations. To prepare a fomentation take a piece of flannel
and fold it from six to ten times and form it into a roll. Dip this into
water as hot as the patient can stand it. The temperature of the water
should range from blood heat to about 110 degrees, according to the endurance
of the patient. Wring out the roll, unroll it quickly and lay it on the
part which is to be treated. This may be the chest or abdomen, or the whole
front or back, or it may be an inflamed arm, leg or joint. The hot compress
should be covered and held in place by a cloth around the body or the limb,
pinned down with safety pins.
We use hot fomentations or compresses only when the temperature is subnormal
and when the patient 's vitality is so low that he cannot react to a cold
pack or cold ablution It is a good sign if the body temperature rises as
a result of the hot pack or compress. It means that the system, as a result
of the tonic application, is arousing itself to acute febrile reaction,
which we always welcome as Nature's purifying, healing effort.
These procedures should be supplemented if possible by expert manipulative
WET BANDAGES AND WET
Bandages. Old muslin, linen sheeting, or soft, well worn toweling are the
best materials for bandages and packs. Bandages are used mostly for extracting
internal heat, for relieving internal congestion, and for promoting elimination
of morbid matter through the skin. Cold water is best suited for these
purposes, but where the patient is very sensitive to cold, or the temperature
subnormal, the chill may be taken off or tepid water may be used. The bandages
are soaked in the water, then lightly wrung out and applied to the body
Packs. The wet pack consists of the wet bandage before described plus a
covering of dry flannel or woolen material, or of heavy toweling. The dry
covering must overlap the upper and lower borders of the wet bandage about
one half an inch. The dry covering serves to bring about a warm reaction
and preserves the moisture in the bandage, and therefore the drawing effect
of the pack is more powerful than that of the plain bandage.
The dry flannel, woolen or cotton covering may consist of from one to three
or even four layers wrapped around the wet bandage. The outer end of the
dry covering is pinned down and held in place by safety pins. The number
of wet and dry wrappings depends upon the heat of the body and the vitality
and power of reaction of the patient. The higher the fever heat and the
more vigorous the body, as in childhood and youth, the more wet wrappings
and the less dry covering is required. The lower the fever and the lower
the vitality and power of reaction of the patient, the less wet wrappings
and the more dry, warm covering is required. In chronic cases, with low
or subnormal temperature where packs are indicated to relieve inner congestion
and pain, to induce sleep or to promote elimination, one wrapping of wet
material is fully sufficient, and this must be covered with two or three
wrappings of dry, warm material, in order to bring about the necessary
Bandages and Compresses. Some hydrotherapists recommend an addition of
vinegar or Epsom salts (MgSO4) to the water from which the bandages or
compresses are wrung out, about one half vinegar and one half water, or
one tablespoon of Epsom salt to one quart of water (See article on Epsom
'salt treatment, page 159.)
Compresses. A compress made of grated raw potato, applied between pieces
of thin linen or cotton cloth, is especially recommended in all forms of
inflammation of the eye. It must be renewed before it becomes hot and dry.
Often Should the Wet Packs Be Renewed? This depends upon the severity of
the fever; height of temperature, and upon the vitality of the patient.
In an ordinary cold it may be sufficient to apply a throat and short body
pack in the evening and to leave it on all night to be followed in the
morning by a good cold rub and cold water sniffing.
The more pronounced the fever and the higher the temperature, the oftener
the wet bandages must be renewed. In fevers such as diphtheria, smallpox,
typhoid, cerebrospinal meningitis, etc., the packs must be taken off and
replaced by fresh ones as soon as they are hot and dry. In such cases it
is advisable to have on hand several sets of bandages. Those which come
from the body must be thoroughly washed, rinsed in cold water and hung
up to dry in the fresh air and sunshine. In serious and prolonged cases
of inflammatory feverish diseases it is advisable to alternate between
throat, trunk and leg packs. For instance, at one time put on throat and
trunk pack, then apply leg packs only, then again throat and so on. This
tends to equalize the circulation.
After Pack. Every time a bandage or pack has served its purpose and is
taken from the body, the parts covered by the bandages or packs must be
rubbed with a rough towel dipped in cold water. This serves several important
purposes: first, to cleanse the skin of morbid matter and poisons which
the bandage or pack has drawn to the surface; second, to secure a better
reaction; third, to promote heat radiation; fourth, to increase the electromagnetic
energies of the body.
Body Pack. (Figs. 1a, b, c, d). Spread on a bed or couch two or three blankets,
according to the season of the year, the warmth of the room and the heat
of the patients body. Over the blankets spread a bed sheet which has been
wrung out in cold water; over this spread the muslin strip of a trunk pack
wrung out in cold water. Wrap this strip about the trunk; then wrap the
wet sheet quickly around the body of the patient, tucking it in between
the legs and also between the body and the arms. Then pick up the top blanket
and tuck it in around the body, folding the ends in over the feet and around
the neck; then pick up the second and third blankets and do likewise, pinning
in place with safety pins. When finished, the patient and the pack look
very much like an Egyptian mummy.
should react and begin to perspire, or at least to feel comfortably warm,
within five or ten minutes. If he remains cold too long, put along each
side of the body two or three hot water bottles, or bricks heated in an
oven and wrapped in flannel, then cover the whole over with a few more
blankets. The patient should be allowed to remain in the whole body pack
and perspire as long as he can stand it. This may be from ten to thirty
minutes or more, but should not be extended too long as this might exhaust
the patient unduly.
The removal of the pack must be followed by a quick, cold rub, standing
up in the bathtub or in a washtub; or, if the patient be too weak for this,
by a cold friction rub in bed.
Bandages. These bandages are much in favor for relieving headaches and
earaches. A towel or strip of muslin or linen cloth is wrung out of tepid
or cold water and wrapped around the head or over the ears in order to
draw the blood to the surface and relieve inner congestion. This, however,
is a doubtful proceeding for treating headaches or pains in the head, because
all wet bandages have a tendency to draw the blood to the part where they
are applied. In this case, though the head bandage may draw the blood to
the surface of the skull, at the same time it has a tendency to draw the
blood from other parts of the body to the head, thereby increasing congestion.
For this reason I always advise using the body, leg or throat pack in order
to draw the blood away from the head. Besides, these packs cover a greater
surface' of the body and therefore have greater power to relieve the inner
congestion in the head, as well as anywhere else in the body. At the same
time the head, face and neck may be frequently washed or sponged with cold
water. The evaporation of the water on the hot surface has a very cooling,
refreshing and also electrifying effect.
Bandages. A piece of linen, muslin, toweling, or soft cotton, from two
to four inches wide, according to the length of the neck, wrung out of
cold water and wrapped from two to four or six times around the throat
is a splendid application in cases of sore and inflamed throat, tonsils
and glands of the throat and neck. It also the chest from the has a very
cooling effect on the circulation in general, because the blood passes
through the neck, back and forth through the large arteries and veins which
supply the head and brain. Here large masses of blood course nearer to
the surface than anywhere else in the body, and therefore it is the best
place for extracting the heat from the blood through cold water bandages,
packs or compresses.
10. Throat-Pack. (Fig.2) The throat pack consists of a wet throat bandage
plus a covering of dry flannel or woolen material.
Bandage. This is of great benefit when the lungs are infected by acute
bronchial catarrh or pneumonia. The cold wet strip of muslin must be wide
enough to cover the chest from the armpits to the border of the small ribs,
and must be long enough to go around the body from one to four times, according
to the amount of heat in the body, the vitality of the patient and his
power of reaction.
Pack. The cheat pack consists of the wet chest bandage plus a covering
of dry flannel or woolen material.
Bandage. The trunk bandage is applied the same as the chest bandage, the
only difference being that it extends from under the armpits to the upper
border of the hip bone or to the pubis. The full length, from armpit to
pubis, must be applied in cases of the inflammation of the bladder, appendix
or ovaries. When any one of the organs is severely inflamed extra cold
compresses may be placed in under the body pack and over the inflamed organ.
This compress should consist of from two to six or even eight layers of
muslin or toweling, and may be from six to twelve inches square, according
to the size of the inflamed area and according to the heat in the parts.
All bandages must be removed and renewed when hot and dry. The extra cold
compresses may also be applied, under the chest or body pack, to inflamed
areas in the lungs, liver or stomach.
Pack. The trunk pack consists of the wet trunk bandage plus a covering
of dry flannel or woolen material.
Compress. The cold wet compress is very beneficial for relieving congestion
and inflammation in the eyes. For this purpose a small compress made of
several layers of muslin or linen is dipped in cold water and applied over
the eyes. The compress is held in place by a dry bandage. Better than the
water compress in cases of serious inflammation of the eyes is a poultice
made of grated raw potatoes. The grated potato is wrapped in linen or muslin
cloth and placed over the affected eye. The poultice is kept in place in
the same way as the water compress. This treatment has proved very beneficial
in cases of glaucoma and gonorrheal inflammation.
Knee and Hand Packs. These are applied the same as all other wet
packs, and are indicated in all local inflammations in the ankles, feet,
toes, bands, wrists and arms. They are especially valuable in relieving
inflammation in cases of inflammatory rheumatism. The results of the wet
pack and general cold water treatment in the most violent cases of inflammatory
rheumatism are little short of miraculous.
Pack. This may be applied from the hip to the knee or from the knee to
the ankle, or may cover the entire leg from the hip to the toes. The method
of application is the same as in all other packs. First the wet bandage,
and around this the wrappings of dry material.
Pack. This consists of a narrow strip of muslin, adjusted as a belt about
the abdomen just above the hip bone, to the back of which is attached a
bandage (detail Fig. 2), cut a little narrower in the center. The wet bandage
with its flannel covering is drawn forward between the legs and fastened
to the belt in front with safety pins. This pack is especially valuable
in inflammations in the rectum and genito-urinary organs. In cases of high
temperature, extra cold compresses may be inserted inside the pack.
or Scotch Pack. This pack requires a bandage and flannel covering, six
and eight inches wide respectively, and two and one-fourth yards long.
The one who applies the pack stands in front of the patient and holds equal
portions of the strip of muslin or flannel in each hand. The strip is placed
around the body under the armpits of the patient, the ends crossed in the
back and brought up over the shoulders to the front, crossing again over
the chest. Figures 4 a, b, a show the successive stages of the application
of this pack.
After the shoulder pack itself has been applied it may be surrounded on
the body by the chest or trunk pack. This pack is very valuable where the
upper lobes of the lungs are affected by acute bronchial catarrh or pneumonia.
AND CLAY TREATMENT
Certain localities in Europe and in this country have attained considerable
fame by the so-called mud bath treatment. We tried this form of treatment
for several years in one of our institutions but with indifferent success.
The effect of the treatment is very much the same u that of the wet packs
described in Section XV.
The effect of the wet pack, poultice or compress is very much the nine
whether the material used be mud, clay, water cottage cheese, flaxseed
or any other mild acting substance. The beneficial results are brought
about because the cool moisture in and under the packs or poultices relaxes
the pores of the skin, draws the blood into the surface, relieves inner
congestion and pain and promotes heat radiation and elimination of morbid
I have found that on the whole the water applications produce fully as
good results as mud, clay or other materials; besides, it has the advantage
of being more cleanly and more easily applied. However, it is true that
in many cases of chronic inflammation resulting either from internal disease,
bruises or sprains, clay packs have proved of great benefit. The one advantage
I have found in them is that this substance retains moisture and coolness
much longer than a water pack or compress. They are, therefore, of special
benefit in cases of subacute and chronic inflammations, of persistent soreness,
and for all night packs or bandages.
Packs. The best way to apply clay packs is the following: Take yellow,
or still better, blue potter's clay, macerate in warm water until it is
reduced to a smooth paste. When cold spread this with a wooden paddle or
broad knife over a strip of cloth wide enough and long enough to cover
the part to be treated, then surround the clay bandage with a few wrappings
of toweling, flannel or other protecting material. The clay packs or bandages
may remain in place until they become hot or dry.
or Clay Baths. The mud or clay baths are applied in a manner similar to
that of the clay packs but on a larger scale—to the entire body from neck
to feet. The mud or clay must first be macerated and sifted so as to remove
all pebbles, twigs or other foreign materials. The siftings are then mixed
with hot water and reduced to a smooth paste. Mud or clay does not heat
on the body as readily as a water pack, therefore it is best to beat the
clay to 70 degrees F. before it is applied. The warm paste is spread on
a sheet and this is wrapped around the body. One or two blankets, according
to the warmth of the treatment room and the reactionary power of the patient
are then wrapped around the mudpack. The mud bath is applied like the full
sheet pack described under Section XV, No.7, the only difference being
that the sheet, instead of being wrung out in water is covered with a layer
of mud or clay as described under clay packs.
Care must be taken that the mud or clay used for such treatments is free
from impurities. It should not be taken from localities contaminated by
human refuse. The mud or clay bath is followed by a cleansing warm spray
and rub, and finished with a quick tonic cold spray.
While it is true that many people suffering from rheumatism and kindred
acid diseases have found temporary relief by patronizing the popular mud
bath resorts, it is also true that these "cures" are not permanent. The
reason is that in. these places practically no attention is paid to diet.
The patrons live on the ordinary hotel and restaurant food which produces
hyperacidity almost as fast as the mud baths reduce it.
Neither do such patients receive the benefit of hydropathic, manipulative
and other natural methods. The reality is that after resuming at home their
accustomed mode of living, the "cured" patients soon again experience the
old rheumatic aches and pains and other symptoms of hyperacidity. Many
of our patients suffering from such ailments had time and again tried the
various mud cures but experienced only temporary relief. It required the
strict pure food diet, hydropathic and manipulative treatment, sun and
air baths and the outdoor life to produce real and permanent cures.
received numerous inquiries from readers of Nature Cure Philosophy and
Practice, many of these from practicing physicians, asking why I have neglected
to mention Epsom Salt treatment which has proved so efficacious for the
cure of acute and chronic diseases. I have had ample opportunity to observe
the good and bad effects of Epsom salt upon the system, and will briefly
state the result of my experience.
The use of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate, MgSO4) internally and externally,
is in harmony with the Natural Therapeutics in so far as the alkaline magnesium
tends to neutralize and to eliminate negative pathogenic substances, such
as carbon and nitrogen compounds, from the system. While Epsom salt taken
internally as a laxative, or externally in the form of baths, packs and
compresses, is a powerful neutralizer and eliminator of acids, ptomaines
and xanthins, we must not overlook the fact that the inorganic minerals
it contains have a strong tendency to accumulate in the system and to form
deposits which may in time become as harmful as the morbid materials which
the salts are meant to eliminate from the system.
Some time ago, one of our house physicians attended, at the Cook County
Hospital, an autopsy performed on a woman who had died from chronic rheumatism
and heart disease. It was found that the woman's heart muscle contained
deposits of magnesium salts and of carbonate sodium, which she had taken
through many years as cure for acidosis and rheumatism.
alkaline mineral elements when taken in the inorganic form show plainly
in the iris. Before I became acquainted with the natural laws of living
and of treatment, I had for several yearn taken large quantities of sodium
bicarbonate and magnesium sulphate to neutralize hyperacidity of the stomach
and of the system in general. The presence of the minerals in my system
was revealed in the eyes by a broad white ring in the outer rim of the
iris. Since I have ceased taking the minerals and have lived on eliminative
foods, the ring in the iris has almost entirely disappeared; see illustrations
and description in Iridiagnosis, Vol. VI.
seen the signs of sodium, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the
eyes of people who had used these minerals in the form of medicines, or
who had absorbed them in alkaline drinking water.
In our work we do not employ these doubtful agents which may in the long
run work more harm than good, because we have other means and methods to
accomplish the same results in a less harmful and more natural way. A well
balanced vegetarian diet, as described in Sec. I will prevent excessive
formation of pathogenic substances in the system.
The best way to eliminate these morbid materials, after they have created
disease conditions, is to take in sufficient amounts of the positive alkaline
mineral: elements in the foods classified under Group 5 (Food Table on
page 88). These mineral elements when taken in the live organic form are
the best neutralizers and eliminators, and they will not accumulate and
form deposits in the system even when taken in excess. In addition to the
alkaline diet we use hydrotherapy, neurotherapy and other methods of natural
treatment to eliminate negative, pathogenic encumbrances from the system.
I do not mean to intimate, however, that I condemn the use of Epsom salt
under all circumstances. On the contrary, we quite frequently make use
of it in the form of external applications in order to attain quick results
in acute and emergency cases. Epsom salt baths, packs and compresses are
very useful in cases of acute inflammatory rheumatism', gout, pneumonia,
Bright's disease, appendicitis, ptomain poisoning and in all other feverish
diseases, but under no circumstances would I use or recommend the salt
for long continued treatment.
The therapeutic action of magnesium sulphate, or common Epsom salt, consists
in stimulating the eliminative activity of the skin, its pores and glandular
structures. This result is also obtained in a lesser degree by ordinary'
table salt (sodium chloride, NaCl) and by sea salt.
All the positive alkaline salts applied to the skin in the form of packs,
sponges, baths, etc., have a powerful electromagnetic effect upon the system.
They arouse electromagnetic activity between the positive alkaline salts
on the surface and the negative cell constituents in the body.
Physiologist claim that minerals are not absorbed through the skin unless
mixed with fats in the form of unguents or emulsions. The records in the
iris prove that mercury, iodine, lead, zinc, silver, 'etc., in various
chemical combinations are absorbed through the skin and then locate in
the system in localities for which they exhibit a special affinity. If
the Epsom salt is not absorbed the application can have no acid neutralizing
effect within the system. If it is absorbed it is bound to assist in the
formation of earthy deposits. This is sure to be the result if the salt
is taken Internally for any length of time.
salt may be applied to the akin in warm or cold solutions, in the form
of local applications in wet packs or compresses, as a general sponge bath,
whole body bath or as a sitz or hip bath. The solution should contain from
one to two ounces of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) to one quart of water.
The bandages or compresses may be soaked in the solution and applied in
the ordinary way (Sec. XV).
One of the most beneficial applications consists in sponging the entire
body with the solution for from five to ten minutes and going to bed without
drying. This draws the blood into the cuticle, makes the skin more alive
and active, opens the pores and draws the pathogenic matter to the surface.
It acts as a powerful stimulant to the glandular structures of the skin,
promotes elimination and relieves the poisoned and overburdened heart and
other vital organs. In similar manner it relieves the heat-regulating center
in the medulla and thereby reduces the temperature in febrile conditions.
Undoubtedly a great part of the beneficial effect is due to the action
of the water itself in the ablutions and compresses. The Epsom salt solution
may be applied also in the form of cooling hip or sitzbaths (Sec. XIII,
Nos. 11, 13) or in the natural bath (Sec. XIII No.12, b). In all cases
the salt will heighten the tonic effect of the water.
One reason why I do not recommend the continued use of the salt in such
applications is because we find that the cold water alone, used continuously
in the form of tonic applications, is powerful enough to suffice for the
requirements of the various regimens in health and disease. In acute febrile
conditions, however, when rapid neutralization and elimination of pathogenic
materials becomes imperative, tonic applications of sea salt and Epsom
salts will be found very beneficial.
The specific applications of this and other alkaline salts in the various
acute diseases will be discussed in detail in Volume V of this series,
which will deal with the specific treatment of special diseases.
KLYSMAS OR COLONIC FLUSHING
Injections of warm water into the rectum are taken in order to relieve
the constipated intestines of accumulations of fecal material and thus
to prevent the reabsorption of morbid matter and systemic poisons.
The necessity for enemas is a sure sign that the person who needs them
has not been living the natural life. If he had, he would not be constipated.
We make use of enemas only in the treatment of acute diseases, during fasting
and in stubborn cases of chronic constipation, in the beginning of treatment.
We look upon enemas as a necessary evil, or "crutch" to be used only until,
through natural living and treatment, the intestines have become more alive
Enemas taken habitually have a weakening effect upon the intestines. As
the saying goes, they make them "more lazy". The reason for this is obvious.
Dryness of the fecal matter is the stimulus for the secretion of mucous
fluids by the membranous linings of the bowels. When the intestines are
constantly flooded with water injected through the rectum, the stimulus
to secretion is lacking and the cellular linings and glandular structures
of the intestines become more inactive. Any function of the organism which
we do not use atrophies.
Continued flooding with warm water has a very relaxing effect upon the
intestines. The tone of the muscular tissues is lowered from day to day
and the intestines become distended, forming pockets for the retention
of putrefying fecal matter. Like drugs and laxatives, the "internal bath"
in the long, run creates the very conditions which it is supposed to cure,
namely, greater inactivity and atrophy.
The only way to restore the natural activity of the bowels in cases of
chronic constipation is through natural diet, fasting when indicated, and
through the various forms of massage and neurotherapy. Careful scientific
manipulation of the spinal nerve centers and of the abdomen is the most
efficient method for infusing the atonic organs with new life and vigor.
It is impossible to cure many stubborn, chronic cases of constipation without
massage and spinal treatment. Skill manipulation of the abdomen mechanically
propels the impacted faeces onward toward the outlet and at the same time
stimulates and strengthens the muscles of the intestines themselves. The
passive manipulative treatment is especially valuable in cases where constipation
is partly due to sedentary habits of life.
the passive treatment the patient should lie on the back, the knees slightly
drawn up. The upper part of the body should be somewhat elevated.
The manipulator takes his position on the right side of the patient and
begins to knead the colon with the flattened fingertips in circular motion
on the left side, in the region of the sigmoid flexure (in the left groin).
He then gradually works upward along the descending colon, shoving the
fecal matter always toward the rectum; then from left to right along the
transverse colon; then downward along the ascending colon.
Many instructors advise the opposite procedure. They commence the kneading
in the right inguinal region (right groin) and work upward along the ascending
colon, then along the transverse and downward along the descending colon.
This procedure, however, has a tendency to pile up the contents of the
large intestine long before they reach the outlet. It may cause serious
impactions and obstructions. To me it seems more rational to commence the
loosening of the fecal matter near the outlet and work continually toward
abdominal massage exercise and also the exercises in bed and on the back
will prove of great benefit, and in many cases are absolutely indispensable.
cases of spasm of the sphincter muscle and the rectum, relaxation can be
induced through rectal dilation, using various kinds of dilators, or by
pressing the finger tips along both sides of the coccyx (the tip of the
spinal column) for from one to three minutes at a time, two or three times
of Enemas. The water for enemas or for internal douches should never be
cold, as many books and certain doctors advise. This is very dangerous.
The sudden internal chilling may produce depression of the vital activities,
collapse, and even death.
A year ago I was called to attend a boy eight years old. I found him in
the advanced stages of cerebro-spinal meningitis. The physician who was
in attendance told me she kept the fever down easily by giving three or
four cold enemas every day. This probably helped to turn the gastro-enteric
fever with which the illness started into cerebro-spinal meningitis. I
prescribed pack treatment and fasting instead of the cold enemas and "stuffing".
The little patient made a perfect recovery.
The water used for enemas or internal douches should be about blood temperature,
from 90 to 100 degrees F. If no thermometer is at hand test the temperature
by dipping the bare elbow into the water. The heat of the water should
be just endurable to the sensitive tip of the elbow. The temperature will
be about blood heat. For vigorous persons and in high fevers the temperature
of the enema may be as low as 85 degrees. The lower the vitality and temperature
of the patient the warmer must be the water. In cases of subnormal temperature,
collapse and suspended animation, hot enemas of from 100 to 110 degrees
F. act as powerful tonics. The tonic effects are increased if the water
contains about one teaspoonful of salt to a pint (normal salt solution).
5. Application of Enemas. Enemas should never be taken in the sitting position
nor while lying on the right or left side. When attempting to take an enema
in either of these positions the rubber mouthpiece of the' syringe strikes
the sigmoid flexure and the tube coils up. Fig. 5 will show why this makes
impossible thorough irrigation of the descending colon. The best positions
for taking enemas are lying on the back, and the knee-chest position. The
former is more suitable for bed-fast patient too weak to assume the knee-chest
position. The patient should lie on a bed or a couch or board with the
knees raised. The head must lie lower than the feet. This can be attained
by raising the lower end of the bed, couch or board.
Position. Fig. 6 illustrates why the knee-chest position is the best of
all, provided a person is strong enough to assume it. It offers the least
resistance to the passage of the warm water through the sigmoid flexure,
descending colon and transverse colon. Under favorable conditions the water
may descend even into the ascending colon.
Care should be taken to dip the hard rubber nozzle of the tube into olive
oil and the tube should not be inserted until all air has been expelled
and until the water flows from the nozzle at the proper temperature. In
cases where old, hard encrustation's have to be softened, a little castile
soap may be dissolved in the water. The water should be retained in the
intestines for five or ten minutes in order to allow the hardened fecal
matter and encrustation's to soften.
for Colon Flushing. Apparatus necessary: a douche bag, or can with rubber
hose, and a flexible rubber tube about twenty-six inches long. The latter
is fitted to the end of the rubber hose by means of a hard rubber connection.
Fill the bag with about two quarts of warm soapy water (the soap used should
be super-fatty soap free from alkali, or, better, a good quality of castile
the colon tube with olive oil. After allowing the water to flow until it
comes from the tube at the right temperature, stop the flow and insert
about two or three inches of the tube into the rectum. Release the clip
on the hose and allow the water to flow. Then slowly and carefully work
the tube, pushing it in two or three inches more and withdrawing it about
half that distance. Continue this until the greater part of the tube is
within the colon.
If any obstruction is met with while the tube is being inserted, withdraw
the tube and allow the patient to evacuate the contents of the rectum and
then begin over again. Should the accumulation of too much water in some
particular part of the colon cause pain, shut off the flow by pinching
the tube, have the patient take a full breath, draw in the abdomen and
hold it so until the pain passes, after which again allow the water to
Some difficulty may at first be experienced by the patient in following
out this method. However, no disappointment should be felt if the results
are not satisfactory from the first or second trial. The can should be
placed only two or three feet above the level of the anus. No force is
necessary. Should any distress be felt during the operation, it should
be abandoned for the time and taken up again the next night. Continue these
colon flushings for two or three nights in succession. The last night,
instead of using soapy water, use one level teaspoonful of salt to a pint
If there is a feeling of too great relaxation in the rectum, or a feeling
of irritation, the patient should apply cold cloths to the rectum or take
an after injection of from one half to a full cupful of cool water, inserting
the tube only about two inches.
After the patient has become somewhat experienced in the use of the colon
flushings, he should endeavor to retain the water for ten or fifteen minutes,
while lying on the back and massaging the abdomen.
in Acute Diseases. In all acute, inflammatory, febrile diseases we give
enemas in the beginning daily, and after that at longer intervals, according
to the nature of the case and the vitality of the patient. Fasting in acute
disease and increased heat in the abdominal organs usually produce constipation.
We overcome this difficulty by enemas. This empties the lower intestines
of morbid accumulations and prevents reabsorption of poisonous excretions.
The bowels should be emptied as nearly as possible during the early stages
of a fever, as long as the vitality is unimpaired.
while fasting. While fasting the bowels usually cease moving, though I
have seen remarkable exceptions where the bowels kept moving daily for
a few weeks, although no food was taken. If they cease to move soon after
the fast is entered upon, it is best to give enemas in order to evacuate
the intestines and prevent reabsorption of morbid and poisonous excretions.
for Retention of Urine. Retention of urine may be due to many different
causes, and the treatment must vary accordingly. It occurs frequently as
a result of inflammation of the kidney, bladder or urethra. These inflammations
may be caused by
a) Toxic conditions created by almost any form of acute disease especially
by acute or chronic gonorrhea;
b) certain drug poisons;
c) toxic conditions of the system resulting from hyperacidity or from large
amounts of ptomains, alkaloids, xanthins and other systemic poisons excreted
through the kidneys;
d) mechanical obstruction,
e) spastic or paralytic contraction;
f) inactivity of the kidneys.
The best and most efficient remedies in all such cases are cold bandages,
compresses, packs, and cold hip and sits baths. When the urinary organs
are in a sate of high inflammation the patient must remain in the hip or
sits bath for an hour or more at a time. While the bath must be cooling,
care should be taken not to chill the parts. The temperature must vary
according to the condition of the patient and his power of reaction. The
greater the internal heat, the colder may be the water and the oftener
it must be renewed.
Although the water or the bath is cold at the start, it will quickly warm
up to the body heat of the patient, and when it looses its coolness fresh
cold water should be added, In all cases where retention of urine is due
to acute inflammatory conditions, neurotherapy must be relaxing and inhibitory.
This will relieve the tension of the nerves and blood vessels and promote
the excretion of the urine from the kidneys and its discharge from the
bladder. Our coccygeal inhibition is of special value for this purpose.
This consists in lacing the thumbs on the right and left of the coccyx
(end of the spine) and exerting deep steady pressure for from three to
If the patient is too weak to use a sitz bath or an ordinary bathtub, cold
compresses, bandages and packs will be my best substitutes. The packs and
compresses must be changed before they became dry or hot, and should always
be followed by a quick cold rub with a rough towel dipped in cold water.
In cases of great weakness or collapse, where the skin is cold and pale
and the pulse weak, hot enemas of normal salt solution have a vivifying
effect. In such cases a brisk cold rub should be given all over the body
immediately after the hot enema. If suppression or retention of urine is
caused by weakness and prostration the hot enemas are the best means of
stimulating the urinary organs to renewed activity. The temperature of
these hot enemas may range from 101 to 115 degrees F, according to the
endurance of the patient. Warm enemas are usually followed by a more copious
flow of the urine, indicating that they have a relaxing effect upon the
kidneys and the bladder.
In cases of weakness, prostration and atrophy of the urinary organs, tonic
neurotherapy treatment is always of great value.
Treatment for Retention of Urine Due to Mechanical Obstruction. Obstruction
to the passage of the urine may be caused by stones, large clots of blood,
or by profuse excretion of mucous matter. In such cases the warm and even
hot sitz bath may be of good service on account of their relaxing effect
upon the tissues of the urinary organs. The passage of solid substance
through the ureters and the urethra may be greatly facilitated by gentle
downward stroking and manipulative treatment, also through relaxing neurotherapy
(coccygeal) treatment. For mechanical dilatation of the rectum, prostate
and urethra, see "Orificial Treatment"
for the Retention of Urine Due to Spastic Or Paralytic Conditions. This
occurs frequently after the use of irritating diuretics and in the wake
of hysteria and hypochondria. In all such cases lukewarm but cooling sitz
baths will be beneficial. The most important treatment in such cues consists
in inhibition of the nerve center by neurotherapy. In such cases, also,
mechanical and manipulative dilatation of rectum and urethra as described
under "Orificial Treatment", is indicated and often highly beneficial.
for Retention of Urine Due to Inactivity of the Kidneys. This condition
may be the result of chronic nephritis or of a clogging of the kidneys
through long continued food, drink and drug poisoning.
In order to cure this as well as all other chronic diseases the entire
system must undergo a complete regeneration through natural living and
treatment. But meanwhile the activity of the kidneys may be increased by
the use of mild stimulants such as juniper berries eaten raw or in the
form of tea. Kneipp's favorite prescription in such cases was as follows:
Take three berries the first day, five the second, seven the third, and
so on until the daily dose amounts to twenty one berries. Then the dose
is reduced in the same way at the rate of two berries per day. After the
course is completed a rest is taken for a few weeks and then the treatment
is repeated if necessary.
Berry Tea. This is prepared in the following manner: Upon half a dozen
or more macerated juniper berries pour half a cupful of boiling water.
Let this draw, and sip while warm. A little honey or maple or brown sugar
(unrefined) may be added if desired. Two such doses, or, in severe cases,
three doses may be taken in twenty-four hours.
Tea. The water in which fresh asparagus has been boiled for from ten to
fifteen minutes is also a mild and harmless diuretic. It may be taken in
half tea-cupful doses three or four times a day.
These special treatments for retention of urine should always be accompanied
by the general natural treatment, which tends to overcome the constitutional
diseases back of the local trouble.
LIGHT AND SUN BATHS
What Is the Cause of
Poor Skin Action?
naturally an "air animal". He breathes with the pores of the skin as well
as the lungs. However, the custom of hiding the body under dense, heavy
clothing, thus excluding it from the life giving influence of air and light,
together with the habit of warm bathing, has weakened and enervated the
skin of the average individual until it has lost its tonicity and is no
longer capable of fulfilling its natural functions.
The compact, almost air-tight layers of underwear and outer clothing made
of cotton, wool, silk and leather prevent the ventilation of the skin and
the escape of the morbid excretions of the body. Underwear, if worn at
all, should be light and of porous weave, just close enough to absorb the
perspiration but not close enough to prevent free escape of the poisonous
exhalations of the skin. Thorough ventilation of the skin insures perfect
evaporation of the perspiration, and this not only promotes cleanliness
but has a wonderfully cooling effect upon the body in the heat of summer.
skin is an organ of absorption as well as of excretion; consequently the
systemic poisons which are eliminated from the organism, if not removed
by proper ventilation and bathing, are reabsorbed into the system just
as the poisonous exhalations from the lungs are rein-haled and reabsorbed
by people congregating in closed rooms or sleeping in unventilated bedrooms.
think of keeping plants or animals continuously covered up, secluded from
air and light? We know they would wither and waste away, and die before
Nevertheless, civilized human beings have for ages hidden their bodies
most carefully from sun and air, which are so necessary to their well-being.
Is it any wonder that the human cuticle has become withered, enervated
and atrophied, that it has lost the power to perform its functions freely
and efficiently? Undoubtedly, this has much to do with the prevalence of
In the iris of the eye the atrophied condition of the skin is indicated
by a heavy, dark rim, called the "scurf rim". It signifies that the skin
has become anemic, the surface circulation sluggish and defective, and
that the elimination of morbid matter and systemic poisons through the
skin is handicapped and retarded. This, in turn, causes systemic poisoning
and favor the development of all kinds of acute and chronic diseases.
Importance of the Skin as an Organ of Elimination. Of late physiologists
have claimed that the skin is not of great importance as an organ of elimination.
Common experience and the diagnosis from the eye teach us differently The
black rim, seen more or less distinctly in the outer margin of the iris
in the eyes of the majority of people, has been called the "scurf rim"
because it was found that this dark rim appears in the iris after the suppression
of "scurfy" and other forms of skin eruptions, and after the external or
internal use of lotions, ointments and medicines containing mercury, zinc,
iodine, arsenic or other poisons which suppress or destroy the life and
activity of the skin.
Therefore, when we see in the iris of a person a heavy scurf rim, we can
tell him at once: "Your cuticle is in a sluggish, atrophied condition,
the surface circulation and elimination through the skin are defective
and as a result of this there is a strong tendency to systemic poisoning;
you take cold easily and suffer from chronic catarrhal conditions."
For the same reasons a heavy scurf rim indicates what is ordinarily called
a "scrofulous condition", it stands for impoverished and vitiated blood.
This certainly shows the great importance of the skin as an organ of elimination
and the necessity of keeping it in the best possible condition. It explains
why an atrophied skin has so much to do with the causation of disease and
why, in the treatment of both acute and chronic ailments, exposure to air
and cold water produce such wonderful results.
The favorite method of diagnosis employed by Father Kneipp, the great Water
Care apostle, was to examine the skin of his patients If the "jacket",
as he called it, was in fairly good condition he predicted a speedy recovery.
If he found the "jacket" shriveled and dry, weakened and atrophied, he
would shake his head and inform the patient that it would take much time
and patience to restore him to health. He, as well as other pioneers of
the Nature Cure movement, realized that elimination is the keynote in the
treatment of acute and chronic diseases.
to Take the Air bath. Everybody should take an air bath daily, for twenty
minutes or longer, if possible. It may be advantageously combined with
the morning cold rub and exercises.
Sixteen years ago we constructed the first open air bath on the roof of
our Chicago Sanitarium. I predicted in the Nature Cure Magazine that the
time would come when every up to date residence would have its air bath
as well as its facilities for water bathing. This prediction is already
being fulfilled. As a result of Nature Cure propaganda open air sleeping
porches, sun parlors and air baths are rapidly increasing in popularity.
All the hospitals built in the neighborhood of our Chicago Sanitarium have
brick and iron enclosures on the roofs, similar to air bath construction.
Their patients, however, still take the air and sun while heavily clothed
and thus fail to receive the full benefit of air and sunlight.
A regularly constructed air bath is open above (without roof) and surrounded
by shutter-like walls constructed of outward and downward sloping slats
mortised in the upright posts so as to allow free passage of air and exclude
any view of the interior from neighboring buildings. If surroundings permit,
it is better to have the air bath on the ground for reasons explained later.
This allows not only nude exposure to the air but also nude contact with
the earth that, in itself, is highly beneficial.
An air bath on the level ground may be enclosed by shutter work, by solid
board walls, or by canvas sheets. If possible, spend the hours of rest,
and perform such daily tasks as may be feasible, in the air bath.
If an open air bath cannot be provided, expose the body to air and light
in a room best located for the purpose. In the seclusion of this room remain
nude as much as possible. But, after all, the air of a room cannot have
the electromagnetic effect of moving currents of open air breezes, saturated
with ozone and sunlight. Many naturists, having experienced the benefits
of lying nude in bed, never again wear night clothing even though the bedroom
be swept through the night by vigorous breezes. These are the people who
have lost the habit of catching cold.
Only those who habitually practice air bathing can appreciate its soothing
and tonic effect upon the millions of nerve endings all over the surface
of the body. This explains the splendid results obtained by air, sun and
cold water bathing in cases of nervousness, neurasthenia, and emotional
and mental disorders. Several of the largest sanitariums in Europe depend
upon nothing but air bathing and rest for their curative effects in the
treatment of nervous disorders.
Enjoying the luxury of an open air bath one need not envy the bathers at
the seashore where police restrictions will not permit the appearance of
women without shoes and stockings.
Even among the adherents of natural healing methods there are those who
think that air and light baths should be taken out of doors in warm weather
only, and in winter time only in well heated rooms.
This is a mistake. The effect of the air bath upon the organism is subject
to the same law of action and reaction which governs the effect of water
If the temperature of air or water is the same, or nearly the same, as
that of the body no reaction takes place,—the conditions within the system
remain the same. But if the temperature of air or water is considerably
lower than the body temperature there will be a reaction.
In order to react against the chilling effect of cold air or water, the
nerve centers which control the circulation send the blood to the surface
in large quantities, flushing the skin with warm, red, arterial blood.
The flow of the blood stream is greatly accelerated and the elimination
of morbid matter on the surface of the body is correspondingly increased.
Bathing. All the good effects of air bathing are intensified by the influence
of sunlight. We will see that the effects of sunlight cannot be overestimated
when we consider that without it life on this planet would be impossible.
Everything that draws the breath of life depends for vital energy upon
the life-giving rays of the sun.
Beginners, however, must be careful not to expose the body to intense heat
and light for too long at a time. This might cause over-stimulation with
its inevitable reaction, or serious burns. From ten to fifteen minutes
may be sufficient to begin with. Dark skinned people, having more protective
pigment, can stand more exposure than can light skinned people. As the
skin bronzes or tans, exposure can be lengthened to twenty or thirty minutes,
and gradually to several hours at a time. In the summer time, many of our
patients spend all their leisure time in the air bath.
If possible the air bath should contain a spray so that a cold shower can
be taken in warm weather while exposed to the air and sun. Allow the body
to dry in the sun and air. The alternating influences of air, sunlight
and water are as beneficial to the human body as to plant and animal life.
Never miss an opportunity to take a nude rain bath.
People who are exceedingly sensitive to the effects of sunlight may at
least temporarily wear a wrap of white gauze, or seek shelter in shady
spots. In bright sunlight it is best to protect the head by a straw hat.
Those who are subject to excessive blood pressure to the brain should lay
a towel wrung out of cold water over the head.
Magnetism. While in the air bath, if we lie eat on the earth on the back
or stomach, we absorb the magnetism of Mother Earth. It is best to lie
with the head towards the north in the direction of the magnetic currents
of the earth. Such magnetic earth treatment is wonderfully soothing and
refreshing. A good deal of the beneficial effect of barefoot walking is
due to magnetic contact with the earth. In order to lie in harmony with
the great magnetic earth currents, beds should always be placed with their
heads to the north. Sensitives are strongly affected by lying crosswise
of the currents; it causes restlessness and disturbed sleep.
In many cases of chronic constipation we have observed splendid results
from lying on the stomach on the bare ground. The earth magnetism has a
tonic effect upon the solar plexus and other nerve ganglia of the sympathetic.
Good effects may be obtained while clothed, but nude contact with the earth
Brush Rub. While taking an air or sun bath rub the body thoroughly with
a dry bristle brush, beginning with one not too stiff. The movements should
be in one direction only. Sensitive persons prefer the stroking in the
direction of the nerves, from the spinal cord outward. This dry rub not
only stimulates skin action and circulation, but also removes dead cuticle
and impurities from the surface of the body.
are to the body what the bellows are to the fires of the forge. The more
regularly and vigorously the air is forced through the bellows and through
the lungs, the livelier burns the flame in the smithy and the fire of life
in the body.
Practice deep, regular breathing systematically for one week and you will
be surprised at the results. You will feel like a different person and
your working capacity, both physically and mentally, will be immensely
A plentiful supply of fresh air is more necessary than food and drink.
We can live without food for weeks, without water for days, but without
air only a few minutes.
Process of Breathing. With every inhalation, air is sucked in through the
windpipe or trachea which terminates in two tubes called bronchi one leading
to the right lung, one to the left. The air is then distributed over the
lungs through a network of minute tubes to the air cells, which are separated
only by a thin membrane from equally fine and minute blood vessels forming
another network of tubes.
The oxygen contained in the inhaled air passes freely through these membranes,
is absorbed by the blood, carried to the heart and hence through the arteries
and their branches to the different organs and tissues of the body, fanning
the fires of life into brighter flame all along its course and burning
up the waste products and poisons that have accumulated during the vital
processes of digestion, assimilation and elimination.
the blood has unloaded its supply of oxygen, it takes up the carbonic acid
gas which is produced during the oxidation and combustion of waste matter,
and carries it to the lungs where the poisonous gases are transferred to
the air cells and expelled with the exhaled breath. This return trip of
the blood to the lungs is made through another set of blood vessels, the
veins, and the blood, dark with the sewage of the system, is now called
In the linings the venous blood discharges its freight of excrementitious
poisons and gases, and by coming in contact with fresh air and a new&
supply of oxygen, it is again transformed into bright, red arterial blood,
pregnant with oxygen, the life sustaining element of the atmosphere.
This explains why normal, deep, regular breathing is all important to sustain
life and as a means of cure. By proper breathing, which exercises and develops
every part of the lungs, the capacity of the air cells is increased. This,
as we have learned, means also an increased supply of life sustaining and
health promoting oxygen to the tissues and organs of the body.
Effects of Shallow Breathing. Very few people breathe correctly. Some,
especially women with tight skirt-bands and corsets pressing upon their
vital organs, use only the upper part of their lungs. Others breathe only
with the lower part and with the diaphragm, leaving the upper structures
of the lungs inactive and partially collapsed.
In those parts of the lungs that are not used slimy secretions accumulate
and the tissues become devitalized. Thus a luxuriant soil is prepared for
the tubercle bacillus, pnueumococcus and other scavenger germs.
This habit of shallow breathing which does not allow the lungs to be thoroughly
permeated with fresh air, accounts in a measure for the fact that one third
of all deaths result from diseases of the lungs. To one individual perishing
from food starvation thousands are dying from oxygen starvation.
is more important than other branches of learning and training which require
more time and a greater outlay of money and effort. In the natural regimen
breathing exercises play an important part.
as are the elements of the air in the vital functions of the body, we take
in something with the breath that is more essential to life than oxygen,
and the is life itself. that which we call life force, which proceeds from
the one central Source of life, intelligence and creative force and permeates
all animate things in the sidereal universe, comes and goes, ebbs and flows
with the breath. Every living thing inhales and exhales "the breath of
life". This life force as it enters the organism is transmuted into the
electro-magnetic energies and other life elements and vitamines.
Directions. The effectiveness of breathing exercises and of all other kinds
of corrective movements depends upon the mental attitude during the time
of practice. Each motion should be accompanied by the conscious effort
to make it produce a certain result. Much more can be accomplished with
mental concentration, by keeping your mind on what you are doing, than
by performing the exercises in an aimless, indifferent way.
Keep in the open air as much as possible, and at all events sleep with
If your occupation be sedentary, take advantage of every opportunity for
walking out of doors.
While walking, breathe regularly and deeply, filling the lungs to their
fullest capacity and also expelling as much air as possible at each exhalation.
Undue strain should, of course, be avoided. This applies to all breathing
breathe through the mouth. Nature intends that outer air shall reach the
lungs by way of the nose, whose membranes are lined with fine hairs in
order to "'sift" the air, thus preventing foreign particles, dust and dirt,
from irritating the mucous linings of the air tract and entering the delicate
structures of the lungs. Also, the air is warmed and moistened before it
reaches the lungs by its passage through the nose.
Let the exhalations take about double the time of the inhalations. This
will be further explained in connection with rhythmical breathing.
Do not hold the breath between inhalations. Though frequently recommended
by teachers of certain methods of breath culture, this practice is more
harmful than beneficial.
Proper Standing Position. Of great importance is the position assumed habitually
by the body while standing and walking. Carelessness in this respect is
not only unpleasant to the beholder, but its consequences are far reaching
in their effects upon health and the well being of the organism.
On the other hand, a good carriage of the body aids in the development
of muscles and tissues generally, and in the proper functioning of cells
and organs in particular. With the weight of the body thrown upon the balls
of the feet and the center of gravity well focused, the abdominal organs
will stay in place and there will be no strain upon the ligaments that
In assuming the proper standing position, stand with your back to the wall,
touching it with heels, buttocks, shoulders and head. Now bend the head
backward and push the upper body forward and away from the wall, still
touching the wall with buttocks and heels. Straighten the head, keeping
the chest in the forward position. Now walk away from the wall and endeavor
to maintain this position while taking the breathing exercises and practicing
the various arm movements.
Take this position as often as possible during the day, and try to maintain
it as you go about your different tasks that must be performed while standing.
Gradually this position will become second nature, and you will assume
and maintain it gracefully and without effort.
When the body is in this position, ,the viscera are in their normal place.
This aids the digestion materially and benefits indirectly the entire functional
Persistent practice of the above will correct protruding abdomen and other
defects due to faulty position and carriage of the body.
Breathing exercises are intended especially to develop greater lung capacity
and to assist in forming the habit of breathing properly at all times.
The different movements should be repeated from three to six times, according
to endurance and the amount of time at disposal.
hands at sides or on hips, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, bringing
the entire respiratory apparatus into active play.
expand the chest and increase the air capacity of the lungs)
Jerk the shoulders forward in several separate movements, inhaling deeper
at each forward jerk. Exhale slowly, bringing the shoulders back to the
Reverse the exercise, jerking the shoulders backward in similar manner
while inhaling. Alternate the movements, forcing the shoulders first forward,
erect, arms at sides. Inhale, raising the arms forward and upward until
the palms touch above the head, at the same time rising on the toes as
high as possible. Exhale, lowering the heels, bringing the hands downward
in a wide circle until the palms touch the thighs.
erect, hands on hips. Inhale slowly and deeply, raising the shoulders as
high as possible, then, with a jerk, drop them as low as possible while
erect, hands at shoulders. Inhale, raising elbows sideways; exhale, bringing
elbows down so as to strike the sides vigorously.
deeply, then exhale slowly. While exhaling clap the chest with the palms
of the hands, covering the entire surface.
six exercises are essential and sufficient. The following tour may be practiced
by those who are able to perform them and who have time and inclination
to do so.)
erect, hands to sides. Inhale slowly and deeply, at the same time bringing
the hands, palms up, in front of the body to the height of the shoulders.
Exhale, at the same time turning the palms downward and bringing the hands
down in an outward circle.
12. Stand erect, the right arm raised upward, the left crossed behind the
back. Lean far back, then bend forward and touch the floor with the right
hand, without bending the knees, as far in front of the body as possible.
Raise the body to original posture, reverse position of arms, and repeat
the exercise. Inhale while leaning backward and changing position of arms,
exhale while bending forward.
erect, feet well apart, both arms raised. Lean back, inhaling, then bend
forward, exhaling, touching the floor with both hands between the legs
as far back as possible.
position, supporting the body on palms and toes. Swing the right hand upward
and backward, flinging the body to the left side, resting on the left hand
and the left foot. Return to original position, repeat the exercise, flinging
the body to the right side. Inhale while swinging backward, exhale while
returning to position.
is a large, flat muscle, resembling the shape of an inverted saucer, which
forms the division between the chest cavity and the abdominal cavity. By
downward expansion it causes the lungs to expand like wise and to suck
in the air. The pressure of air being greater on the outside of the body
than within, it rushes in and fills the vacuum created by the descending
diaphragm. As the diaphragm relaxes and returns to its original size and
position, the air is expelled from the body.
stimulate the action of the diaphragm, lie flat on floor or mattress, the
head unsupported. Relax the muscles all over the body, then inhale deeply
with the diaphragm only, raising the wall of the abdomen just below the
ribs without elevating either the chest or the lower abdomen. Take about
four seconds to inhale, then exhale in twice that length of time, contracting
the abdomen below the ribs.
Massage. (Fig. 8) Lie on your back on a bed or couch, knees raised. Relax
thoroughly, exhale, and hold the breath after exhalation. While doing so,
push the abdomen out and draw it in and up as far as possible each way.
Repeat these movements as long as You can hold the breath without straining,
then breathe deeply and regularly for several minutes, then repeat the
Next to deep breathing, I consider this practice of greater value than
any other physical exercise. It imparts to the intestines and other abdominal
organs a "washboard" motion which acts as a powerful stimulant to all the
organs in the abdominal cavity. Internal massage is especially beneficial
in chronic constipation.
This exercise may be performed also while standing or walking. It should
be practiced two or three times daily.
Exercises to Be Taken in Bed
hands at side, inhale slowly and deeply, as directed in Exercise No.1,
filling and emptying the lungs as much as possible, but without straining.
Practice first lying on the back, then on each side.
one, or two pound dumbbells.)
Position recumbent on back, arms extended sideways, dumbbells in hands.
Raise the arms with elbows rigid, cross arms over the chest as far as possible,
at the same time expelling the air from the lungs. Extend the arms to the
sides, inhaling deeply and raising the chest.
flat on the back, arms at sides. Grasping the dumbbells, extend the arms
backward over the head, inhaling. Leave them in this position for a few
seconds, then raise them straight above the chest, and lower them slowly
to the original position. Exhale during the second half of this exercise.
As a variation, cross the arms in front of the body instead of bringing
Breathing. We are told in the books of the Ancient Wisdom Religion of India
that the life force or prana enters through the nostrils; that in normal
rhythmical breathing exhalation and inhalation take place through one nostril
at a time—for about one hour through the right nostril and then for a like
period through the left nostril.
The breath entering through the right nostril creates positive electromagnetic
currents, which pass down the right side of the spine, while the breath
entering through the left nostril sends negative electromagnetic currents
down the left side of the spine. These currents are transmitted by way
of the nerve centers or ganglia of the sympathetic nervous system, which
is situated along side the spinal column, to all parts of the body.
In the normal, rhythmical breath, exhalation takes about twice the time
of inhalation. For instance, if inhalation require four seconds, exhalation,
including a slight natural pause before the new inhalation, requires eight
The balancing of the electromagnetic energies in the system depends to
a large extent upon this rhythmical breathing, hence the importance of
deep, unobstructed, rhythmic exhalation and inhalation.
In order to establish the natural rhythm of the breath when it has been
impaired through catarrhal affections, wrong habits of breathing or other
'causes, practice water sniffing (Sec. I, No.2), and the following exercise,
not less than three times a day (preferably in the morning upon arising,
at noon and at night). This will prove very beneficial in promoting normal
breathing and creating the right balance between the positive and the negative
electromagnetic energies in the organism.
Alternate Breath. Exhale thoroughly, then close the right nostril and inhale
through the left. After a slight pause change the position of the fingers
and expel the breath slowly through the right nostril. Now inhale through
the right nostril and, reversing the pressure upon the nostrils, exhale
through the left.
Repeat this exercise from five to ten times, always allowing twice as much
time for exhalation as for inhalation. That is, count three or four or
six for inhalation and six, eight or twelve, respectively, for exhalation,
according to your lung capacity. Let your breaths be as deep and long as
possible but avoid all strain.
This exercise should always be performed before an open window or, better
yet, in the open air, and the body should not be constricted and hampered
by tight or heavy clothing.
Alternate breathing may be practiced standing, sitting or in the recumbent
position. The spine should at all times be held straight and free. If taken
at night the effect of this exercise will be to induce calm, restful sleep.
While practicing the alternate breath, fix your attention and concentrate
your power of will upon what you are trying to accomplish. As you inhale
through the right nostril will the magnetic currents to flow along the
right side of the spine, and as you inhale through the left nostril consciously
direct the currents to the left side.
There is more virtue in this exercise than one would suspect, considering
its simplicity. It has been in practice among the Yogi of India since time
The wise men of India knew that with the breath they absorbed not only
the physical elements of the air but life itself. They taught that this
primary force of all forces, from which all energy is derived, ebbs and
flows in rhythmical breath through the created universe. Every living thing
is alive by virtue of and by partaking of this cosmic breath.
The more positive the demand, the greater the supply.
while breathing deeply and rhythmically in harmony with the universal breath,
will to open yourself more fully to the inflow of the life force from the
source of all life in the innermost parts of your being.
This intimate connection of the individual soul with 'the great reservoir
of life must exist. Without it life would be an impossibility.
the alternate breathing exercises are very valuable for overcoming obstructions
In the air passages, for establishing the habit of rhythmic breathing and
for refining and accelerating the vibratory activities on the physical
and spiritual planes of being, they must be Practiced with great caution
these, and other Yogi breathing exercises, are powerful means for developing
abnormal psychical conditions. They are therefore especially dangerous
to those who are already inclined to be physically and mentally negative
and sensitive. Such persons must avoid all practices which tend to refine
excessively the physical body and to develop prematurely and abnormally
the sensory organs of the spiritual body. The most dangerous of these methods
are long extended fasting, raw food diet (that is, a diet consisting of
fruits, nuts, oils and raw vegetables and excluding the dairy products),
Yogi breathing and "sitting in the silence"—that is, sitting in darkness,
in seclusion or in company with others, while keeping the mind in a passive,
receptive condition for extraneous impressions. These practices tend to
develop very dangerous phases of abnormal and subjective psychism such
as clairvoyance, clairaudience, mediumship and obsession.
overeating, lack of exercise in the natural way is one of the leading causes
of weakness and ill health. This is true because Nature in her wisdom so
planned the mechanics and physiology of animal life that activity is essential
to maintain normal conditions.
In all our preventive and curative work it is of the greatest importance
that we study carefully Nature's laws and Nature's methods and provide
conditions as nearly as possible in harmony with them. In this way we may
derive much help by studying the wonderful correspondences between vegetable,
animal and human life based on the unit of life, the primitive single cell.
In the plant kingdom we find that activity or exercise of the unit cell
is provided for by the wind, rain, and by changes in temperature and light.
In the animal kingdom exercise is called forth by the search for food,
by play and by aggressive and defensive warfare. In the human kingdom exists
the same necessity for activity in search for food, provision for shelter,
in play, and in defense against Nature's destructive forces and against
animal and human enemies.
But man, loving leisure better than exertion and being a free moral agent,
has followed the lines of least resistance. He enslaved the horse to draw
his vehicles; invented railroad carriages, automobiles, bicycles and all
kinds of labor saving machinery in order to gain speed and to avoid the
necessity for physical exertion. The unnatural conditions of civilized
society have overburdened some with hard physical labor and condemned others
to indoor, sedentary occupations which compel almost complete physical
Systematic, corrective exercises are needed to counterbalance both extremes.
Most persons who have to work hard physically are under the impression
that they need not take special exercise.' This, however, is a mistake.
In nearly all kinds of physical labor only parts of the body are called
into action, certain sets of muscles are exercised while others remain
inactive. This favors unequal development which is injurious to the organism
as a whole.
It is most necessary that the ill effects of such one sided activity be
counteracted by exercise and movements that bring into active play all
the different parts of the body, especially those that are neglected during
the hours of work.
Hard gymnastic exercises such as weight lifting, boxing, wrestling and
athletic feats which require great physical exertion are not conducive
to normal development and longevity. On the contrary, steady, hard physical
labor and severe, long continued gymnastic and athletic training over-stimulate
and overdevelop the muscular structures of the body at the expense of the
vital organs and of the brain and nervous system. They cause a "muscle
bound" condition which means congestion of the blood in the fleshy parts
and a deficiency in the vital organs, the brain and nervous system.
This tends to coarsen the body. The animal nature in time reveals itself
in outward appearance in the coarsening of the features, in the disproportionate
and distorted physique, and in stunted intellectual and esthetic development.
For these reasons Natural Therapeutic philosophy does not favor strenuous
physical and physiological exercise, but advises the lighter forms of physiological
combined with psychological exercise.
from breathing gymnastics, general exercises should be taken every day.
In case of illness or deformity special corrective and curative exercises
should be taken.
Physical exercise has effects upon the system similar to hydrotherapy,
massage and neurotherapy. It stirs up the morbid accumulations in the tissues,
stimulates the arterial and venous circulation, expands the lungs to their
fullest capacity, thereby increasing the intake of oxygen, and most effectively
promotes the elimination of waste and morbid materials through the skin,
kidneys, bowels and the respiratory tract.
Furthermore, well adapted, systematic physical exercises tend to relax
and soften contracted and hardened muscles and ligaments and other connective
tissues and to tone up those tissues which are weakened and abnormally
relaxed. Such exercises should always be prescribed during and after the
correction of lesions of the spinal column and of other parts of the framework
of 'the body.
Regular physical exercise means increased blood supply, improved nutrition
and better drainage for all the vital organs of the body. By means of systematic
exercise, combined with deep breathing, the liberation and distribution
of electromagnetic energy in the system is also greatly prompted.
Increased physical activity means increased oxidation of fuel and of waste
materials which in turn necessitates a greater intake of oxygen and compels
deeper and more rhythmic breathing. This means not only a fuller intake
of the elements of the air, but also a greater inflow of the life force
itself. This primary force of all forces comes and goes, ebbs and flows
in all living beings with inspiration and expiration.
The Hindu wise men call life the "breath of Brahm". Some use the expression
"breath is life". To this I cannot subscribe. I would say breathing is
the mechanical and physiological vehicle through which the life elements
enter living forms. From this it follows that the deeper and more regular
and more rhythmical the breathing, the greater the inflow of the life force
into the living organism.
As it enters the body through the sympathetic nervous system it is transmuted
on the physical plane into electromagnetic energy; on the vegetable plane
into vitochemical energy; on the animal plane into mental and emotional
energy; and on the human plane, into the higher psychical activities. Each
plane in addition to its higher properties retains the properties of the
lower life elements. These life elements of natural philosophy are identical
with the "newly discovered" vitamins of orthodox medical science.
Systematic physical exercise is an absolute necessity for brain workers
and those following sedentary occupations. They not only need breathing
gymnastics and corrective movements mornings and evenings, but should take
regular daily walks no matter what the condition of the weather. Unless
they do this faithfully their circulation will become sluggish and the
organs of elimination inactive. The cells and tissues of the body will
gradually become clogged with morbid encumbrances and this will inevitably
lead to physical and mental deterioration.
persons and those suffering from malignant diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis,
heart trouble, asthma, or front displacements and ruptures, or who are
liable to apoplectic seizures, etc., should not take these or any other
vigorous exercises except under the supervision of a competent physician.
b) At least twice a day all parts of the respiratory apparatus should be
thoroughly exercised (Sec. XXI). Deep breathing should accompany every
corrective movement, whether it be a special breathing exercise or not.
c) Begin the exercises each day with light movements and change gradually
to more vigorous ones, then reverse the process, ending with light relaxing
d) When beginning to take systematic exercise do not make the separate
movements too vigorous or continue them too long. If any of them cause
pain or considerable strain omit them until the body becomes stronger and
more flexible. The muscular soreness often resulting from exercise at the
beginning is, as a rule, of little consequence and soon disappears. The
various movements should be practiced in spite of it, because that is the
only way to relieve and overcome this condition.
e) Stop when you begin to feel tired.—Never overdo. You should feel refreshed
and relaxed after exercising, not tired and shaky.
f) Do not take vigorous exercise of any kind within an hour and a half
after eating, nor immediately before meals. It is a good plan to rest and
relax thoroughly for about fifteen minutes before sitting down to the table.
g) Whenever practicable exercise out of doors. If indoors perform the movements
near an open window or where there is a current of fresh air.
h) Exercise undressed, if possible, or in a regular gymnasium suit that
gives free play to all the muscles. If dressed, loosen all tight clothing.
Women preferably should wear bloomers and loose blouse or smock. Of course
no corsets should be worn, and but a single union undergarment of loosely
knit light weight cotton. If a dress is worn it should be a simple, loose,
one piece garment, short and full enough of skirt not to interfere with
free leg movements. If shoes are worn they should be without heels, like
tennis or gymnasium oxfords, wide enough to allow the toes to spread naturally
when the weight is upon them.
i) Always relax physically and mentally before taking exercise.
j) Apparatus is not necessary to produce results. However, dumbbells, wands
or Indian clubs may be used but they should not be too heavy. One pound
dumbbells are sufficiently heavy in most cases. The exercises here described
are intended for muscular control, flexibility, improvement of the circulation
and increased activity of the vital functions rather than for mere animal
In the following paragraphs we offer a selection of corrective movements
graduated from the more simple to those requiring considerable agility
In practicing these exercises, it is best to alternate them, that is, to
select, say, six or seven movements suited to individual conditions with
a view to securing all-around general development and special practice
for those parts and organs of the body that need extra attention. The time
at your disposal will also have to be considered.
Practice these exercises daily for a week. For the following week select
six different exercises, then six more for the third week and so on, supplementing
the list here given as may be required by your particular needs. Then start
all over again in a similar manner.
This is better than to do the same stunts every day. It promotes all round
development of the body and keeps the interest from flagging.
the arms forward (at the same time beginning to inhale), upward above the
head, and backward as far as possible, bending back the head and inhaling
deeply. Now exhale slowly, at the same time lowering arms and head and
bending the body downward until the fingers touch the toes. Keep the knees
straight. Inhale again, raising arms upward and backward as before. Repeat
from six to ten times.
For exercising the muscles between the ribs and the abdominal muscles in
slowly and deeply, with arms at side. Now exhale and at the same time bend
to the left as far as possible, raising the right arm straight above the
head and keeping the left arm close to the side of the body. Assume the
original position with a quick movement, at the same time inhaling. Exhale
as before, bending to the right and raising the left arm. Repeat a number
For making the chest flexible. Also excellent for the digestive organs.
9 a, b, c) Chest Stretcher. This exercise must be performed vigorously,
the movements following one another in rapid succession.
erect Throw the arms backward so that the palms touch (striving to bring
them higher with each repetition), at the same time rising on the toes
and inhaling. Without pausing, throw the arms forward and across the chest,
the right arm uppermost, striking the back with both hands on opposite
sides, at the same time exhaling and lowering the toes. Throw the arms
back immediately, touching palms, rising on toes and inhaling as before,
then bring them forward and across the chest again, left arm uppermost
Repeat from ten to twenty times.
An excellent massage and vibratory movement for the lungs.
for filling out scrawny necks and hollow chests:
a) Stand erect. Without raising or lowering the chin and without bending
the neck; push the head forward as far as possible, then relax. Repeat
a number of times. Push the head straight back in similar manner, making
an effort to push it farther back each time. Do not bend the neck. Repeat
b) Stand erect. Bend the head toward the right shoulder as far as possible,
then relax. Do not rotate the head. Repeat.
Bend the head to the left shoulder in a similar manner, then alternate
the two movements.
c) Stand erect. Bend the head forward as far as possible, making an effort
to bring it down farther each time. Relax.
Bend the head backward as far as possible.
Bend the head, first forward, then backward. Repeat.
5. For exercising the muscles of the chest and the upper arm:
Stand erect, elbows to sides, hands closed on chest, thumbs inward. Thrust
out the arms vigorously and quickly, first straight ahead, then to the
sides, then straight up, then straight downward, then backward. Repeat
each movement a number of times, then alternate them, each time bringing
back arms and hands to the original position quickly and forcefully.
As a variation, raise the elbows sideways to shoulder height with fists
on shoulders, then strike vigorously as before, opening the palms and stretching
the fingers with each thrust. Repeat from ten to twenty times, or until
erect, hands on hips. Keeping the legs straight, rotate the trunk upon
the hips, bending first forward, then to the right, then backward, then
to the left. Repeat a number of times, then rotate in the opposite direction.
Especially valuable to stir up a sluggish liver.
flat on your back on a bed or, better still, a mat on the floor, hands
under head. Without bending knees, raise the right leg as high as possible
and lower it slowly. Repeat a number of times, then raise the other leg,
then alternate. As the abdomen becomes stronger, raise both legs at once,
keeping knees straight. It is important that the legs be lowered slowly.
For exercising the abdominal muscles and strengthening the pelvic organs.
This and the following exercise are especially valuable for remedying female
10) Lie flat on back, arms folded on chest. Place the feet under a chair
or bed to keep them in position. Raise the body to a sitting posture, keeping
knees, back and neck straight. Lower the body slowly to its original position.
Repeat from five to ten times, according to strength.
position (feet about one half yard apart). Raise the arms sideways until
even with the shoulders, then, without bending the back, rotate the trunk
upon the hips, first to the right, then to the left.
As a variation of this exercise, rotate from the waist only, keeping the
An excellent massage for the internals organs.
Stride-stand position, arms raised sideways. Bend to the right until the
hand touches the floor, left arm raised high. Resume original position.
Repeat several times, then bend to the left side, then alternate.
Stride-stand position. Clasp the hands above the left shoulder. Swing the
arms downward and between the legs bending well forward. Return to position
and repeat a number of times, then repeat with hands on right shoulder,
Clasp hands over head, elbows straight. Bend the trunk to the right and
left side alternately and without pausing, a number of times.
erect, feet together. Jump to the stride-stand position, at the same time
raising arms sideways to shoulders, jump back to original position and
lower arms. Repeat from ten to twenty times.
flat on back, arms at side, legs straight. Raise both legs till they are
they are at right angles with the body. From this position sway legs to
the right and left side alternately.
fiat on back, arms extended over head. Swing arms and legs upward simultaneously,
touching the toes with the hands in midair, balancing the body on the hip
bones and lower part of spine. Return to original position and repeat.
This is a difficult and strenuous exercise, and should not be attempted
11) Lie flat on stomach, hands under shoulders, palms downward, fingers
turned inward, about six inches apart. This will give free play to the
muscles of the chest. Raise the upper half of the body on the hands and
arms as high as possible, keeping the body straight Return to position
and repeat until slightly fatigued.
position as before. Raise the entire body on hands and toes, keeping arms
and legs straight. Return to relaxed position and repeat the exercise.
As a variation, sway forward and backward while in the raised position.
flat on stomach, arms extended in front. Fling the arms upward and raise
the upper part of the body as high as possible, keeping the legs straight.
Return to position and repeat but avoid excessive strain.
position as before, but hands on hips or clasped in back. Raise upper part
of body without assistance from hands or arms.
chair motion. Sit on a mat or bed, legs straight, arms at side. Recline
so that the upper part of the body almost touches the mat, at the same
time swinging the legs upward. Return to original position and repeat without
any pause between the movements, rocking back and forth until slightly
As you get stronger, clasp the hands behind the head.
As a variation, rock with the knees bent, hands clasped below them.
Special Exercises for
Reducing Flesh and Strengthening the Abdominal Organs
flat on stomach, heels and toes together, hands stretched out in front.
Fling head and arms upward, at the same time raising the legs, knees straight.
position, hands clasped on back, feet together. Roll from side to side.
flat on back, seize a bar (bed rail or rung of chair) just behind the head.
Keeping the feet close together, raise the legs as high as possible, then
swing them from side to side. As a variation, swing legs in a circle without
flexing the knees.
position. Raise and lower the legs without letting them touch the floor,
keeping the knees straight.
flat on the back, fold the hands loosely across the stomach. Raise and
lower the upper body without quite touching the floor.
erect, heels together, arms raised above the head. Bend forward and downward,
endeavoring to place the palms of the hands on the floor in front of the
body without flexing the knees. Return slowly to original position and
erect, hands on hips. Keeping the body motionless from the hips downward,
sway the upper part of the body from side to side and forward and backward,
and in a circle to right and left.
erect raise the arms above the head. Rotate the trunk upon the hips with
extended arms, bending as far as possible in each direction, but avoiding
undue strain. These are strenuous movements and should not be carried to
excess or performed very long at a time.
Physical Exercise for
who are very weak and unable to be on their feet for any length of time
need not, for this reason, forego the benefits to be derived from systematic
A low chair, with straight or very slightly curved back and no arms, or
a rocking chair of similar construction with a wedge placed under the rockers
in such a manner as to keep the chair steady at a suitable angle, is well
adapted to the practice of a number of corrective movements, such as rotating
of hips and waist, forward and sideward bending of the trunk, the various
arm and neck exercises, bending and twisting of feet and toes, and the
internal massage. (Sec. XXI No.16.)
ever so often go through the ordinary forms of physical gymnastic exercises
in a listless, inattentive way without deriving much benefit aside from
a certain amount of development of the muscular structures. In order to
derive from exercise genuine curative effects, mind and will must govern
and vitalize the purely physical activity.
While it is true that the vital activities of the living organism continue
independently of the individual consciousness, being under the control
of the universal intelligence, we can learn to reinforce and to stimulate,
or if necessary to relax and soothe the vital activities by the exercise
of our own intelligence and power of will. This is proved by the following
experiments: Let a physical culture class perform certain feats in weight
lifting, instruct them to use all the physical energy at their disposal,
and carefully record the results as to the amount of weight lifted, length
of time required, etc. Then give to the class some brief explanation of
the power of mind over matter and over the physical constituents of the
body, and ask them to exert the power of their will to the uttermost while
repeating the same feats. It will be found that the lifting power of the
members of the class, thus reinforced by intellectual effort and the power
of the will, can be increased from one third to one half.
I have seen a weak little woman under the control of a hypnotist display
sufficient physical energy to overcome the concentrated efforts of four
strong men to lift her from the floor or to move her from her place. I
have seen her lift weights which could not be raised by two or three strong
men. On another occasion I saw a weak boy carry the hypnotist, a man weighing
over a hundred and seventy pounds, on his outstretched, unsupported arm.
The hypnotist in these Cases was not reinforcing his subjects by his own
muscular strength. Their greatly increased physical strength and stamina
was entirely due to the power of his will, acting on their subconscious
minds through hypnotic control. I have explained the nature of this phenomenon
more fully in Chapter XXX, Vol. I.
I do not mean by this to extol the practice of hypnotism, which is always
destructive in its effect upon the mind and soul of the subject as well
as of the hypnotist, but these phenomena give us a marvelous demonstration
of the power of concentrated will over matter and over the physical organism.
The cells and organs making up the great commonwealth of the human body
should be under the complete control of mind and will. The cells, tissues
and organs of the body are or should be physiologically and psychologically
negative to the positive mind. In most people the normal polarity is reversed.
Their minds and souls are negative and subjective to the constituents of
the physical body. The slightest pain or discomfort fills their minds with
fear and anxiety.
There is no better method to establish normal polarity,—the dominion of
the conscious mind over the cells, tissues and organs of the body,—than
systematic psychological exercise. Such exercise does not depend so much
upon physical exertion as upon the action of mind and will on the nerves
and nerve centers which control physical activity.
For instance, if the shutting and opening of the hands is intensified by
mental effort and by the conscious exertion of the will, it will be of
more benefit to the vitalizing of the muscular structures of the arm, as
well as to the energizing of the brain and nerve centers concerned in the
transaction, than the lifting of heavy weights which would unduly exercise
the fleshy structures at the expense of the brain and nerve centers!
Psychological exercise becomes still more valuable for the strengthening
of mental control over physical activity when the tensing of one part is
accompanied by the relaxing of the companion part, for instance, when the
tensing and bending of one arm is accompanied by simultaneous relaxation
and unbending of the other arm. The same principle may be applied to all
other companion parts of the body in so far as this is possible. The conscious
tensing and relaxing exercises must be accompanied always by deep, rhythmic
From the foregoing it becomes apparent that psychological exercise is one
of the most important methods in the treatment of physical disease; for
anything and everything that helps to normalize and energize the functions
of the body remove the underlying causes of disease.
of Psychological Exercises on Mental and Psychical Ailments
treatment of mental and psychical disorders, psychological exercise is
of special importance and of wonderful efficacy in bringing about improvement
and cure where in the nature of the case that is at all possible. In all
mental and psychical derangements one of the primary manifestations is
a weakening of reason, will and self control and the gradual loss of coordination
between mental and physical activities and the increasing loss of control
of the mind and will over the physical functions of the body.
reasons before explained it becomes evident that there can be no better
way to strengthen will power and self-control, to reestablish coordination
of mental and physical functions and thereby to strengthen the control
of mind and will over the body and indirectly in other directions, than
by systematic psychological exercises. It is, therefore, one of the most
important features in our institution in the treatment of mental, emotional
and psychical diseases.
outdoor work sufficient to produce good perspiration, where one is in closest
touch with Mother Nature, is the best of all exercise for human beings.
The work itself should be constructive to the extent that it provides some
of the necessities of human life and calls forth the best instincts of
human nature. There is none better than the tilling of the soil for the
production of vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Elimination through perspiration produced by vigorous outdoor work,—bareheaded
and barefooted,—is best of all. Such natural activity should precede eating.
Numerous experiments have demonstrated that perspiration resulting from
actual work or play is far more effective in the elimination of morbid
matter from the human body than perspiration induced by steam baths, hot
air, electric light baths or other artificial contrivances. It is also
true that actual outdoor exercise in the shape of work or play produces
much better results than exercise taken with special apparatus in heated
Next to the tilling of the soil, outdoor play is one of the best forms
of exercise—such games as lawn tennis, golf, volley ball, football or baseball
bring into activity the whole muscular system, provide the best possible
exercise for the lungs, the heart and the vital organs, and at the same
time call forth intense brain activity and concentration of mind by the
competition and rivalry.
Next to outdoor sport, the best natural form or exercise is walking. To
attain the best results walks should be taken not alone but in company
with some congenial companion. Select some objective point and make the
walk vigorous and rapid, the arms swinging free from the shoulders, the
breathing deep and vigorous, the carriage of the body erect. Now and then
take a "chest lift". This is done while walking. Hold the entire body erect,
draw in a breath; after a few seconds, without exhaling, draw in another
and after a further interval of a few seconds, still another. After the
third inhalation vigorously expel all the air. The object of this is to
inflate the chest to its fullest capacity.
Four or five miles are not too much for a good vigorous walk, although
one or two miles a day may be all the average city dweller can afford.
To get the best results from any form of exercise the clothing should be
removed immediately afterward and a cold rub or cold sponge bath taken,
followed by a brisk rub with a dry towel. This in turn should be followed
by a few minutes rest or thorough relaxation in order to allow the system
to resume its normal functions.
Since a large proportion of people who live in cities find it absolutely
impossible in their regular daily life to take natural exercise in the
shape of work, play or walking, they must have some substitute in the way
of indoor exercise. Many people believe that the chief object of exercise
is to develop large muscles and unusual strength, and for that purpose
all kinds of special apparatus, weights and various other contrivances
have been devised and sold at fancy prices.
Apparatus is entirely unnecessary for good physical development and for
maintaining normal health. The leading authorities on physical culture
agree that best results may be obtained by the simple exercises, resisting,
tensing and relaxing, without the use of weights or special apparatus.
Exercise in order to produce best results must be regular. Set aside a
certain time each day for this purpose and adhere to it. The body becomes
accustomed to duties of this kind, performed at regular times each day.
The entire reserve force of the organism is brought into play at these
times and great benefit is derived not only from the physical effects but
also from the concentration of mind and will on the work in hand, and this
will gradually extend to all other forms of physical and mental occupations.
The following simple movements cover the whole range of psychological exercise.
They may be modified or added to according to individual needs. The number
of times each shall be done also depends upon individual conditions and
requirements. Never hold the breath while exercising. At first continue
the exercises until slight fatigue is felt. On an average fifteen to twenty
times will be enough for each movement.
As a final warning, remember that tensing in the sense used in these directions
does not mean straining. Tensing to the point of straining and exhaustion
would be decidedly harmful.
erect, hands on chest, extend arms forward with a jerk, horizontally from
the shoulders, tensing all muscles at the end of the movement. This should
be done at the rate of about one movement per second.
as No. 1, except that the arms are extended downwards at the sides full
out from the shoulder alternately with each arm, aiming at some imaginary
point in front of you.
the fist tightly and strike a vigorous Mow from the left hip towards the
right ear and across the shoulders. Alternate with the right. As before,
end the movement by tensing all muscles.
erect, bring up the knees alternately as high as possible, stopping the
movement by tensing all the muscles.
erect, make a vigorous kick toward the front, first with the left and then
with the right. Bring the leg to a sudden stop by tensing all the muscles.
Extend the toes as far forward as possible when making the kick. The value
of this exercise depends on the energy put into it. Do the same by kicking
toward the rear.
12) Stand erect. Clinch the right fist, contract the arm, and bring the
hand up under the right shoulder, raising the shoulder in the meantime
as far as possible, and tensing all the muscles at the end of the stroke.
Do this alternately with the left hand. While tensing one arm, relax the
13 a, b) Take an ordinary bath towel, grasp one end in the right hand,
over the right shoulder, pass the left hand around below the waist and
grasp the other end. Now raise the right arm to an extended position, resisting
with the left arm Change to the left arm over the shoulder and the right
arm down to the hips. The resistance must be continuous from the starting
of the movement to the return to the first position.
14) Grasp one end of a Turkish towel with the right hand raised to the
shoulder, and the other end with the left hand raised to the shoulder,
the towel passing behind the neck. Extend the right arm full length, resisting
with the left arm. Return to first position, continuing the resistance
until the movement is ended. Repeat this exercise with the towel passing
in front of the neck.
erect, with both arms extended downward; tense the muscles of the upper
forearm, hand extended, and raise the right hand to the shoulder, resisting
the biceps muscles in the upper arm by the triceps muscles. Return to the
original position, still tensing above muscles, at the same time raising
the left arm to the shoulder.
the arms out to the sides in horizontal position, tense all the muscles
of the arms and shoulders, and bring the arms down close to the body. Repeat.
15) Raise the arms high above the shoulders and a little backward, tense
all the muscles, and circle the arms outward and down in front of the body,
crossing the hands in front of the abdomen, as shown in cut.
16 a, b) Raise the hands straight above the head, inhaling a full breath;
gradually assume a squatting position as close to the floor as you can
get, with the arms down between the knees, the head bent over, and the
diaphragm muscle contracted. This is for the purpose of expelling all the
air from the lungs.
erect, with arms high over the shoulders. Bend over and touch the floor
in front of the feet with the hands, the feet remaining flat on the floor,
and the knees stiff. On returning to upright position tense the muscles
in the small of the back.
17) Stand erect, raise the right arm fully extended, swing it up over the
head, bend the body as far as possible straight to the left, keeping both
feet solid upon the floor; then swing the body as far as possible to the
right, raising the left arm and lowering the right. Keep both feet solidly
on the floor. Tense the muscles of the arms while doing the exercise.
Stand erect, place the hands on the hips, the feet firmly on the floor,
as shown in cut. Twist the body slowly to the right and then slowly to
the left. Do not move the feet. Tense the muscles of the back and abdomen
at the extreme end of each movement, and turn the head as far as possible
in the direction of each movement.
flat upon the floor or upon a bed, arms extended above the head. Raise
the arms and the head and shoulders as far as possible from the floor contracting
or tensing the muscles of the abdomen. Relax, and lie again upon the floor.
Raise the hollow of the back from the floor, drawing the hips up towards
the shoulders, contracting or tensing the muscles of the back.
19) Lie flat upon the floor, arms extended above head. Now raise both feet
up over the chest, tensing muscles of the abdomen. This exercise flay be
made more strenuous by tensing the muscles of the legs and raising them
up and down from five to ten times without touching the floor. Also extend
the arms above the head and grasp an iron bedstead or any other apparatus
available, with the hands; then raise the logs from the floor and gradually
the hips, until the legs pass over and beyond the head. You may also swing
the legs from one side to another or in circle.
erect. Have the head well poised; bend it as far forward as possible till
the chin touches the chest, and then as far backward as possible, without
moving the body.
Second, have the head well poised, and turn the head over to the right
as far as possible, endeavor to touch the shoulder, then to the left as
far as possible.
20) Have the head well poised and turn it to the right and left alternately
without moving the body. While doing this exercise tense the muscles of
the neck, and if desired, you may resist the neck movements by either hand.
erect, heels close together, raise the body on the toes as high as possible.
Resume normal position, lift the feet, the heels remaining on the floor.
Repeat this with the feet ten inches apart. Repeat again with the feet
eighteen inches apart.
cold feet sit upon a box or bench or chair high enough so that the feet
swing clear of the floor; work the ankle joints vigorously, raising the
ball of the foot as far as possible toward the knee, and then lowering
it as far as possible. Do this for about one minute to begin with, and
gradually increase to from two to five minutes. This will start the circulation
of the blood in the feet.
21) Raise arms horizontally at sides, palms up. Contract right arm bringing
fist toward head and turning the face toward it simultaneously, resisting
biceps muscle with triceps muscle, left arm extended outward relaxed-reverse
22 a, b) Hands on chest. Raise elbows up as high as possible and down again.
Inhale while raising. Exhale while lowering. Then reverse.
TREATMENT FOR THE EYES
of the eyes, as well as that of all other parts of the body, depends upon
perfect nutrition, drainage and nerve supply. Diseases of the eyes, unless
caused by external injury, excessive strain under inadequate light or by
exposure to brilliant light, are due to constitutional conditions.
The sensory organs do not weaken and become diseased unless there is something
wrong with the three primary life requirements-nutrition, drainage and
nerve supply. Most of the work of eye specialists, as long as they do not
treat constitutional causes, is, therefore, not curative but symptomatic
The delicate mechanism of the eye becomes easily obstructed with pathogenic
encumbrances which cause interference with the free circulation of blood,
lymph and nerve currents. Cataract is nothing but an infiltration of the
lens with pathogenic materials.
The same uric acid, oxalic acid and crystalloid earthy substances that
form deposits in the rheumatic joints also accumulate in the lenses of
the eyes and cause them to become milky and impervious to light. All the
various forms of inflammations of the eye, if not caused by injury from
without are due to pathogenic obstruction, like all other forms of inflammation
in the body.
The natural treatment of the eyes, therefore, aims to remove pathogenic
encumbrances and to adjust the mechanical lesions or abnormalities in such
a way as to establish perfect nutrition, drainage and nerve supply. This
accomplished, ailments of the eyes become a thing of the past and good
sight may be maintained to the end of life.
From the foregoing it follows that the treatment of the eyes must begin
in the first place with the natural treatment of the body as a whole. This
is accomplished by faithful adherence to the regimen for wholesome living
outlined in Sec. I.
This, with neurotherapy, has in many instances sufficed to cure serious
chronic ailments of the eyes. Many people have come to us for the treatment
of chronic constitutional disease, not expecting their weakened eyes to
be especially benefited, believing this to be impossible. They were most
pleasantly surprised when they found that together with constitutional
improvement came also much better eyesight and keener hearing.
But hand in hand with constitutional regeneration should also go special
treatment of the eyes themselves. This consists in an adaptation of several
important natural methods of treatment; namely, hydrotherapy, eye gymnastics
and massage. In many cases it may be necessary to supplement this combination
by neurotherapy in order to correct mechanical lesion and abnormalities
in the spinal column and nerve tissues which may interfere with the blood
and nerve supply of the eyes and with adequate drainage.
Treatment. For the eye bath the temperature of the water should be as cold
as the sensitive eyeball can stand, but not cold enough to cause serious
discomfort. A few grains of salt may be added to make the water slightly
a) Submerge forehead and eyes in a basin of water, open and close the lids
under water from six to eight times. Repeat a few times.
b) Fill a glass or aluminum eyecup (which can be bought in any drug store
or department store) with water, bend the head forward and press the cup
securely against the eye; then bend backward and open and shut the lid
a number of times.
c) Bend over a stream of water running from a faucet or over a large dish
containing cold water of natural temperature as it comes from the hydrant
or well; then scoop up the water in the hollow of the hands and throw it
into the open eyes, at the same time move the eyeballs sideways in circular
or up and down motion. This is done in order to permit the water to reach
all parts of the eyeball equally.
The cold bathing is continued until the eyes cease smarting and perfect
reaction is established. This may require about a minute.
and Vibratory Treatment. We have learned in other parts of these volumes
that massage has very much the same effect upon the circulation of the
blood, lymph and nerve currents as hydropathic treatment. It stirs up the
pathogenic deposits in the tissues and actually squeezes them into the
lymphatic and venous circulation, thus allowing a free inflow of the red
arterial blood with its freight of life sustaining oxygen and other elements
of nutrition. Like the cold water, it stimulates the flow of the sluggish,
pathogen laden lymph and venous blood towards the heart and the organs
Another very important effect of the massage of the eyes lies in the fact
that it makes the eyeball more elastic and resilient, thereby correcting
abnormal depressions and inequalities of the surface; in other words, it
rounds the eyeball more perfectly. This is a simple and natural way of
curing astigmatism, which the oculist tries to overcome by specially ground
lenses. It is easily to be seen which of these methods is the more natural
and rational. The one endeavors to overcome a symptom; the other removes
the cause and actually corrects the abnormal condition.
Both massage and hydropathic treatment, aside from their mechanical effects
upon the circulation, nutrition and drainage, also arouse and stimulate
the latent electromagnetic energy. This, together with a more liberal supply
of alkaline mineral elements in food and drink, raises the positivity of
the organism, which means greater vitality and recuperating power The best
massage movements adapted for the eye treatment are the following:
Movements. (a) Kneading. In order to execute this movement, press the eyeballs
out of their sockets with the tip of one or two fingers of each hand. Continue
this until the eyeballs have received a thorough kneading, as far back
in the sockets as possible. You need not be afraid of injuring the eyes
by this treatment unless you exert undue or excessive force.
b) Vibrating. Vibrate the eyeball all over its surface as far as you can
reach it, first with one, then with two and lastly with three fingers—the
thumb, forefinger and middle finger brought to a point. The movement is
executed by a quick vibratory motion of the hand in the wrist joint It
may require some practice before perfect vibratory motion is attained,
but when once acquired it is very beneficial for the purposes described
in this treatise.
After thoroughly vibrating the eyeball for about a minute, finish with
the stroking movements.
c) Stroking. This movement is executed by stroking the eyeball, first gently,
then gradually more and more strongly, with one and later two finger tips.
The stroking proceeds over the upper and lower lids from the inner corners
of the eyes outward; then reverse and stroke from the outer corner of the
eye in a half circular motion to the inner corner. These movements also
are repeated from a dozen to two dozen times, according to the endurance
and time available.
The stroking is applied first gently and with gradually increasing pressure
until the eyeball has become seemingly insensible. As before stated, none
of these treatments, if executed with a little care and common sense, can
possibly inflict any injury. Although the mechanism of the eye is very
complicated and highly sensitive, it is at the same time very tough and
resilient. Cures of serious eye troubles which are little short of miraculous
have been effected by this simple treatment. If faithfully applied at least
twice a day, or, if possible, in conjunction with the general regimen for
natural living and with neurotherapy, it will do away in a great many cases
with the necessity for the wearing of glasses, and will preserve excellent
eyesight under strenuous usage, even to extreme old age.
Gymnastics. After the eyes have recovered sufficiently from the cold bathing,
practice eye gymnastics. Stand erect, or if too weak assume a comfortable
relaxed position in a chair, then move the eyes upwards and downwards,
as far as the mobility of the eyeballs will permit, along an imaginary
vertical line on the wall opposite you. Repeat this from twelve to twenty-four
Then in like manner move the eyeballs as far as you can force them from
right to left and left to right on an imaginary horizontal line in front
of you on a level with your eyes. Move the eyeballs in similar manner diagonally
from the highest point on the fight to the lowest point on the left, and
Finally roll the eyeballs in circular motion from fight to left and then
from left to right. Each one of these movements should be repeated from
twelve to twenty-four times, according to the time at your disposal.
The special value of these eye exercises lies in the fact that the movements
of the eyeball are regulated by four sets of muscle which pull the eyeball
upward; downward, to the right and to the left.
The ordinary use of the eyes in certain occupations such as reading, playing
the piano, etc., may exercise the eye muscles unequally and thus overwork
and strain some of them while others are weakened through lack of exercise.
In time this is bound to result in unequal development of these muscles
and in one-sided strain. This in turn results in unequal focusing of the
eyes, which seriously interferes with normal vision. This is usually corrected
by fitting lenses specially adapted for this purpose, but it is obvious
that the better adjustment consists in equalizing the strength of the four
muscles which control the movements of the eyeball.
is characterized by sluggish action of the bowels For some reason the evacuation
of waste matter from the colon has become difficult. Normally an individual
should have a copious movement of the bowels once in twenty-four hours-twice
Constipation has become so common among people of civilized countries that
this has been called "the age of constipation". At least three-fourths
of the chronic patients that come to us for treatment, suffer from chronic
constipation in its worst forms. Many of them tell us that they have not
had a natural movement of the bowels for many years. This alone is sufficient
to show that the ordinary methods of living and of treating human ailments
are faulty and inadequate.
While itself a form of disease, constipation becomes in turn one of the
primary causes of other constitutional diseases. Inactivity of the eliminating
organs, the skin, kidneys and bowels causes retention of waste and morbid
matter which results An systemic poisoning or auto-intoxication. Any system
of treatment which cannot restore the normal activity of the organs of
depuration cannot accomplish anything else.
The medical treatment of constipation, consisting largely in the administration
of laxatives and cathartics, gives only temporary relief and tends to benumb
and paralyze the intestines more completely. This has been explained in
Volume I, Chapter VII. All laxatives and purgatives are poisonous to the
system or they would not produce their peculiar drastic effects. They do
not act upon the system but the system acts upon the drugs. Being poisons,
the organism tries to expel these enemies to health and life by copious
excretions from the liver and from the walls of the intestines. This eventually
produces an evacuation of the contents of the bowels, but every time such
violent artificial stimulation is resorted to the liver and the membranous
linings of the intestinal tract and the nerves which supply them, become
more benumbed and inactive. This progressive atrophy is revealed in the
iris by the darkening of liver and digestive areas, located directly around
becomes more stubborn, this region becomes darker, with brown discolorations,
turning gradually black in places. In cases of serious atrophy of the membranes,
the intestinal area presents a uniform black appearance. We find this frequently
in people who have habitually used calomel or have taken other mercurial
treatment. Quinin and the derivatives of opium also have a very paralyzing
effect upon the digestive tract. The acute catarrhal conditions characterized
by frequent purging are indicated in the iris by white signs in the intestinal
Other causes of constipation are (1) congestion of the liver, causing deficient
or abnormal secretion of bile; (2) interference with the blood supply of
the intestines, causing insufficient secretion of mucous, thus reducing
lubrication and causing excessive dryness of fecal matter. (3) interference
with the motor nerve supply to the muscular walls of the intestines (partial
paralysis) thus reducing the peristaltic action of the intestines, which
in turn causes stagnation and fermentation of fecal matter; (4) spasm of
the sphincter muscles of the rectum, inhibiting the act of evacuation;
(5) mechanical pressure upon the intestines by new growths, tumors or adhesions.
constipation is usually preceded by periods of diarrhea. Hyperactivity,
due to excessive stimulation, is always followed by corresponding weakness
and gradual atrophy. The ordinary high protein and starchy diet produces,
as we have learned, excessive amounts of poisonous acids, ptomains, alkaloids,
xanthins (collectively called pathogen). These morbid materials are powerful
stimulants. Their effects are frequently mistaken for increased vigor,
as in the case of meat and coffee poisons. They over irritate and over
stimulate the liver and the membranes of the intestines, causing an excessive
flow of secretions and increased peristaltic action of the bowels. This
results at times, when the digestive organs become clogged with pathogenic
matter, in periodic diarrheas. This is the rule during infancy and youth.
Gradually, however, continual irritation and over stimulation, with the
attendant purging, changes, in accordance with the laws of action and reaction,
into the opposite condition of chronic constipation which is aggravated
and made more stubborn by the use of laxatives and cathartics.
Constant clogging of the liver with the morbid by products of a high protein
and starchy diet leaves that organ in a congested and inactive condition.
This interferes with the secretion of bile which in turn causes dryness
of the contents of the bowels and deprives them of the lubricants necessary
for easy evacuation of the feces.
Continual over irritation and over stimulation resulting from pathogenic
poisoning also benumbs and paralyzes the motor nerves which supply the
muscular walls of the intestines, resulting in partial paralysis and diminished
peristaltic action. This is aggravated by the continual intake of food
materials deficient in cellulose and woody fiber, such as white flour products
and polished rice. The hulls of cereals, which act as natural stimulants
to the peristaltic action of the bowels, are removed in the modern "refining"
milling process. The particles of hull in whole grain meals serve to keep
the starchy parts of the cereals from coagulating into lumpy masses and
thus facilitate the penetration of the digestive juices into the starchy
mass. It is for this reason that the followers of nature cure have always
advocated the use of whole grain foods and the liberal consumption of fruits
and vegetables whose fibrous waste serves as scouring material for the
intestinal tract and as a natural stimulant for peristaltic action.
Spasm of the sphincter muscles of the anus, or spasm of the rectum, is
usually caused by long continued over irritation with systemic poison or
by the paralyzing effect of drug poisons. Many such cases I have traced
back to suppression of gonorrhea or hemorrhoids. Such chronic paralysis
and inhibition must be overcome through general constitutional treatment,
cold tonic sitz baths and tonic manipulative treatment.
Mechanical pressure upon and resulting obstruction of the intestines caused
by tumors, new growths or adhesions must be removed through absorption
of the abnormal growths and adhesions by natural living and treatment,
with strict vegetarian diet and occasional fasting periods. Hydrotherapy
and manipulative treatment are necessary to achieve satisfactory results.
Such deep seated chronic conditions, therefore, require systematic institutional
Mental and emotional conditions exert a powerful influence upon the alimentary
tract. Certain emotions have a benumbing, others a stimulating effect upon
the secretions and the peristaltic action of the bowels. A few days ago
I read about certain experiments made with living animals. X-ray pictures
were taken of a healthy cat whose peristaltic movements were normally active.
The animal was suddenly confronted with an angry dog barking at her fiercely.
Instantly, as the hair on her body and her tail went up as the result of
sudden fright and anger, the peristaltic action of the stomach and bowels
ceased entirely and did not revive until the animal had thoroughly recovered
from its emotional excitement. It also has been proved by experiments on
living animals that sudden emotional excitement stops the secretion of
the gastric and pancreatic juices. The nature and treatment of nervous,
mental and emotional disorders is fully discussed in Section XXIX, No.3,
The most remarkable case of constipation that has come under my observation
was that of a woman suffering from a severe attack of appendicitis and
general peritonitis. She had been under Christian Science treatment for
six days, her condition in the meantime becoming more aggravated until
she was in a dying condition Cold water compresses and manipulative treatment
relieved her intense suffering almost instantly. We tried to empty the
colon by repeated flushings, but without success. The bowels did not move
for twenty eight days, then they moved naturally without artificial aid.
From that time on the patient made a rapid and perfect recovery.
During the four weeks she had received no food whatsoever. The usual hydropathic
and manipulative treatment controlled the fever and gradually revived the
peristaltic action of the paralyzed intestines. Eating at any time during
the period of constipation would have meant sure death.
As before stated, habitual constipation means not only deficient elimination
but also reabsorption of toxins from the putrefying materials in the intestinal
canal, especially in the descending colon and rectum. Appendicitis is practically
always preceded by an inactive, atrophic condition of the intestines, which
favors the accumulation of fecal matter in the cecum and descending colon,
which in turn leads to inflammation of the cecum and appendix.
and treatment of appendicitis have been fully described in Volume 1, Chapter
In the urine of people suffering from chronic constipation we usually find
considerable amounts of indican, a poisonous ptomain which forms in putrefactive
processes in the intestines. This is absorbed into the general circulation
and partially eliminated through the kidneys. In like manner many other
alkaloids of putrefaction are absorbed from the stagnant, putrefying materials
in the sluggish intestines, causing headache, nervousness, muscular fatigue,
sluggish mentality and many other ailments. Arteriosclerosis, Bright's
disease, diabetes and premature old age are caused or aggravated by the
continual absorption of intestinal toxins.
Post mortem examinations often show the lining membranes of the colon,
cecum and of certain parts of the small intestines covered with adhesive,
puttylike fecal materials. Such a clogged condition of the intestinal membranes
interferes with assimilation 'as well as with elimination. This leaves
the blood in an impoverished condition and overcharged with systemic poisons,
causing on the one hand, nerve starvation and, on the other hand, nerve
This condition of the intestines is revealed in the iris by a darkening
and brown discoloration of the digestive area and by the lymphatic rosary.
Frequently when I tell patients that their intestinal tract is in a clogged
and atrophic condition, they seem surprised, saying there is nothing the
matter with their bowels because they move regularly. This, however, is
not evidence that the bowels are in a normal condition or that the individual
is free from intestinal autointoxication. As before explained the intestines,
particularly the colon down as far as the sigmoid flexure, may be encrusted
with adhesive fecal matter, leaving a clear way in the center for the passage
of recently formed waste products. In such cases it is necessary to resort
to measures which are somewhat drastic in order to quickly and thoroughly
cleanse the colon.
It must be understood that the first requisite in the treatment of any
disorder, and especially of constipation, is a change of diet. The diet
for an individual suffering with constipation must be of such a nature
as to preclude the possibility of the formation of toxins and at the same
time to assist in the removal of morbid accumulations from the alimentary
tract. Finally, the diet must contain the positive mineral elements necessary
to neutralize the negative pathogenic substances in the circulation and
in the tissues of the body.
Meat, coffee, fermented cheese, fried foods, white bread, pastry and all
other white flour products must be strictly avoided, as also the habitual
use of condiments, spices and white sugar.
A raw food diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, low in proteins, starches
and fats; is best adapted to quickly bring about the desired results. All
kinds of fruit, fruit juices and leafy, juicy vegetables are of the utmost
value, but a mixture of many at one meal is not advisable. Salads, consisting
of lettuce or other leafy vegetables, and raw carrots, turnips, parsnips,
celery, young onions and radishes, with a dressing of lemon juice and olive
oil, should form the basis of the diet. Bran biscuit, health bread, steamed
wheat (Sec. X, No.3), dates, figs, raisins, grapes, acid and sub-acid fruits
and berries will furnish sufficient nourishment and will serve to stimulate
the peristaltic action of the bowels.
2. A Sample
Diet. Breakfast, any kind of acid or sub-acid fruit or berries. Luncheon,
raw vegetable salads with dressing of lemon juice and olive oil; dates,
raisins and a small amount of either whole wheat bread, bran biscuit, shredded
wheat or whole steamed wheat. Dinner, raw vegetable relishes and salad
of green, leafy vegetables with raw grated carrots or turnips; a cooked
leafy vegetable such as spinach, cabbage or Swiss chard; one potato, or
in place of it a slice of whole grain bread; some sweet, alkaline fruit
for dessert; buttermilk or yogurt. Fruit juices, either pure or dilute,
may be taken between meals. This diet should be followed for two or three
3. A Natural
Laxative. The treatment of constipation may begin by taking a mixture of
bran, agar-agar and flaxseed to be used two or three nights in succession
in the following proportions: Mix two tablespoonfuls of bran, one tablespoonful
of agar-agar and one tablespoonful of flaxseed. This must be eaten dry
In order to soften and to remove old hard fecal encrustations from the
colon a few colon flushings may be taken at the beginning of the treatment.
Descriptions of colon flushing and of the necessary apparatus, posture,
etc., are given in Sec. XVIII, No.7. While it is permissible to resort
to a few thorough colon flushings at the beginning of the treatment, I
am strongly opposed to the habitual use of enemas. This is bound to result
in greater weakness and atrophy of the intestines. Filling the lower part
of the intestinal tract habitually with large amounts of warm water not
only dilates the already weakened intestinal wall but takes away the natural
impetus to secretion. In other words, as the popular expression goes, "the
more you flush, the more lazy the bowels become".
I have met many victims of this weakening practice who assured me that
the longer they used the "rubber doctor" the more relaxed and weakened
the intestines became and the more they suffered from indigestion, fermentation,
gas formation and the effects of systemic poisoning. Therefore we resort
to colon flushing only as a "crutch" in the beginning of treatment until
the intestines become alive and active under natural diet and treatment.
We advise patients to resort to flushing only when it becomes absolutely
necessary. In that way they learn to take enemas at increasingly long intervals,
forcing Nature to do the work in the natural way. Natural evacuation will
be hastened and facilitated by going to the stool at certain stated times.
for Constipation. A cold sits bath should be taken every evening (with
the usual restrictions for women). It has a splendid cooling and relaxing
effect upon the abdominal organs. (Sec XIII, No. 13)
The abdominal bandage has all effect similar to that of the sits bath.
It is cooling and relaxing, thus relieving the overheated condition of
The best exercises for overcoming constipation are those which bring the
abdominal muscles into play. (Sec. XXI, No. 16 and Sec. XXIII, Nos. 6,
7, 8, 9, 14, 23) Aside from these special exercises, brisk walks in the
fresh air have a splendid tonic effect upon the muscular apparatus of the
In stubborn chronic cases abdominal massage is absolutely necessary to
attain speedy and satisfactory results. (Sec. XVIII, No. 1)
If lesions are present in that region of the spine which gives rise to
nerves that supply the intestines, no permanent results can be expected
until these lesions are corrected.
Dilatation is one of the most effective methods for the treatment of chronic
constipation. It is fully described under Sec. XXVIII
Headache is usually but a symptom of disease Somewhere in the body, though
it may be due to local irritation by systemic or drug poisons. Diseased
conditions and infiltration anywhere in the system are telegraphed to headquarters
in the brain and there manifest in the form of venous symptoms, the most
frequent of which is headache. Sometimes it is caused by defects of vision,
or eye strain and may be alleviated by properly fitted glasses. This, however,
cannot take the place of removing constitutional causes. Frequently the
wearing of "eye crutches" prevents the locating and removal of the underlying
causes and thus condemns the individual to the life long use of glasses,
to constantly weakening eyesight and to chronic constitutional disease.
One of the most common causes of headache, as well as of eye trouble, is
uric acid or pathogen poisoning. This has been fully described in Vol I,
chap. XXIX. A typical uric acid headache is migraine or one sided headache,
particularly annoying in the morning when the blood is loaded with pathogenic
or Sick Headaches. Another common type is the so-called bilious headache.
While usually attributed to an inactive liver, it may be caused in various
wars. Pathogenic clogging of the liver will interfere with the elimination
of bile products; these will remain in the circulation and cause general
symptoms of biliousness, jaundice, nausea, vomiting and headache.
Pathogenic obstruction may be due to overeating, to the excessive intake
of starchy, protein and fatty food, and to a deficiency of fruits and vegetables
in the diet; or the discharge of the bile may be obstructed by sticky,
colloid accumulations in the gall bladder and bile duct. In other cases
the bile duct is contracted and obstructed through inflammation in the
Anything that interferes with bile formation in the liver or its discharge
from the gall bladder or bile duct, not only causes surging back of the
bile into the general circulation but also a deficiency of it in the intestinal
tract, which in turn gives rise to acidity of the intestinal contents,
indigestion, constipation, fermentation and gas formation. This intestinal
toxemia is reflected to the brain in the form of congestion and headache,
and favors the formation of emboli (obstructive plugs) and the development
of apoplectic strokes. Anything that tends to cause constipation and thereby
intestinal toxemia or auto intoxication will also help to produce acute
or chronic headaches. The treatment for constipation is explained under
Sec. XXVI, and also under Sec. XXVIII Orificial Treatment.
The headaches so far described are of the congestive type, characterized
by excessive blood pressure to the brain. Anything that tends to raise
the blood pressure will therefore create or aggravate these ailments. A
common cause is pathogenic obstruction in the capillary circulation, which
results in active congestion in the internal organs and the brain; or pathogenic
obstruction in the lymphatic or venous drainage which interferes with the
flow of the blood from the brain and thus causes passive congestion.
The foregoing remarks explain the effectiveness of a simple manipulative
treatment which any layman can apply. The neck stretching movement is illustrated
in Fig. 23a. The subject assumes a sitting position. The operator stands
on either side, applies the thumb and the first and second fingers of one
hand firmly to the base of the skull, while with the other hand under the
jaw he lifts the head and stretches the neck gently but firmly upward and
backward. The stretching should continue from thirty to sixty seconds.
kinks the arteries and straightens and drains the veins, thus relieving
the congestion in the brain. After slowly releasing the pressure, the operator
firmly strokes the neck downward along the course of the main arteries
and veins, on both sides. The stretching should be followed by a magnetic
treatment. The operator takes the head of the patient between his hands
and with his thumbs stretches the skin of the forehead outward, half a
dozen to a dozen times, and then makes the regular magnetic strokes from
the forehead downward and outward along the neck and arms. The various
forms of magnetic treatment are fully described in Chap. XXXIV, Vol. I.
The operator while giving the manipulative and magnetic treatment must
combine with these the right mental and psychical attitude as described
in the chapter just referred to. If one of these combination treatments
does not bring the desired result, it may be repeated if the attention
of the subject can be temporarily distracted from his ailment so much the
better. After an interval of five or ten minutes his headache will usually
Headache. This type of headache is caused either by great impoverishment
in the quality of the blood or a deficiency of it in the brain. This condition
frequently obtains in cases of anemia, leukemia, pernicious anemia, or
where the flow of the blood to the brain is interfered with by a tumor,
aneurysm or other mechanical obstruction. While the congestive headache
has violent, throbbing, paroxysmal pains, the anemic headache is accompanied
by extreme dullness and lassitude. The former is characterized by heat
and redness of the face, the latter by coldness, clamminess and pallor.
The manipulative treatment for the anemia headache is similar to the other.
The hands are applied to the nape of the fleck and under the jaw in the
same manner, but instead of stretching the neck upward and backward, it
is stretched upward and forward (Fig. 23b) This movement kinks the veins
and straightens the arteries,thus allowing a greater flow of blood to the
brain. The magnetic, mental and psychic treatments are the same in either
In all types of headaches the dietetic treatment must build up the blood
on a natural basis and eliminate pathogenic encumbrances. The various regimens
for this purpose have been given under Secs. I and X. In headaches of the
congestive type, fasting is of particular value. If the trouble is caused
by indigestion, biliousness and a fetid condition of the stomach, copious
draughts of water as warm as it can be swallowed sometimes gives quick
relief. If the "warm water flushing" causes vomiting, so much the better.
headaches may be caused by sudden fear, shock, excessive worry or anxiety.
The preventive and curative treatment is given under "Nervous, Mental and
Emotional Disorders." But even for nervous headaches constitutional treatment
is essential. Persons in perfect physical condition are not likely to suffer
from nervous, mental or emotional disorders of any kind.
Lesions. In many instances headaches are caused by the impingement of luxated
bones or strained muscles or ligaments on blood vessels or nerves supplying
the brain or eyes. Luxation of the atlas, the topmost bone of the spinal
column which carries the skull, frequently gives rise to this sort of headache.
Luxations of one or more of the cervical vertebrae may have a similar effect.
Such mechanical lesions must be corrected by manipulative (neurotherapy)
Poisons. The most obstinate and severe types of chronic headaches are caused
by drug poisoning. Nature has made ample provision for the elimination
of systemic waste, but she never intended that the many forms of powerful
poisons given under the guise of medicines, tonics and stimulants should
enter human bodies. Therefore the organs of depuration have not been constructed
for the elimination of these poisons. They accumulate in the system in
certain parts and organs for which they exhibit special affinity, and there
become the source of constant irritation, frequently of actual destruction.
Through diagnosis from the iris we have traced hundreds of cases of stubborn
chronic headache to the action of powerful drug poisons in the brain itself
or in other organs. Many such cases have been described and illustrated
in Iridiagnosis, Vol. VI of this series.
The only way to overcome such headaches is to remove the poisonous irritants
and stop their destructive effects by thorough systematic natural treatment
as outlined under the sections dealing with chronic diseases.
principles underlie the various methods of orificial treatment.
the involuntary functions of the body such as circulation, respiration,
digestion, secretion, elimination, etc., are under the control of the sympathetic
b) Each of the pelvic outlets of the body is guarded by two sphincter or
circular muscle bands. The lower (external) sphincter is under control
of the will and is supplied by the cerebrospinal nervous system. The upper
(internal) sphincter is not under control of the will and receives its
nerve supply from the sympathetic nervous system. In this way a most important
connection is established between these two nervous systems.
c) Over tension of these sphincter muscles produces impingement of the
sympathetic nerve endings, thus lowering the vitality by exhausting the
sympathetic nerve force, "on the same principle that electric energy is
wasted by pressure on the button which rings the bell." In time such spastic
contraction results in hypertrophy and atrophy.
d) By dilating the abnormally tensed outlets, this irritation of the sympathetic
nervous system is relieved. Thereby nervous energy is economized, undue
tension removed and functional activity of all the internal organs enhanced.
e) Dilatation of the sphincters of the orifices relaxes the vasomotor nervous
system, which is under the control of the sympathetic, and thereby causes
a widening and well marked flushing of the capillaries over the entire
body thus aiding metabolism, oxidation and elimination of tissue waste
and promoting the repair of diseased or injured tissues.
Orificial surgery, as the name implies, in order to relax contraction of
the sphincter muscles of the body relies to a large extent upon surgical
treatment. This, however, is not natural treatment. We avoid wherever possible
any and all mutilations of tissues and organs because these are always
followed by more or less harmful after effects. Surgical treatment usually
means serious injury to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, and
the formation of scar tissue or adhesions which, in turn, may cause impingement
and interference with normal functions.
From our viewpoint such surgical mutilations are not only harmful but in
most cases absolutely superfluous, because in natural methods of treatment
we possess the means for relaxing abnormal contraction of tissues in any
part of the body. In the following I shall describe the most common lesions
of this character and their natural treatment.
Frequently the foreskin or prepuce of the penis of a male child or of an
adult is so tightly contracted around the head or glans of the organ that
it cannot be retracted. Sometimes the opening of the foreskin is constricted
to the size of a pinhead, causing interference with the free discharge
of the urine. Smegma, a sebaceous secretion of the glans of the penis,
may accumulate under the tightly adherent foreskin and cause irritation,
which frequently results in serious affections of the nervous system. The
intolerable itching caused by such irritation not infrequently leads to
The remedy of the orificial surgeon, as well as of the medical profession
in general, consists of circumcision, that is, complete surgical removal
of the foreskin. I have never been able to conceive of a valid reason for
this barbarous practice, which always means mutilation of one of the most
highly sensitive nerve centers of the body. It is a fact well known to
nature cure physicians that cooling applications in the forms of sitz bath
or friction bath have a cooling and relaxing effect upon all the abdominal
organs, indicating that there must be intimate nerve connection through
the sympathetic and cerebrospinal nerves between the internal organs and
the glans penis and prepuce.
Mutilation of the sexual organs seems inexcusable when there are natural
ways of attaining the desired results. In the majority of eases all that
is necessary is to lave the head of the penis with cold water for a few
minutes in Order to produce partial anesthesia, and then to exert gentle
backward traction on the foreskin. This treatment usually succeeds in from
two to ten days in loosening and drawing back the foreskin.
If the constriction be so severe that traction does not succeed in overcoming
it, or if the prepuce is adherent to the glans penis, a probe may be employed
to loosen it or a small penile syringe may be inserted within the orifice
of the foreskin so that water may be forced into the cavity between the
glans and foreskin. Drawing the prepuce over the end of the syringe, an
injection is made of warm water mixed with a little castile soap. This
should be followed by two or three injections of clear warm water. This
procedure not only removes fetid accumulations but also separates and dilates
the adherent foreskin without irritation or injury to the parts. It expands
the prepuce with an all around even pressure. This treatment also should
be followed by gentle backward traction.
Among several hundred cases thus treated I found only two which demanded
surgical treatment, because the prepuce had grown so fast to the glans
penis that it could not be removed by the natural treatment.
Paraphimosis results when the contracted prepuce yields to traction or
slips back of its own accord, causing strangulation of the neck of the
penis back of the corona. This results in compression of the urethra, retention
of urine, and in shutting off the circulation in the extremity of the organ.
The gland becomes congested and inflamed, and the foreskin is swollen with
serous exudates. In order to prevent ulceration and sloughing of the parts,
the foreskin must be brought forward over the glans penis without delay.
I have always succeeded in accomplishing this by cooling water applications
and absorbent packs followed by gentle dilatation and forward pulling of
the constricted prepuce. In no case was it necessary to resort to surgical
Clitoris. The clitoris of the female corresponds anatomically and sexually
to the penis of the male. It is a small erectile organ concealed beneath
the labia minora, just in front of the urethra. The free extremity of this
organ (glans clitoridis) is a small round tubercle of spongy erectile tissue
and highly sensitive. This protuberance is not infrequently covered by
a membrane under which secretions may accumulate as under the adherent
male prepuce, resulting in nervous irritation. Many serious nervous ailments
have been traced to this cause. The natural treatment here, also, consists
in cooling applications and gentle backward traction or in loosening the
skin with a probe. As a rule the difficulty is overcome more easily than
in phimosis. In rare instances where the covering membrane is so tough
and tightly adherent that it will not yield to the natural treatment, a
small v shaped incision may have to be made in order to free the organ.
of the Lower Orifices of the Body. The sex organs, as well as the entire
system, receive their influx of life force through the sympathetic. The
tonicity of the sexual organs therefore depends upon the integrity of that
part of the sympathetic which supplies the pelvic organs. Since the secretions
of the ductless glands of the sex organs exert a profound influence upon
the tonicity of the organism in general, it will be seen how important
it is that the sympathetic nerve supply to these organs be not interfered
with in any way. Such interference results when the genito-urinary organs
are either in an over irritated or atrophic condition. Irritation of the
urethra or prostate gland by acute or subacute inflammatory processes causes
sexual hyperactivity and a great waste of nervous energy and, through the
ramifications of the sympathetic, it produces by reflex action nervous
irritation in neighboring or even the most distant parts of the body.
Excessive irritation of the genital organs or the rectum, communicated
to the vasomotor centers, may cause constriction of the blood vessels and
thereby congestion, pathogenic obstruction and inflammation in nearby or
distant parts of the body predisposed to these conditions.
On the other hand, sexual weakness or atony diminishes the secretions of
the sex glands, benumbs the nervous activities and retards heart action
and circulation. Aside from excessive drainage of the sex fluids nothing
else produces these debilitating effects upon the system like permanent
contraction and hypertrophy of the rectal sphincters and of the tissues
of the penis and the prostate gland. Such contraction may be the result
of long continued irritation and hyperactivity due to excessive indulgence
or self abuse, or it may be caused by gonorrheal inflammation, irritating
drug poisons, or by long continued constipation with its deadening effects
upon the sphincter ani.
The expenditure of nerve force is reduced to a minimum through complete
rest and relaxation and its expenditure through voluntary activities ceases
entirely during sleep, sound sleep, as is indicated by the disappearance
of the aura. Anything which causes abnormal irritation, while awake or
asleep, involves unnecessary expenditure. At this point it may be well
to enumerate the various causes of nerve waste described in this chapter
and in connection with other subjects.
and subacute inflammatory processes affecting any part of the sympathetic
or cerebrospinal system.
b) Roughened surfaces of internal membranes, especially at the orifices,
fissures, papillae, piles, incipient tumors and other adventitious tissues
(new growths) in the rectum, genito-urinary organs or in any other part
of the body.
c) Nerve irritation caused by luxated vertebrae or other bony structures
(chiropractic theory), or by impingement of connective tissues on nerve
matter (naprapathic theory)
d) Nerve irritation due to discordant and destructive mental and emotional
activities such as impatience, irritability, fear, worry, anxiety, anger,
rage, fury, jealousy, self pity, as described in Section XXIX of this volume.
Nervous irritation from any of these causes if continued for a long enough
time will result in atony, hypertrophy and atrophy of connective tissue
and nerve matter, which in turn results in obstruction to the inflow of
vital energy and its distribution through the organism. Acute and subacute
irritation are indicated in the iris by white nerve rings; atony and atrophy
by black nerve rings, as explained in Iridiagnosis, page 57
to Stop the Leaks. Aside from the ordinary natural methods of living and
of treatment there is nothing more effective for the relaxation and invigoration
of the lower intestinal tube and of the sex organs than dilatation of the
rectal sphincters, male urethra, and of the sphincter muscles of the vulvae,
vagina and uterus. Alternating compression and relaxation of the sphincters
of these orifices has a wonderful relaxing and tonic effect upon the organs
themselves and upon the entire organism.
It relieves abnormal tension and thereby allows a more copious inflow of
vital energy through the sympathetic and prevents its waste through continual
irritation while waking and sleeping. This restores the normal tonicity
of the rectum and of the sex organs, which in turn insures normal evacuation
of feces and urine, increased secretion of the ductless glands, and greater
activity of all the vital functions of the organism, physical as well as
mental and psychical.
Manual or mechanical dilatation of the lower orifices of the body is more
invigorating than any medical tonic or stimulant, without producing deleterious
after effects. It is a splendid means for reviving persons suffering from
fainting fits, anesthesia, epileptic seizures, from opium or other poisoning,
and from asphyxiation or drowning. Rectal dilatation is a splendid aid
to promote recuperation from serious acute diseases, and to start the normal
breath of the newborn infant.
A writer on orificial surgery discusses diseases of the lower intestinal
canal as follows:
"Diseases of the lower portion of the intestinal canal are exceedingly
common. There is probably no one organ or locality of the human body so
subject to a variety and complexity of diseased conditions as this.
"Experience and observation for many years have convinced us of the fact
that rectal diseases are the foundation and cause of very many other grave
forms of chronic disease which it is impossible to cure so long as the
rectal lesion holds. Very many serious uterine affections that baffle the
skill of the practitioner, are thus obstinate because he has failed to
discover or cure the rectal complications.
no doubt but what many cases of mental aberration are caused by lesions
of the intestinal canal and especially of the rectum."
of the Sphincters of the Rectum. This condition interferes seriously with
the evacuation of the feces; it frequently results in stubborn constipation,
reabsorption of toxic materials from the lower sections of the intestinal
canal and in all the evils of autointoxication.
of Tight Sphincters
Irritation. In many instances over tension of the sphincter muscles is
due to reflex irritation associated with disturbances of the rectum, uterus,
urethra, prostate, bladder, etc., caused by acute or chronic inflammation,
tumors, hemorrhoids, fissures, rectal pockets which retain fecal matter,
In discussing the effects of rectal pockets and papillae, Dr. Pratt states
that they "induce sexual over activity, disturb colonic peristalsis and
lower vitality by inducing chronic over tension of the internal sphincter
and shallowing respiration, inviting stomach, heart, lung and head troubles,
as well as interfering with capillary circulation throughout the body."
Granting that artificial dilatation will beneficially influence these conditions
by relieving nervous irritation, the fact remains that the tightening of
sphincters is a symptom, not a primary cause of the condition, and these
primary manifestations of disease must be removed by natural methods of
of Rectal Dilatation. Alternating compression and dilatation of the sphincter
and of the ganglion impar situated on the internal convexity of the coccyx,
and of the sympathetic nerves which radiate from it to the lower part of
the rectum and the pelvic organs, is best produced by manual treatment.
The operator inserts the forefinger as deeply as possible and exerts firm
pressure on the internal sphincter. The degree of pressure necessary to
obtain the best results can be regulated much better by manual treatment
than by a mechanical instrument. It offers the only means of forcing back
into normal position the bent coccyx which frequently causes pressure on
the rectum and ganglion impar, or tension of muscles and ligaments attached
to the coccyx, which may result in spastic contraction of the rectum and
the most stubborn constipation. A rubber glove is worn while giving the
Dilatation. Several types of rectal dilators are on the market for the
use of the laity. The results of such home treatment are not always satisfactory
because rectal dilatation requires the skill of a physician who can judge
the degree of dilatation necessary in each case, the length of each treatment
and the frequency with which it should be repeated.
It is essential that the internal sphincter should be dilated without exerting
undue force on the external sphincter. When this has been accomplished
the speculum is withdrawn without closing it so as to dilate the external
sphincter from within outward, thereby imitating Nature's way of evacuating
the feces which produces natural dilatation of the sphincter ani with its
tonic effects upon the system.
to Use Rectal Dilators. Dilators made of hard rubber, wood or glass may
be procured in any drug store. They come in sets of four. One should begin
with the largest size consistent with comfort. The dilator should be lubricated
with clean olive oil, vegetable oil or pure castile soap.
The size of the dilator to be employed depends upon the size and relaxability
of the sphincters; the length of time it is allowed to remain should be
determined by the individual condition and the amount of reaction to be
desired. Respiration and capillary circulation are more profoundly stimulated
by rectal dilatation than by the treatment of the genito-urinary orifices.
The instrument is gently passed well into the rectum, as far as the flange
or rim will admit it. The flange prevents the dilator from slipping in
too far. The best position for the patient to assume is lying on the side
with the knees drawn up. Hold the dilator in place a few moments, until
the inner sphincter closes tightly around it. Then it will be retained.
It may remain in position from ten minutes to half an hour, or as long
as one or two hours.
The dilator may be inserted either on retiring at night or on waking in
the morning, or at any other convenient time during the day. In case of
obstinate constipation it should be inserted after waking in the morning
and retained about half an hour or more. This usually induces a natural
bowel movement. If used at night it will promote natural, refreshing sleep.
The patient should go to sleep if possible and not lie awake to time himself,
as no harm can result if the dilator be retained all night. Dilatation
may be repeated daily, every second day or a few times a week, according
to individual needs.
Since it has taken years of wrong living, neglect and abuse by drugs, to
create the chronic conditions, results cannot be expected within a few
days or weeks. While some stubborn cases show improvement at once, others
require time and patience. As before stated, in order to attain quickest
and best results the mechanical treatment must always go hand in hand with
the general natural regimen and neurotherapy.
By improving the nerve and blood supply and by establishing better drainage,
rectal dilatation will not only help to overcome stubborn constipation
but also promote the absorption of piles, fissures, rectal pockets, papillae
and other abnormalities. More efficacious and safer than the ordinary rectal
plug are instruments especially devised for this purpose, in the hands
of the trained physician or nurse. Best adapted are the rectal speculum
or instruments of similar construction.
of the Sphincters and Tubes of the Genital Organs. One of the common causes
of sexual weakness or complete impotence, as already explained, lies in
contraction, hypertrophy and atrophy of the sphincters of the rectum. These
conditions curtail the inflow of vital energy into the sexual organs and
obstruct the blood supply to the erectile tissues of the penis or the clitoris.
Similar effects upon the sex functions result from contraction and strictures
of the tissues of the penis and prostate glands.
Aside from rectal dilatation, the passing of graded steel sounds, either
cold or at blood heat temperature, is the best remedy for correcting the
abnormalities just described. Sounds, as well as rectal plugs, have both
local and general effects upon the circulation and the nervous conditions
of the system.
In case of excessive irritability and abnormal sexual excitation leading
to involuntary emissions and masturbation, the mere introduction and removal
of a warm sound will immediately reduce the hyperthesia and restore the
sympathetic to its normal tone. Where excessive irritability has become
chronic the treatment must be repeated daily or a few times a week until
the desired results are obtained.
In states of sexual weakness or impotency, which may result in a sluggish,
indolent condition of the entire organism and in physical and mental debility,
it may be best to leave a warm sound in position for from a few minutes
to one or two hours, and to follow this with the introduction of a cold
sound which should be left in position not longer than a few minutes. This
treatment may be repeated once, twice, or in stubborn cases, three times
a week, until normal tonicity of the sex organs and of the system in general
has been restored or at least greatly improved.
No routine rules for the use of sounds can be prescribed; the treatment
must be adapted to individual conditions. The treatment is very beneficial
for the cure of gleet and strictures. It is equally as serviceable in spastic
contractions of the urethra and prostate as in relaxed and flabby conditions
of these organs. In order to insure good results from the passing of steel
sounds for any purpose whatsoever they should be made to pass as far as
the interior of the bladder. Their good effects locally and constitutionally
depend on their action upon the prostatic inch of the urethra.
of the Sphincters of the Female Organs. Dilatation applied to these parts
is beneficial to relieve irritation and contraction as well as abnormal
relaxation and atony. In other words, it is effective for the cure of spastic
contraction as well as for atony, atrophy and paralysis. The former conditions
of the vulvae, vagina and uterus occur most frequently in unmarried women
and in those of the married who have never borne children. Abnormal relaxation
of the parts is frequently the result of sclerosis of the spinal cord,
of tubercular processes and of excessive strain in delivery.
The various parts of the female sexual apparatus are so closely related
and associated in construction and function that tension or relaxation
in one part affects the other parts as well. Undue tension of the vagina
may be overcome by careful dilatation with the rectal bivalve, but care
must be taken not to injure the vaginal walls, as this might have a tendency
to aggravate rather than to relieve the abnormal irritation and contraction
of the parts. Dilatation of the uterus is accomplished in similar manner
as that of the male urethra by the insertion of graded steel sounds; first
smaller, then larger sizes are employed until resistance increases sufficiently
to procure the necessary dilatation of the sphincters of the external and
internal mouth of the uterus.
Dilatation of the sphincters of the atonic female organs not only raises
their tonicity but through increasing the supply of vital energy, stimulating
the capillary circulation and procuring better drainage, greatly facilitates
the absorption of roughened membranes, papillae, fissures, scars and incipient
tumors; however, the treatment must be executed only by physicians well
trained and experienced in the use of the instruments. The latter must
always be well sterilized and dipped in clean olive oil before insertion.
by Neurotherapy Treatment. All the beneficial effects resulting from mechanical
dilatation of the lower orifices of the body can be obtained also, more
or less completely, by neurotherapy and hydrotherapy treatment. To procure
the best results all three methods should be applied in proper combination.
Lesions. (a) Anatomy of the Parts. The coccyx or end of the spine consists
of four small bony segments which are fused into a single curved bone about
one inch in length.
At the junction between the coccyx and the sacrum, spinal nerves emerge
that supply the external sphincter muscle which guards the lower opening
of the bowel.
b) Occurrence of Lesions. Notwithstanding the fact that injuries to the
coccyx frequently give rise to obscure neurotic disorders, the literature
on this subject is deplorably meager. Evidently the reason why so few eases
are reported in professional journals and text books is because sufferers
from an annoyance "at the end of the spine', will, from motives of delicacy,
adopt semi-invalid ways rather than seek professional aid.
Coccygeal lesions occur most frequently in women, and play an important
part in a large number of diseases peculiar to the female genital apparatus.
of Lesions. (a) Falls or blows on the base of the spine are mishaps which
the majority of us have experienced some time or other during our lives.
b) Jars to this region frequently occur while riding on horseback.
c) Faulty posture while sitting, if continued for any considerable period
of time, frequently gives rise to coccygeal lesions.
d) Childbirth. Injuries are frequently sustained to the coccyx at childbirth,
due to the pressure of the child's head during its passage through the
outlet of the pelvis. Normally the pelvis yields to the head of the child
so as to increase the diameter of the pelvic outlet, but in cases where
the pelvis is too small or where the head of the child is abnormally large,
or in cases where women give birth to their first child at an age when
the coccyx is partially or completely ossified to the end of the sacrum,
the coccyx is very susceptible to injury. The exact manner in which these
lesions as well as all other spinal lesions are produced is described in
Vol. I, Chap. XXXII, on "Manipulative Treatment".
of Coccygeal Lesions. An abnormally anterior position of the coccyx encroaches
upon the posterior wall of the rectum, thus mechanically giving rise to
rectal constipation with its train of complex after effects.
Impingement of the coccygeal nerves produces overtension of both internal
and external sphincters of the anus and thereby wastes nerve energy as
with rheumatic or gouty tendencies an inflammatory condition called Coccydynia
frequently develops in the region of the coccyx after injury. Coccydynia
is characterized by a severe distressing pain which is aggravated by walking,
coughing, sneezing, defecation, sudden changes of posture from standing
to sitting, or any movement which involves the muscles attached to the
coccyx.' The usual allopathic treatment for this condition consists of
administering salicylates and pain killing remedies. In obstinate cases
the coccyx is excised. Such methods of treatment not only fail to remove
the constitutional cause back of this condition but the surgical removal
of the coccyx leads to chronic lifelong irritation of the sphincter muscles
of the rectum.
Relaxation. The same principle laid down for the treatment of other spinal
lesions should be followed in case of coccygeal lesions (Vol. I, Chap.
XXXII). The muscles attached to the coccyx should be thoroughly relaxed
before any attempts are made at adjustment. In all cases where tenderness
is present inhibition should be given.
Inhibition in the region of the coccyx exerts a marked beneficial effect
on a host of neurotic disturbances that fail to respond to other methods
of treatment alone. This is probably accounted for by the fact that such
inhibitive treatment exerts a profound relaxing influence on the sphincters,
and through these on the entire sympathetic nervous system, by acting upon
the ganglion impar (group of nerve cells) situated on the anterior surface
of the coccyx. This ganglion constitutes the point of union between the
left and the right sympathetic chains and with the end filaments of the
cerebrospinal nervous system.
This sympathetic relaxation is administered by applying externally strong
and persistent inhibition on either side of the coccyx as well as on the
following nerve centers along the spine:
a) Tender spots along the sacrum.
b) The posterior superior spine of the ilium.
c) On both sides of the spinal column on the level with the spines of the
d) Over the superior angles of the scapula.
This inhibition is given for about five minutes at a time on one or all
centers. The treatment is repeated from twice a week to once in two weeks
or longer. In many instances vigorous healing crises develop as a result
of such treatment. For this reason it is wise for patients to be in an
institution when such treatment is administered.
and Relaxing Effects of Cold Water Treatment. The cold sitzbaths, Kuhne'
friction baths and the application of cooling compresses and cold packs
to the abdominal and pelvic parts undoubtedly have effects upon the sympathetic
nervous system similar to those produced by mechanical dilatation and coccygeal
inhibition. The cold applications to the lower orifices and glans penis
produce temporary contraction followed by relaxation of the parts, flushing
of the capillaries, and a decidedly tonic effect upon the nerve endings
of the sympathetic and the cerebrospinal system in and around the orifices.
Similar temporary contraction with following dilatation of the millions
of tiny cutaneous orifices all over the body resulting in a general flushing
of the capillaries and in profound excitation of nerve reflexes and peristaltic
action of the blood vessels all through the body is obtained by the various
cold water applications, such as the natural bath, cold ablutions, blitzguss,
barefoot walking in the dewy grass, as well as the nude air and light baths.
of the Nasal Orifices. The beneficial effects of cold water sniffing are
due not alone to the mechanical clearing of the nasal passages from pathogenic
excretions, but also to the tonic effects of the cold water flushing upon
the sympathetic and cerebrospinal nerve filaments in the membranes of the
nasal passages. This undoubtedly explains the tonic effect of the cold
water sniffing, not only upon the physical functions, especially the respiration,
but also upon the mental activities.
These natural methods with their profound effects upon the system make
entirely unnecessary surgical dilatation of the orifices, curetments, shortening
of ligaments, extirpation of piles and the surgical treatment of fissures,
papillae and incipient tumors. Such surgical mutilation is suppressive,
not curative, and is usually followed in time by serious chronic after
effects—the "mysterious sequelae" of medical science. We must remember
also that all the abnormal conditions discussed in this chapter are secondary
effects, that the primary causes lie more or less in food poisoning, in
the irritating and destructive effects of poisonous drugs, and in wrong
thinking and feeling.
safe to say that one-half of all the patients who come to us for consultation
and treatment have been told that they suffer from nervousness. After having
given a long recital of their aches and pains, they usually wind up by
saying "All the doctors I have consulted tell me it is my nerves", or,
"it is nervousness", or, "it is neurasthenia".
What do these terms mean! Do they actually explain the nature and the causes
of the patient's ailments! They do not. They are merely convenient terms
for covering the doctor's ignorance. A well known nerve specialist in Chicago
delivered a lecture before a medical society on the subject of neurasthenia.
Addressing the assembled physicians, he began as follows: "A patient comes
to you complaining that he is suffering from headaches, physical and mental
weakness, pressure on top of the head, ringing in the ears, insomnia, irritability
and most of the other symptoms of nervousness known to medical science.
After a thorough examination you find that all his vital organs are intact;
there is nothing wrong with him physically; in fact, you do not know what
ails him—that is neurasthenia."
There are many other Latin and Greek names for diseases which serve the
same purpose to cover the doctors' ignorance. Still, the patient who has
consulted the "great specialist" goes home perfectly satisfied so long
as he gets a Latin name for his troubles. When he is told he has rheumatism,
neuralgia or neurasthenia he thinks he knows what is the matter with him.
not require a medical education to tell a patient that "it is the nerves"
or "rheumatism" or "neurasthenia" when his body is racked by aches and
pains and his mind is on the verge of insanity. The brain and the nerves
will not give out unless there is some good reason for it, and the doctor's
diagnosis, in order to be of any value to the patient, should define the
causes of the weakness and irritation of brain and nerve matter.
1. The Chemical Causes
of Nervous Diseases
from the iris and the examination of the spine, as given in our institutes,
throw considerable light on the causes and the rational treatment of nervous
diseases. In the great majority of cases when examining the eyes of "nervous"
and "neurasthenic" patients, the first thing to attract our attention is
a darkening or decided (discoloration of the areas of the stomach and bowels,
which are located directly around the pupil. The brownish, reddish, yellowish
and other abnormal pigmentation indicate; various forms of drug poisoning
that have resulted in a diseased condition of the organs. These signs in
the iris mean that the membranous linings of the stomach and bowels are
in a sluggish, atonic condition and this is bound to be followed by very
The membranous linings of the digestive organs serve two purposes—elimination
and assimilation. Certain cells and glandular structures in these membranes
absorb the food materials and after purifying and modifying, transmit them
into the blood and lymph streams. Other cell and glands in the intestinal
membranes excrete morbid matter and systemic poisons.
From the foregoing it becomes apparent that a sluggish inactive condition
of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract must have the following
The food materials are not properly assimilated and so pass out of the
body without being utilized. We must remember that the foods, while they
remain in the intestinal tract, are not yet in the body. They do not pass
into the body until they are absorbed through the walls of the intestines
into the venous and lymphatic circulation. Defective assimilation of this
kind is aggravated by the use of mineral oils. While these promote evacuation
by creating a slippery condition of the bowels, they do not do anything
to clear away the colloid substances which dog the absorbent lining of
the intestines-therefore these oily laxatives prevent absorption of the
food materials through the intestinal walls into the circulation. In time
they aggravate chronic constipation because they obviate the necessity
for natural effort.
The elimination of waste materials and systemic poisons through the intestinal
membranes is seriously handicapped, which results in systemic poisoning
or, as it is called by the medical men, autointoxication.
Furthermore, under normal conditions the membranous linings of the intestinal
tract throw off mucoid secretions which lubricate the bowels and facilitate
tile movement and discharge of the food waste and feces. Certain cell linings
in the stomach and bowels throw off secretions containing important digestive
ferments on which depends the proper digestion of food materials.
What are the inevitable effects of such abnormal conditions in the digestive
organs? If the intestinal membranes do not absorb the food materials the
blood and lymph streams are deficient in nutritive elements and cannot
properly feed the brain and nervous system. These, as well as the rest
of the body are starved.
Somebody has expressed this in the words, "Nervousness is the cry of the
nerves for food". While this is partially true, the nerves arc also irritated
by the systemic poisons which circulate in the blood stream as the result
of the retention of feces and defective elimination. No wonder the nerves
weaken and cry with pain when they are thus starved and poisoned at the
Systemic poisoning is seriously aggravated by a sluggish, atrophic condition
of the skin. This is indicated in the iris by a heavy black ring along
the outer edge, which is visible more or less distinctly in the eyes of
most people This atrophic condition of the skin is caused largely through
warm bathing from the time of birth, the wearing of heavy, dense clothing,
and through clogging and weakening of the skin with antiseptic powders,
salves, lotions, etc., used for the suppression of skin eruptions, and
by toilet preparations containing substances injurious to the life of the
When the bowels and the cuticle are in a semi-paralyzed condition the kidneys
have to do more than their own share or the work of elimination and in
turn become clogged and inactive. This is shown in the iris by chronic
defects in the areas of these organs.
From the foregoing it becomes apparent that malassimilation, malnutrition
and defective elimination are the most common causes of nervous diseases.
What is the usual treatment in such cases? The weakened nerves are artificially
and temporarily stimulated by poisonous drugs and tonics, only to become
more thoroughly paralyzed, for all artificial stimulation is followed by
corresponding weakness and atrophy. The temporary stimulation may be produced
by alcohol, coffee, tea or nicotin. Infinitely worse in their paralyzing
effects upon the system than these food, drink and tobacco poisons are
drug poisons like quinine, digitalis, arsenic, strychnine, etc., which
constitute the active principles in medical tonics. The diagnosis from
the iris proves conclusively that these drug poisons concentrate in certain
parts of the body for which they have a special affinity and then become
the cause of more serious troubles. In fact, as we have learned in other
parts of this volume, the most serious nervous symptoms are due to the
presence of drug poisons in the body.
Aches and pains, restlessness and insomnia are suppressed with bromides,
morphine, coal tar preparations and other sedatives, hypnotics and "pain
killers". These poisons merely benumb and paralyze brain and nerve matter
into temporary insensibility, leaving them in a still more weakened and
diseased condition but doing nothing to remove the underlying causes of
the nervous or neurasthenic ailments.
The only way this can be accomplished is to build up the blood on a natural
basis through proper diet and to make the organs of assimilation and elimination
more alive and active through natural methods of living and treatment.
A natural diet, well suited for this purpose; is outlined in Sections I
and X. In the treatment of chronic ailments this general dietetic regimen
must be modified or interchanged with periods of raw food diet, fasting,
etc., according to the individual requirements and changing conditions
of the patient. The various methods of manipulative treatment are important.
2. Mechanical Causes
of Nervous Diseases
now consider the mechanical causes of nervous ailments. The nerves may
be irritated or benumbed not only by food and drug poisons but also by
mechanical lesions in the spine or in other parts of the framework of the
According to physiological law, irritation at any point along the course
of a nerve is communicated to all the branches of that nerve, similar to
the way in which an electric current introduced at any point of a network
of copper wires, if not checked or diverted, will travel over all the wires
connected with that system.
Thus irritation of a nerve trunk will be transmitted to all the cells and
organs supplied by that particular nerve trunk and its branches. In this
manner many serious disorders are brought about.
Frequently patients come to us who have been treated for many years for
"sciatic rheumatism". We find that one or both hip bones are subluxated
(slipped innominate). In such cases a few manipulative treatments replace
the bones, remove the abnormal pressure and tension and thus cure the "chronic
sciatica". Other patients have suffered for years from chronic headaches,
nervousness, insomnia, eye troubles, etc. They have swallowed large amounts
of poisonous sedatives, anodynes and hypnotics. Upon careful examination
we find spinal lesions in the region of the neck. When these lesions are
corrected the nervous symptoms disappear. In similar manner irritation
of any one of the nerves passing out from the spine may cause pain or abnormal
function in the corresponding part of the body.
For such conditions there can be but one remedy, namely, the correction
of the mechanical lesions in the framework of the body which give rise
For a detailed discussion of this topic see section entitled "Manipulative
Treatment" in Vol. I of this series.
3. Mental and Emotional
Causes of Nervous Diseases
studying mental and emotional causes of disease we must realize that every
mental and emotional vibration is instantly transmuted into the physical
material vibrations of the physical body. I would define the fundamental
law of mental therapeutics as follows: Vibrations originating on one plane
of being—physical, mental or psychical—are by continuity transmuted into
the vibratory conditions of the other planes.
vibrations become mental or psychical vibrations, and vice versa. "As from
below so from above; as from above so from below."
The trouble with many representatives of the physical and of the mental
and spiritual schools of healing is that; they apply the law in only one
of its phases. While it is true that habitual irritability will "sour the
bile and poison the liver", it is just as true that an excruciating toothache
or any other kind of long continued physical pain will affect the mental
and emotional vibrations unless a person possesses superhuman self control.
Every mental, emotional and psychical vibration is instantly telegraphed
from the seat of consciousness in the physical and spiritual brain centers
over the nerve trunks and filaments to every cell in the body, and there
transmuted into the vibrations of physical health and well being, or into
physical irritation and disease.
In another chapter of this volume I have illustrated this transmutation
of mental and emotional vibrations somewhat as follows: It is a well known
fact that dry sand on a glass plate placed on top of a piano will arrange
itself into harmonious designs in accordance with the musical sounds elicited
from the instrument. Thus purely mental or emotional musical vibrations
are transmuted into the material configurations of the sand. The melody
produced from the instrument had its conception in the mind of the composer.
This musical conception he transmuted into corresponding sound vibrations.
These in turn were translated into written notes on paper, thus completing
the transmutation from the purely mental and emotional into the physical
ink and paper. Then again, the player translates the written notes into
musical sounds from the piano and these musical sound vibrations cause
the sand on the glass plate to be grouped into orderly configurations of
geometrical designs. It would be interesting to know what sort of higher
and finer vibrations paint the flowers and ferns on the frozen window pane.
Another illustration in connection with this theme is the music roll of
a pianola. Stretch out one of these sheets and observe the wonderfully
symmetrical and geometrical designs in the arrangement of the perforations.
The perforations stand for musical notes and these for musical sounds.
Musical sounds interpret the emotions of the human soul—"music is the established
harmonic relationship of the soul's emotions to the universe of sound".
Every musical note expresses some vibration in the gamut of human emotions,
from the deepest notes of misery and despair to the highest vibratory expressions
of love and happiness.
In the Nature Cure Catechism, I have defined health as "harmonious vibration
of the parts and particles composing the human entity on the physical,
mental and moral planes of being". Disease is defined as "inharmonious
or discordant vibration of the parts and particles composing the human
entity, on one or more planes or being".
Health, self content and happiness constitute the music of the soul; discontent,
unhappiness and physical disease, discordant, nerve-racking noise&
With these facts in mind, how can we afford to play the discords of fear,
anger, jealousy, revenge, greed and self-pity on the harp-strings of the
Let us see just how the mental and emotional discords become physical agony
The most destructive of all emotions is fear. It has a benumbing and paralyzing
effect upon the body. Its physiological effects resemble those of freezing.
A person freezing to death and one agitated by great fear and anxiety present
a similar appearance. In either case the body is bent, cramped and trembling,
the face is blanched, the teeth chattering. Cold shivers chase down the
spine and through the benumbed extremities. The blood vessels, nerve channels
and cells of the body are benumbed and congealed, causing obstruction to
the free flow of the nerve and blood currents, thus shutting off the influx
of the vital force. It is this obstruction to inflow of the life force
that causes death by freezing and also causes death under the stress of
some fear or great anxiety.
People indulging habitually and continually in the fear-and worry habit
may not die at once from the effects of it, but they are nevertheless committing
slow suicide through psychical refrigeration. They are effectually reducing
the inflow of the life force, thus lowering their vitality and resistance
to the destructive influences of systemic poisons and disease taints.
Furthermore, as I have pointed out, these vibrations are directly transmuted
into the corresponding conditions of physical disease in the tissues of
the body. The atoms and molecules of the cells arrange themselves into
disorderly configurations and produce inharmonious and discordant vibrations
just as surely as noisy racket produced on the piano will throw the sand
on the glass plate into disorder.
People affected by these destructive thought habits may answer: "It is
easy enough to say these things, but how can I prevent fear and worry thought
from entering my mind!" As usual, ignorance is at the bottom of the trouble.
People can control their thinking and feeling just as surely as their eating
and drinking, but unfortunately they have never been taught self-control
nor even the possibility of self-control in these matters. It is the lack
of such psychological teaching and training from early youth that accounts
for untold suffering, physically, morally and psychically.
in many forms and phases, such as fright, terror, despair, apprehension,
anxiety, mistrust, alarm, horror, despondency, melancholy, cowardice, doubt,
suspicion, etc. These mental, emotional and psychical vibrations differ
only in degree of destructiveness. All must be held in abeyance and eliminated
by self-control. This will become easy when we consider the utter uselessness
of fear in its various manifestations. While fear is a natural impulse
of the soul and useful in so far as it gives us warning of approaching
or imminent danger, weak surrender to this emotion robs us of our strength
and clear vision, thus making it easier for the threatened evil to overpower
Fear is faith in evil. It is a perversion of the great law of faith. He
who fears a thing has faith that it can and will master him; thus he becomes
a psychological coward and the thing he fears will surely overpower him.
How much better is it to profit by the constructive workings of the law
than to be destroyed by its evil effects. As surely as fear vibrations
benumb and congeal the channels of life, just so surely will hope, faith
and confidence in God and man and in the healing forces within relax the
whole system, increasing the influx of vital force, thus invigorating and
harmonizing the vibrations on all planes of being.
All of us have been at times benumbed and paralyzed by sudden fear, and
many when weakened by physical or mental disease have experienced the wonderfully
tonic effects of sympathy, love and joyful emotions. Cheerfulness is the
best of all tonics and love, the greatest physician. Increasing health,
strength and happiness depend upon higher, more refined and more rapid
vibrations on the mental emotional and psychical planes of being. The highest
and finest vibration in the universe is love; therefore is the love vibration
the greatest of all healers. Love for humanity and sympathy with its suffering
was the secret of the healing power of the Master, Jesus. It is the modus
operandi of magnetic and spiritual healing.
While fear freezes, benumbs and paralyzes the organism, anger manifests
in the opposite conditions of abnormally increased excitement and heat.
As fear corresponds to freezing, anger and its kindred emotions affect
the body like a consuming fire. They may 'well be called psychological
combustion. Anger manifests in various phases and degrees of intensity,
such as impatience, irritability, ill temper, resentment, hatred, rage,
fury, revenge, bitterness, indignation, exasperation, malice and destructiveness.
These violently destructive emotions act on the physical body like fire.
A person thus agitated presents the appearance of one overheated. The face
is flushed, the blood pressure to the brain is greatly increased, which
may result in apoplexy or in heart failure. The brain is congested as if
by the effects of alcohol. As congestion in the lungs or other vital organs
of the body tends to destroy the tissues of the affected parts, so also
congestion of the brain, caused by wrath and fury, disrupts the subtle
molecular structures of brain and nerve substances. One who is inflamed
with anger is as irresponsible as one intoxicated with fiery liquor. The
crimes of rage intoxication are as frequent and as deplorable as those
committed under alcoholic stimulation. Nothing corrodes and frazzles the
nerves so badly and wastes nerve force so wantonly as the consuming fires
of anger and kindred emotions.
Excessive stimulation is always followed by corresponding depression, weakness
and collapse. He who succumbs habitually to violent emotions slowly but
steadily weakens his physical organism and lowers his power of resistance
to destructive influences on the physical, mental and spiritual planes
of being, thus inviting nerve exhaustion and paralysis.
Any and all discordant and destructive mental and emotional vibrations
interfere with and obstruct the inflow of the life force, lowering the
vitality and undermining physical and mental health. This is true of anger
as well as of fear and of all other forms of destructive vibrations. Furthermore,
the psychical wireless connects the unhappy victim of wrath and fury with
the abodes of the most vicious and cruel beings on the earth plane and
on the astral and spiritual planes, thus opening his soul to influx from
these hellish spheres of cruelty, remorse and despair, and thereby intensifying
his own unhappy condition.
The only remedy for these consuming diseases of the soul is self control;
the making of new records in the plastic gray matter of the brain, records
attuned to the vibrations of patience, forbearance, sympathy and brotherly
love. We must either acquire constructive habits of thinking and feeling,
or suffer the tortures of alternating nervous and emotional excitation
and exhaustion. Thus we create within ourselves our own heavens or our
Self pity in its vibratory nature and in its effect upon body, mind and
soul, closely resembles the ravages of tuberculosis. It is psychological
phthisis. A person affected by this degrading phase of emotional self-indulgence
presents the miserable, haggard, negative appearance of a consumptive;
The victim of self pity assumes that he is being unjustly dealt with by
Providence, by fortune and by his fellowmen. He considers himself a martyr,
enduring undeserved hardships, privations and injustice. This results in
resentment, gloom and depression. It effectually kills cheerfulness, ambition
and virile initiative.
This type of psychical consumption affects those possessed of great wealth
and of the most wonderful opportunities in life just as frequently as it
does those who actually have to endure the greatest privations. The daughter
of one of our best known multimillionaires has been confined for many years
in a private sanitarium in France. She is obsessed by the delusion that
she is facing extreme poverty and the poorhouse, or that she will die of
starvation for lack of means to procure food. What a living travesty this
is on the popular belief that great wealth secures happiness!
Such cases are not at all uncommon among those possessed of immense wealth.
They prove that the cause of this psychological disease does not lie altogether
in outward circumstance, but rather in the emotional and psychical life
of the sufferer. Such ego maniacs are the product of self centered egotism.
If they had paid a little more attention to the real privations and suffering
of their fellow beings instead of brooding over their own real or imaginary
troubles, they would have escaped the ravages of psychical phthisis.
Sometimes these victims of self-pity are aroused out of their miserable
mental dejection by some real trouble or misfortune. A splendid illustration
of this is "Mrs. Gummidge" in Dickens' story of "David Copperfield". For
many years she had pitied and bemoaned herself as a "lone, lorn creetur";
but when real misfortune struck the family through the elopement of Emily,
then sympathy and pity aroused her from her self centered condition and
changed her into a veritable angel of mercy who lightened the gloom of
the unhappy family by cheerfulness and unselfish service. Forgetting her
own imaginary troubles and lonesomeness, she underwent a truly wonderful
psychical chemicalization through the magical reagents of pity and sympathy.
In my lectures I frequently take occasion to remind our friends that the
best way to help themselves is to help other—that there is no better way
of increasing the influx of the healing forces than by treating others
for health and strength and happiness. I say to them, "There are those
around you who need help just as much as or more than you do—some of them
as yet unable to help themselves. Treat these weak ones mentally and spiritually;
strengthen them by a kindly look and a word of encouragement. You will
be surprised how this will increase the flow of vital energy into your
own bodies." These higher and finer forces can be received only as we give.
Selfish brooding on our own troubles and self pity effectually shut off
the inflow on life force, while sympathy and unselfish service open wide
the channels of life and stimulate the flow of vital energy.
A well known ancient legend strikingly illustrates the utter foolishness
of self pity. The people of a certain country had become very much dissatisfied
with their sufferings. Each one believed his own cross was much larger
and heavier than that of his neighbor. An angel of God appeared among them
in human form and told them to bring their crosses and deposit them in
one great heap, when everyone would be allowed to select a burden which
he deemed lighter than his own. The people greatly rejoiced at this good
fortune, discarded their crosses and proceeded to choose what they thought
were lighter ones. However, their happiness at the change was not of long
duration. One after another they soon returned, confessing dejectedly that
the new cross was heavier and more painful to carry than the old one and
asking to be allowed to take up again the old accustomed burden which a
wise Providence had adjusted to each one's needs and powers of endurance.
Those who consume themselves in self-pity forget that this life is not
intended to be a continuous Sunday School picnic; that, on the contrary,
it is a school of personal and persistent effort for self development of
our latent faculties, capacities and powers, through the use of reason,
will power and self control; that only through overcoming evil in its many
forms can we educate and strengthen our mental and psychical muscle; that
evil on all planes of being is constructive in nature and purpose; and
that there is no suffering, disease or evil of any kind anywhere unless
the law has been transgressed somewhere by someone. These transgressions
of the law may be due to ignorance, to indifference or to willfulness and
viciousness. The effects will always be commensurate with the causes.
When we look upon evil from this viewpoint it loses its terrors. Then we
look upon it as a healing crisis necessary to eliminate the destructive
effects of ignorant or willful violation of Nature's laws. Thus we learn
to overcome evil, not through anger, resentment and self-pity, but through
cheerful compliance with the law.
Many pity themselves as martyrs to duty, martyrs in the service of their
relatives and friends, martyrs to social conditions. They never stop to
consider in how far they, themselves, help to create these unfortunate
conditions through their own destructive thinking, feeling and doing. A
lady remarked to her friend, "I don't understand why it is, but every time
I move I find bad neighbors." Her friend answered, "Is it not possible
that when you move you take the worst neighbor with you?"
If our surroundings and our neighbors do not suit us, it is a sign that
we are not much better ourselves. If we were better than they we would
probably be now in some higher sphere of life and action. The fact that
we are here indicates that we need the lessons to be learned on this plane,
and we shall not escape to more refined surroundings and better society
until we become fit to maintain more refined and more sympathetic associations
with our fellow beings. It is safe to assume that at each new birth, or
as we now call it, at death, we gravitate to those spheres of life and
action for which we are best suited. What would be the use of transplanting
a drunken sot from his haunts of degradation and squalor to a home of culture
and refinement? Unaccustomed to such intellectual surroundings, he would
soon return to Ms filthy dive. The beautiful home would be hell enough
for him. We may rest assured that life will sooner or later place us where
If you suffer from great physical weakness and nerve exhaustion, find out
whether it is not caused by psychological phthisis. If you cannot determine
this for yourself, have a good psychologist give you a thorough examination.
The trouble with many people who are seriously affected by mental, emotional
and psychical diseases is that they are unable or unwilling to diagnose
their conditions. Frequently they resent vehemently the intimation that
they may be suffering from such psychical disorders.
Envy represents a combination of the moods of anger and self-pity. Anger
may be inspired by the thought that somebody else possesses the thing which
we covet, and self pity because we are deprived of the thing we desire
to possess. Envy, therefore, consumes and wastes the body, mind and soul
of its unhappy victims by the combined effects of psychological combustion
and psychical phthisis.
Jealousy is a mixture of fear, anger and self-pity. We fear that somebody
may take from us that which rightfully belongs to us, and anger results
from such real or imaginary injury or injustice. Such fear and anger in
turn provoke self-pity at the thought of the real or imaginary loss or
injury. Thus we are torn alternately or all at once by the most powerful
destructive emotions of the human soul. No wonder the victims of the "green
monster" suffer the tortures of hell, that overcome by passionate resentment
and the desire for revenge they commit unjust and cruel crimes against
the innocent as well as the guilty. These terribly destructive emotions,
even when seemingly justified, will never right a wrong, but only magnify
its destructive effects on ourselves.
That which rightfully belongs to us can never be taken away from us. The
majority of people do not distinguish between their real and imaginary
possessions. Quite frequently the things which they believe they possess
or desire to possess are, in reality, their greatest burdens and their
worst enemies. That which we have earned through faithful exercise of our
natural capacities and powers, that is, our mental, moral and psychical
characteristics, can never be taken away from us. They are the only possessions
that will remain with us after the great transition. Nothing else besides
this really belongs to us. We may enjoy the use of money, property and
treasures of art for a day, a year or a lifetime, but they never become
a part of ourselves and sooner or later we shall leave them behind us.
If a friend deceives and deserts us, it simply means that he was not our
friend and the sooner we are rid of him the better for us in the long run.
Our real friend, the one that belongs to us, is waiting for us somewhere.
It is the same with all material possessions. The greater our possessions
the more extravagant our wants and needs. People do not possess wealth,
but are possessed and obsessed by wealth. The more simple the life, the
less the wants and needs, and the less the fear of loss and deprivation.
Those who are used to simple and economical ways of living rejoice in them.
Those deprived of great wealth and comfort are appalled and discouraged
by the loss of it When we possess a thing we do not appreciate its value,
but the moment we lose it we are overcome by unhappiness and resentment.
Then why not do without it in the first place! Instead of wasting our vitality
in spiteful resentment at our neighbor's prosperity, let us rejoice in
his possessions and thereby make them our own.
If these things be true, then why allow ourselves to be torn by the destructive
emotions of fear, anger and self pity because of real or imaginary loss
of some ephemeral, or at any rate transient possession, which after all
is not essential to the well being of the real man, the soul man; especially
so when these discordant and destructive psychical emotions invariably
result in mental and nervous breakdown and physical weakness, disease and
Diseases of the soul, created by perverted mental vision and lack of self
control continue after death, afflicting the soul in the spiritual life
just as heavily as on this side of the "Great Divide". while diseases of
the physical body may terminate at death, abnormal conditions of mind and
soul continue on the spiritual planes of life. Therefore our spiritual
salvation, as well as physical health, depends upon the correction of our
perverted mental vision and upon overcoming our lack of self-control.
Self-control is the master key to the solution of all our troubles and
of all higher development on the mental, moral and spiritual planes of
being. Flow to strengthen the power of will and how to overcome evil habits
and to develop good habits I have described in the last chapters of this
OR MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHICAL DISORDERS
discussion of this subject I shall not follow the official classifications
given in standard scientific works. These orthodox classifications are
of little value to us, as they are based on outward manifestations or symptoms
of mental disorders, while they do not take into consideration their underlying
causes and true nature. In most instances they are merely Latin or Greek
names for outstanding symptoms.
It is lack of understanding of the true nature and causes of mental and
psychical disorders and lack of their rational treatment that accounts
for the progressive increase of insanity, which keeps pace with advancing
civilization in spite of the most determined efforts of medical science
to stem the tide of this great danger that threatens the civilized nations.
A prominent physician at the head of one of the largest sanitariums of
this country, in a public lecture, made the statement that at the present
rate of increase in insanity all the inhabitants of this country would
be insane at a certain future date. Happily this gloomy prediction will
not come true, thanks to the rapidly increasing popularity of the nature
I shall endeavor to treat the subject simply, as it has presented itself
to me in actual experience, including under the term insanity all prolonged
departures from the normal standards of thinking, feeling and acting.
The table on page 273 may help to elucidate this complex subject. It will
be seen that I divide all forms of insanity into two main groups, the physical
and the psychical. By physical, mental and emotional disorders I mean all
those morbid mental conditions that originate in abnormal functioning or
organic degeneration of the physical organism and particularly of brain
and nerve matter.
AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS DUE TO PHYSICAL CAUSES
and Congenital Disorders
disorders are again subdivided into hereditary and congenital disorders.
These may be of a functional or organic nature. They may result from abnormal
prenatal influences of a mental or emotional nature; also from prenatal
malnutrition, drug poisoning or trauma. A few days ago I examined a child
four years old who had not yet learned to talk. The thyroid gland seems
to be well developed and it is physically in normal condition The frontal
region of the head, however, is very low and the sides and the parietal
parts of the skull above the ears are somewhat caved in.
The brown eyes of the child revealed three fully developed, heavy nerve
rings, an extraordinary condition for a child of that age, indicating serious
disorder of the nervous system. Both parents were in good physical condition
before the conception of the child and have been ever since. The mother
told me that during pregnancy from beginning to end she had been tortured
by great homesickness, mental depression and melancholia. This was the
only adverse influence I was able to trace in the case. Possibly it had
a harmful effect upon the intellectual brain area of which the speech center
is primary and basic. Significant also in this respect is the depression
in the parietal bones over Brocha 's convolution, the location of the speech
cretin and idiot whose eyes I examined showed in the brain region a very
heavy scurf rim. The mother, during pregnancy, had taken enough calomel
for liver trouble and constipation to produce the symptoms of salivation
several times. The mercury sign was distinctly visible in her eyes. In
all cases of so called hereditary syphilis it is the mercury, salvarsan,
arsenic, iodine, potassium or other drug poison, not venereal disease,
which produce the congenital defects in the offspring.
It is a fact that syphilis is not communicated to a nursing child through
the milk. Much less is it possible that the disease is conveyed from mother
to child prenatally. Nature does her best to protect the young life against
adverse influences. But Nature is powerless to prevent the introduction
of virulent poisons into human bodies by the disciples of pseudo-science.
Serious injuries to the abdomen of a pregnant woman may also cause congenital
nervous or mental derangement or physical deformity of the offspring. A
few weeks ago we examined in our open clinic a child a few months old whose
lower ribs on one side were badly caved in. The mother had a serious fall
during the last month of pregnancy. The deformity is rapidly yielding to
Deficiency of the Ductless Glands
deficiency of the thymus and thyroid glands is responsible for most cases
of cretinism, idiocy and backward development. Allopathic medicine endeavors
to overcome these defects by the administration of thymus or thyroid extract.
This, however, is only palliative. While these animal extracts may serve
to a certain extent as a substitute and may stimulate the physical and
mental development of the child, still the administration of these artificial
preparations tends to retard the natural development of the glandular structures.
Whenever the administration of the thyroid extract is interrupted, the
improvement ceases and there is a strong tendency to retrogression. After
all, these extracts artificially prepared from animal bodies are not congenial
to the human organism and their constant administration tends to create
abnormal conditions. This has been observed in many instances.
Much better and more permanent results are obtained by natural management
and treatment. All the tonic influences of the various methods of natural
treatment especially massage and neurotherapy-manipulation of the nerve
centers which supply the ductless glands tend to develop the defective
organs in a perfectly natural manner. We have thus treated and cured many
little patients suffering from congenital malformations, backward development,
cretinism, defects of the sensory organs and idiocy.
disturbance may be caused by external violence such as concussion of the
brain from blows on the head or from falls, etc. Spinal analysis frequently
discloses lesions, particularly in the cervical region. The impingement
on the blood vessels and nerves by suck bony displacements or contractions
of connective tissues may produce mental and nervous disorders which will
abate or disappear when the lesions are corrected by proper manipulative
When mental or nervous disorders result from fractures or indentations
of the skull, the fractured bones or splinters pressing upon the brain
matter must be removed by surgical treatment.
of functional mental disorders are caused by systemic poisoning resulting
from the accumulation of morbid matter and poisons produced in the system,
such as acids, alkaloids, ptomaine and xanthins, which we designate collectively
as pathogens. These morbid materials circulating in the blood may unduly
exalt or depress the normal activities of the brain and nervous system.
For instance, the acids of phosphorous have a powerfully irritating and
stimulating effect upon brain and nerve matter, giving rise to nervous
irritability, insomnia and hysterical manifestations, while carbon dioxide
(CO2) has a benumbing, depressing effect.
The normal structure and functioning of brain and nerve cells depends upon
the quantity and quality of the blood supply. Therefore the normality of
mental and emotional functions depends to a large extent upon the purity
and normality of the vital fluids. If the blood stream which feeds the
brain and nervous system is saturated with gluey, mucoid and gaseous materials,
the mental and emotional activities will be sluggish and phlegmatic, resulting
in impairment of memory and of the reasoning faculties.
Excessive acid formation in the system may result in earthy deposits in
the walls of the blood vessels, narrowing their lumen and obstructing the
circulation, thus causing so called hardening of the arteries with its
attendant depressive effects on brain functions, tendency to hemorrhages,
As we have learned in our study of dietetics, practically all pathogenic
materials are formed by the excessive intake of starchy, protein and fatty
foods because the elements composing these foods are electromagnetically
negative and therefore pathogen forming substances. These foods at the
same time are very deficient in the positive acid binding and eliminating
alkaline mineral elements.
The prevention and treatment of this class of disorders is, therefore,
largely dietetic and must consist in reducing the protein, starchy and
fatty foods and substituting foods rich in the positive alkaline salts
of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Other efficient methods
for eliminating pathogenic materials are hydrotherapy, massage, neurotherapy,
air and sun baths, proper breathing and curative exercises, homeopathic
is another prolific cause of functional disorders of a toxic character,
producing gradually degenerative changes in the tissues of the body, especially
in the liver, spleen and kidneys. In advanced stages it causes degeneration
of brain and nerve matter and may result in various forms of delirium and
The symptoms of alcohol poisoning cover a wide range, from simple nausea
to violent delirium, coma and death.
Alcoholic poisoning may result from the use of distilled liquors, such
as whisky or of fermented liquors, such as wines, beer, ale, etc. Many
patent medicines and medicinal tonics owe their stimulating effects to
the large percentages of alcohol that they contain. Meat eating, coffee
drinking, smoking and the use of habit-forming drugs all create a craving
for alcohol, and vice versa.
We find in our work that we cannot permanently break our patients from
the use of one stimulant unless they give up all other stimulants. Many
times we have weaned patients from meat eating, smoking, coffee toping,
the use of alcoholic liquors and habit forming drugs, and after their systems
had been thoroughly purified from these poisons all craving for them disappeared.
Occasionally one would again fall victim to the old, destructive habits.
Inquiry into the cause for backsliding usually brings out confessions like
the following: "Oh, doctor, I felt so fine that I thought just a cup of
coffee" or "just one or two cigars a day would not hurt me, but I find
that my will power once weakened, I could not resist the temptation of
indulging more freely. Every time I used a stimulant it seemed to create
a craving for another one. When my system was in a purified condition,
a piece of meat seemed to stimulate me more than once did a glass of whisky,
but the taste of meat created a craving for a cup of coffee or a cigar,
and so on until I became once more a slave to all the old habits and now
I seem to be deeper in their bondage than ever before." "Give the devil
your little finger and he will soon have the whole fellow in the bargain."
When the body is thoroughly saturated with meat poisons, caffein, uric
acid, drug poisons, etc., a dozen drinks or cigars a day, more or less,
make little difference; but when the system is purified of these poisons
and in normal condition, even small amounts of any kind of stimulant will
affect the nervous system profoundly and excite a craving for yet stronger
That alcoholism is a hereditary disease has been proved beyond a doubt.
This should be a matter of grave consideration for those who intend to
assume the responsibilities of parenthood.
Symptoms: The symptoms of alcoholism, like those of all other diseases,
manifest in the acute and chronic forms. The light drinker awakens in the
morning in a morose and irritable condition. He has no desire for food
and is unfit for the work of the day until he has had his "eye opener".
At a later stage of the disease the nausea develops into vomiting and the
indigestion becomes more pronounced and chronic. Constant hyperemia of
the stomach, liver and spleen are followed by gradual atrophy.
The drinker of whisky develops 'the shrunken, hobnailed liver; the liver
of the habitual beer drinker becomes greatly enlarged; sometimes weighing
from twenty to forty pounds, but later on it also shrinks.
The last stages of alcoholism are marked by malnutrition, emaciation, the
loss of memory and intellectual faculties.
Alcoholic poisons gradually benumb, paralyze and destroy the best qualities
of the body, mind and soul, until the victim falls to the depths of physical,
mental and moral degradation.
All drug cures for this terrible disease are of questionable value. They
may create a temporary revulsion for alcohol, but at best this is another
case of Beelzebub against the devil. The drugs used in these cures have
a bad effect upon the system and when the sedative effects of the drug
treatment have lost their hold upon the patient, he relapses into the old,
destructive habits. Exactly the same is true of hypnotic treatment for
destructive habits. It is at best only temporarily suppressive. Hypnotic
control still further weakens the will of the subject. He temporarily abstains
from liquor, not of his own accord, but compelled by the dominating will
of the hypnotist. When this begins to wane he has less control over his
cravings than before.
In this connection it must be remembered that a person cannot be hypnotized
unless his own reason, will power and self-control are temporarily suppressed
and completely in abeyance. If this takes place repeatedly, paralysis of
these highest faculties and capacities of the mind and soul becomes permanent
and the victim of hypnotism degenerates into the abject slave of every
stronger influence. He becomes a negative weakling and drifter, frequently
ending in an insane asylum.
The only possible and permanent cure of alcoholism and of drug habits lies
in a complete regeneration of the individual through natural methods of
living and of treatment. If the patient is in the advanced stages of alcohol-jam,
afflicted with organic diseases of the stomach, liver, kidneys or heart
and subject to attacks of delirium tremens, it may be necessary to wean
him gradually from the effects of the poison by allowing him graduated
doses of alcohol, morphine or whatever the habit forming poison may be.
An attendant must administer gradually decreasing doses at increasing intervals
of time. The strength of the poison at the same time may be reduced without
the knowledge of the patient. In many instances we have given such patients
injections of pure distilled water when they imagined they were still getting
strong doses of morphine. In such eases the power of suggestion frequently
shows us its wonderful effects. Not long ago a patient came to us from
a neighboring hospital. An operation had been performed on one of his limbs.
It was then kept in a plaster cast for four months. The only remedy they
had in the hospital for the terrific pain following the operation was morphine.
When he was brought to our institution he was using as high as ten grains
Under the natural treatment the pains gradually abated and within a few
weeks we succeeded in reducing the morphine to minimum doses, but whenever
we refused to give him an injection he would yell at the top of his voice,
claiming that he could not stand the pain and could not sleep. Pains did
not trouble him and he was able to sleep when we injected distilled water.
The water did the work just as well as the morphine as long as he was under
the impression that morphine was being administered. We had to keep up
the deception for three weeks, gradually decreasing the number of injections
until he became convinced that he could do without the "morphine".
The active treatment of alcoholism must include everything that is good
in natural methods. Of primary importance is a strict vegetarian diet,
alternating between raw food, dry food, milk diet and fasting regimen.
Tonic cold water treatments, massage, Swedish movements, neurotherapy,
curative gymnastics, air and sun baths and everything else conducive to
a thorough regeneration of the system must be applied systematically. Such
patients require constitutional treatment.
During the first stages of treatment, while the victims of drag and liquor
habits are helpless and without will power and self control, they need
constant attendance and careful nursing day and night. The poison to which
they are addicted must be administered in gradually diminishing doses at
lengthened intervals and, unless confined in a padded cell, they must be
guarded against escape or self-inflicted injury and suicide. When the system
of such a patient has been thoroughly purified and regenerated, when he
has become accustomed to and thoroughly enjoys a vegetarian diet, the craving
for liquor, tobacco or drugs will have disappeared and will not return
unless he willfully indulges in former habits.
We have proved in many cases that such a thorough purification and regeneration
of the system is a much better guarantee against relapses than all the
poison cures in existence.
Not the least potent among the regenerative influences of the Natural Therapeutic
treatment are the daily lectures and private consultations through which
the patient becomes acquainted for the first time in his life with the
natural laws underlying the processes of health, disease and cure, which
he must obey in order to attain perfect health and the greatest possible
capacity for enjoying the pleasures of life and the highest efficiency
in the performance of his share of the world's work. He now becomes aware
that these highest and finest achievements of human life cannot be attained
through any form of self-indulgence. Having learned his lesson through
the great contrast between utter misery and degradation and the enjoyment
of perfect health, he is willing to pay the price of self-control in the
The best of drug treatment, while it may break the alcohol or drug habit
more or less permanently, never leaves the system in the purified and regenerated
condition such as results from natural treatment, which alone insures perfect
health and the complete enjoyment of the good things of life.
Alcoholism has been made the scapegoat for the increase in insanity among
civilized nations and for the major part of defective heredity. Its influence,
bad as it is, has been greatly overrated. This will be proved positively
after national prohibition has become an accomplished fact in this country.
Fully as destructive have been the effects of poisonous drugs, especially
of mercury, iodine, quinine, arsenic, strychnine, bromides and coal tar
Alcohol is in a way congenial to the human organism. It is manufactured
in small quantities in most human bodies as a product of sugar fermentation
in the intestines and is burned up in the system like other fuel material.
It is probably for this reason that alcohol is not shown in the iris by
a characteristic sign of its own.
Nicotin and caffein do not show in the iris because they are chemically
closely related to the uric acid group and are therefore congenial to the
system. This indicates that these xanthins are eliminated with comparative
an habitual alcoholic quits taking the poison its effects are without great
difficulty overcome by natural methods of living and of treatment. Poisonous
drugs however, have a strong tendency to accumulate in those tissues of
the body for which they have a special affinity, there to act as powerful
irritants and poisons, creating many of the most destructive chronic diseases.
The destructive effects of drug poisons are fully described in Iridiagnosis,
Vol. VI of this series.
Mental disorders caused by poisonous drugs are more difficult to cure than
any other forms because they readily result in organic degeneration. (See
Quinin, Mercury, Iodin, Coal Tar Products, etc. Vol. VI.)
C. Mental and Emotional
Disorders Due to Organic Degeneration of Brain and Nerve Matter
mental disorders if prolonged by neglect or intensified by suppressive
drug treatment may result in organic degeneration of brain and nerve matter,
creating such conditions as paresis (softening of the brain), sclerosis
of the spinal cord, anterior poliomyelitis, etc. It is evident that cures
are much more difficult or may become impossible when the stages of organic
degeneration have been reached.
A few cases of organic insanity are caused by injury to the brain, but
the great majority are due to the action of morbid matter and paralyzing
or destructive poisons on the brain. These poisons may have been generated
in the body by unnatural methods of living. They may be alcohol, nicotin,
caffein or destructive acids and paralyzing alkaloids which are the waste
products of faulty protein and starch metabolism.
Morbid encumbrances and organic decay are frequently due to the suppression
of scrofulous, psoric and syphilitic diseases. About sixty percent of all
organic cases, however, are due to the ever-lengthening array of destructive
drug poisons such as mercury, iodin, quinin, arsenic, bromin, acetanilid
and other coal tar products.
Organic defects may be created in the following manner: Earthy waste matter
forms deposits in and clogs and hardens the minute blood vessels of brain
and nerve centers. Xanthins and alkaloids of the uric acid type, or destructive
drug poisons, cause obstruction, abnormal changes, decay and actual destruction
of nerve and brain matter.
To this group of organic insanity belong all nervous and mental disorders
classed by the old school of medicine under locomotor ataxia, paresis,
dementia paralytica, senile dementia, etc.
This entire range of diseases is looked upon by the medical profession
as incurable. Nevertheless, we constantly prove in our practice that all
of these types of disorders can be alleviated and a large percentage of
them cured by natural methods of treatment, provided there is sufficient
vitality left in the organism to respond to treatment and provided also
that actual destruction of brain and nerve matter is not too far advanced.
The medical treatment of these disorders consists almost universally in
the administration of mercury, iodin, arsenic, strychnin, salvarsan and
coal tar products. Diagnosis from the iris, however, and the history of
cases of this type, reveal the fact that almost without exception these
diseases have been produced by the absorption of these same poisons earlier
How, then, can such cases be cured by the poisons which produce them? Is
it any wonder that medical science calls them "incurable" when too much
drugging is all that ails them? Is it any wonder they improve under Christian
Science or any other non-suppressive treatment? Every ease of locomotor
ataxia, paralysis agitans and paresis which has come under my observation
has revealed the signs of drugs, and inquiry into the history usually confirms
the drug records in the iris.
It takes mercury from five to sixteen years to work its way into the brain
and spinal cord—then its destructive symptoms begin to manifest. What is
commonly called secondary and tertiary syphilis is nothing but mercurial
and iodin poisoning. Syphilis and gonorrhea in themselves are easily curable
by natural methods of treatment. If properly treated, without poisonous
drugs, these taints can be completely eradicated from the system within
four or five months' time. Not a single case treated by us from its incipiency,
that is before suppressive treatment had been given, ever developed any
secondary or tertiary symptoms or hereditary disease in offspring.
The subject of defectives and venereal diseases has been fully treated
in "The Black Stork".
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL
DISORDERS DUE TO PSYCHICAL CAUSES (GROUP II)
main division of our diagram deals with psychical disorders. Under these
we classify forms of insanity due to mental, emotional and psychical influences.
All mental and emotional disorders may finally result in various forms
of abnormal psychism such as hypersensitiveness, negativeness, clairvoyance,
clairaudience, hypnotic subjection, mediumship, obsession and possession.
Every form of perverted mentalism such as stubbornness, fear, worry, hypochondria,
anger, fury, rage, jealousy or self pity may become permanent forms of
destructive emotionalism. In our practice we are daily more and more impressed
with the fact that any form of abnormal thinking and feeling may easily
develop into the most terrible depressive or emotional insanity.
is frequently merely a natural tendency unduly exaggerated through loss
of self-control. If parents could be made to realize that their fond indulgence
of a child's selfishness, indolence, willfulness, irritability and temper
may develop into the worst forms of nervousness, hysteria and insanity,
they would employ the best means at their command to stimulate, educate
and strengthen the will power and self-control of the child. In the weakening
and loss of self-control lies the root of psychical disorders; in its restoration,
of mental diseases classified by medical science under these heads are
largely the result of destructive autosuggestion.
I have not been able to find a better illustration of mental and emotional
processes than the phonograph and kinematograph. The gray matter of the
brain corresponds to the record cylinders in the phonograph or to the films
in the moving picture machine. These plastic materials receive, register
and retain impressions of sound and passing scenes and reproduce them automatically.
So, also, the gray matter of the brain receives, registers and retains
impressions from the outside world coming through the sensory organs and
also impressions of thoughts and emotions generated in the mind of the
individual. After these records in the brain matter have been established,
they repeat themselves spontaneously or at the call of the will.
All our distinctly human physical and mental capacities and functions have
been created in that way. We had to make the centers or records in the
motor or Rolandic area of the brain before we could walk or use our limbs
for any other purpose. We had to create centers in Brocha's convolution
in the frontal brain for every word we have learned to speak in our own
or in any foreign language. In like manner we had to create molecular groupings
or brain centers for everything we have gained in the acquisition of knowledge
or in the execution of manual labor or artistic productions. Before we
can solve a problem in arithmetic, acquire dexterity in the handling of
a tool, play the violin or any other musical instrument, we must first
establish the necessary centers in the gray matter of the cortex. After
these molecular groupings in brain matter have been created, they work
almost spontaneously and may control the physical 'organism and the mentality
through what we call habit.
It took many months of laborious effort to create in Brocha's convolution
the molecular groupings for the pronunciation of the words "papa" and "mama"
and of other words in an infant's vocabulary. But after the centers were
once established, speech flowed freely at the slightest volitional impulse.
Many months of laborious and persistent efforts were required to develop
the centers in the brain area for muscular movement and coordination before
we could make the first tottering steps, but after these centers in the
area of Rolando and in the cerebellum were established the legs responded
to the slightest impulse of the will.
In similar manner all thinking and feeling impresses its paths, grooves
and records in the plastic gray matter of the brain, and after having been
firmly established these records of thought, ideas, feelings and memories
repeat at the volition of the ego, or they may play their tunes spontaneously.
Memory, habit, character, individuality, the subconscious or subjective
mind, are made up of these records in the gray matter of the brain. These
highly interesting' matters are more fully treated in Vol. IV, Natural
Whether our memories and our habitual states of thinking and feeling are
of a pleasant, cheerful and happy nature, or whether they are discordant,
irritable, morbid, melancholy, unhappy, spiteful, critical, jealous or
destructive in any other way, depends upon the kind of records we have
made in the past, that is, the kind of thoughts and feelings we have entertained
and allowed to impress themselves upon the plastic gray matter of the brain.
Our future mental, emotional, moral, spiritual and psychical characteristics
will depend upon the records we make from this moment on.
When I explain these fundamental principles of psychology and mentalism,
people ask, "How can I prevent unpleasant thoughts and feelings from entering
my mind!" There lies the root of the trouble. People have never been taught
that they have the power to control their thinking and feeling, as well
as their eating and drinking. If these fundamental laws and principles
of mentalism and emotionalism were impressed on the child mind from the
awakening of understanding, what an amount of unhappiness, mental degeneracy
and insanity might be prevented!
While conversing with a friend about the terrible fate of the victims of
autosuggestion, hypnotism, mediumship, obsession and other forms of subjective
psychism, she remarked, "It seems incomprehensible why a kind Providence
allows innocent and naturally good people to drift into these terrible
conditions which must lead to indescribable suffering and final extinction
of the individuality."
I answered to this, "Somewhere, some time in the history of these individuals
they drifted into abnormal ways of thinking and feeling, brooding over
real or imaginary troubles, fear of impending poverty, of persecution or
misfortune, fear of eternal damnation, of having committed the unpardonable
sin or of other religious delusions.
fear records multiplied until they filled the mind to the exclusion of
everything else and then played their direful tunes incessantly day and
night, creating a living hell for the unfortunate victim of his own mental
obsession. Others in similar manner drift into negative conditions of thinking
and feeling, which make possible control and obsession by external influences
and vicious intelligences in or out of the body."
These victims of destructive autosuggestion begin to fear, worry and brood
about something. There may be some reason for it, or the thing dreaded
may be entirely imaginary-nine times in ten it is. This occurs usually
among people who have not enough real work in their lives but too much
time to think and brood. Every time they indulge in this sort of fear thought
they impress it more deeply in the plastic gray matter of the brain.
One idea sown in the subconscious mind keeps on growing and multiplying
until it crowds out everything else. Thus arises the fixed idea, or monomania.
The unhappy victim of his own delusion is no longer capable of thinking
or feeling anything else. It fills his mind entirely, shows in his behavior
and in his gloomy, melancholy features. Hundreds of thousands of people
in this United States are thus slowly but surely creating for themselves
the worst hells in the universe without realizing their danger, and nobody
raises the danger signal because people do not understand the laws of destructive
I have come into contact with many of these unfortunates whose minds were
filled with just one kind of discordant, destructive records playing their
dismal tunes by day and night, without relief or intermission. Just now
I have under observation a man twenty-eight years of age who has worked
himself into such a deplorable condition. He belongs to a wealthy family,
is well educated and has had every possible opportunity to make life a
success. A few yearn ago he began to brood and worry over an unhappy love
affair. His friends tell me the severing of this attachment was in reality
most fortunate, because the object of his affection was not of good moral
character, and according to her own confession tried to marry him only
for his money. Notwithstanding this, he allowed the matter to occupy his
mind to the exclusion of everything else. He imagined that he had wronged
the young woman beyond the possibility of atonement. This brought up the
idea that he was unworthy of respect and unfit for association with his
fellow beings, and this in turn led to more introspection and seclusion,
until these melancholy, morose and self accusatory ideas filled his mind
so completely that he tried in various ways to end his misery by suicide.
In spite of all this the man is endowed with splendid intelligence. Even
during this mental obscuration he was able to vanquish some of the best
checker and chess players in Chicago. Only a few days ago he mentioned
to me from memory the telephone numbers of a dozen firms he dealt with
two or three years ago. The telephone book proved his memory absolutely
correct. Still, long continued and persistent explanations and persuasion
have so far proved inadequate to lift his dismal mental obsession. His
troubles undoubtedly originated by making the wrong kind of brain records.
People do not realize that this sort of fear and worry thought is a form
of destructive self-indulgence just as surely as is overindulgence in alcoholic
liquors or in habit creating drugs. They have never been taught that destructive
mentalism and emotionalism may be prevented by the exercise of will power
and self control just as easily as alcoholism or the cigarette or drug
Treatment of Monomania
forms of fixed idea or monomania cannot be successfully treated at home.
Old surroundings, relatives, friends and accustomed scenes and objects
constantly call up the old brain records and cause them to play their dismal
tunes. Change of environment—new people, new sights, new ideas—is absolutely
necessary to create new brain records and to throw the old ones into disuse
and oblivion. We endeavor to hasten the mental regeneration by arousing
interest in new ideas and higher ideals, by instilling new faith and the
will to be well in place of the old doubt and despair thought.
We have found that the best way to accomplish this is through daily health
talks in which we explain to our patients how physical and mental ills
are created through violation of Nature's laws of thinking, feeling, breathing,
eating, drinking, bathing, etc., and how they must learn to help themselves
by complying with Nature's laws in their habits of living.
Nervous and mental patients who would resentfully reject any helpful suggestion
in private consultation will allow the ideas propounded in a public lecture
to sink into their inner consciousness without arousing antagonism and
Hand in hand with change of surroundings and suggestive treatment must
go the purification and upbuilding of the physical body, as outlined in
About a year ago a woman came to us for treatment who was firmly convinced
that she had committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost, that
she was damned to hell for all eternity and that there was no possibility
of salvation for her. The unhappy condition of her mind may be easily imagined.
For four months she exerted all her strength to refuse my helpful arguments
and suggestions. Like most of these people she argued with the ingenuity
of an accomplished lawyer trying to prove that she was indeed utterly depraved
and lost, while in reality she had been the best and kindest of human beings
all through her life, until these unfortunate delusions overwhelmed her.
two months after she had left for home I received a letter from her which
contained the following passage:
"Toward the end of my sojourn in your institution I began to realize that
you were right and that I was altogether wrong in my foolish imaginings
through which I had created for myself the worst imaginable hell of mental
and emotional suffering. But through long continued habit and stubbornness
of mind I was not ready nor willing to acknowledge my fault. But after
I arrived home and had time and leisure to think matters over I became
fully conscious of the absurdity and terrible consequences of my mental
aberration. Now I have found my old self again and the dreadful delusions
which obsessed and threatened to destroy me seem like a bad dream or dreadful
Insanity or Abnormal Psychism
of psychical mental disorders are induced by negative, sensitive conditions
on one or more planes of being. I mean by this that physical, mental and
moral vigor and resistance have become weakened in some way or another
and that as a result, reason, will and self control are benumbed and paralyzed
to such an extent that the individual comes into abnormal contact with
the lower spiritual planes of existence and lays himself open to hypnotic
control by other intelligences in or out of the physical body.
The paranoiac, the delusional maniac and the true medium are frequently
hypnotically controlled by vicious intelligences on the physical or spiritual
planes of being. The drunkard in delirium tremens actually sees things.
The snakes and other horrid creatures which terrify him are not altogether
hallucinations of a distorted imagination. In his ease the physical organism
and its sensory organs, under the deadening influence of alcohol, have
become so benumbed and paralyzed that the senses of the spiritual body
are abnormally active. In other words, the victim of alcohol becomes clairvoyant
on the lowest plains of spiritual life—the hell of the theologians.
Our physical material plane of life corresponds, as far as location in
space is concerned, to the lowest spiritual plane, the astral plane of
the theosophists, and therein lies the awful danger of premature and abnormal
psychical development through negative, subjective processes. All such
experiments are extremely dangerous as long as the individual is bound
by his heavy physical body and by heavy spiritual gravity to the lowest
plane of spirit life.
The doctors who have lately "weighed the soul" by observing and recording
the loss of weight at the point of death were right in their conclusions.
The spiritual body, mentioned by Paul and visible to the seer, is material
just as is the physical body, and although this spiritual counterpart of
the physical body consists of matter in a very rarefied form, still it
occupies space and has some weight.
Those who, by a weakening of will power and by subjective, negative processes
of psychic development rashly expose themselves to psychic control and
abnormal quickening of the spiritual organs of sense, come in contact with
the slums and vicious inhabitants of the lowest planes of spiritual life.
To the religiously inclined who doubt these statements I would say that
if these things are untrue, then the New Testament is false from beginning
to end. If abnormal psychism and obsession was a fact in Nature nineteen
hundred years ago, it is a fact today.
To the materialistic, skeptical scientist I would adapt the quotation and
bid him remember "there are really more things in heaven and earth, my
medical Horatio, than have been dreamed of in thy philosophy". Only he
who has sincerely and earnestly investigated and tested these subjects
has a right to speak and judge.
When I took "incurable paranoiacs" from a state insane asylum, the doctors
in charge smiled at my presumption and informed me that never yet in the
history of the institution had a case been cured. Yet we have permanently
cured several such eases within four to twelve months' time.
It is not to be wondered at, however, that these patients are incurable
under the conventional treatment when we stop to consider that insane asylums
are veritable "hells on earth", where ignorant and vicious spirits congregate
to obsess and vampirize defenseless victims. The latter are rendered more
negative and subjective by idleness, improper diet, solitude, confinement,
constant communication with other insane, by the vicious spiritual atmosphere,
and by the paralyzing influence of sedative and hypnotic drugs which arc
negative in their effects on the human organism.
There are those who endeavor to restore lost self-control by "hypnotic
suggestion", which, however, is a misnomer. An able writer on this subject
draws the following distinction between suggestion and hypnotism:
safe to say that in its most common acceptance the word [suggestion] is
intended to mean a deferential method of calling the attention of one person
to the subject matter in the mind of another and inviting favorable consideration
of the same.
"For some reason, quite inconceivable at this time, the word has become
inseparably connected and associated in thought with the subject of hypnotism.
By a sort of tacit agreement or understanding, as it were, among writers
and students generally, it has come to include almost, if not quite, all
the means and methods by and through which a hypnotist impresses his own
thoughts, impulses, desires and will upon the consciousness of his subject.
"But it must be borne constantly in mind that in exact proportion to the
depth or intensity of the hypnotic state the hypnotist controls the will,
voluntary powers and sensory organs of his subject. Under these conditions
the subject, to the extent that hypnosis exists, is deprived of the power
of independent choice, without which the word 'suggestion' is entirely
meaningless to him.
" Indeed, every thought, every impression, every impulse of the will projected
by a hypnotist upon the consciousness of his subject during the hypnotic
relation has, just as far as the hypnotic process is able to carry it,
the force and binding effect of a definite and inviolable command. It is
not presented to the subject for his consideration as an independent self
conscious and rational intelligence possessing discretionary powers. It
is not submitted to the rational judgment of the subject at all. It is
not offered upon the theory that it may possibly be rejected. On the other
hand, it is forced upon him under conditions which, according to the laws
of Nature, make its rejection an impossibility.
"And yet, notwithstanding all this, it is called 'suggestion' by learned
men who are wise enough to instantly discover many a less conspicuous error."
Careful scientific investigation has demonstrated that hypnotism may not
only produce insanity and physical death, but that it seriously interferes
with the normal development of mind and soul and entails evils far greater
than mere physical debauchery. In fact, hypnotism is debauchery of mind
It is not to be questioned that hypnotism practiced in a helpful spirit
may produce temporary results which seem in a measure to justify its use,
but if these be observed in their unfolding it will be found that there
has been no actual cure; that the results were merely the effects of a
brain paralysis and the substitution of the will of the operator for the
will of the victim. In other words, hypnotic treatment, like that by drugs,
is suppressive, not curative.
There is a single consideration which of itself should deter any self respecting
and prudent person from submitting to hypnotic control. This process involves
the temporary subjection and abeyance of reason, will power and self control
of the subject. With each repetition, these highest attributes of the soul
become more benumbed and paralyzed. This not only prevents the development
of the higher faculties, capacities and powers, but starts the victim of
hypnotic control on the downward road of mental and moral deterioration
and retrogression. Such a person becomes an easy prey to any outside influence
that may desire to control him for good or evil.
Those who are regularly experimenting with this dangerous power, believing
that they are accomplishing beneficial results, should ask themselves if
they have a right to extinguish self consciousness and to usurp absolute
control over the mind and soul of another individual when this means criminal
intrusion upon the sacred rights of individual consciousness and personality
for the sake of merely temporary and doubtful benefits.
It is our highest and most solemn duty to maintain the waking consciousness
and to guard the citadel of our being at all times against intrusion and
control by outside intelligences. Any process which progressively weakens
the victim's control over his own acts is in violation of the primary law
of individual life the law of moral and personal responsibility.
Reason, will power and self-control are the soul attributes which distinguish
the human from the animal. Take these away and there is nothing left but
an idiot or a lunatic. When these highest qualities of the human soul are
permanently benumbed and paralyzed through the hypnotic process, the individual
sinks below the animal plane, because he has not even animal instinct to
guide him This is soul murder.
I began to realize the destructive nature of hypnotism and mediumship when
I was studying Nature Cure in Berlin. At that time I also took a course
in "Suggestive Therapeutics" under Jacques Groll, at that time the most
celebrated hypnotist in Germany.
My fellow students appeared to enjoy the abject submission and helplessness
of our clinical subjects when under hypnotic control, but from the beginning
the pitiable condition of these wretches, deprived of reason, will and
self-control, was revolting to me. Although endowed to a marked degree
with the power to exert hypnotic control, I decided there must be other
less harmful methods of curing human ailments and resolved never to employ
subjective methods in any form whatsoever.
There is no delusion more fatal than that encouraged by certain church
organizations engaged in the work of psychic healing, namely, that will
power can be restored and strengthened by hypnosis-the very process that
destroys it more surely than any other known agency, a process which is
the greatest crime which can be committed against a human being.
We now come to the consideration of subjective psychism, in its various
phases closely related to hypnotism. These states all have their incipiency
in negative physical and mental conditions. By a negative condition we
mean weakness, lack of resistance, susceptibility and submission to outside
Prominent factors in producing negative physical and psychical conditions
are hereditary tendencies, debilitating diseases, drugs which exert a negative
hypnotic influence upon the organism, a negative diet, vicious habits,
such as alcoholism, sex perversion, etc.
Habits not vicious, but which have been indulged in to the extent of jeopardizing
self control, may lead to subjective psychism. Among these are religious
emotionalism, over scrupulousness, concern about the future, morbid altruism,
in fact any good habit exaggerated to a degree involving loss of equilibrium.
Again and again physicians hear from the patient this complaint, "It is
not that I like doing these things; I abhor and detest the very thought
of them. A foreign influence seems to come over me and to control me. I
feel as if it were another person." Indeed, it often is. All habits carried
to a point producing loss of self-control open the door to control by outside
intelligences having the same tendencies. Yet even so, hypnotism and the
séance room may accomplish more harm in a few "sittings" than evil
habits during a lifetime.
Hypnotic control depends upon the temporary paralysis of reason, will and
self-control. If persisted in it may result in the permanent loss of these
capacities and powers that distinguish man from the brute.
Under abnormal psychism I include all phases of psychism, from mere sensitiveness
and awareness of conditions on the spiritual planes (clairvoyance, clairaudience,
etc.) to actual obsession, which is the hypnotic control of an individual
in the body by an intelligence outside of the body. Such control by a spiritual
intelligence may result in complete possession of the physical organism
by the obsessing influence.
Not long ago I received from a distance a manuscript describing the author's
experience in developing mediumship, from the time when she began to receive
strange vibrations and to be impressed by peculiar sensations until she
heard voices and came in actual contact with her "controls".
These experiences became very annoying and interfered with her daily occupations
as well as with rest and sleep. She begged her tormentors to leave her
and threatened to disclose her true condition. They laughed and told her
if she did she would be adjudged insane and would be confined in an asylum.
When her condition became unbearable she related these experiences to her
husband and to the family physician; the latter shook his head and left
a prescription for her "nerves". A few days later, her husband took her
for a walk and with her entered a large building. Presently she found herself
before an assemblage of physicians and nurses and was asked to tell her
story. After she had done so the doctors agreed that she was suffering
from delusional insanity and committed her to the institution.
In the manuscript she tells a piteous story of her experiences. During
two years she was confined in three different asylums. "All this time,"
she says, "I was as sane as ever in my life, but the mere mention of my
psychic experiences was sufficient to commit me."
People no more insane than we are have been tortured by experiences which
in many instances they are afraid to tell their nearest friends, lest they
be committed to the insane asylum.
Psychic exposure is brought about by a weakening of the physical body and
its magnetic envelope, sometimes called the aura. The physical body and
its magnetic envelope form the protecting wall dividing us from contact
with the astral plane and the lower spiritual spheres. If between the room
where I am sitting and the adjoining one there were a heavy brick wall,
I should be unconscious of what is transpiring on the other side; but if
the partition consist merely of wood and glass, I apprehend every sound
and can hear distinctly the conversation in the other room. Thus it is
with a person whose protective physical and magnetic envelopes have been
weakened and attenuated to such an extent that the spiritual senses have
become abnormally active on the lowest spiritual planes coexistent with
our earthly plane.
From what I have said it becomes apparent that the cure of abnormal psychism
cannot lie in solitude, confinement, idleness, sedatives nor hypnotics,
either in the form of drugs or of "suggestion", but in the application
of natural tonic treatment. Fundamental is the right diet, rich in positive
dairy foods and in positive vegetable foods that grow in and near the ground.
Massage and neurotherapy are important because they stimulate in a natural
manner the dormant nerve centers. Hydrotherapy and open air baths stimulate
and invigorate the circulation and the vital activities of the skin. Daily
physical culture drills, particularly the psychological exercises, not
only strengthen the body but teach coordination of mind and muscle, thereby
exercising in a most effectual manner will power and self control.
Medicinal treatment, if administered, must be tonic, never depressive.
Suggestion also plays its part, but it, too must be tonic, not depressive.
That is, it must not be administered in the hypnotic trance, but directed
to the waking consciousness, in order that the patient may accept it and
respond to it by the exertion of his own will, not through coercion by
the will of another. This is the danger line. Let the psychotherapist (Emanuel
Movement) beware that he does not cross it.
All phases of abnormal psychism are fully covered in Volume IV of this
series, entitled Natural Eugenics.
MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL
1. Telepathy, the Language
Telepathy means the
transmission of words and ideas from mind to mind through vibrations in
the ether. That this is possible is now a matter of common experience among
those who are physically and mentally sufficiently refined to become sensitive
to such etheric vibrations. A few years ago materialistic science would
have dismissed telepathy as "another evidence of hysterical self delusion
or as tricks of pretenders and fakirs".
This is hardly possible now in the days of wireless telegraph and telephone.
If it is possible for metal instruments to transmit messages through thousands
of miles of open wireless space, why should it be impossible to send mental
vibrations from mind to mind and brain to brain through the all-pervading
What is now possible to a comparatively few physically and mentally refined
and sensitive individuals will in the course of evolutionary development
become the common capacity of all mankind. Those who have attained the
power to travel in foreign lands—that is, in the spiritual planes of life-assure
us that in the higher spiritual spheres telepathic communication, the language
of impulse, becomes the common mode of expression. Though we may not be
aware of it, it is a fact that all of us are more or less sensitive while
waking and possibly more so while sleeping, to thought vibrations and emotional
vibrations from our physical and spiritual surroundings.
human brain and the consciousness back of it is a wireless telegraph with
its sending and receiving apparatus. We live in a great sea of mental,
emotional, spiritual and physical vibrations. Most of us are constantly
sending forth our own vibrations and receiving those of other minds. Much
of that which appears to us as our own thinking and feeling is thus inspired
or forced upon us from without. This becomes particularly apparent in what
has been called mob psychology. Our mental and psychical wireless connects
us with all the planes and spheres of earth and heaven, of hell and purgatory,
and with their inhabitants. The nature of the vibrations that we receive,
whether they be cheerful or of a depressing nature, helpful or harmful,
constructive or destructive, depends upon the quality of our own vibrations.
In order to make communication between wireless instruments a possibility,
the sending and receiving apparatus must be attuned to the same range of
vibration. So also the human wireless receives and registers those vibrations
only which are nearest in vibratory quality to its own.
Thus the brain habitually attuned to the vibrations of hopelessness, fear,
despair and melancholy will receive and register like vibrations from the
earth plane and the lower and lowest spiritual spheres which are the abodes
of gloom, remorse and despair.
In like manner, vibrations of greed, jealousy, revenge and cruelty will
attract and register like vibrations from other depraved and cruel minds.
From this it appears that those who indulge in destructive mentalism and
emotionalism intensify their own unhappy or depraved conditions through
the operation of the law of spiritual attraction and repulsion.
I use the word "indulge" advisedly because destructive mental and emotional
habits are just as much forms of self indulgence as are the drug or liquor
habits. The person who indulges in fear and worry thought is just as much
a victim of intemperance as the drunkard and drug fiend.
Lack of self-control is the cause of all vices; the exercise of self control
the only remedy. The preacher of temperance may be surprised to learn that
his fear and worry mania or his irritability and nervousness is just as
much a matter of lack of self control and of intemperance as the liquor
or cigarette habit of those whom he tries to reform by force of law.
The trouble is that people have not been taught that they can and must
control their thinking and feeling just as strictly as their eating and
drinking. They grow up under the impression that they cannot help what
they think or feel—that thoughts and feelings come and go "as the wind
listeth"; they think of the brain and mind as an Aeolian harp which is
played upon by the passing breezes. They do not realize that the brain
is a musical instrument under the absolute control of the will of the ego,
that the will is the artist who may elicit harmony or discord from his
instrument as he desires.
Fortunately the laws of spiritual attraction and repulsion work just as
accurately in the constructive as in the destructive way. Just as surely
as we can connect our mental, spiritual and psychical wireless with the
astral planes and the deepest hells, just so surely can we connect them
with the higher spiritual and celestial spheres and their inhabitants,
with the invisible helpers and angels and with the all-pervading spirit
of the universe whom we call God, the Father, the Logos, the Great Spirit,
Brahm, and by innumerable other names.
Just as surely as wireless connection with the lower spheres will fill
our souls with the discords of unhappiness, remorse and despair, just so
surely will connection with the higher spheres bring us an influx of more
life, love and happiness, of "peace that passeth all understanding".
To illustrate the foregoing, think of a hall in which an orchestra is performing
a great symphony. The audience, instead of listening quietly and attentively,
creates loud and disturbing noises. Naturally the beautiful music is drowned
in the general clatter and merely serves to increase the nerve racking
noise. In similar manner the influx of peace, harmony and healing power
from the higher spheres of spiritual and celestial life cannot fill the
soul, cannot have a harmonious effect upon the physical, mental and psychical
conditions of a person if mind and soul be agitated by discordant and destructive
mental and emotional vibrations.
2. The Secret of Spiritual
soul must be in a condition of perfect serenity and peace before they can
receive the wireless vibrations of healing power from the source of all
life. This is the modus operandi of true spiritual healing. It means the
opening of our souls to the influx of almighty love from the source of
all life and love in the universe.
Life and love are identical in nature. Love is the highest vibratory activity
of the human soul as well as of the universe.
Why should we depend upon spiritual healers when within ourselves we have
the shortest wireless connection between the human soul and the oversoul?
A spiritual teacher cannot help us more effectively than by showing us
how to establish this wireless connection and how to operate it.
A sufferer, confined to bed for many years, said: "You ask me to make myself
receptive to the healing currents coming from the innermost source of life
and power within me; you say I must relax and fix my attention and desire
on the spiritual and celestial ranges of vibratory activity.
"I fail to understand how I can come into living con tact with heavenly
vibrations while confined in this hell of ignorance, sin and suffering."
Smilingly, she added:
"Don't you think it a far call from Chicago to Heaven?" To this I replied:
"It is within your power to receive as you desire—the discords of hell
or the peace and harmony of heaven. Though the planes of mundane, spiritual
and celestial life differ greatly in locality, the vibrations of the higher
and highest spheres penetrate to the lower and lowest. Even the denizens
of hell may catch glimpses of heaven.
"You fail to understand how it is possible for you to be in heaven and
hell at the same time, yet, in this great city all spheres are represented
in the souls of its inhabitants—the highest spiritual and celestial spheres
as well as the lowest abodes of hell. It is possible for you to be at the
same time in closest touch with these Varying places and conditions.
"Suppose your sick bed was surrounded with telephones, phonographs and
kinetoscopes which transmitted to your eyes and ears the sights and sounds
of these varying localities and conditions. What impressions you received
would depend upon your desire, the direction of your attention and upon
the refinement and receptivity of your physical and spiritual sensory organs.
So your psychical wireless connects you with all the spheres of our planetary
The invalid to whom I allude—a woman of about thirty-five years of age—had
been confined to her bed for four and a half years, unable to turn from
to side, her physical body being slowly eaten away by cancer—the result
of five surgical operations.
When I first called to attend her she had been suffering with the dread
malady for two years Christian Science had been of no avail to ease her
suffering. Morphine and other opiates brought only temporary relief. From
the day I first met her until the day she died, she never took another
dose of painkillers or hypnotics. The simple, natural methods of treatment
and her own serene and exalted mental and spiritual attitude made her suffering
bearable and enabled her, under the most distressing circumstances, to
remain in a cheerful and even happy frame of mind.
Her relatives and friends frequently assured me that instead of their having
to console and cheer the sufferer, she was the sunshine of the home. As
she became acquainted with the laws of constructive psychism and learned
to control the higher and finer forces of mind and soul, it seemed that
the spiritual predominated over the physical. Towards the end her consciousness
was as active on the spiritual plane of life as on the physical. While
her poor body was racked with pains, her spiritual eyes delighted in rapturous
spiritual visions. It was undoubtedly the supremacy of the spiritual life
over the physical which helped to keep her alive and which harmonized the
physical vibrations sufficiently to ease her suffering and make it bearable.'
She had learned to connect her mental and psychic wireless with the highest
vibratory ranges of spiritual and celestial activity.
This experience more than any other disclosed to me the marvelous possibilities
of constructive mentalism and psychism as a healing power.