AMONG men and women the desire to cure is universal. If a man complains about his health all his friends and acquaintances are anxious to offer advice or to render active help. If a clerk in an office has an atrocious headache one of his colleagues will immediately offer him aspirin or some other headache remedy, another will suggest that a hot foot bath might relieve him, a third will recommend a drastic purgative, a fourth will recommend a fast, a fifth may hand him a prescription which he has been given by a doctor.
If women meet one another at tea they frequently talk about their health, and each tries to be helpful, whatever ailments are complained of.
It is obviously a natural instinct among men to help their suffering brothers and sisters. Besides, men like to treat themselves. They try this remedy and that, experiment with diets, experiment with healthful exercises, etc., and the columns in the papers which contain health hints are particularly popular.
Those who wish to heal themselves and others should remember that the art and science of healing requires peculiar qualifications. It requires natural gifts such as sympathy, understanding, strength of character,etc., and it also needs a great deal of practical knowledge. There is no mystery about the art of healing. It can be learned by everyone, whether he has passed the orthodox course of study or not.
Those who wish to cure others and themselves should read books dealing with medical matters, but they should not read theoretical books written in an almost understandable language. Those writers who try to make a mystery of the art of healing do not wish to explain but to mystify. Very frequently writers on the art of healing know nothing about the subject on which they presume to write.
The first thing which should be studied by those who feel the strong urge to heal is the causation of disease. If they read certain textbooks on medicine it would appear that diseases are caused by disease organisms, by micro-organisms, and orthodox medicine endeavours to discover the microbic causation of disease and to deal with the guilty organism by the usual subcutaneous treatments.
The idea that most diseases, or all diseases, are due to various organisms, the existence of which can be ascertained with the help of the microscope and the test tube, is mistaken. Most diseases are caused by our own faults and mistakes.
When we read that thousands of people die in Central Africa of typhoid and other dirt diseases, of starvation, from foul water, exposure, from septic wounds, from ulcers and abscesses and so forth, we realize immediately that all these diseases are avoidable, that thousands of lives have been unnecessarily sacrificed because the primitive races do not know how to obtain wholesome water, do not know how to defend themselves against noxious insects, snakes, etc., and we say to ourselves that the mortality in those far away countries might be reduced to half, or less, if the people were provided with healthy water, drainage of swamps and of houses, if the breeding places of mosquitoes were dealt with, if the authorities took care that there should be sufficient wholesome food etc.
In the case of savages we realize that disease is not a mystery, but is due to lack of knowledge on the part of man. Savages will probably express among themselves similar opinions when they notice that the Europeans living among them have artificial teeth, take pills and liquid medicines to enable them to digest their food and to excrete it, that they have to prop up their bodies with steel arches to support their feet, with surgical belts and rupture pads to support their abdomens, and that nevertheless they are victims of countless health troubles.
They will say among themselves: “It is curious that these white men who employ an army of doctors, surgeons, dentists, chemists, etc. to keep them in health are permanently ailing, are frequently seriously ill, undergo countless operations and seem never to enjoy perfect health”.
We are far wiser in looking after animals than in looking after ourselves. We keep animals and birds of every kind. Very few people who keep animals and birds are unwise enough to feed and house them scientifically in accordance with the ideas of medical men. We give to our animals the simplest housing and the simplest food.
We give approximately the same bedding to a carthorse worth L5 and to a racehorse worth L5,000 or more, and we give them approximately the same stabling. Further, the carthorse worth L5 and the racehorse worth L5,000 are given the same oats, hay, grass, bran, green fodder, water, etc., and occasionally they are given by their keepers as a treat some carrots, apples, or a piece of sugar. Many horses are sensible enough to refuse white sugar.
Moreover, we give to our animals adequate exercise. The carthorse earns his food by hard work. If for some reason or other work is lacking, then the carthorse will be taken out for exercise, and his keeper will certainly reduce his rations, increasing them again when he gets a spell of work. Horse which are reared for riding, racing, and hunting are given regular exercise.
No one would dream of giving their horse tea, or refined foods such as white bread or white bread and butter, although horses will not refuse small quantities of refined food. In the South tired horses are often given wine in their water, and they drink it and it does them good. In Northern countries hard-worked horses are given, in summer, barley water and other sustaining drinks.
We never dream of giving horses flesh of fish, although horses employed on expeditions in the far north are given flesh and fish if no other food is available, and they will eat it under protest to keep body and soul together. Similarly we do not dream of giving cats a vegetarian diet although one can feed them indefinitely on a fleshless diet if they are given milky foods, wholemeal bread and butter, eggs, cheese etc.
Man is an omnivorous animal. Men were apparently intended to live on a vegetarian or on a lacto-vegetarian diet. Meat eaters have tearing teeth. They have fangs at the corners of the mouth with which they can kill and tear up their prey, and their chewing teeth consist of extremely sharp pointed arrangements, shaped like a pair of saws and devoid of flat surfaces. Chunks of meat are either swallowed whole by dogs and cats, or they are rapidly broken up into small pieces by the sharp edges of the back teeth, which can by no means be called grinders.
The vegetarian animals such as cows and horses, have no fangs, but have flat teeth with which they can crop grass, branches, etc., and cut through solid tubers, roots, potatoes and so forth. The cropped food is carefully masticated between grinders, flattish teeth between which grain can be ground and grass be chewed small.
Human teeth by no means resemble the teeth of dogs and cats. Not only are the fangs missing but the chewing teeth are flattish, like those of cows, horses, sheep, apes, etc. The arrangement of our mouths indicates clearly that we were not meant to be flesh eaters.
If we study the arrangements which nature made in the human abdomen we see once more that we were not meant to live on flesh and fish. Flesh eaters have a very short bowel. The food is not long maintained in the bowel, but is promptly excreted, preventing putrefaction.
The bowels of the vegetarian animals are very long, because there is no danger of putrefaction, and as absorption takes place from the bowel and not from the stomach, there is the advantage of a long bowel tract for those animals who do not eat flesh and fish.
The human alimentary canal resembles that of the non-flesh eaters. From the mouth to the anus is about thirty feet long. In the olden days people lived plainly and simply on natural food that grew round them. Some decades ago little food was imported from abroad. The food which men ate came from the soil on which they lived. The local soil, water and air produced the local food for the inhabitants. Gradually food habits changed. Food grown on foreign soil with the help of foreign water and foreign air was imported food is not fresh. Much of it has not been properly cooked by the sun, but has been gathered unripe and is not in a proper condition for human consumption.
Much of it has been totally altered in composition. Millers have learned to take from our grain the surrounding skin, the bran, which is extremely rich in health-giving elements, in mineral substances and vitamins, and they have also taken from it the all important germ which contains elements of the highest vitality and importance. Many people live largely on denatured, artificial foods. In ever increasing numbers people live on tinned food. Nobody enquires whether the process of tinning, which involves the use of great heat, is beneficial or harmful.
To make these artificial foods more attractive to the consumers they are dyed with chemical dyes, chemical flavours are added, and thus men are made to subsist on scientific abominations not fit for the consumption of animals. We eat these foods because they are attractive to the eye and to the palate, and are very convenient because they can easily be prepared for the table.
Every stock-keeper realizes that the health of his animals depends on the food which they eat. The wisest stock-keepers will give to their cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, etc., their natural food on which they have been fed for generations. There are others who go to the professors for advice, and who feed their cows and their hens scientifically, often with very unsatisfactory results.
Our food is largely spoiled long before it is gathered. The old-fashioned farmer raises his crops with the help of stable manure, or rotted vegetation, etc. The scientific and the pseudo-scientific farmer is taught that he can raise much larger crops by adding such and such chemicals to the soil.
He may indeed produce larger crops and make more money, but then the food raised with chemical fertilisers is extremely inferior to the natural product. Elderly people often complain that vegetables, potatoes, fruit, bread, etc., have a very inferior taste and are much less satisfying then they were in their youth. That complaint is fully justified.
Those who wish to heal the sick and to heal themselves must realize before all that the cause of disease is not to be found in the laboratories which are peopled buy short-sighted scientists who look at the world through a microscope. The cause of health and disease is open to all. It is due to faulty living. Savages die like flies from dirt, foul water, violence, insufficient food, neglect, etc., from causes which have been eliminated among the civilized. The civilized die, not from microbic diseases but from faulty living which very frequently favours the development of microbic diseases.
Micro-organisms may be found in mouths full of decayed teeth or streaming with pus produced by pyorrhoea. But the germs found in septic mouths are not responsible for their septicity. Few, if any septic mouths are found among naturally living primitive races and naturally living animals. There is, of course, plenty of dental decay and pyorrhoea in domestic pet dogs and cats which are fed on the disease producing diet of civilization offered to them by their short- sighted masters and mistresses.
I do not think that milk puddings made with de-vitaminized and de- mineralized rice, dog biscuits and such-like artificialities are the natural food for cats and dogs. Unfortunately our pets depend on their masters for their food.
The learned doctor, who knows little if anything about the realities of life and health, explains in scientific terms that Tommys disease is due to a germ, and that Tommy can be cured only by having an injection which will kill that germ. We live in a world of bogies. We are told every day that we are being attacked by disease germs, and that the best way to combat them consists in undergoing vaccination, inoculation, microbic tests, injections and so forth and so on.
The human body was meant to resist disease germs. We need not defend ourselves against their attacks by noxious antiseptics and by injecting more or less foul and dangerous disease matter into our wholesome bodies. The Creator made us resistant to disease. The body fluids are natural disinfectants. The tears in the eye, the saliva of the mouth, the gastric juice and all the other body fluids are germicidal. Internal wounds heal with surprising rapidity without any disinfectant being used.
The air which we breathe is most wonderfully warmed and cleansed by an extraordinary arrangement of the nose. The blood is germicidal. A wound is most efficiently cleaned when the blood gushes out, which washes out of the body harmful organisms, while outer applications may wash those organisms into our bodies.
If we wish to cure the sick we must, before all, have some confidence in the forces of nature and in the power of our body to resist disease. As soon as disease germs enter the body, the body fights the invader. If a wound caused by a thorn or a cut becomes septic, there is at the critical point of swelling with heat, throbbing, and possibly some pus appears.
Nature endeavours to destroy the disease germs about the wound by boiling them to death by producing a high temperature. In addition, white corpuscles which destroy disease germs stream from all parts of the body to the point where invasion by disease germs has taken place. In due course the fight is settled, as a rule in favour of the body.
If there is a more generalized infection, then the body produces a general fever, again with the object of killing the disease germs, and in addition the body produces the indicated antidote with which to fight measles, scarlatina, or whatever the name of the disease may be. Hence we use materials drawn from a body which has been attacked by disease to fight the same disease in others. People who recover from an attack of an infectious disease can supply valuable material to those who have been freshly attacked by the same disease.
Those who wish to cure the sick must realize in the first place that our bodies offer a powerful resistance to disease, and that the majority of disease germs are not very dangerous. If one takes a swab from a healthy average mouth, one may find that the mouth is inhabited by millions of disease germs such as the germs of tuberculosis, pneumonia, etc. These disease germs are used as food by the healthy body, and it is of advantage that the body learns how to deal with disease germs.
Children and animals brought up in surroundings where the most scrupulous sanitation prevails, where disease germs rarely enter, become delicate and they readily go down after a comparatively trivial infection. The able prescriber must think in the first place, not of disease germs which may interest the laboratory men, but of ordinary commonplace matters which very likely have caused disease. He must very carefully enquire into the habits of the patient, and if he wishes to treat himself he must enquire into his own habits. If a patient takes unduly large quantities of spices and condiments, tea, coffee, alcohol., tobacco, they must be reduced.
This is quite obvious. If, as is likely, the patient lives chiefly on white bread, white sugar and other demineralized foods which are likely to produce ill-health, then the prescriber must kindly but firmly explain that the patient is suffering from an injudicious diet and he must alter it immediately and radically. If the prescriber finds that the patient takes too little exercise, or too much, or that he takes exercise at the wrong time, let us say that he takes vigorous exercise with a full stomach, then he must insist upon a change of habits.
He must see to it that the patients body is clean but must warn him against prolonged and over heating baths as well as against heroically cold baths for those who are delicate and cannot bear chilling. In other words, the prescriber must have a good idea of what constitutes good health habits. It is a mistake to believe that sun-bathing is good for all. Over-great heat of the sun is not beneficial but is dangerous. Nevertheless hundreds and thousands lie scantily dressed or naked in the scorching sun while experiencing great discomfort, but they go on because they have read in some silly book or article that sum bathing is good for them.
I have practised as a lay healer for a great many years and with considerable success, and I have specialized in the treatment of those diseases which are considered incurable by the medical profession. I have never refused a case, however desperate, and many of he most desperate cases have miraculously recovered. I have therefore come to the conclusion that there are no incurable diseases. At least I have never met any. The name of the disease does not matter at all. The only thing which matters is the causation of the disease. I would give an example or two.
A woman came to me and told me that she suffered from cancer in the oesophagus, the swallowing tube, and that she had been treated with radium which had recurred. Whether she actually suffered from cancer or not was a matter of complete indifference to me. I only wished to know the cause of her trouble. I have learned through my studies and observations that cancer in the oesophagus and stomach is frequently caused by over-hot food, and especially drink. So I asked her whether she took tea and other liquids boiling hot.
She told me she did. The boiling hot liquid caused cancer of the oesophagus. The doctor and surgeon who treated her did not enquire into the cause of the disease, but treated the result of the disease and allowed the cause to continue to the poor womans injury.
Another woman came to me and told me that a year previously she had been operated upon for cancer of the breast. She had discovered a tiny lump while washing, had shown it to the doctor, the doctor had sent her to the surgeon and the surgeon had made an operation. After the operation the lady enquired whether the little lump was cancerous or not. The surgeon informed her it was cancerous but she need not worry because the trouble was purely local, very very small, and as a very extensive operation had been performed there was not the slightest chance of a recurrence. A year after the woman came to me, and she was a festering mass of cancer from head to foot.
My sense of smell told me the cause of her trouble. I asked her: ” I am afraid you are very constipated? She replied: “I am .” “How often do you go to stool ?” She answered: “Sometimes once a week and sometimes once in ten days.” The doctor had sent the poor woman to the surgeon who had done his best in cutting out the cancer, but neither had troubled to enquire into the cause of the disease.
If the woman had been told immediately after, or better before, the operation, that her internal foulness was responsible for the cancer, that she had to live on a strictly vegetarian diet and see to it that the bowel was emptied two or three times a day, she would probably not have had a recurrence.
A clergyman came to me with diabetes. Of course he was given insulin because it is considered the specific, exactly as the use of radium is considered a specific in the treatment of cancer. We are told that cancer is due to an organism, and thousands of researches throughout the world try to find the organism. The one case of cancer described by me was due to heat, the other was due to poisoning of the bowel. These factors are not considered by the germ specialists who wish to discover the guilty microbe, and refuse to consider any factor except the microbe when studying disease.
The clergyman with diabetes was under the impression that the only treatment for diabetes consisted in a rigid diet and in insulin. I have never prescribed insulin in my life, and hope never to do so. If a patient wishes to have insulin he must go to an ordinary doctor. As far as I know insulin has not cured a single case of diabetes. I did not enquire into the percentage of sugar or the quantity of insulin used, but wished to discover the ultimate cause of his trouble.
I found that many years ago he had suffered a terrible love disappointment, and there was every reason to assume that this was the cause of sugar in the urine. The sugar increased and decreased in accordance with his depression brought about by thoughts of his old love. For such a condition Ignatia is indicated, and Phosphoric acid. I gave him both Phosphoric acid and Ignatia, and after a few days he was able to leave off insulin and he became completely cured.