We who have taken this initiative used to be members of the old ANHS, American Natural Hygiene Society. Since ANHS now doesn't exist anymore, and the former board has started NHA, National Health Association, a vegan McDougall oriented group rather than hygienic - we think this is a very good time to start over.
Compare the 1959 initiative:
Also. we are following in the footsteps of Dr. Shelton, Dr. Cursio, Dr. Vetrano, Dr. Epstein, Dr. Bass, Bernarr McFadden, Simon Gould - a total of 43 hygienists, who in 1959 started a new Natural Hygiene organisation, International Federation of Hygienists, in protest to the emerging censorship in ANHS, which at the time was trying to exclude Dr. Cursio. A group photo and presentation was published in Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review. But this initiative never took off, probably because Dr. Shelton didn't want to split ANHS.
This was after Dr. Cursio's discovery that both veganism and fruitarianism can cause deficiencies and even be be life-threatening - but that vegetarianism doesn't have any of these dangers and is preferable, in its raw form.
Still 50 years later, not one word has been heard from ANHS or NHA about Dr. Cursio's findings and the new science supporting him, and doctors have been kicked out for daring to bring up the subject. Another prohibited topic in NH, for 70 years: Weston-Price's research. The question to be asked, shouldn't it instead be - what took so long?
Why not join HLI?
Why don't we just join Healthful Living International? HLI is a relatively new natural hygiene group also originating from discontent with ANHS. There are of course many similarities, but there are also substantial differences. HLI follows TC Fry's (fruitarian) ideas closely.
But his ideas on the ideal diet are contradicted by the ideas of Dr. Cursio, Dr. Bass, Weston-Price and anthropological research. We want to take this contradiction seriously, look at all arguments and present the result to the public. We also want to take any warnings about the dangers of fruitarianism seriously until they are proven wrong. On the other hand, we are also very interested in what an optimal vegetarian diet does look like, and want to look closer at how any (possible) pitfalls of fruitarianism and veganism can be avoided.
At this point we have more questions than answers, and are not interested in proselytizing, but instead in researching the basic truths. And of course, INHS is open to any HLI member who is interested in discussing these topics.
What is your view on veganism and NH? What is the optimal diet?
Natural Hygiene is all about understanding the principles or laws that govern our health and life.
Diet is one of the factors of health, perhaps the most important. We intend to present the existing arguments for all diet theories in NH later on, so you can draw your own conclusions. There may be multitudes of diets that humans can thrive on, judging from primitive peoples. But sofar hygienists have probably always agreed on this: to be healthy, we should eat foods of our biological adaptation.
In general we regard vegan/fruitarian (100% plant-based) diets as idealistic, not realistic diets. But with just minor adjustments they'll turn into high-quality diets. Find a position statement here about diet. Read about the optimal diet concept in NH here.
Is disease always a healing process? What about diabetes, cancer, arthritis?
Disease has two basic phases - acute and chronic.
The acute stage is that of healing. It is one, which if allowed to fulfill its purpose, will result in restored and revitalised health.
The chronic stage is that stage where the body is no longer able for many and varied reasons such as medication of any form, be it so-called "natural" or medical, continuing to eat when there is a clear indication not to, using the mind to suppress function, lack of sufficient vitality, etc., to act. It then stores the poisonous matter and builds more and more pathological conditions which we term as chronic disease and leads eventually, and if allowed to continue long enough, to death.
(Note: diabetes, cancer, arthritis are examples of chronic disease.)
The chronic stage could not, under any circumstances be described as a healing process. A process to prolong life - yes, as it enables the body to continue to function under what could often be described as the most adverse conditions.
All action by the body is "right action". The body is designed to keep us alive wherever, whenever, and however possible.
We must learn to, in the words of Gary Zukav, "trust the process. without seeking to control, taking everything as it comes". This has also been described as "intelligently leaving alone". All we can do is to provide the right Milieu to enable this to occur in the best possible way. That is by providing the Hygienic factors of life such as the necessary rest, sunlight, nutrition, good thoughts, etc.
In the doing of this we will enable the body to build sufficient vitality to again restore itself sufficiently to again re-enter the acute stage , the healing stage, and thus commence the reversal process from the pathological stage, chronic disease to fullness of life and health. I say commence, for once having been established, the reversal can, and usually does take a considerable period of time covering many months and extending in some cases to years. An instance of this was a patient who came under my care, and who in spite of living a religiously Hygienic life took ten years before becoming symptom free from the use of psychedelic drugs. (Dr. Fielder)
Are you able to treat forms of Epilepsy with a specific dietary regime or otherwise? It would be greatly appreciated to know that there is a chance of help for this condition, which conventional medicine seems unable to resolve!
Answer 1: It is today getting to be more and more clear what causes epilepsy. Look at the quick onset of the epileptic symptoms, just as quick as the blood sugar overflow after we eat sugar or other carbs. It is mainly a high-carb problem. E.g. an epileptic can feel perfectly fine, go to a banquet, eat a lot of sweet stuff, and suddenly have an attack. It seems to be a function of insulin response to increased blood sugar, after eating sweets/carbs. After the excess blood sugar is removed there is still insulin in the blood - so the blood sugar continues to go down until an extreme, which then causes an attack and unconsciousness. ...
Answer 2: I will cite one case to illustrate many instances. This is of a child who was quite normal until he had a fall onto concrete from a table on which he was playing. The subsequent effect was that he began to experience frequent epileptic seizures. Subsequently the child became my client and in the ensuing years the differences between the parents as to how the child was to be treated, caused the parents to separate and eventually divorce. This introduced a further perspective to the formula, a psychological one, and in my opinion, gave rise to an extension in the time required for recovery. ... Read the answers here
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