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"It is essential that the sick man learn to distinguish between causes and effects to prevent him from wasting time, energy and the potentials of recovery"
Don't waste time & money - don't be ignorant
As patients we cannot be ignorant. We need to know when a proposed treatment only has temporary effects. Can we trust those who are making money on our illnesses? Why are we getting new and worse diseases?
A Natural Hygiene principle is that sick people absolutely need to understand the true cause of their sickness. That's the first step.
Dr. Herbert Shelton: Basic Knowledge Needed
The Hygienic System maintains the somewhat unique principle that the first condition of successful restoration of health is a philosophical comprehension by the sick person, of the cause of his suffering. It is essential that the sick man learn to distinguish between causes and effects to prevent him from wasting time, energy and the potentials of recovery and perhaps irreparably injuring his health, even to prevent him from killing himself, trying to suppress effects by measures that do not remove or correct their antecedents.
Every city is full of sick people who have been cured and re-cured until they have acquired the habit of being cured. But the cures do not remove cause; so they remain sick. Every man, of high or low degree, who claims to be able to cure, or who offers to cure the sick, should be recognized for what he is - a charlatan.
"The apathy of patients, even those who suffer most, to the causes of their sufferings, is inexplicable."
In order to render the sufferer anything more than the most superficial and temporary relief, his or her active cooperation is absolutely essential. The apathy of patients, even those who suffer most, to the causes of their sufferings, is inexplicable; while their willingness to resign themselves to the care of physicians or others for the treatment of affections that are more easily avoided than remedied; and their unwillingness to study the legitimate means of remedying their difficulties, are beyond understanding.
Treatment, according to "scientific medicine," is strictly palliative, and cannot be otherwise so long as cause is not understood. The whole fabric of cause and cure advocated and practiced today by the medical professions is grotesque and false. But the world is so fed-up on palliatives - cures that are effective without removing cause - that it has no mental digestion for causes and effects.
"The whole fabric of cause and cure advocated and practiced today by the medical professions is grotesque and false."
Medicine mistakes spectacular palliation for cure - for removal of the cause. A man passes a gall stone, or a kidney stone. The process is painful. As soon as the stone passes, the pain ceases, and he thinks be is cured. Not so. Cause has not been removed and another stone forms. When stones are removed from the gall bladder and the victim is dismissed as cured it is tantamount to saying the stones were the cause of the "disease." Did the stone cause itself? If not, does its removal, remove the cause? If the cause is not removed is the patient cured? When a tumor is removed, does this remove cause? Is the tumor its own cause? If removing the tumor does not remove cause, is the patient cured?
The gall-bladder is opened and the stones are taken out, then the appendix is removed; then the ovaries; later the womb is taken out and, finally, part of the colon is removed. If the victim is still living, the doctor operates for a few adhesions, and interpolates serum treatments, gland treatments, sea voyages, and changes of climate, (never any change of habits) and, thus the patient passes from one "disease" to "another" and from one "cure" .to "another" until cause and treatment kill her.
Hygienists say: do not treat enlarged tonsils and adenoids; remove the causes of the constitutional derangement that builds the enlargement. - Do not treat fibroid tumor; remove the causes of the constitutional derangement that builds the neoplasm. Do not remove the thyroid in goitre; but, rather remove the causes of thyroid hypertrophy. Do not give thyroid extract in myxedema; remove the causes of thyroid failure. Stop treating pathology as cause. Cease holding the glands responsible for "disease" making.
"Hygienists say: do not treat enlarged tonsils and adenoids; remove the causes. Do not treat fibroid tumor; remove the causes."
The physician who confines himself to the automatic distribution of pharmaceutical preparations and who does not rise to the position of reformer and instructor of his patients, who does not educate the sick and show them their general and special mistakes in eating and living generally, that have caused their intoxication and culminated in sickness who does not lead them back to health by teaching what errors they must. avoid and mapping out for them a plan of general hygienic living; who does not make the patient realize that progress is up to himself, that he must exercise his own intelligence and cooperate with nature and that the return to health is a matter of individual reform and that no one can take the place of the patient and correct his living for him, no one else can deserve the desired progress, and that he cannot count exclusively upon the help of others, that health cannot be received from the bands of another; - such a. physician is a menace to his patients and to his community. Instead of trying to compel nature to conform to our petty ends, we should adapt ourselves to her larger purposes and greater ends.
There will be a wish for and expectation of cures so long as people are made to believe that some one or some thing outside of themselves can cure them. Just so long will they seek for and expect cures, instead of seeking knowledge of how to live to keep well and build and maintain the highest efficiency.
"The physician who confines himself to the automatic distribution of pharmaceutical preparations is a menace to his patients and to his community."
How can we reasonably hope for improvement so long as we constitute ourselves the merest parasites of the medical professions, expecting them to keep us in good health, despite their vested interest in suffering? So long as we default in our duty of self-help, the professional men, with their interest, not in our good, but in our evil, will continue to side-track the real issues of life and use their subtle wiles to secure our docile patronage. All we have reason to expect from medicine is frustration.
The goal is plain. It is the building of a more ideal and enduring state of health.
To this end it is primarily essential to decide the fundamental matter of proper methods of care. All else is of minor importance. An integration of constructive methods, employed with the definite goal of the elimination of the causes of suffering, can alone insure success.
The next most important matter for consideration in such a program is that of the fitness of the practitioner to care for the patient in his or her condition. Only an experienced expert in a broad range of fields can accomplish the selection and synthesis of methods that spell health-restoration.
"There will be a wish for and expectation of cures so long as people are made to believe that some one or some thing outside of themselves can cure them."
There remains the fundamental matter of the organization of a health program. It is a profound error to fail to embody in the health program the permanent correction of your mode of living and. the elimination of the remote causes of trouble. To fail to do this is to lag behind in achieving the great end - permanent health.
The health program cannot always consist of magic machines, miracle lamps, sure-shot patent foods, and serums and vaccines. Whatever apparent good one may get out of these things is short-lived, but one cannot live with such things for the rest of his life.
This brings up the vitally important matter of the permanence of the results. It is not enough that we succeed in freeing ourselves, temporarily, of our present symptoms. It is also imperative that we go a step further and adopt adequate methods for the accomplishment of permanent results. This requires knowledge.
Herbert M. Shelton,
The Hygienic System, Vol. VII, Orthopathy, Chapter II, 1941
Do We Really Want Suppression of Disease Symptoms?
What are the causes of disease?
"Only an experienced expert in a broad range of fields can accomplish the selection and synthesis of methods that spell health-restoration."