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"Nature's repeated warnings had gone unheeded and now he is paying the penalty." Dr. Shelton
Acute disease is an all-out effort to remove toxins by the body. Chronic disease is a later stage and develops only after several failed attempts to remove toxins - it equals a lower level of functioning and a lower level of vitality. Listen to Dr. Shelton about chronic disease:
"Such a condition does not develop suddenly."
DEVELOPMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE
That person who conserves his nervous energies, who does not indulge in excesses and dissipations, who eats sensibly and moderately, who secures plenty of rest and sleep, who takes daily physical exercise, and who secures an abundance of fresh air and sunshine,
will not be troubled with catarrh or any other disease.
A man goes along in average health until he reaches the age of forty. There are occasional headaches, colds, perhaps gastritis, and constipation for which he uses laxatives, but he feels well most of the time, is "never sick," has a good appetite, is never forced to be absent from his work because of illness, and he therefore considers himself in good health.
Then at forty from one cause or another he has an examination made and discovers that he is suffering with diabetes which is considerably advanced.
Nature's repeated warnings had gone unheeded and now he is paying the penalty.
These pre-clinical symptoms - discomforts and mild functional disturbances - Orthopathy regards as marking the commencement of the second division of the descending pathological transition the first manifestation of waning vitality.
This is the answer to the question once put to Dr. Jennings: "My wife has a fever, what has that to do with living?"
"That they all stemmed from the same basic cause, were mere steps or stages in the progressive degeneration, did not enter into their considerations."
A lady became sick enough to call in a doctor. Her trouble was palliated in the usual way. Trouble after trouble developed while others remained.
For years she suffered with intestinal catarrh when ulceration developed. During this time she was operated on eight times. Gall-stones and probably the gall-bladder were removed, the appendix and coccix bone were each removed. Three operations were performed on the rectum and two sinus operations were performed. Finally cancer of the intestine developed.
Her physicians regarded each of her affections as distinct diseases, of local origin, and the removal of the affected organ was supposed to cure the disease.
That they represented local manifestations of a general or systemic condition, that they all stemmed from the same basic cause, were mere steps or stages in the progressive degeneration of the woman's body, did not enter into their considerations.
That there was any connection between intestinal catarrh and the gall-stones, appendicitis or ulcer, or that intestinal catarrh and sinusitis were the same condition in two locations did not enter into their philosophy.
Chronic disease may begin in the liver or pancreas or kidney and develop gradually and insiduously until the affected organ is beyond repair before the owner of the organ becomes aware that there is anything wrong with him. He may consider himself to be in good health. He practices certain destructive habits for years. He is apparently in good health. His friends indulge in the same habits. His doctor and nurse do likewise.
Nothing arouses his suspicions that he is not in good condition. He does not even suspect that his habits are not all right. Then, at forty he begins to fail rapidly. Perhaps there is a sudden development of uremia. An examination shows him to be in the advanced stages of chronic Bright's disease with his kidneys beyond repair.
He suddenly finds that all the time he was boasting that "nothing hurts me, I do as I like," "I can eat anything," "I always enjoy three square meals a day," "tobacco never hurts me," "alcohol won't harm one if he takes it in moderation," and imagining himself in good health, he was really standing with one foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel.
Such a condition does not develop suddenly. It is the result of causes that operate in the daily life of the individual.
Herbert M. Shelton, Human Life - Its Philosophies and Laws, 1928
"He suddenly finds that all the time he was boasting - 'I can eat anything' - he was really standing with one foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel." Dr. Shelton