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"All diseases without exception obtain their energy from this one energy source or vital force." Stanley S. Bass


Energy is the basis for health and disease. The Laws of Life are all about energy.
Life's Great Law states that we all have inherent energy, and Dr. Bass explains how disease depends on this one enery source of the body.

Energy is the basis
Robert Walter M.D. (1841-1924) is credited with beginning to formulate the "Laws of Life" or "Laws of Vitality" as he called them - including the basis: "Life's Great Law". It states that the overriding goal is self-preservation/survival. And that the success of life depends upon the amount of energy available. Lots of energy equals health, while low energy equals disease:

Life's Great Law:
Every living cell of the organized body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by an inherent force in the organism called "vital force" or "life force" or "Nerve Energy." The success of each living organism - whether it be simple or complex - is directly proportioned to the amount of its life force and inversely proportional to the degree of its activity.

To read more about Robert Walter, and his original formulation of the law - click here.

"This force, called by various names, strives always to preserve and maintain the organism in as near perfect condition as possible."

Herbert Shelton: About Life's Great Law

.... We however, do not require to know the essential nature of life in order intelligently to obey its laws any more than the chemist must know the essential nature of matter, or the electrician must know what electricity is in order to work with these intelligently. Whatever hypothesis a chemist may hold in regard to the essential nature of matter he must still observe the same laws in his work as a chemist as his fellow chemist who perhaps holds to an essentially different hypothesis of what matter is. Just so, in giving us power, light and heat all electricians, whatever their ideas concerning the nature and essense of electricity, must observe the same laws.

Just as our ideas about the essential nature of matter and electricity do not change them one iota, just so, our ideas about the essential nature of life do not change the phenomena and laws of life. Life will not change it's "fixed order" to suit our changing conceptions of its essential nature. It continues to "saw wood" at the same old stand and in the same old way.

All the various conditions and requirements of life herein set forth, that is, air, water, food, light, warmth, exercise, rest, sleep and freedom from poison and violence, structural and functional integrity of the organism, etc., are not life nor the causes of life. These are but the necessary conditions of life without which life would cease. But these conditions cannot produce life. The responses of the living organism or of the fertile seed or egg to these conditions are the results of the operations of a force inherent in and peculiar to the living being.

This force, called by various names, strives always to preserve and maintain the organism in as near perfect condition as possible. The reaction of the living thing to any adverse condition or circumstance is always calculated to defend and preserve its integrity. In fact, so strong and universal is this effort at self-preservation that it has been called the first law of nature. The instinct of self-preservation is inherent
  1. in the smallest microscopic unit of organic existence,
  2. in cells associated as a community,
  3. in cells organized into distinct organs, and
  4. as organized into organisms.
Every particle of living matter is under the control of life or vital force and is endowed with the instinct of self-preservation.
Self-preservation is the primary or controlling expression of life and, normally, is subordinate to no other law except, at times, to the instinct of race preservation, in which case the individual often sacrifices itself for the protection of the young or of the flock. However, in such cases, there is no true sacrifice, but rather, the individual is killed while trying to defend itself and young or herd from danger.

Herbert M. Shelton, Human Life - Its Philosophies and Laws, Ch. The Laws of Life, 1928

"In fact, so strong and universal is this effort at self-preservation that it has been called the first law of nature. "

Energy - Its Oneness and Unity As the Chief Factor in Health and Disease
(How It Acts Under 2 Different Conditions)

by Dr. Stanley S. Bass

The chief factor in all living creatures and life forms is Energy, Life Force or Vital Force, the Life Principle which does all the work in the body at all times. When it is present, the organism is alive. When it is absent, death exists.

  • The greater the amount of energy which is present in the body, the greater the ability to use and express the energy in vital action.
  • The lower the amount of energy present, the more restricted the amount of work and vital action the organism is able to express.

Energy is oneness. There is only one energy in existence. Its many forms of expression vary according to the nature of the substance it is expressing through.

    A) In man, in a normal state of health, it expresses its activities in eating, digestion, assimilation, nourishment of cells and tissues, growth, repair, elimination of food and body wastes, etc. this same energy is used by all the senses in thinking, feeling, emoting, tasting, smelling, hearing, etc.

    B) In a state of illness or disease, it is that very same energy acting in the body which is called forth to rally its forces to evict the offending toxins, poisons or threat to the vital domains or the body's existence, to restore the conditions to normal.

To paraphrase this as principles, we may logically state that:
  • Health is energy expressing itself in the body under conditions which are normal.
  • Disease is energy expressing itself in the body under conditions which are abnormal.

The Oneness of Disease

All diseases without exception obtain their energy to manifest through the tissues from this one energy source or vital force.
The proof of this is that no symptoms or stages of diseases occur in a dead body which has lost its vital force. These responses can occur only in a living body possessed of vital force.

Dr. Stanley S. Bass
read more: Energy - Its Oneness and Unity As the Chief Factor in Health and Disease, 2005

Also read Dr. Herbert Shelton: The Hygienic Etiology, 1973

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