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E. R. IV^ORAS, M, D.
HIGHLAND PARK. ILL.
Graduate of Harvard University Medical School '88; of
College of Physicians and Surgeons (Chicago) '89;
Formerly House Physician and Surgeon in Cook
County Hospital (Chicago), Professor of
Obstetrics College of Physicians and
Surgeons (Chicago). Member of
Chicago Medical Society, etc.
'To understand your Ailments
is to know how to Cure them.'''
BY E. R. MORAS
Highland Park, 111.
^0 the Moulder of my Character, the
Mentor and Critic of my Works, the
Maker of my Home;
my Friend and Companion and Wife
— Anna Leonora Stamm-Moras —
Autology is Dedicated.
— EDMOND R. MORAS
Cell-matter is the only Cure-matter —
Mind is not cell-matter,
Therefore, Mind does not cure Matter.
As Time and Space are mere conveni-
ences of Cosmic Matter, so Mind and
Thought are mere incidences of Cell
FLOWERS AND NATURE'S SELF-
Many years ago, on a spring morning, I was driving
through the country to see a sick baby. Among the
trees that Hned the roadway I espied beautiful prim-
roses. As I stood feasting my senses on them I won-
dered why these flower-babies of Nature had no need
for doctors or nurses, whereas human babies had !
I picked a fev/ of the flowers and hurried to my pa-
tient. The little fellow was very feverish and delirious.
He was panting rather than breathing, for he was
dying of double pneumonia ; had been dying for some
days, so the mother stated.
As I stood by the cradle side the mother pleaded,
"O, doctor, can you save my boy?" I replied, "I think
so, with your help." My reason for answering encour-
agingly was owing partly to self-reliance based on ex-
perience and partly because I had just witnessed and
understood how sunshine and balmy breezes and re-
freshing moisture had coaxed primroses from seeming"
death into healthy, beautiful blossoms.
Holding up the few primroses I asked the woman if
flowers would grow and develop without sunshine, and
she said no. I asked her if sickly blossoms would re-
vive without air and rain (or water) and she said no,
and I asked her if roses would thrive in stuffy rooms
and she said no. Then I asked, "How do you expect
God or Nature to break all natural laws and perform
a miracle just for your child when you keep him away
from vitalizing light and air and water during the in-
clement months of the year? Your child's body has
stored away as best it could the chemical impurities
which you have compelled him to breathe and drink
and eat during these many past months, and so do you
wonder why Nature is now burning and ridding itself
of the poisonous waste or rubbish, as you do at house-
cleaning time? For reasons that are obvious Nature
has chosen the infant's lungs to build a bonfire in and
reduce the body poisons to ashes."
That anybody should die of acute or infectious dis-
eases or fevers (excluding none) is indeed a sad refles-
tion on the intellectual status of the patient or the
family or the community. And there is absolutely no
excuse for any one to die of "complications" or to
recover with "relics" cf disease.
There is no such thing as an incurable disease, al-
though certain diseases do reach a stage where treat-
ment may become powerless, as during certain stages
of cancer, pyemia and consumption ; but these diseases
have periods lasting from days to months during which
they are curable.
Even at the risk of diminishing the scientific and
"business" value of this work, I have injected a rather
"personal" and "smarting" serum in its most "fleshy"
parts. Should the "injected" material smart for a mo-
ment or two, kindly bear with it for the sake of the
results desired and sure to follow.
E. R. MORAS.
WHAT IS AUTOLOGY?
The word is derived from the Greek "Autos," mean-
ing Self, and "Logos," meaning Treatise. Hence
Autology is the science which treats of Self, as Biol-
ogy is the science which treats of Life.
The two terms — Autology and Biology, though re-
lated — are not synonymous.
The basis of Autology is the physical Self — the Ego
or You after it has appeared ready-made in this ready-
made physical or material world.
Autology asks and answers only one question —
namely, How does the Ego (or You) manage to stay
What and Where it is? Which, incidentally, leads to
asking and answering: How does the Ego (or You)
manage to stay Well or to get Sick in staying what
and where it is?
Looking sharply at these two questions, it becomes
evident that, as the second question is "incidental" to
the first, so the "managing to stay well or to get sick"
is incidental to the "managing to stay here."
Therefore, Autology as a Science has an incidental
offspring as a Practice — a "practice" which enables
8 A u t o 1 o g y— Study Thyself
the "sick" Ego (or You) to "manage" back to its
This practice I have called Autopathy.
Autopathy is the Art of Curing Thyself, and Autol-
ogy is the Science of Studying Thyself. But in the
well defined sense of Curing Thyself physically as you
know Thyself physically.
Self-science and Self-sickness, or Autology and
Autopathy, bear the same relation to one another that
Health and Disease bear to one another.
You cannot divorce Health from Sickness, in
thought or fact, as you cannot cancel either one ex-
cept through the other. As health gets herself sick so
she's got to get herself well — doing it through sick-
ness; and as sickness gets herself well she's got to
do it through health.
Therefore, it is the duty of Autology to tell you how
you get to be sick as well as how you manage to be
well; and it is the duty of Autopathy to tell you how
to get well again w^hen you manage to get sick.
I purpose to prove to you that Sickness is caused
by the identical-same physical elements and chemical
compounds that cause Health; and, furthermore, I
purpose to prove to you that Health always restores
itself with or through the identical-same physical ele-
ments and chemical compounds that produce Sick-
As you contemplate the simpleness but comprehen-
siveness of my Autologic Theory, do not permit your
thoughts to alight on the dead branch of a' revived
ancient notion. It has become quite the fashion to
propound as new the hypothesis that "there is only
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 9
one disease," and that this one disease is due to *'a
blood poison" or to "blood impurities" or to "foreign
matters" in the system. If you please, what about the
"humours" of pre-medical days? The minds that ex-
pressed their conception of disease by ascribing it tc
the presence and action of "humours" were by far
saner and nearer the truth than are the new-thoughted
minds that substitute the words "impurities," "poi-
son" or "foreign matters" for "humours."
I am not propounding anything as vague as the
"humour" hypothesis, nor as irrational as the "blood-
poison" or "foreign-matter" delusion; although I am
compelled to use those words occasionally.
I am not endeavoring to prove that there is only one
disease, nor admitting that there are many diseases;
because the word "disease" has no definite meaning
accepted by all who utter it, and because the concep-
tion of disease is inseparable from the conception of
health; and because, to my mind, the conception of
health and disease is not a dual conception. It (or
they) and livingness are actually and really but three
phases or aspects of the same concept — and that is liv-
Livingness unifies Health and Disease and union-
izes the "signs" of the one with the "symptoms" of
the other — under the same Factor-Head, and thus es-
tablishes a rational common basis or process for both.
All living things are made up of one or many cells.
A cell is a microscopically visible compartment of liv-
ing substance, having the form of a chamber of a
sponge or honeycomb. Our blood, tissues and organs
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are made up of a multitude of such cells, so tiny that
they are not visible to the naked eye. The cells which
compose plants and fruits are put up in the same way
that ours are, and their physical and chemical constit-
uents are the same as ours. Moreover, the cells of our
brains contain the same identical substances or bodies
that the cells of our kidneys or muscles and other
organs do, only the arrangement and proportion of the
molecules or infinitesimal particles vary.
All cells consist of a fluid called "serum," in which
float more or less finely ground particles or "gran-
ules" of living m.atter called "protoplasm." In this
cell-fluid is also found a smaller cell (or several) called
"nucleus." The most active or "live" bodies or gran-
ules exist in the nucleus or nuclei of the cells. The
cells of different organs or tissues vary in shape, but
not in structure or function. What is true of the con-
stitution or make-up and function of the cells of the
brain is equally true of the make-up and function of
the kidney or ovary. The products of the changes and
exchanges taking place betv>/een the constituents of
the cells and those of the blood alone are different;
that is, stomach cells produce stomach cells and gas-
tric juice, whereas brain cells produce brain cells and
cerebral fluid (or juice).
The nucleus may be called the heart of the cell and
the serum and protoplasm its blood and food. When
we v/ish to refer to a whole cell, or to a nucleus or to
any microscopically visible bodies that make up blood,
tissues or organs we speak of "form.-elements." When
we wish to refer to the purely fluid substances in the
body, such as blood serum and lymph, whether inside
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or outside of the cells, we speak of "nutritive" or "cir-
culating media." It is important that you should un-
derstand that just as air and water and soil contain
our nourishment so the gases and fluids and solids of
serum and protoplasm in and around the cells and
nuclei contain their nutriment or vital constituents in
health and in disease.
The active or "live" bodies or granules of the nu-
cleus are nourished by the constituents of the serum
of the cell-protoplasm, which in turn derives its nour-
ishment from the blood serum and the lymph; and
also by the same cell-protoplasm or serum are the by-
products and waste materials of the living granules of
the nucleus assimilated, and then passed over to the
blood or lymph vessels or currents.
Whatever the serum and protoplasm get from air,
water, foods or poisons the nucleus must accept, and
v/hatever the nucleus throws off or discharges as ob-
jectionable or waste the protoplasm or serum or lymph
must accept and remove. Nucleus and protoplasm live
and behave like married couples, with the same happy
or unhappy results.
The substance of the cells as a whole is largely liq-
uid. The solid bodies that make up our cells, blood
and flesh are divided into "proteid" (fleshy) and "min-
eral." The proteid matter is called "organic"; the
mineral, "inorganic." That distinction is artificial, for
both not only exist together in solution in the serum
and form-elements of the blood and cells, but also in
firm and permanent combination in the real "live"
granular "proteid" matter of the nucleus or heart of
the cells. None of the fluids or cells of the body can
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live when deprived of either one or the other. The so-
called inorganic (mineral) are fully as essential to liv-
ingness and growth, as well as to health and recovery,
as the organic (proteid).
Therefore we cannot live or grow or get well with-
out appropriating and assimilating what plants derive
from beneath and above the ground surface. We thrive
in identically the same way on the same elements of
the same air, light, water and foods, and like them we
remain healthy as long as we get the right quality and
admixture; but like them we wither or get sick when
we appropriate too little or too much of either or both
kinds of foods.
The things which keep the purely proteid or fleshy
substance of our blood and tissues healthy, or prevent
it from souring or decomposing, are the inorganic or
mineral constituents — 'elements that we neither taste
nor smell nor chew. For the most part they get into
our blood and organs unrecognized by our senses with
air, water and foods. Hence health is greatly a matter
of haphazard with nearly everybody. That is why
most children experience the afflictions of diseases of
childhood, and people of other ages suffer from one or
another impaired or disordered function, or succumb
to severer diseases, such as appendicitis, pneumonia,
consumption, typhoid fever, pleurisy, kidney disease,
nervous ailments, insanity, and so forth.
Blood and flesh will sour or rot inside as well as out-
side of the body unless it is "preserved" in some way.
You can't "embalm" live kidneys or livers or brains,
but Nature can. To do so the blood must be supplied
with the right kind and proportion of the inorganic-
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vital constituents which prevent or check fermentation
or decomposition of cellular substance and products.
To remain well or to regain normal health the blood
and organs must ever be supplied from air, water and
soil with the right variety and proportion of those in-
organic constituents, or natural remedies, which com-
bine with the normal or abnormal products, or poison-
ous organic acids, which organs and germs and fer-
ments manufacture in health as well as in disease.
Therefore: The "living" cell-matter contains the
only "living" cure-matter.
All cells — well or sick — are fundamentally "one in
structure and in function," as all bricks are. So, all
cell-cure must be fundamentally one in structure and
When your lungs are sick — who or what does the
repairing or curing — if not the lung-cells themselves?
And with what — if not with air, water and the
"detoxicating" food constituents?
Let us pass to sick kidneys — who or what does their
repairing or curing — if not the kidney-cells them-
selves with the same elements of the same air and
water and foods which lung-cells, or any other cells,
utilize, or cure themselves with, when they are in the
If, then — there is but one fundamental "healthy"
structure and function of cells (organs and tissues) ;
and, but one fundamental "sickly" structure and func-
tion of cells (organs and tissues) — why should there
be more than one fundamental cure? There isn't.
And that cure is of nature-made and of nature-
preordained, and resides in the cell-matter, unknown
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as life, but recognized as function, in the heart-gran-
ules of the tissue-cells.
It is that thing, which we call "function or nutri-
tion," which enables a kidney-cell to manufacture kid-
ney-tissue and urine with the same air and water and
food-stuffs with which brain-cells manufacture brain-
tissue and thoughts.
The idea of believing that "contraries cure con-
traries," or that "likes cure likes," or that "mind cures
matter" — !
Drowning is cured by air-
Asphyxiation is cured by air —
Drowning is caused by water —
Asphj^xiation is caused by gas — liquids — solids —
Is air "contrary" or "similar" to water or gas — or
It's air — and that's all it is.
And, without it, as air, no living thing — mind and
matter — can cure itself.
Likewise with water and food.
On that one, simple, fundamental truth is Autology
Autology is the offspring of the conception that
Health is one; that Sickness is one; that Cure is one;
that Livingness, Health, Sickness, Cure and Death are
One — as Electricity, Light, Heat, Motion and Potency
It is impossible to conceive of sickness, or of cure,
without some "health." Therefore, the "some" health
becomes the cure of the "some" sickness. Or, the
cell's own health cures the cell's own sickness.
In other words, the well, or partly well, cells of an
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organ or tissue cure their own sick, or partly sick,
cells. But, neither the well nor the sick cells of an
organ or tissue can cure the sick or partly sick cells of
another organ or tissue. For instance, lung cells can-
not cure the sick cells of a liver or kidney or muscle or
bone, etc., or vice versa.
Nor can anything help to cure a sick cell (organ or
tissue) unless that something is itself dis-organized
and then re-organized in the countless cells of the vari-
ous functionating tissues and circulating fluids of the
organism, before being dis-organized and re-organized
again by the well and the sick cells of the ailing organ
But — as air is air, and as such is not a cure ; and, as
water is water, and as such is not a cure ; and as food
is food, and as such is not a cure — therefore, "cure" is
not a thing that exists outside of, or distinct from, the
particular tissue-cells in whose "bosom" it (the cure)
originally was (preformed and preordained by Nature)
and is again re-formed with the elements derived from
air, water, light and foods.
Hence — "contraries" do not cure "contraries";
"likes" do not cure "likes"; "mind" does not cure
"matter" — but self cures itself. In other words. Na-
ture-made "living" matter cures its own self with self-
made and self-same matter.
That's the Rational and Scientific Basis of Autology
Eugenics is that doctrine of Anthropology, the Study
of Man, which teaches race-culture, or the raising of
Comparatively little other attention, than to the
moulding of features and of frames, have scientists
here or abroad devoted in studying the relation which
diet and hygiene bear to the development and improve-
ment of human-stock.
Science is apt to begin its investigations and experi-
ments at the wrong end. Thus eugenists, or race-
culturists, are endeavoring to determine the effects
of diet and climate and environments on the "forma-
tive influences" which tend to change or modify the
featural or physiognomical types of families and indi-
viduals, or which occasion peculiarities and aberra-
tions in the mould and physical characteristics of, for
instance, the nose, the chin, the mouth, the ears, etc.
Thus, taking the Jew's nose as an illustration, Schu-
f eldt says : "Nature's provision of a nose for the sense
of smell, and the life of the Jew in the foul Ghettos,
and amidst a thousand unnamable Oriental odors, is
largely responsible for the Hebraic physiognomy.
Where the air has not to be well filtered before it
passes into the lungs, or where the sense of smell is
not outraged, we have the open nostril of the Russian
peasant, the negro, and the Esquimaux."
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Then, Fauconberg reports: "A recent writer has
noticed the greater chin and jowl of Americans, which
marks them even in early infancy, and in his opinion
is due to a too starchy diet,"
It has often been observed that good habits and
wholesome foods enable a facially degenerated family
to raise offsprings of strong and beautiful features.
Now, the chief aim of scientists should not be to de-
termine or to "record" the mere fact that certain effects
or changes are produced in the mould of the nose, or
chin, or mouth of individuals — under wholesome and
unwholesome environments ; but it should be to group
all observed effects under two classes, the normal type
and the abnormal type, and to refer each class to the
physical factors which determine its typical character-
istics — not so much its featural or outwardly visible
peculiarities of beauty or ugliness, but its qualitative
brainal or cerebral, cellular or protoplasmic, constitu-
tion. In short, let us trace featural and physiognom-
ical results or effects of diet and environments to the
fabric or makeup of brain substance — as determined
by the formative influences of feeding and breeding.
Or, better yet, let us concentrate our efforts to the
feeding and breeding of brains with a view to influ-
ence the formation and control the development of
brain convolutions — thereby insuring not alone the
production of the most superb types of frames and
features, but also the incubation of the highest grade
Such is the object of Autology.
As the brain and the intelligence of any race, of any
family, of any individual is of greater importance tha*
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are their noses and smells, so the doctrine of how to
raise brains and incubate mind with foodstuffs deserves
more attention than that of influencing noses or chins.
As a result of observation we know certain things
about the "starchy" and the "onion" chin, the "potato"
lip, the "smoker's" ears, the "sugar" mouth, the "tea-
drinker's" teeth, the "city-dweller's" long-head, the
"strenuous-life" type of face, etc. ; but little or no jus-
tice has been done to the effects or influence of diet
in moulding the brain and producing a high order of
It is one thing to focus scientific efforts to the ac-
quisition of knov/ledge whereby we are able to under-
stand and regulate the process of the digestion and
assimilation of various foods in the alimentary canal,
but it is quite another to penetrate deeper for the pur-
pose of understanding and regulating the same proc-
esses as they occur within the inmost recesses or
hearts of the cells which constitute vital organs. In
other words, brain "eupeptics," or the study of what
constitutes good digestion and assimilation within the
vacuole-stomachs of the brain cells themselves, should
supersede the study of stomach or bowel digestion. As
physiologists have transferred their investigations of
the chemistry of digestion and absorption, from the
stomach and bowel cavities, to the cellular vacuoles or
cavities of the solid tissues, so should students of
eugenics transfer their investigations of physical
changes effected by diet and climate, on the facial or
physiognomical characteristics of the individual, to
the changes effected by diet and environments on the
brainal or intellectual characteristics of the individuaL
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It is unquestionably interesting to learn of "the
beautiful nasal organ of Charles Dickens and the splen-
did chin of Napoleon," but how much more educating
and helpful it would be to determine the physical
"how" and "what" which made it possible for "form-
ative influences" to mould Dickens' and Napoleon's
brain convolutions, and evolve intellectual character-
istics, with such incidental results as Napoleonic chins,
etc. Nature does nothing haphazardly. Utility is Na-
ture's guide. She demonstrates this truth in forming
noses, ears, mouths, fingers, etc., as well as fins and
webs and wings; and, when forced, through environ-
ments or nourishment, to utilize unsuitable physical
elements, she does not refuse to turn out noses, ears,
chins, etc. — but she gives these some peculiar size or
shape or characteristic, called "degenerate" types or
All "degenerate" types of face or features are due to
the violation of the laws of Nature^-of those laws
which compel us to have light, air, water and foods;
but which leave it optional with us as regards utilizing
"artificial" or "natural" kinds of light, air, water and
If "artificial" or degenerate ways of living, eating
and drinking produce such marked variations or aber-
rations of nose, or chin, or mouth, or ear- — then is it to
be wondered at that the same artificial conditions also
produce marked variations or aberrations of brain-
matter and "mental" and moral products?
Personally, I prefer to let noses, chins, mouths, ears
and toes take care of themselves, and to devote my at-
tention to brains — but to brains in the physical sense —
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fully convinced by actual observation that when brain-
matter is adequately and carefully fed and bred, in the
sense that horses are fed and bred, all other tissue-
matters and sense-organs are bound to be "beautiful"
and "splendid" — the best and finest of their type.
I know of one specimen whose featural and physiog-
nomical and brainal and intellectual and physical char-
acteristics are amply sufficient of themselves to con-
vince the most skeptical mind that there is something
in this new autologic doctrine of feeding and breeding
brains and intelligence in children and others as you
feed and breed "stock" in horses, etc. And, finally,
that there is next to nothing in heredity.
A robin redbreast does not fetch summer along, but
his presence in your garden is sure proof that others
are coming from the same direction and in the same
manner; so, likewise, I infer that the presence in my
garden of a thoroughbred brain, mind and body is sure
proof that others should be forthcoming in other fami-
lies from the same direction and in the same manner.
Such is the heart and brain and soul wish of the
HOW TO RAISE BRAINS
It's gotten to be no trick at all to raise thirty-thou-
sand-dollar "pinks," or fifty-thousand-dollar horses, or
billion-dollar trusts — but it still is the toughest
proposition in the world to raise anything better than
thirty-cent brains. Why? Because: People will
learn to feed hogs or cabbages or puppies, but they
don't care a darn how they feed their offspring.
Anybody can raise gas in dough, which is like rais-
ing mind in brain ; but just as yeast and fermentation
do not produce bread, so mind and education do not
It takes air, light, water and food-stuffs to manufac-
ture brains and mind, as it does to manufacture livers
and bile, kidneys and urine.
The best part of it is that it is quite as cheap and
easy to feed a child stuff that goes to the making of
brains and mind as it is to feed it "truck" that goes to
the making of liver and bile, or kidney and urine.
Listen! Suppose some one wants to "raise" a big
liver or flatulous belly — it's no trick, is it? Why, then,
should it be to "raise" a big brain and brilliant mind?
You raise the first two by breathing, drinking and
eating liver- and bile-producing air, beverages and
dishes; so, you can raise the last two by breathing,
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drinking and eating brain- and mind-producing air>
beverages and dishes. And, what beats all, is that the
air and drinks and foods which produce the best
brands of gray matter and intelligence are the same
that produce the finest quality of liver and bile, of kid-
neys and urine, of lungs and blood, of stomachs and
gastric juice, and so forth. But, on the other hand,
the air and drinks and foods which produce the bulki-
est and bile-fullest livers, the biggest and urine-fullest
kidneys, the pouchiest and slime-fullest stomachs, are
the air and drinks and foods which produce the meas-
liest and most brainless minds.
So long as the air which surrounds people is cooked
and done up with a view to petting skins or notions,
and so long as drinks and foods are chosen to tickle
the palate and prepared to snug up v.7aist-bands, so
long shall people be able to raise thoroughbred horses,
dogs and hogs, and prize-winning fruits and flowers
and " 'taters," but shan't for the life of them be able
to raise thoroughbred or pedigreed children.
To make a three-year story short, and in order to
give you a "model" from which to cast any number
of like products, permit me to relate an experiment in
"raising" brains in a boy's head.
I do not ask any reader to "believe" what I write,
but I do want every reader to "understand" what I
state and explain. If I told you that I had been "ex-
perimenting" with American Beauty roses, and had
succeeded in raising the finest yet, as was done with
the Lawson carnation, you would see no reason why
you should disbelieve me, for I would have "the" rose
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to show you. Well, Autology and I have been in-
strumental in raising or growing the finest specimen of
American Brain in the head of a boy whose health and
development have been entrusted to me.
And, as I foresaw, his mind and his bile and his
urine and his bowels and his juices and his looks and
his physique, and everything else about him, has
taken care of itself, as the stems and leaves and petals
and colors and fragrance of the sturdy American
Beauty rose do, so long as the intelligent and watchful
brain of the gardener studies and tends to the wants
of the plant.
The boy is just 3 years old. He has never had a sus-
picion even of an ailment or a cold, though "exposed"
in every conceivable way to "colds" and contagious dis-
eases of children; though allowed to play bareheaded
in the hottest of sunny days, and to play bareheaded
in the coldest of bleaky days. But an intelligent
mother's eye is ever focused on him, and an intelligent
mother's brain is ever attending to his L. A. W. F. —
which, you know, means light, air, water and food.
He has never "been taught" or "been thoughted"
He speaks and understands three languages, and
thinks in the three languages. Do you realize fully
what that means? He thinks in the three languages!
In other words, his brain cells (not his mind) possess
and exude the "smartness" of the Yankee, "I'esprit"
of the French, and the "Gemiitlichkeit" of the Ger-
man. And those he owns as his own, untaught and
unborrowed and unthoughted — but simply because he
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has been fed the physical elements of light, air, water,
foods and example, which elements reach his brain-
matter by way of his hair and nose and stomach and
eyes and ears; and which elements are organized in
and by his brain-cells into their own physical and men-
tal products and by-products— not in and by his par-
ents', but in and by his own.
Not into liver "goods," but into brain "goods." And
not by or through or from heredity, either. Of course,
he wasn't born a cabbage ; nor is he being fed or bred
like one. He's just a well-moulded and well-balanced
casting of flesh and blood, of brain and brawn. Not
cultured ; just nurtured. But his head is more in evi-
dence than his belly ; and his facial expression conveys
far more than truth and fiction ever could.
Were it not that public environments and prevail-
ing ideas are so unfavorable, and must ever be guarded
and fought against with tooth and nail, how perfectly
easy, simple and feasible that achievement could be
duplicated by any one. The trouble is not because of
expense or difficulty in supplying any child, of any
parents, with the material elements and foods neces-
sary to develop superior brain-cells, but it is because
of the watchfulness required to prevent those brain-
cells from "snapping" pictures of dusty, cobwebby,
streaky, smutty things through sight or sound or feel.
A child's spongy brain soaks in and photographs
every gross and minute detail of every look and sound
and behaving, without the least bit of regard as to
whether the stuff or picture is good, bad or indiffer-
ent. And it assorts them into albums, or pastes them
in scrapbooks, to exhibit or refer to later. And just as
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it is almost heart-rending to part with old pictures,
however tintypy they may be, so it is almost brain-
rending to part with old notions or impressions.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. But what
bends or what straightens the brain? It is quite imma-
terial by what physical or mental name you call that
"what," so long as you understand and know that by
"food" I mean everything and anything which reaches
the child's brain through his nose and mouth and hair,
as well also as I mean everything which reaches the
child's brain through his eyes and ears and fingers
You "think" you quite comprehend what I mean,
but I'm not sure that you do. Because it is the pre-
vailing and accepted notion that it is proper to concen-
trate and focus all public and individual energies to
the implanting of knowledge into children's minds,
overlooking the simple fact that you can't impress or
implant pictures on barefaced or blurred or smudged
plates of glass.
My first contention is to forget that a child has a
mind — ^which he hasn't got ready-made at birth — but
that he has a brain — which he has got ready-made at
birth — and never, never to forget forgetting the first,
and never forgetting to remember the second.
My second contention is that any child's brain shall
manufacture the highest grade of brain-juice (which
you call mind), as any child's stomach and liver and
kidneys shall manufacture the highest grade of gastric
juice and bile and urine, if you but feed the child
properly, with your eyes and eeirs and mind focused
on and into his brain-marrow.
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Understand me well, please. I mean that there is
no more sense in teaching a child's mind anything
whatsoever, with the idea that that something is going
to produce knowledge in that child's mind or brain,
any more than there would be sense in pouring bile
into a child's stomach with the idea that that bile was
going to produce bile or liver in that child's body. I
mean that the first principle and practice of Autology,
or of Common Sense, is to feed the child's brain-
matter through the child's nose and mouth and hair
first and alvv lys, and only incidentally through his eyes
and ears. His tongue and fingers and feet will do the
rest without any coaxing.
You can't teach a child to walk, although you can
help to make him bov/-legged. You can't teach a child
to think, except bow-leggedly. You can feed "walk-
ing" into a child's legs, and so can you feed "think-
ing" into a child's brain. You can no more think a
thought into his head than you can think a walk into
his legs. You can watch or guide his walking appara-
tus, as you can watch or guide his thinking apparatus ;
but the moment you overstep this limit,, in walking,
that moment you invite bumps and bloody noses ; and
so, in thinking, you invite chumps and silly notions.
Withal, I haven't said a word about the boy's in-
stinctive, intuitive reasoning faculty, which certainly
is the direct product of natural digestion c~ reaction
as it occurs in his brain-cells; for at the age of two
he was already capable of squelching his father with
the force and sense of his replies and arguments. Did
he learn or inherit those replies and arguments? Never.
Did he ever hear them before? Never. To illustrate:
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He was barely two years old at the time. His father
was busy reading. The child was talking and bother-
ing him. Snappingly, his father said: "Ruhig!"
("Keep quiet.") To which the baby deliberately and
sternly remarked : "Karlchen ne peut pas parler avec
ses pieds." ("Karlchen can't talk with his feet.") By
which he meant that you can't think with your liver or
There is the making of a "thinking" chicken in the
yolk of an egg.
By whom? By the constituents of the "yellow" and
"white" and shell.
Through what? Through "incubating" heat.
How? Let us see.
A yolk is not "alive" with blood, or flesh, or bones,
or feathers, or brains; nor is it "mentalized" with
thoughts — before it is incubated and hatched. And
what constitutes "incubating" or "hatching"? Merely
this: Heating — a certain degree and duration of it —
sets in motion the "functions" of the chemical "or-
ganic" compounds which compose egg-yolk, as wind-
ing sets in motion the mechanism of a watch ; and the
egg, unalive and unmentalized, begins to breathe.
Yes, begins to "breathe."
The "incubated" egg actually inhales oxygen and
exhales carbonic acid gas as plants and animals do;
and perspires vapor or moisture through its shell-coat
as we do through our skin.
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Day by day, the activity or motion of the yolk-chem-
icals increases and "attracts" the chemicals of the
"white" and of the shell — and behold ! a brain, as well
as feathers, appears into the world of "human" incu-
What's happened? Nothing much, apparently — but
a chicken has been "hatched"; because heat-motion
helped to start motion of a given kind, called breath-
ing, inside of the egg-shell. If that heat, or the lack
or excess of some "degrees" of it, had started another
kind of motion, called "fermentation," inside of that
same egg-shell — as often happens — the outcome or
product would have been rot and stench instead of
brain and mind. Wouldn't it?
Deprived of oxygen and moisture inside and outside
of the shell, deprived of albuminoids inside and out-
side of the yolk; without phosphorus and minerals in
the substance and shell ; v/ithout fats and cerebrine and
cholesterine and lecithin in the yellow : would the "par-
ent" elements, called Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and
Hydrogen, have organized themselves into blood,
flesh, bones, feathers and brain?
What then has occurred? Nothing much apparent-
ly ; but heat started "function" or breathing in the egg-
yolk; heat awakened or wound up the "still" mechan-
ism of organized matter, thereby setting in motion cer-
tain physical elements which moisture and minerals
and albuminoids maintained until blood and flesh be-
came "animated" with instinct — another form of mo-
tion — which led its owner to fracture the eggshell that
the chicken might wiggle out into surroundings con*
taining vaster stores of heat, moisture, minerals, albu-
minoids — and daylight, besides.
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No one assumes that "instinct" causes the egg to
"breathe" or to turn into a "brainy" or mentalized
chick — unless one means that physical "affinity" or
chemical "tension" (motion) is synonymous with "in-
No one claims that "mind" causes the egg-shell to
inhale oxygen and exhale carbonic acid gas; or makes
the yolk absorb, digest and assimilate the "white"
and organize itself into the form of an "embryo" and
then into that of a live "thinking" chicken — unless one
means that "affinity" or "tension" between physical
or chemical elements and compounds is synonymous
So there we are — either chicken-instinct or mind is
simply a mode or form of physical or chemical motion,
or it's nothing; either instinct or mind exists fully
formed in the "dormant" raw yolk we eat, or it is actu-
ally and only the outcome of chemistry pure and sim-
ple — of physical or chemical action and reaction, as
heat and light and electricity are.
It is self-evident that "thinking" does not exist or
operate in the unbrained or unhatched yolk any more
than in the "unhatched" fecundated human ovum (or
imborn fetus). And, though not so obvious, it is none
the less correct to assume that the chicken's real in-
stinct (thinking) is not aroused or initiated before or
until the cramping of its habitat (shell) interferes me-
chanically with its movements and further develop-
That which we ascribe to instinct in the chicken is
nothing else than the outcome or expression of physi-
cal or chemical motion acting against resistance or
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It is generally taken for granted that the function
called "respiration" supposes the agency of brain or
mind in the being or "live" thing that breathes; and
this is because it was not formerly known that plants
breathe as we do, and owing to the fact that very few
scholars are even now aware that an egg breathes and
actually starts to become a "mentalized" chicken by
inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbonic acid gas as
new born babies start to become "mentalized" in-
That which starts or "incubates" breathing in the
egg is also that which starts and incubates thinking
or mind in that same egg — as well as in any other va-
riety of egg, be it a bird's, or fish's, or man's.
One doesn't have to stretch imagination to any de-
gree to perceive that there is considerable resemblance
between the "human" head with its "gray" and
"white" matter and the "egg"-head with its "yellow"
and "white" substances. Furthermore, each brain-cell
is virtually an egg composed of a shell called cell-wall,
and a white called protoplasm, inclosing a "yellow"
called nucleus — ^the core or heart of the brain-egg.
Investigation of "procreative" cells in the male and
female reveals the same makeup. Besides, it is well-
known that the chemical constituents of brain-yolks,
and of "generative" yolks, and of egg-yolks are alike
and the same; and, that even the proportions of the
various compounds forming these various "yolks" are
Now, then, if the "yellow" of a hen-egg can start
or attend to its own breathing and eventually evolve
its own brain which starts and attends to its own
Autopathy —Cure Thyself 31
thinking business: why should we have to resort to
the assumption that an incubated ("fecundated") hu-
man egg (ovum) doesn't know enough to originate
and maintain its own breathing and eventually evolve
a brain which starts and attends to its own thinking?
Why resort to the needless, not to say absurd, as-
sumption that it is "mind" in human skulls that does
the thinking when we know that it is the "yellov^" in
a hen-egg that does the breathing, or a pair of lung-
bellows and not "respiration" inside of human chests
that does the breathing?
Does Respiration, a mere rhythmical motion, "incu-
bate" lungs or "hatch" breathing? Or is it not the
chemical constituents or contents of lung-cells (or
lung-eggs) which originate and maintain that form of
mechanical motion called "respiration"?
Does Mind, a mere rhythmical motion (memory and
reason) "incubate" brains or "hatch" thinking? Or is
it not the chemical constituents or contents of brain-
cells (or brain-eggs) which originate and maintain that
form of physical motion called "mental"?
Breathing is not transformable into "live" or dead
lung substance; nor is one individual's breathing or
respiration transformable into another individual's
chest or lung substance. How is it possible, then, to
transform thinking into brain matter, or to transfer
one person's thinking or thoughts into another per-
son's brain matter or "yolks"? It can't be done. Hence,
teaching, in the sense commonly understood and the
manner usually practiced, is a waste of time, money
and energy; besides the fact that it tends to store up
in the brain convolutions a heap of "residual" men-
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tal air of the useless or harm-tending kind that is locked
up in most people's lungs who do not live a fairly ac-
tive life. Even lungs that are active retain a certain
amount of carbonic-acid-gas laden atmosphere in their
cells; but this "poor" stock of oxygenated air is less,
and it is more frequently exchanged for a better grade
than it is in lungs that are inactive. So, likewise, brains
that are self-active or self-acting — I mean in the same
sense that lungs are self-active or self-acting — also re-
tain a certain amount of carbonic-acid-gas laden
thoughts in their cells ; but this "poor" stock of "resid-
ual" non-thinking "air" is less, and it is more frequent-
ly exchanged for a better grade than it is in brains that
are not self-active or not self-acting. In other words,
"taught" or memorized knowledge is no better for
brains than "residual" or carbonized air is for lungs.
The one needs pumping or puffing out of the brain as
much as the other does out of the lungs. But — what's
better — it is preferable to prevent teachers' or books'
"residual" thoughts or mentalities from reaching the
brain cells, or at least to so activate or vitalize brain
cells that they may repel or expel or exclude such
thoughts or knowledge. It can be done — by feeding
the brain through the mouth, nose and hair.
You can "learn" how to imitate the physical move-
ments of another person's lung-exercises — though
when running you imitate or rather originate only
You can "learn" how-to-imitate or how-to-repeat
the socalled "mental" motions of another's brain-ex-
ercises — though when drowning or in trouble you imi-
tate or rather originate only your own.
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But, just as learn ing-to-imitate or repeat the "exer-
cises" of some one else's breathing produces different
results or no results at all in different individuals; so,
likewise, learning-to-imitate or repeat the "exercises"
of some one else's "thinking" produces different re-
sults or no results at all in different individuals.
Knowledge, or thinking, cannot be taught or be-
thoughted into brains any more than into livers or
If the reading of this chapter merely produces the
memory of words and sentences, or even of the ideas,
I mean to convey to your brain, without those words
and sentences or ideas causing your own brain cells or
matter to breathe deep or even to get out of "think-
ing" breath — then I have failed to accomplish any-
thing as far as your brain (or mind) is concerned, and
you are wasting your time reading. You should be
placed and replaced in "predicaments" which call for
arm and leg action in order to save your integument
from harm or destruction. After a few weeks of such
"predicamental" exercise, you'd be likely to "see the
point" and derive some "thinking" benefit from the
perusal of this chapter.
I mean that any knowledge (or ideas) that doesn't
set you or infants thinking, as fright sets you or chil-
dren hopping, is rubbish.
Knowledge or teaching can and does act as an in-
cubator, or as heat — not on mind but on brain eggs or
muclei (yolks) — but knowledge or teaching cannot
and does not "hatch" thoughts or thinking any more
than it "hatches" brain matter or chicken substance;
any more than the old hen's mind or meditating, as
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she sits day in and night out, hatches egg-matter or
chicken-brain. But, as egg-yolk hatches its own
breathing and blood and nerves and bones and
feathers and brains, so does and must brain-yolks
hatch their own thinking or mind. And no pow-
er on earth or in planets can do it for or instead
of brain "yolks" ; as no power there or elsewhere can
prevent an egg-yolk from hatching putrefaction under
unsuitable conditions of heat, air and moisture. So
also no power on earth or elsewhere can prevent bram
cells from hatching or incubating rot and stench — in
act and fact and thought — under unsuitable conditions
of light, air, water and foods, whatever be the mental
and moral atmosphere surrounding the infant's or
You no doubt are beginning to "capture" the two
ideas that I wish to impart to your brain, namely
"How Brains are Raised" and
"How Minds are Incubated."
Let us incubate these "raw" yolks or ideas a bit fur-
All cells of your body "own" some sort of internal
motion, called function. For, cell-constituents like air-
constituents and food-constituents (dead or alive, in
plants or animals) are never still — they never sleep.
But all cell-motions are not alike in their products and
manifestations. Some produce lung substance and
manifest respiration; some produce liver and bile and
manifest glycogenation (formation of liver and muscle
sugar) ; some produce ova and spermatozoa and mani-
fest procreation; and some produce brain substance
and manifest ratiocination or thinking — the rarest pro-
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 35
duct or function discoverable in up-to-date brain sub-
stance outside of pure business or commerce.
Giving this proposition a twist, it may be stated in
this way: As the business of the lung's cell-constitu-
ents is to reproduce themselves first, last and all the
time and, incidentally, to resort to or rather to evolve
breathing in order to accomplish their object — the pro-
duction of lung matter; and as it is the business of the
liver's cell-constituents to reproduce themselves first,
last and all the time and, incidentally, to "elect" or to
evolve bile and glycogen in order to accomplish their
So it is the business of the brain cell-constituents to
reproduce themselves first, last and all the time, and,
incidentally, to resort to or evolve thinking or mind-
making in order to accomplish that purpose. Hence
mind is but a form of bile^-only that it is invisible;
but so very expressible that at times one can "see"
that an individual's brain has jaundice by the hue of
his teachings or ideas. You know what a "bilious
head" means — in a way ; but not in the right, physical
way. It means simply that as a liver can't quit mak-
ing bile, good, bad or indifferent, so a head or brain
can't quit making mind, good, bad or indifferent. So
that when the liver makes "bad" bile it goes to the
brain, and, to get even, when the brain makes "bad"
mind it goes to the liver. Is that your version of
psychology? It's mine. It works to a Tee in practice,
in health and sickness; never gets lame, or lost in the
clouds. It's not a bit soap-bubbley.
The same holds good about what your kidneys and
urine do to your brain and mind; and, in revenge.
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what your brain and mind do to your kidneys and
If you don't feel like admitting that your urine has
any effect on or anything to do with your thinking or
mind, then please don't admit that your thinking or
mind has any effect on, or anything to do with, your
Most assuredly there is a difference between urine
and mind; but none other than there is between a
visible electric light and an invisible electric current.
The one, the urine, is the visible product of kidney
"yolks" ; and the other, the mind, is the invisible pro-
duct of the brain "yolks."
Thinking is just as much a function of kidney
"yolks" as urinating is, and urinating is just as much
a function of brain "yolks" as thinking is. If kidney
cells didn't do some deep thinking day and night, es-
pecially at night, I wonder what v/ould become of
people's brain cells and mind thinking! Considering
how human beings live, drink, eat and behave.
Passing now to seeds, such as grow into plants and
flowers, let me state this: That just as the growing
and grown product of a seed bears the "living" stamp
(i) the "make" or kind of seed planted, and
(2) the physical or material conditions that sur-
round the seed from the instant it comes in contact
with soil, and throughout its growth and existence;
BO also, must and shall the growing and grown pro-
duct of human seed bear the "living" stamp of
(i) the "m.ake" or kind of seed planted (race), and
(2) the physical or material conditions that sur-
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 37
round the human seed from the instant it cornea in
contact with the soil, and its light, air, water and foods,
and throughout its growth and existence in and
through that soil, light, air, water and foods.
Again — just as the growing and grown product of
a cell (plant or animal) bears the "living" stamp of
(i) the "make" or kind of cell produced, and
(2) the physical, material conditions that evolve
it from the instant it comes in contact with soil, light,
air, water and foods ;
So also, m.ust and shall the growing and grown pro-
duct of brain cells bear
(i) the "thinking" stamp of the kind of brain cells
(2) the physical and material conditions that sur-
round them (the brain) from the instant the brain
comes in contact with the soil, light, air, water and
Finally — just as the growing or grown product of
kidney cells bear
(i) the urinary grade of the make or kind of kid-
ney cell-constituents ingested, digested and assimilated
by the individual, and
(2) the physical, material conditions that surround
or reach the kidneys from the instant they (or their
owner) come in contact with light, air, liquids and
So, also, must and shall the growing or grown pro-
duct of brain cells bear
(i) the thinking or mind-grade of the make or kind
of brain cell-constituents ingested, digested and assim-
ilated by the individual, and
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(2) the physical, material conditions that surround
or reach the brain from the instant they (or their own-
er) come in contact with light, air, liquids and foods.
Therefore, what's the sense in "teaching" the brain
any more than in teaching the kidneys? As you can't
teach kidney cells to urinate except by giving them the
elements of light, air, water and foods, so you can't
teach brain cells to think except by giving them the
elements of light, air, water and foods.
And just as urine varies in quality and quantity, and
other things, with the kind of light, air, water and
foods taken in or absorbed by your body, so mind (or
thinking) varies in quantity and quality, and other
things, with the kind of light, air, water and foods
taken in or absorbed by your body.
Somehow, v/hen I hear or read some one talking or
writing about the "objective" and "subjective" minds,
or psycholog}'', I always seem to see bile or urine
coursing through or "watering" the talker's or writ-
er's brain cells; for tliere can be no denying that all
up-to-date brands of psychological or new-thoughted-
ness bear a decided biliary or urinary stamp.
Won't some one please tell us how many more in-
finitesimal fractions of an instant would a blood-and-
flesh brain, or an "objective" or "subjective" mind
keep on thinking or thought-making — than would a
liver or stomach keep on bile- or juice-making, if the
individual were denied air? Or how m.uch longer
"mind" would keep on cogitating than kidney cells
urinating if "mind" were denied water? Or how much
longer "mind" (or brain) would keep on working than
blood corpuscles navigating if either were denied com-
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 39
mon, ordinary soil minerals, like sodium and potassi-
But what's the use — for who can deny the fact that
with each thought produced (mind you I say "pro-
duced"; and not borrowed) brain cells or nuclei per-
spire a little urinary and biliary moisture as well as
they exhale some carbonic acid gas for the "benefit"
of the liver and kidneys and lungs? And who can
deny that, per contra, with each action or reaction
produced in the kidney or liver cells or nuclei each
liver or kidney cell or nucleus breathes forth a little
mental or thinking moisture or something for the
"benefit" of the brain (or what some people call
It is the claim of Autology that the "type," as well
as the sum total, of that socalled "mental" or thinking
moisture has as much to do with the kind or brand of
"mind" found or produced in brains as the type and
sum total of the biliary and urinary moistures found
or produced in brains (or minds) have to do with the
kind or brand of biliary and urinary moistures found
or produced in livers and kidneys.
Who can gainsay that every kidney cell, or liver
cell, or stomach cell, or fat cell, or bone cell, or blood
corpuscle, is endowed with thought or mind-incubat-
ing brains of their ov.'n? Or that every brain cell is
endowed with bile- and urine-incubating livers and
kidneys of their own — just as planets are provided
with suns and stars and constellations of their own?
Who can say that the same laws (or mechanism)
that govern the production and operation of physical
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bile and urine in "living" tissues do not also govern
the production and operation of "mental" mind and
thoughts in "living" brains and other tissues — ^just as
the same laws (or mechanism) that govern the pro-
duction and operation of physical electricity and light
in the heavens also govern the production and opera-
tion of physical electricity and light in the factories,
or the "mental" (so-called) electricity and light in
blood corpuscles and brain cells?
And now comes the practical application of the fore-
going cogitations, or "hatching" of mind in brain
through light, air, water and foods.
Again livers and kidneys turn up — ^because people
"think" they know more about bile and urine than
they do about mind. But they don't. And they think
they do simply because they can control better the
quantity and quality of the bile and urine their livers
and kidneys produce than the quantity and quality of
the mind and thoughts their brains excrete.
I say excrete, instead of secrete or produce ; because
very few brains actually secrete a perceptible moisture
of mind or thoughts, although their fingers and feet
and eyes and skins and vulgar internal organs do pro-
duce a wonderful stock of it or them (mind or
thoughts). Watch dancers' legs and hands and eyes
and see the amount and type of mind or thoughts those
legs and bands and eyes "secrete" !
As the quality and quantity of the bile and urine
your organs produce vary with and depend on the
character, quantity and proportion of the natural ele-
ments found in light, air, liquids and solids ; so also do
the quality and quantity of the mind and thoughts
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 41
your brains or cells produce vary with and depend on
the character, quantity and proportion of the natural
elements found in light, air, liquids and solids — and on
nothing else, much.
As mind can't produce "live" air, so mind can't pro-
duce "live" thoughts, or living health or sickness.
Time does not make watches. Mind does not make
"brains." But as watches keep time when physically
wound up, so brains keep mind when physically
wound up. How can brain cells be physically wound
up so as to keep and "tick" forth good, reliable "ment-
al" seconds or thoughts? Just exactly in the same
way that liver cells can be physically wound up to
ooze out good, reliable bile drops, or kidney cells to
"drip" good, reliable urine drops. That's simple
enough, isn't it? Yet, much simpler than you think.
A wool-thread is made of wool-fibres ; a silk-thread,
of silk-fibres. A nerve-thread is made of nerve-fibres ;
a muscle-thread, of muscle-fibres. A honey-comb is
made of bees-wax filled with bees-honey. A muscle-
comb (a bundle of muscle cells) is made of muscle-
wax (membrane) filled with muscle-honey (proto-
plasm) ; a liver-comb is made of liver-wax (cell-mem-
brane) filled with liver-honey (protoplasm and bile) ;
a kidney-comb is made of kidney-wax filled with kid-
ney-honey, or urine-protoplasm; a bone-comb is made
of bone-wax filled with bone-honey or marrow; an
ovum- or spermatozoon-comb is made of ovum- or
sperm-wax filled with ovarian or seminal honey; and,
finally, a nerve- or brain-com.b is made of nerve- or
brain-wax filled with nerve or brain honey. But of
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That depends. That's why there is more apparent
and real difference between individuals' and nations'
minds, ideas and morals than there is between their
biles, urines and corruptions; for, pray tell me, what
can nerves and brain do when forced to transform into
mind a type of jelly that's better apt to fill up livers or
Hence, the average individual "thinks" more about
and better with his stomach, or liver, or bowels, or kid-
neys, etc., than about or with his brain. It stands to
common sense that a "misfit" in the way of liver pro-
toplasm may "just fit" the brain-comb of a certain in-
dividual ; but it is bound to remind its new owner (the
brain) or you of its original owner (the liver), for
which it was meant. That is the only reason why
most people keep everlastingly thinking of their livers,
stomachs, kidneys, etc., etc. What else could or can
they do — seeing that their brains which demand mind-
producing physical elements and compounds are served
naught else but liver or bile and kidney or urine pro-
ducing material, possibly seasoned a little vnth "men-
Organized material which is naturally adapted to
the production of that form of serum, protoplasm and
slime which suits the purposes of livers, kidneys, bow-
els, sexual organs, etc., cannot but tend to evolve
"thinks" and acts in accord with the ways that livers,
kidneys, bowels, etc., would think and behave if they
occupied the cranial cavity of the individual. The
fact that an individual's brain can't crawl out of its
bone-prison, any more than a yolk can out of its shell,
does not mean that it can't incubate or hatch mind or
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thoughts of an order that other tissues or organs emit
or produce — just as an egg-yolk is capable of incubat-
ing and hatching stench quite as well as a chick.
In a word, when brain cells are forced to feed, year
in and year out from infancy to maturity, on the kind
of light and air and liquids and solids which are best
adapted to forming liver and bile, kidneys and urine,
slime and "discharges" ; it follows that such brain cell-
substance must necessarily incubate and hatch some
sort of bile-tainted, or urine-tainted, or slime-tainted,
or something else-tainted minds or thoughts — some
sort of dyspeptic, or epileptic, or jaundiced, or catarrh-
al, or rheumatic, or immoral, or criminal notions and
actions. That, to me, is as clear as day — so self-evi-
dent that it looks like repeating a platitude. Why then
has not the human brain seen this subject-matter or
problem in that physically "mental" and "moral" way?
Presumably because the up-to-date brain hates to go
back as much as it is not fed to move ahead; it is
"tickled" to read of hov/ Columbus smashed one "pole"
of that historical egg and thus made it "stand" upright
on the royal table, but it is quite as much at a loss to
initiate action in its cells as Columbus's contempo-
raries were to "incubate" a chicken without a hen. Any
farmer's son or daughter knows how now-a-days — giv-
en the eggs; and when the "chicks" are hatched, giv-
en the light and air and water and foods. And so,
likewise, shall parents and youths know how to incu-
bate mind and hatch brains and genius, given the
brain-substance producing "yolks"; and when the in-
fants are bom, given the light and air and water and
foods. That's all. That's livingness. That's brain
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and mind. That's health and licknesi. That's mor-
ality and immorality.
Therefore, our brains and minds, like the chicken's,
are the product or outcome of the awakening of phy-
sical and chemical compounds existing in the "incubat-
ed" or impregnated ovum-cell (or egg) by means of
heat, air, moisture and food — which condition and ele-
ments enable those blood and flesh compounds to move
in that type of motion (call it by any name you like)
which organizes the "yellow" and "white" into "liv-
ing" brain or tissue, as a rule ; but sometimes disorga-
nizes the "yellow" and "white" into putrefactive gases
That there is some sort of physico-mental matter in
the egg-yolk, as in seed-yolks, is certain ; but that the
hen's mind or socalled "hereditary" influence has less
to do with incubating a chicken's brain or hatching a
chicken's mind in the egg she sits on than has the heat
of her body is absolutely certain. For anybody can
turn the same "hen" trick in an incubator.
Also, that there is some sort of physico-mental mat-
ter in human brain-yolk is certain; but that parents'
or heredity's minds have less to do with incubating
children's brains or hatching children's minds in hu-
man skulls than have heat and light and air and water
and foods, or than have children's own hair, noses and
stomachs, is likewise most positively certain — even
though no one can turn the same trick in an ordinary
Correct must begin to appear to you this' "physical"
or autologic doctrine of raising brains and hatching
minds therein, as glycogen and digestive juices are
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hatched in their respective organs, instead of raisiiig
and hatching foreign or unsuitable substances and
products in the brain as is so universally done in homes
and schools and shops and offices under the prevailing
systems of diet, schooling and belief. And, logical
and scientific must appear to any reader the contention
that heredity, or birth, or atavism, or genius, etc., has
nothing at all to do with the gifting, or the raising,
or the hatching, of brains, or of minds, or of ability,
talent or genius in a child's skull.
Do I mean to say that geniuses are not bom? I do
— flatly. Do I mean to insinuate that the child of a
University Professor does not inherit a more brilliant
brain or mind than does the child of ignorant parents?
I do — most assuredly do.
Geniuses are not born. Chumps are not born.
But brain-matter is born just like kidney-matter,
not knowing exactly what it's going to do or become
until it finds out what kind of light and air and food it
is about to get through the medium of the blood,
which, in turn gets them from the bedroom and moth-
er's breast — perhaps; and perhaps from the dickens
knows where. At any rate I know from where in at
least 999 in 1000 "cases"; and the thousandth, or more
correctly speaking, the millionth, gets the outdoor light
and air and "wholesome" mother's milk. That's how
geniuses are "born" — which means "raised." That's
how "chumps" are not "born," but are actually un-
born after they come into this ready-made world of
genius-filled light, air, water and foods.
Like kidney or liver substance, brain-matter is cast
after a mould and cast out into a world of natural and
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"artifical'* light, air, water and foods whose respec-
tive properties are to hatcii and raise various but vary-
ing grades of physico-mental products in brain tissue,
as well as various and sundry grades of bile, urine, di-
gestive juices, slime, etc., in other tissues — in confor-
mity with the different grades of either the natural or
the artificial lights, airs, waters and foods which par-
ents feed on before conception and which mothers feed
to their fecundated ova and developing embryos dur-
ing the months of pregnancy ; and in conformity with
the grade of the said physical substances which fath-
ers and mothers, guardians or teachers, nurses or rela-
tives and others "feed to" the growing children.
I grant that the geniuses of the past as well as the
geniuses of the present day and of some days to come
were or are "born" ; but not at all in the accepted
meaning that obtains. They were "nurture-born" of
and in conditions and environments which accident-
ally happened to "match" the natural conditions, in
the way of physical light, air, water and foods, which
normally and "selectively" could not fail to hatch and
raise that species of brain-matter and mind-juice which
tradition is wont to call genius.
Of course a Farmer's boy is the son of a farmer, as
a Professor's boy is the son of a professor; although
the "son" of a country cabbage may produce a city
cabbage, and vice versa. But, really, is the farmer's
son born with m.ore of a "farmery" brain and the pro-
fessor's son born with more of a university brain?
Has his mind more of the barn or soil taint or tint and
the other more of the classical or mosaic? If so, then
the country lad must also have more of a farmer's
liver and bile than the professor's offspring.
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And pray tell me, what can have happened in that
farmer's son's brain-matter and liver that he seeks and
wins the Presidency of the University or Country?
And, what can have transpired in that professor's son's
brain-matter and liver that he drifts into and becomes
— well, you know the old story? He, too, was born
with a brain and a liver; but either these organs
swapped places as time flew on or both had to live on
the same bilious kind of light, air, liquids and solids.
It becoming a question of "survival of the fittest"
the liver "survived." Things progressed fairly well
for a time; the brain did vicarious duty for the liver
and the liver for the brain ; some book-knowledge was
absorbed by both; but — sad to relate, even a brain
surrounded by all that so-called heredity, talent and
genius can offer cannot long absorb and hatch "men-
tal" and "moral" goods when its physical light and air
and drinks and eatables are of the rottenest and rank-
est make. That's all, but that's it.
Boys and girls, sons and daughters of the*country
and of the city, let me whisper this admonition to you:
Don't live and don't sleep and don't study in rooms
(at home or at school) where the light and air are such
that you can't or couldn't raise beautiful roses in pots
set in the "living" room, in your bed room, in your
school room. Don't. And don't drink what you
wouldn't give your pet canary to drink. Don't. And
don't eat mixtures at any meal that would make you
"sick to your stomach" if you were asked to eat the
same after it is all mixed together in your or any-
body's stomach. Don't. By so doing, by so avoiding,
you shall soon "raise" a brain and "hatch" a mind that
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shall surpass your elders', your teachers', your supe-
riors' — unless they take the hint from you and do like-
Lest my meaning may not be fully grasped, let me
add, that as the quality and taste, or grade, of honey
produced by bees vary, or varies, according to the
light, air, moisture and foods (and never the thoughts)
on which bees feed their stomachs (and never their
minds), so also must the quality and ability and mor-
ality, or grade, of "brains" produced by children vary
according to the light, air, water and foods (and never
the thoughts) on which they feed their stomachs and
lungs and bodies.
The only positive as well as rational method of pro-
ducing a high order of mind and morality in children,
as well as in maintaining the like throughout man's
and woman's career, is to feed the infants', the chil-
dren's and the youths' noses and stomachs with physi-
cally material, or mentally and morally physical light,
air, water and foods.
Toward this achievement shall the next generation
devote much of its money and energy.
As matters stand today, most infants are forced to
evolute into morally or mentally deficient brains or
minds; because Education's chief aim is to implant
'Cental" and "moral" knowledge (so-called) in chil-
dren's minds while, conjointly. Civilization is stupidly
compelling children's brains and functions to live and
operate on mindless and immoral light, air, water and
If only children were "tended" until of age as rose
bushes are, how safe it would be to give their brains
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and functions free play, then ! And what superb phy-
sko-mental and moral blossoms and flowers child-
plants would produce ! Just as rose bushes that have
been watchfully and intelligently lighted, aired, wa-
tered and fertilized until the age of blooming produce
beautiful color-and-perfume-laden buds and roses —
without being taught or thoughted or mentalized or
moralized. In a word, as plants manufacture their
own physical, mental and moral colors and perfumes
by organizing in their buds the elements of light, air,
water and foods, so, likewise, children manufacture
their own physical, mental and moral functions, vir-
tues and vices by organizing in their budding tissues
and juices (organs and blood) the elements of light,
air, water and foods. So also do adults.
Sure enough the rose bud may prove to be a La
France rose instead of an American Beauty or some
other variety of the rose, but rest assured that a gar-
dener who understands his business and "tends" to the
light and air and water and foods of that rose bush up
to the budding period does not worry about what sort
of flowers the La France or the American Beauty will
produce, even though the stems are cut from the par-
ent stock. He knows that the blossom will be the
most superb specimen of its type. The gardener will
never expect or attempt to convert a carnation into a
chrysanthemum or a chrysanthemum into a peony;
but he knows that he can cultivate and fertilize a car-
nation plant into producing a "pink" that will rival
a chrysanthemum in many respects and surpass it in
many others; or a chrysanthemum that will rival or
surpass a peony. In other words, he aims to raise and
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hatch the finest specimen of flower-brain and color-
mind in a given type of plant and he succeeds. And
so would parents if they used the same quality of cul-
tivating and fertilizing sense and physical light and
air and water and nourishment that the gardener uses.
The gardener calls his method "cultivating and fer-
tilizing" — and he succeeds in producing geniuses in
flower-brains or buds.
You call your method "culturing and mentalizing"
— and you fail to produce geniuses in child-brains or
minds. You should fail. For a child or brain won't
stand "culturing" or "mentalizing" any more or with
anything else than a plant or bud will. But, as
plants and buds, children or brains will stand all of
and the same kind of cultivating and fertilizing; and
under such cultivating and fertilizing they too will
produce the most superb, gorgeous specimens of their
types. In no other way and by no other means.
Did you ever see a gardener standing over a rose
bush, lecturing or mentalizing it by reading or talking
to it book lore, while keeping that potted or plotted
bush in artificial light, or carbonized air, or "watering"
it with beverages or fertilizing it with inappropriate
material, etc? Well, how can you expect that you or
teachers or books can cultivate and fertilize children's
brains or minds by talking or readijig or otherwise
while keeping them potted or unpotted in artificial
light, carbonized air, or "watering" or "feeding" them
with brainless and mindless liquids and foods? You
can't— that's all there is to that. And that's why
when I "show" a fine specimen which Autology has
raised or hatched, cultivated or fertilized, some say:
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"O, well, he inherits his brain and mind and looks and
physique from his father and mother." Quite compli-
mentary that — but nevertheless no more correct than
saying that the Lawson carnation inherited its brains
and mind from the gardener who "raised" it.
If the physical elements of light, air, water and
foods (L-A-W-F) which children's hair, noses and
mouths transmit to their brains are inappropriate or
deficient in certain respects, it is evident that their
brain function or mind, juices or products, thoughts
and behavior, is or are bound to be or become mentally
and morally impaired or perverted, deficient or vicious ;
for the products and by-products of their nervous sys-
tem as well as of all the functionating organs or tissues
of their organism are or become deficient or deleteri-
ous, — physically, mentally and morally.
Therefore, I say, mentalize or think nothing into
children's heads any more than into their kidneys or
livers, but let their hair and noses and mouths have
the light and air and water and foods that their toe-
nails as well and as m.uch as their mind-juice demand.
If you do, you'll be giving your child, and incidentally
yourself, the sort of light and air and water and foods
that Mentality and Morality demand and thrive best
By a providential disposition of nature, mentality
and morality demand and thrive best on that "make"
of light, air, water and foods which functionality of
our organs and tissues demands and thrives best on.
And, fortunately, the mentality and morality and func-
tionality of all children and all adults, of all organs
and all tissues, demand and thrive best on the same
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make of light, air and water — thus leaving us only the
problem of the quality and mixture and proportion of
the various foods proper to solve ; the solution of which
problem is quite a simple one.
During what is called intra-uterine life (before
"birth"), or during the incubating process of the fetus
(human embryo), the most appropriate "physical" and
"mental" and "moral" foods for the children are also
the best foods for the mother. And the most appro-
priate foods for the mother during the months of
pregnancy are also the most wholesome and brain-
some foods for her during the periods preceding and
following pregnancy. Only this — that the bulk of the
proper mixture of foods fluctuates somewhat with heat
or force and tissue requirements which work and
changed conditions impose on the mother. Natural
hunger easily settles this question when a mother
looks upon the period of pregnancy in a sensible, re-
spectable way ; and when the mother understands why
and what she eats — I mean when she eats and lives
for the purpose of supplying her own blood with those
natural elements of light, air, water and foods which
invariably go to making brains and mind in her own
head as well as "wholesome" bile and excretions in her
own body. If writers would only quit scribbling about
"prenatal influences"; about the alleged influence of
the mother's mind on the fetus's mind (v^^hich it hasn't
got) — and if, instead, they would Rip- Van- Winkle it
off until they are prepared to understand that mothers
can't "influence" or think anything that pertains to
mentality or morality into their skulled or unskulled
fetuses when these same mothers are stuffing their
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own placentas, or their infants* umbilical cords, with
a variety of air, liquids and eatables that are suitable
for producing rank bile or slime, not to call it worse
An advantage that mothers and infants have over
their fellow-beings, called plants and flowers, is that
human-plants are capable of seeking and getting the
most suitable forms of light, air, water and fertilizers
or foods which they and their children need. That's
something flower-plants can't do— ^at any rate when
most human-plants get hold of them.
But — and this is where the trouble arises and why
the child-product is so frequently a failure, as it is
often with the flower-product in the average hands —
the mother accepts or seeks some spurious brand of
light, air, water and foods which ignorant or foolishly
"cultured" minds and morals and habits impose on
her and around her. Hence more sheep brains and
minds are "influenced" into the world than sheep liv-
ers and biles — though, to be logically and scientifically
correct, brains and minds are made to acquire the
properties and functions of sheepishness only after
they have been subjected to the conventional feeding
and lighting and airing and watering of civilized man-
ners, customs and schoolings which obtain in all kin-
dergartens, schools and universities. I mean it and I
can prove it. I've seen it and I've been there — and so
have most readers. It'll be a cold day v^en any
power on earth or elsewhere attempts to light and air
and water and feed any child of mine with sheepifying
light and air and water and foods of the "'moBtar as
well as of the physical brand. I've got no kick com-
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ing, except that it has taken me nearly as many years
to disacquire the physical and mental structure and
texture which conventional environments and dietetic
ignorance imposed on me during the years I spent in
schools and universities.
I grant that parents and the public don't know any
better, and thus are wont to rely on the advice of
some who are supposed to know; who "think" they
know — but who neither Know nor Think. They mere-
ly repeat or reuse borrowed, bethoughted physical and
mental and notional light, air, water and foods — as
they rebreathe their own exhalations and compel
others to do likewise.
Without presently going into tedious details and
explanations as to what foods are best adapted for
raising brains and incubating or hatching minds in
men, women and children, for breakfast, dinner and
lunch, I desire to state some reasons why certain
articles of foods proper are best suited to produce
high-grade brains and minds as well as superior
brands of other tissues and products.
It being obvious that all other organs and functions,
than brain and mind, are never at a loss to develop and
improve themselves and to produce a good, serviceable
grade of their respective secretions and excretions
when the brain has sense enough to help itself to the
kind and to the amount and to the proper mixture of
the foods that are best suited to its own physical, men-
tal and moral purposes or operations — I may be per-
mitted to ignore the ordinary physical organs and
Silk goods are made of silk, stitched with silk,
trimmed with silk (or better) and repaired or mended
Autopathy— Cure Thyself 55
01 replaced with silk. Calico is not — nor is there
ingenuity enough to invent a process whereby cotton
is made into silk. So, likewise, there isn't a tissue or
process or ferment in the body that ca.n transform
liver "cotton" into brain "silk," or produce mind from
You can "contrast" different or antagonistic colors,
but you cannot "match" colors unless the pigments
which "own" the colors are alike.
On the other hand, you should know that brain
substance produces brain protoplasm like itself, and
that brain protoplasm produces physical and mental
products; and that brain substance calls for like ma-
terial in repairing or mending its substance, and
"matching" its products. And you should know that
you can "contrast" different ideas, but you cannot
"match" ideas unless the constituents which "own"
the ideas or thoughts are alike.
Again, you know that the nearer to mother's milk
is bottle-fed milk, the better and more adapted it is
for the child's nutrition and growth. And the more
wholesome the mother's milk the more "wholesome"
the brain and mind and behavior of the infant.
Therefore, the nearer to "wholesome" brain mat-
ter and mind-juice is the mouth-fed food ingested the
better and more appropriate it is for the brain's phys-
ical, mental and moral nutrition, development and be-
Let us, then, see of what brain substance is made,
and for purposes of comparison and elucidation, let
us see of what procreative and egg-yolk substances
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Brain-matter consists of —
Now, chemical analysis of egg-yolk and of seminal
fluid reveals a composition of like constituents, bear-
ing the same names.
Egg-yellow contains an albuminoid called "vitellin"
which is closely related to the albuminoid of blood
(globulin) ; and contains also a ferruginous nuclein
called "hematogen" (blood producing) and discovered
by Bunge, of Germany. Its other constituents are
protagon, lecithin, fats, cholesterin, cerebrin and phos-
phates, in which it is rich; also sulphates and traces
The chemical constitution of generative substance
is also represented by albuminoids, lecithin, cerebrin,
cholesterin, fats, phosphates and sulphates.
And, besides, the relative proportions of the con-
stituents of the foregoing substances are respectively
very similar— only that the brain and egg yolk are
richer in fats and the other in phosphorized proteids.
My reasons for calling attention to the chemical
constitution of generative matter (ovum and sperma-
to2:oon) is because embryology cannot afford to over-
look the fact that, as the egg-yolk is rich in those
highly organic substances which "incubation" helps
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to evolve into the highest type of chick of its kind,
so the richer the fecundated human egg-yolk is in
those highly organic bodies which "pregnancy" helps
to evolve, the higher the type of child born of parents.
Which, mind well, does not mean that a poor type
cannot after birth be evolved through light, air, water
and foods into the equal or rival of the highest type
born of other parents. But it is in the nature of things
and sense that it is better to begin a thing well than
it is to begin it ill, and then to make it well.
Therefore, eggs constitute the best and brainiest
food for father and mother and child before and after
conception and birth.
It is stated in books on dietetics that eggs are a
"complete" food in themselves, although they lack
starch; but no definite study has been made that I
know of with a view to determining and demonstrating
that a diet consisting largely of eggs, properly pre-
pared and carefully associated with other foods whose
constituents act as synergists (friends) and not as
incompatibles (enemies), and particularly with certain
"vegetables" which supply the organism with depur-
ating earthy compounds, is the kind of a diet which
shall produce the highest types of "fecundated ova"
in mothers and of brains and minds in newborns, as
well as in growing children and youths. After that,
say after the age of fifteen or sixteen, parents or com-
munities would have no reason to worry as to what
became of children's brains or minds, for their habits
of breathing, drinking, eating, thinking and behaving
would be firmly rooted and "fixed" for life — at least
in the majority. They would continue to seek the
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light and air and water and foods and thoughts and
behavior which their hair and noses and mouths and
brains had grown up on and been accustomed to.
Eggs should be eaten by parents and children every
day in the year; but particularly by the "expectant"
and by the "nursing" mother. But they should never
be prepared or cooked in a way, or mixed with cer-
tain other articles of diet either on the stove or in the
stomach, which nullify or destroy the blood and brain
producing bodies which they contain. In order to em-
phasize this point, let me remind you that submitting
an egg to a certain "cooking" degree of heat before
placing it in an "incubator" modifies or destroys some-
thing in its highly organized "proteid" yolk-constitu-
ents which creates the "embryo" or evolves into blood
and brain "plasm;" whereas submitting it to the body
temperature does not. Let me also remark that cer-
tain articles of food, either before they are swallowed
or after they are digested, contain or give rise to fer-
mentation or decomposition products which either
modify the fats and proteids of the yellow or combine
with them to form chemical compounds which are
neither hematogenic (blood-producing) or brain-pro-
ducing; but which are transformed into objectionable
gaseous and slimy products in the alimentary tract.
Hence it is that so many people claim that eggs do not
"agree" with them or that eggs sicken their stomachs
— which is not and never so.
Milk is not an appropriate food to mix with eggs
for reasons that would require too much analytical
explanation to take up now. I may say, however,
that eggs are an "animal" food, nitrogenous and fatty,
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and that milk is also an "animal" food, nitrogenous
and fatty; and, I may add, that it is chemically and
physiologically unwise to mix or combine two differ-
ent kinds of "animal" nitrogenous and fatty foods in
the stomach at the one meal. At best, the one or the
other becomes a "surplus" or remains behind as an
"excess" or waste to ferment or decompose as it would
and does when exposed to air and moisture. In a
word, the excess rots in the alimentary canal as it
does in the eggshell or milk bottle. No more, nor
less. Some of the rotting products may be disposed
of by the organism in the form of fat or bile, but cer-
tainly not in the form of brain and mind.
I should like to enter into proofs, chemical and
clinical, to convince readers why eggs and meat don't
go well together, for blood and brain; why bread in
addition to meat and potatoes is a mistake; why salt,
sour and sweet, in certain mixtures and proportions,
are inimical to blood and brain structure and func-
tions; why eggs and toasted bread with "sweet" but-
ter and, off and on, a little fine bacon is an excellent
breakfast combination for young and old, for blood
and brain, for tissue-building or renewing and for
heat and force-producing in the body; why rice and
cream, or eggs and rice, is the best lunch-combination
for the body tissues and functions and purposes; and
why a little fresh meat or fish or fowl with potatoes
(baked or boiled with the peel) and green peas or
string beans, or carrots, or onions, or parsnips, or
tomatoes, is the brain's choice for dinner, for nerves
and blood, for muscles and bones, for stomachs and
bowels, for liver and kidneys, for strength and endur-
ance, for nutrition and health.
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As bread, potatoes and rice are the three "staple"
starchy foods, let bread be eaten with breakfast, rice
with lunch or supper and potato with dinner. Do
not indulge in any two or the three at the same meal ;
for second choice goes to waste or fermentation, as a
As peas are rich in nitrogen and fats and in the ox-
ides of potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium,
and also in phosphoric acid, favor them. Not only
because of their nutritious value, but because the
earthy or soil minerals which their substance is com-
posed of furnish to your blood what no doubt con-
stitutes the heart and core of those body-compounds
which "preserve" serum and lymph or which prevent
the organism from constantly sickening or souring
In the way of "seasoning" brains and minds, as well
as other organs and products, use more "ordinary"
light and air and water and less "culinary" salt and
vinegar and sugar; but be sure and pepper your ap-
petites and passions with "cayenne" moderation and
(See end of volume for Baby's Foods and Every-
THE BODY'S JELLIES, JUICES AND
It isn't fair to say that our body is three-fourths
"water." We're not as "thin" or clean as that insinu-
ates. The truth is that our body is four-fifths slime
and jelly — a little more at "sweet sixteen" and a little
less at venerable sixty. The jelly of which we are
made is moulded into variously shaped masses (or-
gans), or strips (membranes), or tubes (blood vessels
and canals), or shredded bundles (muscles and nerves),
etc. Some of the jelly masses are gray and white
(brain and nerves) ; some are quite red (blood, liver,
spleen, muscles), etc.; but all of the masses and strips
and tubes and fibres are bathed in and out in common,
ordinary, vulgar slime — ^politely called "juices," or
"mucus," or "serum," or "plasm," or "protoplasm."
The name "mucus" is given to the stuff which is popu-
larly known as slime — it oozes from mucous mem-
branes. The name "serum" is given to the stuff which
exudes from blood, or brain, or joints, or pleura, etc.,^
it is popularly known as "dropsy" or "water" when it
accumulates to excess. The name "plasm" is given
to the clotting liquid which forms the blood stream
and in which float the red and white blood corpuscles.
The name "protoplasm" is given to the jelly which
constitutes the mother-substance of the cells of organs
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and tissues — known as flesh proper. And the ma-
terial called "juice" is that which comes from digestive
organs, or glands — the stomach juice being the one
generally supposed to be the most important.
If you were to collect a cup full of each one of these
various juices, or to squeeze pieces of any one of the
organs or tissues of the body (including the skin) and
thus extract their juices, as you do when "pressing"
fruits — you would find that the various juices and
mucus and serum and plasm and protoplasm which
you have extracted or collected are one and all alike
and "slimy." In other words, healthy as well as un-
healthy organs and tissues and fluids are of "slime"
That need not make you love thy brother or thy-
self less, but it should make you marvel more at the
omnipotent Wisdom that devised a means or a ma-
terial which answers all the gaseous and "fluid" and
"solid" needs and conditions of the body — a fluid or
jelly or slime which in the same place and in different
places acts as a lubricant and a nutriment and a
digestive and a reconstructive and a detoxicant and an
eliminant — at one and the same instant. And, still
more wonderful is the fact that these "slimy" sub-
stances and liquids should contain the mysterious
"live" things or agents that attend to all the functions
of the organism; and that these "live" agents, called
"ferments," should live and act and travel in such a
vehicle as ordinary slime.
Ferments are nothing more nor less than ordinary
"yeast" things. The "yeast" of bread, of beer, of
"mold," of vinegar, of sour milk, of saliva, of stomach
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juice, of pancreatic juice, of bowel juice, of brain and
nerve juice, of muscle juice, of urine, of bile, of mar-
row, of generative organs, of bacteria, etc., etc., are
fundamentally alike in their structure and function
and products. Their unlikeness is merely one of na-
tionality. Those which exist and operate in the human
body, or in any particular organ or tissue or fluid of
the body, are native born and bred; others are aliens
which may become naturalized.
To my mind, the source of unhealthy or foul dis-
charges or oozings, which necessarily must come from
or become part of the blood tar, is clearly traceable to
an excess of one or more, or to a poor grade or bad
mixture, of the tissue-yeasts (ferments) and their
products — becoming overcrowded at home or invading
neighboring or foreign territory.
To make my meaning clear, let us assume that some
organ, say your liver, manufactures an excess of "bile"
or "liver-sugar" yeast or ferment. Not necessarily a
sick variety of it, but an excess of the healthy kind.
Now, that excess must find work to do, or obey the
mandates of the conditions which lead us to say that
"idleness is the devil's work shop ;" or that overcrowd-
ing leads to "slumming." Finding no natural exit
through the bowels, or work to do in the small intes-
tine, it must roam around through the streets and
lofts and alleys of the body — till it is either "turned
out or locked up" as catarrh, or cold, or rheumatism,
or biliousness, or pleurisy, etc.— or until it stirs up a
free-for-all fight in the way of "fevers." You may ap-
ply the very same truth and reasoning to the digestive
ferments, and to the muscle ferments, and nerve fer*
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merits, and brain ferments, and lung ferments, etc.
Plus their slimes of course. But bear well in mind that
it is not at all necessary to assume that any given fer-
ment-endowed juice or slime must be "sickly" or
"microbe-infected" in order to occasion any or all of
the disturbances to which your flesh and skins or hol-
lows and tubings are heir to. In the department store
of the body, the Head Slime of each organ or tissue is
"Boss" — and will brook no outside or inside interfer-
ence or imposition without protesting or "flaring up."
Therefore — and this is what I desire to engrave deep
in your brain — do not deceive yourself with the idea
that your sickness necessarily means that something's
got into you that doesn't belong there. For, the "aver-
age" case of sickness is mostly due to too much some-
thing "good" going from your blood or stomach or
liver or bowels to your head, or lungs, or skin, or
bladder, or kidneys, or womb, or muscles, or nerves, or
fat, etc., etc. That "excess" or "overstock" contains
certain chemicals which invariably pick a quarrel with
the resident-chemicals of other organs and tissues.
The result of which quarrel may be anything in the
way of disease, or fever, or feeling out of sorts.
Let us figure this out in this way. You probably do
a fair amount of work every day — and, assuming that
you are not engaged in doing hard manual labor out
of doors, you have a notion that you bum up or use up
all the fuel or force producing foods that you eat. Let
us say that you eat some bread and some other va-
riety of "starchy" or "cereal" or "breakfast" food for
breakfast. Then again some bread and butter at noon,
besides potatoes or rice, etc., and once more some
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bread or "cookies" for or with your supper. That of
course is over and above other dishes that you eat—
and I say nothing about slops, drinks, gravies,
"sweets" and "pastries." Well, then — all the bread
and other starchy and sugary or doughy or sloppy
things that you eat are converted in your system into
liver-sugar or muscle-sugar, called glycogen. There is
practically no tissue-value in glycogen. It's most all
fuel to be burned up — to produce heat and force, no-
tions and corruptions. Anything in the line of bread or
dough, of flour or pastry, of starch or cereal, of sugar
or sweet, of cake, pie, pudding, preserves, etc. — is not
properly speaking assimilable food. It is combustible,
or inflammable, or inflammatory fuel— regular soft and
hard coal. It gives you steam and heat and motion, but
it gives you gas and slush and fever and inflammation
too. In the first place, it gives off heat by splitting into
carbonic acid gas and water. In the second place it
produces a wasteful mess of slimy fermenting juices
and refuse, which soon or late raise the supply beyond
the requirements of your system, and, consequently,
encroach upon every organ and tissue of your body
from cellar to attic — a mess that cannot fail to sour, or
to "fever" up ; or failing in that, to raise your internal
body pressure to a dangerous or explosive point, as
happens in volcanoes.
If you can make yourself understand the fact that
your body is ever mouldering and trying to raise its
heat beyond 983^ degrees F. — ^toward the boiling
point — and that it is only prevented from so doing be-
cause it is surrounded by a cooler, moist atmosphere;
and, particularly, because you are constantly pouring
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water into your tanks and tubings and tissues; and
still more particularly, because you are (unawares)
introducing therein certain reconstructive and re-
frigerating ingredients in the way of mineral salts and
vegetable acids, derived chiefly from fresh fruits and
green vegetables ; in a word, if you can make yourself
understand that if it weren't for the fact that instinct
and environment compel you to check the progress of
your internal mouldering and heat-producing, and that
your body is provided with outlets and valves — you'd
soon crumble to ashes, or explode, or belch forth like a
miniature volcano. Indeed, most people have had spells
of "erupting" like volcanoes (fever, headache, delirium,
etc.), or belching forth lava (slime, catarrh, corrup-
tion, etc.). And why? Simply because of their stocking
up too much with glycogen and sugar and slime-pro-
ducing foods. Not actually because they ate too
much all told — but because they used no knowledge,
no judgment, no sense in the proportion of the three
common classes of foods — namely (i) in the material
which repairs or renews the tissues; (2) in the mate-
rial which keeps up the normal "simmering" heat or
force of the body; (3) in the material which absorbs,
regulates, checks and disposes of the steam or heat or
ashes or clinkers or waste produced in their body fur-
naces and boilers.
Material No. I is mainly found in eggs, meats, fish
Material No. II is mainly found in air, bread, pota-
toes, rice, corn, cereal foods of all kinds, sweets and
Material No. Ill is mainly found in water, green
vegetables and fruits.
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But — and here is where cooks and commerce and
civilization are off — refrigerating material No. Ill, the
preventive, antidote, regulator, cooler and electric ma-
terial of the human body — is usually rendered inert or
detrimental by being mixed or modified in unnatural
ways and shapes and dishes. Thus the essential proper-
ties or ingredients of green vegetables and fruits are
transformed into used-up waste, possessing either
negative or detrimental properties when taken into the
stomach with other foods.
I mean sim.ply this — that the process of canning and
preserving or of gravying and saucing frequently re-
moves the most vitally essential acids and salts con-
tained in the vegetables and fruits, and usually changes
them into inert, and often into injurious compounds —
which only serve to clog or brittle up your tissues and
blood vessels, thus impairing the functions of your
digestion, assimilation and elimination. Shouldn't
fruits ever be cooked or preserved or canned, etc.?
They shouldn't. If you or some one else can extract
and preserve their juices in a pure, natural state — all
right. Make use of these juices instead of your "tooth-
somes" which invariably prove to be "unwholesomes."
Shouldn't vegetables ever be cooked or preserved or
canned, etc.? Sometimes, and some of them — as you
will learn in this book.
If you grasp the idea that stomach juice or
stomach slime is the all-essential healthy stuff
for your stomach and entire body, but that it has
absolutely no business to trespass or to contaminate;
and if you grasp the idea that this is true of the juices
or slimes of any or of all the other organs and tissues —
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you can dig deeper into this subject yourself. Which
is really a simple one of food-mixing under given con-
ditions of air and water and work and fun and sleep.
That's all. If you are at all versed in photography, or
in cooking, I can give you a good hold on the thread —
and all you've got to do is to pull to get at the spool of
my idea. Your "developers" are the digestive juices or
"ferment" containing slimes of your organs ; the coat-
ing on your "plate" is the fleshy jelly of your tissues,
containing chemicals that possess the property of act-
ing and reacting with the chemicals found in your
juices or slimes. You know how accurate you must be
in mixing the ingredients of your "developers"
together. And you know that accuracy, though so very
important, is nothing compared to the care which must
be exercised in not mixing or tainting the "develop-
ing" or "toning" or "fixing" solutions v/ith even a trace
of another. Each and all are all right where they be-
long and when they are wanted, but not otherwise. Ex-
cept this — that there is a way of combining some of
them together to advantage. But the greatest of care
must be exercised in compounding and associating the
ingredients in given proportions ; for even the slightest
excess of "bromide," for instance, will "sicken" the
plate or picture. So, likewise, in baking, if you add too
much yeast or soda or butter, etc., etc. Well, the very
same holds good in the human body.
The juices or slimes of joints and brain as well as of
mouth and stomach, are "developing" and "toning" and
"fixing" solutions. The living substance proper called
protoplasm, is the coating pasted on the inside and out-
side walls of your cells and their granulated sand. I£
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you mix too much starchy foods (bread, cereals, pota-
toes, etc.) with albumen foods (milk, eggs, meats, fish,
etc.), and do not increase proportionately the amount
of air, water and vegetable acids and mineral salts to
your mixture or solution; you're bound to spoil your
inside and outside "plates" or "negatives" and the
"picture" of your health, here or there, is bound to
turn out bad. You can have it "retouched," of course —
Though it's not my intention to make of Autology
a Science or Practice that shall make you ashamed of
yourself, it is my fixed determination to make of it a
Doctrine whose motto is: Look your mistakes square
in the face, rip them to pieces your own self; then
reuse and reset the pieces to match and fit your own
organs and tissues, your own health and work and age
and fun and surroundings. If you do that you will find
that the texture and feeling and looks and utility of
your organs and functions are as "fine," after they have
gone through the process of Autopathic treatment as
your sick or soiled silks or laces or "fineries" are after
they have gone through the process of "dry" or
"moist" cleaning treatment.
"How am I to know hov/ to mix my air and water
and foods so as to remain perfectly well after going
through the process of Autopathic treatment?" you are
anxious to ask me. That is a question which you will
find answered clearly in the rest of this book. So
clearly that the dullest mind can find no excuse for not
understanding and utilizing it under any and all condi-
tions. But don't skip a single line of the preceding
and intervening pages in your longing for the priceless
information. Get to it as you got to your age — ^word by
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word. If you don't, therell be "lapses" or "forgeti" in
your understanding of Autopathy (to cure thyself)
which may lead to disappointment or failure, or that
may postpone your long sought for recovery or enjoy-
ment of well-being, well-feeling and well-thinking.
To understand your ailments is to know how to cure
That's to know how to avoid them also.
Another reason why I dv/ell somewhat on this sub-
ject of "living slimes" is because the civilized custom
of making and partaking of soups and broths is un-
healthy. Soups are mostly "teas" made of "dead" ani-
mal slimes, seasoned with some of the urinary and ex-
crementitious materials which are "held up" at the
time of killing the animal — thus preventing the said
refuse from reaching its destination, the bladder and
intestines. Hence it is that, in spite of esthetic scruples,
I have made you acquainted with the sundry but alike
slimy juices and products which attend to all the
wants of and soak and make up animal tissues. After
this, you should not wonder so much at the nastiness
of certain discharges which sickness produces, as you
should that "healthy" slime can possibly contain the
material and wherewith that enters into the manufac-
ture and make-up of so much lovable sweetness and
brilliant intelligence as this world exhibits.
There isn't an "open door" or inch of tubing or web
of tissue in the body which does not manufacture and
depend on slime for its sustenance and function. You
are perhaps familiar only v/ith that which calls for a
handkerchief or cuspidor. However, the lungs and the
eyelids are oiled and dependent on the same kind of
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slime and so are the stomach, bowels, rectum, bladder,
womb, etc., etc., and brain and mind and procreation
and growth and development-and genius as much as
Think it over. ,
Love thy neighbor as thyself, more or less. And
Autopathy shall make you realize that your own world
and shoes are the most scrumptious places to hve m.
THE SAMENESS AND ONENESS OF
SYMPTOMS, DISEASES, PROD-
UCTS AND "DISCHARGES"
That's a broad statement— more comprehensive than
has ever been conceived by any student of Livingness.
Nevertheless, we can together prove that it is based
on Truth and Sense.
Many writers have before made the assertion that
"there is only one disease"— or "only one poison" —
and that "the only one" disease or poison is "impure
blood" — and that the cause or causes of this "impure
blood" is one thing or another. What "thing" or what
"other"? Some ascribe the cause of "the one disease"
or blood poison to improper "thinking" ; some, to im-
perfect "breathing"; some, to lack of "water drink-
ing" ; some, to the lack of "physical exercise" ; some,
to excesses in "eating," etc., etc.
In a word, one and all see a speck on your face and,
not understanding its origin and character, claim that
your features are one mass of smut. Such brain-
vision is afflicted with a form of myopia or short-
sightedness — ^which, when it attempts to focus itself
on the subject of "health" and "sickness," becomes
cross-eyed. Accordingly, instead of giving you a
name or a definite idea of what that one blood-smut
consists, or of what's at the bottom of the "impure
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blood," and how to wipe it off from your system, as
you would from your nose — they tell you to "think"
it away; to "breathe" it away; to "water" it away;
to "starve" it away; to "colon-flush" it away, etc.
That kind of information or advice is on a par with
that Vv/hich one youngster gives another when he whis-
pers: "Say, kid, run home and tell your ma she
wants you." I wonder me how 'tis that their advice
does not create a vacuum first, and then a cussedness,
in people's brains as does the youngster's in the kid's!
When some one advises you to breathe deep and
tells you that shallow breathing is the cause of your
impure blood, ask him to sit down with you and show
you his brain-full of pennies and let you count them in
your own hands and ways. Ask him to name that one
sole blood-poison — ask him to name its father and
mother and brothers and sisters and relatives, in a
v/ord, to give you its pedigree and history — -ask him
how and whom and where it mated and unmated— ask
him the explanation, the arithmetic-like explanation,
of the effect that deep breathing is going to have on
that "one sole poison" that he accuses your blood of
befriending; or how shallow breathing manufactured
that one sole blood-counterfeit. Do they, one or all,
even hint that the "raw" material of which the blood
poison is composed happens to be made from some-
thing that you know or can be made to understand as
well as anybody? They don't.
Oh, yes; I know that they pipe off soap-bubbles
about the oxygen of the air oxidizing or burning up
the poison, etc., which, like baby's soap-bubbles, seems
beautiful, indeed, but— Evanescence I Can two soap-
bubbles occupy the one and same spot or volume or
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space, in air, at the one and same time? Can they?
Well, then, can one oxygen-bubble occupy the same
spot or volume in the tubes of your blood vessels,
closed at both ends and on all sides, at the one and
same time that the said spot or volume is filled with
a carbonic gas-bubble? You, or some one, will up and
say: "The oxygen drives it out or burns it up." In
the first place, carbonic acid gas is not burnable or
oxidizable. It's already burned or oxidized. It's
ashes or clinkers in your blood-tubes or lung-furnace.
In the second place, it's not drivable. It comes out of
and through the same tube-opening or bellows (throat
or lungs) that oxygen goes in. You, or some one, will
nov/ say: "It's an exchange of the two gases within
the air spaces or alveolar cells of the lungs — ^the oxygen
displacing the carbonic acid gas ; and, having replaced
it, is taken up or absorbed by the blood in larger
amount." Let us see if this is correct. Yes, it's an
exchange of the two gases in the lung cells ; but lung
cells or chambers are cut off on all sides from the
blood vessels and they cannot swap more carbonic acid
gas for oxygen than they (the lung cells) happen to
contain at the time, and they can't be the possessors
of more carbonic acid gas than the blood vessels have
"breathed out" into them. And the blood vessels are
not provided with a billion of bellows puffing away at
your beck and call from within the billions of the cells
and nuclei of your brain and liver and kidneys and toes,
and the dickens knows what not. We're piped and
jointed all right enough, but every pipe ends where
it begins and every joint is "wiped," as plumbers say.
The only "leaks" ever sprung by the human organism
are sprung by the mind, or "corruption."
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Going deeper into our subject, let me refer you to
what I say on "The Twin-ness of Blood" — where I
show you that, in health as well as in sickness, the
fundamental or "poisoning" difference between good
or "pure," and bad or impure blood is virtually and
actually to be found in the fact that venous or impure
blood contains more carbonic acid gas dissolved in its
serum and combined with its red corpuscle than arte-
rial or pure blood contains. Now, carrying this a lit-
tle further, you can readily understand how easy it is
for the arterial or pure blood to become infected or
made impure by an excess of carbonic acid gas — com-
ing either directly through the capillaries from the
"carbonized" venous blood or from the free carbonic
acid gas in the air of rooms, or from excesses in what
are called "carbohydrate" foods, which are "starchy"
foods that happen to be rich in carbon, and which,
therefore, liberate a large amount of carbonic acid gas
when they are burned up in the system. All "cereal,"
or "starchy," or "sweet" foods are converted in the
liver into glycogen (liver sugar), which then is stored
away in the muscles, where it is converted into glu-
cose, which then breaks up into water and carbonic
acid gas, which gas must at once be picked up or dis-
solved by the venous blood and passed over to the
lungs, and to the kidneys, and to all the manufactur-
ing membranes of the entire body from head to foot.
Mark well what I say, "To all the manufacturing mem-
branes of the entire body." Mark this well, please —
not because no one else ever recognized or discovered
that one fact in studying the mechanism of the living
body but because that one fact shows the wonderful
wisdom and economy practiced by the Maker in so
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constructing your Living Plant that the waste or refuM
products (so-called "poisons") of one tissue or tissue-
compound, say of glycogen or muscle-sugar, namely,
carbonic acid gas (itself a poison) becomes actually
a most essential and indispensable constituent of the
special by-products turned out by various organs or
tissues of your organism. What do I mean? I mean
just this: That that which is burned or used up or
oxidized in the organs or tissues of your body, and
which all past and present writers and teachers claim
is "waste" or "poison," is not poison, but is actually
an essential foodstuff which other organs or tissues
now must have in manufacturing their specialized
products or juices. How can I prove that? I can
prove that by analyzing the chemical composition of
the various juices of the body— those produced or oozed
out by the brain and cord, as well as those that ooze
out of the mouth, and lungs, and stomach, and liver,
and pancreas, and intestines, and genito-urinary or-
gans, and joints, and other spaces, or canals, or
sheaths existing in or between or around your organs
"Without troubling you with a complicated compara-
tive table of the amounts of carbonic acid gas which
enters in the makeup and function of all the various
essential juices and fluids of the body, let me reproduce
here a table of proportions of the various constituents
of the saliva (spit). In one thousand parts (grammes)
of saliva there is found of :
Phosphoric acid 0.51 (about 8 grains)
Sodium 0.43 (nearly same)
Calcium (lime) 0.03 (just a bit)
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Magnesium 0.0 1 (almost none)
Chlorides 0.84 (about 14 grains)
Oxygen almost none
Nitrogen almost none
Carbonic acid gas 200 (over 6 ounces)
If to that datum you add this other that the salivary
glands manufacture from 18 to 36 ounces (from over
one pint to over one quart) of saliva in every twenty-
four hours, you will begin to get an idea regarding
what the human organism does with its so-called
"poison" or waste. As you see, it uses that waste not
as a "poison" but as a very useful product and derives
as much good from it as "packers" nowadays derive
from what was formerly considered offensive refuse.
But, even as "packers" have learned that the refuse or
waste must be "refined" and re-refined, and not be
improperly assorted or combined, and as they have
recognized that the refuse of some animals or organs
is not productive of as high a grade of by-products, or
fertilizers, so the human economy cannot turn out
high-grade by-products (digestive, biliary, urinary and
brainy) from a low-grade or bad mixture of the body's
so-called "refuse," or "waste," or "poison." Do you
now see why every learned, as well as every unlearned
individual or writer, in matters of living, well or sick,
is talking through his hat or groping in darkness? If
now you will further absorb the fact that the amount of
free and combined carbonic acid gas that enters into
the formation and composition of gastric and pan-
creatic and intestinal juices, as well as in the forma-
tion and composition of bile and urine and brain and
spinal cord — as well, also, as in the formation and com-
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position of the serum (and red corpuscles) of the blood
and of the lymph — is proportionately about as large as
just stated regarding the saliva, you will readily admit
that "the one poison" which makes "impure blood" is
a mighty useful and essential and beneficial poison.
What ails it, then, that it causes so much mischief?
Nothing ails it — it all ails you — simply because you
breathe and drink and eat and do — and don't breathe
and drink and eat and do — things (chemical things)
which either prevent your organs or tissues from ac-
cepting or utilizing the "grade" of the carbonic acid
mixture v/hich the blood and lymph unload in your
"retorts," or which render them (retorts or tissues)
unable to "refine" and "re-refine" the mixture or mess
into a sufficiently high grade of spit, or stomach or
pancreatic or bile or brain or urine by-product. That's
all. Nothing goes to waste or to poison, but all goes to
money, in the "stock yards" of Chicago; but a large
bulk of everything- — mental and physical — goes to
waste or poison— or penury — in the "stock yards" of
the "thinking," "breathing," "watering," "feeding,"
"flushing" "packers" (I mean everybody).
Did you know that your body manufactures every
twenty-four hours about one-tenth your weight of gas-
tric juice? Fancy now what a muddle your body must
be in when that gastric juice is of a low grade and
can't be pawned off for standard! And that your
pancreas produces from one-fourth to one-half of one
pint of pancreatic juice, and your liver from one pint
to one quart of bile, and your intestines from one-
eighth to one-fourth pint of their juice, and the kid-
neys about three pints of urine ? And that is far from
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comprising all the juices which remain in and around
all your tissues and organs and glands.
The foregoing data are sufficient, I believe, to con-
vince you that your usual sources of information re-
garding health and disease are rather primitive, not to
say murky, and that he who writes and asserts that
there is only one disease and only one poison, and
who quits you there to ramble away or evaporate into
words and "spread-eagles," is befuddling himself or
parrotting some one else. And, I believe, they are suf-
ficient to convince you that I am right in claiming that
"what's burned or used up or oxidized in the organs or
tissues of the body, and which all past and present
writers and teachers claim is waste or poison, is not
poison, but is actually an essential nutriment which
other organs and tissues utilize to manufacture their
special by-products or juices."
Yet, I haven't mentioned the lubricating sub-
stances of the body — namely, the "mucus" or
slime — which is produced by all your mucous
membrane-lined organs and tissues, and the
"serum" or "lymph" which is produced by all your
serous membrane-lined organs and tissues. In fact,
all the organs and tissues of your body are lined either
inside or outside with the one or the other of those
membranes. Indeed, we have no way of knowing
what is transpiring beneath or behind or under either
one of those two membranes except by examining what
it pleases them to squeeze or let ooze out through
their meshes and filtering cell-walls. But we know
this much, that what is artificially compressed through
the mucous membrane of a tonsil, or stomach, or blad-
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der, or womb, etc., or through the serous membrane of
a brain, or lung (pleura), or joint — or the skin itself —
is not a particle the same "stuff" or juice which Na-
ture, in her mysterious way, turns out or oozes out as
her by-products. That's why we are safe in assuming
that the "refining" processes take place within the cells
of the mucous and serous membranes of the body,
and that's why I am safe in concluding that the source
of the so-called "poison" which causes all symptoms
or diseases is to be found in the fact that the refining
cells of these membranes are the seat or plant where
the whole secret of the production of high-grade or
low-grade by-products is kept and operated. These
two membranes assort and refine the material offered
them by the organ-cells proper and then turn out the
various grades of their respective by-products through
their meshes and walls and reject the unusable, which
then must accumulate in the tissues to be burned up
in "fevers" or be disposed of as "discharges," or "ef-
fusions," or "exudates," or "dropsy," or "catarrh," etc.
You may not have a very clear conception of what is
a mucous membrane and a serous membrane. A
mucous membrane is the kind of skin which lines the
inside of your eyelids, nose, mouth, throat, air tubes,
stomach, bowels, appendix, genito-urinary organs, etc.,
and which produces or manufactures, in health, what
is called mucus (besides the special by-products be-
fore mentioned), and in disease what is called "slime,"
or "catarrhal" discharge, and sometimes a mixture of
slime and pus (matter or corruption). A serous mem-
brane is the kind of skin which lines the outside of the
lungs and the inside of the chest walls (called
pleura), and the brain (called dura and pia
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mater, meaning hard or tough and soft or
delicate mother-skin), and the nerves (called
neurilemma), and the ends of bones where joints
are formed, and the spaces between the abdom-
inal and pelvic fleshy walls, and the numerous vital
and pelvic organs therein placed, etc. This serous-
make of membrane manufactures or exudes, in health,
a thinnish, straw-colored lubricant, which enables any
two organs or tissues to come in contact and rub to-
gether without your feeling it ; whereas, in sickness, it
becomes "effusion," or "exudate," or "water," and ac-
cumulates, as you know, in articular rheumatism and
pleurisy, for instance. So, also, in brain fever or men-
ingitis. And it also may become purulent (corrup-
tion), as in empyem.a (matter or pus in the chest).
I believe that you are now prepared to follow me
understandingly in the further observations and de-
ductions I wish to make.
SECRETIONS, EFFUSIONS AND "DIS-
You understand that all "symptoms" — such as
fever, pain, redness, swelling, etc. — are phenomena
manifested by each and every organ or tissue in condi-
tions of impairment and disease; and that there is no
real difference between the "sickly" symptoms and
the "healthy" signs manifested by organs or tissues in
sickness and in health, aside from a mere difference in
the degree of the heat (fever), or sensation (pain), or
color (redness), or size (swelling).
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If now you wttl investigate the produda Of fey-
products of the organs and tissues of your body, in
health and in sickness, you will readily recognize that
there is no real, distinctive difference between any
given "healthy" product and its corresponding "sickly"
product, aside from the difference in the quality (or
adulteration) of the two^ — I mean the "healthy" and the
"sickly." For instance, the so-called pale, watery
blood of anemia is just as much blood as the red,
plastic blood of plethora, except in the proportion of
the white and red corpuscles and the richness of the
serum. So with the saliva, gastric and intestinal
juices, cerebro-spinal fluids, genito-urinary secretions
or excretions of these two individuals. It's only a dif-
ference in the "grade" — not in the "stuff" itself. The
"mucous" secretion of the mucous membranes any-
where in the bodies of these two individuals—one
"healthy" and the other "sickly" — is exactly the same
slime and lubricant ; only this : that the sickly kind is
more diluted or less oily, or more "ropy" and less
watery than the healthy kind. That's all.
Were it not of such importance to your future states
of health I would not ask you to follow me in the fur-
ther investigation of the origin and character of your
juices and their derivatives or by-products in health
and in sickness. But as it is absolutely necessary for
you to become thoroughly conversant with the under-
lying principles of Autology and with the most im-
portant facts on which it rests, in order that you may
utilize this common sense system of cure to advantage
for yourself and others, as well as to be able to combat
the delusive arguments of others, or to impart th»
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knowledge which you ehall own as yours if you rea(i
re-read and study this booli;, I desire to set before your
mind two masses of "stuff." One is a mass of coal tar.
The other is a mass of blood clot. The two are not
very much unlike — I mean in the analogy of the pur-
poses which they serve respectively and in the by-
products or derivatives which are obtained by "treat-
Coal tar is a product, as you know, obtained by man
in the manufacture of illuminating gas from bitumi-
nous coal ; whereas blood is a product obtained by Na-
ture in the manufacture of carbonic acid gas from nu-
tritious food. The processes or steps through which
coal tar is put in the retorts and tubes or "condensers"
and distillers of the commercial plant, in order to ob-
tain therefrom the wonderful stores of endless gaseous,
liquid and solid compounds and products, are no less
numerous or wonderful than are the processes or steps
through which blood is put in the retorts and tubes or
"condensers" and distillers of your vital plant, in order
to obtain therefrom the wonderful stores of endless
gaseous, liquid and solid tissue compounds and prod-
The blood is an extremely complex mixture, but no
more complex than coal tar ; and the human laboratory
does not extract or compound or refine more deriva-
tives or by-products from blood than man-made ap-
paratus or laboratories do from coal tar. Indeed, the
number of substances or derivatives obtained from the
coal tar business is far in excess of those manufactured
by the human apparatus. Nevertheless, do you know
that the thousands of products and by-products which
are directly derived from or related to coal tar are made
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or found to fit into practically one class of substances,
namely, the Benzene Series?
Do you realize that carbolic acid and aniline are
products of coal tar as well as benzene and naphtha-
lene? Is it more surprising to hear or find that
"mucus" and "urine" and "bile" and digestive juices
and brain fluids belong to the one and same class of
blood derivatives than it is that coal produces illumi-
nating gas, coal tar, benzene, carbolic acid and aniline,
and a thousand and one seemingly most dissimilar sub-
Let us now turn to all your organs and tissues. They
are all classifiable under two headings, namely :
Class I. Those organs and tissues that serve the
double purpose of inlets and outlets and that are in di-
rect or indirect communication with the outer world.
Among these are the eyes and ears; the mouth and
throat; the nose and air tubes, including the lungs;
the entire alimentary canal, from the stomach (or
esophagus, gullet) to the anus (end of rectum) ; the
genital organs proper of both sexes, including the
Fallopian tubes and uterus and external genitals of
the female and the prostate and external genitals of
the male; the urinary organs or tissues of both sexes,
including the pelvis or reservoir of the kidneys, and
the bladder, and the appendix; the liver, the pancreas,
the kidney tissue proper, the ovaries, the testes, and
Class 2. Those organs and tissues that have neither
inlet nor outlet in direct or indirect communication
with the outer world. Among these are brain and
spinal cord, bones and marrow, heart, spleen, lym-
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phatlc glands, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, fat, blood
corpuscles, and the cavities or spaces of the joints,
skull, spine, pleura (chest), peritoneum (abdomen),
periosteum (bone membrane), pericardium (heart),
and the enveloping sheaths of nerves, muscles and
The above two classes comprise all the organs and
tissues of your body. And, when further considered
from the viewpoint of their by-products or derivatives
in health and in sickness, or from that of the origin and
location of their diseases, they may be classified into
mucous membrane-lined and serous membrane-lined
organs and tissues, or cavities and spaces. This simple
"dual" classification is perfectly logical and scientific,
because diseases or ailments invariably start in or
first affect their inner or outer linings or sacs — sheets
or pillow cases. The substance proper of organs or
tissues becomes involved or affected only by extension,
as fire extends or liquids soak — by which I m.ean that
"colds," "catarrhs," "rheumatisms," "fevers," "infec-
tions," "biliousness," etc., begin or reside either in the
mucous lining of the organ-cavities, as nose, throat,
lungs, stomach, bowels, bladder, pelvic organs, etc., or
in their serous lining, as in the membranes of the brain
(meningitis, or brain fever), or of the abdomen (peri-
tonitis, or inflammation of the bowels), or of the joints
(arthritis, or articular rheumatism), or of the bones
(periostitis), or of the pelvic organs (cellulitis,
ovaritis, cystitis, prostatitis, etc.), etc.
Looking at things more closely you will find that
Class I belongs properly to the mucous mem-
brane set of organs and tissues. Hence, they are
directly or indirectly subjected to or affected by
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aatarrhal inflammations or discharges — infiammatlona
or discharges that may be only mucous or slimy, or
also purulent (namely, muco-purulent) . Chemical
analysis shows conclusively that the mucous discharge
or effusion from the "healthy" and the muco-puru-
lent discharge from the "sickly" mucous membrane
of the eyes and ears, the respiratory and aliment-
ary tracts, the urinary and genital tracts — ^in both
sexes — are not only alike, respectively, whether well
or sick, but also alike no matter by what organ or tissue
the discharge is produced or oozes from — ^however
apart or different the organs may be. For example,
the catarrhal or muco-purulent discharges from the
eyelids, the lungs, the womb, the bladder, the stomach,
the bowels, the pelvis of the kidney, the appendix of
the cecum, the urethra, etc., are essentially alike — not
alone in their appearance, etc., but also in their phy-
sical or chemical makeup. Hence, they must be the
one and same product, and they must have been manu-
factured by the various tissue-cells out of the same,
identical, fundamental blood or tissue compound or
"live" coal tar. What is the difference whether the
"discharge" comes from the lungs, or the womb, or
the prostate, or the stomach, etc., so long as the com-
position of the discharge is one and the same, and so
long as directly or indirectly the source of that dis-
charge is the blood "tar"? None whatever. Which
proves that my contention—namely, that as the con-
stituent-origin (the chemical bodies circulating in the
blood and permeating that class of organs or tissues)
is one and the same, and as the constituent-products
(the catarrhal or muco-purulent discharges) are one
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and alike, throughout all the organs and tissues which
belong to Class i (namely, the organs and tis-
sues which communicate directly or indirectly with
the outer world through channels or hollow organs
that are lined with mucous membranes) — is not only
well founded but also the only logically tenable one.
Which furthermore proves that any and all diseases
of those organs and tissues, or channels, or passages,
must be treated or cured in exactly the one and same
way. Hence, you must grant that, thus far at least,
I am on sane terra firma in claiming and insisting
that Autopathy is the one treatment for the hundreds
of this class of so-called different ailments or diseases
— whether acute or chronic, infectious or contagious —
that affect the various mucous membrane-lined organs
or tissues or conduits. To be reasonable or logical you
cannot concede to me an iota less than all and every-
thing I claim — if you concede one single item of my
Let us nov/ pass to Class 2, which consists of organs
or tissues that are either inclosed with serous mem-
branes or that (themselves) inclose spaces or cavities
filled more or less with serum or lymph. Among these
are the brain and spinal cord and nerves, the joints,
the pleural cavity, the lymphatic spaces and vessels,
the peritoneal, including the abdominal and pelvic or-
gans of male and female (lined outside by peritoneum),
the bones, lined outside by periosteum, etc.
I do not think it necessary to devote many words
to prove that the "healthy" and the "sickly" products
of the enveloping membranes of the brain, of the spinal
cord, of the nerves, of the bones, of the ovaries, of the
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testes, of the peritoneum, of the pleural cavity, of the
lymphatic spaces, and of the joints are alike and the
same; namely, serous or sero-purulent ; or that the
serous or the sero-purulent discharge oozing from the
brain membranes is chemically the same as that oozing
from the joints, or pleural cavity, or ovary, or testes;
or that a serous effusion in the brain or spinal cord, or
in joints, or in dropsy, or in the scrotum, or in the
chest, or in edema (anywhere) is physically and chem-
ically alike, and that it and all originates directly or
indirectly from the same constituents of blood tar.
Therefore, I must again ask you, "What is the differ-
ence whether the effusion (called effusion because the
discharge remains closed in a sac) comes from the
brain or nerves, from the ovaries or testes, from the
bones or chest, from the joints or lymphatics, so long
as the composition of the discharge (effusion) is one
and the same, and so long as the source is directly or
indirectly the blood tar? None whatever. Which
proves that my contention- — namely, that as the con-
stituent-origin (the chemical bodies circulating in the
blood and permeating that class of organs) is one and
the same, and as the constituent-products (the serous
or sero-purulent effusions) are one and alike, through-
out all the organs and tissues which belong to Class
2 (namely, the organs and tissues which do not com-
municate directly or indirectly with the outer world
through channels or hollow organs, but which are lined
outside or inside by serous membranes) — is not only
well founded but also the only logically tenable one.
Which furthermore proves that any and all diseases of
those organs and tissues, or channels, must be treated
or cured in exactly the one and same way. Hence, you
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must grant that, thus far at least, I am on ssne terra
firma in claiming and insisting that Autopathy is the
one treatment for the hundreds of this class of so-called
different ailments or diseases — whether acute or
chronic, infectious or contagious — that affect the
various serous membrane-lined organs or tissues or
conduits. To be reasonable or logical you cannot con-
cede to me an iota less than all and everything I claim
— if you concede one single item of my broad (ening)
claim." Broadening, indeed, as you are about to wit-
You have noticed that I have so far avoided refer-
ences — that is, I have not quoted world-known author-
ities for the data which I state. There are two rea-
sons for this. In the first place, because the facts
which I state and upon which I base my deductions
and conclusions are known to every learned student of
medicine, or biology, or physiology. In the second
place, because the deductions and conclusions, as well
as the bedside or practical observations and experi-
ences which confirm my deductions and conclusions,
are as nev^ to "authorities" the world over as they are
to you, whoever you may be. Therefore, I can quote
no one in that regard but my own knowledge obtained
from my own study and experience and experiments.
But I am now coming to a phase of the subject of
Autology where I appreciate the opportunity of be-
ing able to quote eminent chemists or biologists, be-
cause most physicians or students are not versed in
the observations which form the basis of and absolute-
ly confirm the truth which I am about to put forth—
namely, that there is virtually and actually no intrinsic
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physical or chemical difference between the "healthy"
or "sickly" mucous-membrane products of diseases
and the "healthy" or "sickly" serous-membrane prod-
ucts of diseases of any class or classes of organs or
tissues or channels in the entire organism; and that,
therefore, there is no real difference between the con-
stituent-origin and the constituent-products of any and
all ailments or diseases— be these acute or chronic, in-
fectious or contagious.
Before proceeding I wish you to bear in mind that,
though there are any number of makes or brands of
syrups, or of whiskies, on the market, the syrups are
all composed of water and sugar, and the whiskies of
water and alcohol. In other words, all syrups are es-
sentially alike in their constituents or composition, and
differ merely in the quality and proportion of the water
and sugar; and are, therefore, all called and known as
syrups; and they are all used and treated as syrups;
and they are all subject to the one and same disease;
and the one and same treatment will cure their ail-
ment or ailments. So also with whiskies or liquors.
The actual differences between the various brands are
merely incidental differences of color, or density, or
taste, or "age," and not of essential constituents. Please
bear this in mind as you read what follows regarding
serous effusions or sero-purulent effusions, and mucous
secretions or muco-purulent discharges anywhere in
or from any organ, or tissue, or cavity, or channel that
communicates, or that does not communicate, directly
or indirectly, with the outer world.
My references are Herter (in the United States),
Hoppe-Seyler, Bunge, Hammersten (in German lan-
guage), A. Gautier, Bouchard, Charrin (in French Ian-
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guage). I can add hundreds of names to this list in
each country and other lands,
"Backed" in my statements by the "findings" of
world-renown authorities in the field of biology (Liv-
ingness), I am able to assert that tlie healthy and the
sickly serous effusions — such as are found, for instance,
in the pleural cavity (or in pleurisy), in the peritoneal
cavity (or dropsy or ascites), in the skin (or edema),
in the pericardium (or pericarditis), in the tunica
vaginalis (or hydrocele), in the ventricles of the brain
or between the membranes of the brain or the spinal
cord (or meningitis, or cerebro-spinal meningitis), or
in ovarian cysts, or in blisters, or in synovial mem-
branes (or synovitis or rheumatic effusion), etc., etc. —
possess the same physical and chemical properties and
composition. Indeed, much more so than do the vari-
ous and sundry brands of syrups or liquors or beers.
Here is what these serous products are found to con-
sist of in diseases as well as in health, namely: Urea,
creatine, uric acid, tyrosine, leucine, some fatty mat-
ters and cholesterine, and exactly the same kind of
mineral salts as are contained in the blood-serum, be-
ing chiefly those of sodium and potassium — ^with a
large quantity of carbonic acid gas.
On the other hand, I also contend that the mucous
secretions or discharges of any and all organs or tis-
sues, in diseases as well as in health, are found to be
composed of the same constituents that make up the
serous, with the mere incidental difference that the
gelatinous and transparent substance called mucine
(of mucus or slime) is denser than the gelatinous and
transparent substance called serine, or synovin« (of
serum or lymph or joints). That's all.
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And as for pure pus, or sero pus, or muco pus — it*s
all pus, no matter where found or how mixed or pro-
duced, and it contains a little of everything that's good
and bad in the v/hole body, blood, brain and all. Ac-
cording to Hoppe-Seyler, Gautier and Ranvier, pus
Cerebrin (brain essence).
Now, really, if the so-called progressive or "learned"
men who are inventing new "animal" or organic cures
were at all consistent they would not waste millions of
money, or horse-power energy, or brain in extracting
their alleged v»7onderful elixirs of life, which they inject
into human beings — ^but they would proceed to devise
some quick natural means of forcing the system to
manufacture pus. Why not? Pus is proven to con-
sist of the very substances which they are extracting
from the genitals or other organs of the lower ani-
mals, which they inject into people. All they can ever
expect to get from those indecent juices are nuclein,
lecithin and cerebrin — call it what they like. If you
shall ask, "Why, then, do not their preparations pro-
duce the same symptoms or ailments in the human
body that pus does?" then I shall answer they do.
They produce the identical same poisonous results —
to-wit: the symptoms of fever, malaise, or infection
which invariably follow the serum-injection. But, as
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in the case of an abscess or pus discharge, the pouring
of the chemical pus-poisons into the blood is constant
and continued for days or months ; whereas in the case
of the "injected" antitoxins or "serum" the dose is
small and given only at distant intervals — the mani-
festations of fever and infection are milder and of
shorter duration than in the case of pus or abscess in-
fection. Hence the practice of injecting "sera" or
antitoxic cures into children or people is fraught with
the same danger and is based on the same stupid de-
lusion as was the formerly existing practice of trying
to cure lupus or tuberculosis of the skin by infecting
the affected area with erysipelas. Like a thousand and
one ridiculous and pernicious practices that have had
their day, so the present ridiculous and pernicious
craze for antitoxic sera is having its days — and vic-
tims. Not, however, without achieving some cures on
the hit-or-m.iss luck of which the whole "castle-in-
Spain" system is based, without a single scientific or
common sense reason or explanation for the "hit" as
well as for the "miss" results — cures or deaths. Sup-
erstition, or Suggestion, or Eddyism, or Dowieism, or,
to go back, Perkinism (with his little rods), or Faith-
ism (the man with a horse-chestnut in his breeches
pocket) can cite and show more such cures to the yard
Coming back to our subject, I may then ask you this
last question: What, then, is the difference whether
the mucous or muco-purulent secretion or discharge, or
the serous or sero-purulent secretion or effusion, or
both, constitutes the source or cause, or the product or
effect, of the ailment or disease ; or what is the differ-
ence whether the disease or ailment which is caused by,
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or is producing, th€ one or th« ether "discharge" or
"effusion" resides or originates in any one particular
organ or tissue, or hollow, or space, seeing that the
composition of the juicy substance (whether called
discharge or effusion) is one and alike in the very tis-
sue-cells and the cavities or channels of any and all
organs or tissues of the body, and seeing that their
transient or permanent habitat is the blood? None
whatever. Which proves that my final contention (the
contention of the Science and Practice of Autology)
— namely, that as the constituent-origin and the con-
stituent-products and the constituent-habitat (or seat)
of any and all diseases or ailments, acute and chronic,
infectious and contagious, in child, man and woman,
are virtually and essentially and chemically and func-
tionally one and alike in any and every organ and tis-
sue — is not only well founded but also the only one
which a sane mind can hold. Which furthermore
proves that any and ail diseases of any and all organs
or tissues or fluids of the body must be treated and
cured alike and with the same remedy.
Hence, you must grant this : Either I am on abso-
lute terra firma or I'm way off ; either Autopathy is the
remedy or cure for any and ail ailments or diseases or
it isn't for a blessed one. If you concede one pinch of
truth to Autology, you must concede that Autology
is truth and sense all through. If you concede one
genuine cure to Autopathy (and that you and nobody
else can help doing) then you must concede that it is a
cure for all ailments.
Try it once^ — or try it again — after you have read
every word of this book and see.
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However, although the organs and tissuee and fluids
of your body shall respond equally well to Autopathy
or autopathic instructions, you must not overlook the
fact that the response or results may appear sooner and
greater in some "cases" than in others, depending
somewhat upon the character and location of the "sick"
organ or tissue, and upon age, circumstances and en-
vironments, but never upon the nature or cause or
name of the disease, or fever, or ailment. Never. In
a general way all those organs and tissues which be-
long to Class I (communicating directly both ways
with the outer world) will respond to and be cured
quicker by Autology than the others. The reason for
that is a simple, physical one. It's easier and quicker
work to chase a dog out when you've got a clean sweep
back and front, and it's easier and quicker work to do
likewise when you've got one opening to outdoors,
than when you haven't any and must wait till you or
the animal find or make one. Common sense tells
For instance, you can as a rule get rid of a spell of
vomiting or sick stomach quicker than you can of a
vomity or sick brain. The stomach is opened both
ways, and the brain isn't. You can get rid of a cold
or pneumonia quicker than you can of nephritis
(Bright's disease), or pleurisy, or inflammatory rheu-
matism. The nose, or throat, or lungs are nearer and
in more direct communication with the outside world
than are the kidneys, or the joints, or the chest cavity
(pleura). And so forth. But I can hear what some
are thmking. They have, for instance, some bladder,
or some womb, or some prostatic, or some nasal, or
some throaty or some bronchial, or some rectal trouble,
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and they want to ask me how it is that these tissues,
or organs, or hollows, being so very near and in direct
communication with the all outdoors, they don't get
well quick, real quick — don't you know? And I am
led to ansv/er in this wise: A neighbor once had a
kitten — wiser than the "maid" — v/ho was trying to
chase the kitten out of the house, but who (the maid)
did not want to close both the front and the back door,
because the weather v/as so hot. So when the kitten
was chased out one door, and that shut, it skitted in
the other door. This picnic kept on until the girl
made up her mind to put up with the kitten. Well,
most people who are sick and who happen to get hold
of the right means that is sure to chase out the sick-
kitten, or cause of their sickness, never think or take
the trouble to prevent the same or similar sickness-
producing kittens from getting in through the opened
doors of their bodies. Hence, the ailm.ent and the
discharge comes and goes, perhaps, but it's sure to
turn up, as did the kitten, always. Therefore, do not
start to chase your ailment with Autopathy until you
have found out the trick or wrinkle of keeping doors
and v/indows opened all you want and still shut the
kitten out for keeps. The rest of this book tells you
all the particulars and solves the riddle for you and
everybody for now and all times.
Lest you might assume that I have intentionally
omitted diseases of the skin, such as are known as
eczema, or "salt rheum," or pimples, or acne, or black-
heads and coarse skin, or psoriasis, or "shingles," or
herpes, and another hundred more or less ; or lest you
might assume that my system, or Autopathy, does not
include those diseases, as well as measles, scarlet fever
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 97
and other ailments or derangements which are evi-
denced by a rash or an eruption on or in the skin — I
shall devote a few remarks to this class of ailments to
convince you that they are amenable to the same im-
mutable principles, or law, or cure of Autology.
The same chemists or biologists before quoted will
tell you that the fibrous, or interstitial, or tegumentary
(skin) tissues of the body ooze out under compression
a fluid, effusion or "discharge," which resembles in
appearance and composition the "healthy" or "sickly"
juice, or effusion, or discharge of serous or of mucous
membranes and organs and tissues. Hence, when
these last mentioned organs, or tissues, or membranes
cannot dispose of the "discharge" or "poison" — either
because the total accumulation or production of the
"discharge" is too great, or because all the other tis-
sues, or hollow organs, or outlets resist or object — then
the comparatively dense and tough tissue of the skin
is called upon to assist in the elimination or disposing
of the acrid or poisoning discharge. That's why
babies' and children's and youths' skins are more com-
monly affected and afflicted by fever-diseases, as well
as by deranged conditions of the stomach, or bowel, or
blood; and also and likewise by changes in the char-
acter of the liquids and solids taken as nourishment,
to-wit: by fruits and vegetables at certain times of
Thus it becomes impossible to puncture the armor of
Autology even in diseases or affections of the skin,
or in conditions which mar the looks or complexions
of women as well as of men.
Autopathy is as effective and speedy and certain in
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its effects and results in this class of ailments or afflic-
tions as in any and all the others mentioned.
Again, it may appear that derangements of the blood,
or of the nerves, or of the muscles are not comprised
in the two mentioned classes of organs or tissues;
and, therefore, not to be treated or cured by Au-
topathy. Nevertheless, a moment's thought will sug-
gest to your mind that the blood itself must suffer
when it is overstocked or understocked with the sub-
stances which it turns over to your organs, or to your
serous and mucous membranes, or to your skin, to be
utilized or disposed of. And, likewise, that your
nerves, or your muscles, or both and aL, must suffer
and complain when they are compelled to work or
operate under such unnatural conditions. Accordingly
your mind will perceive and understand how and why
the same Autopathic instructions will cure neuralgia,
or myalgia (muscular rheumatism), or neurasthenia,
or general and local debility, or fagged-outness, or
headache and backaches, or heart pains and side
pains, or ovarian pains and stomach pains, or
soreness and weakness anywhere and everywhere in-
side and outside of the body — as well as they will
cure infectious or fever diseases, or catarrhal, or bil-
ious, or rheumatic, or other ailments — of which the
number is almost unlimited and to which endless list
the healing professions still keep and intend to keep
on adding as accident, or convenience, or necessity, or
hunger suggests or demands. That's easier than to
study and think — and it's easier and more fascinating
to shoot up in a balloon than it is to dig down and
build a foundation on bedrock, and then v/ith stone
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and cement to raise a tower of Truth and Sense that
any one who wills may and can climb step by step and
see beyond with that feeling and realization of cer-
tainty and security and safety which never falls to the
lot of balloon-notoriety or soap-bubble popularity.
Therefore, as a gas-plant is a factory of illuminating
gas and coal tar, so the human-pknt is a factory of car-
bonic acid gas and blood tar. Both plants and their
respective products are equally useful, beneficial and
negotiable in their proper places and for their respec-
tive purposes ; but both "plants" and products are abso-
lute nuisances and poisons otherwise.
HUMANITY'S INHERITANCE AND
THE UNBORN'S PRAYER.
To be conceived in the beatitude of Love;
To be born of judicious parents ;
To be nursed at a wholesome breast ;
To be bred on physical environments.
To learn but not be taught ;
To think but not be thoughted.
TO BE CONCEIVED IN THE BEATITUDE
Were you? You don't know. Yet you do know, if
you're a "parent," which means that you were. And
so was and is every living creature. God or Nature
was not that thoughtless or unjust as to permit any
of His or Her offspring to be conceived in any other
state than that of Natural Beatitude, between the
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wedded "ferments" — whatever may have been the con-
ventional, or social, or arbitrary, or legal, or artificial
"states" between the wedded or unwedded parents.
Hence no one starts handicapped in this human
"race" as far as Natural Beatitude is concerned.
TO BE BORN OF JUDICIOUS PARENTS.
That's different. If you were; good. If you were
not, you were truly handicapped. But you could or
should have won your "race" just the same, with
brain or with brawn, and thus have made up for that
disadvantage, as many have done and are doing. How?
As far as I know the world is in the darkness re-
garding this problem — which is ignorantly accounted
for by what is variously called "Heredity," "Luck,"
"Pluck," "Genius," "Prenatal Influence," etc. — all of
which belong to the same category of foolish know-
nots to which belong Witchcraft and Superstition.
Nevertheless the light shed by history, through its hu-
man torches in the form of brilliant or illuminating
brains produced by extinct, and by ancient, and by
modern, and by contemporary races, lifts the haze or
gloom of midnightness from this living puzzle.
Most great Brains were born in what are commonly
but wrongly supposed to be injudicious environments,
if not of injudicious parents. The proof of that is
around you, before your eyes, in every town or com-
munity. Because a farmer's boy aims and lands up
high in New York or Chicago, and it is found that he
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was neither "bom of judicious parents" nor born in
"judicious" surroundings — from which you forget that
he broke loose as soon as he could dispose of his axe or
buy a pair of shoes — would-be learned men exclaim:
"Ah ! but there was blood in his mother's veins." And
if there wasn't, "wise" men are ready with the as-
sumption that "there was blue blood in some grand or
"Blue blood" indeed! There's as fine blue blood in
your veins now as in anybody's. The dubious or dif-
ferential point is this, however : Does your blue blood
contain too much carbonic acid gas to the pint or to
the amount of oxygen?
Well, when "heredity" hides her face, or skips a
generation or two, then she's called Atavism. "Ata-
vism" is heredity gone Rip Van Winkling. She gets
drunk. Is turned out. Sleeps a generation or so.
Wakes up. Meanders back to town. To find as many
skulls filled with the same kind of stuff that the "dog-
gone" old skulls were.
Sometimes Heredity's name is swapped for that of
Genius. And that's when off-brains write about
Caesars and Napoleons being degenerates or crimi-
nals, and lay their "fits" or "degeneracy" or crimes at
Genius's door; when the truth of the matter is that
they (the fits, degeneracy, etc.), should be laid at their
(the Caesars', Napoleons', Byrons', Wilds', etc.'s) bed-
room and dining-room doors, or somebody else's. You
know what I mean.
Young growing Brains that till and fertilize and cul-
tivate their own matter to the pinnacle of mental re-
nown and that then allow their stomachs and livers
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and other organs to beweed and befoul them (brains)
never live to a ripe, healthy, sane old age. They can't.
The rest of their organs or functions is too many.
Heredity, atavism, luck, pluck, talent, character,
genius, success, progress — one and all exist only in
light, air, water and foods, whose constituents
alone create the afore-mentioned endowments, when
judiciously combined and reorganized by the indi-
vidual's blood and organs.
Atavism, Heredity and Genius are words on which
Ignorance falls back when she is cornered. It means
that if you are a toper or a star and your father wasn't,
then somebody between you and Adam (inclusive)
was. It means that a chump would rather "chappy"
his vanity by blaming ancient history for his deficiency
than his own stupid habits or crass ignorance.
What of it if you haven't been bom of judicious pa-
rents or grandparents? A nice heap of judiciousness
you'd find at the bottom of everybody's ancestral cis-
tern if you went far or deep enough.
If you be young at this reading, and you have "judi-
cious" parents — ^you are fortunate indeed! Because
yours is the opportunity, without excuse for missing
it, of possessing early in life the "mens sana in corpore
sano" (a sound mind in a sound body) which five, aye
a hundred generations or "breedings," could not pos-
sibly endow you with.
And, here, kind readers, let me think aloud for the
immediate and future benefit of growing boys and
girls, as well as for the happiness of your aging or de-
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The "learned" are instructing the mind — but not
educating the brain of your children. They are stuffing
their minds, but starving their brains. Hygienists, Die-
tarians, chefs and cooks are "slopping" livers but
"milking" brains. What can be expected from all that?
If not odoriferous and malubrious notions and prod-
ucts? Pick up your papers, read from some of your
books, sit with your children in school or out of school,
and listen. Then let me see you blush from shame or
anger. And, after taking a walk around the block or
garden, step into your house or their school rooms or
sleeping rooms. Does it smell and feel just as heavenly
sweet and "judicious" as you found it outdoors? Well,
is your son or daughter breathing and thinking in
those places what's "judicious" or injudicious for their
mind and character, as well as for their lungs and
Madam, what's that you're cooking or putting on
the table? What kind of a mess is it going to fill up
their stomachs with? What kind of mind or brain
producing stuff is that, if you please? Shocks! they
get enough learning at school or at work. Does he?
Does she? Can you imprint "learning" on mush or
slime or slush? Can a brain "hold up" the liver for
food? Can you make silk with cotton? Shoddy looks
a bit like wool — ^but you know what shoddy is. Well,
"shoddy" brains or minds can repeat shoddy knowl-
edge printed in books, or oozing from "watered"
brains; but what counts in this world and every other
world is the brain matter that "thinks." And no brain
matter can think or improve its thinking on messed-up
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air and drinkables and eatables. I don't care what you
or anybody believe, I know this much, and Nature
and History back me up, if you will give your infant
or child from now on the kind of air and water and
foods that God and Nature made for him or her, that
brain will take care of its future education and prog-
ress and promotion. Neither you nor anybody can
down or squelch it.
So, by "judicious parents" I simply mean this: Give
your unborns and newborns and oldborns natural air,
light, water and foods and mark well that if you can't
afford anything else, that will be giving them and your-
self and humanity a glorious inheritance and blessing.
Degenerates and criminals and good-for-nothings
are not born. Hence degeneracy or criminality or
good-for-nothingness is always acquired and never in-
herited or transmitted. It is always taught, or pounded
or hounded or jawed into children; or it is nursed (I
mean breast or bottle nursed), or it is fed (I mean
mouth and nose and stomach fed), or it is bred (I
mean home or school or street bred) into childhood or
youth. It is never transmitted from humanity's rear,
You may say : "He looks and talks and acts like his
parent or relative." Well, did you expect him to look
and talk and act like a monkey? Whose talking and
walking and acting did he have to ape or pattern his
"But he complains of his stomach, or head, or kid-
neys ; or is subject to headaches, or fits, or catarrh or
rheumatism ; or has weak eyes, etc., etc., like his father
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or mother." Well, at whose table did he leam to feed
and drink, and in whose bed or room did he learn to
sleep and breathe ; and by whose light did he learn to
read and study, etc.? Can't you see that 2+2 make 4
and that 2-I-3 make 5, or that a nature-made brain, or
stomach, or kidney, or eye, etc., plus sickly nur-
ture-made milk, or air, or food, or light, or education,
or example, make dunces and fools, degenerates and
A child's brain is like a fresh onion, ready to give off
and to absorb bad and good smells alike.
The brain of infants and children, young and old,
acquires its characteristics and knowledge by aping
and repeating what parents and nurses and teachers
do and say- — in their talk and thoughts, in their drinks
and foods, in their manners and behaviors. For that
matter people's brains and tongues and bodies keep
that mimicking up or down to the grave. Hence the
public's admiration and worship for "self-made" men
and women — which means simply that the "self-
made" men and women broke loose from their former
nests and broods and environments.
Heredity is cheap or second-hand imitation. Genius
is genuine nutrition.
Sickness is cheap or second-hand imitation. Health
is genuine nutrition.
Heredity's alleged sicknesses are acquired or repro-
duced purely by imitating the sick air and light and
drinks and foods and manners and behaviors of parents
or associates. In no other way.
Genius, or perfect brain matter, is acquired or repro-
duced purely by imitating the healthy air and light
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and drinks and foods and manners and behaviors of —
not parents' or associates' — of Self. In other words of
Nature. And genius endures until the brain's associa-
tions or vices modify its air, light, drinks, foods and
habits. After which the owner of the genius-brain
acquires (not inherits) his or her just deserts.
TO BE NURSED AT A WHOLESOME BREAST.
What's a '^wholesome breast?" It's a breast whose
glands are supplied with blood containing a proper
mixture of the three "materials" before mentioned. No
more. Those three things always manufacture a plen-
tiful supply of mother's milk — of the "brand" that
enables any brain, organ, or tissue to develop into the
equal of any contained in skulls or covered with skins
or membranes. Try it on your babies — follow it up in
the mixtures they get when old enough to eat at your
table ; old enough to go to school ; old enough to learn
a trade or profession — and see. If you do, and have
judgment enough not to display your bad "temper" or
"manners" before them, and not to answer their ques-
tions with meaningless explanations ; and, particularly,
if you've got sense and grit enough to say "I don't
know" when you cannot convey to their brains the
kind of information that their minds can see and taste
the meaning of as their eyes can see the color and
their tongues taste the juice of oranges or apples; if
you do that, I say, your child or children shall surpass
you, in brain and physique, in mind and development,
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in success and progress, long before they reach ma-
But don't forget to do it with and to your own brains
and minds, too. For children's brains are ever watch-
ing and imbibing yours, its refuse as well as its
TO BE BRED ON PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS.
Nature takes millions of years preparing for the birth
of a baby — and parents attend the event with little or
no preparation. Hence the commonest thing in this
world is a "cute" baby, and the rarest object is a ra-
tional man or woman. The reverse is true among the
plants and beasts.
The baby ! The child — the youth ? And then the nine-
ty-nine sheep and the one shepherd! And why? Be-
cause parents start in with the idea that they are going
to teach "it" (!) a thing or two — when Nature spent
millions of years envolving the "it" for the sole pur-
pose of imparting to overgrown "its" some things and
many. Who wins? Nature. For she tries again — ^here
or elsewhere. But the neuters outnumber the other
genders by millions to one.
Who is to blame? Not nature. She brings "baby"
into this world ready-made— brain and all ; into a ready-
made world ot natural environments — air, light, water
and other foodstuffs. But men and women have sub-
stituted other provisions for these natural conditions—
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so the air is vitiated, the light is artificial, the water is
deficient and the foodstuffs are "predigested" or un-
natural. Hence — what a "cute" baby ! What a "bright"
child (?). What an unknown quantity in the world's
Everything but courting and honeymoon is left to
others. No brains are fed (I mean fed) into the unborn
and the born baby. How do you expect to bring up or
supply men and women except by accident?
Nature does not make apples out of peaches, which
means that brain cells cannot make brains with what
liver cells manufacture bile. There is the whole secret
of ability, talent and genius.
Manufacture your babies as you like. If they are
bom at all they will be born human — and then it rests
with you to make intellectual peers or mental waste
baskets out of their brains. If you feed their brains
with the elements found in air, light, water and grow-
ing things they will develop into eminent intellects in
spite of you; but if you overlook the physical elements
that sustain and evolve organic and inorganic blood-
and-flesh functions, and lay stress on feeding their
brains and stomachs with "mental" air and light and
water and foods, your children are bound to become,
nonentities or degenerates.
The baby! If people understood the things which
surround and control their own existence and living-
ness the best "schooling" would be at home. But as
long as it may take quite a few centuries before the
home becomes the only recognized schoolroom and the
parents the best and proper "teachers" of their own
children — let parents so regulate the air and light and
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heat and liquids and solids which surround and enter
their children's bodies that their brains may possess a
positive affinity for the facts and truths which teachers
and others try to impart to them, and possess as nega-
tive or repelling a tension against all false notions or
hypotheses or "mentalities." In other words, I claim
that a brain whose blood is fed right cannot make a
mistake between a false and a correct idea or thought
any more than fingers or toes can between hot and cold
TO LEARN BUT NOT BE TAUGHT.
By which I mean to earn but not to borrow your
knowledge. You earn to own other people's money.
So, you must learn to know other people's knowledge
— not merely learn to borrow it. You either lose or
return borrowed money. So, likewise, you either lose
or return borrowed knowledge, or knowledge that has
been taught to you and not learned by you. "To be
taught" anything is to be trained to repeat it as parrots
or trained animals are taught. You cannot impart it
any more than they can — although you may for a time
convert it into cash or notoriety, as "freaks" do; but
soon or late your apish or "streaky" knowledge will
bring you grief.
Rather practice ignorance as you practice economy
than to practice or believe knowledge that you do not
thoroughly understand in and out and clear through.
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You would not dare to fool with a steam engine or an
electric power-plant unless your own brain and fingers
owned the "know-how" of running it. Yet you pitch
right in blind-folded fooling with the mechanism or
functions of your own brains and organs, as well as
with that or those of your children. And what's more
you usually or frequently pass their brains over to
others, in the way of books or teachers or associates
or servants, to finger and fidget and run as best or
worst suits the convenience or habits or passions of
Must you never let your children out of your sight?
Surely you must and can. But be sure that you keep
and have an eye too on and for those to whose care
you entrust your children, as you are wont to keep and
have on and for people who are investing or earning
And that's the easiest thing in the world to do. If
you've got a ranch or kennel, or stock farm, or mine,
or boat, or house, somewhere — you make a point and
practice of keeping an eye on things, don't you? Well,
isn't it worth your while to keep an eye on your child's
inside things too?
Yes, take an occasional run to the little or big school
house; and raise a rumpus, if necessary. Your son's
or daughter's brain, or lungs, or eyes, are worth it. If
you are not endowed with that faculty which enables
some people to gain their point without making a fail-
ure or fiasco of it — then "think it over" after the fol-
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TO THINK BUT NOT BE THOUGHTED.
"To think but not be thoughted" means to work your
own brain but not to let others work it. It also means
to work other brains when other brains don't suit the
workings of your brain. This of course can be done
for bad as well as for good ends. I am only interest-
ed in the latter; for if everybody worked their own
brains for good ends it would become impossible for
any brain to work any other brain for evil ends.
Therefore, if your child is in somebody's keeping or
care or schooling, and you discover that their brains or
eyes or ears or stomachs or lungs are "being thought-
ed" wrongly — either in the way of air, light, drinks
and foods, or in the way of learning— then take your
choice : Either put up with it ignorantly as most par-
ents do and have done, but be prepared to suffer or
submit to the consequences which generally follow in
the future health or career of som.e one or other of the
sons and daughters of most families; or insist on
changes being made to suit reason and sense and health
of brain and eye and lung and blood; or let "school-
ing" or "training" or "graduating" "go hang" rather
than your children.
How glorious it is to think! To think oneself and
for one's self and with one's own brain, I mean.
To think is work, of course. And it's a habit too.
Just like smoking, or talking, or dancing. But read-
ing, or repeating, or talking is not thinking or to think ;
any more than puffing away at an empty pipe is smok-
ing. You know what work it is at first to learn to
dance, for most people ; and how you have to put your
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mind and soul into your feet and companion and
music. Well, it requires the same putting of mind and
soul into your brains and books and thoughts, or
others', in order to acquire and enjoy the habit of
learning to think.
To be thoughted is exactly like being "wall flow-
ered" at dances.
A sure, swift and easy v/ay to acquire the habit of
"To Think" for yourself and your own good is to open
this book at any page after you have read it through.
Read that page, look it square in the eye, and ask your-
self this question: "Is he right?" If you think so,
or do not think so, ask yourself the question: "Why?"
But be sure and be careful that you do not answer
your question with ideas or notions that you have bor-
rowed from others. If that page contains statements
or information which absolutely "fit" or mate with
your own knowledge or experience or judgment, never
you mind what you may have read or heard or been
taught or thoughted before or elsewhere. If that page
contains statements or information which does not co-
incide with your own knowledge or experience, then
comes your opportunity to do some thinking on your
own account. But beware that you do not pick out
from your experience or surroundings some "excep-
tional" event or happening, or some mere hearsay,
(which tradition, and not truth, has handed down to
you through a thousand and one mouths), and then use
that exception to deny the rule, or that hearsay to
pervert the truth.
Exceptions and hearsays never enter in arithmetic
and money; that's because figures and dollars can't
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"be thoughted." But the moment arithmetic is manip-
ulated for purposes of statistics, or money for purposes
of cheating, then exceptions and hearsays and lies
creep in right and left. And that's because you do not
compel your own brain to think out the exception back
to its rule, and the hearsay or information back to its
delusion. If you did you would always find that ex-
ceptions must never be used to prove or disprove the
rule, and that hearsays must never be used to prove or
disprove the truth. Don't believe or accept anything
that is akin to Exception or Superstition — or that sa-
vors of Hearsay. That stuff is all contaminated. It's
bound to sicken your mind. It's sure to lead your
brain astray — or to mortgage it in such a way that it
becomes impossible for it to absorb or assimilate any
real, useful knowledge with that section or convolu-
As you work by rule and acts, so think by rule and
facts. Not by guesses, hearsays, or exceptions.
Thus only, and by such only, are big brains made
and brilliant minds produced and strong characters
formed, and enduring success, health and happiness
gained and retained. In no other way and by no other
Therefore, do think — but do not be thoughted. Do
learn — but do not be taught.
As you observe, Autology aims its shafts as well
as its truths and sense at the brain; for 'tis the brain
that's responsible for all the good and bad, all the in-
telligence and ignorance, all the health and sickness,
all the glory and misery of the individual, of the fami-
ly, of the community, of the nation, of the world.
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The brain creates a child's future. If you bring up
your child's brain with the idea that you are its
"teacher" you will develop a mentality that will abort
before your boy or girl is twenty-one.
The only rational method of developing children's
intellect is by feeding their brains through their lungs
Judicious fertilizing with environments and air and
light and water and nourishment is alone productive
of genius. I am convinced that talent or ability or
genius is fed into a brain as it is fed into a muscle.
Feed your child's lungs and stomachs with an abund-
ance of pure and substantial physical brain foods, and
omit the artificial and mental, and your child's brain
will actually know more at the age of seven than you
did at twenty.
But— do likewise with your own brain.
The liver is a big organ — ^because it is the store-
house of fuel and the power-plant of brute force and
The brain is a big organ too — because it is the store-
house of knowledge and the power-plant of intellectual
force and mental conceptions.
You need both. You've got both. Which do you
like "best?" Autology's choice is the Brain.
WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF AND
WHY YOU EAT
If you can answer that in a "business" way, you
can repair and renew what's in you at will. If you
can't, then health is a mere matter of luck with you and
you are more likely to stay sick than to stay or get
You are not made of very many things — ^just about
as many as pennies go in a dime plus two or three.
Your blood and flesh is made up chiefly of oxygen,
hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen, and those Nature has
"seasoned" with a little sodium, potassium, calcium,
iron, sulphur and phosphorus. Undoubtedly for the
purpose of giving your flesh and tissues a little "body,"
and to "preserve" them and make them conductors
and generators of electricity.
Now, let me ask you, "What do you breathe and
drink and eat for?" Of course, you will answer, In
order to supply my body with the elements or sub-
stances just mentioned. But I will ask again, "Does
it make any difference in what form you get the foods
which contain those elements?" You suppose so. But
you ought to know. The real object of foods is to pro-
duce force and heat in the body and to repair or renew
or build up tissue. Hence, foods are divided into
"flesh formers" (or tissue builders) and "force pro-
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ducers." The force producers furnish fuel, or main-
tain animal heat and supply energy, or muscular ac-
The "tissue builders" (or flesh formers) consist of
meats, fowl, fish, eggs, milk and animal fats, and are
called "animal foods," or "nitrogenous." The "force
producers" are cereals, or starches, vegetables proper,
fruits, sugars, gums, vegetable fats and oils, and are
called "vegetable foods," or "non-nitrogenous." Now,
see if you can remember these things:
First. — That to live you have to take in fuel for heat
and motion, and for that reason you need "vegetable"
or "non-nitrogenous" foods, such as bread, potatoes,
rice, fruits, sugar, "green" and other vegetables, etc.
Second. — That to live you have to keep adding ma-
terial or repairing and renewing or rebuilding your
flesh, and for that reason you need "animal" or "nitro-
genous" foods, such as meats, fowl, fish, eggs, milk,
Third. — That there is also heat, or fuel, or force value
in the tissue-building foods, and that there is also
tissue or flesh value in the "force or heat" producing
foods; but that there is miore "tissue" value in the
"animal" foods and more "force" value in the "vege-
Please don't fancy that "vegetable" foods refer
merely to green vegetables, as commonly understood,
for "vegetable foods" refers as much to bread, rice,
com, potatoes, etc., as to apples, oranges, pears,
peaches, and to lettuce, celery, tomatoes, peas, beans,
Now, then, knowing what you are made of, and what
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you are eating for, and surely knowing what kind of
work you are doing — you certainly ought to knov/
whether your body is in need of more tissue-forming
foods than of force-producing foods. And you ought
to know whether or not you have, in the past, attended
to the general and special demands of your body or
organs in that direction. The fact that you are ailing
shows that you haven't.
Suppose your work is mostly muscular exertion,
then you need a greater proportional supply of "force-
producing" foods, although you also need a liberal
supply of tissue-forming or repairing foods.
But if your work is mostly of the brain-type, then
you need a larger proportional supply of the tissue-
builders than of the other, in a sense to be explained.
If your work is chiefly "brainy" and you assimilate
an excess of the "fuel" foods, then the surplus is bound
to accumulate as waste and decompose as poisons, and
eventually cause sickness.
But how are you going to determine how much of
each and what proportion one to the other? In the
first place you know what kind of work you do — as
owners do about horses.
No horse is let loose in the oat bin or hay loft. Its
meal is measured out to him according to his pedigree,
size, work, age, etc.
But don't imagine that the brain-worker needs more
meat and eggs (tissue-builders) than the brawn-
worker, for the brawn-worker is using up . far more
tissue than the brain-worker and really needs a larger
proportional amount of tissue foods; and don't imag-
ine that the brain-worker can get along with no cereals
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and fruits and vegetables (heat and force producers),
although he requires a smaller proportional amount;
and don't imagine that the respective amounts and
proportions are not affected by age, and sex, and
environments, and seasons, and climate, and holidays.
During the period of growth more tissue-forming
foods are required than after, because the body needs
them to add to the sum total of each organ and tissue,
besides repairing and renewing the worn and torn.
After the period of growth the amount of tissue-form-
ing foods must be diminished, as thereafter only
enough is called for to keep up repair or renewal. Any
excess goes to waste and sickness.
And as the activities of life, or of business, or of
occupation change, so must the total amount and pro-
portions also be changed. A woman during the years
of bringing up a family and caring for home, husband
and children must eat more tissue and force-producing
foods than after. And the man who steps from be-
hind a counter to become manager or owner will need
to change his diet. And the youth who leaves the
farm for college, or manual labor for brain labor, must
also change his foods. And so with youths who be-
As you know there are a thousand and one consider-
ations to take into account. It does look as if the mat-
ter was indeed very complicated, and that, as dema-
gogues would have you believe, it requires the expen-
sive services of an expert to disentangle such things
for you. But that is not at all necessary; for you
know, or can find out, what you should weigh accord-
ing to your height and age, and you have a good idea
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of whether you earn your living and pleasures chiefly
by means of your brain and nerves or by means of your
liver and muscles. You may look upon your liver as
the fount of physical and muscular power, and on your
brain as the fount of mental and nervous power.
If your demands on both brain and liver, or nerve
and muscle, are about equally divided between them,
then eat about an equal proportion of the two classes
of food. But, as the tissue-forming foods (as meat
and eggs) come in a more condensed form than the
force-producing (as bread, potatoes, fruit and vegeta-
bles), then, bulk for bulk, you will need, in the twenty-
four hours, more of the latter than of the former. As
the second class of foods are more numerous and vary
more in the amount and density of their constituents,
you must eat a greater daily variety and bulk of them,
a matter which is not so important regarding the flesh-
For instance, you might be eating just the right
amount of meat every day, but the wrong amount of
bread and potatoes ; or you might be eating the wrong
am.ount of meat or eggs, and the right amount and
variety of cereals, vegetables and fruits, but at im-
proper times, or improperly cooked, or improperly
combined in one meal, or in one day.
I find from experience that the improper cooking
and the eating of foods at improper times of day, and
the improper mixing of them at the same meal, is re-
sponsible for more troubles and ailments, functional
and organic, than the eating of too much of one kind
of food or of all kinds.
For those reasons I find it necessary to specify a
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diet for breakfast, dinner and supper, chiefly because
of the mistakes people make in eating in the morn-
ing what should only be eaten at noon or evening, and,
in eating, at the same meal, foods which are "incom-
patibles." Let me tell you something regarding "in-
compatible" foods, a subject which neither physicians
or hygienists pay the slightest attention to.
All up-to-date medical books, treating of drugs,
state what drugs are incompatible with other drugs,
under each and every medicine treated of. For in-
stance, take iodide of potassium, which is a specific for
a certain constitutional disease, and the iodide (yel-
low) of mercury, which is also a "specific" for the
same disease. Well, if these two drugs are given to
the same patient, they form a very poisonous com-
pound in the system and aggravate all the symptoms.
This is only one instance, of which there are thou-
sands. I may call up the remark elsewhere made —
that this is the reason why ignorance has given birth
to the delusion, which ignorance still clings to, that
"one man's food is another man's poison." Ignorance
puts the blame either on the food, or on the individ-
ual's "idiosyncrasy," instead of on its own idio(t) -sin-
Well, then, as we are all made up of the same few
elementary food constituents, and cannot operate our
functions on any other, and, as markets and fields offer
us a plentiful and varied supply of "eatables," con-
taining both the force-producers and tissue-formers,
there is no reason why anybody should suffer or sicken
for the lack of some or the excess of others. And
there is no reason why practically the same diet can
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not answer the purposes of growth, development and
repair, making allowances, in the quantity and pro-
portion of the two chief classes of foods, for race and
climate, sex and occupation, age and seasons. The
same light ansv/ers. The same air answers. The same
water answers. And the same or similar foods would
answer, were it not for "cookers" and adulterators.
They are the people who are mostly responsible for
people's functional demoralization.
Real sick people need absolutely nothing but light,
air and water to live on.
Half-sick people need just about half enough food
to keep up heat and force and flesh, and no more, until
normal health is again restored. Let them compel
their organism to utilize the accumulated waste to
make up the other half.
To hear some (perhaps most) people talk, one would
never suspect that nature compels them to eat for the
purpose of supplying material to maintain "heat" and
"force" and tissues, but, indeed, only for the gratifica-
tion of a "good passage" once or twice a day. That
may be a pleasure v/ith some people, but let me tell you
that people who look upon that end-issue of their
eating and living as a necessary nuisance have little
or no trouble with their bowels. They never waste
hours and dollars of earnings and pleasures in think-
ing and fooling with their bowels; and they never
join the class who fatten the stomachs and line the
pockets of "flush-your-colon" shrews or ignoramuses.
If people would devote their brains to the eating and
drinking and doing that for which God or nature made
man upright instead of horizontal, the rectal "Punch
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and Judy show" which a good portion of our public
have to go through every day or so would certainly
be missed by the alleged gutless spirits that hover
around these days.
Poor fishes and birds and worms, that know not
what "colonic" flushings or rubberings mean!
It seems to me that really sensible people v/ho eat
because they want their bowels to move should eat
the days their bowels do move and fast the days their
bowels don't move.
This may sound childish, but it contains more com-
mon sense, and dead sure constipation cure, than any
and all the pills and appliances and treatments in
vogue. Try it, and you'll see how mighty soon your
bowels will get a move on them; for starvation will
appeal to your brain, and your brain will suggest
hushing the qualms of hunger with water, and animal
instinct will drive you to eating an apple, or a peach,
or an orange, or a bunch of grapes; and there you
are — a passage — and you're ready for a good square
meal. But do make it "square up" with your stomach
and system, as hereafter outlined.
If you knew or felt what is going on in your cells
or tissues, as you know or feel in your stomach or
bowels or head, you would never blamiC "indigestion"
or "constipation" or "biliousness" etc., for any or all
of your symptoms. You are "dyspeptic" or "consti-
pated" or "bilious," or anything else, not because your
stomach or bowels or liver is behaving improperly,
but because you have been or are compelling each and
every one of the billions of cells of your blood and
body to become "dyspeptic" or "constipated" or "bil-
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ious" or "catarrhal" or "rheumatic" or "impotent" or
"fagged out" or "irritable."
Don't treat your bowels for constipation, or your
stomach for dyspepsia, or liver for biliousness, or sex
organs for their peculiar ailments or behavior; but
do treat the billions of cells of your blood and tissues
for any and all these ailm.ents.
That's all ; and stick to that if it takes six months.
It's worth it, every bit. More of this further on.
THE ORIGIN OF DISEASE
Livingness is not possible without some sort of nu-
triment. Nevertheless, air, water and foods do not
originate living organisms, being only factors in the
permanence and reproduction of living objects.
However varied and many be the functions and
their products in the organism, they are qualitatively
one and may be unified as normal or physiologic
health. Hence the character of the active process —
whether in the lungs, muscles, kidneys, nerves, brain,
etc. — is chemically one and the same, and the result is
health — but sometimes disease.
Assuming that some organ is diseased, a study of
its function means the study of the action of the proc-
esses and products involved in that particular function.
Therefore the physical or chemical constituents of the
cells composing the designated organ become the fac-
tors of the impaired function, or disease. In other
words, if we know what kidney-health means we can
find no difBculty in determining what kidney-disease
means. Likewise it must be with lung-health and
lung-disease, and so with every conceivable symptom
As disease presupposes the existence of a function-
ating organ, and as function implies the action of cell-
constituents in that organ, the basic or fundamental
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physical and chemical cell-constituents of cell-health
and cell-disease are one and the same. Therefore all
symptoms are caused by the same factors and proc-
esses which produce normal cell-activities. Accord-
ingly we find that "fever" is only a few degrees more
of the same molecular or cellular heat which keeps the
body at a normal temperature or heat of 98.6 degrees
Fahrenheit. Similarly we observe that "pain" is only
an exaggerated degree of the same property of nerves
which we call "feeling" or "sensation."
When the lungs begin to cough it is inferred that
"cough" is a symptom of lung disease, v/hereas scream-
ing and weeping and sneezing are looked upon as
signs of health. Barking in dogs and blushing in peo-
ple are intensely healthy symptoms. Why, then,
should coughing be considered in a different light?
Physiologically and physically, they originate in the
same way, and they are produced by the same healthy
factors. Coughing is an exaggerated form of breath-
ing, as crying is.
Itching may be a normal or abnormal sensation or
symptom. And so with tickling. Acute or temporary
blushing is considered "normal," whereas "erythema"
or reddened skin is spoken of as an inflammation.
It is evident, therefore, that the physical or chemical
basis of normal signs and abnormal "symptoms" is
one, or that the same cell-constituents which produce
the one also occasion the other.
Therefore, fever, pain, redness or inflammation and
so forth, as used in naming diseases, turn oiit to be
phenomena which are indicative of the fact that dis-
eases have no own or individual factor-entities apart
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from those which sustain cell-function or livingness in
general and in particular. Therefore functions and
symptoms and diseases are dependent on the same cell-
constituents, have the same unit physical or chemical
It is then evident that symptoms or diseases are but
conditions evolved by normal factors of health behav-
ing with unusual activity or accumulating in the sys-
tem beyond their normal quotient.
Accordingly, the more physicians treat symptoms or
diseases as such, the more they diverge from the true
Treatment of Disease.
There must ever be a change and an exchange in
every process, as there is an action and a reaction in
every motion. As there is always a fixed ratio between
the one and the other, so in every function there is a
definite correspondence between the elements which
effect the change, or action, and those which constitute
the exchange, or the reaction. Therefore what mate-
rial enters into the composition of the organism mus^.,
besides furnishing energy and heat, be evolved into
some corresponding exchange or reagent.
In one breath, living is a simple problem of addition
and subtraction — addition and subtraction being
really the only two functions of livingness, as well as
All organized matter consists of carbon, hydrogen,
nitrogen and oxygen. For these simple elements to
take part in the forming of the various "living" liquids
and cells of our organism they must be made to ac-
quire the particular state and form of serum and blood
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Among these four elements oxygen is the most ac-
tive, and appears as the chief constituent of the blood,
existing as absorbed oxygen or as carbon dioxide, or
as compounds of these with mineral and proteid
(flesh) bodies. A marked characteristic of oxygen is
to combine more particularly with carbon. This re-
veals the reason of the character of our foods, so rich
in carbon, and of keeping up breathing asleep as well
as awake, in disease even more than in health.
Oxygen is the most universal and abundant of the
elements we appropriate and assimilate through
breathing, drinking and eating, as well as that carbon
dioxide constitutes by far the greatest bulk of the
waste products we eliminate.
As the chief object of inspiration is to supply oxygen
to the blood and tissues, it must be conceded that oxy-
gen is the basic factor-element of livingness. Hence
oxidation is the underlying process of all living func-
tions, in disease as in health.
But we cannot conceive of oxidation without dis-
oxidation, as we cannot think of inspiration without
expiration. Nevertheless, physiologists have over-
looked this essential phase of the double process of
internal or cellular respiration. Therefore I have
coined the word dioxidation to express the reverse half
of the function. Thus we have inspiration and expira-
tion to express external or bronchial respiration, and
oxidation and dioxidation to express internal or cellu-
lar respiration. So that during inspiration the lungs
take up oxygen from the air, and during oxidation the
cells take up oxygen from the blood, whereas during
expiration the air takes up carbon dioxide from the
X-Eay photograph of a living ' ' rheumatic hand ' ' taken by Dr. E. E. Moras
and exhibited before the Chicago Medical Society, March 4, 1903.
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biood and during dioxidation the blood takes up car-
bon dioxide from the cells.
What we get from the air, earth and growing things
we return in kind to the air, earth and growing things.
The appropriating and distributing of these essentials
to the various tissues of the body is accomplished by
means of certain functions, and the eliminating and
returning of these same elements to the different
things and beings is also accomplished by means of
certain functions. As the respiratory, digestive and
excretory organs and tracts are as strictly in communi-
cation with the outer world as with the inner proto-
plasm, and as all form-elements entering into the
structure or composition of the complex organism are
blood-related and blood-connected, and therefore com-
prise the entire functional activities involved in living,
growing and dying, then it follows that all secretions
and excretions, as well as all assimilations and elimina-
tions, are not only synchronous but also identical, or
qualitatively the same in the unit of structure, the cell.
If absorption is going on somewhere, it is going on
everywhere; if secretion occurs somewhere, it occurs
everywhere; if excretion takes place at any point, it
happens at all points. So with assimilation and elim-
ination. Therefore absorption, diffusion, secretion, ex-
cretion, assimilation, and elimination are particular to
no tissue, but are properties of all fluids and form-ele-
ments, all being qualities proper of protoplasm. Being
co-existent and co-active in manner and place, we may
properly group all functional or physiologic activities
and products in the one general class called the assimi-
lative, thus unifying in the cell the absorptive, the se-
cretive and the excretive functions, or processes.
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DIOXIDATION VERSUS OXIDATION.
During inspiration the alveolar cells of the lungs
rob the atmosphere of nearly 5 per cent oxygen. On
examining the return gush of air from which we miss
that amount of oxygen we find it containing an excess
over 4 per cent of carbon-dioxide. Therefore the way
tissues and blood are disoxidated is essentially the
way they are oxidated. Hence the process of taking
in oxygen and that of taking out carbon-dioxide, the
one, oxygen, being the functional factor of oxidation;
the other, carbon-dioxide, being the functional factor
of disoxidation, are essentially one and the same in th<?
unit of structure, and may be symbolized as cell-assim-
ilability by virtue of which the structural or form-ele-
ments of the tissues are enabled to integrate the elim-
inated product, carbon-dioxide, as they did the oxidat-
ing factor of physiologic activity, oxygen. Therefore
the process by which the cellular elements are pro-
vided with oxygen and deprived of the same is one of
assimilation, in both instances. Nevertheless, knowing
that oxygen does not return to the air-cells as such,
but as carton-dioxide, our terminology of the process
by which this most important of functions is carried
on conveys no intimation whatever of what has oc-
curred, or is taking place, in the tissues and blood.
Besides, it is a known and important fact that about
one-seventh of the carbon-dioxide expired comes di-
rectly from the food digested.
Seeing that the role played by expiration is as essen-
tial to healthy function as that played by inspiration,
it is necessary to adopt a scientific term to express in
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a well defined manner the very special process which
disposes of the used-up oxygen, reabsorbed and reas-
similated as carbon-dioxide by the blood plasm, lymph
and form-elements, and conveyed to the lungs and
other excretory organs for elimination. Having
adopted the word oxidation as expressing the process
by which oxygen is supplied to the tissues, we should
designate that by which the tissues are relieved of,
though to be exact one should say supplied with, car-
bon-dioxide, as Dioxidation. For the absorption and
assimilation of carbon-dioxide in the formation of es-
sential secretions, as digestive juices, bile, saliva and
lymph, aside from the eliminations proper, is as inher-
ent and important or vital to normal cell-function as is
the absorption and assimilation of oxygen, nitrogen
and hydrogen compounds, water, etc. Our knowledge
of internal respiration therefore demands the coining
of a term that expresses the heretofore unrecognized
associative phase of that complete function. Hence we
Oxidation as the absorption and assimilation of oxy-
gen and its proteid and mineral compounds by the pro-
toplasmic molecule; and,
Dioxidation as the absorption and assimilation of
carbon-dioxide and its proteid and mineral compounds
by the same protoplasmic molecule.
Therefore, just as oxygen and its combinations form
the basis of molecular or vital (health) activity in the
function called oxidation, or internal inspiration or as-
similation, so likewise carbon-dioxide and its combina-
tions form the basis of molecular or vital (health) ac-
tivity in the function which I call dioxidation, or inter-
nal expiration or disassimilation.
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It is a positive fact that the property of all living
cells and form-elements to treat oxygen and carbon-
dioxide with perfect impartiality underlies all proc-
esses in health and in disease. If the cells, lymph and
blood and secretions did not inspire carbon-dioxide
they would not inspire oxygen. If the other constitu-
ents of all these did not combine loosely and firmly
with carbon-dioxide they would not combine loosely
and firmly with oxygen. It is this very exchange of
loosely and firmly combined gases in the cells, lymph,
blood and secretions which is properly called internal
respiration. But this property of the same tissue-
elements and fluids is the more astonishing in that the
two substances, oxygen and carbon-dioxide, are appar-
ently total opposites in their especial behavior toward
the very molecular or physiologic activity which they
compel and sustain.
We may therefore particularize our conclusions by
stating that health, on the one hand, is chiefly depend-
ent on and controlled by the physiologic or functional
process called the oxidating; and that disease, on the
other hand, is chiefly dependent on and controlled by
that equally essential physiologic process which may
be called the dioxidating. The process, or function, is
therefore reversible, and becomes positive or negative,
active or passive, only in so much as we choose to
designate internal inspiration, or the oxidating proc-
ess, the positive or active, and so-called internal ex-
piration, or the dioxidating, the negative or passive.
As both are synchronous and interchangeable in the
tissues, we may speak of both as one, correlative,
ryhthmical process of living cells, namely, the oxy-
dioxidating (O/COj) process.
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Conclusions : Oxygen is the essential factor-element
and carbon-dioxide is the essential factor-product of
cell activity. So long as the normal ratio between oxi-
dation and dioxidation is maintained, the normal ratio
between health and disease, life and death, must
be maintained. But the instant the limit of nor-
mal variation is reached between these two func-
tional principles, there is established a state of
malactivity, or of hyper-dioxidation, as will later be
explained. In other words, a variation in the relative
condition, quantity and association of either element
must be offset by a corresponding variation in the
relative condition, quantity and association of the
other, in order that health of the tissues may be main-
tained or restored. For instance, let us suppose an
internal excess of carbon-dioxide and, of course, of its
specific mineral and proteid combinations, no matter
whether the source be internal or external, then surely
physiologic malactivity and its products, disease-fac-
tors, must follow. Knowing that one-seventh of the
carbon-dioxide expired comes from the food, and not
from the oxygen of the air, is it strange that an abnor-
mal limit of variation between the parts and products
of the oxidating and dioxidating process is periodically
extablished in school children, shop men and girls,
clerks, office men, professional students, etc., which in
the present state of public knowledge cannot possibly
be undone by other than natural ways — namely,
through diseases, as typhoid fever, scarlet fever, pneu-
monia, measles, consumption, rheumatism, appendici-
tis, epilepsy, insanity, etc., which, therefore, from na-
ture's viewpoint of Autology, should be looked upon
as "health in disguise" ?
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If we consider health as the positive effect of func-
tion, then oxygen is the positive, active and essential
factor-element of functional activity; and carbon-
dioxide, the negative, passive or conditional factor-
element of the same. But the conditional presence of
carbon-dioxide being essential to the operations of
cellular health, therefore carbon-dioxide becomes the
positive, active and essential factor-element of func-
tional malactivity. In other words, carbon-dioxide is
just as healthy as oxygen, but too much of it is just as
unhealth}^ as too little of oxygen; and the very core
of every chem.ic molecule of any disease-producing
poison (bacterial or not) consists of carbon-dioxide or
of some of its compounds.
Even in such infectious fevers as medical authors
believe or assert are caused by bacteria or micro-
organisms, they all agree that suitable conditions must
pre-exist in the protoplasm to permit or favor their
activity. And these "suitable conditions" for the pro-
duction of infectious as well as all other diseases, I
claim, are occasioned by the accumulation, in the pa-
tient's blood and tissues, of the products of dioxida-
tion — -which "suitable conditions" or self-infected
blood and tissues I call Dioxidosis.
Dioxidosis is therefore the unit or fundamental cause
of all diseases as they form and exist and operate in
the protoplasm and nucleus of the cells of any and
every fluid and tissue and organ of the body — and,
according as the cells or living matters of one organ
or tissue are functionally different from those of others,
are the various symptoms or disease-manifestations
different. For that reason, dioxidosis of the brain
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fluids, or cells, occasions meningitis, or brain fever, or
epilepsy, or mental derangements ; whereas dioxidosis
of the lung tissue or tubes or membranes produces
bronchitis, or pneumonia, or consumption, or pleurisy.
NUTRITION AND MALNUTRITION.
All health-conditions are conditions of nutrition.
All disease-conditions are conditions of malnutri-
Health and disease are, therefore, conditions of nu-
Nutrition is a complex function, easy to understand
but hard to simplify. It may be divided into Respira-
tion and Assimilation.
Respiration is divisible into External Inspiration and
Expiration; and Internal Inspiration and Expiration.
External inspiration takes air (oxygen) into the
lungs ; and external expiration takes air (carbon diox-
ide) out of the lungs.
Internal inspiration combines oxygen v/ith the cell-
constituents of blood, organs and tissues; and inter-
nal expiration combines carbon dioxide with the cell-
products of blood, organs and tissues.
Assimilation is divisible into external and internal
External digestion (mouth, stomach and intestinal)
consists in disorganizing complex foodstuffs into sim-
pler (original) elements or compounds; v/hereas in-
ternal digestion (protoplasmic and nuclear) consists
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in reorganizing those simpler elements or compounds
of foodstuffs into complex tissue-products and by-
Owing to its comprehensiveness, this simple aspect
of the entire process of livingness may be somewhat
difficult to grasp.
Let me try to simplify the subject in a few words.
All dead and living fluids and solids are either acid
or alkaline ; — so, also,
All functions of the human body are either "acid"
The saliva is alkaline, and, consequently, mouth di-
gestion is an alkaline function.
Gastric juice is acid, and, consequently, stomach di-
gestion is an acid function.
Intestinal juice is alkaline, and, consequently, bowel
digestion is an alkaline function.
Blood-serum and lymph and protoplasm are alkaline
substances ; but the fluid or content of the "vacuoles"
(microscopic stomachs) found in the hearts of gran-
ular or nuclear protoplasm is acid.
Naturally, there is a constant change and exchange
— a chemical wear and tear — going on between the
alkaline constituents or species of the confining pro-
toplasm and the acid constituents or species of its con-
fined fluid or juice.
Acid and alkaline substances disintegrate one an-
other to form new or different substances.
The acid content of the protoplasmic vacuoles or
stomachs maintains its permanence and individuality
by constantly "digesting" the surrounding alkaline
protoplasm ; and the alkaline protoplasm is constantly
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endeavoring to preserve its integrity by "borrowing"
from its blood-serum and lymph.
Not being able to secure from the blood the required
amount of alkaline proteid or even inorganic con-
stituents, in acute fevers or diseases, the organism
sacrifices its own "flesh" — and thus usually succeeds
in getting out of melted fat and muscle enough alka-
line constituents to enable it to again re-establish nor-
mal equilibrium between the acid and alkaline func-
tions of the body.
Out of the alkaline serum and lymph on the outside
of the tissue-cells, and out of the acid serum or lymph
in the inside of the tissue-cells — does "living" proteid-
substance regenerate and develop itself and manufac-
ture the various digestive, secretive and excretive by-
products and waste-products of our organism.
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"BACK TO NATURE!"
"Back to nature!" is the cry.
Yes, indeed, if you can back yourself to the state of
physical and mental civilization which Columbus
found on landing here. Otherwise, don't "back" — ^just
"get up" to nature.
Nature never told you to eat what "backers to na-
ture" want you to eat, or want to sell you. Nature
never told you to eat dried or preserved or canned or
jarred fruit and stuff. Nature never told you to eat
nuts for bread or with flour; or on top of a meal, or
with cereals, or fruits, or milk, or eggs.
Yes, indeed — don't do any "backing," but do get
up to your natural sense and taste in preparing and
mixing and eating foods, and you'll not be helping to
exploit foolish "fads and fancies" which necessitate
the everlasting nursing of your dyspepsia, or consti-
pation, or something else.
In Rome, do as the Romans do; but they don't eat
there as they do in London. Therefore don't eat in
Florida as they do in the Klondyke; and don't eat
behind a desk as you would behind a plough.
WHAT IS AiUTOPATHY?
I have coined the English word "Autopathy" from
the Greek "Autos" — meaning Self, and "Pathos" —
meaning Ailment. Hence the keynote and the key-
stone of Autopathy is:
"To understand your ailments is to know hov/ to
cure them" (yourself) ; just as the keynote and the
keystone of Autology is: To understand your func-
tions is to know how to keep well (yourself).
In substance and scope and practice, Autopathy dif-
fers essentially from all other methods or systems or
creeds of Treatment and Cure, in that it is not based
on any artificial or theoretical means of cure. For
Autopathy is based on a definite scientific knowledge
of the actual, physical processes (called function or
nutrition) as they are m^de manifest to our senses
and brain in each and every specimen of "living"
matter, as observed in the microscopic one-celled
speck of jelly, called amoeba, as well as in the macro-
scopic billion-celled mass of jelly, called man. In
other words, Autopathy is based on everlasting living
truth. Hence, Autopathy applies to you and to me
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and to everybody — now, to-morrow and forever. The
name may change, but the Conception and the Truth
PREJUDICES IN YOUR WAY.
You own some prejudices about yourself and your
ailments. They are a menace or a hindrance to your
health. Let us get rid of them.
All your prejudices amount to one. They arise from
the mistaken idea that your ailment calls for a differ-
ent remedy, or treatment, or diet, than somebody else's
ailment calls for;
Or, from the equally mistaken idea that you need a
different remedy, or treatment, or diet, for your liver
than you do for your kidneys — or for "catarrh" than
you do for "rheumatism" — or for "constipation" than
you do for "diarrhea";
But you don't.
Or, that any "sick" organ or function anywhere in
man's or woman's body should be treated differently
than any other "sick" organ or function anywhere else
in man's or woman's body. But it shouldn't.
At first it may seem somewhat difficult to see
through this foundation-truth of Natural Self Treat-
ment. Yet — think over it a minute. You — that's
every bit of your blood and organs and tissues — ^were
created with, and you subsist on, the same elem.ents of
light, air, water and foods that enter in the creation
and composition of other people's blood and flesh.
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And, when you were well, Nature kept you "well"
with the same blood-and-flesh remedies that she keeps
other people "well" with. So, likewise, when Nature
makes or keeps you sick, she does it with the same
blood-and-flesh things that she makes or keeps other
people "sick" with.
If Nature spares you in her distribution of ailments
it is not due to "heredity" or because you are lucky or
she is "partial" to you. It is because your blood re-
ceives and assimilates daily a certain quantity and
quality of physical and chemical elements from your
surroundings and foods which other people's blood
does not partake of. That which keeps your physical
and mental functions in good and enjoyable working
order is real and daily, and so is that which reverses
the condition and makes you sick.
People do not realize that Nature utilizes the same
identical elements of air, water, light and soil to manu-
facture human blood and flesh and to operate mental
and generative functions as she does to make sap and
pulp. In either case Nature's raw material consists of
oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and certain soil
minerals. Out of those elements Nature organizes or
produces sugars, starches and albumens of plants and
of animals, just as she constructs graphite, coal and
diamonds out of carbon alone. How she does all that
we don't know. When we come to life we come ready-
made. All we realize is that she makes every living
thing with the few and simple ingredients named, and
that the gives us no peace, from the instant we are
born until we die, unless we help ourselves to the right
proportion and quality of those elements. If we do
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our organs are sure to work in harmony with one an-
other and our "Ego" — that's health. If we don't then
our organs or functions go on a strike — and that's
If in the air or foods that we partake of there is a
deficiency of any of the above mentioned elements, or
a disproportionate supply of the two classes, namely,
the organic and inorganic, then the functions of some
or of all of the body organs become impaired or per-
verted, constituting sickness.
THE TWIN-NESS OF BLOOD.
The blood that goes to any and all of your organs
and tissues is one^ — and is called arterial. The blood
that comes from any and all of your organs and tis-
sues is also onc"^ — and is called venous.
Now — the two are alike, except in color — the ven-
ous blood being bluer and the arterial being redder.
The "venous" owes its bluish color to the fact that it
contains more carbonic acid gas, dissolved in its serum
and combined with the "living" substance of its red
corpuscles, than the arterial does.
Remember, therefore, that the only real difference
between your venous or "bad" blood and your arterial
or "good" blood is that the venous or "bad" contains
more carbonic acid gas, while the arterial or "good"
contains more oxygen gas. In a word, arterial blood
is oxygenated — whereas venous blood is carbonized.
"Oxygenated" means that the blood has absorbed
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and combined with oxygen; and "carbonized" means
that it has absorbed and combined with carbonic acid
And, remember, that the only real difference be-
tween "healthy" and "sickly" organs or tissues is that
healthy flesh is "raised on" oxygenated red corpuscles,
whereas sickly flesh is "raised on" carbonized red cor-
puscles — or venous blood. All new born "full-term"'
babies are made up of identically the same "brand" of
oxygenated flesh and brain matter — and "carboniza-
tion," or deterioration, or degeneration only begins
when or after the baby takes its first breath. Question
this all you want; theorize as you please — I have
watched and watched Nature in this regard in baby
after baby, in the same families and in different fami-
lies, under every conceivable condition of human ex-
istence — and I must say that baby is never affected
prenatally or postnatally by anything else whatsoever
than the purely physical elements derived by the
mother from air, water and foods — before her child's
birth — and by the child itself from air, water and
foods — after its birth.
PERNICIOUS TEACHINGS AND THINKINGS.
The most pernicious teaching going the rounds of
magazine and newspaper scribblers, and the one, above
all others, which tends most to convert the unborn and
born child's brains into cream-puffs — is the revival of
the old-time "prenatal" diddle. My cure for that is
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to ask the "expectant" mother to recitt the Lord's
Prayer — and to repeat and repeat the words, "Give us
our daily bread" until the word "bread" is engraved
in her brain and lungs and stomach and blood and
womb as meaning God's air, water and foods. Then,
and then only, shall "God's will be done."
Beginning with conception and running through
kindergarten up into higher education there exists in
the minds of teachers and writers the misconception
that brains need "mental" foods. The fact is that the
brain manufactures mental foods, but it cannot live or
produce on that variety of drinks or eatables. And
just as we cannot subsist or grow on what others elim-
inate, so you must not expect children's brains to de-
velop into anything but sapid mental cauliflowers if
you feed them on the by-products or waste-thoughts of
What a stupendous joke it is to imagine that a
mother can think a future inheritance into and through
a child's skull — when she, and no pov/er on earth or in
heaven, can think a mere breath of air, or swallow of
water or bite to eat into her own lungs or mouth or
stomach — or her unborn child's. Crazy! that's the
only epithet that fits such nonsense, as is believed and
Forget it — and learn your A. W. F. of living, grow-
ing and developing your own and your children's only
inheritance, namely Air, Water, Food. And return to
the question of our "healthy" and "sickly" tissues.
How can you expect an organ or tissue to behave
"right," or to produce normal products when you com-
pel its cells to live on adulterated air and liquids and
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eatables? A' man with a "chew" in his mouth or
"tope" in his head doesn't spit out pure, unadulterated
saliva — does he? Well — how can stomachs, or livers,
or lungs, or wombs, or nerves, or muscles — or other
organs and tissues — behave "decent" or produce
"healthy" flesh and juices when fed or stuffed with in-
decent or unwholesome air, liquids and foods? They
can't — and won't. Not until the impurities and adul-
terations are removed from your blood and body and
from what gets inside of your lungs and stomach. Not
before, and never otherwise. You may try and experi-
ment with all the "pills or physics," "tonics or stimu-
lants," "flushings" or other nasty make-shifts — but
you will have to come back to Nature's "A. W. F." of
Livingness and Autopathy — or else pay your fine for
fiddling with your solid or hollow tissues.
What you want to do is to remove the useless and
harmful material from your system and from your sur-
roundings and from your diet. Then you will find that
your organs and tissues possess all the tone and vital-
ity and "know-how" to repair and renew youthfulness,
usefulness and happiness of body and mind. Such is
the object and such is the achievement of Autopathy.
The reason why carbonized material settles in, or
picks out, a different organ or tissue in different per-
sons is because different individuals have different
habits, occupations, ages, pleasures and environments.
If from the cradle to the grave we all lived in iden-
tically the same environments and drank and ate and
behaved exactly alike in every detail and respect we
should all develop the same ailments in the same organ
or tissue, or none at all.
Now, then, why not offset that difference or ward off
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those dangers to which some of us are exposed by
adapting ourselves to our environments, or by adapt-
ing our environments to ourselves when and where
convenient or practicable? That's what I call the Doc-
trine of Common Sense in health and in sickness.
That's Autopathy again.
By so doing you can escape sickness, or, having ac-
quired it, you can regain and retain health once more.
I mean that. But I can't do it all for you ; you have
to do some of it for yourself. I tell you how and of-
fer you the knowledge and the wherewith. More I
cannot do. But you can. So — ^bear this in mind —
"If you do not get well it is your own fault, and
whether that fault is a 'lapse' of judgment or a lack of
'backbone' willingness on your part is 'material' to no
one so much as to your own self."
Having made the first right step toward getting well,
it behooves you to make the second and the third, and
the hundredth, if necessary. Otherwise take my ad-
vice: Save your money and "grin and bear it." At
any rate, you can't buy sickness or unhappiness here.
For nowhere and nohow do I atune my teachings to
the foibles or prejudices of folk to part them from their
AS REGARDS "LAPSES" OF JUDGMENT
For instance, you wear less and lighter and different
clothes in summer than in winter. Why not eat less
and lighter and different foods in summer than in win-
ter? In summer when the thermometer is 80 degrees
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in the "shade" of your rooms, or office, or store you
"peel off" heavy underwear and overwear. Why don't
you do it in the winter-tinae when you keep the ther-
mometer at 80 degrees in the "shade" of your rooms,
or office, or shop — and a thousand degrees fouler to
That's different, you say. Indeed, it is. But the
difference is not where you think it is. It's simply be-
cause you think no deeper than you feel, and you feel
only skin-deep. You'll see the point in a moment. I
don't like to "hurt" feelings, but I must drive "truths
and sense" home to you or else miss my aim, and that's
your cure or recovery.
You get more air and purer air in summer than you
do in winter, and yet you need lots more air and purer
air in winter than you do in summer. Why not get
it, night and day? It's cheaper than heated, foul air,
In the cold seasons your blood and tissues and kid-
neys need more water for purposes of dissolving and
purifying and rinsing out useless material and waste-
poisons than they do in the warm weather, and yet are
you not often stingy about the amount you give your
body in the cold weather?
You probably bathe more and oftener in summer
than you do in winter, and yet your body and skin need
bathing more and oftener in winter.
You probably bestir yourself more around and away
from the house in summer, and yet your lungs and
blood and nerves and muscles want more bestirring
in winter than in summer.
For the above reasons and scores of others like them
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your system accumulates a large excess of carbonized
instead of oxygenated material, which upsets or im-
pairs some particular function, or affects some par-
ticular organ or tissue more than some other, which
"introduces" itself to you as "biliousness," or "ca-
tarrh," or "rheumatism," or "neuralgia," or "dyspep-
sia." or "constipation," or "asthma," or "headaches,"
or this, that and the other.
It's all one and the same cause or "bunch" of causes,
and it's all one and the same result or "bunch" of re-
The reason for calling one ailment "dyspepsia," an-
other "constipation," another "kidney disease," an-
other "biliousness," another "female troubles," another
"loss of vital power," another "catarrh," or "rheuma-
tism," or "pleurisy," or "asthma," others "measles,"
"scarlet fever," "sore throat," "pneumonia," "typhoid
fever," "brain fever," "appendicitis," and so on and so
forth, is not because of any real difference in the na-
ture of the poison which disturbs or affects any par-
ticular organ or tissue but it is because each and every
organ and tissue of the body has a way of its own of
feeling and behaving and talking when it's sick or
"out of sorts."
A kidney can't cough and a lung can't urinate; a
brain can't vomit and a stomach can't think, and so on
and so forth.
Again, I repeat, it's all one and the same cause — car-
bonized blood and carbonized organs and tissues. And
it's all one and the same result — impaired or perverted
function of your brain or nerves, lungs or tubes, stom-
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ach or bowels, liver or kidneys, joints or muscles, etc.,
Consequently, if it's all the one and same blood and
tissue condition and the one and same blood and tissue
result, then it all calls for the one and same natural
remedies. Doesn't it?
So, then, no matter what occupation you follow, or
how different seem your symptoms or ailments from
those of others — man, woman or child — remember al-
ways that the real difference is not in the cause of
your symptoms or disease, but that it is in the struc-
ture (texture) and function (workings) of the organ
or tissue most affected or impaired by the compounds
circulating in your body.
That's why a "dyspeptic" may have either constipa-
tion or diarrhea.
That's why a person with the best of digestion may
be bilious or rheumatic, or have catarrh of the nose,
or throat, or bladder, or womb, etc.
I cannot too strongly impress on your mind this one
foundation-principle of Natural Self Treatment™
namely, that the essential cause or blood and flesh con-
dition which sickens one organ or tissue, in one per-
son, is exactly the same which sickens another organ
or tissue in another person. The actual or real differ-
ence is not in the ailments or sickness, but it is in the
difference of the organs or tissues involved or affected
and in the environm.ents in which you live and toil and
play and think.
When once you get that "truth and sense" fixed in
your brain you will quit trying to treat your head or
nose, or stomach or bowels, or liver or kidneys, or
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fevers or colds, etc., etc., but you will begin to treat
the "sound" or healthy tissues of your body in order to
enable your system to throw off the "objectionables"
and to repair the "damages," thus re-establishing
equilibrium. But to achieve that result it is essential
to eradicate from your mind the notion that your real
ailment, or its real cause, is constipation, or indiges-
tion, or catarrh, or rheumatism, or sick head, or bilious-
ness, or nervous breakdown, or impaired vitality, or
"special" troubles, or anything which bears a "sick"
And the very first truth that you must plant and
cultivate in its stead is that the symptoms you feel or
complain of are only signs, or words, or dialects, used
by the particular organs or tissues which bear the
brunt of the internal derangement or take up the job
of disposing of the deleterious products that circulate
in your blood and permeate your tissues.
Therefore, no matter what or where it ails you, the
internal sick-cause is one and the same in your blood.
What started it and where it started or what comes
from it and where it gets out of makes no difference
now to your blood and flesh. But it does to you, for
it's there — in you; and it's got to get out of there —
out of you, or take you along face up.
Stop feeding your body as if it were a "poison fac-
tory" and begin to feed it the natural remedies it needs
and craves, namely, light, air, water, fruits, vegetables
and other appropriate foods, work, exercise, cleanli-
ness, pleasures and sleep. The beneficial effects and
noticeable results will then soon astonish you and
your friends. However, do not look for miracles in
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one day or one week. It took you longer than that
to harness your ailment. It won't take nearly so
long to unharness it, but it'll take a while, and you
know why. Not only has the "poison" soaked your
tissues, but it has filled and dyed their very meshes
and fibers as filth or coloring matter does a sponge.
You know what kind of a job it is to make a soiled
sponge clean and sweet again, and yet you can get at
it in any number of ways and with any number of
things, in and with which you cannot the thousands
of billions of microscopic cell-sponges of your organs
and tissues. Remember that, please, before passing
judgment on Autopathy, or "throwing up the sponge."
L THE SICKLIEST OF ALL PREJUDICES.
The old saying, "One man's food is another man's
poison," is misleading. Is air one man's food and an-
other man's poison? Is light? Is water? Is bread?
Is egg? Is meat? Is fruit?
I know just what you want to say — that some food
"disagrees" with you and "agrees" with somebody
else. Even that I deny, in the sense that you mean by
"you." If by "you" you mean the "sickly" or
"poisoned" or "ailing" organs or tissues of your body,
then I quite agree with that "man" — kind of you.
But if by "you" you mean the "you" that still remains
sane and sound of mind and body, then I quite dis-
agree with that "man" — kind of you. And here are my
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One man's food is never another man's poison.
Never! Never! But it can be made so in the mixing
on the stove, or in your stomach, or in the "canning"
and "preserving" and "adulterating."
"Morbid" or sickly constituents of one man's blood
and organs and juices will not combine with the nor-
mal or "healthy" constituents of a given food to pro-
duce the same brand of products that the normal or
healthy constituents of another man's blood and or-
gans and juices will.
For no other reason than that oxygen will combine
with carbon to produce a most poisonous blood and
flesh compound, namely, carbonic acid gas; whereas
the very same oxygen will combine with hydrogen to
produce the most healthful blood and flesh compound,
namely, water. Would you, therefore, say that oxygen
is one man's food and another man's poison? Or that
carbon is? No; for not only is health impossible but
life itself is unmaintainable without oxygen and car-
bon in both the form of "food" and of "poison."
Therefore, the element of "poison" is not found in
natural foods, but in the manner of mixing foods; or
in the individual's stomach or blood. And the sooner
you settle that question between yourself and all nat-
ural foods, as pure air and water and fruits and vege-
tables, etc., the better for your health and happiness
You do not "mind" mixing sugar and salt and vine-
gar with your gastric juice in your stomach, but you
won't let any one mix those three with coffee or tea in
your cup. You see, the stomach doesn't taste, but it
knows, the difference; and it kicks, to your past or
present or future sorrow.
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Improper mixtures of good and bad air and drinks
and "seasonings" produce poisonous compounds in the
system, of which the system must rid itself either sud-
denly and rapidly (as in fevers) or gradually and slow-
ly (as in "catarrh," or "rheumatism," or "Bright's dis-
ease," or other "chronic ailments.").
If you saturate your blood and tissues with a
"brand" of overheated and foul air and pass out into
one of cool and pure air, of course the cool and pure
air will dislodge the hot and foul air and you will com-
plain of a "cold," or "rheumatism," or "catarrh," or
"neuralgia," etc., but not because cold or pure air dis-
agrees with or "sickens" you. Just the reverse. It
agrees with you, but disagrees with your "internal" at-
mosphere. If you live for months or years on highly
seasoned meats, sausages, cheese and canned goods,
or on vinegar and pickles, preserves and pastries, etc.,
and then eat fresh or raw fruits and vegetables, your
digestive or eliminative apparatus will let you know
that it is "moving" or house-cleaning season in your
system. But not because fresh fruits and vegetables
don't "agree" with you. Just the reverse. They agree
with you, but disagree with your stale or adulterated
juices and blood.
You will probably understand this better when Au-
topathy and your changed diet get in their work — not
that you will be made sicker than you are, but there's
going to be some "arguing" somewhere between the
new and good and the old and bad, so that your breath,
or bowels, or kidne3'S, or liver, or head, or all, will as-
sist in the "renovating" process.
The one universal poison which has accumulated
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most in your stomach, or bowels, or liver, or head, or
chest, or nerves, or muscles, or pelvic organs, or any-
where, will have to "move out" — that's all. And some
part or parts will miss it. Because all body poisons
act as irritants, and irritants act as stimulants — just
as alcohol or drugs do. Hence, you may feel gener-
ally upset for a day or so, or fancy that you feel weaker
and listless, or the "discharge" may increase, or you
may feel "tiptop" for the first few days and then have
an "off day." And that may repeat itself before you
strike health's equilibrium. It all depends on the age
and location of your trouble and on how accurately you
follow the treatment. Eventually it makes no differ-
ence, for the same good results finally predominate in
every case. It stands to reason, of course, that the
closer you observe instructions, the less likely you are
to experience any "upset" or "unpleasantness" any-
where, and the sooner and surer you obtain the desired
benefit. Even ordinary "dusting" disturbs physical
and mental fixtures or ornaments in a room. So don't
fret for "nothings." Your reward will come in soon
feeling and looking as you have been longing for.
Again, I say, don't cater to your symptoms or ail-
ments, but do cater to your lungs and blood and tis-
If you give Autopathy even but a fraction of the
"show" that you have given to your ailments or trou-
bles, you'll soon be a happy mortal again.
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PREJUDICES ABOUT DIGESTION.
The chief function of your Stomach is to live and
enjoy living. Maybe that's you, but really no more
"you" than any of your other organs. For the stom-
ach has to live for and in harmony with the other or-
gans of your body. In return for your stomach's self-
ishness or thoughtlessness all the other organs of your
body do likewise or have a way of "getting even."
Above the "community of interest" that exists between
all your functions there is in every drop of your blood
and molecule of your flesh the unsquelchable impulses
of the laws of physical or chemical affinity or tension.
Every cell has got to live and let live or you stand
The main function of the stomach is supposed to be
"digestion." Really a very unimportant phase of that
function, the digestive, takes place in your stomach.
Digestion proper takes place inside of tiny microscopic
cavities called "vacuoles" that exist in the hearts of
nuclei of the billion of cells that compose every organ
and tissue — brain and all. These millions and millions
of little spaces (vacuoles) are your real stomachs.
They are always filled with digestive juice, and are the
stomachs and mouths that cry out with hunger, as
they are the ones which empty out into your blood
and back to your big stomach the improper or injurious
things which you drink or swallow.
When your stomach rebels or reminds you that
something is wrong with your digestion don't think of
the pouch inside of your abdomen, but think of the
multitude of little vacuoles or stomachs contained in
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all your organs and tissues as well as of those which
exist inside of the pepsin manufacturing cells of the
lining mucous membrane of your visible stomach.
To avoid any mistake in gaining accurate knowledge
of what's wrong with your stomach always think of it
inside out, bearing in mind that the blood and lymph
which feeds and dumps material into your stomach
comes from what you are in the habit of thinking is
the outside when really it is the fleshy inside.
Another mistaken idea is the belief that the stomach
or gastric juice is "the" digestive juice. The fact is
that there exist in the body as many essential digestive
juices as there are vital organs or tissues. Even bone-
ceils possess their special digestive juice. Otherwise
no organ or tissue could grow or reproduce.
The stomach is not a bit particular as to what kind
of juice it manufactures. It had just as soon turn out
slime or catarrhal or bilious discharge as pepsin or gas-
tric juice. So also with the billions of microscopic
vacuole-stomachs all over your body.
Gastric juice is only one of the by-products of the
glandular cell-stomachs which constitute the walls of
your abdominal stomach, just as brain fluid or juice is
one of the by-products of the cell-stomachs of your
brain. If you get that clearly pictured in your mind
you will readily understand the origin or causes of
headaches and countless other symptoms.
From the serum and lymph which blood vessels and
lymphatics bring their way, the stomach cells pick out
what they need to replace the loss or waste incident
to living and working. During this process, which is
one of internal digestion and assimilation, there hap-
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pens to be formed a number of by-products, the three
most important of which are pepsin, hydrochloric acid
The stomach keeps alive and in working condition
only by constantly replenishing its own cellular mate-
rial or protoplasm, by constantly manufacturing stom-
ach cells. In other words, by each stomach cell digest-
ing what the blood brings it into something that its
protoplasm and nucleus can transform into protoplasm
and nucleus exactly like itself. If the blood contains
the proper constituents the stomach cells can never
make a mistake, and no such thing as stomach trouble
is possible. But if the blood doesn't, all the gastric
juices and pepsins and digestive tablets and moonshine
won't help or mend matters.
If you have any sort of stomach indigestion or ail-
ment do not let your mind ruminate in your big gastric
cavity, but lead it into the invisible digestive spaces
of the glandular cells of your stomach-wall, into the
stomach's feelable flesh not its emptiness.
You may think that your stomach gets plenty to eat
and work with when it really doesn't get one-tenth
enough, simply because the stomach never helps itself
with the drinks and foods that you swallow. The
stomach does not even absorb water, water being
taken up from the intestines. The nourishment that
is intended for the stomach reaches it only through the
roundabout way of the general circulation, having to
pass through the heart into the lungs and back through
the heart into the arteries and finally reach the invis-
ible capillaries in the substance of the walls of the
stomach. Therefore it is a long wait and way from
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the time and place that food is swallowed to the time
and place when and where the vital cells of your stom-
ach get a chance to help themselves.
Appetite or the sensation of hunger is looked upon
as a sign of a healthy stomach. Nevertheless many
people with chronic indigestion or catarrh of the stom-
ach have excellent appetites. Their appetite is there-
fore as m.uch a symptom of disease as a sign of health.
This would be the case if the longing or craving for
food was really a feeling limited to the stomach. Appe-
tite or hunger as well as thirst is a sensation or de-
mand announced by every atom of your blood and
body. The craving or demand may be natural or arti-
ficial, depending upon what you have accustomed the
billions of vacuole-stomachs to. Your skin and mus-
cles and fat and bones and organs do not care whether
or not your stomach is in working order — they all dis-
patch their "orders" to your brain, which translates
the messages into one word, — hunger or appetite. And
you eat. If your stomach bothers you afterward it is
not to blame. The trouble is started by some of the
recently eaten foods crowding some of the fermenting
chyle (partly digested foods) into the blood and the
blood into the tissue-cells, by which it is refused in
part or whole as not being appropriate for their pur-
poses. The stomach glands also have no use for it and
either reject it or transform it into mucus or slime.
There is then a damming back of the blood in the gen-
eral circulation against the inflow of the new partly
digested food from the lymphatics and lacteals of the
small intestines. As a result of this there occurs stag-
nation of partly digested and non-digested foods in the
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stomach and bowels, followed by decomposition and
fermentation — ^which are the immediate and exciting
causes of the numerous symptoms usually laid at the
stomach's door; when actually the stomach isn't a
particle to blame.
Do not fancy that you or anybody else can teach your
stomach anything. It was made long before you or
others began to "think" or mentalize into it. It still
knows what it is made for and will keep telling you,
with pain and sorrow or ease and pleasure, as long as
you feed to please your taste or to make up for your
When your stomach rebels or goes on a strike, just
politely ask her "What's the matter?" Don't tease her
with more food — quit nagging her. Don't ask a gas-
tronomaniac specialist or politician, for he's apt to look
upon your stomach pouch as upon your wallet as be-
ing the whole of YOU — and all the rest of your per-
son (brain and mind particularly) as an appendix to
your belly — just as gynecologists see in womenkind
a motley potpourri of ovarian and uterine humpty-
dumpties. If you'd respectfully ask your stomach
"What's wrong?" — it would refer you to your own
Brain : Who would say, speaking for the crowd of all
your organs, "We're overcrowded or rather drowning
in a mess of foul and souring waste stuffs and you're
'mixing' your air and drinks too foolishly and are not
giving your blood enough natural detoxicating con-
stituents to enable us to neutralize and convert these
poisons into harmless compounds. Do, please, give us
less of some of the things and more of other things that
you and your advisers won't let us have by way of
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your lungs and stomach. If you'll do that for us, we'll
gladly do the rest— and neither your stomach nor any
bit of you will ever again cause you pain or sorrow —
and when we get all tired and worn out from working
and enjoying livingness we'll quit quite suddenly, but
only when you've seen and felt and tasted all there is
to see and feel and taste in this world."
As you now realize, there is, in all forms of stomach
ailments, a deficiency of certain natural constituents in
the entire body. This deficiency is sometimes if not
usually associated with an excess of certain other con-
stituents. Therefore, in order to accomplish a cure
whose results will be permanent it is necessary to sat-
urate the blood itself with the appropriate natural rem-
edy-constituents that are lacking and for which all
the organs of the body are making such imperative de-
mand by upsetting the stomach or the brain. And you
shall soon learn what those "appropriate natural rem-
The Small Intestine is not a part of the sewer of
the body and its function must not be confounded with
that of the large or colonic bowel.
In the process of digestion the "duodenum" and
small bowel play a more important part even than the
stomach — for the entrance of chyle or partly digested
foods takes place along the course of the small intes-
tines. The lacteal and lymphatic vessels which con-
vey the partly digested constituents of the chyle and
lymph into the thoracic duct, spring from the mucous
coats of the little bowel. The thoracic duct then emp-
ties the load into the left subclavian vein at the root
of the neck. As you now understand (if you have read
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what precedes) the digested material which is thus
emptied into the blood current is not really digested,
but is simply broken up into more or less fine drops
and particles — that is, the chyle is made up of "emul-
sions" and "saponifications" of the various sugars and
starches and meats or albumins that you swallow.
The real digestion of the constituents of those emul-
sions and saponifications takes place only in the organs
or tissues that receive them. Hence it is that the hearts
or nuclei of the cells are supplied with microscopic or
invisible vacuoles or stomachs or intestines, which,
like your ordinary stomach and intestines, contain di-
gestive juices — the digestive juice of each specialized
cell being as different in its way as the digestive juice
of your stomach (pepsin) is different from that of your
To properly understand "pancreatic" or intestinal
digestion and indigestion your mind must penetrate
into the mysterious recesses of the innermost cells of
all your organs— and not navigate along the lumen or
channel of your bowels.
Whatever be your symptoms your bowels are not to
blame. If the so-called sewerage, evacuated by the
billions of vacuole-stomachs or intestines of your cells,
is of the proper make and consistency your large or
small bowel will neither trouble nor worry you in any
way. But if you mix certain improper drinks and
foods in the emulsions and saponifications which the
little mouths or suckers, that exist in the mucous mem-
brane of your small bowel, drink and swallow and then
convey to the blood which supplies the protoplasm
and nuclei of your cells — then you may figure on being
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troubled both with your bowels and brains, and in time
with some fatal disease — either typhoid fever or appen-
dicitis or Blight's disease or rheumatism, in some form
or other. And if you're a woman or girl no one else
but you can appreciate or realize the innumerable and
misery-producing ailments and symptoms that you
will have to endure.
You see, the little glandular mouths or suckers that
draw or imbibe the chyle and lymph from the small
intestine into the lacteals and lymphatics don't mind
whether they have to drink or swallow the perfectly
sweet and health-giving foods or souring and decom-
posing material. Another obvious fact is that when
these lacteal and lymphatic vessels are full of some-
thing — whether previously absorbed food or by-prod-
ucts of germs — they will not accommodate or make
room for the new supply of chyle coming from your
recent meal, unless they can vomit what they've got
either into the blood or the intestines. They can't do
that in a hurry without giving you sick-headache or
vomiting spells, or slowly without your blood going
into the fatty or adipose tissue business.
Thus, the only source of intestinal diseases and dis-
orders is improper combination of foods which induce
fermentation and decomposition — not alone in the
small bowels but also in the very hollows or micro-
scopic intestines of the tissue cells. That, and that
alone, is the cause of Typhoid Fever and Appendicitis,
as it is of Cholera Infantum and Cholera Morbus — and
Dysentery, Intestinal Catarrh or Indigestion or Flatu-
lence, and so forth. I concede that bacteria or germs
or ferments contribute their mite toward focusing the
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rubbish and fanning the flame that starts the disease,
but their play in the inflammation or conflagration that
is set up is very inconsiderable compared to that of the
long continued previous accumulations in the system
of the waste-products or poisons of ordinary food-
decompositions taking place primarily in the small
bowels and secondarily in the vacuole-intestines of the
nuclei of the cells themselves.
In other words, typhoid fever and appendicitis and
all forms of enteritis and gastro-duodenitis are pro-
duced by repeated rottings of partly digested foods in
the intestines plus the rottings taking place in the very
hearts of the cells everywhere, owing both to the in-
haling of the carbon dioxide (carbonic acid gas) and
i^s gaseous products from the air of rooms and breath
A people and to the appropriating with foods of less
detoxicating or ferment-preventing inorganic or min-
eral constituents than the system needs to prevent the
occurrence of fever and so forth. That this statement
is absolutely correct is shown by the fact that for some
days before the onset of the fever and other warnings
or symptoms the patient feels sick all over — showing
that the entire system is waterlogged with its own
What is true of the origin or manner of bringing
about the body conditions which produce typhoid fe-
ver, is also true of appendicitis. If the appendix were
a shallow thimble instead of a goose-quill, there would
be no such thing as appendicitis — and if the bowels
contained quite a number of shallow thimble-like ap-
pendices and inflammation was set up in them, as it is
in what are called Peyer's patches (in typhoid), it
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would be absolutely impossible to tell the difference
between appendicitis and typhoid fever. For the cause
or causes are the same in the two diseases — the differ-
ence being accounted for by the fact that the appendix
is a different thing from a Peyer's patch. This truth
I have repeatedly confirmed by putting a stop to both
diseases with identically the same treatment and in
less than twenty-four hours. And WHY NOT?
If the system, waterlogged with foulness to the brim,
can under the most adverse conditions, such as are
imposed on and around and into typhoid patients under
the heretofore recognized methods of treatment — I say
that, if the system in spite of the most conceivably ir-
rational treatments can and does rid itself of or over-
come the poisonous or toxic products that bring on and
feed the fever — then WHY can't a little rational or
natural treatment enable the system to do in a few
hours what it does in a couple of weeks under those
most adverse conditions? There are no reasons why
we can't furnish in one day as much depoisoning con-
stituents to the blood of a fever patient as the blood
takes some weeks to dig out of that patient's fat and
muscles and organs — because it can't rob those tissues
without first melting them.
Owing to the fact that Surgery's most prolific Assets
are "cases" of Appendicitis it is not an easy matter to
substitute rational ideas concerning the nature and
treatment of that disease — or to impress the general
public with the truth that, however successful it may
be, an operation for appendicitis NEVER removes the
causative factor or factors of the disease from the indi-
vidual's body; and, with this other truth that soon or
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late the "operation-cured" case of appendicitis expe-
riences in the same body-locality or in some more vital
organ the evidences that the operation was a very un-
profitable if not a fatal investment, or rather a foolish
speculation on the part of the patient.
If I had to rid myself of the constant danger which
the company of a vicious beast would expose me to, I
would prefer to destroy the animal as a whole than to
fool myself into believing that the beast was made
harmless by amputating its vocal cords. A dog whose
barking appendix is "alert" is not as dangerous as the
dog without a "bark" — and, likewise, a bowel whose
appendix "talks" is a more useful and intelligent gut
than a speechless one. The appendix is the "cry-baby"
or tattler of the bowels — but it never cries or tattles
without good cause, and the cause which excites it is
and has been at work elsewhere and everywhere else
in the body — and will keep on working until it is re-
moved from "elsewhere and everywhere else," or until
it appears as acute rheumatism or kidney disease or
cancer, and so forth.
Appendicitis occurs simply because the intestinal
and general blood poisons, ptomaines or organic acids,
concentrate their attack on, or are shunted into the
blind finger-glove of the appendix — ^where inflamma-
tion is set up and ulceration may follow. It is a well
recognized fact that a large percentage of cases of ap-
pendicitis are caused by rheumatic poisons. I am con-
vinced that every case of appendicitis and typhoid fever
as well as all other intestinal diseases are occasioned
by the same cellular by-products or waste-poisons — re-
sulting from fermentation and decomposition — that
produce articular rheumatism.
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Chronic Cbnstipation and Chronic Diarrhea require
some special attention.
Chronic constipation is perhaps the most common of
troubles. Almost all treatments generally advocated
for it do infinitely more harm in time than the consti-
pation itself would ever do.
Bowels have no more to do with causing constipa-
tion than mouths have with silence. Habit has some-
thing to do with costiveness, but its real cause is nutri-
tional. It isn't so much that the intestinal contents
become too "dry" as that the protoplasm and tissues
of your body need the small percentage of pure water
that you imbibe; and that the inorganic or mineral
constituents that reach the muscular coats of your bow-
els through the blood and lymph are insufficient to
maintain "peristalsis." Or they may be improperly
All drugs and medicines that "act" by irritating or
"loosening" the bowels or producing griping are objec-
tionable and eventually absolute nuisances. Colonic
flushings, or the injecting of water per rectum, is a
method which appeals at first, but tells its ov^n sad tale
of woe later.
One's occupation is not responsible for constipation
— for people of sedentary habits are often troubled
with diarrhea. Whenever the blood supplies the large
intestines with the proper quantity and admixture of
the various compounds which their muscular coats
and mucous glands require, they remain properly ac-
tive. The type of muscle tissue which forms the bowel
walls is such that it lacks the vitality of other muscle
Bb€rs; and, besides, the large intestine is one of the
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last or least important tissue that the blood care* %o
serve its nourishment to. This is well shown in chil-
dren at the breast. If the mother's blood contains
what her own intestines require for proper action the
infant's bowels act normally — unless the child be fed
artificial foods in addition to mother's milk.
Acute Diarrhea is an occasional blessing which most
people experience in the form of punishment for im-
proper indulgence. But when acute diarrhea persists
beyond a day or two, or recurs at frequent intervals,
then the intestinal condition which accompanies it is
called Intestinal Catarrh or Indigestion. As is cus-
tomary with all diseases, physicians never go deeper
than "skin deep" in search of the cause of the catarrhal
or indigestive trouble. It is obvious that impaired
must be the function of a mucous membrane that is
swollen or congested emd that such a membrane will
pour out mucous and acrid discharges into the canal of
the bowels, as it does in the nose and throat, instead of
absorbing the chyle or partly digested food. Such
things are clear to everybody who has had "a cold in
the head" — but the problem to solve in "catarrh of the
bowels" is to determine the constituents themselves
that exist in the individual's blood and which produce
the catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane.
Do not for a moment imagine that the poisons act di-
rectly on the inside lining membrane of the intestine
without first circulating through the blood and finally
returning to the intestinal walls to cause mischief. And
remember always that this is the course followed by
the chemical poisons whether they are products of
food decomposition or of bacteria. By the time tb it
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the poisons, arising from food-fermentations and from
micro-organisms and from the tissue-cells of the or-
gans, reach the mucous membrane of the intestines
their chemical composition has been so often modified
that they all form the same poisonous compounds.
In most cases of chronic diarrhea or dysentery or
indigestion (bowel) the source of the trouble is found
in the toxic or acrid products of food-decomposition,
and the saturation of the blood with these deleterious
products has existed for a considerable length of time.
Bacteria alone do not cause diarrhea. The healthy di-
gestive fluids of the stomach and bowels destroy them.
Tainted milk alone does not produce "summer com-
plaint" of infants, but the improper feeding of infants
with artificially prepared milks and foods always does.
A child whose blood or system is not already polluted
to saturation is never harmed by an occasional dose of
impure or souring milk or "suspected" water.
Children or adults whose blood or flesh is otherwise
clean never "contract" typhoid fever from drinking
water. Between the most "delicious" beef-teas and
bouillons and other sloppy animal refuse and the least
"usable" water — the water is by far the healthiest for
man and beast alike, and in disease as in heeilth.
PREJUDICES ABOUT THE KIDNEYS.
There is considerable misunderstanding in every-
body's brains regarding the function of the kidney as
well as the causes of its impairment. Very few indeed
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of the numerous things blamed as factors of Bright's
Disease have any bearing on kidney troubles. Age,
sex, predisposition, occupation, climate, heredity and
the like are such incidental considerations in the study
of functional and organic diseases of the kidney that
it is safer to forget them and think of some real things.
Another common mistake is to look upon most cases
of Bright's disease as being organic — ^which practically
means that they are incurable. This is wrong ; for the
incurable cases are very, very rare, if treated naturally
or rationally. This is equally true of kidney disease
which accompanies or follows scarlet fever, pregnancy
and other diseases. In an experience of nearly eighteen
years I have not seen more than one fatal case of acute
or chronic Nephritis or Bright's disease out of every
hundred cases that came under my treatment — and I
may add that the proportion of "hopeless" and very
chronic cases was large.
When a disease is assumed, by physicians and books,
to be fatal there is very little chance for the patient's
recovery — for the physician undertakes the treatment
with the same spirit that some people start to do cer-
tain things, namely, "I'm going to try, but I know I
can't do it." The whole trouble with the remedies in
vogue is that they are used by physicians and others
who haven't the slightest conception of the physical
character of the function or mechanism of the kidney.
This of course leads to the application of treatments
which tend rather to aggravate or insure permanency
of the disease than to remove it.
In the kidney are a number of little tubules or tubes
which drain innumerable little spaces, and empty the
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urine thus drained into a main cup — which, in turn, is
connected by a long tube (ureter) to the bladder.
These tubules and spaces are in direct communication
with the outside world and are no more a part proper
of the kidney flesh proper than arteries and veins and
nerves are tissues proper of fat or muscle proper.
Their business is simply to act as rubber tubes to the
urine that drains through or is strained by the cellular
substance (protoplasm and nucleus) of the kidney.
Again, bear in mind that the urine is, like the bile
and saliva and sweat, a by-product of cellular activity
as that cellular activity occurs between the chemical
elements or compounds vi^hich the blood and lymph
bring to the kidney cells and the chemical elements or
compounds which constitute the serum and granular
protoplasm and nuclei of the kidney cells themselves.
Therefore urine is strictly and chemically and func-
tionally not a drained or strained liquid, but is a manu-
factured product of the kidney cells exactly as diges-
tive juice is a manufactured product of glandular stom-
ach and pancreatic cells. It is obvious, therefore, that
an individual's urine will vary as that same individ-
ual's saliva or pepsin or brain fluid.
If the urine which passes into the minute spaces
and tubules of the kidney is composed of properly com-
bined chemical compounds dissolved in the right quan-
tity of water — there can occur no impairment of the
kidney function. But if the urinary compounds be too
concentrated or the water insufficient to thoroughly
dissolve and dilute them — the urine becoming dense
and turbid — the secretion will linger within the hegirta
or vacuoles of the tissue cells instead of readily and
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rapidly flowing into the reservoir ("pelvis") of the
kidney. And not alone will there occur a "urine con-
gestion" within the tubules and spaces and "stomachs"
of the kidney cells — with the irritation and damage
incident thereto — but there vvill ensue a retention and
saturation of the entire system with the body con-
stituents which the kidney is intended to decompose
and recombine, after its own manner, in the manufac-
ture of urine.
The kidney tissue being unable to drain or strain
out of its spaces and tubes a sufficient amount of urine
during each twenty-four hours to equalize the sys-
temic demands — there follows a reversal of the pres-
sure or tension, so that the urinary constituents that
should find an outlet into the bladder are compelled to
"backwater" into the capillaries and lymphatics—
where they soon occasion disturbances in the nerves,
or brain, or muscles, or joints, or anywhere. In time
some form of kidney disease, as well as countless com-
plaints, is bound to arise. People seldom suspect their
kidneys during the formation period of kidney disease
because the symptoms produced are always felt else-
where. Backache never means kidney trouble. It
means muscular pain, that's all. Of course you may
have backache at the same time that you happen to
have kidney trouble, just as you may have a cold sore
when you want to look your best.
The presence of albumin in the urine is always
looked upon as a grave symptom, and will make in-
surance companies reject applicants who seem other-
wise most healthy. However, "albumin in the urine"
does not always come from kidney disease, nor does
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it always mean serious trouble when coming from im-
paired kidney function. My experience has been that
Chronic Albuminuria (Bright's disease) is usually a
very mild derangement of the chemical functions tak-
ing place between the chemic species (or chemical
com-pounds) contained in the serum and lymph out-
side of the cells and the serum and lymph inside of
the cells — of the entire body, and not particularly of
the kidneys. The habit of blaming the kidneys for
what you and all your other organs are to blame, and
the habit of treating your kidneys for what you and all
your other organs should be treated — are rather re-
sponsible for the prevalence and chronicity of Bright's
disease or Albuminuria. When, to the poisons which
stagnate within as well as on all sides of the kidney
cells, a physician or the patient adds all kinds of un-
natural or irritating and stimulating medicines, it is
not strange that eventually the kidney tissue proper
becomes organically impaired and death ensues
through blood vessel degeneration, or heart disease, or
uremia, or dropsy.
Albuminuria and Bright's disease and other kidney
troubles are readily curable — curable right at home
or at work without sacrificing any of life's duties or
pleasures. It is far wiser to be cured under the con-
ditions and environments in which you have to work
and live — and then if you like and can afford it to enjoy
a pleasure trip — 'than it is to undertake a sickly-seek-
ing-after-health, speculative and expensive journey
away from home.
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PREJUDICES ABOUT THE LIVER.
The liver is a physical and medical junk shop. It is
made to carry the burden of ignorance and blunders in
matters of health and sickness. If one is bilious or
out-of-sorts the liver is blamed — but it's quite imma-
terial to the liver; for, being a part of your anatomy,
what's the difference?
Unlike many or most other organs, the liver is in
business for itself and engaged in the manufacture of
food or fuel for the rest of the economy. Incidentally
she produces a by-product called bile, which is not de-
sirable as regards her own needs, but is essential to
the requirements of the blood on the one side and the
bowels on the other. As long as bile is of the right
consistency and nothing obstructs its passage into the
duodenum, it occasions no trouble. Otherwise visible
jaundice, or som.e form of bilious attacks or sick head-
ache, follow. Hepatic colic or gall stones may and
often do result.
But the commonest source of liver complaints is in
the fact that glycogen is formed and stored away in
the liver. Glycogen is a form of sugar, and constitutes
the important fuel of the body. Work or exercise
burns it up. It accumulates with eating and inactivity
The liver cells cannot accommodate an excess of
glycogen without discommoding themselves; without
impairing their function in other directions. As noth-
ing can remain at a standstill in the body without un-
dergoing decomposition, any excess of glycogen over
and above the actual needs of the system is decom-
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posed into various organic acids or transformed into
useless fat^-either of which requires a certain propor-
tion of the blood's mineral or electrolytic elements or
compounds to neutralize or satisfy. Anything which
robs the blood or tissues of these bodies tends to in-
crease the acidity of protoplasm — and protoplasm can-
not become acid and survive. For, the natural resis-
tance of protoplasm and nucleus to poisons or disease
rests in its alkalescence (opposed to becoming "acid").
In order to make room for any excess of glycogen
the liver cells must displace an equivalent amount of
bile either into the small intestine or back into the
blood or lymphatic vessels. Besides, this condition
hampers the secreting and excreting functions of the
liver. Hence the occurrence of nervous troubles, head-
aches, bilious attacks, sciatica or other forms of neu-
ralgia, or stomach pains with or without spells of vom-
iting — not to mention a great variety of obscure con-
ditions produced in the ovaries or womb. The fact
that one's liver may manufacture more bile than one
may think it should does not account for any of the
ills which are ascribed to the liver. The liver as such
cannot possibly manufacture too much bile unless it is
supplied by the blood with too great an abundance of
the chemical constituents which go to make up bile.
The liver does not create bile or glycogen; but if it is
crowded with raw material from the blood and the
stomach it keeps open shop night and day and turns
out "goods" after any old fashion and dumps part of
them back into the blood, for the nerves' and brain's
and complexion's benefit, and part into the bowels or
stomach, for the doctor's benefit.
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Bile-acids are great mischief makers, but have not
been as yet sufficiently recognized as such by physi-
cians in the treatment of diseases. Professional and
public minds have been too saturated with uric acid
notions to permit of any special attention being given
to hundreds of other organic acids which are formed
in the body and which are considerably more injurious
than uric acid. To enumerate these and go into de-
tails regarding their origin and action in different dis-
eases would take unnecessary time and space ; for, ir-
respective of their names and chemical constitutions,
they one and all arise from the same "radical" or
nucleus, and they one and all combine in the blood and
tissues with inorganic elements and are eliminated as
water, carbon dioxide and ammonia compounds. So
that, whatever mischief they produce in their journey
through the blood and tissues they produce it in the
same way and as one individual poison or compound
or acid — as you have read elsewhere in this book.
If you wish to obtain a fair idea of the state of your
blood in regard to its containing a surplus of biliary
poisons — look at the white of your eyes in good day-
light. If your system is fairly free the white around
the pupil muscle will appear glossy with a tendency
to bluish; and glossy white with tendency to pink in
the corners. If the white of your eye appears tinted
yellowish or lemon shade, you'll hear of it some day
if you are not already troubled somehow.
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PREJUDICES ABOUT URIC ACID.
By "lithemia" is meant the excessive formation or
accumulation of uric acid in the blood or system. This
conception of Rheumatism (lithemia) is hypothetical
entirely ; for the reason that it shifts the responsibil-
ity on to a chemical individual, as it is extracted from
the urine, or from its blood and tissue compounds in
health as well as in disease — when actually the chem-
ical basis of the formation of urates and ureids (not
uric acid as such) is far removed from the substance
called uric acid. To blame uric acid for any blood or
tissue condition or disease is exactly the same as blam-
ing the innocent messenger boy for the bad news
which the dispatch conveys.
The latest offspring of the imagination is the inven-
tion of ferments that are supposed to be engaged in the
manufacture of uric acid. 'Tis better to blame some
bugaboo than one's own stupidity or overindulgence.
In return for this "wise" move of the imagination of
some "eminent" head, the imagination of some other
"eminent" head invents the birth of ferments whose
business it is to destroy uric acid. Why not show
some little sense and invent a ferment that would
"lick" the other ferment instead?
Lithemia is a name. Uric acid is a name. Rheuma-
tism is a name. But being sick and suffering is NO
name. Dying is no name. A funeral is no name. Pay-
ing a bill for sickness is no nam,e.
Breathing is not a mere name — nor is drinking and
eating. Nor is overindulgence in drinks or foods.
What your lungs breathe in and breathe out are NO
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names. What your throat swallows is not a mere
But what your brains breathe in and breathe out
and swallow in and out in medical matters is both
nominal and names.
If I ask an intelligent stranger or friend "What
causes rheumatism or uric acid poisoning?" he
answers, "Eating too much." And when I ask
"Why?" he replies, "Because too much food produces
uric acid or rheumatism." And when I add, "How?" he
doesn't know. And then when I remind him that a
great many people who overeat and indulge in too
much beer and wine never have rheumatism, he begins
to suspect that a theory that doesn't work both ways
is defective somewhere. The fact is that nearly one
hundred per cent of the people would be "rheumatics,"
or have uric acid blood poisoning if "eating too m.uch"
was the cause of rheumatism — and also, if the real
cause of rheumatism was "eating too much" our ani-
mal or instinctive selves would soon put a check to
that form of appetite which craves for "too much"
food. The secret of the whole problem in rheumatism
is not a question of bulk, but is a question of impera-
tive demand by the fluids and tissues of the body for
certain food-constituents which the body lacks to off-
set or neutralize certain other food-constituents. In
craving for bulk the system expects to derive a suffi-
cient quantity or proportion of the certain constituents
which it has previously discarded in its elaborating of
the protoplasm and nuclei of its various cells. But the
individual's brain conveys only the general impression
of the system's needs and fails to go into details —
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hence the abnormal appetite continues until the econ-
omy is saturated and refuses to work any longer under
the unjust conditions of supply and demand imposed
Lithemia or rheumatism and '*colds" or catarrh, as
well as various forms of nervous and brain ailments,
are due to the same factors which produce biliousness
in some people. They can all be traced to an excess
of carbon dioxide in the air people breathe or to an
oversupply of starchy and saccharine foods in propor-
tion to the foodstuffs which contain inorganic or min-
eral elements or compounds — and not to the sum total
of the things that are eaten. Starches and sugars un-
dergo decomposition into organic acids in the normal
individual exactly as they do in the unhealthy. And
hundreds of these organic acids are even better known
than is uric acid.
Brains and livers and muscles and joints and mucous
membranes manufacture their own substance out of
the same foods, and in so doing they produce decom-
position-products. These decomposition or dead-mat-
ter products emanate both from their own substance
and the substance of the nutriment they receive. But
they never decompose inorganic or mineral elements —
nor can they manufacture or change them in any way.
Cells or tissues can only assort or combine those ac-
cording to the laws of chemical affinity or tension —
and cells cannot complete the process of assimilation,
that is of replenishing their ovm substance, witliout
being provided with those mineral bodies. Therefore,
when the supply is too small to go around some organ
or tissue has to suffer, and a certain quantity of the
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fluid nutriment that cannot be utilized must be elim-
inated as catarrhal discharge or rheumatic effusion.
If the man who lives by hard manual labor partakes
of the same air, liquids and foods that suits the man
who sits at his desk all day or works chiefly with his
brain — he is sure to develop pneumonia or typhoid
fever or consumption. On the other hand, if the con-
ditions are reversed, the brain worker will have kid-
ney trouble or rheumatism or brain fag and other ner-
It stands to reason that if four-fifths of your work
is of the brain and nerve kind, your system requires
that you supply it with a proportionate amount of
nerve and brain food — the same that a piece of cloth
which contains four-fifths wool and one-fifth cotton
needs four-fifths wool in the weaving. The body has
a way of converting "cotton" foods into "woolen"
foods, but only at a considerable sacrifice of energy and
to the detriment of some organ or tissue.
Physicians of former days recognized the fact that
rheumatism attacks every kind of tissues. To them
colds, catarrh, rheumatism, lumbago, sciatica, neural-
gia, pleurisy and gout and "odds and ends" of head or
functional troubles, were about one and the same sick-
ness — expressing itself in a different language in ac-
cord with the organ or tissue affected. There was real
scientific or rational sense in that — as is already be-
coming evident by the fact that the medical mind is
surreptitiously divorcing itself from the bacterial De-
lusion and returning to its first love — namely, physical
and chemical Science, now called Biology — concerning
which professional as well as non-professional brains
know less than they do about what grows money.
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As the h'ning sac of joints is "serous" instead of "mu-
cous," it is natural that the inflammatory or excessive
exudate which leaks into the joints instead of the
bronchial tubes or throat or uterine cavity should be
"serous" instead of "mucous" or slimy. When nature
picks out the joints to rid the blood of an over-stock
of body poisons — instead of the lungs or pleural cav-
ity, or bowels, or brain, or bladder or womb, and so
forth — it is because the joint surfaces of the patient
are weaker or offer less resistance to their exit than do
other organs or membranes; but not because the
rheumatism poison has any particular preference for
any abode or outlet.
That uric acid and urates bear some casual (not
causative) relation to the production of rheumatism
and catarrhal troubles is unquestionable. But uric
acid and urates are perfectly normal or natural prod-
ucts formed in the tissues of the body during normal
processes of cell-decomposition or disassimilation.
The mother-substance of uric acid and of urea and
urates, as v»7ell as of all the hundreds of organic acids
and ptomaines and leucomains (blood poisons), is car-
boxyl (COOH), the "radical" or nucleus of carbonic
acid proper (HoCOg). And carbonic acid proper
comes from carbonic acid gas (COo) or carbon dioxide.
Therefore, I claim that carbon dioxide is the real,
fundamental and chemical cause of rheumatism in all
the tissues and of all its forms — I have therefore coined
the name DIOXIDOSIS to convey my conception of
the blood and tissue condition which exists in all forms
of acute and chronic rheumatism and which gives rise
to the symptoms and morbid changes in the system of
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The nature of the actual tissue changes in chronic
rheumatism is not understood by any other writer or
teacher. It has been and is still claimed that chronic
rheumatism consists in a deposit of uric acid or its
compounds in the affected joints. For years I have
been insisting that the process was just the reverse of
that. Namely, that it was a process of absorbing or
melting away of the softer constituent-parts (such as
membranes and cartilages) of the joints for the pur-
pose of supplying the patient's blood with certain
neutralizing elements that nature absolutely needed to
protect more vital or useful organs or tissues. It was
not an easy matter to confirm my convictions until I
devised a method of photographing the living hand
that you see in the X-Ray picture found in this book.
You will observe that the joint membranes and car-
tilages of the finger-joints have been eaten away, and
that the eating-away process has made considerable
headway in the heads of the bones that form the sec-
ond joint of the index finger. Also of great interest is
the fact that the finger nails show so distinctly in this
rheumatic hand, whereas they cannot be made to pho-
tograph vnth any degree of clearness in a normal hand.
The reason for their showing so well is that nature has
been robbing them also of their soft tissues and, there-
fore, the nail-substance proper has become more con-
densed. There are also a number of most interesting
and scientific features revealed in that picture, but
they interest chemists more than medical men or pa-
tients. Take a magnifying or reading glass and see
the wonderful details within the bones and in the flesh
of those fingers — and remember that the original pho-
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tograph from which this half-tone is taken is still finer
in every detail.
PREJUDICES ABOUT THE MIND.
The mind, as a brain-function, is of no more impor-
tance than the liver's, or heart's, or lungs', or kid-
People's habit of looking upon the mind as "the
whole thing" is directly and almost altogether to blame
for nervous and mental diseases, such as neurasthenia,
melancholia, epilepsy and various forms of insanity.
Mental diseases are caused by the same blood con-
stituents that produce soft and hard corns and bun-
ions; and insanity, as well as all other nervous and
mental disease, is no more "hereditary" than are colds
and swearing. There may have been sick headaches,
or drunkenness, or epilepsy, or hysteria, or insanity in
some cousin or aunt, but there positively have been
numerous "colds" and "snuffles" and "stomach-aches"
and "cussing" and "unmentionables" in everybody and
everybody's family tree. Why not call these "heredi-
tary"? If there be such a disease as is truly hereditary,
then it is the mental habit of physicians to blame some
dead or absent member of somebody else's family for
symptoms or diseases that their own brains don't un-
derstand. That is the only hereditary disease that I've
ever come across. All cases of nervous or mental dis-
eases which I have seen or studied or treated in my
practice or at the sanitarium were caused by actual,
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physical, tangible, analyzable blood and flesh constitu-
If any blood constituents irritate or disturb the lung
tissue the lungs inform you of the fact by coughing.
When your system becomes bilious your sick head or
vomity stomach tells you. When you want to com-
municate you write or talk. When dogs want to com-
municate they bark or bite, and so forth. Now, what
do you expect the brain to do v/hen blood poisons keep
lurking around and polluting its soft mushy tissue and
its little or big lakes of cerebral fluid or serum? The
brain can't vomit, nor talk, nor cry, nor cough, but it
can get "off its base." And it does that oftener when
it is "well" or "sane" than when it is "sick" or "in-
If you have ever observed so-called insane people
you have noticed that they are more consistent in their
insanity than most people are in their sanity. On the
other hand, I can tell you that a sick lung or liver or
kidney is always consistent in its "deranged" or "in-
sane" function. By this I mean that, in health and in
sickness, all our organs and tissues are always abso-
lutely sane, far saner than our artificial mentalities,
and that we have no more reason to call a melancholic
or hysteric or maniacal person "insane" than we would
have to call a dyspeptic or bilious or pneumonia or
typhoid or consumptive person "insane." The last
show much more insanity than the first.
Give stomachs and livers and kidneys what they
need and they remain sane and sound. Give brains
and nerves what they need and they remain sane and
sound. Give sick stomachs and livers and kidneys
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what they need and they become sane and sound.
Give sick nerves and brains what they need and they
likewise become sane and sound.
Epilepsy is a fit of cussing or anger or temper in-
sidei of the nuclei or "live" sand of the brain cells.
Epileptics are or were brainier than their relatives.
Neurasthenia or nervous exhaustion is a tired,
nagged or teased feeling inside of nerve and brain cells,
and that feeling is due to the fact that the constituents
of the protoplasm and nuclei are not properly "mated"
or don't relish the company they're in.
Insanity is a condition of pending divorce between
protoplasm and nuclei of the brain cells. Just as the
physical and mental and moral products of divorcees
are not duplicates of or harmoniously constituted with
former products or offsprings so the protoplasm and
nuclei of divorced or divorce-seeking brain cells are
not duplicates of, or harm.oniously connected with, nor-
mal or natural brain substance. Hence the various and
varying forms and degrees of psychosis or mental de-
ABOUT RANK SEXUAL LITERATURE.
To teach young people sex-physiology is to pollute
their brains instead of their specialized organs. The
mental form of immorality invariably invites the ana-
tom.ical. Protect your children, but do not try to anti-
septicize them by imparting knowledge for which they
have absolutely no use until such time as the laws of
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physics and chemistry reveal to their minds the natural
purposes of certain functions and organs.
The most prolific cause of "sexual" troubles is faulty
education. To stimulate those special organs through
the mind or the imagination before or during puberty
is to create certain unnatural desires or habits, mental
or physical, which accentuate abnormal sex affinities
and weaken normal inhibiting and selective nerve areas
in the spinal cord and brain.
I wish to state without qualification that it is physic-
ally and mentally and morally criminal to inform a girl
that she has ovaries and a womb, and so forth, until
such time as events or environiricnts make it impera-
tive for her brain to ask or for parents to explain, and
then never answer or explain beyond the unavoidable.
Don't deceive yourself with the sophism that girls
must "know" so as to be "protected" against future
dangers. Aside from the fact that the little knowledge
which parents and educators are able to impart to
young girls is far more dangerous than no knowledge
at all, there is this to remember: That v/hen you turn
the brain's current of mental thoughts into sex physi-
ology it will keep flowing and trickling in that direc-
tion at inopportune as well as opportune moments, and
that the mental fluids will not always be limpid or calm
or unpolluted. The natural or inborn craving of the
senses to witness or experience or confirm the con-
cepts of the imagination are so irresistible in the de-
veloping brain that the brain will project forth to the
girl's special organs the sensations that those organs
fail to experience. These projected sensations for-
bode more real future dangers or damage than abso-
lute ignorance can possibly invite.
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Granting that the will power is increased — although
I know that it is diminished — ^by teaching sex physi-
ology to young brains, it must be admitted that every
reference to "sexual" matters directs the mind to those
organs. We know that the mind cannot think of those
organs without setting into motion the fluids and
chemical constituents of the nerves which lead from
the brain and spinal cord to those organs. And we
know further that an increased flow of blood accom-
panies nerve currents or stimuli. Therefore a condi-
tion of "blushing" is produced in those organs each
and every time a parent or teacher refers to those sub-
jects — just as face blushing is occasioned under similar
circumstances. Repeat this blushing of those organs
during the months or years of puberty and you may
be sure that the nutrition which the increased flow or
congestion of blood brings to them will develop un-
natural and premature sensitiveness or excessive de-
sires in certain directions.
Stop infecting girls' minds or brains with such
things and you will diminish by four-fifths the pro-
portion of young women's ailments, not to say any-
thing about the moral dangers which a smattering of
false notions invites and excites.
You cannot teach purity to any living brain vdthout
contrasting it with impurity, and to create certain in-
distinct, gauzy, undefined pictures of contours or un-
mentionables in a young person's brain is far worse
and seductive than is the placing of the originals — in
all their abhorrent, disgusting, clammy physical de-
tails — before their blood and flesh eyes and reach.
As regards sex and specialized organs and functions,
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the coming generation must necessarily return to the
good sense and judgment of our great-grandparents.
With them the brain did not hot-house or nurse or
pet these organs, or seduce them as is almost univers-
ally done these days. Immorality is a brain-brew.
The only rational and practical method of prevent-
ing and checking the prevalent epidemic of mental and
physical "male" and "female" troubles is by cultivat-
ing the brains of university men, students and pro-
fessors, with the fundamental principles of the phy-
sical and chemical laws of actions and reactions in
social and sex intercourse. This and that alone
will relegate "sex" specialism to the wastebasket of
Public Immorality, and "immunize" the coming gen-
erations of young men and women against sexual
brain-infection or mental self-abuse.
Leave each and every organ of the body where it
belongs. Don't accustom any brain to attend to the
function or behavior of any sex organ, and by all
means don't transfer their sensations to the brain any
more than you would their odor.
It stands to reason that sex organs which have been
mentally or physically tampered with by self or by
specialists, and which nature has been using as chan-
nels or reservoirs for the body's waste products for
months or years, have accumulated within their tis-
sues and cells certain chemical constituents or com-
pounds which have become so acclimated therein
that they have actually changed the normal texture as
well as functions of those organs and nerves. There-
fore no local treatment or "douching" can possibly be
of real or permanent benefit.
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That which nature wisely compels men and women
to indulge pleasurably in the sacredness of mutual ex-
istence, but which human instinct and law forbid in
public should not be made mentally feelable or visible
outside of that sacred realm.
The mental sight whose physical duplicate is not fit
for the public gaze is not fit for the young people's
brains, and the knowledge of acts or functions that
are not fit for public exhibition is not fit for young
people's intellectual development. And when edu-
cators attempt to obliterate or neutralize the natural
conditions which surround certain parts and functions
of the body so that the objectionable or repellent
"sentiments" created in the mind or brain by the
sight of certain parts and functions — in private or pub-
lic — are converted into indifferent or inviting "senti-
ments," then, I say, the individuals and the race are
degenerating. I would a thousand times prefer to at-
tend my own daughter's funeral than to know that
the school teacher or anybody was teaching her the
how and wherefore of her playmates' organic differen-
Would I never teach physiology to children and
young people? Indeed, I would teach it so much that
boys and girls of seven would know more of physi-
ology and biology than their parents know today. But
I would not teach their brains to functionate for any
organ that had not already learned to functionate for
itself, and I would not teach their brains how func-
tionating organs should not functionate, and I cer-
tainly would not induce them to experiment with cer-
tain undeveloped or dormant functions by telling
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them why and wherefore those certain functions were
not made to be utilized for themselves.
PREJUDICES ABOUT "GERMS" AND DISEASE.
A germ, or a bacteria, or a microbe, or a fungus, or
a ferment, is a cellular organism. It has the same
general form and chemical or physical makeup and
function that the individual cells of plants or ani-
mals have. The cell of a so-called disease-microbe or
germ has the same constitution, and acts and produces
the same healthy and unhealthy products and com-
pounds that do the cells of our blood or brain or tis-
sues. Most doctors do not know that, but all chemists
and biologists do.
Germs cannot live on nothing, nor can they live on
material that is not suitable any more than our organs
or cells can.
It has long been demonstrated that healthy blood
serum, digestive juice and cell-contents are not suit-
able for the life and growth of microbes, germs, bac-
Healthy blood kills every species of germs or mi-
crobes. Where, then, is the logic or sense in claiming
that germs are the cause of fevers or diseases? Of
course, the air is full of germs or of the spores of
germs as it is of the spores of maggots, but germs
won't grow or exist in healthy blood or bodies any
more than maggots will in "live" meat. And why?
Because Nature has incorporated certain "preserva-
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tives" in the blood and the serum or juices of living
tissues as people incorporate certain "preservatives"
to keep cider from fermenting or canned meat from
Therefore germs or microbes or bacteria are not the
real or direct causes of fevers or diseases, but they are
only the outcome of factors or conditions which exist
or have existed in the blood or tissues themselves. I
am convinced that nearly all, if not all, the germs
which the microscope discovers in the blood or ex-
cretions of the body in infectious diseases are the
product and not the cause of the diseases themselves,
and that they emanate from the "live" granular mat-
ter of the sick nuclei of the cells of the body, or leuco-
cytes (white corpuscles), or develop from the benign
or harmless spores or germs which inhabit the mouth
or lungs or digestive organs in health as well as in
WHAT TO DO
AND WHAT NOT TO DO.
I. AVOID BREATHED AIR. Avoid breathing
air that has been breathed — at home and at work —
asleep as well as awake. Breathed air is a virulent
poison; your own as well as others'. And equally
to be shunned is the air which comes from a burning^
lamp, or gas jet, or any kind of a "burning" stove or
furnace or heater. Any "air" which is confined "in-
doors" begins to be "breathed air" the moment one or
more persons or animals, or flames or fires are present.
Always and everywhere avoid that contaminated
air, if you have to quarrel to do it. If you don't, you'll
have to suffer and the devil to pay to get your blood
and flesh rid of it. Besides, you'll lose your job or
business or happiness soon or late. As for children,
please don't "hot-house" them if you don't want to
HOW TO VENTILATE.
According to "Natural Self Treatment," the object
of "ventilating" is not to "air" rooms and buildings,
but it is to "air" yourself. If you do that just exactly
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twenty-three hours and fifty-nine minutes and sixty
seconds in every twenty-four hours you need never
worry about the "ventilation" of your rooms or build-
ings — ^they'll take care of themselves.
What do you ventilate on hot days and nights?
Yourself, isn't it? Well, why turn a mental hand-
spring on cold days and nights? In warm w^eather
your rooms can "go hang" so long as your skin feels
cool or a breeze ; whereas in cold weather your lungs
can "go hang" so long as your rooms feel cool-less and
breeze-less. Thus it comes to pass that in warm
weather every room, and home, and factory, and school,
and public building — and man and woman and child —
gets "ventilated" twenty-four hours every day ; where-
as each, and all such, gets "ventilated" but a fraction
of an hour or two during cold weather.
In the summer-time you don't let the air blow
through when there's no one around— as you do in the
winter-time. For instance, in cold weather you "venti-
late" bedrooms during the day when you are not oc-
cupying them, and actually do not have any use for
the vitalizing air; and you proceed to shut everything
airtight when you go to bed, and must know that your
breath is going to vitiate or pollute the air of that room
long before you wake up in the morning, and must
know that the "registers" or heaters or stoves are go-
ing to assist effectually in accomplishing that result.
But in the summer-time you "air" your bedroom
during the night when you are in there, and shut it up
during the day when you are not in there. How "wise"
all people are in warm weather! But how silly some
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behave in cold weather! Hence, summer "airing" is
lung-wise; whereas winter airing is lung-foolish. In
both instances due to the fact that people care more
about their civilization-petted skins than they do about
their nature-bred lungs.
It has always been a puzzle to me how people ex-
pected to raise "healthy" children and maintain their
own health in sleeping rooms in which they could not
raise palms and flowers the whole year aroimd.
Don't imagine that the getting of an hour's pure air
going to and from the foulness of a school room, or
shop, or office is going to make up for the other twenty-
three hours' poisonous supply of second-hand or
breathed air. No more than one hour's soberness
makes up for twenty-three hours' drunkenness. In-
deed, twenty-three hours' freshness of air won't make
up for one hour's foulness of air. You, or children,
may not mind it at first, or at all, seemingly, and you
may fool your mind by saying, "I'm so used to it that
I can't stand the least bit of draft or cold air." Very
well. The clouds are forming just the same. But,
instead of threatening you visibly from overhead, they
threaten you invisibly from withinhead; so, therefore,
watch out ! for here comes your spell of so-called "cold"
or "rheumatiz" or "catarrh," etc., etc.
And in bed you go,or laid up you are, and suffer you
do, and money you waste; but blind you remain, and
back again you go to your old foolish habits, until
Nature decides to dispense with your services and dis-
pose of your remains. Good enough! But the poor
babies and children that sicken and suffer and perish
for want of God's pure and free air, or that are liter*
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ally poisoned to death, or crippled for life, through
measles, and scarlet fever, and typhoid, and pneumonia,
and meningitis, and tuberculosis, and diphtheria by the
foul breathed air of school rooms, and living rooms,
and play rooms, and bed rooms! What shall I say
to that? Murder! Crime, sure enough!
If grown-up people are determined to carbonize
themselves into misery, or bed, or the grave — all right ;
but for the love of Right and Justice don't carbonize
Read this letter, as it may be your child's or grand-
child's, or niece's, or nephew's turn next, if you don't
heed my warning:
"Some years ago my daughter had typhoid fever and
meningitis, which left her weak-minded. She is now
in the asylum for feeble-minded children. The doc-
tors say it is in the speech center where the trouble is.
Before her sickness she was a very bright girl, and if
she had kept well three months more would have grad-
uated from grammar school at thirteen."
Poor unfortunate mother! How justly proud she
was of her daughter — "if she had kept well three
months more would have graduated from grammar
school at thirteen!" But, instead, her daughter is a
graduate of the asylum.
Poor unfortunate mother! She believes, with the
doctors, that the trouble is "in the speech center."
How stupid! that year after year the entire public
do not seem to suspect that the trouble is in the com-
mon sense centers of school boards and teachers and
Poor unfortunate mother! As for the others — well,
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what a wise little chap "Puck" is when he exclaims,
"What fools ye mortals be!"
Ventilate your inside and your children's — not here
and there, not now and then, but everywhere and al-
ways and "evermore."
The artificial temperature of a sleeping room should
never exceed 50 degrees F., and the nearer it is to the
freezing point the "healthier" for man and beast. Cover
up all you want. Noses won't freeze and blood won't
congeal. You're afraid of "colds," are you? You
mean "heats." Well, suppose the cold air from out-
side does chase out the "hot" air from inside — you're
that much ahead and better off, and you'll never
"catch" another "cold" in your life if you don't begin
all over again to stuff your system with the "heats"
which call for "colds" to save you from "fevers."
As for the temperature of living, working and school
rooms — that is a point which cannot be fixed by rule
or degrees. Personally, I prefer to sit or read or write
in a room whose temperature does not exceed 60 de-
grees F. in cold weather. And I may tell you that
I derive more heat from such an atmosphere than can
possibly be had from one of 80 degrees F., although
the air I breathe into my lungs contains 20 degrees
less heat; yet the surplus amount of heat and energy
producing oxygen that I inhale more than makes up
for the difference, let alone the fact that I am giving
brain and nerves and other organs the essential where-
with to continue working and repairing and eliminat-
ing instead of saturating blood and tissues with car-
bonic acid gas.
However, if you insist on having the temperature
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up to 70 degrees F., please do not get into the habit
of being content with an occasional "breath" or "whiff"
of fresh or pure air, but arrange windows or transoms
in such a way that there is a steady, continuous incom-
ing supply of outdoor air to displace the heated and
breathed indoor variety. Open up in such a way that
the air-stream pours in very gently but uniformly all
day or all night long. Keyholes and rattling windows
and slits in storm window sashes won't do.
Unless the wind blows in that direction it is not suf-
ficient to open only one window; and as what you
want is not a "blowing" wind but a gentle, steady
stream, arrange your windows so that the "inlet" win-
dow (side from which the wind is blowing) is opened
much less than the "outlet" window. For instance,
suppose your windows face East and South (or East
and West) and the wind is from the East, then open
the lower sash of your East window just an inch or so
and the lower or upper sash of the South or West win-
dow a few inches. Then feel with your hand opposite
the open one inch space. If your hand can feel the
air-stream coming in when placed five or six inches
from the opening and does not beyond eight or ten
inches, then well and good. Otherwise, lower or raise
the sash until satisfactory results are felt. If the room
has but one window, then open also some door or tran-
As for the childish objection that some make, "I
can't stand to have the wind blow on me." Of course,
not. Neither can I. But what do you do when you
don't want the sunlight to "blow" on you? You don't
shut yourself up in pitch darkness, do you? You sim-
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ply shade the direct blow of the sun-rays. Well, why
not simply shade the direct blow of the wind- waves?
It's funny how people who barely escape death from
drowning will keep on drinking water ever after —
as though it wasn't the same kind of water that pretty
near killed them. And yet, because they come pretty
near drowning in pure air (and "catch a cold"), they
will keep shunning air ever after.
Wise little Puck — that's why he never grows old
and has been an "Autologist" since prehistoric days.
2. AVOID DRINKING WHEN EATING, as a
rule. Exceptions to this there are, of course ; but there
is no question at all that the habit of drinking when
eating is upsetting to the digestive, assimilative and
eliminative functions. Not alone do liquids dilute
(weaken) the digestive juices, but they induce glut-
tony and the swallowing of unmasticated and unsali-
vated morsels of food, which then decompose or fer-
ment in the stomach or bowels.
Drink between meals. That's the time your blood
and tissues need water for purposes of dissolving and
purifying and eliminating useless tissue-products.
Drink between meals.
Animals are not coaxed or accustomed to drink with
their meals, nor should children be. If they were not,
grown people would never have the injurious habit.
Nature has provided the mouth with a liquefying and
swallowing juice — the saliva. Utilize it for eating,
not for spitting, purposes. More of this elsewhere in
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3. AVOID EATING WHEN NOT HUNGRY.
Never coax your appetite. If it really needs coaxing,
then you really need scolding. Coaxing your appetite
is starving your health and stuffing your ailment. It is
not nourishing your .tissues or increasing your
strength. If you are really "weak" but hungerless it
is not from the lack of material in your stomach or
system, but from the presence of too much useless or
waste-material, or from the lack of unadulterated air
and water. Either too much of the carbonized tissue-
products from foods and drinks or too little of the
oxygenated elements from air and water.
Strange as that may seem, hungerless people who
have work to do and who fancy that they must have
some food to do it with, will find, by actual test, that
they can draw more energy from their brains and
muscles by living on absolutely nothing but pure air,
distilled water, and fresh fruit juices until hunger reap-
pears than by taking stimulants or tonics or so-called
nourishing, predigested foods.
By so doing you shall accomplish in a day or two
what might otherwise take a week or more, namely,
give your stomach and tissues a "lay-off" for a day or
two and give your system a chance to do some oxidiz-
ing, renovating and eliminating.
4. AVOID THE OVERUSE OF TABLE SALT.
Call this my "no salt theory," if you like. But with
me it is a fact or conviction, born of experience and
confirmed by practice and results. . *
Salt ages people. Salt favors deposits in blood ves-
sels and joints. Salt robs the hearts or marrow of the
tissue-cells. Salt is an enemy to good digestion and
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assimilation. Salt is the most prolific cause of stom-
ach, bowel, kidney, nerve, vital and sexual impair-
ments. It tends to aggravate catarrh and rheuma-
tism. In any but the "normal" amount found in foods,
table salt is slightly or decidedly injurious in propor-
tion to the excess taken, though the system becomes
accustomed to it as it does to tea, coffee, tobacco, vine-
gar and sweets.
The average eater consumes at least ten to twenty
times more than the system requires in each twenty-
four hours. This necessarily keeps the tissues and
fluids oversalted — as butter is. Salt "draws" water
and creates thirst; but the "water" that it draws from
your blood and flesh takes some essential living pro-
teid (albuminoid) constituents along; whereas the
water which you drink, to substitute that which salt
abstracts, is "dead" water.
Another reason still why salt is bad is that its habit
so perverts your taste that you swallow soups and
meats and vegetables only because they are "salty";
and, therefore, you hurriedly swallow the mouthful or
morsel in your rush for the next, with never a care
about getting at the taste of the food itself. Salt is
the main cause of your "bolting" foods and "gulping"
soups. Use practically no table salt, except a very
little in the cooking, and see how instinctively your
tongue will "search" each "bite" for its own distinctive
taste, which it will re-discover and re-relish after a
week's attention to proper eating, as later explained.
Salted butter is vile stuff and should never be used
for eating or cooking. How very few people eat but-
ter and bread, soups and meats, vegetables and pota-
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toes, etc., for the food's own taste or their brains' and
body's ovTi sake! And who, consequently, can brag
of having escaped ailments from the cradle till the
grave doth unsalt and unsugar and unpickle them.
More of this later.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK
Explanatory: The following dietary, if mixed with
Kelf-ventilation and self-dilution (at proper times) and
self-judgment, will answer the requirements of any
and all organs and functions anywhere in the body.
As regards tea and coffee, beer and wine, some may
drink tea or coffee once a day without detriment (ex-
cepting children), but never twice or thrice a day with-
out punishment; and some may drink beer or wine
once a day without detriment (excepting children), but
never twice or thrice without punishment.
THE AUTOLOGIST'S BREAKFAST.
This breakfast is the proper one the year around;
but remember that you are not to eat when not hun-
gry. If you are used to the "no-breakfast" plan, or
wish to adopt it, there is no particular objection.
I eat twice a day and lunch on air and
light all day long; and when a bit hungry at
noon I lunch on rice and cream. The cream-
fat furnishes "steam" and marrow for the brain,
and the nitrogen and phosphates of the rice supply re-
constructive material for repairing and renewing the
"live" sand of the gray matter.
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From personal experience in hundreds of patients
as well as in my own family and self I know of nothing
better in the way of a lunch, toothsome and brainsome,
than a dish of rice with pure cream.
My reason for speaking of what to eat for lunch
under the heading of breakfast is because:
First, it is better to eat the rice and cream at
noon than in the morning; and second, I do not
approve of "breakfast foods" in the morning. Men
and women need something more substantial for
their forenoon's digestive and assimilative functions
when the body juices are fresh and alert ; whereas they
require something exceedingly light and readily dif-
fusible in the middle of the day— something which does
not impoverish the blood of its most essential ferment-
making material; but which, instead, enriches the
blood with pure, readily assimilable animal fat
(cream) and highly nitrogenized and phosphorized
cereal — such as rice.
On days when I do not feel the need of even tax-
ing my digestive apparatus to the extent of dispos-
ing of rice and cream, I find that I can get all the
brain-steam and brain-reconstructive by sipping the
juice of two or more oranges between the hours of
11 a. m. and 1 p. m. You have no idea what
a lift that is to a fellow's brain and nerves. However,
if you prefer to eat a light breakfast — in which case I
assume that your occupation makes very little demand
on your system for heat or power and for tissue-repair
— then my advice to you is to drink some "cereal," to
which you should add a dish of rice. But don't eat
bread and butter or toast if you eat the rice. That
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would be not only too much "starchy" food for you,
but it would be mixing two kinds of "starchy" foods
together — which is always bad. In that way I find
that I keep in excellent health and flesh and age,
though averaging a minimum of 105 hours of
steady brain work every week in the year. It was
impossible for me to do that when I ate three ordi-
nary meals a day. I am of the opinion that, as a rule,
it is better for most people to eat a good breakfast in
1. EGGS. Always soft boiled or fried, so that the
"white" melts in the mouth. Use absolutely no salt or
pepper, and do not even use salted butter in "frying"
eggs. Fry them in unsalted butter. You may occa-
sionally change to "scrambled" eggs, in which case
they should be "scrambled" mellow, which is done by
adding one tablespoonful of cream to an egg, and
never letting the butter turn brown in the pan before
putting in the eggs; and be sure to keep up a very
slow heat from start to finish. This insures a soft
"scrambled" egg, which is quite as digestible as a soft
boiled egg, and very "delicious." If you imagine that
you cannot eat eggs without salt, then at first use a
little "celery salt" until nature restores to you your
original taste for what is in the articles of food, in-
stead of for what you have been artificially adding to
2. TOASTED BREAD. Never eat fresh or un-
toasted bread, and do not butter same with anything
but unsalted butter if you can possibly help it.
Change off from "white" to "whole-wheat" bread
three or four times a week, especially if given to cos-
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Toasted bread does not constipate, as so many per-
sons make themselves believe ; but whole-wheat bread
is a more natural and therefore a more appropriate
food for those who are troubled with "constipation."
By "whole-wheat" bread is not meant "Graham"
bread. A good make of the latter is all right, too.
Avoid "biscuits" and "buns" and "gems" and "crack-
ers" and all such pasty substitutes for bread.
Zwieback is an excellent form of bread.
BACON. If you like it, eat a little, sliced very thin
and fried crisp, but not fried with the eggs. Always
fry bacon alone. The less salty, the more digestible
DRINKS. Drink nothing if you wish. If tea or cof-
fee does not "rile" your nerves or stomach, you may
drink a small cup; but never drink coffee that has
boiled or "stood."
A cup of good "cereal" coffee is preferable in every
way; or drink merely a few swallows of hot water.
But never drink milk (or milk and water) or cocoa or
chocolate and the like.
Raw eggs and milk, or "cooked" eggs and milk, is
not a good "digestible" mixture for any stomach,
though it may seem to "agree."
Breakfast on raw milk alone, or on raw eggs alone,
if you wish; but do not mix these two animals foods
in your stomach at the same meal. Both are nitroge-
nous or "albuminoid" foods, and the stomach cells of
each person have their own "preference" for the "al-
bumin" of either the milk or the egg. Hence, the
stomach digests the "preferred" one before it attacks
the other. So that, if the amount of the "first choice"
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is sufficient to satisfy or satiate the "appetite" of the
stomach, the "second choice" is left untouched, there-
fore undigested, to pass into the intestines, where it
undergoes fermentative changes. This point is beau-
tifully illustrated by studying the "habits" of the beer-
yeast cell, when fed dextrose and levulose, which are
two forms of the same sugar (called saccharose). The
beer-yeast cell always attacks and digests the dex-
trose first, and never goes for the levulose until every
particle of the dextrose is disposed of.
Again, place apples and oranges before a child. The
child will fill up on one or the other first, fully intend-
ing to eat the "second choice" next; but it doesn't —
simply because it is "full" or satiated with "first
choice." Stomachs are children, always — ^morning,
noon and night — from the cradle to the grave.
FRUITS. Never with other foods for breakfast, or
within less than about one hour before breakfast ; but,
if one choose, one may breakfast entirely on some one
variety of fresh fruit — say, oranges, or grapes, or ap-
ples, or pears, or peaches, or melons; but never mix
two varieties in your stomach at the same time, and
never with any other article of diet whatsoever. By
"fresh fruit" I do not mean cooked, or dried, or
canned, or preserved fruit — I mean just and only fruit
as fruits grow on trees or bushes or stems.
Breakfast, consisting of any of the above foods, and
eaten as above suggested, will never be responsible
for any indigestion, or mal-nutrition, or mal-assimila-
tion, or autointoxication. And, as it happens, it is a
breakfast which can be "fed" to a child from the time
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that the child has a few teeth to chew with, even
though the child be but six months old.
And that breakfast contains more brain and brawn
constituents to the grain and the thimble than any
other, with the least or minimum waste or residue for
the digestive apparatus to dispose of or be clogged
Eat it, and children will follow suit, and grow up
to beat you in the quality of their brain and marrow.
And you shall have accomplished the chief object of
Autology — namely, breeding brain and marrow into
the coming generation.
I have heard, and still hear, people brag of eating
"any old thing," as mush, oatmeal, porridge, ham,
cakes, etc., for breakfast, and say, "Look at me! Do
I look sickly?" No, indeed, you don't look sickly;
but I can't see into your blood vessels and kidneys,
etc., although I do know that they are getting aged
and sickly — although I do know that if you survived
many years to recall the joke, it would be "mean" of
me to remind you then of what you are now bragging.
You forget that the idea of "raising" or "feeding"
vegetables and fruits and animals is not alone to make
them feel and look "healthy" now, but it is also to
make them "marketable" or "valuable" by and by.
So it should be with you and children; otherwise it
had been better for you and them had you and they
But never give tea or coffee to children — never.
"Cereal" with cream is good for them. Milk is not
a bit better for children than it is for you.
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THE AUTOLOGIST'S DINNER.
At Noon or Evening.
FRESH MEATS. By "fresh" meats I do not mean
ham, or sausages, or corn beef, or canned meats, ^r
dried meats, or deviled meats, and the like. I mean
beef, or fowl, or fish, or lamb, or veal, etc., as it is mar-
keted "fresh" after killing. Do not fry or cook meats
(or fish) in lard or "grease" or "oil." And the sooner
you acquire the habit of using only unsalted butter,
instead of the salted, in cooking, the better for your
digestion and nutrition. And the sooner you dis-
acquire the habit of salting and peppering the meats
(or fish) at table, the better for your digestion and
nutrition. And the sooner you acquire the habit of
using a very, very little salt in cooking or preparing
any food or "dish," the better for your digestion and
The craving, or liking, for salt is an acquired taste,
which some can disacquire very easily; not so with
others. So it is with tobacco and liquor. Quitting the
use of tobacco is never injurious, but is always bene-
ficial. So it is with table salt.
The less "seasoned" foods are, the less likely one
is to overeat, and the more digestible and assimilable
POTATOES. Potatoes should be baked or boiled
so as to be cooked "mealy," and never fried.
Potatoes and meat (or fish) go together much bet-
ter than bread and meat (or fish). Never eat bread
and potatoes at the same meal, because bread and
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potatoes are two forms of "starchy" foods, and your
digestive apparatus has its preference; therefore it
will digest the one first and let the other ferment or
decompose and accumulate as waste or poisonous ma-
terial. At best, it will be stored away in your liver
and tissues as an over-stock of glycogen, which is sure
to make you "bilious," or "rheumatic," or "catarrhal,"
or over-fat. For the same reason, do not eat rice and
bread, or rice and potatoes, or corn or rye or barley or
buckwheat or any other so-called "starchy food" when
eating potatoes or bread.
Always cook potatoes with the peel on. The most
valuable "medicinal" constituents of the potato, as well
as its most delicious "taste," are found next to the skin.
Of all "starchy foods," the best to eat with meats
or fish is potato, cooked "mealy." The next choice is
Do not eat "cold" potato.
VEGETABLES. Always eat some "vegetable"
when eating meat and potato.
Some "vegetables" are best eaten cooked, and some
Never eat "canned" vegetables when the "fresh"
With few exceptions, do not eat more than one kind
of vegetables at the same meal, but eat plenty of that
one kind. For instance, if you eat raw tomatoes, eat
raw tomatoes and no other vegetable. So, also, if you
eat celery, or lettuce, or cress, or cabbage, or carrots,
or parsnips, or spinach, or asparagus, or peas, or string
beans, etc. Preparing vegetables with cream or milk
gravies, or vinegar juices, is usually objectionable.
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The only exception that I know of is in using
a little sweet cider vinegar on fresh or crisp let-
tuce leaves (but not allowing them to soak in the
vinegar). Cabbage should not be vinegared, nor
spinach, either. The very best way to prepare let-
tuce is to squeeze a little lemon juice and sprin-
kle a little sugar on each leaf as one eats it. In hot
weather, this alone makes a delicious and ideal "re-
freshing" lunch for most people.
Among the "canned" vegetables the least objec-
tionable are peas and tomatoes. Be sure and use
none but the best "brands." Do not drain away the
fluid or juice in which the peas are "canned," but cook
the peas in it. Cooking tomatoes with bread crumbs
or crackers or milk makes a very "indigestible" mix-
Young, tender string beans and young, tender beets
are very nourishing; but do not prepare with vinegar
or gravies. Young carrots are excellent.
As before stated, limit yourself to one variety or
kind of any of the foregoing or other vegetables at one
meal, and eat them (whether raw or cooked) without
adding to them, or changing them, if at all possible.
A little celery salt in the water or fluid in which cab-
bage, or carrots, or beets, or peas, or string beans, are
boiled improves their taste, of course, and does not
affect their digestibility, although much salt does.
DESSERT. Nothing. Certainly not puddings or
pies or pastry of any kind; nor fruits, nor nuts, nor
"ices," nor cheese. What then? Let us see.
You've had enough to eat, haven't you? The "inner
man" is full, isn't he? You want to "top off" with
something "sweet" or that tastes "good," do you?
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Well, then, if you'll wait about two or three hours
you'll find that any one of those "tastes-good" things'U
taste lots better. And, what's more, they won't quar-
rel with what's in your stomach. Suppose you are
"boarding out," or living at a hotel, and you want
your money's worth — is that a reason for wanting to
cater to indigestion, or the doctor, or the undertaker?
Take your fruits along, like a good child, and relish
same in the middle of the afternoon or before going
to bed, if you don't forget it. You can't do that with
puddings, and pies, and "ices," and "preserves," can
you? Well, then— don't. They'll never miss you, but
you'll miss many an ache and a pain and a spell of
What about drinks vrith dinner? The best and ab-
solutely essential "drink" is your saliva, and the worst
and absolutely non-essential "drinks" with dinner are
each and all of the others. By that I do not mean to
say that som.e of the "drinks" often taken v/ith din-
ner are necessarily harmful; but they certainly are
not necessary or beneficial, neither in health, nor in
sickness, nor in convalescence. Sure enough, beer or
wine, tea or coffee, water or milk, and so forth, will
make you swallow oftener, and bigger and more mor-
sels of food, but there isn't another drink than saliva
that will help you — your organs and tissues — to digest
and assimilate what you eat. But any and all drinks
will and do dilute all your digestive juices, and will
and do impair their quality and activity.
An occasional departure from this regime won't
hurt; but it certainly ought to be adopted and lived
up to as the rule, permitting special occasions only to
coax one to break that rule.
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I haven't said a word yet about soups, and that is
because I don't like to talk about "indelicate" subjects
at the table. You see, soups and broths and beef teas,
as almost universally made, are infusions of the refuse
which the animal's blood and tissues happened to re-
tain at the time of its death — only this, that people
deceive themselves (by "flavoring" or "seasoning" the
water or fluid in which said refuse is dissolved) into
believing that they are imbibing the substance and
essence of the "nutritious" instead of the substance
and essence of the "excrementitious." Pure (exclu-
sively) vegetable soups, eaten with the vegetables —
yes; other soups — no — not for an autologist. Beef
teas or extracts or bouillons for bacterial cultures
(feeding and raising microbes) — ^yes. Never for the
human sick or well kind.
As for pickles, catsups and the like, they are neces-
sarily tabooed, as they contain absolutely no nourish-
ment, and are not digestible. They are not even stim-
ulants. They make you eat more? Maybe — but they
surely make you "sicken" sooner, swifter and surer.
THE AUTOLOGIST'S SUPPER (EVENING)
OR LUNCH (NOON).
All men and women whose occupation or station in
life does not impose "hard manual labor" are better
off with only two meals a day — namely, a good break-
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fast in the morning and a good dinner in the evening j
or a good breakfast at noon and a good dinner in the
evening; or a good dinner at noon and a moderate
supper in the evening. All who strain their muscles
from morning till evening can, as a rule, utilize and
dispose of three good meals a day. Otherwise, no sys-
tem can, and some of the extra food is stored away
as useless waste, to be disposed of as "biliousness," or
"rheumatism," or "catarrh," or "discharge," or to be
burned up as "fever." I cannot take up each occupa-
tion and prescribe for each individual, whether he or
she should or should not eat a lunch or a third meal.
However, I can help to guide you fairly well in deter-
mining this problem for yourself.
If you have been in the habit of eating three meals a
day, adopt either one of the following "lunch" or "sup-
per" for your third meal:
Either, one variety of some fresh raw fruit, and
Or, one variety of some fresh raw or cooked so-
called "green vegetable," and nothing else;
Or, repeat your breakfast, and nothing else;
Or, a dish of rice with cream, and nothing else.
But the rice must have been cooked some three hours
in a double boiler. Sweeten to taste.
Or, a cup of well made and well baked "custard"
(such as New England housewives know how to
make), and nothing else;
Or (but not later than noon), some one variety of
nuts, and nothing else.
If men and women who are engaged in business or
clerical or professional work would sit down at noon
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to a lunch consisting of nothing but rice and cream, or
just sip two or three cups of warm (in winter) or cold
(in summer) "cereal coffee;" and then spend one-half
hour in a "pleasure" walk or talk or recreation — there
would be no doctor's bills to pay and business would
not suffer from headaches or other aches.
"Condensed" milk is worse than none. Evaporated
cream is permissible, if you cannot possibly get the
natural. Eat no dried or stewed fruits, except as a
medicine, and then only when you are "fasting" dur-
ing that half day or whole day.
Do not eat "canned" fruits or berries (even the
home-made kind) with your meals. They'll do as a
"relish" between meals, occasionally.
Avoid sardines and all smoked fish and meat and
the like, except when out camping, hunting or fishing.
Boiled barley with cream is good; so is hominy.
Well baked sweet potatoes are all right instead of
the ordinary potatoes, but not in addition to, or with
bread or other "starchy" food.
If "starved" or "empty" in the middle of the after-
noon eat some fresh fruit.
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I've had to "quarantine" onions — not for the reason
you're thinking of, but because they are nature's most
valuable medicinal vegetable. They contain some
nourishment, but their value is chiefly in that there is
in onion-juice some as yet unknown constituents
which are absorbed by the blood, carried to the tis-
sues and finally to the lungs, where they are liberated
in the volatile or "smelling" form. In bronchial af-
fections, as well also as in all forms of catarrhal
troubles, the eating of raw onions once or twice a day
is positively beneficial. The great trouble with peo-
ple who eat onions is that they usually eat too much
other foods with them, or they mix certain other ar-
ticles of diet which nullify or kill the remedial virtues
of the volatile substances contained in the onion.
Onion is a vegetable which may safely be eaten, raw
or cooked, with any other vegetable, and practically
with all manner of "dishes;" but bear in mind that
pickled onions are no longer onions. They may taste
good, pickled, but they do no good, pickled.
"Fried onions," with steak or fried potatoes, is an
abominable dish. There is more medicinal value in
raw than in cooked onions.
BABY'S DRINKS AND FOODS
I. BEFORE BIRTH. The unborn child's breakfast,
dinner, supper and "lunches" are obtained through the
mother, of course. They reach him "ready-made," but
not "digested" nor "assimilated." The child's own
tissue-cells have to re-digest and re-assimilate the
mother's blood; they have to accept and do the best
possible with the gaseous and liquid and solid com-
pounds, suitable and unsuitable as well, which the
mother's blood prepares or manufactures with the ele-
ments of the light and air and liquids and foods which
she gets. The child, fortunately, is not forced to utilize
the "unsuitable," because by a wise provision of na-
ture there exists between the blood supply of the
mother and the blood supply of the infant a "refining"
plant, called "placenta," or "after-birth." I am not
able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that no poi-
son ever reaches the infant directly through the
mother's blood or through its own umbilical cord.
However, experience tends very strongly to confirm
the opinion that whatever diseases the "fetus" (un-
born) contracts are contracted through the poison
which escapes in or with the "amniotic fluid," which
is known as the "waters" in which the fetus floats.
Therefore, with the bare possibility of a rare excep-
tion, it is safe to assert that, no matter what th«
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mother drinks or eats or does, the infant, if bom alive,
is bom as healthy and sound and sane as any infant
ever is, as far as the make-up and function of its or-
gans and tissues are concerned. Accordingly, the one
to suffer from improper living and behaving is almost
always the mother herself, before and during the time
of "confinement." This is further supported by the
fact that nature frequently decides on producing "pre-
mature" and "still" births, rather than running the risk
of producing a sick or sickly infant.
But, aside from this doubt, and for the mother's own
sake, it is proper to breathe and drink and eat and be-
have the best she is capable of knowing how. And
that is to get for herself the best of light and air and
foods, and to go along about her business as if there
was nothing out of the ordinary, as long as she feels
capable of doing up to the last day, which becomes
her infant's first day. So doing would make it almost
impossible for outsiders or insiders to sicken any child,
for the mother would "have an eye" to the light and
air and "nurse" that the infant should have.
2. THE FIRST YEAR. During the first eight
months of life there is no question at all that "mother's
milk" is the only "fit" and natural food and drink for
the baby. The lack of milk in a mother's breast, or the
presence of bad milk in it, is never accidental, but is
always due to downright ignorance. The fault, natu-
rally, is not always the mother's; but when it isn't, it
is always somebody's who ought to know, or is being
paid on that supposition. Decent light and air and
water and foods always manufacture plenty of good,
substeuitial, nourishing mother's milk. But stifling
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and carbonized air and sloppy drinks or foods cannot
but compel a breast to turn out a poor quality or a
scarcity of milk. Besides, don't you know that the
infant has "arrived"? That he is entitled to the light
and air as well as his papa or midwife or doctor? If
you don't know that, then thank God for letting him
get sick and die now, rather than when he becomes
the pride and joy of your later days. If you don't
know that, you're not deserving of being blessed with
the child, any more than the child is deserving of hav-
ing to suffer at the hands of Ignorance.
When the child is seven or eight months old, and
you begin to think of "weaning" him, then feed him
as follows : Fry an egg in sweet (unsalted) butter on
a very slow fire, spooning the hot butter over the yel-
low just enough to warm it through without cooking
it. Then scoop the yellow (not with the "white")
into a warmed saucer, and let baby try to help himself
to it with a little spoon as he has seen you do. If you
feed it to him, go very slow. That's for his breakfast.
In the process of cooking the butter must not become
brown and part of the "white" of the egg must remain
About noontime prepare a "saucer" of rice one day,
or one of oatmeal another day; but only as follows;
Cook it in a double boiler, on a slow fire, for at least
three hours. Use distilled water. Then strain the
boiled mass through a fine "hair-sieve" and little by
little stir up some pure cream with it, until it becomes
quite "thin." Feed this very slowly, with a small
spoon. Also prepare a "saucer" of v/ell-cooked, real
"mealy" potatoes; put through a sieve and beat with
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pure cream until it has the consistency of thin jelly.
But be sure that it is served warm.
Serve the egg-yellow in the morning, the potato-
cream about II a. m., and the rice-cream or oatmeal-
cream about 4 or 5 p. m.
As regards milk, always use milk that is almost all
cream, and mix same with distilled water in the pro-
portion of about one-third to one-half of cream. This,
remember, is not a drink, but it is a food, and, there-
fore, should be swallowed only a little at a time and as
slowly as the rice or potato mixture.
3. AFTER THE FIRST YEAR. When "baby" be-
gins to have teeth to chew with, either before or after
he is a year old, keep up the dishes described above,
and begin to test him with the whole of the egg and a
bit of well-toasted bread. At first mix only a little of
the "white" with the yellow, making sure that the
white is very soft and mellow. I take it for granted, of
course, that he has seen you chewing things thor-
oughly and taking unchewed bits or morsels out of
your mouth at table. Hence, you may depend on his
instinct to do likewise, if he gets a particle of anything
that doesn't readily dissolve in his mouth. But, for
goodness' sake, don't scold him or force him to jswal-
low what seems swallowable to you, but which his
tongue picks out of his mouth. Remember that your
child's tongue knows its business at birth and during
the first year or two of existence better than it is per-
mitted to know later. Never force any rejected bit or
spoonful of food on your child or anybody's.
As soon as a child has some "chewing" or molar
teeth, let him eat as you do if your diet is patterned
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after what is recommended in this book. But don't
ever give him any tea or coffee. Naturally, he wants
something to drink when he sees you drinking tea or
coffee. Well, give him a small cup of "cereal" with
cream and let him spoon it out or spill it into or onto
himself the best he can. Twice or oftener a day will
not hurt him.
Don't feed him "breakfast" foods. After he is two
and a half or three years old, give him a dish of
rice with cream and a little sugar for lunch or
when he teases for "something" to eat. Never give
him fresh or untoasted bread. Never use any but
sweet unsalted butter. You may sometimes spread a
little taste of home-made jam or some honey on the
buttered (unsalted) toast. In the way of meat, he
may have some when you do, as soon as he can chew
— say, when he is about 12 or 18 months old. But al-
ways pick out the tenderest piece of the steak or chop
or chicken and cut it up very fine. Let him feed him-
self with a tiny spoon, always telling him to chew and
chew it well and then to spit it out. The same advice
applies to vegetables. The most appropriate vegeta-
bles are tender carrots, small green peas, green string-
beans, parsnips and onions. These should be well
cooked. Tomatoes may be given cooked or raw. Don't
ever feed baby two kinds of vegetables at one meal,
and do not prepare with vinegar or gravies.
Pure, strained orange juice with or without distilled
water is not only an excellent drink for babies, but it is
the very best corrective for constipation, even when
baby is only a few weeks old, and it beats soothing
syrups and pain-killers and peppermint drops all to
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I wish to make a few pointed remarks about Bab/s
light and air.
Do leaves grow on trees just for fun or looks?
Or, do not leaves grow on trees to serve the nutri-
tive and vitalizing and electric purpose of the roots,
hidden in the darkness of the soggy earth? Are not
leaves the ears and eyes and tongues and stomachs and
electric "cells" of the roots?
Does hair grow on heads just for fun or looks?
Or, does not hair grov/ on heads to serve the nutri-
tive and vitalizing and electric purpose of the gray
matter, hidden in the darkness of the soggy cranium?
Is not the head-hair one of the sense-organs of the
brain, that absorbs and transmits the vitalizing ele-
ments of the light and of the atmosphere?
Why does hair grow in the arm-pits? To prevent
chafing or soreness. "Why does it grow on the head?
Not to prevent chafing, surely. Then, why? My an-
swer is : For the same reason that leaves grow on the
top of trees, on branches and twigs.
Therefore, do you not understand how foolish it is
to bonnet or cap infants' or children's heads? Just
exactly as foolish as it would be to bonnet or cap flow-
ers' or trees' leaves.
Light and air are not so much a leaf-food or tonic,
as the leaf is an organ which absorbs and transmits
food or tonic from light and air to the roots. So, light
and air are not so much a hair-food or tonic, as the hair
is an organ which absorbs and transmits food or tonic
from the light and air to the brain.
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Hence, by bonnetting or hatting babies and children,
you rob them of a most essential brain-food and tonic.
Notwithstanding that this subject of "How to Raise
Brains'* demands devoting a dozen volumes to it, still
I am confident that the foregoing instructions and the
hints dispersed throughout this book are sufficient to
enable parents who have endowed themselves wath
some judgment to "raise" brainy and healthy and
Natural remedies consist of:
Sleep, and, I presume,
Money. Still, if you take into you the right qual-
ity or "brand" of all the others, you'll have no trouble
making money — in time and sickness saved.
There's the natural and the artificial "make" of
light. The artificial may come from a candle, or lamp,
or gas, or electricity. The least objectionable of the
artificial lights is the electric, because it does not con-
taminate the air. The other varieties do ; therefore it
is essential that you bear in mind this fact — that
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when you light a lamp, or a gas jet, you are virtually
and actually introducing an oxygen-consumer and a
carbonic gas-producer, in the way of a light-flame,
which, according to its size, consumes as much oxy-
gen and exhales as much carbonic acid gas as if eight
to sixteen people were in the room with you.
Natural (or day) light is as essential to "hale and
hearty" existence as air, water and foods. Hence, we
add the letter L to Autopathy's alphabet, being —
L(igfht)— A(ir)— W(ater)— F(ood).
Incidentally, these letters pronounce "laugh," which
I forgot to mention in my list of natural remedies.
The more you live and work in natural light, and
the larger the area of your body exposed to it, the
healthier you remain, or the sooner you get well. Keep
your head and hands and feet and body bare when-
ever and wherever you can. There is some energizing
(kinetic) force or element in natural light which the
system utilizes in some way, as plants do. Babies and
children should be raised "bareheaded," and it would
be a blessing to many a grown-up's scalp and brain to
live likewise. From observation, I am led to the opin-
ion that not alone is there growth and health for the
hair in daylight, but that there is also nutrition and
rejuvenation for the brain.
Another "light" point: Even during the night's
darkness a south or west room contains a better qual-
ity of air than does a north room, because the air of a
north room lacks certain vitalizing light-rays which
are absorbed during the day by a sunlight -flooded
room. Of course, the southmost room that is shut up
in darkness all day is no more "fit" to sleep in than
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to raise flowers in. No child or person should sleep
regularly in a room that is unfit to raise at least
Baby bonnets are "chic" on dolls, but "sick" on
babies. Give their heads daylight, that their brains
may see clearly as they grow up.
Two kinds — the natural and the artificial. Night
air is as good as day air, but it should not be made to
replace the necessity of day air. If you compel your-
self to live all day in artificial or contaminated indoor
air, then the pure all-outdoor night air is your only
Always seek natural air, asleep and awake, in win-
ter and summer, sick and well — especially when asleep,
especially in bad or cold weather, especially when
sick. In regard to your choice of air, it is always the
safest plan to get that kind which the majority shun
or proscribe, for it is always that kind which God or
nature prescribed for man and beast and plant.
You may dress and undress, or live and work, or
think and read, in a moderately "warmed" room or
place in cold weather; but you (and children) should
never sleep in a "heated" room. Cover up the body
to the neck as much as you please, but let. the lungs
inspire the cold air. Faces and lungs do not freeze in
bed. Bloc>d and tissues need it for their night work,
«nd your next day's use. Besides, artificially heated air
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is commonly second-hand or breathed air. Your own
breathed or exhaled air is as bad as any other. By
"breathed air" I also mean that which comes from a
burning lamp, or gas jet, or stove, or furnace. Of
course, people must "cook" and "heat" and "light up ;"
but people can easily borrow from outdoors a plenti-
ful supply of air to constantly displace and replace
the carbonic acid gas-contaminated air which breath-
ing and cooking and heating and lighting produce.
That can easily be done during the day and night with-
out expense or inconvenience. It requires just a little
As before said, nothing short of twenty-four hours
of natural air v/ill do for every day's supply, as far
as your lungs and tissues are concerned. And large
concerns, such as stores, and factories, and churches,
and schools, and banks, and buildings, v/ould find that
employers and employes, flocks and shepherds, pupils
and teachers, clerks and professionals, as v/ell as cus-
tomers and clients, would ov-n and exchange more
good nature and courtesy and brotherly love, if people
were trained to ventilate their organs or functions as
they are their opinions or notions. This is saying
nothing about the earnings and savings in dollars and
cents which would thereby accrue to individuals and
firms and communities.
A thoroughly ventilated room or public building is
soon saturated with an excess of carbonic acid gas
from the exhalations of lungs and lights and heaters.
To avoid such conditions or places for twenty-three
hours and then to put up with them for an hou'^ — is
about as bad as to escape drowning for twenty-three
hours and then to practically drown during the next.
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If you oxygenate (ventilate) your lungs for a couple
of hours and carbonize (contaminate) them for
twenty-two hours — what's the good and sense ? You'd
be better off to die at once of asphyxiation — than by
inches, or fits and starts, as most people do. Use,
and use, and use natural air. It's about the only
thing under the sun that you don't have to buy or be
taxed for — ^yet.
An ordinary lamp, or a gas jet poisons the air of a
room as much as does the breath of a dozen or more
people. Still, people will live and sleep shut up in
just such an atmosphere — and then wonder that
some babies and children don't thrive like some
others, or that some people are bilious, or rheumatic,
or phthisic, or catarrhal, or headachy, or debilitated,
or sick thus and so — when others are not.
Be sure, then — a plentiful supply of nature's air,
and let that be cool or cold in season and place and
Opening just one window from the top is seldom
of any benefit, because the shade shuts or seals the
opening, thus preventing the air from coming in.
Opening a window from the bottom is better, but
some outlet must be provided somewhere else for the
slow but steady escape of the used-up or contaminated
air. Under ordinary conditions, air cannot enter and
leave a room through the same opening at the same
time, any more than water can.
Do not merely "flush" or "douche" your rooms with
a volume or two of fresh air and then shut yourself
up clam-tight. In a word, keep up an "even," steady
circulation of outdoor air through your rooms or
buildings. Don't let it "blow"— just let it "flow^'—
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in and through. If you should "catch a cold," by so
doing, it will be the healthiest cold you ever had.
Originally, water was always pure enough to drink.
Water which dropped from the clouds was not
"loaded" — ^and "spring" or "brook" or "river" or
"lake" water was not "alive" with organic matter, or
"dead" with insoluble earthy salts — as is most "well"
and "piped" water. Therefore, in sickness at least,
it becomes necessary to use pure or distilled water.
Merely "boiling" or "filtering" water is not sufficient
to make it pure in the sense I mean; for, though the
one or the other process may "kill" or remove the or-
ganic matter, it does not "extract" the earth salts
which it contains.
Sick or ailing people may ward off or palliate an oc-
casional twinge of pain, or indisposition, or acid stom-
ach, etc., by drinking socalled "mineral" or "alkaline"
or "aperient" or "laxative" waters — but this habit is
a pernicious one in that it plays blind man's buff with
some vital organ or function, as time and future
events will show to your eternal sorrow.
In perfect health, drink as good plain, ordinary
water as you can get ; and, in sickness, drink distilled
I recommend distilled water to all my patients in
health and sickness, and use it altogether at home.
Babies and small children should not drink ordinary
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water, not for fear of sickness from it, but because
ordinary water is often saturated with "earthy ma-
terial," which is deposited in the tissues of the body;
whereas, distilled water is so absolutely free of cal-
careous matter that it helps materially to dissolve and
rinse out the deposits that already exist or that tend
to form in the organs and tissues — particularly in the
blood vessels, nerves, joints and skin.
But, water is not to be drank at any time that you
have accustomed your artificial "thirst" to call for it.
Water is by nature meant to be a blood and tissue
solvent, and for rinsing purposes — and not to assist
actual digestion in the stomach and bowels. There-
fore, do not drink water (or liquids) closer than one
hour or so before m-eals, and not closer than one and
one-half or two hours after meals — if you really v/ant
the good, without the bad, effects of drinking water.
If you indulge between those hours, you will not feel
"thirsty" at meal time. For instance, let us assume
that you eat at 7 a. m., and at 12 noon, and at 6 p. m.
In that case, you may drink all the water you want
between 9 and 11 o'clock in the forenoon, and be-
tween 2 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon. If you eat
so much salt that you feel desperately "thirsty" at
meals or right after eating, then you ought to be will-
ing to pay the penalty of staying thirsty for an hour
As regards drinking water before going to bed,
there is no objection at all so long as that does not
compel you to get up during the night.
A glass of water, warm or cold, is always beneficial
on arising from bed; but the best part of an hour
should elapse between the drink and breakfast.
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How much water should a "body" drink? That
question is really a joke. If you were to ask a horse-
man, or even a "chore" boy the question "How much
water should my horse drink?" — and, assuming he
"took you serious," he v^ould, as he leaned against
a hitching post and settled a pitiful look on you, say
"that depends" — and forthwith put a volley of ques-
tions about that horse of yours — its breed, sex, color,
size, age, work, feeding, etc.— cr simply say "as much
as he wants — but not always when he wants." Well,
we're animals, too. Only that horses don't get water
in the form of tea or coffee, beer or wine, cocoa or
chocolate, etc., etc. Hence, they always know ex-
actly how much they need, but they don't always
know when — simply because they don't always have
their own way about eating and what to eat. We do.
Therefore, we neither know how much nor when to
drink of water. Consequently, your safest course is
to study anim.als' ways and to imitate them until your
habits of eating properly prepared and mixed foods
restores to your cells and tissues that nature-gift,
called instinct, which wild tribes still possess in com-
mon with wild animals.
The trouble is not so much that we lack, or have
lost our "horse sense" as that we are not owned and
bossed by horsemen or animal keepers. If we were
the whole science and practice of Prevention and
Cure would revert to trainers and jockeys and bron-
cho-busters. However, as matters stand in civilized
communities, the future Health and Treatment of the
nation shall pass, in a hundred years or so, into the
hands of architects and chefs.
But — in the meantime — how much water should a
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body drink? If you do not drink a drop of any other
beverage, "animal instinct" will soon tell you how
much water your system needs "to drink." Or, if
between meals, you drink, say three tumblerfuls of
pure v/ater during the period of some three or four
weeks — and drink absolutely nothing with your meals,
with the exceptions mentioned elsewhere — your system
will then tell you if that amount (six tumblerfuls a
day) is sufficient or insufficient for you.
The problem of water-drinking is not one of quan-
tity — but it is one of common sense plus quality. By
common sense I mean that you must do away with
the habit of drinking water, particularly cold or ice
water, at or near your meals; and especially avoid
eating foods or dishes that are prepared with so much
salt that they create a false thirst, which sometimes
lasts for an hour or two after eating. If you will
overcome those two pernicious habits your blood and
tissues will tell you, through your mouth, just when
and just how much water you need to drink between
meals. This, of course, supposes that you are enjoy-
ing good health and, therefore, require no extra
amount of water to dissolve and rinse out a lot of
useless and waste material which has been settling
in your organs and tissues for years back. Naturally
enough, a system, which is ailing and is undergoing
treatment, needs an excess of water just as a soiled
piece of linen does in washing and rinsing.
With few exceptions, it is not advisable to drink
anything, or more than a swallow or two just before
going to bed. But it is a good practice to drink a
full tumbler of warm or cool water on arising — pro-
vided that no food is taken until at least three-quar-
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ters to one hour afterward. It takes, on an average,
about that long for water to pass out of the stomach
into the small intestine.
There is, of course, no objection to your drinking a
tumblerful of water about one hour or more before
retiring. I have known of "cases" where a tumblerful
of cold water taken just before bed time was the cause
of insomnia, and it must appeal to you that, fre-
quently, the cause of "having to get up during the
night" is drinking two or three glasses of water (or
something else) before going to bed, or between sup-
per and bed time. Some may claim that this extra
flushing of the kidneys during the night is good.
They forget that "flushing the kidneys" means "work-
ing" the kidneys overtime — when they also, as the
brain, should have at least a partial rest. "Flush"
your kidneys by drinking between meals, in day time,
as you flush your brains by thinking between meals,
in day time.
By the time that you have recovered your well-
being and health your own instinct will tell you how
much water you should drink thereafter. Some days
it may be two and some days it may be ten
glasses. Some days you won't feel hungry, but will
feel empty. That always calls for "watering" the sys-
tem and never for "feeding" it. On such days — drink
and drink and drink until you drink yourself hungry;
but drink only pure or distilled water in which you
occasionally put a tablespoonful or so of pure fruit
juice — such as juice of the orange, apple, lemon, lime,
or grape. By evening or next day your head or stom-
ach or liver will be "in clover."
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Nature made fruits "full of taste" so as to seduce
our palates. Otherwise, man would not eat them, be-
cause most of them contain very little nourishment.
The value of fruits resides chiefly in their juices —
some of which possess digestive properties, as that of
the pineapple; while all of them act as depurating
agents or remedies.
Mostly all "dried," or "stewed," or "cooked," or
"canned," or "preserved" fruits are not fruits. Their
substances and juices have, for the most part, been ar-
tificially changed into "sweets" or "confection." The
natural "detoxyl" or curative fruit-acids and fruit-salts
have been removed or replaced or modified by the
drying or cooking or preserving process. Most of them
have become "unfit" as natural remedies — and are
really used only as adjuncts to sharpen an appetite
that is already artificial or gluttonous.
There are, however, a few fruit-juices which are ar-
tificially extracted and preserved in nearly their nat-
ural state — so that they retain much of their remedial
or beneficial properties. Such are the juices of the
lime and grape. But, even here, it is not often the
case that one cannot find many good fresh substitutes
for these two fruit-juices. I refer to the juice of ap-
ples, oranges and lemons.
All people, young or old, fat or thin, bilious or gouty,
anemic or plethoric (full blooded), can take the juices
of apples and oranges with benefit. But "thin" or
"anemic" individuals should, as a rule, avoid lemon
juice; whereas gouty and full-blooded persons should
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The most generally useful and "wholesome" fruit-
juice is that of the orange — but when taken as a reme-
dy it should be strained (clear) through a coarse cloth.
Diluted half or more with distilled water it is the most
valuable and reliable remedy for tiny babies and in-
fants, whenever and wherever they are ailing or con-
stipated. But they should not be "nursed" or "fed"
anything whatever nearer than one hour from, before
or after, taking the orange juice-water.
When it comes to "weaning" babies at night from
the breast or the bottle, there is absolutely nothing
to compare with the foUov/ing little scheme. Fill up
your nursing bottle with the same quantity of orange-
juice water that you are in the habit of using of the
milk or baby-food m.ixture. Be sure that you use dis-
tilled or pure water, and that you strain the orange
juice — also that the orange is of the "sweet" kind. As
a rule mix one teaspoonful of orange juice to one
tablespoonful of water and sweeten just a little, if the
child seems to want it. This you can easily determine
by offering the child that mixture during the day. It
is not wise to try and pawn this off on the child for
the first "try" at night. Let him taste of it and get a
liking for it during the day. You will then have no
trouble at all to "wean" the child from nursing or
drinking milk during the night.
Thin people should "favor" grape and apple juices.
Fat people should favor lemon and lime juices.
Orange juice is fine for both.
Fruit-syrups are not fruit-juices.
Fruits should not be eaten with meals or other foods.
The habit of "coaxing an appetite," or "topping off"
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a meal with any kind of fruit or nut is absurd and un-
In orange season, a very excellent habit is to drink a
full tumbler of the strained juice on arising. I have
never known a case of constipation to be obstinate
enough to withstand that when persevered in every
morning, about one hour before breakfast — especially
if one takes a walk in the interval.
In "good-eating" apple season, squeeze out the
apple juice yourself and take that instead of the
Why not eat the fruit instead? Well, in the first
place you'd have to fill up pretty tight to get that
much juice by eating the oranges or apples or grapes,
at one lick. In the second place, you would ingest a
mass of "woody" fibres, which your alimentary canal
would have to dispose of. When your bowels and
other tissues and functions are again at par — then eat
the fruit itself.
I- In season, and out of season, an excellent "lunch"
consists of a tumblerful of the juice of oranges, or
apples, or grapes — sipped as one would champagne.
As for pineapples, they contain a wonderful diges-
tive juice. Chew the fruit itself and suck the juice,
but do not swallow the fibre. Irrational as it may
seem, eat them only between meals — because every
"lift" that you give your stomach juice in the way
of "extra" digestive ferments, the more it learns to
expect and to depend on that "lift" — as your bowels
do from taking laxatives or cathartics or injections.
Eat pineapples between meals, or make a whole lunch
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Bananas are more nourishing than "fruity." Hence
they should be used rather as "bread" or "starchy"
food than as fruit. In fact, the imperfectly ripened
banana is composed chiefly of starch.
Melons are good to lunch on, or to eat betvreen
meals, like any and every other fruit.
It is the sickening habit of mixing all manner of
"incompatibles," together in one's stomach, which cre-
ates prejudices in people's minds against the very ar-
ticles of food which are often most beneficial and cura-
tive. To illustrate, let me cite a "case"— of which I
can cite hundreds like.
A young woman had had four severe attacks of ap-
pendicitis in six months' time, and finally had con-
sented to be operated on. But, the last moment, some
of her relatives induced her to consult me. I learned
that every time she ate cabbage or apples, there was
sure to follow a severe attack of indigestion, or diar-
rhoea, Of appendicitis — and, of course, she "had it in"
for cabbage and apples — although she "loved them
so." I explained that her experience proved to me
that cabbage and apples were her best friends; and
that, were she to use but not abuse them, they would
never turn against her. I predicted that she would be
able to eat apples and cabbage to her heart's content
in six weeks' time — and would require no operation,
and never again would be reminded that she had an
Well, this "patient" was able, in a month's time, and
has been able since (and that's four years ago) to eat
what and as she pleases. But she has learned not to
"mix dogs and cats" in her stomach. Cabbage and
vinegar are antagonistic. Fruit acid and vinegar acid
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are unfriendly. But well boiled cabbage and fresh
ribs of beef with plain boiled potatoes and tender car-
rots — without vinegar, or pickles, or sour beats, or
pork and the like — will not injure the weakest and
most fastidious of dyspeptic stomachs. But, do not
"top" that meal off with pie or cake or puddings or
raisins or cheese, or nuts, or fruits — or tea or coffee,
or water, or beer — and never eat bread and butter
with it. When you want a "boiled dinner" eat a
boiled dinner — not a boiled-vinegared-sugared-pas-
tried-corn-beefed pork of a dinner.
Here is a sure test, that you can alv/ays depend on,
as to whether you are eating properly or not for your
stomach and the rest of you. As you know, that
which you eat and drink gets mixed up and churned
in your stom.ach. Here is the test:
Take a big bowl, big enough to contain your din-
ner. Pour in the soup, salted and peppered and cat-
supped and crackered or breaded — as you may be in
the habit of doing. Then chop up the meat and pota-
toes in it, with the salt and pepper and catsup, or
sauces and gravies and bread and butter and pickles
— and then add the vegetables and gravies and water
or milk or tea or coffee or wine or beer, etc., and then
the pie and cheese, and ices, etc., etc. Then — but
don't let it disgust you yet — stir up the mess — and
don't let your mind suspect that it isn't for the occu-
pant of your chair, though "fit" for the occupant of a
back-yard pen — and salt and pepper it some more.
Now, eat it. Scrumptious, ain't it? Well — don't you
know that you serve just such a sickening mess to
your stomach and blood and brain and other tissues
nearly every day?
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Therefore, when you sit down at your or any table
"size up" the situation — and mentally mix what you
are about to physically churn.
Vegetable juices are of no less importance and
possess no less "health" value than fruit juices. Both
serve the same purpose in preventing and curing sick-
ness. The fruit juices— chiefly through the fruit acids
which they contain; and the vegetable juices — chiefly
through the vegetable or earthy salts (not table-salt)
which they contain.
It has become quite customary to utilize the juices
of certain fruits for purposes of "cure." For instance,
the well-knov/n "grape-juice" cure. V/hich, however,
is not much of a cure in most "cases" and as usually
followed or recommended. Because the process itself,
as it takes place between the sickly constituents of the
"patient's" blood or tissues and the "healthy" constit-
uents of the grape juice, is not sufficiently well or at
all understood by the advocates and followers of the
cure. Hence, the failures.
When Chemists wish to determine the pres-
ence of certain objectionable or "poisonous" com-
pounds in a given substance or solution — let us
say in the contents of the stomach of an individ-
ual who is supposed to have been poisoned — they
invariably begin by using some certain reagent; and
no matter how many reagents they may thereafter
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employ in "treating" the suspicious material, they
never use the next reagent until the "precipitate" pro-
duced by the first is removed by filtering or washing
or otherwise. In other words, they work on the old
common sense principle of one thing at a time, or one
step before or after the other.
Well — you may properly look upon the whole out-
fit of a sick body as being a great big stomach from
head to foot, and filled with a mess of vomit containing
some suspicious substances which you, or your attend-
ants, want to get rid of. Accordingly, you decide on
grape juice as the dead sure reagent or cure. Very
well. You are given a tumblerful three times a day,
let us assume. Your stomach passes it over to your
intestines which part with it to your blood — by which
it is conveyed to the billions of tiny cell-tubes or
honeycombs of your tissues ; where the health-produc-
ing reagents of the grape juice settle down to busi-
ness — renovating and house-cleaning. In the mean-
time, you sit down and fill up on slops or other
"dishes." So, v/hen night comes, and sleep along with
it, what happens? This. Just about the time when
the grape juice cell-renovators are busiest who comes
along but "sloppy" or "dishy" chaps looking for
trouble, or to serve injunctions, and you wake up — to
repeat the same foolishness again.
When you start to do a thing, do it — and do it
brown. If you want a grape cure — well then get
board and lodging for your stomach, liver, blood, brain,
muscles and marrow out of grape juice. In that way
you'll get value received from the treatment.
Autopathy— Cure Thyself 239
But as most "patients" prefer or are compelled to
earn their "cure" at the same time that they are earn-
ing their living — the above method is out of the ques-
tion. And, fortunately, it can be modified to suit their
convenience or means. In this way. Don't eat nor
drink anything that is incompatible with the fruit juice
or juices; or that is likely to be transformed in the
system into by-products that are incompatible with
the fruit acids or constituents. That's a puzzle, isn't
it? Well, Standard Oil People have solved many and
many a more intricate puzzle than that. And so have
Here is how I have solved this problem.
There's no incompatibility between the pure, fresh
juices of ordinary fruits and the pure, fresh juices of
ordinary "vegetables;" and there's no incompatibility
between the constituents of those juices and the nutri-
tive constituents of certain foods — among which are
€g&s, wheat flour, rice and cream fat. Nevertheless
the fruit and vegetable juices must not be poured to-
gether or mixed together in the stomach; nor must
they be swallowed with the foods proper; or so near
the time of eating that there is likelihood of their
meeting and combining in your stomach or small in-
testine. The reason for this is that the "organic" con-
stituents of eggs or starch or fat are split up in the
stomach and bowels in a way which transforms them
into compounds that possess decided affinities for the
depurating or curing compounds of fruit and vegetable
juices. Therefore, foods proper when mixed in the
stomach or bowels with fruit or vegetable juices utilize
240 Autology— Study Thyself
the best and bulk of the latter's curative constituents,
which are intended to nullify or modify the objection-
able or poisonous by-products that have formed and
accumulated in your tissues. Hence the proper and
only rational course to follow regarding treatment
with the juices of fruits and of vegetables is to take
them on an empty stomach with a liberal amount of
pure distilled water ; then to take a walk in the "open,"
not alone because of the benefit derived from taking in
oxygen but also because of the increased circulation
of all body fluids and of the stirring up of old deposits
that have settled in all the muscles and cavities and
tissues of your body. By so doing the fruit or the veg-
etable juices are more surely and universally mixed
with the waste by-products which are the source of
your ailment. Let them fight it out — but be sure that
you supply your "favorite" with ammunition in the
way of a little more juice and an abundance of distilled
water every hour or so. Simply because there's no
sense in soaping and resoaping your soiled linen when
the water in which you are boiling or washing them is
gray or black with dirt. They'll never turn out nice,
white and clean. Clean, thorough housewives "change"
and "rechange" their wash-water. So must you pour
in clean water as your bladder pours out the dirt-laden
water. Otherwise the little busy bodies of your cells
and tissues cannot "wash clean."
And when your bladder tells you that the rinsing
process is "well on," then quit the juice and the water
for a couple of hours, and get ready for another speU
in the afternoon. But eat as elsewhere advised in this
A ut op a thy — Cure Thyself 241
Keep this up for one week, or two weeks, or one
month, or more, as your "case" may demand.
Although I have been speaking of "vegetable" juices
I have not explained to you the manner of preparing
or extracting them.
The most convenient way is to "hash up" the raw
vegetables and then to press out the juice as you do
with fruits. Or you may "grate" them and then
squeeze out their juice. The "succulent" vegetables
are best for this purpose. The most desirable vege-
tables to use are onions, celery, carrots, parsnips, toma-
toes, cresses, lettuce, cuciunbers and the like. It's ad-
visable to mix them all up together. As to proportions
of each and all, favor the onions and carrots most, es-
pecially if yours is a liver or bilious or catarrhal or
bronchial or lung trouble. The amount of the pure
juice that should be taken varies from two to three
tablespoonfuls three times a day. Each dose should
be taken with one-half to one tumblerful of distilled
water; and should be followed within one-half hour
with another tumblerful of distilled water.
WORK (INCLUDES THINKING).
Work, as a remedy (preventive, curative, or pallia-
tive) is as essential as light, air, water and foods com-
It is almost impossible to carry work too far. I
mean to the point of producing permanent injury or
disease— provided the work is done under natural con-
242 Autology — Study Thyself
ditions of light, air, water, foods, and muscular ca-
pacity, and provided that pleasures do not encroach
too much on the individual's sleep, or conscience. A
man who, for political or other reasons, is "on the go"
for weeks or months, does not need rest or the springs
or the woods because he has overworked ; but because
he has overdissipated, or worked and talked and lived
and slept in unnatural conditions of air, water and
foods. A girl or woman who works all day, or not at
all, and devotes overtime to dances and functions, etc.,
does not break down from physical labor, but from the
same causes just mentioned.
Work, work, v/ork! or think! think! think! and
when your day's work or thinking is done, play, play,
play— or let others furnish you fun, fun, fun — ^but al-
ways and everywhere remember your L, A, W, F —
light, air, water, foods.
Most people (not children) make blundering mis-
takes about exercise.
During exercise, the mind as well as the body must
be divorced from work, and must be wedded to
Work is not exercise. "Shopping" is not exercise —
it's work. Housework is not exercise — ifs work.
"Clerking" is not exercise — it's work. Chasing around
on business is not exercice — it's work. "Running"
stairs, or machines, is not exercise — it's work. Train-
Autopathy— Cure Thyself 243
ing is not exercise — it's work. All forms of indoor
"culture" exercises are not exercise — that's work. Pro-
fessional sport is not exercise — it's work. And so on.
What then is exercise?
Exercise is Pleasure. Children "exercise" because
they enjoy playing. Young people exercise when they
play. Grown people exercise when they walk for
pleasure. But walking for reasons of business or fame
is not exercise.
When muscular action is indulged in for its own
sake, that is for the pleasure it brings or invites, then
it is exercise. Exercise, to be beneficial or natural,
must never have duty or money as its mainspring.
Exercise must be pleasure.
Amateur sports are pleasures; therefore exercise.
But all physical culture exercises which are under-
taken for the purpose of curing some ailment or con-
dition of the body and which do not create in you the
feeling and longing for them that you feel and long for
hunting, or fishing, or baseball, or football, or courting
— is work and not exercise. And you're bound to quit
them before and without having derived the desired
or permanent cure or benefit — unless the exercises are
maintained through life, or adopted as a livelihood.
In which case the alleged "exercises" become your
work, and then rest, or reading or recreation becomes
Generally speaking, the best and cheapest youthful
and useful and healthful exercise for middle-aged and
older people — as well as for young people who are con-
fined indoors by occupation or education — is walking,
plain everyday walking with one's own legs.
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Men and women who keep up, or acquire, the habit
of walking for walk's sake, winter and summer, rain
or shine — are or remain younger and sounder and
saner of mind and body at and after the age of sixty
than others are or remain at or after forty.
Don't run — that's work. Walk.
Don't "practice"~that's work. Walk.
Don't worry your diaphragm— that's work. Walk.
Use your feet as dumb-bells and legs as indian clubs.
But walk outdoors — if not "confined" for good or
Walking pumps air into your lungs, without work or
effort ; drives blood to and from your tissues, without
strain; and keeps people out of mischief. Besides, did
you ever notice how much better and clearer you can
think out many a subject or project or trouble while
walking for exercise or pleasure?
I am in receipt of a letter from a man who is just
past 77 years of age; who looks and feels younger
than he did at 50 — simply because he never misses his
morning walk of a few or many miles. Last winter
I received the visit of a man who is over 60, and
w^hose health, between the ages of 25 and 45 was piti-
ful in the extreme. Fully twenty years ago I had occa-
sion to witness and appreciate that appearances were
against this man's living out another year. About
that time, business reverses compelled this "patient"
to change his occupation. The change of workbrought
on the need of walking, which soon became a pleasure.
The results were simply marvelous — so that now, at
the age of 65, this man's constitution and appearance
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 345
are those of a healthy man of 40, with the same ambi-
tion, ideas and capacity for work.
Again, I may cite the case of a lady passed 68 — ^who
had been "house-ridden" for 12 years, with all the
ailments that a woman with deranged stomach, bow^-
els, liver and pelvic organs could possibly have; and
weighing 224 pounds, of fat mostly. This lady began
autopathic treatment in October, 1903. At first, she
v»^alked "half a block" morning and afternoon— each
day increasing the distance by a few yards. Three
months later, her weight v/as down to 179 and she
actually enjoyed walking 5 miles to my office. To-
day (and for over a year) her weight is 140 pounds,
and she is a comparatively young, active woman —
able to accomplish more and better work than, and
to outdistance, her daughters ; as well as to get more
enjoyment out of life. This is only one instance,
which is like scores of others, where common sense —
such as is distributed through this book — ^has accom-
plished with little expense, effort, and inconvenience
what seemed to demand "being bom over again."
Everybody knows which are good and which are
I can't dictate them to you. But I will tell you this
—that if you make your pleasures useful, your bad or
questionable pleasures v/ill soon give way to, or be re-
placed by, good or healthful pleasures.
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Pleasures are such arbitrary things, in their good-
ness or badness; and they leave such essentially dif-
ferent after-effects on different individual's mind or
hearts — that there is no use in preaching or teaching.
Some call that "bathing" — I call it washing. People
usually "wash" their faces — ^whatever they may or
may not do with their bodies. This much I knovz,
however, that they don't wash their faces for "health's
sake" — ^but for cleanliness sake. If one could root out
of people's brains that bathing is healthy, and replace
it with the conviction that the body needs washing just
the same and in exactly the same way as hands and
face — there would be no trouble at all to make cleanli-
ness popular, bath or no bath.
If you bathe, or get bathed, for health's sake, you're
likely to neglect it often, or by spells.
Bathe, or rather wash, for sweet cleanliness and self-
respect. A gallon or so of water will do fully as well
as a tubfull.
You don't wash your hands and face, the visible
parts of you, because it's healthy — do you? Why,
then, "bathe" the unseen parts for a different reason?
If you are eating, or drinking, or behaving so bad
that you need Turkish or steam baths, or anything else
than the old-fashioned soap and water — why not re-
sort to blood-letting or starved leeches? You'd get
a heap more good out of one such treatment than you
can ever derive from a legion of "sweat baths."
Autopath y — Cure Thyself 247
If you really want a good "sweating out," one that
won't merely sweat the water out of skin or fat, but
that will stir up and bum and remove impurities from
your very flesh and marrow — take a brisk five-mile
walk. Then lay down and sleep it off, if you want to.
Artificial or "passive" sweating is a delusion.
Wash often, in cool or warm water, in tubs or with
sponges, as and with what you like — but wash your
bodies as you do your hands and face, and for no other
Dirty hands and faces and outer clothes won't hurt
you near as much as dirty feet and bodies and under-
Wash yourself — don't "bathe" yourself, except in
summer for fun, or in swimming. Do it for yourself —
and let others do it for themselves. For, when you do
it yourself for yourself, you get the "wash" plus the
"exercise." In other words, you derive the benefit of
two natural remedies.
The "forcible" editorial writer of the Hearst's "Even-
ing" papers writes: "You need plenty of bathing —
because all the work that your skin does in ridding the
body of impurities is so much work saved for your in-
This expresses the common belief. Hence I quote
it. It's bogus knowledge and logic, however.
In the first place, if this writer knew something
about the chemistry of sweat, and about the chemistry
of "impurities" — he would know that in four gallons of
sweat there isn't two ounces of solid matter — and that
these two ounces are nearly three-fourths table-salt
with a little fatty matter. Think of having to sweat
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four gallons to get rid of about one-fourth of an ounce
of urea — when the mere eating of a few bites less
would accomplish the same result, without imposing
any work on skin or internal organs. Don't imagine
for an instant, that sweating a gallon doesn't perturb
internal organs — which must hustle to head off the
In the second place — there is no logical connection
between "you need plenty of bathing" — and the "be-
cause, etc " Bathing, or v/ashing, cleans the skin, but
I never knew that it scoured the internal organs, al-
though it does "hold them up" on the water supply.
In the third place, is the skin nature made to urinate
with or through? And is the robbing of quarts of
water, from the tissues and kidneys as well, for the
sake of sweating out a few grains of so-called "im-
purities," not a hundred, aye a thousand, times more
injurious than letting those quarts of water find their
natural vent? Don't you know, sir, that forcing out
quarts of "impure" liquid from within one's hide lets
out the pure water and leaves behind the impurities;
as filtering through sheep-skin does? It stirs up a
mess all right, but it leaves it in and behind for the
internal organs to straighten up.
The sam.e blunders are made in regard to artificial
exercise and deep breathing — not that some of the re-
sults of such teaching are not beneficial, but the teach-
ing itself is based mostly on spurious and superficial
knowledge of physiologic chemistry.
Here is another quotation from the same editorial
— ^which is sad to contemplate : "The iron in the blood
— ^lots of it in the red corpuscles — takes up the electric
Autopathy — Cure Thyself 249
force, etc." Well, let us see about this — "lots of it
(iron) in the red corpuscles." In an average sized
man the blood all told contains between 30 and 40
grains of iron — a mere pinch, so to say.
It's too bad that the "opposite" column of all like
"scribbles" is not dedicated to the story of the shoe-
maker and some famous painter of ancient Greece.
History tells us that the great painter was in the
habit of exhibiting his paintings in public, much as
"sign boards" are these days. He would hide behind
the canvas, and listen to the remarks and criticism of
passers-by. One day, hidden behind a portrait of a
beautiful woman, there came to pass a shoemaker who,
after commenting on the lady's shoe, allowed his gaze
to maze his brain, and began to criticize the lady's
ankles and — but, that the painter couldn't stand. So,
coming from under cover he chastised the shoemaker
for his impudence by shouting to him: "Hold on,
man, stick to thy 'last* !"
Sleep is nature's remedy par excellence ; but its ben-
efits are too often offset by unnatural habits and en-
vironments. For instance:
Sleeping in a "heated" room.
Sleeping many in a room.
Sleeping in one's underwear.
Sleeping in a room through which there isn't a con-
stant flow of outside air.
250 Autology — Study Thyself
Sleeping in a room that isn't flooded with sun or day
Such conditions are far more objectionable or "un-
healthy" than shortness of hours.
A brain that becomes intensely interested in its
work will have spells, lasting weeks or months, where
9. few hours' sleep proves amply sufficient.
If you attend to all other "health-matters," as ad-
vised in this book, it matters little about how many
hours you sleep, or in what position. You'll sleep as
long as your body or business will let you — no more,
After standing alone for some fif-
teen years, it is gratifying to me to
note that a few of the most advanced
''''medical^'' and other Editors and
Teachers— always last to "step aside
from the sheep-path"— «r^ now begin-
ning to recognize and teach and utilize
the fundamental principles and prac-
tices^ in matters of health and sickness^
of Eugenics and Heredity ^ which were
first set forth in Autology. Incident-
ally, they often forget to give Au-
tology due credit; but then, that's
immaterial — the People get the
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