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Translated and with Notes
Aug. F. Reinhold.M.A.
XSiu CDedicat School
XShe School of IHiUic tHeatth
''Facial Diagnosis'' is essentially an ante-diagnosis,
enabling us both to foresee and fore-
stall any ailment.
A free and abridged translation with notes.
AUGUST F. REINHOLD, M. A , Ph. D., M. D.
Manager of the Reinhold Institute of Water Cure of New York City.
THE HEALTH-CULTURE CO.,
PASSAIC, N. J.
SCHOOL OF MEDiCr C A"D PUBLIC HEALTH
AUGUST F. BKINHOLD.
REGISTERED AT STATICS ERS HALL. LONDON. ENG.
Preface— By the Translator, Page 9
Introduction— By the Author,
Notes on Introduction— By the Translator,
Existing Methods of Diagnosis,
What Facial Diagnosis Means,
The Healthy Man,
The Normal Figure,
Variations in the Shape of the Body Kesulting
FROM Deposits of Forekjn Matter, ....
A — Front Encumbrance,
B — Side Encumbrance,
C — Back Encumbrance,
D— Mixed and Universal Encumbranc^e, ....
Diseases of the Internal Organs
Facial Diagnosis IN Practice,
Removal OF Encumbrance,
Increasing the Vitality,
What Shall We IUt ?
Where Shall We Eat? . . . . . ...
When Shall We Eat? . . . . . . . .
Relation of Facial Diagnosis to Phrenology,
Summary— By the Translator, . V
Skjns of Health— By the Translator, . .
SYMPTO>iS oVf Plsease— By the Translator, ^ . - .
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This little book, by reason of the conciseness and completeness
with which the subject is treated, no less than the revolution its ap-
pearance must make in existing methods of diagnosis and treatment
of disease, is undoubtedly destined to a place among the classics of
science. As theexclusive work of one man, it is an immense achieve-
ment. Such forms of disease as cancer, consumption, blindness, etc.,
which have, heretofore, been considered utterly incurable, and are
possible of treatment only after they have gained considerable hold
upon the system, can, by Louis Kuhne's .Method of Facial Diagnosis
be readily and effect! vely treated at any stage, eyen previous to their
But still another important service is rendered by this work, in
enabling us to learn, from the study of ancient busts and statues,
the then prevailing types of disease and disorder; and, through a
knowledge of these, to read, in the down-fall of the nations suffering
from them, a lesson for the enlightenment and uplifting of the civiliza-
tions of the future, whose surest foundations are laid in perfect
Facial Diagnosis is the ability to determine the physical status
of a person from external appearances. By its use, it is possible to
discover accurately the amount and location of matter in the body,
foreign to its normal condition; and, by recognizing incipient tenden-
cies to special phases of disorder, not only to warn the patient of the
danger impending, but to summarily counteract the same by natural
and unfailing means.
This method of diagnosis is* really an auxiliary of the great
Natural Science of Healing by Water. Only one who has accepted
the principles of that mode of treatment, is in a position to fully
appreciate the scope and power of this discovery, a few of the
axioms of which I give.*
1. There is but one cause of physical disorder, and, properly
speaking, hut one disease; though this, being subject to the widely
differing influences of heredity, climate, food, age, vocation, etc.,
necessarily manifests itself in greatly varying aspects; its specific
location becoming evident by the external alteration of some part,
or organ of the body.
2. The one common cause of all disease, is the presence of foreign
substances in the body. Effete and foul accumulations, all substances,
in fact, not directly conducive to the growth and development of the
organism, are first deposited near the orifices of the abdomen;**
but, by degrees, are carried to all parts of the body, especially to
the neck and head. It is these corrupt deposits, that in time com-
pletely change the shape of the body. Knowing the outline of the
normal form, the intelligent observer can trace the slightest devia-
tion from it, and so is enabled to estimate exactly the character
and extent of the consequent disorder.
3. There is no sickness without fever, and no fever without sick-
ness; because, no sooner is any foreign matter introduced into the
body, than the battle between the organism and that matter begins;
♦See Principles of Water Cure by A. F. Reinhold, M. A.
** Deposits may accumulate in any excretory organ, the Lungs, kidneys, skin»
-etc., whenever secretion is impeded.— A R.
and it is this strife — ^this friction — which appears as fever*
This statement is accepted unquestionably regarding external matter.
The irritation caused by a splinter in the finger, or a grain of sand
in the eye, manifests itself, at once, in inflammation of the parts con-
cerned, and the natural course pursued is, immediate extraction of
the offending particles. These common illustrations clearly demon-
strate the fact, that, as disorder in an organism can arise only from
the presence of anti-normal substances, and that nature never fails
to protest against such axicumulations, every phase of ill-health
must necessarily be accompanied by more or less fever. This may
be slight at first, and, perhaps, run its course as chronic fever, prin-
cipally in the interior of the organism; but it is liable at any moment,
provoked by a sudden change of temperature, mental excitement,
etc., to manifest itself in some external form, with — one might say —
explosive violence, as in cases of diphtheria, cholera, etc.
Mental disorders, also, and those dreaded forms of disease, can-
cer, consumption, paralysis, us well as deafness, blindness, etc., have
all succumbed, at last, to the treatment made possible by this un-
failing system of diagnosis.
* Fever is a process of fermentation, by which the solid deposits are liquified,,
prior to their expulsion from the system. — A. R.
Notes on Kuhne's Introduction.
BY THE TRANSLATOK.
Medical practitioners have a kind of Prognosis, by which, when
some form of disease has actually made its appearance, they can
predict its final issue with some degree of accuracy. But they have
no means whatever at their command, by which theycan/b/iefe//the
approach of a malady. This book is the Srst, and the only work
which treats of the subject of an Ante-Diagnosis, and in so doing,
throws light upon what has heretofore been considered the ^mystery'
This method of Diagnosis should appeal more particularly to
women, too, because, while furnishing a more exact and reliable
method of ascertaining the character of the disease, it entirely dis-
penses with all operative treatment, or local examination of the
genitals, which is necessarily so repellent to the patient. In my
opinion, any woman who continues to submit to the crude, un-
natural, and unnecessary practice oi Local Examination, after this
simple and wholly imobjectionable mode of diagnosis has once been
brought to her notice, commits a crime against her husband, her
children, and her own purer self. This practice alone is perhaps suffi-
cient to account for the depravity met with now on every side. To
what extent the sacred meaning of marriage has been thereby dis-
regarded, and the standard of feminine chastity lowered, (and conse-
quently the moral tone throughout the nation) can only be realized
after a generation has developed under purer influences and more
natural and helpful conditions.
But a physician may ask, '*What is to be done in case of cancer
of the womb ? Unless, however, he has the ability to cure the can-
cer, Avhatis the object of the examination? By Facial Diagnosis,
the tendency to, or possibility of, cancer would have been seen and
averted years before, but even if the trouble is somewhat advanced,
(unless under medical mismanagement it has really become aggra-
vated beyond all hope of recovery) it may yet be cured by the use of
hygienic measures. It is easy to see that all such severe forms of
disease, are flnal stages, caused by encumbrance of the body. It is
evidently impossible to relieve this condition by drugs, for they are,
in themselves, poisons, and, taken into the system, lower the
vitality. They likewise make it more difficult than ever to remove
the existing impurities, and at the same time add to the accumu-
lation of foreign matter in the body. Instead of such a method^
our own system of cure consists in lavings and baths of a prescribed
kind, combined with a simple, natural mode of life and diet, care-
fully adapted to each individual case.
Facial Diagnosis also shows clearly the causes of onanism, im-
potence, barrenness, miscarriage, difficult parturition, inability to
nurse the infant, feeble offspring, etc., and also points out the only
rational and positive cure for these evils. He who knows the cause,
is thereby master also of the cure.
This method is, beside, the only knoAvn means by which parents
can deffnitely ascertain the physical condition and latent possibilities
of their children. It should, therefore, be made a careful study by
all upon whom rests the responsibility of taking care of the young.
Facial Diagnosis gives a rational definition of JSeaatj', showing all
forms of ugliness to be deviations from the norm, and, by means of
the water cure treatment, can restore the normal proportion, color-
ing, etc., and so furnish the foundation for that perfect beauty
which always follows perfect health. It is undoubtedly only a ques-
tion of time, when the system of FaciaL Diagnosis will entirely su-
percede all other methods.
From the innumerable means in use by those Avho practice the
existing methods of diagnosis, I have, however, adopted five, viz: in
cases of high internal fever, (1)1 take the patient's temperature by
means of a clinical thermometer. (2) I also feel the pulse, to ascer-
tain its strength and regularity. (3) I make use of the *^krieejerk,"
to test the condition of the lower extremities, of the spinal chord,
and the sexual and digestive organs. (4) I look at the tongue, to
find out the condition of the stomach, and (5) I test the urine for
sugar and albumen.
If the author of this work, or myself, appear at any time preju-
diced or severe in our criticism of the existing methods of diagnosis
and attempts at cure, I want to forestall at once, any misunderstand-
ing upon the subject, by saying that I, at least, haA^enot the slightest
animosity toward any representative of the medieval schools. On
the contrary, we cannot but recognize the service rendered to man-
kind by these men in the accumulation of valuable facts con-
cerning the human body. But, in my estimation, the very value
and greatness of these acquisitions, have caused medical students to
lose sight of the simple and obvious functions of the physical organism,
by proper attention to which, alone, it can fully and healthfully
develope. And it is to encourage a return to these that this work
has been undertaken. All adverse criticism in it, has been expressed
in the belief that only by a clear and positive statement of facts,
could men's eyes be opened to their danger, and in the sincere hope
that, through this they may be influenced to regulate their lives by
the simple laws of nature.
In 'Nature versus Drugs' by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A., measure-
ments are given of Avell known Greek statues which are universally
considered the standard of beauty, and consequently of health.
With these data, one can easily determine his own physical status.
Desiring the truth above all things, I shall be grateful for any
correction or suggestion by which that end may be attained.
Existing Methods of Diagnosis.
Allopathy and Homeopathy both emphasize strongly the im-
portance and value of a minute and careful diagnosis. The ability
to make this, is supposed to be gained only through an exact ana-
tomical knowledge obtained by the dissection of human corpses.
The student is required to familiarize himself with every part of the
body, so that, knowing the precise location and function of each
organj he may be able to read the symptoms of disorder in them.
The usual thorough examinaticm is conducted somewhat in thi»
way. The physician first questions the patient extensively, then
looks at the tongue, feels the pulse, percusses, palpitates, and auscu-
ltates the whole body, especially the back and chest, to determine
the condition of the lungs and heart. The region of the liver and
stomach is also carefully examined, as well as the genital organs,
those of females internally, by means of a speculum. The tempera-
ture of the blood is ascertained by a thermometer, and the saliva,
expectorations, urine, excrements, even the skin and muscles, are
microscopically studied. This general examination may be followed
by a detailed one of separate organs, such as the eye or ear, though
usually, this is referred to specialists in these lines. To increase the
supposed reliability of such observations, a number of complicated
apparatuses have been invented. The ingenuity and skill required
to conceive and complete these, is really wonderful. The micros- '
^ cope, too, has been the physician's invariable accompaniment, espec-
ially since scientists have considered bacilli the cause of almost every
After all this lengthy performance, the doctor's verdict is at last
rendered. The patient is told that this or that organ is quite sound,
another is somewhat affected, while a third, perhaps, is seriously in-
volved. The examination having consisted in a series of separate
investigations, with only accidental connection, an intelligent judg-
ment, as to the general and comparative condition of the whole
bodv, is rarelv obtainable. The estimate formed as to the vital
18 EXISTING. METHODS OF DIAGNOSIS.
power of the patient, could not be regarded as an exact and reliable
conclusion, but merely as an impression incidentally gained. Anyone
experienced in dealing with the sick, naturally acquires such sub-
jective penetration in course of time.
Now, the question is, has this special diagnosis the great value
usually accorded it ?
No, it is unreliable* This has been conclusively demonstrated
in many well known instances where conclusions drawn from diag-
noses of the same case, made by leading exponents of opposing
schools, differed radically and entirely. Again, if the disturbances in
the system, resulting from nature's effort to expel the foreign accu-
mulations, have not yet affected any one organ sufficiently to at-
tract the attention of the examining physician or specialist, the
patient is dismissed with some pacifying deception, or, most fre-
quently in nervous disorders, he is told bluntly that his sufferings
are merely imaginary* And this is by no means the result of care-
lessness, or indifference on the part of the physician. It is the neces-
sary consequence of erroneous views as to the origin of disease, and
of his crude and inadequate methods of diagnosis.**
Again, medical science (so-called) furnishes no ground for
rational treatment. All this complicated system of examination is
to comj)aratively little purpose, because, Avhen accomplished, the
treatment that follows is of no permanent or real benefit. In fact,
it is actually harmful, based, as it is, upon the ridiculous belief that
one part of the bod}'' may be affected independently of the others,
and may be treated without regard to them. In this connection, I
Avill give a few instances, in which the comparative merits of the
various methods are clearly defined.
A child had suffered for months from some ailment w^hich the
attendant physician, though quite a celebrity, had failed to success-
fully diagnose. But he w^ould by no means confess himself baffled.
After a microscopic examination, this celebrated medical doctor
gave it as his opinion that the presence of a certain kind of bacillus
* I can but corroborate this statement. — A. K.
* * Many patients have come under my notice who, although suffering from
serious forms of disease which had baffled the skill of some physicians for years,
have yet passed the examination for life insurance. And life insurance companies
are supposed to employ experts in diagnosis. This is another instance of the inade-
quacy and unreliability of existing methods. Anyone versed in Facial Diagnosis
could not be so deceived, for the system in itself is radical and reliable. — A. K.
EXISTING METHODS OF DIAGNOSIS. 19
was the cause of the child's continued ill-health. All his efforts were
then directed toward the extermination of the microbes, but of course
l)roved to no purpose. The child's condition grew daily more
serious, and the bapilli perceptibly increased.
At last, some one called the father's attention to the invariable
success of treatment under my direction, and the man, in his ex-
tremity, consented to have his child examined. This was done, how-
ever, without the knowledge of the physician in regular attendance.
I paid no particular attention to the bacilli, but saw that the direc-
tions I gave were implicitly followed. The doctor, at his next call,
was surprised to see a marked improvement in his patient, and ac-
counted for it by saying that nature sometimes rallied for her own
deliverance, and, in this case, had, by her own efforts, rid the system
of the injurious element. Now, as a matter of fact, microbes are
scavengers, attacking only impurities in the system. It is therefore
manifestly ridiculous to try to free the body of these minute beings,
and, at the same time, make no effort to cleanse it of their real cause.
In another instance, a strong vigorous man became, by degrees,
miserable and melancholy. For years, he was haunted by the idea
of self-destruction, and unable to concentrate his faculties upon any
definite work. Examining physicians all agreed that, as no particu-
lar organ seemed affected, there could be nothing seriously the matter
with the man, and it was simply a case of hypochondria. Diversion
and travel Avere advised, but the trouble was in no wise lessened.
At last, I was consulted, and saw, at a glance, that the patient's
whole body was heavily encumbered with foreign matter. This
prevented the normal exercise of almost every function, and hence,
though, as yet, no particular organ had been attacked, derange-
ment of the entire organism Avas the consequence. My methods
proved so successful that, in a few months, the constant watch that
had been kept over the patient, was no longer necessary, as balance
of mind and health of body had both been regained.
Another patient was suffering intensely from a greatly swollen
tongue. The disorder apparently being definitely located, medical
science considered its way clear, and treatment was restricted to
the tongue, as the sole seat of disorder. The result, however, was
far from satisfactory. The foreign matter continued to accumulate,
20 EXISTING METHODS OF DIAGNOSIS.
and the tongue continued to swell, until, finally, it filled the entire
mouth, and could not be moved at all. At this juncture, I wa^s
called in, and, by means of my Fa(*ial Diagnosis, was enabled at
once to recognize the true cause of the illness, and to relieve the
body of its ac(}umulation of poison.
But further illustration is unnecessary. Any one inay see
that, starting with the palpably false premises, that any single
organ can be affected by itself, it is simply impossible for medical
men to successfully treat, or permanently cure any physical
disorder. It is their utter ignorance of the unity and inter-
dependence of the entire organism, that makes possible the
present ridiculous extremes to which specialism has run. Now, a
man, whose head perhaps is surcharged with foreign matter, must
go to one specialist for treatment of the eyes, consult another about
his ears, a third and fourth for nose, throat, etc. Absurd as it
proves, however, this practice has developed quite naturally. At
first hearing, it seems probable that a man who claims to have
made one organ a lifetime study, should be a more competent au-
thority on the subject than the average physician. But, on deeper
consideration, such reasoning is seen to be the barest fallacy. The
human body cannot be treated as if it w^ere a doll, made of
altogether separate parts and materials, with no vital connection.
A pimple on the nose, for instance, does not indicate any particular
nasal disorder, or necessitate the attention of a specialist. The
blood in the nose, and that throughout the rest of the body, is
identical. Purify this, and the pimple, or trouble of whatever sort,
disappears. External affections of this kind are nature's hints that
we are transgressing her laws. They should not be suppressed by any
special treatment, but rendered unnecessary by intelligent conform-
ity to the laws of health. The chief danger arising from separate,
special treatment, lies just here. What is repressed at one 'point,
must appear somewhere else, later on, and, necessarily, vrith greater
intensity. In subduing the inflammation that has settled in the eye,
perhaps, the battle, interrupted here, w^ill inevitably be renew^ed
elsewhere. It is only by considering the body as a whole, and re.
moving the cause of this friction, that any real cure can ever be
EXISTING METHODS OF DIAGNOSIS. . 21
accomplished. Mercury, quinine, morphia, antipyrine, arsenic, iodine,
bromide, all are powerful means of effecting this local repulsion, but
they are really, at the same time, the deadliest of poisons. A ^^cure"
effected by theil' use, means simply a fatal step on the road to con-
tinued ill-health, and away from all possible recovery.
Old methods of diagnosis cannot recognize the approach of dis-
ease. Neither, having recognized it, can they estimate accurately
the extent of farther development. This necessarily limits the suc-
cess of their results and the efficiency of any course of treatment
based upon them. ^
What Facial Diagnosis Means.
It is impossible to make the title of any great subject an epitome
of its scope. As all mental and physical phenomena are, sooner or
later, reflected upon the face, and can there be most readily studied,
this new method of gaining an accurate knowledge of the patient's
condition, is called Facial Diagnosis, but in reality every detail oi
the whole organism is equally studied.
There is no abnormal condition of any part of the body, which
can affect that part alone. The least deviation from the normal
condition of health, inevitably produces a change in the form,
carriage, coloring, etc. of the individual. Though, to the casual
observer, these become apparent only in extreme cases, to the
trained eye, they are evident immediately. An encumbered body
functions differently from a healthy one, in every respect, conse-
quently a person's condition is easily determined from his manner
of action. Facial Diagnosis takes all these points and indications
into careful consideration. In order to read them rightly.
The Healthy Man
must first be studied. This is no easy matter, for a person of nor-
mal health is a very rare exception. It is not difficult to find per-
fect specimens among wild animals, for there, health is the rule. It
is just the reverse with civilized man. Only by degrees, did I
succeed in constructing the image of a normal human body. This
I accomplished, to a great extent, by observing the manner in
which various functions of the body were performed ; which should
invariably be without pain, difficulty, or artificial stimulants. In
the first place, with a healthy body there should be a desire for
none but natural food.* This desire should be capable of satisfaction,
before any feeling of satiet}^, fullness, or tightness sets in. The pro-
* See *Nature versus Drugs,' by Aug. F. Beinhold, M. A.
THE HEALTHY MAN. 23
cess of digestion should take place iquietly, and unconsciously. Any
disagreeable sensation after eating, or appetite for highly seasoned
food or beverages, is unnatural, and a sure indication of disease.
In thirst, there should be a desire for fruit only, or possibly also
for some plain water.
The urine, the secretion of the kidneys, should be neither sweetish
nor sour in odor, of an amber color, never bloody, cloudy, colorless,
black nor f^ak3^ It should show no gritty or sandy deposit, and
cause no pain upon leaving the body.
The ejecta from the bo wels should, as a rule, be of a brownish color,
never green, gray, or white. They should retain the cylindrical form
of the colon, leaving the body without soiling it. They should never
be watery, bloody, nor contain worms.
The skin should have a fine smooth elastic surface. It should be
warm and moist, though not, by any means, wet.
The perspiration from a healthy human body has no disagreeable
odor, like that noticeable about flesh-eating ajiimals.
A full suit of hair is also an indication of health. Baldness is
never accidental, but caused by some physical disorder.
The lungs, in a healthy organism, perform their work without
the slightest difficulty. They should receive the air through the nose,
which is their natural guardian. The tendency to allow the mouth
to remain open, either during sleep, or waking hours, is in itself a
symptom of disease.
In exercising, the healthy body gives warning of excess by a
feeling of fatigue. The sensation is not painful at all, but rather
agreeable, leading to quietness and perhaps sleep, which, to be
normal, must be calm and continuous.
Restless, fitful slumber, followed by lassitude and irritability
upon waking, is unnatural with a healthy person. Natural sleep
leaves one cheerful, contented, energetic, and eager for exercise.
A healthy person recuperates more readily from mental suffer-
ing ; heightened sensation finding natural relief in tears.
Any one whose various organs function in accordance with the
outlines given here, will have a body of normal shape and quite free
from foreign accumulation.
Now, all these symptoms and indications are open to ordinary
24 THK HB^ALTHV MAX.
observation, and artificial apparatus is by no means necessary.
They may be viewed and corroborated at any time from living
illustrationB on every liand. The study of corpses is almost value-
less as an aid to the treatment of living people.
So far, I have not succeeded in finding a single person who was
normally healthy in every respect. Those, however, in a state of
health very nearly approaching the norm, afford excellent oppor-
tunity for study.
The sculpture of ancient Greece has furnished us with truly
beautiful* ideals which our modern artists may copy, but can scarcely
excel. (It is noticeable that among these, there is nowhere to be
found the high stomach which some believe to be normal.) It is
also a significant fact that the ideal of beauty and the standard of
health are always identical, and so perhaps the universal desire
for beauty, may lead to a more rational care for the physical
health which is really the foundation of all development and per-
fection and bliss.
The normal form is characterized by distinct points and out-
lines w^hich are clearly shown by figures ** A. B. C. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
*The standards of art, derived from the physical perfection of the
past, have undoubtedly been important factors in Kuhne's con-
clusions regarding the outlines of a healthy body. He seems to
consider these as final. Considering, however, that they repre-
sent the highest types of a meat-eating i>eo\)\e, it may be questioned,
iftheir standards might not be improved upon by a race, develoj)-
ing finer and more subtly beautiful outlines under a purely vegeta-
ble diet — assuming that the latter Avas originally designed for
man's support. — A. R.
* * Figures A. B. C. were added by the Translator.
Fig. ABC represent the N'o7'mai Form of Health and Beauty^ characterized by the
clearly defined yaw-line^ jr, Nape-line^ jj/, and Thigh-hne^z.
Fig. I. The Normal Figure is finely proportioned throughout; there is perfect symme-
try, and the forms everywhere are nice and roimd. Head^ of normal size. Forehead^
smooth and free of fatty deposits. Eyes^ large and free. Nose^ well-formed. Mouthy closed.
Face^ oval with jaw-line and nape-line clearly defined. Neck^ round and of normal length.
Chesty well developed. Legs^ straight, muscular, with clear cut thigh-line.
Fig. 2 — Entire body is Encumbered.
The Torso is awkward, clumsy, bloated. Head, too thick. I'orehead, with fatty
cushions, bald on top. jffy^rj, half closed. A^<?j<f, too thick. J/^«/-^, kept open. Jaw-line,
missing. Neck, too short and too thick; tt^pe-line, missing. Abdomen, too heavy. Legs, trwi
short and thick.
The Normal Figure.
1 Form. The normal shape is one' of fine proportion through-
out, as a comparison between figures 1 and 2, will show at
a glance. The torso, figure 2, has become far too long, almost
obliterating the neck, and resting the bloated abdomen upon legs
much too short in proportion. The majority of people are born
heavily encumbered. Many die when quite young, w^hile others
remain semi-invalids all their lives. The food, upon which infants
are reared, greatly influences their health in afteryears. The
mother's milk is the natural food, and if this is supplied, the body
w^ill develop naturally and healthfully, provided the mother is in a
healthy condition. But many mothers, unfortunately, are unable
to nurse their offspring. Though this lack can never be fully supplied,
substitutes may be provided, and the least injurious of these has
proved to be the unboiled milk of cows and goats.* Figures 49 and
51 are photographed from nature, and illustrate the harmful in-
fluence of ^feriV/zed milk upon infants. Unnatural food, of course,
cannot be thoroughly digested. If such food be consumed daily, the
body, by degrees, becomes incapable of throwing off its effete mat-
ter. Normally, the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs, are incessantly
at work to eliminate the effete matter. If, how^ever, injurious sub-
stances are continually taken into the system, the tax is too great,
and portions of them inevitably remain.
At first, this foreign matter is deposited near the excj-etory ori-
fices, and, for a time, the body may succeed in throwing it off by
attacks of diarrhoea, abundant discharges of urine, or profuse
perspiration. But there is almost always some residue, and new
deposits are added to this. Fermentation then ensues, accompanied
by the formation of gases. These are carried through the body,
partly escaping by way of the skin, but partly redeposited in solid
form, constituting again a serious encumbrance of the body. This.
* See 'Nature versus Drugs' by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A.
Fig. 3— Normal Form
THE NORMAL FIGURE. 31
may settle in various places, and so appear, to the ignorant, as
separate forms of disease. In reality, however, it is all from the one
cause, and so should have substantially the same treatment. Under
Water Cure, this foreign matter is redissolved, and carried off in
If the stomach and bowels are once weakened by deposits, then
even healthful food can no longer be properly digested. The sub-
stances thus insufficiently assimilated, are, in turn, deposited as
poisonous accumulations. In this way, the trouble grows rapidly
more serious, until nature makes at last a violent effort, which re-
sults in some eruption. The various skin diseases of children, are
simply such crises as this, brought on by the surcharge of the body
w4th corrupt matter. Foul matter can also enter the body through
the lungs and skin, but, as long as digestion remains unimpaired,
there will usually be sufficient vitality to throw this off. Impure
air, however, should be dreaded, almost as much as unwholesome
food. Sometimes nature constructs artificial sewers for the removal
of effete matter, such as open sores, hemorrhoids, fistulas, foot-sweat,
etc. Though the body, as a whole, may appear in fair health, the
presence of any one of these is a sure indication that the system
is heavily encumbered. And, should these sewers be suddenly closed,
then the foul matter, deprived of this avenue of escape, is forced to
seek another place of deposit. This is usually accompanied by con-
siderable swelling, inflammation, and even ulceration. In a case
that came to my notice, the patient had suffered for ten years with
piles. A celebrated physician prescribed Dermatol, and the irrita-
tion immediately ceased. In a few days, however, the patient
noticed a swelling in his throat, which continued to increase, until
danger from suffocation became imminent. The foul matter with
which his body was filled, deprived of its exit by way of the bowels,
had sought some avenue of escape elsewhere. By means of my
friction baths,* however, it was redissolved and carried off in a short
*A new Friction Bath Many objections have been raised againt Kuhne's Fric-
tion Sitting Bath. I have, therefore, endeavored to improve it in the following
manner : The patient sits on the rim of a tub, filled with very cold water, and, with a
rough cloth, gently rubs the entire length of his back up and down, but principally
downwards, and also crosswise, redipping the rag frequently. This is continued for
Fig. 4 — Perfect Form.
THE NORMAL FIGURE. 33
In another instance, a ladv had suffered from diarrhcea for a
long time. Her body was heavily encumbered, and this, of course,
was only a natural effort toward relief. The physician consulted,
*' cured'' this tendency so effectually that an obstinate constipation
set in. The foreign matter, finding no longer an exit by way of the
bowels, soon appeared in a large swelling upon the neck, similar to
that in figure 12. The lady had the good sense to recognize this as-
the direct result of the medicine given her, and this opened her eyes-
to the real value of drug medication. It is not always, however,,
that the injurious effects follow so promptly, and so, people do not
always realize the liarm that has been done them by these medical
poisons. Swelling of the neck often follows the suppression of foot-
sweats, and, in the same way, encumbrance of the head, nervousness,
mental derangement, consumption, heart trouble, etc., are frequently
induced by excretions, that were suppressed by medicines or salves.
Eczema, driven back into the system, often terminates in this way.
A cough, too, when merely stifled, instead of being radically cured,
leads to more serious affections of the lungs, as the foreign matter
which is usually expe<^.torated, finds then no longer an outlet.
from one to fifteen minutes, and repeated from two to four times a day, or even
oftener. Care must be taken, however, to restore the warmth of the body again,
quickly, either by exercise, or additional wraps or cover. No artificial heat should
be applied after the process. Of course, a patient, too weak to leave his bed, may,
by turning upon the side or abdomen, have his back so treated by some other person.
The small of the back opposite the naval, seems to be the most effectual spot for
treatment, to restore suppressed vitality. The back is always accessible, and in my
opinion is far more preferable than toworkupon the nerves of the sexual organs ; as
the latter comprise but a small portion of those, running along the back.— A. R.
Fig. 5 — Front-Encumbrance.
Head, normal size. Forehead, wrinkled Eyes, normal. Nose, normal, (i^heek, in
folds. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, far back. Neck, in front enlarged. Nape-line, normal.
Fig. 6- Normal Figure.
Fig. 7 — Froi^t Encumbrance.
Head, size normal. Forehead, bald, not cushioned. Eyes, dull. Nose, well shaped.
Mouth, lower lip enlarged.* Chin, enlarged. Jaw-line, far behind the ear. Lower half
of Face, clumsy. Neck, very much enlarged in front. Nape line, normal.
Fig. 8-— Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, size normal. Forehead, smooth, without cushions. Eyes, normal. Nose, nor-
mal. Lips, too thick. Jaw-line, missing. Face, appears thicker and longer on the right
than on the left. Neck, much enlarged in front; less so on the side. Nape-line, normal.
♦Deposits of foreign matter cause any affected parts of the body to appear enlarged or
swollen. — ^A. R.
Variations in the Shape of the Body Resulting From Deposits
of Foreign Matter.
Such deposit>^ commence in the abdomen; but more distant
organs soon become affected. The effete matter works gradually
toward the extremities of the body. On its way to the head, de-
posits made in the neck, become quickly noticeable. They appear at
first, perhaps, as an uniform enlargement, afterwards as irregular
swellings or lumps. Later on; the underlying organ can no longer
be seen or felt. Sometimes the foreign matter hardens, and shrinks
to a small compass. To the casual observer, this may seem an im-
provement, but, in reality, it is the most serious phase of all. Hard
streaks appear in the throat, the muscles lose their mobility, and
the hue of the complexion alters, becoming ashy, brown, or intensely
red. Though meaningless to the uninitiated, these are all unerring
indications to a student of our method of diagnosis. ,The indura-
tions of the neck and head, form in a way similar to those of the ab-
domen. As a rule, they increase in the same ratio, though some-
times they decrease below, and form rapidly above. Under Water
Cure treatment, they first begin to disaf)pear above and increase in
the abdomen. The course, over which the foreign matter travels on
its way to the head, varies according to the vitality of the different
organs, and the person's habitual position during sleep.* Accord-
ingly, for convenience, we use the terms :
A. Front, \
B. Side, (encumbrance.
C. Back )
*^Side" encumbrance, of course, may refer to either the right or
tlie left side. It is rare, however, that one mode of encumbrance is
found entirely alone. As a rule, they are combined, and usually the
* It is an interesting fact that foreign deposits follow the law of gravity. If a
person sleeps continuously on one side, the organs of that side will be noticeably en-
larged by the accumulation of effete matter. — A. K.
whole body is more or less affected. With a view to obtaining a
clearer insight, we will study the various kinds of encumbrances,
A.-— Front EncumbrAxNCe. Figures— 5, 7, 36 and 37.
Front encumbrance concerns mainly the front portions of the
body, as is illustrated in figure 5. I have added a normal figure (6)
so that, by comparison, a clear idea may be gained. It will be found
to the reader's advantage to fix the different outlines and symptoms
carefully in his mind. With front encumbrance, the neck is usually too
full in front, (figure 7) and the face enlarged and clumsy. Sometimes
it is only the mouth that protrudes; the foreign matter having
settled there alone.
The facial boundary line* ov jaw-line, is always a characteristic
one. This is the line which sharply defines the face from the neck.
In a normal person, (figure 6) it runs directly from the chin, outlin-
ing the jaw, up to the ear. In cases of front encumbrance, however,
this natural boundary line of the face is either pushed back, or
more or less obliterated. The deviation from the normal is in direct
proportion to the degree of encumbrance If front encumbrance
predominates, the face looks bloated, and a fatty cushion may form
on the forehead. **
The encumbrance of the forehead plainly indicates that the
foreign matter has reached the region of the brain. In some cases,
lumps have developed upon the neck. Though these may, in time,
become reduced in size, and the emaciation of the muscles may re*-,
store the jaw-line to something of its normal distinctness, the pres-
* There are other such definite lines observable in the normal body, namely, one
that separates the back of the head from the back of the neck, and another between
the thigh and abdomen. For brevity sake, I call them, respectively, XhQ jaw-line,
the nape-liney and the thigh-line. See figure A. B, C. — A. R.
* * In a normal, healthy person, the skin can be easily raised from the forehead.
There is nothing between it and the bone. But in a case of encumbrance, a layer of
fat seems to be inserted, and it is almost impossible to move the skin. The
formation of small, raised pimples often follows. The condition of the forehead is
sometimes the result of back encumbrance, when the foreign matter has risen along
the spine, and crossing the top of the head, has settled about the upper portions of
the face. — A. R.
Fig. 9 — 1<ront Encumbrance.
Head, too large, especially the upper part, indicating prematurity. Forehead, cush-
ioned. Eyes, rather compressed. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, far behind
the ear. Neck normal, but shows tension when the head is bent back. Nape-line, normal.
Fig. io — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, somewhat enlarged above. Forehead, cushioned above. Eyes, normal. Nose,
normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, covered with lumps. Neck, uneven. Nape-line, normal.
Pk;. II — Front Encumbrance.
Figure, proportions normal. Head, irregular, mainly on top. Forehead, cushioned.
Eyes, closed (blind). Nose, normal. ^louth, normal. Jaw-line, far behind the ar. Neck,
stiff. Abdomen, much too large. P>uption on the body, caused by vaccination.
eiice of this hard, dry residuum bears testimony to the fact that
there is a most serious deposit to be dealt with. The complexion
is either unnaturally pale or unduly flushed, with front encumbrance.
The parts most affected show great tension, and shine conspicuously.
The degree of mobility of the nmscles. of the neck is also significant.
Sometimes the head cannot readily be thrown back, (figure 37), or,
upon being bent backwards, lumps of various sizes may become
noticeable on the neck. Sometimes the deposits are evenly dis-
tributed over the face, or one side may become longer and
thicker than the other, or, again, only a single part may be affected.
The consequent forms of disease depend wholly on the kind of
encumbrance. In front encumbrance, the whole front of the body
even down to the legs, is affected, and the most varied organs suf-
fer in consequence. It often leads to such acute forms of disease (or
rather, sanitary crises) as measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, inflam-
mation of the lungs, etc. In the forms of disease which affect child-
ren, eruptions are alwfiys more noticeable on the front portions of
Certain chronic ailments, especially those of the neck and face,
may follow front encumbrance. It is universally conceded that con-
tinued redness and eruption of the face, indicate a diseased condition.
These symptoms usually appear at first on the chin, and the lower
teeth begin to decay. In figures 5 and 7, the lower teeth have evi-
dently been gone for some time. Nervous forms of disease, and
affections of the eyes, result from this kind of encumbrance. This,
too, is the cause of loss of hair, especially on the front portions of
the head. There is never any affection of the mind — (that is, of the
brain) — if the encumbrance is entirely frontal. If the foreign matter
is deposited in the cheeks or forehead, thepatient will be very sensitive
to change of temperature, and suffer from headaches, eruptions, and
perhaps erysipelas, in the affected parts, but the vital organs will
remain intact for a long time. The growth of the encumbrance is
often so gradual, that its presence is not suspected until it culmin-
ates in some internal disorder. And so, it becomes more and more
* All encumbrance is a forrunner of acute disease. There can be no disease
without previous latent deposits of poisonous matter. — A. K.
Fig. 12 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, almost normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth,
normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, much enlarged and fixed. The encumbrance has ad-
vanced no further than the neck, producing goitre; the head has almost remained free.
Fig. 13— Front and Side Encumbrance.
(Daughter of the lady in Fig. 12.)
Head, a trifle too large. Forehead, somewhat cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose,^
normal. Mouth, a little open. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, enlarged, with goitre. On an aver-
age, her encumbrance is the same as her mother's, but part of the matter has advanced
further into the head.
Fk;. 14 — Normal Figure.
Fig. 15 — Side Encumbrance.
H^ad, size normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, nor-
mal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, stiff, thick cords running up on either side.
Fig. 16 — Encumbrance of the Right-side.
Head, normal, bent to the left. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal.
Mouth, normal. Face, right-side too long. Jaw-line, on the right is missing. Neck, stiff,
greatly enlarged on the right.
certain that the only cure for any form of disease is, removal of its
primary cause, which invariably proves to he poisonous deposits.
(See page 78, also figures 9, 11, 12, and 14.) But front encum-
brance is comparatively easy of treatment, and its consequences are
rarely of a fatal nature. This accounts for a fact which is always
a matter of surprise to people — that some patients recover
so much more rapidly than others. By means of the Water Cure
Treatment, this phase of encumbrance is often mastered in a few
A man suffering from sycosis (barber's itch) came to me for
treatment. Knowing it to be only the result of front encumbrance,
I was enabled to relieve him in a very short time. Of course, organs
that have become totally destroyed, such as lost teeth,* cannot be
restored; but, even after years of baldness and disease, the hair often
grows again, and fresh natural skin is formed.
* "There are cases, however, where even the teeth have been renewed. This, in
my estimation, points to the possibility of reaching the same desirable result in
every case, if only once the necessary conditions could be discovered.*' — R. O. La-
I consider the condition necessary, to be merely a suCacient degree of vital
force If, by return to a natural mode of living, and the removal of encumbering
matter, the vitality, that has so long been obstructed or lain dormant, could be re-
stored to its full activity, I believe that nature would supply the loss of teeth, as she
does that, of the hair and the skin. — A. R.
B. Side Encumbrance. Figures 8, 15, etc.
Side encumbrance shows a distinct enlargement of the neck on
the side affected. Often, all the parts on that side are broader, so
that the whole body; appears unsymmetrical, as in figure 17. The
same thing is seen in figure 1 6, where the entire right side of the face
is larger and broader than the left. This is noticeable in the legs as
well, and, consequently, the line of the head is not in the centre of
the body. The affected leg is not sharply defined from the body, and
a considerable enlargement is fpund on the thigh-line. By degrees,
the head will grow perceptibly one-sided, and lumps will probably
form on both it and the neck. The encumbered side is indicated by
Fig. 17 — Encumbrance of the Left-side.
Figure, one-sided, left side broader than the right one. Head, size normal, does not
occupy the centre line. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, nor-
mal. Jaw -line, normal. Neck, greatly enlarged on the left. Shoulders, the left one broader
than the other one. Body, left half broader than the right. Thig-hline, obliterated, with a
great lump on the left side. Legs, the left thicker than the right.*
♦This enlargement is caused by deposits of foreign. matter. The greater circumference
is here no sign of strength, but of weakness and disease. — The Translator.
Fig. i8 — Side and Front Encumbrance.
Head, a little too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normal.
Mouth, distorted. Jaw-line, missing. Chin, thickened. Neck, has almost disappeared; a
heavy cord with warts * on the right side.
♦Warts usually indicate a considerable degree of encumbrance. — ^The Translator.
Fig. 19 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, a little too large.
Mouth, open. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick, like a goitre, with lumps.
48 ' ENCIMBRANCE.
the tension in the muscles, produced by turning the head from one
side to the other. Not infrequently, vertical cords or strings ap-
pear in the neck, indicating the course of the foreign matter. The
consequences of side encumbrance sire more serious and more diffi-
cult to cope with than those following frontal encumbrance. Not
only loss of the teeth, but of the hearing also, is likely to ensue, es-
pecially if front and side encumbrance be combined. In such cases, a
swollen cord is noticeable, running up the neck toward the ear. The
eyes, also, become affected, probably with cataract. This appears
first, of course, on the encumbered side. A person may suffer from a
one-sided sick headache for years, without any apparent aggravation,
until, at last, the encumbrance increases to such an extent, that
some other place of deposit becomes necessary.
A lady whom I knew, suffered for fifteen years with sick head-
ache. No relief could be obtained from the drugs administered by
her family physician. He assured her that her trouble would lessen
in course of time ; and so it did, but at the expense of her eyesight.
This, however, was regarded as a misfortune, brought on by some
entirely separate cause, and no one — least of all the physician —
divined that they originated in the same thing. Figures 15 and 19.
Left-sided encumbrance usually paralyzes the activity of the skin,
thus proving more dangerous than that of the right side, in which
the body perspires profusely. Foot-sweat frequently accompanies
right-sided encumbrance, and the internal fever is less. Perspiration
of course, retards the progress of encumbrance, and so should never
be suddenly checked, as serious disturbance in the system may
C. Back Encumbrance. Figure 20.
Encumbrance of the back is by far the most serious possible. It
may run through all degrees of enlargement even to the hump-back.
If the foreign matter ascends to the head, the back of the neck will
become enlarged, and the nape-line — that is, the line of demarcation
between the neck and the back of the head— will be obliterated. The
space there will, by degrees, become entirely filled with matter. The
head, too, will grow wider on top, and the forehead will develop a
Fig. 20 — Back Encumbranxe.
Head, rather large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, dull and compressed. Nose, too
thick in front. Mouth, open. Jaw-line, missing. Nape-line, missing; the back of the neck
is quite filled in with foreign matter, so that the back of the head and the back of the neck
almost form a straight line. Neck, cannot be turned. Back, round-shouldered.
Fig. 21 — Back Encumbrance.
Head, too large, bent forwards. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, rather protruding. Nose,
normal. Chin and mouth, too thick. Jaw-line, absent. Nape-line, missing. Back,
r ound-shouldered .
sort of cushion. The face may be attacked also— the encumbrance
progressing downwards from the forehead. Back encumbrance is
usually accompanied by piles) and, as the hips are afflicted as well,
the gait becomes staggering*
Acute symptoms are always of a serious nature with back encum-
brance, and the patient's only hope is in profuse perspiration, and
immediate and energetic use of the eliminating baths.** Dis-
turbances of the system, such as are accompanied by a high degree
offerer, usually attack children, while* those forms of disease
from which adults suffer, though quite as painful, are generally
accompanied by a low temperature. As soon as back encum-
brance reaches the region of the head, nervousness, inatten-
tion, loss of memory, lack of energy, and even insanity may follow.
We never find a case of insanity without more or less encumbrance
of the back. And herein lies the value of my facial diagnosis. By
this means, the danger of mental derangement can be recognized 1
long beforehand, and, with proper treatment, can be entirely r-
averted, J j
People, afflicted with this kind of encumbrance, are usually very g 5
active, almost restless, in the early stages. Children, so affected are s i ^
precocious, but become inattentive and absent-minded as they grow 5 > i
older, and never fulfill the promise of their childhood. As they seem ° S
to have no organic trouble, however, physicians fail to discover the ^ 5
cause of their mental debility. Adults, too, suffering in this way, o
are often ridiculed as hypochondriacs, and considered as specimens 5
of health on account of their bloated body and flushed complexion, ?
Back encumbrance, also causes ^premature awakening of the sexual
desires, and leads, in both sexes, to masturbation and early im-
potence. Persons so afflicted, are invariably incapable of procrea-
tion, A woman affected in this way, is liable to have miscarriages
* I consider this staggering gait as more probably the result of encumbrance of
the spinal cord. A. B.
* * In case of back encumbrance, the system is usually so heavily charged with
morbid matter, that hot vapor baths would act too powerfully, and the patient would
probably become discouraged by the subsequent weakness. So I proceed more upon
the line of Kneipp's method. I use less direct measures, preferably cold ablutions
douches and showers as well as cold sitz-baths, packs, compresses, and my own
tpinal friction baths. — (See note page 31.) — A. E.
or premature births. Propagation is possible, however, if the
woman only is afflicted, or, if both man and woman, but only in a
slight degree. Still, the offspring of such a union are always weak
and lacking in vitality, and the mother is unable to nurse them*
If the signs of back encumbrance become noticeable throughout an
entire nation, it is an unfailing indication of that nation's ap-
proaching downfall. The busts of the Komans and Persians, exe-
cuted in the decline of those empires, give interesting and important
evidence of the truth of this statement. Consequently, through
Facial Diagnosis we are, to-day, enabled to trace the true causes of
the degeneration of these highly cultured people, and read a warn-
ing for our own good as well.
Persons afflicted with back encumbrance are unfitted for any
position demanding diplomacy, and quickly succumb in any mental
strife. The person in figure 6, even though he were lacking in edu-
cational advantages, is really superior in ability to those shown in
figures 20 and 21.
Back encumbrance is more common among what are called the
^'better classes, ^^ than with thepoorer, *^ Every one recognizing that
he is a sufferer from back encumbrance, should immediately begin
the work of freeing himself from it. One of the worst features of
this affliction is, the loss of energy that ensues. The longer a per-
son has suffered with it, the less able he is to throw off its yoke.
As long as the foreign substances are soft, theii* elimination
is comparatively easy ; but if they are allowed to become hardened,
their removal requires both time and labor.
♦Many mothers, who have nursed their first children, find themselves unable to
do so with those born later, as their encumbrance has increased with every year.
This, of course, is entirely unnecessary. Intelligent treatment, and proper diet, will
make any one free from encumbrance throughout a long life. A. B.
**This necessarily leads to the obliteration of class lines. The "better classes,"
more frequpntly transgressing the laws of health in regard to diet, etc., will in the
end sink below the average level. The "poorer classes," meanwhile, necessarily more
abstemious, will, by degrees, take their places. Society, from this point of view, re-
sembles a surging sea. A. B.
Fig. 22— Back and Side Encumbrance.
Back of head, too large. Forehead, too broad and cushioned. Eyes, normal. Nose
normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick, a heavy vertical cord on its
right side. Nape-line, wanting.
Fig. 23 — Back Encumbrance.
(Represents the person in fig. 22, when young.)
Head, almost normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth,
normal, Jaw-line, normal. Neck, rather thick. Nape-line, already missing.
Fig. 24 — Back Encumbrance.
- (Bust of a Persian.)
Head, its size normal, but its back part; too large. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal.
Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal; but Nape-line, missing.
Fig. 25 — Back and Side Encumbrance.
(Ancient Roman Bust.)
Head, too large, especially its rear part. Forehead, somewhat cushioned. Eyes, nor-
mal. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick. Nape-line,
Fig. 26 — Universal Encumbrance, Mainly of TriE left side.
Head, too large, held to the side. Forehead, too high and cushioned. Eyes, restless,
Mouth, open. Nose, almost normal. Neck, too thick, especially on the left side. Jaw line,
Fig. 27 — Universal Encumbrance. Rear View of Fig. 26.
The square shape of the head, and the surprising width ot the neck, are here quite con-
D. Mixed and Universal Encumbrance. Figures 8, 18, 19 and 26.
Front and side encumbrance are freqfnently found together,
(figures 8, 10, 18 and 19). Side encumbrance may be connected,
too, with encumbrance of the back, (figures 22 and 25), and even
front and back encumbrance may be present in the same individual.
Of course, those suffering from universal encumbrance are in the
most serious condition of all. They are nervous, restless, discon-
tented, and predisposed to acute ailments. They are apt to die sud-
denly, though, on account of their appearance of stoutness, (owing
to the presence of so much foreign matter) they are usually thought
to be in excellent health. In treating a person suffering in this way,
the chances of recovery depend a good deal upon the age and gen-
eral vitality. The rapidity of cure depends on the same conditions*
The bloated condition of the body renders treatment more effectual.
When the tissues begin to shrink and harden, recovery becomes more
♦Women recover much more quickly than men. This is probably due to the fact,
that the nervous systems of the Jatter are frequently overtaxed by excesses of various
kinds. A. R.
Fig. 28 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, normal. Nose, too thin. Mouth, a
little open. Jaw-line, absent. Neck, enlarged all around and and immovable. Nape-line,
Fig. 29 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, too large. Forehead, shiny. Eyes, compressed. Nose^ rather heavy. Mouth, a
trifle open. Face, square. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too thick, immovable. Nape-line>
Fig. 30 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, too large. Forehead, pretty normal. Eyes, restless. Nose, normal. Mouth, a
little open. Face, deformed, broader below. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too thick.
Fig. 31— Universal Encumbrance.
Rear view of Fig. 30. Considerable swelling behind the ear. Neck enlarged and im-
Fig. 32— Universal Encumbrance.
Head, its form abnormal, much too wide above. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normah
Mouth, normal. Face, pale. Neck, stiff and too large.
Fig. 33 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, too large, too wide above, too narrow below. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normal.
Mouth, normal. Face, distorted and pale. Neck, too thick and immovable.
Fig. 34 — Universal Encumbrance. ^
Shoulders, sloping to a high degree. Head, angular. Back of head, too high. Fore-
head, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Neck, too thick. Jaw-
line, normal. Nape-line, absent.
Disease of Internal Organs.
The truths upon which Facial Diagnosis is founded, render the
immense catalogue of current diseases entirely valueless. Its
methods, however, are perfectly capable of determining accurately
any particular organic affection. No matter what pai-t is affected,
the organs of digestion are always co-sufferers. All disorders begin
with them, and, to the degree that impurities are deposited within
their tissues, their working capacity decreases. A normally healthy
person is quite unconscious of the process of digestion going on
within him. Almost every one, however, is subject to minor dis-
comforts in this respect, but little heed is given to them unless they^
increase to actual pain. When the foreign deposits begin to dry and
become hardened, inflammation ensues, resulting in one of the two
extremes, diarrhoea or constipation. Both are caused by undue in-
Constipation is caused by the drying of the mucous lining of the
intestines, so that the faecal matter refuses to proceed, and becomes
hard and dry. Diarrhoea' sets in, when the body is still able to re^
move the effete matter. The food, however, being expelled before
the digestive organs have abstracted all the nutriment contained in
it, the body is but partially nourished. In both cases, the food is not
properly assimilated, and the body becomes surcharged with effete
matter. Poverty of blood and consumption are the consequences.
This latt/er is revealed by increasing weakness and emaciation, not-
withstanding the so-called strengthening diet prescribed by physi-
cians. This clearly proves that a particular kind of food is not
nearly so essential, as proper digestion of whatever is taken.* Where-
ever the encumbrance has settled, the internal organs nearest that
spot, are sure to be affected. In the ca«e of front encumbi'ance,
the digestive organs are apt to suffer, but cure is not difficult.
* I do not agree with this view. The proper kind of food is the first thing essen-
tial to normal digestion; but the 'strengthening food* and 'stimulants' of the medical
people are quite wrong. See 'Nature versus' Drugs* by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A.
66 DISEASE OF INTERNAL ORGANS.
With back encumbrance, however, hemorrhoids are apt to
follow, and all the symptoms are of a more or less serious nature.
The /zVer being part of the digestive apparatus, and situated on
the right side, naturally sympathizes when that side is encumbered.
The complexion becomes yellowish, owing to the inability of the
liver to secrete the bile from the blood. All encumbrance of the right
side is followed by profuse perspiration, with sometimes offensive
foot-sweats. But these are only nature's methods of relieving the
body, and should never be checked, but rendered no longer necessary
by removing the aggravating cause. As soon as this is done, these
unpleasant symptoms disappear and no dangerous results need be
feared. Their suppression by drugs or external applications, however,
is sure to be followed by evil consequences, as the foul matter, for-
merly carried off, must then find some other avenue of escape— possi-
bly some vital organ.
The kidneys, too, are connected with the organs of digestion,
and, as such, are apt to be the seat of poisonous deposits. Their
condition is most easily ascertained by examining the urine which
they secrete, (see page 23.) In back or left-sided encumbrance, the
kidneys are often seriously involved ; particularly in the latter case,
as then the pores do no,t perform their usual function. The forma-
tion of soft, watery bags under the lower eye-lid, is almost always
an indication of kidney trouble.
Encumbrance of the digestive apparatus involves the sexual or-
gans as well, especially with women. This is not so at the begin-
ning, however. Nature seems to endeavor to protect the organs of
reproduction as long as possible.
Disease of the sexual organs may originate in two ways with
women. Either the procreative organs become greatly charged
with matter, or the uterus itself is displaced by an extensive encum-
brance of the intestines. This latter condition, however, follows
back-encumbrance only, which also is the cause of barrenness, diffi-
cult parturition, and poverty in the secretions^ofthe]breast.
If the encumbrance be unequally distributed, and especially if it
affect the left side (which precludes relief by means of perspiration),
rheumatism is apt to ensue. This develops only when the body is
charged to the very extremities with foreign matter. It is usually
DISEASE OF INl'ERNAL ORGANS. 67
It is usually brought on by a considerable fall in the temperature.
The sudden contraction of the blood vessels, consequent upon the
cold, causes the foreign matter to accumulate at the joints. Hence the
pain is never felt directly in the joint, but just about it. A full
vapor bath * will open the pores, carrying part of the deposit away
through them, and probably dissolving the rest. Otherwise it hardens
gradually, and becomes gout, which is really only rheumatism treated
by dry heat and other ineffectual means.
The presence of left-sided encumbrance makes the prediction of
rheumatism and gout reasonably sure. This is especially so, if
aggravated by back-encumbrance as well; for then the kidneys, which
act as the depurating organs of the liquid effluvia, will become af-
fected, and fail to purge the system of these additional impurities.
The heart also suffers, when the left side is encumbered, especially
when this is coupled with frontal encumbrance.
Affections of the lungs are followed by the most direful conse-
quences. The chief fault of medical diagnosis, by means of auscultationy
etc., lies in the fact that, by such means, disease is not detected until quite
fully developed. Whereas, Facial Diagnosis, by observing fche charac-
tei of the encumbrance, is enabled to note a tendency to, or possibility
of consumption long before-hand, and so, to avert it. Lung troubles,
when properly treated, by the Water Cure and other natural methods,
are as curable as any other forms of disease. They originate only in
an advanced stage of encumbrance. Impure air, too, affects the lungs
* One of the greatest evils of the Russian and Turkish Baths consists in the
circumstance that the bather's head is in the hotter and his feet in the cooler space.
This is just the reverse of what should be the case. The hot air ascends, as you know,
heating the head and filling the lungs. Though the skin is cooled by shower and
plunge baths afterwards, the lungs continue sensitive and relaxed from the long
inhalation of superheated air, and this air is heavy with impurities as well — the
repulsive exhalations and efiiuvia from other bathers. Persons who frequent these
baths, are often suffering from every variety of infectious disease, such of the skin,
lungs, and sexual organs, and yet, no provision is made in these establishments to
g^ard others against contagion.
A strong healthy person, who takes such baths, may feel no immediate harm;
on the contrary, the efiect of having the pores of one's skin opened, and of the massage
treatment, may appear to him beneficial ; but the detrimental influence becomes
evident at once upon a debilitated system. Physicians who have been in the habit of
recommending such baths to their patients as a last resource, will do well to consider
this matter carefully. — A. R.
Fig. 35 — Back Encumbrance.
Head, normal. Neck, normal in front, a little too large behind. Back, with a most un-
common deposit of matter; it is owing to the formation of this lump, that the head has re-
mained comparatively free from encumbrance.
Fig. 36 — Front and Side Encumb range.
Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, too thick. Mouth
open. Face, square. Jaw-line, absent. Neck, too short and too thick.
Fig. 37 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, almost normal. Nose, too large. Mouth,
open. Face, almost square. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too short and too thick.
70 DISEASE OF INTERNAL ORGANS.
Fever is the natural endeavor of the body to rid itself of foreign
matter* As long as this is not understood by the medical school,
they will continue to stifle and suppress it, and so to induce the de-
velopement of consumption and other fatal conditions. As a rule,
the foreign matter reaches the lungs from above, and only after the
head and shoulders have become fully charged. In some instances,
however, the head remains free, and the foul deposit enters the
lungs directly from the shoulders and neck. Thus, coming from
above, the trouble effects the apexes of the lungs first. Usually, per-
sons in whom consumption afterwards develops, were full and well
nourished when young. Even then, however, a considerable pres-
sure upwards could have been noticed,** and lumps were beginning to
form in the abdomen. The face, too, was flushed and shiny, and
became more angular with age. (Figures 37, 38 and 39). Later
on, the mouth was kept open, especially during sleep. This ten-
dency is hardly noticeable at first, but, as it increases, catarrh of
the nose and tl^roat becomes chronic. The nose may even become
black inside, which, however, would indicate an advanced stage of
encumbrance. When the body begins to sink and grow emaciated,
it is first noticeable in the nose, which becomes conspicuously thin-
ner. The apparent lengthening of the neck and shrinking of the
shoulders, is due to the fact that the head is less affected, and the
matter has settled principally in the shoulders.***
A person predisposed tolungtrouble, is usually somewhat bloated
in appearance, showing pressure toward the head.** All children
with large heads (figures 37, 38, 49 and 51) are more or less scrof-
* If the deposits of foreign matter in the system are the result of improper food
only, they would then probably consist of half digested and unassimilated material,
which forms excellent food for microbes. These minute organisms decompose this
matter, and this gives rise to what is termed *fever.' The deposits are transformed
by this process so, that the blood is able to absorb and carry them to the depurating
organs. Microbes, in this light, are seen to be far from injurious. It is the impuri-
ties which they devour, which are the re«l cause of the disorder. Quinine, and other
drugs, given to kill microbes, kill the living tissues of our bodies at the same time ;
and really shorten our lives, while they do not benefit us even for the moment. — A. R.
** This is mdicated by the disappearance of the nape-and jaw-lines. — A. R.
*** I would rather pay that part of the lungs being expectorated, the upper portion
of the chest collapses, drawing the shoulders and collar bones down. But, as the
head is retained in its position by the spinal column, the neck must necessarily be
lengthened out. — A .R.
DISEASE OF INTERNAL ORGANS.
ulous, and have probably inherited, from encumbered parents, the
seeds of tuberculosis. The fight against the disease should com-
mence immediately upon these first indications of trouble. As a
rule, such children are liable to frequent coughs and colds, as the
body thus endeavors to throw off the foul matter with which it is
charged. Whatever is expectorated, or escapes from the nose, dur-
ing such salutary crises, is only corrupt matter, of which the system
is well rid. With frontal encumbrance, this natural effort is often
entirely successful. Persons so affected, frequently attain an ad-
vanced age. But, with encumbrance of the back, the vitality soon
becomes too low to endure such crises, and succumbs to the surfeit
of accumulation. Often the system tries to cleanse itself by
means of ulcers and carbuncles, which carry off large quantities of
foul matter from the body. But, in this case also, if the vitality has
become too low, the effort proves too severe, and the foul matter,
unable to escape, falls back upon the lungs, and lumps or tubercles
are formed. These are really only internal ulcers, causing no pain,
but producing, after a time, a general feeling of debility. Even this,
however, often fails to warn the patient of tjie very serious condi-
tion indicated by it. Very much the same explanation is applicable
to lumps and excrescences of all kinds, such as piles, malignant
growths, etc. Plague sores, too, are no exception. They are merely
the result of nature's effort to cleanse the body. The fatality at-
tending this endeavor, simply indicates the low vitality prevalent.
Leprosy, too, that most dreaded form of disease, is quite similar in
origin. Lumps form near the surface of the body, usually when the
skin has relinquished all effort to secrete the sweat. The forma-
tion of any lumps indicates serious disorder, as well as a vitality too
low to throw this off by natural means.
These symptoms follow heavy encumbrance of the back, and
are rarely noticed with frontal affection. If the patient's vitality
can be raised to such a degree as to enable the system to cleanse it-
self by means of ulcers, etc., cure is (juite possible. These two forms
of disease, leprosy and consumption, have many points in common.
Both appear in tropical countries, and arise from much the
same ch«aracter of encumbrance, though we have no lack of con-
Fig. 38 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Head, its size almosti normal, too broad below. Forehead, normal.'' Eyes, normal. Nose,
swollen, chronically sore inside. Mouth, open. Face, square. Jaw line, missing. Neck,
covered with lumps; fixed.
Fig. 39 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, its size normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, somewhat compressed, dull,
a trifle too thick. ^Mouth, open. Face, square and bloated. Jaw-line, disappeared.
Fig. 40 — Universal Encumbrance.
Head, its size normal. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, dull. Nose, too thick. Mouth,
open. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, stiff and too long. Chest, fallen in.
74 DISEA8E OF INTERNAL ORGANS.
suniptive cases in our temperate climate. Both also are the result
of medically suppressed or mismanaged fever , or perhaps syphilis.
If syphilis, treated in the usual way with mercury, has preceded the
appearance of leprosy, the cure of this latter condition is almost im-
possible. Leprosy, like any other sickness, is accompanied by fever.
The inability of the medical schools, to cope with this form of disorder,
lies in the fact that they are utterly ignorant of its nature. In this case,
they cannot effect even a sham-cure by suppressing the disturbance,
and driving it to another part of the body, because the whole
system is already overcharged with foul deposit. Despite the isola-
tion of every case, this form of disease continues to develop, and
physicians are still at a loss to account for its appearance. Bacilli
of course, are named as the cause, but, in reality, so-called medical
science is wholly ignorant of its nature and origin.
By Facial Diagnosis, however, even a tendency toward this or
any form of disease, is easily detected, and the patient is warned of
the consequence of thoughtless delay and fatal indifference. There
is no doubt that leprosy, even after it is sufficiently dev^eloped to be
recognized by a medical man, can be cured, if Water Cure methods
are used in time. It originates, like all other forms of disease, in
impure blood, and is curable by natural methods of purification, if
treated before the loss of too much vital power.
Facial Diagnosis in Practice.
I have described to the reader the various symptoms by which
the different forms of disease may be recognized. I shall now en-
deavor to place him in a position to acquire sufficient skill in the
practice of Facial Diagnosis to be of benefit in his daily life. "Prac-
tice makes perfect/' and skill in diagnosis increases with its use.
This can be done, however, without making oneself an obnoxious
member of society, or persisting in one's observations to the annoy-
ance of others, as well as to the detriment to the cause of the new
science. I will here give a guide to this practice — the result of a number
of examinations, with illustrations of the same. It is to be regretted,
however, that such indications, as the hue of the complexion, and
manner of turning the head, etc., are impossible of reproduction.
Often, of the encumbrance, too, only a portion can be shown.
I. A girl, as rei)re8ented in figure 11, comes to us for examina-
tion. First, we notice her carriage and complexion. The former is
not good, the head being inclined too far forward. The latter is too
pale, to indicate health. The presence of foreign matter about the
eyes, is easily recognized from their partly closed condition. This
may eventually result in blindness. The whole head, too, is evi-
dently very much encumbered. This is frontal in character, as
the jaw-line is found to be much back of the ear. There is also
encumbrance of the back, but to a less degree. By turning the head
upwards, the nape-line is found to be almost normal. But, at the
same time, considerable swelling and tension of the neck becomes
apparent, and, on turning the head from side to side, trifling
encumbrance of both sides becomes noticeable. This latter, however,
76 FACIAL DIAGNOSIS IN PRACTICE.
is slight, compared with the frontal affection indicated by the
abdominal and the serious eye affection. But, as all front encum-
brance is comparatively easy of treatment, even such symptoms
need not be considered as alarming.
Of course, all local treatment of the eyes would he useless. The
only mode of cure would consist in removing the foul deposits from
the abdomen. In this way, the eyes will soon be restored to their
The sore on the arm is flue to the fact that the blood had been
entirely vitiated by vaccination and inoculation with tuberculine.
Even a few weeks of natural treatment, in this case resulted in
restored vision, and greatly reduced encumbrance in every direction.
II. At first glance, the api^eaiance of the boy in figure 38 would
indicate a fair degree of health. His complexion, although hardly
ot the normal, youthful color, is not bad, and his carriage is fine.
But, on comparing him with a perfectly healthy child, his head is at
once seen to be too large. This indicates some back encumbrance.
The facial boundary line or (the jaw-line) is good, but there are
lumps on the left-side of the neck, which become more obvious as
the head is turned to the side.
It the head is bent backwards, we find also a great tension and
swelling of the muscles in front. Hence the encumbrance is seen to
be frontal and left-sided. The high temperature, and pressure of
foreign matter toward the upper part of the body, indicate a far
more considerable encumbrance of the body than at first appeared.
This has settled partly in the forehead and partly in the neck, where
it has formed into lumps. Similar swellings are to be found on the
left side of the abdomen. Palpitation of the heart is another un-
mistakable symptom, as well as imperfect action of the pores,
which always follows left-sided encumbrance. Digestion is, of
course, impaired, and, should the matter rise still higher on the left
side, headache, ear-ache, and loss of hair would result. In course
of time, rheumatism may develop, and lumps appear upon the top of
♦Specialists for the eyes, mainly restrict their efforts to that organ, and conse-
quently, instead ot producing a cure, make the patient worse. — A. E.
FACIAL DIAGNOSIS IX PRACTICE. 77
the head. As the encumbrance has settled in the neck, the chest is also
in danger, and a dry cough would indicate certain affection of the
lungs. The treatment for this case would consist in alleviating
baths and a suitable diet. This would prevent the progress of the
accumulations, and reduce the internal temperature. The patient .
being young, and suffering from little encumbrance of the back, there
is no reason whatever, why persistence in these methods should not
effect a perfect cure. Though, of course, as the deposit has already
manifested itself in lumps, some time would be necessary for this.
III. In figure 7, the man's carriage is quite good. Though his
complexion is of a slightly grayish tint toward -^he lower part of
the face; it -is otherwise almost normal. TheJace is somewhat
awkward in shape. A glance at the side of the head and neck, shows
us that this is another case of frontal encumbrance, for the jaw-line
is almost entirely obliterated. On bending the head backwards, the
neck appears swollen quite to the chin. Turning the head from side
to side, however, no tension is observed, hence we infer that there is
no side-encumbrance. The nape-line is good, so the back is evi-
dently not affected. Loss of teeth and hair, and, possibly, some
trouble with the eyes may be expected. But, as the trouble is en-
tirely frontal, proper treatment in time will avert all this, and the
patient may be assured a long and healthful life.
IV. In figure 16, the patient meets us with head inclined to the
left, which at once shows her trouble to be of the right side. In fact,
while the left side of the face is almost normal, the whole right side
is unusually large and shiny. Turning the head, proves beyond
doubt that this side is seriously affected. Foreign deposits in the
right groin will probably result from this, as well as head, ear, and
tooth-ache. But as perspiration is still normal, many serious con-
sequences from colds, etc., are averted. As all the organs of the
right side sj^mpathize more or less, any acute disease would become
evident there, first. Proper treatment Avould, however, overcome
dangerous tendencies, and avert possible troubles.
V. Infigurel7, wefind the maji's left shoulder a little higher than
the right. The head is a little to one side, and in fact, the whole body
is somewhat off centre. The left side is broader and stouter than
78 FACIAL DIAGNOSIS IX PRACTICE.
the right ; a fact which even the tailor's art fails to conceal from the
practiced eye of one accustomed to Facial Diagnosis. The pale com-
plexion and despondent mien are also unmistakable symptoms.
The right side, however, is found to be perfectly free of encumbrance,
the front slightly affected, and the ba^k considerably so. Of course,
the abdomen is involved, and quite sizable lumps are found on the
left side, which render many diseased conditions possible. Heart
trouble, too, is likely, and a tendency to rheumatism, and perhaps
apoplexy. These, of course, would cjiiefiy attack the left side. In
such cases, perhaps, a total cure would not be possible, but great
amelioration and relief could be obtained.*
VI. Figure 20 shows a man who at first sight seems quite vig-
orous. A closer examination, however, discovers signs of over-feed-
ing; and the body slightly inclines forward. His face, too, is quite
flushed, and thick cushions of foreign matter are found on the fore-
head. From the absence of the nape-line, this is evidently a case of
back-encumbrance. Indeed, the deposits in the neck have made it
almost impossible to turn the head without moving the whole
body. There is no front-encumbrance evident, but the indurated
swelling proves that both sides are affected. The patient is very
nervous, probably suffers from piles, and is incapable of any pro-
longed effort of the memory or attention; or, in fact, mental or
physical exertion of any kind. Indeed, he is really in great danger of
serious mental derangement. In a case like this, a complete cure can
be expected only after long treatment. But a few weeks will show
a considerable improvement, as the encumbrance has not yet
VII. The man in figure 2 approaches withjshort, slow steps.
His carriage is not bad, but his flushed, shiny complexion indicates
deep sweated trouble. His unusual stoutness, too, indicates great
encumbrance. The cushions of fat on the forehead, have almost
* I must differ from this opinion. I hold that the power of the Water jCure has
not, as yet, beea fully tested. We are only on the threshold of the possibilities
opened to us by these natural curative methods. I am convinced that etoery sicli-
ness can be cured, unless the vital parts of the body have been actually destroyed.
Mere encumbrance is rtiM>ay< curable, no matter how extensive; though, of course,
\)y use of the limited number of methods to which Louis Kuhne confines_himself, it
is much longer in yielding to the treatment. — K. A.
Fig. 41 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Body, emaciated. Head, bent forward; its size normal. Eyes, dull. Nose, normal in
form, sore inside. Mouth, open. Face, too lean, of ashy hue. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too
long, immovable, with lumps. Nape-line, normal. Chest, sunk in. Forehead, free of en-
cumbrance, and hair is luxurious. Shoulders, sloping, indicating lungs collapsed. No en-
cumbrance of the back, hence the mind is clear. Patient is free of pain; serene expression of
countenance ; hopes for recovery to the last.
Fig. 42 — Front and Side Encumbrance.
Front view of the person represented in Fig. 41.
FACIAL DIAGNOSIS OF PRACTICE. 81
closed the eyes. The full, hanging cheeks, and his dull stare, show-
plainly that the whole head is surcharged, and mental obscurity
probable. The swollen, rigid neck, is almost as large as the head,
and both nape and jaw-line are wholly obliterated. This is a case
of universal encumbrance, advanced to a high degree. The major-
ity of people however J totally ignorant of the stancjard of normal
development, would consider this stoutness a sign of health. The
patient has probably been excited and nervous for a long time, and,
possibly, has suffered with piles. He has, very likely, also been
troubled with constipation and indigestion from his youth. In-
somnia, too, is probably chronic, owing to the constant fever rag-
ing within. The loss of ability to perspire, has increased the
upward pressure of the encumbrance. Although still in middle life,
this sufferer is as impotent as a very old man. With such encum-
brance, any acute form of disease is possible, and, unless treated at
once, total loss of the mental faculties is inevitable. Complete cure
is well-nigh impossible, and any abatement of this complication
should be considered a great gain; especially as, in the nature of this
diseased condition, the patient lacks energy to pursue any vigorous
VIII. Figure 41 represents a man of some thirty years of age.
His face is haggard, his head drooping, and his complexion pale,
dull, and lifeless. All this indicates impaired digestion. The body
is unable to get sufficient nourishment, because the food taken is not
assimilated. The chest, too, is sunken; and the neck, long and thin,
shows many lumps. (Figure 42 shows front view of the same.)
It is plainly a case of front-encumbrance. On account, however, of
the drying up of the foreign deposits, and the emaciation of the
muscleS; the jaw-line has again become normal. In bending the
head backwards, the strong tension becomes apparent, and the
lumps grow more prominent. Both sides of the neck, also, show"
considerable tension and enlargement, but the forehead is free, and
the hair luxuriant. There is evidently no encumbrance of the back,
* Again, I must disagree with such a conclusion. I know, by long experience,
the wide possibilities open to the practice of Water Cure methods, and I am confident
that even so obstinate a case as the one described, would yield, in time, to proper
treatment. — A. R.
82 FACIAL DIAGNOSIS IN PRACTICE.
' and the patient's mind is consequently clear. But the deposit in the
neck has increased to such an extent, as to force it down upon and
into the lungs, hence the sinking of the chest. The chronic charac-
ter of the ailment precludes pain, and consequently the patient's
countenance is tranquil. He is one of those sufferers, who continue
to hope for recovery until the last moment, and yet, though im-
provement is quite possible, the practiced eye can see at once that
his chance for life is very small.* If the patient's con-
dition had been rightly understood a year earlier, help would
have been quite possible.
IX. As the boy in figures 51 and 52 approaches us, we see at
once that the face is flushed and the head too large, and bent for-
ward. The neck also is too short. Detailed examination shows
universal encumbrance, which has proceeded from all sides up to-
wards the head, and settled in the eyes. His abdomen, too, is
bloated, as can be seen in both figures. While an ignorant obser-
ver might think this child robust, intelligent observation proves
him to be seriously afflicted. As a matter of fact, when he came to
me, he was almost blind, but in these illustrations his condition had
already been greatly improved by Water Cure; and the swelling in
the abdomen as well as the inflammation about the eyes, had both
been considerably reduced.
* I cannot agree with this view.
See **Nature versus Drugs," by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A.
REMOVAL OF ENCUMBRANCE.
Cleansing the body of its impurities^ is tlie only rational, in fact
the only possible, way of curing disease. A mere suppression of
some symptoms, shifting the matter from one place to another, as
is done by drugs, is no cure. On the contrary, it is a real injury.
This latter, however, is the course invarisjbbly pursued by our medi-
cal empiricists. Some other peoples' attempts at cure, aim
more or less consciously at the true cause of all sickness,
viz: poisonous encumbrance, but their methods are 'unreliable,
and their success uncertain. In my *^New Science of Heal-
ing," * I have minutely discussed and demonstrated the one
efficient method of cure. Here, I can only briefly i*efer"to it.
But I wish to add an additional illustration of the fact, that
cure in any and every case is simply removal of encumbrane.
By Facial Diagnosis, too, it is possible to determine whether the re-
covery is real and complete, or whether only a considerable im-
provement has been effected by suppression of the most serious
symptoms. In figures 43 and 44, a woman is shown with con-
siderable side-encumbrance. For ten years, all the means known to
so-called medical science were tried, to no avail. The lumps in the
throat continued. Finally, she decided to test my methods, and
figure 45 shows the improvement after two years and a half of this
treatment. Not only have the lumps disappeared, but all other
signs of sickness as well.** The face has lost its anxious expression,
the cheeks have grown fuller, and the mouth is no longer ajar as
before. The complexion, once pale, has become of a natural health-
ful tint, and the throat has grown round and smooth. With
perfect digestion, too, has come happiness, which is the truest beau-
*8ee 'Principles of Water Care/ by Aug. F. Belnhold, M. A.
** Water Cure treatment takes no more account of a dozen forms of disease, than
of one. They aU spring from the same source. When this is removed, they disap-
pear. The same treatment that lessons one phase of the disorder, assists In the cure
of aU the others at the same time. Besides, we have no doubt that by a greater
variety of applications than Etihne employs, the above happy result might have been
achieved in much less time.^A. B.
84 REMOVAL OF ENCUMBRANCE.
Figures 46 and 47 also illustrate the change that took place,
under this treatment, in another instance. The former illustration
shows the man greatly encumbered. He is suffering from nervous-
ness, and is in constant danger of developing some acute form of
disease. In the latter view, he appears quite thin, but it must be
remembered that all impurities have to be expelled, before healthy
tissues can be built up. This man, now, despite his advanced age,
is in a fair condition to gradually increase his weight with healthy
flesh and blood.*
In the following letter,** this patient describes his treatment of
himself according to my methods. Knowing his advanced age, I,
personally, would hardly have dared to prescribe such rigorous treat-
ment. He writes: —
"Neither of the enclosed photog:raphs has been retouched, as I
wished you to see me exactly as I was. The first was taken in
1889, when I was dismissed from Dr. K's sanitarium, as cured. But
who could mistake that for the picture of a well man? I could have
laughed at the idea, were the matter not such a serious one to me.
The second photograph was taken after three years and a half of
careful adherence to Kuhne's diet, and methods in general. Even
now, I still take daily three friction baths, of thirty or forty
minutes each. I take the first at about six in the morning. From
eight till nine o'clock, I walk (barefoot, if possible). This I vary
with gymnastic exercises in a sunny wood, dressed only in shirt
and trousers. From nine to elev^en, I work, after which I take
another friction bath, and, later, dinner. Then I rest until two
o'clock,^ and afterwards work until five. Between that and six
o'clock, I take a walk ; at seven, a friction bath; and at nine, I re-
tire. My diet from January 1890, until August 1892, was regu-
lated as follows : Three meals daily ; mornings and evenings, only
whole meal bread or meal unprepared, and eaten dry; also fruit —
chiefly apples and grapes. For dinner, I took vegetables and various
dishes made of flour and fruit. Fruit should always be taken raw,
* Water Cure restores both tnental and physical equilibrium and norm. As an
instance, in the physical line, the obese lose their abnormal weight, while the unnat-
urally thin begin at once to gain in flesh. — A. R.
** Only the essential portions are given. — A. R.
Fig. 44 front and Side Encumbrance.
(The same person Fig. 43.)
Head, of normal size. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, Dormal. Mouth, open.
Face, too lean. Jaw-line, obliterated. Neck, shows large lumps. Nape-line, normal.
Fig. 45 — Normal Figure.
Represents the same person as Fig. 43 and 44, after taking the Water Cure.
Fig. 46— General Encumbrance.
Head too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, too thick. Mouth,
open. Javf-line, obliterated. Neck, too thick. Shoulders, sloping very much. Very neivous.
Fig. 47 — Represents person in fig. 46 after taking the Water Cure.
88 REMOVAL OF ENCUMBANCE.
and never boiled. Since Atigust 1892, 1 have taken all food raw.
Breakfast and supper continued the same; but for dinner, all vege-
tables were taken uncooked, except potatoes, which were partially
cooked, and seasoned with a little lemon juice. Bread was totally
discarded, and replaced by raw meal ; from January, 1893, until
August of the same year, I took only two meals a day, omitting
breakfast; but continuing the same bill of fare for the two other
meals. I found, in this way, that I worked with greater facility.
Since August 1893 until this present date, I have taken breakfast
and dinner, and omitted supper. The pictures speak for themselves,
and need no comment. I must add, that, although I am fifty-five
years of age, a new molar appeared, (but remained only for a year,
however,) and the bald spot on top of my head has become fully
covered with hair. Now, I am trying a daily sun, and air-bath, and
find their effects decidedly b^^neficial."
Increasing the Vitality.
In order to restore a body to its normal state of health, every
available means to that end must be considei*ed and utilized.
The degree of vitality is the foundation upon which we build. When
this has become serioush'' lowered by the pressure of poisonous en-
cumbrance, every effort must be made to raise it; and everything
that tends to reduce it, must be avoided. The common sources of
our vitality are the food we eat, and the air we breathe. These, of
course, play an important part in the restoration as well as in the
preservation of health. I shall take up the question of nutrition
more in detail under the following heads :
l.-What Shall We Eat?
2.-Where Shall We Eat?
3.-_When Shall We Eat ?
* See * Nature vs. Drugs/ by August F. Beinhold, M. A.
What Shall We Eat ?*
This question has been answered at length in my text book on
"The New Science of Healing." * * The fact that we have teeth, indi-
cates plainly that our diet should consist principally of solid sub-
stances, I fully indorse the so-called Dry Diet, especially for sufferers
from indigestion. With these, liquid foods, such as soups, milk,
coffee, wine, etc., agree but poorly, and can never prove of any real
benefit to them. From the experience of a number of dyspeptics*** I
have gained the following general points: Cooked food is always
less digestible than the raw article. Slightly unripe fruit is more
easily digested than that fully ripened. Young leaves are especially
good for a weak digestion. Of course, only small amounts can be
taken at a time. Nature will indicate, when sufficient has been con-
sumed. At first, unripe food is apt to cause diarrhoea, because,
being readily digested, it also throws out other materials with it.
This irregularity, however, soon passes off, and then it aids in the
process of digestion. Fruit is always most wholesome when
gathered directly from the tree. Domestic Iruits are consequently
preferable to those imported. As a rule, we may infer that nature
produces in each locality the proper food for people living there.
Where this is not the case, the countrv is not fit for human habita-
tion. In point of fact, no Esquimau is quite healthy, and never
attains any great age. The average vitality with them is low,
and it is more than probable that their life, as a race, will be short.
I must devote a few remarks to the feeding of children. For infants,
the mother's milk is the only natural diet. Children, deprived of
this, are prone to encumbrance, and consequently to all sorts
*** As to these points, I have arrived at a similar conclusion by means of induc-
tive reasoning only by starting from entirely different premises. For this, and also
in reference to the notes * and **, see 'Nature vs. Drugs* by Aug. F. Beinbold, M. A.
Fig. 48^Normal Form.
All parts harmoniously developed. Head, of normal size. Specially observe the
normal size of the abdomen. The child was nursed by its mother, and could walk when
9 months old. It was one year old, when photographed.
92 WHAT SHALL WK EAT?
of disease. See Nat. vs Drugs. Figure 48 shows a child nursed by-
its mother. Compare this with those in figures 49 and 50.
These latter were fed upon artificial foods. Their heads are too
large, and their abdomens higher than is normal. Such
children, too, are apt to be unnaturally precocious. But they are
the more to be pitied on that very account. This artificial stimula-
tion of their mental faculties is really a sign of disease* despite their
fine promise and their parents' pride; they rarely fulfill the hope&
built upon them. Phrenologists, too, have failed to recognize this'
as a disease. I have seen children who at the age of seven, con-
versed with the sagacity of a person of twenty years. After attain^
ing to that age, however, they will, as a rule, be found far behind
their companions. This explains the musical infant phenomena, who,
at first, attract great attention, and th^n disappear, after reaching
a certain age, rarely succeeding in becoming true artists, i Figure 52
shows a boy who is now being exhibited to admiring crowds in
large cities, as an infant prodigy. He seems of robust built. Medi-
cal examination failed to find anything abnormal about his physi-
cal condition. Facial Diagnosis, however, seeing more clearly and
deeply into the matter, reads the riddle aright. It warns the
guardians of such dise£),sed **children against the future, probably in
store for them. The abnormally vaulted forehead and glassy eyes
indicate great pressure. The digestion cannot be normal. Quite
a degree of side and front-encumbrance probably exists. The width
of the top of the head indicates abnormal brain-development, which
means serious disorder.***
* Not from the start ; but it may lead to it. See note ** on this page, and aleo
the note on pages 95 and 100. — A. B.
**They are not diseased in the beginning. Mere warning is useless. Their
ambition must be ourbed, and great attention given to their physical development.
***! would give a dlflferent explanation of the matter. All encumbrance in th®
system is of course simply dead inorganic matter. If this were deposited in th^
brain, it might lead to phenomenal ohacurity, but, in my opinion, it could never stimu-
late mental action, nor produce a wealth of ideas. A. B»
Fig. 49. Uniyebsal Encumbrance.
Bodji top thick and awkward. Head, too large. Forehead, cushioued. Nose,
too thick. Mouth, open, l^eck^ too short and thick. Jaw-line, mlssiog. Abdomen
much too large. Arms and legs, too clumsy. The child was brought up on sterilized
milk, and when 1 year and 9 months, it was scarcely able to sit alone.
FlOS. 50 AND 51. — UNIYBBSAIi Enouhbbanob.
A child of three years, seen trom the front and the side. Body, awkward.
Head, too large. Forehead, highly cushioned. Eyes, compressed, almost blind.
Jaw-line, missing. Keck, stiff, the head can scarcely be turned. Abdomen, I hanging
down, full of foreign matter. Arms and legs, thick, stiff and inflexible. Had been
fed with sterilized milk. An example of artificial feeding.
WHAT SHALL WE EAT? 95
The process of digestion begins with mastication, and ends
( with a part) in the evacuations. The rest is elaborated in the blood-
vessels, lungs, liver, etc., and, finally, the last remnants are secreted
by the skin, lungs, and kidneys. It is a great mistake to try to in-
ffuence the process of digestion in any way, as is often attempted by
means of drugs and predigested foods * This work belongs wholly
to nature. The whole process is so closely connected, that, to try
to forestall or interfere with this or that detail, can only do harm,
retard nature's efforts, and lead to other irregularities in the body.
Through the process of digestion, the body elaborates all the
mat-erials necessary for its own well being. It is like a distillery,
where extracts of various substances are made. In artificially re-
lieving any organ of its proper work, that organ is weakened and
disabled for future service*"^ When the digestive apparatus has
become impaired, it should be made to work only on limited
amounts of food, and on such materials, as will *most readily yield
their nutriment. In thus economizing our powers, we shall be able
to invigorate the whole body more easily and quickly.
***Whenachild first exhibits unusual talents, I believe the brain is
free from encumbrance, and to this extent I hold with the phrenolo-
gists. But the nerves soon become overtaxed and irritated by this
excessive activity. The blood is then unduly claimed in this portion
of the body, to the detriment of the health of the others. Digestion
thus suffers, and consequently encumbrance increases. This exists as
impurity in the blood, and is deposited of course where the supply of
blood is most copious. This is always at the point of irritation,
which is consequently the spot most easily inflamed and most sus-
ceptible to disorder. Instructors have always insisted that preco-
cious children should be curbed rather, than encouraged in mental
activity, and they are right. If the physical culture and develop-
ment of the individual could keep pace with the mental, and the
whole be in perfect health and proportion, there would be nothing
alarming in infant precocity. It is not a high order of intellect that
is to be regarded as abnormal, but the development of mental facul-
ties at the expense of the physical. — A. R.
*The8e should be most carefully avoided ; otherwise the degeneration of the
digestive organs is the Inevitable result.— A. B.
**Just as for strengthening the muscles, we exercise them judiciously. In-
activity would only weaken them. — A. B.
Fig. 52. Fbont and Side Enguhbbanob.
Body, normal. Head, too wide on top. Forehead, protruding. Eyes, staring*
No 96 and mouth, normal.
Where Shall We Eat?
As mentioned before, much depends upon the lung-food, or air,
being of the proper kind. Good pure air is as necessary to life, and to
the raising of our vital power, as good food is. When eating, we invol-
untarily breathe more deeply, and, during mastication, some air is
swallowed as well. It isbest, therefore, to eat in the open air, or,
at least, in well-ventilated dining rooms.*
♦Those who exercise in the open air, have almost invariably a regular, healthful
appetite. Even a day's excursion proves this to every one. — A. R.
When Shall We Eat?
In general, we may answer, eat when hungry. But hunger can
also be regulated to a great extent. Most people live so unnatur-
ally, that their hunger is usually ill-timed and morbid. Wild ani-
mals take their principal meal in the early part of the day. Nature
indicates this as best. In fact, the day may be divided into two dis-
tinct parts or times. The earlier part is that of animation and ac-
tivity, beginning with sunrise and the awaking of nature. Taking
the Sun (which is necessary to any form of life) as a guide, the Time
of Calmness, and comparative composure, would increase gradually
from noon on to the close of the day. Night would naturally be
the time of least activity, or, |)erhaps, of none at all. Many
people, however, quite reverse this order. They make the evening
and night the time of most activity, excitement, and drain upon the
vitality. The digestive organs, too, are found to be more vigorous
in the morning. From this, we would naturally infer that they
should be given the greater labor at that time. Some one may
raise the objection that many persons, especially the sick, lack this
vigorous appetite in the early part of the day. From this, they ar-
gue that they should not eat until hunger is felt. This condition is
due either to present disease, or injurious habits in the past. In
either case it is not normal. The gratification of such unnatural
98 WHAT SHALL WE EAT?
desires only leads to dangerous results. Turning night into day,
and bed-time into dinner-time, has caused this century of ours to be
styled the ** nervous age." This is the cause, also, of many of the
serious maladies arising from back-encumbrance. Food taken at
unnatural hours, cannot be thoroughly digested. It keeps the di-
gestive organs at hard labor during sleep, when they should be at
rest with the other portions of the body. It is a tax rather than an
assistance. Unnatural cravings for food should be overcome. A
little intelligent perseverance will soon bring most happy results.*
One may imagine, it would prove a difficult thing to reverse the
order ot one's life. If the new order be natural, however, it will prove
comparatively easy, for the body readily adopts normal habits.
Try going to bed early without your supper, and do not yield to
the lassitude that would keep you from rising early in the morning.
Your appetite will be improved, and your vitality will gradually
be restored, as this mode of life becomes habitual. All active work
should be performed in the animating or earlier part of the day.
The act oi procreation, also, should take place during this period,
as it will thus exert a lastingly beneficial [influence upon the fruit.
The body is unfitted for this important function in the evening
and early part of the night, because it is debilitated from the cares
and labors of the day.^*
I know by experience that vitality can be regained more
rapidly and retained much longer, by observing this natural
division of the parts of the day. The reason that acut^e forms
of disease show more malignity during the latter part of the
day and night, is because the system is less able to resist them
at that time. This should teach us that no unnecessary tax ought
to be put upon our vitality at this time of natural repose.
♦The sick or those who are not exercising, should eat lightly, though perhaps
more often than those engaged in hard manual labor. With these latter, the blood
cannot be performing its functions in two places at one time. — A. R.
**As to Its frequency, see * Nature vs. Drugs,' by Aug. F. Relnhold, M. A.
The Relation of Facial Diagnosis to Phrenology.
Phrenologists claim that each particular faculty is located in a
separate part of the brain. They argue from this, that, if any
jjart be unusually large, the faculty there situated will be corres-
pondingly developed. I cannot consume time discussing the de-
tailed conclusions drawn by phrenologists. There can be no doubt
that the size and shape of the head indicate, in some degree, the ac-
tivity of the mind. But it is also true that the normal brain is so
formed that no single faculty p'redominates, and much of the varia-
tion in size and contour is simply due to encumbrance. This always
acts as a stimulant, at first, — as has been shown in the case of pre-
cocious children — but, later on, the effect is quite the reverse.
Phrenologists locate benevolence, reverence, hope, etc., in the fron-
tal lobes of the brain. These are just the faculties or tendencies we in-
variably find most fully developed in persons with front encum-
brance. These have what may be called ^tact,' and ^social instinct.'
People afflicted with back-encumbrance, however, shrink from inter-
course with their fellow-men. Though the phrenologist has made
a close study of the various mental developments, he cannot account
for their origin.
Now, it is upon this point that great light is thrown
by Facial Diagnosis. An unequal development of the brain fol-
lows anj^ encumbrance. Hence, (^ve may conclude that the re-
moval of the encumbrance will restore the mental equilibrium. This
*We have now gained a much clearer idea of our position in nature, than was
possible, prior to the study of comparatifve anatomy and physiology. Now, if
phrenology is to be raised to the rank of a science, we must widen its scope. We
must compare, not only the brain and its faculties, but the entire nervous system,
with the corresponding mental manifestations, as well. This should include all or-
ganisms, dealing priocipally, however, with vertebrates. Phrenologists commence
their measurements of the head at the opening of the ear. This, however, is wholly
arbitrary. It was adopted merely for the sake of convenience, in regard to
the human brain. With other vertebrate animals, the ear-opening has the most
varied location. With the horse, for instance, it is quite at the top of the head. The
100 THE RELATION OF FACIAL DIAGNOSIS TO PHRENOLOGY.
point becomes of particular importance regarding the appearance
of dangerous passions, in consequence of the one-sided development
of the brain. People lament the indication of such tendencies in
children. They regard them as the outcome of the times in which
we live, of the mental atmosphere, etc. In reality, they are the di-
rect result of diseased physical conditions, and can be overcome and
eradicated by purifying the physical organism*
brain is a gradual development of the spinal cord. Hence, to make a comparative
study of the brains of all vertebrate animals, I think measurement should commence
from the opening of the skull, where the brain itself starts. There is another
point, too, that should be taken into account, in this study. With the majority of
people, the two sides of thw head are unequally developed, and the mental faculties,
modified proportionately. I know a right-handed man who is very much encum-
bered on the left sid». Both upper and lower molars on this one side were early
destroyed, and the whole left side of the skull was much less developed than the
right. The power of speech, also, was impaired, and mastication difficult. Now I
believe that by means of the use of artificial teeth in the left jaw, this entire side would
have been more exercised, and the power of speech restored to its norm. — A. R.
* From Kuhne's representation, It would appear that front-en sumbrance were
able to produee the manifestations of Benevolence, Tact, etc. In agreement with
our notes on page 95, we hold oa the contrary that front encumbrance, being caused
by a deposit of dead matter, canwof produce any such manifestations of life. De-
posits can only lead to mental obscurity. Indirectly, however, part of the brain may
he aroused to abnormal activity by being supplied with an excess of Impure blood.
This excited state lasts a limited period, and ends in prostration and inaction. Ab-
normal mental activity cannot exist with chronic conditions of the respective parts
of the brain. Besides, Kuhne contradicts himself, saying on page 35 'There is
never an afifeotion of the mind if the encumbrance is entirely frontal.' — ^A. E.
BY THE TBANSLATOE.-
1 Signs of Health. 2 Symptoms of Disease.
SIGNS OF HEALTH.
A Good Appetite for natural food, and a relish for simple,
healthful articles of diet, are signs of a normal condition of body
and mind. Satisfaction should be reached before satiation, and
should be followed by no unpleasant feeling of fullness or tightness.
Digestion should proceed quietly and unconsciously.
When Thirsty, there should be desire for fruit, or water only.
The Urine should be clear, and of a golden yellow color. It
should have neither a sweet, sour, nor pungent odor, nor should it
coagulate when boiled. Its voiding should proceed easily, and
The Faeces should be of a yellowish brown color, solid and
cylindrical, as seen in healthy animals. They should leave the rec-
tum without soiling it.
Healthy Perspiration has no disagreeable odor.
The Skin should be warm, smooth, elastic, and somewhat
moist. It should be easy to raise from the forehead, cheek-bones,
and nape-line. No fatty cushion should settle between the skin and
bones in these places. Pressing the tip of the finger on any part of
the skin, the depression thus made should disappear immediately on
removing the finger, and there should be no wrinkles in the skin. .
The Complexion should be neither pale nor flushed. It should
be free from pimples, warts, or ulcers, and nowhere show tension,
shine, or unnatural discolorations.
The Hair should be full, and of its natural color.
The Eyes should be (*lear and bright.
Respiration should be free from any noise or difficulty. The
breath should be habitually inhaled through the nose.
Sleep should be restful, quiet, and uninterrupted.
102 SIGNS OF HEALTH.
The Neck should be free from swellings, or lumps, and its mus-
cles should be mobile.
The Abdomen should be soft and low. No young or healthy
animal has a high abdomen.
The Head should be symmetrical in shape, and on the centre
line of the body.
Both Sides of the body should be equally proportioned.
Both Shouders should fall in the horizontal line.
All Parts of the Body should be of proper size, proportion,
and vitality; in keeping with the person's age, constitution, and
The Three Lines of Demarcation, which are the jaw-line, nape-
line and thigh-line, should be clearly defined.
The Carriacje of a healthy person, should be erect, and Im
movements should indicate perfect control over his muscles.
Change in the Temperature or humidity of the atmosphere
should cause no discomfort whatever.
The Mind should be well balanced in all its faculties, and the dis-
position cheerful, hopeful, and benevolent. The healthy body finds
pleasure in the performance of every function, in seeing, eating, even
in evacuations from the bowels and bladder, as well as in digestion,
and the removal of effete products.
The Sound Body performs all functions without pain, difficulty,
or the need of artificial stimulants. Neither young nor old should
at any time be conscious of any particular organ. There should be
no fluid secretion from the skin or any mucous membrane. Sw^eat-
ing in summer, however, cannot be considered an indication of any-
All Sensations, whether physical or mental, should be normal,
not dull, nor yet supersensitive. A palsied condition of either
mind or body, is abnormal ; neither should one's equanimity be-
destroyed by a trifling vexation or a pin prick.
SYMPTOMS OF DISEASE. 103
Symptoms of Disease.
When the ejections from the bowels look white, black, or gray;
when they are in the form of hard balls, or liquid matter, or con-
tain blood, or worms, or have a very offensive odor, it is an indica-
tion of disease.
The Skin indicates disorder, when it is soft like velvet, and cush-
ion-like beneath. It should not be dry and cracking, as is often seen
on the hands and finger tips. Profuse perspiration, specially in cold
weather, and, at night, is abnormal.
Gray Hair generally indicates exhausted vitality. Loss of hair
shows that the scalp is encumbered.
All acute disease is preceded, perhaps for years, by continued
deposits of foreign matter. These sometimes appear as painless
swellings, or lumps. If distributed, however, evenly over the body,
they give a person the appearance of being robust. These deposits,
of course, greatly alter the shape of the body. The color of the
skin, too, changes to an ashen or yellow hue. The appetite becomes
morbid; craving for spices, stimulants, etc., leads to lower tastes
and sexual excesses.
The Pupil of the Eye should be jet black: grayness indicates
cataract. The iris should be of uniform color. Brown rays near
the inner margin, next to the pupil, indicate an affection of the liver,
r^nd dark irregular spots show quite heavy encumbrance of this or-
gan. Irregular gray spots in the iris are symptomatic of nervous
affections. A gray ring about the outer margin, (the so-called Arcus
Senilis) is a sign of low vitality; and a uniform dull appearance of
the iris, proves universal encumbrance. The pupil of the eye must
readily contract under the stimulus of light, and as readily widen
in darkness. A deficiency in this respect shows great encumbrance.
Foreign Matter Follows the Law^ of Gravity. Persons
who sleep habitually on one side, find that side most liable to be
In Front Encumbrance, the neck swells at the front. * The lips,
* (In speaking of swellings of the neck, chronic conditions are referred to.) —
104 SYMPTOMS OF DISEASE.
nose, chin, and perhaps the whole face, is enlarged and clumsy.
The jaw-line disappears, and, possibly a goitre may form. Front
encumbrance leads also to such acute forms of disease as measles,
scarlet fever, diphtheria, pneumonia, etc. Other ailments follow,
such as loss of teeth, (the lower ones first,) loss of hair, (beginning
^t the front) nervousness, affections of the eyes, etc. This kind of
encumbrance never leads to mental disorders, and is comparatively
easy of cure.
Side Encumbrance is of a more serious nature than the frontal.
All j»arts of the affected side may be enlarged, and loss of teeth may
follow. Cords w411 probably appear in the neck, and there will be a
tension of the muscles w^hen the head is turned.
In Eight Sided encumbrance, the body perspires freely, and thus
retards the progress of the deposits. Should this action of the pores
be checked suddenly, the patient's condition would at once become
serious. Foot-sweat frequently accompanies right sided encum-
brance. The liver, too, is affected, giving the complexion a yellow
tinge. Foot-sweat often acts as a '^safety valve" in complaints of
In Left Sided encumbrance, the action of the skin is not nor-
mal. The left kidney, the spleen, and the heart, may be affected. It
is more dangerous than right sided encumbrance. Kheumatism and
gout may be expected in a case of this sort; and the heart is almost
certain to be involved, if left sided encumbrance be combined Avith
Back Encumbrance is the most dangerous of all. It frequently
causes affections of the spine, and symptoms of paralysis. The back
of the neck becomes thick^ and the nape-line is entirely obliterated.
Loss of hair follow^s, beginning at the back. Encumbrance of the
back often works up over the head and down into the forehead. As
soon as the head is affected, nervousness begins, with inattention,
loss of memory, want of energy, and, perhaps symptoms of insani-
ty. Here again we see the importance of Facial Diagnosis. It en-
ables us to discover the approach of insanity, and, consequently, to
escape it. With children, high fevers accompany back encumbrance
as well as undue precocity. Adults often have a bloated appearance,
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giving the ignorant, the impression of robust health. Premature
sexual desires, leading to secret vices, are a consequence of this kind
of encumbrance. This causes early impotence, incapacity for pro-
creation, or feeble offspring. A woman with this affection, will be
liable to miscarriages, or total barrenness, and, in any case, will be
unable to nurse her children. The kidneys, too, become disordered.
This is indicated by soft, watery bags beneath the lower eyelid, as
well as by the character of the urine. Persons suffering with back
encumbrance become morbid and hopeless, often lacking energy
even to continue the eliminating baths necessary for care. They
also appear at a disadvantage in dealing with others, and are apt
to be "worsted " in a test of skill or mental ability. This affection
is more common with what are termed the '* better classes." Thus
we see a constant balancing of accounts between the social strata.
The poorer, by reason of their greater vitality, gradually rise above
the average level of intellect. Tlie richer, because of their neglect of
the laws of health, eventually sink below it.
With all kinds of Encumbrance, the organs of digestion are af-
fected, as well as the intestines and lungs. A change in the temper-
ature, or some mental excitement, often disturbs the deposits of for-
eign matter to such an extent that inflammation ensues. This may
result in diarrhoea or costiveness. In either case, it indicates bad
nourishment or extreme poverty of blood. Sometimes Consump-
tion follows. This is as easily cured by water processes as any
other disease, because Facial Diagnosis makes it possible to recog-
nize tendencies in this direction much sooner than could be done by
any other method.
Children With Large Heads, are always scrofulous, and predis-
posed to consumption.
Colds are to be regarded as salutary crises, as what escapes
from the nose, and what is thrown off in expectoration, is only foul
matter, of which the body is well rid. This also is true of catarrh.
Physicians fear colds because they do not understand their nature,
and cannot control them. But the hydro-therapeutist produces this
effect intentionally, by means of cold water applications. In every
instance, a cold should be salutary, and is so, if not suppressed by
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poisonous drugs, which stifle nature's efforts toward cure, and retain
the impurities in the system. Cure is only possible, when the patient
has sufficient vital power left to work upon. The chief aim, of course,,
in any treatment, is to increase the amount of vitality. But of course,^
there must be a suflScient degree of vitality at the start, to enable
the patient to undergo this treatment. There is not a single ailment,,
that has not already succumbed to the Water Cure processes.
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