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Year Book of Drugless Therapy 

For 1918-19 








A REGISTER °^ Qualified Naturopathic Physicians, such 

as Nature Cure Doctors, Chiropractors, 

Osteopaths, Mechanotherapists, Dieticians, Electrotherapists, 

Neuropaths, Mental Scientists and Other Rational, Progressive 

and Drugless Practitioners. 

^ LIST °^ Naturopathic Colleges, Schools, Institutions. 
Societies, Medical and Naturopathic Books and 
Periodicals, Material and Appliances Pertaining to Drugless 
Therapeutics and Natural Life. 

Edited by BENEDICT LUST, N. D., D. O., D. C, M. D. 

President "Universal Naturopathic Alliance," "American Naturopathic Association." "Nczi' 
York State Society of Naturopaths." "New Jersey State Society of Naturopaths." "Florida 
State Society of Naturopaths" ; Editor "Herald of Health and Naturopath." "Der Hausdoktor" ; 
Dean American School of Naturopathy" ; Founder and Physician-in-Chief of the Naturopathic 
Sanitarium "Vungborn," Butler, Nezv Jersey and "Qui-si-sana," Tangerine, Florida, etc. etc. 

Published by BENEDICT LUST 


PRICE, - - $10.00 

CorvniGiiT, 1918 


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Introduction 9 

Principles, Aim and Program of the 

Nature Cure System 13 

How I Became Acquainted With 
Nature Cure. By Henry Lind- 

lahr, M. D., N. D 33 

The Nature Cure. By Carl Strueh, 

M. D., N. D 51 

Naturopathy. By Harry E. Brook, 

N. D 55 

Present Position of Naturopathy and 
Allied Therapeutic Measures in 
the British Isles. By J. Allen 

Pattreiouex, X. D 56 

Why All Drugless Methods? By Per 

Nelson 63 

Efficiency in Drugless Healing. (A 
Book.) By Edward Earle Purin- 
ton 65 

Chapter I — Experience and Ob- 
servation 67 

Chapter II — Opportunities in the 
Nature Cure 86 

Chapter III — The Start for Suc- 
cess 96 

Chapter IV — The Need of Organ- 
ization 103 

Chapter V — Knowing Your Job.. 110 

Chapter VI — ■ Standardizing the 
Nature Cure 116 

Chapter VII— Who Should Heal? 124 

Chapter VIII — Training and Test- 
ing a Physician 131 

Chapter IX — Should a Doctor 
Study Medicine? 139 

Chapter X — The Ethics of Adver- 
tising 147 

Chapter XI — Wiser Professional 
Methods 156 

Chapter XII — The Importance of 
Good Letters 166 

Chapter XIII — Improving Health 
Correspondence 173 

Chapter XIV— Making It Pay .... 179 

Chapter XV — The \'alue of Tfjjer- 

ance 187 

An Open Letter from Benedict 

Lust to E. E. Purinton 194 

Mr. Purinton's Reply to Dr. Lust 195 
Chapter XVI — Mental Causation.. 198 
Chapter XVII — Mental Diagnosis 205 
Chapter XVIII — Mental Prescrip- 
tion 212 

Neo-Naturopathy, the New Science 
of Healing. (A Book.) By 

Louis Kuhne 223 

Part One — What Led Me to the 

Discovery of Neo-Naturopathy. . 225 
How Does Disease Arise? What 

Is Fever? 233 

Nature, Origin, Purpose and Cure 
of Diseases of Children, and 

Their Unity 245 

Measles, Scarlet Fever, Diph- 
theria, Small Pox, Whooping 

Cough, Scrofula 247 

Disease a Transmission of Morbid 

Matter 259 

Rheumatism, Gout, Sciatica, Crip- 
pling: Their Cause and Cure.. 265 
Cold Hands and Feet, Hot Head: 

Their Cause and Cure 279 

Specific Cures Effected 281 

Science of Facial Expression.... 283 

My Remedial Agents 286 

The Digestive Process. What Shall 

We Eat? What Shall We Drink? 296 
The Indigestibility of Denatured 

Food 299 

Theoretical Principles That De- 
mand a Rational, Natural Sj's- 

tem of Diet . .' 305 

Man a Frugivorous Animal 307 

Proof of the Beneficial Value of 

Vegetable Diet 311 

What Shall We Eat and Drink?.. 313 
Part Two — Nervous and Mental 
Diseases. Sleeplessness 318 



Pulmonary Affections. Inflamnia- 
tion of the Lungs. Tuberculosis. 

Pleurisy. Lupus 325 

Cause and Cure of Nodules 329 

Tuberculin Inoculation Condcmn- 
•ed. Cures By Natural Method 

Described 3.^^ 

Sexual Diseases 338 

Sexual Diseases Only Curative 

Crises 341 

Diseases of Bladder and Kidneys. 
Diabetes, Uraemia, Bed-Wetting, 
Liver Complaints, Gall Stones, 
Jaundice. Intestinal Diseases. 

Sweating Feet. Herpes 346 

Heart Disease and Dropsy 352 

Diseases of Spinal Cord. Con- 
sumption of Spinal Cord. Hem- 
orrhoidal Affections 359 

Poverty of the Blood. Chlorosis 363 
Epileptic Fits. Agoraphobia .... 366 
Diseases of the Eye and Ear.... 370 
Diseases of the Teeth. Cold in the 
Head. Influenza. Diseases of the 

Throat. Goitre 376 

Headache, Migraine. Inflammation 
of the Brain. Consumption of 

the Brain 380 

Typhus, Dysentery, Cholera and 

Diarrhea 383 

Climatic and Tropical Fevers: Ma- 
laria, Bilious Fever, Yellow Fe- 
ver and Ague 386 

Leprosy 390 

Scabies, Worms, Tapeworm, Para- 
sites, Intestinal Hernia 397 

Cancer, Proud Flesh 399 

Part Three — Treatment and Cure 
of Wounds Without Drugs or 

Operations 406 

Diseases of Women 422 

How to Bring About Easy and 

Safe Parturition 430 

Conduct After Birth 437 

Treatment of the Infant During 
the First Months. Bringing Up 

of Children 439 

Part Four — Reports of Cures and 
Letters of Thanks 442 

The Science of Facial Expression. 

(A Book.) By Louis Kuhne. . . . 489 

Introduction 490 

The New Method of Diagnosis. . . . 497 
The Diagnosis in Practice 539 


Removal of Encumbrance 547 

Increasing the Vitality 553 

The Science of Facial Expression 

in Relation to Phrenology 567 

Conclusion 568 

Principles of Electro-Medicine, Elec- 
tro-Surgery and Radiology. (A 
Book.) By Antliony Matijaca, 

M. D., ]:>. O.. N. D 569 

Introduction 573 

Chapter I — \'oltage, Amperage, 

Resistance 577 

Chapter II — Galvanism 580 

Chapter III — Iontophoresis 586 

Chapter IV^ — Electro-Magnetism.. 590 
Chapter \' — Static Electricity .... 594 
Chapter VI — Application of Static 

Electricity 599 

Chapter VII — Alternating Currents 603 
Chapter VIII — High Frequency 

Currents 606 

Chapter IX — Hydro-Electro-Ther- 
apy 622 

Chapter X— Electro-Thermo Ther- 
apy. Ozone. Magnetic Therapy 626 
Chapter XI — Electro-Diagnosis . . 629 
Chapter XII — Electro-Surgery ... 643 

Chapter XIII— Radiology 648 

Chapter XIV — Roentgen or X- 

Rays 663 

Chapter XV — Roentgenology .... 674 
Chapter XVI — Radium Therapy.. 691 
Chapter XVII — Mechanical Vibra- 
tion 694 

Chapter XVIII— Blood Pressure 697 

Neuropathy Department 702 

Neuropathy. By VVm. F. Havard, 

N. D 702 

Dietology Department 708 

Materia Alimentaria. By Thomas 

J. Allen, M. D., N. D., D. O. .. 708 
Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chron- 
ic Disease. By Charles S. Porter, 

M. D 709 

Chiropractic Department 712 

Chiropractic. By Arthur L. For- 

ster, M. D., D. C 712 

Anatomical Basis of Chiropractic. 
By Wm. Charles Schulze, M. D., 

D. C 723 

Evolution of Chiropractic. By An- 
ton Deininger, D. O., D. C 730 

What Chiropractic Is. By Dr. Wil- 
lard Carver 731 


Mechano-Therapy Department^Mc- 
chano-Therapy. By Dr. Tell 

Berggren 734 

Osteopathy Department 737 

Osteopathic Medioiiu'. By Ur. C. 

E. Binck 72,7 

Remedying Constiijation on Milk- 
Diet 7i'i 

Phytotherapy Department — Phyto- 
therapy. By Dr. M. G. Young.. 739 

Apyrtropher Department 743 

Trophotherapy. By Dr. Geo. J. 

Drews 743 

The Founder of Apyrtrophism and 

Trophotherapy 747 

Physi-Culture Department 750 

The Fasting Treatment. By Dr. H. 

B. Galatian 750 

Exercise and Rest. By Sigurd 

Sampson, X. D 754 

The Milk Diet. By Dr. H. B. Gala- 
tian 756 

Physcultopathy. B>y Dr. H. B. 

Galatian 759 

Ophthalmology and Optometry De- 
partment 760 

Ophthalmology and Optometry. 
By Dr. Edward J. Perkins.... 760 

Hydrotherapy Department 764 

Hydrotherapy. By Jos. H. Hoe- 
gen, N. D 764 

Orthopedic Department 770 

Orthopedics. By Gustave VV. Haas, 

N. D., D. C 770 

Pathology Department 774 

General Pathology. By J. F. G. 

Luepke, M. D., Sc. D 774 

Natural and Divine Healing Depart- 
ment 777 

The Science and Philosophy of 
Natural and Divine Healing. By 
Charles Zurmuhlen, M. D., D. C. 777 

Astroscopy Department 782 

Astro-Medical Diagnosis. By E. 

G. Bradford 782 

Phrenology Department 784 

Modern Phrcnolog}-. By Jessie 

Allen Fowler 784 

Physiologic Therapeutics. By James 
Montgomery Irving, M. D., N. 

D., Ph. D 787 

Naturopathic Directory 797 

Colleges, Schools, Institutions and 
Sanitaria 797 


Directory of Drugless Physicians in 

Alphabetical Order 813 

Key to Abbreviations of Profes- 
sional Designations 813 

Biographical Notes 833 

Directory of Drugless Physicians, 

Geographically arranged '^)72> 

United States 974 

Canada 1073 

Cuba 1076 

Porto Rico 1076 

South America 1076 

Africa 1070 

Asia 1076 

Australia 1076 

Europe 1077 

Germany 1077 

Great Britain — England, Scotland. 

Ireland 1077 

Sweden 1077 

Nature Cure Institutes, Sanitaria, 

etc., in British Isles 1078 

Drugless Physicians in British 

Isles 1079 

Directory of Drugless Physicians, 
arranged according to Profes- 
sion 1083 

Chiropractors — United States 1083 

Chiropractors — Canada 1129 

Christian Scientists 1129 

Dieticians 1130 

Drugless Doctors 1130 

Electro-Therapists 1130 

Hydropaths 1130 

Iridologists 1130 

Magnetopaths 1130 

Masseurs 1 130 

Mechano-Therapists 1133 

Medical Doctors (using Drugless 

Methods) 1135 

Mental Scientists 1136 

Naprapaths 1136 

Naturopaths 1137 

Naturopaths — Consultants 1146 

Neuropaths 1146 

Optometrists 1 146 

Orificial Surgeons 1 147 

Osteopaths 1147 

Phrenologists 1173 

Physical Culturists 1173 

Physio-Therapists 1174 

Spiritual and Divine Healers. ... 1174 

Spondylo-Therapists 1174 

Suggestive Therapists 1174 


Astroscopists 1176 

Baths and Swimmiiip: 1176 

Chiropodists 1177 

Naturopathic Book Catalog 1179 

Natural Healing and Natural Life 

Books and Periodicals 1217 

Classified List of Medical Works 1239 

Book Reviews 1287 

Buyers' Guide of Naturopathic Sup- 
plies 1291 

Buyers' Guide 1295 

r.uildin- Materials 1295 

Greenhouses, Nurseries, Seeds and 

Plants 1295 

Houses 1295 

Household Accessories 1295 

Machinery and Tools 1296 

Jewelry 1296 

Oils and Greases 1296 

Real Estate 1296 

Sanitary Goods 1296 

Clothin- 1296 

Foods and A|)])h'anccs 13(J(> 

l-'ood Helps iolS 

Therapeutic Apparatus 1319 

Physical C"ulture Apparatus 1326 

llerhal and Physiolnsijical l^em- 

■edics 1330 

Therapeutic Api)aratus, continued 1344 
Physiological Remedies and Mis- 
cellaneous 1346 

Vegetarian and Naturopathic Res- 
taurants, Health Food Com- 
panies, etc 1348 

Sup]ily I Idiises and Service 1348 

Notes and Reviews 1357 

Glossary 1381 

A Parting Word 1383 

Index 1385 

List ot Illustrations 1408 

Biographical Index 1410 

Index to Diseases 1411 

Index to Advertisers 1414 

Index to Advertisemenis 1415 


rO the Xaliu'opalhic Profession, Ihe Professors of Xdliwdl 
Healing in all its branches, the Professors of Scientific 
Diet, Hydrotherapij, Heliotherapy, Electrotherapy, Neu- 
ropathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Naprapathy, Magneto- 
pathy. Phytotherapy, Exercise, Sivedish Movements, Curative 
Gymnastics, Physical and Mental Culture, Batneopathy, and 
all forms of Drugless Healing: the Faculties of all Drugless 
Colleges, Institutions, Schools, and all Professors of Hygiene 
and Sanitation; Manufacturers of Naturopathic Supplies: 
Publishers of Heallh Literature, and N(dur(d Hading Societies, 

I have the honor to present to your consideration imd good- 
will, this Volume, No. I, Year 1918-19, of the Universal Naturo- 
pathic Directory, Year Book of Drugless Healing, (uul Buyers' 

For twenty-two years past, the need of a directory for Drug- 
less Therapy has been felt. The medical world is in a condi- 
tion of intense evolution at the present time. It is evolving 
from the Drugging School of Therapy to the Drugless School. 
People by the million have lost confidence in the virtues of 
Allopathy and are turning with joyful confidence to the Pro- 
fessions of Natural Healing until it has been estimated that 
there are at least forty thousand practitioners of Naturopathic 
healing in the United Slates. 

The motto that IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH is the 
foundation of the present enterprise. 

10 Introdiiclion 

mihcrlo. l/ic (Irnfilcss profession has Utckcd thai presliije 
in the ciics of the iniblic. mltich conies from Ihe conliniious 
existence of <i hifj inslilulion, dnlij or(}(U\ized and wieldimj ihe 
immense (inlhorilii udiich is derived no less from or()(miz(ilion 
and hislori/ lh(m from Ihe idrliies of Ihe principles Ihal are 
held (Hid pniclised hi/ suc/i inslilnlions. The public (tl large 
inshnddneonslii respecis an inslilulion Ihal is Ihoroughlij or- 
(/(Uiized and has ils rools eiuihed in hislorij. 

The lime has fullij arrined ndicn Ihe drugless profession 
should no lonijcr e.visi in Ihe form of isolaled unils, nol know- 
infl one (Uiolher and awing bul lillle for such knowledge. 
Our profession has been, as il ivere, as sheep without a shep- 
herd, bul Ihe i>(U'ious individuals that conslilute this move- 
ment so pregnant with benefits to humanilg, are now collected 
for the first time into a Direclorg (uul Y ear-Book of Drugless 
Healing, nduch alone will give immense weight and dignity 
lo Ihe sl(U}(lii}g of the individuals mentioned therein. 

\ot onlg will the book add lo the prestige of the practitioner 
in the eges of his patients, bul when the scattered members of 
our profession in every Stale desire to obtain legislative action 
on behalf of their profession and themselves, the appeal of 
such a work as our directory null, in the eyes of legislators, 
g(nn for them a much more respectful hearing than could 
ol hen vise be obtained. 

A'o//;. for the first linie, the drugless practitioner finds him- 
self one of a vast army of professional men cuul women who 
(ue employing the most healthful forces of nature to rejuve- 
nate and regenerate the world. But the book itself throws a 
poiverful tight upon every phase of drugless healing and an- 
nihihdes lime and distance in invesligating who is who in the 
rcidin of Drugless Therapy. 

.1 ///o.s7 sincere effort has been made lo obtain the name 
<md address of every adherent of the Rational School of Medi- 
cine ivho practises his profession within the United States, 
Canada (uul Ihe British Isles. It is impossible at this stage of 
Naturopathic history, nyhich is still largely in the making, to 
obhun the name and address of every .such practitioner. There 

Inlrodiiclion 11 

were some who, even when appealed to, refused to respond to 
our invitation, not understanding the object of our work. 
Many of even the most intelligent members have refused to 
advertise their professional cards in our pages. But we can 
only attribute these drawbacks to the fad that every new in- 
stitution that has suddenly dawned upon human intelligence 
will find that a certain proportion of people who do not under- 
stand the nature of the enterprise because the brain cells that 
would appreciate the benefits that are sought to be conferred 
upon them, are undeveloped, but a goodly proportion of our 
Naturopaths have gladly responded to the invitation to adver- 
tise their specialty in our columns. These, of course, consti- 
tute the brightest and most successful of our practitioners 
and their example in this respect should be followed by every 
practitioner whose card does not appear in this book. 

We take it for granted that every one of the forty thousand 
practitioners of Naturopathy is in favor of the enterprise 
represented by this Directory, lliis work is a tool of his 
trade and not to possess this book is a serious handicap in the 
race for success. 

Here will be found an Index of by far the larger number 
of Naturopaths in the country arranged in Alphabetic, Geo- 
graphic and Naturopathic sections. Besides this, there is a 
classified Buyers Guide that gives immediate information re- 
garding where you can find special supplies, or a certain ap- 
paratus, or a certain book or magazine, its name, and where 
it is published. The list of Institutions with the curriculum 
of each will be found exceedingly useful. 

Natural healing, that has drifted so long, and, by reason of 
a lack of organization, has been made for so many years the 
football of official medicine, to be kicked by any one who 
thought fit to do so, has now arrived at such a pitch of power 
that it has shaken the old system of bureaucratic medicine to 
its foundations. The professors of the irrational theories of 
life, health and disease, that are looking for victims to be in- 
oculated with dangerous drugs and animalized vaccines and 
serums, have begun to fear the growth of this young giant of 
medical healing that demands medical freedom, social justice 

j2 I iilrodiiilioii 

(ind iiiiiai iHjhls for llw iwin hcaliiuj syslcin Hull cxisls alone 
I'nr Ihc hcllcrnunl and iiplijliiuj of Jniindnihj. 

I nuiiil rrt'iii I'rojCssor of Dnifjlcss Thcnipij lo become nuj 
iritiul and co-worker in Ihc ureal cause lo which we are com- 
inilled. and Ihosc ndiosc names are nol recorded in Ihis book 
should send I hem In me wilhoul delay. J I will be of far grealer 
inlcrest mid ralue lo IhemseliH's lo have Iheir professional 
C(U(l included (unonijsl those who adverlise wilh us than the 
ftiv dtdhus Ihal such advcrliscnicnl costs., 

II null be noted that there are quite a number of Drugtess 
lltuders beloiujimj lo foreign countries {parlicutarly those of 
tin' Western Hemisphere) represented in this Directory. The 
firofcssion of medicine is nol confined lo any race, country, 
(time or religion. It is a uniner.sal profession and demands 
nnirersid recognition. It witt he a great honor lo the Direc- 
tory, as welt as to llw X(duropathic profession at targe to have 
every Wduropcdhic practitioner, from the Arctic Circle to the 
furllu'st limits of Pcdagonia, represented in the pages of this 
immense and most helpful work. 

I e.ipect that the Directory for the year 1920 witt be larger 
iUid even more important than the present Directory and that 
it null contiun the ncunes of thousands of practitioners that 
(ue not included in the present u^ork. 

Tin- pubticidion of this Directory wilt aid in abolishing 
wludever evils of sectariiuiism, narrow-mindedness and lack 
of loyidly to the cause to which we are devoted, that may exist. 
Tlud it witt promote a fraternal spirit among alt exponents 
of ntdnrat lieiding. and create an increase of their prestige and 
jxiwer to resist tl\e encroachments of official medicine on 
their eonslitntionat rights of liberty (uut the pursuit of happi- 
ness, by fiuutrably influencing Legislators, Law courts, City 
Councils (U]d Hoards of Health everywhere, is the sincere be- 
lief of the editor imd pnbtislier. 

tUuversitl N(tlurop(ilhic Dircclonj <ind Biu/ns' (iiiidc 13 


Hi] Dh. Rhnhdict List 

SINCE the earliest ages, Medical Science has been of all sciences the 
most unscientific. Its professors, with few exceptions, have sought 
to cure disease by the magic ot" pills and potions and poisons that 
attacked the ailment with the idea of suppressing the symptoms instead 
of attacking the real cause of the ailment. 

Medical science has always believed in the superstition that the use of 
chemical substances which are harmful and destructive to human life 
will prove an eflicicnt substitute for the violation of laws, and in this 
way encourages the belief that a man may go the limit in self indulgence 
that weaken and destroy his physical system, and then hope to be ab- 
solved from his physical ailments by swallowing a few pills, or submit- 
ting to an injection of a serum or vaccine, that are supposed to act as 
vicarious redeemers of the physical organism and counteract life-long 
practices that are poisonous and wholly destructive to the patient's 

From the earliest ages to the present time, the priests of medicine have 
discovered that it is ten times easier to obtain ten dollars from a man by 
acting upon his superstition, than it is to extract one dollar from him, by 
appealing to reason and common sense. Having this key to a gold mine 
within their grasp, we find ofticial medicine indulging at all times in the 
most blatant, outrageous, freakish and unscientific methods of curing 
disease, because the methods were in harmony with the medical prestige 
of the physician. 

Away back in pre-historic times, disease was regarded as a demon to 
be exorcised from its victim, and the medicine man of his tribe belabor- 
ed the body of his patient with a bag in which rattled bones and feathers, 
and no doubt in extreme cases the tremendous faith in this process of 
cure that was engendered in the mind of the patient really cured some 
ailments for which mental science and not the bag of bones and feathers 
should be given credit. 

Coming down to the middle ages, the Witches' Broth — one ingredient 
of which was the blood of a child murderer drawn in the dark of the 
moon — was sworn to, by official medicine, as a remedy for evei^ disease. 

In a later period, the docteiir a la mode, between his taking pinches of 
snuff from a gold snuff box, would order the patient bled as a remedy 
for what he denominated spirits, vapors, megrims, or miasms. 

Following this pseudo-scientific diagnosis and method of cure, came 
the drugging phase in which symptoms of disease were unmercifully 
attacked by all kinds of drugs, alkalis, acids and poisons which were 

1 1 

I'liii't'isdl \(iluri>i)iilliic Dircclory and Ihuids' (iiu'ilr 

Vincent Priessnitz, of Graefenberg, Silesia. Founder of Hydropatliy. Born 
Octolicr 4th, 1799. A pioneer Naturopath, persecuted by the medical au- 
thorities of his day, and convicted of using Witchcraft, because lie cured 
his patients by the use of water, air, diet and exercise. He took his patients 
back to Nature — to the woods, the streams, the open fields — treated them 
with Nature's own forces and fed them on natural foods. His fame spread 
over the whole of Kurope, and even to America. His cured patients were 
numbered by the thousands. The Priessnitz compress or bandage is in 
medical literature. Priessnitz is no more, but his spirit lives in every true 

Universal Naturopathic Director ij and Buyers' Guide 15 

supposed, that by s-'focaling the symptoms of disease, by smothering 
their destructive energ3% to tluis enhance the vitalit}'^ of the individual. 
All these cures have had their incei)ti()n, their period of extensive ap- 
l)lication, and their certain desuetude. The contemporary fashion of 
healing disease is that of serums, inoculations and vaccines, which, in- 
stead of being an improvement on the fake medicines of former ages are 
of no value in the cure of disease, but on the contrary introduce lesions 
into the human body of the most distressing and deadly import. 

The policy of expediency is at the basis of medical drug healing. 11 
is along the lines of self-indulgence, indiflerence, ignorance and lack of 
self-control that drug medicine lives, moves and has its being. The 
sleeping swineries of nuinkind are wholly exploited by a system of 
medical treatment, founded on poisonous and revolting i)rodiicts, whose 
chemical composition and whose mode of attacking disease, are equally 
unknown to their originators, and this is called "scientific medicine." 

Like the alchemist of old who circulated the false belief that he could 
transmute the baser metals into gold, in like manner the vivisector 
claims that he can coin the agony of animals into cures for human dis- 
ease. He insists on cursing animals that he may bless mankind with 
such curses. 

To understand how revolting these products are, let us just refer to 
the vaccine matter which is supposed to be an efficient preventive of 
smallpox. Who would be fool enough to swallow the putrid pus and 
corruption scraped from the foulest sores of smallpox that has been 
implanted in the body of a calf? Even if any one would be fool enough 
to drink so atrocious a substance, its danger might be neutralized by the 
digestive juices of the intestinal tract. But it is a far greater danger to 
the organism when inoculated into the blood and tissues direct, where 
no digestive substances can possibly neutralize its poison. 

The natural system for curing disease is based on a return to nature 
in regulating the diet, breathing, exercising, bathing and the employ- 
ment of various forces to eliminate the poisonous products in the 
system, and so raise the vitality of the patient to a proper standard of 

Official medicine has in all ages simply attacked the symptoms of 
disease without paying any attention to the causes thereof, but natural 
healing is concerned far more with removing the causes of disease, than 
merely curing its symptoms. This is the g\ory of this new school of 
medicine that it cures by removing the causes of the ailment, and is the 
only rational method of practising medicine. It begins its cures by 
avoiding the uses of drugs and hence is styled the system of drugless 
healing. It came first into vogue in Germany and its most famous ex- 
ponents in that counti*y were Priessnitz, Schroth, Kuhne, Kneipp, Rickli, 
Lahmann, Just, Ehret, Engelhardt, and others. 

I'niioTsiil \<iliir(>i'(illiif lUrcrloni and liiuicrs' (iuidc 

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In Sweden, Lini> and otluTs developed \;ii-i()iis syslenis of nucliano- 
therapy and curative liiyni nasties. 

In America, Palmer invented CJiiiopractic; McCormick, Ophllial- 
mology. Still originated Osteopathy; Weltmei', suggestive Therapeutics. 
Lindlahr comhined the essentials of various natural methods, while Kel- 
logg, Tilden, Schultz, Trail, Lust, Lahn, Arnokl, Strueli, Havard, Davis, 
Jackson, Walters, Deininger, Tyrrell, Collins and others, have each of 
them spent a lifetime in studying and putting into piactice the best 
ideas of drugless healing and have greatly enlarged and enriched the 
new school of medicine. 


The prime object of natural healing is to give the principle of life the 
line of least resistance, that it may enable man to possess the most 
abundant health. 

What is life? 

The finite mind of man fails to comprehend the nature of this 
mysterious principle. The philosopher says "Life is the sum of the 
forces that resist deatli," but that definition only increases its obscurity. 
Life is a most precious endowment of protoplasm, of the various com- 
binations of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen, and other purely 
mineral substances in forming organic tissues. As Othello says, 
referring to Desdemona's life, which he compares to the light of a 
candle — 

"If I quench thee thou flaming minister, 
I can thy former light restore 
Should I repent me; but once put out ihij light, 
I know not whence is that Promethean heat 
That can thy light relume." 

The spark of life tlickers in the sockets of millions and is about to 
go out. What system of medicine will most surely restore that llicker- 
ing spark to a steady, burning flame? 

Will the system that employs poisonous vaccines, serums and in- 
oculations, whose medical value has to be supported by the most menda- 
cious statements, and whose i)ractitioners are far more intent on their 
emoluments and fame, than they are in the practise of humanity? 

The Allopathic system, which includes nine-tenths of all medical 
practitioners, is known by its fruits, but it is an appalling fact that infant 
mortality, insanity, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, debility, im- 
poverished constitutions, degeneracy, idiocy and ineliiciency have 
enormously increased, particularly during the last twenty-tive years, 
that is, during the regime of inoculations, serums and vaccines. 


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Father Kneipp called hy T'opc XITI in IS''.^, for consultation aliout his 
health. The only person to whose call Father Kneipp responded, which 
necessitated his leaving his parish. He was frequently requested to attend 
royalty in their homes, hut in every instance he made tluni come to him and 
await their turns in his reception room along with the most humble of his 
patients. Among his patients were many members of imperial and royal 
families. The Prince of Wales, later King Kdward VII, Empress Frederick 
of flerniaiiy. Kmpress Klizabeth of Austria. Raron Rothschild, and many 
high (lignataries of the church were freqviently to be found taking the Nature 
Cure under Father Kneipp's direction. Father Kneipp never charged a fee 
for his advice. The institutions which were established in his name, were 
owned by the town of Woerishofen and by various orders of nuns and 
brotherhoods who served the poor. F'ather Kneipp was a true humanitarian. 

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Adolf Just, famous author of "Return to Nature" 

and Founder of original "^'ungborn" in Tler- 


Dr. Carl Strucli, one of the first Medical 
men in this covnitry who gave up medicine 
and operation for Xatural Healing. Es- 
tablished in 1897 the first Drugless Insti- 
tute in Chicago, and 1906 the now famous 
^'oimgborn and Nature Cure Institution 
at McHenry, 111. 

Naturopathy, on the other hand, so far as it has been developed, and 
so far as official medicine will allow it to act, leaves no such trail of dis- 
ease, disaster and death behind it. Natural healing is emancipation 
from medical superstition, ignorance and tyranny. It is the true Elixir 
of Life. 

The Allopaths have endeavored to cure sick humanity on the basis of 
the highly erroneous idea that man can change the laws of nature that 
govern our being, and cure the cause of disease by simply ignoring it. 
To cure disease by poisoning its symptoms is medical manslaughter. 

Dr. Schwenninger of Germany says: "We are suffering under the 
curse of the past mistakes of our profession. For thousands of j-ears 
medical doctors have been educating the public into the false belief thai 
poisonous drugs can give health. This belief has become in the public 
mind such a deep-seated superstition, that those of us who know better 
and who would like to adopt more sensible, natural methods of cure, 
can do so only at the peril of losing practice and reputation. 

"The average medical man is at his best but a devoted bigot to this 
vain school-craft, which we call the Medical Art and which alone in this 
age of science has made no perceptible progress since the days of its 
earliest teachers. They call it recognized science! Recognized ignor- 
ance ! The science of to-day is the ignorance of to-morrow. Eveiy year 
some bold guess lights up as truth to which but the year before the 
schoolmen of science w^ere as blind as moles." 

And Dr. O. W. Holmes, Professor of Anatomy in Harvard University, 


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The late Rev. Albert Stroehele, who was instrumental in the selection of the site 
for the "^'ungborn" at Butler, N. J. He was a regular contributor to the 
pages of the "Herald of Health and Naturopath," and revised the manuscript 
for the translation of "Return to Nature," promoted the Naturopathic Ideal 
by makuig new friends for the cause wherever he went. A Monument to his 
memory and honor was erected on the grounds of the Yungborn in Bu.tler, 
N. J., an<l unveiled in the presence of a large gathering of his old friends on 
Sept. ISth, 1916. 

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Bird's-eye view of American "Yungborn," Butler, N. T., founded in a wilderness in 1896. Home of 

American School of Naturopathy since 1915. For five years, the annual convention of the American 

Naturopathic Association took place at this beautiful and ideal spot for Natural Life. 

states: "The disgrace of medicine has been that colossal system of self- 
deception, in obedience to which mines have been emptied of 
their cankering minerals, entrails of animals taxed for their impurities, 
the poison bags of reptiles drained of their venom, and all the incon- 
ceivable abominations thus obtained thrust down the throats of human 
beings, suffering from some fault of organization, nourishment, or vital 

And these misguided drug doctors arc not only not ashamed of their 
work, but they have induced subservient legislators to pass laws that 
perpetuate the age-long scandal of allopathic importance, and the de- 
generative influence of the poisons, and to actually make it a crime on 
the part of nature doctors to cure a man of his ailment. The brazen 
effrontery of these medical despots has no limits. They boast of mak- 
ing the State legislators their catspaw in arresting, fining and imprison- 
ing the professors of natural healing for saving human hfe. 

Legislators have no right to sit in judgment over the claims of rival 
schools of heahng. They see tens of thousands of sick people go down to 
their graves by being denied the cures that the employers of nature's 
forces alone can give them. It is their business to provide for the 
various schools of medicine a fair field and no favor. 


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father Kncipp an<l the Archdukes JosL-ph and Francis Ferdinand of Austria walking barefoot in the 
new fallen snow, for liardcning the constitution. The older Archduke was cured by Father Kneipp of 
Bri^ht> disease in 1892, and presented in appreciation of his great Cure a Public Park for 150.000 
florins to the town of Woerishofen. The younger Archduke was the heir to the crown, whose murder 

precipitated the World War in 1914. 

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This entire Building of 55 Rooms was used by Dr. B. Lust's Naturopathic In- 
stitute, Clinic and Hospital and American School of Naturopathy in New York 

City from 1907 to 1915. 

A citizen has an inalienable right to liberty in the pursuit of hap- 
piness. Yet the real saviors of mankind are persecuted by the medical 
oligarchy which is responsible for compulsory vaccination, compulsory 
medical inspection of public school children, and the demands for State 
and Federal departments of health, all for the ostensible good of the 
people, but in reality for the gain of the Medical Trust. 

The Naturopaths 

The Naturopaths are desirous of freedom for all schools of medicine. 
They are responsible practitioners who are wdlling to be examined by 
an impartial council, appointed by and acting for the State, who will 
testify to the life and character of everj^ drugless physician before he is 
entitled to practise medicine. Not one invidious discrimination should 
be made between the different schools of medicine. The State should 
see to it that each school should have a full opportunity to do its best 
for the uplifting of its citizens. 


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1. Elinu'iuilion of evil Iidhils, or the weeds ol' life, siicli as over-eating, 
alcoholie drinks, drugs, the use of tea, coffee and cocoa that contain 
poisons, meat eating, improper hours of living, waste of vital forces, 
lowered vitality, sexual and social aberrations, worry, etc. 

2. Corrective Habits. Correct breathing, correct exercise, right 
mental attitude. Moderation in the pursuit of health and wealth. 

3. New Principles of Living. Proper fasting, selection of food, hydro- 
pathy, light and air baths, mud ])aths, osteopathy, chiropractic and 
other forms of mechano-therapy, mineral salts obtained in organic 
form, electropathy, heliopathy, steam or Turkish baths, sitz baths, etc. 

Natm'al healing is the most desirable factor in the regeneration of the 
race. It is a return to nature in methods of living and treatment. It 
makes use of the elementary forces of nature, of chemical selection of 
foods that will constitute a correct medical dietary. The diet of civilized 
man is devitalized, is poor in essential organic salts. The fact that foods 
are cooked in so many ways and are salted, spiced, sweetened and other- 
wise made attractive to the palate, induces people to over-eat, and over 
eating does more harm than under feeding. High proteid food and lazy 
habits are the cause of cancer, Bright's disease, rheumatism and the 
poisons of auto-intoxication. 

There is really but one healing force in existence and that is Nature 
herself, which means the inherent restorative power of the organism to 
overcome disease. Now the question is, can this power be appro- 
priated and guided more readily by extrinsic or intrinsic methods? That 
is to say, is it more amenable to combat disease by irritating drugs, vac- 
cines and serums employed by superstitious moderns, or by the bland 
intrinsic congenial forces of Natural Therapeutics, that are employed by 
this new school of medicine, that is Naturopathy, which is the only 
orthodox school of medicine? Are not these natural forces much more 
orthodox than the artificial resources of the druggist? The practical 
application of these natural agencies, duly suited to the individual case, 
are true signs that the art of healing has been elaborated by the aid of 
absolutely harmless, congenial treatments, under whose ministrations 
the death rate is but five per cent, of persons treated as compared ^^^th 
fifty per cent, under the present allopathic methods. 


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Prof. !■". K. Rilz. Tliat real physicians are horn, not 
made, is well illustrated in the ease of Dr. Bilz, who 
achieved his first success in healing as a lay practi- 
tioner. As a mark of gratitude, a wealthy patient 
presented him with land and a castle on wliicli to 
found a .Nature C"ure Sanitarium. The medical pro- 
fession apparently is not as watchful in Europe as it 
is in America, and wealthy i)atients possibly not so 
much concerned about leaving monuments to their 
names as they are interested in promoting good works. 
America suffers the disgrace of not having one wealthy 
patron of Xatural Healing, while the state and Fed- 
eral governments have actually hindered the advance- 
ment of the worthy science. They not oidy have refused 
a helping hand, but in most cases have turned a deaf 
ear to all supi)Iications. The Bilz institution at 
Drcsjen-Radcbeul, (ierinany, became world-renowned 
and was long considered the center of the Nature Cure 
movement. Prof. Bilz is tlie author of the first Nat 
uropathic Kncyclopaedia, "The Natural Method of Heal- 
ing," which has been translated into a dozen lan- 
guages, and in German alone has run into one hundrcil 
and fifty editions. He has written many works on 
Nature Cure and Natural Life, among them being 
"The Future State," in which he predicted the present 
world war, and advocated a Federation of Nations as 
the only logical solution of international problems. 

Dr. Katz. As Surgeon-in-Chief of the 
Prussian Army during the Franco- Prussian 
war, Dr. Katz learned a thing or two 
regarding the treatment of wounds. He 
became convinced, through witnessing re- 
sults, that antiseptics were more damaging 
than they were of benefit. (It has taken 
another war to prove this fact to a men 
tally dense and hide bound profession. .\ 
normal salt solution is now considered the 
best cleanser and dressing for wounds. 
Nature Cure has advocated this for many, 
many years.) Dr. Katz knowing at tin- 
time that it meant professional and social 
Ostracism, was big enough, liroad enough 
to forsake convention and follow his con 
victions. He became a staunch advocate 
and practitioner of Natural Healing. He 
foun<led a Nature Cure Sanitarium at Hoe- 
henwaldau-Degerloch, near Stuttgart, Ger- 
many, of which he continued as director 
until his death. 

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Dr. H. Lahmann. When the University of Leipzig 
expelled H. Lahmann for spreading medical sedition 
among the students, it added a staunch advocate to 
Natural Healing. Dr. Lahmann finished his medical 
education in Switzerland and returned to Germany to 
refute in practice the false ideas of medical science. 
He later founded the largest Nature Cure institution 
in the world at VVeisser Hirsch, near Dresden, Saxony. 
He was a strong heliever in the "Light and Air'" cure 
and constructed the first appliances for the adminis- 
tration of electric light treatment and baths. He was 
the author of several books on Diet, Nature Cure and 
Heliotherapy. His works on diet are authoritative and 
his "nutritive salts theory" forms the basis of rational 
dietetic treatment. This work has but recently come 
to light in America and pnjgressive dieticians are 
forsaking their old, worn-out, high protein, chemical and 
caloric theories for the "organic salts theory." Carque, 
Lindlahr, McCann, and other wide awake Food Scien- 
tists have adopted it as the basis of their work. Dr. 
Lahmann was a medical nihilist. He denounced med- 
icine as unscientific and entirely experimental in its 
practice and lived to prove the saneness of his ideas 
as evidenced by his thousands of cured patients. 

Louis Kuhne wrote, in 1S6L the "New 
.Science of Healing," the greatest work 
of Basic Principles in rational Healing. 
His renowned work constitutes the only 
true Scientific Philosophy for the ap- 
plication of all Drugless Methods. He 
was the first to give to the world a com- 
prehensible idea of pathology and the first 
to proclaim the doctrine of the "unity of 
disease" and the "unity of cure." His 
book "Facial Fxpression" gives the means 
of diagnosing a patient's pathological con- 
dition and determining the amount and 
location of the systemic encumbrance. He 
is the founilcr and first Master of Naturo- 


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Successor to Fatlicr Kneipp, holds a boy in the foreground. 

former Secretary and Lay Successor to Fatlur Kneipp 
He ministers in the same humanitarian spirit to the 
■ poor as Father Kneipp did, and is a most worthy man 
pp's seat in the Consuling Room of the principal 

Kneipp Institution. Kev. Reily completed Fatlur Kneipp's great work, 
"Das grosse KncippBuch,"' as ordered before his death. 

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Dr. Henry Lindlahr 

In our halcyon days of youthful 
vigor, we are apt to look upon health 
culture, mind culture, and higher phil- 
osophy with contempt and derision ; 
but suffering is the great awakener, re- 
vealer and teacher. So long as we are 
prosperous, and suffering does not 
overtake us, we are content to jog 
along in the old ruts, and to live in 
"the good old ways" to the very limits 
of Nature's endurance. 

In my youth I learned the ten com- 
mandments, but neither in church, 
school nor college had I been taught 
that there is a decalogue and a mor- 
ality of the physical, as well as of the 

Left in total ignorance of the laws 
of natural living, and following the 
example of friends and boon compan- 
ions, I imagined that the highest phil- 
osophy of life was "to have a good time 

while it lasted," and "to let tomorrow 
take care of itself." 

I accepted the popiilar belief that 
life and death, health and disease, are 
largely a matter of chance, dependent 
upon drafts, wet feet, germs and ba- 
cilli, or upon the inscrutable will of a 
capricious Providence. 

My friends, the doctors, assured me 
that eating and drinking, and the use 
of tobacco, had little to do with our 
physical condition. Their advice was, 
"Eat and drink what agrees with you, 
(that is, what tastes good and makes 
you feel good) ; satisfy your physical 
appetites and cravings to the fullest 
extent ; it is only natural to do so. If 
you should get into trouble, come to 
us and we will fix you up all right." 
Again the comfortable doctrines of 
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Such advice is administered con- 
stantly and i^romiscuously to the youth 
of t)ur country, in private consulta- 
tions and in open clinics, by physicians 
of g-ood repute. 

Nor was the trend of popular philo- 
sophy conducive to the strengthening 
of my moral fibre. Leaders of mod- 
ern thought, among them highly re- 
spected college professors and cele- 
brated scientists, boldly applied the 
speculations of evolutionary theories 
to the origin and development of re- 
ligion, of ethics, and of morality. 

According to their teachings, men- 
tal and emotional activities are chem- 
ical reactions of physical brain and 
nerve matter; there have been all kinds 
of forces in history, except ethical 
forces ; ethics and morality grow out 
of customs, and are not antecedent to 
them ; moral standards are all a mat- 
ter of evolution, custom and expedi- 
ency, and subject to changes, like fa- 
shions in hats and dresses ; ethical and 
moral notions are mere figments of 
speculation a n d unrealities which 
should be discarded, the sooner the 

"Common sense" business men told 
me their highest principle was: "Do 
the other fellow lest he do you." 

As a result of these teachings and 
examples of personal irresponsibility, 
and of ethical and moral nihilism, 
chaos filled my miind and soul. I did 
not known what to believe, or what 
to disbelieve, and as a natural result 
did not care how I lived ; my only con- 
cern was the gratification of my phys- 
ical appetites and of my desires for di- 
version and amusement. 

The first part of my life, up to the 
age of manly maturity, was a sort of 
experiment to see how far L could go 
in the violation of the rules of whole- 
some living, without suffering im- 
mediately and drastically Nature's 

Finally, however, I reached the li- 
mits of Nature's endurance, and began 
to suffer greatly from the natural re- 
sults of my ignorance and foolishness. 

Following the advice of my friends, 

the doctors, I sought relief and cure 
in drugging, and consulted many phy- 
sicians, but their pills and potions, at 
best, only gave temporary relief. At 
the age of thirty-five I was a physical 
and mental wreck, without faith in 
(jod, in Nature, or in myself. Many 
times the desire to end my misery by 
suicide threatened to overwhelm me. 
The terror of it all was my utter ignor- 
ance and helplessness. I failed to see 
clearly the causes of my troubles, and 
much less the way out of them. How- 
ever, the darkest hours are those be- 
fore the dawn. 

The Unity of Disease and Cure 

One day I confided my deplorable 
condition to a visiting friend. He 
brought me a book, saying that its pe- 
rusal might do me some good. It was 
one of the first books published deal- 
ing with the laws of natural living and 
healing. The book was written by 
one of the pioneers of Nature Cure, a 
humble weaver by profession. In sim- 
ple language, but convincing reason- 
ing, it brought out the fact that all dis- 
ease, barring accidents and surround- 
ings hostile to human life, is due to vio- 
lation of Nature's laws in our common 
habits of living ; and that, therefore, the 
fundamental principle of true healing 
must consist in a return to natural 
habits of living. 

The author demonstrated for the 
first time in medical literature, the un- 
ity of disease, showing that all disease 
in the final analysis is due to a few 
primary causes : namely, to the accu- 
mulation of effete matter and poisons 
in the organism ; that this morbid soil 
is the breeder of germs and bacilli, and 
that waste matter clogging the cells 
and tissues of the body becomes the 
cause of lowered vitality by ob- 
structing the flow of blood and 
nerve currents, and by hindering 
the vibratory activities of the cells, 
its molecules and atoms. From these 
premises he reasoned that the primary 
principle in true healing must be the 
elimination of waste and foreign mat- 

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ter from the system throtig-h natural 
methods of hving- and of treatment; 
that poisoning- and mutilating the hu- 
man organism cannot be conducive to 
good health. 

His simple means of cure consisted 
in pure food diet, free from the morbid 
matter of the animal carcass, hydro- 
pathic treatment, air and sun baths, 
massage and systematic exercise. 

When I read the book, it seemed to 
me as though a great light was rising 
before me and illuminating my dark- 
ened consciousness. For the first time 
in my life I realized that the processes 
of life and death, of health, disease and 
cure, are subject to the workings of 
natural laws, as definite and exact as 
the laws of gravitation and of chem'- 
ical affinity ; that there was a decalogue 
and a morality of the physical as well 
as of the spiritual, and that if I faith- 
fully complied with the laws of my 
physical nature, there was hope of re- 
generation and of the recovery of 
health, physically, mentally and spir- 

I read through the night and into 
the morning hours, until I had ab- 
sorbed the contents of the book, and 
the next morning in the bathroom and 
at the breakfast table I began the prac- 
tice of the natural regime, and carried 
it out from that time on to the best 
of my ability. 

The results were most gratifying. 
There were ups and downs and healing 
crises, but all along, to my great joy, 
there was steady improvement in all 
symptoms. The satisfaction and hap- 
piness this gave me were indescrib- 
able. They were caused not only by 
the consciousness that I was working 
out my own salvation through my own 
knowledge and my own personal ef- 
forts, but also by the stirring realiza- 
tion that I had arisen out of utter ig- 
norance and helplessness, and had be- 
come independent of the quacks of 
philosophy, priestcraft and medicine ; 
that from that time on I was master 
of my fate. 

I had at last sensed the great funda- 
mental fact of human life and action, 

that knowledge of natural lav/s and 
conscious and voluntary co-operation 
with these laws are the master keys 
to all higher development above the 
purely animal plane of being, and that 
on the same basis of truth and law only 
can the human race at large work out 
its vaster and more complex problems. 

I recognized the unity of disease and 
cure, not only in the physical body but 
also in the social and political body. 
I saw that in the final analysis all that 
which we call sin, disease, suffering or 
evil, is identical in origin and nature; 
that all of these abnormal and undesir- 
able conditions are due to violations of 
Nature's laws, and that therefore the 
only possible, permanent cure there 
can be, lies in a return to Nature, and 
in compliance with her fundamental 
laws and principles. 

My Experiences in German Sanitar- 
iums and Schools for Nature Cure 

While the home regime of natural 
living brought about considerable im- 
provement in my physical health, it 
was not sufficient to cure entirely the 
deep-seated, chronic ailments from 
which I was suffering. The same was 
true of my wife. For years before our 
marriage she had been a chronic in- 
valid. After our marriage she was re- 
jected as a risk by the New York Life 
Insurance Company, on the grounds 
of Bright's Disease. At our last inter- 
view, the examining physician of the 
company told me that it was no use 
to try again ; that she was incurable. 
At that time I had already become ac- 
quainted with Nature Cure, and said 
to the doctor, "You will take her with- 
in two years." To this he smilingly 
replied, "Never! Once albumin, al- 
ways albumin." I surely made him re- 
tract his statement, for after our so- 
journ in Germany and another year of 
natural living, there was not a trace of 
albumin, and the New York Life In- 
surance Company accepted her as a 
risk without hesitation. I may add 
here that ever since she has enjoyed 
perfect health. 


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About six months after I first be- 
came acquainted with Nature Cure 
philosophy. I sold all my possessions 
and business interests, and with my 
family departed for Germany, partly 
for a visit to my wife's parents, but 
principally to seek treatment for both 
of us in the Nature Cure Sanifariums. 
We intended to remain in Europe 
about, three months, but in the mean- 
time I became so enthusiastic over the 
improvement we experienced, and the 
wonderful things I learned about Na- 
ture Cure that I lost interest in every- 
thing else. I realized that purely com- 
mercial pursuits, no matter how re- 
munerative, could never again satis- 
fy my mind and soul ; the gratification 
to be found in money-making had lost 
its charm. Higher and finer ideals had 
taken its place. I had sensed the law 
of service which ordains that we can 
achieve self-content and happiness 
only as we make others happy. "Free- 
ly ye have received, freely give." In 
compliance with this injunction of the 
Master. I concluded to take up Nature 
Cure as my life work. Instead of three 
months. I spent a full year in Nature 
Cure schools and sanitariums, partly 
for study, partly for treatment. At the 
end of this, the first really happy year 
of my life, I returned to this country, 
and took up the study of osteopathy 
and medicine. 

After I had obtained my license as 
osteopathic physician, I continued the 
study of medicine, while practicing the 
natural methods of treatment in my 
leisure hours. 

In that way. I had the opportunity 
to compare the results of my own work 
with those obtained by medical and 
surgical treatment in the clinics and 
hospitals of the medical schools which 
I attended. 

In the classrooms and the clinic I 
listened with two ears, and saw with 
two eyes. I mean by this figure of 
speech that all I heard and saw had for 
me two meanings — the one intended 
by the books and professors on the 
lecture platform, the other meaning my 
own interpretation of their theories 
and practices in the light of Nature 

Cure philosophy. I was the judge of 
all that transpired before me. Though 
already well advanced in years, and 
grayhaired, I thoroughly enjoyed these 
belated school days. I was so deeply 
interested in studies and researches 
that I would not have exchanged a 
lecture or clinic for the best "show" 
in Chicago. • ■•• } 

Compare my experience with that of 
the average student On the benches 
of our great medical schools, drinking 
in every word uttered by the teachers 
as gospel truth, not able to judge be- 
tween truth and error, not allowed to 
entertain an independent opinion of 
his own, helplessly swayed by the 
power of suggestion. In four or five 
years, he is hopelessly hypnotized and 
obsessed by the one-sided theories of 
his schools. This explains why we 
find it easy to convince any person en- 
dowed with common intelligence and 
good sense of the simple truths of Na- 
ture Cure, and why we find it impos- 
sible to change the dogmatic beliefs 
of the trained nurse, the medical stu- 
dent or the practicing physician. Their 
brains are so stuflFed and confused with 
the "theories of the schools" that they 
have lost the power of common-sense 
reasoning. As a German proverb puts 
it. "For the many trees they cannot 
see the forest." 

In due time I graduated in allopathy, 
homeopathy and eclectic medicine, 
passed the examination of the State 
Board of Health of Illinois, and ob- 
tained my license to practice as allo- 
pathic physician and surgeon. 

During my search for health and 
knowledge in European Nature Cure 
schools and sanitariums, I found that 
all of these institutions were teaching 
and practicing part of the truth ; they 
would emphasize one or more of the 
natural methods of living and of treat- 
ment, and ignore others which accord- 
ing to my judgment were just as im- 
portant. Some of the things they did 
were all right, others all wrong. Not 
one of them came up to my ideal of an 
all-around Nature Cure institution. 

These experiences inspired me with 
the idea of founding in this country an 

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institution which should teach and 
practice all that is good in natural liv- 
ing and healing. 

For the last fifteen years, I and 
my good helpers have been trying out, 
sifting and selecting the true and the 
practical from that which proved ir- 
relevant, harmful and destructive. We 
intend to continue this process of nat- 
ural selection indefinitely. It is thts 
which makes Nature Cure the only 
evolutionary and truly scientific sys- 
tem of therapeutics in existence. 

In our Nature Cure institutions, rep- 
resentatives of the allopathic, homeo- 
pathic, osteopathic, neuropathic, chiro- 
practic and naprapathic schools of 
healing work side by side with those 
who practice Nature Cure, magnetic, 
mental and spiritual healing, year in 
and year out, in perfect harmony, 
without a shadow of misunderstand- 
ing, jealousy or intolerance. There is 
not another institution on earth that 
exemplifies true eclecticism in a sim- 
ilar way, and yet Nature Cure has 
been accused many times of being 
narrow, prejudiced and ignorant of 
true values in medical treatment. This 
impression has arisen because we draw 
the lines at two things in therapeutic 
methods, namely, poisonous drugs and 
promiscuous surgical operations. 

We cheerfully confess that for good 
and valid reasons we are unalterably 
opposed to these treacherous and de- 
structive enemies of health and life. 
Why should we not discourage the use 
of these dangerous agents when the 
havoc wrought by them equals and 
surpasses the suffering caused by a 
mighty war? What is the difference 
whether tens and hundreds of thous- 
ands are killed, maimed and wounded 
on the battle field or driven into chron- 
ic invalidism, insanity and premature 
death by poisonous drugs or uncalled 
for surgical operations? 

I know that comparisons like these 
call forth the opprobrium of fanaticism 
and intolerance. There exists, how- 
ever, positive proof of these state- 
ments, some of which I shall produce 
in this volume. If they are true, why 
hide the facts? Why should these 

practices fraught with untold suffering 
be hidden from public view any more 
than the evils of the liquor traffic, of 
the social traffic, of gambling, hypno- 
tism, mediumship, and of the traffic in 
habit-forming drugs? 

If it is good and proper to denounce 
and suppress these enemies of health 
and life and happiness, why ignore or 
cover up the suffering inflicted upon 
unsuspecting humanity by drug poi- 
sons and commercialized surgery, ad- 
ministered under the mistaken idea 
that these agents cure disease, when in 
reality they suppress nature's healing 
efforts, and become the most prolific 
causes of chronic invalidism. 

Where lies the greater responsibility, 
in selling whiskey or in selling drugs? 
The man who goes to the bar for whis- 
key knows what he is taking and what 
it will do to him. The man and woman 
who walk into a drug store, believing 
that they are buying health for them- 
selves or their loved ones, are cruelly 
deceived, as well as injured, when they 
take home the worst and most destruc- 
tive poisons on earth, in the guise of 
medicines and tonics. 

How do I know that these state- 
ments are not exaggerated and unjust? 
Because in our daily practice we deal 
with the miserable victims of these de- 
structive agents ; because we see in 
their eyes the signs of mercury, iodine, 
strychnine, arsenic, coal tar poisons, 
"606," salvarsan, etc., etc.; because 
with the signs in their eyes we get 
from the suflferers the history of tak- 
ing these poisons, and the characteris- 
tic symptoms of the different forms of 
chronic drug poisoning, such as loco- 
motor ataxia, paralysis agitans, paresis, 
neurasthenia, tertiary syphilis, and all 
other forms of chronic diseases. 

After we have recognized these facts 
in their full significance, where lies our 
responsibility? What is our duty in 
the matter? Shall we hide the facts as 
we see them in order to be ethical, or- 
thodox and mindful of the professional 
sensibilities of our colleagues, or is it 
our duty to proclaim the truth, raise a 
warning voice against the fearful dan- 
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lurk under these destructive practices 
of pseudo-science? 

When the public once fully realizes 
the dangers of the drug evil, there will 
be another prohibitionary movement 
more determined and more efhcient 
than that directed against the liquor 
traffic. What the earnest workers of 
the prohibition movement have done 
against the liquor traffic, other earnest 
workers must do against the drug traf- 
fic. The first signs of this rebellion 
against the most dangerous enemy of 
mankind are already noticeable in the 
daily press, and in periodical literature, 
thanks to the persistent efforts of the 
representatives and followers of drug- 
less healing systems. 

To Tear Dovioi Is Easier Than to 
Build Up 

What have we put in place of that 
which we condemn? So far we have 
dwelt upon the work that Nature Cure 
has done in exposing and destroying 
the errors of the past. What, if any- 
thing, has it contributed to healing sci- 
ence in a constructive way? What has 
it done to supplant the old. destructive 
ideas with new ideas and practices of a 
more constructive nature? 

To this we make answer that Nature 
Cure has completely revolutionized the 
sciences of natural living, of hygiene 
and of treating human ailments, not 
in one, but in a hundred ways. In the 
following, I shall mention only a few 
of the most important and valuable 
contributions of Nature Cure Philoso- 
phy and Practice to modern medical 

First of all. Nature Cure Philosophy 
has done original and revolutionary 
work in the discovery and practical 
application of the fundamental laws 
and principles underlying the processes 
of health, disease and cure. Hippo- 
crates, "the Father of Medicine," 
taught and practiced these laws and 
methods over two thousand years ago. 
but they were lost and buried with 
other wisdom of the Ancients in the 
intervening ages of intellectual dark- 

ness and superstition, until rediscov- 
ered and revived independently by the 
founders of the Nature Cure move- 
ment in Germany. 

It remained, however, for the author 
of this volume to formulate and to pre- 
sent these laws in definite scientific 
terms, and to demonstrate their prac- 
tical application in the diagnosis and 
treatment of human ailments. This 
fact is beginning to be quite generally 
recognized among students and read- 
ers of health culture literature. 

Frequently we receive letters from 
readers of the Nature Cure books con- 
taining expressions like the following: 

"I have read practically all the health 
culture literature, old and new, the 
books of Kuhne. Bilz. Lahmann and 
Just, as well as the latest English and 
American publications on the subject, 
but I have never found anything that 
reveals the underlying principles of life 
and health as your writings do. They 
touch rock bottom. There is nothing 
else in existence that unifies all the 
different systems of treating diseases, 
reduces them to a common basis, and 
from a few simple principles shows 
wherein they are right or wrong, as 
it is done in 'Nature Cure Philosophy 
and Practice.' " 

Vital Force 

Before we can understand the laws 
and principles governing the phenom- 
ena of life in the processes of health, 
disease and cure, we must have the 
right conception of life itself, in so far 
as finite mind is able to grasp its source 
and nature. This all-important subject 
is treated in Chapter III of "Nature 
Cure Philosophy and Practice." At 
this place I will only call attention to 
one phase of this subject, which has 
been treated fully in the "Nature Cure 
Cook Book and A B C of Natural Diet- 
etics." I refer to the relationship of 
the life force and its derivatives, vital- 
ity, strength and recuperative power, 
to food and drink, medicines, tonics 
and stimulants. On account of the im- 
portance of the problems involved, I 

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may be permitted to quote from the 
"Nature Cure Cook Book" some pas- 
sages relating to this sul)ject. 

"This life force, which flows into us 
from the one great source of all life in 
this Universe, from that which we call 
God, Nature, Creative Force, or Uni- 
versal Intelligence, is the primary 
source of all energy, from which all 
other kinds and forms of energy are 
derived. It is as independent of the 
body, and of food and drink, as the 
electric current is independent of the 
glass bulb and the carbon thread 
through which it manifests as heat and 
light. The breaking of the glass bulb, 
though it extinguishes the light, does 
not in any way diminish the amount of 
electricity back of it. 

"In a similar manner, if the physical 
body should 'fall dead' as we call it, 
the vital energy would keep on acting 
with undiminished force through the 
spiritual-material body, which is an ex- 
act duplicate of the physical body, but 
whose material atoms and molecules 
are infinitely more refined and vibrate 
at infinitely greater velocities than 
those of the physical-material body. 

"This is not merely a matter of faith 
or of speculative reasoning, but a dem- 
onstrated fact of Natural Science. 

"When St. Paul said (1 Cor. 15:44), 
'There is a natural (physical) body, 
and there is a spiritual body,' he stated 
an actual fact in Nature. 

"Indeed, it would be impossible to 
conceive of the survival of the indi- 
viduality after death without a material 
body which serves as the vehicle for 
consciousness, memory, and the rea- 
soning faculties, and as an instrument 
for the physical functions. Without a 
body it would be impossible for the 
soul to manifest itself to other souls, 
or to communicate with them. 

"Therefore, if survival of the individ- 
uality after death be a fact in Nature, 
and if the achievement of immortality 
be a possibility, a spiritual-material 
body is a necessity. 

"Someone may say, 'If the life force 
is independent of the physical body and 
of fcfod and drink, why do we have to 
eat and drink to keep alive?' 

"The answer to this is : Food and 
drink are necessary to keep the organ- 
ism in the right condition, so that vital 
force can manifest and operate through 
it to the best advantage. To this end, 
food is needed to build up and to repair 
the tissues of the body. It also serves 
to a certain extent as fuel material, 
which is transmuted into animal heat 
and vital energy. 

"It is true that during the processes 
of digestion and combustion (breaking 
down of food materials), a certain 
amount of animal heat and vital en- 
ergy is liberated ; but, as we pointed 
out in the foregoing paragraphs, this 
does not account for all the animal heat 
and vital energy expended. 

"Furthermore, just as coal has to 
come into touch with fire before it can 
be transmuted into heat, so the life 
force is needed to 'burn up' or 'to ex- 
plode' the fuel materials. When 'life' 
has departed, even large amounts of 
sugars, fats, proteins, tonics and stim- 
ulants are not able to produce one 
spark of vital energy in the body. 

"On the contrary, digestion, assimi- 
lation and elimination of food and drink 
require the expenditure of considerable 
amounts of vital energy. Therefore, 
all food taken in excess of the actual 
needs of the body, wastes vital force 
instead of giving it. 

"If these facts were more generally 
known and appreciated, people would 
not habitually overeat, under the mis- 
taken idea that their vitality increases 
in proportion to the amount of food 
they consume ; neither would they be- 
lieve that they can derive 'strength' 
from poisonous stimulants and tonics. 
They would not be so much afraid of 
fasting. They would understand bet- 
ter the necessity of fasting in acute 
diseases and 'healing crises' and avail 
themselves more frequently of this 
most effective means of " purification. 
They would no longer believe them- 
selves in danger of dying if they were 
to miss a few meals." 

Briefly stated, all that food and 
drink can do is to keep the body in 
normal, healthy condition, which will 
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force into the body, and facilitate its 
free distribution through the sympa- 
thetic nervous system to the various 
organs and to every individual cell. 
Anything and everything in natural 
methods of living and of treatment that 
will help to build up the blood on a 
more natural basis, that will purify the 
system of waste and morbid matter, 
that will correct mechanical lesions 
and harmonize the mental and emo- 
tional conditions, will insure a greater 
supply of life force and its derivatives, 
strength, vitality, resisting and recup- 
erating power. 

I have been asked at different times 
why it is that life ceases when the 
physical body is injured, if the soul is 
such a powerful entity and independ- 
ent of the body. The following illus- 
tration may help to answer the ques- 
tion. The boiler which feeds an en- 
gine may have a plentiful supply of 
steam, but if vital parts of the machin- 
ery are out of order, the engine will 
not be able to run and to do its work. 

Never before in any writings deal- 
ing with dietetics or food chemistry 
has there been revealed the true rela- 
tionship between the Life Force and 
food, medicines, tonics and stimulants. 
Here, also, the true principles under- 
lying alimentation and stimulation 
through drugs and tonics, hypnotic 
processes, faith, etc., are treated in an 
original manner, and certain facts per- 
taining to these interesting subjects 
are for the first time clearly revealed 
and explained. 

Fundamental Law of Cure 

Foremost among the laws of cure 
which for the first time in human 
history, as far as we know, have made 
healing science an exact science, is the 
Fundamental Law of Cure which the 
author has formulated in the following 
sentence: "Every acute disease is not 
destructive, not an enemy to be 
dreaded, but a friend and helper if 
properly treated. This conception of 
acute disease applies not only to phys- 
ical ailments, but as well to the 
problem of evil in general. It explains 

and justifies the Biblical injunctions, 
"Resist not evil, but overcome evil 
with good." 

In accordance with this conception 
of disease as a purifying, healing effort, 
Nature Cure does not fight disease 
with disease-creating agents and the 
knife, but it overcomes disease, or 
better still, prevents it, and makes it 
impossible through health-building 
methods. It eliminates the causes of 
disease by complying with the laws of 
health. Therefore it has no use for 
poisonous drugs, serums, antitoxins, 
vaccines and surgical mutilations 
which only suppress the symptoms of 
disease, but do not remove the under- 
lying causes. In place of suppressing 
symptoms, Nature Cure teaches and 
applies the natural ways of living and 
of treating the human body which 
make for prevention, and are therefore 
truly health insurance. People buy 
life, accident, fire, and many other 
kinds of insurance, but the majority 
of them are not as yet aware that the 
best and most valuable insurance, 
health insurance, can be secured with- 
out expenditure of money, simply by 
living up to nature's laws, governing 
our habits of living, thinking and 

The Law of Crisis 

Wrong living and the suppressive 
treatment of acute diseases creates 
chronic conditions. Chronic disease 
means that the system, or rather the 
cells and organs of the body are so 
lowered in vitality and encumbered 
with waste and morbid matter that 
they cannot arouse themselves any 
longer to acute, purifying efforts. 
Therefore in the treatment of chronic 
diseases Nature Cure builds up the 
blood on a natural basis through sci- 
entific selection and combination of 
foods. It purifies the system through 
making the organs of elimination 
more active and alive. It corrects 
mechanical lesions in the bony struct- 
ures, muscles and ligaments, corrects 
and harmonizes the mental proc'esses 
and emotional conditions. Through 

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these constructive methods of living 
and of treatment the organs and cells 
of the body become pure enough and 
vigorous enough to arouse themselves 
to acute eliminative efforts. Then 
they begin to throw off the morbid 
encumbrances, the waste deposits and 
poisonous materials into the venous 
blood vessels. These carry the drain- 
age to the organs of depuration. While 
in process of elimination these morbid 
excretions, the Pathogen of Dr. Powell 
may irritate the skin, kidneys, in- 
testines and mucous membranes to 
such an extent as to cause inflam- 
matory processes such as skin erup- 
tions, diarrhoeas, acute catarrh, 
("colds") furuncles, boils, carbuncles, 
abnormal perspiration, hemorrhages, 
hemorrhoids, fissures, open sores, etc., 

From this it will be seen that these 
acute forms of elimination, which the 
old school of medical science calls dis- 
eases. Nature Cure regards and treats 
as healing crises ; therefore, all natural 
treatment of chronic diseases intends 
to produce these healing crises, and 
their prompt arrival is the best proof 
that the treatment is correct and in- 
deed, in harmony with the natural 
laws of disease and cure. 

The Law of Periodicity 

Nature Cure, for the first time since 
the days of Hippocrates, has definitely 
applied the law of periodicity to the 
occurrence of healing crises in chronic 
diseases under natural treatment. Dr. 
Buchanan, in his little book, "Period- 
icity," reveals the manifestation of this 
great law in "sevens" in many domains 
of life and action, in the processes of 
birth, growth, maturity,' fruitage, de- 
cline and death. But he failed to per- 
ceive its application to the develop- 
ment of healing crises in chronic cases. 
In fact, he was only very dimly aware 
of the existence and true meaning of 
healing crises. 

In accordance with this law of per- 
iodicity, if conditions are favorable 
and the treatment is "natural," the 

crises manifest counting from the be- 
ginning of natural treatment, on the 
sixth day in the sixth week, sixth 
month, sixth year, and in periods of 
seven thereafter. 

Treatment of Acute Disease 

Many people who know that we can 
and do cure all kinds of so-called "in- 
curable," chronic diseases, such as tu- 
berculosis, cancer, tertiary syphilis, lo- 
comotor ataxia, infantile paralysis, et 
cetera, et cetera, seem to think that 
we are unable to cure acute diseases 
such as measles, scarlet fever, diph- 
theria, etc. Incidents like the follow- 
ing are of frequent occurrence : Some 
time ago I met a lady in a street car 
who had been one of our patients. Be- 
fore she came to us she. was suffering 
with a disease of the lower jawbone. 
Under surgical treatment the bone was 
scraped and shaved half a dozen times. 
But, as usual, the old trouble reap- 
peared in aggravated form. Then the 
surgeons told her it was cancer, and 
in order to prolong her life, the lower 
jaw would have to be removed en- 
tirely. Frightened by this terrible' al- 
ternative, she was ripe to listen to Na- 
ture Cure talk from one of her friends, 
who had attended my lectures. She 
placed herself under our care and treat- 
ment,, and in six months the jawbone 
was sound, after another three months 
she had false teeth fitted, and has not 
had any trouble since. 

When I made the usual inquiries 
after the health and the welfare of 
her family, she told me tearfully that 
she herself had been getting along fine, 
but that she had lots of trouble with 
her children. One of them had been 
taken with diphtheria. The child was 
getting along fine until the attending 
allopathic physician administered the 
diphtheria antitoxin. Then within 
twenty-four hours the child became 
paralyzed from the hips down, and 
died two days afterward. 

When I expressed my astonishment 
at the treatment, and asked her why 
she had not called in a Nature Cure 


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physician to treat the case, she seemed 
greatly surprised and said, "Why, Doc- 
tor, I did not know that you could 
cure such diseases as that." The trou- 
ble with her was that she came to us 
for treatment' on the transient plan, 
and had not had the opportunity of 
attendinp^ our lectures, nor had she 
read the Nature Cure books ; like many 
others, she did not know what cured 
her, and therefore had to suffer again 
the penalty of ignorance and of vio- 
lation of the law. 

As a matter of fact, it is in the treat- 
ment of acute diseases that Nature 
Cure works its greatest miracles. In 
our sanitarium practice, in the treat- 
ment of chronic diseases, we cope with 
the hardest phases of the work. Most 
of the sanitarium patients do not come 
to us for advice and help until they 
are "down and out" — "until there is 
nothing more to spoil," and then if 
Nature Cure cannot make good within 
a few weeks or months, they grumble 
and complain "because it is so slow." 
I sometimes meet such complaints 
with remarks like the following: "Na- 
ture Cure is the fastest cure on record, 
because there is nothing else that does 
cure chronic diseases. It is the Twen- 
tieth Century Express in healing. You 
just have the choice of two things: 
either get cured by slow Nature Cure, 
or keep your chronic disease until the 
undertaker finishes the job." 

Priessnitz. the pioneer of Nature 
Cure, replied to one of these impatient 

ones, "To cure you quickly, I should 
have started with your grandmother." 
I realized from the first that I could 
have acquired greater fame and more 
money, with much less work and trou- 
ble, if I had confined myself to the 
treatment of acute diseases. The only 
reason why I took up the sanitarium 
work, in spite of the advice of my close 
relatives and best friends, was that I 
wanted to demonstrate to suffering hu- 
manity and to the medical profession 
the possibility of curing chronic dis- 
eases. I also wanted the opportun- 
ity of teaching and training as many 
young people as possible in this great 
work of curing chronic ailments. It 
has been a very slow, arduous, and 
from the worldly standpoint, a thank- 
less work, but a few years more of 
growth at the present rate of devel- 
opment will see the realization of my 

The Unity of Disease and Cure, 

as taught in Nature Cure Philosophy, 
and practically demonstrated with the 
greatest possible efficiency in the treat- 
ment of all acute diseases is undoubt- 
edly the most valuable contribution 
of Nature Cure to medical science. It 
marks the greatest of all revolution- 
ary advances in the art of healing hu- 
man ailments. 

Briefly, the idea of the Unity of 
Disease and Treatment is based on 
the following propositions : 

Briefly, the idea of the Unity of Dis- 
ease and Treatment is based on the 
following propositions : 

Barring injury by accident (trauma), 
and conditions uncongenial to life and 
health, there is but one primary cause 
of disease, namely, violations of na- 
ture's laws in our habits of living, and 
in our treatment of the acute diseases 
resulting therefrom. Violation of na- 
ture's laws in our habits of living re- 
sults in : 

(1) Lowered vitality. 

(2) Abnormal composition of blood 
and lymph (mainly through wrong 
eating and drinking). 

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(3) Accumulation of waste, mor- 
bid matter and poisons in the system. 

(4) Mechanical lesions : pressure, 
tension or strain on nerves and nerve 
centers, caused through luxations of 
bony structures, or straining of mus- 
cles and ligaments. 

(5) Abnormal, that is, discordant 
or destructive mental and emotional 

When through these primary causes 
of disease the vitality has become low- 
ered to such an extent that the mor- 
bid and poisonous encumbrances, 
(Pathogen), begin to endanger health 
and life, then the organism reacts to 
these disease conditions through acute 
healing efforts in the form of inflam- 
mation and fever. 

These inflammatory processes, if 
properly treated and assisted, are 
therefore always constructive, that is, 
purifying and healing of nature, al- 
ways run their course through the 
same five stages of inflammation, and 
if allowed to do so, always result in 
effecting better conditions ; that is, they 
leave the system purer and more nor- 
mal than before they started their 
salutary work of house-cleaning. 

While readers of Nature Cure read- 
ily accept in theory this principle of 
the Unity of Disease and Treatment, 
they find difficulty in applying it prac- 
tically at the sick bed. It sometimes 
happens that those to whom "Nature 
Cure and Practice" has been sent on 
approval return the book because no 
specific treatment for their particular 
disease is given. They have failed to 
grasp the great fundamental principles 
of Nature Cure. 

The greatest achievement of "Na- 
ture Cure Philosophy and Practice" 
lies in the fact that it has reduced the 
treatment of acute and sub-acute dis- 
eases, as well as of chronic ailments, 
to the greatest simplicity. 

Allopathy lists hundreds of differ- 
ent diseases, each one to be treated 
with different "specific" drugs, serums, 
antitoxins, vaccines or surgical oper- 

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Compare with this the marvelous 
simplicity of "Nature Cure Philoso- 
phy and Practice" which reduces the 
treatment of all acute and sub-acute 
diseases to a few simple principles and 

The truth of this we have proved in 
daily practice for 15 years. Just think 
what this means! It means that any- 
body with common intelligence and 
ordinary good sense can treat any and 
all acute diseases in a most efficient 
way with the best possible results, 
though he has never seen a medical 

It is the wonderful simplicity of Na- 
ture Cure Theory and Practice which 
for the first time in human history 
makes medical science an exact science. 

The fundamental Law of Cure, the 
Laws of Crises and of Periodicity, will 
do for medical science what the laws 
of gravitation and of chemical affinity 
have done for physics, astronomy and 
chemistry. Before the discovery of 
these natural laws, astronomy, chem- 
istry and physics were a mass of su- 
perstitious beliefs and contradictory 
opinions, just as medical science is 

Therefore, do not send the book 
back after hasty inspection, under the 
impression that it does not contain the 
solution of your particular problem, 
whether it be in the nature of acute 
or chronic disease. A careful reading 
of the book will answer your questions 
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The Natural Treatment of Wounds 
and Open Sores 

Ever since the author pubHcly be- 
gan to teach and practice Nature 
Cure, he has maintained in his lec- 
tures and writings and demonstrated 
in his daily practice that the natural 
and most' elhcient treatment for 
wounds and open sores consists in ex- 
posure to air and light, and that the 
best of all antiseptics is lemon juice 
diluted with water. 

The efficiency of this treatment, 
which flatly contradicts the most firm- 
ly established doctrines of medical 
science, I have demonstrated for many 
years even in the germ- and dirt-laden 
air of Chicago. We have cured through 
this simple treatment many wounds 
which under heavy coverings of anti- 
septic bandages and under continuous 
soaking with poisonous antiseptics and 
germicides had entered into advanced 
stages of malignant, necrotic, degen- 
erative processes. 

For many years I have been de- 
nounced as an ignoramus and a dan- 
gerous fakir, for thus contradicting and 
opposing "the most important discov- 
eries and practices of modern medical 
science as to surgical cleanliness and 
antiseptic treatment." The editor of a 
magazine foremost in the ranks of sci- 
entific and philosophical publications 
in this country had to discontinue a 
series of articles from my pen because 
hundreds of protests came in from old- 
school physicians on account of my 
uncompromising stand against the use 
of antiseptics, serums and antitoxins 
in the treatment of wounds and of in- 
flammatory, febrile diseases. 

But tempora mutantur, et nos mu- 
tamur in illis, which in our beloved 
United States vernacular means. 
"Times change and we change with 
them." A few months ago Chicago 
dailies announced in a leading article, 
"The Most Recent Wonderful Discov- 
ery of Surgical Science." They related 
that, thanks to the discovery of a prom- 
inent surgeon in one of the great West 
Side hospitals, wounds were now be- 
ing treated with uniform success with- 

out antiseptics and germicidal agents, 
and that this revolutionary treatment 
consisted solely in exposure of the 
wounds to light and air. The article 
concluded by saying that such a re- 
volutionary discovery could be made 
only by a great and learned surgeon. 

Until recently I was in danger of 
arrest and trial for malpractice for 
teaching and practicing this "recent 
wonderful discovery of surgical 

I do not bring out these facts from 
a desire for vain boasting, but in or- 
der to point out the fact that many 
of the teachings of Nature Cure Phil- 
osophy are being gradually adopted 
by orthodox medical science, which 
gives hope that other Nature Cure 
ideas and practices may also in time 
receive due recognition. 

In this connection it may be of in- 
terest to call attention to the fact that 
the open air treatment for tuberculo- 
sis and the hydropathic treatment in 
typhoid fever were adopted by the 
medical profession from the Nature 
Cure people in Germany. For more 
than thirty years Ignatz Priessnitz, 
Father Kneipp, Kuhne and other pion- 
eers of Nature Cure, were dragged to 
the courts and tried for mal-practice 
for using hydropathic treatment in the 
cure of acute and chronic diseases, 
until Dr. Brand, of Berlin, began 
to notice that his own typhoid fever 
patients died at the rate of 50 or 60 
per hundred, while the typhoid fever 
patients of the Nature Cure "quacks" 
made uniform recoveries. He tried the 
water treatment, found it eminently 
successful, and then gave his "discov- 
ery" to the medical profession in an 
essay, in which he described the won- 
derful efficacy of hydropathic treat- 
ment in typhoid fever. 

Since that time this treatment has 
been adopted with great success by 
advanced physicians all over the earth. 
But they have not yet awakened to 
the fact that the same simple cold wa- 
ter treatment and fasting will cure ev- 
ery other acute disease with exactlv 
the same efficacy as in the case of 
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When they do grasp the full signifi- 
cance of "the unity of disease and of 
treatment," as demonstrated in these 
pages, they will cease to waste mil- 
lions upon millions of dollars in the 
creation of medical foundations and 
research institutes which serve no 
other purpose than to experiment upon 
helpless sufferers with concoctions of 
poisonous drugs and disease products 
in the form of vaccines, serums and 
antitoxins. A rather useless and su- 
perfluous waste of money, time, energy 
and human lives, when the problem of 
curing all acute and sub-acute diseases 
has been solved by Nature Cure Phil- 
osophy and Practice. 

This awakening will sound the death 
knell of the darkest superstition that 
ever obsessed humanity, the belief that 
health can be created and maintained 
by saturating human bodies with dis- 
ease-creating agents. 

The Treatment of Chronic Diseases 

In the treatment of chronic diseases, 
Nature Cure undertakes and accom- 
plishes "the impossible." "Chronic," 
in the vocabulary of the old school 
of medicine, means "incurable." If the 
reader should doubt this statement, I 
advise him to read any standard work 
on medical practice. He will find that 
the medical authorities divide diseases 
into two stages or types, the acute and 
the chronic. The acute stages of dis- 
ease they attempt to cure by the or- 
dinary medical methods. When it 
comfes to the treatment of the chronic 
stages of disease, we find invariably 
expressions like the following: "When 
this disease reaches the chronic stages, 
you cannot cure it. You may advise 
the patient to change occupation or 
climate, to rest or to travel ; aside from 
this, treat the symptoms as they arise." 
These symptoms arising in chronic 
diseases from our viewpoint are Na- 
ture's feeble efforts to purify the sys- 
tem. To treat them from the medical 
viewpoint means to check and suppress 
them with poisonous drugs and surgi- 
cal operations. 

_ To illustrate : Suppose a chronic pa- 
tient develojjs a healing crisis, as we 
would call it, in the form of a vigorous 
diarrhea, acute catarrh, leucorrhea, 
boil or fever, under medical treatment 
these purifying efforts of Nature would 
be promptly "treated," that is, thor- 
oughly suppressed, and the disease 
poisons driven back into the system. 
How, under such treatment, in the 
narne of common sense, has the chronic 
patient a chance to recover? Is it not 
clear that the very "treatment" of 
the symptoms makes the cure an 

Nature Cure, on the other hand, 
through natural methods of living, as 
before explained, builds up the blood, 
purifies the system, adjusts the me- 
chanical lesions, harmonizes the men- 
tal and emotional conditions so that 
the organism can once more arouse it- 
self to a cleansing, healing effort in the 
various forms of acute elimination. 
Anybody endowed with common 
sense should be able to decide which 
is the natural way and which the un- 
natural and destructive way. 

Natural Dietetics 

This is another science of vital im- 
portance to the welfare of humanity, 
created by the founders of the Nature 
Cure movement. I first became ac- 
quainted with the principles and prac- 
tical application of rational vegetar- 
ianism during my search for health 
and knowledge in European schools 
and sanitariums. 

When I returned to this country I 
was naturally anxious to learn what 
progress vegetarianism and natural 
healing methods had made on this side. 
I found that the leaders of vegetarian- 
ism_ in England and America had built 
their systems of meatless diet on the 
teachings of the allopathic schools of 
medicine, according to which protein, 
fats and starches are the most import- 
ant food elements, in fact, the only 
ones worthy of consideration in the 
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About that time, E. P. Mills, one 
of the leaders of vegetarianism in Kng- 
lanil. published a book entitled. "Why 
X'ejTctarians h'ail." The p^ist of his ar- 
gument was that they fail because 
their diet does not contain enough pro- 
tein to remedy the deficiency caused 
by excluding meat and eggs. To sup- 
piement the protein in vegetable foods, 
he recommended a i)reparation called 
"plasmon," made from fresh cottage 
cheese, consisting mainly of concen- 
trated protein and fat. 

We know, now, thanks to Nature 
Cure, that the failures of vegetarian- 
ism, which Mills observed, were due 
to an excess of protein, starches and 
fats in their diet, and to a deficiency 
of the positive alkaline mineral ele- 

Another reason why many vegetar- 
ians in his day, as well as in our day, 
failed to be benefitted, is because they 
did not combine with the vegetarian 
diet other necessary methods of nat- 
ural living and treatment. What they 
gained through a meatless diet they 
lost through hot bathing, wrong 
breathing, lack of exercise, smoking, 
drugging and suppression of acute 

Others fail, or think they fail, be- 
cause they do not know of the exist- 
ence of the fundamental law of cure, 
and of the laws of crisis and of per- 
iodicity. They follow a rational, veg- 
etarian diet, and practice faithfully 
cold bathing; they exercise system- 
atically, breathe deeply and rhythmic- 
ally, and think and feel constructively 
and harmoniously. As a result of 
these rational and natural habits of 
living, they improve in health stead- 
ily up to a certain point. Then sud- 
denly all their old aches and pains and 
f»ther troubles come back. Then they 
l)elieve that vegetarian diet is a snare 
and a delusion, and return repentently 
to the flesh pots of Egypt, and to 
the good old pills and potions. 

The editor of "Vim," whose "cure- 
all" and sole hobby is deep breathing, 
is, or was, a rabid anti-vegetarian. In 
his magazine he published a few years 
ago a series of letters from readers of 

Vim, "who had tried vegetarianism 
and failed utterly." Most of these let- 
ters ran about as follows : 

"I had been suffering for years from 
chronic rheumatism. I tried many 
doctors and remedies without relief. 
Finally, yielding to the urgent plead- 
ings of a dear friend, I tried a strictly 
vegetarian diet consisting mostly of 
fruits, whole grain bread and dairy 
products. I also practiced systematic- 
ally cold bathing, deep breathing and 
other health exercises. 

"For a while I seemed to improve 
splendidly, but after a few months 
suddenly all my old rheumatic aches 
and pains and other symptoms came 
back in aggravated form. Then I 
realized that my friends were right 
when they told me I was making a fool 
of myself by following this starvation 
diet and by continually chilling my 
body with cold bathing. I then re- 
turned to the ordinary, good, nourish- 
ing food and dropped all fads." 

If this wise one and many others like 
him had known the laws of cure they 
would have rejoiced at the arrival of 
these healing crises and would have 
assisted Nature's cleansing, healing 
efforts by even stricter adherence to 
the natural regime, thus laying the 
foundation for perfect health in the 

In the largest and best appointed 
sanitariums in this country the law of 
crisis is unknown, or, if known, flatly 
denied and ignored. Quite frequently, 
I meet with people who tell me they 
have tried the same treatment we are 
giving in this or that big sanitarium. 
The story usually runs like this: "I 
seemed to' improve splendidly for a 
while, but then I got worse again ; all 
my old troubles came back as bad as 
ever, and then of course I realized that 
this natural treatment was not good 
for my trouble." So of course they 
packed their trunks and went back to 
their old diet and medicines or had an 
operation performed. 

It is a fact that down to this day the 
best known and most luxuriously ap- 
pointed sanitariums in this country 

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which are supposed to educate and 
practice (more or less) natural 
methods of healing-, favor a hig-h 
protein diet, rich in proteins, starches, 
fats and sugars. Their large factories 
and food stores offer to the health- 
seeking public nothing but foods pre- 
pared from cereals, nuts, legumes and 
olives. The menus in their institu- 
tions give the amounts of heat-produc- 
ing units (calories) of the various 
foods and the patients are told that 
they need so many hundred food calo- 
ries per day in order to supply the 
necessary fuel for the production of 
animal heat and energy. They are 
taught to select and figure out the 
kinds and quantities of food required 
to supply their needs. 

On these menus and food tables sup- 
plied to patients, nothing is said about 
the functions of the positive mineral 
elements in the human organism, nor 
about their importance in a well 
balanced diet. 

Soon after my return from Germany 
I met Otto Carque in Doctor Lahn's 
Sanitarium near Lincoln Park, which 
at that time was the favorite rendez- 
vous of the few Nature Cure "cranks" 
in Chicago. Carque had caught the in- 
fection and published a booklet en- 
titled, "The Foundation of All Re- 
form," an interesting treatise on the 
virtues of a meatless diet. After read- 
ing the book, I called the author's at- 
tention to the fact that he, the same 
as all his predecessors in this country 
and England, had entirely missed the 
true and only solution of the problem, 
the mineral salt aspect of the food 

I called his attention to the classics 
of German vegetarianism, to Hensel's 
"Bread from Stones", to his "Makro- 
biatic." to Dr. Lahmann's "Dietische 
Blutentmischung" and to Dr. Haig's 
"Uric Acid." Friend Carque eagerly 
followed the new lead with much bene- 
fit to himself and to the cause of vege- 
tarianism in this country. 

Soon after this, Arthur Brisbane, the 
gifted and versatile literary editor of 
the Hearst newspapers, published one 

of his strong articles against vege- 
tarianism. I have always admired Mr. 
Brisbane for his wide erudition. He is 
well informed on the most varied sub- 
jects of philosophy, science, history 
and sociology. But when he writes 
about vegetarianism, vaccination, 
serums, drug treatment and surgery, he 
moves in the old ruts, and hits way off 
the mark.* 

Otto Carque seized the opportunity 
and answered Brisbane's article in a 
pamphlet entitled "The Folly of Meat 
Eating." In this treatise, he empha- 
sized the importance of the positive 
mineral elements in the metabolism of 
animal and human bodies and conse- 
quently in food, drink and medicine. 
This was the first essay written in the 
English language dealing with the 
mineral salt problem in nutrition and 
medical treatment. I followed up the 
subject in a series of articles in the 
Nature Cure Magazine. These articles 
on "Natural Dietetics" appeared 
monthly covering a period of two 
years. Since that time (1907-1909) 
practically all advanced food reformers 
in this country emphasize the import- 
ance of the positive mineral elements 
in their writings and in their diet pre- 

An example of this is Alfred 
McCann. The title of the book which 
brought him into public notice is 
"Starving America," which means 
America starving for the mineral salts 
while over-feeding on starches, pro- 
teins, fats and sugar. The book deals 
with the mineral salt problem in 
straight Nature Cure fashion. Since 
McCann was not a Nature Cure doctor 
and therefore not an offense to the 
regular medical profession, a New 
York daily published his articles and 
established his fame as an authority on 
food chemistry and dietetic subjects. 
Then the Chicago Daily News began 
to publish his writings and advertised 
them in all the big Chicago news- 

*"The Jack of all trades is master of 
none"; so, also, the dabbler in all sciences 
cannot be well instructed in every one 
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j):i])cr.s ill full-page advertisements 
which must have cost a thousand or 
more dollars each. 

Not many readers of these writings 
are aware of the fact that they are 
based strictly on Nature Cure philo- 
sophy and practice, which proves once 
more that sometimes good does come 
"out of Nazareth." 

Diagnosis from the Eye 

I have already mentioned so many 
original discoveries and revolutionary 
scientific achievements in the art of 
healing given to us through Nature 
Cure Philosophy, that it seems to be- 
come monotonous. But the end is not 
yet by a long way. 

The Diagnosis from the eye is a very 
valuable gift of Nature Cure to 
diagnostic science. Dr. von Peckzely, 
of Budapest, Hungary, discovered 
Nature's records in the eye, cjuite by 
accident, when a boy ten years of age. 

Playing one day in the garden at his 
home, he caught an owl. While 
struggling with the bird, he broke one 
of its limbs. Gazing straight into the 
owl's large, bright eyes, he noticed, at 
the moment when the bone snapped, 
the appearance of a black spot in the 
lower central region of the iris, which 
area he later found to correspond to 
the location of the broken leg. 

The boy put a splint on the broken 
limb and kept the owl as a pet. As 
the fracture healed, he noticed that the 
black spot in the iris became over- 
drawn with a white film, and sur- 
rounded by a white border (denoting 
the formation of scar tissues in the 
broken bone). 

This incident made a lasting impres- 
sion on the mind of the future doctor. 
It often recurred to him in later years. 
From further observations he gained 
the conviction that abnormal physical 
conditions are portrayed in the eyes. 

As a student, Von Peckzely became 
involved in the revolutionary move- 
ment of 184(S and was put in prison as 
an agitator and ringleader. During his 

confinement, he had plenty of time and 
leisure to pursue his favorite theory, 
and he became more and more con- 
vinced of the importance of his dis- 
covery. After his release, he entered 
upon the study of medicines, in order 
to develop his important discoveries 
and to confirm them more fully in the 
operating and dissecting rooms. He 
had himself enrolled as an interne in 
the surgical wards of the college hos- 
pital. Here he had ample opportunity 
to observe the eyes of patients before 
and after accidents and operations, and 
in that manner, he was enabled to 
elaborate the first accurate Chart of 
the Eye. 

The discoveries of Von Peckzely 
have been elaborated and verified in 
their details by many conscientious 
and able investigators who have de- 
voted their whole life to the study of 
this new method of diagnosing human 
ailments and their causes. 

This method has been tested and 
used successfully by many Nature 
Cure physicians in Germany and by a 
few homeopathic doctors, but so far 
it has been entirely ignored by the re- 
presentatives of the regular school of 
medicine. This is not strange since 
Nature's records in the iris reveal the 
destructive efifects of poisonous drugs 
and of uncalled-for surgical mutila- 

Diagnosis from the Eyes, or Iridol- 
ogy, was first introduced in this coun- 
try, about 15 years ago, by Doctor H. 
Lahn and by myself. Now it has be- 
come widely known among drugless 
healers in this country and has proved 
its value as an important addition to 
diagnostic science. 

While we do not claim that Nature's 
records in the iris disclose all pathol- 
ogical conditions in the human body, 
they reveal so much of great interest 
and real value about the internal pro- 
cesses of health, disease and cure, es- 
pecially about the underlying causes of 
disease that we cannot afford to do 
without this new method of diagnosis. 

What makes Iridology of especial 
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drugless healing systems is the fact 
that the signs in the iris verify all the 
fundamental laws, principles and teach- 
ings of Nature Cure, Philosophy and 

Dr. Lahn wrote the first book in 
English dealing with this subject. I 
followed him with articles in the Na- 
ture Cure Magazine which appeared 
every month, covering a period of two 
years. I hope to find sufficient time to 
re-edit and publish the substance of 
these articles in an additional volume 
of the Nature Cure series. 

The Nature Cure Attitude toward 
Mental and Metaphysical Healing 

While Nature Cure realized to the 
fullest extent and endeavors to apply 
practically in the treatment of disease 
all that is good in magnetic, mental 
and spiritual healing methods, it can- 
not accept and subscribe to all the 
teachings advanced by the various 
cults, schools and systems which deal 
with these all-important branches of 
natural healing. Nature Cure Philoso- 
phy has brought out certain weak 
points and errors in these systems 
which never before have been clearly 
recognized and brought to public at- 

Nature Cure cannot accept the 
dogma of the unreality of matter and 
of disease. Matter is just as real and 
substantial in the highest spiritual and 
celestial spheres as it is on this earth 
plane. Acute disease, whose existence 
Christian Science tries to deny in 
theory and to ignore in treatment, is in 
reality the cure. 

Another weak point in this system is 
the prohibition of all physical, material 
methods of treatment and self-help. 
In my books, I call attention to the 
wonderful discoveries of modern 
science which reveal the fact that 
matter in the final analysis is nothing 
but particles of electricity in vibratory 
motion, that these modes of motion are 
intelligent or controlled by intelligence, 
^nd are therefore an expression of an 

intelligent mind, of that which we call 
"Divine Mind." While it is true that 
these revelations of physical science in 
a way confirm the Christian Science 
doctrine of the unreality of matter, we 
cannot approve of Mrs. Eddy's de- 
ductions and dogmas based on this fact. 

When she says that matter, sin, dis- 
ease, and evil are in general errors of 
mortal mind she contradicts herself 
while formulating the fundamental 
proposition of her creed. An erring 
mortal mind is an abnormal mind, and 
an abnormal mind is a diseased mind. 
Whereby she admits the existence of 

Disease, evil, sin, are real enough; as 
a matter of fact they are not figments 
of a diseased imagination, (errors of 
mortal mind), but the results of viola- 
tions of Nature's laws. If this concep- 
tion of Nature Cure Philosophy is the 
right one, then we are responsible for 
disease and evil, and then it is up to 
us to study the laws of our being and 
to comply with them, — the only way 
to prevent disease and evil in general. 
If the Christian Science conception is 
true, if there is no sin, no disease, no 
evil, then we are not responsible (for 
things which do not exist), then there 
are no laws for us to study nor to obey. 
Then this does away with personal 
responsibility. If there is no personal 
responsibility there cannot be a moral 
obligation. Thus the Christian Science 
conception of sin, disease and evil does 
away with the basic law of morality, 
which is personal responsibility. There- 
by it does away with the necessity for 
individual inquiry into the causes of 
our troubles, and benumbs and 
paralyzes personal effort to prevent 
them. This will prove the weakest 
point in this philosophy of disease and 
cure, and will prevent its general adop- 
tion by the progressive intelligence of 
the present and coming generations. 

We must admit that Mrs. Eddy is 
absolutely consistent in the treatment 
of disease based upon these dogmas 
when she prohibits her healers and 
followers, under threat of expulsion 
from the church from reading any- 


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thiiifT concerning- and pertaining to the 
physical, material conditions of the 
human body in the way of anatomy, 
physiology, chemistry, etc. Prohibi- 
tion of rational inquiry and self-help 
through personal effort however, must 
inevitably lead to mental and moral 
stagnation and atrophy. No fanatical 
creed or tyrannical government has 
ever endeavored to exert such absolute 
control over human minds and souls 
as this system, which is not Christian 
and is not Science. 

The good and the bad points in 
mental and metaphysical therapeutics 
from the viewpoint of Nature Cure are 
clearly brought out in another illumi- 
nating chapter of this helpful and 
healthful volume. 

That which makes some of these 
teachings so attractive to the multi- 
tudes, and the reason why intelligent 
people submit to such inental tyranny 
wdiich stultifies reason, and paralyzes 
will-power and self-control, is the in- 
nate tendency of human nature to get 
something for nothing, to make short 
cuts to health, happiness and success. 
Christian Science is the most alluring 
"get-rich-quick" system ever devised, 
but every-day experience shows that 
the devotees of this cult cannot cheat 
nature forever. Sooner or later she 
will exact her equivalent. Every day 
we see "scientists" succumbing to 
acute and chronic diseases in just 
al)Out the same proportions as those 
who do not subscribe to their beliefs. 

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By Dr. CARL STRUEH, Chicago, 111. 

Dr. Carl Strueh 

There are many ways and means of 
treating the sick. There is the "tea- 
spoon" method, i. e., the allopathic, 
homeopathic and eclectic drug method, 
the electropathic method, the osteo- 
pathic method, and so forth. 

AVhile these various systems differ 
widely in their fundamentals, all of 
them, including the numerous "fake 
cures," boast of results which no un- 
biased observer can rightfully dispute. 

I have seen people cured of rheu- 
matism by swallowing poisonous 
drugs, by sucking the juice of lemons, 
by wearing camel underwear, and by 
carrying a raw potato in their 

In order to credit these so-called 
"results" to their proper source, a little 
reasoning on our part is absolutely es- 
sential ; otherwise .we are bound to 
form the most illogical, unreasonable 
conclusions which will not stand the 

Post hoc non est propter hoc, i. e. 
"after" does not mean "because of." 
For instance, if during a drought I pray 
for rain, and if after my praying the 
clouds unload their precious gift, it 
rains "after" (post) I prayed, not "be- 
cause" (propter) I prayed. 

Many of our so-called "results" have 
not more to do with our doings in the 
way of treatment than my praying 
with the raining. They are merely ac- 
cidental and are to be credited to that 
mysterious force which exists in every 
living being and which we call the 
vital or life force. 

We do not know what this force con- 
sists of, we only know that it exists and 
how it manifests itself. 

It is the driving force which from 
two minute cells, secreted from the 
maternal and paternal organisms, 
develops a living being, which knits to- 
gether a fractured bone, repairs a 
lacerated skin, etc., and which, under 
proper conditions, also corrects those 
disturbances which we call "disease" 

The physicians of ancient times 
were well aware of the important part 
the vital force plays in the cure of dis- 
ease and termed it the vis medicatrix 
naturae, the inborn natural faculty to 

The better the physical condition of 
the patient, i. e., the more vigorous his 
vitality, the better his chances of re- 

A strong constitution may overcome 
a disease under any sort of medical 
attendance, even under a harmful one, 
while a feeble constitution may suc- 
cumb in spite of the most appropriate 

Every physician of experience will 
remember cases in whom he obtained 
the most gratifying "results" not 
through his excellent treatment, but 
in spite of his irrational treatment. 

It is, therefore, unwise to judge a 
method of treatment merely by the 
"results" which often are but a matter 
of luck on the part of the patient. 

It is the principles of the physician's 
method which count and which people 
must strive to understand. It is a 
poor policy to choose a physician with- 
out knowing the method he practises. 


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Ignorance in this regard may not be 
of consequence in one case, while in 
another case it may he a matter of life 
or death. 

As a rule, our endeavors to enlighten 
people in matters of health and sick- 
ness are not very successflil, at least 
that is my experience. Patients who 
have been' cured from almost incurable 
diseases and who should be grateful 
to the Nature Cure for the rest of their 
lives, go back to their homes without 
having learned a thing. The next time 
the child gets the measles they have it 
treated with the same old drug method 
that from their own experience they 
have every reason to condemn. 

The vigor of the patient's vitality 
being the deciding factor in the cure 
of a disease, it follows that a method of 
treatment which is apt to invigorate 
the patient's vitality, will improve his 
chances of recovery, while any sort of 
treatment which diminishes the pa- 
tient's fighting powder will naturally 
accomplish the contrary. 

For this reason we swear to the 
Nature Cure method and condemn the 
Drug method. 

Drugs act merely symptomatically 
and are in their place in "incurable" 
diseases in which the sole purpose of 
our efTorts consists in "relieving," not 
"curing," the patient. They also are 
of value in suppressing various un- 
bearable or dangerous symptoms which 
may arise in any disease and the cause 
of which we can not remove speedily 

It would not be humane to refuse a 
dose of morphine to a patient sufTering 
agony from the pangs of cancer or 
from whatever cause. 

In incurable diseases we may do 
anything we please, as long as we les- 
sen the patient's suffering. 

When it comes to "curable" diseases, 
our policy must be entirely different. 

The better the chances for a cure, the 
more essential it is for the patient to 
abstain from the use of drugs almost 
all of which are more or less poisonous 
and apt to do harm in many ways. 

Aside from the disturbance they 
cause in the digestive organs, they get 

absorbed into the blood-serum which 
contains the nourishing elements for 
the blood-vessels, the "carriers of life." 

If these receive a poisoned blood, 
they will be enhanced in their normal 
function, and such disturbance is apt to 
make a cure problematic and bring on 
further commotions in the complicated 
chemism of the body. One sin breeds 

Thus, a patient who relies on drugs, 
may sooner or later have to cope with 
two or more diseases, instead of one. 
"Medicine is a capital which is con- 
stantly increasing." 

By the way, there is not a single dis- 
ease which we can cure by means of 

A person being afflicted with chronic 
constipation, can effect a movement of 
the bowels by the use of a laxative, but 
the latter, while giving temporary re- 
lief, will not cure the atony (weak- 
ness) of the intestinal organs, which is 
the cause of constipation. 

On the contrary, the continued irri- 
tation by drugs will render the condi- 
tion worse and, in the course of time, 
destroy the function of the intestinal 
organs completely and lead to all kinds 
of complications. 

A person suffering from chronic in- 
somnia may bring on sleep by a dose of 
veronal or other dopes, but he can not 
cure his insomnia that way. The 
longer he continues the use of these 
drugs, the nearer he gets to the mad- 

A sufferer from chronic headaches 
may relieve his pain by a dose of 
aspirin, but let him continue this 
hazardous treatment and he will see 
where he lands. 

The same applies to most all chronic 
diseases, such as. rheumatism, neu- 
rasthenia, gout, etc., which are caused 
by so-called "auto-intoxication," i. e., 
poisons which by some abnormal cell 
action accumulate in the system and, 
for one reason or other, are not elimi- 

Instead of suppressing the manifold 
symptoms which such a condition pro- 
duces, the treatment must eliminate 
the auto-toxins, for only by removing 

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the cause can we remove the effects, 
i. e., the symptoms. "Causa cessat, 
cessat effectus." 

One more word about the drut^ 
method. People who are not familiar 
with it, imagine that it possesses a 
highly scientific value, which, however, 
is not the case. It is a mystic to them, 
and everything mystic is attractive to 
some people. In fact, the drug treat- 
ment is and always will be a very poor 

What do we know about the action 
of drugs? We know that a dose of 
calomel will affect a movement of the 
bowels, morphine will relieve pain, 
trional will produce sleep, bromide will 
relieve a headache, and so forth. 
That is about all the practical knowl- 
edge we possess of the action of drugs. 

If the drug treatment is to become 
an exact science, we must first of all 
know the chemical processes which are 
going on in the living body under 
normal and abnormal conditions. So 
far, however, our knowledge in this 
regard is absolutely negative. 

And in all probability it never will 
amount to much, for the simple reason 
that there are not two creatures alike 
in this whole wide world, and that even 
the single individual is undergoing 
continuous changes every day of his 
life. What may apply to one, will not 
apply to the other, and what may be 
right in a person to-day may be wrong 

Considering this complete lack of 
knowledge as regards the normal cell- 
chemism, it is a matter of course that 
we know still less of the chemical com- 
binations which the various drugs 
undergo after entering the body, nor 
the effects which these combinations 

We must further admit that we 
know very little of the dose in which 
to prescribe a drug. 

Not more than we know how much 
liquor a man may imbibe before he 
becomes intoxicated, how long a person 
can indulge in the tobacco habit before 
signs of the dreaded "tobacco heart" 
appear, how long a woman can overdo 
the use of coffee before she shows 

symptoms of nervousness, not more do 
we know how much strychnine or any 
other poisonous drug a person can take 
into his system without being harmed. 

To wait until so-called toxic (poison) 
symptoms appear and then reduce the 
dose or discontinue the drug alto- 
gether, is a policy more humorous 
than scientific. It reminds me of the 
midwife who, when asked how she 
could tell whether the baby's bathing 
water was too cold or too warm, re- 
plied that if the child after being placed 
in the baths turned blue, the water was 
too cold, and if it turned red, the bath 
was too hot. 

Prescribing is mere experimenting. 
Two people may be of the same age, 
the same build, weigh exactly the same, 
etc., and yet, one may show toxic 
symptoms from a certain drug ad- 
ministered in a certain dose, while the 
other does not show any visible effect 
of the drug whatsoever. 

An infant may get poisoned by a 
single drop of opium, which in another 
infant will not produce the slightest 

With such scant knowledge of the 
action of drugs, it certainly is a wise 
policy to keep away from them as far 
as possible and use them only in case 
of emergency. 

Christian Science has done and is 
doing a great deal of good by keeping 
thousands of people from the bondage 
of the drug treatment. 

Every progressive physician shares 
our opinion and condemns the lament- 
able practice of seeking salvation from 
sickness in the use of drugs. 

The "teaspoon" method is rapidly 
losing ground and will soon be prac- 
tised by unscrupulous and ignorant 
physicians on ignorant people only. 
The future belongs to the Nature Cure. 

A splendid example of the change of 
tactics which is taking place, is the 
modern treatment of tuberculosis. 

Consumptives used to be treated 
with immense doses of creosote and 
arsenic. Then followed the tuberculin 
treatment. And what does the treat- 
ment consist in to-day? No con- 
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waste time in tU)siii^ a consumptive 
with (lruj;s. l)ut will seiui him to one of 
the open-air sanitaria where no arti- 
ficial and mystic treatment, but a 
simple "natural" method will enable 
the i)atient to regain his health, pro- 
viding' his affliction has not progressed 
too far. 

And what is the secret of these suc- 
cesses? Is there anything extraordi- 
nary or specific about the treatment? 
Certainly not. Pure air, proper feed- 
ing, etc., are very simple means. 
Simple, indeed, like all good things, 
but mighty powerful, and the "only" 
means by which we can increase the 
patient's vital force and thus accom- 
plish a cure. 

The treatment does not attack the 
sickness directly, but indirectly by 
enlivening and regulating the action 
of each and every part of the body. 

What applies to the treatment of 
tul)erculosis, also applies to that of 
other diseases, such as rheumatism, 
neurasthenia, etc. 

There is no fundamental difference 
in the treatment of the various chronic 
diseases. The same simple principle 
applies to all of them, and the same 
satisfactory result is the outcome in 
the majority of cases. 

More than with any other treatment 
the physician practicing the natural 
method, must be well able to indi- 
vidualize, i. e., apply the treatment ac- 
cording to the conditions of every in- 
dividual case. We must not treat sick- 
nesses, but sick people. Because two 
patients are afflicted with the same 
sickness does not mean that we must 
apply the same treatment in the same 
manner and dose. 

Anyone who wants to apply the 
natural method without being well 
able to individualize, i. e., weigh the 
peculiarities of the individual case, can 
do great harm. 

It would require too much space to 
describe the various systems of which 
the Nature Cure consists, i. e., the 
Water Cure, including the Kneipp 
system, the different diet Cures (vege- 
tarian diet. Milk Cure, Raw food diet. 
Fast Cure, etc.), the Sun and Air 
Baths, Massage Treatments, Physical 
Culture, Earth Packs, etc. 

Whoever is interested may write for 
one of our Booklets (descriptive of my 
Sanatorium and Health Resort at 
McHenry, 111.), which contains an ex- 
plicit description of these various 
methods, and which will be mailed on 

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Editor of "Brain and Brawn," Los Angeles, Cal. 

The "Nature Cure," "Naturopathy," 
the "Natural Method," the "New 
Hygiene," or by whatever name it may 
be called, is no new thing. It is merely 
the carrying out of the dictum of Hip- 
pocrates, the Father of Medicine, who 
declared : "Nature cures, not the phy- 

The Nature Cure recognizes the fact 
that all disease is merely a manifesta- 
tion of nature's efifort to remove 
morbid matter from the system and 
restore health. Therefore, that it 
should not be suppressed or checked, 
but should be encouraged. As aids to 
nature in her curative process the Na- 
ture Cure includes such rational 
methods as diet, fresh air, exercise, 
hydrotherapy, including internal 
baths, air and sun baths, manipula- 
tions of the spine in various ways 
(osteopathy and chiropractic), mas- 
sage, and mental suggestion. 

In Germany, the Nature Cure has 
held an honored position for over half 
a century. It is estimated that nearly 
half the people in Germany are treated 
by this method. Not long ago, a Los 
Angeles physician, who was making a 
tour of the European hospitals, wrote 
to me from Germany, expressing his 
surprise at the wide-spread develop- 
ment of the Nature Cure. He said : 
"You find it everywhere. In this 
country 'regular' physicians do not dis- 
dain to avail themselves of hydro- 
therapy, and other rational methods, 
eveji though they have been introduced 
by 'laymen.' They often send their pa- 
tients to such institutions as the 
'Weisser Hirsch,' Dresden, the lead- 
ing Nature Cure establishment on the 
continent of Europe." 

Most remarkable cures are con- 
stantly being effected by this natural 
method of treating disease, by relying 
on the heaJing powers of nature. These 
cures are all the more remarkable when 
it is remembered that a large majority 
of those who take up this method of 

treatment have tried almost every 
other system, and in many cases have 
been given up as hopeless by regular 

There is nothing mysterious about 
the natural cure of disease. It is 
simply what the name implies — giving 
nature a chance to get in her beneficent 
work. Nature is always trying to cure. 
Every outbreak of what we call "dis- 
ease" is merely one of Nature's efforts 
to remove morbid material from the 
body, and restore normal conditions. 
Then comes along the medical man, 
and proceeds to suppress these helpful 
manifestations, and to interfere with 
Nature's healing process, by putting 
into the sick stomach foods that cannot 
be digested, and become poisons, 
drugs that are direct poisons, and in- 
jecting into the blood filthy animal 
virus. After a time, Nature gives up 
the effort to cure, and the patient dies. 
Or, if he recovers, the recovery is slow 
and painful, and perhaps he becomes a 
chronic invalid for life. Or, the cause 
of the disease not having been re- 
moved, but driven back into the blood, 
it breaks out again, in some more 
malignant form. 

Nature will always cure, when given 
a chance, whenever a cure is possible, 
as it is in almost all cases. There are, 
however, simple methods of aiding 
Nature in her task. Among these are 
diet, fasting, active and passive exer- 
cise, hydrotherapy, adjustment of the 
spine, deep breathing, sun and air 
baths, rest, and mental suggestion. 

Rich men give millions to institu- 
tions where animals are put to ex- 
cruciating tortures to bolster up the 
false germ theory, that causes the pre- 
mature death of millions of human 
beings. How much good these men 
might accomplish, by diverting their 
millions to institutions where the 
physically, mentally and morally sick 
may be reborn, to their own benefit, 
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Therapeutic Institute. Kings Road, Sedgley Park. Manchester. England. 

Great Britain is much behind the 
United States in the adoption of Na- 
ture Cure methods. The Allopathic 
Schools hold sway, and no one who is 
not a licensed member of one of their 
schools, save under the penalty of a 
heavy fine, is allowed to style himself 
"doctor." He is also liable to be prose- 
cuted for manslaughter if a patient 
under his care dies, and it is considered 
that he is in any way responsible for 
the causation, or acceleration, of the 
death of such a person. On the other 
hand, the Medical Act of 1858, which 
regulates the status of doctors, physi- 
cians, surgeons, etc., does not prohibit 
the giving of treatment by other than 
licensed practitioners. It simply states 
that it is an Act to provide facilities 
"to regulate the qualifications of prac- 
titioners in medicine and surgery," and 
to thereby enable "persons requiring 
medical aid to distinguish qualified 
from unqualified practitioners." When 
this Medical Act of 1858 was before 
Parliament as a Bill, there was an at- 
tempt made to insert in the Bill cer- 
tain clauses which would make it a 
penal offense for any unlicensed per- 
son to practise, but the attempts were 

Just before the war, however, the 
British Medical Association inserted 
in a Medical Act Amendment Bill, the 
following clauses: 

Prohibition of Practice by Unregis- 
tered Persons 

Any person other than a registered 
medical or dental practitioner, who — 
1.) applies any medical or dental 
treatment to any person without the 
supervision of a registered medical or 
dental practitioner, and demands or re- 
ceives any valuable consideration for 
such treatment, whether by way of re- 
muneration, gratuity, or otherwise, or 

2.) holds himself as practising, or com- 
petent to practise medicine, surgery, 
midwifery, or dentistry, or takes or 
uses the style or title of physician, sur- 
geon, doctor of medicine or dentist, or 
any other style or title, whether ex- 
pressed by words or by letters only 
implying that he possesses the skill or 
knowledge necessary for that practice, 
shall be deemed to have committed an 
offense under this Act, and shall be 
liable on indictment and conviction, to 
imprisonment for six months with or 
without labor, and alternately, or in 
addition to, a penalty not exceeding 
one hundred pounds for each offense, 
and on summary conviction to a 
penalty not exceeding forty pounds for 
each offense." 

The war stopped this bill from being 
introduced into Parliament, or was one 
of the main reasons for it not being in- 
troduced, but it is quite possible that, 
should a favorable opportunity present 
itself in future times, a further effort 
along this line will be made. It will 
thus be seen that there is a probability 
of "dangers ahead" for unlicensed 
practitioners in this country, unless 
they can combine together to such an 
extent as to defeat the aims of the 
medical fraternity. 

At the same time, it must be stated 
that there are persons practising Na- 
ture Cure methods in this country 
who are regularly in receipt of pa- 
tients sent them by medical men. The 
medical profession here, in some cases, 
recognizes that the practice of Nature 
Cure methods is altogether outside 
their purview, and, especially amongst 
the younger practitioners, they recog- 
nize that there is much in favor of 
these newer and more natural methods 
of treatment. So, in these instances, if 
they happen to have any particularly 
hopeless cases, they are turned over 

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as a last resort to such a Nature Cure 
practitioner, to see if he can do any 
good with the case. Let it be said that, 
in many cases, the Nature Cure practi- 
tioner makes a successful job of these 
otherwise hopeless cases. 

There are also instances where med- 
ical men have themselves taken up the 
study of therapeutic methods of treat- 
ment, hydrotherapy, medical electri- 
city, radiant heat and light, massage, 
etc., but these doctors are generally 
found occupying posts in connection 
with large Sanatoria, Hydropathic 
Institutions, Infirmaries, etc. There 
are also a few medical men in private 
practice who openly advocate the com- 
pleter adoption of nature cure 
methods, but they are in a very great 

With the exception of Herbalism 
and Massage there are practically no 
recognized authoritative training in- 
stitutions for Nature Cure and other 
allied therapeutic measures in these 
islands. The Osteopathic profession 
has a society here, members of which 
must hold the "D. O." certificate, but 
they do not train students. In Electro- 
therapeutics, which, with the possible 
exception of Massage, the medical 
profession has taken up more fully 
than others, there are doubtless cases 
where medical practitioners in same 
have to go through a preliminary 
course of training, especially if they are 
attached to a large hospital or Sana- 
toria, but, so far as the writer knows, 
there are no recognized courses in 
these subjects. 

In Massage and Swedish Exercises, 
the training and practice of students, 
though largely in the hands of the lay 
profession, is yet controlled in the 
larger training institutions, by the 
medical profession. Medical men in 
this country do not, as a rule, practice 
Massage, but send patients needing 
such treatment to a professional mas- 
seur or masseuse. The principal train- 
ing institution for Massage, is "The 
Incorporated Society of Trained Mas- 
seuses" (I. S. T. M.). This Society, un- 
til the war, did not, with the exception 
of trained hospital male nurses, grant 

certificates to males, but since the war, 
and owing to the great demand for 
trained masseurs as well as masseuses, 
this rule has been abrogated. 

Massage has come much to the fore 
since the war started, and so useful has 
it proved to be in the case of wounds, 
fractures, etc., that it is not at all likely 
that it will sink again to its pre-war 
level. The "Almeric Paget Massage 
Corps" is a corps mostly composed of 
young women who are certificated or 
can otherwise show proficiency, in 
massage routine. This Corps is fully 
recognized by the War Office and its 
members are employed in treating 
wounded soldiers, under medical 
supervision, by means of massage and 
Swedish Exercises. Another society 
for the granting of certificates to 
trained masseuses and masseurs, 
another outcome of the war, has 
lately been started in Manchester. This 
Society owes its inception to and is be- 
ing very largely controlled by, the 
medical profession. It is expected that 
the certificates of this paricular Society 
will, in course of time, rank as second 
to none in intrinsic merit, and also that 
other therapeutic measures, such as 
Radiant Heat and Light, etc., etc., will 
be added to the list of subjects. Stu- 
dents of both the above mentioned in- 
stitutions have to observe the rule that 
they will not undertake the treatment 
of patients except under doctor's 
orders. Coupled with Massage tuition 
a course of training is also given in 
Swedish Exercises, and candidates for 
the I, S. T. M. and other certificates 
are expected to show proficiency in 
this subject likewise. 

In respect to Hydrotherapy, this 
branch of Natural Therapy had a great 
vogue here some years ago with the 
result that many palatial structures, 
termed "Hydros," were erected, where 
patients could have the treatment ad- 
ministered on scientific lines. At the 
present time, however, most of these 
so-called "Hydros" are nothing more 
or less than fashionable hotels, situ- 
ated at well-patronized pleasure re- 
sorts, and having, in addition, a few 
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(Iriatic appliances. There are some 
Hydropathic Establishments, how- 
ever, which do really deserve the name. 
Chief amonjjst these, and the pioneer, 
is Smedley's Hydropathic I-'stablish- 
ment at Matlock. It is interesting to 
note that Smedley's first owed its in- 
ception to a layman. Smedley by name. 
Other well known places are at South- 
port. Ben Rhydding, Peebles, etc. 

In other cases, the presence of 
springs possessing medicinal proper- 
ties have caused a great development 
of therapeutic measures to be adopted 
at such places. This has been the case 
at Huxton, Harrogate, Droitwich, etc. 
The Institutions erected at such places 
have been elaborately fitted up for 
treatment on other than hydriatic 
lines ; indeed, other branches such as 
electro-therapeutic measures claim, if 
anything, the larger share of patron- 

There are only a very few institu- 
tions here where treatment is given on 
direct "Nature Cure" lines. "Broad- 
lands" Nature Cure Institute, (Hamp- 
shire), and "Riposo" Nature Cure 
Hydro (Hastings), are examples of 
this kind where Sun Baths, Rain, Light 
and Air Baths, sleeping in Air Chalets, 
etc., etc., may be carried out. An open 
air Sun-bath may also be obtained at 
Peebles Hydropathic, Scotland. There 
are also several Sanitaria in these 
islands, modelled after the pattern, 
though, of course, on a much smaller 
scale, of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. 
Michigan, U. S. A. The diet in these 
Sanitaria, as well as the two Nature 
Cure places mentioned above, are ex- 
clusively vegetarian. 

In respect to Electro-Therapeutics, 
this is, as stated, one form of natural 
therai)y which has, in certain cases, 
been largely taken up by the medical 
profession. The "X" rays are now be- 
ing very largely employed for diag- 
nostic purposes in the case of wounded 
soldiers, and this branch of it is largely 
in the hands of men, medical and 
otherwise, who have specialized along 
this particular line. High Frequency, 
(though not so much as formerly). 
Static Electricity. Ionization, Galvan- 

ism, Faradism and Sinusoidalism are 
all being pressed into the service of 
suffering humanity, though even here 
there is still much room for wider and 
more useful applications. Scattered up 
and down the country, there are also 
several excellently equipped and 
managed therapeutic institutions, in 
the hands of laymen where many, if 
not all, of the electrical measures men- 
tioned above are being used with great 
profit to patients attending same. 

In Radiant Heat and Light Treat- 
ment (Thermotherapy and Photo- 
therapy), there are several systems be- 
ing used. In many cases, the upright 
and reclining bath cabinets, after the 
model of Dr. Kellogg's, are being used. 

Another is the "Dowsing" system, 
where the patient lies on an asbestos 
covered bed. This system owes its in- 
ception largely to Dr. Hedley, London. 
The licensees of the "Dowsing" Radi- 
ant Heat Co., Ltd., are either members 
of the medical profession, or trained 
laymen. This Co. issues certificates to 
its licensees, as it claims to have suc- 
cessfully treated over a million cases 
by its methods. Radiant Heat and 
Light apparatus is now being exten- 
sively used at the Military, Red Cross 
and Voluntary Aid Detachment Hos- 
pitals. The Greville system of Hot-Air 
treatment has also a certain vogue 

Chromopathy, as a system of heal- 
ing, is very little used in this country, 
although properly directed, it possibly 
possesses potentialities for healing 
second to none. Mention here might 
also be made of "Idio-Kromopathy," a 
system of healing by personal color 
rays. This system is based upon the 
selection of certain personal health 
colors or vibrations, such colors large- 
ly varying with the individual. It is 
affirmed that the color rays so selected 
are responded to by the individual con- 
cerned so readily, that better results, 
with much less costly apparatus, are 
easily obtained than in the usual 
method of powerful dosage. 

Osteopathy is winning a gradually 
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alike, it is nothing more than a name. 
As already mentioned, there is a So- 
ciety in existence here for the protec- 
tion of existing interests, but there are 
many individuals practising Osteo- 
pathy who are not members of this 

Chiropractic, as a separate method 
of manipulative treatment, is practical- 
ly unknown here. The general ignor- 
ance on this subject may be illustrated 
by citing an experience which the 
writer of this article had, some little 
time ago. He wrote to a well known 
publishing firm, making a specialty of 
the issue of books in Massage, Nursing 
and Medical subjects, asking them if 
they had any work dealing with Chiro- 
practic. In reply, he received a cata- 
logue and a letter calling his attention 
to a certain page in the catalogue. On 
referring to the book marked, he found 
it was a book dealing with Chiropody! 

Likewise of the newer methods of 
treatment, Spondylotherapy, Napra- 
pathy, Neuropathy, Somapathy, Zone 
Therapy, Rythmotherapy, etc., it may 
safely -be said that nothing whatever is 
known on this side. 

Herbalism is extensively practised 
in this country. The National Insur- 
ance Act, passed a few years ago, re- 
cognizes it as a definite system of 
medication, and made provisions for 
those who preferred Herbal to Allo- 
pathic treatment, conditional upon the 
sanction of the administering county 
or local committee. The actual work- 
ing of this part of the Act has largely 
proved a dead letter, for only one local 
committee, that of Worcester, has 
granted the concession in actual fact. 
The Herbalists point to an old act 
passed in the reign of Henry VIII 
(1542-43), and cfaim that this Act 
legalizes their practice. With the 
gradually increasing power of the 
medical profession, however, to pass 
laws in conformity with their own 
wishes, there is every probability that 
before long there will be a battle royal 
on this matter between these two 
parties. It is very probable that the 
medical profession will find that their 
uncompromising attitude on the "Bar- 

ker" controversy will have done much 
to injure their cause in this respect. 

"The National Association of Med- 
ical Herbalists of Great Britain, Ltd.," 
holds examinations twice a year, to 
grant certificates to successful candi- 
dates. The subjects covered by the ex- 
amination embrace Anatomy and Phy- 
siology, Chemistry, Biology, Botanic 
Materia Medica, Systematic Botany, 
Botanic Pharmacy, Practice of Medi- 
cine, Pathology, Hygiene, Minor Sur- 
gery, and Medical Jurisprudence. The 
practice of Herbalism here varies from 
the selling of a collection of herbs as a 
side-line to that of an extensive prac- 
tice where patients are not only ad- 
vised and particular herbal remedies 
found for them, but where they can at- 
tend a Botanic Sanitarium, and re- 
ceive, also, other kinds of treatment on 
therapeutic lines. We also have here a 
Herbalist Medical College and School 
of Health. 

The scarcity of certain kinds of 
foods, together with high prices, has 
caused many people to pay more atten- 
tion to their dietetic habits. Meatless 
days have already been introduced in- 
to hotels and restaurants by order of 
the Government. The consequence is 
that a greater demand has arisen for 
distinctively vegetarian foods, but 
whether same will remain so when 
things take on a normal situation is yet 
to be seen. In most of our principal 
towns now there are restaurants where 
only vegetarian dishes are served, and 
also food reform stores where purely 
vegetarian specialties may be pur- 
chased. Manchester is the head- 
quarters of the parent Vegetarian 
Society. This Society issues an in- 
teresting monthly periodical, entitled 
"The Vegetarian Messenger." Man- 
chester is also well supplied with 
Vegetarian restaurants and Food Re- 
form Stores and just recently the idea 
has also been mooted as to the found- 
ing of a Vegetarian hospital in this 
city where patients can be treated 
dietetically, along purely vegetarian 
lines. Already there is a hospital in the 
south doing similar work to this, the 
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Kent, presided over by Dr. Josiah 

There arc also many guest-houses 
and holiday homes scattered up and 
down the country where vegetarians 
arc specially catered to. One special 
feature of the Vegetarian Society's 
activities is the holding of an annual 
Summer School during the holiday 
period. This Summer School is al- 
ways very well attended and does a 
great deal of useful pioneer work along 
vegetarian and allied lines. 

Of special dietetic regimes, there are 
one or two in vogue. One which is at- 
tracting a little attention at the present 
time is the "Airdrie" system of diet, 
named after its promulgator, Mr. Wm. 
.\ird. This diet is a system of Apyr- 
trophy. for nothing in the way of 
cooked vegetables or fruit is allowed. 
Mrs. Drew, the daughter of the Rt. 
Hon. W. E. Gladstone, has become a 
convinced adherent to this system, and 
ably supports it in her writings in the 
public press. 

The "Wallace" system is another 
special dietetic regime. The adher- 
ents of this system, "inclusive of prac- 
tising vegetarianism, also abstain from 
the addition of any mineral salt, such 
as sodium chloride, to their foods. 
They also have their bread and cakes 
made without yeast. Their official 
organ is "The Herald of Health." 

Taking it as a whole, the medical 
profession does not seem to have here 
paid much attention to dietetics as a 
distinct and separate therapeutic meas- 
ure. There are some notable excep- 
tions, however. Dr. Alex. Bryce, of 
Birmingham, has published a work, 
"The Laws of Life and Health," which 
shows a particularly careful study of 
foods and food values. Dr. Valentine 
Knaggs is also a great student of 
dietetics, particularly along vegetarian 
lines, and his many published writings 
are insistent on the value of such. Dr. 
Rabagliati is also a pronounced advo- 
cate of dietetics, especially in relation 
to the consumption of less food than 
is generally taken. His recent work, 
"Initis," should do much to awaken in- 
terest in this question. 

In respect to Physical Culture, 
Eugene Sandow's institution has for 
many years aimed at popularizing this 
practice. Eustace Miles, M.A. is also 
a tireless worker in this and allied 
fields, as the many productions from 
his pen, and the "Normal School for 
Physical Training" and his Corres- 
pondence Courses for Health bear wit- 
ness. There are many Physical Cul- 
ture, Outdoor Life and Rambling 
Clubs up and down the country. Con- 
spicuous amongst these is the work 
done by the co-operative Holidays As- 
sociation. This Association has its 
own Guest-Houses where, during sum- 
mer months, city workers can repair 
and enjoy the delights of long rambles 
into the country, planned and 
organized on thoroughly educational 
lines, whilst at the same time, they can 
enjo)' all the social amenities one na- 
turally connotes with holiday times. 

Turning now to treatment by more 
refined means, such as Magnetic Heal- 
ing, Hypnotism, Suggestion, etc., it 
must be remarked that there is in Lon- 
don a Psycho-Therapeutic Society, 
whose members practise the above 
mentioned methods of healing. It also 
holds a clinic where patients can be 
treated on the above lines free of 
charge. Much useful work is being 
done. This society, previous to the 
war, published a little magazine, "The 
Health Record and Psycho-Thera- 
peutic Journal." 

Magnetic Healing has also been 
largely taken up by certain members of 
the Spiritualistic Society, and a Mag- 
netic Healers Association, with one of 
its headquarters in Manchester, has 
been formed. This association also 
holds free clinics at certain times. 

New Thought has its headquarters 
in London, but there are branches in 
other large towns, such as Birming- 
ham and Manchester. Certain mem- 
bers of the various New Thought 
schools, as well as working for healing 
collectively at such places, are also 
established in private practice for heal- 
ing purposes. The official organ of 
New Thought here is "The Rally." 

The Theosophical Society has also 

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a "Healers League" amongst its many 
activities. This league possesses 
branches at several of the provincial 
lodges. The members meet every so 
often, and collectively and solely by 
the power of concentrated healing 
thought in certain given cases, en- 
deavor to heal such cases. No payment 
whatever is asked for these services. 

Christian Science is well represented 
in this country, but claims its adher- 
ents mostly from the cultured and 
leisured classes. It appears to have 
grown much during recent years. In 
Manchester, besides having several 
churches, they have a reading and book 
salon in the heart of the city and a 
staflf of many trained healers. This is 
repeated in other large towns. 

In respect to publications dealing 
with Naturopathic subjects, we have as 
yet no magazine covering exactly the 
same ground as the "Herald of Health 
and Naturopath" does in the U. S. A- 
The writer believes there is need for an 
organ of this nature here. There are 
several magazines issued dealing with 
Physical Culture and allied subjects. 

but nothing that meets the needs of the 
trained Naturopath, or Therapist. The 
nearest approach to same is a monthly 
magazine, "The Healthy Life," to 
which one or two medical men regu- 
larly contribute. This, however, is an 
organ, as its name implies, issued for 
the general public, which is interested 
in matters of health and outdoor life in 

The same remarks apply to books 
dealing with Naturopathic subjects. 
The writer of this article, some little 
time ago, communicated with a large 
firm of publishers with respect to a 
book on "Osteopathy" which they had 
stated in their catalogue as being ready 
for a certain date. It was some months 
after the stated time when he wrote 
this firm about the book. He received 
repl}' that the bo.ok had not been pub- 
lished! So far as the writer knows, 
there is not as yet a single published 
work on this side dealing with Osteo- 
path. Needless to say, the same thing 
obtains in respect to other even less 
known subjects on this side. 

There have been one or two firms 






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established in London lately, dealing, 
on a small scale, with the sale of Ap- 
pliances and Apparatus for the carry- 
ing out of "Nature Cure" and other 
therapeutic remedies, but there re- 
mains yet a good deal of ground to be 
covered in this direction. Of course, 
there are several manufacturers and 
agents for the sale of Electro-thera- 
peutic. Orthopedic, and similar appara- 
tus, but no facilities exist as yet for the 
])ublicity and purchase of the many 
distinctly specialized types of thera- 
peutic appliances which are on the 
U. S. A. market. 

Looking at the matter broadly, 
however, the war, in the opinion of the 
writer, is opening out a future here for 
Naturopathic methods of healing 
hitherto undreamt of. I have already 
mentioned the great use to which Mas- 
sage and Swedish Exercises have been 
put in the treatment of wounded sol- 
diers; also the stir over the "Barker" 
controversy which has revealed to the 
general public, in such a startling 
manner, the prejudice of the medical 
profession in respect to treatment be- 
ing given by any individual, however 
well-trained or successful in his prac- 
tice he may be, who is not a member 
of their profession. 

The War Office has equipped, in 
many parts of the country, large Con- 
valescent Camps where the wounded 
are being treated on up-to-date thera- 
peutic methods, such as by means of 
Massage, Hydrotherapy, Radiant Heat 
and Light, Electro-therapeutics, etc. 
The results accruing from this are 
likely to be of a two-fold nature. 

First, the doctors employed at such 
Institutions, seeing the great good re- 
sulting to their patients from such 
methods, will naturally be more dis- 
posed either to treat themselves, or 
sanction the use of such therapeutic 
measures, in a much fuller measure 
than hitherto. This both with respect 
to the special work on which they are 
at present engaged, and also later when 
they take up work in private practice 
again. This is bound to result in a 
leavening of the whole of the medical 
profession towards a completer knowl- 

edge of, and less antagonistic attitude 
to, the benefits of those measures 
which are specifically comprehended in 
the word "therapeutics." 

Secondly, the public itself, coming 
more fully into touch with these 
methods and realizing their value, will 
begin to demand a larger use of them 
in civilian life. 

In addition to the above-mentioned 
Convalescent Camps, where the treat- 
ment given is almost solely of a thera- 
peutic nature, various similar kinds of 
appliances and apparatus have been 
installed in many of our Military Hos- 
pitals, Red Cross Hospitals and Volun- 
tary Aid Detachment Hospitals. In 
other cases, again, where such appara- 
tus has not been installed, the wounded 
are sent for treatment to various local 
privately owned therapeutic institu- 
tions. In practically every hospital of 
any size, there is also one or more 
trained masseuses in attendance. 

Does not all this taking up of these 
newer and saner methods of treatment 
on the part of the medical profession 
itself, point to one thing — a confession 
that drugs and serums are insufficient 
in themselves to effect a cure. For it 
has only been because the profession 
has actually been driven to do this sort 
of thing that it has been done, and 
these various places equipped with the 
newer apparatus. It has all been a 
matter of very slow growth ; let us 
hope that over here, at any rate, the 
lesson has been learnt. At the same 
time there is very much room for still 
greater improvement. Cases needing 
massage and other therapeutic meas- 
ures which ought to have attention im- 
mediately after the injuries have oc- 
curred are left for months without any 
such attention being given. Progress 
is therefore much slower and re- 
covery, if not made impossible, is at 
least considerably delayed. 

The writer profoundly hopes that, 
now that the United States has come 
into the conflict, it may be possible for 
all those who, in your country, are 
working along these newer lines to join 
together, and, in combination, if pos- 
sible, with the legalized medical pro- 

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By PER NELSON, Physiopath, Hartford. Conn. 

This is the age of clrugless healing. 

None dares to deny this. People of 
both the "upper" and "lower" classes 
begin to realize that the old school 
drug treatment is not the proper treat- 
ment for restoring and maintaining 
health. Hundreds, yes thousands of 
these people come to the drugless 
practitioners seeking relief. 

Some happen to "strike" the "right 
one" and get permanent relief. 

Others have to try out one after an- 
other of all the fifty-seven varieties of 
drugless healing-branches before relief 
is obtained. 

This proves without doubt that there 
is something "wrong" with the drug- 
less healers. 

It should not be so. — Let us face the 
situation as it is. — Let us try our best 
to find the missing link. — Let us see 
things as they are, not as we would 
like to have them. 

What happens if we step in to 
"brother Osteopath" for examination 
and treatment? 

The Osteopath immediately begins 
to "find out" whether there is any dis- 
ordered structure, any "misplaced" 
ribs, any "slipped" ligaments or 
tendons, any "overgrown" muscles or 
any congested or obstructed blood or 

This constitutes a "thorough" Oste- 
opathic examination. — This is the 
"Alpha and Omega" of Osteopathic 

We leave the "Osteopath," and the 
next one we consult calls himself a 

fession, assist together in the treat- 
ment of your wounded. If such a 
rapprochement were found to be pos- 
sible, no doubt much of the needless 
suflfering which has resulted to 
wounded, injured and diseased in this 
country through the application of out- 
of-date methods, would be largely 

What will happen? The Naprapath 
tries his best to discover any "tighten- 
ed" ligament which he thinks is liable 
to irritate nerves. 

He does not know anything about 
"displaced ribs" or "slipped ligaments 
and tendons" or "congested muscles" 
and pays no attention to them. 

Then we go to the "Chiropractor." 
He analyzes the spine only, and all he 
cares to look for is "majors" and 
"minors." He pays no attention to 
tightened ligaments, congested or ob- 
structed blood or lymph vessels, dis- 
placed viscera, etc. 

Then we pass along to the "Neuro- 
path" who only looks for "abnormal 
vaso-motor activity." He does not 
know and does not want to know any- 
thing else. 

Next we come to the "suggestive 
therapeutist" who has a "thorough" 
knowledge of the "power of mind over 
body" and how to "correct and har- 
monize mental influences." He does 
not know anything about mechanical 
body faults and blames all troubles on 
the "abnormal" mind. 

Then we have the "Doctor of Bio- 
chemistry" who only looks for some 
"deficiency" of some inorganic salt in 
the body. 

After going through all this, we per- 
haps "slip in" to the food scientist who 
claims that all ills are due to "wrong 
eating," — and what do we get? We 
get a long "learned lecture" on how 
some foods tend to irritate the "great 
sympathetic nervous system," which 
through "abnormal reflexes" causes 
contractions of the cells, tissues and 
muscles, which in their order obstruct 
"cell osmosis" impinge nerves and 
empty blood-vessels. 

And so on through all the fifty-seven 
varieties of drugless healing branches. 

Now who is right? — What system 
will benefit us the most? — We seek 


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We do not care whether our trouble 
is due to slipped ligaments, subluxated 
vertebrae, lack of cell salts, or an ab- 
normal mind. 

W'e want our health back. 

Now who is it that is wrong? 

Is it the Osteopath who only looks 
for mechanical faults? Is it the sug- 
gestive therapeutist who only looks for 
abnormities of mind? Is it the food- 
scientist who only cares about the 
chemical composition of the body, or 
who is it? 

Well, it can't be the Osteopath, be- 
cause the Osteopaths have proved time 
and time again that disease can be 
caused by displaced ribs and viscera, 
slipped tendons, etc. 

But is it not likewise true that the 
Chiropractor has proved that disease 
may be caused by spinal subluxations? 

The Naprapath has proven without 
doubt that disease may be caused by 
contracted connective tissue, the Neu- 
ropath that disease is sometimes 
caused by disturbed vaso-motor activ- 
ity, the suggestive therapeutist that 
disease may be caused by an abnormal 
mind, the Doctor of Bio-chemistry that 
lack of a certain inorganic cell salt may 
cause disturbances, — and there we are. 

Everybody is right. — None is wrong. 

Let us draw our own conclusion. — 

Perhaps we better ask ourselves this 
question : Is the single branch drugless 
practitioner who only applies one mode 
of treatment based on just one kind of 

diagnosis worthy the confidence of the 

\Ve answer no. The practitioner who 
does not combine and employ all that 
is good in each and every system of 
diagnosis and treatment, is not worthy 
the confidence of the public. 

Louis Blumer, N. D., of Hartford, 
said in one of his public lectures not 
long ago : 

"There is so much good in all sys- 
tems of healing that it would be a crime 
to belittle or ignore any of them, but 
there is so much bad in the best of 
them that it is not proper for one who 
uses a single method to fight all other 

This is the truth pure and simple. 

Drugless healing will not advance as. 
long as this antagonism exists in drug- 
less lines, and the only way to gain 
and keep the confidence of the public, 
and to successfully compete with the 
medical men, is to learn and apply all 
that is good of all natural methods of 

Only the one who does this is a true 
physician, and the people of the future 
will not call for an Osteopath, or a 
Chiropractor, or a Naprapath, but on a 
full-fledged drugless physician, one 
who has a knowledge of all these heal- 
ing branches. 

A few drugless schools have now 
started to teach a combination of drug- 
less methods. That is good. 

That is the dawn of scientific drug- 
less healing. 

MEN, unless they are of extraordinary mental calibre, are, at the beginning of acting col- 
lectively, weak, timid and apathetic, shirking their duty to the association. And yet they 
are as boastful of their individual importance as they despise their collective importance. To 
overpraise one's self is vanity, and to despise their collective worth is poverty of spirit. 

It seems that always at the foundation of a great enterprise, the very newness of the under- 
taking canriot possess the prestige of history. The man behind the scenes in a theatre sees only 
the scaffolding of the romance. Men in general are ruled by superstition, prestige, make believe. An 
institution that being entirely selfish and that preys upon mankind, like a certain school of medi- 
cine that we know of, but that has its roots in history, controls mankind with autocratic authority, 
and is revered by the unthinking for so doing, whereas an institution of yesterday, that proposes to 
help mankind to the utmost, cannot command the respect of even its professional beneficiaries. 

The very small advertising patronage that has been received from Naturopathic practitioners, 
argues an almost total lack of interest in the publication of this Directory, the responsibility for its 
*"!?*»?'■' ^''"S^ ''^' *° ^^^ energy and expense of one individual. Where is the Committee of Ways 
and Means that should be responsible for the financing of the venture? Echo answers. "Where?" 

And yet the object of this Directory is to clothe every drugless practitioner with prestige, power, 
honor, success, financial reward and renown. This work is the planting in history of a great institu- 
tion, destined to achieve international power and fame. It is to create men from those who, col- 
lectively speaking, are only dwarfs. Endowing them with prestige and authority their business 
becomes quadrupled in consequence and their emoluments correspondingly great. Any advertising 
patronage, any gifts outright of money for this venture, would be returned tenfold. Such patronage 
accompanied with a vital, personal interest in the work, in ways that the publisher can suggest, 
IS absolutely necessary for the highest interests of the Naturopathic profession. 







Health is the prime requisite for the achievement of any great pur- 
pose in life. The work of healing bodies, minds and hearts is the most 
needed, and the least understood, of any kind of human service. The 
aim of this book is to present the fundamental truths of the great health 
movement now sweeping the world, and to aid the movement by in- 
creasing the power of its practitioners. 

I shall write as frankly as though I were speaking to a personal 
friend. Books are as valuable as they are vital. Only the man who 
writes himself into his book deserves to be read. Unless you feel, after 
reading a book, that you know the man who wrote it, the time you spent 
in reading has been wasted. 

I have put fifteen years into health study and efficiency work; have 
tried out the methods of several hundred leading physicians, psychol- 
ogists and business experts in Europe and America: have been closely 
and actively associated with the great health pioneers in New York 
and other large cities; have cured a dozen chronic weaknesses and dis- 
orders in myself; have been privileged to offer counsel and aid to sev- 
eral thousand personal clients and pupils. 

The whole story is here. I have put my knowledge and experience, 
such as they may be, at your disposal. If the benefit you receive is only 
a small shadow of the desire on my part to be of service to you, there 
will be always in your heart a sense of gratitude to Doctor Lust, and 
of interest in the noble cause he represents! Then my work will have 
been done. 

Suppose you were making $2,000 a year. 

And suppose a friend should say to you, "There is a $10,000 position 
I think you can have, with a few introductions and a little special train- 
ing on your part." 

Would you not listen to him, thank him, and try for that position? 


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In effect, I am going to say just this in the serial expositions that 
Doctor Lust has asked me to write on "Efficiency in Drugless Healing." 
If you are professionally engaged in any branch of drugless healing, you 
should make $10 where you are making $2, and you might accomplish 
$10 worth of good where you are accomplishing $2 worth. I do not 
guarantee this enlargement of your income on the day following the 
reading of these chapters; I do guarantee that if you will think and act 
along the lines here suggested, you will find such an increase developing 
in due course of time. 

The Nature Cure in America is only 20 per cent efficient. 

The statement is unwelcome, but the fact is undeniable. When I 
first heard the fact, I was tempted to be angry at the man who told me 
— we are always shortsighted in facing our own shortcomings. But as 
I listened further, and reasoned the matter out, I saw he was right. 

Briefly the situation is this. There are five things the Nature Cure 
must do in America: 

1. Reach the great masses of people, with its gospel of right heal- 
ing and right living; 

2. Attract and convince them, and induce them to try its methods; 

3. Heal, instruct and inspire them for a happier, saner life; 

4. Gain a financial success and be given a commercial rating in 
Dun's and Bradstreet's; 

5. Adopt a general standard of practice, and on this obtain a legal 
recognition and license in every State of the Union. 

Of these five points, the Nature Cure thus far has satisfactorily 
covered only one — the healing, instructing and inspiring of the compara- 
tively few whom it has been able to reach. The other four objects re- 
main to be accomplished. 

Measured by modern business standards, the Nature Cure in this 
country is therefore only 20 per cent efficient. 

This is no one's fault, but every one's misfortune. The splendid 
pioneers of drugless healing in America, headed by Doctor Lust, have 
wrought almost superhuman triumphs in spite of overwhelming ob- 
stacles. They have done more than could have been asked or expected. 
But that 80 per cent of inefficiency stares us in the face, and must be 
wiped out. 

For ten years I have wanted to write a modern book along this 
line, but have waited until I had proved enough efficiency in my own 
work to show that I knew the subject. You may safely disregard what 

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a man says until you have asked two questions: "What reason has he 
for saying it, and what right has he to say it?" In order to show this 
reason and this right, I shall take the liberty of making this introduc- 
tory article very personal. The ground covered by the chapters will be 
so different from that originally covered by the editorials of the writer 
years ago, in the colums of The Naturopath, that it seems necessary to 
introduce him all over again. 

For a number of years the old friends in the Nature Cure have been 
kind enough to ask about the work I was doing and its relation to the 
health propaganda. This introductory article may serve also as an an- 
swer to these friends. 

It is often best to leave, for a time, whatever we love most. 

To keep our life big and sweet and wholesome, we must safeguard 
our warmest sympathies by our coolest judgments. And if anything — • 
person or ambition or occupation or pleasure — claims our intense de- 
votion, our whole affection, this we must beware of, as our greatest 
danger. It will burn us out and leave us a cinder; we must flee it, or 
subdue it, or protect ourselves from it, else it destroys us. 

Here lies the first reason for my apparent desertion of Health Re- 
form and the Nature Cure. I was so completely wrapped up in it that 
I found myself slowly suffocating. We need "air-baths" for our brains, 
as well as for our bodies. And to live constantly in the same mental 
atmosphere is to poison our intellect with the carbonic acid gas of 

Many a time, when I was recommending the books, foods and gar- 
ments of Doctor Lust's original Kneipp Store of New York, I would seize 
the poor customer by the force of my loquacity, and keep him a prisoner 
till midnight, shackling him with merciless arguments and tying him up 
in long phrases, till the wretched man was so dazed he forgot to take 
home what he came for, when at last I allowed him to limp feebly out. 
Countless repetitions of this excessive zeal gradually exhausted me. 

For years, the only meetings I went to were the stamping-grounds 
of freaks and cranks, all of whom had a theory which alone would 
save the world — and no two of them alike! I read only health books, 
ate only health foods, studied only health systems, took only health 
exercises, wore only health clothes, followed only health advice — and 
got deathly sick of it all! 

A good riproarious jambouree, of pork and pickles and soda bis- 
cuits, catsup and coffee and jelly and mince-pie, is a first-class remedy, 
taken at proper intervals — say two or three times a year — for those 

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Mllliflcd with a iKallh-cult habit. (This volume is signed, and the 
publisher exonerated.) When a man is so healthy he is miserable, he 
isn't healthy. I was getting that way — and I knew I had to find some 
otlier business, or else grow utterly narrow, queer, sour, intolerant. 

The average reformer is only a third of a man. He needs an in- 
former to keep him broad, and a performer to keep him busy. I know 
probably five hundred reformers, hygienic and metaphysical. Out of 
that number, I should say that four hundred and seventy-five are more 
or less unsafe as teachers and guides because theoretical, one-sided, 
ignorant, unadaptable, mercenary, egotistical, or immoral. The more 
I see of our modern, self-styled "advanced thinkers," the less I want to 
sec. Only dunces remain devotees. And I found that, no matter how 
hard 1 fought against it, I myself was accumulating a "following" com- 
posed of those who falsely measure a man by his notions instead of by 
his actions. 

When I was assistant editor of The Naturopath, many people took 
the magazine just because I wrote for it. That was not a good reason 
for taking it. As well drink a beverage because the cup is painted 
prettily, as read only that magazine which hands out its truth in fres- 
coed phrases of a particular stamp. I am not ungrateful to the hun- 
dreds of loyal friends and devoted readers who stood by Doctor Lust 
and myself in our early struggles. They made us, perhaps, even more 
than we made ourselves. But my work in the Nature Cure, being al- 
most entirely of a literary character, had no permanent objective basis. 
And there came a time when I said to myself: "If you're any good, 
you'll get out of this, start in again where you're unknown, make a 
place for yourself on a business footing — and prove all the truths of 
which you write so easily!" A collegian isn't educated until he is proud 
to exchange the "mortar-board" he wears on his head for the one he 
works with his hands. I knew a prodigious lot — but Wisdom never 
once looked at me until the day I started to work. 

There was another personal reason for going elsewhere. Certain 
people who read my books and editorials, having not the wit to com- 
prehend them, forthwith noised abroad their suspicion that "Purinton 
is a visionary — poetic and unpractical; he may be all right for the short- 
haired women and long-haired men, but I'm a plain business man, with 
no time for dreams." Ah, my unfortunate friend, you always will be a 
"plain" business man so long as you have no time for dreams — the ex- 
traordinary, colossal business men are made by their dreams! How do 
I know? Because for the past twelve years I have worked, side by side, 
with just such men. 

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During this time, I have been not only the associate but the 
personal friend and counsellor of various types of business men, whose 
incomes ranged from $20,000 to $50,000 a year — and every one 
was a pronounced, self-confessed "dreamer"! When I was in the 
Nature Cure, I merely talked my dreams; since I have been in 
regular trades and pursuits, I have worked them out; — but they are the 
same dreams. And in order to realize them, I had to leave the place 
where I was thought a mere poet. Never try to change people's first 
impressions of yow, when you want to develop another side of your 
nature, pack up and dig out. 

So much for the personal side. I have mentioned this first, because 
of the many kind requests about me that are still coming to Doctor 
Lust's otTice, and 1 don't want anybody to think for a moment that my 
absence from Naturist circles came through negligence or desertion. It 
was all a part of a great plan, through which I might become of more 
service to Humanity. 

But the real reason for trying to broaden my experience lay in the 
hope of winning to our cause of truth and freedom, the millions of peo- 
ple who had not yet come for what we had to give them. I had seen 
"quack doctors" flourish amazingly on a stylish avenue of New York; — 
while a few doors away, on a dingy back street, a sincere Nature Curist 
was literally starving for bread. I had watched some nervy "professor" 
of physical culture reach fame by a single bound, on a mere sensational 
device for catching trade; — while an honest teacher of life's greatest 
truths could not hold his little handful of hearers. I had known the 
maker of a patent health food and a metaphysical rigmarole to have 
his devout bands of worshippers all over America; — while a great 
healer who was both honest and unselfish wasn't believed by the neigh- 
bors next door. Why? That question haunted me. Couldn't a man be 
sincere and shrewd at the same time? Was it impossible to gain popu- 
larity and hold your principles too? Was it right, and unavoidable, 
that Nature Cure should be so shamefully discredited, while the vendors 
of poisonous drugs grew rich and sleek and exalted by society? 

So long as I protested, blamed and rebelled, I had no answer to 
these questions. But when I began to study my own deficiencies, the 
answer came in a flash — "You Naturists don't know your job! You are 
in the business of selling a commodity — health. But you have never 
learned business psychology, nor applied business methods, nor even 
respected business principles. If you were selling pianos or 
carpets or stove-polish, you would hire real salesmen and establish a 
modern system of management. You fail to win popularity because 
you neglect the right methods of merchandising — or because you try to 

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sell reform, which no one wants, and no one pays lor. If Doctor Mun- 
yon is a millionaire, it is because he is a clever business man. He is 
richer than you, not because he is less respectable, but because he is 
more cniciont. Put your brains in your work — not in your talk; mean- 
while stop bemoaning your hard luck; you haven't any, there isn't any, 
there is only hard hearing when Good Luck calls." 

When my kind fairy got through lecturing me in this fashion, I 
perceived that the success of my future work demanded three things: 

1. A fuller knowledge of and sympathy with human nature, enab- 
ling me to understand normal people's wants, and also their 
diiViculties in applying new truths; 

2. A thorough training in the psychology of advertising and sales- 
manship, making the appeal in my writings commercially 

3. A careful observance and experience of business methods of 
various kinds, preventing those mistakes of ignorance by which 
most reformers are defeated. 

Let me illustrate what I mean by "knowing your job," 

As you know. Doctor Lust is the compiler and publisher of a 
number of original books on Natural Healing and Wholesome Living, 
including my own "Philosophy of Fasting" and "Lords of Ourselves." 
It was my work to announce these books to the general public. How 
did I mostlj' do it? By emphasizing those peculiar, idealistic or icono- 
clastic portions which were attractive to only a few of us "cranks" but 
sounded crazy to the average superficial thinker! There is, for example, 
a good amount of really valuable and helpful information in the book 
"Lords of Ourselves"; — but a short while ago, a part of the chapter on 
sound sleep was copied, almost word for word, by one of the New York 
Sunday papers, in advising nervous women how to relax and recuperate. 
But in preparing the leaflet of announcement for this book, I deliberately 
chose the few extremely radical statements on diet, sex, religion, et 
cetera, which the book contains — and entirely omitted the practical side 
of personal helpfulness! This was noble reform — and wretched sales- 
manship ! No man will pay for being startled, or even sermonized, in a 
health book. 

The sick man wants recovery — not discovery. 

Another example. I have before me the booklets, letters and elabo- 
rate "follow-up" system of a most successful Nature Cure institute. The 
proprietor uses modern methods of advertising, featuring "testimonials" 

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and other quack-medicine schemes to influence prospective clients. In 
all the time that I have known Doctor and Mrs. Lust, not one printed 
testimonial has been used, I believe, in presenting the advantages of the 
"Yungborn" at Butler. This unique fact is to their everlasting credit. 
They have built up a large sanitarium system on the basis of friend-to- 
friend recommendation, and the personal benefit that patients and vis- 
itors have received. But, nevertheless, this is not good business, from a 
worldly standpoint. The Butler health home is competing with a dozen 
other institutions nearby — most of them now operated by men who 
received a large share of their knowledge and impetus from the founders 
of the Yungborn! Should scientific advertising be made to serve and 
prosper only the newer health resorts, while the parent of them is too 
modest, or too unskilled, to sound her own claims? 

In short, the use of words in the Nature Cure has been too much 
art — too little science. You must win the world before you can reform 
it; to win it, you must study it; to study it, you must live with it, work 
with it, sympathize with it, fight and suffer and fall and rise and conquer 
with it; — therefore, to reform the world, you must for a time stop re- 
forming it. I left the reform business in order to learn the reform busi- 
ness, this being perhaps the one business that must be learned from 
the outside. And the first booklet written, after I knew my work, gained 
a circulation of 500,000 copies in five months — as against a total audience 
of perhaps 100,000 people in the ten years preceding! In one month of 
scientific publicity, I have recently been able to reach as many heads 
and hearts as formerly responded in the course of ten years! Has it 
not been worth while to get training as well as truth? 

There are two reasons for this lengthy and extremely personal in- 

The first reason is to prove the writer's willingness to take his own 
medicine. Some very plain statements will be made in these chapters — 
but the writer has forced plainer ones on himself! You may be angry 
at some of these statements — your anger will not be a circumstance 
compared with the anger of the writer at discovering his own weakness, 
inefficiency and one-sidedness during those early years when he was 
vainly attempting to be a great reformer. The test of good advice is 
that the man who gives it swallowed some first. Se//"-analysis, self- 
criticism, se//-reform; these are the three steps to a life of genuine al- 
truism. The best way to teach others how to be healthy is to teach our- 
selves how to be sane. 

The second reason for a personal introduction is to attest the knowl- 
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amount ol picacliiiig being done in advanced tliought circles by those 
who have hit all llio praclicing to l)e done by their patients and students. 
Women w ho have been divorced are selling instructions on how to make 
marriage a success; men who are poverty-stricken have the nerve to 
write l)()oks on the attainment of wealth; "healers" who look as if they 
had one foot in the grave and the other foot on the yon side of it, guar- 
antee to make you well in a few magic lessons or treatments; — and such 
performances are allowed to go on, ad nauseam and ad infinitum. 

Being weary unto death of this sort of thing, 1 wrote nothing about 
efliciency in drugless healing until I had solved the efTiciency problem 
for myself. Your forbearance is requested a little further, in the dem- 
onstration of this fact. 

Let us consider the practical side of health study. 

The last place to look for wisdom is in a college, just as the last 
place to look for health is in a drug-store and the last place to look for 
justice is in a law-court. One of the great fallacies of the day is that a 
college of medicine, law or theology turns out wise men; — to overcome 
and outgrow this fallacy is the first task of a college graduate. 

We grow brain-wise through working, body-wise through playing, 
heart-wise through loving, soul-wise through suffering. We grow wise 
in no respect through studying. 

As soon as possible after graduation from college, I made friends 
with some nice, accommodating rats and let them eat up my diploma. 
While a severe method of poisoning the rats, this expedient enabled 
me to say that the parchment had been lost, and thus delivered me from 
the customary duty of framing it and hanging it on the wall. The only 
diploma worth having is a record of deeds. Some colleges are fine in- 
stitutions, some teachers magnificent men; but the whole system is 
wrong. It fails to connect with life. 

The same truth applies, at least partially, to schools of natural 
therapeutics — whether of naturopathy, hydrotherapy, osteopathy, chiro- 
practic, mechanotherapy, food chemistry, mental science or spiritual 
forces. They teach the art of healing, but not the business of healing;— 
and the art is useless without the business. How can a drugless physi- 
cian get more patients, keep those he has, make them all pay promptly 
and well, secure their fullest co-operation, and save his own time and 
strength in caring for them? These questions are as important to him 
as the question of cure is to his patients. How, in short, can the new 
principles of "scientific management" as applied to other trades and 
professions, be utilized in the Nature Cure for the equal benefit of patient 
and practitioner? 

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This question has never been stated before, to my knowledge; much 
less answered! The reason is plain; no drugless healer has learned 
enough about scientific management to adapt the principles to his work; 
and no efTiciency engineer has been paid to devote his time for several 
months — at $100 or more a week — to the raising of business standards 
in the new therapeutic field. Any doctor who could afford to pay an 
efficiency expert $100 a week is too good a business man to need the 
expert. So the profession of drugless healing and the science of busi- 
ness method have remained far apart. 

Some naturopath or osteopath or psychopath may interject the 
query: "Why should I learn business method for my work of healing 
the sick? What possible connection has an efhciency engineer with the 
relief of pain and recovery of health?" 

Let facts, not theories, be the answer. I shall cite a number of 
cases of rank inefTiciency, known to me personally, and shall outline 
the efficiency principle whose adoption would have prevented the error 
in each case. Most of these friends are people of noble character, doing 
a noble work. But a man may be a true physician, a superb teacher, a 
great reformer, and still be a failure as regards the study and use of 
modern efficiency methods. I have recently been told, quite forcibly, 
that the saviors of the world have never been "efficiency" men. True 
enough — but they did not undertake a work where efficiency was needed 
on the material plane. If your mission is to be a martyr, I respect and 
love and revere you for carrying out the mission. But if your mission 
is to take money for lessons or treatments or books or prescriptions, and 
you don't make a successful business of it, I pity you for sadly falling 
down on your job. This plain distinction must be sharply enforced; 
and in these chapters I shall discuss only the efficiency side, referring to 
examples of inefficiency as a business engineer would do — frankly and 

Example One 

A specialist on health without drugs failed to read up the laws of 
his State regarding a physician's license, and began to prescribe as a 
doctor. The Medical Society dragged him into court, and robbed him 
of a large sum of money. He posed as a martyr. He w as a fool — by 
efficiency standards. 

Efficiency principle : Never expect to succeed in the Nature Cure by 
transgressing the law. If you are strong enough, repeal the law; if not, 
conform to it. Either smash the law and frame a new one legalizing 
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naturopaths are now trying to do; or else hire a cheap doctor to make 
vour t'xaniinalions and prescriptions legal, as the quack medicine sharks 
have hcen doing for a generation. All this wholesale antagonism of the 
Medical Trust by healers is, to an efficiency man, sheer waste of time 
and energy and money. 

Example Two 

A young exponent of the fast-cure barely escaped a year's term of 
imprisonment because a patient died while fasting and the law accused 
the practitioner of murder. In this case the law was right — the patient 
was in no condition for a measure so extreme. Much as I believe in the 
long fast, 1 would never prescribe it for a serious disease except in con- 
junction with a qualilied M. D., who would technically watch the symp- 
toms and assume legal responsibility in case of death. 

Efiiciency principle: Never treat a case where death is remotely 
possible, without arranging for a certificate by a registered physician. 
We protest because drug doctors are licensed to kill — why should 
healers be allowed to do so? There is a deal of malpractice in the drug- 
less ranks, due to ignorance, prejudice and incompetency. Our first, 
and hardest, job is to weed out the undesirables from our own back yard. 

Example Three 

A gymnast founded a health resort. He made so much money that 
the bookkeeper of the place ran off with $500 in his clothes, and the 
money wasn't missed till the absconder was caught and the money 
observed sticking in his coat, hat and shoes. The founder had too many 
schemes and reforms on hand, he couldn't follow any to the finish and 
his employees took advantage of his absence. 

EfTiciency principle: Concentrate on one thing till you have built 
a systematic, automatic basis for its permanent success. I used to heal 
a little, teach a little, write a little, speak a little, reform a little, mer- 
chandise a little, co-operate a little, uplift a little, and do various other 
things a little. I got nowhere. 

The phrenologist said my "continuity" was w^eak. It was. It is no 
longer. I have cut out everything but writing, learned how to do that, 
and reached the place where I wanted to be. If you are engaged in 
healing, focus on that and forget all else. Can you picture a leading 
surgeon, or even a famous prizefighter, sloshing around to wild-eyed 

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reform gatherings and exhorting the populace on socialism, single tax, 
eugenics, anti-vaccination, or the astral emanations of the sublunary 
sphere? Too many healers are just plain cranks, with axes to grind. 

Example Four 

A great hygienist and humanitarian keeps a stenographer who is a 
noble example of what a stenographer ought not to be. She can't spell, 
can't punctuate, can't paragraph, can't edit, and when feeling real good 
she takes dictation at the rate of a word in three minutes. Why does 
the great humanitarian keep the poor stenographer? Because no one 
else will have her. And he is a great humanitarian. Far into the night, 
when this beauteous maid is spending her carefree young life at the 
"movies" or a tango whirl, this gray-haired employer laboriously deci- 
phers the Chinese puzzles she wrote for letters, and clumsily corrects 
them for her ladyship to re-write next day. At the stroke of midnight, 
he wearily passes his lily-white hand across his fevered brow, and 
placidly murmurs what a noble-hearted fellow he is. Noble-hearted 
chump and transcendental numskull! 

Efficiency principle: Choose your helpers by how much work they 
can do, with the least supervision, in the best and easiest way, and the 
shortest possible time. Any other basis of employment is unfair to you, 
your clerk, and your client. Some day we shall wake up to the fact that 
it is rotten reform, as well as rotten business, to clutter up the office with 
a sickly bunch of addle-noodled nobodies who couldn't get a job wash- 
ing windows in a regular commercial house. When I have to enter the 
average hygienic or metaphysical institution, I always fix up a resolute 
grin and plaster it firmly on my face in advance; otherwise I should 
grow suddenly and righteously wrathy, and push the whole perform- 
ance out the window. 

Example Five 

A chiropractor, of unusual skill and personality, charges half the 
rate generally asked for chiropractic treatment, and for good measure 
throws in a free lecture on diet, exercise, optimism, and mental sugges- 
tion. Having educated the patients to the point where they don't need 
her any more forever, she feels her duty has been done— she will no 
longer be under the painful necessity of taking money from them. On 
prosperous days she earns as much as $1.25 an hour — less than is made 
by a first-class plumber; and I think she suspects herself of robbery if 
she goes above 75 cents an hour. This lady missed her calling— she 
should have been a charity society. 

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Ellicicncv principle: Never cut your fee; when you do you cheapen 
your work and impair its value to the client. Let him pay with notes, 
or on the instalment plan, if he is very poor. But have enough self- 
respect to hold your standard price, and to give only as much instruction 
as the fee includes. 

Example Six 

A metaphysician, some of whose clients are millionaires, didn't 
have enough money to pay her board bill. She wrote a personal letter 
to some of her wealthy patients who owed her large amounts, explained 
how she needed money, and humbly suggested that they forward a small 
sum on account. There was not the faintest ripple of response. And 
the next meal of the metaphysical lady is now dependent on the mercy 
of friends, while her creditors are gadding around at pleasure resorts, 
with hundreds of dollars' worth of unpaid fees deserted and forgotten. 

Efficiency principle: Never send out your own bills — employ a 
secretary, or if needed a collection agency. And render the bills on time, 
as a meatman or grocer does. It is unprofessional for a doctor or healer 
personally to ask a patient to settle up; — and unbusinesslike to allow 
the bill to run on. Doctors have themselves largely to blame for "bad 
accounts"; they render the statements so irregularly and unsystema- 
tically as to create the impression of their indifference to the manner 
and time of settlement. It is fatal, however, to let a client suspect that 
you are actually in need of money; being a mystery-dispenser, you are 
supposed to be fed and clothed miraculously. Your secretary may sug- 
gest that you are purchasing new equipment, or conducting original 
researches, or doing charity work, and therefore would appreciate the 
payment of fees overdue — but never that your landlady wants the rent, 
or your tailor has a bad look in his eye! Every doctor should take a 
course in magic; — he is supposed by his clients to wear a fresh silk hat 
every day, and to produce it from nobody knows where. 

Example Seven 

A magazine devoted to mental hygiene failed completely, with 
debts aggregating several hundred thousand dollars. The editorial end 
outweighed the commercial. The two means of self-support for a maga- 
zine of this character had been neglected; namely, a generous income 
from regular advertising, and the possibility of making the journal a 
feeder for some other unprofitable enterprise or institution. 

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Efficiency principle: Run the financial side of your work as a 
business — not as a reform or philanthropy. Get a business manager 
who is just as eager to make money as you are to do good — then you 
will have a sane, effective combination. 

Example Eight 

A healer, lecturer and health reformer is so devoted to his work 
that he never takes a vacation. He won't even spend 25 cents for a 
gallery seat in a theatre, for fear of robbing his work of a quarter of a 
dollar and a couple of hours. The man is prematurely gray and wrin- 
kled, his nerves are on edge, he cannot find repose. The world exists 
merely for him to reform. I have been tempted to suspect that God 
may have had some other purpose in mind than this, when He made 
the world; but I would never dare to hint such a possibility to my ar- 
dent friend, lest he accuse me of sacrilege. 

Efficiency principle : Love your work enough to leave it and forget 
it every so often. We are only atoms in the Cosmic Plan; why agitate 
ourselves as though we were supernal cyclones of importance? The 
fatal defect in all reform is overseriousness; and no reformer is really 
sane until he can laugh at his own solemnity. The best sermon for a 
preacher to hear is a funny play; and a hired clown should hold the 
seat of honor at every sanitarium. 

Example Nine 

A purveyor of mental sunshine organized a club of 50,000 optimists. 
He then prepared a rosy-hued mining-scheme attachment. Believing in 
the smiling gentleman and all his works, the club members handed over 
large sums for small portions of stock — and proceeded to wait for inde- 
pendent fortunes to amble to their doors. They are still waiting. The 
club and its magazine went to pieces, together with the faith of thou- 
sands in the honesty of all professional reformers and uplif ters. Moral : 
To regain your courage, follow an optimist; to regain your cash, follow 
a pessimist. 

Efficiency principle : Never try to capitalize reform. If j'^ou wish to 
incorporate and sell stock, make no promise of dividends or even of 
return of principal; and be content to grow normally, without any 
get-rich-quick features or sensational appeals. 

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Example Ten 

A prolilic writer on health subjects recently killed himself. He 
could not live any longer with his conscience. It was found that he had 
used the health cult as a cloak for the most horrible infamies, and under 
the guise of East Indian philosophy had systematically ruined and cor- 
rupted young girls and boys. For years he had worn a sheet of iron 
over his heart, to protect him against the weapons of outraged husbands 
and fathers; but at last an accusing conscience rose within him, smote 
the iron shield asunder, and impelled the hypocrite to seize the means of 
his own self-destruction. 

Efficiency principle : Do not imagine that you can substitute cult for 
character, and get away with it. There is nothing in Christian Science, 
New Thought, Pragmatism, Spiritism, Theosophy or Vedanta to take the 
place of the old-fashioned Christian virtues. And if a "guru", swami or 
high priest of the occult orders you to violate your sense of reverence, 
decency and honor, tell him in plain language to go to Hell, and your- 
self immediately move in the opposite direction. 

Forgive this outburst, kind friends. I am not pessimistic, but I walk 
no more in cloudland. Facts are things to be faced. During my past 
fifteen years of rather close observation, not merely these ten, but 
hundreds of examples of gross inefficiency — mental, moral, financial or 
industrial — have appeared in the deeds of those who claim a superior 
knowledge of the laws of life. We who know the fallacy of the drug- 
delusion and the dogma-superstition, have learned not to expect much 
from doctors, teachers and preachers of the old school. But how shall 
we excuse ourselves, when our blunders are more colossal? 

In 1900, my great object was to reform the world. In 1917, my great 
object is to make of myself an embodiment of the ideals I used to 
cherish for the world. The present object, while perhaps just as unat- 
tainable, is certainly more reasonable. And, beloved brethren, I can 
smile a heap more — a smile being God's kind of sermon. 

Efficiency study is primarily a study of ideals. 

Every drugless practitioner is more or less an idealist. Having 
found a saner mode of healing and better way of living,- he endeavors 
to impress them on his patients, and embody them in his own character. 
A healer must have ideals as a doctor must have pills. 

Now the reason why so many idealists fail to get anywhere is that 
they try to stand alone before they are ready. To succeed objectively, 
they must have the antecedent counsel, system and co-operation of 

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materialists. A young idealist needs the support of materialists as a 
young tree in a land of storm needs the support of a wooden box or 
brace, to which it is securely fastened. The heart of a materialist may 
be of wood, but his head is something you can tie to. 

Preachers are paupers — hustlers are millionaires. The motive of 
the former and the method of the latter must be combined in any man 
who is fully grown. Until the apostles of the Nature Cure learn how 
to get hold of money in large sums, and to expend it wisely in promot- 
ing their work, they must expect hardship, anxiety, persecution, dis- 
appointment. There is a science of money-making, which science we 
reformers have not learned. 

Beautiful visions in themselves lead nowhere. They must be sup- 
plemented by stern vows, disciplined habits, healthy life, modern 
method, wise counsel, earnest co-operation, fair dealing, genuine service, 
tolerant spirit, endless toil, boundless optimism, and eternal renewal 
of purpose. 

When the writer came to apprehend his material inefficiency, he 
broke away from the little band of dreamers who were so congenial, 
and set his feet firmly in the tracks of the big business men,. He opened 
his eyes and ears, and shut his mouth (a course of action earnestly 
recommended to all preachers and reformers) ; he unlimbered his cler- 
ical knees, grabbed the hardest job in sight with his velvet palms of a 
chronic poet, and bathed his pedagogical brow in the honest sweat of 
a good workman. And from that day to this, he has had small use for 
most parsons, poets and pedagogues. They are living an imitation life. 

We are not wandering from our subject, we digress in order to 
progress. There should be a law forbidding a man to write, preach or 
teach until he has done a regular man's job — of deeds, not words; and 
made a good living at it. The curse of our libraries, magazines and 
newspapers, of our classical schools and theological seminaries, of our 
pulpits and reform centers and uplift movements, is the presence in 
them of men who never did anything but theorize. Wisdom is a con- 
sequence of work — it enters not through the ears, but through the pores; 
and the only safe leader is he in whom inspiration followed perspiration. 

The writer of these chapters claims no merit for them in a literary 
sense. If they possess any value, it is because they are the record and 
result of his fifteen years of personal experience in twenty dififerent 
lines of work, all of them bearing on "Efficiency in Drugless Healing." 

He has overcome in one way or another a large, varied and beau- 
tiful assortment of ailments and weaknesses; from indigestion, catarrh, 
emaciation, chronic headache, liver trouble and appendicitis, to sleep- 

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lessness, the worry habit, nervous prostration, a congealing bashfulness, 
a paralyzing irresolution, and extreme vocational niisfitncss. He has 
trebled his working capacity, lor several years performing the duties of 
three different orticers in the same institution. He has recently earned 
in a day as nuich as he formerly received for a month's wages. Only 
because he has succeeded fairly well in producing efficiency for himself, 
does he dare to offer suggestions along this line to readers of his books. 

Professionally, moreover, he has had unusual opportunities for 
acquiring knowledge of this new science. 

He has served an apprenticeship in advertising under the President 
of the largest outdoor advertising company in the world. 

He has worked with a prominent New York advertising agency, as 
writer and solicitor. 

He has had access to the Mahin Course in Advertising, the Lord 
School of Practical Advertising, the Sheldon Course in Salesmanship, 
and various courses in Personal Efficiency. 

He has been publicit}^ counsel for several magazines and cor- 
porations. . 

He has organized the largest club devoted to Health and Efficiency 
ever established in this City, with nearly 2,000 members in Greater New 
York, and memberships extending throughout the United States and to 
twenty foreign countries. 

He has formed a partnership with the President of a leading press 
syndicate, for special training along publicity lines. 

He has become personally acquainted with, and more or less in- 
formed in the methods of, the founder of the National Civic Federation; 
the founder of the National Association of Corporation Schools; the 
head of the Industrial League; the principal teacher in the Emerson 
Institute of Efficiency; the secretary of the American Institute of Social 
Service; and various other prominent people whose experience is of 
value, in adaptations to the Nature Cure. 

He has been offiicially connected with a drugless health resort, and 
has helped in prescribing for the patients their diet, massage, gymnas- 
tics, and instructions in hygiene. 

He has written a number of health books and has been staff con- 
tributor for various magazines devoted to physical and mental hygiene. 

He has prepared a series of booklets on Efficiency that have gained 
the widest circulation of any business literature of the kind ever pub- 
lished — an average of 100,000 orders a month having been received. 

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from such institutions as Gimbel Brothers, Pennsylvania Railroad, Na- 
tional Biscuit Company, Remington Typewriter Company, U. S. Army, 
Commercial League, Prudential Life Insurance Company, New York 
Hospitals and Board of Education. So great has been the demand for 
this series of Efficiency booklets tl^at the publishers, at this moment, 
are 200,000 orders behind in their mailing department. 

The object in the foregoing rather distasteful personal recital is to 
convey to you the idea that the writer has had sufficient training to 
warrant the preparation of a series of discussions on "Efficiency in Drug- 
less Healing," If you are convinced that he should be able to speak 
with some authority, let us proceed with the discussion proper. It is 
being qualified, not being quoted, that makes a writer worth reading. 
And until we learn to judge an author by qualification rather than quo- 
tation, the business of buying books will remain more or less a gamble, 
and that of making books more or less a crime. 

What do we mean by "Efficiency in Drugless Healing?" 

We mean a thorough analysis of the profession with regard to its 
threefold aspects of a science, an art, and a business; a frank recog- 
nition of the lacks and limitations of most practitioners, whether me- 
chanical (such as the osteopath, chiropractor and mechanotherapist) ; 
physiological (such as the hydropath, herbalist and dietist) ; or meta- 
physical (such as the "divine" healer, psychotherapist, and Christian 
Scientist) ; and finally a systematic endeavor to supply the needs and 
requirements for large success — whether social, educational, economic, 
literary, financial, managerial, clerical, or moral. 

Of the science and the art of drugless healing I shall say nothing, 
excepting as discussion of the business side may involve such mention. 
Not being professionally qualified to offer advice on these two aspects, 
I shall remain silent. But as any man who thinks for himself is qualified 
to utter an opinion, I would say, in passing, that the science and the art 
need improvement as much as the business; and the reason that the 
Nature Cure in America finds everywhere opposition and misunder- 
standing is that few Nature Curists in America know their job. They 
are inadequately prepared — and often ignorant of the fact. 

When we blame the world for a slow acceptance of our truth, we 
should really blame ourselves for an imperfect expression of that truth. 
Martyrs are slain not for their principles, but for their prejudices. 
Whenever a natural healer was jailed for malpractice, I used to damn 
the jailer and deify the prisoner. I now pity them both, and the 
change in feeling is good for me, whether it helps them or not. Only a 
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that tlie woiltl wants. To avoid persecution, we must live more, love 
more, talk less, and condemn not at all. In these chapters we are criti- 
cizing not men, but methods; and to point out the bad methods of a 
good friend is one of the friendliest things we can do. 

1 base the following analysis (a) on a familiarity with the modern 
elliciency plans now being used by the most successful corporations; 
(b) on a general survey of therapeutic fields extending through a period 
ol lifteen years; (c) on a recent special study of representative Nature 
Cure institutions acknowledged to be the leaders in America. The 
analysis applies to any sanitarium, school, or private practice in the 
domain of drugless healing. To obtain personally the information that 
1 shall try to give, the reader would have to stop his work for at least a 
year, devote his whole time to research and experiment, and spend at 
least $1,000 for instruction and equipment, besides losing his own 
regular income. Therefore, I hope you may deem the suggestions 
worthy of your thoughtful consideration. 

The Nature Cure is not merely a profession of healing. 

It is a department store of health, combining at least fifteen sections, 
all related but each distinct, and each for its highest usefulness to be 
conducted by a corps of trained workers under a managing expert. The 
wonderful success of great stores like Wanamaker's or Woolworth's 
lies in the fact that each department is organized as a separate insti- 
tution, and is made to pay for itself or is discontinued. To every Nature 
Cure establishment, this principle applies; and because it has never 
been adopted or even recognized, a true standard for estimating costs, 
labors and results is virtually unknown to the general practitioner. 

You can easily verify this by asking a naturopath or a metaphysician 
what it costs to secure a new patient; how much he loses a year in the 
interest on payments deferred and the capital on fees never met; which 
forms of advertising pay, which do not, and the reasons for the differ- 
ence in results; how much work his stenographer and other helpers 
should turn out each day; what number of possible students or clients 
live in the territory covered by his range of practice, and what propor- 
tion of these he is getting; where he is losing time, energy or money by 
needlessly indulging in his bad personal habits and eccentricities. Put 
questions like these to the average drugless healer, note the blank look 
on his face, then realize how far he is from being an efficient man. 

A leader in the business world must base any permanent success on 
such figures, in black and white, carried to the last penny. These, the 
practitioner should know, but he doesn't. 

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The fifteen requisite departments in the ideal Nature Cure estab- 
lishment are as follows: 

1. Organization 8. Social Service 

2. Standardization 9. Therapeutics 

3. Demonstration 10, Education 

4. Publicity 11. Co-operation 

5. Advertisement 12. Philanthropy 

6. Correspondence 13. Scientific Management 

7. Salesmanship 14. Law and Ethics 

15. Finance 

Not more than five or six of these departments will be found, satis- 
factorily covered, in the scope of the average school, sanitarium, or 
individual practice. They must all be found, in every one of our health 
institutions, before we can justly claim "Efficiency in Drugless Healing." 

If through these chapters I can succeed in pointing oiit the possibil- 
ity, desirability and necessity of making the work of every hygienic 
leader from two to five times as effective and productive as it now is, I 
shall feel that the many years of study, toil and hardship that I have 
undergone by way of preparation, are at last sufficiently rewarded. 

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Books arc about the last thing in the world for a human being to 
study. Books are valuable to the student only when things more valu- 
able are studied first. 

Neither Nature, man nor God may be known through books. And 
the first three studies for any human being are Nature, man and God. 
To be healthy you must know Nature, to be successful you must know 
man, to be happy you must know God, and to be useful you must know 
all three. 

A young man should hesitate a long time before deciding on a pro- 
fessional career, such as law, medicine, art, music, or education. The 
reason for this attitude of doubt lies not in the career, but in the stupid, 
theoretical and inadequate preparation for the career that American 
civilization offers. If a boy goes to a business college or enters a business 
office, he may reasonably expect in due time to become a business man; 
but if he goes to a school of medicine, theology, music or art, there is no 
possible way of determining what he will end up as. 

The only certain thing about the young professional man is that he 
should be taught how to fast indefinitely. He will need this knowledge. 
But, alas, he will find it was not included in his diploma. I never have 
the heart to preach fasting to a senior in college. No, say I, let the poor 
fellow eat while he can. 

Judged by efficiency tests, from one to three years in the average 
college or seminary course is largely wasted. But, on the other hand, 
judged by character and culture tests, proportionately as much time in 
a business or factory training is lost to the young man or woman. And 
real preparation for life must include efficiency, character and culture, 
produced together. 

The aim of both education and employment should be opportunity. 
No school, and no business, should open its doors to a young man or 
woman without having a straight course mapped out, whereby the ap- 

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plicant may be ensured promolion, advancement, and the highest re- 
wards commensurate with his talents, efforts and ambitions. No such 
provision has been made. Probably two-thirds of the students in 
American colleges reach their senior year without knowing what they 
will do in life or how they will do it. 

Even a larger proportion of the young men and women occupied in 
the trades and industries lack a definite goal of achievement, and the 
knowledge of how to attain it. Practicality in education, ideality in em- 
ployment, both leading to opportunity for the young — these problems 
are two of the greatest in the whole wide world to-daJ^ 

Here, in passing, I would offer a suggestion. Why should not the 
science of health as taught in the Nature Cure be studied by every pupil 
at an American college, academy, or high school? Must we gain all our 
converts from the ranks of broken-down invalids, who have no time, 
strength, money, hope, enthusiasm, to give to the cause? Would it not 
be possible to prepare a text-book or series of text-books, adapted to the 
requirements of universities and secondai*y schools, then by political 
and personal influence obtain the endorsement of school officials and 
the adoption of these texts as a part of the regular course leading to the 
bachelor's degree? If a noted writer or teacher prepared the texts on 
the basis of material furnished by Doctor Lust and other leading na- 
turists, and if the right organized effort were made among educators, I 
believe that ultimately the knowledge of Naturism would occupy its 
rightful place in the educational system of America. 

The value of a study is measured by the number and kind of oppor- 
tunities leading from it. The recognition of this principle is fast gaining 
credence in our scholastic institutions. 

When I was a boy, one of the marks of extreme elegance and erudi- 
tion was the fact of knowing a lot of dead languages. To speak Sanskrit 
was to look like Solomon. It was held that no man could be truly pious 
unless he could with speed and joy dig Sanskrit roots from the Scrip- 
tures. Now, happily, the truth is being learned; that the root of a dead 
language is like the root of a dead tooth — good for exhibition purposes 
only. And to a real man, exhibition is ir^hibition. Even for a prospect- 
ive clergyman, a year of social service in college is worth five years of 

On the other hand, the engineering classes in our great universities 
have doubled and trebled in a single generation. I can remember when 
a youth who studied to be an engineer was considered lacking in ambi- 
tion or intellectuality. Hardly, hardly. A man up in Schenectady is said 
to be making $100,000 a year as an electrical engineer, and another in 

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New York has a yearly income of more than $200,000 from his profession 
of mining engineer. Who would not be an engineer with such oppor- 
tunities ahead? 

There are more opportunities for an ambitious man or woman in 
the study of Naturism than in any other with which I am familiar. 
These may not appear on the surface. I would therefore, as one who has 
derived untold benefit from Nature Cure, point out the advantages of 
knowing its principle and practice. 

No young person is ready for life until he has learned his relation to 
Nature, his relief from Nature, his resource in Nature. All failure, 
sickness, poverty, miser}% worry, vice and crime is but a transgression of 
natural law, a violation of natural instinct, a repression or diversion of 
natural talent. When we learn, live and do only what is natural, we are 
bound to achieve health, vigor, hope, courage, character, poise, efficiency, 
growth, usefulness, happiness. 

There are at least seven kinds of opportunity afforded by study of 
the Nature Cure, with its various branches, connections and affiliations. 
There is vocational opportunity, cultural opportunity, social opportunity, 
financial opportunity', fraternal opportunity, individual opportunity, 
inspirational opportunity. Each kind of opportunity merits a little dis- 
cussion by itself. 

1. Vocational Opportunity 

A peculiar characteristic of the Nature Cure lies in the breadth and 
variety of its applications. When you have mastered the subject, you 
can take your choice of a score of professions or occupations, each of 
which demands a working knowledge of Naturism for its largest and 
finest development. 

You may become a physician, healer, companion, attendant or nurse, 
a gymnasium instructor, a vocational advisor, a teacher of domestic 
science, a playground director, a dietetic counsel, a lecturer on health 
and kindred themes, a social service worker, a traveling salesman for 
hygienic goods, a manufacturer of special clothing, foods or appliances, 
a baker, grocer or restaurant proprietor, a leader in efficiency promo- 
tion, a writer or a publisher of books and magazines on hygienic and 
psychological themes; or an influential person in a choice of many other 
fields of labor. 

Indeed, there is hardly a sphere of humanitarian service that would 
not be expanded and improved by the application of Nature Cure ideas 
and methods. If you are just beginning your life work, or if you know 

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any one whose career is not yet fixed, a tiioughtfui consideration of the 
value of Nature Cure study will repay you or your friend to an unusual 
degree. Preparation is the door to promotion. And as a preparation for 
any kind of life, or position in it, a knowledge of Nature stands first. 

2. Cultural Opportunity 

Many leading thinkers of this counti-y have uttered strong protest in 
the matter of industrial education. These men declare that the shop 
studies, vocational courses and trade schools now so prevalent have a 
tendency to blind a youth toward the real goal of life, which is something 
more than making a living, and to cripple and dwarf the finer traits, 
sympathies and sensibilities. There is ground for this protest. Many of 
the old-fashioned ideas of culture and ideals of character, which made 
our ancestors clean, strong and true, are being swept away in the rush, 
roar and dust of our machine-made environment. The American of to- 
day needs poise more than power. And every youth should be cautioned 
against the prevailing psychic malady of commercialism. 

The Nature Cure supplies here an automatic safeguard. The very 
qualities and perceptions that make a man succeed professionally in 
drugless healing are apt to make him succeed personally as well. He 
must have intuitional accuracy, breadth of judgment, a high sense of 
honor; tact, gentleness, dignity, fidelity, courtesy, faith, sympathy, force, 
conviction. He must build his own character into his clientele. The 
avenues for self-culture in the naturist field are from three to ten times 
as numerous as in the ordinary old-style trade or profession. This phase 
proves attractive to anybody who likes to keep in touch with modern 
developments of human research and progress. 

3. Social Opportunity 

The advantage of knowing all classes of people, rich and poor, high 
and low, learned and unlearned, good and otherwise, anything and the 
opposite, belongs to the drugless physician. The people who think and 
read and act for themselves naturally gravitate to him. Succeeding 
where other doctors fail, he commands respect, honor, gratitude, fealty, 
friendship. By means of the close relations thus induced, he may wield 
an influence second to none in the community, and may serve his own 
advancement while benefiting others. 

Moreover, the rapid extension of the drugless movement in America 
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even' city of llu- I'liion. Meetings, conventions, banquets, visitations, 
lectures, and olher ^alherin^s almost without number, offer special and 
continual moans lor the Nature Cure leader to form new acquaintances, 
learn new methods, absorb new ideas, achieve new successes. 

4. Financial Opportunity 

This, I fear me, is what you have been waiting for. So be it — ^the 
first duty of a job is to pay well for work well done. I will give you a 
few examples from my own personal observation, as to the many re- 
wards in the Nature Cure, using the term in its broadest significance. I 
shall quote figures that have been told me in confidence by friends of the 
persons cited, or by the persons themselves. 

The proprietors of a health magazine and book business have 
cleared, net, an average of $500 a month. The graduate of a Naturo- 
pathic school founded a sanitarium and mail course from which he 
earned $5000 the first year. A teacher of New Thought cleared about 
$5000 the year she settled in New York — probably the hardest location 
for such teaching of any large city in the United States. An Osteopath 
here has taken in as much as $1600 during one month. A Chiropractor 
is worth $200,000 and he made most of it from spinal adjustments. A 
Mental Scientist built a city from the proceeds of books, courses and 
treatments. And a Christian Scientist amassed a fortune of more than 
$2,000,000, principally from royalties on books, articles, and systems of 
treatment and instruction. 

These cases are unusual. It is probable that a majority of those 
engaged in health reform do not make much more than a good living. 
But there is evidence to show that a man with very meager education 
and influence can settle in a poor country district, after qualifying as a 
drugless physician, and inside of a year be earning $50 to $60 per week. 
This is more than twice the average income of a teacher, preacher, or 
drug doctor in the United States. 

If you have the genius of organization, the attractions of this work 
will appeal to you with irresistible force, because of the many ways in 
which you can capitalize your experience. With a complete Nature 
Cure knowledge and training, you could start a publishing business, a 
mail course of instruction, a lecture bureau, a manufacturing company, 
a chain of restaurants, and a few other kinds of business, all at once. 
We do not advise you to do this, and so monopolize the entire health 
business of the world, as other hygienic leaders have a right to live. 
But the chance is here, waiting for a J. P. Morgan of health promotion. 

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5. Fraternal Opportunity 

The ultimate question for a sane person to ask about his work and 
life is this: How can 1 do the most possible good in the world? Regard- 
ing all men as our brothers, which we must do when we have reached 
a plane of moral intelligence, we are constrained to put fraternity ahead 
of opportunity. The crown of opportunity is fraternity. There comes a 
time in the growth of every individual, when the one supreme and over- 
whelming desire is to serve — nothing else really satisfies. The part of 
wisdom is to look ahead, anticipate this goal of evolution, and prepare 
for a life work that presents a great field for service. 

Measured thus, few choices of life work even approach that of the 
Nature Cure. In probably no other branch of classified human endeavor 
may the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual welfare of the individual 
be so fairly covered and so fully served. You may heal his body, waken 
his mind, sharpen his sensibility, strengthen his will, lengthen his use- 
fulness, conserve his finances, improve his efficiency and increase his 
happiness, all at the same time. Is there anywhere a finer, broader, 
altruistic field? 

6. Individual Opportunity 

Life is but a long search to find who and what we are. Few mortals 
ever make this discovery, and until we do make it we are not much 
ahead of the beasts of the wild. I have talked with college professors 
whose knowledge of their personal origin and destiny was vague and 
dim and useless as a child's. Nothing so establishes a man as conscious 
identification with his Divine Source. The religion of most of the 
churches of to-day proves unequal to this responsibility, and even the 
best of the churches fails to appease the intellect in a full-orbed quest 
for truth. 

By demolishing the drug superstition and other harmful dogmas 
and delusions, the Nature Cure tends to make its practitioners open- 
minded in all respects. And by ofifering connections with various 
churches, schools and systems devoted to esoteric thought, the service of 
Naturism to its follower extends much further, enabling. him to see far 
back through antiquity, and far on through posterity, thus relating him- 
self clearly to his own past and his own future, and governing destiny 
more swiftly and powerfully than would otherwise be possible. More- 
over, the habit of studying, comparing, using, developing and guiding 
one's natural instincts, desires and aspirations leads to the opening of 
a new realm of talent, power, and resource. 

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7, Inspirational Opportunity 

riic (lirrct way to (iod lies through the paths of Nature. For the 
natural, at its height and fulfilment, becomes the supernatural. Miracles 
are hut natural phenomena raised to their highest potential. And the 
world's nu'ssiahs have been redeemers just to the extent of living, teach- 
ing and trusting the natural life. 

It is not strange that Sebastian Kneipp was a minister, Adolph Just 
a teacher, and many another pioneer in health advancement a public 
servant with a message to deliver. The voices of Nature, of the birds 
and winds and flowers and seas and stars, woo a man up to God as well 
as back to earth. When civilization has approached its zenith, com- 
merce will be but the every-day road to communion, communion with 
one's fellows, one's self, and one's God. In the realm of Naturism, al- 
ready this ideal may be largely accomplished, and our work thereby 
merge into worship, our labor into love, our duty into destiny, our goal 

into God. 

* * * 

If now, being interested in the Nature Cure, we desire to learn 
more of its advantages, and investigate its opportunities, how shall we 
proceed ? There are five principal ways of approach, any or all of which 
we may follow. 

1. We may obtain lists of Nature Cure books from the leading pub- 
lishers, make our selection, buy or rent the most appealing, and devote 
our spare time for the next few months to a personal study of the sub- 
ject. Perhaps it may be urged that the writer does not believe in books, 
according to statements on preceding pages. Not so — the writer does 
not believe in bookish books, academic books, theoretical books, dry, 
dismal and useless books. The best Nature Cure books are as live and 
healthful and joyful as Nature in the Springtime; and as we have been 
led away from Nature by sickly books, so must we be guided back to 
Nature by wholesome books. 

2. We may read two or three health magazines regularly, and profit 
by their valuable suggestions. There are now in this country at least a 
dozen hygienic and psychological magazines worthy of serious attention. 
To he well informed, evei-y man or woman who can read English ought 
to know what these magazines are, and how each is superior along cer- 
tain advanced lines. Many publishers offer clubbing rates, whereby 
three of the magazines may be had for little more than the price of two. 
And by interesting friends in the formation of a little library or reading 
circle, we may have access to a number of periodicals by actually pay- 
ing less than the price of one. 

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3. We may join the national or local society, club or association of 
health practitioners and students which seems most available and at- 
tractive. The meetings of these organizations, their personal acquaint- 
ances and connections, their special facilities for keeping in touch with 
the newest and best ideas and methods, offer peculiar advantages not 
equalled by whole libraries of books and magazines. The annual dues 
are small, the obligations few and easy. A list of these organizations 
may be had from almost any leading publisher, physician, or health re- 
sort occupied with drugless means of cure. 

4. We may subscribe for a mail course of instruction, first going 
over the entire field of mail courses, systems, schools, and treatments, 
and selecting the one most likely to give us a thorough understanding of 
Nature Cure principles. No less than twenty colleges, some real and 
some alleged, now provide instruction by correspondence of undoubted 
value to both practitioners and laymen. While it is my opinion that no 
mail course will ever wholly qualify the student to become a physician, 
there are a number of such courses that would form an excellent prepa- 
ration for a residence period of study. And the knowledge thus to be 
obtained should be in the possession of every teacher, minister, doctor, 
housekeeper, lawmaker and business man throughout the country, for 
personal and professional use every day in the year. 

5. We may visit a Nature Cure institution, either becoming a pa- 
tient or guest of a sanitarium for a few weeks or months, or enrolling in 
a school for a term of special instruction, looking to final employment of 
our knowledge in a professional capacity. When the colleges of America 
have banished theory and put efficiency in its place, nothing but a six 
months' resident course of study at a naturist resort will suffice to give 
the prospective graduates a workable knowledge of health. We look 
for the time when such a health course will be required, as algebra, 
history, and physics are now required. Each family should delegate a 
member to pursue such a line of education and demonstration as almost 
any good Nature Cure college or sanitarium would be glad to arrange. 
In respect to economy, efficiency, longevity, productivity, of the whole 
family, such a course of training wisely followed should pay for itself 
three times over. 

May I here mention a few examples of the powder of the Nature 
Cure to bring transformation of human lives? These instances, a few 
out of many, have come under my personal observation. I can vouch 
for their truthfulness. 

A chronic semi-invalid from a Western State heard about a Nature 
Cure institute in New York. He came for treatment, as a last resort, all 

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other available methods having been tried and found wanting. He had 
no faith at all. he was just gambling his life on a last throw. In six 
months, the man was physically and mentally made over. He went 
back home as joyful as he was direful when he came. Forthwith he 
started to convert his whole family; and in the next few years, he saved 
tiiem literally thousands of doctors' and surgeons' bills that would have 
been regarded as inevitable prior to the journey of our friend hither. 

A business man, with a small enterprise and a very limited sphere of 
usefulness, broke down physically and mentally when he was ap- 
proaching middle life. He made a scientific study of a particular branch 
of the Nature Cure, saw its commercial possibilities, trained himself in 
spare time to be an expert, threw his old business connections, experi- 
ences and assets to the winds, launched himself on a new, novel and un- 
tried career, with not much but courage to live on. 

This man told me not long since that he was spending $1200 a month 
in magazine advertising alone. As the advertising appropriation of a 
business hardly ever exceeds 10 per cent of the gross income, you can 
figure what this health pioneer must be doing in the way of financial suc- 
cess. The Nature Cure has helped him to rise from disease, obscurity 
and mediocrity to health, fame and usefulness. 

A housewife and mother, ailing for half a lifetime and burdened 
with uncongenial cares, duties and responsibilities, came under the in- 
fluence of drugless teachings when on the verge of a hospital ordeal, 
which threatened her life. She saw the wisdom of the Nature Cure, put 
her faith in it, found relief, studied the various principles and philoso- 
phies underlying and surrounding it, then changed her mode of life in 
many respects. This woman is now doing the work and meeting the 
responsibilities of two ordinary women, and cheerfully withal. She has 
bravely surmounted financial reverses, domestic troubles, and the death 
of those dearest to her. Naturism put her on the road to self-control. 

A young college graduate, leader of his class, went to pieces from 
overwork. He was a wreck — nerves, muscles, digestion, money, hope, 
ambition, gone. The trouble was not alone physical. He had begun to 
think for himself, and to break away from dogmas, traditions, supersti- 
tions, conventions, all the mental ruts and catacombs of the race. Body 
death usually accompanies soul birth, and the physical disintegration of 
tiiis young man, but marked his spiritual awakening. Of course, the 
medical doctors were baffled, they could not even diagnose the lad's ill- 
ness. When he was on the point of despair, some Nature Cure literature 
fell into his hands. He caught a glimmer of light and followed it. 
Mastering first the truths of hygiene, therapeutics and psychology, he 

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went into social service work. To-day he has a regular following of 
more than 100,000 people, is in great demand for consultations and 
lectures, holds some of the largest corporations for clients, and earns a 
month's average salary in a day. He found his work through the Nature 

A young immigrant landed on our shores, without friends, fortune, 
influence, or even a command of our language. He was a clerk in a 
business that held out no future to him, and he was a raw, ungainly and 
unprepossessing clerk at that. Moreover, he was sickly and people 
made fun of him, you would have said that -$25 a week was the most he 
could ever earn, and that he would never be heard of outside his own 
town. He stumbled into the Nature Cure, gained health by means of it, 
resolved to carve a career in its domain. He borrowed a little capital, 
though the lender frankly admitted the loan was as good as a gift — what 
could a rash, green, foreigner do in a business where some of the oldest, 
shrewdest thinkers of America would be his competitors? The unex- 
pected, the impossible, happened. Our immigrant friend, with his few 
dollars and his million dollars' worth of grit, has built up a business of at 
least $50,000 a year; owns property worth more than that; is a social, 
educational and political power with hardly a rival in his own sphere. 
The Nature Cure showed him a path to success, and the way to climb it. 

Learning, loving and doing together make achieving. Whoever has 
a real man's ambition, with enough heart and brain to work it out, will 
find that learning, loving and doing are finely and supremely blended in 
-the Nature Cure. 

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The way to get a thing is to stop wishing for it. The people who 
only wish for things are lazy beyond redeem. Rule for success: Want 
something so hard you'll break your neck going after it. Then, even 
if you don't get it, you will be satisfied; for, having broken your neck, 
you won't need it any more. Be a crusader of some kind — any kind — 
if you really want to live. Most people, being made of mush, deserve 
to sizzle. 

1 am going to tell you, hygienic neighbor, how to ensure a real hap- 
piness for yourself by earning it. And there is no other way to get 
it. Believe me, any man or woman who carries out a fraction of the 
plan suggested in the forthcoming chapters, will have to be an angel in 
wisdom, strength, goodness. And are not angels happy? 

Few practitioners of drugless methods are ever downright happy. 
Their whole career is one long fight. Their toil, devotion, courage, 
faith, sacrifice, deserve the richest rewards that life can bestow. Yet 
some are languishing in prison, others have been martyred, others are 
facing daily persecution, all for the sake of principle. 

We can have a great new cycle of triumph. But we've got to change 
some of our methods. They have been methods of failure. And it will 
take all the resolution we can muster, plus a deal of humility and grace, 
to look the situation in the eye. 

When you probe for a bullet, you can't stop to ask the patient if 
he likes the feel of your knife. We have all been grievously wounded 
by the missiles of the Medical Trust. In these treatises I am probing 
for bullets — searching out the sore spots and weak spots — trying to 
save our life by opening up the wounds. We all need a mental surgeon, 
to show us our vulnerable spot. And even though it is a thankless job, 
I am here to carry it through. 

When a great army finds itself on the wrong track, what does it 
do? Takes to cover. Then, having reconnoitred, provisioned itself and 

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shaped its course anew, it plows ahead with the dauntless force of 
supreme faith. In a thousand-and-one ways, more or less, we have 
been on the wrong track. The airship has become the international 
scout in war; so I am hoping that this volume may form a kind of 
mental airship, from which we may gain a clearer view of the opposing 
camp, and of our own strategic position. 

Our first great need is to unite all the forces of drugless therapeu- 
tics under a single banner, with a single purpose, on a single method. 
How can this be done? 

Let us examine the situation. We have, I should judge, at least 
100 different schools and systems of health in America, all condemning 
the use of drugs. These various methods run the gamut of psychology 
and physiology, from Christian Science to massage. Each has some 
truth, none has all truth. Each is a logical branch or department of a 
great central system, uniting and co-ordinating them all. Doctor B. Lust 
calls this central system Naturopathy — you may call it anything you 
please, if you only recognize the basic truth of it. 

Now let me give you a scientific reason why the various bills before 
legislatures, arguing for the license of drugless healers, have not been 
passed. Of course the apparent reason is the opposition of the medical 
fraternity; but the real reason is something very different. Let us take 
for example the Christian Science bill and the Mechano-Therapy bill, 
recently proposed at Albany. Neither of these bills, in my opinion, 
ever should be passed by any State legislature. If they were passed, 
without revision and a central supervision, they would be a menace to 
health and liberty — as constant a menace as the drug-laden laws of the 
past have become! 

In the light of logic and jurisprudence, there is no more reason to 
license a healer who gives manipulations or suggestions than to license 
a doctor who gives drugs. The only test for both is efficiency: What 

does each know, what can each do? Some day — some day far off 

when we are beginning to be civilized, we will pass a law like this: 
Every candidate for a doctor's degree and license shall be required to 
diagnose, treat and cure a certain number of cases of disease, both 
chronic and acute, and sufficiently diverse to cover the points in the 
average daily practice; he shall gain a certain percentage of successful 
cures, and shall submit references to corroborate the cures, before a 
license may be granted him to practice indiscriminately. 

We will have, in short, a doctor's apprentice school, as we now 
have a barber's apprentice school. Why should a doctor be allow^ed 
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chin? Tlu' doctor's apprentice school will grant diplomas irrespective 
of drug or aiiti-driig theories of its students. The question will be 
simply: "Can you cure this disease— quickly, safely, permanently? If 
so, you may hang out your shingle. If not, the shingle will be applied 
to that portion of your anatomy where bad boys have learned to look 
for it." When 1 get to be President of the United States, I shall intro- 
duce a law creating an official spanking-machine for unsuccessful 
doctors. When tliey have buried five patients, they shall be gorgeously 
dressed in high-liat and broad-cloth, then conducted by automobile 
and a brass band to the town spanking-machine, and be gently labored 
with, in full view of the assembled populace. This measure, while 
somewhat lacking in dignity, would be redolent of honesty. 

Par(h)n the digression; when I start to think of the doctor-business, 
my risibles run ofiF with me. 

Let us return to the Mechano-Therapy and Christian Science bills 
before the legislature. By no means would I charge the lawmakers of 
our State with trying to be public benefactors; — manifestly they are 
not guilty. But 1 do thank them for preventing the passage of any 
measure to hurt our cause in the end — no matter if their veto is a 
signature of shame. For without question, the legalizing of any single 
branch of the Nature Cure would re-act badly on the whole movement. 

Please remember that Doctor Lust is not responsbile for my opin- 
ions — in fact he often disagrees with them. But we both are seeking 
truth, just as you are. And all sides must be heard. 

A confusion of thought is the beginning of all our troubles. Let 
us see how. If you have a chronic ailment, such as liver trouble or 
asthma, you go to a Christian Scientist, and are given a certain diag- 
nosis and treatment. Next day you consult a Mechano-Therapist, and 
for the same disease you get a wholly different diagnosis and treatment. 
Which is right? Both cannot be right. Which is right? 

We accuse the doctors of "guess-work." We are guilty of it our- 
selves. They guess with drugs, we guess without drugs. That is the 
only difference between us. 

Each of tlie hundred branches of drugless healing in America 
wants to be kgahzcd — and no one deserves to be. We have all got the 
cart before tlie horse, we have put license ahead of merit. Authority 
is the echo of capacity; and if God Almighty wanted us to practice 
witliont restraint, He would enact a Pentecost or a Sinai, and force our 
law through, in spite of ten thousand bribed and chained legislators. 

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The question for us to answer is this: Does Christian Science, or 
New Thought, or Massage, or Diet, or Hydropathy, cure? I have known 
cases where every single form of natural treatment failed to cure, 
despite the allegations and promises of all the different healers. And 
I have known of the most absurd claims by fanatical zealots; that 
even a child, not half-witted, would smile at. 

An Osteopath offered to cure by a few turns of the hand a case of 
extreme nervous exhaustion due to long years of anxiety, over-work 
and underfeeding. A Chiropractor wanted to take a man from the 
operating-table when gangrene from appendicitis had set in; the Chiro- 
practor was sure he could waft the gangrene away, by a set of magical 
passes. An eloquent masseur guaranteed to grow hair on a bald head, 
when the roots had all come out. And a bejewelled high-priestess of 
metaphysical rot said she could think a lady's hump-backed nose into 
becoming a work of art. With such fakers in our midst, unmolested 
and unrebuked, how can we hope for a State license to do anything 
worth while? Some doctors are charlatans — and we are all chumps. 
The variation isn't much to crow over. 

Doubtless you have seen what befell among the Osteopaths. Ten 
years ago they were with us heart and soul in our fight against medical 
tyranny. Now they have largely withdrawn the hand of fellowship, 
choosing instead the hand of finance. The Osteopaths are today almost 
as much a close corporation as the allopaths — a bit of legal standing 
has made them highly bumptious and domineering. And the Mechano- 
therapist or Mental Scientist or Dietist or Physcultopathist would be- 
have just as foolishly under a similar premature State license. It is 
just as ridiculous to legalize any of them as it would be to elect a 
college professor from a class of boys who had just learned the alpha- 
bet. Not one of them knows enough to be given a doctor's license. 

Here somebody stands up in meeting and shouts angrily, wanting 
to know since when have I become a traitor to the cause. Be calm, 
neighbor, and remember that truth is never reached by a man in a 
temper. I have never been so real a friend of Nature Cure and Mind 
Cure as I am at this moment; but instead of shooting a volley of words 
all over creation and hitting nothing — as the majority of drugless 
healers do — I have learned to train a battery of deeds on the walls of 
my ambition, which walls are crumbling and I am entering the breast- 
works. The trouble with the anti-drug forces is, they use their mouths 
too much and their brains too little. Valuable suggestion to reformers : 
A holler is a poor substitute for a headpiece. 

Our whole fight has been conducted on wrong lines. This I expect 
to prove to any fair-minded man, before I get through with this series 

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of suggestions. Meanwhile be patient^ — we must start from the begin- 
ning. If I said now what I shall finally say, you might fall in such a rage 
you would get the blind staggers, which would interfere with your sight, 
and all my etTort would be wasted. That would not be elTiciency, now 
would it?' 

The great obstacle to the advancement of the Nature Cure in 
America is well shown by a recent conversation with a health reformer 
in a prominent position among the foes of medicine. The substance 
of his remarks went thusly: "I approve the work you are doing, to 
wake us all up, and am in hearty sympathy with the aims of Naturo- 
pathy. But 1 cannot join a movement that allows such fellows as 
Doctor Jones and Healer Smith to have a place in it. Doctor Jones is 
merely a bone-setter, and Healer Smith is a crazy believer in the occult. 
My system of original manipulations is the only scientific mode of 
treatment, therefore you must bar Doctor Jones and Healer Smith from 
the practice of Naturopathy, or ask no support from me." 

Having heard the opinion of this gentleman, whom we will call 
Professor Brown, I went to Doctor Jones for advice in the matter. 
Doctor Jones agreed with Professor Brown regarding the merits of 
Naturopathy, but said Professor Brown ran a fake school and should 
not be encouraged in his vileness. Being somewhat bewildered, I be- 
thought me to get from Healer Smith a really unprejudiced view of 
the controversy. Healer Smith said Naturopathy was all right, but 
why for goodness' sake did we associate with such a liar as Professor 
Brown and such a quack as Doctor Jones? 

I ask you, speaking from the heart out, what can we do with such 
a gang of goops? This is our real problem. 

There are just two fundamental principles on which we can unite 
with all the practitioners, patrons and friends of rational healing 
methods. Neither of these principles regards the merits of any one 
system as compared with any other; and only by taking and enforcing 
such a neutral position can we ever join hands. The tw^o basic prin- 
ciples are these: 

1. Every grown, sane citizen has a right to choose his own doctor. 

2. Drugs are always injurious, often dangerous, and never to be 
used when a natural means will effect a cure. 

rhc Mechano-Therapist and the Christian Scientist heartily agree 
on these two propositions. Then why do they not take their stand on 
this common ground, to wage a iioly war against the drug and knife? 
Suppose the right wing of the German army had said, "We will use 

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only bullets"; and the left wing had said, "We will use only swords"; 
and the main host had said, "We will use only prayers"; — how long 
would the German army have lasted? Union, concentration, perfect 
knowledge of a central system, training in a central school, obedience 
to a central authority, made the German army equal to France, Eng- 
land and Russia put together. For the Christian Scientist or the 
Mechano-Therapist to strike out alone is as fatal as it would be for a 
single regiment to challenge a whole army of enemies; and with absurd 
ease have the allies of the doctors, druggists and undertakers killed 
off these single movements, one after another. 

By a conservative estimate, hundreds of thousands of dollars would 
have been saved through a scientific union of all drugless practitioners. 
For example, I know a great hygienic pioneer who has lost $10,000 
because of persecution by the Medical Trust. After years of suffering 
— mental, financial and social — he has worked out a system of blocking 
the medical sleuths and spies, avoiding arrest and escaping unjust fines. 
This original system of parrying the sneaks has been worth at least 
$1,000 a year to the man who works it. Suppose now that he were a 
member of a national association reaching every drugles* doctor in 
America; and that he could mail the particulars of his secret method to 
each member of the association; — ^what a godsend this would be, how 
much energy, money and anxiety it would save to all the health re- 
formers ! 

Today, every man who tries to help his fellows on and up to free- 
dom goes through martyrdom, because he must make his own mistakes, 
with no means of learning from the mistakes of his predecessors. 
Tomorrow, a central clearing-house will have been established, w^here 
daily reports of progress from all over the United States will be re- 
ceived, filed, culled, copied and distributed; and where every healer 
in search of help or advice may be sure of commanding the support 
that he needs. 

This great union to come will be so broad, shrewd and sympathetic 
that the psychic and the masseur — wonder of wonders — will lock arms 
and call each other good fellows; and that the Osteopath, when the 
Christian Scientist is wrongly treated, will rise up in a huge wrath, to 
smite the invader of his hygienic household. 

The union will forbid all criticism and condemnation of physicians, 
whether drugfull or drugless; and will impose a fine on the member 
who speaks or writes in opposition to the rule. 

It will occupy itself entirely with constructive work, wasting no 
time nor strength in the folly of battle. Having secured thousands of 

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attested cases of cure by driigless means, it will base its appeal on facts 
alone a kind of argument that is unanswerable, but that has never yet 
been used in our struggle for sanction by the law. 

It will compile a directory of all healers, teachers, publishers and 
manufacturers throughout America; and will adopt a system of creden- 
tials, based on a high standard of qualifications, whereby the many 
brands of (piack and ignoramus in our fold may be separated from the 
few leaders that are capable and worthy. 

It will spend its force not on militarism against the old-style doctors, 
but on the arrest, prosecution and eviction of the hundreds of so-called 
drugless healers who are a disgrace to our calling. 

It will standardize the schools and health homes and sanitaria, as 
the Carnegie Foundation has already standardized hundreds of aca- 
demic institutions; so that when a health system bears the seal of 
approval of the association, every possible client or student or customer 
may know he is safe in spending time and money here. 

It will maintain a corps of attorneys, editors, financial advisers and 
efficiency engineers, for the benefit of all its members; and will supply 
any service needed at cost price, from writing a good form letter and 
printing an eff"ective booklet, to raising money for a hospital or char- 
tering a health university. 

My dream of the great achievement of such a splendid union goes 
much further. But you have enough to think about. May I suggest 
that you write Doctor Lust the results of your thought? A mental union 
must precede an organic union, and a free discussion of these chapters 
will make for increased efficiency on all sides. Am I wrong? If so, 
how? Am I right? Then what are you going to do about it? My part 
in helping to make this endeavor one of triumph is to rouse thought 
and feeling on the points that seem most vital. Your part is to act, 
promptly and decisively, on the suggestion that most appeals to you. 

The first logical move is to join the two or three national associa- 
tions of hygienists and drugless physicians that contain possibilities of 
endless good. Will you not ask Doctor Lust for their names and 
addresses, write for their literature, and start to get in line for the 
mutual benefits of scientific organization? 

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A drug is never a panacea — but a word may be. Get a big, true, 
inspiring thought in a man's mind, and you cannot tell what a power 
he may become. The great scientists, warriors, poets, inventors and 
messiahs of the world of men were all built up in this way. 

Every system of government, philosophy and religion was based 
on a central thought and a central word. The word that made Egypt 
was mystery, the word that made China was ancestry, the word that 
made Japan was poise, the word that made Greece was art, the word 
that made India was philosophy, the word that made America was 

And every man, consciously or unconsciously, moulds his life on 
the meaning of a word. You can read it in the face, the speech, the 
action, thought and emotion. The word knowledge made Darwin, the 
word power made Napoleon, the word justice made Lincoln, the word 
love made Christ. 

There is a word, a single word, which when properly applied will 
cure most of the troubles — financial, social and moral — of the drugless 
physician. That word is 


Everywhere, in the drugless ranks, chaos prevails. There is no 
unification, no standardization, no co-operation. There is no loj'^alty, 
even. An osteopath will knife a chiropractor, metaphoricallj^ speak- 
ing (we have taken the knives of surgery from our treatment-rooms 
but we have yet to take the knives of jealousy and scorn from our hearts 
and minds). A dietist will call a mental scientist a fool — and a mental 
scientist will call a dietist a fleshy materialist. A kneippist will tell you 
that fasting is dangerous — and a fast-curist will tell you that Kneipp 
is out of date. A physical culture professor goes on the theorj^ that 
muscles create health — and a psychic affirms that emotions make the 

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man. Among this choice array of partial lunatics, no two agree. Yet 
they all ask to be legalized on a basis of practice that was never defined, 
and they expect the general public to embrace the drugless code when 
they themselves do not know what the code is! 

There is more stupidity among drugless healers than there is super- 
stition among doctors. This, beloved brethren, is a strong statement — 
coming from one who knows doctors. I hope you will challenge it — 
hate it — refute it if you can. 

Let me make another. Not the lethargy of the people, not the 
criminality of the laws, not the persecution of the Medical Trust, holds 
us back in our healing work; but the dissension, friction, scatterization 
among ourselves. It is a great mistake, in my opinion, ever to think 
of the doctor as your enemy; — but if you deem this a necessary evil, 
then why do you not present a united front to the foe? 

If you were on a martial firing-line, you would close ranks or ex- 
pect to have them broken and destroyed. You are on a mental, social, 
legal and moral firing-line. And your ranks, brave soldiers of Truth, 
are as full of gaps as a row of stalwart Swiss cheeses is full of holes. 
You must get together — or get smashed! 

The American Medical Association is one of the most powerful 
corporations in the world. Only the man who has watched its inner 
workings has any conception of how far its influence reaches. It has 
not only organized, equipped and trained for battle the allopaths, 
homeopaths, eclectics, druggists and chemists, and other professional 
hangers-on; it has lined up as supporters, abettors and allies the press, 
the school, the home, the church, and the legislature. Y'^ou can't get a 
therapeutic foothold anywhere unless the doctors let you in — or you 
throw them out. The only solution of the situation is for you to become 
strong enough to dictate terms of peace to the captains of the medical 
hosts. Organize, organize, ORGANIZE! 

I said the doctors had impressed as their co-adjutors, the news- 
paper, the school, the home, the church, and the statehouse. A little 
reflection will signify the truth of the observation. 

When a medical society meets, advance notices are mailed to the 
reporters, editors, and syndicate managers; excerpts of the leading 
addresses are enclosed; and complimentary inferences scattered broad- 
cast. The publishers print the free advertising notices — they don't dare 
offend the social, financial and psychological stattis of the Medical 
Trust. Now suppose you mail an advance notice of a Naturopathic 
Association meeting to your city editor of the daily press; he wouldn't 

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print it if you promised him the announcement of a cure for death 
itself! There are a dozen leading daily newspapers in New York; out 
of that number only two, to my knowledge, have the courage even to 
print a signed letter from a subscriber, advocating drugless methods 
and criticizing the medical monopoly. 

In our schools, physiology is taught as the doctors wish it taught. 
If children really learned how to eat and drink and bathe and sleep and 
work and think properly, the doctor-business would go bankrupt. In 
general. School Boards are hot-beds of superstition. You can't force a 
new idea into them with a crowbar. Nothing but a change in public 
opinion, which must be organized and re-organized, can get our chil- 
dren a chance to know the truth about themselves. We must, by the 
force and dignity of unity, acquire the prodigious influence of mental 
whiskers and a moral high silk-hat. 

Suppose your neighbor's child falls ill, with typhoid or diphtheria 
or scarlet fever. Offer your services to the mother, try to reason with 
her, and advise her on the natural cure. She won't let you touch her 
child, she won't even listen to you — she must "ask the doctor" first. He 
may have buried ten children for her — no matter, he is still the doctor. 
Women worship titles. And until the law lets you write "Doctor" be- 
fore your name, your name is nil to the average lady patient. 

Even the church connives with the Medical Trust. Every honest- 
to-goodness church has an undertaker close by. His sign is mostly on 
the church wall, just as you enter. He is the trade-mark of the Medical 
Trust. Seven out of eight deaths are unnatural, therefore immoral. If 
the church were entirely a moral institution, the undertaker's sign 
would be banished, and the undertaker's calling be cast in disrepute. 

But the legislature is the crowning tribute to the organizing skill of 
the doctors. Do you know that there is a regular price for the vote of 
legislators on therapeutic measures; and that when a bill comes before 
the house jeopardizing the medical monopoly the price is paid, the vote 
delivered, and the bill quashed? Do you know that professional lobby- 
ists hang around the legislative chambers while the members are in 
session, and for a large fat fee of dishonor choke every possible 
endeavor to write medical freedom on the statute books? Do you know 
that Governors of States have actually vetoed anti-monopoly bills when 
a satchelful of currency was miraculously, anonymously, handed to 
them? Because naturopaths are financially and morally unable to pay 
the usual bribe, in short to out-bribe the doctors, their bills have mostly 
been defeated. How long are we going to stand for this? 

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Do you know what I should do, if I were a drugless healer? I 
should pick out a nice, fat, prosperous doctor and go to school to him. 
I should learn from him the rudiments of human wisdom, as I had 
learned from Nature the rudiments of human health. Above all, 1 
should emulate the fine sense of professional honor that impels him to 
stand by his fellow-practitioners in the public view, and to utter no 
word of disparagement on a rival doctor. I never heard an allopath 
in good standing run down the skill or character of a homeopath — no 
matter what the allopath may have thought about the homeopath in 
private. Yet I have known scores of naturopaths to be guilty of such a 
breach of courtesy, wisdom and honor. A family, a school, an army, 
a profession, a religion, each and all demand the continual, uplifting 
and animating presence of an esprit de corps. We Naturists are a 
family — a school — an army — a profession— a religion. But we have yet 
to cultivate an esprit de corps. 

How may this feeling of brotherhood for all natural practitioners 
be developed? Chiefly through w^ar — a forced union in a common 
cause against a common foe. Providence directs the persecuting hand 
of the Medical Trust; — it shall slay itself, but give new life to its victims. 
Here in New York, for example, the birth of the American Naturopathic 
Association sprang from the martyrdom of its founders. Among them, 
they have spent years of unappreciated effort, thousands of dollars, 
even terms in jail, through the unfair persecution and relentless pursuit 
of thQ Medical Society. They have been driven to a combination for 
self-defense. And in every city and large town of the United States, we 
may look, and should prepare, for a similar battle. 

The European war has accomplished a wonderful thing. It has 
made the Socialists of Germany forget their personal hatred of empire 
and join the communal struggle for the dear Fatherland; it has made 
the Suff"ragists and the Ulsterites of England lay aside their implements 
of ruin and rush to the fray that menaces Britannia; it has made even 
the "Apaches" of the slums of Paris cast off their slang and their slug, 
straighten their moral spine, and follow the flag of their beloved France 
with the honest eye of pure devotion. What leader can arise, great 
enough to reconcile the warring factions of the drugless healing forces, 
and unite, equip and inspire them for a common charge against the 
ignorance, prejudice, and greed of the army of medical monopolists? 

We Americans pride ourselves on our progressiveness. But in the 
field of natural therapeutics we are so far behind Europe that we look 
like a snail in a race with a hare. A few facts are pertinent. As I con- 
sider Dr. Benedict Lust the best-informed man in America regarding 

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conditions abroad, I have asked him for a statement, and would here 
quote the figures lie lias given. 

In 1848 tlie naturopaths of Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden 
first organized their forces in behalf of medical freedom and the sepa- 
ration of therapeutics and politics. The Berlin Society, the same year, 
established an institution in the country for the cure of consumption by 
open-air methods; and the world-wide growth of this treatment, now 
accepted by doctors themselves as the one specific regimen for tuber- 
cular affections, may be traced to the courage, wisdom and united 
action of the Berlin Society of Naturopaths sixty-eight years ago. 

We think of Baden as the seat of a famous watering-place where 
wealthy Americans leave their gout and their money. But the start of 
the richness of Baden came when the naturists there adopted a resolu- 
tion declaring medical, political and religious freedom. We need in 
this country men of gigantic faith and courage — men like Priessnitz, 
Frank Rausse, Hahn, Kuhne, Kneipp, Lahmann, Schroth and Rikli; who 
by the sheer force of their personality swung the masses of Europe into 
line with naturopathic principles. 

The first naturopathic society of the world had 52 members. But 
these few in Berlin organized public lectures, clinics and demonstrations 
so fast and far that Dresden, Leipsic, Cologne, Hamburg, Diisseldorf 
and Vienna were soon represented in the "Deutscher Bund fiir natur- 
gemasse Heil- und Lebensweise." (To those unfamiliar with German 
we may say that these terrible-sounding words mean simply "German 
Naturopathic Society.") 

Branches were formed in every province of Germany and Austria, 
and the country was apportioned for campaigning into the Eastern, 
Western, Northern and Southern Federations of Drugless Physicians. 
Then France, England, Switzerland, even darkest Russia, sent repre- 
sentatives and organized locally. The movement grew to immense pro- 
portions, till there was no influential city or even hamlet in Germany 
without its naturopathic society. 

Berlin alone has 22 local organizations devoted to natural healing 
and living. On a comparative basis of population and resources. New 
York City should have at least 100 such organizations. Where are they? 
Why are they not? 

The huge membership of naturopathic societies abroad may be 
judged by the circulation of one official journal— "Der Naturarzt." 
This approximates 1,000,000 copies a month. Over 200 magazines for 
the natural cure and life are published regularly in European centres 

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of influence. France has 18, Russia 45, Austria-Hungary 92. The Latin- 
Americas combined have more than 50. Even little Switzerland has 28. 
The glorious United States of America has a grand total of 9 — and some 
of these are dying for lack of support. 

We are so lamentably weak in the United States, not from lack of 
interest but from lack of unification. We have yet to learn the first 
principles of team-work in the Nature Cure. There are supposed to be 
20,000,000 people in America who believe more or less in drugless 
methods. But of that vast number probably not more than 20,000 are 
now actively co-operating for such mutual and communal benefits as 
the European societies have gained for themselves and their neighbors. 
Is it not time to round up for action that 19,980,000 who are with us in 
spirit but not in fact? 

This Dr. Benedict Lust and other leaders are aiming to do, by means 
of the American Naturopathic Association. I, for one, wish them God- 
speed. If my purse could only talk as voluminously as my pen, I would 
offer the A. N. A. a million-dollar endowment for schools, hospitals and 
clinics; and ask for no return but the pleasure of watching the Associa- 
tion become a national power for health, truth and liberty. 

What might such an organization, properly supported and con- 
ducted, achieve in American annals of progress? Consider what the 
European associations have done. 

They have established schools where the principles of hygiene, 
sanitation, diet and baths and exercise, the prevention of disease and 
its rational treatment, are wisely and impressively taught, for a nominal 

They have opened club-houses for men, women and children, 
where gymnasia, treatment-rooms, parks for sun and air baths, large 
meadows for barefoot walking a la Kneipp, and other health-giving 
features are provided. 

They have united the advocates of temperance, of anti-vaccination 
and anti-vivisection, of moral prophylaxis and sex reform, of vegeta- 
rianism, of welfare work, of eugenics and child culture, and of many 
related uplift movements; by which union for concerted action the natu- 
ropathic associations have put through great legislative measures by the 
weight of numbers alone. 

They have made it their first business to reach, influence and cure 
the political and financial leaders of their respective realms; and thus 
to gain the backing of statesmen, financiers, and persons of royal blood. 

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They have acquired such political power that they dictate their 
principles and policies to every candidate for ofiice in the Reichstag and 
Diet — no man in Germany who hopes for political advancement dares 
to oppose the Nature Cure. 

They have secured from legislatures ample protection, and official 
endorsement, for the practice of Naturopathy in every section of the 
country; and have gained the passage of bills authorizing the appropria- 
tion by cities of large sums of money for the endowment of local insti- 
tutions — such as hospitals, clinics, sanitaria and schools. 

They have so permeated the whole structure of German life that 
children are reared according to their precepts, magazines and news- 
papers organized for their cause, even schools and churches conducted 
for their honor and advancement. The naturopaths in Germany are 
more highly respected than the doctors are here; and social as well as 
financial standing is the just reward of their splendid work. 

Whatever we think about the right and wrong of the European 
war, we must admire and respect the colossal bravery of the German 
race, in challenging the world to mortal combat. That bravery is largely 
due to the marvelous strength of body and brain implanted in the 
German youth by the naturopathic societies of the Fatherland. A 
science of health has been taught the German army. This much, at 
least, we can learn from their astounding efficiency in war — and then 
apply the methods to ourselves, as soldiers of peace, of progress and 
reform. The bigger the man, the bigger his battles. To gain the support 
of the leaders of this nation, all of whom need the increase of energy, 
optimism and endurance found through the Nature Cure, we have but 
to organize powerfully, campaign scientifically, and present our truths 
in acceptable form. 

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Advice to advice-givers: Before you tell us what to do, tell us how 
to do it. 

The world is full of well-meaning parents, policemen, philosophers 
and Sunday School teachers who enjoin upon us wisdom and goodness, 
without offering the slightest clue of how to attain these enviable alti- 
tudes. Result: we merely become dissatisfied, without the power to 
change conditions. It is better to show us how to drive a nail properly 
than to paint perfection for us and leave us motionless. 

The advocate of the new healing methods who is convinced of the 
correctness of our fifteen-point analysis may put an efficiency scheme 
into operation in one of three ways: 

First. He may personally secure expert counsel and trained super- 
visors for the carrying out of these suggestions in his practice or the 
various departments of his institution. 

Second. He may delegate various employees to the study of the 
respective points, letting tliem choose tfieir topics by their natural apti- 
tudes, and offering rewards for practical suggestions that prove to be 
time-savers, money-savers, business-producers. 

Third. He may help to form a league or union of drugless physi- 
cians in America, which league or union could regularly employ the 
finest experts in advertising, scientific management, law, finance, etc., 
and could furnish detailed instructions by these experts to members of 
the league at a negligible cost. 

This third metliod seems by far the best. I should judge tliat in the 
United States there are at least 10,000 graduate practitioners of drugless 
methods, and probably 1,000 schools and sanitaria. A league uniting 
them all could, by charging only $5 yearly dues from the individuals 
and $10 from the institutions, approximate a yearly income of $60,000. 
This would be sufficient to cover the salaries of the various experts, 
whose advice or instruction would then be available to members for 
perhaps the bare cost of postage and clerical work. 

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The second method is partially satisfactory, when your clerks are 
loyal and naturally bright. One of the girls in our office has learned to 
read proof and thus to save my time; another can write ordinary busi- 
ness letters without my dictation; another is gifted along advertising 
lines and here makes valuable suggestions; another, with a memory 
for names and faces that beats any filing system, acts as social secretary 
and greets the visitors. In short, by putting the talents of each employee 
to work, we have increased the efficiency of our office probably 30 
per cent and have correspondingly taken the burden from the officials 
whose time is most valuable. 

The objection to the first method is the cost. While the quickest 
and best results would follow the individual employment of experts in 
publicity, advertising, salesmanship, correspondence, etc., you would 
have to pay for a corps of such experts in the neighborhood of $1,000 
a week. Can you picture yourself in the Nature Cure business and 
having that much to spare every week? 

The great obstacle, however, in the way of adoption of any ef- 
ficiency plan is not the cost. Nor is it the time and work involved. It 
is the natural conceit of reformers. The grandeur of their egotism is 
an awe-inspiring sight. If I could only paint it properly, I could sell 
the picture for a huge sum to the cult of "Devil-worshippers," and re- 
'tire from business. The beginning of commercial success is for a man 
to realize how much he doesn't know. Few drugless healers ever reach 
this point. 

John Wanamaker says to his advertising manager: "I will give you 
$15,000 a year to take charge of my announcements to the public. I 
know merchandising^I do not know advertising. Take my appropria- 
tion (a half million or a million) and do as you please with it so long 
as you get results." John Wanamaker knows how much he doesn't 
know; he pays and trusts other men to supply his lack. 

Did you ever see the head of a drugless sanitarium who would pay 
a specialist to offer him advice, or would give an employee five cents to 
spend, without being anxious lest the money were wasted? No one man 
can ever run a business worth running. Yet the leader in hygienic 
reform demands that he be the whole thing, with everybody in his 
employ a nobody. Consequence : the business end goes to the dogs. 
And the employees don't care, not having enough responsibility and 
freedom to put them on their mettle. 

A few examples of the stubbornness, obtuseness and conceit of the 
typical health reformer. As the chief aim of these chapters is to improve 
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examples to those who have lost money through their pigheadedness 
(a big headed man is always pigheaded). 

A zealous hygienist with a lot of new ideas opened a sanitarium, 
and offered to cure any disease known to man, by a combination of 
non-medical systems. The writer visited the place, and observed the 
following interesting occurrences. A refined gentleman came all the 
way from California; was told that the house held no room for him; 
was herded in a tent with a boor of a fellow; was put on a fast against 
his will; and was charged full rates— being given no food and no decent 
bed. A lady so weak she could hardly stand was forced to take gym- 
nastics three times a day, with husky athletes setting the pace. A fat 
butcher, loaded with impurities, was allowed to go nine days without 
a movement of the bowels and almost died; — the owner of the resort 
didn't believe in cathartics and considered the enema wickedly "un- 
natural." A run-down sport from New York arrived with a lady not 
his wife, their presence drove a band of good Christian people from 
the house, and the founder merely remarked that he was not in the 
business of regulating people's morals. At the opening, the place was 
crowded, receipts for a time averaging $300 a day. Now the place is 
closed. The founder would not use common courtesy, common decency 
or common sense in his treatment of guests, and scorned suggestions 
from all employees looking toward improvement. 

Another specialist in cure without medicine was spending $500 a 
month in advertising a course of treatment. He got an average of but 
one client in twenty replies— not enough to pay the mere cost of adver- 
tising, and he summoned an efficiency man to locate the cause of the 
trouble. By the usual ratio of customers to inquirers, the specialist 
should have had 5 to 7 clients from every 20 replies to advertisements. 
But investigation showed that his booklet of information was neither 
attractive nor convincing, that his chief clerk didn't know the first prin- 
ciples of good letter-writing, and that most of his mail-order clients 
were handled by a mere boy, while the specialist was off doing some- 
thing foreign to the healing of the sick. For less money than he was 
putting into the magazines on a single month's advertisements, he could 
have hired an advertising counsel to overhaul the place and prepare 
some winning letters and literature. But the specialist was an "indi- 
vidual," and refused to be told how to run his business. Many a man 
who calls himself an "individual" is merely an idiot, unconscious of the 
fact. This particular individual, through his blindness and conceit, lost 
probably $20,000 a year; and scores of others do as badly, in a smaller 

A promoter of a hygienic enterprise raised $200,000 to float his 
company, but refused to surround and safeguard himself with expert 

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advisers and helpers. Tlie demand for his products grew so fast that 
he could not guarantee delivery. He was a big-hearted man, with a 
firm belief in his mission to the world. So he shipped the goods on 
request, from Maine to California, express prepaid, and wrote the cus- 
tomers they could settle when the delivery department was in running 
order. It never was; the plant is shut down; a wonderful career of 
service now seems blighted; and many of the "free" customers have 
been first to misunderstand and condemn. This generous, foolish man 
trusted to the "Higher Law" to overrule his financial blunders, he was 
sure Providence would supply the capital needed if only he was good 
and kind. Providence is not in the business of supplying capital; 
Providence gives us brains, and if we don't use them we may expect to 
starve. This great health reformer and promoter, used to thinking in 
terms of millions, now sleeps in a down-and-out Bowery hotel and is 
thankful when he has 20 cents to pay for his dinner. 

What is the lesson from such mistakes? 

That in business method reformers are babies. The examples I 
have mentioned are not rare in drugless healing. They are common. I 
could fill a book with them. And the reason why we do not see more 
big failures is that the big attempts are few and far between. I am 
convinced that if the majority of healers and teachers had the nerve to 
embark on a huge enterprise, they would end in a huge collapse. Only 
the penny failures of their penny plans let them outwit public disgrace. 

This is strong language and a hateful charge. Please remember 
that I have damned my own mistakes with greater force — force enough 
to make me spend fifteen years in learning wisdom at a cost of more 
hardship, toil, humiliation, suffering and bitterness than you would 
believe a man could endure, if I told you. For every word of criticism, 
1 bear a wound. 

Long years ago I had a sort of simple-minded notion that I was a 
great writer. Then one day an advertising expert came along, and be- 
friended me by smashing the notion into pieces the size of a zero with 
the rim knocked off. This man was a personal acquaintance; moreover, 
he charged and got $100 a day for his fee as advertising counsel; there- 
fore I had to listen to him. He went over a sample of my advertise- 
ments of health reform. Then he calmly announced that the heading 
was wrong, the style was wrong, and the substance was wrong; he also 
intimated that I knew a lot of words, but had no idea what to do with 
them, and that if T would spend a few years in studying literature, ad- 
vertising, salesmanship, psychology and human nature, I might be able 
to write a page of oratory that would sell a tooth-brush. 

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Talk about bitter pills to swallow! Of all the sixteen kinds of 
medicine that I used to pour into my system to please the doctors, this 
dose of the literary doctor was the quintessence of bitterness. I swal- 
lowed it, however, and I went forth and learned my job. 

The real price of efficiency is not in books and courses and equip- 
ments, nor yet in high-salaried counsel and expert labor. It is in abso- 
lute surrender of personal pride, personal prejudice, personal pecu- 
liarity, personal ambition, personal gratification. Few will pay this 
price;— so the majority have not even a conception of their maximum 
of usefulness. If every drugless healer had a friend able and willing to 
tell him the truth about himself, bluntly and forcibly, such an education 
would be worth more than a library on "Efficiency in Drugless Healing." 

Do you have trouble securing patients or students? You don't 
know your job. 

Do you find it hard to collect your fees? You don't know your job. 

Are the neighbors doubtful or antagonistic? You don't know your 

Have rival doctors and institutions robbed you of clients? You 
don't know your job. 

Is your work too much for your time and strength? You don't 
know your job. 

Can the Medical Trust annoy you with persecution? You don't 
know your job. 

Could you be tempted to waste energy in running down the old- 
school doctors? You don't know your job. 

Would you claim to cure all forms of disease by your one system? 
You don't know your job. 

Has it never occurred to you that other healing methods may sur- 
pass yours, and that your business is to understand them all? You 
don't know your job. 

If you answer any of the foregoing questions in the affirmative, it is 
very clear to a trained student of psychology and business method that 
you don't know your job. Just how and why this is true, we have not 
space to discuss here. But a little frank and serious thought will, I feel 
sure, enable any practitioner of modern healing to trace the connec- 
tion between the misfortunes and difficulties that beset him, and his 
own lack of knowledge or equipment that is a more fatal handicap 
than external opposition. 

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A chief ingredient of success is the habit of asking oneself in the face 
of a hurt, anxiety or failure: "What is wrong, or what is lacking, in me?" 
No man can be thoroughly efficient, as both a personal worker and a 
helper of the world, until he has formed this habit. When William G. 
McAdoo took up his work as Secretary of the Treasury of the United 
States, he was already the biggest man in his line that the country ever 
knew. How did he act? He modestly made request of the clerks in the 
Treasury Department for their ideas on the best way to proceed, for a 
maximum of economy and efficiency! The wielder of millions was 
willing to learn from the humblest wage-earner in his employ. He was 
shrewd enough to capitalize the experiences of others, and to avoid 
mistakes by going slowly till he knew his ground. The aim of these 
chapters is to furnish a similar advantage to the drugless healer, before 
whom lies a wilderness of unexplored territory. 

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What is the Nature Cure? I don't know. Furthermore, I don't 
know anybody who does know. This fact, strange and unaccountable 
as it may seem, is easy of explanation, and in turn explains why the 
Nature Cure has not been legalized in America. 

It is no disgrace, even for a drugless physician, not to know what 
the Nature Cure is. Few preachers know what Christianity is. Few 
teachers know what Education is. Yet they preach, and they teach, 
without molestation. 

But they do not prescribe dangerous medicines, or give speculative 
treatments, they do not handle cases of life and death. The harm done 
by parsons and pedagogues through ignorance or prejudice, while con- 
siderable and unwarrantable, is of a mild, negative sort, without being 
immediately fatal. The harm done by ignorant physicians, whether 
old-school or new-school, is violent, crucial, deadly. Hence the refusal 
of the (iovernment to legalize the practice of the Nature Cure, prema- 
turely. We already have enough licensed killers, in the ranks of 
allopathy, homeopathy, pharmacy and surgery. 

The great trouble with naturopaths is an excess of emotionalism — 
they lack the courage or ability to look at cold facts in a cool, impartial, 
judicially-minded manner. I say this with an unholy joy, remembering 
how many readers of my productions charged me, years ago, with being 
a mere poet. For a poet to be a poet is quite rational — however irra- 
tional the poet may seem; but for a doctor to be a poet is irrational, 
unscientific and unsafe. Most naturists need to take their brains out of 
cold storage, and to put their hearts in it. 

An elliciency engineer is absolutely cold-blooded; thrills and 
throbs and sighs and sobs are nothing to him, facts are everything. I 
have been seeking facts; and to do so, have endeavored to place myself 
in the position of a State legislator, in the process of considering a bill 
to legalize Christian Science or Mechano-Therapy or Naturopathy. The 
job of simulation is a hard one — I wouldn't waste my life in a State 

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legislature for a barrel of money, and a bevy of railroads thrown in. 
But my present, unanimous opinion is that, if I were afflicted with a job 
in a law-factory, I would positively refuse to sanction all bills to heal by 
drugless methods which have been drafted thus far. And in addition, 1 
would refuse to look at any such documents in future, unless the framers 
of them assured me that they contained a rudiment of common sense! 

From a long acquaintance with Dr. Benedict Lust, 1 consider him 
one of the bravest men now living. Should he publish this chapter, I 
proclaim him the very bravest man now living. For in this chapter I am 
gently knocking out the underpinning of the whole Nature Cure propa- 
ganda as it now exists. Your tribute to the courage, honesty and sin- 
cerity of Doctor Lust might well take the form of complimentary' sub- 
scriptions to his magazine, mailed at once for the benefit of your most 
valued clients or personal friends. In these days of policy and greed, 
the sight of an absolutely fearless man is a vision to enchant the gods. 

I can prove my statement that nobody really knows what the Nature 
Cure is. For purposes of analysis and comparison, 1 recently obtained 
the descriptive matter issued by a dozen of the most prominent schools 
and sanitaria advertised in The Herald of Health and Naturopath, Phys- 
ical Culture, Health Culture, The Nautilus, and other advanced publica- 
tions. The aforesaid literature includes booklets, pamphlets, prospect- 
uses, personal letters, form letters, and all other printed or typewritten 
matter, aiming to secure customers, patients or students. I now have 
this collection before me. It is a rare exhibit. 

The doctors and professors all agree that Nature Cure is the only 
cure, but no two of them agree in defining the term and describing the 
system. To get on the trail of a clear definition, from studj^ing these 
print-marks, would require the allied services of a Philadelphia lawyer, 
a pack of old Virginia blood-hounds, a crop of New York detectives, 
and a posse of Wild West citizens in pursuit of a horse-thief. I give it 
up, and sadly and wearily hand the problem over to you. 

Prior to analyzing the choice bits of literature now in hand, I wish 
to state a few reasons for obtaining the first-hand statements of the 
recognized leaders in natural therapeutics. I have been sorely puzzled 
for years, on many points of doctrine. Here are a few questions I have 
asked, and never had answered. 

1. What is the difference, logically and etiologically, between the 
herbal remedies of Kneipp and the purely vegetable medicines found in 
a drug-store? The druggist on the corner, with whom I have had many 
a friendly argument, says that cascara, belladonna, certain opiates, and 
in fact scores of the medicines he sells are of strictly vegetable origin. 

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He asks on what ground the Nature Cure apostles forbid the use of 
these, while prescribing tinctures, powders and teas? How can such a 
position be defended? And is it not true that some of the herbal ex- 
tracts in the apothecary of the German Nature Cure have a more violent 
effect than many of the milder forms of mineral drugs? Are any in- 
ternal remedies "natural"? If so, which and why? 

2. What is a "natural" diet? Some animals are omnivorous, some 
herbivorous, some carnivorous. To which class do men belong? Birds 
and fishes have no meal-hours; should we therefore imitate the birds 
and fishes? Domestic animals, almost without exception, eat a regular 
breakfast, and vociferate loudly on being deprived or delayed in the 
matter. Does this invalidate the no-breakfast plan, followed with such 
good results by thousands of ambitious people, including the writer? 

In the advertising pages of a popular magazine, a large and bold 
announcement of a certain school of diet affirms the everlasting injury 
of meat-eating; while, if you merely turn to another page, you read 
that brain-workers must eat meat, or become dyspeptic, morose, pimply 
and dull-minded. What in the name of all that is rational and honest 
can a layman think of reform diet? I know what he most likely thinks 
— but the answer is unprintable. 

The publisher of this book believes in sane fasting, in thorough 
mastication, in wholly natural foods. The editor of another health 
movement, long and widely known, maintains we do not eat enough, calls 
Fletcherism rank folly, and declares white flour bread a much better 
food than whole wheat! Now where is the truth?' Has either editor 
got it? Or has neither? When a legislator very properly asks us how 
foods cure, and what system of diet we prescribe for the sick and well, 
our answer is bedlam; — which induces a corresponding state of feeling 
in the weak-minded legislator. Foods will cure, safely and pleasantly, 
most of the ailments for which drugs are now employed unsafely and 
unpleasantly. But before we ask a State license to prescribe foods, we 
must present a solid, unimpeachable array of facts; instead of the loose, 
wild, conflicting theories that we now indulge, and scatter abroad with 
a rash and senseless virtue. A foolish virtue may be more unhygienic 
than a shrewd vice. 

3. Does Nature Cure properly include osteopathy, or chiropractic, 
or mechano-therapy, or none of these methods, or all of them? The 
other day 1 talked with a chiropractor. He is a fine fellow and a re- 
markably successful practitioner. He was rational and sane upon all 
themes excepting one; but when I spoke the word "osteopathy," not 
knowing which form his unsuspected mania took, he immediately be- 

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came wild-eyed, verbose and ugly, charging over the field of discussion 
with the recklessness of an escaped lunatic. It developed, after 1 
quieted the unfortunate brother by agreeing with him, that he had 
formerly been an osteopath, but with his conversion to chiropractic had 
suddenly developed an unreasoning hatred of the former source of his 
bread and butter. 

Marveling at this phenomenon, I sought the opinion of a famous 
osteopath — a man whose yearly practice yields $15,000 or more — and 1 
asked him an explanation. He smiled a gentle, pitying smile, and he 
said, "When a man fails at osteopathy, he drifts into chiropractic, as a 
poor, discouraged medical doctor often drifts into the patent medicine 
field, or a 'Cure for Men Only.' We consider that the chiropractors owe 
all their possible cures to the principles of osteopathy, having merely 
added a sensational twist to their diagnosis and treatment." I wished 
to verify Brother Osteopath's opinion, therefore called up Brother 
Chiropractic on the telephone — deeming this a discretionary mode of 
communication under the circumstances. The reply scorched my ears, 
and was deafening in its detonations of wrath. "He is a liar, an out- 
and-out liar, that fool osteopath! Don't we know that the osteopaths 
took all they know from Bohemia, where chiropractic started years 
before A. T. Still was ever heard of?" And there you are. An inter- 
esting episode, characteristic of the perfect harmony and unity in the 
drugless ranks. 

By a strict logic, there is no place for either osteopathy or chiro- 
practic in the Nature Cure. Both depend upon a stimulation that is 
artificial, and extra-natural if not unnatural. Personally, I would class 
them as minor subdivisions of the Nature Cure, to be advised occa- 
sionally and employed judicially, but never to constitute a major system 
of healing. They are not massage, and have little in common with 
massage; but in relative importance they are little higher than massage, 
considered with regard to healing as a whole. Medical men affirm that 
the successful osteopath or chiropractor depends really not on manipu- 
lation, but rather on suggestion, magnetism, the placebo-principle, and 
rational advice on bathing, eating, exercising, etc. This is probably true, 
save in those extreme cases where a pronounced "lesion" or "sub- 
luxation" does exist; therefore the osteopath and chiropractor may be 
voted natural healers in disguise. But I would not venture a final 
opinion, I would only ask that this point be somehow decided, con- 
clusively and unanimously, by naturopaths in advance of pleading for 
a State license. 

4. What forms of exercise belong in the practice of Naturism? 
Are special devices needed, or are they unnatural? In studying the life 

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of the "lower" animals, we observe that the muscular vigor of the young 
is derived largely from play, that of the adults from the daily search for 
food. Now contrast the involved systems of "physical culture" in vogue 
among men. Professor Jones invents a weight-lifting harness we must 
wear religiously, to retain our suppleness and strength; Trainer O'Toole 
prescribes a famous resort, where athletic stunts on the gymnasium 
style are all the rage; Doctor Pneumaticus vends a wonderful breathing- 
machine, into which we must solemnly blow so many breaths a day; 
and Health Specialist Bumpaman superintends a lot of mechanical 
horses, wigglers and jigglers, that he guarantees will shake our ailments 
down and out. 

We hesitate — not being able to spend all our time and money on 
gj^mnastic gyrations. Then comes Mr. Adonis Psychotherapy, declaring 
that all the foregoing methods are highly dangerous, tending to rupture 
the heart, the brain or the pocket-book, and the only natural scheme of 
exercise will be found to be his — ^without apparatus, but with a $30 fee 
for the magic lessons. Are we not now tempted to die of paralysis, 
rather than move a muscle ever again? 

Seriously, such a condition of things is a menace and a disgrace. 
If it is true, as I. believe, that certain modes of advertised exercise tend 
to strain the heart; that other devices merely rob you politely; and 
that other patent schemes neglect the vital organs while demanding un- 
reasonable waste of time and energy on superficial muscles; — then some 
recognized college, association, clearing-house or other tribunal should 
separate the good from the bad, affirming which is Nature Cure, and 
which is not. 

5. Should hypnotism, magnetism, occultism, and other more or 
less intangible forces be admitted to the realm of Natural Healing? If 
not, we must avow that the human mind is not a part of Nature. This 
would be absurd, since even the snake charming the bird is a case of 
hypnotic influence, and the instinct of self-preservation warning certain 
animals of the approach of their foes cannot be explained on the ground 
of merely physical phenomena. Nature is an endless tale of marvels 
and mysteries; and the mystic element is the most powerful in human 
life, whether operating through pills of a secret nature or through 
prayers to an unknown God. 

But is the violent imposition of a stronger will upon a weaker mind 
a natural, wise and ethical procedure? I know of ministers and doctors 
who state, with everj^ sign of omniscience, that hypnotism was born of 
the Devil. And I know of cases where hypnotism has healed not only 
physical, but mental and moral diseases, that stubbornly resisted all 

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other available modes of treatment. If hypnotism, magnetism and 
occultism are to be approved, taught and practised in our Nature Cure 
sanitaria and schools, they must be confined and regulated with the 
utmost care and wisdom. Should they be so incorporated? If so, how 
and by whom and to what extent? 

6. Should the Nature Cure platform include Christian Science? 
You may smile at this question, but I assure you it is one of the most 
logical I ever asked. Anything logical in the vicinity of Christian Science 
is sadly out of place; but we are all a queer lot, anyhow, and must be 
prepared for strange happenings. My own firm conviction is that the 
principles of Christian Science should be taught in every sanitarium; 
and that the Christian Science mode of "treatment" is as much a part of 
Nature Cure as is diet, or massage, or hydrotherapy. The Christian 
Scientist and the Nature Curist will both disagree with me. But the 
only man everybody agrees with is a dead man; not being exactly dead, 
I am thankful to be able to stir up healthy opposition. 

Christian Science is the gospel of concentration. As such it belongs 
in every health resort; where the poor inmates are now engaged in 
moaning over their ailments, comparing their feels-ifs, pitying them- 
selves, and objecting to the food, the climate, the accommodations, the 
nurses, doctors, remedies, rules, and everything else in sight. The 
mental atmosphere of the ordinary hospital or sanitarium is a pall on 
the horizon. Midnight is a flare of luminosity, compared with it. I have 
often been obliged to urge friends, who w^ere of a delicate nature and 
sensitive nervous organism, against planning a sojourn at a drugless 
institution, because I knew the mental, psychic and spiritual influence 
of the place were as Bad as the physical methods were good. Until we 
can treat the sick minds, hearts and souls of ailing men and women as 
promptly and effectively as we now treat their bodies, we have no right 
to ask legal sanction as physicians of Nature. 

7. What is the natural method of diagnosis? Are there infallible 
signs of detecting the presence of disease in the human organism? Do 
they record themselves in external areas and ordinary functions of the 
body, or must they be found in the deeper symptomatic states, from the 
blood-cell and plasmic change to the conditions of thought, emotion and 
etheric aura? How shall the tests of a rational and complete diagnosis 
be applied? Is the practitioner of any single school of drugless healing 
adequately trained in the use of all the known tests for locating disease? 
The importance of such questions is fundamental and universal. Yet 
they have not received proper attention, so far as I know, in all the 
history of Nature Cure in America. 

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tic, and he will diagnose your case in a definite, regular, unanimous 
fashion, thoroughly endorsed and solemnly applied by thousands of 
other old-school doctors. Medical diagnosis includes examinations of 
the pulse, tongue and temperature, with such local tests as the blood- 
count, urinanalysis, nerve-reaction, minute inspection by the stethoscope, 
laryngoscope, or other similar device. Whether such methods are 
scientific, is not for me to say; the point is that every doctor knows what 
they are, and every doctor thinks he knows why they are. 

Now observe the wild and irrational conflict of theory and usage 
in the drugless realm. No two practitioners follow the same plan of 
diagnosis; and as treatment depends on diagnosis, naturally no two 
practitioners prescribe the same schedule of treatment. One diagnoses 
by the muscles, another by the eye, another by the ligaments, another 
by the spine, another by the tissue, another by the temperament, another 
by the adipose, another by the aura, another by the state of mind, an- 
other by the intake of food, another by the astral conjunction, another 
by the hypnotic revelation of subconscious memory. The diagnostic 
method of A. T. Still, known as osteopathy, and that of Professor 
Freud, known as psycho-analysis, are utterly variant, if not antagonistic. 
Yet both may rightly claim a place in the scheme of non-medical 

How shall these disagreements be done away? How shall we arrive 
at a sane, comprehensive, mode of diagnosis that shall be error-proof? 
My own belief is that no practitioner should be allowed to diagnose the 
cases he treats; he is, consciously, or unconsciously, both ignorant and 
prejudiced. The time is coming when all the world's means of diagnosis 

fifty or a hundred or a thousand methods— will be combined in one 

establishment. To this place, invalids will go, for diagnosis and perhaps 
nothing else. Then they will be sent to individual healers or doctors or 
teachers or ministers, as the need may be, for special prescription, ad- 
vice and co-operation. We are now so far from this ideal state of things 
that the osteopath and the psychic are virtual enemies — each with his 
little grain of diagnostic truth, so proud and self-satisfied that no other 
grain can find lodgment for all the pride and prejudice that swell the 
minds of these gentlemen. 

The foregoing questions and problems are but a few out of hun- 
dreds, propounded to me and by me in the last fifteen years — and thus 
far void of logical reply or solution. 

Therefore I obtained, quite recently, the propaganda literature 
given out by the leading schools and sanitaria that seemed most in- 
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interesting relation to the work of standardizing the Nature Cure; as 
will be shown in the chapters to follow. 

I would meanwhile suggest this one thought for you to ponder over: 
Nothing can be legalized that has not been standardized. Hence the 
first step for drugless physicians to take is to decide among themselves 
what the Nature Cure is and what it is not, why it deserves legal recog- 
nition, and how its practice should be safely regulated. To demand the 
approval of the law-makers at the present time is like summoning a 
party of dignitaries to a reception in a new house, not yet swept and 
dusted, furnished and put in order. The action is premature, and has 
failed simply as all things premature and rash deserve to fail. Our 
hearts may be of gold, but our heads have been of wood. And a head 
of wood is no head for a doctor. 

P. S. On reading the proofs of the foregoing chapter. Dr. Benedict 
Lust informs me that he does not wholly agree with my position, and 
that he considers a few of the statements rather extreme and unnecessar- 
ily harsh. Dr. Lust knows a thousand times more about the Nature 
Cure than I do, therefore I am inclined to respect his opinion regarding 
its therapeutic administration. From the efficiency viewpoint I see no 
reason, however, to withdraw any statement here inade. 

Doctor Lust further claims that in Germany, the Nature Cure has 
been standardized, the practice regulated, and the general criticism of 
this argument satisfactorily overcome, I would suggest that if Doctor 
Lust or some other leading Naturopath would answer my questions in 
detail, the subject would be made clearer to us all. And if I am in the 
wrong, you will do me a favor by showing me how. Nobody knows very 
much anyway, and our wisdom lies chiefly in our willingness to learn. 

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The trouble with most doctors is that they are accidents; — they fell 
onto their jobs in the dark. 

This is also true with most men in other professions, from plowing 
to preaching. But the great majority of trades and vocations do not 
involve loss of life when misfits are engaged therein; a poor clerk or 
editor or brick-layer merely loses his job. A good physician must be a 
born physician, he cannot be merely graduated into the divine ministry 
of healing. And the great problem of the Nature Cure schools is to 
determine how to select the born physicians, how to reject all others, 
from the candidates for admission. 

Out of 100 graduates from both medical and non-medical schools, 
probably 75 are in the wrong profession. This fact, more than the use 
or non-use of drugs, explains the long list of ugly failures and prema- 
ture deaths in the practice of the ordinary doctor, whether old-school 
or new-school. Every case of malpractice is a case of misfitness. A 
man temperamentally fit to be a doctor would be constrained, by in- 
stinct and reason, from adopting spurious methods of practice. The 
bungler, in any line of work, is the man who doesn't belong there. And 
the quacks in medicine are the short-cut, short-conscience men, who 
jump from the patient's disease to his pocket-book with no regard for 
anything but speed. 

I would go further, and make a statement that most of our readers 
will repudiate with scorn. But you cannot down a truth with denial. 
It only hits back and hurts you. And I earnestly advise you not to reject 
any statement here made, until you have given the matter as much 
thought as I have. Disagree with me? Glad to have you. But don't 
announce to yourself which of us is wrong. 

Every case of arrest and persecution of a drugless physician was 
brought by the man's own blunders of misfitness or unfitness. He 
lacked adaptation for his work, or preparation, or both. We rebel at 

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the grip of the medical monopoly, that holds us writhing and ranting 
and foaming at the mouth. We arc fools. The Lord God Almighty 
never yet permitted the headway of injustice on this earth, by so much 
as a hair's breadth; and if one single natural healer, out of the many 
thousands in America, were fully qualified to heal, the interlocked 
force of a hundred medical monopolies would not be strong enough to 
touch that man! By persecution, and by that alone, we are being 
stirred, stung, goaded, into a realization and correction of our own 
deficiencies. Thank God for persecution. 

Let me try to make this matter clear. 1 know numbers of invalids 
who have gone the rounds of drugless healing, and are still suffering 
from one disease or another. They have tried osteopathy. Christian 
science, mental science, food science, magnetopathy, hypnotism, chiro- 
practic, deep breathing, all in vain. Should the teachers and healers 
who have thus failed be allowed to go unpunished? Indeed not. When 
we have begun to straighten out this hodge-podge called civilization, 
we shall treat doctors as we treat merchants; if their goods are not as 
represented, we shall demand our money back. 

When a doctor, medical or natural, undertakes a cure and fails to 
perform it, he should be compelled by law to return the amount of his 
fees, or such proportion of the amount as the compliance and obedience 
of his patient would justify, as denoting the physician's responsibility. 
If an egg is bad, we return it to the grocer, and get a good egg or our 
money back; if a prescription is bad, we swallow it and pay for it, and 
must, on top of that, go buy a good prescription from another doctor! 
What sublime nonsense. 

My claim is that two-thirds of all the mistakes of doctors and 
healers reside in the fact that they should never have been doctors or 
healers; — they should have been plumbers or butchers or reformers or 
porters or other species of strong-arm gentry. The first college of ther- 
apeutics that sees and applies this truth in the selection and training of 
students, will make a fortune, and will revolutionize the healing art. 1 
can here but sketch the barest rudiments of the principle and procedure 
in question. 

A comparison of interesting photographs drew my attention to the 
whole subject of vocational guidance for doctors. 1 have been studying 
various group pictures, of the graduating classes of medical schools, and 
also of Nature Cure schools — and forming opinions of more or less 
reliability. From a rather extensive knowledge of character analysis, 
I should consider that perhaps 20 per cent of the medical graduates are 
born physicians, and 40 per cent of the Nature Cure graduates. Hence 

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the latter, judged by inherent qualities and gifts, should be twice as 
successful as the former. But 1 find that the heads, faces, clothes, and 
general appearance of most of the naturists prove them sadly deficient 
in refinement, culture, winsomeness, shrewdness, even primary educa- 
tion. They are honest, clean, upright, altruistic — but short on tact, 
wisdom, selfishness, poise, method, assurance. These traits, with a few 
dozen more, should be either born in a doctor or drilled into him. And 
as our Nature Cure colleges have thus far neglected the human nature 
side of the doctor's education, he must be born with certain funda- 
mental characteristics, or enter his profession without them. The only 
way to be a good doctor is to start before you were born. The slight 
difficulty of this procedure may explain the scarceness of good doctors. 

In a graduating class from a Nature Cure school, there is probably 
twice as much character and principle, but half as much cunning and 
polish, as in a class of equal size from a medical college. Unfortunately, 
the masses who are ill pay more for cunning and polish. How are we 
to remedy the situation? A man can be simple and natural without 
being simple-minded and naturally dull; — a fact that should be taught, 
if necessary by dunce-cap and hickory switch, in our drugless training 

One of our most serious handicaps in America is the preponderance 
of foreigners among drugless physicians. Water-cure came from Ger- 
many, massage from Sweden, manipulation from Bohemia, mental 
science from India, sanitary laws from the tribe of the Jews, and other 
elements in physiological therapeutics from other foreign races. The 
descendants of these pioneers logically fell heir to their teachings; con- 
sequently, the proportion of American-born Nature Cure apostles, 
hitherto, has been shamefully small. We must find a way to interest 
noble, gifted, cultivated, American youths and maidens in the pro- 
fessional study of the Nature Cure. How shall we do it? 

Let me illustrate what I mean by vocational fitness for the healing 
work. I know a man who has been saving lives from his early child- 
hood. He seems to know, instantly and accurately, how to treat cases 
of acute diseases. Friends and relatives almost without number, 
stricken with all manner of perils, by drowning, sunstroke, peritonitis, 
nervous collapse, delirium, typhoid and other crises, this common man 
has rescued by the proper treatment or remedy. Often, when physi- 
cians were called and failed to equal the emergency, he would order 
them around like slaves, and restore a life that was fast ebbing away. 
He is a common toiler, with no position or culture, not even gram- 
matical language. But he has the divine gift of healing. In all prob- 
ability, he was a noted physician in a previous incarnation, and brought 

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with him a rarely strong and clear intuition as to disease (intuition be- 
ing the soul's memory of past experiences). 

Now let me cite another case— the opposite extreme. A certain 
famous, high-priced "specialist" attends one of the largest, most expen- 
sive hospitals in New York. A friend of mine, suffering with a rather 
peculiar and very serious complication of troubles, was taken to this 
hospital, and this specialist, for cure. After staying several weeks, at a 
cost of $60 per week, my friend had not received one single idea on 
real, permanent, recovery; whereupon, being disgusted and angered, he 
studied his own case, applied to it certain Nature Cure principles he 
knew, and made out a schedule of treatment for himself, to be followed 
when he should leave the $60-a-week hospital. My friend thus cured 
himself ;— and the "specialist" wasn't even interested, because the "case" 
was not a clinical adventure for that particular kind of specialist! Here 
was vocational unfitness, with a vengeance. This doctor should have 
been a swineherd — no other occupation would befit his nature, as to 
nobility and congeniality. 

These two examples, that of a man able to heal but not licensed, 
and of a man licensed but not able, show how far we must progress, in 
order to put the doctor-business on a rational, scientific, humanitarian, 

What makes a good doctor? Did you ever stop to think? If you 
are a layman, why did you choose your family physician, out of the 
numbers of medical men available in your community? If you are a 
doctor, why do your patients want your services, and the patients of 
Doctor Jones on the next block prefer his? 

A scientific method of professional rating and reference should be 
devised for guaranteeing the responsibility of doctors, as to experience, 
honor, skill, etc., in a manner similar to the financial rating system 
used by credit men, banks, and wholesale manufacturers, who look up 
the standing of a customer or dealer before they give him commercial 
confidence. A vocational guidance test for all young men and women, 
strictly enforced by law prior to their matriculation in medical schools, 
would be the first move toward the establishment of a guaranty for a 
doctor's right to practice. I think, moreover, there should be a law 
compelling every doctor to post in a public place, or print in his local 
paper, at least once a year, the number of deaths recorded in his prac- 
tice. Then if Doctor Smith had nine deaths in a year from typhoid, 
while Doctor Brown had only three, the public at large would know 
that Doctor Smith was three times as dangerous, for a typhoid patient, 
as Doctor Brown. (It is a long stretch of imagination to suppose that 

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any doctor could be three times as dangerous as any other doctor, but 
while we are imagining, we might as well do a good job.) 

The natural qualificaljons of a true physician are spiritual, mental, 
and physical. We may summarize them briefly, as follows. 

1. A high moral character, a conscience both sensitive and strong, 
a firm adherence to duty, a humanitarian spirit. Common opinion 
holds that the clergyman should be the most moral man of the com- 
munity, the teacher next, the doctor next. I would reverse this order. 
When a preacher or teacher is not what he should be, the public soon 
finds him out — then forces him out. A doctor, however, may gamble, 
drink, frequent immoral places, and otherwise act in a manner to dis- 
grace his calling and demoralize his clients — and no organized protest 
ever is made. Hence the schools that educate the doctor, must require 
of him a personal standard of morals that is unimpeachable. 

I was recently shocked, to discover that the head of a drugless 
college advertising widely had been sued by a dissolute woman, in 
whose company he had violated the laws of common decency, and by 
whom a penalty of revenge was imposed. Many a time I have known 
of a case where a drugless physician or sanitarium took advance fees 
and made false promises, when a cure was absolutely impossible by the 
methods to be employed. Numbers of so-called Nature Cure practi- 
tioners smoke to excess, drink beer and worse liquors without apparent 
shame, eat all kinds of unwholesome food in the seclusion of their 
kitchen or club. Facts like these are a menace to our whole movement. 
For the Nature Cure physician is a teacher and a preacher as well as a 
doctor; and he must become a three-fold exemplar of the truths he 

2. A "healing gift" must be his, a temperament finely suited to the 
work of redeeming bodies and minds. The old-fashioned idea of a 
"call" to preach was fundamental to success in the pulpit, and the 
modern decay of the church as an institution is largely owing to the 
modern disregard of the "call" to preach. Now a true physician con- 
ducts a virtual confessional, every day of his life— to him are entrusted 
personal and family secrets that may be rightly shared only with a man 
whose high sense of his calling makes of him a priest. I have heard a 
young fellow say he was going to be a surgeon because a surgeon "draws 
such fat fees." Many a youth goes to a medical school because some 
relative is a doctor, or his folks want him to be, or he likes to fool with 
chemicals, or he thinks a doctor looks grand in a plug hat, or he doesn't 
relish hard work and a doctor's ofiice practice looks easy. The motive 
is the first thing to be settled, and settled right, in choosing any trade 

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or profession; bul in the life work of a doctor, it means life or death, 
literally, in hundreds of cases that will be given to his care. 

Among the brain-faculties that must be large in a physician are 
those of human nature, causality, continuity, veneration, firmness, 
hope, secretiveness, conscientiousness. He must be lender as a woman 
— and brutal as a warrior. He must be unselfish, but not too unselfish 
for his own health or purse. He must exercise honesty and caution, 
together. He must have intuition to a large degree, supplementing 
science, and enabling him to handle the many cases of psychic, emo- 
tional or mental disturbance, prevalent in modern life. He must, 1 
should say, be an "old soul", one who has journeyed often through this 
vale of tears and whose perceptions of human need go far beneath all 
external "symptoms", penetrating the finer bodies of man, which to the 
eye are invisible yet to the soul perceptible. Indeed, I would have a 
committee of occultists who are practical and spiritual — if such can be 
found, — to determine the age of the soul in every candidate for a doc- 
tor's degree, prior to his matriculation. A young soul, as yet spiritually 
blind, can no more be an efficient doctor than a little puppy, whose eyes 
are not yet opened, could be an efficient watch-dog. 

3. The man born to be a great physician must have a good 
physique, large lung capacity, perfect heart action, steady nerves, and 
a soothing, healing touch. The demands on a doctor's vitality are 
enormous, combining as they do mentality, energy, sympathy; and neces- 
sitating irregular hours, with loss of food and sleep and recreation- 
periods. Only an exceptional physique can survive the strain of the full 
performance of duty. 

One of the special points to regard is the structure and texture of 
the hand, since a large factor in drugless healing is manipulation of 
one kind or another. A hand, like a saw or hammer, must be shaped 
for its work. Some hands are long, cold and claw-like; others are fat, 
red and pudgy; others are coarse, clumsy and fishy; — none of these can 
give satisfactory treatment by manipulation. I would as soon shake 
hands with a dragon as with some people; imagine such persons tr\ung 
to soothe a nervous temperament and delicate skin by massage per- 
formances ! 

A genius in the Nature Cure will, some day, write a book on "The 
Born Doctor." This will be used by therapeutic schools as a prelimi- 
nary test for candidates and a text-book for students. It will include 
hundreds of specifications, requirements and suggestions, of which but 
a few are noted here. It will adapt to the profession of healing the 
vocation and efficiency principles and methods of such teachers as Miss 

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Fowler, Dr. Blackford, Mr. Parsons, Mr, Muenstcrbcrg, Mr. Hender- 
schott, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Bloomficld, Mr. Gruenberg, Mr. Emerson, Mr. 
Purinton, and others. It will save thousands of intending healers from 
becoming misfits, and tens of thousands of sick people from losing their 
lives through the blunders of the misfits in the healing profession. Who 
will write this book? 

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In a single American city, five hundred employees of a street rail- 
way are graduates of medical schools. If one business, in one city, 
employs 500 men who tried to be doctors and failed — how many thou- 
sands of these poor fellows would be discoverable in the whole United 

Whose fault is this? Partly that of the parents and teachers of 
these men; partly that of the legislators who sanctioned a false entry 
into the healing profession; but mostly, and primarily, that of the schools 
who graduated this host of predestined failures. The average medical 
school is a disgrace to a civilized community, not only because it has 
filled the minds of its graduates with a desire to give poisons to the un- 
suspecting, but because it has neglected to inform the graduates how to 
make a living doing this. 

The average doctor's yearly income is about $700. How many young 
fellows would spend four years and a couple of thousand dollars earning 
their medical degree, if they knew their financial returns for life would 
probably not exceed $58 a month? At a recent meeting of a medical 
society, the members were asked to write on slips of paper, anony- 
mously, the extent of their incomes. Out of the 70 doctors present, only 
23 were making expenses ! 

A good physician recently observed "Not one medical student in ten 
knows, when he begins his training, what it means to live the life of a 
doctor and what personal qualifications it requires. He must have 
within him something that will take him unrevolted over dreary wastes 
of drudgery, over sordid financial and political cares, over strain, ex- 
haustion, temptation, crushing responsibility, over disgusting episodes, 
and more than one man's normal share of sorrow, suspicion, and abuse." 
Why do not our medical schools frankly tell the youth who applies for 
admittance, just what is ahead of him? Because they don't dare— it 
would not be "good business." The officials of our medical schools have 

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yet to learn that a good bunco man is not necessarily a good business 

Efficiency in healing must come through the demand of laymen for 
better service; thus the article by Robert Haven Schauff"ler in the 
February 1915 McCIure's Magazine gives a clearer idea of "What It 
Means to Be a Doctor" than any article I ever saw in a medical journal. 
Some of the facts I am giving were taken from this article. 

The condition of vagueness, folly and irresponsibility obtaining 
generally in medical schools has its counterpart in Nature Cure 
"colleges." I hardly know a Nature Cure college worthy of the name. 
And if an institution bases all its claims on a falsehood at the outset, 
what hope can we entertain of its moral character? 

A profession is primarily a trade, therefore subject to the 
recognized trade rules and standards of efficiency. Because of the 
glamour, secrecy and dignity surrounding most professions, the profes- 
sional schools — whether of law, medicine, pedagogy or theology — have 
thus far neglected to apply straight business principles to their work, 
relying on the degrees they confer instead of on the deeds they accom- 

Let us suppose that 50 per cent of the shoes turned out by a large 
factory showed some serious defect in manufacture — how long would 
the company stay in business? Facts gathered b}'^ doctors themselves 
prove that 50 per cent or more of the diagnoses made by doctors in 
serious cases of disease are wrong. Hence, of course, the prescriptions 
are wrong, and the entire matter is a botch. Why does not the State 
forthwith turn these doctors out of business? 

The principle covers the realm of drugless healing also. There are 
nalurist physicians whose record of cures is said to approximate 90 per 
cent, and there are others who reach only 50 or even 30 per cent. Why 
is there no central tribunal, to pass on a healer's efliciency, and grade 
him accordingly for the protection of the public? Why is there no com- 
plete preliminary test, of a candidate for a physician's degree, to show 
whether the man is A one — or Z forty 'leven, as an efficient doctor? A 
plumber who can't mend leaks gets fired from his job and his Union. 
But a doctor who can't mend bodies or brains can hold a glossy repu- 
tation among the fraternity — if he hollers loud enough for the A. M. A., 
and swears the oatli of Hippocrates glibly and ghoulishly enough. 
While drugless healers aim in general to be honest, they are so poorly 
trained and equipped that their inefficiency amounts to dishonesty, 
therefore I cannot see how they should boast over medical doctors. 

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In calling attention to the need for improved educational methods 
among health schools, may I give a personal comment? For gener- 
ations, the leaders in our family on both sides have specialized in school 
work. My father was a college president for twenty years; two grand- 
parents, four uncles, and numbers of distant relatives liave been 
teachers; during nine years spent in college walls I myself was prepar- 
ing to teach, and am now in Efficiency work because it seems the 
broadest opportunity for teaching the most vital truths of human ex- 
perience. If I should write with excess of zeal, perhaps you may re- 
member that one who is a teacher born and bred may with propriety, as 
with earnestness, hope to share his convictions with other teachers. 

The Nature Cure colleges of America should be made more efficient 
in at least ten ways. I would here name five of them, leaving the other 
five for you to think out. The improvements suggested are (1) consoli- 
dation of many poor and small schools into a few good and great ones; 

(2) conformity of the courses and curricula in these model schools; 

(3) recognized and enforced standards of entrance requirements; 

(4) old-fashioned trade system of apprenticeship, to guarantee that a 
young doctor will know his business; (5) adoption of superior advan- 
tages or customs in the medical schools, or adaptation thereof to the 
Nature Cure schools. 

Before discussing these points, I would emphasize an important 
fact. In ordinary lines of work, a reliable efficiency counsel bases all 
plans and suggestions on experience, the data being available to show 
similar cases where his advice produced results. In the Nature Cure 
field, such data cannot be offered, not having yet been compiled. There- 
fore I would merely present a number of ideas, which I believe correct 
in principle, but which cannot be verified on a basis of facts and figures. 
You may disagree. Very well, you have a right to. Please remember, 
however, that I have spent fifteen years in studying these matters out, 
and unless you have devoted as much time to tiie subject, you are hardly 
qualified to challenge my conclusions. Premature opinions are the 
galling guns in the warfare of Prejudice against Truth. 

1. Our naturist schools are too man}^ and not good enough. I 
should guess that more than 1000 institutions and individuals in this 
country now attempt and assume to prepare 3'oung men and women for 
the work of healing. Not a score of these institutions or individuals are 
adequately and properly equipped. A medical school of any repute has 
from 10 to 40 members in its faculty — and most of their teaching merely 
centers on drugs. A naturist school of equal standing should have at 
least 100 professors, because of the variety and complexity of subjects 

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to be taiighl. A specialist in mechanotherapy cannot also be a specialist 
in mental science, but the knowledge of both these specialists and about 
98 more should be placed at the disposal of the candidate for a phy- 
sician's degree. We have a school of osteopathy in Missouri, a school 
of mechanotherapy in Iowa, a school of dietetics in New York, a school 
of milk cure in New Jersey, a school of mental suggestion in California, 
a school of vacuum treatment in the district of Columbia, a school of 
hypnotism in Michigan, a- school of spinology in Pennsylvania, a school 
of Christian science in Massachusetts; and indeed I suppose a different 
kind of school for every state, with a few hundred left over. 

What we should have is a magnificent chain of schools — ten would 
be a good number, in the ten largest cities of the United States. Each 
school would embody all the good features of the separate and factional 
schools now existing poorly and meagerly, but would not exalt any one 
system of healing to the disparagement of any other. Ample clinical 
and experimental facilities, with laboratories, libraries, etc., would be 
offered in the city, while a sanitarium or farm or health home in the 
country nearby would afford the means for demonstrating the natural 
life. What the Riker-Hegeman people have done for the drug store 
business, a combination like this would do for the Nature Cure school 
business. The economic advantage of co-operation and consolidation 
apply equally well to both lines of business. The supreme need of the 
Nature Cure is for a business manager, who will put both our schools 
and sanitaria on a broad, modern, efficient, lucrative, basis. The right 
man would be worth $20,000 a year to the movement, and it would pay 
all our schools and sanitaria to club together and hire him. 

2. The courses of study offered by naturist schools must be made 
to conform to some principle universally recognized and approved. 
When a youth plans to be an allopath he can choose a college in New 
York, Chicago, Philadelphia or Baltimore, and be sure of getting about 
the same course in any standard medical college. But if he wants to be 
a psychopath or naturopath he must face endless bewilderment, the 
whole field of natural therapeutics being in a state of hodge-podge. 

I have before me the announcements, catalogues and prospectuses 
of most of the leading naturist schools in America. No two of these 
documents agree. Some of the schools teach — ^^while others do not even 
mention — such branches as Neuropathy, Somapathy, Naprapathy, 
Spondylotherapy, Magnelopathy, Biochemistry, Astrology, Fast Cure, 
Divine Science, Ocular Diagnosis, Eugenics, Calisthenics, Anthro- 
pometrA\ No man short of Solomon, Blackstone, Sherlock Holmes and 
Christopher Columbus rolled into one could tell what Drugless Heal- 

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ing is, after studying and comparing the advertising literature of our 
leading schools. 

Because of this utter chaos, a diploma from any given school has no 
legal, and small professional, value. When you can buy for $25 a mail 
course in a certain branch of healing, with a diploma thrown in, what 
chance will a decent college offering a thorough course in the same 
subject, have to convince a legislator and convert the public? 

Here, in brief, is the situation. Probably 200 subjects bearing on 
the healing of the sick are taught by all our naturist schools combined, 
yet not more than 40 or 50 appear in the curriculum of any one school. 
If all the 200 branches of the Nature Cure are vital, sane, essential, they 
should all be taught in every school; and if any are superfluous, ir- 
rational, unsafe, they should not be taught in any school. As things 
stand, the mere fact of being a drugless physician means nothing at all, 
since the majority of schools granting diplomas are unclassified, un- 
regulated, unrationalized. 

A specimen of the bigotry and lunacy now prevailing in most of the 
drugless schools is the manner of diagnosis taught and practised. There 
are in the United States more than 100 methods and systems of 
diagnosing the sick on a basis more or less scientific. These cover the 
physical, mental, emotional, psychic, moral, and astral planes of life; 
extending all the way from study of the pulse, temperature, eye, nerves, 
or spine to the casting of the horoscope and the penetration of subjective 
causes by clairvoyance or psycho-analysis. There is no school, to my 
knowledge, teaching more than a half of all the possible means of 
diagnosis. What right have we to lampoon the doctors while our own 
methods of diagnosis, and hence of treatment, are only 50 per cent 

Most of the trouble lies in the fact that the majority of schools have 
a certain pet mode of treatment, and must overemphasize a correspond- 
ing method of diagnosis. An osteopath cannot be consistent or pros- 
perous unless he always finds a defective backbone. Therefore a college 
of osteopathy must make spinal diagnosis a fetish and fad, out of all 
proportion to its relative importance. And so with every other school 
that features a special kind of treatment — the diagnosis must fit, 
whether the patient lives or dies. We shall never obtain a scientific 
method of healing the sick until we have separated the functions of 
diagnosing and treating; for a man who is narrow enough to be a good 
specialist cannot be trusted for a sane diagnosis, while the man who is 
broad enough to be a good diagnostician could never limit himself to 
one kind of prescription or manipulation. 

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3. A standard of entrance requirements for the matriculant in a 
drugless college is one of the most urgent needs of the time. Even the 
old-fashioned, impractical, unscientific seats of learning, such as the 
denominational college or the slate university, adopt an invariable rule: 
the applicant must produce a diploma from an accredited high school, or 
must pass an entrance examination to determine his general fitness. 
Can he spell, use decent grammar, write a legible hand, appear on 
friendly terms with the multiplication table, and otherwise prove him- 
self not disgracefully unintelligent? *. 

There are graduates of Nature Cure schools who sp^ll wrong a 
dozen words in one brief letter; who interpret all kinds of punctuation 
marks in a manner resembling hieroglyphics; who wear collars reminis- 
cent of a prehistoric wash-tub; who carry a breath that seems a cross 
between a pipe of stale tobacco and a mess of garlic; who eat with their 
knives and emit forks instead of words; who are, in short, as ignorant of 
culture as a druggist is of reason. Why? Simply because the Nature 
Cure schools have not waked up to the necessity of graduating men and 
women who shall raise the standard of our cause, and keep it raised. 
We roust bar the illiterate, the immoral, the financially incompetent, the 
temperamentally unfit, the socially and professionally undesirable, 
from entering a drugless school. It would be better to graduate half the 
number of naturist physicians, and have them twice the men ! 

We now fail at both ends of the curriculum. We neither test the 

boy who enters for a knowledge of his general character, education, 

suitability, nor test the man who leaves for a knowledge of his actual 

skill in diagnosing, treating, educating and variously handling all kinds 

of invalids. How long shall we be thus incompetent? 

4. There should be devised, and universally adopted, a system of 
apprenticeship in healing, whereby the young physician may serve for a 
period of time under an old physician, or in a sanitarium or hospital, 
before being granted a diploma. A barber stays in a barber school until 
he can learn to shave a man without cutting his nose off; why should a 
doctor be allowed at large before he can be trusted to perform as well? 
The old-fashioned partnership, wherein the old and the young doctors 
joined forces, uniting the counsel of the experienced man with the action 
of the inexperienced, had in it the germ of a scientific mode of training. 
A graduate might be put on probation for two or three years, and re- 
quired to submit a full statement of his cases, cures and failures, before 
receiving a final diploma. Or, a chain of dispensaries and consulting 
offices might be opened, where the poor could be treated by first-year 
graduates at reduced rates, the institutions being managed by business 

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men of the shrewdness of Munyon, the graduates being enipk)yed on a 
small salary. Plenty of ways would appear, to work out the apprentice 
system, when we put our minds and hearts intently on the problem. 

In this connection, a vital matter is that of telling the prospective 
doctor the actual conditions he will meet on graduation, and the effective 
ways of meeting them. It is a most astonishing thing that no book or 
course of study has ever been prepared, by a medical or a non-medical 
school, with the intention of fore-warning and fore-arming the poor 
graduate, in view of the battles just ahead. A book of this kind might 
well be in the form of a symposium, giving the experiences and sugges- 
tions of leading physicians, based on their own successful practice. A 
few of the chapters would be headed : 

How to Select a Location; How to Open an Office; How to Gain Your 
First Clients; How to Build Up a Lucrative Practice; How to Adver- 
tise; How to Collect Bad Debts; How to Install a Filing and Book- 
keeping System; How to Secure and Distribute Propaganda Litera- 
ture; How to Overcome Opposition; How to Organize Your Patients 
and Friends; How to Win the Newspapers; How to Educate the 
Public; How to Inaugurate Social Service; How to Co-operate with 
Local Institutions; How to Keep at the Head of Your Profession; How 
to Plan Your Future; How to Conserve Your Strength; How to Teach 
the Laws of Health; How to Handle Special Cases and Solve Your 
Hardest Problems. 

A book such as this, properly written, read and applied, would save 
thousands of young physicians from the needless privation, perplexity, 
anxiety, that almost invariably attend the first few years of a doctor's 
life. What school or association will have this book written, by a man 
who knows how and what to write? In addition to the 33,000 
(estimated) practitioners of drugless methods in this country, the 
150,000 old school doctors would find such a book of immense value. 
Therefore the book should be as renumerative as it would be altruistic — 
and from the efficiency viewpoint, an enterprise must always be both 
selfish and unselfish. 

5. The ordinary college of medicine has points of supremacy over 
the best naturist school; these should be located, studied, adopted or. 
adapted. I have looked through the catalog of a leading medical college, 
visited the classrooms and clinics, talked with members of the faculty; 
and I am convinced that in regard to facilities, devices, tools and in- 
struments, the medical college is far ahead of the typical drugless school. 
A common blunder in Nature Cure teaching is to confuse the sympto- 
matic truths of medicine with its therapeutic errors. If we would 
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the medical college, we should find that many of these are more 
scientilic. reasonable and desirable than the cruder methods popular in 
druglcss resorts. 

If I were a millionaire, I would employ a corps of trained investi- 
gators, who were neither for nor against any one system of healing; I 
would have these men visit every prominent school of therapeutics in the 
^vorld — allopathic, homeopathic, osteopathic, naturopathic, psycho- 
pathic, and every other pathic. I would have the results of these investi- 
gators collated, compared, sifted and weighed and measured, till the 
advantages of each method were all made potent, and the disadvantages 
absent. Only by some such non-partisan, careful, thorough, sane, fine, 
system of research and application shall we ever learn how to train and 
test a physician. 

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This looks like a foolish question. 

That is why it appeals to me. Any fool can answer a wise question, 
but it takes a wise man to answer a foolish question. 

Should a doctor study medicine? The druggist answers "Of course 
he should — if he doesn't he is a fake!" The naturist answers "Of course 
he shouldn't — if he does he is a fake!" Herein do the naturist and the 
druggist manifest how little each knows. When two people entirely dis- 
agree, both are wrong. Truth lies where opponents meet. 

If we had propounded this query ten years ago, among the ranks of 
drugless physicians, the answer would likely have been a loud and un- 
animous "No!" But opinion now is changing, to correspond with the 
facts in the case, irrespective of theories. And I would call your atten- 
tion to the facts. 

When I was manager of a drugless sanitarium, fifteen years ago, 
the vei-y word "doctor" was taboo. The most popular patient was the 
man who said the worst things imaginable concerning doctors. If a 
doctor came for treatment (most doctors needing treatment of one kind 
or another), he had to conceal the fact of his medical degree, lest he be 
tarred and feathered. The place was a vegetarian resort, but the officials 
and patients joined merrily in the doubtful culinary feat of "roasting" 
doctors, a roasted doctor being a sad dish to set before an invalid. The 
chief boast of the high potentate of this sanitarium was that he didn't 
know a single medical name for a disease — he affirmed that ailments 
didn't need names. 

Now, observe what a revolution has come to pass. The system of 
treatment which was given here, and is probably the most famous of 
any drugless regime in the United States, has now been reduced to a 
mail course of advice and prescription, covering the entire country; and 
the four leading exponents of the cure most influential and prosperous, 

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have all taken incdical degrees! They are all doctors. They found they 
had to be, or lag behind in therapeutic and hygienic progress. A decade 
ago, people were very ignorant on health matters, and correspondingly 
prejudiced. They wanted all doctoring, or no doctoring. Now, the most 
intelligent people want occasional doctoring in sudden crises, but real 
teaching and permanent healing on general principles. Wherefore, this 
new demand must be met. 

I was talking recently with one of the greatest health pioneers that 
ever lived — a man whose reform work is known throughout America 
and in most foreign lands. Here is what he said. "The chief regret of 
my life is that I did not take a thorough medical course, get my diploma, 
pass the State Board, and be able to defy persecution. If I could live my 
life over, this would be the one thing I would surely do." The reason 
for this man's conclusions, based on twenty years of the hardest kind of 
experience, I will shortly set down for your consideration. 

When Osteopathy was founded, one of the prime requisites of an 
osteopath in good standing was that he should hate the doctors wath a 
vitriolic hate. But for some reason Osteopathy attracted men of shrewd 
financial judgment. These men saw that their practice must be legal- 
ized, to make it pay. Hence they not only abandoned their enmity for 
doctors, they established in the Osteopathic schools many of the fea- 
tures of diagnosis, treatment and study approved by the medical 
schools. Now it is no uncommon thing to see an M. D., who is also a D. O. 
And the medical man who also gives manipulations can charge higher 
fees, other things being equal, than either an allopath or an Osteopath 
void of the knowledge of the other. 

Christian Science, too, has undergone modification. The original 
sentiment branded a person an outcast who summoned a doctor after 
embracing Christian Science. But even during the lifetime of Mrs. Eddy, 
so unreasonable an order was virtually annulled; while to-day large 
numbers of both Christian and Divine Scientists do not hesitate, in a 
crisis, to ask a physician's aid. As for New Thought, Hypnotism, and 
Suggestion, a considerable proportion of the leaders in these branches 
of drugless healing are graduate physicians of the old school. 

Medical gymnastics afford another meeting-ground where the 
doctors and the naturists often unite. Some of the finest work yet ac- 
complished in our public schools has been the effort of doctors who are 
athletic directors to preach, teach and practise hygienic and psycho- 
logical truths as first promulgated by natural healers. 

One of the most famous dietitians in the world— a man who is said 

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to have personally healed or instructed 30,000 students of health, told me 
not long since that many of his most earnest, appreciative and influential 
pupils were doctors who wanted to prescribe foods instead of drugs, and 
who were not afraid to say so. 

These few examples are indicative, and highly gratifying. They go 
to show what 1 believe to be a fact that will be generally recognized 
fifty years from now. This fa*ct 1 would set up in a frame, as being 
worthy of deep study. 

Evei-y drugless healer should also be a trained 
and licensed doctor; and every doctor should also 
be a drugless healer. To separate them is to 
weaken both. 

I am quite aware that such a statement is rank heresy. Forty-'leven 
professors in drugless colleges will jump on my neck before the type is 
cold. But I tremble not, since the average professor in a drugless 
college is such a light-weight gentleman that forty-'leven of him, lodging 
on my head, wouldn't turn a hair. The only man whose opinion I fear 
is the man who says nothing. Those who have something to say usually 
say nothing. 

To get this matter clearly before us, let us take the problem of the 
young man who feels that he has had a "call" to become a physician. 
How shall he prepare for his life work? He has only two alternatives. 
He may study the prescribed course at a medical school and be a regular 
M. D., or he may choose the proscribed course at a naturist school and be 
an "irregular" healer. Is either alternative really fair to the young man? 
I think not. A third choice of action must be provided, of which I will 
speak later. 

Suppose the youth, never having learned to think, prefers the 
medical training. What happens? He leaves college with a mind 
warped, solidified, rusted and poisoned. He will need half a lifetime to 
unlearn the fallacies and follies of the medical system. He will probably 
murder scores of patients while he is acquiring a modicum of sense; and 
he will find, at least four years too late, that he is in a profession whose 
ranks are overgrown and whose principles outgrown. 

But if he has learned to use his brain with some degree of ration- 
ality, he won't study medicine, he will choose a branch of the Nature 
Cure. What happens then? He will be crammed full of theories and 

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eccentricities, the pet fads and foibles of that particular school. He will 
be denied the absolutely necessary training in hospital, clinic, dispensary 
and laboratory work, because the drugless schools have not these facili- 
ties and opportunities. He will be rushed through a short-cut system of a 
few months to possibly two years, almost never the four years of study 
and experiment required by the medical school. He will be left in total 
ignorance of the remedial value of certain drugs in certain crises, and of 
standardized professional methods in all cases. He will be turned out 
of the school with a diploma that has no legal credit save in a few 
localities, and that means in general simply a license to get misunder- 
stood, abused, worried, starved and persecuted. Is this a square deal? 

What would be a square deal to the young candidate for a doctor's 
degree? Offer him such a complete, effective, and rational course in 
hygiene, diagnosis, therapeusis and prophylaxis, that when the young 
doctor was graduated he would be an allopath, a naturopath and a 
psychopath, each accredited by that school and approved by the other 
schools! Then, brothers in the faith, we should begin to have real 
doctors ! 

A reform such as this — the creation of a school system to provide 
healers with all the available human knowledge about health and dis- 
ease — would never be attempted by the medical schools nor by the 
Christian Science churches. Both are too bigoted. Therefore it must be 
the work of the naturist leaders, to whom I earnestly suggest the wisdom 
of such an undertaking. 

Let me give here a striking analogy. Ever since colleges were 
started, college authorities have despised and condemned the merely 
practical things of life. They have considered books the only true source 
of salvation from the world's woes and crimes. They have supposed 
that every idea germinating outside the academic realm was mental 
poison, much as the naturopaths have thought concerning healing 
principles non-naturopathic. So heinous and virulent was this prejudice 
that American society was divided into the "classes" and the "masses," 
the former having education and no commonsense, the latter having 
horny-handed skill but no book-learnihg. 

The past five years have witnessed a revolution. By means of the 
new vocational schools and the newer continuation schools, young 
people are being taught to work and think at the same time, to absorb 
the culture and information out of books and then to use that knowl- 
edge on the self-same day in the shop or at the forge or by the counter. 
Presently, there should be no more "classes" and "masses," for the 

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masses will be classes in mentality, and the classes will be masses in 

Therapeutic ideas of to-day are as mouldy and worm-eaten as 
scholastic ideas were of yesterday. We have our naturists in one camp, 
and our druggists in the other. No man dares be rational and step from 
one to the other. Each assumes it has the whole truth, and on this crazy 
belief it shoots daggers at the other. An absolutely sane man, wanting 
all the truth on both sides, couldn't get it unless while receiving partial 
truth from one side he appeared violently hostile to the equal truth on 
the other side. The high-brow druggist and the low-brow naturist, one 
full of theory and the other full of hate of theory, seem as antiquated 
as the high-brow pedagogue and the low-brow manufacturer, each de- 
claring that all wisdom lies with him. I am plumb sick of both bunches; 
I hunger and thirst for saneness, but lo I find it not, in either camp of 
blind, bawling, bungling, hostiles. 

Here is what should be done. The naturists should establish a great 
school of therapeutic training where every subject, plan, device, method, 
instrument, book, test, experiment, now used in the leading medical 
schools would be transported and incorporated bodily. The only 
difference, positively the only difference, between this new naturist 
school and the old medical school would be that a system of substitutes 
for drugs would be evolved, whereby foods and herbs and exercises and 
baths and mental suggestions would do the work of drugs — but safely 
and permanently. Now, if the system of equivalents for drugs were 
potent and unfailing, don't you see what would happen? When the 
Medical Trust opposed the legalizing of the Nature Cure, all that should 
be necessary would be to show the legislature of any state that the 
curricula of the naturist school and the medical school were identical 
save in the prescribing of drugs, and that the naturist equivalents for 
drugs were more effective than drugs! 

I personally believe that no complete system of equivalents can be 
devised, that in certain crises certain drugs are necessary, and that no 
physician is qualified to practise until he knows what these crises are and 
how to handle these drugs in these crises. But then, being a heretic on 
this point, I have no right to speak for the naturists as a whole. I merely 
challenge you to work out a drugless pharmacoepia, in which the effect 
of each of the thousands of drugs now in use can be guaranteed in a 
crisis, but without the aid of the drug. No one ever did this, and I sur- 
mise that no one ever can do it. The first man who does do it will knock 
out the underpinning of the Medical Trust's persecution platform. 

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or Johns Hopkins were to receive a catalogue of a modern school giving 
the entire curriculum of Harvard or Johns Hopkins, but instead of a host 
of poisonous and manifestly dangerous drugs a wide choice of safe, 
easy and attractive methods of prescription and treatment, and in ad- 
dition a long list of hygienic and therapeutic subjects not even mentioned 
by Harvard or Johns Hopkins, would not any rational youth prefer the 
course at the modern school with advanced methods? There are 
numerous reasons for believing, as I believe, that such an institution 
would, if rightly founded and conducted, be the means of popularizing 
and legalizing the Nature Cure in every State of the Union. 

While we are waiting for some genius of natural therapeutics to 
evolve and plan for an all-round school, can we not find a substitute 
method for giving to the young doctor of any school a true conception of 
the scope of his work? As an aid to the solution of this problem, I would 
offer these suggestions, 

1. Let a plan be developed for putting Nature Cure literature into 
the hands of every freshman in a medical school in the United States, 
Better reach him, if possible, before he enters the school. A special kind 
of appeal would have to be formulated, as no variety of Nature Cure 
literature with which I am acquainted would carry just the right im- 
pression for a young medical student. We must show him in how many 
ways it would be to his advantage to study natural healing in preparation 
for a regular course at a medical school. The time to convince the pros- 
pective doctor is before he has let his mind be inoculated with the poison 
of the drug theory. 

n. Let a special scheme of study be arranged, for intending allo- 
paths, homeopaths and eclectics, aiming to ground them in Nature Cure 
principles before they enroll at a medical school. The time to campaign 
among these youths is while they are seniors at colleges or academies. 
A method of securing their names could easily be thought out. 

HI, Let a post-graduate course also be devised, particularly for 
young medical men, to supplement but not supplant their M, D. curri- 
culum. This course would have to be written, taught and advertised not 
from the naturist's viewpoint, as drugless courses now are, but from the 
doctor's viewpoint. The psychology, language, entire appeal must 
consider only the status, personality, peculiarity, of the young M, D. 

To accomplish the foregoing and similar objects, a Medical Exten- 
sion Board might be appointed, to consist of representatives from all the 
leading drugless schools, with a psychologist, an efficiency counsel, an 
advertising expert, and an influential old-style doctor who believes in 
natural methods. The aim of this Board would be to invent ways and 

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means for co-operating with the officials, students and graduates of the 
medical schools of the United States, for mutual benefit and satisfaction; 
and in particular for examining,, comparing, broadening and raising the 
standards of professional training in both medical and non-medical 
schools. Now to answer the main question. 

If I were a student in a Nature Cure college, I should plan to spend at 
least a year in a medical institution, college or sanitarium or hospital, 
before commencing to practise. And if I could afford the time and 
money, I should take the entire medical course, receive a diploma, and 
pass the examination of the State Board, entitling me to act with all the 
prestige and unction of a licensed M. D. I should do this for many 
reasons, moral, mental, manual, social, legal, political, financial, profes- 

1. Moral reason. A doctor cannot know too much about the nature, 
cause, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is the business and duty 
of a conscientious physician to learn all that can be taught him of these 
subjects before attempting to practise. The medical schools teach 
valuable things not yet offered in the drugless curricula, therefore a 
medical course should supplement a naturist course. 

2. Mental reason. A doctor, of all men, cannot afford to be pre- 
judiced and one-sided. Constant association with any one class of 
thinkers, to the exclusion of those of opposite mind, is sure to warp* a 
man. Violent hatred of drugs and druggists may be as unwholesome and 
perilous in cases of acute disease or disorder, as an allopathic mania for 
giving drugs would be in chronic cases. 

3. Manual reason. Facilities and opportunities for experiment, re- 
search, investigation, clinical work and tactile experience, are much 
greater in the medical schools than anywhere else. They are limited to 
a most pitiable extent, in drugless colleges. The only way at present 
for a young physician to participate actively in the diagnosis and treat- 
ment of a large number of cases prior to opening an office is to ally 
himself with a medical school of training. 

4. Social reason. No matter what a few of us think about the 
general ignorance and incompetence of doctors, the sight of an "M. D." 
after a man's name still inspires awe and respect in the minds of the 
vast majority. Not for another generation at least will the drugless 
healer enjoy an equal social standing with the medical graduate. A 
doctor can use natural methods without losing caste or reputation, but 
a natural healer cannot employ either physiological or medicinal 
agencies without running amuck of society and the law. 

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5. Legal reason. Except in certain restricted localities the practice 
of Nature Cure is unlawful, and exposes the practitioner to constant 
risk. He may lose in one lawsuit the fees from a whole year's practice, 
or may he shut up in jail for twenty years and have his whole life work 
ruined. To run the gamut of such danger seems foolhardy and un- 

6. Political reason. There are many offices in the State now open 
to an M. D., hut closed to a drugless healer. Great corporations, too, are 
coming more and more to select physicians in welfare and social service 
work; philanthropies and charities have long done this. A regular 
doctor has ten times the opportunities for large public service that a 
naturist can have for many years to come. 

7. Financial reason. Large fees can often be asked legitimately 
in medicine and surgery. If they can be asked — and obtained, in 
natural healing, I do not know. I only know they are not. People pay 
for mystery, not for commonsense, in their doctor. And he who cannot 
dispense mystery cannot hope for great financial reward. 

But the ultimate reason of all is professional. The scientific 
way to destroy an evil is to attack it from the inside. When you want 
to cut down a dead tree, you don't build a fence around it, then sit on 
the fence and hack at the tips of the branches. We are trying to cut to 
pieces the dead tree of druggism in as foolish and wasteful a manner — 
we spend enough energy on the job to build a whole city of model houses. 
Only a medical doctor can effectively destroy the evils of the medical 
system— for only he can get close to them to attack them in a scientific 
manner. If I were a naturist physician, I would learn medicine in order 
to fight medicine. And the first one who does this properly, will be 
stronger than the entire Medical Trust. 

The way to surpass the doctors is to know more than they know and 
do better than they do. Whoever achieves this must be himself a doctor. 
The hope for the health of the world lies in the physician who combines 
the knowledge, skill and shrewdness of the druggist with the cleanness, 
fearlessness and ideality of the naturist. 

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Should a physician advertise; if so, what and where and when and 

The right answer to this' question would be the open door to a 
phenomenal career of service and opulence, for any doctor who knows 
and loves his work. Advertising, in one form or another, prepares the 
way for success in any trade or profession. Publicity is popularity, and 
popularity is opportunity. No man with goods or services to sell can 
afford to remain ignorant of the twentieth century science of advertising. 

A, doctor is a merchant, plus a heart and a high hat. Though he 
has a mission of love to perform, and a reputation of dignity to preserve, 
he must be a salesman of treatments, consultations and prescriptions — 
with all the science of salesmanship at his subtle, sure, instant, constant 
command. The failure of doctors to recognize this financial department 
of their work has been a hindrance to their largest usefulness and hap- 
piness, from the beginning of the healing art. 

Now advertising, done effectively, in the proper way, medium, lan- 
guage, time, cost and extent, forms, probably 30 per cent of the success 
of any business. A factory or store with a yearly turn-over of $1,000,000 
worth of goods must appropriate $50,000 to $80,000 a year for advertis- 
ing alone — and this expenditure is considered one of the best possible 
investments by shrewd business men. Wherever you make purchases 
for yourself or your family, you find and you buy the best-advertised 
goods, articles which have become standardized in your mind through 
long-continued repetition of their names and claims, through the me- 
diums of newspapers, magazines, bill-boards, street-car appeals, trade- 
marks and packages and pictures and types of distinction and attraction. 
It may be said of almost any modern business: No advertisement, no 

The psychology' of advertising explains the hold which patent medi- 
cines and other fake nostrums have on the public. The name and pic- 
lure of some alleged doctor and benefactor is so vividly and everlast- 

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ingly painted on tlic incniory of drug-store patrons that they keep on 
buying the box or bottle grown thus familiar, not only for themselves 
but for their children, and their children's children. The psychology 
of the patent medicine is as good as the physiology is bad. 

The name of Kneipp is world-renowned chiefly because of the many 
varieties of herbs, foods, and garments which Kneipp endorsed and 
some Kneipp company sold in all parts of the world. Father Kneipp 
had the goodness of the naturist and the shrewdness of the druggist, 
happily and wonderfully combined. He was a pastor, a healer, and a 
business man; his reputation, however, grew most from his power as a 
business man. 

But Kneipp did not advertise himself, or his ministry — he adver- 
tised only his books, remedies or institutions. The cures he wrought 
advertised themselves; and this may be said of nearly every great 
pioneer in rational therapeutics. So we ask one of the most vital ques- 
tions bearing on efficiency in drugless healing: Should a physician 

The true and proper and scientific answer to this question has not 
yet been made, to my knowledge. Further, it has not even been dis- 
cussed in a manner befitting the importance of the problem. I shall not 
assume to offer a final conclusion, but will endeavor to outline the chief 
points for consideration, from the efficiency side only. 

As the problem relates equally to medical and non-medical physi- 
cians, provided they are equally honest and efllcient, I propounded it 
first to old-school doctors, since they arc in the majority. 

1 was immediately confronted Jjy a lot of mediaeval hobgoblins 
termed "professional ethics", whose horrible shriek at the very mention 
of the word "advertising" thrust terror in my soul. Now a "professional 
ethic" is the ghost of a personal ideal. When the ideal departed this 
life, the "ethic" hung around for a few generations, to haunt the place. 
Any doctor who fears a host of "professional ethics" and feels paralyzed 
thereby, is in a moral graveyard, and doesn't know w^hat ails him. 

However, the shades of the departed should always be respected — 
never be ridiculed. And I determined to study these ghostly "ethics" 
that forbade a physician to advertise. Years ago, when I was as ignorant 
as very good people usually are, I didn't believe in ghosts. Now I realize, 
from a prolonged study of psychic phenomena, that astral bodies and 
personal radiations are as truly scientific facts as are light and elec- 
tricity. Just so, the wraiths of dead ideas and convictions, which we 
term superstitions, may contain the semblance, if not the substance, of 

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living truths. They should not he dismissed without a sympathetic, 
scientific, examination. What is the hasis for the universal antipathy, 
among skilled and conscientious doctors, individually and collectively, 
toward the subject of advertising in the medical profession? Why do 
the best doctors and medical associations forthwith excommunicate a 
doctor who starts to advertise? On what ground is modern publicity a 
hindrance to advancement in healing though a pronounced help to ad- 
vancement in other vocations? 

These questions were not easy of answer, A doctor is an oyster of 
eloquence, and I never could open oysters. However, I managed to 
extract, from the silence and ignorance of doctors on the subject, a few 
clear and cogent reasons why doctors in good standing will not ad- 
vertise. These are: 

*1. Because advertising is a commercial proposition, designed for 
money-making only, and a physician who regards his calling as a mis- 
sion can no more advertise himself than a minister could. 

2. Because the advertising columns of newspapers and magazines 
are filled with praise of shoes and soaps and cigars and other material 
products, while the real commodity of the phj^sician is an intimate, 
personal service whose nature and value can be neither described nor 

3. Because the returns from advertising depend on a regular 
"follow-up" system and other commercial methods, for which a true 
physician has no time, talent or inclination. 

4. Because the brazen exploitation of a doctor in the public press 
would cheapen him in the eyes of his best clients, and would rob his 
work of the dignity, secrecy and confidence which are indispensable. 

5. Because real cures advertise themselves, and a physician who 
has made himself truly efficient does not need to advertise — he has 
more clients than he wants. 

These arguments may be answerable, but they certainly are re- 
spectable, and by no means deserving of the general doubt and odium 
cast by most naturists on the medical fraternity. The reasons apply to 
naturopaths as much as to allopaths, if they apply at all. Do they 
apply? Can a physician deliberately seek publicity for which he pays, 
and still be true to his calling? 

Be not deceived, however, in these arguments. No matter what the 
ideal state of things may be, the actual fact is that great numbers of old- 
school doctors do advertise. They write papers for medical journals 

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and letters for the daily press; they deliver speeches before health 
societies, women's clubs and civic bodies; they seek appointive or legis- 
lative oflice; they propound new cures for diseases which they have pre- 
viously invented for a new cure to fit; they wear a graceful goatee, a 
funereal medicine-case, an omniscient atmosphere, and other items of a 
self-announcing suit of regalia; they perform so many, many tricks that 
work as well as a paid advertisement, and more cheaply. It seems to be 
not a crime for a doctor to advertise, but a crime for him to get caught 
at it. Having ceased for lo these many years to be a doctor-catcher, 1 
wash my hands of the job, I turn it over to the dog-catcher. 

Now let us look for a brief spell at Doctor Munyon, Lydia Pinkham 
(there haint no Lydia, she is a company), and Mr. Bromo Seltzer. We 
shall not look long, as these sights are too horrible for the human eye to 
contemplate. Their one redeeming feature is their financial acumen; 
and this, while it cannot redeem them, should redeem us. If I were an 
association of drugless practitioners, I would organize a complete inves- 
tigation of the methods of advertising and salesmanship that have made 
fortunes and followings for Munyon, Pinkham, Seltzer and Company. 
I would emulate the shrewdness of these rich concerns, but eliminate 
their badness. I would employ their knowledge of human nature and 
psychological appeal; I would hire one of their chief advertisement- 
writers, if necessary, and let him adapt their money-making offers and 
devices to the business end of the Nature Cure. 

Is there any earthly reason why poisons should be sold to millions 
of the sick, and fortunes made for the vendors, while the honest, harm- 
less, helpful treatments and remedies of the Nature Cure physician are 
limited to a handful of immediate patients — and his rewards are priva- 
tion and sacrifice? Wealth is embalmed wisdom. I am tired of the 
poverty-plaint of drugless healers. Poverty is stupidity. A man may 
get to Heaven by being good, but if he is nothing but good, he has to go 
through Hell here. How do I know? I have been through it. 

Should a physician advertise? Emphatically, yes. Should he ad- 
vertise the personal, confidential service he hopes to render? Emphat- 
ically, no. He should plan a system whereby all his publicity may focus 
on a book, a remedy, a school or a sanitarium, so that the first person 
singular never appears in a public advertisement. The individual 
healer or teacher must always advertise not his personality, but a pro- 
duction of it. 

An illustration of scientific publicity occurs in the case of my three 
books "How To Be Happy", aiding optimism; "The Philosophy of Fast- 
ing", promoting health; and "The Triumph of the Man Who Acts", urging 

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efficiency. No mention is made in these books of the fact that I teach 
their respective subjects; or that I know anything about letter-writing, 
advertising, or business method; or that I lecture, write editorials, or 
give personal consultations. Yet from the readers of these three books 
— numbering now over 1,000,000 people — thousands of requests have 
come, for every kind of service I can render. If 1 were at the head of a 
sanitarium, it could easily be kept filled by merely conducting corre- 
spondence with health-seekers who, after reading these books, wrote 
for the author's aid and counsel. Here, 1 believe, is an example of the 
most ethical, efficient and economical way of advertising a health in- 

Observe, however, that these books were not written with any 
thought of advertising in them or behind them — such an object would 
have killed the spirit in them, which alone impels the reader. They 
were written to serve Truth, to aid the reader, and to express myself. 
Your best advertising is the radiation of your own soul; and here the 
very word "advertising" is grotesquely out of place. The real reason 
for studying advertising is to learn how not to need it. To the master, 
in any profession, the people must come. He cannot leave his work, 
to call them, for his work is himself. When your work is you, from the 
ends of the earth you will surely be summoned, without act or knowl- 
edge on your part. 

Let us now demonstrate the need for a better knowledge and use of 
the laws of advertising, in health reform circles, I have clipped a num- 
ber of advertisements from our standard hygienic and metaphysical 
magazines, which publications are supposed to represent the highest 
moral standards in the health held. A casual observer, not acquainted 
with the publishers of these journals, would say to himself, on reading 
these advertisements, "What sort of a fake scheme is this anyway? Do 
these people expect me to believe their editorials, when their advertise- 
ments are plumb rotten?" The casual observer would be entirely 
justified in such a query and conclusion. The simple fact is, that many 
of our health magazines permit the publication of advertisements which 
are misleading, unprofessional and untrue, and which would be turned 
out of the columns of the better class of newspapers and popular maga- 
zines making no pretensions to a supermorality. 

Some of these "ads" are comic, some are tragic. We will consider a 
few of each kind, giving the actual wording in most cases, with the 
meaning and substance in every case. Then we will ofler a comment, 
from the efficiency viewpoint. The quotation is a headline or principal 
sentence from the original advertisement. The name is of course al' 
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will cure any curable disease or chronic ailment. 

Copyrighted booklet with full instructions on home 

treatment, one dollar. 



Here we have a panacea, and it costs but a dollar. I have consulted 
a famous exponent of the Milk Cure, and he says that the ordinary ap- 
plication of it is not only useless in many cases, but is actually harmful. 
Besides, any attempt to follow it in your own home is fraught with great 
difficulty, if not with danger. Yet here, in this modest little ad, we are 
guaranteed a cure for everything, from baldness to housemaid's knee, 
without even consulting a doctor, and the miracle is worth but a dollar. 
This advertiser missed his calling — he should have been a pea-in-the- 
shell bunco man trailing a circus. 


Healthy physical life preserved for a hundred 
years. By mail, 25 cents, coin. 

Dear Me, Mo. 

The law of Karma determines our length of life. And this cannot 
be foretold, save by celestial record of our past and present. Further- 
more, we can never be guaranteed the fulfilment of any wish, by human 
agency. Often the thing we wish for is the worst thing to have. And 
the early death of most of the people who dote on metaphysical mum- 
mery, would, I am persuaded, be a mercy to the race. It is, however, 
worth 25 cents to see how big a fool a self-conceited man can make of 
himself. You may answer this ad — and get your money's worth — even 
if you should die laughing, in which case any lawyer would advise 
you to demand the return of your money, as you did not live 100 years. 
The man whose chief study is how to live 100 years never lives at all. 
He is already a mental mummy. 

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Luxuriant hair, eyebrows, mustache, or beard, a 

positive result with our Recipe. Can be filled in 

every home, and 10 cents worth will grow a healthy 

head of hair. 

Dandrufftown, Penna. 

These people are too generous for their own good, somebody should 
warn them against the bankruptcy of overzealous charity. There are 
hundreds of bald-headed men and ugly-haired ladies within the sound 
of my voice from my Broadway office, who would gladly pay $100 each 
for a beautiful and luxuriant growth of hair. One of my friends has 
recently paid out $150, to have his fading locks restored, and they aren't 
back yet. Why give away so valuable a recipe for a measly dime? If 
ten cents' worth really grows a healthy head of hair, eager mobs of scalp 
specialists would fight among themselves for the privilege of paying 
$100 for the recipe. Of course there is no universal remedy for bald- 
ness, and we conjecture that the one suitable thing about this remedy 
is the price attached. 


Sell for $50 each. Learn in spare time. 
No correspondence course. Details free. 


The average price for a "movie" scenario by an unknown writer 
is $15. Few such plots bring more than $25, unless written by a famous 
author who can set his own figure for his work, and whose name can 
be used for its advertising value by the film company. But the worst 
fraud here committed lies in the false hope aroused in the minds of 
people who have no talenfwhatsoever in the dramatic field, and whose 
efforts will be wasted in trying to attain a virtual impossibility. To lure 
a man on by false hope is more of a crime than to knock him down and 
steal his purse. 

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Learn a money-making profession in 180 hours. 
Full particulars free. Lose your job and be joyful. 

Sleight-of-Hand, Mo. 

The inference is here that anybody at all — clerk, blacksmith or 
hod-carrier, may prepare himself to earn a good income as a mental 
healer — and do it in 221/2 days, of eight hours each. I should judge that 
not one person in five could ever be a good practitioner of psycho- 
therapy, and that several years of deep study and hard work would be 
needed, to train the one in five persons who might be naturally fit for 
such a career. Two false premises in one short ad is certainly enough. 


A hermit living in a dark cave had a magic secret for 
attaining all that the human heart can wish. Many 
princes came for .this, from afar. We were kings in 
our mind, so he gave us the secret, which we now 
publish and sell for the ridiculous sum of 10 cents. 
Why put off getting rich? Learn how, now. 

Opiumjoint, State of Coma 

The hermit lived in a dark cave. We believe you — he didn't dare 
come out. But the darkness is out, having come with his "magic secret." 
The fortune-telling atmosphere of this recital is bad enough, to be sanc- 
tioned by a magazine upholding truth and decency. But the advertiser 
has done a more unrighteous thing than prey on credulity; he has pub- 
lished in the advertisement a representation of the face of a holy man, 
presumably that of the Christ, with a halo shedding light, and a star 
above. Here is blasphemy too horrible for words. A friend of the pure 
Nazarene can only turn away, heartsick, weeping, asking God why such 
desecration was allowed to be. How can the publisher of such a trav- 
esty on truth expect to gain the confidence of the public, in any respect? 

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Superior method course of instruction. Masterkey to 

achievement. Simple and sure. Better than college 

education. Costs nearly nothing. Send 10 cents for 

literature explaining all. 



A college education costs at least $1,000. Here is something better, 
for 10 cents. Why build any more colleges? Why not endow this 
modest advertiser, and make a universal educational institution out of 
him? We would suggest for a name — Gall and Omniscience, Incorpo- 
rated. And we would further suggest that all the asylums and hospitals 
for the feeble-minded should be emptied at his door, they being fit 
subjects for his intelligence to work upon. 

Well, brothers and sisters, what are we going to do about all this? 
Would it not be a kindly. Christian act for us to write the editor of any 
magazine publishing such advertising as the foregoing, and protest with 
all our mind and heart against these libels on our intelligence and in- 
sults to our honor? Will not some great national association of 
teachers, physicians or publishers take up the matter of censorship for 
advertisements, and plan some way to abolish the evils manifested in 
the cases I have quoted? Advertising is the scientific presentation of 
the simple truth. Our first problem is to see that we have the truth. 

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There is a lesson for naturists in the story of the Great War. 

When Germany defied and assailed practically the whole world, 
Germany rested in the consciousness of two invulnerable sources of 
strength. The first was information, the second preparation. 

Through her unequalled spy system, Germany knew more about 
the size, location, method and equipment of the English bulwarks of 
defense than the body of the English army knew. This advance knowl- 
edge, minute in detail but vast in scope, formed the base of the German 
war-machine, whose efficiency has amazed the world. How to beat 
your enemy : Know his game as well as he does, then play it first. 

We have no liking for a spy. A spy is but a sneak operating on a 
large scale, and to steal your information is as wrong as to steal your 
mone}'. However, the mental and mechanical ingenuity of the German 
spy system holds our admiration, if the method of its use forfeits our 
respect. Germany saw that her fleet could not oppose the fleet of 
England, so she launched a submarine war to prevent the sailing of the 
English fleet; Germany found that in numbers of men she would be 
outdone, so she bent all her energies to giving her men a larger allot- 
ment of ammunition than the enemy could obtain; Germany reckoned 
with the slow and imponderable temperament of the English people, 
and rightly figured that the psychological way to victory was to rush 
them off their feet. In short, by knowing all the strength and weakness 
of the enemy in advance, Germany prepared to match the one, and 
overwhelm the other. 

* The publisher of this book wishes to emphasize again the fact that he does not agree 
with ail the conclusions of Mr. Purinlon, and believes him entirely wrong in soma of them. 
Hence we do not wish to be held responsible for any of these chapters as a whole, but merely ofTer 
thenj to our readers as an expression of individual opinion. Because of their power to stimulate 
thought in new directions, we consider these suggestions highly valuable, in spite of what seem 
to us occasional errors for which we cannot stand responsible. A discussion between the publisher 
apd Mr. Purinton will be foypd on another page, where the matter is explained more fully. 

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Nature Cure soldiers in America need to apply the German system, 
in warring on the fallacies and follies of the Medical Trust. There arc 
scores of ways in which the doctors are wiser than we. And one of the 
first essentials to ultimate victory for Natural Healing is a thorough 
knowledge of the superior points in the medical system. The habit of 
drugless physicians has ever been to denounce the physiological poison 
contained in the drug school of practice, without recognizing the psy-" 
chological power displayed by that school. As a matter of fact, a suc- 
cessful doctor is a practical psychologist whose methods the natural 
healer may well study and emulate. Human nature is not all body — 
it is first and foremost mind. And to omit a scientific use of psycholo- 
gized methods in therapeutic work is an unnatural proceeding. 

The professional habits and customs of most drugless healers are 
crude, ineffective, unwise. The profession is so new that the methods 
pertaining to its use have not been standardized. They must be, in order 
to gain the prestige and power enjoyed by the old-school doctors. 
Furthermore, instead of belaboring and ridiculing the allopaths for their 
crimes and follies, we must quietly, and humbly prepare to learn from 
them the superior wisdom that enables them to get and hold their sway 
among the masses. I would earnestly recommend that one of the large 
national associations of naturist physicians employ a young man — 
preferably a psychologist, writer or reporter, to go through the entire 
medical system of training and practice, becoming a regular M. D. under 
the present idiotic laws, for the express purpose of analyzing and 
recording the details of the medical monopoly from the inside. The 
history of such an experience, accurately made without heat or preju- 
dice, would form a book of inestimable value to the success of the 
Nature Cure in America. 

We are most handicapped by ignorance. The method of first-hand 
study employed by Upton Sinclair in showing the evils of the Chicago 
stock-yards and by Alfred W. McCann in exposing the rottenness of the 
New York food-adulterators, should be followed by any man who hopes 
to reform the abuses of the drug business. Will not some young health 
enthusiast among our readers volunteer to immortalize himself by un- 
dertaking such a secret mission of a legitimate spy, among the ranks of 
the "regulars" in the drug-army? 

1 have been doing a little scout work myself. And I find, probably 
to your disappointment, that we have as much to learn from the doctors 
as they have to learn from us. People pay only for what they want. 
Doctors give people what they want. Therefore, instinctively, people 
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ought to have; which, beloved brethren, is the last thing they will pay 
for. We have not yet psychologized Nature Cure practice on the basis 
of human nature as it is today. I would make a beginning toward such 
a reform, in this chapter. The only reform worth attempting, is to reform 
reformers; tiiis, being impossible, holds an irresistible appeal for a man 
who, being a man, hates easy things. 

From a wide acquaintance among doctors, a profound respect for 
some of them, a cordial dislike for most of them, and a desire to be fair 
to all of them, I deduce the following lessons for the consideration of 
Nature Cure physicians. I do not guarantee the conclusions infallible, 
but only commend them to your serious attention. 

1. Healing, teaching and reforming should he made wholly sep- 
arate, organized and maintained under auspices and methods entirely 
distinct. The average drugless physician tries, earnestly but stupidly, 
to act as healer, teacher and reformer, all at the same time. In striving 
to become three men, he finds himself only a third of each; and a third 
of a man can never be a success. Nature Cure as a reform should be 
endowed, in the manner of all philanthropies and uplift crusades; and 
our reform instincts and aims should be focused on the means to estab- 
lish a great national institution of health reform, which shall be founded 
and supported by the gifts of the rich, and thus receive popular acclaim 
as well as financial guarantee. There should be hospitals, clinics, dis- 
pensaries, homes and sanitaria of the Nature Cure, one or more of these 
in every city of the United States. Before they can be established, a 
wise, broad, concerted effort must be made to attract the wealthy and 
powerful to the cause of Natural Healing and Living. Only by the help 
of men and women of means can the reform side of this work be effect- 
ively presented — those who earn their living in the profession cannot 
safely diverge into its reform aspects. 

Neither should education in Nature Cure principles be attempted 
by the practitioner among his patients, unless they voluntarily ask to be 
taught. One of our popular axioms is, that the healer should be first a 
teacher, I am coming to doubt this very seriously. At this moment I 
believe that all the education, for the sick at least, should be carried on 
by means of books, magazines and courses of instruction, while the 
physician should limit himself strictly to healing. When a man hires a 
lawyer, a preacher, a cook, or a chauffeur, he does not want to be in- 
structed in the mere technique of such professions. The lawyer must 
save him from jail, the preacher from hell, the cook from dyspepsia, 
the chauffeur from accident, and the man doesn't want to think how 
they do it. That is their job, for which he pays. Neither does the in- 

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valid want sermons or lectures from his doctor — he wants cure, and 
cure only. To give him long harangues while treating him, is a psycho- 
logical blunder, a pure waste of time and energy, a token of inexperience 
and rashness. 

There are two special reasons why the drugless physician cannot be 
a successful teacher. In the first place, a man ill in body is also ill in 
mind. We know how hard it is to convince those who seem physically 
well, of the value and importance of the Nature Cure. How much 
harder it is to impress and renew the disordered minds of those afflicted 
with chronic disease! The majority of the invalids who try the Nature 
Cure are physically and mentally incapable of understanding the philos- 
ophy of it, their instincts and intellects are both on a vacation, and have 
been for years, else they would not be confirmed invalids. Why attempt 
to convert them, when all they want is cure? Here is where the reformer 
mixes in, usurping the place of the doctor, and making confusion, by 
throwing a hodge-podge of new ideas into the patient's weak, distorted, 

The second reason why the healer cannot be an effective teacher 
lies in the lack of ultimate authority. A feeling of absolute faith and 
security is one of the first essentials to recovery. The church assumes 
final sanction and wisdom over all its devotees; the college claims to 
have the ultimate scientific truth pompously writ in huge tomes by far- 
famed authorities: hence the church and the college teach powerfully 
because they engender a supreme faith in their right to teach. Now 
there is no ultimate authority in the Nature Cure, and there never can 
be. The nearest approach will be some great national institution, 
heavily endowed and thoroughly approved by men of renown, whereby 
a system of popular education in the Nature Cure may be given a 
semblance of ultimate authority. At the present time, with no such 
powerful institution back of him, it seems folly and futility for any 
drugless healer to try to teach a patient a set of principles for which no 
standard or tribunal has yet been established. 

The wonderful work of Dr. Alexis Carrel in blood-transfusion, bone- 
transplanting and life-restoring would never have gained fact or 
credence but for the millions back of the Rockefeller Institute, and the 
respect which arose therefrom in the public mind. Without some such 
mighty force underlying and supporting the Nature Cure investigator, 
he wastes himself in trying to convert or teach the public. Let him be 
a straight reformer, and get a rich man to endow him; let him be a 
straight teacher, and hold a position in a health school or issue lessons 
of his own; let him be a straight physician, and confine himself to cure; 

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let him be any one of these three humanitarians, but not endeavor to 
be more than one. He can't. 

2. Silence and mystery should surround the healing art. It is 
indeed fatal to let a patient know what you are doing to him. He might 
endeavor to save money and do it himself, or to hire a cut-rate healer to 
perform the ceremony; either of whicli alternatives would be, if possible, 
even more fatal than your own prescriptions. Do not explain liow your 
treatment cures, do not urge him to depend on himself, above all do not 
say that "Only Nature heals" and you have no inherent curative power; 
all such statements weaken your hold on the sick, and either impair the 
cure or send the invalid to a doctor with a big gob of self-esteem at the 
phrenological top of his head. Frankness with a patient is foolhardiness. 

Somebody here probably exclaims "Well, of all things, this is the 
limit! How often I have heard you preach honesty and openness and 
truthfulness. Now you advise mystery, superstition and deception. 
When did you backslide, what caused your ruination, and oh can I ever 
believe you again?" Not so fast, my hysterical friend, you are reading 
only with your eyes, not with your mind and heart. (Most people read 
everything this way, hence are universally misinformed.) I do not 
sanction dishonesty, I hate all forms of deception, and I want to smash 
into atoms every superstition on earth. But I am now an efficiency 
engineer — not a reformer. And while a reformer who only paws the 
air in a verbose, melancholy way may be content with pretty theories, 
an etficiency engineer considers only results. You cannot get results as 
a doctor by treating your patient as an equal. You must always be 
superior in knowledge and power. Let him think he can learn all that 
you know, from Nature or any other source, and at once you begin to 
lose your influence. 

The mediaeval custom of writing medical prescriptions in Latin is 
part of the code and conspiracy to prevent a sick man from learning 
what the doctor does to him. I used to think the Latin-prescription 
business merely a pedantic and archaic form of medical superstition. 
Believe it not — this array of unknown figures, strange signs and foreign 
polysyllabics is one of the subtlest means of psychological strategy 
known to science. For, observe what would happen if a doctor's orders 
were to be writ in plain English. The patient would try to fill the pre- 
scription himself — and thus most likely poison himself; he would loan 
the prescription to friends whose ailments were apparently similar but 
really quite dissimilar; he would use the prescription without consul- 
tation when his trouble or anything like it should recur — though symp- 
toms and causes might be very different to the professional eye of a 
trained observer. 

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In short, a prescription that a patient could read would at once 
become an instrument of peril, to his own life and to the practice of his 
doctor. This explains why the custom persists, and why a code of like 
impressiveness should be formulated and adopted by drugless physi- 
cians. Tell a man to gargle salt and water for a sore throat, and he will 
grunt "Huh! I could have prescribed that myself! Why should 1 pay 
this doctor?" Tell him to gargle sodium chloride, aqua pura (HO), and 
some other hidden, harmless ingredient from a drugstore — then behold 
the fellow is grateful, obedient, and ready to pay your fee without 
protest. A dose thrives only in the dark — I suppose because the deed 
is evil. But if sick people want secrecy with their prescription, a doctor's 
business is to furnish the secrecy also. As teachers, we should tell 
people something about the science of health; as reformers, we should 
tell them everything; as doctors, we should tell them nothing. Which 
are we? 

3. Every doctor should possess a lot of queer-looking instrument'; 
and appliances, that he alone understands, and that he should wield 
with solemn unction and slow suspense, on the patient. A sick person 
likes to be fussed over, and allowed to believe that his peculiar trouble 
is the most subtle, mysterious, baffling complication of blights that ever 
attacked a human frame. Of course theoretically he should be stood 
up in a corner and spanked; but actually, he must be solemnly bent over 
and seriously examined, studied, measured, weighed, turned and tried 
and tested in every conceivable manner, to satisfy his conceit and self- 
pity. The more of this sort of diagnosis you can give him, the more he 
will believe in you and think you a grand little doctor. I would therefore 
advise the drugless physician to equip his office with the crazy-looking 
tools, appliances and machines to be found in the office of a popular 
allopath, to the extent that these diagnostic fooleries and flummadiddles 
do not actually harm the patient. 

I would further recommend, this time seriously, that the whole 
range and import of symptoms should receive ten times the consideration 
now given the subject by the average Nature Cure school. The allopaths 
are wrong in prescribing a specific remedy for each of a thousand 
specific ailments; but they are right in locating and learning a thousand 
symptoms marking a thousand ailments, they have properly emphasized 
the urgent need for scientific accuracy in studying the diverse conditions 
of patients minutely and continually. Most anti-drug practitioners, 
whether physiological or metaphysical, err in point of a criminal 
vagueness and ignorance. Nature will cure, without drugs or opera- 
tions, most cases of appendicitis and of typhoid fever; but the physician 
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choose from Nature's host of remedies the ones to fit the case. In the 
close determination of the many varied forms of disease, the allopath 
is to my way of thinking far ahead of the naturopath. 

4. Preaching and teaching prophylaxis should be rigorously barred, 
unless earnestly requested. In watching thousands of cases of physical 
or mental disease, I have come to the conclusion that about one person 
in fifteen — certainly no more — may appreciate, understand and adopt 
the rules of right living that Nature Cure rests upon. To explain them 
to the other fourteen is mere waste of time, energy and sympathy. The 
efiicient man wastes nothing. When we consider the matter, as it should 
be considered, in a purely professional way, we discover that the doctor 
is merely a merchant of prescriptions and treatments, he is selling cure, 
and cure only. When you go to a store for a pair of shoes, if a clerk 
tries to sell you sandals or slippers instead of shoes, you are properly 
indignant, you rebuke or report the clerk for unwarranted ofiiciousness, 
and you probably trade thereafter with another store. The shoes you 
are wearing may have brought you corns or bunions — no matter, they 
are your shoes and your corns or bunions, you have a right to keep them 
all, and no clerk has a right to interfere. Why should your patients 
think otherwise, when they seek to buy cure from you? If they ask for 
detailed information on the best forms of exercise, diet, baths, mental 
habits, and the like, for the prevention of disease, then teach them, re- 
form them, promptly and gladly. But if they merely want to be patched 
up, not renovated and regenerated, do the patching conscientiously, and 
stop there. 

5. A national herb-store conspiracy should be formed, that would 
do for the drugless physician what the present drug-store conspiracy 
does for the doctor. Think how many press agents, boosters and allies 
the doctor has working for him, at no expense to himself. There is the 
druggist; the chemist; the medicine-maker; the instrument-manufac- 
turer; the surgeon; the hospital official; the nurse; the food-faker; the 
vendor of tight shoes, wool underwear, stiff corsets, high collars and 
hermetic hats; the teacher of wholly theoretical hygiene; the parson 
who ignores the body; and last but not least the unctuous undertaker. 
These folks are all working for the doctor — no wonder he is a popular 
man! Conversely, they are all working against the Nature Cure physi- 
cian, because if he gains the sanction of the public, the jobs of these 
aforementioned persons are forthwith gone. Why should we allow 
this thusness? 

A national chain of herb-stores should be established. All Nature 
Cure colleges, whether physical or metaphysical, should include a full 
course in the study, prescription and application of herbal remedies. 

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internal and external. The custom should be inaugurated, of prescribing 
a harmless vegetable tea, tincture, powder, bath, infusion, compress, or 
other plant remedy, as a general form of "placebo" treatment. Every 
drugless physician should carry a "medicine-case"; why forsooth should 
the dignity and mystery of that solemn reticule be for an asset to the 
allopath alone? I am not fooling, I am in dead earnest. We cannot 
hope for a thousand years to make people trust in principles only, and 
I have observed that many a flowery advocate of New Thought or 
Physical Culture has no hesitation in swallowing, secretly, a nice little 
pill and thereupon feeling better, also secretly. The wisdom of Kneipp 
in compounding his herbal "Apotheke", was greater in a therapeutic 
sense than all the sentimental theories of every cloud-lodged metaphysi- 
cian in our present day. Of course it is unsafe to prescribe even herbs 
until the practice of naturist methods has been legalized; here I would 
but suggest the underlying truth for a general herb inaugural through- 
out the healing profession. 

6. A substitute for surgery should be devised, to warrant an equiv- 
alent for the huge fees asked and received by famous surgeons. I have 
lately talked with the treasurer of a $6,000,000 institution for the cure 
of disease. And I have learned that many of the great surgeons on the 
faculty of the hospital maintain a secret list of charity patients, to whom 
they donate their services and for whom, in addition, they pay the ex- 
penses of board, room, and medicine. Here is but one instance out cf 
many, where a general popular movement for the spread of belief in 
drugs and operations is being carried on, quietly but unceasingly. How 
can the drugless physician afford a similar charity, with his present 
income too meager for a decent living? The great dispensaries in our 
American cities are possible only because the doctors who work for 
next to nothing have an independent means of support from their rich 
patients in the private wards. Would it not be feasible to evolve a 
highly difficult, really beneficial, form of treatment or manipulation, 
which would warrant a fee of $100 to $5,000, and would be restricted 
to those who could pay for it? I have in mind the success of 
Doctor Lorenz in the case of Lolita Armour, the daughter of the mil- 
lionaire meat-packer. You may recall how the spinal trouble of the 
little girl, which had made her a hopeless invalid, was cured by the 
manipulations of the European doctor, with a fee large enough to com- 
pensate for a host of charity cases. It will pay to give this whole matter 
of large fees, their psychology and availability, a great deal of serious 
thought. How can the rich be made to realize their need for the Nature 
Cure, and to pay in proportion to their wealth? The crowned heads of 
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pioneers over there. What is tlie matter here, why can not an equal 
following be secured? 

7. The principles and methods of the so-called specialist should 
be incorporated in drugless practice. The vogue of the general prac- 
titioner, the old-style family doctor, is fast disappearing. Except in 
counti-y districts, and for minor ailments, he must yield to the popularity 
of the highly trained, well paid, specialist. Not only in medicine, but in 
law, literature, commerce, education, even religion, the specialist now 
does the finest work, commands the best field, wins the largest rewards. 
The Reverend "Billy" Sunday has turned the hearts of millions of 
people toward the church, and he has collected for his own purse as 
much as $40,000 in one day. If specialism has invaded the church, how 
much more must it rule the hospital, sanitarium and private practice; 
for the bodies and minds of men are infinitely complex, while the souls 
are one. 

Tliere are two luain forms of therapeutic specialism. One refers to 
the kind, character and location of disease, the other pertains to the 
method of treatment. In the old-school practice, the first largely obtains, 
a doctor being a specialist of the nerves, eye, lungs and throat, or some 
other part of the anatomy. In drugless healing, my own belief is that 
the ideal specialist would master one branch of the Nature Cure, such 
as hydrotherapy, mechanotherapy, dietetics, gymnastics, mental science, 
and work in conjunction with many other specialists, each having a 
separate department, but all being correlated in one great institution. 
A doctor studies very little but the medical mode of treatment — and we 
call him unprepared. The Nature Cure embraces scores of systems, 
each as flifficult as the science (?) of medicine; how absurd then to 
claim that any one man is master of them all! Yet this is what a Nature 
Cure college virtually does, in graduating a pupil as a general prac- 
titioner. We can perhaps do no better at present, but we can at least 
think better for the future. 

Let me give an example of the need for specialism in the Nature 
Cure. A friend of mine has spent three years in going the rounds of 
both medical and non-medical liospitals, homes, sanitariums, and other 
health resorts. Tlie experience has cost him over $10,000, and suffering 
of mind and body that no dollars, no words even, can measure. The 
affliction of this man was complex, but not mysterious or incurable. 
After many heart-breaking attempts to gain health from any one physi- 
cian or institution, he managed finally to prepare for himself a com- 
posite treatment or system which really worked. Portions of this were 
taken from the different sanitaria he had visited — not one of which was 
really competent to handle this case. Morally, the man had a right to 

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sue each instilution for failing to provide all the known methods 
applicable to liis case. For every major class of chronic disease — such 
as rheumatism, dyspepsia, insomnia, neurasthenia, kidney and liver 
complaint, and so forth, a special resort or sanitarium on Nature Cure 
lines should be founded somewhere in the United States, and its where- 
abouts made known to every drugless practitioner. The future of 
Naturism lies in specialism. 

These are but a few vague hints on the subject of wiser professional 
methods. I would now make one definite, particular and very, very 
peculiar recommendation; 1 would urge that the American Medical 
Association and the American Naturopathic Association each appoint 
a representative or committee whose sole duty will be to ascertain the 
points of greater wisdom and excellence in the other association. The 
A. M. A. would say to the A. N. A. — "We are doubtless making serious 
mistakes, w^hich your superior knowledge would enable us to correct. 
Please inform and reform us." 

Then the A. N. A. would reply to the A. M. A.— "Not so, brothers. 
We, verily, are the bunglers — will you not graciously condescend to 
show us the better way?" Each would thus become a regular Alphonse 
of courtesy to the other's Gaston of humility. 

I have to stop here — such a spectacle takes my breath entirely away, 
and I must needs recover from the shock. 

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I have received a letter which is to mine heart as a palm-tree and 
well-spring in a desert. So refreshing, unique and encouraging a mes- 
sage has not come in many a day. 

I had never heard of the writer before, and he wrote me for only 
two reasons — to thank me for this series of expositions, and to ask for 
any criticism or rebuke that he may have deserved from the standpoint 
of efiiciency. 

A part of his letter will interest and inspire you. He says in 
substance : 

"The town in which I am located has a population of 350 inhabitants. 
I began my practice here just a year ago. I was born here, and my 
parents, uncles and aunts, and cousins galore, live here. Several of them 
have called me and paid me for the service. 

"I began without an office, a telephone, a conveyance of any kind, 
or a dollar that I could call my own. I seem to have no trouble to get 
patients, to get good results and to get my fees. My day book tells me 
that the cash return for this week, so far, is $51.62. This is Thursday 
A. M. The total was $169.75 for last month, and $275.50 for the month 

"My office is furnished with solid quarter oak furniture, the best to 
be found in any physician's office in this county. I have refused $250 
for the horse that I drive. 

"These figures are not large, but they show that I am making a living 
at the drugless business in spite of the devil, and the fact that I am the 
only "rubber doctor" that the people here ever saw or heard of, and the 
fact that this is my home town. The people say I 'rub', and know only 
what they have heard. They have never read a printed word on the 
Nature Cure. The majority of the people who never saw me with my 
hat off think I have horns. Notwithstanding, I have had patients come 
from cities over 100 miles away, for a treatment so new and different 
that even my patients hardly understand the first principles of it. 

"Please write me a personal letter, and give me an honest and un- 
merciful criticism — a picture of myself and my business as you see it, 
and I'll pay you for it. 

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"I am satisfied there is nothing the matter with the Nature business 
except our inefliciency and our deficient organization, and I am hungry 
for a personal word from someone who knows the efficiency side of it." 

This brother's kttor is loo good to keep, and I also wish to take it 
for the text of a much-needed sermon to other naturopaths. Hence 
the answer is published here. 

Please observe the following important facts. 

1. This man, whom we will call Mr. Rich because that isn't his 
name (but will be if he keeps on), is making over $50 a week in a town 
of only 350 people. This means that, on the average, every man, woman 
and child in the town pays Mr. Rich over $7 each year, for drugless 
treatment and advice! And lately I had a heart-rending plaint from a 
naturopath living in a city of 20,000, to the eflect that he could not 
make ends meet! If he were as efTicient as Mr. Rich, he would be earn- 
ing $140,000 a year from his practice— quite a tidy sum, it seems to me. 

2. Mr. Rich began with nothing — worse than nothing, because he 
had his relations all about him. And as I have pointed out, relations 
are good to a professional man after he has succeeded, but before this 
they are as mill-stones around his neck and cobble-stones to the rest 
of his anatomy. The relatives of Mr. Rich consult him professionally, 
and pay him just as though he were a stranger. This, I confess, is a 
miracle beyond my comprehension. But it proves that wherever 
money is, the wise and eflicient naturist can cause the transfer thereof 
to his own jurisdiction. 

3. Mr. Rich has not resorted to advertising, nor to printed eulo- 
gistics on the Nature Cure, in gaining clients. This has but one mean- 
ing — he "makes good"! It would be a happy deliverance from 
avalanches of useless words if nine-tenths of the advertising "specialists" 
in Drugless Treatment would stop talking and writing, and perform 
such fine cures that the cures themselves wotild do the advertising. I 
don't know how many healers have asked me the best way to have their 
method "written up" — and on investigation it appeared that there was 
nothing to wTite up ! Strange as it may seem, a thing cannot be safely 
written up unless it is already at the top. Working a thing up should 
precede writing it up. 

4. Mr. Rich is satisfied there is nothing the matter with the Nature 
Cure as a business. He doesn't grumble over his job, nor at the people 
who are the source of his livelihood; — and I am convinced that the 
majority of naturopaths commit this ungracious and unpsychological 
error. You chose your work — why get peeved about it and reflect on 
the wisdom of your choice? It is not the boy at the head of the spelling- 

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class who doesn't like spelling — it is the boy at the foot. The same is 
true of the man and his trade or profession. To excel in anything is 
to love it. 

5. Mr. Rich asks for an honest, unmerciful criticism — and freely 
offers to pay for it. This, beloved brethren, is the sign not only of a 
successful man, but also of a great man in the making. To pay gladly 
for scientific censure is a mark of supreme wisdom. There are efficiency 
experts who are paid -$40,000 a year by captains of industry, to pick flaws 
in their business. It takes a captain, in any line of work, to be strong 
enough to fight his own weaknesses and mistakes. The little fellows 
turn and run. I have had personal requests from healers and teachers 
asking help on efficiency lines. Accordingly, I have prepared questions 
for the ascertaining of the real facts in their work, have requested 
certain data and co-operative effort on their part, and have named a fee 
(usually a half to a third of the value of my time) in return for the 
service. Thereupon I have observed a profound silence gathering 
between us, and remaining to this day. I am relieved, because I have 
no time to bother with people born to fail; but a profession all cluttered 
up with them is in a bad way. Nature Cure, like marriage, is an ideal 
institution ; the only trouble is with the people who practice healing, and 
who get married. 

Needless to say, I have not assumed to criticize the methods of 
Brother Rich, nor to accept money therefor. To analyze his work 
sufficiently for this purpose would take time that hundreds of people 
need more than he does. He is, I should judge, about 70 per cent 
efficient in his work. The average man is only about 30 per cent 
efficient. So, while Friend Rich has no occasion to be boastful, he may 
feel a just pride in the degree of success already achieved. In his case, 
I hereby take back the harsh things I have felt bound to say, concerning 
drugless healers on the whole. 

Further, I would earnestly recommend that some national associa- 
tion of drugless practitioners make arrangements for discovering the 
secret of this man's success, preferably by sending a reporter or author, 
a photographer, and a character analyst, to his home, for the purpose 
of locating the elements in man or method that are so meritorious, and 
of describing these attractively and scientifically, for the benefit of all 
practitioners throughout the United States. Such a book would be a 
blessing and a money-maker, both together, if handled aright. 

Now, having enjoyed a rare diversion — that of meeting a naturo- 
path who knows his job, we will proceed with our regular task of 
suggesting improved methods for the health propaganda. 

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I have before me thirty letters, written to me personally by author- 
ized ofTicials of the most prominent Health schools in the United States. 
The systems taught by these various institutions cover Naturopathy, 
Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Mechano-Therapy, Physcultopathy, Napra- 
pathy, Psychotherapy, and other popular modes of healing and living 
without drugs. In order to ascertain with positive directness what 
literature is being sent out by the leading institutions, 1 wrote personally, 
asking what each had to offer a prospective candidate for a practi- 
tioner's degree in non-medical therapeutics. Each of these colleges, real 
or alleged, supposing that I might be good for a tuition fee, turned the 
epistolary battery of the place on me, full force. 1, being old at the 
game, found many a reason for smiling at the inadequacy of their 
ammunition — it all fell short; but no occasion whatever to send good 
money in return for their poor arguments. I did answer one letter, 
because I respected the sincerity of the man who wrote it, and I ad- 
mired the skill and science of the man's presentation. If only one, out 
of perhaps fifty letters, brought a reply from me, and that reply 
negative — what was the use of the other forty-nine? 

It costs from 3 to 5 cents each to issue a letter from an office. A 
personal letter costs about 5 cents, a "form" letter from 3 to 4 cents. 
Say the average is 4 cents — then 4 times 49, or $1.96, was entirely 
wasted on me. If you multiply this sum by the many thousands of 
such inquiries and letters to be counted each year, you will have some 
idea of the inefTiciency, and resulting loss, in the correspondence 
departments of our most reputable Nature Cure establishments. 

Of the thirty letters that seemed worth keeping, perhaps six are 
really first-class, presenting good argument in a scientific manner. 
Five or six more are excellent in spots, ranging from fair to mediocre. 
The remaining eighteen or nineteen are distinctly bad, in one or more 
of the five respects that I shall name shortly. We have then this table 
of percentages: 

Good letters 20% 

Fair letters 20% (approximate) 

Poor letters 60% (approximate) 


You can figure that about 70% of all the letters mailed from Nature 
Cure sanitaria, health homes, colleges and training schools would be 
safer and better if reposing in the waste-basket of a healer who never 
wrote them. However, nothing is lost, our metaphysical friends keep 

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saying ;^and these epistles have indeed been to nic a call for patience 
and a means of grace, for which 1 am dutifully, if reluctantly, grateful. 

This chapter is headed "The Importance of Good Letters." A good 
health letter must possess five kinds of goodness: — moral, professional, 
psychological, pictorial, financial. 

The letters from a Nature Cure institution must be morally good 
because the officials aim to be reformers as well as teachers, inculcating 
principles of idealism, aspiration, clean and wholesome living. One 
letter ethically bad proves their whole position false. 

Such letters must be professionally good because rival doctors, 
institutes and colleges are ever on the watch for mistakes and mis- 
statements, eager to make capital out of the same. 

These letters must be psychologically good because the average 
man who receives them is now pretty well acquainted with the mail- 
order method of appeal for business, and has grown hard-hearted in 
respect to all but the most convincing arguments, having been deluged 
with "follow-up" missives galore. 

The letters must be pictorially and typographically good because 
first impressions are strongest, and if your communication stands out 
as a model of neatness, cleverness, rare quality and fine display, you 
will have 50 per cent more chance of escaping the waste-basket. 

The letters must be financially good because their final object is to 
sell something; and no matter how well they read, or impress the re- 
cipient, they are failures unless they produce an actual sale. 

It would be an interesting and valuable experiment for every 
reader of this volume who writes or receives letters designed to sell 
a health product or production, if he would analyze a few of these 
letters by the foregoing standard of five-star goodness. Many of our 
Nature Cure friends who imagine they are stars in the letter-writing 
business would find themselves chunks of pig-iron. 

We -will now extract a few warnings from the rare collection of 
exhibits constituting the letter-writing system of some of the leading 
drugless colleges of America. I charge the schools in question with gross 
ignorance, incapacity, and in not a few cases, immorality. The exhibits 
confirm the charge. 

Exhibit A. This letter starts by calling me "E. E. Purington" — no 
prefix, and the name spelled wrong. Now the lack of a "Mr." may 
denote a sort of blunt frankness and straightforwardness; I don't object 
to it, though the majority of men probably do. But to mis-spell a man's 

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name in a letter is as unwise and discourteous as it would be to shake 
hands with him when your fingers were greasy or wet. Needlessly, you 
make a bad impression at the outset. This communication, also, is 
signed with a rubber stamp — one of the most atrocious and unpardon- 
able forms of error in correspondence. When I receive a letter signed 
thus, it goes into the waste-basket with a speed that would crack a 
stop-watch. The rubber-stamp signature is not only a lie — it is a crude 
and blundering lie; and any lady will tell you that a lie done badly is 
of all mean things the meanest. Stupid goodness may be forgivable, 
but stupid badness is intolerable. 

Exhibit B. This letter is shamelessly void of any man's name on 
the printed heading, or in the typewritten signature at the bottom. This 
augurs badly for the whole concern. A reputable "college" — this calls 
itself a college — has a president and secretai^y and faculty and other 
officers. Their names should appear on the letter-head, to impress one 
with the genuineness of the course and the standing of the college. This 
letter, moreover, was run through a cheap mimeograph, and staggers 
like a drunken man. Why should a good letter stagger, any more than 
a good man? It should not, and does not. The type, also, on this 
machine-made letter, is old and worn and shabby and neurasthenic. It 
belongs in an old lady's home, with a sanitarium for paralytics nearby. 
It needs the Nature Cure. Why force it on parade in its weak and 
wobbly superannuation? 

Exhibit C. This gold-bordered Christmas card was just in the 
act of striking me favorably, on December 24th of last year, when I 
perused the following sentence: "We invite your co-operation to in- 
crease our enrollment." I might have been disposed to help increase 
their enrolment, or eke their enrollment, but to increase any school's 
enrolement is an impossibility, there being no such word; and as I have 
enough impossible tasks already on hand, I gently and sadly consigned 
their gold-framed card to the trash-heap. If a man can't spell, how 
can he have the nerve to try to teach anything? 

Exhibit D. This letter has an engraved heading, on good sta- 
tionery — two unusual points in its favor. But here is a bad promise — 
bad when made, and worse when carried out. The letter says: "Our 
Home Study Course is very complete, and a student in the correspond- 
ence department receives upon graduation a certificate exactly the same 
as a resident student." Manifestly, such a guarantee is unprofessional, 
unfair, and unsafe, a resident period of instruction being absolutely 
necessary to qualify any man for the practice of healing. A mail course 
is often of great personal benefit; no diploma for practice should be 

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given, however, on its teachings alone — clinical work is always a pre- 
requisite to a real physician's calling. 

This letter also states: 'The opportunities for earning a large in- 
come are practically unlimited. As a Doctor of Freakopathy (not their 
title, but a better description than theirs), you will be respected by 
everyone and become independent for life." Oh shade of Munchausen 
and ghost of Ananias, protect these thy children! For if you don't, 
nobody else will. Yes, "the opportunities for earning a large income 
are unlimited." So are the opportunities for seeking the lost fortune 
of Captain Kidd, or flying to the moon, or precipitating the millennium. 
Let me assure you, however, noble Doctor of Freakopathy, you will not 
be respected by everyone — half your neighbors will probably call you 
crazy, and the doctors are likely to maul you as a public nuisance. 
You may become "independent for life" — by learning how to fast in- 
definitely, and to live in a tent without freezing. Ultimately, the best 
policy is always to tell the truth; and if a school's only object were 
financial gain, such letters would be unprofitable because unprovable. 
Character and commonsense are both greatly needed in our Naturist 
schools, as further exhibitions in the next chapter may demonstrate. 

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The drugless doctor is, generally speaking, a literary hobo. 

I pause here to make this unwelcome but not unkind remark, by 
way of emphasizing the necessity of conveying good first impressions 
through letters to strangers, and the disastrous failure of most of our 
Nature Cure institutions to consider the matter in its true proportions. 
Letter-writing is a form of advertising. And as I devoted several years 
to the study of advertising, in order to make my reform work more 
appealing and effective, I think I have a right to express an opinion of 
more or less trustworthy character. 

A "literary hobo" is a person who does not care how he looks on 
paper, who asks for money without giving a good reason therefor, and 
who w^anders aimlessly around a subject instead of working into the 
heart of it. The official letter-writer in the average Nature Cure insti- 
tution of America is, I repeat, a literary hobo. He does not command 
my respect, nor win my faith, nor get my money. He may be a noble 
character, but in the epistolary garb of a tramp he disqualifies himself 
at the start. I have no time to bother with him. 

Suppose you are comfortably seated in your home, busily engaged, 
and you hear a step on the walk. You run to the window and you see 
approaching a tramp, or peddler, or gossip, or other individual not 
invited and not wanted. It would be human nature for you to remain 
stone-deaf while the visitor rang the bell out by the roots, and to let 
him depart as glum as when he came. 

A business letter, coming in your door, may look like a gentleman 
—or like a tramp. In dress, demeanor, salutation, conversation, and 
general impression, a letter affects you much as a man does, whether 
you are conscious of the fact or not. And if you have hundreds 
of letters coming all the time, as I have, you know it takes an important 
and impressive communication to get itself read at all. Probably 70 
per cent of these missives from Naturist concerns would not have been 

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read at all, if I had not wished to point out their mistakes, in this series 
of discussions. 

Some one may object, that such letters were not written lor the eye 
of an expert, nor intended for microscopic analysis. Evidently not; 
but they should have been. What sickens me in looking at the average 
drugless healer is the man's apparent willingness to stay mediocre, to 
attract a cheap and ignorant clientele, to avoid the helpful if humiliat- 
ing contact with the social and intellectual leaders of the conununity. 
The Nature Cure is worthy of the finest business methods and the 
noblest professional standards in America today. But so long as hordes 
of ignorant people, unsuccessful in ordinary lines of work, are allowed 
to get a smattering of Nature Cure ideas in a few months, buy a diploma 
that means nothing in either law or ethics, then turn themselves loose 
on a protesting community, how can we expect the grinders of these 
diploma-mills to formulate letters that are convincing, pleasing or even 

A few of the modern schools for the training of non-medical prac- 
titioners are doing splendid work; but as for the majority, if I were a 
millionaire I would buy them up for the sole purpose of burning them 
down. This would be a great help to the cause. The obstacle to reform 
is the obtuseness of reformers. 

Let us resume our catalogue of exhibits, culled from the specimens 
of letters written me by the heads of Nature Cure establishments, and 
continued from the preceding chapter. 

Exhibit E. Here is a philanthropic letter, offering to make me inde- 
pendent for life, the assumption being that the diploma granted by this 
college will make every graduate rich. The letter was enclosed in a 
one-cent envelope with a loose-end flap, the kind used by cheap mail- 
order concerns in selling patent medicine or shoe-laces. A one-cent 
stamp both hurts the professional dignity and destroys the personal 
tone of the letter it carries. Whether a health institution is a college 
desiring students or a sanitarium seeking patients, it should employ 
only sealed communications. Evei-y other sort violates confidence and 
is apt to offend the recipient. Further, a one-cent letter goes to the 
waste-basket, unread, if the man who gets it is busy enough to be worth 

Exhibit F. The stamp on this envelope is a third gone; and the rest 
was drunk when it lit, judging by the way it lops over. Imperfect stamps 
should be sent to people you pay money to, and not to people you ask 
money from. When there is money coming, the looks of the envelope 
don't matter; but the recipient of an advertising letter is on the defen- 

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sive from the start, and criticizes every least flaw. The address on this 
envelope was done in long-hand, by a neurasthenic school-girl, witli 
anaemic ink and a heart-broken pen, A first principle of business 
correspondence is that the envelope be addressed by tyj)e\vrjter; il the 
concern is too poor to afford a stenographer, nobody with office expe- 
rience will look at the letter twice. 

The enclosures in this communication are in five colors — brown, 
yellow, red, black and purple. They would befit the advertising of a 
circus, but are supposed to announce a college. One of these variegated 
chromo-letters offers a number of statements that are, indeed, gems of 
accuracy and humility. "It is a fact that there is no professional course 
of instruction in this country, today, which can be so easily absorbed as 
this; and it is a further fact that there is no other professional training, 
in which you could engage, that is so absorbingly interesting." 1 always 
distrust a man who starts out by affirming "It is a fact" that so and so is, 
or is not; because I feel quite sure he is lying. Tlicre are hundreds, 
probably thousands, of different professional courses of instruction now 
being offered in this counti'j'; how does any man know, without having 
studied them all, which is the most interesting, and the most easily 
absorbed? Such wild statements, unsupported and unsupporlable by 
facts, only do harm to the entire cause of rational healing. 

Another wild statement. "The (patent name of treat- 
ment) will put a sick person on his or her feet in a few days. This 
means a steady stream of patients. Then again, think of the ease of this 
treatment, compared with the tedious methods of massage and rul)bing 
which constitute nine-tenths of most of the other druglcss healing 
methods." We observe only three falsehoods, in these three sentences. 
1 would call this a case of inefficient mendacity. The manifest purpose 
of this letter-writer was to deceive, therefore why not put in several 
more lies to each sentence? No single treatment on earth will always, 
or even usually, put a sick person on his feet in a few days, if the ail- 
ment is either severely acute or stubbornly chronic. No steady stream 
of patients can be expected by one physician in a hundred, no matter 
what system or combination of drugless systems he employs. And 
massage and rubbing emphatically do not "constitute nine-tenths of 
most of the other drugless healing methods." I refrain from further 
comment on this letter — it is not worth such an outburst of righteous 
anger as I feel approaching, and my stock of expletives could not do 
justice to the situation. But why, in the name of all that is fair and 
decent, are these perjurers allowed to run their fake institutions; — why 
don't the honest practitioners, or the national associations, close them 
up, for self-protection and the good of the cause? 

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Exhibit G. This comiiuinication opens with the charmingly familiar 
greeting "Dear Prospective":— instead of "Dear Mr. Purinton" or "Dear 
Sir." Now I most decidedly am not, never was and never will be the 
"dear prospective" of this word-mixing college; and I resent being called 
names. The word "prospect" is the technical, rather slangy and very 
undignified name applied to a future customer by straight commercial 
houses. No high-class college would even be familiar with the word, 
to say nothing of using it in a private letter. This document, in the 
course of its arguments, aims to engender faith in the "dear prospective" 
by assuring him that "there is no more lucrative profession in the 
world" than the scheme of therapeutic adjustment explained in the 
course enjoined upon you. This statement is entirely false and mis- 
leading. I know a man who is making $200,000 a year in his profession; 
— did 3'ou ever know a drugless healer of any kind, or all kinds together, 
who was earning a quarter of that amount? A general condition of 
misrepresentation prevails in the business departments of our Nature 
Cure schools. Whether simple enthusiasm void of knowledge, or crim- 
inal intent to deceive is the motive and cause, I am not prepared to say; 
1 only know that the promise of quick and large financial gains from 
the practice of drugless healing, no matter what the method or school, 
is likely never to be realized. An unkept promise always re-acts on the 
maker, and every institution of similar scope must share in the blame. 
Furthermore, the publication of this promise tends to attract the unsuc- 
cessful and the unscrupulous, instead of the earnest, capable and al- 
truistic, among the young people of the community. Cannot a way be 
found to make our health schools give rock-bottom facts, in preference 
to glittering generalities, when soliciting patients or students? 

Exhibit H. At last we have a shrewd letter, accompanied by litera- 
ture of description and persuasion evidently the work of a mail-order 
expert. But instead of rejoicing, I am led to mourn. For the entire 
proposition of this "college" is bad, and the skill of it only deepens the 
iniquity. The "college" oflfers to teach you by mail, in a course of fifty 
type-written lessons, with "no other text-books needed," how to become 
a physician, merely by studying at home in your few hours of spare 
time! The kind philanthropists at the head of this college not only make 
you a full-fledged doctor in your own home for the small sum of $25, but 
they also mention, grandly but nonchalantly, that "you might as well 
own a beautiful motor car, a well-furnished home and a liberal bank 
account" — all through the magic process of handing out $25 for a set of 
"form" lessons in a secret way to wiggle the spine of the sick. The most 
important feature of the course is the elegant, beautiful and ornate 
diploma which rewards you for completing triumphantly the successful 
perusal of these typewritten lessons. You can hang this brazen docu- 

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ment in a gilt frame on your wall — and nobody would know you aren't 
a doctor, until he read the fine type on the certificate. Nothing is said, 
in the diploma, of the fact that you were only a mail-order student, and 
got your whole professional education for only $25 cash, or $5 instal- 
ments. Why not, therefore, have this perfectly good diploma and be- 
come at once a highly-respected, highly-paid physician? 

Would not such an immoral proposal make the blood of any honest 
man boil over? We talk about "malpractice" among old-school doctors; 
— here is a drugless mill of malpractice that grinds out false diplomas 
and quack healers by the wholesale, utterly destroying the reputation 
for skill, honesty and service that the real Nature Cure physicians arc 
trying so hard to build up, and endangering health and life wherever 
unprotected by that same "Medical Trust" that we slander with so much 
gusto! We have no right to open our mouths against the doctors and 
their follies until we have spent our last breath in running out of busi- 
ness every drugless school that offers to graduate drugless physicians 
by a mail course of study. When we are as anxious to destroy quackery 
in our own field as we are to expose it in others, we shall begin to find 
that the law is for us, not against us. The law is too lax, it should 
impose a heavy fine on every such commercialized "school" that issues 
a diploma for healing, and should bar the mails to such frauds, which 
are as bad as hypothetical gold-mines and other swindling schemes. 

I have remaining a large assortment of exhibits, in the way of un- 
scientific or unethical appeals by letter, from drugless institutions. But 
1 haven't the heart to read any more of them. They are a tragedy to a 
lover of Nature and believer in the real Nature Cure. 

I would only suggest, to the institution or individual anxious to do 
honest, effective and remunerative work, the wisdom of using right 
methods in conducting correspondence. Be sure, first, that every state- 
ment is absolutely true, and that you can prove it by facts and figures. 
Understate your claims, rather than overstate them. Give as many 
references as you can, among influential citizens — these are much better 
than "testimonials", which look cheap, and impress only ignorant people. 
Omit all criticism of rival institutions, or of other methods and systems. 
Have an expert formulate your letters of appeal; then try them out in 
small lots, 100 or so at a time, before having a large order typed or 
printed. Buy a standard book on Advertising, Salesmanship, or Business 
English, and locate for yourself the mistakes in your present m.ethod of 
argument by letter. Ask your friends to criticize the form and substance 
of your correspondence. Offer a prize to any employee who will suggest 
a way of getting larger returns by mail. In short, give as much atten- 
tion to the manner, style, cost, character and effect of your business 


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correspondence as a regular business concern would give. You arc sell- 
ing a commodity — educational service. You must adopt scientific 
selling methods, while retaining your professional standards and pliilan- 
thropic ideals. Good work depends on good business, and a good letter 
is the great producer of good business. Make it honest, brief, personal, 
convincing, appealing, sane, true. Then watch your clientele grow, and 
your heart expand along with your pocket-book! 

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This, after all, is the vital question. Moreover, it is the unsolved 
problem — financial trouble being the rule among practitioners of drug- 
less methods. 

Now there is no spiritual grace, no moral virtue, in being poor. 
The value of poverty lies in the rapidity of our escape from it. The 
beggar is usually a moral wreck, and poverty the outcome of ignorance, 
laziness or folly. 

I have seen scores of lofty projects and beautiful endeavors to up- 
lift humanity go to ruin for lack of a few paltry dollars to support them. 
In fact, the great need of spiritual power is for material guidance. A 
sail without a ship is no more helpless than a dream without a money 
base. Your dreams are as mighty as your dollars are many. 

Furthermore, it is a professional disgrace to handle your work in 
such a manner that it does not pay. The first function of a business or 
profession is to supply a real human need in a way to satisfy the public. 
Whoever does this gains for himself a proper and just financial reward 
from the public. And to be regularly short of funds means to be chron- 
ically inefficient. 

Now is it not strange that, of all the hundreds of medical and non- 
medical institutions in America promising to train a man to be a physi- 
cian, not one teaches him how to succeed financially? What is the 
matter with all our high and proud professors of the doctor-schools? 
Have they rheumatism of the brain, or paralysis of the commonsense, 
or only astigmatism of the greed? When everybody knows that the 
probable fate of the young doctor is to starve for a few years, why in 
the name of common decency don't the schools that make him a doctor 
tell him how to keep from starving? You say it can't be done? Oh yes, 
it can be done. Anything can be done that should be done. 

I have received numbers of gratifying letters from physicians who 
are reading my magazine articles. There is on« question uppermost in 

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all Huso kllcMs: "How can I make it pay?" And in every case, the 
brother's letter itself proves to an efliciency expert why the apostles of 
driigless i)ractice fail to make it pay. 

The (leiiiand among physicians seems to be so great for some prac- 
tical, individnal suggestions on the financial side, that I will here present 
a concrete case, showing the method of an efficiency doctor in diagnosing 
the sick purse of a health doctor. 

The following letter, lately received, is from a large Ohio town. 1 
quote in full, with slight modifications in orthography. 

Mr. E. E. Purinton, c/o Herald of Health and Naturopath 
New York City 

Dear Sir and Friend: 

I have been reading your papers in The Naturopath, and am very much 
interested in your writings. I also noticed a comment in one of the dailies, 
in which you were complimented very highly, and in which the fact was 
brought out that you were a Licking County boy. So I am glad to introduce 
myself to you as a Licking County brother, and hope some day to have the 
pleasure of meeting you face to face. 

I am heart and soul for the naturopathic movement as promulgated by 
Brother Lust, and am willing to do all I can to push the national movement. 
You know in union there is strength. United we stand, but divided we fall. 

I am a naturopathic physician. I include osteopathy, chiropractic, 
neuro-magnetism, and everything that can be applied in a rational way to 
eliminate the ills of humanity. I have been practicing for about seven 
months. Understand my business as to how to give treatments. But the 
part which does not loom up right is the money. Not that my patients do 
not pay, as my treatments are nearly always cash at the end of the treat- 
ment. The trouble is lack of patients, as they are few and far between. 
The naturopathic physician does not seem popular, for some cause or other. 

Before I took up this practice I was with the A — Company in this 

city. Do you think that this should make any difference as to establishing 
myself as a physician? 

Now what I wish to get at is this. How to place myself before the 
public in order to get patients and make my practice pay financially, so thai 
I can live and help push the naturopathic movement along. 

Is there any one who puts up a good pamphlet on the naturopathic 
practice? Or do you do this kind of work in connection with your writings? 
I Mease let me know. 

Yours truly 


In answering your most welcome letter, I will address you, dear 
brother, as Doctor James Brown (because that is not your name). 

First, let me thank you for enclosing a return stamp. Many good 
naturopaths write me and forget this small but needful courtesy. Never 
write a stranger asking for reply, without enclosing stamp or stamped, 
self-addressed envelope. 

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I want to congratulate you, Doctor James Brown, respecting a num- 
ber of things wherein you excel most physicians. You are without per- 
sonal pride, you realize your need of help and advice, you arc willing to 
learn from some one outside your own profession. This breadth of mind 
and beauty of spirit is rare among doctors. But you may have to guard 
against overuse of modesty, and cultivate a larger self-esteem. Assur- 
ance even to the point of pomposity, goes a long way in establishing a 
doctor's reputation. 

You may have to declare to yourself, many times a day, that Doctor 
James Brown is able to work wonders, attract thousands of health- 
seekers, wake up the whole city on hygienic matters, lead a glorious 
crusade against sickness, poison and folly, become a great authority on 
health of mind and body. The fact of your having been an employee 
and taken orders from a "boss" tends to diminish the sense of authority 
and supremacy which your patients will expect to find in you. So you 
should try to develop this. 

The fact that your patients like the treatments becomes a real asset, 
but not the most important one. How many cases have you cared? 
What percentage have you failed to cure? Do you know why your 
methods have proved inadequate, wherever the improvement has been 
slow or doubtful? Have you a card-file system in operation, enabling 
you to keep track of your old patients and get in touch with new ones? 

While the custom of receiving cash for each treatment is good 
business, and you were right in establishing the custom, it tends, how- 
ever, to make your patients more independent — less attached to you as 
a family physician. A customer at a grocery store who keeps there a 
standing account buys most of her food there; hence the modern grocer 
aims at the telephone trade of the community, which holds the customer 
with fair security. The same principle obtains, in the realm of healing; 
and you may well devote some thought to the question if spot-cash pay- 
ments do not weaken your hold in the position of family doctor. How 
can you maintain the high and close professional relationship of your 
calling and yet be paid as a business man — cash on delivery? 

You are a natural psychologist, a point greatly in your favor. You 
open your letter with a kind and gracious mention of mj' own work; 
and I, being human, read on with much avidity, saying to myself: "Here, 
now, is a good friend!" We all like a bit of praise for good work well 
done. So, when you appreciate my work, you help me to appreciate 
yours. The psychology of human appeal is one of the most valuable 
studies for a merchant, editor, minister, doctor — anybody and everybody 
engaged in the sale of a commodity — whether it be shoes, books, treat- 
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take a personal course in salesmanship, if he can spare the time and 
money; or a course in advertising and general publicity; or both courses. 
At least, the library of the doctor should include a half-dozen of the best 
books on these subjects. However, in the name of all that is wise, do not 
leave these books where any of your patients could behold them; — if 
your patients ever suspected you of being a business man, they would 
flee in a panic to some occult flapdoodler with a secret potion and a 
mj^sterious look! 

Now let us take a few concrete points and disclose a few manifest 
reasons, Doctor James Brown, why your practice does not pay. 

First, as to the professional card you enclose in your letter. Here 
it is: 





' Physician 



of X. 

Y. Z. A. 



Of course, the telephone number is fictitious, and there isn't any 
Lombard Street in Blankville to my knowledge, and the initials of the 
association to which you belong are not X. Y. Z. But the form of your 
card is reproduced, and the impression of it is distinctly bad, in several 

The card is printed — rather cheaply. It should be engraved. The 
plate for engraving will cost you from $7 to $10; but after it is in your 
possession, the cost of reprinting future cards is almost nothing, and the 
moral influence is worth much more than the price of the plate. Of 
course the matter of engraving should be postponed until you are sure 
of a permanent office location, as the plate cannot be altered. 

Your card should be of the best quality stock, dull finish. A glazed 
professional card is inappropriate as a tinsel sign would be on the front 
of a bank. People who carry a golden gleam inside never wear a cheap 
gloss outside. 

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The card should state your daily ofRce-hours, to remind old patients 
when you are always there, and to save new ones the trouble of writing 
or telephoning you. 

Abbreviations are undignified, and altogether too business-like for 
a physician's card. You should write out the word "telephone", the 
word "street", and the word "Ohio." 

You announce your membership in a State organization of drugless 
physicians, but not in the American Naturopathic Association. The 
latter, being a national body, carries the impression of wider influence. 
If you have not joined the A. N. A., do so, and put its name first on 
your card. 

I doubt the wisdom of using the words "Naturopathic Physician." 
People are accustomed to seeing the names of doctors with a degree 
tacked on. You say you are a graduate of an osteopathic school — then 
write "D. O." after your name. Also if you possess a naturopathic 
diploma, add the initials "N. D." Osteopathy is more widely known 
than naturopathy in the United States — the osteopaths are louder and 
shrewder advertisers. You should make capital out of this, and play 
up your osteopathic degree to all possible advantage. I may be a heretic 
in thus exalting osteopathy, when naturopathy is so much broader and 
more fundamental. But I have been accused several thousand times 
of heresy, and am likely to be accused several million times more. 
Heresy and orthodoxy are good, not because either is heresy or ortho- 
doxy, but because either is efficiency — and the other is not. 

When your card is revised on a true efficiency basis, 3'ou will see 
it appear something like this : 

Office Hours- 

Telephone, Main 62S35 



Member of 

American Naturopathic Association 

and X. Y. Z. Association 


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Now you may be asking "Why go to all this fuss over a little thing 
like a professional card?" I assure you that, in Efficiency work, there is 
no such thing as a little thing. A thing is either right or wrong — and 
being right or wrong is the biggest thing in the universe. If 1 can find, 
on a little thing like a professional card, ten things absolutely wrong, 
how many hundreds of things that hurt efticiency would I find through- 
out your whole practice? 

Your stationery is bad — no letterhead, third-rate paper, and the 
enveloi)e not matcliing. A stranger of intelligence and refinement, see- 
ing this letter, would go at once to another doctor. 

Furthermore, you have misspelled nine common words in a short 
business communication. You wrote difference "diference," financially 
"financhially," public "publice," and popular "poupulair." I did not 
quote the misspelling, because it would have made you ridiculous at the 
start— and you are too earnest and honest to deserve any such fate. But 
a stranger, seeing this letter, would smile at your ignorance — and no 
man who did that would ever seek your professional advice. Your bad 
spelling is no reason for discredit or discouragement — but is a reason 
for either improvement or concealment. Don't write messages until you 
have learned English; hire a typist, and dictate them; or submit each 
one to a confidential friend who can spell, and have them approved 
before mailing. You also mix up your punctuation marks with abandon 
worthy of a better cause, and you have no respect whatever for capital 

Now the most famous physical culturist in the world cannot write a 
grammatical letter. Your chance is equal to the chance he made out of 
nothing. But he never trusts himself on paper — he is too clever to let 
himself be caught in a display of ignorance. 

We come to a more vital point^that of your choice of location. It 
is my opinion that you will never succeed in a big way, till you move 
to a strange neighborhood. People who knew you — or thought they did 
— as a fellow with a mere job in a commercial house, will never be 
likely to seek you as their physician. Personal acquaintance is life to 
a trade but death to a profession. If you were selling hats, and your 
Aunt Jemima knew the second cousin of Jack Black's mother. Jack 
Black would be disposed to buy a hat of you. But if you are selling 
treatments, you can't afford to have an Aunt Jemima— whoever knows 
her will distrust you. It has taken me fifteen years to gain the con- 
fidence of old companions in my home town, after they deserted me for 
showing up tlie crimes and follies of drugstores, colleges, churches and 
other mossgrown institutions. I didn't need their faith — all I needed 
was my own. But if I had been among them, depending for my bread 

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on their money-support, I should have survived just as long as a man 
can go without food. 

My home town was only a few miles from the place where 
you live. Move, brother, move — the natives aren't ready for you. At 
least, locate your office in a section of the city where you are unknown. 
The population of your city is large enough for this, and your real 
friends among your old patients will follow you to a new location. 

Before going further, I want to say that the suggestions in this 
chapter are based on experience — not theory. I have taken several 
courses in drugless therapeutics, have had charge of the diet and exer- 
cise of the patients of a sanitarium, have been manager of a health 
home, have given hygienic advice by mail, have lectured and taught on 
health subjects in various institutions, and have organized and acted 
as president of the largest Health and Efficiency club ever established 
in New York City. Moreover, I have cured myself completely of a dozen 
chronic ailments — I have met the supreme challenge of a skeptical 
world : "Physician, heal thyself!" So I greet you not as a mere efficiency 
counsel, but first as one who has suffered, and then as one who has 
healed sufferers. 

In an open letter such as this, one cannot give all the personal 
details of building up a lucrative practice; first, because the special 
conditions of your locality are unknown; second, because most of the 
information is and always must be confidential — I could no more pub- 
lish it than a lawyer could publish the affairs of his client. But there 
are a few general facts and possibilities, to which I would call your 

You say your patients are "few and far between." Why? If your 
present students and patients are being helped, cured, satisfied — should 
they not be spreading your fame abroad, telling their friends about you, 
serving daily as living witnesses? Have you thought of any way to 
form an endless chain of influence by means of the effort of those who 
believe in you? The Great Physician needed no "advertising" but the 
marvels of sympathetic intuition and unhoped-for cure which were 
evident to all. How can your patients bring you other patients? 

The international Club of which I have been president was formed 
on such a plan of personal enthusiasm; a business man was so much 
interested he paid for memberships to be sent 25 employees and asso- 
ciates, a school-girl influenced 80 of her friends to join, a pastor founded 
a branch in his church, a society woman paid for $100 worth of mem- 
berships every year and asked the Club to give them to worthy people 
who could not afl'ord the regular fee. Put your patients to work for 

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you. How? Ask your own mind and heart — you need to perform a lot 
of original thinking, else you would not have wanted me to do it for you. 

There are many ways in whicli the daily and weekly press of your 
city and county can he made to advance your cause. All such puhlicity 
must, however, be indirect and void of notoriety-seeking. The president 
of the corporation owning the leading newspaper in your locality is a 
personal friend of mine; also, one of my partners here in New York 
is president of a newspaper syndicate with connections throughout the 
United States. I can thus give you personal introductions of peculiar 
value; hut I will not do this until you are qualified to make good use of 
them. At present, you would only bungle things, and hurt my reputa- 
tion with my friends. 

One of your first moves is to organize a local branch of the American 
Naturopathic Association or of some other hygienic society, and become 
an officer of this. You need both fame and professional standing — a 
combination secured by holding such an office. The clubs, lodges and 
fraternities of the large cities are overrun with merchants, doctors, 
lawyers, bootblacks and undertakers who join for the sole purpose of 
getting business. A bad motive — but a shrewd method. 

To interest and educate your neighbors, you need two kinds of 
literature; a general pamphlet or series of pamphlets, with a library of 
books and magazines, on the principles and methods of Nature Cure; 
and a leaflet or group of leaflets expressing your own personal views on 
the best waj^s of regaining and preserving health. I understand from 
Dr. Benedict Lust that the American Naturopathic Association plans to 
issue a series of popular, standard publications, for the use of members 
in relation to the public. If you are a member of the A. N. A., you will 
doubtless be notified when these publications are ready for distribution. 
Also, a method is being considered, whereby the personal views and 
experiences of members may be edited, for the use of present and pos- 
sible clients. 

To make health reform profitable, you must first educate the people 
into knowing the truth about health, and w^anting it, and paying for 
it as for a daily necessity. Before this, however, you must educate 
5'ourself into realizing, seeking, learning and applying the straight busi- 
ness principles underlying all good professional work; so here, as al- 
ways and everywhere, the fundamental problem is self-education. 

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Brethren, I have seen a great light, in the presence of which I do 
confess, here and now, the follies of my youthful zeal in striving to 
reform the world, 

A reformer is an egotist varnished with altruism. When I had 
stood long enough in the light of truth, my veneer of altruism melted 
off in spots, leaving my constitution of egotism bare to the gaze. 
Whereupon, being surprised and ashamed, I retreated for to obtain a 
more durable psychic apparel. 

Only an egotist can be a reformer. In the very nature of things, he 
must believe his way the only right way; and must auto-hypnotize him- 
self into a frenzy of such belief, in order to spill it around broadcast 
and inoculate people otherwise sane. I have known hundreds of re- 
formers. Almost without exception they have been fanatics. Whether 
they hoped to save the world by Christian Science, New Thought, 
Physical Culture, Vegetarianism, Eugenics, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, 
Socialism, Baptism, or Buddhism, each apostle was firmly convinced 
that he alone had the truth, and was competent to apply it. 

Now egotism is the root of intolerance. And after devoting fifteen 
years to matters bearing on efficiency in drugless healing, I am per- 
suaded that intolerance is the greatest hindrance to advancement, both 
inside the profession and among the public at large. This intolerance 
is like a wild, rank, growth of poison ivy that has never been uprooted, 
and has spread over all the available ground where we invite the people 
to gather and be healed. Of course they won't gather, and of course 
they can't be healed. 

We are opposed to liquors and tobacco, food adulterants, hectic 
novels, and other poisons assailing the human body or mind. But do 
we realize that denunciation is a poison, a virulent poison, and that 
most of us have been guilty of scattering it in all directions, with no 
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to dcnuneialion of druggists, doctors, surgeons, and other exponents 
of legalized medicine; and I regard this habit of such deadly force in 
ruining our best work that I would analyze it in full detail. 

Permit here a word of reminiscence and confession. I used to sit 
up nights, thinking out bad names to call the doctors. I was so suc- 
cessful in this that I was made the oflicial bad-name-callcr of the natu- 
ropathic movement. (It did not need an official of this kind, as nearly 
everybody in it was unofficially discharging the duties of the position.) 
I have probably wasted a year of my life, and at least 100,000 pounds 
of nervous energy, in denouncing every institution and individual that 
had failed to become glued and spiked to the naturist platform. Hun- 
dreds of Nature Cure apostles are, to this day, continuing such a crazy 
performance; the lunacy of which I hope to demonstrate, having been 
forced to realize it by the stern hand of Fate,. 

I used to consider that doctors knew nothing about health, and 
naturists knew everything; that drugs were wholly superfluous and 
injurious; that drugstores should be banished along with saloons; that 
hospitals were public nuisances; that surgeons should be classed with 
butchers; that an invalid's "symptoms" meant nothing and should 
never be taken; that every patient should be able to cure himself; and 
that all external aids to recovery were unnatural and immoral. This 
weird belief had so much truth and error commingled that a mental 
earthquake was needed, to shake the true from the false. The earth- 
quake arrived, in due time. 

I was forced to lie a year in bed, with nervous exhaustion so extreme 
that a doctor was required in close call; to pass through an operation 
for appendicitis, and thus depend wholly on the skill and honor of a 
surgeon; to undergo three hospital ordeals, and thereby recognize 
hospitals as places of mercy; and to experience a few other such trifling 
lessons in the proper way of regarding the medical system. Three times 
I was on the verge of death; and in each crisis the hand of a doctor held 
the frail cord of life so wisely and firmly that I was brought back to this 
land of weal and woe, having gained a new perspective as my soul was 
drifting into space. When a few members of a certain profession have 
saved your life, you can no longer damn the profession as a whole; and 
my first lesson in tolerance was thus acquired. Rather costly, but abso- 
lutely necessary. 

Another experience, though quite dissimilar, pointed in the same 
direction. I look up Klliciency studies in connection with my work, and 
was led to consider the enormous waste of time and strength involved in 
futile criticism of the doctors by drugless healers, writers and reformers. 

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Such condemnation has an edcct both paralyzing on the public and dis- 
integrating on the Nature Cure movement. It is bad health, bad busi- 
ness, bad psychology, bad ethics, bad finance. The economic folly of 
denouncing rivals has been so clearly shown by business psychologists 
and efficiency engineers that even the commercial world is alive to the 
fact; — and surely, of all people, the leaders in educational health reform 
should observe this principle. 

Before writing this chapter, I went further. I obtained interviews 
with a number of men who have won great success in various branches 
of therapeutics; the results of which I would here chronicle. 

One of the early students of Kneipp believes that a fundamental 
reason why the Nature Cure in Germany has progressed so much faster 
than in America is because the naturopaths of Germany have paid little 
attention to opposition, have wasted no time in useless antagonism, but 
have gone out as a whole and won the common people by doing great 
works among them. 

A man at the head of the medical gymnastic department of the most 
famous health resort of its kind in America is a graduate of three 
schools of physiological therapeutics. He surpassed our friend the 
Kneippist in deploring the fact of hostility between doctors and the 
leaders of drugless schools. He declared that, not only should there be 
no enmity, but there should be fraternity and affiliation, each depart- 
ment or branch of the Nature Cure being legalized separately and placed 
under the jurisdiction of a board of examiners, the majority of which 
should be doctors ! This mechano-therapist has built up a large practice 
through carrying out instructions of old-school doctors on patients 
whom the doctors sent him. He holds that, instead of trying to be full- 
fledged healers, which they are not, the graduates in osteopathy, chiro- 
practic, or other manipulative sciences, should place themselves under 
the auspices of doctors, as nurses do, and thus add to their prestige by 
recognizing their limitations! 

The outrageous modesty of this drugless healer so flabbergasted 
me that I was on the point of fainting dead away, and hurried out to get 
the air, thus losing the rest of his unique remarks. 

An old-school doctor next joined the symposium. When I asked 
him why he was opposed to drugless methods, as I thought he was, he 
answered by showing me a set of appliances for Nature Cure treatments, 
in his own office, of a kind that 1 had never seen in regular drugless 
institutions ! He went on to explain that the best physicians understood 
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naturist pioneers, and that he himself used hydrotherapy, vibration, 
therniotherapy, suggestion, and other non-medical systems in his regular 
practice. He then made two statements, both of which I deem sig- 
nificant; first, that naturopaths antagonize doctors because naturopaths 
lack the education and equipment of doctors, and are therefore angered 
by their own inability; second, that doctors antagonize naturopaths be- 
cause naturopaths are allowed to buy a diploma and engage in healing 
without the proper knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biology, histol- 
ogy, chemistry, neurology, clinical experiment, comparative research, 
and other vital subjects taught in medical schools. This doctor held 
that the fight is not between drug doctors and anti-drug healers, but 
between the physiological knowledge of doctors and the physiological 
ignorance of healers. 

By this time I was getting discouraged. Everybody agreed with me, 
and that state of things is fatiguing and annoying. So I said to myself: 
"I will find a great surgeon, and he of all men will surely start a battle 
of words, to relieve this dullness of unanimity." But I was doomed to 
worse disappointment — I came to love the surgeon! This man is famous 
throughout the United States. He has been president of one of the na- 
tional medical associations, has held high offices in various colleges and 
hospitals, and not infrequently takes in $500 a day from operations and 

He was a revelation to me, and a half-hour's talk with him proved 
what a childish ignoramus I had been, all those years when I was con- 
demning surgeons without qualification or discrimination. The face of 
this surgeon shone with the Christ-spirit. He was primarily a mystic. 
He told me, quite frankly and simply, that he had become a doctor, 
rather than a teacher or a minister, because he believed that the quick- 
est way to reach men's minds and hearts was through service to their 
bodies. He gave me a number of instances, to show the real aim and 
work of his life. One was this. A fine young man had just lost his wife, 
a lovely girl whom he had married but a few months before, and to 
whom he was devoted. Her death came in a most terrible and painful 
manner. The young husband's heart was broken, there was nothing 
now to live for. The surgeon left, but he could not feel that his work 
was done. He took the sorrow of the young man to the Great Physician; 
and out of the silence came a clear message, a beautiful poem of comfort 
and inspiration. The surgeon wrote it down, and sent it to the man 
bereaved. A letter of gratitude showed how the youth was bravely 
shouldering the burdens of life again — and the poem had given him the 
strength. There were tears in the eyes of the surgeon, as he told me. I 
said to myself, "This is no surgeon, this is a messenger of God !" 

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When the interview was over, he gave me some of his publications. 
Imagine my surprise to find, in one of his contributions to a medical 
journal, sentence after sentence of pure Nature Cure doctrine! He ad- 
vised against the use of drugs and operations if natural methods would 
avail; he cautioned doctors against the mistakes of observation, deduc- 
tion and prescription which their materialistic training tended to foster; 
he emphasized the duty of the physician to be a teacher more than a 
doctor; he urged the raising of therapeutic standards of ethics and of 
efficiency, both inside and outside the medical schools. I should have 
thought 1 was reading a Nature Cure magazine! 

I discovered, moreover, that the surgeon lived what he preached. 
Only a few days before, he had advised against an operation which 
would have meant to him a fee of $200, an attendant told me at the 
hospital where the surgeon officiated; moreover, he never advised an 
operation unless it was the last and only means of cure. And he cut his 
fees in half, when the patient was needy and worthy; giving all the time 
desired, in which to pay. 

* * * 

These are but a few experiences out of many, from which I can say 
devoutly. Praise the Lord, I have had a change of heart. I have learned 
that some doctors are better men, apparently, than the majority of drug- 
less practitioners; and that many doctors employ rational methods to 
the extent of their knowledge and ability. The mistakes of teachers and 
ministers are as prevalent as those of doctors; the diff"erence is that 
those of doctors are more easily discerned. A thinking man hasn't 
much use for the kind of education taught in most of our schools, or the 
kind of religion preached and practised in most of our churches. But 
the system is to blame — not the exponent of the system; and for the 
system the people as a whole are responsible. A crusade against 
preachers would be just as logical as a crusade against doctors; the 
place to start the reform is in the medical or theological school, where 
the wrong ideas are first impressed on the minds of the young. 

As a student of personal efficiency, I would urge upon all prac- 
titioners, teachers and friends of the Nature Cure that everj^ word of 
condemnation and hostility, respecting old-school doctors, be imme- 
diately and forever banished, from our health magazines, public meet- 
ings, private conversations,^ and inmost thoughts. At least a score of 
sound reasons underlie this recommendation. Let us consider five, in 
our limited space. 

1. Wholesale denunciation of the doctors is unfair, unprofessional 
and unchristian. It is unfair, because the best doctors are as good men 

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as we arc, and better practitioners — since they know Nature Cure and a 
great deal besides. It is unprofessional because an unwritten law of 
professional courtesy forbids any member of a humanitarian class — 
whether theology, pedagogy', medicine, or a similar calling, from casting 
mud on the reputation of any other member. It is unchristian because 
we resent vigorously the sweeping criticism of Nature Cure believers 
that ignorant people often express, and we have no right to inflict what 
we refuse to accept. 

2, Antagonism toward the doctors keeps the fires of hate burning, 
and the antagonizers in everlasting hot water. I suppose that hardly 
one doctor in fifty, the country over, has ever taken active part in 
jealous persecution of drugless healers; but I should judge that 35 or 
40 in every fifty Nature Cure specialists have hurled vitriolic, death- 
dealing language at medical men. The only reason why naturists don't 
imprison druggists is because they haven't the power. We are as bad as 
our foes (?) — and weak besides. I have heard physicians of high 
repute say that they would identify themselves with Nature Cure 
openly, but for the anarchism and unreason displayed by so many of 
our anti-drug fanatics. Why keep on stirring the anger-pot, when all 
we do is burn ourselves? 

3, Rancor showered broadcast prevents remedial legislation. 
Medicine is established, Nature Cure is not. Every word spoken or 
written against the medical system only calls attention to the newness 
and untriedness of non-medical systems. Legislators are timid, and on 
seeing the established order attacked, they shy off. They are hired by 
the people, and they know they must cater to their master or lose their 
job. Hence the folly of increasing hostility, so long as we are out- 
numbered, five to one. 

4, Distrust and dissension of any sort in the minds of the sick 
will retard cure and drive patients away. As psychologists, we know 
that negative thought is depressing, chilling, paralyzing. But as re- 
formers, we forget what we know as psychologists, and vent our wrath 
upon drugs, drug-users and drug-dispensers, right in the presence of 
the patients and students whom we are trying to heal, teach and 
empower. I have seen this happen, scores of times, in Nature Cure 
sanitaria. The doctors are wiser. They do not argue, explain or ex- 
pound — they merely prescribe. This attitude of take-it-for-granted, 
silent superiority fills the mind of the patient with faith, while his 
mouth is being filled with medicine. The Nature Cure physician, not 
filling the sufferer's mouth, must fill his mind twice as full; — which is a 
total impossibility while diatribes on doctors fill the air. The invalid 

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wants healing, not proselyting. When you hear a man in love, or in 
business, or in any other field of competition, say bad things about a 
rival, you instinctively doubt the sincerity or ability of the man who 
does the calumniating. So it is in the field of health reform. Bitterness 
in the mouth means emptiness in the purse. An occasional joke at the 
expense of doctors is no crime, but the spirit must be friendly and fair. 
5. Every particle of time and energy lost in unavailing censure is 
an economic waste, which can never be repaired. A human being pro- 
duces a certain maximum of energy each day; this may vary from a 
few hundreds of pounds in a chronic invalid, to many thousands in the 
average robust man. I should guess that millions of pounds of nerve 
force are deliberately squandered every year, by drugless physicians, 
who would rather run down the doctors than build up their own prac- 
tice. Every outburst of hostile criticism benumbs the solar plexus, 
poisons the secretions of the body, exhausts the brain, disintegrates the 
nerve-cells, blurs the mental and moral vision, clogs the entire human 
machine, A friend of mine engaged in Physical Culture propaganda 
resolved some years ago to put a stop to the criticism-habit, especially 
concerning drugs and doctors, and to spend all his time and strength in 
positive, constructive work. He earns now as much in a day as he used 
to make in a week, and his influence for good is ten times as great as 
before. Would it not pay every leader in rational therapeutics to ex- 
periment along the same line? 

The efficiency test for every act, word and thought in our lives is 
simply this: "What good will it do?" Judging by straight efficiency 
standards, I believe that four-fifths of the criticisms leveled at drugs, 
doctors and surgeons by well-meaning but ill-controlled naturists are 
not only ineffective and wasteful, but are destructive and diabolical. 
They proceed not from a heavenly desire to uplift, but from a hoydenish 
itch to uproot. In the plan of Mother Nature, all true physicians are 
brothers. If some have wandered from the purpose and intent of Na- 
ture, we must win them back not by ejection or ejaculation, but by 
reason, skill, honor and affection. According as we do this, our work 
will prosper, our friends will multiply, and our self-respect will grow. 

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Mr. Edward Earle Purinton 

Woolworth Rldg., New York City 

Dear Mr. Purinton: 

In reading the proofs of the latest chapter, I have come to the conclusion that 
same deserves a rectification from the publisher. What you say about medicine 
and Nature Cure, may fit in with your conception of things, but not with mine. 

In the first place, when you were sick, you did not have the Nature Cure 
facilities, you did not have a Nature Cure doctor or a Nature Cure institution to 
treat you. Your condition was such that you considered it best under the circum- 
stances to go to a hospital under a medical doctor. On this point I cannot agree 
with you. Nature Cure is better than medicine in all cases and in every condition. 
I have had an experience in treating sick people for over 20 years, and I know 
what I am talking about. The Nature Cure is applicable in more than a thousand 
ways. You have not yet the inside consciousness and are not familiar with the 
therapeutic possibilities of drugless methods, therefore you are no judge to give 
a final comparison of the two systems. Naturopathic and Medical. 

You also accuse the drugless doctor of lack of intelligence and knowledge. 
You have not met all the drugless doctors, and you seem to form your opinion 
from those you have seen around New York. This is not sufficient. The fact is 
that drugless physicians are of a higher intelligence than medical doctors, a good 
many have studied medicine and got disgusted with it and dropped out, because 
their intelligence told them what is right and what is wrong between the truth 
and the untruth, and so they turned away from the medical school. 

At several conventions, banquets and meetings recently, regular medical 
doctors were present, amongst them Naturopaths, and every one of these doctors 
spoke about how long they were deceived and how long they were rooted in the 
system of medicine, and that they now have come to the conclusion that it is all 
wrong, that the Nature Cure is better in all cases and all conditions. 

A Naturopath, very often a layman, has shown high intuitive understanding 
and reasoning power in adopting drugless methods instead of medicine on account 
of the advantages of Nature Cure. 

Let me say also that if you had lived up to the Nature Cure principles, you 
would not have had so unnatural a trouble as appendicitis, and your statement 
about your hospital experience and surgical operation will discredit you as a 
Nature Cure writer. People always look for perfect health and strength in a 
writer on hygiene and therapeutics, and I am sorry you exposed yourself to the 
charge of weakness, by referring to your time in a hospital. 

I can say conclusively that most people think you are a very good writer, but 
it is to be regretted that you are not a Naturopath. Dr. Carl Schultz, Dr. Lindlahr, 
Dr. Strueh, and others have expressed themselve? in recent letters to me that in 
your efficiency articles you are not bringing out strongly enough the Naturopathic 
Physician's superior methods, intuitive powers, unselfishness and love for the 
sick. Tell me one doctor who does what a Naturopath does. 

Sincerely yours, 


Universal NaluroiHiUiir Dircclovij and Biii/rrs' Gnidr 1^5 

Dr. Benedict Lust 

110 East 41st Street 
New York City 

Dear Doctor Lust: 

I certainly have read your letter with pleasure. I always enjoy being knocked 
over the head, by a man as sincere as you are. The kindest thing one can do to a 
fellow's brain is to hit it with a hammer encased in a velvet courtesy. 

You are as right from your point of view as I am from mine. Which point, 
if either, is absolutely correct, will not be known for a hundred years, until both 
medicine and Naturopathy have progressed far enough to warrant a full com- 
parison of their respective potencies and limitations. I believe in drugless 
methods as intensely and thoroughly as you do, but I claim that the medical 
system has points of superiority in a comparatively few cases of extreme disease; 
and that the present wild antagonism of doctors by naturists represents not 
efficiency but inefficiency, first, last and all the time. 

Whether I am a good writer or not has no bearing on the matter at issue. All 
that counts is whether or not I speak the truth. If I do, every naturopath should 
take it, hurt or no hurt. If I do not, every naturopath should personally and 
publicly challenge my position, which I will acknowledge to be false when you or 
anybody else proves it is false. Considerable time has passed since I offered in 
your magazine to debate any point in question with your readers, and no debater 
has appeared. Hence I withdraw the offer, having more important work to do, and 
having shown the willingness to arrive at truth by any road, even that running 
counter to mine. 

It may be an error to judge the Nature Cure by the majority of practitioners 
whom I have personally known. Certainly it is a mistake to limit the wonderful 
and almost boundless possibilities of drugless healing to the skill and knowledge 
of the average drugless healer in America. And most certainly the finest examples 
of cures without medicine have been wrought in recent years, while I have 
studied Efficiency too deeply and constantly to keep in close touch with your own 
therapeutic work. If I have generalized too broadly, and failed to give credit 
where credit is due, I apologize and recant. 

But I would here call your attention to a point that seems to have escaped 
you; namely, that a naturopath can never be competent to judge the efficiency 
side of Naturopathy. A man inside any trade, vocation or profession must always 
be too close to it for a calm, broad, impartial view of its administration. Hence, 
in the business world we now have experts on various lines whose work is to 
bring from the outside, a fresh vision, together with a scientific training as 
specialists. Every Nature Cure institution, whether school, sanitarium or maga- 
zine, and I am not sure but every individual practice also, needs an advertising 
expert, an efficiency expert, a correspondence expert, a psychology expert, an 
accountancy expert, and several other experts; no one of whom need be familiar 
with the healing art as an art, but each of whom can help to establish the healing 
business as a business. 

For generations, the brick-layers of this country thought they knew how to 
lay brick. Then an outsider who never laid a row of bricks in his life, came 
along with a set of basic efficiency principles, on which it was claimed bricks 

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should be laid. The outsider, one F. W. Taylor by name, was ridiculed and 
abused by the "regular" brick-layers, even as I am now being torn to pieces by 
the regular naturopaths (or some of them — those who would rather be "regular" 
than right). When the new efTiciency methods were at last applied, masons 
found they could lay 350 bricks an hour, instead of their former stint of 120. 
And when the naturopaths get sense enough to understand what I am talking 
about, they will benefit to as great a degree, they will cure 350 cases, and make 
$350 or thereabouts, to every 120 cases they now cure, and every $120 they now 

The wonderful Bethlehem steel works was able to save $40,000 a year when 
the officials got over being pigheaded sufficiently to employ a general efficiency 
expert who didn't know a thing about steel-making but did know everything about 
lost time, energy and money. A vehicle factory of national repute witnessed the 
reduction of the working day from 10% to 8% hours and the pay of the workers 
and quality of the work improved — by the application of such principles as I am 
suggesting in these articles. 

Hundreds of other examples could be cited, all showing that the greatest 
efficiency is attained in any line of work only when a capable outsider walks 
into the profession and carries with him a lot of new ideas. But the naturopaths, 
even the best of them, are so plumb sure that Naturopathy includes all wisdom, 
that neither I nor any other efficiency counsel may get a chance to be heard for 
another generation. It is a matter for congratulation that I am not a naturopath. 
If I were, I should not know enough, or have nerve enough, to lay bare the weak- 
nesses of naturopaths. 

The criticism of Doctors Carl Schultz, Lindlahr, Strueh and others would be 
justifiable if I were writing for a medical or a popular journal. Then I should 
lay particular stress on "the naturopathic physician's superior methods, intuitive 
powers, unselfishness, and love for the sick." One good naturist knows more 
about health, its recovery and preservation, than ten ordinary doctors know. But 
this, dear Doctor Lust, goes without saying, and if I didn't believe it I shouldn't 
take time to address naturopaths at all. A real man doesn't want praise, flattery 
and idolatry. He wants honest criticism from a capable, impartial source. In the 
past few months I have received more than 1,000 personal letters from thoughtful 
men and women — including college presidents, lawyers, ministers, manufacturers, 
who asked my help to increase their efficiency. These people are all modest 
enough to know how little they know, and are eager to learn from a man who is 
not even a member of their own profession. Would that all the naturopaths were 
as modest, shrewd, ambitious. 

One more statement in your kind letter deserves attention. You fear that I 
shall be discredited as a Nature Cure writer because I had appendicitis, went 
through an operation, and now mention the fact without shame. Alas, dear friend, 
your logic has holes in it. I am living, am I not? Hence the operation was 
effective, was it not? Hence we must acknowledge that operations do sometimes 
cure, must we not? I hope you would not have had me a corpse, just to prove 
that surgery is bad for appendicitis. 

I believe that in nine cases out of ten, surgery for appendicitis is bad — a 
waste of time and money, a source of needless pain and probable danger. But I 
also believe that mine was the tenth case, and the fact of recovery would seem to 
prove that my judgment was correct. 

Unim'rsal N(tliu'<>p<tllur Dirrch/n/ and liinjcrs' (iuidc 1^7 

Now, let nie go further in the rankness of my heresy. I do not consider that 
health is the greatest thing in life, nor that longevity means the nohlest charactei'. 
The finest, purest soul that ever came to earth — Jesus of Nazareth — died fifty 
years before his time. Crucifixion is not natural, but in one form or another it is 
necessary when we reach the point where we must live the truth. You have 
passed through your phase of crucifixion, I have passed through mine. You were 
allowed to retain your health of body — without it you could not have done your 
work. I was not allowed to retain my health — with it I could not have done my 
work. Your work is chiefly for men's bodies, mine is chiefly for their minds and 
hearts. I have been forced to learn mental saneness and spiritual sweetness by 
enduring the most extreme bodily suffering. God knew what He was doing when 
He put me through it. The moral gains from illness may so far exceed the phys- 
ical woes that only a coward would try to escape. When a man, to be true to his 
ideals, has to face even a lifetime of suffering, the part of courage and strength is 
to welcome all the pain that is needed — and then perhaps be "discredited as a 
Nature Cure writer," I am not a writer. I am a frontiersman trying to open a path 
of light through a wilderness of error. Those to whom light is first, will un- 
derstand, even if they do not care to follow. 

Sincerely yours, 


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The mind is the usual source of chronic disease. 

No, I am not a Christian Scientist, nor even a "New Thoughter"; 
and I set up no defense for the hobbies, theories and vagaries of a one- 
sided metaphysician or "divine" healer, whose only remedies are words. 

But an efficiency engineer is trained to ferret out causes. He sticks 
to the trail of a cause, like a fox-hound on the trail of a scent. His job 
is the location, then dislocation, of the causes of inefficiency. For this 
job he finds the chisel of cold, keen and ruthless logic his main tool. 

As an efficiency engineer, armed with logic, I have reached the con- 
clusion, final and unalterable, that the mind is the regular, almost uni- 
versal, source of chronic disease. This being so, all your pills and 
plasters, foods, baths and exercises, prescriptions, gyrations and mani- 
pulations, are feeble and partial modes of cure unless you also pene- 
trate, heal, renew and empower the mind of the patient. 

There are a few exceptional cases, such as malformations by birth 
or accident, and malignant cell growth as in leprosy or cancer. We may 
reasonably grant that the mind is not here the ultimate cause of disease, 
though even here the mind may be made to promote the cure. But I am 
convinced that for at least 90 per cent of the cases of deep-seated physical 
troubles, we must hold the mind of the sufferer chiefly responsible. 
The fact that we fail to locate the mental cause does not change the fact 
of its presence. 

If 1 had the time and the opportunity, I would guarantee to pro- 
duce from the mind of the invalid the real, governing cause in at least 
nine out of every ten chronic ailments that any physician, allopathic or 
naturopathic, would refer to me for study. The external form of the 
trouble might be anything, from diabetes, rheumatism or asthma to 
insomnia, neurasthenia or anaemia. I would in every case find an 
original, persistent, all powerful, mental cause, 

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The real thing to look for in treating disease is not the cause, but 
the cause of the cause. A drugless physician who merely ascertains and 
even removes a physical cause does only half his duty — and the easier, 
less important half. He must probe the life of the invalid, not merely 
his body, and reveal the mental cause of the physical cause; then so 
change or disperse this anterior, subtle cause as to prevent the recur- 
rence of the posterior, tangible cause. A few illustrations of this 

You may say that a weak stomach is the cause of dyspepsia. No, it 
is not. A weak stomach is caused by a weak or perverse mind, as 
shown by the transgression of the natural instincts and normal habits 
of eating which keep the digestion of the animal or the savage whole- 
some, painless, rapid and powerful. Hygienic food of itself never cured 
dyspepsia — there must also be hygienic thought, emotion, faith, purpose, 
habit of life. 

You may say that uric acid causes rheumatism. No, it does not. 
The uric acid is caused by excess of meat and accompanying poisons; 
by lack of combustion through proper breathing, exercise, ventilation, 
evacuation, perspiration and skin hygiene; also by lack of inspiration 
and initiative, to keep the whole organism highly toned and fully 
electrified. Now the excess of meat products, the lack of combustion, 
and the absence of inspiration, all indicate a flabby, dense, low, inert, 
state of mind; and you cannot permanently cure rheumatism without 
relieving the mental factor in the case. 

You may say that neurasthenia was caused by a set of flimsy, 
faltering, congested, pain-racked, ill-fed nerves. No, it never was. The 
real function of the nerves proceeds from their point of origin, at the 
brain. If a man has nervous prostration, you may feed him on 
lecithin, phosphates, albumin and mineral salts till doomsday — he will 
remain the victim of exhaustion, depression and horrible mental chaos, 
till you show him how to grasp, harness, guide and employ the way- 
ward thoughts and loose emotions that are subtly but constantly running 
away with his nerve-force. 

- This line of reasoning applies to every form of chronic ailment. 
Back of the diseased organ lie the nerves which are controlled directly 
by the brain, and the blood-stream which is controlled indirectly. 
Before any organ of the body can be seriously disturbed, the blood or 
the nerves or both must have been guilty of unwholesome action for a 
long time. And the mind is to blame. 

For a doctor, whether allopathic, osteopathic or naturopathic, to 
assume to heal a sick body without a constant, careful, expert use of 

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psychological diagnosis and treatment, is as foolish and criminal as it 
would be for a blacksmith to take charge of an electric power-plant in 
a state of short-circuit. The majority of the drugless healers whom I 
know are diagnostic and therapeutic blacksmiths. They can tinker up 
the engine of the human power-plant, which is the digestion; they can- 
not even locate the faulty action of nerves, which are the electric wires, 
nor of the brain, which is the battery. 

Would that this general state of ignorance and unadroitness might 
be corrected. In the daily course of my efficiency work for various 
publications and institutions, I am asked by hundreds of invalids 
where and how to recommend a cure. Though a large proportion of 
these are nervous cases even to a superficial observer, I never advise 
one of this ilk to endanger his life at the typical drugless resorts within 
my range of knowledge. The methods are too material, the facilities 
too crude, and the doctors too dense. A Nature Cure sanitarium with- 
out a trained psychologist in regular attendance is a joke on the face 
of it and a crime in the heart of it. The mind of man is the crowning 
masterpiece of Nature; how can we neglect this and be safe or honest 
or efiective, as teachers and healers appointed by Nature? 

Men of divergent species of mind can no more be healed by the 
same physical methods than a peach-tree and a potato-vine could be 
given healthy growth by the same yard-stick rule. Bugs may attack the 
potato-vine, birds or boys may rob the peach-tree; and bugs, birds and 
boys require separate and distinct modes of treatment. When a human 
plant falls ill, germs are the bugs, thoughts are the bad boys, desires 
are the mischievous birds; and the germs, thoughts and desires must 
all receive proper attention and scientific treatment. 

In positing the mind as the source of chronic disease, and hence 
the source of cure, we should maintain a four-fold conception of the 
mind, remembering it has these departments or planes of impression 
and expression: mental, emotional, psychic, spiritual. The mental 
phase concerns the character, development and use of the cerebrum; 
the emotional phase concerns the size, fibre, expansion and control of 
the cerebellum; the psychic phase concerns the influence of astral 
entities and ethereal forces on the human organism; the spiritual phase 
concerns the dominance of the soul of the man over material con- 
ditions, outer and inner. All four phases concern the healthy activity 
of the solar plexus, and of the entire nervous system. 

Had we the space, we could show the exact physiological results on 
the human body, of these four factors of the mind. Such a treatise, 
however, would fill a book in itself, and might even then be unintelli- 

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gible, save to an expert phychologist. We will, therefore, give concrete 
examples of disease, where the cause was traced to one of these four 
divisions of the mind; and where, with removal of the cause, the dis- 
ease vanished. We will cite one case each, under the four headings: 
mental, emotional, psychic, spiritual. All these cases I have known 

The iirst case was one of dyspepsia, constipation, exhaustion of 
nerves and brain — the cause of which was mental. The man had been a 
sturdy farmer, living in ideal surroundings, where a crystal brook, a 
sunny river and a stretch of pine woods made the physical aspects of 
life as wholesome as Nature ever knew. But the sufferer could hardly 
eat the simplest food without extreme pains in the stomach, he was so 
nervous he couldn't be still a minute and would tramp for hours, back 
and forth, trying to get peace of mind and body. At last, when his very 
sanity was threatened, and when all the local doctors had failed to 
relieve him, a psychologist happened to visit him. At once the horizon 

It seemed that many years before, the invalid — who was then a 
strong, husky fellow — had been wakened in the middle of the night by 
the entrance of burglars. A panic ensued, shots were fired, the whole 
neighborhood was roused, and for months thereafter sleep was almost 
impossible for the man concerned. The fright had completely disorgan- 
ized the brain-centers, and so impressed the subjective mind that a 
horrible fear settled with nightfall, and haunted the house with ghostly 
shapes and dreads. From the hour of this acute shock, the man's phy- 
sical degeneration commenced. He is now virtually cured — by psycho- 
therapy, re-enforced by naturopathy. He would never have been cured, 
the cause of his troubles would never have been located, by material 
means alone. 

The second case was one of tumor — the cause of which was 
emotional. A big-hearted woman of middle age had been sadly disap- 
pointed and bereaved in the greatest love of her life. She was distinctly 
a mother-type of woman. But she had given up her ideal of marriage 
and children, to care for a helpless and appealing relative, on whom 
she lavished all the affection of her strong woman-nature. When the 
relative grew able for self-support and independence, and the need for 
the woman's devotion was suddenly removed, an emotional upheaval 
and serious crisis came upon the victim of self-immolation. She had 
lived most abstemiously, and no physical cause for a tumor was dis- 
closed. But the II lor was there. It was merely the focus of prolonged 
emotional repression, bursting at the point of readiness, the uterus, 
where under normal conditions a child w ould have come forth. 

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The false growth has now disappeared, and the woman is as near 
well as a woman who was a born mother but never married can hope 
to be. The methods of cure? Mostly naturopathic, but fundamentally 
psychological. Our friend is now the head of a large institution, where 
the growing numbers of young people under her charge need a lot of 
"mothering," that she delights to give. How few doctors know that the 
preponderance of tumors, cancers and other morbid growths in women 
are the outcome of their unappeased sex-longings! Not sex-cravings, 
which arc physical, but sex-longings, which are emotional and spiritual, 
it takes a woman doctor to understand a woman because all women 
have sex-longings in common, while most men, sad to confess, have only 

The third case was one of neuritis and insomnia — and the cause 
was psychic. A man had been well-nigh crazed by sleeplessness. The 
nerves were on fire, and the brain seemed almost ready to burst. The 
most modern treatments for insomnia had been applied, with no per- 
manent effect. The sufferer had resigned his position, and was spend- 
ing his whole time trying to get well (a most unhygienic thing to do, by 
the way). The man had a very peculiar belief, regarding his own 
affliction. He said that when he woke in the night, as he always did 
when he should be in the deepest slumber, he felt that somewhere in the 
heavens a strange, uncanny force was pulling his soul away from his 
body ! He often lay awake in fear, dreading to sleep lest the ghostly rob- 
bery might take place and his veiy soul be in the lair of sky-thieves! 
Don't laugh and show your ignorance, you materialistic readers. Wait 
till I tell how the man was right. Of course the dumb, numb and 
elephantine doctors all ridiculed the man's belief — they said he was an 
unfortunate victim of "obsession" or hallucination. (Definition of hal- 
lucination: An obscuration in the doctor). 

The truth of the matter was this. About six months before, the 
dearest friend of the sufferer had died, under peculiar and terrible cir- 
cumstances. This friend had exerted an overpowering psychic influence 
upon the man who still lived, with telepathic or astral communication a 
frequent occurrence. When the psychological twin was taken, the effect 
was no less severe on the brain and soul of the man who was left than 
the decease of one of the Siamese twins proved to the remaining twin, 
who shortly died, as you may remember. I have no doubt that the acute 
and painful ordeals of insomnia, which began soon after the death of 
the sutterer's mate, were actually induced by the struggles of the" un- 
willing soul in shadow-land to return to the side of the friend here; 
and if not to return, to seize the soul of the friend and bear it up yonder! 
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insomnia "cures" as a hot drink or hot foot-bath just before retiring! 
The man was cured. He moved from his accustomed haunts to a home 
a thousand miles away; he began a wholly new kind of work, which 
absorbed him by day and exhausted him so that the physical urge for 
sleep was greater by night than the psychic pull from the sky; and he 
filled his life with an ideal and affection that bound him here while his 
normal span should run. All pure psychology. 

The fourth case was one of shallow breathing, torpid liver, "colds" 
and catarrh, skin eruptions and poor circulation — and the cause was 
spiritual. A college youth had all these troubles at the same time. He 

was told that the source of the various complaints was in the lungs; not 

only did the young man fail to use more than half his lung capacity, but 
his method of breathing was so wrong that his chest rose when he 
exhaled and fell when he inhaled! 

Of course, the digestive organs, heart and circulatory system had 
become slow and defective in action, due to the cramped position and 
erratic functioning of the long-abused lungs. The patient bought a 
couple of patent breathing-machines, and blew in them religiously, 
night and morning. He joined a college gymnasium class, played out- 
door games, rode horseback, went swimming, and even led in those 
lung-bursting feats called "college yells". But his breath simply re- 
fused to adopt regular liabits and would almost stop when its owner 
was not looking. 

Then, one day never to be forgotten, a mystic who was also a 
character analyst gave the boy a "reading". She told him he was a born 
poet, asked him why he was training for a hum-drum, superficial life 
work, and suggested ways of seeking the muse of rhyme. Then the 
boy breathed! And he has been breathing ever since. The old physical 
troubles have gone, and the present lung capacity of the former weak- 
ling is 50 cubic inches above the average. The depth of his respiration 
was according to the height of his inspiration. Often this proves to be 
the analogy; and always the victim of shallow breathing is below par 
on his normal, spiritual plane. 

Next to the solar plexus, the lungs are spiritual organs, demand- 
ing spiritual motive and sustenance. The habit of deep breathing is 
a habit of deep feeling. 

The four cases mentioned here, while perhaps unusual, are not 
rare at all. Any psychotherapist of good repute and long experience 
could give scores of parallel or similar cases, all demonstrating the 
fundamental principle that — 

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Mental diagnosis should precede or accompany physical 
diagnosis and treatment of any chronic disease. There 
is no Nature Cure without Mind Cure. 

So clearly has this truth been revealed to many trained observers in 
psychiatry and psychotherapy that lists of the varied thoughts, emotions, 
atieclions, instincts, and desires have been prepared with a view to 
showing how the abuse, non-use or over-use of mental factors will re- 
sult in chronic disease. There are metaphysicians who claim that a 
certain kind and amount of erroneous thought will produce liver 
trouble, another produce rheumatism, another one produce cancer, and 
so forth. I do not believe that scientific lines of reference can be drawn 
so closely through the realm of mental causation; and 1 have observed 
that, as a class, mental healers are as prone to exaggerate the power of 
mind as doctors are to overlook it. 

Thus, in the four cases mentioned above, neither mental nor phy- 
sical means alone would have restored health. The order of procedure 
that did the work in each case was this: (1) mental diagnosis, (2) phy- 
sical diagnosis, (3) physical treatment, (4) mental treatment. From 
a rational, impartial viewpoint, the neglect of the proper physiological 
methods of treatment, witnessed in so-called Divine Healing, Christian 
Science or New Thought, is even more culpable than the omission of 
psychotherapy in most of our Nature Cure sanitaria. Whatever the 
form of disease, the body must be diagnosed and treated. If a scientific 
combination of hot baths, fasting and massage will cure insanity — a 
frequent occurrence nowadays — will not such auxiliaries be of help in 
the comparatively mild cases of nervous and mental disturbance? If 
1 were writing for a metaphysical magazine, I should emphasize the 
power of the body to renew the mind — not the power of the mind to 
renew the body. 

How shall mental diagnosis be accomplished? How shall the phy- 
sician cross the darkened threshold of his patient's consciousness, and 
penetrate the labyrinthine chambers of the mystic human ego? The 
best minds of the ages have been focused on this problem — and the 
solution is not yet. For me to presume to instruct you would be folly. 
But 1 do want to suggest a few methods that seem full of promise, and 
that are now being tried in various localities of Europe and America. 
None of these may be held infallible, and a few of them are perhaps 
unsafe except in the hands of doctors who combine skill, experience and 
honor. But they all are deserving of thoughtful consideration. 

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The first reason for investigating this subject lies in the Scriptures. 
Modern scientific students of the Bible claim that a preponderance of 
the healing miracles wrought by the Great Physician were but super- 
normal cases of mental, psychic and spiritual diagnosis. He saw the 
unseen causes. 

Where many, such as Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus, were 
pronounced dead, there may have been simply a deep coma resembling 
death; a strong command of "suggestion" was therefore powerful to 
break the psychic spell and restore life. Those who were lame and 
blind may have been subject to nervous inhibitions or psychic obses- 
sions — modern cures of similar troubles prove this quite possible. At 
any rate, the supreme hold of the Nazarene on his followers lay in his 
power to read, swiftly and accurately, the very thoughts of their inmost 

Whence came this power? Some through the marvelous intuition 
of Jesus; he was probably the oldest and therefore wisest soul that ever 
passed into birth on this planet. The experiences from hundreds of 
incarnations had all crystallized, to form the pure gems of intuition 
bequeathed us in the Bible. No man who is not highly intuitional should 
be granted a physician's diploma. 

But the science of mental diagnosis far exceeds the gift, and Jesus 
was a scientist more than a seer. Devout people often wonder and 
speculate about those hidden years in the life of the god-man. Experts 
in occult lore claim to have solved the problem. They declare that 
Jesus went into and through all the mystic teachings regarding health, 
psychology and religion afforded by the esoteric philosophies of the 
East — India, Persia, and other so-called pagan lands. The fact of this 
training was kept a secret providentially — only misunderstanding and 
distrust would have followed its revealment. But the master was a 
graduate mystic. 

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Whether such chiini be true, I do not know. But 1 do know that 
any man with a message will find his greatest power in conveying it 
through a long study and effective use of the very means and men that 
seemed at iirst antagonistic. On this principle, I commend to the na- 
turist physician a thorough investigation of the systems here named. 

1. Diagnosis by Psycho-analysis. The work of the renowned Pro- 
fessor Freud of Vienna is doubtless familiar to you. A partial dream 
state is induced, having features somewhat in common witli hypnosis 
and also with "twilight sleep", but apparently without the dangers of 
either. While the patient is but dimly conscious, he is asked all manner 
of questions bearing on the subconscious depths of his past and present 
life. With the brain-centres of fear, shame, caution and deceit inhibited, 
the invalid tells things about himself that he never would or could reveal 
during a state of normal wakefulness. The cause of many a deep-seated 
neurosis, and ailment that "baffled" the doctors, has been thus exposed 
and corrected. 

2. Diagnosis by Phrenology. An expert study of the head and face 
will show the peculiar weak spots and inherited predispositions to dis- 
ease with which every man is born. Thus a corpulent person with red 
hair almost never has liver trouble, while a thin person with black hair 
almost never has Bright's disease. Corresponding tracts of the lungs, 
liver, stomach, and other vital organs appear in the face; — and many of 
the drugless pioneers such as Kneipp and Kuhne diagnosed their pa- 
tients, consciously or unconsciously, by this fact. The books of Fowler, 
Sizer, and other phrenologists and physiognomists, explain these 

3. Diagnosis by Experimental Psychology. The nervous, mental 
and emotional re-actions of a chronic invalid often lead to the subtle 
origin of the complaint, where physical diagnosis fails. In the labora- 
tories of the great universities— Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and others, 
varied systems of research and investigation have been carried on, after 
initial movements in Germany, France, England and Switzerland. A 
general idea of the scope and method may be gleaned from the works of 
Drs. DuBois, Peterson, Thomson, Cabot, Muensterberg, Schofield and 
Jastrow, which may be found in the department of psychiatry of almost 
any large medical library. 

4. Diagnosis by Astrology. Here is a field of study where caution 
is required. Few astrologists are trustworthy, and the majority of them 
urge claims for the system that are not fully warranted. But there is no 
question that the planets exert a positive and permanent inffuence over 
human beings, according to the ruling house and zodiacal sign under 

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which they were born. Thus a Mars man who cannot be at war cannot 
be at peace — strange to say; and a Venus woman who cannot express 
love cannot experience health. Furthermore, at certain juxtapositions 
of the planets, each individual is prone to physical pain, weakness and 
disorder; a knowledge of which probabilities may serve to ward off an 
attack of a serious nature. 

5. Diagnosis by Symbology. Man vibrates to all the universal forces, 
and they in turn re-act upon him. Thus each individual has a keynote 
of color, form and tone, which must blend harmoniously with the people, 
things and events of his life — or disease results. For example, take two 
colors, light blue and deep red. The blue means a high degree of spir- 
itual development and a longing for truth above all things; while the 
red stands for selfish human desire and lowest animal passion. If a 
sky-blue character be surrounded by blood-red persons or house fur- 
nishings, a mental disturbance is created which finally upsets the phys- 
ical organism. The matter of color correspondence has been explained 
by a number of investigators, such as Dr. Babbitt, Mr. Colville and Mr. 
Fraetas. Another branch of symbolism relates to the given name. A 
special quality and value is said to inhere in each letter of the alphabet, 
and to affect the person whose Christian name includes the letter. Thus, 
if a Jeremiah nature has been christened Archibald, he may likely have 
an Archibald manner glossed onto a Jeremiah disposition — from which 
combination the good Lord deliver us! Cases have been known where 
people have recovered health only after changing their names. A still 
further development of the vibration theory of diagnosis lies in the realm 
of musical therapeutics, of which a famous example was the soothing of 
the crazed mind of Saul by the harp in the hands of David. Ever\^ man, 
particularly every woman, is a musical instrument, with a distinct and 
close relationship to the tones of the diatonic scale. If you are over- 
stimulated your tone is sharp, if overexhausted your tone is flat. Either 
condition calls for harmonization. The work of Miss Vescelius and 
others in hospitals and asylums proves that music has a real place in 
diagnostics and therapeutics. Every chronic ailment is the outcome of 
some phase of inharmony. 

6. Diagnosis by the Aura. For centuries the mystics and adepts of 
the East have held that the soul of a man shines through his body; this 
emanation being visible under certain conditions, and extending from a 
few inches to a distance of several feet, according to the physical, mental 
and spiritual health of the man. Most doctors have ridiculed all such 
beliefs. Now comes Dr. Walter Kilner of London, who says he has 
photographed the human aura, has proved its relationship with health 
and disease, and will shortly give to the medical fraternity a new system 

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of diagnosis based on these conclusions. For example, if a person has 
lung or liver trouble, the portion of the aura directly above the lungs or 
liver will appear on a sensitized photographic plate either dull or pale 
or spasmodic or clouded or blotched or almost invisible. I have person- 
ally seen the aura, by the kindness of Mr. Rebman of New York, one of 
the leaders in this line of study; and have watched it vary in quality and 

7. Diagnosis by Psychic Research. A considerable number of in- 
valids, with nervous or mental disturbance the prime cause of their 
physical derangement, have a "spook" in cloudland to blame for their 
troubles. These troubles will vanish only when the spook has been 
exorcized. At least such is the belief of a group of scientific, logical and 
unfanciful men who have spent years in the field of psychic research. 
One of the firm supporters of this belief is the executive head of the 
American Society for Psychical Research, Dr. James H. Hyslop, with 
whom I have recently talked on the subject. It appears that a large 
proportion of the cases of hysteria, melancholia, paranoia, and certain 
acute forms of insanity, and a smaller proportion of other nervous, 
mental and physical diseases, may be traced to obsession by a spirit in 
ghostland. The spirit wants to get back to earth and tries to make 
forcible entry by way of the sufferer's body. When this occurs, the 
vehement ghost with the guilt of invasion upon it must be "treated" 
forthwith, and made to depart. Dr. Hyslop holds that many of the poor 
wretches who seem incurably insane could be restored to health and 
usefulness by application of this truth. 

8. Diagnosis by Occultism. The main divisions of this branch are 
clairvoyance, psychometry and hypnotism. When we think of clair- 
voyance, we conjure up the fakes and follies of the ordinary "seance" — 
then dismiss the subject as fruitless and false. But I know of a man who 
makes pocketfuls of money by "seeing things" — contrary to the usual 
custom, since men who "see things" are mostly in the state of losing 
money. This chap goes into a man's club and wagers the assembly that 
he can tell a man how much money the man's purse contains. Wishing 
to humor the escaped lunatic and also to clean up his cash, the brothers 
convivial proceed to bet lavishly. Whereupon the visitor puts his X-ray 
eye on each in turn, looks him inside out, declares his wealth to a penny, 
cashes the bets in a hurry, and leaves before the mob turns to rend him. 
A sad waste of a marvelous power. If the few rare people born with 
"second sight" were trained in diagnosis, anatomy, physiology and psy- 
chology, the assumption is that they could reveal the brain structure of 
a sick man as clearly as the X-ray now reveals his bony structure. 
Another possible means of subtle examination lies in psychometry, the 


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art of reading character by the sense of touch and smell. The odor, 
magnetism and electric force of a person in radiant health differ greatly 
from these emanations when he is ill. Thus an article of clothing which 
he wears continually may convey to one gifted in psychometric reading 
a very distinct impression of the state of health. Even more available 
and reliable should be the potency of the hypnotic sleep. It is well 
known that a hypnotic subject of the proper kind will develop a sixth 
sense, by which he transports himself psychically to a distant point and 
describes minutely the conditions there prevailing. Why should not this 
faculty be leveled on the inner mechanism of the sick? We are only 
beginning to understand the helpful uses of hypnotism; but I firmly be- 
lieve that the time will come when the psychic forces liberated in the 
hypnotic sleep will be so trained and guided that by their aid ever>^ part 
of the human body can be diagnosed, promptly and accurately. 

9. Diagnosis by Vocation. Recent studies by industrial and socio- 
logical experts reveal the fact that each trade or profession carries with 
it a tendency toward certain forms of physical deterioration. A thor- 
ough knowledge of the cause, nature and cure of these "occupational 
diseases" would serve any doctor well, not only in diagnosis but even 
better in prognosis and prophylaxis. Furthermore, about 70 per cent 
of the workers of this country have fallen into the wrong job. They are 
square pegs in round holes, and a square peg in a round hole finds room 
for trouble on all sides. If you make a born poet sell shoes for a living, 
you will soon have a sick poet on your hands — and a well one is bad 
enough to endure. Heaven knows. If, to the contrary, you make a born 
shoemaker write poems for a living, all the people in the sound of his 
voice will shortly be sick, down and out. A doctor who cannot tell the 
diagnostic difference between a poet and a shoemaker should be com- 
pelled to wear by day shoes made by the poet and to hear by night 
poems made by the shoemaker. Then, of a truth, would the doctor be 
admonished. Cure must rest on temperament, or be unstable. 

10, Diagnosis by Emmanuelism. Thirty years ago. Bishop Samuel 
Fallows, in his "church clinic" at Chicago, began to demonstrate how 
closely a man's theology relates to his bodily functions. More recently, 
Drs. Worcester and McComb in Boston, Dr. Batten in New York, and 
other influential clergymen and physicians have done remarkable work 
by a scientific union of physical, mental and moral diagnosis — com- 
monly known as the Emmanuel Movement. A doctor, a nerve specialist, 
a physical culturist, a psychotherapist, and a minister, acting harmoni- 
ously together, can certainly reach more exhaustive and reliable con- 
clusions of diagnosis than would be possible for any one of them, pro- 
ceeding alone. The "vicious circle" of etiology may proceed thus: — 

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mind to brain, brain to nerves, nerves to body. Or it may reverse the 
order and proceed thus: — body to nerves, nerves to brain, brain to 
mind. Whether disease may have been psycho-physical or physico- 
psychic, in its formation and development, can often be determined only 
by a group of specialists working as one. This much is absolutely sure : 
Every chronic invalid has somehow, somewhere, lost faith — and must 
have it again before he recovers; the natural sequence of faith is, first 
faith in God, then faith in Nature, then faith in self; accordingly, to 
renew and re-establish the consciousness and habit of faith by means of 
the church that most appeals to the invalid, seems a permanent, scienti- 
fic basis, for any and every particular mode of cure. The folly of the 
"faith-cure" is not in the faith, but in the lack of reason, skill and 
action, to supplement the faith. 

Each of the foregoing ten systems of analyzing and probing the 
mental state of a man deserves a whole volume to itself — not a para- 
graph or two, as here given. But I wanted here to present a fairly com- 
plete survey of the possibilities in mental diagnosis, the actualities being 
yet largely a matter of future achievement. 

How generally and acutely a survey of this kind is needed through- 
out the health culture field may be learned by a study of the advertising 
literature of our drugless schools and sanitaria. I have gone over the 
literature mailed to prospective students and patients by a dozen of our 
leading institutions; and I fail to discern that a single one has properly 
judged or adequately handled the psychological factors. The "symp- 
tom blanks" and examination questions are practically all physical; — 
to read them over, you would think a man was a gob of mud and blood 
thrown together by chance. The only chance is the chance we take in 
calling it chance. 

I have a strong conviction on this matter. I believe that a majority 
of the chronic, stubborn, deep-lying ailments that "baffle" the doctors 
would be found to inhere not in the flesh but in the mind — if only we had 
the skill to discern mental causes. When a man or woman has endured 
forty or fifty years of civilization, the result is a tangled, muddled mess 
of spotted, bruised and broken thoughts, repressed instincts, unex- 
pressed or ill-expressed emotions, banged and battered intuitions, 
shattered hopes, wounded faiths, and spent ambitions. Out of this 
ferment and fever of the human heart, most ills of the flesh arise. The 
troubles of childhood are quickly and easily cured, because children are 
psychologically frank, open, clean, brave, simple. But the average 
adult is psychologically fearful, secretive, soured, numb, involved. 
And here lies the source of that long train of debilities attending middle 


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The first nulliod of diatjnosis should be spiritual, the second emo- 
tional, the third mental, the fourth psychic, the fifth and last — physical. 
How reverse and perverse the present scheme is, may be gathered from 
even a slight, superficial observation; — we put physical diagnosis first 
and wholly or partially neglect all the others! 

One of my long-cherished dreams is that of an American Diagnostic 
Institute. This will be a place where all the known means of diagnosis 
are collected, collated, unified and utilized. Here the invalid will be 
taken for unprejudiced, complete, scientific and fundamental examina- 
tion. He will be turned inside out, metaphorically speaking: will be 
told exactly what his trouble is, where it starts, and how it may be ex- 
pelled; will be instructed how to handle himself in body and mind; and 
will then be referred to the specialist, or group of specialists, who can 
properly administer the treatment or treatments required. Such an in- 
stitution would deserve, and I believe will have, a million dollar en- 
dowment for its research, investigation and experiment. The great 
hygienic truth of the coming century will be known to be this: The 
mental is the fundamental. To understand this fully is not to neglect 
the body, but to impel, vitalize, and use the body to a higher degree of 
practical force. 

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There are five stages of treatment for the sick. They depend not 
upon the need of the sick, as they sliould, but rather upon the evolution 
of the doctor. Whenever I am called to prescribe mentally for an in- 
valid, I first diagnose the doctor. A doctor needs diagnosing more than 
the disease he diagnoses. 

The five stages of treatment are as follows: 

1. Incantation 

2. Medication 

3. Manipulation 

4. Education 

5. Transformation 

We are now in the third stage — half way between where we have 
been and where we should be. I would here call attention to the 
principle and method of the fourth and fifth stages. Let us first give 
a summary of the initial three stages, hitherto marking the development 
of the healing profession. 

1. Incantation. The two most primitive, and most powerful, mani- 
festations of the human mind are fear of the undesirable unknown 
and faith in the desirable unknown. The incantation specialist works 
on both. First he scares you into paying him to wield his magic signs, 
then he flatters you into believing that he has placated the angi*y gods, 
routed the afflicting devils, and nailed down for you a reserved chair in 
perpetuity on Olympus. Among the old incantation specialists were 
the voodoo man, the witch doctor, the charm vendor, the "conjurer," 
the alchemist, the fortune teller, the clairvoyant, the brewer of magic 
potions. They all went on the same principle — or lack of it; that the 
human mind is a hot-bed of superstition, and all a doctor has to do is 
tend it faithfully. 

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You might suppose that incantation was a relic of harbarisni, long 
since passed away. But nay, not so — we still observe it with us. We 
see it in patent medicine, where a long list of ghostly symptoms and a 
gleaming array of lurid testimonials act upon the mind of the reader 
as the hocus-pocus of the conjurer acted upon the mind of the reader's 
barbaric forefather. We see incantation in Christian Science, where 
many devoutly proclaim the exaggerated power of "malicious animal 
magnetism," and unite in sending avalanches of "death-thought" upon 
the helpless, hapless, persons of their alleged enemies. We see incan- 
tation in Mental Science and New Thought, where "absent healers" 
presume to treat all manner of chronic disease by projecting thought- 
waves of telepathic, atmospheric or astral vibration to the distant 
bedside of the patient, and cure him by cunningly devised fable. (The 
mind of an absent healer is always absent; this is why he is called 
"absent" — he is not all there, poor fellow). 

We see incantation even in Osteopathy — that seemingly most prac- 
tical and materialistic of healing methods. For, does not every Osteo- 
path in good and regular standing aim to convince you, immediately 
after diagnosing you, that your spine was born busted, has since become 
more busted, and will soon be utterly and everlastingly busted if you 
don't let him wisely wiggle it? What, I ask you, is such a procedure 
but a modern form of incantation? I believe in Christian Science, 
New Thought, Osteopathy — even patent medicine perchance, for certain 
ailments, under certain conditions and restrictions. But I do not believe 
in the subterranean hypnosis that most of these specialists deal out. 
It is only incantation, prettily dressed in a pseudo-science lingo. 

2. Medication. The witch doctor, as intelligence grew in the minds 
of his patients, found himself losing hold on their purse-strings. A 
doctor's wealth is proportional to the ignorance of his patients. There- 
fore, to keep the patient ignorant is absolutely fundamental to a doctor's 
silk hat and three square meals a day. When the witch doctor was 
limited to psychology and a few simple herbs, he was on a precarious 
footing — the people were constantly encroaching on his ground by study- 
ing for themselves the nature of their own minds and of the herbs that 
any one might gather from the fields. Hence it became necessary for 
the doctor to evolve a system of chemical therapeutics, demanding a 
prolonged course of mysterious training, that the people at large never 
would or could undertake. Here we have the psychological reason for 
the invention of drugs. In respect to medication, the chief 
difference between a drug doctor and a witch doctor is that the drug 
doctor murmurs Latin names and wears a dark atmosphere, instead 
of muttering barbaric gibberish and wearing a mask of bright paint. 

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The psychology is the same — an unlimited supply of ignorance and awe, 
on the part of the patient. 

I do not wholly disbelieve in materia medica; nor fail to recognize 
the devotion, skill, bravery and beauty of the life and work of many a 
doctor or surgeon. But the system is wrong, that requires ignorance 
and deception in order to flourish. And three fourths of the doctors 
and surgeons would starve to death if ignorance and deception were 
to be wholly banished from their daily practice. The primitive psy- 
chology^ of incantation, here in the dawn of the twentieth century, 
fills and sways the minds of the sick. 

3. Manipulation. The first advance in healing came with the grad- 
ual awakening of popular intelligence — and the substitution of medica- 
tion for incantation. The second advance, by far a greater one, resulted 
from the modern awakening of the public conscience; and to this we 
may trace the modern substitution of manipulation for medication. 
Every great reform, of a nation as of an individual, is produced by the 
careful blending of conscience and intelligence. Most reform lacks intel- 
ligence, while most objects of reform lack conscience. The leaders of 
health reform, a very large majority of them, still lack the required 
amount of intelligence; being satisfied because they have gained more 
than their predecessors, the doctors. But there is a science of manipu- 
lation, while there is no science of medication; herein we do progress, 
if slowly. We learn from presumed authorities that over 20,000,000 
people in the United States believe in manipulation as opposed to 
medication; — and this number of citizens have begun to think for 
themselves, their own health, longevity, and prosperity, all within the 
past fifty years. 

Now manipulation is either physical or mental — contrary to the 
belief of most persons, who would regard it as merely physical. Hygiene 
is always both physical and mental, and anything purporting to be 
hygienic which omits either physiology or psychology is by so much less 
than safe. Physical manipulation comprises massage, mechanotherapy, 
osteopathy, chiropractic, hydrotherapy, gymnastics, thermotherapy, 
electrotherapy, diet, air and sun baths — in fact all drugless aids to 
elimination, circulation, respiration, and other physiological function- 
ings of the body. Mental manipulation comprises hypnotism, sug- 
gestion, magnetism, occultism. New Thought and Christian Science 
"treatments," faith cure, mesmerism, laying-on of hands, phrenological 
or astrological prescription, psychic rapport, instantaneous "divine" 
healing. All these forms and systems of psychological therapeutics 
manipulate the mind, as massage or hydrotherapy manipulates the body. 

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They have little or none of the moral and spiritual quality and force 
that their devotees and sponsors claim for them. 

Up to this time, we have reached only the stage of manipulation as 
an epoch of the healing art. Most of us appear satisfied with this, rather 
scorning and despising the witch doctor and the drug doctor, as heing 
sadly gross, numhly dense, and fatally foolish. We have much to learn. 
A thousand years from now, the great health pioneers and reformers 
will regard us with a combination of noble tolerance and amused pity; 
we shall seem to them as hopelessly antique and impossible as the witch 
doctor and drug doctor now seem to us. I like to look a thousand years 
ahead. The action uplifts my heart, stretches my mind, expands my 
faith, and makes me feel good all through. The man who never looks 
a thousand years ahead is apt to lag a thousand years behind. 

4. Education. This will be the next move onward and upward, in 
the five stages of therapeutic progress. The universal need for health 
instruction appears in the fact that the customaiy span of human life is 
now sixty years less than it should be. Putting the earning capacity of 
the average individual at $1,000 a year — a low estimate, we have the 
startling sum of .$60,000 lost to the family, community and State of each 
of the 100,000,000 people in this country. This means a total waste of 
$6,000,000,000,000 in our national earning power, due to needless 
curtailment of the lives of our citizens. A few thinking people are be- 
ginning to realize the enormity of this biologic and economic crime; and 
to attempt to provide some sort of hygienic and prophylactic educa- 
tion through such agencies as the Health Committee of One Hundred, 
the Safety First Commission, the Life Extension Institute, the State and 
City Boards and Departments of Health in certain progressive localities. 
But the movement has not yet begun to reach the true source of disease — 
ignorance and negligence on the part of both parents of the children of 

1 would have a law passed to this effect: When a child under six 
years of age has anything particular fundamentally wrong with its 
brain or body, a certain percentage of the doctors' fees and other ex- 
penses of treatment shall be paid by the clergyman who married the 
child's parents, and another percentage by the magistrate who issued 
the license of marriage; when the child has any serious trouble, mental 
or physical, after six years of age, a percentage of the costs of treatment 
shall be paid by the child's teacher. A law like this would do more in 
a year to wake up our magistrates, preachers and teachers to their per- 
sonal responsibility on health lines than a hundred years of mild and 
gentle pleading through health publications. 

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The law would be entirely fair. No minister has a right to perform 
a marriage ceremony without making sure that both candidates are free 
of constitutional weakness and venereal taint, and are taught in the 
fundamentals of eugenics, physical culture and child hygiene. How 
can a marriage be called holy when the contracting parties have become 
too weakened or polluted to give their children a decent start in life? 
And if the marriage isn't holy, what is a preacher doing at the ceremony? 
The teacher should take responsibility from the preacher, when the 
child reaches the lawful school age — six years. Before accepting any 
pupil in a school-room, the teacher or principal should require an exam- 
ination of the child, for the purpose of discovering what the natural 
weakness or inherited predisposition may be; and should then give the 
child, and the parents, a set of approved instructions for those exercises, 
foods, baths, garments, books, and other essentials to modern prophy- 
laxis covering the special needs of the child in view. This plan would 
be only one out of many, aiming at the rational and effectual banish- 
ment of the unnecessary pain, disease and disability now prevailing 

Even more desirable, however, is the education of the invalid. I 
marvel that this has never been properly and adequately supplied, in 
any modern school or sanitarium. Dosing a man with health foods or 
metaphysical suggestions cannot cure the man. From a standpoint of 
either morality or efTiciency, the drugless colleges and resorts now 
claiming so much are but slightly in advance of allopathic and surgical 
institutions. Neither hygiene nor psychology has, thus far, gone to the 
root of disease. Let us try to make our meaning clear. 

When a man gets drunk, he expects to be locked up; he imbibes 
with all the risk of jail in full view. But when a man gets sick, he ex- 
pects to be coddled, pampered, waited on and fussed over — and he 
feels personally aggrieved if he can't have the prettiest nurse and the 
wisest doctor in attendance. Now being sick is a crime, not much less 
than being drunk. And when a man is sick more than once of the same 
disease, he has become a hardened, habitual criminal. 

The most discouraging thing about an invalid is that he wants to be 
"cured." Generally speaking, he does not deserve to be cured — he de- 
serves to be lectured, spanked, and sent to bed without his supper. 
When a child breaks a hole through the orchard fence, fills up on 
green apples, and acquires a vociferous case of colic, we think not of 
petting him, but of punishing him. The chronic invalid must be pun- 
ished — he has destroyed some fence of the moral law, and has partaken 
of forbidden fruit. He needs conversion more than cure. But he does 
not want convej'sioD, he will not pay for it, and up to the present time 

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no scheme has been devised for guaranteeing liis conversion while he 
pays for his cure. So great a moral deficiency must be recognized and 
met. How? 

The first question a sick man should ask himself is this: "When 
and where and how and why could I have been such a blamed fool as 
to get in this condition?" And his first order to his doctor should be: 
"Before you start to cure me, you must promise to teach me how to 
stay well, and to exact from me a man's word of honor that I won't dis- 
grace myself again by such a lapse into weakness." Did you ever hear 
a sick person say such things? I know you didn't, because the shock 
would have paralyzed you, and you wouldn't be reading this. Yet no 
invalid was ever completely cured, without such a confession and a 
resolution as I have indicated. 

Every normal patient of a sanitarium should be taught, before 
treatment, during treatment or after treatment, as to the nature, cause 
and cure of his trouble, and the principles and methods for obviating 
its recurrence. I say "normal" patient, to exempt those who are men- 
tally deranged or so badly weakened and disordered physically that 
real study seems temporarily impossible. 1 would, indeed, have it under- 
stood that to be exempt from this course of instruction is to be consid- 
ered feeble-minded. A set of handbooks for the personal guidance of 
patients, during and after treatment, should be prepared by a duly 
qualified and elected Board of Therapeutic Instruction; and these 
handbooks rendered available not only to the guests of a sanitarium or 
hospital, but also to the clients of the individual healer, doctor, physi- 
cian and nurse. A patient should never be discharged as "cured" until 
he has creditably passed a personal examination on his organized and 
utilized knowledge of his own case. Without such a guarantee of 
permanence, any course of treatment is a patch-work job, only a trifle 
better than a make-shift from a drug-store. 

A kind of inkling of a realization of this need is feebly and spas- . 
modically shown by the attempt, often made in recent j'^ears, to place 
health books and libraries at the disposal of sanitarium guests. But 
this lazy excuse for instruction will not suffice. Heaven knows it is bad 
enough for a sick person to be always dwelling on his or her symptoms, 
feelings, pains, fears, and imaginings; but when you turn the sick 
person loose in a library of diagnostic, therapeutic, books and pictures, 
you fill the soul of the poor unfortunate with everybody else's troubles 
too, and give him acres of woe to traverse in his mind, beyond the 
limits of his own weary field of introspection. 

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing — particularly when it isn't 

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knowledge; and almost as many things that aren't so, are published 
in the health journals as in the daily newspapers. When I see a room- 
ful of sanitarium inmates poring sadly and pondering badly over a 
library of health literature, puzzling and racking their poor brains as 
to who is right and who isn't, and if they should or should not do this, 
that or the other thing — I feel a wild and wicked desire to throw all the 
books out of the window, paste funny cartoons over the walls of the 
place, and at the point of a pistol, force every solemn-looking guest 
to dance a jig, tell a joke, or sing a merry song! 

Back to our theme — quick! 1 almost forgot to be dignified, which 
lapse into commonsense and humanlikeness would be fatal on the part 
of the author of a therapeutic dissertation. Hoping to avoid any more 
peril of this nature, I will hurry on to the next and last stage in thera- 
peutic method. 

5. Transformation. It is the rule of a good business man that 
every species of failure be turned to account, and made an asset of 
experience and resource in reckoning for the future. It should also be 
the rule of a good health seeker. How? I will tell you. Every physical 
weakness is the counterpart of a mental deficiency or moral defect. 
Without an attack of disease one hardly ever knows just where and 
what the vulnerable point in his psychic armor may be; hence the per- 
son who has never been ill generally fails to estimate himself properly, 
study himself closely, or use himself fully. The real purpose of sick- 
ness is self-analysis. Take my own case. Until my health broke down, 
utterly and almost hopelessly, in my senior year at college, I had not 
the slightest notion of where my life work lay, what it should mean to 
myself and others, how to find, prepare for, and enter upon it. Only 
when I was brought face to face with the order of the gods — "Save your- 
self or die!" — could I realize the power of the human will to extricate 
a man from the jaws of death, and to lift him to his own predestined 
place in life. Not to any merit or talent in myself, but to the "Do-or- 
■ die" injunction of chronic disease, may be traced the fact that my 
health and efficiency writings have had a circulation of 3,000,000 copies— 
the largest in the world for publications of their kind. Are you a vic- 
tim of chronic disease, a daily sufferer from pain and weakness? Then 
your greatest life work, your highest boon and blessing, and your 
guarantee of permanent health, will be found to lie somewhere back of 
your trouble, in the self-knowledge and self-rule that God means you to 
attain because of your trouble. Every illness is God's invitation to 
larger usefulness. Why complain or mope or worry — with great things 
just ahead? 

A few concrete examples of the higher potentials of a rational diag- 

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nosis and cure. A man with liver trouble generally has a mind peculiarly 
keen, often brilliant and original, but not as yet focused on the bodily 
functions of life; when you teach him to regulate the action of the liver, 
you may also enable him to form a habit of mental efficiency that will 
serve him greatly on other lines of development. A woman with neur- 
asthenia proverbially has finer sensibilities and quicker perceptions 
than the average mortal; when you teach her to gain poise, and to hold 
the nerves ready and steady for actual events and responsibilities, you 
can make her a more useful member of the home and the community 
than the woman ever was who could not have a nervous breakdown 
because of being tough and thick as a cow. Analysis on these principles, 
fully and carefully applied to every case of chronic disease, would not 
only hasten recovery by cheering and strengthening the mind of the 
sick, but would also tend toward a wonderful transformation of the life 
of the man or woman being taught while being treated. Affliction is the 
ante-room to exaltation. 

How shall mental prescription and instruction be devised and car- 
ried out? Here we are confronted by a difficulty that makes the prob- 
lem one of solution for to-morrow — we don't seem to have enough 
sense to-day. No mental scientist that I ever saw is competent 
to teach mental science to an invalid. No physical culturist 
that I ever saw is competent to teach physical culture to an invalid. The 
man to teach mental science is a physical culturist, and the man to 
teach physical culture is a mental scientist. Am I crazy? I am not — 
I am beginning to arrive at sanity. I used to be more or less crazy, first 
when I was a physical culturist, then when I was a mental scientist. 
Now, being both, and yet neither, I am in a position to see the advan- 
tages, and also the limitations of each separately and both together. 
Only he who has personally mastered a system of therapeutics, but is 
financially independent of the practice of it, can measure it fairly and 
utilize it sanely. 

Our problem is to find the expert who knows all systems, but pre- 
scribes none. I have never seen him, nor heard of him, and I presume 
that he does not exist. As a matter of fact, and absurdity and pathos, 
a metaphysician, occultist or. psychotherapist is likely to be most un- 
psychological in his professional use of psychology. For example, any 
kind of "treatment" is at best childish, at worst immoral. The reason, 
the instinct, the perceptions, the aspirations and the will of a normal 
man rebel at the idea of "treatment" by an alleged healer. God and 
Nature, these alone heal. 

A metaphysician who claims to possess a mystic power for health 
which the patient lacks and must lack, is preying on superstition as 

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grossly and greedily as the allopath does who inculcates belief in the 
unknown magic of a pill. Example: the promise of "instantaneous" 
healing so often made by mental practitioners, and even advertised in 
health journals. This reminds me of the old-time doctrine of most 
"orthodox" church members, that proclaimed the validity of "death- 
bed repentance." A man could be a devil all his life, then by repenting 
just prior to the advent of the undertaker, could be wafted straight up 
to glory and live with the angels forever after. A doctrine so barbaric 
and immoral had to die, of course; but a worthy successor is the doc- 
trine of "instantaneous healing." 

Why should a sick man expect to recover instantaneously? Why 
should he want to? He doesn't deserve to, and to want a thing without 
deserving it is the mark of an infant. Perhaps the first sign of moral 
health in a sick man is to endure suffering bravely, sweetly, patiently, 
contritely, hoping for relief and working for it, but willing to go through 
the pain demanded by the righteous law of cause and cf!cct. This point 
1 mention as one of many examples where the typical metaphysician 
is not a safe guide. He lacks a working knowledge of body, of heart 
and of soul. And of all the different kinds of drugless treatment, the 
least profitable is mental manipulation void of everything else. For 
the mind, as a purely intellectual function, is the least important of any 
operation of the human machine. 

However, some form of mental therapeutics applies in every form 
of chronic disease. The problem is to make the application. We have a 
score of different schools and systems, variously termed Psychotherapy, 
Mental Science, Christian Science, New Thought, Occult or Divine Heal- 
ing, Magnetism, Hypnotism, Suggestive Therapeutics, Emmanuclism, 
Oriental Mysticism, Christian Mysticism, and so forth. How shall we 
determine which of these, if any, belongs in the cure for a specified ail- 
ment of a given patient? We are now limited to a prejudiced, though 
it may be an honest, judgment on a case pronounced by the devotee of 
each peculiar system. No man is to be trusted on a scientific basis where 
the religious belief is involved. Religion overthrows reason. Perhaps it 
should do so, as a moral and spiritual exercise — but not as a therapue- 
tic system. As religion is more or less concerned with the founding of 
every system of mind cure, the practitioner of any system is thereby 
made incompetent to judge the scientific value of the treatment— though 
he may refuse to acknowledge this, even to himself. The blind are not 
they who cannot see, but they who will not see. 

What we should have is an impartial tribunal, composed of 
doubters and scoffers, to weigh all the facts and theories of mental 

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practice, and be convinced of the healing power of the mind against 
their own will! Then we should begin to have material for establishing 
the psychology of health on a rational, experimental, differential basis. 
The field of psychic research has already been explored in this way, 
and the results have shown the wisdom of the method. The principal 
investigators — men like William T. Stead, Oliver Lodge, James H. Hyslop 
and Hereward Carrington — ^have been of a purely scientific turn of 
mind, not given to theories, fads or vagaries. Only by a long series of 
proofs that seemed to them incontrovertible did they yield their natural 
scepticism, and affirm the truths of psychic research. I would have a 
board of psychotherapeutic investigation appointed, with the chairman 
Jess Willard and the chairmaness Madame Curie! Now fling up your 
hands in horror, ye pale sisters who vegetate and hallucinate in "the 
silence," as a pretext for being lazy. 

Curative psychology must fit the ailment and the invalid — not the 
practitioner. Example : New Thought appeals to a certain type of mind 
and state of unfoldment. Christian Science to another type and state, 
Emmanuelism to another type and state, each of a dozen other systems 
to another type and state. When a sufferer goes to a Christian 
Scientist, we will say, he is persuaded of the truth of it and engages 
a healer; or, the system does not appeal to him and he fails to give it a 
trial. In the latter event, he is apt to underestimate the possible value 
of Christian Science treatment, in the former event to overestimate it. 
Suppose the mind of the patient yields to the idea, but his body fails to 
yield to the practice — a frequent happening, shown by the numbers of 
deaths of Christian Scientists who refused to call a doctor. In such a 
case, the method works psychologically, but fails biologically and the 
patient dies. If another kind of metaphysics had been used, appealing 
with force to his mind but co-ordinated with scientific measures for his 
body, the patient would have lived. On the other hand, he might still 
have died if a rational cure for his body had not been aided by a trans- 
cendental cure for his mind. The same line of logic holds in every form 
and species of metaphysical thought. We must have the central truths 
in all these systems brought together, and made personally suitable to 
every disease and every sufferer. All invalids should be taught meta- 
physics — few invalids should be treated by metaphysicians; here, in a 
sentence, we have the kernel of the whole matter. 

Sane, calm, progressive, constructive, enthusiastic, hopeful, resolute 
thinking helps any sick man, woman or child in curing the trouble and 
preventing its return, whatever the trouble may be. Somewhere a book, 
a school or a system of therapeutic thought has been evolved specially 
to suit your case — whether you suffer, or prescribe or care for one who 

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sufl'ers. What means are you going to take to find the book, school or 
system that will hasten health for you and yours? 

Mind is the fate-maker. No handicap or pain, weakness, illness, 
or apparent misfortune of any kind, has a real hold on the man who 
wills for health hard enough, hopes for it high enough, works for it long 
enough. Both God and Nature want us to be well. For the daily 
support of God and Nature, we have but to think near God and live near 
Nature. Health must follow, as day follows night. 

Nor should we limit the bounty and beneficence of Nature to the 
healing of disease, the banishing of pain, the promoting of strength, 
longevity and happiness. Nature speaks to the body of the animal, but 
to the mind, heart and soul of man. Whoever achieves greatly in the 
realm of mind, heart or soul is perforce a believer in the wonders of 
Nature, a student in her laws, a follower in her paths. The great are 
always natural — and the artificial or superficial are always small. We 
fail only wherein we are less than ourselves. 

He who invents a marvelous instrument, creates a beautiful poem, 
or builds a new empire of trade, has but seen, tapped and utilized the 
hidden streams of power flowing from Nature into his mind and the 
minds of his fellows. 

And he who leads a great reform, conducts a great philanthropy, 
or renders a great public service, has but found and materialized the 
forces and energies of the soul, constantly though silently and gently 
driven to and through us by the wisdom and blessing of Nature. 

Spiritual renewal underlies physical relief. So the aim and outcome 
of natural healing is divine helping — helping ourselves, helping our 
fellows, helping Nature to help us all, helping God to do God's work by 
doing our work better, thus to make eternal improvement our watch- 
word here as hereafter. 

Only on a base of impregnable realism can we build a tower of 
superb idealism. Only as Naturism first grounds us on the bed-rock of 
practical experience, then impels us to erect a beautiful and useful life 
structure for the permanent housing of the soul, does Naturalism yield 
her full service and do we attain our full stature. Do great things, 
but dream ever greater; this is the law of sure and swift progress, in 
the earth and in the heavens. To be as real as the soil yet as subliminal 
as the sky — this and this only is to be as natural and as divine, as our 
character foretells and ovir destiny commands. 

The New Science of Healing 


The Doctrine of the 
Unity of Diseases 



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IT is characteristic of human nature that anyone who thinks he has 
discovered something new and original, feels an irresistible impulse 
to communicate it to his fellow-men. 

Ambition and vanity have, no doubt, a share in creating this desire; 
but, fundamentally, it is thoroughly defensible and truly human. The 
truth must be proclaimed, even should one in general despise all show 
and glitter, and find little but weariness and vanity amidst the bustle 
of daily life. To this natural law I bow also, when I now endeavor 
to communicate to you the results of my incessant labors, extending 
over a period of upwards of thirty years. True, it might be wiser were 
I to entrust my discoveries to mute paper only, and look to future 
generations for the judgment. But in the work to which I have devoted 
my life, it is not a matter merely of knowledge pure and simple; we 
are here also concerned with the actions derived from this knowledge; 
in other words, with the practical realization of the facts learned. 

If, therefore, I would have my teachings spread amongst my fellow- 
men, and handed down to future generations, if 1 would not die stigma- 
tized as a quack, then I am under the necessity of exhibiting, proving 
and communicating to others, both by means of instruction and demon- 
strations on living subjects, the truths I have discovered. 

The presentation of patients is impossible, and I must therefore con- 
tent myself with explaining my views in words to the best of my ability. 
1 shall relate to you what led me to the formulation of my system 
of cure. 

I had always felt a special love for nature. There was no greater 
delight for me than to observe the life of the field and forest, and the 
conditions under which plants and animals live and thrive; to trace 
the workings of our great mother. Nature, on the earth and in the 
sky, and to apprehend and establish her immutable laws. I was ever 
desirous of hearing what able investigators, like Prof. Rossmassler, had 
discovered; and this long before I had any thought of devoting myself 
especially to the art of healing. To the latter step 1 was forced by the 
strong hand of necessity, that teacher and educator both of nations and 


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Shortly after I had coinpUtcd my twentieth year, I found my body 
refusing to perform its functions, and I experienced violent pains in 
my lungs and head. At first I sought the aid of regular practitioners, 
but without result. Neitlier did 1, in truth, feel much confidence in 
them. My mother, who had been infirm and ailing for many years, 
had again and again warned us children against "the doctors," saying 
that they alone were to blame for her misery. My father, too, had 
died of cancer of the stomach whilst under the care of physicians. 
It was about this time, in the year 1864, that I read about a meeting 
of disciples of the Nature Cure,* the system of curing diseases by natural 
means. The matter interested me, and on seeing the advertisement 
a second lime, 1 attended the meeting. It was a band of sturdy-hearted 
men who gathered round our never-to-bo-forgotten Meltzer. Very 
diffidently I asked one of those present what I ought to do against 
shooting pains in the lungs, from which I was then suffering. Verj' 
diffidently — for my condition of chronic nervous excitement was such, 
that I could not possibly have spoken loud in the presence of a number 
of persons. He prescribed a compress, which had an immediate and 
beneficial result. Thereafter I attended these meetings regularly. 
Some years later — it was in 1868 — my brother became seriously ill, 
and the Nature Cure, at the elementary stage of development then 
reached, was powerless to aid him. We happened, however, to hear 
of successful cures by Theodor Hahn; my brother resolved to consult 
him, and after a few weeks returned home much improved in health. 
I likewise was ever coming to see more and more clearly the advan- 
tages of the natural method of cure, and even at that time, I felt fully 
convinced of the essential truth of the system. 

Meanwhile my own ailment had not been quiescent. The germs of 
disease inherited from my parents had thriven apace, especially since 
new causes of sickness had been added to the older diseases by the 
medical treatment I had formerly undergone. My condition gradually 
grew worse and worse, till at last it was simply unendurable. Heredi- 
tary cancer had appeared in the stomach, the lungs were partially 
destroyed, the nerves of the head were so irritable that 1 found relief 
only out of doors in the fresh air; and as for quiet sleep or work, that 
was quite out of the question. To-day I can confess that well-fed and 
ruddy cheeked as I then looked, I was in reality but a wretched 
Lazarus through and through. Yet, 1 most scrupulously followed the 
course prescribed by the Natural Method as then understood. Baths, 
packs, enemas, douches, everything, in short, I employed, without at- 
taining more than an alleviation of the pain. At this period, through 
observations made in free nature, I discovered the laws upon which 
the method of cure now practised and taught by me is based. I com- 
menced, as a trial, with a course of cure for myself, and constructed 
the most practical appliances I could for the purpose. The experiment 
succeeded. My condition improved from day to day. Others who 
followed my advice and observed the same course, were also satisfied. 
The apparatus whicli, I had made answered their purpose capitally. 

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The diagnoses of actual diseases and the ])roi»noses of coming ones, as 
yet unnoticed by the person affected, thougli the disposition was to be 
traced, invariably turned out correct. 1 felt assured that my discoveries 
were not mere self-deception. Nevertheless, when I spoke of them, 
my views were generally met with incredulous astonisinnent, apathetic 
indifference, or scornful rejection; and this not only as concerned ortho- 
dox medical men and believers in the drug-system, but also, and indeed 
especially, on the part of disciples of the Natural Method of Cure, 
sometimes even from its best known representatives. In the cause of 
suffering humanity I had placed my apparatus gratis at the service 
of some of these practitioners. Without giving them a serious trial, 
they were set aside as useless, to moulder amongst dust and cob- 

I thus became forcibly aware that it did suffice to establish a theory 
of the origin and course of disease, and its cure, and to construct 
appliances for the treatment of the sick; that it did not suffice to dis- 
cover a new and infallible method of diagnosis and prognosis, founded 
on the nature of the human organism itself; that it did not suffice to 
exhibit the success of the new method of cure in my own person, 
and in the case of my relatives, friends and acquaintances. On the 
contrary, I perceived clearly that I should have to appeal to the 
general public itself and by effecting a large number of striking cures, 
prove the superiority of my system over allopath}^ homeopathy and 
the earlier hygienic method. This alone could secure for me the con- 
viction af all classes, that my method was the true one, based upon the 
laws of nature. 

This inward persuasion gave rise to a severe struggle. For if I 
decided to devote myself to the practice of the new art of healing, I 
should be obliged to give up my factory, which had been 24 years in 
successful operation, in order to devote my undivided energies to 
another calling, which at the outset, at all events, would bring me but 
scorn, obloquy and financial loss. For years the struggle endured 
between reason, which deterred me, and conscience, which urged me 
on to the fulfilment of my inner vocation. 

On October 10th, 1883, I at length opened my establishment. Con- 
science had triumphed. Exactly what I had foreseen came to pass. 
During the first few years my establishment was hardly visited at all, 
although some successes were attained which were remarkable enough 
to have attracted attention. Then patients gradually began to come; 
at first merely for baths, but later, some for the cure. In time, patron- 
age increased, especially from other towns, for nearly everyone treated 
by me became a voluntary promulgator and agent. My new system of 
diagnosis, the Science of Facial Expression, and method of curing, 
proved successful in thousands of cases, and I was enabled to save 
many from serious danger by foretelling future illnesses. On this 
latter point I lay special stress, for thus alone shall we be able again 
to rear a really healthy generation. 

The truth of my discoveries has been confirmed in every instance; 
my experience has naturally been materially widened during the past 
eight years; and my own health, which formerly seemed past re- 
covery, has so greatly improved through a consistent observance of 
the new method, that to-day I feel fully equal to the exertions imposed 

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upon me by an extensive practice. This has only been rendered pos- 
sible, however, througii my thinking out, after long reflection, a new 
manner of taking the sitz-bath. This has proved so effective, that I 
can with certainty atVirm that every disease, whatever name it may 
bear, is positively curable. / say, every disease, not every patient. For 
when the constitution is too far undermined, and in particular when 
the system is permeated with poison from long use of medicine, or from 
the inability of the organs to eliminate same, my method can, indeed, 
alleviate the pain, but not always save, or completely cure the sufferer. 

1 am glad to relate, with proud and joyful consciousness, that after 
struggling against physical ruin for nearly a quarter of a century, 
I have saved myself; and at the same time, and to the benefit of 
the public, have found out the real cure of disease, long sought in 
vain by the most eminent minds. To speak thus may seem vain and 
self-sufTicient. But experience has proved in every case, even where 
it was not permitted me to save the patient, that my theory is abso- 
luteh'^ true and sound. 

What led me to my discoveries was an empirical method, based 
on the strictest and most careful observation and research, and on 
systematic experiments. And though I may be called a quack, and be 
reproached for lacking the regular professional training to qualify me 
for the practice of my present vocation, I can bear all with perfect 
tranquility and undisturbed equanimity. For even the greatest bene- 
factors of mankind, and especially the great discoverers and inventors, 
have almost without exception been so-called quacks and laymen — to 
say nothing of the farmer Priessnitz, the carrier Schroth, the theologian 
and afterwards forester Franke ("J. H. Rausse") and the apothecary 
Hahn, whose clear minds and strong wills have brought about a new 
and better art of healing. 

In what relation does the New Science of Healing stand to the tradi- 
tionary systems of Allopathy, Homeopathy and the earlier Natural 

I propose to criticise these methods of cure and to show their failings 
and weak points (which they have in common with all that is human), 
in the proper light; but only so far as this is necessary for the public 
good and for a clear understanding of my explanations. Every one 
is free to accept and follow what he holds to be best. But for ti right 
understanding of my theory, it is needful to know in what particulars 
it agrees with the systems heretofore followed and where it differs 
from them, so that we may determine wherein its originality lies and 
what is its absolute or relative value. 

With Allopathy, the new art of healing without drugs or operations 
has but one point in common — that the subject of both is the human 
body. For the rest, their aims and means are diametrically opposed. 
In fact, I consider the whole scheme of poisoning patients by medicine, 
latterly so decidedly on the increase, as one, if not the chief, cause why 
thoroughly healthy persons are now hardly to be found, and that 
chronic diseases are multiplying with fearful rapidity. The proper and 
timely intervention of the new art of healing will render surgery almost 
wholly superfluous. 

Homeopathy I welcome as a brave ally in the crusade against the 

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fatal faith in medicines. With its minute doses wherein the chemist is 
unable to discover a trace of the dru.^, and the stress which it lays on the 
choice of a proper diet, it forms a transition, a stepping-stone, to the 
new art of healing. With reference to diet, however, it formulates no 
fixed, clear principles, and my experience proves even its minute doses 
of medicine to be not altogether harmless. 

The Natural Method as hitherto applied, which far excels the other 
systems, is the foundation of the new art of healing without drugs or 
operations. I have found it necessary, however, to follow more the 
great discoverers and founders of the system — Priessnitz, Schroth, 
Rausse and Theodor Hahn — rather than its later representatives. The 
latter, in their excessive zeal for individualization, run the risk of de- 
generating into artificiality and of deviating from the clear and simple 
paths of nature. The earlier Natural Method lacks insight into the 
character, the nature of the morbid matter, and a knowledge of the 
natural laws according to which such matter changes its position in the 
body and settles down in certain parts. In other words, it lacks insight 
into the true nature of disease in general, and thus of each form of 
disease in particular; knowledge of the ever existing, though hitherto 
unrecognized, law of nature upon which all my discoveries are based. 
Moreover, it calls to its aid the orthodox system of diagnostics, although 
it is well known that it has no need of such "exact" diagnosis; thus it 
still clings to old prejudices. The new science of healing, on the con- 
trary, teaches a wholly different kind of diagnosis following the nature 
of the disease itself, made by simple examination of the face and neck 
and is known as the Science of Facial Expression. 

The Natural Method commands a wealth of forms in which water 
may be applied: packs, enemas, douches, shower-baths, half-baths, 
whole-baths, sitz-baths and steam-baths of various descriptions. These 
many remedies, however, prove in part superfluous when once insight 
into the true nature of disease has been gained. The new art of heal- 
ing simplifies the application of water as much as possible. 

Whilst in the ordinary Nature Cure System the diet, at all events 
very often, has been wholly unregulated, or arbitrarily accommodated 
to the traditionary mixed diet, the New Science of Healing prescribes a 
non-stimulating system of dietetics based on natural laws, and is accur- 
ately and clearly defined. 

As you see, the deviations from the usual methods of the Nature Cure 
System — which, I again repeat, has nevertheless worked wonders — 
are so great that 1 feel justified in giving my theory and practice 
a new^ name, that of Neo-Naturopathy, or the New Science of Healing 
without Drugs and without Operations. 

I cannot enumerate in detail all the experiments I tried, before my 
system was fully developed; that would doubtless be interesting to 
many, but would not be of practical value. It is, in fact, a special ad- 
vantage when one can make straight for the goal and avoid the many 
wrong paths which had to be traversed, before the right road was 

After these prefatory remarks, let us turn to the matter itself. 
The fundamental question which I must first examine, and on which 
the entire method of cure js based, is thi§: "What body is, or is not, 

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healthy?" Currcnl opinions arc very diilcront. Who has not liad ex- 
perience of this? One asserts that he is quite healthy, only a little 
rheumatism trouhles him; another suffers only from nervousness, but 
is otherwise health itself. Just as if the body consisted of separate 
sections, one (|uite separated off from the other and hardly having any 
connection with it at all. Strangely enough, this view is supported by 
the orthodox method of curing. For the latter in many cases only re- 
gards one individual organ, often scarcely noticing the neighboring 
ones. Yet, it is an und()u})led fact that the entire human body is li 
united whole, the parts of which are in constant reciprocal relation, so 
that sickness in one part must have an influence on the other parts. 
Daily observation shows you that such is the case. If you have the 
toothache, you are hardly capable of work, and relish neither food nor 
drink. A splinter in the little finger has a similar effect; pain in the 
stonuich robs us of all desire for physical or mental work. At first, 
this is only the inmiediate influence transmitted by the nerves. But 
we perceive how one trouble directly induces others. Should it con- 
tinue long, the consequences will be permanent, whether they are 
perceptible to us or not. A body can therefore be healthy only when 
all its parts are in their normal condition and perform their work 
without pain, pressure or tension. But all the parts should also possess 
the form best adapted to their purpose, which likewise best corresponds 
to our ideas of beauty. Where the external form is abnormal, such 
state has been caused by definite influences. But extended obsei-va- 
tions are necessary to determine the precise normal form in every case; 
we have first of all to find really healthy persons as objects of study, 
from whom to learn the forms. But it has now become well-nigh 
impossible to find such. To be sure, we speak of strong, health}^ persons, 
and many declare that they belong to this class; but if we inquire more 
closely, each one has some trifle — as he expresses it — to mention, some 
slight pain, an occasional headache, toothache now and then, and so 
on, which proves that absolute health is out of the question. For this 
reason comprehensive study is necessary in order to learn the normal 
shape of the body. Nevertheless something may be done by comparing 
sick persons with the approximately healthy, and from subsequent 
explanations you will see still more clearly how it is possible. 

I have mentioned the fact that disease alters the shape of the body; 
I will now give you some familiar instances. To begin with, let me 
remind you of persons sufl'ering from obesit3% whose bodies take on the 
well-known rotundit}^; and in contrast to them of lean persons, on 
whose bodies hardly any fat is deposited. Both are undoulitedly mor- 
bid symptoms. Further, there is the loss of the teeth, which alters the 
whole face; gouty affections, in which knots are formed; articular 
rheumatism, in which there is a swelling of entire parts of the body. 
In all these cases the alterations are so strikingly apparent that the 
veriest novice recognizes them. In other forms of disease they are 
less evident to the eye, yet I can remind you of many uKu-e well-known 
cases. You know that a healthy person has a clear, quiet eye, and 
that his features are not distorted. But you would find it hard to 
determine when the face gets the proper expression; and you will 
unhesitatingly admit that one person has a sharper sense of observa- 
tion in this matter than anotherr For instance, we often meet a person 

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whom we have iiol seen lor years. We find llial he has changed con- 
siderably for the worse during this lime, though we are not able 
accurately to define the nature of this change. And, nevertheless, these 
transformations, through which the body gradually loses its beauty, 
have a deep significance, to which I shall return further on. From all 
this, it is evident that diseases reveal themselves by changes in the 
body and more especially in the head and neck; and that it is an 
important matter to recognize and explain these alterations. 

Whether everyone will succeed in doing this, I will not decide; much 
perseverance and assiduous practice are needful for making observa- 
tions. Those wishing to go deeper into the Science of Facial Expres- 
sion, 1 would recommend to procure my handbook,* entitled "Facial Ex- 
pression," regular edition, $3.60 postpaid, which forms a clear guide 
to the subject. 

Now let me call your attention to another touchstone of health. 

Since the entire body is atfected in every case of illness, we are able 
to test the state of health by examination of the operation of any organ. 
We do best, however, to chose those organs whose functions may be 
most thoroughly and readily tested and such are the organs of diges- 
tion. Good digestion is a sign of good health, and when it continues 
in perfect operation day after day, the body is undoubtedly quite 
healthy. These observations can very easily he made in the case of 
animals. It is from what is left over, that we can best judge how the 
process of digestion has been performed. The remnant matter should 
be ejected from the body in such form that the latter remains perfectly 
clean. This you can observe every day in the case of horses and birds 
in a state of freedom. Pardon my further elucidating this delicate 
matter, but when speaking of health and sickness, everything must be 
called by its right name. 

The end of the rectum is most admirably formed, so that if the 
excrements are of the proper consistency when they reach it, they are 
ejected without difliculty and without soiling the body. I have dealt 
with this subject more in detail in my little pamphlet "Am I well or 

So-called toilet-paper is an acquisition for sick humanity; perfectly 
healthy people do not in reality need such. Do not mistake me; I do 
not mean that anyone who is not in really sound health should imagine 
that by his rejecting this resource of civilization he has achieved some 
wonderful victory! On the contrary, it is just for such unhealthy 
persons that it is necessary, so that cleanliness may be maintained. 
Now, from his digestion everyone can easily learn whether he is healthy 
or not. The test alluded to is a highly important one, and I do not 
hesitate to assert this positively, undisturbed by the mockery of scep- 

Fortunate, indeed, is he whom the above mentioned criterion in- 
forms he is in full health. A healthy person always feels perfectlj^ 
well; he knows nothing of pain or discomfort so long as they are not 
from external causes; in fact he never feels that he has a bod3\ He 

*See Facial Diagnosis, American edition, by Louis Kuhne. Illustrated. Price, 
cloth, $1.60. The Nature Cure Publishing Co., Butler, N. J. 

**Published by the Nature Cure Publishing Co., Butler, N. J. Price, 75c, postpaid. 

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delights in work, and enjoys siieli activity until he grows tired, when 
he again finds full haj)i)iness in sweet repose. For him it is easy to 
bear mental anguish; his body yields lor his assuagement the sooth- 
ing balm of tears, of which, in such cases, even a man need not be 
ashamed. A healthy man is not troubled by family cares and anxieties, 
for in himself he fetls the strength to provide for his loved ones. A 
heallhv mother finds happiness in bringing up her family, for she can 
nourish her little ones in the manner nature intended, and if the darlings 
are healthy too, what a blissful life is theirs! Their faces are wreathed 
in happy smiles; none of that continual restlessness, grumbling and 
crying; in short, the education of such children is a delight, especially 
as thej^ will be far more susceptible and obedient to their teacher's 

To recapitulate briefly: Natural inclination drew me to science; 
severe sickness and experience with orthodox physicians led me to 
the Nature Cure. My perceiving that even the latter, as hitherto ap- 
plied, was powerless to cure my serious chronic complaints, forced me 
to further researches. Constant observation of living nature revealed 
to me the necessary alteration which the external form of every organ- 
ism undergoes through disease; and the manner in which this altera- 
tion takes place, and the way in which it again disappears when the 
disease is cured, finally taught me what disease is and Iiow it arises. 

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WHAT is disease? How does it arise? How does it show itself? 
These are the questions which I propose to explain to you 
herewith. If you have read in the announcement the further 
question, "What is fever?" you will soon see how it is answered 
together with the others. 

The answers to the above questions are important not only from a 
theoretical, but even more from a practical point of view; for it is not 
until we have gained a clear insight into the nature of disease, that 
we are in a position to arrive at once at the real method of cure, and 
so obviate all empirical groping about in the dark. 

The way which we pursue is that in which all natural laws are dis- 
covered. We start from observations, draw our inferences from these, 
and finally prove the correctness of our inferences by experiment. 

First of all, our observations must be extended to all symptoms notice- 
able in sick persons; we shall then have to discover those symptoms 
which constantly reappear and which occur in the case of everj^ 

These symptoms are essential ones, and must be taken as a starting 
point in our analysis of the nature of disease. 

In the previous chapter, I have remarked that in certain dis- 
eases, striking alterations occur in the form of the body; and it was 
this circumstance which caused me to observe further, whether such 
alterations did not occur in the case of all patients. 

And this, as observation has proved again and again, is, in fact, the 
case; the face and neck are especially affected by such changes, which 
can therefore be most easily traced in these parts. 

For years I have made it my study to find out whether my individual 
observations agreed in all cases, and whether with the alteration of 
the outward form, the state of the health also changed in every case; 
and thus it has been invariably. 

Thus, I came to the firm conviction that there must be a particular, 
normal form for every body, which is always to be seen in health, and 
that every change from this normal form is the result of disease. It 
became clear to me that from the changes of form in the neck and 
face, a trustworthy idea of the state of health of the individual could 
be gained; and this led me to the discovery and application of my 
new system of diagnosis, the Science of Facial Expression, w^hich I have 
already used in my practice for over fifteen years. 

The alterations which we perceive in the neck and face, take place in 
the corresponding parts of the abdomen and rump in a still greater 
degree, because, as we shall see further on. they originate in the 
abdomen itself; so that merely by examining the neck and face of the 
patient, we gain an exact idea of the condition of his bodily condition 
as a whole. These external alterations in the neck and face are percep- 


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tiblc, first, when the morbid matter has penetrated in between the mus- 
cular tissues, whereby tiie body, which is as elastic as india-rubber, 
becomes distended (this condition is the less danj^erous) ; secondly 
through increased tension, caused by the induration of the separate 
tissues. You will be most reachly able to form an idea of this state, 
if you think of a sausage. FiHed as it usually is, it can be bent in 
evei'y direction. If it be stuffed fuller and fuller, as long as tiie skin will 
hold, the sausage will become so tense and hard, that il can no longer be 
bent at all, except by bursting the skin. Similarly, the body can expand 
only up to a certain limit, when tension of the tissues takes place. 
Such tension is very distinctly remarked when the patient turns his 
head and neck. This stage is worse. If now the room between the 
tissues no longer suflices to receive deposits of foreign matter, the lat- 
ter is deposited in lumps beside the muscular tissues under the skin, 
being then distinctly visible on the neck. Where we find such lumps 
on the head and neck, we do not err in concluding from these indica- 

Fig. 1 

Fig. 2 

lions, that there is a far greater number of such lumps in the cor- 
responding parts of the trunk. On the abdominal covering these lumps 
may in such cases be easily felt and seen in all sizes. For the lumps 
in the neck are not formed until after lumps are deposited in the 
abdomen. A precise exposition of the nature and origin of these lumps, 
which until now have never been explained, I will give subsequently 
when dealing with diseases of the lungs. On the other hand, we 
see in lean patients how the normal tissues of the body are actually 
displaced by morbid matter, so that only the remains of the former, 
shrivelled together as it were, arc still to be seen amongst the foreign 

The various abnormal discolorations of the skin also form a sure 
aid in the recognition of diseases, and in certain illnesses are never 

The two accompanying figures, taken from life, show you a patient 
suffering from heart disease complicated by dropsy, first as he was 
when he ai)i)lied to me, and secondly as he api)eared four months after 
beginning my cure. You clearly see the great changes in form which 
took place in the patient during this period. He was, as you perceive, 
heavily encumbered with foreign matter, but within three months 


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by the aid of my iiiclliod had cleared his system ol a great ([uantily 
of this matter through the natural excretory organs, as may distinctly 
be seen from Fig. 2. I cannot here do more than touch upon the Science 
of Facial Expression, as to go into details would lead us too far from 
the proper theme of my discourse. 

But what, now, do these alterations in the form of the body leach 
us in regard to the nature of disease? In the tirst place, there is no 
doubt that these elevations and swellings result from the deposit of 
matter of one kind or another. At tirst, one does not know whether 
this is matter that the system can utilize, and which has simply been 
deposited in the wrong place; or whether it is matter which does not 
belong to the body at all. Nor do we know, at first, whether it is the 
matter that causes the disease, or whether the latter is the cause of 
the deposit. Further observation, however, brings us nearer the truth. 
For the deposits almost iilways begin on one side of the body, and are 
then much more abundant there than on the other; and this is invariably 
the side on which we are accustomed to sleep. We thus see that the 
morbid matter obeys the law of gravitation, settling, as it were, at the 
bottom. But this side always being the more diseased, it follows that 
the matter is the cause of the sickness; otherwise the disease would 
assuredly sometimes begin on the other side. Further on, more proofs 
will be given in support of this theory. 

We may also conclude from this that the said matter must be foreign 
matter, that is, such as does not belong to the body, at all events not 
in its present form. For we cannot assume that nutritive material 
follows the law of gravitation in the body, otherwise deposits on one 
side only, would take place in the healthy body as well, if the person 
were in the habit of sleeping regularly on the same side. 

Besides, the system itself evidently endeavors to throw ofT the matter. 
Ulcers or open sores are formed, or there is violent perspiration, or- 
eruptions break out, these being the means whereby the system tries 
to rid itself of the morbid matter. Should it succeed, a pleasant feeling 
of relief follows that of sickness, provided, of course, that enough 
matter has been expelled. 

We now come quite naturally to the definition of disease. Disease 
is the presence of foreign matter in the system. For the correctness of 
this dclinition there is an infallible test. If after that which we have 
designated as morbid matter has in a suitable manner been removed 
from the system, the disease itself disappears, and the body at the 
same time regains its normal form, the truth of our definition has been 

This proof has already been given, and in the subsequent lectures 
I shall show you a number of experiments which have been made. 

But now let us approach the question as to what may be the nature 
of this foreign matter, and how it gets into the system. 

There arc two passages through which matter can be introduced into 
the body — by the nose into the lungs, and by the mouth into the stom- 
ach. Each of these passages is guarded by sentinels, who are not, 
however, thoroughly incorruptible, and sometimes let things pass which 
do not belong to the body. These sentinels are the nose and the tongue, 
the one for air, the other for food. 

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lliey grow more lax in llic ruUilnient of llieir duly, and gradually allow 
harinlul nialter to pass unchallenged into the body. You are aware 
how one can become used to sitting in dense clouds of lobacco-smoke 
and inhaling it just as if it were healthy fresh air. The tongue has 
been still further corrupted, and we know that it can gradually be 
habituated to most unnatural food. Need I remind you of the di/Jerent 
dishes and beverages which we now think indispensable, all of which 
were unknown some centuries ago? To these the present generation 
has grown so accustomed, that it would rather renounce a natural 
diet than give them up. 

Our lung-diet is, on the whole, not so degenerate as our stomach- 
diet, as the former admits of no luxurious outlay. As a rule, the purest 
air, even to-day, still suits us best, whereas a hearty dish of porridge, 
for example, such as furnished our ancestors with blood and strength, 
is really relished by very few. 

In order to illustrate still more plainly how the digestive organs are 
slowly undermined by the unnatural demands put upon them, I will 
adduce the following example. A dray-horse that can draw 50 cwt. 
with ease, may be made temporarily, with the aid of the whip, to drag 
a much greater load, say 80 cwt. If his master, however, having seen 
that the horse could draw the 80 cwt., were to give him this load daily, 
the animal might be able to draw this increased load for a short time, 
but the over-exertion would soon prove injurious. He would drag the 
load with increasing ditficulty, until finally he could no longer draw 
even 50 cwt. The animal has been overworked, which is also out- 
wardly apparent from his spavined legs and other symptoms. It is 
exactly the same with the human organs of digestion. For a long, 
vei-y long, time they will perform work far exceeding their natural 
functions, continually spurred on by the stimulants of our times. But 
their natural powers are gradually undermined and then they can only 
partially perform the work allotted to them. The transition from 
health to disease goes on so imperceptibly (often taking ten, or twenty 
years, or more) that the patient does not notice the alteration for a 
long time. 

It is very hard to say what amount of food forms the limit which 
may be borne by a diseased stomach. Often, for instance, one apple 
will benelit a weak patient, whilst tiuo would be injurious. One 
apple the debilitated stomach can digest, two would be too much. All 
excess is poison for the body. We must never forget that everything 
we put into the stomach has to be digested. Even a healthy stomach 
can really digest only a certain quantity of food. Anything beyond 
this is poison for it, and if not excreted goes to form foreign matter 
in the body. Moderation in eating and drinking is therefore the basis 
of lasting health. 

Now what becomes of such foreign matter? I call it foreign matter 
because it is foreign to the system. The system attempts to expel it, 
and this in the ways designed by nature for the purpose. From the 
lungs, it is again expelled directly by exhalation into the surrounding 
air. From the stomach, the bowels conduct it to the outside; or it first 
enters into the blood and is then secreted as perspiration, urine and 
expired air, that is through the skin, the kidneys and the lungs. 

Thus the system takes care in the most obliging manner that our 


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sins have no evil elVecl. 01" course, we nuisl nol re(|iiire loo iniicli. 
If we overburden the system with such secretory work, it becomes 
unable fully to perform its functions and must lind room for the for- 
eign matter in its own interior. But such matter is useless for renew- 
ing the waste of the body, and is in fact positively harmful, as it im- 
pedes the circulation and hence the digestion. The foreign matter is 
gradually deposited in various places, especially in the neighborhood 
of the secretory organs, that being the direction it takes. 

The beginning once made, the deposits accumulate rapidly, unless 
tiie manner of living be at once changed. 

Alterations in the form of the body now commence, but are at first 
visible only to a practised eye. The body in this state is already dis- 
eased, though its disease is chronic, or latent, and unaccompanied by 
pain. The disease develops so slowly that the person affected does not 
notice it; only after a considerable period does he become conscious 
of a disagreeable change in his condition. He no longer has the same 
appetite, he is incapable of the same amount of physical exertion, he 
cannot do so much continuous brain-work, and so on. His condition 
is still supportable, so long as the secretory organs continue to perform 
their work, that is, so long as the bowels, kidneys and lungs are active 
and the skin exudes warm perspiration. But whenever these functions 
relax, he at once feels sadly dissatisfied with his physical condition. 

The deposits themselves begin, as we have seen, near the organs 
of secretion, but soon commence accumulating in remoter parts, 
especially in the upper portions of the body. This is most distinctly 
perceptible in the neck. There, in the passage-way, the alterations 
may at once be seen, and at the same time tension observed when the 
neck is turned, from which we can find out from which side the matter 
has forced its way up. 

Before speaking further of the consequences of this accumulation 
of matter, I must remark that nowadays the entire evolution of the 
disease can but rarely be watched from the beginning, for most human 
beings enter the world laden with morbid matter. And just here, 1 may 
add that this is the reason why hardly any child enjoys immunity from 
the so-called children's diseases. These are, in reality, a sort of cleans- 
ing process, this being the way in which tiie system endeavors to rid 
itself of the foreign matter. 

The foreign substances which at first are chiefly deposited in the 
abdomen, finally spread through the whole body and hinder the normal 
development of the organs. 

Even should the organs respond sometimes by increasing in size, 
they can nevertheless attain to no perfect development, for wherever 
foreign matter is present, space is lost for nutritive material. Besides, 
as the circulation also is impeded, the process of alimentation is 
checked, and tlie organs become smaller, by reason of the foreign matter 
deposited in them. 

This matter may for a long time remain perfectly quiescent or 
chronically latent; but under favorable conditions can also easily sud- 
denly change in form. This foreign matter consists almost exclusively 
of substances which are soluble and decomposable; substances which 
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under the right condilions; substances which are subject to rcrmen- 

Now fermentation often really occurs in the body and is of the 
highest significance. 

In all such lui'mentation, microscopic fungi are active, and a striking 
change takes place in the fermenting matter: it increases markedly in 

Warmth is always generated by fermentation; the more violent the 
fermentation, the greater is tlie increase in temperature. This warmth 
is pro(hiccd by the friction of the masses against each other and against 
the body, and likewise by the process of fermentation itself, and the 
changes'in the fermenting matter accompanying it. 

Under proper conditions, every process of fermentation can be caused 
to retrogress upon its own course; and this applies also to all the 
changes in form caused by such fermentation. This is a fact which has 
hitherto never been properly understood. But 1 need merely remind 
you how in nature ice melts into water, how the latter is transformed 
by great warmth and wind into vapor, and how this, vaporized and 
invisible, then again condenses and appears to the eye as a cloud, 
pouring down as rain, snow or hail to refill the rivers and streams, 
and by severe cold to be again congealed to ice. And all this has 
been brought about by mere differences in temperature. Constantly 
increasing warmth has brought about the changes in the state of the 
Waaler and increasing cold has caused a retrogression of the process. 
A similar thing takes place in the development of foreign substances 
in the body, and similar conditions produce a retrogressive metamor- 
phosis and expel them from the system. 

What the exact nature of the little vegetable organisms, the ferments, 
are, is of but secondary interest for us, l3ut it is important to know that 
they can develop only where there is a suitable soil, that is, where 
substances are present which are ready to pass into decomposition. 

Where such are present, only the right kind of weather, or some 
other exciting cause, is needed to give rise to fermentation. Such 
fermentation is also set up in the human system at the first instigation, 
as soon as there is suflicient foreign matter ready to pass into decay 
or decompose. Such chance exciting cause as a change of weather 
(hence, what is popularly known as colds), the consumption of food 
specially apt to ferment, which remains longer than it should in the 
digestive canal, anger, fright, strong emotion, a shock, etc. 

My observations show that fermentation always commences in the 
abdomen. Often it only causes diarrhea and is gotten rid of, but fre- 
quently, particularly wliere there is constipation, the system does not 
succeed in its attempt at speedy self-help, and fermentation continues, 
especially in those parts where foreign matter has accumulated. 

The case is like that of a bottle, shown herewith; the bottom admits 
of no outlet, and the fermenting matter therefore pushes its way up- 
wards to the mouth. Thus we first feel the effects in the upper parts 
of the body; we get a headache. The fermentation produces warmth 
and we are soon conscious of the rise in the temperature of the blood. 
This is what we call fever. Fever can therefore only occur where for- 
eign matter is present and the natural exits are stopped; that is (1.) 
where there is no regular motion of the bowels, (2.) where the urina- 

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tion is deficient, (li.) wlure the pores are obstructed, (1.) wliere the 
respiration is weak. 

From all this we get a very sini])le explanation ol' fever, which long 
years of observation and experience prove to be true. 

Fever is fermentation yoing on in the system. We shall, therefore, 
best comprehend the symptoms exhibited by fever, by forming a correct 
I)icture of the processes of fermentation, as they may frequently be 
observed outside of the human body. For instance, if a bottle of 
freshly brewed beer be allowed to stand a few days, an alteration will 
be noticed in the fluid, which is generally designated by the term fer- 
mentation. This much we know of the nature of fermentation: it is a 
decomposition, a sort of decay, during which, as already mentioned, 
little vegetable organisms called bacilli are developed. But it must be 
noted that these bacilli not only, as is often assumed, propagate them- 
selves by reaching the fermenting mass from without and then spread- 

ing there further; they are also originated by the transformation of the 
mass, thus being themselves only transformed matter, or a product of 
fermentation. Through the process of fermentation, or decomposition, 
the original mass is altered in form. Thus, living animal bodies are 
produced from food and drink, transformed by the fermentive process 
of digestion. That is, the germs are the product of the food decomposed 
by this fermentive process of digestion. In this manner, we naturally 
arrive at the conclusion that all life is only a continual change under 
given conditions, and that without the processes which I term fermenta- 
tion, it could not be imagined at all. 

There is thus a malign species of fermentation that causes disease, 
and a benign species that causes health. 

The outward manifestations of fermentation are the following: 
First, the fermenting matter separating from the fluid is deposited on 
the bottom of the bottle. Now, if the bottle is shaken, or a change in the 
temperature occurs, the deposit at the bottom begins to move and ex- 
hibits a tendency to spread. In spreading, it moves upward, and always 
in proportion to the amount of fermented matter deposited at the bot- 
tom and the temperature. 

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knows that wine and beer are bottled and put in a cellar to prevent 
fermentation as far as possible. The cellar temperature is pretty much 
the same both in winter and summer; no sudden changes of temperature 
occur, so that the chief cause of quick fermentation is wanting. Like- 
wise, in the lumian organism, fermentation takes place much more 
(juickly in warm weather. 

We perceive how in the South and the tropics various acute fevers 
are always breaking out, whereas in our cooler climes we find chronic 
diseases jprevailing. This is particularly on account of the more rapid 
and greater changes of temperature in hotter climates, where by day 
the thermometer stands at 100° Fahr., and at night at 40°; whereas in 
our northern countries, the difference between the day and night tem- 
perature seldom exceeds 22° Fahr., and is usually less. Fevers often 
occur with us in spring, the reason being that then we find the greatest 
differences in temperature. Some may find it strange that children 
especially should be subject to acute illnesses, the familiar children's 
diseases, wliile later in life chronic forms of disease mainly prevail. 
The above-mentioned change of temperature is here aided by the 
greater vigor of the youthful organism, which is still so great that it 
needs but little or no external exciting cause to stimulate the system to 
make a vehement struggle for health, i. e. by an acute disease to rid 
itself of foreign matter. 

Now the same phenomena which take place in the bottle are observ- 
able in the human body. Here, too, the fermenting matter accumulates 
in the lower part of the trunk, and is then set in motion by some change 
in the weather, e.rternal shock or mental excitement. Here, too, the 
movement is upwards; the fermenting substances have a tendency to 
spread and press against the skin covering the body. As long as the 
skin remains impervious, the pressure meets with resistance. Thus 
friction arises, and consequently heat is developed. This is the explana- 
tion of the well-known fever-heat. 

In the same way, it is easy to explain why a person in a feverish 
state, lias a somewhat greater circumference of body than usual. For 
the skin, being clastic, yields to the pressure of the fermenting matter, 
and the greater the pressure, the greater the tension of the skin. When 
the skin has reached its extreme tension, so that it can yield no 
further, the fever is at its height and the danger greatest. For as the 
fermenting masses still have a tendency to expand and are unable to 
escape to the outside, they make room for themselves inside. The 
body may be said to inwardly burn and death is the unavoidable re- 
sult — only, of course, if the skin remains impervious. If we succeed in 
opening the outlets, the danger is removed, for then the fermenting 
matters tind an exit, leaving the body in the form of perspiration. The 
interior of the bodv is now relieved, and the heat and tension of the skin 
immediately subside. 

No words are needed to show that the comparison between the 
human body encumbered with fermenting matter and a bottle filled 
with such, does not accord in every point. In the bottle fermentation 
has free vent, the matter can expand in all directions without resistance, 
until it reaches the surrounding sides. In the human body it meets 
with impediments everywhere. Every organ opposes its progress and 
iiinders its course. Then it presses, pushes and rubs against the ob- 

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strtictive ofgah thiis prochiciilg heat in it atid eVfett destroying it, if tiO 
outlet be nitlde. or its Course diverted. According to the part principally 
afi'fectfcd, the disease is said to be otiC of stomach, lungs, heart, etc. 
But the part afifectcd in eacli individual ease depends upon the course 
tttliGtl by the fermenting matter, aild this course, agaitt, UpoU the place 
aud mannei* of tlie deposits. 

it will, therefore, be my task latef oft, to show you how the doftcd 
skin is to be opened. First, however, t inUSt speak of another symptom. 
Before the heat begins, we always notice tot* days^ weeks, or even 
Inonths previously, a symptom, apparently the exact opposite of thai 
described, there is a feeling of chilliness. The explanation of this is* 
very simple. It arises as soon as the deposits have grown so consider-' 
able, that the blood can no longer circulate properly in the extrcmiiies 
of the body, but is, so to say, compressed all the more in the inner parts, 
so that great heat arises there. 

Mattel* cohtittues to be deposited^-the time vai-ylng accofding to the 
particular patient — until oiic of the causes already mentioned, change 
Of Weather, outwatd altoek oP menial excitement occurs, thuf* ca^using 
tegmenta tioU to set in. The deposited matter causes disturbance** in the" 
circulation aud alimentation. The blood-vessels become partially oh^ 
structcd, especially in their minutest branches, so that the blood can 
ho longer reach the exterior skin. This is the cause of cold feet and 
hands and of a chilly feeling all over. Chilliness is thus a precursor of 
fever, and we should iiiake a grave mistake were we to leave it un- 
noticed. If proper treatment be ittimediately applied, the fever cannot 
fully develop, but is, so to say, nipped in thd bud. 

When speaking before of the nature of feriiienialion, I rein^tked- 
that in all fermentatlotl, little vegetable organisms called hacilli, develop* 
spontaneously. This is the case with fever, and thus the iAuch de- 
bated bacillus question finds a simple solution. Whenever the ftiatter' 
which has settled in the abdomen begins to ferment, bacilli de^el-op' 
of themselves in the system; they are the product of fermentati'VA^ 
and likewise disappear of themselves when fermentation ceases an^ 
the system is restored to health, i. e. when the process of fermentation 

It is, therefore, idle to speak of infection through bacilli, in some 
mysterious manner, without the presence of foreign matter in the 
system. The question is not how to kill the bacilli, but rather how to 
remove the cause of fermentation, the foreign matter. This do«e, thesf 
little monsters which have caused terror to so many timid minds, va'Aish* 
as a matter of course. Further on, I shall explain more in detail, fbe^ 
dangers of infection, 

A few simple examples will more clearly illustrate my statements. 
Imagine a room left unswept and uncleaned for weeks, notwithstand- 
ing the dirt that collects daily. Very soon vermin of all descrip- 
tions will take possession of the room and prove so troublesome to the 
inmates, that every means will be tried to extirpate them Now, it we 
attempt to destrov the vermin in the old fashioned way by poison, we 
shall doubtless kill a large number, but by no means effect a perma- 
nent alteration in the state of affairs; for the dirt itself is the actual 
producer and promoter of the vermin and will continually breed tresh 
swarms. But we shall -attain quite a different result, it we immediately 

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cleanse the room itself of all filth; and by continuing tliis process we 
shall deprive the vermin of their proper elements and get rid of them 
for good and all. 

Anotlier example. Imagine the swampy edge of a forest in summer. 
You all know what an annoyance the mosquitos are in such a place. 
It will be evident to you all that it would be no good using poison to 
destroy them. True, hundreds of thousands would be killed, but mil- 
lions upon millions would constantly issue from the swamp. The 
swamp itself is the breeding ground of the little torments, consequently 
one must first do away with it before the mosquitos can be annihilated. 
We know that on dry heights hardlj'^ any mosquitos exist. Were one 
to collect a great number and carry them up such a mountain with the 
intention of keeping them there, one would very soon perceive all 
these insects, so laboriously transported, flying back to their native 
swamps, the dry mountain height being no suitable place for them. 

A third example will render the matter still clearer. You are aware 
how, in the tropics, where by reason of the greater heat there is 
far greater diversification and development to be found in the animal 
kingdom than in the temperate and frigid zones, nature gives birth 
to the most important and largest number of carnivora and carrion 
feeding animals. Whatever pains might be taken to exterminate them, 
new generations would alw^ays arise to take the place of those killed. 
Thus you see that these animals flourish only where, by reason of the 
greater development of life, there is also more putrefaction. If no 
relief were at hand, the dead animals would quickly poison the air 
with their putrescence, and render it unfit for the living ones. It is 
now plain why the principal animals which live upon flesh and carrion, 
have their home in the tropics and not in the extreme north, where 
even the reindeer, which lives on grass and moss, can hardly exist. 

If, therefore, we should want to exterminate the carnivora and carrion 
feeders of the tropics, we would succeed only by removing the condi- 
tions of their existence; that is, the swarms of otiier animals there 
present; the beasts of prey would then disappear of themselves. All 
other means would be useless. But the smaller the aninuils are, the 
more diflicult is their extermination: and of this the bacilli afford a 
most striking example. In order to exterminate them, it is of no avail 
to employ medicaments to poison them; we can only attain their end 
by removing the cause of their existence, that is by expelling all for- 
eign matter from the body. 

In these examples, I have shown you how Nature acts on a large scale; 
and she acts in just the same way on a small scale, for all her laws are 
uniform. Nor does she admit exceptions in the case of disease. Pre- 
cisely as the vermin, mosquitos, carnivora and carrion feeders appear, 
live and thrive only where they find favorable conditions, so fever 
cannot exist without such conditions, that is, it cannot exist unless the 
system is encumbered with foreign matter. It is only where such 
matter is present, as we have seen, that by some cause fermentation 
can arise, which process we call fever. 

But when we once know what fever is, it is not difficult to find a 
remedy. The closed up pores of the skin, against which the ferment- 
ing masses press, must be opened, and this can only be done by caus- 
ing the body to perspire. 

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The instant the sweat breaks out, the fermenting masses gain a vent, 
and the tension of the skin and febrile heat botli abate. 

But with the perspiration, the cause of the disease has not yet been 
removed. For the fermentation in any given case affects only a part 
of the matter deposited in the body; the rest remaining undisturbed 
is continually being increased by new accumulations, and thus forms 
an ever-present source of fever, which merely awaits a suitable oc- 
casion to break out afresh. Our aim, therefore, must be to bring about 
the expulsion of the matter still lying quiescent in the body. For this 
purpose I have introduced the friction hip and sitz-baths which 1 shall 
afterwards describe, by the aid of which the system is excited to expel 
the morbid matter from the body. 

At the same time, everything must be avoided which may disturb 
the body in its work. The patient must have ample rest, e. g. he must 
not be excited by being read to, or by conversation. Even the noise of 
the traffic on the street is injurious, and the chamber should be kept 
somewhat darkened; also at night, it should not be illuminated. There 
must be free access of fresh air, however. 

Not until there has been a sufficient expulsion of foreign matter, is 
the cause of the fever removed and thus the illness itself cured. 

Let us now briefly review the foregoing, in order to deduce some im- 
portant final conclusions. 

In the case of all sick persons, alterations in the shape of the body 
are perceptible. These alterations are produced by foreign matter. 
The presence of such foreign matter in the system is disease. This 
matter consists of substances of which the body has no need, and which 
remain in it because of defective digestion. The foreign matter is first 
deposited in the neighborhood of the secretory organs, but graduallj-^ 
spreads, especially when fermentation sets in, over the whole bodv. 
As long as the organs of secretion continue to expel a part of the for- 
eign matter, the physical condition is endurable, but whenever their 
activity becomes lessened, greater disturbances arise. The accumula- 
tion of foreign matter is not painful, being merely a latent or 
chronic process, which goes on unnoticed for a considerable period. 

We can best designate the forms of disease resulting from such ac- 
cumulation, as painless and hidden; they are essentially the same as 
those generally called chronic or lingering. 

The foreign matter is liable to decomposition; it is the real cause of 
fermentation and forms the soil on which bacilli can develop. Fer- 
mentation begins in the abdomen, where most of the foreign matter 
lies, but rapidly spreads upwards. The patient's condition changes, 
pain is felt and fever sets in. These forms of disease we may term pain- 
ful inflammatory diseases; they are what are otherwise termed 

From the foregoing exposition we must now draw the momentous 
conclusion: There is orUy one cause of disease and there is also only 
one disease, which shows itself under different forms. We therefore 
ought not, strictly speaking, to distinguish between different diseases 
but only between different forms of disease. It may be remarked in 
passing, that direct injuries, which are not really diseases in the above 
sense, are not here included; I shall speak of them in detail further 
on, w^hen dealing with the Treatment of Wounds. 

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It is, therefore, the doctrine of the Unity of Disease which I teach 
and defend, on the basis of the observations laid down in the fore- 

I have now indicated the way in which I arrived at the conviction — 
a bold one, as many may think — that there is only one disease. 

Through observation and inference, we have thus arrived at a state- 
ment which is of fundamental importance for the treatment of the 
sick — and 1 am able to prove its correctness by facts. 

In modern science there is one kind of proof which is preferred to all 
others and regarded as almost the only convincing one, and that is the 
experimental. In the case in question, the experiment could be carried 
out only by tlie similar treatment of all kinds of diseases, when, if our 
statement is correct, uniformly successful cures must be the result. 
This proof I have given and continue to give. In the reports of cures, 
contained in the appendix to my book, you will find the results sum- 

It is, of course, impossible here to advise and treat patients with ail- 
ments of all descriptions, to exhibit the consequent changes in 
their condition, in the forms of their bodies, and in their capabilities, 
and to receive their reports on the progress of the cure. Here I can 
only engage, in the following chapters, to call your attention to a series 
of the most familiar, frequent and dreaded forms of disease; to ex- 
plain in detail their cause, and to follow the course of the cure; at the 
same time adducing as many examples as possible from my practice, 
in order in each case to make clear to you, how each separate disease 
can be traced back to one uniform cause. 

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DISEASE is the presence of foreign matter in the system. This was 
the chief result at which we arrived from the observations outlined 
to you in the previous article. The foreign matter is either 
present from birth, or is introduced later by the admission of 
injurious substances. The system seeks to expel this matter through 
the bowels, lungs, kidneys and skin, and when unable to do so, deposits 
it wherever it can. In this way the form of the body is changed, as 
may best be observed at the narrowest part, the neck, and in the face. 

Explanatory of this, let us again instance the bottle of ferment already 
mentioned, as shown in the illustration. As long as the bottle is 
open, the fermenting fluid linds free exit. But suppose a hollow elastic 
cap is drawn over the mouth of the bottle, allowing no gas to escape. 
The rubber, at first loose, will very gradually become tighter and 
tighter, the more space the fermenting mass requires. The increasing 
tension will very soon lead to an increasing expansion of the elastic 
cap. You will have a case more nearly resembling the human body, 
if instead of the glass bottle, you imagine one with elastic sides, in which 
the fermenting mass is clearly to be seen. Here you would see how the 
tension att'ects the entire bottle, and how^ changes in the form of the 
bottle depend solely upon the pressure of the ferment. It is the same 
with the human body, the only dift'erence being that the whole space 
inside is not free and open, there being organs everywhere which must 
lirst be penetrated or avoided, since they hinder the free development 
of the fermentation. The source of fermentation in the body is 
the abdomen, whereas in the bottle it is at the bottom. In other re- 

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spccts, however, Ihe changes in form arc hrought ahoul in exactly the 
same way in both cases. 

The foreign matter deposited in the body undergoes a change, it fer- 
ments, and the fermenting mass spreads itself over the whole body. 
The fermentation also produces warmth and excites the entire system; 
we call such condition "fever." If fermentation goes on mainly in the 
inner parts, the heat also is chietly internal, whereas the outer parts are 
chilly. This state is more dangerous than the feverish one. Chilliness, 
as we know, always precedes fever, and it is an important point to 
change the chilly state into a feverish one, that is to draw the internal 
fever outside and bring the fermenting matter to the surface. If we 
are unsuccessful, the fever leads to serious illness or even death, because 
the internal organs are then, so to say, burnt up, or if the fermentation 
ceases before this point is reached, are overladen with foreign matter. 

It has been necessary for me to again call your attention to this matter 
and deal with it in detail before continuing to speak of the diseases of 

Under diseases of children is understood a number of feverish ill- 
nesses which most commonly occur in childhood. I shall show you 
how they all have one common origin, so that the question is simply 
to understand fully the unity of these diseases. To distinguish each 
by a special name is, therefore, for us a matter of no importance, it is 
even misleading. These diseases, too, can appear only wiien the body 
contains the necessary ferment. Most infants enter the world encum- 
bered with such, so that nearly everyone passes through one or more 
of these diseases of childhood. Why children are more subject to 
acute diseases tlian adults, I have already explained. 

But prevention is possible. 1 will give you an example of how this 
is so. To prevent the possible destruction of towns and villages, large 
stores of gunpowder, or other explosive materials, are never permitted 
to remain in them. We know very well that despite the utmost vigi- 
lance, the fatal spark might some time or other occur. Now why, I 
ask, are we not equally careful in regard to our bodies? Why do we 
continually supply them with foreign matter, which leads to violent 
eruptions? Why do we not rather take the trouble to get rid of the 
matter present?' To be sure, the eruptions in the body are not always 
of such a destructive character; yet they often lead to death, especially 
when the fermentation linds no exit. 

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Now, let me trace in detail the course of the diseases of childhood. 
In doing so, 1 shall retain the usual names, because although they 
are no longer of any special value to us, they aptly designate the 
characteristic forms of disease. 

Diseases of children occur, as we are aware, in very different forms 
and are attended by various degrees of danger, so that it does not 
seem easy to find the right remedy in every case. I shall now try to ex- 
plain clearly to you, wherein the differences between these diseases 
consist and how they may be successfully treated. But first of all I 
must remind you that even with the most dissimilar forms of disease, 
there are always two leading symptoms: heat and cold. Be sure to re- 
member this in following my explanation of the individual symptoms. 

Measles. Let us imagine a child suffering from the measles. First 
of all we find it restless, sleepless with a hot, dry skin; in common 
parlance "the child is feverish." But nobody can yet say what kind of 
illness it is. Only the fact that other children have the measles, leads 
to the supposition that this is a like case. Nevertheless, we are in a 
position to proceed at once with the cure. The method of treatment 
follows quite clearly from our theory of fever. 

Fever can only be allayed in the following way. We must endeavor 
to open the pores of the skin, so that the body perspires. In addition, 
we must draw away the heat by some cooling means. At the first out- 
break of perspiration, even the fever will decrease. 

With this treatment, the measles will in most cases never really make 
their appearance. That is to say, the foreign matter will be conducted 
away and expelled in a form which cannot be given the name of any 
special disease, being discharged from the system through the natural 
secretory organs, in the sweat, the urine, through the bowels and in 
the breath. If we neglect to do this soon enough, however, the measles 
break out, appearing, as we know, in the form of crimson patches. The 
more profuse the eruption — or what amounts to the same thing, the 
more actively the fermenting morbid matter is ejected through the 
skin — the less is the child's life endangered. The less abundant and 
slighter the eruption, on the other hand, the greater is the danger from 
the heat developed in the internal organs, because then the fermenting 
masses burn them up. Inflammation of the lungs can then very easily 
occur, and the child dies, not because it has the measles, but because 
it has not had them thoroughly. 

To effect a complete cure of the measles, w^e must thus try to open 
the natural outlets, the skin, kidneys and bowels, and cool down the 
system, until the internal heat completely disappears, whereby the di- 
gestion also will be regulated. 

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The cooling is affected by friction hip and sitz-baths having a deri- 
vative action. Perspiration can most simply and easily be produced, 
if the mother takes the cliild into her own bed at night, and thus helps 
it to perspire by the warmth of her own body. Otherwise, it often 
suffices to cover the child up well in a good large bed with feather 
beds or blankets. Care must be taken to let in fresh air by night and 
day by keeping the window open. If we do not succeed in tliis way, 
a steam-bath must be employed. This can be given most conveniently 
by means of the folding steam chamber hath, which I have designed. 
But where necessary, the bath can be arranged in a different manner. 
After every steam-bath the patient must be cooled down by being given 
a friction hip-bath. 

When we succeed in making the child perspire, his condition will 
be materially improved. Should the fever return, the cooling process, 
that is the friction hip or sitz-bath, must be repeated and the child 
then put to bed, in order that perspiration may be induced. This 
[)rocess of cooling and then again warming, must be repeated as often 
as fever reappears. 

When there is an especially strong pressure to the head, the eyes 
or any definite part of the body, we have first of all to seek to remove 
such pressure by the application of a merely local steam-bath to the 
organ encumbered. As soon as the skin begins to perspire, the part 
will be inuuediately relieved, and the danger that any organ may be 
destroyed by the gathering ferments, is past. After ever}-^ such partial 
steam-bath, a friction sitz or hip-bath should be given to cool and 
soothe the system. 

Now, if you consider all that 1 have first said about fever and measles, 
you will perceive that this disease is simply caused by a considerable 
amount of foreign matter lying latent in the system, which through 
some cause or other ferments. Fever is thus caused and the form of 
disease called the measles is produced. You see, therefore, that measles 
originate in just the same way as any other fever, and I shall show you 
further on, how all other forms of disease of which I propose to speak 
can be traced back to the same cause. (See Reports of Cures, Part IV.) 

Scarlet Fever. A child ill of scarlet fever shows essentially the same 
symptoms as one having the measles; but the fever is usually far more 
violent, so that the parents' anxiety is increased, and with reason. 

In scarlet fever, spots also appear on the skin, and from their scarlet 
color the disease receives its name. The spots themselves are at first 
small, but gradually run together thus increasing in size. The eruption 
is not, how'ever, so general as in measles; it often extends over only a 
portion of the body, appearing chiefly on the head, chest and abdomen, 
whereas the feet remain more or less free. The latter are often cold, 
while the rest of the body is in a state of violent fever. The head and 
heart are most severely affected in scarlet fever, and it often happens 
that children suffering from this illness complain of pains in the ears 
and eyes. You will now find it easy to understand these symptoms. 
The condition alreadv explained has set in; the morbid matter in a 
state of fermentation'has forced its way from the abdomen in an up- 
ward direction onlv, towards the neck and head; and only the morbid 
matter already accumulated in the upper part of the body has passed 
Into active fermentation. The smaller that portion of the skin which 

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cooperates in expelling the morbid mailer, by admitting an eruption 
to break out, the greater the danger. 

But the main question still is: What can we do to afford rapid and 
effectual aid? In the first place, we must take care to divert the danger 
of permanent injury to the eyes and ears. This we can accomplish by 
opening the pores of the skin by thoroughly steaming the head. (The 
manner of taking whole and partial steam-baths is described on subse- 
quent pages.) As soon as the head has become thoroughly moist, the pores 
are opened, the pain ceases, and the iirst danger is over. But it is often 
the case that such steam-baths for the head must be repeated several 
times, as the pain frequently returns after a short period. Indeed, it 
will recur regularly at short intervals, if we do not take care that the 
fermenting matter is expelled in another way. This is likewise ac- 
complished by taking a cooling friction bath for the abdomen, in which 
manner the matter is expelled through the bowels and kidneys and 
also through the skin. The digestion has undoubtedly been out of 
order from the commencement of the fever; nor could it have been 
in order before, whether the parents noticed the fact or not. The 
fever deprives the digestive organs of their mucous secretions; they 
become dry, can no longer perform their work, and constipation is 
the necessary result. The cooling and accompanying friction, men- 
tioned above, have an excellent influence on the digestion; before long 
the bowels will be loosened, which is always a sign that the scarlet 
fever will take a favorable course. But in the case of scarlet fever 
patients, considerable time and an energetic employment of the reme- 
dies stated, are nearly always necessary before success comes. This is 
another proof that more morbid matter is present than in measles. 

You see that scarlet fever, likewise, is produced only by the fer- 
mentation of foreign matter in the system causing fever. Only here, 
there is much more fermented matter, the fever therefore being more 
violent and the fermentation spreading further upwards. The cause of 
this disease is thus seen to be that common to all fevers. I will illustrate 
the treatment of scarlet fever by an example from my practice. 

The daughter and son of a Leipzig manufacturer, aged seven and 
two years respectively, were taken ill with scarlet fever and the family 
physician characterized the case as a very serious one, the cure of 
which might require six or eight weeks. Mr. W., w^ho had already 
purchased one of my steam bathing apparatuses, for use in his own 
case, now consulted me about his children, the cure the family doctor 
proposed effecting by physic, striking him as being rather a tedious one. 
After examining the children, I could give the father the comforting 
assurance, that with my treatment the entire illness would be over in 
about one week. The treatment was no other than that which I have 
already described : the children were given a daily steam-bath followed 
by a friction hip-bath at 70° to 72° Fahr. Whenever the violent fever 
reappeared, a hip-bath was given, this having at first to be done every 
two hours. It is evident that in this case special attention had to be 
paid to the diet, as it is certain that spiced and stimulating meat-dishes 
etc., aggravate the fever and make it harder to cure. The children 
were therefore kept on a strict diet of bread, gruel made from whole- 
meal, and raw or stewed fruit, and only allowed to eat when really 
hungry. As I had foretold, to the delight of their parents, the children 

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were well again within a week and the family doctor, who had at first 
asserted that such a rapid cure would certainly hring on disease of 
the kidneys, was obliged afterwards to admit that the children were 
perfectly cured. 

Diphtheria. The word diphtheria is an alarming one for every parent, 
for the great danger attendant upon this dread illness is well known. 
The outward symptoms are somewhat ditt'erent from those of the 
above diseases, but fever is also an essential characteristic. At times, 
it is true, the fever is apparently quite mild, especially in the case 
of children, who lie listlessly on the sick-bed and complain only of 
dilliculty in breathing. As a matter of fact, it is just such children 
who are generally the most seriously ill. In these cases the fever rages 
all the more internally, the skin is almost inactive, the bowels and 
kidneys are sluggish; nevertheless, the fermenting masses press out- 
ward, space inside being wanting. Such cases are the most dangerous. 
If the system succeeds in expelling the morbid matter through the 
skin, as in measles and scarlet fever, all danger is over at once, but 
there is great danger where fever is chiefly internal. If we do not 
succeed in drawing this internal heat to the surface, there is little hope 
of a cure. There is then but one outlet for the body, the throat, to 
which the fermenting mass accordingly rushes with all its force, so 
that there is often immediate danger of death from suffocation. 

Where this danger is imminent, the first thing to be done is again to 
apply local remedies and to free the throat, even if only for a few 
moments. In diphtheria, this is done most speedily and efi'ectually by 
steam, which lessens the pain and effects the expulsion of the collected 
matter. True, we have not gained much so far, but the momentary 
relief gives us time to cleanse the principal source of morbid matter, 
which is again to be sought in the abdominal organs. It is astonishing 
how quickly the condition of the throat is changed by my soothing 
baths. The friction sitz-baths, in particular, have a most remarkable 
effect, so that the abnormal growths sometimes disappear after only 
a few baths. But another change has taken place in the throat by 
reason of the pressure; it is swollen and inflamed, and this swelling 
and inflammation is far more dangerous than the fungoid excrescences. 
Before the actual outbreak of diphtheria, the patient complains, as a 
rule, of pains in the joints, for instance in the knees or shoulders. One 
can endure even a violent inflammation in these parts for a consider- 
able length of time, but not an inflammation of the throat; against the 
latter, therefore, the most energetic steps possible must be taken. It 
would be a great mistake after the removal of the fungoid growth, to 
cease with the treatment of the abdomen. The cure must be carried 
on persistently^ until there is easy motion of the bowels and regular 
digestion. Not till then can the patient be declared out of danger. As 
explained before, however, the skin is also one of the most important 
secretoi-y organs; its peculiar function being to expel the morbid matter 
which has accumulated near the surface. 

Imagine, again, the bottle with elastic sides. As long as it is closed, 
the fermenting matter cannot escape expansion, and tension follows. 
But on puncturing the sides with a needle, thus forming minute holes 
like the pores of the skin, the fermenting masses instantly escape 
through them, and the bottle regains its original form. It is just the 



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same with the skin. Perspiration is nothini^ but foreit^n matter forced 
out from the interior by the process of fermentation. Digestion is a 
process of fermentation, and the skin must therefore operate perfectly, 
if the body is not to become diseased. The skin of all healthy persons 
is consequently moist and warm; a dry, cold skin is a sure sign of disease. 

In the case of diphtheria patients, the skin is almost wholly inactive 
and needs powerful stimulation. Even in this illness a healthy mother 
need not be afraid to take the child into her bed; it may be the means 
of saving the child. Particularly in cases wliere there is no regular 
evacuation of the bowels, the system seeks to employ the skin especially 
as a secretory organ, this being, indeed, its function always. Had the 
mother, directly the skin began to grow dry, by her own bodily warmth 
induced the child's pores to open, and at the same time seen to proper 
action of the bowels and kidneys, the diphtheria would probably never 
have broken out at all. 

Only when it is impossible to start the perspiration in any other 

way, should artificial aids be employed, and the children be given 

You have now learned that the nature of diphtheria is exactly the 
same as that of the before mentioned forms of disease, the difference 
being only in the external symptoms. Only the most superficial can be 
deceived into believing that. these various forms of disease have different 
causes. The report of a cure which occurred in my practice will 
render the matter plainer. 

I was called to a Mrs. S., whose son, aged nine, was somewhat seri- 
ously ill of diphtheria. The boy was first given a steam-bath. A steam 
bathing apparatus, such as I construct, not being at hand, one had to 
be quickly improvised. We therefore placed the boy on a cane-seated 
chair and set underneath this a pot containing a gallon of boiling 
water. His feet were placed over a pail half filled with boiling water 
and covered with two strips of wood. The whole body had been 
previously carefully wrapped up in a blanket, so that no steam could 
escape. After a profuse perspiration had broken out, the patient was 
transferred to a friction hip-bath at 72° Fahr., in which the abdomen 
was bathed until the heat disappeared from the head. The great diffi- 

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culty cxperioncod in hrealhing al the coninicnrcincnl, gradually disap- 
peared. It was necessary, however, to give a fiiction sitz-bath for half 
an hour every three hours, and then also through the night, so that the 
fever should not increase. Naturally, as long as the child was in bed, 
the window had to be kept open a little day and night, in order always 
to have fresh air. By means of the repeated baths, we succeeded each 
time in at once allaying the fever, so that already on the first day of the 
application of the treatment, all danger was past. The cure being con- 
tinued in this way, in about five days the boy was fully restored to 
health. Thus is the dreaded diphtheria cured, whilst short-sighted 
medical learning is still seeking a remedy. 

Small-pox. Small-pox occurs oftener than is generally supposed. It 
is true the official statistics do not show this. For any father Avho has 
some little acquaintance with the natural method of cure, is in no great 
hurry to report the case to the police as prescribed. He would only be 
subjecting himself and his family to the most unpleasant restrictions 
and annoyances, without any benefit. With proper treatment, small- 
pox is, as a rule, an almost harmless process, as we shall sec. The dis- 
ease characterized by pocks occurs in very various forms, such as watcr- 
pox, chicken-pox, small-pox. Formerly all eruptive diseases were 
designated pox. Small-pox is undoubtedly the most dangerous, for 
here the fever is most violent, and with wrong treatment, death may very 
quickly result. Just for this reason it is so greatly dreaded. Those 
diseases in which with wrong treatment death quickly ensues, are al- 
ways supposed to be more dangerous than those, the end of which is 
preceded by a long illness. As a fact, however, even where recovery 
is possible at all, the latter are far more difficult to cure, notwithstand- 
ing proper treatment, requiring a much longer time for their eradica- 
tion. Small-pox has become so dangerous simply because its treat- 
ment has not been understood, recourse being consequently had to vac- 
cination. With correct treatment, the latter would never have been 
thought of. 

Small-pox may easily be recognized when thoroughly developed, but 
in its early stages it exactly resembles the other children's diseases, as 
nothing but high fever is observable. Gradually, scarlet spots, the size 
of a small pea appear, like those in the measles. They continue to 
rise until they resemble a currant, with one half in the body and the 
other projecting. In the middle a black dot is formed. These pocks 
may spread over the whole body, or be confined to isolated spots. Their 
cause is the unequal accumulation and distribution of foreign matter 
in the system, by which the progress and course of the fermentation 
is determined. The patient is worse off in those cases in which the 
eruption appears on the face, as it may then leave the familiar pock- 
marks behind, if the correct treatment is not applied. 

It is no mere chance that in one case the eruption appears especially 
on one part of the body and in another somewhere else; or that the 
head is peculiarlv liable' to be affected, so that many patients show few 
pock-marks on the body, while the entire face is disfigured. Again 
call to mind the instance previously mentioned, of the bottle with the 
elastic cap. On that side of the body where the foreign matter has 
gathered most abundantly, most fermentation takes place, and here 
most pocks will be formed. Now, if other parts of the body of limited 

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extent are encumbered more than the rest with foreign matter, more 
pocks will be formed there than elsewhere. Thus, it may happen, that 
a person may have his face pitted all over from ear to ear, wliilst on 
other parts of the body there are marks but here and there. The head 
is, so to speak, a terminus of the body. When the fermenting masses 
are in motion, they always find a limit here. But as we saw in the bottle 
over which we drew tlie rubber sap, the fermenting matter always 
presses upwards, and if in the head it meets with a hindrance to free 
fermentation, it acts all the more vigorously here. 

As soon as the small-pox rash is fully developed, vital danger is 
over in most cases; for usually only those patients die whose system is 
incapable of expelling the fermenting masses. It often even happens 
that the eruption breaks out suddenly just after death; and here too, 
one might well say that the patients died, not because they got the 
small-pox, but because they did not get it. The patients always die 
in a high state of fever. 

There can be no doubt that this illness also must be accompanied bv 
violent fever; and it is the fact we find small-pox patients, especially 
before the rash breaks out, in a very high fever. In the heated state of 
the body, the pustules cause intense itching and burning, inducing the 
patient to scratch himself. Thus the pustules are torn out before they 
are ripe, and then the disfiguring pock-marks remain. This was also 
observed in former times, when the poor patient's hands were often 
bound to prevent his scratching himself, A widely read German ency- 
clopaedia still advises this procedure. What torture for the unhappy 
patients! But we have a better means of healing small-pox, without 
leaving behind those ugly scars, and one which removes all fear of this 
otherwise so much dreaded disease. We prevent the itching and 
scratching by the same simple remedy which we apply in the fevers 
already spoken of: we open the pores, so that the body perspires, and 
cool the abdomen, where the source of fermentation is. In the case 
of wine or beer, everyone knows that fermentation goes on more slowlv 
the lower the temperature. The fermenting matterin the system obeys 
the same natural law. Increased warmth favors all fermentation; 
cooling hinders, retards and stops it. 

This is a disease requiring the utmost care and attention, the system 
being most violently excited. But my mode of treatment robs the 
disease of its terrors, and one may be sure, that with extremely few 
exceptions, recovery will be thorough and speedv. The exceptions 
are found where the system is so overloaded with foreign matter, that 
in spite of the action of the skin, it cannot be expelled fast enough; or 
it may be, the body is too weak to expel it. As a rule, however, this 
will be the case only when the treatment is begun too late. Therefore 
I cannot often enough repeat the warning, that the fever should be 
fought from the verj-^ moment it commences; we must never wait to see 
what outward form the disease may assume. 

You see that for the dreaded small-pox, we use with success exactly 
the same remedy as for the other diseases mentioned. But this can be 
possible only on the supposition that this disease has the same cause 
as the foregoing: the encumbrance of the sj'^stem witli foreign matter; 
and this, as wt have seen, is the case. Nowadays, when measles and 

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scarlet-fever are no longer classed, as formerly, with small-pox, and the 
latter has, in consequence, apparently become rarer, it is impossible 
for us fully to picture to ourselves that period in which they came as 
a dread plague and terror. As we now know of the imity of all dis- 
eases, and how to cure them, we naturally no longer have the same 
fear of illness. Besides, by the aid of the Science of Facial Expres- 
sion, we are in a position to recognize years in advance, w^here there 
is such a great encumbrance of the system with foreign matter, that 
some cleansing process of the body, such as small-pox, may occur. 
And here I will acquaint you with another case of small-pox which I 
once treated. 

In the family of a mechanic, three of his five children, aged 7, 9 and 
13 years, were taken ill with small-pox. The father, who had also 
had it and therefore knew the disease, soon perceived what danger his 
children were in. At the same time, he was also aware of the inde- 
scribable annoyances and difficulties to which he and his family would 
be subjected, should the authorities get wind of the matter. He con- 
sequently applied my method of cure in all three cases with the greatest 
secrecy, using only steam and friction hip-baths. The children w^ere 
already in a highly critical condition. The skin was covered with black 
pocks. To hide this from notice, he had smeared the children's faces 
and hands with ashes, in order to escape the protective measures of 
modern hygiene at all hazards. After only four steam-baths and ten 
friction hip-baths at 71° Fahr,, the fever was so far overcome, that 
all danger was over and the skin began to peel. An unstimulating 
diet and fresh air had likewise aided the cure. By continued steam 
and friction baths, the children recovered so far in a few days, that 
they could get up and go out again, although my method had to be 
applied a week longer in order to attain a complete cure. The most 
interesting fact about these three serious cases of small-pox is, that 
not one of the children has a single pock-mark to show. All five 
children of this family had been vaccinated repeatedly and neverthe- 
less three were attacked by small-pox. From these cases we see how 
little danger attends small-pox when its treatment is understood, and 
what very doubtful protection vaccination affords. Anyone who knows 
the elaborate and unnatural precautions adopted by modern sanitary 
authorities, when it comes to their knowledge that small-pox has 
broken out, is the less able to understand them after vaccination has 
taken place, as the latter is supposed to afford complete protection. 
On the reprehensibleness of vaccination I hardly need make any special 
remarks. By vaccination foreign matter is directly introduced into the 
blood in an artificial manner. It is, indeed, almost a marvel, how 
human beings can so far stray from nature; but where knowledge is 
deficient, one is prone to believe in miracles. I have dealt more fully 
with vaccination in my little pamphlet on the "Rearing of Children." 

Whooping-cough. Although whooping-cough is not held to be so 
dangerous as diphtheria or small-pox, a good many children die of it 
and the others suffer dreadfully, to say the least of it, from the fits of 
coughing. Respecting this point, 1 should remark, that any cough 
must be regarded as a sign of serious illness, for man is neither a 
coughing, nor a spitting animal. A cough never arises until the pres- 
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is obstrucled. Either the skin operates insufliciently, or the Ijowels 
and kidneys perform their functions imperfectly. 

Children suffering from whooping-cough also show the familiar 
symptoms of fermentation, in other words, they are feverish. The 
matter seeks an outlet at the throat and head, though there is no 
secretory organ there. Now it is a question of primary importance, 
whether the patient perspires or not, when seized with a lit of coughing. 
If he does, he can get well without further remedies. Hut if no perspira- 
tion makes its appearance during the fits of coughing, the patient 
grows blue in the face, and the whooping-cough leads to certain death 
if no remedy be applied. At last, blood often streams from the eyes, 
nose and ears, for all the foreign matter seeks an outlet there. At this 
stage aid is usually no longer possible. If, however, the system re- 
ceives timely assistance, it masters the disease even in most serious 

In this illness, too, the treatment is the same — there can be no other, 
as the nature of the disease is the same. The first and chief duty 
is to start perspiration immediately. It is also necessary to draw 
downwards to the secretory organs, the foreign matter which is press- 
ing its way upwards in the body. The body has its definite organs of 
secretion, and only through these is it possible to expel the morbid 
matter in a natural manner. We completely attain our purpose by 
using the before-mentioned baths. As soon as perspiration sets in, 
marked alleviation of the cough is apparent, and when the digestion 
improves, the coughing will altogether cease. The time required for 
the cure is quite indefinite. The cough may vanish for good and all 
in a few weeks, often even within a few days. It is an error to sup- 
pose that it must last two or three months. I have now shown you 
that whooping-cough arises in the same way as the other diseases; 
that is, the morbid matter present in the system begins to ferment, 
causing fever. After all these expositions, you will now feel convinced, 
that all acute fevers are simply an effort of the system to regain health, 
by expelling the foreign matter which does not belong there. We 
should therefore welcome every such acute fever. It is, in reality, 
a curative crisis; and we have seen of what great use to the body it 
may become under proper treatment, thoroughly cleansing the system 
of all foreign matter. It may be well for me to give another illustra- 
tion of what I mean. 

Fever in the system may be compared with a thunderstorm. Just as 
an acute fever is preceded for some time by chilliness and uneasiness, 
a thunderstorm makes its approach known by the heavy and sultrs'^ air, 
which none can help remarking. We say the air is heavy, we feel op- 
pressed, and have a feeling that relief must come through a thunder- 
storm, because it is, so to speak, in the air. The heat and sultriness 
increase, until they reach that state which immediately precedes a 
thunderstorm. We feel the coming danger of the approaching storm; 
but the actual danger begins only as the storm breaks upon us, and is 
over as the latter passes oft'. All is now fresh and cool, nature is re- 
animated, as it were. The thunderstorm is a process of fermentation 
of foreign matter in the air, whereby the latter endeavors to expel the 
invisible, floating vapor which in this case is foreign matter. The storm 
is therefore a process for cleansing the air. By the fermentation, the 

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vapor also cliangcs in appearance. At first invisible, it is now con- 
densed by tbe cliange of temperature to clouds, and tlien falls as rain 
and hail. 

It is similar in a fever case. Whenever fever breaks out, the body 
is in danger, which is only over when the fever disappears and a re- 
freshing reanimation takes place. You perceive that in these cases 
danger lirst arises through the thunderstorm and the fever, which 
afterwards, however, cause reanimation and recovery. Reanimation 
and recovery are only to be attained by this dangerous process, the 
cause of which, in the one case, is the surcharging and heaviness of 
the air; in the other case, the surcharging of the system with morbid 
or foreign matter. This example will logically convince you of the 
uniformity of natural laws in all phenomena. 

Concerning this illness also, I will tell you of a cure effected in my 

In the middle of July 1889, the four-year old son in a Leipzig family 
got the whooping-cough. At the beginning of August the sickness had 
reached its height. Then the baby daughter, aged two, also took ill. 
For ten days the illness became worse and worse, and during this time 
the child could take no nourishment. At last, the parents, who till then 
had been using the natural method of cure to the best of their knowl- 
edge, applied to me. I took over the case. The little girl had lost so 
much strength that she could no longer stand. I ordered four friction 
sitz-baths daily, the children then to be put to bed, or given a sun-bath 
to bring out the perspiration; simple natural diet to be observed. The 
beautiful weather admitted of daily sun-baths being taken, which in 
conjunction with the friction sitz-baths worked wonders. After only a 
few weeks of energetic treatment, both children were out of danger, 
and in two months they had fully recovered. As regards the diet, it 
was curious to see how the little girl refused to touch oatmeal gruel, 
made without salt, sugar or butter, which would have done her most 
good, and would only take her customary unboiled milk and chocolate. 
From this, one can see how important it is to habituate children to the 
simplest food from the first. Nor was it possible to keep her in bed 
with her mother, although this would have been the best way to make 
her perspire. Accustomed to her own little bed, she cried so much for 
it, that we were obliged to give in. Nevertheless the warmth of the 
human body is the best means to secure perspiration and repose. One 
need feel no anxiety concerning the ill effects of the exhalations. The 
lower animals are our best model; to strengthen their weak and sickly 
young, they simply warm them with their own bodies. While children 
are well, accustom them to nestle on their mother's bosom; in sick- 
ness they will then find nothing strange in it. Of course, the words 
"well" and "sick" are used here in their ordinary sense; for we know 
that a really healthy child cannot become sick at all if brought up 

Scrofula. Scrofula is not a disease which excites heat, and is not 
therefore commonly classed with fevers, although in reality it should 
be. It is at least as serious as the others already mentioned— I might 
say, worse. It is one of those latent chronic diseases, which are gen- 
erally inherited. The system is not sufficiently vigorous to bring about 
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of the earth are the lionie of this disease. Tlie (uitward symp- 
toms arc much as follows: A large head, square face, inflamed eyes, 
bloated body, weak legs, deformed hands and feet, mental sluggishness. 
Of these signs, however, we generally meet with only one, or a few, 
in any given case, very seldom all at once. They are accompanied by 
cold hands and feet, and a chilly feeling all over. It is just this state 
of chilliness which makes the disease a serious one. It proves that the 
extremities of the body, by reason of being encumbered with foreign 
matter, have in great part lost their vigor and functional capacity and 
that in the interior there is therefore a wasting heat. 

The case must be imagined thus : The extremities of the body, 
especially the hair-like ends of the blood-vessels, become obstructed 
by foreign matter, just as drain-pipes clogged up with mud. The 
blood can thus no longer circulate to the surface of the skin and there- 
by the feeling of chilliness arises. 

The disease not being of an acute nature, causes no pain, so that it 
is only from the general character of the whole body that we perceive 
it is diseased. Hitherto, no one has been really able to say how the 
disease arises, of what it consists, and still less, how it is to be 
cured. Usually, help is expected from change of air, and the patient 
is sent, when his means admit of it, to another part of the country, 
or to a watering-place. But the result is never thorough, even although 
a change for the better sometimes takes place. 

According to our experience, a child suffering from scrofula is per- 
meated through and through with foreign matter, which it has inherited 
for the most part from its parents. This matter presses on to the ex- 
tremities in particular, and under strong pressure the head gradually 
loses its round form and assumes a square shape. 

Please remember in this connection, the comparison of the bottle 
with fermenting fluid, alluded to at the beginning of this article, over 
the mouth of which we put a rubber cap. Just as the latter is filled 
out and expanded by the fermenting masses, so does the body of a 
scrofulous patient swell out. By means of the Science of Facial Ex- 
pression, however, we are able to recognize the very slightest tendenc}' 
to this disease. Of course, it is necessary that one should know exactly 
the form of a normal body. Details on this point will be found in my 
handbook. The Science of Facial Expression. 

Distortions of the hands and feet arise from this same cause. The 
skin is more or less inactive, and cannot expel the masses of matter 
accumulating beneath it. As remarked before, these obstruct the cir- 
culation, for which reason the skin in many cases is always cold. 

In the internal organs, the warmth is consequently all the greater 
and excites inwardly a feeling of uneasiness, which we always find in 
a certain degree in the case of scrofulous patients. This is, in fact, a 
latent (chronic) state of fever. If it remains uncured, however, from 
the original illness new stages of disease develop, which may be still 
more dangerous and difficult to cure than scrofula. Most usually, 
consumption follows upon scrofula, where treatment has been neg- 
lected, so that in a certain sense we may regard scrofula as only the 
preliminary stage of a more serious ailment. 

But how shall we begin the cure? We must proceed to transform 
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the internal fever to the outside. And as wc have to do with fever again, 
our treatment must eonseqiiently be the same as for other fevers; we 
must open the outlets, in order to gradually remove the mass of fer- 
menting matter. We must, therefore, in the now familiar manner, 
excite the bowels, kidneys and skin. The skin will gradually grow 
warm, perhaps hot, but only until perspiration breaks out, when the 
normal condition will then be resumed. At first, the cure will onl}' 
etiect a temporary improvement; perseverance and energy alone lead 
to permanent results. How long it will take to effect a complete cure, 
it is hard to say. Days, or even weeks, will not suffice; it requires 
months or perhaps years, and sometimes does not succeed at all, when 
the body has no longer sufficient vitality. 

In a recent article, I remarked that with sick persons, the chill arises 
from the same source as the excessive heat; and the same fact con- 
fronts you in scrofulous diseases. Two conditions of disease, ap- 
parently quite dissimilar, thus arise from precisely the same source, 
and seem so different, only because they present themselves in different 
stages of development. In the caterpillar, or chrysallis, we recognize 
the same insect which we subsequently see as a butterfly, of which 
the first and second are merely preliminary states. It is the same with 
the different diseases. We should laugh at anyone who asserted that 
the caterpillar is quite another being than the butterfly, and vice versa. 
And yet, it is to be regretted, a quite similar belief obtains to the present 
day as regards diseases, the unity of which has as yet been recognized 
by no one. 

I will cite you a case of scrofula which was cured in my establish- 
ment, A boy of five had been so scrofulous since his second year, that 
at five years of age he was quite unable to walk. He lay in his baby- 
carriage like a log. His father had had him treated by the leading 
physicians, but all in vain. The medicaments applied had, in fact 
brought about a decided change for the worse, so that the professor 
in charge of the case declared that the child would never be able to 
walk. Medicines, plaster of Paris dressings, baths, electrics, every- 
thing had been tried, but quite fruitlessly, because the doctors con- 
sulted had no idea of the nature of scrofula. The child came under 
my treatment at the end of his fifth year. The digestion, which in the 
former treatment had never received due attention, was completely 
out of order. The body was distended, hard and lumpy. During the 
first week, the digestion improved decidedly under my treatment, so 
that a complete cure seemed probable. From week to week the renewal 
of the tissues went on more actively, and in six weeks the patient was 
able to stand without support. His body was greatly reduced in bulk 
and was not so hard, and many of the lumps which could easily be felt 
with the hand, dispersed and vanished. After half a year the child's 
head, which had been much too large, approached nearer the normal 
size, and the bo}' might be regarded as cured, for he could run and leap 
like any other, and was happy and merry. 

Shall I proceed to enumerate all the other illnesses? It will prob- 
ably suffice to name a few: mumps, nettle rash, spasms, diarrhea, 
thrush, scald-head, etc. They may all be traced to the same cause, all 
are attended by more or less fever, and the cure is therefore to be 
effected on the same lines. 

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IN all these forms of disease, we always observe one of two things: 
either increased warmth (heat), or increased chill (cold). Both of 
these symptoms, as we have seen, are fever, whence it follows that 
they are both cured by the same treatment, a fact which 1 have proved 
in thousands of cases. All forms of disease are to be traced back to 
encumbrance of the system with foreign matter; or in other words: 
There is only one disease, appearing in the most various forms; and 
therefore — as regards essentials — only one method of treatment is nec- 
essary. All the various forms of disease are, as we have seen, only 
efforts of the body to recover health. They must not, therefore, be 
suppressed and rendered latent, as the orthodox medical school teaches, 
but the body must be assisted to effect these curative crises as quickl}' 
as possible, in the least dangerous manner. Only in this way can the 
body really recover. Disease if repressed or rendered latent, leads 
slowly but surely to severe and wholly incurable conditions of health. 
For the morbid matter in such a case, does not remain inactive in the 
body, but is subjected to continual changes and transformations. 

One word now, concerning the diet in all cases of disease. This 
must be such that no new foreign matter is introduced into the system 
and the fermentation thus increased. As vigorous action is going on 
in the body, it should be burdened with as little additional work in 
digesting as possible. The first point, therefore, is: Give the patient 
but little nourishment, and never urge him to take food and drink when 
he does not call for such. 

And here I desire to add a few remarks concerning the danger of 
contagion by the sick. 

No acute disease (fever) whatever is imaginable, which has not been 
preceded by a chronic stage, consisting in the encumbrance of the 
system with foreign matter. For this reason the chronic condition is 
the most dangerous. True, a transmission of this morbid condition 
takes place only from parents to children; but it occurs in every case 
where the parents are encumbered with morbid matter, and is there- 
fore a sure way of such matter being propagated. When we see how 
children inherit the outward bodily form, the color of the eyes, even 
the mental characteristics of their parents, it is easy to conceive that 
foreign matter, too, is transmitted, especially from the mother. The 
direct proof is found in the fact, that the same forms of disease usuallj'^ 
show themselves in the children as in the parents. 

Infection has hitherto only been supposed to take place in the case 
of acute diseases; but as I have shown, the transmission of foreign 
matter from parents to children is nothing else than a transmission of 
the disease, that is infection. The transference of this foreign matter, 
signifies the transference of the cause of the acute illness. As I have 
already stated, diseases of children arc only to be explained by assum- 
ing the inherited encumbrance of morbid matter. 

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The question may be asked whether acute diseases can be trans- 
mitted, and it may be answered both with "yes" and "no." Perfectly 
licallhy persons — persons whose bodies arc free from foreign matter — 
cannot catch an illness by contagion, even were they to swallow or 
inhale any number of bacilli, bacteria or microbes. In the case of 
persons whose systems are encumbered with morbid matter, however, 
such products of fermentation can act as the exciting cause to fermen- 
tation, especially if the temperature favors this. If there is only little 
encumbrance, there is little danger of infection. 

In the course of acute disease, foreign matter is continually ferment- 
ing and being expelled by the system. This is especially the case while 
the patient is recovering, i. e. when he is expelling the morbid matter 
by secretion. Hence the danger of infection is greatest from con- 
valescents. How the infection itself is brought about, 1 will try to ex- 
plain clearly by a familiar illustration. 

If wc set an easily fermenting substance in fermentation, like yeast 
or leaven, and add it in this state to any other readily fermenting sub- 
stance, as dough, milk, etc., everyone knows that fermentation will 
also quickly begin in the latter, if warm enough. Thus, the yeast, itself 
a product of fermentation, produces again a state of fermentation when 
added to dough or milk. We say the bread rises, or the milk curdles. 
In acute diseases the process is similar. The fermenting foreign matter 
passes into the air from the breath or exudations of the sick person, 
or from the stool. Should it now enter into the body of some other 
individual encumbered with foreign matter, and be retained there, 
that is, not be immediately secreted, it works upon the foreign matter 
already present, exactly like the yeast in the dough or leaven in the 
milk, i. e. as a ferment. Thus there arises in the second body, the same 
fermentation, and therefore the same disease, as in the first. This 
whole process of infection is, properly speaking, nothing but an in- 
oculation of the fermenting morbid matter into the body of another 
person in natural dilution. Such matter can, however, only work as a 
ferment when it linds suflicient foreign matter in a latent state in 
some other person. Only those are in danqer of infection from an 
acute disease, whose systems are already sufficiently encumbered with 
foreign matter: or, as commonly expressed, who are predisposed to 
such disease. Up till now it has not been known wherein this predis- 
position consists. The difiference in operation between this natural 
inoculation of morbid matter, and the unnatural process of inoculating 
it by vaccination with the lancet, lies in the difference in the inoculated 
matter and in its dilution. Homeopathy teaches that all substances arc 
most effective in a state of dilution, for which reason the fermenting 
morbid matter is so highly efficacious in its natural dilution, when it 
linds a suitable soil. In allopathic doses the vaccine virus, like all allo- 
pathic remedies, has a paralyzing effect on vital power; that is, it 
deprives the body of the vigor which it needs to throw off the foreign 
matter in it by acute disease (curative crisis, fever). It increases, also, 
the quantity of the morbid matter and thus produces a far more chronic 
state, as clearly proved by the steady increase of all chronic diseases 
since the introduction of vaccination. All the other remedies against 
fever, such as quinine, antipyrin, antifibrin, morphia, etc., have the 
same effect. They simply paralyze the efforts of the system to regain 

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health, and reduce, or even stop, the fermentation of the foreign matter, 
but never eject it. Hence arise the diseases which were formerly rare, 
as cancer, intense nervousness, insanity, paralysis, syphilis, consump- 
tion, scrofula, etc. The system becomes more and more encumbered 
with foreign matter, but is without ability to summon up strength to 
throw it off by some acute curative crisis. The encumbrance reaches 
its highest limit in the above diseases, and full relief is then usually 
no longer possible. Precisely those medicaments which possess the 
property of most speedily suppressing fever, as quinine, antifebrin, 
antipyrin, plienacetin, etc., have become the favorite remedies of the 
physicians against fever. It is our firm conviction that such are pre- 
cisely the most dangerous means of injuring the health. 

We have all had experience how medical science daily seeks for new 
remedies to apply, because the old are no longer effectual. Recollect 
the blind enthusiasm for tuberculin inoculations before a single pa- 
tient was even apparently cured; such a spectacle the world has surely 
never seen before. At first, each new medicament paralyzes the vital 
powers; but in time, the system grows so insensible to it, as no longer 
to react. A new and more potent remedy is now required to paralyze 
the vitality further, until finally the fermentation of foreign matter 
cannot be longer prevented by any means at all, and destruction of 
life is the result. An illustration will render this plainer. 

Anyone who is learning to smoke has to battle with his stomach 
until the latter grows insensible to the poisonous nicotine. At first, the 
stomach is vigorous enough to defend itself successfully against this 
poison, but very soon its strength is weakened, and complete insensi- 
bility to the poison is the consequence. We now require a stronger 
poison than before, to produce the first effect on the stomach. 

Those who are beginning to smoke and cannot immediately bear it, 
usually tell us, to our astonishment, that their stomachs are still too 
weak, they must get used to it, they cannot stand smoking as j^et. The 
very opposite is the case: as long as the stomach resists smoking, it 
proves that it still possesses enough vitality, that is, it is strong enough 
to forcibly expel the poison. When it offers no resistance, the former 
natural activity is gone, it has become weaker. 

The body, thus encumbered with this latent foreign matter, requires 
a far more powerful external exciting agent, if it is to be roused to expel 
the matter, because its vitality is diminished. I have already pointed 
out wherein such excitant consists. It is generally a change in the 
weather which is the direct cause, for which reason we always have 
great epidemics after unusually cold winters. 

I will add a few mental illustrations. If you carry a bottle of beer into 
a dark, cold cellar, fermentation will not easily set in. But on exposing 
the bottle to sunshine and a warmer temperature, fermentation begins 
at once, even if the bottle is tightly closed. This fermentation is caused 
neither by bacilli nor by microbes, but merely by light and warmth. 
At the same time, the outward appearance of the beer is changed; at 
first clear, it has grown turbid, and if bacilli are now contained in it, 
they are the product of fermentation. 

We observe the same thing in the air. One day we have a glorious, 
clear summer day; the next, the sky is overcast. But every one knows 
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clouds by a change (in this case a fall) of temperature. We also per- 
ceive here, how each specific degree of cooling produces its own kind 
of precipitation (dew, mist, rain, hail, snow) ; yet there is no difficulty in 
recognizing them all to be simple products of water. 

In marshy, tropical regions, the atmosphere is constantly filled with 
fermenting matter from the swamp, so that a short stay suffices to 
bring on a fever (that is fermentation) in a person encumbered with 
foreign matter. The marshy ferments act upon the foreign matter in 
the system like yeast in dough, producing fermentation (fever). All 
stagnant water acts similarly, but not so violently. Only notice the 
difference between clear mountain lakes, the stony bottom of which 
admits of no fermentation, and other muddy land-locked pools. 

Sometimes the latter are also fairly clear, but with every change 
in the weather, fermentation takes place in the water, starting from 
below and making the entire lake turbid, so that one can often recognize 
what bottom the water rests on. Standing water on a muddy bottom 
is often set into a sort of fermentation by a change of weather, just 
like marshy water, and it then operates as a ferment on the other sub- 
stances. This process of fermentation may be clearly seen by com- 
paring the state in summer and winter. In winter, even standing 
marsh-water is comparatively clear, because the cold prevents all 
fermentation, but in hot weather it is nauseously foul and muddy. 

The only question is, what may be the cause of an epidemic when di- 
rect contagion seems impossible, for we see the same disease appear- 
ing today in one place, tomorrow in another. 

Without the presence of foreign matter in the body, epidemics are, 
as already stated, quite out of the question. On closer inspection, we 
find epidemics every year, though not always so wide-spread as the 
influenza at the beginning of 1890. But who is not aware that every 
j^ear at certain times measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping- 
cough, colds, influenza appear epidemically? It follows, in view of the 
general, uniform mode of life of the masses, that their encumbrance 
with foreign matter, whether regarded quantitatively or qualitatively, 
likewise displays a certain uniformit5^ Now, if one and the same exciting 
influence affects this matter, i. e. should the weather exert a similar ex- 
ternal excitement on the vital powers of the body, the latter will also 
make similar efforts (fever) to regain health by expelling the foreign 
matter. And where the encumbrance in a number of individuals is pretty 
uniform, the like cause will at the same time produce a like effect in 
many of them, thus creating an epidemic. But one should never for- 
get that even in epidemics, individual cases of sickness are never quite 
similar, always differing somewhat in their symptoms and course. 
When an epidemic, such as we saw in the case of the influenza, appears 
here today and there tomorrow, the cause is simply the weather. In 
this respect such diseases resemble thunder-storms, which also at times 
appear "epidemically," today in one region, tomorrow in another. 
When an epidemic once breaks out in a place, direct contagion does 
the rest, as before described, in spreading the disease, just as in the 
last influenza epidemic. 

Widespread epidemics have been rarer in recent years. But ^ as 
observed above, the sole reason of this is, that the medical profession 
has learned so far to paralyze the vital powers of the people, that in all 

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sweeping, epidemic curative crises, the system can only rally the re- 
quisite vitality when compelled under particular stress. The necessary 
consequence of this, however, is a far more serious and general, chroni- 
cally (latent) diseased condition; and we doubt not that the time will 
come when this will be universally recognized. 

Summing up the result of these remarks, we find: (1.) Unit in the 
transmission of diseases from the chronic state (i. e. from parent to 
child), the foreign matter alone is the cause of the transmission. Who- 
ever is desirous of preventing such transmission must, therefore, first 
of all take care to get rid of this matter. Such transmission is the 
worst propagator of disease, because it takes place in all cases; whereas 
infection through an acute disease, occurs only when there is predis- 

(2.) In the case of infection by acute diseases, the latter pass from one 
person to another by the transmission of fermenting matter, usually 
through the medium of the air. But infection is impossible without the 
presence of foreign matter (predisposition) in the system of the other 
person, as disease arises only from the fermentation of such matter. 
Pure air is, therefore, the first condition in the sick-room. This is obtain- 
able in no other way than by opening the windows, or using proper 
ventilating apparatus. All the perfumes and disinfectants so often 
employed, do not carry off the foreign matter, but simply help to pollute 
the air. At the same time they dull the sense of that guardian of our 
health, the nose, making it indifferent to even the most ill-smelling 
exudations of the patient; they operate exactly like the remedies men- 
tioned above, not for the better but for the worse. All possible attempts 
may be made to destroy the ferments in the air by poison, but they will 
never succeed; and as a very little morbid matter suffices to set up fer- 
mentation in the system, disinfection is but a vain endeavor. The only 
proper remedy is one which cleanses the system and drives out the 
foreign matter, the source of predisposition. You already know it — 
the friction hip and sitz-baths and the steam bath. In the treatment 
of patients I have often been obliged to inhale their frequently disgust- 
ing exhalations. At the next friction sitz-bath which I took, just the 
same horrible odor was often given off by my own body, only it was 
less intense. Here we have a plain proof that the vital powers of the 
body were so much increased by the bath, that it could expel the virus 
of disease. 

(3.) This simple remedy also protects us from infection in all epi- 
demics, because the foreign matter (predisposition) is thereby removed 
from the system, and without it, no disease, and thus no epidemic, is 

I have thus shown that the transmission of disease and infection bj"^ 
it, are only possible when foreign matter is present in the system. 
Without this no disease, and without disease no infection. But any 
encumbrance of the body with foreign matter means nothing else 
than its inner defilement. He who knows how to keep his body clean 
inside and not merely outside, is safe from all infection. It is only 
cleanliness that cures. One ahvaj^s imagines that different forms must 
conceal new and various causes, quite forgetting that nature very often 
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in the case of caterpillar and buttcrlly, and of rain, snow, hail, dew, 
and mist. 

The extent to which the system is encumbered with latent foreign 
matter can be ascertained by the Science of Facial Expression. 

If now, considering these princii)les, we think of the preventive meas- 
ures which the medical profession takes against contagion in the case of 
acute diseases, e. g. diphtheria, small-pox, cholera, one must really 
be almost moved to pity. We see whole houses carefully isolated from all 
communication, and everywhere in the dwellings, the odor of carbolic 
acid and other useless disinfectants, which are supposed to destroy 
the contagious matter. One loses all patience when one reads again 
and again in the newspapers, of ships being kept without purpose for 
weeks, or even months in quarantine, in order to prevent contagion. 
Whoever has been so long engaged as I in the practical treatment of 
the sick, must, if he is not blind, get quite a different picture of the 
dangers of infection. I have seen children suffering from diphtheria, 
scarlet fever, measles, small-pox, sleeping in the same bed with their 
brothers or sisters, the family circumstances not admitting of other 
arrangements. Yet there was no contagion, for there was no predisposi- 
tion on the part of the other children, i. e. they were not encumbered 
with morbid matter, which would form a nutritive mediimi for the 
development of the disease. On the other hand, I have seen in some 
families all the children one after the other take the illness, scarlet 
fever, diphtheria, and small-pox, notwithstanding that all the directions 
of the physicians regarding disinfectants had been most scrupulously 
observed. In such cases, too, I have often informed the parents be- 
forehand, that although only one child was attacked at the moment, 
the others would probably catch the illness also, because the Science 
of Facial Expression showed me that there was predisposition to such. 
We see, then, how utterly absurd the preventive measures of the medi- 
cal profession against contagious diseases are. We only have to turn 
to nature to see that this is the fact. In the forest we find the stump 
of sonie old tree, eaten up by worms and insects and overgrown with 
fungi, whilst close beside it a 3'oung tree is sprouting up proudly, quite 
unconcerned, notwithstanding the dangerous foes around it. Were the 
young tree already infested by the germs of disease and filled with 
morbid sap, it would certainly not be proof against the fungi, insects, 
and worms. As it is, however, it shoots up with vigor; no worm or 
insect attacks it, no fungus can take root upon it, because for all, the 
appropriate nutritive medium is wanting. 

May the importance of what I have said about infection be grasped 
by the masses of the people, so that the superstitious and false teach- 
ings of medical orthodoxy may be broken down! The public would 
then no longer so easily lose its head at the outbreak of an epidemic, 
but cool and collected set about the cure. 

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RHEUMATISM is a disease so widely disseminated, that you will 
no doubt be interested in hearing of the progress I have made in 
its treatment. In earlier times only elderly persons, more 
especially males, were troubled with rheumatism; but nowadays 
it spares neither age nor sex, children even being especially liable to it. 
It may be confidently asserted, that despite the innumerable remedies 
employed against it, the disease has increased. Any part of the body 
may be affected. Who has not at one time or another experienced 
those agonizing rheumatic pains in legs, arms, shoulders, head or teeth. 
The most feared of all is probably that affecting the joints, or articular 

People take little trouble to discover the cause of this complaint. 
"I have caught cold," that is always the story. Indeed, it is astonishing 
that the inventive spirit of our century has not tried to concoct some 
kind of weather without the unpleasant property of making young 
and old catch cold. But there is something more to be said about this 
catching a cold. Suppose that in cold, wet weather a regiment of 
soldiers is sent out into the open country, they being picked men of 
approximately the same age, and, in the popular opinion, of nearly 
equal health. On their return the effects will show in various ways. 
Some will complain of coughs and colds in the head, others perhaps of 
toothache, or some other rheumatic pain; but most of them will 
be in the best of health, or will even have got rid of some minor 
disposition, such as headache. Now all this is set down to the weather; 
and those who assert this would seem to be in the right, for the changes 
in the systems of the men were, as they themselves felt, occasioned by 
being always in the open air. The first cause however is sought in the 
wrong place. There is hardly a more false conclusion in the world than 
that drawn here: that the same weather can at the same time make 
one person ill and another well. 

And it is a fact that for centuries sick humanity has, indeed, been but 
little aided by a theory of disease unable to solve such contradictions; 
on the contrary rheumatic complaints, in particular, have spread very 

Rheumatism frequently affects only one side of the body, or only 
one leg, one arm, or one shoulder. This circumstance alone, in my 
opinion, sufficiently proves that the weather is not properly to blame; 
for it is not at all probable that the rheumatism would then have 
seized on only one leg or one arm, when both legs and both arms were 
exposed to the same influences. It likewise often happens that a person 
sits with his right arm towards a draughty window, but gets rheumatism 
in his left arm, though the latter was further away and better protected 
from the draught than the other. If, therefore, we would resist rheu- 


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matism with better success than hitherto, we must search more care- 
fully after its cause. 

Let us iirst observe what this disease has in common with other 

If we carefully examine a rheumatic patient, we shall find that he 
also has fever, and that the painful parts are inflamed and swollen, 
the digestion also being out of order. We find further that inflamma- 
tion, especially in articular rheumatism, always appears in certain 
places. The symptoms named at once bring us a step nearer to the 
cause; for the present we must keep to the three symptoms: fever, 
inflammation and indigestion, and seek to discover what occasioned 
them. I have remarked that in rheumatism of the joints the pains 
always appear in definite parts. Strangely enough in my extended 
experience it has not once occurred, that in articular rheumatism the 
principal pain was experienced in any other spot than below the joint, 
e. g. never above the knee, but always below it. That cannot be acci- 
dental, but must have a reason. 

As already explained, the spreading of foreign matter in the body 
often takes place without occasioning fever to expel the matter from the 
system. The body then generally becomes encumbered to the fullest 
possible extent. With adults this is, in fact, generally the case, at all 
events in the temperate and frigid zones. If now a sudden fall in the 
temperature takes place, the matter will begin to retreat to its source. 
As we know, all bodies are expanded by heat and contracted by cold. 
This universal natural law also holds true in the human body. We 
see the expansion clearly in a case of fever, and on the contrary, the 
contraction of the limbs within the shoes or gloves with cold. This 
contraction of the limbs exerts a pressure on the foreign matter ac- 
cumulated within them, setting it in motion and causing it to retreat 
towards its source, the abdomen. At the joints, the foreign matter ac- 
cumulates, the course being obstructed by the continual movement of 
the joints. By reason of the pressure against the obstruction, inflam- 
mation is produced, causing violent pain; and as the matter is on its 
way back, the inflammation and pain always appear helow the joints, 
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If we again rellcct upon the illiislration oT the soldiers, the convic- 
tion will grow upon us, that the real cause of illness must lie in the 
body itself, and that all the weather does is to occasion a reaction of 
the system, i. e. a transformation of the chronic, morbid condition, 
into an acute, feverish one. The symptoms of disease, therefore, ap- 
pear only in those parts of the body in which a certain quantity of 
foreign matter is present. 

To us, it is quite clear how articular rheumatism is caused. If we 
undertake the treatment of a rheumatic patient, an exclusively local 
treatment of the parts affected is, of course, absurd. To relieve the 
pain, to render the matter fluid, and to open up channels for it, a local 
steam-bath may be given; but for a cure, the foreign matter must all be 
gradually drawn to the natural organs of secretion, and there expelled. 

This, of course, is true not only of articular rheumatism, but of rheu- 
matism in general. Whenever it appears: in the shoulders, back, side, 
neck or joints, it arises from friction; there must be some obstruction 
or resistance to the foreign matter. Now in the body, the fermenting 
matter does meet with resistance, since the fermentation cannot, as in 
the bottle, proceed unhindered. Friction results everywhere, on account 
of the obstruction ottered by organs such as kidneys, stomach, heart, 
lungs and joints. If there is considerable movement, pain is caused. 
But it is evident that as the foreign matter comes in contact with, ac- 
cumulates and settles on the organs, the latter suff"er an alteration and 
become diseased. 

All pain, all rheumatism (the specific term is of no consequence) 
every twinge, burning sensation, every pressure, arises only from fric- 
tion, and friction comes only from motion. 

That is what I would say to you first of all, about the cause of 

In proof of this theory, I will now proceed to describe a few of the 
many -cases which so frequently occur in my extensive practice, and in 
this way explain to you the method of cure. 

At the beginning of this year I was called to a woman who, as her 
husband told me, was suffering greatly from rheumatism, particularly 
in the right leg, also further up, in the joint, in the back and neck. 
"What treatment do you intend employing, Mr. Kuhne?" was the ques- 
tion she asked me. Previous treatment, extending over several weeks, 
had met with no success. To such queries I am accustomed. I ex- 
plained, in the first place, in what manner the pains were brought 
about: "According to my experience," I replied, "it would be purpose- 
less for me to undertake any treatment of the legs, neck, back or thighs 
(wrapping them up in wadding and the like). All the pains of which 
you complain are symptoms of internal fever. We must not therefore 
use warmth, but must go to the root of the disorder and diminish the 
great heat. You will soon come to see the correctness of this method." 
As the woman was quite helpless, the bath-tub was brought close up to 
the bed. The united efforts of three persons were required to get the 
patient, who screamed aloud at every movement, into the water. I 
instructed a sick-nurse to give the helpless patient a friction sitz-bath. 
I think it was within scarcely 15 minutes when the patient, who at first 
constantly moaned and groaned, became quiet. "Well," I said, "you 
have grown very quiet all at once," to which she replied, "yes, the pains 

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have subsided." From this you sec that the Irealnient was correct. The 
pains in the back, lliighs and neck arose in the manner I iiave expUiined, 
and could be relieved only by such treatment. In a few days tiie woman 
was able to get out of bed unaided and to take the baths by herself, 
and in a few weeks she could again go about her work. 

Here is another case. An elderly man, who for months had been 
treated unsuccessfully for acute articular rheumatism, had me called in, 
and asked if I could still help him. I explained, after making a diag- 
nosis according to the Science of Facial Expression, that it was not too 
late to aid him. It was the left leg which pained him. Treatment was 
applied, similar to that in the previous case, and two baths enabled the 
man to go away on foot, though he had come in a cab. Now, why did 
only the left leg happen to be affected and not the right? 

This I will explain by the following examples. 

In my explanation of fever, I have explained the one-sided ac- 
cumulation of foreign matter, by showing like processes in a bottle. 
It is probably evident to you, without further explanation, that a one- 
sided illness must come from a one-sided accumulation of foreign 
matter. Now you will perhaps ask, whence this latter arises, since 
it would seem probable that the body would distribute the matter as 
far as possible, in order to make more room. Well, as a matter of 
fact, the accumulations are, as a rule, not entirely one-sided; but they 
almost always begin on one side, and remain confined to that side 
until it becomes overloaded, whereby the matter is forced over more or 
less to the other side. But the first side has for a long time the larger 
deposit. The cause of this one-sided accumulation is a purely mechani- 
cal one, resulting merely from the fact that matter obeys the law of 
gravitation. A few simple experiments will make this plain. Suppose 
we take two glass bottles, fill them, to begin with, with pure water, 
close them, and leave them so over night. On examining them the next 
morning we find no alteration, nor can we see on which side the bottles 
have lain. But if we shake up a little mud with the water in each 
bottle for the following night, and leave the bottles again in the same 
position, we perceive a difference next morning. On carefully taking 
up the bottles, we immediately see in what position they have lain 
over night; for, on the side upon which they have lain, mud will be 
deposited, above which the water will be quite clear. If we add to the 
mud, for the third night, any quick ferment, the appearance next morn- 
ing will at first be the same; but on opening the bottles and conveying 
them into a warm place, fermentation begins in the interior, in the 
muddy sediment. The fermenting mass rises and escapes on that side 
upon which the bottle has lain. (See Figs. A and B). Thus it is not an 
accident, that the mass works out of the bottle on one particular side; 
for it will invariably issue from that side upon which it has collected 
in the bottle. 

The fermentation would have begun in the mud, even without a 
special ferment, only it would then have depended upon the influence 
of the weather, and we might have had to wait a long time for it. You 
will have an illustration still more similar to the human body, if you 
imagine the fermenting masses in a carefully closed bottle with elastic 
sides. The fermenting masses need room, and this they obtain, as the 
bottle is closed, by stretching its sides. 

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These simple exi)eriiiienls illustrate the processes going on in the body; 
the matter is deposited on the lower side, and which this is, depends 
chiefly upon the position which we assume when sleeping. 

On looking at a perfectly healthy person, one cannot see upon which 
side he is in the habit of sleeping. To him, also, it will be quite the 
same whether he sleeps on the right or left side, for he can lie as com- 
fortably on one as on the other. When, however, tlie body is encumbered 
with morbid matter, it is very easy, according to my new method of 
diagnosis, to remark at once the greater or lesser deposit of matter on 
one side than on the other. When the accumulation of matter has 
become excessive, its distribution is more regular, while the condition 
has grown to be so uncomfortable, that the person affected can no 
longer lie quietly on either side, but tosses about uneasily. 

When one side is especially encumbered, this side will always be 
aff"ected more easily, or more intensely than the other. Thus you see 
how it is possible for a person to sit with his right arm, for instance. 

Fig. A 

Fiij. B 

next to a draughty window, and nevertheless, get the rheumatism in his 
left arm. 

The one-sided deposit, it is true, does not take place so quickly in the 
human body as in a bottle. But children are often born with a one- 
sided encumbrance, owing either to the one-sided position in which 
the mother has been accustomed to sleep during her pregnane}', or to 
the position taken by the child within the womb. 

You will now see plainly why in the case of the patients mentioned 
above, some of them had the toothache, etc. on one side only; and you 
will likewise perceive without difficulty, why my patient had the rheu- 
matism only in his left leg: he had for years slept regularly on his left 
side, hence the one-sided encumbrance. 

A short time after treating the last case, I was called to Magdeburg, 
to be consulted about what was regarded as a very exceptional case of 
rheumatism. I went accordingly and found that the case was quite of the 
ordinary kind, but that the symptoms were very severe. The knee and 
ankle were extremely swollen and painful, and the man could not move 
his leg. The joints below the knee were highly inffamed, and the part 

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above the knee was at the same time much swollen, so that the patient 
could not straighten out his leg. lie told me that he had sufiered much 
during his life, the disease had attacked him every year, and had grown 
worse every time. The man was encumbered with morbid matter from 
head to foot. New foreign matter was pressing on towards his knee, 
while the old sought to return. Induration would soon have set in, and 
then it would have been a case of gout. This was partly due to the 
fact that the disease had hitherto always been treated locally with 
warmth. The condition had changed, it is true, under this treatment, 
and apparent recovery had resulted, but in reality the disease had only 
been changed to a chronic one; the matter was quiescent, but ready to 
be set in motion by every fresh fermentation. 

The diseased parts were now lirst softened by a steam-bath, and the 
cold baths to draw off the morbid matter, very considerably prolonged. 

This treatment met with the greatest success in a very few days. 

I was consulted once by a woman who suffered greatly from gout 
in her hands and feet. She said that all remedies hitherto applied had 
been unavailing. I tried to explain to her, that her ailment was owing 
simply to imperfect digestion, and that relief was possible only when 
the latter was got into order and when the bowels and skin performed 
their functions properly. I advised her to take three friction sitz-baths 
daily, and to observe a suitable diet, so that no new foreign matter 
might enter into the system. Some weeks later the joints were no 
longer so cold as before, but quite hot; at a slight distance the heat 
could be distinctly felt. The cold baths had, therefore, not induced 
cold in the body, but warmth; their purpose is to remove the foreign 
matter and thus produce a better circulation of the blood, so inducing 
normal warmth. In a short time the heat disappeared from the joints 
and the body assumed the natural degree of warmth — the patient had 

Another case of gout. 

In a family where I had treated the children for some weeks with 
much success, I was summoned to a little chamber in which, I 
was told, their grandmother lived. She had often expressed a desire 
to have a word with me. "I see how successful you are with my grand- 
children," she said, "can you not help me, too? I am in great 
pain, and give a great deal of trouble to all around me; I have been 
lying in bed for three years." I answered briefly: "It is quite possible, 
if certain conditions are procured; that is to say, better action of the 
bowels, kidneys and skin. Your sickness has arisen from defective 
secretions." "You may be right there, Mr. Kuhne; I have not perspired 
these many years and am, in fact, verv glad of it; formerly I used to 
perspire much. It is the same thing with the bowels: once every four, 
five or six days; otherwise my digestion is good." One often hears 
people saying that their stomach and digestion are excellent, only that 
they suffer from constipation. It is sad proof how little people under- 
stand about a good digestion. "Yes, I replied to the patient, it goes into 
the body well enough, but does not come out rcgularlv. And what be- 
comes of substances that are introduced into the body? Gout is nothing 
more or less than a result of imperfect digestion." This seemed reason- 
able to the old lady, who was in her 70th year, and she requested me to 
begin the cure in a day or two. I sent my bath-woman to her and 

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prescribed the manner in which tlie baths were to be taken, llie i)a- 
tient had to take three baths daily, alter which she was put to bed, in 
order to make her perspire if possible. She began perspiring sooner 
than we expected, and alter each bath so freely that her night-dress had 
to be changed twice during the night. Within a few weeks she was so 
far restored that she could rise without pain and work about her room. 
This patient had the gout. The first cause was that her digestion was 
out of order, and one of the lirst effects of her imperfect digestion had 
been rheumatism. "As long as I had my shop, I alw^ays had a great deal 
of work to do, and did not pay much attention to my rheumatic pains," 
the patient explained to me one day, "after giving up business, however, 
I got the gout." In other words, gout came on because the rheumatism 
had not been attended to. 

Sciatica, too, is nothing more than an inflammation of the hip-joint, 
which comes about in the same manner as rheumatism, and conse- 
quently is cured in the same way. Let us hear what a former patient 
of mine writes in his gratitude : 

"Herewith I send you my heartfelt thanks for the cure of my many 
indescribable sufferings. 

"I was attacked in the autumn of 1885 by violent pains combined with 
stiffness in my left hip, then in the right one, and in the small of the 
back, developing into general stiffness and rigidity. The physician 
whom I consulted diagnosed the disease as sciatica. His course of treat- 
ment brought on in addition severe photophobia (dread of light), nystag- 
mus (quivering of the eyelids), shooting pains across the face, heaviness 
in the head, dreadful twinges and aches in the left arm and hand, and 
complete general debility, so that I could neither draw off my shoes and 
stockings, nor even get into bed without assistance. My hair turned 
quite gray in a short time, owing to the fearful pain. 

"I was treated unsuccessfully by more than twelve celebrated pro- 
fessors and doctors of this town, and was also exhibited as a remarkable 
case to the students by some of the University lecturers. A young 
physician used me as a subject to pass his examination for the State 
medical diploma. I was often for months at a time, in the Municipal 
Hospital and the University Clinic. Finally one professor and a doctor 
of the Leipzig University Polyclinic advised me, in January-, 1889, to con- 
sult Mr. Louis Kuhne, who just at that time was giving public lectures. 
I did so on January 23rd, 1889. 

"On January 24th, I commenced the baths. At the very first bath, con- 
siderable quantities of water were passed, the abdomen grew smaller, 
the head lighter, and for the first time for years, I was able to walk 
without the sticks, hitherto constantly used. On the same day, I pre- 
sented myself to the professors of the University Polyclinic, at their re- 
quest, to obtain their confirmation of the striking improvement in my 

"After conscientiously pursuing the method of cure prescribed by you 
for three weeks, I was enabled to report to you on February 13th 1889, 
at a public conference held by you, in the presence of some twenty or 
thirty students that I was in perfect health, at the same time giving 
ocular demonstration of my statement by all kinds of movements. 

"Since then I have been quite well and able to work; I can carry a 
hundred-pound weight in each hand, whereas before I could not move, 

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lo say nothing of being able to work or carry weights. From the autumn 
of 1885 to January 23rd 1889, I liad been treated by the leading physi- 
cians of Leipzig, my condition steadily growing more wretched and mis- 
erable. Between January 23rd and February 13th 1889 you restored nie 
to health and ability to work, by your new method of treatment. 

I now come to Distortions. 

From \\\y exposition, you have seen that all the forms of disease 
hitherto described to you, may be traced to one common cause. Still, 
you will possibly be surprised that I proceed directly from gout and 
rheumatism to alterations in the form of the body, such as high shoulders, 
curvature of the spine, twistings, distortions, etc. And nevertheless these 
latter have, as I shall show you, the same common origin as the diseases 
already described : namely the encumbrance of the system with foreign 
matter and the increased accumulation of such in the various parts of 
the body. These diseases frequently appear together. Should we en- 
quire after the cause of such, you yourself would answer: "The altera- 
tions can have been brought about only by accumulation of foreign mat- 
ter. They are to a certain extent gout on a large scale." And your 
answer would be correct. But in what way it was deposited, and how 
it gradually took its course to a special spot, I shall now explain to you 
with the aid of a few illustrations. Experience shows that it takes a 
long time before foreign matter is capable of producing great excres- 
cences and changes in the body: years even are required for this. Some- 
times, too, the system gains time through an acute disease, expelling 
so much foreign matter, that the experiences and alterations tempor- 
arily disappear, so that years may pass after the first stages, until the 
deformity is fully developed. Thus the same foreign matter which in 
one case produces small-pox, in another typhoid fever, in a third diph- 
theria, etc., is the cause also of these deformities and distortions, when 
the system no longer has the vital energy to get rid of the matter by 
means of an acute disease. The foreign matter generally accumulates in 
certain places, mostly in those in which it is least troublesome to the 
organism and as far as possible removed from parts where there is 
constant activity. The disease itself, therefore, when the deposits have 
collected in a place where no important organs lie, may cause but little 
discomfort. The external changes, however, gradually attract attention, 
and all possible explanations are sought. Usually the vocation must 
bear the blame as involving a one-sided employment, or some special 
habit, such as not sitting erect. Doubtless, that is particularly so; but 
such habits only aid in determining the way. and therefore merely exert 
an influence on the form of the alteration. With perfectly healthy per- 
sons, curvature can never be occasioned by sitting crookedly, as long as 
they rest when tired and give the body time to recover at intervals. 

Thus I have often noticed that countrs^ people, who work all day in a 
stooping posture, exhibit a fine, straight figure when they happen to 
stand upright. Had these people not been healthy, their figures would 
assuredly have been influenced by foreign matter. In the beginning, 
most persons attempt to hide their growing deformity from the eyes of 
others bv the aid of tailor and dressmaker, but it is impossible to do so 
for any length of time. 

There is great variety in the kinds of deformity. It is occasioned 
by the occupation, habits, position during sleep, and in great part by 
natural disposition. There are scarcely two persons to be found whose 

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lorms are alike; slill cerlaiii normal forms can be dislinguishcd, which 
I shall show you in the lollowing illustrations. 

Fig. A presents an approximately normally formed man; it will be 
readily seen that the members are well proportioned. Nothing is too 
short or too long, nothing too thick and nothing too thin; all the limbs 
are symmetrical. 

Fig. B gives a dill'ercnt view. You will instantly perceive the altera- 
tions on the left side : a prolongation of the buttock both above and 
below. The latter would be the first of the two to show itself, because 

Fig. A 

Fig. B 

the foreign matter starts from the abdomen, and the alteration there- 
fore always begins in this region; it undoubtedly lasted years before 
the shoulder was raised. Had the relatives noticed the lower prolonga- 
tion in time and recognized the danger, they assuredly would not have 
delayed commencing a suitable course of treatment. Of course, I cannot 
blame anj^one in such a case, for the methods of cure up till now pur- 
sued, are not in the least capable of remedying such diseases, and for the 
most part do not even recognize them as diseases. The patient so de- 
formed is called a cripple, and that is the end of the matter. But how 
this deformity has been brought about, from what causes it has arisen, 
has probably never been recognized before. My new method of cure, 
when confronted by such cases, is not so helpless as the earlier methods, 
and the course of the cures effected by this system has proved its cor- 


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rectness in the most diflercnt cases. The formulation of my theories 
has always followed my practice. 

The foreign matter has accumulated in the body especially on the 
left side, the expansion being brought about here in just the same way 
as in the bottle with elastic sides, in which the fermenting mass collected 
only on the left side. The matter requires more room, and finding no 
outlet, it sw^ells out the sides by continual pressure. Now, if the fer- 
menting mass lies, as here, only on the left side, it is only this latter 
which will be unusually distended. 

Fig. A 

Fig. C 

By means of my new system of diagnosis, the Science of Facial Ex- 
pression, this disease might have been recognized with ease at its very 
beginning, and a proper course of treatment adopted for ridding the 
system of the cause of this encumbrance, viz. the foreign matter. For 
years before any prolongation whatever of the left side of the buttocks 
appeared, an increased encumbrance of the left side of the neck 
might have been discovered. And now that we have learned the unity 
of all diseases, and know that this inequality is caused by the same 
foreign matter from which typhus, diphtheria, etc. arise in other cases, 
it is easy both to prevent and to cure such distortions. 

Now, you have heard for the first time, how crookedness and de- 
formity of the body come about. I shall now show you, by further 
illustrations, that all these forms spring from the same cause. 

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Fig. C shows you a body in which the buttocks are lengthened on both 
sides. You may, perhaps, at first have only a dim consciousness that the 
body exhibited here is wanting in true symmetry. But comparison witli 
Fig. A shows immediately that in this case the whole trunk is too long. 
The lower part is particularly so, for which reason the legs and the neck 
have become too short, the latter being in part hidden between the 
shoulders. In this case, not merely a one-sided encumbrance of the 
buttocks with foreign matter has taken place, but one equally distrib- 
uted; in consequence, the entire buttocks are equally prolonged on 

Fig. D 

Fig. E 

both sides by the matter. In these cases it also happens that the matter 
presses up through the neck into the head, then causing an abnormal 
form of the head in addition, as you may often observe. I again remind 
you of the example of the bottle, over which we drew an india-rubber 
cap. The alterations in the head are brought about in a way very simi- 
lar to that in which those in the bottle are caused. 

But you may also observe, often enough, just the contraiy of these 
forms, that is, the legs and arms too long and the trunk in comparison 
far too short. The cause is again the same, only in this case, the foreign 
matter has at an early period penetrated to the extremities, and there- 
fore the trunk has been for many years unable to keep pace with the 
distention of the limbs. 

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can restore lull syiiimelry in all such cases, ('.ertainly a consistent ap- 
plication of my cure for a series of years is usually needful, before the 
chronic state can be readjusted; and when the organism is too old, 
and the requisite vitality consequently lacking, it is impossible to effect 
a complete cure. 

Fig. D shows us a form unhappily very common at the present time; 
the matter deposited has brought about an elevation of the back, which 
at the same time prevents normal development of the chest, so that the 
form of the latter is conspicuously tlattened. It looks almost as if what 
has been added to the back has been taken from the chest. The chest 
immediately expands when the back is freed of its burden. In this case, 
too, the buttocks have, of course, been encumbered for a long time 

Fig. F 

previously, so that with this form we always find also that the abdomen 
is either too large or too hard. Sometimes the encumbrance com- 
mences in early childhood, or is even present before birth and thus 
it happens that we see children at the age of only four or five years 
with rounded back and flattened chest. At this age the evil can be 
most readily and quickly remedied, for with our cure a youthful body 
often makes as much progress in a month, as an older one in a year. 
This is, of course, owing to the greater vital powers of youth. I have 
already told you, how one can succeed in discovering these deformities 
in their very beginning: it is possible only by the aid of my Science of 
Facial Expression. 

The foreign matter may also at times take a very irregular course, 
passing over from one side to the other and back again. We see this 
exhibited in Fig. E. In this case, we perceive that the matter has been 
first chiefly deposited on the left side; but that in the middle its free 
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it has been forced over to the right side, hiler again passing over lo tlie 
other side. You perceive distinctly the i)roh)ngation of the entire left 
side both upwards and downwards, and in the middle Ihe deflection 
to the right. A curvature of tiie spine has already taken place here. 
In the first place this is certainly due to an hereditary encumbrance. 
Should we try to employ shoulder-braces or other mechanical bandages 
for straightening the body, we should only be torturing the patient, 
without effecting a cure at all. In fact, the matter requires room, and in 
my practice it has occured often enough, that after a crooked back, for 
instance, had been forcibly pressed in, the foreign matter at once began 
to collect on the chest. The attempt to remove this matter from behind, 
had therefore been successful, but only at the expense of its reappear- 

Fig. G 

Fig. H 

ance in front. The room which the matter required, could not be 
taken away from it; one could merely change the place of deposit. 

Fig. F shows a person in whom the foreign matter has taken up its 
station upon the middle of the back and forced the body into a per- 
manently bent posture. Such an accumulation is rarer, because the 
matter, as a rule, pushes on to the extremities. To illustrate this case, 
I will give you further on a striking example from my practice, shown 
in Figs. G and H. 

In this connection, j^ou will all be reminded of poor humpbacks, who 
are positively disfigured by their deformity. Most often we find a com- 
plete curvature of the spine. In the vast majority of these cases 
hereditary encumbrance is the cause. But before proceeding to the 
several forms of disease, I must notice a peculiar kind of deformity. 

It often occurs that the matter forces itself up through the neck and 
collects in the head. I have already mentioned how coldness of the 
head arises from this. In children, it easily leads to an unnatural ex- 

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pansion of the head. A disproportionately large head is always a sign 
of serious chronic disease. Sucli an expansion of the head often occurs 
before birth, and the lirst result is dithcult parturition. And it is a matter 
of popular observation, that children with large heads seldom live long. 
Your attention has been called to the reason for this, which you 
will hardly have heard from anyone before. The explanation of this 
encumbrance 1 have already given you in the example of the bottle with 
the india-rubber cap. 

Proof of the correctness of these statements can be given only through 
the cures based upon the theories explained. A large number of such 
cures have actually been effected under my guidance. The treatment 
has been the same as in the forms of disease previously described; and 
though it may sound strange that I propose to cure a crooked back by 
the same treatment used for coughs and colds, how can I act otherwise, 
when the cause of the disease is the same? The facts themselves have 
proved that I am right, for all symptoms of disease disappear when the 
treatment is perseveringly adhered to. The only condition is, that the 
system still possesses enough vitality, and that the nerve connection is 
intact throughout, so that the process of healing can take its course. I 
repeat what I said before: All diseases (or rather, all forms of dis- 
ease) are curable, but not all individuals. 

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LET us now consider the origin of cold hands and feet and a hot head. 
We all know that the head ought to be cool, and the hands and feet 
warm, yet we very often meet with just the contrary state. Now 
let us see how these symptoms of disease arise. I said in one of my 
former lectures, that there is no disease without fever, and no fever 
without disease. Therefore, according to my assertions, this condition 
must also be a feverish one. That this is so in the case of a hot head, 
no one doubts. Cold feet and hands are less likely to be regarded as in- 
dications of fever. I maintain, however, that both — the hot head, and 
cold hands and feet — are caused in one and the same manner. How 
can that be? Every disease is occasioned by the. presence of foreign 
matter in the system. By fever — fermentation— 'this matter is trans- 
ported from the abdomen into the remotest parts of the body. Some is 
deposited in these remote points, that is, in the head, feet and hands. 
If the fermentation matter enters the feet and hands, it finds there but 
very slight resistance. The foreign matter first accumulates in the toes, 
then in the feet, and thus spreads gradually upwards into the legs, ob- 
structing the circulation and consequently lowering the warmth. It is 
the same with the hands. With many persons only the finger tips are 
cold at first; with others; only one foot; later on, in the course of years, 
they begin to complain also of the legs, which are cold up to the^knee. 
Warm stockings are tried, but they, too, will not help for long. Even fur 
boots afford but temporary relief; there comes a time, when no warm 
clothing will suffice. The feet can no longer be warmed. This makes it 
very evident, that, as is well known, the clothing does not warm the 
body, but the body the clothing. And if, in the beginning, the warm 
clothing does protect one against the feeling of coldness, the reason is 
that there is still a certain amount of warmth in the limbs, which is com- 
municated to the thicker clothes and retained by them. But this protec- 
tion given by the warmer clothing does not long avail. Whenever the 
secretion of the skin and the regular circulation of the blood gradually 
decrease, the warmest clothing becomes useless. 

With the head it is quite a different matter. The brain, with its 
abundant supply of blood, is far more capable of offering resistance to 
foreign matter pressing upon it than the hands or feet. Hence strong 
friction results, and as a consequence, warmth. Thus the riddle is 
solved. Exactly the same thing which makes the hands and feet cold, 
renders the head hot at first. But even the heat in the head terminates 
sooner or later. In my practice, I have met with patients enough in 
whom the head had already grown quite cold. Thus there is a limit 
here also. When the foreign matter presses on to the head in great 
abundance, the resistance here also ceases after a while, and the head 
likewise grows cold. A proof of the correctness of this supposition can 

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be given only in the cures resulting from a treatment founded upon it. 
If a patient would be relieved from the chilliness in hands and feet and 
the burning feeling in the head, he must commence his treatment at the 
l)lace from which the fermentation started, /. e., the abdomen. The diges- 
tion must be regulated, and then the hands and feet will grow warm 
and the head cool. A cold head will at first grow warm again and then 
attain its normal coolness. And this has been observed in a thousand 
cases, fresh instances occurring daily in my practice. Here I will add, 
that sufl'erers from cold hands and feet are always especially liable to 
rheumatic attacks. 

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I will now call your attention to some cures of such cases in my practice. 
In the year 1889, a Mrs. H. called during consultation hours, bring- 
ing with her, in a child's carriage, her son, 13 years of age. He was 
sutt'ering from a painful curvature of the spine, upon which a con- 
siderable protuberance had already formed. The boy could walk 
only with the greatest difficulty, and with the aid of two sticks, and 
usually had to be wheeled in the carriage. I asked his mother what 
treatment had been employed. She informed me that the disorder 
had been so troublesome for over two ^^ears as to occasion her to 
seek medical advice. A well-known physician, a Leipzig professor, 
had operated upon the boy and tortured him frightfully with an exten- 
sion bed, steel splints and other instruments of constraint, but with no 
success. Medical and surgical aid were of no avail, as Mrs. H had 
clearly perceived, for which reason she tried household remedies for 
some time before coming to me. I explained to her that the morbid 
matter had in this case sought out a place of deposit on the back, and 
that in order to cure the disease the only way was to remove this matter. 
She understood my statements, and the treatment began that same 
day. The boy took three friction sitz-baths daily, each lasting half an 
hour; the diet was strictly unstimulating and I insisted upon the child 
being as much as possible in the open air outside the town. In this 
still youthful body the foreign matter retrogressed with extreme 
rapidity, so that the result was surprising. After a week, the child 
no longer needed to be wheeled about, but could walk alone 
with his two sticks. A fortnight after, the latter also had become 
superfluous, and the body was far more erect. After two weeks' further 
treatment, the boy could again go to school, which he had been com- 
pelled to give up for a long time. The child followed this treatment 
for half a year, and was so far restored to health, that he could again 
carry his body perfectly straight, as Fig. H, page 61, shows. 

If I assert that the foreign matter which here produced the disease, 
was the same as that which produces small-pox, scarlet fever, diph- 
theria, etc. in other cases, then it would also be expelled from the sys- 
tem, and thus a cure effected, by the same method; and this I proved 
to these parents in their son's case to be a fact. 

The very day on which this boy was brought to me, a woman whose 
menstruations were attended by an abnormally excessive loss of blood, 
and a girl 9 years of age, afflicted with a dreadful skin disease (tetters), 
who had in vain tried every other method of treatment, also sought 
my advice. Both were treated in the same manner as the boy, due 
allowance, of course, being made for the individual circumstances, and 
all three were cured. This, however, could only have been the case if 
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In another case, a man 50 j'ears of age, succeeded after four years' 
consistent observance of my treatment, in reinstating the correct rela- 
tion between the trunk and legs. The former was proportionally too 
long, whilst the neck and legs were too short. The patient, during the 
cure, observed that he was gradually outgrowing his trousers, whilst 
his coat became always more loose about the shoulders. Eveiy few 
months he had consequently to send his clothes to the tailor for altera- 
tion, until finally his body very nearly regained its normal form. 

Now after all these remarks, I hope that the unity of all diseases, i. e. 
the uniform cause, has become plain to you. You can daily meet with 
proofs of this fact in my practice. 

Before concluding this subject, I will give you some proofs of the 
superiority of the Science of Facial Expression over the orthodox system. 

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THE circumstance that many of my patients first sought aid from me 
in tlie last extremity, so to speak, after trying all other methods of 
treatment in vain, has afforded me a deeper insight into the diag- 
noses of the medical profession than many may believe. 1 was once 
consulted by a big, tall man — a picture of health, as people would say — 
who complained that he was quite unable to work. All the physicians 
(and he had consulted many) had carefully examined him, as far as 
rapping, feeling and listening would go, and finally pronounced him to be 
perfectly healthy — that they could find no disease : he merely imagined 
himself to be ill. The best thing he could do would be to take a trip, 
so as to divert his mind, and then he would no longer notice any illness. 
He followed their directions, but received no benefit and therefore came 
to me. A glance at his neck and head, and an examination of the 
former when the head was turned to the right or left, showed me plainly 
that his system was seriously encumbered with foreign matter, the entire 
body being loaded with it. 1 prescribed my ordinary treatment; in six 
weeks he had got rid of so much of the morbid matter that he could 
send me the welcome news of his ability to work the whole day long. You 
see which diagnosis was the more practical here. Cases like this, in 
which the patients are universally declared to be the picture of health, 
although they themselves feel very ill, occur almost daily in my practice. 
Such patients are often very reluctant to consult a physician, because 
former unpleasant experience leads them to expect their disease to be 
again styled "imaginary." It is exactly here that 1 have had such good 
opportunity of observing how inadequate is the present system of 

Take again a case. A girl of 18 came to me, suffering from chlorosis 
(green sickness). The doctors had said that she was only somewhat 
chlorotic, but otherwise quite well; she should take iron and w^ould 
then soon recover her health. Well, she had taken iron, but the quality 
of her blood had not improved in any way. My knowledge of facial 
expression told me that she could not be "quite well" and at the same 
time be chlorotic, for her system was encumbered with much foreign 
matter. All the minutest blood-vessels, which should convey the blood 
to the skin, were obstructed. The blood could not reach the outer skin 
in sufficient quantity, wherefore the latter assumed a pale, sickly ap- 
pearance. The cause of this ailment was imperfect digestion of many 
years' standing, as the patient herself admitted. And here 1 will 
observe that most people unfortunately do not know what a really 
normal digestion is, the full importance of such being therefore seldom 
recognized. This is a matter of daily experience in my practice. I 
prescribed the same treatment for this young lady as for the patient 
last mentioned, and in the course of some months the disorder was 
removed and the patient's appearance wholly changed. You see that the 
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of the patient, lor the chlorosis was merely an outward symptom 
of the disease, which was itself produced by the foreign matter; and 
tlie latter, again, had been left behind in the system owing to imperfect 
digestion. Now, I ascertained all this by a glance at the patient's neck 
and head, whereas the representatives of medical science had missed 
it altogether. 

Another case. I was visited by a woman suffering from most ob- 
stinate constipation. No remedies were any longer of use and the 
doctor had told her that she should make her mind easy, even per- 
fectly healthy persons suffered from constipation and it must get better 
of its own accord. I ascertained that the woman was heavily encum- 
bered with foreign matter, which produced, especially in the abdomen, 
a high chronic fever heat, that dried up all the mucous secretions of the 
intestines and almost burnt up the faecal matter, so that it remained 
hard and dry in the bowels. I prescribed my treatment, and in a re- 
markably short time, after the very first baths, the internal heat was 
drawn to the outside, and the bowels opened. In this case, too, you 
again plainly see the inadequacy of the usual method of diagnosis. I 
would almost assert that there is no more mischievous and wide-spread 
error than this, that a person can be in perfect health and yet suffer 
from constipation. How far is such an idea of disease removed from 
the truth! It is really nothing more than what might be held by any 
child, who sees the mere external symptoms which it cannot account 
for. Debilitated digestion is, as I maintain, the mother of all diseases. 

An able physician once said to me, that in many anatomical examina- 
tions of bodies, he had often racked his brains to find out why the dis- 
eased had died of this or that disease and not of some other. All parts 
of the body and the internal organs were in perfect order, and nowhere 
could a trace of disease be seen. I answered that the difference between 
his diagnosis and mine consisted in this: That the physicians chiefly 
endeavor to learn by the dissection of dead bodies, whereas I attend 
only to the processes going on in living bodies, and study the causes 
and interruption of such, all observation of corpses being consequently 
worthless to me. To make my meaning clearer I adduced the following 

A person goes to buy a sewing machine. He sees a great number of 
first-rate machines standing in the salesrooms and chooses one. He finds 
no external defect, the workmanship seems perfect, down to the min- 
utest details. A friend now points out to him, that the machine may 
well look perfect when at rest, since any defect will first become ap- 
parent when it is set going. When working, a defect not to be remarked 
otherwise, will render the whole machine valueless; and therefore he 
had better test it in operation. The case is similar with the human 
body. When inactive — which here signifies dead — it is often impos- 
sible to say what is the matter. In the living body every regularit^^ is 
directly apparent. Therefore, whoever would study these irregularities 
(disease in all forms, and its symptoms) cannot attain his end by the 
dissection of dead bodies, but solely through the observation of living 
ones. My Science of Facial Exi)ression is based on such observations. 

Having now, as I believe, proved the unity of all forms of disease, I 
may add that the usual diagnoses of modern medical science for the 
names and seats of diseases are quite superfluous, and as far as cure is 
concerned, utterly useless. They may, indeed, easily lead to error. The 

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only question is, to decide whether a body is healthy or diseased; that 
is, whether it is free from morbid matter or encumbered with it, and in 
what way this encumbrance has come about, and how long it has been 
going on, so that we can approximately estimate the time required for 
a cure, for as soon as we know that the body is diseased, we also know 
what steps to take to render it iicalthy, so lliat all errors in the treat- 
ment of a patient are excluded from the outset. 


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AFTER having had a description of a number of illnesses and their 
cause, it will be necessary to become acquainted with the means 
of curing the various diseases with which mankind is afiflicted. 
And here, again, we must expect to find unity of cure, for the 
very reason that all forms of disease have one common origin. 

First of all come steam-baths, of which several forms may be applied. 
The steam-bath is the most reliable means there is of restoring the skin 
to regular action. And this is an indispensable condition for all those 
who desire to maintain their health, as well as for those who wish to 
become healthy. 

The Whole Steam-bath. For a long time I endeavored to find a really 
simple and practical apparatus suited for general family use, and also 
for cases of serious illness. I was led finally to construct my own Fold- 
ing Steam-bathing Apparatus. This appliance, when folded together, 
takes up no more room than an ordinary chair and can be set up by 

The only things required in using this apparatus are a large blanket, 
a few pots and one of my hip-baths, or a wash-tub. A particular ad- 
vantage of this apparatus is, that either the whole body, or only par- 
ticular parts, can be submitted to the action of the steam, just as 

Having set up the apparatus in the manner shown below (see Fig. A), 
boil some water in three or four pots on an ordinary fire; or, better 
still, employ my specially constructed steam-pots with alcohol heaters 
and water-compartments. Three of these steam-pots are required for 
a full steam-bath. They render all special assistance unnecessary. 

If ordinary pots are used, it is better, for the sake of convenience, 
not to fill them quite full. 

As soon as the water boils, let the patient lie down, quite unclothed, 
upon the apparatus, preferably upon his back at first. He should then 
cover himself up with a woolen blanket, letting it hang down loosely 
on either side, far enough to prevent any steam escaping. It is well, 
at first, to cover up the head, too, with the blanket. Another person, 
lifting the blanket a little, places the pots under the bench. The heat 
can be regulated as required, by lifting the covers of the pots more or 
less, thus allowing more or less steam to escape. In the case of adults, 
two or three pots should be used; for children one will suffice. One 
pot should be kept boiling on the fire as a reserve. The first pot — in 
the case of little children, the only one — should be placed in the front 
compartment under the small of the back, the second under the feet, 
and the third, when required, somewhat further up than the first, under 
the back. 

As soon as the supply of steam begins to diminish (after about ten 
minutes), put the reserve pot from the range in place of the first, and 
set the latter on the fire. As a rule, the pot under the feet does not 

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need lo be renewed. When my special steam-pots with alcohol heating 
are used, these directions, of course, do not apply. All changing of the 
pots is then obviated, as is explained in the full and clearly worded 
instructions always supplied with the apparatus. 

In from ten to iifteen minutes the patient may turn over, in order 
that the heat may better reach the chest and abdomen. Should perspi- 
ration not have broken out already, it will now do so most profusely, 
the head and feet beginning to perspire simultaneously. In the case of 
children, a renewal of the pots of water is often unnecessary. Persons 
who do not perspire readily, should keep the head covered; this will 
not be found to be so disagreeable as may at tirst be imagined. 

The perspiration may be kept up for a quarter or half an hour, as 
desired, and the pots renewed or not, at will. Those parts of the body 
which are especially encumbered with fermenting matter, perspire with 
difficulty, and the patient himself will experience the desire for greater 
heat at such places. His request should always be complied with, for 
this is the very way in which such successful cures are effected by 
means of these steam-baths. 

Fig. A 

\yeak persons, and such as are seriously ill, more especially nervous 
patients, should never take steam-baths. For such, the most effective 
cure is attained by the use of friction sitz and hip-baths, w'hich act 
derivatively, in conjunction with sun-baths. Persons who naturally 
perspire easily, can sometimes dispense with steam-baths altogether. 
More than two steam-baths weekly should be taken only if specially 

On leaving the steam-bath, a friction hip-bath at from 68° to 81° Fahr. 
should be taken in order to cool down the body. The manner of tak- 
ing the friction hip-bath is described in detail on page 75, the ap- 
paratus being shown in Fig. D. At the commencement or conclusion 
of the bath, however, in addition to the abdomen, all the remainder of 
the body (chest, arms, legs, feet, head and neck) should be very quicklv 
washed over, so that they likewise may be cleansed and cooled down. 
The warmer the body, the less it feels the cold; on perspiring, there is 
no excitation, but only the skin becomes thoroughly warm; there is no 
reason to fear the efiects of such a bath. Steel, when brought to white 
heat in the fire, must be plunged into cold water in order to obtain the 
the requisite temper. Similarly the human body after the steam-bath, 
on being cooled down becomes strong and hardy. 


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After the friction hip-bath, it is necessary that the bather should 
again be warmed, so as to induce sHght perspiration. Strong patients 
can attain this warmth by exercise in the open air, especially in the 
sun. Weaker persons (thougii such must be very careful in taking 
steam-baths at all) should be well covered up in bed, the window being 
left open a little. 

Steam is produced immediately water reaches 212° Fahr.; that pro- 
duced in the pots, therefore, is exactly the same as that developed in 
steam-boilers. The only difference is as regards the amount of steam 
developed; and one trial will convince anyone that the pots are quite 
sufficient for the purpose. 

Where neither my steam-bathing apparatus, nor a cane-seated bench, 
which might be used as a substitute, is to be had, an ordinary cane- 
seated chair can be made to serve the purpose. The patient seats him- 
self upon it and is completely covered up with the blanket. Under the 

Fig. B 

Fig. G 

chair is placed, as described above, a pot of boiling water, while the feet 
are placed over a second pot half full of boiling water, across the top 
of which two strips of wood have been laid. 

My steam-bathing apparatus has the great advantage, however, as 
already pointed out, that the steam can also be applied only to partic- 
ular parts of the body, if desired. 

Steam-bathing for the Abdomen, which is especiallv adapted for use in 
obstinate abdominal complaints and in cases of clilorosis, menstrual 
disturbances and other female diseases, is shown in Figure B. 

The manner of applying it is clear from the illustration. Only one 
pot need be used at a time, being renewed as the patient may desire. 

As the remaining parts of the body also become warmed, the whole 
abdomen must be cooled down just as after the steam-bath. In fact, 
the entire procedure in both cases is the same. In many cases, especially 
in diseases of women, it is well, after the steam-bath, to take a friction 
sitz-bath. This, or the friction hip-bath, must be continued so long 
until a feeling of coolness commences to be felt. 

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When carefully carried out, these steam-baths have a surprising 

A Steam-bath for the Neck and Head, is shown by Fig. C. The vessel 
is set on a board laid upon the bench and the head and neck steamed 
until they perspire profusely. When perspiration begins, any pain will 
always cease; this is peculiarly noticeable in the case of toothache. The 
head and chest, if warm, must be quickly washed over with cold water 
and a friction hip or sitz-bath then taken at once. Should the pains 
return after a time, whole steam-baths (particular attention being given 
to thorough steaming of the abdomen) and neck steam-baths may be 
taken alternately. 

These partial steam-baths are of high importance, and afford re- 
markably quick relief, e. g. in troubles of the ears, eyes, nose and 
throat, and particularly in toothache, and the treatment of boils and 

Partial steam-baths can also be given, though not so conveniently, 
without my special apparatus. The abdominal steam-bath can be taken 
on an ordinary cane-seated chair; for the head steam-bath, a kitchen- 
bench may be used, the pot being set upon it and a chair placed in front 
to serve as a rest for the arms. 

The Sun-bath. The method of taking sun-baths, which of course can 
only be done on very warm, sunny days, is as follows. The patient 
lies down, lightly dressed, on a spot well sheltered from the wind, and 
preferably on a plaid or mat. Shoes and stockings must be taken off, 
and women and girls must not wear a corset. Head and face should be 
protected from the rays of the sun, which is best effected by means 
of a large green leaf, such as a rhubarb leaf, or by a number of smaller 
leaves. The naked abdomen must also be protected in the same man- 
ner by a leaf, or where not at hand, by a wet-cloth. 

A sun-bath should last from 1/2 to 1% hours. Patients who do not 
perspire easily, can lie still longer, provided they do not feel too tired. 
On very hot days the bath should not be continued too long. 

Those who at first get a headache, or feel dizzy, on taking a sun- 
bath, should let the first baths be of short duration. This particularly 
applies to patients who either do not perspire at all, or only with the 
greatest difficulty. 

After the sun-bath, a cooling friction hip-bath, or friction sitz-bath, 
as shown in illustrations, should be taken, to carry off the morbid 
matter which has been loosened. Patients who do not easily recover 
their warmth after the cold friction hip or sitz-bath, should sit again 
in the sun, the head being protected; or they may take a walk in the 
sun. This applies particularly to patients who are seriously ill, and to 
delicate persons. Indeed, for such, the sun-bath is frequently altogether 
too vigorous a remedy and should not be used at the commencement 
of the cure. 

The best time for taking sun-baths is from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. They 
may, if desired, be taken just after the mid-day meal, but it is better 
to wait' half an hour, or an hour, since digestion demands bodily 
warmth, and the cooling baths following the sun-baths would cause too 
great a diminution in the heat of the body. 

Partial Sun-baths. I have made use of partial sun-baths with the 
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induration, tumors and internal growths, painful places of all kinds, 
etc. The partial sun-bath is taken in the same manner as the whole 
sun-bath, except that in addition, that particular part of tlie body 
which is to receive the partial sun-bath, is bared and protected against 
the sun by one or more green leaves. 

Concerning sun-baths in general, it may be remarked that with water 
and diet, the sun is the most important remedial agent we have; and 
there is no other way in which we can attain a like effect. In chronic 
cases, especially, there is no other such effective and at the same time 
mild remedial agent as the sun-bath, for exciting and expelling for- 
eign matter. A comparison will make this clear to the reader. It is 
well known that if soiled linen is laid in the sun, the dirt dries in all 
the more. But if we put the linen alternately in sun and water, the 
sun extracts the impurities more or less, and thus renders the wash 
cleaner: it bleaches it. 

The existence of all living beings on the earth, depends upon the 
alternate action of sun, water, air and earth. Plants and trees can only 
thrive if they can get sun, water, air and earth; as soon as these factors 
of life are partly or wholly withdrawn, the plant or tree becomes 
stunted or fades. It is just the same with all other life, and therefore 
also with man. Unfortunately most people avoid sun and water far 
more than is good. The body becomes effeminated and a disposition 
to disease is the result. A healthy person can bear the heat of the 
sun without bad effect; a diseased or sickly person, on the contrary, 
avoids it instinctively, because it causes a feeling of uneasiness. The 
rapid movement of morbid matter in the body, brought about by the 
sun, naturally causes headache, giddiness, lassitude and heaviness, if 
the secretory organs are still too weak. These symptoms, however, 
are a sure indication that foreign matter is being dispersed. The sun- 
bath alone, without the subsequent water-bath, would never enable us 
to attain the desired result; the water has the effect of raising the vital- 
ity of the body, to increase which must be our first aim. Plants also, 
only thrive under the alternate action of sun and water, and soon 
wither if exposed to the sun alone. When we have once grasped the 
way in which Nature works, there can be no difficulty in our under- 
standing how, as may occur in chronic diseases, the momentary dis- 
turbances (curative crises) called forth by the sun-bath, may be 
counteracted immediately by cooling water-baths. My water-baths, al- 
ready described, in connection with sun-baths have a wonderfully 
curative effect. 

One might imagine that the action of the sun upon the naked bodj' 
would be much more intensive than upon the body when covered over 
or dressed. This, however, is a great error. A glance at nature suffices 
to convince us. Look at the vine, for instance: do not the grapes 
always seek protection under the leaves against the rays of the sun? 
They ripen best if everywhere guarded by the leaves; those which are 
exposed to the sun remain sour and small. The same is the case with 
cherry trees, if when the fruit ripens, the leaves have been all eaten 
by caterpillars. The fruit does not ripen better than otherwise would 
have been the case; on the contrary, the cherries wither up without 
ever attaining their full size. Every fruit requires leaves for its pro- 
tection when ripening. The examples just cited from nature, show 

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us most clearly what a difference there is in effect between the direct 
and indirect influence of the sun. 

The action of the sun upon the uncovered head is injurious, all 
kinds of troubles arising from such exposure. If we keep the body 
covered with our clothes, the skin opens its pores readily, soon becomes 
moist and warm and begins to perspire. But the action is greatly 
increased, if we lay over the naked body a cover containing mucn 
water in bound condition. Exactly such a cover is formed by large 
green, succulent, fresh leaves. 

It is well known that through black clothing the sun's rays act quite 
differently than through white. It is, therefore, not a matter of indif- 
ference whether we use clothes, or cloths, or green juicy leaves as pro- 
tection. Many years of observation in my establishment have con- 
vinced me, that by far the best dispersive action is exercised on the 
morbid humors of the body, if the sun shines through green leaves. 
Sun-baths, combined with my other remedial agents, will thus be found 
of extraordinary value, especially in cases of nodular deposits in the 
abdomen, in green-sickness, anaemia, consumption and gout. 

The Friction Hip-bath. This is taken as follows : A bath of the shape 
shown in Fig. D, is filled with water just so far as to reach to the thighs 

Fig. D 

and navel. The water should be at 64° to 68° Fahr., and the bather, half 
sitting and half reclining should then briskly and without stopping, rub 
the entire abdomen from the navel downwards and across the body 
with a coarse moderately wet cloth (jute, coarse linen). This should 
be continued until the body is well cooled down. At first 5 to 10 minutes 
will suffice; afterwards the baths may be somewhat prolonged. For 
very weak persons and children, on the other hand, a few minutes are 
enough. It is highly important that the legs, feet, and upper part of 
the body should not be cooled with the rest, as they usually suffer from 
want of blood; the former should, therefore, be wrapped in a woolen 
blanket. After the friction hip-bath, the body must immediately be 
warmed again, this best effected by exercise in the open air. In the case 
of patients who are seriously ill, or very delicate, warmth may be re- 
stored by their being put to bed, well covered up. Should warmth re- 
turn too slowly, a body bandage may be used. 

Such friction hip-baths can be taken from once to thrice daily, and 
the duration and temperature likewise suited to the patient's condition. 
In many cases, friction sitz-baths should be taken instead, or both 
baths may be taken. 

The Friction Sitz-bath. This is of special importance in diseases of 
women, and is taken in the following manner. 

In the same bath as last mentioned, a foot-stool, or a wooden seat as 
made by me, is set. Water is then poured in, but only so much, that it 

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rises to a level with the upper edge of the seat, leaving the top dry. The 
bather then sits down upon the dry seat, dips a coarse linen cloth 
(jute or a rough towel) into the water and begins gently to wash the 
genitals and abdomen, always bringing up as much water as possible 
with the cloth. It is important that only the external lips, and never 
the inner parts of the sexual organs, are washed; and they must not be 
roughly rubbed backwards and forwards, but only laved with as much 
water as can be brought up. Then the patient, or nurse, should gently 
rub the back up and down and crosswise, from the small of the back op- 
posite the navel to the hips. Thus, it will be seen, the legs, feet and 
upper part of the body remain dry. Care should be taken to restore the 
warmth of the body again quickly, either by exercise or by additional 
w^raps and cover. The baths should be discontinued during the periods. 
If, however, there should be abnormal menstruation, they can be con- 
tinued during this time also; but only if given as specially prescribed 
by me in each individual case. The periods should not occupy more 
than from 2 to 3 days, or at most 4; a more prolonged menstrual flow 
indicates an abnormal and morbid condition. 

The water for these friction sitz-baths should be at the temperature 
at which Nature supplies it (50° to 60° Fahr.), though in special cases, 
water of a slightly higher temperature (up to about 66° Fahr.) may be 

The bath may last from 10 minutes to an hour, according to the age 
and condition of the patient. The room should be kept comfortably 
warm, especially in winter. The colder the water in these friction sitz- 
baths, the better the result. But it should never be colder than the 
bather's hands can bear it. In the tropics and hot countries, it is not pos- 
sible to get such cold water as here; but it can be taken as cold as it is to 
be had. There need be no fear as to the working of the bath in such 
cases, for the relation between the temperature of the water and the 
temperature of the air in those warm countries, very nearly agrees with 
such relation here at home; so that the effect of the bath will be the 
same in both cases. This opinion has been confirmed in every way, by 
reports which I have received from tropical regions. 

Where no hip-bath is to be had, any wash-tub whatever can be em- 
ployed for the friction sitz-baths. It has only to be large enough for the 
reception of a stool or some other convenient seat, and contain at least 
from 5 to 6 gallons of water, reaching up to the edge of the seat. If too 
little water is taken for these baths, it soon grows warm, thus rendering 
the bath less effective. Soft water is preferable to fresh spring-water. 
Where, however, only the latter is obtainable, it is well to let it stand a 
while, taking care that it does not get too warm. 

In almost all better class families, similar baths are taken over a 
bidet, simply for the sake of cleanliness. Such cold water, however, is 
not used; nor is the bath taken for the same length of time, nor in the 
same manner as prescribed by me. 

For males, the bath is arranged in the same way, and the extremity, 
that is, the extreme edge, of the foreskin is washed in the cold water. 
The bather with the middle and forefinger, or the thumb and forefinger, 
of the left hand, draws the foreskin as far as possible over the tip of the 
glans penis, so that the latter is quite covered and protected against the 
rubbing. He then, without interruption, gently washes the extremity of 

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the foreskin, thus held between the fingers, with a jute or linen cloth of 
the size of a handkerchief, held in the water in the right hand. It is 
very important to exactly follow these directions. Anyone, therefore, 
who does not feel sure whether he understands the correct manner of 
proceeding, is strongly advised to apply for special particulars, so as to 
save himself needless trouble and loss of time, perhaps even positive 
injury to his health. 

In the case of patients suffering from inflamed or gangrenous places 
in the interior of the body; or where there is a change from chronic, 
latent disease to acute, the internal inflammation is very soon, frequently 
after the first bath, attracted downwards, reappearing in the spot rubbed, 
or in its immediate neighborhood. This is by no means an unfavorable 
symptom. In Part II, in the chapter on cancer, I shall treat of it more 
in detail. There need be no anxiety on account of chafing; the baths 
should be continued as before, a rather softer cloth being used, if de- 

In many cases a still quicker eff"ect will be obtained by letting the 
water stand three fingers high above the seat. The water in such case 
should be from 63° to 73° Fahr. The buttocks are then in the water; for 
the rest, the procedure is the same as before. 

It may appear inexplicable to many, that just the particular part of 
the body mentioned, and no other, should be chosen as the place to apply 
these baths. But as a matter of fact, there is no other part so suitable 
for the purpose. In no other spot are there so many important nerve- 
terminations. These are especially the branches of many spinal nerves, 
and of the nervus sympathiciis, which, owing to their connection with 
the brain, render it possible in this way to exert an influence upon the 
nervous system. It is only at the genitals that the entire nervous system 
can be influenced. Here is, in a sense, the root of the whole tree of life. 
By washing in cold water, not only is the morbid internal heat dimin- 
ished, but there is also a marked invigoration of the nerves; that is, the 
vitality of the whole body, down to the minutest part, is stimulated. 
Exceptions occur only where the nerve connection has been interrupted, 
for instance, by surgical operation. 

Every reasonable person, not fearing a practical experiment, will 
admit that the friction sitz-bath, in the form prescribed by me, fulfils all 
the conditions requisite for the restoration of the proper bodily func- 

It is to be remarked that the friction sitz-bath, which has already 
brought aid to thousands, is intended only for the sick in health. Every- 
one who knows to what painful, as well as disagreeable and indecent 
operations the human body is very often subjected by orthodox medical 
science, will look upon the simple, yet surely curative, friction sitz-baths 
with an unprejudiced eye. Least of all is prudery in place where it is 
a matter of benefiting the suff'ering. Upon completely healthy persons 
the friction sitz-bath has no effect, and is moreover not recommended 
to such. They will find it tiresome, whereas the sick patient will often 
continue it longer than is required. 

Here, it is also necessary to call attention to the continued efforts at 
equalization met with in nature. These are not limited, as is often 
falsely imagined, to physical processes. They are also found in the 
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of its surroundings. There is a change of temperature from within to 
without, from without to within, not incorrectly designated as an electric 
current. And as with the purely physical current, there must here be a 
certain tension. Now the higher this increases, as, for instance, in the 
case of the body seized by fever, the more unbearable becomes the con- 
dition of the person, and the more intensive is the symptom of disease. 
Like a storm-cloud with its sultry, uneasy oppression, so acts the en- 
cumbrance in the human body. Now what can be more natural and 
more rational than to bring about equalization? The higher temperature 
must be equalized with the lower; the surplus reduced to the normal. 
And the bridge, leading to this end, together with my other remedial 
agents, the friction sitz-baths, which for the various reasons already ex- 
plained, must of course only he taken with cold water. Their working 
is incomparable and in numberless cases most effective. Where the 
desired result is not attained, it is because the body has lost its vitality. 

If the body is loaded internally with morbid matter, so that it may be 
compared to a rusty machine, the debilitated digestion will no longer 
be able to procure sufficient vitality from the usual quantity of food 
to maintain the person in his former condition. Larger quantities of food 
are required than before, and as a rule particularly stimulating food, in 
order to keep him in condition to work. But in this case, naturally, the 
digestive powers will continue to decrease more and more. 

If we wish again to raise the vitality of the body, we can only do so by 
the agency of some means which improves the digestion. The best 
means known to me are, together with natural diet,* these cooling baths. 
They improve even the worst digestion (so long as this is capable of 
improvement at all), within a shorter time than any other remedy, and 
moreover act in a natural manner. Furthermore, these baths diminish 
the fever-temperature, caused by the friction of the morbid matter, to 
the normal, whereby further development of the disease is prevented. 
If we wished to change the steam rising from boiling water in a room — 
to take an example from daily life — back to its original form, water, the 
only way would be to reduce the temperature. It is the same with the 
morbid matter, that is, with every disease. Disease arises by reason of 
increased temperature in the body, and can only disappear if the oppo- 
site condition is produced, that is, by continued cooling and reduction 
of the excessive internal heat. 

But exactly as a machine can only be properly driven from one point, 
faster or slower as the case may be, so it is with the human body. The 
vital power can only be properly influenced from one point — that which 
1 have selected for the application of the friction sitz-baths. 

After this explanation, it will be plain to all how it is that I success- 
fully treat diseases of the eyes and ears with the same remedy (adopted, 
of course, to the circumstances of each individual case) with which I, in 
other cases, cure scarlet-fever, small-pox, cholera, etc. The vitality of 
the entire body is raised, and at the same time there is no possibility of 
one part being more excited than another, unless, as stated above, nerve 
connections have been interrupted. How heightened vital power mani- 
fests itself, is, however, quite unknown to most people, and often pre- 

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cisely the opposite to that which the patient expected, occurs. For in- 
stance, it may happen that smokers after using these baths can no longer 
continue the use of tobacco and are consequently inclined to think that 
their stomachs have been weakened, whereas just the contrary is the 
fact. Previously their stomachs were too debilitated to resist the nico- 
tine, whilst now they have regained the necessary vigor to rebel against 
the poison. Wherever the nerves are still capable of being strengthened 
by these baths, the system will always recover the power of expelling, by 
the natural secretory organs, the foreign matter which has gradually 
collected in it. 

In addition to the friction sitz-baths, earth (clay) bandages round the 
abdomen, will be found most effective in decreasing the external heat 
and breaking up the morbid matter. Such bandages are also most bene- 
ficial in cases of direct injuries and sores. 

No one should suppose, however, that these remedies (adapted to the 
circumstances of each individual case) will infallibly cure every patient. 
As I have already remarked, I can cure all diseases but not all patients. 
For where the bodily vitality and therefore, the digestive power, is al- 
ready broken down, these remedies will afford relief, such indeed as no 
other means will, but they cannot in such case effect a complete cure. 

There are also severe cases where my baths must only be used with 
the greatest moderation, where often, indeed, they should be temporarily 
discontinued. In such serious cases it would appear inadvisable for pa- 
tients themselves to proceed simply on the basis of these directions, 
without a more intimate acquaintance with my method. In such cases 
it is better to apply to me by letter, so that no ill effects may result from 
the application of the cure. 

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FROM the explanations given about the friction sitz-bath and human 
vitality, we have seen that disease can only arise as a consequence 
of wrong food. It is only through bad digestion that foreign matter 
can form and disease develop in the body. Thus the questions: 
"What shall we eat? — What shall we drink?" are of the greatest im- 
portance for us. 

As is well known, in order to produce electric power, or a constant 
electric current, certain definite elements are necessary. It is only with 
the aid of an acid that we are able through the decomposition or trans- 
formation of the zinc and carbon plates, to set free the power which 
formerly was required to retain the plates in their original structure. 
This power is then conducted as positive and negative current through 
wires, to be used as electricity. If, however, in place of these elements 
(zinc and carbon), we were to substitute others, which resemble them — 
or consist of similar constituents, or even of the same materials (zinc 
and carbon), but in another form, for instance, pulverized — we should 
soon notice a difference. We should, then, either get no generation of 
electric power at all, or it w^ould be essentially changed, diminished, in 
spite of the fact that the conditions may otherwise be exactly the same 
as in the case of the zinc and carbon plates. It is similar with the gener- 
ation of vital power in the human body. Here, also, the development of 
more or less vital power, depends upon the right choice of elements, in 
this instance, of food. This is most clearly to be seen in the case of at- 
mospheric air, our chief food. We have only to take a person for some 
minutes away from his normal air, and put him into another gaseous 
atmosphere, and we shall see at once how he dies in a few minutes, the 
new element not enabling him to maintain his vital power. 

The injurious effects of a wrong diet are slower and less striking. The 
boundary between natural food and deadly poison is very wide. The 
step from the natural to the unnatural is often so small as to be at first 
scarcely perceptible. But as we know that foreign matter only forms as 
the result of wrong food, that is, can only arise in the body as the result 
of bad digestion, it must be our task to avoid such wrong foods and such 
bad digestion. 

In order to make clear this matter of wrong food and bad digestion, I 
will here cite a few instances which occur in daily life. We meet stout, 
corpulent people, who assure us that they eat and drink very little, but 
complain that they nevertheless are always growing stouter and stouter. 
Such persons suffer from over-nutrition. Others. are scraggy, lean, ema- 
ciated, although they are consuming unusually freely what, in their 
opinion, are the most nutritious foods and drinks. Judging by the 
quantity consumed, such persons should be in quite another condition. 

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The food passes through the body, but the latter is unable to benefit by 
it. A large part of the food passes away unused, or at all events in- 
sufiiciently utilized. This proves that the mere fact of foods and drinks 
passing through the body, is no proof at all of a normal digestion, as 
many people, unfortunately, seem to think. 

We thus have two opposite classes of people. The one demonstrates 
to us how, by eating and drinking little, one becomes stouter, the other, 
how by eating and drinking much, one becomes thinner. In spite of 
apparent contradiction, the reason for the ailment is in both cases the 
same; that is, bad digestion and wrong feeding. This premised, and we 
can readily understand how, for instance a consumptive person can eat 
what he considers the most strengthening, nutritious food without his 
body benefiting at all; whilst, on the other hand, we shall no longer 
wonder about the want of appetite on the part of apparently strong, but 
nervous people. 

After these explanations, and remembering the remarks upon vital 
power in the last chapter, it is not difficult for us to find the way to avoid 
over-nutrition. The reflective reader will no doubt already have come 
to the conviction, that the most nourishing and suitable foods and bever- 
ages are not flesh-meat, eggs, extracts, wine, beer, cocoa, coffee, tea, 
etc., but only such foods as can be quickly and easily digested. The 
more rapidly our body can digest the food presented to it, the more it 
will be able to utilize such, and therefore the more vital power it will 
be able to generate. The degree of the vitality depends, therefore, upon 
the digestibility of the food consumed. 

The more difficult of digestion a food is, the longer the time required 
by the body to perform the work of digestion. If we consume such 
foods, then we must at any rate, if we will not injure our system, wait 
before eating again, until the first meal has been properly digested. Un- 
fortunately, this is very seldom done, especially as our daily habits are 
antagonistic to such apparent fasting. The true significance of fasting 
is thus practically unknown to us today.* Man disregards altogether, 
as a rule, the fasts laid down by nature. On the contrary, we see him in 
winter, where, generally speaking, he has more time than in summer, 
eating oftener and more than in the latter season. We find almost everv^- 
where the erroneous opinion prevailing that in winter one should eat 
well and consume plenty fat, in order to be able to withstand the cold. 
This, however, is in flat contradiction to all natural laws. How often, 
very often, have I had occasion to observe the injurious eff'ect of eating 
and drinking too much during the winter. In nature, we find every- 
where a certain period of fasting. We see how snakes fast often for 
weeks, after having taken a good meal. We see how deer and hares for 
weeks and months live most sparely, and yet overcome all the fatigues 
of a raw, cold winter. Were these animals in the situation to obtain the 
same amount of food as in summer, they would without doubt become 
ill and be unable to withstand the winter cold. Cold retards, as w^e 
know, every process of fermentation, and therefore the digestion. Thus 
a quantity of food which in summer would be easily digested, in winter 

•Foremost authors and best books on Fasting are: Purinton, E. E., "The Phil- 
osophy of Fasting;" cloth, $1.60; paper cover, $1.10. Ehret. A., "Rational Fasting 
and Regeneration Diet," 50c. Nature Cure Publishing Co., Rutler, N. J., U. S A 

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is much more difficult to digest. Hence the reason for the fact that our 
domestic animals, which for the most part are fed in the stall, almost 
always suffer from over-nutrition, are unable to stand the winter cold 
in the open; whilst animals in a state of nature, can endure even the 
fiercest storm, for they possess a power of bodily resistance unfortu- 
nately far too little regarded to-day. 

These expositions now make it obvious to us, that disease only arises 
through a kind of over-nutrition. And we come thus naturally to the 
conviction that it is by no means a matter of indifference what we con- 
sume, in which form we consume it, and where we consume it. 

To render the matter clearer, I will again introduce some examples. 

If we drink boiled water, it tastes flat and disagreeable. How refresh- 
ing, on the other hand, is a draught of fresh water, how invigorating an 
apple! Just so with the air. Oppressive and relaxing, producing in many 
a headache — such is the effect of the stuffy, used up air of the average 
room, especially if the chamber be small, and a number of persons have 
been sitting in it. How one longs in such a case for the fresh, animating 
outside air. 

And of like importance is it, where we consume our food. That which 
we eat in the open air, is always more easily digested than that con- 
sumed in the house; because in chewing, the food is mixed with air, and 
fresh air acts quite differently upon the digestibility of the food than 
the bad air of our rooms does. 

As already stated, those foods which are most easily digestible, are 
exactly those which are best suited to nourish the body. Over-nutrition, 
also, is least liable to occur where the food is easily digested. It is, then, 
our first point to determine what the most readily digested foods are, 
that is, those which supply us with most vitality. The answer to this all- 
important and much debated question is as simple as it is natural. 

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THOSE foods which taste good in their natural state, and tempt us to 
eat, are always those which are most easy of digestion, and which 
supply us with the most vitality. 

All foods which we have to change by cooking, smoking, spicing, 
salting, pickling, and putting in vinegar, lose in digestibility, and as re- 
gards vitality, are far inferior to food in its natural condition, even 
though the above-named processes may enable the foods to keep longer. 

Of cooked and prepared foods, those are most easy of digestion, which 
are most simply prepared or cooked, and least salted or spiced. 

Foods in fluid form, such as soups, and beverages, as beer, wine, cocoa, 
etc., are much more difficult to digest than those which in their natural 
condition are solid, and capable of being chewed. For this reason, con- 
tinued use of fluid nutriment tends to dilatation of the stomach and 
disturbances of the digestion. 

Those foods which in their natural form create disgust and nausea, 
are always injurious to the health, however good they may taste when in 
a prepared and cooked condition. And above all, flesh-meat comes 
under this class of food. No one would ever think of biting into a liv- 
ing ox, or eating raw sheep's flesh. Our instinct and natural feeling may 
be misled by seasoning and dressing; but foods repulsive to our true 
instincts, smell and taste, can never be rendered wholesome by such 

For a clearer comprehension of the principles of natural diet, the 
following points must be remarked. 

All foods are easier of digestion, and more strengthening, when not 
fully ripe, i. e., in a not yet fully developed state, than if already over- 
ripe. Unfortunately, the general public has got the erroneous idea that 
unripe food is unhealthy, because it causes diarrhea, flux and dysentery. 
This is quite a mistake. To be sure, a person who is accustomed chiefly to 
flesh-foods, and who then, by chance, eats an unripe apple, or other un- 
ripe fruit, gets diarrhea. But, on the other hand, we have exactly here an 
excellent proof of the easy digestibility of unripe fruit. Every easily 
digestible food is rapidly transformed by the fermentive process of 
digestion, in a manner such as is not the case with foods which are diffi- 
cult of digestion. If now in the organs of digestion there are foods which 
are difficult to digest, or to transform by fermentation, they will be 
acted upon by the quicker fermentive process of the unripe fruit, in such 
a way that they also will be set in a state of decomposition and fermen- 
tation. In this manner arises the diarrhea which is so much, though 
wrongly, feared. Such a crisis of diarrhea often rids the body in a 
surprisingly short time of a great deal of the foreign matter in it, and is 
according to my experience, of the greatest benefit to the organism. 

It will be well known to readers, that dogs, which through the over- 
attention of their owners become too fat, very frequently eat grass, a 

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food which is not properly intended for a carnivorous animal. The 
reason for this conduct is, that the instinct of the dog teaches him that 
the grass, by reason of its easy digestibility, is the best aid for his diges- 
tion, overloaded with too rich food. 

Thus to persons sutiering from affections of the stomach, or troubles 
of the digestion, unripe fruit is to be recommended instead of ripe; and 
the use of such should be continued until the stomach is so far 
strengthened as to be again able to digest the fruit ripe. 

As with fruit and other foods, so are grains (likewise of very different 
degrees of digestibility, according to their preparation, and the manner 
in which we eat them), always most easily digested in their most natural 
state, that is, as whole grains. Naturally the grinding of the grain gives 
the teeth much work, but it is exactly the chewing and the thorough in- 
salivation thus caused, that mainly promotes the digestion. Of course, 
only those people who are the fortunate possessors of a good set of teeth 
can consume grain in this form ; those who have lost their dental organs 
to a greater or less extent, will not be able to perform the work. Such 
patients must chew the grains previously ground. Where the circum- 
stances permit it, ground corn is a very important food for the seriously 
ill, and should always be used where wholemeal bread cannot yet be 
digested. In such a case, coarse ground meal with unripe fruit is of the 
greatest service, and wherever the patient is capable of recovery at all, 
improvement will very soon take place. In the form of wholemeal 
bread, the grains are not so easily digestible as when eaten raw, as above 
mentioned. Of all kinds of bread, however, whole wheatmeal bread is 
the easiest to digest. For most breads, only the white, mealy interior of 
the grain is used, the outside parts being nearly always utilized for 
other purposes. In this way a fine meal is obtained, but the bread made 
from it gives the digestion far more work to do, than does wholemeal 
bread. It thus leads to constipation, the bran, the most important part 
of the grain, having been rejected. 

Oats, as everyone knows, are an excellent food for horses. But how 
much depends upon the form in which the oats are given, in order that 
they may prove a valuable food, every horse-owner will confirm. If we 
fodder the horses on oats mixed with chaff, they will be able to digest 
them most easily and will be best nourished. If, on the contrary, we give 
the animals oats without chaff, we shall soon find that they can no longer 
digest the fodder so easily. If, finally, we give as fodder other grains 
such as wheat or rye, without the addition of chaff, we shall see still 
more clearly than before, from the digestion of the horses, that those 
foods alone are too heavy. Still more clearly is the difficulty of diges- 
tion seen, if we supply the horses only with oats from which the husk 
has been removed. The animals grow fat on them, but on the other 
hand become constipated and unfit for work. 

The easy digestibility of grain is due chiefly to its shell or husk; the 
more shell or husk, the better for the digestion. The oat, is, of all grains, 
that which has the greatest amount of shell, and therefore much better 
adapted as horse-food than wheat or rye. 

Although in the dung, oat-husks and chaff are found apparently un- 
changed, it is not therefore to be assumed that these have been worth- 
less ballast as far as the horse's digestion is concerned. That would be 
a serious error. This ballast is as necessary to the horse for his normal 

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digestion, as the interior part of the grain. Food precisely in the form 
nature gives it to us, is always the best for the digestion. 

For mankind, likewise, it is of the utmost importance in what form 
we take our food. Often we hear people saying: "I cannot digest the 
pulses, they give me llatulence." But this depends greatly upon the 
manner in which they have been prepared. In the form of a puree or 
soup, as they are generally eaten, they certainly are difficult to digest, so 
that it is no wonder if they cause trouble. As soup, especially, they are 
objectionable, for soup reaches the stomach unchewed, and therefore in 
a state unprepared for digestion. If, on the contrary, we boil, for in- 
stance, the peas, in only a little water, so that when cooked they have ab- 
sorbed nearly all the moisture, and appear in their natural round form, 
we shall scarcely consume one third of the quantity that we swallowed 
down as soup. Furthermore, we shall notice that this smaller quantity, 
although eaten with the shell, causes no unpleasantness, and is far more 
strengthening than soup. 

I am reminded of a laborer who, from necessity, was obliged to live 
for some three months on nothing else than a handful of raw peas daily. 
With evident delight, this man used to relate to me the episodes of that 
dreadful time, when he often had for hours to let the peas soak in his 
mouth, in order to get them soft enough to chew. Yet in spite of this 
scanty food, he maintained that he felt in the highest degree well, and 
was, in fact, never better in his life. This instance speaks to the high 
nutritive value of food in its natural condition. It teaches us further, 
that also when we are dealing with nutrition, the principle of nature, 
which we recognize everywhere, is again to be found: to perform the 
most, with the simplest and smallest means. 

My expositions may now have made it clear to my readers, how over- 
nutrition is to be prevented. Of course, I am not able to state exactly 
what and how much every person, or every patient should eat, in order 
to avoid over-nutrition again. There are scarcely two patients whose 
digestive powers are quite alike, so that the exact quantity, or kind, of 
food can never be decided offhand. Each must find out for himself what 
suits him best. It must, therefore, suffice to give the relative digestibility 
of the various foods. 

As regards the digestive process itself, the orthodox school gives us no 
certain basis to go upon. Even the magnificent discoveries of chemistry, 
by the aid of retorts, balances, and all kinds of other apparatus, are of 
little significance for the New Science of Healing. 

Digestion itself is a process of fermentation in the body. By it, foods 
are converted into quite difTerent materials within the human system. 
The body appropriates for itself as much of them as are suitable, that 
is, assimilable. All foods, the fermentability of which we alter by arti- 
ficial preparation, or suppress by means of salt, sugar or cooking, are 
difficult of digestion; that is, the body can only assimilate them with 
difficulty. Their fermentability being thus influenced, they require a 
longer time than ordinarily, before they come into a state suitable for 
digestion. In other words, in order to reach the required condition, they 
remain much longer in the digestive canal than they should, whereby a 
higher condition of fermentation and consequently a higher temperature 
is caused. The greater development of internal heat caused by this 

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condition, contributes finally to the firmer consistency and darker 
coloration of the faeces in the intestines. 

Digestion begins, as is well known, in the mouth. The foods then 
reach the stomach, where they mix with the gastric juice, and are thor- 
oughly acted upon. They thus come into a state of decomposition or 
fermentation which essentially changes them. In the intestines, the 
process of fermentation increases in intensity, and the fermenting food 
is further mixed with the secretions of the pancreas, and other digestive 


That which is useless for the body is secreted again through the in- 
testines, kidneys and skin. Sometimes we observe how animals com- 
pletely digest, in a very short time, such apparently altogether indigest- 
ible things as tendons and bones. If now we examine the excrements of 
such animals, we will find absolutely no undigested pieces of bone. With 
men, on the contrary, we find that the food often remains a whole week 
in the digestive canal. This gives rise to an abnormal condition of fer- 
mentation. The gases developed by this fermentation, which are not at all 
concerned in building up the body, are conducted to the skin, and are 
expelled as perspiration and effluvia, and on the other hand as wind. 
This wind should never be suppressed, since it is highly injurious to 
the body. 

The digestion is normal when the excrements are light brown, soft 
and compact, and covered with a mucous coating, clearly showing the 
slimy nature of the various juices of the body. They should be of 
sausage form and leave the body absolutely unsoiled. We observe this 
in the case of all healthy animals; and so it should be in the case of 
healthy men. The end of the rectum is of such appropriate form, that 
when the digestion is normal, the excrements are exerted without the 
parts being in any way dirtied. Closet paper is an acquisition for 
diseased humanity, as I have already remarked; the healthy country 
population does not use it. Furthermore, the excrements should never 
emit an obnoxious, disgusting odor. 

If this is the case, we must conclude that the fermentive process of 
the digestion is here more or less abnormal. This leads to constipation 
or costiveness. The faeces stick firmly in the dried up intestines and can- 
not be moved at all. The fermentation nevertheless still goes on within. 
It compels the hard faeces to change in form, and causes an active evolu- 
tion of gas, which finally begins to penetrate throughout the body. The 
internal pressure, and tension caused by this condition of fermentation, 
tends towards the extremities and skin. If now, the latter no longer per- 
forms its functions, so that the gaseous foreign matter finds no exit, more 
and more of it is deposited under the skin. The latter now becomes 
still more sluggish and its temperature decreases below the normal. 
Its fine blood-vessels become so saturated with foreign matter that 
healthy blood, which alone can warm the skin, is no longer able to 
circulate to the outside of the body. Hence, the external temperature 
of the latter falls, and the skin assumes a chlorotic color of one kind 
or another. Usually, there is a pale, corpse-like appearance (see the re- 
marks on Chlorosis, Part II), but the exact color differs, according to 
the quality of the foreign matter and of the blood. Large quantities of 
urine in the blood cause the skin to appear red; in other cases the skin 
may be yellow, brown or greenish. The external colder temperature, in 

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opposition to the internal heat, causes the gaseous foreign matter to be- 
come still harder; compressed together by the united action of the in- 
ternal pressure and the low external temperature, it fills the surface 
of the body. In this way, a change is gradually brought about in the 
form of the body, which we call encumbrance with foreign matter. The 
extent of such encumbrance can be ascertained by my new system of 
diagnosis, the Science of Facial Expression. It is in this manner that all 
affections of the head, such as diseases of the eyes, ears and brain, 
mental debility, headaches, and the like arise. With the recognition of 
this unassailable fact, we solve at once one of the most puzzling riddles 
to be met with in the treatment of suffering humanity, and at the same 
time perceive the utter futility of the teachings of that medical school 
which will cure disease by a purely local treatment. 

It is really remarkable what opinions the public has today concern- 
ing normal digestion. We often hear people saying, for instance : "My 
digestion is capital, I can eat so and so many beef-steaks and drink so 
and so many glasses of wine, without experiencing any indigestion. 
Everything agrees with me; I have a first-rate appetite." All this may be 
granted, yet, such habits are quite as injurious as smoking, say, ten cigars 
daily. Tobacco is, and ever will be, a poison to the body, and the body 
which has to occupy itself in the endeavor to expel nicotine, must, as a 
matter of course, suffer in consequence. It is just the same with eating 
and drinking. A perfectly healthy stomach will refuse to retain even 
the smallest quantity of inappropriate food. By such complaints as 
eructation, heartburn and oppression, it indicates immediately that too 
much has been exacted. A debilitated stomach, on the other hand, toler- 
ates apparently everything, that is to say, it has not the power to resist 
either unsuitable or superfluous food. In other words, the natural 
function, the natural instinct is lost. The food leaves the body insuffi- 
ciently digested, without the latter having received any benefit from it. 
The nutritive value of the various foods, depends, it must be specially 
mentioned, solely and only upon the digestive power of the stomach, and 
the capability of the system to assimilate ; it is another thing than the 
percentage of nutritive material which the food may contain. Whole- 
meal bread, stamina, fresh fruit, vegetables and farinaceous foods, 
boiled in water, and without the addition of fat, sugar or salt, 
contain, as is well known, far more assimilable material for the body 
than the best wine, the most expensive fleshmeat, eggs or cheese. With- 
out doubt, these last named foods, according to chemical analysis, also 
contain those constituents of which the human body is composed, but 
this is no proof at all that they therefore afford us the most appropriate 

The human body is able to extract from the simplest aliments, such 
as grains of corn, all those constituents which chemistry has pointed to 
as indispensable for its structure. Grain, such as we find in wholemeal 
bread, well chewed and insalivated, becomes sour immediately it enters 
the stomach. Through the process of digestion it is converted into im- 
portant nutritive material for the body, alcohol, sugar, etc., being 
formed. Such material is readily assimilated by the body, because it has 
been formed by it. Those constituents of the grain which cannot be 
assimilated, are expelled again from the body in a certain definite form 
and of definite color. 

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Although the proofs brought forward by me often do not find acknowl- 
edgment, the army of continually increasing diseases certainly does not 
exactly bear favorable witness to the progress of medical science. The 
public has here a gauge by which to measure the results of the practice 
of the orthodox medical school. How many have allowed themselves to 
be led astray by the false teachings of the medical profession; how many 
have broken Nature's laws in the good faith that they were acting well 
and wisely. But every transgression brings its own natural punishment 
in the form of disease or sickliness. 

I cannot refrain here from publishing part of a letter received by me 
from a distant land, from an enthusiastic missionary in Honolulu. He 
wrote: "The natives here, before the whiteman was known, lived ex- 
clusively upon poi (the national dish of Honolulu, consisting of taro 
root beaten into a paste with water, forming an exceedingly nutritious 
food), with bananas and other fruits. Their only drink was pure water. 
They thus lived on a purely natural diet and their stature was gigantic, 
they were overflowing with health and strength. Then came the white- 
man and taught the native that only flesh could give strength and only 
alcohol, particularly gin, produces energy. It did not continue long be- 
fore the first cattle were imported and gin was spreading its blessing 
through the land. In the annals of Hawaii, the name is even recorded 
of the Hawaiian chief who first — on May 18th, 1819 — openly changed his 
former manner of living. Pork has now become the national food and 
gin the national beverage; hut with what results! The majority of the 
natives (Kanakas) suffer from eruption of the skin, and asthma; sexual 
diseases are common and there is a great tendency to leprosy, which 
reaps a rich harvest amongst them." We see, then, how the natives on 
the new manner of living, brought to them by our much-lauded civiliza- 
tion, at once became diseased. The fact is another proof of the utter 
falsity of the theory of dietetics taught by the medical profession. In 
this case, naturally, the warm tropical climate was most favorable to the 
propagation of the disease which, in a cold climate like ours, would have 
been much slower in making its appearance. 

Let us now consider the theoretical principles upon which a natural 
system of diet is based. 

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WE sustain our bodies through two organs: the lungs and the 
stomach. The reception of substances through inoculation with 
fluids is contrary to nature, and therefore always accompanied by 
injurious effects. The body has a sentinel for each: the nose for 
the former, and the tongue for the latter. Unhappily, as experience 
teaches us, neither is thoroughly incorruptible. There can hardly be a 
doubt that the fresh mountain air is the best food for our lungs; and in 
breathing such, our sense of smell is fully satisfied. He who has always 
lived in this pure air finds it quite impossible to remain for hours in 
smoky rooms, for his sense of smell warns him at each breath he draws. 
But if he often frequents such places, the warning voice gradually 
grows fainter, until finally silenced; indeed, the sense of smell at last be- 
comes so accustomed to the bad air that this even appears pleasant. The 
sense has been corrupted and time is required before this morbid appe- 
tite can again be cured. 

But, as we breathe from 16 to 20 times every minute, the ill effects of 
the direct absorption of foreign matter rapidly make themselves ap- 
parent, and thus it probably is that our understanding soon assumes the 
guidance, when our sense of smell has deserted us. 

It is even worse with the tongue, which is unfortunately corrupted 
from our childhood, and which can, therefore, hardly be regarded as 
reliable at all. It is well known, indeed, how the sense of taste can be 
made to conform to our habits. Nevertheless, it is of prime importance 
that the body should receive the right kind of nutriment; for all un- 
natural foods contain substances which are foreign to the body, and thus 
give rise to disease, as we have already seen. 

Let us, then, consider the question: "What diet is the natural one?" 

As we can no longer place full reliance on the tongue, we must seek 
to obtain an answer to this question by the aid of careful observations 
and conclusions in other directions. 

Considered as a whole, the question is a purely scientific one. For 
its solution, therefore, we must adopt the only method admissible in 
science, the so-called inductive method, drawing general conclusions 
from particular cases. We may divide our task into three parts; w^e 
must (1.) Collect observations; (2.) Draw conclusions therefrom; 
(3.) Make experiments. 

The field of observation is an extremely wide one, and it is quite im- 
possible for any one person to familiarize himself with every part. We 
must, therefore, content ourselves with a few excursions, just as one 
might make, if one desired to acquaint oneself with the flora of a country. 

The ground to be traversed, in making a scientific enquin^^ into the 
question of diet, is so extensive that we must decide from the very 
commencement to keep our consideration within the closest bounds. 

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For, to view the matter more comprehensively, we should have to inquire 
into the food of every organic heing whatever. It will, however, suffice 
for us, if, in order to draw conclusions and to gain a foundation for 
systematic experiments, we consider only the higher forms of animals, 
that is, those nearer akin to ourselves. But to save disgressions, I shall 
assume that you are familiar with all points on which general agree- 
ment prevails, and which are evident from observation, or have been 
proved beyond doubt. 

A single glance at life in nature tells us that beings, in order to 
maintain the transformation of material going on, must, necessarily, 
obtain nourishment, in the choice of which, however, they are decidedly 
limited. A plant which grows luxuriously in the saliferous soil of the 
sea-coasts, dies when transplanted inland; one which flourishes in dry 
sandy ground, withers in the garden; and cultivated plants accustomed 
to rich humus, on the contrary, cannot grow in sand. 

We observe quite the same thing in the animal kingdom, and in such 
a marked degree, that we can accurately classify animals according to 
their food. The classification of animals into those which feed on flesh 
and those which eat vegetable food only, is known to all; but this divi- 
sion is only a superficial one. On examining the matter closely, we 
iind that we must separate the insect-eaters (insectivora) from the flesh- 
eaters proper (carnivora) ; and that the vegetable-eaters may be divided 
into those which live on herbs, grass and the like (herbivora) and those 
which live on fruit (f rugivora) . Besides these, we find some few which 
live on both kinds of food (omnivora). Our observations must also 
extend to the organs which aid in nutrition, in the case of each class. 
These afford us so good a clue to the diet, that we can determine, even 
from the skeleton, to what class the animal belongs. We will turn our 
attention chiefly to the teeth, the digestive canal, the organs of sense 
which guide the animal to its food, and the manner in which it nourishes 
its young. Thus, there are four excursions which we propose to make 
into the "territory we have marked for observation. 

As you are aware, teeth are divided into three classes: Incisors or 
cutting teeth, canines or dog-teeth, and molars or grinding teeth. The 
incisors of carnivorous animals are little developed, and hardly used at 
all, whereas the canines are of striking length. They project far beyond 
the rest and in the opposite row a special gap is necessary for their 
reception. They are pointed, smooth, and slightly curved. They are 
in no way suited for chewing, but especially adapted for seizing and 
holding the prey. In the case of predatory animals we call these teeth 
fangs, "and can observe how they really are used as such. For dividing 
the flesh into small pieces, the back teeth are employed, the surface of 
which is covered with points. These points do not meet, but fit closely 
side by side, so that in the operation of chewing they only mechanically 
separate the muscular fibres of the flesh. A lateral motion of the jaw 
would hinder this process, nor is it possible in the carnivora. It is there- 
fore clear that animals of this class cannot grind their food. We see, 
for instance, how hard it is for dogs to well masticate pieces of bread, 
so that they have finally to swallow the food nearly unchewed. 

In the herbivorous animals, the incisors are developed for biting off 
grass and herbs. The canine teeth are usually stunted, the molars are 
broad, and well adapted for crushing and grinding herbaceous food. 

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THERE are not many frugivorous animals; for us, the anthropoid 
(man-like) apes are the most important. It is in the frugivora that 
we find the teeth most evenly developed. They have nearly all the 
same height, only the canines projecting a little beyond the others, 
though not enough to enable them to serve the same purpose as in the 
carnivora. They are conical, but blunt at the top and not smooth, so 
that they could not serve for seizing prey. One can see that they are 
very powerful; indeed, we know that the anthropoid apes can perform 
astonishing feats with their teeth. The molars of these animals are 
furnished at the top with fold of enamel, and as the lower jaw admits 
of ample lateral motion, their action may be compared to that of mill- 
stones. The circumstance that not a single niolar is pointed, is of 
special significance, for thus we see that they have not one tooth in- 
tended for chewing flesh. This is the more remarkable, because the 
onmivora, to which only the bears, properly speaking, belong, have both 
pointed and broad-topped molars. Of course, bears also have canines, 
like those of the carnivora, without which they could not seize their 
prey; the incisors, on the contrary, resembling those of the frugivora. 

Now, which of these sets of teeth most resembles that of man? There 
is no room for doubt, for we can perceive without difficulty that the 
human teeth are formed almost precisely like those of the frugivorous 
animals. In man the canines do not grow quite so long as they do in 
the frugivora, and project very little, or not at all, beyond the others, 
but this difference is not material. It has often been concluded, from 
the mere presence of the canine teeth, that the human body is also 
organized for a flesh diet. This conclusion, however, would be justified 
only if the canines in man were able to fulfill the same function as the 
canines of the carnivora; and if, like the bears, we had at least a few 
corresponding back-teeth for dividing the flesh. 

The conclusions which we must draw from our observations are as 
follows: (1.) Man's teeth do not resemble those of the carnivora, there- 
fore he is not a carnivorous animal; (2.) Man's teeth do not resemble 
those of the herbivora, therefore he is not an herbivorous animal; 
(3.) Man's teeth do not resemble those of the omnivora, therefore he 
is not an omnivorous animal; (4.) Man's teeth almost exactly resemble 
those of the anthropoid frugivora, therefore it is highly probable that 
he is a frugivorous animal. 

The false deduction mentioned above, is frequently brought forward 
in another form, as follows: "Judging by his teeth, man is neither a 
carnivorous, nor an herbivorous animal, but stands in the middle posi- 
tion between the two, therefore he is both." We need scarcely point out, 
that this conclusion is logically quite untenable. The notion of a middle 
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scientific proof is required; only in mathematics does it admit of a 
definite conception. 

Let us now enter upon our second excursion through the rich field of 
observation, and turn our attention to the digestive canal of the animals. 
Predatory animals have a small, almost round stomach, and the intes- 
tines are from 3 to 5 times as long as the body, measuring the latter 
from the mouth to the root of the tail. The herbivora, particularly the 
ruminants, have a large compound stomach, and the intestines are from 
20 to 28 times the length of the body. In the frugivora, the stomach is 
somewhat broader than in the carnivora, and in the duodenum they 
possess a continuation of it, which may be described as a second stomach. 
The length of the intestines is about 10 to 12 times that of the body. 
In anatomical works it is often stated that the intestinal canal in man 
is from 3 to 5 times as long as the body and consequently more suited 
for a flesh diet. This is to accuse Nature of a flat contradiction: as 
regards the teeth she has formed man, in the popular opinion, as an 
omnivorous animal; as regards his intestines as a carnivorous one. But 
this contradiction is only apparent. In the above comparison, the length 
of the human body has been measured from crown to sole; whereas to 
conform with the other cases, only the distance from the mouth to 
the end of the spine ought to be measured. The conclusion drawn, 
therefore, is a false one. The length of the human intestines is from 
18 to 28 feet, depending upon the height of the individual, and the body 
from head to end of spine 1^2 to 2^/2 feet, a division yielding a quotient 
of about 10 or 11. Hence, we arrive at the conclusion that MAN IS A 

On beginning our third excursion, let us consult the sign posts to our 
diet — the senses. It is chiefly by the senses of smell and taste that ani- 
mals are directed to their food and at the same time incited to eat. 
When a predatory animal finds the scent of game, his eyes begin to 
sparkle, he follows the trail with eagerness, springs upon his prey and 
greedily laps up the warm blood, all this evidently affording him the 
keenest pleasure. The herbivorous animal, on the contrary, passes 
quietly by his fellow creatures, and can at most be induced by other 
reasons to attack them, his sense of smell would never betray him 
into eating flesh; he will even leave his natural food untouched if it is 
sprinkled with blood. The senses of smell and sight lead him to grass 
and herbs, which also gratify his taste. We notice the same thing in 
the case of the frugivora, whose senses direct them to the fruits of the 
tree and field. 

But how do the human organs of sense act? Do the senses of sight 
and smell ever entice us into slaughtering an ox? Would a child, who 
had never heard anything of the slaughtering of animals, even if it had 
already eaten meat, ever think, on looking at a fatted ox: "That would 
be a tid-bit for me"? Only when we can associate in our mind the con- 
nection between the living animal and the roast as it comes upon the 
table, are we capable of sucli thoughts; they are not given to us by 

The very idea of killing is abhorrent to our senses, and raw flesh is 
agreeable neither to the eyes nor the nose. Why are slaughter-houses 
always being removed further and further from our towns? Why are 
there, in many places, laws forbidding the transportation of flesh 

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uncovered? Can tliis in point of fact be styled a natural food, when 
it is so oilensive both to eye and nose? Before being eaten, it has, by 
means of condiments, to be rendered attractive to the senses of smell 
and taste, unless indeed these have already been abnormally deadened. 
How delightful, on the other hand, do we find the fragrance of fruit. 
It is surely no accident that reporters at fruit-shows almost invariably 
express their feelings in the set phrase: "The sight of the fruit makes 
one's mouth water." I may remark that the various grains also possess 
an agreeable, if faint, odor, and have also a pleasant taste, even in the 
raw state. There is nothing repulsive to us in harvesting and in cooking 
grain; and not without reason has the country-man been called a happy 
and contented rustic. Thus, for the second time, we must draw the con- 
clusion: "By nature man is decidedly a frugivorous animal." 

In examining, on our third excursion, the arrangements made by 
Nature for the propagation of the species, the observations are more 
diliicult. All animals, on their entrance into life, are provided with a 
food which favors their rapid development. For new-born babes, the 
mother's milk is undoubtedly the only natural food. And here we 
observe that a ^reat many mothers are quite incapable of performing 
their sacred duties, their organism not being in a condition to produce 
the nutrition for the child. This is especially deplorable, because such 
children are thus deprived at the very commencement of their life of the 
natural standard for sensuous impressions, no artificial food resembling 
the natural one in every respect. Observation shows us that the mothers 
of the so-called "better classes," whose chief nourishment is flesh-meat, 
suffer most in this respect, and are obliged to employ wet-nurses from 
the country, where very little flesh-meat is eaten. As a rule, such nurses 
on securing a situation, then live on the same food as the other inmates 
of the town house, and as a consequence not seldom lose the ability to 
suckle the child. On voyages, oat-meal gruel is given to nursing mothers; 
for on the diet usually supplied on board ship, consisting as it does 
largely of flesh-diet, their breasts would soon dry up. 

From these observations we draw the conclusion, that flesh-diet affords 
little ot no aid in the production of the mother's milk. (We do not mean 
to say, that on a vegetarian diet every mother could nurse her own child; 
for this, a certain degree of health is also requisite, which cannot be 
attained all at once.) 

Thus, for the third time, we are forced to the conclusion that man is 
naturally a frugivorous animal. 

If our conclusion be correct, it necessarily follows that the greater 
part of mankind has wandered more or less from a natural diet. 
Creatures of Nature have turned aside from their natural food! That 
sounds monstrous, and needs still further proofs. Is it possible, then, 
that other creatures can likewise forsake their natural food; and what 
consequences would this have? This question must be answered before 
we can proceed. 

We are well aware that dogs and cats can be accustomed to vegetable 
diet; but can we also adduce instances of vegetable feeding animals 
having become accustomed to flesh diet? I was once enabled to observe 
an extremely interesting case. A family reared a young deer, which soon 
made friends with the house-dog. She often saw the latter lapping meat- 
broth, and soon attempted to take her share at meal-times. At first, she 

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always turned away with signs of digust at the mere taste of the broth; 
but she repeated the attempts, and in a few weeks ate her share with 
rehsh. In a few weeks more she coukl even eat fleshmeat, which she at 
length preferred to her natural food. But the effects were soon ob- 
servable; the animal became ill and died before it was a year old. 1 may 
add that this deer was not conlined, but ran about at will in the garden 
and woods. 

We know, too, that the frugivorous apes can be easily habituated in 
confinement to a flesh diet, but then as a rule, die of consumption within 
a year or two. This is usually attributed to the climate, but as the other 
denizens of the tropics thrive quite well in our zone, we are justified in 
assuming that it is the unnatural food which is principally to blame. 
Recent investigations also confirm this view. 

It is, therefore, certain that animals may turn from their natural foodj 
and thus the assumption that a great part of mankind has done the same, 
becomes still more probable. But if this be the case, the consequences 
must also be perceptible to us — diseases must surely appear, or have al- 
ready appeared. 

Should we ask in sober truth, how many persons have never required 
a physician, I believe we would find very few indeed. And how many 
are there who really die of old age? The cases are so rare that the 
newspapers usually record them. There are extremely few persons to 
be found who are not encumbered with foreign matter. In general, the 
more frugivorous country-folk, though not living strictly in accordance 
with Nature, are more fortunate in that respect; and though fresh air 
may play its part, food is here the prime factor. Although it is certain, 
that the unsatisfactory condition of our health is partly the result of 
other causes, we can ascertain by a comparison with the animal king- 
dom, that food is the most important cause. For instance, animals kept 
in the stable live in the most unfavorable hygienic conditions imagin- 
able; they are forced to breathe continually the gases issuing from their 
excrements, and are almost wholly deprived of free exercise. They must 
naturally become diseased in consequence, and one can take it for 
granted, that such cattle are never quite healthy. But despite these un- 
favorably hygienic conditions, there are not so many diseases prevalent 
amongst these animals as amongst men, who in all these respects can and 
do take much better care of themselves. The blame, therefore, must be 
laid chiefly on the food consumed. 

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WE have now proceeded far enough to take a last step, and prove by 
experiment the tenableness or untenableness of our conclusions. 
Two objections, often raised, we can examine at the same time. 
The first is that man, in consequence of higher organization, is 
not subject to the same conditions as creatures standing on a lower level. 
And the second objection is, that through long observance of a flesh diet, 
the human system has perhaps adjusted itself to the new diet in accord- 
ance with the Darwinian theory of adaption. This second objection is 
again divided into two parts: first that the whole human race has 
undergone this process of adaption; and secondly, that adults, at least, 
could not without danger abandon the diet to which they have become 

All these questions can be finally settled only by experiments, under- 
taken both with children and adults. And many such experiments have 
already been made, the results of which I shall here briefly sum up. In 
a number of families children have been brought up from birth without 
flesh-meat, and I have made a special point of watching their develop- 
ment. I can confidently assert, that the experiments have resulted in 
favor of a natural diet, z. e., a diet from which flesh is excluded. The 
children develop admirably both physically and mentally, whether as 
regards understanding, will or temper. 

This leads me to a few special remarks on education as regards 
morality. This question has become a burning one, lamentations over 
the immorality of youth being a matter of every-day discussion. Now, 
what is the worst enemy of morality? Ask the clerg^'^ of all religions, ask 
philosophers and teachers of ethics, and you will always get the same 
answer: "The sensual passions." Extraordinary trouble has been taken 
to suppress the passions, but for the most part by means of unnatural 
remedies, such as excessive fasting, scourging, monastic confinement, 
etc., of course, therefore without much effect. But just as a general can 
conquer the enemy most auickly and surely, by nreventing him from 
drawing up his army in order of battle, so it is with the educator. If he 
can succeed in preventing the development of the sensual passions, the 
arch-enemy of morality is overcome; one chief means to this end is the 
nourishment of children on an unstimulating, natural diet. Experiments 
have proved the correctness of these statements, and the fact is of such 
high importance, that it cannot be sufficiently emphasized. 

Freedom from sensual passions, and the peace of mind thereby ob- 
tained, likewise form a sure foundation for an excellent intellectual 
training. Every psychologist knows, that a state of contentment is by 
far the most favorable to mental activity, to clear thinking and sound 
judgment; and this can hardly be attained in any waj^ so successfully 
as by a vegetarian diet. 

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Though I would willingly pursue this theme lurlher, I regret that I 
must break off here for fear of trespassing too long on your attention. 
We must, however, still just consider the many experiments which have 
been made with grown persons, we advocates of the natural system of 
living standing before you as examples. What results we have attained, 
can be most readily gathered from the fact that we have become, and 
remain, faithful adherents of this mode of living. I would here remark 
that you must not forget that most vegetarians have been driven to 
adopt their diet b}^ serious illness. While they themselves, therefore, 
are glad that they have been able to regain tolerable health by this 
means, one cannot, of course, expect all of them to be strong and ruddy 
complexioned; many attain to such health, others do not. For instance, 
take the case of Theodor Hahn, who at the age of 29 was on the verge of 
the grave, and his recovery held to be impossible by the doctors. By the 
aid of a natural diet he attained fair health, and was enabled to live 
30 years longer. The experiment assuredly resulted in favor of the flesh- 
less diet, so that it really seems strange that our opponents should cry 
out triumphantly: "You see he only lived to be 59 years of age!" 

The New Science of Healing without Drugs and without Operations 
has proved the unstimulating diet to be the natural one, and absolutely 
essential for any thorough cure. Experience, too, has proved that the 
cure always goes on more rapidly if a strictly unstimulating diet is 
followed. Those who cannot make up their minds to forsake the flesh- 
pots and give up spirituous drinks, greatly retard their recovery; since 
they are continually conveying new foreign matter into their systems, 
which has to be again expelled. The disposition to disease is therefore 
never gotten rid of. 

Persons who are tolerably well, are better in a position to tax their 
bodies with such additional work, although it is always to their ow^n dis- 
advantage. He who would regain health, however, requires all his phys- 
ical energy for expelling the morbid matter; and this strength, as ex- 
perience shows, is only to be obtained from an unstimulating system of 
diet. The prevailing mixed diet is sufficient to explain to us why sick- 
ness and sickliness are to be met at every turn. 

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You will now ask for details as to exactly what to eat and drink. 
With reference to beverages, I must return once more to our field 
of observation. Except man, we find no animal that naturally 
chooses any fluid other than water to allay its thirst. It is noted 
that animals nearly always seek flowing water, and prefer to drink from 
rivers or brooks, rather than from springs gushing from the rocks; which 
accords with the proved fact that water which has been exposed to the 
rays of the sun, and flowed over gravel, is preferable to fresh spring- 
water. Animals which feed on succulent food, drink very little, and man 
himself is seldom thirsty if he does not neglect juicy fruits in his diet. 
But when he does need drink, water is for him, too, the only natural 
beverage. Even fruit-juices mingled with the water, may easily occasion 
him to drink more copiously than necessary, at least when they contain 
a large admixture of sugar. If we would be cured of disease, we must 
keep strictly to the beverage intended for us by Nature, and must quench 
our thirst with water only. 

But what are we to eat? 

Nature points to fruits; and a fruit diet is, therefore, the best. All 
fruits and grains, all berries, and roots which are attractive to the senses 
of sight, smell and taste, may serve us for food. We find such in 
abundance in all regions and zones of the earth, except perhaps in the 
coldest. The latter are, therefore, not suited to be the home of man, and 
we find their inhabitants physically stunted and mentally but little 

As far as possible, the gifts of Nature should be consumed in their 
natural form. This, of course, is often practicable, on account of our 
degenerated condition of health, especially as regards the teeth. As a 
rule, however, we do well to avoid, whenever possible, all artificial con- 
diments and extracts, all concentrated food being unnatural. Nature 
never off'ers us such. The addition of sharp spices, and if possible, of 
sugar and salt, is also to be avoided. 

Food is now-a-days often cooked very improperly; for instance, the 
water used in boiling, which absorbs a great deal of nutritious matter, is 
usually poured away, and the washed out vegetables then brought to the 
table. This is altogether wrong. All vegetables ought to be cooked in 
as little water as possible, or in a steamer and the water left on them. 
Regarding the manner of preparing the various dishes, I must beg you 
to consult some of the many vegetarian cookery-books.* 

But it would be a mistake to suppose that every dish there described 
is to be recommended for sick persons. One cannot perform one's 
regular work with an injured arm, neither can a debilitated stomach 

*See The Nature Cure Cook Book and A B C of Natural Dietetics, by Mrs. Alma 
Lindlahr. Published by the Nature Cure Publishing Co., Butler, N. J. Price, cloth, 
$2.25 postpaid. 

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digest in a normal manner. It speaks best itsell" as to what it can digest. 
As soon as eructations, or pain in, the stomach, or wind, or a sour taste, 
or any other irregularity is experienced, it is a proof that we have either 
eaten too much, or have eaten something unsuitable. The patient will 
soon iind out what is good lor him, if he observes carefully. The best 
thing in most cases at first will be wholemeal bread, if carefully and 
thoroughly chewed. If this cannot be digested, unbolted wheatmeal can 
be eaten with good results, for this admits of being swallowed only when 
thoroughly insalivated, so that the patient runs no great risk of eating 
too much. Great moderation in eating, as well as the choice of suitable 
food, is of the utmost importance to the patient. Even the most suitable 
sick-diet is injurious if the patient eats too freely. 

For the sick, oatmeal gruel is a most suitable food. It should be made 
thick with no addition, unless a little salt and fresh unboiled milk. Milk 
should never be taken other than cold and unboiled. First see, however, 
whether it is unpleasant to the smell, or taste, in which case it is unsuited 
for food. Do not imagine that it can be improved by boiling; boiled 
milk is much more diflicult to digest, because it ferments more slowly 
and the unhealthy constituents are not expelled by the boiling, but still 
remain in the milk. It has consequently little nutritive value, and at 
most tends to render the body stout, without strengthening it. Fresh 
fruit may be eaten at meal times. In order to afford some variety, al- 
though this is not exactly essential, we may mention further rice, barley, 
etc., to which a relish can best be given by adding green vegetables, e. g. 
cauliflower and asparagus or stewed fruit. A great abundance of 
food is at the command of all healthy, or comparatively healthy, per- 
sons. A glance at one of the vegetarian cookery-books will convince 
anyone that he will not have to suffer from want of food. 

To prevent all misunderstanding, I would again call attention to the 
fact, that a person seriously ill, in particular one suffering from severe 
indigestion, should eat only the very simplest food, and only such as 
must be thoroughly chewed. The best diet for such a patient is whole 
wheatmeal bread and fruit; no attention being paid to the palate until 
improvement has set in. 

But does it taste good? I hear some ask. Whence comes pleasure in 
eating? It is called forth by the stimulus exerted by the food on the 
gustatoiy nerves. This stimulus is compared with others to which we 
are accustomed, and it pleases us in the measure it corresponds with 
them. By way of exception it may be somewhat enhanced, and then 
affords us super-pleasure. But should this be oft repeated, we grow 
used to it, and are then no longer able to experience the increased degree 
of satisfaction. Thus, as soon as we become accustomed to exquisite 
pleasures, they afford us as much, but no more enjoyment than the 
earlier ones, which were less refined and costly; and these latter have the 
advantage of there being no need to overstimulate the nerves, in order 
to obtain a pleasing sensation. 

And shall I again remind you of the consequences alluded to at the 
beginning? It was unnatural food which encumbered man with foreign 
matter; a natural diet does not convey such into the system, or at least 
only in those cases where it cannot be properly digested; or where 
moderation in eating is neglected. If we are able to get rid of the 
morbid matter, a natural diet affords us a guarantee that we can remain 

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healthy, provided we do not altogether ireglect the other conditions of 

May the many blessings, then, which a natural manner of living confer 
upon the individual, the family, the entire nation, soon become known 
everywhere, throughout the land ! 

As adopted by Louis Kuhne 

Put 3 lbs. of unbolted wheatmeal, or of unbolted flour of any other 
grain (in tropical regions, maize with wheatmeal or rice, etc.), in a dish, 
pour over it about ly^ pints of cold water and mix thoroughly. Cold 
water is to be preferred to warm, as experience shows that warm water 
sets the bread in fermentation more readily than cold, and though this 
may render the bread somewhat lighter, it will be less nutritious and 
pleasant to the taste. 

Now divide the dough into two equal parts, forming each into a long 
shaped loaf; lay them upon dry tiles (not bricks) sprinkled with whole- 
meal, wet the loaves well on the top with water, and place each with its 
tile upon an empty flower-pot in a quick oven. 

No other articles, or dishes, should stand in the oven at the same time. 

The heat in the oven must be kept up by a steady fire. 

After half an hour, during which the oven must not be opened, turn 
the front side of the loaves to the back. 

After another quarter of an hour, see whether the upper crust is well 
and firmly baked, and then turn the loaves over, as they are usually still 
soft on the bottom. 

The loaves must now bake until they sound quite hollow when tapped 
in the middle with the finger; this usually takes half an hour longer. 

One may then feel sure that the bread is well baked and the crust not 
too hard. 


For one plate of gruel, stir a heaped tablespoonful of wholemeal into 
a thin paste with a little water. Pour this into boiling water, and let it 
boil some minutes, stirring continually. Salt and butter should be added 
very sparingly, or not at all. This gruel also tastes veiy good, when 
sprinkled over with currants. 


Breakfast: Wholemeal bread and fruit; or wholemeal gruel with bread; 
or oatmeal porridge with fruit and bread. Milk only unboiled. 

Dinner: If soup, it should be thick; or cereals, served as thick porridges 
such as rice, barley, groats, oatmeal, made only with w^ater and a 
little butter, or perhaps with the addition of a little fruit; or pulse, 
such as peas, beans, lentils, boiled thick with water only, and not 
mashed, seasoned with marjoram or pepper-wort if liked; or any 
vegetable that the region affords, and that is in season; or stewed or 
fresh fruit, with wholemeal bread. 

Supper: Wholemeal bread and fruit (fresh or stewed); or a gruel of 
flour or wholemeal, boiled thick, with bread or fruit. 

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Red Cabbage and Apples. A large head of red cabbage is cut into 
shreds and steamed witli about half a cupful of water until half soft. 
Then add 4 to 6 sour apples, cut into thin slices, with a little salt and 
butter, and steam until all the moisture is absorbed. (Also tastes very 
good without the salt and butter.) For three persons. 

White Cabbage and Tomatoes. A head of white cabbage is cut and 
steamed as above, then add about half a cupful of tomatoe-extract — or 
from 4 to 10 (according to size) fresh tomatoes passed through a sieve — 
with a little salt and butter; lay 6 to 8 raw, peeled potatoes, simply cut in 
half, on the top, and without stirring, steam well the whole. (Also tastes 
very good without the salt and butter.) Pepper-wort may be used in- 
stead of tomatoes. For three persons. 

Spinach and Potatoes. Spinach after being gathered should be twice 
washed, chopped (in the raw state) and steamed soft with very little 
water, a small quantity of salt and butter and some raw potatoes. Should 
anj^ liquid remain, add a tablespoonful of wholemeal. 

Cabbage and Groats. The cabbage is pulled into small pieces, washed 
and boiled wath about 2 cupfuls of water. When pretty soft, add a little 
salt and butter and half a cupful of groats; stir and boil until the groats 
are soft. 

Carrots and Potatoes. Cut 5 to 8 carrots (according to size) into long 
strips, and steam in about a cupful of water. Then lay on the top 6 to 8 
raw, peeled potatoes, cut in half, and cook, with a little salt and butter. 
(Also tastes good without the salt and butter.) For three persons. 

Turnips and Potatoes. Slice some large turnips, and steam in 1 to IVs 
cupfuls of water until half soft; add a little salt and butter and 6 to 8 
raw% peeled potatoes and steam thoroughly. Also tastes very good with- 
out the salt and butter.) For three persons. This and the last dish may 
be cooked together; they taste excellent so. 

Rice and Apples. V2 lb. rice, and 4 to 8 apples cut in slices, with 4 
cupfuls of water, boil slowly to a stitf porridge. Very tasty. A little 
salt and butter may be added, but it is not necessary. For three persons. 

Simple Rice Pudding. To the above rice porridge, add % lb. currants 
and bake in a dish buttered and dusted over with bread crumbs. 

Haricots and Tomatoes. % lb. haricots are placed the evening before 
in cold water, and then in the morning boiled with sufficient water added 
to cover them. When soft, add about half a cupful of tomato-extract, or 
5 to 10 fresh tomatoes passed through a sieve, add a little salt and butter, 
if desired. It is best after adding the tomato sauce, to keep the dish 
standing warm for 1 to 2 hours. If there should be liquid remaining, 
then add a spoonful of wholemeal to thicken it. Pepper-wort or mar- 
joram may be used in place of tomatoes. Quite sufficient for two per- 

Green Beans and Apples. Cut the threads off the beans and break 
each bean into pieces; put in boiling water and then add sour or unripe 
apples cut in slices, chopped parsley or onions, and a little salt and butter 
then added. When the beans are soft, a little wholemeal should be 
added as thickening. 

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Lentils and Prunes. Soak VL* lb. lentils the evening before, and then 
boil soft over a slow fire, with about 30 prunes and sufficient water to 
cover them. A little salt and butter may be added if desired. For three 

Mushrooms and Potatoes. The mushrooms are well washed, and 
steamed soft with chopped parsley or onions. A little salt and butter is 
then added, and the liquid thickened to a sauce with two tablespoonfuls 
of wholemeal. Potatoes boiled in their skins, are then peeled, cut in 
pieces, and added to mushrooms in the sauce. The whole is then boiled 
and finally kept standing warm for some time. 

Beetroot salad. The beetroot is washed and baked soft on a tile in the 
oven, then peeled, cut in slices, and served wdth diluted lemon juice. 

Lettuce. Wash the lettuce and prepare with a little oil, lemon juice 
(not essence), and a little sugar. 

Potato and Apple-Salad. Potatoes well boiled in their skins are peeled 
and cut in slices. A few sour apples are likewise sliced, and both stirred 
together with a little oil and lemon juice. 

Peas and Lentils in the most digestible form. Unshelled dried peas 
or lentils are soaked the evening before in cold, and, if possible, soft 
water. The next morning put in a pot with only enough water to cover 
them. A little salt (very little), pepper-wort and marjoram may be 
added. Boil the pulse well, but so that when done, all, or nearly all, the 
water is absorbed. The peas or lentils thus keep their original form and 
are more nutritious and easier of digestion than when mashed up or 
served with butter. 

Potato dumplings. (For two persons). Boil well a quart of mealy 
potatoes. Then peel and cool, and rub through a grater. Cut some 
iDread into dice and fry in butter. Mix these well wath an egg, the 
grated potatoes and a little wholemeal or flour, and with the hand form 
them into balls about the size of an apple. Then roll them in wholemeal 
or flour, and put in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Care must be 
taken that thev do not become sodden. They may be eaten wdth any 
fruit, onion, or butter sauce. 

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THE doctrine of the unity of diseases applies also to nervous and 
mental disorders. The nineteenth century has rightly been called 
the century of nervous diseases, for they are now to be found every- 
where in a myriad forms. Infinite pains are taken to give correct 
names to all the new diseases, and to determine their nature and cause, 
with a view to deciding upon some, at all events approximate, system of 
treating them. 

Nervousness, Neurasthenia, Neuralgia, Hypochondria, Hysteria, In- 
sanity, Imbecility and Paralysis are diseases known everywhere, not to 
mention other similar disorders having the same cause. 

With the increase of these serious nervous complaints, new external 
forms are always making their appearance. But such external forms 
offer no definite clue to a right understanding of the nature of the dis- 
eases. If, however, we examine the condition of nervous patients we 
always find signs of some internal disquiet or uneasiness. The patient 
has always a certain unconscious, indefinable feeling of disease, without 
knowing the cause, and without confessing to the disorder itself. 

We find one person excessively talkative, while another is quiet and 
taciturn. Many suffer much from sleeplessness, others exhibit restless 
activity, and others again are remarkable for their unconquerable lazi- 
ness. One will go about with the idea of suicide, because he thinks 
himself superfluous, and is dissatisfied with the world. There we see a 
millionaire daily tormented by groundless fears for the future that never 
desert him. Others are always trembling all over. Some lose the use of, 
it may be a limb, one side, or the whole body. And then there are the 
most diverse and often contradictory symptoms of insanity, one of the 
worst of which is paralysis. We see, moreover, that these diseases pre- 
vent people, more or less, from exercising their faculties. One loses the 
mastery over his limbs, another is no longer master of his thoughts, his 
will, or his words. Were we to observe thousands of nervous patients, 
we should find scarcely two in whom the outward symptoms were ex- 
actly alike, so various are the form that these diseases take. No one need 
be surprised, therefore, that amid so many conflicting symptoms, the 
medical profession has found no sufficient basis to go upon as regards 
clear understanding, nomenclature and cure of nervous diseases. Drugs 
have produced neither improvement nor cure in these nervous cases, 
even if temporary paralyzmg of the nerves is sometimes attained. 

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It is quite an error to imagine that the drugs themselves ever effect 
any result. It is really wholly and solely the system, which seeks to get 
rid of the injurious matter either with increased or diminished activity. 

In one case there are clear signs of increased activity of the system, 
with a view to forcible expulsion of the poison. This occurs when the 
medicine is given in such small doses, that it cannot have a paralyzing 
effect on the system. In the case; of larger (allopathic) doses of 
poisonous drugs, traces of paralysis arc clearlv to be observed. At 
the same time, the efiorts of the body to regain health (acute diseases) 
and the outward symptoms of the chronic complaint are likewise 
paralyzed. This circumstance explains the temporary disappearance 
and regular recurrence of symptoms under allopathic treatment. At 
first they are suppressed by the nerves being paralysed; but when the 
body recovers a little they reappear. Strong medicinal poisons in large 
doses paralyse the body to such an extent that death ensues. In the case 
of lesser doses, this paralysis may not cause death, but at any rate it in- 
jures the entire system. 

It may confidently be asserted that many nervous disorders are really 
caused by the employment of drugs, which have at first been ad- 
ministered to cure some less serious complaint. In very small doses, 
the effect on the body is apparently just the contrary to paralysis, for 
instead of being paralysed, the body makes redoubled efforts to free it- 
self of the poison. The increased activity, however, is only a pre- 
paratory stage to paralysis, and can never be anything else. 

As for the cure of nervous diseases, it cannot be denied that the much 
lauded medical profession stands utterly helpless. Indeed, its represen- 
tatives have frequently confessed their total inability to aid in such 
cases. Change of air, diversion by travel, and similar beneficial meas- 
ures of relief are recommended. But even if temporary relief is thus at- 
tained, we still plainly see by such advice, how little medical men know 
of the cause and nature of nervous diseases. That which is impossible for 
the orthodox medical school, that which has puzzled the brains of its re- 
presentatives, has been eflt'ected and clearly explained by the New 
Science of Healing, My reports of cures, and the accompanying letters 
of thanks and testimonials from a small number of my many patients, 
speak more plainly and convincingly than all scientific and theoretical 
expositions, I may be permitted, therefore, to limit myself here to some 
of the chief points of importance in connection with these disorders. 

As is well known, we possess two kinds of nerves: nerves which are 
controlled by the will, and those which regulate the functions of breath- 
ing, digestion and circulation. But when I assert that all diseases aris- 
ing from the encumbrance of the system with foreign matter, are also 
nervous diseases, many may at first be surprised. The matter is easily 
explained. We first become conscious of a disease when it interferes 
with the normal functions of the body, or occasions pain. This implies, 
naturally a more or less advanced stage of the disease, which neverthe- 
less the Science of Facial Expression enables us to accuratelj'^ diagnose. 
We know, also, that disease without the presence of foreign matter in the 
body is impossible. Every encumbrance of the system with foreign mat- 
ter not only exercises a disturbing influence on the individual organs, 
but disturbs equally the nerves which are in connection with these 
organs or parts of the body, or which regulate their functions. And it 

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is not until the nerve-connections are also afTected, that we become 
aware of the disease. The superlicial observer regards merely those 
nerves which are under the control of the will, and those diseases which 
affect organs under the regular control of these voluntary nerves. 

Those disorders which interfere with the breathing, circulation and 
digestion, make their appearance much more gradually. Here again, 
the nerves likewise become affected and make us aware of the disorder. 
These nerves are not under the direct control of the will, but upon their 
normal activity depends that of the organs which are not controlled by 
the will, such as the lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, intestines and blad- 
der. We can never become aware of any digestive trouble, or of any 
disease of the kidneys, bladder, heart, lungs or stomach before the nerves 
associated with them are likewise so encumbered by foreign matter that 
their activity is no longer normal. Each of the above named diseases, 
therefore, always implies simultaneous nervous disorder; thus one can 
never suffer from a disordered digestion, without, at the same time, 
suffering from a disordered condition of the nerves regulating the 

As I have already stated, a normal digestion is the first condition to 
obtain a healthy body. For all foreign matter not hereditary, is first 
brought into the system by imperfect digestion. Every disease, and con- 
sequently all nervous diseases, therefore, either result from a disordered 
digestion, or are inherited. This is the common cause of all diseases 
whatever. When the system still has sufTicient vital power left, it makes 
an effort to expel the foreign matter by an acute disease (curative crisis). 
When, however, the requisite vital power fails, those cronic (latent) 
cases of disease appear. Such diseases never cease, they at most change 
their form, and finally reach their highest development in those sad 
nervous and mental disorders. Nervous diseases are simply chronic 
(latent) physical disorders, whatever their symptoms may be. 

In nervous diseases, as in all diseases, we notice as a particular symp- 
tom, either a feeling of chilliness or of increased warmth (heat), which 
are both the results of a feverish state of the body. 

We thus arrive at a conclusion of great importance: that nervous dis- 
eases, also, simply indicate chronic (latent) fever. If I thus assert, that 
nervous disorders have the same cause as small-pox, measles, scarlet- 
fever, diphtheria, syphilis and so on, it follows that the same remedj^ 
with which these diseases can be successfully treated, must also cure 
nervous diseases. And this is a fact which I have proved in my practice 
in hundreds and thousands of cases, as the testimonials at the end of 
this work show. 

From these elucidations, we thus gain a definite idea concerning the 
nature, origin, and cure of all nervous diseases. No longer helplessly 
looking on, like the orthodox practitioners, having learned the cause, 
we know exactly how to render effectual aid. 

Whoever now surveys the great army of diseases from my point of 
view, will readily perceive that only he who comprehends the true 
nature of symptoms will be in a position to give practical advice as to a 
cure. It is just as with an army, which can only be properly led by a 
general thoroughly acquainted with the troops composing it. The leader 
who is ignorant of the forces of which his army is made up, will in- 
evitably suffer defeat. Similarly it is, with latter-day specialism. 

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Specialism in medical science must necessarily lead to the ruin of the 
science and to an ever-growing contempt lor it. For liow can a specialist 
serve science, if lie neglects tlie natural laws governing the human 
organism, and treats a part without regarding the whole? 

All specialism in medical science appears to us to be a step backwards, 
a superlluity, a factor isolated from tlie whole, and serving only to ob- 
scure our vision. Only he who has a true comprehension of the whole, 
only he who regards Nature as a grand indivisible unity, is in a position 
to rightly interpret all the phenomena he sees, and prolit by the laws 
which control them. How often Nature exhibits to us the same material 
in the most various and dissimilar forms, all being controlled simply by 
temperature. I need only remind you again of water, which we see in 
various forms : as fluid, as mist, as steam, as cloud. Temperature alone 
conditions this; the material is one and the same in each case. 

As for the diagnosis of nervous diseases, medical science is quite as 
much at a loss here as at is concerning their cure. In many cases the 
doctors even fail altogether to recognize nervous diseases at all. How 
many nervous patients have consulted me after having tried everywhere 
else. All such persons are living proofs of the incompetence of the 
medical profession in this direction. Many of these patients had been 
declared perfectly healthy by orthodox physicians, who pronounced 
their disease to be merely imaginary, whilst I, by means of my Science 
of Facial Expression, could immediately ascertain the serious encum- 
brance of the patient with foreign matter. All my nervous patients have 
remarked the astonishingly rapid improvement in their condition 
effected by my treatment, and how this change for the better was al- 
ways in proportion to the amount of morbid matter secreted. Whoever 
has once taken note of these secretions, and experienced the steady im- 
provement of his condition, can no longer doubt for an instant the ac- 
curacy of my system of diagnosis and success of my method of cure. 

My system of diagnosis assures the representatives of my method, once 
and for all, a favored position as practitioners of the art of healing. By 
its means alone is it possible to diagnose with certainty evei-y nervous 
disorder, to observe even the gradual development of such disorders, 
years before the patient himself has any idea whatever of their existence. 
Encumbrance of the back, in particular, is a sign of a nervous disorder, 
as is explained in my handbook of the Science of Facial Expression.* 

Mental Diseases. The same obtains in the case of all mental diseases. 
Their true nature is likewise wholly misunderstood by medical men. It 
is not the causes usually 4escribed that lead to a bewilderment of the 
brain, but simply and solely the encumbrance of the system with morbid 
matter, which has been accumulating for years. In mental disease and 
so-called progressive paralysis, the final and often incurable stage is 
reached. These slowly accumulating latent encumbrances are caused, 
as %^ave said before, by a very gradual debilitation of the digestive 
powers, in consequence of an unnatural mode of life. Naturally, since 
all persons do not live equally unnatural lives, everyone is not found to 
suffer from mental disorder. It depends upon the degree and develop- 
ment of the encumbrance. Mental disease occurs only where the body is 

* Facial Expression, bv Louis Kuhne. Published by the Nature Cure Publishing 
Co., Butler, N. J, Price, cloth, $3.60, postpaid. 

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seriously encumbered, and then only when with back encumbrance 
the head is attacked. Advancing civilization is to blame for the increase 
in mental diseases only in so far as it brings with it the necessity for men 
to break Nature's rules, and to act in opposition to her immutable laws. 
The chief blame lies with the orthodox medical school, whose rules of 
health and views generally, are absolutely contradictory to what Nature 
teaches. Water is avoided as injurious to health, and beer, wine and 
other alcoholic drinks, or mineral waters are drunk instead. Men smoke 
so constantly that they might be chimneys, and drink so much that they 
might be taken for beer-barrels. Physical debility and languor is the 
natural consequence. No wonder, if the weakened nerves have always 
to be strengthened by stimulants. Stufl'y rooms and over-crowded 
factories also play havoc with the health. 

In the country, where the population still lives more or less closely in 
accordance with Nature, and works regularly in the open air, and where 
the rules of health laid down by the modern school of medicine have 
not yet found general introduction, mental disease is as good as un- 
known. If met with, it is only in the children of habitual drunkards. 
Such a child suffers from hereditary encumbrance, which leads to mental 
disorder or some other serious disease, children always being faithful 
copies of their parents' physical constitution. 

Alcoholic drinks impose such a digestive task upon the system, that no 
strength remains for any other activity. This explains the excessive 
weariness and often preternatural sleepiness experienced by drunkards, 
since their stomachs have to undertake an abnormal digestive work. The 
pressure on the brain, exercised by the gases developed during the pro- 
gress of this digestive fermentation causes the mental disorders of heavy 
drinkers. A child begotten while the father is in a state of intoxication, 
or even semi-intoxication, will nearly always be found to incline to in- 
sanity, if it does not, indeed, die before it has time to reach such a state. 

Any mental disorder, whether resulting from an inherited or an ac- 
quired encumbrance of foreign matter, is always caused by an abnormal 
digestion; and therefore originates, like all other diseases in the ab- 

The more simply and naturally man lives, the healthier and happier 
will he be. This explains why the negroes, when slavery still existed and 
they were consequently forced to live frugally and industriously, were 
exempt from mental disease; whereas now, as free men, with the ad- 
vantage of a higher standard of living, they are subject to all the results 
ensuing from imbibing the poison of civilization. 

It is well known that mental disease is much less common amongst 
females than amongst males. The reason for this is doubtless the fact 
that women, in general, live more moderately than men, especially as 
regards the consumption of tobacco and alcohol. In those cases where 
we find a woman suffering from insanity, the disease can nearly al^vays 
be traced back to an inherited encumbrance. 

It is observed in many cases of mental disorder, that the disease is 
preceded, or accompanied, by increased physical and mental activity, a 
circumstance which our orthodox specialists are altogether unable to ex- 
plain. The gradual encumbrance of the body, and of the brain in par- 
ticular, with morbid matter, exerts a steadily increasing pressure on the 
brain, and thus on the nerve centres, culminating, in the course of years. 

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in abnormally increased activity of these organs. This manifests itself 
very variously, as already pointed out in the case of nervous diseases. 
Body and mind hasten from one work to another without rest, never 
able anywhere to find peace or contentment. This abnormal condition 
frequently appears as a special talent during childhood, the change to 
the other extreme not occurring until manhood. Infant prodigies seldom 
show marked abilities in later life. 

One cause of mental disorders is a back encumbrance by which the 
chief nerves of the abdomen, the special cord and the neruiis si/mpathi- 
cus, are seriously affected, unless the system can expel the morbid matter 
by means of an acute illness. Through the latent fever, a chronically 
diseased condition may be brought about, which reaches its climax in a 
disorder of the mind. In acute diseases, mental disorders often suddenly 
appear and disappear, according to the amount of pressure exerted in- 
ternally by the morbid matter. On the other hand, in many cases of in- 
sanity, more or less extended periods of complete mental lucidity have 
been observed, the pressure of the morbid matter having relaxed for the 
time being. As soon, however, as the pressure of the morbid matter be- 
comes more intense again, the temporary state of mental clearness dis- 

Progressive Paralysis is nothing but an advanced stage of mental dis- 
ease. When we hear the medical profession assuring us that those who 
fall victims to progressive paralysis are frequently the healthiest and 
strongest persons, it simply proves how little orthodox medical men 
know of real health. We know better than this; we know that a serious 
disease like progressive paralysis cannot come on so suddenly, but that 
its preliminary stages are observable long before to an expert in the 
Science of Facial Expression. We, therefore, know that it is absurd 
to assert that the healthiest men can all at once become mentally 

Mental diseases can only be cured by expelling the morbid matter 
which is the cause of them. In my practice, numerous cases of insanity 
have been cured by this method, ample proof being thus afforded of 
the correctness of my assertions. I will here mention one such case. 

A girl of 23, who had been afflicted for several j^ears with total in- 
sanity, was brought to me by her parents, to whom she was a constant 
source of anxiety. The position of the encumbrance being favorable, I 
could with a good conscience advise the parents at all events to make 
an attempt with my method. The condition of the patient w^as such that 
she could not even bathe herself, her mother having to do it for her. In 
four weeks, however, she was so far improved that she could take the 
baths herself, and w^as no longer uncleanly in her habits. Within half 
a year she could again be reckoned among the healthy members of the 

This surprisingly rapid cure w^as possible only because the position 
of the encumbrance was fairly favorably situated, in consequence of 
which the digestion could be improved comparatively quickly. The 
cure was the easier, also, as the patient did not rave, but was, on the 
contrary, apathetic and given to brooding. 

In those cases, however, where the position of the encumbrance is less 
favorable, or where the patient's condition renders treatment according 
to my method impossible, the disease can hardly be regarded as curable 

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at all. For instance, I have often seen cases where the patient could in 
no way be induced to take a bath. Mental disorder is, generally speak- 
ing, like consumption, a final stage of disease, so that the principal hope 
lies in attacking the disorder as long as there is yet time. Formerly 
this was impossible, the correct way to proceed being unknown, and 
the disease being first discovered when it was already "too late to effect 
a cure. Today, however, in my Science of Facial Expression, we possess 
an infallible means of observing the advance of mental disease years be- 
forehand, so that we are in a position to combat it with certain success. 

Most mental diseases are held to be incurable to-day, but the opinion 
is altogether contrary to fact. In proof of this, I will here report the 
following cure. 

The case was one of severe progressive paralysis, following upon 
syphilis. The patient had for many years been suffering from a weak 
digestion, which in consequence of mental excitement, due to business 
anxieties, became always worse and worse, in spite of every manner of 
treatment. In July, 1897, the sufferer, at the advice of several physi- 
cians, visited a spa to drink the mineral waters. These had such a bad 
eft'ect that his condition grew still more serious. His speech became af- 
fected, and he no longer understood what he was talking about. Four 
of the most eminent physicians were sent for, and after a long consulta- 
tion advised anointing with mercury (which, however, was only twice 
applied). The patient's condition finally became so bad that when the 
physician put a question to him, he could only repeat it but not give an 
answer. All hope of recover}^ in this way being given up, the patient 
was next taken to Vienna, in order to consult a famous specialist there. 
The diagnosis showed that the patient was suffering from atrophia cer- 
ebri (atrophy of the brain) of luetic origin, parahjsis progressiva, and 
would have to be confined in a lunatic asylum before long. An improve- 
ment, in this physician's opinion, was no longer to be hoped for, never- 
theless he prescribed potions of iodine (which advice was not followed). 
At the recommendation of a friend, the relatives now travelled with the 
patient direct to Leipzig, in order to make, as a "last attempt." a trial 
of my method. At the commencement of the cure the patient did not 
speak a word; he was quite apathetical and paid no attention to the 
questions put to him. Moreover, he was no longer able to satisfy his 
natural needs like a human being, for the body was wholly without 
volition. As a result of the cooling baths and simple natural diet, an im- 
provement was soon noticeable, and in three days the digestion had im- 
proved. In a week the patient had recovered the use of his lost sense 
and could conserve again. Improvement now went on regularly, so that 
in 8 weeks he was completely cured, every trace of progressive paralysis 
having vanished. 

These two cases again afford a striking proof of the doctrine of the 
unity of disease. Did not mental disorders have the same origin as the 
other diseases already dealt with, it would not be possible to cure them, 
as here was the case iDy the same means that proved so successful in the 
case of the other diseases. 

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ANOTHER disease which sadly puzzles the medical profession, defy- 
ing all the attempted cures, is pulmonary phthisis, or consump- 
tion. This is the great destroying angel of the present, which 
terrifies all mankind, demanding its victims irrespective of age 
and occupation. 

Probably no other disease is so widely spread as pulmonary consump- 
tion in all its various forms and stages. The external symptoms of 
this dreaded disease vary so greatly that they are seldom the same in 
any two patients. One complains of difficulty in breathing, asthma; 
another of headache; a third of bad digestion; a fourth notices nothing 
at all until, a fortnight before his death, he is suddenly seized with in- 
flammation of the lungs. A fifth also notices nothing, until he is all at 
once attacked by galloping consumption, and dies within a few daj's. A 
sixth suffers, as he believes, from caries, whilst in reality his complaint 
is tuberculosis. Many persons whose lungs are affected get pains in the 
shoulders, while others suffer from a disease of the eyes or ears, which 
conceals the real cause. Often it is disease of the throat, pharyngeal ca- 
tarrh, bronchial catarrh, chronic nasal catarrh, etc., which are traceable 
to consumption. Others again have a chronic foot disease, open sores 
on the feet and legs; while we find also lupus and herpes, which like- 
wise deceive anyone not proficient in my Science of Facial Expression 
as to the true seat of the illness. 

It is characteristic of nearly all consumptive persons that they keep 
their mouths more or less open not only by day, but also at night when 
asleep, for the purpose of quicker respiration. The reason for this. is 
excessive internal bodily heat, which demands a more rapid supply of 
cool air from outside. 

It is the function of the lungs constantly to purify the blood circulat- 
ing in the body, by the agency of fresh air. When they cannot proper- 
ly perform this function, in consequence of their being encumbered 
with foreign matter, all the waste material which would otherwise have 
been expelled, remains in the system, continually increasing in quantity, 
and augmenting the amount of morbid matter already there. The lungs 
are the organs chiefly here concerned and they therefore suffer most. 
The consequence is, that the condition of the blood becomes altogether 
abnormal, causing a diy, devouring heat in the interior of the bodv. As 
a result of this high internal temperature, the lungs become chronically 
inflamed and gangrenous. Such gangrenous parts then become so- 
called dead tissue, which is often expelled as phlegm in coughing. 

Today all consumptive diseases are rightly regarded with terror. The 
orthodox school of medicine, as cannot be disputed, is wholh' unable 
to diagnose them, with certainty, by means of percussion and ausculta- 


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tion, until they have reached such an advanced stage that cure is gen- 
erally inipossihlc. It is sad to tliink that notwithstanding tlie fact "that 
the earlier stages of consumptive diseases may be ascertained years in 
advance, yet the medical profession, with its inexact system of diag- 
nosis, is wholly unable to recognize them. 

It is just as impossible to cure a diseased lung by means of the fam- 
ous (?) tuberculin, as it is to operate surgically upon it, as in the recent 
attempts at excision of the lung cavities. There is, as a matter of fact, 
no remedy which is able fully to neutralize the process of destruction 
of the lungs. But there is a means by which we can cause the destruc- 
tive process to retrogress on the same path by which it has been grad- 
ually — often for years — advancing. By my method I succeed in bringing 
about this retrogression of the process of disease. The most important 
matter in the treatment of all pulmonary complaints, is the timely rec- 
ognition of their preliminarij stages, which are to be diagnosed with 
the aid of my Science of Facial Expression for many years in advance, 
often in early childhood. For this reason, my method of diagnosis is 
of incalculable value to the consumptive. In point of fact, to the ortho- 
dox doctor this timely recognition of the disease is pretty much a mat- 
ter of indifference, since orthodox medical science is not in a position 
to cure tuberculosis, whether it be in its earlier or later stages. The 
first stages are such that the patient himself generallv has not the re- 
motest idea of disease, wherefore it is often very difficult to convince 
the patient of his having a consumptive tendency. Thus animated by 
the best intentions, I once informed a domestic servant of mine, an ap- 
parently strong, healthy girl, that she was suffering from pronounced 
consumption and w^ould do well to commence a cure on my system, as 
otherwise the disease must certainly prove fatal within a year. The 
girl indignantly assured me that she was perfectly well, and had no need 
to undertake a cure. I said nothing, but four months before her death 
I repeated the warning, unfortunately with the same result as at first. 
Three months later she took to her bed, and within four weeks fell a 
victim to galloping consumption. 

I will now proceed to discuss the cause of pulmonary diseases. All 
affections of the lungs are final stages of some other preceding, not fully 
cured disease, which is generally driven inwardly by treatment with 
drugs. Sexual diseases lie at the root of most pulmonary affections, 
this indirectly being also the case wdth children, who inherit the predis- 
position to such. The foreign matter is accumulated in the system in a 
chronic state, but at procreation reappears in the child, which becomes 
scrofulous or consumptive. The seminal fluid is in reality a quintes- 
sence containing all the characteristics of the parent and transferring 
them to the child. I have observed that scrofulous persons without ex- 
ception become consumptive in later years, so that the first disease 
is but a preliminary stage of the latter. It can thus be seen that at first, 
i. e. in the scrofulous condition, the system still has vigor enough to ex- 
pel the morbid matter outwards, and so preserve vital organs. It grad- 
ually loses this power, however, and is finally, z. e. when the state be- 
comes consumptive, no longer able to prevent the destruction of the in- 
ternal organs by foreign matter. It is quite impossible that persons who 
are really healthy can be suddenly attacked by any kind of tuberculosis 
in case of temporary encumbrance with foreign matter, however many 

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tubercle bacilli they may inhale. For the development ol tuberculosis 
there must be a high destructive internal temperature, tubercle bacilli 
only being capable of development at such abnormal temperatures. 
Such high, abnormal temperatures of the body are possible, however, 
only under certain conditions of encumbrance, inherited through sev- 
eral generations, or where the patient by an unnatural mode of life has 
completely ruined his constitution. 

The main thing is clearly to perceive that all tuny diseases, like all 
other diseases, have their source in the abdomen, that is, in a much de- 
bilitated digestion. For even though in most cases the disease may 
be inherited, we must not regard the case as one of direct permeation 
of the lungs with foreign matter. The fact is, that in comparison with 
the other organs, the lungs have not properly developed but remain 
weak and delicate; and because thus capable of less resistance, the 
lungs then naturally become the seat of the largest accumulations of 
morbid matter. The foreign matter collecting in the system, in conse- 
quence of imperfect digestion, guided by the internal tension, is chiefly 
deposited where it finds least resistance. It is, therefore, of high im- 
portance for all having hereditary predisposition to lung diseases, to 
prevent any further encumbrance of the system with foreign matter. 

The same cause which in our zoological gardens occasions the rapid 
death from consumption of the tropical apes, viz., debilitated digestion 
through change in food, is also the reason why they are so soon attacked 
by consumption at all. The sole blame has hitherto been laid upon the 
colder climate. This, however, is only right in so far that a cooler tem- 
perature always renders the process of fermentation in digestion slower 
and more sluggish. This is more especially the case w^hen the animals 
cannot even have the food designed for them by Nature, there then be- 
ing two conditions militating against them. I have had frequent oppor- 
tunities of watching the various stages of health in apes after their be- 
ing removed from their tropical home, and I have been able by means 
of my diagnosis to ascertain exactly that at the commencement only 
the digestion was abnormal, until then other disorders set in. With 
human beings it is just the same, except that the conditions are usually 
more favorable, since we are acclimatized. We have, therefore, prac- 
tically only to regard our diet and mode of living. 

In the case of consumptive patients, I have frequently noticed that 
the system is not in a condition to nourish itself even on the most care- 
fully selected food, being quite dried up on account of the excessive 
internal heat. Alimentation does not depend upon the artificial com- 
position of foods, or on their concentration; it depends solely upon the 
digestive capacity of the organism. But how much the digestive capa- 
city varies, is well known to everyone who has had much to do with 
the sick. If the system is already heavily encumbered with foreign mat- 
ter, the lungs will be especially endangered, on account of their large 
extent, because the foreign matter pressing up toward the head is often 
obliged to take its way through the lungs. When, now, the latter them- 
selves are in this way once more encumbered, they frequently become 
the chief place of deposit for foreign matter, which then no longer 
presses upwards towards the head as before. 

When decomposition commences in the lungs, it is the apexes which 
are usually first destroyed. This happens because the foreign matter 

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in the system, on its transiorniation or fermentation, always presses up- 
wards. The apexes of the hmgs terminate in the shoulders; when the 
state of fermentation sets in, the fermenting matter presses up to the 
extreme points, and as it can go no further, the shoulders opposing 
a barrier to its progress, these points must necessarily suffer most. This 
is the cause of the pricking pain in the shoulders, so often experienced 
by consumptives before the lungs are destroyed. 

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I NOW come to the explanation of the origin of tubercular nodules. 
Tubercular nodules are formed quite in the same way as hemorrhoids, 
cancer nodules, and, in fact, all other nodules down to the smallest 
pimple. It will be necessary, for a clear description, to explain here 
somewhat fully. I have already mentioned that a healthy body has 
always a moist skin; that the skin of a chronic patient, on the contrary, 
is generally dry and inactive. In the former case, the body has still the 
full vital power, enabling it to expel all injurious matterf in the latter, 
this is no longer so, wherefore much morbid matter which should prop- 
erly be expelled, remains in the body, there being' consequently a pre- 
disposition to disease. You will often have observed that many people 
suffer periodically from boils, especially on the buttocks, on the neck, 
or on the arms. The patient will have been afflicted with a certain 
heavy feeling over the body, which only passes away when the boils 
break. When the crisis has thus passed, he feels as though regenerated, 
or at all events much lighter and fresher. Let us examine further, es- 
pecially as regards the origin of such boils. We observe where the boil 
is about to form that for some days, or it may be weeks before, that the 
spot is hard and begins to look red. It increases in size, and swells, 
until a thick firm nodule forms under the skin, painful and inflamed. 
The skin draws, and the pain on moving is often vei-y acute. When the 
boil has reached its crisis, it becomes gradually softer, until finally the 
contents force an outlet through the skin and discharge. In this man- 
ner the morbid matter which formed the boil is directly expelled from 
the body. The process is nothing more or less than the critical expul- 
sion of morbid matter, effected by the body itself. It may be asked why 
it is that we do not observe such a process with everyone. I have al- 
ready stated that it is the same with the perspiration: some persons 
perspire, others do not. It depends upon the degree of vitality. Where 
the body still possesses a large store of vital energ^^ and all the morbid 
matter cannot be expelled by means of the natural secretory organs, it 
secretes it in the form of boils. If, however, the body has no longer the 
required degree of vitality to produce such crises, e. g. if weakened by 
drugs, or during the crises, or through unnatural living, the morbid 
matter accumulates and there is contraction, just as in the case of the 
boil, but the system cannot draw them to the skin to form a boil. Hard 
places form, causing no pain; but the process remains there, and in- 
stead of a boil we have a nodule. This, therefore, is nothing but an 
undeveloped boil, or a quantity of foreign matter drawn together, which 
in many cases remains shut up in the body. If the body still possesses 
enough energy, the nodules will be brought up to the skin. We can 
often clearly feel and see such in numbers in the neck and many other 
parts. When the vital energy is no longer sufficient, the nodules are 
formed on the interior of the body, and are known as hemorrhoids, 

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tubercular or cancer nodules. If we succeed by some means in raising 
the vital cncrgj' of the body, we shall at once see an alteration in these 
nodules. It has long been observed in the hydropathic treatment, that 
numerous boils form. The body, by this method of cure, as still used 
to-day by the older school is able to continue the process which has 
stopped, and boils are formed. Where we can still further augment the 
bodily vitality than has been possible by the means hitherto adopted by 
hydropaths, we can even directly resolve and disperse these nodules. 
If, then, we can produce a rapid enough derivative action, such as by 
means of my baths, so as to conduct the morbid matter thus dispersed 
to the natural organs of secretion, at the same time being careful not to 
introduce new morbid matter through food, the troublesome boils never 
form on the skin at all, for the nodules are resolved in the interior of the 
body in the same way as they were formed. The older hydropathic 
system also succeeded in dispersing the nodules, but was not able to 
draw off the foreign matter, so that where the body still possessed the 
necessarj^ vitality boils an,d pimples formed, which with my method 
rarely occur. I succeed in drawing off the foreign matter in a more 
natural and rapid manner. We see then that tubercular nodules are 
nothing more than undeveloped boils arising from the same cause as 
all other nodular growths in the body. The fact that the nodules form 
in different parts of the body in different persons, depends solely upon 
the difference in the encumbrances. 

Having now learned .the cause and true nature of all nodules, and 
therefore also of tubercular nodules, the manner of curing them is also 
clear to us. We sec at once that to cut the nodules, as is taught by ortho- 
dox medical science, is the worst means possible of trying to cure the 
disease. We thus get rid of the symptoms, but never of the cause. The 
nodules can only be cured by increasing the vitality, whereby the body 
is brought into the condition to expel the morbid matter. By reason of 
the pecularity of the vital powers and of the conditions of existence, such 
nodules, even in a calcareous state, may be dispersed by being caused to 
retrogress upon their former course. In this way, they may be com- 
pletely expelled from the system, a process, however, which often re- 
quires the continuance of my treatment for years. 

The directions taken by the masses of foreign matter arising from the 
process of fermentation,' are not always the same; it therefore occurs 
that in one case the apexes of the lungs are first affected, whilst in 
another, the fermenting masses rise more in the middle, or in the front, 
causing asthma, catarrh, or inflammation in the air passages. In fact, 
most consumptive patients suffer from an inflammation of the air-pas- 
sages, even if often in a latent stage. 

The different chronic, latent states of encumbrance in the lungs also 
lead to acute inflammatory diseases such as 

Inflammation of the lungs and pleurisy. These are feverish curative 
crises brought on by the system in an attempt to reject foreign matter, 
and apt to terminate fatally, when their treatment is not understood. 
These acute feverish diseases are generally devoid of all danger, how- 
ever, if immediately combatted by my method of cure. In the cooling 
baths we have the 'means of fully mastering the disease, so that it can 
scarcelv be said to endanger the organism, and the cure of all these acute 
crises is generally surprisingly rapid. 

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Explanatory oi the above, I may here reproduce some reports of cases 
I have met with in my practice. 1 was once called in to a family, where 
a girl of nine was prostrate with severe inflammation of the lungs. The 
family doctor, an allopath, had already been treating the patient with 
creosote for a couple of months without success, and had so impaired the 
digestion with this poison, that the parents had given up all hopes of 
saving their daughter. This was the state of things as I was sent for in 
the last moment. I told the parents that if they would disregard the 
family doctor's directions and follow mine strictly, improvement would 
probably ensue in a short time. And so it did. Already on the second 
day, a turn for the better was observed, and within a week all danger 
was past. In a few weeks the girl could again run about out of doors. 
Had my treatment been adopted from the outset, in this serious case, in- 
stead of two months' unnatural treatment with creosote, the cure would 
have been effected in a few days as completely as then in a few weeks. 

In all pulmonary diseases, in the interior of the lungs w^e find a very 
high temperature. During inspiration and expiration there always takes 
place within the lungs a very rapid process of decomposition of the 
atmospheric air. At the moment in which we respire, our lungs de- 
compose this air into its constituent elements (oxygen and nitrogen). 
The oxygen remains partly in the body, while the nitrogen is again 
expired with the gaseous impurities of the body. There is thus 
an uninterrupted process of decomposition (burning) going on in the 
lungs, a matter which long engaged the attention of chemists, before the 
fact was discovered. This process in itself causes a high temperature, 
which increases and becomes still more abnormal, wherever the for- 
eign matter accumulates, or ferments, in the lungs. 

As I have explained before, the bacilli are merely products of the fer- 
mentation of foreign matter in the system, and their capability of 
development always depends, according to their variety, on certain 
temperatures. Tuberculosis being invariably attended by a very high 
degree of temperature, we have here the condition for the development 
of the tubercle bacillus. This medical science likewise knows, but un- 
fortunately is not aware how to turn its knowledge to account. It only 
seeks for unnatural remedies against the bacilli, whilst ignoring their 

The medical profession endeavors to explain each disease bj'^ suppos- 
ing the presence of a certain kind of bacillus in each case. It is forgotten 
that just as one and the same plant varies in different climates; and just 
as the plumage of one and the same species of bird varies in different 
climates; so all bacilli, as regards size and form, must be dependent on 
the temperature (climate). 

To anyone who has rightly comprehended my remarks, it will be easy 
to find the way to cure consumptive diseases. The abnormal internal 
temperature must be regulated, and at the same time the vital powers 
strengthened, until there is complete retrogression of the abnormal con- 
ditions in the system. To attain this end, together with observance of 
dietetic and other regulations, the use of my baths is absolutely neces- 
sary. The most difficult matter is to apply the baths in right succession. 
The abnormal degree of temperature in the body does not admit of a 
diminution for a considerable time, so that not only the length of time 
but also the succession of the baths, must be regulated in exact accord- 

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ance with the state of the patient. This can be learned only under the 
guidance of some one familiar with my method, the more so, as there is 
much general misunderstanding about this point. The patient must also 
be much in fresh, sunny air; this is of great importance in effecting a 
cure and must never be overlooked. Especially for consumptives sun- 
baths have a most beneficial effect. 

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As to inoculation with tuberculin, I condemn it altogether. Its "efli- 
cacy" is easily explained. The poisonous matter with which the 
tuberculous patients are inoculated operates on the foreign matter, 
under certain conditions, like j^east in-dough, producing fermenta- 
tion (fever). In consequence, a change may take place in the original 
state of fermentation of the foreign matter, causing a corresponding 
change in temperature. The result is that the tubercle bacillus, capable 
of development only in the former temperature, passes into another 
stage, which is generally termed "extinction." But the foreign matter 
is never really expelled, nor the cause of the disease really wholly re- 
moved. Inoculation is, and ever will he merely a pseudo-remedy, the 
ruinous etfects on the health of which will surely come to light sooner or 
later. After only a few months, the outburst of joy called forth by the 
tuberculin process has given way to intense disappointment. On all 
sides we now hear, even from independent thinkers within the ranks of 
the orthodox physicians, nothing but condemnation of the system. To- 
day the matter of inoculation with tuberculin has hardly even an 
historical interest. Here again we have a proof of the fact that vaccina- 
tion, or inoculation of any kind, is the greatest quackery which there is. 
A real cure of advanced consumption can be effected by aid of my 
system, carefully practiced for years, even though in very advanced 
cases it may be difficult. In any event the condition of the patient can 
be rendered bearable till the very last moment. The cure of a consump- 
tive depends solely upon his vitality, and whether the digestion is 
capable of improvement. If we succeed in improving the latter per- 
manently, and rendering it normal, the patient will begin to recover in a 
surprisingly short time; if we are unsuccessful, cure is impossible. I 
have had many consumptive patients under treatment who were cured 
in an incredibly short space of time, because their digestion was open 
to rapid improvement. On the other hand, in the case of patients with 
hard purulent tubercules in the lungs, I have observed that the retrogres- 
sion of these tubercules occupied years, and that every time one was 
dispersed a violent crisis was brought about, which although not danger- 
ous was often very painful. My method enables us to regulate the in- 
ternal temperature, whereby, if properly managed, the foreign matter 
is caused to retrogress, so that a cure is gradually effected. 

If the body is strong enough, friction sitz-baths are the best means for 
expelling foreign matter from lungs and abdomen. Steam-baths, which 
in summer are better replaced by sun-baths, are also often to be recom- 
mended. Careful diet and plenty of fresh air are naturally also indis- 

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In cases where the disease is ah'eady very far advanced, these baths 
will be too exciting, and mild friction hip-baths are then advisable. The 
water may be at a temperature of about 81° to 80° Fahr. and must 
reach to the shoulders. The patient may remain at lirst live minutes, 
and afterwards longer, in the bath, according to his condition. The bath 
should be repeated several times a day. If the body afterwards becomes 
stronger, friction sitz-baths can be taken. Frequently however, the 
vitality and the capacity for bodily reaction will not be suthcient to effect 
a cure; but in any case the baths will always alleviate the condition. 
Wherever the digestion is capable of improvement, there is still hope of 
some cures. 

I will conclude with an account of some cures. 

Tubercidosis (Advanced). A woman of thirty, who was sulfering 
from advanced tuberculosis, put herself under my treatment. She 
nearly always breathed through the mouth, particularly when sleeping. 
Her mother had died of consumption at the age of 45, the predisposition 
to which disease her children had inherited. In childhood, both my pa- 
tient, her brothers and sisters had been very scrofulous. As a girl of 20, 
her face had been round and full, and the cheeks unhealthily red, turn- 
ing quite blue in winter. Before she was thirty she had gradually lost 
her corpulence, and the color of the cheeks, as well as the condition of 
the whole body, became more normal. But towards the end of the 
twenties predisposition to consumption became more and more ap- 
parent. The digestion grew irregular, constipation alternated with diar- 
rhea, and the color and smell of the excrements plainly showed how 
abnormal was the digestive process. Besides frequent headache and 
toothache, she felt shooting pains, especially in the chest and shoulders. 
Such pains are felt only during the process of destruction of the lungs. 
As soon as parts of the lungs have been actually destroyed the pains 
cease. The patient's menstruation also was always painful and ir- 
regular, often ceasing for months and then appearing too frequently. 
All this was attended by general lassitude, great anxiety and discon- 
tent. Anyone unacquainted with my Science of Facial Expression 
would have considered this woman, when she began my treatment, a 
picture of perfect health. A fine ruddy complexion and a full figure 
deceived the uninitiated as to the really dangerous state of this patient. 
The lady began my treatment fully aware of her serious condition. I 
prescribed her cooling baths, steam-baths, an altogether unstimulating 
diet and prolonged stay in the open air. By this means her general 
health was so far improved within half a year, that going upstairs, and 
long walks which had formerly completely exhausted her, cost her no- 
exertion whatever. A satisfactory digestion and a much more con- 
tented humor had been attained, while the headaches quite disappeared. 
It could plainly be seen, that the encumbrance had begun to retrogress 
back to the abdomen. Twice during the first year of treatment violent 
crises occurred, when tubercules in the lungs were dispersed. During 
these crises, which lasted two or three weeks, the patient frequently ex- 
perienced a passing feeling of weakness, a curative crisis, which con- 
sidering her chronic condition was not remarkable. 

During the second year of treatment, the patient's condition showed 
decided improvement. Only two crises occurred, and thus after about 
two years her severe affection of the lungs was cured. 

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Tuberculosis. Another case worth mentioning is the following. The 
patient was a gentleman aged about forty, who, in the opinion 
of several celebrated physicians, was consumptive, and had been 
accordingly advised to reside permanently in the south of Italy. I ex- 
amined the patient by the aid of my Science of Facial Expression and 
found that the disease was a very chronic one, so that a stay in a warm 
climate could not possibly have prolonged his life for more than a year. 
I began with my cure at once. After only four weeks' treatment, his 
general health steadily improving, a catarrh of the bladder and in- 
testines appeared, from which, nine years before, he had suffered 
severely for a long time. The disease this time, however, appeared in 
much milder form and was cured within a fortnight. The vitality of the 
body being raised by my method, these chronic and formerly suppressed 
disorders made their appearance again in acute form. The patient also 
suffered from gonorrhoea, to which he had likewise been a victim several 
times when in the twenties, but which had always been suppressed by 
medical injections. This was quite cured in two weeks. The lung 
complaint had now assumed an entirely different appearance, so that 
the patient considered himself quite well. By my advice, however, he 
continued the treatment for some time longer, and in a year and a half 
was completely cured. 

Tuberculosis of the Bone and Caries. Very many patients afflicted 
with the above have undergone my treatment with the best results. In 
nearly all these cases the sufferers had in childhood had the rickets — 
in a certain sense only a preliminary stage to the later disease. From 
infancy their bones had been unsound, carious and easily fractured — in 
the most cases this could be ascertained with certainty. At puberty, or 
even earlier, caries appeared, the bones of the legs or arms suppurating 
and swelling like a sponge, the joints also becoming greatly enlarged. 
In the case of some, the leg or arm had been amputated, and the 
majority of the patients had been declared incurable before coming to 
me for treatment. On my system, retrogression of the disease began 
immediately, but amputated limbs cannot be replaced. According to mv 
view, surgical operation in any disease whatever is the most unsuitable 
means possible to adopt as a cure. I maintain that no such unnatural 
procedure has ever yet reallv cured such a disease, or got rid of the 
cause. Only when we understand how to cause disease to retrogress on 
the same road on which it came can w^e cure it. 

I recollect the case of a boy who came for treatment, both of whose 
shins from knee to ankle were open and suppurating. The doctors had 
proposed to amputate both legs, whereupon the parents brought the 
boy to me. The cooling baths and unstimulating diet were commenced 
and after only four weeks the bared bones began to be covered from 
within outward, the skin growing over the sores, which were quite eight 
inches long, just as on a tree the bark grows over an injured spot. In 
six months, both legs were quite healed, excepting two small trifling 
scabby places, which likewise disappeared within two months more. 
Moreover, the boy's general health was completely chansfed, and instead 
of his former melancholy disposition there was true childish mirthful- 

In another case, a boy of ten had a tuberculous knee which was like- 
wise to have been amputated. This time it lasted over three-quarters of 

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a year before the morbid matter was all drawn up from the knee-joint 
to the seat of the disease, the abdomen, where it was expelled at a sore 
on the thighbone suppurating uninterruptedly for three months. It was 
more than three months longer before he could walk and run like other 

Asthma. A lady, 65 years of age was so asthmatic that the physician 
in attendance, whose creosote pills and powders had only made her 
whole condition, and especially her digestion, much worse, prescribed as 
a last resource a stay in the South, there being no remedy which could 
be of any aid in such an advanced stage of asthma. The patient could 
scarcely take 10 consecutive paces so great was her difficulty in drawing 
breath. Anyone who knows the remedies of orthodox medical science, is 
aware that sending the patient to a warmer climate is only equivalent 
to saying: "Nothing is to be done for you. We for our part give you up. 
Now try whether Mother Nature can aid you!" This patient also took it 
in this sense and therefore, at a friend's recommendation, put herself 
under my treatment, declaring to her doctor that she would rather die 
here than in a strange country. At the beginning of December, in bad, 
foggy weather, she placed herself in my hands. The upward pressure of 
the foreign matter in her body was very strong. She followed my in- 
structions most conscientiously and it was not long before the upward 
pressure grew less, her digestion improving in a most satisfactory 
manner. The secretions of foreign matter, in the form of perspirations, 
were abundant. The patient, according to my instructions, took cooling 
baths daily and often a steam-bath. Thus in a few months the retrogres- 
sion of the disease was over. All the symptoms which had appeared 
from time to time during the progress of the disease, now reappeared, 
though the retrogression proceeded about twelve times as fast as the 
disease itself had done. Each month of treatment removed an en- 
cumbrance which had been about twelve months accumulating, so 
that within three months she was completely cured of asthma. 

Another interesting case of asthma may here be mentioned — that of a 
gentleman of about sixty, who had been suffering from asthma for 
several years and given up by his doctors. In consequence of the medi- 
cines he took for years, he was in an extremelv weak state. The 
very first baths brought the patient relief, but as this feeling was only 
experienced during the bath, or for a short time after it, the patient 
bathed oftener than I had recommended. Even during the night he not 
infrequently took a bath, the tormenting cough not admitting him of 
sleep. Each time, after bathing for half an hour he could sleep quietly 
for an hour, until with the increasing fever the cough became so violent 
as to prevent further slumber. During each bath his system gathered 
so much vital power, that he could cough up a large amount of sup- 
purating matter, this always bringing relief. From month to month, 
the patient, who had been little better than a living corpse, grew more 
vigorous and lively. After having applied the cure for a little over a 
year, he had so far regained health also in other respects, that to the 
astonishment of all his friends, his head, hitherto almost bald, became 
covered with a considerable aftergrowth of gray hair. 

Lupus. The innumerable successful cures effected by my method, 
also in the case of lupus, proves that in this disease, as in all others, my 

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doctrine of the unity of disease holds true. I will here cite a case of 
lupus, of .general interest. 

The patient was a lady, 41 years of age, and had been perfectly healthy 
until vaccinated in her second year; from that time dated her misery. 
After the vaccination, obstinate eruption of the skin broke out, which 
in her tenth year developed into lupus of the face. For over thirty 
years this lady had suffered from this painfully disfiguring disease, 
without finding assistance anywhere, notwithstanding that she consulted 
many famous physicians. Her face was horrible to look at; in fact she 
could go nowhere without people turning their gaze from her with 
aversion. In this helpless condition she came to me, all the doctors 
having pronounced her disease incurable. My diagnosis showed an ex- 
tremely favorable position of the encumbrance, so that I could assure 
her of good prospects of a rapid cure. This opinion was confirmed. 
After only a fortnight the disfiguring lupoid places on the face had 
undergone considerable change and were no longer quite so repulsive. 
Her digestion, in particular, which had till now never received any at- 
tention, had also improved quite remarkably. The result was abnormal 
evacuations, whereby the morbid humors were expelled. In seven weeks 
the patient's skin assumed the normal color. 

The rapid cure in this case was due solely to the fact that the encum- 
brance was a front one. Readers of my work on my new system of diag- 
nosis, the Science of Facial Expression, will know how to explain this. 

I have had lupus cases also which, though not nearly so deep-seated, 
took a much longer time to cure. The most wearying cases are, as exper- 
ience shows, those in which the encumbrance is in the back, or left side. 

Many such patients have stopped the treatment after only a few 
weeks, because they could remark no particular change in their con- 
dition, or at most improved digestion. Unfortunately they did not pos- 
sess the perseverance to continue for the time required to effect a cure 
of their disease. 

My system proved very successful in the case of a lady in Stettin. The 
patient had suffered from lupus of the face for nineteen years, and 
could no longer show herself to anyone. She always w^ore a thick veil, 
in order to conceal her disfigured face. All the remedies at the com- 
mand of modern medical science had been tried unsuccessfully for 
nineteen years by this lady before she came under my treatment. Im- 
provement at once began, and a cure was soon effected. The lady wrote 
me the follov/ing unsolicited letter of thanks: 

"Dear Mr. Kuhne: "Stettin. 

I feel it mj'^ duty to express my warmest thanks to you for the good 
effects of your method in my serious case. I employ it with the greatest 
success and now feel strong and well again, and am again able to attend 
to my duties without difficulty. I feel all the happier, because all the 
doctors whom I have consulted within the last nineteen years have been 
unable to help me or even afford relief. 

For this reason I recommend this method to all sufferers from what- 
ever cause, in the firm conviction that it will aid them, and beg. Sir, that 
you will publish this for the benefit of the cause, and of all sufferers. 

With sincere gratitude, 1 remain, Yours faithfully, A. S." 

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AWAY with prudery, away with false shame, which are but the veil 
to mischievously blind; the veil behind which, concealed to view, 
there sprouts and flourishes in all its hideous corruption, the evil 
which in the light of knowledge and common sense must fade and 
die. If we would speak of the hidden ills of mankind, of secret diseases, 
it must be openly and without reserve. So widespread and so great is 
the mischief which sexual diseases cause to mankind, that it would be 
nothing short of sin, were I to remain silent, when my system 
of cure has given me such a complete mastery over these com- 
plaints. An immense amount of misery is caused to mankind simply 
by the general ignorance which prevails concerning the nature of these 
diseases, and more especially as regards their treatment with medica- 
ments. For this reason alone, it appears absolutely necessary to speak 
openly on the matter. The fact that to-day sexual diseases are more 
common than ever before, cannot be disputed. Syphilis, in particular, 
which claims hundreds of thousands of victims annually, brings with it 
the most unspeakable misery. 

The methods employed, except that of the Nature School, are power- 
less against syphilis; at the most they succeed, the body being smeared 
with mercury or the like, in bringing about a temporary latent state of 
the disease, a standstill for the time being, which unfortunately is often 
called a cure and regarded by the patient as such. But exactly for this 
reason, unspeakableniischief has been wrought. For many patients, on 
the strength of the doctor's assurance that they are cured, have married : 
only too soon to find out from the sad results of the marriage, how 
greatly they have been deceived. The health and life of the wife are 
placed in the greatest jeopardy by cohabitation with a man in whose 
system there is latent syphilis. The nature of sexual intercourse is 
such, that there is, in a certain degree, mutual compensation between the 
two bodies. Thus if the woman is not vei-y healthy, latent syphilis is 
soon transmitted to her; having as a result that she falls a victim to one 
disease or another. The children of such marriages are always unfit, 
never being properlv developed. For this reason, I maintain that the 
latent stage of syphilis is far more dangerous than the acute one; for in 
the latter, the person affected bears a sign that plainly shows the true 
state of affairs. 

The medical profession acknowledges a latent stage of syphilis, though 
only able positivelv to ascertain its existence, when acute syphilis again 
breaks out after a^ continued period of latency. Then when quite un- 
able to deny the fact, it confesses that the disease has been latent in the 
system all the while. But if the facts did not speak so plainly, modern 
science even here ^vould certainly never admit the existence of a latent 
state of disease. 

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syphilis cannot remain concealed, even in cases where such acute re- 
lapses have not yet occurred. And l)y its means we are likewise enabled 
to ascertain, long in advance, any predisposition to sexual disease, so 
that the ill can he obviated. I need not enter into details concerning the 
sexual diseases: the whites, gonorrhea, chancre, bubo, syphilis, pollu- 
tions, etc. The name of each particular sexual disease is quite in- 
different to us, since we know that all have one common cause. The 
difference in their form, we know, depends simply upon the difference 
in the predisposition, that is in the encumbrance of the particular per- 
son with foreign matter. 

It is by no mere chance that Nature has partly combined the sexual 
and secretory organs. The system strives to direct the products of secre- 
tion toward these outlets, for which reason the largest accumulations of 
foreign matter are found here. This is most distinctly observable in 
women, and is therefore of importance in sexual intercourse. It is 
unavoidable that these sharp secretions should be transmitted to the 
body like an ointment, by reason of capacity of the skin for absorption. 
Thus the most morbid matter present in the woman, is transmitted to 
the man, and vice versa. If the man is more heavily encumbered than 
the woman, the semen, composed of the fluids of his body, will be in- 
corporated in the woman's system and make her more diseased than 

There is another circumstance which must be explained somewhat 
fully. Sexual impulse itself is a fact which, although universal, has not 
been satisfactorily explained, and remains more or less obscure. 
Orthodox medicine has little to say about its nature, still less as to when 
it is normal, and least of all upon the causes rendering it abnormal. 
Nevertheless one finds in the text-books that next to the instinct of self- 
preservation, the instinct of propagation is the strongest there is in the 
body. It is therefore inconceivable, why the factor only second in im- 
portance to life, should now-a-days be so despised as to be considered, 
in a measure, as something unnatural, as extremely unaesthetic and' 
indecent. Sexual impulse, like all other impulses, has a normal state 
and an abnormal one, resulting from the encumbrance of the system 
with foreign matter. In the state of the sexual impulse, one has a very 
accurate thermometer for the condition of one's health; especially for 
any latent, chronic stage of disease, and for the eff"e<ct of the mode of liv- 
ing on the organism. The latter is only brought from its normal con- 
dition by reason of increased pressure of foreign matter towards the 
natural secretory organs, and consequent increased excitation of the 
nerves. This pressure also affects the sexual apparatus, and causes an 
increased sexual impulse, accompanied by gradually decreasing 
potency. Normal sexual impulse leaves man quite free from any dis- 
turbing lust of sense or thought. The impulse is normal only in healthy 
individuals, and can only be kept normal by a wholly unstimulating 
diet and natural mode of living. It becomes abnormal whenever there 
is an encumbrance of the system with foreign matter, or when a chronic, 
latent condition of disease begins. 

// is only a person whose body is already encumbered with morbid 
matter, who can get a disease of the sexual organs. Thus it can be ex- 
plained why the transmission of the poison of gonorrhea, chancre and 
syphilis should infect one person and not another. I know of cases in 

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which, of two men exposed to the same danger of infection, one re- 
mained quite well, while the other was infected, 

I also know another case in which a woman had intercourse with but 
one man for a length of time, his intercourse being similarly only with 
her. On his removal to another place, his successor follow^ed him in the 
possession of this woman. Now although neither of the men was ill, 
nor had any intercourse with other women, the second man was at- 
tacked by syphilis in a short time, whereas the woman remained quite 
unafifected by it. 

As already observed, the foreign matter accumulated in the sexual 
organs of the one person, is directlj' transmitted by sexual intercourse, 
and operates on the foreign matter in the other person like yeast in 
dough, creating fermentation, especially when there is a tranquillizing 
and strengthening effect on the system, brought about by the mutual 
equalization. By this action, the system gains so much in vitality, that 
it is stimulated to an attempt to expel the foreign matter which it con- 
tains, by a curative crisis, like gonorrhea, chancre or syphilis. These 
facts also throw light on those frequent cases in which a husband, for 
instance, after living for years in regular sexual intercourse with his 
wife, is infected with syphilis through chance intercourse with another 
presumably healthy woman. The intercourse between the married 
couple did not have this effect, the systems of the two persons having 
mutually compensated each other; whereas the new intercourse re- 
quired an entirely different equalization, causing disease, 

I mention these cases only to show in what manner sexual diseases 
arise, and what part the direct transmission of the contagious matter 
plays' in the case. It is far from my intention to support illicit sexual 
intercourse in any way whatever. But here I have only to do with dis- 
ease, its nature, cause and cure, and must, therefore, also adduce ex- 
amples such as the above, which, unfortunately, are only too common. 

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WE come, then, to see that sexual diseases are nothing more than 
curative crises of the system, by means of which the latter en- 
deavors to expel the foreign matter burdening it. Thus, to ef- 
fect a cure, we must get rid of the cause of the disease, the for- 
eign matter encumbering the body, when all ills resulting from such 
cause will gradually disappear. The error of the orthodox medical 
school is a most mischievous one. By means of injections, medicaments 
(most dangerous poisons), such as mercury in various forms, iodine, 
iodide of potassium, iodoform, etc.,* the orthodox doctor thinks to cure 
disease, whereas, in reality, he is simply suppressing the curative action 
of the body. This naturally can only be at the cost of bodily vitality, 
which otherwise would have been able to bring about a curative crisis. 
On the introduction of the poison, all the vital power is required to 
render uninjurious, so that the organism may be maintained. It is thus 
wholly diverted from its curative action. 

What the orthodox medical school calls a cure, thus discovers itself 
to be a far more serious injury to the system than was the natural state 
of disease. Its true character is hidden, however, for it is clad in the 
tempting and deceitful garb of a painless and delusive, but chronic 
latency. Thus, no longer exhibiting the acute symptoms of the earlier 
sexual disease, it is unhappily mistaken by the many as a true cure. 
Supported by irrefutable proofs, I am justified in thus reproaching the 
much lauded medical profession with making such grave errors. Some 
of these proofs I will here produce. 

As we have seen, the suppression of sexual diseases by means of 
drugs indicates no improvement at all, but only a pseudo-cure, a mis- 
chievous aggravation of the condition. Should we sooner or later — 
though it may take years — succeed in restoring the vital power of a per- 
son whose organism has been thus weakened by drugs, it may happen 
that all those symptoms which have been suppressed, reappear tem- 
porarily in milder form. This has been proved in a most striking man- 
ner innumerable times in my practice. The derivative action of my 
baths enable us to hold these diseases in such complete check, that they 
altogether lose their dreadful appearance. No one need fear these 
harmless curative crises. They are a natural result of the dispersion of 
the morbid matter in the system, and of the drugs which have been 

With my method, all sexual diseases, even the much dreaded syphilis, 
lose their frightful guise. I am not exaggerating when I assert this dis- 
ease which is incurable by medical treatment, can be radically cured by 
my system like any other disease, without any injurious effects what- 
ever on the patient's future offspring having to be feared. At the same 

*The author, had he lived until the discovery of salvarsan, and neo-salvarsan, 
would certainly have included such pseudo remedies in his list. 

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time, I am far from saying that every syphilis patient is curable, but only 
those whose digestion is eapable of improvement. Even where the treat- 
ment may last very long, there is always the clear possibility of a cure, 
in proportion to the vitality and the nature of the encumbrance of the 

The appearance of a sexual disease, as already stated, is merely a sure 
sign of a heavy encumbrance of the system with foreign matter, or, in 
other words, of a latent disease. If not cured, however, such disease 
becomes the preliminary stage of other chronic and usually worse dis- 
ease, such as asthma, pulmonary affections, tuberculosis, cancer, heart 
disease, dropsy, gout, etc. And even if these do not always appear in the 
patient himself, the results of the false drug-treatment unfortunately 
only too often make themselves seen in the offspring. Many an innocent 
mother is at a loss to imagine the reason for the appearance of some 
such disease as affection of the lungs, tuberculosis, scrofula, rickets in 
her children, because she is ignorant of the true cause of these com- 
plaints, and cannot throw the blame upon herself. Of the husband's 
secret sexual diseases and of the effects on the offspring, she knows 
nothing. Here we see again, the sins of the parents against the children. 
The sick, weakly offspring is a mirror from which, equipped with my 
new^ teachings, the physical condition of the parents at the time of pro- 
creation may be learned exactly. 

On examining the course of the most common sexual diseases, such as 
the whites and gonorrhea, we obtain fresh confirmation of my theories 
touching morlDid matter. Attended by local inflammation, the system 
ejects the morbid or foreign matter (pus) from the body. Through this 
fermenting, feverish process, the inner organs may also be simul- 
taneously attacked and inflamed, when one does not know how to 
render the process wholly harmless to the organism. In such case, the 
process would be a curative crisis in the true sense of the word. The 
larger the amount of the morbid matter expelled, the greater is the 
cleansing effect on the sj^stem. The chief point is to render this process 
of secretion as painless and little disturbing to the body as possible, yet 
at the same time in no way to interfere with its thorough working. By 
means of my baths, suited to the particular circumstances of each case, 
we attain the desired result in the most satisfactory manner. The dura- 
tion of the cure, naturally, depends upon the exact extent of the en- 

Consider for a moment the "remedies" applied by orthodox medical 
science in sexual diseases: corrosive injections, with solutions of lead, 
mercury, zinc and iodoform into the urethra or vagina, with the object 
of forcibly suppressing the excretive efforts of beneficent nature. The 
very character of the drug is suflicient to show the utter perversity of 
such attempts. It is surprising that no one has yet asked himself where 
the pus goes to after the suppression of suppuration with medicaments. 
Nature never does anything without a definite reason. Natural pro- 
cesses can only be assisted by natural means, not by unnatural remedies 
running counter to all the conditions of life. 

It is through this gross mistake of medical orthodoxy that we find 
everywhere lunatic asylums, hospitals, clinics and sanatoriums spring- 
ing up like mushrooms. If the remedies of the medical profession were 

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really beneficial, one would, on the contrary expect to find a decrease in 
the number of these institutions. 

In closing this part of the present chapter, I will cite two cases from 
my practice. Some years ago a man, about fifty years of age, consulted 
me concerning a serious disease of the heart. After I had given him the 
requisite advice, and he had followed my cure for a fortnight, there ap- 
peared a former affection of the kidney, and after this was cured, just a 
fortnight later, an attack of gonorrhea, from which he had suffered 
eighteen years before. Both disorders appeared in a far milder form 
than when he first had them. Within a week, the gonorrhea was also 
healed, and the patient's general health improved surprisingly, whilst 
his heart disease had vanished completely. During the course of treat- 
ment, the patient related to me that he had formerly first suffered from 
gonorrhea, and had consulted two of the most celebrated professors, 
whose remedies had had the desired effect: the disappearance of the 
gonorrheal symptoms. Some years afterwards, the gonorrhea re- 
turned, but a second time he quickly got rid of the comnlaint by using 
medicaments. Tw^o years later he was attacked by the kidney disease, 
which had given him much trouble. This, after consulting eight weli 
known physicians, he at all events so far suppressed by medicaments 
that the alarming symptoms disappeared. Not long after, the heart dis- 
ease began, which had refused to yield to any remedy, threatening 
finally to pass over into dropsy. I explained to him that the gonorrhea 
had not been cured, but simply forced back into the system, and thus 
formed a preliminaiy stage of his subsequent kidney disorder, which on 
suppression became, in turn, the cause of the heart disease, which, with- 
out my treatment, would have ended in dropsy. Of the connection 
between these various symptoms, he was fully convinced by the cure. 

I may now mention a case of syphilis. 

Baron v. E., aged 47, consulted me some years ago for syphilis, from 
which he had suffered for ten years. He related how he had four times 
undergone the allopathic treatment by mercuricd inunction, at the hands 
of eminent doctors. He had likewise been dosed with potassium iodide; 
but in spite of all this the syphilitic symptoms always returned, and 
open sores in the mouth and on the feet made their appearance. As a 
consequence, he lost all faith in allopathy, the more so as his general 
health after the mercurial treatment was no longer nearly so good as 
formerly. More recently he had suffered from a feeling of oppression 
in the head, and he had lost his clear memory. By means of my Science 
of Facial Expression, I ascertained that my patient was suffering from a 
serious encumbrance, besides which there were distinct signs of 
medicinal poisoning. It was quite clear that the syphilis had only been 
rendered latent by the mercurial treatment. I ordered two or three 
baths daily, and simple, natural diet. The result was favorable, for in 
half a year the condition of the patient had quite changed; his digestion, 
above all, had greatly improved, and his appearance was fresh and 
healthy. With the removal of the cause, the syphilis also entirely dis- 
appeared; nor will it ever return. Further reports of cures will be 
found in Part IV. 

Impotence. There is no more striking proof of the degenerate con- 
dition of the present generation than the so common disease impotence. 
Medical science has, up till now, been able to find no cure for this illness. 

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It stands absolutely powerless against it, because it is not acquainted 
with its nature. Medical orthodoxy does not know, that every diseased 
condition of a patient is caused only by the body becoming encumbered 
with morbid or foreign matter. Every case of impotence may be healed, 
if we can but free the body of its encumbrance. To-day, armed with 
experience and the results of my system of cure, we are in the happy 
position of being able to attain this end. With a quiet conscience I can 
say, that in very many cases a cure has already been effected, and that 
such cures will continue to be effected, if my method is intelligently 
used and the treatment persevered in with an iron will. All irregulari- 
ties in the functional power of the sexual organs can be cured by 
abolishing the cause. In the same way also the sexual impulse can be 
normalized, so that the person thus cured is in a position to live quite 
naturally as regards the sexual condition. How often do we find that 
the lirmest moral principles are powerless to guard against the most un- 
natural sexual excesses, such as, for instance, onanism. I find comfort- 
ing assurance in the many warm words of gratitude which I have earned 
from earnest youths and men of true moral character, who through my 
methods have been freed from these fatal habits. (See reports of cures. 
Part IV.) 

Impotence in women w^e know as sterility. It occurs not only as the 
result of malformation or abnormality of the inner sexual organs: 
there may also be complete insensibility of these organs. I have dealt 
with this matter more in detail in the chapter on Diseases of Women, 
Part III. 

Sexual impulse in men is quite different from that in women, and im- 
potence, therefore, also takes another form in males. We may remark 
perfectly definite symptoms years before it actually occurs; abnormally 
increased and nervous sexual desire, the result of chronic disease. In 
the case of children and youths, there is great irritability, resulting from 
chronic inflammtaion of the sex organs, whence proceeds that so much 
spread evil of to-day, masturbation. In adults we find the irritability 
taking the form of unnaturally increased sexual desire; and simul- 
taneously the mind is more or less captivated with wholly unnatural 
erotic thoughts. In youth there arises a growing shyness in the presence 
of the female sex, which in many cases amounts to absolute fear and is 
nearly always accompanied by impotence. If to-day we find so many 
well situated men unmarried, the real cause of the fact lies in a certain 
shyness before women, arising from impotence. How many young 
men in the best years are already quite unable to normally perform the 
sex act, having become impotent as the result of onanism. How many 
suicide's, or attempted suicides, are not to be ascribed to this cause? 

The following interesting case may be cited here. 

Some years since, a young man, aged about 23, the heir to a large 
estate, consulted me. He had practised onanism since his twelfth year, 
and now intended to try my method of cure, which had been warmly 
recommended to him, in order to gain mastery over his vice. Day and 
ni^ht he was haunted bv his trouble; he was already quite incapable of 
learnin.cJ anything. Powerless, as he said, he was compelled to resign 
himself'^to this self-abuse, although he strove with all his might against 
it A remedy, he had looked for in vain; nor did his wall prove strong 
enough to resist the impulse. Sometimes, it is true, with the greatest 

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determination, he had succeeded in banishing the vice for some months; 
then, overcome by an unresistable impulse, he had given himself all the 
more to the indulgence of his passion. He was possessed with the deepest 
feeling of inward dissatisfaction, felt himself useless in the world and 
went about with the thought of committing suicide. Now, his parents 
wished him to marry; but he felt an absolute aversion to it, being alto- 
gether impotent. He set his last hopes in my method; if that did not 
succeed, he would refuse entering into matrimony. 

An examination of his condition by means of my Science of Facial 
Expression showed that the cause of his impotence was chronic dys- 
pepsia, to get rid of which was naturally the first task. His body — on 
account of his early manhood — would react most favorably for the cure, 
so I could assure him of the best prospects. Conscien^ously and ener- 
getically, he followed my system, and after only a few months his con- 
dition was greatly improved. My theory had here again found a brilliant 
testimony to its truth. The baths, which went right to the root of the 
disease, proved most effectual, assisted by a natural, unstimulating diet. 

After thirteen months' treatment the impotence and onanism were 
cured quite in the same way as so many other cases have been success- 
fully treated. 

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IT may appear very unsystematical, and altogether unmethodical, to 
thus class together a number of morbid conditions, which at first sight 
to the layman seem to have nothing in common. In the eye of the med- 
ical profession they are, it is true, all quite separate diseases, each 
accordingly having its own special treatment. Under the powerful lens 
of my new^ science of healing, however, we are able to discover their 
common origin and intimate relation. 

The origin of all is again to be readily explained by accumulations of 
foreign matter; and here we have especially to do with the accumula- 
tions affecting the normal function of those organs so important for the 
secretion of waste matter from the body : the kidneys and skin. Here 
belongs, too, a consideration of the cause of the gases which arise in the 
stomach during digestion — so-called flatulence. 

These gases through their expansion in the digestive canal, together 
with the vermicular movement of the intestines, contribute on the one 
hand to carry forward the food; on the other hand, in volatile state, 
likewise by reason of their expansive power, they pass directly through 
the walls of the digestive canal into the whole body and the blood. To 
make this clear, I will give you an illustration. The water upon the 
earth is limited to definitely bounded seas, lakes and rivers, so that the 
earth possesses a system of water-veins, resembling the blood-vessels in 
the human body. In addition to this, however, in gaseous form the 
water also fills the whole air and all parts of the earth. It is similar with 
the food and drink conveyed into the body; they are apparently limited 
to well-defined passages and organs, and yet they permeate the whole 
body, partly in a gaseous state. Hence alcohol (beer, wine, brandy) is 
felt soon after drinking, throughout the entire body, especially in the 
head, even though the gases are expelled partly as perspiration and ex- 
halations, if the skin performs its function normally. They are expelled 
both without perspiration and as perspiration. This perspiration smells 
differently in the case of almost every person. Whenever it becomes 
abnormally saturated with old foreign matter, it smells disagreeably. 
Normal perspiration, on the contrary, hardly affects our sense of smell 
unpleasantly. Inside the body a secretion of these gases also occurs 
through the ureters into the bladder. Perspiration and urine are, there- 
fore, two nearly equivalent and similar products of secretion. As soon 
as the bladder is sufficiently full, a desire to pass water is felt, and must 
be immediately gratified, if the system is not to suflfer serious mjury. 

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This point is too important to be lightly passed over. Unfortunately, 
prudery and present day customs often prevent our acting as we should 
in this respect, so that it is little wonder that we find matter retained in 
the bladder and kidneys, which should have been expelled. Parents 
and teachers canot be sufficiently admonished to explain to children the 
evils arising from retention of the urine and faeces. In no case should 
children (in whom the transformation of matter goes on much more 
rapidly than in adults, and whose vitality is also far higher) ever be 
kept from statisfying their needs in this respect, if we would save them 
from injurious, perhaps dangerous, consequences. Should the urine in 
the bladder not be expelled at the right time, like everything else in the 
human body it is subject to a further constant alteration, fermentation 
taking place. The temperature of the bladder is raised, and as a natural 
consequence, there is evaporation of the fluid part of the urine, the salts 
remaining behind. By this process the subsequent secretions of the 
kidneys are prevented from entering the bladder and likewise undergo 
changes. If the desire to empty the bladder or bowels is not gratified at 
the right time, it often passes and then it is difficult to recall it when we 
will. But what, then, becomes of the urine? It has decreased in the 
bladder and must therefore have in some way reentered the body. Part 
of the urine, we know, in consequence of its constant process of decom- 
position, has again passed into a gaseous state, and has reentered the 
entire system and the blood, just as in the digestive process. In this 
process of vaporization, the salts and other insoluble matter remain in 
the form of minute yellow crystals in the bladder and kidneys and are 
afterwards, though not always wholly, expelled. If the sediment in the 
chamber vessel is examined under the microscope, magnified two 
hundred times, we shall find that it consists of minute, yellow crystals, 
which look yellow singly, but reddish when seen all together. This 
process, w^hen the bladder is particularly heavily encumbered, leads to 
the common disorder called Stone, the treatment of which is described 
more in detail on the following page. 

Stones form only under abnormal bodily conditions, or as the result of 
an unnatural diet. They arise in the sanie way as does the incrustation 
in steam-boilers, which forms only at a high temperature, when hard 
water has been used, being much less with soft rain-water. The urine 
retained in kidneys evaporates, and the little crystals unite. As long as 
they are very small, they pass through the ureters with the urine into 
the bladder, without causing disturbance; but when they grow larger, 
they cause, during their passage through the ureters, the pains known as 
nephritic colic, their sharp, crystalline surfaces irritating and injuring 
the membrance of the ureters. In the bladder itself the same process 
takes place. Should the urinal outlets, by reason of heavy encumbrance 
of the abdomen, become narrowed (strictares), it may easily happen 
that the stones can no longer be expelled with the urine, and then form 
the basis of a larger crystaUine mass in the bladder. By the continual 
motion of the stone in the bladder it assumes a rounded appearance, but 
it always retains a crystalline fracture. 

That stones will always form if urine is retained does not follow. The 
character of the urine may be such that the whole of it is transformed 
and is deposited as foreign matter in the body. In this case, it niay 
lead to most various diseases, such as nodular formations, as described 

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on pages 111 to 114. Some years ago, I liad a boy under my treat- 
ment, whose whole body was covered with nodules, about the size of a 
pea. These arose when, in consequence of a cold, he could pass no water 
for several days. I explained that the nodules would soon vanish if they 
were only a result of the retention of urine; our task would be to trans- 
form them into urine again. The boy thus commenced my cure, and in 
a few days copious quantities of water were passed, which continued 
for several days. To the astonishment of the mother, the nodules dis- 
appeared all of a sudden, as it were. In this case the foreign matter 
arising from the transformation of the urine, had formed the nodules, 
which the body, having a high vitality, was able to secrete again. 

Diarrhea and Constipation, as I have already shown, arise from one 
and the same cause: the encuinbrance of the system with foreign matter. 
It is just the same with urination, only that here the obstruction is not 
directW; but only indirectly perceptible, through abnormal color of the 
skin, abnormal redness, herpes, headache, tumors, stone, etc. In a sense, 
we have here only a preliminary stage of other diseases. 

Diabetes, a disease resembling dysenteiy, is, on the contrary, directly 
perceptible. The inflammation caused by the internal fever, to which 
also, the tormenting thirst of diabetic patients is due, does not in this 
case occasion constipation and the fermentation of stone and tumors, 
but a too rapid removal of matter, accompanied by decomposition of 
the juices. The urine thus issues from the body in a morbid, fermented, 
sweetish state. Stone and diabetes are identical in character, differing 
only in external symptoms. To patients suffering from these diseases, 
my baths are of the greatest value; they diminish the internal fever, 
thus relieving the great thirst. 

Both stone and diabetes have been cured by my treatment in one and 
the same manner, by getting rid of the cause. The stone disintegrates 
into granular particles, in which form it is usually expelled with the 
urine. In treating sufferers from stone, it is surprising what large quan- 
tities of water they are obliged to pass when taking the baths. The pa- 
tients always wonder where all the water comes from, though the ex- 
planation is very simple. The urine which formerly had evaporated 
and accumulated as foreign matter in all parts of the body, is now 
brought back along its old paths, finally leaving the body as urine. I 
have had patients who for some time could pass water properly only 
during the baths. The normal condition of the bladder returned 
gradually, step by step with the disappearance of the cause of the 

In the case of Emperor William I, we see how old one may become 
despite stone, for although he suffered from a large stone in the bladder, 
he attained the age of 90. This was solely due to the favorable position 
of the encumbrance of the deceased monarch. The disorder, however, 
showed itself much earlier and in a far worse form in the case of his 
son, the late Emperor Frederick. 

Uraemia, a condition in which urea is found in the blood and entire 
system, generally accompanies disease of the bladder and stone. For 
experts in my Science of Facial Expression, this derangement does not 
remain hidden, even in the very first stages, when the patients them- 
selves do not yet have any idea of it. There is no remedy which so 

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quickly cleanses the blood, and the whole system, of this foreign matter, 
as the baths recommended by me. 

Bed-wetting is that unpleasant state in which the patients cannot re- 
tain their water, is likewise to be traced solely to the encumbrance of the 
abdomen with foreign matter. A fistula has usually formed in the blad- 
der, through which the urine escapes. This condition is almost in- 
variably due to other previous, uncured diseases, forced back into the 
system b}'^ medicaments and unnatural treatment. (See Reports of 
Cures, Part IV). 

Both this form of disease and Intestinal Fistula have often been rad- 
ically cured in ni}^ practice in a very short time, frequently in a few days 
or weeks. A longer cure is only necessary when the disorder has al- 
ready become chronic, and the patient has been injured by the drug 

Catarrh of the Bladder is to a certain extent only an acute preliminary 
stage of a serious bladder disease and stone, a critical, inflammatory- 
state of the bladder and urinary passages attended by painful urination. 
Like all acute forms of fever, it can be very quickly cured by my 
method, its cause being the same as that of all other diseases. 

I was called upon one occasion to a patient who had been suffering 
from catarrh of the bladder for already a fortnight. The prostate was 
much swollen and the patient could only urinate with the greatest pain. 
Every^ ten minutes, also, there were extremely severe spasms of the 
bladder. As the urination was becoming more difficult and painful 
every day, the doctor in attendance, on the evening of the fourteenth 
day, proposed to use a catheter — altogether impossible considering the 
swollen condition of the prostate. The physician said he would have 
to chloroform the patient, which the latter would not allow, sending for 
me the same night. The first friction bath caused the spasms, which 
otherwise had come on every ten minutes, to cease; and after half an 
hour's bath, the patient could pass water without pain. Having taken 
the bath for three quarters of an hour he got into bed again. During 
the night very copious perspiration broke out, and he passed large 
quantities of urine, without any pain at all. In a few days, in this way, 
the catarrh was completely cured. 

Liver-complaint, Gallstones, Jaundice principally occur in cases where 
there is an encumbrance of foreign matter on the right side of the body. 
The secretion of the liver, the bile, which as we know is emptied from 
the gall-bladder into the duodenum, exercises an influence on the 
digestive process, diminishing fermentation. Whenever the liver is 
affected bv an encumbrance of the right side, and its normal secretive 
function is thus obstructed, I have noticed that an entirelv different 
amount of perspiration exudes from the body, than when the encum- 
brance is on the left side. Thus arise, according to the nature of the en- 
cumbrance, gallstones, and induration of the liver. All such patients 
suffer from slight, often morbid and ill-smelling perspiration, and par- 
ticularly from sweating feet. The evaporation, decomposition and fer- 
mentation of the bile shows itself very plainly in a dark color of the 
skin the familiar liver-spots, and leads in many cases to jaundice. (Com- 
pare Renorts of Cures, Part IV). In treating such diseases I have ob- 
served that with my treatment a remarkably rapid cure is effected. 

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connected with disorder of the liver. It only occurs as I have often ob- 
served, \vhcn accompanied by the latter, so that excessive perspiration 
of the feet points years in advance to tlie fact that an encumbrance of the 
right side is developing. The perspiration usually ceases in advanced 
stages of diseases of the liver and gall-bladder. The patient's condition 
then steadily grows worse, because the morbid, fetid secretions of the 
feet remain in the system, causing other and much worse states of dis- 
ease, such as herpes, cancer, etc., which are in turn considerably more 
diflicult to cure, and require far more time. The forcible suppression 
of the excessive perspiration of the feet, by means of medicaments like 
chromic acid, inflicts serious injury on the health of the patient. The 
injurious consequences of medical treatment are generally not observed 
for a long time, even for years, when some far worse disease makes its 
appearance. The artificial suppression of the morbid perspiration by 
drugs is just like stopping up the main sewer of a great city, into which 
all the branch sewers lead, because at the outlet there is an obnoxious 
smell. Undoubtedly the stench would be suppressed at the outlet of the 
main sewer, but this would bring about an infinitely worse state of 
aflairs in the city, which would everywhere be filled with pestilential 

It is much to be regretted that our Army Administration, following 
the instructions of modern medical science, which is quite in the dark 
regarding the nature of these diseases, recommends soldiers to use 
chromic and salicylic acid, etc., to cure sweating feet. I urgently warn 
all against this mischievous remedy. With my treatment, the annoying 
perspiration soon disappears of itself, for the good reason that the cause 
is removed. 

Herpes and Sldn Diseases. These so frequent diseases have also one 
common origin, no matter what particular form the eruption may take. 
I have treated very many patients suffering from these complaints, with 
the best results, and have nearly always found confirmation of the fact 
that these diseases are a more advanced stage of suppressed perspira- 
tion of the feet or skin. They signify a chronic condition, resulting 
from the suppression of another illness, and therefore the treatment 
they require must be longer and most conscientiously carried out. 

Herpes may be dry or attended by a serious exudation. The former is 
usually more tedious to cure. Children often get herpes, which mav al- 
w^ays be traced back to hereditary encumbrance, or suppressed child- 
ren's diseases, often to vaccination. 

For the sake of clearer explanation, I may here introduce two cases 
taken from a large number of such. 

The patient in the first of these cases, had suffered from eruption of 
the skin from the date of his being vaccinated a second time, and the 
disease had spread itself all over his body. He had to put on gloves at 
night and had his hands tied in order that he might not scratch himself. 
His trousers, and even the pockets of his overcoat, he regularly scratched 
through in a short time. He was unable to join his playmates in their 
games and endeavored to pass the time in reading, which only increased 
his depressed condition. The older he grew the worse became the dis- 
ease, he was quite broken down in spirits and could think of an early 
death awaiting him. 

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of my melliod, through coming across my text-book on the New Science 
ol" Healing. Acting on my advice, he took two batlis daily, adopted a 
moderate, unstinuilaling diet and soon to his joy remarked an improve- 
ment in his general condition, iollowed by a gradual healing up of the 
erui)tion. After some time the herpes, the fruits of vaccination, was 
completely cured. 

The other case was one of eczema. A young man 24 years of age 
was suffering from this dreadful disease. The head and neck were the 
parts chiefly attacked. Ointments and drugs had proved anything but 
beneficial, so that he had lost all faith in the medical profession. He 
came to me and commenced a cure according to my special advice. 1 
was able to assure this patient also that there was the prospect of a suc- 
cessful result; the diagnosis showed a front encumbrance. In a few 
days his bad digestion was better, and simultaneously the eczema im- 
proved visibly. On the third day the exudation ceased, and in 16 days 
there was no longer a trace of the eruption. During this period, too, 
the neck of the patient, which had been far too thick, decreased by 
nearly an inch and a half. The morbid matter, which had been the 
cause of the enlarged neck and of the eczema, was carried off in the 
copious excretions from intestines and kidneys. Further reports of 
cures, including one of sycosis (eruption about the chin), will be found 
in Part IV. 

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THERE is a long list of heart-diseases from which humanity suffers, 
which the medical profession treats in very different ways, accord- 
ing to the particular symptoms in each case.' The disorders are 
divided into organic diseases of the heart and cardiac valves, and 
cardiac symptoms, which have their origin in more temporary causes. 
But, if we inquire without prejudice into the cause of diseases of the 
heart, and seek their explanation in natural processes, we shall here also 
certainly come to the conclusion that the source of all heart diseases is 
the encumhrance of the heart with foreign matter. To divide these affec- 
tions into various, therefore, wholly purposeless. It is only on the 
disposition of the heart itself, on its more or less developed capability to 
resist injurious influences, that the seriousness of any individual case 
depends. For instance, if there is an encumbrance of the left side, there 
is much more probability of the disease developing, than if the accumu- 
lations are on the right side. A weakly organized heart, perhaps caused 
by hereditary predisposition, naturally cannot resist encumbrance. 

In a case of encumbrance of the heart, we find also the general symp- 
toms of encumbrance. Not only do the surrounchng parts show an in- 
creased encumbrance with foreign matter, often in the form of fat, but 
the heart muscles are frequently so permeated and swollen with the 
morbid matter that they are quite unable to perform their normal func- 
tions. Nor is it necessary in every case that the size of the heart muscles 
should increase; the encumbrance of the muscular tissues is often shown 
only in their becoming harder, denser or more tense. In this condition 
the functional capacity of the muscles is lowered. Everyone knows how, 
where there is any swelling of the skin, the tension interferes with the 
working of the entire body. With the heart also, this encumbrance of 
the muscles exhibits itself in irregular activity. Now, whenever in- 
creased exertion is required of the heart — for instance, when we get a 
shock, or when anything unexpected or exciting occurs or through 
severe bodily exercise — that is, where an unusual quantity of blood flows 
to the heart, we feel very clearly that this organ is not fully equal to the 
work. There may be palpitation, anxiety, stagnation of the blood, 
paralysis, difficulty in breathing, etc. This is not usually attended by 
much pain, but a dull pressing feeling, constant or temporary only, is 
experienced as though some foreign object were pressing against the 

Disorders in the function of the valves of the heart are caused in the 
same way. When encumbered to a certain extent, these valves can no 
longer properly perform their function of closing, their surfaces being 
so deformed by the deposits of foreign matter, as no longer to fit the 
openings of the ventricles. A defect of the heart may also be brought 
about by a deformation of the contact surfaces of the ventricles. In 
either case the cause is the same. 

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Nervous disorders o! the heart are really a most original "invention." 
As I have already stated in the chapter on nervous diseases, no indi- 
vidual organ can be diseased without its nerves being likewise dis- 
ordered. It shows a complete misconception of nature and natural laws, 
to imagine that the nerves can be perfectly healthy and only this or that 
organ diseased; or that the whole body can be quite healthy, except the 
nerves. For me this idea is a thing of the past. We know to-day, for 
certain, that the various diseases of the heart with their hundred differ- 
ent appearances, and their different external symptoms, all have but 
one common cause: the encumbrance of the body with foreign matter. 

But if the cause of the disease of the heart is not got rid of, or if more 
foreign or poisonous matter is introduced into the body by means of 
drugs, a worse condition will soon arise: dropsy will make its appear- 
ance. Dropsy is always simply the linal stage of other uncured diseases 
which have preceded it. The water found in the body in dropsy is here 
wholly a foreign product. It is clear from this that the body is no longer 
in the condition either to produce normal blood, or to sufTiciently purify 
that which is already there. What is the result? The juices which 
should produce blood, under the influence of the foreign matter fer- 
ment, and thus change form and figure. In no other disease can we so 
plainly trace the process of the origination and decomposition of mat- 
ter in the body, and of the changes of form arising therefrom. Some 
time ago I was consulted by a dropsical patient, whose body was so full 
of water that it looked just like an expanded rubber tube. The internal 
pressure of the water was so great that it continually oozed through the 
skin of the legs, so that everywhere where the patient seated himself he 
left wet marks. The most remarkable thing about the case was this. 
The patient was a butter-dealer and had to sample a large number of 
butters every day. Now the water excreted through the legs smelt so 
strongly of butter, that there could be no doubt as to its origin. In the 
course of time, his stomach had become incapable of sufficiently digest- 
ing the quantity of butter which he had, in sampling, to eat every day, 
without bread or the like. The butter was gradually left less and less 
digested, finally becoming foreign matter in the body. The man was 
accustomed to sleeping on the left side, and here the butter accumulated, 
quantities of fat being deposited in and about the heart, and more or less 
over the whole body. The first result was a disorder of the heart, con- 
tinuing for years. Finally, the foreign matter passed over into a further 
state of decomposition, and then showed itself as water. 

The heart disorder had passed through all stages. At first it was called 
palpitation; then nervous affection of the heart; then fatty degeneration, 
soon attended by a defect of the cardiac valves. Then pericardial dropsy 
set in, ending with general dropsy. The patient had tried all the various 
methods of cure, and finally, when it was unfortunately far too late, 
came to me for relief; but he was already incapable of carrying out my 
prescriptions with full success. He had been treated with all kinds of 
medicines and poisons, each stage of his disease receiving some new 
name and likewise some new remedy! 

The cause of water accumulating in the body is a certain gangrenous 
state of the abdomen, which in most cases is not remarked, because it 
proceeds so slowly. Only when the water causes the breathing to be 
labored and sets up oppression of the heart, is the trouble noticed at all. 

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When the body, however, eonuiieiices lo reael against the disease and 
the patient is able to rally his vital power suilieiently, the chronic dis- 
ease appears as an acute gangrenous condition. If the disease of the pa- 
tient is already far progressed, this hot gangrenous state renders him so 
weak that complete cure is no longer possible, he is internally con- 
sumed. If, on the other hand, there is still sullicient vitality in order to 
enable the system to get the upper hand, it will be able to expel the in- 
llannnation 'from the body. 1 will illustrate this by citing two cases 
treated in my institute. 

I once had a visit from a gentleman from abroad, who had been suffer- 
ing already for years from dropsy and had got no help from allopathic 
treatment. The legs were swollen up with water to twice the normal 
size, and the body also. In spite of this, the patient only complained of 
difliculty in breathing and heaviness in the legs; he could still walk 
quite well. I explained to him that his condition was too far progressed 
in order to admit of a cure, so that I thought it better he should not com- 
mence with my treatment at all. The patient, however, insisted upon 
it, and so he began, filled with hope, despite any attempt at dissuasion. 

In the first weeks, all went on far better than one could have expected. 
Profuse sweats and abundant evacuations rapidly diminished the 
amount of water, so that the patient felt very happy. So far, his body 
had only expelled the product of the disease, namely the water; it now 
began with the work of getting rid of the cause of the accumulation of 
water. This was the internal gangrene, which had scarcely been re- 
marked. The cure could only be efiected by the body in one way: the 
chronic gangrene must be changed into a hot, acute state. If the body 
still possessed the necessary vitality, it would expel the foreign matter 
which had brought about the morbid condition, and a cure would be 
complete. In the contrary case, the body would be consumed by the 
internal heat. With my patient, matters took the latter course, as 1 had 
foreseen. In the third week the change of the chronic gangrene com- 
menced in the right leg. This became more and more inflamed, until 
at length, from the toes to the middle of the shin-bone, there was an 
open sore, which already on the second day had become quite black. 
The gangrene which had formerly been hidden within, was now ex- 
pelled to the outside, naturally causing the patient much pain. During 
the fourth week the black matter separated from the sore like a thick 
skin, and the sore began to heal again. Now, however, the internal heat 
of the patient, who was still corpulent, increased daily, a certain sign 
that transformation of the internal gangrene was still going on. The 
first result w^as extreme thirst. In spite of the derivative action of the 
treatment, however, it did not succeed in mastering the gangrene and 
overcoming the great heat, as was clearly to be seen from the increasing 
weakness of the patient. Soon there was no longer the strength neces- 
sary for taking the baths, and on the 29th day the patient became un- 
conscious, death taking place on the 30th. This patient died slowly in 
consequence of the intense internal heat, as I had informed him from the 
first would be the case. 

I may now mention a case where there was an altogether satisfactory' 
result. The patient here had been dropsical for a long time; his condi- 
tion was serious, but fortunately, in consequence of having been treated 
homeopathicallv, he had taken but little medicine. Within three weeks. 

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on my treatment, he lost the water, whereupon in the fourth week an 
intense internal heat was felt, accompanied hy remarkable symptoms. 
On the second day of the fourth week, for instance, there were frequent 
evacuations of most ahnoxiously-smelling, yet black faeces, of choleraic 
or dysenteric character. This continued for three days. None of the 
family could explain this, as the patient had only been taking very little 
food. His wife came to me in the greatest anxiety about it, when I ex- 
plained to her that her husband was now saved, just because of this 
crisis. The body had thereby not only been enabled to expel the internal 
gangrene, but also its cause: that is, the foreign matter which had for 
years been accumulating in the body. The patient, as a consequence of 
the crisis, was very exhausted and extremely thin, but soon began to 
recover, improving daily. To-day he is as healthy as he was twenty 
years ago, and not a trace of water has again shown itself. In this case, 
the body had fortunately been able to endure the change of the gang- 
rene from the chronic state into an acute one. 

Dropsy is really curable only when the patient, while strictly observing 
my treatment, can perspire freely and unaided at the parts affected by 
the dropsy. It is then possible that the water and other foreign matter 
can be excreted, and a more normal digestion restored. Dropsy is no 
longer curable when the bodily vitality is so low, that it is unable to ex- 
pel the foreign matter; it is then, above all, impossible to permanently 
improve the digestion. 

I would here call attention once more to my new method of diagnosis, 
the Science of Facial Expression, which offers us a certain means of ob- 
serving the approach of dropsy many years in advance. Equipped with 
this new science, we are not obliged to wait until diseases are so far pro- 
gressed as to be incurable; we can begin a radical treatment at a period 
when the stage of the disease still admits of a thorough and easy cure. 

Proofs of the correctness of the foregoing can be given only by prac- 
tical demonstration; I therefore submit below an interesting case of 
serious heart disease combined with dropsy and leprosy. 

A gentleman from Batavia, Java, had for 24 years conducted an ex- 
port business at that place, and had enjoyed during the time, as he said, 
satisfactory health, suffering occasionally, however, from fever, in- 
flamed eyes, and sores on the legs. These symptoms suffice to inform us 
that the system was not healthy, but heavily encumbered with foreign 
matter. This morbid matter accumulated first in one part of the body 
and owing to the tropical climate, was more readily set in fermentation 
than it w^ould have been in our temperate zone. An acute state of dis- 
ease was thus brought about. For the correctness of these assertions, the 
further course of this highly interesting case gives us most striking proof. 
In November 1879 the patient was troubled with a large swelling at the 
back of the head, near the left ear. This was suppressed by medicinal 
poisons and forced back into the system; whereupon, after some time, 
it made its appearance in another form, one of his fingers swelling up 
and suppurating abundantly, so that even a piece of the bone festered 
out. ^^^ 

The finger was hardly healed, when there w^as an abnormal loss of 
blood through the bow^els, a sure sign that a clump of piles had burst. 
Shortly after this, an open sore appeared on the left foot, which re- 
mained open and suppurating for a long time. 

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The patient suffered further from cold hands and feet, cold sweats and 
frequent feverish attacks, all showing the presence of some deep-seated 
disease. In February 1882, a higher fever than usual set in, which con- 
tinued several days with undiminished violence, so much, that the 
family physician, who took the case for one of leprosy, strongly advised a 
journey to Europe. On April 13th 1882, the patient therefore left Ba- 
tavia; on arriving in Europe he consulted Professor J., of Basle, who 
diagnosed inflammation of the blood and sent him to Bad Krankenheil 
near Tolz, in Upper Bavaria, recommending him to the care of Dr. H. 
During this treatment a red spot appeared on the patient's right forearm, 
which remained, in spite of rubbing with corrosive sublimate. On end- 
ing the course of treatment, the patient felt somewhat more vigorous; 
but in the autumn more red spots appeared on his body. The chronic 
feverish condition thus increased. In April 1883, he set out on his return 
to Java, where, in the hot tropical climate, the red spots soon disap- 
peared with the profuse perspiration. On arriving in Batavia in May, a 
derangement of the heart made itself felt, attended by such high fever, 
that he again sought medical advice, and finally in May 1885, was once 
more obliged to go to Europe for treatment for a considerable time. 

From the above it is quite evident, that the cause of the disease had by 
no means been removed from the system by the treatment in Bad 
Krankenheil. The fact of the new outbreak of the disease, upon his re- 
turn to Java, was sufficient proof of this. Through the sojourn in the 
cooler climate of Europe, the disease had passed into a chronic, or more 
latent stage. The patient was thus less sensible of the presence of dis- 
ease, acute outbreaks being now more seldom. The return to the tropics, 
however, at once caused it to pass into the acute condition again. His 
physician, nevertheless, had regarded this apparent improvement in 
health, caused by change of climate, as a sufTicient cure under the cir- 

On his return to Europe, the patient settled in Freiburg, in Baden, de- 
voting himself wholly to the task of getting well, under the advice of the 
family physician and Dr. N., Physician to the Court. In autumn, the red 
spots again appeared all over the body, and far worse than in 1882; a 
sure sign that the encumbrance of the system with foreign matter had 
still further increased. The doctors, not in the least understanding the 
nature of the red spots and other symptoms, informed their patient that 
the cure must be left to nature. A visit to Soolbad Rheinfelden in the 
year 1886, at their recommendation, had the worst results, however. The 
disease now gradually became more and more chronic, and the advance 
of his physical disorder was naturally attended by corresponding de- 
pression of spirits. He had reached that condition of chronic misery 
into which everyone gets, who vainly seeks everywhere for health, man- 
ipulated as depression, melancholy, despondency, nervous prostration, 
lack of courage, and utter weariness of life. It is no wonder, then, that 
the patient, who, during the end of 1888, had been treated by celebrated 
doctors without success, became deeply despondent. From hopeful 
manhood, he had passed into premature old age, weary, soured, broken 

Urgent business now forced him to journey back to Java on Jan. 19th 
1889. His disease had by this time grown so chronic, that his skin, which 
had scarcely perspired at all for three years, even under the tropical 

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sun, only incompletely perlormed its function. On reaching Batavia, 
the disease took an acute turn. The earlier affection of the heart reap- 
peared with increased violence. The fever accompanying it, visibly 
diminished the patient's strength, and water already showed itself in 
the legs. Moreover, the Batavian doctors pronounced his disease to be 
leprosy, and were the more convinced of this, since during the patient's 
last stay in Europe, the most famous European specialist for leprous 
diseases had discovered large numbers of lepra-bacilli in his blood. On 
account of the great dread of infection from lepers prevailing there, the 
doctors at Batavia advised their patient's immediate departure, unless he 
wished to be excluded from all communication with the outer world. On 
December 19th, 1889, therefore, the patient once more set sail for Europe. 
His travelling companions thought it hardly possible that he could 
reach Genoa alive. However, the cooling sea-air stimulated his vital 
power, and he arrived safely in Europe, where his condition again 
passed over from the acute state into the more chronic one. His medical 
attendants at Freiburg gave up the case as absolutely hopeless. 

Fig. 1 

Fig. 2 

Whilst in this deplorable condition, the patient had his attention 
drawn to my method of healing, by an old friend of his in Leipzig, who 
had formerly known him for years in Java. On March 20th 1890, the 
patient travelled to Leipzig and four days later, though almost without 
hope, he commenced my cure. 

This case offers a most striking proof of the correctness of my system 
of treatment, and convincing confirmation of the truth of my Science of 
FaQial Expression. Fortunately, I had this gentleman photographed at 
the commencement of the cure, and also subsequently, Figs. 1 and 2 be- 
ing reproductions from the originals. His body was wholly altered by 
the foreign matter. There was but little of the neck, on which a goitre 
had formed, to be seen, it being sunk, as it were, into the trunk, with no 
proper boundary between the two. Upon the forehead was a large 
swelling nearly an inch high. The parts around the eyes were swollen 
up, as also the whole head, which showed a most abnormal accumu- 
lation of foreign matter. The calf of the right leg was gangrenous; and 
there was water both in the foot and ankle, and also above the 
gangrenous part, so that the patient could only use the leg with 
difficulty. The accumulations of foreign matter in the trunk were in 

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proportion to those in the head and neck. The digestion was wholly 
abnormal. Neither bowels nor kidneys properly performed their func- 
tions. The heart disorder allowed no rest day or night, and gave rise to 
a feeling of uneasiness and oppression. The patient's hands and feet 
were icy cold, and of dark bluish color. 

Satisfactory results were obtained almost immediately after com- 
mencing with my treatment. The digestion soon improved; the bowels, 
which formerly had only been moved by enemas, and the kidneys, 
operated regularly from the third day. The urine, previously light and 
clear, now became cloudy and turbid, evidently containing a quantity of 
foreign matter. Even on the second day the patient felt himself relieved 
and fresher, though with a certain sensation of weariness, caused by the 
energy required to expel the foreign matter from the organism. Profuse 
perspiration also materially assisted in the cure. A perceptible alteration 
in the external form of the body was very soon brought about, the more 
so as the excretion of foreign matter went on most rapidly in his case. 

It was interesting to watch how the gangrenous band around the calf 
disappeared. This was at first dark brown, then bluish red, and was 
quite four inches broad. It dissolved in the form of water, the leg simul- 
taneously increasing greatly in circumference. The right leg ultimately 
became enormously thick. This process was remarkable as showing 
the capability of foreign matter to ferment and change. 

The crisis which the patient was now going through was a severe one, 
but his great vital power stood him in good stead. Although not able to 
move about much, my baths always made him perspire freely at the 
dropsical parts, a proof of the power of his body to react. Within four 
weeks, all the water was expelled from his system. After this, the cure 
went on extremely rapid. The patient felt younger and fresher every 
day, and after four months' treatment, attended by some curative crises, 
was so changed in appearance (see Fig. 2) as to be hardly recognisable. 
The heart disease and dropsy had quite disappeared, and were 
really cured, while despondency had given place to a cheerful and quite 
different mood, with buoyant spirits. 

In Batavia, they could not credit this happy result, but wrote that the 
patient would not be permitted to land in Java, until proved to be quite 
free from lepra-bacilli. For this reason he again submitted himself to 
the inspection of the same celebrated specialist for leprosy, now staying 
in Hamburg, who had formerly examined and treated him. After this 
examination, which lasted nearly four weeks, the patient received the 
assurance that he was entirely free from lepra-bacilli. This gentleman, 
who returned to Java in 1892, is still living, and in the best of health. 
None of his former troubles have shown themselves again. 

This case affords us another excellent proof of the worthlessness of 
orthodox medical science, its diagnosis and its system of treatment. 
Here, again, was a patient given up by the most competent authorities, 
yet, by my method of cure, he was saved from death and restored to his 
family and friends. 

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THERE is always a long period of chronic sickliness before one of the 
dreadful diseases of the spinal cord breaks out. By means of the 
Science of Facial Expression we can, however, determine the re- 
sult years in advance, can recognize predisposition to the diseases, 
and point to the causes contributing to morbid encumbrance of the 
nerves. As regards the latter, pollutions especially, frequently appear, 
whether the patient is married or single. But these emissions always 
denote chronic inflammation of the nerves, particularly of the spinal 
marrow, and of the nervus sympathiciis, caused by severe encum- 
brance of the back with foreign matter. The inflammation always in- 
creasing, the nerves become less capable of resistance, until the patient 
is no longer master of his limbs, the legs being the first over which he 
generally loses control. Together with the pollutions, other morbid 
symptoms also make their appearance. With many there is a peculiar 
feeling of constriction about the waist, varying very much, according to 
the nature of the encumbrance. There is also frequently a slight sense 
of chill just at this internal girdle or band, as it were. In a more ad- 
vanced state of the disease there is often, also shooting, or sometimes 
continual neuralgic pains, and lumbago which may be extremely 
troublesome and painful. 

Diseases of the spinal cord are very various in form. With uniform 
encumbrance, as is the case in these disorders, many other diseases also 
occur, such for instance as St. Vitus' dance. 

In a veiy advanced (the so-called final) stage, it is scarcely longer 
possible to cure diseases of the spinal marrow. In such cases, the most 
that can be done is, at all events to remove all pain from the patient. 
This can usually be effected in a short time, if the digestion is capable of 
improvement, so that there is internal quiet, sleep and appetite. 

Fortunately, by means of my Science of Facial Expression, as al- 
ready remarked, it is no longer necessary to await this final stage of the 
disease. We can commence long before to prevent this, an advantage 
which cannot be too highly valued. These disorders of the spinal cord 
in their first stages are as easy to cure as many other insignificant dis- 
eases. If, on the other hand, the disease is in an advanced stage, and 
particularly if it has been treated with drugs, a cure is much more diffi- 
cult. A house upon which the flames have taken a firm hold, can also 
not be saved, if once the fire has spread too far. 

I have had numerous patients suffering from spinal cord diseases in 
my treatment, but I have not been able to cure all. Many have had to be 
content with an improvement, with an alleviation, of their sad condition. 
The latter have been exclusively such as through long use of medicines, 
had so far paralyzed their body as to render it incapable of being fully 

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cuichI, even by the most careliil Ireatment. To elucidate what has been 
said, I will again produce here some reports of cases which 1 have 
treated in my establishment. 

The lirst case was that ol a young man who suflered severely from dis- 
ease of the spinal cord, and was completely paralyzed in both legs. For 
over a year he had been consulting specialists, without getting any bene- 
fit from the treatment. He was unable to make the least movement 
with the legs, nor could he stand; though only 24 years of age, he was 
obliged to lie helplessly in bed, or be wheeled about in an invalid chair. 
His digestion was the worst possible. The bowels never moved unless 
with artificial aid, the urine passed ofl" without the patient being con- 
scious of it. When he was placed in his chair, his legs had always to 
be put into the right position for him. 

On coming into my care, he had at first to take four cooling baths 
daily, and eat only dry, natural food. If during the first month, owing 
to the debilitated digestion, there was but little improvement, in the 
second month one could observe decided progress. After a further period 
of two months, the patient was again able to retain the urine, and 
his legs were so far improved that he could move them a little, and with- 
out the help of his attendant could stand for a short time. Nine months 
of the treatment had brought him so far, that he could walk about the 
room a little without aid; and in two months more he had regained com- 
plete mastery over his legs. His disease of the spinal cord, which had 
occasioned these complaints, in consequence of the great internal heat 
produced by the accumulation of foreign matter, was cured, exactly in 
the same manner as so many other diseases have been overcome. 

This case also shows clearly how difTicult it is to cure an advanced en- 
cumbrance of the back. I scarcely imagined myself, at the beginning 
of the cure, that the patient's condition could be improved, to say noth- 
ing of cured, because the digestion was so deplorably bad, and in the 
commencement showed no signs of improvement. Only to his extra- 
ordinary perseverance, was the subsequent cure due. Had the patient 
commenced my treatment earlier, such absolute loss of control over the 
legs would never have occurred, and cure would have been much easier. 
Another case which I will now give, is equally instructive. A gentle- 
man in his 47th year had been sufi'ering for several years from con- 
sumption of the spinal cord, without being able to get any relief. His 
encumbrance was very considerable, and he could only w^alk with much 
trouble. Frequently, he was attacked by lumbago and other shooting 
pains. He could not get sufficient sleep, often obtaining no rest at all for 
days together. The digestion was abnormal, and the general condition 
bad. The very first months of the treatment had a good effect, the 
sleeplessness being cured and the various pains likewise disappearing. 
The digestion also improved, although the legs still remained very weak. 
For this reason the patient scarcely hoped for cure. He had looked upon 
the pains and sleeplessness only as special disorders for themselves, and 
always held the opinion that they had no connection with his spinal 
cord disease. As he found it extremely difficult to follow my dietetic 
rules, he gave up the treatment after ten months. His condition then 
soon becaine w^orse and altogether hopeless. 

This patient should have regarded it as a great success, not only that 
his disorder became no worse during the cure, but that the troublesome 

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accompanying symptoms so soon disappeared. With perseverance the 
other troubles would also gradually have been overcome. 

For a further case of consumption of the spinal cord, see Part IV 
(Reports of Cures.) 

Hemorrhoidal Affections. Hemorrhoidal affections generally accom- 
pany disease of the spinal cord and the severe encumbrance of the 
back connected with it. They point to a serious chronic condition of dis- 
ease, which like all others has as its cause a highly inflamed condition of 
the abdomen. As a matter of course, the digestion of such patients 
must also be irregular. 

The fermentation of tumors in the abdomen, a symptom necessarily 
implying severe encumbrances, is a proof that the vital and curative 
power of the body must be very low. 

I will illustrate this, also, by an example taken from my practice. 

A young man in his seventeenth year, who from- his earliest j^outh had 
suffered from troubles of digestion, came to consult me. As he related to 
me, since his eleventh year he had been troubled with piles, hemorr- 
hoidal affection and intestinal hemorrhage, which had caused him much 
pain. In his fifteenth year, he gradually lost the piles and hemorr- 
hoidal affections; but, as he further related, he then became a victim to 
the most dreadful headaches, against which no remedy had any effect. 
Finally, on the back of his head, hard nodules, the size of a hazelnut 
could be seen and felt. His whole head, at the same time, began to 
change in form and increase in size, the relation between the head and 
body clearly altering. It was obvious to everyone who saw the youth, 
that there must be some matter encumbering the head, which ought not 
to be there, and which was not there before. But no one had any idea 
that the clump of piles in the body, in a now much harder and com- 
pressed form, had affected the head, appearing as tubercular nodules. 
To any one familiar with the Science of Facial Expression, these symp- 
toms were naturally easy to be understood. The unbearable headaches 
alone, were sufficient proof of the presence of a deep cause. Unfortu- 
nately no one recognized this. The poor mother saw in her still youth- 
ful son, the same dread disease which had carried off the boy's father 
in his 39th year. None of the methods of cure tried provided any 
remedy against the disorder. The disease slowly but surely got the 
upper hand, and the young man, in consequence of the headaches, 
finally became auite unfit for work, and often had fainting-fits. In this 
deplorable condition he was brought to me by his mother. As there was 
a back encumbrance, an outbreak of inflammation of the brain was any 
day to be expected. My prescriptions were strict diet, cooling friction 
baths, and plenty of exercise, and they were closely follow^ed out with 
good results. Already in the first w^eek, the headaches disappeared. 
Only during dispersion of the tubercular nodules in the head, did the 
pains temporarily return again. The digestion and appetite likewise 
improved in a most satisfactory manner. A decrease in the nodules, 
which were to be clearly felt on the head, Avas noticeable towards the 
end of the cure. The nodules in the interior of the head decreased 
simultaneously, and the head itself became relatively smaller than be- 
fore. In another two months the nodules had still further decreased, 
and in half a year there was no trace of them left. 

Suddenly a change, apparently for the w^orse, set in. As his mother 

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informed mc, her son felt unwell since the day preceding, the hemorr- 
hoidal affection, which had vanished years ago, having again made its 
appearance as had as ever. 1 explained to the anxious mother that 
this was unavoidable. The tubercular nodules in the head had, by the 
derivative action of the treatment, been conducted from there into the 
body and had again taken the form of a clump of piles, which, indeed, 
had been the cause of the nodules in the head appearing at all. Her 
son had been cured of consumption of the brain by this curative crisis, 
and in the same way it was now only necessary to free him from the 
hemorrhoidal affection, which was but a preliminary stage to the tuber- 
culosis of the brain. This explanation cleared up the woman's doubts, 
and the cure was continued with the most happy results. After a year, 
the hemorrhoidal affection had also been perfectly cured, and the young 
man was again healthy. 

Further reports of cures will be found in Part IV. 

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FROM all classes of society to-day we hear the complaint about 
poverty of the blood and chlorosis. Neither poor nor rich, neither 
young nor old are free from these disorders, although there is a 
whole host of remedies in the field. It is the upper classes, supplied 
with ample medical advice, who use these remedies most, and especially 
in the form of what is called nutritious diet : eggs, flesh-meat, bouillon, 
wine and beer, etc. 

Modern medical science boasts of the great progress it has made; 
chemistry and physiology claim to have ascertained exactly the nutri- 
tive value of all articles of food, and their effect on the human organism; 
yet in spite of all this scientific knowledge, the disorders are not in 
the least diminished, but spread more and more. They produce weak- 
ness, debility and nervousness, and lead to abnormal sexual impulse. 
They prevent a proper supply of milk in mothers, and, in short, they 
render people mentally and physically unfit, incapable to think or to 
act. They cause over-sensitiveness, weariness, heaviness in the feet, 
pains in the muscles. There is loss of appetite, and the bowels no longer 
act regularly. 

What is the position which the medical profession takes up in regard 
to these diseases? Supported by chemical analysis, the doctors recom- 
mend the use of flesh-extracts, said to contain all the constituents neces- 
sary for eruption, quiet prevails for a time, until new tension is caused 
by the processes of combustion, decomposition and re-formation with- 
in the earth. The process is similar in epileptic fits. An encumbrance 
of foreign matter forms within the abdomen, causing slow, yet con- 
stant fermentation, attended by the development of gas and tension. 
The seat of encumbrance here being limited in space by the foreign 
matter, there is a constant increase in tension, assisted by the continual 
fermentation. Finally there is an eruption, which brings on the fits, and 
through pressure on the brain, suspends the functions of the latter. 
When the process of fermentation and the attendant pressure subside, 
consciousness returns, although the entire body remains more or less ex- 
hausted after such a violent attack. 

It is much to be regretted that the medical profession is unable to cure 
epilepsy, and still more so that it does not up till to-day even know its 
character. Not seldom, it regards this disease merely as a nervous dis- 
order. Little does it think that all these, as it considers them, incurable 
and mysterious disorders are chiefly its own work: the fruit of misled 
science, wrong advice as to the care of the health, and the use of in- 
jurious remedies, such as potassium bromide, etc. 

The course of cure in epilepsy differs much, according to the encum- 
brance of the patient. With some the attacks gradually decrease very 
soon after beginning treatment; with others they at first appear oftener. 
Owing to the changes going on in the system, such temporary symptoms 

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occur Ircqueiitly; but as soon as llic encumbrance is expelled, they 
gradually, or even suddenly, disappear. They become weaker and 
weaker, until there are merely swoons or giddiness, which quite disap- 
pear on continuation ol" the cure. In advising patients, it is therefore 
well to call their attention to the probable course ot the cure. And here 
again my Science ol" Facial Expression serves as an excellent means to 
foresee those curative crises which may be unavoidable, especially in the 
case of serious encumbrances. 

We thus come to see, that the curability of epilepsy depends solely 
upon the state of the encumbrance of the patient. In nearly all cases, a 
cure has been effected by my method. Some cases may have been 
tedious, or even incurable, when the patient's condition was already too 
chronic; and when the body, particularly the digestion, had been too 
seriously injured by the customary medicaments, such as bromine. In 
such patients the nerve-connections, and the brain, have been too 
seriously distributed to admit of retrogression. In my establishment 1 
have had some obstinate cases, which have required most careful treat- 
ment on my system for years, before the attacks ceased. Cessation of 
the fits must not be looked upon as always signifying that the patient's 
encumbrance has been gotten rid of. For the complete removal of such, 
a still longer time is often required. 

According to the report of the National Medical Commission, for the 
year 1889, the number of epileptic school-children in Saxony was, at 
the end of that year, 795, or 13.6 in every 10,000 children. It is, therefore, 
much to be wished, in the interest of suffering humanity that the suc- 
cessful cures of the New Science of Healing should also become better 
known in influential and authoritative circles. 

I cannot refrain from introducing here, also, an actual case which 1 
have treated, for the purpose of elucidating the subject. 

A girl of nineteen had suffered for six years from severe epileptic 
fits. Every week she had at least two attacks. Her digestion was the 
worst possible, and her menstruation likewise altogether irregular. Not 
once since puberty had she had normal periods; sometimes they re- 
mained away altogether, at other times appeared too frequently. 

By means of my Science of Facial Expression, I found that she was 
also highly chlorotic, with a disposition to consumption. Her head was 
abnormally large. The state of the encumbrance was, however, favor- 
able, so that I could assure her of a good prospect of success. In order 
that she might not mistake the course of the cure, I called her attention 
to the fact that the attacks might possibly, during the first fortnight, be 
more frequent than before, but then would gradually diminish, and 
finally cease entirely. My natural remedial agents did not desert me in 
this case either. Steam-baths, however, as in most epileptic cases, had to 
be avoided. In three weeks the patient was free of all fits. 

The cure took the exact course, which I had foreseen. In the first days 
there were two, three or even more attacks. After sixteen days these 
gradually passed into swoons, and giddiness, and finally ceased entirely. 
Such speedy success was only possible on account of the patient's diges- 
tion having fortunately improved with surprising rapidity and the 
menstruation having soon become normal. In many cases, so rapid a 
cure is not to be effected. The quick cure here, was to be attributed 
solely to the very favorable position of the encumbrance of the pa- 

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tient. Other epileptic cases which I have treated, have required two, 
three, or more times, as long to cure (see Reports of Cures, Part IV). 

Agoraphobia is a condition in which the persons afHicted are unable 
to go across a broad, open space. This disease, also, is simply the re- 
sult of encumbrance with foreign matter. The condition is due to the 
inner tension of the body being no longer able to ofl'er sutlicient counter- 
pressure to that exerted by the atmosphere; or, it may be, it exerts too 
high a pressure on certain internal organs. The rarer and purer the air, 
the more is the oppression felt by such persons. I have had patients' 
under treatment, who could only walk close to the houses, without fall- 
ing down. This comes from the fact that the air there is always a little 
more dense than in the middle of the street; and though the difference 
is very slight, it is still sufficient to be felt by the patient. Wherever the 
air grows purer and rarer, the patients feel oppressed and disquieted in 
the highest degree. The inner pressure deprives them of all support. 

This disorder, like tuberculosis and cancer, is always a final stage of 
other preceding diseases, whether it appears directly or indirectly 
through being inherited. Whether a patient will recover depends al- 
together upon his condition and the encumbrance. A radical cure, in 
any case, can only be effected by my method, which removes the cause. 
The cure, it is true, often requires a long time. 

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THAT sudden, malignant complaint which attacks the human organ- 
ism, those morbid paroxysms commonly known as epilepsy, which 
overcome the body — they are but the conclusion of a series of pre- 
ceding diseases which have been suppressed, or are the result of 
inherited disorders, too often to be traced to the youthful folly of the 
father. In the latter, the treatment of sexual disease with drugs has 
driven back the foreign matter into the body, with the natural result that 
accumulations of such morbid matter have formed in the parents. The 
transference of this matter to the body of the child is the foundation of 
the disease which we call fits. 

In the course of my practice, I have treated numerous cases of epilepsy 
with striking success. How often have I seen that sudden epileptic at- 
tacks are nothing more than sudden ebullitions of fermenting foreign 
matter, which has first developed in the abdomen. In many cases these 
ebullitions of fermentation first pass down into the legs, only aftei-wards 
pressing upwards. By the outbreak of fermentation, many persons are 
first whirled round, as it were, several times, before falling; others, 
again, as soon as the fermentation rises towards the head, lose con- 
sciousness and fall to the ground. 

These processes in the body may be compared to the outbreak of a 
volcano, when the expanding gases and masses, accumulated within 
the earth, suddenly rush forth. For the building up and maintaining of 
the human body, they advise a liberal diet; they prescribe pills and 
powders, quinine and iron in various forms. And what is the result of 
this treatment? In general, just the contrary of that which was to be 
attained. The blood becomes still poorer, the patient becomes more 
chlorotic, and other troubles may set in in addition, the sole cause of 
which is the unnatural medical treatment. Astonishing though it may 
sound, it is a fact that to-day we can even find new-born babes sutfer- 
ing from poverty of blood. 

These observations bring us to the conclusion, that the modern treat- 
ment and diet in these cases cannot be the right one. It must also be ad- 
mitted, that chemistry is not sufficient to prevent errors when dealing 
with the processes going on in the living body. According to our ex- 
perience, artificial extracts of all sorts, and artificial preparations used 
for the purpose of "feeding up" the patient, are most difficult of diges- 
tion, and are often, indeed, not to be digested at all. Foods in the 
natural form, unchanged by cooking and seasoning, are always the 
easiest of digestion. 

My New Science of Healing teaches an entirely different treatment of 
these diseases. The external symptoms of anaemia and chlorosis give us 
no clear idea of their nature. We know that a normal skin never has 
the pallid color of an anaemic patient; nor is ever too red, yellow or 
brown, but always feels moist and warm. Healthy blood is bright red 

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and thin, even in the veins; blood loaded with morbid matter, on the 
contrary, is darker, nearly black, thick and half coagulated. In addition, 
where the encumbrance is very great, the blood vessels are partly ex- 
panded, and sacs are formed to contain the largest masses of blood. 
This expansion sets in gradually, in consequence of the continual ten- 
sion and inner pressure accompanying the encumbered state. In all 
chlorotic and anaemic persons, we therefore notice, besides the pallid 
skin, conspicuously dark veins. Normal veins, fdled with easily flow- 
ing, healthy blood, shine but faintly through the skin, at all events never 
exhibit the blue color and distention seen in the case of persons suffering 
from chlorosis. Further, we see in the case of such persons, a pale, 
withered inactive skin, which often appears wax-like, and of a greenish 
yellow color. In other anaemia patients, again, the face is red and the 
complexion fresh, but notwithstanding this there is complete incapa- 
bility, debility and deficient chylification. This condition, owing to the 
apparent health, is often set down by the medical profession as an 
"imaginary disease." 

In anaemia and chlorosis there is always too great internal heat, with 
an external sensation of cold. And here we have the explanation of 
these diseases, which like all other chronic diseases, point to internal 
latent fever. 

Imperfect digestion in conjunction with insufficient activity of the skin 
and lungs, i. e. want of good food and air — are the sole causes of these 
diseases. In consequence of the imperfect digestion, masses of foreign 
or morbid matter accumulate, causing tension and increased heat in the 
unhealthy body. In a state of gaseous fermentation, they pass through 
the whole body and are deposited especially in the extremities, that is 
directly under, or in the skin. The finest blood-vessels of the skin thus 
gradually become obstructed, the blood is no longer able to reach them, 
so that there is not the warm feeling which a healthy skin presents. The 
skin, on the contrary, appears pallid and withered. 

Thus it is imperfect digestion which is chiefly to blame for anaemia 
and chlorosis. Inactivity of the lungs, with its consequences, is another 
cause, due in turn, to the want of fresh, healthy air. Unfortunately the 
fear, fostered by physicians, of taking cold, keeps many people from 
properly ventilating their rooms and so admits of the injurious in- 
fluences of bad air proving all the more effective. The orthodox medical 
school well knows, that it is the lungs which by the respiration of fresh 
air renew the blood; nevertheless, in cases of sickness, the mistake is 
made of keeping the patient confined to his chamber, and advising him 
to avoid all contact with the fresh air. But this also, so clearly char- 
acterizing the imperfection of the orthodox medical system, is to be 

Allopathy, which does not recognize the real cause of disease, makes 
no endeavor to remove the morbid matter from the body, but only to 
suppress the symptoms of the disease. It transforms every illness into a 
chronic state, not observed by the uninitiated, and calls this a "cure." 
But as we shall see, such a cure is only apparent, not real. Hitherto, un- 
fortunately, no one has possessed a certain and infallible method of dis- 
covering these pseudo-cures. Now, however, we have my Science of 
Facial Expression, which enables every student of the system to recog- 
nize whether the cure is real or not. 

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When unnatural medicaments are employed for the purpose of curing 
hloodlessness and chlorosis, the stomach is burdened with still more 
indigestible matter and the condition rendered worse. These diseases 
can be cured only by expelling the foreign matter from the system, but 
never by medicaments. By drugs — including that favorite remedy for 
anaemia : iron — the stomach soon becomes so weakened, that the patient 
has no appetite except for strongly seasoned, piquant dishes. Such, 
however, we are convinced, are as good as altogether indigestible, and 
operate solely to stimulate the system, until there is finally no longer any 
normal appetite at all. Then the doctor will recommend a highly 
nutritious diet, "nourishing" wines, flesh-meat, eggs, aided by still 
stronger medicines than before. Then the patient, finding ultimately 
that his physicians do him no good at all, begins to despair, and only 
then, unfortunately, when in this sad condition, generally seeks my 
advice. The first week under my treatment usually suffices to open the 
eyes of my patients as to the mistakes of the orthodox medical school, 
and the successful result of the cure converts them finally into enthusi- 
astic disciples of my New Science of Healing, 

As soon as the foreign matter obstructing the pores and impeding the 
circulation, is removed, the blood again circulates to the surface of the 
body, renews its warmth and restores to it its normal color and moist 

The easily digestible, unstimulating foods, which I advise, are par- 
ticularly suited for anaemical and chlorotic patients, 

I repeat, that fresh, natural air as found outside, or in our rooms when 
the windows are open, possesses, like water, the power of aiding in a 
natural manner the curative crisis which Nature causes to take place in 
our bodies. Unfortunately our orthodox physicians, on the plea of 
avoiding the danger of colds, forbid the use of these two important 
factors, fresh air and cold water — a proof of how little they understand 
of the nature of colds. Unable, without serious injury to the organism, 
to effectually combat chills, they endeavor before all things to prevent 
such appearing, and to this end use the means most suitable for sup- 
pressing the reactionary power of the body. 

But to anyone who has studied my theory of disease as previously out- 
lined, a cold is a quite harmless syrnptom: it is, indeed, to be welcomed. 
A really healthy person cannot catch a cold, because there is no 
foreign matter in his body. Again, a person who is encumbered with 
such matter, IduI who lives in a natural way, knows that by a suitable use 
of cold water, with fresh air and an unstimulating diet, he will be en- 
abled to recover his health. He will thereby attain a hardiness and 
inner bodily purity, which he did not before possess. He knows, too, that 
colds, caused especiallv by sudden changes of temperature, can only be 
brought about bv the fresh air so strengthening the vitality of the body, 
as to enable it to produce a curative crisis, which appears in the form of 
a cold. By means of this crisis the body will be enabled to expel a 
quantity of the foreign matter. Such a crisis, therefore, so far from do- 
ing injury, assists the body to return to better health. 

The treatment of ansemic and chlorotic patients must be adapted to the 
particular individual, being mild or energetic, as the case may require. 
Advice exactly applicable to every patient, cannot be given. From the 
following report, however, the chief general principles may be learned. 

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A girl of nineteen had been under allopathic treatment for chlorosis 
since her fifteenth year. Her physician had at first prescribed iron in 
the form of pills, then as a mixture with pepsin and other medicines. 
He had further advised her to take only the most "nutritious" food: 
flesh-meat and bouillon, ham and eggs every day, with one or two glasses 
of Hungarian wine; instead of tea or coffee, he recommended good 
boiled milk. Water, he said, might contain many dangerous miasmata, 
so he advised her to rather drink some "strengthening" beer. His direc- 
tions were conscientiously followed for months and years, but without 
success. The girl's condition at first was bad enough, by the treatment 
it was made far worse. Her digestion became much weaker, despite the 
strengthening diet she was literally starved; she gradually grew weaker, 
paler and more discontented in mind. She plainly felt that the doctor's 
prescriptions did her no good, yet she laid the blame not on them, but on 
her own system, believing that she was incapable of regaining health. 
The strengthening food which she ate, passed through her body, it is true, 
in spite of constipation, but afforded no nourish