History & Science
of Natural Hygiene
Category
8 Articles
The Hygienic Revolution
By Herbert M. Shelton
"Natural Hygiene is properly
defined as that branch of biology
which designates the conditions
upon which health depends and the
means by which it may be sustained
in all its virtue and purity while we
have it, and the means upon which
its restoration rests when we have
lost it.  We may also define Natural
Hygiene as the science of normal
vital development.  Disease results
from disobedience to organic laws.  
Natural Hygiene, as applied to the
sick, is not the mere employment of
diet, or fasting; but enters into all
the causes of disease, seeking to
remove these, and supplies all the  
needs of life in assisting the efforts
of nature in restoring health."  
How Far Is Too Far?
By Herbert M. Shelton
"In this will be found a brief
biographical sketch of the life and
activities of Dr. Isaac Jennings, M.D.  
The story as given therein, about Dr.
Jennings' desertion of the drugging
practice and his adoption of what he
called the "no-medicine plan"
of caring for the sick.
A few physicians agreed with him
in part but they were unwilling or
unable to go all the way.  They were
willing to admit that too many drugs
were often given, but unwilling to
concede that no drugs at all was the
ideal. Their most common complaint
against Jennings was that
he went "Too Far."
Principles or Men, Which?
Brief History of the
Hygienic Movement
By Herbert M. Shelton
"Dr. Bergholtz wrote an article
under this title.  It was published in
the Therapeutic Digest Feb. 1941.
Dr. Bergholtz points out that every
time a leader in the nature cure field
dies, doubts are raised as to the
efficacy of the nature cure system.
Sylvester Graham died in 1851 at
the age of 55.  He had promised
longer life by adhering to a Hygienic
way of life.  His early death is still
referred to by the enemies of living
reform as evidence that there was
something radically wrong with the
mode of living he advocated."  
Toxemia Explained:
The True Interpretation
Of The Cause Of Disease
By John H. Tilden, M. D.
Excerpt from a book that is
considered a classic masterpiece
in the world of Natural Hygienics.
"After years of wandering in the
jungle of medical diagnosis--the
usual guesswork of cause and
effect, and the worse than
guesswork of treatment, and
becoming more confounded all the
time--I resolved either to quit the
profession or to find the cause of
disease.  That I have discovered the
true cause of disease cannot be
successfully disputed.  This being
true, my earnestness in presenting
this great truth is justifiable."
Natural Hygiene: The
Greatest Health Discovery
 
By Chris Beckett
"This article is just part of the
absorbing story of the evolution of
Natural Hygiene, the movement
which was built around it, its
struggle to gain acceptance for
principles that were based on
natural law and a rudimentary
understanding of the amazing but
glorious health potential it holds for
humanity as a whole.  Natural
Hygiene is neither a system of
medicine, nor one of the healing
arts, nor a system of therapeutics.  
It offers the client no cures, has no
cures, denies all cures, does not
pretend to cure; but it permits
nature or the body to heal itself."   
Nature Cure:  
Philosophy & Practice
Based On The Unity Of
Disease & Cure
By Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
This book starts off with an
introduction to how Natural Hygiene
came to America via Germany.  
Interesting historic time line, a
glimpse into the early part of the
20th century and one of the
pioneers in Hygienic healthcare.
"What Is Nature Cure?  It is vastly
more than a system of curing aches
and pains; it is a complete
revolution in the art and science of
living.  The philosophy of Nature
Cure is based on sciences dealing
with newly discovered or
rediscovered natural laws and
principles, with their application to
the phenomena of life and death,
health, disease and cure."   
The Ethics of Diet
By Howard Williams M.A.
Brief Biography of: Sylvester Graham,
1794-1851
"Sylvester Graham has always had
great repute amongst food
reformers.  His book: The Science
of Human Life is one of the most
comprehensive scientific dietetics
ever put forth.  As for the
omniverousness of the human
animal."
Graham says: “The
orangutan, on being domesticated,
readily learns to eat animal food.  
But if this proves that animal to be
naturally omnivorous, then the
Horse, Cow, Sheep, and others are
omnivorous, for every one of them
is easily trained to eat animal food.  
Comparative anatomy proves that
man is naturally a frugivorous
animal, formed to subsist upon
fruits and vegetables.”   
The True Healing Art, Or
Hygienic vs Drug Medication
By R. T. Trall, M.D
Speech Delivered at the
Smithsonian Institute
Washington, D. C., 1862
"I had never before faced so
intelligent an audience.  There were
present many members of
Congress, military officers,
physicians of different schools,
army surgeons, gentlemen of
literary, scientific, and judicial
distinction from different States,
and a large audience of the most
thinking and progressive people to
be found in Washington.  In such
company I could not but feel at
home, for I knew my theme would
be appreciated, and I determined
to talk so long as the audience
could be kept together."