I have chosen the title of this talk because I want to send a message not only to the medical profession as a whole, but to the consumer who patronises the medical profession and practitioners of other so called alternative therapies.

My message to those who claim "the art of healing" is simply: that there is no art of healing - for healing is a biological process. But there is an art of living in such a way that will enhance this biological process of healing - hygienic lifestyle. I say to the medical profession as a whole, "Don't just hand out remedies - you must teach your patients how to live. Deal with root causes, not just with symptoms". This message is also designed for practitioners of alternative therapies because they are obsessed with symptoms, remedies and 'cures' as drug and surgery based allopathic medicine.

Ill health is so prevalent in modern society that 'doctors' of all so-called healing systems are beset with a mass of people who are seeking relief from their aches and pains. All the practitioners of these systems are jostling to get to the patient first so that they can claim that their method is successful.
This "remedy mentality" is as common among practitioners as in their patients. I do not blame the patients who, not knowing anything better, are forced to seek palliative measures in order to cope with day to day life free for a time from their pain.

In the past Dr Shelton and other Hygienic pioneers were not afraid to criticise the medical savants in their time. Now, once again, the Natural Hygiene movement must come out of their closets and speak freely and openly that the medical profession is accused by us Hygienic practitioners of "Betrayal of Trust" that their patients put into them. The consumers of the medical profession i.e. the public must be told: In the past Dr Shelton was chastised by modern day Hygienists for his strong language in criticising the medical profession - in my humble opinion the modern day Hygienist is sitting on the fence. The greatest threat to the Hygienic movement and it's future role in our society is the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry. "Pussyfooting" the medical profession is as bad. Natural Hygiene movement must not try to convert the medical profession. We have to reform and revolutionise what is bad in modern day medicine and keep the good that is still there i.e. the innovation of modern day surgical procedures, emergency handling of various complications that arise from time to time e.g. defibrillation, dialysis and any other procedures which buy time for Natural Hygiene procedures to work in the future.

We must free the radicle which lies buried in all individuals, professionals and non professionals who, at present, swear blindly by the allopathic procedures for eradicating disease.

I want you, my audience, to ponder over this parable:
In a town of India (the land of my birth), a baker suspected that the farmer who was supplying his butter was giving him short weight. For several purchases he carefully checked the weight of the butter (in the preserice of witnesses), and his suspicions were confirmed.
This so angered him that he had the farmer arrested. "I assume you have weights" said the judge at the farmer's hearing. "No Sir, I don't " replied the farmer. "How then do you weigh the butter you sell?". "Well", said the farmer "when the baker began buying butter from me. I decided to get my bread from him. I just use the one pound loaf he sells me, as a weight for the butter I sell him. If the weight of the butter is wrong, he has only himself to blame."

O.K, so this is a lacto-vegetarian parable; but don't slip on the butter and miss the point. How often in life we may think like that baker, that we are "playing it smart" or getting away with something, when we give less than a full measure of honesty, integrity, sincerity and altruism. I say to the medical profession you have betrayed the trust that the public has put into you. when my medical friends tell me that they are obliged to give drugs to their patients because the patients demand they be given antibiotics, steroids, synthetic hormones and various other drugs - but I ask them who educated the public to demand drugs in the first place if not the medical profession.

Who but the medical profession treated the symptoms only of their patients without educating them as to the causes of their diseases. The medical profession had the power and the knowledge to educate their patients but they have failed miserably in their duty. They kow-towed to the drug and pharmaceutical industry, they kow-towed to their own greed for power and money and left the Hygienic professionals to pick up the pieces of the now dejected and depleted humanity.
And how loudly the medical profession protest when it seems as if life has short-changed them by the rising tide of public opinion to embrace Natural Hygiene principles and practices, when in reality it is they who have short-changed the public. What outcome could we expect?

In this 'giving short weight' to others in life in general - or in not handling our share of the load, we cheat not only others, but far more ourselves. For we skimp on not just an ounce or two of flour; we deny ourselves the reality of the best that we could be and should be. We throw away values that are far more precious than diamonds or gold. The farmer in this parable simply served as a mirror, in which the baker found the reflection of his own shortcomings; little wonder that Mr Baker did not like what he saw, and was quick to blame the mirror.
It reminds me of the old story of the king, who did not like the news, and so executed the messenger!

I say to the medical profession the Natural Hygiene movement is like Hydra with many heads. The more you try to suppress us and the truth we tell, the more will the truths of Natural Hygiene spread so that like an octopus we will squeeze all the worst of modern day medicine out into the limbo and keep that which is true and wholesome. Don't blame the mirror, try cleaning up the cause.

What is really wrong with the orthodox health care system?
I will tell you. For starters it is not health care, it is disease care.
Secondly, the goals of the system have not been properly defined. Is it supposed to fix healthy people who have been broken? Or is it supposed to keep everyone alive and healthy into ripe old age?

If it is the latter then the medical profession is going about it the wrong way. Here is what an enlightened heretic medical doctor had to say. "Where bodily health and hygiene are concerned, we cling pitifully to the primitive, childish belief in magic; we are ever seeking some new thing in the unquenchable hope that some day we shall find a means to defy nature's laws with impunity; to prevent the future from being what the past has made it; to obtain something for nothing; to reach success without effort and to escape the consequences of our own ignorance and folly." (Dr Henry Yellowlees,O.B.E., M.D.)

Since I am lecturing in U.S.A, let me tell you that presently the U.S. medical budget runs at about $840 billion, 12% of the gross national product. Workers in the White House are unlikely to reduce this burden, since they have skilfully side-stepped some fundamental issues:

Definition issues.
It is widely argued that the government's medical interventions are there to provide a "safety net" for those who can't afford care. But there is no safety net, and the use of the term in the content of disease care is tendentious semantic manipulation. A true safety net keeps the trapeze flyer from hitting the floor. Every time. And it works.

But in the circus of life all the flyers wind up on the floor, safety net or not. It might be useful to speak of a safety sieve and the design the net holes in such a way that only the most egregious lack of personal hygiene or advanced age would allow the flyers to fall through but that's not what the government is up to. The government sees disease as a capricious and democratic event and intends to tax the healthy to pay the medical bills of those who smoke, drink, consume 41% of calories from fat, and use of hard drugs.
If that were not enough the same government actively finances the first 3 behaviours.
As for the "drug war" the government spent $12 billion in 1992 with little effect on drug related emergencies. Drug abuse deaths(As per cent of yearly total): Heroin and morphine 0.4% - Tobacco 79.9% - Alcohol 19.3% - Cocaine 0.5%

"Health care" is being hyped. If you really have health, you don't need any care. The basic necessities of life e.g. food, shelter, environment, clean water are essential but medical care is not! Sixty million years of primate, hominid and human evolution proceeded without antibiotics, doctors or magnetic resonance images. There are documented cases of humans who actually make it through a long, healthy and productive life without ever seeing a physician. Often these people are called "Natural Hygienist". They fall asleep in their 90's and don't wake up and the autopsy report reads "Patient dead - cause unknown - not cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes or stroke."

Valuation issues.
If medical care disappeared overnight the overall effect on humanity would be negligible. J.McKinlay and S. Nickinlay in their excellent paper on "The Questionable contribution of medical measures to the decline of mortality in the U.S.A. in the 20th century", published in 1977, analysed American health statistics and concluded that no more than 3.5% of the decline in mortality could be attributed to medical intervention. Thomas McKeown M.D. reached a tad more generous position (5%) in the U.K. and attributed increased longevity mostly to improved sanitation and food availability in the 19th century.

By and large doctors do not like to have their methods assessed scientifically and even when techniques are assessed, doctors will frequently ignore the results if the scientific evidence does not fit in with their own personal prejudiced beliefs.
Let us take for example C.A.B.G. (coronary artery by-pass graft).
  • Choice 1: Quit smoking, start exercising, go on a hygienic/vegan diet and watch while your serum cholesterol drops, your coronary artery opens up and your coronary heart disease (C.H.D) gradually vanishes.
    Cost $00.0.
  • Choice 2: Lie down on a table and have a by-pass operation, run a 1.8% chance of dying under the operation (anaethestic), spend a week recovering in the hospital and face a 15% chance the grafts will plug up again if you don't improve your lifestyle.
    Cost $40,000.0.

    Some cardiologists are still telling their patients choice two is the best. They are more concerned with lining their pockets, rather than worry about our stomach lining. 2000 people die each year from prescription of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs. Other cardiologists admit C.H.D is regressible but state that a hygienic life-style is "impractical."
    My response to this one is:
    1. It is not a doctor's job to tell his patient what is practical.
    2. If the patient were charged the full cost of the CAGB, he might find the hygienic lifestyle a whole lot more practical than he thought.

    But evidence suggests that the patient feels it's far more practical for his fellow citizens to cough up the shekels for the CAGB and that doctors, drug companies, the government, hospitals, insurance companies, 'progressive politicians' and surgical supply houses all shout hosannahs of affirmation. New procedures are tried until they kill too many people and have to be abonded or until something more interesting comes along. Drug companies which describe themselves as 'ethical' but which are, in reality, part of the most unethical industry ever created, encourage this unscientific attitude because they know that if medicine ever became a science their profits will crash. My friends, do you think diagnoses are made in a scientific fashion?

    Again the evidence does not support the contention. The famous Mayo Clinic has a ratio of 50/50 and no more when it comes to diagnosis.
    Consider the survey in which two pathologists reported that after carrying out 400 post mortem examinations, in more than half the wrong diagnosis had been made. This presumably also means that in more than half the patients the wrong treatments had been given. And since modern treatments are undeniably powerful, it also presumably means that a large proportion of those patients may have died, not because of their disease, but because of their treatment. The two pathologists reported that potentially treatable disease was missed in one in seven patients. They found that 65 out of 134 cases of pneumonia had gone unrecognised, while out of 51 patients who had suffered heart attacks, doctors had failed to diagnose the problem in 18 cases. Doctors go to great lengths to disguise the fact that they are practising a black art rather than a science.

    The medical profession has created a 'pseudo' science of mammoth proportions and today's doctors rely on a vast majority of instruments and tests and pieces of equipment with which to explain and dignify their interventions. Now if the doctors were aware that medicine was not a science and that they were pulling what is undoubtedly the largest and most successful confidence trick ever tried, the damage would be fairly minimal. But the problem is compounded by the fact that the vast majority of doctors believe in the lie that they are taught, they believe that they are scientist practising an applied science.
    The needs of the sick patient are forgotten as doctors glory in their knowledge. 'Curing' not caring has become the sole criterion and too often success is measured in the laboratory rather than the sick room.

    As Dr Vernon Coleman, another medical heretic doctor in Britain, concurs with the late Dr John Mendelson, author of "Confessions of a Medical Heretic" and says in his book "Betrayal of Trust": "Medicine is no longer an independent profession. Doctors have become nothing more than a link connecting the pharmaceutical company to the consumer."
    My sincere hope is that more and more young doctors will become a "medical heretic" and join the Hygienic professionals to bring some sanity to the task of health and healing.

    However to get away from this morbid introspection, let us laugh a little.
    "How did you get into this morbid business? a man asked the funeral director. "It was handed down to my father," he replied.
    "You could have said no."
    "And lose my first customer, " the man replied.

    Last year a woman walked up to Jim Lennon and said furiously "I though this was a respectable hotel for holding the convention."
    "It is, madam", said Jim, "Is something wrong?"
    "Of course! While I was waiting for registration I saw a man chasing a girl down the corridor".
    "Tell me madam, did he catch her? No? Then it is still a respectable hotel", replied our Jim.

    The chemistry professor was demonstrating the properties of various acids. "I am dropping this silver coin into a glass of acid. Will it dissolve?"
    "No, sir", a student called out.
    "Can you explain why?"
    "Because if it did you wouldn't have dared to drop it in!"

    "The thrill has gone from my marriage", Alan told his friend, Jeff.
    "Why not add some intrigue to your life and have an affair?" Jeff suggested. "But what if my wife finds out?"
    "These are the nineties, Alan! Go ahead and then tell her about it!"
    So Alan went home and said "Dear, I think an affair will bring us closer together!" "Forget it", said his wife, "I have tried that, it didn't work!"

    Remedy mentality
    So what price this remedy mentality? Patients undergoing any other therapies also are at a great disadvantage. The patient blindly believes - assumes that the therapy he is receiving will cure him and hence makes no self-effort towards recovering from his disability. He forsakes one crutch for another more refined one. He has no conception about the causes of his ill health when he pursues various alternative therapies also.

    The whole art of most therapists is to disturb the even tenure of their patients habits as little as possible and to work within that framework. To request a patient to alter his life-style is interfering with the freedom of the in individual - a cock-eyed view if ever there was one. I say to my patients "It is only when you put your act together, that your act will put you together", or "one man travelling against the flow is more clearly noticed than all who travel together". why I take this attitude is because I believe that our life is a vessel and a vessel is formed for two functions. One is to hold and the other is to pour.

    This sort of "remedy mentality" perpetuates from one generation to another, the wrong idea that disease is due to chance and the only recourse is how to drastically reduce the symptoms and the signs (warning bells) of diseases as soon as possible. Such a mentality is a breeding ground for physical, intellectual, moral and emotional decadence. The remedy mentality, has to be stamped out, exposed for what it is, and hygienic concepts and precepts taught in all schools, colleges and homes. Only then can the world begin to build health upon the foundations of health. Healing and health resources in our time are primarily diverted toward the relief of symptoms. This is not only true of modern allopathic medicine, but of almost all the holistic therapies.

    The response to symptoms is essential, but there is another essential to health and healing which appears to be sorely neglected. It is an observable fact that building a supportive lifestyle can prevent and heal most diseases.
    This is, in fact, a step beyond holistic healing (so-called) or even preventive medicine. Only Natural Hygiene believes that a supportive life style is beneficial for its own sake, without consideration of 'prevention'.
    A supportive life-style is, by definition, Health.

    It is preventative without making prevention its objective. It is corrective without making symptoms a focus. It may well be the ultimate healing philosophy or technique, and I am not acting like a girl student I knew. She came home from school one day bubbling with excitement after having been voted "Prettiest girl in the school". She was even more excited when she came home the next day after the class had voted her "Most popular." But several days later when she announced she had won a third contest, she was somewhat subdued. "What were you voted this time?",asked her mother. "Most stuck up", the girl replied.

    Some of the alternative therapies may do no harm - but psychologically even these are guilty of considerable evil. They warp the patients mental attitude. Instead of being made aware of his own immediate responsibilities he is lulled into a comforting assumption of child-like innocence and ineffectuality. He is lulled into a false sense of security. He is not in any way to blame for the unwholesome state in which he finds himself he cannot be expected to face the tasks of self-repair and readjustment. These burdens he hands over to the remedy.
    With them go at least a part of his most valuable assets- self respect and self reliance. Intelligent 'leaving alone' philosophy does not mean neglect. If the means is constructive and genuine in it's principle, then certainly some outside aid is desirable and often very necessary. But it must not be something which includes an apparent gain by squandering the sufferer's reserve of vital energy.

    Not something which banishes a symptom, only to consolidate the mass of toxic waste and free radicles within the body.
    Not something which promises to make good a deficit - only to prove a worthless sham.
    Not something which claims to neutralise the errors of the past - only to encourage the continuance of those habits.
    Not something productive of a state of mind in which the intelligent intentions of the body are over-ruled by hysterias of self-deceit.
    Not something which makes the person accept as natural a blind reliance on laboratory products, the contents of which have no bearing on the physiological need of the body.
    None of these things can form the base on which to build an honest frame of health.

    In chronic diseases it is more important to teach the patient to live within his limitations than fill him full of elixirs of herbal or chinese or Ayurvedic nostrums. Nature tolerates a certain degree of irreversible pathology and permits us to live for an extended period - provided we lighten the load. She cannot carry the double load of impaired function and bad habits. The man with a crippled organ must learn to live within his limitations. None of the therapies, orthodox or unorthodox will ever enable man to live imprudently with impunity.

    The greatest need of this world today is health education - not medication - the Hygienic pioneers realised that and despite being unpopular were determined to foster this awareness. As the modern day Hygienic practitioner I could do no better than emulate them. The ideal healer is the one who finds himself out of work because he has educated his patients to the degree that he is no longer needed and has continually to find new patients to help and educate. I class myself as a Naturopath who tries very hard to make himself redundant but the flotsam and jetsam of stupid humanity prevents me from achieving that ideal.

    If Natural Hygiene is so wonderful, why isn't it used by my doctor? This is the question I am most frequently asked. My answer is that it is not favoured by the medical industrial complex. The reasons for my answer derive not from a systematic study of the problem but from personal experience of over 40 years of clinical practice and observing the various ways, some subtle and some not so subtle, medical practice is influenced.
    The medical industrial complex refers to the close-knit association of organised medicine with pharmaceutical manufacturers and governmental medical regulatory agencies. The connections between these groups is of course, a web of money, power, and prestige. Selling medical drugs is very big business. Medical research is dependant on $ billions of grants from the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) and the private pharmaceutical industry. The two are closely interlocked; managers in one tend to come from success in the other with many examples of interchangeable personnel.

    Few people know that the definition of malpractice hinges on whether or not the practise is common among one's medical peers and has little (usually nothing) to do with whether the practice is beneficial or not. A medical doctor willing to study, to learn the ins and outs of any alternatives, and to put what he has learned into practice in helping patients is potentially exposing himself to serious charges of malpractice!

    But what has all this to do with Natural Hygiene procedures? The answer is quite simple really.
    Ample medical research regarding fasting, nutrition, physical activity was carried out in 1930 through to 1970 and amply reported in mainline, recognised medical literature. However it has never been popularised and was kept away from the public. Hygienic procedures cannot be patented and sold over the drug counter.
    Do you think the prevailing powers wish to see this lucrative market of patented drugs be left to an over-the-counter natural procedures, not in the hands of physician prescribers and not controlled by the pharmaceutical industry.

    Licensed doctors are easy to control. All practising U.S. physicians must accumulate a given number of hours of continual medical education or C.M.E.
    But where does he acquire his C.M.E credits? From authorised C.M.E. Seminars - that's where!
    And who authorises which seminar for C.M.E. credits? Organised medicine, That's who!
    And who sponsors and who provides the speakers for C.M.E. credited seminars? The pharmaceutical industry and it's great funded corps of academic researchers, that's who!

    U.S. physicians are captive audience for pharmaceutical advertising. This applies to other countries as well. They learn which drugs to prescribe. They do not learn of alternative procedures and perhaps better ways of caring for their ill patients. If one were to seek this information for himself he finds himself outside the realm and benevolence of his professional guild. Further he is reluctant to be perceived practising Natural Hygiene care not only because of his fraternal associations with them but also because of the threat of malpractice charges, however unfounded. Ask the M.Ds present here.

    How can this be changed? It will only be changed when intelligent, motivated and assertive patients insist on hygienic care.
    Those patients who are aware will not leave their health care solely in the hands of the doctor. They will assume the responsibility for their own health. They will become knowledgeable and will seek uniformed opinion from various sources.
    They will want their medical advisors to join with them in a partnership for health; they will no longer put up with the present condescending child-parent relationship. Their empowerment must come through knowledge. This is the purpose of this lecture - to share the knowledge that I and others have accumulated over the past 30-40 decades of study.

    Friends, allow me to end this talk by this masterful quotation by Elbert Hubbard:
    "The supreme Prayer of my heart is not to be learned or good, but to be RADIANT. I desire to radiate health, cheertulness, sincerity, calm, courage, and good will. I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank, clean in body and mind, unaffected - ready to say "I don't know", if so it be, to meet all men face to face on an absolute equality, to face any obstacles and meet every difficulty, unafraid and unabashed. I wish others to live their lives too, up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, dictate, interfere, give advice that is not wanted, nor assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I will do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say I desire to be RADIANT - to Radiate Life."

    Thank you - go and do the same!

    Notes & News
    Your Editor has been nominated by the International Board of Research of the American Biographical Institute Inc. to receive the accolade "Man of the Year, 1997" for his overall accomplishments and contributions to society.
    K.R.Sidhwa, The Hygienist, Autumn 97

    Dr. Keki R. Sidhwa
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