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SOME PRACTICAL DO'S AND DONTS IN NATURAL HYGIENE
Can Natural Hygiene give some practical guidelines to maintain and preserve good health? What are the guidelines in cases of illness?

HOW TO RECOGNISE HEALTH IN YOU
Many people are able to recognise the signs of ill health within them. We have been conditioned to look for signs of ill health rather than health.

HOW SOON CAN YOU GET WELL?
People are so used to seeing their symptoms vanish with the prick of a needle, that they also expect instantaneous relief when they embark on a Hygienic way of life. They forget that the speedy relief they had was only temporary.

LIVING BEYOND YOUR MEANS
Husbanding one's resources is a sure sign of good investment. But how many of us fail to realise that what is true of economical strength is also true of bodily and mental wellbeing.

WHAT IS THIS TOXAEMIA?
Toxaemia and toxins are words commonly used in the Natural Hygiene field but many people are still in ignorance of what they are and what they imply.

SOME PRACTICAL HINTS FOR A DETOXIFYING REGIME
Not many people have the time to undertake a fast. For those who want to detoxify themselves the following practical suggestions will go a long way in helping them to detoxify.

VEGETARIANISM IS NOT ENOUGH - FOR GOOD HEALTH
Many people make the mistake of choosing a fragment and building a total way of life around it. Vegetarianism is one of them.

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION WITHOUT DRUGS
The Hygienic practitioner's first duty is to make the person with depression realise that it is within his or her own power to get well, without resort to drugs

DO "HEALTH FOODS" GIVE YOU HEALTH?
Many people have no idea that the modern day "Health Food Store" has very little in common with the one opened 50 years ago.

FOOD & LIFE
What is the natural diet of man? - How much, when, how to eat? - Speaking of food as "medicine" is to transfer to food all the misconceptions about drugs.

EDUCATE - NOT MEDICATE
In the past Dr Shelton was chastised by Hygienists for his strong language in criticising the medical profession - modern day Hygienists are still sitting on the fence.

WHAT PRICE - "THE REMEDY MENTALITY"
Ill health is so prevalent that doctors are beset with a mass of people who are seeking relief from their aches and pains and their disabilities.

NATURAL HYGIENE IDEAS ARE BEING STOLEN!
Many Natural Hygiene adherents would probably be greatly surprised to learn that there is undoubted evidence that Natural Hygiene ideas are gradually being purloined ...
  "Diet well ordered bears the greatest part in the prolongation of life."
Francis Bacon


What to Eat
What is the natural diet of man? And what do we mean by natural? Honey, fish, meat? No! Natural foods are not only foods unchanged by the hands of man, but foods natural to man; that is, "natural" in the same sense as grass is natural food for the cow.
Ideally, our food should be palatable, unfragmented, whole, unprocessed, uncooked and uncontaminated; in other words, as nature provides it in the wild.
All scientific evidence that we can unearth, tells us that man is not a carnivorous animal. Comparative anatomy and physiology, anthropology and archeology all point to the fact that man is best constituted to live on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
The idea is not new. Wise men have advocated vegetarianism for ages.
Pythagoras, born on the island of Samos in 582 B.C., warns: "Forbear, mortals, to pollute your bodies with the flesh of animals. There is corn; there are the apples that bear down the branches by their weight; and there are the grapes, nuts and vegetables. These shall be our food."
Eight hundred years ago, Maimonides, greatest Jewish philosopher of the middle ages and physician to the court of Saladin in Egypt, treated his sick patients by prescribing vegetable diets.

How Much to Eat
Again, Maimonides' ideas are worth noting: "Eat that you may live and condemn excess. Excessive eating is to the body of man like deadly poison and can be the root of all diseases. Many illnesses which befall man arise either from bad food or excesses of the wholesome kind." He used to say to his patients: "If you will rise from the table with an appetite you'll never sit down without one.
Today, hygienists echo the same viewpoint. They teach that eating small amounts of food at a time enables the body to digest and absorb the food more thoroughly than otherwise, thus ensuring adequate assimilation of vital ingredients our body needs.

When to Eat
It should go without saying to eat only when hungry, but most of us need to remind ourselves of this rule - and to apply it.
We should allow sufficient time to elapse between each meal. The stomach empties itself normally in four hours. wheti an interval of five hours is allowed between meals, it has an hour in which to completely empty and disinfect itself, as well as to recruit the energies of its gland cells in preparation for the work of digesting the next meal.
Eating in between meals leads to poor digestion. Late suppers are particularly injurious. They not only lead to impaired sleep, but by exhausting the stomach, take away hunger from breakfast time. It is very common for the late hour diner to suffer from heaviness and a feeling of malaise and inefficiency the next morning.
Eating when one is not very well is another destructive habit. Most of us do this because we have been taught from our childhood that "one must eat to keep up one's strength" or that one should "feed a cold and starve a fever."
When we are ill, our body usually takes our hunger away. Instinctively we no longer want food; but we eat nonetheless because we are afraid that something awful will happen if we do not.
When one is ill, it is time to fast. If you feed a cold - you will have to starve a fever because the simple cold is complicated by feeding and fever results.
Eating when exhausted or very fired because of great mental or emotional or physical effort or shock is also a pernicious habit and conducive to indigestion. Digestion fails because the body has no energy left for production of enzymes and digestive juices. Rest, especially sleep, is indicated rather than food.

For "superior nutrition" one needs not only high quality foods (nutrients) but a high quality of physiological functioning of the whole body that can only take place when all the requisites of life are met.
Sleep, rest, relaxation, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, emotional and mental poise have to be supplied to the body if we want the process of nutrition to take place.

How to Eat
All foods, whether solid or liquid, should be chewed thoroughly to avoid hasty eating and to ensure thorough ensalivation of food.
Drinking at meals is not conducive to proper digestion of food. Liquids dilute the digestive juices and thus interfere with their work.
Very hot foods are objectionable because the excessive heat injures the delicate mucous membrane lining the stomach and intestines. Dr. William Mayo, the eminent surgeon, has for years maintained that taking of hot food and liquids into the stomach is one of the causes of gastric ulcer.
Very cold foods, e.g. ice water, ice cream, are also questionable items. If taken at all, they should be used in limited quantity and so slowly sipped, chewed and swallowed that before reaching the stomach they acquire a temperature near that of the body.

What Not to Eat
We should aim to meet our nutritional needs, while consuming as little poison as possible.
All food contains both artificial and natural poisons. So don't be discouraged if you discover that lettuce contains belladona or spinach contains oxalic acid. It is only when a food is more harmful than helpful that it can be classified as a poison.
Sugarcoated drugs, tea, coffee, cocoa and "medicinal herbs" can hardly be glorified as food because the poisonous quality overwhelms the nutritional value.
Life depends on several factors - one of them is food.
All growth, repair of tissues and vital functions are the result of the process of nutrition.
A food can start off as a "food" but by the time it is cooked, pasteurized, synthesized, extracted, homogenized, adulterated with additives, and devitalized by processing for commercial use and storage, it is rank poison. Animals that consume such foods exclusively become progressively deformed and infertile with each generation.
Herbs must be considered as poisons rather than food because their consumption is followed by physiological changes similar to changes which follow administration of the drugs which they contain. Thus coffee resembles caffeine, foxglove resembles digitalis, tea resembles tannin, and the bark of the cinchona tree resembles quinine in their effect upon the body.

Is Food Therapeutic?
Some foods - indeed almost all - are claimed to have "therapeutic qualities" or "healing forces". If this were true, eating a mixed diet, as many do, would prevent most of the ills of humankind.
To speak of food and to use food as "medicine" is to transfer to food all the misconceptions about drugs. It is to replace the notion "drugs can cure you". with the notion "food can cure you". Food is material for use by the body. Food does not do anything; it is done unto - digested, absorbed and metabolized.
The consumption of a particular food or foods cannot nullify the necessity of abandoning poor foods and removing the other causes of disease, such as cigarette smoking, insufficient sleep and lack of exercise.
Usually, the avoidance of specific foods is more important than the eating of specific foods.
Advising a diet change for the sick is not necessarily diet therapy unless we think of "therapy" as everything a sick person does that facilitates the achievement of health.
To use diet therapeutically leads to trouble. For example; a few years ago the most common medical dietary recommendation for diverticulosis was "avoid coarse foods; they irritate the bowels". Unfortunately, this therapy only made the situation worse, because the aim had been to reduce symptoms. Now, it has been proved that a lack of coarse foods causes diverticulosis. So, today most physicians advise patients with this disease to eat more coarse foods - a complete about face.

Thinking of diet as a therapy - even if it is a healthful one - blinds the sick to the realization that health depends upon providing the factors that favor life and removing the factors that do not.
Understanding that food is for living - not for curing - is the most important step toward learning how to achieve prolonged and abundant health.

The Hygienist, 1978


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