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HOW SOON CAN YOU GET WELL?

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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 ...
  Mankind's eternal search for so-called "cures" and "elixirs of life" continues even to this day. People as a whole have become so "remedy minded" that, even when they eventually consult a Hygienic practitioner, their first question, in many cases, is "How long will it take to make me well?"
They seem to put the responsibility for their recovery from ill health on the shoulders of the practitioner and not, where it belongs, upon their own shoulders.

This tendency to "pass the buck" is synonymous with the desire of patients to get well in a hurry. They are so used to seeing their symptoms vanish with the prick of a needle, a whiff of gas, or the hurried application of some soothing balm or syrup that they expect more or less the same instantaneous relief when they embark on a Hygienic way of life.

They soon forget that the speedy relief they had was only temporary, a mere breathing space in their awareness of their continued illness and yet this "blind spot" remains. The person who was content to suffer agony, day in and day out, over a number of years under orthodox medical measures is, because of this "blind spot", unable to wait patiently to give nature a chance. At the most, they are willing to give nature from two to three weeks to put things right, then they give it up as a failure.
They cannot understand that it is they who have failed nature, and not vice versa.

They need to learn that the results of many years of abuse and neglect must take time to heal, even after the abuse has ceased. Restoration of health is a gradual process, just as a particular disease symptom takes time to evolve. This is true particularly in the case of people who are suffering from chronic illness.

Chronic Illness

In chronic illness there is always gradual deterioration, degeneration and decay. The gradual onset of degeneration is due to the resistance put up by the body in its attempts to correct repeated abuses and neglect, by means of self-healing efforts in the form of acute diseases. And to the fact that the forces of repair and regeneration are always busily engaged in overcoming to the best of their abilities the sins of omission and commission that are constantly forced upon the body.

We grow worse against stubborn resistance, but we do so only because we succeed in overwhelming the body's powers of resistance. If our follies are continuous, then the production of damage is continuous. The damage mounts up, but this mounting up takes time.
Sometimes the damage that is done is irreversible, as when a heart valve is gradually eroded away.
Sometimes, too, the damage done is so extensive and serious that the body needs months, even years, to restore the tissues and organs to normality so that they may work with full efficiency.

The answer to the question, "How soon can I get well?", depends on a number of factors:
  1. The patients age. The younger he is the better the chance of a quick recovery because vitality is usually more abundant in young people. However, there are exceptions, and some people are "old" at twenty.

  2. What the patient is willing to do and how far he is willing to cooperate with the requirements of his body. He must be prepared to remove or rectify all causes of weakness, impurity and suffering, i.e., he must be prepared to turn over a new leaf and see that the habits of health and hygiene become an integrated part of his day-to-day life.

  3. How much damage has been done and to what extent. The greater the damage, the greater the time factor is required for recovery. Even when hygienic habits are adhered to, the body can do so much and no more in a given space of time. The body uses up a great deal of its energy and functioning power to keep itself ticking over. It has to accumulate gradually a vast reserve store of energy with which to do the haulage and clearing of the debris, and on top of this, to start to build afresh, all of which takes time.

A Guiding Principle

Rome was not built in a day. As a guiding principle, one must expect to allow at least one month for every year of sickness and ill health. In other words, someone who has had a particular trouble for 15 years will need to allow at least 15 months for the body to right itself by its self-operative processes of restoration.

Healing is a biological process, not an art. Natural Hygiene knows no power apart from the living body that is capable of healing the sick and injured organism. The art of the Natural Hygiene practitioner lies in his ability to point out to the patient the life shortening habits and the life restoring habits. He has no magic formula, fairy wand or supernatural power that enables him to whisk troubles away. He can only point the way. It is the patient himself who has to tread the path.

The practitioner will explain the fallacy of identifying the trouble with one or two prominent symptoms and that health may not have been restored merely because most of the annoying symptoms have been removed. The road back to full health is still a long one.

However, the important thing for the health seeker to understand is that once he has adopted a healthful mode of living he should persevere with it and not allow himself to be shunted into blind alleys by those who would lure him by various gimmicks or quick "cures".



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