TOXEMIA EXPLAINED Part 2.
People should not take too seriously to heart verdicts resting on scientific tests, where a very large part of the integral is scientific assumption and presumption. The New York Life Insurance Company turned me down more than fifty years ago.
"Anonymous," whoever he is, writes well, and as that of an iconoclast, his style is quite fetching. But to save his bacon, it was well that he criticized from ambush; for he would make an excellent target. From my point of view, I find him as vulnerable as any Standard A type of professional men.
He shows his medical length and breadth when he says: "Of all the dreadful afflictions that plague us, a few may be cured or ameliorated by the administration of remedies." That was said by medical men now one and two hundred years dead, and with no more aplomb than that of the doctors of today in the literary class of our "Anonymous." "Dreadful afflictions" do not "plague us." If we are plagued by disease, it is of our own building; and all we need to do to get back to comfort and health is to quit building disease; then our subconscious self gets busy cleaning house.
"Anonymous" could not have made a statement that would have been more perfectly one hundred per cent fallacy. He says: "A few may be cured." That is a mild statement coming from one of the ambushed Caesars of scientific medicine. I presume he means that there is a contingent possibility that a few can be cured. This is false; for "afflictions" or disease cannot be cured. Nature--our sub consciousness--has a full monopoly on the power to cure. Healing is nature's prerogative, and she cannot, if she would, delegate it to doctors or to the academies of medical science.
What a glorious legacy, vouchsafed by the powers that be! What a sad plight humanity would be in if medical commercialism had a monopoly on healing or curing the sick! It does very well, however, as it is vending its camouflage cures of all kinds. But when mankind awakens to a full realization of the truth that for all past time it has been buying a pretense of power of which it alone possesses a monopoly, old hoary-headed Aesculapius will be unfrocked and thrown out of business--staff, snake, and all.
"Anonymous," fearing that the statement," A few may be cured," was too strong, added the modifying phrase " or ameliorated;" which, in medical parlance, means palliated, relieved, etc. This in reality is the whole truth concerning so-called remedies or cures. And when the truth is known that curing, or the power to throw off disease and get well is wholly within the subconscious and is personal, we will know that curing and palliating by the administration of remedies--drugs, serums, vaccines, surgery, feeding to keep up the strength, etc.---are superfluous, meddlesome, and on the order of throwing a monkey-wrench into the machinery.
After criticizing "Anonymous" for what we know, inferentially, that he stands for, we will quote the remainder of what he says concerning the treatment of the "dreadful afflictions that plague us." He further declares:
And an equally small number improved or were abolished by surgical interference. But in spite of the relatively few diseases to which surgery is beneficial, the number of surgeons that flourished in the land is enormous. The fundamental discoveries of Pasteur, and their brilliant application by Lister, were quickly seized upon in America. The names of Bull, Halstead, Murphy, the brothers Mayo, Cushing, and Finney are to be ranked with those of the best surgeons of any nation. In fact, we may be said to lead the world--to use an apt Americanism---in the production of surgeons (and surgical plants), just as we d in that of automobiles, baby-carriages, and antique furniture.
"A few diseases may be cured or ameliorated." I say, never cured, and amelioration is a form of building disease. A delicate woman became my patient, after suffering from megrim for twenty-two years and taking more or less palliatives from twenty-two different doctors--a few widely known, one a neurologist of more than national fame; the majority of whom told her that there was no cure, but that when she changed life, the headaches would cease. This was a "bum" guess; for she declared that her suffering had been greater the past two years, since her menstruation had ceased, than ever before. Just how much the psychological suggestion, made by fifteen or twenty doctors, that she would not get well for a given time, had to do with prolonging her headaches, no one can tell. Drug palliation is always inclined to enervate and build Toxemia. This woman had been relived by hypodermics of morphine--a fiendish treatment. There should be a law against such malpractice. But the majority never handicap themselves with prohibitory laws.
My prescription was: No more smoking in the home (the husband being a smoker); stay in bed; fast, take a tub bath every night until a paroxysm of headache had been missed.
The paroxysms had been coming weekly, beginning on Tuesday and leaving her prostrate until Friday. Orders were given for a hot bath to be given to full relief, even if it required an hour. The patient had only one paroxysm after becoming my patient, and that required three-quarters of an hour in a hot bath to relieve. The husband became very enthusiastic over the fact that his wife had been relieved of her pain without drugs for the first time in twenty-two years. My comment on his outburst of rejoicing was: Your smoking and the doctor's drugging were responsible for her unnecessary suffering during nearly a quarter of a century."
Drugging pain of any kind checks elimination and prevents the human organism from cleaning house. In this case of megrim, every time an eliminating crisis developed, the doctor slammed the doors of egress shut and barred them with morphine. My prescription reversed the order: it opened all the doors, with the result that she never had another headache after the one that the hot bath relieved. Of course, I tinkered with her eating and other habits afterwards, People are never sick who have no bad habits.
About the same time I advised another woman who had suffered weekly from paroxysms of megrim for sixteen years. Like the first case, she had been medicated by many doctors, and told she need not look for a cure until after the change of life. This woman, too, had one paroxysm after giving up her drug palliation and making a few changes in her daily habits.
Here were two patients with a "dreadful affliction," which was kept "dreadful" by a senseless and criminal medication--and that, too, by physicians holding degrees from class A colleges. I refer to these two cases to illustrate what "anonymous" means by saying: Megrim is not cured; and if doping, as these two cases were doped, is ameliorating, some other name should be used to designate the procedure.
According to the Toxin Philosophy, every so-called disease is a crisis of Toxemia; which means that toxin has accumulated in the blood above the toleration point, and the crisis, the so-called disease--call it cold," flu," pneumonia, headache or typhoid fever--is a vicarious elimination. Nature is endevering to rid the body of toxin. Any treatment that obstructs this effort at elimination baffles nature in her effort at self-curing.
Drugs, feeding, fear, and keeping at work prevent elimination. A cold is driven into chronic catarrh; "flu" may be forced to take on an infected state; pneumonia may end fatally if secretions are checked by drugs; we already know what becomes of headaches; typhoid will be forced into a septic state and greatly prolonged, if the patient is not killed.
The above illustrates how "a few cases may be cured or ameliorated." But the story is different when the attending physician knows that every so-called disease is a complex of symptoms signifying a crisis of Toxemia--nature's house-cleaning. And she--nature--can succeed admirably if not interfered with by venders of poison, who are endeavoring to destroy an imaginary entity lurking somewhere in the system, which is mightily increased and intensified by the vender's cures or amelioratives.
It is a real pleasure for the doctor who knows that he cannot cure anything, to watch nature throw off all these symptoms by elimination, if he is willing to do a little " watchful waiting" and "keep hands off." The patient will be comfortable most of the time, and will say, when asked how he is: "I feel all right; I am comfortable." Patients never answer in that way when drugged and fed. Yes, when nature is not hindered by officious professional meddling, sick people can truthfully say, when well over a crisis of house-cleaning" I had a very comfortable sickness." Nature is not revengeful. Great suffering, chronic and fatal maladies, are built by the incorrigibleness of patients and the well-meaning but belligerent efforts of the doctors who fight the imaginary foe without ceasing. The people are so saturated with the idea that disease must be fought to a finish that they are not satisfied with conservative treatment. Something must be done, even if they pay for it with their lives, as tens of thousands do every year. This willingness to die on the altar of medicine superstition is one very great reason why no real improvement is made in fundamental medical science. When the people demand education--not medication, vaccination, they will get it.
Is there nothing for a doctor to do? Yes; of course! He should enter the sick room with a smile and a cheerful word, free from odors, and neat and clean; be natural, and free from affectations. He should not tell at how many confinements he officiated the night before, or how many thousands he has had in the past ten years. Professional lobbying is not appropriate in the sickroom. Patients should have confidence in their doctor; and if he does a lot of medico-political lying, the patient will know it, and it sloughs confidence.
He should advise an enema daily--a stomach wash if it is needed; something warm to the feet; perfect quiet; no food, liquid or solid, and positively no drugs, but all the water desired; a warm bath at night; a hot bath when necessary for pain, and as often as necessary to secure comfort. Rest, warmth, fresh air, and quiet are curative. Then the physician should educate his patient into proper living habits, so as to avoid future crises of Toxemia.
When the regime is carried out, and Doctor Nature is allowed full control, the pessimistic statement of "Anonymous" that "a few diseases may be cured or ameliorated" can be changed to read: All acute so-called diseases will get well; and will stay well if patients will practice self-control concerning the enervating habits that brought on the crises of Toxemia. Where this plan is carried out faithfully, so-called chronic diseases will never be built.
All Diseases Once Innocent
Cancer, Tuberculosis, Bright's disease, and all chronic diseases were once innocent colds "ameliorated," and which returned and were "ameliorated" again and again; each time accompanied by a greater constitutional enervation, and a greater constitutional toleration for toxin-poisoning, requiring a greater requisition of mucus and sub mucus tissue through which to eliminate the toxin.
Research is being carried on vigorously in an attempt to find the cause of disease; the conception of disease being that it is individual. All the so-called diseases are increasing symptom complexes due to repeated crises of Toxemia. They have no independent existence. As soon as Toxemia is controlled, they disappear, unless an organ has been forced by innumerable crises to degenerate. Even organic change, when the organ is not destroyed, will be overcome by correcting the life and getting rid of the cause--crises of Toxemia.
To find the cause of cancer, start with colds and catarrh, and watch the pathology as it travels from irritation, catarrh, inflammation, induration, ulceration to cancer. As well try to find the cause of man by ignoring his conception, embryonic life, childhood, manhood, etc. All symptoms of all so-called diseases have one orgin. All diseases are one. Unit in all things is nature's plan. Polytheism is gone, and every thing pertaining to it and coming out of t must go.
Few realize man's possibilities if his handicaps are removed-handicaps which are old beliefs and herd-instincts. The Toxemic Philosophy is founded on the truth that there is no such thing as cure. In this it differs from all the so-called curing systems. Every pretense or promise of cure, in all lines of therapeutics, is false. his cannot be grasped by all minds until time for thinking has allowed the idea to soak in. Convention and superstition have the floor, and they are unwilling to sit down and listen to the other side. Many learn slowly, others not at all, and still others are put to sleep mentally by truth.
There are ox-cart minds in every generation. The well-known episode at Dayton, Tenn., should cure the enthusiasm of those who think the world has outgrown superstition. I have bucked up against medical superstition of all kinds all my life, and I know that clear-thinking minds are as scarce as hens' teeth. Many compliment me on my clear reasoning on medical subjects; but the moment I cross the border-line into their ethical moral and theological preserves, they remind me of my trespassing in no uncertain terms. Even my own profession is quick to ink the waters of my reasoning by declaring that I ammmmm an infidel--a word that fills the elect with abhorrence. Who is an infidel? One who rejects a senseless convention. Didn't Christ repudiate the Jehovic cult?
The average mind prefers the old interpretation of words to the "new-fangled" definitions. Until the world agrees on one dictionary, one Bible, and one God, the tempest in the teapot of misunderstanding will continue to ebullate, sending the atomized fundamentalists heavenward and the unatomized modernists hellward.
Of course, God made man. He made everything. But why not just how He made him? Surely there is as much "glory to God" in discovering just how He did it as accepting an infantile interpretation which up to date has got us nowhere. When we know how man is made, we shall understand the laws of his being; and it will not be necessary for him to die of apoplexy, stone in the gall-bladder or kidney, hardening of the arteries, or any other so-called disease caused by breaking the laws of his body and mind.
If we do our duty to our children, shall we teach them the laws of their being and how to respect them, or shall we go on in the same old way, and, when they get sick from breaking the laws of their being and ruin their health, call a surgeon who will cut out Gods mistakes? Think it over; or if you're too fanatical or bigoted to thinkkkkk, pay a surgeon to cut out the effects of wrong living and continue the cause.
Let Us Reason Together!
Let us do a little homely reasoning. We are inclined to be awed by the word "infinite." The infinite is limitless to our limited comprehension--it is a relative term and ambiguous; but, as we grow in experience, our once limited comprehensions take on extended dimensions. Each person's infinite is personal and varies from every other person's comprehension. We cannot think in terms of the limitless, and we should not try; for, if we know the analysis of an atom of salt, we know the analysis of the infinite amount there is in the world. This is true of all elements. If we know the analysis of a pound of butter, we know the analysis of the infinite amount contained in the world. If we know all about a man, we know all about all men. If we know what finite love is, we know that infinite love is the same character. We should keep our feet on the ground--stay on earth--and be satisfied that all worlds are like our world.
How To Measure the Infinite
We know all by an intensive study of a part. If we know all about one disease, we know all about all diseases. We shall tell the reader all about Toxemia, and then he should know all about all diseases; for Toxemia is the basic cause of all diseases.
Instead of beginning at the top of any subject, we should begin at the bottom and work up. The usual way for our finite minds is to accept the infinite on faith; then to us the comprehensible does not agree with our preconception, our faith is shocked, our house of belief is divided against itself, and we fall. This is the parting of the ways; and we must reconcile our faith and knowledge by transferring our faith to the belief that the road to all knowledge is by way of the comprehensible. We must either do this or live in doubt concerning the knowable, and accept unknowable on faith.
Every truth squares itself with every other truth; every department of science and reason blends into a unit. The laws of life are those of the cosmos; the laws of the universe are the laws of God. The road to an understanding of God is from rrock to man, and through man to God. Every step must be a block of truth, or God, the goal, will be sidestepped. Behold the head-on collision of the Christian world and the wholesale massacre that took place during the World War--all due to undigested truth. The world id fullll of truth; but mental indigestion, due to wrong food combinations, is universal.
Many think they know what I mean when I use the word "Toxemia." having referred to the dictionary for its definition.
Toxemia. THE Basal Cause OF ALL So-Called Diseases
Toxin Poisoning.--Toxi: Any of a class of poisonous compounds of animal, bacterial, and vegetable origin--and poisonous ptomaine. (Standard Dictionary)
There are so many ways for the blood to be poisoned that, unless what I mean by "Toxemia " is thoroughly comprehended, there must be a confused understanding. This explanation is made necessary because even professional men have said to me: "Oh yes; I believe in the poisoning resulting from retained excretions (constipations) and ptomaine (food) poisoning."
As stated before, a ptomaine poisoning resulting from the ingestion of food that has taken on a state of putrescence, or a poisoning resulting from this change taking place in food after it has been eaten, and which is generally called auto-toxemia, is not an autogenerated poisoning. Both of these poisons are generated on the outside of the body, and must be absorbed before the blood can be poisoned. Food or poison in the intestines is still on the outside of the body. A suppurating wound, wound, ulcer, or chancre is on the outside of the body, and if it causes septic (blood) poisoning, it will be because the waste products are not allowed to drain--to escape. The discharge being obstructed, it becomes septic, and its forced absorption poisons the blood. Even vaccinia fails to produce septic poisoning, because its poison is discharge on the surface--on the outside of the body. Occasionally the waste-products are forced to enter the blood because of faulty dressings; then septic poisoning, with death, follows.