​John H. Tilden, M.D. 


​The word Toxemia carries its own meaning;  namely, toxin in the blood.  Gould's "Medical Dictionary" defines the word thus  :"Blood-poisoning---a condition in which the blood contains poisonous products,  either those produced by the body-cells or those due to the growth of micro-organisms,"  The latter is exotoxic!

   Toxemia, as generally understood, is quite different from the toxemic hypothesis elaborated and worked into the system now generally known as the "Tilden System of Toxemia."

  The ordinary understanding of Toxemia is that toxins have gained entrance to the blood from with--outfrom germs and the diseases caused by germs,  and known as ptomaine poisoning--or from infections of various other so-called diseases. 

   The Tilden System of Toxemia is quite different.  To clear the way for an entire new system of explaining what disease is, the author declares that there is no disease; that the so-called diseases---more than four hundred varieties, as claimed by medical nomenclature---are mythical and in truth have no existence.  In fact, there are no diseases per se.  The so-called diseases are merely symptom-complexes of a constitutional toxemic state.  They are the effects of toxin--the waste-product of metabolism--retained in the blood, causing a crisis (so-called disease), forced auto-elimination.

    No doubt this statement is so radical,  Jim's thought. A man ahead of  his time) and so entirely contrary to inheritance, predisposition, and universal teaching, that, unless a physician has himself well under control and is more or less open-minded, he will impatiently declare to himself: Such an idea indicates profound ignorance of the fundamentals of the science of medicine"; or, "The author of this theory is a sensation-monger, a mad-cap, or a lunatic!" Will those who are not acquainted with my writings please be patient and hear me through?   

Jim's comment. A man with real courage. To bad there aren't more like him today---as more know the truth of his discovery.

Over sixty-five years of exclusive, untiring devotion to the study of disease in man, his life, habits, etc.--not in test-tubs and pathology---have resulted in the evolution of a system of teaching people how to live to overcome so-called disease, and then how to live to enjoy health and full physical and mental efficiency.  This plan of educating people out of disease-building habits into health-building ones, could never have evolved unless the idea that there are diseases peculiar to infancy and childhood, to virile manhood, and womanhood, and, lastly, to old age, had been banished from my mind. That man is heir to disease--that there are several hundred diseases created especially by an all-wise and loving God just to punish him from the cradle to the grave--is an absurd superstition, a sort of modern mythology, and a legitimate offspring of the ancient mythologies.  Notwithstanding the fact that the gods of the ancients have passed, with their separate punishments for the varying transgressions of man, thanks to man's inherited ignorance, stupidity, and superstition, their places are not void; for modern science has filled them by creating more gods of  vengeance than the ancients ever dreamed of.  The only difference between the ancient gods and the gods of modern medicine is that the former were seen by the eye of faith (?) (imagination better expresses it), were tremendous in size and power, and had their abodes on the tops of mountains--as on Mount Olympus--and in the heavens; while the latter are everywhere, but particularly in low places--in filth and putrescence, the latter of which they specialize in creating.   These modern gods of medicine reveal themselves to those who wish to commune with them through the medium of the  microscope. 

   before digging myself out of my inherited and acquired medical superstitions, I spent much time in an endeavor to solve the riddle---in trying to get the "big idea" on the part of the Creator for dealing man such a hand as He did.  Just why an all-wise and just God would load the dice against man, I could not understand.  I could see no advantage from an economic viewpoint.  It certainly was not conservative in the matter of love, happiness, or contentment, and I could notttt see that heaven would be happier populated by people wwho had made the earth hideous by their groaning.  An Elysium for convalescents suffering from four hundred varieties of disease especially created for them by God, and "fifty-seven" varieties of deformities created for them by surgeons, never was my idea of a blissful abode.  Hence, I got busy, and, by intensely forming modern medical-science ideas, I have found medical science to be a modern Babel--a confusion--no two of its followers speaking the same language, no two believing the same, or having the same understanding.

   The science of medicine is a disjointed, illogical conglomeration of isolated facts and fancies, without a semblence of philosophical unity.  Even the only hypothesis that has had any apparent logical connectivity---the germ theory---has no more philosophical connection with health and disease than a brick thrown through a window has to do with the construction of the building.  Germs have no physiological connection with the causation of disease, and cannot be considered as more than an incident in disease.  Health and disease belong to natural order, and are governed by the laws of evolution. No theory of cause and cure can be out of joint with universal law and order without coming to grief.  The idea of disease being individual--entitative--is illogical, and is the cause of all the uncertainty that gives rise to the wildest speculation concerning causation and the ever changing treatment; and this uncertainty gives rise to new schools and cults whose remedies are contradictory and often poles apart.  Yet, each has its following and cures to its credit.  This confusion clears away when Toxemia is understood.  Order is brought out of chaos and certainty takes the place of uncertainty.

    There is no disease per se.   What is called disease is impaired health health, and is brought on from retention of waste-products in the blood, to the extent of breaking down resistance.  These waste-products are called toxins, and in normal and limited amounts, are natural and give a needed stimulation.  But, like all stimulants, when an excessive amount is retained in the system, they create over-stimulation, resulting in enervation and systemic drunkenness--Toxemia. 

    An influence     of a mental or physical character that reduces nerve-energy below the point where secretions and excretions can meet the demands of the system, causes a retention of waste-products in the blod, increasing the Toxemia beyond resistance, and causing a crisis.  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 endeavoring  to rid the body of toxin.  Any treatment that obstructs this effort at elimination, baffles nature in her effort at self-curing.  These crisis are called acute diseases by the regular profession, and when repeated a sufficient number of times, end in chronic, or organic diseases.

    What will be the nature of these crisis? What ever organ in the body is below the systemic standard at the time when toxemic saturation takes place, will be called upon to do vicarious elimination.  For example, if the lungs are the vulnerable organs,  tuberculosis,  pneumonia, asthma, or bronchitis will be the character of the crisis; if a ductless gland is below the systemic standard, it will be called upon to do the honors of elimination;  and if it be the thyroid gland, hyperthyroidism and its symptom-complex follow.  The whole list of diseases may be gone over and disposed of in the same way.  Name any symptom-complex, and it can be proved that its exciting cause is Toxemia.

   Let those  who must have a distinct cause for every symptom-complex--a specific cause for every so-called disease--try to find a cause that is always a cause.  The novice may be able to satisfy himself; but certainly not the veteran, thinking physician, whose logic is not tethered to creed or school. 

  That the cause of disease must be a constant, is a propasition that cannot be gainsaid; and that a constant must be built within the organization itself, and be the sequel of physiological perversion, is another proposition that must stand; for no outside influence can be found that can have a constant or continuousss influence. 

   Disease means poisoning.  Outside influences may reduce man's energy; and it has been proved that reduced enery causes faulty elimination--retention of waste-products in the blood and self-poisoning---Toxemia.  Toxin is a constant product, and exerts a constant influence.  When the system is normal, the toxin stimulates, then passes outt.  When retained because of enervation and checked elimination, then Toxemia---the cause of all diseases---results.

   According to my philosophy, there is but one primary, all inclusive Toxemia, and that is the blood-poisoning caused by retention of an above normal supply of broken-down body-cells.  Gould gives the poisoning by body-cells precedence over poisoning by germs.  Either he built better than he or the profession knew, or the germ theory---Pasteurology---is more to be desired than a system of causation based on auto-or self-poisoning.  

​  Retained broken-down body-cells beyond the normal, cause poisoning, Toxemia--the primary cause of disease.  And as there is but one cause of disease, there can be but one disease.  Self poisoning is a rational hypothesis in accounting for man's discomforts,  sickness, and death before full maturity.  Health and long life--full maturity--are optional, barring unavoidable accidents.  If the personal of the medical profession were physicians (teachers), not doctors--commercialized venders of cures--the public would have a self-saving knowledge.  They would, at least, know that sickness is of their own building, and unnecessary except to those who have no self-control.  People need to be taught self-control; to understand their self-limitations, and to exercise moderation in all things.  Prohibition is for slaves, not freeman.  Temperance in all things is the goal for freeman.  The needs of each individual are made known to him by hunger--moderate desire.  hose who abuse their privileges---their limitations---will be abused by appetite--uncontrllable desire--discomfort, so-called diseases, and worst of all,  specific cures.  A normal person, respecting his limitations, possesses all the resistance necessary to external influences.  When he indulges beyond his limitations, he becomes enervated, fails to eliminate and develops Toxemia. Then so-called diseases manifest themselves, and he is in line to be humbugged with all kinds of cures.  All so-called diseases are merely symptom-complexes due to Toxemia, creating rebellion and expulsion of poison by the body.

​   Every so-called disease is built within the mind and body by enervating habits.  The food and dietetic insanity that constitutes the headliner on the medical stage just now is causing the people to demand a diet that will cure them of their peculiar maladies.   The idea prevails that some peculiar  diet will cure rheumatism or any other disease.  Neither diet nor food will cure any disease. 

  A fast or very light eating,  rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits, mental and physical will allow nature to eliminate the accumulated toxin; then if enervating habits are given up, and rational living habits adopted, health will come back to stay, if the one cured will "stay put. " This applies to any so-called disease.  Yes, it fits your disease--you who write to find out if the Tilden system of cure applies to your case.  Yes; cannot you realize that law and order pervades the universe?  Law and order pervades the universe, the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in health and disease.  One disease is the same as another;  one man the same as another;  one flower the same as another;  the carbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the same.  Yes, one disease can be cured (?) the same as another, unless the organ acted on by toxemic crisis is destroyed.

     Germs, like heat, cold, clothes, food, drink, and every other object in man's environment, may become a secondary ally of Toxemia; but none of the objects or elements in man's environment can cause disease except as they may enervate the body, and check elimination of toxin, thereby super-saturating the blood with dead body-cells, bringing on disease--the only disease, Toxemia.

  Pasteurology is a dream of a chemist, the great Pasture---great because he discovered the cause of fermentation.  That was enough glory for one man; but so much glory and hero-worship egged him on to "more worlds to conquer."  The medical profession was still in the swaddling-cloths---three--cornered trousers--pinned on it by the great god Esculapius.

    As far as cause of disease was concerned.  Pasture was not a physician.  He had no practical knowledge of disease, and the enthusiasm of his discovery boiled over, and put out the fire of common-sense, after which the world was deluged by germs.  All worship ceased except germ-worship.  The germ supplanted every other Almighty but Truth---the David that brings down eventually all Goliaths of fallacy.

   The venders of Pasteurology, when confronted by the word, have visions of germ-infection or its corollaries----focal infections of teeth, sinuses, tonsils, or pent-up pus somewhere in the body.  The commonest, blanket, or general symptom-complex term is that of rheumatism.  Any symptom that empiricism has denominated " rheumatoid character" starts the sleuth-hounds of pathology sniffling on the trail of pus, leading to its customary lairs---a sort of atavism or recrudescence of the chase of other days, described by Pat at the timewhen the rich men ride in their chassis, and the poor men walk 'be-jases.' "

  The country is filling up with a new class of medical quacks---the psychoanalysts---to treat the victims of emotional drunkeness.  These doctors know no more of the cause of our new national disease than do the self-styled modern medical scientists, who, psycho-analyzed, are bacteriological mono-maniacs.

   Chasing the cause of disease is a great sport--a little hard on the victims; but science (the religion of science) demands it, and the human herd falls for it.  The old practice of medicine was empiricism--guess and guess again.  Today it is guess, and prove it by instruments of precision and laboratory analysis.  The findings must be interpreted, for the laboratory is not ratiocinative; hence, the final interpretation rests with the doctor, who finds himself back where he started---compelled to guess again.  The only difference between the then and the now is that the old doctor guessed and adhered to it, while the present-day doctor sends his guess to the laboratory, and the bacteriologist undertakes to prove his guess true.  Then, when his findings are returned to the doctor, the doctor begins to guess at the treatment.  The whole process is a scientific elaboration of a pathological symptoms that has no bearing whatever on cause.  The treatment fails, of course; for one of nature's laws has set its eternal flat against illogical procedures.  The god of cure declares to every mind which has been allowed to develop normally that cause must be removed before  effects will disappear.  This brings us to the cause of all so-called diseases---Toxemia. 

​     In a few words: Without Toxemia there can be no disease.  The waste-products of metabolism is toxic, and the only reason why we are not poisoned by it is because it is removed from the organism as fast as produced.  The toxin is retained in the blood only when there is a checking of elimination.  What is the cause of the checking?  When we have normal nerve-energy, organic functioning is normal.  Enervation causes a checking of elimination.  The cause of all so-called diseases is found!  Enervation checks elimination of the waste-product of metabolism.  Retention of metabolic toxin--the first and only cause of disease. 

Jim's comment. This needs to be studied. it was difficult for me to wrap my head around. But once understood---it removes you from the ignorance--pills---operations and treatments of the medical profession.  Below are some comments on the same subject with different words that will help make it clear.