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HealingOneself How BeiYin healed his Inguinal Hernia without Surgery! Testimonial: updated: 3.9.10

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How BeiYin healed his Inguinal Hernia without Surgery!

Testimonial: updated: 3.9.10

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Preface: I received various complains telling me that my hernia page is too long and that I should better make it more dense by taking out all what is not necessary. Yes, my story is long, but it was written like this as a diary during my healing process and tells about all the difficulties and obstacles I had to go through and overcoming these made a growing process out of my healing. I believe that this is important and maybe more important than practical advises. This might not be of interest for people who are just looking for a quick cure for their inguinal hernia. Although this is common and understandable, I don't want to support this attitude. I believe strongly that all diseases are part of the growing of ones individual existence and if we see it like this then it can be a positive and creative process. So I will leave this page like it is. It needs just about one hour to read (without the links) and you will need to do the rest: Using the given information and 'Healing yourself'! I wish you from all my heart, that I will inspire you enough so that you can go for it!

1. Part: Investigation When I was fully recovered from Fibromyalgia, feeling strong again and full of energy, so I worked like I did before and moved also heavy things. But for more than two years not having had any exercises had weakened my body and so it happened that too much tension in my belly opened the tissue and the muscles, so that my intestines came out through this hole. That's called 'Inguinal Hernia' and was quite painful and my medical doctor told me that this must be repaired with surgery as soon as possible. Although it is common in our days for the established medical health system to use surgery on all parts of the body to repair what doesn't function or is defect, I believe that 'repairing' has not necessarily to do with healing and often might inhibit the natural healing process. The usual expectation is to get rid of any disease as fast as possible and taking pills to take away the disturbing symptoms or to let cut off the bad body part became a normal practice. So to close a hole in the belly with some plastic mash seems to be the logical consequence. But I don't agree with these manipulative procedures. I believe all happenings and also each disease or 'accident' has a cause which lays behind of what we are aware of. Healing should include one's whole being and during the healing process all levels should be included. Of course there are conditions, like injuries in an accident, where surgery is necessary as a first step of the healing. I had the feeling that with hernia there is an underlying reason which is not solved by surgery. So I searched the Internet for an alternative solution, even though I was told by the MD that the not repaired hernia is dangerous and I could die within 5 hours if the intestines are strangulated. I searched and searched, but nothing showed up! I read many pages and the only advice all over the place: Surgery! Even when I searched for 'alternative

treatments' then only Surgery came up. Thousands of pages

searched again and again, with keywords like: "Healing Inguinal hernia without surgery", there were showing up 155.000 pages, - but all about Surgery!

(1.550.000 pages on hernia!) I

It was said that 5% of all men get an hernia in their life and

It was said that 5% of all men get an hernia in their life and that would mean, if half of these are repaired by surgery, an income of about a Trillion $ for the medical system only from the hernia surgery! 80.000 surgeries a year only in UK! So obviously this is part of a lucrative business, which is based on a materialistic world view and because of this one can understand why it is so hard to find any alternative solution. That means that all those people who can't effort surgery, are just suffering, left without any help. Probably nobody is even asking for an alternative solution, being impressed by the established medical authorities! Indeed there seems to be no choice. I searched for several months and could not find any information to heal my hernia and even from alternative health groups like Reiki there came only the suggestion back that surgery should be done.

Meanwhile I found out, that one must look for information older than eighty years. I have

Reading the information from those old books, I can understand

now why modern medicine is not interested in those 'self-healing-methods'. To heal an hernia without surgery, it needs a lot of engagement and self responsibility, apart of that it takes much longer and is not just a quick 'repair' but is a 'healing process' which goes far deeper and includes the whole being with all levels - and this is not wanted in our speedy society.

given some links further on

Sometimes I felt totally impotent in front of all those hundred thousands of impressive information from medical experts. How can I be right in my feelings only based on my intuition, as I have very little knowledge about diseases and healing? But then looking at the behavior of the great majority of humanity, whose life are nearly all based on a materialistic world view, with no doubt that they might be wrong in their thinking and the resulting way of lifestyle, then I must conclude that indeed all those medical experts might be wrong

As more I read all those medical statements as more my resistance was growing and of course also because of my disappointing experiences with the medical system I had to go through when I had Fibromyalgia; when I was told that my disease only exist in my head and wanting to prescribe anti depressives to me. One medical doctor kicked me out of his office when I insisted that I had no depressions, - of course not forgetting to charge me for his 'service'! So it it easy to understand that my position was critical about the health system and medical doctors, finding the strength to search in spite the overwhelming opinions of all who say:

"Only surgery is possible to heal an Inguinal hernia!"

So I went on investigating and I just treated my Hernia with what I thought might help:

Meditation, Reiki, Sungazing, EFT, foot reflex massage, infra red massager, Crocodile exercise (I had learned 45 years ago from Swami Dev Murti), some yoga and other stretching exercises, a strict alimentation, supplements like Aloe Vera, Propolis, Ginseng, Olive leaf tea, Granada peel tea, MSM, minerals, etc., and I was continuing to do my ozone sauna, I did when I was healing my Fibromyalgia, but now doing the sauna only once a week.

Healing my Hernia was a very slow process and very tiring as it needed a lot of my energy and probably also because I felt pretty alone with it. But I continued with the decision that even this would be the last thing in my life, I would go on with it!

One thing became absolutely clear to me: It is NOT the question of treating symptoms even not with holistic means like meditation or Reiki. I have written about it many times and I will repeat it many times: Whatever dysfunction shows up, what is called 'disease', this is not the

cause, it is a symptom for an underlying, mostly hidden cause and this probably will come

from another level. Maybe it is from an emotionally or mental imbalance, or even beyond this, what we might call 'spiritual', (even though I try to avoid to go into 'mystical' spaces meaning that our connection with our origin or authentic being is disturbed or not yet done

(This will need far more investigation

)

)

Then I started with some exercises, I only could do fife movements of it then I was exhausted, but later on I could do twenty and I added every few days fife more. I wouldn't give any advice on how often and how much one should do exercises. This depends very much on ones personal condition. So one needs to listen to ones body and observe the reactions coming back from there and then adjusting ones doing. So please don't ask me for details about it, that is the part one needs to find out oneself and then do what feels right.

It happened the first time that my Hernia didn't pop out when I got up in the morning and it didn't hurt anymore, I could walk without disturbance. So it seemed that it works! But apart of the body exercises I did more: Twice a day EFT and twice a day Reiki on myself and 45 minutes my girl friend treated me daily with Reiki. With the exercises one must watch out not to do too much: Once when I did the 'upside down' Yoga position, then I didn't noticed that the hernia was outside and after a few minutes I had strong pain and couldn't continue, then I had pain for several days

I found out that by doing too much exercises my hernia is getting worse and by doing too

little it doesn't get better. So what is too much and too little depends on my situation, my

energy and my emotionally state of being

listen to one's body and all other parts of one's system. It is probably a good attitude and condition to find a holistic way to deal with oneself, as a being in ones specific condition and position connecting and being aware with one's source

What means that one has to be very aware and

I couldn't believe it that there is no information available about an alternative way to treat hernia and so again I searched intensively the Internet, I went through hundreds of pages and couldn't find anything, only about surgery. I did it in English, German and Spanish, - all the same. Then I found one scientific page: Strategies for the Treatment of Indirect Hernia (M. Kux) with an article in such a professional language that I hardly could understand one word. But a few sentences (red) gave me a hint:

"The internal Inguinal ring is formed by the separation of two portions of transversalis fascia:

Laterally, transversalis fascia is attached to the posterior edge of the Inguinal ligament. Medial to the inferior epigastric vessels, transversalis fascia inserts into the Cooper ligament, at some distance from the Inguinal ligament, and extends over the pubis into the cavity of the pelvis. The course of an indirect hernia corresponds to a tangentially acting aetiology. Intraperitoneal pressure acts at a right angle upon the oblique course of the processus vaginalis, causing compression and obliteration of the processus. Radially acting intraperitoneal pressure would have to be deviated at a right angle to cause de novo formation of an indirect hernia. Conclusions: The word and the historical notion of traumatic 'rupture' are misleading conceptions for groin hernia aetiology. In childhood, indirect hernia is a process of foetal development; at old age, a process of involution of the extraperitoneal fatty-fascial compartment. This involution is characterized by the formation of lipomas and, histologically, by fatty degeneration of connective tissue components. The extraperitoneal fatty-fascial compartment is contained by external oblique aponeurosis, not by transversalis fascia. This is the reason why a small prosthesis sublayed to external oblique aponeurosis is

more effective than a much larger prosthesis sublayed to transversalis fascia. This concept is helpful in the strategy of using as little prosthetic material as possible".

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The author's conclusion goes in direction of surgery but my conclusion was and is: If the

hernia is caused by "fatty degeneration of connective tissue components" then this condition is not changed by surgery putting a plastic mash on top of the hole and so no wonder if after surgery another hernia appears.

A comment from a cyber friend: "I find it interesting that once again there is connective fatty

tissue involved. I had not really ever known what caused such things, but it seems that

weakening of the tissue is the base problem?

diseases seems to relate to certain tissue type, the fatty tissues are in the nervous, and brain, spine and other places. These are the places the contamination of heavy metal accumulates and allows virus/pathogens to prosper and be protected from the white cells that would

normally do the cleaning job. I read this again and again. It seems what stopping the tissue degeneration one way or the other, would be the first thing to do. As you have pointed out, the medical establishment treats disease viruses like a protected species. I have heard of drug that will not work until after the heavy metal is removed. It seems the reason the drugs work "

in a lab, is because the lab samples do not have heavy metal

Most research I have seen regarding major

If there is a degeneration of tissue, then this might be caused through circumstances like

wrong alimentation, overweight, lack of exercises, accumulation of toxins and probably many more until now unknown factors. (I found a good Web site about 'Hernia causes' which is not directly about hernia, it is more general, but worthwhile to be read.) If there has happened a change in the tissue and muscles, causing the hernia, then it must be possible to reverse the process and create favorable conditions for a healing. At least this is my logical thought as a

naive nonprofessional 'investigator'. The MDs say that once the tissues and muscles are damaged then it will not heal and only surgery can repair it and with this justifying their manipulation, which only eliminates the symptom but not touching the cause. Maybe they are

right, maybe not. At this moment I don't trust the MDs because even I believe they are caring for their patients, - as good as they can, - their own interest might be stronger, ruled by their

(unconscious) personal background and limited knowledge

this!) Two brothers told me that they both had surgery twice for their inguinal hernia and they still have a lot of problems. Now the doctor wants to do the surgery the third time and he said that now he has to charge the double because they are over 50 years old, but he would serve them with great pleasure! - - - Incredible isn't it?

(Without even they know about

So the question is: What can I do to strengthen the damaged condition of my tissue and muscles? Now I realize that I did already something in this direction apart of my exercises:

When I was sick with Fibromyalgia I had not enough exercises and had gotten some overweight, not much but a few kilos and mainly around the belly. So that was the first thing I did after the hernia appeared: I did a fasting and lost some of this fat. Probably it is a good idea to do a water fasting, a liver cleansing and a colon cleansing.

When I searched the Internet and was confronted with hundred thousands of "expert- opinions" from medical capacities then I felt sometimes like an ante who wants to climb the

Himalayas.

So then sometimes I came to the point near to desperation as everything was becoming too

much. So I had ask for help

I received the clear and simple answer from inside: 'Help is on

the way!' Well, so I trusted this and was more calm. Then I received an email from Dr.Bernarr, D.C., (email: DRBERNARR@aol.com) I had asked him for help with my hernia. The information he gave, even though I'm critical and don't agree with all what he wrote, it confirmed very much what I had found out already and so it gave me a certain security to be able to continue with my treatments and my positive attitude. http://www.healself.org

Investigating Native American healer I found an interesting Web site from a healer who is also a medical doctor, what he writes goes very much with what my intention is, (and also it confirms what Dr. Bernarr told me in his email) worth to be read, go to:

Dr. Bernarr told me in his email) worth to be read, go to: Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona Quote: "Since medical school graduation, I have been working to integrate the thoughts and techniques of traditional Native American healing elders with more common behavioral medicine techniques and psychotherapies. I have wanted to find the most effective and most aesthetic way for me to midwife people's personal transformations and healings. To improve my approach, I interviewed a number of Native American healers to learn how they conceptualized their work and how they thought it could be translated into modern American culture." BeiYin: That he writes about 'personal transformation' tells me that he came to a similar conclusion like me, - even being a 'medical doctor'! For my personal healing process now with hernia, I picked from his Web site:

Quote: "The traditional healers told me that time is the first important ingredient in the healing journey, comparing starting this journey to beginning to push a rock up a hill. It takes a lot more effort to get the rock moving at first than to keep it moving. They wondered how seeing someone once or twice weekly could provide enough "oomph" to start the healing process. "How can you push a rock up a hill if you keep stopping and letting it roll back down?" they asked. In organic and biochemistry, an energy of activation is required to initiate a reaction. Once initiated that reaction may proceed irreversibly to completion without much further energetic input. Without sufficient energy of activation, the reaction never occurs. A cake without sufficient energy of heat remains mush. A minimal level of heat is needed to actually cook the cake (transforming the internal arrangements of its molecules). The healers loved these comparisons to chemistry, and reflected upon how nature is the same at every level. In systems science, we say that each layer is isomorphic to the other." BeiYin: So this confirms what I thought before: doing a water fasting in which I don't do anything else, just laying in bed with closed eyes, etc. He writes also: Quote:"The days before modern pharmaceuticals, rest was a key ingredient of any therapy. Healing may best begin by putting the client to bed. This disturbs daily routines and breaks old habits. It allows the body's repair mechanisms to take over from the defense mechanisms; the parasympathetic nervous system to calm down the sympathetic nervous system." BeiYin: I was doing every day my exercises, EFT, Reiki, meditation, etc. but I was also working. This was probably the reason why my hernia was not getting much better:

the reason why my hernia was not getting much better: 'The rock is just too heavy

'The rock is just too heavy that it moves by itself and keeps moving

'

With other words: to

become aware of the load one is carrying since many years and which might have caused

one's disease. In consequence I did as the most important a ten days water fasting:

I am at the 5th day of my water fasting. I'm doing my exercises three times a day and today I

felt that it was more difficult. Today I will do an enema to clean up my intestines but I will wait with a liver cleans until after the fasting, it might be too much stress and disturbing the

healing process of my hernia. I felt good the last few days and I had enough energy to work several hours on some translations, what I wanted to do since several months.

I finished twelve days water fasting

wouldn't suggest to do it in winter time, it's easier in summer. At the end I was quite weak and when I wanted to eat again then there was nothing prepared and I had not enough energy so I

was eating for a week just what was there and this wasn't the right way to get back my

Now another week has passed and slowly

I am gaining back some energy. I had lost about eight kilos. My hernia is not yet healed

although it is getting better. I am doing my exercises three times a day. Six series: When I started these then I could only do five then later twenty movements in each series. Now I am doing about one hundred But this is absolutely NOT an advice or a suggestion for somebody else. I'm sure that it depends very much on ones personal condition and situation what one can do, how often, how much, etc. One needs to listen to ones body and find out what is the best that suites.

I felt that I was doing too much and so I reduced the number of movements to fifty, this feels

good even when I do it three times a day. In an old book about natural healing from Dr. med. Alfred Brauchle, he wrote that after or before these exercises one should do five minutes of massage of the abdomen around the hernia, - massaging in circles. This I am doing since a few days and indeed my hernia is getting better. Also Dr. Brauchle suggest to wear a good fitting truss and to put it on in the morning when still laying in bed and also taking it off laying down. So that the hernia doesn't pop out. He writes that the hernia should be treated like a broken bone, it should be kept as calm as possible. That's not always so easy, for example when going to the toilet or taking a shower. I do it in the way that I hold one hand on the hernia so that it doesn't come out, this doesn't work always but most of the time.

strength, instead I messed up my digestive system

and I must say that this was a pretty tough time. I

I have a cold. Why my hernia is getting worse? I have emotional stress. Why my hernia is

getting worse? I have days with a lack of energy. Why my hernia then is worse? It seems to be pretty obvious that all is connected and so the 'healing' must include the whole system, -

and of course the 'healing' can and should start also with little things like a cold. Not cutting the symptoms with some pills or in the case of hernia closing the damaged tissue with some

plastic mash

of an hernia? I never read anywhere a question about it, so probably I need to go into this

direction and investigate more

Link: When searching the Internet I read about the author Patricia Ann Hellinger. Her story had an uplifting effect to my mood, as I see that I'm not the only person who wants to go into another direction. She has written an interesting book how she healed herself from Fibromyalgia and other severe diseases, but it is already worth while to read her story and her view about healing Link: I found an amazing book "Practice of natural therapeutics" Henry Lindlahr M.D. TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES and I have made a copy. There are a number of books, mostly out of print and several now in 'Public Domain'. Go to: http://www.soilandhealth.org/

So the healing must start or go down to the roots, but where are the root causes

(Isn't anybody out there who can give me a hint?)

med. Alfred Brauchle. I don't know if there exist an edition in English. I will search for it, because he is describing natural treatments among others also for hernia Mood & Energy: During the last weeks I came several times near to desperation and I guess this happens to anyone who is searching for an alternative way to heal one's hernia and then not finding anything else than surgery. So when it happened that I got this feeling of being helpless and hopeless, then I did EFT for a few minutes. (I have written more about it at:

click) (At the Web site: EFT= Emotional Freedom Technique one can download the EFT manual for free.) Doing the EFT, one is tapping certain meridian points and saying or thinking an affirmation phrase, like:

"I am full of energy and in a good mood!" This needs only two minutes - and it helps! So with this I could go forward and had enough

energy to do first my morning exercises and then, - I get more energy out of it and I can go on

to 'confront the day'

The last days my mood was lifted up, because finally I found some alternative information and I could see, that indeed, a natural healing of an Inguinal hernia is possible. Again

recognizing how important it is to keep one's energy and mood high. Then also one's view is

more open and new information can be received

manipulation on ones emotions. In general I'm against any kind of manipulation if it is not connected with searching and treating the cause, but in a case of emergency it might be necessary to help to create a favorable condition so that one can stay open to continue

(I'm aware of the fact that EFT is a

)

Again my hernia got worse - and my mood went down. But then reflecting about it I could realize that even my hernia was worse it was still better than when it was bad the last time and when I had recovered, then my hernia was better than ever before. Seeing this more clearly, there was no need for my mood to go down, knowing that - even though there are ups and

downs - on the long run it is getting better. But of course, it is an issue in the healing process, that I am not sure about anything. I have no proof that it is possible to heal myself from hernia. I haven't met anybody and I have not read about any case. So I am walking on a very slippery ground, but now I don't care how often I fall down on my nose or bottom, I will go on

A few days ago a physiotherapist visited me. It was not about me, he is planing to give a

seminar about healing. But then I was talking about my hernia and my intention to heal it in an alternative way, he said that this would be impossible and the only way to repair the hernia

would be surgery. To my arguments he responded that I obviously have little knowledge about medical conditions. That's right, I hardly know even the basic, but now after having had Fibromyalgia and being recovered from it, I can say that I know more about Fibromyalgia than all the medical doctors I had consulted, including several healers. Also I can say that somehow I am glad not to have a medical education, otherwise I would be stuck and limited

to this knowledge, being an authority but blind for any creative solution. Even though I could

look through the authoritarian attitude of this visitor, I felt half a day impressed and depressed By the way: The physiotherapist told me that his field are joint treatments specially the knees.

I asked him to which one of the knees he is specialized, to the left or the right? Because I have

some problems in my right knee

;-)

Now my mood is high enough that it has caused a new attitude: This morning I could look at many heavy and negative happenings in a way that I had just to laugh about it and realize that it is very much more like a joke, even though it had destructive results. I talked to a friend yesterday, who has a big company and therefor also big problems. When we see each other we normally talk about our health situation. He told me now that his mood

is often changing. I ask him why, but he didn't know. So I suggested that when this happens,

that he just observes himself. Then probably he will notice that these mood ups and downs are reactions to what he is experiencing around him. So this for sure is different than what he wants and what is his expectation how it should be. When he can be aware of this, accepting it

as part of reality, then he can relax about it and then also he will be more open for creative

solutions to change the unwanted situation

of what had caused him disappointment and stress before!

Thought: I just watched a CD about doing EFT to heal a trauma. The therapist in this video said that to cure a trauma sometimes it needs a year or more and often it is a really difficult process, because it involves the work and responsibility of the client. So it is a 'process' and this effects and has healing results on all levels. Now, on the other hand, if a person has a chronic disease like hernia and gets surgery, then in the case of the person with the trauma it would mean to cut out the effected parts of the brain of this person, so taking away the trauma

and the symptoms. Wouldn't this be ridiculous? So why it is less ridiculous doing surgery on a hernia to get rid of this symptom and the same with other diseases? Remark: I read an article about a MD who found out that doing surgery on people with Fibromyalgia (on their tender points) eliminates all their symptoms. Oh boy!!! This MD will soon be multi millionaire and the world filled with many million zombies more

Then even he might be able to laugh about most

A visitor of my hernia page ask me for advice about his hernia. He was operated a year ago

and still has pain. The doctors are telling him that this is normal

any advice, first because I'm not a health professional and then because in this case I can't tell about my own experience as I never had surgery and I am doing my best not to have one.

People who had surgery with their hernia and have problems, should ask their med. doctor and if they can't give an advice then they should search for exercises they can do, change their diet, do EFT and do other things to strengthen their whole system. Probably they can do the same exercises I'm doing to avoid surgery and to heal my hernia, but really: I don't know

about it! Maybe 'castor oil packs' can help, ask your doctor

disease there is, with surgery the cause is not healed and another symptom will show up:

Another hernia or something else, probably on a different level

your background and every thing else will fall in its place! My hernia is much better! Since one week I am working full time and also lifting heavy stuff but I have no pain. But I am wearing a truss all day and I put it on in the morning before I get up, taking it off when I lay down in the evening. With this being sure that the hernia doesn't come out. When I go to the toilet or do the sauna, then I protect the hernia with my hand. Another sign shows up telling me that my hernia is better: The last few days I haven't protected my hernia when I did the sauna and even then it didn't pop out! I see this as a real

progress.

I am sorry, but I can't give

I can only repeat: Whatever

So as a consequence: Heal

Two weeks later: I'm still progressing even I'm working. I find it more difficult to do my abdomen exercises, because about one hours daily for this needs some energy and I'm adding every day a few movements more, so that I am now at one hundred movements for each exercise that makes five hundred movements and then the massage and the EFT in-between. But I want to stick with it as the healing seems more and more possible. I have no doubts

about this anymore

foam rubber ball which I have cut into half. It works perfectly and I didn't need to spend any money on it!

.

With the half rubber ball under the truss it works pretty good, but yesterday I couldn't find the

ball, - probably my cat was playing with it -, so I used a flat stone instead. This might be

By the way: I have thrown away my old truss and I'm using a small

better, because from an old book about hernia treatments I remember the information, that the

pressure from the truss cushion would cause that the tissue builds up scar tissue and so closes

the hole of the hernia. So I will direct my intention to this

and instead I'm putting a hard foam rubber cushion. That feels right at the moment, but I

guess every body had to find out what seems the best

I am using this flat stone now for two months and it works pretty good, although the stone is

too heavy and sometimes falls out

much on one's individual condition and the state of healing. So one should be aware of it and sensibly using one's intuition for what might be the best

Today I received an email with a link to a Yoga Web site were a MD who also is doing yoga, describes that he healed his Inguinal hernia with yoga. He describes the same exercise I am doing now since three months.

(Later: I stopped using the stone

)

I can't suggest using a stone, probably it depends very

I found a post in curezone.org which points out the importance of a colon cleanse:

"I actually asked him how to cure Inguinal hernia with herbs for my dad who suffers from this. He told me that an inguinal hernia means that the colon is full of crap, and this impacted colon is pushing on a weak muscle which bulges out. Dr. Christopher's student cured his Inguinal hernia within 6 weeks, but it can take 6 weeks to 6 months. Basically, one takes Dr. Christopher's lower bowel formula (to empty the colon out, as many capsules as can be tolerated). Also, apply Dr. Christopher's complete tissue formula ointment on the area, and also this formula can be taken internally. But taking these supplements is not enough, diet is key. The purpose of this treatment is to eliminate all of the fecal matter from the colon that is pressing on the weak muscle. So if one wants to get rid of this problem, one should go on a mucus less diet, absolutely no ingestion of foods that cause constipation: no dairy, meat, or preserved foods. One should eat fruits and vegetables, and juices. And Dr. Christopher also said that if one wants accelerate the healing process, a juice fast would be necessary, preferably a watermelon juice fast, or a prune juice fast. Surgery for an Inguinal hernia merely masks the symptoms. The body is telling the patient the colon needs to be cleaned out, it is full of too much crap. Surgery definitely does not clean out the colon, and if this is not cleaned out, new diseases can appear. As we all know good health starts with colon health."

Yesterday I called an old friend in Germany telling her about my hernia, she gave me the advice to go to the Web site of Dr. xyz, who investigated about 'micro cells' and he has developed a series of 'formulas' which helps and stimulates the growing and recovering of tissue. That's exactly what I need at this moment for my hernia. I feel pretty good and I can work nearly whole day and pretty hard. I have seldom pain, but the hernia is not healing, what means the rupture is not closing, although I am doing EFT especially for the cells of the tissue and muscles that they can recover, so obviously they need another stimuli. OK, so I went to this doctors Web site and spend all night on reading it. Indeed very convincing and I wrote an email to Dr. xyz asking about a 'formula' for my hernia. I am pretty critical about offered 'formulas' because I have made a lot of negative experiences in the Internet with those magic bullets. I wish nothing more than to find something to help to heal myself. This could really have a great impact to all people suffering from hernia. The 'formula' alone will probably not

do it, but with the exercises, the right diet, massage, EFT, meditation, etc. then the stimulation of the cells might do the decisive healing impulse. Update: I tried for several months the 'formulas' of several sellers and came to the conclusion that these seem to be part of the big health business. For sure it is good to take some

supplements like vitamins and minerals, but all the other stuff

I came to the conclusion that those 'formula

there should be done some intense investigation

I have serious doubts, but

sellers' are mostly using the need of people, who of course want to be healed, to make money.

It is likely so, because there is missing a more subtle aspect, as their view still is based on a

pure materialistic aspect, even there might be an aspect of selfless intention behind.

Could it be that this Hernia thing is an exercise in being patient? I believe that I'm a pretty patient person, but my Hernia let me come to my limit. You as the reader of this writings are probably very patient, not having received any concrete result about my healing. But wait! Don't give up. I am still convinced that healing from hernia is possible. It's not just a believe. Indeed I am feeling much better than one year ago, my physical condition has improved a lot, due to my daily exercises as described before. I am working now full time, as I did before I got sick with Fibromyalgia, although my energy some times goes down. But yes, this might have to do with 'patience'. So I can understand that you are waiting for a result, but please be patient! It might help that you see the lecture of this page as an exercise! You are doing quite well! So continue

Several weeks have past and I'm still waiting. I'm desperately waiting for the parcel with the miracle formula. A few weeks later: I gave up waiting for the parcel and started to investigate, searching for similar substances. There are a number of other places where one can buy those supplements. What I can see now is that the prices for those 'formulas' are far too high and I will look for an other way to get these substances, which are: Proline, Lysine, protein and vitamin C. I am taking now 50 gr. pure protein daily, which is sold for body builder. The Lysine and Proline, which are important for the cell stimulation, I haven't found yet. Then I should take 3-6 gr. vitamin C. (over the day) But I couldn't take the high quantity of vitamin C, because it gives too much acid to the body system. I will look for another kind of vitamin

C

Exiting news: I just called somebody in the USA who had written an email to me telling that he healed himself from an inguinal hernia. In his email he hesitated to tell me details because he wasn't absolutely sure that he was really healed. But now when we talk about it at the phone there was no doubt about it: He healed himself from his inguinal hernia and there is nothing left that disturbs him anymore. He can do anything without problem, included weight lifting and heavy work. He had an inguinal hernia for about three years and he refused surgery at the last moment when he had already the appointment with the surgeon. Now he is very happy that he did so. He also makes me happy as I have the confirmation that healing without surgery is possible, until now I wasn't sure about it and felt pretty alone. So now my hope has

a concrete base and I look forward to my own healing. This gentleman wants to share what he

did to heal his hernia. (Go to: email exchange) It is nearly the same what I'm doing, with very little variation, but of course sometimes something little makes a big difference! He told me that he takes 6 gr. of vitamin C daily and 50 gr. protein and that he has done similar exercises as I do, but he said it is more important to do a few movements but very strong than many and

light. Also he said that it is important to relax enough, - indeed this I would like to do, but at

the moment there is too much work and the heat is unbearable and relax

Somebody had ask me about the exercises I'm doing. It is difficult to describe them so I have made a video about it: Inguinal Hernia healed without surgery.

In any case one should carefully listen at one's body and only do what feels right

believe it wouldn't be a fault to ask a health professional rigid attitude!)

So I will stop writing now

I still

(But be aware of their established

Again a few months passed by. I'm still doing my daily exercises. It hasn't changed much, but

looking back I can observe that doing the exercises now, it is much easier than before and I'm

not getting exhausted so much. This early morning when I went out to make a pee, I forgot to put the truss, then I noticed that the hernia didn't come out, as it normally did. But I will not sing hallelujah yet and go on wearing the truss, although putting in just a small rubber plate, after the stone I had used fell down and broke into pieces, what gave me the sign to change something about the protection. And it works, I have no pain anymore and no problems even

lifting heavy things

Bioflavoids here in the pharmacy. I had bought it from the US but it never made it through the customs. Later: This kind of vitamin C exist here in Spain only without Bioflavoids, but this

is ten times more expensive than in the US! Since a few days I have some pain in my abdomen, although I'm not working at the moment. I don't work because I'm not feeling well and have a heart problem which are getting worse even doing little things. I even had to reduce my daily exercises. Looking back to the last weeks, I can see what might have caused it. The last two months I felt pretty much alone, then

my cat, I have been living with for the last ten years, died. This was a very special cat and we

were very connected. So this was an emotionally shock

is a permanent emotional stress. Last week we had a meeting and there were only complains

from the people here about the daily circumstances and not even one positive comment know this behavior and attitude from people since thirty years and I can take it, having

reduced my expectations to the utmost minimum, but after this I felt sick and didn't want to

see anybody

What makes it again clear, that the emotions have an important significance and influence on health and healing. Again, like several times before, I came to the point when I felt that I wanted to give up with the intention of a community. These thoughts didn't make me feel better. There are arriving every day email from people who want to come, but the last days I

haven't answered them. Now just a moment ago there called someone who had written and we were talking for a while and he convinced me, so I told him they (a couple) can come. This has happened now several times that when I came near to the point of giving up, then promising people showed up. OK, now I feel much better and I will relax. Tomorrow is

Again I will try to get the vitamin C as Calcium Ascorbate with

Then living in a kind of community

I

So I'm not that much surprised that also my hernia hurts beside the heart pain.

another day

that also my hernia hurts beside the heart pain. another day ? So you might ask

?

So you might ask what all this has to do with 'healing my hernia'. It turned out the last days, that indeed it has to do with it. The last two weeks I had serious heart problems, not because of an organic failure but caused from stress. Before the heart problems were showing up, my hernia was doing pretty well, it hasn't come out for several days and there hasn't shown any pain, so I came near to the thought that my Hernia might be healed. But then with my heart problems also the Hernia got worse, so obviously all is influenced and connected with my emotional condition triggered by outside happening and situations. Dealing with this in a

different way and with another attitude will bring the release

new heart page and read about it. Then you will understand that 'stress' also is influencing the

healing of one's hernia and that it is essential to do something to release one's stress

you are used to the daily stress and it looks like this is normal. But even it doesn't' bother you too much, it is still damaging your system and is causing the failure in the long run and I

suspect that stress is a hindrance for any healing . Don't give up! Take self responsibility and

So you might want to go to my

Even

do something about your emotional situation, which is influencing your stress level! It's a challenge!

My heart trouble is getting better and also my hernia. Since more than a week it hasn't popped out and I have no pain. It is possible that one reason is, because the last time I haven't been working so much like before. What seems to be important is, that now I'm much more aware of my stress level and when I notice that I'm tense, then it needs only a little effort to relax. For example driving in heavy traffic or doing a job fast. Obviously it is easier to observe myself, when I'm not emotionally engaged, but then I am mostly aware of it later, when I'm alone and let pass the happening again. So it seems that to release one's stress it is essential to be aware of the stress and now it becomes very clear, why the 'Stress Release Exercise' works and is so effective.

As I told at my heart page: I'm laying in bed since three weeks with a broken leg, not being able to move much. Two weeks before I had the accident, I noticed, that my hernia was not coming out when occasionally I was not wearing the truss, like when I took a shower or did the sauna. It didn't hurt anymore and I reduced the protection to just a small belt. Now being in bed for four weeks for sure this is favorable for the complete healing. Meanwhile I will continue with the exercises I am doing since more than half a year. Not completely, due to my broken leg, but as good as I can. So then in another three weeks I will dare not to use any protection and will just hope that my hernia will be completely healed. I am aware of the fact that the overpowering authority from the established health system, by stating that the only way to deal with a hernia is surgery, has still an influence on me, but I'm stubborn enough to be convinced that healing without surgery is possible, although all those capacities are telling something different. Something similar happened to me now: When I went to the hospital with my broken leg, the med. doctors said that this needs surgery, putting two metal plates with screw to support the bones and they reacted pretty strange when I refused surgery after I saw the x- ray and listened to their unclear arguments. To make the story short: They finally put my leg in plaster and let me go, again reacting strange when I refused the medication they wanted me to take against the pain, the swelling, to prevent thrombosis, etc. I admit, it was quite painful the first three weeks, but I'm glad not to have

enriched my system with those chemicals

spontaneous and human contact with another med. doctor and there might come something else out of it. He was interested to know about my healing from Fibromyalgia and that is the first time that a doctor was interested and reacted positive!)

So lets see

(By the way: Later on I had a good,

Now I'm pretty sure that my Hernia is healed. I was laying in bed with a broken leg for four weeks. (I had continued with my exercises almost the whole time). I went twice to the hospital in this time and I didn't wear any protection for the hernia and I had forgotten totally about it as no problem was showing up. The last few days I walked around with crutches and I didn't think about my hernia.

But now I'm almost sure that my hernia is healed. When walking around with crutches it makes quite some pressure on the belly, but the hernia still doesn't come out and also when I

sneeze strongly or cough. I have nearly forgotten about the hernia. I still haven't done weight

lifting, with this I will wait a few days more

lifted a big stone, but this stone seemed not to be big enough so I took a big pallet and standing on one leg I lifted this pallet several times. No hernia symptoms, no pain. So I can

No, I didn't want to wait more so I went out and

resume:

My hernia is healed!!!

resume: My hernia is healed!!! Epilog: Not just my hernia is healed. During this healing process

Epilog: Not just my hernia is healed. During this healing process I went through a transformation which included my whole system. I had to develop strength and patience to be able to continue. Often I felt totally alone, but having still some trust left that the right thing would appear in the right moment, so then it could happen and it happened! I always felt that I had to go on, listening to my intuition. Now I can see that this was right and knowing that out there are millions of people with hernia and hundred thousands not having the possibility to be repaired by surgery, but not knowing that they might be able to heal themselves, so then they are hopeless and just suffering. It is possible to state now that one can heal oneself from inguinal hernia without surgery. It is not easy and one will need a lot of patience and inner strength to do so, but better to intent than to suffer without hope. If somebody with hernia read all what I wrote, that shows that this person has patience and so as well might take the initiative and self responsibility to do something about ones situation and condition. The established and untouchable statement: "Only surgery can repair an Inguinal hernia" is not solid anymore. If I could do it, then others also can do it and if you are younger than sixty than it will be probably much easier. Now you must not feel as a victim anymore. The hernia is a challenge, if you go through the healing process the benefit is greater than you can imagine now

process the benefit is greater than you can imagine now Walking on, I'm reflecting: How is

Walking

on, I'm reflecting: How is it possible that millions of humans are

suffering from an inguinal hernia and the only solution offered by the medical system is surgery? There are hundred thousands of untreated hernias because there are people who can't afford surgery, they are just suffering and feeling as hopeless victims. Isn't there any doctor who might be motivated to investigate and then offer clear information about an alternative way to heal the hernia? If this information would exist, then one doesn't need to go through all this investigations oneself like I did and then the healing could happen much faster, not having all the doubts. Well, one thing now is absolutely clear:

The healing of an inguinal hernia without surgery is possible! And the good thing is, that not only the symptoms disappear. During the healing process is shows and becomes clear that the healing is also a growing, because the whole being is included with all its different layers. Indeed, this makes it much more difficult, but it is worth the effort!

BeiYin

The following articles might be important in ones healing process

Some months later: I have no pain or any other symptom and I'm working full time. I am doing my exercises every morning for about twenty minutes and once or twice a week a sauna. In all this time there have been three responses from people who also rejected surgery and were looking for an alternative way and so they came to my Web page

Half a year later: I'm still symptom free and work hard full time, even lifting heavy things and there is no problem. Still I'm doing my exercises every morning to keep my body fit. A few weeks ago I met the med. doctor who had diagnosed my hernia three years ago and I told him that I haven't done surgery but that I'm healed. So he checked me carefully by pressing and pulling and then said that my hernia is still there, even though nothing pops out, - for about two weeks I had pain and felt bad

Does this now means that I'm not healed? What can I do with this 'professional' information? In a way I don't care, but does it mean that I'm still influenced by the authority of a medical doctor? Now I'm feeling good again and will continue to feel healed and work on the healing

of the whole. (If possible, I will avoid to meet any doctor

sure he is doing his best, but he is stuck in his limited professional view! Like all the established health system of our society!) There are many people who are writing to me and all want to avoid surgery, so I thought that a mailing list would be good to give us a platform to connect and support each other. So I have created a group: Hernia support Google Group. You can find a digest of my comments of posts in this group at my page 'digest'.

My doc is a good person and for

Update three years later: I have no symptoms of an hernia and can work like I did before. I

still do the exercises every day for about twenty minutes, early in the morning when laying in bed. If I wouldn't have created this 'hernia support group' and so necessarily reading posts, I would have forgotten about the subject hernia.

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In this hernia group I am observing that people with an inguinal hernia are extremely occupied and worrying about their hernia, every thing turns around this disturbing condition and themselves and they don't want to look at themselves and the game they are involved in. They are suffering but at the same time they seem to be content. Might it be that their hernia fills a void in their life? When I suggest again and again that it is important and essential for their healing that they do the 'StressReleaseExercise' so that they are able to look behind their personality games, because there might lay the reason for their disease, - then this is ignored. There are maybe 2% of the present members who are doing the exercise

Another thought: If people are so occupied with their hernia, going into details about their

healing permanently, then this fills their life - and out of this they get the feeling of 'existence' of their personality. If this is the case, then unconsciously they don't want to heal, they cling on their disease, the same as they cling on their personality. Absurd but it shows how much people are stuck in their condition.

Update five years later: 3.9.2010 I'm still free of any symptoms of an hernia. I want to mention, that even though I have no symptoms, I am doing the exercises as I have shown at my video, every morning. That feels good for my whole condition. Since a few weeks I am also doing the 'Ankle Pump Practice' and that might be also helpful in healing ones hernia. I will report about it later

From the hernia support Google group Charles wrote: "There have been a few recent developments on the medical front, all pointing toward the advantage of 'watchful waiting' and by connection, non surgical and alternative approaches to hernia treatment." (To read the complete post click here.) BeiYin's comment: Do you really believe that the so well and firm established medical system will change? That would mean that there happens a shift from the money based attitude towards a world view that goes beyond all that? Hernia surgery is a billion $ business, the same as the big business with chemical medication. Do you seriously think that a few ants nibbling on the feet of the pharma elephant will make this giant move into another direction? It is not possible that there happens a change in the medical health system as being part of the social system, if the change is not caused from within in its essential structure of the whole system and that would be a rising of the level of consciousness. The medical system has during centuries built up the position of an untouchable authority, making people dependent and putting them in bondage. Not necessarily by manipulation like advertisements, but just because it is serving the infantile need of people to stay in dependency of authorities, not having the need to think by themselves and maybe questioning their condition. There is no one to blame. The EHS is a manifestation, the same as other forms, as a step of evolution presenting the still very limited consciousness. Also the doctors can't be blamed, they do as good as they can and with their best intention in their limited personal condition, coming from being educated within the established system. I have seen recently a few med. doctors who are in crisis, because their personal growing process brought them into doubts about their professional doing and they are questioning the established system and with this they are getting into a very unstable situation. Some even thinking about giving up their profession, because within the established health system their is no space or the possibility to go beyond, not even in alternative or natural healing. Alternative treatments don't change the attitude of the patients or getting them out of their dependency. There is no alternative information given about what disease really is and seldom there is a question about the root cause. Mainly the symptoms are treated and not seen in connection with other levels of the individual human system. There is little hope that this will change during the next generations. So any discussion of sick people about the development of the medical system is pretty useless and wasting ones energy, that better should be used to directly taking care of oneself. Like talking about the various methods of surgery, - - - if one really want to avoid surgery, knowing that from there no other way is offered. That now from a few doctors 'watchful waiting' is suggested is not a real change as long there is no suggestion given about all possibilities to help ones healing and that of course should include all levels of ones being and not just the physical body. The first step in ones healing would be to take self responsibility and that would mean to step

out of dependency. That of course can't be supported by the one who makes his living from the dependency of sick people to him. So it is a pretty hopeless situation and only a very few people will be able to do a real self healing for their whole being.

I repeat: "Alternative approaches to hernia treatment" offered from the EHS will stay on the

limited level of treating symptoms and not include the 'whole being' even though it might be called 'holistic'. If in our healing process we don't question our existence in all parts, then this 'healing' will not be real and not be part of our 'growing process'. There should be come up the question what disease really is and probably this must be answered out of ones own realization and not from an authority, the same as other essential questions The more practical question, how one can come to the possible position to question oneself and finding answers not depending on professionals, for sure will be answered, but also this

question first must be ask, - what shows that this person is ready

At our 'Hernia Support' Google group there are some interesting posts. The following answers & questions might be important for some body who wants to heal oneself:

Questions and Answers at the Hernia Support Google Group

John: I am starting the BeiYin programs and I have several questions. BeiYin: I am not a health professional, so you better don't take what I write as an advice. The good thing is that all what I know comes from my personal experience and had served to heal myself, but must not necessarily have a value for somebody else. John: 1.) Is it ok to stopped all physical activity going with the assumption that if I do daily exercises and eliminate any physical activities like mowing the lawn, running the dog will help create a faster healing process of strengthening the muscles? Or am I creating a further weakening of the body and the abdominal wall? BeiYin: When I found myself with an inguinal hernia I could not work like before because I had a lot of pain when moving and so I kept quiet as much I could. Even sitting at the computer was painful, but then when I investigated and found out that the weak abdominal muscles are one of the reasons of the hernia, then I started exercises to strengthen these muscles. But always laying down and taking care that there was no bulge coming out. I did also yoga and one day when I was standing on my head, I didn't notice that my hernia was

coming out and suddenly I had a terrible pain and this for a couple of days

aware and alert. When wearing the truss, I did the work that was necessary to do, but carefully not to overdo. Running the dog would have been too much and I didn't cut the grass and left things that were not that important.

I believe that those exercises that are specially done to strengthen the muscles are important and then moderated daily physical activities.

I will not forget to stress the fact that strengthening the muscles is just one part of ones

healing

John: 2.) I notice if I eat a super big meal there will be a swelling the next day, sometimes immediately if I am walking around. This swelling will not go away unless I lay flat. If I eat small meals the swelling sometime will not appear for 36 to 48 hours. The food in our system causes the swelling to protrude out? Why sometime immediately and sometimes a delay? Does it depend on how fast our bodies digest food? BeiYin: We need a certain quantity of food to survive and we need a certain quality of food to stay healthy or to heal. In our society people eat far too much, in a extremely bad quality and

in combinations that makes it difficult for the digestive system. So this is another important

So I was very

without all the other levels waiting, the hernia will not heal!

step in ones healing process: To become conscious about ones eating habits. One need to become critical to what is offered and check ones used habits. Yes, small meals are better then filling ones stomach up to the limit. Even with small meals one should not mix things that are difficult to digest when wrong combined. (Search for 'Budwig Trennkost') Wrong combinations of food makes digestion difficult if not impossible and so there is no digestion but fermentation and this is producing a lot of gas, that increases the pressure in the intestines and so if there is a hole, then it tries to release the pressure by coming out there. John: 3.) I notice if I eat sweets and pies really causes a problem. I was trying to eat pies to gain weight, which was a big mistake. Is there any truth to eating the wrong food? BeiYin: That I have answered above. For example peas, beans and lentils in itself have a combination that is difficult to digest. If you want to built up muscles then what I did was an intake of proteins with something made from Soya. You can get it at your health food store, that is what body builder take. In any case you should avoid sweets.

John: 4.) I found on another site that coffee and alcohol is not good for hernia? BeiYin: It is not only good for the hernia it is not good for anything if you really want to take care of yourself and stay healthy. It is good to numb yourself or speed you up so that you stay busy but not being aware of yourself. John: 5.) I notice if I get upset at my condition the swelling gets harder and bigger. Is there a direct correlation between the mind and the healing process? BeiYin: By now it should be pretty clear that there is correlation between all the levels of your system! There is NO real healing process if not all the levels are included! If one just is treating the body level, then this is not so much different as what the medical health system is doing, suppressing the symptoms, that's what they call 'healing', it doesn't really matter if they use alternative means John: 6.) I lost 7 pounds since this relapsed 3 weeks ago. It is impossible to gain this weight back since my intake of food up and beyond the normal level causes a larger swelling. Does it make sense to just eat healthy with small amount during the day? In time as the muscle in the abdominal wall becomes stronger my food intake will increase gradually? BeiYin: I believe eating healthy and that amount your body needs, that will be enough. Let the body take care of itself, don't worry about it. Become stronger in your trust and intuition.

Your body has an inbuilt healing force, you only need to give space to it

question what 'healthy food' really means!) John: 7.) I do the treadmill, slow walk 15 minutes on an empty stomach 4 times a week in the morning before breakfast. There is no swelling while doing this. Is the treadmill routine ok? BeiYin: Whatever a 'treat mill' is (I guess it is this carpet that moves under your feet) it should be ok if you feel good with it. If there is no bulge coming out when doing this, then it seems that your hernia is not that bad. Just be sensitive about what your body tells you, so listen

carefully! John: 8.) Let say you are shopping at a store and you have a swelling are we suppose to stop and go straight home and lay flat or just ignore the swelling if there is no pain? BeiYin: 'Ignoring' is not a good thing to do, it might be dangerous and have a slash back! I was wearing a truss and I was careful that never there was coming out a bulge, so I was wearing the truss from the morning until I lay down in the evening. When I took a shower, then I protected my hernia with one hand. John: 9.) One time last week it took 5 minutes instead of 10 seconds for the swelling to go down while laying flat. Is this normal? BeiYin: Probably there is nothing 'normal', it depends all on the different condition of a person. My hernia was getting better and gave me less problems, just by doing the exercise and then relaxing enough, then of course taking care of my food intake and also taking various supplements. My final healing happens when I had a broken leg and food and was

(Still it is the

forced to lay totally quiet for three weeks, after this my hernia never came out again. I continued with my exercises and being careful with food, - until now I never again had any pain or disturbance. - - - That's now two years ago. John: 10.) Does everyone here continue a normal life with the swelling as long as there is no pain? BeiYin: Nobody can continue with a 'normal life' if one want to heal oneself. You will need to change not only your habits but also your attitudes, especially towards 'life'. That means how you relate to what comes to you and how you respond to this. This is a transformational process. Without this there is no real healing! The cause will not have been discovered and not been healed. So again: Your whole being needs to be included in your healing process, with all levels: Body, mind and emotions, then there will be an opening to the real healing energy that comes from beyond ones personality. To connect with it one needs to do it consciously by doing meditation or the StressReleaseExercise'. Get out of the trap being occupied healing yourself by turning exclusively around your body and being sucked into your suffering, pain and depression. Accept the fact that the symptom of disease is the manifestation of an imbalance of your whole system and that might be at other levels and as a root cause is coming from not being

connected with your 'source'. What that means you must discover yourself starting with some questions

Or at least

From a post in the 'hernia support group':

"Hello i wish i knew how many of them [from a 'study' of 364 persons in 'watchful waiting'] wore a truss?" BeiYin's response:

Truss or no Truss - is that the question? Climbing down into the darkness of unknown fields hopeless out of desperation fighting forces of evil! Alone carrying the weight of millions unanswered questions. Where is the ideal truss that can fulfill my longing? Does fulfillment exist or is it just a wishful dream? There arises Venus from the depth of a sparkling ocean offering a truss made out of light, suitable for all who suffer blown up bellies - vulnerable feelings protected with fat. Trampled ones own existence out of pain, desperation and fear now giving space for spaces beyond odd bellies, hopes and beliefs. Freedom beckons! Let go being the center of your belly being your truss reaches out for new horizons! Trust your truss! Who needs protection? From what? To cover ones nothingness? Falling back into black holes created by turning around oneself? Light energy rises our focus of attention: Upwards and inwards. Trust or no trust - that is the question!

and inwards. Trust or no trust - that is the question ! BeiYin 10.1.09 Remark: This

BeiYin

10.1.09

Remark: This kind of 'nonsense poem' was my response after many posts from members of this group about their detailed worries, that are also important to be cleared

up, but shouldn't cause to forget the most essential

I am expressing myself like

this not to accumulate tension in myself, that then might come out as anger

tension in myself, that then might come out as anger Questions & Answers from the Hernia
tension in myself, that then might come out as anger Questions & Answers from the Hernia

Questions & Answers from the Hernia Support Google Group

BeiYin: 'Support' in my opinion does not mean to find confirmation for one's old established view and not for the view of this world how it seems to be, because we have been told what and how it is.

Q u o t e : What kind of truss did you use when you finally got healed of this 'thing'? What was your program?

BeiYin: YOU are the HERNIA - YOU need to heal - You need to heal YOURSELF. As long you see your hernia as a 'thing' that must be eliminated, there can't be real healing happening.

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You better drop "programs", especially those that are precious for you as part of your personality. You need first to be aware of these programs, then finding out their origin,

then deciding to keep or to drop them. It is part of your transformation. Without this there is no real healing.

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Healing is a process that includes your whole being.

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There is healing needed for parts of yourself you don't know yet that these exist, these show up during the process of your healing transformation.

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It needs your engagement. You are NOT a victim. You are responsible for yourself. You ARE your disease. You need to respond to your disease as a manifestation of imbalance of yet

unknown parts and levels of yourself. Give space to yourself, dare to go into unknown spaces.

Become aware and pronounce questions that show up from those spaces. Use SRE or other available help to gain the base to go on in a creative way, getting out of being stuck in worn out behavior pattern of this society.

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Why your intestines are coming out? Why your tissue and muscles became too week, not being able to hold the pressure from inside? Might it be that you put stuff into your body your digestive system can't deal with? It's an impossible job you ask to be done, filling yourself up with junk, that goes into putrefaction instead of digestion. Check your input of food! Give a rest to your digestive

system! Eating might confirm you in your existence, but be aware that this is a substitute. That's part of the program delivered by this society and so part of the common disease, causing more disease

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Isn't there something else more important? Do you chew what you take in? Do you decide what to take in? On all levels of your existence? Not only with food. Look at it what you take in on all other levels: emotionally and mentally. How much junk you take in! You are not

even chewing it and for sure most of it you are not digesting!

There are a lot more things to deal with before one can get near to the subject 'healing oneself'

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Do you really want to go into this yet unknown terrain? How serious you are about it? Then you might have stepped already out of the common dependency from the established health system. You might know that the 'easy way' of taking pills and repair with surgery has very

little to do with healing. But are you really willing to confront the unknown that will show up from outside and from yourself? It is a challenge very few are capable to deal with

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So as the first step it is necessary that you clear up your position. Are you aware of your conditioning? Are you aware that you are programmed? That you have a self image that contains all the concepts delivered from this society? Are you aware that you are identified with all this and so defending it when ever this is touched by influences that are not

confirming your established concepts? Do you have questions about all this or do you prefer not to look at it? Finding enough good reasons

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Observe how people are worrying about their little problems that keep them busy with all

those endless discussions. If you are finished with this, then you might come up with some more essential questions BeiYin

PS: My writing might offend one or the other reader. This is not my intention. Probably what I'm expressing is not what you want to hear. It is not the form - or have you a better way to say it? If you feel provoked, then this can be good if you respond to it and become aware of your reaction

Stress Release John: One thing about stress release: It can't be done frantically. BeiYin: Longman dictionary of contemporary English says: "Frantic" = 1.) in an uncontrolled state of feeling: wildly anxious, afraid, happy, etc. 2.) marked by hurried and disordered activity. Talking about "Stress release": this indeed is difficult in a frantic state, but it can be done with the help of the 'StressReleaseExercise' even in a frantic state. John: It's take time to learn to relax so don't be disappointed when it doesn't happen right away. BeiYin: One can learn to relax one's body using various kinds of manipulation like massage or auto suggestion. This can have a result and can also have a relaxing influence for ones state of mind. But I believe it does not necessarily changes the cause of ones frantic feelings. To change this, what would be part of ones 'healing process', one will need to go to the root of it and this for sure is not just a matter of relaxation. How one can find out about the root cause of ones disturbance? Probably this has to do with ones personal evolution. That means if one is ready to get out of one's personality games, then one will be motivated to direct ones energy to find out about it and not any more just turn around oneself. Then one will ask questions and one will find the right answer. One answer can be that one starts the 'StressReleaseExercise' John: Just slow down, BeiYin: Tell a rabbit that is hunted by a fox to slow down! The 'personality' is constantly in the state of being hunted, (or chasing after one of the many goals offered by this society) so there is hardly any relaxed state possible.

John:

BeiYin: That's right: many things one can't force, they have to grow by itself, with the help of

don't

force it and it will come.

the growing force we all and every thing that exist have as an essential part within. Also fighting against something often is useless as it gives energy to that what one is fighting. But some times it is necessary to make a decision and that needs a certain strength and so forcing oneself, otherwise one will do nothing even knowing that it would be necessary and good and so nothing will come To be able to make a decision one needs at least a certain self knowledge, being aware of ones natural laziness and numbness. One has to be aware of the games ones personality is playing to hold oneself together, not wanting to do anything that might effect ones established state of being. Being aware of ones defense one will need to force oneself enough to take action:

Starting with the 'StressReleaseExercie' for example:

PS: I might think that it is useless to write in this group if not at leasta few of all the members here will start with the SRE. Oh boy! Humans are tough cookies, they do all kind of things destroying themselves but have great resistance against every thing that might bring them out of their misery!

* * *

The enemy is us!

BeiYin: I want to share the following thought, that is not only interesting, but can guide us to a very essential point where we can capture something that can enlighten us about 'Real

Healing'!

From the Radio Show "The People Whisperer"

From: http://www.henrymakow.com Quote: Roger, an "angry American," "patriot" and "fighter," wrote to say he is in touch with many other men who want to do something but don't know what. Do I have any ideas?

Henry Makow's comment: Roger is like the man who asked how much does the yacht cost and was told, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

Individuals take the initiative. That's what the enemy is most afraid of. People only do what they "own" i.e. conceive themselves (unless of course they are paid or propagandized by paid agents.) In any conflict, it is necessary to understand who the enemy is. As Pogo said, "the enemy is us."

BeiYin: Henry Makow is talking about a global situation, but I think the same thought (as above, so below) is valid on a personal level. Applying it to one's hernia we can observe exactly the same attitude and behavior we have: We fight against an enemy that is invisible, sitting somewhere in the background, causing symptoms with pain, giving us problems we don't like to deal with, keeping us busy - turning around ourselves and the best or better said the worst: "the enemy is us!" Not enough, it comes even worse: We don't want to know about it! We don't ask and so we can't get any answer, not needing to look at it and so we can stay in our innocent, ignorant zombie state. If we ask then we are like the person who ask for the price of a yacht: we can't afford it, that means we will not understand the answer, we will

reject it and for sure finding a good reason for it!

That's the situation in this "Hernia Support Group". Indeed mostly the members are supporting each other in their innocent blind state. Blinds guiding blinds. I would have left this group if I wouldn't be the "owner" of this group, but I don't join the common game, not outside the group and not being in the group. Again and again I will point out what needs to

be said. This might disturb you, but in this case I have an advantage: You can't kick me out of

this group. This has happened several times when I had joined other health groups

course I'm free to leave

there wouldn't be any reason for me to continue with my intention to make it clear that: " T h

e e n e m y

"Individuals take the initiative!" Exactly, that's what is necessary and that's what we are supposed to do in this group

But of

So if my input really is not wanted, that would be just normal, then

i s

u s ! "

Comment: So you have opened a war on people's personality.

BeiYin: I have not opened any war. I have responded to people in a group who all are there with the intention to heal themselves.

To be in a war it needs two sides: One who attack and one who defends. I haven't attacked

even though people might feel offended. Not to go into a war it needs to be clear about one's position. My position is sovereign enough that I don't need to defend myself. Also I am in a strong position because I am the owner of this forum and nobody can kick me out, but I'm not going to use my power on people because they attack me or express themselves in a way I don't like or that doesn't fit into my established concept. I have made clear the position of people who are in need and there for searching for a solution. That here no quick and easy cure is offered and that to heal oneself is difficult and needs one's full engagement, was made clear and tells about the vulnerable position of people.

In this connection it was also said that the position and established personality will defend

oneself and that one must be aware of it to be able to continue. So people's position is not balanced and because of this weak and the only way left, is to confront ones condition and work on it - - or to defend oneself by leaving the group. But at the same time people know or feel that then they are alone with their health problem and be at the mercy of the established health system. So they have a good reason to listen even though they don't like what they receive as information about themselves and ways to get out of their difficult situation.

Comment: As from your point of view you are absolutely right, but for many it is very hard to understand you because this is all what they have to defend themselves while living in this society. The only way to survive for them is to be part of this society and to be part of the game by tuning their role playing and have a personality that match other's expectations. BeiYin: Yes, that's all what they have or better said: that's all what they have because they

limit themselves to it and they are close and stuck in their rigid and limited personality, even

though there are included a lot of beautiful concepts

main reason why people become sick and with their disease they have the chance to work on their condition and get out of the straight jacket of their personality and the suffering from their disease. Or they can continue their old used way and destroy themselves and also their surrounding and the base of their life. They don't know it better as this society doesn't offer an alternative solution. When they receive information, if they like it or not, then they have the choice and it is their decision to defend themselves and not to look nearer to what is offered or take the opportunity and go forward with the risk to loose their position, that anyway is out of balance. Entering into spaces that are unknown but with the possibility to heal themselves. When people are here in this group, then this is no coincidence, they are here for a good

reason and I feel responsible to give them something real and not just 'emotional support'.

Living in a dream split reality is the

Comment: Look for what is best rewarded in today's society: The leaders, not the people who can do more and better, but the one who can influence the others, is the one who can talk and persuade more and better, not the ones with great ideas, but the ones whose ideas can sell more. BeiYin: We know all more or less that this is the game of the society. The sheep follow their pastor. Then they don't need to think where they are going and all responsibility is given to the leaders. They have the power because people are giving it to them and they use it to manipulate all for their own purposes. That indeed is a dirty game. Hardly anybody even knowing about it, wants to get out and do something by themselves. So they are running sooner or later into problems: Not functioning family life, extreme behavior of their children, divorce, financial difficulties, disappointing work situations, disappointment in reaching one's goals, breaking down of dreams, accidents, disease, depressions and all what is showing up in daily life reality

Comment: How you can expect that a person conditioned all of his life to live this way and who is afraid that if he changes he might loose his position in the society and will be discarded from it soon or later. BeiYin: I don't expect anything and that's the reason why I'm capable to continue with my various projects, even though there are very little possibilities that a normal person living in an established frame within this society, are capable to receive information that goes beyond their needs. I do not talk or write anymore if I'm not ask. But I have opened a space to that people come because they are in need and somehow they want to get out of their suffering, not knowing how. So then they find information. What they do with it is their thing. They can reject it or they can relate to it out of their own responsibility and then respond and integrate it into their life. By doing their own search or asking questions. That's totally up to them. For sure I will not force anything on them. People tend to be more open when they have suffered to such a degree and the medical system couldn't help them, that they come to the point when they have nothing left to loose, so then they might become open enough and do a step out of their dependency, using their remaining will power in a creative way, - - - to pull themselves out of the mud

Comment: So to have success in persuading people, in my personal opinion is not to attack their personality, but rather to provide ways to confront their fears, or something else what they see as a problem. Then they will be much more willing to change and understand you. You have to address something what they see as a problem. BeiYin: Yes, you are right and that is exactly what I'm doing: I provide ways that they can heal themselves, not just their disease and their personal problems, - but their whole being. I only can reach people who are ready because of their life history, - having suffered enough. Then out of their situation they will search with even the last bit of motivation they might have left and then they will find the information how to get out of their situation in a creative way, being able to deal with the many obstacles: In one word: Waking up! - Nothing more or less!

Comment: Also think of how many M.D. will support your opinion on healing, and they have very big influence. BeiYin: You call it 'opinion', for me it is the result of a life long search & struggle and the realization of a state of being awake in a world of sleeping and half sleeping humans. I say what I need to say and I don't depend on anybody. Mds. are not different than others in their stuck personalities. You are right: In more than ten years of my Internet activities I haven't

had any comment from a MD. I really would have liked any kind of comment. To have the view point of some one professional and that would have given me the opportunity to prove my position, but for sure I don't depend on this, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to continue all the years. Medical doctors have only the power to influence people because they have the position of authorities people give them and like to join, because they are not grown up yet. I was several times highly astonished about the reactions of doctors when I rejected their

treatments even though they tried to convince me with all their authority (and then I did my

own investigation and healed myself

)

Comment: To persuade you need not more enemies, but rather something what can touch the feelings most. BeiYin: I will not use any tricks or manipulation touching their emotions to reach them. That's the way the big power people are manipulating the whole world and as one can see:

They are extremely successful with it: It doesn't need so much more, then every body will be sick and the base of all life on this planet will be destroyed. I am doing my best not to join the common games and I'm open to find out what might be better. For sure it is more favorable for one's intention to make friends than enemies, but I will not do anything to gain friends and also I will not do anything to avoid making enemies by not saying what needs to be said.

Comment: Of course this is just my personal opinion. BeiYin: Yes it is. Even though I thank you that you have expressed yourself, so it gave me the opportunity to respond to it, as your opinion is the one of many people, with the difference that most people don't express themselves, they just reject and that's all. - So thank you anyway!

The enemy is us!

BeiYin: We are talking about the statement that the enemy is within ourselves. That means we are projecting what we are to the outside and then fighting against it and in so far being involved into a game that keeps us busy, but without a final end because we are turning around ourselves, - without being aware about our automatic behavior and an attitude that doesn't allow to observe oneself. John L: The thing is, we've all (at least most of us) been taught that the physical realm is all there is (that's where Western science and medicine focus their attention). BeiYin: I don't think that this is the case. From early history of mankind people were taught that there is another dimension and where humans come from and where they will go when they leave their body. During more than two thousand years these teachings were established in all cultures without exception. These teachings were given as concepts in one had to believe and the only experience (with some rare exceptions) has been the security coming out of a strong believe. The survival need of daily life had forced people into a materialistic world view and they could manage to live in this dilemma by making a split. Living their daily materialistic approach and keeping their religious or spiritual concepts as an additional security. John L: Some Eastern traditions have taken a "scientific" approach to

From the Radio Show "The People Whisperer"

exploring consciousness itself -- and have mapped out the full spectrum from the source to the manifestation of spirit in the physical body. BeiYin: Also in western scientific approaches consciousness has been explored and human nature has been explained in depth. Adler, Freud,

C.G.Jung and others

knowledge pool of the mass. John L: Someone in this group, I believe, has pointed out that the physical body is just the surface of the invisible world. BeiYin: Of course, it is like the iceberg, most of it is invisible under the

surface and one has to dive to explore it. John L: No one can be blamed for being limited in their thinking about matters of reality if they have been "brainwashed" into a particular doctrine. BeiYin: Nobody will blame a baby for using a dummy (or american:

'pacifier') although with it there is done the first manipulation to keep the

baby quiet. So this goes on later with other things

manipulations within our society John L: Remember that the first persons to notice that the world is round, not flat, were persecuted. Learned paradigms are not given up easily as you keep pointing out. BeiYin: Indeed, the concepts we have adapted and so giving us a frame of knowledge in a world of uncertainty are difficult to overcome. First we need to be aware that we are living out of concepts. Humans are not capable to relate to reality, they are only relating through the filter of their concepts and if something shows up that doesn't fit into their established concepts, then they reject this unknown influence. John L: I'm impressed by members of this group who are willing to even consider alternatives to the "medical doctrine" that drives our culture. Just the fact that guys are considering the possibilities of alternatives to "the old way" is greatly encouraging. BeiYin: This 'openness' is the reaction coming out of the failure of the established medical system. If somebody is suffering enough after having gone through various treatments that hasn't healed but have increased the suffering, then looking for 'alternatives' seems to be a way to get out of it. But then not considering that this needs engagement and self responsibility. Randy: I think that people focus on the physical because it is something

that you can be precise about with words. On the other hand that which are about mental and spiritual can not be taught with words. BeiYin: People focus on the physical because that's what they experience with their senses. They are identified with their body and their senses. That gives them the feeling of existence and they strive for excitement wherever they can get it, up to the extreme that they use pain and suffering to feel their existence, - as more intensive the better. John L: Randy, you are right about the fact that words can be used to describe the physical, but are limited when it comes to describing or explaining other dimensions. BeiYin: Yes, words are limited because they are bound to concepts. Each word represents a concept and if a concept is not established as an expression of an experience or just as a common accepted concept, then

Although it hasn't entered much into the

as the usual

indeed it is difficult to integrate it into the existing concepts, making it to a part of one's personality. This depends on the needs of the individual. Lately the most sophisticated concepts found their place, fulfilling needs of searching people and giving sense and identification in a nearly untouchable way John L: I've thought frequently about this challenge for BeiYin because he's been able to describe exercises, etc., but not really the other stuff that is involved in healing. All one can do is use words as "pointers." Experiencing other dimensions is the only way to "know" them. You can't know the taste of an orange until you've tasted one. BeiYin: Oh boy! I'm not able to describe the 'other stuff'? What you are saying here? I think you are provoking me as you seem to be the only one in this group who understands what I'm talking about. OK, yes, this is a challenge for me, but now I'm tired and as I'm human, I need to relax Tomorrow more So I have relaxed and just read all this page again. I came to the conclusion, that I don't want to say anything more, - unless somebody asks me. I am convinced that if somebody in need to heal oneself reads this page, then will receive enough information to start ones healing process. Then reading this page again and with this finding the answer of arising questions. We know that it is not easy. Mainly because you are clinging on words. I suggest that you use the sense all dogs have: They sense the energy behind the words and then they respond to it! Just do the same! Or do you pretend that you are not capable to do what a dog can

do? If not, then down here is the feedback form that can be used

Go

ahead!

down here is the feedback form that can be used Go ahead! The enemy is us!

The enemy is us! From BeiYin's Radio Show "The people Whisperer" John: I have learned so much from the hernia and from everyone here. I am looking forward to my continued growth of the Whole Body, Mind and Personality with everyone here. Old Joe: The posts are finally turning to the more important questions. Great job! BeiYin: So what are the important questions? Old Joe: You were talking about awareness. That is one benefit of the Stress Release Exercise: deepening one's awareness. Also, the use of attitude and thought in the mode of healing. If you want to change a situation, change the way you think about. BeiYin: Was it that the hernia has given you a reason to question yourself? You want to change your attitude? To check and clear up yourself? Or what is it you both have learned? The "Whole" is NOT the result when one puts body, mind and personality together! Do you have a question about yourself? Is there something you are not sure about? On what depends your existence? What disturbs you about yourself? Is it you or just dust on your glasses or dirt on the mirror in front of you? Who are you? The one you see in the mirror? Or the one who sees himself in the mirror? Or the one who receives an image and is aware that this is a reflection of himself and he is aware that he thinks about this moment of existence and is aware that he feels lost and confused because nothing makes sense.

Being aware of one's existence, not because one receives something through the senses, but because one is aware that one is aware beyond any images or pictures or impressions of senses; this might answer many questions Comes your personal security out of your properties? Physically, mentally and emotionally? So then your insecurity shows up when there is something not clear with your properties? You are busy to organize everything you own and put things at the

places where these belong. But this is a constant struggle and uses a lot of energy and is

causing stress

John: Obviously there is a lot of confusion in this world and indeed not so much growth

when we see that humanity is destroying everything they touch. - Then what is growing? BeiYin: Real growing is a continuing transformational process in which all parts of ones system are included and that is: body, mind and emotions. These parts are

'contaminated' or better said programmed by education and all influences of our society and need to be cleaned up. This entity that you are feels as "Personality" and has taken over by identifying itself with ones properties and the reactions coming from all parts of the system. -This entity needs to overcome its blown up rigid state and find the essence of ones existence. This can't be found here or some where else 'with others'. One can be provoked by others to question oneself and that one can observe within oneself and also on the outside. Finding one's confirmation when being with others might give the feeling of growth, but it just gives satisfaction to the established personality and then there is no need to question anything; so there is no real growing. Growth is when we can give space to the growing force that is present and inbuilt in each of us, all the time and where ever we go. Growth can happen when we can understand that daily circumstances showing up are the best conditions for our growing. It depends only on our attitude and in how far we are capable to relate to what we encounter and then respond out of our responsibility, - knowing that we (being our personalities) are in a constant need to be confirmed and using all kind of tricks to get what we want Learning is when we are able to observe ourselves finding out what is real and what comes from our old established patterns, - identification with concepts that we have

learned through education and all the manipulation from society

need to learn that our personalities are the manifestation of human nature. About this there is information available, although we will not be able to receive these if we are not ready for it. Then our defense system will start to react and even simple facts will not be understood and there for rejected. Personality consist in ones self image, this is very vulnerable and constantly needs

confirmation and because of this also is constantly defending itself. Real learning would mean that one finds out about 'human nature' and observes this in oneself, then

developing an entity that does not depend totally on conditions

inside conditions. John L: All one can do is use words as 'pointers'. Experiencing other dimensions is the only way to 'know' them. You can't know the taste of an orange until you've tasted one. Old Joe: Yep. There's a Buddhist saying of some sort: "You can point toward enlightenment as you might point at the moon, but another must 'see' and experience it for himself." BeiYin: Who wants to point to what? Who is experiencing other dimensions? Isn't it pretty clear that all dimensions a 'personality' is capable to experience are limited to the connditions of this personality?

The human capability to produce images has no limit and also the art to make concepts

There are so many influences from everywhere!

and of course we

Not outside and not

about every fantasy and idea that is triggered by combinations of concepts under the

influence of (real?) persosnal experiences. Words are representing concepts, coming out

of experiences, - maybe or maybe not. If a concept is confirmed often enough by ones

experience then it becomes like something real and is firm and established in one's

personal knowledge base. 'Knowledge' is a combination of established concepts owned by a 'personality' and not necessarily is based on experience, unless it is an experience that is the result of such a strong belief that it becomes reality within the self image of a personality. To make this 'reality' even stronger this person will become a 'missionary' trying to convince others of their beautiful concept that connects with a supreme

security

experiencing. (Tough to swollow this! Right?) Indeed one can know the taste of an orange even though one never has tasted one. One who has tasted one and has enough words to describe the taste and the used words are

known from the person who never tasted an orange, then this person will know the taste.

A person who is a specialist in wine will be able to describe one special wine with such

a certainty that another specialists in wine will know exactly how the taste is even though never tried it. That's all easy as long it has to do with what belongs to the five

senses as ability of a personality. But it becomes difficult or impossible when it goes beyond senses and what can be experienced when still being bound and limited to ones personality. The person who points towards enlightenment lives in a fake world or wants to impress other people who are even more foolish than the one who points. The one who is enlightened will not point somewhere outside wanting to say something with it that nobody can't understand, mainly because being stuck in one's personality that doesn't allow to see or wanting to see what does not belong to ones own already established property The StressReleaseExercise will not 'deepen' awareness, it will expand one's awareness

to such an extent that it will go beyond the limitation of one's personality. That is the

reason why there are people who avoid to practice it, because they want to cling on that what they believe they are, even though they are suffering extremely. This is also part of human nature and there seems no way to reach people that they might open up even they

are not ready next radio show

It is still fake reality, the same as most or better said all what a personality is

Yes, there is a way: 'Love', but this is another subject

Maybe for the

BeiYin: Let's wait, there's another call Bill: I will still try to heal this hernia with exercises and diet BeiYin: Whose hernia is it? (Connection cut) Who ever it is, it will need more than 'trying'. - - - The hernia is a symptom that tells that the person with this symptom is out of balance with his/her whole system. That includes all levels of one's existence: Body, mind and emotions. To bring this back into balance the whole being needs to be involved. Exercises and diet for sure is not enough! There are a lot of questions not answered, first because they are not ask You need to get out of your used way of survival that worked until now for you, by not looking, not asking, not thinking, not being responsible, not relating, not responding Then you will do the first real step to heal yourself - and this is not just 'trying'! Bill: Also, I'm 30. Exercise and diet on their own MIGHT heal my hernia. Heck, I'm already noticing a difference. To each their own! Everybody's BODY works/heals differently.

BeiYin: Yes, your hernia might heal just by exercises and diet, I think that's possible with your age. But what will happen if your hernia is caused by an emotional imbalance and that is not healed? Then your hernia might be healed and some time after another hernia will show up, maybe on the other side of your belly. - What do you think about

the following situation: The owner of a boat notice that his boat has a leak and water comes in. So he takes the boat out of the water, docks it up and finds the leak. Will he just repair the hole and do nothing else? Probably not. Once the boat is out of the water, he will use the opportunity and examine the whole body of his boat. He might find other spots that are near to become leaks, so he can repair these as well, without big effort. He might examine more profound and find out that the inner structure of his boat is damaged and with not too much work he will reform the structure. Not just having repaired the leak but being cautious and going further might save his life when in the

next storm his boat will be forced to the extreme

You might be able to heal this easily, but you should use the occasion to go further. You might go through extreme storms during the next fifty years You are right: Every body heals differently, but mainly because the one who owns this body is in a different state of personal evolution and so is acting and reacting more or less favorable to one's healing. The most important: The need to connect with one's inner essential core is in every body the same, it is only differently suppressed by the trapped personality.

You got it? Your hernia is the leak.

John L: The affirmations are very important! BeiYin: Affirmations are a way to manipulate ones condition the way one wants it. But

it is possible that then one is covering a problem that has shows up and this of course is

not real healing. As a momentary help in an emergency situation it might serve

should be aware that what one wants might not be the right thing for one's healing, as one's wanting is conditioned by the unconscious accumulated background and that's part of the stuck and limited personality and that's what we want to clear up. Right?

One

John L: Control of the mind is very hard, but it's necessary if you don't want to be controlled by it. BeiYin: Any kind of control is delicate because there is always a power behind that is manipulating for a certain purpose. First one needs to find out what the motivation of this one is who wants to control and for what purpose. Who is the one who controls the one who controls? Or is it a game one is playing with oneself? You are your mind and as long you are identified with it and using it for your self confirmation, finding your existence confirmed by it, as long you are stuck in a game with yourself. John L: It's tricky, you need to use the mind to go beyond the mind. As a friend of mine said, it's like using a thorn to remove a thorn. BeiYin: Yes indeed, it is tricky. It is not that you use a thorn to remove a thorn. It is as if you want to use the thorn that needs to be removed to remove itself. You can try and keep yourself busy all life long. Very tricky!

Credentials? Geo: You seem to have a lot of strong opinions. BeiYin: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Opinion = "An opinion is a person's ideas and thoughts towards something which it is either impossible to verify the truth of, or the truth of which is thought unimportant to the person. It is an assertion about something especially if that something lies in the future and its truth or falsity cannot be directly established e.g. induction. An opinion is not a fact, because opinions are either not falsifiable, or the opinion has not been proven or verified. If it later becomes proven

or verified, it is no longer an opinion, but a fact." "A lot of strong opinions?" The way you pronounce it makes it sounding like that you presume that I'm a liar, a pretender, a manipulator, a trickster and possible more of these human attitudes a clever survivor is using to make himself feel good and important. You might be right, I'm living long enough here between humans so I might have adopted some of their 'way of life', I will have a look at it later Geo: Do you have any credentials to back them up? BeiYin: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Credentials = "A credential is an attestation of qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party with a relevant de jure or de facto authority or assumed competence to do so. Examples of credentials include academic diplomas, academic degrees, certifications, security clearances, identification documents, badges, powers of attorney, and so on. Sometimes publications, such as scientific papers or books, may be viewed as similar to credentials by some people, especially if the publication was peer reviewed or made in a well-known journal or reputable publisher." That's easy for me to answer: No, I have absolutely nothing of all this. Nothing. Not even a health insurance. But I can prove my existence with my passport, but this for sure is not enough for you and I can understand that you will not continue to read what I'm

writing. That's ok with me, that's just the normal behavior of humans

worth if it is not expensive Geo: Not trying to be rude here. Just curious. BeiYin: After my first comment I had made about something you wrote, you had called me 'rude' when I had expressed myself without being asked for. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Rude (also called impudence or effrontery) = "The disrespect and failure to behave within the context of a society or a group of people's social laws or etiquette. These laws have already unspokenly been established as the essential boundaries of normally accepted behaviour. To be unable or unwilling to align one's behaviour with these laws known to the general population of what is socially acceptable is to be rude. Similar terms include: impoliteness, making a faux pas, inconsiderateness, offensiveness, obscenity, profanity, violating taboos. In some cases, criminal behavior can also be an act of rudeness." I don't think that you are rude by asking me for my 'credentials', not even when you suspect that I'm I liar, etc. It is strange, but never I felt that somebody was rude to me. I never felt insulted even by the most rude accusation. Once walking in the night through the streets of a city a man approached me and shouted: "You complete idiot, what are you doing here?" I looked into his eyes and said: "You are totally right: I'm an idiot, but

how could you recognize me so fast, - others need much longer

looking for someone to beat him up to get release for his accumulated frustration. He had already raised his fist, but when I said this then he was like paralyzed and didn't say anything more. He turned around and left. Good that he hadn't asked me for my credentials

Like: It's nothing

?"

Obviously he was

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Curious = "Curiosity is an emotion that causes natural inquisitive behaviour such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. The term can also be used to denote the behavior itself being caused by the emotion of curiosity. As this emotion represents a drive to know new things, curiosity is the fuel of science and all other disciplines of human study." I feel honored that you are curious about me, although the word 'inquisition' doesn't feel so good. You are observing the human and animal species. I am

doing the same, knowing that one can learn a lot from it Geo: I was a chemistry major and have studied a great deal of biochemistry and have spent several years now studying mineral deficiencies and disease correlations. And I am a 4th degree black belt and have studied 7 different martial arts. So I have a bit of knowledge in the exercise field as well. BeiYin: I also have studied many things but I'm not a major in anything, not even a minor. I understand that a belt is similar to a credential, so I was never interested in it. But yes, about sixty years ago I did boxing, but after my nose was broken the second time I gave up. Later I did Jiu Jitsu and also Judo, I had a belt but only to keep my jacket close Geo: And as I deal with my own situation here I am finding that I am winning the battle with it one day at a time. But there is a definate learning curve on this thing. I am just learning as I go and there is a great deal I don't now. BeiYin: Obviously you are a fighter and you have some success with this well established way. My way is different, if you ask me I will tell you about it Geo: Again, not trying to be rude. But I was curious about your background. Thanks for filling in the blanks. BeiYin: Sorry, I haven't said anything about my background. That would be a long story. I will think about if I can make a short story out of it, telling only about the last

several thousand years

PS: Even though I had fun writing this, I hope you don't feel that I have made fun out of you PPS: Just a little ;-) You know, I'm a serious person. PPPS: Not too much. *********************************************************************** Christopher: You said that your way is differently than that of a fighter, I am interested to know more about it. BeiYin: soon

Then later more

What is Meditation? What meditation is can be seen in very different ways. Meditation is not a technique or method to reach a determined goal. That one becomes more relaxed, emotionally and mentally balanced, can be seen as a side effect, but is not the goal or one's meditation.

Through meditation one comes to a state of being where one relates and responds in a different way to whatever shows up in one's life, outside and inside. - One gains a new attitude which then changes one's responses and so one's doing. Then one's habits will change. One will be aware and so more ritical of what one takes in and if this is favorable or damaging one's system. One will live healthier on all levels of one's existence. One will not need to demonstrate anything anymore, self-expression will gain a new dimension Of course it might be that someone starts to meditate because feeling nervous and desperate or is sick and wants to do something against it, so this might work. Indeed meditation furthers the 'healing process' significantly and probably is the most important basic step. If we come during our path to the moment when struggling through life seems just a 'turning around ourselves', then after questioning our position and reflecting about it, we might come to a meditative state, where our intention to do something for a specific reason, mostly because we

want to reach a certain goal, has faded away

maybe letting us fall into desperation. Often

this happens after something tragical breaks into our, until then undisturbed lifestyle, when

our cart house of security has collapsed, leaving us without orientation. Often this happens because of a serious health problem Although this situation will be felt as a negative state, it can be a new beginning, an opening to fields of awareness and silence, which will give a new sense and a new world view, an until then unknown security, - coming out of insights which include a view of much wider aspects. The deep longing to connect with one's source will finally guide to the state of 'meditation'. But not necessarily one has to go through suffering because of tragic happenings in one's life,

to come to the need to meditate, this urge might come as a sudden from inside

help you to enter into this state in an easy way. Meditation by itself is a state of being and must not be connected with any philosophy, religion or any kind of concept. It can be clear and pure and been practised this way. You don't need to pay to be initiated into meditation or to join a group or a meditation retreat,

although a retreat might further a start. If you have the urge to meditate then it is possible that

you come to a meditative state just by sitting down

doing, which might not be possible to avoid, so you can ask for some help. I can give you

advise through email, just use the form below. There is no ritual necessary just plain information and this of course, like all service from me and FalconBlanco, is totally for free. Meditation should be available to every body and every where. I am convinced that this would help essentially in every ones growing and healing process and make a new security possible which doesn't come from the outside with all constantly changing conditions, but

You can listen to some more thoughts about the

from inside by connecting with one's source

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1. Part: Investigation About twenty years ago when my healing journey started, I was also interested to learn Reiki, but when I found out about the hierarchic structure and all connected with money, then this turned me totally off until lately when I received an offer with Reiki teachings for free, I subscribed and was told that the 'attunement' was send to me of all degrees up to the master level. I had no proof at all that this really was done, but it could be possible and as there was no money involved, so there seemed to be no risk. But the instructions what to do with the received energy was not enough and the whole thing was pretty obscure. But there was a complete manual offered, included a certificate of being a 'Reiki Master'. The manual could be downloaded for only 50$. So I did it and when I read it, it looked very much like that this book was a composition gathered from several other manuals. Quite a lot of information about rituals, secrete symbols and every thing a 'Healing magician' must know. Just that I was not interested in it. After this experience I was not too much disappointed and went on with my investigation. I subscribed to several Internet Reiki groups, read a lot of posts and also posted some articles, but the response was so poor that I gave up. The majority of posts were healing requests. The received healing was consumed like medication: not even traces of 'self responsibility' or entering into a conscious healing process were visible. I am especially interested in Reiki, because it is not colored by religious or spiritual beliefs, even though it is still stuck in parts in a hierarchic system and still connected with money. The 'pure Reiki' is the direct source of pure energy and this is 'healing energy'. Free available for every one, it needs only the intention to connect. There are no rituals, symbols or whatever necessary.

Free available for every one, it needs only the intention to connect. There are no rituals,

If this would be known worldwide and to every body, then all those millions of sufferers could connect directly and enter into a growing process, which would rise their consciousness and so the collective consciousness. This would be real healing and could be the key that a change worldwide could happen and this would be a 'transformational change', that means the whole being is included. How to give out the information about Reiki is a question of organizing it and to invest some energy into it. The Internet could be a good medium Update: I found the following in a book published about eighty years ago:

Chapter: "The Secret of Spiritual Healing:" Mind and soul must be in a condition of perfect serenity and peace before they can receive the wireless vibrations of healing power from the source of all life. This is the modus operandi of true spiritual healing. It means the opening of our souls to the influx of almighty love from the source of all life and love in the universe. Life and love are identical in nature. Love is the highest vibratory activity of the human soul as well as of the universe. Why should we depend upon spiritual healers when within ourselves we have the shortest wireless connection between the human soul and the oversoul? A spiritual teacher cannot help us more effectively than by showing us how to establish this wireless connection and how to operate it. Full text at: Practice of natural therapeutics by Henry Lindlahr M.D. TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES.

SunMeditation How we practice it at Falcon Blanco

We all watched the sun rise or sun set. There is no difference when doing 'SunMeditation' also called 'Sungazing'. It is said being best is to stand with bare feet on earthen ground or sit on a chair. Sri Manek, an experienced sungazer, suggests to start with 10 sec. adding 10 sec. each day of sungazing. I followed his suggestion in so far as I added after each week one minute. I never had any problem in nine months of sungazing. If you are watching the sun when rising up, then you can easily start with a few minutes and then after a few weeks add every week one minute. If you do it just after sun rise or shortly before sun set, then there will be no damage done to your eyes. This meditation is very effective and has a positive influence in many aspects. From my experience I can suggest to start the 'Sun meditation' even a few minutes before the sun rises and then watch as long as it feels right to you. If you are doing the 'Sun meditation', then be aware and sensitive about it and consult sincerely with your intuition. Once you have started then stick with it even some resistance will show up, coming

from one's conditioning, listen carefully what your body tells you and don't force yourself. When watching the sun, observe at the same time 'inside'. Do it without distraction! Be aware of tensions - let go of these by breathing consciously. Expect that old repressed emotions come up. I had heart reactions (pain and weakness) probably due to some closeness of the

heart center. These are reactions which indicates that one's system is shacked up and there is a

healing process going on

and appreciation for life. This has to do with one's attitude - which is an important aspect when doing sun meditation

BeiYin

While looking at the sun, feel gratitude for all that the sun gives

'SunMeditation' will further one's growing process essentially in all aspects: enhances intuition and awareness, deludes obstacles and blocs, widens one's horizon and opens new aspects, furthers healing and growing beyond one's personality.

Don't practice sun gazing without consulting with a qualified and licensed health professional. You might be extremely sensitive or you have a light allergy, so the sun might cause severe reactions.

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Testimonial about my personal healing process updated:22.1.04,11.9.11

BeiYin

After a few months of ozone steam sauna treatment I have not only the hope but I am pretty sure that with the help of ozone and sauna I will be healed from Fibromyalgia. So obviously this is an important part of the healing process. It needs some time and effort, but also it is pleasurable!

Since I am doing the ozone-steam sauna treatment every second day,

I feel much better, there is much less pain and some energy came

back. It is said that there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, what makes one feel helpless, now I have the hope that I will recover. There is a lot of information available, but in the searching for the right treatment one

is pretty alone and so it is obvious that finding a cure will be a long process When I look back in my life I remember that when the few times I had taken a 'Swedish Sauna' I always had felt good after. Now I am sure that if I would have taken at least once a month a sauna for the last forty years, then probably I wouldn't be sick now. My system wouldn't have accumulated toxins all the time of which I have to get rid now. So then it looks like that I have to take now all the sauna sessions I haven't had. That tells me that I shouldn't expect miracles

within the next few weeks

patient and stick on it and do it regularly. As I have build my own steam-sauna box and don't need to go for a sauna treatment to another

place, so it needs not much more than half an hour. Not counting the

time necessary for resting after the sauna and if possible also before, which is important otherwise the stress is adding to the fatigue.

I have made a page where I describe how to build one's own steam

sauna. It is easy and one can do it all from recycled material. In a few

hours it is build and it didn't cost me any thing! This is not possible with the ozone generator one needs and which cost quite some money, but it is worth the investment because the generator can be used for many other applications, to run it needs oxygen in bottles or

an oxygen generator (which on the long run is much sheaper

But this also tells me that I have to be

)

I am convinced that the ozone treatments with ozone steam sauna and ozone insufflation helps me to recover from Fibromyalgia. One can

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go for an ozone treatment to a medical doctor, but that means to go every day there for three weeks and then the series of treatments has to be repeated quite often. I'm convinced that to have one's own ozone generator is much more comfortable, apart of the money savings and the need to use one for the ozone sauna.

What is Fasting? Fasting is a period of abstinence from all food or specific items. Fluids are consumed in sufficient quantity to satisfy thirst and physiologic requirements. During the absence of food, the body will systematically cleanse itself of everything except vital tissue. Starvation will occur only when the body is forced to use vital tissue to survive. Although protein is being used by the body during the fast, a person fasting even 40 days on water will not suffer a deficiency of protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty acids. In the breakdown of unhealthy cells, all essential substances are used and conserved in a most extraordinary manner. There is an unwarranted fear of fasting that strength diminishes from the catabolism of proteins from muscle fibers. Even during long fasts, the number of muscle fibers remains the same. Although the healthy cells may be reduced in size and strength for a time, they remain perfectly sound.

A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology, University of Chicago, states that a healthy, well-nourished man can live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not exposed to harsh elements or emotional stress. Human fat is valued at 3,500 calories per pound. Each extra pound of fat will supply enough calories for one day of hard physical labor. Ten pounds of fat are equal to 35,000 calories! Most of us have sufficient reserves, capable of sustaining us for many weeks.

Rest is understood to be a big factor in enhancing recovery, as it is when the body is at rest that it is able to direct the most energy towards the various chemical and mechanical processes of detoxification. When fasting, a person experiences recovery at a rate that is swifter than normal. He is ridding his body of toxins and excesses; allowing the body to use its own wisdom to healthfully reorganize itself from the atomic level. As the toxic load is reduced, the functioning of every cell is enhanced. In the same way that vital nerve energy is accumulated during a night's sleep, the faster builds nerve energy through rest, sleep, and detoxification.

The human body has many ordinary modes of achieving elimination: the liver, lungs, kidneys, colon, etc. When these are overloaded, the body will resort to "extra ordinary" methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, and many others. Should elimination be impossible or

uneconomical of body energy, the toxic overload will go into storage forms in the joints, vessels, muscles, organs; almost any tissue in the body. While fasting, the body is highly conservative of its energy and resources. During this deep and profound rest, toxin intake and production are reduced to a minimum while autolysins and elimination proceed unchecked. Anabolic processes such as tissue and bone healing also proceed at a maximal rate during the fast.

In the body, the first stage of cleansing removes large quantities of waste matter and digestive residues. The first few days of a fast can be rough due to the quantity of waste passing into the blood stream. The tongue becomes coated and the breath foul as the body excretes waste through every opening. After the third day of the fast, there is little desire for food. The second stage is the cleansing of mucous, fat, diseased and dying cells, and the more easily removed toxins. As the fast continues, the cleansing process becomes more thorough. The last stage is the cleansing of toxins that have been accumulating in your cellular tissue from birth, and the microscopic tubes that carry vital elements to the brain. Cleansing of the last layer is only possible through a combination of juice fasting, water fasting, and a healthy diet high in raw foods. To overcome a severe disease like cancer, it is important to continue through a series of fasts, to the point where the full scouring action of catabolism removes the disease from the tissue.

During extended fasts the body removes: dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue, trans-fatty acids, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall; toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen, liver and kidney; mucus from the lungs and sinuses, imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues; deposits in the microscopic tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells and excess cholesterol.

Nearly everyone who fasts, discovers the same thing, that when they fast they actually have no hunger and more energy than they normally have. It is indeed liberating to find out that if we let go and trust that we will be taken care of. Fasting is the simplest, easiest and most effective way to find out that we do indeed have the power and freedom to heal and take control of our bodies.

Why Fast? Probably the most important reason is that the body uses quite a bit of energy to digest food, and when fasting this energy becomes available for other uses. In the fasting state, the body will scour for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors, abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or expelled as waste. The elimination of these obstructions restores the immune system functionality and metabolic process to an optimum state. Fasting restores good digestion and elimination, and peristaltic action is quickened. Fasting allows a deep, physiological rest of the digestive organs, and the energy saved goes into self-healing and self- repairing. By eliminating obstructions, by cleansing, detoxification, and purifying the intestines, the blood, and the cells, we can overcome many of our physical ills or handicaps as well as getting a boost in energy. Fasting not only removes obstructions and helps the body to heal itself, it is also rejuvenating and life- extending. These resulting benefits can have lasting affects in your mental and emotional health.

The other very important aspect is that your self-awareness will be elevated. If you are sick and depressed, then this might be the most important thing you can try in your healing program, because it gives you immediately an energy boost and increased awareness which might allow that you see things more clearly, allowing you the first step out of your sickness and onto the path of recovery. While fasting you become more aware of your body process, your life and with everything you are doing. It becomes a period where you can evaluate all that you're doing more objectively, and you naturally have more time for contemplation because you aren't using time amassing, preparing, eating, eliminating and cleaning up all which is used to prepare food. You become more aware of what your body likes and doesn't like when you start to eat again. You gain self-confidence in your ability to control your life process, to set a goal and carry out an intention.

Fasting enhances mental acuity Perhaps the most instructive testimony as to the acuteness of mental powers during fasting comes from Dr. Herbert Shelton who supervised the fasting of more than 40,000 people over a period of fifty years. His message is that the freer the body is of toxic materials flowing through the blood and lymphatic system, the clearer is the ability to think.

These facts are due to physiological causes. Large amounts of blood and nervous energies have to be sent to the digestive organs to digest a meal. If these energies are not required there, they may be used by the brain for better thinking. This increase in mental acuity doesn’t usually happen until after the first few days of a fast, because the body is busy cleaning out excess toxins and substances and so the first few days can be a period of depression, with headaches and various pains as this process is underway. This makes the first stage of fasting difficult but after the body has thrown off it’s load of toxins, then the brain is fed by a cleaner bloodstream and the mental powers and clarity of thought are extraordinarily increased and the other senses also become more acute.

One’s mind becomes clearer and one’s ability to think and solve intricate problems is enhanced. One is simply more alert, and one’s mind seems to open up into new fields. The mental and physical senses are heightened, and often there can be a feeling of euphoria, especially during longer fasts. Some, for the first time, will experience emotional stability. The reasons for this are multifold - the elimination of the emotional dependence on food, exclusion of stimulating foods like caffeine, processed sugars, recreational drugs, tobacco and trans-fatty acids, all of which can have a devastating effect on delicate emotions.

Dr. Ehret stated an amazing fact at the turn of the 20th century. He said that, for a water fast to awaken the higher mind functions, it had to be longer than 21 days. Fasting has a history of awakening intuitive senses, creativity, and deeper spiritual questions in those with enough determination to get past the 21 day mark.

Healing During a fast, a metamorphosis occurs. The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged materials. For this reason, fasting is famous for its ability to rejuvenate and give the body a more youthful tone. Why does fasting have such a powerful effect in healing the body? Fasting dissolves diseased cells in a systematic

manner, leaving healthy tissue. The result is a thorough cleansing of the tube, membrane and cellular structures. There is a remarkable redistribution of nutrients in the fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and vitamins while catabolizing on old tissue, toxins and inferior materials.

Each cell of your body is a complete living entity with its own metabolism. It needs a constant supply of oxygen and sufficient nourishment. When due to nutritional deficiencies, sluggish metabolism, sedentary life, overeating and consequent poor

digestion and assimilation of food, lack of fresh air and sufficient exercise and rest,

our cells are deprived

replacement and rebuilding slows down and your body starts to grow old, its resistance to disease will diminish and you become ‘sick’.

they start to degenerate

the normal process of cell

Animals will naturally fast when they are sick or injured, and when we are ill, our hunger diminishes. If we get out of the way and allow nature to take its course, we will find that we can heal from any problem. Since the dawn of recorded time, in fact since before the word "doctor" came into existence, priests provided sanctuaries where people could go to fast. Whereas modern medical practitioners admit that they have no cures, only drugs that mask the symptoms while causing yet other symptoms to appear.

“I had a medical practice for 20 years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that the physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. What really happened is that the person got in touch with their higher self, their true self, and came to the experience that healing can take place at every level, simply by letting go and allowing Mother Nature to do her work.” – Dr. Rai Casey

Fasting has been beneficial for these conditions:

Although fasting is not recommended in every situation, (cancer of the liver is one instance where fasting is contraindicated), in many situations fasting is the only known solution. Fasting has been beneficial for arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, lupus, chronic fatigue, colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, spastic colon, irritable bowel, cases of paralysis, neuritis, neuralgia, neuroses, and mental illness as well as many others. Fasting will also break down tumors and for this reason, many have overcome cancer with fasting.

Fasting decreases dependency on authorities How many of us believe that when we get sick, that a doctor is going to save us from pain and death? We just assume that the technology is going to be able to repair us when we break down, by giving us a pill, a treatment or a surgery. We are so alienated from our bodies that we think that a doctor knows more about us than we do. The reality is that doctor’s don’t have the cures that we need, what is offered by the traditional system of healers is only the possibility to treat our symptoms never being able to cure us or root out the cause. When we take these kinds of treatments to suppress our symptoms then that cause, which is the underlying reason we are sick, goes unattended, then in fact our illness continues to grow. We will never be healthy until we take responsibility for our own health . We need to stop blaming the outside for making us sick, whether it is corporations, a person, our immediate environment or a government, and to recognize instead that our sickness is a symptom telling us something is inside needs to be addressed. For sure there are

outside influences that we can’t control, but there is much that we can control by taking responsibility for ourselves and working to change our habits.

Benefits of Fasting Mental clarity is improved and brain fog is lifted. Rapid, safe weight loss is achieved without flabbiness The nervous system is balanced Energy level and sensory perception is increased. The longer the fast, the bigger increase in energy and vitality. You normally need less sleep. Organs are revitalized Cellular biochemistry is harmonized The skin becomes silky, soft, and sensitive There is greater ease of movement Breathing becomes fuller, freer and deeper The digestive system is rejuvenated and becomes more effective; the peristaltic action of the intestines (the cause of a natural bowel movement) is stronger after fasting. Fasting retrains your tasting sense back to more healthy food as acute sensitivity is restored. Fasting can increase confidence in our ability to have control over our lives and our appetite, and that our body is self-regulating and a self-healing organism capable or establishing balance when given the possibility to do so. Normal metabolic and cell oxygenation are restored. Detoxification - as soon as the body realizes that it's fasting it will begin to eliminate those things that cause disease, such as fat cells, arterial cholesterol plaques, mucus, tumors, stored up worries and emotions.

One Day Fast One way to start is to fast one day, working towards fasting regularly, one day per week or for longer periods of time. You can fast from all food, or only from solid food. You can choose a one day fast with only:

waterfrom solid food. You can choose a one day fast with only: fresh fruit juice fresh

fresh fruit juicesolid food. You can choose a one day fast with only: water fresh vegetable juice raw

fresh vegetable juicecan choose a one day fast with only: water fresh fruit juice raw fruit raw vegetables

raw fruitwith only: water fresh fruit juice fresh vegetable juice raw vegetables Avoiding during the fast: cooked

raw vegetableswater fresh fruit juice fresh vegetable juice raw fruit Avoiding during the fast: cooked vegetables, cooked

Avoiding during the fast:

cooked vegetables, cooked whole grains, whole grain flour products, bread, pasta, etc. vegetable protein, soy products, etc. dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, eggs, meats, fast food, junk food, prepared foods, etc., chemicals: sugar, caffeine, artificial flavoring, sweeteners, etc. Not to consume any drugs, nicotine and alcohol during fast should be clear.

Water Fast You can fast from 1 to 40 days. Try to drink 2 liters of water or more per day.

The ten day water fast has become a recommended number of days. Ten days on water will cause the same weight loss as 30 days on juice. But water fasting is far more difficult, especially if you have a fast metabolism. Water fasting cleanses the body aggressively removing toxins rapidly. Water fasting can be more beneficial than juice fasting in combating more persistent forms of cancer, cleansing the tissues more aggressively. Water fasting demands mental preparation, the less pressure and responsibility you have during a water fast the better. Think of it a holiday away form the normal patterns of living. Some recommend that the week before your fast, you drink fresh juices and eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables to cleanse the body so that the detoxification during water fasting will be less aggressive. Water fasting should always include two of three days of juice fasting before and after the water fast. This alternating between juice and water fasting is the most effective method of achieving a full cleansing through fasting.

Water Fasting Tips Avoid water straight from the faucet. Distilled water is the best for cleansing because of its inherent, magnetic properties and ability to absorb and suspend large quantities of toxins, flushing them from the body. The perceived value of mineral water is misleading because the inorganic minerals are like huge boulders to the cellular membranes, making them impossible to assimilate. Plants are able to break down the minerals from the soils, allowing them to be completely absorbable to the cells of the body. The best water is distilled, secondly, spring or filtered.

There are no calories or nutritional value in water. On a water fast you have given your body no options but to turn to itself for fuel. This can create a problem when you have spent years depositing counterfeit fuel. Living exclusively on dirty fuel during a fast takes tremendous courage & strength. To ease into water fasting some recommend juice fasting with periods of water fasting. For example 3 days on juice, 2 days on water, 5 days on juice, then 3 days on water. You can juice when you have to work and water fast on the weekend when you can rest.

Water Fasting Concerns It is not advisable to water fast under the conditions of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, schizophrenia or a chronic heart condition. If you have existing conditions it is best if you consult with a fasting expert and/or be monitored throughout your fast.

Be careful of dizziness and black outs. The heart is resting as much as it can during water fasting. Before you stand up, take one or two deep breaths to get the heart pumping. If you start to black out, sit down or crouch down on one knee. This will immediately stop the dizziness.

Master Cleanse Fast The Master Cleanse or Lemon Cleanse is between a water fast and a juice fast. Basically it consists of drinking a mixture of freshly squeezed lemons, water and maple syrup for a period of 8 to 40 days. It is easier to do than a water fast because you are still getting nutrients and energy from the lemons and the maple syrup. This fast can be done while still maintaining your normal work, yet is less calories than what you would get from a juice fast. It is normal to lose weight on this fast and it is

excellent for cleansing the colon. For full details on how to do this fast see the following link: Stanley Boroughs Master Cleanse

Juice Fast Juice fasting is safe and can allow the body to clean itself of toxins while greatly improving conditions for health. A benefit is that your energy level is high because you are receiving sufficient nutrients from the juices, so you can carry out normal activities. A juice fast takes some burden off the digestive system and frees up some energy for accelerated healing though a water fast does much better in that regard. Also, juices can make available extra quantities of nutrients that a person might lack. Juices are easy to assimilate and take hardly any digestive energy from the body, allowing the body to put more energy into healing and rejuvenation. Packed with vitamins, minerals, living enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, yet low enough in calories to force the body to cannibalize on its filthy waste, propelling you to vigorous physical health and clarity of mind.

For your first fast and for the purpose of healing disease most experts recommend a juice fast over a water fast. Fasting on water has become a near impossible exercise for a body that has been nurtured on poisons. The juice of fruits and vegetables are filled with healing and cleansing properties that allow the body to gently and safely detoxify. Juice fasting has become an effective stepping-stone to water fasting. Through juice fasting, thousands of individuals have been freed from serious diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism and smoking.

The thirty-day juice fast is a standard. This length of fast feels about right because after 30 days it seems like you have been fasting forever. Less then 30 days and you can miss the best experiences of the fast. If you are juice fasting, a few days on water occasionally will intensify the fast and assist with weight-loss if you have a slow metabolism.

Most people can juice fast safely for up to 30 days. The exceptions are those with hypoglycemia, diabetes, hypo thyroid, and Wilson's Syndrome. For these conditions, eat slices of avocado and banana every few hours, add high quality vegetable source protein powder to your juices, and add psyllium or another good bulking agent to your juices twice a day to regulate blood sugar levels. Do not juice fast if you have impaired kidney function.

The amount of juice you drink will determine the intensity of cleansing. Drinking small amounts of juice supplies fewer calories, thereby increasing detoxification. The more intense the cleansing, the greater the discomfort. Juice fasting allows you to have control over the process of elimination. However, when the body enters a cleansing crisis due to toxins in the blood, no amount of juice will eliminate the discomfort. You must wait it out.

Drink all-vegetable or all-fruit juices, never combine fruits & vegetables to create juice. Make your juice from fresh vegetables or fruits. You can also include herbal teas with honey, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheat grass juice and supplements helpful for your specific condition. Drink juice whenever hunger develops until pleasantly full as opposed to stuffed full. It is best if you filter or strain the juices,

removing any excess fiber or pulp so that you continue to give the digestive system a rest. Also if it looks like you are not losing weight on your fast, you can dilute the juices with water.

You may consider modifying the fast by including quarter slices of avocado or banana to slow the cleansing process. Modified juice fasting is good for those with health restrictions such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Bananas and avocados are slow to digest and maintain a stable blood sugar level. Their high calorie content slows the intensity of the fast and, because they are easy to digest, the body still devotes energy to cleansing.

Preparation for Your Fast Inform yourself about fasting: by doing your own investigation, reading all you can about the fasting process, the various kinds of fasts and what you can expect as side affects. If you have a pre-existing health condition then you should find out if there are contrary indications with fasting and your condition.

Determine your cleanse duration and time period: Try to arrange that your fast is in a time period where you have low activity or lobsters. Avoid heavy kinds of work if at all possible. When it comes to long fasts and inability of somebody to handle a long fast, you just do the best you can. When detoxification increases as it does during fasting, the liver, kidneys, lungs and immune system work extra hard to handle the load. If these systems were already compromised before the fast, one must proceed carefully. You go as long as you can tolerate it, whether physiologically or emotionally, and then come back to eating again. Once you have some energy and are a few steps further toward health, you can consider doing another fast. Several short fasts can definitely do wonders if one long fast cannot be undertaken. Long fasts are preferable to short ones because once the body is in the fasting state it cleanses systematically into the harder to get at body tissues. For this reason, most of the recoveries from illness have taken place in the latter parts of long juice or water fasts. Long fasts give the body the uninterrupted time to do the work of healing. The first few days of fasting gets rid of the gross waste products of digestion, but only after this can the body pull out its tools to get to work on healing.

Frequency of Fasting Of course, the best is that people stay on a good daily health regime and then when the need comes to fast to go ahead and do it for a week to 10 days or longer if indicated. At least long enough to move completely into the fasting physiology and accelerated detoxification. Ideally people should fast once or twice a year just as a tune-up to deal with the environmental toxins and junk in our foods as well as the emotional build up. Traditionally people have fasted in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild.

Activity Level It is good to at least have mild exercise and movements with short walks to keep the lymphatic fluid moving and to the keep the vascular system working. The amount of exercise you can do is very much dependent on your existing condition and how you are feeling that day and what kind of fast you are doing. Basically one needs to be alert and listen to one’s body and not to overdo. Fasting is resting, not a marathon! You may feel weak during a water fast and may need to rest more often.

While juice fasting, you may experience an abundance of energy that makes exercise easy. If you experience energy loss, limit yourself to stretching exercises, light walking or deep breathing.

Proteins & Fasting It was theorized that protein loss during fasting was harmful and that a fast should be supplemented with protein. Fasting with protein became known as the Opti-fast. Fasters took nothing but water and a protein drink. Sadly, several people died. Protein digestion during the fasting state created an overload of urea and the blood become acidic. In this condition, the organs become more damaged instead of healing. To the body, fasting is a natural process. During water or juice fasting, the protein levels of the blood remain constant. Although protein is being utilized, a person fasting 40 days on water will not suffer a deficiency of either protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty acids. In the breakdown of dying and diseased cells, all essential substances are available while fasting for reuse within the body. These dead cells are utilized in a systematic manner.

Protein deficiency is non existent in North America. You never hear of anyone being diagnosed with protein deficiency. Fruit and vegetable juices have water- soluble highly absorbable proteins. The body has a store of protein, and it uses it selectively. Dying cells are the first to be used and healthy and vital tissues are the very last and will only be used as a last resort. Only during starvation is protein being stripped from healthy tissue to be used to survive. This may take 30 to 80 days of fasting on water to reach this point.

The systematic searching of cells to be metabolized is crucial in the healing of cancer. A cancer cell represents protein and calories. Some cancers are so persistent that you have to force the body to choose between healthy cells and cancer cells. This requires a long fast on small portions of juice combined with days of water fasting.

Aiding Elimination of Toxins Enemas: If you are not having natural bowel movements then an enema is advised to move out the toxic material that is being scoured by your body. You will feel much better after taking an enema. An enema can be taken daily in the beginning days of a fast, then bi-daily for the remainder using just plain water.

Mucus: . It is common, during fasting, for the nose and throat to pass sticky mucus, clogging the sinuses. White strands of mucus may be found in the stool. You may find that you are more comfortable if you use a Neti Pot to clear the sinus cavities, to prevent getting a cold with the clogged sinuses. You can also drink lemon juice with water to help clear the mucus.

Showers/Bathing: Plan to shower or bath daily to aid in cleaning the pores and assist the removal of toxins. The skin is a large organ and many toxins are removed through the pores causing a gummy deposit on the surface of the skin. It may help to brush the skin removing the sludge that is deposited there.

Reactions from Fasting The 'healing' reactions you get from fasting are dependent on your existing health

and the toxic load present in your body when you start. The first three days can be the most difficult until one's appetite for food goes away, which it normally does after the third day. Many people experience headaches, joint pain and other discomforts in the first few days. Your tongue will become coated and your breath foul, and you may notice increased body odor. These are all normal detox reactions as the toxins move out of your body. With extended fasting you will notice some days are symptom free, then as you move into deeper layers of detoxification you will experience episodes of symptoms as your body cleanses these other systems. In the later stages you remove the mucous from your system and this can increase your likelihood to catch a flu or a cold. At times you may feel weak or tired, so you should listen to your body and rest. Periods of high-energy and mental clarity will be experienced and can be variable, alternating between periods of healing reactions and symptom free days. With extended fasts it is normal to also have strong emotional reactions that have been suppressed, as the body brings these to the

surface also for healing

easily with meditation or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The cleansing

response that happens is dependent on experience with fasting, current health and level of toxins and sickness in your body. If you have an existing health condition,

it is possible that you get a strong healing reaction or healing crisis. A link to a page

describing this reaction in detail is given below.

This can be a difficult period, but can be dealt with more

If cleansing responses arise (headache, stomach upset, mental fog, lethargy,.etc) exercise great patience and take rest until symptoms pass. It's all part of the process. Always go to your capacity but never over-do. If unreasonably strong physical or emotional symptoms occur, it may be wise to discontinue. The following are common reactions and what can be done to ease the symptom while you are fasting.

Spiritual As the system detoxifies, many of these spiritual aspects of ourselves that have been waiting to come through for a long time are finally able to, and that person, hopefully fasting in an environment that is calm and serene and peaceful and loving, will be able to express and deal with these spiritual phenomena such that it can have

a very beneficial and positive effect. Meditation, EFT and other tools can be used to help relate to spiritual and emotional phenomena.

Weight Loss Weight loss can initially be as high as three to four pounds per day, but as the fast continues, the average loss will be one pound per day. If you are juice fasting and not losing weight, the juice is supplying all the calories you need. You may have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting and juice fasting if losing weight is part of your goal. The slower your metabolism the slower the weight loss. If you are thin or average weight and you fast for 30 days on juice or 10 days on water, you will become thin. Ribs will show, the face will become gaunt, and friends and family will display concern. But the body will quickly normalize its weight in 5 to 10 days after the fast. If you are thin to start with, fasting may allow you to gain additional weight after the fast. Metabolism is normalized due to the cleansing process. It is very important not to try to gain weight too quickly. The body can rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and undermine the rebuilding process.

Dizziness You may experience dizziness, if you do get down on one knee and the dizziness will stop immediately.

Backache Back pain may increase due to toxins in the lower intestine. The blood vessels that draw nutrients from the colon are very close to the nerves of the spine. Back pain often decreases after elimination of the toxins. Back exercises also can relieve some pain. A cold pack also will help. An enema may be in order

Bad Breath Waste passes through the lungs which are an eliminative organ. Brushing the tongue with a tooth brush, using dental floss and rinsing with mouthwash will reduce bad breath.

Canker Sores These may develop from a toxic buildup in the mouth. Unhealthy bacteria increases between the teeth. The tongue becomes coated with waste. To stop cankers, gargle with sea salt mixed with water several times daily. Dabbing the sore with tea tree oil or vitamin E quickens the healing process.

Cold Virus Mucoid is the perfect food for viruses. Toxins weaken the immune system. When large quantities of toxins and mucus are in the blood due to a fast, they can cause a susceptibility to colds. To fight a cold, continue fasting to eliminate the mucus. Reduce the liquid intake and drink lemon juice.

Blackouts During fasting the body conserves energy. The heart pumps slower and blood pressure lowers. Standing or moving quickly from a resting position will cause the blood to flow to the legs. For a few seconds, the brain may not get enough oxygen, causing blackouts and dizziness. To stop a blackout get down on one knee or sit. Lowering your center of gravity will instantly stop a blackout. Blackouts are more frequent during water fasting.

Diarrhea Fruit juices have a laxative effect that is more pronounced after water fasting. It can be stopped by using the enema. Using psyllium husk during diarrhea will help regulate the system.

Strong Emotions Try to journal, EFT, meditate, talk a walk, or rest.

Headaches Toxins can cause muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders. This can result in tension headaches. Massaging the neck and shoulders will help relieve the tension. The herb Fever Few, which is available in health food stores, is well worth trying.

Mucus

Drink lemon juice with water, combine with Neti Pot.

Muscle Tightness The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected as toxins accumulate in the legs. A self massage, hot baths, stretching and exercising will help to release the toxins.

Nausea When waste is released too quickly by the lymph glands, some of the toxic overload is taken by the liver and secreted with bile into the stomach. This causes nausea. Drinking water or carrot juice will dilute the bile and toxin mixture helping to flush it from the system.

Nervousness The elimination of toxins can irritate damaged nerves. Exercise will relieve tension. Use quarter slices of avocado to slow the fast or drink fruit juice if on a water fast. However, you should note that any food intake may cause one's hunger to return and make it more difficult to stay on the fast, just do the best that you can.

Skin disturbances The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem free skin may have a few days of pimples or boils. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. When cleansed of mucus and toxins, the skin will be healthy, soft and unblemished.

Tiredness Tiredness is normal during water or restricted juice fasting. If the tiredness is too much, increase the quantity of sweet juices like melon and carrot juice.

Pre-existing Conditions

Heart Disease Include bananas and avocados when juice fasting to balance the blood sugar level. Toxins in the blood and reduced blood sugar levels may cause a weak heart to labor. Like any other organ, the heart needs nutrients, a toxin free environment, and time to heal. Also if one has the disorder of POTS it is advisable to take salt so that the blood pressure does not get too low.

Hypoglycemia Do not juice fast unless you use bananas and avocados to balance the blood sugar level.

Kidney problems Fasting can irritate damaged kidneys due to the amount of toxins they filter. Try short juice fasts of 3 to 5 days before progressing to longer fasts.

Liver Disease The liver can become toxic due to abuse. If the liver is badly degenerated, cleansing must be done in stages. Start with short juice fasts and lead to fasts over five days. Avoid heavy proteins, refined flours and fatty foods. Eat meals of fruits or

vegetables between the fasts.

Age Nobody is too old to fast - it is exactly what the body needs to feel young again. Shorter fasts are recommended to start. Assess your physical state as you proceed. If juice fasting becomes too intense, bananas and avocados will lessen the intensity by slowing the cleansing.

Ulcers Fasting will help significantly. Choose the juices that do not irritate the condition.

Healing Crisis (The cleansing reaction, the detox reaction, or the Herxheimer reaction.)

During your fast you may enter into a healing crisis, which indicates that a deeply seated sickness is being healed, but also this means that you are going in reverse through the reactions that you went through as your sickness progressed. This is normally a good thing, because it shows that there is a major healing happening, but the downside is that it is not easy to go through because of the uncomfortable reactions that cause pain, etc. If you are feeling quite ill then you should read through the healing reaction article to try to determine if this is what is going on with you or not. It may be advisable to check with your medical professional at this point, to try to determine if you want to continue the fast or not. For more information read the following article: Healing Reaction

Going Off Your Fast "It’s a fact that eating causes a cycle of hunger. It’s only when we stop eating that we lose hunger! Think about it. All fasting experts agree that hunger sensations are usually lost on or shortly after the third day of fasting, and sometimes don’t return for weeks, but when they do return, usually very strongly, it’s the time to break the fast."

But all fasting experts point out that it is important to resume eating very lightly, and very gradually, in exact relationship to the duration of the fast. Therefore, if breaking a 40-day fast, you may want to start with only small quantities of fruit juice for several days up to a week, before actually resuming with solid food like regular fruit. Important:

Keep the first solid meal light and simple even though the mental temptation to dive into heavier favorites will probably be high. Be gentle with your digestive system and your digestive system will not only thank you but the overall benefits of the cleanse will last much longer. If you were on a water fast, then your first day can be juices, if your were on a juice fast, then your first day should be raw vegetables or fruits. The next meal may include heavier items such as potato, avocado or corn, but in any case you will notice that your body is very sensitive to what you eat and you should use this period of transition to learn more about what your body likes and doesn't like you to put into it.

When waking up a slumbering digestive system, the desire to eat will be intense. The flavors and textures of food will be enhanced by super clean nasal passages.

Eating will be a brand new experience. This is the time to flex your new-found muscles of discipline and self-control. As the body screams, I want more, wisdom whispers, you have had enough.

Eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables for the first five or six days will allow the body to gently wake up the digestive system. The body will continue to detoxify and cleanse during this period. Any toxins that have accumulated will begin to move due to the sweeping action of the soft fibers of fruits and vegetables.

For six days gradually increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. To break a fast and gorge on meat, bread or junk food will be disaster. Jarring the system this intensely when the digestive system is in a sensitive state can cause stomach cramps, nausea and weakness, negating much of the benefits of the fast.

Eat slowly and chew your food well. Saliva has enzymes that assist in digestion. Up to 80 percent of the starch, 30 percent of the protein and 10 percent of the fat can be digested by the enzymes in saliva.

Do not overeat! Discover the amount of food that your body needs to live a vibrant, healthy life. Discern the difference between cravings and hunger. Never feed your emotions.

When breaking a fast over ten days, the break-in period should be extended one day for every 4 days of fasting.

Greater Sensitivity - Restored Senses An interesting phenomenon occurs after a fast. The years of conditioning your body to tolerate unhealthy foods is reversed. The body is as clean as a newborn baby. Try feeding a newborn baby Grandma's apple pie.

When the body is full of toxins, its defense systems are not able to operate effectively. After a fast the natural defenses are restored and sensitivity to unhealthy food is increased. You will feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food and sluggish and tired when overeating. Rich foods, full of fat, salt, and processed sugars will cause nausea, headaches and weakness. A handful of fruit will be thoroughly satisfying. Because the digestive system has to work less, there will be boundless energy to spare.

Why? After a fast your body is clean, and has far less tolerance to the poisonous foods that you were used to eating previous to the fast. Understand, feeling sick when eating poison is a sign that your body is functioning normally. Fasting restores the body's ability to violently react to harmful, health damaging, food. If you really desire, you can desensitize your body by slowly introducing harmful foods back into your diet, but why you should? You better select your food carefully, even though it is not possible to avoid toxins as these are every where. So fasting as a regular cleaning is important and will keep you healthy.

Additional Reading:

Herbert Shelton, founder of the Natural Hygiene Society, supervised more cases of fasting (at his sanitarium in Texas) than almost any other fasting doctor, and has written extensively on this subject with many case studies of people who healed near-incurable diseases with fasts ranging from a couple of weeks up to 90 days. Shelton authored the following books, and more: Fasting Can Save Your Life; Fasting For Renewal of Life; Food Combining Made Easy; Getting Well; Superior Nutrition; Facts About Fasting; Health For All; Health For the Millions; Living Life to Live it Longer; Rubies in the Sand; Natural Hygiene: The Pristine Way of Life; The Science and Fine Art of Fasting; The Science and Fine Art of Natural

Hygiene;

Culture and Hygiene.

Human Life: Its Philosophy and Laws; and also: Human Beauty: Its

Colon Cleanse

"Every tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues. It is the bowel that must be cared for first.Sickness and disease respond more effectively and faster to treatment when bowel irrigation is done first." from: Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Bernard Jensen, D.C. Nutritionist

The benefits Colon cleansing can provide relief from maladies such as colds & flu, constipation, diarrhea, breath and body odors, fatigue, headaches, sinusitis, allergies, hemorrhoids, weight problems, digestive difficulties, back and muscle aches, knee pain, poor eyesight, poor memory, stress, and the list goes on and on. We cannot expect to have sharp minds or vitality for living when our bodies are polluted. People report greater alertness, a lightness of being, mental clarity, overwhelming joy, incredible insight, and even better sex after cleansing. Click here to read Benefits of the Enema according to Dr. Bernard Jensen.

Colon function The colon is like a tube of circular muscle lined with a layer of moist mucous cells that

lubricate the contents. The smooth folds of the colon are speckled with glands that resemble skin pores. These glands extract the fluids and electrolytes from the passing food residue. This fluid - about a quart each day - is recycled and eventually filtered and excreted by the kidneys as urine. Bowel movement is a bit slower process, it comes in large waves three or four times per day. Stimulated by the arrival of food to the stomach, the muscle bands of the colon move the contents along through each section. Once the stool moves out of the sigmoid colon into the rectum, the brain gets the signal that nature is calling, and so we go.

Do you look and feel older than you are? Do you know that colon cleansing (also known as colonic, bowel irrigation, high enema, and colenema) improves skin and muscle tone, and

reduces signs of aging? Is your waistline getting bigger every year no matter how much you

exercise? Are you tired of being overweight? suffer from arthritis?

Are your joints stiff, weak or painful? Do you

Colon cleansing can relieve aches and pains and their causes! Is your pleasure for living gone? Eliminate moodiness and fatigue and start enjoying increased energy! Colon cleansing or bowel irrigation promotes optimum food absorption and improved peristaltic action by removing old mucoid accumulation and toxins. Colon irrigation is an alternative health hydrotherapy that gradually and gently cleanses the colon by flushing with a warm water solution. Colon cleansing is preventative healthcare, there is no better place to begin to rid your body of toxins and contamination that may cause cancer, colitis, digestive disorders, fatigue, obesity, and so much more. Difficulties controlling weight may be due to the excess garbage piled up in the colon. Did you know you can actually control or lose weight by removing the toxic build-up from your

colon?

Did you know the average weight loss after a single colon cleansing treatment is 2 - 4

pounds?

Constipation Has that ever happened to you? Everyone at one time or another experiences constipation. If you have chronic constipation or don't feel finished when you've finished the job, you need colon cleansing. Common sense and science tell us that prolonged retention of feces and stale waste matter in the colon may, and often does, result in blockage of the passage within the colon causing all kinds of disease. A plaster-like coating can form on the walls of the colon. Colon irrigation can and will dissolve this, but to remove it too rapidly could cause the inner lining of the colon to become raw. The best approach is to gradually, comfortably, and effectively soak and saturate the colon with water. It takes years to create blockage and build- up to the inside walls of the colon so it may take a series of bowel irrigations (maybe dozens) to cleanse thoroughly. Once you can appreciate increased energy, lightness of being, and the overall healthful feeling that bowel irrigation provides, you'll want to maintain a regular schedule to stay healthy, look younger and feel great! Most of us judge colon health by the frequency and type of bowel movements we experience. Many in the orthodox medical field of study believe that individual rates of peristaltic action differ widely. A perfectly normal rate of bowel movement can vary anywhere from three times a day to three times a week depending on who you ask. Some say that we ought not to expect our bowels to operate exactly the same two days in a row. On the other hand, most alternative, naturopathic, homeopathic or wholistically-minded folks believe that a healthy colon will have good evacuation two to three times within 24 hours. Some also believe that bowel movement should occur like clockwork, aiding and abetting nutritional cycles. For the better part of this century, naturalistic healers have believed that the indigestible portion of the

food we eat lodges in the large intestine and stays there until eliminated in a bowel movement. Therefore, infrequent movements or periods of constipation (especially those extending beyond 72 hours) can result in only a partial decomposition of waste, which can encrust the colon walls and hinder elimination. The toxins from this fecal matter are then reabsorbed into the body through the bloodstream, lowering the body's defenses against every bacteria, virus, and disease imaginable.

Colon Cancer Colon health is a topic of lasting human interest and has been since antiquity. The reason people don't like to talk openly about colon cancer or even colon health, is probably because of the body parts involved--the rectum and the anus. Statistics being what they are, the sooner we address the issue and start monitoring our own colons, the better. Colon cancer is killing people at an alarming rate. The ancient Egyptians knew that food was the source of all illness and purged themselves regularly. Today, over 90% of Americans are walking around with clogged colons (US Health Service). At the turn of the last century, diverticulitis was unheard of. The cliche "you are what you eat" is unconditionally true and all the more reason to cleanse and detox the body. Dr. Bernard Jensen defined autointoxication as "the poisoning of the body, or some part of the body, by toxic matter generated therein." Autointoxication is self-poisoning, or slow suicide. Through detoxification, proper nutrition, and administration of supplements, the body can heal itself and maintain optimum health function. (A word about Colonics from Dr. Bernard Jensen)

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, famous surgeon and the father of Kellogg's Corn Flakes, believed that the bowel could be the origin of most health problems, hence his creation of a bran cereal to aid in colon function. He maintained that 90% of disease is due to improper functioning of the colon. After performing over 20,000 colon surgeries, Dr. Kellogg said he never did see a normal healthy American colon. Common sense tells us that if we retain the contents of our colon the result will be disfigurement and disease of the colon. Since newly formed cancer cells escape destruction by the immune system due to the effects of autointoxication, we are literally poisoning ourselves into illness when the bowel evacuation is deficient.

According to Dr. Norman Walker, author of Colon Health, "The very best of diets can be no

better than the very worst, if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of

waste and corruption." And,

which translated means "to press or crowd together, to pack, to cram." Dr. Walker also said, "There are two crimes against Nature that civilization indulges, 1) constipation, and 2) eating devitalized and refined foods."

constipation is derived from the Latin word "constipatus,"

Unlike the small intestine with all its loops and folds, the large intestine (the colon), is a relatively simple structure. It begins on the right side of the body (approximately near the appendix), and continues up the right side of the abdomen; that's the ascending colon. Then, it makes a left hand turn at the liver and travels across the body over the stomach; that's the transverse colon; and makes another turn at the spleen descending on the left side; which is the descending colon. In one final loop (at the sigmoid colon), it all ends at the rectum. It's important to know that massaging during a bowel irrigation is beneficial and helps to dislodge sluggish or retained mass.

The above information is extracted from the web site - Wholistic Health Solutions

Lindlahr, Henry. Nature Cure: Philosophy & Practice Based on the Unity of Disease and Cure. 1913. Chicago: Nature Cure Publishing Co. Lindlahr was the founder of American Naturopathy, or perhaps more accurately stated, the bringer of the German Nature Cure to the States. In this remarkable century-old book will be found every new-agey, new-thought, self-help therapy currently in the public mind as well as the best of natural medical wisdom. The Soil and Health Library version is as accurate a rendering of the original as could be done. PUBLIC DOMAIN From:

Practice of natural therapeutics

TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES

by Henry Lindlahr, M.D.

INTRODUCTION

Acute diseases represent Nature's efforts to purify and regenerate the human organism by means of inflammatory feverish processes, while in the chronic condition o system is not capable of arousing itself to such acute reactions. It must be prepared for this through natural methods of living and of treatment, as has been explained Volume I of this series.

Natural treatment of acute diseases tends to relieve congestion, to facilitate the radiation of heat and elimination of morbid matter and systemic poisons from the body. In this way it eases and palliates the feverish processes and keeps them below the danger point without in any way checking or suppressing them.

While our methods of treating acute diseases have a sedative effect, our treatment of chronic diseases is calculated to stimulate, that is, to arouse the sluggish organism to greater activity in order to produce the acute inflammatory reaction or healing crisis.

If the unity of disease, as demonstrated in Volume I of this series be a fact in Nature, it must be possible to treat an chronic as well as all acute diseases by uniform methods, and the natural methods must correspond to the primary causes of disease.

These natural methods may be divided into two groups:

a) Those which the patient can apply himself, provided he has been properly

instructed in their correct selection, combination and application;

b) those which must be applied by or under the direction of a competent Natural

Therapeutic physician.

To the first group belong diet, fasting, bathing and other water applications, correct breathing, general physical exercise, psychological exercise, corrective gymnastics, air and sun baths, mental therapeutics.

To the second group belong special applications of the methods mentioned under

the first group, and in addition to these, hydrotherapy, Swedish movements, neurotherapy, orificial dilatation, medical treatment in the form of homeopathic remedies, non-poisonous herb extracts, and, most important of all, the right management of healing crises which develop under the natural treatment of chronic diseases.

The treatment outlined in the following sections applies to all forms of disease listed on page 86 after they have entered upon the chronic stages. In addition to these, we may classify as chronic diseases the following:

Abscesses of Liver Acne Adenoids Addison's disease Amyloid kidney (a form of Bright's disease) Anemia (Primary and secondary) Aneurism Angina pectoris Apoplexy Arterio-sclerosis Arthritis deformans Atrophy of bones Barber's itch Bedwetting Calculi (stones, all kinds) Carcinoma (cancer) Carries of the bones Chorea Cirrhosis of liver Comedones (blackheads) Constipation Congenital malformation of hip joint Dandruff Debility Deformity of spine or other bony structures Diabetes (functional or organic) Dropsy Dyspepsia Eczema, all kinds Emphysema of the lungs Enlarged prostate Enteritis Epilepsy Erysipelas Fatty degeneration of liver Fatty and fibroid degeneration of heart Goiter Gall-stones Gastric and duodenal ulcers Heart disease (all kinds)

Hemorrhoids (piles) Hernia (rupture) Herpes (shingles) Hoarseness Hookworm Hydrothorax Hyperemia of liver Hypochondria Impotence Impetigo (chafing) Infantile paralysis Inflammation of bones (Periostitis) (Osteomylitis) Insanity, many forms Insomnia Interstitial nephritis Leukemia Locomotor ataxia Lungs, all diseases of Lupus Masturbation Necrosis of bones Nephritis, chronic (Bright's disease) Nervous debility Neuralgia Neuritis Night losses Obesity Edema of the lungs Paralysis of all kinds Passive hyperemia Prolapsus of the rectum Prostatitis Pseudo-angina pectoris Rectal diseases Rachitis Rickets (rachitis) Rheumatism, all forms Sarcoma Scabies Scrofula Sleeping sickness Suprarenal calculus Tapeworm Trichina spiralis Tinea Tricophytina (Ring worm) Tubercular enteritis Tumors, all kinds Ulcers, chronic Varicocele Varicose veins

Worm, all kinds Writer's cramp Wry neck

IMPORTANCE OF NATURAL DIET

The ordinary meat-potato-white-bread-coffee-and-pie diet customary in the American home, restaurant or hotel is bound to create, sooner or later, disease conditions in the system. This combination of foods creates in the body large amounts of poisonous acids, alkaloids and ptomains, and does not contain enough of the alkaline mineral elements on which depend the purification of the system from morbid matter and poisons.

The foods which are generally considered most nutritious,—meat, eggs, dried peas, beans, lentils and cereals,—are the greatest danger foods because they are exceedingly rich in acid producing starches, fats and proteins, and deficient in acid binding and eliminating alkaline elements. These purifying elements can be secured in sufficient amounts only in fruits and vegetables which run low in starches, fats and proteins, but contain large amounts of the mineral salts of iron, lime, potassium, sodium, magnesium and silicon.

Among the thousands of young people reared in this country whom I have had occasion to examine by diagnosis from the iris, I have found very few who did not suffer to some extent from digestive troubles. It is a fact that the American people, notwithstanding all the natural advantages which they enjoy, suffer more from indigestion, malassimilation, and from the multitude of diseases growing out of these primary causes, than any other people on earth.

The reason for this is that from the cradle up all the laws and principles governing right eating and drinking are continually violated. The child is allowed to eat and drink what it pleases, and since indulgence in unnatural food and drink creates abnormal appetite, he soon learns to crave those things which are most detrimental to health. As he becomes accustomed to meats, strong spices and condiments, pastry, coffee and tea, he loses all relish for fruits' and vegetables, especially the latter. Piping hot soups and meats are washed down with ice water and mixed with ice cream, which only too often is a mixture of skimmed milk, glue, chemical coloring and artificial flavoring corn-pounds. These unwholesome food combinations are supplemented by large quantities of white sugar and adulterated candies, all of which are very injurious to the system.

Is it any wonder that the prosperous and well fed American people suffer almost universally from early decay of the teeth, digestive troubles, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, nervous dyspepsia, appendicitis, rheumatism, cancer, tuberculosis and a host of other diseases directly caused by food and drink poisoning?

Among the peasantry of European countries the meaning of the words "dyspepsia" and "dentist" is hardly known. A dentist can make a living only in the largest cities. The country people live closer to Nature than do our overfed but mineral starved Americans. In Europe, on account of the high cost of flesh foods, meat is used very sparingly. White sugar, coffee, tea and pastries are holiday

luxuries. Ice water is not found even in the homes of the wealthiest people nor in the best hotels. The peasantry and middle class people in northern European countries live largely on whole grain bread, potatoes, vegetable's and dairy products. When they come to this country they are the picture of health and robust strength, but they eagerly adopt American customs of living, believing that meat, white bread and coffee three times a day constitute "high living". The natural result is that in a few years most of them lose their red cheeks and become dyspeptic and nervous like their new compatriots.

I have frequently observed the gradual lowering of the health standard in descendants of immigrants. In many families you will find the grandfather and grandmother who came from the "old sod" hale and hearty in their old age; the second generation, at middle age, dyspeptic and nervous; and the grandchildren anemic, wearing glasses at a tender age and affected by all sorts of chronic ailments. Statistics show that in our largest cities, where surroundings and habits of living are most unnatural, the fourth city-bred generation dies out unless regenerated by the inflow of fresh, healthy blood of immigrants from Northern Europe, and of the sturdy young people who crowd in from the farming communities to be swallowed up by the insatiable maw of the great city.

1. Proteins. The belief prevails that in order to make rich blood one must eat large

amounts of meat and eggs. The science of Natural Dietetics, however, teaches that the richness of the blood depends not so much on sugars, fats and proteins, as on the positive mineral elements. Almost any ordinary food mixture will provide enough of the former elements of nutrition, but it is much more difficult to provide sufficient

amounts of the mineral salts.

In order to feed the blood with all the elements it needs in the right proportions and in that way to maintain it in a normal healthy condition, one half the diet should consist of fruits and vegetables, and the other half should be made up of starches, sugars, fats and proteins. Meats, if used at all, should be eaten very sparingly. Multitudes of enthusiastic vegetarians have proved that it is better to do without meat altogether. Eggs also should be used sparingly, at an average of not more than four a week.

2. Coffees and Tea. Coffee and tea have no place in the Natural dietary. They

contain powerful nerve stimulants. I believe that their influence on the system, in the

long run, is worse than that of weak alcoholic drinks.

3. White Flour. White bread and pastry should be avoided altogether or used very

sparingly. Bread and other cereal products should be prepared from whole meal only. Nothing should be taken away from the grain in the milling process. As a result of the agitation against white flour by Nature Cure people, graham bread, entire wheat health breads and whole grain cereal foods are coming more and more into favor with the public. In this respect the stringent war regulations which by many were considered a great hardship were in reality a blessing in disguise.

In order to comply with the popular demand for white flour, the hulls and life germs containing the mineral salts, vitamins and valuable ferments, as well as some of the gluten, which is equal in nutritious value to the high priced steak, are

"refined" out of the flour and go into the bran. Our domestic animals wax fat and strong on the bran and life germs (shorts), while their masters, living on impoverished white flour products, grow constipated, dyspeptic and nervous. The excessive use of meat, white bread, coffee and white sugar is undoubtedly the most common cause of constipation and the resulting autointoxication.

4. Vinegar and Condiments injurious. Green vegetables are most beneficial when

eaten raw with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil. Avoid the use of vinegar It is

a product of fermentation and a powerful preservative which retards digestion as well as fermentation, both processes being very much the same in character. Lemon juice, being a live vegetable product, rich in vitamins, promotes digestion.

Do not use pepper, salt or sugar on fruits and vegetables at the table. They may be used sparingly in cooking. Strong spices and condiments are more or less irritating to the mucous linings of the intestinal tract. They gradually benumb the nerves of taste. At first they stimulate the digestive organs, but, like all other stimulants, produce in time weakness and atrophy. Fruits and vegetables are rich in all the mineral salts in the live, organic form, and therefore the addition of inorganic mineral table salt is not only superfluous, but positively harmful.

The juicy fruits and green leafy vegetables are not improved by cooking. The only foods that are made more digestible by cooking are grains, rice, potatoes and the legumes. Here cooking serves to break up and separate the hard starch granules and to make them more pervious to penetration by the digestive juices.

5. How to Cook Vegetables—Steaming. After the vegetables are thoroughly

washed and prepared place them in the cooking vessel, adding only enough boiling water to keep them from burning, cover the vessel closely with the lid, and let them steam slowly in their own juices. The leafy vegetables (spinach, Swiss chard, beet tops, etc.) contain enough water for their own steaming. If placed in a vessel over a slow fire enough juice will gather in a few moments to prevent burning.

Cook all vegetables only as long as is required to make them soft enough for easy mastication. Do not throw away a drop of the water in which vegetables have thus been cooked. Use whatever is left for the making of soups and sauces.

The following methods of cooking the savory vegetables are highly recommended, as they leave in the vegetable after cooking all the tenderness and delicacy of flavor of the raw article.

For cooking cabbage have the water slightly salted and actively boiling when ready to toss in the finely chopped cabbage. This stops the boiling. Watch carefully for the first signs of bubbling again and immediately turn down the flame or set the vessel where the contents cannot possibly boil. The vessel must not be covered. The cabbage will gradually settle to the bottom and appear as if not cooking, but will be thoroughly done in about twenty-five minutes if the vegetable is fresh. When done it should be instantly removed from the fire, drained and served with butter or white sauce. The flavor is in the volatile oil within the cells, and this oil is thrown off into the air if the cabbage is cooked above the boiling point. Boiling also toughens the woody fiber. If cooked as above there will be no odor and the cabbage will have the

same green and white color as before cooking.

Cauliflower should be cooked in the same manner, first separating the florets.

Onions should be cooked in the same manner, except that they may be allowed to boil gently.

Turnips and vegetables of like nature, such as rutabaga and kohlrabi, should be cut in small cubes and cooked in much the same manner, uncovered, in boiling, slightly salted water. These vegetables may be allowed to boil very gently until transparent, and should be removed and drained as soon as the pieces can be pierced with a fork. They should retain their natural color and flavor. Serve with butter or white sauce.

Cooked in this manner, below the boiling point, almost none of the mineral salts of the vegetables are leached to the water, which has, therefore, little value, but it y be used as a foundation for soups.

If the vegetables, as is the usual custom, are boiled hard for a long time in a large quantity of water, then drained or, what is worse still, pressed out, they have their nutritive and medicinal value. The mineral salts have vanished down the sink pipe, the remains are insipid and indigestible and have to be soaked in soup stock and seasoned with strong condiments and spices to make them at all palatable. The natural flavors of the vegetables are the most delicious.

6. In order to insure the full benefits of mouth digestion, the starchy foods should be thoroughly masticated and mixed with saliva. The drinking water must be of natural temperature as it comes from well or hydrant.

Food and drink should never be taken hot or icy cold. This foolish habit will, in time, ruin the best stomach and the finest set of teeth.

Do not eat when overtired or emotionally excited. Do not eat the heavy meal of the day between working hours.

These are just a few of the more important rules which, if strictly followed, will soon improve the digestion and ensure better elimination and freer movement of the bowels.

In many instances, however, even the best combination of food and drink will not overcome indigestion and malnutrition, because, through long continued abuse, the digestive organs have become so diseased and atrophied that they cannot properly digest and assimilate even the best of food materials. In such cases the digestive organs must be made more active and alive by the natural methods of sanitarium treatment, such as hydrotherapy, massage, neurotherapy, deep breathing, curative exercises, Swedish movements, air and sun baths, homeopathic remedies and last but not least, by the right mental and emotional attitude.

For a splendid collection of vegetarian recipes and further advice on natural

dietetics, see our Cook Book,

7. A General Vegetarian Regimen. Sample Menus. Breakfast should consist of acid and sub-acid fruits only; or berries only; or raw vegetable relishes only; or of a mixture of both fruits and relishes-for those who have a good digestion.

If, however, for some reason it is better to take the raw food meal at noon or in the evening, the daily regimen may be adjusted accordingly. For instance, if the raw food is taken at noon, the luncheon foods may be taken in the morning. I find this advisable in cases where people leave early in the morning for work and would otherwise become hungry and faint before noon. In our sanitarium regimen we find the raw fruit breakfast most beneficial.

Breakfast No.1. Raw acid and subacid fruits, such as orange, grapefruit, apple, grapes, berries, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.

Breakfast No.2. Raw vegetable relishes or a vegetable salad.

Breakfast No.3. Raw fruit, in combination with stewed prunes, applesauce, rhubarb, baked apple, etc.

Luncheon is served at noontime and consists of cereal foods, health bread, rye crisp with butter, cottage cheese, peanut butter or honey. To balance the starchy and protein food we serve vegetable relishes, vegetable salads and sweet alkaline fruits such as figs, dates or raisins.

This does not mean that many of these foods should be taken at the same time; on the contrary, the more limited the variety representing the various groups, the better is the effect on the system. The weaker the digestive organs, the more care must be taken in the selection and combination of foods.

In all chronic disease it is of great importance to limit the intake of starchy foods to a minimum, therefore not in more than one kind should be taken at a meal. For instance, if bread or rye crisp is taken, potatoes and cereal should be excluded, and vice versa.

Luncheon No.1. Steamed wheat with honey and milk; celery or lettuce salad.

Luncheon No.2. Health bread or crisp with butter or peanut butter; sliced tomatoes or cucumbers; radishes or young onions.

Luncheon No.3. Shredded wheat biscuit, honey, milk; berries, figs or dates.

Luncheon No.4. Baked potato, a vegetable salad, stewed fruit, raisins, figs or dates.

Luncheon No.5. A raw vegetable relish, a cooked vegetable, baked or boiled potato, alkaline fruits, berries, nuts.

Luncheon No.6. Vegetable salad, soft boiled or poached eggs, health bread or rye crisp, raw or stewed fruit or berries.

Nuts, figs; dates or raisins may be taken in moderate quantities with any luncheon combination.

Dinner No.1. Relish—cucumbers; Salad—raw carrot salad; Vegetables—beets and greens, new peas, steamed potatoes; Dessert—strawberries.

Dinner No.2. Relish—celery, ripe olives; Salad—pineapple salad; Vegetables— buttered cabbage, macaroni and tomatoes; Dessert—raisins.

Dinner No.3. Relish—radishes, ripe olives; Salad—fruit salad; Vegetables— vegetable roast and brown gravy, spinach, mashed potatoes; Dessert—ice cream.

Dinner No.4. Relish—raw asparagus or cauliflower; Salad—tomato salad; Soup—vegetable soup; Vegetable — carrots and peas, baked potatoes; Dessert— fruit tapioca and cream.

Dinner No.5. Relish—green onions; Salad—Waldorf Astoria; Vegetables— asparagus, vegetable stew, baked potatoes; Dessert—rhubarb pudding.

8. Raw Food Diet. Sample Menus. A. This diet consists of raw foods,—fruits, berries and leafy, juicy vegetables. Vegetables may be taken with dressing of lime or lemon juice and olive or other vegetable oil. No starchy foods or vegetables such as bananas, potatoes, or cereals must be included.

B. This diet takes in all fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts and cereals that can be relished in the raw state. It also includes all raw dairy products, honey and raw or soft-boiled eggs. The foods may be selected and combined for the various meals according to individual taste and requirements.

Breakfast No.1. Vegetable relishes or vegetable salads.

Breakfast No.2. One or two kinds of raw fruits or berries with or without milk or cream.

Luncheon No.1. Dates, figs, raisins or currants with crushed cereals or vitamine or nuts.

Luncheon No.2. Bananas, apples, nuts or vitamine with milk or honey.

Luncheon No.3. Combination salad of grated beets or carrots, sweet corn, asparagus or cauliflower; nuts or bananas with any kind of vegetable salad.

To any of these may be added milk, buttermilk, sumik, vitamine, raw eggs or honey.

Vitamine. This is a very nutritious and palatable combination of cereals, nuts, and raisins or currants. On a hand grain mill crush wheat and rye, mix one pound of this

with one quarter pound of crushed nuts or whole pine nuts. To this mixture add one quarter pound of seedless raisins or currants. One may also add ad libitum chopped dates, figs or prunes. It is best not to mix the vitamine with milk or cream, as this would prevent thorough mastication. Milk or other drink may be taken separately as required.

9. Dry Diet. Our dry diet is a modification of the Schroth Cure much in vogue in European sanitariums. Under the latter regimen patients are fed on dry toasted bread with moderate doses of light wine. No other drink is given until excessive thirst forces it. The diet is accompanied by eliminative hydropathic applications such as wet packs, bed sweat baths, etc. While this has proved very effective in the treatment of the most stubborn chronic diseases, the dry fruit diet is to be preferred for the following reasons:

The dry diet promotes elimination because it draws the fluids from the tissues and with these the pathogenic materials encumbering the system. But why use for this purpose food like toasted bread, when the large amounts of starches and proteins it contains tend to create more pathogenic materials? Why not use in its place dried fruits which are in themselves rich in the eliminative mineral elements and which serve as well the purpose of dehydrating the tissues?

The thickening of the blood and lymph streams with pathogenic materials has a depressing effect upon brain and heart. This undesirable condition Scroth tried to overcome by giving light wine but alcoholic stimulation is always followed by corresponding depression and therefore nothing can be gained by it.

The dry diet, for obvious reasons, usually produces profuse mucoid elimination all through the system. It frequently hastens the development of healing crises.

As a rule patients endure the dry food diet from one to two or three days only. It should then be followed by a raw food regimen.

10. Milk Diet. Milk is the only perfect, complete or standard food combination in Nature.

This is evident from the fact that it contains all the elements of nutrition which the new born infant body needs, not only for its vital activities but also for the building of its rapidly multiplying cells and tissues. It is for this reason that Dr. Lehmann, one of the pioneers of Nature Cure, selected the chemical composition of milk as a standard, or yard stick, by which to measure all other normal food combinations. This has been fully described in the A B C of Natural Dietetics, Volume III of this series.

The following analysis of cow's milk and human milk shows that there is very little difference between the two.

As a matter of fact, cow's milk is to be preferred because it contains more positive mineral elements than human milk. This is due to the fact that cattle, especially those on pasture, consume more of natural foods fresh from the soil and rich in mineral salts. This is the reason why calves do not suffer from rachitic diseases, as

do infants fed by anemic, mineral-starved mothers.

This praise of milk as natural food frequently provokes the question, why then not live on milk entirely? To this I reply that while milk is the natural food for the new born and growing infant, it is not so well adapted to the adult. The digestive apparatus of the infant is especially adapted to the digestion of milk, while that of the adult requires more solid and bulky food. The advent of the teeth indicates that Nature intends to change from fluid to solid food.

The liver is especially concerned in the digestion of milk. This organ is comparatively three times larger in the infant than in the adult. The digestive juice of the stomach in the infant is alkaline; it is acid in the adult. Therefore milk in the stomach of the infant curds; in the stomach of the adult it curdles.

The stomach and upper parts of the intestines in the infant form almost a straight tube, and the contents of the former are easily discharged, while in the deep curvature of the adult stomach the milk easily stagnates. The more relaxed and atrophic the stomach, the worse for the digestion and discharge of milk. Furthermore, the digestive processes and peristaltic action in the young child are much more active than in the adult. This explains why not everybody can use milk as a food or medicine—why in many instances it causes biliousness, fermentation and constipation.

Patients have come to us from institutions where practically everybody is subjected to the sweet milk diet. Under long continued, forced milk feeding they had become so constipated that the bowels could not be made to move by any means whatsoever. They were literally pasted together with colloid materials. It required several weeks of careful management and treatment to bring about a natural movement of the bowels. Milk causes constipation because it contains large amounts of soft, pulpy, cheesy matter, which tends to coagulation and slime formation. On the other hand, it does not contain sufficient tough cellulose matter which stimulates the peristaltic action of the bowels and acts at the same time as a most efficient scourer and cleanser. It is for this reason that we frequently find it advisable to give fruits and leafy vegetables with the milk diet.

In cases where it is easily digested a straight sweet milk diet often proves very

beneficial. We prescribe it frequently with splendid results. As a rule, however, it is

better to take fruits or leafy vegetables with the milk.

A great deal of chronic disease is caused by starch and protein poisoning, i.e.,

autointoxication, due to the pathogenic materials such as acids, ptomains, alkaloids and xanthins, resulting from starch and protein digestion.

Since milk contains no starch at all, only low percentages of proteins and fats, and considerable amounts of mineral salts, it will be seen that a straight milk diet means a mild form of protein and starch starvation, which favors the elimination of pathogenic products. However, a study of the comparative analyses of milk, fruits and vegetables will show that juicy fruits and juicy, leafy vegetables are much lower in proteins and fats than is milk, and much richer in mineral salts. Furthermore, the tough, bulky cellulose waste of fruits and vegetable acts as good scouring material

for the stomach and bowels. This is the reason why in most instances we prefer a fruit and vegetable diet to the milk diet.

The prevalent idea that acid fruit juices do not behave well when taken with sweet milk is another popular fallacy. The only food material I know of with which fruit acids do not agree very well is starch, and milk does not contain starch. The digestion of protein materials in the milk requires an acid medium and the sugar or glucose in the milk is already predigested, therefore I do not know of anything in milk that is incompatible with fruit acids. Practical experience also proves this to be true. As a matter of fact, I have met with many confirmed dyspeptics who could not digest milk unless they took acid fruit juices with it.

There is one method of forced milk feeding that is particularly revolting to me. It

is patterned after the Weir Mitchell rest-cure and stuffing treatment. The patient is

put to bed and prohibited from making the slightest exertion. He is then given one, two or three tumblerfuls of milk every half hour, according to his capacity. The most remarkable results in the way of flesh and energy building are claimed for this stuffing treatment. It is especially intended for patients who are extremely weak and emaciated. Often they gain a pound or more each day. One advocate of the milk diet describes its beneficial effects as follows:

"Within two hours the action of the heart will have greatly accelerated, and within twelve to twenty four hours there will be a gain of about six beats to the minute. The pulse will be full and bounding, the skin flushed and moist, and the capillary circulation quick and active. This natural increase in the circulation results from the increased amount of blood assimilated by the stomach and intestines."

In the first place, I do not consider the forced circulation a "natural" result. It is in reality caused, not by the increased amount of blood", but by the enormously increased amounts of water in the blood and tissues. This to some extent accounts for the increase in weight. Another reason for the sudden increase in weight is the abnormal fat formation. Large amounts of water in the tissues of the body deaden the processes of oxidation and favor fat formation, but this is an unhealthy process.

A lymphatic or watery condition of the system is one of the principal causes of

obesity.

But suppose new flesh and fat cells are formed under the "masting" process, which, however, is hardly possible in so short a time; this would simply mean increasing disease in the system. To put flesh and fat on a diseased body means an increase of diseased cells and tissues. The new or "daughter" cells are formed by division of the mother" cells. The daughter cells are therefore of exactly the same material as the mother cells. In other words, if the protoplasm in the mother cells is abnormal or diseased it will be the same in the daughter cells.

It is for this reason that under natural treatment we first endeavor to purify the blood and tissues of all abnormal products through natural diet and treatment. This usually entails some loss in weight, which we welcome as a sure indication of elimination and regeneration. After these stages of elimination and purification, with their healing crises, have been safely passed, then come the periods of regeneration and up building of new blood and tissues. What is thus gained will be pure and

wholesome. Therefore we favor the various forms of milk diet during the last regenerative or up building stages of treatment.

I make these statements backed by much experience in our institutional practice. We have treated many patients who had undergone the stuffing (masting) milk cure treatment for many months at a time, but the results had been only partly beneficial, and these in many instances were far outbalanced by detrimental after effects.

A gentleman who has become one of the most efficient members of our staff

suffered for twenty years from a bad form of arthritic rheumatism. Among many other things, he had taken for eight months the forced Milk Cure, but without receiving any appreciable benefit. Under our strict raw food diet and neurotherapy treatment he experienced marked improvement from the start. During the sixth month he passed through a remarkable healing crisis in the form of malarial fever. Such a fever had been "cured" with quinine twenty years before. From this suppression dated the beginning of his chronic "rheumatism". The healing crisis was treated in the natural way, and from that time on he improved more rapidly than ever and regained mobility of the ankylosed joints.

Another young man who is now under our treatment had suffered for years from extreme emaciation and nervous weakness, due to indigestion and malassimilation. He also tried the forced milk treatment (forced milk feeding while lying in bed), but to no avail. He finally had to abandon it on account of the aggravation of all his symptoms. He is now gaining under natural diet and treatment, which had to change the abnormal condition of his ductless glands before he could gain by the milk or any other diet. The swamping of the system with enormous quantities of milk in this case had only aggravated the abnormal condition of these wonderful organs by increasing colloid obstruction and the percentage of leukocytes.

a) Straight Milk Diet. When the system, through natural diet and treatment, has been duly prepared for the up building process, then the straight milk diet may be applied to good advantage. Under this regimen the patient receives no 'other food but sweet milk. It is taken every hour or half hour, in quantities ranging from one to two glasses (one half to one pint).

The milk should always be sipped slowly. Masticating is of no particular benefit, as it contains no starch. Those who enthusiastically advocate prolonged mastication of milk forget that the ferment (ptyalin) of the saliva acts starch only. On the other hand, it is certainly not advisable to take the milk down in great gulps. It is important that it should mix gradually and thoroughly with the gastric juice, which acts upon the protein matter the milk. If large quantities of milk create revulsion or unpleasant results, acid fruit juices, or better still the meat of acid fruits such as lemon, grape fruit, lime or orange will give relief and create better tolerance for the milk.

If one finds it impossible to take large quantities of milk every hour or half hour,

from the start, smaller quantities may be taken at intervals. For instance, one half pint every hour the first day, one pint every hour the second day, one pint every half hour the third day. The quantity of milk to be consumed per day depends upon the

size and weight of the patient. It may range from three quarts per day for a person

weighing from ninety to one hundred pounds and suffering from indigestion and malassimilation, to eight or ten quarts per day for a person large size and weight and endowed with fairly good digestive capacity.

b) Milk Diet for Fleshy People. Those who suffer m an overabundance of fat and

flesh must take milk lily in moderate quantities, say, from two to five quarts sweet skim milk daily. The cream, in such cases, would only tend to perpetuate and increase fat formation. In many cases of obesity a straight skim milk or buttermilk is

a splendid remedy for reducing fat. As I said before, the milk diet means a mild form of starch and protein starvation. On the other hand, it increases the activity of the kidneys and flushes the capillaries. In such cases the sweet skim milk may be reinforced by acid fruits taken either with the milk or between the milk feedings.

c) Buttermilk Diet. We find that with many people buttermilk agrees much better

than whole milk or skim milk. Others cannot tolerate it at all. The buttermilk may be taken at intervals similar to those prescribed for sweet milk, but not in excessive quantities. I find by experience that on an average one half or one third of the sweet milk quantity is sufficient for the buttermilk. Buttermilk is especially beneficial in cases of low acidity of the stomach and a tonic for an atrophic condition of the intestines. Quite often it can only be determined by some experimentation whether sweet milk or buttermilk diet is most beneficial in a given case.

d) Sour Milk, Clabber or Sumik Diet. Sour milk, may be prepared in various ways,

either by exposing whole or skimmed sweet milk to warm air, or by enclosing unskimmed sweet milk in an air-tight jar or bottle. It is allowed to remain in ordinary living room temperature of from 60 to 70 degrees until the milk has become clabber. The clabber is produced by lactic acid fermentation under proper conditions. However, strictest cleanliness must be observed in the preparation of the sour milk, or germs of putrefaction may enter and create a dangerous product. The longer it is allowed to stand in a warm temperature the more acid it becomes. After being properly soured, or clabbered, it should be thoroughly stirred or aerated with an egg beater until it assumes the consistency of thick cream. This is called sumik. With some patients it agrees splendidly, while others cannot tolerate it. Sumik may be taken at intervals and in quantities the same as sweet milk or buttermilk.

e) Natural Milk Diet. Under this regimen, whole or sweet skimmed milk,

buttermilk, sumik or clabber may be taken at intervals and in quantities in accordance with the desire and capacity of the patient. In many instances this will prove the best of all methods. The patient should be encouraged to take milk as frequently and in as large quantities as he can easily tolerate.

With the various milk regimens, water should be taken only when distinctly desired. Ordinarily milk contains more water than the system requires.

f) Milk and Fruit Diet. I have found the following milk and fruit combination diet of greatest benefit in a majority of cases. While many patients can take acid fruits to good advantage with the milk, I have found it of greater benefit, in many cases, to give sweet alkaline fruits, such as figs, dates, prunes, raisins, dried currants, etc., with the milk, and acid or subacid fruits between the milk feedings.

g) Milk and Acid Fruit Diet. Many people who become bilious and constipated on

a straight milk diet or who develop quickly a revulsion to milk, will tolerate the milk and digest it much better if they take with it acid or subacid fruits, such as lemons, limes, grape fruit, oranges, or berries. They should be allowed to partake of fruit as often as desired but should be cautioned not to take any more fruit than necessary to counteract the unpleasant effects of the milk.

The following mixed fruit and milk diet has proved beneficial to many patients who for some reason or another cannot take the straight milk diet:

Breakfast: One to three pints of milk, sipped slowly. With the milk take any of the sweetish alkaline fruits, such as melons, pears, prunes, dates, figs, raisins, or raw vegetable relishes such as celery, raw cabbage, water cress, green onions, carrots, etc.

At ten A.M.—One of the following fruits: Grape fruit, oranges, peaches, apples, apricots, berries, grapes or any other acid or subacid fruit.

Luncheon: The same as breakfast.

At three P.M.—The same as at 10 A.M.

Supper: The same as breakfast.

An orange or apple may be taken before retiring.

11) The Exclusive Meat Diet. Through theoretical research as well as through actual experience in an extensive institutional practice, I have become convinced that in the great majority of diseases a well balanced vegetarian diet is essential to improvement and cure.

However, there are exceptions to this, as to any other rule. In the treatment of certain negative physical and psychical conditions, when the vitality is below par, when the digestive organs have grown so weak that they cannot properly digest and assimilate the ordinary vegetable foods, we have found it advantageous to put these patients, temporarily, on a partial meat diet

Then, again, there is a certain type of dyspeptic patient who, on account of abnormal conditions of the digestive organs, cannot digest and assimilate starchy foods. In these cases even small amounts of starches cause fermentation, gas formation and many other distressing symptoms. Usually these people are so weak that they cannot subsist on an exclusive fruit and vegetable diet. Both fruits and vegetables cause more or less distress in the way of indigestion and gas formation. In such cases we have found various forms of meat diet of temporary benefit.

In the following pages I shall describe a few meat regimen that have proved beneficial in many instances.

a) Salisbury Exclusive Meat Diet. One who has had much experience with this

dietetic treatment describes the Salisbury exclusive meat diet as follows:

"Dr. Salisbury claims that consumption (tuberculosis) is caused by fermentation of food in the stomach, and that the cure consists in excluding those foods which ferment and confining the diet to the most nutritious as well as the most easily assimilated food, beef being the best.

Broiled round steak, from the third to the sixth cut, is as being the most nutritious and having the waste in the form of fat, bone or any undesirable tissues.

"The best preparation for broiling is as follows: Remove the round bone, together with the outer rind of tissue and fat, also the tough fibers running through the beef, then cut into pieces small enough to go into a meat grinder and reduce the whole to a pulp. If one has no meat grinder, then the beef may be chopped in a tray, but care must be used that there be no stringy fibers left in pulp. Shape the beef into a compact layer, not over three quarters of an inch in thickness, using the edge of the knife to avoid pressing the beef into a livery, soggy mass. When ready to broil, slide from the plate onto a close meshed wire broiler, and cook over live coals or lit blaze until done through,—the redness of the meat gone—when it should be served hot, with salt and butter to taste. Salt after cooking, as salt applied before cooking hardens the beef.

"If it is not convenient for one to broil the beef over or a bright blaze, then a spider or frying pan may be used if it is allowed to get very hot before sliding the beef into it from the plate. When ready to turn, put the plate over the beef and turn all the way over and slide the beef again into the spider, uncooked side down, and finish cooking."

* "Give seven mouthfuls of beef to one of toasted bread boiled rice,—whole wheat bread being preferred to white flour bread, which has been deprived of some of its desirable qualities."

* This is not in accord with Natural Dietetics as explained in Vol. III.

b) Hot Water Drinking. This same authority advocates the drinking of hot water as

a preserver of health and as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of chronic disease,

but many of his claims in its behalf are directly contrary to the teachings of orthodox

physiology and food chemistry as well as to Natural Therapeutic philosophy.

It is evident why the Salisbury meat diet requires enormous quantities of hot water to counteract its bad effects upon the system. The ingestion of such large masses of meat, unbalanced by mineral salt, foods, would cause excessive accumulation of colloids, alkaloids of putrefaction and other pathogenic materials, if these were not washed out of the system by correspondingly large amounts of hot water. Excessive thirst, of which the author speaks, is caused by the increased oxidation of morbid products. Thirst disappears almost entirely under a well balanced vegetarian diet. This explains why an exclusive meat diet necessitates the hot water flushing.

I would recommend the exclusive Salisbury meat regimen only in exceptional cases of incipient or advanced tuberculosis or in other cases which exhibit positive

intolerance of starchy and vegetable foods.

A meat diet may prove beneficial also in cases of abnormal psychism caused by negative physical and mental conditions described in Volume I. In such cases the meat diet has a tendency to fortify the animal magnetism of the psychic and thus to break contact with conditions on the spiritual plane. Even in most of these cases a vegetarian diet including the dairy products will bring all the good results without the danger of uric acid poisoning which is always present under an exclusive meat diet. I have seen many people cure themselves through the Salisbury method from carbonic acid poisoning due to an excessive starch diet, only to develop serious forms of uric acid poisoning, such as rheumatism, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.

c) Combination Meat and Vegetable Diet. Breakfast: Acid and subacid fruits.

Dinner: A small portion of roiled Salisbury steak, rare broiled beefsteak, mutton, ire roast beef, or roast mutton, with raw vegetable relishes, salads and one cooked leafy (not starchy) vegetable. Supper: A raw or soft-boiled egg three times a week,

together with a baked or boiled potato and vegetable relishes or salads. On other evenings a slice or two of health bread or a dish of cereal, together with vegetable relishes, salads, olives, figs, dates or raisins.

Any one meal must not contain more than three of these varieties of foods. In cases where starchy foods are not tolerated, Salisbury steak or meat in some form may be substituted for cereals or bread.

d) Modified Combination Meat and Vegetable Diet. Under this regimen starchy

foods are restricted to a minimum. A small portion of meat is allowed three or four

times a week.

Suitable foods besides meat are acid and subacid fruits, especially for breakfast:

Raw vegetable relishes and salads, cottage cheese, cooked vegetables, olives, dates, figs, raisins, nuts in moderate quantities; eggs (raw, soft boiled or poached) in moderate quantities-not more than four a week; cereals, bread and potatoes, if used at all, in very moderate quantities only, but not in combination with meat or with acid fruits.

FASTING

One of the most common complaints of the sick is that they have "lost their appetite". They seem to imagine that this is a terrible affliction. Quite the reverse is true however. In the majority of cases Nature takes away the appetite because a fast is needed. They do not know that the greatest blessing to them would be to "lose their appetite" long enough to find their hunger. Loss of appetite is simply an indication that the system is overcharged with pathogenic matter and that Nature is trying to stop the eating long enough to give these clogging, benumbing or irritating accumulations a chance to escape from the system, or it may be that the digestive organs are too weak to take care of large quantities of food. However, the laity for ages has been encouraged by the medical profession in the idea that to lose the appetite and miss a few meals is a great calamity; that this must be prevented by taking powerful stimulants in the form of appetizers and tonics. These serve to

create a false and artificial appetite and cause the sufferer to stuff the weak stomach with more food, while that taken in previous meals is fermenting and putrefying, filling the system with noxious poisons.

Many people are learning the trick of curing their colds, headaches, nervous spells and other acute troubles, by missing a few meals or taking a short fast. It is the quickest, simplest and most efficient method of relieving the overloaded, food poisoned system. We would be surprised if we knew how little food is actually required to keep the human organism in good condition. The majority of people are food poisoned,—even those who believe they are eating moderately.

Cornaro, the great Italian Nature Cure apostle, who lived in Venice in the Fifteenth Century, proved these facts which humanity at large has not digested and taken advantage of even at this late day. At forty he was dying chronic diseases resulting from overeating, drinking and riotous living generally. Being gifted by nature with some intelligence and will power, he essayed to cure himself by reversing his habits of living, i.e., by reducing the daily allowance of food and drink to a minimum.

For nearly forty years his daily allowance of solid food was not more than twelve ounces. Then he yielded to the urging of his relatives and friends, who believed that he was starving himself, and took a few ounces more of food than his former quota. The result was that he immediately began to feel most miserable, both physically and mentally and his former good health and energy did not return until he reduced his daily allowance to the old, accustomed twelve ounces.

After the age of eighty he wrote several books on matters of health, and particularly his own experiences. His most pretentious work, which is even now in print and widely read, he finished when he was over one hundred years old. The history of this man and his experiences with moderate living and fasting should be taught in every school in the land.

1. The Physiology of Fasting. Fasting is undoubtedly of the most potent and incidentally the cheapest of all natural remedies. The reason why it is not more universally applied is that the laity at large, as well as the medical profession, are under the impression that the interruption of eating even for a brief period will greatly reduce the vitality of the individual.

This popular fallacy is caused by the belief that food and drink are the only sources of strength. In other parts of these writings (see Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics and Nature Cure Cook Book) I have shown that this is not so—that the life force which is the real source of our vitality or strength is entirely independent of our material bodies (physical and spiritual) and of food, drink, medicines, tonics and stimulants; that this life force flows into us from the source of all life, intelligence and creative force in the universe; from that which we variously call God, Nature, Universal Intelligence, the Oversoul, the Will to Live, and by many other names. If people fully realized this fact they would not be in such great fear of missing a few meals or of undergoing a more or less prolonged fast.

Fasting as a remedy is fully in harmony with our philosophy of the causes of

disease. If disease is created through abnormal composition of blood and lymph and through accumulation of morbid matter in the system, it stands to reason that fasting will help to eliminate from the system waste matter and morbid accumulations. The most difficult feature about fasting is the breaking of the eating habit. Therefore the first three or four days of fasting are always the hardest. They are usually accompanied by craving for food, nervous disturbances, mental depression, headaches, sleeplessness, etc. We must remember that eating is the oldest and most firmly established of all habits. Therefore it is not easily broken.

After the habit is broken, which usually requires two or three days, fasting becomes easier day-by-day. One reason for this is that about the third or fourth day the mucous membranes of the intestines begin to eliminate morbid matter. The processes of assimilation have come to a standstill. The membranous linings of the stomach and intestines, which ordinarily act as sponges for the absorption of food materials, are now throwing off effete matter from the system. The sponge is being squeezed. This is indicated by the fetid breath and coated tongue which reflect the foul condition of the digestive organs. These are not fit to digest or assimilate food; therefore hunger ceases.

The system now has to draw for food upon its reserve stores. The waste and morbid materials are stirred up and eliminated first.

When we consider that the digestive canal from mouth to anus is about twenty six feet long and lined all through with eliminating cellular and glandular structures, then we can better appreciate the purifying effect of a protracted fast. One need not fear the weakening effects of fasting, since of late years it has been proved in thousands of cases that fasts of even forty, fifty and sixty days duration have no perceptible weakening effect upon the system, unless the patient be greatly weakened and emaciated by disease at the beginning of the fast.

One of our patients recently finished a forty nine day fast. At the end of it he felt actually stronger than he did at the beginning. Up to the last day he took long walks. At the same time the chronic troubles which were caused by drug poisoning and surgical operations were greatly alleviated.

The foregoing explains why short fasts of from one to three days duration have not a decided curative effect. It takes that much time to start the eliminative processes the linings of the intestines. As soon as food is taken these processes are interrupted and reversed. I would consider seven days a short curative fast. Shorter fasts may be taken, however, in order that one may become gradually accustomed to the practice.

In this as well as in many other things, much depends upon the right mental attitude. If one fears the effects of fasting and believes that it is going to weaken him, this causes mental and nervous depression which is bound to react disastrously upon his system. H, on the other hand, one becomes thoroughly convinced that rational fasting cannot injure the system, that whether eating or abstaining from food the life force will flow into the body just as abundantly, then the fasting will greatly facilitate the elimination of waste and pathogenic matter and there will be no mental apprehension and no nervous uneasiness to affect the system and to interfere with

the grand house-cleaning.

Many of our patients have undergone protracted fasts, but. I do not remember a single instance in which any one of them has been injured through the practice. We carefully observe the physical and mental condition of the patient from day to day and interrupt the fast when such action is indicated.

2. Danger Signals in Fasting are rapid and prolonged loss of weight approaching

the danger line; serious and prolonged mental depression and the appearance of psychical symptoms such as clairvoyance or clairaudience, which indicate abnormal psychism due to an extremely negative physical and mental condition. Also the fast should be interrupted when a patient shows great fear and apprehension of its weakening effects, as the destructive effects of anxiety and worry might overbalance

the benefits to be derived from the fast. In such eases it is better to postpone a protracted fast to a time when the mental and emotional conditions are more positive.

3. How Long Should One Fast? I never prescribe the length of a fast beforehand.

Even when I am convinced that a prolonged fast of two, three or four weeks is indicated, I would not inform the patient to this effect. I usually tell him that we shall extend or shorten the fast according to the effects it produces; that we may continue it for a few days or for a week or more, according to changing conditions. This assures the patient that the fast is not going to be continued beyond his powers of endurance. It is much easier for him to fast from day to day than to look forward to a long fixed period.

The practice of fasting until the tongue becomes dean, the breath sweet and natural hunger returns is a rather dangerous one. I have found in many eases that the symptoms of a foul condition of the digestive organs would not disappear after four or five weeks' of fasting nor would there be the slightest manifestation of hunger, and in several such eases it seemed doubtful whether breath and tongue would clear up before the patient was ready for the undertaker.

It is much safer to break the fast before the desired results have been fully obtained and to repeat it after a period of recuperation. The digestive organs may be in such a diseased condition that it is impossible for them to become normal through one prolonged fast.

Several patients have come under our care who had protracted the fast too long while waiting for the cleaning up. One of these patients is with us now, just recuperating from a complete collapse caused by excessive fasting. When she finally tried to eat, her digestive organs were so weak that they could not take care of any food whatsoever. She was brought to our institution on a stretcher, emaciated to the proverbial "skin and bones". It required considerable careful management and treatment to revive the paralyzed organs. In such cases only very small quantities of easily digestible food, such as white of egg, milk, sumik or buttermilk, must be given. 'With this we give subacid or sweet fruit juices. Careful massage and neurotherapy are required to revive the benumbed organs. Magnetic treatment also is of great value in accomplishing this.

4.

Preparation for Fasting. Most writers on fasting maintain that one can stop

eating and start on a prolonged fast at any time without preparation. This, however, is not always advisable. It may be all right in certain cases which are not affected by serious chronic diseases. But where the organs of elimination are in an atrophic condition, and where the system suffers from mineral starvation and is overloaded with pathogenic matter, it is much safer to prepare the system for the fast through a low protein diet rich in positive mineral elements, or, better still through a raw food diet and through thorough systematic natural treatment. I have fully explained this in Chap. XXVII Vol. I.

Large amounts of negative pathogenic materials eliminated from the tissues and thrown into the circulation as a result of fasting must be neutralized by the positive alkaline mineral elements and eliminated from the system. These neutralizing and purifying elements can be introduced into the system only through a fruit and vegetable diet, low in starches and protein matter and rich in the positive alkaline mineral elements.

When the natural diet and treatment have purified the system sufficiently for the manifestation of a healing crisis, then the physiological and psychological moment for fasting has arrived. Then the system is not in condition for the digestion and assimilation of food.' Therefore fasting becomes imperative. The whole body, including the linings of the stomach and bowels, is engaged in the work of elimination; this results in loss of appetite, revulsion to eating, coated tongue, foul breath, mental and nervous disturbances, all of which would only be aggravated by eating.

In order to prevent reabsorption of morbid excretions, enemas (Sec. XVIII) and treatment for constipation (Sec. XXVI, No.1), are indicated before and during a fast.

5. Healing Crises Suppressed by Eating. I have frequently observed that good

healing crises such as diarrheas', acute catarrh or febrile conditions were suppressed by eating. This is easily explained by the fact that healing crises are processes of elimination, while eating promotes the processes of assimilation. This is especially true of diarrhea, which is one of the most efficient forms of acute elimination or healing crisis. Forced absorption of food will frequently check the morbid discharges. Furthermore, it is dangerous to give food in cases of well established violent diarrhea because it only irritates the raw surfaces in the intestines and keeps

them in an inflamed condition. The food is not absorbed, but only serves to prolong the purging, dysentery or bloody flux unnecessarily, and thus may cause perforation of the bowels, hemorrhage and even death.

Not a morsel of food should pass the lips until the intestines have stopped moving and have had time to heal and to rebuild the sloughed membranes. Therefore fasting should be continued all the way from one day to a week after the cessation of purging, according to the severity and duration of the acute attack. For example, after a diarrhea lasting one or two days, no food should be taken for twenty four hours. After a diarrhea lasting four or five days fasting should continue for three days or longer. After eight days or more of violent purging, no food should be taken for at least seven days.

One of the most remarkable healing crises I ever observed came in the form of a diarrhea which lasted four weeks. During this time the patient did not receive any food whatsoever, nothing but water mixed with acid fruit juices. The discharges were of a black, watery nature. The patient assured me that during this entire four weeks' period he did not sleep one wink. Still he did not suffer particularly in the daytime. He had sufficient energy to accomplish his usual amount of work. While this may seem incredible, and while it is possible that the man may have slept more than he was aware, we have witnessed many similar instances of remarkable endurance during healing Crises. The man had suffered all his life from chronic enteritis (inflammation of the bowels). The eyes showed several itch spots in the intestinal area indicating that the underlying cause of the trouble was suppressed itch. He remembered that such eruptions had been suppressed several times in his youth. This vigorous healing crisis eliminated the disease taint from his system, and he has enjoyed good health ever since.

6. Fruit Juices in Fasting. In the majority of cases we prefer to give to those who

are undergoing prolonged fasts moderate quantities of diluted acid and subacid fruit juices. In this I take issue with some of the best authorities on fasting. I cannot

understand why acid and subacid fruit juices should in any way interfere with the good effects of a fast. They do not contain food elements which promote the processes of digestion. On the other hand, they are rich in mineral salts which are necessary to neutralized the negative pathogenic substances with which the circulation is flooded during the fast.

Besides having this neutralizing and eliminating effect, they are splendid tonics and antiseptics and are rich in vitamins, or, as I have called them, the life elements (microzyma) which sustain and stimulate the vital activities. Pasting, therefore, is much easier to endure and more pleasant when the diluted fruit juices are taken.

Fruit juices should not be taken pure or in large quantities because in this form they may excite the digestive processes. There is no danger of this, however, when they are taken in dilute form; for instance, the juice of half an orange or half a lemon to a tumbler full of cold water. The water should be of natural temperature as it comes from the hydrant or well. Ice water should not be used under any circumstances.

7. Hot Water Drinking. In some cases where the stomach and intestines are in a

very foul and slimy condition hot water drinking proves very beneficial From one to two glasses of water, as hot as can be swallowed without injuring the tender membranes of the mouth and throat, may be taken three times a day. I do not advise the continuance of hot water drinking longer than necessary to wash out the morbid accumulations in the digestive tract. This must be supplemented also by copious enemas every second or third day.

The diluted fruit juices may be taken between the hot water flushings. I would advise the hot water regimen only in extreme cases where something of a radical nature has to be done to clear the digestive tract of its fetid accumulations.

8. Exercises while Fasting. The idea prevails that during a prolonged fast one

should have complete rest. This, however, is a serious mistake. There is no reason

why one should not take the usual amount of exercise or accomplish the accustomed daily tasks, provided, of course, these do not strain the physical and mental energies to the point of exhaustion. As a matter of fact many of our patients feel stronger and display more endurance after the first week of fasting than during the first few days. This is easily explained by the fact that during the fast the system eliminates large amounts of clogging pathogenic matter (colloids and leukocytes). This allows freer circulation of the blood and nerve currents and a more unobstructed inflow of vital energy.

9. Symptoms and Acute Reactions Caused by Fasting

a) Gas Formation. One of the common symptoms exhibited after starting on a fast

is excessive gas production accompanied by rumbling in the bowels and colicky pains. This is caused by the stirring up and disintegration of deposits of old fecal matter in the intestines, and by the elimination of pathogenic materials from the system. Usually the bowels soon stop moving when no food is taken. In such cases warm water enemas should be taken to flush the colon. (Sec. XVIII, No.4)

The accumulations in the lower intestine during a fast are of a particularly poisonous nature, and should be removed in order to prevent reabsorption.

b) Temperature. In many instances the temperature rises during the first day of the

fast and sometimes a slight febrile condition prevails during the entire period or subsides after a few weeks. In other cases we observe a lowering of the temperature below the normal. All these and similar reactions are not of a serious nature, and

nothing should be done to interfere with them. They become dangerous only by suppression.

c) Cotton Mouth. Another unpleasant but perfectly natural symptom is the

gathering in the mouth of thick and sticky viscous accumulations of saliva. This condition has been called "cotton mouth" by the laity. In other cases the mouth feels dry and burning hot. These symptoms are of course signs of greatly increased combustion of morbid materials and their elimination through the membranes of the mouth and throat. Similar conditions exist in the stomach and intestines.

d) Bilious Vomiting. In some cases where the liver has been enlarged and

engorged with morbid accumulations, bile discharges in large quantities into the intestine and from there regurgitates into the stomach, causing bilious vomiting of an extremely offensive character. This symptom also is more terrifying than dangerous. It is a rather unpleasant but nevertheless effective way of house cleaning.

People who have taken a great deal of calomel or mercury in other forms often develop violent vomiting while fasting. This may continue for a week or more. If they are robust enough to stand the ordeal it is well to let the crisis ran its course, but if they are in a very weakened condition it may be advisable to interrupt the fast for the time being. In such cases it is best to give white of egg to soothe the inflamed lining of the stomach.

It must be remembered that in these mercurial patients the liver and stomach are particularly affected and that these organs try to throw off the mercurial poison

through vomiting. I have frequently perceived distinctly the peculiar metallic and mercurial odor of the breath and of the bilious discharges.

e) Offensive Perspiration. Another unpleasant symptom which we frequently observe during prolonged fasting is a very offensive odor of perspiration, which indicates vigorous elimination of pathogenic materials through the skin. Frequent quick cold rubs will promote this form of elimination and at the same time remove the offensive excretions and thus prevent their reabsorption In some eases it may become necessary to employ warm water and soap to remove the offensive elimination.

10. Fear of Fasting Unfounded. The majority of those who undergo their first long

fast are most pleasantly surprised to find that the terrors of starvation exist only in

people's minds. It has happened that people stranded on barren islands or lost in desert places or entombed in mines, even where they had water have died apparently from starvation in the course of a week or two. It is now fully proved by the thousands who have fasted for long periods ranging from forty to ninety days that death in such eases is not due to actual starvation. The real cause must be fear and apprehension,—proving again that the things we fear we materialize.

We cannot reiterate too often that fear is a perversion of the great law of faith. It is faith in evil. By submitting to fear we give evil power over us. The most necessary requirement, therefore, for a successful fast is the profound conviction that it cannot harm us in any way, but that it will prove of great benefit, physically, mentally and morally, because it not only purifies the body but strengthens will power and self control.

11. Fasting Regimen. Before, during, and after a therapeutic fast, everything mull

be done to keep elimination active, in order to prevent the reabsorption of the toxins that are being stirred up and liberated.

Fasting involves rapid breaking down of the tissues. This creates great quantities of worn out cell materials and other morbid substances. Unless these poison producing accumulations are promptly eliminated, they will be reabsorbed into the system and cause autointoxication.

To prevent this, bowels, kidneys and skin must be kept in active condition. The diet, for several days before and after a fast, should consist largely of uncooked fruits and vegetables, and the different methods of natural stimulative treatment should be systematically applied.

During a fast, every bit of vitality must be economized; therefore the passive treatments are to be preferred to active exercise, although a certain amount of exercise (especially walking) daily in the open air, accompanied by deep breathing, should not be neglected.

While fasting, intestinal evacuation usually ceases, especially where there is a natural tendency to sluggishness of the bowels. Enemas are therefore in order and during prolonged fasts may be taken every few days.

By "prolonged" fasts I mean fasts that last from one to four weeks, "short" fasts being those one, two or three days' duration.

Moderate drinking is beneficial during a fast as well as at other times; but excessive consumption of water, the so-called "flushing of the system", is very injurious. Under ordinary conditions from five to eight glasses of water a day are sufficient; the quantity consumed must be regulated by the' desire of the patient.

Those who are fasting should mix their drinking water with the juice of acid fruits, preferably lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. These juices act as eliminators and are fine natural antiseptics.

Never use distilled water, whether during a fast or at any other time. Deprived of its own mineral constituents, distilled water "leeches" the mineral elements and organic salts out of the tissues of the body and thereby intensifies dysemic conditions.

While fasting, the right mental attitude is all important. Unless you can do it with perfect equanimity, without fear or misgiving, do not fast at all. Destructive mental conditions may more than offset the beneficial effects of the fast.

To recapitulate: never undertake a prolonged fast unless you have been properly prepared by natural diet and treatment, and never without the guidance of a competent adviser.

a) The Regular Fast. Under this regimen no food is taken, but sufficient water to

quench the thirst. In some oases it may be advantageous to increase the quantity of drinking water in order to dilute the pathogenic materials in the circulation and thus to facilitate their elimination through the skin and kidneys. Thirst, therefore is a safe indicator for the amounts of fluid needed.

b) The Dry Fast. This means total abstinence from food and drink. Most people

cannot endure this radical fast more than two or three days. It is a very powerful agent for promoting elimination. When no fluids are taken, the tissues are drawn upon for the elimination of waste materials. It has been found that such fluid starvation, which is directly contrary to the popular idea of flushing, is a powerful method for promoting elimination of morbid matter and disease taints, especially

from the systems of individuals who are obese or whose tissues are "water logged".

c) The Seven day Fast. If no adverse symptoms interfere, we frequently prescribe a

short fast of seven days. This in the great majority of cases cannot produce any harmful or weakening results, and, understanding the laws of periodicity, we prefer a seven day period. If developments arc favorable to a prolongation of the fast we endeavor to extend it to the fourteenth, twenty first, twenty eighth or subsequent seven day period (Chapter XXIII, Vol.1, Periodicity.)

d) The Long Fast. Long fasts may extend from one to seven or more weeks,

according to individual indications and the vitality of the patient.

As already explained, we never fix a definite period for the fast beforehand but

extend it from time to time according to conditions. We add small quantities of acid fruit juices to the drinking water as long as it agrees with the patient. If a revulsion to fruit acids develops, the' water may be taken pure.

After the bowels stop moving naturally enemas must be taken from time to time, say once or twice a week, in order to prevent reabsorption of toxic materials from the lower intestine. Indications for breaking the fast have been described under "danger signals".

12. Breaking the Fast. The great benefit derived from a fast may be all lost, and may be followed by harmful after effects if the fast is not broken in the right way. In fact, the best effects of a fast depend upon the dietetic management after it is broken. The longer the fast, the more care must be taken in breaking it.

The greatest danger lies in eating too frequently and too much at a time. After a long fast the digestive organs are in a condition of complete inactivity, and to overload them suddenly with a large amount of food may provoke acute attacks of indigestion and produce many other kinds of serious disturbances. The organs must be trained into normal activity gradually, beginning with very small quantities of light food. I have frequently found it very advantageous to break the fast with a few tablespoonfuls of freshly toasted popcorn, unsalted and unbuttered. This is a splendid scour for the membranous linings of the stomach and bowels, and its tough particles stimulate the peristaltic action of the intestines.

The popcorn may be followed within an hour by some mild fruit juice, preferably lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice. Not more than the juice of half a grapefruit or of one orange should be taken at a time. The quantity of undiluted fruit juice may be gradually increased on the second day to three or four half tumblerfuls. On the third day the meat of acid or subacid fruits may be taken instead of the juice alone.

After the third day the fruit diet may be supplemented and combined with raw vegetable relishes and salads. If a person be sensitive to the mixing of acid fruits with vegetables, they should be taken at separate meals. To this raw food diet may be added small quantities of nuts or a ripe banana. The raw food diet may be continued from a few days to many weeks, according to the individual condition of the patient. Or it may be followed, whenever it seems advisable, by the regular vegetarian diet.

On the other hand, it may be advisable to follow the fruit diet after breaking the fast, by a straight or modified milk diet. This is especially indicated where milk agrees with the patient and where it is desirable to give animal food in order to overcome a negative mental and physical condition and to build flesh more rapidly.

No hard and fast rules can be established concerning any of these regimen or practices. One must be guided entirely by individual conditions and requirements. It is dangerous for people to experiment along these lines without the guidance of a competent and experienced Natural Therapeutics. If the fast is broken in the right way it will be found that lost weight is regained very quickly. In many instances people gain much more, after a prolonged fast, than they weighed before. Moreover, the new blood and tissues will be purer and healthier than the old, effete tissues

which have been eliminated through strict diet, natural treatment and fasting.

HYDROTHERAPY OR WATER TREATMENT

INTRODUCTION

While in our treatment of acute diseases we use wet packs and cold ablutions to promote the radiation of heat and thereby to reduce the fever temperature, our aim in the treatment of chronic diseases is to arouse the system to acute eliminative effort. In other words, while in acute disease our hydropathic treatment is sedative, in chronic diseases it is stimulative.

The Good Effects of Gold Water Applications

1. Stimulation of the Circulation. As before stated, cold water applied to the

surface of the body arouses and stimulates the circulation all over the system. Blood counts before and after a cold water application show a very marked increase in the number of red corpuscles. This does not mean that the cold water has in a moment created new blood cells but it means that the blood has been stirred up and sent hurrying through the system, that the lazy cells which were lying inactive in the sluggish and stagnant blood stream and in the clogged and obstructed tissues are aroused to increased activity.

Undoubtedly, the invigorating and stimulating influence of cold sprays, ablutions, sitzbaths, barefoot walking in the dewy grass or on wet stones and of all other cold water applications depends largely upon their electromagnetic effects upon the system. This has been explained in Chapter XXXIV, Vol.1.

2. Elimination of impurities. As the cord water drives the blood with increased

force through the system, it flushes the capillaries in the tissues and cleanses them

from the accumulation of pathogen which is one of the primary causes of acute and chronic diseases.

As the blood rushes back to the surface it suffuses the skin, opens and relaxes the pores and the minute blood vessels or capillaries, and thus unloads its impurities through the cuticle.

3. Why We Favor Cold Water. In the treatment of chronic diseases some

advocates of natural methods of healing still favor warm or hot applications in the form of hot water baths, various kinds of steam or sweat baths, electric light baths, hot compresses, fomentations, etc.

However, the great majority of Nature Cure practitioners in Europe have abandoned hot applications of any kind almost entirely because of their weakening and enervating after effects and because in many instances they have not only failed to produce the expected results but have aggravated the disease conditions.

We can explain the different effects of hot and cold water as well as of all other therapeutic agents upon the system by the law of action and reaction.

Applied to physics this law reads: "Action and reaction are equal but opposite." I have adapted the law of action and reaction to therapeutics in a somewhat circumscribed way as follows: Every therapeutic agent affecting the human organism has a first, temporary, and a second, permanent effect. The second, lasting effect is contrary to the first, transient effect.

The first, temporary effect of warmth above the body temperature, whether it be applied in the form of hot air, water, steam or light, is to draw the blood into the surface. Immediately after such an application the skin will be red and hot.

The second and lasting effect, however (in accordance with the law of action and reaction), is that the blood recedes into the interior of the body and leaves the skin in a bloodless and enervated condition, subject to chills and predisposed to "catching cold".

On the other hand, the first, transient effect of cold water applications upon the body as a whole, or upon any particular part is to chill the surface and send the blood scurrying inward, leaving the skin in a chilled, bloodless condition. This lack of blood and sensation of cold are at once telegraphed over the afferent nerves to headquarters in the brain and from there the command goes forth to the nerve centers regulating the circulation, "Send blood into the surface!"

As a result, the circulation is stirred up and accelerated throughout the system and the blood rushes with force into the depleted skin, flushing the surface of the body with warm, red blood and restoring to it the rosy color of health. This is the second effect. In other words, the well applied cold water treatment is followed by a good reaction, and this is accompanied by many permanent beneficial results.

The drawing and eliminating first effect of hot applications, of sweat baths,—etc., is at best only temporary, lasting but a few minutes, and is always followed by a weakening reaction, while the drawing and eliminating action of the cold water applications, being the second, lasting effect, exerts an enduring, invigorating and tonic influence upon the skin which enables it to throw off morbid matter not merely for ten or fifteen minutes, as in the sweat bath under the influence of excessive heat but continually by day and night.

4. The Danger of Prolonged or Excessively Cold Applications. As I have pointed out, only water at ordinary temperature as it comes from well or hydrant should be used in hydropathic applications. It is positively dangerous to apply ice bags to an inflamed organ or to use icy water for packs and ablutions in febrile conditions.

Likewise, icy or icy water should not be used in the hydropathic treatment of chronic diseases. Excessive cold is as suppressive in its effects upon the organism as are poisonous antiseptics or anti-fever medicines.

The baths, sprays, douches, etc., should not be kept up too long. The duration of the cold water applications must be regulated by the individual condition of the patient and by his powers of reaction. It should be borne in mind that it is the short, quick application that produces the stimulating, electromagnetic effects upon the

system.

In Sections XIII and XV are described some of the baths and other cold water applications that are especially adapted to the treatment of chronic diseases.

COLD WATER APPLICATIONS

1. Outdoor Bathing and Swimming. This is very invigorating and beneficial to

those who are strong enough to secure reaction. The bathing or swimming should never be extended too long. Twenty minutes is sufficient even for a young and vigorous person. There must be no feeling of chilliness or exhaustion afterward. This would be a sign of overdoing. If the reaction is good there should follow a

feeling of comfort and warmth, especially of the feet and hands. There will be a good appetite and the sleep will be sound and refreshing.

Ocean bathing is more tonic than inland water bathing because the salts in the seawater have a positive electromagnetic effect upon the body.

2. Foot Bath. Stand in cold water reaching up to the ankles for one to two minutes,

according to the summer or winter temperature of the water. Dry the feet with a coarse towel and rub them vigorously with the hands, or walk about briskly for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary.

3. Leg Bath. (a) Stand in water up to the calves, from one to two minutes, then

proceed as above.

b) Stand in water up to the knees, from one to two minutes, then rub vigorously or walk as directed.

4. Barefoot Walking. Walk barefoot in wet grass or on wet stone pavements

several times a day, from ten to twenty minutes at a time, or less in case of weakness. The early morning dew upon the grass is especially beneficial; later in the

day wet the grass or pavement with a hose.

After barefoot walking, dry and rub the feet thoroughly; and take a short, brisk walk in shoes and stockings.

5. Indoor Water Treading. Stand in a bathtub or large foot-tub containing about

two inches of cold water, step and splash vigorously for several minutes, then dry and rub the feet, and increase the circulation by walking around the room a few times.

6. Foot Spray. Turn the full force of water from a hydrant or hose first on one foot,

then on the other. Let the stream play alternately on the upper part of the feet and on

the soles. The coldness and force of the water will draw the blood to the feet.

These applications are excellent as a means of stimulating and equalizing the circulation, and a "sure cure', for cold and clammy feet, as well as for excessive perspiration of the feet.

In this connection, we warn our readers most strongly against the use of drying powders or antiseptic washes to suppress foot-sweat. Serious nervous disorders have been traced to this practice.

7. Partial Ablutions. Partial ablutions with cold water are very useful in many

instances, especially in local inflammation or where local congestion is to be relieved. The "kalte Guss" forms an important feature of the Kniepp system of water cure.

Sprays or showers may be administered to the head, arms, chest,—back, thighs, and knees or wherever indicated, with a dipper, a sprinkler or a hose attached to the faucet or hydrant. The water should be of natural temperature and the "Guss" of short duration.

8. Limb Bath. Take up cold water in the hollow of the hands from a running faucet

or a bucket filled with water, rub arms and legs briskly for a few minutes.

9. Upper Body Bath. Stand in an empty tub, take water in the hollow of the hands

from a running faucet or a bucket filled with cold water, and rub briskly the upper half of the body, from neck to hips, for two or three minutes. Use a towel or brush for those parts of the body that cannot be reached with the hands.

10. Lower Body Baths. Proceed as in (9), rubbing the lower part of the body from

the waist downwards.

11. Hip Bath. Sit in a large basin or in the bathtub in enough water to cover the

hips completely, the legs resting on the floor or against the side of the tub. While

taking the hip bath, knead and rub the abdomen.

Dry with a coarse towel, then rub and pat the skin with the hands for a few minutes.

12. The Morning Cold Rub. The essentials for a cold rub, and in fact for every

cold water treatment are warmth of the body before the application, coolness of the water (natural temperature), rapidity of action, and friction or exercise to stimulate the circulation. No cold water treatment should be taken when the body is in a

chilled condition.

a) Directly from the warmth of the bed, or after sunbath and exercise have produced a pleasant glow, go to the bathroom, sit in the empty tub with the stopper in place, turn on the cold water, and as it flows into the tub, catch it in the hollow of the hands and wash first the limbs, then the abdomen, then chest and back. Throw the water all over the body and rub the skin with the hands like you wash your face.

Do this quickly but thoroughly. The entire procedure need not take up more than a few minutes. By the time the bath is finished, there may be from two to four inches of water in the tub. Use a towel or brush for the back if you cannot reach it otherwise.

As long as there is a good reaction, the cold rub may be taken in an unheated

bathroom even in cold weather.

After the bath, dry the body quickly with a coarse towel and finish by rubbing with the hands until the skin is dry and smooth and you are aglow with the exercise, or expose the wet body to the fresh air before an open window and rub with the hands until dry and warm.

A bath taken in this manner combines the beneficial effects of cold water, air, exercise, and the magnetic friction of the hands on the body (life on life). No lifeless instrument or mechanical appliance can equal the dexterity, warmth and magnetism of the human hand.

The bath must be so conducted that it is followed by a feeling of warmth and comfort. Some persons will be benefited by additional exercises or, better still, a brisk walk in the open air, while others will get better results by returning to the warmth of the bed.

There is no better means for stimulating the general circulation and for increasing the eliminative activities of the system than this cold morning rub at the beginning of the day after the night's rest. If kept up regularly, its good effects will soon become apparent.

This method of taking a morning bath is to be preferred to the plunge into a tub! Filled with cold water. While persons with very strong constitutions may experience no ill effects, to those who are weak and do not react readily, the "cold plunge" might prove a severe shock and strain upon the system.

b) When a bathtub is not available, take the morning cold rub in the following manner:

Stand in an empty washtub. In front of you, in the tub, place a basin or bucket filled with cold water. Wet the hands or a towel and wash the body, part by part, from the feet upward, then dry and rub with the hands as before directed.

13. The Evening sitzbaths. The sitzbath is best taken in the regular tub made for the purpose, but an ordinary bathtub or a washtub or pan may be used with equally good effect.

Pour into the vessel a few inches of water at natural temperature as it comes from the hydrant, and sit in the water until a good reaction takes place that is, until the first sensation of cold is followed by a feeling of warmth. This may take from a few seconds to a few minutes, according to the temperature of the water and the individual powers of reaction.

Dry with a coarse towel, rub and pat the skin with the hands, then, in order to establish good reaction, practice deep breathing for a few minutes, alternating with the internal massage exercise described on page 187.

The morning cold rub is stimulating in its effects; the evening sitzbath is quieting and relaxing. The latter is therefore especially beneficial if taken just before going to

bed. The cold water draws the blood from brain and spinal cord and thereby insures better rest and sleep. It cools and relaxes the abdominal organs, sphincters and orifices, stimulates gently and naturally the action of the bowels and of the urinary tract, and is equally effective in chronic constipation and in affections of the kidneys or bladder.

14. The Head Bath. Loss or discoloration of the hair is generally due to the lack of hair building elements in the blood, or to sluggish circulation in the scalp and a diseased condition of the hair follicles. Nothing more effectually stimulates the flow of blood to brain and scalp or promotes the elimination of waste matter arid poisons from these parts than the head bath, together with scalp massage.

Under no circumstances use hair tonics, dandruff or eczema cures or hair dyes. All such preparations contain poisons in the form of strong antiseptics and germicides. Dandruff is a form of elimination and should not be suppressed. When the scalp is in good condition, it disappears of its own accord.

The diagnosis from the iris of the eye reveals the fact that glycerin, quinine, resorcin and other poisonous anti-septics and stimulants absorbed from dandruff cures and, hair tonics and deposited in the brain are, in many cases, the real cause of chronic headaches, neuralgia, dizziness, roaring in the ears, loss of hearing and sight mental depression, irritability and even insanity.

Cold water is an absolutely safe and at the same time a most effective means to promote the growth of hair, as many of our patients can testify.

If the hair is short, the head should be washed thoroughly with cold water each time the face is washed While doing this the scalp should be vigorously pinched, kneaded and massaged with the finger tips. When feasible, turn the stream from a hydrant or hose upon the head. This will add the good effect of friction to the coldness of the water.

Where the hair is too long for such frequent washing, daily cold water treatment may be applied by dipping the finger tips in cold water and rubbing it into the scalp; progressively covering the whole surface and vigorously massaging as above. Frequent washing of the hair in cold water, without soap, and drying in the air will obviate the necessity of washing often with soap. When it becomes necessary to use soap for cleansing purposes (and it should be used no oftener than absolutely necessary), use only pure castile soap and tepid, never hot water, rinsing thoroughly in warm and then cold water. If plenty of cold water is used in finishing, the scalp thoroughly rubbed and the hair dried in the open air, there will be no danger of "catching cold" if one is living according to the natural regimen. Avoid the use of commercial shampoos. Have your hair cut only during the first quarter of the moon. The ladies may clip off the ends of their hair during that period. Skeptics may smile at this as "another evidence of ignorance and superstition". However, "fools deride, philosophers investigate".

WARM AND HOT WATER APPLICATIONS

1.

Tepid Baths. Tepid baths vary in heat from 70 to 90 degrees. Many find them

refreshing, but those who have become used to the effect of cold bathing find them rather enervating and weakening.

2. Tepid Sitzbath. The tepid sitzbath is taken by sitting in either an ordinary

bathtub or a special sitz-tub, in four to six inches of water, the temperature of it ranging from 60 to 70 degrees. Such a lukewarm sitzbath is often indicated where there is retention of urine from a heated or inflamed condition of the urethra and

bladder. It soothes and relaxes these structures and allows the urine to flow.

If the temperature of the body is much above the normal the sitzbath should be taken in water of natural temperature, as it comes from the hydrant or well. In all cases of fevers, where the patient is able to arise from bed and take' the cold sitzbath, it will prove of great benefit. While in the bath the patient should lave the abdominal parts with the cold water.

3. Warm and hot Baths. It is only on rare occasions that we recommend bathing at

high temperature. Continually indulged in, it weakens the circulation, enervates the superficial nervous system and leads to atrophy of the cuticle. The effect of warm

and hot bathing on the skin shows in the eyes through the heavy dark scurf rim in the outer border of the iris.

4. Turkish Russian and Electric Light Baths. For reasons before mentioned the

natural healer never uses these or other forms of sweating processes unless it is as a temporary application for the breaking of a cold or incipient fever as described under

Sweating in Bed.

While it is true that vigorous perspiration draws the blood to the surface and promotes the elimination of waste matter, such perspiration should be induced in a natural way, not through overheating the body artificially. The best perspiration is that induced through walking or other exercise in warm weather, or through wet packs in bed, which we shall describe hereafter.

Sweating, if it can be produced without overheating the body unduly, is of especial value in dropsical conditions and in cases of incipient or advanced diabetes and Bright's disease. It is also very beneficial in all forms of chronic rheumatism.

5. Sweating in Bed (Figs. la, b, c, d). This is best accomplished by means of the

cold whole body pack, if necessary, assisted by hot water bottles or hot drinks. The procedure is as follows:

Spread on a bed or couch two or three blankets, according to the season of the year, the warmth of the room and the heat of the patient's body. Over the blankets spread a bed sheet which has been wrung out in warm water if the temperature of the body is subnormal, in cold if the body is at fever heat; then wrap the wet sheet quickly around the body of the patient, tucking it in between the legs and between the body and the arms.

Then pick up the top blanket and tuck it in around the body, folding the ends in over the feet and around the neck; then pick up the second and third blankets and do

likewise. When finished, the patient and the pack look very much like an Egyptian mummy. The patient should react and begin to perspire, or at least to feel comfortably warm, within five or ten minutes. If he remains cold too long, put along each side of the body two or three hot water bottles or bricks heated in an oven and wrapped in flannels; then cover the whole over with a few more blankets. The patient should be allowed to remain in the whole body pack and perspire as long as he can stand it. This may be from ten to thirty minutes or more, but should not be extended so long as to exhaust the patient unduly.

The removal of the pack must be followed immediately by a quick cold rub, standing up in the bathtub or in a washtub; or if the patient be too weak for this, by a cold friction rub in bed. The cold rub is frequently followed by a fine after-sweat which may continue from ten to thirty minutes, according to the vitality of the patient after this another cold bath or cold rub should be given. The patient is then allowed to rest. One or two such bed sweat baths or whole body packs are usually sufficient to break up a bad cold or incipient febrile disease. H it should not succeed in breaking up the congestion and aborting the fever, it will surely cause it to run a much easier course. This is accomplished in a perfectly natural manner through increased heat radiation and forced elimination of morbid matter through the skin. Perspiration will be greatly facilitated by drinking either cool or warm water, or hot lemonade. In extreme cases where the patient does not react to a whole body pack and is in danger of chilling, perspiration can be induced by giving hot lemonade or a small cup of hot coffee with lemon juice.

If the patient is too weak to endure the rather heroic but very effective whole body pack treatment, partial packs such as trunk, throat and leg packs may be applied, reinforced by hot water bottles or hot bricks. These are more easily applied and endured. (For description of the partial packs, see Sec. XV, Nos. 9 to 19.)

In an extensive practice, extending over a period of eighteen years, I have always found the sweating in bed preferable to the use of artificial apparatus, which is always more or less dangerous and more exhausting and injurious to the skin than the simple hot or cold wet packs, which have a powerful "drawing" effect upon the circulation and at the same time relax the pores of the skin.

Sweating for the cure of disease is very much in favor among the Indians. While living in the Rocky Mountains I frequently had occasion to observe the Turkish bath contrivance of the Indians. The sweating treatment is given (no matter what the disease may be) by placing the patient under a wickerwork frame covered almost airtight with skins. Before the patient enters the low, box-like hut, several pails or tin pans have been set into holes in the ground. These are filled with boiling water and from time to time hot stones from a nearby fire are dropped into the hot water to keep up the production of steam. When the patient has perspired to the limit of his endurance he is taken out and plunged into a nearby creek or lake, or in the winter time h& is rubbed down quickly with snow.

I relate this not because I approve of the steam bath but to draw attention to the fact that the natural instinct and good sense of the Indian has hit upon elimination as a therapeutic measure.

6.

Sweating by Exercise. The most beneficial perspiration is that induced by brisk

walking or other exercise. This should be followed by a quick cold bath, spray or rub. The warmer the body, within natural limits, the quicker the reaction from the cold water application.

7. Hot Compresses or Fomentations. To prepare a fomentation take a piece of

flannel and fold it from six to ten times and form it into a roll. Dip this into water as hot as the patient can stand it. The temperature of the water should range from blood

heat to about 110 degrees, according to the endurance of the patient. Wring out the roll, unroll it quickly and lay it on the part which is to be treated. This may be the chest or abdomen, or the whole front or back, or it may be an inflamed arm, leg or joint. The hot compress should be covered and held in place by a cloth around the body or the limb, pinned down with safety pins.

We use hot fomentations or compresses only when the temperature is subnormal and when the patient 's vitality is so low that he cannot react to a cold pack or cold ablution It is a good sign if the body temperature rises as a result of the hot pack or compress. It means that the system, as a result of the tonic application, is arousing itself to acute febrile reaction, which we always welcome as Nature's purifying, healing effort.

These procedures should be supplemented if possible by expert manipulative treatment.

WET BANDAGES AND WET PACKS

1. Wet Bandages. Old muslin, linen sheeting, or soft, well worn toweling are the

best materials for bandages and packs. Bandages are used mostly for extracting internal heat, for relieving internal congestion, and for promoting elimination of morbid matter through the skin. Cold water is best suited for these purposes, but where the patient is very sensitive to cold, or the temperature subnormal, the chill may be taken off or tepid water may be used. The bandages are soaked in the water, then lightly wrung out and applied to the body where desired.

2. Wet Packs. The wet pack consists of the wet bandage before described plus a

covering of dry flannel or woolen material, or of heavy toweling. The dry covering must overlap the upper and lower borders of the wet bandage about one half an inch.

The dry covering serves to bring about a warm reaction and preserves the moisture in the bandage, and therefore the drawing effect of the pack is more powerful than that of the plain bandage.

The dry flannel, woolen or cotton covering may consist of from one to three or even four layers wrapped around the wet bandage. The outer end of the dry covering is pinned down and held in place by safety pins. The number of wet and dry wrappings depends upon the heat of the body and the vitality and power of reaction of the patient. The higher the fever heat and the more vigorous the body, as in childhood and youth, the more wet wrappings and the less dry covering is required. The lower the fever and the lower the vitality and power of reaction of the patient, the less wet wrappings and the more dry, warm covering is required. In chronic cases, with low or subnormal temperature where packs are indicated to relieve inner

congestion and pain, to induce sleep or to promote elimination, one wrapping of wet material is fully sufficient, and this must be covered with two or three wrappings of dry, warm material, in order to bring about the necessary reaction.

3. Vinegar Bandages and Compresses. Some hydrotherapists recommend an

addition of vinegar or Epsom salts (MgSO4) to the water from which the bandages or compresses are wrung out, about one half vinegar and one half water, or one tablespoon of Epsom salt to one quart of water (See article on Epsom 'salt treatment,

page 159.)

4. Potato Compresses. A compress made of grated raw potato, applied between

pieces of thin linen or cotton cloth, is especially recommended in all forms of inflammation of the eye. It must be renewed before it becomes hot and dry.

5. How Often Should the Wet Packs Be Renewed? This depends upon the severity

of the fever; height of temperature, and upon the vitality of the patient. In an ordinary cold it may be sufficient to apply a throat and short body pack in the evening and to leave it on all night to be followed in the morning by a good cold rub and cold water sniffing.

The more pronounced the fever and the higher the temperature, the oftener the wet bandages must be renewed. In fevers such as diphtheria, smallpox, typhoid, cerebrospinal meningitis, etc., the packs must be taken off and replaced by fresh ones as soon as they are hot and dry. In such cases it is advisable to have on hand several sets of bandages. Those which come from the body must be thoroughly washed, rinsed in cold water and hung up to dry in the fresh air and sunshine. In serious and prolonged cases of inflammatory feverish diseases it is advisable to alternate between throat, trunk and leg packs. For instance, at one time put on throat and trunk pack, then apply leg packs only, then again throat and so on. This tends to equalize the circulation.

6. Ablution After Pack. Every time a bandage or pack has served its purpose and is

taken from the body, the parts covered by the bandages or packs must be rubbed with a rough towel dipped in cold water. This serves several important purposes:

first, to cleanse the skin of morbid matter and poisons which the bandage or pack has drawn to the surface; second, to secure a better reaction; third, to promote heat radiation; fourth, to increase the electromagnetic energies of the body.

7. Whole Body Pack. (Figs. 1a, b, c, d). Spread on a bed or couch two or three

blankets, according to the season of the year, the warmth of the room and the heat of the patients body. Over the blankets spread a bed sheet which has been wrung out in cold water; over this spread the muslin strip of a trunk pack wrung out in cold water. Wrap this strip about the trunk; then wrap the wet sheet quickly around the body of the patient, tucking it in between the legs and also between the body and the arms. Then pick up the top blanket and tuck it in around the body, folding the ends in over the feet and around the neck; then pick up the second and third blankets and do

likewise, pinning in place with safety pins. When finished, the patient and the pack look very much like an Egyptian mummy.

The patient should react and begin to perspire, or at least to feel comfortably

warm, within five or ten minutes. If he remains cold too long, put along each side of the body two or three hot water bottles, or bricks heated in an oven and wrapped in flannel, then cover the whole over with a few more blankets. The patient should be allowed to remain in the whole body pack and perspire as long as he can stand it. This may be from ten to thirty minutes or more, but should not be extended too long as this might exhaust the patient unduly.

The removal of the pack must be followed by a quick, cold rub, standing up in the bathtub or in a washtub; or, if the patient be too weak for this, by a cold friction rub in bed.

8. Head Bandages. These bandages are much in favor for relieving headaches and

earaches. A towel or strip of muslin or linen cloth is wrung out of tepid or cold water

and wrapped around the head or over the ears in order to draw the blood to the surface and relieve inner congestion. This, however, is a doubtful proceeding for treating headaches or pains in the head, because all wet bandages have a tendency to draw the blood to the part where they are applied. In this case, though the head bandage may draw the blood to the surface of the skull, at the same time it has a tendency to draw the blood from other parts of the body to the head, thereby increasing congestion.

For this reason I always advise using the body, leg or throat pack in order to draw the blood away from the head. Besides, these packs cover a greater surface' of the body and therefore have greater power to relieve the inner congestion in the head, as well as anywhere else in the body. At the same time the head, face and neck may be frequently washed or sponged with cold water. The evaporation of the water on the hot surface has a very cooling, refreshing and also electrifying effect.

9. Throat Bandages. A piece of linen, muslin, toweling, or soft cotton, from two to

four inches wide, according to the length of the neck, wrung out of cold water and wrapped from two to four or six times around the throat is a splendid application in cases of sore and inflamed throat, tonsils and glands of the throat and neck. It also the chest from the has a very cooling effect on the circulation in general, because the blood passes through the neck, back and forth through the large arteries and veins which supply the head and brain. Here large masses of blood course nearer to the surface than anywhere else in the body, and therefore it is the best place for extracting the heat from the blood through cold water bandages, packs or

compresses.

10. Throat-Pack. (Fig.2) The throat pack consists of a wet throat bandage plus a covering of dry flannel or woolen material.

11. Chest Bandage. This is of great benefit when the lungs are infected by acute

bronchial catarrh or pneumonia. The cold wet strip of muslin must be wide enough to cover the chest from the armpits to the border of the small ribs, and must be long enough to go around the body from one to four times, according to the amount of

heat in the body, the vitality of the patient and his power of reaction.

of dry flannel or woolen material.

13. Trunk Bandage. The trunk bandage is applied the same as the chest bandage,

the only difference being that it extends from under the armpits to the upper border of the hip bone or to the pubis. The full length, from armpit to pubis, must be applied in cases of the inflammation of the bladder, appendix or ovaries. When any one of the organs is severely inflamed extra cold compresses may be placed in under the body pack and over the inflamed organ. This compress should consist of from two to six or even eight layers of muslin or toweling, and may be from six to twelve inches square, according to the size of the inflamed area and according to the heat in the parts. All bandages must be removed and renewed when hot and dry. The extra cold compresses may also be applied, under the chest or body pack, to inflamed areas in the lungs, liver or stomach.

14. Trunk Pack. The trunk pack consists of the wet trunk bandage plus a covering

of dry flannel or woolen material.

15. Eye Compress. The cold wet compress is very beneficial for relieving

congestion and inflammation in the eyes. For this purpose a small compress made of several layers of muslin or linen is dipped in cold water and applied over the eyes. The compress is held in place by a dry bandage. Better than the water compress in cases of serious inflammation of the eyes is a poultice made of grated raw potatoes. The grated potato is wrapped in linen or muslin cloth and placed over the affected eye. The poultice is kept in place in the same way as the water compress. This treatment has proved very beneficial in cases of glaucoma and gonorrheal

inflammation.

16. Ankle, Knee and Hand Packs. These are applied the same as all other wet

packs, and are indicated in all local inflammations in the ankles, feet, toes, bands, wrists and arms. They are especially valuable in relieving inflammation in cases of

inflammatory rheumatism. The results of the wet pack and general cold water treatment in the most violent cases of inflammatory rheumatism are little short of miraculous.

17. Leg Pack. This may be applied from the hip to the knee or from the knee to the

ankle, or may cover the entire leg from the hip to the toes. The method of application is the same as in all other packs. First the wet bandage, and around this

the wrappings of dry material.

18. T Pack. This consists of a narrow strip of muslin, adjusted as a belt about the

abdomen just above the hip bone, to the back of which is attached a bandage (detail Fig. 2), cut a little narrower in the center. The wet bandage with its flannel covering is drawn forward between the legs and fastened to the belt in front with safety pins. This pack is especially valuable in inflammations in the rectum and genito-urinary organs. In cases of high temperature, extra cold compresses may be inserted inside the pack.

19. Shoulder or Scotch Pack. This pack requires a bandage and flannel covering,

six and eight inches wide respectively, and two and one-fourth yards long. The one who applies the pack stands in front of the patient and holds equal portions of the

strip of muslin or flannel in each hand. The strip is placed around the body under the armpits of the patient, the ends crossed in the back and brought up over the shoulders to the front, crossing again over the chest. Figures 4 a, b, a show the successive stages of the application of this pack.

After the shoulder pack itself has been applied it may be surrounded on the body by the chest or trunk pack. This pack is very valuable where the upper lobes of the lungs are affected by acute bronchial catarrh or pneumonia.

MUD AND CLAY TREATMENT

Certain localities in Europe and in this country have attained considerable fame by the so-called mud bath treatment. We tried this form of treatment for several years in one of our institutions but with indifferent success. The effect of the treatment is very much the same u that of the wet packs described in Section XV.

The effect of the wet pack, poultice or compress is very much the nine whether the material used be mud, clay, water cottage cheese, flaxseed or any other mild acting substance. The beneficial results are brought about because the cool moisture in and under the packs or poultices relaxes the pores of the skin, draws the blood into the surface, relieves inner congestion and pain and promotes heat radiation and elimination of morbid matter.

I have found that on the whole the water applications produce fully as good results as mud, clay or other materials; besides, it has the advantage of being more cleanly and more easily applied. However, it is true that in many cases of chronic inflammation resulting either from internal disease, bruises or sprains, clay packs have proved of great benefit. The one advantage I have found in them is that this substance retains moisture and coolness much longer than a water pack or compress. They are, therefore, of special benefit in cases of subacute and chronic inflammations, of persistent soreness, and for all night packs or bandages.

1. Clay Packs. The best way to apply clay packs is the following: Take yellow, or

still better, blue potter's clay, macerate in warm water until it is reduced to a smooth

paste. When cold spread this with a wooden paddle or broad knife over a strip of cloth wide enough and long enough to cover the part to be treated, then surround the clay bandage with a few wrappings of toweling, flannel or other protecting material. The clay packs or bandages may remain in place until they become hot or dry.

2. Mud or Clay Baths. The mud or clay baths are applied in a manner similar to

that of the clay packs but on a larger scale—to the entire body from neck to feet. The mud or clay must first be macerated and sifted so as to remove all pebbles, twigs or other foreign materials. The siftings are then mixed with hot water and reduced to a smooth paste. Mud or clay does not heat on the body as readily as a water pack, therefore it is best to beat the clay to 70 degrees F. before it is applied. The warm paste is spread on a sheet and this is wrapped around the body. One or two blankets, according to the warmth of the treatment room and the reactionary power of the patient are then wrapped around the mudpack. The mud bath is applied like the full sheet pack described under Section XV, No.7, the only difference being that the

sheet, instead of being wrung out in water is covered with a layer of mud or clay as

described under clay packs.

Care must be taken that the mud or clay used for such treatments is free from impurities. It should not be taken from localities contaminated by human refuse. The mud or clay bath is followed by a cleansing warm spray and rub, and finished with a quick tonic cold spray.

While it is true that many people suffering from rheumatism and kindred acid diseases have found temporary relief by patronizing the popular mud bath resorts, it is also true that these "cures" are not permanent. The reason is that in. these places practically no attention is paid to diet. The patrons live on the ordinary hotel and restaurant food which produces hyperacidity almost as fast as the mud baths reduce it.

Neither do such patients receive the benefit of hydropathic, manipulative and other natural methods. The reality is that after resuming at home their accustomed mode of living, the "cured" patients soon again experience the old rheumatic aches and pains and other symptoms of hyperacidity. Many of our patients suffering from such ailments had time and again tried the various mud cures but experienced only temporary relief. It required the strict pure food diet, hydropathic and manipulative treatment, sun and air baths and the outdoor life to produce real and permanent cures.

EPSOM SALT TREATMENT

I have received numerous inquiries from readers of Nature Cure Philosophy and Practice, many of these from practicing physicians, asking why I have neglected to mention Epsom Salt treatment which has proved so efficacious for the cure of acute and chronic diseases. I have had ample opportunity to observe the good and bad effects of Epsom salt upon the system, and will briefly state the result of my experience.

The use of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate, MgSO4) internally and externally, is in harmony with the Natural Therapeutics in so far as the alkaline magnesium tends to neutralize and to eliminate negative pathogenic substances, such as carbon and nitrogen compounds, from the system. While Epsom salt taken internally as a laxative, or externally in the form of baths, packs and compresses, is a powerful neutralizer and eliminator of acids, ptomaines and xanthins, we must not overlook the fact that the inorganic minerals it contains have a strong tendency to accumulate in the system and to form deposits which may in time become as harmful as the morbid materials which the salts are meant to eliminate from the system.

Some time ago, one of our house physicians attended, at the Cook County Hospital, an autopsy performed on a woman who had died from chronic rheumatism and heart disease. It was found that the woman's heart muscle contained deposits of magnesium salts and of carbonate sodium, which she had taken through many years as cure for acidosis and rheumatism.

These alkaline mineral elements when taken in the inorganic form show plainly in

the iris. Before I became acquainted with the natural laws of living and of treatment, I had for several yearn taken large quantities of sodium bicarbonate and magnesium sulphate to neutralize hyperacidity of the stomach and of the system in general. The presence of the minerals in my system was revealed in the eyes by a broad white ring in the outer rim of the iris. Since I have ceased taking the minerals and have lived on eliminative foods, the ring in the iris has almost entirely disappeared; see illustrations and description in Iridiagnosis, Vol. VI.

I have seen the signs of sodium, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the eyes of people who had used these minerals in the form of medicines, or who had absorbed them in alkaline drinking water.

In our work we do not employ these doubtful agents which may in the long run work more harm than good, because we have other means and methods to accomplish the same results in a less harmful and more natural way. A well balanced vegetarian diet, as described in Sec. I will prevent excessive formation of pathogenic substances in the system.

The best way to eliminate these morbid materials, after they have created disease conditions, is to take in sufficient amounts of the positive alkaline mineral: elements in the foods classified under Group 5 (Food Table on page 88). These mineral elements when taken in the live organic form are the best neutralizers and eliminators, and they will not accumulate and form deposits in the system even when taken in excess. In addition to the alkaline diet we use hydrotherapy, neurotherapy and other methods of natural treatment to eliminate negative, pathogenic encumbrances from the system.

I do not mean to intimate, however, that I condemn the use of Epsom salt under all circumstances. On the contrary, we quite frequently make use of it in the form of external applications in order to attain quick results in acute and emergency cases. Epsom salt baths, packs and compresses are very useful in cases of acute inflammatory rheumatism', gout, pneumonia, Bright's disease, appendicitis, ptomain poisoning and in all other feverish diseases, but under no circumstances would I use or recommend the salt for long continued treatment.

The therapeutic action of magnesium sulphate, or common Epsom salt, consists in stimulating the eliminative activity of the skin, its pores and glandular structures. This result is also obtained in a lesser degree by ordinary' table salt (sodium chloride, NaCl) and by sea salt.

All the positive alkaline salts applied to the skin in the form of packs, sponges, baths, etc., have a powerful ele