|Author||Arnold DeVries and Ben Klassen|
Salubrious Living – Introduction..........................3
The Search for Youth.............................................7
The Myth of Medical Progress.............................10
The Hygienic System............................................14
The Nature of Disease.........................................18
The Foods of Civilization.....................................22
VII. The Foods of Primitive Man................................31
VIII. Don't Cook Your Foods.........................................46
The Fruitarian Diet..............................................56
How to Plan Your Meals.......................................70
The Best Sources of Minerals and Vitamins.......77
XII. Soil and Food........................................................83
XIII. Nature's Supreme Healing Agency.......................91
XIV. The Value of Heliotherapy..................................106
Building Strength and Health Through
XVI. Some Common Ailments....................................124
XVII. Why Lose Your Teeth?........................................143
XVIII. Better Vision Without Glasses...........................147
XIX. Building Strong Feet..........................................151
Keep Your Hair...................................................156
XXI. The Needs of Infants and Growing Children.....159
XXII. To Build Beauty You Must Build Health............165
XXIII. Eugenics and the Survival of the White Race...172
The term "Salubrious Living" is a nomenclature I have coined as part and parcel of a very
important facet of our religious creed and program set forth by the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR.
The word "salubrious" comes from the Latin word "salubris" meaning "healthy; wholesome;
sound; useful; vigorous". Webster's dictionary defines the English derivative "salubrious" as: 1.
favorable to, or promoting health or well being; invigorating; 2. spiritually wholesome;
conducive to good results". It is in this context of fully promoting the health and well being of
the White Race that we use this term in its true literal meaning.
We of the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR want to differentiate this term from "Natural
Hygiene popularly used for many decades by health practitioners devoted to this worthy art
and science. The two practices are in large part similar, but we prefer to use the term
Salubrious Living for two reasons (a) we go one step further than Natural Hygiene and include
Eugenics as a vital part of our philosophy and, (b) as I explain in the WHITE MAN'S BIBLE,
"Natural Hygiene" is not the best choice of words in describing what this subject is all about.
Nevertheless we want to hereby acknowledge a large debt and deep gratitude to the study of
Natural Hygiene and its illustrious contributors who, together, have built this most valuable of
all health philosophies.
The creed and program of the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR is basically contained in two
books. The first of these is NATURE'S ETERNAL RELIGION and the second is THE WHITE
MAN'S BIBLE. Basically the thrust of that creed is the survival, expansion and advancement of
the White Race and the White Race only. Together these two books comprise the sacred books
NATURE'S ETERNAL RELIGION was first published in 1973. In the second book, The
WHITE MAN'S BIBLE (published in 1981) we amplify and expand our creed to further embrace
areas such as physical health, mental health, nutrition, fasting, environment and saving our
productive soil, subjects not touched on in the first book. Among these subjects in the second
book, approximately nine chapters are devoted to the subject of SALUBRIOUS LIVING. These
embrace all facets of healthful living, how to regain health and how to keep it once it has been
These nine chapters also expose the hoax of medicine and drugs, of how the medical
profession has set itself up as a semi- religious autocracy, a powerful closed shop which dictates
dogma and doctrine; of how with the aid of the government it successfully uses strong-arm
methods to keep all others out of its tremendously lucrative racket. All this it does for its own
selfish pecuniary interests, its own self-aggrandizement and to the detriment of a long suffering
In Salubrious Living we have an altogether different approach to the health problem. In
fact, we categorically state that we would have practically no health problems in the first place
if we didn't through ignorance and stupidity create these problems ourselves. This we do on the
advice and at the instigation of our orthodox medical profession by poisoning ourselves with
medicines, drugs and chemicals, all of which are alien to our body and poisonous to our
systems. We further exacerbate the problem by bad nutrition and by bad choices of foods, by
destroying the nutritional elements in even the good foods, and by imbibing with the crippled
foods large quantities of preservatives, additives and other chemicals, all of which are dire
In the nine chapters of The WHITE MAN'S BIBLE on Salubrious Living we compress much
of this information into a minimal synopsis, all in the interest of saving space, since we have so
much other ground to cover. All we have done basically in The WHITE MAN'S BIBLE is to show
which direction to go in, where the real values lie, and what to avoid. In no sense was it to cover
the subject comprehensively, because space does not allow. We did promise, however, that we
would expand further in another book.
In this book, SALUBRIOUS LIVING, we do just that. We expand on the subject of health in
greater detail. It is in complete conformity with the briefer chapters in The WHITE MAN'S
BIBLE but it does not diverge into the many other vital subjects as we do in the former book.
Outside of this introduction and the final chapter on Eugenics, both of which were
written by myself, the entire balance of the text has been written by Arnold DeVries, who
compiled the study in an excellent book entitled "The Fountain of Youth". It is so logical, so
comprehensive, and being entirely based on the Eternal Laws of Nature, we embrace it as part
of our own program of A Sound Mind in a Sound Body in a Sound Society in a Sound
In order to define our program of Salubrious Living we again review the 14 basic points
as set forth in The WHITE MAN'S BIBLE. These 14 are:
We believe in living in accord with our human biological heritage and in harmony with
the Laws of Nature.
This means eating fresh wholesome food in its natural state as Nature has given it to us. It
must be uncooked, unprocessed, unpreserved and not tampered with in any other way.
This further means it must be organically grown, without the use of chemicals.
Availing us of a clean, wholesome environment; fresh, unpolluted air; clean water; and
the beneficial therapy from the direct rays of the sun, every day.
Some form of strenuous physical exercise several times a week.
Rest and relaxation, both mental and physical, including sound and efficient sleep.
A form of recreation that is gratifying to our sense of accomplishment.
A sense of purpose, security and confidence to fuel our goals for accomplishment and
living the good life. We must have goals and we must be motivated.
Deliberate self-mastery of our lives and our work.
Gregarious living within the framework of our CREATIVE religion, our White society and
social intercourse with our White Racial Comrades. We are social animals.
Healthy expression of our sexual instincts.
Living in a pleasing and healthful environment.
We do not believe in the use of any "medicines. drugs or chemicals as having any healing
or therapeutic value. In fact, all medicines, drugs, narcotics, and chemicals are poisonous
and toxic to the human body. Furthermore, and for the same reason, we do not believe in
the use of vitamin, mineral, or enzyme supplements, or the use of artificial food coloring,
preservatives, nor refined or fragmented foods.
We strongly believe in THE PRACTICE OF FASTING as the best means of ridding he body
of accumulated poisons and toxins. We are convinced that fasting is the most natural and
effective means the body has of overcoming all forms of disease, and restoring itself back
Living in, and promoting a eugenic White society. This means that we take particular care
in not only assuring the perpetuation of our precious White Race, but we take deliberate
care that the misfits are culled and that each generation advances to higher and more
salubrious levels, physically, aesthetically and mentally.
Since DeVries was not racially minded and since we believe that Eugenics (that is, Racial
Health) must be an integral part of any health program (as stipulated in Point 14) I have
included additional material on the subject of Eugenics as the concluding chapter of this book.
Thus we believe that all these four components: A Sound Mind, A Sound Body, A Sound
Society and a Sound Environment are part and parcel of a complete whole and vitally necessary
for living the Salubrious Life.
In CREATIVITY, as our religion is known, we therefore embrace the entire spectrum of living.
We believe that you cannot have a healthy mind or a healthy body, or a healthy race or a healthy
society if any vital part of the whole structure is ailing. That is why we called ours a FOUR
DIMENSIONAL RELIGION-in which we set about to put in healthy order all aspects of what is
necessary for the survival, expansion and advancement of the White Race the most precious value
on the face of this planet.
- Ben Klassen, Pontifex Maximus
Founder, Church of the Creator
The Search for Youth: Dream Becomes Reality
Throughout the world youthfulness is the standard sought by almost all. It offers charm,
beauty, health and happiness to those who have it. It is always searching for new sensations,
new visions, new adventure, new romance, new thoughts and new ideas. Youth charms the
world with its impetuous, carefree attitude and welcomes the exquisite temptations of life. It
searches for change and laughs at failures. It is associated with the highest physical vitality and
mental enthusiasm. Indeed, youth is the visible symbol of the joy of existence. It stands on a
pedestal above all else.
With the departure of youth comes the tragedy of senility. As our tissues become old we
lose our vitality. We meet the ravages of degenerative disease and see our beauty slowly fade.
The eyes lose their sparkle, the skin commences to wrinkle, the hair turns gray or falls out, the
teeth decay, the limbs become weak and we degenerate into hideous puppets of our former
selves. Nor does the mind escape. We lose our enthusiasm for life. Our mental processes are
dulled. We can no longer think clearly. We crawl into the rut of conventionality and avoid
change. We worry and fret over our failures and forget what happiness is.
Life loses its meaning. Instead of remaining an opportunity for gaining new pleasures it
becomes a boring episode which is haunted by the memories of days gone by. The glory of
youth and the tragedy of old age have always been recognized by humans. The innate desire for
radiant youth has always reigned supreme. Everyone holds his youth to be worth the highest
price; we are all trilled by the feeling of youth. No one would give it up for any compensation,
and once it is past, nearly all would give practically anything to have it back. It is the one thing
we all cherish if we still have it, or desire if we do not have it. If you are young there is nothing
you would trade for your youth; if you are old there is probably nothing you would not give in
order to be young again.
The desire for youthfulness has always been associated with the enchanting dream of the
fountain of youth. It has always been hoped that someday someone would find the elixir of
youth and life. Down through the ages men have searched far and wide- in the soil of the earth,
through the plant kingdom and in the tissues of animals-in the hope of finding a mysterious
substance which will provide the blissful condition of continuous youth to the day of death. The
famed Ponce de Leon sailed the Atlantic to the New World to find the fabled fountain of youth.
However, he, like the alchemists and sorcerers who preceded him (though along different
lines), failed. To the world in general the fountain of youth still remains a myth and a dream, an
idea with little basis in reality.
People have by now lost all expectation of discovering a method of preserving their youth
into advanced age. Surely if there were any method of doing this someone would have
discovered it by this time. Why attempt the impossible? After all, no one has ever preserved his
youth indefinitely-at least we have not seen anyone do it. Of some two billion people on the
earth all seem to suffer from the ravages of old age. Is it not a law of Nature that all forms of
animal life must become senile as they enter into advanced years?
Such is the conventional reasoning. At first it may seem logical and reasonable, but upon
closer examination we find it to be highly inaccurate and unscientific. Contrary to popular
belief, senility is riot the general rule throughout Nature. In fact, some animals do not appear to
age at all. The giant water-tortoises of the island of Mauritius present the same general
appearance and vitality at the age of 150 years as they did in their youth. One of man's closest
relatives, the chimpanzee, while living in its native haunts of Africa, fails to display any signs of
senility in its advanced years. As a general rule, most animals in their wild state change a little
as time goes by but never to the extent that humans do. They are usually healthy and strong in
their advanced years. If you were to visit the forest you would not find all the old animals weak,
decrepit and almost helpless. On the contrary, you probably would not be able to distinguish
the old from the young. And then if you examined these animals you would find little or no
physiological difference between their tissues and those of the younger animals. Moreover, if
you were to go to the isolated regions of the earth you would find primitive races which
preserve their youth far longer than civilized people.
You will find that they escape entirely many of the usual symptoms of senility.
No, senility is not inevitable. The fountain of youth, which has long been considered a
myth, now gains the atmosphere of reality. It becomes increasingly apparent that strength and
health may be associated with old age. Symptoms of decrepitude and feebleness, far from being
the inevitable counterparts of advanced life, are altogether unnecessary. Youth can be
preserved remarkably well with proper life practices; any changes which occur with time need
not be great nor anything nearly as debilitating as we witness.
In the world today we find that decrepitude and "civilization" go hand in hand. In pure
Nature youth is preserved nearly until death. Obviously there must be some factor or factors in
our modern life which create senility. Not that there is anything wrong with civilization in itself.
Our aim should always be to build a higher state of civilization, but that factor should not be
permitted to deny us the beneficence of youth we would appreciate in Nature. Indeed, in
civilization those causes of poor health and hastened senility should be searched out and
Youth and health go hand in hand. That is, it is only in a state of physiological youth that
health is possible. One who is senile cannot be healthy. In preserving your youth you also gain
the opportunity to acquire good health and freedom from disease. And conversely, it is only by
preserving your health that you can preserve your youth. The struggle for health is similar to
the struggle for youth and is carried out along the same lines. As you strive for the one you'll
also be striving for the other. As you realize the one you'll also realize the other.
Youth and health, being the most important things that exist, being virtually priceless,
should receive the most careful study and attention; but medical "science" studies disease, not
health, and is not interested in the conditions which favor perfect health.
Nor does the medical scientist consider the preservation of youth to be worthy of serious
research. However, youth and health have not been neglected entirely. The development of the
Hygienic system in America has provided us with a science of living which is concerned with
building health to the highest possible level, thereby reducing disease and senility to the lowest
This book tells the story of the Hygienic System.
Associated with this story is that of the other fields of science which are concerned with
health and disease, for the Hygienic System is fundamentally related to the search for unceasing
health. Furthermore, you must recognize the failure of conventional approaches before you can
realize the importance of the search for the more efficient ways of restoring and maintaining
high-level health. Only by gaining a clear picture of the nature of disease and the accepted
forms of treatment can you visualize the role which Natural Hygiene is to play in a world that is
healthy and youthful.
This story is not just a discussion of what is already known. It points out the road of new
research which may enable us to learn more of the causes of old age and disease. It provides for
us, along with an indication of what it might be well for us to study and investigate in the future.
Opinions have been eliminated as much as possible-this is the verdict of science.
The Myth of Medical Progress: Surveying History's Number
Of all the fields which deal with the elimination of disease, medical "science" enjoys a
near monopoly. It has gained the widest acceptance and holds a foremost position throughout
the world. Not only is it one of the oldest of all practices, it has also had the bulk of funding for
research. Accordingly it should have made great progress-at least far more than its minuscule
That medical "science" has been highly successful is the opinion of most people. It has
supposedly lowered man's suffering from diseases, found remedies for many chronic diseases
and found means of preventing many others. Likewise, the claim is made that medicine is
responsible for the increased life span in recent years. Generally speaking, medical progress is,
in the public mind, an established fact.
The real picture is a far departure from that which has won public acceptance. It fails to
show that medicine has indeed raised the standard of public health. It questions all medical
methods and the value of thousands of years of medical practice. Further, it reveals that medical
practice has been accepted largely upon blind faith, that there is no real evidence of its viability.
There is available a large array of facts which justify this reluctance to give credit to
medicine. Perhaps the outstanding examples of its failures are found right here in the United
States. It is this nation which has the most extensive medical service, the most physicians and
the most hospitals. If medicine is capable of producing good results anywhere it should have
done so here. But a few careful observations show that it has failed in its purpose.
The most frequently mentioned victory of medical practice has resulted from its fight
against the so-called infectious diseases. Statistics show quite clearly that we have fewer of
these diseases than formerly, but for this, medicine can be given no credit. Medical efforts to
prevent these diseases have taken the form of serum and vaccine injections; however, a study of
disease rates fails to indicate that the rate of so-called infectious disease is lowered when these
injections are given. In fact, in some cases the disease rate climbs as the use of serums and
vaccines increases. There is obviously a distinct cause, existing apart from medical practice,
that is responsible for the reduced disease rate. This may be in the form of improved dietary
habits or some other change in the American way of living. Of one thing we may be sure; the socalled victory of medicine against these diseases has never had any real existence.
The prevalence of degenerative disease in America today, and its rate of increase in the
last fifty years, is something that is not common knowledge. The public has not been given the
real facts. There has been no victory against the most common degenerative diseases such as
heart trouble, arthritis, rheumatism, hardening of the arteries, cancer, diabetes, etc. Although it
is not generally admitted, these diseases are far more common today than ever before. In the
last fifty years insanity has increased 400 per cent; epilepsy, 300 per cent; anemia, 300 per
cent; diabetes, 1800 per cent; and cancer, 308 per cent. This steady increase is continuing year
after year in spite of the most extensive medical service, which includes the work of 145,000
doctors, 280,000 nurses, and 60,000 pharmacists. Or perhaps it should be said that it is
occurring because of this service, for the rate of increase has been in proportion to the increase
in the employment of drugs, serums and vaccines to prevent or suppress the acute disease.
The physical examinations of 22,000,000 men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five
in World War II have likewise revealed the failure of medicine. Of these, 11,000,000 or fully 50
per cent, were rejected for physical reasons. This was a much higher percentage of rejects than
occurred in the draft of World War I. The percentage of nervous debility cases had doubled
since 1917, and the amount of tooth decay had increased fourfold. Nearly one-third of all
rejects suffered from a lack of mental health. It is noteworthy that it was the prime of American
manhood which was examined by the army. If the condition of the youth and middle-aged
groups of America is so poor, that of the older groups must be indeed deplorable. The late
World War, contrary to the popular opinion, did not demonstrate increased medical efficiency.
Rather, it was just one more demonstration of the failures of medical practice.
Dr. Parran, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, studied 2,660,000
persons, representing every age group and economic level-a cross section of our populationand made records of the health status of this group. Assuming that it was fairly representative
of the American population, he concluded that on every day, one out of twenty people is too
sick to attend school, go to work or attend to customary duties; that on the average, every man,
woman and child in America suffers from ten days incapacity each year; that the average
youngster is bedridden with illness seven days each year, the average oldster thirty-five days
each year; that 6,000,000 people are sick each day, and 42 per cent of these suffer from
hardening of the arteries, heart disease, rheumatism and nervous diseases; that 500,000 people
are blind, 65,000 are totally deaf; 75,000 more are deaf-mutes and 1,000,000 are permanent
cripples. These are the health statistics of a sick people, of a nation which suffers
proportionately from far more disease than the lowest primitive races who have never seen a
hospital or acquainted themselves with medical "science." Dr. Parran places a large part of the
blame for the health problems of Americans on poor housing, hazards of occupation and
instability of the labor market. But these are only secondary causes. Medical practice must take
the real blame. With almost unlimited resources at its disposal, it has failed to provide a high
standard of public health.
The high percentage of disease among children is seldom realized. The United States
Board of Education has stated that 400,000 children in America suffer from organic disease;
1,000,000 are afflicted with the various forms of tuberculosis; 10,000,000 possess enlarged
lymphatic glands; 1,000,000 have spinal curvatures; 4,000,000 suffer from malnutrition;
10,000,000 have imperfect teeth and 15,000,000 present physical defects of one kind or
another. When Dr. Alexander T. MacNichol, of New York, examined 10,000 school children of
that city he found that 35 per cent suffered from heart derangement; 15 per cent had some
nervous disorder; 60 per cent had anemia; 27 per cent had tuberculosis, and 20 per cent
suffered from spinal defects. He concluded that if all of the children so suffering had been
removed from schools, two-thirds of the New York schools would have had to close. Statistics
show that in Cleveland, Ohio, 981,000 children have recognizable physical defects. In
Washington, D. C., fully 90 percent of the children, at the time they enter school, show similar
defects. In Chicago, examinations of school children showed that 86,000 had defects of the
teeth and palate; 10,000 suffered from anemia; 10,000 possessed enlarged lymphatic glands;
25,000 had impaired vision; 6,000 were afflicted with pulmonary disease; 4,000 had skin
diseases; and 1,000 to 2,000 had nervous diseases. One would have to search a long time
among primitive races to find even a single group with a health record such as this. We are a
nation of weaklings and physiological cripples. Even the young children, who should present
the best physical condition, suffer from one disease after another. The healthy child, free from
all disease, is almost unknown.
Medical authorities have proudly pointed to the recent increase in the span of human life.
This is said to be an excellent example of medical progress. We live a good deal longer than our
ancestors did; there is no doubt about that. But this increase in the length of life has had
nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it occurred in spite of medicine. Today the average human,
aged 35 years, can expect to live only slightly longer than his grandfather, who, at the same age,
could have expected to live. The life expectancy has increased hardly at all for the middle-aged
person. The drop in the rate of infant modality has been almost solely responsible for the
increased life span. Formerly, infants were cared for in a manner that was in every way
conducive to high mortality rates. Today their care is still bad but is has improved much,
especially in regard to diet. The increased use of fruit juices and vegetables for infants has
perhaps done more than anything else to lower infant mortality and thus prolong the average
life span. However, it was certainly not medicine which recommended the changed diet for
infants. At first medical "science" condemned fruits and vegetables as being dangerous to
health. Then, when the use of these foods had become established, medical authorities dropped
their objections, acknowledged that fruits and vegetables should be used in the infant's diet
and took credit for inaugurating the change! Associated with the continued degeneration of the
American people is the increasing percentage of facial deformities. Studies of primitive races
indicate that a lack of beauty, especially facial beauty, should be considered a disease which
may always be prevented by building the health of the parents to a high level. This insures the
birth of infants with normal facial structure. Among civilized races, facial deformities are chiefly
deformed dental arches, pinched nostrils and defective jaw structure. Today it is doubtful that
over 5 per cent of the American people have approached the normal high standard of beauty
which is characteristic of the healthy members of every race.
Medical "science" has done virtually nothing to decrease the "need" for surgical
operations. In fact, conditions which are claimed to require surgery are becoming more
common than ever, and the use of surgery has increased many times since the beginning of this
century. In fact its increase has been in direct proportion with the increase of surgeons. Rare
indeed is the person who has not had some sort of operation. Operations for the removal of the
tonsils and appendix have increased at the most rapid rate. And the indications for the future
hold no note of optimism. It is claimed the need for surgery will increase.
Not only has medical "science" failed in its efforts to prevent disease; it has been equally
unsuccessful in its attempt to eliminate disease, once it comes to exist. Statistics show that
more patients recover from acute ailments with no medical care than with the most expensive
medical care. This indicates that "medical care" is a bane, not a boon. The death rate during the
influenza epidemic of World War I was very high for those patients who underwent medical
treatment, but it was practically nil for those in whom the affection ran its course. The death
rate in cases of appendicitis is several times as high when there is an immediate operation as
when the operation is forgone. Moreover, later complications upon those who have had this
depurating organ removed indicates it extremely unwise to remove the appendix. The absence
of treatment provides better results than medical treatment which is usually hurtful.
There is no evidence to indicate that there is less disease today than there was a
thousand years ago. There is no evidence to indicate that modern medical methods of treating
most of the diseases are any more effective than those of the sorcerers of the dark ages or the
witch doctors of primitive tribes. There is no evidence to indicate that we live longer than did
the ancient Greeks or as long as many primitive races of today. All studies show that we in
America, with all our physicians and great hospitals, suffer from far more disease than do the
races in the most backward regions of the earth. We are retrogressing, not progressing. Medical
progress is only a figment of the imagination.
In the final analysis, everything must be judged by the results it provides. If it works and
produces the desired results, it is of value, but if it does not do this it need be of little concern to
society. This may be applied to medicine. It has not produced the desired results. Its record is
one of continuous failure. The object in this case should be to turn to something constructive.
By doing so we have nothing to lose except our sicknesses. We have good health to gain.
This does not mean that we must reject everything that has come from medical practice.
But it does mean that we must reject the great preponderance of its practices. Drugs may be
discarded entirely; at least 99% of all surgical work may be dispensed with as harmful. The
remainder, employed chiefly in cases of wounds and accidents, will perhaps be our only relic of
the age of medicine.
In the absence of seeking out physicians, our populace, if they should unwisely bring
illness upon themselves, will resort to Natural remedies as do animals. Primarily this means a
resort to fasting when feeling out of sorts. Perhaps a method of body care that does not cause
disease will come into general vogue.
The Hygienic System: Origin and Development of the Only Scientific Health
Having seen the deficiencies of medical "science" we may start our search through "drugless medicine" with its "irregular" schools of healing. This takes us to chiropractic, osteopathy,
naturopathy, Christian Science, physical medicine and others. These are the best-known nonmedical schools engaged in caring for the sick. They are indeed a source of competition for the
hard-pressed medical profession.
Our observations of these schools offer little hope for optimism. In virtually every case
we find failure rather than success. With rare exceptions we see patients going steadily
downhill in spite of the most extensive treatment. We find in osteopathy a system of massage
and manipulation which treats only the end-points of disease and thus fails to remove cause.
Chiropractic has a similar basis, except that its manipulation is confined to the spine. The
chiropractors have never bothered to explain why spinal subluxations exist in the absence of
disease and why disease is frequently present in the absence of these subluxations. They have
never been able to correlate cause with effect, and the failures of their practice are to be
expected in view of this fact. Naturopathy is also based upon drug-less palliation. The
naturopath has taken a few methods of treating symptoms from each of these other schools
and combined them with electricity, artificial fever, colonic irrigation and hydrotherapy, thus
forming a system of therapeutic follies. Physical medicine is simply naturopathy under a new
name with more reputable backing.
Christian Science is a system of therapeutic abstractions which are based upon
metaphysics rather than science. The "health food" industry, starting in the late twenties as an
attempt to supply the public with unrefined foods, has evolved into a "healing school" with its
numerous lecturers and so-called diet experts giving advice on the care and treatment of
virtually all well-known diseases. The cure-alls in this case are vitamins and mineral tablets,
capsules and concentrates-all proven failures as a means of establishing health or eradicating
In rare cases, perhaps in 1 to 2 per cent of those in which it is employed, manipulative
therapy, especially when applied to the spine, may be of some value. Barring this exception, we
may reject the general field of drug-less medicine as being ineffectual and impossible of being
practical. It has merely added to the confusion which medicine started. It has acquired limited
popularity only because the orthodox profession has failed. As a substitute for medicine it is
unacceptable, for it has simply replaced one form of symptom-shooting with others. The
underlying causes of disease are left intact; indeed, they have not even been searched for. These
things being true, the failures of drugless medicine should not surprise us; they should be
The picture is not as dark as it might seem, however Fortunately, there exists a system
which has been found very efficient as a means of overcoming disease, of restoring and
maintaining health. It is distinguished from the schools of medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy
and other sects and systems in both theory and practice. It is concerned with removing the
causes of disease, whereas others are content to treat the end-points of disease. In this sense it
belongs in a class by itself. It is diametrically opposed to all other schools of healing.
This unusual science of healing is known as the Hygienic System. It was developed a little
more than a century ago in the United States by Isaac Jennings, M.D., Russell Thacker Trall, M.D.,
and Sylvester Graham. These three men presented their new concepts of health and disease in a
wide array of publications. These include:
Medical Reform, Philosophy of Human Life and of Tree Life, or Human Degeneracy, Its
Nature and Remedy, is Based on the Elevating Principles of Orthopathy, By Dr. Jennings; The
Hygienic System, Hydropathic Encyclopedia, the Hygienic Handbook, Sexual Physiology,
Popular Physiology, Hydropathy for the People, Mother's Hygienic Handbook, Scientific Basis of
Vegetarianism, Digestion and Dyspepsia, Diseases of the Throat and Lungs, The Alcoholic
Controversy, Hydropathic Cookbook, Illustrated Family Gymnasium and others by Dr. TraIl; and
Health from Diet and Exercise, Nature's Own Book and Lectures on the Science of Human Life
by Sylvester Graham. These publications were the foundations of early hygienic practice. They
also provided a basis for the future development of the Hygienic System.
After the death of Jennings, Trail and Graham, others took up the cause and development
of the Hygienic System. They established a number of sanatoriums through America where they
carried on the work of applying the hygienic methods in the treatment of the disease. The
knowledge gained from this experience formed the basis for a new array of publications which
were released intermittently up to the present day. The subjects treated reflect the progress of
the expanding school of the Hygienic System. Included among these sequelae are: How to Treat
the Sick Without Drugs, Hygienic Medication or Science Versus Speculation and Nature's
Method of Curing the Sick by James C. Jackson, M.D.; The Nutritive Cure, Hygienic Hydropathy,
Exact Science of Health, Life's Great Law, Philosophy of Health Reform, A Defense of Hygienic
Treatment, How Sick People are Cured, and Drug Medicines as Causes of Disease by Robed
Walter, M.D.; The Bible of Nature, Body and Mind, Physical Education, and Fasting,
Hydrotherapy and Exercise, by Felix L. Oswald; Paralysis and Other Affections of the Nerves,
and An Exposition of the Swedish Movement Cure by George H. Taylor: Life and Health or the
Laws and Means of Physical Culture by William A. Alcott, M.D.; Drugless Medicine by Sussana W.
Dodds, M.D.; The Natural Cure by Charles E. Page; How Nature Cures and Natural Cure of
Consumption by Emmet Densmore; The No-Breakfast and Fasting Cure and The True Science of
Living by Edward Hooker Dewey, M.D.; The Genesis and Control of Disease by George S. Weger,
M.D.; Criticism of the Practice of Medicine, Impaired Health, and Toxemia Explained by John H.
Tilden, M.D.; and The Hygienic System (seven volumes) by Herbert M. Shelton. These works,
only a fraction of those which have been published, have exerted a great influence in developing
the Hygienic System to it present one as an eminent science of life. Most of these
publications are now out of print; and of the authors, only, Herbert M. Shelton is still living.
Though the Hygienic System originated well over a century ago, it has taken until now for
it to develop into its position as a truly scientific way of life. In its modern phase it is the
product of the accumulated knowledge acquired by hygienists throughout the last century. It
was never discovered as such, but simply developed year by year through continued experience
and observation. The Hygienic System of the nineteenth century was obviously not as
efficacious as that of today. It had the same basic premises but its practical application had yet
to be perfected. In fact, it can still be improved. However, we have gone most of the way.
Splendid health, both in youth and into extended old age, is now possible. The Hygienic System
has scored a major victory in bringing the world a true science.
Since the time of Jennings, Trall and Graham the Hygienic System has been the victim of
many attacks. Its exponents have always been called faddists and quacks. Many of them have
served prison sentences and have been heavily fined for employing the hygienic methods in the
treatment of disease. Others have been mobbed while making lectures. The uprisings were
usually inspired by commercial enterprises which saw in the Hygienic System a danger to their
Medical "science" has been particularly active in fighting this science of healing. It has
always referred to hygienists as quacks, and has frequently prevented them from practicing.
However, it has never made any official investigations to determine the results of hygienic
practice. Medical practice saw in the Hygienic System, as did other commercial enterprises, a
danger to its financial interests. This has no doubt been partly responsible for its antagonistic
attitude. Had hygienic practice been commercially profitable, it might have been absorbed into
There are no hygienic practitioners who have been trained as such. The only hygienists
are medical or drugless physicians who have dropped the practices of their profession and
taken up those of the Hygienic System. Dr. Trall established the only college which trained
students to be hygienists, and it lasted only a short time. It did not establish the Hygienic
System as a profession, but rather conferred the degree M.D., upon graduation. As a legalized
profession the Hygienic System has never had any real existence. The hygienist has always had
to practice under the guise of medicine, chiropractic, or some other "healing art."
This state of affairs is undesirable because it limits the number of hygienists to a very
small figure. However, it does not prevent the majority of people from making a practical
application of the Hygienic System. This science of health differs from all others in the sense
that its employment usually does not require professional supervision. Its simplicity and safety
make it an effective tool in the hands of the layman. A professional status would be valuable
chiefly for research and educational purposes. Once the knowledge of the Hygienic System
became widespread it would (with rare exceptions) be self-applied. The present need for a
large number of professional hygienists would then disappear. The profession would remain,
but only on a very small scale.
The Hygienic System exerts no more influence today than it did a century ago. In fact, its
present position is that of near oblivion. This is no reflection on its value, however. The reaction
time of important discoveries often extends into hundreds of years. Custom and tradition are
too strong to permit the immediate practical application of the Hygienic System on a
nationwide scale. Even an investigation at the present time is too much to hope for.
The hygienic literature of the last century (only a part of which has been mentioned here)
is not the last word in science. It is not entirely free from the preconceived judgment which has
contaminated the greater portion of all preserved writings. This is freely admitted.
Nevertheless, if we take from this literature only the facts which are based upon experiment,
experience and observation, and combine these with the knowledge coming from other
sources, we will possess a health science of unquestioned value. We may then have the Hygienic
System in its pure unstained form, free from the eternal truths of philosophic reasoning, and
based on the proven facts of modern science.
It is the purpose on the following pages to describe in detail all the phases of the Hygienic
System. These are described in their logical order, which, if followed, permit the most thorough
understanding. The Hygienic System. As hereinafter described, is not just another healing art: it
is the only true science of healing, the only hope the sick may have.
The Nature of Disease: How The Body Heals Itself
From the earliest of times humans have had various misconceptions as to the cause and
nature of disease. But always humans have believed that disease consisted of an entity that
"invaded" or "attacked" the body. Always humans have regarded disease as some sort of evil
entity preying upon them. They have never known just how disease attacks the body; they have
just assumed that to be the case. Primitive humans thought that perhaps the evil force was in
the form of spirits. Modern humans attribute the evil force to germs and/or viruses. But both
concepts are essentially the same. They are founded on the idea that disease is "wrong action"
and hence must be driven out of the body. This concept unleashed a war against the "invading
enemy" that ever consumes greater and greater human resources.
With the birth of the Hygienic System there arose a new view of disease, one that was
radically divergent from those which preceded it. This view considers disease to be an intrinsic
body force which develops because there is a need for it. Those who formulated this outlook did
not speak of disease as attacking the body. They did not speak of the supposed need of ousting
an invading enemy. They did not, as did the medical practitioners of the time, speak of
vanquishing evil spirits that had unjustly attacked a person. Rather, the Hygienists regarded
disease as essential to the body action that is constructive and helpful. To the hygienist disease
is "right action" developed by the body itself in the best interest of human functions. Therefore
the action was to be cooperated with rather than warred upon.
When Dr. Jennings first gave this new conception it was greeted with much skepticism
and condemnation by medical and drugless physicians alike. However, when the practice based
upon the concept proved so thoroughly successful; when this new practice gained a record of
efficiency not even hoped for by the schools of "curing", the skepticism and condemnation, at
least among some physicians, disappeared. For they joined in its practice. Thus a true hygienic
movement was born. The former theories of "wrong action" became demonstrably erroneous.
As a hypothesis and doctrine the "evil force" concept lost much ground. The Hygienic reforms
thus instituted caused the norm of health to spurt ahead.
Hygienists have called the "right action" of disease "orthopathy" or correct action. The
word first coined by Dr. Isaac Jennings to express his observation that "Nature is always
upright - moving in the right direction". Orthopathy is the governing principle of all
pathological conditions. It governs the trend which the physiological activities of the body take.
This action invariably creates disease when there is need for it. It holds that disease is
restorative and healing action, not a malevolent force.
It is not, as one might first suppose, bacteria or viruses which create the need for disease.
These may exist concomitantly with the disease, but are never causes. Disease in general is
based upon impairing morbific burdens and nutrient deficiencies.
The concept of the body throwing off toxic burdens or morbic material was called
Toxemia. Toxins are materials which, when found in the body in sufficient amounts, obstruct
body functions and thus impair health. They are synonymous with poisons, waste matter or any
other destructive or congesting material. Toxins vary in the degree of harm they produce. Some
may be harmless when found in small quantities for they are the normal body waste output. But
if retained they constipate and obstruct. Other toxins may be more virulent and produce death
if found even in trace amounts. Toxemia is the presence of sufficiently toxic matters in the blood
and tissue to interfere with the functioning power of any part of the body. The body-instituted
crisis to eliminate this toxic burden is called disease.
There is a certain quantity of toxins in the body at all times, even during an optimum state
of health. The activity of cells, which includes the assimilation of food as well as their metabolic
actions, and the constant building and destruction of new cells is productive of wastes which
are toxic if not eliminated. Under normal conditions, when the mode of living is proper and
elimination is efficient and sufficient the toxic wastes of cellular activity do not collect in
amounts sufficient to interfere with body functions. But if elimination is checked then toxic
wastes collect in such amounts as to impair body functions. It is then that the body initiates the
crisis born of toxemia. This is what Hygienists called disease.
The end products of metabolism are considered the chief sources of toxemia, though
there are other sources which also deserve mention. One of these is the excessive
decomposition of foods due to fermentation and putrefaction in the intestinal tract. This
decomposition always produces toxins when unsuitable foods or unphysiologic combinations
of foods are eaten. Under adverse conditions, including the presence of highly fermentable and
putrescible foods, the intestinal tract becomes a seething cesspool of toxic materials.
Then, too, toxins are ingested into the body in forms of drugs, serums, vaccines, impure
air and food, etc. Medical treatment is often a major source of toxins. Modern foods often
contain toxic substances. The body may eliminate them before they do harm or they may be
absorbed by the blood and interfere with normal body activities. Thus the body may be
overwhelmed by toxic loads which thus become a source for disease. Also it must be noted that
toxins from impure air enter the lungs and are taken up by the blood and add to the toxic
Organic toxemia is given much attention by some hygienists but it is always secondary to
the toxemia which originates from faulty elimination of the waste products of metabolism, the
excessive decomposition of foods in the digestive tract, and the ingestion of toxic matters.
Organs which have become overburdened with toxic matters can't function and thus cause the
body to institute a crisis. The resulting emergency action of the body to purge the affected
organ results in "feverish activity". This extraordinary attention to an affected organ is called
organic toxemia, actually a little used term. We know of the crisis as an "itis" or an "infection". A
toxic crisis is the basis for what we call disease.
Closely related to toxemia is enervation (lowered nerve force also known as nervous
exhaustion). If elimination is to function effectively there must be an adequate supply of nerve
force. When nerve force is lowered, the eliminative powers are also lowered. This in turn puts
the body behind in its housekeeping chores. Toxic accumulation thus results which again causes
a further reduction in nerve energy. The result is a vicious cycle in which toxic matters
progressively accumulate until a state of toxemia exists - a crisis point in which the body
disables itself and devotes all its remaining fund of energy to the elimination of the impairing
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also closely related to toxemia. A diet containing all
the essential elements of nutrition is necessary if the nerves are to be properly fed and function
at a high level. Without sufficient amount of needed nutrients, body functions are impaired for
want of them, thus giving rise to enervation and toxemia. The body cells cannot adequately
dispose of the end products of metabolism if they are not given an adequate supply of nutritive
components. If they are malnourished, they become enfeebled and permit end products of their
metabolism to be retained. That toxemia occurs during such an event is best known by the fact
the so-called deficiency diseases, including anemia and tooth decay recover far more quickly on
a fast than when proper diet is instituted. The deficiencies obviously do.
DISEASE - A NEEDED FRIEND
It is not toxemia and nutritional deficiencies in themselves which constitute disease.
Rather, it is the attempt of the body to correct these conditions, or, if this is impossible, adapt to
them that is called disease. The first is usually the case in acute disease; the last is often the case
in chronic disease. Acute illness is essentially a progress of toxic elimination. As the toxins are
eliminated, assimilation is improved. The elements of foods are utilized more effectively as the
body becomes freed from its toxic overload. Along with this increased freedom from toxic
materials is a general restorative process. The body attempts to restore body functions to
normal when the impairing factors are eliminated. The disease is always a body crisis and is
directed in the best interests of itself.
Inflammation is typical in most disease. It occurs in those tissues which are irritated by
accumulated toxic material. Inflammation is fundamentally a part of the eliminative procedure.
It is a violent attempt by the tissue to eliminate the toxins which are interfering with the normal
activities. "Itis" means inflammation. Thus appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix;
tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes;
peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum, and colitis is inflammation of the colon. The "itis"
is simply the suffix which is attached to the name of an organ to indicate that it is inflamed actually engorged with blood and fluids in a feverish effort to remove toxic burdens.
Fever as a general body condition is likewise of a constructive nature. It arises because
there is a definite need for it. It is an attempt by the body to eliminate toxins and restore
functions to normal.
The role of bacteria in the production of disease is a very minor one. Bacteria are never
the primary cause; in fact, they usually arise on the scene after the disease has already
developed. The general character and toxicity of the various bacteria depend chiefly upon their
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