Detrimental Effects Of Disease, Pathology Of Disease
( Originally Published 1934 )
The pathology of disease or the detrimental changes brought about in the tissues and structures of the body by disease-producing agencies, in most instances, are not regarded as hopeless of correction in the light of this system. This injury of the tissues caused by disease processes (known as pathological processes) whether constitutional, general or local, can in most cases be arrested in short order by the proper use of the therapy of this system. By these means these detrimental changes can be put under control and made to reverse themselves. Otherwise the usual process of continual slow or rapid course to complete destruction will take place. If taken in time, full or almost full restoration to normal can be obtained by the proper use of the methods and therapy of this system. Instead of the utterly hopeless, depressing and despondent attitude frequently taken by the teachings of the present-day schools of medicine, this system on the contrary holds out a most optimistic viewpoint. By the means of this system, the pathological changes of the entire body and of each and every organ, and of each and every cell and fiber of each organ are arrested as a whole. All pathological processes of the entire body are made to reverse themselves ; they commence to heal and each and every organ, tissue and structure return to a natural, normal state, or as near so as possible, depending on the extent of tissue destruction which has already taken place. These facts are true of the vast majority of illnesses. In those diseases where the pathological changes have been completed to the extent of scar tissue formation, the restoration is impossible. Scar tissue has replaced the original tissues of the organs, which can never again be restored or the scar tissue removed. These facts hold true of even deep and important structures, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, blood vessels, joints and muscle structures, etc. As long as most of the individual cells of the organ still remain and have not been destroyed and replaced by scar tissue, then nature will heal the cells and surrounding tissues and restore them to normal. For instance, cases of chronic catarrhal deafness will ordinarily progress with the years to almost complete deafness. Properly common foundationing the patient will arrest this increasing deafness and restore hearing. The same statements are true of most eye diseases; sight will be saved and the organ healed. If the eye nerves or ear nerves, or the different parts of the organs of sight or hearing are completely destroyed by extensive acute or chronic processes of inflammation, then they can no longer be saved and restored to usefulness. In these severe inflammations the destruction of the tissues has gone too far. In the chronic cases which have been permitted to reach the terminal stages, too much time has elapsed, and the same hopeless results follow.
Hardening of the arteries is far from hopeless when treated by the means of this system. These are cases of arteriosclerosis. Lime salts are deposited in the walls of the arteries, thus hardening them. Persistence in the means of common foundationing arrests this process of hardening, brings about a reversal of the pathological changes, causes absorption of the lime salts with lowering of the blood pressure. The heart is an enlarged blood vessel, therefore the same statements hold true for it.
Thus in the light of this system chronic pathological processes are not regarded as hopeless. In fact, it is claimed by this system that most of the chronic pathological processes can be arrested at most any stage except the terminal stages, by correcting the patient's common foundation of disease and changing it into a common foundation of good health. In other words, this system offers a very optimistic outlook on disease. For, if taken in time, most of the degenerative diseases can be arrested, alleviated or even cured with accuracy, ease and dispatch by the methods and therapy of this system. The commonest of these degenerative diseases are heart disease, arteriosclerosis (high blood pressure) and kidney diseases.
So many diseases which were ordinarily considered hopeless can be made to turn about face and go up-hill toward betterment, alleviation or even cure, instead of continuing to progress slowly but steadily into a hopeless state of chronicity and death. Examples are chronic forms of eye diseases which threaten to go on to hopeless blindness, such as trachoma in its final stages; chronic glaucoma (hardening of the eye ball) ; advanced cases of diseases of the eye nerves (retro-bulbar optic neuritis) ; and serious diseases of other parts of the eye. These cases of threatening, complete blindness can be arrested, the sight restored and saved often to a great or even full extent. The same is true of chronic forms of ear diseases which threaten serious deafness. And as we go down the line and consider most any of the numerous diseases of each and every part of the body, we may permit ourselves to feel the same way about them providing they have not as yet reached their terminal stages.
The same optimistic attitude may be maintained with regard to the pathology of most local or constitutional acute diseases. Acute diseases, local or constitutional, as a rule, may be arrested in their destructive course and a great deal of injury to important structures, tissues and organs prevented.
The Greater Definiteness of the Prevention of Diseases by This System
The prevention of most of our diseases becomes an exact science by the proper use of the means and dietary principles of this system. The very simplicity and ease of accomplishing this is almost unbelievable. Most of our diseases can simply and easily be prevented by these means. This is just as true of tuberculosis as it is of appendicitis, and likewise equally true of most of our illnesses. Consumption in all its various forms can be prevented surely and definitely by these means. This statement is equally true of all forms of rheumatic diseases, and, for that matter, of most of our other diseases. The common disease pneumonia which Osier called "the captain of death," and which is the leading cause for most deaths, is an impossibility when these means are properly used.
Most all diseases of the eye with the possible exception of malignant diseases, can be easily prevented thereby; this is equally true of all inflammatory forms of ear diseases. Most all inflammatory diseases of all the different organs or systems of the body can be pre-vented by these means. Most all abdominal diseases, most diseases of the heart and blood vessels, diseases of the nervous system and, for that matter, most diseases of the various systems and organs of the body, can likewise be readily prevented; this is true of most of our illnesses, with the exception of malignant diseases and tumor formation of these various organs and systems. The writer has not had sufficient experience to offer definite opinions on the prevention of malignant diseases (cancer) or the prevention of tumor formation in general by this system, but he is prepared to say that to date he has not had a solitary case of cancer or tumor formation follow in any case that has been properly taken care of by these methods and wherein the rules and principles have been carefully observed throughout the ensuing years.
It is much easier to prevent than cure. "A stitch in time saves nine." A small fire can be extinguished more easily than a conflagration ; the latter usually has to burn itself out and end in complete destruction.
Many diseases which are hopeless when once fully established could easily have been prevented. Such diseases are brain fever (septic meningitis) ; detachment of the retina, which usually ends in complete blindness; hopeless glaucoma (hardening of the eye ball) ; hopeless cases of heart disease; in fact, the terminal stages of most any diseases are all heartbreaking, since our efforts to help these patients even by the means of this system, if commenced too late, are usually in vain.
Ruptured appendices or ruptured gall bladders which have given rise to fatal cases of inflammation of the bowel (peritonitis), could have been prevented, and the appendix or gall bladder healed and thus prevented from rupturing if treated in time by these methods.
And so we can go right down the line and take almost each and every disease, serious, difficult or otherwise,and show how easily most of them could have been prevented from resulting in dangerous and hopeless terminations.
The writer makes the same claims for the prevention of diabetes. The organ most used is the first to become diseased. The most used organ is subjected to the greatest wear and tear and hence suffers the greatest lowering of the resistance of all the bodily organs and tissues. The absorption of the poisons and toxins from the common foundation of disease will do most harm to the organ most used. In the case of the diabetic, this organ is the pancreas, which is subjected to the greatest strain in people who eat excessively especially of starchy and sweet foods (carbohydrates). Injury to the pancreas results in the formation of diabetes.
The ease and certainty with which diseases and illnesses can be prevented by this system is its most cheerful consideration. After all, the prevention of illnesses is the ultimate goal of both the medical profession and the public the prayer of all. It is much easier to prevent than cure, and this is especially true of serious diseases or ailments.
Many diseases and operations will become practically extinct. For instance, the mastoid operation, as well as most other operations performed on all the different parts of the body, will be so rarely necessary that the abilities of the surgeons who usually perform these operations will become rusty. We will be able to say the same of the instruments used in these operations.
Hence, preventive medicine will be enabled to come into its own. This system is the essence of preventive medicine, wherein first and foremost the prevention of all diseases is urged as the only reasonable and logical attitude if the medical profession wishes to live up to and hopes and expects to keep the full confidence and respect of the public.
The Mechanism of the Lowering of the Resistance
The vast majority of all our illnesses are made possible by the lowering of the person's resistance. There are two forms of loss of resistance. One is the temporary lowering of the resistance or vitality, and the second is the condition of poor resistance. The condition of poor resistance may be for a longer or shorter period of time, or even permanent. The temporary loss of resistance is usually due to eating bad food, with or without a cold, and is, as a rule, quickly recovered from by the use of a cathartic and an antisepticizing treatment or two and by a more careful selection of the food to be eaten.
The frequently encountered condition of constant poor resistance is due to the continual absorption of toxins from the nasal sinuses, to the deficient oxygen intake, and the daily eating of bad food. Lengthy illnesses of lesser severity, usually complicating sinusitis and deficient oxygen intake, are usually common causes of poor resistance. Lowering of the general resistance to the point permitting the origin of disease, is brought about principally by two common factors. These two factors permit the origin of most of our diseases. These factors are, first, deficient oxygen intake, and, second, the injurious effect the absorption of focal infection from the nose (nasal sinuses) has on the body as a whole, and in particular, on the organ or organs predominantly diseased.
People who suffer most from these two factors first, deficient oxygen absorption (suboxygenation and suboxidation), and, second, focal infection are the ones who have the poorest resistance toward the prevention of disease and have the lowest vitality.
During epidemics of grippe, influenza, measles, scar-let fever, diphtheria, etc., people with poor resistance are the first to be taken down with these diseases. Such people have practically no common foundation of good health, but have instead a well-developed common foundation of disease. The poor resistance of these persons can easily be removed and replaced by a high resistance by the means and methods of this system. In most cases all that is necessary is the proper use of the antisepticizing nose and throat treatments of this system and strict conformity to the dietary principles of this system, and such poor risks can easily be made safe and strong enough to withstand epidemics.
The same general rules of this system can be applied to most any disease of most any organ of the body. The vast majority of the numerous diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart, blood vessels, abdominal organs, bones, joints, nervous system, etc., can easily and happily be prevented by the timely application of the rules and means of this system.