( Originally Published 1934 )
The antisepticizing treatment is a specific for the common cold. The common cold (coryza, rhinitis), becomes quite easy to handle by means of the antisepticizing treatments and the simple dietary rules of this system. The antisepticizing treatments control the cold very quickly and definitely providing the dietary rules of this system are strictly adhered to. The prevention, relief or cure are greatly simplified and made quite definite and easy. One or two antisepticizing treatments well administered will cure an ordinary cold and the next day the person will feel and be perfectly well. A severe cold can usually be cured within two or three days by the antisepticizing treatments and in most cases much sooner.
Complications, especially congestion or inflammation of the ears and lungs, are immediately prevented or checked where present by the antisepticizing treatments. By means of the antisepticizing treatments we are given a definite assurance of both immediately checking and speedily curing the cold.
The common cold, whether in a mild, moderate or severe form, with or without much fever, aching bones and muscles all over the body, prostration, weakness, loss of sleep and appetite, constipation, etc., will respond nicely with marvelous rapidity to the antisepticizing treatments. A simple nasal antisepticizing treatment is given the patient and as a general rule immediately the patient feels better.
After one or two treatments the average person suffering with the ordinary cold will be satisfied with the marked improvement in his physical condition and will not ordinarily require many more treatments. But the writer considers it advisable to administer at least four or more nasal antisepticizing treatments.
One of our greatest problems is the common cold, either in its acute or chronic form. An acute cold is a re-infection, a new supply of germs or viruses to the nasal sinuses and the tissues of the nose of the person, always associated with a lowering of the bodily resistance which is due principally to the eating of bad food. The lighting up of an old infection of the person's nose and sinuses, without a new infection, will frequently present all the signs and symptoms of a cold; this condition is always brought on by the lowering of the persons' resistance by the eating of bad food. A fresh or recent infection or a new supply of germs to the nose and sinuses is not always necessary since most all of us at all times have plenty of germs of various types in our noses and in our nasal sinuses. These germs, which are the usual inhabitants of our noses and sinuses, quickly multiply in great numbers the moment our resistance is reduced by bad food, severe exposure, or other severe strains on the body, but principally by the aid of bad food. This decided increase in the number of germs may happen and usually does overnight. Exposure to cold or chilling the body is not in itself capable of producing a cold, unless carried to an extreme or to a serious degree ; the additional harmful influence caused by the eating of bad food is necessary to produce a cold which is due to exposure only. Colds are quite common in the summertime. Eskimos take cold in temperate climates, though they are immune to them in their natural habitat.
People possessing a more or less decided common foundation of disease are prone to take cold easily on exposure providing the food eaten is deleterious. If the common foundation of disease is sufficiently pronounced, then colds can be taken on exposure even without much harmful food.
All in all, however, it is necessary for a fresh infection to enter the person's nose for the average cold to originate, since most people are constantly eating bad food, which is the principal necessary indirect cause for the development of the cold.
A reinfection or fresh infection of the nose usually produces a severe cold or more acute cold, whereas colds due to the old germs already present in the nose when the resistance is lowered by bad food, are not quite so acute or severe. The latter form of cold comes on more slowly, is not so severe, but may spread and cause other serious diseases in the weak or old or those with poor resistance, such as pneumonia, ear inflammation, appendicitis, etc.
Eating bad food is the commonest cause of the lowering of the resistance; this is equally true of children; this is commonly known under the insufficient explanatory terms of indigestion, upsetting the stomach. The fresh infection of new germs or viruses or both is usually handed over from one person to another in the act of speaking, sneezing, coughing or kissing. It is usually transferred from one person's mouth and nose to the next person's nose and not so frequently from mouth to mouth as is commonly imagined by those who fear kissing babies and children. It is not the kissing which is dangerous but bending over and speaking into the baby's or child's nose which infects the child through the nose and sinuses and gives rise to a cold or any other disease from a cold to infantile paralysis or what not.
Another point of the greatest importance in only too many cases is the following. Elderly people, or people who are much overweight or underweight and others whose resistance is reduced for other reasons, are in great danger of having the common cold spread down into the lungs and give rise to pneumonia. These complications are unnecessary and can be readily avoided by the use of the antisepticizing treatments, and many a good, useful citizen can thus be saved to his country and friends for further usefulness and not be cut off by an untimely death just when life can be enjoyed. Thus it can be seen that the natural weakness of old age or excessive weakness due to much illness, and other similar causes for apparent lowering of the natural bodily resistance, are really no reasons for contracting severe colds which must of necessity lead to pneumonia or other serious diseases.
Hence, it is unnecessary for the common cold to turn into pneumonia, broncho-pneumonia or any other serious forms of lung inflammation. A few antisepticizing treatments will, as a rule, stop this danger. Very often one antisepticizing treatment will do it and prevent pneumonia from setting in. The same facts hold true of acute inflammation of the middle ears abscesses of the ears. Nor is it necessary for infant, child or adult to develop abscesses of the ears following a cold no matter how severe. A few well given antisepticizing treatments applied to the nose and throat will quickly make it impossible for ear inflammation to set in.