Our Common Foundation Of Disease
( Originally Published 1934 )
THE interior of the nose of the average person is poorly constructed; it is too poorly constructed for the good and welfare of the average person. This, in its final analysis, is the principal explanation and reason for most of our ailments, diseases, weaknesses, nervousness, etc. This poor construction, mal-arrangement, crowded state or overgrowth of the nasal structure make most our illnesses possibilities. This unfavorable state of the interior of the nose I have termed our common foundation of disease. It is the common source or fount of most of our diseases. This common foundation of disease of man is located in one particular place, that is, it is not scattered all over the body; it is mostly to be found within the nose. In this mal-constructed state, the interior of the nose becomes a disease-manufacturing machinery. Proof can be furnished that the vast majority of our diseases do originate from this source or location of the body, that is, the interior of the nose, and not from numerous different places or parts of the body. In other words, the source of disease is comparable to the hub of the wheel, and the vast majority of our diseases are like the spokes of the wheel, radiating from the hub. The diseases of different parts of the body (in which category are included most of our diseases) are primarily dependent for their origin and continued existence on this mal-arrangement,poor construction and characteristic state of the nasal cavities.
That this common foundation of disease, by direct means, can easily and readily be controlled and corrected, and as a result most of our diseases be prevented, alleviated or cured where present, will be shown to be altogether possible and rather easily accomplished.
The Most Important Elements of a Common
Foundation of Disease
The elements of greatest concern of a common foundation of disease are too narrow upper respiratory passages of the inside of the nose. The upper respiratory passages are the upper air channels of the interior of the nose, of which there is one on each side. Ordinarily, the inhaled or inspired air enters the nose and is sucked or directed upwards toward the upper part of the nose. It is then deflected downward into the throat and lungs. After leaving the lungs, all exhaled air is expelled from the lower part of the nose. If the upper respiratory nasal passages are too narrow, then the inspired air can neither be properly inhaled, nor correctly prepared for reception by the lungs.
Now, ordinarily, there should be an appreciable space between the outer nasal wall of the interior of the nose (external nasal fossae wall) and the nasal septum (central partition between the two sides of the nose) ; and this should be particularly true of the upper and deepest parts of the interior of the nose. If these upper channels (of which there is one on each side of the nose) are too narrow or even completely blocked, as they usually are, due to too close approximation of the external nasal wall and of the turbinate bodies to the nasal septum, then we have narrow or even completely closed upper respiratory passages. Within these too narrow upper respiratory passages will be found the principal elements and explanation of the common foundation of disease and hence of most of our illnesses.
Two important factors enter into the formation of this most important element of the common foundation of disease the upper respiratory nasal passages. The first is the badly constructed nasal septum (central partition between the two sides of the nose). The average person's nasal septum instead of being almost perfectly straight and very thin, is instead bent, curved, deflected or deviated to one side of the nose or the other, and many times thicker than it should be. The septum is entirely too thick in parts and frequently has large growths on it known as ridges or spurs. Such a thick, displaced nasal septum is space consuming, taking up necessary space in the interior of the nose and interfering with the free intake of air (oxygen).
The second harmful factor which injures the upper respiratory nasal passages is the displaced, overgrown misshapen turbinate bodies and displaced and distorted external walls of the interior of the nose, but particularly the superior turbinate bodies and the upper half of the middle turbinate body of at least one side.
These two factors make possible the permanent accumulation of germs and toxins in the most dangerous location of all the nasal sinuses. This location is in the posterior ethmoidal sinuses. The posterior ethmoidal sinuses are in closest proximity to the vital centers of the vagus nerve and to the pituitary glands. Infection of these sinuses injures these vital structures, which is probably the direct explanation of the mechanism of most of our serious illnesses.
Thus, a common foundation of disease is a certain, characteristic state, condition and formation of the interior of the nose (the nasal fossae and surrounding structures) such as described above, which makes it possible for disease to come into existence and affect the body. Unless this particular state exists, most of our diseases cannot come into existence ; and many of those diseases that do occur are unable to remain for a great length of time.
With few exceptions, each and every one of us, to a greater or lesser degree, possesses a common foundation of disease from which most of our diseases and in the case of most people, nearly all diseases, for the greatest part are derived.
This common source of disease has been brought into existence by the harmful, deleterious and injurious action of germs, toxins, viruses, and numerous other forces acting on and interfering with the full development and proper growth of all the bones, organs, tissues and structures of the entire body. The poisons of these infectious and other agents have been acting on all the tissues and structures of the entire body for many years throughout the growth period of the person and his forebears. These harmful factors have interfered with the proper growth and development of the bones of the body. In the case of the bones of the head, this interference with their proper growth and expansion resulted in a crowding and narrow of the nasal fossae; this gave rise to the deflected nasal septum and to the displacement and the characteristic, but nevertheless, the poor shapes and positions of the turbinate bodies and of the outside walls of the interior of the nose, resulting in upper respiratory passages which are too narrow for the maintenance of either temporary or lasting good health.
This crowding and narrowing of the interior of the nose as a whole made it impossible for the body to inhale correct amounts of oxygen and to properly prepare it so that the lungs would be capable of absorbing the right quantity of oxygen from the inhaled air.
This crowding and narrowing of the interior of the nose made it impossible to properly aerate and ventilate the nasal sinuses. The posterior ethmoidal sinuses which are the deepest in the head, are most seriously affected. Due to their intimate location the posterior ethmoidal sinuses, when diseased, exert a marked influence of harm on the two vital centers of the body, the vagus nerve and the pituitary gland.
In this location a very powerful disease breeding mechanism is built up. It is by means of this mechanism that the infectious agents are enabled to produce the innumerable sicknesses and diseases which assail the human body.
This distorted, twisted and displaced condition of the various structures of the nasal fossae produce an entity. This abnormal narrowing of the upper respiratory passages is the most serious defect that has befallen the human body within the life of man.
Most of the ills and misfortunes that have affected the human race, in the final analysis, can be blamed on this narrowing of the upper respiratory passages. There are two reasons for this. The principal reason is the inability of the body to take up sufficient oxygen to maintain good health as a result of such poorly constructed upper respiratory passages. The second reason is that extensive nasal sinusitis and resultant general disease therefrom, is an infallible sequence of such narrow, upper respiratory passages. It is utterly impossible to properly aerate, ventilate and drain the nasal sinuses with such narrow upper respiratory passages ; the result is more or less extensive sinusitis, with its invariable sequence, focal infection and absorption the cause for most of our ailments. In the presence of such diseases and abnormalities of the head, it has been impossible in only too many instances for man to think clearly and sensibly. This to a greater degree than we can realize, helps to give rise to much of man's misfortunes.