( Originally Published 1934 )
The theories and principles of this system bear out the reasonableness of the complaints of the so called nervous hypochondriac or hysterical patient. According to this system, accusing these patients of complaining in vain is unfair. They all have a physical basis, and therefore, good reasons for complaining; they are justified in their complaints. They are suffering from some organic trouble, even if medical science is unable to determine and locate it. The commonest trouble these nervous, complaining patients are suffering from is the harmful effects of deficient oxygen intake and focal infection and absorption from their common foundation of disease, invariably exaggerated and intensified by a faulty diet. In the particular case of these sufferers the point most affected by the common foundation of disease is the nervous system.
If these patients are given a series of the antisepticizing treatments and placed on the proper diet, the simple diet of this system, it will be surprising to see how quickly they will cease complaining and admit they are well. The principal reasons why they will admit feeling better is for the simple reason that they do no longer feel their bodies; they are unconscious of their bodies. A truly well person should be totally unaware of any of his organs, limbs or any part of his body. The hypochondriac is afflicted with a constant, uneasy sensation in the upper part of his abdomen (hypochondriac region). This uneasy sensation, sense of apprehension or fear sensation quickly disappears under the antisepticizing treatments and proper diet. In every way he quickly becomes better, he feels less uneasy, tires less easily, can concentrate for longer periods without tiring and sleeps better, eats better, etc. The hypochondriacal patients are difficult to treat. They have very little will power especially of the persistent type. They have had great difficulty obtaining relief and cure and will readily state they have lost faith in everything; hence, they must be handled with the greatest of delicacy and an infinite amount of patience in order to restore their confidence and belief in themselves and in the medical profession. That it is possible for them to get well and that this can be brought about by these newer means, is the very thing we are trying to convince them of.