Origin And Causation Of Disease
( Originally Published 1934 )
Why did man get into trouble with his health? When did man first begin to suffer from diseases? Germs, undoubtedly, must have antedated man by ages and ages. As long as man's resistance remained perfect, he was practically free of disease. This was only the case while he remained in his wild and free state. As soon as he began to acquire the communal instinct and learned to live in communities, his troubles from diseases began. Even to this very day, correct sanitation and living under proper and safe sanitary conditions have been man's greatest problems. As soon as he began to live in communities, his natural resistance began to weaken and the acquisition of germs, viruses, and other forms of infection to multiply. As a result, man began to degenerate in stature, health, strength, etc. Undoubtedly, man paid a great price for the privilege of living in communal life.
The region of man's entire body which suffered most of all from this degenerating process was the two uppermost areas inside of man's nose. These are known herein as his upper respiratory nasal passages. From a point of permanent good health, these are the most important regions of man's body.
Diseases increased directly in proportion to the narrowing of these upper respiratory passages in man's head. That is, the narrower these upper respiratory passages grew, the more diseases and sicknesses came into existence, and the more virulent and dangerous did these diseases become. This is equally true of man's powers of resistance to disease and of his vitality. His resistance decreased directly in proportion to the narrowing of these upper nasal respiratory passages. The narrower these passages became, the more diseases was man afflicted with.
The germs that live on the human race became stronger, more resistant and more virulent, directly as the upper respiratory passages within the nose became narrower. As these nasal upper respiratory passages became narrower and narrower, the breeding of germs in the nasal fossae (interior of the nose) and nasal sinuses became more and more favorable and as a result of narrowing and closing in of these passages, the aeration and ventilation of the sinuses were interfered with. The lessening of this aeration and ventilation favored germ breeding. The virulency of the germs increased with the more favored facility for their breeding. At periodic intervals this virulency would increase until during epidemics it reached alarming proportions.
Likewise, most illnesses in children and infants are also explained by this deplorable narrowness of the nose, with its principal point of narrowness in the upper respiratory passages of the nose. Frequently in such young patients this narrowness of the upper respiratory passages is not as immovable or fixed as it is in older people. In older people the narrowness is produced by actual boney or cartilaginous obstruction, which can only be removed by an operation. In children this boney or cartilaginous obstruction has not had the necessary time to be fixed and, in many case; is caused mostly by swelling and congestion of the soft tissues such as the mucous membrane covering the nasal septum, turbinate bodies or sinuses. This explains why it is usually so easy to help children, especially if taken in time, as compared to adults. How ever, harmfully narrow upper respiratory passages, due principally to boney obstruction will frequently be found in children.
Effects on Proper Development and Eugenics
As a rule, the unborn child has excellent upper nasal respiratory passages, but during birth the lower nasal respiratory passages are often distorted and disturbed by the tremendous pressure exerted on the nose during the passage of the head down the too narrow birth canal. This is due to the fact that the average mother's pelvis is narrower and less mobile than it should be and was many ages ago. The principal structure of the child's nose disturbed during birth is the nasal septum. This nasal partition is often injured during birth and as a result, the lower and most anterior part of the septum is strained, displaced or dislocated to one side or another. Instead of this partition remaining in the central line of the head and body, as the child grows up it is displaced to one side or another of this medial body line. This is known as deflection or deviation of the nasal septum. It is this displacement of the nasal septum which first produces the narrowing or narrowness of the upper respiratory passages. The second important factor, the turbinate hypertrophy factor, then follows in time, as a result of the harm produced by the deflected septum and the other causes mentioned. This increase in size of the turbinate bodies, particularly the honey increase, is to blame for much, if not most, of the nasal obstruction. This is of tremendous importance in considering the increase in size of the superior turbinate body, since it is this turbinate which causes most of the narrowness of the upper respiratory passages. The upper half of the middle turbinate body of one side also assists materially in giving rise to this narrowness of the upper respiratory passages.
The average child, up to the moment of the beginning of labor, has fairly well-formed upper respiratory passages. The constant saturation of the mother's and father's tissues has a certain amount of inhibitory influence on the proper development of the bones, tissues and structures of the unborn child. This is the inhibitory growth influence caused by the toxin saturation of the parents' bodies; undoubtedly the germ-plasma of both parents must feel the growth-retarding effect of this toxin saturation. If a certain number of generations of parents were brought up under ideal germ-free surroundings, then this inhibitory influence which the germs and poisons would otherwise exert on the bodies of the parents would not be present to inhibit the free development of the bones of the parent and thus the bones which compose the nasal fossae (interior of the nose) of the child would not be injured. Often such an injury is the laying of a foundation for the formation of narrow upper respiratory passages.
However, the inhibitory growth influence due to germ and toxin saturation of the parents' and child's tissues associated with deficient oxygen intake, is the major cause for nasal fossae crowding or abnormality. The interference with the oxygen intake was and still is the principal factor in bringing into existence this nasal fossae abnormality, and is continued as a vicious cycle, throughout the lifetime of the person, but particularly is this evident during the growth period.
Originally the early members of the human race in their wild state were quite free of disease. Only as they began to acquire the gregarious or communal instinct and habits and were subject to unsanitary living conditions and especially were subject to the harm resulting from the ingestion of bad foods, was this common foundation of disease brought into existence. These two primary weakening factors of man's health unsanitary living conditions and bad foods the two chief faults to be found with man's communal life, facilitated the accumulation of injurious quantities of germs and toxins in the bodies of most people. These poisons (toxins) of the germs and viruses set up irritation of the tissues and structures of the interior of the nose, principally when subjected to the harmful general influence of the ingestion of bad food. In early man this caused congestion and inflammation of the nasal structures, resulting in decided swelling. This swelling interfered with the intake of sufficient or the necessary quantity of oxygen for the proper maintenance of good health which in other words is the maintenance of the proper amount of bodily resistance and vitality.
A vicious cycle was established as follows : The more nasal infection, the more congestion of the nasal fossae mucous membrane followed, and, therefore, the greater was the interference with oxygen intake. The less oxygen intake, the more infection and as a result of these two, the greater the interference with the proper growth of all the bones and especially with the bones which go to make up the nasal fossae. The greater the amount of interference with the proper development of the bones which go to make up the interior of the nose, the greater the nasal fossae narrowing, and the greater this narrowing, the greater the amount of interference with oxygen intake, and the more nasal fossae infection, and, therefore, the more diseases.
Thus the common foundation of disease was brought into existence by the stunting effect that deficient oxygen intake and germ and virus poisoning had, and still has on the development of the bones of the head and especially on the bones that go to make up the interior of the nose ; and by the constant irritative or congestive effect these toxins had on the tissues and structures of the nose, particularly the superior turbinate bodies, and the upper half of the middle turbinate.
Today, all in all, a great and decided narrowing of the interior of the nose is the result in the average person, and what is most dangerous of all to the welfare of the race is the harmful narrowing of the upper divisions of the interior of the nose which resulted simultaneously from these causes.
The inspiratory current must pass through these upper respiratory nasal fossae passages in order to be properly prepared for absorption by the lungs in proper amounts to maintain safe bodily resistance and vitality.
If these upper respiratory passages are not wide, free and open, the inspired air cannot be properly warmed, moistened and filtered and if this is not properly attended to, the lungs cannot absorb the proper amount of oxygen from the air; this is one principal reason for lowered resistance and poor vitality, both resulting in anemia and deficiency of white blood cells, and the other protective elements of the body against germs and other infection. The second principal reason is the interference with the ventilation and drainage of the nasal sinuses and the resulting sinusitis which invariably follows this evil. Again, of most importance in this connection was the interference with the ventilation and aeration of the posterior ethmoidal sinuses. The accumulation of germ poisons in these sinuses, so close to such vitally important structures as the centers of the vagus nerve and the pituitary gland had a most profound influence on man's entire health, throughout his entire lifetime from children diseases to high blood pressure later in life.
There is such a thing as one hundred per cent oxygen intake for each person and the intake of any amount less than this is the chief cause which makes possible the origin of so many of our diseases which afflict so large a percentage of the human race. Most of us are being constantly cheated out of this full one hundred per cent oxygen intake. The explanation and remedy for this defect is simple and far from insurmountable, and will be given in detail.
The first thing that happened to man's health soon after he began his social life, was the development of colds. Due to a considerable extent to poor foods and to the lack of proper sanitary surroundings, his resistance was reduced; germs and other infections began to multiply and he acquired cold after cold. The immediate effect of these repeated colds (made possible by the lowering of his resistance) was congestion or swelling of the tissues and structures in the nose. This produced the first most harmful effect of all the interference with the correct amount of oxygen intake. Without sufficient oxygen none of the bodily functions were properly performed; the various vital functions so essential to the maintenance of life, such as the various processes of alimentation or nutrition, the various processes of secretion, excretion, elimination, etc., all these were not properly attended to, and, as a result, we have a consequent reduction in health, strength and stature, which is known by the general terms of poor resistance, lowered vitality, and lack of proper development. Under such unhealthy conditions man's body did not develop properly. It was stunted in many of its dimensions. There are only two important locations of the body wherein this stunting process made vital differences ; the first is inside the nose, and the second is the poor development of the female pelvis.
Interference with the intake of the proper amount of oxygen resulting in deficient oxygenation of the body and the constant presence of toxins and other poisons have interfered with the proper development of the bones of the skull. At this very moment this same process is going on in the case of every growing child. As a result, the nasal fossae or interior of the nose does not develop or broaden out in all its dimensions as it ordinarily should for the good and welfare of the body. As a result, we have twisted, narrowed, unsymmetrical nasal fossae and noses. To begin with, the nasal septum, the partition between the two sides of the interior of the nose, instead of being perfectly straight and thin and exactly in the central or medial line of the body, is instead, crooked, twisted, distorted, thickened, overgrown with large space consuming ridges and spurs, and, as a result, such a septum or partition is a great detriment to the individual instead of being a blessing. Such a septum, in conjunction with other overgrown structures of the nose, interferes with the ingress or egress of the proper amount of air passing in and out of the nose. Instead of the individual inhaling a hundred per cent oxygen, less is inhaled. This constant loss of oxygen every moment of the person's life amounts to a great deal throughout the years.
The enlarged and misplaced nasal septum is not alone to blame for the blocking of the intake of the correct amount of air. All the other structures of the nose are likewise displaced, enlarged or both, by the same causes that have disturbed the nasal septum. These other structures are the turbinate bodies and nasal cavity walls. They aid proportionately in blocking the air intake through the nose of the person. This nasal condition is the principal cause for the disease and enlargement of the adenoids and tonsils. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids further aid in interfering with the intake of the proper amount of air.
The twisted, crooked, distorted, narrowed state and condition of the interior of the nose is comparable to the toy rubber head which is sold to amuse children. If this rubber face is compressed to one side or the other, to the right or left, then we get an exaggerated idea of just what the lack of proper oxygen supply to the body and the harmful effect the poisons (toxins, viruses, etc.) from the germs, etc., have on the growth of the bones of the head and especially on the bones which go to make up the nasal fossae (the interior of the nose).
As mentioned above, every bone and structure of the body is interfered with in its natural development by the lack of proper oxygen intake and the harmful effect of the poisons (toxins, viruses, etc.) from the germs, etc., on the vital centers of the body.
Of especial importance in this consideration is the interference with the proper development of the bones that go to make up the female pelvis. The average female pelvis does not develop properly in all its dimensions, due to this harmful influence, and as a result, when the head of the newborn babe passes down the mother's pelvis on its way to the outside world, in many cases, the nose of the baby is compressed more strongly than it should have been. As a result, its nasal septum is frequently dislocated to one side or the other, or at least strained. A deflected or deviated nasal septum is produced right here, during the process of birth even before the child has been born. Hence, we can see how easily the cards of poor health can be stacked against the individual even before birth.
Another common cause for the deflected nasal partition (nasal septum) is direct injury to the infant, child or adult by a blow on the nose, falling on the nose or any other form of direct physical injury.
If the septum is deflected (deviated) or pushed over to one side or the other, this in turn, crowds or pushes over the turbinate bodies and the turbinate bodies in turn crowd or push over or against the external nasal cavity walls. And these crowd or interfere with the ostia, openings or ducts of one or more of the nasal accessory sinuses. This crowding of the nasal structures is comparable to a number of dominos set in a row, and if one is pushed over and strikes the next one, this one in turn strikes its neighbor and so on to the last one. The ventilation and drainage of some of these sinuses are interfered with and infection and disease of these sinuses must invariably follow.
The second vast and far reaching harmful effect was caused by the toxic poisons in the sinuses, especially the posterior ethmoidal sinuses, on two vital life centers of the person. These are the vagus nerve centers and the pituitary gland. These two vital structures are injured by the constant presence of the toxin in the sinuses, and as a result most of man's illnesses can be traced to this source.
The above explains the starting point or origin of almost all bodily weaknesses, of loss of efficiency, of loss of tissues or structures, and of infections and diseases; and also the continuation and maintaining of most illnesses. Hence, if we know where disease originates, and also its mechanism of production, then prevention of most of our diseases becomes an easy matter and by the same reasoning the cure òf disease is greatly simplified and made more possible of accomplishment.
This system assists materially in explaining the so-called predilection for diseases or why one person will be affected with a severe or dangerous form of eye disease, and another person with a badly diseased heart ; another will be taken with ulcers of the stomach or ulcers of other parts of the intestines ; still other persons with diabetes or gall bladder disease; some again with tuberculosis of the lungs, and others are taken in some cases early and in other cases later in life, with in-curable forms of deafness, and so on, ad infinitum. Some of these facts are impossible of explanation for the simple reason that we cannot possibly know the entire past and present history of the patient and his forebears (patient's heredity).
According to this system, there are only a limited number of factors which determine the onset of diseases in people, and these factors are few in number. Heredity is a factor, but it has been given entirely too much credit for the causation of disease. It has been used as an excuse to cover ignorance or inability. Ordinarily, the normally born child, both physically and mentally, need not fear heredity as much as it should fear its common foundation of disease. Undoubtedly, most of our illnesses, both in young and old, can be explained by the harmful influence exerted by our common foundation of disease. Direct physical injuries are the next commonest causes of illnesses and diseases. These include chemical injuries. Ordinarily, the body will persist in continuing in the paths of good health unless forcibly pushed out of these paths by powerful forces. As a rule, these forces are the harmful effects of a common foundation of disease; and of all the secondary causes, bad food is the commonest one which most frequently assists the common foundation of disease in producing illnesses and diseases. Accidents and rarely other factors account for a small percentage of illnesses.
The point of least resistance (resistentiae locos minoris), the place of choice for the germs to attack, is likewise a misnomer in the face of a system which maintains that we all possess a common foundation of disease. After illness has once attacked a particular part or parts of the body then the point of least resistance becomes a fact. A person suffering from ear trouble, chronic appendicitis, etc., when exposed to re-infection (colds), and bad food, will have a fresh attack of ear trouble or appendicitis, etc., in preference to any other disease. If this common foundation of disease is eradicated as it should be, then there can be no point of least resistance. Only so long as a patient continues to possess a common foundation of disease, can that patient be a victim of a point of least resistance. A reinfection, as a rule, is invariably necessary in addition to bad food; possibly in very weak or old people a fresh infection is not absolutely needed.
The following is a general rule illustrating the underlying idea of the importance of recognizing a common foundation of disease : If an individual suffers with disease early in life, that person undoubtedly has a common foundation of disease, and will continue to be afflicted with and suffer with other diseases until death relieves him of his sufferings, unless this common foundation of disease is corrected and turned into a common foundation of good health. This can readily and easily be accomplished. For instance, an individual who has a diseased thyroid gland (goitre) has undoubtedly had other illnesses previous to the onset of the goitre, such as sinusitis, acute or chronic tonsilitis, very likely milder or severer forms of rheumatism, possibly pleurisy, pneumonia, etc., and will continue to have other illnesses even after the goitre is removed, unless this person's common foundation of disease is corrected and turned into a common foundation of good health. And the same statement can be made of the presence of most any serious, persistent, incapacitating disease.
According to this system, the explanation and prevention of such troubles are extremely simple. An individual who is subjected repeatedly to sicknesses, undoubtedly has a common foundation of disease instead of a common foundation of good health. Principally, from this common foundation of disease are derived practically all the diseases that individual has suffered from. To properly cure the patient, which implies the prevention of further sicknesses, this patient's common foundation of disease must be corrected. This can be done quickly and easily enough by the means of this system. It is very unwise and dangerous to wait too long before correcting the patient's common foundation of disease for the reason that some dangerous illness may suddenly strike the person from which there will be no recovery. Right here is to be found the fundamental idea of this system which aims for the possession of permanent good health. In the writer's experience, one such patient had suddenly been taken with brain fever (septic meningitis) six years after the removal of the goitre; the correction of the patient's common foundation of disease was delayed by the patient. Undoubtedly this patient would have lived much longer had his common foundation of disease been corrected, or if surgery was objected to, at least had the antisepticizing treatments been used continuously and faithfully.
There are certain other factors which this system knows to be practically axiomatic. For instance, most patients, young and old, suffering with some rather severe, acute infectious disease, will have more or less ear trouble. According to the principles of this system, this is quite rational, not in the least mysterious or inexplicable. Take the case of the infant or child, sick with bronchopneumonia. This acute disease was made possible by a common foundation of disease the child has had for some time. The child's resistance has been weakened by the repeated ingestion of harmful food,and an additional supply of harmful germs has been coughed, spit or kissed into the child's nose and throat. These germs invaded the lung tissues and gave rise to the bronchopneumonia; they then spread to the middle ears and caused acute abscesses of the middle ears just as readily as they invaded the lung tissues.
These same facts are true of a severe attack of the grippe or the flu. The lowered resistance of these patients readily allows the germs to attack the middle ears, spreading by way of the nose and throat, through the eustachian tubes to the middle ears; here they cause acute middle ear abscess which is frequently again followed by mastoid bone inflammation.
Extremely few patients suffering with one or more chronic ailments of whatever nature will be altogether free of chronic disease of the middle ears with the usual associated symptoms of deafness and head noises. In fact, almost all these sufferers with chronic diseases will have chronic inflammation of the middle ears, and on careful examination of the ears, will be found to be more or less deaf. The simple watch tick test will quickly prove this to be a fact.
One of the fundamental premises of this system maintains that primarily all focal absorption of the entire body is secondary to nasal sinus infection and that this is true whether the foci of absorption are to be found in the teeth, the tonsils, the intestinal canal, the gall bladder, the prostate or wherever the foci may be found. Undoubtedly, once foci have been established in other parts of the body besides the nasal sinuses, for instance, in such locations as the teeth, tonsils, gall bladder, prostate, etc., these foci become independent units in themselves, and they then create harm of their own accord. But all these secondary foci can easily be controlled and as a rule can only be controlled by stopping chiefly the focal infection at the source the nasal sinuses.
Much greater simplicity and ease is made possible by the methods and therapy of this system (common foundationing) in determining the exact cause or causes of a disease or diseases affecting a patient.
Generally, it is taken for granted herein and for all practical purposes it seems to be borne out in fact, that most any kind or type of harmful germ can produce most any disease. As a rule, almost 80 per cent of our diseases are directly caused by only three or four varieties of germs. They are the different strains of the staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus and meningococcus.
Therefore, for all practical purposes, it does not matter what germ is causing the illness; this is equally true when using the methods and means of this system of medicine (common foundationing), since these means are equally effective simultaneously against all types and strains of germs, viruses and all other infections. In fact, the average man's, woman's or child's nose and throat will frequently be found to contain simultaneously the streptococcus, staphylococcus, pneumococcus and even the diphtheria germ. Undoubtedly, there are certain germs or viruses which seem to prefer one part of the body to another, and again it is undoubtedly true, that germs seem to possess the faculty of changing their form and characteristics.
Such a system makes it much easier to understand the causes of disease. As taught herein, the causes or factors which bring about disease are not many. The disease is maintained primarily by an entity or one factor the patient's common foundation of disease;
and particularly is this true of the origin of complications. This explanation is not complicated, and it is easily seen when disease is treated by the methods and means of this system. The general explanation is as follows : Ninety per cent of all illnesses should be quickly placed under control by this system. Only extremely dangerous illnesses or powerful causes or illnesses in their terminal stages will resist the methods and means of common foundationing. To date, the writer has found that any diseases, sicknesses or illnesses which resist the method of common foundationing are hopeless and are beyond hope for all other known means.
The only exceptions the writer has met which have resisted the methods of common foundationing were those of brain fever due to a nasal sinus full of pus rupturing into the brain cavity and where the diagnosis was made too late; cases of cancer in their final stages; or the terminal stages of such diseases as kidney disease or diabetes; or cases of blood poisoning, fairly well developed.
Ordinarily, only three factors enter into the causation of a disease. The etiology or causes of sicknesses and diseases are divided into two classes. The first class is the existing, immediate or direct cause of disease. This includes the germs, their toxins or poisons, and viruses, or any other agent which is capable of directly producing an illness. The second or indirect class of causative agents includes all the predisposing causes which tend to lower the person's resistance and make it possible for the germs or actual exciting agents to produce disease.
The most important resistance lowering cause of disease is the common foundation of disease. The ingestion of bad food is the second most important indirect cause. This works mostly by exaggerating temporarily the person's common foundation of disease.
This system makes no claims for the discovery of new exciting causes for disease, but it does claim originality in determining the principal predisposing causes of disease, without which, in most cases, the exciting causes (germs) would be unable to cause disease. The exciting causes of disease (the germs, viruses, etc.) are helpless in the absence of these chief, predisposing causes of disease. The principal and commonest predisposing cause is known herein as the common foundation of disease it is the disarranged state of most people's noses. In those cases wherein the common foundation of disease has been turned into a common foundation of good health, the exciting causes, the germs and viruses, are helpless in themselves to produce disease or any serious life-endangering diseases.
As stated, most of our illnesses, 90 per cent or more, are made possible by the common foundation of disease. The remainder of our illnesses are due to, first, some accidental cause, such as direct injuries, automobile injuries, industrial injuries, accidents, etc. ; second, accidental diseases following an abrasion or injury to the skin or other coverings of the body externally or internally, which include many cases of blood-poisoning, also tetanus, hydrophobia, etc.; third, injurious foods, either bad, spoiled, poisonous, infested by worms, or possessing idiosyncrasies for that individual (allergic reactions), including injudicious diet, overeating, etc. Poor (bad) food rarely causes serious or lasting illness, but poor food indirectly does give rise to a great deal of disease; this is made possible by permitting a sudden, great breeding of germs in the person's common foundation of disease from where the germ, toxin, or both are admitted to different parts of the body and cause disease. By poor or bad foods are inferred any foods which, knowingly or unknowingly, are harmful to the person eating them. Such foods may be good, fresh foods, but they are nevertheless harmful to that person. Overeating of good foods becomes harmful to the person the unpleasant or harmful effects will be similar to those of bad foods.
The endocrine diseases are all produced by a co-operation of the exciting and indirect causes (the common foundation of disease and bad food) acting on the endocrine glands (thyroid, pancreas, pituitary body, ovaries, adrenals, etc.), interfering with the formation of the proper secretion of these endocrine glands which are known as hormones. In the case of interference with the secretion of the pancreas, we have diabetes or sugar disease; in the case of the thyroid, we have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism or myxedema, and so on depending on the gland attacked. The endocrine organ most used by that particular individual is subjected to the greatest strain and this organ will be diseased as explained, producing the particular disease characteristic of that organ. For instance, people who habitually overeat or rather, eat certain kinds of food in excess, will injure the pancreas since it is a digestive organ and these excessive eaters throw the greatest strain on the digestive system. Undoubtedly thyroid disease and diseases of the other endocrine glands could be explained in the same way if we knew enough about them.