( Originally Published 1934 )
The body of the average individual inherently has the power to live to an age far beyond the biblical "three score and ten." The body will continue living unless violently interfered with by powerful factors given rise to by disease or accident. The normal death is one which occurs in an individual who has reached a ripe, old age and all organs, tissues and structures of that individual have aged simultaneously and equally to the same degree. An individual who has lived the number of years the human body is capable of living, should die suddenly, painlessly and become extinguished as do the wild animals in the wilderness. The wild animals are known to creep into some secluded spot and expire painlessly and suddenly when the proper time arrives. A young or middle aged individual who has kidneys which have lost their functioning powers and which have been burnt out and destroyed by disease, has kidneys which are proportionately decidedly older than the rest of his body. The same facts can be said of most any organ seriously crippled by disease. A man with advanced consumption has lungs which are very old and the rest of the body may be comparatively young. This is equally true of people suffering from arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The most of the body with the exception of the injured brain of a person who dies of brain fever at an 'early age or middle age, is young. Such an individual does not die a rapid, painless death. On the contrary, he dies a slow, lingering, torturous death. The same comparison is true of death caused by hopeless disease of any other organ; they are not really normal deaths but violent deaths, superinduced on an otherwise youthful and fairly good body by one or two organs which have failed to maintain their health and youth equally with the others.
The point of importance claimed is that all organs should age simultaneously and wear out conjointly reaching the same degree of wear and none more rapidly than others. The ideal is this sudden death, painless, quick and inexpensive. This can only be attained when all organs grow old together as in the case of our old veterans who suddenly drop off without suffering. Common foundationing undoubtedly makes this a possibility. This will prove itself in time by those who will properly use this system.
What the average person fears most is a slow, lingering death. Such a death invariably is expensive and usually torturous. Any death which is due mostly to edema of the lungs is an abnormal death; this type of death is in effect death by drowning. And, sad to say, most people die in this manner. Any person dying thus dies too early in life. The normal death is a sudden cessation of the machinery of the body, culminating in a sudden stoppage of the heart action.
Death by pneumonia or edema of the lungs has been called "the captain of death," since it is the commonest or most frequent form of dying. This term is erroneous. The true mechanism of the commonest form of death is due to pneumogastric nerve paralysis as explained in the next paragraph.
Deaths following serious illnesses, as a rule, are brought about, first, by paralysis of the pneumogastric nerves (vagus nerves), which is shortly followed by paralysis of the sympathetic nervous system. Due to loss of vagus control, the heart will soon beat itself to death ; and the weaker the heart becomes during the progress of a serious illness, the more will the lungs fill up with fluid and bloody mixture of fluid, thus drowning the patient. This fluid and blood seep through the blood vessel walls and lung tissue walls into the lung spaces. Most of this fluid is derived from the blood; it consists of serum, lymph, mucus, pus, blood, etc. This circulatory failure in the large and small blood vessels of the lungs is due to this same paralyzing effect on the pneumogastric nerves and the resulting evil effect on the sympathetic nervous system. Deficient oxygen intake and the germ and virus poisons (toxins) in the nasal sinuses give rise to and cause the paralyzing effect on the vagus nerve (pneumogastric nerve). This is the modus operandi of death. Most deaths are initiated and concluded in this manner. The timely use of the nasal antisepticizing treatments is the only means which will restore the function of the paralyzed or partly paralyzed nerves and thus control the sympathetic nervous system, and prevent death. As a rule, if taken in time, the nasal antisepticizing treatments will reverse the entire process of death, preventing the heart from beating itself to death and preventing the filling up of the lungs and the drowning of the patient by the simple process of removing the nasal sinus poisons and restoring full oxygen intake, and thus enabling the vagus nerve to function properly again.
In all dangerously ill patients wherein the vagus centers cannot be controlled, the patients will die. Such cases are overwhelming, uncontrollable cases of toxemia or bacteremia (blood poisoning) due to any illness whatsoever, permanently paralyzing the vagus nerve centers. Examples of such cases are brain fever (septic meningitis). Here the uncontrollable bacteremia and toxemia directly attack the vagus centers. Any other overwhelming toxic condition will do the same. These facts are true of all serious or dangerous illnesses, wherein the intoxication of the patient by whatever means is not or cannot be controlled.