MEDICAL DOCTORS IN THE HYGIENIC MOVEMENT|
Who are these medical doctors using drugless methods?
The hygienic movement started with medical doctors around 1835. For example, Isaac Jennings, William Alcott, James Caleb Jackson, all of these physicians were medical doctors.
In those days, pre-1835, there were three predominately different types of medical doctors. You had
the allopaths who used drugs;
the medical doctors in the hygienic movement who used lifestyle, natural diet and fasting; and
the homeopaths who theoretically were in agreement with Natural Hygiene.
I have trained in all three modalities.
The hygienic movement has fluctuated over time. It was almost squashed by pharmaceutical interests around the beginning of the 20thcentury. James Tilden, MD, was the last of the great hygienic physicians in the early 1900's. -
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Before that you had Hippocrates and some of the other great physicians, that used diet. The Roman physician Galen (129 - 199) established hospitals where fresh fruits and vegetables were a large part of therapy. These hospitals were used to treat the Roman soldiers, and allow them to recuperate after they sustained wounds in combat. Back in Roman times they used rain water to fast patients.
Can you give an example?
James C. Jackson, M.D., had a sanitarium that housed about 30 to 50 patients in Dansville, New York. The local farmers grew fresh vegetables and fruits for him. He fasted patients. For example, he saved the sons of Ellen G. White, who was a founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. At that time people were dying like flies from typhoid.
Her children came down with typhoid; and he fasted them. They both survived and she was forever grateful. Later, she went on to become a major figure in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and that's why to this day they include vegetarian diet in their religion and medical training. This is especially done at the public health school at Loma Linda, and the Loma Linda Hospital.
Why don't we hear much about drug-free healing and Hygiene today?
The hygienic movement started in the early 1800's, but was suppressed and squashed by the turn of the century by pharmaceutical interests.
So, these medical schools one by one were crushed: the homeopathic schools, the eclectic medical schools, any school that advocated treatments other than drugs. (Eclectic medicine would use anything that would work.)
For example, the University of Rochester in NY state was originally an eclectic school. Rush Medical College was an eclectic medical school. These schools would use anything that worked: homeopathy, nutrition, herbs, drugs; anything that gave results.
There were several drug-free medical schools around the turn of the century. Hygienic, homeopathic and eclectic. For example; Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, New York Homeopathic Medical School in New York City. (Rush Medical College was an eclectic medical school in Chicago.)
You had James C Jackson's hospital in Dansville, NY. You had Harvey Kellogg, who started a hygienic medical school and a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, Battle Creek Sanitarium, which ran on Seventh-day Adventist principles. Today, his name is best remembered for the corn flakes that bears the family name. (John Kellogg, his brother, was a business man who began a cereal business).
You had Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross in 1881. In Loma Linda, there is a Clara Barton street, named after this great woman, who was a leader in nursing and believed in drug-free methods of Natural Hygiene. There is also a Clara Barton Street in Dansville, New York.
In Hygiene there was a medical school in New York city: the New York School of Hygeio Therapy. It was started by Russell Thatcher Trall, MD, but was crushed and closed down by the pharmaceutical interests and medical organizations in the early 1900's.
There were 2 homeopathic hospitals in Rochester: Highland Hospital and Genesee Hospital. (Read Natural Hygiene: In Health & Disease, or visit http://naturalhygienesociety.org)
What is the problem with advocating natural drug-free healing today?
Most people don't want to help themselves, they want the doctor to do everything, especially when they are sick. Instead, the patient has to be proactive. He has to fast, he has to follow a regimented diet. Natural Hygiene implies the physician lays out a lifestyle plan.
What does the future look like for nutritional methods, like Natural Hygiene?
During WWII, the discovery of antibiotics gave allopathy a boost. It was true, the antibiotics did suppress bacterial infection, even fungal, but not viral infection. The bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, this is an emerging problem now for allopathic (standard) doctors. Their one main claim to fame, the antibiotics, is losing its potency. They are going to have to go back to nutrition, and utilize the patients own immunologic system to control infections. That's what will happen.
I have seen nutrition used to treat infection. We had several cases of pneumonia in my family, that were treated hygienically by Dr. Cursio. It can be done.
In the future this may be the only treatment available, if the antibiotics are not effective, because of the resistance to pathogenic organisms.
For soldiers on the battlefield, who are wounded, allopathy has its place. You have to give them the I.V. fluids and blood transfusion. You have to surgically intervene to stop the bleeding or repair tissue; that has to be done. If there is infection you are not going to have fresh vegetable juice on the battle field, or blended salad. It may not be logistically possible. You might have to give them antibiotics on the battlefield to control the infection. With water fasting it could be done in certain cases, but battlefield conditions requires immediate action. You have to do things on an emergency basis!
Back in 1984, there was a revelation that cholesterol & saturated fat was causing heart disease. It was well documented. It was just a few years before, that cigarette smoking was implicated in not only cancer of the lungs, but also in the kidney & bladder. It was also shown to be causative for cardiovascular disease. Discoveries, one after the other are coming in, implicating diet and lifestyle with health. If our diet is not ecological, it causes disease. There is a natural diet for man, we have to discover precisely what this diet is. Once ecologic diet is employed, we can prevent and reverse disease.
In parlances of public health and preventative medicine - it is called primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
- Primary is when you prevent disease.
- Secondary prevention is when you reverse disease.
- Tertiary prevention is when you cut your losses - you keep the disease from progressing. This can be done to a great extent by using a natural diet of mostly fresh vegetables.
A.J. Penepent, MD