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WHAT more can be asked by any doctor or layman than a philosophy of the cause of disease that gives a perfect understanding of all the so-called diseases? To know cause supplies even the layman with a dependable knowledge of how to avoid building disease, and how to cure. When people know how to avoid disease they know an immunization that immunizes rationally. Dependable knowledge of what disease really is and its cause is man's salvation; and when it can be had with no more effort than that required to read carefully and understandingly Toxemia Explained, there is little excuse for anyone, lay or professional, to live in ignorance of it. Knowledge is power. Knowledge of how to have health gives greatest power. Few people know anything about the cause of disease. To them this book is dedicated and the freedom from medical superstition it will bring them.Knowledge is power. Knowledge of how to have healthgives greatest power. -Dr. J. H. Tilden,M.D.Table of Contents Dedication Preface There are no cures The world needs the Science of Surgery Stimulants are subtitely undermining The value of Symptomatology Scientific Tests Crises All disease are innocent Herd-Beliefs Let us reason together! How to misure the infinite Toxemia, the basal cause of all so-called diseaseThe deadly germ The medical world is looking for cures Germs as a cause of diseaseImportance of nerve-energyConservation of energy the greatest therapeutic misure Why enervation is the cause and not the disease Immunization Diagnosis a medical delusion Toxemia simplifies the understanding of disease Acute malignancy defined What causes fatalityTo sum up Enervating habits A few suggestions Dr. Tilden tensing exercises
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THE TRUE INTERPRETATION
OF THE CAUSE OF DISEASE
HOW TO CURE IS AN OBVIOUS SEQUENCE
AN ANTIDOTE TO FEAR, FRENZY AND THE POPULAR MAD
CHASING AFTER SO-CALLED CURES
By J. H. TILDEN, M. D.
Copyright 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1935
By J.H. Tilden
WHAT more can be asked by any doctor or laymanthanaphilosophy of the cause of disease that gives a perfectunderstanding of all the so-called diseases?
To know cause supplies even the layman with adependable knowledge of how to avoid building disease,andhow to cure. When people know how to avoid diseasethey know an immunization that immunizes rationally.
Dependable knowledge of what disease really is and itscause is man’s salvation; and when it can be had with nomore effort than that required to read carefully andunderstandingly Toxemia Explained, there is little excusefor anyone, lay or professional, to live in ignorance of it.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge of how to have healthgives greatest power.
Few people know anything about the cause of disease. Tothem this book is dedicated and the freedom from medicalsuperstition it will bring them.
—J. H. TILDEN
FROM time immemorial man has looked for a savior;and, when not looking for a savior, he is looking for a cure.He believes in paternalism. He is looking to get somethingfor nothing, not knowing that the highest price we ever payfor anything is to have it given to us.Instead of accepting salvation, it is better to deserve it.Instead of buying, begging, or stealing, a cure, it is better tostop building disease. Disease is of man’s own building,and one worse thing than the stupidity of buying a cure is toremain so ignorant as to believe in cures.The false theories of salvation and cures have built maninto a mental mendicant, when he should be the arbiter ofhis own salvation, and certainly his own doctor, instead ofbeing a slave to a profession that has neither worked out itsown salvation from disease nor discovered a single cure inall the age-long period of man’s existence on earth.We hear of diet cures, dietitians, balanced rations, meatdiets, vegetable diets, and other diets—chemically preparedfoods of all kinds. The reading public is bewildered withhundreds of health magazines and thousands of healthideas. There are thousands writing on health who would notrecognize it if they should meet it on the street. Fanaticism,bigotry, stupidity, and commercialism are the principalelements in the dietetic complex that is now belaboring thepublic.Cures are what the people want, and cures are whatdoctors and cultists affect to make; but at most only relief isgiven.The periodicity which characterizes all functionalderangements of the body lends color to the claims ofcuremongersthattheir remedy has cured their patients, whenthe truth is that the so-called disease “ran its course.” Thetruth is that the so-called disease was a toxemic crisis, andwhen the toxin was eliminated below the toleration point,thesickness passed—automatically health returned. But thedisease was not cured; for the cause (enervating habits) iscontinued, toxin still accumulates, and in due course oftime another crisis appears. Unless the cause of Toxemia isdiscovered and removed, crises will recur until functionalderangements will give way to organic disease.The entire profession is engaged in doctoring crises ofToxemia—curing (?) and curing (?) until overtaken withchronic disease of whatever organ was the seat of the toxincrises.
Nature returns to normal when enervating habits aregiven up. There are no cures in the sense generallyunderstood. If one has a tobacco heart, what is the remedy?Stop the use of tobacco, of course. If the heart is worn outfrom shock, as we see it among gamblers, or among menwho are plunging in the stock market, what will cure?Drugs? No! Removing the cause.Every so-called disease is built within the mind and bodyby enervating habits. The food and dietetic insanity thatconstitutes the headliner on the medical stage just now iscausing the people to demand a diet that will cure them oftheir peculiar maladies. The idea prevails that somepeculiar diet will cure rheumatism or any other disease.Diet or food will not cure any disease.A fast, rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits,mental and physical, will allow nature to eliminate theaccumulated toxin; then, if enervating habits are given up,and rational living habits adopted, health will come back tostay, if the oneCURED will “stay put.” This applies to anyso-called disease. Yes, it fits your disease—you who writeto find out if the Tilden system of cureappliesto your case.Yes; cannot you realize that law and order pervades theuniverse? And it is the same from nebula to stone, fromstone to plant, from plant to animal, from animal to man,from man to mind, and from mind to super-mind—God. Touse a blanket expression: Law and order pervades theuniverse, the same yesterday, today and forever, and is thesame from star-dust to mind—from electron to mind.Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in healthand disease. One disease is the same as another; one manthe same as another; one flower the same as another; thecarbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the same.Yes, one disease can be cured (?) the same as another,unless the organ acted on by toxemic crises is destroyed.For example: If wrong eating is persisted in, the acidfermentation first irritates the mucous membrane of thestomach; the irritation becomes inflammation, thenulceration, then thickening and hardening, which ends incancer at last. The medical world is struggling to find thecause of cancer. It is the distal end of an inflammatoryprocess whose proximal beginning may be any irritation.The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen andnutriment, and, in degenerating, the septic material entersthe circulation, setting up chronic septic poisoning calledcancer cachexia.Disease is a common expression of universal enervation.An understanding of physiology and pathology necessitatesa firm grip on evolution as expressed in biology; orreasoning will go astray occasionally.Modern cures and immunization are vanity and vexation;they are founded on the foolish principle of reasoning fromeffect, is disease, to cause. The organ which is sufferingfrom many crises of Toxemia is discovered—it may beulcer of the stomach, then the ulcer is cut out; it may begallstone, then the stone is cut out; it may be fibroid tumorof the womb, then the tumor or womb is cut out. The samemay be said of other effects—the medical armament isturned loose on a lot of effects. This is accepted by thepublic mind as efficient treatment of disease, when in fact itis a stupid removing of effects. And that is not the worst ofsuch blundering. The operators have not the slightest ideaof the cause of the effects they so skillfully remove.In other derangements the same lack of knowledge ofcause prevails. In the treatment of deficiency diseases, thelacking element is supplied from the laboratory; butnothing is done in the line of restoring the organ tonormality. Why? Because medical science has notdiscovered why organs fail to function properly; and untilthis discovery is made, scientific blundering will continue.
If mutilation (unnecessary surgery) is required in ninehundred and ninety-nine cases to perfect the skill requiredin the thousandth case, the question of the need ofhighclasssurgerymust be answered by the mutilated orvandalized class.Is war necessary? What would be the answer of the7,485,000who were killed in the late World War, if thequestion were submitted to them? Estimate $5,000 as theman-power loss for each man; then the world lost$37,425,000,000 in this one item alone. Surgery costs theworld, in vandalizing the bodies of men, women, andchildren, as much every year. Is it worth that much for allthe real good it does? Why is so much surgery thought tobe necessary? Because of the ignorance of the people,egged on by a science-mad or selfish profession. It is morespectacular to operate than to teach people how to live toavoid chronic disease and operations. ARE PALLIATIVES EVER NECESSARY?It is doubtful if the palliation which doctors and cultistsgive is worth the disadvantage that the sick habit taughtthepatients by their doctor brings them.The drug habit taught the thousands certainlyoverbalances any relief given. Drugs to relieve pain arenever necessary. Twenty-five years in which I used drugs,and thirty-three in which I have not used drugs, shouldmake my belief, that drugs are unnecessary and in mostcases injurious, worth something to those who care to knowthe truth. YES, VENEREAL DISEASES CAN BE CUREDWITHOUT DRUGSI make no exception of syphilis, and stand ready todemonstrate the truth of what I say at any timeandanywhereto a committee of doctors.Nature cures—nature can eliminate syphilis, or any typeof infection, if all enervating habits are given up and arational mode of living adopted.
So insidious in their action are all stimulants that theunwary are surprised by finding themselves more or lessslaves to them when they are not conscious of using themto excess.The coffee headache is an example. A time comes whenit is not convenient to get the usual breakfast cup. Adullness or languid feeling appears three or four hours afterbreakfast, that cannot be accounted for until some friendsuggests that perhaps it is due to missing the coffee; but thevictim is not convinced until he proves it true by trying itout several times. Some develop a headache, and stillothers are troubled with gaping or yawning and a feeling ofoppression, due to heart enervation brought on from the useof coffee.At first stimulants gently remove awareness—remove tireand actuate the mind and body. It should be obvious toreasoning minds that borrowed activity must be paid forsooner or later.Using nerve-energy in excess of normal productionbrings on enervation. Few people waste nerve-energy inone way only. Food is a stimulant. Overeating isoverstimulating. Add to this excess one or two otherstimulants—Coffee or tobacco—excessive venery,overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount ofdrain of nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated.Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequentlytoxin accumulates in the blood. This addsa pronouncedauto-toxin stimulation to that coming from overstimulatinghabits, and completes a vicious circle. This complex standsfor a disease-producing Toxemia, which will be permanentexcept as toxin crises—so-called acute diseases—lower theamount of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until thehabits that keep the body enervated are controlled. Perfecthealth cannot be established until all enervating habits havebeen eliminated.DEFINITION of Toxemia and crises ofToxemia:—In the process of tissue building—metabolism—there is cell building—anabolism—and cell destruction—catabolism.The broken down tissue is toxic and inhealth—when nerve energy is normal—it iseliminated from the blood as fast as evolved.When nerve energy is dissipated from anycause—physical or mental excitement or badhabits—the body becomes enervated, whenenervated, elimination is checked, causing aretention of toxin in the blood or Toxemia.This accumulation of toxin when onceestablished will continue until nerve energy isrestored by removing the causes. So-calleddisease is nature’s effort at eliminating thetoxin from the blood. All so-called diseases arecrises of Toxemia.Introduction to ToxemiaTHE medical world has built an infinite literature withoutany (except erroneous and vacillating) ideas of cause.Medicine is rich in science, but now, as well as in all pasttime, it suffers from a dearth of practical ideas. The averagedoctor is often educated out of all the common-sense hewas born with. This, however, is not his fault. It is the faultof the system. He is an educated automaton. He has facts—scientific facts galore—without ideas. Ford has mechanicalfacts—not more,perhaps, than thousands of othermechanics, but he joined them to an idea which made him amultimillionaire. Millions have facts, but no ideas.Thousands of doctors have all the scientific data needed,but they have not harnessed their science to common-senseand philosophy.Without a clear conception of cause, cure must remainthe riddle that it is.The late Sir James Mackenzie—while living, the greatestclinician in the world—declared: “In medical research theobject is mainly the prevention and cure of disease.” Ifcause is not known, how is prevention or cure possible—as,forexample, by producing a mild form of smallpox or otherso-called disease by poisoning a healthy person byintroducing into his body the pathological products of saiddisease? Certainly only pathological thinking can arrive atsuch conclusions. Vaccines and autogenous remedies aremade from the products of disease, and the idea that diseasecan be made to cure itself is an end-product of pathologicalthinking. This statement is not so incongruous after weconsider the fact that all search and research work to findcause by medical scientists has been made in dead anddying people. As ridiculous as it may appear, medicalscience has gone, and is still going, to the dead and dying tofind cause.If prevention and cure mean producing disease, surelyprevention and cure are not desirable. If prevention can beaccomplished, then cures will not be needed.At the time of his death, Mackenzie was laboring todiscover prevention. A more worthy workcan notbeimagined
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