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Ill health is so prevalent in our modern society all over the world that doctors of all the so-called "healing systems" are beset with a mass of people who are seeking relief from their aches and pains and their disabilities. All these systems and their practitioners are jostling each other to get to the patient first, so that they can claim that their method is successful in bringing the much needed relief and amelioration of the symptoms to their patients.|
This "remedy mentality" is as prevalent among the practitioners as much as in their patients. I do not blame the patients, the mass of suffering humanity who, not knowing anything better, are forced to seek palliative measures in order to cope with their day to day living, free for a time being at least from their pain wreaking agony.
I witnessed this phenomenon in no uncertain terms when I recently attended the "Third World Congress of Alternative Medicine" in Sri Lanka, where I was invited to speak.
There were people (delegates) from 90 different countries, and as many "-pathies" represented. There were loads of homeopaths, allopaths, herbalists, aromatherapist, 2-3 naturopaths, a few osteopaths, quite a few representatives of the Indian indigenous medicine, i.e. aurvedatherapist, unanitherapist, yogatherapist, psychotherapists, etc., but a great majority were practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine representing macrobiotics, acupuncture and acupressure therapists. May I say that there was but one sole representative of Natural Hygiene.
I heard a lot of papers, some very impressive on various diagnostic procedures, some very erudite explanations of why a particular drug or herb or tincture had such and such an effect, and some very impressive demonstrations of pain control and analgesic effects of acupuncture therapy. I was lucky enough to be chosen to witness a few major surgical operations done without any chemical anaesthetic, relying solely on acupuncture.
I was not surprised to learn that they (i.e., the representatives of various therapies) who all paid lip service to the dictum that "Nature alone heals" and that "healing is a biological phenomenon" were adamant that their various therapies influenced this "biological process" to accelerate or speed up the healing.
Everybody claimed to have results. Each therapy vied with each other in claiming "cures". The most vociferous were the acupuncture therapists, this ancient art of "needling" is gaining ground fast, not only in so-called Third World countries, but in Europe and America as well.
The advantage they have over others is that no cost is involved in purchasing drugs and chemicals and hence no side effects from taking such deleterious substances into the body.
The relief they gave to their patients cannot be denied. I was myself witness to several cases whose response to acupuncture was miraculous compared to the orthodox allopathic medicine under which they were.
I try to be objective in my observations and one of their theories "the motorgate" response is, reasonable. It was a pity that Dr. Herbert M. Shelton was not there to comment his views. For example, in cases of paralysis due to poliomyelitis I saw cases where after 8-15 years of paralysis, the patient was once again able to walk after continuous acupuncture treatment. Their explanation was that in long-standing Bell's palsy, hemiphlegia, poliomyelitis, etc., the anterior horn cells (or their equivalents) are not all dead or irreversibly damaged as commonly presumed, but are more often than not in a state of "suspended animation" or "hibernation", so to speak. Acupuncture is able to successfully stimulate these dormant cells with the consequent activity that follows. For the scientific minded there is enough neurological material I can recommend to study.
However not a single advocate of a single therapeutic school stressed the importance of teaching the patients "a change of their lifestyle" to create health out of sickness or to prevent sickness.
That ill health and sickness are due to enervation and toxaemia, which are the results of one's day-to-day living habits, was left to me to spring upon this erudite audience. The importance of wholesome food, sound nutritional habits, rest, sleep, fresh air and sunshine, mental and emotional poise, the use of physiological rest (fasting) and good postural habits and the need for vigorous daily exercise were not even considered by the learned professors and doctors who thronged the halls.
When I explained that most of them even with their varying therapies got successful results because most diseases were of a self-limiting nature and, that the living organism always works towards repair and regeneration and health as soon as a chance is given, this was an eyeopener to most of them.
One professor (a MD) from Germany attacked me by saying, "It is impossible for anyone to fast for 20-40 days without damage occurring." He was flabbergasted into silence and "No comment", when I told him I had successfully fasted 25,000 people over a period of 30 years, many of whom had fasted precisely that long and were better specimens of health due to their fast and hygienic habits. The same professor blatantly exposed his ignorance of "Fasting Physiology" by saying, "The brain cannot live without sugar and the sugar is used up by the fasting body in the first five days."
All in all a Hygienic bombshell in their midst started a lot of them thinking and quite a few book orders were taken to send them books on fasting and other hygienic literature.
So what price this "Remedy mentality" has to pay? The patient undergoing any other so-called therapy is at a great disadvantage. He blindly assumes that the therapy he is receiving will "cure" him and hence makes no self-effort towards recovering from his disability.
It is a question of from the frying pan into the fire. He forsakes one crutch for another more refined. He has no conception about the causes of his ill health, when he pursues homeopathy, biochemical salts, herbal medicine, aurveda, acupuncture, etc. The whole art of therapists is to disturb the even tenure of their patients' habits as little as possible and work within that framework. To request a patient not to smoke or drink or be gluttonous or lazy is interfering with the freedom of the individual, a cockeyed view if ever there was one.
This sort of "remedy mentality" perpetuates from one generation to another the wrong idea that disease is due to chance and the only recourse is how to drastically reduce the symptoms and signs (warning bells) of diseases as soon as possible.
Such a mentality is a breeding ground for physical, intellectual, moral and emotional decadence.
The "Remedy mentality" has to be stamped out, exposed for what it is, and Hygienic concepts and precepts taught in all schools, colleges and homes. Only then can the world begin to build health upon the foundations of health.
Healing and health resources in our time are primarily directed towards the relief of symptoms. This is not only true of modern allopathic medicine, but is true as well of almost all the "holistic" therapies. As I pointed out the Congress in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) was a perfect example of not being concerned for the cause of suffering, but by the cry of pain. This is not to imply that these therapies have no value in easing the symptoms and bringing much needed relief from pain. While response to symptoms is essential, there is another essential to health and healing which appears to be sorely neglected.
It is an observable fact that building a "supportive lifestyle" can both prevent and heal most diseases. This is, in fact, a step beyond holistic healing or even preventative medicine. Only Natural Hygiene believes that a supportive lifestyle is beneficial for its own sake, without consideration of "prevention". A "supportive lifestyle" is, by definition, health. It is preventative without making prevention its objective. It is corrective without making symptoms a focus. It may well be the "ultimate" healing philosophy or technique.
Correction without focusing on symptoms could be a most important factor in our approach to health and diseases. Too often, a very ill patient finds his disease and his symptoms to be the most important factors in his life. All his time and energy may become concentrated on the symptoms. Anything that becomes all important to an individual is likely to "hang around". Whatever is concentrated on, even in an attempt to rid oneself of it, becomes too great a part of life to release.
For this and many other reasons, a supportive lifestyle may be the ultimate healing philosophy and technique.
A supportive lifestyle according to Natural Hygiene is a combination of habits and approaches to the challenges of life, which are deliberately chosen to combat and avoid self-destructive behaviour. It is a combination of good diet, good thinking habits, good stress management, good relationships, vigorous physical activity and sound emotion management. It is a balanced attention to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of life that is based on "wanting to" rather than "being afraid not to".
So the message of this Spring 1983 to all my readers is:
When Life is
A challenge Meet it,
A tragedy Face it,
A sorrow Overcome it,
A journey Complete it,
An adventure Dare it,
A struggle Accept it,
A duty Perform it,
An opportunity Utilise it,
A dream Realise
A promise Fulfil it,
A game Play it,
A bliss Taste it,
A song Sing it,
A mystery Unfold it,
A beauty Worship it,
A milestone Keep it in view.
(By K.R. Sidhwa)
I dedicate the following poem to my friend and mentor Dr. H.M. Shelton.
Looking at the world with quiet eyes,
Living in perfect harmony with all,
Undisturbed his mind ever at rest!
He neither loveth nor hateth:
He neither grieveth nor desireth:
Renouncing both good and evil,
He accepts all that comes
As the will of the Divine Nature:
Alike is he in cold and hot,
In pleasure, pain,
In censure, praise,
Devoid of all attachments,
His mind is firm in faith,
His heart is full of Devotion,
And in the shifting scenes
of this changing world,
He clings to Mother Nature alone
in Her finds his shelter true!
(By K.R. Sidhwa)
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