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From The Hygienic Dictionary
Source: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor
Cure.  There is no "cure" for disease; fasting is not a cure.
Fasting facilitates natural healing processes. Foods do not cure.
Until we have discarded our faith in cures, there can be no
intelligent approach to the problems presented by suffering and no
proper use of foods by those who are ill. _Herbert Shelton, The
Hygienic System, v. 3, Fasting and Sunbathing._  All cure starts
from within out and from the head down and in reverse order as the
symptoms have appeared._ Hering's Law of Cure._  Life is made up
of crises. The individual establishes a standard of health
peculiarly his own, which must vary from all other standards as
greatly as his personality varies from others. The individual
standard may be such as to favor the development of indigestion,
catarrh, gout, rheumatic and glandular inflammations, tubercular
developments, congestions, sluggish secretions and excretions, or
inhibitions of various functions, both mental and physical, wherever
the environmental or habit strain is greater than usual. The
standard of resistance may be opposed so strenuously by habits and
unusual physical agencies--that the body breaks down under the
strain. This is a crisis. Appetite fails, discomfort or pain forces
rest, and, as a result of physiological rest (fasting) and physical
rest (rest from daily work and habits), a readjustment takes place,
and the patient is "cured." This is what the profession and the
people call a cure, and it is for the time being--until an unusual
enervation is brought on from accident or dissipation; then another
crisis. These crises are the ordinary sickness of all communities--
all catalogued diseases. When the cold is gone or the hay-fever
fully relieved, it does not mean the patient is cured. Indeed, he
is as much diseased as before he suffered the attack--the
crisis--and he never will be cured until the habits of life that keep
up toxin poisoning are corrected. To recover from a crisis is not a
cure; the tendency is back to the individual standard; hence all
crises are self-limited, unless nature by maltreatment is prevented
from reacting. All so-called healing systems ride to glory on the
backs of self-limited crises, and the self-deluded doctors and their
credulous clients, believe, when the crises are past, that a cure
has been wrought, whereas the real truth is that the treatment may
have delayed reaction. This is largely true of anything that has
been done except rest. A cure consists in changing the manner of
living to such a rational standard that full resistance and a
balanced metabolism is established. I suppose it is not quite human
to expect those of a standardized school of healing to give
utterance to discovered truth which, if accepted by the people,
would rob them of the glory of being curers of disease. Indeed,
nature, and nature only, cures; and as for crises, they come and go,
whether or not there is a doctor or healer within a thousand miles.
_Dr. John. H. Tilden, Impaired Health: Its Cause and Cure, 1921._
The accelerated healing process that occurs during fasting can
scarcely be believed by a person who has not fasted. No matter how
gifted the writer, the experiential reality of fasting cannot be
communicated. The great novelist Upton Sinclair wrote a book about
fasting and it failed to convince the multitudes. But once a person
has fasted long enough to be certain of what their own body can do
to fix itself, they acquire a degree of independence little known
today. Many of those experienced with fasting no longer dread being
without health insurance and feel far less need for a doctor or of
having a regular checkup. They know with certainty that if something
degenerates in their body, their own body can fix it by itself.
Like Upton Sinclair and many others who largely failed before me, I
am going to try to convince you of the virtues of fasting by urging
you to try fasting yourself. If you will but try you will be changed
for the better for the rest of your life. If you do not try, you
will never Know.
To prompt your first step on this health-freedom road, I ask you to
please carefully consider the importance of this fact: the body's
routine energy budget includes a very large allocation for the daily
digestion and assimilation of the food you eat. You may find my
estimate surprising, but about one-third of a fairly sedentary
person's entire energy consumption goes into food processing. Other
uses for the body's energy include the creation or rebuilding of
tissues, detoxification, moving (walking, running, etc.), talking,
producing hormones, etc. Digestion is one aspect of the body's
efforts that we can readily control, it is the key to having or
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