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Introduction to Toxemia
Enervation Is General
The Causes of Enervation
THE state or quality of being balanced.Figuratively, equanimity; repose.
Equanimity--Evenness of mindor temper; composure; calmness. (Standard Dictionary.)
I presume that, to be technically poised,we should be anatomically, physiologically, and chemically balanced; but, as asymmetryis the rule, we cannot hope to be balanced. We can, however, strive for equanimity--evennessof mind and temper.
Contentment comes with striving, notwith possession. Apparently this is not always true; for we see people very dissatisfiedand unhappy who are busy.
Someone has said: "Blessed isthe man who has found work." This means that he is fully occupied and contentedwith his work, not its emoluments. No man is satisfied with work that has nothingin it but the dollars he gets out of it. Nothing but creative work satisfies themind.
What is there in it? Advancement, self-development,and a chance in the future to do good are about as little as will satisfy ambition.
To make for contentment, the work mustoccupy and satisfy the mind. Idle minds are dissatisfied minds. If asked what prescriptionI would give children to secure their future happiness, I would say: Teach then tolove work! work! work! We have overworked the old saying: "All work and no playmakes Jack a dull boy." Now it is reversed to: '`All play and no work makesJack a bandit. '
If parents cannot keep children busy,the city, county, or state should furnish work--not in industrial schools, but thework that is best suited to each child. A child must be busy. Christ got busy attwelve years of age and earlier. We must be busy.
As I said, contentment comes with striving,not with possession. This is a law of psychology as l well as of physics. We shouldbe happy that we are not contented; for; if we were, we should not have anythingto overcome--no reason for striving--and, of course, fail to enjoy the work and laborof attaining.
"Man never is, but always tobe blest. (Pope.)" Because Pope made that statement, it should not be takentoo seriously. I have found many people blest who did not know it. There are moreblessings in disguise than are found in the limelight. One of the commonest blessingsof mankind is that about ninety-nine per cent of our wants we never realize. If mostpeople could cut out time as often as they wish, their lives would be greatly shortened:"I wish it were this time next year." "I wish now were ten years fromnow; I should then be through college and established in business."
The disposition of most people is toseek abridgement. Nature abhors a vacuum, and that is what abridgements are. "Get-Rich-QuickWallingford" is the ideal of all.
Short-cuts to success; a salesmanshipthat means coercing the vacillating--those of weak will, those who can be persuadedto buy prematurely, those who do not know their own minds; in short, inducing peopleto buy what they do not need and cannot afford is called good salesmanship. Whatis the matter with the people today? General indebtedness. The sales-people havemade more than they know how to spend wisely on themselves--they do not know howto fill their vacuums. Those who have been persuaded to run in high when they shouldhave stayed in low--or, what would have been better, continued to ride a bicycleor remained on foot--are distressed because of premature supply. Both extremes lackpoise, and build restlessness and dissatisfaction. The automobile is a necessity;but it has been forced into a luxury that has far outrun necessity. It has builtgreat fortunes at one end, and marked poverty at the other end, that will createa financial disease called panic, unless remedied soon. Panic is another name fora vacuum which will be filled with much unhappiness. A prediction of five years ago.
Getting through school without fillingin the time well, by short-cuts, ponies, and favoritism, builds vacuity. Time andhonest labor are necessary for building character, education, and ability in anyand all lines. In the physical as well as in the mental world the old Latin apothegmapplies: Cito maturum, cito putridum--"Soon ripe, soon rotten."Athletes die early. Why? Development is forced. Excessive use of the muscular systemforces an extra supply of blood to the muscles. This in turn forces an extra supplyof food to meet the demand of waste and supply. Overstimulation enervates, and thetoxin fails to be carried out as rapidly as formed; hence Toxemia is established,which gradually brings on degeneration of heart and blood-vessels. "No chainis stronger than its weakest link." In athletics' the strongest links are inconstant use for all the strength they have. The stability that youth gives tissueis rapidly ageing, with the result that the athlete dies of senility in youth. Fitzsimmonswas called the "grand old man of the ring" at thirty-five. In this saying,which was meant to be a compliment to the king of athletes, was an expression ofscientific knowledge beyond understanding in the sporting world--subconsciously buildingbetter than they knew; for in reality he had aged himself by stressing his body.
Youth wants to move faster than good,substantial growth justifies. Young professional men are in hot-haste to succeedtheir predecessors, always confident that they can do more than fill their places.
Today inexperience is hot-footing civilizationto a quick maturity, and obviously to a premature end. Hot-haste has ill-preparedeven those with age to be safe advisers. Knowledge not seasoned by time, experience,and poise never matures.
Poise and equanimity have become meaninglessterms in this age. The elements of success which make for ideal maturity are lackingin the welding influence of time and experience. Thc present-day mind is athletic;it is prematurely aged at the expense of time, which is required for stabilizing.Hospitals, penitentiaries, and insane asylums cannot be built fast enough to accommodatethe prematurely senile. That is what disease is--old-age tissue outrunning the supplyof new.
Too many abridgments, from the kindergartento the high school and on through college, leave vacuums to be filled by the liesof civilization, and the disease and unhappiness that false knowledge and immaturejudgment bring.
Personal peculiarities, affectations,and petty habits of all kinds are boomerangs that return to poison life's sweet dreams.
Nature smiles on those who are natural;but those who persist in grimacing, mentally or physically, she joins in a conspiracyto distort them at their pleasure. We can be happy and contented, or we can be unhappyand discontented. We can make our choice, and nature will do the rest.
I just came from a drug-store intowhich I had stepped to purchase a tube of camphor ice. The druggist fumbled, and,being self-conscious, his self-pity made it necessary for him to say that he wasfeeling bad and had been lying down most of the afternoon. He accompanied his remarkswith a sick grimace of his features and a bodily expression of weakness. He, no doubt,would have enjoyed discussing his discomforts with me, but I ignored the subjectand passed out. He is cultivating a sick habit that will spoil his life and makeof him a bore to all except those who frequent his shop hunting cures. "Miseryloves company." People with the sick habit flock together, and never appearto tire recounting and comparing their discomforts. The most insignificant symptomsare retained in memory for years. Self-pity causes them to exaggerate, and in timethey believe the worst possible about themselves. Such a life is ruined, unless completereformation is made. This state of mind brings on enervation and Toxemia. The symptomsare a general nervousness, indigestion, constipation, coated tongue, anxiety concerningcancer or some other malady that may prove fatal. The muscular system is more orless tensed. The constipation is accompanied by an abnormal contraction of the rectum.The entire body is abnormally tense. Such patients have difficulty in going to sleep,and when they are about to drop off to sleep they are awakened with a jerk--a violentcontraction of all the muscles. These people are light sleepers, and complain thatthey do not sleep at all. A few complain of headache and nausea. They are imitators,and often develop new symptoms after reading about disease or listening to othersrelating their symptoms.
Many of these cases of neurosis areoperated upon for various supposed abdominal derangements. Too often doctors treatsuch people for what they say is the matter with them. Occasionally we find self-sacrificing,amiable women who are never robust, but who live and work beyond their strength forothers. These mothers in early life had ambitions for a career, and the disappointmentbrought on a profound enervation, permanently impairing nutrition; for the one greatsorrow prevented a full return to normal. Fortunately, surcease was found in doingfor others; and in time making others happy became a vicarious nepenthe so perfectthat those whom they soothed with their sweet smiles and cheering words often said:"Aunt Mary, you must have lived a charmed life in which no sorrow ever entered."The answer would be more smiles and encouragement.
Those who find a life of service totake the place of ambition's jilts have made no mistake in the selection of the GreatPhysician; but those who seek cures outside of self are hunting cures in a Fool'sParadise.
Cures! There are no cures. The subconsciousbuilds health or disease according to our order. If we send impulses of irritation,discontent, unhappiness, complaining, hate, envy, selfishness, greed, lust, etc.,the subconscious builds us in the image of our order.
If we send to the subconscious sensualimpulses, our order is returned to us blear-eyed, with swollen features, headaches,bad breath, pain here, pain there, blurred intellect, carelessness in business, offriends, and of self. We interpret our state of disease, and send for a doctor, whofinds albumin in the urine, rheumatism in the joints, a leaky heart, threatened apoplexy,dropsy, et alii. We take his dope, his operations, his immunizations; but we continueto send sensual impulses-- big dinners, strong cigars, lascivious indulgences. Thedoctor does no good. Another and another is sent for. Skillful examinations are given.Syphilis is found. Synthetic drugs are prescribed. Other doctors examine, who findtuberculosis. And at last real skill is discovered in a physician who finds cancer.But all the time our orders are going to the subconscious, and the returns are madefaithfully in the image of their maker.
The truth is that we are not needinga doctor at all. We need a physician who will erect a reconciliation between oursubconscious maker and ourselves. What we need is to be taught self-control, poise)equanimity, repose. And when these impulses are sent over the sympathetic nervesto our subconscious maker, we shall begin to receive images of a more man, untilan approach to perfection is attained.
Self-control, with an ideal of justthe kind of person we should like to be held before the subconscious all the time,will be returned to us just as we order. We are made in the image of the ideal wehold before our maker--the subconscious. We must live it, however. Simply holdingan ideal will not get us anywhere. If our ideal is for sobriety, getting drunk willnot bring our dreams true. If our ideal is for perfect health, we certainly cannotexpect a sensual life to build it.
We may have an ideal image, but ifwe do not live it, a distortion will be created.
A disgruntled, complaining habit, buildsthat kind of an individual.
If we refuse to live composed, poised,and relaxed, we become tense and build discomfort. A contracted brow builds headache.A tense, fixed state of the muscular system brings on muscle-fatigue, which may betreated as neuralgia, neuritis, or rheumatism. A slight injury to any part of thebody, coddled, nursed, and kept without motion, may start a fixation of the muscles,causing more pain from muscle-fatigue than from the injury.
Enough neurotics have been relievedand cured of muscle-fatigue to put two schools of spine manipulators in good standingwith the people.
All through the ages mountebanks, magnetichealers, and various cults of "laying on of hands" have worked among peoplewho had time to nurse a slight injury into a very large fatigue disease. Fortuneshave been made out of vile-smelling liniments because of the supposed cures madeby rubbing the dope on sprained backs and joints. The same cures could have beenmade by simply rubbing the parts; but the minds that go with spineless people, whohave time to wait for miraculous cures, could not be made to believe that a curecould be excreted without that mysterious healing property associated with evil-lookingand vile-smelling medicaments.
A sensitive, insignificant pile tumormay set up such a tense state of the entire muscular system as to render the subjecta confirmed invalid. Such a case became a patient of mine a few weeks ago. On examination,I found an extreme contraction of the sphincter muscles. His entire body was tense,and, of course, he had muscle-fatigue, which caused him to believe that he was avery sick man. I had him lie down, and I taught him how to relax; then I introduceda finger into his rectum--very slowly, to avoid giving pain as much as possible.I was about thirty minutes bringing relaxation of the anal muscles. While manipulating,I was advising relaxation of his body. Before he left my office he declared thathe felt better than he had for two years, notwithstanding the fact he had been ina hospital and otherwise treated most of that time. I gave him instructions on howto poise, how to manipulate the rectum and anus. All his stomach troubles, and discomfortsgenerally, passed away in a week.
I have seen many invalids of nervoustype who had been treated by many doctors and for many diseases. Tension of the entirebody was one of the pronounced symptoms, and health could not be brought back untilthis habit was overcome.
The discomforts complained of by thosewho have tumor of the womb, goiter, cystitis, stomach and bowel derangements, restlargely on a basis of nervous tension, which must be overcome before comfort andfull health will return.
Position in standing, walking, sitting,and lying down may be such as to cause tension. We have occupational diseases andemotional diseases; and lack of poise complicates all of these so-called diseasesand brings on tension.
Children are prone to become nervousand excited when tired. When allowed to eat heartily, when excited and tired, theyhave indigestion. Extreme cases develop convulsions. Fear and anxiety are two elementsthat lead on to chorea.
Poise of mind and body should receiveattention early as well as late in life.
Good health late in life indicatesself-control, moderation in all things, and equanimity--poise.
Moderation does not mean the same toall people. Some men call three to six cigars a day moderate indulgence; others believethat one to six a month is temperate. Those who have an irritable heart and stomachare immoderate when they use tobacco at all.
Fortunate is the person who knows hislimitations and respects them. Of such a person it may be said that he is poised.
Wouldn't it be incongruous if in theevolution of man such an important element as autoimmunization should be left out.No animal has been forgotten in the great scheme of creation. Powers of offense anddefense have been wisely provided, and to suppose that king of all animals--man--shouldbe left defenseless is most absurd. No, man is provided with a nervous system, atthe head of which is a brain capable of thinking, which can come to the aid of aflagging nervous system and help to renew it.
When the nervous system is normal--whenthere is full nerve-energy--man is normal and immune to disease. Disease begins tomanifest only when environments and personal habits use up energy faster than itis renewed. This contingency the properly educated mind begins to remedy at onceby removing or overcoming all enervating influences.
Man's immunization to disease requiresa life so well ordered that his nerve-energy is kept at or near normal. When nerve-energyis prodigally squandered, he is forced into a state of enervation; then eliminationof the waste-products is checked, leaving the waste--toxin--in the blood, causingToxemia self-poisoning--the first, last and only true disease that man is heir to.All other poisons are accidental and evanescent, and without Toxemia can have noentree to the system. Poisons may be swallowed, injected or inoculated into the bodyand poison or even kill; but such an experience is not to be classed as disease,any more than a broken leg or a gunshot wound.
Toxin is a normal, natural productof the system, always present. Being a constant, it answers every requirement fora universal cause of all so-called diseases. All the different symptom-complexes,which are given special names, take their names frown the organs involved in thetoxin crisis; but they are not individual--they are only symptoms of vicarious elimination.For example: Tonsilitis, gastritis, bronchitis, pneumonia, colonitis, are each andevery one Toxemic crises, differing only in location and symptoms. So-called diseasesare just so many different locations where toxin is being eliminated. All are differentmanifestations of one disease Toxemia.
Toxemia is the only explanation ofwhy so many young men were refused by the examining boards during the late war. Manywere sent over to France who soon found the hospitals for they were near the limitof their toxin-resistance. The excitement used up their nerve-energy. The enervationwas quickly followed by Toxemia. Their sicknesses were given names, but the truthwas that they had Toxemia, and their diseases were crises of Toxemia, which meansvicarious elimination.
After the numerous vaccinations towhich the boys were subjected on entering the army, probably fear or apprehensionwas next in order of enervating influences.
DIAGNOSIS A MEDICAL DELUSION
Diagnosing according to modern medicalscience is a scheme of symptomatology that means nothing except a guide in discoveringorganic change--pathological change; and if no change or pathology is found, thecase is sent home, with the advice to return again in a few months; or perhaps itwill be kept under observation for a while. Even cases presenting pathological changes,such as we see in rheumatic arthritis, I have known of being sent home for six months,because no point of infection could lee found. The patient would be sent away withthe statement: "After a thorough examination, we cannot find the cause of yourdisease. Come back in about six months, and it may be showing up in that time."So much for the influence that focal infection has on the mind of the profession.Suppose infected teeth were found. or sinus infection, what of it? What causes theteeth and sinuses to be infected? Why is rheumatism a symptom of infection, and thefocal infections not a symptom of rheumatism?
The truth is that rheumatism, infectedteeth, and sinus infections, as well as every other pathology found in the body,are effects. Symptoms without lesions represent functional derangements which havenot been repeated long enough or often enough to cause organic change. If, as diagnosisgoes, the cause is to be found in the disease, at what stage are we to look for it?Is it at the beginning, or in the fully developed organic change, or in the deadman? Mackenzie believed that it should be looked for at the very beginning, whichmeant with him the earliest change. He believed that an intensive study at this stagewould discover cause. This was a mistaken idea of his, which is proved by the factthat the cause of rheumatism and cancer cannot be found early or late, and that thosewho believe germs cause disease cannot find them until pathology is found. It appearsto me, after being in the game for over fifty years, that a plan which has receivedso much labor without reward should be abandoned.
Diagnosis is so fraught with the elementof uncertainty that no reliance can be placed upon it.
Research occupies an army of laboratoryexperts in hunting the cause of disease, and also cures. They are doomed to fail;for how is it possible to find cause in effects?
The specialist is so limited in hisknowledge of the philosophy of health and disease that he becomes deluded on thesubject; and this delusion often causes him to see meningitis, appendicitis, ovaritis--orany disease that happens to be the subject of his specialty--in every case broughtto him. As a matter of fact, most attacks of disease of any and all kinds get well,whether treated or not, if they have not passed from functional to organic.
This statement needs a little explanation.It is said that eighty per cent who fall sick get well, or could get well withoutthe aid of a doctor. All so-called attacks of disease of whatever kind are crisesof Toxemia, which means vicarious elimination of Toxin that has accumulated abovethe saturation (toleration) point. These crises may be symptoms which we call cold,"flu," tonsilitis, gastritis, headache, or some other light malady. Theycome today and are gone in a few days. If treated, we say they were cured. If theyare not treated, we say they got well without treatment. The truth is that the surplustoxin--the amount accumulated above the point which can be maintained with comfort--iseliminated, and comfort returns. This is not a cure; it is one of nature's palliations.When the cause or causes of enervation are discovered and removed, the nerve-energyreturns to normal. Elimination removes toxin as fast as developed by metabolism.This is health--this is all there is to any cure. In a few words: Stop all enervatinghabits; stop eating; rest until nerve-energy is restored to normal. When this isaccomplished the patient is cured. A short or long fast is beneficial to most sickpeople. Those who are afraid of fasting should not fast. All other so-called curesare a delusion, and at the most a passing palliation; but enough such cures are performeddaily to keep a large army of doctors and cultists in bread, butter, and a degreeof respectability. The cured patients, however, glacier-like, move steadily downto the river Styx --thousands and thousands of them years before their time, manyeven before their prime, and all maintaining a false belief concerning what diseaseis, and a more foolish notion concerning cures.
TOXEMIA SIMPLIFIES THE
UNDERSTANDING OF DISEASE
When a child shows symptoms of highfever, pain, and vomiting, what is the disease? It may be indigestion frown overeatingor eating improper food. It may be the beginning of gastritis, scarlet fever, diphtheria,meningitis, infantile paralysis, of some other so-called disease. The treatment,according to the Philosophy of Toxemia, may be positive and given with confidence.There need be no waiting for developments, no guessing, no mistakes. What is doneis the correct treatment for any so-called disease, named or not named. Get rid ofthe exciting causes, whatever they are. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the stomachand bowels are full of undigested foods. Wash out the bowels, and get rid of thissource of infection. Then give a hot bath of sufficient duration to furnish completerelief from any pain. When discomfort returns, give another bath. Use an enema everyday, and twice daily if symptoms demand.
So long as there is fever, rest assuredthat the bowels are not cleaned out. Provide plenty of fresh air and water, and keepthe patient quiet. See to it that nothing but water goes into the stomach until thefever and discomfort are entirely overcome; then give very light food at first.
A child that is given meat and eggsand an excess of milk is liable to develop putrefactive diseases. It is doubtful(and I believe impossible) if any child brought up on fruit, whole wheat and othergrains, and vegetables can ever evolve diphtheria, scarlet fever, or smallpox, ordevelop septic fever--typhoid.
The methods of the regular practiceof medicine are in keeping with the habits of body and mind that lead to malignantdisease, epidemics, etc. As a man thinketh, so is he.
The regular profession believes inantitoxin, vaccine, and autogenous remedies; and these remedies fit the psychologyof a mode of living that leads to vicious types of disease.
Most people are in sympathy with impossiblecures--cures without removing causes.
All so-called cures will some day beproved a delusion. Remember that children will not be sick if they are not toxemic.Let the local manifestations be what they may, the basic cause is always the same--Toxemiaplus septic infection; and if this state is not added to by food, cases treated inthis way will be aborted--jugulated, if you please. Doctors who have seen only regularpractice will declare that the cases recovering in this manner are irregular andlacking in intensity. Of course, they are not typical; for they have not been complicatedwith fear and disease-building treatment.
Doctors will say: "Suppose itis a case of diphtheria? Antitoxin should be used, for it is a specific." Whatis diphtheria? A toxemic subject with gastro-intestinal catarrh becomes infectedfrom decomposition of animal food eaten in excess of digestive powers. The symptomsare those of tonsilitis, showing a grayish exudite covering the tonsils or otherparts of the throat, accompanied by a disagreeable, pungent, fetid breath. Thereis great prostration. Subjects developing these symptoms have been living haphazardly.Their eating has been too largely of animal foods and starch--the conventional mixtures--anddevoid of raw vegetables and fruit. The only animal food may be milk, and the patienta young child. There have been running before, for a longer or shorter term, gastricirritation, constipation, perhaps several gastric attacks--acute indigestion.
In some cases the physical state isso vicious that a severe development of gastro-intestinal putrefaction may end fatallyin from one to three days. These are the cases supposed to be overwhelmed by thediphtheritic toxin, which means an acute protein-poisoning--intestinal putrefaction--ina subject already greatly enervated and toxemic.
ACUTE MALIGNANCY DEFINED
Malignancy occurs in toxemic subjectswho have been carrying continuously a state of gastrointestinal indigestion froma surfeit of food, in which animal substances, possibly only milk, predominated.The entire organism is more or less infected by the protein decomposition. A feast-daycomes along; an excess produces a crisis; and the organism, which is enervated andtoxemic to the point of no resistance, is overwhelmed by septic poisoning.
WHAT CAUSES FATALITY
Fatal cases in all epidemics are food-drunkardswho are very much enervated, toxemic and infected from putrescence in the bowels.
It is a crime to feed anything to thesick. No food should be given until all symptoms are gone; then fruit and vegetablejuices (never any animal foods not for weeks). A hot bath should be administeredthree times daily. Wash out the bowels by enemas every few hours, until all putrescentdebris is throughly cleared out; and, when possible, give a gastric ravage daily,until the stomach and bowels are thoroughly cleared of all putrescence. The lifeof the patient depends upon getting rid of the putrid food still remaining in thebowels, before enough putrescence is absorbed to cause death. All epidemic diseasesare wholesale food-poisonings among people who are pronouncedly enervated and toxemic.The poisoning by food is on the order of poisoning by chemicals. Those who have leastresistance (are most enervated and toxemic) suffer most and succumb the easiest;for the poisoning brings on a crisis of Toxemia, and the two nerve-destroying influencesoverwhelm the reduced resistance, and may end in death unless wisely treated. Allacute diseases are gastro-intestinal infections acting on toxemic subjects. The moreenervated and toxemic the subject, the more severe the crisis. Certainly anyone withintelligence should see the danger in giving food when the exciting cause of thedisease is food-poisoning.
Keep the patient warm and quiet, andin good air. More treatment is meddlesome. Getting rid of putrefaction is most important.Such diseases develop only in those of pronounced enervation and toxemic, and thoseof very bad eating habits.
TO SUM UP
To sum up briefly the difference betweenthe toxemic methods and "regular medicine": Toxemia is a system based onthe true cause of disease--namely Toxemia. Before Toxemia is developed, naturalimmunization protects from germs, parasites, and all physical vicissitudes.
Toxin is a by-product as constant andnecessary as life itself. When the organism is normal, it is produced and eliminatedas fast as produced. From the point of production to the point of elimination, itis carried by the blood; hence at no time is the organism free from toxin in theblood. In a normal amount it is gently stimulating; but when the organism is enervated,elimination is checked. Then the amount retained becomes overstimulating--toxic--rangingfrom a slight excess to an amount so profound as to overwhelm life.
The treatment is so simple that itstaggers those who believe in curing. Heroic treatment is disease-building. Findin what way nerve-energy is wasted, and stop it--stop all nerve-leaks. Then returningto normal is a matter of time, in which nature attends to all repairs herself. Andshe resents help--medical officiousness.
In writing and giving advice, I oftenmake the mistake of taking for granted that the consultant understands what I havein mind. Why should he, when I have not given oral or written expression to my meaning?
In the matter of stopping nerve-leaks,it is easy for me to say: "Find out in what way nerve-energy is wasted, andstop it--stop all nerve-leaks," etc. I am appalled at my stupidity in sayingto a patient to stop enervating himself, and allowing the matter to end by namingone or two gross enervating habits; for example: Stop worry; stop smoking; stop stimulants;control your temper; stop eating too rapidly; stop allowing yourself to become excited.Stopping one enervating habit benefits; but dependable health brooks no enervatinghabits at all.
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Introduction to Toxemia
Enervation Is General
The Causes of Enervation