Impaired Health


A Repudiation of the Conventional Treatmentof Disease







Author of "Criticisms of the Practice of Medicine," "Cholera Infantum," "Typhoid Fever," "Diseases Of Women and Easy Childbirth,". "Gonorrhea and Syphilis," "Appendicitis," "Care of Children," "Food," Vols. I and II




   I have found no better definition for disease than the following: Disease is the morbid process considered in its entire evolution from its initial cause to its final consequence; affection is a morbid process considered in its actual manifestations, apart from its cause.







COPYRIGHT, 1921, 1960






Publisher's Foreword

   Thereprinting of this Volume and Volume II has been made possible through a former patientof Dr. Tilden's. This grateful patient (now in his mid-eighties) wishes to leavethese teachings of Dr. Tilden's to humanity, We are grateful for the trust bestowedupon us to distribute these volumes.

   Thetext in Volume I has been completely reset and rebound. It is otherwise unchangedin anyway. It now matches the third edition of Volume 11 (revised in 1938 by Dr.J. H. Tilden before his death in 1940).

Health Research,

Mokelumne Hill, California

January 15, 1960



Publisher's Preface

   Dr.John H. Tilden, the son of a physician, was born in Van Burenburg, Illinois, on January21, 1851. He received his medical education at the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati,Ohio, a medical school founded in 1830 as a protest against the allopathic and homeopathicschools of medicine of that time. He was graduated in 1872, with the degree of doctorof medicine. From the best information we can obtain, his father was a Dr. JosephG. Tilden, who came from Vermont in 1837 to Kentucky, in which State he married.

   Dr.John H. Tilden started the practice of medicine at Nokomis, Illinois, then for ayear at St. Louis, Missouri, and then at Litchfield, Illinois, until 1890, when hemoved to Denver, Colorado. In Denver he located in the downtown business section,in an office with other doctors. Later he established a sanitarium in an outer sectionof the city. This sanitarium and school he conducted until 1924, when he sold theInstitution, for about half of what he had plowed back into its development, to aDr. Arthur Voss, of Cincinnati, Ohio, intending to devote himself to writing andlecturing. However, he soon became discontented without his school and after a periodhe bought two residences on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Denver, united them into oneand opened a new sanitarium and school, having to borrow from a friend a part ofthe money with which to make the purchases. This probably was in 1926. This schoolcontinued until the Doctor's death, on September 1, 1940.

   Itwas during the early years of his practice in Illinois, that Dr. Tilden began toquestion the use of medicine to cure illness. His extensive reading, especially ofmedical studies from European medical schools, and his own thinking, led him to theconclusion that there should be some way to live so as not to build disease, andin this period his thoughts on toxemia began to formulate and materially develop.From the beginning of his practice in Denver, the Doctor used no medicine but practicedhis theory of clearing the body of toxic poison and then allowing nature to makethe cure, teaching his patients how to live so as not to create a toxic conditionand to retain a healthy body free of disease. An uncompromising realist and a strictdisciplinarian, the Doctor wasted no time on those who would not relinquish degeneratinghabits, but to his patients and disciples he was both friend and mentor.

   In1900 he began the publication of a monthly magazine called "The Stuffed Club,"which continued until 1915, when he changed the name to "The Philosophy of Health,"and in 1926 the name was changed to "Health Review and Critique." His writingfor his publication was almost entirely done in the early morning hours, from threeuntil seven. The purpose of the publication was not to make money but to spread knowledgeof the Doctor's teachings. In time it attained a wide circulation, not only in thiscountry but also abroad, even in Australia, but it never produced revenue, for theDoctor refused to make it an advertising medium, as often urged to do by advertisingfirms. As his death revealed, after sixty-eight years of practice, the Doctor hadaccumulated only an exceedingly modest estate. His life was pre-eminently one ofself-sacrifice and of devotion to service, searching after truth, with an indomitablewill and with an intense fortitude to adhere to the truth when discovered. In hisday the Doctor's thoughts received no support from the established medical professionbut brought the strongest of opposition and condemnation.

Frederic N. Gilbert





   Inwriting a book, the author should have an object. it has been my endeavor to makemy object so plain in the first volume that he who runs may read it. In spite ofthis fact, however, I have resolved to say a few words regarding what I wish to accomplish,hoping in doing so that I may induce someone, who otherwise might not read beyondthe preface, to read at least the first volume.

   Certainlymy object cannot be to give to the public the only semi-professional book on thesubject of health, thereby filling a long-felt want; for there are hundreds preceding.

   Myobject would not bespeak rational judgment if it should be to make money; for myreading public is too small to make so selfish a desire feasible. I admit that Ishould not despise any contingent that would sweep the sales into such a grand totalas to put thousands of old Croesus' dollars on the credit side of my bank account;for I do not believe I should have any trouble in finding many more ways than I haveof using them in choking, strangling, and even killing a "bit" of the witheringand blighting influences of medical superstition on many of the human race who arenow, and will be, physically and mentally doomed by it. I shall not be disappointedin this matter; for well I know that King Croesus has no dollars to be spent in lesseninghis power and fame, which are founded on error, ignorance, selfishness, and superstition.He has billions with which to build institutions for educating mankind into, andperpetuating, mental slavery; but not a sou--not even a widow's mite--to free a singlethought that might break the spell of superstition on mankind, and start an influencethat would bring rationalism--a mental breadth and understanding--which could seethe absurdity of an ethics and religion that breed disease and wars as legitimateoffspring. The most benighted henchmen of our present system talk most of cures andfreedom; but the only cures they know are habit and disease-building, and the onlyfreedom they ask for in their prayers is to have their God perpetuate their superstitions.

   Myobject is to aid those who care to have a rational understanding--those who wouldhave more than a slave's or a child's conception--of cause and effect as appliedto disease and cure; not only on matters of health, but to aid a little in gainingan inspiration point for an understanding of nature which must be the road to Good--toan understanding of God!

   Itis painful to see people, who appear to have reasoning power, babbling and reachingfor prescriptions and formulas, as a spoiled child reaches for the moon, and whoare as disappointed in not getting the cure-alls as the child is when not servedto the moon. It is not mind-stupefying formulas that man needs; he needs knowledgeof fundamental principles--then he can make his own formulas. The world has beenoverrun by all kinds of cures and curers--charmers, exorcists, enchanters, diviners,conjurers, manipulators of fetiches, magicians, and medicine-men. And how far advancedis modern medical science today? Have we not doctors of thaumaturgy--sleight-of-hand--doingwonderful things in transforming "fallen mankind" into immunized beingswho are no longer subject to the laws of nature, by vaccination, inoculation, andserum injections; are not our drug stores full of magical remedies; and have we notdays set apart for invoking divine guidance? Are we not heathens in our thinking?Are we not barbarians in our actions? Are we not Antichrist in practice?

   Thechild-mind cannot understand why it cannot be told in a few words just how to getwell and stay well; how to be saved from its sins, and continue saved in spite ofits sinning; for it cannot conceive other than that disease and sin must be entitieswhich can be overpowered by an antidote and forever done away with. The people arenot so much to blame for such childish beliefs, when we see a great and supposed-to-bewise profession teaching specific causes, specific immunities and cures-when we seea commercialized surgical profession cutting out effects without; knowledge or eventhought of cause, and having the honors of knighthood conferred on them by a publicthat is more benighted, if that be possible.

   Neitherprofession nor people appear to have the slightest conception that they might, witha small mental effort, secure a few fundamental principles that would lead them outof the wilderness of haphazard and make them safely their own physicians. First ofall, however, they must learn that the really good physician prevents disease; thathe cannot cure anything. Because of a lack of this knowledge, sickness has becomemore natural, or more to be expected, than health. Sickness is looked upon by thepeople, the state, the nation, as inevitable; and precautions, immunizations, andpreventions are in keeping with these false ideas. The reverse is true. If we livefor health, and seek health instead of disease, we find it. Post-mortems, vivisections,and laboratory investigations are all in the line of looking for disease-and we havefound disease galore. If we look for health, it can be found.

   Isthere any excuse for all the sickness, and for the supposed scientific techniquethat is formulated for doctors and nurses to carry out in such heathenish, grandiosemanner as we see it in grandly conducted hospitals and sanitariums as well as inprivate life? None whatever. This is an instance of reversion of the natural order--wherethe doctors, nurses, and institutions are the cause, and the patients and patronsof the institutions are the effect. Little do the public and those who run thesesupposed-to-be necessary institutions know that each and every such plant is a collegefor educating the people into the sick habit. Every graduate of one of these institutionsgoes out an advocate and teacher of the fallacy.

   Thesestatements will fall, for the most part, on stony understandings, and will fail totake root immediately and grow; but they are as true as the eternal verities, andwill some day be common knowledge. Meantime the horrors of the sick-chamber and surgicalrack will continue.

   Asa refutation of the necessity for all the so-called remedies carried into the sick-room--surgery,drugs, prescriptions, vaccination, serum injections; faith, suggestion, and mindcures; the laying on of hands, and every other device known and used as remedial--Ioffer my simple methods; namely, that of taking nothing into the sick-room, and ofdoing nothing that can be likened to the modern conception of healing. My methodsare devoid of any suggestion of mysticism or supernaturalism, and are not above theunderstanding of the most commonplace mind, unless its simplicity appears uncannyto distorted understandings.

   Igo into the sick-room without a so-called remedy, and, what is best of all, withoutthe need of one. There is no faith cure offered; there is no hocuspocus, legerdemain,nor play on the superstition or credulity of the patient. There is nothing resortedto which may give the impression that unusual or supernatural power is to be used.

   Aftergetting the history of the case, I explain how the patient happened to get sick,how his life differs from nature's requirements, and how he may get well. No drugs,no manipulations--nothing but keep still and don't build disease by foolish actsof mind or body!

   Whencause is known, the remedy will be self-suggested to the most commonplace mind. Thisbeing as fundamental as truth always is, it has been my endeavor, in writing thisbook, to lead the reader's mind into such an understanding of the human body thatthe cause of sickness will be understood and the cure become a natural sequence.

   Ithas been my endeavor to show that matter, in its transformation into being, is attendedthroughout life by two handmaids; namely, unorganized ferment--enzyme-and organizedferment--the bacterium or microbe.

   Bothof these ferments are necessary. One, the enzyme, presides over the physiologicalprocesses, and the other, the bacteria, presides over the pathological processes.Both work together. For instance, in an inflammation or a wound, the building orreparative material is brought to the diseased process by the circulation, and fittedfor being molded into cells, and the cells into tissue, by enzymes; the waste productsare liquefied and fitted for discharge by the bacteria. With a suspension of eitherof these processes, reparation cannot be made. Digestion, assimilation--nutrition--mustbe attended by the two ferments. A variation of either disturbs and perverts health,and this is what we call disease.

   Diseaseis health thrown out of an ideal state by the thousand-and-one environmental (exogenous)and internal (endogenous) influences.

   Ihave tried to, explain all these influences, their causes and their effects. If Ihave succeeded as I hope, the reader will be put in possession of a self-protectingknowledge that will make sickness and inefficiency unnecessary. At least I have triedto make health and its sequels optional with an intelligent people who are favoredwith an opportunity to read this book--Impaired Health--Its Cause and Cure.




CHAPTER I : Medicine-asa Science, as an Art

CHAPTER II: Disease-WhatIs It?

CHAPTER III: TheStudy of Medicine
I. Pathology

   A. Etiology

      1. Environmental Agents
      2. Physical Agents
      3. Chemical Agents
      4. Animate Agents

      5. Nervous Reactions
      6. Nutrition
      7. Diatheses
      8. Heredity

      9. Pathology of the Fetus
      10. Inflammation
      11. Septicemia
      12. Tumors
      13. Synergies

   B. Pathogeny
   C. Pathological Physiology
   D. Pathological Anatomy
   E. Symptomatology
   F. Nosology
II. Diagnosis
III. Prognosis
IV. Therapeutics