by Virginia Vetrano, B.S., D.C.

   "We have been riding piggy-back on the shoulders of colossi," said Dr. Shelton to me only recently. When I asked him to name the giants he had in mind, he quickly repeated the names of: Isaac Jennings, Sylvester Graham, William A. Alcott, Mary Gove, Russel T. Trall, George H. Taylor, Thomas Low Nichols, James Caleb Jackson, Robert Walter, Charles E. Page, Felix Oswald and John H. Tilden. These are the names of the men and women who figured most prominently in the revival and evolution of Hygiene.

   Speaking of Graham, Trall once wrote that in the Science of Human Life Graham suggested that all the forces of the material world--heat, light, electricity, magnetism, attraction, etc.--were but modifications or different manifestations of the same essential principle. Less than a quarter of a century elapsed, said Trall, before this doctrine was universally accepted under the grandiloquent title of the "correlation of forces." This is but one example, among many, that could be given, demonstrating the outstanding intellects of the men who were responsible for the modern revival of man's pristine way of life.

   Every discovery belongs to the generation in which it occurs rather than to the individual who is credited with making it. No great truth ever dawned in its fullness upon the mind of man without a longer or shorter preparation. As Newton said of his own work: "It was by standing on the shoulders of giants" that he was able to make his discoveries. Copernicus had conceived the true theory of the universe; Kelper had developed a series of astronomical laws; Galileo had demonstrated remarkable truths; Dr. Hooke had suggested the existence of attraction and Bouillaud had declared that, "If gravity exists, it would decrease as the square of the distance." It remained only for Newton to conceive and then demonstrate that all planetary motions and laws depend upon one grand primal force under the control of one invariable law, which together constitute the true principle of physical science and mechanical evolution.

   Dr. Shelton is a giant himself, hence his eager willingness to acknowledge standing on the shoulders of former giants of Natural Hygiene. It took a great mind to synthesize a true science of life out of the works done by pioneer Hygienists. It required verification and evaluation, plus elimination of faulty inclusions handed down from our predecessors. It required a constructive thinker to weed out the true from the false contained in early theories and practices of Hygiene, and to synthesize what we now know as the Hygienic System or Natural Hygiene.

   Genius is often like a Pegasus, admired but mistrusted, while the inertia of mediocrity inspires confidence by suggesting kinship with the common herd. Dr. Shelton is admired, but not mistrusted, by nearly all who hear and read him, because of his adept but unassuming candid and lucid manner of presenting Hygiene to the people. In a world that is filled with dishonesty, his honesty, like his zeal for Natural Hygiene, stands out like a bright and shining jewel against a dark and dingy backdrop of greed and deceptiveness of commercialized medicine.

   Be he reformer or revolutionist, a man is interesting chiefly from the cause to which he is related. If the cause is truthful in principle and commanding in aim, if it is as profound in its law of action as it is sublime in its conception, if it redeems men from error, then the man who asserts its claim to consideration becomes clothed with its own dignity. For, as truth makes men, so they grow in proportion to the light shed by the causes they espouse. The greater a man's attachment to truth, the larger he grows, so that as soon as he becomes converted to certain principles, he begins to grow in stature.

   Dr. Shelton has so grown in stature from his espousal of truth, that to all students, patients, disciples and co-workers, he has become somewhat of a hero. His pupils and disciples are constantly "picking his mind" to see what his opinion is on every subject. There are few who understand the principles of Natural Hygiene as well as he does.

   Early in Dr. Shelton's career, he recognized the great need for education in correct ways of life. "Perhaps the greatest want of our age," he says, "is a correct knowledge of the physiology of our being and the laws that govern life, health and disease." It is pathetic that people die from transgression of the simple laws of life, when a little knowledge of biologic law would not only prevent them from becoming food for worms, but make life more enjoyable and more fulfilling. A great pathos of woes mounts to the heavens each day because millions, lacking knowledge, unknowingly trample upon the laws of life. Many who are not ignorant of the laws of life or of the necessity of observing them, suffer because they lack the courage and self-control to change their ways of life.

   Long ago Dr. Shelton realized what thousands in the Hygienic movement do not yet realize, that you cannot convert what Graham called the "drugging cult" into Hygienists. Consequently, all his efforts and aims have been toward educating the common people into better ways of life, in order to free them from the spell of the drug pusher. He says that education must be done out of the schools, not only because "The physiologic and medical departments of modern universities and colleges are intended to cultivate the art of being methodically ignorant of what everybody knows," but also "because it is not possible for a teacher in one of our educational institutions to write and speak objectively upon a subject, the triumph of which would wreck the special interests that support the institution from which he draws his salary."

   Many teachers who have tried introducing a little Natural Hygiene into their classroom have been promptly asked to discontinue this "folly" or resign. A few who were firm in their convictions and tired of keeping glorious truths to themselves, left the teaching profession. Exultant in their recovered health, these teachers have sought to shout the news to suffering humanity, especially to young growing children, so that they may prevent the ravages and suffering of improper living, but have been quashed by the powers that be.

   Instead of teaching the value of exercise, rest, sunshine and other proper living habits, modern education emphasizes antibodies and immunization programs, and the dangers of malevolent micro-organisms. Instead of teaching a true mode of living that we may prevent disease, they teach a false system of disease prevention that people may continue in their pathogenic ways of living with a false sense of security. There is more money in immunizing programs than in teaching health truth.

   As for facts, we have a world filled with them, enough we think to justify us in our assertion that Hygiene is superior to all other systems of care ever tried. It has been estimated that man's collective knowledge, the sheer bulk of accumulating facts, doubles every ten years, but facts alone are inadequate to the production of a science. Science, it goes without saying, must have facts, and many of them, but if facts are all that we have, we have no science. Facts may be organized into a science, only if and when the basic law controlling them is found.

   The arts of Hygiene are based upon such a science. Hygiene is founded upon biologic law. These laws govern all living things and we are required to obey them or suffer the inevitable consequence of disobedience--disease and early death.

   Dr. Shelton has been expounding Hygienic principles since 1919. He did not waste much time trying to educate the practitioners of the various schools of curing, who are steeped in their modalities and drugs. "Our concept of the layman is inadequate," he says. "We are inclined to assume that he knows far less than, in reality, he does know and that he is capable of much less understanding than he actually possesses. This is the reason that we tend to avoid, perhaps too much so, discussions of problems which may be difficult to explain in an elementary manner, and impossible to explain completely--but which might challenge the layman to think a bit more deeply and seek further information. If we take seriously our task of informing intelligent laymen, we will not shrink from the work of leading these men and women into the more abstruce paths of knowledge."

   In this book and in all of Dr. Shelton's other writings, he has ardently attempted to reach the minds of laymen by expressing himself in language that everyone understands, but which nevertheless requires some serious thought and sometimes a peek or two into the dictionary.

   A difficulty of teaching Hygiene is that newcomers have previously learned myriads of medical fallacies. From kindergarten through college, every year young people are crammed with "health education," which is not much more than advertising of commercial medical schemes. Consequently, people are well brainwashed in medical fallacies and are closed to new truths. In their acquisition of knowledge they have not learned to distinguish between reality and sham--between things that have in them substance and intrinsic value and things that are only fictitious and have at best only a suppositious value. They cannot distinguish between the true and the false, for their childhood acquisition of knowledge was false and they have no basic principles from which to reason. It takes many years to weed their minds of their cultivated fallacies. That which has been learned through misconception and mistutoring must be discarded for a clearer knowledge of the laws of nature. We must learn our relations to the things and conditions about us and how we may use, and not misuse or abuse all things.

   If we take into consideration the vast amount of physiological knowledge and systematized thought of Hygienists of the past and present, that now exists in the world, waiting to be learned, if men will only learn it, the ignorance of our leaders is nothing short of startling--the ignorance of the man-in-the-street is appalling. Elbert Hubbard advised: "Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you'll see farther." Hubbard was an optimist. He seems not to have realized that when we get there, we tend to close our eyes to the distant vista or to turn our backs upon it.

   Uncounted millions of people in this civilization of ours live and die without ever understanding where they have been, how they got there, where they are at any given time, or where they are headed. It is, perhaps, not possible to awaken these somnambulists and get them to view the world in which they live. But should we not be able to open the eyes to those who would lead mankind? Should it not be that our teachers, politicians, physicians, theologians, first open their eyes and see? More often than not, however, they are the last to comprehend a true science of life themselves, as they are too obscured by their own particular interests. A highly educated man has been brainwashed in the field of health for a whole lifetime, hence his obfuscation is irremediable.

   Tilden once stated that "all positive knowledge must take root in nature and on this foundation social ethics rest." We have a world that is teeming with men and women who are highly educated in negative knowledge, that is, with knowledge that is not made to blend and unite with man and nature. They have a lot of information about a lot of things, but no knowledge about themselves. They know too much and yet have an indifferent education regarding the laws of life. A well educated young woman recently said to me: "I like malted milks. I know they are not good for me, but I don't care." She is a typical product of negative education--an education that is not related to and not blended with human life.

   Many fools pass as very wise men solely because they have memorized the contents of numerous textbooks and passed the standard examinations, but they know nothing about the laws of life. One may be an Einstein in mathematics and sick with indigestion. With all his education, he may take an aspirin or an antacid for his discomfort and behave as though it has no cause. He may die at an early age because of such ignorance. This is a waste of 25, 30 or more years of the most valuable, productive and fertile time of an individual's life. His education has not educated him.

   Prejudice--that little, snappish, rabid, purblind poodle-dog of old fogyism--is the vilest curse of our physical, intellectual and moral education. Our educational institutions are busy cramming our children's minds with prejudices. In high schools and colleges, where truth should prevail, we find textbooks containing near-truths and candid fallacies, ignorances and superstitions. Hence, prejudices and opposition to truth are rampant, as these always accompany false education and superstition, with all their darkening and debasing influences. Textbooks are written in such a manner that truths are purposely hidden.

   There is strong fear of truth in our educational institutions. Were professors to begin teaching certain basic truths, they would immediately lose their job. They fear for their livelihood and stifle their inner urge to speak out. They are intellectual slaves, who can always find masters to tell them how to think and what to say. Those who seek for freedom in earnest will sooner or later make their way out of their dungeons into the light of day. They will develop the courage of the Hygienists and dare to speak the truth, "though the heavens may fall."

   Why is there such a fear of truth today? Why is there so evident a desire to turn away from what may be regarded as a controversial subject, particularly if it runs counter to preconceptions and popular doctrines? It has been hammered into us from kindergarten through college, that we must not speak of any subject which might offend anyone. An exciting and fruitful academic argument is frowned upon in society. We must confine our conversation to sports, the weather, or our recent operation. There is a complete lack of ability of the average American to carry on an intelligent conversation. We are all taught to be good listeners. That's all that counts, say all our etiquette books. If we all just listen, who are we going to listen to? On the contrary, there is a great need today to bring out the ability of the child to analyze, criticize and discuss the many and varied issues of our day. A little friendly academic discussion is invigorating and inspires thought.

   Because of ingrained prejudices of students, teachers, professors, and the man-on-the-street, Hygienists must be both courageous and adamant in their convictions. Our ideas, our motives, and our characters are assailed with a violence, which in a dark age, would have consigned us to dungeons or lighted for us inquisitional fires. Our prison is a conservative ostracism--we are pilloried in the public press--and the fires of persecution glow for us in the rage of our enemies.

   This age has to learn the great fact, that no living truth can be crushed out of the minds of men. If our science of Hygiene is false, let it be so proved. We believe it to be true, and truth of the most vital importance to the purity and progress of the race. How can we progress when we suffer physically and mentally? Obviously, our progress is limited so long as we are ill. Drugged and tranquilized bodies are incapable of functioning normally.

   Past and present Hygienists have so firmly believed in the truths of Natural Hygiene and in its capability of bringing man out of his lethargy and drug-induced miseries, that they have been willing to go to jail for their beliefs and practices. They have been men who have loved truth.

   The love of truth impels the lover of truth wherever the truth lies. A genuine love of truth possesses as an inseparable and essential characteristic, a willingness to be governed by it implicitly, and to follow it, both theoretically and practically, wheresoever it may lead, even though this may only be done at the complete sacrifice of our preconceived and most cherished notions, and of our good opinion of ourself.

   If one stumbles upon the truth about health and disease, and is a lover of truth impelled to follow every new truth one learns, there is no turning back. One may become peeved when truth blocks indulgence in a cherished vice. In the long run, however, one is happier in knowing the truth and glad to be able to follow it, for therein lies superior health and happiness.

   When the devotees of any dogma, whether in religion, politics, medicine, or science, shrink from the light of thorough searching and impartial investigation, they manifest a latent consciousness of the weakness or error of the dogma, and apprehension that the light of clearly unfolded truth will reveal its deformity and untenableness. They are afraid to learn truth, as it will nullify all their beliefs and practices. They will be compelled either to be hypocrites thereafter or to follow the truth wherever it may lead.

   "Wisdom," said Trail, "is ever crying in the streets, but how few are there who listen to her voice." They are afraid to listen to the voice of truth, because truth is always radical--it gets to the root of things. Trail said, "There never was a greater fallacy than the adage, that truth is a medium between extremes. Truth is always radical, always ultra: it is invariably an extreme or the other of any given proposition."

   A genuine science declares its own truth; it does not have to be declared true by some powerful society or governmental body. Hygiene is not apparently true only, it is invariably a true science. Practices based upon its broad principles always follow a set pattern, and the results can be predicted in every instance. This cannot be said of medical practice, where each time a dose of drug is given to an individual, one should always expect the unexpected.

   It may be argued that medicine is scientific (it is at least experimental) and Hygiene is not. The truth is just the opposite. Medicine is not and never was a science. It is a manner, mode, or method of treating the sick. Physiology, biology, anatomy, etc., are sciences, based on demonstrable principles, but these are not medicine. Although in becoming a physician, the medical student is required to study these sciences, medicine is not based on them. Medicine lacks a single principle that can be demonstrated, either by reason or experiment. Its modes of treatment are ephemeral, a thing that would not be so were they truly scientific.

   Dr. Shelton is no disciple of the school that holds that "scientists" can do no wrong. He does not believe in the infallibility of "scientists." He does not believe that "science" is a body of perfect knowledge, that all of its "facts" are facts and all of its theories and hypotheses are true. He does not believe that all of its techniques are the best and that all of its practices are good. There is much that is done, he says, "in the name of 'science' and that has the endorsement of 'scientists' or many 'scientists' that is definitely evil." "The remedy for all of this may be more science, but only if we define science to be truth and recognize that if it is not truth, it is not science."

   The "experimental method," with all of its admitted shortcomings, holds the mind of modern man in a vice-like grip. Its hold upon man is not weakened by the obvious fact that it has brought the race to a pitiable plight. By and large, we continue to submit meekly, unquestioningly, in many instances unknowingly, to the harmful practices that have been originated by the experimental method. Let me not be understood as denying any value to the experimental method. I plead only for a reappraisal of its results and of the situation into which its results have gotten us, as the cloud-fog of irrationality that surrounds us today is probably without equal at any other period of human history.

   Science is but an infinite handicraftsman using the materials of the world around us out of which to mould his brain-children. A science is a nexus, that is, an integrated body of facts and laws and classifications, with its emphasis not upon a mere summarizing of fact-knowledge, but also on the necessary timeless relationships between the great body of facts that enter into the structure of the science, and the laws that give it structure.

   Einstein is quoted as having said: "There is no finality in science." This would seem to indicate that what we know as science today is somewhat in the nature of an interim report of the processes of research, a process that had its origin in the dim past and which will proceed for an indefinite time. The search will go on so long as there are scientists searching for objective truth. This same fact is indicated by the frequent protestation of scientists that all of their conclusions are tentative and subject to change, alteration or to being discarded as further discoveries are made.

   As scientists make discoveries and new facts are uncovered, we should welcome them. Unfortunately, new truths are fought with the strength of a Goliath. New truths interfere with the image we have of ourselves. We are too proud to admit we have been wrong in the past, so the new truths are rejected, out of self-conceit, or to prevent some profitable activity from being destroyed by it.

   It would be interesting in the history of science to investigate the reasons why certain large classes of facts have been rejected from time to time--why, for instance, was the church of Rome so peculiarly aggrieved that the earth should go round the sun and not the sun around the earth; why certain people, even now, think of the earth as flat; why a large group of present-day people object to living on an earth that required more than seven days for its completion; why the medical profession that once fumed and shivered when Mesmerism was mentioned now uses hypnotism, which is but the name given by James Braid to Mesmerism.

   People of this age are rapidly losing confidence in medicine. Every issue of contemporary magazines and newspapers contains news items and articles on the hazards of certain drugs. No doubt the medical profession is possessed of a vast amount of learning, but in an age that is fast learning to think for itself, we find the people seeking elsewhere for health. What good is a vast amount of learning if what you have learned is not true?

   The medical profession has from the beginning based its practices upon false principles, hence throw physiology out the window and poison the sick with nostroms. We do not seek warmth of an iceberg, so why seek health from a poison? Let's get our principles straight. Health comes from healthful influences and agencies. Drugs, all of which are poisons, do not belong among the health-building factors of life.

   Physicians prescribe drugs according to the prevailing method taught them when in college. By the time they have finished college, new drugs have supplanted the older ones, compelling them to get their information about drugs from the detail man, or from the drug companies themselves. Thus, the physician is led into a very damaging and lethal practice. Until he has used a drug for some time, he does not know its side effects. He is forced to rely upon the accuracy and honesty of the drug companies in detailing the side effects of their products. The drug companies, however, are not going to go to any more expense in testing their new drugs than necessary, and they do not inform the physician of all the side effects of their drugs unless compelled to do so by an overburdened Food and Drug Administration.

   The February 16, 1968 issue of Time magazine carried an article describing the lethal effects of Chloromycetin. This article stresses the fact that the company was compelled to give the facts to the physicians, rather than having honestly informed them at the outset. The article says: "While Parke-Davis has aggressively promoted its product, it has had to yield to demands from the Food and Drug Administration to temper its advertising with warnings . . . "

   This drug and others have been found to produce aplastic anemia, yet it is prescribed by physicians for minor ailments, which according to all medical authorities, do not yield to antibiotics. Physicians have learned to drug their patients and they know nothing else. There is also the fact that for each treatment, a handsome fee is received.

   If you harbor the illusion that the medical profession is composed of altruistic, philanthropic and gentle mannered gentlemen, then you are indeed naive. The whole of their inoculating and drugging practice is one huge commercial frame-up against the people. If you believe that this is and always has been the best of all possible worlds, if you are so thin-skinned that you seek to evade the cruelty and harsh reality of your own and past times, this story is not for you.

   Physicians condemn Hygiene for the reason that once their patients learn how to live intelligently, there is no more need for them. Their condemnation of Hygiene is its greatest praise. Indeed, if they condoned Hygiene, we could almost be sure there was something lucrative about it. The condemnation of Hygiene by the medical profession does not negate its validity.

   It is common for physicians to discredit recoveries under Hygienic care and to insist that they are not real. They recognize as genuine only those rare instances of recovery that occur under drug treatment and are likely to describe as imaginary the sufferings of those who turn elsewhere for succor. They have evolved an elaborate technique of self-deception in this area and do not hesitate to attempt to transfer this deception to the public at large.

   Is it possible that a man who has suffered for years with asthma or arthritis can be mistaken in thinking that he is now free of suffering? Can he be mistaken in thinking that for years prior to adopting Hygiene, despite trying every healing art available, he never got well? In reality, he grew worse despite the many treatments he underwent. Is it an illusion for him to think that as he used the normal elements of life for the restoration of health, he gradually evolved into good health?

   An intelligent man does not need much argument to convince him that the normal things of life, with which life is sustained and health preserved, are the things with which to restore health. He readily perceives the absurdity of trying to restore health with the foes of life.

   Those who run to the physician for every ache and pain do so at the expense of their health. More often than not the side effects of drugs are worse than the disease for which they are given: Drugs produce more troubles than those listed under side effects and iatrogenic diseases, and are often the sole cause of failure to recover health.

   The drug medical system has all the free publicity it wants, and its practices and pretended advances are blazoned from every news media available. This fact does not make their system true. To have faith in drug medicine is like losing sight of the substance and adopting a shadow. It is mistaking the praise for the principle. It is mistaking the sound for the sense. It mistakes a great noise for a great principle.

   Physicians prescribe drugs to squash symptoms so that their clients may continue their daily routine, experiencing as little pain or discomfort as possible. But in doing this, they do not educate their patients out of their disease-producing habits. Consequently, as cause continues to operate, the patient's condition grows progressively worse. The patient is unaware of this progressive pathological deterioration until the morphological change is so great that it is impossible for him to ever regain health.

   Dr. Shelton states: "Medical men do not teach people how to live, but on the contrary, dose their customers with substances that are antagonistic to life and to the functions of the vital organism, and if life is not destroyed by their dosing, health is greatly impaired. To destroy and supplant this false and fatal system, we need a multiplication of teachers who will teach the people a true science of life. The spread of truth will overthrow all systems of fallacy."

   Hygienists have a great work to do. Before they can teach a genuine science of life, they must first weed from the minds of their students their false medical theories and superstitions. Customs are difficult to break. It is very unpleasant to many people to see long established usages broken and cherished prejudices set at naught, even when a great good is achieved thereby.

   Dr. Shelton says that he makes no effort to please third-graders. He thinks that every man who comes in contact with Natural Hygiene in some way should inform himself about the simple facts of life. He states: "If they are so brain lazy that they will not make an effort to inform themselves about the simple facts of life, if they are incapable of thinking, if they refuse to think, if they are so besotted that their minds refuse to function, we cannot reach them with the glorious message of `health by healthful living.'" . . . "Even those patients who, once having been freed of their most annoying symptoms, return, like the dog to his vomit, to their former sensuality and excesses, cannot be saved from the fate they weave for themselves."

   I have seen a patient cry as she viewed the menu of a banquet which her husband was attending, even though it was many such banquets which placed her in the serious condition that drove her to the Health School in the first place. Oh, how they hate to give up their disease-producing habits! Many would rather remain ignorant of the laws of life, that they may violate them without compunction.

   Not so far off as it may seem, there lies a great battle in which the gathering forces of Hygiene shall meet the forces of medicine to determine the victor. There are faint signs in the multitude of disquietude and fear of modern medicine. The medical profession has become ostentatiously boastful of their "achievements," which have all proved such disastrous failures that even a child can discern the colossal emptiness of their boasts, as well as the deadliness of their practices.

   Wendell Phillips said, "We are apt to feel ourselves overshadowed in the presence of colossal institutions. We are apt to ask what a few hundred or a few thousand persons can do against the weight of government, the mountainous odds of majorities, the influence of the press, the power of the pulpit, the association of parties, the omnipotence of wealth . . . No matter where you meet a dozen earnest men pledged to a new idea--wherever you have met them, you have met the beginning of a revolution. Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past; its foundations are laid far back. The child feels; he grows into a man, and thinks; another, perhaps, speaks, and the world acts out the thought. And this is the history of modern society."

   The Hygienic revolution will be similar. The pioneer Hygienists were the thinkers. Dr. Shelton formulated their thoughts into a consistent science, and soon the world will adopt these thoughts. We must be brave, he says. "Our enemies acquire strength only as we ourselves lose it. Meet them bravely and we are victors; fly before them and we are lost." "If we have struck one good blow against the hoary abominations of treating the sick by the administration of poison, we have not labored in vain."

   Dr. Shelton has made his position clear on this greatest of all movements in the history of mankind. He has spent 48 years writing about Hygiene, so that Hygiene's position be well documented. Hygiene must not again be stolen and perverted by the medical profession, as it was in the 1880's. When this was done, the practicing Hygienists laid down their swords, thinking they had won, because the medical profession had accepted Hygiene.

   This was a false assumption. The sword was sheathed too soon. It remained for Dr. Shelton to reopen the battle. He has devoted his life to the study and promulgation of Natural Hygiene and has shown that medicine and Hygiene are antagonistic forces. They cannot coexist. Hygiene annuls medicine.

   As true reform always goes forward and revolutions never go backwards, the coming Hygienic revolution can do nothing but surge ahead. As it gains momentum, it will rapidly snowball into Health For The Millions!

   The iridescent light of Hygiene is spreading and dissipating the unhealthy fogs of terror, ignorance and prejudice; the forces of regeneration are purifying human society and the universal adoption of Hygiene will establish human health.

   Hygienists should not lose hope. We believe that truth will ultimately prevail. We think that as sure as the sun rises and sets, so will the principles of Hygiene be acknowledged as the true life principle, while the practices of the old schools of so-called medicine will be thrown aside, and finally swallowed up in oblivion.

   One may have knowledge of healthful living, but it is only in its proper application to the improvement and happiness of man that knowledge becomes power. The knowledge is here in this book. It is necessary that we acquire self-control in our ways of living and gain control of our polluted environment to guarantee that boundless health prevail. We need, most of all, to tap our sources of information and make use of the great store of laboriously accumulated knowledge in the creation of a better tomorrow.

   To accomplish this object, we need but two things--the thought and the means. The thought is in this book, and is being absorbed by the minds of millions. Ages of want, oppression and misery have brought forth the thought of a glorious future, and the means are at our hands. We have them in the great increase in knowledge, in the brilliant discoveries of science, in the vast force of machinery, in the powers and economics of combination and association.

   The dawn of a new era of human society is brightening over the earth.