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Many people who have had occasion to observe the wonderful results of natural treatment in chronic diseases of the so-called incurable types have an idea that while the natural methods are good enough to cure tuberculosis, cancer, infantile paralysis, locomotor ataxia, etc., they are not sufficient to cope with inflammatory feverish diseases. They seem to think it requires "good, strong medicine" or surgical treatment to cure acute diseases.
Some years ago we cured a lady of cancer of the lower jaw after she had undergone three operations and had been told that it was necessary to remove the entire lower jaw bone in order to save her life. Such treatment seemed rather heroic and drove her to a Natural Therapeutic practitioner. After six months of natural living and treatment the affected jaw was in sufficiently good condition to support a set of artificial teeth and she has been in good health ever since. I met her about a year ago on a street car, and in answer to my inquiry as to the state of her health, she replied, "I am feeling fine, but I have had a lot of trouble in the family. Since I was with you I lost one of my daughters with diphtheria. Another daughter injured her breast through a fall. This resulted in a hardening of the breast and in the formation of an open sore. The doctor who treated her claimed there was danger of cancer and on his recommendation the breast was removed; since that time my daughter has not felt well."
On inquiry she admitted that diphtheria antitoxin had been administered in the diphtheria case. I asked her Why in the name of common sense she had not called on us or some other Nature Cure physician for advice and treatment. "Oh, well," she answered, "I did not know that you treated such cases. I thought you cured only chronic diseases like mine." Surely, some people get well under natural treatment and never know what has cured them.
As a matter of fact, it is in the treatment of acute diseases that our methods show the most marvelous results. In the treatment of chronic diseases we undertake the most difficult and most thankless work of healing practice. When John recovers from measles, mother thinks the doctor performed a miracle, but when a patient recovers, under natural treatment, slowly and laboriously from advanced stages of cancer or tuberculosis, it scarcely arouses attention. The symptoms of acute disease are so much more terrifying and the recovery is so quick and complete that it impresses the lay mind as a remarkable performance of the attending physician. It is this which keeps alive the old school system of medicine. The laity does not understand that acute disease is in itself the cure, and the doctor gets the credit for Nature's healing efforts. The same is true of Christian Science. The disease which it tries to ignore and whose very existence it denies is in reality the cure. Nature does the curing with or without Science, but the healer gets the credit.
In the first volume I have described the results of the that is, suppressive treatment of acute diseases. I shall now say a few words about the simple and uniform methods of natural treatment.
If the uniformity of acute diseases be a fact in nature then it follows that it must be possible to treat all acute diseases by uniform methods.
That it is possible to treat all acute diseases most successfully by natural methods which anybody possessed of ordinary intelligence can apply, has been demonstrated for more than seventy years by Nature Cure practitioners in Europe, and by myself during the last seventeen years in an extensive practice in this country.
One of the many advantages of natural treatment is that it may be applied right from the beginning, as soon as the first symptoms of acute febrile condition manifest. It is not necessary to wait for a correct diagnosis of the case. The regular physician, with his "specific" treatment for the multitude of "specific" diseases which he recognizes, often has to wait several days or even weeks before the nature of the disease becomes clear to him, before he is able to diagnose the case or even to make a good guess and prescribe his specific remedy.
How difficult this is was proved by the candid report of Dr. Cabot, which is now making the rounds in medical journals and other publications. Dr. Cabot, who is in charge of the Autopsy Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital, made the statement that autopsies in 1,000 cases of deaths that occurred in the above named institutions revealed the fact that only 53 percent of the diagnoses made before the deaths of the patients had been correct. From this it follows that in 47 percent of these cases the patients were doctored for diseases that they did not have.
The conscientious medical practitioner has to postpone actual treatment until the symptoms are well enough defined to enable him to affix the orthodox label.
Meanwhile he applies "expectant treatment", as it is called in medical parlance, that is, he gives a purgative or a "placebo", something or other to "placate", or to make the patient and his friends believe that something is being done.
But during this period of indecision and inaction very often the best opportunity for aiding Nature in her healing efforts is lost, and the inflammatory processes may reach such virulence that it becomes very difficult or even impossible to keep them within constructive limits. The bonfire that was to burn up the rubbish on the premises may, if not watched and tended, assume such proportions that it damages or destroys the house.
It must also be borne in mind that very frequently acute diseases do not present the well defined sets of symptoms which fit into the accepted medical nosology or symptomatology. On the contrary, in many instances the symptoms suggest a combination of different forms of acute diseases.
If the character of the disease is ill defined and complicated, how then is the physician of the old school to select the proper "specific'' remedy? Under such circumstances the diagnosis of the case as well as the medical treatment will at best be largely guess work.
Compare with this unreliable and unsatisfactory treatment the simple and scientific, exact and efficient natural methods. The natural remedies can be applied from the start at the slightest manifestation of inflammatory and febrile symptoms. No matter what the specific nature or trend of the inflammatory process, whether it be a simple, cold, or whether it take the form of measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, smallpox, appendicitis, etc.,it makes absolutely no difference in the mode of treatment. In instances the natural treatment will have broken the virulence of the attack or brought about a cure before the allopathic physician would get good and ready to apply his "specific" remedy.
The natural methods of treatment of acute diseases ensure the largest possible percentage of recoveries and same time do not in any way tax the system or cause undesirable after effects which may develop into many forms of chronic invalidism.
The most important of these natural remedies can be had free of cost in any home. They are Air, Fasting, Water and the right Mental Attitude.
I am fully convinced that these remedies offered freely by Mother Nature are sufficient, if rightly applied, to cure any acute disease arising within the organism. If circumstances permit, however, we may advantageously add, when indicated, manipulation of the spine, massage, magnetic treatment and homeopathic remedies.
A plentiful supply of fresh pure air is of vital importance at any time. We can live without food for several weeks and without water for several days, but we cannot live without air for more than a few minutes. Just as a fire in the furnace cannot be kept up without a good draft which supplies the necessary amount of oxygen to the flame, so the fires of life in the body cannot be maintained without an abundance of oxygen in the air we breathe.
Fresh air is of vital importance at all times, but especially in acute disease because here, as we have learned, all the vital processes are intensified. The system is working under high pressure. Large quantities of waste and morbid materials, the products of inflammation, have to be oxidized, that is, burned up and eliminated from the system.
In this respect nature cure practitioners have brought about one of the greatest reforms in medical treatment -the admission of plenty of fresh air into the sickroom.
But, strange to say, the importance of this most essential natural remedy is not as yet universally recognized by the representatives of the allopathic school of medicine. Time and again I have been called to a sickroom where "by order of the doctor" every window was closed and the room filled with pestilential odors, the poisonous exhalations of the diseased organism added to the stale air of the unventilated and often overheated apartment.
It is not the cold draft that is to be feared in the sickroom. Cold air is most agreeable and beneficial to the body burning in fever-heat. What is to be feared is the reinhalation and reabsorption of poisonous emanations from the lungs and skin of the diseased body.
Furthermore, the ventilation of a room can be so regulated as to provide a constant and plentiful supply of fresh air without exposing its occupants to a direct draft. Where there is only one window and one door, both may be opened and a sheet or blanket hung across the opening of the door, or the single window may be opened partly from above and partly from below, which insures the entrance of fresh, cold air at the bottom and the expulsion of the heated and vitiated air at the top. The patient may be protected by a screen, or a board may be placed across the lower part of the window in such manner that a direct current of air upon the patient is prevented.
In very cold weather, or if conditions are not favorable to constant ventilation of the sickroom, the doors and windows may be opened wide for several minutes every few hours, while the patient's body and head are well protected. There is absolutely no danger of taking cold if these precautions are observed.
Under right conditions of room temperature, frequent exposure of the patient's nude body to air and the sunlight will be found most beneficial and will often induce sleep when other means fail.
I would strongly warn against keeping the patient too warm. This is especially dangerous in the case of young children, who cannot use their own judgment or make their wishes known. I have frequently found children in high fever smothered in heavy blankets under the mistaken impression on the part of the attendants that they had to be kept warm and protected against possible draft. In many instances the air under the covers was actually steaming hot. This surely does not tend to reduce the burning fever heat in the body of the patient.
Total abstinence from food during acute febrile conditions is of primary importance. In certain diseases which will be mentioned later on, especially those involving the digestive tract, fasting must be continued for several days after all fever symptoms have disappeared. In cases of extreme weakness, and where the acute and sub-acute processes are long drawn out and the patient has become greatly emaciated, it may be advisable to give such easily digestible foods as soft boiled egg, milk, buttermilk, and whole grain bread with butter in combination with raw and stewed fruits, and with vegetable salads prepared with lemon juice and olive oil.
There is no greater fallacy than that the
patient must be "sustained" and "his strength
kept up" by plenty of nourishing food and drink or, worse
still, by stimulants and tonics. This is altogether wrong in
itself, and besides, habit and appetite are often mistaken for
A common spectacle witnessed at the bedside of the sick is that of well meaning but misguided relatives and friends forcing food and drink on the patientoften "by order of the doctor"when his whole system rebels against it and the nauseated stomach expels the food as soon as taken. Sedatives and tonics are then resorted to in order to force the digestive organs into submission.
1. Why Fasting Is Necessary: Aversion to eating during acute diseases, whether they represent healing crises or disease crises, is perfectly natural, because the entire organism, including the mucous membranes of stomach and intestines, is engaged in the work of elimination, not assimilation. Nausea, slimy and fetid discharges, constipation alternating with diarrhea, etc., indicate that the organs of digestion are throwing off disease matter, and that they are not in a condition to take up and assimilate food.
Ordinarily, the digestive tract acts like a sponge which absorbs the elements of nutrition; but in acute diseases the process is reversed, the sponge is being squeezed and gives off large quantities of morbid matter. The processes of digestion and assimilation are at a standstill. In fact, the entire organism is in a condition of prostration, weakness and inactivity. The vital energies are concentrated on the cleansing and healing processes. Accordingly, there is no demand for food.
This is verified by the fact that a person fasting for a certain period, say, four weeks, during the course of a serious acute illness, will not lose nearly as much in weight as the same person fasting four weeks in days of healthful activity.
It is for the foregoing reasons that nourishment taken during acute disease.
a) Is not properly digested, assimilated, and transmuted into healthy blood and tissues; instead, it ferments and decays, filling the system with waste matter and noxious gases;
b) interferes seriously with the elimination of morbid matter through stomach and intestines by forcing these organs to take up the work of digestion and assimilation;
c) diverts the vital forces from their combat against the disease conditions and draws upon them to remove the worse than useless food ballast from the organism.
This explains why taking food during feverish diseases is usually followed by a rise in temperature and by aggravation of the other disease symptoms. As long as there are signs of inflammatory, febrile conditions and no appetite, do not be afraid to withhold food entirely, if necessary, for as long as five, six or seven weeks.
I have treated several virulent cases of typhoid-malaria that lasted for six weeks before the acute febrile symptoms subsided. During this time the patients did not receive any food whatsoever, not even a drop of milk. I continued the fasting during the seventh week in order to allow time for the building up of the intestinal membranes which had sloughed as a result of the inflammatory processes. Toward the end of the seventh week the patients developed natural hunger. Then the feeding commenced and they made perfect recovery, gaining more in flesh within a few months than they had lost during the illness.
In cases of gastritis, appendicitis, peritonitis, dysentery, or typhoid fever, abstinence from food is absolutely imperative.
2. Breaking the Fast: After fever and inflammation have entirely subsided, a few days should be allowed for the healing and restoring of the broken down tissues before any food is taken. Many of the serious chronic after effects of these diseases are due to too early feeding, which does not allow the healing forces of Nature time to rebuild sloughed membranes and injured organs.
After a prolonged fast, great care must be observed when commencing to eat. Very small quantities of light food may safely be taken at intervals of a few hours. A good plan, especially after an attack of typhoid fever or dysentery, is to break the fast by thoroughly masticating one or two tablespoonfuls of popcorn. This gives the digestive tract a good scouring and starts the peristaltic action of the bowels better than any other food.
The popcorn may advantageously be followed at intervals by small amounts of raw subacid fruit.
For several days or weeks after a fast, according to the severity of the "acute disease" or healing crisis, a diet consisting largely of raw fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit, apples, pears, grapes, etc., and juicy vegetables, especially lettuce, celery, cabbage slaw, watercress, young onions, tomatoes or cucumbers should be adhered to. No condiments or dressings should be used with the vegetables except lemon juice and olive oil.
1. As the system needs more oxygen in febrile diseases, so it also needs more fluids. Excessive drinking, however, has a weakening effect. Increased production and accumulation of heat in the body evaporates more water and much water is needed to dilute and eliminate the morbid products of inflammation through the skin, kidneys and bowels. Therefore water should be given freely, mixed with acid and subacid fruit juices. The best of these are the juices of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange. (sec. XI, No. 6) If the acid juices for any reason do not agree with the patient, they may be alternated with the juices of stewed prunes or figs. Grape juice contains too much sugar. It would tend to increase heat production unnecessarily.
The acid and subacid fruit juices do not contain sufficient amounts of starches, fats or proteins to start the digestive processes; on the other hand, they are very rich in the positive alkaline mineral elements which the system needs in order to neutralize and eliminate pathogenic substances liberated in large amounts through the inflammatory processes. The fruit juices are also natural tonics to all the vital organs and the finest antiseptics in Nature. In brief, they are Nature's best remedies in acute as well as in chronic diseases.
2. Flaxseed tea is a valuable remedy for colds, croup and catarrhal diseases. It has a soothing and healing effect upon the raw and sore membranes of the throat, and upon the digestive and urinary organs. Take a few tablespoonfuls when needed to allay the soreness in the throat and bronchi.
The best way to prepare this tea is to boil a tablespoon of flaxseed in one and a half pints of water for five minutes, then strain and add some honey and lemon juice.
3. Rutabagas furnish another splendid remedy for colds, croups and catarrhs. Take a large rutabaga, scrub clean with a vegetable brush but do not peel; then wipe dry. Remove top and scoop out center, leaving a shell about an inch and a half in thickness. Fill cavity with unrefined brown sugar or with pure maple sugar. Now place in a very slow oven or on top of a cookstove for eight to twelve hours, in such a way that the sugar and the juice of the rutabaga form a thick syrup. Care must be taken that the applied heat is not too great, lest it bake the root and dry up the syrup. If the sugar absorbs too fast, more must be added. A teaspoonful of this syrup should be taken whenever needed to allay the irritation and soreness in the throat and bronchi.
4. Teas made from watercress, asparagus or juniper berries have a relaxing effect upon the urinary organs and are therefore valuable aids to promote the flow of scanty urine. (See Sec. XIX, Nos. 5 and 6, p. 173.)
We claim that in acute diseases water treatment will accomplish all the beneficial effects which the old school practitioners ascribe to drugs, and that it will produce the desired results much more efficiently and without any harmful by effects or after effects upon the system.
The principal objects to be attained in the treatment of acute inflammatory diseases are:
a) To relieve the inner congestion and consequent pain in the affected parts.
b) To keep the temperature below the danger point by promoting heat radiation through the skin.
c) To increase the activity of the organs of elimination and thus to facilitate the removal of morbid materials from the system.
d) To increase the positive electromagnetic energies in the organism.
e) To increase the amount of oxygen and ozone in the system and thereby to promote the oxidation and combustion of effete matter.
The above mentioned objects can be attained most effectually by the simple cold water treatment. Whatever the acute condition may be, whether an ordinary cold or the most serious type of febrile disease, the applications described in detail in the following pages, used singly, combined, or alternately according to individual conditions, will always be in order and sufficient to produce the best possible results.
1. Baths and Ablutions. Cooling sprays or, if the patient be too weak to leave the bed, cold sponge baths or ablutions, repeated whenever the temperature rises, are very effective for keeping the fever below the danger point, for relieving the congestion in the interior of the body, and for stimulating the elimination of systemic poisons through the skin.
However, care must be taken not to lower the temperature too much by the excessive coldness or unduly prolonged duration of the application. It is possible to suppress inflammatory processes by means of cold water or ice bags just as easily as with poisonous antiseptics, anti-fever medicines and surgical operations.
It is sufficient to reduce the temperature to just below the danger point. This will allow the inflammatory processes to run their natural course through the five progressive stages of inflammation, and this natural course will then be followed by perfect regeneration of the affected parts.
In our sanitarium we use only water of ordinary temperature as it flows from the hydrant, never under any circumstances ice bags or ice water.
The application of ice keeps the parts to which it is applied in a chilled condition. The circulation cannot react, and the inflammatory processes are thus most effectually suppressed.
To recapitulate: Never check or suppress a fever by means of cold baths, ablutions, wet packs, etc., but merely lower it below the danger point. For instance, if a certain type of fever has a tendency to rise to 104° F. or more, bring it down to about 102°. If the fever ordinarily runs at a lower temperature, say at 102° F., do not try to reduce it more than one or two degrees.
Natural Therapeutics pays more attention to the severity of the toxic symptoms than to the height of the temperature. A person endowed with good vitality and active elimination may not suffer greatly under high degrees of temperature, while another with lower vitality and defective elimination may exhibit alarming symptoms of toxicity, such as dyspnoea (labored breathing), delirium, coma, etc., at a much lower degree of temperature. The treatment should be adjusted accordingly.
If the temperature be subnormal, that is, below the normal or regular body temperature (98.6), the packs should be applied in such a manner that a warming effect is produced; that is, less wet cloths and more dry covering should be used, and the packs left on the body a longer time before they are renewed. More detailed instruction will be given in subsequent pages.
Never lose sight of the fact that fever is in itself a healing, cleansing process which must not be checked or suppressed.
2. Cold Tub or Spray Bath in Fever. As long as a fever patient is strong enough to leave the bed and sit in an ordinary bathtub, one of the most effective fever treatments is to pour cold water over the neck, head and body by means of a sprinkler (Kneipp Cure), an ordinary bathtub spray, a pitcher or a dipper. After the bath the patient must receive a brisk rub down with a rough towel that will help to produce a good reaction; or he may go back to bed without drying. In that case the warmth of the bed and the dampness of the body will act like a wet pack. This is one of the most pleasant, refreshing and efficient methods of treating any kind of fever. The effects of it are little short of miraculous.
3. Hot Water Applications Are Injurious. Altogether wrong is the application of hot water to seats of inflammation as, for instance, the inflamed appendix or ovaries, sprains, bruises, etc. Almost in every instance where I am called in to attend a case of acute appendicitis or peritonitis, I find hot compresses or hot water bottles, by means of which the inflamed parts are kept continually in an overheated condition. It is in this way that a simple inflammation is nurtured into an abscess and made more serious and dangerous.
The hot compress or hot water bottle draws the blood away from the inflamed area to the surface temporarily; but unless the hot application is kept up continually, the blood, under the law of action and reaction, will recede from the surface into the interior, and as a result the inner congestion will become as great as or greater than before.
If the hot applications are continued, the applied heat tends to maintain and increase the heat in the inflamed parts.
"Inflammation" means that there is already too much heat in the affected part or organ. Common sense, therefore, would dictate cooling applications instead of heating ones.
The cold packs and compresses, on the other hand, have a directly cooling effect upon the seat of inflammation, and in accordance with the law of action and reaction their second, lasting effect consists in drawing the blood from the congested and heated interior to the surface, thus relaxing the pores of the skin and promoting the radiation of heat and the elimination of impurities.
Both the hot water applications and the use of ice are, therefore, to be absolutely condemned. The only rational and natural treatment of inflammatory conditions is that by compresses, packs and ablutions, using water of ordinary temperature as it comes from the well or hydrant.
By means of the simple cold water treatment and fasting, all fevers and inflammations can be reduced in a perfectly natural way within a short time without undue strain on the organism.
4. The Whole Body Pack. The whole body or sheet pack is most effective if by means of it the patient can be brought into a state of copious perspiration. The pack is then removed and the patient is given a cold sponge bath.
It will be found that this treatment often produces a second profuse sweat which is very beneficial. This after-sweat should also be followed by a cold sponge bath.
Such a course of treatment will frequently be sufficient to eliminate the morbid matter which has gathered in the system, and thus prevent in a perfectly natural manner a threatening disease which otherwise might become dangerous to life.
For full description of the Whole Body Pack, Bed-sweat Bath and other wet packs, see Sec. XV.
5. Alternating Packs. When the febrile disease, whatever its name, begins to gain a stronger hold on the system, the whole sheet packs cannot be continued. In place of them we must resort to body, throat and leg packs (Sec. XV, Nos. 14, 10, 17). If the febrile disorder continues for some length of time it is best to alternate these various packs in order to draw the blood successively into the lower and into the upper parts of the body. If, for instance, throat and body packs are applied continuously, this will have a tendency to divert the blood from the lower extremities to the upper parts of the body. This is not advisable because in all febrile diseases the blood concentrates in the affected parts and organs and is therefore withdrawn from the extremities which, as a result of this, become cold and clammy. The best way to counteract this tendency to congestion in the inflamed organs is to apply the wet packs alternately to the throat, chest and lower extremities. If the temperature runs exceedingly high, it is advisable to apply packs to the body and to the extremities at the same time.
The packs must be taken off when they become hot or dry or if for some reason they become cold and chilling. Every time a warm pack is taken off the body this must be followed by a cold rub of the parts covered by the bandages in order to produce a better reaction and in order to remove from the skin the morbid materials drawn to the surface by the wet packs. If the packs remain cold they must be reinforced by hot water bottles or hot bricks.
6. The Bed-sweat Bath. If the patient does not react to the pack, that is, if he remains cold, or if, as is sometimes the case in malaria, the fever is accompanied by chills, or if profuse perspiration is desired, bottles filled with hot water, or bricks heated in the oven and wrapped in flannel should be placed along the sides and to the feet, under the outside covering, as described under Sec. XIV, p. 143.
This form of application also may be used with good results when an incipient cold or fever is to be aborted.
7. Purpose of Wet Packs. Wet packs may be applied to the throat, the arms, legs, shoulder joints, or any other part of the body. The number of layers of wet linen and dry covering is determined by the vitality of the patient, the height of his temperature, and the particular object of the application, which may be
(a) to lower high temperature
(b) to raise the temperature when subnormal
(c) to relieve inner congestion
(d) to promote elimination.
If the object be to lower high temperature, several layers of wet linen should be wrapped around the body and covered loosely by one or two layers of the dry wrappings in order to prevent the bed from getting wet. The packs must be renewed as soon as they become dry or uncomfortably hot.
If the object be to raise subnormal temperature, less wet linen and more dry covering must be used, and the packs left on a longer time, say from thirty minutes to two hours. If the patient does not react to the pack, hot bricks or bottles filled with hot water should be placed at the sides and to the feet, as explained in connection with the whole body pack.
If inner congestion is to be relieved, or if the object be to promote elimination, less of the wet linen and more dry wrappings should be used.
When packs are applied, the bed may be protected by spreading an oilcloth over the mattress under the sheet. But in no case should oilcloth or rubber sheeting be used for the outer covering of packs. This would interfere with some of the main objects of the pack treatment, especially with heat radiation. The outer covering should be warm but at the same time porous, so as to allow the escape of heat and of poisonous gases from the body.
8. Local Compresses. In case of local inflammation, as in appendicitis, ovaritis, colitis, etc., separate cooling compresses may be slipped under the pack and over the seat of inflammation. These local compresses may be removed and changed when hot and dry without disturbing the larger pack.
In all fevers accompanied by high temperature, it is advisable to place an extra cooling compress at the nape of the neck (the region of the medulla and the back brain), because here are located the brain centers which regulate the inner temperature of the body (thermotaxic centers), and the cooling of these brain centers produces a cooling effect upon the entire organism.
9. Epsom Salt Treatment. In serious acute cases beneficial effects of hydrotherapy treatment may be augmented or intensified by applications of Epsom salt solution. These are described in Sec. XVII. They consist in using for the various applications Epsom salt solution instead of plain water.
10. Enemas. While ordinarily we do not favor the giving of injections or enemas unless they are absolutely necessary, we apply them freely in feverish diseases in order to remove from the rectum and lower colon any accumulations of morbid matter, and thus to prevent their reabsorption into the system. In cases of exceptionally stubborn constipation, an injection of a few ounces of warm olive oil may be given. Allow this to remain in the colon about thirty minutes in order to soften the contents of the rectum, and follow with an injection of warm water. For description of enemas see Sec. XVIII.
11. How Cold Packs Promote Heat Radiation. Many people are under the impression that the packs reduce the fever temperature so quickly because they are put on cold. But this is not so, because, unless the reaction be bad, the packs become warm after a few minutes' contact with the body.
The prompt reduction of temperature takes place because of increased heat radiation. The coldness of the pack may lower the surface temperature slightly; but it is the moist warmth forming under the pack on the surface of the body that draws the blood from the congested interior into the skin, relaxes and opens its minute blood vessels and pores, and in that way facilitates the escape of heat from the body.
In febrile conditions the pores and capillary blood vessels of the skin are tense and contracted. Therefore the heat cannot escape, the skin is hot and dry, and the interior of the body remains overheated. When the skin relaxes and the patient begins to perspire freely, we say the fever "is broken."
The moist warmth under the wet pack produces this relaxation of the skin in a perfectly natural manner. By means of these simple packs followed by cold ablutions, the temperature of the patient can be kept at any point desired without the use of poisonous anti-fever medicines, serums and antitoxins which lower the temperature by benumbing and paralyzing heart action, respiration, the red and white blood corpuscles, and thus generally lowering the vital activities of the organism.
12. How Cold Packs Relieve Inner Congestion. In all inflammatory febrile diseases the blood is congested in the inflamed parts and organs. This produces the four cardinal symptoms of inflammation: redness, swelling, heat and pain. If the congestion be too great, the pain becomes excessive, and the inflammatory processes cannot run their natural course to the best advantage. It is therefore of great importance to relieve the local blood pressure in the affected parts, and this can be accomplished most effectively by means of the wet packs.
As before stated, they draw the blood into the surface of the body and in that way relieve inner congestion wherever it may exist, whether it be in the brain, as in meningitis, in the lungs, as in pneumonia, or in the inflamed appendix.
In several cases where a child was in the most dangerous stage of diphtheria, where the membranes in throat and nasal passages were already choking the little patient, the wet packs applied to the entire body from neck to feet relieved the congestion in the throat so quickly that within half an hour after the first application the patient breathed easily and soon made a perfect recovery. The effectiveness of these simple water applications in reducing congestion, heat and pain is little short of marvelous.
13. How Cold Packs Promote Elimination. By far the largest number of deaths in febrile diseases result from the accumulation in the system of poisonous substances, which paralyze or destroy vital centers and organs. Therefore it is necessary to eliminate the morbid products of Inflammation from the organism as quickly as possible.
This also is accomplished most effectively and thoroughly by the application of wet packs. As they draw the blood into the surface and relax the minute blood vessels in the skin, the morbid materials in the blood are eliminated through the pores of the skin and absorbed by the packs. That this is actually so, is verified by the yellowish or brownish discoloration of the wet wrappings and by their offensive odor.
14. Cold Water Enemas Dangerous. One of the main causes of constipation in febrile diseases is the inner congestion and fever heat. Through the cooling and relaxing effect of the packs upon the intestines, this inner fever heat is reduced, and a natural movement of the bowels greatly facilitated.
If constipation should persist in spite of the packs and cooling compresses, injections of tepid water (about blood heat) should be given every day or every other day in order to prevent the reabsorption of poisonous products from the lower colon. But never give injections of cold water with the idea of reducing fever in that way. This is very dangerous and may cause fatal collapse.
15. Electromagnetic Effect of Cold Water. One of the most important but least understood effects of hydropathic treatment is its influence upon the electromagnetic energies in the human body. At least, I have never found any allusions to this aspect of the cold water treatment in any books on hydrotherapy which have come to my notice.
The sudden application of cold water or cold air to the surface of the nude body and the inhalation of cold air into the lungs have the effect of increasing the amount of electromagnetic energy in the system.
This can be verified by the following experiment: Insert one of the plates of an electrometer (sensitive galvanometer) into the stomach of a person who has remained for some time in a warm room. Now let this person inhale suddenly fresh, cold outside air. At once the galvanometer will register a larger amount of electromagnetic energy.
The same effect will be produced by the application of a quick, cold spray to the warm body.
It is the sudden lowering of temperature on the surface of the body or in the lungs, and the resulting contrast between the heat within and the cold outside, that causes the increased manifestation of electromagnetic energy in the system.
This, together with the acceleration of the entire circulation, undoubtedly accounts for the tonic effect of cold water applications such as cold packs, ablutions, sprays, sitzbaths, barefoot walking, etc., and for the wonderfully bracing influence of fresh, cold outside air.
The energizing effect of cold air may also explain to a large extent the superiority of the races inhabiting the temperate zones over those of the warm and torrid southern regions. To me it seems a very foolish custom to run away from the invigorating northern winters to the enervating sameness of southern climates. One of the reasons why I abandoned, with considerable financial sacrifice, a well established home in a Texas city which is the "Mecca" of health seekers, was that I did not want to rear my children under the enervating influence of that "beautiful" climate. I, for my part, want some cold winter weather every year to stir up the lazy blood corpuscles, and to set the blood bounding through the system.
In our nature cure work we find all the way through that the continued application of warmth has a debilitating effect upon the organism, and that only by the opposing influences of alternating heat and cold can we produce the natural stimulation which awakens the dormant vital energies in the body of the chronic.
16. Increase of Oxygen and Ozone. The liberation of electromagnetic currents through cold water applications has other very important effects upon the system besides that of stimulation.
Electricity splits up molecules of water into hydrogen, oxygen and ozone. We have an example of this in the thunderstorm. The powerful electric discharges which we call "lightning" separate or split the watery vapors of the air into these elements. It is the increase of oxygen and ozone in the air that purifies and sweetens the atmosphere after the storm.
In acute as well as in chronic disease, large amounts of oxygen and ozone are required to burn up the morbid materials and to purify the system. Certain combinations of these elements are among the most powerful antiseptics and germicides.
Likewise, the electric currents produced by cold packs, ablutions and other cold water applications split up the molecules of water in the tissues of the body into their component parts. In this way large amounts of oxygen and ozone are liberated, and these elements assist to a considerable extent in the oxidation and neutralization of waste materials and disease products.
The following experiment proves that sudden changes in temperature create electric currents in metals: When two cylinders of dissimilar metals are welded together, and one of the metals is suddenly chilled or heated, electric currents are produced which will continue to flow until both metals are at the same temperature.
Another application of this principle is furnished by the oxydonor. If both poles of this little instrument are exposed to the same temperature, there is no manifestation of electricity; but if one of the poles be attached to the warm body and the other immersed in cold water or exposed to cold air, the liberation of electromagnetic currents begins at once. These electric currents set free oxygen and ozone, which in their turn support the oxidation and neutralization of systemic poisons.
According to my experience, however, the cold water applications are more effective in this respect than the oxydonor.
We have learned that in the processes of inflammation a battle is going on between the healing forces of the body on the one hand and the disease taints on the other, -that the millions of little cells are struggling to throw off their hostile invaders, the morbid encumbrances and systemic poisons.
This battle is real in every respect, as real as a combat between armies of living soldiers. In this conflict, going on in all acute inflammatory diseases, MIND plays the same role as the commander of an army.
The great general needs courage, equanimity and presence of mind most in the stress of battle. So the mind, the commander of the vast armies of cells battling in acute disease for the health of the body, must have absolute faith in the superiority of Nature's healing forces.
If the mind becomes frightened by the inflammatory and febrile symptoms, and pictures to itself in darkest colors their dreadful consequences, these confused and distracted thought vibrations are conveyed instantaneously to the millions of little soldiers fighting in the affected parts and organs. They also become confused and panic-stricken.
The excitement of fear in the mind still more accelerates heart action and respiration, intensifies the local congestion, and greatly increases the morbid accumulations in the system. In the first volume of this series we have dealt more particularly with the deteriorating influence of fear, anxiety, anger, irritability, impatience, etc., and have explained how these and all other destructive emotions actually poison the secretions of the body.
In acute disease we cannot afford to add to the poisonous elements in the organism, because the danger of a fatal ending lies largely in the paralysis of vital centers by the morbid and poisonous products of inflammation.
Everything depends upon the maintenance of the greatest possible inflow of vital force; and there is nothing so weakening as worry and anxiety, nothing that impedes the inflow, distribution and normal activity of the vital energies like fear. A person overcome by sudden fright is actually benumbed and paralyzed, unable to think and to act intelligently.
These truths may be expressed in another way. The victory of the healing forces in acute disease depends upon an abundant supply of the positive electromagnetic energies. In the first volume of this series we have learned that "health is positive, disease negative". The positive mental attitude of faith and equanimity creates positive electromagnetic energies in the body, thus infusing the system with increased vigor and healing power, while the negative, fearful and worrying attitude of mind creates in the system the negative conditions of weakness, lowered resistance and actual paralysis.
In the chapter dealing with the effects of cold water treatment upon the body we learned that the electric currents created in the organism split up the molecules of water in the tissues into their component elements (hydrogen and oxygen), thus liberating large amounts of oxygen and ozone; and that these, in turn, support the processes of combustion and oxidation in the system and burn up waste and morbid matter.
However, the electromagnetic forces in the body are not only increased and intensified by positive foods, exercise, cold water treatment, air baths, etc., but also by the positive attitude of mind and will.
The positive mind and will are to the body what the magneto is to the automobile. As the electric sparks from the magneto ignite the gas, thus generating the power that drives the machine, so the positive vibrations, generated by a confident and determined will, create in the body the positive electromagnetic currents which incite and stimulate all vital activities.
Common experience teaches us that the concentration of the will on the thing to be accomplished greatly heightens and increases all physical, mental and moral powers.
Therefore the victory in acute diseases is conditioned by absolute faith, confidence and serenity of mind on the part of the patient. The more he exercises these harmonizing and invigorating qualities of mind and soul, the more favorable are the conditions for victory of the millions of cells in their struggle against disease. The blood and nerve currents are less impeded and disturbed, and flow more normally. The local congestion is relieved, and this favors the natural course of the inflammatory processes.
Therefore, instead of being overcome with fear and anxiety, as most people are under such circumstances, do not become alarmed, nor convey alarm to the millions of little cells battling in the inflamed parts. Speak to them like a commander addressing his troops: "We understand the laws of disease and cure, we know that these inflammatory and febrile symptoms are the result of Nature's healing efforts, we have perfect confidence in her wisdom and in the efficiency of her healing forces. This fever is merely a good house cleaning, a healing crisis. We are eliminating morbid matter and poisons which were endangering health and life.
"We rejoice over the purification and regeneration now taking place and benefiting the whole body. Fear not! Attend to your work quietly and serenely! Let us open ourselves wide to the inflow of life from the source of all life in the innermost parts of our being! The life in us is the life of God. We are strengthened and made whole by the divine life and power which animate the universe. "The serenity of your mind, backed by absolute trust In the law and by the power of a strong will, infuses the cells and tissues with new life and vigor, enabling them to turn the "acute disease" into a beneficial, cleansing and healing crisis.
In the following we give a similar formula for treating chronic constipation.
Say to the cells in the liver, the pancreas and the Intestinal tract: "I am not going to force you any longer with drugs and enemas to do your duty. From now on you must do the work on your own initiative. Your secretions will become more abundant. Every day at -- o'clock the bowels will move freely and easily."
At the appointed time make the effort, whether you are successful or not, and do not resort to the enema until it becomes an absolute necessity. If you combine with the mental and physical effort a natural diet, cold sitz baths, massage and neurotherapy treatment, you will have need of the enema at increasingly longer intervals, and soon be able to discard it altogether. Be careful, however, not to employ your intelligence and your will power to suppress acute inflammatory and febrile processes and symptoms. This can be accomplished by the power of the will as well as by ice bags and poisonous drugs, and its effect would be to turn nature's acute cleansing efforts into chronic disease.
on the Part of Friends and Relatives of the Patient
What has just been said about the patient is true also of his friends and relatives.
Disease is negative. The sick person is exceedingly sensitive to his surroundings. He is easily influenced by all depressing, discordant and jarring conditions. He catches the expressions of fear and anxiety in the looks, the words, gestures and actions of his attendants, relatives and friends, and these intensify his own depression and gloomy forebodings.
This applies especially to the influence exerted by the mother upon her ailing infant. There exists a most intimate sympathetic and telepathic connection between mother and child. The child is affected not only by the outward expression of the mother's fear and anxiety, but likewise by the hidden doubt and despair in the mother's mind and soul.
Usually the first thing that confronts me when I am called to the sick bed of a child is the frantic and almost hysterical mental condition of the mother, and to begin with, I have to explain to her the destructive influence of her behavior. I ask her: "Would you willingly give some deadly poison to your child?" "Certainly not," she says, to which I reply: "Do you realize that you are doing this very thing? That your fear and worry vibrations actually poison and paralyze the vital energies in the body of your child and most seriously interfere with Nature's healing processes?
"Instead of helping the disease forces to destroy your child, assist the healing forces to save it by maintaining an attitude of absolute faith, serenity, calmness and cheerfulness. Then your looks, your voice, your touch will convey to your child the positive, magnetic vibrations of health and of strength. Your very presence will radiate healing power."
Then I explain how faith, calmness and cheerfulness part will soothe and harmonize the discordant disease vibrations in the child's body.
Herein lies the modus operandi or working basis of all successful mental and metaphysical treatment.
The case of my son, here described, shows in strong contrast the allopathic and natural methods of treatment, and proves that the simple, natural methods are fully sufficient to meet the demands of the most violent types of acute disease.
The accident happened May 8, 1914. I had spent the afternoon in my downtown office, and was on the way home. My thoughts dwelt strongly on my boy Otto, and assumed the form of a vague feeling of affection and concern. The idea came to me to buy him a present Acting upon the impulse I stepped into the nearest jewelry store and purchased a watch for him. I pictured to myself the joy and happiness of the lad at the sight of his first watch.
As on my way home, I stepped from the street car to the sidewalk I saw a throng surrounding a man who was carrying in his arms the seemingly lifeless body of a boy. A lad ran up to me, saying," Doctor, that is Otto. He was run over by an automobile." I followed the 'man across the street into a drug store where he laid the boy on a bench. I knelt beside the unconscious form and examined for signs of life. The heart beat feebly; respiration was hardly perceptible. I had the boy carried to our home, a block away, and then called in several allopathic physicians of good repute, not with the idea of securing their advice for treatment but on account of the legal aspects of the case. It was necessary to have the patient examined by and under the constant supervision of other physicians The testimony of the father alone in such a case would not be satisfactory evidence in a court of justice.
Other physicians living in the neighborhood who knew the boy came in voluntarily and made friendly suggestions. The little patient remained unconscious for eighteen hours. Puke and respiration at times were so feeble that the end seemed near. Inquiries brought out the following facts concerning the accident. The boy had been playing with other children on the sidewalk. He had run across the street to pick up a stray ball, when a car shot around the corner at a speed of over fifteen miles an hour; struck him and threw him to the pavement. The machine ran over his prostrate body lengthwise without touching him. This was the fortunate part of the accident. Had he fallen in any other position he would have been crushed by the wheels of the machine. As it was he suffered no injuries other than those to the head caused by the blow from the machine on the back of the head and the violent thrust to the pavement.
Treatment. On examination we found a large swelling in the back of the head in the median line, at the junction of cerebrum and cerebellum It was impossible to ascertain whether there was a fracture of the skull without removing the swelling. This was recommended by the other physicians, whose unanimous opinion was that a blood clot had formed and that this, together with the shock, had brought about the unconscious condition. All recommended trephiningthat is, cutting out of a piece of skull in order to relieve the internal pressure and provide drainage. As for medical treatment, they recommended stimulants, such as strychnine, digitalis, etc., to revive the dormant functions. The danger of giving stimulants in such cases is that in the reaction and depression following the primary stimulation, the spark of life may be extinguished altogether. Instead of the drugs we applied cold salt-water rubs and gently stimulating and manipulative and magnetic treatment. As for trephining and drainage I feared that along with the debris of the injury there might pass away parts of the brain matter itself.
After a lapse of eighteen hours the patient partially revived. In this semiconscious condition he began to shout at the top of his voice, continually repeating these three words," Help, Murder, Police". During this hysterical or delirious stage, which lasted for several days without interruption by day or night, the visiting physicians recommended sedatives and hypnotics, such as bromides, morphine, hyoscine; also ice packs to the brain. We refrained from applying these brain and nerve paralyzing agents, but continued the natural treatmentthe wet packs (alternating body and leg packs), followed by cold ablutions to relieve the congestion in the brain, accompanied by relaxing and inhibitive manipulation of the brain and nerve centers, and soothing mental and magnetic treatment.
During this stage the suggestive and magnetic treatment proved the most effective. Though violently noisy, the patient was in a trancelike condition. In order to reach his inner consciousness I had to give suggestions for relaxation, rest and peace in a loud tone of voice close to his ears. This would be followed by short periods of comparative rest and quiet. He would then respond to the soothing and relaxing effects of magnetic treatment.
On the ninth day the delirious condition developed into cerebral meningitis. The decomposing blood clot in the brain had by this time caused active inflammation accompanied by high temperature and the typical convulsions. Every twenty or thirty minutes the little body was bent backwards in a half circle, only the back of the head and the heels touching the bed (Opisthotonus). During this stage the doctors recommended ice packs to the brain and powerful antipyretics, such as opium, morphine, iodid of potassium, ergot, belladonna and bromide of potassium. They also urged that the spinal column be punctured, of the fluid withdrawn and the meningococcic serum be injected.
In place of drugs and serums we administered the ordinary natural treatment for inflammatory feverish diseases, consisting of fasting, wet packs followed by cold ablutions, manipulative and magnetic treatments.
The sixth day after its inception the inflammation in brain subsided, the temperature fell to subnormal. On following day we discovered that the boy was completely paralyzed and totally blind. While he was in this condition the allopathic physicians recommended the use of powerful stimulants and plenty of nourishing food, i.e., strong soups, meat, soft boiled eggs, etc. Our natural treatment consisted in the administration of light vegetarian foods, fruits and vegetable extracts, and in gently stimulating hydropathic, manipulative and magnetic treatment.
Six weeks after the beginning of the paralytic condition I tested his eyes one morning by waving a pencil before them. In answer to my question whether he could see anything he replied that he saw something moving in front of him. Our joy was great at this first manifestation of returning sight. From that time on the eyesight as well as the paralytic condition showed continuous improvement. Within a few weeks he could distinguish the watch I had bought for him on the day of the accident. For several months both eyes had only central vision. The right eye improved much more quickly than the left. The sight of the left eye remained very defective for about nine months. Then he developed a vigorous case of chickenpox. After this had run its course in the natural way the sight of the left eye improved greatly. The chicken pox had evidently acted as a true healing crisis. In another two months his sight and general condition had improved so remarkably that he could go to school and pursue his studies without much difficulty. Today he looks the proverbial "picture of health" and is indeed in splendid condition, both physically and mentally.
Taking it all in all this was as difficult a case to manage as I have met with in my medical practice, but the simple natural treatment and manipulative adjustments proved sufficient to bring about the best possible results. In his case, as is true in many others, the greatest difficulty was to maintain an attitude of "masterful inactivity'to be able to look on patiently and allow Nature to have her way in and through the most serious reactions. As a rule the friends of the patient want "something done" continually and "regular medicine" complies with their demands. When Nature pulls right, the doctor pulls left. Every serious symptom is counteracted. When the patient is in a comatose condition, the doctor tries to stimulate him into premature consciousness; when there is furious delirium, the brain and nervous system are paralyzed into inactivity. Those not conversant with the philosophy of Natural Therapeutics fail to realize that Nature, through all these varying conditions, is doing the best possible under the circumstances. Herein Natural Therapeutics differs most radically from the old school philosophy and practice.
We believe that the wisdom that created this wonderful human body and maintains it with marvelous regularity and precision through the complexities of vital processes, knows also how to cure it. The young man just released from medical college is of a different opinion. He believes that Nature creates disease, but does not know how to cure; that it requires his superior wisdom to correct Nature in her foolish ways, and that the medicines in his little poison satchel are able and necessary to correct Nature's mistakes. If he has sufficient innate intelligence, not altogether perverted through the hypnotic influence of schools and "authorities", he will know better after a few years of experimentation.
In the following section I list first the various kinds of medical treatment that the little patient would have received under the care of allopathic physicians, and then the simple natural methods that were actually applied under the Natural Therapeutic system.
Compare, think and decide for yourself which is the more rational.
Just think what the poor little body would have had to endure and how it would have been saturated with the most virulent poisons on earth, had the patient undergone the allopathic treatment! Under which form of treatment would Nature have the best chance to work out the problem in her own wayunder the allopathic treatment, which would have counteracted every move she made, or the natural treatment which did not check or counteract Nature in any way but cooperated with her and assisted her to the best advantage at every stage of development? The outcome has surely justified the natural treatment in this case as in many thousands of others.
As an illustration of the efficacy of the natural treatment at the onset or in the initial stages of acute disease, the following bit of personal experience may be interesting.
Some twenty years ago, while I was studying natural methods of healing in Germany, I paid a visit to some friends in a neighboring village. I found the housewife in great anxiety about her husband. She told me that the day before he had been taken with pneumonia, and that two physicians had pronounced the case a very serious one. In her imagination she saw herself already a widow, with a mortgaged farm and several small children on her hands.
The patient was in a high fever, exhibiting all the symptoms of croupous pneumonia. Carried away by my enthusiasm for nature cure, I explained to the friends the difference between natural and medical treatment. Then both insisted that I should give him the water treatment. After giving the general explanation as to ventilation and fasting, I prepared a couch for the whole sheet pack (page 149), placed the patient on it, and wrapped the wet sheets and a few dry blankets around his body. Within a few minutes he started to perspire profusely. He endured this about thirty minutes. Then I uncovered him and gave him, while standing in a washtub, a thorough, cold ablution.
I put him to bed without drying, well covered with blankets. Immediately he developed a good after-perspiration. This continued for three-quarters of an hour. Next I gave him another cold ablution and thorough rubdown with a rough towel. After this he was placed in & bed provided with fresh, dry sheets, and allowed to rest.
This happened in the afternoon. Next morning about ten o'clock, I went to visit my patient -and found him working in the meadow! The family doctor, who called early in the morning, was greatly surprised to find the bird had flown the coop.
I remember this incident so well, because it was my first experience in treating a serious case of acute disease. For many years afterward, the wonderful recovery of Mr. W., under the natural treatment of the American doctor, was the talk of the neighborhood. Since that time I have aided in aborting many a serious case of acute disease by similar treatment.
This quick recovery was not the result of suppression -as the reader might be inclined to surmisebut was brought about through vigorous elimination of pathogenic matter all over the cutaneous surface of the body, thereby relieving the pathogenic congestion in the lungs in a perfectly natural manner.
COLD INFLUENZA, PNEUMONIA OR
OTHER ACUTE DISEASE
Upon the first appearance of symptomssuch as acute nasal catarrh, headache, backache, general malaise, fever, chills, sore throat, etc.the patient should be put to bed, and active treatment begun at once. From the very beginning every precaution should be taken to conserve the energy of the patient, since acute feverish processes are very weakening.
In nearly every case of the recent (1918) epidemic the heart was seriously affected, hence extreme caution must be used during convalescence not to overdo in any way. Work or exercise while they affect the heart unduly must be avoided, and should be resumed cautiously when the patient grows stronger.
1. Enemas. In case the bowels are not moving freely, a warm water enema should be given in order to remove cumulated fecal matter, and to prevent reabsorption and additional systemic poisoning.
The water that is introduced into the bowels should be about body temperature, which is 98.6 degrees. The water temperature may be determined nearly enough by feeling with the elbow. When it can be borne comfortably by the elbow it is all right. If necessary, the enema may be repeated every two or three days, until the bowels move naturally.
If the fasting be continued more than a week, enemas may be given at longer intervals. In case the bowels have been in a constipated condition prior to the illness, an enema may precede the first pack.
2. Packs. The first application should be a whole body pack, for description of which see page 149. The patient may at the same time be given a hot lemonade, without sugar, which will aid in bringing about free perspiration.
The patient should remain in the pack as long as he can stand itperhaps twenty to thirty minutes. The removal of the pack should be followed by a quick, cold water ablution, which may be taken in a bathtub, or while standing in a common washtub, in a warm room. The body should be quickly washed with the cold water, from the feet up, and then dried with a rough towel. Or, in case of considerable fever, the patient may return to bed without drying, in which case the moisture on the skin and the bed covering acts like a pack and produces further heat radiation, and sometimes a second perspiration. In the latter case, after another good sweat the body should again be sponged with cold water, and the patient allowed to rest.
As already stated, in many cases the application of a whole body pack, with a hot lemonade, followed by a good night's rest, is sufficient to break up a cold or fever and to ward off some serious disease.
Sometimes it happens that notwithstanding early treatment the fever continues and develops into some serious disease, but these patients are of low vitality and usually have been suffering from chronic ailments. This goes to prove our claim that one of the predisposing conditions to infectious diseases, as well as feverish disease of any kind, is low vitality.
3. If the fever persists after the first whole body pack, and the patient be not too weak, the application may be repeated. If the symptoms become more distressing, and the patient grows weaker and more sensitive to handling, partial packs must be applied instead of the whole body pack. Those best suited are the throat, Scotch (or shoulder) pack, and the trunk or leg packs, described and illustrated on pages 152-155.
4. Alternating Packs. If the fever runs steadily at high temperature the packs should be applied continuously, or with brief intermissions. It is best to alternate the body, throat, shoulder and leg packs, and apply one or two at a time in order to equalize the circulation and to draw the blood away from the congested parts. For instance, at one time apply the throat and leg packs, next throat and trunk packs, another time shoulder and leg packs. If the fever remains very high, and the symptoms distressing, all these may be applied at one time.
5. Renewal of the Packs. The packs should be removed when they become hot and dry, because in that case they increase the inner heat instead of diminishing it. If the patient develops chills and the packs remain cold, hot water bottles or hot bricks wrapped in flannel may be applied outside of the packs in order to bring about reaction, and; if possible, perspiration.
6. Chills. The impression prevails that cold water applications are not to be given in case of chills. This, however, is a mistake. The thermometer will show that the chills are accompanied by high temperature within the body. It is the inner heat and congestion that causes the outer chill. Anything that will relieve this will break the chill, and the best applications to draw the blood from the interior to the surface are the cold, wet packs, if necessary reinforced for a tine by hot water bottles or hot bricks.
7. After a pack has been removed, the body must be immediately and thoroughly rubbed down with cold water order to remove the systemic poisons drawn to the surface. That the wet packs actually promote the elimination of morbid matter through the skin is proved by the yellow and brown discoloration of the wet bandages, and by their offensive odor.
8. In case of great weakness, care must be taken not to expose the body unduly. It should be uncovered, sponged, dried, and re-covered quickly, part by part. In order to save the vitality of the patient, only those parts of the body coveted by the packs need be washed off with cold water. If the patient feels weak and chilly after the application, from 20 to 60 minutes may be allowed to elapse before the next pack is applied.
9. Care must be taken not to reduce the temperature too rapidly. All that is necessary is to keep it below the danger point? It must be remembered that it is possible to suppress inflammation and fever by the excessive application of cold water, as well as by ice and drugs.
10. Danger Point. The question will be asked, "what constitutes the danger point?" Since we look upon inflammation and fever as constructive in nature, not destructive, we do not fear temperature as does the "old school" physician and the laity. Furthermore, in one case life may be in danger at 102 or 108 degrees F., while in another, 106 or 107 degrees F. may be below the danger point. We should be actuated in the frequency of cold water applications by the urgency of the symptoms rather than by the height of the temperature.
In pneumonia, for instance, the following are serious symptoms, requiring more careful and persistent treatment: Increasing congestion in the lungs, symptoms of consolidation, labored breathing, bloody sputum and delirium. Extreme weakness and subnormal temperature require packs warmed by hot water bottles, gentle stimulation by manipulative treatment, mild stimulants in the form of fruit juices, hot lemonade sweetened with a little brown sugar or honey, etc.
Hot water bottles or other hot applications applied directly to the inflamed parts, as well as the use of ice, in the treatment of inflammation and fever, are positively dangerous. The former increase the heat instead of diminishing it. The ice bags or packs chill the parts and suppress the inflammatory processes. Both practices may result in the formation of abscesses and in serious, chronic effects.
In a general way we may say that it is sufficient to lower the temperature from one to two degrees below the high level peculiar to the disease.
11. As the temperature declines during the stages of absorption and reconstruction* the packs and ablutions may be applied at longer intervals. When the temperature sinks to near the normal two or three packs in 24 hours may be sufficient in order to bring about complete absorption the morbid wastethe debris of the battleand to promote elimination through the skin, bowels, kidneys and lungs.
12. Excessive pain in the head should not be treated by local wet packs. This would have a tendency to draw more blood to the head, and cause greater congestion.
The packs applied to the body will draw the blood from the head and spinal cord, and thus relieve the headache and backache. However, the forehead, temples and face may be bathed with cold water at frequent intervals, without drying. The evaporation of the cold water will be cooling and refreshing.
13. In cases of mild fever and low temperature it may be fully sufficient to take at intervals a cold ablution, and lie down under the bed covers without drying. The cool moisture on the body and the warm bed covering will have practically the same effect as a full body pack. If this produces perspiration, so much the better; it should be followed by another cold ablution.
In many instances this simple treatment will be found sufficient to abort an oncoming fever, and to ward off serious disease.
14. Cold Water Treatment During Menstruation. There should be no fear of applying cold water treatment during menstruation when high fever rages in the body. I have found in many instances that this has not a suppressive effect upon the flow. To delay the cold water treatment might allow the inflammatory processes to become so destructive as to make it impossible to control them. The water treatment at best reduces 'the temperature only a few degrees, which can not interfere with the menstrual process but rather allows it to run a more normal course.
15. The number of wet wrappings and of dry coverings is governed by the amount of heat in the body, the room temperature and the reactionary powers of the patient. The higher the body temperature, the colder the room and the better the vitality of the patient, the more wet bandages may be wrapped around the body.
The throat will warm up the bandages quicker than the trunk, and the trunk quicker than the legs. This is due to the fact that large streams of hot blood pour continually through the throat, near the surface, and because the trunk radiates much more heat than the lower extremities.
In high fever the throat may react to four, five or six wet wrappings, the body to three or four, while one or two wrappings may be sufficient for the lower extremities or the arms.
In very violent fever the dry covering may be omitted entirely, and instead of changing the packs at frequent intervals, which may be very annoying and weakening to the patient, the wet bandages may be moistened by pouring cold water over them.
Whenever cold water treatment is applied to a patient in bed, the mattress should be covered by a rubber or oilcloth sheet. Under no circumstances should the wet bandages be covered by rubber or oilcloth wrappings. This would have a tendency to prevent heat radiation and to retain the poisonous exhalations of the body.
16. Cleansing of the Packs. When treating high and persistent fever, two or three complete pack outfits should be at hand. As soon as one is removed from the body the different wrappings should be thoroughly washedparticularly the wet bandages - and allowed to dry in the open air. There is no better disinfectant and germ killer than air and light.
17. Manipulative Treatment. The importance of neurotherapy treatment for the prevention as well as the cure of inflammatory, febrile diseases has been very evident in the influenza and pneumonia cases treated by us during the 1918 epidemic.
Those of our workers and patients who showed premonitory or, in several cases, well advanced symptoms recuperated immediately after receiving thorough manipulative treatment. In all cases of advanced stages of influenza and pneumonia the manipulative work brought great relief, and facilitated and hastened the normal development of the inflammatory processes.
It was very instructive to observe that those who succumbed to the infection were affected primarily, and most seriously throughout the course of the disease, in those parts and organs that were or had been affected by chronic ailments, and which therefore offered least resistance to infection and to the progress of disease.
One of these patients, for instance, suffered from the beginning and all through the attack with the most excruciating backache, which at one time had been a serious chronic affection Another, who several years ago had incipient tuberculosis, was affected most seriously in the lungs, in the form of a violent attack of pneumonia Still another, who for many years had suffered from chronic rheumatism and had been cured by natural treatment, was tortured during the attack of the influenza by aches and pains all over the body, particularly in the joints.
In many instances these sufferers exhibited a strained and painful condition of the muscular structures on either the left or the right side of the neck and in the upper region of the back. In several cases the tension was so pronounced that it drew the head over to the affected side. This condition was promptly relieved by administering tonic manipulative treatment, followed by relaxing movements, and completed with thorough inhibition along the course of the hypersensitive nerves. Every case, in accord with its predominating symptoms, exhibited certain specific lesions that were corrected by neurotherapy treatment.
By means of manipulative treatment we attain all the good results that are attributed to drug treatment, without its destructive by and after effects.
The most important of the therapeutic effects of manipulative treatment are: (1) Stimulating effects upon the circulation of the vital fluids and nerve currents locally or generally; (2) Relaxation and inhibition of hyperactive or acute and subacute inflammatory processes; (3) The softening and relaxation of tense and contracted muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues; (4) The loosening of stiffened spinal and other joints; (5) The correction of luxations, subluxations and dislocations of spinal vertebrae, and of other bony structures.
We have applied this term to our system of manipulative treatment, which includes all that is good in Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Naprapathy, Spondylotherapy, Neuropathy, Massage and Swedish Movements.
We teach these various methods in our College of Natural therapeutics, and apply them in our institutional work in accordance with the requirements of each individual case.
I. Fresh Air
A plentiful supply of pure air in the sick room.
Frequent exposure of the nude body to air and sunlight.
Patient must not be kept too warm.
Rest and relaxation are important.
In acute febrile conditions and during healing crises no food whatever.
Only enough water to quench thirst, preferably mixed with acid fruit juices.
In diseases affecting the digestive organs fasting must be prolonged several days beyond the cessation of febrile symptoms.
Great care must be observed when breaking fast.
III. Water Treatment
Wet packs and cooling sprays or sponge baths whenever temperature rises.
Fever and inflammation must not be suppressed by excessive cold water applications, but kept below the danger point.
Neither ice nor hot applications should be used.
Wet packs followed by cold ablutions for elimination of systemic poisons.
Separate compresses over seat of inflammation, also at nape of neck.
Kind and duration of pack to be determined by condition of patient and object to be attained.
Injections of tepid water to relieve constipation when necessary.
No poisonous drugs, no medicines nor applications which may check or suppress the feverish, inflammatory processes.
Homeopathic medicines and herb decoctions when indicated. (Chapter XXV, Vol.1.)
V. Manipulative Treatment
Neuropathy, massage or magnetic treatment when indicated and available.
VI. Mental Attitude
Courage, serenity, and presence of mind are important factors.
Fear and anxiety intensify disease conditions, poison and secretions of the body and inhibit the action of the healing forces.
Do not suppress acute inflammatory and feverish processes by the power of the will.
The right mental and emotional attitude of relatives and friends exerts a powerful influence upon the patient.
The methods described in the preceding
sections should be used in the treatment of the following as
well as all other acute febrile diseases.
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