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"Even if a person has a baffling, rare disease and the diagnosis is unknown, if he or she eats properly, or fasts if necessary in addition, the body will surely heal itself, as long as sufficient vitality is present."

Stanley S. Bass:
How Important is Diagnosis?

Barring injury, emergencies, or complications resulting from injury, such as hemorrhaging, broken bones, etc.., let us begin with conditions that are classified as diseases.
Generally speaking, diseases are caused by any or all of 3 factors - namely enervation, toxemia or deficiency.
There are 2 sources of toxemia:
  (a)  Toxemia which is caused by the ingestion and accumulation of substances which are foreign to the body and toxic in nature, such as chemicals, drugs, etc. These produce irritation, inflammation and pathology in bodily organs and systems.
  (b)  Toxemia which is due to the accumulation of toxic wastes resulting from the food and beverages we eat and drink; unnatural food or natural food in excess beyond what the body can use at the moment. Retention of this excess leads to decomposition of the food and the production of irritating and toxic chemical wastes, which provide a fertile field for the growth of microbes and various species of bacteria, which further increase the toxic state.

Deficiencies: The insufficiency of necessary food substances, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, enzymes etc., lead to breakdown of cells, tissues and organs which is given names of diseases, according to its location.

John Henry Tilden, M.D., formulated a theory of the cause of disease as due to a recurring cycle of enervation and toxemia.
Enervation is the reduction or loss of energy occasioned by the lack of rest or sleep, or the excessive use of emotion, negative thoughts, worry, stress, or the overdoing of physical actions, overeating etc. Enervation leads to a reduction of the body's ability to digest, absorb, assimilate and excrete body wastes - thus leading to a retention of wastes in the cells and tissues and thereby causing disease.
Disease, in turn, causes a depletion of the body's energies, requiring more energy to maintain the normal state of homeostasis than ordinarily needed. This excess expenditure of power leads to a slowdown in bodily function, which is followed by an increased retention of bodily toxins in a cycle as follows:

toxemia cycle

This ingenious cycle of enervation and toxemia as being the cause of all diseases (barring accidents or trauma) may be regarded as absolutely true if you add the additional factor of deficiencies (which is omitted in the theory).

The next important thing to be understood is this - the function of the blood and its circulation. Related to this is the understanding of the lymph circulation, the collateral circulatory system.
All food and beverages which are consumed finally enter the bloodstream and are circulated in an endless flow to all bodily parts. All the food nutrients are supplied to every cell and all cellular wastes are removed in this unceasing dual function.

Now, if disease occurs in one bodily organ or part from the presence of toxins or food excesses or uneliminated cellular wastes and excretions, you may be certain that these same wastes are being carried to all bodily organs and cells by this same bloodstream.
The weakest organ breaks down first manifesting disease. In time, the next weakest or overworked organ indicates malfunction, and is given a name of disease. The important thing to remember is that all bodily parts and cells are affected at the same time, with the weakest part manifesting first, followed by the next weakest.

Likewise, in the reverse manner, when you detoxicate the body by reducing the amount of food ingested, either partially (by a restricted diet or juice program), or totally, (by fasting or abstaining from all food except for the use of water), the blood removes all excessive wastes from all bodily parts and cells at the same time, a certain amount each day.

Diseases are named according to the organ or part that they manifest in, creating the illusion that one disease is different from an other. For example, if an inflammation, called "itis," affects the bronchial tubes, the disease is called "bronchitis". If a nerve is inflamed, it is called "neuritis" etc., yet the same cause,the irritating toxins manifesting in different parts are given different names. If you were to give the same putrified food to many different peopIe, some would vomit; some would have diarrhea; others would get headaches or fever or rashes or colds, each symptom depending upon which parts of each person were most sensitive. The point here is that the same cause would produce different and individualized symptoms in each person.

The important thing to understand here is that whenever you remove all causes of disease, beginning with what a person eats and drinks, which is usually the most important and basic cause of all diseases, the body begins to heal itself, no matter where the disease is located.

When I began a study of disease for about 20 years at the age of 16, after which I practiced for an additional 40 years as a chiropractor and nutritionist, when taking a case history of all the problems a patient has ever had up to the present, I would write all this down at the first visit.
For example, a patient would say, "I have arthritis in my fingers with deformity, and I also have hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and frequent headaches." After evaluating the lifestyle and diet, I would remove the undesirable foods from the diet and give a much higher quality diet, with proper food-combining, sequence of feeding, and amounts. In periodic visits, I would continue upgrading the quality of the diet progressively.

In the case of a 55-year-old woman who had arthritis with deformed and crooked fingers, after 8 months I noticed that the fingers were straight and all knots were gone. I was puzzled and asked her, "Weren't your fingers crooked when I first saw you 8 months ago?" She replied, "Yes, and I just had an examination by our family doctor, and I forgot to tell you, my colitis and hemorrhoids a also cured along with the arthritis." She had forgotten to mention these to me any of the visits. While healing the arthritis and reversing the crooked fingers, the body equally healed all other problems present at the same time, using the same bloodstream and lymph circulation.

This was called "The Unity of All Disease" by the early Hygienic medical practitioners of the 19th century, who formulated the basic principles of what is today called "Natural Hygiene."

Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, who gathered together the best teachings of the early practitioners of Natural Hygiene and brilliantly formulated it into a cohesive, practical system, once said that diagnosis is really the least important part of getting well.
What is really important is to know the basic principles and laws of life, to know what the body needs to get well and stay well foodwise, and to provide these needs, and magically, the body takes care of all the rest. All you have to know is what foods and amounts are best for the body, and to provide the proper conditions of rest, and the body heals itself.

Even if a person has a baffling, rare disease and the diagnosis is unknown, if he or she eats properly, or fasts if necessary in addition, the body will surely heal itself, as long as sufficient vitality is present.

Diagnosis is a man-made art which the body intelligence is not concerned with. All the body needs is the right materials (foods) and conditions (rest, proper state of mind, such as absence of fear, etc.) and it knows what to do to get well, unfailingly.

Given that your father and mother contributed the sperm cell and ovum, or eggcell, and they united together and in 9 months produced the miracle which is you, all done by Nature without the conscious direction of your parents or yourself, you can trust absolutely that Nature has the amazing healing intelligence to make you well again. The Power that made you has the Power to heal you.
The best doctor is the one who understands this and assists Nature in this miraculous process by recommending the best foods your body needs, as well as the proper conditions of rest and non-interference, and to get out of the way - to step aside and allow Nature to proceed with her work, undisturbed by pills or potions.
Many times in my practice patients have forgotten to tell me about other health problems than the one they came in for, and with the elimination of that one, all the others improved or disappeared too.

There is one bloodstream which both nourishes the body and removes all diseases. There is one Nature, one life-force and all bodies have the same requirements - good food, proper rest and sleep, some sunlight, a moderate amount of exercise, and proper thought. If you provide these requirements, Nature (which is God manifesting on the material plane) will unfailingly heal you. "All the rest is jazz," as the expression goes - all the rest is secondary in importance.
All living creatures know this intuitively, and it's time that we, as intelligent humans, become aware of it consciously.

There are so many systems of diagnosis - medical, Oriental (ayurvedic), Chinese (meridians),zone therapy, iridiagnosis, sclerotic diagnosis, reflexes, Naturopathy, x-ray, applied kinesiology, pulse and tongue diagnosis, germ theory, virus theory, genetics, etc., etc.
The Mayo Clinic, one of the most prestigious in the world, admits that their diagnosis is 50% accurate at best, and 50% inaccurate in the rest. This is followed by their prognosis or prediction of the possible outcome, which is equally inaccurate. They are completely unable to state the healing possibilities of non-medical or natural approaches to disease since they have never studied or used them and find them completely unknown.
What is there to be said about lesser institutions than the Mayo Clinic, where the diagnosis is even less accurate, even with the most expensive machinery as the MRI etc., which have their percentage of inaccuracies also?

In all diagnostic systems there is never total accuracy, but a varying percentage at best. While there may be some value in each of the systems after the diagnosis is made, especially by the leading medical institutions, after the pronouncements and names of disease are given, what will they tell you to do to get well?
They haven't the slightest idea, and, according to the most authoritative medical textbooks on Symptomatology and Pathology, the majority of diseases listed are stated to have causes which are "unknown." So all they can do is what they have been trained to do - to treat symptoms, to use drugs, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, etc. None of these are aimed at removing causes, but rather directed at removing bodily parts and consigning them to surgical garbage pails.

Once the truth of how to live is understood, the process of illness can be reversed more or less painlessly by intelligent living, and good health can then be easily maintained by persistence in good habits.

As Dr. Shelton said, once the basic principles of disease and health are understood, diagnosis takes a position of secondary importance. Once we know what the body requires for good health, if symptoms of illness arise, you know where to begin and what to do, and the healing power of Nature takes over and does the rest.
Many times in my personal life symptoms appeared which were baffling, but I would always begin with physical and physiological rest (fasting or a juice program) and I always became well.

In my many years of practice, there were times that the symptoms presented by patients were so contradictory and baffling, but trusting nature, I would advise bed rest and reduction or cessation of food during acute phases, and after a few days improvement would follow. And most of these patients had come from medical treatments which hadn't helped them. There are emergencies due to injuries which require medical and hospital care, also conditions requiring hormones, such as diabetes, etc., but, barring these emergencies, the great majority of symptoms will respond to a simple, natural approach, one known to primitive races and cultures.

About 18 years ago, I wrote a booklet entitled, "Achieving Superior Nutrition through Progressive Weekly Diets." This was written for beginners in nutrition coming from a conventional diet. I designed 7 progressive weekly diets, beginning with moderate changes in diet for the first week. Each successive week was more advanced, and by the 7th week they were on a high-quality maintenance diet, laid out in proper food-combining and sequence.
The book had a wide circulation, was translated into French by the Canadian Natural Hygiene Society, and into Hebrew and Greek by Natural Hygienists. After several months, I began to receive letters stating how conditions of arthritis and high blood pressure cleared up and became normal, how acne and psoriasis improved, weight loss, energy increase, disappearance of infections, tumors decreasing in size, reversal of glaucoma and changes occurring in a wide variety of conditions and diseases.
Now these were people I had never seen, diagnosed, or consulted with. All these changes had occurred just by upgrading their diets - by following a booklet I had written. To repeat, without any diagnosis available to me, from people unknown to me, all these remarkable changes occurred just by improving their diets.

What price diagnosis? How important is it if you know how to eat properly? The true key to understanding health and disease is to know what food substances and amounts the body needs for optimal health, and once known, healing is only a matter of time and energy available.
The greater the energy, the quicker the healing - the more cheerful the state of mind, the more energy is conserved and utilized for healing. In Chinese literature, there is a saying that, "The art of the Healer is to amuse the patient while Nature does the healing."

So what is the conclusion to all this? The best way to treat patients is to use whatever diagnostic knowledge is available, but not to be overly concerned with the accuracy of it.
Next, to reduce drugs slowly by increments as the patient improves by the removal of poor quality food and replacing it with the best quality available. Organic food should be used if available, and the meals should contain all the important and necessary proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, etc.
The total daily amount of food consumed should be the minimal amount the appetite can be happy with (to avoid toxic accumulation and energy loss) for maximum longevity.
Luigi Cornaro, who lived in Padua, Italy in the 1400's, who was dying at 35 years of age, reduced his food to a total of 12 ounces per day, divided into 2 meals of 6 oz each, and 7 ounces of grape juice. In one year's time, he was completely recovered from all illness and lived in vigorous health to 102. When he died, he fell asleep in his rocking chair and painlessly left his body, in a state of total peace.

The final factor to consider is this - all the knowledge we have of the human body from most ancient times to the present represents but a tiny amount compared to that which is unknown, mysterious and undiscovered.
Most of what we know is based upon experiments conducted on cells and tissues studied in a laboratory, in a dying state, far removed from what happens in the living state in which the Life Force is active with thousands of enzymes constantly being manufactured, constantly affecting each cell. This is not seen in the laboratory.
Finally, all our discoveries are theories which every few years become obsolete and have to become revised, showing how far we are from final truths.

Isn't it much wiser to trust in the best intelligence present in Nature, who has mastered and successfully used all the principles of Life and used them successfully to maintain all life forms from the beginning of time?
An attitude of humility and openness is clearly indicated if we are to learn how to live more intelligently, hopefully and joyfully, so that we may fulfill our destiny and evolution in accordance with Nature's grand plan for man's highest happiness.

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Also read: My First Water Fast - about how 19-year old Stanley Bass came across the theory of detoxification. "This radical and shocking fact changed the whole face of disease as a beneficent attempt of Nature to take care of her children and protect them from harm ...."

How much weight-loss per day can I expect on raw juices vs. water fasting?
Read Q&A about juice fasting (juice diet), water fasting and weightloss.
How do juice and water fasting compare?

Also read:  Herbert Shelton's How Diseases are Cured - "What does the average individual know about keeping well? Almost nothing. ----- The people and their doctors are all in the same boat together with a blind man at the helm."

Also read:  Herbert Shelton's The Time-Factor in Recovery - "Quick relief, even if only temporary, is what is so generally demanded. This produces an aftermath of troubles that are often worse than the troubles they are given to relieve."

Also read:   New Concepts in Nutrition, Health and Rapid Healing of Illness - about the energy principle in healing:
"... all healing and regeneration is in ratio to the amount of energy which is available - the more energy, the more detoxicating healing ..."


My First Water Fast
I was startled by the statement that all colds, fevers and influenzas were nature's attempt to free the body of disease. I devised an experiment to test this - click here
Fruit - Friend or Foe?
He lived on nothing but grapes - By the 32nd day, his gum was bleeding - one of his teeth fell out. He exclaimed: My God, I am detoxicating my teeth - click here
Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
This initial letdown lasts about ten days, and is followed by an increase of strength, a feeling of diminishing stress and greater well-being. - click here
How Diseases are Cured
Dr. Shelton: - It is high time to learn about the causes of disease and of the "complications" that so frequently develop under regular care - click here
The Time-factor in Recovery
Dr. Shelton: - Why do we expect to get well in a hurry of a condition that requires a life-time for its development? - click here
Sequential Eating
Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. - click here
How Important is Diagnosis?
Once the truth of how to live is understood, the process of illness can be reversed more or less painlessly by intelligent living - click here
How to Live 100 Years
If you follow a minimal diet you can achieve super nutrition. Let's look at Luigi Cornaro, who at age 35 was weak, sick, and dying - click here


How to Solve Problems
The following method, ancient in its origin, has been practiced by several civilizations dating back for thousands of years. - click here
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The key which unlocks the mystery of why most habits are difficult to break lies in the understanding of the stimulation and depression mechanism. - click here
How to Overcome Temptations
The very moment an undesirable craving has entered your consciousness, DON'T struggle with it. Absolutely REFUSE to consider its existence - click here
Attentive Eating
A subject which can radically change a person's life in all of its aspects - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. - Attentive eating. - click here
Energy in the Body
The lift we get from drinking coffee, or the expression of strong emotions - is the expenditure of energy, not its accumulation - click here
Energy, Feeling and Thought
The person who feels depressed or negative most of the time is low on the energy level scale and needs to increase rest and sleep - click here
The Energy Principle in Healing - New Concepts
All healing and regeneration is in ratio to the amount of energy which is available - the more energy, the more detoxicating healing - click here


Three Generations of Hygienists
These children, the skeletal development wasn't right, the dental arches were not well-formed, teeth came in crowded - click here
In Search of the Ultimate Diet
I put a group of mice on a fruitarian diet. But they didn't seem to be eating very much fruit, and they certainly weren't crazy about it - click here
The Ideal 100% Raw Diet
My aim here was to try to find a diet of 100% raw foods that mice and equally humans could live on, with all the factors needed for excellent health - click here
Vegetarian Diet & Food Plan
Dr. Cursio: - it represents more than 55 years of this brilliant nutritionist's experience as one of the greatest teachers in the field of Natural Hygiene - click here
Vegan rats die early & have low energy
When the vegetarian male died it was 22.8 months old. The omnivorous male had accomplished the same amount of work when it was but 6.9 months old. click here


Primitive Man - His Diet and Health
The duration of life is long, the people being yet strong and vigorous as they pass the three score and ten mark, and living in many cases beyond a century. click here
Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Adventures in Diet
I have lived in the Arctic for more than five years exclusively on meat and water ... I tried the rotten fish one day, and liked it better than my first taste of Camembert. During the next weeks I became fond of rotten fish. click here
Aajonus: Primitive Diet Example
After 12 years eating raw meat and never having had any more than a little diarrhea, I learned to relax and not fear raw foodborne bacteria and parasites. click here
Dr. Shelton: How Much Protein?
There is a delicate balance between carbohydrates and proteins, to which we have to conform - disease and degeneration resulting from failure to conform. click here
Drs. Eades: High-Carbohydrate Problems
An anthropologist examining skeletal remains of early man can tell immediately whether the bones and teeth belonged to a hunter-gatherer (mainly protein eater) or a farmer (mainly carbohydrate eater)..." click here
Dr. Rosedale: Insulin's Metabolic Effects
The actual rate of aging can be modulated by insulin... We should be living to be 130, 140 years old routinely. click here  
Insulin's Crucial Role: insulin article 2   What is mTor? insulin article 3
Cancer & The Warburg Effect
The theory is simple: If most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and they should stop spreading. click here
Swami Narayanananda: Food And Drink
Many sects and people have very crude ideas about food and drink. In India, some narrow-minded and bigoted people have much hatred for non-vegetarian diet. click here


The Ten Health Commandments
Thou shalt lift thyself up through obedience to all of Nature's laws, and help thy brother to attain the same. click here
The Truth Behind All Religion
God is not punishing us with illness and disease. Our suffering is due to our ignorance of food's relation to health and happiness. click here
Practicing with Certainty
People who are told they have emotional problems are suffering from thinking problems. Their emotions are working fine. click here
Vivekananda: Man's True Spiritual Nature
Let positive, strong, helpful thought enter into their brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing ones. click here



If you are sick, read:
How Diseases are Cured
The Time-factor in Recovery
How Important is Diagnosis?
How to Live 100 Years
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
My First Water Fast

If you have a hard time changing habits, read:
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The Power of Habit Explained
How to Overcome Temptations

If you are suffering from depression or low energy, read:
Energy, Feeling and Thought
Energy in the Body

If you are trying to overcome an addiction, read:
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The Power of Habit Explained
How to Overcome Temptations
Energy, Feeling and Thought

If you are trying to lose weight, read:
(about low-carb + raw diets as the correct strategy:)

The High-Carbohydrate Diet and Related Health Problems
Insulin's Metabolic Effects (Why eat less carbohydrates?)
How much weight-loss on raw juices vs. fasting?
Preventing Cellulite - the Diet Solution
(about overcoming the physical 'sugar' craving:)
Causes of Addiction to Habits
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
(about the emotional battle:)
Attentive Eating
How to Overcome Temptations
Energy, Feeling and Thought

If you don't want to change your diet, but still become healthier, read:
Sequential Eating
How to Live 100 Years
Energy, Feeling and Thought
Energy in the Body

If you are looking for the ultimate vegetarian diet,
- or have been damaged by veganism - read:

With Three Generations of Vegetarian Hygienists
In Search of the Ultimate Vegetarian Diet
Fruit - Friend or Foe?
The Ideal 100% Raw Diet
Natural Hygiene Vegetarian Diet & Food Plan
Sequential Eating
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet

If you are looking for a non-vegetarian diet that will give superior health:
Primitive Man - His Diet and Health
The High-Carbohydrate Diet and Related Health Problems
Insulin's Metabolic Effects (Why eat less carbohydrates?)
New Concepts in Nutrition, Health and Rapid Healing of Illness
Primitive Diet Example
Sequential Eating
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet

If you expect or have children, read:
Birth Defects can be Avoided!
What You do when You Vaccinate
How Diseases are Cured

If you want a better sex-life, read:
Energy-Karezza - fascinating & powerful sex
Enjoying Superior Sex Your Entire Life - radio interview
Energy-Karezza book excerpt

If you are new to Natural Hygiene, read:
How Diseases are Cured
The Time-factor in Recovery
How Important is Diagnosis?
My First Water Fast
New Concepts in Nutrition, Health and Rapid Healing of Illness

You can read the following books By Dr. Tilden at the free Soil and Health Library http://soilandhealth.org - (choose Health Library/Alternative Medical Therapies).

Tilden, J. H., M.D. (1909) Appendicitis: The Etiology, Hygienic and Dietetic Treatment.
One of the pithiest and most crusty of cantankerous doctors, John Tilden had little respect for his fellow MDs, but enormous respect for the ability of a human body to heal if only given a chance. PUBLIC DOMAIN
Tilden, J.H., M.D. (1928) Children: Their Health and Happiness.
How to raise happy, healthy children per Dr. Tilden. The good doctor's firmly-stated views are definitely not the wishy-washy uncertainties that many young parents seem to hold these days. Some may find great wisdom here; others will be repelled by his sociology of human nature. Tilden was opposed to vaccination and spoiling children. He was in favor of discipline. PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Tilden, J. H., M.D. (1924) Constipation: A New Reading On the Subject.
This ubiquitous ailment analyzed, dissected and its real cure indicated. Contains an interesting analysis of types of cases that pertains to all diseases. PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Tilden, J. H., M.D. (1921). Impaired Health: Its Cause and Cure, Volume I
Tilden's magnum opus, wherein the attempts to explain almost everything he understood in one book. Volume 1 covers the general causes of disease and his general approach to restoration of health. PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Tilden, J. H., M.D. Impaired Health: Its Cause and Cure, Volume II.
In part two, Dr. Tilden details treatment protocols for many different diseases. PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Tilden, J. H., M.D. Toxemia Explained. 1935
This polemic was printed and reprinted by Tilden, its prose re-polished half a dozen times from 1926-1935 as Tilden struggled to explain his thesis ever-more-clearly. Perhaps the finest explanation ever writen explaining why a body gets sick and what to do about it. PUBLIC DOMAIN.


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