What is Natural Hygiene?
Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review
"LET US HAVE THE TRUTH THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL!"
Herbert M. Shelton: Editor & Publisher in San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Shelton & Victoria Define "NATURAL HYGIENE" as...
"The Superlative, Alternative Health Care System!"
THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS MUST BE COEVAL WITH LIFE!
*THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL the mind-body health care systems must be coeval with life. (Victoria's Note: The word elements of "coeval" that is, "co" + "ev" + "al" mean "equal" + "in time" + "adjective." "Coeval" means "happening at the same time." What Dr. Shelton is saying in this simple statement is that... "The day human life began is the same day NATURAL HYGIENE began." If my elaboration is a little mystifying still, what Dr. Shelton is saying is... "Built into the structure and function of the human organism are all the physiological, biochemical Laws of Life that direct its life and its health!" Consider this analogy... "Built into the structure and function of a new automobile right off the assembly line are all the mechanical and chemical laws which move the automobile down the road!" This certainly starts sounding a good deal life the proverbial "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Body" of Scripture, does it not?)
the superlative of all health care systems must be timeless!
*THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL must have a timeless validity that belongs not to the vain philosophies of men and women but which is part of nature and embedded in nature.
*THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL must be of such a character that it meets, in an adequate manner, all of the needs of the living organism under any and all conditions and circumstances of life.
*THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL must be based in the very constitution of nature. In the case of human life, THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL alternative health care systems must be based in the very constitutions of man and woman.
*THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL cannot be a system that grows out of the haphazard discoveries of humans and their researches. Rather, THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL mind-body care systems must have been a part of, coeval with human life from the very beginning of humanity's existence. THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL the mind-body care will thus be a system that will not pass away as long as human life endures. The fact that the many alternative health care systems that have been of humanity's imaginations and devising pass away after a brief day of popularity reveals that they are not valid.
THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS MUST BE UNIVERSALLY VALID!
The development of every organism, however unlike every other, rests upon certain, common requirements which no organism is free to flout at any stage of its existence! If these requirements are met, its growth, development, and vigor are assured. If they are not met, the growth, development, and vigor of the organism suffer. If the deficiency is great enough, disease and death result. Because these things are true, we know that THE SUPERLATIVE OF ALL the mind-body health care systems of the living organism has a universal validity.
*"NATURAL HYGIENE" is universally validated by science and correctly defined as... "that branch of biology which investigates the conditions upon which life and health depend and the means by which these are sustained in all of their virtue and purity, while we have them, and which restores said conditions and means when they are impaired."
"NATURAL HYGIENE IS NOT THE GENERIC TERM, "HYGIENE" AS USED BY THE MEDICINE MEN
*NATURAL HYGIENE belongs to the whole world of life and not to man and woman alone. THAT SUPERLATIVE OF ALL the alternative health care systems before us today is NATURAL HYGIENE; and it necessarily arises out of the needs of life as a "TRULY NATURAL SYSTEM." Hence the term, "NATURAL HYGIENE," both correctly defines "The Superlative Alternative Health Care System" and also sets it apart from the spurious "hygiene" and "health care systems" that are fostered by the medical, dental, and commercial worlds.
*NATURAL HYGIENE is a complete way of life, comprising a system of mind-body care, in health and in sickness, based upon the demonstrable principle that the same elements of living that are requisite to maintain the body in a state of vigorous health are essential in a state of sickness, modifying these only insofar as the altered needs and capacities of the sick organism require, but superimposing no added and anti-vital elements upon the normal elements of living. (Medications are, by definition, "anti-vital.")
PART II: "Where Are The Teachings of Hygienic Educators?" 3