5. Illusion And Disillusion
Many of the methods of treatment which were often advocated by physicians during the19th century and before are today considered useless, and, in fact, life-threatening. But the physicians during that time persisted in such practices as bleeding, blistering, purging and the use of heavy metals because they witnessed patients “recover” following such treatment. This, however, was an illusion. If the patient recovered at all, it was in spite of the treatment and certainly not because of it. Many people did die because of their treatment, but physicians did not recognize that the treatment itself was the direct cause of these deaths, attributing that to the disease. However, doubters soon began sounding objections, and the theories of the regular school began to crumble. Physicians fell victim to their delusion. Learned men of science and respected people in the community were practicing under the illusion that such “heroic” treatment would cure. Out of this illusion came disillusion to many, and thus there were cries of objection and new healing sects sprang up out of desperation.
The urge to make new discoveries along with preconceived ideas and autosuggestion, together with the desire to break new ground, drives men to make certain conclusions from observations which are deceiving. An example of such deceiving observations may lie in the supposed “healing power” of the homeopath’s drugs, or the neuropath’s Schuessler salts, or the manipulations of the osteopaths and chiropractors. General good reason tells us that there is no magic power in any homeopathic drug that could cure arthritis, or eliminate kidney stones, or heal a wound. We know that only our own body can do this by the methods described in earlier lessons. If we observe an individual being restored to health after a manipulative treatment, we must not be so quick to accept this illusion. One must investigate further into the history of the illness and the mode of treatment, and the conditions favoring restoration. If the patient was first taken off of medical drugs, placed on a better diet, and provided other requirements for health, and then given a treatment or cell salts, we must not immediately credit the treatment or cell salts for the cure. The fact that the homeopathic cell salts were far less harmful than the previous drugs that were taken and the fact that the conditions for healing were provided, gives the body an opportunity to heal itself. Keeping this in mind, the illusion becomes obvious.
Harm comes when people become so convinced of these illusions that a more rational approach is not sought. You must, therefore, strive to become independent thinkers. You must begin to question “cures” that do not sound reasonable to you and then seek the truth by seeing things from the rational perspective of Life Science.
If a certain drug is found by the medical community to be harmful and is taken off the market, you are told that you should not doubt the effectiveness of all of these agents. However, you should not allow yourselves to be deceived by them. You may feel better for awhile after taking one of these symptom-suppressing agents, but your so-called “cure” is a deception. Your “cure” will not last. You must be alert to these deceptions and illusions.
Re-education is the key for recognizing misleading illusions. By constantly seeking the truth we will be led to he true cause of disease, and from this we may know how to maintain health.
Any violation of biological law, that is, physiological law, always results in impaired health. This would include any violation against sleep requirements, proper foods, air, water, sunshine, exercise, etc. The body’s ability to adapt is remarkable, but health is a delusion when you attempt to produce it by drugs. Under such circumstances, the body will inevitably become exhausted and chronic illnesses will ensue.
Human conduct is affected by environmental factors which may be psychological or social as well as biological factors. Many types of mental deficiencies are considered congenital. Although such diathesis may be inherited, they will not necessarily develop, providing all the conditions for health—both physical and mental—are provided to the child.
The child’s physical and mental health tendencies are implanted in his genes at the moment of conception. During the next nine months, the child’s environment consists of the mother’s womb. Here, the child may be affected by different influences and it is imperative that the health and living habits of the mother be correct. We should not fool ourselves into believing that nothing can be done about hereditary traits because something can be done. But it must begin before conception and involve healthful living practices of both parents.
Alcoholism, drugs, X rays, wrong foods, etc., affect the fetus. It would be an error to dismiss any of these factors in the role of mental and physical health. You must not allow the delusion of these agents to affect your decision to utilize them, especially when the health of a future human being depends on your decision.
It is very easy to be deceived today concerning our health and well-being. The public media is flooded with advertising campaigns which involve a host of health-robbing agents. This would include coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, and “junk foods.”
Our weapon against this misleading information is education so that we may learn the truth; so that we may eschew those things which destroy our health. Your health is your most valuable asset. In the world today, health is a commodity which requires a conscious effort to keep, but superior health is well within the grasp of every living being as long as they obey the “Laws of Life.”