6. The Hygienic Approach—Case Studies
6.1 The Case of Mrs. B.
We have told Mrs. B.’s story elsewhere in other writings but her story illustrates so well the kind of miracle that the full application of Natural Hygiene can produce that we feel it bears repeating here.
Mrs. B. was brought to our office by her daughter and son-in-law. She barely had sufficient energy to walk through the door even, though supported on either side. She was 66 years of age. A large portion of her body was covered with ulcerated sores. She was obviously in pain and extremely weak. We were advised that her doctor had suggested that it might be necessary to amputate her right leg. That he had exhausted his resources.
Upon examination the leg appeared swollen, ulcerated and a reddish brown to almost black in color. In spite of the ulcers and grape-like veins on both legs, she had been advised by her physician to constantly wear a tightly-fitting elastic garment which she put on like a pair of pantyhose. This was “for support,” she told us.
Constipation, heart irregularity, lack of appetite, inability to eat any uncooked foods, gas, stomachache—all these symptoms and more were recited. This was, indeed, a woman in trouble. She was also a victim of the “poor me” complex. She was firmly convinced that nothing could be done for her, that she was doomed.
We decided to take “baby steps” with Mrs. B. We made no changes whatsoever in her eating program except to urge her to combine the foods she liked according to accepted Hygienic standards. We also told her to take off this restraining garment and to toss it in the ashcan. We carefully explained how it would serve only to restrict the circulation and how she needed a good blood flow to encourage healing of her leg.
Within two weeks, the stomach pains were gone and she was having an occasional “normal” bowel movement. Gradually, but gradually, we improved her diet. Then came the sunbaths. This was a real adventure, but she decided she liked this so they soon became a regular habit. We showed her a few simple stretching exercises. Dr. Robert lay on the floor and did them for her so she could see how to help herself when raising the legs up. She knew that if he at his age could do all that, perhaps she could, too! And she did.
Soon she began to walk. Walk she did around and around the mobile home park where she lives. Her doctor said it was a miracle. Today there is no talk of amputation, no drugs. Instead there is hope. Mrs. B. knows that life can be beautiful. She is now over 70 years of age. We recently gave a lecture and guess who was there. Mrs. B., of course, there with a few friends. She blew a kiss. There was joy on her face but not a single ugly ulcer. For Mrs. B the past is history. She confided to Dr. Elizabeth that she has a boyfriend!
6.2 The Case of Brother’s Brother
Our readers recall the story of our 97-year-old friend. Well, this story concerns the younger “brother.” At age 73 he attended one of our lectures and subsequently enrolled in a class which consisted of seven sessions.
For 13 years Mr. M. had made regular visits to a local hospital to have his blood pressure checked and to get his prescriptions filled. For 13 years he had followed directions and taken his pills. His blood pressure reading was sky-high. Obviously, the danger of a stroke was very real to this man. However, he was an extremely intelligent man. He saw the rationale of the Garden of Eden diet and the grand sense of adhering to organic realities. He immediately shifted into high gear, as it were. Fruits, fruits and more fruits. He bought watermelon and cantaloupes by the box. He complained at first because he had to get up at night, as many as ten times to urinate, but he persisted.
Mr. M. began to lose weight. He had to buy new clothes but he kept on. He began to walk. He walked over all of Tucson! His complexion became beautifully smooth and clear and his eyes sparkled with life. He began to fast on his own, first a single day at a time, and later extended the fasts first to three days and then to five. Each time he lost more weight which he did not regain. Now each time he fasts, he loses but very little weight. One of these days he will stabilize and then, perhaps, regain some of his lost pounds. But, Mr. M. really doesn’t much care about that. He is rejoicing in his new lease on life and, also, because his “brother” is doing so well and, especially, because brother will now give up bread!
6.3 Case Study—Mr. X
We include this brief news item to illustrate how abuse of the elderly can even be unintentional, simply perhaps a matter of negligence. Daily reports are made on local television as to the maximum sun exposure time before burning can be expected. Today, in the Arizona Daily Star there is an item which states, “The Medical Audit Committee for Pima County’s Department for Improved Adult Living will hold an inquiry this morning Into the circumstances surrounding the death of an 87-year-old man who may have been left out in the sun too long. This is the public program which oversees nursing homes. The man in question, it seems, was wheelchair bound. Left in the sun, he developed a temperature of 108° and died shortly thereafter.”
6.4 Case Study—Mrs. A
Mrs. A. was aged 86 when she came under our care. Her husband, a few months older, was to come to us shortly thereafter. Mrs. A. was already senile, somewhat difficult to manage and suspicious.
However, she became greatly attached to Dr. Elizabeth who sometimes would just simply sit quietly by her side and hold her hand. Simple dietary changes were made with emphasis on food combining. Once each week, she was dressed and taken for a walk and out to dinner. She looked forward to these times. She responded well physically but the mind did not. In fact, she lost her own identity and that of her husband. One day she took out her false teeth and threw them at him exclaiming at the same time, “He just wants my money!” However, the physical improvement was remarkable, under the circumstances, considering the advanced state of deterioration present when Hygienic care was started. This woman lived to be 90 years of age. Her general disposition became loving and outgoing, but she became more and more childlike.
The husband had been diagnosed six years prior to our taking over his care as having leukemia. He told us his fecal matter had been so impacted that practitioners were compelled literally to dig into the colon to extract it. Apparently he had been taking radioactive cobalt during these six years.
One day one of a pair of workmen who were doing some repairs at his house and also painting one of the ceilings was discharged by the old man who was highly dissatisfied with the work. Being very determined, he got up on the ladder to do the job himself and promptly fell off. The shock triggered an immediate and rapid deterioration and it was necessary to place him in a nursing home since there was no one to care for him at home. He died shortly thereafter and it is interesting to our study to note that an autopsy showed extensive organ deterioration and spinal bone sponging. He was 90 at the time of his death, also. This gentleman refused all dietary and other Hygienic suggestions. He continued taking his pills. He continued to suffer.
6.5 The Case of Mrs. R.
Mrs. R. came to us from another state. We bring her to your attention because she demonstrates how well the mind and body will respond when the full impact of the correctness of Natural Hygiene principles is immediate and causes radical changes in all aspects of living and eating.
At first meeting we learned that Mrs. R. had given birth to eight children and did not know what had happened to a single child. She was in her late 50s and the-children were all in the 20 to 35 age group. During the turbulent fifties and sixties they had joined communes and many had gotten caught up in the drug culture.
Her physician had diagnosed a severe liver disorder and given a dim prognosis. Our first meeting lasted two hours during which time she poured out all her misery, anxiety, her fears. We found out that she was very religious so we urged her to concentrate on her faith and on the future. We gave her a course of study in Natural Hygiene and asked her to give it due consideration.
From time to time we corresponded and at such times answered questions. A year later she came for her second consultation. The change was remarkable. She was smiling, her attitude was positive. Her complexion was much improved but, best of all, she had developed an attitude that life’s problems could be satisfactorily solved. She obviously had not as yet solved all of her problems, but she was certainly much more confident of herself and the future.
Three years have passed. She now knows where every single one of her children is. In fact, this last year, she and her husband made a trip around the country and visited every single one of the young people. They have all, but one, entered the mainstream of life. The one exception is presently in a hospital under treatment for tuberculosis. But, best of all, this woman is herself a picture of radiant health. Her family doctor? Why, he has asked to borrow her study books! You see, even at her advanced age, her liver made a fantastic recovery, this in spite of his dim prognosis and, what is more, without his prescribed pills!
6.6 Case Study—Mrs. R. D.
Mrs. R. D. came to us after having experienced a limited hysterectomy, three massive heart attacks followed by a mastectomy and two years of severe angina “attacks.” She had been advised that there were several coronary occlusions but that her body had partially corrected all but one of these. Mrs. R. D. expressed her willingness to place herself completely in our hands since she had finally come to the conclusion that her doctor of many years had nothing more to suggest. However, she was afraid to fast
and, perhaps, it would not have been desirable in her case. We placed this woman on our Extended Rest Plan which involves the following:
First Three Weeks
- A diet of raw foods only except for a single baked potato served twice a week.
Breakfast—A single fruit, preferably melon.
Luncheon—A simple vegetable salad with 3 T nuts or 1 medium avocado.
- Ten hours rest at night.
- During the day: 2 hours prone in a darkened room, 1 hour either sitting up in bed or, later on, in a chair.
- Passive exercise; i.e., arms and legs being moved by an assistant.
- Passive massage: Assistant using the flat side of three fingers lightly massages the skin and especially of the back.
Second Three Weeks
- Diet same as above.
- Night rest same as above.
- One hour prone in a darkened room, 2 hours up, either sitting reading in a chair or listening to music, or about the third week, walking out of doors. Sun bath every day.
- Diet continued.
- Client began simple exercises and extended walking to about one block.
- Daily sunbathing when possible.
- Up all morning. Two-hour nap after lunch. Got ready for bed immediately after third meal of day, at about 7 p.m.
Before the tenth week had passed, this client was able to walk a mile with ease. Almost three years have passed during which time she has taken no medication and has not had a single angina attack. Her physician requested her to go over her diet with the hospital dietitian and stated that he would like to try it on some other patients. Her EKG and other signs continue to stand up well under examination. Mrs. R. D. is now in her late sixties and travelling all over the country! The past is a closed book. This recovery is remarkable in that it took place in a cold, largely hostile climate. It shows the tremendous healing powers present within even a badly-abused body and how, when given the tools, the body will accomplish almost the impossible, restoring to even the very sick the opportunity to enjoy many more productive years of healthful living.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Older People Need Support
- 3. The Path We Travel
- 4. A Contrasting View
- 5. The American Express
- 6. The Hygienic Approach—Case Studies
- Article #1: Inward Time By Alexis Carrel, M.D.
- Article #2: Overnutrition—All About Protein By The Doctors McCarter
- Article #3: Health
- Article #4: Why Exercise?