3. What Are Drugs?
Pharmacologists consider all chemicals that affect living things to be drugs. Stedman's Medical Dictionary defines a drug as "A therapeutic agent; any substance, other than food, used in the prevention, diagnosis, alleviation, treatment, or cure of disease in man and animal."
The truth is that all drugs are poisons and always do much harm, even when taken in small quantities. The body reacts defensively to all foreign substances which are introduced. This response is mistakenly attributed to the action of me drug when in fact the drugs do not act mechanically to produce any response. It is the body which acts upon the drugs in its efforts to dispose of this dangerous substance as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Hygienists know that the living organism is dynamic and full of energy. Its self-reparative and restorative ability remains intact as long as energy is abundant. Over 100 years ago Dr. R.T. Trall demonstrated the difference between lifeless matter and the living organism. He said that the living organism is active and the lifeless matter is passive.
Drugs are passive inert substances which have no magical powers to impart life and health to a living organism. Drugs combine chemically with the chemical constituents of the body where they do much harm by interfering with normal life processes.
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