11. What To Do Instead Of Taking Drugs
The Hygienist does not accept “cures.” What are we trying to “cure?” Attempts to “cure” actually suppress or stop the body’s defensive and remedial processes. As the body is attempting to get well, we are trying to prevent it from getting well. This is the essence of cures.
What we’re concerned about then, in health and disease, is removing the causes of disease, supplying the body with its basic needs so it may build health. Health is the organism’s natural tendency toward the ideal and everything in the moral organism works toward health. We don’t have to make the body healthy; we only have to live healthfully.
An obese person does not become healthy by taking diet pills. He must examine his diet and lifestyle and remove the causes of his obesity in order to attain health. We have to stop people from making themselves sick.
We must examine the person’s way of life: what it is they’re doing that they shouldn’t be doing, the things they’re not doing that they should be doing, and attempt to discover the causes of their trouble.
When we investigate these factors and remove the causes of disease, then we outline a program which will provide the conditions and circumstances necessary for health. The organism will restore itself to normal providing, of course, that it hasn’t been irreversibly damaged.
It may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I eating the proper diet?
By “proper diet” we mean one which we are biologically meant to eat. That is, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds—all eaten in their raw state. This is very important. Of equal importance is the amount that we are consuming. Not only the quality of our food is important but also the quantity. Ask yourself, am I overeating or eating when I am not really hungry? Eating food in the absence of hunger or consuming more food than our body can handle will lead to toxemia as sure as if we were subsisting on a diet of refined foods. So keep in mind quantity and quality when examining your lifestyle.
- Do I consume the purest water available?
By this we mean only pure H2O and this is not available from your kitchen sink. Pure distilled water is the only kind that we should drink and then only when we are thirsty. Some people have the mistaken idea that drinking excessive amounts of water will “flush” the kidneys and “clean out” our systems. This is nonsense! Water is inert and has no such cleansing powers. However, when consumed to excess, there can result a great energy drain on the eliminative organs. So, here again, keep the quantity
and quality idea in your mind. Distilled water is best in the amounts compatible with your needs.
- Is the air I breathe fresh and clean?
This is a tough one. Living and working in our polluted cities makes it next to impossible to breathe really pure air. However, there are some things that we can do. If it is possible to move to the country, do so. If not, at least try to stay away from smoke filled working situations (or look into purchasing an electronic air purifier for your office). It helps to live where the house is set at least a little way back from the road and trees between the house and the road will help block and absorb some of the pollution from the cars and purify the air.
- Do I get sufficient rest and sleep?
Sleep requirements vary from person to person but generally if you wake up without the aid of an alarm clock and feel rested and energetic, then you have obtained enough sleep. If not, you had better go to bed a little earlier or take a nap during the day.
- Do I get enough exercise?
Daily exercise is a must to maintain health. Set aside a certain lime every day for exercise. About 30 minutes to one hour a day should be sufficient.
- Am I exposed to the sunlight at least a few minutes each day?
Sunlight is beneficial and the main source for Vitamin D, but be careful and don’t overdo it as excessive sunbathing can be harmful. Remember the quantity and quality.
- Am I constantly under stress?
It is not always possible to avoid stressful situations but it is possible to learn how to deal with stress. Stress and emotions are a physiological occurrence and can result in many types of disorders.
Now that you have run through your little questionnaire and have determined the cause of your disease, every effort must be made to remove those causes. When the conditions of health are provided in the proper quantity and quality, the body will immediately begin its remedial processes.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. History Of Drugs
- 3. What Are Drugs?
- 4. What Do Drugs Do
- 5. Law Of Dual Effect
- 6. What Drugs Cannot Do
- 7. Why Drugs Are Used
- 8. Why Drugs Should Not Be Used
- 9. What The Body Does When Drugs Are Taken
- 10. Some Specifics
- 11. What To Do Instead Of Taking Drugs
- 12. What To Do When Acute Symptoms Manifest Themselves
- 13. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: The Poisoning Practice By Virginia Vetrano, B.S., D.C.
- Article #2: Principles of The Hygienic System by R.T. Trail