2. Nature's Laws For Healthful Living
2.1 Fundamental Principles
2.1.1 The Law of Identity
Every living thing that exists exists as a particular something, with specific qualities, attributes, potentials, and limitations inherent to the organism; a living organism is what it is and cannot act contrary to its nature.
What this basically means, without entering into a lengthy discussion of comparative biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, is that all biological, biochemical, anatomical and physiological features of man definitely place him in the class of frugivores as a primate of the highest order, as indicated by the number, structure and dental formula of the teeth; the length and structure of the digestive system, the position of the eyes, the functions of the skin, the character of the nails, the salivary characteristics, the relative size of the liver, the number and position of the mammary glands, the position and structure of the reproductive organs, the character of the human placenta, the nature of having two hands and two feet, the method of physical transportation and many other factors, all indicating unquestionably our constitutional nature and biological heritage as a frugivore, whose natural diet consists primarily of fruit. By our very nature as a frugivore, we cannot function properly contrary to that nature. Frugivores may partake of some green leaves and other plant parts with advantages. Man may in accordance with his constitutional nature, add green vegetables and nuts to the fruit diet, thereby improving it according to most Hygienists.
There are other important factor elements necessary to human life which contribute to our well-being. They are essential to the functional integrity and systemic harmony of the human organism. They are: Pure air, pure water, cleanliness, rest and sleep, body temperature, exercise, sunshine, relaxation, mental and emotional poise, pleasant surroundings, creative freedom, self-discipline, and other important factors.
2.1.2 The Law of Self-Preservation
(or Homeostasis), which is also known as Life's Great Law states:
Every living cell is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by a vital force inherent in the organism, the success of t whose work is directly proportional to the amount of inherent force available and inversely proportional to the degree of its activity.
What this means, in a "nutshell," is that if you provide the proper conditions for living organisms, they will automatically proceed in the direction of perfect health. How Well they will do depends on how much vital energy is in reserve and how little of it is being expended in activity. Instinct is defined by natural law as "an innate propensity to act without conscious direction," and every living organism endowed with certain instincts, drives, sensations, inherent desires, and indications which can also register as discomforts, which impel it to act in its own self-interest.
All secondary principles which are set down as laws of nature with respect to human life are basically elaborations, or secondary principles hinging upon this fundamental principle of self-preservation, serving to guide us in the fulfillment of these fundamental principles.
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