2. The Need To Inspire The Client
2.1 Establishing the Goals
In order to obtain maximum cooperation and subsequent performance, to say nothing of reaping the rewards of correct eating and living on the part of the client, it will be necessary for the practitioner to convince the client that following the regimen that you recommend to him will benefit him in ways which are, to a certain extent, predictable well in advance and, to a certain extent, with a fair degree of accuracy.
Predictability is so because we humans are basically the same. We possess gross details that are quite similar, it is only in the minor ones that we differ. Therefore, when we behave in a manner contrary to our fundamental needs, we can predict with surety that the health of the totality will diminish and in an exactly equal amount. But, the opposite is true, also for when we answer our body’s fundamental needs, and do so in all respects, the body responds by discarding the old in favor of the new; in other words, like the contractor called to make repairs on a dilapidated building who must first tear down before he can rebuild with new and better materials so, too, must sick persons discard, before they can rebuild!
2.2 Attitudes Are Contagious
Attitudes are contagious, so it is important for the practitioner to present the possible benefits which can accrue to the client in an enthusiastic and convincing manner. In other words, as practitioners we should avoid the “pie in the sky” approach in favor of more reasonable immediate goals, ones attainable, in most instances, fairly easily and within a comparatively short time.
These goals can range from the physical (the elimination of certain rather minor digestive troubles, for example), the cosmetic (losing that look of utter fatigue that so many of our clients wear on their first visit), and even economic (no longer required to buy this or that drug or prosthetic gadget).
The list of possible benefits, of course, could be extensive, but several, comparatively easily attainable, immediate goals can and should be established initially and, then, others advanced from time to time as the need for further encouragement may arise.
2.3 Keeping on Target
Sometimes clients require being reminded of where they have been, where they are now, and where they are going; kept on target, as it were. Presenting the little goals, the “baby steps” we so often talk about, can usually convey to the client sufficient inspiration to keep him following the straight path to complete freedom from disease and suffering.
The client should be told that you, the teacher, will provide him with the necessary training to enable him eventually to “go it alone,” and this, too, in a relatively short period of time; that he will be able to overcome whatever problem is troubling him on his own without having recourse to his former “run-to-the-doctor syndrome.”
It will be necessary from time to time to discuss with the client the importance of his becoming so knowledgeable about the science of life (Natural Hygiene) that he will feel confident to “go it alone,” to take charge of his own Self. This concept, of course, should be discussed preferably before he experiences his first healing crisis, or else he may become completely confused or even disillusioned.
2.4 Veras’s Story
The case of Vera illustrates this last point beautifully. Vera, a woman in her early 50s, was suffering from a very bad bronchial disorder which had troubled her for well over 15 years. In addition to the lung involvement, she experienced angina “attacks” from time to time. The doctor had told her she had a severely weakened heart muscle and must be careful not to “overdo.”
Vera’s medications consisted of nitroglycerine tablets, antibiotics, steroids from time to time (prednisone), and digoxin, all of which she took from time to time as directed by the family physician. Additionally, on her own, she took a multitude of vitamins and had done so for years. In spite of all her “treatments” and the various medications, prescription and nonprescription, her energy level remained dangerously low and her ankles and legs remained swollen with edema. Vera was a very discouraged woman.
Vera had been referred to us by a pastoral counselor in whom she had much confidence and, since she was already seemingly convinced that the medical “treatments” offered had failed her in the past and were certainly not helping her now, she had agreed to “try” Natural Hygiene.
At our initial meeting, we reviewed Vera’s eating diary which, as suggested, she had kept for the previous two weeks. It was obvious, of course, that most of this client’s troubles were the result of a lifetime of incorrect feeding habits, and that a primary need was to detoxify her body.
However, we learned that her husband, Joe, was suffering from severe mental depression, caused no doubt from worry about his wife’s condition. He had been forced to take a temporary leave of absence from his work. Under the circumstances, Vera felt that it would be inadvisable for her to go to a fasting retreat at this time.
Therefore, it was necessary to move in another direction. Accordingly, we explained to our client that we had no doubts that she could improve her health status and to a considerable extent by making some, at first rather simple, changes, these to be followed at a future time by other changes, as warranted from time to time. We sensed that Vera did not feel inclined to make any radical changes for fear of upsetting her already concerned husband and driving him, perhaps, into an even deeper depression. We emphasized, however, that doing it this way, making small changes slowly, would require considerably more time than it would if fasting had been the program of choice. Vera agreed that this was the way she must take. She would see what the future would bring.
We introduced our client to the seven stages in the biological evolution of pathology. She immediately saw the sequence of events as they had transpired in her own and in her husband’s lives. She recounted for us some of her own past symptoms and history and we discussed how they seemed to suggest this or that stage. She enthusiastically grasped the concept that it was possible for her to retrace the various stages in this biological evolution and that, in so doing, her energy and general health would gradually improve.
In passing, we commented that, during the retracement, it is often possible for certain persons to relive the past; that is, they may be called upon to experience some of their earlier symptoms as hidden pockets of poison are flushed out of their hiding places from time to time. Vera indicated that she understood this possibility and thought this might reasonably be expected.
However, apparently we failed to make a deep enough impression on Vera at this initial presentation and the subject did not immediately come up again. Things went along exceptionally well for some time. Vera was able consistently to reduce her drug intake, the nitroglycerine being completely set aside and the antibiotics, also. No steroids were now used and the digoxin was considerably reduced. As for the vitamins, they became a thing of memory only.
The coughing up of mucus became less troublesome, her vitality level grew enabling her to participate in the activities of her beloved church, the digestive upsets that had plagued her for many years were all but forgotten and, all in all, both Vera and we were well pleased with ourselves.
Then it happened! A violent attack of coughing. Mucus poured out of Vera’s throat gagging and choking her. She gasped for breath. She panicked. Dr. Ralph Cinque, in a lecture on June 27, 1979, reminded us that “The asthmatic often becomes terrified because of his wheezing and gasping for breath, sometimes feeling as though his life is at stake which naturally alarms anyone concerned. However, only occasionally is a person’s respiratory obstruction so great that this is the case. Most of the time the attack is not nearly so bad as the victim might think.” [From Overcoming Asthma by Beth Snodgrass. Available from Life Science.]
We had not prewarned Vera of this possibility. So, the “run-to-the-doctor syndrome” grasped ahold of Vera’s mind and, almost instinctively, like a well-trained animal obeys its master, Vera trotted off to the very doctor who had failed her for over fifteen years!
She was immediately placed in the hospital where she was given a variety of tests, including X rays and scans, and plied with all manner of drugs.
The cough went away and the mucus dried up, just as they had throughout the years past. The drugs accomplished their purpose: the nerves were narcotized, the symptoms suppressed. Vera remained in the hospital for nine days and then returned home, weak and spent. The “attack” had cost her well over $11,000!
Some time later, a wan and weary Vera presented herself in our office once again. She recounted her story, exclaiming at the end, “What a fool I was!” She had finally remembered our telling her about what might occur as she retraced the former stages in the evolution of pathology on her journey back to health. She stated the events and the confirmation of knowledge simply. The conviction of truth was reflected both in her manner and in her eyes as she exclaimed, “I was just having a healing crisis, wasn’t I?
Vera, you see, had not failed. We, her practitioners, had failed. We had failed to explain in simple terms BEFORE THE EVENT, and often from time to time as a reminder of what might possibly happen as retracement begins and accelerates.
There were other healing crises to follow, but now Vera was able to take them each in stride because she now fully understood the nature of a healing crisis and what, except in very exceptional circumstances, she could do on her own to remedy the situation. She understood now that her body was always in a state of flux, of change, and was so more now than ever before; that when a healing crisis came, she should keep warm and just stand aside and let the wisdom resident within her own body take charge and get on with the healing of hurting cells while she watched and waited and rested, confident in the final outcome.
We saw Vera not too long ago. She is still too thin but both she and Joe are on a clear path, a Hygiene path, that will lead them together to a life of great joy and boundless energy for living and extended and purposeful life. Vera and Joe are now “going it on their own.” It has been some years now since Vera made her last trip to any doctor’s office and she is confident now that she will never have to enter another hospital, unless compelled to do so by some unforeseen accidental injury that may require perhaps the services of an orthopedic surgeon. Changes were required in Vera’s lifestyle and she has successfully made all adjustments in philosophy and in practice. We are certain now that Vera will not panic again.
- 1. What Do You Mean By “Change In Lifestyle?”
- 2. The Need To Inspire The Client
- 3. The Practitioner Presents The Plan
- 4. The Client Must Be In Charge
- 5. What Kinds Of Changes Are Required
- 6. Outmoded Beliefs And Superstitions
- 7. I Can!
- 8. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: The Great Awakener By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Overcoming Compulsive Habits By Stanley Bass, D.C.
- Article #3: The Negative Power of “If” By Charles M. Simmons
- Article #4: Excerpt from “In Tune With the Infinite” by Ralph Waldo Trine