About Natural Healing
(From Chapter X. "Dare to be Healthy.") -
By Dr. Louis Dechmann
The Process of Natural Healing is the art of curing diseases by natural
As natural remedies, only those may be included which stand as vital
conditions in constant relation to the organism, assimilable thereby.
Among these are no poisons or chemical preparations, such as were
promulgated by Paracelsus and the medicasters; for these are elements
abnormal to the body, and call forth its reactionary powers, and so,
being useless, they are eliminated; or, after having served an improper
purpose, to suppress some symptom of disease, they become embedded in
the tissues, there causing various forms of medicinal complication or
Do we not produce blood poisons enough by our irrational diet and modes
of living? The human body is a microcosm—a world in minature—and as
such, exists in constant interchange with universal nature.
A definite relationship exists between it and the solid, fluid and
Solid food, water and air, elements of the universe, must become
elements of our bodies, if relations of universal unity are to be
There must be a constant interchange of organic matter, and this
inter-transmission is the cause of life, of health, and of disease;
therefore, we must first of all see that the conditions of this process
Food, air, water, light, exercise, must be so provided that they
condition the process of nutrition and metamorphosis.
Skin, lungs, kidneys, intestines, must always be in condition to
eliminate the abnormal products of decomposition.
If then disease be a derangement of the life process, it is
self-evident that disease is not confined to one organ alone, but that
the whole body is diseased.
The body, thus, being in fact an indivisible unity, the treatment we
employ in disease must, logically, act upon it as a united whole.
The modern school of medicine in its present, bacteria ridden frame of
mind or mania, looks upon the bacillus, or microbe, as the sole cause
The cause, however, is not the bacillus, but rather the impure blood
which prepares a fertile soil for the development of those destructive
He who lives strictly in accordance with the rules of hygiene need not
fear the bacillus, for man is not born to sickness; he creates sickness
for himself by his irrational mode of living.
What does the world profit by bacteriological institutions if the
people continue to live in the old sins against health and hygiene?
Man may be born with a predisposition to disease, but not with disease
Our health depends entirely upon the conditions of our life.
In cases of predisposition to disease, therefore, as well as in disease
itself, according to the principles of hygiene, we must employ only the
hygienic and dietetic methods of treatment.
Is the medical science of the day, then, totally incompetent? You may
well ask.—Have the patient studies and researches of nearly two
thousand four hundred years, since the days of Hippocrates, been all in
The reply lies ready to your hand, from the lips of one of the
brightest scientific spirits that ever illumined this dull earth of
ours with knowledge and sincerity.
In Goethe's Faust the following lines are found,—lines which sad memory
brings back to the minds of many an unfortunate who, according to the
dictates of the medical science of today, is pronounced incurable—a
sufferer from one or other of the so-called chronic diseases—and in
dire need of both physical and spiritual support.
"I have, alas, philosophy,
Medicine, jurisprudence too,
And, to my cost, theology
With ardent labour studied through,
And here I stand with all my lore,
Poor fool, no wiser than before"
Like Faust, such sufferers study day and night the opinions of learned
doctors and follow their prescriptions with ardent zeal. The more they
study, the more doctors they consult, the more rapidly does strength
fail them, until at length they realize that, in spite of all their
lore, they are but "poor fools, no wiser than before."