About Natural Healing
(From Chapter X. "Dare to be Healthy.") -
By Dr. Louis Dechmann
In this manner I obtained a clear insight into the actions of the
so-called mineral material in the organism, and it gradually became
obvious to me that everything is dependent upon the introduction of the
proper sanguifying or nutritive mineral salts into the blood.
On this basis I founded the so-called "organic nutritive cell-food
therapy" (called the Dech-Manna therapy).
The point may be raised that the elements of the food we eat or drink
are heterogeneous and that the mineral matter in them is naturally and
casually acquired, according to the properties of the soil they grow
in. This is the general opinion, but not the fact. Our vegetables,
grain, meat and milk contain too much phosphoric acid and sal ammoniac,
and this is due to the use of artificial and animal fertilizers, while
the sulphurics are very often entirely missing.
Von Liebig says: When we consider that the sugar refineries of
Waghausel have an annual output in the market of 600,000 lbs. of
potassic salt, which is taken from the soil by the turnips of the Baden
fields without being replaced, and that there is cultivated in Northern
Germany, year by year, with the assistance of guano, an immense amount
of potatoes solely for the manufacture of spirits, and that these
potato fields are consequently robbed of the essential ingredients
which potatoes should contain, and as these elements are only partially
replaced by the insufficient component parts of the guano, we cannot be
in doubt as to the condition of these fields. The ground may be ever so
rich in ingredients, but it is exhaustible. The analysis of our blood
indicates that, in order to remain healthy, it must contain twice as
many sulphuric as phosphoric salts.
We talk glibly about a natural mode of living, a simple diet; but where
in our civilized countries can we find food that really serves healthy
The crux of the question is this: Why do we propose to heal naturally
and not also to nourish naturally?—The latter is, to say the least of
it, just as important as the former. But if both were practiced
conjointly, a beneficial object might be more quickly and surely gained.
It is true, we are taught to eat more vegetables than meat; that our
bread lacks the chief nourishing qualities, and so on; but we have
hitherto been in no wise informed as to the substances that are
relatively harmful or beneficial to us.
Why is it then that the science of the sanative power of nature, as
well as medical science, is still in doubt in regard to the relation
that must absolutely exist between the separate component parts of our
nourishment in order to obtain normal healthy sanguification?
The reason is that the application of a real chemistry of life has
never been comprehended until now.
According to my judgment it is Von Liebig and Julius Hensel who showed
us the paths we are to take to the field of enquiry most important of
all; for without a sound body all the coveted acquisitions of modern
times are worthless to us.
The solution of the question how to prevent the degeneration of mankind
would be a simple and natural one, if history and proverb had not
taught us that as often as a new truth appears "the very oxen butt
their horns against it." They cannot help this, the "disposition" is
natural; for when Pythagoras had found the Master of Arts, Mathesios,
he was so overjoyed that he sacrificed one hundred oxen to the gods,
and ever since that time oxen are attacked with an hereditary fright
whenever a new truth appears,—the human ox is no exception.