THE general purpose of this work is to prove conclusively that the maintenance of lasting good health in the average man, woman and child is a real, practical, everyday possibility; and to teach simple, accurate means for the maintaining and where necessary, the obtaining of this much desired state of health. By permanent good health is inferred lasting good health the maintaining of comparatively good health through a normal lifetime. The more or less constant presence of illnesses, disabilities and diseases as experienced by most of us, either in our own cases or in those of our dear ones, can undoubtedly be avoided in the aver-age person, adult or child. An individual who goes along nicely and well from day to day, eats well, sleeps well, has no serious complaints, and is not nervous and whose every vital function is regular and normal, can be considered a person who possesses good health; and if such a state of health can be had continuously, making allowances for temporary attacks of illness or indigestion due to the ingestion of bad food, or an occasional cold of short duration such a person may be considered to possess permanent good health.
The development of this work was prompted by what the writer considers is the saddest note in the entire field of medicine. This is the futility of the medical science as taught and practiced by the present rank and file of physicians. When the writer graduated from medical college, notwithstanding the fact that he received a purple seal of honor from the state board examiners, he was, nevertheless, overwhelmed by this same feeling of futility; he was only too well aware that the medical science or the art of healing was unable to definitely and rapidly help the sick and ailing in even a fair percentage of cases. When called to see a patient for the first time, he did not know where or how to begin to find the source or nature of the illness from which the average patient was suffering, nor how to proceed immediately to help the patient and particularly to prevent further complications from setting in. These facts were just as true of adults as they were of infants and children.
Even today, speaking to recent graduates from the best schools of medicine, the writer is saddened by the frank and clear expression from even honor men of their classes, that this same sense of futility exists. It is just this state and feeling of resignation, inability, futility and even hopelessness that this book undertakes to correct.
Upon the very first day of graduation from medical college, recognizing this feeling of inability which only too often amounted to futility, the writer was deter-mined that he would not be content until he had found the secret for the origin and causation of most of our ills and likewise means for their definite prevention and prompt alleviation or cure. He has kept this one idea in mind all these years and feels justified in stating that generally speaking, he has found the answer. His greatest surprise of all was to find how simple was this answer. The basic idea of these discoveries can be expressed in a few words the majority of us possess a common foundation of disease from which most of our diseases originate. This common foundation of disease is such an extremely simple matter that it may be overlooked just because of this very simplicity.
The average person wants his physician to make him well quickly, surely and inexpensively. The sick person is impatient. Ordinarily, he wants his physician to make him feel better at once, or at least in short order and finally to cure him rapidly. Today, this wish can be fulfilled in the case of the average sick person by employing the means presented herein.
If the medical profession can offer the public definite, speedy means for preventing, alleviating or curing most of its ailments and diseases, then the decided and wide-spread cynicism of the public will be quickly removed and replaced by a feeling of profound respect for the medical profession. And what is of even more importance the common feeling of discouragement which in so many ailing people only too often amounts to despair, will be dispelled and replaced by a feeling of encouragement and well-founded hope. The antagonistic feeling of the public toward the profession is caused to a large degree by this cynicism and this will likewise be overcome and replaced by a genuine feeling of security, belief and trust.
This sense of futility is particularly evident in the case of older people who so frequently are the unfortunate victims of the so-called degenerative diseases, the diseases of the heart, of the blood vessels (high blood pressure) and of the kidneys,. Ordinarily, with occasional intermissions, these degenerative diseases go on to hopeless crippling of the individual and finally to fatal termination. This discouraging state of affairs is correctable by the means presented herein. The common feeling of resignation which is characteristic of these sufferers can soon be displaced by one of optimism.
The general practitioner, to a considerable extent, has been reduced to a state of unimportance. Much of this was due to the too rapid rise of the various specialties of the medical science. This rather recent, widespread overspecialization has been proven unsatisfactory, since generally speaking, the percentage of successful results was scarcely higher than previous to this period of intense specialization.
If the medical colleges possessed and were able to impart to their graduates the knowledge which would enable them to give most of their patients successful results, then the decided turn to specialism and numerous other schools of healing would never have taken place.
Up to the present none of the specialties enabled the doctor to view the patient as a whole and cure him of all his ailments simultaneously. This system is the only one that accomplishes this much desired objective. That the patient must be considered as a whole, is absolutely necessary for his welfare and for the successful treatment of the patient. This system is the first to present methods and means for favorably helping simultaneously each and every organ and function of the patient. Such a system will enable the general practitioner to once more come into his own. It will be necessary for the general practitioner to become more adept in the use of the head mirror and somewhat more proficient in the nose and throat science. This technical ability is easily acquired by the average doctor.
The medical science is striving for an ideal the permanent elimination of disease by the automatic maintenance of good health by the body itself. This is the essence of preventive medicine. If it is impossible to completely prevent all diseases, then we must try to bring about such a condition of the body that if disease does attack it, the attack will be of the mildest possible form, and permit complete and quick recovery.
In the cases of the chronically ill, or even in the cases of too lengthy acute illnesses, only too many of these patients as well as their physicians are discouraged by the length of time it takes to cure or even obtain worth-while results when the commonly accepted methods are used. With these newer methods the course of all protracted illnesses is greatly shortened.
Particularly is the younger generation of both physicians and patients discouraged by this element of chronicity, or lengthy duration of so many illnesses. They want action, quicker results ; chronicity or the slowness of recoveries in even acute illnesses dishearten them. By means of these methods, much of this slowness of recovery will be overcome, and both the patient and physician will be made much happier by obtaining good results, more rapidly.
No worthwhile new discoveries ever made less work for the workers. More work was always created but the work was more efficient, useful and lasting. The public will gladly and properly pay the medical profession if it- will give it just what it wants. The public looks at the healing art just as matter of fact as it looks at commercial lines in general. If it pays a certain sum for medical services, it expects good health in return, otherwise it is disappointed. It will allow for a certain number of failures, the same as it does in every other line, but these must be reasonably few and make up a small percentage of the whole.
This work is likewise an attempt to take much of the mystery out of the healing art; it is a serious, reasonable effort to simplify the art of healing, and thereby facilitate the understanding of medical science. That this simplification can be accomplished, is readily capable of definite proof when these means are used; this is equally true of both the prevention of illnesses and the healing of the sick. The rapidity and ease with which good results will be obtained will soon convince the most skeptical. By these means the writer can foresee the establishment of a fairly fool proof system of medicine, and this is exactly what the practical minded public desires most of all.
Is there anything more pitiable than the suffering of so many people who have been in poor health and ailing for years? These people could easily and quickly have been relieved and most of them cured by these simple methods. Can one imagine the amount of harm that could thereby have been avoided, the heartaches, discouragement and loss of efficiency, time and peace of mind?
Thousands upon thousands of people at this very moment are suffering the tortures of the damned, suffocating, choking, gasping for breath, who could be easily helped and relieved and restored to pleasing, happy comfort by the simple means advised by this system. Many more people, less seriously ill, are suffering from all sorts of physical, nervous or mental troubles or complaints. Many of these complaints are apparently imaginary. Nevertheless, most all these complaints, both the real and the imaginary, can readily and surely be removed by these means. Frequently, this would speedily make all the difference between life and death to these sufferers.
In all diseases, ailments, operations, etc., a much greater percentage of successful results is assured when the principles and means of this system are used; and for this reason, no disease, operation, or illness should be taken care of without their use.
For example, let us take a severe case of appendicitis or mastoiditis ; the patients will be assured a much greater chance of recovery when the simple means of this system are used in conjunction with whatever other means may be employed. One paramount reason for this is that complications are avoided by the careful, immediate use of the simpler means of this system. And this statement applies to most all illnesses.