Only people quite ill or people afflicted with a marked common foundation of disease and its pronounced, generalized effects, suffer with persistent insomnia. Excepting cases due to accidental causes, persistent insomnia means the presence of a marked or decided common foundation of disease. Young, healthy people who are fed pure, fresh food, do not suffer with insomnia. The older the individual grows, the more likely is insomnia to be one of the bitter complaints if such an individual has a marked common foundation of disease and eats bad food.
Following serious, exhausting illnesses, insomnia is a common complaint if the antisepticizing treatments are not used. Intense worry, excessive nervous tension or excitement predispose to temporary attacks of insomnia only if poor quality food is eaten and the antisepticizing treatments are not used. In the simple, ordinary case of insomnia again the general rule holds true that in the absence of serious illnesses, insomnia is due to one or two causes or both these causes may be operating at the same time. The first cause is a fresh infection of the patient’s common foundation of disease and the second cause is harmful food eaten. The first class of patients should sleep well the second night if the antisepticizing treatments are taken. Harmful food gives rise to illnesses in two ways. First, by the direct effects of the bad food and secondly, by the lowering of the person’s resistance and thus allowing the germs in the patient’s common foundation of disease to increase rapidly in numbers and cause illness with associated insomnia. When it is a question of bad or contaminated food which is causing the insomnia, it is self evident that the food must be carefully investigated.
For the above reasons nothing helps insomnia as much as the use of the antisepticizing treatments and an extremely careful supervision of the patient’s diet. One cannot be too careful of the person’s food. With the first antisepticizing treatment for the relief of the insomnia, a cathartic should always be taken.
The average case of sleeplessness, insomnia, is and should be readily curable by the treatments and methods of this system. The exceptions which do not respond so readily are few. In the writer’s experience when the antisepticizing treatments were used, again these exceptions were found only in the cases of patients hopelessly ill such as the terminal stages of malignant diseases, the terminal stages of kidney diseases and other terminal illnesses. The case presented on page 84 of poison administered in the patient’s food is another exception but rather easily curable as soon as the correct diagnosis is made.