As some of you know, last summer I had the opportunity to speak at a health conference in New York called Staying Alive.
It was at this conference that I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Thomas Lodi speak for the first time. He gave an incredibly insightful talk about healing cancer and made a very compelling case that all disease was caused by toxemia and he recommended that everyone read a book written in…
So I did.
And it was one of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read.
The principles in this book that defy conventional medical wisdom still hold true today,
87 years later.
As I was reading it I started highlighting sections I liked and quickly realized that I was highlighting the whole friggin book!
And after much consternation I was able to narrow down some powerful excerpts to share with you in this post.
Before we dig in, here’s a quick vocabulary lesson:
Enervation is essentially overstimulation and stress.
A catarrh is any condition in the body with inflammation and mucous. (Ew.)
Enter Dr. John Tilden M.D.
Cures are what the people want, and cures are what doctors and cultists affect to make;
but at most, only relief is given.
The periodicity which characterizes all functional derangements of the body lends color to the claims of cure-mongers that their remedy has cured their patients, when the truth is that the so-called disease “ran its course.”
The so-called disease was a toxemic crisis, and when the toxins were eliminated below the toleration point, the sickness passed—automatically health returned. But the disease was not cured; for if the cause is continued, toxins still accumulate, and in due course of time another crisis appears. Unless the cause is discovered and removed, crises will recur until functional derangements will give way to organic disease.
The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen and nutrients, and, in degenerating, the septic material enters the circulation, setting up chronic septic poisoning called cancer cachexia.
The study of pathology—the study of disease—has engaged the best minds in the profession always, and it surely appears that the last word must have been spoken on the subject; but all researchers believe that a more intense and minute study of the early symptoms of disease will reveal the cause. There is, however, one great reason why it cannot, and that is that all diseases, from their initiation to their ending, are effects, and the most intense study of any phase or stage of their progress will not throw any light on the cause.
Cause is constant, ever present, and always the same. Only effects, and the object on which cause acts, change, and the change is most inconstant. To illustrate: A catarrh of the stomach presents first irritation, then inflammation, then ulceration, and finally induration and cancer.
The medical world is struggling to find the cause of cancer. It is the distal end of an inflammatory process whose beginning may be any irritation.
In other words, cancer is the end stage of all disease.
Without Toxemia there can be no disease. The waste-products of metabolism are toxic, and the only reason why we are not poisoned by them is because they are removed from our body as fast as they are produced. Toxins are only retained in the blood when there is a checking of elimination. So the cause of the checking has to be determined.
When we have normal nerve-energy, organic functioning is normal. Enervation (stress) checks elimination of the waste-products of metabolism. Retention of metabolic toxins is the first and only cause of disease.
Every so-called disease is a crisis of Toxemia; which means that toxin has accumulated in the blood above the toleration-point, and the crisis, the so-called disease—is a vicarious elimination. Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin. Any treatment that obstructs this effort at elimination baffles nature in her effort at self-curing.
Drugs, feeding, fear, and keeping at work (when you should be resting) prevent elimination of toxins from the body and interfere with healing.
Cancer is the culmination of years of abuse of nutrition, and years of toxemia from faulty elimination.
One of the first things to do to get rid of any so-called disease is to get rid of Toxemia; for it is this state that makes disease possible.
Toxemia is the cause of all diseases, and as enervation—a stressed body and mind—is the cause of Toxemia, it behooves those who are sick and want to get well, and who want to know how to stay well, to know what causes enervation.
A normal, healthy person is one who is poised (self- controlled), and who has no nerve-destroying habits. A self-controlled man is a man who is not controlled, kicked, cuffed, or driven by habits.
Man is either the master of himself, or his appetite and sensual pleasures master him.
Fear is the greatest of all causes of enervation.
Worry, lack of control over the emotions, improper eating, stimulants, all build disease.
Envy and jealousy are cancers that eat the soul out of those who indulge them.
Work without pleasure in the work is enervating and disease-building.
Dissatisfaction and overworked emotions are enervating. Worry, fear, grief, anger, passion, temper, overjoy, depression, dissatisfaction, self-pity, pride, egotism, envy, jealousy, gossip, lying, dishonesty, failing to meet obligations and appointments, taking advantage of misunderstandings, abusing the credulity of friends, abusing the confidence of those who confide in us—all enervate and in time build incurable disease.
Anger is very enervating. A daily shock of anger will build profound enervation. A temper that flies at the slightest provocation ruins digestion and builds nervousness.
Egotism.—Because of self-love, selfishness, misanthropy, and distrust, the egotist sees unfriendliness in all the acts of others—every hand is against him. This causes enervation and Toxemia.
Selfish Ambition brings on ill-health; for it meets with so many disappointments. Where successful, it enables the one who succeeds to gratify his sensual nature, resulting in all the so-called diseases following in the wake of selfish gratification. A noble ambition goes with self-control and service to mankind, and health and long life are two of the rewards.
Overeating is a common and universal enervating habit; eating too much and eating too often.
Insatiable desire for food and stimulants creates an enervated state of the body brought on from overindulgence and overstimulation.
Perverted appetites are built by overeating; eating rich food until enjoyment is lost for staple or plain foods; excessive use of stimulants—alcohol, tobacco, coffee… eating without a real hunger (real hunger will take the plainest foods with a relish); eating when sick or uncomfortable; eating at all hours, between meals; eating until uncomfortable.
Gossips are always enervated, for they live in fear of being discovered. Their secretions are always acid. They are inclined to develop pyorrhea and mucous-membrane infections.
They are slow to recover from a crises of Toxemia.
It is a real pleasure for the doctor who knows that he cannot cure anything, to watch nature throw off all these symptoms by elimination, if he is willing to do a little “watchful waiting” and “keep hands off.”
Great suffering, chronic and fatal maladies, are all built by the incorrigibleness of patients, and the well-meaning but belligerent efforts of the doctors who fight the imaginary foe without ceasing. (Cue the photo I took last year)
The people are so saturated with the idea that disease must be fought to a finish that they are not satisfied with conservative treatment. Something must be done, even if they pay for it with their lives, as tens of thousands do every year. This willingness to die on the altar of medical superstition is one very great reason why no real improvement is made in fundamental medical science.
When the people demand education—not medication, vaccination, and immunization—they will get it.
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Hear Hear Dr. Tilden!
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