The Cause of all Disease: Toxemia Explained

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)

Battling Cancer Billboard

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.

[End of excerpt]

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This Post Has 57 Comments

  1. Carla Golden

    Excellent! Dr. Tilden is one of the founding fathers of Natural Hygiene – the wellness philosophy of The University of Natural Health from which I am earning my Holistic Health & Healing degrees. The studies are fascinating and have changed my life and that of my family’s. Keep up the great work Chris!

    1. Alicia

      Hi, I’m having trouble opening the pdf. You wouldn’t happen to have a version using an older Adobe format?

      1. Chris Wark

        Sorry that’s all I have!

        1. Alec

          I just used PDF creator to create a different PDF file from the PDF that I downloaded from your site. That should work for Alicia since anything made by the PDF creator that I use is readable by even Adobe Reader 5.1 in Windows 95. If you want I can email you the file I created.

          1. Doris

            Hi Alec,
            could you possibly send me your PDF file, too. I don’t know why, but I’m also unable to open the link provided by Chris.
            Thanks a million in advance, and Happy Holidays to you.
            Greetings from Germany,

          2. Dolores

            hi I am unable to go to the link for this ebook

      2. Gary Briane Tuttle

        Hi Alicia, It opens fine in the latest version of firefox (as of this writing v19), even if you don’t have adobe reader installed. From there, if you want a copy for your archives,you can *right* click on the page and “save as… ” (or whatever right click is on a mac, I forget) and then choose the file type “all files” and save it somewhere like your desktop. Once you have it there, you can use any of the free pdf reader apps to open it, like pdfexchange viewer or sumatra pdf reader.

  2. Dana

    Thanks for posting and sharing this valuable information!

    1. Gary Briane Tuttle

      Thanks for posting, Chris. Good stuff, and well timed. I am about to do a Liver Gallbladder flush series, in preparation for adding some more detox stuff to my regimen. My thinking being that when the cancer is broken down faster, I want all the elimination pathways to be clear (I think Dr Lodi mentions following that philosophy himself in one of his videos)

  3. Kayleen

    Thanks for the e-book. Will read soon, very thought provoking!

  4. Stephanie

    Chris, Thanks so much for sharing this. Outstanding information. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your taking the time to share what you’ve learned with the rest of us. In gratitude, Stephanie

  5. Sharon

    I really like this philosophy. It has always resonated with me. As a human I get off the path at times but find myself getting back to it quickly. I choose simple food and find when I don’t I become sick. The many names for disease are as he said the human frailties. I love this. Thank you and I am so glad you are in this stream of consciousness. Great stuff.

  6. Judith

    Thanks for the book on Toxemia. Dr Tilden is highly respected.

  7. Rosalynde

    Dr. Tilden’s book really helps to clear up some things I’ve been struggling with. Thank you so much for sharing the book with us and for all that you’re doing to help us towards healthier lives. I never miss reading your posts.

  8. Rosalynde

    Dr. Tilden’s book really helps to clear up some things I’ve been struggling with. Thank you so much for sharing the book with us and for all that you’re doing to help us towards healthier lives. I never miss reading your posts.

  9. Carl

    I really would like to read the book! But I can not get the link to work! Please help!

    1. Chris Wark

      Hi Carl. Not sure what to tell you…. It works for everyone else.
      Just put your email in the email field and click “Send my the book”
      It will open in a new window or tab on your browser

      1. Doris

        Hi Chris,
        I’m having the same problem as Carl. I get a new tab, but it ramains empty, and all I see in my browser is “about:black”. I’ve already sent Alec a message asking him to send me his PDF file and hoping he’ll read it soon…?
        Many greetings and thanks for sharing.

        P. S. – I’ve already read the German translation of the book and would really love to read the original version.

          1. Doris

            Hi again, Chris! I didn’t see that link you sent until a split second after having sent my third message about the e-mail attachment. Unfortunately, however, this link doesn’t work at all (no reation whatsoever), I’m not even getting a new “about:blank”-tab. I’d really appreciate your sending me the file via e-mail. ;-)

          2. Doris

            Hi again,Chris, and Merry Christmas!
            Unfortunately, your links aren’t working today either – for me, that is -, but never mind sending me your pdf attached to an e-mail, because I’ve found Dr. Tilden’s entire text on the Internet.
            Best wishes,

      2. Doris

        Dear Chris,
        Could you maybe send me your PDF file as an e-mail attachment?
        Thanks for considering this possibility and greetings again,

  10. Sue

    Thanks for sharing – anxious to read the book.

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  12. Sally

    Chris, Thank you so much. As a colon hydrotherapist I’ve heard of Dr Tilden. I’m very happy to learn more about him. What I read so far is excellent information.

  13. S

    I like this but how do you explain cancer in infants? Thank you.

    1. Chris Wark

      Toxins passed from mother to child and environmental toxic exposure.

    2. cpmt

      …either the mother or some kind of toxicity enter his/her body before ‘it’was born, thru the blood???
      I think today we get (80% ) cancer most of the time is related to environment, toxic chemicals including cosmetics, foods, plastics we use in our houses, water, air, and our foods, etc… and radiation in everything we touch, do or get.

  14. cpmt

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. CHRIS. I am looking for a dr. in the 1920’s that was
    treating cancer prod fiver with another illness. And he cured many
    people … I don’t know if he wrote a book or not (I heard about him on a
    radio show) I don’t know his name but Elaine Cantin talked about him in
    your youtube interview. I coudn’t hear his name (my first language isn’t
    English… it is difficult to understand names for me) I would really
    appreciate if you can find out and send me an email or write an article
    about him and IF ANY DOCTORS ARE FOLLOWING HIS protocol. AGAIN thanks a

    On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM, Chris Beat Cancer wrote:

  15. I am a nurse and am so dissatisfied with our medical system. I am so glad to have been led to your site, Chris. I am learning so much and changing my diet, my life and I pray God directs me to help others like He has directed you to help others. Thank you so much for helping others. Dotty

  16. Fran

    Good read, as are all your recommendations. Thanks Chris.

  17. Mirela

    Thank you Chris! Blessed!

  18. Tania

    Resonates with me in every aspect! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the e-book. I look forward to reading it…May I add just about all of what he says is identical to what a lady by the name of Ellen Gould White wrote in the mid to late 1800s. Makes me wonder if he was familiar with her work?

    I hope more people will recognise the treasure in this man’s work!

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  20. Felicia

    Hello Chris,

    Oh my goodness! I came to your blog because I was looking for backup documentation to send to someone who is forced to use alternative therapies to treat breast cancer. My son put her in contact with me because I’m a firm believer in ‘you are what you eat’ and have dropped 99.9% of processed foods from my diet (I refuse to give up my glass of wine).

    Anyway, this person was forced to use alternative therapies because the insurance company is arguing with her oncologist on her current course of chemotherapy (can you imagine?). She is not sold on the holistic way of treating cancer, so I was combing the Internet looking for sites that were informative, inspirational and written on a user-friendly level. You see why I fell in love with your site.

    Give me a minute and I’ll get to the point (I tend to wander sometimes). In browsing your site I subscribed and started reading the book by Dr. Tilden. When I come across information that resonates with my beliefs, I have a tendency to pace back and forth to walk off my excitement before I continue reading. I’ve got to say I’ve paced the equivalent of a marathon and I’ve yet to finish the book! I’ve paced a bit after reading a few of your posts too.

    This is my long-winded way of saying, thank you and keep up the good work!

  21. Trifany

    Tania – both Dr Tilden & Ellen G White studied Natural Hygiene. It was popular around the late 1800s.

  22. Paul

    Thanks Chris, This is why homeopathy is more effective than “conventional” medicine since it looks at all the symptoms a patient is presenting and looks to a remedy that addresses all of them thereby freeing the body to heal itself and return to normal. The other alternative approaches do the same without the insane further poisoning to attempt a cure.

  23. Edwin

    Hi Chris, thanks very much for sharing. The words are in line with how I always felt about illness and it’s causes. Greetings from Holland.

  24. Michael

    Thank you for sharing this e-book.

  25. Dmitry

    Hi Chris,

    Many thanks for this book.

    With the best wishes

  26. Pat Anthony

    Your information will be a help to many people. So glad you are sharing what you learned with others.

  27. Shelley

    So , Chris , do you feel you had an overload of enervation that was the beginning of your end result of cancer?

    1. Chris Wark

      Hi Shelley I had a lot of enervation (stress), negative emotions, poor diet and toxic exposure

  28. bracha

    I downloaded the book, and am in (almost) complete agreement. I find it very interesting the culture of love and acceptance for our fat and unhealthy bodies, that many leaders recommend today.
    I personally am more of the opinion of Dr Tilden. We need to take more responsibility.
    I alwasy find it ironic to watch videos of anorexic girls being forced to eat pizza and cupcakes by fat therapists! :0 something alwasy seems wrong to me.

  29. jasonmack

    Loved the excerpts – made me want to read the whole book.


  30. Anna

    Thanks Chris, I found this very interesting. I was diagnosed with colon cancer, also stage 3, last year. Had an operation done and are having my 30th chemo tomorrow. My sister gave me a book BEAT CANCER WITH NUTRITION. I started changing my diet and taking some supplements. Many people are praying for me, so I give the Lord all the praise. People seeing me can’t believe that I have had 29 chemos already and look so well. Yes, I agree, we are definitely what we eat!!!!!

  31. Renee

    How do you feel about the product Floressence for detoxing? There is an organic store by where I live where they sell this product. The website is

  32. farah

    Hi Chris

    Thank you for your generosity by giving this information on such hugely important topics. I’m being further educated by subscribing to your blog. You are so kind hearted to do this for other people. If you were in the UK I would ilke to meet you.

  33. Dolphin

    I was not taken to the ebook site after inputting my email address. What gives?

    1. Chris Wark

      I’m not sure. Just checked and it worked fine for me. Try again? It should open in a new window or tab.

  34. Elinor

    Chris, thank you so much for sharing this. It’s ridiculous that this kind of understanding about the true nature of disease has been around for so long, and yet modern medicine says that further research is still needed to know the true cause of cancer and chronic diseases.

    I have psoriasis and am in the process of writing a book about the whole-foods, drug-free approach to healing my disease that has helped me tremendously.

    I couldn’t agree more that rather than fighting our disease, we should be listening to what our bodies are trying to tell us. They are crying out for love, nourishment and acceptance.

    Once I started feeding my body only nutritious foods and made a commitment to ending negative self talk did my condition begin to improve. I look forward to sharing my experience so others can find the healing they also seek.

  35. Donald Rowe

    Fear is the source of all maladies. There are 666 different aspects of intellectually generated fear, like jealousy hatred envy lies thievery animosity and so on. When the volume of the frequency of the aspect of fear is loud enough in the being dis-ease sets in. So, what is fear? fear is the product of not knowing how a circumstance will manifest after time has elapsed; we can deal with that. In short, fear is that which in history has been called “the devil”

    Happy hearts to everyone,
    UK Don

  36. Sasha

    Good post. Heard that eating more and junk foods on irregular basis will lead to so many diseases.

  37. naturalwaysofhealing

    Thank you for the E-book Chris and for your relentless pursuit to help others find their

  38. Genevieve

    This introduction makes a lot of sense to me (I am yet to read the book) but the one question that springs to my mind immediately is: how do we explain child cancer? what about babies born with cancer?

  39. nickitruesdell

    Wow. That was good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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