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Introduction to Toxemia


Toxemia Explained


Enervation Is General


Poise


The Causes of Enervation


Retrospection





    

Retrospection

    MORE might have been said, and no doubtbetter said, about how we human beings vandalize our minds and bodies; but enoughhas been told for open-minded people to see that the only nemesis on our heels isour habits. O. W. Holmes, in his "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,"had this to say concerning habit:

    Habit is the approximation of the animal system of the organic. It is a confession of failure in the highest function of being, which involves a perpetual self- determination, in full view of all existing circumstances.


    Autonomy or self-government is metat the threshold of life by all the conventional superstitions, and educated intoa lot of habits, such as curing without removing cause. This, combined with man'sinclination to hedonism (the doctrine that pleasure is the only good), leads to alife of failure, in spite of man's potential desire to rise above the forces thathold him down. "Toxemia Explained" will help all who study it carefullyto understand what disease is, and how it is brought on. This knowledge will helpthe wise. and self- controlled to sidestep disease, and the medical octopus thatunwittingly vandalizes the sick.

    The profession is made up of an armyof educated men; and I believe the majority are gentlemen, and are endeavoring toserve humanity. Education and ethics, when established on fallacy and given the prestigeof numbers--given an overwhelming majority--can make the fallacy true, so far asthe herd is concerned.

    All I ask of laymen or the professionis honestly to put my philosophy to the acid test. Yes, prove, if possible, thatI am mistaken, and then give me what is coming to me!

    Man makes his own diseases. This booktells how he does it. And he is the one who can bring back health. He and his subconsciousnessalone can cure. Doctors cannot cure. Only very rarely is surgical vandalism a dernierresort, unless bad treatment forces unnecessary emergencies.

The body is strong or weak, as the case may be, depending entirely on whether the nerve-energy is strong or weak. And it should be remembered that the functions of the body are carried on well or badly according to the amount of energy generated.



A Few Suggestions

    THE following suggestions may be ofassistance to those who wish to maintain their present state of good health, or helpthem to bring themselves from their present state of impaired health to that of goodhealth. Those who are badly handicapped, and who wish more detailed information,will have to have the advice fitted to their particular cases through individualinstructions.

    The first thing on awaking in the morning,the Tilden system of tensing exercises should be practiced for from fifteen to thirtyminutes. (See exercises at the end of this chapter.) Following the exercise, go tothe bathroom and, while standing in warm water, take a quick, warm sponge-bath. Thenfollow this with plenty of dry-towel or friction-mitten rubbing. At night, beforeretiring, give the body a thorough friction rubbing again. If not convenient to takethe warm sponge-bath in the morning, use the dry rub in the morning and the warmsponge-bath at night before retiring.

    Eat three meals a day and no more;no eating nor drinking between meals. Use the following rules to guide you in "whento eat, when not to eat, and how to eat":

    Rule No. 1.--Never eat unlessyou have been absolutely comfortable in mind and body from the previous mealtime.

    Rule No. 2.--Thoroughly masticateand insalivate every mouthful of starchy food, and give the rest of your food plentyof attention.

    Rule No. 3.--Never eat withouta keen relish.

    If the bowels do not move during theday, before retiring at night use a small enema--a pint of warm water. Put it intothe bowels and allow it to remain for five to ten minutes; then solicit a movement.Proper mastication, right combinations of food, and plenty of tensing exercise tothe abdomen will bring about proper bowel action.

    As to what to eat--For those in ordinarilygood health the following rules will serve as a guide:

Fruit Breakfast
Starch Lunch
Regulation Dinner

or

Starch Breakfast
Fruit Lunch
Regulation Dinner

    The regulation dinner may be taken at noonin place of the lunch, if it is more convenient.

    Fruit Breakfast.--Any kind offresh fruit or berries followed with either milk, fifty-fifty (half warm milk andhalf hot water), or teakettle tea (hot water with two or three tablespoons of creamto the cup).

    Starch Breakfast.--Toast, ShreddedWheat, Triscuit, Rye Crisp, well-baked muffins, corn bread or biscuit, griddle-cakes,waffles, cooked cereal (any one of foregoing), followed with fresh or cooked fruit,without sugar. The dry starches should be eaten with a little butter, and not soakedup with milk or cream. This insures thorough mastication. The cereals should be takenwith a little cream and salt--no milk or sugar. The griddle-cakes and waffles maybe accompanied with honey and butter, followed with teakettle tea.

    If desired, the starch breakfast maybe followed with fresh fruit instead of a beverage.

    Starch Lunch.--The same as thestarch breakfast. Occasionally a piece of plain cake and ice-cream.

    Fruit Lunch.--The same as thefruit breakfast. Occasionally a piece of fruit pie and a piece of cheese, or someform of dessert, followed with fresh fruit.

    Regulation Dinner.--No. 1: Meat,two cooked non- starchy vegetables, and a combination salad.

    No. 2: Starch, two cooked non-starchyvegetables, and a combination salad.

    Meat: Any kind of fresh meat, cheese,nuts, eggs, bacon, fish, or fowl.

    Starch: Potatoes (sweet or Irish),macaroni, rice, Hubbard squash, dry beans and peas, tapioca, pumpkin, or any of thestarches listed above.

    Cooked Non-starchy Vegetables: Beets,carrots, parsnips, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green corn, greenbeans and peas, asparagus, onions, eggplant, salsify, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery,spinach, greens, summer squash, etc.

    Combination Tilden Salad: Lettuce,tomatoes, and cucumber; lettuce, celery and apple; lettuce, apple, and orange, orany other fruit. Dress with salt, oil, and lemon juice.

    Regulation Dinner No. 1--should betaken every other day, and Dinner No. 2 the alternate days.

    Of course, there are many variationsand additions to the above suggestions, but details cannot he gone into in this book.Those who wish to have more detailed suggestions should read the monthly periodical,Dr. Tilden's Health Review and Critique, and his Cook Book.

    
DR. Tilden's Tensing Exercises

    Begin by tensing the leg muscles fromthe toes to the body, as follows: First extend the toes as far as you can; then grip,as it were, by forcing the toes forward toward the heels, and at the same time makethe muscles of the legs hard to the body. Completely relax. Do not repeat the tensionagain until muscles are soft; then tense again, repeating the contraction and extension.

    Tense the hands and arms in the sameway. Extend the fingers as far as possible, making the muscles hard to the shoulders;then grip the fingers and shut the fist, hardening the muscles to the shoulders.Do this five times; then tense the legs five times; then the hands and arms again.

    Fold a pillow and put under the shoulders,so that when the head drops back it will not touch anything. Lift the head forward,the chin to the chest; drop the head back again as far as it will go; then lift.Do this four or five times. Then, with the pillow still under the shoulders, lockthe fingers under the head, allowing the head to rest in the hands. Swing the headfrom side to side, up and down, and rotate, carrying each movement as far as possible.

    Then push the folded pillow down underthe hips and go through the leg movements of riding a bicycle. Then, with legs extendedin the air, move each leg from side to side, allowing one to pass the other, scissor-fashion; changing, however, each time they pass, having first one leg forward andthen the other.

    Tense the abdomen, making the musclesas hard as possible, and at the same time kneading the muscles with the hands. Thisexercise is necessary for overcoming constipation. In women, the uterine ligamentswill be strengthened, lifting and overcoming falling and misplaced positions of thewomb. The muscles of the bladder and rectum will be improved by these exercises.Piles--prolapsus of the rectal mucous membrane--will be overcome. An irritable bladderand prostate enlargements will be benefited by these exercises.

    Then sit up and turn the face to theright as far as possible; then to the left as far as possible; then allow the headto drop over, so as to bring the ear close to the shoulder, and then carry it overto the opposite shoulder.

    These movements of the head and neckare necessary to remove deposits that take place between the vertebrae, and in groovesand openings in bones where the nerves and arteries pass. If the hearing is bad,these movements will improve it. If the sense of smell is not so acute as it shouldbe, by keeping up the exercises the olfactory nerve will be freed and the power ofsmell will be improved. The taste, too, will be bettered. All the nerves of specialsense will be invigorated. The pneumogastric nerve and all the vital nerves controllingvital organs are invigorated by this exercise. When nerves are pressed upon by organicdeposits, the movements above described will cause the deposits to be absorbed. Themuscles of the neck will develop; the muscles of the face will develop, one willgrow to look and feel younger.

    These exercises must be gone throughwith, not only before getting up, but every three or four hours during the day. Youmay think that this is very laborious, but it is the price you must pay to get well.So begin at once, and be faithful!

    Sit on the edge of the bed, and swaythe body from side to side as far as possible, then follow with a twisting movement,attempting to look behind over the shoulders. Sit up in bed, and sway backward andforward, compelling the spine to bend from the small of the back up to the head,forward and backward. This loosens up the spine and invigorates the nerves that aresent off to the lower part of the body.

    Get on the knees and elbows; then pushthe body forward as far as possible without falling upon the abdomen; then push backas far as possible. Go back and forth, while in this position, until tired, thendrop on either the left or right shoulder while the hips are highly elevated. Thisis called the knee-shoulder position. The knee and elbow position, with the movementsdescribed, I call the "Irish Mail movements." It is necessary to practiceboth these movements and positions in overcoming constipation, prolapsus of the bowels,rectum, or womb, and piles.

    Place the forefingers over the closedeyes, and rub gently from side to side. Then remove the fingers and rotate the eyeballs,reversing the movement to relieve the tire.

    Place the forefingers on the wingsof the nose; press together and move from side to side.

    When the weather is nice, it is wellto walk in the open air as often as possible.


HOME PAGE    HYGIENELIBRARY CATALOG

Preface

Introduction to Toxemia


Toxemia Explained


Enervation Is General


Poise


The Causes of Enervation


Retrospection