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|Front Matter |
I Disease--Two Views
II The Slaughter of The Innocents
III Prenatal Care
IV Babies Should be Born in the Spring
V Baby's Growth and Development
VI The Child's Teeth
VIII Fat Babies
IX Mother's Milk
X Should Baby be Weaned
XI Three Year Nursing Period
XII Cows Milk
XIV Three Feedings a Day
|XV No Starch for Infants |
XVI "ReguIar" Crimes in Feeding
XVII Feeding of Infants
XVIII Baby's General Care
XIX Feeding Children from two to six years
XX A Healthy Child
XXII The Acute "Infectious" Diseases of Childhood
XXIII Skin Disorders
XXIV Common Disorders of Infants and Children
XXV Child Education
XXVI Corporal Punishment
XXVIII Serum Poisoning
XXIX Commercial Medicine
"As it is palpable to all the world how fatal small-pox proves to many of all ages, so it is clear to me from all the observations that I can possibly make, that if no mischief be done, either by physician or nurse, it is the most safe and slight of all diseases." --The works of Sydenham; the Sydenham Society Edition.
Sydenham differentiated smallpox from measles and introduceda saner method of treating smallpox than the one in vogue before his time, therebyreducing the case rate by more than one half and the death rate by more than 75 percent. Smallpox is safe and slight and beneficial. Cast away your superstitious fearsof this so-called disease.
The eruptive diseases all represent eliminative efforts throughthe skin. Abundant proof of this has been given in my "Human life, It's philosophyand Laws." A little orthodox testimony about one of these conditions, howevermay be appropriate here. sir Wm. Osler, says, "If survived, an infection, suchas confluent smallpox, seems to benefit the general health." Sir Wm. Broadbentdeclares, "smallpox has been known to eradicate consumption." In the Lancet,London, Jan. 10, 1925, Dr. R. W. Jameson calls attention to the discharged smallpoxcases "obviously benefitted by their stay in the country hospital," whilst,"the so-called protected children are little bundles of misery with bad vaccinationarms." The benefits derived from such a cleansing are also seen following measles,scarlet fever, chicken-pox, etc. All are similar in character.
Convulsive paroxysms, proving them to be due to poisoning,frequently precede the eruptive stages of small-pox, scarlet fever, measles, erysipelas,etc. These cease when the eruption comes out, proving the eruption to be an eliminatingmeasure.
Smallpox, along with measles, scarlet fever etc., is commonlyreferred to in medical works as "disease of unknown origin." It is assumedto be due to germs, but the supposed causative germs have never been found.
SYMPTOMS: The disease begins with a chill, or in children,often with a convulsion. This is followed by intense pain in the back and limbs andvomiting. The' temperature rises rapidly to 104 or more, the pulse is rapid and arestless delirium is quite common. A transitory rash, similar to that of measlesor scarlet fever, may next appear. On the fourth day the true smallpox rash develops.Bright red spots (macules) appear in the wrist and forehead, and in a fewhours on the face, limbs, and trunk. They soon become raised and feel like shot inthe skin (papules). When papules appear the fever abates and the patient feelsbetter. Two or three days after the rash appears the papules develop a cap of clearfluid and thus become vesicles. The fluid becomes yellow as the serum in thevesicles becomes pus, forming pustules.
Notice the evolution of this disease. Chill, perhaps a convulsion,pains, vomiting, rapid pulse, restless delirium and a high fever, and then largequantities of toxin-laden blood thrown into the skin, causing redness. The toxinsare collected into circumscribed lumps, after which the temperature returns to nearnormal and the other symptoms practically cease.
The pustles are surrounded by a narrow area of inflamed skin.The pustules begin first on the face and cover the body by the eighth day. The feverthen rises again--the "secondary fever of suppuration"--and the generalsymptoms return. The pustules dry down to crusts and these gradually drop off, beginningon the face on the fourteenth or fifteenth day of the disease. The "secondaryfever" may last twenty-four hours, but it usually is longer. When it ceases,convalescence begins . The crusts may and may not leave scars, "pits,"when they fall off. When the pustules are so thick that they coalesce the conditionis called "confluent" smallpox.
In "hemorrhagic" (black) smallpox there are hemorrhagesunder the skin and into the eyes. There is bleeding from the mouth, nose, lungs,rectum, kidneys, etc., so great is the effort to get the poison out. These casesare very severe and often die before the papules develop.
Smallpox is practically unknown in America today. Cases aremet with among negroes, Mexicans and Chinese. There are many conditions, such asivy poisoning, mosquito bites, chickenpox, amaas, cuban itch, wisse pocken, etc.,that are frequently diagnosed as smallpox. If a case of chicken-pox has no vaccinationscar it is smallpox. If a case of smallpox has a vaccination scar, it is chickenpox. Few cases now reported as smallpox are ever sick enough to go to bed. The mortalityfrom vaccination is much higher than that of smallpox. Vaccination injures thousandswhich it does not kill.
In a paper entitled Smallpox--Its Differential Diagnosis,by Archibald L. Honey, M. D., read before the Northwest Branch Chicago Medical societyand published in the Illinois Medical Journal, June, 1923, the following wordsare found:
"In examining a case of suspected smallpox, close observation is of the utmost importance. If the patient shows evidence of a typical vaccination scar of comparatively recent date, variola may be almost absolutely ruled out."
In Osler's "Modern Medicine," (Vol. I, page853), William T. Councilman, M. D., referring to the differential diagnosis of chickenpoxand smallpox gives as the first differential point, "THE VACCINAL CONDITIONOF THE PATIENT."
Health Boards, working in cooperation with the makers ofvaccine, stage frequent fake smallpox-scares to frighten people into being vaccinated.Numbers of these panics for profit have been exposed within recent years.
The assertions that vaccination prevents smallpox and thatit is harmless will be discussed under the disease, Vaccinia.
The vaccination of infants is a more serious thing than thevaccination of older children or adults. For instance the London Lancet, Jan.29, 1927 (P. 239), said editorially:
"It is a mistake to suppose that all the opposition (to infant vaccination) Is due to lack of imagination or crankiness.
"Vaccination at the age of six months inflicts an infectious disease on the child at a time when its digestive mechanism is being rapidly modified, and many reasonable people, although convinced that vaccination will prevent smallpox, think that the advantages of immunity do not outweigh the disadvantages of its production.
"There is enough sense in the opinion ### to make universal and full vaccination of infants (as theoretically enforced by Parliment) impracticable at the present time."
CARE OF THE PATIENT: The care of a patient with smallpoxis simplicity itself. So long as there is fever, nothing but water should be allowedto pass the patient's mouth. After the temperature is normal, while the eruptionis still present, if there is hunger, oranges or grapefruit or fresh, raw pineapplemay be given.
The disease is as contagious as ingrowing toenails, and everycase must be quarantined. Fear of the disease must be kept up in the public, forit is only thus that the present farce can go on.
Place the patient in a well-lighted, well ventilated room.Make him comfortable, see that his feet are warm and then let him rest. His bodyshould be sponged twice daily with luke-warm or slightly cool water for cleanliness.
Itching will be slight if proper care is instituted at once.Scratching must be discouraged.
Give the patient all the water to drink that is desired.But there is no good to be derived from forced water drinking.
If the patient sleeps but little do not be disturbed overthis.
Cared for as above, few cases will ever pit. The subsequenthealth will be much better than the prior state. Dr. Claunch declares smallpox tobe almost a cure-all.
CONVALESENCE: If the patient is properly cared for duringthis illness, convalesence will be a joy. There will be no dangers. Under propercare there are no complication and squelae. There is no danger of a relapse
The diet should be fruit for breakfast, fruit for noon anda large raw vegetable salad and a cooked non-starchy vegetable in the evening. Afterthe first week this may be changed to fruit for breakfast, a salad and cooked non-starchyvegetable and a starch at noon, and a salad, two cooked non-starchy vegetables anda protein in the evening.
MEASLES begins with a "cold in the head," accompainedwith slight fever and malaise. These last from three to six days during which timethe patient feels wretched. Soon there follow headache, nausea, sometimes vomiting,and chilly feelings. The coryza is intense with cough and redness of the eyes andeye lids. The temperature rises and the skin, especially on the face, feels hot andtingling. The tongue is furred. The mucous lining of the mouth and throat is an intensered. Little blue dots may be seen on the inside of the cheeks.
The skin rash develops on about the fourth day, starting,usually, on the forehead, then the face, then over the body generally. The eruptionbegins as little red spots, which increase greatly in number and are gradually arrangedin groups, sometimes in crescentric groups.
The fever begins to fall on the fifth or sixth day and afine, bran-like desquamation (scaling) of the skin begins, which lasts from a fewdays to several weeks.
BLACK MEASLES is a failure of the rash to "get out,"accompanied with hemorrhages under the skin. These cases are said to be usually fatal,perhaps largely as a result of the falure of the eliminative effort.
COMPLICATIONS AND SEQUELAE: Under medical care these arechronic coryza, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, tuberculosis, laryngitis, otitis media,severe bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, severe inflammations of the mouth, Bright'sdisease, nose bleed, arthritis, menengitis, paralysis, and brain abscess. These mustall be the results of suppressive treatment, since they never develop under orthopathiccare. One medical author, in discussing the complications of measles says: "Hotdrinks should be given freely as these help to 'bring out the rash.' A sudden chillingsends the blood to the internal organs and may cause a congestion of the kidneys."This is evidence, from an orthodox source, that complications are due to suppressingthe eliminating effort through the skin--the rash.
GERMAN MEASLES is described as "having the rash of measlesand the throat of scarlet fever." It begins with slight fever, headache, painin the back and limbs and coryza. On the first or second day the rash develops, beginningon the face and spreading, in twenty four hours, over the whole body. The rash, consistingof little pink raised spots, fades after two or three days. The fever is slight,the rash is diffuse and of a brighter color than ordinary measles.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: Due to the persistence of the contagion-superstitionthese cases have to be isolated.
The patient should be kept quietly in bed. The room shouldbe light and airy and fresh air should circulate in the room at all times. Medicalauthors say, "great care should be taken to keep him (the patient) from catchingcold, for broncho-pneumonia is to be feared as a complication of measles, and tuberculosisas a sequelae" This fear of "catching cold" from fresh air is moresupersutlon.
The patient should be kept warm and not allowed to chill.Chilling checks elimination and retards recovery. If it is winter time a hot waterbottle, or other means of applying warmth to the body, should be placed at the feet.
No food should be allowed until 24 hours after all acutesymptoms are gone. All the water desired may be given, but water drinking need notbe encouraged or forced on the theory that it flushes toxins out of the body. Anyway,nature has concentrated the toxins in the skin and has adopted unusual methods ofelimination. No drugs of any kind and no enemas are to be employed.
A luke warm sponge bath twice a day, for cleanliness, shouldbe given. Antiseptics and alcohol are to be avoided. Do not use oil on the skin whenit begins to scale.
Medical authors tell us that the room should be kept darkenedas the light hurts the child's eyes. This I have not found to be so. I always havethe room well lighted. I believe that the darkened room is more likely to injurethe eyes.
The mouth and throat should be kept clean. Plain warm water,or warm water with lemon juice, or fresh pineapple juice will do for this purpose.Use no antiseptic gargles. Do not try to reduce or control fever.
CONVALESENCE: This is a critical period if the patient hasbeen cared for medically. There is nothing to fear if the patient has been caredfor as above directed.
Feeding should begin with orange juice, or grapefruit juice,or fresh pineapple juice, or fresh apple juice. This should be given as much as desired,for the whole of the first day. The second day, breakfast may be of orange or grapefruitor peaches in season. Lunch should be pears or grapes or apples in season. Dinnermay be a raw vegetable salad and one cooked non-starchy vegetable. The third daymay begin the normal diet, but in reduced amounts. By the end of the first week thepatient should be eating normally.
The patient should remain in bed for at least twenty-fourhours after all acute symptoms have subsided. Physical activity should be mild atfist. Healthful living thereafter will maintain the improved health that has resultedfrom this house cleaning.
In his Children's Ailments, Dr. Harry Clements repeatsa story that went the rounds of the English newspapers, telling about a man who wassuffering with tuberculosis being cured of the tuberculosis by a case of chicken-pox.He "caught" the chicken-pox and when he had recovered it was discoveredthat he was also cured of the tuberculosis. English medical men explained that thechicken-pox germs had destroyed the tuberculosis germs, and that by the "ill-wind"of the battle between these warring germs, the patient had been "blown somegood."
An understanding of the orthopathic character of diseasewould have saved them from this absurdity. Chicken-pox is one of nature's most efficienthouse-cleaning processes. It is a curative process with few superiors.
Chicken-pox (varicella) begins with a chill, vomitingand pain in the back. The rash develops within the fitst twenty-four hours of fever.As a result, the disease is mild. The rash begins as small red papules which developinto vesicles, but without, as in smallpox, the surrounding area of inflamed skin.In two days the fluid in the vesicles develop into pus. In two more days the pustulesdry to dark-brown cruts. These fall off without, as a rule, leaving a scar. Successivecrops of the eruptions develop at intervals of from one to four days, so that unlikesmall pox, all stages of the rash ate present at the same time. The eruption seldombegins on the face, but begins, usually on the trunk, back and chest. The pustulesnever coalesce.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: This condition should be handled thesame as measles or small-pox. It is a mild disease, does not last long and is verycomfortable under hygienic methods.
This disease was not considered dangerous until after theinvention of a prophylactic serum, whereupon it immediately became one of the worstscourges of childhood.
The child becomes "suddenly" sick. In most casesthere is vomiting and, in children, often a convulsion. The temperature runs up onthe first day to 104 or 105. The face is flushed, the skin hot and dry, the tongueheavily coated and the throat is sore. On the second day, often on the first, therash develops. This appears as tiny red dots on a flushed surface, giving the skina vivid scarlet color. Beginning on the neck and chest, it spreads rapidly, coveringthe whole trunk in twenty-four hours. It is not really a "breaking out,"but is an intense congestion (erythema, or blushing) of the skin. The skin is swollenand tense and often there is intense itching. The redness disappears upon pressureand disappears after death, as the blood leaves the skin.
One standard medical author tells us that "after theuse of belladonna, quinine, potassium iodide, or diphtheria antitoxin, there is sometimesa rash closely resembling that of scarlet fever. In septicaemia (blood poisoning)there may be a similar rash." The rash is a means of eliminating the drugs,serums (proteins) and septic matter. A condition so like scarlet fever that authoritiescan't agree whether it is or not, frequently follows surgical operations.
The tongue, though coated, is very red on its edges. Thetaste-buds are swollen, producing the "strawberry" or "raspberry"tongue. In severe cases the throat, always sore, is covered with a membrane whichgreatly resembles that of severe diphtheria. Other symptoms are those common to allfevers.
The rash begins to fade in two or three days and is completely:gone in four days to a week. I have never had a case to last over four days. Theskin peels off.
COMPLICATIONS: Nothing condemns the prevailing medical methodslike the frequency with which complications occur in this disease. Acute nephritisdevelops in 10% to 20% of their cases and is regarded as the starting point for manycases of Bright's disease in later life. Arthritis, acute inflammation of the liningand investing membranes of the heart (endocarditis and pericarditis,) otitis media,often resulting in deafness, and other troubles develop so often as a direct resultof the suppressive methods employed that is is a crime to permit them to continue.I have never had a complication to develop in a single case I have treated.
Dr. Arnold H. Kegel, Health Commissioner of Chicago, statedlast December, in one of his daily radio speeches to the citizens of Chicago: "TheChicago Board of Health has received numerous letters from parents asking whetherit would be advisable to have their children immunized against scarlet fever withserum."
"We cannot assume the responsibility of advising parentsto use this serum as it is not in as good standing as it was a year ago. We havebeen forced to take this stand because of the many unhappy experiences which haveresulted from the use of this serum."
Every serum goes through the experimental stage, during which"many unhappy experiences" result from its use. This does not prevent theHealth Boards from advising parents to submit their children to these things andto advocate a new one every time an old one is discarded. Toxin-antitoxin has producedmore "unhappy experiences" than any other serum ever used, for the reasonthat it has been more widely used. It is not in good standing in England. It hasbeen abolished by law in Austria, the land of its birth, because of the "manyunhappy experiences" which followed its use. In this country it is still beingindustriously and clamourously exploited.
The true prevention of disease has nothing to do with vaccines,serums, antitoxins, drugs, operations, and the like. True prevention involves adequatefood, pure air, an abundance of sunshine, proper exercise, sufficient rest and sleep,cleanliness, mental poise, safety at work, and the absence of all devitalizing habitsand ruinous excesses. There is such a thing as being "scientifically ignorantthrough an excess of science." One may know too much that isn't so.
From 1858 to 1923 the mortality in scarlet fever in New YorkCity was reduced, without the aid of serums, vaccines, antitoxins or toxin-antitoxins,from 155 per 100,000 population to 2 per 100,000. The rate in the city was givenin 1927 at 1 per 100,000 population. The Public Health Reports (U. S. PublicHealth Service), gives the mortality, in 45 states and the District of Columbia,for 1923, as 3 per 100,000. How easy it will be a few years hence, if this declinecontinues, to "prove over and over again," that the Dick test and scarletfever serum "wiped out" scarlet fever.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: Properly handled these cases will befree of all rash in four days to a week. There will be no fever after the third dayand the illness will be so slight the: parents and friends will say the child wasnot very sick. And, indeed, he will not be very sick. It requires feeding and druggingto produce serious illness.
These cases should be cared for just as advised for measlesand small-pox. Flannel gowns, employed by medical men, in scarlet fever, are notto be employed. These thing belong to the doctoring habit and are of no earthly value.
This is another germ disease caused by an unknown germ. Bordet,of France, thought he found a germ to cause the trouble and called it Baccillus Pertussis.
This trouble is described in medical works as an acute bronchitis.We do not recognize it as a catarrhal affection at all. We regard it as a nervousaffection having its origin in disease of the cerebrum or the spine.
The disease derives its name from the long drawn inspirationwith a "whoop" which follows a paroxysm of coughing. In ordinary coughingone inhales after each cough. In this condition the patient attempts the impossibletask of coughing from fifteen to twenty times during one expiration. Then he drawsin the air with a long-drawn inspiration, accompanied with a whoop. But little mucousis expelled and the whole action is evidently NERVOUS.
The trouble begins with a dry, harrassing cough with no apparentexcuse for existing. For there is no irritation of the throat or lungs. For abouttwo weeks this spasmodic coughing continues when the characteristic whoop develops.The cough comes in paroxysms and is sometimes so hard that vomiting results. Thewhooping usually lasts about two weeks, then another two weeks are required for thetrouble to decline and end.
During the paroxysms the veins swell, the face becomes blue,the eyes bulge out, their whites are "blood-shot," and the child looksas though it must suffocate.
Swallowing, emotions, or even throat irritations may inducea paroxysm. Hearty eating is almost certain to result in a series of paroxysms. Thechild (it is usually a child) may have but a few or a hundred paroxysms a day. Childrenwho are otherwise in good physical condition appear to be as well as ever when theparoxysm ends.
The only danger in this condition is the rupture of a bloodvessel. The violent paroxysms place a severe strain on the heart and blood vessels.Rupture into the eyes, ears, nose, lungs, brain or skin may occur. The hemorrhageinto the brain may result in paralysis or even sudden death. Bleeding from the noseand ears and occasionally from the lungs, occurs in a few cases.
A child that sinks exhausted, becomes fretful and nervousand seemingly fearful of the paroxysm, and presents red spots on the forehead andin the white portion of the eyes is suffering with congestion of the brain and isin danger.
The lungs are injured in rare cases by the severe paroxysmsof coughing. Sometimes they become emphysematous (dlstention of the lung tissue withair), sometimes they literally burst.
Bronchopneumonia is a frequently fatal complication knownonly to medical practice.
Voelker, in his Index to Treatment, says: "Thetreatment of whooping cough constitutes one of the reproaches of the art of medicine.We have no method by which we can shorten the disease, ### no specific for whoopingcough has yet been found. To all those I have tried (and they are over thirty innumber). the handwriting on the wall is literally applicable. 'Tekel' ('Thou artweighed in the balance, and art found wanting.')"
Sir Wm. Osler agrees with this, saying: "The treatmentis notoriously unsatisfactory. Stock vaccines have been used for treatment with somebenefit. (sic) A few patients are promptly cured. (sic) Antiseptic measures havebeen extensively tried. Quinine holds its own with many practitioners; ### The useof benzoin inhalations is often helpful. For the catarrhal symptoms, moderate dosesof ipecac are probably the most satisfactory. Sedatives are by far the most trustworthydrugs in severe cases, and paregoric may be given freely, particularly to give restat night. Codeia and heroin in doses proper for the age often give relief. Jacobiadvises belladona in full doses, ### Other remedies, such as antipyrin and chloralhydrate may be tried. In older children and adults it would be worth while, I think,to try the intratracheal injections of olive oil and iodoform which are sometimesso useful in allaying severe paroxysmal cough ####."
I should think that such treatment would be "notoriouslyunsatifactory" and "one of the reproaches of the art of medicine."It is a crime to punish sick children in this way. It is wholly symptomatic and suppressive.There is nothing in the treatment to indicate that the medical man even remotelysuspicions that there may be a cause for whooping cough.
Dr. Logan, a chiropractic authority, says in his Technicand Practice of Chiropractic: "Pertussis, or Whooping Cough-- Tends to runits course despite adjustments, though some aborted cases are reported. All casesare mild under adjustment, with some liability of complications. A nervous coughis likely to persit for months after the infection has passed. Adjustments seem seldomto prevent contagion."
Chiropractors, according to Firth's Chiropractic Symptomatology,hold that the disease is due to subluxations of the lower cervical and upper dorsalvetebrae and the "kidney place" and, accordingly, "adjust" thesepoints. We may wholly ignore their vague reports of aborted cases, just as we maydiscount Osler's claim of good coming out of stock vaccines.
Osteopaths used to look to subluxations of the lower cervicaland upper dorsal vertebrae as the cause of the trouble. Most of them now look tothe germ theory to supply the cause. They are no more successful than chiropractorsin caring for this condition.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: As harassing as this condition usuallyis and as notoriously unsatisfactory as the paregoric, freely given, proctetive vaccines,"large quantities of good nourishing food" and "change of climate,"of medical methods, the condition can be made tolerable by giving the children propercare. Dr. Tilden declares:
"If it starts in children who already have deranged digestion, and they are then fed, not allowing them to miss a meal, complications are liable to occur, such as tremendous engorgement of the brain during the paroxysms. The blood-vessels will stand out like whip-cords on the forehead, and when the child is over the paroxysm it is completely exhausted. Unless such a case is fasted, the cough grows more severe, the stomach derangement increases, causing more and heavier coughing, until there is danger of bringing on a brain complication."
How different this is to the wail of the medical man that:"Some children vomit at the end of a paroxysm, and so often during the day thatthey almost starve."
The "disease" is of the nerve centers, the coughbeing a "reflex cough," and the nervous system of the child must be lookedafter. he should be put to bed at once and the feet kept warm. He should be givenall the fresh air possible and as much water as thirst calls for, but no food ofany kind until complete relaxation is secured. Children that are out-doors all daysuffer less than those in the house. Whenever possible the bed should be out-doors.Otherwise, put the child by the open window. The rest and warmth will quiet the nervoussystem. It is questionable whether the whooping stage will ever develop if this "treatment"is instituted at the beginning of the trouble. Complete relaxation should occur inthree or four days.
The commonly unrecognized evils of mental over-stimulationof children is usually very evident in troubles of this nature. This should be particularlyavoided. Complete relaxation and rest of the nervous system is very important inthis condition.
After full relaxation is had, fruit juices may be given morning,noon, and night for two or three days, after which fresh fruit may be used. If thecough tends to increase after feeding, stop the feeding at once. "It is usuallyobserved," says Page "that the cough grows worse toward evening, and isworst at night. By morning there has been something of a rest of the stomach, andthe cough is easier--perhaps disappears entirely. A full meal is often the excitingcause of a fresh and violent paroxysm. Other things equal, the child who isoftenest and most excessively fed will suffer most and have the longest 'run.'"After the paroxysms have ceased gradually return to a normal diet.
Dr. Osler thought that the two most important things in thetreatment of the disease are six weeks and a good big bottle of paregoric. Othersgive quinine instead of paregoric to suppress the cough. Both these drugs depressthe nervous centers. Some medical works recommend over fifty drugs for the disease,some of these being used to swab the throat. As well salve the big toe.
CONVALESCENCE, medical men tell us, is tedious. This is theirexperience. We don't weaken and kill our patients. They tell us that the child mustnot be allowed to "catch cold." or over do. A change of climate and "largequantities of good nourishing food" (m.eaning by this meat, eggs, pasteurizedmilk, puddings, white bread, etc.), are recommended for the chronic cough that sofrequently follows in medical treated cases.
We recommend an abundance of fresh fruits and green vegetables,sun-shine, fresh air, exercise and rest and sleep. These are the elements of whichhealth is compounded.
This is an inflammation of the salivary glands especiallythe parotids. It is "caused by some germ not yet discovered" and is sovery contagious that one may have it on one side of the face and not "catch"it on the other side.
The swelling is just below and in front of the ear, and liftsthe ear a little. The first evidence of the disease may be a sharp pain felt uponswallowing something sour, though the trouble may be preceded by a few days of feverand malaise. For about two days the swelling increases and the submaxillary and sublingualglands may become swollen. For another seven days the patient has a "swell time"and then the fever and swelling begin to decrease. The mouth can scarcely be openedand there is pain on swallowing when the swelling is at its worst.
Adults usually have more suffering with this disease thanchildren. In some male patients the disease is said to "go down on them"when orchitis (inflammation of the testicle) develops in one or both testicles. Thiscomplication is supposed to result in sterility when both testicles are involved.The complication is due to wrong care. The same is true of vaginitis and the enlargementand tenderness of the breasts, which sometimes complicates the trouble in girl patients.Inflammation of the ovaries is a very rare complication.
COMPLICATIONS: Most medical authorities declare that mumpsdo not, endanger life and that all fatalities are due to complications. Heart disease,kidney trouble, arthritis and menengitis, are only a few of a formidable list ofcomplications they describe. These are the complications that develop in all theother acute diseases of children and are due to suppressive treatment. "It shouldalways be borne in mind," says Harry Clements, N. D., "when thinking ofcomplications, that they too often wait, not upon the original disease, but uponthe treatment of it." The way to avoid complications is to avoid the suppressiveand "drastic cure-quick," methods of treatment.
CARE OF PATIENT: Rest in bed with warmth until the temperatureis normal and the swelling is gone will hasten recovery. No food and no drugs shouldbe given. There is nothing to the popular superstition that acids should not be takenduring this time and if the child refuses to fast, orange juice or grapefruit juicemay be used. The author had mumps when a boy and used lemon juice through the wholeof the trouble.
As soon as the swelling has subsided fruit may be fed threetimes a day for the first three days, after which a gradual return to a normal dietmay be made.
The above care will prevent complications, but if these havedeveloped before this care is instituted, the fast should continue until all swellingand pain are gone.
This is a disease of the throat. It is caused by the germthat causes diphtheria, that is, by the Bacillus diphtherae. There is no doubt aboutthis. In fact so certain are medical men that this germ causes the trouble that whenthey fail to find the germ in the excretions ("Bacteriological examination isnecessary for diagnosis since some cases cannot be told on inspection alone fromacute tonsilitis, and other cases have no membrane at all"--Emerson, Essentialsof Medicine), they name the disease something else. The disease may present aperfect clinical picture of diphtheria and no germ be present. This is pseudo-diphtheriaand receives another name. One may only have ordinary tonsilitis, "sore throat,"and, if the germ is found, it becomes diphtheria. It was adding thousands of casesof this latter type to the diphtheria figures that enabled them to show a 100% increasein the diphtheria case rate and a corresponding nearly 50% decrease in the deathrate, without any lessening of the actual number of deaths, but often with an increasein deaths, when diphtheria antitoxin came into use. The supposed diphtheria germis often found in the mouth and throat of healthy people who do not have, have nothad, and do not subsequently develop diphtheria.
The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us: "If, indiphtheria, the bacillus is not found, the illness is renamed something else."Sir Wm. Oster, M. D., says in his The Principles arid Practice of Medicine,Page 151, under diphtheria: "The presence of the Klebs-Loeffler baccillus isregarded by bacteriologists as the sole criterion of true diphtheria and as thisorganism may be associated with all grades of throat affections, from a simple catarrhto a sloughing, gangrenous process, it is evident that in many instances there willbe a striking discrepancy between the clinical and the bacterial diagnosis."
The germ is found in simple catarrhal conditions and alsoin the mouth and throats of healthy infants and children; and is often absent fromthe throats of those presenting clinical pictures of diphtheria.
The germs almost never get into the blood. They are on thebody, not in it. They remain on the false membrane, or leather which caused the troubleto be named diphtheria. The membrane is a fibrogenous exudate poured out by the mucousmembrane as a protective covering. Virulent protein poisons and lost immunizationare the causes. I have never known a case of diphtheria in strict vegetarians ona low-protein diet. Intestinal indigestion in children who are habitually over fedand have a chronic state of decomposition and putresence in the intestines, and whoseresistance has been broken down by the usual enervating influences, are the oneswho fall prey to diphtheria, as well as whooping cough, measles, etc. Healthy children,who are properly cared for, do not have these diseases.
It is the fat, soft, sleek, "well-fed" children,so generally admired, who develop this disease. Such children are chronically diseased,are predisposed to "attacks" of all kinds and, if they reach adulthood,supply the greater portion of cases of tuberculosis. Children who spend most of theirtime out of doors, are thinly clad, sleep in cold, well-ventilated rooms, have aspare diet and who are not pampered, do not develop this disease.
SYMPTOMS: The symptoms of this disease are out of all keepingwith its much advertised dangers. The patient seldom feels as ill as in acute tonsilitis.The fever is seldom high and soon falls to normal. The throat is not very sore. Insome of those cases which have the severest suffering and little membrane, some evenhave no fever. In some the temperature is subnormal, indicating a lack of reactingpower. These cases are especially dangerous. Diphtheria of the nose, of the eye andaround a recent wound may cause no serious feeling of discomfort.
The disease begins with fever, chilly feelings, pains, inthe limbs and back, headache and malaise. The throat is not very red and the tonsilis not greatly swollen. The glands in the neck enlarge and the face becomes an ashengray. The patch of white membrane enlarges and extends beyond the tonsil. The membranemay grow rapidly and extend over the soft palate to the posterior wall of the finebronchi. The membrane may even extend through the Eustachian tube into the middleear, along the nose into the nasal sinuses and sometimes it extends down the oesophagusinto the stomach. Under the membrane there is death of tissue and there follows sloughing.The disease is self-limited and after about ten days the membrane loosens and fallsoff in shreds. In the more severe cases the temperature runs 102 to 103.
Within recent years medical men have recognized that "membraneouscroup" is diphtheria and these cases are now quarantined. When the writer wasyounger, cases of membraneous croup were not quarantined and no one ever "caught"the disease from these cases. An unquarantined case did not produce an epidemic.
In his Mother's Hygienic Handbook, 1874, Dr. Trallasserted "the pathological identity of croup and diphtheria."
"Membranous croup" is the worst form of diphtheria.These cases seldom appear to be very ill. For two or three days there is a rough,croupy cough which becomes a little more croupy each afternoon and evening, but wearingoff somewhat in the forepart of the night and in the morning. The child's breathingis not affected, he has an appetite and there is usually little uneasiness on thepart of parents. Then, suddenly, the child almost suffocates. He tosses about onthe bed, sits up and struggles in various ways in an effort to breathe. He becomesblue In severe cases the child suffocates unless relieved by incubation or tracheotomy.In the milder cases the paroxysms are soon over, but they some times recur later.
Dr. Tilden says of this type: "I never knew a case toget well where this disease is located in the pharynx, and passes down only a veryshort distance into the trachea, sometimes the membrane is thrown off and the childrecovers, but this is so rare that I have heard only of a few cases." Againhe says: "I have never seen a case of bronchial diphtheria get well, and I neverexpect to." The disease is best prevented.
COMPLICATIONS: Under regular medical care, acute myocarditis,severe nephritis, and bronchopneumonia are common. The first two, at least, are resultsof anti-toxin. Various forms of paralysis, especially of the throat and eye musclesand of the limbs develop as sequealae in about one-fifth of medically treated cases.Paralysis is often the result of antitoxin, although we cannot always attribute thisto the antitoxin, for it sometimes occurs in cases which have had no antitoxin.
Antitoxin does not cure the disease and toxin-antitoxin doesnot prevent it. Both these foreign proteins are responsible for many deaths in boththe well and the sick, and for much other injury short of death.
CARE OF PATIENT: The decrease both in the number of casesof diphtheria and in the percentage of deaths has not been as great as that of scarletfever, due, no doubt, to antitoxin. Yet the medical profession claims that it knowsnothing of scarlet fever.
No food of any kind should be given. In croupy cases, whetherit is or is not membraneous croup, it is well to stop all food the instant the firstsign of trouble (the cough) shows. These cases may stand some chance of recoveryif proper care is taken before the membrane spreads to such an extent thee breathingis made impossible.
Put the child to bed in a well ventilated room. If it iswinter place a hot water bottle at his feet.
Drinking should be discouraged. Swallowing tends to breakup the membrane and carry it into the stomach. Small water enemas, given after thebowels have been throughly cleaned out, must take the place of drink.
The throat should not be gargled. No sprays or washes ofany kind are to be employed.
The child should be placed in a position so that everythingwill drain well out of the mouth. Place him on his right side so that he leans wellforward and with his face down. If the child is permitted to lie on the back, thesecretion tends to run down the throat and into the trachea and stomach. This mustbe avoided. It he tires of lying on one side he may be placed on the other, or maybe placed on his face.
These children should be left alone and not allowed to talk.No questions should be asked them which require answers.
No drugs of any kind are to be tolerated. These lessen thechance of recovery.
Although comparatively few who come in contact with thisdisease develop it, it is considered highly contagious and, due to the contagion-superstition,these cases are quarantined. The writer has never handled but one case and saw thisbut once. After the quarantine was slapped on the case I handled it over the phone.The child made rapid recovery with no complications or sequelae.
Food must not be given until the throat is healed. Then fruitjuices may be given for two days and then a gradual return to the normal diet.
Death in this disease results from suffocation, and frommaltreatment. The exudation into the wind-pipe, with the subsequent formation ofthe false membrane, chokes the patient to death. In so-called membraneous croup thisis seen at its worst.
If this can be prevented there is no danger from the disease.If the above methods are not sufficient to control the exudate. In any given case,a certain amount of drugless suppresion will form the lesser of two evils. Cold clothsaround the neck and ice held in the mouth and applied directly to the inflamed partswill suppress the inflammation and exudate. Dr. Trall who treated hundreds of casesby this method says of it:
"There is little danger of this formidable disease, which often desolates the family circle of all the little ones, terminating fatally, if this plan of "treatment is thoroughly carried out--unless it is a very frail and scofulous child. Nor have I yet known it to fail in but one such case."
Plenty of fresh air and sunshine should be had during convalesence.As the disease is most common after the thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, it isbest prevented by avoiding protein decomposition and by maintaining good health.Diphtheria is a phase of albumenuria.
This is an acute disease involving largely the small intestine.The bacillus typhosus is accused by the medical profession of responsibilityfor this condition. There is, under medical mismanagement, swelling and enlargementof the clumps of "lymphoid tissue" (tonsils), called Peyer's patches ofthe intestine, followed by ulceration and sloughing of these. Hemorrhage from theintestine sometimes follows this sloughing, although nature usually succeeds in sealingthe blood vessels before sloughing occurs. The abdomen is tender and distended withgas. The gas pressure upon the heart often overstimulates this organ. On the seventhon eighth day red spots develop on the abdomen.
In severe cases "secondary" disease develops inthe kidneys or lungs or spleen or cerebro-spinal centers. Complications and relapsesare quite frequent under medical malapractice. The regular treatment of this diseaseis an unpunished crime. I have analyzed this treatment in detail in my HUMAN LIFE,and the student who is interested in this phase of the subject is referred to thatbook.
SYMPTOMS: The disease is preceded by a few days or weeksof headache, backache, nosebleed, perhaps, and a period of not feeling very well.There is usually constipation and a coated tongue. The breath is foul and there isoften a bad taste in the mouth. For days or weeks the patient is sick and gives noattention to his condition, except, perhaps to drug it. Had he cared for himselfproperly from the beginning of these symptoms he would be well before any typhoiddeveloped. Dr. Tilden rightly observes: "Typhoid fever (more a disease of adultlife) is evolved by feeding and medicating acute indigestion."
After a period as described above, the temperature beginsto rise and the patient becomes so weak and miserable that he goes to bed. The feverrises slowly and in from three to seven days reaches 101 to 106. Here it usuallyremains, under the stuffing and drugging plan, for a week or more, before it beginsto fall. It falls and rises for another week or more and finally reaches normal.Under medical care these cases last from two weeks to a few months. The strong manpresents a slow, "soft" pulse and the pulse rate is often very slow duringconvalesence.
During the first few days of the fever, the headache is verysevere even, at times, terrible.
Typhoid is a self-limited disease. This is to say, it getswell of itself and the medical profession acknowledges that it has no cure for thedisease, although, they do claim great things, all false, of course, for their prophylacticserum. Emerson tells us: "After the fever has gone, convalesence begins. Thepatient is at first thin and weak, but slowly returns to good health and to evenbetter health than he formerly had."
He also tells us in dealing with complications: "Perforationis the most dreaded complication of typhoid fever, and the cause of death in almosta third of the fatal cases. When the slough peels off, the ulcers usually have avery thin base, sometimes as thin as tissue paper, but in about 5 per cent. of thecases even this gives way and the intestinal contents pour into the abdominal cavity,at once producing peritonitis, which without operation is almost always fatal. (Andwith operation is equally as fatal. Author.) In the very few cases that do recoverthere is in the abdomen an abscess which later may require operation. A perforationoccurs especially during the third week, although it may at at any time (as we reckonthe days), and since due to almost the the same cause as hemorrhage, occurs veryoften with this."
The reader may not be able to understand why there shouldby any "intestinal contents" to pour into the abdominal cavity. Fastingwould have prevented such a thing. But it is the medical notion that the sick "musteat to keep up strength" and some hold that if the fever patient does not consumeeven more food than when in health the fever will burn tip the body. A high-caloriediet its usually employed in typhoid.
CAUSES: This disease results from decomposition in the stomachand intestine due to imprudent eating. The more such patients are fed the more decompositionand sepsis will develop. There will be higher fever, more tympanitis, greater sufferingand more danger. There will be germs, of course, and the more food is taken the moregerms there will be. When such patients are fasted the stools and urine are germ-freeby the time convalesence begins.
Milk, butter milk, boiled milk, peptonized milk, koumiss,eggs, meat juice, barley water, strained vegetables, soups, iced tea and ice-creamare among the recommendations made by standard medical authors for feeding in typhoid.
In feeding in typhoid they take about the same position asthat taken by Emerson in "influenza." He says: "He should receivethe fullest diet possible and should be well purged and stimulated." He adds,and very appropriately so, "the convalesence is long and tedious; it may takemonths, and for even years the patient may not be well. For this reason, a changeof climate, when possible, is a great aid." A change of doctors and methodsat the outset would have been wiser.
We still hear much of anti-typhoid inoculation and are advisedto be inoculated when we travel into strange territory. The Public Health Report(Vol. 34, No. 13, March 26, 1929), prints in full a circular issued by the ChiefSurgeon of the American Expeditionary forces under the title Typhoid VaccinationNo Substitute For Sanitary Precautions, in which are cited numerous cases oftyphoid among our throughly "protected" (inoculated) soldiers.
In March 1914, five months before the outbreak of the war,anti-typhoid vaccination was made compulsory in the French Army. Yet up to October1916, there were 113,465 cases of typhoid fever with 12,380 deaths in the FrenchArmy alone. There are still two more years of war to be accounted for in these figures.
In the British Army up to December 1918, there were accordingto General Goodwin, 7,423 cases of typhoid with 266 deaths--practically all of whichhad been inoculated. These figures do not include the "fearful and unparalleledtoll of disease and death from typhoid" in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia. The failureof the British forces in Gallipoli is attributable largely to typhoid. The figuresare so horrible that they don't seem to have been given out and cannot be obtained.
In France and Belgium the English forces suffered less fromtyphoid than did the French. Why? The French were equally "protected."Sir Malcolm Morris and Captain J. Stanley Arthur both stated that the English sanitaryconditions were better. Filth and sewage water laughed at the vaccine and the soldierssuffered and died in spite of their "protection." The vaccine could notmake uncleanliness safe any more than smallpox vaccine could do so in the war of1870, or in India.
It is now everywhere admitted that the decline of typhoidfever, along with typhus, cholera, bubonic plague, yellow fever, etc., has been dueto hygiene and sanitation. The serum is pushed for commercial reasons only.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: The care of the typhoid patient shouldnow be apparent to the student.
Rest in bed in a well lighted; well ventilated room, withall unnecessary noise and distraction kept away from the patient. A daily warm spongebath for cleanliness is essential. If it is winter a hot water bottle should be keptat the patients feet.
Absolutely no food except water should pass the patientslips until several days after all acute symptoms are gone.
No drugs of any kind should be employed. No purging; no sustaining"the heart, no controlling the fever and no checking of the bowels should be allowed,Hydrotherapy also should be avoided.
Let the patient alone and he will get well. Feed him anddrug him and he may and may not pull through. In the first instance he will be comfortablein three days and out of bed in from seven days to fourteen days. In the second instancehe will not be comfortable at any time and will do well to get out of bed in severalweeks.
Where hemorrhage occurs, the foot of the bed should be elevatedand absolute rest and quiet. No one should be allowed to speak to the patient andno mad-cap endeavors to restore or "sustain" the patient should be resortedto. Hemorrhage will be extremely rare if the case is not stuffed and drugged.
TONSILS AND ADENOIDS
Dr. Harry Clements, of England, an esteemed friend of theauthor's, remarks in his Children's Ailments; "When parents and guardiansbecome enlightened as to the proper function of the tonsils, they will not turn tosurgeons for help; they will turn on themselves with reproach." He makes thissage observation in his discussion of tonsils and adenoids. I endorse it unqualifiedly.
The tonsils, like the appendix and gall bladder, are specialfriends of the commercial surgeons. They are little bundles of adenoid tissue (Iymphoidstructures) in the throat. There are several of them as follows; the FAUCIAL tonsils,one on each side of the throat; the PHARYNGEAL tonsil on the roof of the space abovethe throat (the soft palate) and back of the nose, (This is the so-called adenoid);the EUSTACHIAN or TUBAL tonsils, one surrounding the opening of each Eustachain tube;the LINGUAL tonsil, a cluster of tonsillar tissue at the base of the tongue; and,finally, the LARYNGEAL tonsil in the larynx or "voice box." These tonsilsare all connected by means of lymphatic vessels and form what is known as WALDEYER'SRING.
These lymphoid structures have as their most important function,the arrest and detoxification of organic toxins which may get into the circulationfrom the mouth, nose or adjacent structures and from the intestines. When more toxinsreach them than they are able to detoxify, their cells enlarge, thus enlarging thetonsils, in order to increase their capacity for work. An enlarged tonsil is an effortto preserve health. Rather than being a menace to life, it is a benefit.
The FAUCIAL tonsils help to support the soft palate and arealso important in producing the great variety of tones in the voice. Removal of thesetonsils frequently ruins the singing and speaking voice, lowering the voice by oneoctave.
ACUTE FOSSULITIS, erroneously called ACUTE TONSILITIS, isinflammation of the mucous membrane which covers the outer surface of the faucialtonsils and dips down into and lines the tonsillar crypts or fossulae. This is themost common from of tonsilitis or "sore throat."
QUINCY, erroneously called abscessed tonsil, but really aperitonsillar abscess, is an abscess which forms in the tissues surrounding (usuallyabove) the faucials. This may form on one or both sides of the throat. It beginsas common "tonsilitis" or acute or chronic fossulitis and, due to impropercare, or to overwhelming of the lymph glands, extends to adjacent and underlying,tissues and nodes and nodules culminating in abscess formation. The abscess usuallyruptures into the throat. Rare cases require to be lanced. Thus, these "twodiseases'' are really one.
SYMPTOMS: The"onset" of acute fossulitis (folliculartonsilitis) is usually sudden with a rapid rise of temperature which may range from101 F. to as high as 104 F. The throat is sore, hot, dry, scratchy and swallowingis difficult. The tongue is coated and the breath foul. The tonsils enlarge, thesurrounding tissues become congested and inflamed, the glands under the jaw and downon to the throat become swollen and sore. One or more gray or yellow spots or patchesform on one or both tonsils. These spots are composed of a cheesy or "pussy"matter in the crypts or fossulae. They are not composed of pus. Headaches, backache;etc. may be present.
Quincy presents these same symptoms, often aggravated, plusthe formation of the abscess.
CHRONIC FOSSULITIS, or chronic follicular tonsilitis is apersistent, lowgrade catarrhal inflammation. The condition is characterized by theconstant presence of dirty gray or yellow plugs of cheesy" matter hanging fromthe fossulae. When these are thrown out they have a foul taste and a foul odor.
"ADENOIDS," which is the popular name for enlargementof the pharyngeal tonsil, usually accompanies chronic follicular tonsilitis. Adenoidsare also frequently referred to as "adenoid growths" and "adenoidvegetations." The membranes of the nose and throat are passively congested andthickened. Besides the enlargement of the pharyugeal tonsil, there is a concomitantswelling of the thousands of lymph nodes and nodules adjacent to the tonsil.
In young children (under fifteen) "adenoids" arefrequently so much enlarged that they obstruct the nasal passage, resulting in thehabit of breahting through the mouth. Due partly to the interference with oxygenation,but largely to the systemic condition that gives rise to this condition, such childrenare flat- cheated, thin, anemic and often mentally dull. The nostrils are pinchedand coughing commonly accompanies the condition. Sleep is interferred with and thesechildren become dull, listless and chronically tired. Frequent attacks of bronchitisare not uncommon concomitants.
Surgical removal of the pharyngeal tonsil is the common modeof treatment. It is unsatisfactory as well as damaging. The tonsils usually regrowor other lymph glands adjacent thereto enlarge and the trouble is as bad as ever.We frequently meet with people who have had two or three such operations and whoare worse than ever before. A third operation is advised. Only recently I saw a childwhich had had three operations and a fourth was now demanded by the surgeon. Thesecases quickly yield to the care that will be described fully in this chapter. Dr.Faulkner says of the surgical methods in these cases:
"The results of operation will always be disappointing in cases that accompany nasal catarrh; with thickening of the lining of the nasal passages, in cases of narrow nostrils, and mix-shaped nose; in cases of irregular teeth, in deformity of the upper jaw; deformity of the mouth and palate, in cases of deafness, with inflammation of the middle ear and with thickening and hardening of the linings of the ear passages; in affections of the ear drum; and in all children with poor constitutions, improper or insufficient food, and bad hygienic surroundings."
If there are any cases not included in this, let me add thatthe operation will always be unsatisfactory in these also.
The "adenoids" normally shrink in size after pubertyand are seldom the seat of trouble thereafter.
Inflammation, enlargement or abscess of the lingual tonsil(the tongue tonsil), although apparently less common than troubles of the faucialand pharyngeal tonsils, may occur more often than generally supposed. When it becomesinflamed the whole base of the tongue sometimes becomes inflamed also. The tonguebecomes tender on pressure and both talking and swallowing become difficult. Breathingmay even be affected.
THE TUBAL TONSILS often become enlarged and inflamed. Thisis usually accompanied with the swelling of the thousands of nodes and nodules inthe immediate neighborhood, and also by a passive, non-inflammatory swelling of themucous membrane lining the cavity back of the nose and this may, in turn, partlyclose the Eustachain tube resulting in catarrhal deafness. This catatth may evenextend up into the eustachain tube and into the middle ear. Most such cases are curableby the methods later to be described.
Inflammations and enlargements of the various tonsils arcusually associated with other conditions of the mouth, nose and throat, such as catarrh,colds, sinus inflammation, inflammation in the antrum and posterior nares, abscessedteeth, etc. The patch work methods of medical men in treating these conditions areas absurd as those employed in treating the tonsils. The method, described in thischapter will prevent or correct these other conditions also. After all, preventionis the logical plan and natural hygiene will really prevent the development of disease.
CAUSES: These troubles develop in children and adults whosuffer with gastro-intestinal indigestion and who habitually over eat on milk, bread,cereals, and other starches, sugar, cakes, pies, preserves, syrups, pan cakes, candies,ice cream and the like. Add these factors to faulty elimination and such personswill develop trouble every time a drop in temperature, an unusual exposure, or anenvironmental stress places a heavier tax upon their nervous energies and, thus,puts and added check to elimination. "Adenoids" are less frequent in breast-fedthan in bottle fed infants. The manner in which medical men insist on lots of milkfor children and, then, follow this with wholesale tonsil operations, looks suspiciouslylike they know how to build trade. Cereals with milk and sugar, fruits with starchesand sugar; frequent between meal eating--these will cause enough digestive derangementto produce tonsilitis. The medical man's insistence on plenty of nourishment leadsparents to believe that these troubles are due to lack of food. They stuff and cramtheir children and feed them cod-liver oil and, as a direct consequence, they aremade sick.
The present vogue is to cut out the tonsils upon the leastsign of trouble and often when there is no trouble at all. This method is both futileand damaging, although lucrative to the doctor or surgeon. In my book, The NaturalCure of Tonsillar and Adenoid Affections, I have carefully analyzed this practicefrom every angle and shown its damaging character, as well as the utter needlessnessif it.
Here before me as I write, lies a book entitled The Motherand the Child. It is written by a registered nurse, Kathryn L. Jensen, and publishedby the Review and Herald Pub. Assn., the official publishing house of the AdventistChurch. The book has had a wide circulation among these faithful of the Lord. Inthis book I find such atheism as the following:
"There is only one remedy for seriously diseased tonsils and that is the complete removal of the diseased tissues by a competent surgeon. Whether or not the tonsils are diseased is of course, a question for a competent throat specialist to decide."
Miss Jensen seems wholly unaware of the fact that it is to:the financial interest of this competent throat specialist to decide that the tonsilsare diseased, and that he usually decides in his own favor. Because she is ignorantof methods, other than surgical removal, which remedy the condition of the throat,she is not,. thereby, licensed to offer her ignorance as an infallible rule for themothers of this land. There was never a more false statement made than that removalis the only remedy for diseased tonsils. Removal is not even a remedy--still lessis it the only remedy. Miss Jensen may be forgiven for repeating what she has been.taught by her medical superiors, but those superiors are certainly guilty of crime.
The inevitable results of leaving to experts the matter ofdetermining whether or not the tonsils of your child are diseased, is well illustratedby the following facts. In his popular newspaper column, How to Keep Well,Dr. W. H. Brady recently ran an article entitled "The Scandal of Tonsillectomy."In it he mentions a certain mid-western city in which, in a given month, approximatelya thousand tonsils were removed. A pathologist went to the trouble to examine onethousand tonsils, removed in a dispensary, and found that 710 of them had never beenseriously affected, and that 430 did not reveal any evidence whatever of the need(from the medical viewpoint) of an operation. These specialists, who spill the bloodof your children for money, cannot be trusted to tell the truth about the conditionsthey find in their little throats.
Miss Jensen says: "Only yesterday a mother exclaimed,'Had I only known two years ago that my boy's diseased tonsils and adenoids wouldcause deafness." "Another parent rejoices because a supposedly dull childis now making his grades with ease, as a result of the removal of diseased adenoids.The anemic, underweight child can usually be helped if diseased tonsils or adenoidsare the cause of the malnourished condition. These diseased tissues act as distributingpoints for germs, and through the blood stream infect every part of the body.
"This pus, even in minute amount, may cause rheumatismof the most serious type, affecting joints as well as muscles. Chronic middle eardisease, causing deafness, is a common result, because of the easy access to thatorgan from the tonsil. Many of the serious heart diseases, acute and chronic kidneydiseases, and some serious eye troubles are the result of infection from diseasedtonsils and adenoids.
''Because diseased tonsils and enlarged adenoids in childhoodimpair nutrition, the vitality is correspondingly lowered, and the cliild is moreeasily susceptible to colds, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other contagious diseases."
Now that we know the diseases that are caused by diseasedtonsils, we only need to know what causes the diseased tonsils. If we think thatperhaps Miss Jensen knows the secret, we are to be disappointed; for, our searchreveals only that she is a product of her medical training. She knows no more thanthe medical profession and might well have left her book unwritten. There alreadyare too many such books. She advices: "Observe carefully the eating, breathing,and sleeping habits of your children. Have their eyes, nose, throat, ears, and teethexamined carefully once a year by a competent physician and dentist. Upon the firstevidence of impairment of tonsils or adenoids, take the child to a competent throatspecialist. If you do this, it will later save you many dollars in doctor bills."
This is the old story. Watch for symptoms and have thesetreated as soon as they appear. She heads this advice, "Prevention." Butno trouble is ever prevented by treating it after it develops. I don't care how manymedical men and their echoes in the nursing profession dispute this, prevention makestreatment unnecessary. If a trouble is prevented, there will be no "first evidenceof impairment of tonsils and adenoids." Miss Jensen simply does not expect thecarrying out of her advice to prevent tonsillar troubles.
Under "after effects" Miss Jensen says: "Adenoidtissue (the tonsils are composed of adenoid tissue) does sometimes reappear, anda second, and sometimes a third removal may be necessary after the first." Shetells us that "this happens only in extreme cases," a statement that iscontrary to the testimony of the leading throat specialists of both Europe and America.
CARE AND REMEDY: If the case is acute all food should bewithheld until all acute symptoms are gone after which a fruit diet should be givenfor three to five days. If the case is chronic a fast or an orange or grapefruitdiet may be employed until the throat is clean and breathing is free and easy. Then,a fruit diet or a fruit and green vegetable diet should be fed until the tonsilsare nearly normal, after which moderate quantities of proteins and starches shouldbe added to the diet.
The mouth and throat should be kept clean. Antiseptic washesand gargles, however, should not be employed for this purpose. Most drugless menemploy dilute lemon juice for this purpose. If the reader is still addicted to thesick habit and the "doctoring" habit, he may employ the dilute lemon juice.
After the tonsils are normal it is an easy matter to keepthem so by proper care of the body. Plenty of rest and sleep, an abundance of sunshine,daily out door exercise and a proper diet are all that are essential. No drugs shouldbe given at any time, during or after the trouble.
Massage of the throat should be avoided, as should, also,packs around the throat.
|Front Matter |
I Disease--Two Views
II The Slaughter of The Innocents
III Prenatal Care
IV Babies Should be Born in the Spring
V Baby's Growth and Development
VI The Child's Teeth
VIII Fat Babies
IX Mother's Milk
X Should Baby be Weaned
XI Three Year Nursing Period
XII Cows Milk
XIV Three Feedings a Day
|XV No Starch for Infants |
XVI "ReguIar" Crimes in Feeding
XVII Feeding of Infants
XVIII Baby's General Care
XIX Feeding Children from two to six years
XX A Healthy Child
XXII The Acute "Infectious" Diseases of Childhood
XXIII Skin Disorders
XXIV Common Disorders of Infants and Children
XXV Child Education
XXVI Corporal Punishment
XXVIII Serum Poisoning
XXIX Commercial Medicine