Chapter I.-Toxemia, the Efficient (First) Cause of All Disease
Chapter II.-Causes of Constipation
Chapter IV.-Constipation as Found in Various Derangements
Chapter V.-A Few Personalities
A New Reading on the Subject
AS stated before, constipation is the best known physicalderangement to which man is heir, and yet, in spite of its universality and the legionsof causes and cures, there is very little known of its true etiology. As proof Irefer to text-book etiology and treatment. Perhaps it would be well to mention atruism that should be obvious to all, namely, a treatment based on a correct etiology--cause--mustcure. Is the disease ever cured? Its treatment is palliative from the most ancientto the most modern times. It ranges from physics and laxatives, to clysters of highand low degree--from bran-mash, bran bread and cellulose feeding galore, to agar-agar,petroleum and profuse water-drinking; then all sorts of exercises and mechanicalvibrations, bimanual manipulations, spinal adjustment, etc., etc. One and all, withnature's ever-willing help, give more or less palliation, but how much any allegedremedy has had to do with curing here and there an isolated case, when a case possiblyrecovers, must remain an unknown quantity until causation is better understood. Solong as cause remains unknown, the treatment of any disease must be haphazard andthe benefit, if any, unknown.
The building of constipation is favored by the customs andhabits of modern life, I will not say "modern civilization"--no, not nowon the heels of one of the most brutal wars, the type of which makes a Sitting Bull-Custermassacre pall into insignificance. And the end is not yet! No, not so long as commercialismpossesses such itching palms.
Modern life, as it is lived, forces enervation. One of thefirst symptoms of enervation is constipation.
MAN'S FIRST SICKNESS
Man's first sickness is caused by intoxication, and his takingoff in old age is caused by intoxication. Man's first intoxication is from absorptionof the toxin of fermentation due to an oversupply of food--overtaxed digestion--andis from the absorption of his own excreta; unless peradventure his mother's milkis made septic from a parturient injury, then he is made toxic from septic infectionwhich will manifest in so-called infantile diseases.
As one kind of intoxication paves the way for another--buildsan appetite for another--it is easy and natural for those so poisoned to establishthe habit of overeating and smoking, and they take easily to all kinds of narcoticsand stimulants, or drugs that deaden sensation--morphine, alcoholics, the coal-tardrugs, tea, coffee and tobacco; sugar, and an excess of starch and meat-eating, mustbe looked upon as a form of stimulation--intoxication.
When nerves are daily subjected to stimulation, there isa gradually developing enervation manifested by irritability and excitability; intime there will be so much enervation that the victim is made susceptible to endemicor epidemic influences, and there will be many crises- small diseases: gastritis(catarrh of stomach), constipation, headaches, colds, coughs, sore throats, tiredfeeling of a morning, etc. Before disease develops there is a subconscious restlessnessand longing for thrills or stimulation. Anything that stimulates or thrills the mindor nervous system is eagerly sought out and run after. Babes at the breast, if notleft distressingly alone--if handled and exhibited and fed too often--are made restlessand nervous, and must be entertained and fed often. Such treatment is in line ofoverstimulation, and babes become cross, irritable, sleepless and constipated. Inboys brought up to overeat, and become intoxicated by retained excreta, the wanderlustdevelops, and this is accounted for by naturalists as atavism--a reverting to ancientcustoms--but ancient heredity would not be able to buck through scores of generationswithout the aid and revivifying influence of the idea of freedom and intoxication.Intoxication deadens the moral nature or not, depending upon the dominating thoughtsor type of mind. If the en rapport idea is brutal, it allows the animal natureto preponderate. In war intoxication, the army will be brutal or not, in accordancewith the idea or intoxicating thought. The Germans stood for conquest, hence werebrutal; the Americans for liberty, hence were humane, if any phase of war can besaid to be humane.
The latter half of the nineteenth century built many fortunesout of pills. Pills, squills, and opium built a financial mobility, unequaled evenby that of hogs, beer, oil and whiskey. The financial world may be proud of the colossalfortunes which have been built on trafficking in human health and life, the leastof which are not vaccines and serums, and certainly estheticism and ethics cannotbe proud of the mutilation and wrecked lives which represent the graduates of oursanatoria, hospitals, and "surgical plants."
CONSTIPATION IS UNIVERSAL
As a result of lack of medical wisdom, constipation is universal;and the McLeans and Beachams have taken the lion's share of glory and filthy lucrefor their benefactions. But it is the elite of the medical profession who popularizequackery by teaching people mutilation and the drug habit. The better class of doctorshave no faith in drugs, yet they prescribe them to those who are ignorant enoughto think they must take them. Drugs, except an occasional light saline laxative forpalliation, while health is being brought back to the normal, are never required,and if used further enervate and build disease instead of being curative.
The very young and the old--both ends of life--are frequentlyafflicted with constipation, and it perhaps is more often the indirect cause of illhealth, or sick attacks, than any other one cause.
A FEW OF THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF INTOXICATION
Autogenerated toxin poisoning, from overfeeding resultingin decomposition and constipation, begins to manifest in children by restlessness,irritability, unruliness, insatiable desire to nurse or eat frequently. In olderchildren the desire to eat is very unmanageable. In many children there is a capriciousappetite, and their haphazard eating subjects them to many illnesses--all the diseasessaid to be peculiar to children--even chorea and epilepsy. Toxemic childrenare unreasonable and hard to please; when they play they work up easily into a stateof frenzied excitement, and when not in this state of excitement they are inclinedto be depressed, morose, and to shun company. Many of these children from eight toeighteen are put in institutions as incorrigibles, but if their lives could be ordered,their food-inebriety, constipation and toxin poisoning cured, they would soon becometractable. Children in this class, whose cerebro-spinal systems are delicately poised--nervouslyconstructed--on a hair trigger, so to speak--as hinted above, will be thrown intoconvulsions. These are the children that get to smoking paper and weed cigarettesbefore they take to tobacco.
People look upon the smoking of paper, leaves, weeds, etc.,as a childish peccadillo, imitation or play, but there is an ill-defined want thatsooner or later will be satisfied by tobacco or other stimulants, or nerve thrillspeculiar to self-abuse; or the subconscious longings may find satisfaction in a lifeof crime which may end in a house of correction.
Death from acute diseases prevents many unfoldments of acriminal character. Such children are given free rein to eat at the table of unwholesomefood mixtures, and between meals, and this breaks down their resistance and preparesthem for an early taking off by an endemic or epidemic influence.
CONSTIPATION IS MAN'S DISEASE
Why man of all animals, except perhaps those that are domesticated,should be the only one to suffer from this disease, has a good and sufficient reason,and it is not because "God" did not consult the modern bacteriologist,anatomist, and surgeon, and blundered, as those eminent gentlemen declare, in makingthe colon too long, but because man's memory is too short; he forgets his duty toself. Neglecting the bowel urge is one habit that builds toleration--constipation.
Modern anatomists declare the colon to be a useless appendage,a relic of prehistoric times--a curio. How very different were the conclusions towhich Cuvier (Ku-vya), the great French naturalist of one hundred years ago, came.It was said of him that he had comparative anatomy so thoroughly worked out thathe could build an animal, giving its size and species, if he were given a small bonefrom any part of the body; and he could describe a fish if given a scale. Surelysuch unity of construction does not indicate that we are living in a world of haphazardand chance, but, quite the contrary, a world of order and scientific sequence, withphilosophical prophecy.
As surely as the planets are timed in their flight, so surelydoes order reign in animal and vegetable development.
The writer has noticed that, in healthy men and women, theiranatomical organs have a habit of functioning in an orderly manner and will in spiteof their supposed superfluity and lack of organic synthesis; and it is hard to finda diseased human being--a being with organs awry according to modern scientific interpretation--whodid not practice a lot of disease-producing habits; and it may be added that thiswryness rights itself under reformation of bad habits.
Does Nature or God make mistakes? Is disease a mistake? Isn'tit as orderly as fixed law? If a man brings on heart disease from the use of tobacco,is the heart derangement due to a faulty anatomism? And because of this, should hishabit continue and the organ be removed? Certainly this is an extreme suggestion,but I invite any physician to try to prove that this exaggeration is not based onthe logic of medicine and surgery as practiced everywhere.
In windy countries travelers may notice that trees lean inthe direction that the wind habitually blows, and if these trees are examined theirbark will indicate the directions of the compass. Why should these peculiarities--thesedefects--not be held as mistakes Of the Great Artificer? Certainly order reigns fromthe monad to man; from star-dust to the planetary systems. It is unthinkable to havehaphazard and order existing together.
In reasoning out cause and effect, it is necessary to startwith a firm mental hold on the one great truth, namely: Absolute Order Reigns.Then to fit man for that Great Truth, man must be honest, not in a commercial ora conventional sense, but in a scientific and mathematical sense; in a sense thatcorresponds with the mechanics of the spheres. The mind must be attuned to order,then haphazard will not interrupt it in arriving at conclusions--correct reasoningwill then be the rule rather than the exception. Man can not play fast and loosewith the truth and get anywhere in his reasoning; and I mean by this, man must notdistort truth to bolster up his religion, or the religion of the fathers, nor themedical and surgical beliefs of convention. Man must think more of truth than moneyor personal aggrandizement. Where it is necessary to acknowledge truth and turn downpersonal advantage, it must be done or man will make shipwreck of ratiocination--hispower to reason.
Why is man uncivilized today? Because he has commercializedhis power to reason. He has sold his mental birthright for a mess of pottage. Wellmay it be charged that the profession builds on a foundation of verity--of fundamentaltruth--a superstructure of rotten fallacy to fit a commercialism that dominates theworld and has caused the late world war, and will continue to evolve wars until mankindis cured of making "my Father's house"--the temple of the mind--"anhouse of merchandise." "Myself mit Gott" must go out of business.The temple of the mind must be kept free from trafficking, or the world will continueto travel in a circle, with international interests running amuck every little whileto prevent the varying interests in national life from kicking up internal war. Thisis in obedience to the cosmic urge for unison.
Why all this philosophizing in a small treatise on constipation?Because of the unity of all things, and to show that false reasoning is the causeof man's physical, mental and moral diseases. From the cradle to the grave--fromhis first intoxicating drink to his final rapport with his God--from his firstintoxication from constipation, on through the maze of all fallacious reasoning inworks on constipation--the colon and its treatment--ending in vandalizing surgerywith a ruined life and premature death--is order and unity; and cause and effectfollow each other in as orderly a manner as the day follows the night, to those whohave a cultivated discernment.
Enervation checks elimination; retained excretions are thebeginning of toxemic inebriety. Man starts his first drunk at his mother's breast,by too frequent nursing, causing fermentation; continues it with intestinal infectionfrom gluttony; social stimulation, physical and mental; continual overstimulationbuilds frenzy, ending in social and domestic manias and political revolution; allending in a holocaust such as the world war.
Truth practiced by the pregnant mother, and in the care ofthe babe, in the education and final business life of the child--man or woman--willend the human shipwrecking and will mark the passing of the social reign of the drunkman and drunk woman. I say drunk advisedly--intoxication from wrong eating and wrongthinking. Fallacies require idea-inebriety to keep them intrenched. Truth needs nodrunken advocate, it can stand alone.
Since surgery has developed such a bloodthirst, and medicaltreatment of disease, based on bacteriology, is such a failure in treating all diseases,especially constipation--colitis and affections incident thereto--our surgeons areattempting to correct the mistakes that the God of Moses made in making man's colontoo long, in removing a part, or short-circuiting it, instead; of suspecting thatthere is something wrong with the theories of modern medicine.
Is the reason why there are so many mental perverts thatsome mistake has been made in the original brain pattern?
Metchnikoff observed that animals with the longest colonhad the shortest life, but he did not prove that taking out the colon was followedby a general adaptation of other organs to this change and a lengthening of lifeto correspond. Neither did he nor Pasteur prove that good health followed the sterilizingof food.
FASTING A BACTERICIDE
The fact that the hibernating bear loses its colon bacilliis not acted upon, and a fast recommended when disease results from overeating, bacterialdecomposition and toxin poisoning. An oversupply of food is always the cause of bacterialdecomposition and toxin infection, and when continued, catarrhal inflammation, constipation,toxemia, arteritis, endocarditis, and many other crises, called disease, follow.The toxemic are the subjects who die in epidemics, notwithstanding these are thepeople pointed out by many doctors as perfect types of health. "This epidemiccarries off those who are in perfect health," was a remark frequently heardduring the 1918 "flu" epidemic. Such a remark is absolutely senseless andworthy of those living in a Fool's Paradise.
A syllogism based on a bacteriological fundamental must readabout as follows: A superabundance of colonic bacteria is a menace to health; a superabundanceis caused by overeating, and a normal supply follows moderate eating; and whereasfasting in both cases causes them to disappear, therefore eating within the body'sneeds does away with the menace. This being true, bacteria become a symptom and inno sense a cause of disease.
When bacteriologists charge the colon with being an incubatingapparatus for hatching germs, they should not forget that the organ must first beabused by habitual overeating to make of it a nuisance, and when it becomes such,then the cause should be removed, not the colon. Surely an incubator will not hatchchickens without eggs--there can be no germination without friendly environments.
There has been an inexcusable tendency for the professionto bring its indictments against organs for any disease developed in them, tacitly,if not otherwise, accusing them of exercising a prerogative they do not have, namely,isonomy--independent action--power to break off or secede from the union of organs.This is not true, for on the maintenance of this union depend the health and lifeof the organism.
This idea of the independence of organs--that outside ofa few of the leading, such as brain and heart, a part or all of each can be removedwith impunity, and even the brain and heart are not spared at times--has caused thereckless slaughter of organs for the past half century, and especially the latterhalf of that time.
If it is true that the most insignificant bone in the humanbody has so definite a shape, size and mutual relation to the other bones of thebody, that it can be made the key to the mensuration of the entire skeleton, andthat a scale from a fish can be made to tell the unknown size of the animal to whichit belonged, is there a mind so illogical as to believe that an organism so organicallyinterdependently constructed can be outraged to the extent that modern surgery outragesit without seriously deranging the efficiency of the entire output, both mental andphysical?
Is there a reasoning power so blunt as to believe that sodelicately constructed a mechanism as the human body can be outraged by the introductioninto it of all kinds of chemicals and poisons without doing it harm?
The organs of the body are united into a unit by the circulatoryand nervous systems. These organs have an individual work to perform, namely, secretionand excretion, and they do their work well or not, depending upon their power towork--their power to function--and this power is furnished them by the nervous system,whose energy is secured from food of a mental and physical character. Man does notlive by bread alone; indeed, thoughts kill or make alive. Both physical and mentalfoods are indispensable.
There are volumes dedicated to the colon, and its pervertedanatomism, whose authors appear to be as innocent as babes in recognizing the truththat when the anatomism is wrong it is sequential to constipation and may becomea complication, but not a primary cause. Virchow, one of the most respected pathologistsof the last century, declared that most post-mortems showed evidence of disease ofintestines. Indeed, he declared it was almost impossible to find an adult whose intestinesdid not show adhesions. These findings of the celebrated German pathologist werelooked upon as an indictment against the intestines, charging them with delinquencyor outlawry; which opinion has led to fallacious treatment, based on the theory thatperverted anatomism favors retention of waste and this invites germ invasion--andthat bacteria are the cause of intestinal inflammations, ulcerations and adhesions.Indeed, with all the changing theories as to the primary cause of intestinal diseases,the therapeutics rest on the principle that the organ must receive special attentionapart from the organism, and the treatment must be directed to the intestine as anindependently acting organ. It is insisted that germs cause the fermentation; granted,but why is it that fermentation ceases when the bowels are empty?
As hinted above, there can be no independent organic action.Organic secretion and excretion, which are strictly functional and confined to individualorgans, can not be carried on without the consent of the nervous system. Food cannot be digested and conveyed to organs by the circulation of the blood without nerveenergy. Food is necessary for the continuance of life--nerve energy--but withoutnerve energy the food can not be utilized. It is obvious, then, that the most importanthealth consideration from the standpoint of immunization, or restoration after immunityis lost, is conservation and restoration of lost energy.
It is necessary, then, if nerve energy is of first importancein the upkeep of organic functioning, that the true state of the nervous system,as to its soundness and its ability to administer to organic needs, should be uppermostand always in the physician's mind when advising and prescribing for the sick.
It is quite generally conceded by all physicians, exceptperhaps those who are germophobic or neophitic, that no one develops a sickness untilhe has lost resistance. What resistance? Nerve resistance. Of course, we talk, ortwaddle, about white corpuscles (phagocytes), and the condiments (antibodies) thatwe sprinkle on the bacteria to make them palatable and tempting to the white corpuscles,to induce them to gluttonize on them or eat up the germs so as to keep the germsfrom eating us; but tacitly we are all united on the one point that disease is causedby lost resistance.
The bacteriologists have Nero and his show of lions devouringChristians skinned a country block, for they have organized a microscopic circus,menagerie and hippodrome, in which they have the phagocytes (white corpuscles) trainedto devour bacteria. When the white corpuscles or phagocytes are not hungry, or themicrobes are a bum lot, carrying perhaps a repugnant odor, the ring masters, knownas doctors, smear on the rejected bacilli a little opsonin--a condiment. This causesthe phagocytes--the lions of the blood--to have a ravenous appetite and they devourthe bacilli in large quantities. When the microbes are too shy, or too wary, themasters of the show spread a little tangle-foot, called agglutinin--an anti-bodythat is found in the serum of the blood of an ex-typhoid fever patient--on the bacilli;this causes them to come together and stick to each other, on the principle thatunited we stand but divided we fall. When this union is formed and a little lysinis added, the white corpuscles are induced to gluttonize again.
This savagery entertains the sporting element in the professionalmen of our time, but there are some drawbacks to a life of sport. One is that allplay and enjoyment palls on the players; and another is that the victim in whoseblood this show is pulled off cannot stand the wear and tear. It is true the germsare devoured, but the patient dies. Not all, but too large a percentage. In the UnitedStates for 1916 the death rate from typhoid fever was 13.3 per cent, against 12 percent in the Massachusetts General Hospital seventy years ago, before this bacteriologicalaggregation was dreamed of.
WHAT BECOMES OF THE FOOD TAKEN INTO THE BODY?
Food enters the stomach and bowels, and then it is subjectedto the action of solvents preparing it for absorption into the blood; after absorptionit is further acted upon by the blood itself, which, in a true sense, is one of themost important digestive organs, for it refines the food elements and prepares themfor cell digestion, the very last digestive process completing the metamorphosisof food into living tissue.
From the beginning to the ending of this process--from thechewing of the food, its solution and absorption into the blood, the transformationthat takes place in the blood, as it is carried by the circulation to the lungs whereit becomes oxygenated and decarbonized--is a subtle scheme of interorganic exchangeof products; the blood being not only a common carrier, but a purifying and refiningorgan.
Before going farther, the meaning of decomposition and toxinpoisoning should be explained.
More food is eaten than can be digested properly, or it maybe that the combinations are wrong, and instead of physiological, enzymic fermentation--digestion--takingplace, pathologic, or bacterial, fermentation takes place. The germs of fermentation--thebacteria or microbes, or organized ferment, that are everywhere--set up fermentationin carbohydrate foods, causing acidity; and decomposition in proteid foods, and putrescenceis a product of this fermentation; any and all of which when absorbed, or taken intothe blood, causes toxemia. Where there are enough digestive ferments--enzymes--theever-present germs (bacteria) have no power to act. When man is prostrate with disease--withthe evil influence of bacterial fermentation--then he should not eat; for his enzymicpower (power to digest) is already overpowered by germs, and to feed under such circumstancesis to encourage bacterial fermentation and toxemia. In acute diseases, from a commoncold to pneumonia on to typhoid fever, feeding complicates and increases the mortality.
To recognize germs as man's enemy is a mistake; if, theywere enemies they would not quit him when he is prostrate and refusing to take "goodnourishing food." When germ action is continued in disease it is when food isforthcoming in quantities that exceed enzymic power. Wounds, ulcers, abscesses, etc.,are kept from healing when the food intake is beyond enzymic control.
As a result of bacterial decomposition, toxin is formed,and when absorbed it poisons the system. Toxins are also taken in from without thebody. Any poison generated in the body or out of the body, and taken in, causes toxinpoisoning. Any stimulating drugs--namely, opium and its preparations, alcoholics,tobacco, coffee, tea--overeating, overwork, both physical and mental, overworkedemotions, etc., all stimulate and intoxicate, which produces enervation, and thisleads to toxemia by checking elimination.
Yes, I believe in germs (ferments, yeasts), and I believein enzymes (ferment, a digestive yeast built by every organized being). I do notbelieve that the presence of germs has any more to do with causing disease than theabsence of enzymes. Both these ferments are necessary to man's health and well-being.The enervation brought on by toxemia checks secretion and elimination, causes constipationand retention of other organic waste, which, joined with the toxins of fermentationand decomposition, prepares man for the affections or the diseases he develops.
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