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Introduction to Toxemia
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The Causes of Enervation
"When once you interfere with the order of nature, there is no knowing where the results will end," was the remark made in my presence by a distinguished biologist. There immediately escaped from him an expression of vexation at his lack of reticence; for he saw the various uses I might make of the admission.
Jenner and his disciples have assumed that when the vaccine virus has passed through a patient's system he is safe, or comparatively safe, against smallpox, and that there the matter ends. I will not here say anything for or against this assumption.*
*Except, indeed, by quoting the statementof a well-known man, Mr. Kegan Paul, the publisher, respecting his own experience.In his "Memoirs" (pp. 260-61) he says, respecting his smallpox when adult:"I had had smallpox when a child, in spite of vaccination, and had been vaccinatedbut a short time before. I am the third of my own immediate family who have had smallpoxtwice, and with whom vaccination has always taken."
I merely propose to show that there the matter does not end. The interference with the order of nature has various sequences other than that counted upon. Some have been made known.
A Parliamentary Return issued in 1880 (No. 392) shows that, comparing the quinquennial periods 1847-1851 and 1874-1878, there was in the latter a diminution in the deaths from all causes of infants under one year old of 6,600 per million births per annum; while the mortality caused by eight specified diseases, either directly communicable or exacerbated by the effects of vaccination, increased from 20,524 to 41,353 per million births per annum--more than double. It is clear that far more were killed by these other diseases than were saved from smallpox.*
*This was in the days of arm-to-arm vaccination,when medical men were certain that other diseases (syphilis, for instance) couldnot be communicated through the vaccine virus. Anyone who looks into the Transactionsof the Epidemiological Society of some thirty years ago will kind that they weresuddenly convinced to the contrary by a dreadful case of wholesale syphilization.In these days of calf-lymph vaccination, such dangers are excluded; not that of bovinetuberculosis, however. But I name the fact as showing what amount of faith is tobe placed in medical opinion.
To the communication of diseases thus demonstrated must be added accompanying effects. It is held that the immunity produced by vaccination implies some change in the components of the body--a necessary assumption. But now, if the substances composing the body, solid or liquid or both, have been so modified as to leave them no longer liable to smallpox, is the modification otherwise inoperative? Will anyone dare to say that it produces no further effect than that of shielding the patient from a particular disease? You cannot change the constitution in relation to one invading agent and leave it unchanged in regard to all other invading agents. What must the change be? There are cases of unhealthy persons in whom a serious disease, as typhoid fever, is followed by improved health. But these are not normal cases; if they were, a healthy person would become more healthy by having a succession of diseases. (Toxemia explains this phenomena.--Ed.) Hence, as a constitution modified by vaccination is not made more able to resist perturbing influences in general, it must be made less able. Heat and cold and wet and atmospheric changes tend ever to disturb the balance, as do also various foods, excessive exertion, mental strain. We have no means of measuring alterations in resisting power. and hence they commonly pass unremarked. There are, however, evidences of a general relative debility. Measles is a severer disease than it used to be, and deaths from it are very numerous. Influenza yields proof. Sixty years ago, when at long intervals an epidemic occurred, it seized but few, w as not severe, and left no serious sequelae; now it is permanently established, affects multitudes in extreme forms, and often leaves damaged constitutions. The disease is the same, but there is less ability to withstand it.
There are other significant facts. It is a familiar biological truth that the organs of sense and the teeth arise out of the dermal layer of the embryo. Hence abnormalities affect all of them; blue-eyed cats are deaf, and hairless dogs have imperfect teeth. ("Origin of Species," Chap. 1.) The like holds of constitutional abnormalities caused by disease. Syphilis in its earlier stages is a skin disease. When it is inherited, the effects are malformation of teeth, and in later years iritis (inflammation of the iris.) Kindred relations hold with other skin diseases; instance the fact that scarlet fever is often accompanied by loosening of the teeth, and the fact that with measles often go disorders--sometimes temporary, sometimes permanent--of both eyes and ears. May it not be thus with another skin disease--that which vaccination gives? If so, we have an explanation of the frightful degeneracy of teeth among young people in recent times; and we need not wonder at the prevalence of weak and defective eyes among them. Be these suggestions true or not, one thing is certain: The assumption that vaccination changes the constitution in relation to smallpox, and does not otherwise change it, is sheer folly.
"When once you interfere withthe order of nature, there is no knowing where the results will end."
Interfering with the order of natureis a vast subject--one without end; but nature "comes smiling through,"except when overwhelmed. Health--good health--is a greater force than bad--than everyinterference--and can correct every evil effect that is not fatal, if the influenceis removed.
Stimulants, continued over a long period,cause a gradual deterioration, and finally, unless the habit is stopped, end fatally.Toxin is a stimulant and a natural product of metabolism. When the body is normal,the toxin is removed as fast as generated; but when any enervating habit is practicedbeyond the power of recuperation, the toxin accumulates, and Toxemia is established--whichmeans that the body has lost its protecting power. Now, if vaccine or any infectiongains entrance into the blood, "there is no knowing where the effects will end."
Toxemia throws light on this perplexingpoint. When an infection takes place in a person with normal resistance, creatinga vaceinia--a local skin inflammation--and pus-formation occurs, it usually endswith the healing of the abcess. If inoculation of smallpox virus is made in the Jennerianway, by inserting the virus subcutaneously--splitting the skin and rubbing it in--violentseptic infection takes place, causing death in many cases. Laws were passed in Englandmany years ago prohibiting this practice.
In toxemic subjects, a local infectionset up by the virus of sepsis from any source vaccination, a badly cared-for injury,a wound that fails to drain, an infected tooth, sinus, etc.--causes a septic feverof a malignant type, which is liable to end in death or in invalidism. A system badlyenervated and toxemic, has little power to resist; and when the blood is very toxemic,it is very vulnerable to the influence of any infection.
Where the infection is not so malignantas to overwhelm the system, due to the virulence of the infecting agent, or to theenervation and toxemic state being so great as to have destroyed resistance, thepatient may rally from the crisis and get well under the proper management. If, however,the management is bad, the patient may linger in a state of semi-invalidism for afew months or years, and finally die.
Mr. Roosevelt's illness and taking-offat least twenty-five years too soon was a pronounced type of such derangement. Thegreat and forceful man was pronouncedly toxemic. He was injured, as everybody knows,on one of his trips into the jungles. Infection took place, which probably wouldhave killed a less robust man. He returned home, and continued enervating habits,preventing his fine body from cleaning house.
Such cases can be brought back to thenormal, but never under conventional treatment.
When toxemic subjects are infected,the infection will never be eliminated entirely until enervation and Toxemia areovercome. Unless patients of this character are put to bed and fasted until eliminationis completed, then fed properly, and taught how to eat within their limitations,and unless they are willing to give up all enervating habits, there is no hope oftheir ever getting well. These subjects often develop tuberculosis, Bright's disease,and other lingering so- called diseases. Our federal hospitals are full of youngmen who will never get well; for Toxemia is developed faster than it is thrown ok.Scientific medicine is helpless.
Nature's order is interfered with byenervating habits until Toxemia is established; then a vaccination, or an infectionfrom any source, acts sooner or later as a firebrand in causing the most vulnerableorgan to take on organic change. The organ, however, has nothing to do with cause,and directing treatment to the organ is compounding fallacy. Types of such nonsenseare blood- transfusion for pernicious anemia; gland treatment for gland impotency;cutting out stones, ulcers, tumors, etc.
There is no question but that one ofthe most pernicious practices in vogue today is treating socalled disease with disease,and immunizing with the products of disease.
One of the first things to do to getrid of any so-called disease is to get rid of Toxemia; for it is this state of theblood that makes disease possible. Infection, drug-and food-poisoning may kill; butif they do not, they will be short-lived in a subject free frown enervation and Toxemia.Conversely, the poisoning will linger in the system until Toxemia is overcome; thenelimination will remove all traces of infection.
Syphilitic infection in a pronouncedlytoxemic subject is thrown into great virulency by conventional treatment. The infectionis the least offender of the trio. Add fear and wrong eating, and we have a formidablesymptom-complex, justifying all that professional syphilomaniacs say and write aboutthe disease. Remove Toxemia, drugging, fear, and vile eating, and there is littleleft. What there is can easily be thrown out by nature.
WE are builders of tomorrow, and we need not pay a fortune-teller--a doctor, lawyer, preacher, banker--to tell us what will happen to us tomorrow. "Nothing will happen. The inevitable will come. We shall inherit the fruits of today's sowing.