Nature Cure eBook

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Cooling sprays or sponge baths whenever temperature rises.  Fever and inflammation must not be suppressed by cold-water applications, but kept below the danger point.  Neither ice nor hot applications should be used.  Wet packs followed by cold ablutions for elimination of systemic poisons.  Separate compresses over seat of inflammation, also at nape of neck.  Kind and duration of pack to be determined by condition of patient and object to be attained.  Injections of tepid water to relieve constipation when necessary.

IV.  Medications

No poisonous drugs, nor any medicines or applications which may check or suppress the feverish, inflammatory processes.  Homeopathic medicines, herb decoctions and specific nutritional remedies when indicated.

V.  Manipulative Treatment

Osteopathy, massage or magnetic treatment when indicated and available.

VI.  Mental Attitude

Courage, serenity and presence of mind are important factors.  Fear and anxiety intensify disease conditions, poison the secretions of the body and inhibit the action of the healing forces.  Do not suppress acute inflammatory and feverish processes by the power of the will.  The right mental and emotional attitude of relatives and friends exerts a powerful influence upon the patient.

Chapter XIV

The True Scope of Medicine

Anyone able to read the signs of the times cannot help observing the powerful influence which the Nature Cure philosophy is already exerting upon the trend of modern medical science.  In Germany the younger generation of physicians has been forced by public demand to adopt the natural methods of treatment and the German government has introduced them in the medical departments of its army and navy.

In English-speaking countries, the foremost members of the medical profession are beginning to talk straight Nature Cure doctrine, to condemn the use of drugs and to endorse unqualifiedly the Nature Cure methods of treatment.  In proof of this I quote from an article by Dr. William Osler in the Encyclopedia Americana, Vol.  X, under the title of “Medicine”: 

Dr. Osler on Medicine

“The new school does not feel itself under obligation to give any medicines whatever, while a generation ago not only could few physicians have held their practice unless they did, but few would have thought it safe or scientific.  Of course, there are still many cases where the patient or the patient’s friends must be humored by administering medicine or alleged medicine where it is not really needed, and indeed often where the buoyancy of mind which is the real curative agent, can only be created by making him wait hopefully for the expected action of medicine; and some physicians still cannot unlearn their old training.  But the change is great.  The modern treatment of disease relies very greatly on the old so-called natural methods, diet and exercise, bathing and massage—­in other words, giving the natural forces the fullest scope by easy and thorough nutrition, increased flow of blood and removal of obstructions to the excretory systems or the circulation in the tissues.

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