Diseases of Children--So-Called


    I AM frequently asked concerning inheriting disease. There is no such thing as inheriting disease. Nature has safeguards in every way possible through gestation and birth. Mothers may be abusing themselves in imprudent eating or overeating, overexercising, or allowing themselves to become irritable and emotional. The only way nature retaliates for being outraged during the pregnancy period is that the woman may lose the fruit of her womb; in other words, she will abort or miscarry. But stamping disease on a child in utero is against law and order. The placenta is the guard extraordinary at the portal of entry from mother to child. It is a filter and a neutralizer of everything that should not be carried through to the child's circulation. The powers that be safeguard the child, and the only thing it will inherit or does inherit is a tendency or predisposition to develop parental characteristics. However, there is no characteristic so strong in parents that it will be stamped on the child as an unavoidable development in its future life. Please notice I say not unavoidable under proper environments. The god of science builds perfectly when allowed to do so--under man's consciousness.

    If we would have our maƱanas come to us better and better, we must spend our todays in perfecting them. Tomorrow should not be the caprice of today's vagaries.

    The father should do his part by being a man under all conditions, and particularly concerning his treatment of the mother. Selfishness and egomania are boomerangs that return self-made menaces.

    It should be a very great relief to mothers, if they are branded by the profession as syphilitic or tuberculous, or with having any other so-called disease, to know that such disease need not be passed on to the child except as a predisposition to take on what diseases are peculiar to the family. When people become as intelligent as they should he when the profession begins to teach the people what their duty is in the care of themselves preparatory to child-bearing, and when parents will be governed by such knowledge we shall begin the evolution of a race of people that will be worth while.

    Disease there is, both mental and physical; but it is not necessary. It comes from ignorance of the laws of our being. Man has the potentials for ideal self-building--for understanding himself; and when he comes into this knowledge, he will cultivate health, and cease building disease and stupidly hunt palliatives and cures.

    Disease is willful ignorance, and cures are superstition when not knavish commercialism.

    No, we do not inherit disease, except in the form of ignorance, superstition, and knavish commercialism--the kind that Jesus kicked out of the temple (Matt. 21:12).



    What causes it? Enervation. This is brought on from excessive play, excitement, overindulgence, overeating, eating between meals, excessive starch-eating, becoming too tired from outings, neglect of two-hour nap after the noon meal, or anything that will use up nerve-energy, like long automobile rides or being taken to picture shows, circuses, etc.

    What are the first symptoms of indigestion? Nervousness, irritability, bad breath, bloated bowels, coated tongue, cold feet, constipation. Children are always irritable and cry easily when they have indigestion. They should be put to bed, with something warm to the feet. The bowels should be washed out with an enema of warm water, and the children should be kept quiet and without food until they are normal. It may be that within twenty-four hours they will be able to eat. If they awaken smiling and in good humor, and the breath is sweet, they are ready to be fed; but if they awaken crying, with pungent breath, with white lines around the mouth and nose, showing irritation of the stomach, or complaining of discomfort, the fast should be continued for another twenty-four hours, and the bowels should be washed out again before bedtime.

    This regimen should be continued until they are normal, if it takes several days. Do not be in a hurry to feed. The trouble comes from overfeeding, and nature must have an opportunity to get rid of the oversupply and the toxemic state which has brought about this condition.

    Then, when ready for food, the proper feeding would be a little fruit--orange juice, half water. This may be given every three hours. If the patient passes through the day comfortably, and rests well the first night after taking the fruit juice, the second morning the regular food may be given, giving only about one- third what has ordinarily been given.

    In one or two days, if all is going well, the amount may be increased to half as much as the patient is in the habit of eating. After that about the normal amount.

    Those who are taking care of children should recognize the symptoms that go ahead of indigestion. They are constipation, distention of the bowels from gas, excessive urination, and a gradual growing state of dissatisfaction. In a nursing child there will be white curds in the stools. The stools will be too firm, and this always means overfeeding; but, instead of waiting until the child is pronouncedly sick, its meals should be cut down one-half, and this amount continued until the bowels are moving regularly and the stools show a normal consistency. As long as there are white curds in the stool, the child is getting more food than it can take care of.

    During the hot months of summer, constipation is often followed by diarrhea. This is nature's effort at throwing off the accumulation in the bowels. Some cases will start with vomiting and diarrhea. The treatment should be the same. Put the child to bed with warmth to the feet. If there is distention and sensitiveness or pain in the bowels, hot applications are to be kept on the distended abdomen until all puffiness is gone.

    Certainly no food is to be administered until all indications of diarrhea are gone.

    Such cases need a few enemas to clear out the debris and relieve the irritation that comes from the acid state which always accompanies this condition.

    All the water desired by the child should be given when going without food.

    During the hot months, if a child is teething, the foregoing derangements may be followed by what is known as cholera infantum.


    "Doctor, will a treatment based on the Toxin Philosophy cure constipation? My baby is very constipated." The Toxin Philosophy which is nature's system, understood and applied carefully by those troubled with constipation will help them to get well and stay well, because nature, the great restorer, will help all who help themselves. The cure is not a faith cure as understood by the herd, but a cure such as has taken place from the beginning of time, and will continue in the same old way so long as time lasts. There is only one cure, namely, Remove the Cause, then health returns.

    What is a natural cure or "nature cure"? Learn what causes disease, then stop the cause and nature does the rest. "How is a layman to know what causes his disease when you say in your writings that the leading clinicians declare that they do not even know how or where to begin to search for cause of disease?"

    There are many so-called diseases (symptom complexes) that have constipation as a prominent or important symptom; this being a fact, it is not a question of how to cure constipation, but how to manage the various derangements--so-called diseases, or symptom complexes--that are characterized by constipation as one of the pronounced symptoms. It is important to know that constipation never exists as an idiopathic--a distinct personality--a thing within itself--disease. All so-called diseases are symptom complexes.

    The simplest type of constipation is found in the babe. Passing Enervation and Toxemia which are basic causes and omnipresent where there is any departure from the normal health standard, overfeeding is first, last and all the time the cause of constipation in children.

    Constipation in infants fed by bottle or at the breast, means overfeeding. Overfeeding will soon develop nervousness, restlessness, and a demand for more attention. Those children are fretful and cry easily. The bowel movements are delayed, they become reduced in frequency, from two or three movements in twenty-four hours to one, and the mother or nurse finds it necessary to use simple remedies to secure even one movement each day. Observing mothers, nurses, or doctors will have noticed symptoms of imperfect digestion for some time before real constipation has developed, namely, flatulency, more or less pain in the bowels, white flakes of curded milk mixed with the bowel movements. The amount of curded milk in the fecal matter increases as digestion is impaired until feces are more curded milk than other matter. At this stage the feces are hard, dry, and sometimes lumpy. This is an unfortunate state to bring about in a young child, and positively unnecessary, for the bowel movements should be watched and when the first sign of indigestion (small white flakes of curd) is observed, the amount of food intake must be cut down. If overfeeding is continued until the baby has developed gastro-intestinal catarrh, implicating the gall-duct and gall bladder, evidenced by bright yellowness of bowel evacuations to the extent of dyeing the milk curds yellow, it will require time and skilled nursing to restore health.

    Treatment: Oil and other laxatives are given, also suppositories and enemas of oil. Drugs for indigestion, gas and pain are given. Digestives are used to improve digestion, and changes in food are made often, on the theory that the food is disagreeing when it is quantity, not quality. All this doctoring is foolishness and unnecessary.

    A fast of one to three days, or until bowels are freed from milk curd, is the proper way to begin the treatment of so-called constipation in babies and young children. Give all water wanted, keep them in bed, warm and quiet. When the bowels are cleared of undigested food by enemas of warm water twice a day, and the babies are feeling comfortable, start feeding. Give the food that they are accustomed to eating but restrict them to one-fourth of the amount they were taking when they developed sluggish bowels. Stop water drinking. I do not approve of water drinking except during the time when they are fasting. Babies up to two, or two and a half years of age, should be fed every four hours--at 6 and 10 a. m. and 2 and 6 p. m., daily. No child should be fed or given water at night. When there is polyuria (excessive urination), water drinking must stop even during the fast. If, however, excessive urination is checked the first twenty-four hours of fasting, then water drinking can be resumed until eating is started again, then stop the water.

    When it is proven that one-fourth the regular amount of food is agreeing and being digested--the bowel movements free of curd--then increase to one-half. Drop the ten o'clock regulation food and give one-half a teacup of juice of spinach and orange with water; that is, give as much as the child will take of equal parts of orange and spinach juice with a like amount of water.

    When children are old enough to take vegetable salad pulp, run vegetables or fruit, or both, through a vegetable mill and if the mass is too coarse, then rub through a coarse sieve. For instance, run lettuce, spinach, tomato and cucumber (leave cucumber out unless fresh and crisp), through a vegetable mill--grind as fine as possible--add a little oil and a few drops of lemon juice. The proportion may be two-thirds of lettuce and spinach, and one-third tomato and cucumber. Give as much as the child will take.

    A fruit salad pulp may be made by running any fresh fruit through a coarse sieve. If impossible to get the fresh fruit, the evaporated fruits, prunes, etc., may be used. A fruit and vegetable salad pulp may be made by combining lettuce, spinach and berries--in winter fresh apples.

    The youngest child should never be fed oftener than four times a day, and never at night. The 10 a. m. feed should be fruit juice or fruit and vegetable juices until old enough to take the salad pulp; then when old enough to chew, they should be given as much salad as they want every dinner. Fresh, crisp vegetables and fruit are to be used.

    Constipation will never be experienced among children properly cared for, and properly fed from birth. Neither will they develop diseases "peculiar to children." They will not "catch" colds nor the epidemic diseases. They won't catch anything.

    It will be noticed that I did not increase the feeding after prescribing one-half of what the children were in the habit of eating at the time they developed constipation. Why? Because they were being fed twice as much food as they required. If they do not gain weight, increase the amount gradually, watching the stools for curd.

    A perfectly healthy baby will not be fat. It can entertain itself; will want to be put to bed and will sleep all night and wake up cooing and romping with itself. How different with the neurotic food-drunkard. It has restless nights, kicking off the cover; demands attention and wakes of a morning with a yell equal to an Indian.


    Grinding teeth in children always means irritation of the stomach and bowels. Children are fed irregularly and allowed too much of improper food mixtures. Such children should be fed according to instructions found in another part of this book, according to their age.


    Symptoms.--There is discomfort in the right anterior abdominal region. There may be a slight sensitiveness on pressure near the navel. The discomfort may have been coming and going for some time, and one doctor has suggested a possible involvement of the appendix; another may be quite sure of appendicitis; all agree that an operation should be performed. The operation is performed--of course it is; for you cannot beat the game of operating.

    Cause.--The patient is not any better after the operation--of course not. Why should he be? The operation did not remove the cause. Indeed, the medical wiseacres never gave any thought to cause. In this they thought to beat nature. But it cannot be done. Nature sent out her edict at the beginning of time: Cause must be removed to cure effects. There never has been an exception, and never will be, the daily behavior of the entire medical profession to the contrary notwithstanding.

    There never has been, and never will be, a case of appendicitis that has not been preceded by gastro-intestinal catarrh, with indigestion and distention from gas. The catarrhal bowels are sensitive, and, when distended with gas, there may be much or little pain. When the pain is great, few escape operations. But no cures are made. Those whom the undertaker does not get drift to the scrap-pile labeled incurable. To cure disease by removing effects cannot be done. It is a game which the best cannot beat.

    When an abscess forms, involving the appendix, the natural course, if not meddled with--examined and re-examined or burst by the examiner's fingers--will be a natural and normal opening into the intestine. Where the pus fails to take this course--or, to state it differently, where nature is not frustrated in her efforts at establishing drainage at a point of least resistance by getting rid of the pus accumulation through the bowel--it is because of malpractice by meddlesome examiners' "bull in a china shop" methods.

    Treatment.--To illustrate this point: About a year ago a mother brought in her arms to my office a boy about seven years old. She took him out of one of the hospitals, where the surgeons had declared that he must be operated upon at once. On examination, I found a walled-off pus-sac in the region of the appendix. I did not dig in with my fingers to satisfy myself just how large, or to satisfy a morbid curiosity in seeing how much resistance there was, etc. I palpated and examined very gently, and found a walled-off abscess as large as a goose egg. With all the physics, attempts at moving the bowels, and manipulative examinations, the boy was still within the possibilities of the disease ending in a natural way. I told the mother to carry her boy home. If there was a temperature amounting to 103 degrees, she must put ice on the abdomen; with a temperature less than that, she was to keep warmth to the abdomen and warmth to the feet. Nothing but water was to be given daily, without force, to clear the bowels below the cut-off. By this I mean that the swelling and distention had collapsed the bowels in that region, so that there was nothing passing down from above.

    I requested the mother to report every two or three days. I told her to let the boy rest without disturbance to be kept absolutely quiet in bed.

    I heard nothing more from the case for about two months. Then the mother came and brought a lady to see me, whom she had encouraged to come to get my advice. But, before going into any further conversation, I insisted on her telling me about her boy. I reminded her that she had not reported to me for further advice. Her answer was that he rested quietly, that she had followed the instructions to the letter, and that in about seven days after she was in the office he had a copious evacuation from the bowels, which was largely pus, mixed with blood and fecal matter. One or two movements had cleared the bowels out. I had told her that when the bowels moved well she might feed the child orange juice. She had kept him on the oranges for two days, and then fed him lightly for a week. And that was all there was to the case. I have seen many similar cases come to just such an ending. It is possible to have all appendicular abscesses end in that way by doing nothing scientifically. What is science? Truth.

    Meddlesome and vicious examinations are the cause of about all ills resulting from appendicular abscesses. Hundreds of cases come to my office every year complaining of exactly the same pains that they had before they were operated upon for the removal of their appendices. The truth is that they did not have appendicitis, acute or chronic; but they did have gastro-intestinal catarrh and the accompanying indigestion.

    What is the trouble? Gastro-intestinal catarrh. What is chronic appendicitis? Chronic gastrointestinal catarrh. The aggravating cause is excessive starch-eating. Operations for the chronic, and most operations for the acute, are malpractice. Of course, when vicious treatment and nursing, with meddlesome examinations, have caused an abscess to burst into the peritoneal cavity, it is a very serious affair. The abdomen must be opened, cleared out, and properly drained; and patients should be fasted during the time that the healing is taking place. A lack of understanding of the symptoms-complex diagnosed appendicitis is the cause of the frenzied haste and hysteria surrounding such cases.

    I know from years of experience, "watchful waiting," and let-alone treatment that it is not a serious disease, and that it is one which does not occur very often without officious meddling.


    What is in a name? Gastritis is inflammation or catarrh of the stomach. When the inflammation is of the small bowels, it is called enteritis, and when the inflammation is of the large bowels, it is called colonitis.

    Names confuse and are not important. A gastritis or catarrh of the stomach in nursing children is caused by overfeeding to the point of creating irritation of the mucous membrane. Irritation of the stomach, once established, becomes the point of Toxemic Crisis. (See "Toxemia Explained.")

    When a baby becomes enervated (see chapter on "Causes of Enervation" in "Toxemia Explained"), elimination is checked, causing Toxemia; and when the accumulation of toxin exceeds resistance, vicarious elimination takes place at any point of the mucous membrane made sensitive, as shown above, by indigestion or constipation.

    A gastritis or catarrh of the stomach presents the following symptom-complex: Before fever and vomiting begin, for a week or longer, if the mother had been as observant as she should be, she would have seen white specks in the bowel movements. This means that the food is not being digested well because of overfeeding. This sign will vary from small white milk curds throughout the evacuation, to an amount of milk curd representing two-thirds or three-fourths of the evacuation. When the evacuation is gray and of the consistency of putty, it is made up largely of undigested milk curd. The odor is a mawkish sour, and, unless corrected, the trouble will end in acute catarrh of the stomach, or small intestines, or large intestines, or possibly all at the same time.

    When the indigestion is confined to the stomach, the child is restless, irritable, and feverish. There is vomiting--at first of food, then of water and mucus, which may be slightly tinged with yellow. The crisis will end very quickly if food and water are withheld. There being thirst, mothers mistake it for hunger, and nourishment is given, which is a great mistake; for under such circumstances nourishment, or even water, will be rejected almost as soon as it is taken, causing more irritation, prolonging the sickness much beyond the limit of such derangements when feeding and water-drinking are stopped at the first indications of a sick stomach. Mothers should understand that nursing their babes when they are sick is not a kindness.

    Thirst may be relieved by enemas of warm water, which should be given two or three times a day until the bowels are thoroughly cleared out. By that time the stomach crisis should be about gone, if food has been withheld, as should be done in all stomach and bowel derangements. Where water is rejected, it must not be given until vomiting ceases entirely.

    A routine that should not be neglected in any and all sicknesses of babies or children of any age is keeping the feet and legs warm, and a wet pack to the stomach and bowels, keeping the pack warm with an electric pad or a hot-water bottle. Perfect quiet is necessary for a quick recovery.

    Where the mucous membrane of the small and large bowels takes on vicarious elimination there will be a diarrhea. When mucus is mixed with the bowel movement, the small intestines are involved; where the mucus comes separate or coats the fecal matter, the large bowels are involved.

    But why all the hair-splitting in so-called differential diagnosis? Suppose a clinical group has demonstrated to a mathematical point that an inflammatory area exists somewhere, anywhere, in the intestines--what is to be done about it?

    Wherever located, it is nothing but an effect. This is true of the catarrhal inflammation of any part of the intestinal tract of a nursing baby. Special treatment is not to be compared to a treatment directed to removing the cause.

    Treatment for any of the so-called diseases of the stomach and bowels: Give a fifteen-minute bath in a tub of water heated to 104 degrees F. Keep the child in bed, with heat to the feet and abdomen. If the bowels are constipated, use a warm-water enema before giving the bath. Positively no food. Give all the water the child desires to drink, if there is no nausea or vomiting. All excitement and noises must be avoided.

    Aside from carrying out these instructions, let the child alone, except to change its position. Sick babies and children are not to be taken up on the lap. Overmuch handling is not good for well children, and certainly is injurious to the sick. Rest and quiet, except to rub gently with the open soft hand when the child is restless, and withholding food until all discomfort--all symptoms of sickness--are gone, is an ideal, as well as a scientific, treatment, and the quickest way to full recovery. The program for the first day is to be repeated day after day until all symptoms have been controlled. Then break the fast by allowing the child to nurse one minute, if it has been in the habit of nursing five or six minutes; or feed its accustomed food one-sixth of the usual amount every four hours. If all goes well the first day of feeding, give two-sixths the second and three-sixths the third day, gradually increasing to the toleration point. Whenever there is the slightest indication of crowded digestion--such as crossness, irritability, broken sleep, thirst, undigested food in the excrements--miss one or more feeds; then give a little less food or less excitement.

    A child develops daily a given amount of nerve-energy. This nerve-energy may be used up by excitement. (See "Causes of Enervation" in "Toxemia Explained.") Anything that uses up nerve-energy weakens digestion. Then either the food must be cut down, or the cause of enervation must be discovered and corrected. The weather may be warm, yet the child's feet may be cold. No patient, young or old, will thrive if cold feet and hands are habitual.

    The temperature of the house should be about the same day and night. The fresh-air fanaticism has slayed its thousands, while so-called bad air may have killed hundreds. Warm, clean houses and beds are much safer than open, airy, cold, dirty houses. Keep sick babies warm, clean, and comfortable.

    Common-sense in the care of children is all that is necessary to keep them well.


    In the days of old, when medical knights were bold in the use of drugs for the treatment of "diseases peculiar to babies," the mortality was great. Some preparations of calomel--particularly the gray powder--calomel and chalk--and some of the lighter preparations of opium and morphine, were in daily use.

    The enervating influence of hot weather and improper care, and the poisoning from food improperly prepared, will often bring on gastric disturbances in children. If the child nurses the mother, her milk may be ruined as a food because of improper foods, work, and unreasonable marital demands. The milk of a mother subjected to such influences will surely cause a child to have stomach and bowel derangements, and, when the summer heat is intense, kill many by what is called cholera infantum (cholera in infants). The symptoms of this disease are intense restlessness, high fever, frequent vomitings, at first curdled milk, then water in which there may be specks of white resembling rice. The bowel movements are called rice-colored discharges, and are considered characteristic of cholera. The rice specks are small curds of milk.

    The whole aspect of the child is one of intense suffering and great prostration. The vomiting and bowel movements are almost incessant. In a few cases the prostration comes on rapidly, and death ends the suffering in a few hours. Those who do not die within twenty-four hours will often settle into a state of bowel derangement named in text-books gastro-enteritis (inflammation of the stomach and small intestines) or muco enteritis (catarrhal inflammation of the small intestines).

    Cholera infantum is indigenous to the Mississippi Valley and other parts of the country where the climate is hot and moist. It is a disease seldom met with in high and dry altitudes.

    Symptoms.--Vomiting and purging, with great prostration. Rapid drain of water from the blood through the stomach and bowels by way of vomiting, and frequent watery evacuations from the bowels, deplete the body rapidly and bring on fatal exhaustions in a few hours. Plump babies weighing fifteen to twenty-five pounds will sometimes lose half their weight in from twelve to twenty-four hours.

    Treatment.--Obviously the rapid drain of water from the body will make a strong demand, by way of thirst, for water to supply the waste. Warm water may be given--never cold; for the heat of the body must be conserved by keeping artificial heat to the entire body to prevent fatal chilling. A hot tub-bath must be used as frequently as appears necessary to relieve the pain and restlessness. Hot baths, by stimulating the surface skin--circulation, draw the blood from the mucous membrane of the stomach and bowels, and prevent, as far as possible, the fluid drain that takes place from the congested mucous membrane.

    Thirst is often interpreted as hunger, and the accustomed food is given. No greater mistake could be made; for food given under such circumstances becomes a rank poison, and millions of children have been killed from overzealousness in trying to prevent starvation. Even water is rejected by the stomach and bowels, and, when the vomiting and purging is at its worst, a teaspoonful of hot water may be given occasionally. As much as the child will take will aggravate the vomiting. The lips and mouth may be wet with a small gauze swab. The swab may be put into boiling water after using it, or a fresh one may be made at each swabbing.

    When even water is rejected, the discerning should realize how impossible feeding would be. Thirst can be assuaged slightly by keeping a soft towel, wet in warm water, on the stomach and bowels, retained by a binder. Keep the towel warm by using an electric pad, or a hot-water bottle.

    The hot bath cannot be stressed overmuch; for its tendency is to draw the blood to the surface, relieving the engorgement of the mucous membrane. It soothes the nervous system and gives a little rest. In desperate cases, the bath should be prolonged for an hour, and repeated as often as necessary to get as much relief as possible. Hot water should be added, and the cool run out. Keep the water in the tub as near 104 degrees as possible. The child should be watched closely. So long as the symptoms indicate that the bath is soothing, continue it. When the heart indicates weakness or when there are signs of oppressed breathing, wrap the child in a soft blanket and give fresh air, but avoid cold extremities.

    If symptoms improve, and the vomiting and purging grows less frequent, do not meddle, but encourage any improvement by perfect quiet. Do not, however, neglect warmth. As soon as the stomach will tolerate water, increase the amount given by slow degrees, until the child can take all it wants. Gradually reduce the artificial heat. Keep heat to the feet and abdomen. When the bowels are fully relieved, leave off the heat, rub with oil, and keep a dry pad on the abdomen.

    Feeding should not start until the blood-vessels and tissues have had their loss of water supplied. The blood has been dehydrated. When the water has been replaced, give of the accustomed food up to one-tenth the usual supply. If the first day's test-feeding is received kindly, the second day two-tenths may be given. Increase each day by one-tenth, until regulation meals are given. Then stop the regular ten o'clock feed, and give fruit or vegetable juices at this meal time throughout young child-life.

    When children have been carried through cholera infantum carefully, as directed above, they will not develop a gastritis or gastro-enteritis, which is supposed to be a sequel of the disease. This, however, is a mistake. The so-called sequel of the disease is caused by feeding too soon, or by overfeeding, medicating, etc.

    Few realize that enervated mothers impart enervation to their children. The following is an incident among many similar ones that have come within my experience:

    Fifty years ago I was making a professional visit to the wife of a wealthy farmer. Mr. Howard, the owner of one of the show farms in Illinois. I complimented Mr. and Mrs. Howard on their beautiful home and farm, and remarked that they should be very happy. This brought from both the confession that they were not happy, because they had lost seven beautiful children in infancy, all having died from summer complaint--a blanket term for stomach and bowel diseases of infants.

    The husband, after visiting with me for a while, excused himself, saying that he must give some orders to his foreman; but, before going, he invited me, when through with my professional call, to come out to the barn and see some of his fine stock, which I did. Besides other prize animals, he showed me a young Kentucky mare with foal by one of the greatest racing sires of that day.

    I saw a chance to point a moral, and said: "Mr. Howard, my horse needs a few weeks of rest out on your splendid pasture. Allow me to take this beautiful mare and use her while my horse takes a rest. I promise to take good care of her and feed her well. A little road work will give her some needed exercise." Mr. Howard looked at me in amazement, and replied: "My dear doctor, you don't know the consequences of what you ask! If her colt can stand on its feet at birth, it will be worth three hundred dollars. If you should drive the mare in your buggy for a while, the colt would probably die of scours." I said: "Mr. Howard, did it ever occur to you that you have lost seven children from the scours?" He dropped his head, knit his brow, and, after a short silence, came to me, took my hand in his, and said: "You make a fiend of me. How stupid I have been! I see it all now. I have allowed Mrs. Howard to kill our children. She is ambitious and has worked too hard."

    I was entertained in the Howard home twenty-five years later, and saw five splendid children. Mrs. Howard told me that they had never had occasion to call a doctor to prescribe for any of them.

    An enervated mother will impart enervation to her children. An enervated child has low resistance, and will give down easily from the depressing influences of hot weather, excitement, etc.


    It is difficult to write on the subject of rickets without including all deficiency diseases. And are there any so-called diseases that are not deficient in some way?

    My philosophy makes a unit of the whole family of so-called diseases. As surely as the body is a union of interdependent organs, so surely is the family of so-called diseases a unit, and the attempt to isolate or segregate specific diseases out of symptomatology causes the confusion that confounds diagnosticians at every turn.

    The deficiency diseases of childhood rest on one base--namely, perverted nutrition.

    Many children are the progeny of enervated, toxemic, and putrescence-infected parents. Children born of such parents have little resistance and quickly give down under the overstimulation of too much coddling, noise, feeding, and neglectful or ignorant care of the body. Young babies should have quiet. When kept quiet, they will sleep most of the time for several weeks. The childish custom of fondling young children, breaking into their rest and feeding too often, soon builds enervation, Toxemia, indigestion, and the inevitable intestinal infection. This state follows so soon afer birth that there is some excuse for thinking that the babies inherit disease. This is a mistaken idea. Children inherit predispositions and are born sensitized--or, as stated above, they lack resistance.

    Only a few weeks or months after birth find these predisposed children unable to appropriate building salts--not because the food which they take lacks the needed mineral elements, but because nutrition is impaired and they cannot assimilate them.

    Gould's medical Dictionary defines rickets in this way:
    A constitutional disease of infancy, characterized by impaired nutrition and changes in the bones, the symptoms being a defused soreness of the body, slight fever, and profuse sweating about the head and neck, and changes in the osseous [bony] system, consisting in thickening of the epiphyseal [ep-e-fiz-e-al] cartilages and periosteum, and a softening of the bones . . . deformities are produced. . . . Dentition and closure of the fontanels fail to take place. Nervous symptoms are often present, as feverishness, laryngismus stridulus, and convulsions. Liver and spleen are usually enlarged. The etiology [causation] is obscure--it has been ascribed to deficiency in the earthly salts, to defect in the osteoblasts [bone germs], and to micro-organismal [germ] infection.
    The cause, as in all other so-called diseases, is "obscure" to scientific. Hence, when everything fails to cure children, the profession falls back on boot-grease, fish oil, or the old stand-by prescription, cod-liver oil--a thoroughly disgusting remedy.

    I have given the cause of the constitutional derangement, dating it back to licentious and sensual indulgence of the previous generation, and, after birth, to our stupid customary care of children; to which I now add the medical delusion of feeding to overcome underweight.

    Tuberculosis is spawned in the same "constitutional" derangement, and the scientific treatment builds and perpetuates the already established enervation, Toxemia, and intestinal putrescence; or the "constitutional disease" is "characterized by that impaired nutrition," the same as all deficiency diseases. These diseases, so-called, present the same symptoms of nervousness, temperature, sweat, etc. The temperature of all these derangements is built in the same way; too much food in the intestines keeps up the heat; and those doctors are the stokers who insist on eating to keep up the weight.

    Rickets should be classed with anemia and all so-called diseases showing perverted nutrition. A normal child is able to get its cell-salts and socalled vitamines out of the ordinary foods of childhood. Animal life is capable of combining elements into whatever is necessary to build a normal body. I believe that this statement is, or should be, an obvious, foregone conclusion. Assuming this to be true, all that any child needs in the line of care to develop normally is to have a reasonable, rational amount of food and a reasonable, rational amount of daylight--not necessarily the direct rays of the sun. If sun rays were necessary, all children born in countries where they are subjected to six months of darkness should develop the so-called rickets.

    The profession appears to be weakening on its heretofore specific treatment for rickets--namely, cod-liver oil. It is now adding sunlight, lamplight, and vitamine to its previous specific, cod-liver oil. The vitamine delusion has been the headliner for a number of years. It followed close on the heels of the calory insanity. The vitamine insanity will have its day and join the calory delusion in the bone-yard of oblivion. Curing without removing cause is the profession's long suit; to beg the question is its joker.

    What is the real cause of non-development in children--be it non-development of bone or any other tissue of the body? A lack of power to assimilate the mineral elements of food taken into the system. The common example of this deficiency disease is anemia--not the anemia caused by hemorrhage from trauma (wound), nor necessarily the anemia caused by ulceration or submucous fibroid tumors, et alli, but a gradual decline of the manufacture of red blood-corpuscles from imperfect nutrition and failure to assimilate iron. (Feeding iron is not what is needed--power to assimilate is the need.) This is brought about from physical and mental impairment: an unhappy state of body and mind; lack of care; lack of cleanliness; sleeping in beds that need the sunlight as much or more than the child, and that need soap and water as much; lack of clean food fed out of clean vessels; and a lack of cheerful environments. All these lacks impalr nutrition.

    The chief cause of all deficiency diseases is overeating (eating beyond the digestive power) and failing to eat a properly balanced ration. Raw and cooked fresh fruit and vegetables should make up the principal bulk of the food eaten. During childhood, milk and bread round out all food needs. In deficiency diseases there is always overfeeding of starch (bread, cooked breakfast foods), and milk. An excess of starch and milk leads to constipation; then indigestion follows, with its acid fermentation and bowels distended from gas. The gas pressure interferes with heart action and the circulation of the blood, and the whole mechanism of nutrition is disturbed. Infection from intestinal putrescence (decomposition of milk) sets up glandular involvement. Milk, meat, and eggs must be carefully watched; for the animal protein is the source of putrescent poisoning.

    Rickets is not different from any other derangement in children. Children should have a reasonably good birth by mother and father who have reasonable health, and, if they are not overfed, nor too frequently fed of the foods that are supplied to all animal life, they will thrive. But the basic cause of all the derangements of early childhood is overfeeding. Nature hangs out a sign that he who runs may read--namely: If there is too much milk used, it will show in the stools, starting as small white flakes; and, as the overfeeding continues, the stools eventually will show almost curded milk. Sometimes it is hard to tell it from curded milk.

    Just what so-called disease will develop depends upon the child and its environment. Not all will develop the same symptom-complexes. Many of the children will die from bowel derangements. Many of them will die from the type of disease that is registered in the nomenclature as infectious and contagious diseases--the eruptive diseases. Deaths from the foregoing derangements are always aided and abetted by a treatment that is sometimes misnamed scientific. Doctors with the chronic doctoring habit aid these diseases in their development by beginning, at the first indication of indigestion, the changing of food, when it is not a change of food the child needs, but a decided cutting-down in the amounts of intake, even to the point of a few days' fast, so that the evil influence of an oversupply of food can be overcome; and then a return to the food that has been given, but n a very much reduced quantity.


    There are many kinds of parasitic derangements of children. When we are enlightened enough to separate children and animals--dogs and cats--and keep them from intimate association with each other, the human animal will be better off. This statement will not be very kindly received by dog and cat fanciers, and I suppose it is wasting my voice to dictate it. Most doctors and laymen have not the slightest conception of how many children are laid low by their intimate mingling with animals. Not being wise to this truth, not much thought is given to the subject. I once insulted a very loving father by telling him that his little four-year-old child had developed its liver and intestinal disease from playing with the family dog. The dog was very fond of the child, and vice versa. If the dog was not licking the child, the child was kissing the dog. The child died of hydatid cyst, which means Tenia echinococcas--dog tapeworm. The parasitic infection was developed from the child's association with the dog. It is a very fearful disease when once established, and it is doubtful if any case ever gets well. Just how many people are deranged, more or less, by their association with dogs and cats it is very difficult to say. The ova of parasitic diseases are taken in with food and association with animals.

    When digestion is normal--when the digestive secretions are one hundred per cent normal--parasites have no show in the human body.

    There is this to be said about disease: It comes from ignorance and filth. The human animal bathes little enough, and dogs and cats not at all. If it is impossible for the human animal to keep from developing disease because he is not clean enough, what are the possibilities among the lower animals? It is true that animals have evolved a toleration for certain parasites, both internally and externally, but when dogs die they die from parasitic derangements.

    Children kept in clean houses and fed plain, wholesome food, free from fear of all kinds, free from inoculations of vaccine and serums, and free from association with lower animals, should be ideally well. Children who are properly taken care of at birth will develop sufficient resistance to withstand a reasonable amount of association with animals; but children who are abused in their homes by neglect of bathing, and imprudent and improper eating, are made susceptible to periodic infection from animals. Children who are brought up in that manner are susceptible to so-called contagious diseases. An absolutely normal child will not take any contagious disease.

    What I have said above is rank heresy to the ordinary individual; but I manage to be on that side of the argument nearly all the time and all my life; so a little more or a little less will not kindle the flame of the pyre very much higher.


    When a child is troubled with worms, it is indicative of a weakened state of the digestive secretions. No child will be troubled with parasites unless its digestion has been badly impaired by being fed in an unreasonable and irrational manner. Wormy children are those that have been pampered and spoiled--coaxed to eat when they have no desire, and allowed to eat foods that derange their stomachs and bowels, such as bread and milk in the same meal, breakfast foods with sugar and milk, and eating cake, etc., between meals--in a word, irrational care along all lines.

    The best treatment for children troubled with worms is to put them to bed, keep them quiet, and give them lemon juice and water every three hours for three days. Start the treatment with an enema to clear out the bowels. Begin the fourth day by feeding lightly of foods recommended for their age in this book.


    Cold in a baby is not different from a cold in grown people. All colds rest upon a basis of Toxemia plus indigestion. The child becomes enervated in various ways. It is not necessary for me to enumerate these, because those who do not know them may read "Toxemia Explained" and the chapter on "Enervation in Children," and there learn what it is that enervates children. There is considerable in that line preceding this subject in this book. Anything that uses up nerve-energy enervates, and the child becomes toxemic because the elimination of toxin is impeded. Then, if there is overfeeding--which the stools will always indicate, because there will be undigested food passing --we have the cause of "colds."

    What is the "cure"? Clear out the bowels by use of enemas. Fast the child for one or two days--do not be afraid of starving it to death; allow it to go without food long enough to get rid of the undigested infecting material in the bowels. Then begin feeding, not more than one-half the amount that the child has been taking, and gradually increase to its toleration. How will the mother know when she has reached food toleration in the child? The child will act well and be happy, and the stools will not show curds, which are always an indication of undigested food passing from the bowels. If mothers would be careful to pay strict attention to this evidence of indigestion, and try to understand that it means overfeeding--not unsuitable food or that the milk disagrees--and correct it at once by reducing the intake, there would be very little sickness in children. It would bankrupt the manufacturers of baby food and depopulate heaven of babies; but we shall manage to get on somehow.


    Sore throat is quite common in children. When the tonsils are involved, it is called tonsilitis; when the larynx is involved, the child's cough will be croupy--this is named catarrhal croup; and when the pharynx is involved, it is named pharyngitis. But what is in a name"? These different names are given to catarrhal sore throat, depending on the part of the throat involved in the inflammation.

    The cause is gastric (stomach) indigestion, brought on from overeating, or improper eating; or the eating may not be excessive or particularly unsuitable, but the child may be enervated from excessive play, excitement, or anxiety in school work. It is common in children of low resistance--delicate children, children of neurotic parents--to have frequent sick spells. They will be sick at the stomach, or constipated, have a sore throat, or be croupy. Frequently these nervous children are put to bed apparently as well as usual, but often awaken during the night coughing, croupy, or vomiting, and by morning develop quite a sore throat or acute gastritis, vomiting frequently throughout the day, with more or less fever, pungent breath, and thirst, which later, if satisfied with water, increases the vomiting.

    Too great a variety of food is bad for neurotic children. Fresh bread or cooked breakfast foods are bad forms of starch to feed them; for their tendency is to eat too fast--they rush such food into their stomachs without sufficient insalivation. This induces fermentation, bringing about a continuous acid state of the stomach. If jam, jelly, syrup, or honey is eaten with the fresh bread, or if sugar and cream are used on the breakfast mushes, the sweets intensify the fermentation--acidity of the stomach--building catarrh of the stomach, chronic catarrh of the throat, enlargement of the tonsils, nasal catarrh, adenoids, etc. These children have the so-called catching-cold habit, which in actuality means that they have frequent crises of Toxemia. Such children are always more or less enervated and toxemic, resulting in crises such as are explained above with the various names--distinctions without fundamental differences.

    Sugar and too much butter, and the foods made by combining sugar, cream, or butter and flour together, are stomach-disturbers. Candy, chocolate, and sweets cause neurotic children lots of trouble.

    Children who are allowed to eat between meals, except an apple or a like quantity of some other fresh fruit when they get home from school in the afternoon, will certainly come to grief sooner or later. Eating between meals is a pernicious habit, and those who do so are children whose resistance is so broken, who are so enervated and toxemic, that they become easy--ready--victims of every so-called epidemic influence, which should be defined as: Any marked fall or rise in the temperature of the weather, or continued wet, dry, cold, or hot weather. Any of these changes adds, so to speak, the last straw--the last modicum--of enervating influence (to an already enervated and toxemic body) necessary to create a crisis of Toxemia. Just what character the crisis will assume, or what organ or organs will be involved, will depend upon what part of the child's organism is the most vulnerable. After feast-days or holidays, most children have been overindulged, and their stomachs rebel at the abuse given them. Possibly the throat is the most sensitive portion of the mucous membrane; it may be that the cecum and colon have been rendered vulnerable because of constipation; or other parts of the mucous membrane may be the most sensitive. The crises--the so-called diseases--will take place at whatever point (organ or tissue) has the least resistance.

    This is the reason why so large a number of children in a populous center, and their so-called disease, are so similar that it has given rise to the superstition named epidemics of colds, "flu," angina (sore-throat type), eruptive fevers, etc., etc. This is why the medical mind works overtime in perfecting its superstitions, such as contagion, germ influence, quarantine, vaccination, immunization, and, neither last nor least, fear, which when once started, adds the most potential influence for breaking down the community's last remaining resistance.

    So solid is the superstition built about epidemics, contagion, and vaccination that it presents a veritable Gibraltar against the walls of which rationalism makes little progress.

    No one is susceptible to the physical changes of environment, however extreme they are, to the extent of going down with the first contingent who fall before a so-called epidemic influence, unless he is enervated and toxemic. This is true of children also. Sharp physical changes enervate these already enervated beyond their resistance. A monotonous state of heat, cold, wet, or dry further enervates the enervated and forces them into a crisis of Toxemia. Parents who would have their children escape the so-called epidemics should build their children's resistance when they are well by giving them proper care before they get sick.

    If this is neglected, and the children get sick with sore throat or any other so-called disease, stop all food and wash out the bowels with warm-water enemas, night and morning. Give the child all the water desired, if there is no nausea or vomiting. Keep something warm to the feet. If there is any discomfort in the bowels, keep on a hot pack. Do not disturb the stomach and bowels by giving laxatives. Why give drugs? Why not get away from the superstition of curing disease? All that people need when they are sick is to stay in bed, keep warm, and let food religiously alone until the tongue is clean and the patient is absolutely comfortable. Break the fast by giving orange juice and water, equal parts, morning, noon, and night for the first day. If all goes well, the second day give an orange in the morning, vegetable soup at noon, and a little toasted bread and butter, eaten dry and followed with a cup of hot water and two teaspoonfuls of cream, for the evening meal. If all is going well, regulation meals may be given the next day, holding the child back so that it will not overeat.


    Tonsilar surgery is one of the little fads indulged in by the profession. In lieu of knowledge of how properly to advise parents to feed their children so as to avoid building the so-called disease tonsilitis--or teach them how to care for the children so that these little enlargements will be absorbed when once established, the profession removes these enlargements, leaving behind the cause, to work out dire consequences in the future in various forms of pathologies.

    Cause.--Children of the scrofulous or tubercular diathesis--in other words, those with an inherited tendency to take on inflammation of the lymphatic glands and tuberculosis--are more subject to sore throat, tonsilitis, croup, or catarrh of the air-passages than other children.

    These children, from wrong feeding, develop a sensitiveness to protein--protein sensitization. They have frequent gastric (stomach) crises. A little overindulgence on sweets, butter, sugar and cream, rich foods, ice-cream, and cake, with the usual starch and milk, will develop such symptoms as colds, catarrh, cough, vomiting, bad breath, fever, slight or severe tonsilitis, diarrhea, or constipation. These crises pass off in a few days; but the throat continues red, the cough comes and goes, nervousness and restlessness in sleep are common, and the breath is bad most of the time. These symptoms may be very light and infrequent in some children, while others will be very sick--develop gastric crises (bilious spells?)--three or four times a year. From the lightest to the most severe, there is tonsilar involvement. When not acute, it is subacute. The enlargement of the glands comes and goes. Sometimes the glands fill the throat, and in a week or two or three, under proper care, they are almost normal. Following a severe crisis, the inflammation runs so high, and gastro-intestinal putrescence is so intense, that the mucous membrane of the tonsils ulcerates. For the enlarged tonsils the surgeon says most emphatically: "The rotten tonsils must come out, or they will cause rheumatism or heart disease, or kill by infecting the whole system." The innocent man does not know that those two tonsilar guardsmen have "fought, bled, and died," defending the system from septic gas absorption continuously eructating from a "rotten" stomach. At this state of catarrhal evolution the pulmonary (lung) lymphatic glands are also busy taking up and detoxifying the infectious gases being thrown out through the lungs, and, unless successful, they too will rot. Then nomenclature declares that pulmonary tuberculosis has developed.

    Tonsils are guardsmen. The larger they are, the more work they have done in absorbing and detoxifying the infection being evolved from rotten food in the stomach and bowels.

    From the above it should be obvious that tonsilitis, and the diseases of the air-passages, are not primary diseases. These derangements are effects. The cause is overeating and vicious eating, resulting in converting the intestinal canal into a seething gehenna, in which decomposition dieth not and fever (infection) is not quenched.

    To cut out the tonsils in no way acts on cause. The operation has no virtue, except that the fee for operating feeds the self-deluded profession, and fools the people into believing that they are doing something for their children.

    The operation leaves parents as stupidly ignorant as before, and the children susceptible to the development of eruptive fevers, which are indigenous to this chronic gastro-intestinal status. This stomach derangement will never be normal until parents learn the correct care of their children.

    From the army of maltreated children are recruited victims for the army of the Great White Plague (pulmonary tuberculosis) every year. When catarrhal evolution does not end in this way, gouty subjects evolve rheumatism, as well as heart and bone derangements; yes, also rickets.

    Treatment.--First of all be it known by those interested: Never feed starch and protein in the same meal. The old familiar phrase that has been used time out of mind by the profession, "diseases peculiar to children," will be a thing of the past when mothers learn that said diseases are due almost absolutely and entirely to this error in diet. Of course, prominent physicians--those supposed to be authorities--will declare that this idea of not combining starch and protein is "piffle"; but, inasmuch as it is quite generally acknowledged that the cause of disease is not known, it ill becomes those who do not know the cause to dispute anything that may be advanced concerning the cause.

    A child that is having gastric crises--acute gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach--every two or three months, and from this cause feeding up a little tonsilitis, pharyngitis or laryngitis, must be fed very little for a week or two to overcome the gastric symptoms.

    A child that is suffering from gastritis and tonsilitis should be put to bed, and be given no food until the symptoms have subsided. If anything is given at all, it should be only a little fifty-fifty, orange juice and water until decidedly better, then give, for breakfast, orange; for lunch, as much fifty-fifty, milk and water, as desired; in the evening, the same. The second day, orange juice for breakfast; puree of some vegetable, and a glass of fifty-fifty, milk and water, at noon; in the evening, milk straight. The third day, toast eaten properly, followed with fruit for breakfast; cooked vegetables and milk at noon; milk and fruit for the evening meal. If all is going well, the child can be put on the full diet according to instructions for its proper age.

    During the stomach crisis the bowels should be moved by enemas until cleared out of any accumulation, after which no enemas should be used unless the bowels refuse to move for two days; then it will be necessary to use the enema again. Avoid, if possible, the enema habit.

    In severe cases, with a temperature running to 103 degrees F. or more, hot applications to the abdomen, heat to the feet, and thorough bowel-cleansing, with positively no food until normal. Then feed as instructed above.


    Earache may be due to a reflex irritation from teething, or to catarrh of the stomach extending to the throat, nose, and ears. Most earaches in children are brought on from catarrh. Many children have enlarged tonsils from chronic tonsilitis brought on from catarrh of the stomach. The throat inflammation extends through the Eustachian tube to the ear, and not infrequently an abscess will form at the ear end of the tube. Real diagnosticians with their X-ray discover blocks to all sinuses; and, of course, there is no way to get rid of blocks except to go beyond the block and open up the sinus and scrape it. This scientific maneuver reminds one of the philosophical darky who sits in the limb of a tree, in order that he may saw it off close to the trunk. Logically, there was nothing else to do. Don't guffaw at the darky, you wise ones! His logic is strictly in line with scientific surgery.

    Where an abscess forms at the distal (ear) end of the Eustachian tube, it is exceedingly painful and requires puncturing to allow the pus to escape. Is that all that should be done? No; get rid of the cause--catarrh of the stomach. As soon as the pain develops, hot fomentations to the ear usually bring about a certain amount of relief, and often relieve entirely. If no food is given, the inflammation subsides in a day or two.

    Where the earache is of a nervous character, due to teething, a little hot oil in the ear, and the ear closed up with cotton, will usually give the desired relief. Such children should be treated for the constitutional cause of catarrh which they always have.



    Catarrhal Croup is very simple, but very formidable at times, when septic. The simple is quite enough to scare the family and friends, and give the appearance that the child will surely choke to death. But if placed in a hot bath--having the water as hot as it is safe for immersing the baby--and kept there long enough, relief from the difficult breathing will be secured. It will be well to start the bath at about 90 degrees Fahrenheit; then add hot water, and increase the temperature to 101 or 102 degrees, if it appears to be necessary. While getting the bath ready, hot applications should be placed on the throat, and heat to the feet. When the child is relieved, continue the hot applications to the throat and feet. It may be necessary to empty the stomach, using a stomach-tube and warm water.

    Give the child no food for twenty-four to forty-eight hours, or until fully relieved--until there is no more croupy sound to the cough. The rule is that catarrhal croup passes away in two or three days. Many children will be quite croupy for one night, and apparently perfectly well afterwards. The cause of catarrhal croup is pronounced indigestion from an excess of starch or carbohydrate foods mixed with milk--breaking the rule I have recently given parents never to combine starch and protein in the same meal.

    Septic or Diphtheritic Croup is a disease of a very different nature. It means catarrhal croup intensified by a putrescent state of the intestinal canal. It is the so-called contagious croup. Comparatively few who are exposed develop it. The true cause is that the child has been developing gastro-intestinal indigestion for some time, until the organism is suffering generally from putrescent intestinal infection. This type of croup does not always start with such pronounced or formidable symptoms as ordinary catarrhal croup. The child will have a slight fever and putrescent breath, and a slight croupy cough. Indeed, such children will often show a croupy cough for two or three days and nights before dangerous symptoms show up. On examination, the stethoscope will show a bronchial involvement. When this is true, the writer has never known a case to recover.

    All that can be done is to palliate with quite hot applications to the throat, hot baths, perfect quiet--positively no food. The bowels should be washed out thoroughly with an enema. It is said, by those who believe in the antitoxin, that the injections of this so-called cure will save such cases; but the writer's experience has been different; and, inasmuch as he never has seen a case recover, he still is waiting for such a cure to take place.


Measles, Scarlatina, Diphtheria,
aricella (Chicken-pox), Variola (Smallpox),
Typhoid Fever.

    What I have to say concerning eruptive diseases will be more heretical, if possible, than my teachings concerning other so-called diseases. Physicians, and most lay people, will not agree with me that there are no contagious and infections, in the sense usually understood--namely, that normal people can catch disease by coming in contact with sick people; that, for example, if a normal, unvaccinated child comes in contact with one sick of smallpox or diphtheria, it will "catch" the disease. This belief rests upon the theory that came in with Jenner, and was clarified by Pasteur's discovery of the cause of fermentation.

    The germ theory cleared away the mystery of divine retribution--mysterious influences, witchcraft, and the thousand-and-one imaginings of ignorance and superstition, much of which still exists, and is found in high and low places; yes, it can be found conglomerated with some of the highest gray-matter development of our day--today. The belief is contagion, in the same sense that smallpox is contagious, is a modified form of the witchcraft of one hundred years ago. Typhoid Mary is a modern witch. She is made to suffer because of medical belief in an evil influence. Everyone once believed in witches; it was a disease of the mind. Such a belief is a libel on law and order. Yes, sir, such beliefs belong to sensualism and medical commercialism. The profession commercializes on the ignorance and sensuality of the people. It is a fatalistic belief, absurdly out of keeping with law and order. If health, happiness and long life are no'' the rewards for a wellordered life, then turn Beelzebub loose, and on with the dance of perdition.

    Drunkenness starts with the first indigestion in a child's life. From this first drunk, many children are scarcely over one debauch before they are plunged into another. These drunks vary in intenseness from a so-called cold, or indigestion, and different forms of simple catarrhal fevers, to varying forms of the eruptive fevers, the intensity of which is aggravated by the amount of intestinal putrescence. Every so- called disease is a form of elimination. Eruption means elimination of auto-infection.

    The several forms of these intestinal crises, or drunks, follow holidays or feast-days. The lightest drunks are named colds, "flu," tonsilitis; the heaviest, diphtheria. In those who eliminate through the skin (the eruptive fevers), the lightest form is called measles; the heavier, scarlet fever; the heaviest, black smallpox. When physical environments, local or general, are depressing - enervating to animal life--holiday and feast-day debaucheries are often followed by so-called epidemics of malignant types, with heavy mortality. When great psychological depression follows a world-crisis, such as succeeded the World War, an ordinary epidemic of colds becomes an extraordinary epidemic of "flu," from which the chronic food-drunkards, with enervated hearts from Toxemia, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea, died when medicated. Adding drug stimulation to a body already loaded down by an excess of stimulation gave the coup to thousands of "flu" victims.

    Speculating on germs as a cause of humanity's acute and chronic food inebriety, and the varying types of drunks above referred to, is an illustration of how medical gray matter can be built out of ignoring common, every-day experience and pedestalizing a remodeled superstition.

    All so-called diseases--pathologies--have been subjected to intensive study for the purpose of discovering their cause, which was assumed at the beginning of the study to be a germ. Failure is almost inevitable when a discovery is undertaken with a mind prejudiced by preconceptions. The mind's eye is made amblyopic by preconceived opinions. It cannot see the mountains of causes on every hand, because its vision is centered and pre-occupied in looking for one object to the exclusion of everything else. This is the only explanation why a profession with the resources of the "regular" profession is unable successfully to apply its knowledge at the bed-side. It cannot compete with the motley crowds of cults which are in league with the powers that be. Instead of overcoming them with superior skill, it must use force to hold back an opposition the virtue of which consists, wittingly or not, in combining its forces with nature's curative powers. Drugs, serums, officious nursing, and feeding have queered and will continue to queer the profession's most sanguine expectations, founded on its most scientific therapeutic data.

    Typhoid Fever (more a disease of adult life) is evolved by feeding and medicating acute indigestion and the treatment should be the same as for any of the foregoing so-called infectious fevers.

    How to Assist Nature in Throwing Off Disease. --Disease is a crisis of Toxemia; it is an effort to eliminate retained toxin that has failed to pass out because the body has been enervated from various influences. When a crisis is on--when a so-called disease is in activity the symptoms complained of are nature in the throes of cleaning house. If the patient should be allowed to rest without food, except water to satisfy thirst, given daily enemas of warm water to aid nature in washing out the bowels until the offending decomposition is removed, and also given a ravage daily if the tongue is coated, such aid, if not allowed to degenerate into an overworked routine, is helpful. To wash a child's stomach, however, is not always possible without creating too much excitement. When it does, it is a doctor's prerogative to conserve energy, and not waste it by officiousness. Pain, restlessness, and high fever can be relieved by warm or hot baths. The usual pain and discomfort of a beginning crisis can be overcome in a few days by the use of the above suggestions, after which perfect quiet, a daily bath, and warmth to the feet are all the nursing or doctoring necessary. Positively no food of any kind should be given until elimination is completed, which will be known by a clean, moist tongue, a cool skin, and a normal pulse in fact, until the patient looks well and feels well. Then feeding may start with fruit juice the first day; the second day, buttermilk for the noon meal, and fruit juice morning and night; the third day, fruit for breakfast, a lamb chop, egg, or cooked vegetables with a vegetable salad at noon, and buttermilk for evening.

    We overlook vital causes, looking for germs. We may study eruptive disease to the crack of doom, but the cause cannot be found in the disease. We are told in medical literature in textbooks--that eruptive fevers have periods of incubation--the periods of disease between the implanting of the contagion and the development of the symptoms. In the case of measles, this period is placed at two weeks, in scarlet fever, from a few hours to a week.

    Suppose you study the differential diagnosis, all the symptomatologies of all the symptom-complexes of all the so-called eruptive fevers, and you do not know how to treat them when you learn to diagnose them, are you any better off than when you began to study? No, you are not. It is better to know what to do, and what not to do for those who are sick of any so-called disease than to know how to treat names.

    A child takes sick; it coughs and sneezes; its eyes water; red blotches start on the face, then appear on the body. What are you going to do about it? Give cough medicine, use borax water in the eyes, and spray the nose? No, do not do such silly things! These symptoms mean that nature is throwing out toxin. Assist her, as directed above. Have you the foolish notion that there are many distinct diseases, and that there must be distinct and specific treatments?

    Disease means a toxic state, brought on from retention of the waste-products of metabolism (broken-down tissue). It is well not to confuse Toxemia with the auto-infection from gastrointestinal putrescence. As a matter of fact, few people are infected from constipation per se. The infection that is synchronous with constipation is caused by excessive eating of animal foods, including milk. When the intake of animal food exceeds digestive power, decomposition takes place; following which, putrescent poisoning, in the form of eruptive fevers, appears. Combining starch with animal foods is at the bottom of all fatal maladies; in fact, the builder of infectious diseases.

    At times these so-called diseases are so light that the eruption escapes notice and is only discovered by chance. For example, the glands under the jaw or side of the neck become enlarged from a past masked or slight infectious fever; or albumin will appear in the urine, indicating a slight foregoing infectious fever. When such symptoms appear, the child should be sent to bed, with heat to the feet, and feeding suspended for a few days; then he should be fed lightly until the symptoms are overcome. This care neglected may result in suppurating glands and chronic infection of the glandular system, ending years (more or less) afterward in pulmonary tuberculosis or kidney disease. The ear trouble may end in chronic otorrhea; and the albumin in the urine may end in chronic kidney disease.

    The use of names to distinguish so-called diseases (symptom complexes), is to keep from confusing readers. As a matter of fact all so-called diseases are fundamentally a unit study Toxemia Explained.

    Toxemia makes it possible for a food debauch to end in eruptive fevers, and infectious complications that accompany or follow.

    A hundred per cent nerve-efficiency keeps toxin in the blood down to the normal amount. This means that the body is immune to putrescent infections. When a food debauch, or an accidental ptomaine poisoning, takes place, the poison may be thrown off quickly, and the victim returned to health in a few days; but if eating is resumed before the poison is thrown off, death may be the penalty. When enervation is great and Toxemia profound, a crisis may be induced by intestinal putrescence. Under such circumstances, the system is taxed to the limit in its effort to eliminate the accumulated poison--the skin, kidneys, intestines, and lungs are taxed to the limit. All the work of the body is suspended, and all reserve power is centered on elimination. There is no digestion. To feed is equivalent to throwing a monkey-wrench into the machinery. To know how to do nothing scientifically is the most profound wisdom. What can drugs do? Shock the nervous system. The shock may throw the balance of power on the side of death. When putrescent infection runs riot, presenting malignancy, it is because resistance is low, enervation pronounced, and the blood greatly toxemic.

    Unity of Disease.--All so-called diseases are one. You think infectious diseases must be treated differently from common fevers? This belief in the individuality of disease has been a stumbling-block to medical progress, and will continue to be until the unity of all disease is recognized.

    Enervation, checking elimination from the blood, causes Toxemia. When the toxin accumulation rises above toleration, a crisis is established. These crises are the simple so-called diseases. When crises are complicated by infection from putrescence in the bowels, we have so-called infectious diseases.

    Without gastro-intestinal putrescence in a toxemic subject, there can be no eruptive fevers. Keep the body free from infection autodeveloped, and all disease will be sidestepped.

    Every child is prepared by fond, overindulgent parents for all the sickness it will have in its childhood. Health is the heritage vouchsafed by the gods for every child. If the child does not have health, stupidity reigns in the household.

    Parents enervate themselves before marriage in their effort to "keep up with Lizzy"--keep pace with modern life and their children are born with low resistance. As nutrition is the most important function of child-life, the child born with lowered resistance has not the digestive power of more fortunate children. Many modern mothers cannot nurse their babies. This necessitates artificial feeding, which is simple enough to understand, but does require some knowledge and careful technique. Carelessness in care of bottles, in the quantity and quality of milk, and, too often, in general cleanliness of the body and its environments ends in sickness. Unfortunately, there is a popular belief that baby-feeding means excessive feeding, and that only fat babies are healthy babies. Everything else being equal, the fat baby is the one that gets sick, and the one that develops intestinal protein putrescence, manifesting in diphtheria or one of the eruptive types of fever. One of the greatest mistakes in child-feeding is that of feeding milk and starch in the same meal.

    Elimination of putrescence by way of the skin is peculiar to overfeeding in child-life. However, we do see eruptive fevers in grown-up people. Surface elimination is a comparative measure. Mortality in eruptive fevers would be much greater if the lungs should be selected as the point of exit of intestinal infection, instead of the surface of the body. In every epidemic, those cases that develop lung complications are always seriously sick. When they do not die, disagreeable sequels may develop, such as a cough, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, nephritis, sinusitis (inflammation of a sinus), inflammation of the lymphatic glands of the neck, ear, and back of the ear--commonly called "lump"; swelling under the jaw or ear, or on the side of the neck; or grandular enlargement--mastoiditis (inflammation of the mastoid cells)--is not uncommon. For the treatment of these diseases, operations are too often performed. Parents who are as phobic as the medical profession concerning the need of feeding the sick must go the limit. If they persist in feeding when sinuses and glands are infected, pus will form, and an opening must be made for drainage. If food is withheld, infections will resolve and health return without pus forming; but I do not advise food-drunkards to wait until the eleventh hour to cut out feeding. I have seen resolution take place in antrum infection after the X- ray showed pus--that is, after a half-dozen to a dozen doctors had so interpreted the X-ray shadow.


    Mumps is an inflammation and enlargement of the parotid glands, situated below the ears and behind the angles of the jaw. Great swelling produces a stiffness and soreness, and sometimes severe pain. If the mother wishes the child to recover quickly, she should put it to bed, and fast it until the swelling has disappeared. Then feed according to the instructions for children of its age in another part of this book.

    If food is given at all during the sickness, it should be confined to a little fruit or fifty-fifty. A fast is best. If orange juice creates pain, as acids usually do in such cases, a fast is best until the inflammatory state is passed, which will be evidenced by the disappearance of the swelling, soreness and pain.


    Children with "'colds,'' if fed and otherwise maltreated, will often develop pneumonia or bronchitis. What is pneumonia? It is a catarrhal state of the lungs brought on from putrescence in the intestines. What, in fact, is the symptom-complex named pneumonia? According to scientific medicine, "pneumonia is an acute disease most often due to a specific micro-organism, the pneumococcus. Besides this particular microbe, the streptococcus and the staphylococcus pyogenes may be the cause." This means that pneumonia is often caused by pneumococci, or it may be caused by the above-named bacilli coming from typhoid fever, or some other derangement that causes ulceration. The general understanding, however, is that simple pneumonia is caused by the germ pneumococcus. The whole germ theory can be dismissed with the one word "piffle."

    Years of observation and "watchful waiting" have convinced me that in pneumonia the lungs are requisitioned as the organs to do vicarious eliminating for the regular eliminating organs, which have been put out of commission. (See "Toxemia Explained.") A child develops Toxemia in the regular way. To this state, infection from the stomach and bowels is added--indigestion has continued until the protein of the milk has taken on a state of decomposition. Then, in children predisposed to lung troubles, there will be developed pneumonia or a bronchitis. There is very little difference between pneumonia and bronchitis. The air-cells are involved in pneumonia, and the bronchial tubes in bronchitis. Both come from the same cause and should be treated the same way.

    What is the treatment? Stop food, wash out the bowels, and keep the child away from food until the intestines are cleaned out, the temperature normal, and the breath free of odor. If there is severe cough and much filling-up or stuffing-up of the lungs, and oppression in breathing, give hot tub bath to full relief as often as necessary; rub hot oil on the chest and cover with a layer of cotton. This is about the only local application necessary. The main cure (if we desire to use that term) is to keep the feet warm and bowels cleared out, withhold food until the cause gastro- intestinal fermentation and decomposition--has been entirely overcome. Then feed very lightly of the accustomed food, after giving diluted orange juice for two or three days.


    Infantile paralysis is technically called Acute Infectious Poliomyelitis, from polio (gray matter) and myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord). Children subject to this disease are born of neurotic (nervous) parents. No 100-per cent child will develop it. It is declared to be contagious, but, as in the case of many other contagious diseases, the time will come when the profession will change its opinion, as it did on yellow fever. Twenty-five to thirty years ago quarantine for yellow fever was enforced by the shotgun. Today the best physicians do not believe in the contagiousness or infectiousness of yellow fever. There is only one way now to contract yellow fever, and that is by having it hypodermized into the individual by a mosquito. In the medical world there will have to be made a tremendous change concerning belief in contagion and infection in the next ten years. I nearly said the next twenty-five years; but things medical are moving, and old ideas concerning germs, infection, contagion, etc., are slowly but surely passing into oblivion.

    In infantile paralysis there is no immunization except health; but neurotic families, as well as all other families, should feel the great importance of giving their children the best possible advantage by way of dietetic and hygienic education. Within another ten years the demand throughout the world will be so great for education on diet and hygiene that these subjects will have to be taught in the schools, instead of, as now, teaching bacteriology and immunization by way of vaccination, serums, tests, etc., and removing the throat sentries--the tonsils; all of which practice breaks down natural defenses.

    In fact, there is but one immunization, and that is health. This being true, it will not take many years for intelligent people to repudiate socalled immunization, and demand education in the line of child-training. The standard will be health, not weight, measurements, or vaccines.

    Prevention by way of building health for the disease known as infantile paralysis is the only immunity. Prevention of the disease is the only cure, for when a child develops infantile paralysis it is too late to reach it with vaccines, drugs, diet, or anything that might be supposed to be beneficial to a sick child. Often parents do not know when a child is sick with this disease until it is paralyzed. Many doctors are called into such cases, and find the paralysis already developed. The premonitory symptoms--or, rather, the early symptoms--are liable to pass unnoticed. A state of malaise, a slight fever, perhaps a fretfulness--just the impression that the child is not feeling well--will often be the warning for laymen; and perhaps these symptoms may not be sufficiently pronounced even to make any kind of a diagnosis possible. When a child's limbs are paralyzed, that means that the deadly work of the disease has been accomplished. There is no treatment that will benefit the child, except the kind of treatment that it should have had during its lifetime--namely, a correct dietary and hygiene.

    The foregoing may be very discouraging to mothers, keep them apprehensive, and perhaps lead them to feel that every time the child is complaining it may develop infantile paralysis, especially if the disease is being advertised all over the country, as it has been during the past year. If every disease would treat the human family as infantile paralysis treats it, the people would be forced to "lock the door before the horse is stolen," or give children decent care and attention before they come down with sickness. The average carelessness in regard to the health of children is criminal. Parents have been educated to believe that all they need to do is to have their children vaccinated and immunized in various ways, and have the tonsils and adenoids removed, etc.; but, as hinted above, the time will come when the people will demand of their doctors to be taught how to feed children. The doctors who are making fun of Tilden and his proscription of bread and milk will not be able to teach parents how properly to care for their children, and such families will pass into the hands of physicians who will.

    For the benefit of my readers, I will say that about all the treatment which is given to cases of infantile paralysis is superfluous and of no worth to the child, and the patients are extremely lucky if they are not damaged by much of the treatment.

    There are very few parents who will be willing to fold their arms and do nothing for a paralyzed child. I would not advise them to do nothing, but I would advise them to learn how to feed and care for their children so as to build up as much resistance as possible in such cases. But most of the treatment that parents demand is in the line of attempting to restore strength and vigor to the paralyzed limb. To all such people I will say: Every dollar you spend in trying to restore a paralyzed limb is thrown away. Instead of paying out a great deal of money for years on these paralyzed cases, that amount of money should be put on interest, so, that, if a time comes when the child must be thrown on its own resources, it will have a little income. I have known families who kept themselves poor going from doctor to doctor, regular and irregular, often getting encouragement by being made to believe that a certain line of treatment would or might result in a cure, and if not, then a great betterment. But disappointments follow disappointments; for there is absolutely no hope of restoring a dead nerve.

    When the contractual stage arrives, which it does in all cases, the patients may require a little mechanical help. Orthopedic surgeons can often prevent pronounced deformities, or give a little relief in cases where the deformities have already developed; but this is not a curative treatment in any sense of the word. It is purely mechanical, and given for the purpose of keeping the body from being painfully distorted. Sometimes the paralysis will affect only the foot, or possibly from the knee down or from the elbow down. When the contractural stage sets in, the foot will be drawn out of shape and drawn to such an awkward position that it interferes with the child's locomotion. Under such circumstances, the tendons which are drawing so intensely require a little surgery to help straighten them, and have an apparatus--splint or support--fitted on to keep the foot as straight as possible.

    Parents who read this way well say: "Of what use is this article? You don't give any encouragement. You write in a pessimistic way. You do not believe in prevention or cure." I have written the above concerning prevention but the majority of people do not care to go through a prevention that means self-denial for themselves and their children--a correct body-building by living a correct life.

    Children who belong to neurotic parents should be taught to sleep after the noon meal. They should be in bed early and get up late. When they show nervousness by inability to keep quiet, or show nervousness from their shouting, hysterical actions, and being overexcited in play, they should be sent to bed and rested for two or three days.

    The school requirements of today tend to develop nervousness and build the neurotic temperament. Children are urged and pushed and crammed, and as a consequence they are worn out. Children belonging to the neurotic temperament should be watched. When the teacher finds children getting too nervous to do good work in school, or when they are showing the strain of school work, she should have a perfect right to notify the parents that such children should be kept at home and in bed for two or three days.

    All children should be taught the correct food combinations. Those who want to know the best way to feed children should read this book carefully, our "Cook Book," "Toxemia Explained" and learn how to live for health.

    As a last suggestion, when there is an epidemic reported in different parts of the country, parents with children who cannot be said to be 80 to 90 per cent well should keep them at home from school and make them spend at least half of every day in bed; and the other half should not be spent on the streets, at picture shows, or in exciting entertainments. Children will become excited in play; but after they have had a reasonable amount of childish pleasure it should be broken up. Do not wait until the child is worn out to take it away from play or school.

    Children of neurotic parents should not be allowed to take any extra work when going to school. If they keep up with the school work, they are doing all they should.

    See that these children are not eating anything and everything between meals--not even the school lunch; and, until the schools quit issuing starch and milk to children, see that your children do not eat anywhere except at home. Someone will ask if I do not believe in milk. I do, but not with bread. Fruit and bread in the morning, or milk and fruit; bread and a combination salad at noon; and all the milk they want in the evening, with cooked or raw. vegetables. This is a good general plan for feeding children. They get all the variety of food they need, and, if fed in that way, those with a white line around the nose and mouth will lose it. This line indicates irritation of the stomach, improper eating, improper food combinations, and eating between meals. It indicates gastric catarrh. Children with this sign should stay in bed until well.

    No doubt there are people who believe that there is a certain percentage of cases of infantile paralysis that are cured. I am with this disease as I am with bronchial diphtheria: I have never seen a case of bronchial diphtheria get well, and I never expect to. I expect cases of catarrhal croup to get well, even when they appear worse--make a greater symptom show than diphtheritic croup. When anyone shows me a case of infantile paralysis that has recovered, I am going to show them a case that was mistaken for infantile paralysis. When we have functional paralysis, all should get well. Infantile paralysis is organic destruction, and is positively incurable. 

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