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What is the Cause of Disease

Problems like coughs, colds, fever,  constipation, fatigue, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, indigestion, acidity, rashes, boils etc are so much a  part of our daily life that we have accepted them as normal. They are not considered diseases or problems,  and in fact just because you suffer from them, does not indicate that you in bad health  that is conventional wisdom. And what causes these problems? A variety of reasons- germs, viruses, bacteria, change in the weather  in short anything outside you that you can transfer the blame to. And how does one handle these problems? That's simple  pop a pill and kill the germs that caused the problem. And it works, right. So the whole theory is substantiated. Is this correct? Perhaps, But hygiene takes a different view.

According to Natural Hygiene, germs do NOT cause disease. At most they complicate them, make it worse but they are not the ORIGINAL cause. A good example is if you have garbage lying around the house, flies will accumulate around it. These flies will bring further problems. But are the flies the cause of the garbage? Is the garbage there because of the flies, or is it the other way around? We have unfortunately put the cart before the horse.

Here are two simple proofs of the facts that germs, viruses and bacteria are not the principal, original cause of disease:

(1) If this were indeed the cause, if two people are exposed to the same problem, the same germ, the same food etc, then both should fall sick. Our common experience shows that this does not happen. Two people have exactly the same thing  one falls ill and the other stays healthy. How does this happen. Traditionally, this is explained away by saying that the immune system of the person who did not fall sick was stronger. Well in that case, does it not make sense to keep the immune system strong so the body does not fall prey to disease? So if this is done, germs will never be able to get the better of the body. And one way to do this is by following the principles in this site.

(2) Let us say you fall ill. Say you have a cough, cold or fever. Now, as any practicing Natural Hygienist will tell you, under these conditions, he or she will simply go to bed, take rest and stop eating. And usually the problem goes away in one, two or three days. The person is healed, or cured. How did this happen?

According to conventional wisdom, the immune system of this persons body was weak  or at least not strong enough to fight off the germs. The germs got the upper hand, defeated the body's defences, and the person fell sick. Now here is when the medicines are required, to kill off the germs so the body can get healthy again.

But here quite the contrary happens. You have a person's body, which has been compromised, the immune system defeated, the germs ascendant. Now, not only does this person NOT take any medicines to kill the germs, but instead, goes to bed, and Horror or horrors, STOPS EATING. This will surely make the person weaker, less able to resist the germs on the rampage. The germs have allready won the battle, made the person sick, now they will surely win the war. The person will get worse as the germs attack and destroy the body until he falls more seriously ill and dies.

But what happens is quite the opposite. The person actually recovers and gets well. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? How did the body, weakened and overcome by germs, and which got the disease, now further weakened by stopping all food intake, become able to fight of the germs and recover health?

Modern medicine has no answer. The traditional way of an acceptable theory is  that it has to explain all facts. If there is one fact it cannot explain, the whole theory falls apart. And this is what is happening to the germ theory and consequently the medicine theory.

Just imagine, if germs do not cause disease, as is commonly believed, and if the body can heal itself without any external help, then what is the reason for the existence of the huge pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession? But nobody asks these questions, and the vested interests keep the truth away from sight.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In most cases of acute illnesses, staying in bed, and stopping of food will result in the symptoms and pain lessening and eventually going away. But this has to be kept under careful observation. If there is a lot of pain, which is very difficult to bear, bleeding, or any other symptom which look serious, or problematic -  which prevents the person from staying in bed with minimum discomfort, seek medical attention immediately. Different persons have different thresholds of pain which they cannot bear, and hence need medical attention. Also, whether you will go in for conventional medical treatment or the hygienic method depends on the situation..

For infants and small children, extra caution and care should be exercised.. It is difficult to make them fast. Often they cannot tell you exactly what is going on. Here an opinion from doctors should be sought as soon as possible- and definitely so if the problem does not go away in 2-3 days.

The following is an illustrative list of situations when IMMEDIATE conventional medical/surgical care is  necessary. Do not play games or do "trial and error" here.
*  Splinting/casting of severe bone fractures.
* Cardio-pulmonary emergencies.
* Organ failure emergencies; liver, kidney, etc.
* Severe shock; hypovolemic, anaphylactic, etc.
* Extended anoxia due to severe acute asthma, grand mal seizure, pneumothorax, etc.
* Severe dehydration due to vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
* Reconstructive surgery - cleft palate, defects or patent ductus arteriosis of the heart, other congenital defects, injuries, etc.
* Elective surgery - cataracts, unstable chronic hernias, late stage prostatic hypertrophy, unresolved abscesses.
* Obstetrics - life or death emergencies
* Severe Diarrhea (lasting for more than a couple of days), or eczema, pyoderma, skin infections etc
* Traumas/ bites/ wounds causing life or death emergencies.

In these and similar cases, Medical attention and drugs may well be  required to resolve the immediate problem, relieve the pains and symptoms, stop the bleeding, infection etc. These should not be held back but administered at the earliest. But once the problem has been taken care of, hygienic care of the body has to be resorted to - otherwise the problems will recur.

In practice, only a small percentage of cases will fall into the categories above requiring immediate medical attention - and these will be fairly obvious. In the vast majority of cases, the hygienic method works out much better. Why?

If the conventional theory of disease, germs and medicine is wrong, what is the alternative theory that explains it all?  Hygiene has an answer. The Hygienic view is quite radical and dramatic.  It has three components:

- The Theory of Unity of disease
- The Theory of Unity of cause of disease
- The theory of Unity of cure

The theory of unity of disease
Briefly, this states there are no different diseases  like cough, cold, fever etc. There is only one disease  dis-ease. This disease manifests itself in different people in different ways  as a cough, cold, fever etc. But basically it is just one disease, showing up in different ways. If the body is not allowed to handle and overcome the disease, then it comes back, later, more seriously  as ulcer, pneumonia, gastritis etc  so called chronic disease. And then finally it becomes degenerative disease like cancer.

SO what hygienists talk is about the disease continium. And what begins this whole thing? In one word, Toxeamia  or accumulation of toxins in the body beyond its tolerable limit.

In our normal day to day life, as part of metabolism, a lot ot toxic products are created. These wastes are eliminated every day and we stay healthy. However, this process takes energy (nerve energy) and if for any reason if there is a shortage of nerve energy, this elimination process is hampered and toxins build up in the system. Once the level of toxins goes beyond the body's tolerance level, it initiates the process of disease, to eliminate the toxins. So when you have a cold, a running nose, a diarrhea, the body is actually eliminating toxins. Once the toxins are eliminated, the body stops the disease process and health returns.

So disease, far from being caused by malignant germs, is a healthful process  ie  it facilitates a return to health. And far from being controlled by germs, disease is a process intiated, controlled and terminated by the body.

Now if we let the body alone to do its job  by going to bed, resting, and not putting in any food in our stomachs, thus relieving the body of the heavy burden of digestion, the body recovers quickly. But what do we do? We put medicines and drugs inside  which are generally toxic and inorganic substances.

There is no doubt that drugs and medicines are harmful. No one in his right mind will take drugs and medicines if they are well. It will make them sick. Will no one stop to ask, how can something that makes a healthy person sick, make a sick person healthy?
Everything in nature has some properties. If something is healthy, it is healthy for everyone as a rule. And a poison is a poison to all. It is illogical to believe that the same thing is a poison for healthy people but yet a cure for the sick person

But how do drugs work? How does the person get well? The hygienic theory is that, the body which was conducting the disease process, of eliminating the toxins, now has a greater problem on hand. The toxic drugs, which also have to be eliminated else the body will have a serious problem. It does not have the energy to do both. So it suspends the disease process and focusses on dealing with the drugs.

So the symptoms disaappear. The body stops the elimination of toxins  the process that made you feel sick and miserable. You feel better. You think you are "cured". But what has happened is that the toxins still remain inside.

And  as you keep adding more toxins, when the body has sufficient energy, it will again start the disease process. Again you suppress it with drugs. This goes on, each time the disease gets more and more serious  until one fine day, years later, you die.

The Theory of Unity of Cause of Disease

So, as per the Hygienic view, the theory of unity of cause of disease is one  - accumulation of toxins. Toxins are accumulated because of hampered elimination. And why is elimination hampered? Because of shortage of nerve energy. And what causes this shortage  - now we come to faulty living habits  improper food, in wrong quantities, at wrong times, not enough or too much exercise, rest, sleep, sunshine, fresh air, poison habits such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pollution even negative thoughts drain our nerve energy. When we do not give the body all its needs in appropriate quantities and ways, it results in a shortage of nerve energy, hampered eliminiation, accumulation of toxins, and then acute disease. If suppressed with drugs, this leads to chronic disease and then degenerative disease and death. That is, in a nutshell the hygienic view of disease and its causes.

The Theory of Unity of Cure of Disease

And what about cure? Hygiene believes there is no such thing as cure. There is only healing. And the body is self healing. If you fall sick, from acute ailments  like cough, cold, fever etc then you ought to go to bed, and take rest so that all the body's energy is conserved and redirected towards the healing process. You should stop eating  there will be no appetite anyway and the enormous energy required for digestion will also be saved. You will then heal faster.

Once you have healed, you will have to stop the excesses and poison habits and live a healthful life as described in this site. If you don't do this, and go back to your old ways, this will again lead to enervation, checking of elimination of toxins, toxaemia and disease  the cycle begins. There is no way out  the process which caused the disease in the first place will surely cause it again. So the way to restore health when sick is to give the body a chance to eliminate the toxins by not coming in its way .. and then following a healthy lifestyle. It's that simple! Or is it?

The problem is that this theory puts the responsibility for your health, for your sickness, and for your healing / cure, squarely on your shoulders. You cannot pass the buck  to doctor, medicines and drugs. You are responsible for your lack of health, and you are responsible for getting well. IT is a painful process, you have to go through it, you have to pay the bills for your sins of omission and commission regarding health. And it will take time. All this requires discipline and character to accept and implement, Unfortunately, most people today don't want to accept responsibility for their actions, for their health and for their recovery. They want an easy way out even if it causes problems in the long run. In fact they don't even want to look at it.

So, to summarise, disease is actually a heatlthful, health-restoring process. And interfering with disease, using drugs, is harmful. Animals know this very well. Look at what a pet dog does when it falls sick. It will refuse food. IT will go and rest in a quiet, dark place, until it gets better. If only we knew so much!

So coming back to all our common health problems like cough, cold etc - they are all signals that we are not living healthtully, there is excess of toxins in our body which it is trying to eliminate. The wisest course is not to interfere, and later rectify faulty living habits and start living healthfully to prevent the recurrence.

Of course, at times, the pain and discomfort may be too much and it may not be possible to follow this. So you might resort to medicines and drugs for symptomatic relief. But remember, that's all they do. Thats like shutting the fire alarm off when there is a fire. It does not deal with the underlying problem. So you have to adopt a healthy lifestyle if you want to enjoy lifelong good health

The good news in all this is this

and is being experienced by Natural Hygienists worldwide, includnig the author of this site!

A very good article debunking the bacteria-germ theory of disease is at

For more information, Read Dr. Tilden's book, "Toxaemia explained"  which covers all this, and more.. This book, written in the 1920's by a medical doctor who lost faith in drugs, explains the true cause of disease and its cure.This entire book is available online at

or at

Louis Pasteur, the originator of the germ theory had a lifelong argument with Bechamp, who championed the cellular theory of disease. Reportedly Pasteur conceded on his deathbed that he was wrong and that the "germ was nothing, the terrain (soil, or body) is everything. For details, read

For further information, refer to the links section alongside and to the Natural Hygiene and Healing Section of this site

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