The major focus of this site is Preventive Health Care by Natural Hygienic Means. If you live the way we have recommended in this site most likely you will not fall ill at all...ever.However, it is not possible to live perfectly in accordance with hygienic recommendations for various reasons. We do transgress once in a while. The body can usually handle these minor transgressions but if they accumulate over a period of time, we can fall sick.
Secondly, we have adopted the hygienic lifestyle after years of faulty living. So when the body recovers its strengths, it will start eliminating the accumulated toxins. This could result in your falling ill even on the hygienic system. This is a transition period only and once all the toxins are removed, and you stay on the system you will keep well. So, for whatever reason, you have fallen sick. What do you do now? What is the natural method to get well?
What follows is some general suggestions as per my understanding of hygiene and is not to be taken as a diagnosis, suggested treatment etc. For all health problems consult your doctor and keep him informed of what is going on. Do not self treat and self medicate - it is dangerous.
The first thing is of course to see the nature of the problem. Anything of a life threatening, serious nature needs prompt medical attention. If you are in severe pain, or having serious problems, go to a doctor and get back to some semblance of normalcy first. Also if you have some serious ailment (like diabetes, blood pressure etc), it is best that whatever you do is under medical supervision.
The following is an illustrative list of situations when conventional medical/surgical care is necessary.
* 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
* Traumas/ bites/ wounds causing life or death emergencies.
In all such and similar cases, you need the best medical care available today to help you out of your crisis. Natural Hygiene cannot provide immediate help and relief in such situations, but modern medicine can. It is only common sense to use modern medicine for what its good at.
Once all this is done and you are more or less back on your feet, you can now address the real problem. See what caused it. See what rules you have broken. What poison habits you have to discard. Then implement the necessary lifestyle changes.
During this process if you fall acutely ill (fever, cough, cold etc), in fact any acute illness - the thing to do is to go to bed immediately and stay there until the problem is resolved. It will usually go away in 3-4 days. You ought to fast (drink nothing but a litre of pure clean water every day) during the period you are unwell. This will in fact speed up the recovery. If you cannot fast, then stay on Tender Coconut water (Narial Pani or Daab). If this is also not practical, then on fruit juices. The next best option is raw fruits. Avoid cooked food as far as possible.
Actually you will feel no hunger. Your appetite will be lost as long as you are sick. This is nature's way of indicating to you that food is not required at this moment. Your appetite will return when you recover.
Look at animals in nature. Or even at your pet dog. What do they do when they fall sick - Nothing - they refuse food, and rest in a dark, warm place until they recover. This is nature's prescription and man would do well to follow it based on his intellingence and competent supervision Of course, this is only for acute ailments. For chronic problems, you have to be under the care of a competent hygienic practictioner to recover your health. He will give you advice on how to handle your problem. Perhaps a fast of a longer duration will be required. THIS SHOULD BE DONE ONLY UNDER COMPETENT SUPERVISION, preferably under an IAHP member.
Please remember, any fast of more than 2-3 days duration should not be done unsupervised at home. It should be under the eagle eye of an experienced person who has conducted many fasts, who knows what to expect, knows when to break the fast, what to expect - who can guide you accordingly. Please do not try fasting at home unsupervised - beyond 2 or 3 days.
This is actually the main difference between NH and other systems. Accupuncture, Accupressure, magnet therapy etc -- all address symptoms only. Only NH goes after the cause and can help you get permanent relief.
Healing Crisis and Symptoms
As your body detoxifies and heals itself, it may actually seem to get worse - when actually it is getting better. You will have unpleasant symptoms - rashes, boils, headaches, bodyaches, diarrhea, fever etc. Actually this is nothing but the body throwing out its accumulated toxic load. If you interfere with mediceines the elimination stops and the symptoms go away but the healing is interrupted. This is very important to know and to be able to distinguish between healing crisis and symptoms and disease symptoms. This is why NH takes character and discipline. You have to grit your teeth and bear it - until it goes away and go away it will. And if its any consolation, just after when it gets the worst, that's when you are going to get better. It is darkest before dawn. For information on healing crisis and symptoms,
For more info on fasting, how and why it works, read.this article and the article in the links section alongside...The following books on fasting are also good reading: The first is a classic, and the second is also quite good.
Books: Fasting Can Save Your Life (1964) by Herbert Shelton, D.C. ISBN 0914532235
Fasting for the Health of it by Oswald/Shelton ISBN 0962049018
Fasting & Eating for Health (1995), A Medical Docto's Program for Conquering Disease by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. ISBN 0312130716