By Dr. Bernarr, D.C., D.D,

Dr. Herbert Shelton wrote that in 1927, after a fast, his ten-month-old patient, Kate M., recovered completely from pneumonia. Dr. Shelton wrote that "five physicians had predicted that Kate would die." This patient's "symptoms of general weakness, fever, coughing and rust-colored sputum disappeared. For over twenty years, I had contact with Kate and her health continued to be excellent."

Dr. Shelton also wrote, "Human beings have been recovering from pneumonia, as well as from other and even more formidable disease conditions from time immemorial, without the use of cures...If as (Dr.) Trall insisted, and as all (Natural) Hygienists agree, pneumonia is not a killer, something other than pneumonia must be responsible for the deaths in pneumonia...From our standpoint, the death rate in pneumonia remains high, not 'Despite Wonder Drugs,' but because of them. Drugs to relieve pain are frequent causes of death. Avoid the use of these and all other drugs for all other purposes. No drug of any kind can help in any way..."

"Pneumonia develops in profoundly enervated subjects who add protein poisoning to their already large stock of primary toxemia. Without protein excess and the resulting putrefaction and putrescent poisoning, pneumonia would not develop. Pneumonia, whatever adventitious causes may help to produce it, grows primarily out of a mode of living that enervates and produces toxemia. No toxemia, no pneumonia. No enervation, no toxemia. Enervation inhibits secretion and excretion and thus produces toxemia."

"Unhygienic care of the body is at the base of the cause of pneumonia. Overeating, wrong eating, sleeping in poorly ventilated rooms, breathing gas-laden air, smoking, drinking, excesses of all kinds, etc., are among the factor elements of causes that lead to the evolution of pneumonia. Pneumonia is among those diseases that are said to be self-limited. By this is meant that they run a more of less definite course to recovery. Their length is determined by the time required by the remedial process to free the body of its accumulated toxic load. Recovery is the result of the self-healing forces of the body and is not, in any sense, due to any treatment that may be administered."

"Fever, pain, inflammation, coughing, rapid breathing, prostration, etc., are each and all remedial efforts. Pneumonia is a complex of remedial efforts-it is a process of removing toxins and repairing damages. This being true, the proper care of such a patient will not seek to cure the disease, it will not seek to suppress the symptoms, it will not treat symptoms, but will be such as will enable the body to more efficiently carry on its self-healing work. The fever in pneumonia is a part of the remedial process and no effort should be made to lower it. Drugs to suppress pain frequently stop the heart...No drugs should be used to stop the cough. The cough is necessary to keep the air passages free of obstruction so that the patient can breathe. Under Hygienic conditions the fever will not be high, the pain will not be great and the cough will not be severe."

"There is no power to digest food in pneumonia. Feeding increases the discomfort of the patient, increasing temperature, pain and coughing. Feeding is a blunder that often results in death. It is important that no food be given so long as discomfort continues. Rest is vitally important. To this end, visitors should be excluded from the sick-room, the patient should be kept warm, especially should the feet be kept warm, and he should be provided with a constant supply of fresh air. Since, from the very nature of the condition of the lungs, the patient is forced to depend upon a limited amount of lung area for air, this supply of fresh air is vitally important. Quiet, cheerful surroundings, with a sunny room will greatly facilitate recovery."

"What can be done to ease the patient in 'bad cases'? Bad cases result from bad treatment. If these are eliminated and proper management inaugurated, there is little or no occasion for extraordinary measures for bad cases and critical periods. Most cases of acute disease, if not complicated by drugging and feeding, are fairly comfortable and are rarely prolonged. Pneumonia properly cared for terminates on the third or fifth day. The pneumonia patient should be placed in a comfortable bed in a well-lighted, well-ventilated room. An abundance of fresh air day and night is essential. He should be kept warm...All the water may be given that thirst demands, but no food of any kind should be given until at least twenty-four hours after all acute symptoms have subsided. Feeding may mean death in cases where fasting would mean recovery. Rest is vitally important. Visitors should be kept out of the room. Talking and noise should not be allowed to disturb the patient. Rest, fasting, fresh air, warmth-these are the needs of the pneumonia sufferer, as they are of all other acutely sick patients. Given these, and practically every case will recover..."

"If fasting is instituted at the very outset in pneumonia, the patient will not be very sick, the exudate into the lungs will not be very great, and resolution will be hastened. How few physicians are able to read the pathological writing on the lungs of the pneumonia patient! They are well aware of the presence of great quantities of exudate in the lungs and should be aware of the necessity of coughing to keep this cleared out so that the patient can breathe. Unfortunately, they seem to think that the cough per se is an evil, that it must be checked at all costs. So they administer sedatives and anodynes to check the cough and the patient smothers to death-not even the oxygen tent can save life after they have caused the lungs to completely fill with the exudate."

Dr. Russell T. Trall wrote, "There are no diseases known which are intrinsically less dangerous than those called pneumonia and pleurisy...We have long been convinced that pneumonia is not intrinsically a dangerous disease. The fatality, in the majority of cases at least, results from the treatment. We have never heard of a single case being lost among the hundreds which have been treated Hygienically...Fasting, quiet warmth and rest are the only needs in these cases...The pain in the lungs may be very severe, the cough extremely violent, the breathing exceedingly distressing, the fever intense and the patient utterly prostrated, with no danger of dying, provided nothing is done amiss..."

Trall said that even in very severe cases, "In a day or two, sometimes in a few hours, and in the worst cases, within a week, the patient will be fairly convalescent...The less our friends have to do with drug doctors in these diseases (and the same is true of most other diseases), the better. Our first advice, is therefore, let drugs and those who administer them alone. You are a thousand times safer in the hands of nature. You can aid and assist nature by supplying such conditions as the suffering instincts of the patients crave, and as the common sense of any well person ought to suggest."

Dr. William Osler, renowned author of many textbooks on the practice of medicine wrote, "Pneumonia is a self-limited disease, which can neither be aborted nor cut short by any known means at our command. There is no specific treatment for pneumonia. The young practitioner should bear in mind that patients are more often damaged than helped by the promiscuous drugging which is still only too prevalent...Even under the most unfavorable circumstances it may terminate abruptly and naturally."

Dr. George W. Weger said that pneumonia invariably responded in the same even and consistent manner to (Natural) Hygienic measures.

Dr. Richard Cabot of the Harvard Medical School said, "A person needs good nursing and fresh air in pneumonia, and that is about all."

Dr. Austin Flint of the New York Medical College, had the habit of treating pneumonia patients in Bellevue Hospital without a particle of drug. Lecturing on this disease before his medical classes, he asserted that in the hospital where he used no drugs, he lost no cases.

Bernarr McFadden wrote, "All cases of pneumonia, especially those which occur independently of other abnormalities, are fundamentally due to a general toxemia and lowered vitality which results only from wrong habits of living...An air bath is helpful in increasing elimination through the skin...Frequent rest in bed must be observed...Sun baths are advisable."

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