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Many people ask: Can Natural Hygiene give some practical guidelines to maintain and preserve good health? What are the guidelines in cases of illness? How do one cope with it? So we are going to enumerate some do's and don'ts.|
First, if you are ill, acutely ill, consult a Hygienic practitioner.
Do not eat if you are uncomfortable physically or mentally or emotionally. Omit a few meals, fast for two or three days or, otherwise, if not so sure, eat very lightly, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, or just some fresh fruit.
Once you begin to not feel well, ask yourself: Why am I ill? Am I under stress? Am I doing too much and overtiring myself? Am I getting sufficient sleep and rest? Am I thinking negative thoughts, full of apprehension, worry, fear, anxiety? Do I carry myself correctly? I.e. my stance, my posture in standing, sitting, walking. Am I eating too much or too little? What does my food consist of? Am I taking drugs, medicines, which are slowly poisoning me? Be they drugs prescribed by the doctor (a physician) or in the form of social poisons like tea, coffee (including decaffeinated brew), cocoa, chocolate, alcohol, tobacco smoke, petrol fumes, additives and chemicals in the guise of preservatives, colourings, flavourings, etc.
Ask yourself: Am I getting sufficient activity and exercise or am I overactive and straining my resources?
Is most of your daily intake of foodstuff wholesome or devitalised, demineralised, precooked and packaged food? Is most of your food concentrated, e.g., bread, grains, flesh food, dairy products, and if so, to what percentage? 75%-80% of our daily food intake should be raw fruits and vegetables, to maintain a good supply of nutrients.
That does not mean no cooked food should be eaten. But, if cooked food were eaten, they should be conservatively cooked. Many people develop a guilt complex if they do not adhere to a 100% raw food regime. Sometimes this does them more harm than good, i.e., the paranoia, not the raw food. Grains, tubers, pulses could not be eaten raw, so cooking does provide us with a wider choice of foodstuffs.
Whatever your choice of food, do not overeat beyond the capacity of your body to digest and assimilate the nutrients contained in it. A glutton tends to be lazy and dim-witted. A healthy man is active and full of awareness.
Obsession is a fault from which many suffer Some people are obessed with food, some with drinks, some with sex and some with constant activity. Obsession is a sign and symptom of deep neurosis. Some people I know are obsessed with shopping, they go out and buy anything or something that they do not really need. A thing that is good moderation, e.g., sex, or eating or activity becomes immediately a dangerous draught on your vital energies if you become obsessed with it. Learning to recognise our phobias, idiosyncrasies and behaviour is a primordial logical step in learning to be a good hygienist and taking care of our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
It is true to say that in our present day society it is difficult to live a more hygienic life than our parents and grandparents did 50-100 years ago. However diligent we may be, there are always some areas in which we can improve ourselves.
City workers for example should get out of the city surroundings and into the country during weekends to get fresher air and a less polluted atmosphere.
People, who are engrossed in mental work the whole week, should utilise the weekends for vigorous physical activity.
Those who are manual workers should do the opposite, relax, learn to paint or listen to uplifting music, or read good books or utilise the brain in some form of creative work, like reading or writing poetry.
Remember the law of cause and effect prevails. Those who are deprived of human contact, love, and working in isolation should try to seek more congenial friends to establish that human contact.
A positive attitude is a must and a well-known secret of good health. We are what we think, as much as we are what we eat.
Do not be frightened or intimidated by friends and neighbours who think you are peculiar because your lifestyle seems to be different from theirs.
Medical literature is now full of scientific studies, extolling the virtue of a hygienic plan of eating. Even a few years back the same medical faculties decried as nonsense the hygienic approach to health and disease.
Get rid of fear and panic and lack of confidence in your daily life. Be of faith and courage in the pursuance of a hygienic plan of living, but the same time avoid at all costs the holier than thou attitude towards your fellow human beings. Instead, say to yourself "There but for the grace of God, go I," when you see people destroyed by their stupidity.
Change is a painful process, but without change no progress is possible in any sphere of living, be it health, politics, religion, education or what have you.
Recently I was being accused of having a Gorbachev effect on the Naturopathic college students. They are now demanding that they be taught the Natural Hygiene approach to life and living, health and disease.
What Gorbachev has done for the Eastern Bloc, I am doing it to the Naturopaths in Britain. Genuine students of Naturopathy are not interested in the "remedy mentality" and so-called therapy, which lots of so-called Naturopaths are doling out to their unsuspecting clients in the guise of various modalities of herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture, electrical treatments, biochemical salts and dietary therapy based on feeding "Food Supplements" of dubious nature, as was exposed brilliantly in the "New Statesman" by their investigator Duncan Campbell.
In December 1989 I gave a two day Seminar to a group of Italian doctors in Naples, Italy. The doctors were interested in fasting and other Natural Hygiene principles to prevent disease and to recover from disease. The results are very encouraging as the doctors are demanding that Italian vivisection laws be changed and, instead of drugs, a more natural and conservative approach be tried to gain health. The Sidhwa effect, like the Gorbachev effect, is in full swing.
Many people have asked about microwave cooking. I am against it. We are publishing an article in this issue giving the dangers. At its worst microwave cooking is really damaging and at its best it is still a hazard. Keep away from it. Natural Hygiene has in the past denounced microwave cooking in articles by our Dr. Virginia Vetrano, MD. Now it seems, other people are agreeing with her and the article by Anthony Mackay is excellent support to Dr. V.V. Vetrano's stand against such cooking.
We have also included (in "the Hygienist") "Super food or Super con?" It is an article by Issy Cole-Hamilton, which goes to support my article on Food Supplements in "The Hygienist," Summer 1989. You cannot improve bad dietary habits by taking vitamins. We have been saying that in Natural Hygiene for donkey's years, but the food supplement industry, which is as strong as the pharmaceutical industry, is boosting the trade before the public gives up on it.
Sunshine is good for you. Get some sunshine on your face and body even for five to ten minutes every day. The sunlight has beneficial results not only on the skin, but through the eyes, the layers of brain tissues that secrete "hormones of happiness".
Fluorescent lighting has been known to be responsible for many cancers. Avoid working in fluorescent lighting if possible. Use your eyes wisely, blink and rest them frequently, if you have to work under fluorescent lighting and look at a V.D.U. screen. Splashing hot water and in cold water, about 7-14 splashes first thing in the morning and last thing at night with eyes gently closed will invigorate the circulation and strengthen the optic nerves.
Remember your health is in your hands.
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