Some differences between Natural Hygiene and Alternative Medicine

How is Natural Hygiene different?
Let's ask a few questions, e.g. about the treatment of disease:
Are REMEDIES used?
Allopathic (traditional) medicine is using drugs - YES
Homeopathic medicine uses minute doses of drugs - YES
Holistic medicine avoids drugs, but uses herbs, vitamins, minerals - YES
Herbalism uses herbs - YES
Chinese Medicine uses remedies - YES
Folk medicine uses remedies - YES
Naturopathy: sunlight, diet, massage but no drugs - NO
Natural Hygiene uses NO remedies, and is "anti-drug" (exceptions are rare). - NO
Does the technique concentrate on TREATING disease symptoms?
Allopathic medicine: drugs to remove symptoms - YES
Homeopathic medicine: minute doses of drugs to remove symptoms - YES
Holistic medicine: herbs, vitamins, minerals to remove symptoms - YES
Herbalism: herbs to remove symptoms - YES
Chinese Medicine: remedies to remove symptoms - YES
Folk medicine: remedies to remove symptoms - YES
Acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic: by manipulating nerves - YES
Massage, rolfing: by manipulating muscles - YES
Osteopathy: gentle manipulation of muscles and skeleton - YES
Aromatherapy: when it claims anti-microbial effects of essential oils - YES
Biofeedback, reiki - human energy is directed to the patient to assist selfhealing - YES(?)
Naturopathy: sunlight, massage, diet as treatment, e.g. cleansing organs - YES
Naturopathy, version two: very similar to Natural Hygiene - NO
Natural Hygiene: Disease is a positive natural body-reaction to toxicity, and the doctor should assist the body in its self-cleaning efforts, by interfering as little as possible. - NO
Is a mainly raw vegetarian DIET recommended for maximum health?
Macrobiotics - cooked vegetables best - NO
Ayurveda - dairy, meat included in diet - NO
Holistic medicine - general health food, no additives, preservatives - NO
Naturopathy encompasses many different techniques (e.g. grape cure), but in general - NO
Raw foodism - (based on Ehret, Wigmore...) 100% raw vegan best - YES
Life Science/Natural Hygiene - (Fry, HLI) 100% raw vegan best - YES
Natural Hygiene - (ANHS, BNHS) flexible, vegan/vegetarian, 50-85% raw - YES
Natural Hygiene 2 - (Cursio, Bass) mainly raw vegetarian, with 1-2% animal foods - YES
Natural Hygiene 3 - (emerging) low-carbohydrate, paleolithic type, as raw as possible - NO
Is this idea important: that SLEEP regenerates NERVE ENERGY, which is necessary for healing?
Yoga, Meditation: meditation reduces stress, promotes healing - PARTLY
Raw foodism - NO
Natural Hygiene: the concept of nerve energy regeneration is essential - YES

Note: The above is a rough simplified sketch based on information found online. Hope we got everything right. Supposedly 1/3 of Americans now seek alternative therapies for health problems.
Note: different diet-versions and lack of consensus is a sign that the diet question is not yet solved in NH
Note: Find a Primitive Diet example here - about Native Texans being hunter-gatherers.

Natural Hygiene quotes:
When your body goes into a healing crisis (=acute disease) - don't interfere! Leave it alone and it will do the job for you. It is totally self-sufficient if its simple biological needs are met from the outside. Rest, sleep, eat a little, drink water, smile! Your body is the master of its domain!
The most important principle to keep in mind is that the purpose in making changes in your food intake at all is to work with the body, freeing up energy that will allow your body to carry out its healing efforts. The less you eat that taxes your digestive tract, - the more energy your body will have to do its repair work.
No matter what the uninformed may tell you about the need to eat to "keep up your strength", remember that food takes energy before it becomes a source of energy. We have stored in our body enough nutrients to live for weeks without food, so going light for a few days cannot hurt!
(Diamond: Fit for Life II) 
The good doctor is a good teacher. Just as he proceeds in the case of the patient to supervise the body's work of ridding itself of old debris, ..., he must also clean out the Augean stables of the mind, with its vast accumulation of misinformation and wrong ideas about "how to live" and teach the patient the basic principles of normal living. (J. Trop, cited in The Greatest Health Discovery)
Question: Do enzymes, or blue-green algae belong in Natural Hygiene?
- Harvey Diamond is a hygienic author, who also promotes enzymes. Dr. Goldhamer lectures that the enzymes in our body being built from aminoacids, and not from enzymes we eat, which are broken down in the digestive system (to aminoacids). Dr. Cinque is no longer certified by IAHP, due to his promotion of human growth hormone. - Some hygienic doctors like algae, while others call it "pond scum". - Also, there are different views on food combining, as you will see on the next page. - Also, medically trained NH doctors have used drugs on occasion, a no-no for traditional NH doctors.
Answer: Probably not - but since Natural Hygiene is not a religion, but based on science - we just have to wait for undisputable scientific answers. Until then there will be differences of opinion. A good test is: can you eat a cupful of the product, no condiments, and really enjoy it?
Plus: sometimes it is hard to make a living on pure Natural Hygiene promotion - this may also be the reason for selling different products.

Question: Is vegetarianism recommended in Natural Hygiene?
Answer: Yes and no. This is the most sensitive subject in NH, still fought over, while most other issues are agreed upon. Actually, Natural Hygiene recommends eating foods of our biological adaptation, as raw as possible.
NH is beginning to move away from vegetarianism, earlier most hygienists are vegetarians/vegans. The importance of raw vegetables and fruit ( - another name is "live food" or "living food") - is agreed upon by all hygienists. When it comes to raw animal** foods, opinions vary a lot - but raw dairy and/or eggs is usually accepted by most.
- Vegetarianism is usually motivated by this: animal rights, concern for the planet and human health.
- Natural Hygiene is interested in how to achieve maximum health. As a science. (For humans or animals.)

In Hygiene there is an ongoing debate on maximum/minimum amounts of cooked foods, fruits, carbohydrates and of animal foods.
Dr. Bass' mice research, as well as knowledge of primitive peoples' diets*, points to a need for at least a few percentage of animal foods.   Some NH doctors still recommend 0% animal products, others up to 70%***.
BOTTOM LINE: What does science say about human diets? According to current archaeology there is no doubt that humans are omnivores (=must consume both animal and plant products). And already in the 1930's research by Weston-Price DDS defined optimal primitive human diets as omnivorous and mainly raw.

You can be a very unhealthy vegetarian, since there are lots of vegetarian junk foods, and since you must watch out for deficiencies (and use the correct supplements, e.g. B12). The high-carb contents of (cooked) vegetarian diets can easily lead to overweight.

Note: Vegetarians don't mind dairy and eggs, vegans avoid ALL animal products.
* Primitive peoples' diet - see Paleolithic type diet below
** See e.g. Aajonus Vonderplanitz.
*** The insulin mechanism and bio-archaeological research in favor of animal foods is slowly having more and more influence.

Question: What does a Natural Hygiene diet look like?
Answer: What is the best diet? - There are differences among individuals as to what diet is best - depending on health, genetics, age.
And on what their goal is: reasonably healthy and disease-free (1), or optimal health (2) ?
  1. Minimum requirements:
    Good advice from Dr. Burton on what to avoid:
    "Among the most dangerous and health-impairing nutritional habits, I consider the following:
  2. Overeating
  3. Eating refined, processed and chemicalised food
  4. Eating foods that have been significantly chemically manipulated
  5. Excessive consumption of concentrated food
  6. Eating too much cooked food
  7. Overcooked food
  8. Reheated cooked food
  9. Pressure cooked or high temperature cooked food.

    I personally view the diet containing a large proportion of fresh raw fruits and vegetables as the most satisfactory."
  10. Dr. Sidhwa: "A food can start off as a 'food' but by the time it is cooked, pasteurized, synthesized, extracted, homogenized, adulterated with additives, and devitalized by processing for commercial use and storage, it is rank poison."

    Also see Dr. Gian-Cursio's Natural Hygiene diet and food plan: "After awhile, predicts Dr. Cursio, your marked improvement in health and looks will be motivation for your continuing the program, and even progressing to a more disciplined regime."

  11. Optimal health:
    See our Dr. Fielder interview for some good ideas:
    The Natural Hygiene diet should preferably be defined as the optimal diet for humans - and then it is up to each of us how far we want to go. (Editor's note: The optimal diet is perhaps close to all-raw, paleolithic* type diet, - perhaps not.)

* Paleolithic type diet - typically a diet of preferably raw vegetables (especially green leaves) and raw (as raw as possible) animal products, plus some fruit, some nuts/seeds --- but probably no grains (bread, pasta), potatoes, legumes and dairy - since it is supposedly pre-agriculture. The optimal ratio vegetables to animal products may be 35% to 65%. See paleodiet.com or beyondveg.com or Dr. Bass or Ward Nicholson



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