HOW COULD WE GET THAT FAR? It is considered a traditional medicine for “pharmaceutical” medicine

As Western traditional medicine evolved to the point where – not only natural medicine physicians but also formal medicine physicians – began using the vegan diet as therapy, a turnaround occurred that has far-reaching implications for health (and treatment) to this day. people.


Few people know that the western world has its own traditional medicine, just as the eastern part of the world has its own traditional treatments, such as: TCM – traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, unani, Maori rongoa, etc. Perhaps also because today we also call it naturopathy. Even on European soil, the development of treatment methods throughout history has been slow, gradual, over the centuries. What all traditional approaches to treatment have in common is that they treat people holistically and according to the principles of nature.


The foundations first laid by philosophers with their observation and interpretation of the world also served the ancient Greek physicians or. those who sought connections between the individual man and his disease and sought solutions in nature – in natural nutrition and other natural therapies. Undoubtedly, the greatest representative of this method of treatment is Hippocrates (c. 400 BC), followed by many others who upgraded his knowledge. Even today, the principles on which the approach to healing is based are known: primum non nocere (first, it does no harm), vis medicatrix naturae (healing power of nature), tolle causam (healthy cause), tolle totum (healthy whole man), docere the doctor should be a teacher). If we look at which of these principles is followed by today’s medicine, we come to the sad realization that today’s approaches to treatment are practically the opposite of these principles.


Natural treatment, which is in addition to medicinal herbs, healing natural wraps, hydrotherapy, etc. it also included nutrition counseling, dealing with man in terms of the four elements (fire, earth, water and air) and their qualities dry, warm, humid and cold. It is true that in the past they did not always advise a vegetarian or vegan diet, but they knew that the body must be detoxified in order for self-healing powers to work in it. Plant-based diets are often good for this. From Greece, the development of natural healing moved mainly to Germany, where Hildegarde of Bingen (11th century), Paracelsius (15th century), Hahnemann S. – homeopathy (18th century) and many others worked. , who learned old wisdoms and supplemented them with their findings and experiences. Thus, especially in the 19th century, methods such as: tissue salts (W. H. Schüssler), Kneipp (S. Kneipp), sun treatment (A. Rikli), iridology (I. von Peczely) joined.


At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the knowledge of natural healing, which came to be called naturopathy, moved to the United States and achieved rapid development there. More and more often, both in Europe and in the US, naturopaths have used plant foods as a method of physical detoxification. They followed the old principles of tolle totum and treated man holistically. holistically, so that natural power could work in the purified body or vis me dicatrix naturae. Fasting treatments were also very common and successful, with the body cleansed of toxins and fresh fruit and vegetable juices yielding highly fluctuating substances such as vitamins and minerals. Exercise in nature, sunbathing and water therapies have often been part of healing therapy. During this period, such an approach to treatment spread both among naturopaths and among some formal medicine physicians. Quite a few German naturopaths continued their careers in the USA, where they established naturopathic schools. Enthusiasm about the results of plant-based therapies was further strengthened by their belief that the path “back to nature” is really the right one. In other European countries, such as France and Spain, such a method of detoxification has also become established, and consequently better opportunities for self-healing powers to work. Let us mention only some names of therapists or. physicians who have used these methods in their daily practice:

Russell Thacker Trall (1812–1877) was an advocate of vegetarian nutrition, hydrotherapy, and the body’s natural self-healing power. In 1844 he opened the first Water Treatment Center in New York, in 1847 he founded the New York Institute of Hygiene, and in 1852 he opened the School of Hydrotherapy and Psychology. He stated, “Nature is a healing principle.”

Arnold Rikli (1823–1906) was a Swiss physician. His therapy was based on a vegetarian diet, sun, air and water baths. He worked in Bled, Slovenia.

Theodor Hahn (1824–1883) was a German hydrotherapist, naturopath, and advocate of vegetarianism. He advocated a meatless diet and provided evidence of its physiological benefits, including longevity and physical strength. In 1865, Hahn wrote the bestseller Das Paradies der Gesundheit, das verlorene und das wiedergefundene (Paradise of Health, Lost and Rediscovered). Hahn opposed the vivisection of animals.

Emanuel Felke (1856–1926) supplemented his therapies with sedentary baths, light and air baths, and clay baths with an almost meatless diet rich in vegetables, unripe purees, potatoes, and fruits to detoxify the body.

Adolf Just (1859–1936) – his most famous work is Kehrt zur Natur zurück! (Back to nature!). Just opposed anything that was not in keeping with nature. He opposed cars, modern housing, and chemical agriculture. He rejected medical science and criticized vaccination and vivisection. He believed that vaccines were poisons that caused people suffering. Just advocated morning fasting and a raw vegetarian diet with unprocessed foods. He believed that a diet with fruits and nuts was the best natural food for man.

John Henry Tilden (1851–1940) was an American physician best known in alternative medical circles for his critique of pharmacy and for his interpretation of disease by the theory of “toxemia”.

Benedict Lust (1872–1945) was born in Germany and moved to America. He was one of the founders of naturopathic medicine in the first decades of the twentieth century. Lust was a vegetarian activist and an opponent of the theory of communicable diseases, vaccination, and vivisection. He considered the theory of communicable diseases to be “the greatest fraud of modern times.” Lust avoided the use of drugs and believed that all diseases, including cancer, could be cured by natural procedures.

Herbert McGolfin Shelton (1895–1985) was an American naturopath, an advocate of alternative medicine, a writer, a pacifist, a vegetarian, and an advocate of overeating and fasting.

Dr. Bernard Jensen (1908-2001), a doctor of science known as the father of holistic health, has spent more than 70 years practicing natural healing methods, lecturing in more than twenty countries and advising more than 350,000 patients. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the field of healing. Dr. Jensen is a true legend in the field of natural health and has helped millions of people achieve a better quality of life in body, mind and spirit.


In parallel with the return to nature, the science of biology, microbiology and medicine also developed. Modern medicine has increasingly focused only on pathogenic microorganisms as pathogens and on the suppression of these with drugs. This development of modern medicine went fast, but at the same time the holistic approach, the theory of the four elements and the four temperaments, as well as the methods of detoxification with the help of plant foods or fresh plant juices were forgotten.

Somehow we all think that the scientific approach to healing has in itself become more interesting than the traditional natural approach, because man wants new approaches, he wants progress. However, some events from this period of history suggest that natural healing was deliberately abandoned and was repeatedly supplanted by drug treatment. Why on purpose? We can think about this when we read an article from Raum & Zeit magazine, no. 233/2021 entitled Stiftungen – von wegen für einen guten Zweck. To this end, I partially summarize the aforementioned article on the role of t. i. charitable foundations.


The foundation or fund has been present among the most influential families in the world for a very long time. Through foundations, its owners were able to influence world political events. Not only that. Because the funds or. foundations usually have such a status that they raise funds, and this usually to help the weak, their owners presented themselves as benefactors and philanthropists. One of the first was John Rockefeller. In 1911, John Rockefeller, with his Standard Oil Trust, got into trouble as the U.S. Supreme Court found him guilty of corruption, illegal business practices, and extortion. The fund had to be dissolved.
At the time, John Rockefeller was one of the most hated people in public. What did he do? He founded the Rockefeller Foundation and invested all his money in it, of course that from the failed oil fund. This move not only saved him money, but also his reputation, as he presented his newly established foundation as charitable, for the good of humanity. From it, he generously donated to the largest media in the United States, and they improved Rockefeller’s public image through media propaganda.


Rockefeller used his foundation to fund what we call today
pharmaceutical industry. Under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, global pharmaceutical investments have begun, especially in the manufacturers of patented synthetic drugs.

As we have already said, this was a time when naturopathic schools were in full swing in the USA, and a holistic approach to treatment with natural approaches also penetrated the offices of doctors of official medicine. Natural remedies were so popular in the United States at the time that they were used by half of all doctors and hospitals, as well as all medical schools. Doctors of official medicine also expanded their view of the disease in the direction of holistic treatment of patients. Of course, this method of treatment had one major flaw, at least in Rockefeller’s eyes: nothing could be earned with it.


Thomas A. Hein, author of the article Stiftungen – von wegen für einen guten Zweck, states: to become ‘stronger and richer than God’. ”How did the Rockefeller Foundation manage to reverse the trend from natural healing that was good for people, animals and nature, to the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry, its power and wallet?

As Hein states in his article, his friend Andrew Carnegie is said to have helped him: “Another plutocrat and self-proclaimed benefactor. Carnegie made money by monopolizing the steel industry. He also founded the foundation. Through this foundation, a man named Abraham Flexner was sent across the United States. Objective: A report on the state of medical schools and hospitals across the country. We can imagine what this Flexner report was like. It spoke of the urgent need to modernize and centralize ‘backward’ American medicine. Holistic medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy were ridiculed, and the doctors who used them were discredited. At the same time, more than $ 100 million has been spent on synthetic drug research. For that time, it was an amazing amount. However, Rockefeller achieved his goal. Flexner’s report and the measures that followed marked the birth of so-called “modern medicine” and thus the birth of the pharmaceutical industry. “From this point on, we know the story at least approximately. More and more prescription chemistry and less or less advice on healthy plant-based diets, detoxification with vegetable and fruit juices, hydrotherapy, herbs, etc. Medicine arose from the knowledge of man, who as a microcosm is embedded in the wider macrocosm and thus indivisible from the whole. Today, the pharmacy deadline has been extended. This brings enormous earnings to its owners or. to those who initially started it financially, until we took over its preservation and flourishing over nature ourselves, as its consumers.

The dimension of this capital is so unimaginably large that we subconsciously feel its power as an invisible authority worthy of trust in interventions in our body. Perhaps, in addition to the knowledge we can read here and there, the voice of our conscience and our heart will also help us to the right positions.

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