My father always reminded me that learning is a daily gift. That turned my perspective on life around from a young age. I looked at daily occurrences as gentle lessons instead of good or bad and reading became a favorite. Books that taught me lessons or ones that flooded my mind with information. I get more excited when I receive a book in the mail than a dress and I think about the time when I'll get a chance to drop everything and read. It's like coming home to a loved one after a long day out. With that said, I'd like to share a forward from a book I just received in the mail that I became enamored to. It's a book about raw juicing but the doctors words are so fluid that it almost sounds like poetry to me and I'd like to share it with you; a piece of knowledge, an honest truth:
“Since the earliest ages, Medical Science has been of all sciences the most unscientific. It has sought to cure disease by the magic of pills, potions and poisons that suppress the symptoms rather than attack the real cause of the ailment. It has always believed in the superstition that the use of chemical substances, which are in themselves harmful and destructive to human life, will prove an efficient antidote for the violation of natural laws. In the way, it has encouraged man to go the limit in self-indulgence, weakening and destroying his physical system, in the expectation that by simply swallowing a few pills or submitting to an injection of serum or vaccine he will be absolved of any ill effects arising from his bad living habits.
From the earliest to the present time, medical hucksters have found it ten times easier to relieve a man of ten dollars by acting on his superstition than extracting one dollar from him by appealing to his reason and common sense. With this key to a gold mine in their pocket, the apostles of “orthodox” medicine have indulged in the most blatantly outrageous and unscientific methods of curing disease because these have been in keeping with their medical prestige.
Away back in primitive times, disease was regarded as a demon to be exorcised from its victim. The medicine man belabored the body of his patient with a bag, rattling with bones and feathers. No doubt in extreme cases the tremendous faith heard by the patient in this method of cure really proved effective. But for this mental science should be thanked - not the bag of bones and feathers.
Coming down to the middle ages, the Witches’ Broth - one ingredient of which was the blood of a child murderer drawn in the dark of the moon - was the vogue. Official medicine regarded it as a remedy for every disease.
In a later period, the docteur a la mode, between his pinches of snuff, would order his victims bled as a remedy for what he called spirits, vapors, humours, megrims, or miasms. These names were eventually replaced by full blown Greek and Latin names - equally as meaningless. Following his pseudo - scientific diagnosis and treatment came the drugging phase. The symptoms of the disease were attacked unmercifully by all kinds of drugs, alkalis, acids and poisons which, by suppressing the symptoms, were supposed to enhance the vitality of the patient. All these cures have had their period of inception and extensive application - and, fortunately, of certain disuse. Today the popularity of the serums and antibiotics is at its peak. These, instead of being an improvement on the “medicines” of former times, on the contrary, introduce further toxins in the body, often with most distressing and deadly effects.
The policy of expediency is at the basics of medical drug healing. It is along the lines of self-indulgence, indifference, ignorance and lack of self-control that drug medicine lives. Mankind is exploited by a system of medicine founded on poisonous and revolting products, whose chemical composition and mode of attack are both equally unknown to their originators. This is called “scientific medicine.”
The natural system for curing disease, on the other hand is based on a return to Nature in regulating the diet, breathing, exercising, bathing, and the employment of various other natural forces to eliminate the poisonous substances in the system and so raise the vitality and health of the patient.
Official medicine has at all times attacked the symptoms of disease paying very little attention to its causes. Natural medicine is concerned far more with removing the causes of disease than merely curing its symptoms.
Natural healing is the most desirable factor in the regeneration of the race. It is a return to nature in methods of living and treatment. It makes use of the elementary forces of Nature, of chemical selection of foods that will constitute a correct medical dietary.
There is really but one healing force in existence and that is Nature herself: that is, the inherent restorative power of the organism to overcome disease. Now the question is, how can this power be guided more readily and appropriately? By the irritating drugs, serums, and vaccines used by superstitious moderns or by the bland, congenial forces of Natural Therapeutics? Are not these natural forces much more orthodox than the artificial resources of the druggist? The practical application of these natural agencies, duly suited to the individual case are the true signs and whole art of healing.”
Foreword by Dr. Benedict Lust
Raw Juice Therapy by John B. Lust