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Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics

by Henry Lindlahr M. D.

Edited& Revised by Jocelyn Proby M.A., M.LITT(Oxon) D.O (Kirksville, USA)
Published by The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd
ISBN 0-85207-159-0
£12.50, 327 pages

This is an important piece of literature in the history of alternative medicine . Even though the book was written many years ago the essence is very much up to date emphasising the basic laws in nature that can ensure a good and healthy life. Dr. Lindlahr highlights methods of disease prevention, and lays down the basic natural laws upon which health depends.

Anyone who uses a holistic approach in their treatment will undoubtedly understand that Dr. Lindlahr's ideas were very much 'ahead of their time' in that the disease is an outcome of imbalances in our mental, emotional and spiritual sphere. Contraversely mental and psychological problems have a relationship to diseases of the body that in some ways impaired the functions of the nervous system.

The book provides valuable information for health care practitioners, especially traditional osteopaths, who in particular relate to natural hygiene principles in their work. There is a very clear explanation of Nature Cure law and why it is important to apply this law in our daily practice. Health can only be maintained in ones life if Nature's laws are obeyed and this is the core idea of this book. Lindlahr provides the reader with his own experiences as a father and as doctor, acquired over many years with many case histories and treatment methods described, that are both instructive and useful. As Jocelyn Proby points out, it is time this Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics book is no longer neglected or unknown, especially among those forms of therapy, which are said to be natural!

There are opinions of Dr. Lindlahr in this book however, which I personally did not agree with. Some of the articles can be regarded as controversial, but I would not in any case dismiss the book just for that reason. I enjoyed the read very much as to me it seemed very daring, very logical and in harmony with my own believes regarding holistic treatment and prevention of diseases. He raises the question as to whether we prefer, or try to achieve in our practice, prevention or the suppression of disease. Do we suppress an acute condition or allow the body to eliminate its build up of waste? He emphasises the importance of acute stage of disease, how to apply correct treatment to avoid development of chronic diseases, points out connections between diseases and vaccination and explains the consequences of suppressive surgery. Understanding Nature can give us the real causes for diseases as anything scientific (allopathic) can be regarded as a palliation. His methods of treatment and ideas on prevention follow the basic laws on which good health depends and all are easily accessible to most people. Living in accordance with nature's principles we can have a long and happy life.

    Book review by Tatiana Wiles BSc(Hons) Ost. Med, ND

I would add to this that Lindlahr did not believe that 'classifying diseases' was of value. The real task is to diagnose the disturbances leading to toxaemia, or the retention of waste and then direct treatment at removing the obstructions rather than suppressing the symptoms. Another key difference between allopathic thinking was that identifying whether the condition was acute, chronic or degenerative determined the approach to recovery, rather than focusing on naming a specific 'pathology'. The job is to make all chronics acute and then manage the cleaning crisis to full recovery. The importance of fever and other vicarious eliminations and demonstrations of their benefit is well illustrated in this book. I would consider this book as containing core vocabulary with regard to understanding why the alternative view of health is so different to the allopathic view of disease. Grasping an understanding of this book is a good starting point for reading heavier tomes on this subject and certainly helps decipher books that assume you have a basic understanding of health from this perspective. This book is one of four volumes written by Lindlahr and for once this book is still available so there is no excuse not to buy it!

    Howard Beardmore

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