Physiology is the basis of all health science. Well, at least, it should be. It must be!
The fact that Human Physiology is poorly understood by the medical industry is the reason why modern medicine fails everyone with IBD (and virtually all other disease conditions from A to Z). Medical schools do teach Physiology; however, the textbooks are poor, as they mainly cover the conditions of disease with scant and mostly inaccurate information on disease causation and the requisites for recovery of health by the body’s own natural self-healing powers. The subject of “self-healing” is not covered at all; meddling with drugs and surgery is all there is.
Physiology is the branch of health science concerned with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts. Human Physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of humans, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. The study of Human Physiology dates back to at least 420 B.C. and the time of Hippocrates. The critical thinking of Aristotle and his emphasis on the relationship between structure and function marked the beginning of Physiology in Ancient Greece. Jean Fernel, a French physician, introduced the term “Physiology” in 1525. Natural Hygiene pioneers, Isaac Jennings, M.D. (1788-1874), Reverend Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), and Robert Walter, M.D. (1861-1921) developed “The Laws of Life” based on Human Physiology. Dr. Herbert M. Shelton wrote many classic books encompassing Human Physiology and the application of its knowledge with respect to the Restoration and Preservation of Health. Natural Hygiene can be considered to be “Applied Physiology.”
Physiology and it’s correct application is the basis of everything I reach, and my understanding of it is borne out by the successful healing and the long-lived health experiences of many.
Here are bits of an interview I conducted a few years ago for my Vibrance magazine with Dr. Paul Fanny, Founder and Program Director of the University of Natural Health:
DK: Physiology is the basis for understanding and teaching health. I would say there are no medical, chiropractic, naturopathic schools or any other health schools that understand physiology within the context of human health. Their understanding is fragmented; they don’t understand the workings of health, disease or human biological self-healing capacities. Self-healing is not even considered. Dietary toxins, examples of Hygienic healing and we Hygienic Doctors are ignored, and that’s why most people are walking around this planet sick and getting sicker from all the treatments their doctors are giving them. Why do these intelligent folks misinterpret physiology in so many ways? Why can’t they understand that the body is self-healing—nothing can heal the body but the body itself—and that is not only good enough, it is everything?
PF: Basically because they are all modeling the medical mentality, meaning that they are into treating symptoms without removing the causes of disease. It’s always after the fact; health is never addressed before illness manifests. Humans tend to want to play God; they want to be the ones doing the curing. They don’t really want to admit that the body has the wisdom and power to self-heal if allowed to do so. Physiology entails every aspect of the human body, including the mind and emotions. All of the parts of the body affect one another.
DK: Almost 200 years ago, Dr. Isaac Jennings, Reverend Sylvester Graham and Dr. Robert Walter developed the “Laws of Life” which provided the basic physiological principles explaining the workings of the body in health and disease. I would venture to guess that there isn’t one physiology textbook in the world, except for Dr. Herbert M. Shelton’s and yours, that teaches those Laws. In fact, all modern physiology textbooks used at all medical and chiropractic schools mainly discuss physiology in the context of disease conditions; the conditions required for health and the picture of health are mostly absent from the teachings. Have you found the Laws of Life in any physiology textbook other than Shelton’s?
PF: Not to my knowledge. I’ve written courses on Dr. Shelton, especially his physiology book, Human Life: Its Philosophy and Laws. In that master work he brought together all the great minds whose teachings were based on the laws of nature. Unfortunately, medical doctors, naturopaths and chiropractors do not understand the Laws of Life because they possess the medical mentality.
DK: How would you characterize the significance or importance of those Laws of Life?
PF: If you practice the Laws of Life, then you are choosing to live in a biologically positive way. If you are practicing the medical mentality, you are practicing the laws of death.
For example, with regard to the Law of Stimulation, we must understand that at first stimulation seems to increase power as we gain relief; however, this ultimately drains the life force of the body. Medication is a good example. If you have pain, first the medication will relieve you of the pain and then the body is governed by the Law of Toleration, whereby it adapts to tolerate that particular drug. For example, people who are on morphine need increasing doses until it can’t be handled any more and they die. The body becomes enervated as it adapts to the morphine. In cases with other drugs, the body becomes enervated as it tries to neutralize and eliminate the drugs, and death ensues.
DK: What are some of the best titles on physiology by Dr. Shelton?
PF: I feel that Health for the Millions is his best and most poetic and lyrical work on the physiology of the mind as it interacts with the body. His greatest technical work is undoubtedly Human Life: Its Philosophy and Laws. Another great one is The Science and Fine Art of Food and Nutrition: Volume II, The Hygienic System, which is basically about nutritional science. He teaches why proper food combining is critical to understanding our enzyme limitations and how various enzymes can neutralize one another, rendering them ineffective and negating digestion. This is just one example of some of the laws that Shelton set forth. These books are part of the various course curricula.
The Laws of Life
The Laws of Life were elaborated by the great Natural Hygiene pioneers, Isaac Jennings, M.D. (1788-1874), Reverend Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), and Robert Walter, M.D. (1861-1921). They describe the physiological laws which govern bodily functions with regard to the cause and effect of external influences and its mechanisms of self-preservation and wellness. They serve as the physiological basis for health science (Natural Hygiene) and must be understood by everyone, especially doctors. I am including them for the third time because I firmly believe they are the greatest gift to humanity in our modern age of health science and they are rarely known.
We must study and learn to abide by these Laws while casting away conventional, contrary errant beliefs which undermine our ability to heal and manifest wellness. In defying the Laws, we fall into the perilous trap of fooling ourselves with stimulants, treatments and therapies which only serve to shift symptoms while robbing us of energy and prolonging our suffering. In understanding and abiding by the Laws, we are empowered to utilize our God-given self-healing power to its fullest extent, manifesting the healthful life of our loftiest dreams.
Below is a brief summary of the Laws. An in-depth discussion is beyond the scope of this article. For further study, read books on the subject of Natural Hygiene by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton and others.
1. Life’s Great Law: Every particle of living matter in the organized body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by a force inherent in the organism, usually called “vital force” or “life,” the success of which is directly proportional to the amount of the force and, inversely, to the degree of activity.
2. The Law of Action: Whenever action occurs in the living organism as the result of extraneous influences, the action must be ascribed to the living thing, which has the power of action, and not to the dead, whose leading characteristic is inertia.
3. The Law of Power: The power employed, and, consequently, expended in any vital or medicinal action is vital power, that is, power from within.
4. The Law of Selective Elimination: All injurious substances which, by any means, gain admittance into the domain of vitality are counteracted, neutralized and eliminated in such a manner and through such channels as will produce the least amount of wear and tear to the organism.
5. The Law of Dual Effect: The secondary effect upon the living organism of any act, habit, indulgence or agent is the exact opposite and equal of the primary effect.
6. The Law of Special Economy: The vital organism, under favorable conditions, stores up all excess of vital funds above the current expenditure as a reserve fund to be employed in a time of special need.
7. The Law of Vital Distribution: In proportion to the importance and need of the various organs and tissues of the body is the power of the body, whether much or little, apportioned out among them.
8. The Law of Limitation: Whenever and wherever the expenditure of vital power has advanced so far that a fatal exhaustion is imminent, a check is put upon the unnecessary expenditure of power and the organism rebels against the further use of even an accustomed “stimulant.”
9. The Law of Vital Accommodation—Nature’s Balance Wheel: The response of the vital organism to external stimuli is an instinctive one, based upon a self-preserving instinct which adapts itself to whatever influence it cannot destroy or control.
Study and be true to your physiological mandates and you’ll set yourself free to heal and keep well!