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Healthful Living
© David Klein, Ph.D.

I'm celebrating the 20th year of my wake-up call to Healthful Living (synonymous with Natural Hygiene) and complete rejuvenation after a long, debilitating illness (8 years of ulcerative colitis). I¡ve found that when we live in harmony with our environment and society, fulfilling our biological and spiritual needs, we can enjoy life in perfect health, experiencing the euphoric vitality that has always been promised in the teachings of Healthful Living! Healthful Living (or Natural Hygiene) is the 200 year-old health system of living in harmony with our biological and spiritual heritage. Healthful Living is the only health philosophy which aims to empower people to become fully self-sufficient and self-reliant on their path of health mastery.

Healthful Living (or Natural Hygiene) is the art and science of living healthfully in accord with our natural biological heritage. Healthful Living embodies those principles which guide us to correct living practices. ÀNatural Hygiene” is literally the science of health.

Our biological nature, i.e., the make-up (structure, function and living essence) of our bodies, determines our needs and how we should meet them. Health is our natural state of being. Disease processes (or illnesses) are perfectly natural responses enacted by the body for the purpose of detoxifying, rebalancing, adapting to harmful influences and healing. The condition of health (or wellness) is only achieved by living healthfully, i.e., satisfying our mental / emotional / physiological / spiritual needs.

Healthful Living is about enhancing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being through education and right living. It provides us with a simple, wholistic, living awareness system for regaining and maintaining superb human health and beauty. Healthful Living teaches independence and rational action. It banishes fear and ignorance regarding human health and how to keep it. Ultimately, it is about freedom.

Healthful Living enthusiasts always refers to nature as their teacher. When wholistic, comprehensive understanding is required, one must refer back to nature in her pristine majesty as the final authority. We believe we should strive to meet life's requirements, and to smoothly balance them in all aspects so that we can easily lead a joyous and fulfilling existence.

Discovering and attuning to our natural instincts is part and parcel of Natural Hygiene. Our inborn guiding instincts always tend toward healthful and constructive living, when they are unclouded and given proper attention. It is ignorance of our instincts and the laws of life that creates our sickness and suffering. In presenting the concept that health is normal and natural, Healthful Living enthusiasts emphatically refute the idea that disease is inevitable in our lives. We contend that disease will not occur unless there is sufficient cause. Health maintenance is an unceasing process in every organism. When the organism is overwhelmed by toxic substances beyond its ability to eliminate them in normal course, the body institutes emergency action to effect expulsion of the toxic burden. This crisis is called sickness or disease. Toxic materials accumulate in the body from two sources:
1) from unexpelled body wastes that are endogenously generated as a normal part of our metabolism, and
2) from exogenous materials ingested and partially or wholly retained due to inability to cope with the eliminative load.

We must eliminate the dead weight of false knowledge and ideas that we carry with us each moment. Using treatments, drugs, herbs, or anything else abnormal and unnatural to the body can interfere with healthful body functions but, under no circumstances can these agencies heal the body. Because these devitalizing agencies depress and suppress symptoms (or evidences) of body healing efforts, and because the body discontinues vital activities to contend with these agencies, which makes the symptoms disappear, the anti-vital effects of drugs and treatments are mistaken for healing effects. Nothing but the body can heal itself.

Disease is instituted by the body itself as an emergency measure to purify and repair itself. Modalities (treatments or therapies that involve drugs, herbs, manipulations, or other infringements upon the vital domain) cannot possibly assist the body. On the contrary, they interfere with vital body purification and reparative functions and normal body functions as well. Such interference poses additional problems for the body to cope with, thereby further lowering the body vitality. Body vitality may be lowered so much by the greater danger presented by the drugs or modalities that the original disease effort, which is actually an effort to purify the body, is discontinued in favor of devoting available energies to the more virulent enemy, the drugs within. That is why medical physicians are called allopaths. That is why there is so much "iatrogenic disease," meaning disease caused by treatments.

The best way to help the body in disease is to "intelligently do nothing" (secure rest and sleep) and simultaneously establish conditions of health-conditions that enable the body to devote all its vitality to the healing crisis. A thoroughgoing rest under tranquil circumstances constitutes a healing environment, for it permits full devotion of body energies to the emergency task.

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