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The Royal Road to Health; or, the Secret of Health Without Drugs

The Royal Road to Health; or, the Secret of Health Without Drugs
Title: The Royal Road to Health; or, the Secret of Health Without Drugs
Release Date: 2016-06-14
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Contents.

Some typographical errors have been corrected;a list follows the text.
Indexto Treatment of Disease

(etext transcriber's note)

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THE
Royal   Road   to   Health

OR THE SECRET OF
HEALTH WITHOUT DRUGS.
BY
CHAS. A. TYRRELL, M. D.
Registered Number 2646
Proprietor of Tyrrell’s Hygienic Institute. Inventor of the “J. B. L. Cascade,”
Professor of Hygiene. Ex-President of the Eclectic Medical Society
of the City and County of New York. Originator of the
Improved System of Physical Exercises, etc.

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTIETH EDITION
COMPLETELY REVISED, ENLARGED AND ILLUSTRATED
PUBLISHED BY
CHAS. A. TYRRELL, M. D.
134 W. 65th Street, New York
1917

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TO   MY   WIFE
WHOSE ENTHUSIASM, AND UNFLAGGING INTEREST IN ALL
MATTERS PERTAINING TO HEALTH IS EXCELLED BY
NONE, AND WHO HAS BEEN A FAITHFUL CO-WORKER
IN BUILDING UP THE SYSTEM OF
TREATING DISEASE BY HYGIENIC
METHODS HEREIN SET FORTH,
THIS BOOK IS

AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

Copyrighted, 1907,
BY
CHARLES A. TYRRELL, M.D.

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The Digestive Organs.(Viewed from the front.)

DESCRIPTION OF THE DIAGRAM
ILLUSTRATING THE
DIGESTIVE ORGANS OF MAN.


1.Esophagus or Gullet.
2.Cardiac end of Stomach.
3.Pyloric end of Stomach.
4.Duodenum.
5,6. Convolutions of Small Intestines.
7.Cæcum.
*Vermiform appendage of Cæcum, called the appendicula vermiformis.
8.Ascending Colon.
9, 10. Transverse Colon.
11.Descending Colon.
12.Sigmoid Flexure, the last curve of the Colon before it terminates in the Rectum.
13.Rectum, the terminal part of the Colon.
14.Anus, posterior opening of the alimentary canal, through which the excrements are expelled.
15,15. Lobes of the Liver, raised and turned back.{6}
16.Hepatic Duct, which carries the bile from the liver to the Cystic and Common Bile Ducts.
17.Cystic Duct.
18.Gall Bladder.
19.Common Bile Duct.
20.Pancreas, the gland which secretes the pancreatic juice.
21.Pancreatic Duct, entering the Duodenum with the Common Bile Duct.

The illustration here given of the Digestive Apparatus of man representsthe organs of food digestion, especially the alimentary canal and glandsconnected therewith, and to the reader of this book, or to any studentof anatomy, it will be found of invaluable service as a reference.

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The diagram gives a view of the digestive organs from the ventral orfront side, a proper study of which cannot fail to impress everyintelligent being with the reverential deduction of the Psalmist that weare “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

PREFACE
TO THE
ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTIETH EDITION

In presenting to the public the one hundred and seventieth edition ofthis work, it is a matter for profound gratification to be able to statethat the treatment described in its pages has steadily increased inpublic favor since its introduction. Tens of thousands of gratefulpeople testify to its efficiency, not only as a remedial process, butbetter still, as a preventive of disease. Truth must ever prevail, andthis treatment being based on natural law (which is unerring), mustachieve the desired result, which is the restoration and preservation ofhealth.

This edition has been completely revised and much of it re-written, andwhile the essential principles remain unchanged, some slight departuresfrom previously expressed opinions may be noted; for in the years thathave elapsed since the first edition saw the light, some notableadvances have been made in rational therapeutics and dietetics, and noone can afford to lag behind the car of Progress.

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The arrangement of the book has been still farther altered, by addinganother part, making nine in all, each part being devoted to a specialphase of the general subject, thus simplifying it, and making itsprinciples easier of application. Quotations have been freely made fromarticles written during the past three years by the author, in hiscapacity as editor of “Health,” and several new formulas for thetreatment of important diseases have been added to those that haveappeared in previous editions.

While painfully conscious that the critically disposed may findsomething to condemn in its pages, the work is sent forth with thefervent hope, that despite any defects it may possess it may, in thefuture, as in the past, prove the means of restoring to sufferingthousands the possession of their natural and rightful heritage—health.

The Author.

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CONTENTS.

PART I.
DRUGGING PROVED UNSCIENTIFIC.
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Health is wealth. The truth about “Materia Medica.” Medicalopinions on drugs—they do not cure disease. Opinionsof British physicians. The most important medicaldiscoveries made by laymen. There is no “lawof cure,” only a condition. Drugs do not act on thesystem, but are acted upon13
PART II.
THE TRUE CAUSE OF DISEASE.
Only one cause of disease. There is only one disease, butmany modifications. Digestion and assimilation explained.Evil effects of the retention of waste. Thehorrors of fæcal impaction. How auto-infection is accomplished.The mysteries of the circulation. Diseaseshown to be the result of imperfect elimination37
PART III.
RATIONAL HYGIENIC TREATMENT.
Nature cures, not the physician. The action of microbes.The cathartic habit. The true action of cathartics explained,and popular suppositions corrected. A correctsolution of the difficulty. “Flushing the colon” an ancient{10}practice. Dr. Turner’s post mortem experiences.Colon distortion illustrated. Objections to the ordinaryappliances—danger in using the long, flexible catheter.Invention of the “J. B. L. Cascade,” and descriptionof it50
PART IV.
HOW TO USE IT.
The complete process of “flushing the colon” explained, stepby step, so that even a child might understand it. Objectionsanswered. Advice to users of the treatment71
PART V.
PRACTICAL HYGIENE.
Longevity man’s natural heritage. The care of the body—absolutecleanliness rare. The function of water in thehuman organism. Hot water the natural scavenger. Thebath. Description of the skin, and its function. Hintson bathing. The wet sheet pack. Importance of freshair. Interchange of gases in the lungs. Ventilation.Prof. Willard Parker on impure air. The function ofthe heart. The therapeutic value of sunlight86
PART VI.
EXERCISE.
Motion is life. Effect of exercise on the fluids of the body.How the tissues are nourished. Exercise for invalids.Complete system of breathing exercises for developingthe lungs. Improved system of physical exercises, callinginto play every muscle of the body—ensuring harmonious{11}development. Special nerve exercise. How tostand and how to walk. All the above exercises plainlyillustrated108
PART VII.
THE DIET QUESTION.
The replacement of waste. Appetite and hunger. The evilsof gluttony. Vegetarianism versus flesh eating. Diet,a question of latitude. The cause of old age. Cretinism.Danger of earthy matters in food substances.Fruits are ideal foods. The true value of bread. Classificationof the ingredients of food substances. Table ofproportions. Table of digestive values. Vegetarianismdiscussed. A mixed diet the most reasonable. How toeat. Liquids at meals. When to eat. The no-breakfastplan. The effects of alcohol, tea and coffee. Improperhabits of eating. The influence of mind upon digestion.The advantages of regularity. Nature’s bookkeeping124
PART VIII.
TREATMENT OF DISEASE.
Complete formulas of treatment (with dietary rules) forover fifty different diseases, including Consumption, Appendicitis,Locomotor Ataxia, Paralysis, Dyspepsia, Pneumonia,Diabetes Mellitus, Uterine troubles, etc. Also allthe principal ailments of children158
PART IX.
SOME HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS.
Disease is the result of the operation of natural law—don’tdread it. Don’t treat symptoms; treat the fundamental{12}cause. Pain is Nature’s danger signal. Prevention isbetter than cure. The elements of prevention. Importanceof a knowledge of physiology. The body, thevehicle of expression for the mind. The strenuous life.Tear worse than wear. The importance of reserve energy.The effect of the mind on the body. The humanbody as a bank. The importance of a daily balance.Cultivate cheerfulness. The habit of happiness. Thefolly of squandering health. Medicine and surgery compared.What children should be taught. The final word214
MASSAGE, SHEET-PACKS, ETC.
Instructions for massage. How to use the stomach bath bythree different methods. How to improvise the TurkishBath in your own home, without apparatus. How touse the wet-sheet pack. How to care for the “Cascade”209

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THE ROYAL ROAD TO HEALTH.

PART I.
Drugging Proved Unscientific.

It is one of the most profound mysteries of our civilization, and hasbeen one of the most perplexing and discouraging phenomena of humanexistence, that, while the world at large has maintained an everincreasing “medical profession,” whose members are popularly supposed tobe competent to deal with all the ills that flesh is heir to; stillthere has always been a long list of what are termed “incurablediseases.” But the immense strides made, in recent years, in everybranch of modern science, has led the thinking public to consider such acondition of things as an outrageous libel on the God of Nature, and toquestion whether there can be such a thing as an incurable disease.

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Health is such an inestimable blessing, that the individual who shalldevise means to preserve it, or to restore it, when lost, is deservingof all the thanks and honors that a grateful community can bestow.Unfortunately, there are very few who estimate life at its true value,until they are confronted with the grim destroyer, Death. No one canfully appreciate the priceless blessings of health, until they feel thatit has slipped from their grasp. The oft quoted phrase, “Health isWealth,” is truly a concrete expression of wisdom, for without theformer, the latter is well nigh an impossibility. But its interferencewith the activities of life is one of the least evils of sickness, forperfect health is the very salt and spice of life; without it,existence is “weary, stale, flat and unprofitable.”

But let none despair, for it is my purpose to show how those who enjoythe blessing of robust health may preserve it indefinitely, and howthose who have lost it may regain it—with access of vigor, and oncemore feel that life is indeed worth living. In presenting a new systemof medication, it is necessary to attack the existing systems, andhence, I am placed in a delicate position, for of all the problems everpresented for the ingenuity of man to solve, undoubtedly the mostdifficult is, how to present new facts so as not to offend old errors;for individuals are very prone to regard arguments levelled againsttheir opinions as direct attacks upon their personality; and not a fewof them mistake their own deeply-rooted prejudices for establishedcertainties.

I shall endeavor to show that the practice of administering drugs tocure disease is a fallacy, and in so doing, I am bound to incur thecondemnation of my brother practitioners, who prescribe drugs, and thedruggists who vend them.

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It may safely be asserted that the drug system of treating diseasewould be destroyed if it were to be critically examined; in fact, todefend it is provocative of unmistakable damage to it. If it is oncesubjected to the analysis of calm reason its defects become palpable tothe meanest understanding.

There are three principal schools of medicine, each with a distinctivetitle, but they are all one in essential principles. They may differ inunimportant details, but in the main premises they are a unit. They allbelieve in the principle of “curing one disease by producing another.”In other words, their practice is, to induce a drug disease to cure aprimary one, for this is exactly what is done when drugs areadministered, in pathological conditions as we shall prove later on bytestimony from authorities on medical practice.

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The materia medica of the schools, to-day, includes upwards of twothousand substances—the number increasing daily—and when vieweddispassionately it presents what? A list of drugs, chemicals,dye-stuffs, all subversive of organic structures. They are allantagonistic to living matter: all produce disease when brought incontact in any manner with the living domain—as a matter of fact, allare poisons. Now, what logical standing can a system have, that employs,as remedies for

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