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The Physiological Laws of Life
By Dr C, orthopathic proponent
As proposed by Natural Hygienists / Orthopaths
Orthopathy had its genesis 1802 in the US with the studies of Dr. Isaac Jennings. He published his work in 1822. Many allopathic doctors of the day threw down their bleeding lancets and began anew as orthopaths once they realised the truth. This medical paradigm
fuelled the medical reform movement of the 1800’s. As MDs, they were trained is all aspects of medicine from diagnosis to
What they did not accept was the germ theory of disease, the useless and excessive use of drugs, and needless and useless surgery. They viewed sanitation as necessary, drugs as temporary expedients, and surgery was for emergencies and trauma. They became known as the Natural Hygienists. Natural Hygiene remains a part of American history and America
The orthopaths had 16 physiological laws of life to guide them in their understanding of the human organism. With the renewed interest in "alternative" medicine, perhaps it is time to post these laws for those who have an interest in "alternative" medicine.
1. Life’s Great Law
Every living cell of the organised body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by an inherent force in the organism called "vital force" or "life force." The success of each living organism -- whether it be simple or complex -- is directly proportional to the amount of its life force and inversely proportional to the degree of its
The idea of a bacterial cause of disease began in 1760. Bechamp, 1816-1895, proved that bacteria do not enter the body to cause disease circa 1870. The Dodd sisters opened the St. Louis school for physicians and surgeons in 1904.
2. The Law of
The living organism is completely self-constructing, self-maintaining,
self-directing, self-repairing, self-defending, and self-healing.
3. The Law of
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 lifeless, the leading characteristic of which is
4. The Law of
The power employed, and consequently expended, in any vital or medicinal
action is vital power, that is, power from within--and not from without.
5. The Law of
The power of the body, whether that power is great or little, is distributed
in a manner proportionate to the importance and needs of the various organs and
tissues of the body.
[Comment: There are five basic areas where the body expends energy (power).
Mental activity (the brain), movement and muscle action, cellular metabolism,
digestion and assimilation , and elimination. Of these, elimination is the one
most often short-changed or slighted.]
6. The Law of Conservation or
The Law of Autolysis
Whenever nutritive abstinence is affected, the living organism’s reserves
are autolyzed in the inverse order of their usefulness, while toxic substances
are being eliminated. [Comment: This was a principle used for Hygienic fasting
under close medical supervision.]
7. The Law of
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
[Comment: Excessive physical exertion is one example. Alcoholics becoming ill
at the smell of alcohol is another.]
8. The Law of Special
The vital organism--under favorable conditions--stores up all excess of vital
funds above the current expenditures as a "reserve fund" to be
employed in time of special need. [Comment: This factor allows man to go for
lengthy periods of time without food. Jesus fasted for 40 days. In older times a
fast of 40 days was required to gain entry into college. The record goes to an
MD. This MD, under close observation by his detractors (other MDs ) went without
food for 102 days before the symptoms of starvation presented themselves.]
9. The Law of Vital
The response of the vital organism to external stimuli is an instinctive one,
based upon a self-preservative instinct which adapts or accommodates itself to
whatever influence it cannot destroy or control. [Comment: The ability of the
living organism to adapt and tolerate is necessary to sustain life in the face
of adversity and to prolong the life of the organism.]
10. The Law of Stimulation
or Dual Effect
Whenever a toxic or irritating agent is brought to bear upon the living
organism, the body puts forth vital resistance -- which manifests itself in an
action at once accelerated, but also impaired. This resistance diminishes the
bodily power precisely to the degree to which it accelerates action. The
increased action is caused by the extra expenditure of vital power called out,
not supplied, by the stimulatory process. In consequence, the available supply
of power is diminished by this amount.
[Comment: This law applies directly to the use of drugs and medicinals as well
as the effects of toxic herbs and many of our condiments. The drugs and herbs
may stimulate body action, the condiments may stimulate our sense of taste and
make dull foods come to life, but in the end they are not nutritional materials
and must be resisted by the body.]
11. The Law of
Compensation or The Law of Repose
Whenever action in the body has expended the substance and available energy
of the body, sleep and/or rest is induced in order to replenish the body’s
substance and Nerve Energy.
12. The Law of
All injurious substances which gain admittance by any means into the living
organism are counteracted, neutralized, and expelled as fully as the bodily
Nerve Energy supplies allow by such means and through such channels as will
produce the least amount of harm to the living structure.
[Comment: Two common
routes of elimination is the urine and faeces. ]
Alcohol metabolites in the breath means the lungs are being used. Garlic
breath means the same route is being used. Perspiration following the eating of
hot peppers means the sweat glands are being used. Your hair falling out from
chemo means the hair follicles in the skin are being used.
13. The Law of
The normal elements and materials of life are all that the living organism is
ever capable of constructively utilizing, whether it is well or sick. No
substance or process that is not a normal-factor-element in physiology can be of
any value in the structure of the living organism; and that which is unusable in
a state of health, is equally unusable in a state of illness.
[Comment: The Orthopaths (Natural Hygienists) were then drugless doctors. They
used medicinals only as temporary expedients and not a life long supplement as
the allopaths of today. They were skilled nutritionists as a consequence,
following in the true Hippocratic tradition: "Let your food be your
medicine, and your medicine be your food."]
14. The Law of Quality
When the quality of nutriment being received by the living organism is higher
than that of the present living tissue, the organism will discard lower-grade
cells to make room for appropriating the superior materials into new and healthy
[Comment: Since every cell in the body, including the bones, is
changed out over a seven year cycle, if we provide superior nutrients, we gain a
new and superior body on a continuing basis. Provide the body with inferior
nutrients, and you get a sicker, weaker you on a downward trend. Just look at
15. The Law of The
The development of living organisms is regulated by the supply of that
element or factor which is least abundantly provided or utilized. The element or
factor in shortest supply determines the amount of development. [Comment: The
particularly applies to the foetus.]
16. The Law of
The development of all or any parts of the living organism is measured in
direct proportion to the amount of vital forces and nutritive materials which
are directed to it and brought to bear upon it.
The sixteen physiological laws of life are what they taught.
They are not arguable.
Quote from DrC
In a textbook section titled "Contagion and Epidemics" beginning on
page 1389 and continuing I find:
The first germ theory was published by M.A. Plenciz in 1762. However, in
1860, Louis Pasteur took credit for the experiments and discoveries
"plagiarizing and distorting their discoveries."
The same thing could be done today since the medical profession continually
sweeps its errors under the rug, continues to promote more "new scientific
evidence", while never admitting to an error or a mistake.
Then I find "Pasteur changes his mind."
"....Around 1880 Pasteur discovered facts which were not in accord with his
previous conception that disease germs were unchangeable. He found that
microbial species can undergo many transformations; this discovery destroyed the
basis for the germ theory of disease.
Since a coccus ( pneumonia germ ) could change to a bacillus ( typhoid germ )
and back again, indeed, since any germ could turn into another, and since their
virulence could be altered, often at the will of the experimenter, the whole
It is frequently overlooked that Pasteur by then had changed his direction, and
his more mature conception of the cause of disease, as given by Dr. Duclaux, was
that a germ was " ordinarily kept within bounds by natural laws, but, when
conditions change, when its
virulence is exalted, when the host is enfeebled," the germ was able to
" invade the territory which was barred to it up to that time."
"The presence in the body of a pathogenic agent is not necessarily
synonymous with infectious disease." ( the presence of certain germs is not
proof that they are the cause of a disease.)
"So Pasteur did finally reverse his position and acknowledge that germs are
not the specific and primary cause of disease, and he ABANDONED the germ theory.
He is reported to have said on his deathbed, " Bernard was right. The seed
is nothing, the soil is everything."
"Although Pasteur abandoned his early immature and erroneous ( germ theory
of disease ) in the 1880's it was accepted, developed, fostered, and perpetuated
by others, and the mischief, medical misunderstanding, and error continue to