In part 1 of this very brief writing, we’ll introduce the basics of the science and fine art of Natural Hygiene. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a complete system of obtaining, restoring, or maintaining optimal health on all levels, including physical, mental and spiritual.
Natural Hygiene defies the confining chains of labels and definitions. It is a system, it is a way of life, it is an embodiment of truth with regards to healthful, integrous and awakened living, yet it goes beyond that. It is an ever-evolving practice of living in accord with nature’s laws as best as possible. It is about honouring the human being’s physical, mental and spiritual constitution and caring for it accordingly.
Looking at the individual words, natural means ‘existing in or derived from nature and not made or caused by human kind’ and also ‘in accordance with the nature of, or circumstances surrounding something’. The word comes from the old Latin word natura which means ‘birth, nature, quality’. Hygiene is defined as the ‘conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease’. It comes from the Greek word hugieinē – ‘art of health’, which comes from hugiēs, which means ‘healthy’. So, Natural Hygiene can also be understood to mean ‘inborn health’, or ‘natural health’, or ‘the art of natural health’.
In the words of Dr H M Shelton, one of the greatest health educators of the 20th century: “Natural Hygiene seeks to understand exactly and precisely the nature and influence of air, water, food, light, exercise, rest, sleep, temperature, clothing, housing, noise, the emotions, etc., and to apply the knowledge of these things in the processes of living, acting ever and always in proper relation to the laws of life… It is a comprehensive treatment of the whole problem of living in terms of a valid standard; a synthesis of interrelated and correlated living factors productive of a pattern of living normally for human beings; one that covers the total needs of man and not merely one or two of his requirements. Natural Hygiene is a way of life, not a plan of treatment; it is a mode of living; not a system of therapeutics.” Then he goes on to define it more precisely as “that branch of biology which investigates the conditions upon which health depends, and the means by which it may be sustained in all its virtue and purity while we have it and restored when it has been impaired… the art of intelligent and healthful living.”
Further, T C Fry, who re-ignited the health restoring and knowledge promoting power of the movement, calls it “…the greatest health discovery of all time … a way of living based on natural principles that enables human beings to remain in good health throughout life, and to return to good health in all remediable cases, if they are ailing.”
It is not clear who used or coined the term Natural Hygiene first, but it must be evident by now what the underlying meaning is.
The primary objective of Natural Hygiene is to honour, protect and restore the inherent powers of the living organism by respecting and applying the laws of life. It seeks to establish the precise way in which the totality of lifestyle factors (including but not limited to air, water, food, sun, exercise, rest) affect well-being and guide living towards total radiant health accordingly.
Hera are some of the essential principles underlying Natural Hygiene:
Natural Hygiene advocates a total approach where all factors of healthful existence are honoured and optimised. Yet, the dietary element, although not sufficient to assure optimal health, is, for most people, the one exerting the biggest influence. A diet consisting of 100% raw fresh fruits, nuts, succulent greens, and selected seeds, served in their natural, unadulterated way, properly combined and eaten in sufficient quantities with mindfulness is optimal. All liquids aside from pure water are unnecessary in the case of fruit juices and injurious, poisonous, and addictive in the case of caffeinated beverages, sweetened drinks, tea, and alcohol. Drugs, of pharmaceutical or recreational nature, are also viewed and rejected as nothing more than shortcuts to dis-ease and ultimately to the grave.
Basis and merits
Natural Hygiene bases its principles and practices on truths established by the fields of biology, physiology, and anatomy when it comes to caring for the body. Knowledge from the fields of psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality plays a significant role with regards to care for the psyche and the spirit. As an evolving embodiment of truth in practice, Natural Hygiene embraces new discoveries in the aforementioned and other relevant fields if they stand to the test of logic and reason and are supportive of wholesome, natural living.
There is the evidence and living proof of thousands of people who’ve recovered from dis-ease, and/or realised superior levels of health undreamed of before with the help of Natural Hygiene. Its truth in principle, and efficacy in practice becomes self-evident once the system is embraced on an individual level and becomes an embodied way of being.
The primary benefits of Natural Hygiene undoubtedly relate to recovering from any ailments and realising one’s well-being potential on all levels. Further, it can deliver financial savings through significant reduction of expenditure on food, unhealthy items such as confectionery, coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs, and so-called ‘medicines’. Additionally, it delivers time savings realisable when the harmful and destructive habit of cooking is transcended. Natural Hygiene is non-violent towards our neighbours from the animal kingdom as it rejects as harmful and unfit as human food any items of animal origin. Last but not least, it is unmeasurably more environmentally sustainable compared to prevailing lifestyle and dietary norms. It greatly reduces one’s ecological footprint through energy savings from the elimination of cooking and reliance upon natural foods produced with minimal impact on soils and the environment.
It is beyond the scope of this abbreviated introduction to expound upon all the astounding merits and benefits of Natural Hygiene. At the same time, it is worth clarifying that these are only ‘benefits’ as compared to prevailing lifestyle and dietary perversions at the time of writing. In essence, the health improvements and the harmonious existence with our neighbours from other species and with our home the Earth, constitutes nothing more than a return to a completely natural way of being.
Introducing Natural Hygiene - Part 2
Introducing Natural Hygiene – The Only True Natural Health System (e-book)
Martin Stefanov Petkov