Raw Food Explained: Life Science
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All life is subject to laws. Fixed material relationships provide the balance necessary to our survival and sustenance. They also dictate the conditions, primordial requisites and limitations within whereby we are able to flourish abundantly and live healthfully on our planet.
These laws follow an organized structure—a universal order—a perfect pattern beginning with space and time, energy and its activity—co-existing in constant, spontaneous, harmonious vibration and automatic progression as a continuum. The basic primary laws of vibration and bonding give energy its shape and substance in the form which we call matter. All matter is bonded energy.
This matter/energy harmony, governed by perfect universal order, is the basis for all laws and constants of physics and chemistry such as the laws of mass and centrifugal force, which act in harmony to create the gravitational balance which is a constant of our existence on Earth.
These fundamentals (our basic sciences) harmonize go give us the basic principles of biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, the secondary sciences which determine our identity, composition, characteristics, and behavior as living organisms in symbiotic relationships to our internal and external environment and form which the laws of vital relation governing all plant and animal life, of which we are an integral part, are formulated.
This is the basis for our study of human life. Without these functional relationships, there could be no life as we know it. With them, life is possible. If allowed to follow nature's perfect course of action, life immediately and automatically proceeds in the direction of perfect form. It originated and developed in strict obedience to the laws of nature. Life can be perfect if the laws of life are followed.
Life is a continuum. It is governed by immutable laws. These laws are unvarying. They must meet certain criteria to be termed laws of nature. These criteria are:
First, the principle, relationship or law must be fixed or constant—the same in all places and at all times, universally applicable under all conditions.
Second, it must be governed by universal order, harmonious with all other laws, reliable and predictable.
Third, it must be inherent in the nature of things as an integral factor, necessary to the completion of the sequence of natural process; that is, nature as we know it could not be sustained without it.
Fourth, it must be all-encompassing, excluding nothing. All aspects of nature must be governed by it.
And fifth, it must describe succinctly and accurately the normal sequence of developments and be the guiding principle in fundamental relationships.
All of these criteria are necessary to the formulation of a law of nature. All the laws of nature meet these criteria in every sense. They are as reliable as the motion of the universe. In the same way, we know where a planet in our solar system or our moon will be at any given moment based on laws of planetary motion in astronomy. With charts and records, we can be sure and feel safe and secure about the laws of anatomy and physiology governing human life and health.
The laws never change; only environmental conditions change. The same law of gravity that allows a balloon to rise brings it back to Earth; the difference in conditions controls its altitude, but the law remains constant. Likewise, the same laws that cause a ship to float will, under changed conditions, allow it to sink. Again, the conditions change, but the laws remain constant.
In the same way, we can control our quality of health with the help of nature by changing our conditions— removing the causes of disease development and supplying the body intelligently with its needs—the elements of health.
It is impossible to break a law of nature. To say we have "broken" a law of nature is as if to say that the sun "rises" and "sets;" it is only a convenient idiomatic word form description of what has really taken place. If a child touches something hot and burns its finger, it has not violated a law of nature; rather, it has merely illustrated the results of its action.
We can choose to ignore nature's laws and suffer the consequences, or observe and follow nature's laws and reap the benefits. When a pilot flies an airplane, he must observe strict rules of aeronautics and aviation which are dictated by natural laws of physics; and if he fails to abide by them, or to operate the plane within these limitations, he will crash.
So it is with our quality of health. If we overeat, or eat of an improper diet, ingest any poisonous substance or substances, or if in any way we fail to supply the body with its needs properly or subject it to inappropriate conditions, the degree of disharmony we subject it to determines the level of impairment of our health. The same sun that nourishes our body through the skin and plant life will enervate and damage us if we overexpose ourselves to it.
Exercise is vital to oxidation and utilization of nutrients which are to be appropriated by the body; yet we can overexert ourselves and cause enervation which will impair our ability to assimilate and appropriate food. We must observe nature's laws and live within their limitations or suffer.
Understanding nature's laws and intelligently employing them in our everyday lives is the essence of Natural Hygiene/Life Science. The better we are acquainted with natural laws and how they affect us constantly, and the more harmoniously we observe and follow them, the higher level of health we enjoy, and the more effectively we resist adversity as it confronts us.
Natural Hygiene/Life Science is the study of the primordial requisites of life and the understanding and correct application of the laws of nature in order to most advantageously meet the needs of life and preserve it and its integrity in the most vital and abundant sense on all levels. What we do or don't do now and from now on determines, and will continue to determine, our quality of life and our level of health.
The future of our health is in our own hands to the extent that circumstances of the past and health of our past generations have not had some peculiar overriding influence of influences upon our birth or the state of our present well-being, such as an inherent constitutional weakness passed on through our forebearers.
Nature is wonderfully provident and compensating in most cases and protects us up to a point which varies from family to family and birth to birth, depending on complex conditions, again within nature's limitations! The more consistently we live in harmony with the laws of life from generation to generation, as a body of like-minded people, the more we will improve the quality and upgrade the potentials of succeeding generations.
A consistent, concerted effort to live healthfully and harmoniously is urgently needed to reverse the gradually degenerating trend of our human race. Furthermore, we need to examine our role as an integral part of all plant and animal life and realize our necessity to preserve our symbiotic relationship with our natural environment. We must protect and preserve the ecology of our Earth upon which all life, including our lives and the lives of our children and succeeding generations, must depend if we are to survive as a human race and, ultimately if life as a whole is to survive.
How effectively and extensively we reach out and educate those around us to nature's immutable laws and limitations they impose and alert our fellow beings to the changes necessary for reversing the present downward degenerative pattern will directly affect whether we are successful in saving the quality and integrity of our lives and our environment and in preserving our future.
There are those who would say it is already to late—that the time for turning around our ecological destiny has come and gone and that we will inevitably perish because of the constant onslaught of infractions and injustices we have assaulted upon our planet. This has been reflected in many of the thoughts and attitudes exhibited by some of our nation's leaders and appointees overseeing the affairs of our country's natural preserves and resources.
In my opinion, nature is supreme and omnipotent, and it is impossible to destroy nature. Nature's supremacy is demonstrated constantly in our global weather and in the many natural "disasters" which take place in the form of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes. It is further demonstrated in the power of the oceans and rivers, lakes, and streams, in our seasons, even in such instances as the single blade of grass that cracks a cement sidewalk, in the trickle of water that eventually may form a canyon, in the tree that continues to live and bear fruit even after it has been knocked over.
Man will never be able to overpower nature and her laws, no matter how many buildings he constructs which will eventually crumble, no matter how many roads he paves which eventually will be overgrown when left unattended or unmaintained, no matter how many bombs he builds and detonates, nuclear or otherwise, as nature systematically continues on regardless of scars.
Of course, it is possible for man to exterminate himself and much of his surroundings for a time, perhaps a very long time after a nuclear accident or holocaust, and even though he may be able to destroy himself or make his environment unfit to support him, nature will eventually recover and repair that which he has destroyed, probably including man himself. Nature is omnipotent and all-encompassing, and nature's laws prove and demonstrate it continually and endlessly.
Here are the laws of vital relationships, the fundamental and secondary principles of Natural Hygiene/Life Science, as formulated in accordance with universal law and comparative studies of biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. These laws determine life as we know it; those laws of nature govern us and provide for us the capacity for natural defense. A disease-free existence with perfect health is possible if we let nature be our guide and live in harmony with her mandates.
All the laws of vital relation are built on two fundamental principles; the Law of Identity, as first set down by Aristotle in the third century B.C., and the Law of Self-Preservation or Law of Homeostasis also known as Life's Great Law. All other principles among the laws of vital relation are built upon these fundamental principles and are known as secondary principles, mostly being built upon Life's Great Law, which in turn, may be said to be built upon the Law of Identity as a fundamental extension of that primary law.
Nature’s Laws For Healthful Living
The Law of Identity
Every living thing that exists exists as a particular something, with specific qualities, attributes, potentials, and limitations inherent to the organism; a living organism is what it is and cannot act contrary to its nature.
What this basically means, without entering into a lengthy discussion of comparative biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, is that all biological, biochemical, anatomical and physiological features of man definitely place him in the class of frugivores as a primate of the highest order, as indicated by the number, structure and dental formula of the teeth; the length and structure of the digestive system, the position of the eyes, the functions of the skin, the character of the nails, the salivary characteristics, the relative size of the liver, the number and position of the mammary glands, the position and structure of the reproductive organs, the character of the human placenta, the nature of having two hands and two feet, the method of physical transportation and many other factors, all indicating unquestionably our constitutional nature and biological heritage as a frugivore, whose natural diet consists primarily of fruit.
By our very nature as a frugivore, we cannot function properly contrary to that nature. Frugivores may partake of some green leaves and other plant parts with advantages. Man may in accordance with his constitutional nature, add green vegetables and nuts to the fruit diet, thereby improving it according to most Hygienists.
There are other important factor elements necessary to human life which contribute to our well-being. They are essential to the functional integrity and systemic harmony of the human organism. They are: Pure air, pure water, cleanliness, rest and sleep, body temperature, exercise, sunshine, relaxation, mental and emotional poise, pleasant surroundings, creative freedom, self-discipline, and other important factors.
The Law of Self-Preservation
(or Homeostasis), which is also known as Life’s Great Law states:
Every living cell is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by a vital force inherent in the organism, the success of t whose work is directly proportional to the amount of inherent force available and inversely proportional to the degree of its activity.
What this means, in a “nutshell,” is that if you provide the proper conditions for living organisms, they will automatically proceed in the direction of perfect health. How Well they will do depends on how much vital energy is in reserve and how little of it is being expended in activity. Instinct is defined by natural law as “an innate propensity to act without conscious direction,” and every living organism endowed with certain instincts, drives, sensations, inherent desires, and indications which can also register as discomforts, which impel it to act in its own self-interest.
All secondary principles which are set down as laws of nature with respect to human life are basically elaborations, or secondary principles hinging upon this fundamental principle of self-preservation, serving to guide us in the fulfillment of these fundamental principles.
The Law Of Order
The living organism is completely self-constructing, self-serving, self-maintaining, self-directing, self-repairing, self-defending and self-healing. These are biological processes, extensions of the normal physiological mechanisms that renew and repair the organism on a daily basis, and are achieved by the organism’s own forces and processes in a lawful and orderly manner.
This law is basically self-explanatory and needs no further elaboration.
The Law Of Action
In the relations between the living organism and lifeless matter, the former is active and the latter passive, always; (R. Trall) therefore, whenever and wherever action occurs in the living organism as a result of extraneous influences, the action is ascribed to the living organism which alone is empowered with the ability to act, and not to any lifeless material, agent or influence whose leading characteristic is inertia.
This means that if you provide the wrong conditions for living things, such as pollutants or poisonous substances taken into the body from without, you will provoke defensive action and instinctive efforts of the organism to defend itself on the cellular, organic, and systemic levels as a unit. This principle goes hand-in-hand with our next law.
The Law Of Power
The power employed, and consequently expended, in any vital or medicinal action, is vital power, generated from within; it is the living organism that acts, it is vital power that produces the action, and no healing power whatsoever resides in any substances outside the body.
This law further clarifies the source of all activity within the living organism, that being vital power, which is distributed, utilized, and conserved in accordance with other laws which will be elaborated upon as we continue.
The Law Of Compensation
In order to expend vital energy on the one hand, nature must conserve and regenerate on the other.
This law means that there must be a balance maintained between energy expenditure and energy replacement. This balance is automatically observed by the body under ideal conditions. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more we drive the body, the less power it will have for overall efficiency, that is, for basic functional needs.
The Law Of Selective Elimination
All injurious substances which gain admittance by any means into the living organism are counteracted, neutralized, and expelled by such means and through such channels as will produce the least amount of harm to living structure.
Examples of this law are illustrated by the apparent actions of drugs which are introduced into the body and, depending on the composition of the drug, seem to affect certain parts of the body in a particular way. Actually, as we have discussed earlier, the body is acting on the drug according to its chemical character, using the point of least resistance for counteractive and eliminative measures, depending on what part or parts of the body can do so with the least ill effects.
The Law Of Vital Accommodation
The Law of Vital Accommodation is also known as nature’s balance wheel. The response of the vital organism to internal and external stimuli, agents and influences is intrinsic and instinctive, based on self-preserving, self-maintaining, and self-defending abilities which enable the organism to “adapt,” tolerate, or accommodate those extraneous influences it cannot utilize, escape, destroy, eliminate, or control in whatever way possible in order to maintain cellular, organic, and systemic integrity and to protect the life of the organism, at the expense of enervation, overall impairment of health, and consequent degeneration within the organism in direct proportion to the amount of influences and the toxic, enervating effects produced by the degenerating influences.
This law means that the living organism can tolerate or accommodate the extraneous influences which enter or come into contact with it. It “adapts” itself to whatever it cannot free itself of. The body tries in every way possible to maintain functional poise, having to sacrifice well-being. Functional vigor is lowered for the sake of survival. When we make compromises, we do so invariably at our own expense. We create conditions; the laws remain constant.
The Law Of Dual Effects
All substances and agents either taken into the living organism or coming into contact with it from without, occasion a twofold and contrary action in time, the reactive or secondary action being the opposite of the active or primary one, and the more lasting.
An example of this would be anything creating the effect of stimulation as a primary action, which would result in a secondary reaction of depression, such as taking a hot shower which gives one a sense of warmth and vigor and thereafter a feeling of “relaxation,” which in reality is a level of enervation. The same effect takes place very commonly in the “lazy” feeling created after consuming a very large meal, whereby at first one never feels very stimulated and “energized.” This is what we call a “stimulant delusion” and is very common in most current enervating lifestyles.
The Law Of Utilization
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, and there must always be a normal relation between the living organism, whether in a state of normal or abnormal activity, and the material things that contribute, more or less perfectly, to sustaining biological and physiological phenomena.
This law may seem a very simple one, but it is a very important law to fully understand. What this means is that no substance or process that is not a factor-element in physiology can be of any value in the living structure under any circumstances of life. That which is nonusable in a state of health must be equally nonusable in a state of ill-health. There are two categories of substances that enter or occasion contact with the body: Those that afford nourishment, which is food, and those that have no normal relationship with the body.
They may be chemically dangerous or relatively inert but afford no nourishment. These are categorically recognized as poisons. When we are in a condition of disease, only those substances and influences that are not foreign, but usable and necessary factor-elements in a state of health, should be supplied. Only they can be of any advantage to us.
Therefore, when sick or manifesting symptoms, the body is not able to appropriate substances that would contribute to ill-health if taken under normal conditions. Anything which offers no nutritive value or cannot be appropriated into living tissue in the context of a natural food substance suitable to our biological and physiological identity as a frugivore must be correctly recognized as a poison and should be avoided in all instances.
A poison has no normal relationship with a healthy body. It is not usable in a state of health nor in a state of sickness. Disease is a biological process—a defensive action instigated by the body in an inherent effort to put right that which has developed into a difficult situation and has become threatening to the life of the organism.
As such, it is a normal process of correcting that which has developed into abnormality. The body behaves essentially in the same way in a state of ill-health as it does in a state of health, dealing with adversity as it is confronted with it; therefore, the factors and elements of health are rightly employed for the same purposes in the care of a sick organism as in the care of a healthy one.
Keep in mind that we are dealing with changes in conditions and how to intelligently allow the body to effect the proper changes necessary to recover its normal state of health. Only the conditions change; the laws remain constant.
The Law Of Special Economy
The vital organism, under favorable conditions, stores up all excess of vital factors to be employed in a time of special need.
This law is especially valuable to remember in the consideration of the subject of fasting. It is this law which shows us that when we fast, we can be sure that, under normal conditions, we have plenty of reserves which the body has automatically set aside for itself during crises. Exceptions to this usually involve metabolic imbalances of disease pathology which have created serious impairment or atrophy of a particular gland, organ or systemic faculty.
The body is incredibly provident and intelligent in its self-preserving capabilities, and this law helps us to appreciate that even more. How wonderful it is that we can abstain from food for an extended period of time allowing our bodies to take over with its reserve fund and redirect its energies toward concentrating on ejecting uneliminated poisons and utilizing its innate healing capabilities with success and benefit as to transform our entire organism from a pathological condition to a vibrant state of disease-free health. It’s like a miracle, and yet it is simply nature and her providence once again demonstrating her superiority and self-preservation when given free reign.
The Law Of Conservation
This law is also known as the law of autolysis. Whenever nutritive abstinence is effected, the living organism’s reserves are utilized. They are conserved and economized. Living structures are autolyzed in the inverse order of their usefulness while toxic substances are being eliminated in the inverse order of their chronological accumulation.
This law is also known and understood as the fasting principle; and it goes hand-in-hand with the Law of Special Economy to further illustrate the process by which nutritional reserves are utilized and poisons eliminated during a fast. It is important to understand the fasting process as a kind of disease pathology operating in reverse, while fasting the body effects a remission of toxicosis with the least amount of damage to the living organism.
At all times the body protects its systemic integrity most advantageously. It is even more important to understand that fasting does not suddenly cause the body to discharge all the toxic and morbid accumulations in one complete action or reaction. Rather, the toxic accumulations are discharged in proportion to the manner and rate at which they were accumulated.
The Law Of Vital Distribution
Vital energy is distributed throughout the living organism according to the particular needs of the cells, organs and systems of the organism, drawn from where it is in greatest reserve and directed to where it is most needed.
This law helps us to further understand the hierarchy that exists within all life forms which is further elucidated in the law of order. The body is systematic and ever aware of its needs. It knows how to fulfill them with the least amount of effort and energy. It always acts to preserve its own integrity, operating according to need and drawing from its most abundant energy reservoirs first.
The Law Of Quality Selection
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 tissue.
The body always improves its quality and integrity whenever the opportunity presents itself. Whenever we improve our dietary quality, and, of course, our way of life, corresponding improvements are made by the body. This is our way of improving our overall health, by changing our own specific conditions, and laws like this one guarantee benefits.
The Law Of Peristaltic Action
Whenever peristalsis occurs, it is always accompanied by reciprocal contraction, with a wave of relaxation running right before the contraction to facilitate the peristalsis, and more or less continued relaxation while ingesting and digesting food.
For those who are not familiar with the term peristalsis, it is that function of digestion which facilitates the transportation of food substances and the accompanying bulk through the alimentary canal, the principal route of the digestive system. This law simply explains the mechanics of that transportive action.
The Law Of Limitation
Whenever and wherever the expenditure of, vital power has advanced so far that fatal exhaustion is imminent, a check is put upon any unnecessary expenditure of energy and the organism rebels against any further stimulation, even that which it has been accustomed to, to the point of complete suspension of functions, until prostration and coma may result, with complete loss of reflex reactions, as an instinctive measure in order to preserve the life of the organism.
This is a very important and necessary safety valve which all living organisms will resort to based on a self-preservative instinct which is, as we have said before, inherent in all living things. This is an important law for us to understand and a critical warning signal to all those who would seek to care for us whenever we lose consciousness and our bodies resort to prostration or coma especially as a last-ditch measure the body takes in order to save itself.
Much too often people die while in a state of coma because those attending the person do not observe the coma as a critical warning signal to leave the body intelligently alone or, because the body has become so deranged in its functions either iatrogenically (drug or treatment induced) in the hospital or by whatever means, that prostration or coma does not occur until these measures become inadequate in protecting the life of the person. A broad understanding of the laws of life would help to prevent such disastrous consequences wherever crises of this nature occur, and many lives would be saved.
The Law Of The Minimum
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.
Basically this law is: the least plentiful element or factor of health being in reserve or being supplied to the body will limit how much development will take place. It does not matter how much of a certain element or factor we concentrate on providing ourselves with. All factors and elements are integral and dependent on one another wherever they are necessary to the development of a cellular, organic, or systemic capability.
Whenever they must be utilized in conjunction with one another, for instance, if three elements are necessary in a particular natural balance in order to achieve a reparative or developmental goal, the element which is least plentiful becomes the limiting factor for that necessary balance and therefore ultimately determines the amount of development that will result.
This is a major argument against the use of dietary supplements, among others which fait to provide us with nutriment in a satisfactory biological form and biochemically correct balance, and it is also a major argument toward the use of natural, whole, unprocessed and unaltered organic foodstuffs which provide us, in accordance with the balance of nature as a symbiotic unity, the correct elemental balance of nutritional essentials necessary for balanced development.
The Law Of Development
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.
Basically this means that the organs, systems and all body parts develop in proportion as they are constructively exercised. Development is achieved through constructive effort. There are three factors which determine vital capacity: size, flexibility, and force; these three elements are interrelated, and, when employed most intelligently, facilitate development most constructively.
Therefore, physical development requiring the qualities of strength, endurance, skill, speed, grace or dexterity in their exercise, are limited by our vital capacity. More intensive employment of any of these qualities in our activities will produce greater development in that aspect of our being.
Moderate employment produces moderate results. No at all in time allows atrophy to take place. Energy and a particular physical quality exists only to the degree that it is used, and if not used, it will be lost only to be regained up trio a certain point whereby atrophy has not developed beyond an irreversible stage.
Irreversibility is always tragic, and yet it is inevitable where the body has been damaged or allowed to atrophy beyond the point of recovery. Fortunately, for most of us, this degree of irreversibility is preceded by many warning signs in the form of crises and dysfunctions all along the way.
The tragedy lies in our ignorance of the laws of life and how many of us suffer from our ignorance of these laws, largely brought on by a commercially-oriented society that often deliberately miseducates us or fails to properly educate us, mainly from its own lack of education or pernicious self-interest, in order to exploit and control us.
The more we learn how to take control of our own lives and take that control away from those who seek to control us out of their own fear and ignorance, the more we will be able to take responsibility intelligently for our own actions, improve our self-awareness as individuals and as a body of like-minded people, and change our degenerating conditions into a constructive force capable of controlling our own destinies within the guidelines set forth by nature and her laws.
Somewhere there is written a quote which reads: “Don’t stand by and watch the future happen to you. Go out and shape it yourself.” We are the designers and builders of tomorrow’s world, and what we do today and everyday will determine what we will have to bring tomorrow. As Life Scientists we have the tools nature has provided for us to build a better tomorrow day by day. Another principle which is of worthy consideration states: “out with the old and in with the new,” and this begins within ourselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of vital force during health and disease?
Vital force is that power intrinsic within each of us that maintains a state of health. It is that same force that manifests itself under certain conditions to initiate a healing crisis or "disease" to reestablish health when needed. Dr. Robert Walter says, "The work which this power does is sometimes called health and sometimes disease. Both disease and health are manifestations of vital power, which produce corresponding expenditures of it. Chemical affinity makes dynamite or explodes it according to the conditions supplied; gravitation floats a balloon or dashes it to the earth in response to conditions; so vital force makes health or disease just as we supply the conditions for health or disease."
How can one increase his vital power?
You can increase your vital power by simply obeying all the laws of life and live according to your biological adaptations. When all of the conditions for health are fulfilled such as proper food, pure water, pure air, sunshine, rest and sleep, exercise, and emotional poise, vital force will be sufficiently abundant to maintain a healthy state.
How does the philosophy of the Hygienic system differ front that of the medical system in regard to caring for the sick individual?
Dr. Robert Walter (The Nutritive Cure) accurately compares these two systems. He says, "The true system may be defined in these words:
A system of restoring sick people to health by the same means that keep them well; a plan of curing invalids by building up that organism instead of breaking it down; a system that having cured an invalid has at the same time taught him how to remain well until his constitutional vigor declines into old age."
Dr. Walter describes the medical system:
"Systems which attempt to make sick people well by the same means that make well people sick; plans of curing disease by breaking down the organism instead of building it up; systems that having cured a disease have usually rendered the patient a chronic invalid for life."
Raw Food Explained: Life Science
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