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Vitalology defined...

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Vitalology™ is the assessment and practice of cultivating the state of being strong, active, and energetic by building vitality and wellness through specific waters, lifestyle, nutrition, diet, energetics, sunlight, and educational/informational programs. Vitalology is a wellness art and lifestyle for the 21st century. It is not 'medicine' as defined as the diagnosis and treatment of disesase [Audio/Visual file].

Vitalism is the recognition that "living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they absorb and store solar energy obtained from sunlight and use such energy to perform work and act with intelligence. Living organisms contain non-physical elements and are governed by different principles than are inanimate things". Vitalism explicitly invokes a vital principle or dynamic, that element is often referred to as the "vital spark", "energy", "ch'i", "prana", or "élan vital", etc. Vitalists argue that the processes of life cannot be reduced to mere mechanistic processes.

Health is the ability of a biological system to acquire, convert, allocate, distribute, and utilize energy with maximum efficiency. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined human health in a broader sense in its 1948 constitution as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

A vital man/woman is at all times thoroughly alive. The forces of life seem to imbue every part of his or her organism with energy, activity and all characteristics opposed to things inanimate. A vital man or woman is naturally enthusiastic, ambitious, and consequently successful, with all its splendid rewards, comes to such in abundance.

Helping Nature's Defensive Measures

The New Medicine is not the study of symptoms, because these are just indications of the lines on which nature conducts her own defense. We need not know all the symptoms of a disease and the mechanism of these symptoms. We only need to know that disease may be resisted and remediated by vitality.

We are now genuinely in a position to help nature to help herself. The truth is slowly becoming established that most drugs exercise their effects indirectly, if not by supression of the survival mechanisms and toxicity. They are valuable only when the body cannot mobilize the body's defenses. However, in the final analysis, irregardless of drug or remedial agency, it is our own flesh, blood and vitality which makes war against disease; and this fighting force cannot be replaced by any artifice of the physician.

In short, we cannot kill the germs of disease without the assistance of the living organism in which these germs are lodged. Neither antiseptics, antibiotics, nor medicines, nor even surgical instruments can prevail without the vigorous action of the tissues themselves. Antibiotics may help destroy germs, but only the body and its immunity can effectuate resistance and continue life. And so, to prevent or cure disease, it is necessary to create or recreate fitness and vitality. Drugs will not solve our planetary problems.

The New Medicine is concerned with the whole life of man and woman, because every circumstance of life influences the power to react when germs threaten. Its weapons of prevention are good houses, warm clothes, ventilation, sunlight, exercise, clean and wholesome food, recreation and happiness of mind and body. Its methods of cure are of the same as nature’s own methods of response, growth, development and decay. Serums and vaccines are but rough imitations of bodily defenses; thyroid and insulin are actually drugs prepared by the body for its own use; even such preparations as niacin and quinine are no more than stimulants of that vital force which flows along every nerve and by means of which the living creature maintains itself in a hostile world.

THUS the New Medicine embraces and coordinates all branches of healing. Its scope is as wide as human life, because there is no circumstance, mental or material, which does not either increase or detract from that vital energy by which we live given to us by the Almighty. A blow or a chemical poison may occasion faintness and collapse; but so also may a stuffy room or a shock in the purely emotional sense. These various stimuli, apparently so different in character, become alike, as judged by their effects, when translated into terms of life and transformed into vital force.

This fact is now beginning to engage a great deal of attention. As early as last century’s surgeon, Sir James Mackenzie, whose studies in bodily reaction provided a new outlook to medicine and neurology, he indicated that vital force is certainly not the same thing as electricity - a view which was shared by most physiologists. It is something peculiar to the body, some special form of energy designed to travel along living nervous tissue. Thus the experiments conducted on animals by means of electrical stimulation cannot be regarded as entirely satisfactory. The results obtained by them leading good reason to think, are not equivalent to results obtained when, instead of electric current, vital force or living electricity courses along the same nerves. The vital force conveys intelligence whereas electricity is raw energy - it can stimulate, it can kill, but it cannot think.

THE outside world, then, influences the body by means of the currents of vital force which it sets flowing along the nerves, not a result of. A slap on the skin is translated into this force and so reaches the brain as a painful stimulus. In the same way a harsh word must be translated into vital force before the brain can hear it. Our sense organs, indeed, are so many interpreters whose duty it is to translate everything which reaches them into the universal language of the body - the vital force. This life current, therefore, bears a thousand messages, physical and mental, and these are all not of the same quality after they have been changed from their original form into the living, vital form.

That, it would appear, is why circumstances so enormously different as a blow, a hot room and the sight of blood may each cause exactly the same effect - slowing of the heart and faintness. That, too, is why the mental doctor is often able to obtain results by his methods of suggestion or analysis which closely resemble the results obtained by physical measures such as drugs or electricity, or even surgery. In all these cases the vital force is being stimulated.

Vital Weakness that Fosters Disease

The vital force is thus the most important element in the human soil into which the seeds of disease fall. If it is not flowing freely into any given organ, if the organ lacks this invisible nourishment, then its power of warding off or reacting to the germ poison is enormously weakened. This is seen in its most acute form in those cases in which damage has been done to nerve trunks. The muscles supplied by the severed nerves begin to waste away though they are still being supplied with blood in full amount. Later on abscesses tend to form, and the whole de-nervated area may be destroyed into a state of gangrene to which no doctor can deny.

It follows that any factors which interfere with the free flow of vital force through the body are favouring the germination and growth of disease. A stuffy atmosphere is a case in point. Stuffiness, as modern research in ventilation has shown, is lack of air currents, not lack of air space or of oxygen. In a fresh room the human skin is always being gently stimulated by the movements of air continually in progress. These stimulations are translated by the skin (one of the greatest of sense organs) into currents of vital force which flow all through the body, toning it up. In their absence this tonic effect of life is lost.

Thus stuffiness produces a sense of profound discomfort, of ill-being. The stuffiness of a room, the stuffiness of a persona, the stuffiness of a group of bigots, all have deleterious effects upon the health of an individual. The individual feels that he cannot breathe, or that his breath is doing him no good. His heart becomes upset; his brain is befogged. Lassitude or faintness overcomes him. If he is condemned, day after day, to work in a some what stuffy atmosphere his health deteriorates. The ill-being affects his whole body, which, lacking tonic stimulation, lacks also the power to defend and protect itself. This is the opportunity for those ever-present foes, the germs of the mind and dis-ease. They begin to multiply; their poisons are increased in the circulation. Thus a vicious circle is formed, the poison augmenting the evil effects of the stuffiness.

A man or woman in this condition is a man or woman in danger. The danger may develop itself in several ways. Companionship, for example, is another stimulant of the vital force. The loss of a dear companion, of a wife or fiancé, removes at once a tonic of supreme value in healthy living. If this loss comes to a man already deprived of some of his health by a stuffy workroom, already slightly poisoned by germs, the effect may be a lowering of resistance of so marked a character as to enable some of the more deadly germs, for example, the germs of "consumption," to obtain a lodgment. The old-time figure of the girl who went into a decline because her love affair came to disaster is no imaginary one. But it is probable that girls so affected led very unhealthy lives in stuffy houses. They were not fit when the emotional trouble that came to them. The modern healthy girl is much less likely to become ill as a consequence of severe disappointment than was her mother or her grandmother.

AGAIN, the vital force is stimulated by appetizing food of a wholesome kind. If a man whose fitness is impaired by want of freshness in the atmosphere in which he works has the misfortune to marry an incompetent wife, who serves him with badly cooked, badly chosen food, this circumstance may lead to the onset of disease in the stomach and later the body. Examples of that kind could be multiplied almost indefinitely. For there is no circumstance of life, however trivial, which does not exert its influence on the vital force. The point which must be emphasized is that resistance is a word covering a vast number of different circumstanccs. A man, who lives in a pure atmosphere, enjoys a measure of sunlight, eats good food and takes exercise, companions with people of positive mental attitude, will pass unscathed through an emotional crisis which will bring his fellow of the slum or the unhygienic factory to disease and death.

The Vitalists of this Order of St. John work to remedy these conditions of ill health, of both mind and body.


To Live, Man and Woman Must Know His or Her Body

The New Medicine, therefore, fights disease by fostering health on all fronts. The destruction of germs is but a very small part of it. More important than that is the cultivation of human happiness by means of hygienic, dietetic, emotional and artistic tonics. It is profoundly true that man does not live by bread alone. He lives by his spirit, the shrine of which is his body. He must know about his body; he must know how it works and how to care for it in its working.

We must know ourselves in a new and intimate way - how to eat, how to sleep, how to dress, how to exercise, how to work - above all, how to have peace and play. We must know, too, something of the inner workings of our minds so that we may guard these exquisite instruments against depression and dismay - evil spirits more deadly even than the germs of disease. We must understand the basis of happiness as it affects both the intellect and the emotions, and be instructed in its cultivation.

ALL these branches of a knowledge, ever widening and deepening, are comprised in the present work. The vital point is that the reader should recognize them as branches of a parent stem and not as isolated sections of medical information. He must lift his eyes above disease and the treatment of disease and see the human life which has been so perfectly equipped by nature and our Lord to defend and preserve itself. For the New Medicine is neither more nor less than a return to nature herself as the fountain head of wisdom.

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