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Table of Contents
                            Table of Contents
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I. Cells and Their Environment
II. The Mystery of Life
III. Internal Symbiosis
IV. Basic Needs of Living
	ACTIVITY (Work, Function, Exercise)
	REST (Relaxation)
	SLEEP (Repose)
V. The Laws of Life
VI. Physiological Compensation
VII. The Stimulant Delusion
VIII. The Safeguards of Life
IX. Health—Its Conditions and Requirements
X. Health Standards
XI. The Hygiene of Health
XII. Rest and Relaxation
XIII. Sleep — Repose
	MOCK SLEEP—Narcosis
XIV. Air and Light in the Home
XV. Care of the Skin
XVI. Bathing
XVII. Clothing and Dress
XVIII. Care of the Hair
XIX. Care of the Eyes
XX. Care of the Glands
XXI. Emotional Control
XXII. Care of the Orifices of the Body
XXIII. Care of the Teeth
XXIV. Care of the Colon
XXV. Care of the Feet
XXVI. Poison Habits
XXVII. Living Life to Live it Longer
XXVIII. General Care of Babies and Children
XXIX. The Symbiotic Society
XXX. The Genesis and Development of Hygiene
About the Author
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The Science and Fine Art of Natural Hygiene

First Edition 1934
Second, Revised Edition 1953

Third Edition 1994

Mailing Address:
American Natural Hygiene Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 30630 Tampa, FL 33630

ISBN 0-914532-36-7
Library of Congress Catalog Number: 94-079571


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at night, has been lived in and breathed by millions of different animals—tender,
delicate creatures, some of them—fawns, lambs, and young birds. Man, too, has spent
his life out-doors, day and night, through most of his existence on earth, even on the
coldest and stormiest nights.
When Graham began his crusade, homes were simply not ventilated at night.

Thanks to his work and to that of Trall, Densmore, Page, Oswald and others, most
people of today open their bedroom windows, even in winter. Not so our fathers and
grandfathers. Even on sweltering summer nights the victims of aerophobia excluded
the “sweet south wind, blessed by all creatures that draw the breath of life,” from
their rooms. Night-air was a deadly foe to life and health.
“What a dismal ignorance of the symbolic language by which Nature expresses

her will,” says Dr. Oswald, “is implied by the idea that the sweet breath of the
summer night which addresses itself to our senses like a blessing from heaven could
be injurious. Yet nine of the ten guests in an overheated ball-room or travelers in a
crowded stage-coach will protest if one of their number ventures to open a window
after sun down, no matter how glorious the night or how oppressive the effluvia of
the closed apartment.”
Millions of homes are still afflicted with the curse of the night-air superstition.

The intelligent reader who may think that the night-air superstition is dead needs but
do a little investigation to disillusion himself. It exists in every community in
America and Europe. In certain parts of Pennsylvania the windows and shutters are
both closed, both day and night, thus cutting out both the air and the light. People are
still advised not to go out into “night air,” if they have a cold, a “sore throat” or are
otherwise ill. Arnold Rikli says, “The worst outside air is preferable to the best inside
“The influence of anti-naturalism,” says Dr. Oswald, “is most strikingly

illustrated in our superstitious dread of fresh air. The air of the out-of-door world, of
the woods and hills is par excellence, a product of Nature—of wild, free, and
untamable Nature—and therefore the presumptive source of innumerable evils. Cold
air is the general scape-goat of all sinners against Nature. When the kneejoints of the
young debauchee begin to weaken, he suspects he has ‘taken cold.’ If an old glutton
has a cramp in his stomach, he ascribes it to an incautious exposure on coming home
from a late supper. Toothache is supposed to result from ‘draughts,’ croup, neuralgia,
mumps, etc., from the ‘raw March wind.’ When children have been forced to sleep in
unventilated bedrooms till their lungs putrefy with their own exhalations, the
materfamilias reproaches herself with the most sensible thing she has been doing for
the last hundred nights—‘opening the windows last August when the air was so

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stifling hot.’ The old dyspeptic, with his cupboards full of patent nostrums, can
honestly acquit himself of having yielded to any natural impulse; after sweltering all
summer behind hermetically closed windows, wearing flannel in the dog-days
abstaining from cold water when his stomach craved it, swallowing drugs till his
appetite has given way to chronic nausea, his conscience bears witness that he has
done what he could to suppress the original depravity of Nature; only once the enemy
got a chance at him: in rummaging his garret for a warming-pan he stood half a
minute before a broken window—to that half-minute, accordingly, he attributes his
rheumatism. For catarrh there is a stereotyped explanation: ‘Catched cold.’ That
settles it. The invalid is quite sure that her cough came on an hour after returning
from that sleigh-ride. She felt pain in the chest the moment her brother opened that
window. There is no doubt of it—it’s all the night-air’s fault.”
There still exists an unreasoning fear of draughts, and a few years ago “no-

draught ventilation” was put into many automobiles. What is a draught? Only air in
motion. “Have you ever seen boys skating in the teeth of a snow-storm at the rate of
fifteen miles an hour?” asks Dr. Oswald. To the retort that “they counteract the effect
of the cold air by vigorous exercise,” he replied: “‘Does the north wind damage the
fine lady sitting motionless in her sleigh, or the pilot and helmsman of a storm-tossed
vessel?” Draughts are simply not the cause of “disease.”
Cold air and March winds are no more the causes of “disease” than are night-air

and draughts. Every plant and flower and animal thrives well in March wind.
“Catarrhs (colds),” says Dr. Oswald, “are not taken by any creature of the open air,
not by the fisherman’s boy paddling around in the surf and sitting barefooted in a wet
canoe or bareheaded on the windward cliffs, but by the cachetic cadets of the
tenement-barracks, where the same air is breathed and rebreathed by the diseased
lungs of a regiment of voluntary prisoners.”
Benjamin Franklin, Essays, p. 216, says: “I shall not attempt to explain why

‘damp clothes’ occasion colds rather than wet ones, because I doubt the fact. I
imagine that neither the one nor the other contributes to this effect, and that the
causes of colds are totally independent of wet and even of cold.”
There is simply no rational excuse for not ventilating the home, office and work

shop at all hours of the day or night. The fear that the fresh air of heaven will injure
the sick is as unfounded as the popular notion that the ostrich buries his head in the
sand upon the approach of danger. The sick room should be especially well
“On the day of judgement,” wrote Jean Paul, “God will perhaps pardon you for

starving your children when bread was so dear; but, if he should charge you with

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About the Author
Born in 1895, Herbert M. Shelton was a persistent and uncompromising student and
teacher of Natural Hygiene. Early in life, he discovered the errors and inconsistencies
of all the various therapeutic systems and began to explore, on his own, the
ramifications of the fact that health is maintainable only by healthful living.
A prolific writer, he authored innumerable articles and more than 40 books. He

was both editor and publisher of the Hygienic Review from 1939–1980. For more
than 50 years he was the director of Dr. Shelton’s Health School. Here he pursued his
foremost goal of eliminating people’s fear and ignorance of disease and teaching
them how they could help themselves to the health which is their birthright.

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“The Hygienic System is one by which both the well and the sick are cared for
solely by the employment of materials and influences conducive to the promotion of
health. A Hygienic material or influence is one that is normally employed by living
organisms in their development, growth and function. It is that upon which life
depends. Hygiene thus becomes the employment of materials, agents and influences
that have a normal relationship to life, in the preservation and restoration of health
according to well-defined laws and demonstrated principles of nature.”
“There must always be a normal relation between the living organism, whether

well or ill, and the material things and conditions that contribute more or less
perfectly to sustain physiological phenomena. These substances and influences
supply the very materials out of which life and health are built up. Each of them has a
direct, positive and indispensable role to. serve ir those vital processes by which
living activities are maintained. An adequate supply of each of these basic needs of
life is essential to supply the positive, urgent and constant demands of the vital
organs for materials to sustain them in a state of health and vigor.”

ISBN 0-914532-36-7


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