The harmful effects of an overloaded bloodstream have already been referred to, and any excess of food or drink may be mainly responsible. However, any undue wear and tear on the tissues, beyond that of a truly natural mode of living, may also produce a similar toxic overload. The blood has a natural margin of safety in this respect, and in a genuinely healthy person it is little encroached upon. In the typical, civilized, urban dweller, however, the margin is nearly obliterated much of the time; the state of the blood is just below the critical degree of toxicity. Whether built up slowly, or produced by a brief but intense excess, when the trigger-point is reached, the body must take effective action. This is what we refer to as a healing crisis or 'bodily house-cleaning', it is closely analogous to a spring-cleaning, in that it has a clearly defined purpose, to make the place sweeter and pleasanter to live in, and also that it entails a spell of commotion, discomfort and emotional upset.

The outward signs of the healing crisis may take many forms, but it is usually evident that

Once it has been resolved, the body's own recuperative powers can be directed along constructive lines — instead of being diverted against the intrusive medication — and in particular the heart's exceptional powers of survival and self-repair come into their own.

something is being cleared out and that readjustments are being made. Colds, diarrhoea, skin eruptions and fever are all common accompaniments, and through them the system rids itself of wastes and restores its vital balances. At the same time, appetite usually disappears, and a few days without food allow the process to run successfully to a conclusion. (Any attempt to stimulate appetite by offering extra-tasty foodstuffs is a cruelty; to the extent that such unwanted food or drink is taken, the crisis will be obstructed, prolonged and made more uncomfortable.) Certainly, the existence of fever is a clear indication that no food of any kind — not even sweet fruit drinks—should be taken.

This runs completely counter to orthodox advice, which has the idea of 'keeping up the strength' of the patient, so that he can 'fight the disease'. The natural indications are ignored. Lack of appetite is countered by persuasion, and the fever — a clear sign that the furnaces are already running above normal—is kept going by generous doses of glucose drinks. There could hardly be a more mistaken treatment. Not only is the unwanted food useless, it adds considerably to the physiological burden. Any human system which is not grossly misdirected by drugs has a tremendous unconscious intelligence. This guides the body into life-saving and health-restoring activities, and away from destructive influences. It is this same intelligence which arranges for and manages healing crises. In any ordinary circumstances, it will not start such a crisis unless it is confident of being able to take the process right through to the expectedly beneficial outcome. Stupid interference — in such common forms as unwanted food and drink, or 'comforting' drugs — can unhappily disrupt the programme.


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