by Alec Milne
- Asthma in Childhood
- Environment Dietetic Factors Adolescence Asthma in Maturity Approval
- Case Histories
- Bronchitis Obstruction
- Curative Methods
In this attempt to explain psychosomatic illness we may well begin by quoting an orthodox medical statement: “All illness moves toward resolution or death. The patient either gets better or he dies.”
Acute illness, usually regarded in Nature Cure circles as a healing crisis, or a spring clean, is vigorous -‐ possibly even dramatic, in the sense of involving high temperatures and striking symptoms -‐ and it can incur considerable pain or distress. But after reaching a climax of activity at any time within up to forty-‐eight hours, it then proceeds to resolution.
This type of activity can be the result of a straightforward self-‐ cleansing activity on the part of the body, as it is with the common cold. Or diarrhoea and sickness can occur in response to the body’s efforts to deal with, let us say, food poisoning. A high temperature can be the result of severe chilling. And, ﬁnally, should all logical attempts to explain acute illness fail, one can always invoke “a virus”.
Granted the truth of the “resolution or death” statement, it is then relevant to claim that persistent or chronic illness is unnatural. Both the patient and the disease are suspect.