Early Naturopathic Pioneers
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“By the end of the retreat I was generally feeling stronger, healthier and rested”.
Dr Lindlahr (1862-1924) had been an industrialist until he developed “incurable” diabetes, which was always fatal in his day. He then sought help from Father Kneipp. Upon recovery, at the age of 40, he embarked on medical school. In addition, he supplemented his classroom education with private instruction in osteopathy and an independent study of diet and nutrition. He began his practice as a natural healer before he received his medical degree. Lindlahr relied primarily on the most basic of natural remedies: proper diet, fresh air, light, water, and physical activity.
Father Sebastian Kneipp (1824-1897) was a priest, and physical healing was as much a part of his ministry as was saving souls. His approach to healing was holistic, advocating the balance between work and leisure, stress and relaxation and the harmony between the mental, emotional, physical, social, and ecological planes. In short, he asked for a different life, not for better pills; he asked for the active patient and rejected the passive one.
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