Harry Benjamin N.D. Prophet!
by Ivor Hughes.
I hope that Harry is not rolling in his grave because I called him a
prophet, for he was most certainly not the sort of man to don sackcloth
and anoint his head with ashes. Perhaps the word visionary would sit
better on his shoulders. The article is abstracted from his then best
selling book, �Everyone�s Guide to Nature Cure� which was first
published in 1936.
His words would have been written, or should I say typed , perhaps on a
trusty clunky old Remington type writer, near on 70 years ago. His style
and liberal use of the exclamation mark for emphasis gives me pictures
of him, each sentence being thought out loud as it appeared like magic
on the paper before him, and the clap of thunder and flash of lightening
in his head as he used the exclamation mark. His treatment practice and
his writings influenced for the better many generations of British
people. This because his writings are based on sound common sense and
are therefore timeless. Unlike the vogues of orthodox medicine the truth
never goes out of fashion.
None of this cold fish academic intellectualism for Harry, he was a real
person, full of the passions and vital signs of life that spill
over into his writings. Which were always for the good of the
common man. Plain English, straight talking.
The guilty ones call it 'Polemics', I would call it 'Truth'. I raise my
hat to you Harry. I hear
your voice ringing clearly down the road of time. Speak on!
World Fifty Years Hence?
Harry Benjamin N.D. First published 1936.
Medical Science continues to look for the cure of disease along the
lines it persists in believing to be the right ones and, despite all
that can be shown to the contrary, it will accept nothing which comes
from sources outside its own closed circle. The spectacle thus opened up
of a world still dominated by orthodox medical rule in, say, fifty years
time, is, to say the least, far from comforting. Imagine what a world it
Every child will have its tonsils and appendix removed at birth, no
doubt, to prevent these unnecessary organs becoming the centres of
possible future infection! Each and every unfortunate infant will have
doubtless not less than thirty or forty different vaccines and sera
injected into it, to prevent it contracting any of the "usual"
complaints of infancy or early childhood!
Everyone who has the slightest suspicion of visual deficiency (from age
two and upwards) will be immediately forced to wear glasses for the
remainder of his or her unfortunate existence much to the benefit of the
optician and oculist of the day, who will no doubt wax fat and endow
hospitals and clinics for the immediate fitting of all
infants as soon as born with suitable spectacles to prevent future eye
New and ever more complicated diseases will be springing up to baffle
the already overworked minds of the medical practitioners of the day and
no wonder! The "common" ailments, such as colds, catarrh,
indigestion, constipation, etc., will be taken as a matter of course,
everyone will have them! Cancer, Rheumatism, Bright's disease, Diabetes,
heart disease, etc., will have been creeping up year by year to at
length have reached colossal figures!
The yearly consumption of worthless medicinal drugs and patent medicines
will have likewise reached figures of due proportion! Surgical
operations will have attained such a pitch of perfection and such a
vogue that it will be hard to meet anyone who has not left some part of
his anatomy behind on some hospital operating table or other only to
discover after it was too late that his general health is, after all,
worse, not better, as he had been led to believe it would be by his
The general style of living and eating of today, not having been
censured in any way, will have grown worse and steadily worse, so that
people with good teeth or healthy bodies will have grown so scarce as to
be almost impossible to find! . . . And so on, and so on, to an
infinity of pathological horrors.
What a world it will be! And how are we going to escape from it, or give
our children the opportunity to escape from it? There is only one way.
Each and every intelligent individual must accept and put into practice
in his own life, and in the lives of those dependent upon him, the laws
and principles of common sense healing and healthy living set forth
under the heading of "Nature Cure" in the present book.
THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE!
If the world as a whole, either through ignorance or indolence refuses
to rescue itself from the disease increasing despotism of orthodox
medication, then each and every individual possessed of enough initial
understanding, courage, and determination, and assured of the proper
guidance, must do so for himself. It is expressly for this one purpose
to enable each individual so inclined to rescue himself from the fate
that besets all the members of the human family who pay homage to
medical suzerainty and authority that this present volume is intended.
Will it accomplish its purpose? That is for every reader to decide in
his or her own individual case!