This is from the Newsletter of Andrew W. Saul, PhD
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Here Dr. Saul writes about legendary Dr. Abram Hoffer:
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I am proud to be one of Dr. Hoffer's most ardent imitators. Proof of this follows below, as I postulate the Doctor Yourself Laws of Natural Therapeutics, which are derivative from and/or inspired by Dr. Hoffer's book, Hoffer's Law of Natural Nutrition (Quarry Press, Kingston, ON, 1996).
THE DOCTOR YOURSELF LAWS OF NATURAL THERAPEUTICS
LAW: Most non-accidental illness is due to malnutrition.
This not only includes the chronic diseases, but also viral and bacterial acute illness, which are greatly aggravated by inadequate nutrition. Conventional physicians are still available to persons needing them for traumatic injury.
LAW: Adding drugs to a sick body to cure it is like adding poison to a polluted lake to clean it. Killing microorganisms, or masking the cause of symptoms is no more than a temporary answer in either case.
LAW: Restoring health must be done nutritionally, not pharmacologically. All cells in all persons are made exclusively from what we drink and eat. Neither the chemical spraying of a sick plant nor the chemical vaccination of a sickly child can substitute for really good nutrition.
LAW: Nutrient therapy increases individual resistance to disease. Drug therapy generally lowers resistance to disease. Healthy plants, healthy animals and healthy people do not get sick. Doctors do not admit to this, because healthy people do not go to doctors.
LAW: The quantity of a nutritional supplement that cures an illness indicates the patient's degree of deficiency. It is therefore not a megadose of the vitamin, but rather a megadeficiency of the nutrient that we are dealing with.
LAW: The number one side effect of vitamins is failure to take enough of them.
LAW: With vitamin therapy, speed of recovery is proportional to the dosage given. As there is a certain, large amount of fuel needed to launch an aircraft or a spacecraft, there is a certain, large amount of nutrients needed to cure a sick body.
LAW: Vitamin C replaces antibiotics, antihistamines, antipyretics, antitoxics, and antiviral drugs at saturation (bowel tolerance) levels. This is the single most inflammatory statement in medicine.
LAW: The reason one nutrient can cure so many different illnesses is because a deficiency of one nutrient can cause many different illnesses.
LAW: A vitamin can act as a drug, but a drug can never act as a vitamin.
LAW: With vitamin therapy, at any given quantity, frequently divided doses are more effective.
LAW: The advertising of a given food is inversely proportionate to its nutritional value. If you couldn't miss seeing it on TV, you probably can do without it.
LAW: The price of a food is inversely proportional to its nutritional value. Brown rice, beans, vegetables from your garden, sprouts from your own countertop jars, fruits from your own trees and bushes. all are superior to meats and prepared convenience foods that cost a fortune.
LAW: Media publicization of a nutritional research study is inversely proportional to its curative value. The most popular news stories about vitamin therapy tend to be either worthless, or negative, or both.
LAW: Being your own physician refers to your overall management of your case yourself. It is about rights and about power, not how many diplomas you have accumulated. "Doctor Yourself" is a practical philosophy, based NOT on your mastering all aspects of scientific medicine, but based rather on the reasoned application of effective health knowledge where you personally need it.
LAW: The principles of natural therapeutics are fairly simple, but they are not easy. What you need to do to Doctor Yourself is less than you might think but more than you might want. Lifestyle changes (in diet, routine, and choices) can be unpopular.
LAW: Health recovered is proportional to effort expended. You do not have to live an inflexibly perfect life to have a much healthier life… but it helps.
LAW: Health knowledge worth having does not go out of date in ten years or even one hundred years. "New" does not automatically mean more accurate or more valuable. "Old" research and clinical studies are often superior references. What works is never out of date. Fasting, near-vegetarian diet, use of nutritional supplements, and other non-pharmaceutical methods have stood the test of time, as have Einstein's theories and the Bill of Rights. Those unaware of the power of simple and safe natural methods are in this position because of contradictory and confusing media reporting.
LAW: Most confusion over "what constitutes proper healthcare" arises from partisans. A "partisan" is a highly one-sided source. Bias against vitamin supplements usually proceeds from persons and industries who stand to lose when cheap, natural health care succeeds. Hospitals, physicians, nurses, dieticians, politicians, pharmaceutical companies and others have a vested (cash) interest in disease.
LAW: Many conflicting reports about vitamin therapy come from natural health partisans. These include vitamin distributors, individual supplement companies, brands and even practitioners trying to corner as much of the market as they can for themselves. Ignore them.