Catechism of Nature Cure
The philosophy of Nature Cure is based on sciences dealing with
newly discovered or rediscovered natural laws and principles, and
with their application to the phenomena of life and death, health,
disease and cure.
Every new science embodying new modes of thought requires exact
modes of expression and new definitions of already well-known words
Therefore, we have endeavored to define, as precisely as possible,
certain words and phrases which convey meanings and ideas peculiar
to the teachings of Nature Cure.
The student of Nature Cure and kindred subjects will do well to
study these definitions and formulated principles closely, as they
contain the pith and marrow of our philosophy and greatly facilitate
(1) What Is Nature Cure?
Nature Cure is a system of building the entire being in harmony
with the constructive principle in Nature on the physical, mental,
moral and spiritual planes of being.
(2) What Is the Constructive Principle in Nature?
The constructive principle in Nature is that principle which builds
up, improves and repairs, which always makes for the perfect type,
whose activity in Nature is designated as evolutionary and constructive
and which is opposed to the destructive principle in Nature
(3) What Is the Destructive Principle in Nature?
The destructive principle in Nature is that principle which disintegrates
and destroys existing forms and types, and whose activity in Nature
is designated as devolutionary and destructive.
(4) What Is Normal or Natural?
That is normal or natural which is in harmonic relation with the
life purposes of the individual and the constructive principle in
(5) What Is Health?
Health is normal and harmonious vibration of the elements and
forces composing the human entity on the physical, mental, moral
and spiritual planes of being, in conformity with the constructive
principle of Nature applied to individual life.
(6) What Is Disease?
Disease is abnormal or inharmonious vibration of the elements
and forces composing the human entity on one or more planes of being,
in conformity with the destructive principle of Nature applied to
(7) What Is the Primary Cause of Disease?
The primary cause of disease, barring accidental or surgical injury
to the human organism and surroundings hostile to human life, is
violation of Nature’s Laws.
(8) What Is the Effect of Violation of Nature’s
Laws on the Physical Human Organism?
The effect of violation of Nature’s Laws on the physical
human organism are:
1. Lowered vitality.
2. Abnormal composition of blood and lymph.
3. Accumulation of waste matter, morbid materials
These conditions are identical with disease, because they tend
to lower, hinder or inhibit normal function (harmonious vibration)
and because they engender and promote destruction of living tissues.
(9) What Is Acute Disease?
What is commonly called acute disease is in reality the result
of Nature’s efforts to eliminate from the organism waste matter,
foreign matter and poisons, and to repair injury to living tissues.
In other words, every so-called acute disease is the result
of a cleansing and healing effort of Nature. The real disease
is lowered vitality, abnormal composition of the vital fluids (blood
and lymph) and the resulting accumulation of waste materials and
(10) What Is Chronic Disease?
a. Chronic disease is a condition of the organism
in which lowered vibration (lowered vitality), due to the accumulation
of waste matter and poisons, with the consequent destruction of
vital parts and organs, has progressed to such an extent that Nature’s
constructive and healing forces are no longer able to react against
the disease conditions by acute corrective efforts (healing crises).
b. Chronic disease is a condition of the organismin
which the morbid encumbrances have gained the ascendancy and prevent
acute reaction (healing crises) on the part of the constructive
forces of Nature.
c. Chronic disease is the inability of the organism
to react by acute efforts or healing crises against constitutional
(11) What Is a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis is an acute reaction, resulting from the ascendancy
of Nature’s healing forces over disease conditions. Its tendency
is toward recovery, and it is, therefore, in conformity with Nature’s
(12) Are All Acute Reactions Healing Crises?
No, there are healing crises and disease crises.
(13) What Is a Disease Crisis?
A disease crisis is an acute reaction resulting from the ascendancy
of disease conditions over the healing forces of the organism. Its
tendency is toward fatal termination, and it is, therefore, in conformity
with Nature’s destructive principle
(14) What Is Cure?
Cure is the readjustment of the human organism from abnormal to
normal conditions and functions.
(15) What Methods of Cure Are in Conformity with the Constructive
Principle in Nature?
Those methods which:
1. Establish normal surroundings and natural habits
of life in accord with Nature’s Laws.
2. Economize vital force.
3. Build up the blood on a natural basis, that
is, supply the blood with its natural constituents in right proportions.
4. Promote the elimination of waste matter and
poisons without in any way injuring the human body.
5. Arouse the individual in the highest possible
degree to the consciousness of personal accountability and the necessity
of intelligent personal effort and self-help.
(16) Are Medicines in Conformity with the Constructive
Principle in Nature?
Medicines are in conformity with the constructive principle in
Nature insofar as they, in themselves, are not injurious and destructive
to the human organism and insofar as they act as tissue foods and
promote the neutralization and elimination of morbid matter and
(17) Are Poisonous Drugs and Promiscuous Surgical Operations
in Conformity with the Constructive Principle in Nature?
Poisonous drugs and promiscuous operations are not
usually in conformity with the constructive principle in Nature,
1. They suppress acute diseases or reactions (crises),
the cleaning and healing efforts of Nature.
2. They are in themselves harmful and destructive
to human life.
3. Such treatment fosters the belief that drugs
and surgical operations can be substituted for obedience to Nature’s
Laws and for personal effort and self-help.
(18) Is Metaphysical Healing in Conformity with the Constructive
Principle in Nature?
Metaphysical systems of healing are in conformity with the constructive
principle in Nature insofar as:
1. They do not interfere with or suppress Nature’s
2. They awaken hope and confidence (therapeutic
faith) and increase the inflow of vital force into the organism.
They are not in conformity with the constructive
principle in Nature in so far as:
1. They fail to assist Nature’s healing
2. They ignore, obscure and deny the laws of Nature
and defy the dictates of reason and common sense.
3. They substitute, in the treatment of disease,
a blind, dogmatic belief in the wonder-working power of metaphysical
formulas and prayer for intelligent cooperation with Nature’s
constructive forces for personal effort and self-help.
4. They weaken the consciousness of personal responsibility.
(19) Is Nature Cure in Conformity with the Constructive
Principle in Nature?
Nature Cure is in conformity with the constructive principle in
1. It teaches that the primary cause of weakness
and disease is disobedience to the laws of Nature.
2. It arouses the individual to the study of natural
laws and demonstrates the necessity of strict compliance with these
3. It strengthens the consciousness of personal
responsibility of the individual for his own status of health and
for the hereditary conditions, traits and tendencies of his off-spring.
4. It encourages personal effort and self-help.
5. It adapts surroundings and habits of life to
6. It assists Nature’s cleansing and healing
efforts by simple natural means and methods of treatment which are
in no wise harmful or destructive to health and life, and which
are within the reach of everyone.
(20) What Are the Natural Methods of Living and of Treatment?
1. Return to Nature by the regulation of eating,
drinking, breathing, bathing, dressing, working, resting, thinking,
the moral life, sexual and social activities, etc., on a normal
and natural basis.
2. Elementary remedies, such as water, air, light,
earth cures, magnetism, electricity, etc.
3. Chemical remedies, such as scientific food selection
and combination, specific nutritional augmentation with natural
food concentrates, homeopathic medicines, simple herb extracts and
the vitochemical remedies.
4. Mechanical remedies, such as corrective gymnastics,
massage, magnetic treatment, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation
and, when indicated, surgery.
5. Mental and spiritual remedies, such as scientific
relaxation, normal suggestion, constructive thought, the prayer
of faith, etc.