The science of natural therapeutics is based on a use of the same five elements, in the treatment of disease, which constitute the human body. These are earth, water, ether, sunlight and air. It is my effort to point out how they can be utilized for-health purposes.
Up till the year 1901,
although I did not rush to the doctors whenever I happened to get ill, I
did use their remedies to a certain extent. I used to take fruit salt
for constipation. The late Dr. Pranjivan Mehta who had come to Natal
introduced me to certain drugs to remove general lassitude. This led me
to read literature on the uses of drugs. Add to this a little more
knowledge I gained by a certain amount of work I had put in at a cottage
hospital in Natal. This enabled me to carry on for sometime, but none of
the drugs did me any good in the end. Headaches and loss of a sense of
general wellbeing persisted. I was very dissatisfied with this state of
things and what little faith I had in medicines began to fade.
All through this
interval my experiments in dietetics were continued. I had great faith
in Nature Cure methods, but there was nobody to help me with practical
guidance in their use. With the help of whatever knowledge I could
gather by reading a little of Nature Cure literature, I tried to treat
myself by diet regulation. My habit of going out for long walks also
stood me in good stead, and thanks to that habit I did not have actually
to take to bed. While I was thus managing to keep going somehow, Mr.
Polak handed me Just's book, called Return to Nature.