The link provided by VeryGnawty in this thread.........
.............provides a fairly basic and accurate summary of a Hygienic lifestyle/method of health maintenance/recovery, but the criticism listed at the bottom of the page is totally wrong.........
"Criticism of Natural Hygiene sustains that NH is dangerous because it encourages prolonged fasting and discourages proven medical interventions. While its recommended diet has two admirable characteristics (low fat content and high fiber content), its recommended avoidance of dairy products is an invitation to osteoporosis. No scientific study has ever compared the disease and death rates of Hygienists with those of other people."
Prolonged Fasting is NOT dangerous, and the diet does not promote osteoporosis in the avoidance of dairy products. This is complete nonsense.
Hygiene (Orthopathy) is more accurately described this way..............
"Natural Hygiene Science
"cures" sick people by removing the cause of disease. It removes the disease by removing the necessity for it. It believes Nature is right, and hence does not seek to thwart her operations. It declares that disease is a natural process of purification, and should not be stopped, but aided. Its remedies are Natures health preservatives
. Obedience to Nature is its greatest panacea. Air, light, natural food, water, exercise, rest, sleep etc., in such manner and degree as Nature can use are its curatives. Remove the Cause and, and the effect will cease. This is Natural Hygiene Science."................
Dr Robert Walter MD.
So essentially, Hygiene is a "way of life" that uses Natures own elements in the prevention and recovery from disease by living according to the laws of a physiological existence.
In this way you will never EVER become ill or suffer from any disease. It also provides an abundance of energy and a "joie de vivre" for living that is unequaled compared to any other way of living or healing modality.
I recovered from Leukemia over 30 years ago and have not had a days illness since that time (except when I abandoned my principles for a short time) approx' 15 years ago.
You are best to read this if so inclined...........
Professionally qualified Hygienists are the most experienced Fasting supervisors, and have provided an abundance of literature on the subject, but I must emphasize that fasting is only PART of a way of life in achieving superior health, and is not the "be-all-and-end- all" that so many people believe it to be.
Fasting is only a catalyst in allowing the body to self-heal and self-cleanse itself. Fasting by itself does not actually cure anything at all, and where the most common message given out by Hygienists is that the fast is in vain unless a permanent and Hygienic lifestyle is adopted thereafter.
Food can be an addiction just as anything else can be, and I am pleased to hear that you have finally quit smoking.
The onset of hunger usually occurs AFTER the "burning" of calories, which the body signals need replacing such as after physical activity, so where then is the commonsense in eating a "hearty breakfast" after a full night of restful sleep?
If people are honest with themselves they do not really feel hungry until the late morning/lunchtime.
A one meal per day plan is fine..........but so is a two meal per day plan, just so long as you eat only when hungry, and where this will depend entirely on your sedentary lifestyle or heavy physical labour lifestyle and how many calories need replacing, but it is vital that a nutrient-dense high water content diet is followed. Food and nutrition are not necessarily synonymous or interchangeable terms.
Fasting has a habit of re-educating your relationship with food, and has been known to eradicate addictions to food.
Paul Braggs book "The Miracle of Fasting" is a classic, so good choice; you will learn a lot from it.
The very best program for adopting this way of life is to purchase the two volume edition of "FIT FOR LIFE" by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond. They are very cheap to purchase, and contain a wealth of invaluable information.