An Allegory on Health Attitudes and Natural Remedies

AN Allegory is defined as a story that illustrates a condition that exists that most people won't admit, at least by its first name. . .

-medical director of Eden Valley Sanitarum in Colorado at the time this article was written
An Allegory on Health Attitudes
and Natural Remedies

AN Allegory is defined as a story that illustrates a condition that exists that most people won't admit, at least by its first name.

Long ago and far away a very marvelous machine was invented. Through the years this machine proved to be so nearly perfect for its purpose that the model was never changed, but' kept rolling off the assembly lines. I understand it was originally invented and built by a master craftsman after a master plan so cleverly devised that by only a few simple manipulations it could be maintained trouble free. It was said that the maintenance of the machine required the knowledge of only a few simple rules and that these rules were effective no matter what part of the very complex machine was being checked.

There was originally an operator's maintenance and repair manual for the machine, but so foolproof was the machine and so common, everybody owning one, that no one became concerned about the fact that gradually all had disappeared who knew how to maintain the machine or who owned a maintenance manual.

As often happens, the owners and operators of the machines on the road grew careless, and their machines began to show evidence of more-than-usual rapid wear and need of adjustment. The folks on the assembly line for the new machines also grew careless, and the new machines were found to bee faulty and function inefficiently. Though efforts for repair were on a patch-up basis, all seemed to go along quite well for some time--in fact for so long a time that most people seemed to forget how really well the original machines worked.

Finally things reached an impasse, and members of the owners and operators club realized that there was no one who could really be called an expert repair man. The only maintenance information was being gleaned and issued from argumentive writings of the descendants of some dissatisfied workmen of the original inventor.

So while most folks were patching up their machines as best they could, a few of the club members banded together to try to retrace and reassemble a manual of maintenance along the lines of the original.

They knew that the original rules followed a very simple plan, otherwise such a complex machine could not have been kept in good repair by amateur owners. They also knew the plan must be the best (if not the only) plan, for there could not be many plans that could satisfy such a difficult demand—a complex machine with a simple operator.

In desperation they finally realized that there existed only two sources for their search: the machine itself and, if they could be found, the original notes of the inventor. The members searched through the mass of old papers of the inventor and discovered that he had left quite a few old notes and diagrams, which they were able after much study to boil down to a few very simple steps. It appeared that these simple rules were singularly appropriate and actually seemed to be self-suggestive by the very nature of the machine. The investigators in their dedication to this important project eventually came to feel they were actually relating to the very intent of the original inventor as they perused his notes and applied his principles. They applied them to the old and broken machines and found it helped remarkably, and to the new machines almost miraculously.

They rushed to the club head quarters with their new manual containing the few simple rules and found many who were eager to apply the rules to their own equipment, but sad to say—sad indeed—there was a majority who had found a certain method of using substitute materials, cast in a mold that was quite similar in most respects to the original parts and they seemed for a time to function quite well. These parts were quite easily substituted and had become quite readily available, especially in the larger population centers.

There were some who got a thrill out of speeding up their ma chines, since the counterfeit parts gave a certain "looseness" to the over-all function of the machines and gave an almost pleasurable, but deceptive perversion of the original intent of its use by the original inventor.

In another large group were those who were lulled into carelessness concerning the future of their equipment, for they saw less and less respect being paid to the purpose and operation of the ma chine, and, after all, there were no great projects to which they wished to apply their equipment.

A certain group felt that the original rules were good, and since the rule book had been made available again, and with such careful red-leather-bound additional notes, there was really no great urgency in upgrading their equipment, since after all it did take considerable effort and they were getting along fairly well for the present. Many new and modern ideas were developing.

For a time there was a lot of perplexity and concern on the part of the conscientious operators, for they could see that this careless attitude of the majority of their old friends and club members actually represented the very character and moral fiber of these owners in all other aspects of their lives.

It is said that the whole dilemma was suddenly and unexpectedly solved for the most part when the company that still manufactured the machines came out with the announcement that all who owned machines found in a perfect state of repair and without counterfeit or substitute parts could exchange them for new, everlasting models. Also it was rumored that these faithful few were taken in as officers and co-owners of the business on an interplanetary scale with headquarters somewhere close around here!

So much for an allegory on health and the natural remedies.

But—may I suggest a System for More Abundant Health? Like the Maintenance Manual in the allegory (1) It must be simple, if the simplest of us can follow it. (2) It must be the best and fool proof, otherwise we are wasting our efforts. (3) It's Author must be the most knowledgeable concerning our body— the InventorCreatorGod. If our health is of God and if our religion is of God, then it would seem natural that from time to time, in our discourses on health, that it would often find a parallel, if actually not lose its identity, in our religion. It is natural that as we study the laws of our being we should observe it in that framework and attribute to it its rightful place, a sacred legacy of heaven.

God in His infinite wisdom and love has prepared in man a plan for his maintenance and repair. True science and the best in the medical field agree that the best treatment of disease lies in the natural methods—that is, methods in man's nature. This means following and aiding the plan al ready arranged and following along the lines of his nature. Be he atheist or religionist, man knows that he follows a law of nature that is in himself and derived from his origin. The practitioner must follow and aid this natural law.

Plants, animals, and men have been endowed with the capability of successfully organizing and thriving on their environment and prospering for their allotted time. Then like the plant, after a time, as it grows older, the same sun that warmed it, withers it. The same water that refreshed it, rots it. The same earth that nourished it, receives it back again. Some, like the monad, complete their cycle in a day, while the lofty red wood spans the centuries. What lessons may we observe in nature for the creature of eternity?

If we seek good health, we should look into the laws of our nature. If we seek eternal life, it is only natural that we should look into the same eternal laws. Add to ourselves those natural and eternal elements that add to our life. Avoid those unnatural diabolic activities that shorten the life span. Then after we have eliminated all that pertains to death, and after we have added all that pertains to the life (all other areas being consistent), it is only nafura/that we should be the best candidates for eternal life, having not earned our salvation by works but by having demonstrated the reformation that always follows the true revival of our faith in His grace to save us.

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-medical director of Eden Valley Sanitarum in Colorado at the time this article was written
An Allegory on Health Attitudes
and Natural Remedies

November 1973

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