THE TRUE INTERPRETATION
OF THE CAUSE OF DISEASE
HOW TO CURE IS AN OBVIOUS SEQUENCE
AN ANTIDOTE TO FEAR, FRENZY AND THE POPULAR MAD
CHASING AFTER SO-CALLED CURES
By J. H. TILDEN, M. D.
Copyright 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1935
By J.H. Tilden
WHAT more can be asked by any doctor or layman than
a philosophy of the cause of disease that gives a perfect
understanding of all the so-called diseases?
To know cause supplies even the layman with a
dependable knowledge of how to avoid building disease,
and how to cure. When people know how to avoid disease
they know an immunization that immunizes rationally.
Dependable knowledge of what disease really is and its
cause is man’s salvation; and when it can be had with no
more effort than that required to read carefully and
understandingly Toxemia Explained, there is little excuse
for anyone, lay or professional, to live in ignorance of it.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge of how to have health
gives greatest power.
Few people know anything about the cause of disease. To
them this book is dedicated and the freedom from medical
superstition it will bring them.
—J. H. TILDEN.
Table of Contents
Preface — 4
Introduction to Toxemia — 14
Toxemia Explained — 27
Enervation Is General — 77
The Causes of Enervation – 113
Retrospection — 140
A Few Suggestions — 142
Dr. Tilden’s Tensing Exercises – 147
FROM time immemorial man has looked for a savior;
and, when not looking for a savior, he is looking for a cure.
He believes in paternalism. He is looking to get something
for nothing, not knowing that the highest price we ever pay
for anything is to have it given to us.
Instead of accepting salvation, it is better to deserve it.
Instead of buying, begging, or stealing, a cure, it is better to
stop building disease. Disease is of man’s own building,
and one worse thing than the stupidity of buying a cure is to
remain so ignorant as to believe in cures.
The false theories of salvation and cures have built man
into a mental mendicant, when he should be the arbiter of
his own salvation, and certainly his own doctor, instead of
being a slave to a profession that has neither worked out its
own salvation from disease nor discovered a single cure in
all the age-long period of man’s existence on earth.
We hear of diet cures, dietitians, balanced rations, meat
diets, vegetable diets, and other diets—chemically prepared
foods of all kinds. The reading public is bewildered with
hundreds of health magazines and thousands of health
ideas. There are thousands writing on health who would not
recognize it if they should meet it on the street. Fanaticism,
bigotry, stupidity, and commercialism are the principal
elements in the dietetic complex that is now belaboring the
Cures are what the people want, and cures are what
doctors and cultists affect to make; but at most only relief is
The periodicity which characterizes all functional
derangements of the body lends color to the claims of cure-
mongers that their remedy has cured their patients, when
the truth is that the so-called disease “ran its course.” The
truth is that the so-called disease was a toxemic crisis, and
when the toxin was eliminated below the toleration point,
the sickness passed—automatically health returned. But the
disease was not cured; for the cause (enervating habits) is
continued, toxin still accumulates, and in due course of
time another crisis appears. Unless the cause of Toxemia is
discovered and removed, crises will recur until functional
derangements will give way to organic disease.
The entire profession is engaged in doctoring crises of
Toxemia—curing (?) and curing (?) until overtaken with
chronic disease of whatever organ was the seat of the toxin
THERE ARE NO CURES
Nature returns to normal when enervating habits are
given up. There are no cures in the sense generally
understood. If one has a tobacco heart, what is the remedy?
Stop the use of tobacco, of course. If the heart is worn out
from shock, as we see it among gamblers, or among men
who are plunging in the stock market, what will cure?
Drugs? No! Removing the cause.
Every so-called disease is built within the mind and body
by enervating habits. The food and dietetic insanity that
constitutes the headliner on the medical stage just now is
causing the people to demand a diet that will cure them of
their peculiar maladies. The idea prevails that some
peculiar diet will cure rheumatism or any other disease.
Diet or food will not cure any disease.
A fast, rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits,
mental and physical, will allow nature to eliminate the
accumulated toxin; then, if enervating habits are given up,
and rational living habits adopted, health will come back to
stay, if the one CURED will “stay put.” This applies to any
so-called disease. Yes, it fits your disease—you who write
to find out if the Tilden system of cure applies to your case.
Yes; cannot you realize that law and order pervades the
universe? And it is the same from nebula to stone, from
stone to plant, from plant to animal, from animal to man,
from man to mind, and from mind to super-mind—God. To
use a blanket expression: Law and order pervades the
universe, the same yesterday, today and forever, and is the
same from star-dust to mind—from electron to mind.
Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in health
and disease. One disease is the same as another; one man
the same as another; one flower the same as another; the
carbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the same.
Yes, one disease can be cured (?) the same as another,
unless the organ acted on by toxemic crises is destroyed.
For example: If wrong eating is persisted in, the acid
fermentation first irritates the mucous membrane of the
stomach; the irritation becomes inflammation, then
ulceration, then thickening and hardening, which ends in
cancer at last. The medical world is struggling to find the
cause of cancer. It is the distal end of an inflammatory
process whose proximal beginning may be any irritation.
The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen and
nutriment, and, in degenerating, the septic material enters
the circulation, setting up chronic septic poisoning called
Disease is a common expression of universal enervation.
An understanding of physiology and pathology necessitates
a firm grip on evolution as expressed in biology; or
reasoning will go astray occasionally.
Modern cures and immunization are vanity and vexation;
they are founded on the foolish principle of reasoning from
effect, is disease, to cause. The organ which is suffering
from many crises of Toxemia is discovered—it may be
ulcer of the stomach, then the ulcer is cut out; it may be
gallstone, then the stone is cut out; it may be fibroid tumor
of the womb, then the tumor or womb is cut out. The same
may be said of other effects—the medical armament is
turned loose on a lot of effects. This is accepted by the
public mind as efficient treatment of disease, when in fact it
is a stupid removing of effects. And that is not the worst of
such blundering. The operators have not the slightest idea
of the cause of the effects they so skillfully remove.
In other derangements the same lack of knowledge of
cause prevails. In the treatment of deficiency diseases, the
lacking element is supplied from the laboratory; but
nothing is done in the line of restoring the organ to
normality. Why? Because medical science has not
discovered why organs fail to function properly; and until
this discovery is made, scientific blundering will continue.
THE WORLD NEEDS THE SCIENCE OF SURGERY
If mutilation (unnecessary surgery) is required in nine
hundred and ninety-nine cases to perfect the skill required
in the thousandth case, the question of the need of high-
class surgery must be answered by the mutilated or
Is war necessary? What would be the answer of the
7,485,000 who were killed in the late World War, if the
question were submitted to them? Estimate $5,000 as the
man-power loss for each man; then the world lost
$37,425,000,000 in this one item alone. Surgery costs the
world, in vandalizing the bodies of men, women, and
children, as much every year. Is it worth that much for all
the real good it does? Why is so much surgery thought to
be necessary? Because of the ignorance of the people,
egged on by a science-mad or selfish profession. It is more
spectacular to operate than to teach people how to live to
avoid chronic disease and operations.
ARE PALLIATIVES EVER NECESSARY?
It is doubtful if the palliation which doctors and cultists
give is worth the disadvantage that the sick habit taught the
patients by their doctor brings them.
The drug habit taught the thousands certainly
overbalances any relief given. Drugs to relieve pain are
never necessary. Twenty-five years in which I used drugs,
and thirty-three in which I have not used drugs, should
make my belief, that drugs are unnecessary and in most
cases injurious, worth something to those who care to know
YES, VENEREAL DISEASES CAN BE CURED
I make no exception of syphilis, and stand ready to
demonstrate the truth of what I say at any time and
anywhere to a committee of doctors.