C. Leslie Thomson
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C Leslie Thomson was son of James C Thomson, a pioneer Naturopath who started a Naturopathic School and Clinic at Edinburgh. This model for Nature Cure living ran from 1960. The Naturopathic School and Clinic was known as the Kingston Clinic. C. Leslie Thomson continued to run the Kingston Clinic in partnership with Alec Milne until 1988 when C Leslie retired and the Clinic was closed. Books by the above can still be obtained from Thomson-Kingston Publications, Kingston Coach House, Craigend Park, 293 Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5UL. There is also a publication known as The Nature Cure File, a quarterly loose sheet publication, with the objective of encouraging practitioners and informed patients to give their views on selected subjects. This has now come to an end in its paper format and a new website has been produced where the Files are reproduced and discussion forums regarding Nature Cure are encouraged. The website was set up by Alec Milne, who is a regular contributor to its 'Current Theme'. His email address is alecmilne@btinternet.com. The website address is: www.naturecurekingstonfile.org.uk


Naturopathy – Living with Nature Cure by C Leslie Thomson

Kingston Chronicle (Rude Health). Various dates; various articles.
  The Kingston Chronicle was published by the Thomsons (Edinburgh School of Natural Therapeutics, Kingston) for a great many years. The periodical contains some of the finest nature cure writing ever produced in the UK. Within the issues we so far have in possession C. Leslie Thomson, Keki Sidhwa and Alex Milne wrote most of the articles; there are two by Kenneth Jaffrey. Linda Sheard of Devon, U.K., graciously sent the library a tall stack of photocopies of assorted issues of this magazine. Most of the articles in these issues may be read here. These articles are available for download in batches containing selected articles produced during a one-year periods. Soil and Health Library hopes that other clients may have possession of other issues of this periodical, and will lend them for scanning and inclusion in this collection. The copyright status of these articles is uncertain and so, to avoid any suggestion of copyright infringement, they are being considered OUT OF PRINT

James C Thomson
Thomson, James C. The Question of V.D. Originally appeared as article(s) in The Kingdom Chronicle, a U.K. health magazine. Published circa 1945.
   This small booklet contains world-view-changing viewpoints. The treatment of syphilis had long been a most lucrative money maker for the medical profession. But there may have been no such disease. In fact, the destructive symptoms of so-called tertiary syphilis are, Thompson explains, merely the poisoning of medical drugging. Once the reader begins to see how diseases and cures are "sold" to the public then wonders must begin to appear about the currently most lucrative disease there is — cancer. Thanks to Dr. John Fielder of Queensland for providing a lend of the booklet so it could be scanned. Downloads as a PDF of 253 kb. OUT OF PRINT.

Thomson, James C. Nature Cure From The Inside: The why of chronic disease, with many case histories and home treatments. Edinburgh: The Kingston Clinic, 1953.
   A small and inexpensive paperback issued by the Kingston Clinic. In much the same way as presented in Thomson's The Question of V.D., in this book Thomson shows how medical model's cancer "treatment" causes most of the trouble with cancer. Thanks to Dr. John Fielder of Queensland for providing a lend of the booklet so it could be scanned. Because the book remains in print, only one chapter could be legally offered online. Fortunately for the reader, this one chapter, Chapter 8, is quite extensive and comprises the majority of the book. Downloads as a PDF of 435 kb. Nature Cure From The Inside is kept in print by TK Publishing, maintained by the doughty widow of C. Leslie Thomson, May Thomson. To order the book, write to TK Publishing, The Coach House, 70 Kingston Ave., Edinburgh, EH16 5SW, Scotland. TK Publishing also maintains a number of other most worthy titles written by assorted Thomsons. IN PRINT

Thomson, James C. Toward High Level Health. Edinburgh: Kingston Clinic, 1959.
   The title would lead one to believe the booklet is encouragement toward the individual using the practice of Nature Cure. Not at all. This is a most powerful—yet relatively brief—polemic against the medical model. Thomson shows in excruciating detail how the drugging system, in combination with schools, the press, the national "health" system, etc., virtually brainwashes the public so that they automatically discount any approach but the official medical model. Thomson also demonstrates with his own case histories how medical doctors are adept at denial of his successes by claiming mis-diagnoses: Thomson's patient recovered from cancer because he "never had it in the first place." But these were patients who had been diagnosed by numerous "specialists" and then, desperately ill, sent home to die as untreatable. Probably only Thomson's fierce Scottish sense of independence and personal freedom allowed him to both practice Nature Cure and to keep out of prison. Thanks to Dr. John Fielder, who practices near Cairns, Queensland, for providing the lend of this booklet so a portion of it could be put in this library. Athough the book is virtually impossible to purchase through the usual channels of retail trade, still, it is in print, so we can offer only a one chapter excerpt, Chapter 7. Toward High Level Health is kept in print by TK Publishing, maintained by the doughty widow of C. Leslie Thomson, May Thomson. To order the book, write to TK Publishing, The Coach House, 70 Kingston Avel, Edinburgh, EH16 5SW, Scotland. TK Publishing also maintains a number of other most worthy titles written by assorted Thomsons. Downloads as a PDF of 122 kb. IN PRINT

Thomson, Jessie R. Healthy Childhood. London: Thorsons Publishers Ltd, Enlarged edition,1952.
   Jessie Thomson was the wife of C. James Thomson; she shared the operaton of the Kingston Clinic. A slim book of 160 pages, yet it contains a grandmother's lifetime of wisdom. Healthy Childhood is kept in print by TK Publishing, maintained by May Thomson, the doughty widow of Jessie's son, C. Leslie Thomson. To order the book, write to TK Publishing, The Coach House, 70 Kingston Avel, Edinburgh, EH16 5SW, Scotland. TK Publishing also maintains a number of other most worthy titles written by assorted Thomsons. This library is allowed to offer only a small segment; in this case, the first chapter, "Preparation for Motherhood." Downloads as a PDF of 127 kb. IN PRINT

Often, a new patient will express mild surprise—perhaps even downright incredulity—when we suggest that disordered kidneys are an important factor in his condition. The patient may have come to us because of a skin irritation, some form of respiratory weakness or nagging headaches: perhaps the main symptom may be rheumatic or apparently cardiac distress. Even if none of these, we consider it an essential part of all preliminary consultations to assess the efficiency of the kidneys. Only rarely do we find these organs exempt from the overall bodily disease.
The four sets of organs which share the burden of removing wastes from the blood-stream are the skin, kidneys, lungs and liver, and when all of these are in normal condition, there is co-ordinated action and the ' table' is level. But if any one does less than its fair share, the others must inevitably—and promptly—come under strain, and the job is done less efficiently.
    So it is that we often find the major symptom of kidney weakness to be respiratory difficulty, or sometimes an unwholesome, state of the skin. One veterinary surgeon told us, after a lifetime's study, that he had never examined the body of a tubercular animal in which diseased kidneys were not also evident.
    And more than the eliminative organs suffer when the kidneys are unable to carry their fair load: the heart has close affinities with renal function. When the bloodstream is not properly relieved of its acidic wastes it becomes less fluid and more viscous—the ' collemic' condition described by Lindlahr and other early naturopaths. This means a greater load for the heart, and the usual response is a marked increase in blood pressures. Conversely, if the circulation is poor because of a weak heart action, or in hypertension ('high blood pressure'), the kidneys work under considerable difficulty. This has led at least one naturopath to the conclusion that most cardiac illness is due to failure of the kidneys—and this is equally true in which ever direction the vicious circle originally operated.
.......Among everyday factors which are capable of destroying kidney cells are phosphoric acid and several antibiotics. Phosphoric acid can occur ' naturally ' in dangerous concentrations as a result of over­eating eggs: less naturally it may be taken into the body as an ingredient of a cola drink. Among the drugs, the sulphonamides have a par­ticularly vicious record. In more general ways, destruction of kidney cells can result from overwork combined with malnutrition. Only rarely do we find overwork alone producing vital breakdown: but when there is also lack of balance in nutrients, and perhaps a total absence of certain vital elements, breakdown is inevitable.
    Where there is kidney distress, the citrus fruits—oranges, grape­fruit and, most of all, lemons—are best avoided. I had a vivid object lesson in this connection as a youngster, when I mentioned admiringly to my father that I had seen Miss X eating a lemon 'just like an orange'. The feat had impressed me as indicative of super-normal will-power and I was astonished when, instead of approval, my father showed real anger. It was some years before I understood his reaction. Miss X was a patient with serious heart and kidney disorders, and one of her symptoms was a rather puffy fatness. Somewhere she had read that lemons were good for reducing, and she had decided to give them a trial. Instead of producing an astringent effect on the digestive organs, or merely stimulating greater nervous activity, the lemons seriously added to the kidney overload. Instead of bringing her bulk down, they accelerated the already grave degeneration of kidney tissue.
.........One of the first outward signs of kidney sluggishness is surface oedema—a flabby puffiness of the skin, especially in soft and loose areas. Most often this is noticeable in the lower eyelids as ' bags under the eyes', but it also occurs to varying extents over the whole body. To the uncritical eye, this excess wateriness may look like a comfortable covering of fat: the rather old-fashioned term ' bloat' is a more appropriate description.
......A tired ache across the small of the back is characteristic of over­worked kidneys, although muscular fatigue due to incorrect posture can produce a similar discomfort. Where the kidneys have been overworked or underactive for a long time, the fingernails show marked corrugations—ridges running the length of the nails—which are often termed ' kidney streaks'. In more acute distress, perspiration may have a distinct odour of urine, due to elimination through the skin from an over-charged bloodstream.
As we noted earlier, often the most obvious signs of kidney inadequacy are seemingly far removed from these organs: respiratory difficulties and skin rashes are typical. When the kidneys fail to carry their fair share of the load, undue pressure falls on lungs and skin with results ranging from catarrh, through bronchitis and asthma to tubercular lesions: from dry or itchy skin to eczema or psoriasis. Many other factors come into the production of these diseases, but the kidneys share the responsibility in nearly every case. ----BE KIND TO YOUR KIDNEYS by C. Leslie Thomson

BE KIND TO YOUR KIDNEYS by C. Leslie Thomson