The following extract from an article by Keki R. Sidhwa from Heath for All, "The Scare Diseases , May 1965.

For years Dr. Matthew J. Rodermund, MD of Wisconsin, USA, offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove scientifically that smallpox is contagious. Nobody ever claimed the money.

Dr Charles A.A. Campbell, MD of San Antonio, USA, who was for years in charge of an isolation hospital made exhaustive experiments in order to demonstrate that smallpox is contagious, but found that this is not the case. He even succeeded in persuading the mayor of San Antonio and the city council to go to the hospital and mingle with the patients and have a meal with them. The Bexar County Medical Society, before whom he read a paper detailing his experiments and his conclusions, refused to publish his findings. He later published them in his book, ‘Bats,Mosquitoes and Dollars’. Dr. Rodermund was even more daring, he broke open the smallpox puscules, rubbed the pus on his face and hands and moved about freely for three or four days,, deliberately neglecting to wash himself. No smallpox outbreak occurred.

The famous Dr. Sydenham, of England, called smallpox ‘the most safe and slight of all diseases as long as no mischief be done by either physician or nurse’, which is significant indeed. In olden days people died not of smallpox but of the treatment that was given to them.

Does vaccination prevent smallpox? Anyone who has made a thorough study of the subject will in all honesty have to admit that it does not. In India, even today, when over 90 per cent of the population are said to have been vaccinated, thousands are dying of what is diagnosed as smallpox in spite of - or because of - the compulsory injections. Major Reginald F. E. Austin (R.A.M.C.), who served in India in a medical capacity, was greatly in favour of hygienic living, cleanliness, and sanitation rather than vaccination, and he said so in so many words. He poo-pooed the whole vaccination programme as a diabolical disaster.


Dr. Henry Blumberg, the medical superintendent of Southport Children’s Sanatorium, speaking before the Royal Commission on Vaccination, described smallpox as ‘most innocent and least dangerous’, and he spoke against vaccination.

When we turn to tetanus - and other of the scare diseases - we find Dr. I. A. Toomey, MD of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, saying in the Journal of the American Medical Association, May, 1942, that drainage, cleanliness and proper incision of wounds were of greater importance than the anti-toxins administered. In 1940, the Surgeon-General of the American Army sent a letter to Congress requesting a change in the manner of treating tetanus in soldiers. He rightly stressed the fatal effects due to anaphylaxis resulting from the administration of anti-toxin, and claimed that better results were achieved by ensuring cleanliness and the proper drainage of wounds.

What applies to smallpox and tetanus applies to all the other scare diseases. In typhoid and cholera more people are killed by wrong treatment, i.e., feeding and drugging the patients, than by the disease itself. The writer knows many people who have suffered from quinine poisoning - the after effects of the deadly ‘cinchina. bark’ remedy for malaria. The list could be multiplied.

What, then, is the nature cure approach to these so-called scare diseases? In brief the answer is the same as that which applies to to all problems of ill-health. Health/high-level health alone will safeguard you against coronary thrombosis, typhoid, cholera, etc.

Keki Sidhwa ND, DO,
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