Children with ''colds,'' if fed and otherwise
maltreated, will often develop pneumonia or bronchitis. What is pneumonia? It
is a catarrhal state of the lungs brought on from putrescence in the
intestines. What, in fact, is the symptom-complex named pneumonia? According
to scientific medicine, 'pneumonia is an acute disease most often due to a
specific micro-organism, the pneumococcus. Besides this particular microbe, the
streptococcus and the staphylococcus pyogenes may be the cause.' This
means that pneumonia is often caused by pneumococci, or it may be caused by the
above-named bacilli coming from typhoid fever, or some other derangement that
causes ulceration. The general understanding, however, is that simple pneumonia
is caused by the germ pneumococcus. The whole germ theory can be dismissed with
the one word 'piffle.'
Years of observation and 'watchful waiting'
have convinced me that in pneumonia the lungs are requisitioned as the organs
to do vicarious eliminating for the regular eliminating organs, which have been
put out of commission. (See 'Toxemia Explained.') A child develops
Toxemia in the regular way. To this state, infection from the stomach and
bowels is added--indigestion has continued until the protein of the milk has
taken on a state of decomposition. Then, in children predisposed to lung
troubles, there will be developed pneumonia or a bronchitis.
There is very little difference between pneumonia and bronchitis. The air-cells
are involved in pneumonia, and the bronchial tubes in bronchitis. Both come
from the same cause and should be treated the same way.
What is the treatment? Stop food, wash out the bowels,
and keep the child away from food until the intestines are cleaned out, the
temperature normal, and the breath free of odor. If there is severe cough and
much filling-up or stuffing-up of the lungs, and oppression in breathing, give
hot tub bath to full relief as often as necessary; rub hot oil on the chest and
cover with a layer of cotton. This is about the only local application
necessary. The main cure (if we desire to use that term) is to keep the feet
warm and bowels cleared out, withhold food until the cause gastro- intestinal
fermentation and decomposition--has been entirely overcome. Then feed very
lightly of the accustomed food, after giving diluted orange juice for two or