Tonsilar surgery is one of the little fads indulged in
by the profession. In lieu of knowledge of how properly to advise parents to
feed their children so as to avoid building the so-called disease tonsilitis--or
teach them how to care for the children so that these little enlargements will
be absorbed when once established, the profession removes these enlargements,
leaving behind the cause, to work out dire consequences in the future in
various forms of pathologies.
Cause.--Children of the scrofulous or tubercular
diathesis--in other words, those with an inherited tendency to take on
inflammation of the lymphatic glands and tuberculosis--are more subject to sore
throat, tonsilitis, croup, or catarrh of the air-passages than other children.
These children, from wrong feeding, develop a sensitiveness to protein--protein sensitization. They have
frequent gastric (stomach) crises. A little overindulgence on sweets, butter,
sugar and cream, rich foods, ice-cream, and cake, with the usual starch and
milk, will develop such symptoms as colds, catarrh, cough, vomiting, bad
breath, fever, slight or severe tonsilitis, diarrhea, or constipation. These
crises pass off in a few days; but the throat continues red, the cough comes
and goes, nervousness and restlessness in sleep are common, and the breath is
bad most of the time. These symptoms may be very light and infrequent in some
children, while others will be very sick--develop gastric crises (bilious
spells?)--three or four times a year. From the
lightest to the most severe, there is tonsilar involvement. When not acute, it
is subacute. The enlargement of the glands comes and goes. Sometimes the glands
fill the throat, and in a week or two or three, under proper care, they are
almost normal. Following a severe crisis, the inflammation runs so high, and
gastro-intestinal putrescence is so intense, that the mucous membrane of the
tonsils ulcerates. For the enlarged tonsils the surgeon says most emphatically:
'The rotten tonsils must come out, or they will cause rheumatism or heart
disease, or kill by infecting the whole system.' The innocent man does not
know that those two tonsilar guardsmen have 'fought, bled, and died,'
defending the system from septic gas absorption continuously eructating from a
'rotten' stomach. At this state of catarrhal evolution the pulmonary
(lung) lymphatic glands are also busy taking up and detoxifying the infectious
gases being thrown out through the lungs, and, unless successful, they too will
rot. Then nomenclature declares that pulmonary tuberculosis has
Tonsils are guardsmen. The larger they are, the more work they have done in absorbing and
detoxifying the infection being evolved from rotten food in the stomach
From the above it should be obvious that tonsilitis,
and the diseases of the air-passages, are not primary
diseases. These derangements are effects. The cause is overeating and vicious
eating, resulting in converting the intestinal canal into a seething gehenna, in which decomposition dieth not and fever
(infection) is not quenched.
To cut out the tonsils in no way acts
on cause. The operation has no virtue, except that the fee for operating
feeds the self-deluded profession, and fools the people into believing that
they are doing something for their children.
The operation leaves parents as stupidly ignorant as before, and the children susceptible to the development of
eruptive fevers, which are indigenous to this chronic gastro-intestinal status.
This stomach derangement will never be normal until parents learn the correct
care of their children.
From the army of maltreated children are recruited
victims for the army of the Great White Plague (pulmonary tuberculosis) every
year. When catarrhal evolution does not end in this way, gouty subjects evolve
rheumatism, as well as heart and bone derangements; yes, also rickets.
Treatment.--First of all be it known by those
interested: Never feed starch and protein in the same meal. The old
familiar phrase that has been used time out of mind by the profession,
'diseases peculiar to children,' will be a thing of the past when
mothers learn that said diseases are due almost absolutely and entirely to this
error in diet. Of course, prominent physicians--those supposed to be
authorities--will declare that this idea of not combining starch and protein is
'piffle'; but, inasmuch as it is quite generally acknowledged that
the cause of disease is not known, it ill becomes those who do not know the
cause to dispute anything that may be advanced concerning the cause.
A child that is having gastric crises--acute gastritis,
or inflammation of the stomach--every two or three months, and from this cause
feeding up a little tonsilitis, pharyngitis or laryngitis, must be fed very
little for a week or two to overcome the gastric symptoms.
A child that is suffering from gastritis and tonsilitis
should be put to bed, and be given no food until the symptoms have subsided. If
anything is given at all, it should be only a little fifty-fifty, orange juice
and water until decidedly better, then give, for breakfast, orange; for lunch,
as much fifty-fifty, milk and water, as desired; in the evening, the same. The
second day, orange juice for breakfast; puree of some vegetable, and a glass of
fifty-fifty, milk and water, at noon; in the evening, milk straight. The third
day, toast eaten properly, followed with fruit for breakfast; cooked vegetables
and milk at ; milk and
fruit for the evening meal. If all is going well, the child can be put on the
full diet according to instructions for its proper age.
During the stomach crisis the bowels should be moved by
enemas until cleared out of any accumulation, after which no enemas should be
used unless the bowels refuse to move for two days; then it will be necessary
to use the enema again. Avoid, if possible, the enema habit.
In severe cases, with a temperature running to 103
degrees F. or more, hot applications to the abdomen, heat to the feet, and
thorough bowel-cleansing, with positively no food until normal. Then feed as