Wow! This book is an eye opener. I'm saying this because most of us have never heard about the teachings in this book, although probably our grand-grandparents still knew it. The modern society and lifestyle made us neglect the laws of the Nature when taking care of our own body, to our own peril. Unfortunately, these days not even the doctors are aware of the importance of bowel care, even though until the 40's- 50's this was a well known fact. Probably after that the discovery of modern "cures" - such as antibiotics - and the growing power of pharmaceutical companies pushed these away from the medical agenda.
Dr, Jensen provides insights of the studies from the end of 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. At that time, it was a well known fact - in the medical community and probably elsewhere - that toxemia is the root of most diseases. As a matter of fact, Dr. Jensen says "The name of a disease is given depending on where the toxins are located". Most of the toxins enter our body through the digestive tract, together with our food and drinks. Then, if we have a poor diet, we have toxic wastes. If we don't eat healthy, the bowel transit time slows down, and the wastes, instead of being eliminated, stay there, putrefy further, and become a breeding ground for bad bacterias and other parasites. After a while, the body cannot stand it any more, and the toxins and parasites enter the bloodstream, and settle in inherent weak parts.
Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, physician to the British Royal Family in the late nineteenth century and dawn of twentieth century was a master surgeon, and noticed in multiple occasions that operating the bowel cleared diseases located elsewhere in the body body. In his final 25 years of his life, he switched from practicing medicine to teaching nutrition and bowel care. This is only one example of what was well known in the 20's. BTW, did you know that the word "doctor" comes from Latin "docere", which means "to teach"? Unfortunately, this is not the case any more - doctors today are focused of treating instead of teaching patients to prevent diseases. I guess it makes much more sense financially.
Says Dr. Jensen, bowel is the king. It is the most important organ to care for. The bowel has very few nervous receptors - otherwise you would feel digestion and bowel moving food almost all day long. So, if you can feel you have a bowel problem, you can be dead sure that there is a serious problem!
Dr. Jensen provides some anatomy lessons about the digestive tract, about possible problems (constipation, diveticulitis, etc.), and the importance of chemical balance in the body - sodium (the carrier of many nutrients), potassium (muscle building), calcium (bones, teeth) - and how they are used by the body to neutralize some bad foods we are eating. But, after a while, the body exhausts the resources and disease starts to settle. The only way to get those is to eat healthy foods - processed as little as possible, preferably raw. For example, the body makes little use of table salt - it is inorganic and it is thrown away if you go over even a small quantity. Instead, the body needs organic salt - that is - the sodium which is part of the plants and animal tissues - that one can be easily assimilated.
In a later chapter, Dr. Jensen explains his biggest discovery: he learn why the bowel is so important, and why parts of the bowel are associated with specific organs. That way, he was able to explain what he had learned from his teachers and he had observed on his own pacients. Basically, he studied the development of the human embryo, and learned that the bowel appears very early, and that specific organs develop from tissue which was initially bowel wall!
The book continues with presenting his "Ultimate Tissue Cleansing Program" - which is something you must consider very seriously. Then, he presents a 7 weeks (tissue) building and replacement program, to be used right after the cleansing program. He even presents menu suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BTW, the modern toilet is not good at all for our health, instead, the "natural" position - still used by most of the world - helps most with bowel care.
Dr. Jensen presents six nutritional sins of the modern civilization and nine dietary laws to follow. For example, did you know pasteurized milk is very bad four your health, let alone ultra-pasteurized? Homogenized milk is even less healthy ! There were experiments and hidden - now pushed away by affected companies - that show the milk is only good raw! To quote Dr. Jensen, "In other words, pasteurization is a way of letting farms get by with reduced standards of cleanliness".
The author presents us his Health and Harmony Food Regimen - which is a balanced diet to be used on a continuous basis, and is really very balanced and healthy.
Not least, the book ends with amazing pictures showing the incredible eliminations from his patients' bowels - some of the feet-long and rubber-hard, and how diseases (ulcerations, arthritis, psoriasis) treated by following his program
Buy this book and practice from it, you'll thank yourself for the years to come!