Previously I have explained that healing therapies since the start of healing with Hippocrates in the West two thousand five hundred years ago and the beginning of the way of healing with Fu Hsi in China five thousand years ago have all been nothing other than attempts to halt the process of purification. Thought to be the most effective way to halt purification is the use of drugs, but the basis of pharmaceuticals are poisonous substances that only weaken the human body with toxic effect. The peoples of the world to whom the negative aspects of medicinal remedies have not been clear until now have believed drugs to possess some form of mysterious healing effect. The fact that epithets such as divine medicine and spiritual medicine have been applied to drugs most certainly demonstrates this mentality. Such a mentality came about because the true aspects of disease remained unknown. Disease was interpreted as bad and drugs as good. That this principle is indeed the opposite of the truth was never perceived. However, as early as the closing days of the Tokugawa period in the middle nineteenth century, Sugita Genpaku, an authority on Chinese medicine made the rather pioneering statement that “There is really no such thing in the world as medicine. What we call medicines are all poison. Diseases are not healed with medicine. In truth, poisons are controlled with poisons.” What is known as pharmacology today is basically the research of poisons.
It is believed that once the efficacy of pharmaceuticals has worn off, poisons merely disappear, but this is a great error, and poisons indeed remain indefinitely within the body. The substances that human beings should naturally eat and drink have been determined by the Creator. These substances were created as foods to maintain human life. As such, what is meant to be food will have a flavor and taste and can be digested within the human body. The human body was created with functions to accommodate the foods produced from nature. Therefore, any other foreign object that does not have the function of being digested is not absorbed and will unavoidably remain in the body. Allow me to give two or three examples of this principle.
The first is an account I heard from a woman who for many years had worked as the head of nurses in a hospital. She told me of a man, some forty years old, who for no apparent reason at all, suddenly died. The death was considered suspicious and an autopsy was performed. It was found that many small, black-colored granules had accumulated in the man’s intestinal tract and that this condition had caused his death. The pills that this person had for many years taken as a laxative for constipation had built up in his body, and it was thought that the aggregate of drugs had either caused intestinal obstruction or had stopped peristalsis, but in any case, she reported that the cause of death was definitely the pills.
The second example is of a male, around fifty years old, who died unexpectedly for the same reason as the previous example. The only difference being that in this case, the cause was not laxatives but the continuous ingestion of powdered stomach medicine for indigestion. The results of his autopsy showed a great accumulation of the digestive medicine at the bottom of his stomach and in his intestinal tract.
The next instance is of a patient who was treated for stomach illness by one of my followers. The individual had several small lumps in the lower part of the stomach and continually felt a certain amount of unpleasantness. Soon after receiving our treatment, the patient vomited several times, after which the lumps in the stomach as well as the sensations of unpleasantness disappeared. The several times when the patient had vomited, a thick fluid had been discharged which reeked heavily of slugs. Several decades previously, the patient had swallowed more than a few slugs, and these slugs had not been digested but had remained in the body.
Another case, much like the preceding example was of a woman who sang professionally. In the course of her career she had swallowed two to four slugs to make her voice sound more beautiful. Several years later, small lumps that seemed like cancer formed on the left wall of her stomach. These lumps gradually distended and she was hospitalized to undergo a surgical operation. The surgeons were astonished to find that in her intestines, the body of one slug had solidified after dying and that another slug was still living and growing in her stomach and had become very large.
As the above examples show, there is no doubt that that which are thought to be “medicines,” are foreign substances which indeed remain within the body.
There is another aspect to the fact that drugs cause disease that generally fails to be perceived, and this is the meaning of the complications that break out when doctors perform medical treatment. If medical treatment were to lead to genuine results, the patient should gradually improve and complications should not occur. Let us suppose someone is being treated for three different diseases. With treatment, the three conditions should become two, the two, just one, and finally the patient should recover completely. But what actually happens with medical treatment is that one disease becomes two, and two become three, which does not at all stand to reason. It can only be called mystifying that patients and doctors alike do not come to harbor any doubts at all about this fact. I can never help lamenting that the general public so exaggerates medical science and that belief in the efficacy of medical science has become such a widely-held superstition.
What is known as illness unquestionably would gradually disappear from humanity if drugs and medicines were eliminated.
From my experience of treating many patients, I can determine accurately the severity of a disease by how much drugs a patient has ingested. The patient who has ingested greater amounts will present with the following symptoms.
The patient will continually feel sensations of unpleasantness. Because there is slight fever in areas where medicinal toxins have accumulated, there is also a slight degree of chillness or shivering in other areas throughout the body. Individuals with these symptoms feel the sensation of cold to a greater degree than the people around them. These persons make much ado about matters, like to recline horizontally, are quite short-tempered, and cannot deal with a task for an extended period. The brain is desultory and cannot concentrate. Their interpretation of affairs is always pessimistic. They lack in common sense, like the gloom, and prefer dark places over bright, cheery ones, so rainy to clear days are favored. They anger easily, are prone to desperation, may become quite hysterical about the slightest matter, and even though they know they are mistaken about something, they are not able to straighten out the problem, and their worry itself troubles them. In extreme cases, their pessimism may lead them to contemplate suicide, or as a result of degenerating mental stability, they become totally useless as human beings. When there are individuals like this in a family, they affect the entire household, making the atmosphere continually gloomy, prone to conflict, so a happy life is not possible.
The thinking processes of contemporary people overall have dulled considerably. Today individuals in important positions can not even make speeches without having to refer to manuscripts. They use props probably because they fear they may be inconsistent, could mistake the order of their argument, or may unduly lengthen an outdoor speech and so cause a traffic jam, but all these reasons also signify that speakers are not confident about the workings of their own brains.
The majority of the people today find it difficult to have a definite opinion of even the simplest matter. They are not persuaded unless given lengthy, drawn-out explanations with many examples. If their brains were good, they should be able to put together related affairs from hearing just a part of the issue. The governments to be sure but also the civilian institutions of what are taken to be the civilized nations of the world these days all must deliberate over every issue, bringing together the brains of many people to mull over a problem before arriving at an appropriate answer. This phenomenon is attested by the appearance of phrases such as “conference diplomacy.” The frequent discussions and meetings that are held among Japanese government officials and throughout the civilian sectors particularly demonstrate this sad state of affairs. The waste of time is tremendous.
It is for this very same reason that whenever the government establishes another institution or initiates a new policy, it has to incessantly advertise in various ways and means through the radio, in the newspapers, and on posters, or else the information does not receive the attention of the populace.
When all these factors are considered, as the brains of human beings in the present age have worsened rather than improved with the progress of civilization, it is probably the most appropriate time to consider ways to eliminate pharmaceutical products and drugs from the human race.
I am sure with my theoretical explanation and my presentation of actual examples, readers can appreciate the frightening nature of pharmaceutical products and drugs.
Gospel of Heaven, page 62, February 5, 1947
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