Great Construction

Respect Nature

     Contemporary medical treatment emphasizes the importance of rest, but as I have already explained before, this is a big mistake. So, what is best? First and foremost is nature. Nature does not bind and lets the body function without strain and overexertion. For example, when you are not feeling well and have a fever, your body is telling you to sleep, so you should sleep. And, when you do not want to sleep but wake up, you should think you are being ordered to get up. Walk when you want to walk; run if you want to run; and sing when you want to sing. Human beings have been created to do what their minds, their hearts command. You should not try to do that for which you have no enthusiasm. Nature should take its course in everything. Nature controls all. This is true, not only in the case of tuberculosis, but for all sicknesses and diseases as well.
Food is the same. Eat only what you want when you want to eat. This is the best. You certainly do not need medicines, but it is a mistake to eat something for its medicinal value or because it is “nourishment” when you do not even like it, and to not eat what you like because it is “not good for you.” Within the human body along with the desire that arises to eat what is necessary is the check that says do not eat what it does not care for. What is particularly unsuitable when a person has tuberculosis is animal protein. Small amounts of animal protein are permissible, but is best to eat as much and as many kinds of vegetables as possible. Medical treatment, nowadays, however, recommends that meat, fish, and poultry have the necessary nutrition, but this is a great fallacy, and vitality will certainly decline. Nutrition for human beings is basically in vegetables. Think about it. A diet of only animal matter will lead to conditions such as sepsis, and eventually cause illness, possibly even death. On the other hand, no matter how much a vegetable diet you consume, you become only that much healthier. Not only do you not come down with illness, it is clear from observation that you live longer as well. I would like to mention my personal experience here. When I was told I had tuberculosis, I tried to eat as much animal protein as possible, but I had occasion to realize that this was not right, and I tried a vegetable diet. From that point on I recovered with remarkable progress. Thus I realized that medical treatment was misguided and also quit taking medicines. Thanks to three months of a complete vegetable diet, I recovered completely and became even healthier than I had been before I suffered from tuberculosis. After that, I came down with various illnesses but never even a trace of tuberculosis. Even now at the age of sixty-eight, my health is excellent, as a hale and hearty man in his prime. It sends shivers down my spine even now to realize that if I had not become aware of these errors of medical science at that time, I certainly would have ended up dying.
     Here I should also mention hemoptysis or lung hemorrhage. These are the very cases where a vegetable diet is best. On an earlier occasion I had a patient who would automatically cough up blood the day after eating a meat dish. Upon switching to a vegetable diet, the coughing up of blood soon stopped which demonstrates my point. This example shows it is no mistake that a vegetable diet is best for human beings.
     Doctors now caution us that we need to be on guard against fatigue and a lack of sleep, but these warnings are also mistaken. They are mistaken because the fundamentals of the human body are not understood. Fatigue comes from exercise, but if you exercise, you also use your legs and trunk, and the toxins in those areas start to purify and a slight fever develops. When a fever develops, it generates the feeling of fatigue, which we take as being tired, but this tiredness is a good thing because the toxins are decreased to that extent. This is clear because the more the person exercises and repeatedly continues that fatigue, the more that person’s health increases. When you are tired, if you touch your feet or legs or any part of your trunk, you will feel a slight fever, and this is because your toxins are dissolving.
     Lack of sleep has no effect on tuberculosis. Rather it is good for tuberculosis. You can understand this principle by observing the facts. Look at the types of people who get the least amount of sleep. Employees of inns and persons in the entertainment industry experience low levels of tuberculosis, as even doctors admit.
     This is why. A lack of sleep means that you are awake longer, so you are active for longer periods, and purification occurs so you tire even more. But as long as medical science continues to interpret the human body backwards, medical professionals will continue to say that a lack of sleep is not good for you. Look at my point in another way. Fever in the body is usually lowest in the morning but will appear around three or four in the afternoon. The same principle is at work here, and thus even while asleep, the nervous system is used, so purification is generated.

Revolutionary Treatment for Tuberculosis, page 25, August 15, 1951
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“Shizen o Sonchō Seyo” is the sixth chapter of the book Kekkaku no Kakumeiteki Ryōhō (Revolutionary Treatment for Tuberculosis), 1951, page 25. Meishu-sama made several slight revisions to include this essay as the eighth chapter of the second part of Bunmei no Sōzō (Creation of Civilization), the manuscript of a book that remained unpublished while he was alive. A translation of the revised manuscript has appeared previously. Citation is given below for reference.

“Respect for Nature,” Creation of Civilization, 1978, page 52.