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"Despite all the propaganda and all the claims that have been made for it,

the enema is an evil."

Why Dr. Shelton decided to discontinue enemas
W we always come back to this topic: the scientific method in Hygiene. Is NH a science, using scientific methods?
- Listen to !. "helton desc!ibe HOW he concluded that enemas were NOT helpful, !athe! the opposite. #sing
(1) nature observations made by others, and
(2) nature observations in his own practice. $nd
(3) testse!periments.
$nd note how he in a simila! way decides that lots of wate!-d!inking in fasting is not necessa!y, by obse!%ing animals in natu!e.
"ore health without enemas


"ore deto!ification# of
blood $ tissues# without
Dr. Herbert Shelton: from the article "Observations of Nature"
Hunters in the north woods learned many things about bears. They noticed their eating habits, the winter hibernation and the fact
that, though they sleep through four or five months of winter, they do not foul their dens with bowel movements. Enema advocates
should take notice of this four and five months without bowel movement.
The hunters noticed two other significant facts that have been fully confirmed by scientists. When they killed the bears in the
spring, they always found a plug, which they called a "tappin" or a "dottle" in the rectum. They thought the bear prepared this
stopper and placed it in the rectum before going to sleep for winter to prevent the escape of any of the food in the intestine.
Biologists, studying the matter, found this "tappin" to be a hardened piece of feces. t occurs automatically and not by intent.
have seen the same thing more than once in fasting patients.
E!cept in cases of hemorrhoids or incipient hemorrhoids, these plugs never give any trouble.
The second feature noticed by the hunters is that when a bear "ust settled for the winter is shot and the bowel opened the stench
is "overpowering", the flesh "nauseating, fishy and unfit for food. " #an Wel$l, a hunter, says, in his Thirty %&ears in the 'olden
(orth, "t is useless to shoot him )the bear* at the beginning of his winter sleep, because he is then very fat, and has a disgusting
smell of fish oil. The meat smells "ust as bad. "
But the picture is different at the end of the winter%s sleep. Wel$l says+ "But at the end of the winter sleep he has used it )the fat* all
up and then bear%s meat is a delicious treat. " ,anadian government biologists confirm this, saying, that by spring the bears flesh
has undergone a complete and remarkable change. t has then become "the most sought after of all northern foods. " -ery little
residue is found in the alimentary tract. "The bowel was odorless" say the biologists, "and .uite sterile. (o cultures of any of the
intestinal flora or bacilli could be obtained. "
Enema advocates are especially re.uested to notice the contrast between the foulness of the intestines and the unsavoriness of
the flesh at the beginning of winter when regular bowel movements have been e!perienced and the odorlessness and sterility of
the intestines and savoriness of the flesh after four to five months without a bowel movement.
repeat+ There is a wealth of valuable information to be %ained by observin% livin% nature. We cannot hope to learn about
life by going always to the morgue. /issecting frogs and cats and mounting butterflies is a poor introduction to the science of life.
"I found they recovered in less time, that they are more comfortable, and that bo$el function after
the fast is much more efficient, if enemas had not been used."
When first read an article on fasting )back in 0100*, had been previously prepared to accept fasting by having seen many sick
animals fast. was not prepared to accept the supposed need for lots of water drinking in sickness and especially in acute illness.
2or, had repeatedly observed that the acutely sick animal refuses water. had actually attempted to force side cows to drink by
taking them to the water and sticking their noses in it. 3ometimes a sick animal will take a sip or two of water, but it does not drink
much or often.
accepted the enema, especially as a measure to be employed during the fast, and employed it for the first five years of my
practice. But could not close my eyes to it%s many evils and it%s unpleasantness. 2inally, began to think the matter over. recalled
that fasting animals did not use enemas. f they do not need them, asked, why do my fasting patients need them.
began a search of fasting literature. discovered that #ennings, 'raham, Trall, /ewey, Tanner and others had not employed it in
caring for their fasting patients. was told that their patients would have recovered sooner had they employed
the enema. n view of the known and admitted enervating effect of enemas, this did not seem reasonable.
still employed the enema. When wrote &undamentals as Natu!e 'u!e )0144* advised the enema during the
fast. When /r. ,launch reviewed this book in Health 2irst, he .uestioned the use of the enema. t is not a
natural method, he pointed out. This was obvious. decided to try omitting the enema during the fast. did so
cautiously at first, and for only short periods. 'radually lengthened the periods between the enemas. Then, at
the end of 1924, I discontinued their use.
/id find that my patients re.uired longer time in which to get well5 /id find that they developed symptoms of
intestinal poisoning5 (o. found
they recovered in less time,
that they are more comfortable without than with the enema, and
that bowel function after the fast is much more efficient if enemas have not been used.
"%he fasting body is capable of brea&ing up 'digesting( all germs, viruses and parasites, visible and
invisible and using them as food. It is fully capable of protecting itself."
f the fast has not been long, the first movement is often very foul. But this foulness never gets into the blood stream as is popularly
believed. once cared for a man who had used enemas so long they no longer induced bowel movements. He would take an
enema one morning and e!pel the water the following morning.
There was never any evidence that any of this water was absorbed.
There were no symptoms of poisoning.
There was no decrease in the sense of thirst.
There was no increase in urination.
The amount of water e!pelled the following morning was the same as that in"ected the morning before.
f to!ins are absorbed from the colon they would certainly be more readily and more abundantly absorbed when the feces are
li.uified, as in the above case, than when the feces are in semi6solid form. There is no more reason why the colon should )or does*
absorb fecal matter held in it for some time than there is why the bladder should absorb urine held in it for hours before being
The facts revealed by the study of the bears show that the fasting body is capable of breaking up )digesting* all germs, viruses and
parasites, visible and invisible and using them as food. t is fully capable of protecting itself.
Observations of nature# both in the wild state# in the domestic state and in human bein%s are sufficient to show beyond
doubt that the enema is not a necessary or a helpful e!pedient. /espite all the propaganda that has been employed to populari$e
the enema and all the claims that have been made for it, the enema is an evil.
Herbert 7. 3helton, 0188, Hygienic 9eview
"Observations of nature, both in the $ild state, in the domestic state and in human beings are
sufficient to sho$ beyond doubt that the enema is not a necessary or a helpful e)pedient."
nother enema e!am"le
- this Natu!al Hygiene docto! also obse!%es natu!e: himself.
Q: What about enemas while fasting
!: 7any years ago, when first started out fasted many times while using enemas )colon cleansing*. 7y e!periences were negative,
often got weak and di$$y and e!perienced two blackouts. 3o stopped the enemas, and never had any problems after that. :ater
found out the /rs. ,ursio and 3helton had had similar e!periences, and also recommended against enemas.
""y e)periences $ere negative, I often got $ea& and di**y and e)perienced t$o blac&outs"