Henry Lindlahr March 1, — March 26, was the author of one of the cornerstone texts of American naturopathic medicine, Nature Cure , which includes topics about disease suppression versus elimination, hydrotherapy , and the importance of fresh air and sun bathing. Lindlahr was born March 1, in Cologne , Germany. Lindlahr was also influenced by the ideas of Bernarr Macfadden. In , he founded the Lindlahr Sanitarium, in Elmhurst, Illinois. Lindlahr and his institute were criticized by medical health experts for peddling quackery. He also claimed that vaccination was worthless against smallpox and was the cause of cancer, tuberculosis and insanity.
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Search this site. Naturopathic Medicine. Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine. Case Studies. Annotated Bibliography. Within a year, Lindlahr experienced a dramatic change in his physical appearance and was free of diabetes. This in turn shifted his entire view on health and life and also made him reject scientific medicine, which believed that lifestyle and food intake had no impact on health.
Instead, he believed that suppressing the disease led to suppressing its cure. In treating his patients, Lindlahr incorporated methods of previous naturopathic doctors with the addition of his own, combining a variety of natural therapies because he understood the principles of them.
He also focused heavily on the correlation between health and nutrition, often providing foods rich in vitamins and minerals to cure chronic illnesses including green leafy vegetables containing iron, various fruits with vitamin C, and brown rice having thiamine.
In his book, Lindlahr listed five categories of natural therapy. Of these five, he viewed the return to nature as the first focus to good health because it meant that patients had to resort to a natural diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. Together with a natural diet, Lindlahr emphasized the importance of a lifestyle free from environmental toxins or stress from changing occupations.
Lastly, he concluded that naturopathy served as a preventative medicine.