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BRIEF HISTORY

In the early 19th century, many medical doctors in Europe and America were critical of the medical practices common at the time. Various alternative methods of health care were proposed and attempted. One particular system of natural-oriented care in the United States was given the the name "Hygiene".

“Hygiene represents a return to that pristine mode of living that emerged with man when he first appeared on the earth; it is a revival of something precious that had been all but lost during the course of ages...” H. Shelton, 1968.

Sylvester Graham sought to revolutionize the diet and health practices of the country in the 1830s and 1840s. He taught the benefits of vegetarianism when the American diet was based largely on meat and white bread as fruit and vegetables were not considered nutritious. He became a well known and controversial lecturer on what became know as the Grahamite philosophy. His views on food led to riots in Boston, as his prescriptions for health interfered with commerce. He lectured in New York City in 1832 on the Hygienic means of preventing and treating cholera. Phenomenal results were achieved for cholera patients in applying the simple Hygienic rules for all acute disease: "rest in bed, stay warm and abstain from all food until health returns."

Herbert M. Shelton (1895–1985) was a prominent pacifist, Naturopathic Doctor, and champion of the original Natural Hygiene ideas from the 1830s to 1970s. Despite ongoing legal battles with the medical field throughout his career which led to lawsuits, fines, financial ruin, and imprisonment, he tirelessly devoted his entire life to the cause of Natural Hygiene.  He wrote many books and other teaching materials to bring Natural Hygiene to the public. He opened schools in Natural Hygiene and founded the American Society of Natural Hygienists. Shelton had many admirers who saw him as a great inspirational leader and a natural healer. Mahatma Gandhi is said to have relied on Dr. Shelton's writing on fasting, and before the outbreak of World War II had invited Dr. Shelton to visit him in India. Ghandi had referred to Volume III of The Hygienic System throughout his fasting career.


 


T.C. Fry was a student of Shelton and carried the torch of Natural Hygiene until his death in 1996. He was a great educator, writer and health counselor who introduced many to Natural Hygiene. He used bulk mail to send millions of leaflets and publications across America.

An eighth grade dropout, T. C. was entirely self-taught with Dr. Shelton's works as his foundation. He had overcome many long standing health problems through Natural Hygiene, and with devoted fervor made it his calling to spread the message. He usually worked for little or no compensation, and what profits he did earn went back into printing and mailing out his literature to health seekers. Among T.C. Fry's enterprises were a hygienic fasting center in Texas and his Healthful Living magazine which flourished in the 1980s with 30,000 subscribers.

T.C. Fry's greatest contribution was the immense 108-lesson Life Science/Natural Hygiene course he wrote in 1982. The Transformation Institute's Essential Natural Hygiene Course is distilled from these writings. Among his students were "Fit for Life" authors Marilyn and Harvey Diamond, and the world-renowned motivational teacher and author, Anthony Robbins. Fit for Life, published in 1985, became the all-time best seller in diet and nutrition in history.