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"SHOULD WOMEN MENSTRUATE ? By Herbert M. Shelton Reprinted from "Dr. Shelton's Hygienic Review" It is the popular and professional opinion that it is normal and necessary for women, from the onset of puberty to the climacteric, to experience an uterine hemorrhage every twenty-eight days, except when pregnant or lactating. Failure to lose blood (menstruate) regularly during the reproductive period, save during the exception-periods mentioned, is regarded as highly abnormal and very dangerous, leading to anemia, consumption, decline and insanity. For years, the editor has disputed this idea and has offered evidence against it. Two men have endeavored to refute my arguments. One of these I disposed of easily by refuting his refutations. The other I did not bother to reply to, for his great refutation amounted to pointing to the bean-potato-rice-eating, vermin infested, sick and short-lived "primitives" of the West Indies, who menstruate, as proof that people who lead "natural lives" do menstruate. Absurdity could go no further. Some orthodox testimony of the highest standing may help to clarify our position. Geddes and Thomson in their "Evolution of Sex" concede a moderate, though quite vague, amount of pathological development in the case of menstruation. They say : "Though this is clearly a normal physiological process, it yet evidently lies on the borders of pathological change, as is evidenced not only by the pain which so frequently accompanies it, and the local and constitutional disorders which so frequently arise in this connection, but by the general systemic disturbance and local histological changes of which the discharge is merely the outward expression and results." It is the editor's contention that menstruation, by which is meant, in this instance, the periodic uterine hemorrhage of most females, is an instance of faulty adaptation, a "disease," in other words, consequent upon physiological or hygienic transgressions. It is our thought that with the greater complexity and perfection of organization possessed by man, as compared to the lower orders, he should posses a commensurate stability of equilibrium and control of function sufficient to prevent such highly pathological 'functions'. We are far from convinced that menstruation is "clearly a normal physiological process." "Right use of a great variety of powerful factors of adaptation," says Reinheimer, "might thus well have insured a greater freedom from suffering, had it not been that physiological transgressions have been persisted in right up into the very highest spheres, interfering with natural beneficience, i.e. harmonious adaptations." 1


Ray Kent Caregiver & Founder Our Place International caregiver@ourplaceinternational.com

Siok Khoon Caregiver & International Coordinator Our Place International caregiver@ourplaceinternational.com

Our Place International “Truly the University of Life� www.ourplaceinternational.com

What Reinheimer does not seem to know, but of which the editor has seen numerous instances, is that right use of these powerful factors may yet be made to assure greater freedom from suffering and produce such health of the system generally and of the womb particularly, that there is no periodic loss of blood. I have seen cases where the loss in menstruation was so great and long continued that it had resulted in much weakness and anemia and I have seen these cases restored to good health by the "right use of powerful factors" and the monthly loss reduced to a very scant flow, all in a short space of time. I believe that it is possible for practically every woman to develop such a high degree of health and such superior integrity of her tissues that she will cease to be annoyed each month by loss of blood. It is no answer to this point to the near-universal fact of menstruation in the diseased and degenerate specimens of humanity that populate the globe today. *****

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