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How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon This book is not copyright; it is public domain material. Reproduction and dissemination is encouraged as long as the entire book is kept intact and remains unaltered. Steve Solomon, June, 1997. Table of Contents Forward by Steve Solomon – 2 Chapter 1: How I Became a Hygienist – 8 Chapter 2: The Nature and Cause of Disease – 32 Chapter 3: Fasting – 57 Chapter 4: Colon Cleansing – 112 Chapter 5: Diet and Nutrition
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  How and When to BeYour Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser  with Steve Solomon This book is not copyright; it is public domain material.Reproduction and dissemination is encouraged as long asthe entire book is kept intact and remains unaltered.Steve Solomon, June, 1997. Table of Contents Forward by Steve Solomon – 2Chapter 1: How I Became a Hygienist – 8Chapter 2: The Nature and Cause of Disease – 32Chapter 3: Fasting – 57Chapter 4: Colon Cleansing – 112Chapter 5: Diet and Nutrition – 137Chapter 6: Vitamins and Other Food Supplements – 207Chapter 7: The Analysis of Disease States—Helping the Body Recover – 231Appendices: – 279  Forward  Tis a gift to be simpleTis a gift to be free,Tis a gift to come downWhere we ought to be. And when we find ourselves In a place just right, It will be in the valleyOf love and delight. Old Shaker HymnFavorite of Dr. Isabelle Moser  I was a physically tough, happy-go-lucky fellow until I reached my late thirties.Then I began to experience more and more off days when I did not feel quiteright. I thought I possessed an iron constitution. Although I grew a big foodgarden and ate mostly “vegetablitarian” I thought I could eat anything withimpunity. I had been fond of drinking beer with my friends while nibbling on saltysnacks or heavy foods late into the night. And until my health began to weaken Icould still get up the next morning after several homebrewed beers, feeling good,and would put in a solid day’s work.When my health began to slip I went looking for a cure. Up to that time theonly use I’d had for doctors was to fix a few traumatic injuries. The only preventative health care I concerned myself with was to take a multivitamin pillduring those rare spells when I felt a bit run down and to eat lots of vegetables.So I’d not learned much about alternative health care. Naturally, my first stop was a local general practitioner/MD. He gave me hisusual half-hour get-acquainted checkout and opined that there almost certainlywas nothing wrong with me. I suspect I had the good fortune to encounter anhonest doctor, because he also said if it were my wish he could send me aroundfor numerous tests but most likely these would not reveal anything either. More  than likely, all that was wrong was that I was approaching 40; with the onset of middle age I would naturally have more aches and pains. ‘Take some aspirin andget used to it,’ was his advice. ‘It’ll only get worse.’ Not satisfied with his dismal prognosis I asked an energetic old guy I knewnamed Paul, an ‘80-something homesteader who was renowned for his organicgarden and his good health. Paul referred me to his doctor, Isabelle Moser, whoat that time was running the Great Oaks School of Health, a residential andoutpatient spa nearby at Creswell, Oregon.Dr. Moser had very different methods of analysis than the medicos, waswarmly personal and seemed very safe to talk to. She looked me over, did somestrange magical thing she called muscle testing and concluded that I still had a verystrong constitution. If I would eliminate certain “bad” foods from my diet,eliminate some generally healthful foods that, unfortunately, I was allergic to, if Iwould reduce my alcohol intake greatly and take some food supplements, thengradually my symptoms would abate. With the persistent application of a littleself-discipline over several months, maybe six months, I could feel really wellagain almost all the time and would probably continue that way for many years tocome. This was good news, though the need to apply personal responsibilitytoward the solution of my problem seemed a little sobering.But I could also see that Dr. Moser was obviously not telling me something.So I gently pressed her for the rest. A little shyly, reluctantly, as though she wereused to being rebuffed for making such suggestions, Isabelle asked me if I hadever heard of fasting? “Yes,” I said. “I had. Once when I was about twenty andstaying at a farm in Missouri, during a bad flu I actually did fast, mainly because Iwas too sick to take anything but water for nearly one week.’“Why do you ask?” I demanded.“If you would fast, you will start feeling really good as soon as the fast is over.”she said.“Fast? How long?”  “Some have fasted for a month or even longer,” she said. Then she observedmy crestfallen expression and added, “Even a couple of weeks would make anenormous difference.”It just so happened that I was in between setup stages for a new mail-order  business I was starting and right then I did have a couple of weeks when I wasvirtually free of responsibility. I could also face the idea of not eating for a coupleof weeks. “Okay!” I said somewhat impulsively. “I could fast for two weeks. If Istart right now maybe even three weeks, depending on how my schedule worksout.”So in short order I was given several small books about fasting to read athome and was mentally preparing myself for several weeks of severe privation,my only sustenance to be water and herb tea without sweetener. And then camethe clinker.“Have you ever heard of colonics?” she asked sweetly.“Yes. Weird practice, akin to anal sex or something?”“Not at all,” she responded. “Colonics are essential during fasting or you willhave spells when you’ll feel terrible. Only colonics make water fastingcomfortable and safe.”Then followed some explanation about bowel cleansing (and another little book to take home) and soon I was agreeing to get my body over to her placefor a colonic every two or three days during the fasting period, the first colonicscheduled for the next afternoon. I’ll spare you a detailed description of my firstfast with colonics; you’ll read about others shortly. In the end I withstood the boredom of water fasting for 17 days. During the fast I had about 7 colonics. Iended up feeling great, much trimmer, with an enormous rebirth of energy. Andwhen I resumed eating it turned out to be slightly easier to control my dietaryhabits and appetites.Thus began my practice of an annual health-building water fast. Once a year,at whatever season it seemed propitious, I’d set aside a couple of weeks to heal
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