A. P. Davis, M.D., N.D., D.O.
INTRODUCTORY EXPLANATION IN NEUROPATHY
The conflicting theories and prejudicial vagaries
of the masses of humanity militate against investigating any new thing
which claims superiority over the long-tried habits and ways of thinking.
Suspicion of the new rankles in every human breast and will not down fully
until indubitable proof demonstrates to the thinking individual, its absolute
Until all men and women are taught alike and their
faculties are equally developed, and craniums rounded out so as to fully
expand, all of them in the same proportion, we shall be confronted with
expressions of opinions diametrically opposed to one another, and what
will satisfy one will not satisfy the other. But there are some things
all agree in, from the common stand point of necessity. All believe
that eating is a necessity; all believe that breathing is a necessity;
but all are not agreed as to what they ought to eat, nor how they should
breathe. Education molds the mind in certain channels of thought;
fixes the ideas; and all go and think in the direction of the least resistance,
and are influenced by the strongest incentives - personally, acquisitively,
selfishly and intuitively.
Investigation changes our thoughts, provided the
thing investigated interests us. There are such diversities of teaching,
from such a motley group of mentalities, that one must be an Iconoclast
to make inroads upon the kaleidoscopic mental status of those whom he desires
Those whose mental calibers have not been stereotyped
by transfixation, smoothed and polished in some stereotyped mold, can occasionally
be induced to break away from old ways of doing things, and listen to the
reasonings about other things - thoughts.
The question should always be, is the new idea better
than the old one? Investigation and comparison, and sometimes a trial
of the new, can only induce adoption where the new proves itself superior
to the old. All the new ideas are stultified for a time, hindered,
relegated to the unknowable or unbelief, until circumstances force recognition
Ideas coming from a mentality on a level with the
masses are generally accepted and popularized easier and faster than those
originating in minds the most trained along the lines attempted to be the
most beneficial. The common people want something simple, and the
writer who can fully enter into the character of the mentality, of his
intended auditors is the one whose popularity may be assured; and whatever
he has for them, dealt out to them as they like it, is sure to have a large
following. Science is almost like a mystery to them, and they do
not take much time nor pains to solve it, nor seek a meaning for it.
Inasmuch as a necessity exists for a book that will
contain a simple and easy way to explain to the reader how to relieve pain,
cure disease, live right and be healthy, we decided to make the attempt.
How nearly this shall fill the requirement, the reader is to be the judge.
There are so many conditions, called disease, which
would really become serious, if not arrested in time, "nipped in the bud;"
we show how to meet the various conditions and abort their consequences
by the simplest methods possible, at the time, and which will, in a majority
of instances, forestall them altogether, and also cure them after they
have gone into that stage called chronic.
A few fundamental principles will suffice to show
how to meet almost all conditions met with in families and individuals.
The reader will please to fix these facts firmly
in mind, then, and not till then, can an intelligent explanation be given
for the treatment of any sort of ailment whatever. It will be understood
that this is a system of treatment which means something, and which is
far superior to any other known, in that it is a tried system, and founded
upon actual demonstration, based upon the fundamental laws of Nature -
agreeing with Anatomy, Physiology and common sense.
The Philosophy consists in removing the irritation
from the nervous system, stopping the waste of nerve power, relieving pressure
from the nervous system, by the use of special manipulations and in some
cases neutralizing the poisons in the body.
That one can be so manipulated as to free the circulation
of the blood, stop fevers and relieve pain and inflammation is a fact which
has been amply demonstrated in this country. The simplest, easiest
and best way to accomplish the purpose, we have tried to show herein; and,
when applied as directed, we opine will be found absolutely satisfactory
in almost all conditions, and without the least possible harm accruing
Headache, Fevers of all kinds, Throat, Lungs, Liver,
Spleen, Stomach, Bowels, Heart, Kidneys and Genital organs, together with
all the complications of functional disturbances may be and are relieved
by the application of this method of treatment herein described, and it
is my desire that the reader be not doubtful about results, but try it,
use it, rely on it.
Flux, Diarrhea, Summer complaints of children, Indigestion,
Colic, Fits, Spasms, Pneumonia and every known functional human ill is
amenable to this manner of treatment. Try it; prove it.
If the reader could form any idea of the wonderfulness
of results of this treatment, confidence would be so firmly established
that nothing else would ever be sought to take its place.
It is always at hand, always applicable in all conditions,
for all sorts of ailments, all degrees of intensity and all stages and
in all ages. The union of the two forces about the fourth dorsal
vertebra can be made by any one. This is the chief thing that relieves
conditions which, sooner or later, cause pain and disease, as it is generally
called. These two forces are opposites - Positive and Negative.
By the special treatment shown in this book, the excess of the one or the
other is lessened, neutralized, and a state of harmony at once is instituted,
so that the effects of either secretion - positive or negative - is aborted
Particular conditions existing in any part of the
body are easily modified and relieved by the treatment along the spine;
over the leash of nerves emerging from the spine and ending where the pain
is manifest at the time. In all sorts of pain in he body, there may
be perfect relief obtained by the removal of the pressure from the nervous
system ending at the spot where the pain is manifest. Remember that
the leash of nerves may be remote from the place of pain and the place
to treat for such a condition is where the leash of nerves emerge from
the spine, and end in the spot where the pain is manifest.
The nerves which emerge from the sides of the vertebra,
along down the spine and in the muscles surrounding the body, as well as
in the viscera inside of the body; so that we may accomplish two or more
purposes by treatment of the spinal nervous system. Pneumonia is
relieved by the treatment of the spine in its upper portion, and the stomach
by treatment at the eighth dorsal vertebra, and many conditions of the
stomach cured by treatment at that spot. So we might show farther
down the spine, as in case of the affections of the Kidneys - by the treatment
of the twelfth dorsal vertebra; and the Ovarian organs and genital organs
in both sexes at the second Lumbar vertebra. Constipation may be
relieved by the adjustment of the first Lumbar vertebra. Chills may
be cured at once by a spinal adjustment at the seventh dorsal vertebra.
Typhoid fevers are cured by treatment at the fourth, eighth and twelfth
dorsal vertebra. The main thing to do is to be certain of giving
the treatments strong enough to be effectual, and at the same time not
strong enough to hurt or injure the patient; for there is no necessity
to over-do the matter, and abort the very thing you wish to accomplish.
The treatment of the various conditions humanity
suffers from are all embraced under two divisions - that of a positive
and a negative character. Hence, we lay so much stress upon the spinal
treatment in the Neuropathic department of this book. Much good is
accomplished by the use and application of the directions in Osteopathy,
as known in that department. The main thing to remember is, whichever
department is needed should be applied. If the reader will note carefully
all the plates and the nervous plates as shown herein, the suggestion as
to where treatment should be made for any condition or affection in the
body, will be known. Each nerve filament ends as shown herein, and
to affect any part of the body, any way whatever, for good or otherwise,
the effect is manifest at the endings of the nerve filaments. Before
the various manipulations, seemingly indicated, are made, do not fail to
unite the two forces, as described in the instructions on that subject.
The key to the relief of all conditions called disease, remember, is the
removal of the nerve pressure. This applies to the Neuropathic
and the Osteopathic departments. To arrest the nerve-waste
by the uses of the proper correction and wearing of lenses, is applicable
to all such waste through over-use of the eyes, and stopping nerve-waste
from over-use of any organ in the body is as essential to be done as that
wasted through the eyes. The principle is the same throughout the
entire body, and we insist upon carrying out the principle in all conditions
needing attention, for this is the right way, and is practical and effectual.
Whatever is found in this book may be relied upon. Each department
should be studied and mastered, then the operator will be panoplied with
sufficient resources to meet almost all the conditions known as disease.
The instructions will be found easy of comprehension
and satisfactory when applied. Simplicity characterizes everything
said herein, and the reader need not hesitate to use whatever is delineated
and recommended for any and all conditions I where indicated.
THE CAUSE OF DISEASE
We would have the reader understand, once for all,
that disease is a product. The question is what particular
thing caused the condition which produced the product. That may nearly
always be ascertained. It may be from an extra amount of cold to
a greater or less surface of the body, producing contraction of muscular
tissue; this contraction tightens down on nerve footlets, closes the emunctories,
or the pores of the skin, retaining the Toxic or waste material,
which should be thrown out through sensible or insensible perspiration,
poisoning the nerve terminals, rendering them powerless, or incapable of
performing normal function; the poison is retained, re-absorbed into the
system and produces thereby, more or less contamination of the blood throughout
the entire system, and we have disease. Disease usually becomes seated
in some weak part of the body, and expresses itself through the nervous
system, and the character of the disease is more or less dependent upon
the locality where the nerves end. If the manifest strength or weakness
in any particular part of the body where function seems to be expressed
through that organ be weak, we know that a greater amount of paralysis
has been produced than where an increased activity is noticed; for the
nerves ending there may be simply irritated and produce irritation of the
organ, causing increased activity - function.
Pressure upon a nerve as it conveys its function
along the line from origin to its terminus, strong enough to interfere
with its function at its terminus, will cause a condition called
Whether we have interference with the nervous system
at its terminus, along the line from origin to terminus, or at its origin,
we always have the effect - disease as the product.
The internal viscera may be diseased in the same
way, for whatever pressure or interference takes place in the body, which
interferes with nerve influence, separating end rootlets causes an excess
of the one or the other secretions - called Acid or Alkaline - and any
sort of trouble may ensue, and may result in Ptomaine poison, or some milder
effect, dependent largely upon what glandular structure is involved.
Disease being a product, and the Neurologist knowing
what produced it, he should not be remiss in so adjusting the system as
to change the conditions which would bring about the desired result - a
cure. It matters not what name the people or the doctors have been
taught to call it, the conditions indicated, applied, removes the thing
itself, called disease. Neuropathy is the almost universal remedy
to apply to change the conditions.
There are certain poisons supposed to be cured by
medicines, we shall wait for the proof. This philosophy is correct
so far as all functional conditions are concerned.
With medical men, we find they use one remedy for
many so-called diseases; many of them use not over a dozen remedies for
the six or seven hundred diseases named in the books and have better success
than those who use the seven or eight hundred remedies. The thing
is to know the condition existing; what is the cause, and what will cure
it. The thing to do which ends anything, surely, is to remove the
cause. Medicines may chemically change conditions and eventuate in
a cure of many diseases. But medicines are uncertain commodities
at best, and should be used understandingly, and not haphazardly.
The large field which opens out as we get inside
the enclosure of intelligence, becomes simple; for there are so many indices
which point the way to an understanding of what we are physically, morally
and intellectually, that the means become legion for relief.
The incompatibles are generated in our bodies which
cause disease; hence, the more we know of our bodies and their relationship
to environments, the easier the way ought to be to keep in harmony with
the surroundings, and remove incompatibles before they culminate into raging
torrents or engulfing maelstroms.
A few simple lessons in this book will enlighten
the reader sufficiently along these lines.
SOME SPECIAL THINGS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE READERS OF THIS BOOK
Inasmuch as there is a marked degree of indifference
regarding the importance of an education, and much waste of time in our
common schools, and education failing to educate, we feel it our duty to
present a few maxims worthy the profoundest attention. All study
worthy the attention of thought, and which should be considered at all,
should receive that fixedness of concentration of our strongest, most earnest
enthusiasm, and that persistence and concentration which means something
if success is ever attained in the mastery of it, and to make it indelibly
photographed on our memory. A haphazard, casual, unthinking, half-awake
mentality never accomplished anything, nor does it do any good for self
or anyone else.
Think of the thing earnestly, exclusively, if you
want to make progress in learning it, knowing it. If it is worthy
of your attention at all, it is worthy of all of it for the time being.
The exercise of the will, with a desire to obtain a thing persistently
pursued, will surely be rewarded with the thing desired. Concentration
of the will, earnestly, and going at a study with the resolution
of getting it, is the only way anyone ever became proficient in knowledge
or wealth, health or the general approbation of one's self or the community
in which he lives.
Whatever is worth doing is worth well doing.
To do a thing well is to do it as it should be done.
Garfield said, "Do not wait for something to turn
up, go out and turn up something." To be of any use to others in
this world, one must know that doing what we ought to do, in every department
of life, is the thing that counts. Scattered thoughts spread over
space gathers nothing. "If one sows to the wind, he reaps the whirlwind,"
sooner or later. To be useful, we must be something ourselves,
stand for something do something, and that should be well done.
If we can not do as much as some others, let us do our best, and
we shall then fill out our lives with the satisfaction that "we have done
what we could." The world needs every individual's aid. "No man liveth
to himself, nor dieth to himself" is a Scriptural assertion which should
induce all men to be helpers to their fellow-men.
There is an aimlessness on the part of so
many people in the world that it seems as if they thought nothing, or did
not care whether they thought anything or not.
There is an old rule which says, "Earnest Desire,
Confident Expectation, Firm Resolve - These are the three things which
lead to Accomplishment."
Much time is wasted in crowding children with too
many studies; years of absolute waste of time, loss of energy, and ultimate
failure and disappointment of the parents in the education of their children.
They go forth into the world simply parrots," without any idea as to how
to use any study they have been crammed with, without really seeing the
points which they should have been taught to see, while in school.
There are but three things as regards mentality,
which remain in this world. They are Faith, Hope, Love.
These apply in all the walks of life, as well as
in a religious sense, Scripturally.
Without one has faith in a thing, there there
will be no interest in it.
Without Hope of accomplishing something, pursuit
would soon be abandoned.
Without Love there would be no interest nor
desire to do anything for another.
"Faith being the "evidence of things not seen,"
it must be sought for, and a knowledge of things must be must be had, before
there can be any faith to prompt an effort for them. Hence, as no
one knows anything until he is taught, education must be obtained.
The things we desire to know must be made a part of us, and in us, to be
utilized. Without teaching, there would be nothing learned.
In this the opportunity lies. Those who desire to know
anything must study; must concentrate their minds on the thing desired;
make it a part of themselves; fix it on the tablets of their memory,
and be taught how to use it, apply it. This is education; this is
Hope is a compound of Desire and Expectation.
We must know something about a thing before we can desire it; we must desire
it before we can expect to obtain it - ourselves - and if we know that
it will be beneficial to us, and make the proper effort in faith, we may
surely obtain it, if we seek it lawfully - that is, along the lines provided
for its obtainment.
Without there being any faith, there will be no hope, and
without desire there can be no expectation, and without expectation there can
be no possible way to obtain the thing expected. Last of all, unless we love
the thing we expect there will be no seeking for it; there will be no enjoyment
even though we should obtain it.