Orthopathy (from the Greek ὀρθός orthos “right” and πάθος pathos “suffering”) or Natural Hygiene (NH) is a set of alternative medical beliefs and practices originating from the Nature Cure movement. Proponents claim that fasting, dieting, and other lifestyle measures are necessary to prevent and treat disease. Orthopathy is most prevalent and alternative medical treatment, with the exception of surgery in certain situations, such as for a broken bone and a deadly secondary cause. Orthopathy has its roots in naturopathy and first emerged in the early nineteenth century.
Orthopathy is described by Natural Hygiene Inventor Herbert M. Shelton as follows: The orthopathy movement originated with Isaac Jennings, who, after practicing traditional medicine for 20 years in Derby, Connecticut, began formulating his ideas about it in 1822. Several other mostly later thinkers , including Sylvester Graham, likewise from Connecticut, influenced the movement or are considered important to it. Also, during the 1880s, Thomas Allinson developed his theory of medicine, which he called ‘Hygienic Medicine.’ Shelton wrote much on the topic, beginning with The Hygienic System: Orthopathy in 1939, which renamed orthopathy as ‘Natural Hygiene.’ Shelton honors the method of Nature, naturopathy, heliopathy (sun cure,) homeopathy, ‘bio-chemic’, and what Shelton called allopathy (mainstream medicine.) Consumption of ‘incompatible’ foods in one meal is one of the following: (1981) The production of energy (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) needed to build the body (proteins, salts, and water) and regulating bodily processes (minerals, vitamins, and water). of Fit for Life and Living Health by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Several NH associations currently exist, including the National Health Association, which was founded by Shelton as the American Natural Hygiene Society, which condones the International Association of Hygienic Physicians was founded in 1978.
According to the American Cancer Society, there is no scientific evidence supporting cancer treatment in humans; however, they have been investigated by cancer patients and reported positive results after fasting was applied. Valter Longo, biologist who studied anti-aging properties and medical applications of fasting, recommends that prolonged fasts lasting 3 or more days should be under the supervision of a physician.