John Henry Tilden January 21, — September 1, was an American physician best known in circles of alternative healthcare for his criticism of pharmaceutics and for his theory explaining disease via "toxaemia". Tilden was born in Van Burensburg, Illinois , on January 21, At age 17, the younger Tilden joined the medical office of J. Fellows, of Nokomis, Illinois, and studied medicine another two years.
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John Henry Tilden January 21, — September 1, was an American physician best known in circles of alternative healthcare for his criticism of pharmaceutics and for his theory explaining disease via "toxaemia".
Tilden was born in Van Burensburg, Illinois , on January 21, At age 17, the younger Tilden joined the medical office of J. Fellows, of Nokomis, Illinois, and studied medicine another two years. In , Tilden graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, and practiced in Nokomis for eight years. Meanwhile, in , he took a post-graduate course at the American Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri. In , Tilden moved to St. Louis, and, at the college, lectured in anatomy and physiology for two years.
In , he moved to Litchfield, Illinois, where, practicing four years, he "established a fine reputation. In , Tilden moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he drew acclaim,  and in , moved to Denver, Colorado.
In , he established the Tilden School for Teaching Health as a private residential teaching institution and sanitarium where he offered patients his alternative to the standard medical practices of the day. They had two children, a daughter, Edna, born in , and Elsie, born in who died in He died in Denver, Colorado , on September 1, , at age Early in practice, doubting drug treatment, Tilden began favoring preventive healthcare.
In this interest, he began publishing a monthly magazine, The Stuffed Club , in Tilden's claims that all diseases are the result of "toxaemia" are regarded as quackery by medical experts. He was described as a food faddist and quack by the American Medical Association.
Harriet A. Hall has written that:. Then he proceeded to advise people about health without doing any kind of testing to determine whether his hypothesis was true or false, or whether following his recommendations really made a difference. It is all speculation, and the facts it is based on are largely pre-scientific errors and distortions.
It was not entirely unreasonable for him to think that way in , but his ideas have been completely superseded by 8 decades of advances in microbiology, genetics, histology, immunology, physiology, and other disciplines. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Henry Tilden.
Van Burensburg, Illinois. Denver, Colorado. Denver Public Library: C. Clarke Publishing, Company. Laurie September 7, Retrieved July 12, John H. Tilden DR. Tilden's Biography, Frederic N. Overeating is overstimulating. Add to this excess one or two other stimulants—Coffee or tobacco—excessive venery, overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount of drain of nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated. Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequently toxin accumulates in the blood.
This adds a pronounced auto-toxin stimulation to that coming from overstimulating habits, and completes a vicious circle. This complex stands for a disease-producing Toxemia, which will be permanent except as toxin crises—so-called acute diseases—lower the amount of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until the habits that keep the body enervated are controlled". Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin. Any treatment that obstructs this effort at elimination baffles nature in her effort at self-curing".
Tilden, Toxaemia Explained , Pamphlets: Quacks and Quackery. American Medical Association. Bureau of Investigation. Science-Based Medicine.
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Toxemia Explained: The True Interpretation of the Cause of Disease