By BERNARD JENSEN D.C., Nutritionist





As out of dirty mud-beds, gorgeous lilies grow- So out of bent-old-age, comes vibrant youth! And youth from age, is not a greater miracle than pure white lilies growing out of mud!

In the 50 years Iíve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most peopleís health prob-lems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place. In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Somehow bowel wisdom got lost and it became something that no one wanted to talk about anymore. By putting the bowel in the closet and making believe it doesnít exist, many people have gone down the path of improper living, treating the bowel indiscriminately and reaping the sad harvest in later years. Knowing the ways of keeping the bowel healthy and in good shape is the best way I know to keep away from the grip of disease and sickness. The bowel-wise person is the one who is armed with good knowledge, practices discrimi-nation in his eating habits and walks the path of the higher life. His days are blessed with health, vitality, optimism and the fulfillment of lifeís goals. He is a blessing and source of inspiration to family and associates. His cheerful disposition comes from having a vital, toxin-free body made possible by the efficient, regular and cleansing action of a loved and well-cared for bowel. Every person who desires the higher things in life must be aware of proper bowel management; what it is, how it works and what is required. In so doing, you will discover many secrets of life, develop a positive attitude toward yourself and become the master of body function. 

*From ďMysterious Catalytic Foods,Ē by Brown Landone. I believe autointoxication is currently the number one source of the misery and decay we are witnessing in our society and culture today. Through it comes the host of uncleanliness, with its entourage of imbalance, derangements, perversions, sickness and disease. Autointoxication becomes a powerful master over the body, robbing the inhabitant of clear thinking, discrimina-tion, sound judgment, vitality, health, happiness and loved ones. Its rewards are disillusionment, bitterness, disappointment, financial chaos and failure. Overcoming the effects of utointoxication can be a long and difficult task. It is much pre-ferred to avoid it in the beginning than to have to struggle with the consequences in later life. I believe in educating not medicating..

The topic of bowel management is a broad one. Many books have been written on the subject. Many different views have been projected, and there is some confusion about exactly what constitutes proper bowel hygiene. In this book, I give you the best information currently available and the accumulated wisdom gathered from a lifetime devoted to natural therapeutics as it relates to bowel care. Iíve traveled to the farthest corners of the earth searching for the secrets to health and long life and want to share with you my discoveries so that all who will, may partake in the nurturing of these seeds and harvest the benefits of the higher life.

This is a book of experiences that should awaken a person to the realization that the great-est healing power comes from within out. We find that healing comes according to the one law that I have followed in my sanitarium work for years; that is Heringís Law of Cure. It states that 

ďAll cure starts from within out and from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.Ē

This book takes into consideration one of the first things that has to be managed in our body maintenance program. No one has ever had a home nor any acreage to take care of in which they did not have to consider the elimination of waste. Years ago it was found that many of manís diseases came from a lack of sanitation. People would let the urine and toxic material from the bowel just travel through the streets. This situation attracted many of the diseases that were so prevalent throughout the world at one time. Sanitation has come about in many ways. Underground sewers take away potentially harm-ful wastes. Packaging of food has kept it sanitary. Boiling, scorching and burning have broken up bacteria effects that could be transferred to the body. We find, however, that to take care of eliminations properly, we must start in the very beginning to look after these things. We have to stop dumping waste indiscriminately. We must stop having unsanitary conditions and their ef-fects flowing through our bodies. We have a sanitation department in our body. We have a cesspool, a sewer, so to speak, and we must keep it clean. We must set it up bacterially-wise so that we do not get into the disharmony or disease conditions. This book gives valuable information about the care of the body from the bowel elimination standpoint in particular. It has been my work to make sure that upon a patientís first visit, all the elimination channels are put in good working condition. To try to take care of any symptom in the body without a good elimination system is futile. In order to explain this work, I will present to you just a little bit of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive and eliminative systems and some of the things that possibly many are not aware of because they are not generally talked about. The average person doesnít want to talk about the bowel, and is not sufficiently informed about this important function of life to avoid the consequences of ignorance in bowel management. But, it is time we come out and talk about this part of the body, which is so much in need of care in this day and age. When we eat foods that are not whole, when they arenít raw or donít contain enough bulk, we are inviting trouble. When we do not have the lubrication and the moisture which we find lacking in so much of the food available today, it affects the bowel most adversely. We know that Grandma always took care of the bowel. She would use sulfur and molasses as one of the old remedies. She would also use enemas to clear a blocked bowel. In days past, people were more familiar with bowel problems and how to care for them. Weíve gotten away from doing these things today and many people are suffering unnecessary sickness and dis-ease because of it. This book is offered with the idea that with this knowledge, an individual can learn what is necessary for proper bowel management, and to show th e results that can be obtained by just taking care of the bowel properly. No doctor should be without this knowledge; no doctor should practice any system of healing without considering the care of the five elimination channels (skin, lymph, kidneys, lungs, and in particular, taking care of the bowel). To this end, I give to you the best and most important available knowledge concerning the nonsurgical and drugless restoration of normal bowel function.


If we lived correctly, there would be no need to concern ourselves with the bowel. However, most of us are not living right. We donít eat the right foods, we donít get the right exercise, fresh air and sunshine. There are so many things weíre not doing right, we canít expect the bowel to function properly. What are the statistics on disease today, and what are doctors doing about it? Virtually all of their attention is directed to treating physical problems and troubles which are products of bad living habits. Bad living habits are too often picked up from this modern civilization. When I say modern civilization, I am talking about progress, and we all like to think of ourselves as progressive people. But it is obvious that a lot of things weíve progressed to are not good for our health, and this is something we must correct. Doctors are not teaching people to live correctly, and they must begin to do this. I believe every doctor should spend half of his time teaching his patients how to live right. What do our government health departments do? They watch for disease. They are really ďdisease departments.Ē When an epidemic comes along, they try to take care of it. We give money to organizations and institutions but do they try to find out how to prevent any disease? I see that one organization was given a huge grant to study diet and nutrition and their effects on cancer. So, they are going to start by finding out how alcohol affects cancer. I believe it is reason-able to ask why they arenít conducting research to find out how to help


cancer. Of course they are going to find that alcohol has a detrimental effect. That is a foregone conclusion. But theyíre still not going to tell you how to prevent cancer, how to keep from getting it or even how to bring on a remission. So, I believe we must turn around. We must take a new direction in the way we look at health.



We need to know how to become healthy and how to stay healthy. There are different kinds of people, and we have to reach each of them at their own level of understanding. Some people will pay anything to get well after they are sick. We find as far as health is concerned, you canít pay for it-you earn it. You work for it. So often the average treatments we have today leave the patient void of knowledge, with no change of consciousness. Unless you elevate your mental attitude, your consciousness, youíre not taking a better health path.. Too many people with coffee-and-donut lifestyles go see the doctor, get a treatment, then go right back out to that caffeine and sugar habit again. They will be back, you can bet on it! No one in a hospital should ever be allowed to leave until they are given a full day of instruction on how to manage their kitchens at home, how to feed their families and how to prevent recurrence of the trouble that brought them there. Otherwise, they will soon be back in the hospital. You may think Iím a little harsh in this, but every doctor says that one operation leads to another. Do you know why? Because nothing was done to deal with the original cause which led to the first op-eration.


I ask my patients what operations theyíve had and almost invariably with everyone, the first is a tonsillectomy. The doctor removes a lymph gland organ and this is one of the organs that eliminates catarrh, phlegm and mucus acids. It is the only part of the lymphatic system that func-tions to externally throw off what your body canít use. The next operation is the appendix; this is also lymphoid tissue. Whatís going on here? We donít keep our bodies clean; we donít know how to keep them clean. Cleanliness can begin in many ways but we canít put new wine in old bottles. We canít put clean food into a dirty body and expect good results. Weíre only going to get partial, perhaps even negligible results. We have to do better than that. We have been trained to believe that if the bowel isnít functioning correctly we can turn to laxatives. I believe there are more laxatives sold in this country than any other drug with perhaps the exception of aspirin. Cold remedies are very heavy sellers, as are tranquilizers; but you will find laxatives in almost every home. Somebody in each family always seems to be constipated; somebody in the family has bowel trouble. When the children used to get sick, what did grand-mother suggest? An enema of course. Grandma and grandpa used sulphur and molasses, and they had many other ways to take care of the bowel. But we find that laxatives are not the solution to bowel problems. We have to go deeper. We must realize that the bowel has the poorest nerve structure of any organ in the body. Having the poorest nerve structure, the bowel canít signal its problems. If you get a little pinprick on the finger you immediately pull away from the pain that causes the distress. But there are no painful distress signals in the bowel because it has such poor nerve reactions and nerve sup-plies. Where there is a problem in the bowel, and you feel it, you are really in trouble. You must recognize that the average person doesnít take care of the bowel until the very last thing. This was brought home to me especially with the death of the popular movie actor, John Wayne. We find that he first had an operation on the lung. Three months later, he had an operation on the stomach. Another three months and he had an operation on the bowel. We tend to leave the bowel until last.


Often, parents neglect to teach their children about bowel movements and regularity. I grew up just like Topsy. If I was busy playing, I let the bowel movement go; if it didnít happen today, Iíd wait until tomorrow. I had a patient from Brazil who was having a bowel movement every 18 days, and her previous doctor told her that was normal. She experienced menstrual disorders and constant headaches for years and she also had aching shoulders. I knew I didnít have to do. anything about these symptoms. Instead, I took care of her bowel. You know, when she started having one bowel movement a day for a monthís time, her shoulder pains disappeared and her headaches were gone. After three monthís time, she no longer had her old menstrual problems. I once studied diet and wholistic healing methods with Dr. Glenn J. Sipes in a San Francisco college. One time he received a phone call asking him to see someone in Walnut Creek, California, which is just the other side of Oakland. Because it was an emergency, he agreed to go and asked me to go with him. On arriving, we found a young man about 26 years of age, red as a beet and oozing liquid from his skin. He had extreme pain throughout his entire body and a very high fever. Dr. Sipes tapped the manís bowel with his fingers and asked when heíd had his last bowel movement. The young man said he couldnít remember. Dr. Sipes turned to the mother and asked her to prepare an enema, as the young man needed one right away. She asked what an enema was. Now, here was a mother who didnít even know about enemas! There wasnít a thing in that house to give an enema with, but Dr. Sipes was a man who could always find his way out. He went outside, down to the creek and cut a piece of reed about 2-1/2 feet long. He had the mother fill up a kettle with warm water. He cleaned the pith out of the reed with baling wire, took some of the warm water and blew it into the rectum, causing the man to eliminate. This proce-dure was repeated for over an hour. In an hour and a half, the manís fever had completely dropped to normal. There was no more redness of the skin and no more pain in his body. The effects of that enema made a powerful impression on me. This is just one experience Iíve had and I could tell about hundreds more. Grandmother used enemas to take care of the bowel for the same reason that people in early cultures used herbs. They didnít have any scientific reason for using herbs, but experience showed they worked. They used herb tea for the kidneys because it worked. In Mexico, they use Manzanita tea; in the Causasus, they use Camomile tea. Over the years, the specific uses of herbs have become more or less catalogued so we know what effects they have upon specific organs in the body. Enemas also work. However, I donít think our work in this area is complete. One of the first things doctors often say is that you canít reabsorb toxic material from the bowel; and I once believed that too. I graduated from college with those ideas, but I found in practice that when we take care of the bowel condition from an enema standpoint, there is a certain amount of water retained in the bowel and immediately after, there is an excess amount of water going through the kidneys. The person urinates a good deal. I began to wonder, was it possible that the water went through the bowel to the kidneys without taking some of the waste material along with it? Years ago, we used to take urinalyses of people and indican was one of the things we always tested for. Indican revealed the toxic material absorbed from some parts of the body, usually from the bowel, and eliminated through the kidneys. Today, indican is not checked in urinalysis. In fact, the bowel isnít considered important enough to take care of. I have seen books in our universities that claim one bowel movement every five days may be considered normal. However, normal in todayís world does not necessarily mean healthy..



Detoxification is often neglected, overlooked or underestimated in the healing arts, despite the fact that all health professionals realize that a sick body is a toxic body. Toxic acids are normal products of cell catabolism, and we also assimilate varying amounts of toxic material from the air we breathe, the food we eat and other environmental sources. When these can be eliminated from the body, there is no problem. But when toxins are being assimilated or created in the body faster than they can be gotten rid of, or when one or more of the eliminative systems are underactive, trouble lies ahead. I am convinced that toxic accumulations in the body create the necessary preconditions for disease to develop.


I believe that when the bowel is underactive, toxic wastes are more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream from which they become deposited in the tis-sues. If any eliminative system is underactive, more wastes are retained in the body. As toxins accumulate in the tissues, increasing degrees of cell destruction take place. The digestion be-comes poor and partially digested material adds to the problem because the body cannot make good tissue out of half-digested nutrients. Proper function is slowed in all body tissues in which toxins have settled. When anyone has reached the degenerative disease stage, it is a sign that toxic settlements have taken the body over. This is the time when we have to consider detoxification- the cleansing of body tissues. Our bodies can be overwhelmed by toxic accumulations as a consequence of fatigue, poor circulation and improper diet. When we detoxify the body, we must also take care of those things so we arenít simply spinning our wheels. I want to emphasize that an underactive body burdened with toxic wastes does not have the capability of Growing off those toxins. As a body becomes increasingly toxic, proper oxidation cannot take place in the tissues. Without oxygenation, we lack energy and a tired body continues the downward spiral. It canít throw off toxins. Sick people are always tired people.



Perhaps because of the bowelís central position of importance among the eliminative or-gans, some health professionals of the past became ďbowel minded.ĒWe have discovered that it is much better to be ďwhole bodyĒ minded and to start out with a complete tissue detoxification. A healthy bowel requires sufficient water, good nerve tone, good muscle tone, adequate circulation and the right biochemical nutrients in the right amounts. These, however, are not suf-ficient to bring health to a dirty, toxic-laden bowel. Cleansing must come first, then tissue rebuild-ing can take place. This is not an easy task and I donít believe anyone can do a good job in less than a yearís time. This estimate is based on the time it has taken to see healing lines coming into dark, chronic bowel areas of the irides after a patient has gone through a cleansing and rejuvenation program. Our bodies expel a certain amount of toxic materials every day. Medical lab tests have been developed to check whether toxin levels in the blood, urine, feces or mucus are normal. Further-.11 more, there are tests for the skin, hair and saliva to tell what toxins are being eliminated. By means of these tests, chemical imbalance may be recognized.


Of all the processes essential to good health, we find that proper elimination is certainly one of the most important, and when we consider systems of the body, it is apparent that good bowel man-agement is necessary. I must admit that I did not realize the importance of good bowel care until years of experience in the science of iridology proved to me, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the condi-tion of the bowel tissue is often the key to the state of health or disease of the individual. I am convinced and truly believe that our problems begin more in the bowel than any other part of the body. The body depends on a clean bowel. The cleanliness of any tissue, i.e., kidney, stomach, brain, depends upon what is found in the bowel.


There are two conditions in people that I always take care of right away. It is difficult to separate these conditions and yet they represent two ways of treatment. People are dealing with both physical and mental imbalances and I get to the root of their problem by finding out what they believe in, what is at the bottom of their troubles. If you believe a lie, then you live a lie. If you believe in happiness, desire happiness and know how to go about attaining happiness, then chances are you are happy. However, the per-son who holds a vision of themself as diseased, distressed, blue, trapped or unable to get well, has to be reeducated. They have created their own world and trapped themselves in it. Many are victims of percentage diagnoses-ĒYour chances of getting well are only 30%,Ē and we have to erase this from their mind. We have an organic condition and a functional condition. When we deal with an organic condition we have to change thetissue, we have to change damaged cell structure, create a new chemical balance, promote better circulation; we have to remove obstructions, pressure and other gravitational effects. These things are strictly physical and we find that the mind alone cannot overcome them very well. I believe that the mind has a tremendous effect on the physical body but that we must feed each aspect its own kind of food. In the organic or physical aspect, we use diet, corrective exercise and tissue cleansing. We feed the mind or functional aspect of our being with education; teaching people to grow out of their problems, to change their attitude and consciousness. They must learn to walk the higher path in thoughts, words and deeds. I have changed peopleís cell structure many times, actually showing them the results with blood tests, but they still hang onto their old attitudes. They want to get well but donít believe they can. This confused state is transferred to every cell in the body. This is why I question people about their mental attitude; we have to see where we are before we know where to go..