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John H. Tilden, M.D.
December 29, 2021
John H. Tilden, M.D.


Dr. John H. Tilden, a physician and natural hygiene proponent, was known for alternative healthcare, his criticism of pharmaceutics, and his theory explaining disease via “toxemia, establishing the relationship between “deficiency of force” and the accumulation of body waste.  All elements of Tilden’s enervation-toxemia theory are present in the early Hygienic theories about etiology (the causes of diseases), but they were not systematized or organized. Tilden’s work was paramount to organizing and summarizing these theories.

The evolution of the philosophy of Natural Hygiene (known today as NHA) was pioneered in the 19th century. The initial supporters were primarily medical doctors, and he was one of the pioneers who brought this health discovery to light. 


“Health represents a body and mind adjusted to and in unison with nature’s laws. Disease represents any departure from this ideal state.”

Excerpt From The Natural Hygiene Handbook
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