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Russell Thacker Trall, M.D.
December 29, 2021
Russell Thacker Trall, M.D.

(1812-1877)

Russell Thacker Trall was born in Vernon, Connecticut, on August 5th, 1812. Poor health during his childhood laser-focused his interest in medicine. He studied the leading schools of therapy, i.e., “regular” (allopathic) medicine, homeopathy, and the eclectic, physico-medical, and chrono-thermal traditions.  In 1840, he settled in New York City and began a “regular” (allopathic) practice. Discontent with the results of most therapies, he based his practice in increasing measure on the ideas of PrieBniz (water cure) and Graham (health through healthful living). In 1853, he opened a medical school, the New York Hygeio-Therapeutic College. According to Trall, the root cause of disease was the accumulation of toxic substances caused by improper living habits and allopathic medications. Hygieo-therapy was coined for employing proper living habits and the occasional fast in the acutely ill to regain health. Trall was a forceful debater, preacher, and editor of several magazines for laymen and medical practitioners. He was the author of many books in which he relentlessly propagated his findings. He died in Florence, New Jersey, on September 23rd, 1877.

(From Fasting Supervision and Lifestyle Care (Burton, Burton, and Krackler)

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