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Isaac Jennings

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– Biography:
– Born on November 7, 1788, in Fairfield, Connecticut
– Studied medicine with Eli Ives of New Haven
– Graduated from Yale School of Medicine in 1812
– Became a member of the Board of Trustees of Oberlin College in 1839
– Died of pneumonia on March 13, 1874, in Oberlin, Ohio

– Medical Practices:
– Started giving patients placebos of bread pills and colored water tonics in 1822
– Believed in the do-nothing cure and no-medicine plan
– Prescribed bathing, rest, and a vegetarian diet
– Opposed the use of alcohol, drugs, coffee, tea, tobacco, meat, and spices
– Described medicine as a gross delusion

Orthopathy System:
– Defined orthopathy as the right, true, and erect affection of nature
– Discarded placebos by the 1830s
– Believed in vitalism and the body’s ability to heal itself
– Advocated for rest and avoiding disturbance by medicine or stimulants
– Influenced natural hygienists like Felix L. Oswald and Herbert M. Shelton

– Publications:
– “Medical Reform: A Treatise on Man’s Physical Being and Disorders” (1847)
– “The Philosophy of Human Life” (1852)
– “The Tree of Life: Or, Human Degeneracy, its Nature and Remedy: Based on the Elevating Principle of Orthopathy” (1867)

– Influence and Reception:
– Influenced many natural hygienists and listed as a father of the hygiene movement
– Criticized by some as practicing quackery and having ideas unpopular with the present day
– His methods were described as a disgrace to the regular profession
– Received mixed reviews for his book “The Tree of Life”
– Remembered for his contributions to the field of natural health and hygiene

Isaac Jennings (Wikipedia)

Isaac Jennings (November 7, 1788 – March 13, 1874) was an American physician and writer who pioneered orthopathy (natural hygiene).

Isaac Jennings
BornNovember 7, 1788
DiedMarch 13, 1874 (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Physician, writer
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