Natural Health care has roots deep in the history of man and did not have the name Alternative health care until the allopathic medical doctors gained power via politics in the 18th and 19th centuries. The ability to join together in cohesive factions to gain power is legendary in the history of man. Nature doctors were fragmented so had little political power as is the case today.
The first medically trained scientific doctor to gain the respect of both nature doctors and medical doctors was Heinrich Lahmann (1860-1905). Lehmann became a medical doctor but was dissatisfied with the theories and results of scientific medicine. He then began study of the nature cure literature. He published articles on nutrition and ate vegetarian. Lahman invented a milk from plant sources that became so popular in Europe it was imported to America by Benedict Lust who claimed that Lahman’s milk mixed with cow’s milk was as nutritious as mother’s milk. He also produced products to help food be more digestable including chocolate.
Lahman’s scientific mind brought systematic thinking to the field of nature cure. He established a sanitorium in a village near Dresden. Lehman had a magnetic personality through lectures on nature cure soon had a lucrative business. His methods of cure included
o Nutritive Salts
o Dr Schussler’s homeopathic Biochemic Cell Salts.
o Air Huts
o Raw food diet
Lehman established a biochemical laboratory at the location to investigate metabolism and nutrition. The sanitarium was quite successful. In 1900 2,000 patients were treated, then in 1904 just before Lahman died 3,500. The business continued to grow and in 1913 7,500 were treated. By 1928 a staff of 350 were needed to care for the patient load.
Lehman was endowed with a weak constitution. Overwork and a serious influenza led to his early death at 45. He left a fortune giving most of it to humanitarian and philanthropic organizations. His ability to create a business in nature cure of this size and success is to be appreciated.