There seems to be one common malady among children that is almost like a rite of passage for them and that would be chicken pox. It is the Hygienists general understanding that ‘chicken pox’ is a body initiated process of elimination through the skin just like all skin afflictions. Dr. Shelton basically taught that what’s going on happens as a result of protein poisoning in the digestive tract from consuming some concentrated complex protein beyond the digestive abilities of the young undeveloped digestive system of children. Dr. Shelton would not give in to the idea that there could possibly be something to the idea of “germs floating through the air” that could possibly make whole groups of children sick all at the same time.

He always said that everyone lived the same, ate the same and stayed up late all the same so they would naturally suffer the same. I got my first reality check when I had three children, one in school – age 7, one age 24 months,  and one only six months old. One day about an hour before their lunch break I received a call from the school nurse asking me to come to the school and pick up my daughter as she had a bad stomach ache and fever. Really strange, as she went to school that morning in a perfectly healthy state, but sure enough when I picked her up she already had a few little pustule eruptions on her face and back and was burning up with fever. Well, hey, I’m a Hygienist. Fever doesn’t bother me. Hygiene teaches that elevated temperature (fever) is right action and once it’s run its course, and homeostasis is reestablished the person is as  good as new. I wasn’t new to fever. What I was new to was having my Hygienic kid have chickenpox!

We immediately put her to bed and she was out like a light. Periodically I tried to rouse her to give her some water, but otherwise let her fast and sleep, without taking her temperature (which must have been pretty high as she was talking in her sleep rather deliriously).  I would cool her off with a damp wash cloth, washing her skin a little to get rid of the residue from the draining pustules. While she fasted, I saw more pustules develop over her torso and within 24 hours dry out and crust up. She fasted three days, sleeping the whole time. Finally her fever broke and she began “coming to life” again. She recovered very quickly and was back in school in a week while the other children were still “contagious”.

Now the very strange phenomena that took place within the walls of my own house left me with very specific doubt about the validity of the “truth” I had been taught about contagion. My 24 month old slept in the same room with his sister who had the chicken pox and the  baby was still in the cradle in my bedroom. To my incredulous surprise, when my daughter’s fever broke and she was on the mend, my son developed a slight fever then broke out with three little pustules – one on his face and two on his torso. Of course he wasn’t hungry so he fasted himself (1 day!) and the pustules dried up and he was fine. Meanwhile, the baby, way off in the other room developed one distinctive pustule on her little face (you can still see the tiny little scar it left) missed a few meals and was also quite fine afterwards.

So the question was, “How did Chicken pox enter a Hygienic household?” We certainly did not live the standard lifestyle or eat the standard South Texas dietary of all the other children who developed chicken pox at my daughter’s school. My oldest daughter was very proud of being “different” at school. In fact she flaunted it. She was also vegan so consumption of excess protein in her diet causing protein poisoning as Dr. Shelton said it was, was not a valid “cause”. There was no chance some generous neighbor gave them  hotdogs or  pizza or something similarly egregious to a hygienic youth as my daughter would never have touched anything of the sort. And even if she had, that would not have accounted for the other two developing the same thing within my household. And on top of everything in my own household, why did only half the kids in her school develop the chicken pox when they all ate the SAD fare of society at large? Thus began my questioning of contagiousness.

I’ve been asked why it didn’t make me sick being right in the middle of it all. Well that is the unique aspect of “childhood” illnesses. All children tend to exude toxins through their very delicate skin tissue. This is the fastest way to eliminate a large amount of toxins without overloading the liver and kidneys which are still immature. The immune system of children is also immature but the body is very fast to eliminate detrimental elements. Chicken pox is a virus with a specific enough “shape” to be recognized by the body as a poison, and thus produce the same symptoms in all small bodies when the tipping point reaches a particular proportion. In this case the tipping point occurred first at school with one child who had somewhere reached his own tipping point. Since over six hundred thousand (600,000) skin cells are shed every single day by every single person causing most of the dust we clean off of our furniture, multiply that by 30 students in a classroom. Of course these little viruses can spread, and because they are human RNA particlulate it is also recognized by other little human bodies. Over half my daughter’s elementary school developed chicken pox. (Why ALL of them didn’t get chicken pox is a topic for another story!) Like most children, my daughter had an immediate reaction when her body reached its own particular tipping point to the virus. She could have been in the class for a month while children were coming in and out of the contagious stage before her body reached its tipping point. Then again maybe her body reacted  almost immediately to the exposure. Either way, and in all cases the child’s body is doing what it must do in order to rid itself of a poisonous element. And most children go through the same symptomatology.

Your child may experience fever, loss of appetite and a lethargic disposition a few days before the rash appears. The telltale indication is of course its nasty rash that spreads all over the body, including in the ears and nostrils. In more serious cases it has even been found to spread into the mouth, down the throat, in the eyes, and even into the urethra, anus and vagina. The rash will go through three phases: first, raised pink or red bumps; second, those bumps then become fluid-filled blisters that will break and leak; lastly, the broken blisters will be covered in crusty scabs. Throughout these phases new bumps will continue to pop up and crust over and are known for being unbelievably itchy. All in all the chicken pox will last five to ten days and for the most part is not serious.

Hygienically speaking, without a doubt in my mind, fasting the child immediately until approximately eight to 12 hours after the fever has broken is the most expedient way of putting a stop to the spread of and severity of chicken pox.