CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Cleanliness is a very critical topic. Just a few of the reasons are:
1. Its lack spreads an immense amount of disease, even in the advanced nations, but especially in the poorer nations. While some of the diseases it spreads may seem minor, in fact most every infection adds a burden to the work of the body to maintain itself in health.
2. Cleanliness teaches many excellent lessons about caring for the body, one clothing, materials, etc.
3. Cleanliness prevents a great deal of accidents. Such things as avoiding dirty floors, slippery steps and so forth are quite important.
4. Cleanliness is often the mark of an advanced being, meaning someone who knows about diseases and how to prevent them.
5. Cleanliness is essential for spiritual development. This is somewhat esoteric, but cleaning out the body leads to longer life, for example.
This article discusses some methods to stay clean, and is divided into various categories, some of which overlap to a degree.
Cook most all of your food today. I do not advocate eating any raw food except for some raw dairy products. One of the reasons, though not the main one, is that raw food is less clean. It often harbors bacteria, viruses and parasites. Even washing fruits and vegetables, particularly fruits, with peroxide or bleach may not get rid of all the infections found on food. This is more of a problem today because food is grown far away and travels, sometimes for days, to reach us. At each step of the journey, the food can pick up infections.
Keep food in clean containers or bags. This should be obvious, but sometimes it is not. Especially in warm climates, natural foods can easily pick up insect larvae and other pests if not kept properly.
Always refrigerate leftovers quickly. Do not leave cooked or raw foods out on the counter any longer than necessary. Keep your refrigerator as close to freezing as possible. Also, do not store water for too long, as it will tend to support bacterial growth that is quite dangerous. Wipe off food that gets on counters quickly, if possible, to avoid the same problems.
Drinking Water. This is another source of infection for millions of people around the world. Adding chlorine, as is done in most Western nations, is good, but may not be enough. If you are not sure of your water, please boil it. This will not remove most toxic metals and toxic chemicals, but it will kill most pathogenic germs.
Another chemical used to purify water is oxygen, either in the form of ozone or hydrogen peroxide. Never drink lake or pond or even river water unless you know it is safe. Even if not human beings live nearby, animals frequently contaminate water supplies.
Swimming pools and hot tubs. STAY AWAY FROM THESE. They are rarely if ever clean. Private pools are better. Public pools and hot tubs in hotels, colleges, the YMCA and athletic clubs are never clean. It does not matter how much chlorine, bromine or other sanitizers are used. Stay away completely if you don’t want to acquire many hard-to-cure infections in the eyes, ears, nose, throat, genitals, and elsewhere.
Private pools and hot tubs may be better, but are usually very unclean, as well. If you must use one, make sure you are the only person who is using it. Do not share it.
For bathing and swimming, a much better idea is go to the ocean, to a lake, to a river, or to a hot spring that is clean. The water must flow continuously. Lakes and stream are only safe if the water flows fast and if animals or people upstream do not bathe in the water.
Homes, kitchens and bathrooms. These should also be kept very clean. Change linens often, clean the bathroom every few days, at least, and clean the floors and kitchen at least once a week.
Kitchen counters, sponges, stove tops and surfaces such as cutting boards are frequent sources of germs. Keep them all very clean. Sponges can be placed in the washing machine with your clothing to wash them well.
Use plenty of soap on dishes and on clothing. You need not use toxic detergents, but soap is necessary. Soap is a wonderful cleanser. Use hot water whenever possible for all washing.
MEN. Sit down on the toilet all the time! Men are notoriously sloppy in this area and it causes nothing but anger and rage in their women friends and wives. Please, men, sit to urinate! If you must stand up, you must 1) wipe the head of the penis and 2) wipe the entire toilet bowl and floor area afterwards.
Men should always use one square of toilet paper to wipe the head of the penis. Hold it there for at least 10 seconds to absorb any drops that remain in the urethra. Mothers and fathers: please train your boys to do this.
Clothing and other items. You need not wash your clothes each time them are worn, as some people do. However, keep them as clean as possible at all times. Wash them with mild detergent, preferably, in a machine, not just rinsing them out.
A good idea is to wear light-colored clothing. One reason is the light colors show the dirt much more than darker colors. Wearing all white will also simplify laundering. Underwear can be rinsed out in the sink and then placed in the washing machine to get rid of urine and other stains.
Personal hygiene. This is a very important area. Wash your hands at least five or six times daily, and get in the habit of doing so after each time that you use the bathroom. Also, always also wash when you come home after being out and about. Washing hands is extremely important if you are on public transportation such as trains, buses or airplanes, or in a theater or any location where others have recently been. Always wash thoroughly with soap, and preferably with warm or hot water.
Other simple rules are to wash your face often, and when you do this, always move your hands downward. Otherwise it is easy to infect your eyes, a very delicate part of the body, with bacteria that land on your face.
Shower daily or at least every other day, if possible. It need not be a long shower. Put soap all over the body, including your back, and then just rinse it off.
Baths are nice, but there are several problems with baths:
1. They are very yin. For this reason, mainly, do not take baths more than once or twice a week, preferably.
2. You can pick up chemicals in the water easily through a bath. This is another reason to limit their use.
If possible, do not rub your eyes with dirty hands, as this easily spreads infections.
Ideally, do not wear other people’s clothing, and definitely do not use other people’s electric shavers or straight razors. If possible, sleep in your own bed. Change all bedding weekly, if possible. Pillows tend to get dirty the fastest. Also, wash bedspreads and other linens you will contact often.
Brush teeth daily and floss teeth at least once daily. Use a good natural toothpaste, or just soap or a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Also, comb the hair daily. This is important for cleanliness, as well as for appearance.
Always wipe your bottom thoroughly after a bowel movement, as sometimes fecal material stays around and can be infected. The best idea is to use a bidet toilet attachment. This is an inexpensive water spray unit that attaches to the toilet and sprays your bottom with water. It works excellently once you get used to it – much better than any toilet paper, in my experience! They cost about $40-60.00 USD.
Sexual hygiene is critical today. This is the main way that some infections are spread today, and they infect one-fourth to one-half the young people today, mainly due to loose morals.
Never believe anyone who says they have no sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. It is not possible to know this as many are subtle. Also, today these diseases are everywhere – on toilet seats, door knobs, toilet flushers, and definitely in hot tubs and swimming pools and even public showers. So be careful.
Sexual cleanliness also means avoiding masturbation, washing the genitals thoroughly after sex, and keeping sex as healthful as possible so as not to spread disease.
The only really safe sex is no sex, including no kissing, and not even holding hands with some people who are terribly infected today. I know this sounds very strict, but it is true. Many people have sores on their lips and in their mouths that they will not tell you about. Many also have vaginal and penis infections of which they are not even aware. STDs can also manifest as simple skin diseases that are spread when people sleep with each other or are otherwise intimate. For more about this topic, read the article How To Be Sexy on this website.
Nutritional balancing stresses internal, as well as external, cleanliness. Ways to do this are quite simple, but most people do not want to do them. However, you will speed up your healing dramatically, in most cases, if you add them to your daily routine. They seem to be necessary today for many people in order to regain and maintain optimum health.
1. Daily coffee enemas. Done properly, these will cleanse the colon and liver, and extend your life significantly. Done properly, they will not wreck the bowel, or cause dependency, or cause bowel perforation or other problems that I have read about. Clients have done them daily for 30 years without problems. They take a little getting used to, and then they are quite easy.
Do not substitute colonic irrigation for coffee enemas, because colonics involve too much water in most cases, which is too yin. There is nothing wrong with occasional colonic irrigation, but do not do it more than about 10 times annually. In most cases, it is not needed if you do daily coffee enemas or at least a few coffee enemas weekly. This is not enough, however, for some people’s healing.
Also, do not do other types of enemas other than coffee, as these are also usually too yin. For much more on this topic, read Coffee Enemas on this website.
2. Daily near infrared sauna sessions. These are also quite amazing in their effects. They not only clean the skin, put penetrate a few inches inside the body. Far infrared saunas and traditional saunas and steam baths are not as good for various reasons. For on more this topic, read Sauna Therapy and Difference Between Near and Far Infrared Saunas on this website.
3. Other internal cleansing. Rinse your mouth out after eating anything sweet, and preferably avoid most sweets. Douching is mentioned under sexual hygiene, and is a good idea for women after sex, during periods and any time there is an infection in this area.
Other. Automobiles. Try to keep your automobiles clean, as they can be a source of infection, as well. So do not eat while driving, preferably. If you bring food in the car, clean up the car, as otherwise the food can rot and attract bugs.
Clean regularly all telephones, computer keyboards, and other things you touch often. If possible, do not share these with others.
Also clean regularly all couches, armrests of all types, chairs you sit on often, door handles throughout the home and work space, bathroom and kitchen faucets, the tops of doors and window ledges, ceiling fan blades and other places that some people do not check for germs.
When you go out to stores, banks, markets, restaurants, concerts or anywhere, check for cleanliness. If it does not seem clean, preferably go elsewhere.