An Appreciation of James C Thomson – Scottish Nature Cure

As with many Naturopaths of the 18-19th century, James C. Thomson (1887-1960) came to Naturopathy when nothing else worked. As a young man he became seriously ill with an acute lung disease (tuberculosis). He was given three months to live by hospital and sent home to die. He went to his cousin’s farm with some popular books on natural cures and hoped to heal himself. He passed and became a devoted disciple of natural health disciplines.

To expand his education in natural healing, Thomson traveled to America. He settled in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he worked for the McFadden Natural Health Sanatorium, where fasting and enemas were the main practice. Not satisfied with the long-term results of those therapies, he then moved to Chicago, to Henry Lindlair’s, where he found a comprehensive system of natural treatment methods, anchored by philosophy and science.

Thompson became manager of Lindlair’s sanatorium and then went on to his private practice in Missouri and finally Florida in the US. He then moved back to Scotland and made a name for himself in Scotland. Though persecuted by the doctors, he became one of the greatest naturopathic remedies of the mid-twentieth century. He followed these principles:

o Healing comes from within, not from without

o People heal themselves

o Homeopathic remedies

o Herbal medicines

o Nutritional Adjustments

o Hydrotherapy

o The body creates disease to cleanse accumulated toxic material

o Illness is not in separate parts, it expresses symptoms in the parts

Without Thomson, natural cures in Scotland would have been overlooked. Thanks to his persistence and successful results, natural healing is still a powerful treatment model in Scotland.

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