Q: Dear Dr. Sniadach,
Thank you for the information you provided regarding your course in Natural Hygiene. I have one more question that is of particular importance to me: in the small amount of literature I've read about Natural Hygiene in general, there seems to be a kind of "New Age" philosophy that seems to run through it (i.e., I am a Christian myself). Does this course present principles that reflect this kind of philosophy? I would appreciate knowing your thoughts about this.
Thank you again for your help, and for the information. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Hello again! I appreciate your questions... it is good for me to hear about all of the concerns of students.
Regarding "New age" philosophy..... you will have to tell me how you define 'new age'. I myself was raised in the Catholic faith, and over many years have practiced and examined Christianity from many angles: Protestant, Catholic, Mystic, Essene, Evangelical. I have worked closely with several Christian groups who practice and advocate healthy living. Suffice to say that there are about 1,000,000 opinions as to what 'new age' is.
Biblically speaking, it is clear and direct - Genesis 1:29. "Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." That's really the beginning and the end of the health story for all Christians, in my humble opinion. But of course we humans love to debate these things and continue to split hairs until the end of time, so I will conclude that thought right now!
Generally speaking, as I am revising the courses I have tried to cultivate a sense of awe and respect for nature as our most direct and reliable guide regarding health matters. God's creation - nature - has been in operation for a very long time, and the exquisite balance of nature and all its creatures demonstrates an intelligence at work that is far too awesome for us to comprehend. But we can use our mind and senses to observe and logically deduce what is happening in nature all around us, and thereby fairly easily determine what the proper place for humanity is in nature, and how we can best harmonize with nature's laws (which are God's Laws, after all) for a healthy and happy life.
In creating these courses, I have attempted to take a common sense, natural approach first, and then supplement that with the scientific evidence where applicable. I have decided to frame relevant arguments about our original diet and lifestyle in terms of evolutionary science. This is where I have some knowledge, and can clearly demonstrate many points of healthy living very easily this way. If a student would rather reframe these Natural Hygiene principles in terms of creation science, then that is perfectly fine with me! I cannot make an informed opinion about creation science, for I have not studied it closely. Nevertheless, whether creation or evolution, the simple principles for healthy living are universal for all humanity. What is important is that you cultivate a tremendous respect for the wondrous workings of nature, and apply your newfound knowledge to the best of your ability.
Sometimes I run up against someone's attitude that if my courses (or anyone else's NH material for that matter) don't outright and outfront state that the God of Jesus (Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, the sun, the moon, etc.) is the power and the force behind these teachings, then the material must be labeled anti-scriptural or new age. Nothing could be further from the truth. To not claim adherence to a particular religious philosophy does not mean that I am against it. I am simply attempting to find common ground from which to speak the truth as best I, and hundreds of thousands of other health-seekers can see it. That common ground is the earth on which we all live, and our healthiest place within the web of life that inhabits it.
So as you can probably see, I am trying to present things as clearly and as unbiased as possible. I have tried to steer clear of religious doctrine. The fact of the matter is that every student will read in some of his or her personal bias into the material as they go. In other words, you will undoubtedly gain much wonderful information and wisdom from the course, and you will 'bend' it to fit your personal spiritual beliefs. And that is perfectly fine to do! That is the way it should be, for perhaps you will come upon revelations of understanding that will make it profoundly easier to pass along this wonderful, health-giving information to people that you deeply care about.
Q: While I am very interested in these courses, my concern is that they will not be considered valid by prospective employers and others in the medical field, as is the case with so many of today's correspondence programs that are not offered by major universities.
Our school and courses are not accredited by conventional accreditation agencies. It is possible that credit and/or validation could be given to you after review of our courses by interested parties. Fortunately, due to the internet, home study education is exploding, and I am sure that it will continue to gain prominence and acceptance in conventional circles.
However, if you are looking for strictly conventional employment after completing the Essential Course (dietitian, hospital, etc.), then you will likely be disappointed in that regard. The philosophy and approach taken by Natural Hygiene is generally not acceptable to conventional scientific views about nutrition.
You may note that it is interesting that conventional nutritional authorities continue to add hygienic insights and advice to their recommendations regularly. Perhaps one day conventional nutritional recommendations will be Natural Hygiene recommendations.
Q: What career opportunities I can expect after completing your courses?
First we must keep in mind that expertise and experience in Natural Hygiene is a totally unique and holistic understanding of health and health care. Conventional medicine and most alternative health care is fragmented and therefore non-holistic.
Conventional employment in nutrition and dietetics (hospitals, elder-care communities, prisons, etc.) is limited to those who have studied and graduated from conventional nutrition courses.
The hygienic professional is one who takes their own personal knowledge and experience, and combines that with their natural talents to create ways to help others. Natural talents such as public speaking, writing and editing, food preparation, marketing, and audio/video production can be merged with your NH education to create a very worthwhile career for yourself.
This requires that you be willing to cut your own path in the world, applying your talents and expertise in whatever ways present themselves to you. Our world has enormous need for quality health care teaching!
The original NH course, from which our Essential Course is derived, produced several well-known graduates, such as: Harvey and Marilyn Diamond (authors of Fit For Life) and Anthony Robbins (motivational teacher).
Some recent graduates from our Essential Natural Hygiene Course are involved in teaching, presenting seminars and workshops, raw food preparation, writing books and magazines, creating athletic programs and organizations, creating programs for children and elderly, personal care mentors, and so on. Others enroll into the ENHC for their own personal study and benefit, greatly improving their own lives as well as the lives of their families, relatives and friends whenever possible.
Q: Is there a period of time in which one may review the material for the course and then decide whether of not to pursue it further?
Yes. After you have received the lessons, you should examine them carefully. You have 10 days to return them for full refund. After that, there are no refunds offered.
Q: I understand the premises behind Natural Hygiene and practice this lifestyle (which does work) personally. I also believe that the information you have to offer is valid and interesting but I am not prepared to pay for a course that requires no critical thinking or independent research on the part of the student (as so many correspondence courses do) and it is for this reason that I am writing to you.
Critical thinking and independent research is certainly required if any student wishes to make the most of their studies. Still, it is required that I do the most I can to provide sufficient information in the lessons to convey the understanding of the subject matter presented. If you immerse yourself deeply into the philosophy and practice of Natural Hygiene, you will no doubt have an infinite number of areas that you can inquire further about, both physical and metaphysical.
Critical thinking, debate, discussion and research have continued long after I have completed my formal studies in NH. In fact, it never ends. But the most important fact is that it is not necessary to be endlessly researching and educating oneself in order to reap the incredible benefits that living a NH lifestyle provides. With some basic education and understanding of NH principles and practice, anyone can create a joyous and health life for themselves.
Q: What about other organizations, such as University of Natural Health and Fit For Life, that offer Natural Hygiene Courses?
Regarding the U of NH, Fit For Life, or any other organization that offers NH Courses... in most cases I do not know of the quality and thoroughness of courses offered by them. I have not personally reviewed their offerings.
I do know that some purport to offer degrees, accreditation and recognition by various accrediting agencies. Typically, such degrees and accreditation are not recognized nor honored by any conventional health care business or educational institution.
That said, I do not wish to imply that other's courses are inferior in any way - they may indeed be quite good. I simply do not know. I will assume that they are doing the best that they can, and I wish them well.
The bottom line is that a potential student whose main interest is in studying to gain employment in a conventional nutrition or health career would best be served by completing a conventional nutrition and health course. If a career as a dietitian or conventional nutritionist is what you seek, in order to obtain employment in a hospital, cafeteria, senior-care home, prison, or other similar business, then getting a conventional degree is the way to go for you.
The primary purpose of our course offering is to teach the fundamentals of healthful living for personal health recovery and maintenance. This does not have to be complicated or expensive. The point is for each of us to be willing to discard wrong information that we hold, and to re-learn the basics about our body and how to take care of it properly and easily. I think it is safe to say that during childhood, none of us has properly learned how to take care of our magnificent body so that it functions well, remains beautiful and disease-free for a long, healthy lifetime. I have personally researched and involved myself in many different health care systems and approaches, over many years. My conclusion: Natural Hygiene is the closest thing to Truth in Health Care that anyone will find anywhere.
This is a personal journey for each of us. I have endeavored to create a thorough and yet inexpensive course, thereby making it available for as many people as possible, to learn how to be healthy and to stay that way – easily, confidently and joyfully.