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A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE
PREVENTION AND CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES
WATCH YOUR STEP
you know what is the matter with you it is possible for you to correct it and bring about a cure. If you do not know what
is wrong with you the cure of your imperfect sight is delayed. Some persons have been cured quickly when they were able to
demonstrate that to see imperfectly required a tremendous effort, an effort which was very difficult. Some persons are cured
in one visit and they readily demonstrate that imperfect sight or failure to see is difficult. Others require weeks and months
to demonstrate the facts. Perfect sight is quick, comes easy and without any effort whatever. Imperfect sight is slow, difficult.
One cannot consciously make the sight worse as readily as it can be done unconsciously. There is no danger in demonstrating
Look at a small letter on the Snellen test card which can be seen clearly at ten or twenty feet, a letter
O for example. When the letter is seen quite perfectly it is usually seen without any apparent effort. However, by looking
intently, staring at it and making an effort to improve it the letter blurs. It can always be demonstrated that the effort
to see very soon blurs the letter. Now close the eyes and rest them for a part of a minute or longer and then glance at the
letter again. It will usually be as clear as it was before. Again by straining, making an effort, the letter becomes blurred.
One can readily demonstrate that to make the sight worse requires an effort, a strain.
Many obstinate cases have obtained
a permanent cure only after learning how to make the sight worse consciously. In my book are published Seven Truths of Normal
Sight. Prove the facts by demonstrating that the sight becomes imperfect when one or all of them is made imperfect by a strain.
An Opportunity for Teachers
By W. H. BATES, M. D.
THE future of this country is in the hands of the children. The children
are in the hands of the teachers. Parents spend relatively very little or no time with their children while the teachers supervise
the lives of the children for at least six hours a day. The duties of teachers have been increased very much in recent years.
There was a time when the child got all the possible education from the home but now some children do not even get enough
to eat at home and the teachers have supplied food, heat, warm clothing, fresh air, exercise and games. We ought to be very
grateful to the teachers because they not only supply the necessities but also the pleasures which children need. A certain
amount of physiology, a certain amount of morality and religion is important, and the child obtains it from the teacher in
these days of enlightenment, much more than the child obtained them in the days of our fathers. I do not believe that most
people realize the value of the teachers' services. It is a pity that their salaries are so low.
It is interesting to
note that teachers do a great deal more for children than they are expected to do by the Board of Education or the Board of
Health. The intelligence of the teachers regulates even the average adult and no matter what the ignorant people of the Board
of Education or the Board of Health may insist upon, the teachers open the windows and give the child fresh air and many other
things. So valuable are the teachers to the children, so valuable are they in many ways that one cannot lay down laws and
rules for the teachers to follow. Quite often they will break a law when in their judgment the law is bad and you take notice
the teacher is not expelled.
All the rules for the teachers to follow made by the physicians and other people, are followed
when in the teacher's judgment it is best to obey these rules and I like to realize that teachers have the backbone to stand
up for the right things as they see them, and to give help no matter what other people may say.
I am interested in the
eyes of the school children. It seems to me a crime that young children should have to wear glasses; even children before
they enter school, nursing babies, have occasionally been compelled to wear glasses. There was a time when I prided myself
on my ability to prescribe glasses, even taught other doctors how to do it but I never fitted young children with glasses
because it was very rare to find children under six years of age who could be manifestly benefited by wearing glasses. One
teacher told me that the Board of Health of the City of New York not so very long ago sent a doctor to examine the eyes of
her pupils. He prescribed glasses for every one of these children and even insisted that she should wear glasses. I told the
teacher what to do and she very promptly became able to use her eyes without glasses and without any discomfort whatever.
As one child after another lost their glasses the teacher told each child who was not wearing his glasses what to do to improve
his sight and finally every child in her class obtained perfect sight without glasses after they stopped wearing them. Furthermore
the scholarship of her pupils improved immensely. By practicing Central Fixation her children had no more headaches when they
looked at the blackboard or when they read their books. Surely what that teacher did was not a crime and what she did other
teachers can do all over the United States. The number of children wearing glasses is steadily increasing. I have many school
children brought to me wearing glasses, to be cured of their symptoms without them and I find that in a very large percentage
of these cases the glasses prescribed were very weak and entirely unnecessary. By a little rest, palming and swinging, the
vision became normal and the eyes perfectly comfortable without glasses. Here is a great opportunity for all the teachers
in the public and private schools to come forward and do the common-sense thing for their pupils. Of the hundred and ten million
people in the United States when we average five children to a family, the number of children is approximately eighty million.
Of course these figures are not at all accurate but even though there were only one million school children in the United
States it would be worth while to preserve their eyesight. The majority of people are poor, they cannot afford to pay for
eye glasses or to pay the doctor for his examination. The teachers have aided materially in supplying glasses to their pupils
because they thought the glasses were necessary. Every teacher cured of imperfect sight by reading my book or practicing my
treatment is able to cure every one of her pupils. There may be some exceptions to this but I have found out that so long
as the child is able to see to come to school, the child can be benefited by the teacher. From time to time I have published
articles on the prevention of imperfect sight in school children. From time to time I have cured teachers so that their sight
became normal without glasses. Always I have urged them to do something for their pupils and many of them have, but there
are a certain proportion of teachers who lack the courage of their convictions and neglect to do what they are able to do.
I wish I could say something that would encourage such teachers to go ahead and benefit their pupils. They cannot do any harm
to a child suffering from headaches; the child can be relieved of a headache by closing the eyes and palming. No eye specialist,
no person of average intelligence would object to a child resting his eyes. Taking a rest from his studies is not a crime
and most teachers have the judgment which is accurate, and can tell better than anybody else how much rest a child ought to
have. Teachers can help individually whereas the general law, where it may be all right for certain people and the majority,
is not always proper for individuals. Every day school children come to my office and I tell them to take off their glasses.
When the children are allowed to practice my treatment they get well without glasses. I think that is much better than to
condemn them to the use of glasses for the rest of their lives. My discoveries in physiological optics have demonstrated that
all children wearing glasses can be cured without them.
Stories From the Clinic
By EMILY C. LIERMAN
ago I was asked to go to Ossining (Sing-Sing Prison) to assist in examining the eyes of some
of the prisoners. I firmly believe that if the prisoners had had no eyestrain their minds would not have turned to crime.
A foreigner who was imprisoned for arson told me in a few words how sorry he was that he set a building on fire for five
dollars. He could not get work he said because he had bad sight and as a new baby was coming into his home where there were
already three, he was desperate and so he did as he was bidden for a nominal sum of five dollars. Here was a foreigner who
could hardly speak English who was willing to do most anything for his wife for a wonderful new five dollar bill. Four years
had already been spent in prison and through the kindness of Warden Osborne, who was at that time doing such wonderful work
inside the prison, he was allowed to live in a cell where there was a little bit of sunshine now and then. From being in a
dark cell before Osborne came, for one whole year, the sight of his right eye was practically destroyed.
There were so
many patients in the room, sent there to be examined by Dr. Bates that we had very little time to devote to each one individually,
but I arranged a test card on a desk and placed him about five feet away from it and in just a few moments time I improved
the sight of his good eye from 5-200 to 5-50. He was so overjoyed that he fell on his knees before me and held my two wrists
very tightly, pleading with me to help him out of prison if that was possible, for he was eager to go to the new baby who
arrived after his sentence. Some people might say, "Oh, yes, he told you a hard luck story," but I can understand
all about it or at least enough to convince me that if conditions had been better for him when he came to this country perhaps
he might never have been there.
So many times I have found that patients who come to us at the clinic are wearing the
wrong glasses for their eyes. It is not always eyestrain which causes trouble for some patients but the mistake of the optician
who commits a terrible error.
I would like to tell about a recent case, a girl, eleven years of age, who had myopia with
glasses on and almost normal vision without them. As I do not test the strength of eye glasses of the cases which come to
me, I was not at all sure whether the child was wearing them for fun or not. The first question that came to my mind was,
was she wearing her mother's glasses or someone else's, just because she enjoyed wearing glasses, so I asked Dr. Bates to
test them and find out whether the child was telling the truth or not. At 15 feet I asked the child to read the test card
and with glasses on she read 15-100. I took off her glasses and she just stared at the card and that was all. I told her to
do the usual thing, just close her eyes to rest them for a moment or so. When she opened her eyes again and looked at the
card she read without a stop from the 200 line letter down to the last letter of the 20 line. She looked at me in great surprise
and smiled. The discovery that she made seemed to give her a thrill. I asked her then who fitted her for glasses. She said
that the school nurse had called to see her mother and complained that the child could not see the blackboard nor could she
read the test card when her eyes were examined in school, so her mother immediately took her to an optician to be fitted for
glasses. She said that the optician had charged her mother $4.50 for glasses and for the examination of her eyes. To my mind
this was not only an error but a crime.
Sometimes as I go along the streets or ride in a car early in the morning to
my work, I watch a policeman as he walks along his beat looking in at each store window because they are told to do so to
protect the storekeeper. I wish there were policemen who understood the fitting of glasses who could invade the stores of
opticians such as this one who fitted this child with the wrong glasses, and bring them to justice.
This little girl
of whom I started to write is not the criminal kind. She is a wholesome kiddie, just full of life, and when I told her that
it was a great mistake for her to wear those glasses she promptly put them away in the case and begged me to help her some
more. I gave her perfect sight that day and she has not been to me since. Her little friend who brought her the day she came
told me that Belle was not wearing glasses any more but sat in the back seat of her class room showing off to her teacher
for all she was worth reading the blackboard better than she ever did in her life. She also told me that Belle informed the
teacher about our clinic and showed the teacher how to palm. She is what I call a good league member for she is surely spreading
the work in the classroom and can do more than I can because she is right there.
Dr. Bates' Lecture
By L. L. BIDDLE, 2ND.
This is the true story of how Dr. Bates discovered Natural Eyesight Improvement, cured his patients eyes,
vision naturally without eyeglasses, surgery, drugs in the hospitals, colleges he worked at. Dr. Bates was opposed by other
eye surgeons. The surgeons expelled Dr. Bates when they discovered he was curing his/their patients and other doctors with
natural treatments and proved that the Bates Method is fact.
FOR the benefit of those who were unable to attend Dr. Bates' Lecture, before the New York Association of
Osteopaths, at the Waldorf Astoria on Saturday Evening, February 17th, I decided to take down a few notes which I will now
try to compile.
The chairman introduced Doctor Bates by stating that the Osteopaths take away the crutches and Doctor
Bates takes away the glasses. After arising to the platform he did not start right in his subject but first rather humorously
referred to a previous speaker who had been advising the doctors how to invest their money. I forget his exact words, but
the substance of it was that he was impressed by the apparent prosperity of this assemblage. For at all the medical meetings
he had ever attended, the doctors had never found it necessary to be advised how to invest their surplus capital. This seemed
to strike their sense of humor and put everyone at his ease.
He then commenced by telling how he made his first discoveries
and cited the opposition he had to buck against. He stated that his attitude of mind, ever since he was a little boy, was
to find out all the facts possible about a subject and then work on these as a basis rather than on a guess or theory. When
he commenced practicing medicine in 1885, one of the first patients who came to him had a slight degree of myopia or nearsightedness.
Upon examining his eyes with the ophthalmoscope, he found that the patient was not nearsighted all of the time. When the patient
was looking at a blank wall and not trying to see anything, his eyes were for short periods, normal. He persuaded this patient
to go without his glasses, and his eyes finally reached a point where they stayed normal all the time.
Doctor Bates said
that he then started boasting around the hospital about this cure. However, it got so on the house-surgeon's nerves that he
brought up a ward patient who was nearsighted, and with him Doctor Bates managed to have equal success. Much to his surprise,
instead of the rest of the doctors praising him, and trying to find out how he accomplished these heretofore impossible cures,
Dr. Bates suddenly became very unpopular with the rest of the staff. These successes nevertheless spurred him on in his experiments
at the New York Aquarium and at the laboratory of the Columbia College for Physicians and Surgeons, and as a result he discovered
that the accommodation of the eye is not brought about by a change in the shape of the lens, but by the lengthening and shortening
of the eyeball itself, as the bellows of a camera.
When he explained and illustrated this to his doctor friends, it disturbed
them greatly. The surgeon who had charge of the laboratory came to him and said: "Do you know that you have proven that
Helmholtz is wrong and furthermore if you wish to be accepted by scientific men you will have to show how or why he blundered?"
This was quite a proposition, but Dr. Bates continued his experiments and for two years tried to prove that Helmholtz was
right, but failed, and finally discovered how Helmholtz blundered; which Doctor Bates has illustrated in his book. As a reward
for this, he was expelled from the University.
This was quite a handicap, but he obtained a small laboratory for himself
and continued in his work. He told us of a specific case: A woman wearing very strong glasses brought her daughter to him,
because the little girl's eyes were getting so bad that she could not continue at school. When the woman, in her usual cross
manner, told her daughter to take off her glasses and read the test card, she was only able to read the top letter. Doctor
Bates then very kindly asked the child to close her eyes and rest them. After a little while he asked her to open her eyes,
and tell what she could see. Much to their surprise the little girl read the whole card. Her mother was very happy and said
that she would see that her daughter would practice every day with the test card as Doctor Bates prescribed. In a few days,
however, they returned very discouraged and the mother said that her child was only able to read the top letter on the test
card. Doctor Bates said that he asked her who had tested the girl's sight, and the woman admitted that it was she. He remonstrated
with her, and reminded her that he especially asked her to stay out of the room when her daughter was practicing, and to have
someone with normal sight test her. He then took his little patient as before and speaking to her kindly had her rest her
eyes, and she again read the whole card.
Doctor Bates stated that he cited this example to show how the strain which
this woman was under from wearing very strong glasses, was contagious, and harmed her daughter's sight. Moreover, he said
that it showed how the child's state of mind directly affected her ability to see. For when she was spoken to kindly and her
mind was relaxed, her eyes were rested and she read the whole card. He explained that when one's mind was under a strain one
unconsciously tightened the muscles which encircle the eyeball, and consequently squeeze it out of shape and out of focus.
But when the mind is at rest these muscles are relaxed and the eyeball is allowed to assume its proper shape and focus. He
furthermore stated that all diseases of the eye can be cured by similar relaxation, which can be obtained by methods Dr. Bates
has developed. He said that all children under 12 years of age not wearing glasses can obtain perfect sight by reading the
Snellen Test Card once a day, first with one eye and then with the other.
He once more reiterated his old challenge which
he first gave before the New York Medical Association ten years ago, declaring that if anyone can prove one of his statements
wrong, then all are wrong, He also stated that he has not found a case so bad or so blind that he could not benefit, and that
he has not yet met his Waterloo.
He then returned to his seat, but was so applauded and urged to continue that he finally
stated that if anyone wished to remain and ask further questions, he would he glad to answer them. This they all did, and
fired questions at him until it became so late that in order to make his train, he was forced to break away.
Parents' and Teacher's Page
By EMILY MEDER
WE ARE adding this new feature to the magazine for the benefit of those who are vitally interested
in the preservation of school-children's eyesight.
Parents are directly responsible for the welfare of these future citizens
but we find that this is lightly shifted to the shoulders of the teachers who only see the pupils one-fifth of the time that
the parents do. When this great truth is brought home: THAT ALL DEFECTS OF THE EYE ARE CURABLE; THAT ALL DISEASES OF THE EYE
ARE FUNCTIONAL, THEREFORE CURABLE, then we can reach the parents who are criminally placing glasses upon their children. When
told in Doctor Bates' own words, it is all so logical and easy, but the difficult part of it is to convince mothers that they
are doing the wrong thing. The writer of this article has grown very fond of a little neighbor in the apartment next door.
The little girl is four years old and has a very bad case of crossed eyes which is greatly exaggerated by a pair of tortoiseshell
glasses. Her mother is constantly admonishing her not to run and jump with Buddy, her little brother, for fear that she might
injure the precious goggles. I spoke to the mother about Dr. Bates' methods and that I knew the child could be cured: but
when I suggested that she remove the glasses, the idea was met with a shudder. This woman, although having the best interest
of her little daughter at heart, was doing the worst possible thing for her. She could not overcome the old set ways of doing
things. She accepted as true the theories that are retarding progress and obscuring the light of newer things. We pity the
Chinese for their lack of interest in the new world and the thousands of discoveries and inventions which would advance them
hundreds of years, but even in our own twentieth century we find cases of this "bowing to old customs."
Dr. Bates realized the value of his discoveries, he immediately took steps to have this method placed at the disposal of school
officials; however, because he could not afford to pay the price to these officials for the privilege of giving away his life
work and because many obstacles were placed in his path to discourage him from removing glasses from the universe, this great
work was retarded and the money and work expended, while great in itself, was only "a drop in the bucket."
teachers and nurses of schools, however, who do not have to be financially reimbursed are doing good work. They place a test
card in the class room and have the pupils read this once every day. A record is taken of each child when he first begins
and this is compared with the record taken two weeks later. The teachers are always amazed at the results.
I have in
front of me a letter written to Dr. Bates from a nurse who installed this system in her school. Among other reports, is this
one of great interest. She said, "the children come to me just before the close of the morning session. They palm and
do the swing either with the head alone or with the entire body. Later I found that the swing was more successful than the
palming, as the latter was irksome to the child." Another extract reads, "I helped correct squint in a child and
his eyes remain straight unless he strains. His sight has also improved in spite of the fact that he practices less at home
than any of the others, and needs constant urging."
This letter speaks for itself. These are the worthwhile things
and anyone who reads this page, can improve the eyesight of a child with defective vision. We shall be glad to answer all
questions through the magazine and give directions. Don't let your boy or girl grow up with imperfect sight. The eyes are
truly the windows of the soul and if these are not normal, the whole physical outlook is altered.
If you are a teacher,
look at your little charges and see if they need help. It is so easy, and means so much. If you are a mother, you will probably
know now, why your child does not romp with the others.
DEFECTIVE VISION COVERS A MULTITUDE OF AILMENTS.
Minutes of The Better Eyesight League
AT LAST drastic action was taken at the last BETTER EYESIGHT meeting. One
by one the officers dropped out, and the members themselves seemed to lack interest or ambition or that intangible something
which brings results. In lieu of the regular officers, we had to enlist the services of various members who were kind enough
to officiate. Miss Hurty had acted in this capacity for the past three meetings, and we were exceedingly glad to have one
We noticed a greater part of those present were strangers, and people who had inquired about Doctor Bates'
work, and had been advised to attend one meeting, and get some idea about his method, and how others are being helped. We
were very glad indeed to see these new faces, and to have them hear the wonderful reports some of our members made. Among
the most important of these reports, was that given by Doctor Watters. He is practicing Doctor Bates' method, and is keenly
interested in the sight of school children. There is a sub-normal school in Orange, N. J., with an attendance of about forty
children. Out of the forty which he examined, five had normal vision. He installed the method by explaining Dr. Bates method
to the teachers, and placing in the class room a Snellen Test Card. We shall be very interested to know at the next meeting,
what progress has been made.
There is so much work to be done among the children, and we wish every one who reads this
magazine, to have the pleasure of saying that they helped cure a child of imperfect vision. The field is so large, and the
workers so few.
There were a great many who told how they improved their own vision, and how elated they were, but there
were none who told if they benefited others.
Miss Meder, who represented the Central Fixation Publishing Co., said that
she desired to have a clear understanding about just what the Better Eyesight League meant, and how the Central Fixation Publishing
Co. was affiliated with it. The Company is taking charge of Dr. Bates' publications, and in addition to this, selling optical
instruments to other doctors. These, together with the advertising of the book and the regular routine of the office work,
was all that the present office force could possibly handle. However, all the work of the Better Eyesight League was thrust
upon the manager's shoulders, and this necessitated hiring extra help to apprise the members of the meeting date, get the
reports in order, order camp chairs, etc. Also the Better Eyesight League does not pay for itself, and this extra expense
was assumed by the Publishers of Doctor Bates' book.
When this was all explained to the assemblage a few of the members
were greatly impressed at the enormity of their misdeeds. It had never been expected that the Central Fixation Publishing
Company assume any responsibility of the Better Eyesight League. Mrs. Daggett took the floor and her energetic style of speaking
was good to hear. She aroused interest in those who were new, and woke up the lagging ones who are members. She appointed
a reorganization committee, including Miss Hurty, Miss Reicher, Mr. Biddle, and herself. When they get together and talk things
over, we are more hopeful of a brighter outlook. If the members could only realize the bigness, the importance of this work,
we are sure that there would be a better attendance, and a more enthusiastic one. Those who attend the meetings are enthusiastic,
but there are not enough of them. Everybody come. The fact that Doctor Bates is willing to answer all questions, ought to
he an inducement in itself. If you have the book, and are doubtful about any one thing, he is glad to help you. You know what
Dr. Bates is doing. Help him. Most of all help the children. REMOVE THE GLASSES.
The April meeting will be held as usual
on the second Tuesday of the month, which falls on the 10th.
The Question Mark
By M. E. MARVIN
benefit of those who are undertaking the cure of imperfect sight by following Doctor Bates' book we are adding a new feature
to our Magazine and calling it the "Question Mark."
Questions in regard to the treatment are bound to arise
from time to time, and these, we shall be pleased to answer either by mail or through this column, according to the request.
If personal answers are to be made kindly enclose stamped addressed envelope.
Q - WHAT IS CENTRAL FIXATION?—S.
A—Seeing best where you are looking; that is, an object, for instance, a chair, look at the arm or the leg.
The object is brought out clearer. Trying to take in the whole chair at once, strains the eyes, and the object becomes blurred.
Q - HOW LONG DOES DR. BATES' TREATMENT TAKE?—L. M.
A—This depends on the seriousness and nature of your
defect. The average case takes three weeks. Some are cured in less time and some take longer.
Q – SHALL I HAVE
TO LEAVE OFF MY GLASSES WHILE PRACTICING THE TREATMENT?
A—Emphatically yes. No permanent benefit noticed while
glasses are worn.
Q - Are cataracts curable without operation?—A.W.M.