Are you looking for ways to treat inguinal hernia without surgery? Well, you’re not the only one. Since I have been writing this blog, and making videos for my youtube channel, I have been asked by a lot of people how I manage my hernia on a day to day basis without having to get surgery. So I figured I would write a post about it and let you know the five most important things I do to manage inguinal hernia without surgery. I will summarize them quickly below, then elaborate in the following paragraphs.
Remember, this is not medical advice, but only the things that I do in order to manage my hernia day to day without having to get surgery.
How to Treat Inguinal Hernia Without Surgery
- Wear a hernia belt
- Hold it with your hand when coughing, sneezing, or straining
- Walk lightly on your feet
- Stay away from foods that inflame the intestines
- Do exercises to strengthen the inner and outer obliques, and transverse abdominals
Wear a Hernia Belt
Wearing a hernia belt is probably the most important way to treat inguinal hernia without surgery. Some of you may know that I have developed a hernia belt that I use every day. For me, I wasn’t able to find one that I could wear comfortably during all the activities that I like to do, and still have the confidence to go all out without holding back. So I had to design one for myself. It might be for sale by the time you read this. I’m not saying that you have to buy the one that I designed, but you have to find one that fits your lifestyle. One that you can wear every day, all day, without having to worry about the hernia popping out on you.
I can’t stress to you enough how important I think this is. If the hernia is allowed to keep pushing through the hole in the inguinal canal, it will continue to get worse and worse until eventually it will push down into your scrotum and become irreducible. Once that happens I don’t believe that there will be anything you can do but get hernia surgery. Find one that you can wear from the time you get out of bed to the time you go to sleep. Only take it off when you are in the shower.
Hold It With Your Hand When Coughing or Straining
Personally, even though I wear the hernia belt all day every day, I still like to hold the hernia with my hand any time I cough, sneeze, poop, and sometimes when I laugh really hard. The most important would probably be when pooping. Not only do I hold the side that my hernia’s on, but I hold the other side too. I’ve talked to too many guys who got their hernia from straining while on the toilet. Better safe then sorry. I would hate to protect the side that already has the hernia, and end up having one pop out on the other side.
Walk Lightly on Your Feet
This might sound weird, but it really is very important. Especially if you’re on your feet a lot. Think about the constant pounding that happens every time you slam your heels down on the ground when walking. It’s like you are hammering your intestine down into the hole where the hernia is. Anything you can do to mitigate the pounding will help. I walk barefoot 95% of the time for this reason. You will walk much softer barefoot than with shoes on. If I do need to wear shoes I wear Vans, or something with a flat sole. Any shoe that doesn’t have a lot of padding. I also try to walk in a way that is not heal-toe. I sort of put my whole foot on the ground at the same time (almost toe-heal) which makes for a much softer step.
Stay Away From Foods That Inflame The Intestine
This is another very important way to treat inguinal hernia without surgery. I personally do not eat gluten because it is very inflammatory for the intestine. I feel bloated and tired when I eat it. If it is inflammatory to the intestine, it is causing inter-abdominal pressure, which is not good if your intestine is already trying to push through the inguinal canal. I also stay away from sugar since it is inflammatory as well. Sometimes, I eat a small amount of chicken, but I’m almost vegetarian. I noticed that when I eat meat I feel more pressure on the hernia.
Do Exercises to Strengthen the Inner and Outer Obliques, and Transverse Abdominals
I have an exercise regimen that I’ve been doing that you can see by going to my youtube channel. I found these exercises in a medical journal from way back in 1915. The osteopathic doctor who wrote it used this exercise regimen with his patients to heal inguinal hernias. It does a really good job of tightening up the muscles that are used to hold the hernia in place. I also do a few easy yoga breathing exercises that I think make a world of difference. They really work to tighten up the transverse abs. Those are the muscles that are directly around the hole in the inguinal canal where the hernia comes out. My thinking is that if I can tighten these muscles up, they will work to hold the intestine in place, and not let it slip through the canal.
Since I have been doing these exercises I have noticed a huge change in how much the hernia pokes out, and how often I feel pressure in the area.
More Thoughts on How To Treat Inguinal Hernia Without Surgery
I think that one of the most important things to mention, is that if you follow these five things, and still feel like you can’t manage the hernia without surgery, KEEP TRYING. These things have worked for me over the past few years, but everyone is different. There might be a few small tweaks you have to make in order for you to be able to have a high quality of life without getting the surgery. If your mind is absolutely set that you do not want to get surgery, just keep at it. Eventually you will figure out exactly what you have to do in order to manage it. It took me a few years to get to the point where I am now, but hopefully by posting this, I can help you get there a lot sooner. Good Luck!
Healing your hernia holistically. Do you have what it takes?
In this video I talk about the mindset that I believe is critical to healing your inguinal hernia holistically without surgery. Once I grasped the idea of the mind body connection all the effort that I was making toward healing just clicked. Within three weeks I have lessened the size of my hernia by 90%. It won’t be long before I am completely healed.
There are a few other things at play with the progress that I am making on top of the mind body connection that you can read about here.
I read a book called Healing Back Pain, The Mind Body Connection. This book made me realize how important it really is to have the right mindset as you go through the journey of healing your hernia. It absolutely helped me beat the terrible back pain that I have had since I was 18 years old. The book does not only apply to back pain though. It covers all types of different body pain like migraines, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and more. It doesn’t specifically talk about hernias, but it would be a good read anyway to get a better understanding of the mind body connection, and how real it is. I truly believe that this is a large aspect of why we get hernias in the first place.
I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately. A lot of whom wish to heal their hernia naturally, but have not been 100% committed to do what is necessary in order to heal. They are stuck wondering why nothing is working, and are constantly thinking in the back of their heads that they will probably end up getting surgery in the end. But, let me ask you this…Have you ever reached a goal that you couldn’t see yourself reaching in your mind? Most likely not. Usually if you can’t see it in your mind, you don’t do it because you won’t be able to map out the steps necessary to bring what is in your imagination to reality.
Once you make the true commitment to healing naturally, you can get the thought of possible surgery out of your mind. This will make way for you to imagine yourself reaching your goal. You can then focus on formulating a solid plan on how to get there. Most likely it will be a long, hard journey. You will probably have to work through a lot of other stuff that is wrong with your body before you can even focus your attention on the hernia. Maybe things you didn’t even realize you have been letting hold you back. You might have to lose some weight, or stop overeating, or get some mobility back, who knows.
This is what I’ve been working through for the past couple years. Back pain, joint pain, mobility issues, etc. But now that I am through it I literally have not felt this good since I was in high school. I almost feel like I needed this hernia in order to get myself back on the right track. Not only physically on the right track, but mentally as well. I have been pounding my body for years. I wasn’t paying attention to anything but trying to get in the best shape I can. All the while I was wearing out my joints, losing mobility, and gaining a hernia.
Without COMMITMENT, I would have given up a long time ago and missed out on the whole learning experience. I can’t wait to look back one day at this experience and say “Hell yea, I did it!”. I will end feeling better in my forties and fifties than I did in my twenties and thirties.
While doing some research on a hernia cure, I came across an old book written by Chas Cluthe & Sons called Cluthe’s Advice To The Ruptured. It was written back in the early 1900’s. I noticed right away when I started reading the book, that it is definitely a sales pitch for a hernia truss that they developed back in the the late 1800’s. Kind of like today’s form of “Free E-Book” that you can get from tons of websites out there that are trying to sell you something. But, these guys actually had a place called the Cluthe Rupture Institute where they claim to have cured thousands of people from inguinal hernias. They also show hundreds of testimonials from people that claimed to have been cured of their hernia by use of the truss they developed and patented.
Most of the testimonials have an actual name and address of the person who wrote them.
I started wondering if they could fake all of these hernia cure testimonials just to get people to buy their product. Of course they could. But if you were going to fake hernia cure testimonials, why would you put the person’s full name and address along with the testimonial? Prospective customers could have easily written letters to these people to get more information, and if they were fake, they would be found out in no time. They wouldn’t be in business very long pulling a scam like that.
So, I decided to start googling some of the addresses that were listed in the book under the hernia cure testimonials. Most of them that I looked up were definitely in old towns and houses that looked like they could be in a historic district or something.
Others were in places that looked they were knocked down and the land use changed to more industrial. This definitely in no way proves that the testimonials are real, but surely shows that they weren’t just making up addresses out of nowhere and putting them in the hernia cure testimonials.
I know a lot of people who come across this blog are desperately searching for proof that there actually is a natural hernia cure. At the point where I am right now, I actually think it is essential to believe 100% that there is a natural hernia cure to be able to create the mindset that it will take to actually see it through. At this point in my journey I am already 100% convinced that I can cure this hernia naturally because of the rapid improvement in mine over the last few weeks. I am at a point now where the hernia is much less than half the size that it was at it’s worst, and barely ever poking out. When it does poke out I can suck my stomach in and tighten it up, and the hernia will reduce back into the hole. A few weeks ago I could not do this at all. I truly believe that a shift in mindset has a lot to with it.
If you would like to read the book, you can do so by clicking here. I have pasted the testimonials portion below. If it helps you get closer to following your gut about a natural hernia cure great, if not at least it will be a source of some more info that you have been searching for. I cannot say wether the testimonials are legit or not. You be the judge.
What do you think? Could this be a hernia cure that was lost in time? Leave me a comment below!
The physical layout of the signature blocks in the testimonials has been slightly regularized. No text was added or deleted.
Prominent Arkansas Physician Cured of Rupture of 49 Years Standing in 8 Months by Cluthe Truss
With pleasure I beg to submit the following facts in my own case at which I was greatly surprised. I am 53 years old, and was badly ruptured when 4 years old, on both right and left sides. The right side rupture failed to be held by any and all kinds of trusses until I put on a Cluthe Truss. I can now remove the truss and feel no symptoms of Hernia. Now, how is this for a cure in eight months? I take pleasure, as a physician and surgeon, in recommending the Cluthe Truss to any and all sufferers from Hernia. I have fitted Cluthe Trusses on four other patients, three of whom are already well and the fourth greatly improved. You have my permission to use this testimonial as you please, and I hope it may be the means of others, suffering from rupture, resorting at once to a Cluthe Truss.
|October 4, 1911.||J. H. SPURGEON, M.D.,
From a Prominent New York Plumber
After trying a drug store truss and a strap without getting either to hold my rupture, which was getting larger all the time, I tried a Cluthe Truss, which has worked wonders in my case. In my work as a plumber I have to get into every conceivable position, often tie up in a knot, as it were, but my Cluthe Truss never failed; never shifted a fraction of an inch. I often go without my truss without the slightest sign of rupture or feeling of weakness. After what I suffered and considering the size of my rupture before I was lucky enough to hear of you, you can realize how strongly I can recommend anyone ruptured to send for a Cluthe Truss and save the money he would waste in buying any of the makeshifts.
|December 22, 1911.||HUGH J. BRADY,
863 Sixth Ave., New York City.
This Man, 72 Years Old, Cured in a Few Months by Cluthe Truss While at Work
When I was first ruptured I bought a truss and tried to wear it. This was fitted by a local dealer time and time again—but I could not wear it. I then tried another local dealer with the same result. I was then induced to try another truss but could not get any relief. Then, I noticed your advertisement. It seemed impossible to me then that you could do by measurement, which I was to send you, what the local dealers could not do when I was personally present. However, I did send for your truss, expecting only to get a truss that I could wear with comfort. I wore it some months—after a while I would forget to put it on, and would go for a day or two without it. Each time I would go longer without it—then some weeks I discarded it entirely. I consider that I am entirely cured of my rupture. I cannot express to you how grateful I am to you and without solicitation on your part I am writing you this letter to show you my appreciation of your efforts. I am now 72 years of age, a mason by occupation and am working every day.
|October 12, 1911.||J. F. BYAM,
701 Cherry St., Rome, N.Y.
This Man from Missouri Quickly Found Hernia Cure by Cluthe Truss
I gladly testify to convince people suffering from rupture that the Cluthe Truss was a sure cure in my case. Experience has convinced me that if anyone ruptured will apply a Cluthe Truss according to the directions it means positive relief, and the only hope for a cure. I cannot recommend the Cluthe Truss too highly.
|October 5, 1911.||CHAS. BECKER,
3730 Marcus Ave., St. Louis, Mo.
Ruptured for Years—Tried Cluthe Truss—Cured in Two Months
I had worn several kinds of trusses, which did me no good, but, on the contrary, made me worse all the time. I saw your truss advertised and sent for one to try. I felt better at once. I had suffered for years before, and wore the Cluthe Truss a little over two months; then I did not need a truss any more. Now, I feel all right, and if anyone wants to know what the Cluthe Truss can do for rupture refer them to me, and I will truthfully tell them what it has done for me.
|November 3, 1911.||OREN BACON,
R.F.D. No. 12, Erin Road, Medina, N.Y.
Cannot Say Too Much for the Cluthe Truss, which Completely Cured His Rupture
I am more than glad to recommend your truss at any time. I cannot do too much for the Cluthe folks. My rupture is a complete cure and I have you to thank for it.
|October 5, 1911.||ALEXANDER BRINK,
Cured of as Bad a Scrotal Rupture as Anyone Ever Had
I take pleasure in informing you that the Cluthe Truss cured me of as bad a Scrotal Rupture as anyone ever had. I thank you for what you have done for me.
|December 3, 1911.||HENRY B. PALMER,
15 5th St., Glens Falls, New York.
This Man 70 Years Old Cured by Cluthe Truss
I am glad to add my testimony as one who has been cured by the Cluthe Truss. I did not get one with the expectation of being cured, as my rupture was very bad, and I was 70 years of age. I would advise any person, be they young or old, who are afflicted with rupture, not to delay trying a Cluthe Truss and no other, for I have tried many of the others and found them of no good.
|December 2, 1911.||STEPHEN E. BURGESS,
Canning, N.S., Canada.
This New York City Man has had No Need for Trusses for 2 Years
My troublesome rupture was perfectly held in place from the day I wore my Cluthe Truss until I found it unnecessary to longer wear the truss, and I have not had a truss on for nearly two years. I consider the Cluthe Truss the best in the world and I am glad to testify as per the above.
|December 22, 1911.||FRED. M. WILLIAMS,
c/o W. D. Power & Co.,
601 West 33rd St., New York City.
Rupture Now Cured and has No More Need of a Truss
I have no more need of a truss of any kind, for I am entirely cured of my rupture, and the Cluthe Truss did it. You can use this if it will help anyone else afflicted the same as I was. I haven’t worn my truss for some time.
|December 29, 1911.||L. H. WALCUTT,
509 E. Oak St., Masillon, Ohio
This Arkansas Man Cured by Cluthe Truss After Suffering 20 Years
I cheerfully recommend the Cluthe Truss to anyone suffering from rupture. It is the only one I have ever seen, had or heard of that does the work thoroughly. I am practically cured of my rupture through using the Cluthe Truss, after having suffered for 20 years. It is because it is the only truss that will absolutely prevent the rupture from coming down.
|October 2, 1911.||W. B. CURTIS,
Cluthe Truss Saves These Two from Surgeon’s Knife
My wife was saved from the knife after a wild midnight ride to the House of Mercy in an ambulance. We can never say too much for the Cluthe Truss. My wife was ruptured for 11 years and suffered great pains at times. We are both nearly cured. She has worn her Cluthe Truss since June of this year and I have worn mine since last Christmas. Many thanks to the Messrs. Cluthe for their wonderful truss.
|September 26, 1911.||MR. AND MRS. D. CHAMBERLAIN,
272 So. Dalton Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
A Man 79 Years Old Practically Cured in 3 Months
I have worn your truss about three months and it is worth its weight in gold. I believe I am cured. I forgot to put the truss on different occasions and did not notice my rupture or feel the slightest weakness. I am working every day. The other trusses I wore only made me worse. I shall still wear my Cluthe Truss—I would not take any chances just now. I shall be pleased to recommend it to everyone ruptured.
|October 10, 1911.||JOSEPH DOBINSON,
381 Harvard St., Cambridge, Mass.
Soon Cured and Never Used Truss Since
I verily believe that your truss is the best of all the trusses made, for after less than a year’s use of the Cluthe Truss I laid it away and never had to use any truss since. Hoping that all who have suffered as I have in the past from rupture may find relief from this terrible affliction.
|October 3, 1911.||J. C. DE MOTT,
5 West Long Ave., Du Bois, Pa.
New Lease of Life for This Man
I found the Cluthe Truss as different from all other trusses as a scientific balance is to a vise. I am 70 years old and have always been unable to take long walks, but the first Sunday I had your truss I walked a mile to my house and felt so good that I walked three miles more. Prior to getting your truss I could not walk half a dozen city blocks without great distress. I wish you great success towards suffering mankind.
|September 6, 1911.||JOHN DIVINE,
1238 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Had Probably the Largest Display of Trusses before He Tried the Cluthe, Which Alone Holds
Some months ago I was induced to make just one more venture in buying trusses. I admit that I had but mighty little faith, in fact I was well nigh discouraged. I had probably the finest and largest display of trusses of any man in the country, but none of them would hold my right side rupture. How thankful I am I tried just once more, and bought the Cluthe Truss! It holds splendidly and is so easy to wear that it gives me no trouble whatever.
|December 19, 1911.||H. C. VANDERHOEF,
Belmont, New York.
Man 76 Years Old Cured
My rupture has been entirely cured by the Cluthe Truss, and I have been without a truss for over a year. What this means, I alone can appreciate, as I am 76 years old.
|December 22, 1911.||CHAS. A. STEIN,
210 Catharine St., Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Tried All Remedies; Only the Cluthe Could Cure Him
After suffering 5 years from rupture and trying all the remedies and trusses I could get (all of them failed) finally I ordered a Cluthe Truss, and now I am entirely well. I cannot find words to praise the Cluthe Truss high enough. Thanks to you for the benefits enjoyed from the best thing ever made for rupture.
|December 19, 1911.||ELISHA A. HARTMAN,
Terre Alta, W.Va.
This Brooklyn, N.Y., Man Cured
Let ruptured people know that the Cluthe Truss cured me of my rupture, and that I now have no need for a truss of any kind.
|December 22, 1911.||GEORGE DIEFENBACHER,
90 Fountain Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Now Well and Strong as She Ever Was
I want to thank you for your help. Your Cluthe Truss has cured me completely. I am as well and strong as I ever was. You may use this, for I think anyone afflicted as I was would consider it a great blessing to know how to be cured without an operation.
|March 28, 1911.||MRS. WALTER De LONG,
814 North Cherry St., Galesburg, Ill.
Practically Cured in a Few Months
My rupture is cured, thanks to your truss. I could take my truss off now, but I am going to keep it on a little while longer.
|October 4, 1911.||D. M. DAUGHERTY,
532 So. Fairview St., Lock Haven, Pa.
No More Need for Trusses Now
After wearing truss about six months I found I did not need it any more and have used none since. From your grateful friend,
|October 29, 1911.||ISAAC H. ELLIOTT,
This Texas Engineer Gets Instant Relief by Cluthe Truss After Suffering 35 Years
I would not take one thousand dollars and do without your truss if I could not get another exactly like it. I was ruptured July 6, 1876, and have bought all kinds of trusses and things for rupture—but could never get one to hold me. My rupture had just about put me down and out, but now I can ride, lift, do any of work, get into all positions and the Cluthe Truss keeps me held without the slightest discomfort. Just think of it—I had suffered since the year 1876 and only since I have had my Cluthe Truss did I get any relief. I am a railroad engineer and train man, a member of the B. of L.F. and E. and I am well-known over much of Texas and Mexico. I cannot make my recommendation too strong.
|September 30, 1911.||O. R. ERWIN,
Practically Cured—Recommended Friend Delighted
My rupture has not been out since I got my Cluthe Truss. Sometimes I have taken off my truss and walked around but do not see any indication of the rupture coming out. I suffered so much wearing ordinary trusses, which made my rupture larger and larger, that I do not feel like doing without your truss yet. I consider myself cured but my truss feels so good I do not go out without it. Through my recommendation a friend got one of your trusses and he is delighted.
|October 4, 1911.||W. W. GARDNER,
West Paris, Maine.
Gained 60 Pounds Since Cluthe Truss Cured His Rupture
The Cluthe Truss positively cured me of a very bad rupture. I have gained 60 pounds since I was cured and am now in the best of health.
|January 6, 1912.||W. H. KAMMERER,
3842 N. 6th St., Philadelphia, Penn.
Considers Cluthe Truss More Than a Success in His Case
I have worn about all kinds of things for rupture that have been made during the last 25 years and have spent lots of money on them, and can truly say I never had a moment’s let-up of pain until I wore a Cluthe Truss. After making the readjustment you advised I would not know I was ruptured, the Truss has been so comfortable. Mine is a severe case of rupture, being quite large. Before I got your truss, my rupture would at times keep me in bed for days at a time.
There is only one trouble with people who are ruptured. They are wrongly advised and fly to a druggist and buy a truss like a cigar (I have bought lots of them that way). Then they think all trusses are alike. When I read your advertisement, I had no more faith in you than in any of the rest of them that sell trusses under all sorts of different names. The result of my transaction with you, however, is that I consider that I drew a prize in my Cluthe Truss, and I want to say that you are the first Truss men that ever lived up to their agreement that I ever found.
Your truss has held me from the day I received it, April 20, 1911. I could not walk a quarter of a mile before I got it, and could lift no more than a hod of coal. After I had the truss two weeks I could carry a barrel of flour. I have done my garden digging, mowed a lawn, and even raised a 30 ft. ladder all alone. It would take more than a thousand dollars to-day to buy my Cluthe Truss if I couldn’t get another like it—that is how I value it. Before I tried your truss my body was full of callous places, made so by the other appliances I wore, but they are all gone now, thanks to the Cluthe Truss. I feel better to-day than I ever have in years. I have written you to some length, but I do it with pleasure.
|January 1, 1912.||JOHN C. BAILEY,
75 John St., Newport, R.I.
Counts Himself Lucky in Having Heard of Cluthe Truss
I can assure you I count myself lucky in having answered your advertisement, which I saw in an old paper, for I owe my present cure to you, and I thank you heartily. I will be glad to speak a word of recommend whenever possible, for I know you are doing good work for humanity.
|October 13, 1911.||WALTER FRANSEEN,
Now Safe and Sound and Needs No Truss
I wish to say that your truss has effected a permanent cure of my rupture. I have lately gone without my Cluthe Truss without the slightest trouble or inconvenience.
|October 13, 1911.||LOUIS FRIDAY,
4 Steuben St., Schenectady, N.Y.
Believes He is Cured by Cluthe Truss
I believe I am cured, but as I am doing heavy work I am not going to take the chance just yet to prove it, until I have lighter work to do.
|September 26, 1911.||JAMES W. GRANT,
Worst Ruptured Man in Town Completely Cured in 5 Months
Have been thinking for some time about writing you, how the truss I got of you last April was working. I am happy to inform you that I could throw the truss off altogether without any danger of my rupture coming out. It was said that I was the worst ruptured man in town. It was almost as large as a cocoanut—I could not get a truss that would hold it up. I could not go anywhere, I was in pain most of the time. The doctor told me I could never get a truss that would hold me. Several times my daughter went to the ‘phone to call the doctor to operate on me, but the Cluthe Truss saved my life. I would have paid any money for it. I recommended your truss to my brother-in-law and received a letter from him yesterday in which he says that it is the best investment he ever made. What I write you I can truthfully tell to anyone ruptured. You can use this letter as you see fit.
|October 4, 1911.||J. H. GODDARD,
747 E. Main St., RavennaOhio.
Glad to Pass This Hernia Cure on to Any One Afflicted
Before using the Cluthe Truss I had a rupture that was never in place. It troubled me in a great many ways, and it was also very sore at times. I had to put my hand in my pocket and push the rupture back into place repeatedly during the day, and glad to state that the Cluthe Truss cured this troublesome rupture, and I am only too glad to pass your cure on to some person who is afflicted as I was.
|October 20, 1911.||WM. HUNTER,
101 Cleveland St., Central Falls, R.I.
This Man Cured by Cluthe Truss After 14 Years of Suffering
I can never forget the good the Cluthe Truss has done for me. After 14 years of suffering I tried the Cluthe Truss, which entirely cured me. It is now three years since I have worn any truss at all. It took your truss only one year to cure me and make a new man of me, after everything else I tried had failed.
|January 1, 1912.||DANIEL R. WRIGHT,
Little Neck, L.I., New York.
Another of the Thousands of New Yorkers Cured by Cluthe Truss
I have not worn my Cluthe Truss since last June, and have been doing hard work and heavy lifting without even feeling the strain of work. In fact I feel just as if I had never been ruptured or worn a truss in my life.
|December 28, 1911.||LOUIS BERNET,
443 St. Ann’s Ave., (Bronx), New York City.
Cluthe Truss the Only Relief After Suffering and Searching 35 Years
I had been ruptured all my life and am now 35 years old and never could get anything that would give me relief from my rupture sufferings until I got a Cluthe Truss. To-day I could go without my truss, because it has cured my rupture.
|October 4, 1911.||W. R. BUCK,
Upper Marlboro, Md.
Cured by Cluthe Truss—His Rupture No Longer Appears
I will gladly do anything in my power to help another sufferer, that is why I can say to all that the Cluthe Truss is the easiest truss to wear I ever had, and I have tried many. My rupture has not appeared for the last two months, so the prospects are that I am cured.
|September 29, 1911.||ADAM BREHM,
609 No. Garfield Ave., Burlington, Iowa.
Has Not Worn a Truss for 2 Years and is as Sound as He Ever Was
The Cluthe Truss is the best thing for rupture that I ever heard of. It cured me of my rupture completely. I have not worn a truss of any kind for 2 years, and am as sound to-day as I ever was, all through the use of your truss.
|December 26, 1911.||JAMES H. RODENBOUGH,
162 Bayway St. Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The Cluthe Truss Entirely Cured Him
I wish to state that your truss has entirely cured my rupture. You may refer any person to me at my address.
|October 19, 1911.||H. CRANE,
26 Mynderse St., Schenectady, N.Y.
Has Not Needed or Worn Any Truss for Months
I have not had my Cluthe Truss on for the last 4 months, and my rupture has not shown or bothered me in the least. Your Truss has certainly cured my rupture. I had three other kinds of trusses before I got yours and could not wear any of them, because they hurt me so.
|October 13, 1911.||ERVIN S. COLE,
R.F.D. No. 3, Norwich, N.Y.
Says Law Should Be Passed to Stop Sale of Drug Store Trusses
Your truss has cured me. At least my rupture never comes out when I have the truss off for 2 or 3 hours at a time. I think your truss is the only perfect device for rupture made. There ought to be a law passed prohibiting drug stores from selling those so-called trusses that don’t hold or give a man a minute’s peace.
|October 26, 1911.||J. C. HOUSEMAN,
813 No. 18th St., East St. Louis, Ill.
This Retired Railroad Man Cured by Cluthe Truss
Use my name in the hope that it may benefit some one afflicted as I was, but now restored.
|October 26, 1911.||H. B. HAMMON, Bristolville, Ohio.|
Believes He is Cured After a Few Months Wear
I have not missed wearing my Cluthe Truss a day since I got it. I believe I am cured, but as I had so much trouble before I got your truss, I thought I would wear it a little longer, as it does not bother me in any way.
|October 9, 1911.||A. S. HOLLOMON,
Says Results Have Proved Good Judgment of His Faith in the Cluthe Proposition
I could not exaggerate the facts in connection with the great good secured to me from the use of the Cluthe Truss. I have had more pleasure in life since using your Truss than during all the 50 or more years before.
The very minute I read your proposition I knew you were on the square and onto your job and I made no mistake in my judgment.
|November 18, 1911.||CHASW. SHIVELL,
c/o West Hotel, Minneapolis, Minn.
I have been wonderfully benefited, perhaps cured, by using the Cluthe Truss, and would suggest to every sufferer from rupture to throw away all other trusses and secure a Cluthe, as they cannot possibly make a mistake in its use. My truss is as good now as the day I received it from you.
|October 4, 1911.||J. C. HERSHBERGER,
West Church St., Williamsport, Md.
Feels No Trouble Whatever from Either Rupture
I still wear the double truss I purchased last March. I think I am cured, as I feel no trouble whatever from either rupture, but the truss is so comfortable I have continued to wear it.
|September 30, 1911.||C. A. HAZEN,
This Newark, N.J., Man Cured of Worst Kind of Scrotal Rupture by the Cluthe Truss
Your great truss cured me of a scrotal rupture of the worst form, after years of suffering, having tried at least 20 other makes of trusses, etc., which did me no good except caused me more suffering. I wish you continued success in aiding suffering mankind.
|December 29, 1911.||F. A. ZIPF,
47 Tichenor St., Newark, New Jersey.
Cluthe Truss Freed Him From Pain at Once—Now Cured
I feel I am cured of my rupture but continue to wear the truss for protection. I never had any benefit whatever from any other appliances I ever tried. In regard to the Cluthe Truss, I feel as though I was in Heaven (as it were), as it freed me from pain at once.
|December 23, 1911.||JOHN B. TIGER,
829 E. Jersey St., Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The Cluthe Truss the Only Help He Found for His Rupture
I will gladly tell anyone suffering from rupture that I am more than pleased with my Cluthe Truss. Of all the things I have tried for my rupture, the Cluthe Truss is the only thing that ever helped me. I believe it will cure me entirely. I have not felt the slightest pain since I put the truss on.
|September 22, 1911.||W. F. BOSTEN,
1113 Oregon St., South Muscatine, Iowa.
Found Cluthe Truss a God-send
I have worn your best grade truss since last March. It has given me perfect satisfaction as well as to my friend, Mr. R. M., a man 82 years old, to whom I recommended your truss. Before I tried yours I wore one ordered by my physician. It caused me great suffering, and I was unable to do any lifting or stooping whatever. The doctor then informed me no truss could help me. I then happened to hear of the Cluthe Truss, which I ordered and has been a God-send to me. I am able to work every day. You can use this letter in any manner you see fit.
|September 26, 1911.||FRED A. HALBERT,
716 Logan St., La Crosse, Wis.
But for Cluthe Truss, Probably Would Not Have Lived to Write This
To be honest with you, I don’t believe I would be here to write this if it not been for the Cluthe Truss. Can truthfully say I have been wonderfully benefited, and feel though my rupture is cured. I strongly advise all ruptured people to try the Cluthe Truss and be convinced.
|October 3, 1911.||E. E. JOHNSON,
R.F.D. No. 2, Haviland, Kansas.
Prominent Saratoga, N.Y., Man Cured of Long-Standing Rupture in One Year
My case was a severe scrotal one, with ruptures on both the right and left sides. It had been in peril of my life for a number of years, receiving no relief from different trusses which I tried. Fortunately I learned of yours, and now after only a year’s use, I am completely cured.
|October 6, 1911.||B. F. JUDSON,
(Veteran of Civil War. Ex-postmaster of Saratoga Springs for 18 years. Publisher and proprietor of Daily “Saratogan” for 25 years.)
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Was a Godsend to Him
The Cluthe Truss I purchased of you was a godsend to me. I found that it did all that you led me to believe it would do.
|September 29, 1911.||HERMAN LOHLEY,
4111 Humboldt Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Cured in Eight Months
I can truthfully say I am a well man. You may, with the greatest of pleasure, use my testimony it if will help anyone who is afflicted with rupture, and I will do all in my power to induce others that I know and suffer as I did before I was wise enough to try the Cluthe Truss. May God crown you in all your efforts, and give you great success.
|November 3, 1911.||F. DUDLEY KNAPP,
Cured His Rupture and also His Friends
In justice to you I will state that I am permanently cured, by use of your truss, and have not been very quiet in recommending your treatment to others similarly afflicted. A neighbor sent for your truss at my solicitation, and he tells me that he, too, is completely cured. We fully appreciate the great good you are doing.
|October 4, 1911.||A. W. KEDDIE,
Nine Months of Cluthe Truss Comfort Cures This Man
I must thank you for all the good your truss has done me. Since wearing your truss, I have felt like a different man. I have worn it only nine months, and can truthfully say that I am completely cured of my rupture.
|October 13, 1911.||FREDERICK L. KLINGLER,
This Missouri Doctor Cured
I believe my rupture is cured, although I have worn the Cluthe Truss only about three or four months. I have not lost a day out of the saddle since I received the truss. Before, I could only walk my horse with other trusses I wore, but with my Cluthe I could ride just as well as I could before I was ruptured. Yours is so perfectly easy one does not know one has it on. I will be seventy-three years old next month. I cannot speak too highly of your truss. I don’t see how it could be improved upon. From my own personal experience, I would say that anyone ruptured who follows your simple directions, is on a quick road to complete recovery the moment he wears a Cluthe Truss.
|November 10, 1911.||DR. D. J. McCONNAHA,
New Bloomfield, Mo.
This Oregon Man Cured
I am almost sure I am cured. Your truss is so easy that I feel lonesome lost unless I have it on. Consequently, I wear it most of the time. I tried five different kinds before I was fortunate enough to hear of the Cluthe Truss. I am doing a little missionary work for you all the time in appreciation of the great good your truss did for me.
|October 10, 1911.||C. E. MAXSON,
Thinks Cluthe Cure a Great Thing
I think I am permanently cured. I cannot recommend your truss too strongly to anyone I know who has a rupture. Some of my neighbors have already sent to you for advice and treatment, and others will do so soon. I consider the Cluthe cure a great thing.
|November 21, 1911.||S. L. LEE,
Quick Cure by Cluthe Truss
I have had my Cluthe Truss only two months, and believe I am cured right up. I can honestly say that your truss has done for me what no other truss ever did, that is hold the rupture up, and to think that it even cured me. Of course I shall continue to wear the truss some time, although no rupture shows when I leave the truss off. I believe your truss is sure to cure most people with rupture, if they would only buy it.
|November 16, 1911.||JAMES T. McDONALD,
45 St. Patrick St., Goderich, Ontario, Can.
Has Not Had to Wear Any Truss for Years
I am sure my rupture, which was cured by a Cluthe Truss, will never come out again, now after so long. I have been without pain for years. I have gladly recommended the Cluthe Truss at all times, for I know what wonders your truss did in my case.
|October 19, 1911.||JOHN M. McDONALD,
30 Union St., Dominion No. 1, N.S., Can.
Tried All Kinds, but Only the Cluthe Cured
I purchased your truss about eighteen months ago. It cured my rupture. Previously I had tried all kinds of trusses, but it remained for the Cluthe Truss to cure me. It is the only one worthy of the name.
|October 18, 1911.||JOHN McNAMARA,
861 West Main St., Greenfield, Ind.
This British Columbian Man Cured
I can go about without my truss, but I wear it at my work, as I feel safer with it on. I find it most comfortable.
|October 17, 1911.||THOMAS MILBURN,
Victoria, B.C., Can.
Cured for Good
I cannot speak too highly of the Cluthe Truss. It has stood by me constantly while before I got your truss I could get nothing that would give me any relief. Yours has done the work, for I believe that the rupture is entirely healed.
|October 13, 1911.||FRANK MIXER,
R.F.D. No. 1, Box 12, Whittier, Cal.
Practically Cured in Five Months
Your truss has done me more good in five months than all the others I wore before I got the Cluthe Truss. I put it on the 20th of May, and from that time to this the rupture never showed. I now know that my rupture is completely cured, because I have not worn the truss for weeks, and feel no weakness on account of not wearing it. Let any ruptured man know what I write here, hoping the Giver of Goodwill will always smile on me.
|October 13, 1911.||J. L. MOSS,
Cluthe Truss Hangs in Closet While He Does His Work, Cured
I can truthfully say I am cured by the use of your truss. I believe it is the best truss ever invented by man. It did for me just what you said it would. My truss is now hanging up in a closet in my house, and I don’t have to use it at all. Anyone can write to me if they don’t believe what you say. So give this to the suffering people of this land, for why should it not do for thousands of others what it has done for me?
|October 13, 1911.||J. W. MITCHELL,
Ruptured Ten Years; Cured by Cluthe Truss
I had suffered for ten years, and will admit that when I purchased your truss I did not expect it to cure me, for the reason that I had been disappointed by so many different makes or makers. I shall gladly recommend the Cluthe Truss to anyone that I shall come in contact with, who is suffering with a rupture.
|October 6, 1911.||E. SCOTT MORGAN,
5619 Georgia Ave., Washington, D.C.
Doctor Says in Six Months Will Be Entirely Cured
My ruptures that they do not come down without the truss, but my doctor says to wear it for months longer, and then I will be able to go without the truss altogether. I have only had the Cluthe Truss four months.
|September 27, 1911.||MRS. J. G. MILLER,
1104 7th Ave., Seattle, Wash.
Cluthe Truss Makes Him a Different Man
I do not know how to express my gratitude to you. Money could not buy my Cluthe Truss from me. My health is so much better and I feel so different than I used to before I purchased your truss. I was always afraid to go ahead and do any work, fearful of the consequences, but now I never think of it, for I feel absolutely safe. I am confident that if I knew about your truss sooner than I did, I would be a well man to-day.
|October 2, 1911.||CHARLES McDONALD,
Tried the Whole Category of Trusses, and Finds Only Cluthe Makes Good
It gives me much pleasure to state the truth about the Cluthe Truss. I found it the best truss I ever tried, for I have tried about the whole category of trusses, and no truss ever did me any real good until I purchased this one, which I have worn for about four months with comfort. I have not had a moment of trouble with my rupture since putting the Cluthe Truss on. I believe myself to be cured. I have worked hard all the time, doing work that I could not have done before I had my Cluthe Truss.
|October 3, 1911.||HUDSON MILLS,
Almost Cured in Three Months
I am almost cured already, although I have worn the truss only three months. My rupture has not been out since I put the truss on. It certainly was a God-send to me when I got your truss, and I cannot recommend it too highly.
|September 25, 1911.||A. L. MYERS,
Took Six Months to Cure This Rupture
I am glad to state that after wearing your truss since last February I feel I am cured to stay cured. As my work requires heavy lifting, I still use the truss while working, but at all other times I never have it on. I have not had to wear it for the last three months. The truss is just as good as the day I bought it.
|October 25, 1911.||O. NORBECK,
1079 17th Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.
Cured in Five Months
I purchased my Cluthe Truss last February, wore it five months, and have not had to wear any truss sinceFrom the first day I put it on to this present day, the rupture has never been out or bothered me in any way, and I have done lifting and all kinds of heavy work all this time. So I have reason to feel sure I am cured.
|September 30, 1911.||CHARLES T. NASS,
Robinsons Corner, N.S., Can.
Cluthe Truss Does What Physician Advises Only Surgical Operation Could Do
I have been so greatly benefited by your truss that I feel myself practically cured. I suffered sixteen years and tried many different trusses during that time. Physicians advised me to go through an operation. Your truss gave me relief the first day. I cannot speak too highly of if. I cannot recommend it too strongly to anyone afflicted.
|October 4, 1911.||ZEPHANIAH PARKS,
R.F.D. No. 1, Saco, Maine.
Never Saw Rupture Since Wearing Cluthe Truss
My rupture has never come out since I got the truss, and I have often left my truss off all day without any signs of the rupture showing. Before I got the Cluthe Truss I suffered all the time, but yours gave me comfort from the moment I tried it.
|October 4, 1911.||JAMES NAYLOR,
E. Arrow Park, B.C., Can.
Cured in Less than 4 Months
I have had your truss less than four months, and have been able to go without it for a week at a time, without the rupture coming down. So I think I am about cured, with many thanks to you.
|September 25, 1911.||W. H. NEAL,
136 Race Path St., Fayetteville, N.C.
Man Seventy-two Years Old Cured
I take pleasure in aiding all my friends who are ruptured. I am entirely cured, and do not need to wear a truss now. I am 72 years old. One man to whom I recommended the Cluthe Truss says he would not take $150 and be without his truss, if he could not get another. Use my recommendation any time.
|October 20, 1911.||J. A. PRICE,
906 Cruise St., Corinth, Miss.
This Case of Double Rupture Cured
Am writing you to let you know what your truss has done for me. My ruptures are both healed up perfectly sound. They do not bother me in the least. I cannot say enough for the Cluthe Truss. You have my permission to use this letter, and I would be glad to make affidavit to it, if you wished.
|September 23, 1911.||HIRAM PEIRCE,
Another of the Thousands of Kansans Cured by Cluthe Truss
I go weeks at a time without the truss, but when I am at heavy work I keep it on as a wise precaution. I would not take many times what it cost for it. I am more than satisfied with your treatment of my case.
|November 18, 1911.||W. E. CROWL,
I wish to say that I consider myself most fortunate in having heard of the Cluthe Truss. It has entirely cured me of my rupture.
|October 23, 1911.||ERNEST RUEMMELIN,
Ashton, Rhode Island.
Never Spent any Money in His Life that Did Him So Much Good
I was ruptured for six years and never got anything that did me any good in time till I got this truss from you. I tried everything I heard of before I got my Cluthe Truss. I am now about well, but I still wear the truss when doing heavy work. I never spent any money in my life that did me so much good.
|October 10, 1911.||CHARLES RILEY,
Saved from an Operation, Costing at Least $300, by the Cluthe Truss
I am getting along finely. I have only worn the truss a few weeks and would not expect a cure of my case so soon. I work about fourteen hours a day, and am on my feet all day long. I never have the least trouble with the truss, and would not sell it for any money. It saved me from an operation costing at least $300. I wish you all the success you deserve.
|September 29, 1911.||JACK ROTH,
Le Mars, Iowa.
Ohio Minister Cured
I still wear my Cluthe Truss, though I am cured, as it gives me no uneasiness or discomfort.
|October 19, 1911.||REV. A. N. SMITH,
Van Buren, Ohio.
Prominent Arkansas Man Quickly Cured
It is only in justice to you, and a great pleasure to me that now after wearing your truss for 90 days, to say that I find my rupture back in place and that it does not come down without the truss. However, I have thought it best to wear it for a while longer, believing that my case, a double rupture of 50 years standing, is practically cured. I am 67 years of age, and during that time I have tried over 25 different trusses and treatments for rupture.
|October 13, 1911.||A. H. SOEKLAND,
Ex-Postmaster of Stuttgart, Ark., and Past Department Commander G.A.R. of Arkansas, Stuttgart, Ark.
Only Real Device for Rupture Made in the World
I wish to state a few facts concerning your truss. It is the only real device for rupture made in the world. It cured me. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not heard of the Cluthe Truss.
|November 9, 1911.||GEORGE STOREY,
17 West 4th St., Jamestown, N.Y.
Considers Cluthe Truss a Wonder
The truss I purchased from you about six months ago is a wonder. It has me about cured. You can use my name whenever and wherever you wish, and I will help any person that suffers with rupture anywhere in the city of Chicago or any other city, that writes me to verify this statement.
|October 3, 1911.||CHARLES C. SCHMIDT,
2275 Archer Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Cured In Seven Months While Indulging in Athletic Sports
I had tried several so-called trusses with poor results up to last May, when you fitted me, and I can positively state that from that day my rupture has not been down since. I indulge in athletic sports, in swimming and bathing and wore your truss in the water with no inconvenience whatever. I feel confident that I am now entirely cured of my rupture, and write this hoping that some afflicted brothers may take advantage of your grand invention. You may use the above for recommendation if you wish.
|FRANK A. PLUNKETT,
25 Water St., New York City.
Absolutely Cured by the Cluthe Truss
About August, 1909, I began using your truss for rupture. With it life was not such a misery as all my other trusses had made it. Some months thereafter I took the truss off and found I was completely cured. And herewith greetings and heartfelt thanks, for I know your members to be great benefactors to suffering humanity.
Before I bought my Cluthe truss I was examined by two “doctors.” One would cure me with the knife for $200 and $25 per week while in hospital, and the other, by injection, for $150, and he would also use some form of Spring truss.
You are at liberty to use these few words any way you wish.
|D. A. ROSS,
R.F.D. No. 3, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Doctor Who Was to Operate Calls It Perfect Cure by Cluthe Truss
I am perfectly cured by wearing one of your trusses. My rupture was as large as a goose egg, and was out all of the time. I put your truss on and kept it on for one hundred days, and when I took it off the rupture was all healed up and cured. The doctor who was going to operate on me called it a permanent cure.
|October 6, 1911.||CHARLES E. ROBERTS,
720 Calvert St., Rome, N.Y.
Proof of Permanency of Cure by Cluthe Truss
Please send me an order blank for a friend. It may interest you and others to know that I purchased a truss of you many years ago, which cured me.
|L. E. DRAKE,
Bellevue, Alta, Canada.
Cured by Cluthe Truss in 6 Months
Your Truss is all you claim for it. I have had the truss about six months and never had any symptom of trouble since then. I am now cured and will only be too glad for you to refer anyone to me for any reference you want. I tried many other trusses with no relief. Those afflicted should not delay in getting your truss.
|G. P. LA FOLLETTE,
289 Edith Ave., Memphis, Tenn.
Blacksmith Cured While Doing His Work
I bought one of your trusses about eight months ago and am more than pleased with results. I have worked hard—even at horseshoeing—every day since I put the truss on, but in spite of all that it cured me of my rupture.
Cluthe Truss Cured This Californian 76 Years Old
I am glad to have the opportunity of letting the public know of the benefit I received from the truss purchased from you. It is all you claim for it, for my left rupture is now cured and the one on the right side almost well. I am past 76 years old but I felt all of ten years younger from the day I commenced using your wonderful truss. I shall be indeed glad to impart to those who suffer as I did, any information I can give regarding the Cluthe Truss.
|W. L. NOTLEY,
63 Pearl St., Santa Cruz, Calif.
Now Over 81 Years Old—Was Cured by Cluthe Truss
My rupture is all well and the cure is complete, but I keep the truss on day and night because I am over 81 years old and might take a fit of sneezing. With many thanks for your kindness.
|G. A. P. BRYANT,
R.F.D. No. 1, Smyrna Mills, Maine.
This Chicagoan Cured in 3 Months
After I had worn your truss three months, I noticed that the rupture did not appear as formerly on retiring at night. An instance—my cat had a fit one night, I jumped out of bed very hurriedly, grabbed the cat, rushed down two flights of stairs and threw the cat out on the porch.
When I returned to my room I thought of the truss, not having thought to put it on before going downstairs—was overjoyed to find that there was no sign of the rupture; this was several months ago and there has been no return of the rupture since. Would be pleased to recommend the Cluthe Truss at any time.
Western Bank Note Co.,
, Chicago, Ill.
Cured by Cluthe Truss While Sawing and Chopping Wood
My rupture has never bothered me since I started to wear the Cluthe Truss. I found it to stay in place just as you recommended it, while at hard work such as sawing and chopping wood, digging and carpenter work. I thank you for the great good and the cure it has effected for me.
Winchester Springs, Ont., Canada.
Cured—and Cannot Recommend It Too Highly
I was more than satisfied with my Cluthe Truss. It cured me of my rupture and cannot recommend it too highly.
63 N. 9th W., Salt Lake City, Utah.
This Scrotal Rupture Cured
The truss I bought of you less than a year ago has been a wonderful success. I am now entirely cured of my scrotal rupture.
316 Market St., Logansport, Ind.
Has Worn Cluthe Truss only 6 Weeks and Fast Getting Well
I have worn the Cluthe Truss six weeks and am fast getting well—can’t see or find anything of my rupture now—but shall wear truss longer.
The elastic truss that I used to wear got so wet on the body that I had to tighten it up to get it to hold—only to have it fail me later in the day. Mr. Fitzgerald has also been greatly benefited by his truss he got from you.
|ROLAND T. ELLIS,
141 Albion St., Somerville, Mass.
No More Sign of a Rupture
I am now well and don’t see any signs of being ruptured—thanks to the Cluthe Truss.
R.F.D. No. 1 Osco, Ill.
Cured While Doing Heavy Work
I felt like a different man the very first week I wore my Cluthe Truss, and it has done me so much good that I can safely leave it off entirely. However, I take no chances, and being so comfortable and easy, I put it on when I have extra heavy lifting to do in the course of my heavy work. I have spoken to many of my friends about the wonderful Cluthe Truss.
119 N. Ann St., Baltimore, Md.
From One Who Has Tried Them All
I write to let you know that I cheerfully recommend the Cluthe Truss for rupture. It does all you claim for it. I had been ruptured for many years and tried all kinds of trusses and rupture cures but found no relief until I used yours.
National Soldiers’ Home, Milwaukee, Wis.
Thanks God Daily for the Cluthe Truss
This is simply to inform you that I must every day when I put your truss on thank God for having found something which is not a fraud but a blessing to all ruptured people. The Cluthe Truss enables me to take my place among men, either in running, jumping or other hard work. It is safe and comfortable and I would not be without it, knowing the Cluthe Truss existed.
Burquitlam, B.C., Canada.
What This Kansan Says
I will say your truss has helped me very much. Believe I am now cured for sure as the rupture does not come out now when the truss is off. It is the best 86thing I ever tried. Will tell everyone suffering from rupture to try this truss. J. C. S.—— of my town sent for one through me. You can use my name.
Recommends Cluthe Truss to All
I think it my duty to notify you that the Cluthe Truss you made for me was indeed a great success. My rupture has disappeared and I am so far cured. I certainly recommend the Cluthe Truss to all in need of relief from rupture.
215 Cooper Avenue, Lockland, Ohio.
This Philadelphian Cured in Less Than 8 Months
It gives me great pleasure to write you a few words of commendation in reference to the truss I purchased from you in March, 1910. I, at first, doubted its full value as I thought my rupture was incurable, but subsequent results have proved my error. Ever since my birth I have endured the pains and torture of a rupture until I started to wear your truss, which was nearly eight months ago. I am now entirely cured of my rupture—thanks to the Cluthe Truss. Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your able device and assistance, as you have made me feel like a new man after all these years of misery.
You may use anything I have written, as I like to encourage a good deed.
|LAWRENCE V. RASCH,
2018 S. 64th St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Read What This Massachusetts Physician Says
I am much interested in making known the excellence of the Cluthe Truss, for I have confidence in its curative process. You can refer to me any time you desire, not only as to the worth of your truss but also as to the fair dealing you manifest toward your patients.
|DR. G. J. PIERCE,
1 Crown St., Worcester, Mass.
Ruptured 30 Years, Believes He is Now Cured
I have been ruptured for 30 years and have worn a good many kinds of trusses and I never got one that did not nearly kill me at times. My doctor has been trying for years to have me undergo an operation, and I nearly made up my mind to have an operation when I saw your advertisement in the Chicago Tribune.
I decided to try once more to get a truss, and after thinking about it and putting it off for six months I finally purchased one of your trusses three months ago. If I had only sent for one when I first started I would not need to wear a truss now.
My rupture was a large one and since wearing your truss the rupture has never been out. I can now stand on my feet without the truss on and rupture does not show—the opening seems to be closed.
I feel so grateful for the relief that I cannot help but thank you and any time you wish to have anyone call on me I will gladly recommend you.
|W. H. BRUCE,
204 East 54th St., Chicago, Ill.
Proof of Permanency of Hernia Cure by Cluthe Truss Years Ago
The truss purchased of you years ago gave me permanent relief and cure. While I was always skeptical as to a permanent hernia cure of rupture by means of a truss the fact remains that after following your advice and instruction, I have been going about without a truss, doing all kinds of work same as I did prior to becoming ruptured. I cheerfully recommend your truss to one and all afflicted with rupture. Only the patient himself knows from experience how he has to suffer. Publish this letter if you so desire.
Route No. 1, Souderton, Pa.
Now Freed of His Rupture Trouble
I was in awful misery before I ordered a Cluthe Truss and as soon as I put it on I felt like a new man. I can now leave truss off without detecting the least sign or feeling of the rupture. I most highly recommend the Cluthe Truss to any one who is ruptured and wish to give you my best thanks for what it has done for me.
South Milwaukee, Wis.
Did Not Believe Cluthe Truss Would Cure, Now Happily Disappointed
Over a year ago I bought a Cluthe Truss but had no belief that it would cure my rupture. I have been, however, happily disappointed and am now glad to inform you and everyone suffering from rupture, that the Cluthe Truss did cure my rupture entirely. Thanks to you.
|GEO. L. PRENTICE,
29 Mechanic St., Putnam, Conn.
For 47 Years Suffered with Wrong Trusses, Cluthe Truss Proved Its Worth in This Case
I was ruptured in the spring of 1863; for 47 years I bought and wore all kinds of trusses and none ever held the rupture. One year ago I bought the Cluthe Truss; it holds the rupture securely, I have better health, can now do any kind of work on the farm and forget actually that I wear a truss; I have no dread now of strangulation and am thankful I saw your adv., sent for your book and bought the one truss that by experience proves that it holds the rupture at all times. I am now in my 85th year and happy with the Cluthe Truss.
|JAMES S. MC CLURKAN,
R.F.D. No. 1, Box 63, Murrysville, Pa.
Cured by Cluthe Truss in 5 Months After Suffering 49 Years
I have worn your truss since August and in the following January—merely by chance—I took off the truss. To my surprise I could not see any rupture nor feel any opening—nor after coughing, the spot is firm and no protrusion. While as a member of Co. F, 46th N.Y. Vol. Inf., during the bombardment of Fort Pulasky, I ruptured myself, and ever since—after 49 years (April, 1862), I have tried many trusses with no results of any benefit until I tried yours. I gladly give the Cluthe Truss my strongest recommendation on what it has done for me.
|C. G. RUSSE, Phoebus, Va.|
Wore Other Trusses 4 Years without Benefit, Cluthe Truss Cured in 3 Months
I take great pleasure in adding my name to your list of cured patients. I wore the Cluthe Truss but 3 months and am now entirely cured. I wore other appliances for four years without the slightest benefit. With best wishes and many thanks and assuring you you may use my name in any way you wish.
|W. E. HENDERSON,
Perfectly Well After One Year’s Use of Cluthe Truss
Kindly mention my name in your book of cured patients, as I have worn the Cluthe Truss but one year and am now perfectly well and trying to get others to buy Cluthe Trusses.
|P. L. PINARD,
Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Wonderful Hernia Cure for His Double Rupture
Many years ago I discarded the Cluthe Truss as it cured me of my 2 ruptures. I now look upon this cure as permanent, and wonderful, as I was past the middle of life and suffered torture from other trusses before ordering the Cluthe Truss. I consider it my duty to recommend the Cluthe Truss to all people afflicted with ruptures.
|W. B. FISH (Pres.),
Bullock Mfg. Associates, Springfield, Mass.
Another Thankful Mans Hernia Cure by the Cluthe Truss
I was cured of my rupture trouble by the Cluthe Truss and cannot speak too highly of the benefits I received from it. I shall spread your wonderful work abroad to all in the condition I was in.
Ingram Port (Halifax Co.), Nova Scotia, Canada.
Satisfaction from the First
Some time ago I purchased the Cluthe Truss, which has given excellent satisfaction from the time I used it. It has cured my right side rupture entirely and the left side is also nearly cured.
A New Man Since Wearing the Cluthe Truss
It will soon he 2 years since I purchased my Cluthe Truss. I certainly have been a new man ever since I put it on. I have left it off and felt no bad effects from doing so. I am now cured.
|A. M. ROGERS,
120 Henry St., Binghamton, N.Y.
Cluthe Truss Cures Absolutely
I am absolutely cured of my rupture by the Cluthe Truss. I consider your truss the best device ever made for rupture.
|J. F. WOEHR,
167 Perry Ave., Maspeth, Long Island, N.Y.
Relief After 23 Years of Torment. 84 Years Old
After 23 years of torment with different appliances I put on the Cluthe Truss as soon as received and have not taken it off night or day since and have no reminder of it being on. It was a blessed day for me when I received it. I am 84 years old.
More Comfort in One Month Than Before in Years
After more than a month’s test of the Cluthe Truss, I wish to inform you how well pleased I am with it. It holds me perfectly. I have taken more comfort since wearing the Cluthe Truss than I had for years.
|PRYCE W. BAILEY (Postmaster),
Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Would Not Take $500 for His Cluthe Truss
My father, John Brierley, wishes me to write you that he would not sell his Cluthe Truss for $500 if he were unable to procure another like it.
|W. P. BRIERLEY,
M.D., 228 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y.
His Rupture Has Healed
I have been wearing the Cluthe Truss several months and my rupture has not come down in that time. I took the truss off 8 days ago and have not noticed the first sign of a rupture and I believe it is all healed up. Thanks for the greatest of all trusses, the leader of them all.
|J. J. CONLON (Box 38),
Spring Valley, N.Y.
Cluthe Truss Made New Man of Him
Having used your Cluthe Truss for 3 months, I feel now that I can highly recommend it. It has made a new man of me and my rupture has never been out since putting the truss on.
|CHAS. W. HOWELL,
R.F.D. No. 3, Trenton, N.J.
Cured His Son
A short time ago I bought a Cluthe Truss for my son, which Truss I am thankful to say has cured his rupture entirely. He is a very strong boy continually jumping and tumbling around and still we can see no sign of the Rupture. You can refer anyone you wish to me.
|A. A. DAVIS,
2844 38th Place, ChicagoIll.
Ruptured 13 Years, Hernia Cured by Cluthe Truss
I suffered torture with a rupture for 13 years. Then I got the Cluthe Truss, which cured me in a short time. Your truss is more than you say it is. I can get a doctor to back all I say for the Cluthe Truss.
|JOHN T. IBEY (Box 60),
Meyersburg, Ont., Canada.
Another Man Cured
Some time ago I bought a Cluthe Truss and I write to tell you that it has cured my rupture.
|FRANK E. BARNES,
Can Recommend Cluthe Truss to All
I can recommend the Cluthe Truss to all persons suffering from rupture. I surely have been benefited by the Cluthe Truss very much in the short time I have been wearing it.
|CHAS. F. WECKER,
410 W. Princess St., York, Pa.
Wants World to Know He was Cured
I was cured by the Cluthe Truss after suffering from a rupture for 20 years and I want the world to know of my cure. I have not had my Cluthe Truss on in 8 months and I can see no sign of my rupture.
|MILTON M. OWENS,
Oak Hill, Fla.
Another Cure and Another Thankful Man
I am very thankful to Mr. Chas. Cluthe, for he was the first man that ever told me where my rupture was. Two doctors wanted to operate on me and were about to get me into a hospital when I heard of the Cluthe Truss and bought it and it has cured me of my rupture. Both doctors were about 6 inches out of the way of where Mr. Cluthe told me my rupture really was.
|FRED A. WOOD,
269 Fayette St., Hammond, Ind.
Sends His Patients to Us
I have sent my patients to you with perfect satisfaction, knowing you have an excellent truss, the Cluthe Truss.
|A. EUGENE AUSTIN, M.D.,
616 Madison Ave., New York City.
Now Well and Sound—Goes Bowling
Last month I took off your Truss as I am cured and I now go down to the bowling alley and often spend an hour and a half bowling and I do not feel anything and am satisfied that I am now cured. I will consider it a pleasure to recommend the Cluthe Truss.
|H. W. ERWIN,
190 W. Brookline St., Boston, Mass.
This New York City Man Completely Cured in Less Than a Year
I found such good results from the use of the Cluthe Truss that I only had to wear it less than a year when I was completely cured. I have since been as well as ever I have been in my life.
|December 22, 1911.||ANDREW RUFF,
661 Ninth Ave., New York City.
Could Hardly Walk. Now Rid of All Pain
Words cannot praise the Cluthe Truss highly enough. After suffering 9 years I purchased a Cluthe Truss and it has rid me of all pain. Before wearing your truss I was unable to walk half a mile. But one morning lately I walked 8 miles and if my feet did not give way I think I would be walking yet. I have no pain now and perform all my household duties, as I could not before wearing the Cluthe Truss, because I had such pain from my rupture. I owe much to the Cluthe Truss. It saved me from the knife.
|MRS. A. H. LAMEY,
60 Greig St., Rochester, N.Y.
Man of 79 Has Nothing But Good to Say
I have nothing but good to say of the Cluthe Truss for what it has done for me, a man 79 years of age.
|D. F. WOODWARD,
Pine Island, Minn.
Wouldn’t Take $100
I wouldn’t take $100 for my Cluthe Truss. Success to the Cluthe Truss.
|R. L. AUTER,
Ruptured 20 Years; Cluthe Truss Holds Perfectly
Truss received and am well pleased with it. It is a perfect fit and holds my rupture perfectly. The Cluthe Truss is the first one to hold my rupture in 20 years.
|F. W. JONES,
Thanks to Cluthe Truss Can Now Climb Trees
The Cluthe Truss is the only one worthy of the name of truss. It was the best investment I ever made. I suffered untold agony with other appliances, but the Cluthe has been a pleasure to wear. I can now climb trees like a squirrel. Thanks to the Cluthe Truss.
|WM. LEROY GARRIGUS,
Says Cluthe Truss is the Best on the Market
Truss received this P.M. Everything is more than satisfactory. You certainly have the best truss on the market. If I can say a good word for you I shall be more than pleased to do so.
|ABEL HALEY, Wolfeboro, N.H.|
Grateful for the Cure Effected by the Cluthe Truss
I have not worn my Cluthe Truss in 6 months as my rupture is entirely cured, and I cannot find words to express my gratitude to you and your wonderful truss. It is without doubt the best truss made and I can highly recommend it.
|A. H. EGBERT,
74 Alexander St., Newark, N.J.
Physicians Say Best Truss They Ever Saw
I have worn your Cluthe Truss for a month and am free to say it is the only Truss that I ever found perfectly satisfactory. I have worn trusses for 51 years and spent hundreds of dollars; all these were failures. I have shown the truss when on me to several physicians and they all say it is the best they ever saw.
|J. MABBOTT BROWN (Supt.),
Madison Fire Agents’ Asso.,
35 Tenney Block, Madison, Wis.
Ruptured 20 Years; Cured in 5 Months
For the benefit of those who are in the dark about Trusses and who are suffering unnecessarily, I wish to state, without solicitation on your part, that after spending over $200 for all kinds of trusses for over 20 years, I purchased a Cluthe Truss in March, 1908. Five months later I took off the Truss and have not worn any since. My rupture is cured and I am to-day as strong and well as the healthiest man. I might add that I did not take your promises seriously when I purchased the Truss, but I have changed my mind since and I hold you now in the highest respect and believe you fill a long-felt want for the suffering thousands. Anyone can communicate with me who doubts the truth of this assertion.
|HUGH A. MACKENZIE,
North Lake Ainslie (Inverness Co.), C.B., N.S., Canada.
Clergyman Tells How He was Cured
I am only too glad to add my word of commendation as to the value of the Cluthe Truss. I had used a number of others with no permanent good. You cannot say too much in reference to the Cluthe Truss. It does all you claim for it. It cured my rupture.
|REV. DR. GEO. M. HAMLEN,
Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Cured by Cluthe Truss; Now Does Heavy Lifting
I write to tell you that I was very much benefited by the Cluthe Truss. I have not worn it in 2 months and have not felt the rupture at all. I work in a feed store and have to do very heavy lifting.
|JAS. A. CRAWFORD,
109 North St., Middletown, N.Y.
Says Doctors are Enthusiastic
The Cluthe Truss has given me wonderful satisfaction. I have shown it to quite a number of people and doctors and they all think it a fine truss. My rupture is now entirely cured.
|JOHN J. CROAKE,
Culebra, Canal Zone, Panama.
After Trying All Kinds; Cured in a Few Months
After trying all kinds of trusses which did more harm than good, I purchased a Cluthe Truss about 5 years ago and after wearing it a few months have not seen or felt the rupture. I am entirely cured and can recommend the Cluthe Truss to anybody suffering with a rupture.
|FRED KROESCH, JR.,
2228 John St., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Cluthe Truss Brings Long Denied Comfort
Your truss received. A perfect fit. Have put it through a severe test the past month and I am pleased to state that it has given me a long-denied comfort, is satisfactory in every way and a master of my rupture, for which accept my thanks and lasting gratitude. I deem it my duty to recommend the Cluthe Truss whenever I can.
|CHAS. H. MEADS,
Ellicott City, Md.
Permanently Cured 10 Years Ago
I purchased a Cluthe Truss from you about 10 years ago and after wearing it one year I found it cured me and this cure has been a permanent one.
|R. H. NELSON,
Cannot Speak Highly Enough for the Cluthe Truss
About 8 or 10 months ago I purchased a Cluthe Truss which I have worn with the greatest success. About a week ago I left Truss off and find that the Rupture does not show; neither have I felt it and I think I am cured. However, I shall put Truss on and wear it when I have hard work to do as a special precaution. I cannot speak highly enough for your Truss.
|R. E. LOWDER,
Medical Student Cured by Cluthe Truss
I am glad to say that after wearing the CLUTHE TRUSS I laid it aside over a year ago and have not needed it or any other since. I am taking up the medical profession now and if I can be of any service to you at any time in future I will be glad to be of such service.
|ARTHUR L. BLACK, M.C. of S.C.,
Freed This Man of His Rupture Trouble
I take pleasure in giving you my full consent to make public my testimony regarding the benefit derived from your scientific Truss. If you meet with any “Doubting Thomas,” send them to me. I will be pleased to tell them what it has done for me.
|T. B. GALLAGHER,
167 W. 129th St., New York City.
Saved Him from an Operation
I can safely recommend the Cluthe Truss as the only safe alleviator of the terrible sufferings of those unfortunate sufferers from rupture. It was the Cluthe Truss that saved me from an operation. My very highest commendations for the best truss—the CLUTHE TRUSS.
|E. F. GRIFFITH,
127 31st St., Newport News, Va.
Himself Cured by the Cluthe Truss; Sends Order for a Friend
I take pleasure in handing you herewith Mr. ——’s order for a Cluthe Truss together with remittance, which order please acknowledge. Mr. —— is an employee in our office and being familiar with my rupture troubles became convinced that as your Truss cured my rupture it ought to do the same for him. Hence his order enclosed.
|C. A. McLANE,
c/o Laredo Water Co., Laredo, Texas.
Cured, But so Comfortable Would Feel Lost Without Truss
I believe I am absolutely cured by the Cluthe Truss, but I still hang onto it; would feel lost without it. I should consider it a pleasure to recommend the Cluthe Truss to any doubting or suffering ones for I KNOW what it is.
|CHAS. M. BACHMAN,
603 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y.
Utica Man Thinks of Us as Old Friend
The Cluthe Truss has given me such a wonderful cure that I think of the Cluthe Co. as an old friend.
|J. C. BIGELOW, Sr. (Florist),
2 Columbia St., Utica, N.Y.
Says Cluthe Truss is Finest on Earth
I am more than pleased to acknowledge receipt of the Cluthe Truss, which arrived last Saturday, and to say that the wearer reports it the finest on earth. You are at liberty to refer any and all to me.
|H. C. KING (Broker),
22 Fifth Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Cured by the Cluthe Truss
I am glad to let you know my rupture is cured by the use of the Cluthe Truss.
|F. F. KRALISCHECK,
Cluthe Truss Gives Perfect Satisfaction
My Cluthe Truss has given perfect satisfaction. The left side rupture is entirely healed and right side much better. Have taken a great deal of pleasure with it.
|GEO. A. HANSON (Box 1154),
This Yonkers, N.Y., Man Cured
I recommend the Cluthe Truss to everybody who needs one, as it cured my rupture.
189 Ashburton Ave., Yonkers, N.Y.
Double Rupture Cured in 6 Months
It is now 6 months since I purchased my Cluthe Truss and I have not seen any sign of my two ruptures since.
|FRANK VAN WINKLE,
430 Plane St., Newark, N.J.
Couldn’t Work Until He Got Cluthe Truss
You may tell the world that you make the best truss in the world. I have been ruptured 10 years and wore 4 different appliances before the Cluthe Truss and each of the 4 failed. Since wearing the Cluthe Truss my rupture has not been down once, despite the fact that my work is heavy in a saw mill. I could not do a hard day’s work until I got the Cluthe Truss.
|JOHN K. WEST,
Broad St., Tallapoosa, Ga.
Says Cluthe Truss Leads All
I can truthfully say the Cluthe Truss leads all the others. The old-time harnesses are only a torture. During the past 3 weeks I have been wearing the 92Cluthe Truss and my rupture has not bothered me since. I scarcely can believe I have it on, it is so easy.
80 East St., Clinton, Mass.
Rides Horseback and Runs an Automobile
During the few months I have been wearing the Cluthe Truss I have done almost everything that would rupture a man or cause a ruptured man agony or to be operated on. I ride horseback and I am now a chauffeur. Ask any man what it means to crank an engine of high compression. This needs an extraordinary truss to hold a bad rupture under such conditions, but the Cluthe Truss does it. I hardly know I have it on.
|WM. C. WOOD,
care G. L. Boissevain, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Cured This Boy of a Bad Rupture
I am more than pleased to say that the Cluthe Truss cured my 10-year-old boy, who was badly ruptured. I thank God for directing me to you.
|MRS. EMMA HARRIS,
258 W. 44th St., New York City.
Cluthe Truss “One of the Comforts of Life”
It gives me great pleasure to recommend the Cluthe Truss to my fellow sufferers from rupture. I have a double rupture and since putting on the Cluthe Truss have had that comfortable feeling ever since. I recommend the Cluthe Truss to the ruptured as one of the comforts of life. It was a friend of mine who had derived benefits from the Cluthe Truss who recommended the Cluthe Truss to me. I thank him for so doing, ever since.
|WHILDEN H. PAINTER,
51 Eldert St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
His Rupture Has Not Appeared for the Last 4 Months
I am inclined to think I am cured, but hardly wish to say so absolutely, because I still wear my Cluthe Truss when I work, leaving it off now and then when doing no heavy manual labor. My rupture has not appeared for the last 4 months and I begin to feel confident that it will not appear again.
|September 26, 1911.||DANIEL BALLARD,
Hasn’t Seen Any Signs of Rupture for Three Years
I have not seen my rupture for over 3 years. The Cluthe Truss is the best I ever had.
|E. B. SCULL,
Dias Creek (Cape May Co.), New Jersey.
Cured His Little Boy After He Had Been Made Worse at a Hospital
My little boy was 2 years old when I purchased a Cluthe Truss for him. After wearing it 4 months it cured his rupture. He is now past 4 years and has never been troubled since. We took him to a hospital before we got the Cluthe Truss for him, but they only made him worse. We have only praise for the Cluthe Truss.
|WALTER C. CHATFIELD,
221 E. 29th St., New York City.
Cluthe Truss Worth Its Weight in Gold
I bought a Cluthe Truss and wore it about 8 months. It cured my rupture, although I am 74 years old and I am now as free as ever I was. The least I can say about the Cluthe Trusses is that they are worth their weight in gold.
Best Bargain He Ever Made
I was cured of my rupture by the Cluthe Truss and it was the best bargain I ever made. I no longer wear a support of any kind.
Ruptured 12 Years; Cured by the Cluthe Truss
The Cluthe Truss has cured me of a bad rupture of 12 years’ trouble. It is a blessing to every person affected that way.
|LEE A. HOLDEN,
Hasn’t Needed Truss for Over a Year
I am glad to say that I have not needed any truss for over a year. The Cluthe Truss cured my rupture. I find that ruptured people are somewhat adverse to 93telling others of their trouble. That is why they do not hear all they might from their fellow sufferers. I would be only too glad to impart to them the benefits received from the CLUTHE TRUSS.
Wadena, Sask., Canada.
Thanks God for Having Heard of the Cluthe Truss
You will remember I got a Cluthe Truss 6 months ago. About 4 weeks ago I took it off and I feel I am cured and have seen no sign of rupture. I feel so much better that I thank God I ever sent for your book. You sent a truss just to fit my case and it cured me and I cannot recommend it too highly.
|C. N. TUTHILL,
Clergyman Cured by the Cluthe Truss
I am happy to say that since I laid away the Cluthe Truss as being cured by it, I have had no occasion to use it. That is now over 2 years ago. Hoping you may be able to do for many others what you have done for me, I am,
|B. F. MEREDITH (Pastor),
Methodist Episcopal Church, Vale, Oregon.
This Woman Cured in 6 Months
I found the Cluthe Truss everything it was represented to be and cured myself with it in 6 months and in the future will be glad to recommend the Cluthe Truss to everyone I know to be suffering with a rupture.
|MRS. R. L. CAREY,
4 Woodruff Ave., Binghamton, N.Y.
Cured in 9 Months
After wearing the Cluthe Truss for 9 months I laid it aside for a season. I had nothing that would hold my Rupture in until I got your Truss. It has been a blessing to me. God bless you and yours. My Rupture has not been out since I laid Truss off, which is over 2 months ago. In future when sending out your pamphlet, add my name to it. It will show my people what the CLUTHE TRUSS has done for me.
|E. A. HOWELL, Sr.,
R. No. 7, Box 40, Booneville, Miss.
Now Does Heaviest Work
I have worn the Cluthe Truss for 18 months and my Rupture has not been down in all that time. When not working I am now able to go without the Truss. But my work in the hay and grain business is very heavy and I wear the truss when lifting those heavy bales to be on the safe side.
|JOHN K. MATTHEWSON,
528 Washington St., Providence, R.I.
Himself Cured by Cluthe Truss; Recommends It to Others
Some time ago you furnished me with a Cluthe Truss which cured my rupture. To-day in conversation with a customer who is ruptured I strongly advised your Truss and he asked me to send you his order, which I do.
|GEORGE W. GILL,
Main St., Pincher Creek, Alta, Canada.
Wants Others to Know of Cluthe Truss
I consider myself cured by the Cluthe Truss and am glad to do all I can to help anyone who is ruptured by recommending your Truss. Hoping to see my name in your book so I can be of help to others, I am,
|ELMER P. WILDES,
9 West Daine St., Beverly, Mass.
Indian Chief Cured by Cluthe Truss
I will always recommend the Cluthe Truss as the only one that did me any good. I am sure I am cured, but at present will not stop wearing it and take any chances, as I am riding on horses nearly all the time, and a trotting horse is the worst thing for any truss or rupture. My rupture never came down. Your truss never hurt me. I shall gladly answer all letters when they send me return stamped envelope.
|October 20, 1911.||CHIEF IODINE,
U.S.S., 625 3rd St., San Diego, Cal.
With Cluthe Truss on He Can Now Work on His Farm
I was operated on for my rupture, but that did me no good. I then ordered the Cluthe Truss and it has been a great blessing to me for I can work now and tend to my farm. May God bless you in your good work.
|JAMES M. TRIPP,
Double Ruptured 12 Years, Hernia Cured by Cluthe Truss
I had been ruptured twelve years and in all that time I never found a truss or treatment that did me any good until I tried yours. Now I go about without any truss, as I am completely cured—thanks to the Cluthe Truss.
|S. A. ANDREWS,
Elm St., Stratford, Conn.
Enjoys All Kinds of Comfort from Cluthe Truss
One month ago I bought a Cluthe Truss, believing at the time I was throwing my money away, as I had purchased so many other appliances during the 40 years I have been ruptured and spent hundreds of dollars. But I must say for once my money was well spent. Since I have worn the Cluthe Truss I have enjoyed all sorts of comfort. It has held the rupture perfectly since applied. It is clean and agreeable to wear; in fact, I cannot realize I wear a truss. I will with pleasure explain and show my truss to anyone in this section, doubting the above.
President, Little Rock Trust Co., Little Rock, Ark.
Cluthe Truss Cured Rupture of 45 Years’ Standing
I left my Cluthe Truss off recently, and there was no sign of my rupture coming out. It cured my rupture of 45 years’ standing. Wishing you success.
|JOHN P. FARBER,
279 Portland Ave., Rochester, N.Y.
Ruptured 44 Years; Helped by Cluthe Truss
I was ruptured on both sides about 45 years ago by jumping from train in a terrible head-on collision. I bought all kinds of trusses and spent considerable money. Then I got a Cluthe Truss and can now do any work in safety. You are a benefactor of mankind. I had to give up my regular work on train before using the Cluthe Truss.
83 Hudson St., Port Jervis, N.Y.
Cluthe Truss Cured This Man
From the time I put the Cluthe Truss on in June until I took it off the following May as cured of my rupture, it never once let go or slipped. You may use my name in any way you please if by so doing you can help others.
|S. B. CONNELLY,
Now Goes Without a Truss
My rupture is cured, as I can go about without my truss. It is too much to believe. It is the Cluthe Truss that cured me.
Cured Scrotal Rupture of 30 Years’ Standing
To-day is the 10th anniversary since you fitted me with the wonderful Cluthe Truss and I feel that I must not let this day pass without letting you know my opinion of it. Since that day 10 years ago my rupture, a very bad scrotal rupture of some 30 years’ standing, has not come down from that day to this, and I am permanently cured. I wish I could tell every poor afflicted mortal throughout this land about the Cluthe Truss, and how much suffering and misery it would save them. I wish you and your four noble sons a long and happy life for the great good they have done and are still doing.
|WM. H. BUSHFIELD,
55 Tuers Ave., Jersey City, N.J.
Cluthe Truss Cured This Boy After Others Failed
I wish to say that the Cluthe Truss I bought for my boy has cured his rupture. I had four other appliances for him before I got the Cluthe Truss, but it remained for the Cluthe Truss to cure him.
Penn Ave., Dover, N.J.
Listen to this Man’s Heartspoken Thanks for the Cluthe Truss
After going through all the pain and misery of a left side rupture for 16 long years which got so bad that it nearly cost my life, after wearing all the different Trusses I could buy, none of them any good as I am a locomotive engineer and my work is of the hardest kind, straining and pulling when I have to reverse my engine a thousand times a day, I purchased a Cluthe Truss. I have worn it 10 days and as regards the rupture I have not seen it since I began to wear Truss, which Truss proves a miracle to me. It fits me so comfortably that I really feel like a new man, started out on a new life in a new world with a heart full of joy and gladness. I would if I were near you call on you and your sons who helped to make the Cluthe Truss and shake hands with each of you and give you my heartfelt thanks for the good you have done me.
If there is any sufferer who wants to know about the Cluthe Truss let him write to me.
|S. S. TEASE,
369 Vancouver Ave., Portland, Ore.
This Texas Man Finds Cure in Cluthe Truss
After suffering many years, I got a Cluthe Truss which cured me of my rupture after wearing it for five months.
|October 17, 1911.||EDWIN SIPES,
Considers His Cure by Cluthe Truss Worth a Thousand Dollars
My rupture has not come down since the day I put on my Cluthe Truss. I followed your instructions, and I must say I have been well rewarded. I would not take $1000 for my truss for I owe my cure to it. You may cheerfully inform the whole world as far as I am concerned, for if I can help others suffering as I did, I certainly will be glad to do so. I am sure it is no disgrace to be ruptured, it is simply a misfortune. I am sure that in most cases of rupture, your truss would soon work a speedy cure as it did for me.
|October 3, 1911.||EDWARD THEILL,
337 South Main St., Fond du Lac, Wis.
Cluthe Truss Cured Him in Less than 3 Months
I gladly let any one know, and I cannot put it too strongly either, that the Cluthe Truss cured me of my rupture in less than 3 months.
|October 9, 1911.||J. R. VAN CLEAVE,
Strool, South Dakota.
Another Rome, N.Y., Man Quickly Cured by Cluthe Truss
I have only had my Cluthe Truss 7 months, and can now safely go about without any truss, without rupture appearing. I would not be back to where I was before I got my Cluthe Truss for $1000.
|September 26, 1911.||A. VAN WORMER,
Finds a Cure in 3 Months
The truss I received from you gave me complete satisfaction. I had not worn it 3 months, when I could leave it off as completely cured. I believe it to be the most perfect device for rupture that can be made. I might say a great deal more in its favor, but I am sure that any one who once puts on a Cluthe Truss would never be satisfied with the torturing leg-straps and heavy springs of other trusses.
|October 14, 1911.||H. O. WEBSTER,
Bowell, Ont., Can.
Well-Known South Carolinan Cured
You are at liberty to use this as you please, if it will help any poor sufferer, suffering from rupture as I did before I purchased my Cluthe Truss. I am still using the truss, but my rupture is cured from its use. I have been the means of your selling several of your trusses around here, and I am still doing all I can for you. Your appliance is all and even more than you claim for it. Previously I tried all kinds of trusses that I saw or heard of, but none of them did me any good.
|September 30, 1911.||W. W. WOOTEN,
Cured Him and His Child
I don’t need to wear any truss at all now, as the truss I purchased from you cured me. It also cured my child of his rupture.
|October 12, 1911.||J. R. TURNER,
342 Brook Ave., Harrisburg, Pa.
Read What This Prominent Bostonian Says
I am glad to say that the Cluthe Truss I purchased of you a week or so ago, works to perfection. It does the business and completely holds the rupture under all conditions. During the past 60 years, I have tried various trusses and treatments, and all were failures or near-failures. I am more than pleased to be relieved of the annoyances and suffering I have had nearly all my life. I shall take great pleasure in recommending the Cluthe Truss to all I meet, for I am now up for reference. I wish you all success in relieving suffering humanity.
|September 13, 1911.||HENRY WARREN,
70 Essex St., Boston Mass.
His Pleasure to Inform of the Complete Cure by Cluthe Truss
It is a pleasure for me to inform you of the complete cure in my case by the Cluthe Truss. I wish to say that I have not worn my truss nor any support whatever for 4 months, and I am sound and well, thanks to your treatment. Command me at any time that I may be of service to you or the afflicted, for it is indeed a great pleasure to me to speak a good word for the Cluthe Truss.
|September 1, 1911.||W. W. WILLIS,
Clarksburg, W. Va.
Delights in Permanency of His Cure
The strongest argument I can make, based on my own experience with the Cluthe Truss, is that I have been cured by using it.
|October 13, 1911.||ALFRED WANDRES,
Cornwall Landing, N.Y.
A Blessed Day When He Received His Cluthe Truss
I got a Cluthe Truss from you about 5 months ago, and it has completely cured me. I went without it for 3 weeks, and there is no sign of the rupture coming back. When I received it and put it on, for the first time, I felt instant relief, and knew then that it was going to do me good. It was a blessed day for me when I received my Cluthe Truss.
|November 23, 1911.||PETER M. STEWART,
Boulter, Ont., Can.
Now Only Wears It as a Precaution
I never wear my Cluthe Truss now only when I have some extra heavy lifting to do. I am perfectly cured of my rupture, however, thanks to the Cluthe Truss.
|November 28, 1911.||GEORGE E. BEALE,
Wants Every One to Know that Cluthe Truss is a Necessity for All Ruptured Who Want Relief
I want every one to know my opinion, which is that the Cluthe Truss is the one that everybody ruptured should get, if they want relief. I have tried many, and have found yours the best and easiest to wear. If I had enough money I would gladly pay the price of a truss to anyone who would not be cured after giving it a trial. That is how I feel about the Cluthe Truss.
|November 23, 1911.||W. C. WOODS,
79 Years Old Cured by Cluthe Truss
It is a pleasure to me to let you and all others know what I think of the Cluthe Truss. My case was a double one, and the rupture on the right side was very bad, but I can truthfully say I am now cured. I am now living on borrowed time, being in my seventy-ninth year.
|November 28, 1911.||C. T. REDFIELD,
48 Grape St., New Bedford, Mass.
Hard Work Every Day Did Not Prevent This Hernia Cure by Cluthe Truss
I really don’t know how to express my gratitude to you for my rupture is cured at last. I feel as strong as I ever did before I was ruptured. I work hard every day and have never had any bad effects.
|November 28, 1911.||ANDREW E. PETERS,
Escuminac River, Que., Can.
Cured by Cluthe Truss While Lifting Rails and Ties in the Course of Work
I have often been without my Cluthe Truss, and rupture has never come down even without the truss. Before getting the Cluthe Truss I had tried many others, but none of them held my rupture continuously, to say nothing of the discomfort caused and chafing by those leg-straps and springs. By reason of my work as section foreman I am frequently required to do heavy lifting, such as railroad rails and ties. This is what I think of the Cluthe Truss.
|November 27, 1911.||FRANK CHAPMAN,
Hollis Depot, N.H.
Larger photograph in center, surrounded by the four others:
Founder of the Cluthe Rupture Institute
41 Years’ Experience
CHAS. CLUTHE, Jr.
23 Years’ Experience in the Institute
FREDK. WM. CLUTHE
21 Years’ Experience in the Institute
19 Years’ Experience in the Institute
17 Years’ Experience in the Institute
I titled this post “Slowly Finding Ways To Heal My Inguinal Hernia” because it’s been a few years that I have been dealing with trying to heal my inguinal hernia with little to no progress at all. That is until recently. It’s taken a few years of trial and error, and working through a bunch of other things that have been wrong with my body (read preceding posts) to get to this point, but I am now seeing REAL PROGRESS. I’m actually shocked at the difference that I am seeing and feeling, and how easy it was to do what was necessary to start seeing the change.
In my last post I showed 5 yoga moves that I was going to start doing to try to facilitate the healing process. I started adding these special yoga moves to my daily yoga routine, and within about two weeks I started to notice a little difference in how often, and how far the hernia would poke out. I am at a point now where the hernia is rarely coming out. When it does, it is less than half the size of when it was at it’s worst. There are a few factors that I think are in play here allowing me to heal my inguinal hernia that I will go through one at a time.
At this point I think the main exercise that started making the difference in wether I can heal my inguinal hernia is the breathing exercise. It’s basically an ab vacuum which is causing the transverse abs to strengthen the corset which holds all of the contents of the peritoneal sac (guts) in place. Not only have I been doing this as part of my workouts, but I have also been doing it while sitting at my desk, when I get out of the shower, or whenever I think about it.
Why Breathing Exercises?
When I was a little kid, I was always skinny, but I had a big belly that would stick out. You can kind of see in the pictures below. (My younger brother is on the right and has the same exact body type as me.)
I believe I have always had a weakness in my transverse abdominals. This is why my belly would stick out like that. I believe I still have this weakness today. My stomach would stick out like that until I was about 12. Then I realized that it looked weird. I became self conscious and began holding it in. But, when I started holding it in, I think I was using my rectus abdominis muscles (six pack muscles) instead of using the transverse abs. I believe that this is what created the weakness in the inguinal canal which enabled the hernia to come through in the first place. If I would have started doing exercises in my teens for the transverse abs, I don’t think I would have developed the hernia in the first place.
If you look at my stomach now, it is not completely ripped, but I do have a six pack. Still to this day though, if I let my stomach loose it will stick out, and my spine will curve in toward the front of my body. I believe that this is also why I have had back problems since I was 18 years old. In all of the workouts that I’ve been doing throughout the years, none of them focused on the transverse abs. They all focused on the rectus abdominis.
Now that I have been doing the ab vacuum, my abs are not as loose as they were before when I’m not holding them in, and I can definitely feel the abdominal corset tightening and holding everything in place much better.
Change In Posture
The second thing I started doing doing was shifting my body weight from my heals onto the balls of my feet when standing or walking. I’ve recently made a friend that contacted me through this blog. We have been exchanging information about healing an inguinal hernia naturally. He recently sent me a PDF document that was about a guy who, to make a long story short, healed two hernias naturally through shifting his weight to the balls of his feet, holding in the hernia with a homemade bandage system, and doing breathing exercises. I read it, and was very skeptical.
After I was done reading, I went to look in the mirror while shifting my weight from my whole foot to more on the balls of my feet, and I could instantly see how it caused the bottom of my pelvis to roll forward. It was essentially straightening the curve of my back, tightening my obliques, pelvic floor, and transverse abs. It immediately took tons of pressure off of my lower back also.
Staying on the balls of my feet while waking or standing
I decided I would give it a shot for at least a week and see what happens. The following few days I was on my feet all day doing carpentry work, while trying to keep my weight on the balls of my feet, even while walking. It took constant thought to maintain the posture, but I could feel that throughout the day, the pressure from the hernia wasn’t really there. When I did feel the pressure I would realize that I was on my heals. It is tiring after a while to keep your weight on the balls of your feet but I’ve been doing this for about ten days now and I’m really surprised at the affect that it’s had so far.
The third thing that I believe is having a huge affect on if I can heal my inguinal hernia has nothing to do with the physical body, but with the mind. This might sound corny to some, but I truly believe that my mental state was completely holding me back from being able to heal my inguinal hernia naturally.
At the time of my last post I was definitely at the lowest point mentally since I have had this hernia. I was almost ready to give up and go get the surgery. For me, I think it was the fact that I was dependent on the hernia belt every day that was pushing me over the edge. Even though I’ve come up with a awesome hernia belt design that I’ve been using for a while with great success, I just couldn’t stand the thought of having to depend on it every day.
Then, the day I wrote that post, something clicked, and I just decided that I am just going to accept the fact that I was going to have to wear it until I heal my inguinal hernia. That acceptance cleared the way for positive thoughts, and I was able to get it into my head that I will not stop until I figure out how to fix this.
With those positive thoughts came the thought of actually helping other people manage their hernias by creating a product from the hernia belt that I designed and have been using. I started doing some work to get a test group together for this new hernia belt design (I call it the Comfort-Truss) to see if it will actually work for people other than myself.
I ran a facebook ad and launched a landing page with a signup sheet and targeted active people with inguinal hernias. The response was great. I talked to some of the people who were interested in testing it out, and realized that I am not the only one that’s dealing with this. There are so many more people out there that are just like me. Active people who are not able to do the things that they love to do because of constant worry about their hernia. It wears on you. Every day, waking up thinking about it, thinking about it all day, going to bed thinking about it. Then all of the thoughts and worry about surgery, and being self conscious about it in the bedroom.
I never realized how much of a mental impact it was having until I started talking to others who are dealing with it too. It’s pretty heavy, and can definitely take you to a shitty place mentally. If you are reading this, and are in that place right now, just know that you are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, get in touch with me through this blog and I’ll be happy to help.
For me, the acceptance made all of that go away. I made the decision to opt out of surgery, and to heal my inguinal hernia naturally, and I’m sticking with it. The only way I can do that is because I have this hernia belt that allows me to put it on in the morning, and not have to think about it until I take it off at night. I can go surf, workout, paddle, run or whatever else. If I couldn’t do that I think I would’ve already given up and got the surgery.
The first batch of the Comfort-Truss were sent out to some of the test group. I can’t wait to get some feedback to see if helps them or not. If all goes well, I’m going to hook up with one of the hernia charities, like Hernia International, who does free surgery for people in third world countries that have no option for health care. I would give one to them for every one that I sell. Many times these charities cannot get to every one that needs the surgery, and would be able to hand out a Comfort-Truss to the ones they can’t get to, so at least they can manage the hernia without it blowing out.
This way, I can take this bullshit ailment that I’ve had to deal with, and turn it in to a positive by helping tons and tons of people who would have no choice but to deal with it and possibly die from it.
I have also started massaging the area to heal my inguinal hernia. For a long time I didn’t like to touch the area where the hernia is because I thought if I just left it alone it would heal better. I now think that I was wrong. Lately, I have been massaging the whole area every other night when I lay down in bed.
My Hernia Massage Technique
I use a lot of pressure and dig my fingers deep into the hole where the hernia is while laying on my back. Then I work my way in increasingly bigger circles out to the edge and beyond. After I do that for a few minutes, I will place my fingers in the hole and kind of drag my hand away toward my belly button while exerting pressure on my fingertips. I envision myself pulling my intestines away from the hole. I do this for about 10-15 minutes.
I’ve recently read that deep massage works well for this type of injury because it stimulates an inflammation response in the muscles. This puts your body into a state of awareness of the injury, which then allows your brain to release chemicals to start the healing process. Is this true? Who knows. I’m not a scientist, but the results I’m seeing would suggest yes.
All of this has had a dramatic impact on my hernia, especially within the last two weeks. For instance, this morning I woke up, ate some peanut butter and honey toast, went and did a Caveman Workout (throwing medicine balls, flipping tractor tires, swinging sledge hammers, etc.), came home, ate a big breakfast, and drank a green juice. When I went to take a shower I took off the hernia belt, and there was nothing. No lump. No pressure. Nothing! It is evening as I write this, and have not felt pressure at all throughout the day. Just a few weeks ago as soon as I got out of bed I would have a lump, pressure, and would have to hold it with my hand until I put on the hernia belt. I’m not saying it is definitely healed but……..
Right now I am feeling extremely positive about being able to heal my inguinal hernia!
I wanted to give a special thanks to Milo and Jeremy. These are two of the guys that contacted me about testing out the Comfort-Truss. Through making these connections it has really opened my eyes to the mental aspect of dealing with all of this. I hope we can continue to kick this hernia’s ass! I really hope that the hernia belt works out, and with your help (and all the others testing it) we will be able to improve the lives of thousands of people who are suffering with trying to heal an inguinal hernia just like us.
Over the past couple months I have been seriously considering just getting hernia surgery since I haven’t had any luck with my natural inguinal hernia repair. I’ve become annoyed with always having to think about the hernia, and having to wear a hernia belt every day to manage it. Although my annoyance could be coming from an old back injury that I’ve been dealing with for years. It seems that every time I get going with a certain exercise routine and feeling like I might be getting close to being able to heal this sucker up, I end up hurting my back. It gets hurt to the point where all I can do is stretch and lay flat on my back to relieve the pain.
I’ve been dealing with compressed disks in my back since I was about 18 years old. From what I was told, it is from a genetic defect in my spine (my younger brother has the exact same problem). The first time I hurt it I was snowboarding. I went over a ramp, ollied off the top and felt it go. It was so out of place that my torso was off to the side of my body, and I was in extreme pain. If you looked at me straight on, my hips would be off to the right, and my shoulders would be off to the left. For about two weeks all I could do was lay on my back on the floor in riving pain. It was brutal.
Since then I have learned to live with it, and have been able to manage it pretty well for over 20 years now. I will go months with my back feeling great, with the pain being about at a level 2, feeling like I am getting in really good shape, then bam, it’ll start hurting again. Back to level 9 type pain. All it takes is a mistimed step into a little pothole, or twisting a little too much.
Once it happens, I feel like every time I move I am going to break in half. It’s pretty awesome (sarcasm). It doesn’t get to the point like it did when I was younger, where I can’t stand straight, but still painful enough to restrict a lot of movement. I look like an old man when I get up out of a chair because it takes me a minute to stand up straight.
This is what I’ve been dealing with since I made my last post. A little while after I fixed the pain in my shoulder I started feeling really good and flexible, then…….. my back starts up. So I started doing yoga about a month ago. Since yoga is all about elongating muscles, building core strength and getting in touch with your body, I figured it would probably be great for me. I’ve been feeling really good except for the forward fold, and upward dog poses which are pictured here:
I could barely get past a flat back position at first trying to do the forward fold, but within a fews weeks I was able to touch my finger tips to the floor. The upward facing dog, I cannot do at all, so I have to skip that part of the practice because it causes too much pain.
During this whole time that I was supposed to be attempting a “natural inguinal hernia repair” I have been trying to work through all this other pain in my body that is more acute. Although it’s annoying, I can manage my hernia daily without pain, but these other things that have been happening are causing too much daily pain to just work around. So I started looking for yoga moves that would be beneficial for someone with a hernia and found this website:
Hernia Exercises: Yoga for Hernia Treatment Cures without Surgery,
It takes you through a few different yoga exercises that seem way too simple to have any affect, but I’m going to mix them in with my daily yoga practice and see what happens. After all, I’m treating this as an experiment anyway, so no harm in trying!
There is a breathing exercise that you can do throughout the day wether you’re at your desk, watching TV, or whatever, and goes like this:
Pull in your Abdomen (for Inguinal) Hold for 3 Seconds, release slowly. Repeat this 10 times. Do it once every hour throughout the day. Avoid it for 2 hours after meals. Increase holding duration to 5-7 seconds when you are comfortable.
Then there are some videos showing the yoga asanas (I know they are a little cheesy):
Inguinal Hernia Repair With Five Yoga Moves
- Uddiyan in sabasana
- Utthan padasana hands on hernia
- Sahaj agnisar
Please visit the site link above if you are going to try any of these for inguinal hernia repair as there are some notes about how to correctly do the moves.
Could it really be that easy? I don’t know but I’m going to try it and see. I’m going to mix these in with my daily yoga practice. Hopefully I can keep my back and everything else healthy, and continue working on this long enough to see some sort of results.
For now I’m still opting out of surgery, even though some days I am just over it. I think I have to remain patient and work through all the bullshit that my body throws at me so that I can get to a point where I can really focus on trying to come up with a truly natural inguinal hernia repair.
I’ll let you know what happens!
If you are looking for a comfortable hernia belt that you can wear all day long or exercise in, good luck! I have been searching for something that I can wear every day, that actually fits my active lifestyle, and have come up empty. I have ordered every hernia belt that I could find online or in stores with absolutely no luck. Apparently, most of the companies who make hernia belts have never had to wear one before, because if they had, they would have never put their product on the market.
There were two different types that I tried. One that was made with an elastic waste band, and had a pad on the front, with a strap that goes around your crotch and hooks to the waist belt, and a few that were incorporated into a pair of briefs.
With both types being extremely uncomfortable, I found the type that is incorporated into the briefs to be the worst. This might be due to the fact that I am a boxers guy, so I’m not used to having my junk all squeezed up like that. I could literally only stand to wear it for about an hour before I had to take it off. Maybe if you are already used to wearing briefs it might be ok, but for me it was an instant no-go.
The other strap type hernia trusses that I tried were a little better because they gave my junk the freedom that they are used to having in boxers. The belt part, on every one that I have tried, is made with really thick elastic. Plus all the velcro they use to make them adjustable makes them far too bulky. But the worst part has to be the pad that’s used to put pressure on the hernia itself to keep it from popping out. The thing is so big, and it’s rounded and bulged out on the inside part that goes against your skin. I guess the idea is that it is supposed to push on the hernia enough to keep it inside the hole that it is coming through, but all this does is cause soreness and irritation. I ended up having to take the most comfortable hernia belt that I could find, and shave down the pad with a sander to make it so I could keep it on for more than a few hours.
All this is on land. Try taking these into the ocean or go for a run with it on and it is ten times worse. Laying down on a surfboard was impossible with the huge pad in the way. My surf trunks kept sliding down underneath the belt in the back also, so I would have this big white strap hanging out the back of my shorts while I was paddling out, so that was super annoying. Needless to say that I am not able to wear any of the belts that I’ve tried while surfing.
So for a while, I was wearing the strap type with the front pad sanded down flat, but I know there is a better way! I have been playing around with developing a hernia belt that could be comfortably worn all day long, and works just as well wether you’re running, biking, hiking, or surfing and will keep you guys posted on my progress.
I started my workout routine after making my last post, and within a few weeks I started feeling some pain in my shoulder when paddling. It got to a point really quickly where I couldn’t really do anything without feeling a lot of pain deep down in my shoulder joint. My shoulder and back muscles were very tight and knotted up, and I realized that I was missing a lot of range of motion, not only in my shoulders, but in my hips and legs as well. I could not get into a deep squat position without arching my back.
I decided to stop my workout, and just focus on stretching and getting everything loosened up. I wanted to work on increasing mobility in my joints, then increasing flexibility. It seems logical that a good foundation of mobility and flexibility should be in place before you pound your body with tons of work.
I did some research, and ended up finding a book called “Becoming a Supple Leopard”.
What an unbelievable resource of information this was! I read it in two days, and quickly realized how much range of motion I was truly missing in my body. The book goes on to break down mobility issues in different parts of the body and how to fix them. It walks you through the correct form to use when doing everything from squats and bench press to any sort of pulling and pushing exercise. A lot of it is based around what the author calls “smash and floss” which is using a massage ball to help loosen congested muscles.
After figuring all this out, I decided to take a step back and get the mobility back in my joints and increase flexibility before I starting to do any sort of strength training. I started with the Smash and Floss with the massage ball, and I was amazed at how many huge knots and how much congestion I had in my shoulders and neck. I was so tense that I felt like I was in a constant shrugging position. I used the massage ball every day for about 6 months. I also regularly did some of the mobility exercises from the book, got a massage once a month, and made some adjustments to my computer work station.
I never realized how important maintaining good posture while working at my desk was until I actually set it up the right way. Below is a graphic showing correct posture while sitting at your computer.
I use a laptop for work, so I bought a stand that holds the laptop up off the desk, and brings it up closer to my line of sight while looking forward. I also bought a wireless keyboard, and trackpad so that I don’t have to hold my arm up on the laptop trackpad anymore. I am now basically setup exactly how it is pictured above.
Since I have made these changes and continuing with the exercises, I can’t even begin to tell you how much better I feel. The pain in my shoulder is gone, the knots in my shoulders are loosening up a lot. I have increased mobility both in my shoulders and my hips, and I can even get into a deep squat position now. All of this equates to being much more flexible. I feel like I’m surfing better too (Bonus!).
I know this doesn’t seem like it has a lot to do with curing a hernia naturally, but I believe that it is going to be a long process. Once I started feeling the pain in my shoulder I knew that I would have some work do to. You see, my hernia is super annoying, but there is no pain associated with it. It is manageable. The pain that I was feeling in my shoulder was having an affect on everything I did, especially surfing. So I decided that I would take care of the things that were causing acute pain, and get my mobility back, then refocus on the hernia once I was not in pain anymore. I am at the point now where I feel like I can start focusing on strength, but still feel like I need to continue focusing on mobility too. I found a program that I have been doing for the past few weeks. It’s called surf training success. It is exactly what I was looking for, blending mobility, flexibility, cardio, and strength. It is broken up into three modules, and builds upon itself as you get more fit through the program. So far it has been awesome.
There is a simple exercise that is part of the first module of the program where you stand with your back flat against the wall, place your elbows out at 90° and your knuckles above your head and against the wall. Then, raise your arms while dragging your hands and forearms on the wall. I couldn’t believe it, but the first time I tried it I could not do this! I would get my hands up a little bit and feel extreme tightness in my shoulders, and I couldn’t get my arms to slide up the wall without my back arching, or my elbows coming off the wall. Here’s a video of Chris Mills from Surf Training Success showing the wall slide in action. Skip to the 6:00 mark:
I’m getting much better at it now since everything is loosening up. I also find that I am much looser after surfing than I used to be.
My hernia still completely sucks, but I feel like I’m making a step in the right direction by taking care of my body. Once I have a solid foundation, I will start to hit the hernia hard. I’ll keep you posted. If you have any information that you think will be helpful please post a comment or start a thread in the forum.
When I first made this blog, I was doing certain exercises to help control my hernia. Basically it was an ab workout consisting of a couple different exercises. I wasn’t sure if what I was doing was helping or not, so I decided that I would stop doing everything, and get a clean starting point for trying to cure my hernia.
I was still running, surfing, paddling my prone paddle board, and stretching, but nothing directly targeted at my abs. Once I stopped the ab workout, I was actually really surprised at how quickly my hernia was affecting me a lot more. Six months ago I was at a point where I could wake up, eat breakfast, and go for a couple hours as long as I wasn’t lifting anything, then I would start feeling the pressure where my hernia is. At that point I knew it was time to put on the hernia belt.
It’s been about 5 months since I stopped the ab exercises, and now as soon as I get up out of bed I feel the pressure and I need to put on the hernia belt. Even if I’m just sitting at my desk working, I can feel the pressure and it will start to bulge out. It’s very annoying! It doesn’t really hurt, it’s just uncomfortable. Now I know for sure that certain exercises will definitely have an affect on how I can manage the hernia.
Now that I have gone this long without doing anything for my abs and have a baseline of how bad the hernia is, I am going to start adding in some exercises to target the area. My idea is this: If the muscles are separating in the inguinal canal allowing the tissue to protrude through, then I am going to try and target the muscle where the separation is and build it up. I’ve read that it is not possible to target this inguinal ligament directly, but I know I can do exercises to build muscle around it so that the tissue doesn’t protrude through. I am going to start with this workout designed for Taylor Knox, the pro surfer who had a really bad car accident when he was younger that almost left him paralyzed.
I think this is a great all around core workout which will not only help strengthen the whole area that the hernia is affecting, but will also help with my surfing. It’s available on amazon if you want to check it out. I’m going add in a few extra exercises such as the ab vacuum. I will also add in a leg lift where I’ll lay flat on my back with my feet shoulder width apart, and lift one leg at a time up and towards the midline of my body, which should target the inguinal area pretty good. I’ll do two sets of twenty five with each leg.
I am also going to start working out with weights a few days a week. I’m not trying to get huge, but I just want to keep my strength up. I really don’t like working out with weights, but I have been starting to feel weak lately doing normal things. So, I will dedicate some of my time to strength training. I’m going to start with basic exercises like, bench, squat, leg extensions, shoulder press, lat pull downs, tricep extensions, and curls. Two sets of each to muscle failure. It should be a quick workout which will only take me 20 minutes or so.
I will also continue paddling a few days a week to keep in shape for surfing. It’s summer time now. We don’t get waves here usually, so I have to paddle to stay in surfing shape. I have a 16’8″ Bark Prone paddle board that I use that is like the one picture below. I usually paddle about 4-5 miles. You switch between paddling on your stomach to paddling on your knees. When on your knees it is a great ab workout.
Exercises I will do:
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I will do this for three months and see if I notice a difference in how my hernia feels. On top of this, I’m going to where the hernia belt as soon as I wake up in the morning. This way the hernia does not have a chance to bulge out. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!