1970… T.C. Fry, with half-Cherokee, humble beginnings and with an 11th grade education, at age 44, on Thanksgiving Day, picks up and reads Superior Nutrition that had been sitting on his bookshelf for 16 years. He foregoes the turkey dinner, becomes an Hygienist overnight; and within a few years, and with a small staff, single-handedly writes and self-publishes many free and low-cost leaflets, booklets, and books, popularizing Natural Hygiene for The Suffering Masses under the name of “Life Science.” He reaches The People primarily through The Bulk Mail and as non-profit establishments during his 4 companies and their subsequent bankruptcies, seizures, and/or closures. He mails, literally to millions. Not demanding huge returns, he is pleased with a 2% response to a simple flyer or letter. Once the responders send in just a few dollars for basic literature, they are provided with his full and ever-expanding line of offerings.
“The Fry Rhetoric” is well-received because the materials are not only low-cost, but they are written on a simple level, and they are short and highly sensationalized! They promise panaceas with an abundance of exclamation marks! This is in contrast to Dr. Shelton’s formidable and somewhat scientific and technical books of small print and straight copy and sophisticated vocabulary and complex sentence structure, wherein Dr. Shelton’s rhetoric teaches the possibility of “superior health with strict Hygienic living” through “The Message & Promise of Natural Hygiene,” and wherein Dr. Shelton avoids Fry-like sensationalizing and panacean promises. The Fry books are also well-received because he has picked up The Torch of Revolution against the medicine men and SAD food profiteers and has written his works in an exciting, incendiary spirit that calls for the high ideals of “self-education, self-mastery, and self-healing!” The Fry works, therefore, speak to the simple hearts of countless sick and desperate and frightened Americans throughout The Land who are in need of not only “The Truth” — but who long for inspiration to take “The Hygienic Road Less Travelled,” and who want to travel that road with a leader who is within their humble, grassroots grasp. T.C. Fry and his publications thus serve to prime The Health Seeker for the more formidable Shelton books and for those of their many off-spring writers.
Late 1970s to 1994… T.C. starts in Yorktown, Texas, in a big, old, broken-down, former hospital built in the 1930s. He starts with “non-profit” status under the auspices of The Church of Human Life Science. He sells the old building to Cinque and moves to Austin to create Better Life Journal, Healthful Living, and subsequent, short-lived newsletters. In the late 1970s, T.C. puts out his first publication, Total Well-Being, which soon folds. In 1980, T.C. starts up The Health Crusader periodical, which soon folds. Then he starts up Better Life Journal, which also soon folds. In 1982, T.C. Fry founds the Life Science Institute. It folds in 1991 to rise from the rubble as Health Excellence, which puts out 2 ephemeral newsletters. For 6 years, Mr. Fry had sporadically published Healthful Living, by far his most long-lived and impressive publication. This magazine offered many useful articles plus self-styled education through The Life Science Library of over 100 worthy, Hygienic and near-Hygienic materials and goods. This magazine enjoyed a circulation of 30,000 and was published only as funds allowed, although it was advertised to the public as “a monthly.” Finally, with the 3rd bankruptcy and the establishment of Health Excellence, T.C. turned to sporadically publishing 2 less costly newsletters, The Health Scene Newsletter and The Healthway Advisor, and to a much smaller circulation and for but a brief period of several months.
As all you GetWell Friends know, T.C. Fry also masterminded a course for those who wanted to become “students” of Natural Hygiene. T.C. promoted this course as being all one needed to become “an Hygienic practitioner” and to prepare oneself for a “Career in Health.” The Life Science Health System is a 2,200 page, 106-lesson, $1475.oo, correspondence course with some 4,000 students enrolled as of today, end of 2000. Controversy about The Life Science Health System always has prevailed. This is because all Hygienic practitioners and many paraprofessionals, myself included, vehemently maintain that no such home-study course could ever adequately prepare a student to become “an Hygienic practitioner” in the professional sense, that it could not take the place of the rigors of Chiropractic, Naturopathic, or Medical degrees followed by the 6 month internships under a member of The International Association of Natural Hygiene Practitioners. My stance on “The Big Course,” having corrected the tests for 2 years, is this: “It is not only thee only cumulative and comprehensive course on Natural Hygiene — it is EXCELLENT — to become self-educated or to prepare the student to become a teacher of Natural Hygiene!”
1994 to 1999 (or so???)… Bob Szucs and associates take over “The Big Course” under the name of “Feeling Fit for Life” and continue to make the course available under that name. Mr. Szucs had many and big plans to bring the basic teachings of Natural Hygiene to Health Seekers across The Nation and around the world. They, however, collect a lot of money for franchises and start offering all kinds of decidedly non-Hygienic goods and services (including liposuction, I was told!) before they fold and pass “The Big Course” to some Canada People (with whom — to date — I have had only 1 phone call with the secretary) who reported that they are… “thriving.”
A Summary & 1995 on… After 4 bankruptcies and/or government closures for refusal to pay taxes … after 4 magazines and many newsletter births and deaths… after 4 Hygienic retreat openings and closures, 1 in Yorktown, 2 near Austin, and 1 in Missouri… after seemingly countless misadventures with potatoes, pecans, persimmons, organic food networks, paradise communi- ties, colleges, (You name it!)… after 3 marriages and 1 remarriage and divorce… after 7 children … after numerous romantic liaisons and 1 long, drawn-out, fatal affair… after literally millions of dollars lost to thousands of investors… and after many millions more Health Seekers around the world profiting from their practice of T.C. Fry’s efforts and the teachings, writings, and materials produced and promoted by his students, including Fit for Life and The Health Seekers’ YearBook… and after the successful completion of “The Big Course” and all the countless case histories of good at the grassroots level that his Big Course inspired in students who would pass their knowledge on to friends who would then pass it on to other friends… “T.C. Fry, The Great,” runs out of Nerve Energy, contacts, resources, and wherewithal to maintain an office, a staff, and a headquarters . He accepts the good graces of John Maye, his “benefactor,” his “philanthropist,” his “humanitarian for Hygiene,” his “bill payer.” He moves from Austin, Texas, to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and puts out a few issues of a newsletter, The Wellness Messenger, to a few thousand.
During this time in Pennsylvania, John Maye and T.C. build on paper, with a 36 page promotion, the Shelton College, complete with the “Shelton College of Health Sciences Catalog and Curriculum.” They advertise that the Shelton College is being prepared “somewhere” in a tropical, perpetually spring paradise,” reportedly, “somewhere in the Caribbean.” They further state: “We regret, but it would be unwise at this point to name the country or the location.” Then, they state the costs for the course of study, degrees conferred, allude to room and board costs, and start collecting funds from students and investors. (You can piece together “the rest of the story” from 1994 to 1996 from the foregoing Anna-Inez Matus’ account and Dr. Vetrano’s statement and from my following “RECOLLECTIONS.”)
The Shelton College existed on paper only and not in the world of molecules. In the 36 page promotion T.C. put out in 1995, he had a short article in which he continued to make synonymous the term “Natural Hygiene” and “Life Science.”