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HEALTH HINTS.

CAUSE OF TC<yi_ACHE. "Modern living and unwholesome and unnatural feeding," declared Mr. F. D. Nawell in a paper before the Manchester Health Society, "are alone responsible for what is described by some .as the toothless and hairless age." ,Both were governed by the same natural laws. The prevention of dental disease was, he said, a. matter entirely of diet. For perfect health it was astonishing how little of sweet and fatty foods were necessary. Nor was it necessary to take a preponderance of brain, waste, bulk, and muscle making foods. If the diet were well balanced there would be a minimum of toothache,.and people would be proof against colds, "damp, and draughts, ache and pain.

STUDY YOUR ATTTTUBE. An erect bodily attitude is or far greater importance in health than many persons imagine. Crooked positions, maintained, for any length of time, are always injurious, whether in sitting, standing, or lying positions, whether sleeping or waking, j To sit with the body leaning forward on the stomach, or to one side, wi_i cthe heels elevated on a level with the | hands, is not only bad taste, but also very detrimental to good health. It cramps the stomach, presses the vital i organs, interrupts free motion of the chest, and enfeebles the functions of the abdominal and thoracic organs, and, in, fact, unbalances the entire muscular system. Many persons are made roundshouldered or hump-backed by sleeping upon very high pillows. When anyone finds it much easier to sit, stand, or sleep in a crooked position instead of a straight one, rest assured the muscular system has been abused, and at once take steps towards rectifying the damage already done.

SIMPLE CURES FOR RHEUMATISM. First of all remember that when an attack comes on, from any cause, the pain will always begreatly relieved by a dose of aperient medicine. A heaped teaspoonful of Epsom salts in a tumblerful of warm water, taken an hour or so before breakfast is excellent. Ironing is a simple treatment anyone can safely try, and quite worth trying for stiff neck, rheumatism in the back, lumbago, sciatica, or' any other form of rheumatism in the muscles. Heat an ordinary flat iron. It must be really hot, but not hot enough to scorch. Let the painful part be covered with one or two folds of flannel, and on this press the iron firmly, and move up and down as if ironing a garment. Keep it constantly moving, or the patient will be burned; and if the surface to be ironed is small it ia well to lift it off altogether every second or two. Often one or two treatments like this, kept up for ten minutes or so at a time, will effect a cure of very painful rheumatism. A flannel bag of hot salt is very useful and comforting, not only for rheumatism but also for any muscular pain. The following are good liniments for rubbing into rheumaticky joints: Chloroform liniment, which can be bought of any chemist; a solution of whisky and salt, or whisky and camphor; paraffin oil, methylated spirit. Rheumatic people will find great benefit from sleeping is flannel nightdresses.

DRINKING WITH MEALS. What is the influence of water upon the digestion? It is commonly said that drinking much water with meals is prejudicial to the digestive processes, because the gastric juices are thereby diluted and cannot act in their properly concentrated form. This is correct, and especially so if there be any tendency to dyspeptic troubles; yet, at the same time, physiological experiment teaches us that water slightly excites gastric secretion, and up to a pint in quantity does not in any way retard the rapidity of digestion. Again, the presence of water may aid in the soften- ' ing of foods in the stomach, though had we masticated properly this should not be necessary; and one of the evils i arising from drinking with meals lies in the fact that most people chew less if they can wash down the semi-disinte-grated morsel with some liquid. Practically, then, it is always better to re-: commend very little drinking, if at all, j with meals, and what is drunk should be imbibed at or toward the end. Hot water powerfully increases the movements of the stomach walls, and so tends to cure sluggish digestion.

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HEALTH HINTS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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