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Health and BodyBuilding.

(By Physical Guitarist),, •'There is no such thing as medical absolution," says hr. c - St f nt ° l Head the famous lectuiei to the London County Council. "It our lives are not lived in coniornuty n ith certain laws, we must sutler some time or other. The hour ot reti bution may not come ior years, but it will come, and it is then that wcj shall realise the folly of our excesses, and wish we had been more sensible and followed advice given us long ■ treatment has changed enormously in the past few years and physicians are beginning moi all d more to realise that their aim must be to let Nature work out he own cure as much as possible , to aK her by completing her own. processes. If the public generally woifd pay more attention to the advice ot their medical profession as regards met breathing and exercise, instead o pinning so much faith t Q drugs and nostrums the labours oi the prolession would be rewarded with many more cures. People get the idea into their heads ttfht they” must get something in the form of medicine from the physician or else they are not getting rnonev's worth out of them, and the doctor naturally orders something to satisfy them. How many people go to doctors to get a bottle of medi cine for indigestion, the sole cause of which was that the food was passed down into the stomach in too solid a. state ? . , . The remedy is so simple, yet what doctor dare say so without git ing medicine as well ? That much indigestible food is taken is, ot course, true, yet if efficient chewing were onIv indulged in, comparatively little harm would arise. The meat eating that is so common is, undoubtedly, one great factor in the production of so much rheumatism, headache, kidney trouble, etc., an though medicine —by cleaning the system for a time of the accumulated poisons that have caused the trouble —will temporarily relieve, if the old dietic habits are resumed, suffering of course speedily returns, to be again assuaged by ; medicine. But theio comes a time when the body revolts against this treatment, and medicine becomes of no avail, for definite, alterations have taken pl’ace in our or-o-ans, and for the rest c f our life the price has to he paid for past folly. The value of exercise in keeping health anti restoring lost vitality is enormous'. B\ - exercising, the circulation is stimulated, so that all the functions of the body work more harmoniously. Anyone knows how pleasant the feeling is after exercise, how the stomach digests well and sleep comes more naturally. Dr. Stanford Head says ; —“lt is an unfortunate fact that drug taking has become a very prevalent habit of late among all classes of society, and leads to widespread evils. One would have thought that as the rules of health became more fully' understood by our scientists the necessity for having to resort to mendicaments would have diminished. Yet, if we look round our friends wc find

that most of them are now and again baking' some, drug or other which they swear hyp and recommend to their friends. ’’ Among other reasons for the increased drug taking habit is the fact that the public generally are enormously influenced by drug advertisements. which crowd all our papers periodicals and street hoardings. In bold lettering we sec displayed the marvellous effects that some medicine will have, and the list of symptoms detailed are so inclusive and cunningly worded that the poor, gullible public are frightened into the belief that they have the disease in question. It is hig'h time that our legislature stepped in and made some a w preventing this wholesale waste of peoplets money on these nostrums. It is gratifying to see that some members of our New Zealand Parliament are endeavouring to Introduce the. Pure Food Bill, which has been so highly' successful in the United States of America.

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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907

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Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907

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