Health and BodyBuilding.
(By Physical Culturistß
In his very remarkable book “Worry the Disease of the Age,” Dr. C. W. S alec by treats in a very straightforward way the subject of drugtaking as a cure for worry. Ho says, “Now, if the reader remembers or believes nothing else whatever that I say here on this subject, or that I have said, or may say on any other subject anywhere else, I beseech him at least to believe this ; The habitual use of sedatives, such as alcohol opium, morphia, sulphonal, trional, veronal, paraldehyde, chloral, cocaine, and their allies, is to be condemned without qualification AS FALSE IN PRINCIPLE AND FATAL IN RESULT. It is true that these drugs will one and all relieve worry, banish care, and procure peace of mind, but it is as true that the worry, the care, and the disease .will return, bringing seven devils with them, and that the latter end of man who uses them for the purpose. IS NOT PEACE. They are lalsc friends. For every unit of mental unrest that they remove they will uncovolabl.v create many such units. They are false in principle, because they make no attack whatever on the cause of the worry. That cause may be ill health ; these drugs will most assuredly aggravate it. That cause may be overwork : these drugs will most assuredly" lessen the power of work. That cause may be the loss of the organic sense of well being, which is the first and only condition of bodily and mental happiness ; these drugs will, for the time, by their sedative action arrest those internal sensations which are found displeasing, and which make men i n to pessimists, RUT the after result of their action is invariably to cause sensations to ret urn more abundantly than over, demanding a larger and an accelerated second dose of the drug. Worry is curable, liecause it has causes which are removable. in all ages and places the chiel cure adopted by .men has been the use of these sedatives. WHICH ARE NO CURE, because they do not begin to remove the causes of worry. They merely drown or submerge the worry for a time, as ill weeds may bo submerged with water. 1 accuse those drugs as irreconcilable fores of human happiness, so essentially detestable that their masquerade as friends of man can scarcely malm one deters them more." Dr. Saleeby then go'S on to discuss the real and only cures for .worry : —■ "Certain physical means for the cure of worry have already been discussed —to be utterly condemned. Ihe.se are drugs of various kinds. I refer to these here .merely in order that our discussion of the subject may be systematic. Our concern now is with physical cures of worry that do indeed cure, and amongst, these such drugs have no place. Now, befor we enter into the theory of the matter, which will be found of the first practical importance, let us consider one of the most valuable and familiar moans by which worry may be cured and prevented. The means to which I refer is SLEEP, and of course the first, comment that springs to the reader’s mind is that worry is distructive of sleep. And now let us turn to the theory of the matter : why should sleep relieve worry, and insomnia cause it. The answer is that the man who sleeps well is a practical optimist, whilst the victim of insomnia is a practical pessimist—a, man who worries. “Now, if we once recognise that even the very smallest departure from health may suffice only too easily, in virtue of its effects upon the internal nerves, to produce the state of Consciousness that leads to worry, we shall be ready to understand the •prevalence of the symptom that we are studying. If the smallest degree of ill-health, however temkorary or trifling is sufficient to induce a morbid and mystified worry, then wo can understand why worry is so widespread ; for minor degrees of illhealth in the present state of civilisation, are not far short of universal. The foremost physical cures of worry, these, are in the first place, such measures, varying, of course, according to circumstances, as procure abundant and normal sleep, and, in the second place, such measures similarly various—as procure rapid and complete performance of the functions of the digestive tract, the influence of which is always domin- '
ant in determining the presence or absence of that sense of organic wellbeing which is the one physical condition that excludes the possibility of morbid worry.” The possession of a good digestion and the enjoyment of sound sleep make worry impossible and the means of gaining these valuable assets has been demonstrated time and again in this column.
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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907
Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907
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