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Health and BodyBuilding.

(By Physical Culturist),, Without doubt, much of the suffering and privation of the working classes could be done away with if they only possessed a little general knowledge values and dietic principles generallv. Much of their social distress and “misery, together with their inability to get on m the world, is due to their inability _ to think clearly, not only about dietic and health " matters, but also about political and industrial questions. .This incapacity to think is due in a great measure to their mistaken habits of eating and other unhealthy, conditions of life, all of which could be changed through physical culture methods. Bernau McFadden. says ; —“There is such a thing as food drunkenness, and it is far more common than many persons suppose, even although it may he manifested in extreme degree. An excess of food is sure to produce a condition of greater or less stupor, dulling the intellect and detracting from one’s activities generally. It is a case of full stomach, empty head. Hence, the importance of a rational diet and an intelligent understanding of health matters generally. One of the first important lessons for the average working man to learn is that meat is an unnecessary as well as an expensive article nf diet. To the average working man, meat seems to be the source of all strength, other foods being merely incidental. Many arc so impressed with the idea. that they consider themselves in a partially starved condition if they cannot have 'meat, not only once but at least three times a day. The common opinion even among - those who have had presented to them some convincing proofs of the superiority of a nonmeat diet, is that while a nientlal worker may possibly be able to drag out a weary life on a vegetable diet, yet “a man who works hard all day has got to eat solid food,” implying that meat is the only food of a subrtantial strengthening character. It is idle to argvie with such opinionated individuals, for the basis of such a ridiculous contention is to be found only in ignorance. One might suppose from the premises set forth and the popular manner of drawing conclusions, that every man and woman who consumes meat in large quantities would be a model of muscular strength, endurance and health ; also that the man who eats meat like a .wolf three times a day would be approximately three times as strong as he who only takes it once. This, however, is entirely contrary to fact. The man who eats meat, other things being equal, is never stronger than his non-carnivorous neighbour, and he is notably the inferior of the latter in point of endurance. It is a fact not generally known to the public at large that approximately sev-en-eighths of the entire population of the earth actually subsists on a practically non-flesh diet, and that among these races are many of the most powerful types of humanity ever known.” Mr McFadden says in another article before me ;—“The average man

and woman eats too many meals. It is obvious from this that the grocer bill is unnecessarily high, simply because of the quantity of food consumed. But there is another expense attached to this unfortunate practice, and this consists in its useless expenditure of nervous energy and vitality, for the use of an excessive amount of food can only result in over-burdening the -digestive organs, taxing the functional energies of the body. It is true that one who does strenuous physical work can eat and assimilate more food than one following sedentary habits of life, and that three meals per day, if properly , limited in quantity, may oe a very ■ satisfactory plan for such an individual. But where the labour, as is so ; frequently the case, makes it a point J: to consume at each meal an amount of food limited only by the capacity, of his stomach, then assuredly three j meals are more than he requires. Of course, in alluding to the danger of overeating on account of too many meals, it is well to remember that it is undesirable that one should eat excessively at any single meal. For ordinary purposes I would suggest : that the toiler would do well to eat, two meals per day, though if he uses . three meals it would be better to; make those in the morning and even- 1 ing the most substantial, the latter ; being the most hearty of all. There 1 is no doubt that a heavy meal at noon actually unfits a man for hard work immediately after.” For those who are anxious to pursue this subject fully I would strongly recommend Bernau McFadden’s book "Strength from Eating.” In America Mr McFadden is looked upon as one of the best authorities on matters physical. This book ought to convince anyone that old ideas in diet are passing away the same as old ideas in anything else. Meat is going out of fashion. It has had its day, and when we see eucli a nation as the Japanese springing up, entirely depending for their diet on vegetable foods such as rice, dates, cereals, and a little bit of fish, we should not be so anxious to cling so old-fashioned ways of living. "It is truly a man’s moral duty to have a good digestion and sweet breath and strong arms .and stalwart legs and an erect bearing, as it is to read his Bible or say his prayers or love his neighbour a s •himhimself.”—Brawnville Papers. “When I see about me in the field of intellectual attainment and culture, in the walks of business, and in the family life, so many -disasters and tragedies long drawn out, of failing health, and collapse of brain, nerve, and muscle, I feel that health is the only bulwark upon which everything we prize—intellectual culture and religious affection can ever be reared ; so the fact that science and art *‘are bringing so many of their most prominent sources to bear—as I hope to shew —upon this new cause of physical training, I think is significant in our national history.”—G. Stanley Hall, Ph. D.

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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 14 September 1907

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Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 14 September 1907

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