HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING
(By "Physical Guitarist”). It is my intention this week to say a few words against the old-fashion-ed theory that alcohol in any shape or form is beneficial as a beverage or a tonic. Of course I am ready to admit that in certain cases as fainting or sudden nervous prostration a little brandy may be useful, but what I want to condemn most strongly is the habitual use of beer, porter, wines, etc. Many people are in. the habit of taking these nostrums at their meals or before they retire at night. I can only say that they do not derive permanent good from such habits. The effect of alcoholic liquors on the human system is only too well known and there should be no necessity on my part, here to enlarge on the evil effects of alcohol on the stomach and digestive oi’gans, not. to mention the brai n.
Nowadays, it is the exception, rather than the rule, to find medical men advising their patients to take alcohol. No true strength can be obtained by resorting to any stimulant. It is always false strength, and is created a;t the expense of vital power, and really assists just that much in lessening the true strength of all parts of the body. "Alcohol,” says one authority, "has a terribly injurious effect, on the sexual organs, lessening their power, and making them sometimes useless'. It is well-known that drunkards are easily robbed of sexual power. One of the greatest causes of the craving for a stimulate is overeating, and this fact must be clearly understood. If you are desirous of ridding yourself of this slavery, and if you desire all the intensity and yxower of the emotional nature, the stimulant habit must be absolutely avoided. You cannot acquire all the marvellous delicacy and intensity of the emotional power unless its benumbing influence is totally withdrawn. The practice of taking a ‘-'nip” before meals is most harmful. The
•’nip" first creates a false appetite, then kills it, leaving in its place a craving' for more stimulants instead of a desire for good., wholesome food. The result is ruination to the digestive organs, and a consequent lowering of the sexual powers. I think that one of the best ways to rid one's self of the stimulant habit is to observe the ordinary natural laws. The desire for a stimulant of any kind always indicates a lowered condition of the system in general.' But when the natural means indicated for building up the physical forces learn to assert themselves, hut little difficulty will be found in getting rid of alcohol. The importance of never overeating, and not to eat at any time unless very hungry, cannot be too strongly emphasised. "The use of liquor destroys health, disfigures the body, ruins the nervous system, dethrones the reason, produces insanity, becomes the parent of idiocy : it blunts the finer feelings and sensibilities ; it fills our poor houses with paupers and crowds our prisoners with criminals ; it breaks the hearts of parents, and pauperises helpless women and innocent children ; it leads to vice and violence, and plunges its victims into temporal and eternal ruin." —Sylvan us Stall, D.D. THE BEST EXERCISE. A, well-known medical man has given it as his opinion that of all the athletic exercises, with perhaps the single exception of cricket —and it is doubtful if even that is an exception —the very best is digging, because every muscle, vein, artery, and nerve in the body is worked in the pro-
cess. There is no aid to digestion, no cure for the “blues," no recipe for a good night’s sleep, no quietus for worried brains or nerves, to match an hour at honest digging once , or twice a day.
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HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907
HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907
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