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HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING

(By “Physical Guitarist’ ’■). STRENGTHENING THE KIDNEYS. “'A man or woman weak in the kidneys is like a board with a knot in it. With any severe strain, away goes the whole fabric ; it becomes broken and useless.” —McFadden. These very useful organs must be watched with the most jealous care. It is their work to carry oft the greater part of the w’aste fluids of the body, much solid waste matter, too, in the form of very small particles, is eliminated in the fluid ejected by the kidneys. Now, the kidneys may be given proper hardiness combined with musrcular flexibility, just as easily as may the biceps. The kidneys are delicate organs that need strengthening. (Yet how many, even among athletes in training, ever give a thought to the strength of these most important organs. As McPadden says : —“ The kidneys are there, and they appear to be doing their work properly. Is that all the thought that need be given them until they complain through the medium of disease ? No. 1! Most emphatically, no ! The kidneys need care, no matter how healthy they are, and by proper care they can be strengthened.” But how ? First, in the way of gentle exercise by massage. Stand erect, with the hands resting just back of the hips, and over the kidneys. Massage strongly upwards and downwards, ■applying the heel of each hand over one of the kidneys. Continue this for one or two full minutes every time you exercise. Follow this up by kneading over the kidneys for about the same length, of time. Clench the hands and apply the knuckles of the fingers over the region of the kidneysi. Start with the fists close to the spine, and knead forward over the organs, stopping only when you have reached the sides of the trunk just under the lowest ribs. Then knead backwards again. Follow up the kneading by striking over the same surface with the tips of the fingers, “continuing this precussion, in, the forward movements/ until you touch the abdomen. In all, these impacts touch gently, briskly, and firmly, but not too severely, for the kidneys are quickly susceptible to discomfort. Then you will know you haw succeeded in developing strong and sound kid neys. ’ ’

The foregoing exercises by Mr Mo Fadden may seem to the ordinary individual not interested in physical culture, to he so much nonsense, but 1 can only say that these exercises have been tried, and found effectual. The person who does not develop the internal organs is not a true physical cullurist.' Mere show of muscle is not at all 'desirable, especially if the muscles are developed at the expense of the wonderful internal organism. Many prominent athletes and so-called strong men have died through neglect of either kidneys, lungs, or some other organ. The aim of the true physical cultruist, is an all-round development, both inside and outside, and more particularly the inside, because any one with common sense can surely understand that as long as the kidneys and other eliminating organs are not in good trim, the system must suffer sooner or later. It is ridiculous building up a huge physique, which is practically useless, as long as the internal organs receive no exercise. To return to my subject. And here let me say that kidney trouble is becoming terribly common, especially among young people, and there is urgent need for more articles of this kind to be circulated among the public, as they may be the means of checking if only on a small degree, the wholesale slaughter of young lives even in this fair Dominion of New Zealand. I wish also to warn any readers against all forms of quacks and quack medicines. The modern quack makes more 'capital out of kidney cases than any other ailment. I sa.y, beware of electric belts as you would of a deadly poison. Let us be thankful that our postal department have stopped the transmission of literature from quacks through the post, and it is my earnest hope, and the hope of all right-thinking people that the day is not far-distant when our Parliament will pass legislation completely stopping the trade in these deadly machines and poisons. To return to Mr Bernarr McFadden again.:—“Diseases of the kidneys are everywhere prevalent in civilised com-

muni ties. Advanced Bright’s desease is considered incurable by many members of the medical profession. Indeed,, when the disease is too far developed, but little hope can be offered by any method of treatment. When one considers the dietic habits of the average man, it is not by any means surprising that so many people suffer from this disease. Sometimes its presence may not be recognised for a long period. In chronic Bright’s disease the kidneys totally lose their ability to perform their duty. This malady is far more common than is supposed. The symptoms of acute Bright’s disease are mostly a pain in the region of the kidneys,, frequent urination, suppression of urine, urine very dark and dirty colour, and dropsical swellings in various parts of the body. If the disease has become chronic, thfe bodily strength gradually decreases, Bronchitis, watery diarrhoea, pleurisy, enlargement of the heart, and frequent headaches often accompany Bright’s disease in its advanced stages.” I will return to this subject next week.

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HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 29, 9 November 1907

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HEALTH AND BODY-BUILDING Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 29, 9 November 1907

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