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STORY OF AN EVOLUTION OF NATURAL LAW IN THB CURE OF DISEASB.
FOR PHYSICIANS AND LAYMEN.
HOW THE SICK GET WELL; HOW THE WELL GET SICK.
ALCOHOLICS FRESHLY CONSIDERED.
“ Health is the First Wealth.” – Emerson.
EDWARD HOOKER DEWEY, M. D.
THE HENRY BILL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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The beloved apostle,writing to his well-beloved Gaius (3 John ii.), whom he loves in the truth, greets him thus:
“ Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Spiritual prosperity and health, which John takes for granted in his salutation to his beloved Gaius, is certainly the highest blessing attainable in this earth; but John prays that this great blessing may be matched by another, namely, the prosperity and health of the body. It is with the sincerest desire that the readers of this book may improve their health and increase their prosperity in body, soul, and spirit that I have most willingly set my hand to write a brief introduction to the pages of Dr. Dewey's book.
Bodily health is certainly desired by all men and women, especially by those who have suffered from
any loss of health or impairment of physical strength. For the most part bodily health is desired as a principal factor in our earthly enjoyment, and for the sake of earthly gain and prosperity. But the Christian ought to desire health of body for the higher reason that so he can serve God the more efficiently. The body is the Lord's as well as the soul and spirit. “ He is the
Saviour of the body also.” “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost ?” To defile the body with sin, or to voluntarily neglect the body in anywise as to cause it to suffer in health or strength, is an offence against our salvation and the honor of God. To deliberately undermine the health and strength of the body by persisting in an injurious, because false, way of living, is a sin of great enormity. Drunkenness or gluttony are offences against both body and soul which no self-respecting person, not to say Christian, ought for a moment to allow. Nevertheless, there are no doubt hundreds and thousands of good men and women who are guilty of both excess and bad methods in their eating and drinking that border
upon these two disgusting and harmful sins. The object of this book, as I understand it, is to put before the reader a “ better way of living” than that which characterizes the great majority of people. It relates to the habit of eating and drinking, and sets forth from the point of view of sound physiology the relation of food to the human system, and so to disease and health.
If the author of this book is right in his premise and conclusion, he has set before the world a theory of living which ought to, and I believe will, revolutionize the habits of a multitude of right-thinking men and women. If he is right in supposing the coursing through our veins of pure, rich blood goes not only to preserve the health of the body and prolong life, but also that it makes for righteousness, both in clearing the mind and purifying the body of those humors which make fuel for unholy desires and unrighteous
dispositions, then we must give attention to what he says. “Pure and rich blood (the life is in the blood) contributes to the moral, intellectual, and spiritual growth as well as to the bodily health.” This sition is almost self-evident and needs no argument. We should hail, then, with gladness, any discovery that will enable us to purify and enrich our blood.
Of the two principal matters recommended as the practical outcome of the theory of health developed in this book, the first is that fasting, or the abstinence from food until natural hunger calls for it, is the best way to bring about recovery from disease. Take
away food from a sick man's stomach and you have begun, not to starve the sick man, but the disease. We have all of us heard that fevers are more difficult to subdue in large and full-habited people than in the “lean kind.” I have often had my physician tell me that if ever typhoid or pneumonia got hold of me it would “go hard with me,” for the reason that there was so much material for the disease to feed upon. A conflagration is great or small in proportion to the quantity of easily-inflammable fuel the fire has to feed upon.
The second is that digestion is best promoted and food so assimilated as to afford the largest amount of nourishment and the greatest quantity of rich blood, by giving the stomach a long rest from all work during each twenty-four hours. That is to say that we shall all be the better by giving the stomach rest from the evening till the noon of the next day. In other words, Dr. Dewey recommends that we should give up our breakfasts, and by so doing we are certain to improve our health if we are well; prevent the incoming of