Interesting Facts About Food

There are many  unhackneyed facts on the subject of diet, some of which are assembled in this chapter. If a weak, half per cent solution of boiled starch is taken into the mouth and kept there for but 20 seconds and then expelled into a test tube, it will be found that the starch has […]

Intelligent Use Of The Enema

There is no dictum in medical literature more common than the advice that the enema is a device that should be resorted to as a temporary expedient only, and that the same rule applies to the use of any laxative medicine. This is believed by some excellent authorities to be ill-considered advice as to enemas, […]

The Art Of Long Life

Health is that state of mind in which the body is not consciously present to us; the state in which work is easy and duty not too great a trial; the state in which it is a joy to see, to think, to feel, to be.—Sir Andrew Clark. Only by prolonged and arduous efforts has […]

Effects Of Tobacco On Longevity

Tobacco affects different persons variously. Whether it causes arterio-sclerosis (the increase of connective tissue in the walls of arteries) or not we do see every day that persistent smokers lose too soon their youthful looks and complexion, a change especially conspicuous in women who have fallen into the cigarette habit.’ There are good observers, among […]

New Light On Longevity

Of the 8797 descendants of William Hyde, of Norwich, Conn., who died in 1681, a written record exists of the birth, marriage and death of 2958. So far as the Hyde strain is concerned these descendants rapidly lost, of course, everything but a mere trace of that blood. The first generation owed a half to […]

Purgatives – Their Proper And Improper Use

Intestinal stasis coming on gradually after the age of 60, says Hurst, can at first be controlled by diet but sooner or later proper purgatives are frequently required. It is also often necessary in intractable cases (to be dispensed with as soon as possible) and in early stages of milder cases where non-medical methods are […]

Colon Health – The Ounce Of Prevention

People under five and thirty should keep sharp eyes on their intestinal mechanism. No study is better re-paid. In the case of young women the element of good looks also enters into consideration because they are casting an anchor to windward against a pallid and unhealthy skin, with its occasional accompaniment of pimples and various […]

Curious Causes Of Intestinal Stasis

It is not very rare, says Hurst, to find people in perfect health who defecate regularly two or three times a day, and others with more greedy colons who do not do so in two or three days, without apparently suffering ill effects. There have been many cases observed in which the bowels acted at […]

Infection Of The Small Intestine From The Colon

The ileo-cecal valve, the organ of defense against infection of the small from the large intestine, stopping the back flow of the latter, has been carefully studied only within recent years and the principal honors in connection with such study belong to Case. Fortunately an impaired valve has not been found to be irremediable. If […]

What Is The Truth About Alcohol

As to the effects of alcohol as a shorten er of life quite a different method was followed by the already cited Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation by the forty-three leading life insurance companies than in the investigation already alluded to. The object was to determine the type of lives that are good and those that are […]