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Disease Is a Luxury,
Not a Necessity
By R. L. Alsaker, M.D.
BY THE WAY The experiences of a party of American, Canadian, and English soldiers during a trip to Versailles are amusingly recorded in the National Geographic Magazine by an American woman who regularly conducts such parties of sightseers. Coming into the grand ball-room,“ of a size and splendor never equaled in the history of the world," a laconic trooper remarks, “Some
dugout.” At the dainty luncheon a "CaDear Doctor :- I have read several of your articles. In nearly every one
nuck says that the napkins would make you have repeated the statement, Disease is a luxury, not a necessity. It good souvenirs ; “The English,” he says, diseases, and how can we protect ourselves against them, when they are
jocosely, “fight for honor, the French for everywhere?
glory, and the Canadians for souvenirs." Our family lives simply and moderately. I seldum use liquor, and don't When the waiter presents the bill, a jolly smoke more than three or four cigars a day. Our food consists mostly of cereals, bread, potatoes, and meat. My wife takes coffee only with her regular
trooper "glances at it, falls back in his meals, and does not drink tea in the afternoon, as some of our friends do.
chair, and screams, 'Quick, quick, give me Still we are not well. I have high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. My
my gas mask !""
The young woman who led the party sance. My opinion is that people will get sick no matter what they do, con
above referred to is ingenious in her sequently disease is a necessity.-E. T. G.
methods of amusing the men. In the park R. L. ALSAKER, M.D.
at Versailles she stops and says: “ Boys, This is about what I believed years ago, To have health one must know how to
the French have a pretty saying, “The until I found the truth. Now I know select the right kinds of foods, how to pre
smaller the ivy leaf, the dearer the love.' disease is a luxury. It is unnecessary. We pare and combine them, what and when to So I want each one of you to find the tinihave to break nature's laws to get it. We drink, how to use the lungs and how to est leaf possible and send it to the one that's can get along without it. An individual can care for the body in general
. About nine waiting at home.” The men set out to live from childhood to old age without suffer tenths of the subject of health consists in
search for the smallest leaf. “The joker of ing from disease, barring accidents. This is proper eating. Those who live on bread, the party comes to me with a perfectly no theory. It is a fact that everyone can meat and potatoes almost exclusively can enormous leaf, which he informs me he prove for himself. I don't ask the writer not have good health, for these foods do has plucked for his mother-in-law !" Anof this letter to take my word for it. He not contain enough of the natural purify
other sarcastic young fellow brings a leaf can prove it in his own case, in luis ing, cleansing elements to keep the body in even larger, and when asked what loved family—and I have told him how. good condition.
one is to have that tiny leaf, he
says, Germs cause disease, it is said. If this is The body is built of food, water and air.
for the Kaiser !” true, why don't all take the diseases to It is influenced by our surroundings and "A really useful Government,” a subwhich they are exposed? During an epi our thoughts. If we use our brains to good scriber writes, apropos of the Prohibition demic of influenza, why don't all get it? advantage we can live so as to have health. Amendment, " is one that helps to make Why have I not had influenza in the last Instead of living so as to build rheumatism, virtue easy and vice difficult for the people decade? I have been exposed to it hun catarrh and arteriosclerosis (and other dis in whose behalf it is exercised. Therefore dreds of times. The reason is that germs eases), we can conduct ourselves so that I believe in supervised playgrounds and in are not the real cause of disease. They health is ours every day.
using public schools as community centers, can harm only those who are already The fact that we can recover from disease and in Nation-wide prohibition of the saloon run down physically. Those of us who is in itself proof that we can live free from and its drink traffic,” give ourselves proper care can smile com disease. Another proof is that thousands of Is it in order for the birds to adopt a placently at the germs and the germ individuals who used to be ill have learned
prohibition amendment for the good of theory. Health is the normal condition, and how to live properly and are enjoying health their constitution? The question is sugintelligent care of body and mind will bring every day.
gested by the following extract from an health.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling article in “ American Forestry :"
the sides of houses, even becoming so stupid as to
allow themselves to be picked from the trees, or people can not get rid of the waste made and bowels, or burning or tenderness in the alighting on one's person and climbing up his leg as in their bodies. The child doubtless gets region of the stomach? Is your right side though it were the limb of a tree. It has been sugtoo many sweets and swallows his food sore? Do you suffer from twinges of pain?
gested that the sap ferments in the sun and that tho
sapsuckers become intoxicated, but this theory has
by no means been proved.
Among the numerous advertisements
find it hard to concentrate your mind ? Do you have offering estates for sale to be found at presThe parents are middle aged and they live too that tired feeling? Have you shortness of breath or ent in English magazines is one announcing exclusively on the staple foods mentioned. They oppression in the region of the heart? Do you ever
that Dryburgh Abbey is to be sold." The make the same mistakes that nearly all commit : have blotches, pimples or boils ? They eat foods for their feeding value exclusively, If you have any of these signs and symptoms of
Abbey dates from 1150,” says the advertiseand forget to eat foods for their health value. disease, it is conclusive evidence that you are not nient," and is well known to every lover of Apples and lettuce, for instance, are not high in giving your body the proper care and attention. the Scott country.”
Sir Walter Scott lies
Disease is a luxury, not a necessity.
buried in the Abbey church. Catarrh, arteriosclerosis and rheumatism indicate
An advertisement of another sort in :
London newspaper should give comfort to
Americans who bewail the high cost of
knows it so well that he does not need to use a shoe leather in this country. It describes a
two models-one for £5 5s. ($26.25) and
another for £6 15s. ($33.75).
Dr. Alsaker's work is constructive and takes the
contentious person, Lord Melbourne said
that this man would dispute with the Re.
A“ prize misprint of the year" is sent
in by a subscriber, as found in a report of other popular drugs, and none of these are needed. way, N. Y, C.
the grounding of the Olympia off Block
By the Way (Continued)
The cold snap in New York City seriously affected the patronage of the theaters, according to the “ Dramatic Mirror.” Many of the playhouses suffered owing to the prevailing shortage of coal, from the small places “ that burn one or two tons daily up to the Hippodrome, the biggest theater in New York, v nich burns twelve tons daily.”
John Fiske said of George Eliut, as recorded in his recent biography : “I never saw such a woman. There is nothing a bit masculine about her. She is thoroughly feminine. But she has the power of stating an argument equal to any man. Equal to any man, do I say? I have never seen any man except Herbert Spencer who could state a case equal to her.”
Mahlon Shaaber, called “Lincoln's Tall Soldier Boy," recently died. The sobriquet was given to him, it is said, because of an experience during the Civil War in Washington. Shaaber, then only seventeen, was marching in review with his regiment. A tall man standing in a group of tall men called Shaaber out of the ranks as he passed. “ Excuse me,” he said, “but it was jealousy that made me call you out of ranks. I wanted to size you up. How tall are you and what is your age ?" It was President Lincoln who spoke. Shaaber proved to be two and a half inches taller than the President, who was himself six feet four inches in height.
The order making Saturday a "porkless day,” issued by the Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety, specifically exempted that small piece of pork, so a despatch states, which is ordinarily used in the preparation of " Boston baked beans, famous as a Sunday morning dish in New England. Any one who has ever tasted the real“ Boston baked beans," as prepared on their native heath and there alone, will congratulate New Englanders on the exemption.
Lady Bessborough, a clever Englishwoman of the last century, traveled in France soon after the downfall of Napoleon. many
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Admitted Assets, Dec. 31, 1917
$934,929,381.52 These assets are the property of over 1,000,000 people with their dependents in accordance with their contractual rights). The Company is
purely mutual; it has no capital stock. Legal Liabilities
$760,742,335.52 Reserved for dividends payable in 1918
$26,561,063.64 Reserved for dividends on deferred dividend policies maturing subsequent to 1918
107,041,778.00 Reserved for Contingencies
40,584,204.36 $174,187,046.00 Total
For the year 1917 the Company's mortality rate
was the lowest in its history
Average earning power of total Ledger Assets
December 31, 1917, 4.59%.
New paid business for the year
The annual dividend rate of 1917 will be maintained in 1918.
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