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TALKS ON HEALTH. V I Ey A FAMILY DOCTOR. VICTORY OVER DISEASE. This year is to be celebrated as tie yeal .)f victory over ¿"<1,e I nave decided, tiiat, and what I decide has to be carried out Therefore, listen to the programme. At one fell swoop an forms of illness arising from alcoholic excess wi Ii be finally and com- pletely overthrown No more enlarged livers, ca more ulcerated ^tor^aehs, no more brain nr nerve diseases—a:! gone, never again tc appear on earth. It could be done very ?,Lsily The Dodo is extinct, the Plesio. ;j,-rus is a strange dragon only known by its fossilised remains, and the alcoholic liver will, after this year, be known only by the bottled specimens m museums. u TOO MANY CIGARETTES. Then I shall abolish for ever all forms of aicotine poisoning Too many cigarettes were sent to the troops, the young men of eighteen and twenty were taught that what they wanted was a io.,v good. dose of mca. une, and the more they smoked the better was the dear matron p!ea«itd I could not ount all the hearts I Lave listened to whose action was impaired by cigarette smoking; lud if the heart is out of order the whole system feels weak The poor dear ]ad found she rough training of the army too much lor him I Don't V0U believe it. He smoked snd smoked until his heart could not stand it any more. Weil. I have had enough of It. It is a crime for a strong young man convert himself irom Al to C3 by sucking bad tobacco all day. It has got to stop at )noo. 0: PUBLIC INDIFFERENCE. I am going to settle a long account with ihe social diseases that arise from immoral conduct. An army of our lads is in the •iospitats for venereal dieases-hundreds and hundreds of them Thousands of girls, ccores and aw res of middle-aged men, hun- dreds of babies-all of them suffering from a, preventable disease The standard of pu bliç niceness is very low; health has no attractions for the public, disease does not disgust them Fathers and mothers are quite indifferent; no one cares twopence whether the man who is going to marry Mary next week has an infectious disease or not Nobody inquires, and the man is not ashamed to lead to the altar a sweet young ijirl whom he intends to infect with his iiaease. Public opinion is so slack'. If the man knew that he would be despised by all his neighbours when the truth came out he would hesitate, but no one says anything, no one cares, and the wretched baby. born with a tainted body, has to bear much of the suffering. All this is almost too horrible to write about, and we are asked to believe that nothing can be done without the action of the law We ought not to need any laws, a little decency among the people wou'd banish the need for laws. 0: NO MORE INDIGESTION. I am going to make a job of it while I am about it; all this preventable disease will have short shrift. There ItS no form of indigestion that cannot be cured—or better still, prevented. No baby is born with indigestion—the complaint is acquired by bad habits. Listen to this:— INDIGESTION ITS CAUSE AND CUBE. CAUSE CeRE. 1. Eating fast Eating slowly. 2. Bad food Good food. 3. Bad cooking Marry girl witt cooking certifi- cate. £ Bad teeth Dentist 5. Hurried meals Taktng time. 3. Getting up late Getting up earlier 7. Strong tea and pickles Leave them off. 8. Nervous dyspepsia Self-control. 9. Imagination Don't be silly. Consider the prospect. No more stomach- n(hes All indigestion '■will be prevented. It van be done, and I am the mau to do it. o: WIE AIR WE BREATHE. I often see patients who complain to me that the phlegm they cough up is black. Now. this is not a neW and direful disease; the blackness is due merely to the smuts that float in the air and are breathed down with every breath. The lungs of a man living in one of our towns are black; the lungs of a new-bo;:n baby are a rosy pink. Very sa-d, this. I don't know what I am to do about it; you never seem to help yourselves- Huve I not taken you up on a high hill in the pure air of heaven and pointed down at your little village or big town enshrouded in a pall of black smoke; vou can see then the sort of air you are breathing. There is a Smoke Abatement Society, I believe: more power to their dhow. o A LONG-SUFFERING PEOPLE. I We certainly are a long-sufferitig people; we let things slide. Kismet' Fate! Why struggle against the inevitable? My grand- father breathed smoky air: my father died of pneumonia; I suffer from chronic bron- chitis myself through filling my lungs with Kmuts, and I am going to take jolly good rare that my children and grand-children suffer in exactly the same way. Their little voiceta pleading for fresh air shall fall on deaf ears: their claim that if they are brought into the world at all they ought to be give-n a chance shal! pass unheeded. Black phlegm in 1800; black phlegm in 1900; blacker still in 2,000 AD. It is pos. sible for factories to consume their own smoke; it is possible to use smokeless gra.tes; ;t is possible to purify the air we breathe, and it ought to be done. In grave illnesses small things tiitrn the scale; a pair of ]unq" choked with smuts cannot fight influenzal pneumonia so well as a cleaa pa.r. -:0:- WORK FOR YOU. Do take an intelligent interest in every, thing that can make your children's lives hapmer. First find out what is wrong, and then set about putting it right. Having •it u died the question, having read the re- port of the chemical analysis of the air of 70ur town. having realised the wonderful medical truth that fre6h air is better than ■unokv air, you must put your shoulder to the wheel. Act in a constitutional man- ner. Apnroach the town council; support the candidate who seems to know most about the question; write to the papers; mention the subject at the club. and gradu- ally educate your friends to the proper un- derstanding of the problem. Don't overstep the "boundary of constitutional conduct; don't go on 'strike: don't whack inoffensive policemen on the head with broken bottles; trv to do a kind and a usdul action every day; and, if you really want to do a service to suffering humanity, work for Smoke I Abatement a Pu.rer A;r. Abatement and a Purer Air. ] A SPLINTER UDER THE NAIL. When a splinter runs under the nail the plan is to leave the splinter alone for a minute, and devote all your attention to cutting away the nail. When the end of the sxjiinter has been exposed, grasp it in a pair of tweezers and withdra.w it with a sharp jerk. If you start on the splinter before carina the nail, you will not get a good rip, and the end will break off. It is rather difficult to get a splinter out from under a nail, and vou will probably have to come round to mo in the end Anyway, don't leave the splinter in, as it may cause fes- tering.

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