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fALKS ON HEALTH.

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fALKS ON HEALTH. ax A FAMILY DOCTOR. SOME CAUSES OF INSOMNIA. When you cannot get to sleep, and the same thing- happens night after night, you must first find out the cause, and then cure yourself. Try altering" the time of your last meal; it may be your supper is too close to your bedtime. Possibly you are hungry, on the other hand. Your last meal may be too early: many folk find that eat- ing a couple of biscuits acts as a producer of sleep. Wind and indigestion will keep a man awake, arid in that case the treatment of insomnia becomes the treatment of indi- gestion. Probably a little common sense in the way of having- the teeth seen to and eating very slowly will cure him. It is only the chronic C::IS:. S where a man has had bad teeth a-id has gobbled tiis for thirty or forty years that art- so difficult to cure. But if a man is so stupid as that he deserves to lie awake at night. There is no fool like the old fool, who began to suffer from indigestion at the age of eighteen, and has taken no trouble to cure himself be- tween that age and his present age of forty- eight. -:0:- A WORRYING DISPOSITION. A worrying disposition will keep anyone awake. Never take a worrying disposition lying down. Fight it. All day Ion,, make a deep resolve that you will not worry. It is remarkable what success this mental effort meets with. Never give up hope; never say you have always been nervous and you always will be. Cure yourself. Do not wait to be cured by the suggestive powers of Christian Science or mesmerism or Indian Mahatmas. Some people are HO weak-minded that they are incapable of making1 a rewlution; they must have an Indian with a turban on his head to wave his arms in front of them and tell them they will not worry any more but will sleep soundly to-night. "Yes, my dear, and do YOU know, the first nizht I went home to bed after the Black Man's miraculous treatment, I slept much better. I must go again; his eyes are wonderful to look into." I THE CREDULOUS PUBLIC. I I know I wliait cc:r,e to it one day. Here I am I, a poor old common or garden English- man. painfully trying to do my duty on simple lines, and 1 hnd myself in competi- tion with All Jibberjabber. who has large advertisements in the local papers. He can cure anything from cancer of the gall- bladder to -1 knee, if you will only go into a darkened room and gu:œ at the blue light. I know I shall come to it, ,bul-, I make up my mind whether to d-r,oss up a an Indian or a Chinaman: I don't know which would appeal to the dear old British Public with the greater effect. All my experience teaches me that there is j:0 quackery too stupid to attract the public. It is pitiful to observe the belt of e ducation non the lvorkers; they seem to I have no power at all to discriminate be- tween right and wrong, and falsity* In politics and religion neither £ o tney hnOW I much enlightenment, but in medicine the ignorance of the people is appalling. I am going to preach common sense treatment for six month s more. it at the end of that time I am beaten and in financial distress, I am coming out as the Great Chinese Phy- sician of the East, with my picture on the walls. Then my fortune will be assured. A BILIOUS ATTACK. I I recommend the starvation treatment for a bilious attack. The liver, the intestines, the stomach and the whole digestive appar- atus are out of gear solely from over-work. Too much food breaks the heart of the most willing liver and stomach. Anything in reason, they can manage. Enough is as good as a feast. Badly-cooked food throws a needless strain on the stomach; it has to work ten times as hard to digest tough food. Even if the food is well cooked it must be well chewed, or else the juices of the stomach cannot act on it. No wonder there was a rebellion on the part of the stomach; too much food, badly cooked and not masticated. But still, the damage is done and we must do our best to rectify it. Give the wretched insides a complete rest. Turn them out to grass, so to speak, and let them roll in the meadows instead of doing hard work. -:0:- i THE STARVATION TREATMENT. < Mother puzzles her dear head what to give dad when he has a bilious attack, but the solution of the difficulty is easy. Give no food at all. It is helpful and comfort- ing to give hot water to drink: it washes out the insides and clears the breath. A mouth-wash of very weak potassium per- manganate, faintly pink in colour, is useful. It is a ccmmon mistake to use this sub- stance in a strong solution; a tiny pinch of solid to a tumbler full of water is the pro- portion. Xo fear of death from starvation need be feared. A man can live several days without food. It is no good saying, Shall I give him a large bowl of broth, or shall I administer a plate of arrowroot to soothe his poor stomach? Fer twenty- four hours give nothing; a large bowl of nothing at all will soothe the inflamed in- sides best. Natural appetite will return in due course. —:o: E E. I AN INJURED KNEE. If you injure your knee, you must not go to work if it is swollen. ou must compare the two knees; put the injured one next to the uninjured knee, and then you will soon see if there is any difference. A swelling generally means fluid inside the joint. Every joint contains a little lubricating fluid, but only just euough to oil the move- menttf. When injured, a joint throws out a quantity of this fluid as the eye secretes tears. Take a measurement with a tape round the knee opposite the middle of the knee-cap, and you will find a greater measurement for the injured knee. As the cure goes on, you ought to find the measurement getting less and approximat- ing to the size of the uninjured knee. You will make a mistake if you walk on the. knee while it is still swollen with fluid. It does not give a chance to the knee to be cured. Wherever inflammation occurs in the body, rest is the best treatment. -:0:- A WORRY-BOOK. We have quite enough real worries with- out adding imaginary ones. Have you heard of the plan of Keeping a worry-book? You write down to-day all the things you are worried about, and next week you tick off all those worries that were unnecessary. You were worried because you thought Bill would not get any work; you almost wor- ried yourself into the graye; you could count the grey hairs. When Bill was at last demobilised and got a. splendid job, you realise that vou need not have worried at all. Your life in full of worries that never come. Do not meet trouble half way. You were nearly killed with worry when your little bov was ill; you thought he would die, and yet here he is playing about at the present moment, borne people make life a perpetual thunder-cloud of threatening disaster; they always go out carrying a mackintosh, golosnes, and an umbrella, even on the finest day, because they are so worried about the possibilities of it raining. Laugh and grow fat There are no coupons needed for a good laugh. We really must cheer up: the doctor says 60, and you dare not disobey the doctor.

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