Plain rules for improving the health of the delicate, preserving the health of the strong, and prolonging the life of all

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Página 208 - Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Página 208 - I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding ; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Página 132 - Nature seems to have formed animals to live and enjoy health upon a scanty and precarious supply of food ; but man in civilized society, having food always at command, and finding gratification from its taste, and a temporary hilarity and energy result from the excitement of his stomach, which he can at pleasure produce, eats and drinks an enormous deal more than is necessary for his wants or welfare...
Página 166 - Behold that which thou desirest ; but, my lord/ continued he, ' it is not to be eaten ; all its virtues must enter through thy pores. I have, therefore, enclosed it in a little ball, blown up, and covered with a fine skin ; thou must strike this ball with all thy might, and I must strike it back again for a considerable time...
Página 168 - One pint of drying oil, two ounces of yellow wax, two ounces of turpentine, and half an ounce of ^Burgundy pitch, melted carefully over a slow fire.
Página 177 - ... be readily granted ; but that they should be cooler in high temperatures will probably be much doubted. If the following easy experiment be tried, the result will decide the point in question. Let two beds be placed in the same room at Madras, we will say, when the thermometer stands at 90° ; and let one be covered with a pair of blankets, the other with a pair of linen sheets, during the day.
Página 148 - When a person in the cold weather goes into the open air, every time he draws in his breath the cold air passes through his nostrils and windpipe into the lungs, and consequently diminishes the heat of these parts. As long as the person continues in the cold air, he feels no bad effects from it ; but as soon as he returns home, he approaches the fire to warm himself, and very often takes some warm and comfortable drink to keep out the cold, as it is said. The inevitable consequence is, that he will...
Página 181 - the vital energy is dried up and withered, and we waste away as a tree would, deprived of the sap that nourishes it. The physical effects of sleep are, that it retards all the vital movements, collects the vital power, and restores what has been lost in the course of the day, and separates us from what is useless and pernicious. It is, as it were, a daily crisis, during which all secretions are re-formed in the greatest tranquillity and perfection.
Página 172 - ... most beneficial to health. The various motions also of the arms and limbs, whilst the body maintains its erect position, enable the muscles in general to acquire both strength and tone ; and in young people the bones of the chest or thorax necessarily become more enlarged, by means of which a consumptive tendency may be avoided.
Página 175 - I never was better, and at present am likely to continue so. I step up and down stairs with an ease that surprises myself. My digestion is excellent and every food agrees with me. I can walk three miles without stopping.

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