Chapter I.-Toxemia, the Efficient (First) Cause of All Disease
Chapter II.-Causes of Constipation
Chapter IV.-Constipation as Found in Various Derangements
Chapter V.-A Few Personalities
A FEW PERSONALITIES
WHY do some people win and others lose in every game in life?With very few exceptions the winners are those who study, understand and then playthe game. Losers are those who trust to luck, or depend on watching the winnersand taking advice from them. Those so inclined should know and remember that everyindividual success is a law unto itself. An imitated success always lacks the personalityof the successful. There is as much difference between the successful and their imitatorsas there is between the animate and the inanimate puppet. Therefore those who wouldwin in making a personal application of the knowledge to be attained in a study ofthis book, must study it and then apply it.
Those who are looking for formulas of new, strange and specificbowel persuaders and drivers are doomed to disappointment. Indeed, the world is fullof books offering cures galore for constipation, and yet constipation remains man'smiddle name, if not his silent partner.
All cures for constipation up to date are most excellentbuilders of the derangement. Why not? Constipation is a symptom of enervation.Anything that stimulates, irritates, or in any way coaxes, persuades, cajoles,wheedles, pushes or drives the bowels, adds to the sum of enervation and furtherlessens the functions of secretion and excretion.
Anything that adds to the sum of life, energy, the generaltone of the mind and body, increases organic functioning and not only overcomes constipation,but adds power to all organs; hence a cure for constipation means restoring health.
The first thing to do in restoring health is to poise themind and body. Mental constipation is to be overcome first. Forget it. Stopthinking about the bowels and follow the instructions given under the head of yourparticular type of constipation.
Fear and worry eat up nerve energy and build justwhat you wish to overcome. Stop them! Play the game with as little thought as possible.If there is one remedy greater than another in restoring health, it is to ForgetIt, and stop talking and writing about it; and when friends are solicitous, andask about your health, answer promptly and peremptorily, "Fine as Silk!"And smile if it cracks your face. Remove as soon as possible the crepe from yourcountenance and smile; it is the only way to get rid of the villain who has dismantledyou. Keep this in mind: Health is more contagious than disease.
All the powers of evolution are on your side, and if youdo not block every natural effort on the part of your body to eliminate, by practicinga lot of mental and physical bad habits, health will win, and full mental and physicalefficiency will be your reward.
Do you want all of good that is possible for you to have?All right, play the game. Do not be a quitter, a silly ass, and expect somethingfor nothing. You cannot build health while practicing a lot of enervating habits.Stop all stimulants. Stop thinking evil, doing evil and living a selfish life. Alife of service is the secret of health and happiness. Service is the religion ofcommon sense. If a bootblack, polish the heels as well as the toes; if the presidentof the United States, serve the country, not your constituency necessarily. Servicesolves all problems of life from constipation to constitutions. Play the game; stopbeing selfish, which is a synonym of constipation. Do not expect to be cured instanter.The habits that brought constipation were practiced a long time; it will take timeto get back to the normal. Be hopeful, expectant and patient. Remember this bookteaches health, not palliation. If a physic is what you want, go to the druggist.If your old habits force you into taking something to make your bowels move, youneed not expect benefit from the advice in this book. To get well will surely rewardyou for patience, so play the game.
Keep this in mind, it will help you: Constipation is asymptom, not a disease. Surely you are not foolish enough to expect to cure adisease by treating a symptom. Learn to live for health.
Every reader of this book should read all of our other booksalso.
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