BY DR. ROBERT G. JACKSON.
“The danger in sugar lies in its unnatural concentration. Nature placed sugar in the sugar cane and the sugar beet in a more or less diluted concentration. Animals eating these entire products are vastly benefited by the unconcentrated carbohydrate represented in this sugar content, together with the associated carbohydrates, resins, gums, salts, etc.
Even the plantation human and brute workers are said to benefit greatly in health, the former from chewing, the latter from eating, the raw sugar cane, out of which they extract the just named food properties in natures own proportions and perfect combinations; as we would reasonably expect. Give nature a chance and she will always work seeming wonders. It is the unnatural that plays havoc with human bodies; and it is the devil of unnaturalness out of which civilization has made a god, that is playing havoc with the bodies of civilized mankind.
“It has been stated of David Livingstone in Africa that while no white men could last in the equatorial jungle for more than a year, because they demanded more luxurious foods, Livingstone subsisted for long periods on a few sticks of raw sugar cane and went on year after year in good health.
“White sugar is the most unnaturally concentrated foodstuff we possess. Yet in North America every man, woman and child consumes, on an average, 100 pounds per year. In addition, they consume enormous quantities of the next most concentrated of civilizations foods, white flour and refined cereals, all also remarkable for their heat-producing properties.
And with these are consumed enormous quantities of unnaturally concentrated peeled and boiled and drained and salted and mashed and creamed and fried potatoes. Equally enormous quantities of concentrated table syrups, the refined products of the sugar refineries; also jams, jellies, marmalades, all made with white sugar, are consumed.
“And North America leads the world in the prevalence of diabetes.
“Of course, one may not be the cause of the other. We must not jump to conclusions. We always get nearer to the truth by long turning all such problems over and over in our minds. In thinking it out, however, keep this other fact in mind; no non- sugar eating animal – meaning refined sugar-ever has the disease diabetes. Nor does the savage who knows absolutely nothing of refined sugar and its associate denatured carbohydrate foodstuff, refined white flour and refined cereal foods.”.
“Is it not strange, is it not almost ridiculous, that we gorge upon unnatural sugar, syrups and molasses, when we have a most delectable natural sweet in honey, a product of nature, a natural food for the young of some of natures most intelligent insects? This natural sweet is rich in saccharine properties, also very rich in mineral salts (about 25 per cent.), and in gums, resins and aromatic properties. Honey is a natural monosaccharide. Honey does not require digestion. It does not have to be inverted.
It is ready for immediate absorption into the blood so soon as it is swallowed. It does not have irritate the mucous lining of the normal stomach. It is slightly laxative. It has not the tendency to ferment or to cause fermentation in other foods that is possessed by white sugar.”.
“Fruits are the very best alkalinizers of the blood and body tissues that we have any knowledge of, just as refined sugar is one of the most powerful acidifiers that we have any knowledge of, in all the range of human foodstuffs. Fruit is also one of the very best sources of the most unstable vitamin C, the food accessory substance that prevents the development of scurvy and a host of kindred, but less well-defined, affections of the human body – probably early and very slowly progressing manifestations of scurvy.
When fruits are cooked, these vitamins are to some extent destroyed, except those inhering in the very acid fruits. When fruits are cooked in strong solutions of sugar, their alkalinizing potentialities are destroyed.
“Fruit preserved in cane sugar is almost certain to cause fermentation, unless used in the most conservative quantities; and such preserved fruit is, for most people, very difficult to digest.
“Fruits preserved in strong sugary solutions are of doubtful benefit to most persons and absolutely harmful to very many who try to make use of them as foods.”.
“Nature has most wonderfully adapted our digestive organs to meet our reasonable needs. If there is only starch food in the stomach there is no need for acid gastric juice to digest it, and nature has arranged that little shall be secreted. For it would make no difference how well saliva were chewed into starch foods, the saliva would cease to digest the starch immediately it contacted acid; and stomach juices is always acid. Nature intends the starch foods to be digested, therefore she holds back the acid secretion.
But if richly protein foods, such as lean meat, fish, game, cheese, eggs are taken into the stomach, this protein food can be digested only by the stomach secretion known as acid gastric juice. From natures standpoint it is more important that protein foods be digested than that starches be digested, for if not digested they quickly decompose and turn to poisons.
Nature, therefore, immediately pours into the stomach acid gastric juice for protein digestion, and starch digestion that is being carried on by the saliva contained in it must immediately cease. Starch digestion cannot possibly go on in the presence of the acid stomach juice”.
“Sir Almroth Wright: It is only the last year or so that I found that the blood of footballers, much as I dislike the game and all its works, is more bactericidal after playing the game than before. I give football only as an physical exercise. The germ staying power is increased after any game”.
“I think the best way by which I can do this is to outline briefly my own daily health regimen, through the operation of which I regained by own health, and rejuvenated my own body at fifty, already old, decrepit and dying at that age, and for many ye ars previous to that age. A man is decrepit and old when his blood pressure reaches 212, and remains there, regardless of the years he has lived.
“So completely have I regain my health, that I have not had even a cold for nineteen years, although I was previously almost a
constant victim. Moreover, I can work eighty to ninety hours a week at the highest possible pitch of effort, carrying on several kinds of activity, mental and physical; walk 250 miles a month and actually never feel tired, my body being practically untouched by ache or pain at seventy-six.
“At seventy-six my mind is clear, more facile and capable and elastic than at any period of my life. I have no backward look towards the past as the best period of my life, but look forward to the future with anticipation of greater things to do and with more certainty of accomplishment than I have ever had. Mine is the mental attitude of youth, and I am really youthful. I have a better chance to reach one hundred and twenty than the average youth or thirty, who lives the conventional civilized life, has to reach sixty.”.
“I have had no holiday since 1917, unless I count as holidays the nineteen-day bicycle trip I took in May, 1924. But this was the most strenuous undertaking of my life. It was a contest undertaken to test my physical endurance, and entered upon as a result of a challenge from a young man thirty-five years my junior.
“This young man had himself given some study to diet, and he was quite certain that upon my diet I could not develop either endurance or pep, but especially endurance. Commencing with a jest, a serious contest was finally arranged to test my endurance. We were to bicycle from Toronto to Montreal, then as much farther as we might decide between us. He was to set the pace. If I could follow I won the contest. If not, I lost.
“He ate the conventional diet of civilized peoples: meat, white b read, eggs, bacon, marmalade, jams, etc. I ate Roman Meal, fruits (raisins, prunes, figs, dates), vegetables (cabbage, sauerkraut, baked beans), milk.
“We reached Montreal in four and a half days, each carrying fifty pounds of camp equipment, etc. We returned through Northern and Central New York, via Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Hamilton to Toronto. We slept out all of those nineteen nights but one, in the cold wet spring of 1924, often wet to the skin.
“I not only kept up to my young companion, but over the hills around Watertown, N.Y., actually ran away from him, causing the only unpleasantness of our entire trip. He was so angered that I should make of the contest a trial of brute strength that when he arrived at Watertown, where I awaited him until chilled to the bone, beating him by almost three hours, he actually went so far as to go to the railways station to take the train for home, but thought better of it, and continued on with me to the end, admitting, like the good sport he was, that he was beaten.
“So strenuous had been the day for him, that he was sick all night, all the next day and the next night – so sick that we were able to make eighteen miles only, instead of our usual seventy to seventy-five miles daily.
“He finally adopted my diet and we rode the distance from Rochester, N.Y., to Toronto in two and a half days, a distance of 225 miles. We made the ride from Rochester to Buffalo in one day, a distance of ninety miles, against a violent head wind and on a holiday. And he who has ever bicycled on the motor-thronged American highways, on a holiday, will know what we were up against.
Heavily laden bicycles, thronged highways, wind so strong, head on, that often we were forced to the speed of a slow walk, make strenuous going, yet we made ninety miles. We then completed our run to Toronto in one and a half days, arriving home exactly at noon, June 1st, nineteen days out, during which we covered 1,300 miles.
“Let me say that my competitor was a former bicycle racer in England, that he had never ceased to ride a wheel; that I had not ridden a wheel for over thirty years, that I had only ridden ninety-seven miles about Toronto in preparation for the contest, and that I completed our contest upon a second-hand bicycle for which I paid 22.00 dollars.
“Let me say, too, I never was so fit in my life my life as when I returned, and I have inserted a photo taken on my return as evidence of that fitness.
“Now this young man was thirty and I was sixty-five. He was of the long, slender, lithe, red-haired, grey-eyed, tireless type. He was a practised cyclist, thirty pounds lighter, thirty-five years younger. Why did he not win? The answer is, largely food – natural food – and a natural living regimen.
His food consumed his energy. Mine imparted energy. His food intoxicated or poisoned his tissues, loaded them with fatigue poisons and devitalized them. Mine energized and sustained my tissues and vitalized them.
“I am inclined to be as good a sport as he was and I, therefore, am of the belief that if he had used my diet he would have run away from me.
“Now, I do not tell these things in any spirit of boastfulness or vain gloriousness. I tell them only as an evidence of what may be accomplished by anyone whose organs are not so far diseased as to be beyond the possibility of recovery by natural means.”.
“The people are not looking to the doctors for advice about how to live so as to be and remain well. The people simply wish to follow the dictates of their sweet wills as to living habits and pay the doctor to get them relieved from the sad results of such living habits, not by telling them what to do but by giving them something to take, so that they may keep on with their folly- devised habits.
“A few years ago I had a rather startling demonstration of this fact. A clergyman had been sent to me by another physician. He came over a thousand miles to consult me. He seemed unusually intelligent and I thought I could take the chance to tell him how to live himself into wellness. Notwithstanding that my waiting room was filled with waiting patients, I took two hours to tell him how it might be done.
When he had finally taken his leave and was outside in the corridor, he almost immediately poked his head back inside the door and said: By the way, doctor, do I owe you anything for this? I motioned for him to come in and then I said: Sit down for a minute. Now, just why do you ask me whether you owe anything? His reply was: Well, I don;t just know, but – I suppose it was because you – didnt give me anything.
I said” I suppose if I had looked at your tongue, felt your pulse, palpated your abdomen, asked you a few questions and written you a prescription in Latin youd have been quite pleased to pay me dollar 1.00 to 10.00, even if the prescription cost you another 3.00 dollars? Yes, I suppose I would, he replied. To this I replied: But because I have spent two hours of my time and a lot of my other patients time trying to teach you how to become well and remain well by simply taking Gods medicine that costs nothing, you think I am not entitled to any remuneration? His reply was, O, I never thought of that.
So you see what the medical man is up against. The average patient who goes to a doctor would, if he were given simply good-living to a doctor would, if he were given simply good-living advice, go immediately to another doctor with some sense who would give him something to take. I know, for I have been through the sad experience.
It had always been my fortune, good or bad, that I would try to follow my convictions. I had been a most consistent follower of the conventional medical treatment. If I felt depressed I took a stimulant drug. If I felt nervous I took a sedative drug. If I was constipated I took laxative. If I had a headache and was constipated, I took a purgative or cathartic drug. If I suffered from indigestion, I took pepsin and hydrochloric acid or, perhaps, pancreatin or a bitter tonic or an alkali drug, all depending upon the manifestations or symptoms. If I had a cold I took a drastic purge and quinine or belladonna or both.
If I did not sleep I took a hypnotic drug. If I had rheumatism, and I very often had, I took some of the salicylates or some other drug. For high blood pressure, I took the iodides, or other drugs. For my frequent headaches I took some of the coal-tar derivatives or some proprietary migraine tablets. Needless to say, I constantly had one, some, or many of these maladies, really manifestations of one huge physical or physiological disturbance which we doctors had worked out to be manifestations of certain pathological states to which we gave the conventional disease names with which medical art tags these pathological states.”
“I had brought premature old age upon myself. I was dying of old age in what ought to have been middle life. Twenty-five years later I am youthful, vigorous, forward-looking and feel as if I were really just beginning my career, which I actually think is true.
“How did I do it? First of all I corrected my diet, as I shall outline in a later chapter. But I also corrected my exercise habits – rather my habit of not exercising. For many years I had saved myself all I could by refusing to use my energy for any purpose other than just living and doing those physical acts necessary in my attempts make a living. I believed I needed all my energy to keep my organs going. I had not then realized that my vital organs were really vitalized by vigorous exercise of my voluntary muscles in the out of doors, as nature intended them to be.
“I now changed my entire regimen of living. I began by easy stages to get rid of the layers of impeding clothing with which I had insulated my body against the environment. Coincidentally, I began to accustom my skin to cool air contacts and daily baths, at first by sponging the skin with tepid water in a well-aired, previously ventilated room, as already described.
Then I began to open the window a little, top and bottom, and take just a little rapidly-moving physical exercise, at first in bed, then later out of bed, consisting mostly of quickly rubbing the skin with the palms of my hands and slapping it until it tingled, rising on my tiptoes several times and settling slowly back to the soles of my feet. Standing back two and a half feet from a wall and with my palms against the wall, allow my body to fall towards the wall until my chest almost touched it, then push the body back again to arms length from the wall.
Standing with back to mirror and trying to turn the body so as to look my reflection directly in the eyes without moving the feet on floor. Standing with the feet about eight to ten inches apart, hands on sides just above the hip bones, bending the body forward, then, keeping it bent, swing it around to the right side, then on around to the back and on around towards the left side to the point of starting. Then I reversed the movement. A little later I began bending body as far over to the right side as i could, trying to touch the outer side of leg as far below knee as I was able, with my finger tips.
At the same time I threw my left arm and hand upward and over my head. I then reversed the movement. Then I began bending forward trying to touch my toes without bending my knees. I then began opening my window wider, for it was summer time, and, lying flat on my back on my bed, I crossed my arms in front and, grasping each arm just above the elbow with the opposite hand and drawing forcibly upon my arms, I at the same time raised the body to a sitting posture.
Then I slowly allowed my body to resume the recumbent position. In short, I gradually evolved a whole series of movements calculated to develop every muscular group in the body, but I devoted especial care to exercises that developed the muscles about the waist and the abdominal muscles. This was for the good reason that the waist and abdominal muscles are auxiliary supports for all of the intra-abdominal organs. When they are relaxed the abdominal organs often sag and the circulation in them is impaired and this cannot but tend to impair function.
“No need to take more room to describe these exercises, as any good enough ones for all purposes, and I shall describe my whole system in chapter thirty-nine.
“All this time I had been walking, at first only four blocks. After two weeks I made five blocks, two weeks later six blocks, two weeks later eight blocks, then ten and twelve, etc., until within six months I was walking six miles, though not always without resting. Then I began to walk faster and faster, without increasing distance. When I was able to walk the first two miles in forty minutes I began to add squatting exercises to my room exercises; placing hands to sides above hips I squatted until my hips contacted my heels, then I rose to a standing position.
When I was able to do this ten times in close succession without getting winded or wobbly in the knees I began stationary running. With arms bent at sides, as in actual running, I stood in one place and ran on my toes or balls of my feet ten times, at first very guardedly, then I gradually increased the number of steps.
“When I could run fifty steps without seeing black and feeling my my heart beat as if it would jump out of my bosom I began to do a little hill climbing, seeking at first very short and gentle slopes, then longer slopes and then longer and steeper ones. Soon I was climbing stairs to my office on the fourth floor, beginning by climbing at first only one flight, then two and finally the whole four flights.
“I then began to lift light weights; gradually, very gradually, increasing them.
“By these various measures I gave to my every voluntary muscle vigorous exercise, always keeping it up until just the beginning of tiredness, then promptly and positively stopping. But I was as careful to keep on until I was getting tired as I was to stop at that point, since that is the only method of training functional power to increase.
“Finally I got to the point where I could lie on my bed quite nude with the windows open for half an hour in zero weather, at the same time keeping up vigorous muscular movements to keep up the circulation.
Then Id go to the bathroom and carry out the routine already described, completing the programme there by pommelling my body from head to feet with my closed fists and frictioning the skin from scalp to toes, these final manipulations being, in my opinion, the best of the entire series of my exercises.
“When I began my exercises my blood vessels were of such poor grade that almost if I were struck with a feather I would have a great blue mark on the skin, showing rupture of the capillary walls with resultant bleeding into the surrounding tissue, a condition bordering upon scurvy, and common everywhere. Now I can pound my body as hard as I am able to hit with my closed fists and never leave a shade of colour.
Moreover, if I now accidentally hit my let or arm against some hard object with force enough to make a contusion – and it has to be considerable blow – it is not likely to turn a dark blue, but will be only very slightly discoloured and entirely disappear in a few days.
“What is the meaning of this? It means that my blood vessels have regained their elasticity and, being no longer brittle, they do not rupture easily, and my blood and tissues being normally alkaline and my blood and lymph vessels normal, they quickly reabsorb any blood that is extravasated into the tissues from ruptured capillaries. And this means what? It ought to mean that my heart is no longer struggling against rigid and contracted arteries and that it ought to be more normal in its beat, and that is quite true.
Within a year my heart was practically normal, although it would cut a few capers on rare occasions for three or four years, but that was generally a reflex condition from my stomach when I happened to overload it or otherwise abuse it.
“Naturally, while my heart was getting well, all of my other organs were similarly approaching normal condition, for by my new living habits I was permitting nature, through my reflex Defensive Mechanism, to have her own way; and she was responding and reconstructing my body as a whole, as she may be counted on to do when properly liberated and co-operated with by a willing mind and body.
“It will be observed once more that I made changes in my living habits very slowly and by very easy stages. This was vitally important since any drastic change in accustomed habits might mean disaster to one in my devitalized state. It must be remembered that organic functions are not under control of the will, but of the reflex nervous system, and thus they can adapt themselves only slowly to any new conditions.
“The chronically sick should understand that getting well is a gradual process, just as getting chronically sick is a gradual process”.