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Dr. Hall believes tbat the time will oomo wlien those digeasos whieh aro now oured by medioino will be cured by food. Sa!t is odo of the boat remedies for spittiug blood, and a lump of galt foroed iuto tbs stotnach lias arrested convulsioitï. WatenneloD3 aro known to act specifically and powerfully upon the kidnoys. They thorefore are a remedy in epilepsy, eoino oonditions of cholera, and have cured diarrheas and fevera. The rea8on is simnle ; the water whicb in cholera and diarrhoa runs off tbrough the bowels is diverted through tho prop er chaonel by making tho kidneys act, and tbe eleuieuts in tho blood whioh canso epilepsy, and fevers are carried off by a free action of the samo organ. A physician in South Araerica treated eight oases of yellow fever with watermelons, and cured tbeui all. Ha dia covered the great value of the remedy by oue oí his patients crawling in tho night to a pile of water-melona and eating his fill. The next morning bewas better, and recovered soon. Nature nearly always iudiuates tho remody, as sbe does in the cat's craving for cutnip, and when it is fouud that patients in fever nearly always cravo watermelonn, ft might bo at oüco knowa that this lusciouE product is a valuablo febrifuge. The most remarkuble case of this inBtinot and of a fever oure (not "on record," for thia is the firat time it has been put on record), of which wo have ver heard, occurred sorue years ago in this State. It s vouched for by a phyBtcian in good standing. Ele left a fuver patiënt in the early eveuiug, under the knpression that nothing could save him, and that he would be dead by morning. About midnight a member of the patient'a family called him up and requestcd him to viaït the patiënt ngain. Gowig towar d tha house, wheu a square distant, ha heard a voice orying, "Cider ! Cider ! Cider I" the voico growing louder as ho ntared tho house, and continuing tho cry ia a monotonous and meohanical tono. He found on entering the house that the cry issued from his patiënt, who seemed unconscious and jïüid no attention to anything 8aid or done, hut kept on crying "Cider !" The physiciau procured a pitchor full of cider and raised tbe patiënt, resting his neck against pillows and plaoed tho pitcher in his hands. He clutchod it greedily aud draioed it to the bottom ! Then he went oa crying "Cider !" the cry gradually growing lower until tbe patiënt feil asleep. The physician remained until the man's skio began to soften and grovv moist. In the morniug the physician returned and fouod the patiënt doing wcll and he soon recovered. Ho had no reoollection whatever of having cried "Cider 1" having Beeo unconscious all the while. The iostiact withia him appears to have taken possession of the unconscious man, and like a good spirit, used his voieo to teil what would save him. Cider, therefore, may bo eet down as a remedy for fever. Raw minced beef is now used as a remedy for bloody flux and consumption. Celery is an excellent remedy for kidney affections. Itipe fruits and berries euro oostiveness. Olive or swect oil taken soon afier a poison will servo as an antidote. Pounded raw cranberries put as a poultice on parts effected with erysipelas will effect a cure within a week. A man was cured of hydrophobia by eating voraciously of onions. &!je$pcfigattrgjts


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