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Hygienic Fallacies

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Cííe Pichan irgus A fallaoy in regard to diet, is to sup puse tbat tho natural ;if potito is not tí. beal guido as to tbc quaotity aud iuaüt; of '-ur food. jt is tiue lint t lio appctiío dorasome times besóme pervoi ted 1 t i- true tha Lt doen beconi'j son, tunos Bjmptom o dioasc. Jj u t iheao casos ne ezceptioo al. Hideous doctrines liave beon laogh ou lilis stibj ot. We liare boo:i I ly told to riso from the lable as hungr' us-wlien we tM down Wu havo b -i-i ioIJ to be ulwavn ready íor a mea] - ii oiher wordt), to live in a stute vi per petual huuger Wo liaio beeü told te eat tilosa Ibinga tliat wo mns' hato, anf to avoid tboee we most love - that to liavo a longiDg for aiy fir:iole, is th verv reasou v!ij wn liould be denied it Tiloso di'-t' ines are monstrous. The; are unworthy tlie ninctccinh centurj ïhey aio a libel ou the Creator whogave us taste ai.d tppotito, D order that we inight kuow wbat to caí and drink, mu gave us alto judgment to direut njipetite un i taste wlien tiiu gystem becoiiic diseased. Notwitbstnndinz a'l its liability to perversión, tlie appetite is, on tho wholt u better guid iu seleciiug food, and iu raeasur'mg its qusntity, tban all tlit booka oq hygiëne tbat' have ever beeu vvritten. The practice of woigliing tbo food, ■ ■whieh was introducod to tho world by the examplo and teacliiogs of Col naro, the Italiau, canimt be too strongly reprobatod. It is itnpnssiblo for soaloa to teil how much to eat. Tho quaotity of food tliat we ueed depeods on the amount of labor tliat we do, on the nature of tiiejcoustitutiou, ou oar mental mood and on tho ijuaüty aud rariety of the food wbieh ia eerved, To wcigh or meaaure t!:e food habitunlly is not only silly, unuecessury, and ueles8 ; it is actuall y a ei ime. It wasten valuable houra tliat should be botter employed. It tnakes us miserable, nud tbat fact alone is argument cuough against it. It briugs on indigestión auit nll other woes, and tkerefore preveutsus frotn getting the best advantage of wliat we cat. Still another common fulhicy is, that Brain-workors necd less nntrioent than thone who livo by thcir muscles. Tbis idea would uever have been enterlained if peoplo had depended on thoir own observation and experienca. But we have been iufluencod by falae teachit)gs aud erroueous theories. Any one who lias attended assoeiatiotjsjof clergymen, or alumni mcetiiif.'s, or bas boirded wi h studenls, hn had an opportuuity to sea that brain-workur ■re Urge eaiers, as indeed thoy ehould be if they are ronlly hard workers. The changos of tissue iu tbc brain, that take place duriiiy study and tbougbt, are very important and very rapid, and must


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