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Constipation Of Bowels

This disease may proceed from either a negative condition--a ...


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Rheumatism is the cause of most instances of cardiac disease ...

What Kind Of Food Should We Eat?

Generally speaking, our Appetites will Guide us. Our whole bo...


In cases not demonstrably tuberculous, hemoptysis may requir...

General Directions Of The Current

Negative affections, as a general rule, are best treated with...

Lessons From Nutritional Anthropology

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Acute Pericarditis

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Take the B D current, medium force. If the paralysis be in a ...


These will be found treated under the various heads of Colds, ...

One's Self

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How To Give Yourself An Enema

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Ventilation All-important

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The Cause Of Disease

Ever since natural medicine arose in opposition to the violen...

Endocarditis A Secondary Affection

Mild endocarditis is rarely a primary affection, and is almos...

Food Combining And "healthfood Junkfood"

This brings us to a topic I call healthfood junkfood. Many pe...

Diet For Middle Age And The Aged

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Limb Saving A

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Housemaid's Knee

To cure a swelling on the knee-joint is, as a rule, easy. Rest...

Air-tight Covering

Source: Papers On Health

The covering of oiled silk, or guttapercha, so
frequently placed over wet bandages when these are applied to any part
of the body, is not only useless, but often positively hurtful. It is
true that the waterproof covering retains the moisture in the bandage,
but it is also true that great heat is developed, and the waste
products in the perspiration are retained on the surface of the skin.
The effect of this is injurious in a very high degree. A little soft
old linen for the wet bandage, with a piece of double new flannel over
it, will leave all the pores of the skin open, and allow all waste
products to pass away freely, while the heat and moisture are retained
as much as necessary.

In other cases two folds of moist flannel next to skin, and two folds
of the same, dry, above the moist ones, will make an excellent bandage.
This applied all over the abdomen, in case of abdominal dropsy, will
have a most beneficial result.

The reason why we often say new flannel is simply that few know how to
wash it so as to retain its soft and porous nature as it is when good
and new. That softness and porousness may be retained in a very easy
way. When you have put your soiled flannel through two good washings
with soap in the usual way, dip it in clean boiling water, and finish
cleaning it with that dipping. You will have it white and fine as when

M'Clinton's soap, being made from plant ashes and not from soda, is
much less liable to shrink and harden flannel; in fact, it is best for
all fine washing.

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