Breathing In Going Uphill

Sources: Papers On Health

See Breath, and Nerve.

British Cholera is to a certain extent epidemic--that is, it affects a

large number of people in a particular place, being, it is believed,

conveyed mainly by the common house flies. War should be waged against

these, and great care taken to guard food, especially that of children,

against them, by using covers, etc. If this were done the appalling

death-rate in summer from this disease among the young would be largely

reduced. Typhoid fever and other diseases are probably also spread by

flies. Care should be taken to remove promptly all refuse from about

the house, and so prevent flies breeding on it.

In ordinary diarrhoea, injections of cold water by the enema will

usually cure, especially if a little vinegar or a few drops of acetic

acid be added to the water. But in British Cholera this proves


This is not an affection of merely one part of the system, but of the

whole. If, then, you brace with the cold enema one part, no doubt so

far you do good and not harm, but you cannot by this, cure an affection

of the whole system. British Cholera is a sweating from the surfaces of

the whole alimentary organs. This internal sweat flows into the stomach

and causes vomiting, and into the bowels causing purging that cannot be

stayed by any application to the lower part merely.

The problem to be solved is how to give more life force. Whenever the

injection of cold water fails, and especially when it rather increases

the complaint, and vomiting or sickness shows that the attack is of the

nature of British Cholera, you will do well to pack feet and legs in a

good blanket fomentation. Put a little olive oil on before and after

such a packing. One application may be sufficient; but it may be

necessary to repeat the packing. Give frequent sips of hot water. It

will be well also to use the cold injection, as it will be found to

take good effect whenever the vital force has been increased by the hot

packing. If cramp has shown itself, it will be needful to cool the

spinal nerves (see Angina Pectoris), but this only when you are

effectually heating the limbs.

The first injection may be followed by even an excessive motion, but if

that is followed up with another injection still of cold water, there

will be nothing experienced after but perfect comfort, and no more

trouble with the bowels.

The violent irritation that follows after a very simple over-action of

the lower bowel is quite prevented when this remedy is effectually

used. In less severe cases, where fermentation of food is the cause of

the disease, frequently a dessertspoonful of castor oil, or other

simple purgative, will prove sufficient to cure.

Brandy often gets the credit of curing in such cases. It does so simply

because the cases in which it kills are not taken into account. It

always lessens vital energy, and in British Cholera increase of this

is urgently required.