Men Not Always Stronger than Women - Care and Attention to a Man's Health is Necessary - Three Chief Points to Remember - Diet - Avoidance of Chills - Health of the Nervous System Value of Holidays and Hobbies
The popular idea that men are "stronger" than women is not invariably borne out by facts. A small, fragile woman may be "stronger" than her six-foot husband. It is a well-known fact that women live longer than men, and suffer less from heart disease and other ailments due to strain.
A Wife's Duty
The average man is so afraid of being considered "a muff" that he is apt to neglect his health and to run risks that may have serious consequences. There is so much competition and strain in business and professional life to-day that very few men can, or will, give the thought and care to health matters that are necessary.
It falls to the wife, therefore, to guard against health risks, to see that, whilst avoiding anything in the shape of coddling, due care and attention are paid to the husband's health. The man in good health and condition will do better work, and he will be happier and easier to live with. He will escape the serious illness and breakdown which come to so many men after a few years of strain. Chill or business worry may be the apparent cause. The man who is in good health will not be affected by these things. But if the vitality is below par, if the health has not been kept up to the mark for a few months, a man is liable to influenza or nervous breakdown at any time.
One of the first things every woman should realise is that if she gets her husband and children in good physical and nervous condition, they will escape chills, infectious ailments, and most diseases.
Now, there are mothers who will spend any amount of thought and energy on the welfare of their babies, and they are quite right to do so, but in too many households the man's health is neglected. The man who is at business all day, working under pressure, has a right to have his health considered, and it pays the wife to do so from every point of view.
The three chief points with regard to a husband's health are: (1) The digestion; (2) the avoidance of chill; (3) the health of the nervous system.
The Question of Diet
The simple expedient of ensuring good, simple, well-cooked food, punctual meals, with a varied diet, preserves the health of a husband. So many men have to depend upon snacks for their midday meal that a nicely served, well-cooked dinner in the evening is an absolute necessity. A bad cook will ruin the health and temper of a man who is working hard with his brain, and who is undergoing a double strain if his digestive organs are being overworked. The provision of proper food for the family is a health measure every woman can ensure if she cares to take the trouble. Apart from food and digestion, many men suffer from dyspepsia from neglecting to attend to their teeth, and the wife who can tactfully prevail upon her husband to have any defective condition of the teeth attended to has
Medical 12l8 accomplished something that will have far-reaching effects for good. Not reckoning the type of man who seems to live to eat, the majority of busy men are apt to grudge the time that has to be given to meals. Chronic dyspepsia may be the fate of the man who takes his dinner hurriedly, and refuses to "waste time" afterwards which he would rather devote to arrears of work. A quiet half-hour after dinner, chatting and resting, is time profitably spent by the busiest man from the health point of view. So many men suffer from gout and dyspepsia that diet comes to be a very necessary consideration in connection with the husband's health.
The type of food has a very important bearing on many diseases. The gouty man, for example, has to avoid butchers' meat and heavy wines. He must limit the amount of sugar, and take simple food in preference to rich dishes or luxurious meals. Butchers' meat and alcohol once a day spells moderation and good health, whilst the soothing influence of tobacco, although not to be denied the busy man in moderation, is responsible for a good deal of ill-health amongst husbands who get into a habit of persistently over-smoking.
Chills and What They Lead To
The husband who is careless about damp clothes and wet boots has to be gently taught the danger of contracting chills. In springtime especially, when winter is practically over but cold weather is still with us, chills are frequently caught by hurrying to business in thick winter clothes and overcoats, and becoming excessively hot and perspiring, and then rapidly cooling after reaching the office and sitting down without a coat. Very few men seem to understand that an overcoat is an unnecessary garment when walking rapidly out of doors, and it would be far more sensible to reverse the usual proceeding - that is, walk to business without an overcoat, and put it on when sitting down in a room that is at all chilly.
The wife can do a good deal to guard against chill by seeing that her husband's Nothing is sufficiently warm and yet no1 heavy. Perhaps the most important point is to attend to the foot-gear. Well-soled boots and shoes will prevent many a chill, cold in the head, and influenza. The man who has to be out of doors in all weathers has to run certain risks in the matter of damp clothing and exposure to rain. But with sensible precautions, no ill-effects will follow. Wet clothes are not of much consequence so long as one is moving about and a change is made into dry things on coming indoors.
Neglected colds at this season are always somewhat dangerous. After the long strain of winter work, diminished muscular exercise and outdoor life, the resistance is weakened, and chronic lung conditions are far more apt to occur than at other times. So that the careful wife refuses to allow a cough to become "chronic." She does not allow the man's health to "run down," and even insists - backed up by the family doctor - upon a brief holiday and change of air.