Home started in Buckinghamshire, under Dr. Haig, for instruction and practice in uric-acid-free foods - A second home in Hampshire for fleshless diet, recommended by Mr. Eustace Miles, M.A. - Critical paper, by a patient of Dr. Haig - Dr. Haig's answer to same.
A few fresh facts having come to my knowledge since the former chapters were written, I am adding them here as a postscript because I think they will be useful to those who have read what I have said before.
The news has just reached me that a grateful patient of Dr. Haig's has started a self-supporting home where invalids, and those interested in Dr. Haig's theories of diet, may reside under his personal supervision and teaching. Miss Florence Jessop, the secretary of the home - Apsley House, Slough - will give all the necessary information to those who write for it. The pamphlet, describing the objects of the home, opens with this sentence: 'Life is not mere existence, but health and happiness. The object here is life in its fullest sense.' With Dr. Haig's characteristic eagerness to share his knowledge and experience with all who care to learn, he has provided that doctors shall be taken in, free of charge, for Saturday to Monday visits, that they may get to understand about the place. This is only one more instance of what I have noticed ever since I have known him, viz. that he tries to teach everyone all he knows in the belief that, if only they understand his theory, they will be able to keep their own health in order and greatly control the chances of disease. The terms of the home are from three to five guineas per week, which include all comforts, and Dr. Haig's attendance on his bi-weekly visits. Poor patients can place themselves in his care at the Metropolitan Hospital, or the Royal Hospital for Children and Women, at both of which he is a visiting physician.
I was told that, after the publication of my second book, some people said, ' I wonder what Dr. Haig pays Mrs. Earle for puffing him in her books ?' This deliciously characteristic question of the age amused me immensely. I wonder what these same people will say now? It seems a pity that there should be anyone who does not understand the difference between personal interest of any sort, and the impersonal interest in scientific work which promises to benefit the whole world, if those who believe in it help to make it known.
Mr. Eustace Miles, M.A., is thoroughly recommending another home called Broadlands, at Medstead, Hants, and says that he may be used as a reference, as it is just the kind of establishment to which he alluded in a recent letter to the ' Daily Mail.'Particulars can be obtained from Miss Houston, the secretary. The terms are two guineas a-week, which at first sight appears cheaper than Apsley House, but as this charge does not include medical attendance and instruction, there is no great difference.
It being my fixed idea that the food question rests with the intelligent public and not with the doctors, I asked a friend who for over two years has taken immense interest in the question both for himself and others, to be kind enough to put on paper his present attitude with regard to diet. My friend sent his critical paper to Dr. Haig, who has most kindly taken the trouble to write for me his explanation of the difficulties raised.