Recurring "attacks" of any acute disease tend to become and are on their way to becoming chronic. Recurring sick headache, "biliousness," bronchitis, bronch-pneumonia, indigestion, rheumatism, cold, etc., represent a chronic condition which manifests itself at times in these acute outbreaks. Chronic illnesses, although always present, are not always equally present or are not always present in equal extent or degree. They have their periods of recession and exacerbation--are better at one time and worse at another.

Recurring sick headaches or recurring "bilious" attacks, lead to to rheumatism or the formation of tumors and cancers. The end results of the process, represented by the recurring "attacks" of minor illnesses, can be prevented by preventing the minor difficulties. If the individual who so suffers can be induced to reform his mode of living and particularly his mode of eating, he will gradually overcome his troubles. By adopting a correct mode of living and continuing it he can not only get rid of his present troubles, but he can also prevent future troubles.

We ought to cure recurring affections in the intervals between and not during the "attacks." For, whatever is done to alleviate the pain and discomfort of the "attack" is largely only palliative and almost always evil in its effects.

The important thing for us to get firmly fixed in our minds is that disease is, an evolution, beginning in small, imperceptible stages and advancing step by step to cancer, or tuberculosis, or Bright's disease. We will then realize the extreme importance of preventing the development of these early stages of disease by the proper care of infants and children.

The practice of "letting well enough alone" until the child becomes sick and, then, treating the sickness is one of the greatest evils of child-life. Diseases do not require treatment, but they should be prevented.

Treatment presupposes the prior commission of a wrong which requires correction. It should be obvious to the least discerning that this is not the ideal. Education goes far deeper than treatment. It anticipates an effect resulting from a given cause and points the way to prevention.

Dr. Page once asked a very clever old lady why it is that babies are "usually crammed full of milk every two or three hours, without regard to the weather or their needs, kept puking and purging, until finally they become constipated, and writhe and shriek with colicky pains, and then the nurse or mother wraps them in hot cloths, and turns them on their bellies and tries to jounce the wind out of them. What is the use of all this?"

He tells us that the lady answered rather non-plussed, "why it seems as if we were doing something for 'm!"

Do something for them is the thought of every mother, father, nurse, doctor; when, what they need is to be let alone. If children were left alone more in health, they would be sick less and if a let alone policy were pursued when they are sick, they would die less often. Most of this "doing something for them" is really doing something to them. The amount of suffering that is caused in infants, by this almost universal habit of treating them, is incalculable.

Mothers desire strength and beauty in their children, but fail to secure these, because they violate those laws of nature that control the development of strength and beauty. They not only violate these laws, themselves, but, through their example and training, they teach the children to do the same thing. In this last, they are given plenty of help by fathers, and often the sins of the mother during pregnancy originate with the father.