Health--the poor man's riches, and the rich man's bliss.

A State of health consists in the power of all the different organs to perform, in an easy and regular manner, all their proper offices.. This state, on which our happiness so much depends, is the legitimate result of a correct mode of living. The man, woman, or child, who daily transgresses the physical laws of their nature, can no more expect to be healthy, than they can expect to breathe without air or live under water.

Ask the man who has not been free from pain a single day for a series of years, what he considers the greatest earthly blessing, and he will tell you, health. When deprived of this, all nature wears a gloomy aspect. The glistening sun beams, the opening flowers, the green-clad trees, the rippling streams, or the soul-cheering notes of the feathered songsters, have for him no charms. The aching head, the hacking cough, and the hectic flush, admonish him, that soon he must close his eyes on all things earthly. Then it is he looks back with sorrow and deep remorse on a life spent in constant violation of the laws of nature, the result of which is always to produce misery and disease in proportion to the extent of those violations.

Thousands there are, who are this moment rolling in wealth, who would give a quit-claim deed of all creation, and place themselves in the condition of the man who depends on his daily labor for his daily bread, if they could enjoy perfect health.

If health be thus valuable, that the miser will pour out his gold, the epicure give up his sumptuous fare, and the young lady bid defiance to the life-destroying fashions of the age, that they may obtain it when lost, is it not worth preserving ?

How then can we preserve our health ? Here is a question of more importance than any other of the great questions that are now agitating the world. Any question or enterprise, having for its object the accumulation or preservation of wealth, would weigh as little in comparison with this, as the bubble in the opposite scale with the mountain. It may be argued that health is a blessing conferred upon us by Divine Providence, and He continues or destroys it according to his own pleasure, without any agency of our own. This doctrine has prevailed to an alarming extent, and has been sanctioned by those who profess to know more about the mysterious dealings of Providence than they do the physiological laws of our nature. Is it not the height of injustice to charge upon Him, whose "tender mercies are over all the works of his hands," our own folly? He, in infinite wisdom and goodness, has established certain unchangeable laws, by which all matter, animate and inanimate, is governed. Obedience to these laws secures to us health and all its blessings, with as much certainty as obedience to moral laws secures peace of mind.

In order therefore to preserve health, a proper regard must be had to food, drink, clothing, excercise, air, and bathing.

Food And Drink

On no one thing does perfect health so much depend, as on the quantity, quality, and proper mastication of food; notwithstanding which, a majority of mankind swallow down, half chewed, and in large quantities, a heterogeneous mass of beef, pork, butter, cheese, mince pies, cakes, etc., regardless of consequences or the object of eating and drinking. So long as we thus transgress nature's laws, so long we must suffer the consequences; which are pain, debility, and untimely death, in spite of physicians, regular or irregular, homťopathic, hydropathic, or Thomsonian even. Such is the difference in the habits and constitution of man, that no universal system of diet can be prescribed, adapted to the circumstances of all; but a few simple rules should always be observed. Eat, three times a day only, a moderate quantity of such food as is the most easily digested, which should be well chewed or mixed with the saliva before it is swallowed. The best food is coarse wheat bread, potatoes, rice, ripe fruit, rye pudding, peas, beans, etc., and the best drink is pure cold water; avoiding tea, coffee, fat meat, butter, cheese, etc. The real object of eating should be kept in view, viz. to supply the system with a proper amount of nutriment, varying according to the amount of active exercise taken, and the power of the digestive apparatus, and not to gratify a depraved appetite. Every man and woman should become acquainted with the physiological laws of their nature, so as to eat and drink and provide for their children in accordance therewith.


The principal object of clothing is to protect the body from cold and inclement weather, and therefore should be adapted to the climate, season of the year, age, etc. The practice of dressing children very warm, serves to enfeeble and relax the system, rendering them subject to colds and all their attendant evils. They should be accustomed to wear but little clothing when indoors, and that perfectly loose about them. It will be observed that those children who, from necessity, are poorly clad and coarsely fed, are usually more robust than those who are warmly clad, and are pampered with all the nice things a fond mother can obtain; the good intentions of whom do not prevent the suffering she is unavoidably bringing upon herself and offspring. This consideration only should be kept in view in dress, regardless of fashion, that is, its adaptedness to the convenience and comfort of the wearer, and the season of the year. Too much cannot be said against compressing the chest, as is the custom of many females, who have thereby sacrificed themselves to the goddess fashion, and we fear many more must be sacrificed at the same shrine before the practice will be abandoned. Tight bandages about the neck, or any part of the system, should be avoided, as they obstruct the free circulation of blood.

If a man would live in accordance with his nature, take proper exercise in the open air, and thereby produce a free circulation of blood, but little clothing would be required; but as he is enfeebled by disease, want of exercise, etc., he must keep himself warm by flannels, stoves, and stimulating meats and drinks, until exhausted nature gives up the struggle to sustain its requisite quantity of heat, which suddenly sinks to the temperature of the ground six feet from the surface.

The real object of clothing seems, at the present day, to be almost entirely overlooked; fashion, instead of convenience and comfort, must be consulted. How many render themselves miserable because they have not the means of following every foolish fashion that is introduced! while others toil incessantly, giving themselves no opportunity for the improvement of the mind or innocent amusement, destroying their health and happiness to obtain the means of rendering themselves ridiculous in the eyes of the really wise. But so the world goes, and so it must continue to go, until dress and shape become so ridiculous and fantastical as to be a laughing-stock for each other. Says the celebrated Cobbett on this subject, " Let our dress be as cheap as may be without shabbiness; attend more to the color of your shirt than to the gloss and texture of your coat; be always clean as your situation will, without inconvenience, permit; but never, no, not for one moment, believe that any human being, with sense in his skull, will love or respect you on account of your fine, costly clothes."

The man or woman, who has independence enough to dare dress consistently and decently, in defiance of a foolish and pernicious fashion, if holding a rank in society that gives them influence, will do much for the benefit of his or her race. Ye professed followers of the despised Nazarene, shall we not look to you for the example ? or must Christianity itself yield to fashion, and its professors vie with each other in obtaining the most gaudy and costly apparel ?