This section of the book is from "Fasting, Hydropathy and Exercise", by Bernarr MacFadden.
Same treatment as for Boils.
Treatment should aim at building up the
general health, and purifying the blood in every way. Long walks
and deep-breathing exercises in the open air. Regular use of
some system of exercises such as are illustrated here. Every
care to secure fresh air at all times, and special attention
required to thorough mastication of food that digestion may be
carried on more perfectly and more easily. The daily use of some
antiseptic wash for the nostrils can be commended, such as a
very mild solution of salt and water; about a quarter teaspoonful
of salt to a glass of water. This solution must never be made
stronger as it very often irritates the mucous membrane and makes
the symptoms more severe if this mistake is made.
Cold sitz bath and wet sheet pack twice
a day. No food until symptoms begin to disappear, and strong
appetite is noted.
In all children's diseases the first, and
about the most effective, remedy is to thoroughly flush the colon.
Allow no food until there is a strong and unmistakable desire
for same. Wet sheet pack can be advised once or twice a day in
all fevers. Where there is severe pains in the bowels, apply
very hot cloths, changing frequently.
Stay in the open air as much as possible;
long walks, and deep breathing will be found of advantage. A
fast of a day or two will be found of great aid, and usually
when the first meal is eaten after this fast but little will
remain of the cold. Rubbing the skin until the circulation is
thoroughly accelerated will be found of advantage. Treatment
of hot steam baths can also be recommended in severe cases.
No. 8 will be found of special advantage in this particular
complaint, and should be taken at least twice a day until
thoroughly tired. Walking in the open air and deep breathing will
also be found beneficial. In every case avoid white bread, eating
whole wheat bread instead, and confine diet to two meals per
day. An all-round system of exercises for building up the general
system will also assist recovery.
Remain in the open air as much as possible. Have the windows
in your sleeping-room so arranged that the air in the inside
contains the same amount of oxygen as that outside. Give especial
attention to exercises
numbers 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18. These
exercises should be taken at least twice daily, and in the open
air if possible making a habit during these exercises to draw in
all the breath you can inhale. A long walk with deep breathing
each day. The diet should be confined to one or two meals per day,
and great care should be taken to thoroughly masticate each
morsel. If symptoms are at all severe, the patient should retire
at night in a wet sheet pack. The cure of this complaint will
depend a great deal upon your ability to breathe pure air night
and day, and upon your ability to secure a large amount of
Long walks in the open air, and deep breathing will be found
beneficial, also exercises
numbers 1, 7, 15, 16 and 17. Great care should be taken not to
overeat, and to thoroughly masticate every morsel. Confine diet to
two meals per day. Secure some pure, strained honey and use same
frequently whenever cough becomes irritated. At night, upon
retiring, wet cloth and wrap same around neck and chest and allow
it to remain there until dry, or until morning.
Wrap the throat and chest in cloths as hot
as can possibly be borne; change same frequently until symptoms