How many of you have read or known about someone in a hospital who has been burned with a hot water bottle? Could you imagine any healthy child or grown up person lying still long enough for real damage to be done from contact with an hot water bottle? Within a fraction of a second the healthy person would have become fully cognisant of the situation and would have taken the appropriate action. But a person who is drugged is not a healthy person. His fire and burglar alarms have been put out of action, and he remains unaware of the damage. That is why his motor mechanisms do not make the necessary immediate adjustments to meet the danger.

After all, that is the basis of our charge against medicating. Proper response occurs only if the body is fully alert to what is wrong. Drugs of the sedative group induce a nervous and mental sluggishness and numbness, so that all reactions are slowed down and the best result that can be hoped for is comparative unawareness of anything wrong—what we call low-grade health. Health in the ordinary acceptance represents merely this numbness along with a fair degree of stability. In other words the medicated person is so stupefied that he puts up with almost anything without resentment. In good health his bodily forces would take brilliantly correct and instantaneous actions to meet any and every kind of emergency.