The Sun is the father, and great source of energy on the physical plane, whilst the Moon is the mother, or restorer of nervous force, having a more intimate connection with magnetic attraction. To walk much in the moonlight, especially during the second quarter, and at the full, is undeniably beneficial in some states of nervous atony, (though it may be harmful at other times). The influence of the moon on the earth is strikingly shown by the tides produced thereby, this luminary being magnetic, whilst the sun is electric.

In an analogous way nerve energy can be transferred from the positive person to the negative, from the powerful to the weak, by taking both hands into those of the operator, or by putting one hand on the head of the patient, and the other over the large solar plexus of nerves embodied at the pit of the stomach. "A determined man," says Emerson, "by his very attitude, and the tone of his voice, puts a stop to defeat, and begins to conquer'.

'In a somewhat like manner (as already related) the common, or garden lodestone of "magnetic iron" exercises certain physical effects, of which few persons are aware, for remedial purposes. "You would be surprised to know the uses people make of lode-stones now-a-days," says a noted London mineralogist. "One gentleman I know never goes t6 sleep without a lodestone in his hand. Another keeps one on a little shelf at the head of his bed, and says he sleeps the better for it. Yet another man carries one about in his pocket. This piece (then in hand) I am going to grind flat for a lady, who places it on her face when suffering from neuralgia, and finds undoubted relief".

An American scientist has carried out certain investigations in a field of enquiry hitherto considered beyond the pale of exact science, the influence of mental emotion on the body. His researches demonstrate in a practical way the effect produced by various states of mind upon individual health. Suppose half a dozen men in a room; one feels depressed, another remorseful, another ill-tempered, another jealous, another cheerful, another benevolent. It is a warm day, and they all perspire. Samples of their sudor, or perspiration, are handed to the psychologist; and under examination these several samples reveal all the emotional conditions particularized above, distinctly and unmistakably. Each disagreeable, or malign emotion is associated with its own particular poison, which reacts injuriously upon the person physically; whereby bad thoughts, and memories, undermine the energies; and among all the chemical products of such motions that of conscious guilt is the worst. If a small quantity of the sudor of a person suffering from a sense of guilt is placed in a glass tube, and exposed to contact with selenic acid, it will turn pink.

And, corresponding to the evil emotion, there is a mischievous change in the tissues of the body, which depresses vitality, and engenders poison; whilst on the other hand every good emotion works an exalting, and life-promoting change.

Reverting to the subject of mineral waters, a distinct relation exists as to mineralization of the bodily tissues for good or evil, between the physical states of gout on the one hand, and tubercular consumption of the lungs on the other. Furthermore, the dietetic treatment of these diseases is respectively indicated by this relation. The gouty subject is over-mineralized, and must be fed accordingly, whilst the consumptive patient is under-mineralized, and has to be almost surfeited with urea (largely present in ordinary eggs), the obnoxious basis of gout. Chemically, the blood of the gouty and the consumptive are antagonistic. "The consumptive," says a physician who successfully conducts an important open-air sanatorium near New York City, "should eat all that a gouty patient may not eat." They chiefly lack the chlorides, and phosphates, whilst deficient also in acids; on the other hand, in gouty persons, the blood is too largely endowed with these ingredients, beyond a standard of health. With regard to eggs, as particularly well suited for the needs of the consumptive, it is found that this food differs intrinsically from all other forms, not only as to its nutrient capabilities, but also as to its stimulating effects.

Usually the method is to begin with three eggs daily, taken raw if possible, either in egg lemonade, or perhaps (though less profitably) with a little whisky, or sherry; in most cases it is better to give the eggs raw, and unmixed, even by the patient sucking them from the shell, as in the days of boyhood; else, he may smash one egg, at a time into a cup, without breaking the yolk, adding thereto a dash of pepper, and salt, before swallowing it down like an oyster. It is surprising to find how soon a patient becomes accustomed to this regimen; even fussy, squeamish, neurotic women take their eggs without a murmur. As a rule, the eggs should be swallowed at the end of each meal, because they then interfere less with the appetite for the next meal. It is not enough to stop at three eggs a day, which are the minimum quantity, not the maximum allowance. "In the second week of treatment, if the eggs are borne well, I am accustomed to increase the quantity to two eggs three times a day, and thereafter to keep up the increase week by week, until twelve, eighteen, and even twenty-four raw eggs are consumed daily.

The gain produced in flesh, and strength, under these conditions is most striking." It is a certain fact that the gouty uric acid state leads to a practical immunity from consumption.

As to the indisputable truth of planetary influences on our bodily welfare, or the reverse, John Swann, in his Speculum Mundi (1643), has put the question thus: -

"Senseless is he who without blush denies What to sound senses most apparent lies; And such is he that doth affirm the starres To have no force on their inferiours".

"And, of how the brains of mice do wax and wane with the waxing and waning of the moon, being ever less when the light of that horned lamp is further from the full".

"The best laid schemes o' mice, and men Gang aft a-gley".

For hydrophobia, with its horror of water as the leading symptom, in old Roman times the main general remedy advocated by Celsus, and others, was to cast the patient into water before he, or she, was aware of it, and this to be repeated daily for several days, "Since that which he feareth is the only medicine to cure him. Should the patient swim well, hold him under water a little while, till he have taken in some pretty quantity".

Charles Lamb tells, in one of Elia's charming essays, about a pump which stood in Hare's Court, the Temple, and which was always going, the water of which "is excellent, cold, with brandy, and not very insipid without." "At one time," said Mary Lamb about her brother, "he took to water like a hungry otter, abstaining from all spirituous liquors; but with the most indifferent results, as he became full, of cramps, and rheumatism, and so cold internally that fire could not warm him.