The ruling stimulant of the world today is not the coffee, tea, beer nor even whisky - but the innocent-looking, pleasant-tasting, alluring white powder known as sugar. Its stimulating power is greater than that of the alcohol, because it is the parent and generator of the alcohol.

Candy, says Dr. Woods-Hutchinson, is good for children because it generates energy, and energy is needed at that age. Yet the energy which candy brings to the body is very much like the energy which the whip brings to a horse. In either case the system, in its response to the irritation, has received nothing from without, but spends its own constitutional energy, derived from its own cellular storage batteries.

As a fuel in the human furnace, sugar explodes rather than burns. Like a wild fire it leaps through the organism along the different nerve conduits, up and down the pneumogastric connections to the head, lungs and heart, while the vital detonations send ganglionic shocks to every general or specific center of sensation - from the hair follicles of the scalp, tympanum of the ear, optic nerve of the eye, to the sciatic of the leg - lashing the involved functions into a convulsive activity, which is interpreted as strength and virility, but in reality is a deep-wrought vital loss to the system. For, like money, energy manifests only in its spending - not in its making.

When sugar, and with sugar is meant its extracted form, not as it is found in the fruit, comes in contact with starch or proteids in the stomach, it brings about the same chemical processes as when that combination occurs in the brewery or distillery. It starts series of fermentation, which means a breaking down of oxygen and carbon and a setting free of alcohol and carbon dioxide. Being thus bathed in alcohol, the nerves become intoxicated and the individual imbued with that feeling of power and efficacy, characteristic to the opening movement of a spree.

It is the general rush of the oxygen of the system to the field of the vital combustion, with the subsequent rapidity of cellular exchange and enforced metabolism, that gives rise to the feeling of strength experienced from the use of candy - a feeling which is identical in type and process with that from indulgence of liquor and accountable for the same habitual craving. Failure to supply the want means weakness and feeling of collapse; hence the almost irresistible craving experienced by the candy habitue.

In the light of these observations we can grasp the significance of the statement made in a newspaper a couple of days ago, that the co-eds of the Southern California university consumed seven tons of candy during their last term, which, distributed on each one of the girl students, would correspond to her own weight. It will also shed light on another phenomena in our present life: that seventy-five per cent of our school children suffer from incipient heart failure and the remaining percentage from visional breakdown.