Conscious mind on health: Destructive agencies

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I am reading on a book named Health Eternal written by Dr Evelyn Pritchard during my semester break holiday. This book is understandable from the tittle of the book itself, which is about the health of human beings. It wrote in details about the creation of our body, the evolution of the health movement, nature cure, intelligence of our body and so on.  These are those that I’ve read in the early chapters only. I feel selfish if I don’t share it with friends, or those who reads and gets information from the Internet, so here am I to share with you, the topic of DESTRUCTIVE AGENCIES for our bodies. 
From the book, Health Eternal, Evelyn Eugena Pritchard, 2003, Chapter Four, Conservation of Energy, Destructive Agencies, pg39-43.

1. TOBACCO




Dr. Mary Dodds, one of the first women’s physicians, reminds us that the nicotine in tobacco is only of the deadly poisons known to man. Each pound of tobacco contains about three hundred and eighty grains of nicotine. Cigarettes often contain strychnine, arsenic and other poisons that may in part account for the prevalence of heart disease. Nicotine has a pathological effect upon the heart, causing irregularity in action and even paralysing it. 
Research work done by Dr. W. J. McCormick, in Toronto, Canada, indicated that the rising incidence of heart disease, particularly coronary thrombosis, is due to deficiency of vitamins B1 and C because of addiction to chiefly tobacco and alcohol. On this subject he states: “ A partial explanation of the precipitating role of tobacco in thrombotic disease may be found in the well-recognized sympathetico-adrenal protective response to irritation or injury… which consists in the release of epinephrine from the adrenal glands as a result of sympathetic-nerve stimulation.” This McCormick explains brings about a glycolytic release of blood sugar from the liver that result in temporary hyperglycemia. The mobilization of blood sugar, following the beginning of smoking, is a protective response of nature. He tells us that the body reserves are called upon to repel a toxic invasion, and the surplus blood sugar us utilized in the maintenance of tissue oxidation essential to detoxification. The visceral changes along a cessation or slowing of gastrointestinal motility and digestion, so that energy can be released for other needs such as shifting of blood from abdominal organs to organs needed for muscular effort, as in times of increased heart action and respiration. 

2. ALCOHOL 


Alcohol is a poison and is destructive to living tissue. Its habitual use provides pathological effects in the body. Dodds describes the injurious effect of alcohol on the body: “ Taken into the circulation it destroys not only the blood corpuscles, but the fibrin and plasma in which they float… its first effect is to extract water from the blood. So rapidly do the red corpuscles part with water, that seen under a microscope they look shrunken, actually shriveled and corrugated.” She further explains that as the shrinking process progresses, the little corpuscles lose their power to absorb the oxygen from the air. When they become shriveled from their loss of water, they cling together in masses which obstruct the circulation and cause congestion in the various organs. The lungs cannot function efficiently as they are unable to absorb a sufficient amount of oxygen to purify the blood and remove the waste material from the body. The fibrin part of the blood coagulates and clots are formed which obstruct circulation. Fibrin is an essential constituent in the formation of muscles and other tissues. Dodd further describes the degenerative process of alcohol in the following statement:
“ In this degenerative process, it is not the blood alone that suffers; the vessels which contain it also break down. There is a lax and flabby condition of tissue resulting from the presence of alcohol, which makes itself felt throughout the entire circulatory system; in the heart, the arteries, the veins and even in the minutest capillaries.” 

“Alcohol,” as stated by contemporary nutritionists James and Phyllis Balch, “ is human poison! It causes metabolic damage to every cell and depresses the immune defence system. If the alcohol continues to drink, he may shorten his live span ten to fifteen years.”

There’s once a wise man stated, the use of intoxicants of any kind are forbidden, except as remedies in time of illness. 

“ The drinking of wine… is the cause of chronic diseases, weakeneth the nerves, and consumeth the mind.” 

3. DRUGS


When we take drug substances into the body our vital recourses are weakened and the vital force (force that heals the body) needed to resist disease is used up. In regard to the effect of drugs on the body this is graphically described by Dodds: “On the topic of medicines that are classifies according to the effect which they produce in the system, this being determined by the action of the various organs of the body in the process of expelling them…, a class of drug poisons that depress vital force, and even destroy it; … are the opiates. She asserts that these drugs are nerve-destroyers, as they weaken vitality and deaden the nervous system. Opium is the principal drug in this class. Furthermore Dodds states that stimulants excite an abnormal reaction in the body. As a result, the eliminating organs are overtaxed and often depleted. Even though stimulants appear to give strength and increased vigor in reality they exhaust the vital energy of the body. 

4. COFFEE


Recent scientific research gives us evidence that long-time consumption of caffeine causes significant changes in brain tissue. This may be the reason caffeine headache and symptoms of dependency that are reported by heavy coffee drinkers. There is also preliminary evidence of a second psychoactic substance in a coffee: a chemical that seems to block the normal circulation of brain opiates. It is present even in decaffeinated coffee. Drinking coffee has also been linked to cancer. It has a compound called benzopyrene, which is a powerful carcinogen. Harvard School of Public Health professor Brain McMahon states: “That coffee drinking was the cause of 50 percent of all pancreatic cancer and that drinking three cups a day increased the risk of pancreatic cancer threefold.”

5. SALT


When salt is taken into the stomach with food it initiates an inflammatory action and causes thirst. Acrid saliva is produced in the mouth to protect the mucous surfaces. Dodds asserts that when salt is taken into the body, it is not used and is thrown out through the eliminating organs. It also enters the circulation and is found in the saliva, the tears and the blood. Salt is readily soluble in the water and can be expelled by the secretory organs however, vital force is expended in resisting this substances. Dodds reminds us that stimulants waste our vital force which cannot be replaced. 
Dodds further describes this condition: “… there is not an inorganic substances in existence, much less one that is metallic, which can be used as food. Food substances, both for human beings and the lower animals, must be organic… common salt, does not belong to that class; it is inorganic and metallic.”

Dr. James Balch further confirms the detrimental effect of salt to the body. He warns that: “Too much salt in the system can cause excessive fluid build up and create high hydrostatic pressure in the tissues. This can lead to high blood pressure and ultimately to severe heart disease and stroke. Salt does not allow the blood to circulate properly either. The blood is responsible for carrying nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body. The blood also transports metabolic waste for excretion by the body. This function is extremely important in any disease rate. The increase of water in the tissues due to salt intake makes this essential process of waste excretion more difficult.”
If organic salt is used the vital force is conserved. The use of organic salt or sea salt, which is rich in nutrients from the sea, is permissible and necessary to include the diet. 



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