VEGETARIANISM AND LEGAL SUICIDE



Of all conditions which the writer knows he thinks the greatest temptation for over-eating and drinking is provided by a long sea voyage on a first class steamship with no work to do and its multitudinous opportunities for indulging. The vegetarian under such conditions has far less temptation to overeat than the meat eater owing to the fact that although the vegetarian may live on foods far more nourishing, they are much less stimulating than beef and mutton.

For stimulants always ask for stimulants, whether in the form of beef and mutton, the most stimulating of solids, or alcohol, the most stimulating of liquids. So their temptation to commit legal suicide is lessened accordingly. Rest assured the enjoyment they get from eating and drinking is none the less on that account.

A very striking case was brought to my notice some years ago of an athlete who had been rather badly injured on the football field years before he was married. He always experienced very great pain in the region of the old wound every Monday while seldom being troubled in like manner at any other time. It proved to be the old story of no time to overeat during the week, but little else to do at week-ends. He was advised to eat nothing from noon on Saturday until Monday morning, but one of the following selections: fresh fruit and Place-o-bred or other wholemeal biscuits; stewed fruit and Granarg or similar biscuit.

Or failing any of these bringing about the desired results Nuto Cream Soup and Granarg biscuits, obtainable from Health Food Stores. Unlike many people who would prefer to eat as usual and trust to pills or some advertised remedy to put them right, the athlete tried first doing without food entirely for one week-end, and then the above alternatives, the result being that the pain was absent on each and every following Monday morning.

With care in what he eats, and less in quantity, he has never experienced a recurrence of the same trouble. Thus, with wise eating, the trouble that had practically become chronic was arrested, life on Mondays as well as other days was rendered more worth living, and thereby legal suicide was prevented.

Another and quite different form of legal suicide I consider is for doctors or others to say, or make anyone believe they are suffering from an “incurable disease”. I am not prepared to admit there is or ever was such a disease. Disease disease is, I believe, the outcome of the breaking of Natures laws, and such laws cannot be broken with impunity. Eventually one has to pay the price of all such misdeeds.

With the discontinuance of such transgression, and the working with, instead of against Natures laws, who is to limit Natures powers of healing? Says John Maillard, “I have vowed to my Master that I will never rest until the so-called incurable diseases are curable.” This is the faith that has removed mountains, such as Hells Gate that once blocked New York harbour. John Maillard also adds, “Who has said that these afflictions and infirmities are incurable? It was not told to you in the Gospels!”.

An incurable disease seems to the writer to admit one of two things. Either we have so little knowledge of Natures healing powers that our ignorance has obliterated our faith, or legal suicide has been committed already.

To the meat-eater the vegetarian can unhesitatingly say that on a vegetarian diet life will be found more worth living. Your health will be improved. Your outlook on life will be brighter. Your will to be well in both body and mind will be greater. The craving for highly spiced and stimulating foods and drink will disappear and your temptations to commit suicide, legal or illegal, will be lessened.

James Henry Cook
Henry W.J. Cook was born in Edinburgh in 1870, the eldest son of Dr Edmund Alleyne Cook.

Henry followed in his father's footsteps, obtaining his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Durham in 1891. At the age of 27 he arrived in Melbourne in April 1894 aboard the Port Albert. He was registered as a medical practitioner in Victoria on 4 May 1894.

It appears that Dr Cook already believed in homœopathy, possibly because of his father's influence, as in 1895 Dr Cook took the position of Resident Surgeon of the Melbourne Homœopathic Hospital . (This position was previously held by Dr James Cook, unrelated, who resigned in March 1895). He was listed in the 1896 & 1897 editions of the Melbourne Post Office Directory as being Resident Medical Officer at the Melbourne Homœopathic Hospital, but not in the 1898 edition.

In 1901 he moved to Sale in Eastern Victoria, where he ran a practice in York Street. By 1909 his practice was at Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

By 1919 he had moved to 2 Studley Park Road, Kew, where he died on 7 May, 1923.