Every Womans Book of Health and Beauty.
The distinguished president of the New Health Society has given to the ladies a readable little book full of wise advice which, it is to be hoped, will be largely followed. Sir Arbuthnot is a great idealist. He has pointed out innumerable times in books, articles and speeches, that civilization suffers from faulty nutrition and consequent stagnation of the intestines, that chronic constipation is the great disease of civilization which is responsible for the enormous proportion of the diseases known to medical science.
It stands to reason that every disease or disorder is aggravated if the patient has a foul bowel, if the system is poisoned from stagnant masses of putrefying food. In many of his publications, Sir Arbuthnot has dealt exclusively, or almost exclusively, with what he calls chronic intestinal stasis, the scientific term for constipation. In his present work, he deals with every phase of womans life in chapters headed:.
Womans Place in the Modern World.
Girlhood and Adolescence.
Fear and Fatigue.
Problems of Diet and Digestion.
The Change of Life.
Happy Old Age.
The Golden Rules of Health.
Woman and Exercise.
The Skin and Complexion.
Putting on Weight.
In fairness to the author it will be best to give some extracts from this book, which will undoubtedly induce many of the readers to order it forthwith.
“It must not be thought that the venereal diseases constituted a War-time problem, or that their incidence throughout the country has been definitely checked. They are only kept at bay by persistent, unremitting effort of which popular education regarding their prevalence and dangers is an important part. About these diseases everyone should know something, for they are apt to affect not only those who knowingly take a risk, but quite innocent people, women and children, and, alas, the unborn.
It is by no means unusual for an otherwise propitious union to be ruined by the self-assurance of a bridegroom who does not realize the latent consequences of a bachelor escapade which he may think he has put behind him for ever. This is particularly true of untreated or imperfectly treated gonorrhoeal infections which in themselves might not appear serious or of long standing, but which may recur after a latent period of some years and infect an innocent wife without her knowledge or that of her husband.
When at last the infected condition of the wife comes to light the infecting organism may be pervading the more inaccessible parts of the reproductive system, involving prolonged treatment, sometimes serious operations, and often resulting in subsequent sterility. In addition a child born in such circumstances is exposed to the risk of blindness unless prompt measures are taken by the officiating doctor or midwife.
“This is only one of the risks involved in the so-called sowing of wild oats, and there are many others. Syphilitic infection involving constitutional sequelae of the gravest character and affecting unborn generations may result from a single injudicious contact, sometimes even of an innocent character.
It is the duty of those who are about to marry to ascertain the full facts of these diseases from the British Social Hygiene Council, who are entrusted by the Ministry of Health with the important work of disseminating knowledge among the lay public. All I can do myself is to help to draw the attention of the public to this grave menace and to point out how obviously the interchange of heal certificates before marriage might help in exposing an unsuspected taint which can often be made amenable to successful treatment.”.
“Of all the factors which make for healthy motherhood and the rearing of strong, vigorous children, I do not think that there is one of greater significance than diet. Quite obviously, it is impossible to construct a sound edifice from imperfect materials, and it is equally impossible to build up a new human being from poor foodstuffs. Nor can the mother maintain the health and strength which, though at all times desirable, is imperative when she is about to bring new life into the world.
We must bear in mind that the child within the womb is in a specially intimate relationship with the various physiological processes of the mother. By means of an organ called the placenta there is a constant interchange between the blood of the mother and the blood of the child. Food elements and oxygen pass from mother to child, while waste material passes from child to mother.