The foods that one can easily digest are the only foods that are worth eating, to say nothing of buying. Foods said to contain 100 per cent. proteids are of no service if you cannot digest them. Far more energy may be used up than the food provides, in the hopeless endeavour of the digestive organs to do the impossible. It is unwise to take any drink within 12 hours before or after meals. At other times hot water, fruit juices or pure Dandelion or Black Fig Coffee may be freely taken. Ordinary coffee, strong tea, drugs and alcohol should be tabooed.

The following foods can be tried, one at a time, and if found satisfactory, added later to the diet. Gluten Meal, other pure Wholemeal Biscuits and wholemeal bread in place of white bread; honey and Malt Honey and Oliv-honie in place of preserves; Nut Meats; fruits, fresh or stewed, sweetened with honey, and green salads of all kinds, including onions or garlic in any form, grated carrots, turnips and red cabbage, with a dressing made of olive oil, Nut Cream and lemon juice. This diet should be combined with a robust optimism, a will to be well, and the belief that health and fitness are yours for the seeking and living. TALK HEALTH.

“The dreary, never changing tale

Of mortal maladies is worn and stale

You cannot charm, or interest or please

By harping on that minor chord – disease.

Say you are well, or all is well with you,

And God shall hear your words, and make them true.

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.