The attainment is now much easier, the path is much smoother for would-be food reformers, and the reward is much greater. It is still true, however, that the way of the Reformer is more or less rough, and always will be, for the things in this world that are worth having are worth striving for. We should not appreciate them when we got them if it were otherwise.

AS we are none of us built constitutionally alike, no hard and fast rules can be laid down that will suit any particular person, but the of common sense with the will-to-be-well, will accomplish “miracles of healing” or better still, render healing unnecessary. If the man happens to be a manufacturer, and is willing to take half the care and thought with a view to keeping his body fit, that he does to get the best results from the intricate machinery in his factory, then he is likely not only to enjoy good health, but to out-live many of his competitors who were looked upon as wonderful “business” men.

But is it true business to spend all the thought necessary to get the best possible results from every marine in his factory, while he is governed by no such business-like methods to keep his own body fit, the most wonderful machine he possesses?.

Every machine the business man has if used in the manner he believes will produce the best possible results, and will keep each machine in perfect running order, while his digestive organs receive no such wise consideration. His digestive organs have to digest, as best they can, whatever the owner likes best, often in quantities beyond their capacity, without a rest or a holiday, Sundays and week days, year in and year out.

Such unwise business men also deceive themselves with the belief that they are thus getting the best out of life, while the truth is that if they were to “use themselves to that course of life which was best, custom would render it the most delightful”.

I often think that none of us are as fit as we might be, and thus require healing, owing to the fact that we are unwisely discontented through our failure to get satisfaction from the many everyday things of life. We accordingly require stimulants and excitement in everything we eat or do. In eating and drinking we must have stimulants of some kind, which are stimulants but are certainly not foods.

Or they must have animal food, such as beef or mutton, the most stimulating of solids, but certainly not those which tend to create a pure blood stream, without which perfect health and fitness cannot be secured. When all is said it must be admitted that animal foods do not provide any nourishment not obtainable first hand from the vegetable kingdom, while the animal product also contains vast quantities of ready made impurities not present in the vegetable products.

The majority of flesh eaters would draw the line at eating human flesh, if for no higher motive than they would prefer to eat a vegetarian animal such as the sheep or ox, and they would prefer to eat a vegetarian pig that has been kept under clean conditions and fed on barley meal, rather than one that had been kept at the back of a slaughter house.

When it comes to other things, apart from eating and drinking, does it not prove that the majority have failed to make a true success of their lives? Does not the smoking habit amongst all classes prove this by the lack of contentment that exists without it? Does not the fact that there are a large number among all classes who must obtain excitement on as many nights as possible every week, in the form of dancing, music halls, etc., prove this?

Things that may be in all respects desirable in reason, but are certainly otherwise if we cannot be happy and contented without them. There is not doubt that if we wish to Heal Ourselves, so that we possess a “Healthy” mind in a “Healthy” body, we must become masters of our appetites, our nerves, our habits and our enjoyments, and must be slaves to none of these. We shall then be in the position to truly say and sing “Britons never, never, never shall be slaves”.

By the letter i receive I often think that many make a mistake and are greatly handicapped in the healing process by wrongly believing that they inherited this or that complaint. They will be much wiser in believing that they inherited nothing but tendencies. One may even have been born of drunken parents-the unlucky child is not to blame for that-parents are not of our choosing-but if they were, that is not reason why the offspring should die a drunkard, and no such thing could happen if alcohol is left severely alone.

The same law operates with all other conditions. Nothing can exist for long without being fed, not even “tendencies” or the “will-to-be-well”. Feed either and the results are bound to follow. Every urge or will-to-be-well makes an impression on the fibre of the man, whereby the right soil is created which will make healing and perfect fitness possible. Starve “tendencies”, good or bad, inherited or otherwise, and neither can live for long.

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.