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THE DAT BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
COO SO. PEORIA ST. cniCAGO, ILL.
TV. ,.;,., Editorial, Monroe 353
telephones Clrcnlntloa. Monroe ,3828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. Br Mall. United
States and Canada. $3.00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postoffice at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
' CONCERNING YOUR HEALTH
By Dr. Lindsay-Wynekoop
In this day of much talk of con
servation, health begins to claim at
tention as worthy of special care.
Health is the most valuable personal
asset one may possess arid the very
first requisite to its conservation must
be a appreciation of the value of it.
After that it becames necessary to do
something more than idly wish to be
well. One must be willing to do what
ever is necessary in order to be welL
Instructions in general hygiene,
including fairly definite ideas of
proper eating and drinking, of clean
liness and exercise, of fresh air and
sunshine, is easily available to any
one who reads current magazines or
even takes -advantage of the daily
press, but it is not generally well
known, perhaps, that sleep is one of
the most important of the functions
of the body.
As a prominent physiologist has
said: "A man canlive for a month
without either food or water, but he
must succumb after only a few days
if'he does not sleep at alL"
Experiment has proven this state
ment. In animals subjected to such
experiment it was observed that the
temperature became subnormal bjr
several degrees and the red blood
cells were decreased in number by
more than 50 per cent
Working, even though that work.
confeifets morqly in killing lime, devel
! ops in the system certain poisonous
products which must be eliminated if
I health is to continue. After a night
of uninterrupted sleep one feels re
freshed. After a sleepless night, on
the other hand, the sensation is one
of great bodily weariness. From this
inference is easily drawn that sleep
promotes elimination, and that is ex
actly what has been proven true by
a series of carefully conducted ex
periments. During adolescence, especially if
growth be marked, increased work
(f or growth itself is work in the sense
of producing toxic products in the
system) puts a great strain on the
organs of elimination. These organs
require some time to become adjusted
to the new demands thus made upon
them and during that interval an ex
tra abundance of sleep is most desir
able. It is true that a certain mani
festation of so-called laziness Js to be