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DO YOU BREATHE? YOU CAN INHALE AND
EXHALE THROUGH THE SKIN
BY DR. R. H. BISHOP, JR.,
Cleveland Commissioner of Health.
Did you know you breathe through
.your skin as well as with your lungs?
At the end of every tiny pore there
are nerve endings. When these are
stimulated by air currents they cause
the sweat glands to operate to
throw off bodily poisons
Unless you keep the pores to the
air, yom skin cannot breathe, and
unless you breathe deep with your
skin as well as with the lungs, you
cannot maintain good health.
People who do not keep their skin
clean and in condition to breathe
properly are people who become ex
hausted easily, who cannot keep up
power long enough to finish a taxing
piece of work. They are always com
plaining of fatigue and ill-health, for
they are the legion of neurasthenics.
You will realize how important
skin-breathing is when you learn
that in performing this function the
healthy skin exudes or "exhales"
more than a pint of poisonous fluid
and waste matter daily.
If healthy, you will perform deep
breathing or dynamic breathing
through your skin unconsciously.
All that "is necessary to promote
that function is to keep the skin
clean by frequent washing with a lit-
f tie soap and lots of tepid and cold
The use of too much soap is harm
ful. It irritates the pores and wash
es away the natural secretions which
are necessary to a healthy skin. Dry
rubbing or massaging the skin, how
ever, is excellent
But combine these things with
deep breathing with the lungs. When
your lungs are expanded by a full,
deep breath, pressure is applied
against the skin from the Inside. This
is very beneficial because it irons out
creases and folds and stretches it
A Good Position for Deep Breathing.