Mental and Physical Ease and Supremacy; Being a Practical Adaptation of Leavitt-Science to Individual Use

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Letter xxxvii the advancing years As people grow older they begin to look for the changes and infirmities that commonly go with age; and if their imagination is large and active, as imagination is apt to be in those who are alarmed or anxious, they will be sure to find them. The thought that one is entering a period of life in which there commonly is dwindling physical energy is not a pleasant one, and it is not surprising that a certain degree of suspicion insensibly attaches itself to every disturbing symptom, especially if it be disposed to become, protracted. Failing eyesight carries consternation to some sensitive persons, and an interruption of the menses brings home in a disheartening way to women the fact that they are reaching the years of lapsing generative power. There are doubtless reminders enough of accumulated years for those who are passing the mileposts of middle and later life to keep them advised of oncoming loss of vigor; but such people do themselves a wrong in attributing diminished vision, the climacteric, and lessened endurance to a decay of energy. As in youth the body undergoes certain changes in form and structure, in spirit and strength, to fit it for the physiological requirements incident to the restless activities of early life, just so does the body change in form and texture as it feels the vital activities relaxing their demands. What I mean is that these changes do not necessarily indicate disintegration, but rather adaptation to a change of requirements. The movements of a man are slow and limited as compared with the movements of a romping, quick-eyed boy. Function determines demand. Prolonging Life That it is possible to modify a physiological action of this kind and thereby protract the period of one's vigor and activity is...