PREVENTION OF DISEASES
We can prevent these diseases by screening our homes to keep out the insects, and by sleeping under mosquito nets.
Germs do not cause sickness or disease as soon as they enter the body. There is always an incubation period of several hours, usually several days, and sometimes even weeks or months. In other words, there is always a period of time between the time that germs enter until they have multiplied and grown enough to cause fever or illness. During this period the body has time to fight the germs. To do this, the body has ways of making special “soldiers” (antibodies) ‘to fight against different germs. This is an example of our Creator’s love and wise foresight—His making our bodies in such a way that antibodies are produced to fight disease.
Different kinds of germs need different kinds of antibodies to fight against them.
THE BODY IMMUNE
The body learns what kind of antibodies to make either by meeting the germs in the body as they arrive through sickness, or by vaccination (immunization). It is much better for the body to learn about the different germs through immunization, than through sickness. After the body has learned how to make the antibodies, we say that person is “immune” to that disease. This is why smallpox vaccination prevents person from getting smallpox, and why people who have had such diseases as chickenpox and measles, seldom have them a second time.
To summarize the ways of preventing diseases caused by germs: wash often soap and water (both our bodies and clothes); bury all stools or always use a latrine; cook foods well, boil all the water drunk (unless one knows it is perfectly clean); try to have an abundance of fresh air and sunshine in houses; keep both houses and outside yards as clean as possible, and use screens and mosquito nets
BAD HABITS CAUSE DISEASE
Lack of physical exercise, insufficient rest, the breathing of insufficient pure air, and lack of enough pure water inside, and ion the outside of our bodies, are all important causes of sickness and ill health. Suggestions to help you overcome these bad habits are given in chapter three.
SMOKING IS DANGEROUS
Smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol are two bad habits which are definitely harmful to our health.
Tobacco is a slow, dangerous, malignant poison. In whatever form it is used, it is harmful. It is all the more dangerous because its effects are slow and at first hardly noticeable. It excites and then paralyses the nerves. It weakens and clouds the brain. Its use excites a thirst for strong drink and liquor.
Cancer of the mouth and lungs happens more often in those who smoke. Tobacco interferes with the circulation of the blood and high blood pressure and heart disease often accompany its use. The person who smokes is much more likely to get diseases of all kinds. The person who smokes is less likely to heal well if injured, or if he has surgery. The person who’ smokes is likely to die ten years, or more, younger than if he did not smoke.
If children and young people use tobacco, the habit takes away their strength, dwarfs their bodies, makes their minds dull, and corrupts their morals. Their age makes their bodies and minds especially susceptible to tobacco’s harmful effects.
The use of tobacco is inconvenient, expensive, uncleanly, harmful to the user and unpleasant to others. The use of tobacco is a dirty habit because of the smoke and ashes one scatters around, and because of one has to spit out if he uses snuff or chews tobacco
The money spent for tobacco could much better be used to buy good food or clothes or other necessities.