WRONG HABITS OF DRINKING CAUSE DISEASE
Drinking tea and coffee are harmful habits. Both tea and coffee contain substances that effect the nervous system by causing stimulation. This means that the nerves become excited. Thus a person may feel better for a little while after drinking tea or coffee. But these stimulants also prevent people from sleeping well if taken at night. Whenever nerves are stimulated or excited, they should afterwards have extra rest; but they cannot get this rest when continually stimulated by using tea or coffee. Headaches and nervousness often accompany the use of tea or coffee.
In addition, especially with coffee, there may be irritation of the stomach which causes pain and may lead to stomach ulcers.
Because their nervous systems are more sensitive, children particularly should not be allowed to use these things.
Parents may appear to drink tea and coffee without harm, but they pass on a weakened inheritance to their children.
Those who attempt to quit drinking tea and coffee will for a time feel a loss and will suffer without them. But by persistence they will overcome the desire, and will stop feeling the lack, and will, then have better health.
It is better not to drink with your meals because the stomach, must first absorb, or take care of, the liquid, thus making your stomach work longer and also slowing up the digestion of your food. Your food should not be washed down with liquid: your food should be chewed slowly and thoroughly.
GERMS CAUSE DISEASE
Germs are the cause of many of our most serious diseases. They can be thought of as the seeds of disease. When they enter the body they grow and multiply, and the harvest of their growth is fever and sickness.
There are five principal kinds of germs: viruses, rickettsia, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. We shall also consider with these some of the parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, and bilharzia. All are too small to be seen by the unaided eye, except for the worms; but the eggs of the worms are also very tiny.
WAYS GERMS ENTER THE BODY
All germs and eggs of worms enter the body in one of three ways.
- Through the mouth in food or drink
- Through the nose or mouth in the air we breathe
- Through the skin, usually where it has been cut or injured, or with the aid of the bite of an animal or insect.
Only a few germs (for example, certain stages of hookworms and bilharzia) can pass through healthy skin. Because they are too small to be seen without some special instrument like a microscope, it is difficult to understand germs, but we can be certain there are germs anywhere there is much dirt, even if we cannot see them. Germs and dirt almost always live together.