Remarkable Cases Of Rejuvenation
( Originally Published 1927 )
What is old age? Is it, as generally believed, the number of seasons that have elapsed since the individual's birth? That is the wrong way to measure age, for some are old at thirty, while others are young at seventy. With a supple body, possessed of strength and health, and a pliant, interested mind, one is young no matter how many years one has been on this planet. Some start to grow old while they are very young. They develop bad complexion, cold hands and feet, poor circulation of blood, aches and pains, grouchiness, worry, fear, envy, spite—all signs and symptoms of degeneration.
After the body has grown old, can it become young again? Can old age be outwitted? Yes, usually, in every way except in years, and the years do not matter. We have seen how Cornaro was old at forty, and how he was young again in the seventies and eighties. Yet Cornaro had far less health knowledge than you can find within the covers of this book.
He realized a few important facts, lived his knowledge, and reaped the benefit. Others can do likewise.
It has been the writer's privilege to watch many individuals regain health and youth after losing them, and a few of these stories are here recorded.
At the age of thirty-seven Miss C. was an old woman, and she looked it. Her complexion was blotchy and her skin coarse and rather grayish in color. She suffered from acid in-digestion, and she was very nervous.
What had deprived this young woman of her health and her youth? Wrong living and wrong thinking.
What restored her health and her youth? Right living and right thinking.
She was placed on a rational food plan, taught how to take care of her body, and how to think in a positive way, instead of looking at life from a negative angle. As a result she regained her health, improved so both in physical strength and judgment that within a year she had increased her earning capacity tremendously. Now at the age of forty-seven she is a happy, healthy young woman, with a splendid complexion. She knows how to live in. health.
Mr. B. was a very aged man, fifty-two years old. He had lived well, as the saying is. Being a prosperous manufacturer, he had enjoyed fine foods, expensive drinks, and other things that men treasure, while a good constitution gave him great power of enjoyment. When he was a little past fifty he was so decrepit and worn out that he could not walk a block without resting. He had impaired kidneys, an over-worked heart, blood pressure fifty or more points above normal, and he also suffered from headaches and rushing of blood to the neck and head.
After trying in various ways to regain his health he was given proper physical and mental care. He was taught how to eat and drink and think. He was shown how to lead a balanced life. As a result, within three months he lost his bad symptoms. He was so proud of his regained walking ability that he used to walk from five to seven miles without resting. Now at the age of fifty-six he is enjoying good health. He looks and feels much younger than he did when he was fifty-two years old.
Mr. N. was sixty years old, but he might as well have been eighty. He was very much under weight, nervous, and rheumatic. When he felt strong enough to walk, his rheumatic pains prevented locomotion; when he had no pains he was too debilitated. As he had enjoyed a large income for years, he had traveled and tried all kinds of doctors, cures, and institutions. Invariably he had been told that he needed much nourishing food to build him up. He had tried faithfully to recuperate through overeating and as a consequence he also developed indigestion.
However, he had the will to live. He was given specific directions, along the lines found elsewhere in. this book, regarding outlook on life, care of the body, drinking and eating. Now at sixty-nine he is hale and hearty, enjoys his business, and has great fun with his grandchildren, who adore him.
Mr. T. was over seventy, and according to old beliefs he had lived long enough, He found it difficult to write, and he had a habit of going to sleep over his work. He was very nervous, his legs were so sensitive that he walked with difficulty, and he had great trouble with one arm, which harbored darting pains. Wherever he had gone for advice he had lately found the attitude that "this man is too old to do anything with; in the course of nature he will die in a few months." Then he was given correct advice. He changed his position, got into a better environment during his working hours, and now he is almost eighty years old, doing good work and getting much fun out of it. This gentleman does not treat his body as well as he should, but he does better than he used to. He is on a different mental plane. He got away from resentment, worrying, and fretting during working hours, and he is a good illustration of what a positive mind will do for one in regaining health and rejuvenating the body.
Captain H. was severely wounded in one leg during the Civil War. He was taken prisoner, and poorly cared for in the prison camp. His wound did not heal. For forty-five years he carried an open wound, in spite of the best surgical treatment he could find. Despite his good constitution the bad leg helped to age him. He continued to seek a cure. One day a friend suggested to him that he be more careful about his eating, "because food is the chief factor in blood making, and pure blood is the real mender of all wounds." This sounded logical. So the captain obtained all the information he could. He decided to eat as simply as possible and he chose biscuits made of whole wheat flour, without yeast, and milk. After living on biscuits and milk for ten weeks his wound was healed; the rash on arms and legs vanished; the faded, washed-out complexion gave way to a ruddy color which combined well with his snowy hair, and gave him a distinguished, youthful appearance. The last time I saw him he was seventy-five years old, well and strong. He said that he was enjoying life more than he had for fifty years and he truly felt young again. This gentleman practiced what Cornaro preached; simple living and moderation.
It has been my privilege to watch many elderly persons regain strength and youthfulness. Several of these individuals were past seventy-five years of age when they began. They had invariably been subject to much discouragement, for it is the general opinion that after one is past sixty or sixty-five years of age it is time for the individual to fade. Those who love life, and have the will to live can do what the persons here mentioned have done. They can recuperate and rejuvenate, unless some vital organ has been injured beyond repair. The individuals here mentioned were ill with diseases that are generally looked upon, at their time of life, as being beyond cure.
If the sick can grow well and become young again, the truth is self-evident that those who are well can remain well, and there is no need of the premature aging that we see all about us.
Give the body good care, live young and think young. Get away from the negative, destructive mental habits that fill our days with woe. Dwell on the positive, constructive side of life, and in this way have life in abundance.