By Callie M. Davis, N.D., Oph.D.
"Know ye not that your body is the temple of
the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are
not your own?"
"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall
God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
When I say that everything entrusted to us receives
more careful attention than we give our own bodies, T believe
T state a provable proposition.
The home is cleaned, swept and dusted. The sewing
machine is carefully oiled and kept free from becoming clogged
if we want the greatest efficiency.
Our automobile is freed from carbon as soon as it
comes in from a long trip; ere it again goes forth every grease
cup is inspected, every nut and bolt adjusted, the exterior is
How much thought do we give to our own bodies under
such circumstances-those bodies made in the image of God ?
We read and heed the most minute directions for
the care of the machine because repairs cost money. What about
the body? Days of suffering, time spent in bed, pain endured,
do these count for naught?
The purest gas is bought, even though the cost is
more. The machine must not be clogged or there is loss of power.
The thick, the thin and the medium oils are bought. Do we think
as much about what is good for those that sit at our table?
If the furnace smokes, do we continue to pile in
Photo of Callie
M. Davis, N. D., Oph. D.
A thinking person will take down the pipe, clean
out the chimney, clear the flues, remove the ashes; then the fuel
is a necessity. Why not give the same thoughtful attention to
our own bodies?
To be free from pain, to greet each succeeding morning
with exultation, to feel like folding beautiful nature in your
arms and rejoicing in her many charms is a life worth living.
Can the human machine be kept up to its best all
the time? Just try it and see for yourself.
This book teaches you how to keep the system free
from carbon-dioxide by breathing the pure air of heaven that surrounds
you and costs nothing if you will but open the lung cells and
let it enter. We would consider this easy if it was all we had
to do to remove the carbon from the machine.
It teaches what to eat, when to eat and when not
to eat. This wonderful harp of a thousand strings, tuned by an
All Wise Creator, that vibrates to the slightest touch that plays
upon it, capable of such harmony in all its parts, so sensitive
to the least friction, in all so fearfully and wonderfully made,
is worthy of our kindest consideration.
Every page of this book is replete with suggestions,
by one who has devoted an entire life to the study of the human
system, how to keep it in health, how to restore normal conditions
when there is lack of harmony.
It is worthwhile to read and heed these suggestions
given from a heart full of love for his fellow man and a desire
to help all enjoy the blessings that come from a body free from
pain and in perfect adjustment in all its parts.
I know whereof I speak when I say by proper thought
and action the human machine can be kept subject to the will and
obedient to demands of an active, useful life. No other life is
On awakening let the heart overflow with gratitude
for the many mercies enjoyed at all times. Yawn a number of times,
stretch in every direction, thinking pleasant thoughts the meanwhile.
Without bending the knees, raise the feet in the air, letting
them approach the head as nearly as possible, till, finally, they
may be raised above the head and touch the bed. Reverse and let
the head approach the feet. These exercises should be continued
Rise leisurely, go to the bathroom. If sufficient
thought has been given to the proper functioning of the body there
will be a call of nature, which should always receive prompt attention.
Cleanse the teeth thoroughly, gargle the throat
a number of times with salt water, snuff salt water up the nostrils
also a number of times and blow it out with some force.
1. With window open, arise to the tips of the toes,
arms above the head, taking long deep breaths, tense the fingers
as intensely as possible, relax and return to the standing position,
exhaling meanwhile. Do this some twenty times or more.
2. Kick at the wall alternately with each foot,
lifting them as high as possible.
3. Take the squatting exercise by approaching the
floor, arising without touching any support of any kind. Take
all these exercises some twenty times or more according to the
invigorating sensation produced.
4. Sway the body from side to side, letting the
hand press with some force from waist line to the knee. This keeps
down the hips and gives a suppleness to the waist.
5. With feet firmly planted together, hands at waist
line, sway the body, looking squarely behind you in either direction.
6. With arms extended whirl about, feet firmly on
the floor, the body approaching as nearly a reverse as possible.
7. Tis said, and I believe it, to keep young, keep
the feet young. This is the best exercise for this purpose that
I have ever tried. Pass the foot over and touch the floor across
the opposite foot, some twenty times or more, doing this quite
rapidly, then reverse.
8. Standing on one foot, extend the other and give
a pawing motion; then relax the uplifted foot, shake it vigorously.
Reverse this exercise.
9. Standing, sway each foot towards the knee of
the opposite leg rapidly some twenty times or more, then reverse.
10. Standing still, take a number of running steps,
carrying the chest well up and breathing through the nostrils.
Never continue any of these exercises to the point of exhaustion.
The more they are indulged in, however, the more will they be
11. Jump, as in skipping the rope, some twenty times
12. Flat footed, with knees stiff, sway the body
towards the floor, spat the spine while so doing; beginning low
down, continue the spatting all the way up, if possible. Now let
the hands sway towards and touch the floor. Sway the body from
side to side, touching the floor in all directions. This exercise
will break up a cold more quickly than anything of which I know.
Let the nose approach the knees until they touch.
When once practiced till they become second nature,
these exercises can all be taken in from fifteen to twenty minutes.
The same amount of time given to some work we love to do, would
not be considered any time at all. All work will become pleasure
if the body is prepared to do it without fatigue.
Lay aside the bath robe, bathe the face, neck, eyes
and ears in a bowl of salt water, a generous handful of salt to
the bowl of water. Let the water be cold. Wet a bath towel now
and go all over the body, placing the feet in the bowl and wash
thoroughly. Dry briskly with force. A glow of warmth and satisfaction
succeeds that cannot be obtained in any other way.
Now dress with the assurance that you are to have
a happy day, ready for all the demands of a busy life.
Be assured that those who labor hardest, need these
exercises fully as much as those of sedentary habits. It is not
enough that one set of muscles be called into action, all must
be used to expel the waste, that produces fatigue, from the system.
While exercising vigorously, never allow the breath
to escape from the mouth in an explosive manner. Hold it for a
little and exhale slowly through the nostrils.
No reasonable amount of care is too much for this
highly organized body of ours.
Callie M. Davis, N. D., Oph. D.
In order to explain nerve waste, take the substance
of the nerve itself. That substance is what we call Neuroglia,
or the brain substance, consisting of the white and gray matter,
the pia mater, dura mater and the axis cylinder. This substance
passes through the entire organism of the body. This is the media
through which the mind permeates the body, to every tissue, and
this mental substance is what Hudson calls "Sub-conscious
mind." That Sub-conscious mind, as we understand it, is the
thought that was implanted in man at the creation. It controls
the individual absolutely, whether awake or asleep. It is, in
common with all other minds, in communication with everything
that has ever existed from the time of creation to the present
time. It pervades all space. It is the Deity itself; that Individual
or Being we call Deity permeates or inhabits the entire organism;
controls every molecule; directs every atomic cell; builds up
all the tissues; chemically changes every element, and superintends
the entire body of all individuals on earth; and ever has controlled
them, so far as vitality is concerned. Independent of all this,
having been created in the image of the Almighty, and having the
privilege of being even a God, he has gone from his original Creator
and controlled himself, so far as his actions are concerned. He
has gone away from the Divine power, gone into forbidden paths,
and has received the influence of unholy environments until he
has become contaminated with that condition called disease, or
pain, the result of violated law.
The physical organism requires force. This force
is of two kinds, Positive and negative. They are supplied by the
food eaten, the air breathed, and the water drank. All of the
substance derived from these sources constitute the elements of
the body. These elements are distributed in such a manner as to
control and make up every organ in the body, the nervous system
as well; and if there be a deficiency in the composition of the
nervous system, there is a deficiency in the action of the mentality
to that part of the body, and to the entire body, if the entire
nervous system is involved. The functioning of any organ in the
body is through the nervous system. If the nervous system which
ends in any organ be over-exercised, the elements become exhausted
to that extent, and the function becomes deranged; and if continued,
the entire system sympathizes with that particular organ, and
an equalization of strength is manifested throughout the body.
Instance, the eye: The eye is supplied by the second
cranial nerve, which functions the sense of sight. It is also
supplied by the third cranial, by the sixth cranial, and by the
third branch of the fifth cranial nerve; making four and one-third
cranial nerves in and around the eye, that supply the eye in functioning
vision. The second nerve forms the retina; the three and one-third
nerves control the action of the ciliary muscles, and all motion,
sensation and sympathy. Over-use of the eye increases the activity
of the nerves ending in it, or the muscles in, or surrounding
the eye - the internal muscles being called the Intrinsic, and
the external muscles the Extrinsic. The over-use of the eye in
functioning vision produces exhaustion of the nervous system ending
therein, to that extent, we have deficiency of action, and hence
a strained condition of the eye; the Extrinsic muscles being controlled
by the third, fourth, sixth and the third branch of the fifth
cranial nerves, are the muscles which bring into position and
juxtaposition the object seen, from which object rays of light
are reflected to the retina; so that without action of the extrinsic
muscles we would not have convergence, nor sight, nor be able
to change the vision from one object to another. Hence the importance
of looking after, and caring for the nervous system that ends
in the extrinsic muscles. Over-exercise of the intrinsic muscles
produces exhaustion. With the intrinsic muscles we accommodate
vision at all distances, when there is light reflected from objects
to the retina. The size of the pupil is controlled by the nervous
system ending in the Musculus Iridis, whether we have convexity
or a flattened condition of the lens. These are the results of
muscular action through the cilary nervous system. Hence the exhaustion
of the substance of the nerve, or the nervous system, caused by
excessive use, produces disparity in their function, and affects
the entire organism, in proportion thereto. The necessity of knowing
this is apparent to the observer, from the fact that we have all
kinds of diseases from muscular asthenopia, or nerve exhaustion;
conjunctivitis, iritis, staphyloma, ulceration, loss of sight,
retinitis; and all other diseases that affect the eye, or the
body, the result of interference with the nervous system ending
in the eyes; causing irritation, resulting in congestion, hyperemia,
inflammation, suppuration and blindness, many times.
All of these conditions being the product of impeded
venous circulation, irritation of the nervous system can be relieved
by proper manipulation, arrest of the nerve waste; supplying the
deficiency by the proper food and exercise, and the circulation
of the fluids of the body normally, and prescribing suitable lenses
to arrest the nerve strain, from over-use of the eyes in functioning
How to Prescribe Glasses for Nerve Exhaustion.
That condition denominated Hyperopia, is a condition
in which the sight is better for seeing distant than near objects,
a condition in which the object has to be moved
away from the eyes to see clearly.
This condition is due to flattening of the eye-ball
antero-posteriorly. It requires increased nerve power to control
the muscles of accommodation so as to be able to see clearly.
This additional power is what exhausts the nervous system, because
it requires more fuel, more nerve stimuli, and, in time, the whole
nervous system becomes exhausted, and disease of some one or more
organs ensues. The nervous system is composed of "tissue
elements," and over-use exhausts these elements, which renders
the entire nervous system less capable of performing its function,
and the longer the nerve strain continues, the greater the exhaustion,
hence the less strength in the body to perform its normal function,
throughout the entire body, therefore disease may result in any
organ in the body.
To remedy this condition, the strain must be arrested.
As long as the eyes are used, the strain continues. The results
may be manifest anywhere, in any organ, because, to have the body
normally functioned, a certain amount of nerve power must be maintained;
hence the "leakage" must be stopped, and the best way
to stop the leakage is to stop the strain, through the use of
the glasses which correct the vision, bringing it back to a normal,
or what is denominated an Emmetropic state - natural vision. The
correction (the glass) which brings the vision to see a letter
that the Emmetropic can see, twenty feet distant, distinctly,
will stop the strain.
If one sees the type - "Snellen's" - which
should be seen twenty feet, at a distance of fifteen feet, it
is evidence that glasses are needed, simply because it requires
an extra effort to see so clearly, and this means a requisition
of more nerve power, hence a strained condition of the eyes.
For every Diopter of vision, required to bring the
vision to see 20-20ths, there is a loss of twenty-three per cent
of nerve power, and that means that the system is losing that
much nerve power, hence is weakening every day this condition
is allowed to remain, and in this ratio one is becoming weaker;
this indicates the necessity of wearing glasses which correct
this condition of the vision, before one can expect to be brought
back to health.
With the proper correction, when this condition
is ascertained, it will be an agreeable astonishment to the individual
how great a change for the better will take place. This change
will begin at once, any disease caused by said nerve exhaustion
will soon begin to subside, and the patient will get well of the
disease caused thereby. See an Ophthalmologist and have such eyes
corrected at once, is the reasonable thing to do.