A PERORATION ON WATER
By Charles A. Tyrrell, M. D.
"Humanity at large has never estimated water
at its true value. Yet all the gifts in Pandora's fabled box could
never equal that one inestimable boon of the Creator to the human
race. Apart from its practical value, there is nothing in all
the wide domain of Nature more beautiful, for in all its myriad
forms and conditions it appeals equally
to the artistic sense.
"In the restless ocean, now sleeping tranquilly
in opaline beauty beneath the summer sun, now rising in foam-crested
mountainous waves beneath the winter's biting blast, its sublimity
awes us. In the mighty river, rolling majestically on its tortuous
course, impatient to unite itself with mother ocean, its restless
energy fascinates us. In the pearly dew, glittering on the trembling
leaf; or the hoar frost, sparkling like a wreath of diamonds in
the moon's silvery rays; in the brawling mountain torrent, or
the gentle brook, meandering peacefully through verdant meadows;
in the mighty cataract, or the feathery cascade; in the downy
snow-flake or the iridescent icicle; or in the gigantic iceberg,
with its translucent sides of shimmering green, its weird grandeur
enthralls us, and in all and each of its bewitching forms it is
beautiful beyond compare. But its claims to our admiration rest
not alone upon its ever varying beauty or grandeur.
"When consumed with thirst, what beverage can
equal a draught of pure, cold water? In sickness, its value is
incalculable in slaking the eager, intense thirst, cooling the
fevered brow and soothing the aching head or moistening the heated
surface, and in ten thousand ways it brings unnumbered blessings
"And if we admire it for its beauty, and esteem
it as a beverage, how inconceivably should these feelings be intensified
by the knowledge that its remedial virtues are in no wise inferior
to its other qualities."
It covers four-fifths of the earth's surface, and
furnishes the rest with its moisture, and causes the earth to
bring forth and bud, the grass to grow, to satisfy the beasts
of the field, and furnish food for man; and furnishes a trough
for the mighty vessels, which traverse the mighty deep, carrying
commerce to all countries, and for all people, and renders it
possible to breathe the atmosphere through the moisture diffused.
It is indeed the greatest of all blessings to humanity, and its
estimation is indeed incalculable.
IMPACTION OF THE COLON
There is scarcely a more significant cause of disease
than colonic impaction. As disease is a consequence of impediment
of the venous circulation, it may be readily seen that an inordinate
accumulation of feces - the refuse of the ingesta - causes pressure
against the viscera and thereby interferes with the circulation
of the venous blood and the lymphatic secretion in all of the
organs in relation with the colon, and may be the cause of many
The essential thing to be done in removing the impaction
is to use the "high enema," and this can be effectually
done in the following manner: The first thing to consider is the
how to get water into the colon. The most convenient way is to
use a syringe which will force the water through the sigmoid flexure,
or 'pass a long, flexible rubber tube through that flexure, into
the colon, and let the water run through it until the colon is
filled with water.
In all cases of constipation, this is the remedy
for the very first consideration. IMPACTION of the COLON is a
necessary accompaniment of constipation. Generally that is the
case in chronic diarrhea, flux and typhoid fever. The first, and
most essential, thing needed in all these conditions is to cleanse
the engorged, impacted colon.
Toxemia of the entire system is caused by impacted
colon, and the ONLY rational remedy is the removal of the engorgement,
for, when this is done, the effects cease, and the patient begins
to recover immediately, because this removes the poison which
contaminates the entire body throughout.
There are several kinds of syringes recommended
by physicians, and all are useful in a degree, at least; for all
are used especially to relieve the lower bowel of its contents,
and are thus of some benefit.
The tube may be attached to an ordinary fountain
syringe, then inserted into the bowel about three inches, then
let the water run, and while it is running, push the tube on through
the sigmoid flexure, in the colon. The fountain syringe should
be elevated several feet above the patient, and the fountain should
hold as much as a half a gallon to a gallon of water, and it should
be as warm as the elbow can be comfortably borne in it, or from
100 to a 110 degree temperature. Soap-suds is the best for the
first flushing, as this has solvent properties which are generally
needed to dissolve the impaction. Olive oil or Epsom salts are
also good, and either one may be used.
The "J. B. L. Cascade," made and sold
by Charles A. Tyrrell, M. D., 134 W. 65th St., New York City,
N. Y., is the best and most convenient apparatus on the market,
and can be had of some druggists, or through them, or direct from
Dr. Tyrrell himself. Cost, $10.00.