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can not perswade myself otherwise, but that our niceneffe and curiousneffe in diet hath altered our nature, distempered our bodies, and made us subject to millions of discrasies and diseases, more then ever were our forefathers subject unto, and consequently of shorter life then they.”*
Who is ficklier," he exclaims," then thei that fare deliciously every day? who is corrupter ? who belcherh more? who looketh worle ? who is weaker and feebler then thei? who hath more filthie collor, Aegme, and putrifaction (repleat with groffe, humours) then thei? and to be breefe, who dyeth sooner then thei? Doe wee not,” continues he, “ see the poore man that eateth browne bread (whereof some is made of rye, barlie, peafon, beanes, oates, and such other grosse graines), and drinketh small drinke, yea, some tymes water, feedith upon milke, butter, and cheese, (i faie) doe wee not fee suche a one healthfuller, stronger, fairer-complectioned, and longer livyng, then the other that fare daintilie every daie ? and how should it be otherwise ?t
It is wel known, according to Ovington, that nothing contributes so much, to the scurvy, as
* Anatomy of abuses, 1583, fig. I. v. b.
the eating of falted meat, or, to its cure, as the eating of vegetables. Seamen, who have been so lamentablely overrun with this disease as to be unable either to walk or stand upright, have had their limbs, stomachs, and lost health restore'd by three days eating of purslain, and other herbs, after they have once got alhore : and were those, he ads, made more frequently the diet of these that live on land, the scorbutick humours, and all that train of diseaseës that follows them, would be less numerous and prevailing than they are.* Nothing elfe, in doctor Cheynes opinion, than a total abstinence from animal foods can totally extirpate this disease. † A vegetable and milk diet, he says, is the proper and natural food of those afflicted with scrophulous complaints, as much as feeds are that of small birds : I ading, that a total milk and feed diet, with frequent interspersed emeticks, wil infalliblely cure hystericks, as well as consumption, if any human
* Voyage to Suratt, p. 519.
† Essay on bealtb, p. 182. It is evident, savs doctor Buchan, that if vegetables and milk were more use’d in diet, we should bave less fcurvy, and, likewise fewer putrid inflammatory fevers.
Merbod of cure, &c. p. 168.
means possiblely can.* Even bread and water wil be found beneficial in very serious disorders; as, in the case of doctor Barwick, who, in the civil wars, when under a' phthisis, atrophy and dyscrasy, was confine'd in a low room in the Tower, and live'd on bread and water onely, for several years; yet came out, at the Restoration, sleek, plump, and gay.t
Indeed, there are some caseës, according to doctor Cheyne, wherein a vegetable and milk diet seems absolutely necessary, as in severe and habitual gouts, rheumatisms, cancerous, leprous, and scrophulous disorders, extreme nervous colicks, epilepsys, violent hysterick fits, melancholy, consumptions, and, toward the last stageës of all chronical distempers ; in such distempers, he says, i have seldom seen such a diet fail of a good effect. I
The prince of Condé, after haveing long suffer'd, and being quite overcome by the gout, was advise’d by his physicians, for the relief of his pain, to enter upon A VEGETABLE DIET,
and a total abstinence from filh, flesh, and wine. It
* Ibi, p 187. See more of the cures that may be perform’d by a milk-diet, Ibi, p. 263, &c. + Ibi, p. 211.
English malady, p. 167.
succeeded accordingly, his pains were relieve'd, and THE GOUT OVERCOME.*
Doctor Taylor, of Croydon, cure'D HIMSELF, ENTIRELY and ABSOLUTELY, of the most violent, constant, and habitual epilepsy, that, perhap, ever was known, after haveing, in vain, try'd all the methods and medicines advise'd by the most eminent physicians of his time, by A TOTAL DIET of MILK, WITHOUT BREAD, or any otHER VEGETABLE.T.
Doctor Cheyne, speaking of the disorders of a disease'd liver, says, Were there any art or medicine to turn or make choler (adust, black, yellow, or green) an innocent, acid, active, liquor onely (as it is in the animals that live onely on vegetables), it would infalliblely cure these disorders. I
“ 'Tis wonderful,” he says, “ in what sprightlyness, strength, activity and freedom of spirit,
* Dr. Cheynes Essay on the gout, p. 20.
+ Idem, English malady, p. 253. He has an entire chapter • Of nervous cases, requiring a strict and total milk, seed, and vegetable diet,” in which he relates some remarkable cuses (Ibi, p. 184); and mentions, throughout his book, many cases of patients relieved from their complaints by vegetable food.
English malady, p. 187.
a low (i. e. vegetable) diet wil preserve those that have habituateëd themselves to it. My worthy friend, mister Web, is stil alive. He, by, the quickness of the facultys of the mind, and the activity of the organs of his body, shews the great benefit of a low diet, liveing alltogether on vegetable food and pure
element.' “ Here is doctor Taylor," says doctor Johnfon, “by a resolute adherence to bread and milk, wich a better appearance of health than he has had for a long time pass’d.”+ This doctor Taylor was a different person from the one allready mention'd, being vicar of Ashburn, and upward, at that time, of fourscore.
“ The milk of those women,” says Rousseau, " who [nurse children and] live chiefly on vegetables, is more sweet and falutary than that of carnivorous females. Form'd out of substanceës of a similar nature, it keeps longer, as it is less subject to putrefaction: and, with respect to its quantity, everyone knows that pulse and vegetables increase the quantity of blood more than meat; and why not, therefor, that of the milk? I cannot believe," ads he, “ that a child, who is not wean’d too soon, or should be wean’d onely
* Essay on bealtb, p. 32. + Letters to mistress Tbrale, II, 224