Vitalogy | Issue 20

Vitalogy | Issue 20

To avoid excessive indulgences

Married persons should adopt more generally the rule of sleeping in separate rooms, or at least in separate beds, as is the almost universal custom in Germany and Holland. This rule being adopted, several very important advantages would result in regard to health and comfort. 

Opportunity makes importunity. For example, if pastries are where they will continually attract the attention of children, there is a want and request for them; but if out of sight they would only be thought of when natural hunger came. So, if married persons slept in different rooms the indulgences would only be specially thought of when there existed a natural, healthy appetite for the same, and as food is the more enjoyable from the longer interval of fasting; so here. In this way troublesome temptations are escaped and a rational temperance would be practised without inconvenience. 

And it is well known, too, that if two persons, one sickly and the other healthy, occupy the same bed, one will become diseased without the sickly one becoming benefited. This is especially true when children sleep with old and feeble persons. Hence, it is seldom the case that both wife and husband are in perfect health, in all respects, at all times; at least one party would be saved from injury by sleeping alone. 

When two people may sleep together advantageously- Two people may often occupy the same bed to the decided benefit of both. For instance, when one is by nature full of positive electricity or magnetism, while the other’s body is negative. In this case there is an insensible and gradual interchange of vital currents. The excess of positive goes out to the negative body, and it in turn gives off its oversupply of negative to the positive body, and thus a normal and healthful condition is brought about.

This must be the explanation of the numerous instances where a weak and semi-invalid woman marries a man not considered unusually strong and both become healthier and able to endure far more than either could before marriage. Each gives the other without losing an essential part of themselve


This information was taken from Vitalogy, a real medical book published in 1923. This column is for entertainment only and should not be taken as advice by anyone, ever.

This article first appeared in Issue 20, 2016.
Posted 12:56pm Sunday 21st August 2016 by Prof's Wood & Ruddock.