Chapter I - Food Science and Personal Efficiency
Chapter II - Food Chemistry
Chapter III - The Physiology of Nutrition
Chapter IV - New Discoveries of Experimental Biology
Chapter V - What to Eat
Chapter VI - Balancing the Diet
Chapter VII - How Much to Eat
Chapter VIII - When and How to Eat
Chapter IX - Food Production; Manufacturing and Marketing
Chapter X - The Home Preparation of Food
Chapter XI - Practical Food Economy
Chapter XII - Eating for Strength and Muscular Efficiency
Chapter XIII - Food and Mental Efficiency
Chapter XIV - Eating to Gain Weight
Chapter XV - Eating to Reduce Weight
Chapter XVI - Food and the Sexual Life
Chapter XVII - Feeding the Baby
Chapter XVIII - The Feeding of Children
Chapter XIX - Eating to Prevent or Cure Disease
Chapter XX - The Diet in Old Age
The writer has endeavored to supply this need. He has purposely refrained from all technical phrases, and the contents have been abbreviated as much as possible.
It is the writer’s desire to furnish the greatest amount of information in the fewest possible words. He is of the opinion that there are thousands, and perhaps millions, of boys, young men, and even old men, whose powers, mental, physical and sexual, are fast declining because of the need of knowledge which can be supplied here, and he firmly and honestly believes that the contents of this work will do more to elevate, ennoble and strengthen its readers than any other influence of a similar character. It will help them to be men strong, virile, superb and the first duty of every male human adult is to be a man. All other requirements should be subordinate to this. You cannot build a house without a foundation to rest upon, and virile manhood is the foundation upon which must rest all the results that accrue from education and the refining influences of civilized life. In other words, if you do not possess this virile manhood your imperative duty is to strive for its acquirement, even if necessary for the time being to sacrifice every other purpose in life. For if you are not a man, you are nothing but a nonentity! A cipher! And as long as you remain in this emasculated condition, your powers and capacities in every way will be bound by your weakened condition.
The writer has pointed out the way to acquire and retain these much desired powers. It lies with you. Is the reward a sufficient recompense? If so, begin the work prescribed here at once, for he is no miracle worker. He does not offer you powers, worth more than all the money in the universe, in a few dollars’ worth of powders or pills.
The writer desires to say in conclusion, that it is impossible for him to give special advice in individual cases. If this book is carefully studied there should be absolutely no need of this. He has found, usually, that those who desire special advice, simply wish to avoid the study necessary in forming accurate conclusions as to the proper treatment in their cases. He has endeavored to meet every possible contingency that will appear in ordinary cases, and though he is aware that everyone is usually under the impression that his case is far from agreeing with the ordinary, still careful study will usually reveal no features essentially different.
You should study up your own case and thus be able to answer your own questions; and it will be to your advantage in the end to do this, because you will be following conclusions that are the product of your own reasoning, and if they are wrong the results will soon show it, and then, if puzzled, you can go to others to solve your problems.
Failure is, to a certain extent, a disgrace.
And to live the life of achievement you need energy, enthusiasm, ambition. You must have
strength, vitality, endurance. And the buoyant spirits that make play of all work.
If all this is valuable, then the power behind the man or the woman, in the form of food, assumes great importance.
Day by day our bodies are evolved from the food we eat. We are what we are, because of food. We are hardy, vigorous and capable or devitalized and incompetent, depending
largely upon the quality of nourishment that we furnish ourselves day by day.
There never was a time in the history of the world when the human diet was worse than it is at the present day.
We are starving in the midst of plenty. Devitalized foods of all kinds are depended upon for
sustenance. People are dying, literally, by the millions, because of their pitiful ignorance on the subject of diet. You can starve to death while you are eating three "square" meals a day, and that is exactly the status of literally millions of people at this time.
This book has been written with the aid of various experts for the purpose of telling the truth about food. It shows you, in a very definite manner, what to eat and how to eat, in order to maintain your vitality at high water mark.
The facts presented here should be taught in the primary schools, and the day is coming when such knowledge will be possessed by every growing child.
And I believe that this book will help to bring that day about.
To insure the keeping quality of the foods prepared for the market, manufacturers often remove the life-building elements.
Devitalized foods of this character are being sold everywhere. You should possess the knowledge necessary to avoid products of this nature. The facts presented in this book will
be of inestimable value to you for this purpose alone.
Learn how to eat that you may build your body into a masterpiece—mentally, physically and spiritually.
Make a whole man or woman of yourself. Proper eating will do much to bring about this result. In fact, without an intelligent diet, the most strenuous efforts towards the attainment of life's great rewards are often wasted.Learn the truth. Apply it and satisfying rewards will surely come to you.
It affords temporary narcotic gratification to the genius; it is indispensable to the gangster. In its fumes the poet finds strange themes; behind its filmy cloud the prostitute hides herself.
From early childhood to senile age it is woven into the warp and woof of human endeavor.
Billions of dollars of tribute are paid annually to the Minotaur. Thousands of acres of splendid timberland, and millions of dollars of valuable property are destroyed yearly by the gross carelessness and stupidity of its addicts. To its worship its devotees annually contribute uncounted millions of valuable work or study hours.
In its production, manufacture and sale hundreds of thousands are busily engaged.
Tobacco adds immeasurably to the cost of human existence; it subtracts immeasurably from the length and breadth of human life.
Tobacco is insidious in its debauching and degenerating influence. It undermines the integrity of the moral faculty—especially in the young—while shredding the nervous systems of young and old alike.
Those engaged in exploiting the drugged weed are sincere and honest men, who would, no doubt, feel a great compunction of conscience if they realized that they were innocently responsible for prostituting the best instincts of the race.
And yet slave dealers for many centuries, and rum dealers, for an equal length of time, were quite as satisfied that their trade was thoroughly legitimate.
We now know, however, that it was not. And the voice of Civilization is emphasizing the fact in no uncertain terms. And this brings me to the crux of my tale.
I could not conscientiously accept pay for prostituting my fellow-man.
I believe that employers of labor will soon come generally to recognize the insidious effect of the poison upon their employees, and that ultimately they will discountenance its use—in the same way that they have discountenanced the use of alcohol.
I believe that those who now so brazenly extol the alleged glories and virtues of tobacco indulgence, for the profit they make in selling the stuff, will be thoroughly ashamed of their calling. Some of them may, perhaps, even repent of their ways, and reform—although this is not at all likely.
I may not live to see this brought about. But if ever it is brought to pass, one very terrible degenerative influence will have been banished from the land. Men and women will be cleaner and sweeter. The stunted adolescent will attain his growth. Money that could do so much for the development of civilization will be diverted into constructive channels. With this end in view this book was prepared with the aid of the best obtainable scientific authorities.