National Geographic : 1927 Nov
Ship-shape THE last cable is off-the whistle blows - and the great liner starts on another long voyage. As the shore line fades away, veteran and inexperienced travellers alike, can only guess what the future holds in store. But they know that before the ship sailed, every vital part was given painstaking inspec tion. All during the voyage the same watch fulness will be continued. The captain is ready to meet heavy seas, for in fair weather he has prepared for storms. Each of us, during the autumn, bears a strange re semblance to a ship leaving port. Some, sturdy and sound, ready for whatmay come;othersweak and unfit for a crisis; still others needing only Condition a slight overhauling to qualify them to meet the added hazards which the winter months bring. January claims more deaths than December, and February more than January. Year after year, the same thing occurs-because people have not fortified their bodies to meet the rigors of the winter. Then follows March-March called the "danger month" because it is then that neglected colds suddenly change from seemingly unimportant discom forts to deadly menaces. Tired hearts and racked lungs make only a feeble fight for life. All too many people live an abnormal life in the winter time. They eat too much. They do not get i enough exercise-enough fresh air. Exercise in the open whenever it is pos sible. But if you have no time or opportunity for outdoor exercise you will find that intelligent daily indoor exercise in a properly ventilated room is a fine substitute-a daily tonic. But, first of all, have a physical examination. If there are any de fects which can be corrected see / that they are given immediate attention. It is a real cause for thanksgiving " that this is only November and there is still plenty of time to make preparations to sail safely through the "danger month". You who are wise will fit yourselves to meet the approaching winter months in ship-shape condition. In March, the danger of death from all forms More children die of measles in that month of Pneumonia is more than four times as great than in any other month of the year. as in mid-summer. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company I Statistical records show that inNovember, 1926, has prepared a series of simple exercises aimed i 8,000 persons died of Pneumonia. In Decem. to develop the body and keep it in sound phy s ber 11,400 persons died from the same cause. sical condition. An exercise chart and two S In January, 1927,16,200. InFebruary15,000. valuable booklets, "Commonsense in Exercise" i And in March 17,000. and "The Prevention of Pneumonia" will be r mailed free of charge to anyone who writes for ' .E' March is also the peak month for colds and for them. - , deaths from heart disease and tuberculosis. HALEY FISKE, President. ' Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEWYORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."