National Geographic : 1926 Oct
Where Attacks O one will N gainsay the desirability of top ping off the body with a head. From the esthetic point of view it makes a symmetrical and sometimes attractive finish to the body. But heads must be considered from another angle. The head is like the main office of a great business corporation. Orders originate there which are sent throughout the body. Located within close range of each other are the organs of sight, hearing, smell and taste. When things begin to go wrong with the head, disturbances may be expected in remote parts of the body. An apparently slight local infec tion in the head may cause grave physical damage-even death. Myriads of germs live in infected noses and tonsils and adenoids, and at the roots of diseased teeth. These germs often pack up their families and travel to adjoining sinuses-the cavities in the bones of the face and forehead. Some journey to the ears and set up housekeeping. Eventually these germs get into the blood and embark on a cruise of the body. Some get off in the joints, others in the heart, and still others Start select the kidneys. Heart disease, arthritis, deafness, failing eyesight, neuritis, anemia, rheumatism and even appendicitis may be traced to head infections. Nasal catarrh spells trouble, the source of which should be located at once. Yet few persons realize the danger and neglect catarrh because they believe it to be the inevitable result of the climate in which they live. Some kinds of catarrh are affected by climate, others are not. But the point to remember is that catarrh is not a disease. It is a symptom of disease which is often cur able when properly treated. Colds are fre quently the beginning of serious nose, throat and ear troubles. The sequel to neglected snuffles of child hood is often the hearing-horn of old age. Do not ignore what seems to be "merely a cold". Now-before cold weather sets in -have your nose, throat and teeth thoroughly examined for any pos* sible diseased condition. Do not go through life suffering fromhandi caps that reduce your chanceof hap piness-that may shorten your life. A famous authority states that thousands of Authorities agree that infections of the head . ll deaths annually, among those of working age, and nose in the early autumn frequently lead , are caused by organic conditions largely due to to attacks of pneumonia, which with appalling what the doctors call focal infections. In plain r gularity appear in January, February and '- l ii words, this means the diseased spots where March. ' germs lodge and multiply and start spreading The Metropolitan will gladly mail you, without .. their campaigns of trouble, cost, two valuable and helpful booklets Mott cases of focal infections are located in the "Common Colds" and "Care of the Teeth". head-teeth, tonsils and sinuses. HALEY FISKE, President. " Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."