Editorial Back to Nature


“Back to Nature”

                The problems of the average individual of making a livelihood sufficient for present and future needs, and at the same time gaining and maintaining health, presents a series of conflicts, particularly to the millions of people whose destinies have placed them in cities where their occupations must be carried on in stuffy rooms of crowded office buildings.

This is entirely out of harmony with nature and in direct violation of the rules for health and happiness, which demand fresh air, sunshine and out-door exercise.

Almost every individual feels the call of out-door life and sunshine. This urge has caused many people to remove to a more temperate climate where they may enjoy a continuous participation in out-door pleasures. The less fortunate people who must remain in extreme climates look forward with keen anticipation to the coming of spring and summer with a longing to once more explore the great out-doors, and shake off the shackles of long confinement.

Some enjoy the lakes and streams with their varied forms of sports and amusements, while others prefer to roam through fields and woods studying and enjoying nature in its primitive form unaffected by man made “improvements.”

This urge is the natural reaction to artificial life and in-door confinement. The call of “Back to Nature” is an indication that we are in need of relief from the busy and strenuous life we are forced to lead in performing the tasks we encounter in the routine of life.

Whenever it is humanly possible we should respond to this call, for such relaxation permits the restoration and building up of the many body forces required to combat successfully the common ills produced by long months of strenuous activities and confinement.

Included in nature’s rules for health, and perhaps the most flagrantly violated, is the very important rule for simple and healthful foods. Most people are very slow in responding to warnings against these violations, though fully aware of their grave consequences. Perhaps this is because it often involves sacrifices we are not willing to make. We more readily respond to nature’s lures because of the enjoyments derived therefrom rather than their benefits.

We have been taught that out-door life and exercise are essential to physical fitness and because of this realization we are always ready to follow instructions of this nature in order to maintain good health, but we ignore nutritional teachings which are perhaps far more important in maintaining physical fitness of a high order. This indifference is due I believe to the failure of sufficient emphasis on the importance of nutrition. If we wish to be classed as a health profession we must not neglect this important branch of dentistry. We not only have an opportunity of having a great part in dental health but general health as well. While repair of the ravage of dental disease is vitally important to our profession we must not overlook the fact that preventing dental disease is of far greater importance.