8. Vital Force
Vital force is behind the stimulating-effect from poisons and stimulation from foods but the purposes are different. The stimulation experienced from foods, taken in proper amounts, is increased action for the welfare of the body in normal activity. The stimulating effects from poisons is defensive action. Vital energy is used without being replaced. Vital energy is used up when food is taken but it replaces more than it uses.
In this regard, Dr. R. T. Trall says, "We see how it is that alcohol is an element of force. It occasions force to be wasted, that is all. If a small draught is taken, only a little force is wasted (not supplied) in defending the system from it, and the individual is but slightly excited; that is, a little feverish. If much is taken, a greater amount of force is necessarily wasted (not supplied) and greater excitement is manifested in stimulation, fever, delirium, madness, etc. The system expends its force to get rid of the alcohol, but never derives any force, great or small, good, bad, or indifferent, from the alcohol. Stimulation does not impart strength—it wastes it. Vital power does not go out of the brandy into the patient, but occasions vital power to be exhausted from the patient in expelling the brandy."
Explaining the stimulating effects of alcohol and how it occasions the use of vital energy without eventually restoring force, Dr. Hereward Carrington says, "What is stimulation? We know that it is an induced condition in which the organism can, temporarily, perform a greater amount of muscular, vital, or mental work than would normally be performed in the same period of time, and this increase in its ability to work is undoubtedly traceable to the "stimulus" it has received. There is a greater capacity for work (implying a greater nervous force being expended in such action), and it is generally known that there is invariably a "reaction" or prostration, more or less profound and noticeable, following upon such stimulation."
Under all circumstances, however, vitality or energy of any character is invariably manifested or noticed by us in its expenditure, rather than when it accumulates.
Dr. Robert Walter stated it this way in Life's Great Law: "Every particle of living matter in the organized body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by a force inherent in the organism, usually called vital force, the success of whose work is directly proportioned to the amount of the force and inversely as the degree of its activity."
So any stimulant, such as alcohol, drugs, etc., will use up this vital energy to the degree that we use these stimulants. When we fast, we reverse this procedure. Vital energy is conserved, not expended. If you feel weak while fasting, it is only because vital energy is being used for healing and not directed toward the musculature or for digestion. In effect, you are getting stronger.
Dr. Carrington says, "The fear of being obliged to wait passively; the lack of faith in the healing powers of Nature, is one of the greatest causes of medical malpractice of today. We must keep in mind, always, that no action can possibly occur without an equal and opposite reaction; that the pendulum of human energy cannot, by any possibility, swing in one direction indefinitely; but must, at some time, turn and swing in the other. Rest must always follow effort, and effort rest; and this law of rhythm applies, of course to the human body, so far as its energy is concerned. This being so, is it not most obvious that the digestive organs need their periods of rest—just as all our other organ's call for rest? And is it not obvious, also, that the only way in which such a rest can be furnished is by fasting?"
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