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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 13

[conclusion]

The incontrovertible facts and comprehensive philosophy of Dr Griffith in the above letters most fitly close our testimony against poisoning people because they are sick. The argument might be profitably continued to a great length, but space demands that we forbear. Any mind of common capacity will by this time see on which side of the question his real interests are involved. It seems to us that the crowning disgrace of the medical profession consists in their ignorance of the processes of nature, as exemplified in the most patent laws of physiology, hence the incongruity of their classifying substances as food in certain instances and as poison in others. Poisons may be defined as substances incapable of assimilation by the system, and, therefore, non-nutritial. Food, on the other hand, nourishes and supports vitality. All substances which are not food, are foreign matters in the system, causing injurious and debilitating effects, owing to the efforts made by the organism to get rid of their unnatural presence. Such substances are therefore opposed to, and inconsistent with, any rational therapeutic system; the aim of which should be to strengthen vitality, not to debilitate it.