Man Woman Child - Part XI

Continence
he reader may ask what physiologists and physicians have to say about continence
Tand the marriage relation with regard to the health of the body.
This very vital subject has been sadly neglected in medical literature by writers on
genito-urinary and neurological subjects. An outstanding authority on diseases of men and
women, Max Huhner, states in his "Disorders of the Sexual Function in the Male and
Female," that he went to the trouble some years ago to consult a great many textbooks on
physiology, but found "that not one of them had anything to say on the question. Other
authorities, not physiologists, however, have expressed opinions on the subject, among
them no less an authority than Prof. Bryant, the great English surgeon, who states that the
function of the sexual glands may be suspended for a long time, possibly for life, and yet
their structure may be sound and capable of being roused into activity on any healthy
stimulation. Unlike other glands or tissues in general, they do not waste or atrophy
prematurely for want of use. And it is pointed out that the sexual glands are constructed on
entirely different principles from most of the other organs of the body. They are constructed
for intermittent action and their function may be suspended indefinitely without harm to
either their anatomy or physiology. Witness the mammary gland. A woman becomes
pregnant and gives birth to a child, and immediately the gland, which had remained
dormant for years, swells up and secretes milk. After lactation is finished, the gland
becomes smaller and inactive. She may not become pregnant again for another ten or more
years, and during all this time the gland is not in use, but even after this long period, should
she again become pregnant, it will again swell up and be absolutely useful in spite of the
long period of disuse. The author says that he has gone somewhat into detail into this
question, because it is very important and is constantly being brought up by the opponents
of the subject of continence and is very apt to impress the laity."
Other authorities say: "… there is yet comfort for the unmarried man in those pages
which show that perfect continence is quite compatible with perfect health, and thus a great
load is at once lifted from the mind of him who wishes to be conscientious as well as virile
and in health with all the organs of the body performing their proper functions." And again:
"It is pernicious, pseudo-physiology which teaches that the exercise of the generative
function is necessary in order to maintain one's physical and mental vigor of manhood." "…
I may state that I have, after many years experience, never seen a single instant of atrophy of
the generative organs from this cause…. No continent man need be deterred by this
apocryphal fear of atrophy of the testes from living a chaste life."
Professor Gowers says: "With all the force that any knowledge can give, and with
any authority I may have, I assert, as the result of long observation and consideration of
facts of every kind, that no man ever yet was in the slightest degree or way the better for
incontinence; and I am sure, further, that no man was yet anything but better for perfect
continence. My warning is: Let us beware lest we give even a silent sanction to that against
which I am sure we should resolutely set our face and raise our voice."
This testimony should be sufficient to satisfy anyone who has been in doubt on the
subject. What is said of the man may conversely be said about the woman.
How to Banish Thoughts of Sex
When thoughts of sex enter one's atmosphere, it is useless to try to drive them away,
because the thinking that is done holds them. If they do come, one should disregard them by
at once thinking of one's own Thinker and Knower, and of The Realm of Permanence. Sex
thoughts cannot remain in the atmosphere of such thinking.

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