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418 Every intelligent person knows that stimulation in excess, through alcoholic
419 drink and narcotics, is a form of intemperance which destroys the vital organs of
420 the body, including the brain. Not every person knows, however, that over
421 indulgence in sex expression may become a habit as destructive and as
422 detrimental to creative effort as narcotics or liquor.
423 A sex-mad man is not essentially different than a dope-mad man! Both have lost
424 control over their faculties of reason and will-power. Sexual overindulgence may
425 not only destroy reason and will-power, but it may also lead to either temporary,
426 or permanent insanity. Many cases of hypochondria (imaginary illness) grow out
427 of habits developed in ignorance of the true function of sex.
428 From these brief references to the subject, it may be readily seen that ignorance
429 on the subject of sex transmutation, forces stupendous penalties upon the
430 ignorant on the one hand, and withholds from them equally stupendous benefits,
431 on the other.
432 Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has
433 been surrounded with mystery and beclouded by dark silence. The conspiracy of
434 mystery and silence has had the same effect upon the minds of young people
435 that the psychology of prohibition had. The result has been increased curiosity,
436 and desire to acquire more knowledge on this "verboten" subject; and to the
437 shame of all lawmakers, and most physicians – by training best qualified to
438 educate youth on that subject – Information has not been easily available.
439 Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of
440 endeavor before the age of forty. The average man reaches the period of his
441 greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty. These statements are based
442 upon analysis of thousands of men and women who have been carefully
443 observed. They should be encouraging to those who fail to arrive before the age
444 of forty, and to those who become frightened at the approach of "old age,"
445 around the forty-year mark. The years between forty and fifty are, as a rule, the
446 most fruitful. Man should approach this age, not with fear and trembling, but
447 with hope and eager anticipation.

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