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 393 prevalent some twenty years ago that Colliers' Weekly Magazine conducted a
394 bitter campaign against some of the worst offenders in the patent medicine
395 business.
396 During the "flu" epidemic which broke out during the world war, the mayor of
397 New York City took drastic steps to check the damage which people were doing
398 themselves through their inherent fear of ill health. He called in the newspaper
399 men and said to them, "Gentlemen, I feel it necessary to ask you not to publish
400 any scare headlines concerning the flu' epidemic. Unless you cooperate with me,
401 we will have a situation which we cannot control." The newspapers quit
402 publishing stories about the "flu," and within one month the epidemic had been
403 successfully checked.
404 Through a series of experiments conducted some years ago, it was proved that
405 people may be made ill by suggestion. We conducted this experiment by causing
406 three acquaintances to visit the "victims," each of whom asked the question,
407 "What ails you?
408 You look terribly ill." The first questioner usually provoked a grin, and a
409 nonchalant "Oh, nothing, I'm alright," from the victim. The second questioner
410 usually was answered with the statement, "I don't know exactly, but I do feel
411 badly." The third questioner was usually met with the frank admission that the
412 victim was actually feeling ill.
413 Try this on an acquaintance if you doubt that it will make him uncomfortable,
414 but do not carry the experiment too far. There is a certain religious sect whose
415 members take vengeance upon their enemies by the "hexing" method. They call
416 it "placing a spell" on the victim.
417 There is overwhelming evidence that disease sometimes begins in the form of
418 negative thought impulse. Such an impulse may be passed from one mind to
419 another, by suggestion, or created by an individual in his own mind.

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