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 448 HYPOCHONDRIA. The habit of talking of illness, concentrating the mind
449 upon disease, and expecting its appearance until a nervous break occurs. Nothing
450 that comes in bottles can cure this condition. It is brought on by negative
451 thinking and nothing but positive thought can affect a cure.
452 Hypochondria, (a medical term for imaginary disease) is said to do as much dam-
453 age on occasion, as the disease one fears might do. Most so-called cases of
454 "nerves" come from imaginary illness.
455 EXERCISE. Fear of ill health often interferes with proper physical exercise, and
456 results in over-weight, by causing one to avoid outdoor life.
457 SUSCEPTIBILITY. Fear of ill health breaks down Nature's body resistance, and
458 creates a favorable condition for any form of disease one may contact. The fear
459 of ill health often is related to the fear of Poverty, especially in the case of the
460 hypochondriac, who constantly worries about the possibility of having to pay
461 doctor's bills, hospital bills, etc. This type of person spends much time preparing
462 for sickness, talking about death, saving money for cemetery lots, and burial
463 expenses, etc.
464 SELF-CODDLING. The habit of making a bid for sympathy, using imaginary
465 illness as the lure. (People often resort to this trick to avoid work). The habit of
466 feigning illness to cover plain laziness, or to serve as an alibi for lack of ambition.
467 INTEMPERANCE. The habit of using alcohol or narcotics to destroy pains
468 such as headaches, neuralgia, etc., instead of eliminating the cause.
469 The habit of reading about illness and worrying over the possibility of being
470 stricken by it. The habit of reading patent medicine advertisements.
472 The original source of this inherent fear needs but little description, because it
473 obviously grew out of man's polygamous habit of stealing his fellow-man's mate,
474 and his habit of taking liberties with her whenever he could.

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