Chapter 1: The Principle of Health
Chapter 2: The Foundations of Faith
Chapter 3: Life and Its Organisms
Chapter 4: What To Think
Chapter 5: Faith
Chapter 6: Use of the Will
Chapter 7: Health from God
Chapter 8: Summary of the Mental Actions
Chapter 9: When To Eat
Chapter 10: What To Eat
Chapter 11: How To Eat
Chapter 12: Hunger and Appetites
Chapter 13: In a Nutshell
Chapter 14: Breathing
Chapter 15: Sleep
Chapter 16: Supplementary Instructions
Chapter 17: A Summary of the Science of Being Well
Disclaimer: Nothing in this book is intended to provide treatment for any disease, disability, or medical condition, nor to substitute for personal, individual medical care from a qualified physician. The reader is advised to check with his or her own physician prior to following any recommendations given in this book or any of its references. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate information. However, the reader is on notice that the information in this book has been compiled and written to address general principles. It is not intended as specific advice for any individual. Thus, the personal application of any information provided herein is the sole responsibility of the user and, if implemented, would be applied at his or her own risk.
1. This volume is the second of a series, the first of which is The Science of Getting Rich. As that book is intended solely for those who want money, so this is for those who want health, and who want a practical guide and handbook, not a philosophical treatise. It is an instructor in the use of the universal Principle of Life, and my effort has been to explain the Way in so plain and simple a fashion that the reader, though he may have given no previous study to New Thought or metaphysics, may readily follow it to perfect health. While retaining all essentials, I have carefully eliminated all non-essentials. I have used no technical, abstruse, or difficult language, and have kept the one point in view at all times.
2. As its title asserts, the book deals with science, not speculation. The monistic theory of the universe -- the theory that matter, mind, consciousness, and life are all manifestations of One Substance -- is now accepted by most thinkers, and if you accept this theory, you cannot deny the logical conclusions you will find here. Best of all, the methods of thought and action prescribed have been tested by the author in his own case and in the case of hundreds of others during twelve years of practice, with continuous and unfailing success. I can say of the Science of Being Well that it works, and that wherever its laws are complied with, it can no more fail to work than the science of geometry can fail to work. If the tissues of your body have not been so destroyed that continued life is impossible, you can get well, and if you will think and act in a Certain Way, you will get well.
3. If the reader wishes to fully understand the monistic theory of the cosmos, he is recommended to read Hegel and Emerson; to read also "The Eternal News", a pamphlet by J.J. Brown, 300 Cathcart Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Some enlightenment may also be found in a series of articles by the author, which were published in The Nautilus, Holyoke, Mass., during the year 1909, under the title, "What Is Truth?".
4. Those who wish more detailed information as to the performance of the voluntary functions -- eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping -- may read "New Science of Living and Healing", "Letters to a Woman's Husband," and "The Constructive Use of Foods" booklets by W.D. Wattles, which may be obrained form the publishers of this book. I would alos recommend the writings of Horace Fletcher and of Edward Hooker Dewey. Read all these, if you like, as a sort of buttress to your faith, but let me warn you against making the mistake of studying many conflicting theories, and practicing, at the same time, parts of several different "systems"; for if you get well, it must be by giving your WHOLE MIND to the right way of thinking and living. Remember that the Science of Being Well claims to be a complete and sufficient guide in every particular. Concentrate upon the way of thinking and acting it prescribes, and follow it in every detail, and you will get well, or if you are already well, you will remain so. Trusting that you will go on until the priceless blessing of perfect health is yours, I remain,
Very Truly Yours
Wallace D. Wattles
NOTE: Sources for some referenced writings in the foregoing Preface are not known to this editor... If you have a source please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org