"MINING" THE HUMAN BODY
By George F. Jowett
Reprinted with permission from the A.O.B.S Newsletter. (Join the AOBS,
Nature is a wonderful mother, and she will not permit you to mine the
resources she gave you. She wants to see her sons and daughters full
health and vigor.
Many years ago western prairie farmers, following their urge to get
quickly from bumper wheat crops, year after year forced the soil to
crops beyond the capacity of its fertility. Year after year they
the wheat crops without putting anything back into the soil, until the
became so depleted of its fertility that it became valueless. This
was termed "mining" the land. Taking all out of it, and putting
back. Finally, the government stepped in and stopped the mining
greedy, thoughtless farmers.
Burning Up Energy
Many body builders parallel this same condition in their enthusiastic
develop their bodies to their fullest within as short a time as
They burn up their energies almost fanatically in order to perform a
in muscular development. these are the body builders who rarely ever
success. Like the thoughtless farmer, the thoughtless body builder
his body without any thought of the part nature plays in the process.
just cannot be done, that's all.
The Law of Life
The law of life is growth, but growth is controlled by the law of
replenishment and conservation. What is taken out of the body, by way
breakage of old tissue cells, must be replaced in greater proportion,
these gains are only increased by the true conservation of the natural
resources of the human body. To ignore the law of conservation is to
the law of replenishment, from which source comes growth.
Youth, in its ardent zeal to acquire premature development, is most
this fault. It is fired by enthusiasm but defeated from lack of
understanding of nature's law as it governs the human body. Also, too
frequently, young people lack the proper instruction to guide them in
training. Yet if they would only stop to think, the human body, like
cannot be built in a day. A slapstick house can be erected in a very
time, but the more magnificent the house is designed to be, the longer
takes to build.
Our bodies are fashioned by the greatest of all architects. He
to be the most magnificent of all creations. He made growth the
existence of our lives, and gave each of us the mental ability to
in truly Adamic form. Ignorance, which defeats all purposes, alone
success in physical perfection, in most cases where success has failed
achieved. Those who have succeeded have been the patient, painstaking
individuals who were willing to climb one step at a time. They built
them and into themselves a foundation so sound and solid that success
not be defeated. Forced methods never got anyone anywhere and never
Forced methods are of the mining variety, and those who recommend them
body builder advocate false precepts or are totally regardless of the
Nature is a wonderful mother. She loves to see her sons and daughters
grandly fashioned and radiant with healthful vigor, but she is ever our
master. When one goes beyond her dictates, transcending her laws, a
will be imposed by her refraining more powerful than the law of any
government. She will not permit you to mine the resources she gave
she can be coaxed to give abundantly when intelligence and common sense
used -- yes, to an extent that may surprise you.
Therefore, in your urge to acquire vigorous health and physical
realize that everybody has certain limits and possibilities. It is not
to strive to go beyond them. Learn first the functions of the human
and you will better understand yourself. With this knowledge you will
right and train your body right. There will then never be any danger of
mining tendency, with the result each year throughout your life you
enjoy the harvest of health, strength, and fitness that only true body
building methods can give to you.