What is dropsy?

Dropsy is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues and body cavities due mostly to a disturbance in the blood circulation, in the condition of the smallest arteries (capillaries) and in the body chemistry as a result of heart, liver or kidney disease.

Each one of the first and second trios just mentioned seems to complicate and drag in the rest, so that in the end the complete sextet is often present to plague the poor human body.
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Patients with dropsy are given a balanced daily diet nowadays of all foods excepting those mentioned in the list below, and are even permitted to take enough liquid, but their diet must be salt free and sodium free.

Cook and prepare all foods without salt, do not eat any pickled, smoked or salted meat or fish, no bread, crackers and butter prepared with salt, and no caviar, clams, oyster, peanut-butter, condensed milk, cheese, carrots, cow peas, spinach,endive, olives or raisins.

You may eat the following foods once a week: butter milk, lima beans, beets, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, chard, cocoanut, currants, dates, figs, melons, peanuts, peaches, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, strawberries, turnip and watercress.

"Neocurtasal" (winthrop) can be used as a substitute for table salt. The use of substitute for salt is unnecessary if you use your determination to stay on a saltness diet.

Unleavened bread sold at all food stores under the name of "matzos" is saltless and has the added advantage of being produced from unbleached flour.Whole wheat matzos are also obtainable.

The mercurial diuretics used as injections to reduce dropsy are very injurious the kidneys and likely to do more harm than good. The brown rice, milk and fresh citrus fruit juice diet will reduce edema and dropsy as quickly as the mercurials without harm.

The surest way to prevent the diseases that cause dropsy is to read a popular health book and follow its advice on the hygiene of living and on kidney, liver and heart disease.

Added to that you should have your family doctor check up on your health periodically ( once a year at least) and if he advises elimination of drinking smoking, overwork, overexercise and overweight, pay strict attention to his counsel and you will avoid serious consequences of this kind
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