MONDAY MUSINGS: A prescription for a long life from 1880

These suggestions were written in 1880s, but would be useful today.


The only true way to health is that which common sense dictates to man. Live within the bounds of reason. Eat moderately, drink temperately, sleep regularly, avoid excess in anything, and preserve a conscience “void of offense.”

Some men eat themselves to death, some drink themselves to death, some wear out their lives by indolence and some by overexertion, others are killed by doctors, while not a few sink into the grave under vicious and beastly practices.

All the medicines in creation are not worth a farthing to a man who is constantly and habitually violating the laws of his own nature. All the medical science in the world cannot save him from a premature grave.

With a suicidal course of conduct, he is planting the seeds of destruction in his own constitution, and accelerating the destruction of his own life.

1(Transcribed from The Bibb Blade (Six Mile, Alabama) April 1, 1880 – Frank P. Glass, Editor and Proprietor)

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. The mention of 6 mile reminded me of a school or institution that was there many years ago. I think there is a historical marker on the highway. It’s between Centerville and Montevallo. Anyone have any info on this? Thanks

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