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The organs of respiration have their only protective apparatus, filter, or 

dust-catcher, in the nostrils. When the breath is taken through the mouth, there 

is nothing from mouth to lungs to strain the air, or to catch the dust and other 

foreign matter in the air. From mouth to lungs the dirt or impure substance has a 

clear track, and the entire respiratory system is unprotected. And, moreover, such 

incorrect breathing admits cold air to the organs, thereby injuring them. 

Inflammation of the respiratory organs often results from the inhalation of cold air 

through the mouth. The man who breathes through the mouth at night, always 

awakens with a parched feeling in the mouth and a dryness in the throat. He is 

violating one of nature's laws, and is sowing the seeds of disease.

Once more, remember that the mouth affords no protection to the respiratory 

organs, and cold air, dust and impurities and germs readily enter by that door. On 

the other hand, the nostrils and nasal passages show evidence of the careful 

design of nature in this respect. The nostrils are two narrow, tortuous channels, 

containing numerous bristly hairs which serve the purpose of a filter or sieve to 

strain the air of its impurities, etc., which are expelled when the breath is exhaled. 

Not only do the nostrils serve this important purpose, but they also perform an 
important function in warming the air inhaled. The long narrow winding nostrils 

are filled with warm mucous membrane, which coming in contact with the inhaled 

air warms it so that it can do no damage to the delicate organs of the throat, or to 

the lungs.

No animal, excepting man, sleeps with the mouth open or breathes through the 

mouth, and in fact it is believed that it is only civilized man who so perverts 

nature's functions, as the savage and barbarian races almost invariably breathe 

correctly. It is probable that this unnatural habit among civilized men has been 

acquired through unnatural methods of living, enervating luxuries and excessive 


The refining, filtering and straining apparatus of the nostrils renders the air fit to 

reach the delicate organs of the throat and the lungs, and the air is not fit to so 

reach these organs until it has passed through nature's refining process. The 

impurities which are stopped and retained by the sieves and mucous membrane of 

the nostrils, are thrown out again by the expelled breath, in exhalation, and in 

case they have accumulated too rapidly or have managed to escape through the 

sieves and have penetrated forbidden regions, nature protects us by producing a 

sneeze which violently ejects the intruder.

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