More Un-Nourishing Traditions

** In an address at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Land, at Chicago, Illinois, June 26, 1956, Dr. W. Coda Martin (M.D.) said: National sugar consumption [as of 1956!] is one hundred pounds per year per person [today that is approaching 200 pounds per person per year], or an average of five hundred calories per day. These are known as empty calories. They cannot be properly metabolized in the body because the required vitamin-and-mineral catalysts were removed during refinement. This interference with the enzyme system of metabolism results in the production of toxic metabolites. Tests have shown that these metabolites from incomplete carbohydrate metabolism interfere with cellular oxidation which result in the formation of abnormal cells. This is the beginnng of tissue pathology. Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c1968

**   Excess sugar [and/or other “insulin stimulants”] eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar [OR any refined food that provides the body with glucose amounts above the required amount] soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. . . When these comparatively harmless places are completely filled, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart and kidneys, and these begin to slow down; finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected by their reduced ability and abnormal blood pressure is created . . . the circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded and the quality of the red corpuscles starts to change. An overabundance of white cells occurs . . . Our bodies’ tolerance and immunizing power becomes more limited. William Dufty, Sugar Blues

** Dr. Sam Roberts' writes in his book Exhaustion, Causes and Treatments: Low blood sugar is caused mainly by the overindulgence in sugars and starches. (The latter are converted into sugar by the body.) Other common factors are cigarettes, coffee, excessive alcohol, and other faulty habits. . .  All give the patient an immediate "lift", raise the blood sugar temporarily by opening wide the sugar carburetor (islands of Langerhans) to theoretically secrete an overabundance of insulin. . .The "lift" is short-lived, usually not more than two hours, sometimes less. Then all the physical and mental symptoms return with increased intensity. 
Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c1968

**Early in April, 1965, a thirty-nine-year-old Cincinnati housewife went to the office of Dr. Harry M. Salzer. She appeared neurotic,and complained of headache, a constant buzzing in her ears and constant exhaustion. She told the doctor she was always irritable. She had dizzy spells, and woke up often during the night in a cold sweat. Unfounded fear sometimes overwhelmed her. . .Dr. Salzer immediately gave the woman a glucose tolerance test to determine the amount of sugar in her blood. He was not surprised to find that the woman was suffering from hypoglycemia - low blood sugar. . . He had worked with hundreds of patients like her, many of them suffering so severely that they had been hospitalized in mental institutions because the ailment had been misdiagnosed as insanity. New York physician John W. Tintera has estimated that 80% of those in mental hospitals in this country are victims of hypoglycemia. . . Salzer's therapy was simple. He prescribed a diet. Within two weeks the woman's headache had vanished along with all other symptoms.  . . . Dr. Salzer comments, "If the human animal will follow a diet that resembles that of primitive man, who ate the meat of small animals, fish, and fowl, who robbed nests of eggs, ate root and leaf vegetables, nuts, fruits and berries, the body will function at maximum physiologic efficiency." Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c1968

**  [In a book titled Diet Prevents Polio, published by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, by Dr. Benjamin Sandler] Dr. Sandler tells of a polio epidemic in North Carolina which was stopped in its tracks when diet recommendations were broadcast through the press and radio and residents were terrified enough to follow them. "The week ending July 31 [1948]. . . there were 304 more cases than in the corresponding week in 1946. Then a sudden change occurred. For the next six weeks [the polio cases of summer] 1948 fell behind 1946 by 1581 cases." From then on the cases fell rapidly. . . Dr. Sandler suggests specific dietary practices. . . Eliminate all foods that contain sugar: soft drinks, ice cream, cakes, pastries, candy and so forth. Cut down on starchy foods, such as those made from white flour, and starchy vegetables. Eat plenty of  nonstarchy vegetables. Perhaps most important of all, eat plenty of protein foods: meat, fish, poultry, eggs.  . . The New York Times and a few other papers carried the North Carolina story, but the idea did not spread. It did not even continue in North Carolina. In a year or two the people went back to their ice cream and sodas. Nor did the Polio Foundation do anything about it. . . Note: Machinery in the manufacture of sugar was introduced [in the U.S.] around 1840, which gave the use of sugar  great impetus. The first known cases of polio were recorded about 1840. Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c1968

**   Civil War doctors reduced small pox death from 90% to 5% by using lacto-fermented sauerkraut. (from Sally Fallon, www.westonaprice.org.)   Our modern choice is drugs irrespective of nutrition or biological requirements - with some undesirable outcomes:   In 1941 just 40,000 units per day for four days was needed to cure pneumonia. TODAY, according to an article titled “The Crisis in Antibiotic Resistance” published in 1992 in Science, “a patient could receive 24 million units of penicillin a day and die of pneumonia.” cited from  Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide

** The Food and Drug Adminstration, in evaluating new drugs, errs seriously in giving no consideration to the effects such drugs may have on an individual's nutritional status. That charge was made [more than 37 years ago] . . . by Dr. Anthony A. Albanese, M.D., before a meeting of the International Society for Comprehensive Medicine. The society is an organization to promote the interdisciplinary approach to medical practice . . . In an interview . . . Dr. Albanese pointed out as  prime example of his contention a talk given the previous day by FDA physician Robert J. Robinson [who] mentions numerous ways the FDA seeks to determine possible toxic effects of new drugs, but mentioned not one word about possible adverse effects on the nutritional status of the patient. .  . Salicylates (aspirin and similar compounds), Dr. Albanese stated, have been found in his own studies to lower the blood-sugar levels of children and inhibit the ability of the children to convert carbohydrate to glucose. This can lead to even more serious results than the rheumatic and other diseases the salicylates are used to treat," Dr. Albanese said. Such results might be severe reduction of resistance to other diseases, nervous and emotional depression and even mental retardation if the therapy should be carried on long enough. . . "Yet salicylates are approved for treatment of rheumatic diseases of children with no consideration of this dangerous nutritional effect." [Dr. Albanese was] director of the Burke Rehabilitation Center, White Plains New York.  Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale. c 1968

**   Over 20,000 research papers spanning more than three decades implicate the abnormal metabolism of insulin (resulting from long term insulin/blood sugar imbalances -caused by sugar, refined flour, chemical overload, lack of nutrients and other “insulin stimulants”) to be the root cause of many of the diseases of modern civilization, including obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis, high triglycerides levels, heart disease, diabetes, many cancers and a growing list of other “mystery” disorders popping up in Western cultures and the U.S. in particular. Robert Atkins M.D., Michael R. Eades, M.D. and Mary Dan Eades, M.D., and others.

**Dr. Donald Shriber, in Modern Nutrition (Ocober 1958) describes case histories of patients with a range of heath complaints including tongue ulcers, periodontitis, headaches, sinusitis, constipation and high blood pressure which were improved through elimination of sugar. Here is the description of a patient with high blood pressure: When sugar was eliminated from the diet of a patient whom I saw at County Hospital, the results were quite dramatic. She had a painful pyorrhoetic condition and a blood pressure of 260/150. She was asked to stop taking Serpasil (the alkaloid salt of Rauwolfia, that famous root known for its tranquilizing properties), for two weeks. She had been taking this drug for a period of two months without any apparent relief from her high blood pressure. A sugar-free diet was prescribed; and when she returned two weeks later, a drop of 110 points occurred in her blood pressure, making it 150/100. Also there was quite a dramatic reduction in the blood cholesterol, from 360 milligrams per 100 cubic centimeters of blood to 190 milligrams, which is within normal limits. Needless to say she left granulated sugar completely out of her diet and discontinued taking the tranquilizer. Her blood pressure continued to improve with slight fluctuations around the 130 mark over the diastolic rnge of from 80 to 85. [Shriber was corroborated in his finding when] Dr. John Yudkin of Queen Elizabeth College, London, England recently [1964] set off a bombshell in the medical world when he announced the results of research which incriminated sugar as the cause of heart attacks rather than [saturated] fats or cholesterol. Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c 1968

**  Frederich H. Hoffman, of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, in his 767-page book, Cancer and Diet has the following to say: J. Ellis Baker, a layman, in 1924 published a substantial volume on Cancer, How It Is Caused; How It Can Be Prevented, with an introduction by Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, which attracted world-wide attention and is often quoted. This book is largely concerned with the dietary aspects of cancer which cannot be abbreviated to advantage. He emphasizes the importance of vitamins and concludes in part: Modern civilized feeding has two great characteristics. Civilized nations are being starved of vitamins in the form of green vegetables and especially uncooked vegetables. . . They are starved of vitamins in the form of the outer skin of every kind. They are starved of the vitamins in uncooked milk and fresh meat. . . He calls attention to the enormous increase in the per capita consumption of sugar, quoting Hutchison to the effect that in strong solution sugar is an irritant to the tissues. . . Hoffman mentions Dr. Bernhard Fischer-Wasels, Director of the Pathological Institute of the University of Frankfort, who in a monograph on Methods of Preventing Cancerous Diseases was emphatic in pointing out the danger and harmfulness of excessive carbohydrate nutrition, and the danger of excessive sugar intake. . .  .[In addition] Dr. Melvin Page, in his book Degeneraton-Regeneration, said: We believe that the sugar level of the blood is even more important than Dr. Meyerhoff states. We do not remember seeing a single cancer case who had a correct sugar level, yet in most non-cancer cases this is easily obtained by a sugar-free diet alone.  Cited from Natural Health, Sugar and the Criminal Mind by J.I. Rodale, c1968

**   Dietary cholesterol does not play a role in over-producing cholesterol in the liver. In fact, the only “low-cholesterol” diet you can go on is a diet rich in cholesterol . . . Drug companies continue to market [and research cholesterol-lowering] drugs, instead of simply telling people to eat cholesterol and decrease sugar and stimulant consumption. Eating cholesterol is the only healthy way to block cholesterol production in the body. Eating cholesterol is one of the best things you can do for your body. Diane Schwarzbein M.D., The Schwarzbein Principle (Also see “the Cholesterol Myths” at www.westonaprice.org)

**   Children on low-fat diets suffer from growth problems, failure to thrive & learning disabilities. (Food Chem News 10/3/94)

**   SATURATED FATTY ACIDS IN THE BLOOD ARE NOT AN APPROPRIATE MARKER OF DIETARY FAT INTAKE BUT ARE RATHER A MARKER OF CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE. Mary  Enig, PhD

**    The all-cause death rate is higher in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 180 mg/dl. (Circulation 1992 86:3:1026-1029)

**   The annual all-cause death rate of vegetarian men is SLIGHTLY MORE than that of non-vegetarian men (.93% vs .89%); the annual death rate of vegetarian women is SIGNIFICANTLY MORE than that of non-vegetarian women (.86% vs .54%) (Am J Clin Nutr 1982 36:873)

**   The International Atherosclerosis Project found that vegetarians had just as much atherosclerosis as meat eaters. (Lab Invest 1968 18:498)

**   Low-fat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide. (Lancet 3/21/92 v339)

**   Fifty years of mainstream nutritional research and hundreds of millions of research dollars have NOT proved that eating a low fat diet will help you live longer. Gary Taubes, Science, March 30, 2001. (Also see www.westonaprice.org and Heart Frauds by Charles T. McGee, M.D.)

**   The fatty acids found in artery clogs are mostly UNSATURATED (74%) of which 41% are POLYUNSATURATED. (Lancet 1994 344:1195)