the early 1950s when
Gyland of Tampa, Florida fell ill
with severe symptoms which included unprovoked anxieties, tremors,
dizziness, faintness, unprovoked rapid heart beat, and difficulties
and concentration. His symptoms became so severe that he sought the
help of an eminent specialist he knew.
After being told by this first specialist that his disorders were all in his mind and that he should retire, Dr. Gyland was forced to spend the next three years searching for relief from his ailments. He eventually saw a total of fourteen specialists and visited three nationally known clinics, including the Mayo Clinic.
his troubles, he could choose from an assortment of diagnoses including
neurosis, brain tumor, diabetes and cerebral arteriosclerosis – but
relief from his ailments. As you might
imagine, it cost Dr. Gyland a fair fortune to end up where he started –
not able to work and more than a little confused by conflicting
It was not until Dr. Gyland himself happened upon the original paper (written by Dr. Seale Harris) on low blood sugar which had been published in a 1924 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that he found the solution and remediation to his ailments.
solutions amounted to diet and nutritional changes which, to his
own astonishment, enabled him to recover completely from his
afflictions. He then enthusiastically returned to his practice to help
of other patients suffering from similar symptoms and complaints. Next,
compiled an exhaustive study on over six hundred of those patients he
successfully treated for the same symptoms he had experienced and
was even permitted to read his paper before a medical society.
Curiously, neither his study nor his paper was ever reported in any of the AMA journals, although it finally was published in a Brazilian medical journal (in Portuguese.)