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October 25, 1930

The Normal Diet: A Simple Statement of the Fundamental Principles of Diet for the Mutual Use of Physicians and Patients.

JAMA. 1930;95(17):1285-1286. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720170067030

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Abstract

The author of this work lives in California and he displays a strong preference for such products as oranges, lemons, grapefruit and beans. The book has been quoted extensively and pushed vigorously by the California Fruit Growers Exchange Campaign. The author believes that fully one half of the sickness that has come under his observation has been due, either directly or indirectly, to the elimination of the bulky foods from the diet. He states that the average constipated person requires approximately two pounds of the residuecontaining foods daily to insure natural bowel movements and he has his office patients weigh and record the bulky foods. He considers acidosis from an overbalance of the acid-ash foods a great danger. He says: "The living body is always slightly alkaline. If the tissues of the body become acid to the slightest degree, death occurs, and serious illness results long before the alkalinity of

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