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March 13, 1967

Scurvy Produced by a Zen Macrobiotic Diet

Author Affiliations

From the General Medical Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and Department of Medicine, New York Hospital—Cornell Medical Center, and Cornell University Medical College, New York.

JAMA. 1967;199(11):794-798. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110066009

A woman who embraced a Zen macrobiotic philosophy with its rigid nutritional system was completely bedridden and near death with the classical manifestations of scurvy and severe folic acid and protein deficiency. This rigid diet is a threat to life and should be condemned.