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September 15, 1923

THE USE OF BASIC DIETS IN THE TREATMENT OF NEPHRITIS

Author Affiliations

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.
From the Potter Metabolic Clinic of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

JAMA. 1923;81(11):883-886. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650110013004
Abstract

The choice of a proper diet to use in the treatment of the various forms of nephritis, with and without arterial hypertension, is a debatable subject, and will continue to be one until the true etiologic factors, in all forms of these diseases, have been thoroughly established. Many and varied are the diet limitations that have been suggested, and, because of the ill effects of some of these restrictions, certain authors go so far as to maintain that the majority of patients would fare better if no diet instructions were given.

In the study of the types of food on which many of the arterial hypertension-nephritic group of patients have lived for long periods of time, we have been impressed with the observation that the acid-producing foods often predominate to a marked degree over the base-producing foods. Such observations, when carried further, lead us to believe that many other supposedly

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