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September 30, 1933

Diet in Sinus Infections and Colds.

JAMA. 1933;101(14):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740390059036

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This small book dealing with the diet in sinus infections and colds is one of the few complete works on this subject. The author does not proclaim that the proper dietary is a cure-all for these conditions but emphasizes its value as a prophylactic measure as well as an adjuvant to other forms of therapy. The first part of the book deals with the development of the modern diet. The scientific data for this diet are presented and the influence of various foods is discussed. A short chapter is devoted to each of the following: proteins, the alkaline diet, bread, potato, fruits, spices, spicy vegetables and fats. The importance of calcium and the restriction of salt is explained. The main characteristics of the recommended diet are the use of only fresh food, restriction of salt, a preference for alkaline food, a reduction of animalic proteins, and a restriction of carbohydrates.

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