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June 1, 1935

The Nutritional Origin of Cancer

JAMA. 1935;104(22):2022-2023. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760220068031

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The author has compiled a mass of statistical data designed to prove his thesis that the changing diet of man from an acid-forming diet to a base-forming diet explains the geographic incidence of cancer as well as the increase in the incidence of cancer. It is claimed that the effect of a prolonged base-forming diet is nutritional alkaloses with important adverse effects in the body. The author believes that certain European countries have a higher cancer death rate because they consume large quantities of alkaline foods, such as potatoes, whereas those countries which derive their calories chiefly from grain have the lower cancer death rates. For prophylaxis and treatment, the author suggests the use of an acid-ash diet, hydrochloric acid and pepsin, the administration of predigested proteins, the administration of acid salts, and the parenteral injection of amino acids. It is obvious that the author accepts unequivocally many statements in

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