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January 3, 1948


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JAMA. 1948;136(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180058022

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To the Editor:—  The leading editorial in the November 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, page 575, mentions the rice diet in the treatment of hypertension and questions the superiority of such a diet over one containing wheat, oats, barley or buckwheat on the basis that there is not adequate scientific evidence to prove its value. This may be the case, but there is evidence that essential hypertension and associated symptoms, such as extrasystoles and paroxysmal tachycardia, can be controlled easily by a somewhat similar diet. This diet was originated for use in the control of allergic symptoms, and it eliminates wheat, milk, egg, potato, pork, tomato, citrus fruits, pineapple and chocolate, the majority of which are basic foods found by many years of experimenting to be the frequent causes of allergic symptoms in a high percentage of patients suffering from allergic diseases.It was first

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