There can be no question that a large proportion of the chronic ailments from which mankind suffers are mainly direct or indirect consequences of wrong eating and drinking, the secondary effects being produced through autointoxication. However, other hygienic faults are frequently added factors in the causation. The ailments thus induced may include not only the well-recognized diseases of the alimentary system, but also an endless number and variety of more or less obscure conditions of impaired health, ranging from insufficiency of bowel movements or of renal excretion and affections of the skin, to organic disease of the heart, vessels and kidneys as well as apoplexy and many organic changes in the nervous system. They include especially a number of cases of neurasthenia and other vague derangements of the health in ways that often seem very mysterious until a proper, interrogation of the digestive organs by the recent exact methods reveals
REED B. WHEN SHOULD PATIENTS BE ADVISED TO EAT EVERYTHING? JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1170–1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470170016001e
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