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There is no function of the human body so essential to its existence as the process of digestion, and it may be stated as a fundamental proposition that those foods having a natural proportion of the elements of nutrition are the most desirable for maintaining a correct balance of the system and retaining its vigor. No infringement of this law is tolerated. When we attempt to nourish the body on any one element of food, such as starch, sugar or fat, it is sure eventually to prove a failure, and bring on gastric disturbance and functional incapacity. Whenever an excess of even the simplest and most appropriate kind of food is taken, the digestive organs become overtaxed. If this excess is persisted in, nature refuses its assistance and allows that which it can not utilize to remain unappropriated, from lack of digestive fluid to complete the process, and from being
SHEPARD CH. DIET IN DISEASE. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1503–1507. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260007002
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