Tuesday, October 2, 2012

sometimes the old-timers got it right

Mike Eades has started an interesting series on his blog (about books that have inspired him), but as so often happens, it was a comment following his post which sent me off on a fascinating trail.  A book by a post-WWII doctor who discovered a way to combat polio before a vaccine existed -- like so many other "forgotten" health treatises, "Diet Prevents Polio" is a little gem.

But who cares, right?  This wasn't found or "proved" via a randomized, controlled, double-blinded, pharmaceutical-company-financed, metabolic-chambered SCIENTIFIC study, so it couldn't possibly be true....  (Especially because the big secret was a controlled-carb diet.)


  1. I read some of the book--fascinating stuff.

    Just try getting a doctor today to recommend avoiding strenuous exercise.

  2. i was really impressed with the detective work that went on. that's what medical research should look like, in my romanticized imagination. :-)