|Royal Lee And Jerome S. Stolzoff|
|Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research|
|Received for Publication May 30, 1942|
|There are certain basic facts relating to human nutrition that we believe are self-evident at this time. We offer them as follows:|
|The refining and processing of foodstuffs that has become so universal in all civilized countries has been done to improve the appearance, keeping qualities and competitive salability of foods without any regard to nutritional values. As a result of our high per capita use of such foods, we have a high incidence of certain deficiency diseases that are almost non-existent in countries where such food denaturation is not prevalent (a list of such diseases is indexed in the chart following this article.)|
|Because of modern mechanized methods of food production, basic food commodities are today apparently far cheaper than they have been at any time in human history.|
|Because of the denaturation of foods, by refining and processing, we are over-eating the fattening and energy-producing components, and literally starving for the vital vitamin and mineral factors in foods. (no less necessary to life then the fats, carbohydrates and proteins), which have become far scarcer and more difficult to obtain than at any time in the history of the human race. Actually our diets are excessively rich in the ‘fuels’ necessary for good health, but lack the ‘spark’ in the form of vitamins and minerals necessary to properly utilize them.|
|These vitamin and mineral elements are so complex and multiplex that their nutritional importance has been invariably discovered only by investigating the symptoms of physical degeneration and functional failures in animal and human subject who were supplied with food lacking some of these essential elements. Further investigations have always shown that the lost material was so complex in its organic nature as to defy artificial substitution, if complete restoration was to be attempted. Where less than complete restoration was attempted, the results have been extremely unsuccessful.|
|Natural foods also are characteristic in being more satisfying to the appetite and are self-limiting in preventing a tendency to overeat. Honey is a good example; children crave sweets and will invariably overeat it given artificial sweets such as commercial candy, but if given honey they will automatically limit their intake to that which is safe. In the case of devitalized or artificial foods there is either a total loss of appetite for the food in question after its use for a period of time, as has been noted in the case of butter substitutes, or on the other hand, the substitute fails to satisfy the natural carving and overeating and obesity is the natural result.|
|Each animal species has its preferred and most favorable specialized foods, to which it has become adapted over ages of experience. Therefore, no new food product or vitamin concentrate should be sold or recommended for human use until a background of experience has been accumulated by clinical tests or carefully observed use by competent investigators, to determine its specific nutritional values and effects. Violation of this cardinal principle has resulted, in some cases, in the creation of new pathological conditions more serious than the ones that were being ‘cured.’ (1)|
|The inevitable conclusion after the acceptance of the foregoing is that:|
|No food is safe, unless it is fresh enough to have retained most of its perishable vitamins. Spinach may lose all of it vitamin C in a week (2); oranges in three months (3).|
|No food is safe, unless it has incurred no processing that would remove or impair its vitamin and mineral content. This eliminated pasteurized milk (4), white sugar (5), synthetic syrups, bleached flour, and practically all packaged cereals, shortening, fats, etc.|
|No food is safe, unless it is free of any kind of synthetic adulteration, representing crude attempts to replace valuable organic constituents lost in processing. Wherever this has been attempted, the result has been found futile, and has proven to be actually dangerous. Tests made on dogs with white flour fortified with synthetic vitamins demonstrated that the fortified flour killed dogs quicker than the old white flour, unfortified (6). That is why Canadian laws now prohibit the adulteration of bread or flour with synthetic materials of any kind. If the vitamin content is to be raised, it must be done by retaining the original factors, not by adding new ones of unknown effect.|
|No food is safe, unless it has a background of experience behind it establishing its value to the human family. Animal tests should be considered only as preliminary and suggestive indications of possible value(1).|
|The situation, no doubt, calls for some kind of legislative action to protect the public health. It also calls for a campaign of education on the part of makers of natural foods to call the attention of the public to the real facts, and to show the housewife how to get the most for her money in buying foods – not the most pounds of commodity but the most Nutritional value for the money.
Wheat, rice, and oatmeal have been selected as preferred cereals for human food. It is, no doubt, more than a coincidence that these grains are the highest in vitamin content. The food products richest in vitamins, over the ages, seem to have appealed most to our taste sense. The modern method of process these cereals, however, has deprived us of the benefit of this long-established preference. It has cheated us by giving us the bulk food components – the starches and protein of the cereals, without the vitally essential vitamins and minerals. As a result we may become obese, lowered in vitality and resistant to disease, lazy, and mentally and morally deficient.
Today we find that even insanity is a possible end result of extreme deficiency of the vitamin B complex (1). Before the discovery of the far-reaching and socially devastating effects of nutritional deficiencies the above statement would have appeared to be an exaggeration.
The commonest and most universal effect of vitamin B deficiency is the heart degeneration that in civilized countries kills more people than any other disease. In creating this effect, vitamin C deficiency is an able partner, for in that case the heart is overworked because of the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen is impaired materially, requiring a more rapid circulation (7). The biochemistry involved in these destructive forms of starvation is now fairly well known.
Dental caries, or tooth decay, has long been suspected of being a universal sign of vitamin and mineral deficiency, resulting from our excessive use of denatured cereals and refined sugar. Further proof of the deficiency theory as the cause of caries came last year, with the discovery that caries was practically non-existent in a county in west Texas where the wheat flour made from locally grown wheat was found to contain six times the ‘normal’ phosphorus and calcium content. This is evidence that wheat we have heretofore accepted as ‘normal’ wheat was in reality starved wheat, and in turn what we have termed as “normal” children with many carious teeth, were really starved children.
Maybe this object lesson in our own back yard will produce more interest in Dr. Weston A. Price’s remarkable book, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (this book is still available at www.price-pottenger.org).” Outstanding is his description of the high valleys of Swiss Alps, where, before improved transportation brought in refined foods, such diseases as tooth decay, tuberculosis and cancer were unknown. After the use of refined foods became common, the incidence of these diseases became as high as in other countries where such foods were used (8).
|The Superiority Of Whole Wheat Bread|
|The public has, in the last twenty years, become educated in a considerable degree as to the dangers of eating an excess of white flour products, and the per capita consumption of white bread has been constantly dropping, with an attendant increase in the use of whole wheat bread. Practically none of the whole wheat bread available, however, is made from freshly ground unbleached flour. Many kinds of mixtures of bleached white flour with bran and other wheat byproducts are being sold as whole wheat flour. The reason is that real whole wheat flour has such short keeping qualities because of its high vitamin content, thus attracting insect life, that it cannot be practicably distributed. One milling expert may be quoted as saying that “real whole wheat flour is practically as perishable as milk.”
It should be pointed out here that the whole wheat product is, undoubtedly, not the most perfect way to prepare a wheat flour. The bran or fiber content is not particularly desirable as it detracts from the workability of the flour in its baking qualities, as well as being irritating to many digestive systems. The secret of the success of the roller mill was that it made possible the rejection of the germ of the wheat along with the bran, (the rejection of the germ being important to prevent insect infestation and to prevent the development of rancidity of the germ oil in the flour that would take place if it were present).
The presence of the germ in the flour also drastically darkened it, and the public was taught to prefer bleached flour. The bleaching in reality was essential again to improve ‘keeping qualities,’ for it destroyed most of the remaining vitamins left after removal of germ.
An ideal flour, that has an exceptional flavor, and a higher vitamin content than whole wheat, is made by grinding wheat in the old fashioned way with stone buhrs, to as fine a degree as possible, then sifting out the major part of the fibrous remainder that is too tough to become comminuted. This retains the complete germ portion of the wheat, and rejects only the woodiest elements of the bran. Unless this coarse bran is taken out of the flour, the average baker or cook finds it absolutely necessary to add some commercially bleached white flour to the whole wheat to get satisfactory working qualities for the practical manipulation of the flour either in bread making or other use. Rather than to add the nutritionally valueless white flour, the logical procedure is to take out some of the bran. As above stated the remaining product then contains more, instead of less, of the vitamin values of whole wheat.
Such flour would require distribution in vacuum-packed tins, or shipment in small lots directly from the mill to the consumer, at short intervals, and to be kept under refrigeration except when actually in transit to prevent a definite progressive deterioration in flavor.
Is all this trouble worth while? Well, once it was not thought worth while to keep typhoid out of our drinking water, nor to test our milk cows for tuberculosis. Perhaps in time public opinion will force new reforms that will make it easier to escape the various forms of death that are hidden in denatured foods, and outlaw the sale of food products that have been so refined as to completely destroy their capability of supporting life.
Because bread forms a major part of the American dietary, the general public’s acceptance of devitalized white bread has formed a definite threat to the nation’s health standards. Drummond (9) has pointed out that the introduction of the roller mill has converted the British dietary, based much as ours, on white flour from one “reasonably compatible with well-being, into one definitely dangerous to health. There is not cheap source of vitamin B1 other than whole meal bread, and if efforts to make it inaccessible continue, the gravest consequences will result.” The simple addition of synthetic B1 fails to completely answer this problem. McHenry (10) has shown the commercial logic, but nutritional folly of fortification when he commented:
“Because of the public desire for white bread, a number of attempts have been made to restore to it part or all of the nutritive value lost in milling. Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is readily available as a pure substance and the addition of it to white flour has been recommended. This would only supply one of the vitamins lost in milling. Attention has been fostered upon thiamin with a consequent neglect of the other B vitamins because thiamin is easily measured and because it is readily available commercially. Experimental evidence indicates that B vitamins are jointly needed for metabolic processes and that they should be supplied in balanced amount. It is difficult to see that wisdom of removing eight or more needed vitamins and then only adding one to make good the loss.”
The failure of synthetic vitamins to replace the B complex vitamins lost in milling and bleaching of flour has also been commented on by John F. Murlin, how, while addressing the National Nutritional Conference for Defense, May 16, 1941, expressed reluctance in accepting the program for fortification of bread. He noted that experiments in his laboratory had shown that dogs placed on a diet deficient in the B complex, failed to recover when fed the six commercially available synthetic fractions, but returned to normal when fed a natural source of the B complex in the form of yeast. He further stated that he was greatly reassured when he learned that the committee was going to attempt to gradually extract more and more of the nutrients from the wheat itself (11).
The consequences of this loss of the B complex assume staggering proportions when one realizes the prevalence of vitamin B complex deficiencies and the number of conditions ascribable to B deficiency. Balfour (12), believes that not one person in ten receives an adequate supply of the B complex on a so-called standard diet. Neither is it easy to overlook the wide variance between the minimum (the amount needed to prevent clear-cut clinical deficiency syndromes) and the optimum (the amount needed to promote fullest health). While there are comparatively few cases of beriberi or pellagra there are vast numbers of conditions now believed to be sub-clinical manifestations of a B complex deficiency. Some of these conditions are outlined in the appended list.
There is inter-dependence among these various factors of the B complex. Diets deficient in one fraction of the B complex are invariably deficient in other factors of the B complex.
The direct relationship between heart diseases and vitamin deficiencies has been clearly pointed out (13), (14), (15). Certainly we cannot explain the paralleled rise of white flour and heart diseases as coincidental. The fact that many forms of heart disease are recognized as vitamin B deficiencies, and that white flour has lost most of the B complex content, would appear to have a direct relationship. This outstanding rise of heart disease has been pointed out by Dublin (16), who showed that the rate of coronary disease among millions of industrial policy holders has risen from 4.7 per hundred thousand in 1930 to 24.9 per hundred thousand in 1935 – an increase of more than 500 percent in five years.
Quigley (17) stated, “That this is a dietary error seems to be pretty well proved by the experiments of Langsworth, Harris, Sansum, and many other who find that quite advanced cases of high blood pressure improve in a very decided manner when treated only by putting patients on a corrected diet and have them avoid all foods containing white flour, refined sugar and other refined, devitaminized, and devitalized carbohydrates.” We might well remove the term ‘heart disease’ and supplant it with ‘white flour disease.’
|The Problems Of Whole Wheat|
|Unfortunately, the problem of bread does not end by simply saying, “make it whole wheat” rather than white bread. First, the type of whole wheat bread commonly sold, is made of bleached whole wheat flour (bleached to destroy the vitamins take make it perishable). Secondly, there is a wide variance in the desirability of whole wheat grown in various sections of the country. Lastly, centralized milling makes fresh flour unavailable for most of us.
We have already mentioned the outstanding example of wheat grown in Deaf smith County, Texas, where an analysis of the flour made from this wheat showed that it contained six times the usual content of calcium and phosphorus. Mineral test on the soil showed (as was to be expected) that the soil itself was many times richer in these minerals. Since the same varieties of wheat are grown here as elsewhere, the only logical answer is that this soil more nearly approaches the maximum nutritional requirement of wheat. Along this same line of reasoning, is it not fair to assume that all other, or at least most other wheat, is actually failing to receive the maximum amount of essential minerals it needs? Are we not then being fed on cereals which in most cases are actually starving for these vital factors? This is shown more clearly when one travels through most grain growing sections in the country. Too often the grain is so weak, that the field is a maze of plants almost doubled over, actually lacking in minerals to such an extent that it cannot support it own weight.
We attempt to offer no solution to this situation. It may be one of educating the public to buy only high mineral content wheat, or it may be one of better fertilization, but nevertheless from the viewpoint of the person interested in nutrition, it is a serious problem of no small consequence. The far flung effects of taking wheat which first of all does not contain as much of the vital factors as it possibly could, then bleaching it, thereby destroying the vitamins, and finally serving it in one form or another as a major part of the diet, reflects a trend in foods that is not only unsound, but which can be classed only as dangerous to the health of the person who depend on their common foods to provide the proper nutrition which their body demands.
It is a problem which the Canadian Government has attempted to answer, by prohibiting the fortification of foods with artificial vitamins, after the removal of the natural ones. It is a problem which the United States has ignored for a long period of time. The action of the President in calling the National Nutritional Conference in Washington in 1941 showed that work shall be done. With the growing realization that proper nutrition is the only basis of sound health, perhaps the accumulated information on deficiency diseases so long in the background will be given a chance to receive some deserved publicity.
|The Unique and Indispensable Place Of Butter In The Diet|
|Since the discovery of the fat-soluble vitamins and their paramount importance in foodstuffs, the uses of various special sources of these vitamins and their concentrates have been widely investigated and vast sums have been spent in the study of their nutritional effects. Butter, however, the most extensively used and by far the most important source of these vitamins has been rather neglected from a scientific standpoint; the commercial opportunities have been far more attractive in the field of recover of the fat-soluble vitamins from cod and other fish liver oils and their advertisement has to a great extent overshadowed the fact that most people had been and were now getting these vitamins from their butter.
The vitamins from such other sources represented in many cases a salvage of value from other waste byproducts, and afforded a liberal profit permitting an extensive expenditure for the advertising of the essential nature of the vitamin involved; whereas butter, a product produced upon a scant margin of profit at best represents, no doubt, one of the highest values in food products obtainable, considering the number of man-hours per dollar of the consumer’s money that is used in it production.
It is important to guard against measuring our foods by false nutritional standards in which foods are judged by energy values, which serve only to put on weight, instead of by vitamin and mineral values which serve to promote vitality and resistance to disease. In this connection we recall the experience of an institution for the blind, during the last war, in which butter substitutes replaced butter without the knowledge or detection of the inmates. Though they could detect no difference in flavor, after a few months they lost their taste for ‘butter’, and invariably would eat their bread plain. Apparently, the vital substances and not just the fats themselves satisfy our appetite for butter. These vital substances give butter its special nutritional value. If we are after only the fats and calories, there are many substitutes far cheaper than butter. Measured by accurate nutritional standards, butter is an inexpensive, irreplaceable dietary constituent. These special nutritional values of butter are responsible for its use as an important dietary factor in the treatment of certain diseases.
|Other Properties Of Butter|
|Of importance is the physical structure of butter. Because it is found in free-floating globules, butter is easily acted upon by the body enzymes. It is partially because of this that butter is the most digestible and easily tolerated of the fats (32).
An added advantage of butter-fat is the relative stability of the vital factors. Subjecting butter to steam for several hours failed to materially alter its growth promoting qualities (33). While butter is not high in mineral content, it is rich in the fat-soluble factors which must be present for proper mineral ingestion (8).
Butter is also enhanced by the presence of approximately 140 grams of lecithin per pound. The phosphorus associated with lecithin is of importance. Much publicity has been given to calcium in the past few years, and while there is undoubtedly, a calcium deficiency in the average dietary, an adequate intake of phosphorus is also important, and often times lacking in the diet. In the diagnosis of rickets, for example, it has been found that rickets is more often caused by a deficiency phosphorus than a deficiency of calcium (34). The lecithin content of butter assumes further significance, when we realize that the phosphorus in lecithin is the form most readily utilized.
|Therapeutic Values Of Butter|
|The real value of butter in the diet is its use as a protective agent against certain nutritional deficiency diseases. Butter has been used on occasion, however, as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of these deficiency diseases. Notable in this field has been the work of Dr. A. B. Grubb, who has used butter as a dietary agent in the treatment of psoriasis, xerophthalmia, tuberculosis, dental caries and rickets.
Dr. Grubb recently commented:
“Unfortunately, the public which loves to suffer and suffer long prefers ‘shots’ for their deficiency diseases to actual wholesome food. The author has lived about ten miles from a community which had had more than its share of eye troubles and even blindness. This condition has existed, from what I have learned from old people, at least seventy-five years. The diagnosis made by the ophthalmologists who have seen these cases has been trachoma (contagious conjunctivitis) and so far as I can learn they have been treated most with application to the lids. Originally the community was a poverty stricken community, marriages, was practically always among kin folk. Everyone was poor and on a terribly deficient diet, and the soil was sandy and deficient in lime, etc.
Several years ago I put a girl on cod liver oil, with marked improvement. One large family moved away to a dairy farm of an Englishman and had plenty of milk and butter. I was told by their friends that the change in their eyes was so great within a short period of time that they hardly knew them. The red eyelids were gone, and the lacrymation (lacrimation – secretion and discharge of tears) and the characteristic manner of holding the hands over the eyes to keep out the light, were gone too. It appears that it was a wonderful transformation, all due to diet. There were others on whom I prescribed a butter diet with improvement in spring conjunctivitis and xerophthalmia (dryness).
The following is a typical case: A sixteen year old boy from the same community was visiting his sister when seen last May. His eyelids were swollen and red, lacrymation and photophobia annoying, and this condition had existed for a long time. I urged that he eat two pounds of butter a week with no other treatment. All symptoms were gone when I saw him in August.” (GRUBB, A.B., butter Fat in Trachoma, Medical Record, 154, 9:351 November 5, 1941)
Some cases of diarrhea may be little more than the result of failing to receive a proper fat intake, since it has been pointed out that butter fat is essential in producing stools of proper consistency (35).
Dramatic proof of the growth promoting properties of butter was shown in a test in which a 78 percent increase in weight in young animals was produced by the addition of but 5 per cent of this amount in butter fat (36).
|Superiority Of Butter Over Substitutes 5|
|Basically butter is a natural carrier of vital food factors. Butter substitutes are not. Attempts to fortify other products and make them the nutritional equal of butter fall far short of the mark for two reasons:|
|The action of any single fractional vitamin is enhanced by the presence of all of its naturally occurring associated factors. Butter, being a natural food and natural carrier of these vital substances, contains all of the factors essential to fullest utilization. The cooperation of vitamins D and F is an outstanding example. Vitamin D raises the blood calcium and vitamin F diffuses it through the capillary wall to its destination – the cell. Without the vitamin F the possibility of vitamin D toxicosis is present, as increasing the calcium of the blood to an excessive level is dangerous, and is characterized by the symptoms of sun stroke – a case where the victim, may even die – really from vitamin F deficiency, which, if present, would nullify the effect of the excessive sunlight in creating vitamin D.|
|Previous to fortification, other fats admittedly are lacking in almost all of the nutritional fractions necessary to sustain life. Obviously then, any attempt to add but one or two fractions cannot put any other fat on a nutritional par with a food known to contain a balance of vital factors.|
|Other workers have substantiated these findings. It has been found that substituting vegetable oils for butter causes a decalcification of bones, resulting in their fragility (36). This may well be a result of a vitamin F deficiency, since Zeithraus and associates found that margarine was inferior to butter in calcium resorption even on a full diet of the other vitamins (37).
The nutritional inferiority of butter substitutes is reflected in their inability to promote growth, or even sustain reproduction in test animals. A series of animal tests (25) placed half of the rats on a diet including vegetable oils, and the other half received a diet in which the vegetable oils were replaced with butter. The group of vegetable oils had a lower growth rate. They also tended to have a lower birth rate, and produced unsatisfactory offspring. A third group was placed on a diet which excluded butter, and their weight slumped one third. The replacement of milk and butter in the diet promptly returned their weight to normal.
One author (36) finally concluded that the exclusion of butter from the diet in favor of vegetable oils or butter substitutes can result in poor health or even premature death. Neither can we forget the tragic story of the first world war, when Denmark exported most of its butter, and then as an economic measure replaced it with butter substitutes. The result was a tragically high incidence of children becoming blind. “Their eyesight was sold abroad along with the butter” (1). The story of butter is not distinctive in the field of nutrition. It is the often repeated tale of an artificial food being unable to replace a natural one. The story will continue, unless some day we either completely master every slightest detail of the workings of nature, or else manage to establish in the mind of the public the fact that natural foods are undeniably superior, and, as a democratic nation, call upon our legislators to frame some common-sense laws to stop the unwarranted and, in some cases, the unconscionable meddling with naturally nutritional foods.
“The machinery of government regulation of foods was devised to prevent the sale of spoiled, adulterated, or misbranded foods. With notable exceptions in certain bureaus of the Department of Agriculture, little attention has been given to the nutritive qualities of human foods. The interest in general has been more in protecting pocketbooks than health. Also unhappily some food legislation has discriminated in favor of special interest groups with large political influence to the detriment of the public at large.” (WILDER, R. M. Professor of Medicine, The Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, Speech before the National Nutrition Conference, Washington, D.C., May, 1941)
Perhaps the field of nutritional science which we have reviewed in this paper is new to an extent, but the ideas are neither radical, nor contrary to the fundamentals of good nutrition. Most nutritional workers have long recognized that the foods we consume in the greatest amounts, are not always foods most beneficial. Recent years have seen a marked tendency to stray far from the path of sound nutrition. Why then, has the public in general failed to properly receive the knowledge so vital to its very existence?
America’s food industry is built to a large extent on foods which would ordinarily be highly perishable. Rather than finding methods of efficient distribution, it has been easier to simply devitalize the food. Foods which have had their vital factors removed, will fail to sustain life for insects, molds, and microbes, consequently they can be easily shipped over long distances, and simply stored over long periods. Unfortunately foods which will not sustain other forms of life, will not satisfactorily sustain human life.
The problem can no longer remain one which is merely a question of commercial expediency. The reason for the inability of any educational program to take hold has been mainly a financial one. Commercial propaganda is profitable, financially self sustaining, education is not.
Legislation is vitally necessary to correct this picture of malnutrition in a land of plenty. Manufacturers of devitalized foods will defend their position to the last inch. They defend it by propaganda, corruption of political parties, control of medical societies, financial inducement of professional men to create pseudo-scientific evidence to favor their products, or any other means which they can find to perpetuate their existence. They, too, realize that we are entering into the final stage of a battle that will find either our health standards destroyed, or the devitalized food manufacturer destroyed (the latter by legislation, the former by malnutrition).
It is impossible, for example, for centralized flour milling to continue if we were to leave in the flour the valuable factors now removed. Such flour cannot be distributed over long periods of time without excessive loss due to insect infestation, mold, and spoilage.
This is not an attempt to answer the problems of such foodstuffs. American ingenuity has found the answer before when forced to. Under the present laws there is no incentive to arrive at methods of distributing foods in their most nutritive state. Canada’s solution to this problem seems to be our solution to it. Legislation is the most expedient method of stamping out the danger of malnutrition which we are now faced with. Because the people of the nation are not strapped to their beds, doesn’t mean that this problem should not be take seriously. The reduction in efficiency measured in man-hours would, undoubtedly, present a staggering figure if it could be accurately measured. A generation brought up on devitalized foods has accepted a poor dietary as a standard dietary.
Sound nutrition, like charity, “must begin at home.” It is the choice of foods by each individual person, today, that will determine to a large extent his physical condition tomorrow.
|As a source of information for a detailed study of his subject, the following books are suggested:
For a scientific approach:
NUTRITION AND PHYSCIAL DEGENERATION, W. A. Price, D.D.S., Paul H. Hoeber, Inc., New York, 1939, $5.50 (this book is still available from the Price-Pottenger Foundation at www.price-pottenger.org , and, of course, the price is different)
PHYSIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY OF THE VITAMINS, H. R-Rosenberg, Interscience Publishers, New York, 1942, $12.00
For practical information useful to the lay reader: (these titles are no longer available they are here only as they reference to material in this article)
DIETS FOR ALL AGES, R. M. Field, M.D., Doubleday, -Doran and company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1942, $2.50
MAN ALIVE, D.C. Munro, M.D., Bartholomew House, Inc., New York, 1940, $2.00
THE NATIONAL MALNUTRITION, D.T. Quigley, M.D., F.A.C.S., Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1943. $1.50
HOW TO REGAIN AND RETAIN HEALTH, Joseph H. Massen, Health Publications, Los Angeles, California, 1942, $3.00
(Bibliography for the references used in the above report will be found at the end of this article.)
|The bodily disorders and diseases listed below have been reported in the literature as aggravated by a deficiency of the vitamins (A, B, D, E, F) normally found in butter and whole wheat.|
|The numbers in this chart refer to the Bibliography For Disease Appendix:|
|1. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE YEARBOOK, Food and Life, pp 12, 268.151) 705. government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1939
2. EDDY AND DALLDORF, The Avitaminosis. P 171. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore. 1937
3. ROBERTS, J.A. vitamin C in Citrus-juice Beverages and Canned Grapefruit juice. Food Research. 2:331-337. 1937
4. JORDAN, E.G. A Textbook of General Bacteriology, Twelfth Edition. P 691. S. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia. 1938
5. LEWIS L.R., The Relation of Vitamins to Obstetrics. Am J Obstetrics and Gynecology. 29.5:759. May. 1935
6. MORGAN, Agnes Fay, Science, March 14, 1941
7. PETERSON, J.M., VITAMN Enables animals to Use Less Oxygen, Science News Letter. 40, 9:137, August 30, 1941
8. PRICE, W.A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, pp 34,291, P.B. Hoeber, Inc., New York City, 1939
9. DRUMMOND, J.C. , The Place of Bread in the National Diet, J. Roy. Inst. Pub. Health Hyg., 2:441-450, 1939
10. McHENRY, E.W. Observations on the Nutritive Value of Bread, Can. Pub. Health J., 31:428-432, September, 1940.
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12. BALFOUR, M., Nutritional Therapy During Pregnancy, J. Proc. Roy. Soc. Med., 31, 2:911-914, June, 1938
13. KEEFER, C.S., The Beriberi Heart, Arch. Int. Med. 45, 1:1-22, January, 1930
14. DUSTIN, WEYLER, AND ROBERTS, Electrocardiographic Changes in Vitamin B Deficiency, New England J. Med., 200:15, 1939
15. MARVIN, H.M., The Therapy of Dropsy, J.A.M.A., 114, 9:757763, March 2, 1940
16. DUBLIN, L.I., Correspondence-Metropolitan Life Insurance Do., New York City, 1941
17. QUIGLEY, D.T., Notes on Vitamins and Diets, p 74, Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc., Chicago, 1933
18. TYALOR, E., Preliminary Studies on Caries Immunity in the Deaf Smith County (Texas) Area, J. Am. Dental Association, 31:328-43t, September, 1940
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20. GILLIAM, A.E., AND RIDI, M.S., The Carotene of Milk Fat (Butter) Biochem. J., 1937, 31:251-2553
21. PALMER, L.S., The Chemistry of vitamin a and Substances Having a Vitamin A Effect (Carotene). J.A.M.A., 110, 21:1748-1752, May 21, 1938.
22. BOER, J., Antirachitic Action of butter, Acta brev. Neerl. Physiol., 8:121-123, 1938.
23. OSBORNE, T.B. and MENDEL, L.B., The Influence of Butter Fat on Growth, J. Biol. Chem., 16:423-437, 1914.
24. SURE, B. J. Biol. Chem., 74:1, 71-84, July, 1927
25. SCHANTZ, E.J. ELVEHJEM, C. A., and HART, E.B., J Dairy Sci. 123:181-189
26. HART, J.P., and COOPER, W.L., Vitamin F in the Treatment of Prostatic Hypertrophy. Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Report No. 1, November, 1941
27. PERLENFEIN, H.H., a Survey of vitamin F., Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Report No. 3, February, 1942
28. TURPEINEN, O., Arachidonic Acid for Fat Deficiency, Proc. Soc. Exptl. Biol. Med. 37:37, 1937
29. IDOVINA, R., GRAZIANO, C., Arch. Fisiol., 36:167-177, 1936.
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