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A Very COOL Low-Carb (Atkins-like) book from 1860 !
Thursday, January 17 2002 - Filed under: General
Another very cool online low-carb book I found...
I'm so ashamed of the health care in the entire western world...
William Banting already wrote an Atkins-like book in the 1860's !
It's interesting to see that obesity already was a big problem in the
1860's, even before the use of refined flour and sugar and coca-cola..
I'm beginning to see that even when the people know that carbohydrates
make them fat and cause many illnesses, it won't even change a thing...
Most of them just don't want to sacrifice the *comforts of a high-carb
diet*.. Ofcourse *we* know that (relatively-) low-carb diets also have
many (new) comforts..
But it will proof to be very difficult to explain this to the people,
who are addicted to carbs. Perhaps the only way to make people change
lifestyle and diet is by forbid high-carb intake. This is something the
government should do, but we know that won't ever happen.. And I think
it will proof to be a lot more difficult than banning alcohol as was
done in the USA in the past. The same for smoking. It should be banned.
That's the only way people will stop smoking.. They already know it's
killing them. But who am I (or the president) to tell people what to
eat and what not to eat (or smoke). Everybody is responsible for
his/her own health..
Enough said: Read the book online.. It's very cool and it also gives
you a view on life in the 19th century.
Greetings from The Netherlands,
Addressed to the Public
By WILLIAM BANTING.
WITH PREFATORY REMARKS BY THE AUTHOUR
COPIOUS INFORMATION FROM CORRESPONDENTS AND CONFIRMATORY EVIDENCE OF
THE BENEFIT OF THE DIETARY SYSTEM WHICH HE RECOMMENDED TO PUBLIC NOTICE
PUBLISHED BY HARRISON, 59, PALL MALL
Bookseller to the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales
PRICE ONE SHILLING
I have not felt better in health than now for the last twenty-six
Have suffered no inconvenience whatever in the probational remedy or
Am reduced nearly 13 inches in bulk, and 50 lbs. in weight.
My kind and valued medical adviser is not a doctor for obesity, but
stands on the pinnacle of fame in the treatment of another malady,
which, as he well knows, is frequently induced by the disease of which
I am speaking, and I most sincerely trust my corpulent friends (and
there are thousands of corpulent people whom I dare not so rank) may be
led into my tramroad.
The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may
be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them,
believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the
After publishing my Pamphlet, I felt constrained to send a copy of it
to my former medical advisers, to ascertain their opinions on the
subject. They did not dispute or question the propriety of the system,
but either dared not venture its practice upon a man of my age, or
thought it too great a sacrifice of personal comfort to be necessary
advised or adopted, and none of them appeared to feel the fact of the
misery of cor-pulence. One eminent physician, as I before stated,
assured me that increasing weight was a necessary result of advancing
years; another equally eminent to whom I had been directed by a very
friendly third, who had most kindly but ineffectually failed in a
remedy, added to my weight in a few weeks instead of abating the evil.
These facts led me to believe the question was not sufficiently
observed or even regarded.
Pure genuine bread may be the staff of life as it is termed. It is so,
particularly in youth, but I feel certain it is more wholesome in
advanced life if thoroughly toasted, as I take it. My impression is,
that any starchy or saccharine matter tends to the disease of
corpulence in advanced life, and whether it be swallowed in a direct
form or produced in the stomach by combination, that all things tending
to these ele-ments should be avoided, of course always under sound
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