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Old 02-13-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Strong Medicine, by Dr. Blake Donaldson

Dr. Blake Donaldson's book, Strong Medicine, can be read, here:

HathiTrust Digital Library - Strong medicine.

This is one of my very favorite books.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
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Here is a review of Dr. Donaldson's book:

Strong Medicine. BLAKE K. DONALDSON, M.D. London. Cassell &
Co. Ltd. 1963. Pp. 245. Price 18s.

All doctors in general practice must by now have been confronted with the obese patient in late middle age who cannot lose weight on a checked low calorie diet. Indeed, this may prove fairly common if we stop discounting our patients' protests that they have followed our reducing diets faithfully. Dr Donaldson may have found a solution for these failures in a return to a diet of primitive animal flesh and fat. This is known to stimulate the pituitary gland which, in turn, damps down insulin blood levels. The author bases his hypothesis on modern sources in America and Great Britain which express the importance of a complete enzyme breakdown of muscle glycogen to carbonic acid and water. Each stage liberates motive energy and heat, but if one enzyme is missing, for instance, pyruvic acid will accumulate in the blood; this has a damping effect on
fat katabolism and increases the fat deposit.

The author is concerned to show in half a dozen brilliant and witty clinical pictures, that this form of enzyme-deficient obesity is the apex of a sexology of diseases: heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, diabetes, gall stones and allergy.

The telling of his tale is absorbing because it is vividly biographical; it is instructive because it is shrewdly clinical in the choice of case histories to illustrate each disease. The dietary advice is accurate and meticulous in culinary detail. One quotation from the book will explain what it is all about.

"Food was the primary concern of man as he evolved, and it had to be
right. He lived on the fattest meat he could kill and on water. In those
million years every weakling who could not maintain perfect health on
that food was bred out. If he could not leap six feet straight up in the air
to catch the branch of a tree, some sabre-toothed tiger was likely to solve
all his problems. The ability to live well on meat and water is the
inheritance of mankind."
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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Thanks! Bookmarked for later.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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ya wanta do it again?? my lowest weight on Strongmed/Eskimo was 194 would love to be that again or lower!!
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