Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Densmore promoted a fruit and meat diet, which he believed was the natural food of primal man. He stated that "bread is the staff of death". Densmore opposed the consumption of bread, cereal, pulses and vegetables. He believed that all starch foods were not beneficial and urged the use of sweet fruits in their place. His recommended diet consisted of fruit, meat, nuts, fish, eggs and milk. He believed that the natural life of man should be 120 years.
Densmore was a fierce opponent of the medical profession and vegetarianism. He opposed the use of all drugs and believed that dietetic and natural hygienic measures could cure disease. He advocated fasting as a treatment for illness. Densmore authored the book The Natural Food of Man, and moved to Britain just before 1890. His book was influential to naturopaths. Medical experts criticized the book for promoting a fad diet. A review in the Edinburgh Medical Journal, noted that Densmore's belief that carbohydrate foods are injurious to health is not supported by physiology and "in demolishing a vegetarian fad, it seems to us Dr Densmore is only constructing another fad of his own."
Densmore argued that cereals were "unnatural and disease-inducing foods". Articles were published that contested his "anticerealism". James Burn described his diet as "anti-vegetarian quackery". Densmore edited the London monthly magazine, Natural Food (1890–1895) and with his wife Helen, edited the health magazine Earnest Words. In 1890, Densmore and Helen founded the Natural Food Society in London which offered a system of dietary principles that was more enjoyable and practical than "orthodox vegetarianism or the ordinary fare".