January 1, 1898
Dr John Harvey Kellogg, a 7th Day Adventist believer, writes: "Recent studies of the dietetics of diabetes have clearly demonstrated the great danger involved in the use of an exclusive meat diet."
Health Reformer Volume 33, Issue 01
Recent studies of the dietetics of diabetes have clearly demonstrated the great danger involved in the use of an exclusive meat diet. The rapid tissue disintegration taking place in severe cases of diabetes results in flooding the system with waste matters, which are, of course, toxic in character. When to these are added the toxic substances contained in the flesh of animals under the best conditions, together with the ptomains resulting from the decomposition which always takes place to a greater or less extent in flesh food before it is eaten, and still further by the urea and other excrementitious products resulting from the excess of nitrogenous material contained in the system when meat is largely used, it becomes apparent that the diabetic who makes use of an exclusive meat diet or a diet consisting largely of flesh foods, is in a state of chronic auto-intoxication. Such a person is constantly on the verge of diabetic coma; if he escapes, it is simply because his liver and kidneys are still able to do a sufficient amount of work in the destruction and elimination of poisons to save his life ; but sooner or later he will certainly reach a point at which a failure of these important organs to do the excessive amount of work demanded of them will result in the accumulation of toxic substances to such a degree as to produce the universal poisoning which is so graphically pictured in diabetic eoma.