January 17, 1933
Although the book doesn't implicate meat in causing disease "in many cases meat has a place in the treatment of the very diseases which it was once said to cause.", it does introduce an error whereby indigestible cellulose needs to be eaten in order to enhance bulk of the stool. "Meat, since it is so completely digested, furnishes very little of the bulk necessary to regulate body functions."
Ten Lessons on Meat - For Use in Schools
Meat in Bright's disease.
The present diet in Bright's disease is in striking contrast to the theory of diet formerly held. An abundance of protein is the rule in the new diet. Dr. McLester says: "It was the custom to think only in terms of protein catabolism and of the harmful effects of its end-products, and consequently the patient was told to eat no meat. Now attention is directed to the anabolic influences of protein, its upbuilding effects and beneficial influence on repair processes, and the patient is told to take liberal amounts of this essential foodstuff." s
Meat does not cause disease.
In the past many erroneous beliefs were held regarding meat as a contributing cause to disease. Meat has been blamed for a long list of diseases such as kidney trouble, rheumatism, high blood pressure, cancer, hardening of the arteries, gout, etc. In the light of the newer knowledge of foods and diet through careful scientific investigation, these old theories not only have been discarded, but in many cases meat has a place in the treatment of the very diseases which it was once said to cause.
Meat lacks bulk.
Meat, since it is so completely digested, furnishes very little of the bulk necessary to regulate body functions. If the entire diet were made up of food lacking in bulk, there would be difficulty in eliminating waste products from the body. It is essential, therefore, to eat plenty of leafy vegetables and fruit with their frame-work of indigestible cellulose as well as for the nutrients that make these foods valuable.