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What nails tell us: White spots on nails can be due to zinc deficiency. Fine lines under the nails, near the tip, are caused by vitamin C deficiency. A shortage of vitamin D can lead to soft, peeling or brittle nails.
Kellogg Corn Flake packets since the 1950s
Breakfast-in-a-box: In the late nineteenth century, the overfed women and men of America's Gilded Age had digestive problems. One of their chief problems was constipation. John Harvey Kellogg, a doctor at Battle Creek Sanatorium, and his brother William set up a lab to develop high-fibre foods. They came up with a technique to take soaked corn kernels, crush them flat and toast them. The result was the first cornflakes. (The brothers Kellogg also developed All-Bran)
Oil of oregano, available at health food stores, is a powerful anti-infectious agent, and in common with all natural antibiotics, it is also antiviral and antifungal. A few drops of oregano oil on the tongue at the first sign of a runny nose of a sore throat may prevent a full-blown cold.
Needles from white cedars are rich in Vitamin C. Chewing on cedar buds can relieve a sore throat. Members of the Canadian First Nations will make a strong tea from cedar boughs to drink over the winter months.
Morgan Spurlock's self-experiment in the documentary 'Supersize Me' powerfully illustrates the old adage "You are what you eat." After 30 days of only eating McDonald's meals, Spurlock's blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol levels had risen, and his liver functions were abnormal. His doctors diagnosed him as a pre-diabetic, and said the changes in his blood tests were comparable to those of a heavy drinker.
William Banting, a distant relative of Frederick Banting, battled with obesity for 20 years. On the advice of his doctor, he cut sugar, bread and cereal products from his diet. It worked and he lost excess weight. In response he wrote and self-published ' A Letter on Corpulence' describing his weight-reducing regime. Banting's was the first low-carbohydrate diet and became popular throughout Europe. "To bant" came to be used as a jocular synonym for low-carb diets and is still used in…
In the 18th century, many sailors died of scurvy. The disease was then attributed to lack of hygiene, but Scottish naval surgeon James Lind believed it to be caused by absence of fresh food, especially fruit. To test his hypothesis, he conducted the one of the first clinical trials. He gave some sailors one lime a day and compared them to sailors who got none. Those who did not get a lime developed scurvy, while those with limes stayed healthy.
Garlic Health Benefits Including Hair and More
The gift of garlic: Garlic is as strong an antibiotic in the lab as penicilin. It is antifungal, antiviral, and acts as an antihistamine. To treat a cold, crush four or five cloves of garlic into a small dish and add a dash of liquid honey to bind into a paste. At the start of symptoms, take a small quantity of the paste and place it on the back of your tongue and wash it down with a whole glass of water. Cold symptoms should disappear for an hour or two. Take another dose when symptoms…
When you're fighting a cold, your body uses up zinc. One sign of this depletion is that our sense of smell and taste changes. Try low-dose zinc lozenges of 8 to 10 mg when you have a cold, but handle with care. Too little zinc and the immune system will under perform. Too much and you may suppress immunity. One sign of excess zinc is a metallic taste in the mouth.
Our healthy ancestors: The Inuit of the Far North had little vegetation and stayed healthy on a diet consisting of meat and fish. Because cooking would have destroyed the Vitamin C, the Inuit learned to avoid scurvy by eating fresh seal and other uncooked meats.