Imaginary Health

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IMAGINARY HEALTH.  The lack of knowledge about nutrition is appalling. As Dr. Willis A. Gortner, former professor of biochemistry at Cornell University and director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Division in Maryland, said at a science writer’s seminar: “We can tell the farmer more about feeding his livestock than about feeding his family.”

Many is the time, Dr. Gortner said, that patients go to a physician with symptoms and are told that they are not really sick but that they have an imaginary sickness. The real problem says Gortner is just the opposite.

Many of us have “imaginary health”

“We think we’re well when we’re not . . . because we have never really known what it feels like to be superhealthy! We suffer from nutritional deficiencies that we don’t even know about. We think the way we feel is natural, or that we’re just getting a little older, and it isn’t true.”

Dr. Gortner calls nutrition “internal environmental protection,” and maintains that if subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, nutrition problems could be recognized at a very early stage, we might be able not only to counteract common fatigue and depression, but even to prevent or delay symptoms of obesity, anemia, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems, probably starting from birth.

—Dr. Atkins Superenergy Diet, The diet revolution answer to fatigue and depression, by Robert C. Atkins, M.D. and Shirley Linde. Crown Publishers, Inc. New York. 1977, pages 8-9

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