“Of all the factors which make for healthy motherhood and the rearing of strong, vigorous children, I do not think that there is one of greater significance than diet. Quite obviously, it is impossible to construct a sound edifice from imperfect materials, and it is equally impossible to build up a new human being from poor foodstuffs. Nor can the mother maintain the health and strength which, though at all times desirable, is imperative when she is about to bring new life into the world.
We must bear in mind that the child within the womb is in a specially intimate relationship with the various physiological processes of the mother. By means of an organ called the placenta there is a constant interchange between the blood of the mother and the blood of the child. Food elements and oxygen pass from mother to child, while waste material passes from child to mother.
Thus, it will be clear that any impoverishment or poisoning of the mothers blood will have a corresponding effect upon the childs blood, and so will adversely affect the healthy development of the child. This effect can readily be seen in the case of poisons such as lead and alcohol, but there is no doubt that more subtle poisonings, such as those associated with constipation, also have a detrimental action upon the child within the womb”.
“The first essential of the expectant mothers dietary is that it should be well balanced. In other words, that it should contain proper proportions of the proteins, fats and carbohydrates. In the matter of proteins there can be no question that a minimum of these should be obtained from animal flesh, and for this special reason. The mothers kidneys have to excrete waste for two, and a very slight excess of waste resulting from protein digestion is very liable to disturb the functioning of the delicate kidney cells, and may lead to inflammation of this organ.
I need hardly mention that kidney inflammation is a serious complication of pregnancy, and that unfortunately it is of fairly frequent occurrence. In any case, expectant mothers should always remember that eggs, cheese and milk are excellent sources of first class proteins, and that health will never suffer at any tie from the omission of butchers meat from the dietary. White fish and chicken may be taken in reasonable amounts from time to time.”.
“In an address, Faulty Food in Relation to Gastro-intestinal Disorders, delivered in the United States in 1921 McCarrison states:–.
For some nine years of my professional life my duties lay in a remote part of the Himalayas, amongst isolated races far removed from the refinements of civilization. Certain of these races are of magnificent physique, preserving until later in life the characteristics of youth: they are unusually fertile and long lived and endowed with nervous systems of notable stability.
During the period of my association with these people I never saw a case of asthenic dyspepsia, of gastric and duodenal ulcer, of appendicitis, of mucous colitis, or of cancer, although my operating list averaged over 400 operations a year..
Can anything be more striking and instructive than this experience of a man who is not only a highly trained researcher in dietetics but also very skilled in surgery and medicine ?.
I particularly underlined cancer, since to people living in a state of civilization the rapidly-increasing rate with which it exacts a toll of suffering, misery and death is more terrifying than the course and termination of most other chronic diseases.
The statement my McCarrison, supported by the evidence of a number of skilled observers who have spent their lives treating nations living under natural conditions, must impress on an intelligent community the vast importance of carefully considering the conditions created by constipation, and its sequence of ailments ending in cancer.