Sun Diet or Live Food for Live Britons.
THIS is a volume of a hundred pages which contains valuable information on food and feeding. There are chapters such as Natural or Sun-life Foods, The General Functions of Food, Digestion, The Constitution and Chemistry of Foods, Mineral Salts, Vitamins, Deficiency Disease, Mother and Child, The Child- Artificial Feeding, Shopping and Cooking for the Family, Wasted Foods and the Cost, Food and the Race, etc.
The book is interesting and valuable, and it gives much useful and essential information in plain and popular language. As a sample I would quote a passage from page 13:.
“Excess of Sunlight on the Body:-
“(1) Breaks down tissue and in the end destroys it.
“(2) During prolonged exposure the heat regulating centre works hard to preserve the normal balance, but under adverse circumstances, such as when radiation is difficult, it tires and gives up the effort.
“(3) When the heat regulating centre thus fails to hold on, hyperpyrexia or heat stroke results. The temperature mounts from 98.4 (the normal) to 105, 106, 107, 108 and 110. The tissues are boiled and destroyed and death results. A cold immersion with ice on the head and in the bath may save life.
“As a protection against the destructive powers of excessive sunlight, in sunny or tropical countries the skin throws up a layer of dark pigment which acts as a screen or a filter to prevent an overdose. Races living in these regions become yellow, brown or black according to their need for protection.
“Fair-haired, blue-eyed, white-skinned people do not readily undergo this pigmentation. The blue iris exposes the retina to excess of the suns rays. Light silky hair affords inadequate protection to the brain. Some covering for the head and light clothing on the body is essential.
Any tendency to tuberculosis makes excessive exposure to the suns rays dangerous, despite the fact that sunlight can kill the tubercle bacillus. The increased tissue activity resulting may light up quiescent foci of disease. Exposure should be only for a few minutes and progressive, and measured by the amount of pigmentation produced. Skilled medical supervision is essential and reckless unskilled attempts have resulted in a gallop to death”.