This section is from the book "Encyclopedia Of Diet. A Treatise on the Food Question", by Eugene Christian. Also available from Amazon: Encyclopedia of Diet.
Cirrhosis is a word derived from the Greek meaning yellow. It was originally intended to convey the idea of overgrowth or enlargement of this much-abused organ, but inasmuch as atrophic conditions often show yellow or tawny, there are now two kinds of cirrhosis, namely, atrophic cirrhosis, meaning a shrinkage, and hypertrophic cirrhosis, meaning enlargement of the liver.
The causes of the former should be removed by ceasing the use of tea, coffee, and all alcoholic stimulants, and of the latter by omitting sweets, and limiting the diet in quantity to, or in severe cases below, the actual needs of the body.
The following menus are laid out for the treatment of severe cases. They are designed both as a counteractive and as a remedial measure.
In mild cases, or as the patient recovers, the diet may be increased in quantity, but it should be confined very rigidly to the articles named in the list below, and in the menus which follow.
Foods to be used in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver:
Fowl - white meat
Butter Nut butter Nuts
Soaked apricots; neither sugar nor cream
Very ripe bananas
Note: If bananas are not "dead ripe" they should be baked.
Peas in the pod Bran meal gems Buttermilk
Peas or asparagus
Lettuce, spinach, or turnip-greens
Carrots or turnips
Peaches, cherries, apricots, or cantaloup Three or four egg whites whipped with a spoonful of cream
Flaked rye, well cooked
Beans, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower
Lettuce and tomato
A glass of buttermilk
Vegetable soup - very little fat Any fresh vegetable in above list Fish or chicken - very little A potato or tender corn
Grapes, peaches, or plums Two baked bananas Whole wheat
Lima beans or bran gems
Celery or spinach
Any fresh vegetable in above list
A potato or corn bread
Two tablespoonfuls of wheat bran
A baked banana or a baked apple A baked potato - eat skins and all
Celery soup Corn bread Winter squash
Parsnips or turnips A potato or baked beans Celery, with nuts Fish or buttermilk
If the breakfast is late, and the labor is light, the noon meal should be omitted.
Baked apples or very ripe berries without sugar
A very ripe banana with cream
Flaked wheat, thoroughly cooked with one-half bran
Peas in the pod - en casserole A baked potato
From one to three glasses of water should be drunk at each of these meals. Mastication should be very thorough.
For cooking "en casserole," see p. 671.
Cantaloup, peaches, plums, or berries Two tablespoonfuls of plain boiled wheat A pint of rich milk; buttermilk preferred
Young onions, lettuce, romaine, or any fresh salad with either nuts or oil Carrots, squash, or tender corn A baked potato - sweet or white
Vegetable soup A Spanish onion, en casserole Squash, carrots, parsnips, okra, cauliflower - any two of these A baked potato Tender corn or lima beans Cheese, with nuts and raisins
Cantaloup, peaches, or grapes One egg, prepared choice Bran meal gems or a potato A glass of milk
Okra, or an onion, en casserole A corn muffin or a baked potato Celery, or lettuce, with nuts
Vegetable or cream soup Celery, or slaw, with nuts - no vinegar Winter squash, stewed pumpkin, or a baked sweet potato Bran meal gems A morsel of cheese, with either raisins or nuts
A baked apple or soaked prunes
A pint of milk
Plain boiled wheat or corn hominy. (If hominy is chosen, a heaping tablespoonful of wheat bran should be taken)
Two or three glasses o buttermilk Two tablespoonfuls of wheat bran
Cream of tomato soup
Turnips, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower - any two of these
A potato or a bran meal gem
(A small portion of tender fish may be added if much desired)
If there is a tendency toward constipation, two or three tablespoonfuls of wheat bran should be taken, and an abundance of water drunk both at meals and between meals.