This section is from the book "The Natural Food Of Man", by Emmet Densmore. Also available from Amazon: How Nature Cures Comprising a New System of Hygiene.
The following pages, except the Introduction, are a re-publication of essays somewhat hurriedly written, partly in New York and partly in this country, while engrossed with professional and business cares. If there appears needless repetitions, especially in the Introduction, I ask attention to the following lines from Professor Max Muller:- "Repeat the same things over and over again, undismayed by indifference, ridicule, contempt, and all other weapons which the lazy mind knows so well how to employ against those who venture to disturb their peace by suggesting unwelcome truths."
If the central thought - that bread is the staff of death rather than life - seems preposterous and absurd, I can only urge that many of the accepted teachings of science to-day would not have seemed less so a hundred years ago.
After all, no amount of argumentation can settle this question. A few months' trial - with many, a few weeks - will show such results that arguments become quite unnecessary; and all, I think, must agree that if the main teaching of this little book is based on truth, it is scarcely possible to exaggerate its importance.
In addition to the matter of health, of prime concern to every human being, I ask attention to another leading claim that friends of the non-starch diet make in its behalf. Nearly all Temperance reformers unite in affirming that the drink crave is brought on and kept alive by any habit or pursuit that tends to weaken the nervous system. This may be tobacco, stimulating food and drink, over-strain in physical or mental work, or undue solicitude or excitement, from whatever cause. Anything that diminishes nerve nutrition is a prime cause of drunkenness. That which the inebriate, when trying to reform, most needs is an abundance of wholesome nourishment, digested and assimilated with least strain upon the nervous system. I have long been a student of the drink problem, and am confident that the system of diet herein advocated is invaluable to the Temperance workers; that anyone who can be persuaded to adopt this course of life is sure to overcome all desire for intoxicating drinks already existing, and that it will prevent the almost world-wide craving for narcotics and stimulants of all kinds.
London, August. 1890.