Let's Get Well: A Practical Guide to Renewed Health Through Nutrition
I'm astounded by the fact that Adelle Davis knew so much about health and nutrition way back in 1965. If only most of today's doctors knew half as much NOW as she did then!This book illustrates how far ahead of her time the author was. This book is really interesting reading for anyone very into the topic of diet, nutrition, health, healing and disease prevention.It is true that if Adelle were to somehow be able to rewrite her book today that some of the advice given would be different, but the fundamentals of her approach still hold true today.Vitamin A is still vital for skin conditions; salt, protein and the B vitamins (especially B5) help stressed adrenals; fish oils still aid cardiovascular disease; the B vitamins are essential for all CNS diseases; every drug we take or toxic substance we are exposed to still uses up nutrients; vitamin E still prevents scars; hydrogenated fat still needs to be strictly avoided along with processed foods and especially refined sugars and grains; HCl is vital to good digestion; low calorie and high carb diets still don't work to keep us healthy or to let us lose weight long-term; liver is still a wonderfully beneficial superfood for anyone battling illness and vitamin C is still the most important supplement for us all and must be taken at the right dose.People in poor health are still poor surgical risks; extra nutrition and supplementation is still needed before and after surgery; huge amounts of vitamin C are still needed by those with serious or infectious diseases; it is better to take slightly too much of a nutrient than not enough; diseases can still be treated if the causes are unknown by following a high-nutrient diet plan and also following the advice given for similar diseases and people with gut diseases still need hyper-nutrition, and so on.I am pretty sure she would advocate higher doses of the B vitamins than the very low ones available back in the '60s, and also higher doses of vitamin C considering that you need more C depending on how many toxic chemicals and drugs your body has to detoxify. Her recommendation for ill people of a whole foods diet and around 5 grams of vitamin C (or 500 mg six or seven times a day) and 100mg B5 six or seven times a day, along with some B complex six or seven times a day is still better than many advise today, however.We also know more now about causes of arthritis, that cholesterol and saturated fat are not things we need to avoid, that many of us need to avoid dairy, gluten and soy and that one needs to take all 8 types of vitamin E when taking vitamin E as a supplement.This book was an interesting read but it was also a bit depressing to read about how early on all of this good information was known and that many of us are still yet to act on it or even to know about it. The media still treats many of these basic ideas with scorn or just ignores them completely, despite the mountains of evidence. I wish so much I had known all this information earlier into my own illness.Because this book is so old and there are so many wonderful newer books out there which are written with a very similar spirit to this book, I would recommend reading this book along with at least one of these newer books and not using it as a sole source of health information. For all its wonderful points, some of the information IS now known to be incorrect and the unwary reader could be missing out on some great newer information by relying solely on this book. One of the best is Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life, but there are also several others that are similar that would do a good job as a companion to this book.Overall you can't help but be very impressed by Adelle Davis and wish we had more doctors like her today!Jodi Bassett, The Hummngbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
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