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Western diseases : their dietary prevention and reversibility / edited by Norman J. Temple and Denis P. Burkitt ; foreword by Sir Richard Doll.

Western diseases : their dietary prevention and reversibility / edited by Norman J. Temple and Denis P. Burkitt ; foreword by Sir Richard Doll.
Totowa, N.J. : Humana Press, [1994], ©1994.

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  • Burkitt, D. P. (Denis P.)
  • Temple, Norman J.
xiii, 453 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
  • In Western Diseases, Norman Temple and Denis Burkitt have convened a panel of world-renowned epidemiologists, nutritionists, and public health experts to explore the causes, prevention, and reversibility of developed Western societies' major diseases - cancer, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and obesity.
  • Out of their findings, they develop concrete policy proposals for the promotion of better public health that could save many lives, while reducing the great sums now spent for treatment of these largely preventable diseases.
  • The distinguished writers here examine in detail the impact on Western health of our highly refined, meat-based diet - rich in fat, cholesterol, and salt, but low in fiber - using, where necessary, cross-cultural data to enhance our understanding. They then explore the role of diet in chronic degenerative diseases and the effects of vitamins and minerals on cancer, hypertension, and other illnesses. And finally, they discuss the possibility of reversing certain of these diseases by dietary means.
  • Western Diseases continues the groundbreaking work begun in Dr. Burkitt's earlier classics on the diseases of developed societies. The insights of this latest extension imply that many major changes in the way Western medicine is practiced are needed, and that these may have incalculable effects in reducing what are the preventable and reversible diseases linked to Western diets.
  • Erratum slip inserted.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreword / Richard Doll -- Pt. I. Diseases Characteristic of Modern Western Culture. The Emergence of a Concept / Denis P. Burkitt. Western Diseases and What They Encompass / Denis P. Burkitt -- Pt. II. The Causes of Western Disease. Diet-Related Disease Patterns in South African Interethnic Populations: Epidemiological Perplexities and Future Prospects / Alexander R. P. Walker, Demetre Labadarios and Ingrid I. Glatthaar. Diet and Chronic Degenerative Diseases: A Summary of Results from an Ecologic Study in Rural China / T. Colin Campbell and Junshi Chen. The Dietary Causes of Degenerative Diseases: Nutrients vs Foods / T. Colin Campbell. Diet and Western Disease: Fat, Energy, and Cancer / Norman J. Temple. Dietary Fiber / K. W. Heaton. Vitamins and Minerals in Cancer, Hypertension, and Other Diseases / Norman J. Temple -- Pt. III. The Possibility of Disease Reversibility. Reversing Coronary Heart Disease / Hans Diehl.
  • The Reversibility of Obesity, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, and Coronary Heart Disease / James W. Anderson and Abayomi O. Akanji. The Therapeutic and Preventive Potential of the Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle: Insights from Australian Aborigines / Kerin O'Dea -- Pt. IV. Practical Means to Prevent Western Disease. Organized Medicine: An Ounce of Prevention or a Pound of Cure / Norman J. Temple. Changes for Health / Marjorie Gott -- Pt. V. Medical Research. Medical Research: A Complex Problem / Norman J. Temple. Western Disease: End of the Beginning / Norman J. Temple and Denis P. Burkitt.
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