Medical Council Volume 10

Medical Council Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... waste. Herbivorous animals have larger capacities for the accommodation of food, and much stronger digestive secretions, and hence in the consideration of the respective length of the intestines of man and herbivorous animals one can, without hesitancy, say that man normally is unable to accommodate the quantity of food which these animals must digest in order to survive. The necessary amount of albumin to retain life in an adult man can be received in one of four ways: firstly, from the albumin in the blood; secondly, from meats; thirdly, from products of animal life, as milk, cheese, eggs and butter; and fourthly, from vegetables, as cereals, grains and legumes, from cabbage, carrots, herbs, nuts, fruits, etc. The fourth classification is the one under discussion and the Doctor shows what enormous amounts of the various vegetables would be required to supply the necessary albumin, and what very excessive amounts of carbohydrates would be ingested. The carbohydrates, which are in excess of what the body needs, are gotten rid of by one of three ways: --absorbed and deposited as fat; or quickly carried off by combustion; or finally they undergo fermentation in the intestinal tract and produce the disagreeable symptoms of fullness and bloat so common in so called gastro-intestinal dyspepsia. These symptoms come on at variable times in the experience of the vegetarian and though many years may elapse, the time usually arrives when the heavy and irksome work of continually digesting the bulky food and overloading the stomach and intestines disturbs the individual, and the consequent symptoms of fullness, bloat, belching and diarrhea occur. The gastro intestinal secretions are not powerful enough to destroy the thick cellulose shell in more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893646
  • 9781236893642