Strong Medicine: Curing Obesity with Fresh, Fatty Beef

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Strong Medicine by Blake F. Donaldson. MD

Strong Medicine, by Dr. Blake Donaldson, was originally published in 1961. He was a family doctor and a natural story teller. This book is both a medical text and a personal memoir. 

It’s amazing how much he got right! Here’s a sample:

“One of the culinary horrors perpetrated in this country is called “french fries.” To produce them it is necessary to have a large heated vat filled with stale hydrogenated oil. Even drained automobile crankcase oil is reprocessed before it is used again but not, apparently, the stuff used for french frying. Potatoes may be half cooked in the vat of fat and then stored in an icebox. When a customer comes in they may be taken out and doused again in the same oil. It is no wonder that they taste so badly.”

Dr. Blake Donaldson

And here is one example of what he got wrong. (What are the chances that he was a smoker himself?)

About cigarettes: “… The possibility that tar and other chemicals in them induces cancer of the lung is remote. Doctors familiar with the problem are far more worried about the tar inhaled on the roads during automobile travel.…”

Dr. Blake Donaldson

A hard-cover copy costs $47.95 on Amazon, but with the link below, you can read it for free.

Note: Beef and potatoes contain no vitamin A.

© 2020, Judy Barnes Baker

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Glenys Kearney
Glenys Kearney
4 years ago

I read this last year and it is what got me into trying the carnivore diet. I would say I’m more keto carnivore as I don’t mind having some avocado and olives occasionally 🙂

Glenys Kearney
Glenys Kearney
4 years ago

Hi Judy, yes I have had health successes. Joint pain virtually gone, no more tinnitis, depression gone, mood swings gone and I’m much more alert. I’ve lost a small amount of weight, but not much, but from what I can understand the body heals itself before the weight will come off so I’m not worried about it.
I would certainly recommend anyone try the carnivore diet and see how it works for them individually. Seriously, just the stabilisation of my moods is enough to keep me going with this way of eating. 🙂