The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp 469–474 | Cite as

The intestinal rate, normal nutrition, and health: new principles for the maintenance, restoration, and control of health

  • Francis Lowell Burnett
Clinical Medicine: Diseases Of Digestion


Health has been a vague and variable condition of the human body, but its maintenance and restoration have been more assured of late, from an understanding of the needs of the healthy body for complete food; and thus some of the established deficiency diseases have been relieved, cured, and prevented. Obviously eating too fast and too much, irregularly, disproportioned meals, or the frequest use of laxatives are not conducive to normal nutrition and health; but by regarding the digestive system as a perfect nutritive apparatus in which a function of the colon only operates from right eating to produce normal feces and normal intestinal rates, these erroneous ways of eating provoke a previously unrecognized kind of intestinal indigestion, malnutrition and disease. This is because the food consumed does not complete its cycle of digestion and absorption, and nourishment goes through instead of into the body. Thus, there is a failure in the final and most important phase of the nutritive processes—assimilation—and the exact and improved state of health from anabolic or normal nutrition, cannot be maintained. Principles for the creation and control of this state of health to cure disease, have been applied in the treatment of some of the skin diseases and arthritis; and patients who understood and carried out the principles, have been cured of these diseases.


Psoriasis Proximal Colon Polycythemia Vera Pernicious Anemia Intestinal Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Lowell Burnett
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston
  2. 2.Massachusetts GeneralUSA
  3. 3.the Peter Bent Brigham HospitalsUSA

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