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Richard Mackarness
(17 Aug 1916 - 18 Mar 1996)

Indian-English physician and writer who championed “Clinical Ecology” and established Britain's first obesity and food allergy clinic. Working outside of the academic mainstream, he revealed that various illnesses can be traced to food allergies, and could be cured by dietary restrictions. In his book In Not All in the Mind(1976), he described the process of identifying food intolerance for the the layman.

Science Quotes by Richard Mackarness (2 quotes)

A story about the Jack Spratts of medicine [was] told recently by Dr. Charles H. Best, co-discoverer of insulin. He had been invited to a conference of heart specialists in North America. On the eve of the meeting, out of respect for the fat-clogs-the-arteries theory, the delegates sat down to a special banquet served without fats. It was unpalatable but they all ate it as a duty. Next morning Best looked round the breakfast room and saw these same specialists—all in the 40-60 year old, coronary age group—happily tucking into eggs, bacon, buttered toast and coffee with cream.
— Richard Mackarness
'Objections To High-Fat Diets', Eat Fat And Grow Slim (1958), Ch. 3.
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Clinical ecology [is] a new branch of medicine aimed at helping people made sick by a failure to adapt to facets of our modern, polluted environment. Adverse reactions to processed foods and their chemical contaminants, and to indoor and outdoor air pollution with petrochemicals, are becoming more and more widespread and so far these reactions are being misdiagnosed by mainstream medical practitioners and so are not treated effectively.
— Richard Mackarness
Quoted in article 'Richard Mackarness', Contemporary Authors Online (2002).
Science quotes on:  |  Adaptation (40)  |  Adverse (2)  |  Air Pollution (4)  |  Allergy (2)  |  Chemical (72)  |  Effectiveness (10)  |  Environment (138)  |  Facet (5)  |  Failure (118)  |  Food (139)  |  Illness (22)  |  Mainstream (3)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Modern (104)  |  Pollution (37)  |  Practitioner (12)  |  Reaction (59)  |  Sickness (20)  |  Treatment (88)  |  Widespread (9)


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