By Dr. Royal Lee
Summary: In this forward-thinking commentary on preventive healthcare, Dr. Lee delineates the ways in which vitamin complexes ensure the health of workers. Vitamin A complex, for instance, helps maintain the integrity of mucous membranes and thus prevents infection and lost man hours. Vitamin B complex keeps the nerves and heart functioning properly; vitamin C complex promotes stamina by optimizing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood; vitamin D complex prevents cramps, irritability, and bone-calcium loss; and so on. From Let's Live magazine, 1958.
View PDF: Cost of Malnutrition
By Paul de Kruif
Summary: The amazing story of how Dr. Joseph Goldberger discovered and proved that the cause of the dreaded disease pellagra is not a microbe, as was fiercely believed by most scientists of the early twentieth century, but a nutritional deficiency. Dr. Goldberger's struggle to convince science and medicine of his findings reflects the tremendous sway that "germ theory" held in these fields at the time and which continues to dominate conventional beliefs about health and disease today. As this gripping excerpt attests, malnutrition underlies illness to a far greater degree than medicine and science have ever comprehended. Note: Although today pellagra is conventionally attributed to a lack of the single B complex vitamer niacin, in truth it is the result of a deficiency of a complex of multiple nutritive factors (including niacin) that was once known as vitamin G, the G standing for Goldberger. From Hunger Fighters, 1928.