Healthy Foods - Alternatives To Health Fads and Addictions

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Fads Do Not Become Wellness

"Wellville" is a book and film that presents the story of the Kellogg Institute clinics in Battle Creek, Michigan. The various diet, exercise, and "treatment" fads used there made the Institute into the laughable "Wellville." Avoid such fads and quackery with healthy foods, a balanced diet, and good advice from licensed healthcare practitioners.

What Is Wellville?

The Journey to Wellville is a historical fiction book and film about Harvey Kellogg, MD and his wellness institute in Battle Creek, Michigan, hone of cereals.

The story provides some exaggeration in healthcare best practices and elucidates fads of the time. It also illustrates some problems with the methods, equipment, and theories espoused at the Kellogg Institute.

Further, the whole concept of a "Wellville" exposes snake oil salesmen and over-the-top scam advertising methods that we still have today. Be aware of them and choose your healthcare options wisely.

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Three Things To Adjust For Health

My problems with the Kellogg empire is the history of the institute's programs that compulsively forced daily enemas on patients (I'll tell you how I know that below) and sat them in vats of water in which they were administered mild electrical shocks. Some treatments and programs enhanced clients' health and well-being, while others at best did no harm, and at worst, were torture.

A second problem is the sugar content of all Kellogg's cereals, even what people call the "plain" cornflakes, as opposed to Frosted Flakes®. The plain flakes contain too much sugar. The particular Kellogg cereals considered "health food" by the general population also contain too much sugar. My advice is to use skim milk with them in order to reduce calories and fat - and fresh fruit, but don't add any more sugar. Save the Pop Tarts® for an occasional special treat.

A third situation is the mental health conditions that may have emerged in the Kellogg lineage. Some of the physical and nutritional treatments devised by the Dr, Kellogg were wrong-headed and strange, not to mention unsuccessful - e.g., daily enemas, electrical shocking in water, and prevention of masturbation in boys by circumcision or sewing the foreskin shut, and in girls and women by the application of carbolic acid to the genitals [Plain Facts for Old and Young, 1888, by John Harvey Kellogg, MD], just to name a minority of treatments. A present day relative of the family in my city provided his own system of odd and even unethical mental and physical treatment to clients. I was among witnesses that testified to this, with the result that the individual accepted mental health treatment and follow-up and returned to work in a different career.

Considering this body of evidence, I am pleased to purchase CW Post cereals as healthy alternatives to Kellogg brands, but more often I use store brands containing less sugar, or Shredded Wheat® (now owned by Post), or oatmeal and add fruit and some 2% milk.

(CW Post became an early competitor of the Kellogg cereals after he spent time in the brothers' sanitarium, decided he could make better cereals, and left. )

A healthy breakfast bowl.
A healthy breakfast bowl. | Source

Unhealthy Fads - Enema Addiction and Resolution

Enema addiction is a real problem. Marilyn Monroe was addicted to frequent enemas as a way toward quick weight loss and abdominal flattening for her Hollywood career.

One theory that persists around her 1962 death is that the barbiturates that killed her had been introduced into her enema bag on the evening of her death. Drugs, in fact, are absorbed quickly by this method.

The Kellogg Institute and its treatment methods were quite famous in my grandfather's lifetime and these methods were used in his home and passed down to my father. These methods became misapplied, because they became compulsive.

Administering daily enemas without giving the human body an opportunity to evacuate itself is not healthy for a 4- or 5-year-old, not to mention their continuation for 10 years, along with forced consumption of daily prunes, prune juice, and laxatives. The result is that the "patient" becomes chronically constipated. In some patients, chronic constipation can require surgical removal of wastes.

Personal experience and working with health clients has taught me that if you or someone you know is using a daily enema regimen, this behavior may indicate an addiction to enemas and their process, or an eating disorder similar to bulimia, anorexia, or over-exercising that controls weight to an extreme degree and can result in death from heart failure and other complications. A qualified health professional should be consulted in these cases.

Colonics

Enemas and colon cleansing are not good alternatives to a health diet that contains fiber. See the link below for additional information.

The Man Behind The Brand - On The Box
The Man Behind The Brand - On The Box

What really goes into the major cereals in the United States? Who started the chain reaction of a deluge of cereals into the market place in a previous century? Are cereals good or bad - and how about the men behind them?

 
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Dietary Fiber Importance and Sources

The addition of a healthy amount of fiber to the diet can provide a numnber of benefits:

  • Regularity of waste evacuation
  • Reduction of colo-rectal cancer risk
  • Prevention of colon diseases
  • Help in the control of blood sugar levels
  • Help in weight loss
  • Help in reducing blood levels of cholesterol

Hamsters and other such animals know that nuts are good-tasting and nutritious. Just be aware of nut allergies!
Hamsters and other such animals know that nuts are good-tasting and nutritious. Just be aware of nut allergies! | Source

Some Good Providers Of Dietary Fiber:

Choose from among these high-fiber foods:

  • Fruits
  • Nuts - Tree nuts and ground nuts. Be careful of nut allergies, like peanut allergy.
  • Seeds - Sunflower, pumpkin, flax, apricot, pepitas, pomegranate, sesame seeds, chia seeds, even hemp seeds. Some people enjoy grape seeds (or extract) and cumin seeds.
  • Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes: Beans, peas, and others

If you are not eating these fiber foods, then consider adding some to your regular diet.

Fresh fruit and granola.
Fresh fruit and granola. | Source

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Jeff May 6 years ago from St. Louis

"Journey to Wellville" sounds like a facinating read. I assume you recommend it. And your personal experience also piques interest. Thanks for another great hub.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

This is an exceptional piece of work. You are so thorough and open to sharing your knowledge and experience within the topic. I find it quite interesting that this "Wellville" method of healthful treatment(s) was so revered in its day, and that a few of the practices were handed down so blindly.

I am an avid collector of Marilyn Monroe items, and your take on the possible connection between the barbiturates introduced to her enema bag on the evening she passed is a very real probability in my mind. Hard to accept the importance of beauty over health; not such a different time I suppose.

Captivating article Patty. I learned so much here today.

Post products are my first choice from this moment on!

Up and Awesome!

K9


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Jeff - Thanks for posting. The book is a good read, but includes instances of some pretty unbelievable materal about child rearing (the doctor's son in the story) and sex. Dr. Kellogg attempted to limit sexual activity even between married persons, and I think that is a real problem. The sexploitations in the novel are fictitious, as far as I can find. The story features several celebrities that were clients of his clinic and historical mention of them are found in newspaper accounts, so that makes the book interesting. I purchased a copy in paperback and kept it; it's worth keeping I think.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

K9 - On Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in the 1960s, I heard a celebrity tell about a phone call from Peter Lawford at Marilyn's bungalow to Bobby K that night, part of which was "She had her last enema tonight." The tape of the phone call suddenly disappeared after that, along with all acknowledgement of the call and surveillance. So, why was her phone tapped and was it really tapped or the call a figment of a celebrity's imagination? When I was older I learned about drug absorption via the colon, so 2 + 2...

Thanks for posting!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Wow. That poor girl never stood a chance when it came to those 'K' boys. Power can provide many evils...


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L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

Interesting and eye-opening. I knew nothing of the sordid history of "Doctor" Kellogg.


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Jeff May 6 years ago from St. Louis

Patty, thanks for the book info.


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

There is a movie, "Wellville" I saw a few years ago. Good movie concerning that place.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

That movie was quite popular when it was released. Thanks for posting, BobbiRant.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I can't believe it. What a monster. It seems that the more years are passing the more gets revealed. Unfortunately, only dirt but at least it comes out. Thank you for your splendid hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

And he thought he was doing good things, Hello hello. That is the particularly bad part of it.


SuperColonCleanse 2 years ago

Natural foods and remedies are definitely the way to go.

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