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Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, by Norman W. Walker – Book Extracts

My extracts from the classic nutritional and remedial guide to juices by Norman Walker.

Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, by Norman W. Walker (1936, Revised 1978)


For the improvement of digestion and elimination, I have found that the replacement of some solid food meals – primarily breakfast – with fresh juices helps to alleviate some of the burden of the digestive system, creating a generally improved feeling of physiological comfort. Using a centrifugal juicer machine, I have periodically incorporated raw juices in my diet using fresh vegetables and fruits, adjusting the proportion of juice to solid food meals as according to comfort at any given period.

Having recently decided to examine the subject of juice nutrition for the purposes of health, I read the book Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by nutritionist and author Norman Walker, who I discovered by a citation as being a valuable expert in this field. Having read the digitized copy of the book, I extracted the highlights I made and arranged them thematically, in order to create a future reference for the information I found most useful for practical purposes; and which I now share here for the benefit of anyone who may find it similarly useful.

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Pandemics in Perspective: Plagues and Peoples

A compilation of my notes from the book: Plagues and Peoples, by William H. McNeill (1976); complimented by my summarizing sub-headings.

Plagues and Peoples: a historical interpretation by an epidemiologically-learned historian.*

*i.e. Pandemics in perspective—par excellence!

As quoted by the Lancet behind the front cover of this book,

Professor McNeill is an American historian with a sound grasp of epidemiological principles.

As McNeill points out himself in this book (which can be seen immediately in the notes to follow), historians systematically gloss-over the significance of epidemic disease.

In choosing to read Plagues and Peoples third in my sequence of pandemic-themed books, I identified it as the one most complimentary to Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year: for while the latter is “the prototype of all accounts of great cities in times of epidemic”, the former has to be one of, if not the most substantial attempts at a historical interpretation of epidemics (—which is quite distinct from an epidemiological interpretation of history, I would add).

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