HEALTH ARTICLE
BERIBERI
A Clue to The Modern Disease
How many of you have heard of the term Beriberi. I am referring too one of the most widespread of all vitamin deficiency diseases to date.  This disease, which once took several million lives each year in the Far East, still takes a high toll in areas where people subsist largely on polished rice.  It causes a painful degeneration of the nerves and in many cases can lead to paralysis or congestive heart failure. Many of its victims may sometimes be seen in Oriental countries crawling around on their hands, dragging their paralyzed legs behind them.

For a long time, experts used to argue over whether beriberi was a contagious disease, or whether certain kinds of rice contained a toxic substance. In 1896 Dr. Christian Eijkman, a Dutch physician in Java, looked through the window of his hospital and noticed that many of the chickens in the yard were acting very strangely.  They limped, reeled along and generally imitated the unsteady walk of the beriberi victims who filled his hospital.  To confirm his suspicion that diet was responsible for their condition  Dr Eijkman started a series of experiments. He kept one group of limping chickens on the same diet of polished white rice they had been getting as leftovers from patients meal.  Then he fed the other group unpolished rice --- and found that their symptoms rapidly disappeared.  Some 30 years later in 1926, the key nutritive element in rice hulls was identified as vitamin B1, also known as thiamine.

Is this example a possible clue to the some of today's widespread common diseases? How many modern diseases can be attributed to nutrient deficiency? Perhaps not a deficiency in vitamins but possibly a deficiency in minerals or fiber or phytonutrients in our diet.
This information is from "Building Optimal Health" a Lecture by health and wellness expert -- FJ Tarasoff.
This lecture examines some of the possible causes of common diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, etc. Along with steps we can take to reduce the risk and better protect ourselves against these diseases. The program focuses on building optimal health through better diet and nutrition.
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