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100 Years Ago, JAMA Thought that a Liter of Water at Meals Was Too Much

Posted Jan 17 2012 11:12am

JAMA has a section called “100 years ago” in which the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) quotes a column from its archives, verbatim.

Last week, it was

January 13, 1912

I do think we’ve made progress since them. There’s Vitamin Water , Noah’s Spring Water (pH 8.4, sparkling and delicious), cold water to help you use lose weight, and water to hydrate athletes.

But it just goes to show: doctors, in all our wisdom, come to conclusions slowly. And that’s what most of us get paid for: slow conclusions and caution.

I get paid for something different: trusting patients own experiences with medication, supplements, food and beverage; and their own observations of what works (and doesn’t work) for them.

Informed by the best modern science, and that’s what it is, people can actually lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, obesity, overweight ; eat an optimally anti-aging diet and the best foods, beverages and dietary supplements and minimize interactions between them;  and wipe out back pain, allergies and much more.

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