Dr. JoelD. Wallach: Everything we learn about human nutrition is first studied in animal nutrition. Again, we learned how to prevent and cure as many as 900 different diseases in animals, simply with nutritional supplementation, rather than stem cells, and genetically engineered proteins, and organ transplants,and wonder drugs. We've tripled lifespans. An old dog 60 years ago was eight years old. Today, an old dog is 25. We did that simply by putting vitamins and minerals in either their canned dog food their dry dog food.
As a kid, it seemed odd to me that we did that for animals, and nobody was doing it for people. It was very, very heavily imprinted upon me that you can only be in business financially in the livestock industry, because that's where I grew up,on a purebred angus farm, was that, you're feeding a hundred cows, you had to have a hundred perfect pregnancies without some kind of problem where the cow had to be in bed for the last three months before pregnancy. You had to have calves that were healthy enough to stand and nurse out in the pasture in the middle of the night when they were born, without attendance. And you had to have enough health in those calves so that they reached market weight or reproductive age without the need for veterinary care.
We were able to pull that off just simply by adding vitamins and minerals. As a result,when I looked at the people living on farms and all their early deaths, what they were dying from, I said: "We got rid of that in animals. Why aren't we doing that for people?" And people said, the medical doctors, and teachers, and professors would say, you've got everything you need in your four food groups. Of course, that's nonsense, and along about 1978 I actually discovered the cause, prevention, and cure for cystic fibrosis. At first, every expert in the field of cystic fibrosis, which is a childhood disease thought to be, incorrectly, but thought to be a genetically transmitted disease, it turns out that it's a congenital deficiency of the trace metal selenium.
I proved this, got experts to agree on my cases of cystic fibrosis in primates. I was working at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia, forEmory University and NASA, it's where I was at the time, and I'd been in the orthodox medical field for many, many years. The book that I'd written on some of my projects, one of these big 1200 page reference books, is in theSmithsonian Institute as a national treasure, right? And they fired me, because they said, "You've got to be sniffing glue, because everybody knows this is a genetically transmitted disease, and you're going off on a tangent."So they fired me.
They didn't leave it go at that. I went national, got another job at St. LouisUniversity, as the director of their laboratory animal facilities, and they chased me and said, "We'll defund you guys if you hire him." They fired me again. I wasn't even unpacked. Right?
I knew this was going to be a disaster. What turned this around nicely was that two years ago, the National Science Foundation in their official journal came out and said that one of the most useful findings, unexpected findings, from basic research, where it was just a serendipitous finding, was the discovery of cystic fibrosis in a monkey by a young pathologist. They said, with a little bracket, that Emory University refused to release the name of the young pathologist, me, because they'd fired me. Right? We're in the process of getting the record corrected, and so forth.
We've taken this now to muscular dystrophy. We now know the cause, prevention, and cure of muscular dystrophy. We've known it for 60 years in the livestock industry, and of course the medical system dismisses it. "Well, that's in animals, and not people."
I spent two weeks in a county in which a significant number of kids are born with muscular dystrophy, and we were able to reverse it quite simply with supplementation. It's certainly preventable, because Purdue University has already done the groundwork in the animals area. And because these minerals are missing in the soil, they couldn't raise livestock. Purdue University found out50 years ago that if you add these minerals to their feed, no muscular dystrophy. But the people living on the land there got muscular dystrophy because they didn't supplement. It's just beautiful.
Dr. Joel Wallach started his career as a veterinarian. He spend countless hours studying health and nutrition in various animals. Here, he talks about how that start translated into his naturopathic career, and how many of he conditions that have been taken care of in animals can also be cured in humans.
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