CUT THE RIBBON, JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Editorial Staff

He was an American doctor, he ran a sanitarium using holistic methods he was mad with nutrition, with exercise, with vegetarianism and with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg frequently held a prominent role as a speaker at church meetings and promoted a practical, common sense religion. The Sanitarium he run was based on the church’s health principles, believing  in a vegetarian diet, abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and a regimen of strict exercise. Kellogg believed that most diseases would be alleviated by a change in intestinal flora, by a well-balanced vegetarian diet favoring low-protein, laxatives, and high-fiber foods. He also was an advocate of sexual abstinence, devoting large amounts of his educational and medical work to discouraging sexual activity. He was an especially zealous against masturbation. Today John Kellogg is best known for the invention of the corn flake, which spawned the breakfast cereal industry and revolutionized how people eat in the mornings. However although his long lasting life (he died at 91) he cut many ribbons. A century ago there were no canned foods and little refrigeration. There were no antibiotics or wonder drugs to fight infection. He thus developed with his brother a new food that could respect the rules of a strict vegetarian diet. The flakes of grain, served with milk , soon became a very popular food among the patients , so that Kellogg brothers began to experiment with the recipe with other grains .In 1906, Kellogg’s company was founded The Rice Krispies, his great success, that went on sale for the first time in 1929. Now you know…there’s a huge story beneath your morning bowl!

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