Adelle Davis (1904-1974)

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Adelle Davis popularized nutrition for millions of Americans during the 1960s and 1970s through a series of information-dense books that criticized processed foods and promoted dietary supplements.   Although she had a master’s degree in biochemistry and included hundreds of references to the scientific literature in her books, the mainstream medical and nutrition community condemned her unsubstantiated health claims and pointed out that  those hundreds of references often did not say what Davis said they did. She was sued successfully several times by individuals who suffered significant injuries from following her advice. Davis died of multiple myeloma at age 70.

 

 

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