© 1994

Western Diseases

Their Dietary Prevention and Reversibility

  • Norman J. Temple
  • Denis P. Burkitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Diseases Characteristic of Modern Western Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xv-xv
    2. Denis P. Burkitt
      Pages 1-13
    3. Denis P. Burkitt
      Pages 15-27
  3. The Causes of Western Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Alexander R. P. Walker, Demetre Labadarios, Ingrid I. Glatthaar
      Pages 29-66
    3. T. Colin Campbell, Junshi Chen
      Pages 67-118
    4. T. Colin Campbell
      Pages 119-152
    5. Norman J. Temple
      Pages 153-185
    6. K. W. Heaton
      Pages 187-208
  4. The Possibility of Disease Reversibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N3-N3
    2. Hans Diehl
      Pages 237-316
  5. Practical Means to Prevent Western Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N5-N5
    2. Norman J. Temple
      Pages 381-398
    3. Marjorie Gott
      Pages 399-417
  6. Medical Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N7-N7
    2. Norman J. Temple
      Pages 419-436

About this book


Sir Richard Doll, FRS, FRCP ICRF Cancer Research Studies Unit Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK The twentieth century has seen few changes more remarkable than the improvement in health that has occurred nearly everywhere, most spectacularly in the economically developed countries. In these countries improved nutrition, better housing, the control ofinfection, smaller family sizes, and higher standards of education have brought about a situation in which more than 97% of all liveborn children can expect to survive the first half ofthe three score years and ten that formerly was regarded as the allotted span oflife. From then on, however, the position is less satisfactory. Some improvement has occurred; but the proportion of survivors who die prematurely, that is under 70 years of age, varies from 25% to over 50% in men and from 13% to 28% in women, the extremes in both sexes being recorded, respectively, in Japan and Hungary. Most of these deaths under 70 years of age must now be called premature, even in Japan. For most of them are not the result of any inevitable aging process, but instead are the consequences of diseases (or types of trauma) that have lower-often much lower-age-specific incidence rates in many of the least developed countries.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Norman J. Temple
    • 1
  • Denis P. Burkitt
  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Western Diseases
  • Book Subtitle Their Dietary Prevention and Reversibility
  • Editors Norman J. Temple
    Denis P. Burkitt
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1994
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-264-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-8138-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-8136-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 472
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nutrition
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


...highly readable and even entertaining...provide(s) much useful and insightful information on the role of diet in human health and disease. - New England Journal of Medicine