Medicine: The Better Earth

In Look Younger, Live Longer, Food Faddist Bengamin Gayelord Hauser told his readers that they needed yoghurt, brewers' yeast, dried skim milk, wheat germ and blackstrap molasses. That was fine for the peddlers of blackstrap (the dregs from the bottom of the refiner's barrel) and for Hauser: his book sold almost 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone, has been put into 19 languages. Since then, Hauser has gone cosmic. In Be Happier, Be Healthier, out this week (Farrar, Straus and Young; $3), he proclaims the healing powers of the ancients' four elements—earth, air,...

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