Medicine: Capsules, Jul. 26, 1954

¶ Alarmed at the growing fad of self-imposed low-salt dieting, the Illinois State Medical Society warned that the diets are futile as weight reducers and are a serious danger to health, especially in summer weather, when body salt is already depleted through excessive perspiration. "The only persons who might [benefit] from such a diet," said the society, "are those seriously ill of heart or kidney diseases [and who are] under the constant care of a physician."

¶ Alfalfa-seed tea, long a favorite home "remedy" for arthritis and diabetes, not only lacks curative powers, but may give the user severe skin eruptions....

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