By Jerry S. Stolzoff
Summary: In 1943 The Bostonian magazine ran this tribute to the "fightinist" leader in the field of nutrition, Dr. Royal Lee. While a cabal including industrial food manufacturers, the American Medical Association, and the Food and Drug Administration conspired to suppress the inconvenient findings of nutrition science—namely that processed foods were at the root of heart disease, cancer, and most other modern diseases—Dr. Lee worked tirelessly to inform the American public of the truth. Undeterred by the powerful interests allied against him, Lee traveled the country to speak to healthcare groups, civic organizations, farmers, and "anyone within earshot" about the destruction of America's health at the hands of "devitalized," processed foods. While he would inspire the organic farming movement as well as a generation of holistic health practitioners, Dr. Lee's legacy came at a profound price, as thirty years of continual legal battles and personal attacks by government and medical bureaucrats led him to an early grave. From The Bostonian, 1943. Reprinted by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research. To learn more about the amazing Dr. Lee, visit Dr.RoyalLee.com.
By Jonathan Forman, MD
Summary: Dr. Jonathan Forman was an esteemed medical doctor who pioneered the field of environmental medicine and launched and edited the famous cutting-edge journal Clinical Physiology. From 1968 to the present, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has presented the prestigious Jonathan Forman Award annually to doctors and researchers who make outstanding contributions to environmental medicine. In this biography of Dr. Royal Lee, Dr. Forman writes, "in the field of 'health through nutrition', [Dr. Lee] stands out as the Empire State Building on the New York skyline." High praise indeed. Published by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, 1964.
By L. Jewell
Summary: A biographical overview of the life of Dr. Royal Lee as of the year 1950, including mention of the many electrical patents awarded to his inventions. The author highlights Lee's invention of the Lee Motor Governor and his contribution to the famous Sperry and Norden airplane bombsights during World War II. This is a side of Royal Lee's genius often unbeknownst to people familiar with his nutritional work. Circa 1950, original source unknown. Reprinted by The Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research.
Summary: A snippet of nutrition history that bespeaks the leadership of Dr. Royal Lee in the natural-food movement. In this 1953 newspaper ad, Vic's Health Food & Book Store in Alberta, Canada, advertises in the local paper that it carries "Books, Magazines and Pamphlets by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research and other well known authorities on health foods." From the Lethbridge Herald, 1953.
By the National Health Federation
Summary: In 1962, the National Health Federation awarded its highest honor, the Humanitarian Award, to Dr. Royal Lee "in grateful acknowledgment and appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the health of America by fearlessly proclaiming and publishing nutritional truth..." In addition, the NHF noted, "few men have achieved in a single field the success Dr. Lee has had in a dozen. Loved and respected by thousands of seekers for the truth, he is destined to be written in the history books of our age...." 1962.
By Mark R. Anderson
Summary: The mid-twentieth century was a time of unprecedented discovery in the science of nutrition. At the head of the field was Dr. Royal Lee (1895–1967), a Milwaukee dentist who combined an uncanny grasp of the physical sciences, agriculture, physiology, biochemical manufacturing, and clinical application of nutrition to lead a revolution in our understanding of food and health. Dr. Lee spent much of his time—and money—disseminating the truths he unearthed to the public, his audience ranging from homemakers to healthcare practitioners of every stripe. In Lectures of Dr. Royal Lee, Volume One, Selene River Press presents thirty-seven of Dr. Lee's most notable talks, the titles of which are presented here along with the introductory pages of the the book, including Mark Anderson's stirring introduction on "The Lee Philosophy"—one of the most insightful commentaries ever written on the life and work of the twentieth century's foremost nutritionist. From Lectures of Dr. Royal Lee, Volume One (Selene River Press, 1998).
Bonus: Click on highlighted titles in the table of contents below to read free summaries and transcriptions of selected talks from Lectures of Dr. Royal Lee, Volume One. You can also browse Selene River Press's full library of works by Dr. Lee here.
Summary: A newspaper article reporting on a method developed by Dr. Royal Lee to retain the vitamins and minerals in cane juice. "The new sugar," Dr. Lee explains, "is nothing more than cane juice that has been dehydrated, with nothing removed but the water." This report suggests that Dr. Lee may have been the first individual in America to produce evaporated cane juice. From the Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire. 1943.
By Karl B. Lutz, Attorney
Summary: A landmark letter of protest against the FDA's blatant persecution of natural-health practices in the United States. First, attorney Karl Lutz keenly outlines the basic principles of whole-food nutrition, including the need to grow foods in healthy soil, to process such foods as minimally as possible, and to opt for natural vitamins over synthetics. He then presents examples of governmental abuse in persecuting, prosecuting, and intimidating honest health professionals and other groups promoting nutritional approaches to health. He singles out the 1939 case of the FDA against Royal Lee as particularly egregious. "I have examined the records of that suit, and in my opinion, as a lawyer with some knowledge of biochemistry, it was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice I have ever seen." This document is a forerunner—by over a decade—of massive petitioning of Congress for relief from the pharma/medical cartel monopoly, whose agenda in healthcare was, and still is, preferentially enforced by the agencies of the U.S. government. Originally published by the National Health Federation. Reprint 8-63, 1963.
By Dr. David Morris
Summary: "One of the intellectual giants who contributed to our contemporary high standard of living and knowledge of human nutrition was Dr. Royal Lee," writes Dr. David Morris in this excellent biography. "Even though his name is known to only a small number of Americans," Morris adds, "Dr. Lee was a researcher, inventor, scientist, scholar, statesman, businessman and philanthropist of the first order." Indeed. The Weston A. Price Foundation, 2000.
By Don C. Matchan
Summary: The Herald of Health was a popular natural foods and lifestyle magazine in the 1950s and 1960s. This biographical sketch, published by the magazine in 1959, recounts events of Dr. Lee's life from the earliest days of his childhood through the time the story was published, about a decade before his death. 1959.
Summary: In this newspaper report, Dr. Royal Lee explains that the reason so many Americans die of heart disease is basic malnutrition. Pointing his finger directly at refined-carbohydrate foods, he says, "Most fuel-supplying foods like cereal and flour and sugar products on the market today have been depleted of vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals vital to the rebuilding of the body tissue and muscle." He adds that overcooking foods is also critical in destroying the vitamin power of foods. From the Evening Sentinel, Michigan. 1949.