Exactly one year ago, the New York Times ran a science editorial entitled “It’s the Sugar, Folks.” The opening sentence: “Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.” A few paragraphs later it states, “The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s. This study is proof enough that sugar is toxic. Now it’s time to do something about it.”
The major source of legal problems of Royal Lee’s life was that he came to this same conclusion 90 years earlier than this study. His paper “Systemic Causes of Dental Caries” was read before the senior class at Marquette Dental College in December 1923. That understanding, and his stance to correct the situation, put him on a lifelong collision course with the health authorities, public and private, of his day.
Lee’s work and philosophy, though unacknowledged by the mainstream, has proven true and correct on all fronts.
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