Conversations in Nutrition is a collection of informal fireside chats given by Dr. Royal Lee (with two by his close associate John Courtney) in the early and mid-twentieth century. Though Lee explores the very foundations of health in these pages, he also offers a wide range of practical information that will benefit any practitioner or patient.
Each talk reflects the huge wealth of knowledge that Dr. Lee mastered over the course of his career. Whether he is recounting the many benefits of whole foods as shown by scientific research, scrutinizing the shortcomings of processed foods, or discussing his legendary Standard Process formulations, Dr. Lee deftly turns mainstream ideas on their head and reveals the inner workings of health and nutrition that remain relevant to this day.
Dr. Lee spent his career reading, listening, and learning to amass this knowledge, and now he shares it with you:
- The Origin of Catalyn: In 1939, Dr. Lee explained to a group of Wisconsin doctors how he came formulate and produce Catalyn, the foundation of his nutritional line. This fireside chat includes a letter from Dr. Lee’s sister in which she describes the profound and personal events that motivated Dr. Lee to create this powerful vitamin.
- The Healing Profession: In this chat from 1955, Dr. Lee bemoans how the medical profession and the public at large prefer to remain in a state of ignorance about natural foods rather than seek out knowledge and information that could protect their health. Dr. Lee asks his audience a question as relevant now as it was then: “What about the higher cost of good natural foods?” Of course, the answer remains the same: “You have to pay more for real things than you do for counterfeits.”
- Acidosis and Nutrition: Practitioners will learn much from this talk on the topic of acidosis and nutrition that Dr. Lee gave to a group of doctors in 1947. Given how many conditions and diseases can cause a person’s blood pH to fall outside healthy limits, this remains timely information.
- Informal Discussion on Health: In this fireside chat from April 1955, Dr. Lee tackles questions from his audience. This far-ranging discussion includes Dr. Lee’s insights on many Standard Process products that remain popular to this day.
- Food Integrity: An important discussion from 1935 that, like so many of these fireside chats, still has ramifications to this day. Dr. Lee’s topic is the never-ending battle between natural foods versus synthetic imitators. Perhaps the only difference is that at the time of this lecture there was still a chance that commonsense would prevail. Practitioners will find plenty of information that they can and should relate to their patients.
- Enzymes: A Functioning Mechanism: What are enzymes, and why are they so important to our health? Flip to page 49 to find out what Dr. Lee has to say on the subject. This must-read fireside chat also includes an extensive and illuminating Q&A section.
- The Importance of Food Enzymes in Promoting Mineral Assimilation: In April 1950, the “who’s who” of nutrition met at the American Academy of Applied Nutrition’s 14th Annual Convention. Attendees included Dr. Weston A Price, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger Jr., and John Myers, just to name a few. In front of this illustrious crowd, Dr. Lee led a fact-filled discussion on the relationship of food enzymes and mineral assimilation in the body.
- Synthetic Fats: In 1956, Dr. Lee spoke out against a travesty that (once again) continues to this day: how the food industry switched from health-enhancing natural fats to health-harming synthetic fats without an outcry from the medical community. This fireside chat from 1955 includes many examples of this foolish enterprise that are still marketed to American shoppers in this day and age.
- Cardiovascular Disease Today: By the time Dr. Lee gave this fireside chat in 1956, heart disease was already a rising epidemic in the United States. And as we know today, mainstream medicine has not been able to slow it down by any significant measure, let alone stop it.
As Dr. Lee outlines the progression of cardiovascular disease and its fundamental relationship to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, he notes, “It is possible to find these traces of trouble developing by instrumental means.” Dr. Lee is referring to the EndoCardiograph, the original precursor to what we now know as the Heart Sound Recorder (HSR), a computer-based, low risk general wellness monitor that can acquire, display, and record graphs of heart sounds. The connection between the EndoCardiograph of then and the HSR of today makes this lecture essential reading for all practitioners seeking to explore how the HSR device can help their patients—and their patients’ hearts.
- Endocardiography in Conjunction with Nutritional Heart Therapy: This fireside chat was given by John Courtney, a close associate of Dr. Lee, in 1957. Among many other topics, Courtney discusses the EndoCardiograph and “its specialty in identifying vascular lesions as they develop in time to do something about it.”
Read Courtney describe various vitamin complex deficiencies as revealed in graphs supplied to the audience:
- Vitamin F complex: The second sound is almost invisible, but shortly after a vitamin F tablet is given, the second sound appears.
- Vitamin C complex: The first sound is low in respect to the second; the pulse is fast and the rest period short. In short, an overworking heart.
- Vitamin E complex: A deficiency specifically causes necrosis of heart muscle fibers, which can lead to sudden heart attack.
- Vitamin G complex: The result of a deficiency of vitamin G complex is illustrated by the heart sounds of a 24-year-old man. His heart is working very hard, with a short rest period. “During the closing period of the heart,” Courtney notes, “the heart doesn’t receive a blood supply.” The heart muscles are squeezing like a tightly closed fist, and the result is a possible impending coronary attack.
You’ll also learn why vitamin B is so important for heart regulation. All told, this lecture offers even more excellent historical background on today’s Heart Sound Recorder and how it can be an important tool to offer your patients.
- Vitamin Supplements: This engrossing 1963 fireside chat finds John Courtney discussing the proper use and relevant properties of some important Standard Process vitamin supplements. To name just a few:
- Lactic Acid Yeast
- Cyroplex (Catalyn)
- Vitamin A Complex (Cataplex A)
- Vitamin A Complex (Cataplex C)
- A-F Betafood
- Calcifood (Biost)
Read the entire lecture for Courtney’s insights into the merits of many other SP products.
Conversations in Nutrition will give you insightful understanding into the work of Dr. Royal Lee that you won’t find anywhere else. It is, quite simply, a must-have reference for patient and practitioner alike.