This Spring edition of our newsletter brings cheer with news that will gladden hearts and minds. We are delighted to discover that our news is being relayed by so many publications, some of them major. We ask publishers please to support our highly important work by mentioning the McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health as the channel or source. We have more than one stunning report of news from research groups and individuals {}

In nearly 40 years of its existence the Society has had amongst its members strongly innovative, creative & individual thinkers in medicine and science, such as T L Cleave, Dennis Burkett, Hugh Sinclair, David Morley our current President, and Mary Langman who’s recent death we sadly announce on later pages. Mary was a colossus in the Organic Wholefood Health movement, being not only a tireless member of the McCarrison Society, but also a founder member of the Soil Association. Her name will be associated with other great pathfinders in nutritional science. An old friend of Lady Eve Balfour, she and Lillian Schofield for many years were the power behind the Society. She will be very much missed.

Bearing the above in mind, it should therefore come as little surprise to members to hear that we have more than one stunning report of news from research groups and individuals, currently being supported by tens if not hundreds of individual researchers, groups and universities worldwide. The sum of this work suggests that by steerage of our environment, ecology and food chain we are now able to guide the human race into positive channels to maintain and expand evolutionary health, when before - sadly for most of the last century - so many examples of degenerative or non-adaptive evolution became apparent in their different guises, then collectively referred to as the 'degenerative diseases' or 'diseases of civilization': now termed 'non-communicable' disease, meaning non-infectious.  

That the above is not more poetry than science is borne out by recent studies from the South East Public Health Observatory on men under 65 which reported a reduction in CHD to 43.5 per 100,000 between 1991 & 1999, with a strong link to socio-economic status. This suggests that the ABC1 groups read the intelligent papers and adjust their lifestyles. The above group from the Chilterns, Bucks, Horsham and the Wealden area of East Sussex compare favourably to the worst areas of England, namely Manchester, where the corresponding figures were 105 per 100,000: the youngest victim being 26 years old (Celia Hall, Daily Telegraph, 1.12.03).

The abstract by Yiqun Wang, published recently in the Journal of Biochemistry & Physiology (see below) describing their group’s research in China could explain not only the mystery of the Mediterranean diet’s success; but also point to the key of many of the ‘non-communicable diseases’ cancer, heart disease and mental illness amongst them. This new work is of ground-breaking significance.

In another dimension-expanding article, Simon House describes the effects of early emotional & nutritional environments on the brain of the developing fetus, infant and adolescent, and on the resultant behaviour, and how outcomes can be positively influenced. This will be welcomed by many whose interests embrace sociology, psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry and the emotional environment of the developing child.

We were delighted to welcome David Thomas who gave the Cleave Lecture this year at our Conference at the Institute of Physics: his paper “A study on the mineral depletion of the foods available to us nationally over the period 1940 to 1991” was published in Nutrition & Health (Vol 17, issue 2). A report of the conference appears below.

This fascinating paper has already caused interest amongst government, agricultural, horticultural & medical circles. Minerals we know are essential for many of the thousands of biochemical (especially enzymic) reactions constantly occurring in our bodies. The tastelessness of many inorganic foods these days bears witness to low soil fertility and paucity of soil minerals, all of which supports David’s thesis. Minerals, including trace minerals, are particularly important for the synthesis of the essential lipids; protection of our genes and cell membranes from peroxidation; energy metabolism – all of which connects us with Simon House’s illuminating article below suggesting some of the untold benefits to be gained from nourishing brains: a state of the art description of the knowledge we now have in the fields of pre and peri-natal nutrition, which it is our great privilege to share.

We are currently working on a McCarrison Society e-mail group. We will be looking for a volunteer to assist running it. Our thanks go to Dr Ben Balzer, GP, from Beverly Hills, Sydney for assisting us. Anyone interested can find out more at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/McCarrison/ and click "Sign in to