Living Health

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The Diamonds claim that the reason their ideas are not accepted by the accredited health community (doctors, dieticians, and others) is that the information is too new and is, as a result, controversial. The Diamonds espouse Natural Hygiene, a 150-year-old health science which the established medical community has disparaged since the early 1900’s. Because dieticians are, according to Harvey Diamond, trying to get Natural Hygiene outlawed in this country, he retaliates by attacking dieticians at every possible turn with remarks such as “They dieticians can’t stand common sense.” Before long, his petulant comments become a source of annoyance to the reader.

LIVING HEALTH emphasizes the importance of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, water, rest, loving relationships, and a decrease in animal and dairy products in the diet. These needs are recognized by many health experts. The reasons behind the Diamonds’ assertions, however, are new and take the form of claims such as that dairy products cause osteoporosis and milk pasteurization is a fraud. Many of the ideas in the book are clearly questionable. All too often, unfortunately, the authors are so busy pointing out the failures of the “accepted” point of view that they fail to list the problems associated with their Natural Hygiene point of view. They footnote medical journals to support their arguments but do not mention medical studies refuting their claims. The reader must be aware of this bias and proceed cautiously.

The latter part of the book contains “The Living Health Cookbook,” a collection of menu plans to cover a fourteen-day period, including recipes that emphasize fruits, vegetables, and food-combining. Some of the recipes are duplicates of those appearing in FIT FOR LIFE, some are similar with only minor variations and a different name, and some are new.