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A woman eating only flour, fruit, and pasta comes down with diabetes and cancer and is helped by Dr Cantani with the all meat "rigourous cure"

Diabetes mellitus and its dietetic treatment

OBSERVATION X. - Madame M., from Malta, 52 years old. Living almost exclusively on flour, fruit and pasta, suffering for a long time from thirst and polyuria, she has become notably thinner over the past two years; nine months ago diabetes was recognized; the patient was subjected to my treatment, which was not sufficiently rigorously followed. I saw her in consultation with Professor Cesare Olivieri and Doctor JB Sammut, English doctor: we discovered in her a uterine epithelioma. The urine, analyzed by Primavera, gave: 4 liters per day, specific weight 1032, 400 gr. of sugar per day (May 8, 1871). Immediately subjected to the rigorous cure, from May 14 there was no more polyuria, nor thirst, and the urine, with a specific weight of 1026, contained only 25 gr. of sugar per day: on the 22nd, they no longer contained sugar, and weighed only 1026. The urine remained thus, even after the patient had returned to eating sweet fruits, and especially oranges, until the moment of her death, which occurred a long time later, from her uterine tumor.

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