Crafter's performance. I have a copy of the tract, and have read it many times, but Mr. Crafters elegant diction and pleasant voice brought a depth to it I had not found before. It is especially noticeable when Banting describes things that would be common in his era, but aren't generally known now: I would normally skim over descriptions of things like "Rusk" , but this reading made me curious enough to look it up. I only wish Banting had mentioned what was in his "morning elixir"!
Well done, Mr. Any additional comments? All in all, this is a moment in time, captured beautifully and fully. Things like this are too often lost I'm glad this one wasn't.
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One man's fight against obesity, told in such a way that I want to go try it right now. A good story read in a compelling voice. I will listen again. If you could sum up Letter on Corpulence in three words, what would they be? Eloquent Diet Record. What was one of the most memorable moments of Letter on Corpulence? The descriptions of Banting's diet and the surprising luxury of low-carb eating stands out equally with his frustration at being unable to find a working way to regain his health through weight loss.
From a foodie perspective, the observations of regular eating across time is enlightening as much as enticing, a reminder of the functional and enjoyable nature of low-carb eating. What does Adam B. Crafter reads the professional voice of the past in a way that casts all the more stark relief on the lack of eloquence in modern communication. If I were reading the antiquated diction on my own and not listening to Mr. Crafter's reading, I would have missed a lot of the humanity in the words just through lack of familiarity with the style. Crafter's reading enforces both the professionalism of the author and the humanity of his words, his struggle to find a solution to a lifelong problem.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? The work itself is a callback to communication before "and then I was like, and he was like -" storytelling.
The record of professional but personal communication takes the listener back in the ages, and made me think about the way I dictate my own stories, the way we all tell each other our own tales today. Banting wrote and distributed this letter, basically at cost, as a public service, because his health was so completely and easily transformed by the low carb diet, that he wanted to share his success with the many other sufferers of obesity.
As the first low carb testimonial, it speaks volumes, and because it is a personal story, Crafter's narration shines and brings it to life. Like many of us today, Banting tried other methods in vain. He tried numerous of the recommended cures of the day, but it was 30 years before he hit upon a low carb diet.
The chronicling of these attempts holds such familiar crushed hope, that it would be painful, if not for the happy eventual result. I particularly liked the insight, still little appreciated today, that healthful as intense physical exercise may be, it is not fat reducing in and of itself. All in all, a great pleasure to listen to, for content and performance. Love this charming first "diet book" to be published. It's chalked full of dietary wisdom ahead of its time. This is a lecture about obesity and the shamfulll way way to live.
This was the most hurtful way to act. My sight is restored—my hearing improved. My other bodily ailments are amehorated ; indeed, almost past into matter of his- tory. Most thankful to Almighty Providence for mercies received, and deteimmed to press the case into public notice as a token of gratitude.
I have the pleasine to afford, in conclusion, a satisfactory confirmation of my report, in stating that a corpulent friend of mine, who, hke myself, is possessed of a generally sound constitution, was labouring under frequent He is at present imder the same ordeal, and in eight weeks has profited even more largely than I did in that short period ; he has lost the palpitations, and is becoming, so to speak, a new made man—thankful to me for advising, and grateful to the eminent coun- sellor to whom I referred him—and he looks forward with good hope to a perfect cure. I am fully persuaded that hundreds, if not thousands, of our fellow men might profit equally by a similar course ; but, constitutions not being all alike, a different course of treat- ment may be advisable for the removal of so tormenting an afiliction.
To any such I am prepared to offer the further key of knowledge by naming the man. It might seem invidious to do so now, but I shall only be too happy, if apphed to by letter in good faith, or if any doubt should exist as to the correctness of tliis statement. James s Street, Piccadilly, Now of No. A, The Terrace, Kensington. Maij, 18G3. It has been suggested that I should have sold the Pamphlet, devoting any profit to Charity as more agreeable and useful ; and I had intended to adopt such a course, but on reflection feared my motives might be mistaken ; I, therefore, respectfully present this Hke the first Edition to the Public gratuitously, earnestly hopmg the subject may be taken up by medical men and thoroughly ventilated.
It has moreover attained a success, produced flattering compliments, and an amount of attention I could hardly have imagined possible. If so, it will inspirit me to ckculate further Editions, whilst a corpulent person exists, requniog, as I tliink, this system of diet, or so long as my motives cannot be mistaken, and are thankfully appreciated. My weight is reduced 46 lbs. On Vih. September, itwas , having lost 2 27th These important desiderata have been attained by the most easy and comforta,ble means, with but little medicine, and almost entii'ely by a system of diet, that formerly I should have thought dangerously generous.
I am told by all who know me that my personal appearance is greatly improved, and that I seem to bear the stamp of good health ; this may be a matter of opinion or friendly remark, but I can honestly assert that I feel restored in health, "bodily and mentally," appear to have more muscular power and vigour, eat and drink with a good appetite, and sleep well. All sjTuptoms of acidity, indigestion, and heartburn with which I was frequently tormented have vanished.
I have left off using boot hooks, and other such aids which were indisjoensable, but being now able to stoop with ease and freedom, are unnecessary. Since publisliing my Pamphlet, I have felt constrained to send a copy of it to my former medical advisers, and to ascertain their opinions on the subject. They did not dispute or ques- tion the propriety of the system, but cither dared not venture its practice upon a man of my age, or thought it too great a sacrifice of personal comfort to be generally advised or adopted, and I fancy none of them appeared to feel the fact of the misery of corpulence.
One eminent physician, as I before stated, assured me that increasing weight was a necessary result of advancing years ; another equally eminent to whom I had been directed by a very friendly third, who had most kindly but ineffectually failed in a remedy, added to my weight in a few weeks instead of abating the evil.
These facts lead me to believe the question is not sufficiently observed or even regarded. The great charm and comfort of the system is, that its effects are palpable within a week of trial, wliich creates a natural stunulus to persevere for a few weeks more, when the fact becomes established beyond question. The simple dietary evidently adds fuel to fire, whereas the superior and. I am delighted to be able to assert that I have proved the great merit and advantage of the system by its result in several other cases, similar to my own, and have full confidence that within the next twelve months I shall know of many more cases restored from the disease of corpulence, for I have received the kindest possible letters from many afflicted strangers and friends, as well as similar personal observations from others whom I have conversed with, and assurances from most of them tliat they will kindly mform me the result for my own private satisfaction.
I I 33 advantages detailed in the PampKlet, though I recommend all to act adHLsedly, in case their constitutions should differ. I am, however, so perfectly satisfied of the great unerring benefits of this system of diet, that I shall spare no trouble to circulate my humble experience. The amount and character of my correspondence on the subject has been strange and sing-ular, but most satisfactory to my mind and feehngs. I am now in that happy comfortable state that I should not hesitate to indulge in any fancy in regard to diet, but if I did so should watch the consequences, and not continue any course which might add to weight or bulk and consequent discomfort.
Is not the system suggestive to artists and men of sedentary employment who cannot spare time for exercise, consequently become corpu- lent, and clog the little muscular action with a superabundance of fat, thus easily avoided? Pure genuine biead may be the staff of life as it is termed.
BANTING, William (1797–1878)
It is so, particularly in youth, but I feel certain it is more vvdiolesome ir. My impression is, that any starchy or saccharine matter tends to the disease of corpulence hi It is very satisfactory to me to be able to state, that I remained at the same standard of bulk and weight for several weeks after the 26th August, when I attained the happy natural medium, since which time I have varied in weight from two to three pounds, more or less. I have seldom taken the morning draught since that time, and have frequently indulged my fancy, experimentally, in using milk, sugar, butter, and potatoes—indeed, I may say all the forbidden articles except heer, in moderation, with impunity, but always as an exception, not as a rule.
This deviation, however, convinces me that I hold the power of maintaining the happy medium in my own hands. A kind friend has lately furnished me with a tabular statement in regard to weight as pro- portioned to stature, which, under present cir- o 2 Eort of probable rule, yet only as an average,— some in health weighing more by many pounds than others.
It must not be looked upon as infaUible, but only as a sort of general reason- able guide to Nature's great and mighty work. I am certainly more sensitive to cold since I have lost the superabundant fat, but this is remediable by another garment, far more agreeable and satisfactory. Many of my friends have said, " Oh 1 you have done well so far, but take care you don't go too far. The remedy may be as old as the hills, as I have since been told, but its application is of very recent date ; and it astonishes me that such a light should have remained so long unnoticed and hidden, as not to afford a glimmer to my anxious mind in a search for it during the last twenty years, even in direc- tions where it might have been expected to be known.
Little do the faculty imagine the misery and bitterness to life through the parasite of corpulence or obesity.
I can now confidently say that quantity of diet may be safely left to the natural appetite ; and that it is the quality only, wliich is essential I stated the quantities of my own dietary, because it was part of a truthful report, but some correspon- dents have doubted whether it should be more or less in their own cases, a doubt which would be better solved by their own appetite, or medical adviser. This, however, is a poor excuse for self indulgence in improper food, or for not consulting medical authority. The approach of corpulence is so gradual that, until it is far advanced, persons rarely become objects of attention.
Many may have even congratulated themselves on their comely appearance, and have not sought advice or a remedy for what they did not consider an evil, for an evil I can say most truly it is, when in much excess, to which pomt it must, in my opinion arrive, unless obviated by proper means. Many have wished to know as future readers may the nature of the morning draught, or where it could be obtained, but believing it would have been highly imprudent on my part to have presumed that what was proper for my Some, I believe, would TTlIingly submit to even a violent remedy, so that an immediate benefit could be produced ; this is not the object of the treatment, as it cannot but be dangerous, in my humble opinion, to reduce a disease of this nature suddenly ; they are probably then too prone to despair of success, and consider it as unalterably connected with their constitution.
Many under this feeling doubtless return to their former habits, encouraged so to act by the ill-judged advice of friends who, I am persuaded from the correspondence I have had on this most interestmg subject become unthinking accomplices in the destruction of those whom they regard and esteem. The question of four meals a-day, and the night cap, has been abundantly and amusingly criticized.
I ought perhaps to have stated as an excuse for such liberality of diet, that I breakfast between eight and nine o'clock, dine between one and two, take my slight tea meai My object in naming it at all was, that, as a part of a whole system, it should be known, and to show it is not forbidden to those who are advised that they need such a luxury ; nor was it injurious in my case. It was not. It has also been remarked that such a dietary as mine was too good and expensive for a poor man, and that I had wholly lost sight of that class ; but a very poor corpulent man is not so frequently m.
I have a very strong feeling. My impression from the experiments I have tried on myself of late is, that saccharine matter is the great moving cause of fatty corpulence. I know that it produces in my individual case increased weight and a large amount of flatulence, and believe, that not only sugar, but all elements tending to create saccharine matter in the process of digestion, should be avoided.
I apprehend it wlU be found in bread, butter, milk, beer, Port wine, and Champagne ; I have not found starchy matter so troublesome as the saccharine, which, I think, largely increases acidity as well as fat, but, with ordinary care and observation, people will soon find what food rests easiest in the stomach, and avoid that which does not, during the probationary trial of the proposed dietary.
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