McCarrison Society

Health Through Nutrition, A Birthright


The McCarrison Society was founded in 1966 by a group of doctors and dentists who were united in their belief, based on science, that whole fresh food is vital for good health, and that Western food, with its degradation of quality though; depletion of soils, plant breeding for every trait except nutrient value, and industrialisation of livestock production without consideration of the nutritional consequencies, excessive processing, imbalances, heavily refined products including of fats and sugars, deficiencies, chemical additives and contaminants, are in synergy are major factors in Western disease.

A more detailed history of the Society is set out in the appendix of Dr Walter Yellowlees book “Doctor in the Wilderness“, described on the page dedicated to him as a medical visionary.

The Society is named after Sir Robert McCarrison, one of the great nutritional scientists of the twentieth century who identified good food as vital for personal and public health. The President of the McCarrison Society is Professor Michael Crawford; and its committee and membership in Britain and throughout the world has over the years has included many leaders in the biological sciences.

The Society had for very many years its own longstanding peer reviewed journal Nutrition and Health (link), published by A B Academic Publications, which was  taken over by  Sage. Sage have subsequently unilaterally taken over the title, which we claim we still own, albeit to date have not had the resources to take action over the matter.

The Mineral Depletion  Of Foods Available To Us As A Nation (1940–2002) –A Review of the 6th Edition of McCance and Widdowson – by David Thomas  (Link to paper)

which has been very widely cited.

The Society has been a partner in numerous conferences over the years (Link).

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