I recently finished an interesting novel, “The Road to Wellville,” by T. Coraghessan Boyle. It’s a quirky little book about Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the rich and ailing flocked to the Battle Creek Sanitarium — also known as “The San” — for daily enemas and all sorts of therapies. Patients maintained a meatless diet, with no coffee or tea. Coffee was said to cause liver disease and diabetes, and tea, mental illness.
Dr. Kellogg, father to 40-some foster or adopted children, also thought sex — even with one’s spouse — was harmful and should be avoided.
As a happily married coffee addict who likes a good hamburger now and then, I don’t think I would have enjoyed “The San” one bit.
The book was pretty good, however, and I recommend it.