His Simple Proven Treatment

Getting on the internet is like ducking into the supermarket with the intention of simply buying the milk then getting on with your life, but always ending up in a random aisle with a trolley full of nonsense. Today I wandered from a Times article about the passing of Nicholas Hughes to an archived review of his mother Sylvia Plath's new book The Bell Jar, from January 1963.

On the same page was this review of an amazing new diet book! For what would January be without an Amazing New Diet Book, even way back in 1963?

Strong Medicine book review

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14 thoughts on “His Simple Proven Treatment

  1. Wow, I did a little hunting, “Strong Medicine” was basically the Inuit version of the modern-day Atkins. Of course my need to research just proves your point about getting sucked into the internet!

    Thanks for an always, if not thought-provoking, then chuckle-provoking, post!

  2. Until I read the last comment, I suspected that the plan involved slowly nibbling on nothing but Dr. Donaldson’s book, a few pages at a time, until the weight had been lost. Although, I guess a book would be carbs so… maybe not.

    Thanks for the laugh!

  3. If you really want to get a sense of the diet-book trend, go to a used bookstore and find the diet section. Shelf after shelf of “Finally, a simple proven method” that will make all the rest of the books unnecessary, until the next one.

  4. Glad I am not the only one who ends up at the checkout with a heap of stuff I didn’t need. What I hate is how I always think I only need a basket and not a trolley and then just end up with a really heavy basket with shit falling out of it every two steps!!

  5. Isn’t it interesting to see that the same old lines about diet and the “be all and end all” solution that will cover anyone and everyone have been getting plugged since before many of us were born? Here I was thinking it was something that had only been happening since the late 80’s when I actually started to pay attention to it… LOL I think there is a message and a half there…!

  6. I think I may have cracked the supermarket problem – take the smallest trolley. Or a basket. I have to get the shopping home on a bike, so restraint is vital!

    Obesity and allergy? Hmmm. Was there supposed to be a connection? (I share part of my name with the doctor, but as far as I know he’s no relation.)

  7. Love that type face! I too am curious about the docs connection between obesity and allergy. What’s up with that? Although my baby nephews’s head was the size of a beach ball until they figured out he was allergic to milk!

  8. obesity as a allergy? Well, there’s something I’ve never thought of. Maybe it isn’t simple sloth and gluttony. (she says with relief).

  9. Oh, God, how sad about Nicholas Hughes. I had a fascination with Sylvia Plath when I was in college (I went to Wellesley, she went to Smith — very similar women’s colleges, both in Massachusetts). I was a driven English major, as was she. I have been an avid consumer of stories about Ted Hughes. But I didn’t know anything about their children. How very sad.

  10. Isn’t it wonderful how he solved that whole diet thing and now we no longer have to worry about it? Amazing!

    P.S. I have been re-reading YOUR book and it’s just as good the second/third time around.

  11. Dude. That kind of stuff happens to me all the time. I’ll be looking at a certain website, then click a link, then click another link, and pretty soon I have no idea how I got there.