The suggested optimal daily nutritional allowances
developed by Alex Schauss, Ph.D., provide a far better guideline to optimal health.
Schauss developed his recommendations primarily from the extensive work of Emanuel
Cheraskin and W. M. Ringsdorf Jr. of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Over a
15-year study, these two pioneering nutrition researchers conducted comprehensive health
evaluations (health status questionnaires, physical exams, laboratory measures, and
cardiac function and blood sugar regulation tests) and collected nutrient intake data on
13,500 male and female adults living in six regions of the United States. The data from
their $2 million study were recorded in 49,000 bound pages in 153 volumes and have
resulted in the publication of over 100 research articles. Using all this data, Cheraskin
and Ringsdorf correlated the intake of specific nutrients with health status and tried to
find a truly ideal level of intake for each nutrient. Interestingly, more was not always
better. Joseph Pizzorno has provided nutritional recommendations based on the work by
Schauss and from 500 other references.
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