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Research on the current plague of heart disease and cancer has focused on dietary fats. Modern diet gurus assert that the American diet has become "richer" during the middle decades of the 20th century. ". . . we have gradually increased our intake of butter, milk, other dairy products and eggs. The proportion of calories - from fats has increased from a national figure of 30 percent in 1910 to over 40 percent [in 1966]..." writes Jeremiah Stamler, M.D., in a little volume called Your Heart Has Nine Lives.