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Edward C. Rosenow, MD, (1875-1966), was the former head of Experimental Bacteriology at the Mayo Foundation. He is known for his prodigious body of work spanning more than 50 years and including exploring the relevance of vaccinations during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. His work included normal realms of bacteriology into the study of the role of microbes in pneumonia and streptococci. Later, he expanded his studies into the areas of encephalitis, Parkinsonian encephalitis, respiratory arrhythmia, torticollis, early-onset dementia, schizophrenia, epilepsy, poliomyelitis, neuralgia, and multiple sclerosis.
One of Dr. Rosenow’s greatest contributions was his conclusion that the germ theory is incorrect and misleading. His studies led him to believe that the killing of germs by use of drugs and other means is useless, unless accompanied by a restoration of a properly functioning metabolism and the good habits and diet that maintain a healthy body inhospitable to disease-related germs.
Dr. Rosenow’s work was further studied by other outstanding people in the fields of nutrition and hygiene such as Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Royal Lee, Dr. William Albrecht, and many others.