Posted by: Dahni | June 9, 2008

The Dead Don’t Lie

© 06/09/08

 by Dahni

   I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. This area was home to the major campus of the University of Missouri. My brother is two years older than me and as is often the case, the little brother follows his big brother around. In 1964 anyone could walk around the university. There were no armed security guards or very many locked doors. Many times my brother and I would walk around the campus, the campus centers and other areas. I remember this guy in a lab coat with a clipboard. He was asking people just one thing, “Do you take vitamins and minerals,” then he would record the answers. Neither my brother nor I ever met the man personally or participated in his survey. We did not know what vitamins and minerals were all about like most everyone else back then, so we just thought this guy was weird. Sometimes my best friend and I would walk around and see this same guy. His dad was a professor at the college in agriculture. Maybe he knew this guy? Well anyway, it was not until around many years later, did I discover who he was.

   In the sixties, one of the most popular shows on television was, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. The show featured Marlin Perkins, director of the St. Louis Zoo and his co-host, Jim Fowler, one of the world’s best known naturalists. Together, these two men and a film crew took viewers to the far corners of the world and studied wild animals in their natural habitats. The show pioneered the format now common to nature shows, which builds a suspenseful story around the very real challenges faced by the hosts and camera crews in the wild.

   Little did I know then that the same guy my brother and I, and my friend and I had seen in the University of Missouri, in the lab coat, would later be connected to Marlin Perkins! Well who is the person I keep referring too?

   He grew up on a beef farm outside of St. Louis, MO. They raised a lot of their own crops of corn, soy beans and hay to feed their livestock to cut expenses. Apparently, this food was not enough for their animals. He saw his father add vitamins and minerals to the feed. He asked his father why their family didn’t also take vitamins and minerals? In his own words, his father responded by saying, “Shut up, boy. You’ve got farm fresh food, fresh air, and lots of free exercise. Don’t ask complicated questions.” 

   In one sense, he followed in his father’s footsteps and went off to study agriculture in college. In another sense, he was, “glad to get rid of the farm exercise and go to Ag school at the Univ. of Missouri.”

   In 1962, he got his degree in agriculture with a major in animal husbandry and nutrition, and a minor in field crops and soils. Researching soil, he found that in 1936, U.S. Senate Document 264 lamented our food’s lack of mineral nutrient due to soil depletion. I wonder if this has changed, gotten better or worse.

   He still never got the answer to the question his father told him to shut about, but he never forgot it either. He went on to study veterinary medicine also, at the University of Missouri. Sometime during his freshman year he got his answer and this was time that my brother, my best friend and I saw him wearing a lab coat and with clipboard in hand asking, “Do you take vitamins and minerals?”

   The reason all those vitamins and minerals and trace minerals were put into the animal feed, the bottom line, is because they didn’t have health insurance, major medical, hospitalization, Medicare, and Medicaid for the animals. Had this even been available and after factoring in health costs, maybe hamburger would cost $275 per pound. So the price of animal products, meat, dairy, poultry, eggs and vegetables could be kept low, simply by significantly reducing or eliminating plant/animal health care costs. This was done by preventing disease and even curing diseases with nutrition (vitamins and minerals).

   After becoming a veterinarian, he went to Africa and worked with Marlin Perkins for several years. Later Marlin Perkins received a 7.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health to study pollution and ecology and the environment. “Marlin sent me a telegram and invited me back to the States.”

   His job as the wildlife veterinarian on the project was to do autopsies of animals that died of natural causes in the big zoos around the United States. In the next 12 years, he reports to have done 17,500 autopsies on over 454 species of animals, plus 3,000 human beings for comparison. In all cases said to be death by natural causes, every animal and every human being died due a nutritional deficiency!!!!

   With enthusiasm he continued to do research and even appeared on 20/20 with Hugh Downs and with Geraldo Rivera, and was written about in over 1,700 newspapers around the world, but with all this exposure, no one in the government, the medical, research or scientific communities seemed interested in curing disease through nutrition. Again he changed careers after getting his degree and licensing as a naturopathic physician in 1982. From this point, he practiced as a naturopathic physician, and later got into multi-level marketing, actively promoting plant-derived minerals. In 1997 he formed his own company, which is still in operation today.

   Somewhere around 1996, an audio tape was made from one of his live lectures and a book bearing the same title, was published in 1997. It was around 1998 that I first heard of him, but by this time, his work had sold over 46 million copies worldwide and his health lecture may have become the most popular in history. At least 40 nutritional companies have used this same tape to market their own products. Who is this man, this man my brother, my best friend and I had seen in the lab coat in 1964, walking around with a clipboard and asking, “Do you take vitamins and minerals?”

   The Title “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” was created by Dr. Joel Wallach after years of research on the subject of health and longevity. Dr. Wallach discovered that the life span of the average doctor in America is several years shorter than that of the average couch potato. Dr. Wallach began collecting obituaries of doctors only to find that many were dying of simple nutritional deficiencies. If doctors really knew the truth about health and longevity they should be living longer than anyone else, not dying sooner. This premature death pattern proves that doctors are missing some key elements when it comes to understanding what it takes to live a longer healthier life, hence was born the title… “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie”. Video and audio 1996  Book published 1997

   You or I may not believe in the products he sells and promotes or the methods used. Many may question his facts and dates, but his initial question and conclusion is now proving itself to be accurate.  The science, medical and research industries have only recently begun to understand the importance of nutrition, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and their role in health and length of life. For this, Dr. Wallach deserves credit for his findings of the 60’s. Consider the question he once asked, “Do you take vitamins and minerals?” The Dead Don’t Lie!


Just Imagine,



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  2. nice story, success for you….

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