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Maurice B. Bonta, M.D.
JAMA. 1935;105(4):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760300060021.
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To the Editor: —  Anent the timely article of Alvarez and Hinshaw in The Journal of June 8 on "Foods That Commonly Disagree with People," may I be allowed to make a comment or two?I have observed in several of my patients and in my own self that many of the so-called offending foods turn on us, so to speak, because they are not eaten in a state of perfect freshness or after being naturally ripened. This is especially true of the vine-producing vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers and cantaloups.If such articles are served "fresh from the vine" and not from market shelves, where they may have reposed for hours and days, there will be noticed a total lack of digestive disturbance or at any rate a greatly reduced upset. Doubtless chemical changes take place in such products of the soil after they are separated from the


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