Who knew that cornflakes could be so fascinating?!? The name Kellogg is today remembered primarily in regards to breakfast cereals, but what some people may not know is that there’s a whole intriguing story behind Dr. John Kellogg, inventor of the cornflake among many other things, and the health spa he headed in Battle Creek, Michigan back in the 19th century. Kellogg, a Seventh-Day Adventist, was an early proponent of vegetarianism, light therapy, and physical exercise (among other, stranger things, like sexual abstinence and yogurt enemas) as a way to wellness. He was also remarkably prescient in his early development of nut butters, meat subsitutes, soy milk, granola, and other health foods that modern people take for granted. Unfortunately, he was also REALLY into eugenics, so can’t win ’em all. Join Tom and Jenny as they travel the Road to Wellville on this healthy history of Dr. Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium on a delicious and nutritious episode 287.
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