Archives: Kellogg Legacy

Archives: Kellogg Legacy

From the Archives: A Kellogg Legacy

Among the nearly 30,000 items in the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan Clements Library are dozens of books, pamphlets, recipes, and guides by and about John Harvey Kellogg, his wife, Ella, and his brother W.K., founder of the Kellogg Company. Both brothers opposed smoking and drinking alcohol and favored a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in salt and fat.

Much of their advice “is what we teach in public health today,” says Anita Sandretto, former head of the SPH Human Nutrition Program. And some of their advice, she adds, “is off the wall.”

Witness the photograph, at bottom left in the collage above, of a “liver douche”—part of the health regimen at John Harvey’s sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. The brothers’ legacy endures not only at the Clements but at SPH, where over the years efforts to promote health and prevent disease have received much generous support from the Kellogg Foundation.