What Must I Do to Get Well? by Elma Stuart

What Must I Do to Get Well by Elma Stuart

This is a book about Dr. James Henry Salisbury’s Beef and Hot Water Diet Therapy for healing. It was observed to help everything from diabetes to epilepsy to rheumatism to gout to migraines to insomnia to asthma to cancer. This is the 25th edition of the book and was published in 1898. The first edition was published in the mid-1880s and each edition was larger and more comprehensive than the last. This is the most complete edition that I have found. It may have been the final edition.

The author was bedridden for 9 years with what today would be labeled Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She went to 43 doctors in an effort to regain her health. None of their recommendations worked. She learned about Dr. Salisbury’s diet through an ad in her local newspaper and ordered his book The Relation of Alimentation and Disease.

A good neighbor helped her to do the diet by purchasing, grinding, and cooking all of her meals every day for 7 months until she was strong enough to do it for herself. All of the meat was purchased daily (from animals slaughtered that morning) and ground fresh just prior to cooking. Interestingly, this would have prevented any significant formation of histamines in the meat. Elma says it took her about a year on Dr. Salisbury’s diet to regain her health. At the time of publication, Elma had eaten beef and hot water exclusively for 11 years.

The main difference between Dr. Salisbury’s diet and what the Zero Carb community recommends is that it prescribes lean beef, rather than fatty beef.  Elma says that she has witnessed hundreds, if not thousands, of people recover from very serious illnesses using Dr. Salisbury’s diet. The book is fascinating and has many funny passages.

To read the free PDF version of her book, please click on the link below:

What Must I Do to Get Well? And How Can I Keep So? by Elma Stuart


On a side note, those of you who like nineteenth century English literature will enjoy discovering that Elma Stuart was very good friends with the well-known feminist and philosophical novelist George Eliot (a.k.a. Maryann Evans). They wrote many letters back and forth over an 8 year period, from 1872 to 1880.

To read the free PDF version of the exant letters, please click on the link below:

Letters from George Eliot to Elma Stuart



7 thoughts on “What Must I Do to Get Well? by Elma Stuart

  1. Pingback: Lamb is My New Best Friend | Eat Meat. Drink Water.

    • Click on the book title in the article, Shirley. That is the PDF link to his book. It is not very exciting read, but if you are extremely science oriented you may ge something out of it. Elma’s book is much more interesting.


  2. Hi Esme,I’m familiar with all your posts,books,resouces,guest..I have trouble with fatty cuts,loose stools,everytime,3 yrs,carnivore. So after reading and YouTube and free consults,they said leaner cuts are fine,enuf fat.i eat tenderloin filet,ny strip,some meatballs,wild sardines, salmon in water,some cheese,eggs,a little unsalted butter,No salt,supplements, electrolytes.When do uou think Esme.i haven’t gotten your reply .thank you


    • Hi David, everyone is different, experimenting is good, you need to figure out what works best for you. The most common cause of diarrhea is not too much fat, but too much rendered, liquid fat, or very well cooked fat. I personally do best with meat and fat that is completely raw. I only eat fatty beef. I only eat once a day. You might consider trying this if your current experiment doesn’t improve your situation.


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