The ecological interdependence of diet and disease in tribal societies

M. J. Murray, A. B. Murray, N. J. Murray

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Abstract

Observations among nomads suggest there is a strong ecological interdependence of diet and disease in tribal societies which favors survival of man. This relationship may be disrupted by changes in diet to conform to the highly productive technology of the West. Such changes may result in intensification of indigenous disease and in the transfer of disease characteristics of Western societies. To prevent these consequences, relief feeding and long-term attempts to upgrade nutrition should be carried out with traditional foods wherever possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-306
Number of pages12
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Volume53
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1980

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