Deficiency Disease is a condition produced by dietary or metabolic deficiency. The term includes all diseases caused by an insufficient supply of essential nutrients, i.e., protein (or amino acids), vitamins, and minerals. It also includes an inadequacy of calories.
Deficiency diseases occur as a result of poor nutrition or lack of food intake. When the body does not get the nutrients that it needs, disease will occur.
"Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?"
Hemochromatosis also known as HHC is a genetic disorder of metabolism. People who are suffering from hemochromatosis absorb large quantity of iron leading to toxic levels.
Throughout mankind’s history vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been two of the primary causes of disease in both man and animal. Deficiency diseases were documented as early as 1500 B.C. in the Ebers papyrus and in early Roman and Greek writings.
In the early days of world exploration by European nations, when long periods were spent at sea, deficiency diseases ravaged many seafaring crews.
Much of the world’s mass food producing soils, have long been depleted of the necessary nutrients required to life a long, healthy, and disease free life, making it necessary to augment our diets with those missing nutrients.
As bio-chemical creatures, we are quite literally “what we consume” and if the foods consumed don’t contain the minerals and vitamins we require, we will sooner or later, have to deal with the consequences of malnutrition.
The sad reality is that human medicine has for the most part focused on treating symptoms of disease rather than on the prevention of deficiency disease.
This section provides information on the topic of nutritional disorders, and covers: malnutrition; vitamin deficiency, dependency, and toxicity; mineral deficiency.
We have divided this section depending on the improtant nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Click on the specific nutrient on the left hand side menu to know more information on the deficiency diseases casused by the lack of specific nutrient.
Iron Deficiency and Overload Disorders