The Basis for the Genetotrophic Concept
Roger J. Williams (1893 – 1988) was an American professor of chemistry, which named folic acid and discovered pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). He was founder and director of the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas which, under his directorship, was responsible for more vitamin related discoveries than any other laboratory in the world. Dr. Williams was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and President of the American Chemical Society.
Roger J. Williams also developed the concept of genetotrophic disease. According to him, the following thesis formed the basis of this new approach to nutrition:
“the nutritional microenvironment of our body cells is crucially important to our health, and deficiencies in this enviromnent consititute a major cause of disease.”
In 1956 Dr. Williams published the groundbreaking work Biochemical Individuality, which is only now coming to be accepted and understood by the medical community. Until now, generalized dietary recommendations like the RDAs were the norm. This timeless classic links our biological diversity with individual nutritional needs and shows you how to determine and meet those needs for optimal well-being.
This version of Biochemical Individuality was reprinted in 1989 by Keats Publishing, New Canaan, Connecticut. The book has a new introduction by Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D.
Roger J. Williams: Pioneer in Biochemistry, Nutrition, Biochemical Individuality, and Public Education. Biochemical Institute, The University of Texas, Austin (website)