Ralston Health Club Membership Handbook by Edmund Shaftesbury (1895)


The Ralston Health Club was a wellness and lifestyle movement founded by Sylvester Graham in the 19th century. Graham was a Presbyterian minister and a dietary reformer who advocated for a simple, natural lifestyle, including dietary changes. The movement promoted a vegetarian diet, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, and other healthful practices.

Sylvester Graham's emphasis on whole grains and a plant-based diet influenced the development of Graham flour, which is a coarsely ground wheat flour. The Graham cracker, initially created for its health benefits, also became associated with the movement.

Hardcover in good condition. No dust jacket if there was one. Cover and spine are solid but show some shelf wear, but the binding has failed. Interior pages have some light penciling from previous owner.

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