Rice Diet Founder Dr. Walter Kempner

In 1934 as a doctor at Duke Hospital, Dr. Walter Kempner starting treating patients with malignant hypertension (very high blood pressure) and kidney disease with what he called “The Rice Diet” when there was no other treatment available anywhere. He gave it the name as patients usually ate a bowl of white rice at every meal. It became obvious to Dr. Kempner that the prevention and treatment of these diseases would be best treated with a no salt added diet. Dr. Kempner found out very early that the low fat content of the diet also enhanced weight loss. When Dr. Kempner tried to have patients maintain their weight by increasing portion size and adding sugars to foods, patients still lost weight. They just couldn’t eat enough calories with so little fat in the diet. The program has continued over the years with the same philosophy of a low-sodium, low-fat diet.

In the 1930′s and 40′s, people that were diagnosed with illnesses such as high blood pressure and kidney disease were offered no hope for long-term survival. These diseases were considered lethal. Dr. Kempner experimented with animal tissue for many years and began to treat human patients in 1939. He began to see unprecedented results starting with a woman who reversed her kidney disease in a few months time and another who was comatose with malignant hypertension who regained alertness. There were no other drugs or treatments available other than this diet.
Dr. Kempner went on to research and publish revolutionary results on the Rice Diet’s dramatic beneficial effect not only on kidney disease and hypertension, but on cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and diabetes. He retired in 1992 in his 90th year (as Dr. Kempner would say) and he passed away in 1997. The Rice Diet has continued to produce these significant improvements and outstanding medical results for these diseases along with other disorders of lifestyle origin such as sleep apnea, psoriasis, pulmonary hypertension, edema and joint stiffness associated with arthritis.
Here are some of Dr. Kempner’s articles from his bulletins and other journals:
• Treatment of Heart and Kidney Disease and of Hypertensive and Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease with The Rice Diet (1949)
• Kempner’s Research on Diseases of Blood Vessels, Kidneys, and Heart (1950)
• Treatment of Heart Disease and Kidney Disease with the Rice Diet (April 1951)
• Clinical Notes and The Patient’s Viewpoint (April 1953)
• Progress Report (August 1954)
• Family History (August 1954)
• Analysis of 177 Cases of Hypertensive Vascular Disease (1955)
• The Changing Attitude Toward Vascular Disease (June 1955)
• Who Wants Salt? (June 1955)
• “A Girl with a New Lease on Life” (June 1955)
• Why Rice? (1956)
• How to Be Happy with Rice (August 1956)
• Effect of Rice Diet on Diabetes Mellitus Associated with Vascular Disease (1958)
• Nephritis. Nephrosis. (1958)
• Coronary Artery Disease (1960)
• Diabetes (1962)
• Proofs for Optimism (June 1972)
• Metabolic Diseases: Research, Diagnosis, Treatment (June 1972)
• The Deadly Role of Salt in Kidney Disease (June 1972)
• Obesity (June 1972)
• Sodium-Restricted Diet (June 1972)
• Walter Kempner: A Biographical Note (1974)
• The Rice Diet: Forty Years of Progress (October 1982)
• The Importance of Oxygen Concentration (October 1982)
• The Rice Diet and Arthritis (October 1982)
• “Out of A Clear Blue Sky…” (October 1982)
• Notes of Interest: Cirrhosis of the Liver (October 1982)
• Disappearance of Psoriatic Lesions on the Rice Diet (1986)
• The Sodium/Diabetes Connection (June 1993)
• What the Fireflies Taught Us More Than 50 Years Ago (June 1993)
>> Publications by Dr. Kempner: Additional Listings

One thought on “Rice Diet Founder Dr. Walter Kempner

  1. FANTASTIC list of links to kempner’s early work! Unfortunately the links don’t work. I would love to have access to this material. Is there any chance you could correct the problem? THANKS! (I’m sure others will be interested as well).


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