Sharon Kleyne Remembers When Health & Research Pioneers Found Cures For Sickness

Water Life Science® Researcher Sharon Kleyne Says We Need More Researchers Like Chick & Phelps. Sharon Kleyne Wonders Where Are the Cures for the 200-Plus Diseases That Plague People on Earth.

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® likes to remind people that there was a time—until about 135 years ago—when health professionals were committed to finding cures for the illnesses and diseases that afflicted humankind. “Unfortunately,” said Kleyne, “money for such research dried up and the emphasis shifted to finding treatments that mask symptoms.”

As Kleyne continues her advocacy for a renewal of the ‘find a cure’ spirit in health care, she paused recently to honor two water pioneers, Henrietta Chick and Earle Bernard Phelps.

Henrietta Chick (1875-1977) was a celebrated British scientist and nutritionist who with Charles James Martin determined that the process of protein denaturation was distinct from protein flocculation. Their work launched what we now consider as the modern understanding of protein folding, which in turn led to Chick’s Law in 1908. This Law gave the relationship between the kill efficiency of organisms and contact time with a disinfectant. The Law, later modified by Dr. H. Watson became known as the Chick-Watson Equation, which is still used today. Chick served as secretary of the League of Nations health section committee on the physiological bases of nutrition from 1934 to 1937 and in ’41 became a founding member of the Nutrition Society. In 1915, Chick worked at Lister Institute in Elstree, testing and bottling tetanus antitoxin for the army. Later in 1922 at Lister Institute and the Medical Research Institute, Chick collaborated with Dr. Elsie Dalyell to study the relation of nutrition to bone disease. This work led to their discovery that there was a nutritional factor causing rickets. They proved that fat-soluble vitamins in cod liver oil or exposure to ultraviolet light could cure and prevent rickets in children. Chick remained at Lister Institute for over fifty years. Among additional achievements, she isolated vitamin C in a variety of fruits and vegetables. The anniversary of Chick’s death was just observed on July 9th.

Earle B. Phelps was born on July 10th, 1876 and died in 1953. Phelps was a chemist, sanitary expert and bacteriologist well known for contributions in sewage disinfection, water chlorination, shellfish control, sewage treatment and milk pasteurization. Phelps also described what is known as the “oxygen sag curve” in surface water bodies. In a long government and academic career, Phelps was instrumental in discovering a cure for Typhoid Fever in Trenton, New Jersey. As an assistant hydrographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, Phelps worked on the purification of industrial wastes and investigated stream pollution. Phelps also enjoyed a long career as a consultant on sanitary issues. He helped many cities resolve their issues with water treatment and sewage disposal. Phelps also designed and supervised the construction of many sewage purification plants including those at New York, Tarrytown, Rahway, New Jersey and Torono, Canada, among many others. Phelps was also a legendary teacher at MIT, Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

“Pioneers in water research and medical cures like Henrietta Chick and Earle B. Phelps,” said Kleyne, “remind us where our priorities ought to lie and how they should line up. We need to get back in the business of curing illness,” Kleyne concluded, “ not just masking symptoms with more and more drugs.”


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