Who was Dr. Jean Seignalet?
Dr. Seignalet qualified as a doctor of medicine at the Montpelier faculty of medicine. He then became what the French call an “enseignant-chercheur” or what we would call a university professor. There are two type of enseignant-chercheur, Professeur des Universités or Maître de Conférence. Both types must, by law, teach 128 hours a year. The Professeur teaches Doctoral students only and is usually in charge of a regional centre of research. A Maitre de Conférence teaches students at all levels, including undergraduates. Both types are expected to conduct applied or fundamental research in addition to their teaching duties. They are entirely free to choose what kind of research they want to pursue and how to pursue it. The notices of vacant positions, exam timetables, remuneration and duties are set at the national, ministerial level, under French law and when a post becomes vacant it is filled by “concours” or competitive exam. The examining committee is made up of other “enseignant-chercheurs” in the specific academic speciality from all over France. There is usually a large number of applicants for every post so to become an enseignant-chercheur carries a great deal of prestige.
Dr. Seignalet carried out research in several different medical fields and became one of the early pioneers and experts in Human Leukocyte Antigens which were first discovered by a French Professeur. Dr. Seignalet set up the Histocompatability Laboratory of Montpelier which specialised in matching organ donors and recipients for compatability based on their HLA profiles. The laboratory did diagnostic tests of patients from all over France for various types of disease, also based on HLA profiles. Dr. Seignalet published over 200 research papers in various
journals, many of them English language journals and all of them with peer review committees. Despite Dr. Seignalet’s record of preeminence as a medical researcher, none of the journals which had accepted his papers on HLA’s and other subjects would accept his papers on his work on nutrition and the University authorities ignored and marginalised his
work on this subject so he wrote his 700 page treatise to make sure his ideas were disseminated to doctors and scientists and the general public.
It’s interesting to note that two other francophone doctors did pioneering work in the used of nutrition to treat disease: Paul Carton (1847-1947)
and the Russian born, Swiss French Catherine Kousmine (1904-1992). Dr. Seignalet acknowledged his debt to Kousmine in particular.
Diseases successfully treated by Dr. Seignalet with the diet :
Acute anterior uvetitis
Addison’s Disease (autoimmune)
Arteritis of the lower limbs
Basedow’s(aka Grave’s) disease
Chronic atrophic polychondritis
Coeliac disease (resistant to gluten free diet type)
Diabetes mellitus type 2
Endogenous nervous depression
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Inflammation of fascia (Shulman’s Syndrome)
Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Lithiasis (Inflammation caused by kidney stones)
Myelosuppression (Bone marrow disease)
Myocardial infarction (Heart attack – prevented)
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Recurring ENT infections
Systemic lupus erythematosus