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Dr. Bertrand P. Allinson M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
IVU Executive Committee 1958-63

from a lecture on the vegetarian movement, presented in 1955:

. . . the London Vegetarian Society has had the outstanding services as President, from 1922 to the present time. of Dr. Bertrand P. Allinson, a son of Dr. T. R. Allinson, one of the earliest members of the L.V.S., known everywhere for his courageous and successful advocacy of vegetarianism. Dr. Bertrand is not one whit behind his father as a well-known medical man-fearless in his advocacy of natural methods of healing. For a medical practitioner to take a prominent part in the practice and advocacy of unorthodox methods of treatment calls for courage, and testifies to the strength of his convictions. The devoted services of so many gifted and generous men have played a great part in gaining the favourable opinion of the general public and advancing the Progress of the vegetarian movement.

from footnotes to Julia Twiggs thesis:

Vegetarian Messenger, March 1915, p73; Vegetarian Messenger, April 1915, p85; Vegetarian News , July 1921, p98, Bertrand Allinson (son of T.R.) on what was available to him in the forces;Vegetarian Messenger, Jan 1917, p3, for refusal to give special rations; and Vegetarian Messenger, Feb 1917, p35, for the need for supplements.

Marwick, p196. Allinson commented on the irony as he saw it of the troops being 'treated' to white bread, Vegetarian News, July 1921, p99.

Nature-cure doctors like Bertrand Allinson (Vegetarian News, Nov 1924, p263) had earlier criticised the national diet, especially that of the working class

6th World Vegetarian Congress 1926, London, England

The BANQUET on Wednesday evening was well attended: In addition to the delegates, the guests included . . . Dr. Bertrand P. Allinson, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., and Mrs. Allinson,

Dr. BERTRAND P. ALLINSON, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (President, London Vegetarian Society), who addressed the Congress on "Diet and the Cure of Disease," said that whatever form of treatment they might be considering, they must never lose sight of the guiding and dominating factor in the processes of cure. That factor was the healing power of Nature, and no treatment could be of the slightest avail without it. The most successful treatment was that which encouraged and seconded Nature's own attempts to heal. So far as diet was concerned, it was of the utmost importance that it should not obstruct cure, that it should not depress vitality, that it should not increa~ the morbid substances producing disease symp-toms and that it should not feed the disease rather than the patient or throw unnecessary strain upon the very organs requiring to be rested. By injudicious feeding with substances such as wine, beef tea, malt, meat juices, custards, jellies, soups, eggs beaten up with milk or alcohol, and so forth, millions of people had been hurried prematurely into their graves. He implored the friends of the sick not to let their affection take the form of beef-tea or of custards! Rather should they bring the fruits of the earth that were ever a pleasure to look upon, and whose juices were wholesome alike to the sick and to the well. In cases of acute disease, the short fast of from three to six days was the ideal treat-ment; for chronic disease, the long and modified fast was more successful. There was also a large group of diseases where fasting was unnecessary, hut where strict dieting must be enforced. They must never lose sight of the fact that persons varied enormously in their reaction to different foods. That ''one man's meat is another man's poison" was certainly true, even under ''nature cure" con-ditions. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people were accus-tomed to feed in a manner which was thoroughly unnatural, and therefore unscientific. While other natural methods should not be neglected, it would be true to say that of all the various aids to the cure of disease, correct dieting was by far the most important.

from text and footnotes to Julia Twiggs thesis:

Bertrand Allinson continued the earlier criticisms of surgery in particular, attacking the profession's penchant for unnecessary operations that, despite their dramatic quality, yielded, he believed, little benefit to the patient.

Treatment was provided by nature-cure doctors - the best known of whom were Dr Bertrand Allinson, Major Austin and Dr Valentine Knaggs

T.R. Allinson and other late-nineteenth-century vegetarians had believed that meat, alcohol and tobacco were implicated, and his son Bertrand Allinson noted that cancer was rare among vegetarians and simple lifers, and saw it as a disease whose seeds were laid early in life. He recommended a raw food diet, if not always as a cure, at least as an ameliorative, and he believed that diet reform, particularly the use of brown bread, was central in prevention.

Vegetarian Messenger., Feb 1933, p65, BERTRAND ALLINSON:  d.1975, son of Dr T.R. Allinson; MD, University College Medical School; served in RAMC; one of the principal doctors of the Nature Cure Clinic; prominent in vegetarian circles; President of LVS; Vice President of NAVS.

See Vegetarian Messenger, March 1927, p62; Vegetarian News, June 1931, p177 Bertrand Allinson; Health and Efficiency, May 1927, p217, June 1927, p274; Vegetarian Messenger, Feb 1924, p30, Dr Milton Powell; Dr Valentine Knaggs, The Microbe as Friend and Foe, 1923.

The older model in terms of nature also continues, see for example, Vegetarian Messenger, Feb 1933, p65, Dr Bertrand Allinson.

Health and Efficiency had started in 1902 as a physical culture magazine under the title Vim: an illustrated monthly devoted to promoting Health and Vigour in Body and Mind, but by the twenties it had broadened its interests to include a range of social and health issue. . . . It was not until the early thirties that it becomes more narrowly a naturist magazine and female nudes come to predominate. Vegetarian writers like Eustace Miles, B. Allinson, Milton Powell, Edgar Saxon feature regularly.

11th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1947, Stonehouse, England

London Receptions
The International Vegetarian Union Congress ended happily with a reception at the Attic Club, where delegates from abroad met and were entertained to tea by the Committee and officers of the London Vegetarian Society. In the absence abroad of Dr. Bertrand Allinson, the Executive Chairman, Mr. Sydney Hurren, welcomed the visitors,

13th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1953, Sigtuna, Sweden

Officers of the International Vegetarian Union - elected at Sigtuna . . .
Vice-Presidents, . . . Dr. B.P. Allinson, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.,

The Vegetarian World Forum - No. 2 Vol. XI - SUMMER 1957 pp.42-49:


Undoubtedly it was the traditional wisdom of the East which first inspired vegetarianism in Britain, for western religions do not, as a rule, enjoin abstinence from flesh as a means to health and holiness. It is, therefore most fitting that we Westerners should send our greetings and express our gratitude to our like-thinking comrades in India. We are told that in India, there has been a tendency to break away from traditional ways of living and to adopt the Westerners' unprincipled feeding habits. We sincerely hope that by means of the International Vegetarian Congress this tendency will be reversed and that this gathering of so many eminent people of other lands will carry weight and lead the renegades back into the paths of righteousness and bring to our way of thinking and living those who have not yet seen the light.

(President, The London Vegetarian Society)

on 9 May 1958, International Vegetarian Union, MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESENT: Dr B.P.Allinson (Vice President),

It was agreed that Dr.Allinson and Dr D.Latto (Vice Preidents) be coopted to the Committee so that if a quorum cannot meet on the Continent any vital and urgent work heading a legal decision may be implemented. (It was made clear that British Officials had no desire to be in greater force than other nations but that provision must be made for a working Committee to ensure continuity in any emergency.)

The Vegetarian World Forum - No. 2 Vol. XII - JULY 1958

Executive Commitee, Dr. B. P. Allinson, London, W.1.
Vice Presidents, Dr. B. P. Allinson, London, W.1.

EVERY year in the first week of May The Vegetarian Society holds a series of meetings in a different town. . . . A panel of four distinguished vegetarian doctors were the team of a lively Brains Trust at the Brighton Royal Pavilion - Dr. B. P. Allinson, Dr. Douglas Latto, Dr. James Horsley and Dr. Alan Stoddard, with Mr. W. A. Sibly, M.A., J.P., as Question-master.

16th World Vegetarian Congress 1960, Hannover and Hamburg, Germany

Minutes of the Business Meetings :
Vice Presidents (re-elected):- Dr B P Allinson (UK)
Executive Committee: Dr B P Allinson (UK),

17th World Vegetarian Congress 1963, Barcelona, Spain

Vice Presidents: (re-elected): Dr B P Allinson (UK)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The following were re-elected:- Dr B P Allinson . . .

18th World Vegetarian Congress 1965, Swanwick, England

Minutes of the Business Meetings :
Vice Presidents: Dr B P Allinson (GB),
Committee: Dr J Horsley in place of Mr Allinson who was reported as wishing to resign all Committee Offices

From The British Vegetarian, Sep/Oct 1967:


Nearly 200 members and supporters of the Research Centre attended the Seventh Annual General Meeting . . .

Mr W. S. James was re-elected Chairman, and Dr. B. P. Allinson Vice Chairman. Both were thanked for their many years of work on the Centre. . . .

Dr. Allinson, in thanking Dr. Latto for his stimulating address, congratulated the Research Centre on the work being accomplished on a shoestring budget. He emphasised that for the work to progress much more money would be needed in the future. He urged members who cannot make a substantial donation now to remember the Centre in their wills.

Dr. Gordon Latto declared the Garden Party open. The stalls represented Allinsons Ltd., . . .

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