Helmut Anemüller

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Helmut Anemüller (* 1920 ; † November 5, 2000 ) was a German doctor , nutritionist , author and lecturer who developed a form of nutrition named after him. In doing so, he drew on the work of Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner (1867-1939) and Werner Kollath (1892-1970).

He divided his nutritional therapy into three areas:

1.Special nutritional therapy regimina:

  • total fasting (zero diet)
  • modified carbohydrate-supplemented juice fasting according to Buchinger / Lützner
  • modified carbohydrate-supplemented fruit fast
  • modified protein-substituted whey fast
  • strict vegetable raw food according to Bircher-Benner
  • expanded vegetable raw food
  • Whole grain diet
  • Whole fruit and vegetable rice diet
  • gastrointestinal rehabilitation diet according to Franz Xaver Mayr
  • gastrointestinal rehabilitation diet according to Kousa
  • Dry day-drinking day alternating diet according to Johann Schroth

2. Whole-food order food

  • normal basic diet
  • Energy-reduced basic diet variant for overweight
  • Carbohydrate-based basic diet variant for diabetes
  • Low-purine basic diet variant for gout
  • Low-sodium basic diet variant for hypertension
  • fat-modified basic diet variant for hypercholesterolemia
  • Basic gastroenterological diet variant for stomach, intestinal and liver diseases

3. Special diets

  • gluten-free diet for celiac disease and adult sprue
  • special diet for Crohn's disease
  • protein-, electrolyte- and fluid-defined diet for chronic kidney diseases
  • extremely low protein and protein-selective diet for chronic kidney failure
  • Low-protein diet for advanced liver cirrhosis
  • Diet for colostomy or ileostomy
  • Diet for total gastric resection

(From: Anemueller H .: Nutrition Therapy. In: Schimmel K.-C. (Ed.): Textbook of Naturopathic Treatment, Hippokrates Verlag, Stuttgart, 2nd edition, Volume I, 232-263, 1990.)

In the 1950s, Anemüller was a co-founder of the Reformhaus-Fachakademie, Oberursel and a member of the board of the Central Association of Doctors for Naturopathic Treatment (ZÄN).


  • The diabetic and his dietary treatment, Deutscher Reform Verlag 1960
  • Health through sensible nutrition and diet, Paracelsus Verlag, 1961
  • Liver diseases and their dietary treatment according to the principles of naturopathy, Pallas Verlag 1961
  • Stomach and intestines, Deutscher Reform-Verlag 1961
  • Information and dietary advice on diseases of the liver and gall bladder, Deutscher Reform-Verlag 1962
  • Nutrition and Diet in Old Age, Deutscher Reform Verlag 1962
  • The correct slimming diet, Heyne Verlag 1971
  • The basic diet system. A Guide to Nutritional Therapy, 1983
  • Eat yourself healthy. Efficient and active through eating with understanding, Graefe and Unzer Verlag 1983
  • Werner Kollath. Its significance for nutritional therapy today, Haug Verlag 1987
  • Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy. Complete basic diet with instructions, Hippokrates Verlag 1998
  • Food science and food quality in nutritional advice, Hippokrates Verlag 1993
  • The whey drinking cure. Diet plans and recipes, Haedecke Verlag 1993
  • Live healthy, but how? Instructions for a health-conscious lifestyle, Trias Verlag 1989
  • Whole food nutrition, but correct, Trias Verlag 1991
  • Eat Right, DTV 1994

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