When the Reverend Sylvester Graham spoke, many women fainted.
They heard him preach about the evils of wearing a corset. He also spoke a lot about the dreaded effects of alcohol and red meat. The Reverend Sylvester was one of the founders of the American Vegetarian Society in 1850.
The journalists of the day ridiculed him, but he gained many followers.
His main concern was lust. He believed that masturbation was very bad and led to insanity, insanity, insanity, insanity. His way to purity was abstaining from alcohol and eating his horribly bland diet.
The Reverend was also one of the first of many who scorned white bread. The Industrial Revolution brought additives to bread which made it white and commercially appealing. People who ate the dark wheat bread were considered “rubes.” Yet, Reverend Sylvester, maybe wiser than many thought, insisted that these additives were unhealthy and led to lust, leading to masturbation, leading to insanity, insanity, insanity, insanity.
Because of this bland diet, many of Reverend Sylvester Graham’s followers were grateful that he started his own bread company. The one product they consumed in mega-quantities is still on the market today. Too bad he died before he knew how popular his cracker would become.
If you enjoy his “Graham Crackers” maybe this has helped you control your lustful life.