James Caleb Jackson was born in Manlius, New York to James and Mary Ann. He attended Chittenango Polytechnic Institute working as a farmer until 1838. He lectured for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society where he became the society’ secretary in 1840. Having bad health all of his life he tried taking a water cure in Cuba, New York.
From that time forward he was an advocate for hydropathy. He trained to be a physician opening a hydropathic institute in Cortland County, New York in 1847. Along with water cures he believed that diet was fundamental in improving health. It must have worked for he died in 1895, he was 84.
What you may not know about James is that he was a strict vegetarian, promoting a vegetarian diet with emphasis on fruits, vegetable and unprocessed grain. To that end he developed the first breakfast cereal and named it Granula. Interesting don’t you think? No, I did not spell it wrong, it was called Granula.
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