I met Paul Bragg as a child and was introduced by my father at "Foods For Life" an organic food store (sort of like a Whole Foods of today) in Glendale, California. It was the late 1950s and I think my father might have met him as early as the late 1930s or 1940s sometime likely before he met and married my mother in 1946. I still use Bragg's Soya Bullion I think it might still be called:What I mainly use it for today is to make Lemon and oil Salad Dressing with Fresh lemons, organic Olive Oil and I use this stuff instead of salt in the dressing and that's all usually on a romaine lettuce, tomato with grated cheese on top as a salad. I really like lemon a lot. My father and mother told me when I was 2 in Seattle I wanted a lemon and so they gave me one and I ate the whole thing peel and all and didn't bat an eye. I likely needed the Vitamin C and my body knew it even then because we are more instinctual at that age often than later. It was always cold and rainy or snowy then in Seattle 6 months or more a year.
Paul Bragg was one of Jack La Lane's foremost teachers and likely was instrumental in inspiring jack to go on TV, start gymnasiums for people lifting weights exercising and jogging here in the U.S. My father inspired people like this too on a more personal level as he met people in his life. He put the Mining company owner, Burt Reynolds on a 30 day watermelon fast and by doing this he avoided a heart bypass operation. You can also clean your arteries and veins with Brown rice but it takes 6 months and most people cannot just eat organic brown rice and that's all for 6 months.
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|Born||February 6, 1895
|Died||December 7, 1976 (aged 81)
Miami Beach, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Neva Parnin (m. 1915; div. 1928)
Betty Brownlee (m. 1931; div. 1932)
|Relatives||Patricia Bragg (daughter-in-law)|
BiographyBorn as Paul Chappuis Bragg, Bragg claimed he was born in 1881 in Fairfax County, Virginia, but genealogical research indicates he was born on February 6, 1895 in Batesville, Indiana, where his father was Editor/Publisher/printer of the "Batesville Democratic Herald" newspaper.
Bragg grew up in Washington, D.C. with his parents, Robert Elton Bragg (1866-1944), who had procured a U.S. Civil Service position there ("Batesville Tribune" newspaper, November 28, 1895), and Caroline (Chappuis) Bragg (1859-1934). He had two brothers, James Elton Bragg and John Harrison Bragg. His father was employed by the U.S. Printing Office. ("Robert E. Bragg, 77, retired government printer,...died Monday at his home....Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tyler Bragg, Miami, three sons, James of New York, Paul and John, both of Burbank, Calif.;...." Robert E. Bragg obituary, Miami Herald, February 15, 1944). However, in the 1972 Edition of the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar System booklet, at page 12, and in later editions, Bragg claimed both that his father was "a splendid farmer" and that "I am the oldest of 16 children".
Although there is currently no evidence of the existence of a sister he named "Louise" that he claimed to have tutored to good health in his "Miracle of Fasting" publications, Paul Bragg and his two brothers did have a half brother named "Rufus Albert Chappuis" (1880-1948), presumably due to an earlier marriage of their mother, Caroline. (Caroline J. Bragg obituary, Los Angeles Times, 13 January 1934, page 6; Rufus Chappius obituary; Lancaster-Eagle Gazette, Lancaster, Ohio, 2 September, 1948).
At some point, Bragg enlisted with the Washington D.C. National Guard for "three Years", as is shown on his 1917 Draft Registration, which he filed with the Indianapolis, Indiana draft board that year.
Although Paul Bragg had claimed participation in both the 1908 (London) and 1912 (Stockholm) Olympics as a member of the U.S. Wrestling Team, the "Encyclopedia of American Wrestling" (Pub. 1988, Mike Chapman, author) does not show any such person as a member in either year.
In 1915 Bragg married Neva Cecelia Parnin (1897-1988) at the Chapel of St. Barnabas in New York City. They moved to Indianapolis, where Bragg became an agent with The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Several years later, Bragg returned to the East Coast and was employed by various YMCAs & school districts in physical or athletic director capacities, his last known position before moving to California being football coach for the 1920 season at Connersville High School, Connersville, Pennsylvania. ("New Physical Instructor, Paul Bragg, Will Be Coach Of C.H.S. Eleven", The Connersville Daily Courier, July 31, 1920).
In 1921 Bragg and his family, now also including two young daughters, Neva Pauline/Polly and Lorraine Agnes Bragg (both born in Washington, D.C. on 10/14/1917 & 10/3/1919, respectively), came to California, where Paul was again employed by the YMCA (Los Angeles Times, 9/28/1921). Son, Robert Elton, was born in Los Angeles County on March 25, 1922. It is unknown how long Bragg stayed with the Los Angeles "Y", but in 1922 he was in charge of the Physical Education Department at San Luis Obispo [CA] High School (SLO Daily Telegraph, September 15, 1922), and in 1924 he was a physical education teacher at Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, California.("Calling All Grads of Class of 1924", Van Nuys Valley News, March 31, 1974.)
Circa 1926, Paul Bragg apparently left paid employment and became an entrepreneur in the health field, first by opening an establishment on N. 7th Street, Los Angeles, called "Health Center of Los Angeles" and then, in 1928, "Bragg Health Center" on South Hill Street, Los Angeles. Likely to publicize these businesses, he also wrote a weekly health column (in the early days they were "advertorials") in The Los Angeles Times from 1926 to 1928 which he sometimes called "Newslets" and other times "Health Notes". The health services that business endeavors offered are described in the advertorials and columns.
In 1930 Bragg was sued in Federal Court/San Francisco by St. Louis Estes, a Los Angeles-area raw food health lecturer/manufacturer [See Estes Wikipedia page], charging infringement of copyright in that "A 1929 publication of Bragg is a rearrangement of material in an earlier book on raw food written by Estes." ("Raw Food Advocate Sues On Copyright", San Francisco Chronicle October 24, 1930). The outcome of this lawsuit is unknown.
Lecturing1929 was the beginning of Paul Bragg's health lecture tours where he went to various American cities (for instance, San Antonio & Dallas, Texas in 1929; San Francisco & Oakland, California and Denver, Colorado in 1930), rented a facility, advertised heavily, then gave a series of lectures—usually over a period of five or six consecutive evenings. His lectures were free, but he did charge a fee for post-lecture private consultation. ($20 circa 1935—approximately $343 in 2015 dollars per CPI calculation—according to testimony in a Maryland court case against him).
1929 was also the copyright year of the first health book attributed to Bragg as author, "Cure Yourself". Since book stores or book departments in retail stores in that era were usually only accessible in the more highly populated areas, another purpose of Bragg's lecture tours was most likely to promote and sell his books.
DivorceDuring the Braggs' first decade in California, Paul & Neva Bragg divorced, and in the 1930 U.S. Census, Neva & her new husband, August Busch, were shown living with the three Bragg children in Los Angeles, California.
The Florida Marriage Index documents the marriage of "Paul C. Bragg" and "Betty Brownlee" (born Gertrude Elizabeth Brownlee 6 July 1902, Eau Claire, Wisconsin) on 17 Feb. 1930 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. On their Application for Marriage, Miss Brownlee gave her occupation as Advance Manager for the Bragg lectures, and Bragg stated his age as "49", his residence as "1109 N. Hudson, Hollywood, Cal.", & his birthplace as "Pinkle, Virginia" on the same form. However, the following year, Gertrude Elizabeth Bragg filed for divorce against Paul C. Bragg in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which Divorce Decree was granted in January 1932. There is currently no indication that Paul Bragg ever remarried.
There is no record of Paul Bragg being counted in the 1930 U.S. Census, although Burbank, California city directories of the time reflect his residence in that city from 1935 to 1954, and that his food manufacturing company, Live Food Products, Inc., was also located there during that period. Subsequently he relocated to Desert Hot Springs, California, and later in the 1960s, at least part-time, to Hawaii.
DeathBragg was reported to have died of a heart attack in the emergency room of South Shore Hospital in Miami, Florida on December 7, 1976.  The Miami Herald edition of December 10, 1976, reporting on his death there, stated that "Patricia Bragg said her father was injured by a wave in the surf six months ago and his health began to decline after the accident". However, the surfing accident story was never confirmed by any currently known independent sources, including the two then-existing Honolulu daily newspapers, at the time it allegedly happened. Bragg was cremated on December 10, 1976 by the Lithgow Funeral Center, Miami, Florida, per his Florida death certificate. On December 19, 1976, both Honolulu daily newspapers, The Advertiser and The Star-Bulletin, ran an identical photo/short text article on a memorial service held the previous day for Mr. Bragg, which ended with the following: "Participants brought flowers to scatter with Mr. Bragg's ashes in the Ft. DeRussey Beach waters off Waikiki."
EducationAlthough Bragg claimed advanced scientific degrees in newspaper and magazine interviews—including, but not limited to, his 1975 People article—it is unknown if these claims are accurate. The most recently released 1940 Federal Census (April 2012, accessible on-line), showing him living on National Avenue in Burbank, California, gives his age as "45" and the highest attained academic grade for him as "H1", which would be only one year of high school. On October 8, 1914, Washington, D.C.'s Evening Star newspaper reported that Paul C. Bragg was appointed to the student staff of The Balance Sheet, a newly planned newspaper of that city's "Business High School", as its "Athletic Editor". Currently, no books authored by Bragg refer to any specific educational accomplishments, but a 1977 publication he co-authored with Patricia Bragg, titled The Shocking Truth about Water, appends the titles of N.D. and Ph.D. behind his name, although in earlier booklets he published under only his name prior to his death, such as "Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar System" (Thirteenth Printing 1972) and "Building Powerful Nerve Force..." (Fifth Printing 1973), he uses the titles "N.D." and "Ph.T", not "Ph.D" as editions printed after his death indicate.
LegacyBragg advocated using deep breathing, water fasts, organic foods, drinking distilled water, juicing, exercise, listening to one's body, and many other techniques as methods of prolonging life span. Until he died at a believed age of 95, but a much more likely 81, Bragg stated that every human being could live to 120 by following his regimens.
Patricia Bragg, Bragg"s former daughter-in-law, according to official records, has since taken over Bragg's health empire, having previously married (and later divorced) Bragg's son, Robert Elton Bragg. She has stated that she was legally adopted by Paul.
Bragg was the inspiration and personal health and fitness adviser to top Olympic stars from three-time swimming gold medalist Murray Rose to four-time track gold medalist Betty Cuthbert of Australia, his relative Don Bragg (pole-vaulting gold medalist), and others. Jack LaLanne, the original "TV Fitness King", said that "Bragg saved my life at age 15 when I attended the Bragg Crusade in Oakland, California".
Bragg also wrote many successful books, such as The Miracle of Fasting and Live Food Cook Book and Menus (Hollywood, California: Live Food Products, Inc., 1930).
- Bragg Live Foods inc. website (http://bragg.com/about/paul.html)