To forewarn, this post is quite long, but i suggest reading it in entirety. Most of your raw food questions will be answered, especially those on ailments.
In today’s world we are dealing with many diseases and epidemics that we never once had to deal with. We seem to be downgrading as a society, with cancer, diabetes, and heart “disease” running rapid. We need to find the source of these problems. All of these issues can be traced back to the same dysfunction: Diet. Diet causes these issues, and diet can cure it. A diet high in vitamins and enzymes, as the Raw Food Diet, will tend to these issues. A diet that consists mostly of raw foods allows an individual to not only obtain optimal health, but gives the body everything it needs to fight off the sickness and disease our society faces today.
Raw Foods, by definition, are foods that have not been heated or processed in any manner and consist solely of whole foods such as nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Temperatures of these foods should not exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and dehydration temperatures should be kept below 104. The point of this is to keep all enzymes and nutrients intact so your body may receive all they have to offer. By processing and cooking foods, many important enzymes are destroyed and nutrients deteriorate that your body needs to defend itself and keep itself in good health.
Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be thy food”. This is a statement that no one really lives by and many truly do not understand its meaning. Our food contains natural medicine, something we should all be consuming on a daily basis. When we are consuming our medicines, our bodies have what they need to heal what is wrong and fight off what is trying to take us down. For instance, wild lettuce (lettuce that has not been domesticated, you cannot find this in the grocery store) contains a milky white sap in the veins of the leaf that is considered a natural opiate. This sap does not actually contain any chemical compounds known as opiates, but it works in the body as one, activating the opiate receptors in your brain. Native Americans used the sap as pain relief. If we are consuming these foods, they will be present in our body and therefore we will be able to use them when our body needs it. By domesticating food, we have taken most of the wild and medicinal properties out of it. We have altered food in a manner so that it will produce different mutations of the same vegetables so we think we are eating a variety. When’s the last time you’ve seen wild cabbage? While we are consuming foods that have no natural medicines in them, we must rely on other properties that can aid in our healing; the natural living enzymes and nutrients found in the food now available.
“Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. No mineral, vitamin, or hormone can do any work without enzymes. Our bodies, all our organs, tissues, and cells are run by metabolic enzymes.” (Howell, 1985) There are three types of enzymes found; digestive, metabolic, and food. Digestive enzymes are present in your alimentary organs and help to digest your food when it enters your body. They consist of protease (protein enzyme) lipase (fat enzyme) and amylase (carbohydrate enzyme). The metabolic enzymes are found in all organs, cells, and tissues in our body and are a part of every function they utilize. Food enzymes help to digest the food when it is eaten, or decompose itself if not eaten. Food enzymes are only present in whole, raw foods, and are found within their proper portions. Over time, from food enzyme shortages from cooking our foods, disease and degeneration starts to occur. This happens because the digestive enzymes become deficient since they have no other enzymes helping them, and the body must pull from the metabolic enzymes in order for digestion to take place. It takes ten metabolic enzymes to create one digestive enzyme. (Wolfe, 2002) Years of robbing your organ’s and gland’s enzyme reserves rob you of your vitality and longevity. Many people may argue against this stating that they have been eating cooked food their whole life and their body seems to be adapting just fine. This is simply not true. The average lifespan we used to live was 100+ years, now we are dying much sooner at an “old” age of 65 or 70. People are dying of heart attacks in their 40’s and cancer is running rapid in higher numbers than ever. David Wolfe states in his book The Sunfood Diet Success System “Just because one can chew up something and swallow it and live to tell others about it, does not mean that person has adapted to it. White bread, for example, has only been around for the last 100 years. People eat white bread en masse and they are still alive. Does this mean humans have adapted to white bread? Cooked and processed foods have accumulative effect on the body. The enzyme potential decreases over time.” He uses the example of a field mouse. If you were to catch a mouse and put it in a cage and fed him a completely cooked food diet, sure he would live, but not to his fullest potential, or the length of life it should have. The mouse has not simultaneously adapted to a cooked food diet when no one in his history has ever consumed a cooked food diet. He will suffer the consequences. Dr. Howell, in his book Enzyme Nutrition goes on to explain “Humans eating enzyme-less diets use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential and lavish secretions of the pancreas and other digestive organs. The result is a shortened life span… illness, and lowered resistance to stress of all types, psychological and environmental.”
A living, high enzyme, raw food diet was consumed by humans for perhaps 3.2 million years. When a giant shift in our society occurred and we switched to farming and herding, our culture began to inherit a diet that consisted of animal product and grains. Until this time, we were never consuming animal flesh on a daily basis. According to leading medical anthropologists, before this time period we ate the diet of a chimpanzee, consisting of raw plant foods, and the occasional bite of meat here and there. (Cousens, 2008)
The three main types of people that turn to raw food for healing are those with diabetes, cancer, or are overweight.
Diabetes is a chronic, degenerative disease which is caused by insulin deficiencies. This is due to the body becoming incapable of producing normal insulin levels or becoming resistant to insulin. The cells of the individual’s body will resist insulin’s attempt at regulating blood sugar levels. (Trudeau, 2011) This is very dangerous, and is becoming more and more common among the American population. The traditional medical approach to “treating” (more like ‘covering up symptoms of’) diabetes is medication and dietary restrictions, especially foods high in sugar, even fruit. There are countless numbers of testimonials that can be found on the internet of individuals reversing their diabetes through a raw food diet. There seems to be this misconstrued obsession that diabetics need to fear fruits and carbohydrates and eat more meat and dairy products to gain more protein so that they can reduce insulin spiking. This is incredibly untrue. In Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ book, “There Is A Cure For Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21 Day Program” refers to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition where they state “Cheese and beef elevate insulin levels higher than ‘dreaded’ high carbohydrate foods like pasta.” and “A single burger’s worth of beef, or three slices of cheddar cheese, boost insulin levels more than almost two cups of cooked pasta.”
There are countless testimonials available on the internet where individuals state their success on treating and curing their diabetes with a raw food diet. When you begin to again consume the food we were meant to eat in their living unprocessed form, our bodies begin to repair themselves. When eating a plant based raw food diet, you are automatically consuming a lower calorie diet that is high in fiber and low in saturated fat. Fiber helps to regulate the release of glucose in the body which is crucial to diabetics, since their insulin is not able to react to the glucose and keep the levels normal. Sergie, a person who healed his diabetes with a raw food diet found that when he would eat fruit whole (not in a juice extraction) or blend it in a green smoothie, his blood sugar would barely raise, if at all. (“Healing testimonials”, 2011)
The enzymatic content in living foods also help the body with food breakdown as mentioned earlier, so the body no longer needs to steal the enzymes reserved in the pancreas. Insulin, being a hormone, needs metabolic enzymes for functioning, as does the pancreas. Ceasing the robbery of these enzymes will enable the pancreas to bring back its proper functioning and heal itself.
Another issue in our culture that tags right along with diabetes is the obesity epidemic. With so many people doing special things for “weight loss”, it being a multi-billion dollar industry, we seem to just be getting fatter. Everyone you meet is on a diet of some sort, whether it be counting calories are eating low fat foods, and the book stores have entire sections dedicated to weight loss. It doesn’t seem to be working, does it? It seems that people think there is this ultimate formula to weight loss, as if there is some secret that needs to be discovered. When you look back at our ancestors, they were not overweight. There is nothing here to be discovered. Obesity is on the rise not in the decline, despite the many new “revolutionary” dietary weight loss guides.
It has been found that the majority of overweight people have issues in producing digestive enzymes. (Trudeau, 2004) With low digestive enzymes your body is not able to use your food for fuel and it just gets stored in your body as fat. It is virtually impossible to become overweight on a raw foods diet. When you are NEVER consuming any food additives, your body can actually break down and process everything you’re putting in your body. Eating foods that we have been eating since the beginning of time are recognizable by our body and they can be processed and utilized. Consuming foods with preservatives and highly processed substances, like high fructose corn syrup, that is processed using mercury (yes, mercury), that has only been introduced to our bodies in the most recent years, simply just become stored in the body and begin to build up. The foreign substances we consume have no use in our body, yet sit there and do nothing, only hurting us and debilitating our bodies from performing as they should. As stated earlier, our bodies have three enzymes to attack proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. We don’t have Potassium-Bromate-ase or Aspertame-ase. (These two food additives are also known to produce cancer in animals.)
Consuming large amounts of fruits and vegetables not only provide us with an abundance of fiber which is essential for our intestinal health, but it provides us with amazingly high amounts of essential vitamins such as A, B, C, D2, E, and so on. Fruit such as watermelon contain high amounts of iron, and vitamin C, the ultimate immune booster and cure all can be found in incredibly high amounts Camu Camu Berry, Acerola Cherry, Rosehips, and Bell Peppers. Consuming beneficial fats found in raw nuts and seeds contain no saturated fats, but are high in essential fatty acids, Omegas 3,6, and 9. The raw food diet consists of no cholesterol consumption, and the calories consumed are actually usable for the body. Vegetation contains more bioavailable protein than animal products, as the body must turn everything into a liquid before it can be utilized. What do we need to turn our foods into a liquid? ENZYMES. What would require more enzymes to break down, raw kale, or cooked steak? Besides the higher nutrient content in the kale as well as the ease of digestion due to high enzymes, the protein is more digestible. Kale is a great protein source and is used by many raw body builders. (Wolfe, 2002) Many people do not look to vegetation for protein and are coaxed into believing that we need meat for protein. Gorillas, hippopotamus’, giraffes, cows, and zebras all get to be their incredible size and weight on raw vegetation. The cows we consume get their protein from grass.
When your body has what it needs vitamin and mineral wise, and is back to functioning appropriately, you will find that it will begin to heal itself. The body is supposed to completely replace itself every seven years, meaning total healing of all scars and damaged organs. When everything is running as it should, there is nothing blocking it from doing its job, and we are not robbing our enzyme reserves, our bodies will fully heal itself.
In 1904, 1 out of 24 Americans obtained cancer in their lifetime. Today, the cancer rate is 1 out of 2 men and 2 out of 3 women. (Kelley, 1998) This means that over half our population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. This is obviously an epidemic, and nobody is doing anything to look into prevention, rather they are dumping millions of dollars into pharmaceutical research on some kind of silver bullet that will “kill” cancer. Prevention makes no one money, and therefore is not looked into. There is a giant taboo on healing cancer naturally in our society, and there have been reports that people have been mandated to receive chemotherapy against their will. This is such a corrupt and political system, that Dr. Max Gerson, and his daughter Charlotte Gerson were forced to bring their holistic cancer healing center to Costa Rica, where they are allowed to freely execute their practices.
The Gerson Institute has healed many people of their cancers and various other ailments with the use of raw vegetable juices, lightly warmed vegetable broth soups, and whole raw foods. There are strict guides in the beginning of the treatment; with a diet that consists of mostly raw vegetable juices many times a day and coffee enemas.
To understand how this can possibly cure cancer we must first understand how cancer works. We all have cancer cells. In order for cancer to come up on a test, the cells must multiply to a certain level, when they begin to break down other cells and degrade them. Cancer loves acidic environments and feeds on sugar. The typical state of the average American: acidic. What do they mostly consume? Sugar. We put our bodies in the exact environment cancer needs to succeed.
Dr. Max Gerson found that potassium, a vitamin found in vegetation acts as an enzyme catalyst. He also found that pancreatic enzymes act in attacking tumor tissue. Since our pancreatic enzymes go towards digesting our foods, particularly the insanely large amount of protein we consume, it cannot properly attack foreign and unwanted tissue. Restoring the pancreas to full function, allowing its enzymes to do their jobs, will alone help in the cease of cancer.
When you are not consuming sugars of any kind, or eating foods that cause acidity or fermentation like dairy or meat, cancer cannot live. You are starving it. When pH levels are at 8.5+, cancer cells cannot live. (“Stop the cancer” 2011). Gerson therapy is built on this concept, and also provides the body with mass enzymes and absorbable nutrients through juices. When an individual consumes vegetation with no fibers attached, as an unpasteurized juice, the nutrients are immediately delivered into the body, within 10-15 seconds. With this rapid deliverance of essential nutrients and enzymes, the body is able to utilize and deliver everything the food has to offer. With this happening many, many times as day as in the Gerson therapy, it is no wonder that they have such glorious outcomes the past 65 years.
In Hunza, a small country found in Pakistan, where living to the age of 120 is normal, has yet to discover cancer, along with many other ailments the rest of the world deals with. People who visit the land find men 80 and 90 years old rebuilding roads and playing vigorous sports that “would even make hockey players shutter” (alk.com) What is their key to success other than vigorous exercise? The average Hunzan consumes a little more than 1900 calories a day, with only 50 grams of mostly plant based protein, 36 grams of fat (also plant based), and 364 grams of unrefined, unprocessed, complex carbohydrate. This is compared to the average American, who consumes 3,300 calories, with 100 grams of protein, 157 grams of fat, and 380 grams of carbohydrate. (USDA) Everything the Hunzan people consume is untouched and unsalted, and plants are left untouched by chemicals. (It is actually illegal to spray pesticides.) The Hunzan people live on an organic, raw food diet. (Kinderlehrer, 2011)
It is clear that there is enormous benefit to eating a raw food diet. It keeps excess weight away and is amazing for weight loss, it prevents and heals diabetes and cancer, and as we see in the Hunza people, it promotes longevity and well being. This is how we ate for millions of years. To just push these eating habits aside and go with what the mainstream is doing is literally killing us. We are dying younger and younger and developing chronic ailments at very young ages. We are seeing small diabetic children, along with those that are suffering with cancer. We need to start looking into prevention. We are obviously doing something very wrong in our society that disease is running so rampant. We make the choice everyday when we decide to eat. Am I going to eat something that benefits me, something I should be eating, or am I going to eat something that is going to kill me. The choice is ours.
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