I got inspired to write about all-raw diets again because I was contacted by a young woman who is having problems after following an all-raw vegan diet for quite some time. She's lost weight and is well under 100 pounds. But, she also complains bloating and digestive sensitivity with food intolerances and systemic Candida. All of that should not be happening to a 29 year old woman.
I am not one to jump on the Candida bandwagon, but there is definitely an element of truth to it. We are all in a constant struggle with yeast. Think of it like a military stalemate- like in Korea. We are most all definitely slightly infected with Candida. We live in a balanced state of push-pull with them. But, nutritional stress can upset the balance, and throw us into a vulnerable state.
What gives Candida the edge? Overly alkaline diets is one thing. Keep in mind that an alkaline diet is definitely a good thing. But if everything you eat is alkaline, you can become over-alkaline. You need acid-forming foods too, such as nuts and grains and beans.
Another thing is protein deficiency. When people try to live on fruits and vegetables and not much of anything else, they can be shortchanged in protein. And that can cause sub-optimal immunological function which can cause Candida to grow excessively.
I regard the raw-food-only movement as misguided. It's all based on an appeal to naturalism. After all, animals in the wild don't cook their food, right?
That's true, but there are lots of things that human beings do that wild animals do not. And on a larger scale of naturalism, modifying nature and our environment is what humans do and have always done. What is natural for us is unlike what is natural for ANY other species.
How long have humanoids been cooking? I say "humanoids" because if you bring it up to homo sapiens, which is our species, we have ALWAYS been cooking. Cooking predates the rise of homo sapiens by the better part of a million years- at least.
But, cooking may go much further back than that. Some paleontologists think that humanoids started cooking several million years ago. The longest estimate I have seen is 9 million years ago. Can you really describe something that our ancestors have been doing for 9 million years as unnatural?
In fact, some paleontologists think that cooking was instrumental in motoring human evolution, that we might not exist today in the way that we do if not for cooking. Cooking has the effect of vastly increasing the variety of food that can be accessed. It has the effect of increasing the digestibility of food, and that of course spurs growth. And cooking can also be said to concentrate the nutritional density of some foods. Does it destroy some nutrients? Yes, but it's not the absolute amount of nutrients that matter, but the amount that you digest and absorb. It's like the difference between the "gross" and the "net" in business. No matter how big the "gross" is, it's the "net" that matters. And that's why they call it the "bottom line." And, we all know what that means, in and out of business.
Now, don't get me wrong: I think that eating a generous amount of raw foods is VERY IMPORTANT. Every single day, I eat generously of raw fruits and raw salad vegetables, and I have raw nuts too. And sometimes I eat raw seeds, although not nearly as often as I eat raw nuts. But, once I've made a point to eat a generous quantity of those foods, I know that I have gotten all the benefits that raw foods have to offer. So from there, if I eat cooked vegetables, and some whole grains and legumes (cooked) I don't see it as a compromise. I see it as a complement.
I am convinced that for most people, including myself, a mixed diet, including raw and cooked foods is best. It's a much more proven diet than an all raw diet. Is it less natural? That is not a point I am willing to concede. I don't think we are doing anything unnatural when we bake a yam or steam some broccoli. I see it as bringing the most out of these wholesome natural foods.
I am going to try to help this young woman, but she is going to have to be willing to change course. That's because if she stays on the course she's on, I know I can't help her.
I want to thank my dear girlfriend Linda Hadley for showing me this article. I agree with it completely. Vaccines are a hoax. They started on the basis of pure superstition, and then, because enormous profits were looming from it, they morphed it into a "science".
We all know essentially how they are supposed to work: Weak antigens are introduced which cause an immunological response, provoking the buildup of antibodies so that when the real microbe comes along, the body will generate a powerful immune response.
Guess what? Most of the MDs who actually administer vaccines to people don't know much more about it than what I just said. They just know what the general idea is; that's all- even though they may spend their whole day injecting poisons into people on the basis of it.
Most of the diseases for which vaccines are given were waning before the vaccines were introduced. There is NO scientific evidence of disease prevention from vaccines. They have evidence of immunological responses to vaccines, yes. They can change antibody titers with it, yes. But, do they actually prevent disease? It has NEVER been demonstrated. Yet, there are many cases in which vaccines have been shown to cause disease and death.
Look at what has happened repeatedly with the so-called swine flu vaccines. Every time they wind up killing more people with the vaccine than the disease kills. Thank God Americans wised up in 2009 and most of them refused to take the swine flu vaccine that year.
Here's the article that Linda found. Please read it and pass it on. This nonsense has to stop. There are no conditions or circumstances that I would ever take any vaccine. If they tried to force me, I would fight, physically fight. And if the alternative was to leave this country, then I would leave, and good riddance. I'm telling you; we are living in an insane world.
Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center report a protective benefit for 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound metabolized from indole-3-carbinol which occurs in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, against damage caused by radiation. They are hopeful that this finding could lead to protective therapies for humans undergoing radiation therapy or otherwise exposed to radiation.
"DIM has been studied as a cancer prevention agent for years, but this is the first indication that DIM can also act as a radiation protector," stated coauthor Eliot Rosen, MD, PhD, of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The study involved rats treated with potentially lethal doses of gamma radiation. The animals were divided to receive injections of DIM following periods of up to 24 hours after irradiation. Control groups of rats received injections of an inert substance. "All of the untreated rats died, but well over half of the DIM-treated animals remained alive 30 days after the radiation exposure," reported Dr Rosen, who is a professor of oncology, biochemistry and cell & molecular biology at Georgetown University. "We also showed that DIM enhances the survival time of lethally irradiated mice."
In comparison with untreated animals, mice treated with DIM experienced less of a reduction in red and white blood cells and platelets that normally occurs as a result of radiation therapy. In their introduction to the article, the authors note that low concentrations of the compound have been shown to help protect the cells against oxidative stress.
"DIM could protect normal tissues in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancer, but could also protect individuals from the lethal consequences of a nuclear disaster," Dr Rosen observed.
What I am doing is eating broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables on a regular basis. I anticipate eating a lot of kale this winter because it is growing well and abundantly in my garden, and it is impervious to frost. So, I expect to be harvesting kale regularly from now until April, or at least March.
An article about all the woes about ObamaCare, inspired this comment by a reader:
"I don't mind going to the doctor at all; it's just that I don't need anything amputated, dissected, poisoned, irradiated, electrocuted, infected, or other such stuff."
And that just about says it all. I have gone my whole adult life without medical insurance, and I don't have any now. And it doesn't trouble me in the least.
Obviously, there is always the risk of trauma, and the most likely cause of that would be a traffic accident. But, what I do about that is carry very high medical coverage on my auto insurance. I think I have half a million dollars, including uninsured motorist. I suppose I could get hurt otherwise, but I don't ski or skateboard or rock climb or do anything dangerous. I don't go looking for trouble.
But, as far as disease goes, what does Medicine have to offer? Cardiology is a wasteland with practically nothing but detrimental to deadly interventions. If I had a cancer and it was highly localized, I might let them cut it out, but I would not do chemo or radiation. For diabetes, Medicine has only one useful drug: Metformin, which fortunately is generic and very cheap. Were I to become diabetic, I would order the Metformin myself online and manage it myself, and of course, diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements would be the mainstay of the treatment.
Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the three main degenerative diseases that people get, and I live my life assuming that I'm heading towards them, and therefore, I had better do all the preventive things I can on a daily basis.
Modern Medicine consists mostly of toxic interventions that alter symptoms and blood test results but make people sicker. That may sound like an extreme statement but it's true.
If you get arthritis, whether osteo or rheumatoid or other, are you going to take their drugs? You'll be a damn fool if you do.
If you start having trouble with your bowels, are you going to take their drugs? You think you're ever going to get to normal by doing that?
There are a few beneficial, even lifesaving things they do in Medicine. But percentage-wise, it's very small. Mostly, they just do mischief- with pharmaceuticals and other things.
Living without Medicine? I can tell you that it's a sweet life. And the sooner you wake up to the reality that Modern Medicine is mostly a menace, the better off you'll be.
You may have heard about this. He didn't die immediately. He died on the ground afterwards. Fortunately, the co-pilot was able to land the plane safely. But, they couldn't save him.
My understanding is that he was a very heavy man, like 300 pounds, which is most unusual among pilots from what I have seen.
But, here's what we should think about: He was a commercial pilot, so he was undergoing frequent health checks, including heart checks. I'm sure he had regular blood work and electrocardiogram. And he may have had other heart testing as well.
Apparently, he passed all of it, and they felt he was safe to fly. They were wrong.
What it means is that, despite all the advances, heart disease remains a “hidden disease” in many cases. It is still true that the first sign of having heart disease may be sudden death.
I believe that arteriosclerosis is a natural age-related pathology to which all humans are inclined. I'm saying that everybody gets it – to some extent.
But obviously, if you eat healthily and live healthily, and maintain your weight properly, and do not smoke, and do exercise, you are likely to get much less of it than otherwise.
And I also believe that genetics plays a large role because hundreds of millions of people live conventionally, yet some succumb early to heart disease while others live long in spite of having the same lifestyle and influences.
Obviously, you can't change your genetics, but you can change your diet and your lifestyle, and it's going to do a lot of good no matter what. But, the point I am trying to make is that people have got to stop thinking they are “OK” just because they don't have symptoms. The early stages of heart disease are truly invisible. There is no pain. There is no disability. There may even be excellent athletic performance as the arteries are slowly closing and plaque is building up.
So, don't be dismissive about this. Rather, you should assume that you are doomed to have heart disease to some degree, and you are going to do everything possible to minimize the extent of it.
That means eating an unrefined, plant-based diet, which means whole plant foods as the preponderance of what you eat. I don't say you have to be a strict vegetarian to avoid heart disease, but you damn sure ought to be a near- vegetarian. There is simply no good reason to eat vast amounts of animal food. Whatever animal food you eat should be a small part of your diet. Load up on fruits, vegetables, salad greens, beans, raw nuts, whole grains, and anything of animal nature that you eat should comprise only a small and restricted part of your diet.
Otherwise, exercise regularly- very important! Avoid poison habits. Secure sufficient rest and sleep. And consider taking heart-protective supplements such as high-dose Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, fish oil, turmeric, resveratrol, and more. The prevention of heart disease should be a daily preventative practice for all of us. The nightmare of what happened to that United pilot need never be anything that happens to us. If we're smart, we will tend to that very seriously every day.