The problems with soy:
Some of the earliest evidence that soy was a health risk rather than a health food began with an investigation of a dead parrot that was fed soy: http://www.mercola.com/2006/aug/10/more_evidence_soy_is_not_as_healthy_as_originally_believed.htm.
(Guardian, UK) Background article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,,1828158,00.html.
You've probably seen our postings about using artificial sweeteners as ant poison and insecticides (http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/aspartame_issues/index.html).
Now Dr. Mercola has some tips on using Splenda to kill mosquitos: http://www.mercola.com/2006/oct/12/finally-a-great-new-important-use-for-splenda.htm.
A handful of almonds, a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium, may enhance the feeling of fullness in people and aid weight management, suggests a new study.
Satiety has been called the 'Holy Grail of nutrition' and is seen as a key target in the battle against obesity, with figures from Europe showing that up to 27 percent of men, 38 percent of women, and 3m children are clinically obese in some parts of the bloc: http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/ng.asp?n=71527-almonds-satiety-obesity.
(ABC News) We all have spoken about how great it would be to have a flatter stomach. As a personal nutrition, exercise and lifestyle coach, my clients often tell me during their evaluation that getting a flat stomach is their motivation and main goal.
Three main ingredients go into getting a flat stomach.
In the kitchen we make raw pasta, sauce, and a veggie kraut in the kitchen, and show a short video of Dr. Ann doing the same.
In honor of Spring, Beth visits an organic farmer in Kentucky and gets some organic gardening and fertilizer tips.
Catch this one hour show online at http://grassyroots.com/index.php/this-weeks-show.html.
[click on the links for larger photos]
Sheryl from Natural Health, says
It is interesting that skim milk has been passed off as a health food for so long. Almost 100% of the population believes in skim and pasteurized products. It is such a shame.
Thanks for the feedback Sheryl....
World cancer experts have finally declared what NewsTarget readers learned nearly four years ago: That processed meats cause cancer, and anyone seeking to avoid cancer should avoid eating all processed meats for life.
Hundreds of cancer researchers took part in a five-year project spanning more than 7,000 clinical studies and designed to document the links between diet and cancer. Their conclusion, published in the World Cancer Research Fund's report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (2007), has rocked the health world with a declaration that all people should immediately stop buying and eating processed meat products and that all processed meat should be avoided for life!
Processed meats, the report explains, are simply too dangerous for human consumption. And why? Because they contain chemical additives that are known to greatly increase the risk of various cancers, including colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and many more. The report, published at this DietAndCancerReport.org website also recommends that consumers:
• Avoid all sugary soft drinks for life.
• Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
• Get lean and fit, without becoming underweight.
• Limit consumption of ALL meats (even fresh meat).
• Breastfeed all infants for their first six months, avoiding infant formula.
Sadly, the WCRF still does not recommend that consumers use nutritional supplements to help protect themselves from cancer, indicating that the group still has a lot to learn about the role of medicinal mushrooms, sea vegetables, microalgae, Chinese herbs, rainforest herbs and superfood extracts in preventing and reversing cancer. But at least the group's recommendation that consumers now avoid all processed meat products is a huge step in the right direction.
It is the first time that any internationally-recognized cancer organization has found the courage to make a partial proclaimation about the health hazards of the chemicals found in processed meat products. It's almost as big a deal as when the American Medical Association, after years of taking millions of dollars from tobacco companies, finally admitted that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. (A decade after the scientific evidence was irrefutable, of course, but then again, the AMA was making money off Big Tobacco by running tobacco ads in JAMA...)
Processed meat products include:
• Beef jerky
• Deli slices
• Hot dogs
• Sandwich meat (including those served at restaurants)
• Meat "gift" products like Christmas sausages
• Meat used in canned soups
• Meat used in frozen pizza
• Meat used in kid's lunch products
• Meat used in ravioli, spaghetti or Italian pasta products
... and many more meat products.
What are the dangerous chemicals in processed meats?
Sodium nitrite is one of the most dangerous chemicals added to processed meats. Please be aware:
• You MUST read the ingredients list to find the sodium nitrite! Meat product companies do not list this ingredient on the front of the package.
• Even ORGANIC meat products and NATURAL meat products can still contain sodium nitrite. So read the labels to be sure, and avoid buying any meat product made with sodium nitrite.
• Be especially careful of food for kids! Virtually all packaged food products containing meat and marketed to children contain sodium nitrite! (Read the ingredients to protect your children.)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a second dangerous chemical found in virtually all processed meat products. MSG is a dangerous excitotoxin linked to neurological disorders such as migraine headaches, Alzheimer's disease, loss of appetite control, obesity and many other serious health conditions. Manufacturers use MSG to add flavor to dead-tasting processed meat products.
Essentially, dead meat products look and taste dead (because they are), so meat companies use the following three ingredients to make them look fresh and taste interesting:
On top of these three chemical additives, processed meats also contain saturated animal fat that is often contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals, pesticide residues and other dangerous substances.
Read more at NewsTarget.com.
Just wanted to say thanks for putting out this email newsletter.
I appreciate it a lot and it encourages me in my daily struggle with food choices.
Fasting, practiced for thousands of years as a cure for a variety of diseases, is making a comeback slowly among the practitioners of modern medicine.
Buchinger, on Germany's Lake Constance and a handful of other clinics around the world are beginning to offer fasting as one of the physical therapies and medical tourists are flocking to take advantage, according to Newsweek.
The magazine said by fasting the doctors at Buchinger mean a "minimalist diet of 300 calories per day, veggie broths and juices for two weeks to several months, accompanied by blood tests, purges and other treatments."
Director Frantoise Wilhelmi di Toledo was quoted as saying many hard-to-treat conditions, from arthritis to allergies and various skin disorders, benefit from the metabolic switch that takes place when the body starts living off its own reserves: http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14316166.
STUDY CONFIRMS WEIGHT LOSS AND CANCER SURVIVAL BENEFITS OF PLANT-BASED DIET
Two news studies by PCRM experts confirm that a vegan diet is the best diet plan for long-term weight loss and can significantly increase chances of survival after prostate cancer diagnosis. The first study, published in the September issue of Obesity, showed that women who adopt a vegan diet, especially when they receive group support, lose weight and keep it off...
The second study, which appeared as the lead article in the September issue of Nutrition Reviews, showed that men with prostate cancer who increase consumption of vegetarian foods and avoid dairy products and meat may significantly increase their chances of survival...
Studies are finding that these chips are causing cancer in as many as 10% of the animals and people they're implanted into: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7570.cfm
[The Organic Comsumers Association has reported on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), a set of controversial, mandatory regulations the U.S. Federal Government claims to have abandoned to the states, but in fact is still pushing, specifically, in the 2007 Farm Bill.]
Cancer prevalence a call to change society and ourselves
by Greg Gillette
published November 1, 2007
Cancer strikes fear, dread, sadness and anger in our lives. Cancer is “the disease” of these modern times. How did cancer become such an epidemic and what can we do about it?
As I look upon our society as a whole, I see a society that is ill: overrun with materialism, competition, coldness, sadness and a sincere lack of community where we have a real sense of communion toward each other.
I peer through these observations with a heavy heart because I have experienced these feelings of life. Striving to see the positive, I know many folks are building community, peace and heartfelt feelings toward one another.
However, cancer is not going away anytime soon, and why is that? From the spiritual/emotional aspect, I sense that isolation and loneliness, coupled with the lack of real communication and the over- stimulation of our senses with materialism, is a core factor. People, on the whole, are rather lost and isolated in the true sense of human connection. Anxiety, separation and stress are prevalent in our communities, and these feelings weaken our physical, mental and spiritual forces.
Our society is cancerous and it is deeply affecting everyone.
Looking to the physical world, we have to take into account, the “toxic load” of this world in which we live. The water, air, commercial food and chemical products that are a part of our daily lives are a major part of this cancer epidemic.
What can be done?
Therapeutically, what can be done to decrease the risks of cancer and effectively nourish someone who has this disease, with a high possibility of transforming that person’s health so that the cancer is no more an issue and health and vitality are restored?
The total view of life must be taken into account. Aspects of nutrition, relationships, spirituality, emotions and vocation have to be brought into balance and harmony.
Nutritionally, I have found that a predominately raw foods diet, including raw meat, raw eggs and raw dairy, especially raw butter, gives the body the necessary nutrients to remove and dissolve toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells and to regenerate new cell growth that allows for rebuilding and revitalizing the affected areas of the body. Raw meat is the best source of food to generate new cellular growth, and raw fat is the best source of food to dissolve and remove toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells. Raw fresh vegetable juices will alkalize and oxygenate the body and aid the raw fat in dissolving toxins. This diet can take some time to get used to, but in my professional opinion, it is the best diet to heal from cancer and bring forth health and vitality. All foods should be free of chemicals, and the dairy, eggs and meat should be from pastured chickens, wild fish and cows that eat grass. Various herbs and supplements are also very important to facilitate healing and detoxification.
The rest of the story: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/OPINION03/71031052/1194 [We don’t agree with all that Greg says, like eating animal flesh and protein, but he’s on the right track when he talks about a raw foods diet – Editor.]
Using hair dye may increase the risk of a type of cancer known as lymphoma, a European study shows.
Dr. Silvia de Sanjose of the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona and colleagues published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers found an overall 19 percent increased risk of lymphoma
among people who reported coloring their hair. The increased risk was 26 percent among those who used hair dye 12 or more times a year. People who began coloring their hair before 1980 showed a 37 percent increased lymphoma risk, while those who had only dyed their hair before 1980, but not afterwards, showed a 62 percent increased risk.
Based on the findings, de Sanjose and her team calculate that roughly 10 percent of lymphomas in women could be due to the use of hair dye.
-American Journal of Epidemiology
European health ministers from 53 countries have approved the world's first charter to fight obesity, drafted by the World Health Organization.
The WHO charter aims to reverse the trend of increasing obesity by 2015. One of the charter's more controversial clauses is an obligation for legislation requiring private businesses to limit the marketing of fatty, sugary foods to children.
Obesity has tripled over the course of the last 20 years, and 10 percent of children and 20 percent of adults will be obese in Europe and Central Asia by 2010 if present trends continue: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061115/ts_nm/obesity_cost_dc and http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/16/world/main2188875.shtml.
According to a review of all studies done up until March 2006 investigating the relationship between tanning bed use and cancer, the use of sunbeds before age 35 can substantially increase the risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.
Men and women who had ever used sunbeds at any point in their lives were 15 percent more likely to develop melanoma. Exposure to tanning beds before age 35 increased melanoma risk by 75 percent.
There was also a link between tanning bed use and squamous cell carcinoma, a less-deadly type of skin cancer, but no link between tanning beds and basal cell carcinoma, another common skin cancer variety.
Great newsletter! Thanks for mentioning my diabetes research and potluck.
Your story is very inspiring. I wonder if you could share with me if you know of anyone who went to CHI who was a type 1 diabetic and was able to get completely off insulin?
Thanks so much,
New research here suggests that hormones produced during periods of stress may increase the growth rate of a particularly nasty kind of cancer.
The study showed that an increase in norepinephrine, a stress hormone, can stimulate tumor cells to produce two compounds. These compounds can break down the tissue around the tumor cells and allow the cells to more easily move into the bloodstream. From there, they can travel to another location in the body to form additional tumors, a process called metastasis: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061101151408.htm and http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/66/21/10357.
UK: Dark-coloured fruits and vegetables may help to protect against colon cancer, research has shown. Scientists found that the chemicals that give foods such as grapes, radishes, purple carrots and bilberries their colour significantly slow the growth of colon cancer cells.
Evidence from experiments on rats and on human colon cancer cells suggests that anthocyanins, the compounds that colour most red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables, slow the growth of the cells by anything from 50 to 80 per cent.
The findings take scientists a step closer to figuring out what gives fruits and vegetables their cancer-fighting properties.
"These foods contain many compounds, and we're just starting to figure out what they are and which ones provide the best health benefits," said Monica Giusti, the lead author and assistant professor of food science at Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented her findings yesterday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.
In studies on human colon cancer cells grown in laboratory dishes, the researchers tested the anti-cancer effects of anthocyanin-rich extracts from fruits and vegetables with deep colours. Anthocyanin pigments from radishes and black carrots slowed the growth of cancer cells from 50 to 80 per cent.
Pigments from purple corn and chokeberries (almost black berries from shurbs native to North America) not only stopped the growth of cancer cells, but also killed roughly 20 per cent of the cancer cells while having little effect on healthy cells.
This was confirmed by measurements which showed the amount of anthocyanin that was needed to reduce cancer cell growth by half. Extract derived from purple corn was the most potent, in that it took
the least amount of this extract (14 micrograms per millilitre of cell growth solution) to cut cell numbers in half. Chokeberry and bilberry extracts were nearly as potent.
Radish extract proved the least potent, as it took nine times as much to cut cell growth by 50 per cent. "All fruits and vegetables that are rich in anthocyanins have compounds that can slow down the growth
of colon cancer cells in experiments in laboratory dishes and possibly inside the body," Giusti told The Daily Telegraph.
In animal studies, rats induced with colon cancer cells were fed a daily diet of anthocyanin extracts either from bilberries and chokeberries, which are used as flavourings or to make jams and juices.
The anthocyanin extracts reduced signs of colon tumours by 70 and 60 per cent, respectively, when compared with control rats.
Giusti says the results suggest that anthocyanins may protect against certain gastrointestinal cancers. But she stops short of recommending one kind of fruit or vegetable over another. "There are more than 600 different anthocyanins found in nature," she said.
"While we know that the concentration of anthocyanins in the gastrointestinal tract is ultimately affected by their chemical structures, we're just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding how the body absorbs and uses these different structures."
[This is what Dr. Ann Wigmore has been teaching for over 50 years! www.AnnWigmore.com.]
by Dr. James Carey, PhD, DD, and Wigmore Certified Practitioner
Feeleth thou not guilt when thou eateth not raw living foods. It’s a lifestyle choice, not a religion! <g>
I was doing great all week, staying 100% raw. Until lunch yesterday, that is, when I had to eat at a “the best salad bar in town” in Harrison, MI. The fruits and veggies were nice and fresh, but sure didn’t have the great flavor that the organic produce served at CHI has. And…… a very small piece of pizza somehow ended up on my plate. Twice! And… well…. you can guess the rest.
My final score for this week: 99.6527% raw! I’m really proud of that! <g>
A "western" diet heavy on red meat, starches and sweets is linked to a rise in breast cancer among post-menopausal Chinese woman, according to a study by US and Chinese researchers released Tuesday.
Examining data and interviewing subjects from the 1990s Shanghai Breast Cancer Study by Vanderbilt University scientists, researchers found in the new study a correlation between higher incidence of breast cancer and a move from a diet heavy on vegetables, soy-based products and freshwater fish to a diet labelled "western" that includes a greater proportion of meat, saltwater fish and shellfish, milk, bread, candy and desserts.
[Thanks to Renata Dorner.]
Dr. T. Colin Campbell also discusses this, in detail, in his book The China Study, available at Amazon.com (direct link).
Cancer affects Hispanic and Latino people in the United States differently that it does non-Hispanic whites and other ethnic and minority groups, according to the new American Cancer Society report: http://health.yahoo.com/news/166481.
Thanks! I have placed your website in my new up-coming book and recommended your newsletter as my favorite.
Keep up the good work!
(BBC) US researchers found 38% less build up of fatty deposits in the arteries of mice who were fed a mixture of vegetables, including carrots and peas.
- submitted by Helen Terry
Beta-carotene has been a buzzword in cancer prevention circles for some time, but that one carotene doesn't tell the whole story. Turns out there are 500 - 600 carotenoids, 40 of which can be found in the human diet, and 14 of those that can be readily absorbed and used in the body: http://www.healthiernews.com/etips/ht200505/ht20050512.html.
The scientific evidence is clear: eating meat increases your risk of cancer. For example, Harvard University studies have shown that regular meat consumption increases colon cancer risk by about 300 percent.
So why is the American Cancer Society (ACS) sponsoring beef-promoting “Cattle Barons’ Ball” fundraising events in dozens of cities nationwide? http://www.americancancersocietypromotesdisease.org/.
I get many, many emails from people who went raw for a while, and then got into other health challenges. One woman, for example, ended up as an insulin-dependent diabetic. Why? Upon questioning, I found that she was actually eating a fruitarian diet, and all of that excess sugar caused her new health challenges. That's why it's so important to educate yourself about what truly is a raw living foods lifestyle. The Ann Wigmore Institutes around the world do a good job of that, as does the Dr. Ann Wigmore Raw Living Foods Home Study Program. The Home Study Program is available again, and it's got more material in it than ever before: chiDiet.com. Jim
Veterinarian Dr. Andrew Knight, Northwest Animal Rights Network’s Director of Research and Education, notes that the "war on cancer," having animal testing at its core, has been a "qualified failure", whereas preventative medicine, which would save millions of lives, has been largely ignored. We’ve learned that "adverse reactions to drugs deemed safe after passing animal tests are the fourth-leading killer of Americans, killing more people each year than all illegal drugs combined."
Today, I got brave. Love makes me brave. I've been watching this quiet young man on the bus for a few weeks now, in a wheelchair, with his legs strapped in, and his right arm hanging motionless. I don't have my glasses on, so I can't edit this, but I wanted to send it to you so you could communicate it to others.
I've been thinking and praying how I could speak to him because he looked so depressed and half on the point of tears sometimes. Today, I sat next to his wheelchair, in a little seat that is pulled down once the driver locks the chair in place. I rode half the way, and finally leaned over and said, "I've been praying for you for weeks, and I guess I should know your name." He told me, and smiled. I rushed right in where angels fear to tread and asked him if the doctors had told him about foods that could help him regenerate his cells, and he said no. I asked him if he knew that fried foods were his worst enemy right now, and he said no. And, before the trip was over, he had the Energy Soup recipe, how to make and ripen pineapple juice, and all about electric food which carries the current that his nerves and muscles need to get him on his feet again after his motorcycle accident.
There but for the grace of God, goes one of my sons, I thought. He didn't look depressed when he rolled off, and thanked me very enthusiastically. Now I know why I suffer through this 60 degree bus ride. It was worth it, this last year, if I am able to help this young man walk again.
Most of us are suffering needlessly because of so-called "safe" food additives, namely excitatory neuro-transmitters (nicknamed excitotoxins).
The main ones are monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, and L-cysteine. You may think that you are actually avoiding MSG if you avoid Chinese restaurants, but this factory created flavor enhancer is in almost every bottled, bagged, frozen, or canned processed food on super market shelves. But since MSG is often a component of a formulation, it is not labeled as such. You've seen words like autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, and whey protein. Each of these substances contain a percentage of glutamate, the harmful component of MSG.
Watch this one-hour lecture by Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out why MSG in processed foods can destroy your brain cells. As Dr. Blaylock explains, excitotoxins like MSG can, quite literally, excite your brain cells to death!
There are some of us, Jim, who cannot eat nightshades like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers and cannot be around people who smoke because their exhale is full of the nightshade residues, since tobacco is a nightshade. This causes arthritis, phlebitis, neuritis, and other 'itis' pains.
The only way I can teach yoga each week to hundreds of 3 and 4 year old children at the YWCAs all over Miami-Dade County is that I am very careful about not using nightshades. One splash of tobasco sauce (and I didn't put it on my food), like I experienced at a conference 2 weeks ago, and I am crippled days.
A very common ailment among people today is low hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This results in poor digestion of food and reduces the body's ability to extract nutrients from the foods we eat.
When we eat on a regular schedule the body recognizes this and begins producing extra stomach acid when mealtimes roll around. I eat on the Creative Health Institute schedule - 7:30 am, 12:30 and 5:30 pm.
I don't even need a clock to tell me that it's mealtime. About 15 minutes before mealtime I can feel my stomach start to change, and my hunger grows greatly. If I haven't eaten lunch by 1 pm (for example), my stomach starts to growl. This is from the increased stomach acid looking for work to do.
There are lots of reasons that Raw Living Fooders are healthier - enzymes, organic food, pure water, sprouts - but eating on a regular schedule really helps our bodies to make the most of all these wonderful foods we're eating.
Last night, In Central Florida, we were honored by hearing from Dr. T. Colin Campbell, for the second time in the past few days, and this time in person, not just on the PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) interactive teleseminar for doctors. (see PCRM@PCRM.com for further information) The National Health Association's annual conference was being held and they deserve a big hand for allowing people like me, who are so busy that normally they can't get away for an hour, to attend free. There was an overflow audience. Many friends were there and many of them are Natural Hygienists. I hope you all hook into Raw Vegan Radio to hear Vik Kulvinskas' hour long interview about his take on the latter movement's dietary habits and the impending Sedona meeting of the Raw Spirit group. Computers have made the comparison of everyone's choices an instant subject of intellectual and wise discussion!
Dr. Campbell was animated and armed with very effective slides which told the tale, and impressed the audience with his thoroughly scientific proof that dairy turned on tumors/cancer and a plant-based diet turned them off, and on, and off, etc. It was amazing to watch the lines go up and down on the charts, depending on whether or not casein (the enemy in dairy products, the dangerous protein that causes our bodies [especially women] to initiate an immune system response and ultimate exhaustion). The story is simply put, that it's not the fat we have to worry so much about (although more than 2 ounces at a time is really stressing out your liver because it has to start storing it since it can't handle more than that at one time), but the dairy protein casein. So, even in skim milk usage, the cancer will still turn on, because even though the extrusion process breaks the fat cells down into smaller blobs, the protein casein is still in it and it will still lead us to the debilitating (correct spelling please, if necessary) diseases of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
I was with the father of a friend of mine who loaned me her car because mine is out of commision (I need $1,500 to get it fixed and this is not a good time to come up with that kind of spare change!) and he needed to go so I missed the question and answer time and hope that was also taped so that I can hear it later. Please help this geniuis raw food doctor (who started out on a cattle farm, went to college to learn how to get more protein into the animals we were eating and who now has made a 180 degree turnaround, as he is now a raw vegan) assert himself with the government. He needs our support so that his careful studies and results can be pivotal in changing the disease care system we now have to a true health care system. Buy his book "The China Study" and prepare yourself to join him in this battle for our children's and grandchildren's well being and health.
The graphs and charts of the clusters of nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, down to England and then the U.S. show why we are so sick. The amount of dairy we use is horrendous. The cluster at the opposite end of the chart, starting with zero cancers in southeast asia (except for the people who eat raw fish, by the way) who are in real troubles now there), show how great a plant based diet is.
He is right on the verge of becoming a radical for health and he needs our support to confront the AMA and the federal government over this. We need to break down the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) into two separate parts, The Food Administration and the Drug Administration, because both are not able to be put in the same boat together. Please seek him out at Cornell University and give him your support. He has the material to force people who make the laws to wake up and make a difference in our health.
[Dr. Campbell's famous book is The China Study.]
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A new study of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that four out of five kids preferred the flavor of foods served in McDonalds packaging as compared to the exact same foods served in packaging without the McDonalds brand.
Learn more and take action in OCA's "Appetite for a Change" campaign: http://www.organicconsumers.org/afc.cfm
This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books.
Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. My underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.
- Thanks to Gerald Perry of Phoenix for sharing this with us.
Food sage Michael Pollan - author of The Omnivore's Dilemma - advises us not to eat anything that our great-great-great grandmothers wouldn't recognise. For Pollan, the antithesis of natural eating is yoghurt squeezed from a tube directly into the mouth - a recent hit with US children. Pollan is a champion of the ethical superiority of small, local organic farms and believes industrialisation has caused the organic movement to lose its soul. He cites the microwaveable organic TV dinner, saying this bastardisation looks and tastes like airline food. The more processed or refined a food is, the more energy and water are used to make it.
The lesson: Eat food, not food products. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/news/good-living/a-guide-to-eating-yourself-to-salvation/2007/10/29/1193618775394.html
Doctor's Forum tonight was Dr. Kushi, who is the son of the famous macrobioligist, Michio
His work on a committee that showed the incidence of increased or decreased risk of cancers was interesting: the skin cancer showed a correlation with having arsenic in the bathing/drinking water; the 2 worst factors for lung cancer were taking betacarotene as a supplement! and drinking or showering/bathing in arsenic contaminated water.
Decreased risk was shown for other cancers if one eats apples, red grapes, onions, citrus, broccoli, tea, and other quercetin containing foods, non-starchy vegetables and vegetables containing selenium. Fruits were one of the two highest recommended foods.
Concern about aflatoxins in grains, pecans, peanuts, pistachios, potatoes, dairy and walnuts was high on the list of risks. He mentioned red meat and processed meat like hotdogs, bologne and salami, highly salted fish, as bad, and good were cooked tomato sauce (3 x more absorbable than fresh, he stated), pink grapefruit, watermelon, and more than 50 other yellow, orange, and brown/red or green leafy veggies good to eat. Body fatness was a risk.
He personally said that they didn't go far enough in indicting dairy and animal protein and the people being used in the studies are giving the researchers what they want to hear, but their fat intake didn't change at all, that's why there has been lousy press lately about lack of results on low fat diets: they weren't low fat at all!
Peace and love,
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A study by an Indiana University environmental science professor and several colleagues suggests a widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems. The study is being published this week by the journal: Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/email/normal/6507.html
Will I be able to eat raw to get enough vitamins and minerals for my body if I am allergic to raw apples, peaches, plums, cherries, berries, black grapes, star fruit, kiwi, pomegranet, soy, rye, certain nuts, etc, etc.???
I just don't have many foods that I am able to eat raw. If processed for some reason in one way or another I can eat some of the above, but this is hard and I seem to lose foods more and more as time goes on.
Can anyone there help direct me to someone who can answer these questions? I am 50 years old and fasting alot too in hopes of ridding my body of toxins.
What to do? Thanks.
[Dr. Flora's responses are in italics]
Will I be able to eat raw to get enough vitamins and minerals for my body if I am allergic to raw apples, peaches, plums, cherries, berries, black grapes, star fruit, kiwi, pomegranet, soy, rye, certain nuts, etc, etc.???
Who tested you and found that you are allergic to those? What kinds of symptoms do you have when you eat them? What kind of nuts, and are they soaked before you have tried to eat them? Were the grapes, peaches, apples, etc. organic? Are you familiar with food-blood type issues? I can't eat any of the most polluted with pesticides and insecticides foods, because of the reaction to the sprays or even the solvents that they spray on the rollers that bring the fruits and vegetables to the boxes. I reacted violently the other day to something that was rolled to packaging and had to investigate and found that the rollers on the machine had been sprayed with teflon. Petroleum biproducts are the worst stuff. Kills canaries and kills us! And yet, they still sell teflon pans and teflon coated ironing boards and irons.
I just don't have many foods that I am able to eat raw.
I would quote from someone else that 80% of raw foods will give people trouble with 'allergic reactions' if they are not prepared properly. For me to try to eat cabbage, carrots or beets without autolyzing them first by making them into sauerkraut/veggikraut, I will get bloated/distended abdomen/have pain/gas/reflux, etc. If I eat Ranier cherries that are not organic, I will have terrible pains in my body. Star fruit and kiwi are too acid for me, and rye has a certain mold that is very dangerous. All these reasons are why Dr. Wigmore stuck with the foods that were non-reactive, non-allergenic, like most greens (not spinach, watercress), and watermelon and apples, papaya and most organic fruits, non-citrus.
Once you have a peaceful inside, with just half a dozen items in a blended form, figs, almonds, flax seeds soaked, greens, sesame/sunflower seed cheese, dulse, kelp, mangos, papaya, home-ripened pineapple juice, you will then be able to add one new food (usually one of your favorites that you reacted to earlier), and using something called the Coco pulse test, see if your heart pulse rate increases by 15-18 beats per minute and if it does, this is not a good food for you.
If processed for some reason in one way or another I can eat some of the above, but this is hard and I seem to lose foods more and more as time goes on.
My bottom line is energy, that's why I eat Energy Soup and that is why a lot of people do. I don't require much variety and make it the same way most all of the time, with just a few various greens, and watermelon or apples (I prefer Gala).
Have you read any of Dr. Sherri Rogers' books on allergies? It sounds as if you are so toxic that you are approaching what she calls universal allergic reactions.
Can anyone there help direct me to someone who can answer these questions? I am 50 years old and fasting a lot too in hopes of ridding my body of toxins.
At your age, I wouldn't suggest fasting with water. If you do a blender drink 'fast' you will not only eliminate the toxins, but keep your strength up and rebuild nerves, etc. I of course recommend a vegan diet to keep your body from having to deal with inflammatory foods/chemicals/enzymes, and also for the time being, avoid totally the nightshades and check back with us in 3 or 4 weeks. You should feel great.
This letter was in answer to a person who was feeling insatiably hungry shortly after going raw.
Yes, I went through times when I was insanely hungry and nothing raw seemed to be able to satisfy it no matter how much I ate. Looking back now I think that it probably wasn't actual hunger but an addiction withdrawal craving for the sensations that eating cooked food specifically brings. But it feels just like hunger, because that's what we've been used to identifying it as.
I also had times where I felt like I didn't need to eat at all and I never felt hungry. I think that is when my body finally was truly nourished.
Now I am very seldom hungry and when I am I get satisfied very quickly with raw foods.
Getting healthier can include growing pains. Detox, growth, healing, lifestyle adjustments, and any number of other changes can occur when you embark on a serious journey to become whole. Change can be difficult and growing pains can ensue.
Sometimes the changes may be painful physically or emotionally. Often it is a journey of wonder and joy, but this is still real life, there will still be ups and downs. I’m coming to accept the tough times in the cycle because they increase my appreciation of life when I get back to a positive flow!
I’ve just come out of a difficult phase of working too much and stressing. But after all the struggle to be in a better frame of mind I’ve emerged with a joy, a passion, a clarity, an energy, and a greater appreciation for life than ever!
Food in its natural raw state has a crystalline structure which carries order and information into the body and brain. The nutrients are in a form that the body can fully recognize, understand and use.
- From Why Eat Raw by Holly and Rob in The Funky Raw Magazine, UK, http://www.funkyraw.com.