Here are some pictures of living a raw lifestyle... enjoy!
A recent study has connected the long term consumption of meat to various types of colon cancer. This isn't surprising, undigested meat collects in the colon over the years, preventing the colon from doing it's job, filtering out toxins and poisons. Most American's have 5-10 pounds of impacted waste, much of it undigested meat, in the colon at any one time! Here are some great explanations of why keeping the colon cleaned out and free of the impacts of long term meat consumption:
"The heavy mucus coating in the colon thickens and becomes a host of putrefaction. The blood capillaries to the colon begin to pick up the toxins, poisons and noxious debris as it seeps through the bowel wall. All tissues and organs of the body are now taking on toxic substances. Here is the beginning of true autointoxication on a physiological level. One autopsy revealed a colon to be 9 inches in diameter with a passage through it no larger than a pencil. The rest was caked up layer upon layer of encrusted fecal material. This accumulation can have the consistency of truck tire rubber. It’s that hard and black. Another autopsy revealed a stagnant colon to weigh in at an incredible 40 pounds."
From Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, 1980, by Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, Ph.D.
"Most people who eat the standard American 'goo and glue' diet have about 5-10 pounds of matter stored in the colon. It's said that, according to the autopsy, John Wayne had 40 pounds of impacted fecal matter in his body at death. Elvis reportedly had 60 pounds."
Reported in the January 11, 1999 issue of USA Today
"In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Knowing the ways of keeping the bowel healthy, and in good shape, is the best way I know to keep away from the grip of disease and sickness."
Dr. Bernard Jensen, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management
A vegan diet helps maintain a clean, regular and fast moving colon, and in turn normal weight and overall better health.
To you best health!
A followup study on eating habits confirmed the relationship between higher fruit and vegetable consumption and lower cardiovascular disease and death.
Specifically, consuming fruits and vegetables 3 or more times a day versus less than 1 time a day resulted in:
- 27% lower stroke incidence
- 42% lower stroke mortality
- 24% lower ischemic heart disease mortality
- 27% lower cardiovascular disease mortality
- 15% lower all-cause mortality
With studies like this, evidence in support of a vegan and vegetarian diet for better health is growing daily. Keep them coming!
Read the study summary at PubMed.
To your best health,
The label may say 'raw' but because of a new mandate by the Almond Board of California, which oversees almost 100% of the almonds grown and eaten in the United States, will falsely label almonds that have been pasteurized as 'raw'.
The reason for this mandate seems to stem from 2 outbreaks of salmonella in almonds in 2001 and 2004. From my sources, these incidents didn't involve organic almonds. Why mandate all almonds, both conventional and organic? There have been dozens of salmonella or other outbreaks in other meats and vegetables, should we pasteurize and cook all meats and vegetables as well? Is this overkill?
It's widely accepted that foods heated over 108 degrees are not considered raw. Pasteurization heats foods in temperatures that range from 150-280 degrees for varying time periods. The purpose is to kill micro organisms, but unfortunately it's not a selective killer. It also kills the enzymes and nutrients in the food which are then considered 'dead'.
It's a scientific fact that foods heated over 108 degrees lose their nutrient quality and the amount of nutrients available are significantly diminished. Studies also show that these heated foods also transform and mutate and cause distress to the human body, in particular blood cells. Some studies also show carcinogenic effects of heated foods.
In as early as 1930, research was done in Switzerland showing what processed and cooked food did to the leukocytes, the white blood cells in humans. Prior to this research it was noted that upon eating there would be an immediate increase of the white blood cells which was called "digestive leukocytosis." Digestive leukocytosis means that there is a rise in the number of white blood cells after eating.
It was not know why the cells would increase after eating and this increase usually meant that the person had been exposed to a harmful substance such as toxic chemicals, a trauma or infection.
Then at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Dr. Paul Kouchakoff found that eating unaltered, raw food or food heated at low temperatures did not cause a reaction in the blood. Kouchakoff also found that if the food was processed or heated beyond a certain temperature it caused a rise in the number of white blood cells. He found that foods that had been refined, homogenized, pasteurized, or preserved causes the greatest increase in white blood cells.
Of course, there's the issue of truth in labeling.
If a food is pasteurized, it certainly isn't raw. The definition of raw (from the Random House dictionary) is:
1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.
Mislabeling is not only wrong, but can be criminal. Consumers ought to have an informed choice, to know how the food was altered, or not altered. This seems to go against any 'truth in labeling' movement and deceives the public.
The mandate is planned to take effect in the fall of this year (2007). Enjoy your raw and living almonds now, after the fall they may not be available. To contact the Almond Board of California and share your views, visit their web site at:
or call them at: (209) 549-8262
Also, the Weston Price Foundation has put together a great background and list of people to contact.
To your BEST health!
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The raw vegan diet was recently featured on E! Entertainment television interviewing raw food chefs and speakers including David Wolfe, Juliano and Gabrielle Brick among others. This video gives a good explanation of the different versions of the raw lifestyle,
Another study from Harvard Medical School has linked eating meat with breast cancer in women. This study of 90,000 women found that the more meat women ate in their early years, the more profound was the occurance of breast cancer as they aged the next 12 years. The authors also noted that eating meat was already associated with colon and other cancers and strongly urged the reduction in meat consumption.
This should come as no surprise since, as the authors noted, cancer has already been linked to many other cancers. With this knowledge, the continued increase in breast cancer cases doesn't make sense, does it? In today's world there is more funding, both charitable and public, to find a cure for breast cancer, but the cases continue to rise.
Based on these studies alone, the answer has always been right in front of us. Diet. What you eat and how you treat your body will dictate how it reacts. Studies have confirmed this for years. They always find that when you elimated meat from your diet, the occurances of disease drop dramatically. The China Study, one of the largest ever found that people who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds are significantly healthier.
Why spend millions on new drug research when a simple campaign to educate people will save more lives than any drug could. The answer to better health and near elimination of disease is to change your diet. Eat mainly fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, drastically reduce or eliminate meat and processed foods and watch your life change.
To your best health!
P.S. To learn more about the vegan raw diet, visit RawFoodHowTo.com where you'll find articles, videos, recipes, resources and more.
What you'll need:
(makes 1 serving, adjust if necessary)
- 2 tblsp extra virgin, cold pressed organic olive oil
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tblsp raw honey (optional)
- 2 tblsps lemon juice
- sea salt to taste
- fresh basil to taste
- 1/2 avocado (cubed)
- 1/2 red bell pepper (cubed)
- 2 stalks of celery (cubed)
- chopped parsley
- 1/4 yellow or red onion (chopped)
Make organic produce your first choice whenever possible.
How to make it:
First, blend the oil, lemon juice, sea salt, tomatoes, garlic and basil. Add small amount of water if necessary and blend until smooth.
Pour the soup into a bowl and add chopped vegetables.
Mix all ingredients and top with chopped parsely.
If you like a little spice, add a dash of cayenne pepper... wow!
This is a wonderful soup to start your evening meal, or make several servings for a full meal. Easy to make, satisfying and delicious!
Enjoy and all good things,
Have you heard of the about documentary film Simply Raw or its companion, Raw For Life?
Simply Raw shows the dramatic effect that eating raw and living foods can have on our health. It highlights how by making simple healthy choices when it comes to our food that we can allow our bodies to heal.