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Final Thoughts From the Orchard
by Dr. David Klein
This is the final issue of Vibrance. The 20-year run has come to an end. In reflection, the 20-year run of Living Nutrition and Vibrance stands as history’s longest-running and most widely read rawfood lifestyle periodical. At its height, it had 3,200 subscribers in 40 countries. I am proud to say that it told the truth and nothing but the truth on every page, and thousands of people loved it and got to know the world’s greatest true health educators. Along the way, I also had the good fortune of making numerous great friends.
To continue leading the cause of Vibrant Health forward, I will amp up my blogging and video productions and focus mainly on enrolling and training Vibrant Health & Wealth Academy students. I feel that the online Vibrant Health & Wealth Academy is my best idea yet. Via the Web, people worldwide can and are getting the best health education possible right in their homes. Training and supporting a growing corps of Vibrant Health Teacher-Counselors is my greatest passion!
I thought it would be most fitting to close out Vibrance by paying homage to the great man who made the last 31 years of my life, millions of others’ lives and this magazine possible: Dr. Herbert M. Shelton. On the 120th anniversary of his birth, we salute the greatest health educator of all time. With Dr. Shelton in mind, I will always uphold the Academy’s slogan: “Accurate health education is everything.”
Echoing Dr. Shelton once again, there is much to be done. Correct health education is the greatest need of our time.
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Dr. Herbert M. Shelton: Paying Homage to a Man of Conviction and Courage on the 120th Anniversary of His Birth
by Dr. V. V. Vetrano
It is a great privilege for me to honor in writing my mentor, the great Herbert M. Shelton, with whom I studied and worked for 32 years.
Dr. Shelton was well known when I met him. He had already resurrected the near-dead Natural Hygiene movement and weeded it of all the “cures,” therapies and modalities that had surreptitiously sneaked in. In doing so, he separated it from all the “curing” professions. Now Natural Hygiene stands alone as the only school of health really cognizant of, and based on, the principle that the living organism is self-renewing and self-healing.
Much of Dr. Shelton’s time was dedicated to developing a vocabulary that accurately expressed his new physiological thinking. He never ceased to seek a terminology of health and disease that could express the principles of natural hygiene correctly, and in a way that all would understand that healing is a biological process and cease attributing the recovery of health to anything extraneous to the body.
When I think of Dr. Shelton, I think of the days when he used to hurdle fences at the age of 65 and of him pounding the typewriter 90 miles an hour with only his two index fingers. Then I reminisce of the time I found some very old handwritten scripts of his, and it amused him that I wanted to keep them for posterity. He found honor in almost everything and had a knack for turning everything upside down and inside out and sometimes only the twinkling of his eyes let me know that he was being facetious.
Neither legal nor family problems seemed to bother him too much, but I do remember well the tears that came to his eyes every time he envisioned his dream of a happy, healthy world about to come true.
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A Chronological Portrait of Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
by Dr. Victoria BidWell
If it were not for the Natural Hygiene pioneers of the 19th century, the world would have echoed long ago the words that Nehru uttered at the death of Gandhi: “The light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere.” It was by the persistence of those pioneers of the 19th century to be heard by the public at large that these stalwarts of Natural Hygiene have left their footprints on the sands of time.
In the words of Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence! Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. [No government has pinned a medal on Doctor Shelton yet!] Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Only persistence and determination alone are omnipotent—all-powerful! The slogan, “Press on, regardless!”, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
October 6th, 1895: Herbert Macgolfin Shelton, son of Thomas Mitchell Shelton and Mary Frances Gutherie Shelton, was born during a wild Texas thunderstorm in Wylie. He was two months premature, weighed less than three pounds and was kept warm in a wooden cigar box near an iron stove in a ramshackle farm house. Young Herbert grew up with devoted Christian parents who raised him with much church attending, much Bible study, and much attention to Scripture at home. In his youth, others told me, Herbert held a love for the Lord. And he took a keen interest in animals, especially their habits when sick as compared to when well. He was especially intrigued by their fasting when the farm animals took sick.
1911: Young Herbert began his health-seeking career when he was attracted to a copy of Bernarr Mcfadden's Physical Culture magazine sitting on a newsstand. He was introduced to articles on fasting for rejuvenation, weight training and raw food. He began eating less cooked and more raw, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. At five-foot eight-inches tall and 145 pounds, he was a robust boy and began lifting weights. His father chided him for these interests; and for many years to come he discouraged young Herbert in his health-seeking studies. Only much later, when his asthma was debilitating him, did Shelton's father take an interest in his son's passion for natural healing. His mother was supportive, however. From Macfadden's teachings, young Herbert sought out Dr. Russell Trall's work and found his landmark treatise, The True Healing Art, which clearly outlined the stance of the 19th century pioneering Hygienists. Then young Herbert moved on to study Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham, “The Father of Physiology” and temperance lecturer.
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Hygiene & Orthopthy
by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
Hygiene is that branch of biology that relates to the preservation and restoration of health. We recognize two kinds of Hygiene—namely, Natural Hygiene and artificial or spurious hygiene.
Natural Hygiene is the instinctive and intelligent employment of the forces and agents of nature for preserving and restoring health. It comprehends those eternal and ever present needs of life, health growth development and activity—light, air, water, food, rest, sleep, exercise, cleanliness, cheer, hope, courage, poise and freedom from devitalizing habits—and is divided, for convenience, into:
Preservative Hygiene, or the hygiene of healthful maintenance, by which is meant the instinctive and intelligent employment of hygienic principles, forces and agents for the preservation of functional and structural integrity and the promotion of growth and development; and
Remedial Hygiene, or the hygiene of health restoration, by which is meant the instinctive and intelligent employment of hygienic principles, forces and agents for the restoration of sound health. It studies life and health.
All of this together we include under the term Orthobionomics. Bionomy is the science of the laws of living functions, or that branch of biology which treats habits and adaptation. Orthobionomics is a word which I have coined to designate correct adaptation of environment to life. Orthobionomics is Natural Hygiene. Orthotrophy is a word I have coined to designate that part of the orthobionomics which relates to food and feeding in health and disease. The word means correct food.
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Healing Happens Without Treatments or Therapies!
by Dr. David Klein
Over my 23 years as a professional health counselor, I have empowered and guided over 3,500 clients to heal up all of the disease conditions listed below, pretty much in the exact same, simple way. Sadly, the list is growing because humans are deteriorating ever more frequently and in ever-new ways in this unnatural, unhealthy world.
ALL of my clients healed under their own God-given, self-healing power at home without any treatments, therapies, remedies, drugs, lotions, tinctures, potions or psychic incantations. I did not “treat” any of them.
They all healed (and all of my current clients are now healing) NOT because I am a healer—I am not! I am an educator and a counselor. I do have doctorate degrees, but understand that the true meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher.
Here is how and why they healed:
I enthusiastically educated them about their innate self-healing ability and how to wisely use it to heal, rejuvenate and maintain vibrant health. I guided them through the whole completely natural process, and the outcomes were always joyful!
Please think deeply about this:
NOTHING can heal the body but the body itself. Healing is not possible via external agents and modalities—they can only palliate and fool us. No drug, herb or other treatment ever repaired one cell in any body. Our genes do the healing, IF we stop CAUSING harm, or “dis-ease.”
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My Personal Fasting Miracle: How I Conquered Leukemia
by Christopher Beckett
oon after birth in 1953, I was diagnosed with what was then referred to as “consumption.” My first two years were spent mostly in sleep. I was awakened only for feeding. The doctors said I would eat when I became hungry, and there was nothing to be unduly concerned about. The legacy of this disease left me with weakened lungs and an aversion to food, resulting in a malnourished body and an underdeveloped physique and mental capacity.
In my middle teens I was diagnosed with leukemia at the Boston Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Refusing to believe this, my family sought a second opinion from the Lincoln County Hospital, 30 miles away. The diagnosis was confirmed. My family and I agreed to standard chemotherapy treatment, but the prognosis was not a good one: I had six months at best they said, because it was too far advanced.
Soon after treatment had begun I abandoned it. Then, entirely by chance, I came across an article on fasting in the Daily Mail written by Leslie Kenton who was then the Beauty Editor of Harpers & Queen magazine. Her message made much sense, prompting me to write to her requesting more information. She responded and introduced me to Natural Hygiene. I avidly devoured everything I could on the subject and collected quite a large library.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and undertook a water fast of 25 days, even though I was already underweight. I simply went along with the signals of my body and allowed it to guide me. Following the advice of the literature I had read, I broke the fast very carefully, drinking very carefully organic fruit juices and then vegetable juices. I also sunbathed moderately every day (weather permitting), took in fresh air daily and rested throughout. Within weeks, my appetite returned and I wanted to eat solid food again. I also began a diet exclusively of organic salads and in-season fruits.
The Boston hospital had rejected me for not following their advice, but after nine months of my Natural Hygiene regime, I returned to the same hospital for a follow-up investigation. The doctors who had overseen my case were, in their words, “shocked and amazed” at my recovery, as their tests showed there was no evidence at all that leukemia had ever existed!
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How to Educate Sugarophobics & Fruitophpbics
by Dr. David Klein
Fear of sweet plant foods is running rampant in all nutrition circles these days. Let’s examine the facts concerning our natural biological disposition, so that you may teach the truth about how we are meant to eat and thrive.
The Creator gave us a “sweet tooth” for good reasons:
Sugar is the one and only fuel used by every cell in our bodies! Our cells run on glucose. Not fat. Not protein. Our muscles cannot move unless their cells are stoked with glucose. In order to be healthy, we need sugar—not refined white sugar, but sugar from whole fruits and vegetables.
When we eat sweet whole foods, we are rewarded for obeying our sense of taste. We feel good, nourish and fuel up our bodies, support the maintenance of alkaline balance, and help the planet. The natural order of life calls for humans to eat diets consisting mostly of sweet raw fruits!
Humans have a symbiotic relationship with fruits. That is, we are natural partners in the web of life with delectable fruits. We enjoy the deliciousness of fruits, receive superior nutrition, disperse the seeds and perpetuate life on our planet.
Biologically, humans are frugivores! We do best on a fruit-based (fruitarian) diet, which includes vegetables and minimal amounts of raw seeds and nuts. Whole fruits, vegetables, squashes and tubers have good sugar, packaged with a plethora of life-sustaining nutrients.
The Devil gave us refined white sugar for bad reasons:
To pervert our senses and destroy our health with seductively sweet, nutrient-bereft junk, and to ruin the ecology of our planet.
Yes, we should shun refined sugar, but we should NOT fear sugars naturally occurring in fruit!
Key Points For Educating Sugarophobics and Fruitophobics
• Sugar is our cells’ only fuel. For driving our physiological functions, the cells only use the sugar molecule known as glucose. The body converts other forms of sugar (fructose, maltose, sucrose, etc.) to glucose.
• Fearing fruit is a tragic mistake. We should no more fear fruit than we should fear putting high octane gasoline in our automobile’s gas tank! Our cells run on sugar, and sweet raw fruits are the premium source.
• Fruits average 90% water. That is 90% WATER, not 90% sugar! We cannot credibly say that such a diluted sugary food package gives us “too much sugar.” If we eat two to three fully satisfying fruit-based meals a day, we will generally be sustained with enough calories to perform all our daily tasks with vigorous energy. No, that is not “too much sugar.” And no, we do not have to eat sweet fruit all day to feel satisfied and get enough calories. On a fruit-based diet anchored with bananas, no one starves, and soon we feel satisfied and more alive.
• Humans are frugivores biologically, as confirmed by our anatomy and physiology, and the high vitality and lack of pathology of modern fruit eaters. That means that humans are designed to thrive on a diet of mostly fruits. Our natural diet is a fruitarian diet comprised of primarily sweet fruits, plus vegetables and minimal amounts of raw seeds and nuts.
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The Chimp Diet
by Alfred Morrissette
I did a little research several years ago on what chimpanzees eat in their wild, semi-tropical rain forest habitat. I was thinking that they intuitively know what is best for themselves, and since they share 98% of human’s genetic heritage (as do bonobos) and are physiologically very similar to human, I assumed their diet would be quite relevant for us.
Ripe Fruits & Young Greens Are Superior
I learned that chimps and other similar primates are primarily frugivores, and humans, who share virtually the same physiology, are designed as frugivores as well. Chimps eat about 55% to 60% fruit, with bananas, wild figs and paw-paws being their favorites. Stool studies indicate that they generally eat one type of fruit at a time, and no more than two kinds per meal. They forage when hungry, not at set times. Moreover, fruit is 90% assimilable for primates (and humans).
In addition to fruit, plants are a key component of the chimp diet; chimps eat a lot of fresh young leaves and newly emerging young plant and tree buds, shoots and flowers. This group of foods comprises about 25% of their total diet. They are evidently very discriminating about their selection of these very young plant materials (and their fruit, too). Emerging plant material like this is very bio-active, containing the highest concentration of nutrients, including protein, which is essential to chimps. It is important to note that fresh, very young (approximately 10 days old or less) plant sprouts, leaves, flowers and shoots do not have a mature cellulose covering surrounding each cell. This is critical, as chimps (and humans) cannot easily assimilate or digest cellulose to access cell nutrients. Aside from fresh young green shoots, chimps eat very few true vegetables, such as roots and broccoli crowns. Most root vegetables have a high percentage of cellulose, making assimilation difficult.
In his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston Price noted that buffalo used to migrate from Texas to Montana every spring to follow the fresh young grass when it emerged as the spring season progressed northward. They intuitively knew that young grass shoots are the highest in nutrient density and most tasty. Price called this the "vitamin tide" that the buffalo followed each spring. Similarly, it has been shown that domesticated animals fed young hay and grasses do better and need smaller amounts of food than those fed mature hay and grasses.
It also has been shown that deer in the wild prefer the very freshest and youngest grass, which is high in nutrients and most easily assimilated. Although deer can digest cellulose, they will not touch grass after it has jointed.
Think about this: A lot of mature foods that we may think are supposedly good for us, like mature green lettuce, kale, celery, spinach etc., are therefore poor foods for us, because we cannot extract more than perhaps 10% of the nutrients from that food due to the mature cellulose covering encasing the cell nutrients.
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Using a Refractometer to Discern Fruit Quality
by by Dr. Kostja Makarovič
I went to a supermarket and found very nice Spanish nectarines that were almost black. I smelled the fruit, and its softness convinced me to buy a box. However, I wasn't sure if I was purchasing high quality fruit or not and wished that I had a method to be more certain.
Consumers can be misled about the quality of fruit. While many use these commonly-used techniques to select their fruit, they do not necessarily result in making good selections: appearance, fragrance, softness, organically/commercially grown label.
These factors affect flavor and quality, yet the consumer will be in the dark about them:
* The addition of excessive minerals in the soil.
* Watering the plants at specific time intervals.
* Exposing plants to artificial drought, controlled temperature and humidity during growth.
* Freshness and ripening condition controls such as storage at distinct temperature, humidity and atmosphere.
* Chemical methods such as exposing fruits to different gases to induce coloring for transforming ugly fruits to pretty, sellable ones.
Some, but not all, of those agricultural and processing techniques are acceptable practices for organically grown fruits.
Although our senses are designed to recognize fresh ripe fruits, we can be fooled. We cannot easily discern the difference between artificially ripened fruits from really high-quality fruits which are fully ripened on a tree. Shopping for high-quality ripe fruit at a market is a game of chance.
Fruits become sweeter and develop peak nutrition as they ripen naturally. Some fruits, such as bananas, begin to develop with a high starch content. As they ripen to maturity, the starch is converted to simple, easily-assimilated sugars. Other fruits develop sugars at the outset via photosynthesis in the leaves of the plants.
Fruits can be divided in two major groups: 1. fruits that can ripen after harvesting (climacteric), and 2. fruits that cannot ripen after the harvesting (non-climacteric). Refer to the table below for a list of these varieties.
In this day of food technology, high-tech science can dim or even fool our senses when it comes to recognizing high-quality fruits and vegetables. Sugar content is the primary indicator of fruit ripeness. The sweetness of the fruits can be analyzed in several ways. The easiest method is using our tongue, but this method can be problematic if we have never experienced truly ripe, high-quality fruits of the varieties we are testing. Furthermore, our tongue can be fooled when fruits that should be high in acid become lower in acid (and thus sweeter) as they get stored over time.
Happily, there is a very simple, fast, accurate and cheap method for checking if the fruits and vegetables of our choice are really high quality.
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Disclaimer About Raw Fruits And Vegetables
by Dr. Davadurian Aday
Ask your doctor today if Fruits and Vegetables are right for you.
You should have a complete medical history and exam workup to determine if Fruits and Vegetables are right for you.
After embarking on a Fruits and Vegetables diet, you should be careful to get up slowly in order to avoid sprains and other injuries when rising from a seated or lying position to jump and dance around with joy. The elderly may be more sensitive to the energizing side effects of Fruits and Vegetables; therefore, extra caution is advised in this group.
How to Use
Fruits and Vegetables are to be taken orally when hunger is present. Take Fruits and Vegetables only as directed, preferably in their raw, natural, uncooked state, three to five times daily as needed. Keep Fruits and Vegetables within the reach of children. Fruits and Vegetables work synergistically along with breathing, sunshine, exercise, rest, sleep, play, laughter and other factors to achieve vibrant health attended by a youthful sense of well-being.
These include: increased energy, libido, muscle flexibility and vitality, faster healing, regular defecation, expectoration of old wastes, elimination of candida, loss of excess body fat, no more body odor, clearer eyesight, thinking ability and skin, more lustrous hair, and unlimited joyfulness and sex-appeal.
Those with fruitophobia, vegephobia and proteinmania should not be forced to eat Fruits and Vegetables. Psychological counseling is advised.
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The Undying Protein Question
by Dr. Douglas Graham
Still (somehow) the Number One nutritional question of all time is: “Where do you get your protein?”
In school, when studying basic biology, we learned that life is made up of cells. We learned that at the heart of every cell (with very few exceptions, such as red blood cells) there is a nucleus, inside of which is the “brain” of the cell, the genetic material, which at least to some degree calls the shots and dictates the behavior of that cell.
The chromosomes containing the genetic material (DNA) split in half, rearranging into two identical pairs so that the cell can duplicate itself and became two cells. This process, known as mitosis, is the basis for growth, repair, and replacement of practically all the cells in the human body.
We learned about Crick and Watson, the Nobel prize-winning scientists credited with putting the finishing touches on our understanding of DNA design, referring to it as the “double helix,” a shape similar to a twisted ladder. Their discovery was announced in 1953, almost a full century after the Swiss chemist Friedrich Miesher first identified what he called “nuclein” inside the nuclei of human white blood cells.
Nuclein is today known as DNA. DNA is held together by protein, forming huge strands twisted into the double helix shape that made their existence possible and their recognition unmistakable. Every cell has protein in its core design.
People who ask, "Where do you get your protein?" clearly demonstrate how poorly they remember the rudiments of biology.
People act shocked when told that there is sufficient protein in a diet predominated by watermelon, bananas, and lettuce for humans to thrive. How could that be, they think, when fruits and vegetables are mostly just sugar and water?
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Vibrance Cuisine Pea Soup/Dip/Dressing
by Annette Davidsson
1-1/4 cup of raw organic freeze-dried peas
2 ribs of celery
1 small piece of carrot
1 handful of spinach
optional: garlic chives or leak to taste
optional: choice of herbs: cilantro, dill, basiL, curry
Add all ingredients except the herb(s) to a blender.
Add purified water and blend to a smooth consistency.
Taste test the blend.
Blend more if it is not totally smooth.
Optional: Add the herb(s) and blend for approximately 15 more seconds.
Optional: If you cannot get organic freeze-dried peas, substitute fresh or frozen organic peas.
How to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes
Dr. Rudy Scarfalloto, D.C.
“How many of you know someone who has diabetes?” That is a question I have sometimes asked over the years, while teaching a class. These days, most of the participants raise their hands. Blood sugar disorders have, indeed, skyrocketed. In the U.S.A., diabetes mellitus is currently the seventh leading cause of death.
Many individuals may have blood sugar problems, without realizing it. In addition, those who do know may not be aware that blood sugar issues usually respond extremely well to the right kind of food and exercise.
Yet, until recently, blood sugar problems were baffling to the medical profession. What seemed like logical dietary guidelines for regulating blood sugar simply did not produce the expected results in a consistent manner. And, for a long time, no one knew why. Medical doctors simply continued to raise the dosage of insulin as the patients’ health continued to deteriorate. To understand why the condition was so baffling in the past, and why it is very clear now, let us consider how the body normally regulates blood sugar.
How Does the Body Regulate Blood Sugar?
Our blood sugar is glucose. Its purpose is to provide fuel for our cells. In fact, glucose is the primary fuel for the body. Fat provides an important secondary fuel, except for brain cells and red blood cells, which normally utilize only glucose.
Since the glucose in the blood is continuously absorbed and utilized by our body cells, it must be replenished. The major source of new glucose is the food we eat. The glucose can come directly from sweet foods, such as fruit. A more typical source of glucose is starchy food, such as grains or potatoes. A starch molecule is simply thousands of glucose molecules linked together like beads on a string.
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How to Get Vitamin D
by Chris Kendall, RHN
Vitamin D and vitamin B12 are hot topics of debate, controversy and concern. I have met many people who are frightened to become vegans, or sway from their vegan diet because they are fearful of a possible deficiency of either vitamin D or B12. Slight vitamin D deficiency is pretty common nowadays for a variety of reasons, which I will address. The most common vitamin D deficiency disorder is S.A.D, or “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” It is marked by depression, tiredness and general listlessness.
Let’s take a look at why vitamin D is so important for our health, and the keys to assuring that vegans will secure sufficient vitamin D, even in the wintertime, when sunlight is scarce.
What is Vitamin D and Why do we Need it?
Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and modulates cell growth and our body’s neuromuscular and defense systems. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure and some foods. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Important for a wide range of functions, vitamin D is vital for health in adequate amounts. For example, it helps to regulate the amount of calcium as well as phosphate in the body, since both nutrients are keys to keeping the bones and teeth healthy. Chronically low levels of Vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children as well as bone pain and tenderness, the condition known as osteomalacia in adults.
Deficiency in vitamin D has been correlated with obesity, diabetes, some forms of cancer, osteoporosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, heart disease, increased incidence of heart attacks and strokes. It also is possibly linked to multiple sclerosis, as well as to a variety of other chronic degenerative diseases.
The Top 4 Sources of Vitamin D
1. The Sun
Two of the reasons why there is such confusion about vitamin D is that it correlates with many health issues, and it has a high profit potential as a supplement even though it is 100% free when derived from the sun. Many companies profit from products marketed for their vitamin D, so they use scare tactics to urge people to buy them. Therefore, they don't mention that the sun is the safest, most effective, natural and age-old source of vitamin D. We can produce all that we need with zero chance of overdosing by getting adequate sun exposure.
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My Path of Enlivenment
by Mira Milos
I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. My teen years were difficult times of huge social and economic changes of 1990s. Worlds fell apart, values turned into jokes, and nothing was clear for any generation. I looked for a direction in life, but it seemed that nobody around me knew better. So I just went with the flow.
At the age of 16, I moved to Israel, studied and worked hard, seeking a sense of fulfillment. But in a world with no real values, ambitions became a major part of the scene. Wanting more and more and being impatient in the desire to acquire new things made me oblivious of my own physical and emotional needs, and frequently kept me from having genuine relationships. The anxiety that came with not having a sense of purpose and direction led to self-destructive habits: in my quest for peace, I took refuge in alcohol and drugs.
It seemed that this egocentric life would go on forever, but one day it suddenly crashed. After years of such an intense life, raising two kids and always “on the go” with no sabbaticals, my body virtually ceased to function. It gave a few warning signs such as allergies, eczema, recurring inflammations, but I did not listen. I finally woke up when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and the doctor I saw recommended an immuno-supressant drug, as others did not seem to help. Now I realized the seriousness of the situation. I was so drained, I couldn't think clearly, or go on with my life. At the age of 31, I realized that I had gone so far in my life, but all in the wrong direction!
Sensing that there must be another way of taking care of my body other than drugging it, I began researching on the web. I came across the book Self Healing Colitis & Crohn's by Dr. David Klein and ordered it. The book made perfect sense, and I clearly saw a healthy new direction to take in my life.
My partner and the kids switched with me to a vegan diet, as our eyes opened to how destructive eating animal products is for our health, and the health of our planet. I quit my internal auditing job, took the kids from daycare, and without hesitation. we moved to a rural area in Israel, to grow our first veggies in the backyard. I began a raw diet and avoided pharmaceutical or recreational drugs, but struggled with the process a lot. Then it dawned upon me that some important piece of a puzzle was still missing.
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Going Raw For Lyme
by Elisabeth Dunham
I recently did something I’ve always wanted to do but seriously doubted would be possible. In order to heal lingering symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, I ate only raw fruits and vegetables for one month straight. Nothing baked, boiled, sautéed, roasted or dehydrated. No meat, eggs, oils, grains, beans, potatoes, nuts or avocados. Instead, I ate lots of bananas, berries, melons and greens galore, and only trace amounts of fats, such as chia seeds. I was inspired by the results that I had read about from people on a raw vegan 80-10-10 diet, which was popularized by Dr. Douglas Graham.
As a certified Nutrition Consultant, I had a lot of success with clients using a more conventional plant-based diet that includes cooked foods. I saw clients repeatedly heal themselves of everything from diverticulitis and IBS to heart disease, high cholesterol and obesity. (You can see those testimonials at www.elisabethdunham.com/testimonials.) When done correctly, the plant-based diet can work wonders to reverse our most common health problems. I have published stunning before-and-after cholesterol results from four clients in Natural Awakenings magazine.
But Lyme is different. Although the plant-based dietary changes that worked so well for my clients, helped to relieve much of the pain and fatigue that had plagued me for years, I still needed to go further. Green smoothies and big salads with a cooked vegan meal at night enabled me to get out of bed and work, go for walks and take care of my kids. But I was still tired and achy at times and suffered from food sensitivities. By the standards of most acute Lyme sufferers, I had experienced full healing.
However, I didn’t accept the argument that I was now just getting old, and that everyone felt this way in their mid-to-late 40s. That’s not what I was seeing on The 80/10/10 Diet’s YouTube channel, where there are many videos by people my age or older who have healed themselves of chronic conditions by eating large amounts of fruit and greens along with other vegetables. Not only were they healed, but they were running marathons and ultra marathons, competing in iron man competitions, lifting weights and doing acrobatics. And they also seemed really happy.
I didn’t want to drag myself through the rest of my life because that’s just what most Americans do. I wanted vibrant health. I wanted whatever the 80-10-10ers were on. I did not see those kinds of success stories, or depth of healing, with any other dietary approach.
So, in order to increase my chance of succeeding on this seemingly rigorous path, I turned to friends who had been living the lifestyle longer than I had and asked them what to do. I was surprised when one of the first things my friend suggested was that I drop all “overt fats” from my diet.
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My Family’s Dietary Journey and Evolution
by Zuzanna Pinilla
I used to think that I was a healthy person. But it was not until I got really sick that I realized that my body had been sending clear signals that something had not been right for quite a long time.
I grew up and lived most of my life in the city of Trnava, in Slovakia. I had frequent headaches ever since I was a child. Not so long ago, I set my personal record of taking up to 10 aspirins in a month. I remember my spine pains and digestion problems, which started quietly in my teen years, and though they were getting worse over time, I didn’t realize that they were abnormal. At age 34, I was diagnosed with a disease called Lichen Sclerosus, which was affecting “only my skin” and which I successfully managed to ignore.
A few years later, my husband decided to embark on an overseas adventure. Leaving behind our good wages, we moved from Slovakia, where I lived my whole life, to Colombia, South America. A new life came along with a lot of challenges and a lot of changes. Our family’s first years were really hard, and my mental wellness got very bad. My body couldn’t withstand it. After two years of living in Colombia, my health fell apart. Bouts of bloody diarrhea and cramping told me I had colitis. My headaches became stronger, and my skin got worse. My body didn’t react well to almost any food. Once, while going through a colitis flare-up, I had to run to the toilet after just one spoonful of broth. I lost almost one pound a day and I was really scared. And my husband was, too.
I saw a doctor, and his diagnosis was ulcerative colitis. I looked up on the Internet what my symptoms could mean and I found some information. Conventional sources say it is an autoimmune, chronic, and incurable disease, and that the conventional approach is only to treat the symptoms. This process starts with drugs, and if it gets too bad, you wind up needing surgery, in which a part of, or sometimes the entire colon, is removed.
From the beginning, it was clear to me that I didn’t want that, and I was willing to try anything to escape this fate. I was already thinking about changing to some kind of diet, but I just didn’t know what kind of diet.
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Living With Vision & Commitment: If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me
by Dr. Susan Smith Jones
One of the extraordinary secrets of this world is that life flows outward. It originates inside and is projected outward, where it is perceived as the external world. People and situations and circumstances don’t affect us unless we allow them to. We are impacted only by what happens inside us, how we process situations, interactions and events. We are negatively influenced only by our own feelings and our own thoughts. Nothing outside has the power to affect us unless we let it. When you change your attitude about yourself from negative to positive, everything else in your life will change for the better.
Most people denigrate themselves all the time, in fun or in earnest. Beware, because in doing that, especially out loud or publicly, you create your own problems. If you think that somebody else hurts you or makes you happy or that some other person makes you feel good or bad about yourself, it’s a delusion. It was Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sagacity, who once said: “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Make it a personal policy never to put yourself down. Never debase yourself or think negatively about yourself. Tune in to the inner guidance that is with you 24/7 and realize that you are whole and wonderful and powerful beyond measure.
Don’t be afraid of dark or negative feelings, for darkness is the harbinger of light. “The dark night of the soul,” says Joseph Campbell, “comes just before revelation. When everything is lost and all seems darkest, then comes the new life and all that is needed.” In other words, sometimes things need to fall apart in our lives in order to come together again and unfold at a higher level. To make that happen, turn everything in your life over to the divinity within you. That Divine Self, that Light and Love within you, exists within everybody but is being wasted by those who don’t take the time to turn within. You may not find it easy at first, but everybody can do it with practice.
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Raw Food Cafés Have Slim Profit Margins But Rosy Outlooks As Healthful Eating Scene Blossoms
by Brian Rossiter
Long before Arnold Kauffman declared it to be The Raw Food Capital of the World, Arnold’s Way Vegetarian Raw Café and Health Center in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, should have been out of business.
Arnold breaks practically every conceivable rule in the book for running a good business. For the past year, as part of the café’s 30-Day Raw Challenge, he’s given to each patron who pledges to become a vegan as much as $450 in free food. Part of the deal is that he or she attends classes and eats most meals at Arnold’s Way, talking to others on the path as a way to build the Lansdale vegan community.
A Woodstock Fruit Festival pioneer, Arnold might have a heart of gold, but giving away all of these free lunches with 16-ounce Original Green Smoothies has dealt a blow to his business—at least this year.
“This is probably my roughest year in business,” he said. “I didn’t have the right help, someone who’s passionate about the job. Those years when I had someone with passion, I made money.” Raw food YouTube star Megan Elizabeth worked in the café during its “golden years,” as Arnold refers to them.
Arnold estimates that he has made $40,000 to $60,000 most years running Arnold’s Way since the early 2000s, when his daughter, Maya, revamped the menu and began packaging kale chips, banana bars and “bread.” With Maya steering the ship, the business went from being in the hole for $40,000 to profitable in one year. Arnold works 60 to 70 hours a week over six to seven days per week, and the 68-year-old has been working this much since 1992.
Arnold’s Ironman-like endurance is not for the weak, and his slightly rounded back and neck show he’s spent many hours over the years looking down at a counter while preparing Fruity Tooty Banana Whips and Toona Sandwiches, as well as washing dishes. His goal is to transform the world to a disease-free place by first changing Lansdale, a town of 16,000 and located about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.
Arnold’s business is unique because it’s a café, serving 101 menu items, plus a health food store, stocking nuts, seeds, spiralizers, books and other products.
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Cultivating Fruiticulture in Hawaii
by Ken Love
The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) is celebrating its 26th year as an agriculture commodity group (www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org). With about 600 members statewide, the group is involved with a number of tests and grant-funded projects to further its mission of supporting any and all aspects of tropical fruit growing and marketing in Hawaii. I have served as Executive Director of HTFG for many years and am very proud of the progress we have made.
Currently, HTFG has two active projects which our members are spearheading.The first is titled “Increasing the Supply of Specialty Crop Fruit Trees for Growers in Hawaii”. Members in four locations on three islands (Kauai, Molokai and Big Island) are creating four mini-germplasm repositories (i.e., collections of fruit trees). These are not your run-of-the-mill oranges and grapefruits; they are much more rare and exotic trees, such as chupa chupa, jackfruit, ooray, yuzu, and 50 more over the next few years. These collections are intended to produce trees for grower members of HTFG.
The second project, which will begin in 2016, is called “Jump Starting Hawaii’s Fruit Production Industry.” We simply don’t have enough fruit in Hawaii or enough trees to produce the fruit our population consumes. I received a call a few months ago from a Maui outfit trying to buy 1000 Sharwil avocado trees. I called nurseries and private growers throughout the state and learned that there were only about 237 trees available.
Generally, we grow and sell a million pounds of avocados in Hawaii, and we import three million pounds. We import 14 million pounds of oranges and another 14 million pounds of tangerines. Importing fruit doesn't make sense when the quality of the fruit we grow here in Hawaii is much higher than what we bring in from other parts of the world.
A farmer needs trees to get started. The average cost is $60 per tree in Hawaii, where we have some of the highest land costs imaginable. We always think of Japan as being high-priced, but the average cost of a grafted fruit tree there is only $7. In the Philippines, the cost is $3, and in India and Malaysia it's $0.75 per tree. We have to do better!
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The Fruitification of Maui
by Dr. David Klein
ANNETTE DAVIDSSON’S destiny as a fruit eater and grower was scored by her lifetime of tribulation with Crohn’s disease, her hunger for healing and vibrant health, and her Swedish family’s 500-plus year legacy of farming. Ten years ago, while living in Denmark, she found the answer to her health problem in the book Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s. Six years later, it was an invitation to visit Maui by the man who wrote the book which saved her life, her husband-to-be, Dr. David Klein, which actuated her move to this island of fruitopian potential. With David she could live out her dream of growing her own tropical fruits and take her health to the next level.
Annette loves growing plants and trees which bring beauty and nourish life. Above all, fruit trees are her passion. With fond childhood memories of her parents’ garden and apple and plum trees in Sweden, she is smitten by the joyfulness of growing beautiful flowers and fruits.
Here in Haiku in the North Shore region of Maui, Annette founded a business called Anahata Farm & Nursery. Employing organic permaculture methods, she cultivates fruit tree starters, vegetables, sprouts, herbs and ornamental plants. She sells those and fruits at the Upcountry Farmer’s Market in Kula on Saturdays and also makes local deliveries. The customers love the healthful vibe of the produce and Annette’s vibrant energy.
Providing the community with trees and making friends nourishes Annette’s soul and brings her happiness. Knowing that dozens of her fruit trees are growing in yards and orchards and will provide superior nutrition warms Annette’s heart.
It’s all about a healthful, happy, sustainable lifestyle for Annette. She loves to eat fruits such as durian, mango, longan, pineapple, jackfruit, rollinea, atemoya, papaya, lilikoi, and so on. Some of the rare fruit trees she tends include peanut butter fruit, tree tomato, Jamaican cherry and dragon fruit. Eating home-grown exotics is pure joy.
Annette’s daily pleasure is developing her permaculture food forest of “frubundance” in Haiku. Her hundreds of fruit starts are now spreading their roots, with promises of delicious bounties to come for family and community.
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Requirements That Our Natural Foods Must Meet
by Dr. T. C. Fry
Every species has its biological adaptations. This applies to all areas of every creature's life, including its diet. Each species has its peculiar development that disposes it to a particular lifestyle and dietary. Humans are no exceptions.
Humans have been and remain constitutionally frugivores—humans are adapted only to a diet of fruits. This means we should eat no meat or animal products, as we are not carnivores or omnivore; no cereals or grain products, as we're not graminivores; nor anything else that is not consonant with the human frugivorous constitution.
Foods that ideally meet human needs have a certain readily ascertainable character. Careful consideration of human nutritive requirements as found in foods can result in the establishment of qualities that foods must possess to be our ideal or natural foods.
For example, human physiological requirements from foods can be fairly accurately stated as follows:
- About 90% of our solid intake should be fuel for energy;
- About 5% of our solid intake should be for meeting our amino acid (protein) needs;
- About 2% of our solids intake of solids should be of mineral matter to meet our need for minerals; and
- About 3% of our intake of solids is to meet our need for essential carry acids, vitamins, auxones and other food factors, known and unknown.
Inasmuch as water and innocuous fiber are neutral factors, they receive no consideration other than to note that we naturally require sufficient water in our foods to meet our needs. Therefore, we are talking about our nutrient requirements relative to the dry weight of foods of foods without water content. While our diet should consist nearly all of foods with water content as bestowed by nature, for the purposes of this discussion this is not considered
There are 12 primary considerations that a natural human food must meet. Our natural foods:
- Must be nontoxic. We should not poison ourselves.
- Must have aesthetic or sensory appeal. It should be beautiful to the eye, tantalize the sense of smell, and be a gustatory delight!
- Must be relished in its natural raw state as taken from nature.
- Must be digest easily.
- Must be digested efficiently.
- Must have amino acid adequacy.
- Must have vitamin adequacy.
- Must supply mineral salts amply.
- Must supply our needs for essential fatty acids.
10. Must supply our needs for caloric values.
- Must be water-sufficient and meet our needs for water under most conditions.
12. Must be alkaline in metabolic reaction, as a general rule.
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Earth’s Health Is In Your Hands
by Don Weaver
In the late 1970s, a few of us, including John Hamaker and myself, warned people about severe climate change and explained that it was due to fossil fuel burning combined with global deforestation, continuous soil demineralization executed by chemical agriculture, sick and dying trees and whole forests, and the fires that inevitably ravage such stressed and malnourished trees and other vegetation. In those days, we got our messages out to the world by mass mailing articles and letters, along with calls or visits to places like the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, the Congress, the EPA, USDA and environmental organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This led us to write and publish The Survival of Civilization in 1982 in an effort to provide an extensively documented case for regenerating the soil and Earth. Further documentation was offered in 14 issues of "Solar Age or Ice Age? Bulletin" and then in 2002 when I published the extensive book To Love And Regenerate the Earth. Other articles before and since were published as the ebook Regenerate the Earth! in 2011.
We were and are not only warning of the dangers ahead due to soil demineralization and consequent deterioration of plant health and the global climate. We were and are also publicizing the solutions of generous soil remineralization and general re-greening of the biosphere, acting locally and thus acting globally. We were (and are?) apparently a bit "ahead of our time," since most people didn't understand the radical simplicity of giving back to the Earth's living soil its natural foods in greater quantity than we mine them from the soil through agriculture and (de)forestry. Now, in the summer and fall of 2015, we're seeing more new records for fire damage in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and other drought-stressed regions, while elsewhere "super typhoons" are devastating the Bahamas, Philippines and up to 27 inches of rain has flooded the Carolinas in just a few days! That is more than parts of California have received in the past three years! Worldwide soil erosion and demineralization continue to "undermine" our health and future survival chances."Natural" disasters have become the new normal, as the large insurance companies and their growing damage statistics can attest to.
Giving more than we take implies a level of intelligence and generosity that humanity did not generally express in the late 1970s. In the 35 to 40 years since, has that intelligence and that special quality of generosity grown to meet the challenge of the steady crippling of Earth's life-support systems and this interglacial period's climatic deterioration, obviously in progress? To whom shall we look for this intelligence and generosity—the millions of scientific specialists whose jobs are to research parts of the living Earth so we can better understand and often commercially exploit it in fragments? How many are acting with a conscience to call for the regeneration of the Earth as a whole? Are the politicians in the U.S. and around the world showing us that they are even concerned about the health of the soils, the plants and trees, the animals, the atmosphere and climate? Do they deeply care about their fellow human beings, the supposed "crown of Creation"? If they did, and had any insight into how health comes from the soil and a whole, nurturing environment, wouldn't we be hearing some rational words along these lines from some of them? Someday, probably soon, when the deterioration has become even more undeniable than it is now, they may finally stop their “struggle against the truth."
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