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Why Does the Media Completely Misunderstand Raw Food Diets?

July 01, 2008 | 56,273 views
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raw food dietThis piece from the London Times discusses the ins and outs of switching to a raw food diet -- meaning, according to the article, a raw vegan diet, cutting out "meat, fish, eggs, dairy foods and cereal grains."

Raw-food followers maintain that the diet can help you lose weight and feel more energized. The author of this article recommends mastering a "nutritionally complete vegan diet before progressing to raw food," and possibly taking a vegan-approved vitamin and mineral supplement for micronutrients.

What Are GMOs?

From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

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Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Nearly every article written on raw foods in the media, including this London Times article, makes the SERIOUS mistake of excluding meat and animal protein from the raw food diet. Why do they completely ignore the abundant and plentiful examples from the animal kingdom that show us the importance of raw animal foods?

I suspect most of you have seen Planet Earth. If you haven’t I would STRONGLY encourage you to purchase the DVD and if possible watch it on high definition. It is clearly one of the most spectacular DVD sets ever created.

If you watch the four DVDs, you will see numerous examples of raw food eating in the animal kingdom. And while there are a fair share of vegetarians in the wild, there are many examples of animals eating RAW animal protein.

Do you think for a moment that a great white shark is going to subsist on seaweed? Of course not. But it would be even more ridiculous to believe that the shark or snow leopard would capture their prey and take it home to cook it before they ate it.

It simply is not done at all in the animal kingdom. Animals do NOT cook their food. That is why your pet cats and dogs do MUCH better on raw foods and why YOU will also do much better if you don’t cook your food.

However, if you restrict your foods to raw plant foods only, as is mistakenly advocated in many raw-food diets, you will likely start a radical decline in your health. The slope of that decline is directly related to your nutritional type. Strong carb types will not decline much at all, while strong protein types, who have a far greater need for animal protein, will find that their health declines very rapidly when eating only plant-based foods.

Why are Raw Foods So Good for You?

They exist in their natural, unaltered form, the way nature intended. When you cook foods, enzymes that are necessary for metabolic purposes in your body are destroyed. Meanwhile:
  • Nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are depleted, destroyed, and altered.
  • Unusable waste material is created, which has a cumulative congesting and clogging effect on your body.
  • Eating enzyme-dead food places a burden on your pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs.
  • Putrefactive bacteria, particularly from cooked meat, dominate the natural population of beneficial intestinal flora resulting in dysfunction in your intestine.
Cooked food also contains no biophotons, the light particles or “stored sun energy” that exists in raw foods. Biophotons contain important bio-information, which controls complex vital processes in your body. The biophotons have the power to order and regulate, and, in doing so, to elevate the organism -- in this case, your physical body -- to a higher oscillation or order. This is manifested as a feeling of vitality and well-being.

Yet because of the widely circulated fear of germs, and the mistaken notion that everything must be cooked literally to death before it’s safe to eat, most people are scared to death of eating a raw egg, raw dairy products or, gasp, raw meat.

And this is a shame.

Raw Animal Foods Won’t Make You Sick

Ok, it is possible to get sick from raw animal foods. But it’s also possible to get sick from raw vegetables, as we’ve seen from the organic spinach scare in 2006 and the more recent recall of tomatoes.

The key to making sure that any food you eat is safe is to get it from a high-quality source. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. When you are getting your meat, raw dairy, and eggs from animals that are healthy and raised in natural settings, as opposed to factory farms, there is very little risk in eating these foods raw. The same goes for produce, as well.

I realize that it’s hard for many people to get their minds around the concept of eating raw meat, dairy and eggs. But once you grasp the enormous health benefits that come from eating foods in their natural state -- and begin to do it for yourself -- it’s easy to break free from this myth.

If you like, start slowly with a raw egg or glass of raw milk. Little by little you will see that these foods the public health agencies warn you about are not only safe, they’re healthy and delicious.

My personal goal is to consume 85 percent of my diet raw. Unless I’m traveling, I am almost always over 50 percent, and typically around 85 percent. And yes, that includes animal proteins, as I am a protein nutritional type.

You have to do what feels right for you, but I believe once you venture too far from the natural order of things you are setting yourself up for some serious health consequences.

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