I’m cross posting my response (with additions) on the LinkedIn Go Raw discussion group (the additions are things which I had to delete to comply with the maximum LinkedIn post length).
Someone asked why doctors want to reduce pesticides don’t push organic foods.
Actually, I think the reason that more doctors who think we should reduce pesticides fail to promote organic produce has more to do with *ignorance* than anything else. Allopaths (“regular doctors” who prescribe chemical medicines and recommend surgical intervention) are not often very educated in nutrition (much less, alternative nutrition), while they *are* educated in treating symptoms, as opposed to diseases. Owing to their educational background, they feel more competent, and, hence, more comfortable. with treating symptoms, rather than focusing on the causes of the symptoms and the elimination of the causes. Of course, that is what their patients usually want and expect: treatment of the symptoms, so they can get on with their lives (It is the rare patient, like myself, who walks in and wants to know natural therapies, or even wants to know what drug is in the injection they are about to receive). Most patients don’t want to be told to adopt radical diet and lifestyle changes in order to eliminate the symptoms forever. The self-same doctors most often do not want to do any such thing in their own lives (One of my doctors asked me what, exactly, I had done to take off 100 lbs in 1 year without thinking about it. When I told him I’d done it on a raw low carb diet, he told me he didn’t think he could do that. I told him that he *could*, if he thought he could, and that it was very easy to do. He thanked me and went on to develop high blood pressure and diabetes — “it runs in his family”).
Some people are going to get it, and some people are not.
Still, we cannot force anyone to eat in a way they do not wish to (I mean, even doctors can’t get patients to honestly follow therapeutic diets – the patients *will* cheat, more often than not, if they think they can get away with it — and most do). Adults (at least, in the US) are free to follow whatever diet we wish to (thank Heaven for freedom!) Just as no one can force me to eat meat, or eat cooked food, I cannot force anyone to adopt the diet which I choose to follow, and which I believe is most healthful. (This is good — I would not like anyone to be able to force me to eat in a way which I do not agree with, so I must accept that others cannot be forced to forgo the diets of their choice. I vehemently believe that the government has no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot eat.— I also believe that the government has no right to force-feed people who have voluntarily gone on hunger strikes.)
Today, many of us believe organic foods are best for health. We should continue to push for legislation requiring manufacturers of processed foods to clearly identify their products as GMO or non-GMO, and as organic or non-organic, on packaging. We should continue to educate people as to the benefits of eating organic food, or raw vegan food, or whatever we believe is correct.
Nutritional education is slow going. The first raw restaurant was established in Los Angeles in the 1920s, but closed after some 20 years. In New York City, raw restaurants come and go. Today, there are, as far as I know, 2 raw vegan restaurants (Pure Food & Wine, and Rawkin Raw), 1 mostly raw restaurant (I’m going on an email I received from the chef of Quintessence, a while back, saying that Quintessence would be serving cooked food dishes), and 1 vegan restaurant (Caravan of Dreams) which serves some raw dishes (I mean, doesn’t every restaurant serve salads? Isn’t that enough? Of course not, but if we don’t support our raw restaurants – or if they are priced beyond our reach– there will be little chance to introduce friends to raw foods)
How do we educate? Well, I think that’s sort of like “religion”, actually. You live your life the way you believe is correct, but without preaching. Most people don’t want to hear preaching about something they don’t already believe in. You join in a potluck and make something delicious and then you give askers the recipe. You invite friends for dinner or a TV night and you serve raw vegan snacks that would appeal to non-raw people. You don’t preach about your beliefs in the raw food lifestyle, but you show them how you eat. They will come around if that is what they want to do.
The only people we can preach to are the “already saved”, i.e., those who are already interested in a raw vegan lifestyle. Then, we face other issues. You cannot really preach much if you are not at least high raw yourself, unless you explain that more raw is better than no raw. (Russell James (therawfoodchef.com),recently suggested people use his recipes all day every day, or part of the day, or most of the day, or one meal a day (I’m guessing Russell is not 100% raw, but may be as much as 80% raw. Making his living publicizing raw vegan recipes, he doesn’t want people to go sour if they discover that he has been eating something “not on the list”).