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POST #872
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”).

10×10 PLEDGE: buy local

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8/2/12 CSA SHARE: What we got

POST #772
Here is what we got:
Toscano Kale – 1 bun……………………2 med eggplant
Cucumbers – several pcs………………..2 cucumbers
Fennel – 1 hd……………………………….2 sm hds
Fresh Yellow  or Walla Walla Onions – 1 bun…..about 6 med.
Baby Watermelon – 1 pc
Bell Pepper – 1 pc
Green Long Peppers – several pcs
Red Tomatoes OR Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – 2 sm

No kale! Oh well!  I traded the eggplants I got instead for another watermelon.  (I have some good raw vegan eggplant recipes, but I just don’t feel like doing that much work)

I would have liked to trade away the fennel, but there wasn’t anything else to trade for, and some helpful volunteers suggested a fennel and orange salad (something I wouldn’t think of, because I don’t normally put fruit with vegetables – except, of course, with tomatoes)

I also got a bag of regular peaches and another bag of UFO peaches

RAW VEGAN? or not? WHAT IS RIGHT? (what is right for me? what is right for you? what others say is right. how to know what is right for you.)

These days, we see former proponents of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets – even those we may have revered as raw food “gurus”, giving up the ghost and going back to cooked food, and even meat.

The  most recent “raw food” recipe book I have read was written by a woman who admitted openly that she consumes dairy foods and meat.

Now, today, I have found that Dr. Mercola (who has published many articles which seem to promote a raw food diet, or, at the very least, a vegan diet, and whose views I have always found respectable, although I have never seen him publicly claim to be a raw vegan, vegan, or even vegetarian) seems to be siding with meat-eaters and dairy consumers.

This article could be scary, disheartening, or disillusioning to you, depending on where you are at:  The China Study has been widely touted as the “only truth”.  We raw vegans are at a place right now where many of our revered “gurus” are bailing, suddenly telling us that cooked food is the way to go, or even that meat and dairy are good.

I was raw before all of these “gurus” showed up (when I started out, Ann Wigmore was all there was.  Viktoras Kulvinskas went to work with her, but now he has apparently gone omnivore)  I’ve only just started to read the China Study, so none of my beliefs are dependent on whatever is in that book.  (I resisted reading the book for several years, and only just recently decided to read it because of all the controversy at the heart of the raw food movement.)

If you became a vegan because of your animal politics, it may be easy for you to slide back into an omnivore diet. (you may well have had difficulty following your politically-chosen diet because of dietary cravings which you did not know how to counter, other than intellectually)

On the other hand, if you have embarked on a vegan or raw vegan diet because you believe it is healthier for you (as Ann Wigmore suggested), you need not lose the faith.  Since Ann Wigmore died, some have carried on her lineage untarnished, while others have tinkered with the system, removing certain elements and adding others.  Regardless, if you believe that a raw vegan diet is more healthful, that has not changed.

It does seem that, as I have always maintained, a low-fat raw food diet is destined to fail.  We need fats in our diet in order to develop healthy body systems.  If you are eating raw vegan foods, any fat in your diet  will be good, healthy fat.

If you on a raw vegan diet, and you feel cravings, consider augmenting the fats into your diet, either by eating avocados, or adding extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or raw nuts and seeds.

I  am actually excited at this point in time because I am going to outlive all of the gurus who tried to tell me what to eat, who have now announced that they no longer eat 100% raw.

Does this leave me as the last raw guru? (hee hee – who ever said I was a guru anyway? Anyway, what makes a guru?)  With all of the gurus bailing for burgers (or whatever), who is left who champions a raw vegan diet?…. (oh, guru! Please reveal yourself – or else, I will have to take up the banner!)

What all this means is, if you have started eating a raw vegan diet, and you feel that it is good for you, then ignore these false prophets who came for your money and then decided they’d had enough.

I learned raw from dead people (the writers of my first raw books), and from a woman I never met, whose videos were unavailable to me before the Internet (Ann Wigmore).  I have lived just fine on the information I got from those people, who did not renounce their lifestyles at any point (at least, if they did so, they did not do so publicly)

Look at it this way:  I am not going to quit my raw vegan lifestyle.  It has worked for me for a long time. It worked for me before the Internet ever came into being.  It worked for me before I ever discovered the self-styled “raw gurus” on the Internet (I have never read any more than their hyped up promotions – I have never bought anything from such people, and now I find that many have gone non-raw, so I do feel vindicated)

If you want to eat cooked food, go for it.  If you want to eat meat, go for it. I am not here to convert you to any way that you do not want to go.

On the other hand, if you want to eat raw vegan, go for it. It is a healthy lifestyle which you can easily, healthily maintain from here unto eternity.  Come back and visit me, and see what I am up to.





Whole Foods is now the second largest American non-union food retailer, after WalMart. (Don’t get me wrong here: I am not on that “we hate Walmart” bandwagon –we don’t have WalMart here in New York City, but, when I see one elsewhere, I go in to see what they have that I might want, that is hard to find at home… Yes, New York City does not have everything)

I, myself, do not shop at Whole Foods any longer, as when it opened its Union Square store, it forced my favorite local organic food market out of business.

By squeezing out smaller natural foods/organic foods markets in the areas it enters, Whole Foods has positioned itself to control organic and natural food retailing, including availability and pricing.  It is starting to look like the Monsanto of organic foods, and, at the same time, Whole Foods is not totally clear about what customers are receiving when they purchase packaged products labeled as “natural” (often, these have been found to be convention food products which have been “greenified” by the label “natural”, a label which is not controlled in any way).

Of course, if you are eating all raw, or at least eating “all natural” (as in:  you buy your vegetables and prepare them from scratch, without using any packaged products), the only thing you need to worry about at Whole Foods is whether or not they are being truthful about what produce is organic  (this has been called into question, owing to reports by truckers who bring in the produce and claim to have seen the same pallet of boxes of produce arbitrarily divided between the organic and non-organic produce sections).

This discussion has been treated so well already, by previous authors, that I do not feel the need to re-invent the wheel here.  If you are interested in knowing more, please check out the following articles:

The Whole Story About Whole Foods Market

If the above-listed article whets your appetite, check out the next two.  They are similar to one another in focus, yet, at the same time,  each illustrates different aspects of the controversy.

Whole Foods and the Myth of Natural

The Organic Monopoly and the Myth of ‘Natural’ Foods: How Industry Giants Are Undermining the Organic Movement



As of 2007, the following large food processing companies own the following organic food companies.  What are the implications of this to us, as consumers?

Back to Nature
Boca Foods

White Wave/Silk
The Organic Cow of Vermont
Hershey Foods


Naked Juice

Morningstar Farms/Natural Touch
Worthington/Loma Linda

French Meadow


Arrowhead Mills
Health Valley
Imagine/Rice Dreams/Soy Dream
Celestial Seasonings
Little Bear
Mountain Sun
Walnut Acres
Fruitti di Bosca
Millina’s Finest
Earth’s Best
Nile Spice
Spectrum Organics
Garden of Eatin’
Spectrum Organics

Cascadian Farm
Muir Glen

Seeds of Change


CANCER UPDATE FROM JOHN’S HOPKINS – read all the way through

from http://www.rawchefdan.com/raw_chef_dan/newsjuly09.html


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder.

By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened Soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.

A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine.

Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water- best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFA s etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.


1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.

Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as CorningWare, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life

WHY DO PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT TO EAT? Why do we try to tell others what to eat?

Vegetarians, vegans, and raw vegans often ask why people are hostile toward their dietary choices. At the same time, many of us argue with people who do not share our dietary choices, and try to convince others that they are wrong to eat the way they do.

Recently I answered a questions about this on Yahoo Answers (answers.yahoo.com).  The person posting suggested that “superior attitudes” create hostility on the part of others, and reminded me that our beliefs are not universal, and others are not obliged to agree with you.

This poster has taken the time to give us all something that is very important to understand, so I am cross-posting here the answer that I posted on Yahoo Answers (which, incidentally, the poster chose as the best answer)

Here is what I said:

“I personally feel that lifestyle choice, be it diet, religion, music identification, or whatever, should be a personal choice.

Unfortunately, many people seem to think that their choices should be the choices of all (shades of dictatorship, according to me).
Do we want people to tell us what religion to have? I don’t think so.
Do we want people to tell us what gender to prefer, or what position to use? I hope not.
Do we like people blasting music we don’t like at us? I doubt it.

So, why should any of us criticise what anyone else wants to eat?
If vegetarians, vegans, or raw vegans choose to eat the way they eat, it should be their right, and people who do not adhere to those kinds of diets should leave them alone.

At the same time, new converts to vegetarianism, veganism, or raw veganism should make every effort to avoid missionizing (as should people who have been sucked into MLM schemes)

Unfortunately, we are dealing with humans. Humans tend to like to feel superiority, and many get the idea that showing others the superior thing they have found makes them superior.

We are all blessed with our ability to make choices. We can find polite ways to fend off missionary approaches. “Thank you, but I’m not interested” is a bit blunt. “That’s interesting, but let’s talk about something else” is another option, still blunt. You can also listen to the missionary and then say “thank you” and go on about your business.

Many vegetarians/vegans/raw vegans get tired of meat eaters telling them that they are missing this or that. Some meat-eaters are mean to vegetarians, vegans, and/or raw vegans.

Speaking out against meat-eaters can be a defense mechanism.

Regardless, we should all strive to avoid missionizing other people who are not interested in our passion.”

I will add to this
that I was raised Baptist, which is an evangelical Christian denomination.   As a youngster, I never had any trouble with that, because everyone around me was some variety of Christian.  When I took off to foreign parts, I found myself faced with a very unusual situation – people wanted to know about my religion, and, suddenly, I found myself explaining something that I had never thought much about – duh! belief is belief!  I had to examine some things within myself.  Because of who *I* am, I had to examine my ability to tell people about something which I deeply believe, which might fly in the face of everything they know.  This was a very difficult thing for me, because I had come to believe that other religions can be good, too.

I have since come to terms with my multi-culti open-mindedness, as it regards religion. My religion is the best for me.  My religion is intensely personal (if I tell my pastor everything I believe, he might become seriously concerned, but I don’t need to tell him all of that, as long as what I fundamentally believe leads me to attend the church where he preaches.  (I think that there are probably a lot of people who feel this way, who follow the old Clinton rule of “don’t ask/don’t tell) Since I am also a confirmed Roman Catholic (don’t ask), once I did go to a priest and tell him I believed in this and that, and was pleasantly surprised when he said that, as long as I did not say that he had said so, I could still be a card-carrying Catholic)

How does this side-track relate to raw  veganism/  veganism / vegetarianism?

In our lives, we are going to meet people who say they agree with us; and we are going to meet people who say they like what we are saying, but they are not going to do it; and we are going to meet people who think what we do is ridiculous.

The easiest way to live a raw vegan lifestyle
is to keep it to ourselves, and simply find others who agree with us, and hang out with them, and share our beliefs and recipes with them (I know, it sounds a lot like church, but that is the way humans do!)

I actually survived as a raw vegan for more than 20 years before I found other people who ate the way I do.
I ate the way I did because that seemed reasonable to me, but I did not know that there were others near me who ate that way, and I did not worry it.  I did not try to get converts, I just ate the way I did, and when I went to potluck dinners, I took food I was accustomed to making, without making a hullabaloo.  Most people called my food salad, and some people asked me about it.  When they asked, I told them.  I did not try to convert them ( did not really know that there were other people like me, so I was the only one, i.e., the weirdo).  I still do the same way.
When I am on vacation with my parents each year, I make dinner two or three times that week.  If they like it, my mom will ask me for the recipe.  My parents do what they do.  They are old enough to have the right to do as they wish.  If they adopt some of my ways, cool.

This is my way of missionizing.
If people come to your house, you treat them (feed them) as you would treat any person in your household.  If that is attractive to them, they will ask you about it.

This works for me in my evangelical requirement to witness to other people. I live my life, and if people ask me about it,  then I invite them to my church.  I show them who I am, and I let them ask, and I let them decide.  Yes, people do convert sometimes.  They do so because they see something that looks good to t hem, not because I hit them over the head with a hammer.


Why don’t people want to write up instructions anymore? It seems that everyone and his brother, (or everyone and her sister) is making raw food and nutrition videos of what they want to share with us, but….. The worst issue with videos, as I see it, is that they screen out all hearing impaired people. People who cannot hear the videos are left out. Is this not discrimination? As I see it, if the people making the videos also offered a script, two positive goals might be accomplished: 1) the video producers would have a chance to correct any omissions in their videos, and the hearing impaired would be able to learn from them, as well. I am, admittedly, very big on written instructions. I am more visual than auditory, and I also would rather multi-task (watch the news or a TV program while I read a tutorial, for instance). I wish video producers would also make transcripts available so that the hearing impaired, as well as the video-adverse, could benefit from the knowledge they wish to share. Now, it may be that these folks feel they cannot write. In that case, I offer my services as a writer.


The Calorie Restriction Society was featured on 60 Minutes tonight.  I’ve run across them on a couple of sites, but I have never known much more than what they have on their site, http://calorierestriction.org so this show was of interest to me.

The CRS is *not* a specifically raw, vegan, or even vegetarian organization, but it does promote a number of issues important to raw vegans, so I think it is important to pay attention to what they are doing.
As it turns out, Washington University is studying the claims of CRS, and its members, with an eye to their belief that “Hunger strengthens the Survival Gene”.  (I had never heard about the “Survival Gene” before, but the information is interesting, and its implications are, at the same time, scary.

Researchers are now attempting to create a pill to mimic Calorie Restriction, a pill which, essentially,  mimics diets.  This pill would be a highly concentrated form of Resveratrol (yes, the one you see advertised in Facebook sidebars), which would provide the Resveratrol equivalent of approximately 1000 glasses of wine.  This research is seen as having important implications for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Cancer treatment

Researchers have found that mice given resveratrol did not gain as much weight as those which were not fed the supplement, and, upon autopsy, were found to have more youthful organs, even though both groups had been fed the same high-fat diet.

Tests on people have showed lowered glucose and insulin levels.

At the same time, the program acknowledged that 9 out of 10 tests that look good in mice failin human tests.

This formula, which is seen as allowing people to remain more youthful and healthier without any alterations in diet, has been bought by Glaxo-Smith-Kline.  What could that mean?  Will they bury the product?  Will they bring it out?  Will it be available to the hoi-polloi?

Meanwhile, the members of the CRS as well as raw vegans all know that the secret to health and longevity if eating healthy food in moderation.