I had a great question come in from Glenn, who purchased my program, Health For Life.
I have read your book! Thought it was great!
I was wondering about your thoughts on whole grains?
As T. Colin Campbell at their site https://nutritionstudies.org/ recommends whole grains… also seen other plant based doctors etc. recommending it… (Forks Over Knives as well)
But in Natural Hygiene it’s advised as poison.
A bit confusing…
I can understand where Glen is coming from and I also hear this feeling expressed when people hear my views, which often contradicts the work of other professionals in the health and nutrition field, some of whom have a trajectory longer than mine.
I have nothing but admiration for Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his work in the field of nutrition, studies which I often cite in my books and my articles.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts, as well as other plant-based doctors, have something in common; they all come from a medical background, so they tend to be more conservative with their views.
I cannot speak for them, but my understanding is that they share a more “fragmented” view when it comes to health and nutrition, and which often translates into a search for “cures”, whether through drugs or food.
That’s why you constantly see findings on their websites telling you why apple cider vinegar is good for you one week, and a week later, you find out that the same apple cider vinegar is bad for you for some other reason, and this search for cures and fixes goes on infinitum.
The science of Natural Hygiene does not believe in the search for cures or in highlighting specific attributes of each food over others in order to cure, what it does do instead is to concentrate in removing the causes of disease while creating the necessary conditions and environment in order to allow the body to heal itself. This approach is known as “holistic”, as opposed to fragmented.
Natural Hygiene and medicine are two different branches of science. The next time you see your doctor, ask what she or he thinks about overcoming diseases through fasting, and you may as well be speaking Chinese to them because they won’t know what to say.
They will probably tell you what an infectologist doctor once said when I asked the same question: I am sorry, I cannot help you with that because that is not something that I have studied.
Digging deeper, you’ll find out that Natural Hygiene has in fact more in common with biology than medicine can ever claim. By definition: Natural Hygiene is that branch of biology that relates to the preservation and restoration of health.
The nature cure movement where Hygiene belongs to used to be popular over one hundred years ago and practiced by millions of people, including Indian activist and leader Mahatma Gandhi, who used to consult Dr. Herbert Shelton (the modern founder of Natural Hygiene) on fasting.
Sadly, all came to an abrupt end in 1908, when John D. Rockefeller and his oil and drugs empire helped implement legislation that made allopathic “drugs-per-symptom” medicine the “legal standard” (monopoly), which the FDA has used to suppress natural and “biologically correct” types of health care to this day.
Since then, Natural Hygiene, as well as many other non-invasive forms of health treatments that are part of the nature cure movement went underground, which explains why so many people don’t know of their existence, and think that the orthodox medicine approach to health and nutrition is all there is to know, when in reality nothing could be further from the truth.
Another reason why Natural Hygiene is not a popular science is simply because not many people can make money from it. If everyone ate plant based, raw foods and stopped get sick, most of the food industry as we know it would collapse – as would the pharmaceutical industry.
The food industry makes its money through a practice called “adding value” to commodities such as water, grains, and milk. In the case of cereals, this means cooking and roasting grains, adding salt, sugar, flavour enhancers, toxic additives, and a touch of artificial vitamins and then selling it you as “healthy” cereals.
The reason why I wanted to go further on this article and cover some historical and political issues is because without this basic understanding of history and these economic factors, you wouldn’t know why and how we arrived at this point.
Natural Hygiene views grains as bird food for parrots, pigeons, and doves.
Many birds have a distinct organ called the gizzard that helps grind grains. Have you seen chickens eating rocks and other hard bits? They do it on purpose, so these rocks can help grind.
Humans are much different and don’t have a gizzard or other physiological features of birds.
Anatomically, humans are classed as anthropoid primates, along with gibbon, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans and thrive on a diet composed almost exclusively of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
There is not one example in nature of an animal with an anatomy and physiology similar to ours that consumes grains.
Natural foods, such as apples and oranges, taste good just as they are produced in nature.
Grains, by contrast, taste unpleasant and bitter in their raw state, even when they sprout. They need to be cooked, processed, and salt and other chemicals added in order for us to appreciate their flavours.
As someone famously remarked: If we observe nature, we find that all creatures are born with or develop everything they need to secure their natural food. No human has yet been born with a stove on his back or the keys to a tractor in his hand.
Since I researched and studied nutrition for over 10 years, I have read countless stories of people who have destroyed their health by eating grains, whether refined or whole– it doesn’t matter, yet I still have to read a story of a single person who destroyed their health because of eating fruit – on a low fat, wholefood plant based diet, that is. It’s practically unheard of.
I suffered huge digestive issues in the past and do you know what’s happened when I went to see my doctor and told him about it? The first thing he said was: Have you tried quitting grains? This was a well-known medical doctor with 50 years of experience. And he indeed was right; it was grains causing my ill health, and the moment I quit them, the problem vanished.
And then there is the big issue of grain addiction which I am not going to cover in this article, but I have previously in other writings. How many times have I heard people say to me: Not Ariel, I couldn’t eat a raw food diet because I cannot quit bread or pizza. Countless times, right? By contrast, I have never heard of anybody having a problem being addicted to oranges or apples, have you?
This is not to say that grains are terrible; they are a far better choice than animal product alternatives.
But why complicate your health when you can eat fruit and vegetables instead?
The biggest irony of all is that when you adapt your taste buds to raw foods; eating pomegranate would feel more satisfying, filling, and delightful than the most delicious pizza; take my word for it.
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