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Raw Food as a Natural Cure for Disease

By far the biggest question I get about the raw food diet is, “can it help heal my _____ (enter health problem)”?

Most people want to know if the raw food diet can help heal their diabetes, or their hypoglycemia, or their arthritis, or their chronic fatigue, or actually all diseases under the sun.

I would lie to you if I said “yes”

The truth is, there is actually no diet in the world that has the *power* to heal anything.

Healing is an ability inherent to the living cells.

So when asking yourself “what can I eat to heal this or that health problem?”, you’re asking the wrong question.

People like to believe that there are miracle cures to be found, but the only true cure is the removal of the cause, and the providing of proper conditions for the human body to thrive and heal itself.

Now, let’s ask the question: “Why do people who go on a raw food diet experience such dramatic health improvements”?

The answer is *not* because the raw foods contain special properties that can heal the body. At least, that’s only partially true. The “healing power” of raw foods can be explained in two parts:

1- First and foremost, it’s the removal of the cause of disease! What I mean is that when people go on a raw food diet, they automatically eliminate 90% of the foods that are most likely to cause health problems in the first place.

People don’t get healthy just because they *add* good stuff to their diet. They get healthy when they *remove* the “bad” stuff that caused them to get sick in the first place.

I like to say it: You’re only as healthy as you’re weakest link. We go in complete details about that in my advanced program The Perfect Health Program.

2- Secondly, the raw food diet provides lots of nutritive elements that are often missing in most people’s diet. These elements will help the body restore its healing abilities.

So, raw food doesn’t heal you, but it does lay the ground for strong foundations where healing can take place.

For complete information about this, I suggest that you go through our Raw Health Starter Kit, available here. If you want more advanced information, I recommend the Perfect Health Program.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.