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The Raw Food Controversies: I’m writing a new book

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Sometimes people tell me: “Fred, I know that you believe in the low-fat raw diet, and the natural hygiene approach. But your way doesn’t work for every one. We have to do what works for us.”

My current knowledge and ideas didn’t come to me randomly, but through witnessing for many many years how crazy and destructive some raw food, vegetarian and vegan diets can be (when done poorly) and also how powerful and healing they can be when done properly.

I’ve nearly destroyed my health by eating raw food the wrong way, and I’ve seen thousands of other people do the same.

I started on this path in 1996, which is nearly 15 years ago. And I see the same mistakes being made over and over again by the people following the approach of “just do what works for you”.

The truth is, I’ve never really told my story.

I’ve met some CRAZY raw-foodists!

I’ve seen some really DISTURBING things happen to people who follow the wrong advice in the fields of health and raw veganism.

And I have myself experience my fair share of problems until I figured out how to make this diet work in the real world.

And honestly, I’ve never really told these stories before. I’ve just told you the conclusions I came to after seeing all of these things happen.

But after all these years, I’ve been thinking that it might be time to tell my story, the whole story.

To do so, I started writing a brand new book, which is tentatively called “Raw Food Controversies Exposed“.

Could it be time to tell my story to the world of how I got into the raw food diet, what exactly happened to me that nearly destroyed my health after 3 years of strict high-fat raw-foodism, the story of the wrong advice spread in the raw-food movement, and more importantly, what I’ve learned along the way?

For a long time I’ve been thinking that there was no point in telling the whole story. “Why would anyone want to know that?” I wondered.

So I started writing the books, and now I’ve got over 150 pages written, and that’s just about half of what the book is going to be like.

I’ve been thinking to start posting unedited chapters from this new book on my blog, as I’m writing it.

But I’m not sure if you REALLY want to know my story.

I have to warn you: It’s a bit shocking and crazy! But for someone interested in raw foods and healthful living, it can also be very interesting and informative.

I know some people will NOT like what I have to say, and it will create quite a controversy.

In fact, I’m quite certain that some people would definitely prefer if I shut my mouth and never told the story of what REALLY happened to me back then.

What about you?

Would you like to hear the full story?

Let me know by leaving a comment.

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.