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Boldly Going Where No Raw Vegan Has Gone Before

Boldly Going Where No Raw Vegan Has Gone Before

I went to see the latest Star Trek movie last weekend. My dad was a mild Star Trek fan so I was raised watching those movies and series.

As expected, the new movie was incredible with just the right combination of action, great characters and jaw-dropping futuristic settings.

I started thinking about it, because the Star Trek universe is often fancied of the ultimate dream for humanity — the future where technology has done what it’s supposed to do without destroying the world, and when humans are taking the next step exploring other planets.

The tag line is “Boldly going where no man has gone before.”

And it seems to me like the perfect metaphor for this great adventure that we’re currently on with the raw vegan diet.

A lot of people — men in particular — are fascinated by the concept of space travel and exploration.

Even though Einstein proved that it’s not possible to go faster light speed, we like to imagine what it would be like to travel even faster than this and be able to reach the farthest corners of the galaxy, where perhaps strange life forms and civilizations live.

People also like to imagine a future when all diseases have been eliminated through the wonders of science and medicine.

But is it actually what’s happening?

Even though tremendous technological progress has been made in the last 100 years, the surprising truth is that we’re getting sicker than ever.

Even life expectancy is expected to decline by about 5 years in America within the next decades, according to paper publisher by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2005.

Medicine is busy trying to find a “cure” for the most complex and deadly disease, when in fact they haven’t even managed to discover a cure for the most benign illness: the common cold.

By their own admission, it’s not even possible to cure the common cold. But yet, they keep promising a cure for cancer or for multiple sclerosis!

In reality, the most obvious cure for almost all health problems is in the cause, like my friend Dr. Ruza says.

Remove the cause of the illness, and you’ve already done most of what needs to be done to let the body do the rest and start healing.

I always find it funny when movies depicting a highly technologically advanced and utopian future, people still drink alcohol and eat cooked meat!

They also still get sick, but fortunately they have a Dr. McCoy with a nifty gadget that wipes out their cancer in a few seconds and in no pain.

This unfortunately is as unlikely to happen as faster-than-speed space travel!

You cannot negate the law of cause and effect.

You cannot keep on hitting your head with a hammer, take a pill to “cure” you while you still smash your head repeatedly!

Of course, it’s not as simple as I make it sound. But you get the point.

The basic problem with our current way of thinking in health is that it’s purely symptomatic.

A guy goes to see a doctor. Doctor discovers he has high blood pressure. Doctor gives pill to patient. Blood pressure goes away.

But what’s really happening behind the scenes? Is the high-blood pressure really “cured?” Or did we just artificially lower it? And what about those nasty “side-effects?” And what if by hiding the symptoms of high-blood pressure, we’re creating more problems in the future?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to discover what caused the high-blood pressure in the first place and get rid of it?

Let’s say I’m driving in my car and I hear a funny noise. Do I go to the car mechanic and ask him to put something to cover up the funny noise so that I don’t hear it anymore?

No! I actually want to know what’s happening. What caused it? Let’s get rid of it.

By the way, I’m not against modern medicine per se. I’m sure glad we have modern surgery, dentistry and antibiotics that can certainly save your life in certain situations.

What I’m pointing out is the basic flaw of not just modern medicine — but also ALL so-called “natural” healing arts — that always try to get rid of the symptoms rather than trying to understand their cause and work on eliminating that cause first.

Boldly Going Where No Raw Vegan Has Gone Before

To come back to the title of this article, I believe that going on a raw vegan diet can be one of the greatest adventures of all time.

For thousands of years, men were puzzled by disease. At first, they attributed it to demons. Then, we discovered germs and viruses and thought ALL diseases could be explained through this model.

Now, for the first time in possibly the entire history of humanity, we understand that we are the architects of our own illnesses — at least most of them.

Even traditional doctors will admit that over 75% of all diseases can be prevented thorough proper diet, exercise and abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.

But with that realization, we also have the science to help us get to the greatest state of health possible.

With advances made in the sciences of nutrition, exercise physiology, and many other fields — we can now carefully  and scientifically design a complete health program that works.

For many years, raw-foodists and natural hygienists had good intentions. They discovered important concepts. They told us to eat raw fruits and vegetables. They told us to exercise. But they made many mistakes in the “how” this was going to be done.

They didn’t know care about calories, or percentages of fat, or principles of fitness training, and made a lot of mistakes along the way.

But now that we have that information and can use it to our advantage, we can truly embark on one of the most wonderful and rewarding adventures of all: the adventure of natural health.

Two Approaches in Raw Eating

Although the raw food movement seems quite confusing nowadays, with lots of different authors, each with a different take on it, and each with a conflicting philosophy, we can easily sort through this mess if we understand this.

There are basically only TWO approaches to the raw food diet.

The first one is what I call the “medical” approach to raw food — which also happens to be the “high-fat” approach.

Its proponents may appear to be different on the surface, but upon close examination they all have the same beliefs. Here are the main characteristics of this approach:

how-olive-oil-works-31222748225.jpg.jpeg•    The fear of fruit. They follow the typical medical-approach to weight loss which is the high-fat diet (disguised as the “low-carb” diet). They try to teach you that fruit is dangerous and in some cases even claim that fruit eating causes health problems.

•    The symptomatic approach. Just like a clueless doctor who only treats symptoms, these people will teach you to “cure” your lack of energy with a stimulant, like cacao; or improve your digestion with artificial supplemental enzymes; or overcome your nutritional deficiencies with a supplement, not understanding that most deficiencies are not caused by a lack of nutrition, but a problem in assimilation.

•    The “fragmented nutrition” approach. Instead of viewing nutrition as a whole, they understand it in a fragmented way. For example, they believe that if a food is a really high source of a particular nutrient, then it must be a good thing. They don’t understand that “more” is not always better, and the whole processes of nutrition must be understood before blindly recommending anything as “superior”. This fragmented view of nutrition leads these people to recommend various supplements, dried superfoods sold in a bottle and other artificial products, touted as miraculous.

•    The “Woo-Woo” Effect. Even though many of these authors appear scientific on the surface, it’s easy to recognize them because they will often mix in their philosophies with strange and “woo-woo” unscientific elements such as: UFO sightings, breatharianism, End-of-the-world prophesies and, of course, Bigfoot.

•    The Snake-Oil Effect. These people are not just happy sharing good information to the public. They always have an expensive magic pill to sell. Whether it’s a superfood, a dried enzyme powder, a little magnet you can carry around to diffuse “bad energy”, or a magic mushroom, there’s always something in the bag of tricks.

As for the other side of the raw food movement, you’ve guessed it, it’s the exact opposite.

•    High-fruit and low-fat, with an emphasis on calibrating the diet to fit your needs. Getting enough calories is important, as is getting a good variety of fruits and greens.

•    Full lifestyle approach. In this context, achieving a proper level of fitness is an important of your nutrition, in addition to eating the right foods in the right amounts. So is getting enough sleep and sunshine.

•    Foods as Foods, not as Medicines. It’s important to understand that foods should NOT be used as medicines. If a food has strong medicinal properties (such as garlic or medicinal herbs), that’s a good reason we shouldn’t be eating it.

What do you think?

How do you see the future of humanity and where does the raw vegan diet fit into this?

Looking forward to your comments.


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.