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“I Woke Up One Day in Pain… All Caused By a Healthy Diet!”

Today we present to you an article by our new contributing author, Ariel Belloso, from

12 years ago, I was a world-famous DJ working in London. I was also very sick, even after eating what I thought was a healthy plant-based diet.

I was fat, feeling run-down and extremely depressed.

This is the story of how I healed myself using the principles of Natural Hygiene.

After travelling the world playing gigs for over two decades, my DJ lifestyle had taken a serious toll on my body – physically and emotionally.

I wasn’t only putting on extra weight, which I loathed but I was also dealing with horrifying diseases, such as peripheral neuropathy and arteriosclerosis, both of which were debilitating to the point that even standing up became difficult.

I suffered from poor immunity, severe gum disease, widespread joint and back pain, constant ear infections, and horrible digestive issues that made me so bloated that my usually flat tummy had become distended and almost unrecognizable over the years.

But improving my health wasn’t my only concern; the main reason why I took on the raw food and natural health path is because I was thinking about my mother.

Yes, my mother.

She was diagnosed with leukemia and went through the standard cancer treatments for a few years, but her health was soon deteriorating.

The thought of losing my mother from cancer was hard to contemplate at the time – especially after losing my father a year earlier, due to diabetes.

Statistically speaking, the chances of surviving leukemia and going on to live for five years for a woman of 65 years of age are 33%. My mother had cancer in 2001, which means that by 2006 her cancer would have recurred.

I figured out early on during my research that eating the correct raw diet would help my mother fight her cancer, and this was the main reason why I found myself studying natural health and learning about this lifestyle.

There are no physical universities for studying Orthopathy (or otherwise known as Natural Hygiene, which is the original science behind the raw food diet), so I learned independently, by reading and studying over 400 books and spending many hours on detailed research and investigation.

My studies went on for over 6 years. I became a regular visitor at the British Library in Kings Cross and many specialized nutrition book shops around the central London area, as well as attending various lectures and workshops.

I remember this time as was one of the happiest periods of my life. I was re-discovering a new passion for learning.

The experience with my mother thereafter has been amazing.

After following my advice for a few months, my mother managed to beat her cancer for good, the doctor told her she no longer needed further blood tests as she was now cancer free.

Other aspects of my mother’s health also improved. She had her gallbladder removed when she was younger, and used to get sick when she ate most cooked food.

Unlike me, she still eats some cooked food these days (strictly low fat vegan though), but she doesn’t get sick anymore, which goes to show how a low fat vegan diet can improve your overall digestion.

Her vision was also enhanced. My mother suffered from myopia during most of her life, which made her wear glasses in the past. Her nearsightedness is now considerably better, to the point of not needing to wear glasses any longer.

Most people who meet my mother these days cannot believe how a person of 80 years of age can look so healthy, and have so much vitality and keep saying to her, “I want to be like you when I am 80.”

Every time I see my mother enjoying herself and travelling the world (as she loves doing), it is a small reminder of how rewarding spending 6 years studying natural health has been for me.

My personal journey to health was also highly rewarding. I implemented the same approach I used for my mother, and my health also flourished.

I healed myself of many ailments and diseases, and I am healthier now than ever before.

I have to say that it’s quite natural to see people of my age (48) go in and out of hospital these days to be treated for various diseases while in contrast, I don’t know what it is like to stay in a hospital bed overnight. I’ve never done it in my life and I hope I never have to do it.

Some people have told me that eating a raw vegan diet has failed them, because they needed to go to the toilet more often, and that can be a logistical problem sometimes.

I can understand that. The truth is that by eating a diet of high water content food, you would need to go to the toilet more often. That’s the reality. Though it’s easily manageable for me, and I believe, for most people.

However, it’s small price to pay if you think about it, as by eating a raw diet you’ll have more energy overall, and save time because you won’t be sick for the most part (if you do it correctly).

After I launched my Nutrition Raw website however, things were not that easy. Why? Because I was promoting a health philosophy that goes against the mainstream medical treatment methodology.

And people have a lot of prejudices when it comes to things they don’t know, even if they never read a book in their lives.

They look at you weird when you think differently and worst of all, if they don’t like the message, they attack the messenger.

And that’s not everything; the saddest thing of all is that most people in this world don’t really have an open mind. And this was a big shock to me.

For a moment, I thought everyone else was like me, and had the same “eager to learn” and open-minded attitude. Ha-ha, I came soon to figure out that: Nope, no Ariel, most people aren’t like you.

A large majority of the world population are closed-minded by “belief,” “socioeconomic status,” “race,” “nationality,” and so many other reasons that completely impede them from seeking out the truth.

And as any reasonably intelligent person knows, people that aren’t open minded are the ones that pay the HIGHEST PRICE in society.

What’s the point of working your entire life in a job you half hate in order to pay your mortgage, and by the time you get to retire and you are meant to “enjoy” life – as they say – you get cancer and die?

Does that sound like living a good life to you? Well, it doesn’t sound like living a good life to me. But that’s often the outcome of people with narrow minds living average lives.

I am sorry if I sound so harsh, but that’s how I feel and unless people like me speak out, things will never change.

Open-mindedness provides you with a platform to build upon, piling one idea on top of another. It’s very hard to build on experiences without an open mind.

Every time you experience and try new things, it collectively adds up, strengthening the person you are and what you believe in.

Luckily, not everyone is narrow-minded. I get almost daily messages from my readers these days, with words of encouragement and positive vibes that really make my job worthwhile.

Health is the birth right of each individual, and is the result of your lifestyle choices and the environment.

I hope you enjoyed my story so far… If you’ve got any questions, post them below, in the comment section of Frederic’s blog.

With love,


Ariel Belloso
Ariel Belloso