Originally Posted by StacyL
I liked at the end of the article how he said he would like to find just ONE really old raw foods person.
I had the funniest thought: You know how every time you see on television some person being profiled because they have made it to age 115-120 or something and they ask them what did you eat? And they always say something like, "Oh, I ate cheese and steak and drank scotch every day since I was 20," or "I smoked like a chimney and had creme brulee for dessert every night."
I've often heard smokers say this, I've even heard myself say this when I smoked. Does that mean that smoking is not harmful? Does that mean that smoking doesn't kill us and cause us lots of health problems? Are these over 100's still active and out in the world ... or are they unable to move much and require help from others do to everything?
The reason such a big deal is made when someone lives to over 100 is that it is RARE. Looking at all other mammals and how long their life spans are after the age of maturity, we humans should all
be living well past 100, with 120-130 being the average age of death. We have amazing bodies that are built to last us much longer than they do. We are not meant to live out "old age" not able to move or take care of ourselves. We should be fit, healthy and leading active lives in our nineties and beyond.
I do know of a man who is raw and "old". A man randomly showed up at my parents' organic farm. He had been wanting to visit for quite some time. He had some money and was thinking of wanting to help someone out with farming, he missed those days, and since he lives in the city, doesn't have his own farmland. My father suspected he was a vegetarian and when my mother brought subs for dinner (fast food for farmers in the field) he said he couldn't eat it because of the bread. She noticed that all he ate was an apple and a pear all day. The next time they had him over, all he ate was strawberries (in full season). We had just been going raw so she suspected that was what he was doing also. She told him about me and our diet and he was so excited . He has wanted to talk to me, but we haven't connected yet. He has been eating this way long before being raw was out there. He is in his late eighties and very active.
An interesting note: once one has been raw for some time (over a year) the amount of food needed to live and thrive is very small, something like 5 pieces of fruit and a few greens a day. Hard to believe ... but true.
On another point, the thing about raw is that it is not some new fandangled health fad. No one is trying to sell you something in order to be raw. There is no company out there with products to buy. No one who advocates raw is doing so to make money. Farmers win out when more people eat their produce. Yes, there are books and even websites where one can get info on RAW or buy raw foods and accessories but they are not needed. This is not some diet someone invented to make a profit. It is based on the scientific evidence that food heated to over 118F kills enzymes. Each individual food has in it it's own enzymes for digestion. When these are killed, our bodies must use it's own enzymes for digestion. Our enzymes are supposed to be used to fight "foreign invaders" (and no, I do not support George Bush!), germs, illness, dis-ease. We put our bodies through a lot of work by consuming hard to digest foods. Our bodies enzymes are FINITE, we do not get more than we came with, when they are gone they are gone, we cannot get more. The idea behind Nature's First Law
is that if we were raw, there would be no illness or dis-ease, as there is none in animals who are truly in the wild.
I'm not actually hopping mad but I will get off the soapbox now.