Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Incredible Healing Power of Raw Foods and Juices: A personal account of my journey into healing

by Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson ©2001I was once a victim of the never-ending flow of propaganda from the medical establishment (which I think of as the "disease" establishment because they focus on disease rather than on prevention and wellness), which wants to maintain a monopoly on the word "cure," and which wants us to believe that we have no control over our own health and that our only hope for getting well is with drugs, surgery, and radiation.

Before 1982, I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't struggling with failing health. I was 185 pounds overweight, I suffered from chronic fatigue, and my health was steadily going down the drain. For years I had been a "junkie," addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. I used steroids for eczema and psoriasis, antibiotics for recurring throat and breast infections, nasal decongestions for chronic sinus congestion, and other drugs for chronic back aches and other health problems.

Unfortunately, instead of generating a cure, the medications (nine months of antibiotics) merely temporarily suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the long run made me sicker. In 1982 my doctor told me that I had to have a mastectomy because my body was no longer responding to medication. But I was determined to not let them cut off my breast. I had had enough of orthodox medicine; I knew I had to change direction to improve my overall health and vitality.I visited a naturopathic doctor who explained to me that the combination of an unhealthy diet and the huge number of allopathic medications I had taken for years, had caused toxins to accumulate in my blood, lymph, and tissues, resulting in toxemia. These toxins contributed greatly to my weak immune system and rendered me more susceptible to stress, fatigue, and chronic disease. The naturopathic doctor pointed out that I had to radically change my diet if there was any hope for improving my miserable health.The naturopath (who was also a homeopath ) made me switch my diet from SAD (an acronym for "Standard American Diet") to a wholesome diet of fresh, organically grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts, mostly in their raw form.

I learned to prepare delicious and nutritious meals made entirely of raw foods, and I never felt deprived or hungry. I cut the starchy stuff, like grains, rice, pasta, and breads almost completely out of my diet. I totally eliminated meat and dairy products. I then began homeopathic treatment.The results of the dietary change were dramatic! In six weeks, the lumps in my breast were completely gone. In 12 weeks I had lost 60 pounds effortlessly (and never had to struggle again to keep my weight down), and my energy level and stamina improved dramatically.The homeopathic treatment and change in diet also strengthened my weak back. I was able to function better overall. I became calmer, centered and focused, and generally I felt happier. My overall resistance to infections became excellent, and I'm proud to say that in the past 20 years I have not had a cold, flu, ear, throat, sinus or breast infection or any other infections.I did not learn how to prepare delicious and satisfying meals

Initially when my doctor put me on the raw food diet, I hated it because I was hungry all the time and I missed my cooked food terribly. But I was so sick, I was ready and willing to go through hell to get better. In time, I learned to prepare delicious recipes from various books and magazines on natural hygiene. For the past few years, preparing these meals has become easy, automatic and effortless, like a second nature.After my health stabilized, I gradually reintroduced raw meat and dairy products into my diet a few months or a few years later, in very small amounts.)Over the years, my health and resistance to disease continued to improve and in time I also experienced a complete recovery from my life long chronic eczema. To this day my health remains radiant.

Here is a sample of my diet:Breakfast: Freshly pressed green juice (6 to 8 ounces of a mixture of cilantro, parsley, bitter cucumber or melon vines, and wheatgrass juice) mixed with a tablespoon of bee pollen.I recently learned about bitter melon vines at our weekly outdoors farmer's market in Hollywood, CA, where I live. I had stopped by an Asian stand to buy cilantro and parsley when I struck up a conversation with a women patronizing the merchant. She was buying the leafy greens and I told her that I was juicing my cilantro and parsley. She said that I should also add the bitter melon vines.
I remembered reading some time ago about the healing properties of bitter melon (or some other bitter fruits) and I remembered that the liver has an affinity for all this bitter food. Instinctively I knew that it would do me good. The women said the vines were even more potent than the fruit. According to my research: bitter gourd, bitter melon and bitter cucumber refer to the same plant.Later in the morning, I may eat some raw fruits of the season. Sometimes I fix a large fruit salad with various fruits, nuts, and lettuce.Lunch: A large salad of avocado, lettuce, cabbage, and other vegetables, raw nuts, raw seaweed (a plain nori sheet torn into small pieces), and occasionally one teaspoon of raw goat cheese (from unpasteurized goat milk). For dressing, I mix lemon juice, olive oil, flax seed oil, and "Real Salt" (unrefined, unheated mineral salt from an area near Redmond, Utah).Although my job is at home, Natural Hygienists and raw foodists who work away from home can pack their organically grown fruit, nut and salad lunches in lunch boxes so that they can eat they way they prefer to even at work.Supper: Briefly steamed or stir-fried veggies (such as cauliflower,broccoli, eggplant). And once a week I may eat a couple of soft boiled eggs.

A note about the cooked foods in my diet: We are all different people with varied needs. I detest abiding blindly and religiously to anything. I never do anything in life unless it FEELS RIGHT or feels good to me. I learn by trial and error. I do not necessarily agree one hundred percent with natural hygiene. For example, one thing about my eating style that totally differs from natural hygienists, is my heavy use of oils.Every day I take the following:One tablespoon of evening primrose oil,One tablespoon of raw, unrefined sesame oil,One tablespoon of grapeseed oil,Two tablespoons of flax seed oil, andTwo tablespoons of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil.I also eat a lot of "real salt" because I love it and it feels good to my body.

I do my best to always eat foods as much as possible in their raw form. When I steamed or stir fry, I do it only to slightly wilt and warm up the food, leaving it crunchy and still partically raw. When I eat animal products, I try to always eat raw: smoked salmon, smoked italian ham or other meats that have not been cooked, and cheese made from raw unpasteurized milk. I cook the eggs lightly to coagulate the whites but keep the yolks raw. I believe that there is nothing wrong in eatinganimal products as long as the animals had a life and were treated right till the end, and as long these foods haven't been cooked.If I overeat on the fish, meat or dairy foods, or if I eat the wrong foods like starch, or cooked food, I suffer the consequences fairly rapidely in the form of clogged sinuses, nasal discharges, poor sleep, nervousness, irritability, and low energy. To me, that punishment is not worth the brief moment of pleasure for my taste buds.

Humans aren't the only ones who can benefit from a raw food diet. In 1990, Shasta, a two-year-old German Shepherd became a member of our family. She had been raised on the "best" commercial dog food for working dogs, yet she was in extremely poor health. She was severely emaciated and weak, with chronic diarrhea, massive wax discharge from her ears (which were continually irritated and inflamed) and she also had an ongoing eye and nasal discharge. Soon she developed myositis of the jawbones (inflammation of the muscle of the jaw bone), an autoimmune disease.Our veteranarian suggested that we have her euthanized because "nothing could be done to stop her suffering or to cure her". I treated Shasta with homeopathic remedies and gradually changed her diet to raw food. On that diet, she rapidly gained weight, her health improved, and all her symptoms eventually cleared up.Eight years later, Shasta remains a perfect picture of radiant health and vitality and she hasn't seen a vet since.Note: You can learn more about Shasta's homemade raw food diet, about Shirley and her family, about the incredible healing power of raw food, and about holistic health at Shirley's website:
Shirley's Wellness Cafe

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