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How To Spot The Raw Food Snake Oil Salesman

How To Spot The Raw Food Snake Oil Salesman

 

Have you ever heard of the term “Snake Oil Salesmen”?

It is a term that is broadly used to describe a con man selling a scam product.  But the term has a real origin.

This concept originated in the US many years ago.  It is said that Chinese immigrants had a salve made using snake oil that helped with aching joints.  Whether this is true or not we can’t be sure.

But the idea of selling snake oil as a cure-all sprung from this story.  Con men started to put on elaborate shows at fairs and markets to sell the product, sometimes involving a demonstration of how they killed the snake and added it to boiling water to extract the oil.

These elaborate sales presentations worked remarkably well and many people were bilked out of their hard earned cash to buy a worthless product that had never been found to be effective in curing anything.

Though snake oil is no longer sold, the same process is used to sell modern products that are just as ineffective.

There is a particular sales pitch that is as old as the hills and has worked for at least 100 years, if not longer.  Using this style of presentation, numerous supplements, herbs, gimmicks and other ineffective solutions have been sold...and many people have become rich off the back of the ignorance of the audience.

This fraud was well known as far back as the 1960s and was documented in a film called “The Health Fraud” which was put together by the US department of health.

I came across this video on Youtube and could not believe what I saw.  it showed examples of fraud in the health industry and what I was most amazed by was that the sales pitch used was almost exactly the same as things we still hear today.

The presentation starts by instilling fear in people.  They will say:

– the food no longer has enough nutrition
– the soils are depleted
 the foods are full of chemicals and deadly pesticides

The insinuation is that a person’s bad health is not their fault.  No, it is the fault of the farmer…the government…the scientists!

The only solution, is to consume supplements…and it just so happens I have some right here…..

You can view the whole video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDsBBGG0LhI

(by the way, this is my personal youtube channel if you wish to subscribe to it)

What frustrates me, is that many people have bought into these ideas.  They have heard them so often that they assume that there is truth to these statements.

But what is the reality around the level of nutrition in our food?

Luckily, the government conducts ongoing surveys to make sure the nutrient content of the food we are eating is not changing significantly. Here is what a recent report has to say:

“These results are broadly similar to existing data held. There is no evidence of major changes in the nutrient content of fruit and vegetables based on this survey and any changes are unlikely to be nutritionally significant in a varied diet”

 Nutrient Analysis Of Fruit and Vegetables: Summary Report, Department of Health (UK)

So when we hear someone telling us that the food we eat no longer has enough nutrition, first check out whether they are looking to sell supplements or nutrient testing services.

The truth is there is very little need to have fear about the nutrition you are getting when eating fruits and vegetables.  You are eating the best and healthiest foods it is possible to consume.  

And thanks to the modern day food supply, diseases of deficiency have basically vanished.

If you do suspect you have a deficiency, it is best to seek help from a doctor who will be able to arrange the required testing for you.  This is important as your deficiency may not be to do with the food you eat but could represent something else going on in your body.

A raw food guru would not be able to tell you that.  But some will have some superfoods or a herbal remedy to sell you.

If you are looking for those products or testing, UK Fruitfest is unable to help you.  But if you are looking for world class education provided by the most well known and respected raw food leaders, food provided by the best raw vegan chef in the world and an amazing community of people to share it with, we have the event for you.

If you want to join us, the best time to register is now.  A price hike is coming very soon.

Register here: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

 

Love Fruit Podcast Interview: Lindsay Gasik The “Durian Writer”

Have you ever wanted to know more about Durian?

Or how about, where to go to get rare, exotic fruits?

Many people think it is as easy as taking a  plane to Thailand and checking out the local markets.  But in reality, they are missing out on finding the real thing.

Lindsay Gasik developed a passion for exotic fruits and particularly Durian, over 8 years ago when she started changing her diet due to suffering from anemia.

This led her to eating more and more raw foods and eventually attending the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  From there she decided to travel for a year following the Durian trail which led to her website “Year Of The Durian”

Within the world of serious fruit eaters and Durian aficionados, Lindsay is held in high regard as the go to expert for all information about Durian.

She has written 2 fantastic guidebooks on where to go to find the best Durian, one for Malaysia and one for Thailand.

She now takes people on tours throughout South East Asia to show them the best places to eat and enjoy Durian.

You can learn more about her travel adventures, her books and her life story at http://www.yearofthedurian.com

 

 

 

Mango Wodzak Interview For Love Fruit Podcast

Mango Wodzak appeared in a documentary called “Pure Fruit”. This documentary followed his journey from moving from Sydney to a more tropical climate in Northern Australia with his girlfriend Kveta.

In the film he shares his philosophy on Fruitarianism and he shares his journey trying to find other like minded fruitarians.

He bumps into infamous raw vegans Durianrider and Freelea and also comes across a raw meat eater along the way.

Mango has went on to author many books on a fruitarian diet which you can find on Amazon. The best known is probably “Destination Eden” in which he details his ideas on “Eden Fruitarianism”.

Learn more about our other podcasts at: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/podcast

Love Fruit Podcast Episode 9 – Interview with Ellen Livingston

“Then in 2002, I learned of a natural, uncooked diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. After nearly 20 years of nutrition study, and as many years of suffering, the first book I read about a raw diet gave me the biggest “aha” moments of my life . . . I knew I had found some real answers, some core truths I was seeking. The very next day I adopted a raw vegan diet, and I have never turned back because I love the benefits so much.”

– Ellen Livingston

In this interview we speak to author, coach and speaker Ellen Livingston about her journey to a raw vegan diet. In particular she speaks about the importance of her spiritual journey and the connection between this and her health.

Ellen runs retreats and communities focused around raw foods, yoga and a healthier way of life. She has been a key speaker at the Woodstock Fruit Festival since it’s inception.

Check out this episode an our other episodes today.

18 Year Raw Vegan Justin Lelia – Interview For The Love Fruit Podcast

Very few people know the ins and outs of an 801010 style raw vegan diet more than Justin Lelia.

Justin has been doing this lifestyle for 18 years and is as enthusiastic and passionate about it today as ever before.

He is a long term friend and supporter of Dr Doug Graham, author of the 801010 diet and has attended many of Doug’s health and fitness camps and seminars.

Justin lives in Miami where he works and hosts guests in his home. He likes to forage his food locally when possible.

Justin is a keen bowler and guitar player.

Find out more about this podcast and other episodes at:

Podcast

 

Love Fruit Podast Episode 8: Interview With Karen Ranzi, Author of “Creating Healthy Children”

Karen Ranzi is world renowned as the go-to expert for people bringing up children on a raw vegan diet.

Her own story goes back to her grandmother who had always told her the principles of eating healthier when she was growing up but it was many years before she embraced it for herself.

She has brought up 2 children on a raw vegan diet and has been a key speaker at raw food events around the world including the Woodstock Fruit Festival.

She runs her own retreats and certification courses for those looking for more in depth information.

Learn more from Karen at http://www.superhealthychildren.com

Get her book “Creating Healthy Children”

The Love Fruit Podcast Episode #5 – The Raw Viking- Robert Rehnmark

In this episode of the Love Fruit podcast we are joined by the Raw Viking, Rob Rehmark.

Rob has been on a vegan and raw vegan diet for many years and made his transition through following his own path. He has attended many fruit festivals around the world and inspired others with his videos on his Raw Viking page.

He now intends on moving to Ecuador to build his own fruitful paradise. I think you will enjoy this episode and Rob’s ideas a lot.

Find more about Rob here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fpi1fdycaj8SVJ7Zg6i_A

And hear more episodes of the Love Fruit Podcast here:

Podcast

You can also find us on Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast networks.

 

 

 

Cravings On A Raw Vegan Diet – Video With Dr Douglas Graham

How do you know you have eaten enough on raw vegan diet?

One main struggle people have on a raw vegan diet is working out whether they have eaten enough.

In this video, Dr Doug Graham, talks about some of the main cravings people have on a raw food diet and why these are often a sign that a person simply has not eaten enough fruit.

On a raw food diet our appetite can be different. You no longer feel the hunger pains in the stomach that most people associate with hunger.

Therefoe we have to adapty to a new way of eating and have to learn to know when we are satisfied with fruit.

Check the out the video to learn more.

Don’t Eat This Raw Food To Avoid Tooth Decay As A Raw Vegan

Recently, a friend sent me a message.  She has been on a 100% raw vegan diet for over 5 years.

“Do you know anything about teeth?”, she said.

Unfortunately, I have had to learn a lot about teeth because I have had some issues with damage to my teeth over the last few years.

She let me know she had been to the dentist.  He had told her that the enamel was thin on A LOT of her teeth.  She had cried about it later that day.  She was no longer sure what to think about this diet as her dentist had told her that the problem was the fruit.

“Do you eat dates?”, I asked.

“Yes, ALL THE TIME” she said.

Bingo.

“Give up the dates, 100%, zero tolerance policy”

I went on to explain to her in detail why this was almost certainly the main cause of the issue.  I made sure to go over the point again and again as many people do not like hearing this advice.

Why am I so clear about this?

For years, I new that I was having problems with my teeth on a raw diet and couldn’t seem to find the solution.  I had been to many dentists and went to talks from raw food gurus and read their books.  I had become more confused rather than found clarity.

I started to make some changes that made a real impact such as using interdental brushes or floss sticks after meals to clear out the food that was stuck between the teeth.  I would brush more often and I switched back to flouride toothpaste after many years using “natural” toothpastes that had no flouride.

These things made a difference but still some damage progressed.

Eventually a dentist explained to me I must be eating sugar.  When I explained to him that I ate fruit but not sugar he clearly said to me:

“it’s not fruit, fruit doesn’t do that.  It doesn’t stick to your teeth like sweets do”

He told me about people that had a pattern of damage similar to mine.  They would suck on mints or hard boiled sweets all day long.  The sugar would sit in the mouth and the saliva would become like a syrup coating the teeth for hours at a time, making tooth decay more likely.

“What about dried fruit?”, I said

“Yes dried fruit is the same as sugar” he said.

I suddenly thought of all the times I would put a date in my mouth and just sit it right beside my teeth and suck on it til it almost dissolved.

Dates had sometimes been a staple of mine on a raw vegan diet.  I had never eaten dates until I became a raw vegan…I didn’t really know what they were until I heard some raw gurus online say that dates and bananas were the rice and pasta of a raw vegan diet.

Of course, they are delicious and easy to get anywhere.  They can be stored easily and they are always ready to eat.  They are also dense in carbohydrates which many raw foods are not.

Some people have said to me “but dates are natural”

This is correct but they are also a fruit from a desert climate.  Our ancestors would never have come across fruits like that and most fruits would not have grown in direct sunlight either so they would not have dried so readily.

When I made a commitment to give up dried fruit and dates in particular it made a big change.  I regret not making this change 4 or 5 years ago.

I was speaking to a raw food guru recently and I mentioned this to him.  He said “yes, dried fruit will do that”.  I was wondering why he had never mentioned this when I had heard people ask him about teeth issues.  His answer had been “some people say their teeth is better than ever, some people have issues”…but he never seemed to offer a solution.

Another expert gave an in depth talk in which he seemed to be blaming a mineral deficiency.  He seems to blame mineral deficiencies for everything so it’s not surprising that he would.  As the saying goes:

“To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”

However mineral deficiencies are not the cause of this particular pattern of damage. If I had had a mineral deficiency my dentist  would have seen something very unusual indeed.  

Diseases related to dietary deficiency are from a bygone age when food was limited and most people struggled to get enough calories never mind get all their nutrients.  This doesn’t stop their being a mass paranoia among vegans and raw vegans that their diet is deficient in something….but this is not the case here.

A third expert blamed the way we eat the raw vegan diet.  We tend to snack all day long and our teeth end up exposed to an acidic environment all day with not enough time to remineralise.

Though his information was good, it still missed the core of the problem.

I suggest you take dried fruit off the menu if you are having any teeth sensitivities at all.  This could save you a lot of pain, a lot of time and a lot of money in dental costs in the future.

In other news….

Are you interested in learning about UK Fruitfest?  I am hosting a webinar this week that is open to all to join.  It takes place on Thursday at 7pm GMT.

You can learn more about it and register here:

http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

Stay fruity,

Ronnie Smith
UK Fruitfest

UK Fruitfest takes place this year from the 21st to the 28th of July 2019.  The venue is Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Join our upcoming webinar this Thursday at 7pm CLICK HERE

 

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