(VIDEO) Detox Truth With Dr Doug Graham

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(VIDEO) Detox Truth With Dr Doug Graham

 

 

In the raw food community, a lot of misinformation has been spread over the years.  One of the main people that has worked to clear up some of these misguided ideas is Dr Doug Graham.

We often hear people talk about “detoxing” about “cleansing” about getting rid of the toxins and junk inside them.  In this video, Dr Graham points out that we can never rid ourselves fully of toxaemia.  But if our level of toxaemia is below the toleration level then symptons will not arise.

Feel free to share a comment on the video and share it with others.  You can find more about Dr Doug Graham at foodnsport.com or you search for the articles and videos with him on this site.

 

 

 

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Anne Osborne: Fruit and Biophotons

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Is Breatharianism A Myth?

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Is Breatharianism A Myth?

At last year’s UK Fruitfest the organiser of the event, Ronnie Smith, gave a talk on the myths that can sometimes still be found in the raw vegan community.

One myth that comes up, again and again, is the concept of Breatharianism.

Quite simply, this is the idea that a person can live without food.  They claim to be able to get their sustenance entirely from the air.

As ridiculous as this idea may sound, various leaders in the raw food community over the years have flirted with this concept.  They believe that a raw food diet will allow them to be able to live on less and if they really get “clean enough” they will be able to live entirely on air.

Granted, a person can live much longer on no food than most of us realise.  There is a story of an obese man from Scotland who fasted for over a year.  The story has more to it than that and it was not a complete fast as he took in nutritional yeast and multivitamins (and for all we know, ate other things also).  He certainly lost an incredible amount of weight in that time.

There are now countless reports of people fasting on water alone for up to 40 days and more.  We do not need to eat food every day to survive, or even every month!

But even when you are not putting food in your mouth, the body is still eating.  It is eating into it’s fat reserves and eventually, once those fat reserves run out, the body truly enters starvation and it will start consuming it’s own muscle tissue and eventually the body will perish.

Breatharianism is a dangerous idea that helps no one.  Not only have promoters of Breatharianism been found to be frauds the very concept is harmful as it encourages those with eating disorders to continue on a dangerous path.

This video is a clip from that talk.  Please feel free to comment below or share with others.

 

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Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

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Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

This video was filmed at a Raw Food Culinary Showcase which took place in Jamaica around about the year 2000. It shows very clearly the different ideas that have been promoted in the raw food world over the last few decades.  Some of the opinions given are quite clearly anti-fruit.  Also, very small amounts of fruit are recommended in some of the comments.

You can watch this yourself and make up your own mind as to who you think is most believable. I have only ever attended Fruit festivals and have almost never seen this anti- fruit message being promoted. However, I know that this was once a big part of the raw food movement.

The truth is, if you give up on fruit you are going to struggle to maintain a raw diet.  There is simply no better staple for a raw diet (or for that matter any person’s diet) than to eat sweet fruit.

Join us at the Fruitfest this year to learn more about thriving long term on a fruit based raw vegan diet.

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Deutsche Bank’s cost-cutting is so savage that it’s even stopped buying fruit for its staff

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A recent article on businessinsider.com has shown that Deutsche bank has stopped buying fresh fruit for staff.

This could be a bad decision for a number of reasons.

Firstly fruit helps to protect against illness and disease leading to fewer sick days.

Also, fruit is a superior food to help boost performance than any other snack.

You can read more here:

http://uk.businessinsider.com/deutsche-bank-stops-buying-fruit-for-staff-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

by Dr Doug Graham

From the earliest of written history, fruit has played a key role in human health. It was the main food consumed in the proverbial Garden of Eden for an untold number of years. During the Golden Age of Man some 2500 years ago, fruit was the predominant food. This period of time in ancient Greece fostered the development of a hugely disproportional number of history’s greatest thinkers, philosophers, artists, and athletes.

Fruit has always been recognized as health food, and still firmly holds that esteemed position. The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has been replaced by “Eat fruit every day, the five-a-day way,” indicating that the benefits of eating fruit are being more fully recognized. Our government, the health industry, the AMA, nutritionists, dietitians, and every disease-control organization that offers nutritional advice suggest that we eat more fruit.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, there are people who literally shun fruit and others who are actually afraid of eating fruit. A few leaders in the raw food movement actually have suggested that we should learn to live without eating fruit at all. Obviously, someone is mistaken. Let’s see if we can discover where the error rests.

“The last thing I ate was fruit”

In the mainstream world, it is not uncommon for people to say to me that they cannot eat fruit because it upsets their stomach. When I ask how they determined this, they tell me it was easy: I tried that fruit in the morning thing, and right away I got an upset stomach.

I try explaining that it is very likely that the food they ate the night before is still in their stomach, and that pouring orange juice or other fruit on top of this food is likely to result in a fermenting mess, a “combo-abombo”. I suggest waiting until the stomach is truly empty before adding in fresh fruit for better results. Still, since fruit was the last thing consumed before the indigestion ensued, fruit very often takes the blame.

Similarly, in the raw food movement, fruit takes the blame for problems it did not cause. Based on calculations from personal and professional observations, the average raw fooder consumes 65% or more of his or her calories from fat.

The fat is mainly derived from eating meals calorically dominated by oils, avocados, nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, coconuts, and olives. This is over half again more than the national average of 42%. On a diet that is so predominated by fat, blood levels of this nutrient tend to run extremely high. High blood fat results in high blood sugar, as sugars cannot exit the blood well when blood-fat levels are elevated. Under this scenario, the pancreas and the adrenal glands are forced to work harder to lower blood sugar levels down towards normal.

This causes the organs and glands to eventually become fatigued and eventually fail. This will lead to great swings in blood sugar levels known as hyper and hypoglycemia and, eventually, diabetes and chronic fatigue. The hypoglycemia develops as a result of excessive insulin production. The thyroid gland soon follows suit, for it is stimulated by the adrenals and will often become hypo-functional as the adrenal glands weaken. Other hormonal issues, cancer, heart disease, and most digestive disorders are also known to be caused by the over consumption of fat.

So how does fruit take the blame Many of the above-mentioned symptoms and conditions do not become apparent unless fruit is consumed. Unstable blood sugar levels are often seen immediately following the consumption of even small quantities of fruit when the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

However, almost every condition for which fruit is named the culprit is actually caused by the high-fat diet. While raw food movement leaders continue to blame fruit for a wide assortment of health problems, I must agree with them that these effects will occur as long as the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

Avoiding fruit is not the answer as it is not the guilty party. In fact, it is insufficient fruit consumption that leads raw fooders to consume higher-than-healthy levels of fat. The simple sugars in fruit, namely glucose and fructose, are essential. They are the precise fuel used by all of our body’s cells.

“I get so hungry when I eat only fruit.”

One of the most common complaints related to fruit is the idea that fruit’s satiating power is not lasting. “I tried that fruit in the morning thing and about an hour later I was starving,” is about the way the story usually goes. At first glance, this may look like a valid indictment of fruit’s inadequacy as a meal, but the situation deserves a bit more investigation. When I ask the nature of the fruit meal, I am usually told, “I had an orange, or a slice of melon, a banana, or some grapes.”

For most people, a typical breakfast usually contains close to 750 calories. A medium sized piece of fruit averages about 75 calories. When we eat a breakfast of just a piece of fruit or two, we are eating only 10-20% of the calories that we previously did, thus we feel empty and low on energy. Even if the goal is weight loss, this is too extreme a reduction to be satiating, maintainable, or nutritionally adequate.

When explaining that fruit has a lower caloric density than all other foods except for vegetables and therefore, fruit must be eaten in greater volume if one endeavors to consume sufficient calories, there is sometimes a glimmer of comprehension before the curtain of dismissal falls again. “Yeah, but how much fruit can I eat at one sitting? You’re telling me to eat more than one slice of a melon or two bananas?” “Yes,” I say.

We can train ourselves to comfortably eat satisfying fruit meals, allowing ourselves to actually eat fruit until completely satiated. This could mean that you eat an entire melon for breakfast, or six, twelve, or even a greater number of bananas for lunch. There are three main factors involved in feeling satiated, and here is how fruit figures into each:

It is very likely that as a child you heard your mom say, “Don’t eat sweets before your meal, it will spoil your appetite.” In effect, she was explaining that fruits are a satiating food, although she may have been speaking of candy or other less acceptable foods at the time.

Even a small rise in blood sugar to the above-normal range results in a satiated feeling. Fruit certainly supplies the necessary sugars for such a rise, and hence, is very satiating. This is why many people are initially satisfied to eat just a small amount of fruit.

Another reason why fruit eating results in satiation is its high content of essential nutrients. The nutritional composition of fruit comes closer to mimicking the full spectrum of human nutrient needs than that of any other food group. Also, the nutrients in fruit are the most easily accessed and absorbed, because fruit requires less digestion than do other foods.

Many of the nutrients in fruit require no digestion at all; they are readily absorbed. These include, but are not limited to: water, sugar, minerals, vitamins, and many phytonutrients. Although not digestible, the fiber in fruit is soft and soluble and thus gentle on the delicate membranes of the digestive tract while affording relatively easy access to the nutrients it encapsulates. These factors combine to make fruit the most satiating of foods.

Last but not least, our level of satiation is directly related to the volume of food we consume. As such, in order to feel satiated, we must ingest a significant volume of food. All of our essential nutrients can be concentrated into a tablet or cube and consumed in just a few bites.

While some experts may consider such a concentrated meal to be nutritionally complete, research has repeatedly shown that people are not satisfactorily satiated because of the meager volume. Exactly because of its low caloric density, fruit perfectly supplies satiating volumes of food per meal.

In fact, for many people who have become accustomed to the commonly consumed low-volume, fat-rich meals, deriving satisfaction from a meal of all fruit at first typically poses a seemingly insurmountable volume challenge. “My stomach can’t hold all of that!” people believe.

Yet, if they take the challenge and stick with it for a few days, they will learn they can eat sufficient quantities, and they will feel satisfied and reap the benefits of improved health.

Fruit makes the ideal meal

It takes a bit of practice to learn how much fruit is sufficient for a meal which will satiate for several hours until the next meal. It is equally true that a mental adjustment is required in order to expand one’s understanding of how much fruit is actually appropriate at a meal. With sufficient experience, one’s ability to consume extremely satisfying fruit meals will grow to become one of life’s great pleasures. After all, fruit is health food. Anyone interested in attaining, maintaining, and gaining increased health should consider consuming fruit as their predominant food.

If you would like to learn more from Dr Doug Graham you can visit foodnsport.com

He will also be appearing at the UK Fruitfest from the 25th to the 29th of July at Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.  Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.

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A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

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A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

A new story has just been released on Time.com:

“Fears of a gas leak caused around 500 students and staff to be evacuated from a university library in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.

But instead of poisonous vapors, the 40 firefighters and specialists called to the scene found a rotting durian fruit stashed in a cupboard, according to the Herald Sun.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade had sent out an alert about a possible chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology after the smell of gas was reported at the campus library.

A fire brigade spokesperson told the Sun that the odorous Southeast Asian fruit set off alarms after it filtered through the air conditioning.”

Durians are unfairly categorised as smelling foul.  People say they smell of onions, old socks, B.O, vomit and other horrific smells.

Thought they had a very strong smell, I have never found it to be an offensive smell.

There is nothing better than cycling past a Durian stand in the sun and letting the smell hit you.  It’s a delight!

As for the taste, it is such a unique and incredible tasting fruit.  It really has no comparison.

To learn more about all things Durian, head over to my friend Lindsay’s site “Year Of The Durian”

You can find it here: yearofthedurian.com

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This Video Made Me Go Raw Vegan

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Around about September 2011, I had just come back from a trip to New York with my then girlfriend.

I remember she asked “Would you ever go back to New York?” and I said “Probably not”

A week later I was back home scrolling through facebook when a friend posted a film called Earthlings.  At that time I was vegetarian but I had noticed that I was slowly moving away from the last remaining animal products in my diet.

I was ready to watch this film and it really shocked me.  I decided to go vegan immediately.

This brought up a lot of questions.  How do you go Vegan?  What do you eat?  How do you get enough protein?

I started to research on youtube and I came across a video with an intriguing title:

“The Protein Myth”

I had always been into conspiracy theories so the idea that our need to eat animal products to get protein being a myth was compelling to me.  I watched the video and I was stunned.

It is just a short excerpt from a talk with US Masters Runner of the Year Tim Van Orden

He says that people always ask him “where do you get your protein?”.  They assume it is from nuts and seeds, legumes or soy.

The he says that he doesn’t eat ANY of those.  He DOESN’T eat protein.  What he eats are fruits and vegetables and they give him the building blocks that he needs to make protein. If he wasn’t getting enough protein, how come he was able to build muscle without effort?

For me, this was like a light going off.  It was like I was hearing an idea that I always knew was right at the back of my mind but no one had ever put it into words.  It seemed so right to me as other apes ate just fruits and vegetables and they were super strong.

This opened the doors for me to start experimenting with the raw vegan lifestyle.  Funnily enough, it took me almost a year from then to really “get it”.

In spite of what I had told my then girlfriend after leaving New York, I ended up going back a year later to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  There I met Tim Van Orden in real life for the first time.

I said “Tim your video made me go raw”

He replied “I’m sorry!”

You can check out more about what Tim is now doing at his youtube channel or website http://www.runningraw.com

You can watch the video that made me go raw here:

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5 Myths About Fruit Consumption You Should Stop Believing

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An article has just been released with the title:

5 Myths About Fruit Consumption You Should Stop Believing

It appears HERE on Medical Daily

So, let’s go through it and see what we think.

“1. Frozen fruits are less nutritious than fresh ones

This myth has perpetuated the idea that nutrients are lost when fruits are frozen. “Frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen within hours of being picked, locking in a majority of the nutrients,” explained Dr. Joy Bauer, a nutrition and health expert from the Today Show on NBC.

If that wasn’t enough, your wallet can reap some benefits too. Buying fruits in frozen form has been recommended as an effective way to eat healthy even when on a budget. “

My response: Technically, they have just proved themselves wrong here.  The quote they use to back up the idea of this being a myth says “locking in a MAJORITY of nutrients” so they are admitting nutrients are lost.  But, I would agree, it’s probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  If someone chooses only to eat frozen fruit they will still see a benefit to their health.

“2. Fruits are best consumed on an empty stomach

According to this myth, fruits can cause digestion problems and are less nutritious when consumed along with meals. No studies have been able to confirm such a link. The only effect fruits can have is to slow down the release of food from the stomach. According to Healthline, this is actually beneficial as it can create a feeling of fullness and moderate the intake of calories.

Nutritional value is also unaffected as the digestive system is capable of extracting nutrients from fruits whether they are consumed with a meal or on an empty stomach.”

My response:  Interesting.  There are many anecdotal accounts of people eating fruit and having some digestive issue.  Our response is usually that it is the mixture of the fruit with other foods still in the stomach that causes this.  I would still advise people who rarely eat fruit to do so before meals and on an empty stomach if possible.

“3. People who have diabetes can’t eat fruits

Compared to carbohydrates, fruits in moderation do not cause a sharp spike in blood glucose levels. “Whole fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants,” said Katie Barbera of Northwell Health Systems in New York. “They have a lot of fibre, so they make you feel fuller and satisfy your hunger. They also add a lot of flavour to a diabetes diet.”

One study found that whole fruit consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes while fruit juice consumption was linked to a higher risk. This brings us to the next well-known myth.”

My response:  True, and it is good to hear!  However, they could have expanded on this to show that Type 2 Diabetes is caused by the saturated fat in the standard diet and is not connected with sugar, fruit or fruit juice.

4. Drinking fruit juice is just as healthy as eating fruit

While drinking fruit juice can still have some nutritional benefits, experts have stated that eating whole fruits is preferable. Store-bought juice may contain added sugar, which can explain why it has been linked to childhood obesity.

According to WebMD, previously-contained sugars are released when the fruit is crushed, making the juice more likely to cause tooth decay when compared to eating fruits. The juicing process also removes the natural fiber content from fruits, lowering the glycemic index. As a result, people are likely to consume more calories for lesser nutrition.

My response:  For a variety of reasons fruit juice is less healthy than whole fruits.  However, fruit juice is still WAY healthier than almost any other food group.  

“5. Vitamin C is a natural remedy to prevent the common cold

While many studies have been conducted, researchers have found little to no benefit in consuming vitamin C-rich fruits (such as oranges) for the prevention or cure of colds. However, the vitamin did seem to help those who were marathon runners, skiers and soldiers in sub-arctic environments.

“Vitamin C in doses as high as one gram daily for several winter months had no consistent beneficial effect on incidence of the common cold,” concluded one review of both randomized and non-randomized trials.”

My response: If a myth helps a person to eat more fruit I am all for it!  I have not had a cold for a number of years now but I don’t put it down to vitamin C.  Rather, I put it down to a multitude of healthful habits that I practise including eating lots of fruit every day.  I wouldn’t be surprised if fruit eaters get fewer colds, but I don’t think I can prove that right now.

It’s good to see an article sharing more truth about eating more fruit.  It’s mostly positive!

Thanks for reading today.  Leave your comments below and share with others!

 

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The $500 apple: Woman fined for failing to declare fruit she was given on flight

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A new article has been released on independent.com

Next time you are travelling you may want to watch you are not smuggling fruit into a country.

You could be fined $500!

The article starts:

“A woman from Colorado has been fined $500 (£360) after failing to declare an apple that she took from a transatlantic flight.

Crystal Tadlock was given the fruit sealed in a wrapper on her Delta flight from Paris to Minneapolis on 18 April. She did not eat it on the journey and decided to save it for her connecting flight to Denver.

As Minneapolis was her first landing point in the US, Ms Tadlock was required to declare all food products, or deposit the offending item in an “amnesty bin”.

Seems, innocent enough so far.  Let’s see what happens:

“But a random check by US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service officials discovered the forbidden fruit.

She told Denver TV station Fox 31: “He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, ‘yeah’. I didn’t really get why he was asking that question and then he said ‘it’s about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500’.” 

She added that she had pointed out the Delta logo on the wrapper, showing the fruit came from the airline.

“It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” she said. 

Have you ever heard of someone being fined for taking a piece of fruit across a border?

Seems a little unusual to me.

Anyway, safe travels and watch you don’t smuggle fruit!

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