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Thinking about raw.

Posted by Mike on 9th August 2008

About five or six years ago I started drinking fresh milk. No, this is not milk from the grocery store, but rather it is milk fresh from the cow. Fresh milk is not pasteurized or homogenized and because of that, it has many health benefits. It is hard to find. That is why, for the past three years, we have our own family cows.

Some friends of mine switched to a raw food diet about two years ago. (They seem to be about two years ahead of me on the learning curve.) I thought it was crazy when they told me! Now, I’m not so sure. I have tried a lot of things to restore my health over the past 27 years with little success. Some things helped and some didn’t. I went the route of doctors, prescription medicines, allergy shots, sinus surgery, supplements, cleansing, and improved diet. Of this list, the last two helped the most. The bottom line is that I am still not well. Then came the shocker! I might be getting a cavity.

This may sound hard to believe, but I have never had a cavity. When my dentist told me that one was forming, I could hardly believe it. Something is seriously wrong for my health to deteriorate in this way. I had to start thinking harder about getting well. (Plus, I have this idea that teeth should be able to heal, too.) It may turn out that it is too late for that tooth. Only time will tell. I better get busy researching.

I picked up an odd book at Goodwill. The cover said, “Five Books in a Single Volume!”

  1. The Myth of Medicine
  2. Program for Perfect Health
  3. The Miracle of Living Foods
  4. Correct Food Combining
  5. Better Sleep for a Better Life

It was the last topic that caught my attention. Lack of adequate sleep is definitely one of my problems. After starting with the last “book,” I continued reading the other “books.” These books cover the topic of Natural Hygiene or Life Science. The books are full of claims, but have very few facts to substantiate them. Life Science seems to be concerned with improving the human race and bringing peace and harmony to the world through a raw vegetable diet and proper living. As near as I can tell, the books are a collection of articles from magazines and pamphlets. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

I don’t believe you can be healthy on vegetables alone. For example, you can’t get vitamin B12 from vegetable sources. With that thought, I went back to my friends and asked a few questions about their raw food diet. They pointed me to the writings of Aajonus Vonderplanitz. I purchased the book The Recipe for Living Without Disease and I am reading it now.

I’m going to stop this post with one more idea and it comes from God’s Word. I have always been perplexed by Genesis 18:1-8. Why? It’s because from the first time I read the passage, I was sure that the meat wasn’t cooked. I said to myself, “But, we always cook meat, don’t we?”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Genesis 18:1-8 (KJV)

I read this passage and only the cakes are cooked. This was a meal that Abraham hastened to provide to the three men. Time was not taken to cook the calf. I think that it is even more significant that this meal was prepared for the LORD. Butter, milk, veal, and bread. That sounds like a good meal to me.

This is something I will continue to investigate.

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