Look for my comments below the subtitle "Healthy Benefits"
This was a very well-written and well-researched piece by Tom Wickersham.
My only clarification would be to mention his statement in the last
paragraph, "Blackburn suggests that food choices are more akin to a
religion." I state in all my interviews and discussions
that for me Raw Foods is NOT a religion. I realize Mr. Wickersham
was merely trying to restate what I had told him...but it was restated
in a manner that could be misconstrued.
There is a great spiritual connection and harmony that results from
eating raw, and this needs more exploration. But, I know people
who have turned raw foods into a religion, and I believe they become
Dietary Ayotallahs. I refute this notion of turning raw foods into
a religion in my Sacramento Magazine
Interview and in my article "Does
Eating Health Food make you Mentally Ill? which answers Steven Bratman's
witch hunt against his preposterous invention he calls 'Othorexia'
(something only he acknowleges or understands).
I have no need to convert anyone. During the crusades people
desired to convert people. With death as the only alternative to
conversion, many converted. This is basic fascism--something
all governments excel at.. I would rather lead by my example. If
eating raw foods benefits me, I would like to think others would notice,
and those with a desire to do so, might also try it to see
whether it might benefit them. This is the way that people
are converted. As a pastor friend of mine used to say, "A man
convinced against his will.....is of the same opinion still."
There are a few ways I can infer that raw foods is helping me. At
my class reunions I tend to look younger than almost all my classmates.
My skin is soft and fair. I have recently taken the "Pharmanex"
scan for anti-oxidants (Caratenoids). I believe they find their
median score to be less than 30,000. My score was 104,000--several
times the median. Some of the fine Pharmanex people I know have
urged me to go on their supplements. I think, however, that I am
doing fine without them.