Long Term Raw Vegan Has a Stroke: Why a Raw Diet May Not be Healthy


Alright! This is John Kohler, with ORAW.com.
Today we got another exciting episode for your, coming at you from the 2015 Woodstock
Fruit Festival here in New York and one of the reasons why I like the Woodstock Fruit
Festival is I get to meet new friends, but also some old ones actually. And that’s
the purpose of this episode actually. My friend, David here, I’ve known since nineteen ninety
nine, when I started meeting him and check, seeing him at different raw food events. And
he was learning and I’d already been into it for a long while, and you know after living
on raw food diet since nineteen ninety nine, so that’s like sixteen odd years now, he
had a health, a big health challenge that none of us want to get. Actually many people
that think they’re raw or vegan, or immune to, and I just want to go ahead and turn over
to him and let him tell his story and what health challenge he had. SO David, what actually
happened to you after being on a raw, vegan diet for sixteen years?
Okay, so I had a stroke, and fortunately it wasn’t that serious but, when I was being
examined to determine what was wrong, I had a problem walking. All of a sudden, my right
leg wasn’t functioning the right way. It’s like, when a puppeteer pulls on the strings,
like all the strings weren’t there and the leg just wasn’t behaving. And to make a
long story short, I had a cat scan and an MRI done on my brain, things that I normally
would avoid particularly, the the cat scan. And it showed not only that I had a recent
stroke, thank god not one that paralyzed me or caused any major problems, but it also
showed previous infarcts, or dead brain tissue happen previously, and they can’t exactly
determine when. There were several of them and I was just shocked, and caused me to really
re-evaluate my health program and what I’ve been doing since nineteen ninety nine and
even earlier and this event. Wow, I mean that that’s pretty huge like,
wow having a stroke and having some infarct and getting your blood supply cut off. You
know your blood supply cut off to different places in your body will cause different things
and most of the time it’s like a heart attack and usually you don’t make it after that.
SO I want to encourage you guys to eat a plant-based diet, but a plant-based diet is not enough,
as we’re learning here from David. So what I really want to get into, is not, you know,
tell you guys what happened then, but tell you about what he’s learnt since then, so
that he’s making changes to a judge and make his diet better. So this not happen again.
So this is why I’m so serious about eating a plant-based raw diet. Because I almost lost
my life. I was in the hospital, doctor said ‘you might not make it out alive’. But
David got through, you know, this situation, but you know he wants to make sure that this
does not happen again. And so he , he’s identified maybe four top reasons why this
may, but not definitely have happened to him and I guess we’re going to get into the
first one. David let’s talk about stress right.
Definitely, and I also want to add that, I was told by several of my experts that I consulted
and I consulted people who are experts in this, not only from the Allopathic community
but the naturopathic community and really all health modalities, including Chinese medicine.
I obviously I went through quite a bit when I determined this because you know, I have
two young children and family and a wonderful partner and I want to be around. you know
so, I really investigated carefully and what really struck me from that was my naturopathic
told me that if I weren’t raw and I weren’t vegan, I would probably be, quote ‘six feet
under’. And he was, he was dead serious. But my, my improvements in my heath had happened
after I became vegan and raw. Although I was mostly vegan before I knew what raw food was
all about or natural hygiene. The fact that my, the, my, the tone of my blood vessels
or other issues of my body, were helped and improved with the raw vegan diet,, probably
saved my life. Yeah I mean, once again I want you guys to
do preventative measure now before traumatic situations happen later and that’s why I’m
making this video with David, so you guys could act. You know not just listen to this
video, take in information, but actually make changes in your life, starting after you’re
done watching this video. So that you’ll be, you know, more disease-free than ever.
So David let’s get back to you know, one of the top reasons why, the you know your
situation may have happened, which is the stress, right. No matter what diet you eat,
you could eat, you know, a raw vegan diet, you could eat a vegan diet. You could eat
a standard American diet. But stress is something that everybody could change today. Unfortunately
in our society, we’re not taught effectively how to deal with stress. I want to encourage
you guys to figure out some stress management techniques. But let’s talk about stress
and how that may have played a role in what happened to you.
Right right, ‘cause nobody knows or understands why a person has a stroke or heart attack.
They’re identifiable issues that go along with the the, with the those illnesses, one
of them is the stress factor and I have to recommend there’s a mainstream fellow named
Dean Ornish and he wrote a book about all the factors really that affect health, talks
about the necessity of stress management and I had a life that was, I have a life that
is full of stress or is like most people do and people manage stress differently. You
have to be sure what you’re talking about. You know, the stress is okay and most people
are setup to be able to handle stress okay. But when there’s chronic stress or was an
intense stress or was over a period of time, your body really isn’t set up for that and
the fight or flight response is supposed to be that, it’s fight or flight and when it
gets stressed out and your body reacts, it’s not supposed to be continual, it’s supposed
to be like the lion is just appeared but then he went away. You know it’s like you, you
kind of get a reaction. It’s not supposed to sustain itself. But when it does over time,
that’s the effects of stress. So it isn’t the stress itself that kills you, because
stress is a killer, it can be. It’s the way you reacted. So John talked about stress
management techniques are very important and that’s why I mentioned that he wrote a very
interesting book about it and he’s a he’s an MD. But there are a lot of people in the
raw food movement who are not knowledgeable about this and other health modalities that
are knowledgeable about this. But the bottom line is to be able to get back to homeostasis
when you get riled up and your brain ca really do amazing things to you, that may not be
there in reality. You know, you’ll have a reaction to a grizzly bear coming at you,
but if you think there’s one outside your door and there really isn’t, there’s no
reason why you should have the same reaction as if he were really there. SO, but things
like yoga, you mentioned yoga, and and just meditation, whatever that word means to you.
It just basically means you come into yourself and just relax and tune into your breath,
tune into your bodily functions and not be upset by environmental cues and stimulus,
but just to be able to relax and get your body just in a totally relaxed state. Not
all the time but a good part of the time. And that’s that’s the, that’s what we’re
talk about managing stress. So to to, answer your question, to get what I think is the,
and by the way this is all what I think, you’ll have differences of opinion from probably
everybody I talk to, but stress is really a common denominator for a lot of problems
and I guess I can sum it up briefly by telling you what a Chinese doctor friend of mine said
Doctor Voy in oriental medicine, who teach who taught at a University, in I think it
was Beijing. Very knowledgeable woman. Seen a lot of people over lots of years. She said
to me when I discussed my issue with her, that she has patients who come in and she
could have somebody in perfect health. Nothing wrong, pulses are good. Everything g looks
good, but they have severe heath challenges, I won’t go into what they could be, but
they really could be anything and then she said that she could have another patient who
is overweight, grossly obese, does drugs, drinks, smokes and also has no health issues
at that time, although they’re pre-disposed to having some in the future. But the point
that she was making was, is the function of your frame of mind. The fellow who is in really
great shape and didn’t have any signs of health problems, had severe health problems
come suddenly, and she identified them as relating to his extremely stressful life and
his constantly stressful situation, which made one aspect of his, which really kind
of took over everything else. Doesn’t matter how healthy you are, but if you’re physiologically
out of balance, because of stressors what it does to you by nature and we’re supposed
to be kind of bent out of shape when you’re being chased by a tiger, or you have some
threatening event. But our minds don’t really perceive reality with with with non-reality
about stressors. You know everybody hears something, they freak out and horrible things
are going to happen and most of the time they don’t. But the point is that that excitement,
if it carries over it will affect you long term and that’s what we talking about with
stress. So being fully aware of your situation, as mindful as you can be, as conscious and
aware as you can be, will be health, what’s the word, health, will help improve your health.
SO that’s the point with that. So the state of your psychological state, emotional state,
are all tied together and all of this does certainly help by being a raw vegan if you
if you’re an animal eater or meat eater cooked food eater, although I have no problem
with some cooked food, but I’m taking about deep fried something or the other. It affects
your ability to deal with stress, in spite of meditating or whatever else, or in spite
of your genetics or whatever, it’s not as important as your your your frame of mind
and all these things are tied together, as exemplified by this one book I read by Dean
Ornish called ‘The Spectrum’, ad by the way there are many books I could recommend,
but that was one that really brings in all the factors. So that’s what I mean by stress.
Wow, yeah I mean we’re all stressed And I had stress
Yeah I mean we all have stress, but we all deal with stress differently, so you know
if you could basically nullify the stress, or you know minimize the stress, you know
I mean. We can edit this Whoops, look at that. Alright, if we’re
still on, I don’t know if we’re still on but maybe you’ll wanna keep that there
‘cause this is one thing that I think will be good for your viewers, that I do – my
phone is set to go of a few times during the day like that, as a reminder and my alarm.
And why it goes off, is to remind me, since I, I wasn’t very successful in doing it
myself, to stop what I’m doing, relax, take some deep breaths, and the right way is to
blow it out through your nose like four or five times, just to get tuned in and, and
just realize you know, thank god we’re living and thank god we have great opportunity and
unlimited bounty. Wow, that is an excellent idea. If you didn’t
notice, David’s alarm on his phone just went off, to let him know, to remind himself
to destress, relax and be grateful, I mean one of the things I try to do in my life,
is live with gratitude, be grateful and thankful that I’m sure ‘cause a lot of people didn’t
wake up today you know. And things are really not that bad, no matter your situation, you’re
almost out of money, whatever, you know, you’re still alive, you’re still here. You can
make a difference, you know, starting today. And what I really want to mention is that
food is really only one aspect of many aspects of health. Stress is of course another, getting
enough sleep, enough exercise, getting enough sun. You know, all this stuff, super important.
And the last thing I wanted to say about the stress is, you know, we’re all confronted
with situations right. Things will happen in front of us – our spouse, our loved ones,
will do something that you might not be happy with, right. But how you react is key. Somebody
does something you don’t like, you could be pissed off and like want ‘em to do it
your way. Or you could be like, no big deal, they didn’t take out the garbage, it’s
overflowing. I’m just going to handle it, you know and. And I think it’s really sad,
in this day and age that you know, a lotta families are taught yell and scream and that
just increases stress, decreases your health, and it doesn’t fix anything right. So like
in my relationship these days, and it took me a coupe four relationships to figure this
one out, whatever my girlfriend does, or whatever, it’s alright. You know, it’s not that
bad, unless she tries to pull a gun and shoot me or something, I’m not really stressed
out about it. I just kind of laugh, you know. Whatever, it’s not worth the stress it’s
gonna cause and decrease your health. Right, and if you’re already on edge, that
just makes everything worse. So the idea is you wanna just, you want to be calm, relaxed,
see things for what they really are and realize that most of what goes on in our brains is.
Freaks you out, but then doesn’t really happen. And I I also want to say that there’s
a book called, ‘The Untethered Soul’. I forget the author’s name off hand, but
that, it it’s a very good book that talks about this, this idea. Anyway, that’s very
good, very good point about being stressed out. It carries off into everything, Yeah
Awesome David, so yeah, so stress, one of the factors, this situation may have happened
to David. But yet another David, you know, you didn’t start raw foods diet until, you
know, a little bit later in your life. You’ve only been doing this fir sixteen years and
you don’t look a day over fifty. Thank you.
But, but you know I I, one of the things, you know is that
You didn’t tell them how old I am Yeah, we’ve all gone through this life and
through this journey, unless you’re raised as a child as a vegan, and your mom was a
vegan and you ate clean and you know, we’re all we’re all coming to the plant-based
diet with previous health conditions and previous health level, based on what we did previous,
and a lot of people fail to get this and sometimes you need to, you know , heal through all this
stuff and be extra prudent in your diet, to you know, heal the damage that was already
done. So David, do you want to talk about some of the maybe pre-existing conditions
that you learned only after his event? Sure, sure, so in relevant, relative to what
you’re saying, relevant to what you’re saying, a lot of people get into the raw food
movement or the vegan movement or the natural hygiene, or whatever it is in this genre,
because they have health problems and they’re looking for another way to deal with, to deal
with their health and life. So so what I found in my case is my bloodwork that I had done
and the medical tests that I had done, I I normally wouldn’t do, like I mentioned before
about the cat scan, I really just think it’s unhealthy that kind of radiation, but sometimes
you don’t have a choice, and when I when I had my problem, I went to a medical facility,
really I was kind of forced into it, but that’s another story. And had this CAT scan and they
were able to determine I had previous strokes, like they call them TIAs or sometimes they’re
not even noticeable. People can have a blocked blood vessel in their brain. So this showed
these previous problems. So I’m asking myself why am I having, why did I have those problems,
why am I having this problem. And this bloodwork, normally I wouldn’t do that kind of intense
blood work and I wouldn’t normally not have a cat scan but as a result of all that maybe
it was a wakeup call, it helped me determine that certain, certain of my blood values were
way out of whack for a healthy person, healthy person determined by global standards, not
healthy determined by let’s say American averages and what I mean is for example, my
blood fats were intensely analyzed and I was very surprised to find out, I won’t even
preface it by saying certain fats in your blood, I’m specifically talking about omega
fats and the two, there’s a bunch, I think like twelve or more that had been identified.
About twelve or so omega fats. There’s many many kinds of fats, but the omega threes and
the omega sixes, I’m sure everyone has heard about this. A lot of people say you have to
eat fish because of the omega threes and this and that. But the bottom line through all
that is my balance of omega sixes to omega threes, was way out of whack, it was something
like at the time of the stroke, somewhere around 16 or 17 to one. The healthiest country
in the world or healthiest people in the world, the Japanese, Asians, Okinawans, those type
of people, well studies were done and showed that their ratio of six to three is really
around three to one or a little less, down to about one and half. You do need, you do
need omega sixes, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have omega sixes, they’re the inflammatory
fat, whereas omega threes are the opposite so it’s good to be non-inflammatory in a
healthy state, and threes help that and that’s maybe one of the reasons why the Japanese
are so healthy. They don’t have cardiovascular disease like we do, strokes like we do, or
other problems like we do. So they get high omega three intake into their diet from fish,
so, and I don’t eat fish. But when I determined that that balance was out of whack, and that
could have affected my stroke because it caused arterial blockage over time, having high sixes
and other fats that are problematic, coupled with, we’ll talk about it as sugar can,
cam help you become probe to getting cardiovascular disease meaning blockages in your arteries,
meaning like little little patches of fat that have caused the problems and then your
body going into a normal repair mechanism. But that kind of backfires sometimes and you
can have a piece if that fat come off and even a tiny tiny piece and go form let’s
say a carotid into your brain and that causes a stroke or it happen in your vessels down
here and into your heart. So I became aware of that also with having an ultrasound in
my carotid arteries, something I normally wouldn’t normally do or even think about
and my carotid arteries are a little bit blocked. Thank god they’re not a lot blocked. But
the theory is that one of the reasons why I could have this problem is because piece
of that blockage came off and went up to my brain. So now I want to clear out my arteries
and we can talk about that in a second. Alright, yeah so David you had a pre-, was
a, problem you had, pre-existing situation like some blockages. Did that happen before
you’re a raw vegan or after? Okay so this is an interesting story, and
I’m glad you asked that. When this happened to me, and we’re trying to keep things kind
of short and to only emphasize the main points. I called one of my gurus and I’ll mention
names, call him Campbell, and a a man that I really love and respect, and he he was surprised
also but you vegans die and vegans have cardiovascular problems, heart attacks and everything else,
I’m sure you’ve heard stories about that. But he said let me let me let me connect you
with the expert, and the expert was a fellow named, then again there many people involved,
but I’m just I’m I’m emphasizing a few that were very important to me in my life,
his name was Caldwell Esselstyn, E-S-S-E-L-S-T-Y-N and just google them and you’ll see tons
of videos. But anyway, I get a, he’s a retired surgeon from from Cleveland Clinic. He’s
still active, but he wrote a book called, ‘How to Prevent Reverse Heart Disease’,
that probably still is a best seller, a long time ago and has dealt with people, patients
over many years to see, to corroborate what his belief is, and he connected with Collin,
because they both determined that epidemiologically, diet played a huge role in health, certainly
not the only role, but a huge role in health. And Colin Campbell had the China study, longest
nutritional study in history really and most significant, and Colin himself was a dairy
farmer, became vegan or mostly vegan, just shortly into his study, forgive Collin if
I don’t get this exactly right but, but the the the results of the diet were so significant
that he actually changed his diet. Anyway, Dr Esselstyn called me on the phone a few
days after I spoke to Dr Campbell, and he said well you know you might doing, having
a very good diet now but, and he said a few other things about raw food diet which I won’t
talk about now. But he said you were on a standard American diet when you were a kid
and you came from parents who most likely were on a standard American diet too, and
so so what does that all mean. He said well you were eating in a way at that time, that
was already laying the groundwork for your stroke. And for many people, strokes and heart
attacks and other cardiovascular problems and all other kinds of health problems. And
what he was talking about was, if you eat a diet that’s out of whack in terms of particularly
fats, you’re you’re, and other things that you mostly get on an animal diet, particularly
a cooked animal diet around the world, you gonna lay the groundwork for problems. And
as evidence, he mentioned that he had done autopsies of young people who might’ve died
from something else, and found evidence of cardiovascular disease, you know, in their
blood vessels at a very young age kids. And then there were autopsies done on soldiers,
young soldiers, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen years old who got killed and they showed the
evidence of arterial plaque and prolems that normally won’t show up until much later
in life. It’s curious that most stroke and heart attacks start when you like sixty, seventy.
That’s when it shows up, but the ground work was layed when you were a child.
Wow, wow, so so David does that mean I should just not even do raw vegan diet, cause I’m
going to get a stroke anyways? And you can’t fix it once once, you know, once you got the
groundwork layed? It’s just inevitable right? well, maybe a little bit, but the idea is
that if you, your body is so powerful, that if you do change your, the reasons why you’re
having health problems no matter how bad you are, I don’t care if you’re on the death
bed, with having had a severe heart attack. If you’re still breathing, there’s hope.
And and when you are, you don’t wanna be having a McDonald’s and fries with a shake,
you want to be having kale. Or or or wild arugula, or green juice, you know, because
that that’s what we’re really designed to be eating and that’s most harmonious
with our bodies and that will help you get into a great, health-filled state. So yes,
so there is hope. And I will mention that these people are not raw and they’d like
all aspects, a lot of aspects of the raw diet and Dr Esselstyn, Dr Campbell, they have other
issues with the raw diet, but the the main point that it’s about being vegan and not
eating anything from an animal and not eating anything unnatural, like oils, any kind of
oil, even olive oil and I know people say Ah that’s you’re crazy it’s, you know
look at the Mediterranean diet and that well those people have heart attacks too and those
people have strokes too. Maybe less than somebody who has, who’s eating beef and red meat
every day, or deep fried this or that every day.
Yeah so next let’s get into two of the diet elements, especially in a raw food diet or
even vegan diet, that are very critical as to why this may have happened to David. The
first one I want to talk about is fats. You touched on this earlier and know can eating
the wrong kind of fats, like the oils, is the wrong kind of fat, or you know, eating
too many nuts and seeds, or the improper kind of nuts and seeds, you know, play have played
a role in your specific situation and how can we correct this as people into a raw plant-based
diet. Okay, to answer your question, very good question,
there’s there’s many factors involved but just try for the sake of time to be brief
and concise as possible. As I said, one of the biggest problems with my bloodwork was
to show me that my fats were out of whack and although my my omega six and omega three
ratio which is a really critical piece of bloodwork, I advise anybody to do that. It
cost like like fifty dollars and there’s several places that do it. Just search online
Omega 3 index or AA/EPA ratio. AA being omega sixes and omega threes being EPA. Omega three
is, I’m sorry, Omega three is DHA and EPA. You didn’t know, what they stand for but
they just types of fats, and you do not have to eat fish to get to get omega threes. They’re
in kale, you know, in small quantities. But therapeutically you can get them from flax
seed and chia seeds mainly, a little bit from hemp but hemp has a lotta six, so those are
really the top nuts and seeds. Chia, flax. Chia first, flax ground up and eaten of course,
fresh and then maybe hemp, but I’ll stick to flax and chia. Not flax oil, but but flax.
Anyway, again there’s a lot to talk about, so to try to, to try to focus.
Alright David, so it sounds like we really focus on these omega threes, cause you know
I got my blood work tested with omega three to six balance and I’m like you know, I
got that test probably like five years ago. And even me paying attention to my omega three
to six balance, I was a little bit higher, I was lower than the average American, so
that’s good, but I want to be even lower and have a higher level of omega threes, which
are anti-inflammatory versus the omega sixes. So is it really important to dial in and watch
you know the types of fats we’re eating, like we wanna definitely get rid of the oils,
but we can have some whole food sources of fats, but one of the predominant you know
fats on a raw foods diet, on whole plant raw foods diet, is things like, you know, sesame
seeds and tahini, or like you know sunflower seeds or you know almonds. Those are very
very very high in omega sixes and you know that’s probably not the best thing to do
after after you know hearing your information and actually I try not to eat a lot of those
nuts and seeds too often. Exactly and and I I’ve stopped eating nuts
and seeds except for except for chia and flax, until I can clear up my my blood vessels,
as we said that my problem started a long time ago before I was a raw vegan. But but
you can you can get omegas threes from as we said chia and flax seed ground up fresh.
But that ratio is is key, something that came out of Harvard University, it’s an easy
study to do, I mentioned before that’s about fifty dollars, just Google it. That’ll tell
you your ratio, as I said, mine was around fifteen to sixteen to seventeen to one. In
Japan, the longest lived people in the world, the Okinawans, theirs is like one or even
one and half. Ideally some people say it should be one to one, but the average American is
somewhere in the twenties to one. It’s unbelievable, So I had, I got, in a matter of just months,
like four months, I got mine down from from, I don’t remember the exact number, sixteen
to one to to right now it’s four to one. And I did that by stopping all oils, all nuts
and seeds, except like a tablespoon or two of flax and or chia every day, and had an
amazing effect and also being much aware of the sugars that I was eating in my fruit,
cause I don’t eat any kind of sugar except fruit,
Yeah so, let’s get in get into that for a second there. But I have another question
regarding the fats. So we want to make eat the right kind of fats and also, you know,
I would encourage you guys like I have. Get your omega three to six ratio checked and
I would personally encourage everybody to be in a little, definitely the single digits,
for sure, you know, the lower the better. And besides just like nuts and seeds David,
I know there’s other sources of the essential fats, or omega threes or the more advanced
types, such as the DHA and the EPA. And they’re in things like the allergy, that’s where
the fish gets all their omega threes. And they say oh you need fish for your omega threes,
well we just need to eat what the fish eats. We need to eat lower on the food chain not
higher on the food chain. So I know you’re aware of like the different algae oils and
there’s some problems with some of the algae oils out there, you know that people take
for DHA and EPA, even some of the ones some doctors recommend. You want to share your
knowledge about this because you also researched this topic.
Very heavily, it’s very hard to ferret out the true information and it’s very hard
for us to get the kind of algae that salmon are eating you know, or much less get down
there and eat it. We can eat it, it it’s certainly fine, and I’m a big fan of eating
sea vegetables. So the the algae actually, there a few species of algae that have very
long complicated names that supply huge amounts of omega threes, maybe a little bit of sixes.
And it’s a huge commercial market in the recent years in the vegan community getting
omega fats is a blossoming industry, and there’s a lot of companies out there providing it.
The only problem, and I think this is what you were referring to is, a lotta of these
companies that make these products use methods that are not really optimal. They’ll use
hexane or other other chemicals to be able to dislodge the the good fats that are really
in oils, but again, these aren’t these aren’t bad kind of oils, like I say don’t eat oils,
but short of eating the actual algae in huge quantity, I don’t mind having a quarter
of a teaspoon of the oil from it, and in addition to once in a while, the flax and chia seeds
would have every day. So once in a while I do a capsule of oil or eat a little bit of
the oil. Anyway the, I don’t know if I should say the name of the companies, but there’s
a few companies out there that make water processed oils from these algae, they give
you most importantly DHA and some EPA, and again the amount that you should eat is the
function of what your bloodwork is, not by what someone is going to tell you you should
have. See what your bloodwork is, what you blood fat profile is and then that’ll determine
whether you should have, you know, four grams a day or one little, you know, 800 300 millimeter
little capsule, milligram capsule. So I would say if you’re looking into omega three,
six supplements, look for ones that are water-processed, not hexane-processed and as least processed
as possible and are certainly vegan and vegan capsules or you can get the oil or they come
from those common drops. I think that’s very beneficial. Awesome David. So the main thing about this
section is, you know, dial in your fats, eat whole food sources of fats, eat ‘em in small
amounts and more importantly eat the right types for you, based on your omega six and
omega three testing. So David the last part I want to get into and I know this is really
controversial because I have a lotta people out there that eat a lot of fruit, you know,
including myself, although just within the last two months I’ve made some dietary changes
in myself, actually pertaining is not knowing that this is what happened to David, actually
I’ll say it publicly, you know I went from eating maybe two fruit meals a day, on a rare
occasion three, to like eating one fruit meal a day, like sweet fruit meals, and I don’t
count berries. If I want to have berries with a meal, that doesn’t really count cause
it’s not super sweet and try to like really include more vegetables cause based on my
research and you know I’m able to grow my vegetables and not my fruit, I still get it
from conventional sources, that you know, the fruit sugar, there’s pros and cons to
everything and I’d rather eat some fruit and some fruit sugars than a snickers bar,
candy bar, diet cheese and a whole bunch of other stuff out there. But I think that vegetables
really are much more important and actually what David’s experienced has just kind of
solidifies that for me. So David what’s the problem with the sugars in a raw foods
diet today and how can this be corrected or addressed. Okay, very good question and one like like
John said is very controversial and I think it’s controversial because so many people
are going to be honest and truthful. A lot of the information’s not out there, and
the point is, it’s not just the fats that are the problem, that we were just talking
about, bad bad fats which are in nuts like sunflower seeds, for example, versus chia
seeds. The ratio of omega sixes and all vegetable oils the ‘o’ sixes, the number of sixes
are off the charts. This one of the reasons why it’s so bad to eat oil and again, you
listen to Dr Novic from P center or Dr Esselstyn. They say no oil, they don’t say at once,
they’re screamin’ at their audience because people are just incredulous, even no olive
oil? And that is true and they have the the epidemiological study and the clinical experienced
know this, like they know their own name, but people who don’t just can’t believe
it. I certainly had trouble hearing it the first time I heard this. I actually heard
about olive oil years ago, but didn’t pay any attention to it. I was wrong and maybe
that’s part of the reason why I had the stroke. Okay, so the the issue with the sugar,
is not just the fats, it’s the sugar in the fats and to really make the long story
short about the sugars, the problem with fruit today, is that it is generally way too high
in, out of whack, unfavorable, nutritional array. Meaning that fruit in general has been
hybridized over many years by man, of course there’s natural hybridization which occurs,
we all know that. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about doing things to
generate cultivated fruit that travel well, that doesn’t bruise too easily, that looks
good, that is a very sweet. Cause that’s what people want. They want stuff that really
tastes good to their jaded taste buds, which are used to things that are really sweet being
good, doesn’t have to be, we’re not really born that way. Yes, we were born to appreciate
sweet things, the monkeys like sweet things. But when when it’s hugely sweet, or artificially
sweet, that’s wrong for us. Anyways, the balance of sugar. So there’s there’s many
different kinds of sugars, and the the, like fructose for example, is one type of sugar
that’s really harmful for us. And corn syrup is loaded with fructose for example. But anyway,
the array of nutrients gets changed by this hybridization process and we wind up with
something that tastes great to some people, doesn’t taste good to me anymore. But I,
the sweetness tastes great, but it’s really not what it is in nature and what we’re
really designed to eat. Like big fat strawberries that are super sweet, have nothing to do with
with our our natural berry that was called the strawberry years ago, that today you could
find them growing wild and they’re called Fres Dubois and you mentioned
Oh yea, or just Alpine strawberries for us in the US.
Right, Alpine strawberries, as opposed to the super hybridized ones, or you know the
big seedless watermelons and oranges that are that are big and fat and have very few
seeds. I mean real oranges like a sour orange is full of seeds, it’s not too sweet.
You can barely eat it. Right, exactly. It makes great juice for salad
dressing too, if you want to make an oil-free dressing. But that that’s the problem. So
the food generally, the cultivated food has been worked on by man to make it more marketable
for many reasons and that’s the problem with most of the fruit and those sugars wreak
havoc on your body, particularly if you have high fat or the wrong kind of fat balance
in your body, cause the sugar and fats, I won’t get into it now for the sake of time,
but the, not that I’m the expert, you can check this out yourselves. But the sugars
and fats really work together, particularly if you have too much fat and too much sugar
of the wrong kinds and that can contribute to cardiovascular plaque, among other problems.
Mood issues, is is it’s endless and how how how much this is all inter-related. So
that that’s the problem with the sugars. So you know I see I see John here at the festival
enjoying his fruit, but he has it at one time, like a mono-meal and I don’t see him eating
it all the time and I watch what he does and the natural fruit, if you can find it, is
the best way to go and it doesn’t taste like or look like most of the stuff that we’re
eating, that’s the cultivated fruits that’s in our fruit markets.
Right yeah, I always encourage you guys to get the highest quality and most natural,
so when you go out foraging in the woods and find the natural fruits that we’d be eating,
you know things like elder berries, you know they, they not even that sweet, you know,
and there’s all different kinds of amazing berries, and other non-sweet or not that sweet
fruits that have very high antioxidants and phytochemicals and phytonutrients, that are
probably health-protective, heart-protective and all those kind of stuff. So David the
question I have is, how do you think the sugars played a role in your specific situation,
potentially played a role in your situation. Right the.
The mechanism. So the way I understand it and I’m certainly
no expert and I don’t know if anybody really is, the the fact that I used to eat a lot
of fruit and had a lot of fruit sugar previously in, previous, previously in my life and when
I first raw I was mostly fruitarian and which I now know is not the way to go, at least
for me. My, the the the interaction between the fats, which were too high, and the sugars
which were too high and of the wrong array, could have caused plaque in my arteries and
that what most likely contributed to the fact that I had this health challenge.
Wow, wow I mean these are some of the factors that I want you guys to pay attention to.
And I want to go ahead and review them really quickly for you. So number one. Stress. Stress
Is definitely a killer. I’m I’m by no expert means on stress, I’ve learned how
to effectively deal with my stress being on this lifestyle oath for the last twenty years,
and I want to encourage you guys to look into solutions for stress. Number two. Pre-existing
conditions. You know, that we cannot change too much, but you can start today and you
know improve your condition and I mean that’d what David’s working on now and he had a
challenge, and now he’s working very hard to reverse the challenge and it’s always
harder to do what David’s doing, instead of just making small minute changes now like
eating less fruit, you know eating less fat and the right types of fat, so that you don’t
have this challenge, right. So yeah, your pre-existing health condition and if you’re
going to have babies right, make sure they’re plant whole food plant-based from birth and
even when you, before you’re talking about even getting pregnant and all this stuff.
Number three. The fats. Super critical, super important. I’ve talked about this before.
I had Dr Rick Deena on, talking about essential fats or fats essential in a raw foods diet
and you know, eating the right types of fat number one and number two, very important,
get tested to know where you are at, you know whether that’s B12, vitamin D. the essential
fats or other health indicators. Get tested so that you know where you at, so you can
actually start making changes now, instead of waiting to a catatatric catato catatatric
event or catatros catastrophic events that may happen later. And number three. You know
we all love fruit, I love fruit, but I want to ask you guys to reduce your fruit consumption.
If you’re eating three meals of fruit a day, like I would really encourage you guys
to move toward the vegetables. You know, I’m now eating like one main fruit meal a day
and sometimes I try to even you know minimize that and not do that and you know I try to
eat more out of my garden, I’m not growing a whole lot of fruits in my garden. And when
I do, I like to grow fruits that are like, you know, a little bit different and not as
sweet, like I loved the sweet gome fruit. You know that thing has probably no sugar
and there’s lots of antioxidants. Things like the loquat, which have like huge seeds
and barely any flesh and if you get a good one it’s you know kind of sweet. But you
know, these are kind of more natural fruits we would eat before they started getting hybridized,
before man started getting involved and making them super sweet. So reduce your fruit consumption.
And on the flip side, increase your green consumption. The leafy greens are the most
healing and actually David I want you to share some of your favorite leafy greens, cause
actually you’re on some of these leafy greens to to help you with your condition. So what
are these leafy greens and some of the new foods you’re eating now to reverse the situation
that you’re currently in. Okay, that’s a very good point and it’s
interesting that Dr Esselstyn who’s on a raw food is, tells his patients who have cardiovascular
disease, like me, to eat greens. And he doesn’t care whether it’s raw or steamed or if you
do cook them, cook them a little bit, five or six times a day. And I said what, and he
said yeah, and a fist full five or six times a day to keep bathing your body with all the
antiotics, antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that are in greens, and I thought that was
very interesting that he would he would talk about that. I mean it’s all about greens.
And while it’s true that the higher you go like the bonobos monkeys that are, monkeys
that are closest to us, eat mostly fruit and gorillas eat mostly greens, the fruit that
the bonobos eat is not the same fruit we get from the supermarket. But the point is, they’re
eating a lot of greens too. They forage all day, which, before I answer your your your
question, it brings up an interesting point that really should be mentioned, that’s
about calories. If you don’t eat a lot sweet fruit, most likely you’re going to see a
big drop in your caloric intake. And for you to make that up with the most important thing,
is greens and vegetables, you’d have to be eating a ton of them. So you could juice
them, you could get in more that way. But still, you’re really not going to do that.
So, you you have to be very careful about your caloric intake. I’m I’m in favor
of this concept of eighty ten ten and this has been around before the book about it was
written. But naturally in fruits and vegetables, what’s the breakdown in terms of carbohydrates,
fats and proteins. It’s not what most people are eating, but if you don’t eat a lot of
sweet fruit to to, because you’re watching your blood sugar, and still get the calories,
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having some sprouted garbanzo beans or some,
what can I say, even whole oats if they’re non-gluten, oatmeal even a little bit now
and then, or if you’re going to cook anything to steam it lightly, raw is still the best
by far, but if you have to make up calories and you have to eat beans or legumes, then
do it. You know you don’t have to be a hundred percent raw, it could be ninety percent or
eighty percent raw, still get the benefit until you can find real fruit. Like like John
would say, grow your own. Get really fruit, really good fruit, that’s not too nutritionally
compromised, where the sugars are still in the correct balances and they not super sweet,
you get calories that way, but until then if you have to supplement a little bit with,
with some beans, it’s better that you have more beans than sunflower seeds or almonds,
which are fine a little bit. But the way people eats nuts in the raw food movement, again
puts too much of the wrong fats in your body and it can lead to what happened to me. I
used to eat nut by days, I see people here scooping out raw nut butters 46:24). We’re
not designed to eat that quantity of nuts and seeds
Yeah, I mean I I completely agree. Now I’d also agree with David, you know I mean I’m
all raw and that’s what I prefer, but for you guys, you know, I wish my parents would
eat what David’s talking about, with some some beans and a lot of raw, and some beans
you know and actually not eat too many fruits, you know, especially as I find people get
a little bit more mature and little bit older in age, they do much better on this style
diet than like a high fruit diet, unless their body is used to it.
So so so I support the raw food diet, I think the raw food is the best way to go, if it’s
done correctly. I’ll mention one other person who I think is quite significant in my life,
his name is Dr fred Bisci B-I-S-C-I. He’s somebody in his mid-eighties who’s seen
the fruitarians and these people in their entire lives and can tell you which ones are
dead and which ones are still living and why, he wrote a book called Your Healthy Journey,
which I think I recommend to most people to read, and he’s a raw foodist for I don’t
know how many years, forty something years. Awesome David so let’s get into those greens,
you know I mean one of the things is I have found the power of greens for at least the
last ten plus years, I mean I’ve a Youtube channel called growing your greens, cause
I want you guys, besides the fruit, which are good. You know I think the greens are
better than the fruit personally and it’s it’s kind of hard and challenging if you
don’t have a lotta space to grow fruit trees, but you could easily grow all your greens
in a whole spectrum of different greens that even money can’t buy. So yeah learn how
to grow your greens, at growing your greens dot com or the Youtube channel. But David,
what are some of the most important greens that you’re taking to to help with your
situation, other greens and you know other vegetables
Okay so fruits, the vegetables are extremely important including greens like like like
you said not that aren’t good nutrients in fruit, but on balance really the greens
are more important for us, for a lot of reasons we won’t go into now for time considerations.
But of course kale, everybody knows about kale. But the and lacinato kale or or dinosaur
kale is better for you than the curly kale, by the way, and also the more dark, the darker
the colors, the better it is. Iceberg lettuce definitely has some value, but nothing like
a piece of purple kale. Okay so kale, bok choy, collard greens. By far one of the most
underrated greens out there on the planet, it really just need to have the light shone
on is arugula. Closest thing to a wild green and to the real original greens that were
in nature. And they have wild Arugula, like I’m growing
like a half dozen variety of arugula including wild arugula in my garden.
Right, and the amazing thing about arugula is if you really get into this and I wish
it’s just a complex issue in a way but in another way really simple. We just don’t
have time to get into the whole thing, but there’s something called Nitric Oxide. If
you don’t know what Nitric Oxide is, just google it and start reading. Question the
source of the information though. But Nitiric Oxide is a gas that’s produced in your body
inside your blood by endothelial tissue. Endothelial tissue is the inner lining of the blood vessels
that kind of have a lot do to with how the vessel expands and contracts which affects
blood pressure and responses to stressors. Nitric Oxide is key and we make some Nitric
Oxide in mostly in the mouth, bacteria in the mouth, certain things that happen to create
Nitric Oxide. But certain foods have extraordinary ability to create Nitric Oxide and and by
that I mean, make you calmer, give you more energy, allow more oxygen to be carried by
your blood. Like for some of you, you might be aware of the fact in the Olympics particular
recent Olympics Olympics, people have been eating beet juice right before they perform
because about an hour later, your body kind of clicks into a high gear and boy you’ve
got a little bit of an edge because you’re carrying more oxygen and your blood and you’re
able to achieve a greater result because of this. Well beets are great for Nitric Oxide,
but but but they have too much sugar unfortunately. But probably the number one Nitric Oxide producing
food that’s readily available to all of us is arugula. So look at that. Arugula makes
you work the best possible way. So I just wanted to mention that. So those are the key
greens, again, kale collard, bok choy, arugula and then then all the rest of ‘em, spinach,
but a ton of spinach is more problematic than a than a ton of arugula. Arugula doesn’t
have oxalic acid issues. If you don’t know what that is, just google it. So arugula really
is better than spinach. It should’ve been Popeye and arugula, instead of spinach out
of the can. But all those greens, if it’s dark leafy and comes out of the ground, boy
and most of those, you know, there’s very few greens that grow wild like that that we
wouldn’t be attracted to and that would be harmful for us. I mean watch the primates
go around, they just stripping leaves off of branches as the forage the whole day and
they getting a lot of exercise foraging, which doesn’t happen today when you go to the
supermarket, buy a bag of nuts or a box of nut butter, a jar of nut butter and then you’re
gobbling down all these calories from bad fat or you’re eating oil. It’s not natural.
Anyway, this is what, this is about growing your greens, highly recommend to growing your
own greens, particularly the dark leafy greens. Yeah I want to encourage you guys to also
rotate the greens. So as good as arugula is, you know eat arugula, eat some wild arugula,
eat some you know kale and always switch up what you’re eating. So David, probably about
the last question I have for you is you know, if you would share the diet that you’re
actually on right now, cause I mean it’s mostly raw but not all raw because you know,
he’s he’s he’s having the best diet for him to to counteract his situation and
if you’re in some situation like this, you might want to do something very similar, I
don’t necessarily recommend copying anybody in particular diet, because that’s suited
to them, but this will give you an idea of some of the food you may want to eat during
the day. Absolutely, good question. Okay first of all,
I I I love the concept of being a raw foodist. I was a raw foodist for many years and had
I not had this happen to me and I heard this or watched this video, I probably would’ve
looked at my fats and I probably wouldn’t have gotten more sick. And by the way my raw
food diet, as I mentioned to you earlier, probably started healing my body to the extent
that I had a minor episode, I could have a major one, you you don’t know what what’s
going to influence these health issues, but I believe that my health is definitely been
helped by my raw vegan diet for all these years. John to answer your question about
what my diet is today, again I believe in the raw food diet and I wish I could be a
complete raw foodist, a hundred percent raw foodist again, but I can’t and here’s
why and here’s what happened to me. Although I was hundred percent raw foodist for all
those years, my fats got out of whack as we explained earlier in the talk. So now on the
advice of my my gurus, I’ve eliminated all outside fats. I don’t eat any oils. I don’t
eat any nuts and seeds except chia and flax and only about a couple tablespoons of one
or each usually every day and no other oils other than the the oil from the algae which
is the tiny tiny amount for the omega threes. But there’s a big problem that happens,
we touched on earlier. It’s called calories. People talk about eighty ten ten but they
don’t talk about calories. I won’t go into that but it but you might want to check,
he knows, you might want to check out. Make sure you’re getting enough calories. Because
I was, I’m I’m five feet ten and a half and I I I, as a ideal raw foodist, I was weighing
around one forty five, one forty eight, in that range. I was in pretty good shape, until
recently. But then when I eliminated the olive oil and I eliminated the nuts and seeds and
I stopped eating so much sweet fruit with the same lifestyle otherwise, I try to walk,
mainly walk as exercise, with nothing really much changing, I went from a hundred forty
five in a very short period of time to about a hundred and thirty three and I was looking
more gaunt than some people say I look now and I I wasn’t feeling the best, because
I was literally starving, you know, and I wasn’t then feeling like I was starving
but my body was clamoring for more more calories. And even though a nutrient away now, nutrient
array now is improved with with fewer fats and fewer bad sugars, you need to get those
calories somewhere. So I had to make a big compromise cause it’s really not natural
to me to boil chickpeas, although you can have them sprouted too, a little starchy,
but they’re okay. Or or lentils. Lentils are great, but not only do they give you a
lotta nutrients, it’s not true that when you cook it except if you deep fry or do it
at a high temperature for a long time that you lose all the nutrients. You don’t lose
all the nutrients, you lose some of the nutrients, but then you get other benefits for example,
more calories and protein. We don’t need a lot of protein. There’s tons of protein
in our vegetables for us, what we need, in our fruits so we can eat. But the calories
are key. So what did I do, I added some beans and like a variety beans, like you say a variety
is key. So I’ll have a cup of, maybe half a cup twice a day of kidney beans, navy beans,
certainly lentils and so many different kinds of lentils. Lentils are a powerhouse beyond
belief. And you can sprout lentils and eat ‘em too, that’s fine.
Or you can sprout ‘em and cook ‘em, which would be better than just cooking ‘em.
Right, but then you fiber your fiber array changes, actually when you do cook those things.
We need the fiber from those things. By the way our systems work on fiber, from fruits
and vegetables there’s no fiber in any meat product or animal product. SO we’re supposed
to have fruits and vegetables. Anyway so I added some of those things to my diet and
I get more calories. Now I’m back up to around a hundred and forty and I just really
started doing this in February. SO I add some cooked food, so now I guess you can call me
high raw. You know I had a raw food restaurant for a while and if I were going to do it again
now, I’d make it a high raw restaurant. And by the way, the restaurant was named the
monkey or the primate that was closest to us called the bonobo. They’re the closest
thing to us in nature. SO they don’t listen to food manufacturers or other people telling
them what to do. Their natural diet is fruits and vegetables. Mostly, you know, are all
wild if they’re in the wild. They get sick when they’re in zoos and the veterinarians
give them food other than wild fruits and vegetables. But that’s so I believe that’s
our natural diet, but I have to compromise because I need to get more calories and I
can’t eat you know, a bathtub full of kale every day. Or any mixed greens.
So how many greens do you eat a day and at what times, do you do it at one meal all greens,
or do you kind of space it out during the day.
Okay so I I I I’m eating a lot. I have greens in the morning, sometimes I’ll have, I used
to always love oatmeal as a kid and now I love it again. But I’m not eating instant
oatmeal, I’m eating the whole oat grouts, that I soak overnight, you don’t even really
have to cook ‘em, because they get really soft and kind of good, but you can cook ‘em
for a little bit, and they become more chewy and I add a little oat bran in there for other
reasons, B vitamins and other things because the cooking will destroy more the water soluble
vitamins like the Bs and Cs, but it doesn’t do that much at low temperature cooking to
minerals and other things like, there’s several other things, antioxidants and various
other nutrients that relate to the food and the color mainly from the color of the food.
So I I do that, I don’t know if you want to get. So the the I‘m eating the greens
first thing in the morning with my little bit oat meal maybe and it’s usually arugula
and I usually eat some cooked, some raw. When cooked, I mean lightly steamed, four five
minutes in a good steamer until they become softer. It allows me to eat a huge bowl of
arugula in about three bites that would take me about, you know, ten minutes to eat otherwise,
if it were to get soft. But most of the nutrients that need is still there, particularly because
they help clear out my cardiovascular problem, the way Dr Esselstyn says from years of experience.
And then I have mid-morning, I’ll have another intake of greens, usually raw, sometimes raw
and steamed and then midday I have another one. Midafternoon I try to have another one.
And then at night I’ll have another one. So that takes care of the greens. And then
the other foods that eat are vegetables, and all kinds of vegetables. You name it, I’ll
try it. I even go to Asian markets and buy all these greens, the names of which I’ve
never heard before, still don’t understand. But an amazing thing I’ve discovered is
a lot of these greens, particularly like Chinese spinach, tatsoi, not tatsoi, there’s another
one that’s very, gai lan, gai lan is a Chinese spinach. And it’s very high, believe this,
omega fats, the good ones with the right ratios of omega fats. Very high, and in terms of
grains to go back to legumes and grains again, there’s a lentil, I was extoling lentils,
there is a lentil called uradal, U-R-A-D-dal, which is off the charts in omega three’s.
I say what? And I’ve immediately found uradal very hard to find it organic and you can sprout
it, but you have to, if it’s been produced the right way you can sprout it, and I eat
a couple of that. I have a cup earlier in the day I have a cup later in the day. And
again vegetables, al l different kinds of vegetables, and look beyond your standard
American diet, supermarket. And if you can get seeds, do what John does and grow your
own in good soil, and you need the minerals in your soil otherwise you don’t have properly
enriched food with the correct balance of nutrients that we’re designed to eat. So
all those vegetables, and I’ll eat some raw, some steamed, for me mostly steamed now
because I’m trying to increase caloric intake and I need help. So I’m lightly steaming
zucchini and squashes and beets, carrots of different kinds. So I eat that throughout
the day and so that takes care of the beans or the greens, and then the next thing is
the fruit. Okay so I try to have a little bit of fruit in the morning and I agree with
John that berries, if you can find the ones that aren’t super hybridized, super sweet,
if it looks ugly, if it’s kinda shriveled and full of seeds, I buy it. You know, that’s
it and I’ll eat it. But I have like berries in the morning. Where I live recently we had
berries in season and I was able to get great, you know, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries,
so I ate those. Not a lot – cup, cup and a half in the morning, and then I might have
a little bit of fruit midday. But then vegetables, I very rarely do I have sweet fruit. As a
matter of fact, since February here at the Woodstock Fruit Vegetable I had my first really
sweet fruit. I had a little piece of durian which, by the way, is nothing like a true
durian. A true, wild durian is not fat and sweet like this. They’re called durian baan,
B-A-A-N, and it’s like you say when, they’re tiny. Right, they’re very small. Huge seed,
little bit of meat around it, not cloyingly sweet like these monthong durians that we
get, which people think are great. But you know what they’re not so great for us because
they’re too high in sugar, they get decent fats, but still we can eat them – I’m
not saying don’t eat them. But don’t sit there and eat two or three whole durians.
Years ago I’d eat a whole durian. I’d never eat a whole durian today because of
what I know. So a little bit of sweet fruit, but very carefully chosen usually except if
I’m at a place like this. And that’s about it. I watch carbohydrates, make sure most
of my calories come from carbohydrates like eighty ten ten. And I really watch fats, and
your protein. I make sure I get enough protein, and if you’re not sure have your blood work
check. You know, check your albumin level, total protein. Mine was very low as a raw
foodist I found out. ‘Cos when I had the stroke, it was like barely in the charts low,
and I said how’d that, how could that be. So now I eat, I try to augment protein – and
where do I get the protein from? Greens and a little bit of beans. But I watch it. And
you can check your blood work and know where you’re going with this. And as one presenter
I’ll just throw in the fellow here presenting – Don Bennet – exactly. Who I just really
discovered amazingly who talks about, you know, future health and it isn’t just about
how you feel and how you are today, it’s you’re laying the groundwork for the rest
of your life. And the sooner you become aware of what’s true flow, what’s natural and
what we’re really supposed to have, the better. And although raw food is spectacular,
you can be a raw foodist and have a heart attack or have a stroke or have other health
issues just like that. And you don’t realize it and you don’t know, most people don’t
because they have a huge advantage going for them – they’re young. This doesn’t happen
usually while you’re young. This happens, I’m seventy, it happens cumulatively over
time that these problems happen. The build-up of cardio vascular plaque usually is a very
slow, very long process. I’m trying to reverse mine with greens. I do some green juices usually.
I try to have green juice throughout the day. I give my kids green juices. Grow your own
greens – that’s the way to get greens that are full of minerals and nutrients. The
stuff we get in the store who knows when it was picked. Try to always get organic. I have
a better chance of getting it from decent soil. The commercial soils are deplete of
the right nutrient array, particularly minerals. They have three minerals that they add to
the, uh three chemicals that they add to the soil. This is the expert on that because he
grows the most amazing food. So yeah, so that’s basically what my diet is and it’s subject
to change. I’m learning new things every day. The more I know, the more I know I don’t
know and it’s a continual quest but I wanna be around, I wanna enjoy what God has given
us. But you have to take care of yourself. Yep, I mean I totally agree, that’s why
I make these videos for you guys. ‘Cos I mean you guys are going along with my journey.
You know, I saw an old friend, thought I’d make a video for you guys to share what he’s
gone through. Some of these things have actually come up on my own accord and figured out,
and you know, I’ve been doing this now for twenty years and I’m always trying to get
better and trying to, you know, improve my diet. You know, I learned about greens and
started incorporating them. You know, I’m gonna get even more critical on my omega three
to six balance. Maybe probably take some of that water derived allergy oil that he’s
taking, or even better yet I just wanna get the allergy that they make the allergy oil
out of and eat that stuff raw. As much as I can get. And, you know, dial back my fruits
and, you know, these are things that you may want to look into. And I would strongly encourage
you guys to look into if they’re, you know, fruit based diets. You’re not feeling right,
you get blood sugar highs and lows and crashes and stuff sometimes, you know, and find the
diet that works best for you. I still will always advocate plant based diet 100% and
as much raw foods as you can. I happen to do 99.999% raw, and that’s what I like to
do. But, you know, one day maybe I’ll change like David if I need to. And it’s very important
also to get your proper amount of calories in and don’t be a skinny, boney, you know,
unhealthy raw foodist. And just try to eat leaves and, you know, eat low fat, I mean,
you could get into some trouble. So I mean, I fully, you know, would recommend, you know,
some lightly cooked, you know, steaming, boiling, you know, I don’t recommend heavily cooked
baking or frying or anything like that. You know, sprouted beans, lentils, actually I
make lentils for my dog. He’s a vegan and didn’t even know it. And yeah, and just
go on each day and try to do better as you learn new information and more importantly,
try to share this with others, you know, so that there’s not these raw foodists, you
know, keeling over when they get older, and especially for you guys that are younger out
there. I’ve been doing this for twenty years now, and some of you guys might be in your
twenties who watch me. You know, heed the words of people that have been doing this
a while and maybe if you’re not gonna completely cut out fruit, just reduce your fruit and
increase the greens. And watch the fat intake, if you don’t get anything else from this
and of course, you know, reduce the stress in your life. Any last comments or words,
David, that you’d like to share with my viewers today? Just I have to personally thank
you for being an active person in the raw community for getting this word out, because
I think it’s so essential and critical to hear this kind of information. And in summary
I would say to everybody to keep an open mind and don’t be married to it like it’s a
religion. The concept is miraculous, it’s fantastic. The idea of raw food, the natural
being the natural environment is where you can possibly be in in this crazy world. But
just to get as much knowledge as you can and YouTube is something that’s come into this
generation and changing the world. The fact that John can have spectacular videos, and
I’ve seen a lot of them, on his different channels – okraw.com and growingyourgreens.com.
And these videos that he does on juices and blenders – any time I wanna buy something,
I check to see whether he has a review on it. So that’s all I’d say. Just keep an
open mind and discover things for yourself. Yes, it’s true all our cells burn glucose
but, you know, you want your glucose from your fruits and your vegetables and not because
your body had to work hard to change fat into something that our cells can use for energy.
Awesome David. Well I wanna thank you for being on the show and thank you for sharing
your story. I mean, seriously, I mean, you told me the story the first day of Woodstock,
I’m like oh my god, I gotta make more changes in my life, but more importantly I wanted
to make a video and thank you for being on the video because I don’t know if you’re
even on any other videos on YouTube. But to share this story with you guys ‘cos, you
know, we’re here to, you know, have you guys live a better life, you know, based on
our teachings and what we’ve learned through our lives. And I mean, this is what people
need to do for other people in the planet to make the whole planet a better place. Yes,
spread the word about a plant-based diet, yeah. High raw, but plant based all the way.
Low fat, watch the fruits, watch the fats and watch the stress and be healthy because
of it. So once again this is John Kohler coming at you from the Woodstock Food Festival 2015.
We’ll see you next time, and until then remember, keep eating your fresh fruits and
vegetables, especially the ones with low sugar they ‘re the best.

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Reader Comments

  1. futsinen

    David seems like a good person – very sweet. I hope he is well. Take care everybody. Thanks for a great channel! I saw one video from you and subscribed after a few minutes!

  2. Sandy Bayes

    What a fantastic video! I can so relate and there is very little out there to help those of us who have had either a stroke or TIA. I’m having my blood work done to check my Omega 3, omega 6 ratio so I will know where to go from here. At any rate, thank you for all the information and will concentrate more on greens, cut down on the sweet fruits and fats. Keep up your great work!

  3. Natalie Torres

    Cholesterol is in every cell in our body and is concentrated in our brain. Our brain in 60% fat and over 25% cholesterol. It is used strongly by the central nervous system and is used to repair nerves and neurons.

  4. James Gg

    Here's me debating whether the nuts, seeds and oils I consume are going to give me a heart while 99.9% of the population loading themselves with all sorts. Fuck listening to this shit

  5. Banished From The Dwarf Planet

    Vegans typically eat a very bad ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3s come mainly form animal foods, and omega 6 is from vegetable oils. This imbalance causes cardiovascular problems.

  6. TLOU and the rest

    Anger means fast on plants that are red and raw The fury
    Exercise controls emotions
    80% alkali 20% acid , 1 egg and 3 oz fish you get all acid for the day but I now eat 2 eggs because fish is poisoned
    Bulgarian culture is alkali protein but what they do to cows is nuts
    All evil teachings and conditioning by the envious vicious scum in the Vatican who are the direct elders for the crazy sick puppy rich families pounding humanity to blame for illness for they make money from illness
    Blood got thick from oils perhaps and not enough sulfur and salt
    Dark greens will hold in all the nutrients from chlorophyll and omega from crushed flax seeds for vegans , also seeds and nuts and not much needed
    Animal fats are whacked , biggest problem for vegans are
    Cooking plants
    White sugar
    White flour
    White rice
    Processed foods
    Dairy
    Additives
    Table salt
    All oils ( they lied )
    Meats of any kind

  7. Winter Star

    When someone has genetic weakness to get some ailment, they must work much harder to avoid bad foods, and to stick to correctly balanced diet, whether it's raw vegan or ketogenic, or anything in between those extremes.
    When bad fats outnumber good fats, ANYone on ANY kind of diet, is in trouble.
    When there's missing nutrients, anyone on any diet is in trouble….that's what's caused so much sickness, chronic ills, and premature deaths, in today's world. Like when Vit. K2 [MK7] is deficient, arteries clog and minerals get deposited in wrong locations, or deficient B-vits triggering mental ills, etc. It's too easy to miss-out on some nutrients, when following a diet like raw vegan or ketogenic…..lots of work and learning curve, to know what one needs and when.
    Stress has been a known killer, for hundreds of years. Plenty studies in the 1900's, proved that things like rotating shifts, long shifts, etc., are bad. Plenty studies showed how modern life is dangerous to health, just from the stresses industries push at everyone. _Yet, industries STILL push rotating shifts, long hours_, etc.

  8. Pete Anderson

    I found also making sure you add intermit fasting to your diet to give your body that most important clean out time… This will reverse a lot of previous conditions and fruit keep that to a very minimum sugar is highly dangerous to the body.

  9. balanced-shez

    Ive told you ive been a vegan since 18 but at about 25 my naturapath told me my spleen was damaged & told me if i didnt eat my vege's cooked to make them more digestible i would be so fatigued in the coming yrs,I cant eat raw anymore i have to make soups,smoothies.& im still searching for ways to feel better at 57,but ive suffered yrs of unavoidable stress,but now im finally living alone my stress has levels are good so im hoping ill improve as i age,i pray everyday please no more traumas,gr8 info Thanxs guys

  10. Michael T

    Thanks David, you really touched my soul… (11:14 ) Pause, breath, thank God we have unlimited bounty through Him with Him and in Him!
    Chillllllllllllll out…..

  11. Laura Freeman

    This is one of the most sexist presentations. You assume that women give you stress? Or that being quiet, and not yelling, is a different way to handle stress. He looks way way way over 50 for God's sake… I would have guessed 70.

  12. Bernadette Sisson

    bullshit!! vegan or not if ur genetically prone you can still get a stroke..
    Being raw vegan will help. This is unfortunate yes however. your picking on veganism because a person living this way. Veganism will mostly help.

  13. May Ploy

    Bonobos eat mostly fruit and of all the fruits they eat figs the most. A very sweet fruit. It also takes them a long time to crack open a single nut, so they don't get a ton of those. Sugar isn't the problem, high fat is.

  14. Teri June

    David, and John, there's something your both REALLY SHOULD KNOW. Diets without some natural Cholesterol fats are DANGEROUS. Here are some facts: natural cholesterol fats have been demonized for over 40 years along with promoting sunscreens to keep the sun off your skin. The fact is that Cholesterol is activated by Vitamin D, only available from sunshine on our skin, and that a modest amount of cholesterol containing foods such as natural fish with the skin on, natural eggs, lightly boiled, natural butter, etc, even natural meat fat, all help to protect the brain from stokes and the heart from heart attacks. While Doctors have demonized natural cholesterol containing foods, they've pushed poly unsaturated "fake fats" such as canned vegetable shortening, vegetable oils. As they did all this…….. the amount of heart attacks and strokes has exploded!!!! Have you ever tried to wash canned vegetable shortening off your hands??? Imagine how they clog our tiny little delicate glands which regulate many bodily things. Eskimos eat a diet on mostly whale blubber, and seal oil and have no heart disease! And a terrific M.D. on You Tube, Dr. Greger, who really cares about people, found that 100 percent vegans have just as many heart problems as meat and junk food eaters. The average M.D. gets only 1 hour of "nutrition" in medical school.They are totally unable to address the many diseases that are caused by nutritional deficiencies. Chiropractors get much more nutritional education and go to school longer. There's a Doctor John Bergman, who has lots of very interesting and fun to watch videos on You Tube. He's a great doctor, and entertaining also, who tells folks how to get off dangerous drugs and use natural foods, prayer, meditation, and other relaxation ideas to heal. M.D's today are dangerous to some people who blindly follow the path of drugs to heal. Drugs seem to only give us more illness. As if their anti cholesterol ideas of the last 40 years weren't bad enough, M.D.s are now pushing anti-Cholesterol drugs called Statin drugs, which are linked to serious dementia in a relatively short time. They are also pushing high blood pressure meds which deprive the body of oxygen. Please do some research online to see that many medical researchers have discovered that the brain needs cholesterol because it's primarily made of cholesterol! There is a movie called First Do No Harm with Merrill Streep who played a mom whose child had seizures and the seizures were stopped by eating a diet high in cholesterol including bacon fat.

  15. Bill Blazyk

    I don't agree about the fruit, but do agree with too many 6's in your diet. Dr. Robert Morse has eaten mostly fruit for 40 years has no problems.He has a lot of great videos on youtube

  16. K M

    A BALANCED, really healthy, living foods with mental, physical care for ourselves makes miracles. We can't just change our diet and go on with our "old behaviours", step by step transition consciously into a completely different life. Thank you for the video! It is just emplifies the importance of working on ourselves to be our better, happier version of ourselves. 🤗

  17. Roger Morris

    Did you consume any oil ? Too many people eat too much oil in their diet disguised as nuts , seeds , avocados etc. Read Esselstyn's book oil damages your endothelial cells and this can become a problem. Doctors always blame stress. Stress was probably not the reason biochemistry is the answer. Write down everything you are eating then examine it for oils or toxins .

  18. HGRA Consumer Helper

    Dumb asses!!! Listen to them first before jump to conclusions, I quote what he said, “maybe if I’m not raw vegan I would not survive the stroke.”

  19. Amy Hoang

    If nothing works, I think he should try niacin, which is vitamin B3( be careful to take niacin less than 500mg at one time because I heard 500 mg or more can cause liver failure) and eat walnuts. I am not sure if walnuts lowers lipo-protein A but niacin seems to (lipo-protein A is a form of cholesterol produced by your body itself and has nothing to do with foods). My nutritionist said high in lipo-protein A is sign of inflamation. Also, take vitamin C, L-Lysine and L-Proline daily.

  20. joyfulgal777

    I'm commenting late on this, but I'm wondering, does he say in this video what type of stroke he had? If he did I missed it. One type is caused by the build up of plaque and the other is caused by thinning, weak vessels. They say you can be prone to this kind if you eat an extremely low fat diet combined with too much sodium, I believe Dr. Fuhrman talks about this.

  21. panoramicLight

    Just to observe – his neck fascia is greatly worn down, and he looks very asymmetrical in his upper cervical – atlanto axial zone. could do with assessment but by highly skilled specialised practitioner. this is not food related, i would guess.

  22. SciSci Toys

    Thanks for the great video, when the gentleman says he spoke to a chinese doc spoke to him, well Im surprised if the doc knew about his raw vegan diet that in the chinese view it would be too YIN, raw food is cold usually unless you eat raw lamb or red meat but raw and veggy = YIN, i.e. there is no balance I would assume in the chinese point of view ( I had the same ring time on my phone – cool)
    I found eating lots of raw salad that I NEEDED a potato or cooked starch which releases insulin and allows Tryptophan to cross into the brain and affect serotonin, i.e. CALMS you down.
    B12, B6, Folate is needed or else Homo-cysteine then can affect cardiovascular health, so he was probably missing B12, but also DHA/EPA and omega's are important for brain health, i.e. oil cold water fish possibly, flax doesnt really compare I would assume. Maybe he could have soaked nuts and seeds cause they can be hard on the system.

  23. BJ White

    I’m sure I was sat at the same table as David last week at the UK fruit fest 😂 so weird that this video popped up. I was like hey I know this man lol

  24. Danielle Martell

    He had a stroke because of the oil he was eating. People think there are some oils out there that are good because the Internet said so or the doctor said so. No. All oils cause your blood to thicken and that means raises your risk for heart attack and stroke. Raw fruits and veggies are the best thing you can do for your body but when you’re still putting bad into it example: meat, dairy, oils etc. you still run the risk of diseases. I am sorry you had a stroke but it’s wasn’t cause of the raw diet. You should have quit the oils and I hope you have quit them now.

  25. Rawnda Flowers

    Thank you so much for this video, I remember many years ago when I told Tannyraw about this video and it looks like she got a lot out of it too. it is a great video and learned a lot because like you said we are laying the ground for the future. Love you keep making these great videos.

  26. Val Rawfoodsky

    The truth is that regular breathing exercise for the O2 deficit and increase of CO2 totally and completely prevents strokes and heart attacks during stress.

  27. Dr M

    We need fat. We need cholesterol. Our brain is made of cholesterol. Sea food or alternative is necessary. You can still eat raw but we should not eat just raw vegan. We are aquatic beings, we should live by the sea, eat fruit and sea food, including algae. We are special. The stroke is a normal consequence of depriving your body from natural fat (not processed, raw fat). I use kefir from raw goat milk and raw duck and chicken yolks. I eat more fruit than anyone I know but I also eat some fish, kefir and yolks. For many years now. Raw vegan is a great way to lose weight, cleanse…but for a long term health one should eat just – raw.

  28. corsican lulu

    health problems are not always caused by just food. STRESS will kill before anything else i feel. when i was a teen i actually had strokes that i didnt realize were strokes until years later. i was under tremendous stress w/ my relatives. trauma and abuse can cause all sorts of ailments, stroke, migraines, stomach issues, lots of stuff. taking care of ur mental and emotional health is even more important than ur physical imo

  29. Aja Holt

    No I don’t think it was caused by his diet. I think drinking inorganic mineral in water is what causes this because the body can’t use them and stores them in arteries and other tissues so drinking unmineralized distilled water helps get rid of those inorganic minerals and toxins and then the body won’t get plaque which leads to vascular events.

  30. Andrea Aldrich

    I needed this. I have been under intense stress for years, and due to my debt I can't see an end to it. But I am pushing through a computer science degree so hopefully this can be something I can improve. It affects my health for sure…

  31. Journey to Healing with Lauren Brown

    All we need is astringent fruits and a salad for dinner with one half avocado. Kidney drainage is essential. Omega 3 supplement, B12, vitamin D3, k2, and organic source of iodine.

  32. chetna sikka

    You come up with the best and most informative topics. Hats off to you. No other raw foodist highlights the negative aspects by himself. You highlight them and make people aware about the solution to those negatives.

  33. UPRISING 144K

    Molecular hydrogen is amazing for strokes and many other things. Check out the lourdes hydrofix and also check how hydrogen can help with stroke. It is already being used in japan by the medical establishment. Here is a link with the info https://youtu.be/-4779OXJVls
    And here is a link on the safest and best way to make it
    https://youtu.be/AYyfoZCSkUo
    Hydrogen also does amazing things for cholesterol, blood pressure, and omegas.

  34. Chris W.

    Thank you very much for this video. I have watched only 4 videos on your channel until now and I am really impressed, how extremely informative they are. This is one of the best channels concerning nutrition on YouTube.

  35. Christine Marinko

    If the only greens you can get are from the store , is it better to add them in even if not organic ? or should you not even add them?

  36. Yves zusje

    Classic bullshit. Source for the research on the children and 16 yo soldiers with plaque in their artiries because of their non-vegan parents?

  37. Judi Lynn

    Just a thought: Dr. Terry Wahls, expert on healing from MS, was living a vegetarian life before she developed MS. A fully plant based diet will not prevent life altering brain damage. There are other toxins and pollutants in our environment that we need to pay attention to.

  38. mod trend

    @John Kolher and David of course Esselstyn is going to say "it was a pre-existing condition" these "doctors" lie to you vegans. Fats are not what cause heart attacks, it's excess sugar. Just look at a life long vegetarian and vegan Hom Jay Dinshah. He died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Where did his plaque come from if he ate fruits and vegetables his whole life? It came from the excess sugar in his diet! Don't let "doctors" like Esselstyn lie to you that heart disease is caused by saturated fat and high cholesterol, because where did Dinshah get this fat if he never ate any animal products?

    Hom Jay Dinshah (November 2, 1933 – June 8, 2000) was founder and president of the American Vegan Society.
    H. Jay Dinshah was born in the Malaga section of Franklin Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, where he lived his entire life. His father was a US citizen of Parsi ancestry who was born in India, and his mother was a US citizen of German ancestry. A LIFELONG VEGETARIAN, Dinshah became vegan in 1957. He (age 23) and his younger brother Noshervan (age 20) visited a Philadelphia slaughterhouse in 1957, after which he vowed to "work every day until all the slaughterhouses are closed!" He married the English-born Freya Smith in 1960. They had two children, Daniel Dinshah and author and athlete Anne Dinshah.

    In 2000, Dinshah died of a heart attack at age 66, after a life of promoting veganism and the ethic of ahimsa, dynamic harmlessness.

  39. mod trend

    @David the bonobo monkey's are omnivores so if they are the closest thing to you vegans you're not doing the bonobo diet right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo

  40. LadyNYC211

    Poor David ruined his health following the cult of veganism. The truth is that he's quite malnourished and waisting away. He needs some good quality fish and meat, not all that sugar and fiber. Poor guy, he seems so sad.

  41. Allan Williams

    He had a high fat diet – no 1 reason for strokes/heart problems. Eat raw or cooked, but only use ultra ultra low fat. No nuts, avocados etc.

  42. Katherine Jones

    Do you recommend any fruits that are lower in sugar? Also, I have a medical condition that, unless blended, I cannot eat raw veggies because it gets caught in my esophagus. Do you have any recommendations on how to get more vegetables? I know you do a lot of juicing and blending. How do you get enough fiber when it comes to juicing? Do you add flax seed or psyllium husk to make up for the lack of fiber? Thank you for all of your videos!

  43. OfftoShambala

    even with the raw food diet… this guy might want to consider supplementing with vitamin C and lysine … although, everyone should consider it… probably about 6,000 mg of C and 3,000 mg of lysine as Pauling suggested… if you are young and relatively healthy… taking 3,000 mg of C and 1500 mg of lysine daily, could be very beneficial even if you are eating a grip ton of fresh fruits and veg and limiting omega 6 fats and most junk… other than B12, I think C and lysine are good supplements to take… and silica supplementation (you can use bamboo powder) I am all about limiting supplements and getting these things from foods, but we have them available and you can also choose to supplement with whole food forms as well … but, even if you supplement from C, most raw vegans can relatively easily get 800 mg to 1500 mg of C per day from food… it's difficult to get more, but some may be able to get a good 3,000 mg per day, although this would be difficult for most people to get from food sources alone.

  44. OfftoShambala

    yep, pritikin himself had life threatening athlersclerosis from what I understand and when he died, he ended up dying of cancer, but his arteries were clear and his cardiovascular system was in tip top shape and it was all due to cutting the fat … I heard that he'd been diagnosed with cancer and lived with it for a very long time as well… not sure the details about the cancer… but, his diet findings and recommendations were more about cardiovascular health… it wasn't even all that much of a restrictive diet as seems to be the requirement for surviving or reversing cancer once you get that, in many cases of people who took mainly nutritional approaches, the ones that seem to be working for them … the one diet, whatever it ends up being technically, seems to be plant based and no meat and usually no dairy, but with exceptions… for those with cancer… some people are able to reverse it and prevent it from coming back and others can end up living with it way beyond what the oncologist thought… there was an interesting interview on chris beat cancer (may or june of 2019) with a guy, who in the 80's had melanoma, and even though they "thought" they got it out through surgery, guy was told it could still spread… and it did… so then they wanted him to do some very heavy chemo… and he was not "responding" well to it, according to the doctors, and he felt like it was killing him, so he stopped the chemo and went on a macrobiotic diet, which is not even raw, but totally plant based… and he went on to do other health promoting things, but has been living now for over 30 years… after the doctors thought he would die and insisted he needed a grip ton of chemo to live

  45. bloop blooper

    He's too thin. It's been proven its better to be a little fat over thin.
    Chia can cause chest pain, some people are good with Chia, others not. Be aware.
    Nuts are mega on carcinogens unless completely fresh.
    I am veggie but with eggs, good eggs. Can't beat them.
    Nothing wrong with fruit,
    All raw is not possible in colder climates, too much energy digesting, fact.
    As for raw kale and the cabbage greens, any more than once a week raw depletes iodine, big time dangerous, so cook properly.
    Relax, be a happy vegetarian and make a fruit salad.

  46. G.E. Boroush

    I spent many years in clinical neurorehabilitation. Many strokes are caused by an ischemic event i.e., a blocking of the blood flow and this is what many think of when thinking of a stroke. These are highly correlated with a high fat animal food based diet (as well as with other unhealthy things that we eat). But there are other causes of stroke that have nothing to do with diet. We see arteiovenious malformation (AVM), a congenital malformation of the blood vessels, can cause stroke. The walls of the blood vessels are congenitally weak and blow, somewhat like a bike tire. So we shouldn't assume that this man's stroke was diet induced without sufficient information and facts.

  47. G.E. Boroush

    Thank you both for sharing this very interesting conversation. We are all still learning how to create and maintain our health. Someone else's experience can be very helpful for the rest of us to learn from. I so appreciate you sharing your experience and what you learned with all of us.

  48. pk eggle

    This is an important topic, thanks John. More Science-guided information would be nice, too. Could you do a series updating everyone on this topic/maybe interviewing a few PhD's? Understanding the emerging research on the tricky nuances of various foods like nightshades, beans, nuts or hybrid fruits, would be super helpful.

    Someone like Dr Rhonda Patric, PhD, who is known for interviewing other PhD's in depth, on her channel, is someone who could introduce you to other researchers to interview on this important topic. She focuses on nutritional science & fitness health (although she is not a vegan herself, however she's getting closer & closer all the time, lol).

    Soaking beans and using a pressure-cooker is said to remove lectins best (that are now said to be a contributory factor in clogged arteries), is being recommended. It would be nice to see evidence supporting ratios and cooking methods recommendations such as this, and also how other foods should be prepared (or limited in the diet, like fruit), and why…. according to what research? The PhD's are the people who know.

    Presenting the "why's" based on science helps people stay compliant and dispels confusion. That's why I hope you do a series.

    Thanks again John, for all you do!

  49. BetterYouBetterWorld V

    my omega ratio is 1:1 slightly more omega 3 on a fruitarian diet according to cronometer, but the stress im going through with people saying we need to eat leaves is probably going to kill me cause i hate greens

  50. Derrick Shadrack

    Mangoes and papayas are also good with omega 3's. And no fruit sugar is not sugar, fruit is really good, best source of energy and easily assimilable to the body, and most cleansing. The seedless and GMO fruits ain't good of course. Eat veggies, eat fruit not either, they both important.

  51. Chris Branciere

    My spidy sense is tingling. No details about the diet, even though the video is supposed to be about a health condition despite his allegedly healthy diet. He did state that he was consuming olive oil and other oils. If coconut oil or even raw coconut was a staple that can raise blood pressure 10 points or more with all the saturated fat. 35:40 – "Fruit has been hybridized.." Right. What fruit trees are you growing in your huge lawn and forest behind you? At 55:10 he confessed that he changed to "fewer fats and fewer bad sugars." What's a "bad sugar"? Refined sugar or sugar in peaches? He does state that he doesn't count berries as "sweet fruit" so that may be a clue… He suggests eating based on blood work so what was his blood work and what did he eat to get there??? These are small details. What was his cholesterol or blood pressure readings when he had his stroke? Why so many secrets? 11:47 he demonstrates clavicular "deep" reverse breathing, supposedly as an example for healthy respiration techniques but it's not and the clavicular breathing he demonstrated can raise blood pressure by 10 points. 43:52 "bonobos – the monkeys that are closest to us…" Bonobos and humans are great apes, not monkeys. He claims greens are easier to grow than fruit, this is only the case if you live outside of the tropics, though. This is not the case if you live closer to the Hominidae ecological niche. One can harvest 100 pounds of papaya from one plant during a given year. How are you going to beat that when the trunk is less than a foot in diameter? I can't tell if this is supposed to be serious or not.

  52. Bobbie Jean Esser

    I love David’s alarm!! So glad it went off during the video, it perfectly demonstrated your calm demeanor and set an example for me. I have way too much stress in my life

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