Raw Veganism & Protein Myth
by Touch with excerpts from Dr. Walker's Diet & Salad
We here at Rawganique.com think that the raw vegan diet is a very sensible diet for our fragile planet, especially in light of the challenges faced by planet in the past 100 years as a result of chemicalization of our world in the name of technological/scientific progress. The result of this advancement is that we humanity have never been sicker, our environment has never been in such sorry state, and our fellow creatures have never been subjected to such cruelty and harm. The pain is widespread and the cry of misery is jarringly loud and clear. Is there anything anyone can do? Yes, a lot! We can start by eating only vegan organic foods, wearing only hemp and organic cotton clothes and shoes, and living a sustainable life of renewable and replenishment (reuse; recycle; grow your own; plant fruit trees; become paper via hemp paper).
For our own health as well as that of our planet, there really isn't a better choice than a diet of organic, vegan, and raw living foods--except of course a life full of hemp (a wonder of a plant: read all about hemp in Hemp Facts). :)
Many people become vegans (people who eat only food derived from plant sources) out of concern for the environment. The correlation between the two may not be obvious at first, but if you consider that it takes 12 times the acreage to raise one pound of beef as it does to raise one pound of grain, the relationship between the health of our planet and veganism become clear. Not only does cattle raising (the same is also true with the raising of any other meat--poultry, pork, fish, etc...) require tremendous amount of natural resources, many of them non-renewable, such fresh water and fossil fuel, it also pollutes the environment. In the US, it is telling that the cattle population exceeds the human population by many times, resulting in a very real problem with waste removal--mountains of dung need to be disposed of. Thanks to antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals that are fed to cattle to increase yield and control diseases which are the result of crammed quarters and unnatural conditions that the cattle are subjected to, cattle manure also poses a direct challenge to our health and well-being, because the nitrates in cattle wastes get into our rivers, lakes, and ground water, contaminating a precious resource. We are using up this natural resource at an unsustainable pace and polluting what is left. This can only result in a global disaster.
In light of drought and water shortages in the western states, it is appalling to observe that 5000 gallons of water is required to raise one cow, whereas only 49 are required to water an apple tree per year.
Compound this with the cruelty and inhumanity routinely practiced on meat animals and a larger picture of unsustainability quickly emerges.
Heart disease claims one death every 32 seconds.
Protein is composed of Amino Acids. Amino acids are chains of atoms which, when combined, act, not only as building blocks for the building or construction of protein, but also have certain active functions which they perform, so long as there is life in the atoms composing such protein.
In other words, amino acids are not only the building blocks making up the protein, but comparing them to an office or any other building, figuratively speaking, they represent all the activities that go on in such buildings.
In a building we have brick and mortar, lumber, hardware, etc., but we also have elevator service, hot and cold water, air circulating systems, sewage, lights, telephones, etc.
So in the protein of a live human or animal, the amino acids are the means of such a vast field of activities that no physical function is possible without them in live, vital, organic form.
The importance of VITALITY in the atoms composing the amino acids can best be appreciated by realizing that within 6 minutes after life leaves the body all the atoms in body cease to be live, organic atoms, and their function and activity consequently comes to a stop. So long as life is present in the body, the live atoms therein have the vital spark of life which enables them to carry on their work.
Atoms are not like animals whose life is apparent and perceived in active animation. Nevertheless, the vital life principle either is, or is not present in an atom. If it is present, then the atom is a live organism capable of furnishing vital force and energy. If life is not present in it then the atom is inorganic and as such belongs to the mineral kingdom.
Nothing in Nature ever stands still. Things either progress, advance and develop, or they degenerate and disintegrate.
The mineral kingdom contains all the atoms composing this world, in inorganic form. Each of these atoms, while in the mineral kingdom state, has certain definite rates of vibration, but no life-principle is present. Their progress and development, we might say, is in reverse. As inorganic element compounds, they cannot develop constructively of their own account. They do however disintegrate, and when disintegrated they are collected by vegetation and by this means alone do they become instilled with the life-principle. It is only by means of this plant development that atoms can possibly become impregnated with life.
The very purpose of the creation of the vegetable kingdom was, and is, to give life to atoms, of converting mineral inorganic atoms into vital live organisms. When the life of vegetation is destroyed by heat, the atoms composing such vegetation automatically revert to the mineral kingdom state, as we cannot have life and death in anything at one and the same time.
To analyze some of the activities in which the amino acids are involved, we find that they are essential in the formation and growth of the blood, the normal operation of the glands, the healthy condition of the skin, of the hair, of the cartilage of the joints, the normal activities of the liver, and innumerable other functions which are regulated by the activity of one or more of the various amino acids, individually and collectively.
The protein composing the flesh of animals, fish and fowl, was built up in the respective bodies from the live, organic atoms in the raw food they were nourished with. Such flesh, of course, is a complete protein. Before the body can digest such protein, however, it must break it down not only into the original amino acids, but also into the original atoms in order that it may build up its own protein from these original atoms and primary amino acids.
It would be an insult to the intelligence of any normal individual to try to convince him/her that a dead horse can be ridden as efficiently as one that is living. Yet we find that the majority of people, including those who really should know better, still insist that the human body needs meat as an essential part of diet. In the first place the meat is poisoned when the animal is slaughtered, because of the poisons through the terrified fear of the killing. In the second place such meat is a dead product deteriorating every second after the death of the animal. In addition, the meat and amino acids are still further destroyed by the heat in cooking.
Nevertheless, because of the habit of eating devitalized foods and existing in spite of this, it is difficult to convince people generally that the atoms in our food must be live, organic atoms if we hope or expect to build for ourselves a vital body free from sickness and disease. The lifeless, inorganic atoms in cooked and processed foods, by their very nature cause the degeneration and disintegration of the body.
Just as life is dynamic, magnetic, organic, so is death static, nonmagnetic, inorganic. It takes life to beget life, and this applies to the atoms in our food. When the atoms in amino acids are live, organic atoms, they can function efficiently. When they are destroyed by the killing of the animal and the cooking of the food, the vital factors involving the atoms in the functions of the amino acids are lost.
All vegetables and fruits contain the necessary atoms from which amino acids are formed in the system. The human body cannot utilize for constructive purposes flesh products of any kind in the form of "complete proteins," but it can gather from the fresh vegetables and their juices, when these are fresh and properly made, the finest atoms from which to construct its own vital amino acids and protein.
The eating of meat, or any flesh products or extracts, in the very nature of things, results in the accumulation of excessive amounts of acid. The most damaging is uric acid which the muscles absorb like a sponge absorbs water. As soon as the accumulation of this uric acid has reached the saturation point, it crystallizes, and the uric acid crystals form which result in rheumatism, neuritis, sciatica, etc.
Animals build larger, huskier and healthier bodies form the amino acids obtained from vegetation than man does by eating meat.
Dr. Norman Walker, whose insights were interspersed throughout, lived to a ripe happy old age of 106 years on a diet composed primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables and their juices.
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