Wheatgrass Kits has an informative blog that I have been reading and I found some good information on their Wheatgrass and Raw Food Questions Answered post.
I added links to the article and post it here for reference for myself and of course for the benefit of this blogs readership.
Do you think it is digestible for people! Or why do you think is necessary?
Isn’t fruit and greens enough when they are organically grown? What else do you feel brings the solution to the problem in your view?
I am looking for scientific documents proving the benefits of fruits and greens on individuals health! Which ones do you find most important?
Do you have access to any e-docs I could read?
What do you think about fasting on water! do you have any direct experience with it?
What type of testing do you use for the client?
Also, is there any regulating body for juice therapies or can anyone just cure people with juices in the US?
1) I advocate wheatgrass juice or barleygrass juice strongly. It is one of the most nutritious substances available to us in these times. If one cannot tolerate wheatgrass (too sweet for many) then barleygrass is a great alternative. Also, wheatgrass seems to be an excellent ‘medicament’ for soft tissue and organ problems, while barleygrass seems to work very well for ‘arthritic’ and bone type issues in my experience.
2) The juice is very digestible for people, and provides many many benefits in juice form whether used as a drink, or implant. The effect implants have on helping the liver to cleanse cannot be underestimated. It is important to grow the grass in soil if you do indoor gardening, and it is best if you add ‘azomite’ or other mineral supplement to the soil until you get your composting system going.
This is because the food we eat is no better than the soil it is grown in, and since the 1950’s we have seen a spectacular fall in the nutritional content and value of all commercially grown foods, even organic in many cases. This is due to fertility issues with the soil. Wheatgrass juice is the best way to get elements, known and unknown as yet, that we need for healthy living, especially if you use enriched composted soils that have been carefully nurtured. Wigmore really addressed this problem very well in her Hippocrates Diet book.
3) I do not think just organically grown fruits and greens are enough in this day and age. A close reading of Dr. Wigmore’s system clearly shows her inclusion of living (i.e., fermented, sprouted, blended) foods of many types, and sea vegetables, in addition to fruits and vegetables.
She also strongly encourages eating ‘wild’ foods because they struggle to make their livelihoods in ways ‘domesticated’ plants do not. in this struggle their nutritional value is much improved. Read the book ‘The Secret Life of Plants‘ for information of interest.
5) I believe all the above are critical additions to the diet, especially as it relates to getting sufficient oils and other enzymes in the diet. Avocados may not be quite enough, so we may need to look to flax seed and fats made available from nuts and seeds such as sunflower, and as enhanced by the making of ’seed cheese’ or almond yoghurt, in her system.
When we eat this way, we shift our pH to a more appropriate level, and we enhance the flora systems in our gut – really the key to our survival. As Edgar Cayce once mentioned in one of his readings, ‘The Peyer’s Patches’ in the small intestines are a critical enzyme factory in the body we must protect’.
We do this with a proper way of building a composting system in our own bodies through foods judiciously selected and combined properly, while holding a respectful attitude for the gifts we receive from this beautiful earth. I think Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce had profound things to say in this regard.
I believe that we absolutely MUST eliminate processed foods from our diets, as it is having further disastrous impact on us, and all following generations. Read Dr. Weston Price (Price – Pottenger Foundation) for the background on this. You can check out their website.
Authors I recommend include E. Howell – Enzyme Nutrition (info about enzymes), M. Fukuoka – One Straw Revolution (info about healthy gardening/farming) and Dr. M. Gerson – The Gerson Therapy (info about nutritional treatment of disease from a medical doctor’s experience). They each give real information from real world experience and insight. From these masters you can find many further avenues of study.
1) You asked me to explain my point of view further. Pretty open ended question, but I will add this to try to put my previous brief comments in perspective. We in the west have lost control over our food supply. The way the food chain is now organized is very very very very precarious, to say the least.
Read ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma‘ or ‘Fast Food Nation‘ for extremely useful information. This industrial (and even the ‘new organic’) model is providing us low quality nutrition at tremendous environmental and spiritual cost worldwide, though at the register it seems ‘cheap’. It is unsustainable.
I believe that we can turn it around by every individual growing food in gardens, on decks, in pots indoors, on roof tops, or in community gardens, or, if so lucky, a small mixed farm somewhere. Remember, during WWII in the US 2/3 of our fruits and vegetables came from so called ‘victory gardens’. We all need to make the connection between the food we eat, and where it comes from. Currently, if you are in the US, you will not like the answer to that question. At the least, support your local farmer’s markets when you can.
2) You ask why I think ‘organic produce’ isn’t enough. Well, this is a pretty broad category as well, so I will take the liberty to say that I think ‘organic produce’ trucked in from the San Fernando valley or Mexico is not a good trade off, if you live somewhere other than California or Mexico where the food originates. But you are asking, I think, about food value.
If you do not know the source of the food you eat, you are simply gambling. If you are eating ‘organic produce’ that is grown from hybrid seed, on soil worked with machinery, you are probably not getting full value food. Food then shipped in is picked green, handled, and ‘refreshed’ at the grocery store or supermarket over the period of several weeks.
That food is constantly deteriorating in nutritional value, from a deficit to begin with. That is why I so strongly recommend that people include freshly made wheatgrass or barley grass juice grown from locally grown organic seed of known variety in their own home under their own control. At least in this way you will be getting a complete food in its freshest and most nutritious form.
3) Fasting on water – I have fasted for as much as 7 days on water, and 23 days on water, rejuvelac, and barley grass juice. I am not a fan of water fasts. I found them very tough on my system, and I found that the best results for me were short 3 day juice fasts, as recommended by Dr. Wigmore among many.
Ideally, for me, juice fasting one day per week, four 3 day fasts in a year, and one week in a year is the best hygienic regime. Calculate it out: in this way you ‘fast’ about 70 days in a year, or over 2 months! I think this method is like shaking a jar in which there is sediment. You shake the sediment into solution, and in our case the body hopefully will eliminate it as it rejuvenates, cleanses, and strengthens itself. For me this is a very very beneficial routine that allows me to continue working at my usual tasks in life, while carrying on internal work as well.
4) Testing for clients – well, I suggest some very basic ones over time. I weigh people ONLY ONCE per week. I test some flexibility / bending, body mass index, and pH of saliva and urine. I also monitor blood pressure. That’s about it, but I would recommend stool samples if there is a laboratory that can really do good testing for parasites. I also have a ’subjective feelings’ set of questions I ask.
5) Juice therapy in the US – this is and has been a very contentious issue. Morris Fishbein, one of the early founders and ‘bigshots’ in the American Medical Association, actively attacked therapies outside the allopathic model.
The book ‘The Gerson Therapy‘ is very good, along with books about Hoxey, Naessens, and Caisse. There are a few medical doctors that have really stuck their necks out lately, such as Dr. Lorraine Day. You might want to review her website in particular, as she ultimately recommends a diet that is quite similar to Wigmore’s.
Still, what Fishbein pushed so long ago is still deeply ingrained in the established medical model of the US today. To this day, in the US, this is an area of real disagreement, and legal pitfall. One can have juice therapies, but how one promotes, explains, or employs them is somewhat less than straightforward. I believe in Europe it is much easier to go an alternative route, and even have it covered by insurance.
May 2nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm
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