Deficiencies Injure Baby:
Experience with Deficiencies on the Hallelujah Diet
the summer of 1996, my wife, Romsey, and I visited a friend who
had a remarkable recovery from Lupus through the application of
a diet called the Hallelujah Diet. After seeing such improvements
in her health, we decided to go learn more about this diet directly
from its founder, George Malkmus.
in November of 1996, we attended a 3-day seminar to become Hallelujah
Acres' Health Ministers. While there, we were quite amazed to hear
so many others who had similar results of recovery from various
health challenges after adopting this diet which consisted of 85%
raw fresh fruits and vegetables and 15% healthy cooked while eliminating
what Hallelujah Acres termed as the five "food killers."
"killers" included all meat and dairy products, refined
sugar, salt, and refined white flour products.
leaving the training sessions, we decided to implement this diet
100% and, amazingly, we saw similar results of healing in our own
family. We continued to not only eat this diet but we also taught
it during the next several years. We thought we had found God's
"ideal diet" since it was based on His original eating
instructions to man found in Genesis 1:29.
the spring of 2001, while attending a Hallelujah Acres Health Minister
Reunion, we learned that there was possibly
an important ingredient missing in the Hallelujah Diet, an essential
nutrient called Vitamin B-12. They now recommended those
on the Hallelujah Diet take a supplement to make up the difference
for the lack of this vitamin in the diet.
God forgotten this key vitamin in His "ideal diet" so
that it required supplementation? We discovered that this vitamin
was primarily found in meat and other animal products but were told
that B-12 could also be produced from sources such as friendly bacteria
in the intestinal tract.
under the assumption that this was God's "ideal diet,"
we believed this must be the way God meant man to get Vitamin B-12.
Consequently, we took a probiotic with an occasional Vitamin B-12
supplement to receive our B-12 since we were convinced that to
reintroduce meat back into our diet was to reintroduce the number
one food "killer."
six months later, Romsey became pregnant with our seventh child.
Having two other successful pregnancies on the Hallelujah Diet,
we were ready for our third. Since this was the seventh pregnancy
in eleven years for Romsey, she would need as much nutrition as
possible. So we determined there would be no "cheating."
was the Hallelujah Diet all the way with lots of juicing, which
included a daily regimen of 64 ounces of fresh vegetable juice consisting
of 50% carrot and the other 50% greens like kale, chard, celery,
spinach, cucumber, and zucchini. We made sure the cooked portion
was kept to a minimum of 15% by leaving that portion to the final
meal of the day.
also added Udo's Perfected Oil Blend and lots of barley powder
as recommended by Hallelujah Acres.
the pregnancy, we had Romsey's blood tested to make sure she was
getting the nutrients she needed. Of the nutrients tested, Vitamin
B-12 and folic acid showed to be in normal range but iron tested
one nutrient we were particularly interested in was Vitamin B-12
and since it tested in normal range in the blood even while pregnant,
we thus concluded with even stronger convictions that the Hallelujah
Diet was indeed God's "ideal diet."
months following the birth of our child named Andrew Aaron, we began
to notice some symptoms that concerned us.
His muscle strength and motor skills were
far behind for his age of nine months. He could neither crawl nor
hold his head up.
doing some research into the symptoms of Vitamin B- 12 deficiency,
we realized our child was likely deficient.
also found out that the most accurate testing for Vitamin B-12 deficiency
is done through the urine, not the blood. So we had a urine sample
tested and the results consequently showed positive for B-12 deficiency.
began Vitamin B-12 supplementation and saw some immediate improvements.
After a few weeks he could hold his head up and began to scoot around
on the floor on his belly.
to this time, this child was solely breast-fed but realizing Romsey
wasn't supplying the baby with the nutrients he needed, we began
to add raw goat milk to his diet.
one year, he cut his first tooth only to have most of the enamel
missing off the front of it. This revealed more evidence of Hallelujah
Diet deficiency beyond Vitamin B-12.
past summer, we learned that Greg Westbrook and his family, former
Health Ministers and founders of the Weigh of Wisdom Workshop,
also suffered from numerous deficiencies
after following the Hallelujah Diet for a number of years.
They amended their diet to include some animal products in order to
correct their deficiencies.
the Westbrooks went through their trials of deficiencies on this
diet, they wondered how many others on the Hallelujah Diet were
having similar problems. So they created and released a survey of
deficiency symptoms for long-term Hallelujah Dieters and, to their
utter astonishment, the majority of the returned surveys indicated
numerous symptoms of deficiencies. (Note: I even recognized several
of these symptoms in myself such as muscle wasting, extreme weight
loss and slumping posture.)
knowing this family and their character and integrity, I knew they
must have done their research to come to the conclusion they needed
to put clean animal products back in their diet.
have ridiculed them for this decision, including the founder of
Hallelujah Acres, George Malkmus, who stated in a recent communication
to his health ministers regarding the Westbrook's claims of long-term
deficiencies of the Hallelujah Diet:
claims are BOGUS, and their teaching are DANGEROUS!"
in early February of 2003, Greg Westbrook released an article
which connects the results of their deficiency survey to a research
article done in 2001 by Hallelujah Acres own research scientist,
Dr. Michael Donaldson that revealed a week of dietary intake
from 141 Hallelujah Dieters was deficient in numerous nutrients.
was quite interesting that the deficient nutrients found by Dr.
Donaldson in his study will cause many of the deficiency symptoms
Hallelujah Dieters indicated on the Westbrook's survey.
we had realized two years ago when Hallelujah Acres did the research
revealing deficiencies of the Hallelujah Dieters, we most likely
would have taken measures to avoid the situation we have now found
ourselves in with our latest child.
makes sense now -- after seeing Dr. Donaldson's study in which 139
of the 141 Hallelujah Dieters were deficient in their calcium intake
-- why our child had the enamel missing off the front of his first
was especially enlightening to us that after adding the raw goat
milk to his diet, his other five teeth came in with complete enamel.
the 141 surveyed by Dr. Donaldson, 134 were deficient in Vitamin
B-12 intake, which coincides perfectly with the complications of
Vitamin B-12 deficiency we've undergone with our latest child.
some ways we feel duped.
of our assumption that this diet was God's "ideal diet"
came not only from the fact that it was the first diet mentioned
in the Bible in Genesis 1:29 but from the testimony of George Malkmus
that he went from dying of colon cancer to never being sick again
after he adopted this diet.
we recently came across an article from the Shelby Star dated Saturday,
January 10, 1998, which contains an interview with George Malkmus.
admits that he never went to a cancer specialist for a diagnosis.
He consulted nutritionists and chiropractors."
the article continues by quoting George Malkmus:
never had any biopsies to prove this," he says. "We
don't know it was malignant. We know there was a tumor. We know
there was bleeding."
our assumptions about the power of the "ideal diet" were
based on the false premise that George Malkmus definitely had colon
we discovered that Lester Roloff, the man who George Malkmus
credits as inspiring and guiding him to make the dietary changes
that healed him of colon cancer, didn't forbid the consumption of
all animal products.
meat, eat fish, fowl, wild game, avocado, egg yolks, nuts, cheese,
and cottage cheese, sunflower seed, and a minimum of other meats."
to this statement, Roloff gives ideas for meat substitutes, but
the majority of the alternatives are still animal products. He states,
then you say, 'Well, what am I going to do if I do not eat meat
three times a day?' Just remember that egg yolks, cottage cheese
(especially when it is homemade), avocado, nuts, and the right
kind of cheese are very good meat substitutes."
might have been a false assumption on our part, but we assumed George
was following Lester's dietary guidelines leading to his recovery.
confirmation of the dangers of a vegan diet can be found in an article
released by the Centers of Disease Control on January 31,2003 entitled
"Neurologic Impairment in Children Associated with Maternal
Dietary Deficiency of Cobalamin [Vitamin B-12] --- Georgia, 2001."
here to read the article in its entirety.
mother of one of the injured babies reported following a vegan diet
during the preceding seven years and took nutritional and vitamin
supplements. The mother of the other injured baby ate negligible
amounts of meat, fish, and dairy products during her twenty years
as a vegetarian, though she also took supplements, including one
to the study, "At age 16 months, the female child was seen
in a genetics clinic to eliminate possible genetic causes of her
neurological deficiency. At age 28 months, her developmental skills
ranged from 9 months for fine motor skills to 18 months for gross
motor skills. Her expressive language was at 10 months, and her
receptive language was at 12 months. At age 32 months, she had made
developmental progress but continued to have developmental delays,
especially in speech and language."
other child "experienced catch-up development in motor skills
and completed physical therapy but continued speech, language, and
occupational therapies. Approximately 6 months after beginning treatment,
the child exhibited slight speech and fine motor skill delays but
had age- appropriate gross motor skills."
child exhibits the same symptoms as these children, including delayed
development in speech and language skills.
we can't change our decisions and past actions, we are extremely
thankful for the Westbrook's research that will save many from the
road to deficiencies on the Hallelujah Diet.
are also very thankful that little Andrew, now at the age of 20
months, can crawl on all fours and is continuing to make improvements.
Hallelujah Diet does indeed show good short-term gains in health,
but it's now obvious from Dr. Donaldson and the Westbrook's research
that it's not wise and may be even dangerous
to undertake for the long term, especially for pregnant or
nursing mothers and children.
the sake of our children and our own health, we have recently included
some animal products in our families' diet, as Lester Roloff recommended,
such as raw goat milk, cheese, farm fresh eggs, salmon and wild
game like venison since these products are the major source of many
of the nutrients that Hallelujah Dieters were lacking in Dr. Donaldson's
strongly urge anyone on a pure vegan diet to take a quality Vitamin
B-12 supplement and to be ever vigilant for symptoms of deficiencies,
especially in children.
don't make the mistake we made, concluding that just because a particular
diet shows initial good results in restoring health, that it is
therefore a diet to remain on for life.
now realize that God didn't bless Noah in Genesis 9:1 with a curse
of animal products in Genesis 9:3 to shorten man's lifespan.
doesn't wink when he gives a blessing.
here to learn
about former health minister Greg Westbrook's When
Hallelujah Becomes "What Happened?" so
you can overcome the health and deficiency problems you may
well be generating or experiencing on a Genesis 1:29 vegan diet.
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