Natural Health Gurus Ate Animal
readers of my work know I've been recommending a predominantly plant-based
diet along with a judicious use of clean
animal foods since January of 1999, when I began to realize that restrictive
vegan diets, though helpful to many in the short-term, eventually
lead to deficiencies and problems in the long term for many people.
enough, most of the health writers who have guru status in the natural
health movement either agree that a moderate use of animal foods is
a sensible and healthful thing to do or else they flat out lied about
what they really ate.
look at a few of these writers and what they really wrote, shall we?
and HERBERT SHELTON
Tilden of Denver was a mentor and health hero of Dr. Herbert Shelton,
the naturopath who popularized Natural Hygiene (a strict vegan
and raw food diet -- though Shelton apparently didn't follow it himself
as you'll learn later in this article).
was not a vegetarian or strict vegan, and he told his patients that
animal foods were a necessary part of the human diet. I like Tilden's
work because, unlike many health gurus, he speaks from the altar of
common sense rather than the pulpit of egotism.
about meat, Tilden says,
who labor should not eat meat oftener than once a day, and bread,
potatoes, or other decidedly starchy foods once or twice a day.
of sedentary habits should not eat meat oftener than once every
other day, or moderate every day when the temperature is ten above
zero or lower.
it is possible, meat should always be accompanied with a large plate
of raw vegetable salad or a dish of slaw, and cooked non-starchy
from Food: Its Influence as a Factor in Disease and Health,
Commentary on Tilden and Shelton
Tilden recommended having a piece of meat the size of a silver dollar.
He stressed a moderate and balanced approach to life, and that's one
of the things I like and admire about him. Unlike the supposedly strict
vegan Herbert Shelton, who spent the last ten years of his life beridden
and suffering the agonies of an undiagnosed disease that resembles
Parkinson's, Dr. Tilden lived and worked healthfully well into his
90's before he passed away.
people tell me, "Shelton died of overwork. His raw vegan diet of fruits,
vegetables, nuts and seeds was not the culprit," I like to point out
that Dr. Tilden, Shelton's mentor, worked just as hard as Shelton,
if not harder, and didn't end up an invalid for his last decade.
health factor I've been able to unearth regarding Shelton and Tilden
lies with the fact that Tilden ate and approved of meat while Shelton
only ate some dairy:
Cinque, who worked closely with Shelton, says:
diet really wasn't that strict. He was a lactovegetarian; he never
could get past the milk products in his diet, including cheese,
clabbered milk, and butter. I had a man come to me once who had
fasted with Shelton in the early 60s and kept a diary of all the
meals he was fed by Shelton afterwards. It consisted of fruit in
the morning, salad and nuts or cheese for lunch, and in the evening
either salad with cooked vegetables and a starch, or sweet fruit
with clabbered milk.
advocate of fresh vegetable juice and regular colonics and enemas,
Norman Walker stressed a predominantly raw plant-based dietary. Sensible
man that he was, however, Walker also encouraged the eating of moderate
amounts of goat's milk, pure cream, Swiss cheese, and cottage cheese.
only gone a little further by recognizing the necessity of animal
fats for the proper assimilation and use of fat-soluble vitamins and
other factors, his program may well have become the answer to the
disease problems of millions, as well as a long-term diet that maintained
look at a couple of passages from two of Norman Walker's books:
addition of some raw goat's milk or a little pure raw cream to the
carrot juice gives it a somewhat exotic flavor and often serves
to relieve the monotony when a reaction or distress many have a
tendency to turn us against the plain juice. It is pertinent to
remark that cream is a fat, pure and simple, while milk is definitely
a concentrated protein food...
from Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, page 35
milk is a concentrated protein, cream is a fat purely and simply,
and its digestion is entirely different. While of course it still
is somewhat mucus-forming, it is nevertheless a fairly good fat,
provided it is used in limited quantities.
stronger the cheese, the greater is its acid-forming effect on the
body, and the more mucus-forming it is. Cottage cheese (preferably
the home-made kind) is probably the least mucus-forming, while the
seasoned Swiss cheese, the kind that is made in huge round pieces
about 3 feet across, and 8 or 10 inches thick, with large holes
all through it, is the next best.
from Diet and Salad, page 43
Commentary on Walker
many natural health writers, Walker said goat's milk was an excellent
choice for nursing babies, as well as a worthy food for adults. So
why is that a few contemporary health gurus preach that goat's milk
is fine for babies, but not fine for anyone else?
products are poison to adults then surely they must be even worse
poison for the sensitive and pure systems of babies. If goat's milk
is the next best thing to mother's milk, how can it hurt adults? I'm
glad Norman Walker recognized the value of having some animal food
in the diet. That would perhaps explain why he lived as long as he
did, though of course his age (cited as variously 109, 113, 118 and
4 months, 120, and even 130 years) at his death remains questionable.
December 2006: Click here for definitive
proof that Norman Walker died in his 99th year.
from the accounts I'd read, Paul Bragg died a robust and healthy man
in his 90's in a swimming accident in Hawaii.
of 2006, however, I was pointed to a link
on Google Answers that reports of Bragg dying at the age of
81 in a car accident.
of his age and cause of death, I've always appreciated Bragg's work
because of his emphasis on two things: exercise and listening to one's
listened to his body and, as he writes on page 78 of his book, The
Miracle of Fasting, has a lot to teach us:
the years of following a program of fasting, and with a diet containing
an abundance of raw fruit and raw vegetables, my body has become
so keen that it practically tells me what to eat at every meal.
Over the years on this diet, my body has lost the desire for meat
and fish, and my diet is composed of raw fruits and vegetables,
cooked fruit, and cooked vegetables with nuts, nut-butters, seeds,
raw wheat germ, Brewer's yeast, and legumes.
is what my body seems to thrive on, but as I said, I don't like
the word 'Never,' because there are times when my body tells me
to eat a piece of meat or a piece of fish, or to have some natural
cheese or a few fertile eggs. In other words, my body has developed
an instinct for the selection of foods.
Commentary on Bragg
my experience since 1993 has been that the serious health seeker's
body will develop this same keen instinct for eating the right foods.
of letting some ego-driven health guru tell you his/her system is
the only system, why not listen to the voice that really knows what's
right for your body, the voice within, the voice of desires for foods
that speaks clearly once you learn to listen to it.
Bragg apparently ate more meat than he let on, as two readers of my
newsletter reported in 2002:
BRAGG LIKED BURGERS
good article on the health gurus who have switched from vegan/vegetarian
to adding meat to their diets. We were vegetarians in the 70's and
changed in the 80's when we studied Dr. Ray Peat's work. We noticed
our patients that took the longest to respond to treatment were
the vegans and vegetarians.
Paul Bragg, we always saw him at a restaurant in the Ilikai Hotel
in Waikiki. His favorite meal was a char-broiled hamburger according
to the waitresses that served him. At that time, he professed to
be a vegetarian. He was a nice man and ran a free exercise class
on the beach.
reminded me of my father-in-law who wrote a book called, "If
Man Made It, Don't Eat It," and Haal always told people he
was a vegetarian, but we knew he enjoyed a good steak 2-3 times
if we could only get people of the polyunsaturated fats and soy....
BRAGG LIKED BURGERS CONFIRMED
A short note to let you know that the info on Paul Bragg that Sharie
reported about eating burgers is correct. You know I live in Honolulu.
I've run into a couple of older guys at the gym who used to exercise
with Bragg at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki in the mornings. They told
me the same thing about the burgers.
Dr. Stephen Brynes
evangelist and natural health teacher Lester Roloff helped many people
regain their health. He did it by encouraging them to use fresh vegetable
juice as well as a moderate, predominantly plant-based diet that included
moderate amounts of animal foods. I liked Roloff's health teachings
when I first read them because he recognized the body's need for a
balanced diet, and he ate and told people to eat some animal foods
like eggs and cottage cheese in moderate amounts. Let's go directly
to one of his two fine pamphlets on health, where he wrote:
meat, eat fish, fowl, wild game, avocado, egg yolks, nuts, cheese,
and cottage cheese, sunflower seed, and a minimum of other meats.
Drink a lot of juices, always unsweetened, forty-five minutes to
an hour before the meal, or a couple of hours after the meal.
-- from Food, Fasting, and Faith
Commentary on Roloff:
so many others, Lester Roloff cured his own chronic health problems
by going on a healthy diet that was predominantly uncooked and plant-based.
But, to his credit, he also recognized the importance of including
moderate servings of animal foods for lasting health.
Lester Roloff died in a plane crash, so we don't have his personal
long-term testimony of health, but given the fact that he did include
some animal foods in his diet, I'm confident he would still be with
us today, free of blood pressure problems, free of shaking hands,
free of memory lapses, free of deep and premature facial wrinkles,
and free of any of the other ailments so common in those who stubbornly
stick with strict vegan diets for too many years.
turn now to Harvey Diamond, the co-author of the best-selling Fit
for Life books, who, in his most recent book (The
Fit for Life Solution), rejects veganism as well as vegetarianism.
One of my newsletter readers shared with me a section of a Harvey
Diamond interview in the July/August 2000 issue of Mind and Muscle
"Assuming that today, we have a new generation of organic meats, chickens
and eggs, and assuming that when I cook, I find a way to trim all
the fat, is it still so bad?"
"Oh, no. I don't know what has given you that impression. I make
it very clear in the book (The
Fit for Life Solution) I myself am not a vegetarian any longer.
I eat meat, chicken, fish and eggs. I eat everything. But it is as
you say, I seek out pasture-grazed animals. I don't just put anything
into my body. I try to find the very best, the very finest, the very
cleanest. And, most importantly I don't eat it with the frequency
that I did in my younger years, which is what I feel made me sick
in the first place. I generally have meat, chicken or fish maybe two
or three times a week. Sometimes more. But basically it's on an every-other-day
Commentary on Diamond
Harvey Diamond for publicly reversing his earlier vegetarian, Natural
Hygiene position and for acknowledging the long-term limitations of
vegan and vegetarian programs.
his changed position with others, Diamond joins the ranks of honorable
health heroes, former vegetarians like Upton Sinclair who realized
a diet devoid of all animal foods did not lead to long-term health
do keep in mind that Max Gerson, the originator of the famed Gerson
Institute program, used liver extracts. After detox, Gerson added
cottage cheese and other products derived from animal sources at one
point or another in his protocol. His daughter, Charlotte, keeper
of the Gerson flame, has a host of animal-derived substances in the
current version of the Gerson program, for which in-patients now pay
$4900 a week. Click here
to visit the Gerson website.
it unfortunate that some natural health gurus quote other health writers
as promoting a restrictive vegan diet without bothering to tell you
that these same writers have always recommended, or have come to allow,
a moderate use of animal products?
unfortunate, but massive egos will stoop low enough to sacrifice the
health of expectant mothers and babies and children, as well as the
long-term health of loyal followers, rather than adjust to the moderate
stance taken by the very gurus they cite as their own sources for
restrictive veganism that will eventually lead to serious deficiencies,
disease, and accelerated aging.
many deficiency problems remain undetected until irreparable damage
has been done.
those who base their health decisions on the Bible... yes, Genesis
1:29 ("Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed... to
you it shall be fore meat") held true for Eden, but humans were driven
from the Garden, so it makes scriptural sense to adhere to Genesis
9:3 when God says, "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat
for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things." My understanding
of this text is that God meant for us to eat from both the animal
and vegetable kingdoms.
as usual, I urge you to not take any single health writer's word as
seek out original sources and determine the truth for yourself.
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