In my forty years within the natural health movement, I’ve been blessed to witness
the living food lifestyle spread its wings and soar. When I started the Hippocrates
Health Institute with Dr. Ann Wigmore in the 1960s, “raw” and “living” were not
words commonly associated with the way we eat. I developed a living foods program,
a radically new paradigm at the time, which demonstrated unquestionable
healing powers. One by one people would arrive at the Institute with grave illnesses
and depart revitalized by the simple preparations created from the uncooked
bounty of nature....
There are so many people who have influenced, encouraged, and loved this book into being.
First and foremost, I wish to acknowledge my teacher and colleague, Gil Jacobs: my personal
guide to the truth about outstanding cellular health. I also wish to acknowledge my mother who
was a true health pioneer and surely influenced the path I would take to get this message out. My
dear friends, Katie, Angie, and Tracey: thank you for your constant encouragement and love.
In all of recorded history, humanity has never been engaged in a battle as
signifi cant as the one we face today. Never has our future been threatened
as severely as it is now. Th e enemy is not a terrorist organization or a rogue
nation seeking global domination; it is the environment we have created
—the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we consume. We
have taken the gifts of life presented to us and poisoned them.
No wonder it's so hard to lose weight -- our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not -- our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular car -- it just won't work. And making matters worse is the fact that diets don't work either: less than 6 percent of weight-loss attempts succeed. The average person...