by Dr. Mercola
August 21, 2002
The more I study nutrition the more I am
convinced that we need to eat raw uncooked unprocessed food.
In 1970 Americans spent about $6 billion
on fast food while in 2000 they spent more than $110 billion.
Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher
education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars.
The average American spends 90% of their money on processed food,
and many wonder why we have an epidemic of chronic degenerative
I recently finished reading
Fast Food Nation by Eric
It was absolutely fascinating, and the
following facts are taken from the book:
In 1968 McDonald's had one thousand
restaurants, today it has about 30,000 and opens 2,000 new ones
each year. In fact, McDonald's is the largest owner of retail
property in the world. The company earns most of its profit from
collecting rent, not from selling food.
McDonald's is the nation's largest purchaser of:
It is also the second largest
purchaser of chicken.
The impact of McDonald's is hard to overstate. The golden arches
are now more widely recognized than the Christian cross. And if
you are a parent, you know all too well that every month 90% of
American children between the ages of three and nine visit a
McDonald's, where they receive massive doses of soda. McDonald's
sells more Coca-Cola than anyone else in the world.
Additionally, the typical American now consumes approximately
three hamburgers and four orders of French fries every week.
What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the
last forty thousand.
So these facts are a major testimony that we have veered away
from our natural diet for reasons of convenience, taste, and
shrewd businesses like McDonald's that were all too eager and
quick to accommodate our wishes.
Folks, we need to get out of the
I don't believe the challenge is to get
rid of McDonald's but to change our culture so they don't push these
foods anymore. If there is not a market for them, McDonald's will
respond and offer what the market demands.
Hopefully we will be able to facilitate that transformation in the
not too distant future.
One of the first ways we can do this is by adopting the eating plan.
It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the major reasons
vegetable juicing works is that it is living raw food. Most
vegetables have very low carbohydrate levels that minimally disturb
insulin metabolism, but there is something very special about
vegetable juicing and live raw foods in general.
I suspect most of us would notice significant improvements in our
health and energy if we increased the amounts of living raw foods in
our diet. If you vegetable juice it is quite easy to consume over
50% of your foods as raw. I currently believe that a goal might be
to approach 80% or more of your diet as uncooked foods.
So what is so special about living raw food? I have compiled the
following resources to capture some of my recent thoughts on this
I hope this will spark future
discussions on the upcoming collaborative interactive site we are
preparing for later this year.
Integrity and Active Enzymes
raw food, like our lives, is very
perishable. When it is exposed to temperatures above 105° F (40°
C) it starts to rapidly break down, just as our bodies would if
we had a fever that high.
One of the constituents of foods that can break down are
enzymes. Enzymes, of course, help
us digest our food. Enzymes are proteins, though, and have a very
specific three-dimensional structure in space. Once they are heated
much above 105 degrees this structure can change. Enzymes function
very similar to a lock and key and once their shape is changed the
key no longer works and they are no longer able to provide the
function for which they were designed.
This may be a major factor that explains why cooked foods contribute
to chronic illness, as their enzyme content is damaged and thus
requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food.
Many people gradually impair their
pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food
after a lifetime of processed foods.
Another important aspect of raw foods is the energetic aspect.
Without light there is no health. We are human photocells
whose ultimate biological nutrient is sunlight.
Dr. Johanna Budwig from Germany has stated that live foods
are electron rich and act as high-powered electron donors and as
solar resonance fields in the body to attract, store, and conduct
the sun's energy in our body. The greater our store of light energy,
the greater the power our overall electromagnetic field, and
consequently the more energy is available for healing and the
maintenance of optimal health.
Currently there are about 40 scientific groups worldwide working on
biophotons. The largest association is the
International Institute of Biophysics
in Neuss (Germany), founded to investigate and understand, via an
interdisciplinary approach, living systems.
There are 14 Governmental Research
Institutes and Universities with common research in:
Coherence in Biology
Biophotons are characterized by an
extremely high degree of order and can be described as a type of biological laser light which is capable of interference and
appears to be responsible for many effects which ordinary incoherent
light could not achieve.
Its high coherency lends the biophoton
wave the capability of creating order and transmitting information
while chaotic, incoherent light simply transmits energy.
An indication of the coherent characteristics of biophotons is
exhibited through experimentally proven knowledge that the so-called
induced emission of biophotons diminishes hyperbolically, which
illustrates an exclusive characteristic of coherent emission. There
are clear experimental indications that biophotons have an important
regulating function within the single cells, but also between the
It is possible that the entire living organism is pervaded by a
coherent biophoton field, which influences and regulates functions
on various hierarchical levels of control and organization. Single
cells seem to communicate with one another with the aid of the
biophoton field by creating continuous waves.
Accordingly, the biophoton field would be a rigidly structured field
of information and regulation that combines the single parts of the
organism in a holographic manner at the speed of light and
coordinates their function with one another.
There is a broad spectrum of various frequencies and polarization
and therefore, a very high density of information. According to
current developments in research, the biophoton wave is emitted from
the chromatin of the cell nucleus.
Calculations show that the helix form of
the DNA molecule exhibits the ideal geometric form of a hollow
resonator, which allows it to store light very effectively.
Does Food Have
'Vitality' And Can We Absorb Its Life-Force?
Of particular interest is the technique of counting photon
Every living organism emits biophotons
or low-level luminescence (light with a wavelength between 200 and
800 nanometers). This light energy is thought to be stored in the
DNA during photosynthesis and is transmitted continuously by the
It is thought that the higher the level of light energy a cell
emits, the greater its vitality and the potential for the transfer
of that energy to the individual which consumes it.
Significant differences have been found
in favor of organically produced food (Figures 15.6 and 15.7), but
differences also occur with respect to location, freshness and stage
of maturity (ripeness).
Sunlight is vital. Without the sun there is no life. We notice very
clearly what a revitalizing effect sunlight has on our body and
spirits when, after a long winter, we enjoy the first rays of spring
sun. But we can absorb sun energy via our food as well as through
We also live on light
The latest research (Prof.
F.A. Popp and Dr H. Niggli) shows that, in addition to
the chemical composition of our food, light energy (biophotons) is
also an important factor in food quality.
The more light a food is able to store,
the more nutritious it is. Naturally grown fresh vegetables, for
example, and sun-ripened fruits are rich in light energy. The
capacity to store biophotons is therefore a measure of the quality
of our food.
Stored sun energy finds its way into our cells via food in the form
of minute particles of light. These light particles are called 'biophotons',
which are the smallest physical units of light. According to Popp
and Niggli, they contain important bio-information, which controls
complex vital processes in our bodies.
have the power to order
and regulate, and, in doing so, to elevate the organism to a higher
oscillation or order.
This is manifested as a feeling of
vitality and well-being.
DNA And Light
DNA is the central storage repository for light in our body and is
twisted around itself in a double helix, which can turn right or
It belongs to the group of nucleic
acids, of which there are two chains: the DNA and the RNA. DNA and
RNA are built like a helix. Both strands form the structure and
consist of sugars and phosphate groups that show a basic reaction.
The links are attached to the sugars and are basic. However, there
are only four bases in the DNA: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and
guanine. Only recently have researchers realized that cells do not
simply absorb light but emit it coherently; the DNA and RNA
molecules are a laser-active medium and can produce an optical
hologram that communicates with the resonance of the background
fields of our Earth and the planets as well as galaxies.
This means that they can give off light in a non-chaotic manner.
Coherency is the ability of waves to overlap, where spatially
different sources of photons either strengthen or weaken each other.
This results in a structured state where waves can form a coherent
and communicating field, and this field is interactive to a high
degree; in the case of non-coherent photons, any interference causes
them to collapse within seconds.
Hence, the way ultra-weak luminescent cell radiation works is of
significant importance. It does not radiate chaotically, but behaves
in a stable manner, phased like a laser-which is light in a coherent
Communication turns out to be one of our most basic
properties-communication within the system as well as communication
with the outside. The aim is to counteract entropy, loss of
structure, chaos, a state of high disorder, so as to create and
maintain a state of excitement. A high level of order within the
body enables an undisturbed flow of information and communication.
This, in turn, maintains the metabolism as well as all other life
processes. The building and depletion of cells, the synthesis of
proteins, carbohydrates and lipids as well as the flow of
neurotransmitters and the entire cell metabolism all work on an
extremely rapid transfer of information that can only be achieved by
Lack of energy and blockages are signs of disturbance in the flow or
process of life. This disturbance can occur on all levels, whether
atomic particle or cell, organ or psyche. Hence, any disease can be
interpreted as a manifestation of a loss of information and
communication with the body!
Life and all particles of a system relate to each other coherently
and where they communicate with each other to achieve a sensible
cooperation in order to produce the optimal condition for the entire
system. Light emission is strongest whenever DNA is reproduced.
The DNA emits about 90% of the biophotons in the cell nucleus. The
DNA is an excellent storage medium for light and thus also for
oxygen because of its form, the double helix. Perhaps this is why
DNA is the basis for all processes occurring in the body-and thus
also participates in metabolism.
At least two functions are currently assigned to the DNA:
of genetic information, which is passed onto the next generation in
the germ cell
the storing of information to build all cell
The coherent light from the DNA controls all-important
biochemical and changing processes. These processes are the result of
information carried by photons.
DNA and RNA produce optical holograms
and are in resonance with all background fields.