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The study of nutritional research has deeply changed my life and I am passionate about bringing this research to others. This information has steered my own life in new directions and for better health and increased vitality.
The studies listed below begin with human studies and are divided between formal and informal, as well as large and small (or specialized) studies. Often the larger-scale human studies (rare since pharmaceutical firms won't fund them) tend to be more objective and valuable, such as the China Study.
Jane Brody, health writer for the New York Times, called the China Study the "grand prix of epidemiology. At the
same time, some formal smaller studies, such as conducted by Dean Ornish for cardiovascular patients, have resulted in tremendous paradigm shifts in modern medicine. I plan to add animal and chemical analysis studies. The latter are of adjunct importance when looking at body's reactions as a whole. Many of these studies are also covered in detail in published books, DVD's and articles associated with them. Most of these books and DVD's are available from our affliliate Raw-Wisdom Store. An abundance of links are also added in the text. These links are valuable to give much more in-depth information.
Again, integral nutritional knowledge is incredibly vital. It can help us avoid being a "victim" of degenerative diseases so common in our commercial/industrial culture - and increasingly at earlier stages of life. We also need not be passive in our key food choices (as manipulated by various commercial advertising media and other cultural means). We can veer away from choices that directly promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and so on to feed the profits of a few. We can prevent such "fates" through empowering research knowledge.
In making significant changes toward a healthier lifestyle consider the following:
Integral Knowledge - Research knowledge is again an invaluable tool.
Openness - However, it is vital to be open to new knowledge and eating habits, or to be willing to step outside the box, the common cultural influences (commercially induced and addictive)
Self-Esteem - Finally to self-empower us self-esteem is really critical in order to pursue only the best, as well as apply what we know and stay the course.
The choice is ours. We can consciously join the ranks of those who age without the burden of chronic degenerative diseases. At the same time our subconscious mind and deep belief systems come into play. For this reason I strongly recommend everyone see Gabriel Cousens' moving film on diabetes. Naturally curing diabetes is just an example of what can be done with most all chronic ailments. This film shows so movingly how those with diabetes, said to be incurable, really can be turned around, and easily once we make a paradigm shift in our understanding. Here is the link to order the entire DVD as the trailer does not do justice.
Statistics tragically show that nearly half of all Americans 65 or older have multiple chronic ailments, and they are on multiple drug prescriptions - with the percentage having risen from 13% to 45% since just 1996! This is hint that our medical system is failing. It is creating drug dependency and life-long treatment protocols for profits rather than true healing. In an article from Reuters.com (More Americans Getting Chronic Illnesses) the vast rise in chronic ailments amounts to 3/4ths of the entire health care system's financial burden to our society. We are about to explore alternative means to make a real and huge difference. These include varieties of near-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan, raw, blended-green, low-glycemic, unprocessed (whole food, organic) as well as calorie-restricted diets. Again we encourage you to click the many links to see still more detailed, in-depth information.
FORMAL LARGE-SCALE HUMAN STUDIES
EUROPEAN EPIC STUDY
(Comprehensive) The EPIC STUDY recruited over a half-million individuals in ten Europian countries for a massive and diverse nutritional study. It is led by Dr Elio Riboli, Head of the Division of Epidemiology at the Imperial College in London. "Only a fraction of the available data has been computerised thus far, but that which has suggests that vegetarians and vegans are generally lighter and less likely to be obese than meat eaters." Obesity is a co-factor in developing many degenerative diseases, especially diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular ailments. Other preliminary findings include that a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of pre-mature death by 20%. Also see the official EPIC site for more information.
ADVENTIST MORTALITY STUDY
(Vegetarian/Vegan): Begun in 1959 and sponsored by Loma Linda University, this tracked the lives of 22,940 Seventh-Day Adventists in California. It has a five-year formal and 25 year informal follow up. The Seventh-Adventist study showed that there was a 7.3 year longer life-expectancy average for men (and women 4.4). Similar statistics were tracked in Norway, Finland and Holland to show longer life expectancy and lower risk of most all chronic ailments. This large population of Seventh-Day Adventists who were vegetarian had significant lower cancer rates of all types as well as of all cardiovascular diseases, and as compared to even non-smoking non-Adventists. Vegan (stricter than vegetarian) eaters raised the bar. They had still lower blood pressure, LDL levels, obesity and premature death and overall chronic ailments. See: Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease: Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists and Other Vegetarians by Gary E. Fraser.
OXFORD VEGETARIAN STUDY
(Vegetarian & Vegan): The Oxford Study observed 6,000 vegetarian and 5,000 non-vegetarians, and covering a longer span of time in a formal study, namely 12 years. This confirmed lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other degenerative disease.The mortality figures were even more dramatic than the Seventh-Day Adventist study. The Pub-Med abstract reports"all-cause mortality in the whole cohort was roughly half that in the population of England and Wales." Vegans had still lower LDL levels than fish-eating vegetarians. A followup Oxford studyshowed a lower rate of emergency appendectomies, indicative of acute apendicitis) among the vegetarian subjects.
(All Diets) )The Framingham study began in 1948 and recruited 5209 men and women between the ages of 30 and 62 years of age who had not yet developed overt cardiovascular disease or suffered a heart attack or stroke. Satellite studies have since recruited more than twice as many. Among the findings of risk factors were high HDL cholesterol, inactivity, smoking, and obesity. Also low LDL cholesterol levels indicated decreased risk. Other factors, like calcium deposits, thickening and hardening of the arteries also need to be considered for life-time risk past age 50.
(Vegetarian & Vegan): The "Grand Prix" of nutritional studies according to the New York Times. From 1983-89, the China Study engaged the most comprehensive and strictest epidemiological nutrition study ever conducted. It tracked participants in 65 Chinese provinces to document their eating habits and as a combined effort of Chinese, English, French and American researchers (from Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine). It definitively indicated that eating less meatlowered the risks of major chronic diseases.the number of calories, the mix of protein and carbohydrates all mattered less. This larger study goes beyond the findings of Pritikin and Ornish. It simply showed, after correlating 800 different nutritional factors, that the intake of plant-based protein in every region of China correlated with good health and the intake of animal protein with ill chronic health or the common chronic diseases of modern times. This study was so conclusive it convinced me to transition to a vegan diet (after 25 years of stubbornly resisting this change).
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NURSES HEALTH STUDY
Started in 1976 and expanded in 1986, this study surveyed the nutritional status of 238,000. Women consuming over 95 gm protein/day had a 22% increased risk of forearm fracture compared with women consuming less than 68 gm/day. The increased risk of osteoporotic fractures was seen for animal protein but not for vegetable protein.
OTHER LARGE STUDIES
Harvard's Pooling Project of Prospective Studies of Nutrition and Cancer offers a meta-analysis of over 28 large-scale nutritional studies. This includes a Harvard Study of 50,000 health professionals It showed that men who ate meat as their main dish 5 or more times a week tended to have 4X the risk of colon cancer. Heavy meat eaters were 2X as prone to have prostate cancer. Over a hundred studies have been published based on this Harvard study of male health professionals.
(Mostly Vegetarian): Since the 1950’s, not just a couple but over 90 studies have shown the advantages of the Pritikin dietary approach (mostly low-fat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables). Animal products restricted to one serving a day or less, with fish preferable to poultry. Red meat limited to once a month or not at all. An analysis of almost 4,600 patients showed an across the board improvement in heart disease risk factors. The average 23% drop in LDL levels within 3 weeks and an average 33% drop in triglycerides. Also 14 more studies confirm the above or show the effects of using the Pritikin diet against high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer prevention, and metabolic diseases. These include a 45% reduction in prostate cancer cell growth, lower blood pressure and control of diabetes.
MORE EXTENSIVE LISTS/LINKS
REVIEW OF LITERATURE: Raw food & vegan/vegetarian diets, 24 references
LINKS: To 24 published scientific studies on raw, vegan/vegetarian diets
GERSON THERAPY: Nearly 250 scientific studies supporting Gerson Therapy
CANCER PREVENTION: British review of literature with 51 study references on diet uses to prevent cancer
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INFORMAL LARGE-SCALE HUMAN STUDIES
DR. EDMOND SZEKELY'S LIFE-LONG STUDY
(vegan/livingfoods)Between 1937 and 1970 or 34 years Dr. Edmond Szekely saw approximately 123,600 patients. He kept data on his patients which indicated that 17% came to him with conditions labeled as “incurable” and approximately 90% left healed as he assessed it of their chief health challenge. Szekely was one of the earliest pioneers in the use of raw, living foods, including spouts which he considered the most “bioactive” or life-force carrying. His work is continued at Rancho La Puerta and the by the International Biogenic Society. Szekely also famously discovered and translated scrolls written by the ancient Essene Brotherhood who uniquely held a life-centered vision of nature, similar to that of raw-wisdom and the philosophy of Gabriel Cousens. An account of Dr. Szekely's data with patients is given in his The Chemistry of Life.
DR. WESTON PRICE'S STUDIES
(raw) Dr. Weston Price travelled around the world to observe and compare the primarily raw diets of primitive tribes to that of civilized man. He documented a dramatic downward spiral for civilized humans, especially as to their weakened teeth, jaw and other bone structures. Source: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects. See Weston A. Price Foundation site.
DR. HERBERT SHELTON & NATURAL HYGIENE(natural hygiene) Dr. Herbert Shelton, a natural hygienist, kept records on over 40,000 patients he helped with a primarily fasting regime that was followed by a raw-food lifestyle. However, Shelton himself developed Parkinson’s and was bedridden the last 17 years of his life. He died at age 89. Some argue that long-term pure water fasting that Herbert Shelton advocated could account for similar neurological damage. Others deny this if the fast is properly monitored. Gabriel Cousens and Brian Clement (of the Tree of Life Center and Hippocrates Institute respectively) favor more of the green juice fasting to supplement or be followed by a raw-food diet lifestyle.
DR. DAVID SCOTT, DC & NATURAL HYGIENE(natural hygiene)
Dr. David J. Scott also cared for over 40,000 patients and water fasted approximately half as many. Dr. Scott uses blood tests at his clinic that read over 100 different blood parameters at his clinic, Scott's Natural Health Institute
. Dr. Scott uses such careful blood monitoring and re-feeding. Cleansing pure water fasts only proceed when these blood factors are replenished in the re-feeding process. NON-REPORTING CLINICS
((Various) It is unfortunate that there are numerous clinics that have treated tens of thousands of patients, like the Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach (serving tens of thousands of guests since 1956) and have great results but intentionally do not publish dramatic surveys of patient results to avoid the repercussionso f suppressive modern medical politics. Similarly it is unfortunate that we have a poverty of knowledge about the results of many different alternative cancer clinics in Mexico and other alternative clinics from around the world. See Shirley's list and that of Living-Foods.
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FORMAL HUMAN STUDIES - SPECIALIZED
(Vegetarian): The Ornish Diet is a fat restricted diet, much like the Pritikin diet. It is limited to 10% fat, with no meat, and only a restricted allowance (once daily) of non-fat dairy or yoghurt and/or egg whites. It was the first scientifically proven study to reverse coronary heart disease. Published in Lancet in 1990, it involved 48 patients. There were 28 in the group receiving his regime and 20 served as a control group. Meditation, stress management and exercise were included in his approach. Arterial clogging was reversed in 82% of the patients.
(Vegan): This study compared the American Diabetes Association's recommended diet with a vegan diet. The vegan diet had a 3x better track record in helping diabetics reducing their A1c(glycated hemoglobin) levels; the primary measure of diabetes. In a same study of 99 patients, 43% reduced their medications using the vegan diet, compared to 26% using the ADA diet.
(Raw Vegan) Dr. Gabriel Cousens, at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center tracked 6 patients with diabetes over a 30 day period. The results were more astounding. To make a comparison, the Barnard study showed a 1.2 point drop in A1c levels indicating a cooked vegan diet had a 3x better result than ADA controls, and within 5 ½ months or 22 weeks. If the A1c level is 11, then a drop of 1.2 points brings one to 9.8 - and where 6 is normal or non-diabetic. With the Cousens’ study, there was up to a 5.8 point drop in 2-4 weeks. A raw food vegan diet had a 14.5 X better result, and within one month. This moves nutritional therapy to an entirely new level. Patients were off their insulin within days, and blood sugar levels trended toward normal – curing this supposedly incurable ailment of diabetes. A similar approach has been used for decades at the Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach, routinely curing diabetes and other chronic ailments using a raw, living, quality-organic, plant-based, low glycemic/protein/fat diet, but without conducting formal studies.
(Vegan) Patients who switch to a vegan low-fat diet showed a significant reduction in rheumatoid arthritis.
(Vegan) Swedish study showed the vegan diet decreases LDL levels and thus the risk of cardiovascular disease
FINNISH FIBROMYALGIA & ARTHRITIS
(Raw Vegan) One Finnish study showed a positive impact of the raw vegan diet on fibromyalgia and another showed a positive impact on rheumatoid arthritis Fine differentiations between different raw vegan diets, however, are rarely made, namely as to the quality of the plant-based raw diet – whether the highest quality of organically-grown foods are used from mineral enriched soils, or there is the addition of living foods (sprouted and soaked), or low-glycemic, low-fat and low-protein foods, and with living superfood supplements and hydration (including juicing and blending) combined with detoxification. When all these factors are combined, the comparisons go off the charts. This is what manifested with Gabriel Cousens’ trial with diabetes.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS & NEUROLOGICAL AILMENTS
In 1947, The German physician J. Evers published the results of treating 600 patients with multiple sclerosis and documented their turnaround on a raw food diet. By 1970 he had helped at least 10,000 cases in a clinic specializing in such multiple sclerosis treatments.
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INFORMAL SMALL SCALE HUMAN STUDIES
DR. OTTO L. M. ABRAMOWSKI'S STUDY(Fruitarian).
Dr. Otto Abramowski divided a hundred hospital patients into two groups, one was fed the group (fed cooked hospital food) and the other several pounds of raw fruit. The experiment had to be stopped because the former group deteriorated so much. Source: Fruitarian Diet and Physical Rejuvenation and Vitalism: The Art of Eating for Health
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