The Collison Newsletter April 2007





The importance of raw foods in our diet is explained in ‘How to Live to 100+ Years Free from Symptoms and Disease’ (see homepage), in chapter 9 ‘Raw is Better’.


I am frequently asked: “Why?”. My answer simply is “Read Chapter 9”!


Indeed – read the chapter!


The following are some further thoughts on this important aspect of the Dietary Guidelines for a long, healthy and disease-free life.


It is the consensus of opinion, by those who have studied animals in the wild, and especially those who have spent weeks and often months photographing the animals in their natural habitat untouched by human intervention, that these animals are, without exception, healthy. Diseased animals were not observed.


This is in keeping with the studies reported on page 83 in ‘How to Live to 100+ Years’, where rats fed on healthy raw foods had no disease. In contrast, rats fed the typical Western diet developed diseases typical of those experienced by humans in Western Society today.


Another clear example of the adverse effects of cooking is the experiments of Dr Pottenger (pages 82-83). He fed one group of cats a balanced diet of raw foods, including raw (ie non-pasteurised) milk. They lived healthy lives and reproduced normally for four generations, when the experiment was ended. Cats in a second group (genetically the same as the control group) were fed identical foods to the first group the difference being, however, that the foods were cooked and the milk was pasteurised. Without exception, all the cats in the second group became diseased, increasingly so from generation to generation, and they were unable to breed beyond the third generation.


No animal in its natural habitat eats cooked food. Without exception the diet is raw, organically grown, free from man-made chemicals of all types, and eaten in season. If the fruit is not on the tree – it is not eaten! Also, those animals which are milk-fed as newborn and infants cease to have their mother’s milk once they are weaned and never consume it again …… let alone the milk of another species. Contrast this to the fact that most humans regularly consume cows’ milk.



Yes, there is death in wild animals, especially by predators, but not primarily by disease. They die of old age.



The Garden of Eden diet is set-out in Genesis 1:29: “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree with seed in its fruit: you shall have them for food’ (RSV). This is clearly a vegan diet, almost certainly raw. It is the diet proscribed by the Creator.


Compare this to the manual for the correct running and maintenance of your new car. Why complain, when the car does not perform correctly, because you filled up with diesel fuel instead of the recommended unleaded petrol? 


We are inundated with multiple books and magazines that claim to know how we ‘should’ be eating – whether to lose weight, to detoxify, to liver-cleanse or just to be healthy. Many reach best-seller status and stay in the top-10 best sellers month after month. The ‘CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet’ (2005), by Dr M. Noakes and Dr P. Clifton, is an example in the Australian market. This was then followed by the significantly revised ‘CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Book 2’ (2006), by the same authors. Why a revision in such a short time? Either because the original must have been off course (otherwise why revise it) or simply for commercial gain. I am not endorsing this diet, even though the CSIRO seems to be doing so by allowing their name to be used. In fact, I, and my many professional colleagues who believe in the ‘plant-based, low-fat’ diet as the way to health and disease-prevention, unanimously oppose it. It is simply cited by way of example.


No matter if you are overweight or underweight, healthy or ill, the market offers a diet ‘guaranteed’ to meet your specific needs, overcome your disabilities and restore you to health.


In the midst of this published plethora of diets, it is difficult to find much reference to the importance of RAW food. Those of us who believe in the absolute importance of a ‘plant-based, low-fat diet’ for health invariably endorse the key role that RAW foods have in the health benefits of such a diet.


A Raw Food diet is one in which the food is raw …no cooking at all. Even ‘light’ cooking such as stir-frying, has an adverse effect on the food. Not that I recommend milk consumption (see chapter 10, ‘Dairy Products, Osteoporosis and Calcium’, in ‘How to Live to 100+ Years’) but pasteurisation (low temperature heat treatment) is bad for milk. To give but one example: milk the cow and give the fresh, still warm, raw milk to the newborn calf and it will thrive. Repeat the process, but pasteurise the milk first, and the calf will die within about six weeks – it will progressively starve to death.


Ideally, the raw foods, which are vegan (no animal products of any kind), should be organic, ie natural composting, and free from chemical sprays of all kinds.


Many people are becoming believers in what a raw food diet can offer. Perhaps, this should not be regarded as a diet (who wants to be on a diet?), but as a way of eating.


As already mentioned, the answer to ‘Why Raw?’ has been set out in chapter 9 of ‘How to Live to 100+ Years’. The following are some further comments and re-iterations to encourage you progressively to increase the raw content of your diet and eventually enjoy the health benefits of all raw food.


A vegan diet excludes all animal foods, including dairy and eggs.


A vegan diet is healthier than the typical nutritional style of Western eating, high in animal products.
  • Meat is high in cholesterol and other saturated fats, all of which are bad for you.
  • Meat is high in protein and high protein intake has detrimental effects on health (page 30-31 of ‘How to Live to 100+Years ’).
  • Meat, especially red meats, as well as all animal foods, are acid-forming in the body. The ideal diet should have 75-80 percent of foods that are alkali-forming (refer to my September 2005 newsletter ‘Acid/Alkaline Balance’).
  • As mentioned above, no other animal (in their natural habitat) except humans consumes milk or processed dairy products after weaning. Why dairy products should not be consumed is set out in ‘How to Live to 100+Years’, chapter 10.

Raw foods are unprocessed, unrefined and unadulterated. 

Raw foods avoid the intake of transfats, the fats that are really bad for you, found widely in processed foods and all cooked foods  

Raw foods minimise the intake of added chemicals (preservatives, colours, flavours, emulsifiers, stabilisers etc) found in nearly every packaged food. An example of this is set out in my January 2007 newsletter ‘Read the Label’.

The raw food diet is high in fibre. The importance of fibre in the diet was originally highlighted by Dr Denis Burkett, who showed that the absence of Western diseases (heart disease, hypertension, strokes, diabetes, constipation, cancer) in the primitive native tribes of east Africa was due to their diet, in particular the high fibre content.


In general terms, people on a predominantly vegan diet with the majority of the foods eaten raw experience more energy, fewer cases of heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes, lower cholesterol levels, lower body weight, better digestion and stronger immune systems. All wonderful health benefits!


No cooking is required. “Cooked Food is Poison” is the phrase ending every chapter in the book ‘Natures First Law’ by Stephen Arlin, Fovad Dini and David Wolfe. Cooking destroys enzymes and changes the physical structure and characteristics of the food (compare a raw egg to a cooked egg). These, and the other benefits of non-cooked food, are summarised in the chapter ‘Why Raw?’ referred to above.


Preparation of meals made up of raw foods is simple and time saving. Washing up is minimal and effortless.


Eating raw foods requires a major change in ‘mindset’. We are used to and conditioned to eat cooked, processed, refined and chemicalised convenience foods, but they are not healthy.


It takes time to get used to eating raw foods, and for adaptation to take place. It is recommended to decrease progressively the animal content of your diet to zero. As this happens, there is an automatic increase in the intake of vegan foods. As this takes place the amount of raw food should be increased. Remember that not all vegan food is healthy. For example, potato chips are vegan, but they are full of fat (some of which is transfats), they are enzyme dead and chemicalised.


To help you want, and desire, to reduce the intake of animal foods, and change over to a vegan diet with a dominantly raw component, it is worthwhile to become informed about such topics as:

  • vegetarianism
  • veganism
  • cruelty to animals
  • the comparison of the land needed to produce animals for food versus the vastly greater productivity of the same area when devoted to agriculture and fruit and vegetable production
  • differential water usage in animal production versus fruit and vegetable production. 

Best of all, experience the benefits of the Raw Food Diet for yourself!


The proof is in the eating.


*  Copyright 2007: The Huntly Centre.


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