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From: John Rose (
Subject:         Query for Gina…
Date: October 2, 2014 at 9:30 am PST

Hey Gina,

I’ve been meaning to ask you if you have ever read "The Tao of Health, Sex, & Longevity" by Daniel P. Reid where he explains that the ancient Taoists knew NOT to COOK our Food and NOT to Eat Grains.

Here are some of my notes from Reid’s book...

“For millions of years prior to the tiny drop in the bucket of time which we call ‘history,’ humans and other primates lived entirely on diets of course, fibrous foods gathered in nature and consumed raw. ...

Man’s dietary devolution took a serious turn for the worse when he ‘advanced’ to become a hunter of animals and adopted meat as his major dietary staple. ...

Agriculture triggered the final stage of human dietary degeneration. When grain became the main staple of the human diet, a new element was introduced into the digestive tract, an element not at all intended by nature as food for man. That culprit is starch. The fact that grains are the only items in the entire human diet that cannot be eaten and digested in the raw state is sufficient proof that these items were not meant for human consumption. Grains became the world’s first ‘processed foods.’

Evidence indicates that precivilized man knew better than to consume grains as food. It seems that humans first began gathering and later cultivating grains not for food but rather to feed domestic animals and ferment beer. It was only after population pressure made wild plants and animals insufficient to feed the species that man turned to grains for sustenance.

Grains have been the mainstay of the human diet for only 6,000 or 7,000 years, and thus the Taoist sages of ancient China recognized them as relative newcomers to the human diet with deleterious effects on human health and longevity. Throughout the ancient Taoist literature on health and longevity we find the term bi-gu (‘avoid grains’) cropping up over and over. ... The fact that for the past several thousand years the traditional Chinese diet has consisted of 80-90 per cent grains simply reflects the requirements of over-population. Taoist who ‘avoid grains’ live much healthier and longer lives than the general populace, but at least the traditional Chinese diet combines grains much more harmoniously than modern Western diets.” pp. 56-57

Here is the basic premise behind Reid’s book…

"The important point to note here is that food and sex, which are the nature’s two strongest drives and the only two instincts any species requires for survival and propagation, are the two keys that unlock the gates to health and longevity. Conversely, when these two natural instincts are abused purely for pleasure, they pave the quickest way to the grave." page 17

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