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Subject:         Re: Fully Raw Christina - questionable blood results? -selenium? + waking up and asking tough questions
Date: October 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Fully Raw Christina - questionable blood results? posted by temp on October 2, 2014 at 4:02 am:

Temp said:

Makes you wonder why 4 years supposedly into the 80/10/10 diet she couldn't even maintain her weight or the little muscle mass she had, yet now looks like she is sitting at a very healthy weight and appearance.

I say:

this is a complex issue not so easy to get to the bottom of. The blood tests reveal such little information and we know so little about many things.

Why are some raw N.H vegans so full faced with solid sized bodies? There could be many possible reasons, but let me offer one possible explanation. We do know that careless practise of the N.H diet can easily lead to selenium deficiency, and if you crunch the num,bers on low fat N.H diets the selenium numbers can be very very low. Selenium converts T4 into T3 (these are two important thyroid hormones). T3 runs our metabolism, and low selenium means you canít make enough T3 and your metabolism suffers, so it is easy to put on weight. Could this be a contributing factor?...the peer reviewed science says it can be. BUT...Christina exercises frequently and we don't know what her selenium levels are so we don't really know, but this is more of a general comment more than an explanation because these things are really interesting to think about (I am think out aloud here because l want people to think about these things).

The point is well advised to be consuming a high nutrient diet with good balanced synergy, but a N.H diet often doesn't have either of these aspects, and this would explain why so many people do poorly on them.

Another aspect which perplexes my mind is how people say these diets are natural when they go way against our instincts. Why? Because people are usually eating non fresh produce (non home grown) that is a product of mass food delivery systems and prone to "post harvest losses" and "cellular death" (cellular death = when veggies start going limp)...and in my careful observation of fruits and veggies over 20 years l can confidently say that very little of it is up to the eyes of Dr Clement and myself it is greatly inferior moderate baloney. NOW...why is it not natural? Because eating from mass food delivery systems goes against the basic instincts. Eg...would you pick something out of your garden, keep it in the fridge for 1 - 3 weeks and then eat it, or would you pick something straight from the garden and eat it straight away? This is a natural instinct thing l throw back to the N.H people. Personally l don't care if sprouting does not fit into the idea of "natural", all l know is that they are the finest foods and FRESH with no post harvest losses, especially no post harvest phytochemical losses.

See the issues here. It's time to get real and start talking about these things. We are not going to get a higher success rate in the raw vegan lifestyle until we start acknowledging the weaknesses of the diets we consume. If we don't recognise the weaknesses of our diet, how are we supposed to make them better???

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