Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello, my name is Carolyn Dean, I’m a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor
and I live in beautiful Maui. I’ve finished my 22nd health book, I have
a free newsletter and I also have an online wellness program that you can join. And today in this series I’ll be talking about
dieting. I really like the Hallelujah Diet. It’s more about the mission than the diet
that I like. The story behind this raw food diet- and it
is 85% raw and 15% cooked. The story behind is that a baptist minister
was diagnosed with colon cancer back in the 70’s. Instead of going for chemo and radiation,
a friend told him about a raw diet and he began to drink carrot juice and eat everything
raw and he cured himself and the cancer was gone on the X-ray. And he encouraged everyone to eat everything
raw and one of the people he encouraged was his future wife, who lost about 80 pounds
on the diet. So they’re married and together in 1992 they
incorporated Hallelujah Acres, which was a small farm and a restaurant and they began
to spread the “gospel” of this diet. The reason I love it is because, I grew up
a Baptist. Everyone was overweight and most of the service
was praying for people in the hospital or having a bypass. And then afterwards they would have their
fellowship and eat the donuts and the cakes and everything that I believed was causing
their problems. I would always embarrass my mother and go
up to the minister and say “I thought it says in the Bible that the body being temple and
that you should take care of it. What’s going on with all this junk food that
you’re feeding everybody?” So, what I love about this diet- it’s become
a ministry for this Church and this congregation. They’ve trained 5700 health ministers and
they’ve gone out over the world to have support in a very good healthy diet is very important. What they preach and teach about in their
diet and all raw food people seem to talk this way at some point or another is that
we were supposed to herbivores, as humans we’re supposed to be herbivores because of
the way our stomach and intestines are created. The basis of how they indoctrinate people
into this diet is by saying that we were born to just eat plant products. Some people can do this diet but some people
cannot. There are some blood types, like O’s, that
really don’t do well on a plant-based diet. And I know, because I’m an O. But I really love the mission of this diet
and I think that this is the way that we can spread good dieting to everybody.

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