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A Potentially Dangerous Book
on December 21, 2012
I started eating an exclusive health food diet in 1964, when I was 13. I cut out sugar and white flour, and foods with preservatives and chemical additives. I did fine on this diet throughout high school and my sophomore year at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)--but I suffered from one problem: mucus. I felt congested from all the wheat bread, cheese, and yogurt I was eating. I read Paul Bragg's book the Miracle of Fasting, Arnold Ehret's book The Mucusless Diet, and Desmond Morris's The Naked Ape. I decided that man was a naked ape and that his ideal diet was raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I began to religiously eat this diet and also periodically fast. In a few months, my weight--I'm 5'5"--went from 145 LB to 115 LB. My physical energy dropped, my sex drive almost disappeared, but I attributed that to my yoga, which I was practicing several hours a day.
I saw a Natural Hygienist, Dr.Gerald Benesh, who also practiced iridology. He told me I was going through a cleansing crisis and need to fast, which I proceeded to do. Not more than a few weeks after I broke my fast, my bowels became very sluggish, and my stomach somewhat bloated. I decided it was just part of the cleansing process. Around this time, I awakened powerful kundalini energy, and my head began to jerk violently from kriyas (spontaneous self-purifying movements), and I began to suffer from muscles spasms and pinched nerves along my spinal line. My gums began to bleed, and my bowels almost entirely shut down. I couldn't comprehend how a diet of fruits and vegetables could cause my bowels to shut down. I decided the problem was the yoga and meditation, which I quit. I started going to chiropractors to try to ease my pain and discomfort. I got blood tests done at the UCSD student health services, and the test results came back okay, meaning I had no nutritional deficiencies. I continued to suffer, and to see chiropractors to try to ease the pressure on my spinal cord from the contracted muscles along my spinal line.
I stayed in school, but I was a 115 LB zombie with little energy. I could barely walk across campus. I started getting colonic irrigations two to three times a week, but hardly anything came out. It was if my bowels were paralyzed. I thought I might die.
One day I walked into a health food store and noticed a little book entitled "The Acid Alkaline Balance," by Mira Louise. I bought the little book, and had an epiphany. The book described three symptoms of alkalosis: hypotension of the spine, over-excitability of the nervous system, and virtual paralysis of bowels (or "reverse peristalsis"). I immediately bought a fish sandwich at a local eatery, and I not only felt energized, I got a spontaneous erection, which I hadn't had since before I went on the mucusless diet. I began to eat meat, fish, poultry and grains. My bowels, though still sluggish, began to move some. My weight, which had hit a low of 100 LB, jumped back up 140 LB. I began to run and exercise. My colonic irrigation doctor, Dr. Beatrice Lawson, also had an epiphany. She realized that some of her vegetarian clients, like me, were suffering from sluggish bowels from being too alkaline.
After I had regained my weight and energy over several weeks, I thought it would just be a matter of time until I was completely normal--but it never happened. I still suffer from incessant muscle spasms along my spinal line, my bowels are still sluggish, and if I eat fruit, I get bloated and my bowels shut down. (How can you tell if your bowels are shutting down from being too alkaline? Your stools will be curled up instead of straight.) In short, I permanently messed myself up from the mucusless diet because it is too alkaline (almost purely alkaline). If you currently are eating a Vegan or vegetarian mucusless diet, try eating fish (not shrimp or tuna, because they are barely acidic) for a few days and see how you feel. If you feel energized and alive, you will know that you are too alkaline.
People can feel good on a Vegan or vegetarian mucusless diet until they gradually become too alkaline. The remedy is flesh foods--meat, fish, and poultry. What's interesting is that becoming too alkaline makes one more sensitive to mucus. Now that I'm no longer highly alkaline, I can eat a pint of Haagen-Dazs and get hardly any mucus. If you want to eat a mucusless diet--which makes sense because grains have almost no nutritional value and cow's milk is a food only fit for baby calves--I recommend the Paleo diet. And do not overdo the fruit--stick mainly to flesh-food proteins and veggies.
Will flesh foods compromise your spirituality and meditation? Hardly. For example, the Tibetan Buddhists, eat meat. The Buddha himself refused to have his order become vegetarian. He said "What defiles a man isn't what he puts in his mouth, but what comes out of it." I'm now a spiritual teacher, and I tell my students that what is most important food-wise relative to meditation is simple, light eating, which means adhering to proper food-combining principles.
If you want to figure out the best diet for yourself, I recommend the following books: The Paleo Diet; Food Combining Made Easy; Ayurveda: The Science of Self-healing; and Fit for Life, which elaborates and expands on the information in Shelton's book. Also check out the information at the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (You can Google them online.)