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Tao P
  • Tao P
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'It is no sign of health to be well adjusted to a sick society' How can we make a healthy society?

There seems to be an ever increasing number of people who are depressed, or have another form of mental 'deficientcy': ADHD bipolar... What is causing this increase and how can we remedy it?
It is my belief that we need to focus our lives around what it means to be human: movement, community and meaningful creative work. Do you agree? What would this new way of life look like to you?


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    Oct 3 2013: Eating only raw vegan food gives you this: health (all of it), clarity of mind at an extremely high level, very frequent feelings of happiness, joy and enthusiasm, a deep feeling of love towards everything. This is what I experienced and also, what I found others experience as well.
    So, my personal opinion is that the cure to all the negative aspects of the society we live in is real health: physical, mental and emotional health (at an individual level, with effects on a global level). I think lifestyle choices have a huge impact on the way people feel and therefore, on the way people act. Real nutrition + physical effort + positive thinking = my solution to all problems on Earth.
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      Oct 3 2013: Look who was a vegan:


      Not that I am against a vegetarian diet.....I do feel that you have a point in that positive thinking and physical effort and good nutrition is important.

      But wouldn't you agree that people need some sort of moral code?
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        Oct 3 2013: Look who else was/is a vegetarian/vegan:

        Also, there is a big difference between eating vegetarian/vegan and eating raw vegetarian/raw vegan.

        About moral codes: it is very important for people to know the distinction between what is good and what is bad. As a society, in order to move towards a much better future we should only do good: actions that do not harm. Thank you for the input.
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          Oct 4 2013: Wow......thank you for sharing that video.....

          Actually I know someone who eats a raw vegan diet. But not by choice I'm afraid.
          I feel very good each time I have a meal of raw fruits and veggies......my energy level increases.....and I can tell the difference throughout the day.

          And yes, it would be nice if humans did only good.....actions that do not harm.
          Thank you for the exchange.
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      Oct 3 2013: I agree with you about health: Being healthy on the individual level is important to be able to extend that health to the community and further. I do not agree with the raw vegan aspect of your post. I have tried being a vegetarian and a vegan and neither worked for me. I respect a vegetarians choice but I do not understand the raw aspect. Yes overcooking may 'destroy' certain vitamins, but cooking also releases countless others and makes food more readily digestible. Fire is what makes us human. It is difficult for an active person to acquire enough calories to fuel both body and mind when the digestive system has to work so hard.
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        Oct 4 2013: I hope this will help in understanding the reasoning behind choosing to eat raw vegan foods:

        Raw foods contain digestive enzymes, which help a lot with digestion. Cooked food is harder to digest, because the cooking process destroys these enzymes.

        Brendan Brazier is an active person (he is an endurance athlete) and he is eating raw vegan. Here is a link to a TEDx Talk in which he shares his experience:

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          Oct 5 2013: Cooking 'pre-digests' our food, allowing for greater absorption of nutrients. As long as you're not burning the food it is easier to digest cooked food. Cooking actually increases the amount of bioavailable nutrients in some foods. It does this as it breaks down the thick cellulose walls allowing nutrients to be better absorbed.

          In the first link the doctor speaks about the superiority of the vegan diet to the standard american diet. I am not advocating for McDonalds and coca-cola. Vegan is better than the terrible american diet but show me a society that was vegan in our evolutionary past. Show me a society that was even vegetarian? They do not exist. He makes claims that all animals eat a raw diet, but many animals are carnivores or omnivores, including our closest relatives monkeys and gorillas.

          Cooking is necessary, and if you think vegan is the answer well, just be sure to watch your B12-vitamin levels. As well, if you truly want to be vegan watch this ted talk and see if it is possible.
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        Oct 5 2013: What the doctor claims is that all animals, as long as they are not domesticated, eat a raw food diet (a raw food diet = a diet in which food is not cooked).

        Here is the same doctor, speaking about vitamin B12:

        I never mentioned anything about products containing animal parts, in this discussion.

        My main point in this discussion is: real nutrition heals. There are a lot of opinions on what real nutrition means, but one can look at facts and see what works and what doesn't.
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          Oct 5 2013: So he says 300 years ago our large intestines were different. They were capable of making their own b12. I have never heard this before, and I find it hard to believe that we could 'devolve' in such a short amount of time.

          You may have heard this Dr. Clement say that blenders also destroy 85-92% of all nutrition in foods you blend into smoothies. He's something else, the boogeyman of even minimal food processing. I wonder how much nutrition is lost from chewing food.

          When you write about only eating raw vegan as the way to health you are bringing animal parts into the discussion. Animal foods contain vitamin B12. We cannot make it in our bodies and it is vital to health.

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