Special Preventive Factors
The key principle in natural living and eating is to avoid unhealthful practices and toxic substances. Ac- cept the fact that the old way of life is gone forever. You must learn a new, better way of living.
Eat only natural, wholesome foods. Whole grains and fresh, leafy vegetables are very important. To what- ever degree you can, eat a raw-food diet. Those items you do cook, should be cooked with only a small, mea- sured amount of water so that a small amount of it remains when the cooking is ended. Drink that water.
cados, or a cold-pressed oil.
Do not buy or use quick-prepare processed foods. Do not use butter or margarine; it is grease on your bread and grease in your body. Use only wheat germ oil, and not more than two teaspoons per meal.
Some recommend that tomatoes, in any form, not be given to cancer patients.
Try to live in the country rather than in the city. Avoid living downwind from an urban area. Live where you can breathe fresh, clean air.
Never, never use aluminum cookware, dishes, or drinking canteens. They are very dangerous!
Never cook in a pressure cooker or use foods pre- pared in a pressure cooker. This includes jarred and canned goods. (Foods cooked under pressure rise to an extremely high temperature, more than the 2120 F. on your stove.)
Use natural whole foods as much as possible: beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, chicory, chives, corn, cress, cucumber, dandelion, escarole, fennel, garlic, lettuce, leeks, lentils, onions, peas, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, endive, beets, parsnips, kohlrabi, cele- riac, cauliflower, potatoes, asparagus, eggplant, rad- ishes, and squash.
You can also eat grains and seeds, such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, flax, sesame, millet, buckwheat, rice, corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, and any other common edible seeds.
The nuts offered for sale make excellent food, but use them in moderation, and make sure they are fresh. These include filberts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, hickory nuts, and butter nuts. (Cashews have all been heat-treated, in order to eliminate bacteria.) Nuts are a concentrated food; eat no more than three ounces at a time.
To whatever degree possible, eat your food raw. The safest plan is a 100 percent raw-food diet.
Always eat in moderation. For most of us: the less we eat, the better.
Use no cosmetics, mouth washes, germ killers, shampoos, eye shadow, mascara, hair sprays, per- fumes, deodorants, detergents, dyes of any kind, tooth paste, or tooth powder.
Take two showers a day, but use no more soap than necessary.
Do not use microwave ovens, and stay away from television screens. If you use a computer, place an anti- radiation screen in front of it. Do not live near a high- power cross-country power line.
Get out in the fresh air and exercise everyday—at least an hour, if possible. Walk as much as possible. Exercise is important, but the most important exercise is walking. Indoor exercise is not really exercise. Go outside and breathe the fresh air! If there is no fresh air where you live, move to a place where you can have fresh air.
Drink good clean water. Avoid recycled water. Avoid fluoridated water. Fluoridated water kills body en- zymes. Chlorine is another poison you should avoid. Chlorine was a poison gas used in World War I. If you cannot find good clean water, then use distilled water.
Fresh air, pure water, and wholesome food are the only things that you want to enter your body. To what- ever degree possible, raise your own food. Plant a gar- den, and work in it everyday you can. Avoid chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Never raise food crops in soil fertilized with fresh manure.
When you eat a peach, also eat the peach kernal. When you eat an apricot, also eat the kernal. Do the same, whenever possible, with apples and pears. Only eat as many fruit seeds as the fruit you eat along with it. In that way, you will never eat too many seeds.
The most important food is vegetables, especially the leafy stalk, stem, and flower vegetables. Second to that is the fruits and the root vegetables. Next in im- portance are the grains and seeds. Lastly, come the nuts.
Eat no grease. Eat moderately of oil, nuts, and beans.
Get adequate sunlight on your body. If you work in your garden or walk an hour outdoors everyday, you will probably have sufficient sunlight, but you can get too much of that.
There are problems with synthetic clothing mate- rials. You will be better off wearing cotton or wool.
Do not use chemical additives, aspirin, preserva- tives, drugs, estrogen, germicides, hormones, hydro- genated oil, mineral oil, monosodium glutamate, ni- trates, saturated fats, prostaglandins, artificial sweet- eners (saccharin, etc.), preservatives (sodium benzoate), or cottonseed oil.
Avoid meat products. Do not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, use caf- feine products, China tea, or sugary foods. The best fluid to drink is pure water—only water. Do not eat fried, refined, or processed foods, and avoid foods with added chemicals in them. Do not use pickled foods, smoked foods, sulphured foods, or salted nuts. Learn to read labels. Do not use spices, condiments, or store- bought sauces and gravies.
Learn to make your own simple vegetable dress- ings. You can easily do this by using lemon juice, avo-
Here are several samples of what we have been talking about:
During World War I, in Denmark, when food short- ages caused the Danish government to forbid the mill- ing of grains, nutrition was so improved that the death rate fell 34 percent. This included a reduction in can- cer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and kid- ney diseases.
Hal Higdon, in Kiwanis Magazine (August 1959),