by Bob McCauley, CMC, MH
Even if he hadn’t been assassinated in 1963, President John Kennedy would not have lived to be an old man if he would have continued with the diet he had apparently been raised on, and which continued into adulthood.
I watched a documentary on The History Channel on the Kennedy family that highlighted their home movies. I always knew that President Kennedy had health challenges throughout his life, but my understanding was that it was due to injuries. Watching the documentary I learned that Jack had colitis, hypothyroidism, diathesis, and other serious digestive problems that plagued him his entire his life. The seriousness of these problems was kept from the public. JFK’s mother remembered him as “a very, very sick little boy”. He was placed on a strict diet of rice and potatoes at one point for his Colitis. He suffered at least one episode of jaundice as a youth, which was quite serious at the time. He had chronic back problems, due to osteoporosis which resulted in several operations and required medications for chronic pain. He severely injured his back before entering WWII while playing football. JFK was prone to uncounted injuries because his frail body could not handle them, nor repair itself from them.
All this revolved around a poor diet. He liked lamb chops, steak, baked chicken and turkey (white meat) and mashed potatoes. He also was fond of seafood and baked beans. According to chefs who worked in the White House, President Kennedy loved corn muffins and rich French food. All that doesn’t sound so bad, but the original source of all diseases are digestive issues and all digestive issues are a result of the wrong diet. Whatever JFK was eating, it wasn’t remotely healthy. Ask Paul Nison who had the same kinds of digestive issues, Crone’s Disease and Colitis. Paul told me that before he found veganism and eventually the raw food diet he was living on the worse diet of anyone he knew. Pure junk is what Paul lived on. Now Paul is in terrific health, having lived on the raw food diet for 15 years. I grew up eating a lot of junk, then found “health foods” when I was 18, became vegetarian at 22, and finally become a raw food vegan at 41. At 41 was when I started reversing the aging processes and really began to enjoy true health. At 54, I’m still improving and always will be. Health is a journey, not a destination.
Here is a list of the drugs JFK was on during his presidency, many of which were capable of clouding his judgment and mental faculties:
|cortisone||[injected] Cortisol has profound psychological effects. At one extreme, “steroid psychosis” can result. At the other, a profound sensation of well-being can occur. In between, the effects are more difficult to characterize.|
|lomotil||For diarrhea. Contains anti-cholinergic compounds, which, in toxic doses, can make someone constantly angry and/or looney.|
|paregoric||For diarrhea. Contains opium. Mentation is probably unaffected if used in reasonable doses, but Kenndey was taking at least 3 medications for diarrhea, suggesting that doses were high.|
|phenobarbital||A classic “downer”|
|testosterone||Kennedy’s “bull-like” libido was a side effect of the huge amount of testosterone he took daily. His cholesterol level was reportedly 410.|
|trasentine||An anti-diarrhea medication. There is very little published about this drug. Side effects include giddiness and euphoria.|
|Tuinal||A mixture of secobarbital and amobarbital Kennedy used to help him sleep. Amobarbital is better known as Amytal, one of the more common “truth serum” drugs.|
|amphetamines||Post and Robins, writing in 1993, thought it was “highly suggestive” that Kennedy took amphetamines while President, but considered it unproven . The recent Atlantic article states definitively that Kennedy received injections of amphetamines and painkillers from “Dr. Feelgood,” a.k.a. Max Jacobson. Kennedy dismissed concerns about the injections, saying, “I don’t care if it’s horse piss. It works.” Jacobson’s medical license was revoked in 1975. Previously, in 1969, all controlled substances in his possession were confiscated by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.|
The photo above is the classic JFK, the one the world knows better than any other. But it is a distortion of what JFK really looked like. The face you see in that photo is a that of a man who has used steroids for auto-immune polyendocrine syndrome type II (APS II), as well as Coloitis and Celiac Disease. This was most likely responsible for his year around tan and bloated face. He took testosterone every day of his presidency, which led to further imbalances in his body and changed his appearance significantly.
We rarely see the gaunt look that was natural to John F. Kennedy. The photo on the left is what Kennedy looked like before he went on steroids. He was markedly thinner, almost gaunt, mainly because his body was not getting enough nutrients and the nutrients he was getting throughout his life were substandard.
What is so ironic about all this is that the Kennedy family was extremely wealthy that certainly had access to the finest food available, but chose not to utilize them I’m sure out of ignorance. The rich may be immune to many things but sickness and disease is not one of them. When the richest, most powerful men and women on earth get sick with cancer or other deadly diseases they succumb to those ills no differently than the poorest who live on the streets. They only spend their last days and die in more comfortable surroundings.
It can be said that the Raw Food Diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) is the best diet available for any man, any woman, any age, any net worth. Period.