By Dr. Bob McCauley
Dr. Joseph Mercola makes a strong case for eating raw foods on his website. And he tells us why we need to eat organically grown foods. But in an interview with Paul Nison, long time Raw Foodist like myself, Mercola states it’s really not possible “long-term” because you will not get enough Vitamin B-12. In the end, Mercola essentially explains the incredible benefits of eating raw fruits and vegetables, which makes the entire interview pointless. But I loved it.
The primary reason for making sure you get plenty of raw food in your diet is due to what’s called ‘biophotons.’ It’s a term you may not have heard of before, but in Europe, Germany in particular, there’s a lot of research in this area. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt has also discussed it in some detail in one of his expert interviews. ~ Dr. J. Mercola
Biophotons are the smallest physical units of light, which are stored in, and used by all biological organisms – including your body. Vital sun energy finds its way into your cells via the food you eat, in the form of these biophotons. ~ Dr. J. Mercola
Mercola is right on the money about enzymes and the importance of those in our diet.
Enzymes are proteins; catalysts to speed up and facilitate reactions in your body. In fact, some biochemical reactions will not even occur without these enzymes (you have about 1,300 of them).
Cooking your food, especially at high temperatures, destroys these naturally occurring enzymes. ~ Dr. J. Mercola
In addition to getting enzymes from fresh, raw food, you can also help stimulate the production of enzymes in your body simply by chewing. When you chew your food, a signal is transmitted from your brain to your stomach that tells your stomach to increase the production of enzymes. ~ Dr. J. Mercola
Ideally, your best bet is to consume raw foods as much as possible. If you aren’t doing that already, you’ll want to gradually increase the amount of raw food in your diet as it will help your body produce more enzymes, and supply you with vital, live nutrients. ~ Dr. J. Mercola
What Dr. Mercola is great at is disseminating information about the medical industry and exposing medical/health myths. If you want to find out if soy is good for you or not, Mercola’s website is a good place to start looking. He has no problem exposing fraud or hypocrisy when he sees it in the medical/health world. But when it comes to offering real health advice and backing them up with true products his record is terrible. His “me too” line of health products are pretty much what you can find anywhere else from people who are in the health product business because they see opportunity in it, not because they want to make people healthier. Mercola’s health products are pedestrian, unimaginative, same old same old and most importantly they do not encourage the basic kind of lifestyle changes that are necessary to be health. In short, they are crutches, and Mercola is the enabler.