Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
I interviewed Jack LaLanne in 2004 and again in 2005 on my radio show, Achieving Great Health, which was the first radio show ever to talk exclusively about the raw food lifestyle. I interviewed anyone and everyone who was a raw foodist and willing to come on. Since then a whole slew of radio and TV shows have popped up, which makes me happy to see. It took me some time to get Jack to come on the show, but when he saw that I was a health enthusiast like himself he agreed to come on with me. I was shocked that he was willing to come on with me. He was quite gracious on the air with me. His wife joined him Jack said some nice things to me during the interview.
Many will say that Jack lived to the “ripe old age of 96” and that he lived a healthy lifestyle. He told me himself that “there are 650 muscles in the body and exercise each and every one of them each day.” I’m sure it is what kept Jack healthy for so many years, plus the fact that he was on a 70% raw food diet, consuming only uncooked fruits and vegetables. The last 30% of Jack’s diet was comprised of fish, lean meat, grains and potatoes, and it was this last 30% that killed Jack before he turned 100.
If you exercise regularly and live primarily on a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, you can easily live into your eighties and nineties, and be relatively healthy! People do it all the time while living on a cooked food diet. Imagine if these same people were to live on a raw food diet? And even if you do live into your 90’s living on a cooked food diet, how healthy do you expect you will be? My health protocol is more about quality of life rather than longevity, although it addresses both.
No one wants to live to be 100 years old because everyone they see who is 100+ is decrepit. However, if you woke up on your 100th birthday and felt great, jumped out of bed and said “I’ve got lots to do today so I better get moving” you would relish the thought of living to 100+ years.”
The question is that Peter Ragnar asked me was, “If you can live to 100 years old, why not 200? If 200, why not 500 years or 1000?” Another words “Does the human body have a time limit to it?” I don’t think it does, however keeping ourselves young at any age is not easy. We need to keep hydrated, alkalized and detoxified. We do that by drinking ionized water, consuming spirulina and chlorella, eating raw foods, taking probiotics, staying mineralized with Angstrom minerals, exercising and keeping a positive mental attitude. Two other keys to longevity I will discuss in greater detail in a future blog when I discuss the passing of the world’s oldest woman January 31, 2011. Just because you live a long time doesn’t mean you are healthy. And just because you exercise each and every day doesn’t mean you will be healthy, even if you live on a 70% raw food diet. If Jack had gone the rest of the way and included other key ingredients in his diet we wouldn’t be talking about his demise.
Here is the Complete Interview with Jack, one of the greats.