Science also proves that Colleen’s children’s teeth issues are also caused by inadequate protein.
Dr. Weston Price found that those whose diets consisted largely of grains and legumes had
far more dental problems than those living primarily on meats and fish. A more recent study
by Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin backs this up. This doctor devoted 50 years of his life to natural
health practice and research. His study, which surveyed 1040 dentists and their wives, revealed
that those with the fewest problems and diseases had the most protein in their diets.
The myth that Colleen, and many of us have believed, that high protein diets will lead to
calcium loss and consequently bone and teeth loss, is not backed up by science or anthropo-
logical surveys. The only studies that showed any evidence of that being a problem involved
test tubes where proteins were isolated as amino acids, rather than in whole form. Meat and
other dairy products in their whole food state are naturally enriched with high vitamin D and
A levels. They do not leach nutrients from the body, but rather, add a layer of protection to
bones and teeth.
Mops and Brooms or Bricks and Mortar?
Colleen’s raw diet made her feel great for a while because she dropped the white processed food
she’d been formerly eating and added a lot more vegetables. This helped to cleanse her body
from the toxins she had consumed during her life. Yet, it wasn’t long before her body became
depleted of the protein it needed to build and sustain her against the daily wear and tear of life.
Raw juices and foods sweep out debris, but they are not the building blocks that our bodies
require for long term battle against the elements.
Colleen’s distended stomach and constant bloat is due to living on an herbivore diet with-
out the four stomachs needed to digest this constant barrage of roughage. She keeps brooming
out her intestines when they actually need a break from all this spring cleaning. Meat eating
mammals (humans included), all contain hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. Herbivore
mammals do not have this acid. There is no need for it since its purpose is to digest animal
foods. We need this acid, we are actually born with a small amount of it in our stomachs. It
increases quickly as we grow and we are usually able to maintain healthy levels of it all our lives.
However, it can be completely depleted after years of trying to live like an herbivore. The body
stops making it if it no longer has to digest animal foods. This causes major digestive problems
since it’s a natural component of the human digestive process.
Constant roughage and a decline of hydrochloric acid can be a setup for strange bowel habits.
Colleen is under the impression from reading material by her raw gurus that she should be
able to evacuate her bowels after each meal. This is happening to her, but there is now no form
to her bowel movements. Instead, they splat several times a day. Colleen has been persuaded
by her reading that this is great. It keeps her body clean she’s told. Sometimes, at night, she
even takes this a step further and gives herself coffee or salt water enemas. Purge, purify—then
purge, purge, and purify some more. This is the raw food mantra. Vegetable matter is thought
to keep the body clean; meat is thought to dirty it up. In reality, it is a more natural and healthy
occurrence to have one or two well formed bowel movements per day than this constant drop-
ping of waste products.
In a paper titled The Myths and Truths about Beef, the authors, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
write: “Meat does not putrefy in the gut. Humans are admirably equipped to digest meat. That
is the main job of the human stomach, which unlike the stomach of the cow or rabbit, contains
millions of cells that secrete hydrochloric acid. Our intestinal tract is much shorter than that
of the vegetarian animals, but somewhat longer that of purely carnivorous animals. Man is an
omnivore with teeth, stomach, intestines, and bowel all designed to handle both animal and
Colleen’s body is now becoming mineral deficient, as a largely vegetarian diet lacks the fat
soluble catalyst need for mineral absorption. A teaspoon or two of butter or two would help
her absorb more minerals from the vegetables she eats, but how to convince her of that?
Colleen sticks to eating as “high raw” as she can to get all the living enzymes that raw food
offers. If she could only let go of her “no animal product” idealism, she could add even more
enzymes to her diet in the form of cultured dairy. Fermented dairy products like yogurt and
kefir have more enzymes than even a raw salad. A raw salad has enough enzymes to help digest
one meal. Fermented dairy has an abundance of enzymes that not only facilitate digestion, but
are utilized for other non-digestive metabolic purposes such as detoxification and proper func-
tioning of the endocrine glands and other vital organs. Colleen is correct in her thinking that
life-giving enzymes are the catalyst for robust health, but she needs to become aware of better
options that are more powerful enzyme boosters.