I listened to the video that I linked in my last post again and realized I should have qualified my recommendation a bit. The main reason I liked the video is that I appreciate the wisdom of self-correction when a person discovers that his/her behaviors and habits are potentially harmful. The person in the video does this, not only when she changed her diet for the better but also when she realized that she was starting to build her identity around being a “fruitarian”, which put more pressure on her than she was prepared to deal with. I think this is an important lesson for people to learn from.
However, this person also reveals a lack of understanding about what’s happening with her body when she talks about how a fruit diet “healed” her IBS. She celebrates that doing so allowed her to now eat some of the inappropriate foods that she was unable to eat previously without symptoms.
The reality is that her previous diet was so bad that it caused serious damage to her digestive tract. Her symptoms became so unbearable that she was motivated to seriously clean up her diet, which enabled her body to heal itself. Now she’s able to once again abuse herself and eat like all her vegan friends do, and this is at least temporarily sustainable for her, unlike the fruitarian diet.
It’s unfortunate that there is so much pressure to conform, because I think that’s a big part of what made the diet unsustainable for this woman. After going to all the trouble to make her body stronger, she is now in the process, perhaps slower this time than last, of destroying it once again. This part of the overall message is not one I can endorse, of course. As I’ve said before, eating a fruit-centered raw diet isn’t for everyone and it particularly isn’t for those who need the “normalcy” of unhealthful eating habits to feel like they belong.
A new video for dog lovers
I’m in the process currently of recruiting participants for a video documentary I’m planning to produce that will teach people how to properly feed their dogs and will follow and chronicle the healing journeys of 3 overweight, sick dogs for 6 months. Sort of a “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for dogs. The dogs will heal naturally, using no drugs, no remedies, no herbs and no supplements. Only species- appropriate food and the body’s ability to heal itself.
Candidate dogs should be overweight and preferably showing visible/documentable signs of sickness (skin rashes/lesions/hotspots, lethargy, bloating, inflammation, limping, etc.). Any size, age and breed are welcome and diagnosed, “incurable” illnesses, including cancer, are a plus.
Participants will be provided with the first month’s food and on-site instruction on how to continue raw home feeding on their own. It is not complicated, difficult or expensive. Participants should be ok with being interviewed on video, which will involve two 2-3 hour shoots with myself and a professional videographer in their home. Unfortunately, necessity dictates that the field of prospects be limited to people and dogs living in Bellevue or other Eastside (of Seattle) locations.
There is no money to be made from this project, since the system that we have now rewards failure (sickness) rather than success (health). It is a pure labor of love. Participants will enjoy the benefits of having a healthy dog, however, and knowing that they’ve made the world a better place for dogs.
If anyone is interested in participating or helping with the production (I will have need of someone with video editing and animation skills) or knows someone who may be, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!