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"Vegetables are the earth's most effective
especially when consumed raw in salads or as freshly extracted juices.
Cooling and cleansing, they are also high in
helps sweep post-digestive putrefactive debris from the intestinal tract.
Their chlorophyll content protects the body against cancer,
neutralizes toxins, and helps keep vital fluids pure. Easy to digest and non-putrefactive,
fresh vegetables go well with meats as well as grains and help counteract the acidifying
effects of both.
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower,
Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, and cabbage.
These vegetables seem to have potent
protective properties for mucous membranes, especially in the lungs and digestive tract,
and they are therefore effective guardians against cancer, ulcers, and infections in these
Rich in antioxidant nutrients such as
betacarotene, vitamin C, and selenium,
crucifers guard your body against all sorts of toxins absorbed from polluted environments.
Crucifers have always played important roles in traditional Asian diets, especially in
Root vegetables are rich in minerals and replete with the
stabilizing energy of the earth in which they grow. A few roots, such as carrots and
turnips, are commonly consumed as ordinary vegetables, but most of them are used as
condiments, seasoning, and side dishes. Many, such as ginger, garlic, and burdock, also
have potent medicinal properties.
Horseradish, a traditional condiment served with beef in
England and with sashimi in Japan (where it is called wasabi), stimulates the live and
gall bladder, which are required to process proteins and fats assimilated from animal
Ginger has always been noted for its digestive properties
in Chinese cuisine, and it is said that Confucius refused to eat a meal without it. Onions
help clear congestion and cut through excess mucus in the digestive tract.
The most protective of all root foods is garlic, which has
been used for millennia throughout the world for its well-known healing powers as well as
its pungent flavor.
In recent years, garlic has been shown to possess the
following properties: inhibits growth of tumors; increases activity of white blood cells
and macrophages; raises antibody production; provides a rich dietary source of the rare
trace element selenium, which is a potent antioxidant; destroys fungus and yeast such as
Not only is garlic one of nature's most powerful
immune-system boosters, it is also prized in the Orient as a potent sexual tonic, which is
why it is strictly prohibited in monastic kitchens throughout the Far East. Most
practicing Taoists include fresh garlic in their daily diets.
Leafy greens contain abundant supplies of chlorophyll, one
of nature's best cleansers and detoxifiers. Eating plenty of fresh leafy greens helps
eliminate unpleasant body odour by neutralizing acidity and protein putrefaction. Fresh
coriander is a particularly effective dietary deodorant.
Thanks to chlorophyll, green leaves have the capacity to
convert the pure energy of sunlight into vegetable matter (E= mc2 again), and when we
consume and metabolize green vegetable matter, this solar energy is released into our own
Leafy greens thus serve as transformers and storehouses of revitalizing solar
Among the most popular vegetables in Western diets today
are certain members of the Solanaceae family, known as 'nightshades', which include
twenty-two general and over 2,000 species of plants. Among the nightshades are tobacco and
many potent medicinal plants, some of them highly poisonous. Common foods from this shady
family include potato, tomato, eggplant, and chili peppers.
The distinguishing feature of all nightshades is their rich
alkaloid content. Alkaloids are potent plant chemicals, similar in molecular structure to
proteins, with powerful physiological effects when consumed and metabolized.
Caffeine, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, and belladonna are
all alkaloids with well known psychoactive effects and toxic properties. There is growing
evidence that the alkaloids present in nightshade foods may have deleterious effects on
human health, at least for some people.
It is interesting to note that, with the sole exception of
eggplant, the traditional diet of China did not include nightshades, and that Taoist
dietary guidelines have always strongly discourages the consumption of nightshades,
Tomatoes, for example were brought to China from the New
World by Spanish traders during the sixteenth century and were named 'foreign eggplants'
by Chinese. Potatoes, which the Chinese call 'foreign yams', were also imported from the
Western world, as were chili peppers. Before this, the Chinese used nightshades only for
medicine, not food, and even in the West tomatoes and potatoes were once regarded as
Today nightshades such as tomato and potato have become
ubiquitous in Western diets, particularly in fast food in the form of French fries and
potato crisps, tomato sauce and ketchup. Potatoes and tomatoes are fast-growing,
inexpensive and easy to store.
Recent research has implicated nightshades in the
calcification of soft body tissues, a condition known as 'caliphylactic syndrome', which
has become one of the most prevalent pathological conditions of all modern industrial
This syndrome, which occurs when nightshades remove calcium
from teeth and bones and deposit it in tissues, where it does not belong, is associated
with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, cerebral sclerosis, kidney stones, gout, migraine, high
blood pressure, bronchitis, osteoporosis, lupus, hypertension, and other common maladies.
May people have reported rapid recovery from these ailments
when they completely eliminated nightshades from their diets. That includes smoking,
because tobacco is also a nightshade, so smoking tobacco only compounds the severity of
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, try
abstaining entirely from all nightshades, including tobacco, for a period of six months.
This cure works only if eliminate all traces of nightshade
alkaloids from your system, including those hidden in processed foods and condiments in
the form of potato flour, tomato sauce, paprika, cayenne, Tabasco, and so forth."
Source: Daniel Reid.