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milk, a force of disease

November 15th, 2014

Every time I do a google search today I see the same ad for

“Milk, a force of nature”.

Its a National Dairy Council propaganda campaign funded by the E-You to convince you to drink more milk by whitewashing the following facts:

Humans are the only animals that drink the milk of another animal.

Humans are the only animals that are never weaned (even the calf stops drinking cow milk after a few months).

Cow milk is made to turn a tiny calf into a one ton monster within a year. This is done via concentrated nutrients and Bovine Growth Hormone, found in milk. Bovine Growth Hormone is almost identical to Human Growth Hormone. Growth Hormones are not a good idea. Given that cancer is out of control growth.

Milk products have been proven to be a potent cancer food.

Milk products acidify your body.

Milk products rob you of calcium! The acids produced by milk cause your body to use bone calcium to neutralize the acidity. The countries with the highest consumption of milk have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Milk, a force of nature. For calves.

Simple things I ate today..

November 15th, 2014

Hi there Health Seeker,

Its so easy to eat a super healthy mostly raw, vegan plant food diet.

Here’s what I had today..

1. A big herb tea to start the day, lots of liquid to get my system fully hydrated. I make a pot and drink two large mugs. Today I had my signiature ginger lemon honey tea. (This is not truly vegan, as honey is an animal product. The vegan version can be easily made by substituting date soak water for the honey).  grate some ginger, about a thumb sized piece. Put that in a pre warmed pot. Pour boiling water over it to infuse it for five minutes. Juice a lemon. Important: Do not add the lemon or honey/date water until the tea has cooled so you can drink it. Overheating the lemon or honey leads to nutrient loss. Strain the tea into a mug to get out the ginger bits.

It is a fantastic drink for winter. At any sign of a cold, I take it. I never get a full blown cold or flu. Touch wood!

2. Fruit smoothie.

Blended soaked dates, pineapple, banana, ginger, cinnamon, mint leaf.

I had the ginger over from the tea making so I chucked it in. I had fresh herb mint, so in it went too! Delicious, and great fuel for the day.

4. I was visiting friends, so they gave me a simple meal of bananas, honey, pecan nuts and tahini.

5. I had some soaked hazelnuts with dates too.

6. My friend made chocolates! Hazelnuts and sesame seeds, with a thin layer of dark chocolate. I had two. That’s ironic, as I just ranted about the dangers of raw cacao. For me, that piece of chocolate was a once per six months event. A small thing in the big picture. Still, I’m not sure how well I will sleep tonight!

7. I also had some alfalfa and broccoli sprouts with avocado.

Today was a little unusual as I was with a friend who keeps bees and I sampled his honey. I wouldn’t usually use honey that much.

But in any case, you can see how simple and easy it is to eat natural raw wholefood fruit and vegetable meals.

Tomorrow I will have a big green juice, as I missed out today..

If raw cacao is so good, how come so many experienced raw foodists are abandoning it?

November 15th, 2014

If you are trying to add more healthy raw plant food to your lifestyle, you have certainly come across the “superfood” called raw cacao.
There is an entire raw cacao industry.
And raw cacao is being touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread. (Dubious honour!)
We are told raw cacao contains tons of nutrients.
And that it is the “food of the gods”, whatever that means.
And that people feel energized and euphoric when taking it.

Well, here are some facts you are not being told:
1. Raw cacao is only technically raw. Many doubt that it is even raw by the “never over 40 degrees C” standard. It may well be only raw by the “cold pressed” or “no added heat” standard.
2. Raw cacao contains lots of nutrients, but it also contains even more toxins.
3. Due to the toxins, raw cacao acts as a stimulating drug. The effect of stimulants is to goad your body into hyperactivity. Your body reacts to the toxins by adrenal stimulation, adrenaline release, and glucose rush. This is all done in an attempt to flush out the toxins. The resultant feeling is an “energy rush”, similar to coffee. Of course, it is not true natural energy, it is false, adrenal stimulation, and continued use of cacao or other stimulants will lead to adrenal fatigue. And the exhaustion that follows..
4. Taking raw cacao is not a healthful practice.
5. Raw cacao is addictive.
6. Raw cacao is not a food. A food should be edible in its whole natural state, as you find it on the tree. Raw cacao, as you find it in nature, is a very unpleasant tasting seed. The bad taste is natures way of saying..more toxins than nutrients, stay away.

So, is there any alternative. Happily there is. Raw Carob powder is a delicious food. It is non stimulating and very pleasant to eat. The carob powder on the market in Ireland is of poor quality, and is roasted. However, I am sourcing a high quality carob powder, which I will let you know about shortly.

For more information on raw cacao, here are some videos of experienced raw foodists speaking out against it..

More evidence that injecting poisons into children causes autism..

November 15th, 2014

From the mother of this boy..

“As a woman of faith I must speak the truth in love, and sometimes it can come across harsh. Not everyone who sees Autism really understands what Autism is. Yes, our children look normal on the outside and occasionally we can get a great picture of them making eye contact and smiling into the camera, but that is not easily done. When someone says that their child is blessed with Autism, and that God made him/her that way… maybe your child really doesn’t have Autism, just enough symptoms for them to be placed on the spectrum?

Autism is not a curse; it is a damaged brain and gut/immune system disorder that our child got from something ingested, not genetically. You may have an autoimmune disorder that passes down in your family making you believe that your child was made this way for a reason, when really it was our decision to place toxins into their small developing bodies through vaccines, food, etc.; anything consumed.

The side that parents and teachers deal with in the cases of Autism that isn’t seen by others may include: chewing and eating anything, screaming, crying, humming, flapping, walking on their tippy toes, groaning, cannot sleep, holding their gut in pain, laying on furniture to put pressure on their gut, unable to speak, behave in lashing out tantrums, smearing their feces everywhere and eating it, cannot understand simple vocabulary words, no instinct of danger, bang their heads on walls repeatedly, biting themselves to the point they bleed and are severely hurt, and have extremely high pain tolerance. There is so much more that I can list, but you should now have a better idea of what is behind the label Autism.

When parents warn you in love to please protect your child, it’s because they know what the truth is and care about you. My son was vaccine injured and I will stand by him every step we take with tremendous love, and heal what I have injured. My son was not born Autistic, he was injured by my poor decisions. One day he will be able to tell you his story because this Mom is never stopping, and my son Landen Von Steffen will be healed.”

You can read the full article here:


How to eat lots of healthy food for sportspeople..

October 13th, 2014

I don’t eat anything processed whatsoever anyway and I always go for the best quality I can get, it’s just with the quantity of food I eat for training it’s hard to do

Many people have a problem with weight gain. Healthy whole fresh ripe, mostly raw plant food will be a boon to them because it is full of satisfying nutrients that curb hunger, and also less calories per serving than rich processed foods.

But sports people can have the opposite problem..

a normal male burns 2000 calories per day.

An athlete burns 3000, 4000, and even more calories per day.

Now, athletes will thrive by eating fresh, whole, ripe, mostly raw plant food. But the question arises, how to get enough?

Here are some tips for active types:

1. Eat lots of sweet fruit.

2. Eat dry fruit, but usually it is best rehydrated by soaking it.

3. Energy snacks can be made with nuts and dry fruit.

4. Refuel after exercise with the ultimate sports drink: Bananas blended in water.

5. Fruit smoothies are a good way to bring fuel with you.

6. Starchy carbs like potato and wholegrains are good fuel, as long as they are not overloaded with fats.

Is a Healthy Lifestyle only for rich folks with lots of time on their hands?

October 13th, 2014

I got the following question…

Cathal…do you mind me asking how much you would spend on shopping for yourself each week or do you grow a lot of your food? I know I would eat a higher percentage raw if I had the space and money as have very little storage space for juicing etc in college as am sharing with others

I love this question, because it brings out the idea that we all get from time to time…

The Healthy Lifestyle seems to be for people with lots of money and time!

There seems to be lots of expensive supplements, ingredients and tools, and it seems to take a lot of time.

Well, guess what, that’s doesn’t have to be the case. (Although it often is).

Here is my response:

do you mind me asking how much you would spend on shopping for yourself each week or do you grow a lot of your food?

I don’t spend any more than the average person, and I eat far superior food to the average “normal” shopping trolly. The reason for that is that while I am paying extra for wholesome, mostly organic food… the average shopper is paying extra for processing and packaging. So it all balances out in terms of money. But in terms of health its not the same..

Fresh, ripe, mostly raw, plant food is the way I eat. That means whole, unprocessed fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. And including some grains and legumes too.

Of course, calorie for calorie, white bread and jam is cheaper. But nobody eats like that. People buy various processed foods, meats, dairy, biscuits and so on. And the cost adds up. So most people spend about the same as me on food. Only its not as healthy.

I can’t say my exact spend per week, as I often do food demos, so there is some blurring between mine and the demos.

I have been growing a lot of my own food this year, for the first time, and that also makes a difference. But even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow your own greens all year round by sprouting.

Come along to one of my classes to find out how!

I know I would eat a higher percentage raw if I had the space and money as have very little storage space for juicing etc in college as am sharing with others

That is very common. In fact, the place I went to learn about juicing and sprouting was founded by Ann Wigmore, who lived in a tiny apartment in Boston.

Here are some tips:


When sharing with others you may not have the option to dump the microwave and replace it with a quality juicer!

In a small apartment you may have to shop more often.

I have shared an apartment and a tiny fridge.

We kept our fruit in bowls, which is better anyway. So we had our half of the fridge for keeping our greens and other veges.


You don’t need to do juicing if you can’t afford a good juicer. All you need is a knife and a chopping board! Then you can add a €25 blender to make smoothies. Then add a €40 foodprocessor for quick salads. Although a €2 shredder will do in the meantime.

Cheap healthy meals:

Breakfast: Monster Fruit smoothie made with 100g soaked dates (€5 per kilo), 1/4 pineapple (€2 each), 3 bananas (1.59 for 5). This keeps you going up to lunch. Bring some with you in a bottle.

Dinner: Mega salad with chopped/shredded vegetables. Make a dressing from my book. Add some nice organic potatoes, boiled. Or cooked legumes like chickpeas. Make extra to bring as lunch tomorrow.

There you go,

About €5-€7 for a day of high quality whole, fresh ripe, mostly raw food that will lift your mood, and energise you.

And the days worth of food can be prepared in an hour or less.

Dr. McDougall busted…confusing simple carbs with refined carbs

October 10th, 2014

I just sent this email..


I am just enjoying reading the articles on forksoverknives.

I teach healthy lifestyle with plant based diet, so I agree completely with the information you are giving out.

Well, almost all of it!

There is one error that needs to be corrected.

In an article by John McDougall http://www.forksoverknives.com/the-smoke-and-mirrors-behind-wheat-belly-and-grain-brain/
we read:

Simple sugars, like glucose and fructose, are refined ingredients found in sodas, cakes, cookies, and table sugar.

Starches (sometimes referred to as complex carbohydrates) are foods with “natural sugars,” such as, barley, corn, millet, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, and wheat.

This is a common mistake, the confusing of simple sugars with refined sugars, and complex carbs with “natural”

The statement should read:
Simple sugars like glucose and fructose are the sweet carbohydrates. If eaten in their natural state, as found in fruit, they are most beneficial, coming in a high water, high fibre package, with vitamins and minerals.
If simple sugars are refined, they are stripped of water, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and become a harmful additive to otherwise unpalatable processed foods.

Complex carbohydrates are all of the non sweet starches, as found in grains and root vegetables.
They are difficult to digest unless cooked. They should be eaten as wholefoods. Refined complex carbohydrates are harmful as they are over concentrated and lacking in minerals.

Simple sugars are not refined sugars.
Complex carbs are not more natural.

Indeed unrefined simple sugars, as found in fruit are easier to digest, do not require cooking, and are more nutritionally balanced than unrefined complex carbs.

There are many people being misled by the misconception that there is something wrong with simple sugars, when our entire body runs on simple sugars, every single cell!
As a result of that misconception, there are some people adopting a plant based diet, but mistakenly opting to omit “all sugars” including fruit.

As a result, these people end up consuming a diet predominating in cooked starches, or if they want a raw or high raw diet, they will be on a high fat diet. Neither of those diets is completely healthful, and neither is anywhere near as good as a diet rich in fruit.

best regards to you all in your good work,
but lets work to clear up this misconception for one and for all!

Cathal Spelman

In fairness to Dr. McDougall, he responded immediately by email to thank me for the clarification.

Carrot Cake with Cashew Creme:

October 3rd, 2014

Here is a delicious treat you can easily make.

It is full of vitamins and minerals, high quality carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids from the nut cream. Because it is so nutrient dense, it is not only delicious, but also deeply satisfying. Have fun with this!

Carrot Cake with Cashew Creme:

Carrot Cake

3 Cups Shredded Carrot

500g Dry Stoneless Dates (Or Raisins)(the dates may need to be soaked for a few hours so that they will chop in the food processor)

1/2 Cup Walnuts

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 thumbsize piece ginger, grated.

Half that amount of Tumeric root, grated (Or 1 teaspoon turmeric)

Chop it all together in a food processor, using S blade.

Form into cupcake sized pieces on a plate. Refrigerate to harden

Cashew Creme

Juice of 3 oranges

2 Cups soaked cashews (soaked for 2 hours or more)

1 Cup soaked stoneless dates (Soaked overnight preferably)

1 dash vanilla essence.

Blend to a smooth consistency.

Serve Carrot Cake with a dollop of Cashew Creme on top. Enjoy.

Question for me..Tips on my typical day, and ideas for exercise..

September 30th, 2014

Question for me:

Cathal meant to ask you, what would you eat in a typical day basing your die on fruit and veg and what would be your tips to someone in college who is running and training a lot and wishes to transition to a more raw food lifestyle due to performance incentives and to help alleviate asthma. Thanks. Il be at one of your days soon

My  reply:

My lifestyle is based around High Fruit, Low fat, High Raw.

So it consists of lots of fruit and veg, with some nuts, seeds, and some cooked starchy carbs.

Breakfast is

first, lots of water to drink in the morning, to rehydrate.

Then, lots of fruit, as fuel for the day. That is usually a smoothie, made with soaked dates, pineapple, bananas, and added seasonal fruit. Right now its wild blackberries, for delicious purple smoothies.

See the Real Healthy Lifestyle facebook page for photos!

Lunch is a big green salad, with lots of added tomatoes, peppers, spring onion, avocado. Maybe some potato too, or wholewheat bread.

Evening meal is green juice, followed by a big salad, with some cooked veg, like potato, or turnip.

Snacking is fruit.

For active runners, and those taking lots of exercise (everyone should be taking plenty of exercise!):
The more activity, the more food you need.

But quality of food is vital: Meat, Dairy, Processed foods, and Grains all create acid. This makes exercise more difficult, and recovery slower.

Fruit, Vegetables create alkalinity, which makes exercise more fun, and gives you tons of energy, and a get up and go feeling.

So it really helps athletic performance.

Re Asthma: Raw food is not a treatment for asthma, the way an inhaler is a (Temporary) treatment for asthma. However, Raw food, especially high fruit, low fat healthy Raw Food, is an excellent way to a body less encumbered by excess mucus, which is a factor in asthma.

Also, a more alkaline body is an overall healthy body that will better deal with our environment and will be less likely to over-react to pollens etc.

And I got this follow up question:

Thanks very much Cathal, I presume you would eat a huge quantity of fruit to get the required calories.? It’s just I would run approx 60-65 miles a week plus gym work and know I would need in the region of 3500 calories a day

I’m glad you mentioned that. It shows the huge range of food requirements depending on our activity levels. The averages for sedentary females and males are 1800 and 2000 calories per day respectively. You can see how much extra this person requires due to much more exercise.

Conveniently there are websites where you can easily work out your average needs, plus you can enter in the foods you ate to see if you are calorie deficient, or in excess. See www.fitday.com. That’s the one I have used. I also hear that there is one called nutridiary.com.

Tip: Most people eating conventional food are in calorie excess, hence they gain weight. Most people trying to eat healthy high fruit low fat lifestyle are calorie deficient initially as fruit and veg are so water rich, you have to eat a lot to get enough.

Of course, getting enough calories is NOT the only issue.

Indeed, my previous post was about the HSE feeding sausages and chips to hospital patients. And some crazy “dietician” thought they should eat this because they “need lots of calories”.

But apart from anything else, the quality of food affects us, beyond the calorie count.

Lots of fruit and veg will give sufficient calories, plus pure water, digestive fibre, properly balanced vitamins and minerals, and will alkalise and energise our bodies.

On the other hand, sausages and chips will give sufficient calories, but no water content, little digestive fibre, too many of some minerals, none of others, vitamin deficiency, excess toxins, and will alkalise and exhaust our bodies.

Now that I write this, I just can’t believe the HSE has health in their title.

Maybe we should rename it the Hellish Satanic Executive!

Keep up the healthy lifestyle! Send me reports of your successes and mistakes! We all have both!


30 billion per year for the HSE, and the conclusion is… let them eat sausages and chips.

September 7th, 2014

I was shocked when I read that the HSE has ordered 62,000 sausage rolls and 90 tons of fat laden frozen chips to feed to bedridden patients over the next three years.

But then I heard a “clinical dietician” was coming out to comment on this.

Great, I thought, the clinical dietician will appeal for some sanity and tell the HSE to wise up.



Quotes from Herald.ie, with my comments added:

“Healthy food is for healthy people,” Sarah Keogh, a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute told the Herald.

Not sure where she is going with this. Seems to suggest that unhealthy food is for sick people. ? Hard to imagine she means that..

“Patients who are recovering from a surgery or from a bad accident need high-calorie food that we would normally consider bad for us,” she explained.

She really means that! People recovering from surgery need high calorie food that we would normally consider bad for us? They need it? Says who? Where do these people come up with this nonsense? We all know instinctively that when the body is healing, it requires less food. In fact, you can digest (take in food), or you can repair. But not both simultaneously. That’s why your appetite disappears when you are ill or suffer trauma. That’s why no animal eats when sick. Except humans who listen to “clinical dieticians”.

“It doesn’t sound very healthy because often when people are looking at hospital food they are applying healthy eating guidelines.

Well, yes, that would make sense. I was in St. Vincents hospital just before easter. The reception area was full of easter eggs for some bullshit competition. I told the lad at reception: That’s why this place is so full..

“They often forget that people in hospital often need a lot more calories and a lot more protein than the average person who is out and about,” she said.

Firstly, they often don’t. And nature should be the guide. If a patient is hungry, that is nature’s invitation to the table. If hunger is not there, nature has other business to attend to, like healing, and fighting pathogens.

And when hunger returns, the food given must be of the highest quality to allow the building of healthy tissue and a strong immune system.

For crying out loud, what kind of body can a patient build on sausages and chips? A fatty greasy mess, that’s all. Aren’t most of them in hospital because of that crap in the first place..

But patients who are in recovery often see a rise in metabolism at a time when their appetite declines, Ms Keogh said.

Finally, Ms Keogh admits that she is proposing what amounts to force feeding of patients by loading them up with the worst junk food imaginable.

Its amazing that such high paid “qualified” “experts” can come out with such drivel. If the goal is patient health, it can’t be possible to feed sick people with sickening junk food.

But of course this is not about healthy people, this is about keeping the 30billion euro gravy train just trucking along…

There you go now, sausages and chips. Enjoy!

Copyright 2009 Cathal Spelman