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In this Health Tip we are going to zero in on what I consider to be the most dangerous and destructive of all foods – animal sourced foods. Animal sourced foods, both flesh and dairy, are the cause or contributing cause of the majority of physical problems.
The Most Dangerous Diet of All
The diet that does the most damage to the human body is one that contains foods coming from an animal. It doesn’t matter what animal that food is coming from, whether it is the flesh or the milk of that animal, or even if it is organic.
For the past three Health Tips we have been sharing the positive and negative aspects of various diets. In this Health Tip we are going to take a serious look at a potentially dangerous aspect of numerous diets – consuming too much of our food in its cooked form.
God’s Original Intent
There is absolutely no way anyone can argue with what I am about to say: “God designed every animal he created, as well as His human creation, to consume all their food in its raw and uncooked form!”
You just can’t argue with that! And if consuming our food in its raw and uncooked form was God’s original intent, would that not be the very best form in which we should consume our food today?
Scriptures are clear - human life began in a garden:
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the GARDEN of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.”
What Was God’s Purpose For Placing Man In A Garden?
God placed man in a garden so he could “dress it and keep it” and thus have a source of nourishment for his body:
“AND GOD SAID, Behold, I have given you every herb (VEGETABLE) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (FOOD, FUEL).”
Now we know that all these garden foods God told Adam to consume in order to nourish his body were in their raw, uncooked form! How do we know that? Because fire had not as yet been discovered and for sure there were no electric or gas ranges or microwave ovens available to cook these garden foods.
And as for the animals – ever since creation and to this present day – every animal in the wild, whether plant eating or carnivorous, has eaten their food in its raw, uncooked form as served up by nature.
For proof, just take a walk into nature or the garden and you will see the rabbit nibbling on the living plants in nature or the garden and the deer eating the living leaves of the apple trees in the orchard.
And as for the carnivorous animals, lions and tigers and other flesh eating animals, what do they eat?
Is it not the uncooked carcass of a plant eating animal like the gazelle, who previously nourished its body with the living plants! Go to the zoo and notice what they feed the carnivorous animals. Is it not chunks of raw flesh? Why do they still to this very day provide carnivorous animals with RAW flesh? Because they know the animal will not live long if the flesh is in cooked form.
God’s original intent was that all His animal and human creations were to consume their food (the fuel for their bodies) in its living, raw, uncooked form! With that as a little introduction, let’s take a look at what is wrong with cooked food:
Cooked Foods Are Damaged Foods
An abundance of research reveals that a high percentage of the nutrients found in food are destroyed during the cooking process – up to as much as 80%. There is some variation in research findings, but most agree that over 50% of B vitamins are destroyed in the cooking process.
Thiamine (B1) losses have been found to be as high as 96%, with biotin (B7) losses up to 72%. Vitamin C losses are somewhere between 70% and 80%, and the loss of nutrients goes on and on as you check out the nutrients lost as a result of cooking various food items. Occasionally a nutrient is more bioavailable as a result of cooking, like the lycopene found in tomatoes, but that is rare.
The Max Planck Institute for Nutritional Research in Germany has found that there is only 50% bioavailability in animal protein that has been cooked. Cooking also alters protein into substances that disrupt cellular function while speeding up the disease process, along with the acceleration of the aging process.
Cooking also coagulates the bioactive mineral/protein complexes and therefore disrupts mineral absorption. Cooking foods disrupts RNA and DNA structure, and destroys most of the nutritive value of fats, while creating carcinogenic and mutagenic structures in the fats, which produce free radicals.
I like what Gabriel Cousins has to say about cooked food in his book “Conscious Eating”:
“There is an old saying, ‘If it is not broken, don’t try and fix it.’ I believe this applies to the way Mother Nature has presented us with her food, in an ‘unbroken’ way. Nevertheless, humans insist on virtually unrestricted use of cooked food.”
In order to achieve the goal of ultimate health, we must ELIMINATE the foods that are creating the physical problems we are experiencing on the one hand (like animal sourced foods), while providing our bodies with the foods containing the nutrients our body needs to rebuild and heal itself on the other hand, primarily raw plant sourced foods.
That is the recipe for achieving the ultimate health God designed for each of us. So what have we learned thus far?
Cooked Animal Sourced Food Diets Are The Most Dangerous
The most dangerous diets are those containing high amounts of cooked animal flesh or dairy. And it doesn’t matter what animal that food is coming from, or whether it is the flesh or the milk of that animal, or commercially or organically grown, all animal source foods are dangerous foods.
Thus, ALL diets promoting large amounts of cooked animal sourced foods, of both flesh and dairy origin, have the potential of doing great harm to the body. Diets in this category would include the Atkins Diet and the Maker’s Diet, along with any other diet that promotes a lot of animal foods.
Plant Based Diets Are Far Superior Even If Cooked
Any 100% plant based diet, even if most of those foods are in cooked form, yet have excluded all animal sourced foods, have great benefit and places them into a much healthier category than the cooked animal sourced food diets.
Eliminating all animal source foods is a huge step in the right direction, and if all we did was eliminate all animal sourced foods — even if what we substituted for the animal source foods (cooked plant based foods) was not optimal — this step would result in dramatically improved health.
Following are a few diets that consist of no animal sourced foods but are high in cooked plant sourced foods that will prove the above statement to be true:
The McDougall Diet
Dr. John McDougall, a medical doctor, published “The McDougall Plan” in 1983, and has since published numerous other books. He is a very successful practicing physician who uses a dietary approach in the treatment of disease. Dr. McDougall is a friend of Hallelujah Acres, has been a guest speaker at our Annual Health Ministers Reunion, and appears in the Hallelujah Acres produced video: “The Miraculous Self Healing Body.
In Dr. McDougall’s book, “The McDougall Plan” he covers such subjects as: ‘Meat, poultry, and fish are avoided on a health supporting diet,’ providing abundant research to explain why; ‘Dairy products and eggs are avoided on a health supporting diet’; ‘A health-supporting diet is plentiful in complex carbohydrates but limits unprotected simple sugars’. He also comes out strongly against alcohol and caffeine, while encouraging exercise.
Multitudes have seen their health improve after adopting the McDougall Plan, however, I am somewhat against this plan because it is comprised of predominantly cooked plant source foods. To its credit it does include a few pieces of raw fruit each day along with a raw salad and often raw carrot or celery sticks, but no vegetable juices.
The Dean Ornish Diet
The Dean Ornish Diet, like The McDougall Diet, promotes a primarily cooked plant-based diet while also totally eliminating all animal source foods. The Dean Ornish Diet has helped multitudes obtain improved health and is even recommended by some insurance companies for the recovery from cardiovascular problems.
Both of these diets, even though they are comprised of predominantly cooked plant sourced foods, produce wonderful healing results. I believe the primary reason for these great healing results is because each have eliminated all animal sourced foods and do provide a limited amount of uncooked, raw plant sourced foods.
The Macrobiotic Diet
From my research and listening to the testimonies of a number of people who have followed the macrobiotic diet, and though it is comprised of a 100% plant based diet, this diet has some real limitations and potential dangers.
The modern macrobiotic Diet began with George Ohsawa in Japan. He had a student named Michio Kushi, who brought the diet to America in the early 1960s. The basic diet, as taught by Kushi, promoted cooked grains, especially cooked rice, with rice being 50% of every meal.
Vegetables, predominantly cooked were to be 20-30% of the diet. Cooked beans and sea vegetables, with seasonings from miso and tamari were to be 5-10%. The diet also promotes the cooking of all fruits.
The macrobiotic diet is a low-protein and extremely high cooked carbohydrate diet. Because it avoids high-protein flesh and dairy, many have experienced improvement in their health in the short term following this diet.
However, because it consists of primarily cooked starch foods, containing extremely limited amounts raw plant foods, it fails to meet long-term nutritional needs and, over time, most followers of this diet begin to manifest physical problems.
I remember well a couple in their 60s who came to one of my seminars many years ago and shared that about 10 years prior to adopting The Hallelujah Diet, they had eliminated all animal foods from their diet and adopted the macrobiotic diet. On the macrobiotic diet they had seen all their physical problems disappear.
They became enthralled with the diet, bought every macrobiotic recipe book available; attended the annual macrobiotic conferences; and proclaimed the diet to all who would listen. But slowly, as time passed, the physical problems they had seen go away when they first adopted the macrobiotic diet, began to return.
They had attributed the return of these physical problems as just being a sign of their growing older. But to their great surprise and delight, after adopting The Hallelujah Diet, even though they were now in their 70’s, they saw all their physical problems once again go away.
I have never forgotten that testimony because it so well illustrates the improved health one usually experiences when they stop consuming animal source foods. But just the elimination of animal source foods and replacing them with predominantly cooked plant foods does not create the stable, long-term, high-energy, radiant health, a properly implemented and predominant living plant foods diet provides.
A vegan diet is 100% plant based. This is the strictest form of a plant-based diet; these individuals consume no meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or dairy. Plant based diets are for the most part, especially when comprised of a high percentage of raw plant foods, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
According to the USDA Agriculture Research Center, a diet high in plant-based foods has been shown to protect against many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and birth defects. It can also contribute significantly to reducing obesity, preventing cataracts, and lowering cholesterol.
Among the proponents of a 100% “vegan” diet there are a number of views. (“Vegan – a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.” dictionary.com)
(1) Some vegans believe that just as long as all our food comes from plant sources, it doesn’t matter whether these foods are raw or cooked; the most important issue being all our food comes from plant sources.
(2) Other vegans teach, practice, or believe that our food should not only come from plant sources exclusively, but that all our foods should be consumed in their natural, raw state, just as Adam and Eve consumed their food in the Bible.
(3) Then there are those who believe that our diet should consist predominantly of raw, plant-sourced foods, but it is alright and even preferable to have some of those plant foods consumed in cooked form.
Who is right? What is best way for us to consume our foods for one’s health?
These are the issues I would like to address in this Health Tip. Let me say right up front that I am not here to try to please anyone (other than my Lord and Saviour Jesus or course)!
Rather, my desire is to help people, especially God’s people, get well, stay well, and experience the ultimate health God designed for each of us.
You Can Please Some Of The People Some Of The Time…
There is an old saying that: “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
This thought reminds me of a story I once heard that took place during the Civil War: Not wanting to choose sides, one fellow put on a blue shirt and gray pants. The only problem with this approach was that by trying not to choose sides, BOTH sides shot at him.
But as I said, I am not here to win a popularity contest but rather I am here to share to the best of my knowledge and experience what works best and what will produce the best results as we seek to maintain a body of wellness (and if you are Christian), a body that is fit for the Master’s use.
What I will be sharing in this article are the results of personally being on a 100% plant-based vegan diet for over 36 years, including 20 years of research, and the input of thousands of others who have adopted a 100% plant-based vegan diet and shared their experiences with me.
I began my journey into this way of eating as a 100% raw, vegan in 1976, at the age of 42, after being told I had colon cancer. My first year on this 100% raw, vegan diet, I consumed all my food raw.
After that first year, I switched to an 85% raw to 15% cooked diet. I will share my reason for the switch later in this article.
Adam & Eve’s Diet
There is absolutely no question in my mind that after God had created Adam, and then Eve some 6,000 years ago, placed them in the Garden of Eden, and gave a diet of 100% raw, plant-sourced foods.
It is interesting to note that not only did God give Adam and Eve a 100% raw diet, but every creature in nature. From the day of their creation to this present day, every creature instinctively consumes all of its food in a natural, raw state.
Following is the diet God gave to Adam in Genesis 1:29:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb [vegetable] bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food].”
Obviously, the diet God gave Adam and then Eve in Genesis 1:29 had designed to be the perfect diet to nourish not only Adam and Eve’s body, but their offspring, and all humans that would be born from that union. All humans possess a similar physical body as did that original couple from who we all descended.
Man lived exclusively on this 100% raw, plant-based diet not only while in the garden, but after man was expelled from the garden. According to biblical history, man lived on this same, plant-based diet exclusively for the next 1,700 years – right up until the flood.
During these 1,700 years of biblical history (from Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the garden until the flood – see Genesis chapters 6-7) man lived to an average age of 912 (age of patriarchs at death) without a single recorded instance of sickness.
I believe that it was only because of the flood covering all plant sourced foods (see Genesis 7:24), that God gave man permission for the very first time, to consume the flesh of the clean animals that were upon the ark (see Genesis 9:3).
Following the flood, and only after man began to consume the flesh of animals (see Genesis 9:3) and began to cook his food that sickness entered the human race.
For the past 4,000+ years, man has been slowly consuming ever greater amounts of animal sourced foods, but never before in history has man consumed the quantities of animal flesh, flesh loaded with health-deteriorating contaminants, as he is consuming currently in this twenty-first century.
The Hallelujah Diet
Today, man’s health is in a deplorable state! And despite the trillions of dollars being poured into so-called “health care” just in America each year alone, the health of the American people continues to decline at an ever alarming rate. So does the health of most people around the world who have adopted a predominantly animal-flesh diet.
Did you know that sick-care costs in the United States are higher than any other place else in the world?
Here at Hallelujah Acres we have found that the primary cause of the majority of physical problems being experienced today — heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, allergies, asthma, and more — are caused by consuming animal source foods (both flesh and dairy).
Hallelujah Acres has also found a solution, a solution to almost all of this sickness and the incredible high cost of treating these physical problems!
The Hallelujah Diet, a diet that excludes all animal-source foods, and returns to the principles of God’s original, Genesis 1:29, 100% plant-sourced foods, will in most instances allow the innate self-healing within the body to restore the health of those who are sick. Furthermore, once the immune system is strengthened, it can prevent future sickness.
Why I Do Not Advocate A 100% Raw, Vegan Diet
Thirty-six years ago I was told I had colon cancer. I did not want to go the medical route for my colon cancer as my mother had done for her colon cancer. She experienced horrible results to the point that, at mom’s death, I felt the treatments had caused her death. So, I went searching for an alternative.
This search Lord led me to an evangelist in Texas by the name of Lester Roloff. He discouraged me from going the medical route, while encouraging me to adopt God’s Genesis 1:29 diet of 100% raw, plant-foods and to drink large amounts of freshly extracted, raw vegetable juices.
Not long after making that diet change, I started to get well. Within days my rectal bleeding had stopped and in less than a year, my baseball-sized tumor in my colon had vanished — all without any assistance from the medical profession.
I experienced these positive results on an a 100% raw, plant-source diet. What I did not share were the NEGATIVE effects I experienced.
One of the negative side-effects of my all-raw diet was too rapid a detoxification. As my body began to rapidly unload stored toxins, I experienced such fatigue I had to go to bed because of weakness. I lost too much weight as well — I went from 155 pounds before the diet change to just 115 pounds! I also experienced headaches, and pimple-like sores covered my left leg.
I slowly regain my health and strength and added some weight, but at the end of that first year on an all-raw diet, I was still too skinny and my energy had not yet entirely returned.
So, after that first year, I changed the ratio from 100% raw foods to 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods, all plant-sourced, of course. I added such items as baked sweet potatoes, baked squash, whole grains and whole grain pastas, steamed vegetables and beans to my diet. As a result, my weight began to increase and my strength returned.
My Experience At Shangri-La Health Resort
Not long after these experiences, the Lord led me to the Shangri-La Health Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida where I became their main lecturer and headed up their organic gardens.
The Shangri-La was a Natural Hygiene fasting resort/retreat where people came with serious physical problems to detoxify through the use of distilled water fasts and a diet of 100% raw, plant foods and juices.
While at the Shangri-La I saw people go through water fasts of anywhere from 3 to 40 days. Most of those who went through these water fasts experienced such rapid detoxification and weight loss that they had to go to bed, just as I had. I even saw a few people die while on an extended water fast.
After a person had broken their water fast, usually with some raw fruit, they were encouraged to continue on a 100% raw, plant-sourced diet, including a high percentage of raw fruits, which contained a high percentage of sugar.
I saw their recovery to be extremely slow, and some appeared unable to regain the strength they had before their fast, at least as long as I was able to observe them.
Dr. Ann Wigmore & Hippocrates Health Institute
A few years later, I learned about Dr. Ann Wigmore and the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I personally travelled to Boston and spent several weeks learning from “Dr. Ann” as we affectionately called her. I learned a lot there! In fact, Dr. Ann’s kitchen was the first kitchen I had ever been in that did not have a stove.
Dr. Ann taught a 100% raw, plant-sourced diet consisting of tray-grown wheat grass, rejuvelac (made from fermented grains), lots of sprouts, some fermented foods, along with lots of raw ,whole fruits and veggies.
Once again I saw people getting well, but once again I saw people going through strong detox and rapid weight loss.
Between the years of 1976 when I adopted the Genesis 1:29, 100% plant-based diet and 1992 (when Rhonda and I began Hallelujah Acres), I was constantly seeking ever more information. I studied most of the modalities in both the traditional and alternative health fields.
I spent several weeks with Dr. Carey Reams in Blue Ridge, Georgia learning his “Biological Theory of Ionization.” As a biochemist he was able to quantify human health in a number of different ways. And with use of lemon juice to detoxify, raw green drinks and numerous supplements, he was helping many restore their health.
During these years I was constantly looking for what dietary program produced the best results in the shortest amount of time and at the least expense – without the negative baggage I had seen many people experience on an 100% raw, plant-based diet.
The Rest Of The Story
In this Health Tip I have laid the foundation for the diet we teach here at Hallelujah Acres – a diet that promotes a 100% plant-based diet, but allows 15% of the diet to be cooked food
Next week the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will answer the question “Why Not All Raw?” and share why, by allowing 15% of our foods to be in cooked form, we are receiving better and faster results, at less cost, and without all those pesky detox symptoms many experience on a 100% raw plant-sourced diet.
Trust you will join us next week for, as the late Paul Harvey used to say: “the rest of the story!”
Hallelujah Acres Has Its Beginning
On February 12th 1992, Hallelujah Acres had its beginning when Rhonda and I opened an 11-foot-wide storefront on Main Street in Rogersville, Tennessee. In that tiny restaurant and health food store, we began serving vegan foods and proclaiming a health message to the Christian community.
The message we proclaimed to the Christian community (and to anyone else who would listen) was: “You Don’t Have to be Sick”, and if you are already sick, “How to Eliminate Sickness” through a simple diet and lifestyle change called “The Hallelujah Diet” — based on God’s original diet for mankind in Genesis 1:29.
Slowly, people began applying this Hallelujah health message and testimonies of healing began surfacing in churches across the land and across the land and even in other countries.
By 1994, some of those who had seen their physical and psychological problems disappear as a result of making this diet and lifestyle change began asking if we would teach them how to share the Hallelujah health message with fellow Christians.
Health Minister Training Begins
In August 1994, in response to these requests, Hallelujah Acres held its first Health Minister Training. That first training was conducted in a building still under construction, on a mountaintop in east Tennessee. The floor was still plywood, windows were not yet installed, and attendees sat on 2-by-10 wooden planks resting on concrete blocks.
That first Health Minister Training established Hallelujah Acres as the first Christian ministry to train others on how to spread its message of health and healing, based on Genesis 1:29.
There were 25 Christians attending that extremely humble first Health Minister training. Since then, the number of people who have completed Health Minister Training has grown to over 10,000, with trained Health Ministers now located in every state in the United States and in at least 48 other countries.
Today, when a person in a church requests prayers for a recent diagnosis of cancer or other serious physical problem, it is not unusual for people to encourage that person to check out www.hacres.com and learn more about an alternative to the traditional, immune-destroying modalities of modern medicine.
Even though we have over 10,000 trained Health Ministers, we feel that our Health Ministry is still in its infancy! We continue to receive requests from across America and around the world to come to their city or country to train them as Health Ministers.
We are currently looking into the possibility of putting Health Minister training online so that those, especially in other countries, can obtain training. Last year we had 30 Nigerians registered to come to Hallelujah Acres in Shelby, North Carolina for Health Minister Training — but only two were able to obtain visas.
Friends, here at Hallelujah Acres we are dreaming BIG dreams, just as we have been dreaming big dreams for the past 20 years. We believe that with God, all things (even BIG dreams) are possible.
Our goal is that someday, in some way, every church in the world will have a trained Hallelujah Acres Health Minister to minister to the sick in their individual churches and communities. This is why we are so thrilled when pastors attend Health Minister training (over 800 pastors have been through training thus far) or have sent someone from their church to be trained.
Currently, in most churches across America and around the world, all the pastor can offer those with serious physical problems is prayer and then encourage them to go to a doctor.
But now imagine if a trained Health Minister was in the church. The pastor would be able to refer the sick to a trained Health Minister who can share with them how to recover from their physical problems through a biblically-based, simple, diet and lifestyle change. They would be able to rebuild their immune system so their body’s self-healing abilities could be restored.
I personally encourage you to consider Health Minister Training! Click here for more information and watch for news concerning online Health Minister Training!
First To Publish Books About Genesis 1:29 Diet
Why Christians Get Sick my first book, written in 1988 (four years before Hallelujah Acres had its beginning) was first published in 1989. It was the first book directed to the Christian community, warning of the dangers of consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD), and encouraging them to adopt God’s Genesis 1:29 diet.
This book was originally self-published, but later picked up by Destiny Image. To this day, “Why Christians Get Sick” results in more positive feedback all of my other books combined. Over a million copies of this book are now in print, and it is now available in several languages.
“God’s Way To Ultimate Health”
My second book, God’s Way To Ultimate Health, was first published in 1995. It is a large book that promotes God’s Genesis 1:29 diet and contains over 300 testimonies from folks who have had their health restored after changing their eating habits to line up with The Hallelujah Diet.
The Hallelujah Diet
My latest book, The Hallelujah Diet, was first published in 2006. Whether you’ve been on the diet for a while, or you’re just starting out, this book will guide, encourage, and inform you on your journey to optimal health.
New book coming! – I am currently working on a new book due out later in 2012… watch for details!
First Recipe Books Promoting Genesis 1:29 Diet
When Rhonda adopted a modified Genesis 1:29 diet (what would become The Hallelujah Diet) in 1990 due to her debilitating arthritis, she was completely healed within a year. At the time, there were no recipe books available that matched this diet. So, she set out to write one.
Rhonda, like me, had never written a book before, no less a recipe book. It took her two years to write Recipes For Life…From God’s Garden and it turned out to be a tremendous success! The book has 358 pages containing over 400 recipes that fit The Hallelujah Diet.
Over 250,000 copies of this spiral bound book are now in print. In fact, in 2011 it was the best selling book of all the books Hallelujah Acres sells!
Rhonda is currently working on her forth recipe book due from the publisher later this year. Be watching for its release!
First Online Christian Health Ministry
While there have been, for many years, Christian ministries with websites that promote the spiritual aspects of life, until Hallelujah Acres came along in 1997, there was not another Christian ministry promoting healthy living. To this day, Hallelujah Acres remains the worldwide leader in this category.
First Christian Ministry To Publish Online Health Tips
In 1997, along with the introduction of our Hallelujah Acres website, we began publishing a weekly, email-based Health Tip, geared to the Christian community, encouraging them to God’s original Genesis 1:29 Diet.
The number of subscribers to this Health Tip has grown from just a few in the early days to nearly 100,000 subscribers today. Every week there is a feature article, usually an answered question, a recipe from Rhonda, testimonies, and an update on what is happening at Hallelujah Acres.
Over 700 previous Health Tips are available by clicking the “wall clock” image on the right hand side of the Health Tip home page.
Next week… the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will continue sharing other “firsts” Hallelujah Acres has been responsible for. Amazingly, the list is quite long and has had a tremendous influence on the health information being shared today by others around the world. Trust you will join us.
I received quite a bit of mail from people responding to my article titled Former US President on Plant-Based Diet. Here are some of those responses:
“Former president Bill Clinton, since eliminating all meat and dairy from his diet and adopting a vegan diet, has lost 20 pounds, his blood work looks good, and he has lots of energy. He says that the reason he changed his diet was so that he could live longer and enjoy his grandchildren. Without making the diet change he was looking at living only a short time. For a similar reason I changed my diet seven years ago from a meat and dairy based diet to the Hallelujah Acres vegan diet and my heart disease and asthma problems I had suffered with for 50 years went away.”
“I also saw former president Bill Clinton on the CNN television show titled ‘The Last Heart Attack.’ I think it is awesome seeing more famous people making the switch to what Hallelujah Acres has been trying to get people to switch to for 20 years. May their numbers increase!”
“Yes, Rev. George, I saw the video of Bill Clinton about two days ago and all I’ve got to say is: ‘Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, HIS truth is marching on.’”
“Hi Dr. Malkmus, I am a supporter of The Hallelujah Diet, and thus far have removed meat from my diet. However, I am doubtful … because I thought I read some years ago that you had suffered a stroke during one of your public speaking engagements. If you did suffer a stroke, then others may be doubtful … Please reply. Thank you!”
Rev. Malkmus Responds
“Yes Jewell, I did experience a hemorrhagic stroke on July 12, 2001 due to stress after an exhausting speaking tour in South Africa. I delivered seven seminars in six different cities to an average crowd of 600 people during one week. I was also on a plane for total of 53 hours in just 10 days.
Some people do not understand that there are two types of stroke: The first type of stroke is caused by ischemia (lack of oxygen to the brain), while the second type is caused by hemorrhage.
Both types of strokes can cause similar symptoms. According to the American Stroke Association, 85 percent of strokes are ischemic, resulting from blockage of one of the arteries in the brain because of fatty deposits (atherosclerosis), a clot forming in an artery or an embolism (a moving clot) from another part of the body.
The other 15 percent of strokes, according to the American Stroke Association, are hemorrhagic. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by ruptured intracranial aneurysms (bulging arteries that bleed) between the skull and the brain, putting pressure on the brain.
The type of stroke referred to in my article about Bill Clinton was the ischemia type stroke, which comprises 85% of all strokes. This type of stroke, caused by the fat build up in the arteries from animal source foods is the type of stroke that by eliminating animal source foods from the diet, would eliminate almost all fear of ever experiencing this type of stroke by nearly 100%.
Trust this helps you to better understand my statement regarding Bill Clinton and strokes.”
On Sunday evening, August 28, 2011, CNN ran a television special titled “The Last Heart Attack”, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, during which he interviewed former President Bill Clinton.
In that interview, Clinton, who during his presidency was noted for a junk food diet of hamburgers, barbeque, and doughnuts, revealed that he had adopted a vegan diet.
If you watch that video, you will realize that the diet Bill Clinton adopted is very similar to The Hallelujah Diet.
He made this diet change after learning that animal fat clogs arteries and shuts off blood flow to the heart and brain.
Indeed, one of the outstanding benefits of The Hallelujah Diet is that it prevents people from having clogged arteries, high blood pressure, stents, by-passes, heart attacks, and strokes. We have been sharing this good news for almost 20 years.
In a previous interview on CNN, dated September 22, 2010, Clinton had the following to say as to the reason he adopted a vegan diet:
“I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that even though it happens quite often that after bypass surgery you lose the veins because they’re thinner and weaker than arteries, the truth is that it clogged up, which means that the cholesterol was still causing buildup in my vein that was part of my bypass.
I didn’t want it to happen again. So I did all this research and it says that 82% of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-based, no dairy, no meat of any kind — I eat very little fish — 82% of the people who have done that have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up; the calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.
This movement has been led by Doctor Caldwell B. Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, Dean Ornish out in California, the doctors Campbell, father and son who wrote The China Study, and a handful of others. But we now have 25 years of evidence. So I thought… I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can become one of those who can have a self-clearing mechanism.”
Today, after adopting a 100% plant-base diet, Clinton says he is slimmer than he has been in decades (has dropped more than 20 pounds), has more energy, and is healthier than ever. Read the story of how it happened.
He refers to his diet change as, “turning a ship around before it hits the iceberg.”
But where is YOUR ship headed?
In order to avoid the “iceberg” in your own life, you need to do as Clinton did: stop consuming all animal source foods if you wish to escape a long list of physical problems – including but not limited to clogged arteries, high blood pressure, stents, by-passes, heart attacks, and strokes.
How To Turn The Ship Around Before It Hits An Iceberg
It’s not just people Clinton’s age that need to turn the ship around.
Compelling evidence shows that the atherosclerotic process (buildup of fatty plaque in arteries) begins in childhood and progresses slowly into adulthood. Then it often leads to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
During the Vietnam War, autopsies on soldiers who died on the battlefield revealed many had a 50% blockage while 6 out of 94 soldiers had so much plaque buildup that 75% to 90% of an artery was blocked.
Arteries carry blood to and from the heart and into capillaries. Exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and waste material takes place across capillary walls.
The interior of arteries should be smooth and unobstructed, but as one ages, if they consume a diet high in animal fat, a sticky substance commonly called plaque can develop and build up on the interior arterial walls. This plaque is comprised of fatty acids, calcium, and fibrous connective tissue.
Where Does All Of This Fat and Plaque Come From?
Friend, that buildup of fat and plaque in the arteries doesn’t just appear out of nowhere — it comes from what a person eats and drinks! People may blame genes, but the culprit is clearly diet.
As the Bible implies in Proverbs 26:2, “The curse causeless shall not come.”
In other words, the curse of the narrowing of those arteries by that fat and plaque buildup had a CAUSE – wrong diet.
Sadly, in today’s society, we do not seek the CAUSE of high blood pressure or that fat and plaque buildup, but rather deal exclusively with the symptom.
But here is the GOOD news!
In most instances, you can eliminate the need for high blood pressure medicine, stents, and bypass surgery by simply taking personal control and changing what you eat and drink.
Stop putting the animal fat into your body and the body will immediately set about removing that fat and plaque buildup on its own and without a doctor’s help.
The Bible explains how you got into this situation and how you can get out in Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The law of sowing and reaping can be a curse or a blessing. This gives you the ability to CHOOSE the end result.
Do Drugs, Stents, and Bypasses Fix The Problem?
Does the drug correct the cause of the high blood pressure? Does it prevent the continued build-up of fat on the arterial wall?
Nor do bypass surgery or stents correct the problem more than temporarily. If those who have these types of surgeries continue to consume animal products, they will usually have additional need for stents or bypasses as the buildup continues — which can ultimately lead to a fatal heart attack or stroke.
Over time, this fat combines with inorganic minerals found in synthetic supplements and tap water, hardening the fat that lines the arterial walls. The result is arterial plaque.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University, author of The China Study had the following to say on pages 130-132 of his book:
“The future is filled with hope. We now know enough to nearly eliminate heart disease. We know not only how to prevent the disease, but how to successfully treat it. We do not need to crack open our breast plates to reroute our arteries, and we do not need a lifetime of powerful drugs in our blood. By eating the right food, we can keep our hearts healthy. . . .
“Whether scientists, doctors and policy makers think the public will change or not, the layperson must be aware that a whole foods, plant-based diet is far and away the healthiest diet. In the seminal paper regarding the landmark Lifestyle Heart Trial, the authors, Dr. Ornish and his scientific colleagues, write: ‘The point of our study was to determine what is true, not what is practicable.’
“We now know what is true: a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent and treat heart disease, saving hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. . . . Now is the time of great hope and challenge, a time when people can control their health. . . .”
Hallelujah Diet To The Rescue
The Hallelujah Acres Diet contains zero animal fat. In place of the meat and dairy — which contains that animal fat that cause heart attacks and strokes — we replace the animal sourced foods with a 100% plant-based diet, the very diet Dr. Campbell speaks of!
As I conclude this article, let me share where the diet we proclaim here at Hallelujah Acres came from. It came from God! This diet is found in your Bible in Genesis 1:29. God gave this diet to Adam immediately after creating him.
And what’s good for Adam is good for us today. A 100% plant-based diet is what God designed our physical bodies to be nourished with and thrive on.
This diet is comprised of 100% plant foods and contains zero animal fat. The diet former President Bill Clinton adopted to prevent further damage to his cardiovascular system is very similar to the diet we have been promoting here at Hallelujah Acres for nearly 20 years.
Have you adopted The Hallelujah Diet yet?
It could not only prevent the need for a stent or bypass surgery, but also prevent a heart attack or stroke that could end your life.
Make the diet change today — do your best to keep your body fit for the Master’s use!