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Raw Food is Living Food

If you take two almond seeds, one raw and one roasted, and ask a scientist to inspect them under the microscope and tell you the difference between the two seeds, the scientist will report back that they're absolutely the same. They both have the same amount of calcium, potassium, iron, copper and magnesium. Then you put them into the soil. The one that's roasted will rot within a few days. The one that's raw will stay the same until it gets enough water, sometimes several years, and then it will give birth to a beautiful almond tree that will live for 150 years producing almonds every fall. Do you see the difference? If you don't, then from now on always roast your seeds before planting them in your garden. Can raw food taste as good as cooked food? Absolutely, even better. I, for example, stopped telling people my food was raw about 6 years ago.

September 93

Ten years ago my family was desperately ill. I was dying from arrhythmia. My husband had such bad arthritis that all of his joints were swollen and he was in constant pain. He had had 18 surgeries, and his hyperthyroidism was so bad that his pulse was 170 at rest. My daughter Valya was born with asthma and had an asthmatic attack almost every night since birth. My son Sergei was obese and was diagnosed with Type I Juvenile Diabetes.

A Life-Changing meeting

Everybody had told me that Type I diabetes was incurable. One day, the universe placed a woman in front of me in a lineup at the bank. She was the only raw foodist in the whole state of Colorado in l993. She was in her 60s and looked radiantly healthy. I asked her if she knew anything about curing diabetes naturally. Her face shone and she told me that she had cured her own colon cancer 15 years ago and the method is the same for many other diseases. She told me all about raw food. You can only have four things and they have to be raw: fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Birds, animals, snakes and insects all eat raw food, and besides, we were not born with a cooking stove attached to our bellies.

I told my husband that this diet might save our son and suggested that we all go on a raw food diet as a family for a couple of weeks. He became very angry and he said that he couldn't live on rabbit food and needed his Russian borscht with pork, and besides, he said, why didn't doctors figure this out long ago if it works? Wouldn't people know about it? Then, in January, l994, my husband became so ill he couldn't talk. His thyroid was swollen six times normal size and the doctors told him he needed surgery or he would die within two months. At this point, Igor decided to go on a raw food diet.

Starting Over

I went into the kitchen and threw away the coffee maker, pasta maker, ice cream maker, the toaster and the expensive microwave. In Russia they don't allow microwaves because they are so harmful. This was the chance of a lifetime. I took a garbage bag and threw out everything, pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, beans, rice, whipped cream, whatever I had on my shelf. My kitchen was suddenly spotless. Then I covered my stove with a big cutting board and went shopping.

At the time, we didn't eat veggies, so I stuffed our fridge with a lot of fruit and when my family came home that day, they asked what's for supper? I said, it's in the fridge. The children refused to eat the fruit, and that night we went to bed hungry. In the morning we were all in the kitchen eating apples, bananas and oranges, and we were excited. Coincidentally, Valya had not had an asthma attack that night, Sergei's blood sugar was lower than usual, and Igor felt better despite the fact that he had only slept a couple of hours. So, Igor said, let's go ahead. We've thrown everything out anyway.

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Immediate Amazing Results

In two weeks my son's insulin level was normal, and my daughter hadn't had asthma even once in two weeks. Igor's pulse went from 170 to 140 and I had lost 15 pounds. I was very obese at 280 pounds and I could never lose even an ounce on all the nasty tasting weight-loss drinks I had tried. Igor again said, "Let's keep going."

Two Months Later

Sergei's blood sugar was stable and normal. Valya was free of asthma, and I had lost 50 pounds. We had more energy than we had ever had in our lives. I started to run. We didn't know what to do with all our energy, so we bought a big trampoline for our family and jumped on it for one or two hours every day just to get rid of this extra energy.

We still had lots of energy. From then on, every Sunday, we raced five kilometers to prove how healthy we were. We decided to test ourselves further and ran a ten kilometer race. The next morning I called my doctor and she told me to come and see her as soon as possible because I could die. She told me that I could not run and eat raw foods because it was very dangerous. She scared me so much that I decided never to call her again. In May, 1994 I cancelled our family medical insurance because I knew that our health was in our own hands.


Victoria Boutenko teaches classes on raw food at South Oregon University and, as a result of her teachings, many raw food communities have been formed throughout the world. Victoria and her family have lived on a 100% raw food diet for nine years and all four have cured their incurable diseases. The transformation of Victoria's family to raw food is described in her book, Raw Family. Victoria is also the author of 12 Steps to Raw Foods. Her two children have written a book containing delicious raw food recipes called Eating without Heating.

Victoria's books Raw Family, 12 Steps to Raw Foods and Eating without Heating, a book of favourite raw food recipes, are available from Consumer Health Organization at 416-490-0986. See www.rawfamily.com You may contact Victoria at [email protected]

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