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From: Dr Gosia O'Reilly (
Subject:         This is an important issue, let's talk about this.
Date: August 28, 2014 at 8:58 am PST

In Reply to: Gosia and MM posted by Linda on August 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm:

Dear Linda,

"I'm wondering if you have clear info showing how those following raw / high raw can specifically remedy these?"

I believe that it would be useful if we could consider and discuss this in some depth, hopefully with an input from those who have experience in pursuing raw food diet (and also an open mind).

I would like to start by saying that a lot of problems could be avoided by the transparency of information (as opposed to censorship). When someone experiences negative symptoms, but the information is withheld from them (as we observed here, or at the 30bananasaday forum), then this prevents them from making an educated decision. So they continue patterns that are the cause of their problems, and this results in consequences (nutritional deficiencies) in the long term. Would they follow the advice if they knew their "leader" doesn't have the skills to give it? A large group of followers is not a substitute for professionalism. That is pretty clear to me.

In relation to deficiencies, I read a bit on B12 deficiency which I find interesting as this is a key topic for vegans, and I have been diagnosed with it myself (see I was hoping that I would be able to find some definite information, and so I searched through many papers, but the nature of empirical sciences is that a lot is unknown. The knowledge is evolving, and there are no proofs in empirical sciences. So at the end of the day, I make my own individual decision on this.

Some basic guidelines and a little bit of analysis can be very useful nevertheless. Check out this video by Victor for example: Even cronometer, which is an inaccurate estimator, can help in detecting obvious flaws with some meal plans.

Also, I like to take the view that there is a limit to what facts and figures can deliver. There are certain rules of thumb that I think are useful. I find that the quality of food is important in particular. I learned to be a little more picky.


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