Raw Interview with Jordan Rubin,
Author of “Raw Truth”
by Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine &
Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH
Rubin, author of “The
Raw Truth” book has set a new trend back to nature by reminding us
of the health values of raw food nutrition. This raw revolution in
nutrition, in which so many people are improving and fostering their
health via the vitality of raw foods and probiotics, is largely due to
one man and his company,
Jordan Rubin and
Garden of Life. The story of Garden of Life’s founder Jordan Rubin
and his impressive recovery from an incurable illness is one of the most
dramatic natural-healing stories ever told. In 1994 at the age of 19,
Jordan, a Florida State University athletic and academic scholarship
student developed Crohn’s disease, a severe intestinal condition that
led to a wasting ailment that was resistant to all medical drugs.
Jordan’s weight dropped from 180 pounds to 104 pounds during the course
of his two-year battle. Doctors predicted that he would die if their
medicines failed to provide a “cure.”
Near death and having been told he would require experimental surgery
that would involve removal of his entire colon,
Jordan Rubin embarked on the “hamster wheel” of alternative
medicine. After trying more than 500 different nutritional products and
visiting more than 70 health practitioners throughout the world without
satisfactory results, Jordan was able to heal himself through the use of
a diet handed down to us by our ancestors and gathered from the Bible.
In his books,
The Maker’s Diet,
Restoring Your Digestive Health and
Perfect Weight America,
Jordan Rubin teaches readers how to take control of their own health
and unlock the body’s phenomenal healing potential. While researching
and writing his books, Jordan uncovered hugely important foundational
principles. The most important of these is that the key to attaining and
maintaining vibrant health lies in our gastrointestinal tract and why
soil organisms or what he came to call
Primal Defense and Primal Defense Ultra), that are missing from our
modern diet may be the key to healing a wide range of health conditions.
He has championed traditional health and healing including reintroducing
us to fermented foods rich in these HSO’s. Jordan showed us how in his
own healing story fermented foods rich with a wide range of HSO’s were
integral to his comeback. In fact, he says over and over, without them,
he never would have healed. See Jordan’s top ten cleansing and healing
foods at the bottom of this page.
Garden of Life made his health discoveries available to the public
by implementing an artisanal process of culturing herbs and whole food
nutrients with beneficial bacteria to create highly valuable living
blends of raw foods. Garden of Life never irradiates or heats any of its
herbs, which is why the company is one of the most popular among people
who value a diet rich in raw foods.
THE POWER OF RAW
Noted vegan raw-foods style author and speaker
Paul Nison, author of the classic The Raw Life: Becoming Natural in
an Unnatural World, comments, “I knew it was only a matter of time
before somebody with the experience in the supplement industry like
Jordan Rubin would come along and figure out how to make a top-quality
line of multivitamins made from raw nutrients.”
As consumers began using some of the formulas Jordan first developed
Garden of Life, such as
Perfect Food, they were feeling better and their health improved.
Reports began pouring in. People who needed help for a wide range of
health challenges picked up Primal Defense, in particular, to put their
guts through a sort of gastrointestinal “boot camp.” The influx of
valuable health-promoting beneficial bacteria, typically lost through
consumption of processed and prepared foods and the use of chlorinated
drinking water, proved to be foundational indeed. With proper health
support, people found they could actually make strides to better health.
Quite apart from nutritional common sense, science also tells us
Jordan Rubin’s message is solid. Clinical trials show when people
follow Jordan’s healing guidelines; they do so much for their health.
“I personally can attest to the solid results health-conscious
consumers can expect. We all know that bowel conditions, chronic
fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis are complex, debilitating
and expensive diseases to treat. We have not found a panacea but are
so close to it that I feel compelled to make this exciting information
known to you now. No one needs to suffer from irritable bowel
syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic fatigue syndrome anymore—if
they merely follow the simple principles and guidelines detailed in
Restoring Your Digestive Health! I will also tell you this: anyone
who takes to heart what Jordan tells us can expect to improve
virtually any health problem,” notes physician Garry Gordon, M.D.
Jordan Rubin also knew about the power of young grasses to capture
the power of the sun. This greens-rich probiotic powdered formula offers
satiating nutrition and is a powerful source of chlorella and other
growth factors. And with
he developed a medicinal mushroom-based formula for immune health that
uses the probiotic-culturing process to make the mushrooms more
bioavailable to the human body.
Garden of Life formulas essentially help a nutritionally devastated
person’s bodily flora tract to recover a healthy balance of beneficial
bacteria. More than a decade after their introduction,
Perfect Food, continue their popularity and experiencing enormous
sales, most likely because of their foundational benefits of
reintroducing the vitality of fermented foods.
VITAMIN CODE RAW FORMULAS
Jordan Rubin and
Garden of Life have continued to innovate, developing new, equally
groundbreaking products, such as the
Vitamin Code Raw targeted nutrient vitamin formulas. They have
addressed the foundational health needs of millions of consumers by
raw B complex vitamins,
raw vitamin D,
raw vitamin C,
raw Calcium and other specially targeted nutrients for men and women
at specific ages. By using the actions of beneficial bacteria whose
digestion of plants and nutrients melds them back together into their
natural form, fermentation is the key to these extraordinary formulas.
For example, through the process, vitamin C is no longer ascorbic acid,
but rather delivered with potency-enhancing bioflavonoids. Folic acid,
part of the
B vitamin complex, appears in all its manifold variations.
Antioxidants, which are compounds and substances that inhibit
oxidation and may deactivate free radicals, work best within the fabric
of the whole food.
Many studies show how whole food vitamins, minerals and
phytochemicals from vitamin C to selenium and coenzyme Q10 work best
when presented with all cofactors. However, most run-of-the-mill
nutrition formulas don’t bother to use nature’s alchemy to recreate the
natural whole food fabric. Very few do it—or even know to do it.
Vitamin Code Raw targeted nutrients represent a huge breakthrough in
how we think about dietary supplements as they are founded on the notion
that our vitamins should be artisan-crafted with cultured benefits from
beneficial bacteria. See the
Vitamin Code book for more information.
Raw foods are valued because they are rich in enzymes and many other
phytochemicals that processing and heating destroy. Yet, when enzymes in
the body are depleted, health suffers. The body can produce only so many
enzymes endogenously (internally), and the rest needs to come from the
Enzymes are only produced when food is in its raw natural state or
fermented with beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods such as yogurt, miso
and, yes, even coffee, deliver an incredibly diverse supply of
antioxidants, especially powerful enzyme antioxidants such as superoxide
dismutase and glutathione, due to the interaction of beneficial bacteria
with phytochemicals. In fact, this interaction starts in the soil when a
seed is planted. This is the wisdom inherent in consuming raw foods—and
Vitamin Code Raw formulas.
Many people with chronic illnesses or allergies say their health
problems disappear after a month or two of eating raw foods. Others say
they experience improved vision and other notable drops in cholesterol
and blood sugar. Raw is good.
Each vitamin and mineral contained in
Vitamin Code Raw targeted nutrient formulas is individually
cultivated with beneficial bacteria within a whole food complex of key
fruits and vegetables (not heat treated), all certified organically
grown for highest potency and purity, resulting in a process that mimics
plant activity. With a certified-organic raw whole food base consisting
of the healthiest foods such as bananas, parsley, strawberries,
cucumbers, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, bell peppers and more, combined
with beneficial bacteria, perhaps the most potent vitamins and minerals
in the world are created, replete with plenty of code factors produced
by the action of beneficial bacteria on the vitamins and minerals and
whole raw plant base. This intelligent process relatively perfectly
Vitamin Code Raw targeted nutrients, consumers can address their
individual health needs, such as enhanced antioxidant and immune, heart
and circulatory health with enhanced B complex support, non-heme iron,
full-spectrum vitamin E, vitamin A and more.
The Raw Truth—Top 10 Cleansing Foods
Here are Jordan’s top 10 cleansing foods from his new
Raw Truth book:
- Avocados are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin E and healthy
monounsaturated fats, and they are a must-eat in any eating plan.
- Raw coconut cream is loaded with medium-chain fatty acids that
help promote a positive intestinal environment and compounds that help
remove toxins from the body.
- Flaxseeds and chia seeds are wonderful sources of fiber, essential
fatty acids and powerful phytochemicals, which lubricate the bowel and
promote healthy cellular structure.
- Raw cultured veggies such as sauerkraut have billions of live
probiotics and active sulfur compounds, which provide detoxification
to the liver and GI tract.
- Fresh vegetable juice made from carrots, celery, parsley,
cilantro, cucumber, beets and dozens of other veggies is a key
component of any raw cleansing regimen, providing vitamins, minerals,
enzymes and antioxidants the body needs to gently remove toxins.
- Blueberries are low in sugar and high in fiber. Their powerful
antioxidants make blueberries a true “superfood.”
- Cucumbers are high in fiber and minerals and have excellent
- Tomatoes are a gentle form of fiber and are high in vitamin C and
the antioxidant lycopene.
- Raw milk kefir and yogurt have billions of friendly microbes and
support healthy digestion.
- Coconut kefir is loaded with probiotics, enzymes, organic acids
and electrolytes such as potassium, which promote cellular cleansing
and healthy elimination.
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