Have you noticed that more people are aging prematurely and getting conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and memory loss? Do these diseases come naturally with aging? What can we do to prevent or recover from these “diseases” at any age?
Healing the Underlying Causes of Our Health Probems. Three years ago I ran across the work of Dr. Robert Morse, N.D., a biochemist, master herbalist, and Director of the International School of Regenerative Detoxification. During his 45 years of practice he has helped over 150,000 patients recover from serious illnesses. 90% of his patients with cancer recover with his program. Dr. Morse points out that while most doctors treat symptoms (with pharmaceuticals, radiation and surgery), it’s possible to heal the whole system of a person with diet and herbs, thereby healing the underlying causes of our problems.
I am so impressed by the importance of fruit in the healing of these underlying causes that I’ve written this article and guide to share with you in detail why eating fruit is crucial in healing and in maintaining your health. But first my story…
I grew up in New York eating meat, potatoes, cooked vegetables, baked goods, and very little fruit. This is called “SAD”, the Standard American Diet. Here in California I’ve eaten mainly organic food and have greatly improved my diet over time. However, since studying with Dr. Morse and learning more about how the body functions, I further changed my view of nutrition and detoxification, and aging. Now I feel that it’s possible for anyone to substantially improve their health and avoid the conditions that lead to “disease”. To do this, it’s helpful to learn more about our bodies, diet, and detoxification.
We are an Alkaline Species. I’ve learned that we are an alkaline species and need to eat fresh alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) to be healthy. However, most of us have been eating a very acidic, high protein, high starch diet. This diet has resulted in major health problems: destructive inflammation, mucus and congestion in our bodies, and therefore we are getting many inflammatory diseases, like arthritis and cancer. On the other hand, when the body is alkaline we don’t have the conditions for disease to thrive.
How do we Heal? In order to heal from this toxic, inflamed condition, we need to consume alkaline-forming foods, mainly fruits and vegetables. Fruits, berries and melons not only provide us with nutrition, but they also are our medicine. They heal inflamed tissues, ulcerations, and greatly enhance cell function. Our bodies try to buffer this inflammation with cholesterol, calcium (taken from our bones) and edema (fluid in the body). But these buffers block nutrients from getting into our cells, and also causes dehydration.
Many doctors these days are telling their patients to eat little or no fruit because fruit feeds cancer, candida, and bacteria in the body. Is this true? Do we need to limit our intake of fruit? To answer this question, let’s look at two different types of sugars.
How Fruit Sugar is Different from other Sugars and Starches Table sugar, the refined, highly addictive stuff that is added to so many of our foods, is dangerous and associated with declining health. Furthermore, starchy foods like bread, rice and pastas (complex sugars) are difficult to digest and be available to the body.
Not so with the simple sugar called fructose, which is in fruit. Fruit sugar is easy to digest and is essential in the detoxification and regeneration of cells.
Just as the engine in your car needs fuel to run, so does your physical body. To function, our bodies need amino acids, fatty acids, and sugars. However, it is sugar mixed with oxygen that provides the energy that your body needs to run the machine. To understand sugars better, let’s compare two types of sugar, monosaccharides and polysaccharides:
Monosaccharides are simple sugars, e.g. glucose (vegetable sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), or galactose (milk sugar). A simple sugar cannot be broken down any further.
(Please note: The sugar in fruit is fructose. It has no relation to “high fructose corn syrup”, the source of unwanted added sugar in so many foods from ketchup to peanut butter.)
Poly or Disaccharides are complex sugars (also called “complex carbohydrates”, or “starches”), which consist of several glucose/fructose bonds. Bread, grains, rice, pasta and potatoes, for example, are common starches. They are much harder for the body to break down than simple sugars (fruits and vegetables).
Everything we eat that is complex must be broken down and transformed into simple components in order to be digested by the body. This process takes hours for the body to accomplish. The body must break down the starches (complex sugars) into simple sugars before it can use them properly. So when you consume starchy foods your body has to deal with the overload of simple sugars, by storing them as fat and excreting what it can. This causes excess acids in the body. In addition, there is a high demand on the pancreas to produce insulin and a high demand on the liver and kidneys to convert or eliminate the excess. If this excess acid isn’t eliminated it can lead to inflammation and serious health problems.
3 Dangerous Myths about Fruit
Fruit Sugar Feeds Cancer
This is a myth that has
been popular for a long time. The myth says that by eating fruit sugar you are fueling cancerous cells with energy. But decades of science has proven this wrong. When we starve the body of simple sugars (fruit sugar) we starve our cells of vital energy. This starvation can damage cells. Once cells are damaged, they can become abnormal and eventually cancer cells.
Because of this myth, in our effort to get enough energy, we may avoid fruits and overeat foods rich in proteins, fats and/or complex sugars . But contrary to the myth, fruits are actually packed full of antioxidants which help protect our cells and keep us healthy. Even the American Cancer Society recommends a high fruit and vegetable diet!!
Fruit Feeds Candida
Candida (a fungal yeast overgrowth) creates a craving for refined sugars and starches. Based on this, people are often and incorrectly told to not eat fruits because of the sugars. But in fact, fruit sugars are simple sugars and are essential to the body as its main source of energy.
Fruits are essential to help the body eliminate Candida! Fruits are high in antioxidant and astringent properties which clean out congestion from the tissues. This is the congestion upon which Candida feeds! Complex sugars (like table sugar) on the other hand, are super fuels for Candida.
In addition to eating fruit, using an herbal parasite and lymphatic cleansing program will help kill the Candida, and will also help with bacterial overgrowth.
Fruit Feeds Diabetes
Fruits, being a simple sugar, are superior for healing blood sugar conditions (diabetes), pancreatitis, hepatitis and all other gastric and intestinal conditions. It’s important to know that fructose (the simple sugar in fruit) does not require insulin or extensive digestive enzymes to carry it through a cell wall. It passes through the cell membrane and absorbs directly into the cell (a process called “diffusion”). (In contrast, starches and refined sugars require insulin to be digested.)
(Note: If you eat fruit and your blood sugar goes way up, the problem isn’t with the fruit, but weak adrenal glands. Underutilized sugars from weak adrenals raises blood sugar levels. In that case eating smaller amounts of fruits at a time is suggested. And taking an herbal formula to strengthen the adrenals is suggested(1)
A Harvard Medical study, “Don’t fear the fruit” provides a chart that shows how a
hundred different foods affect our blood sugar level. The study shows that a bagel increases blood sugar 5 times more that an apple! (2)
Fruit for Neurological (Brain and Nerve) Conditions. Fruits are superior brain and nerve foods. For Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimers’, migraines, concussions and other neurological conditions, the high magnetic (electrical) energy of fruit is vital. Fruit brings energy to the body where most other foods take it away!! By eating more fruit we are strengthening and protecting our brain and nervous system.
Now look at these further benefits of eating fruit!
Fruits are higher in antioxidants and astringents (which pull toxins out of the body) than other foods. Fruits help the lymphatic system (the body’s sewer system) protect our cells by removing wastes (toxins and mucus) from the body.
Fruit has a high water content, which carries enzymes and life preserving elements into the body’s cells. Compare moist juicy fruit to many of our foods that are dry, dense, sticky or hard or greasy. Fruit is a live food , and if you want to be vibrantly alive you need to eat food that’s alive.
Fruit requires very little energy to digest.
The high magnetic energy of fruit (higher than other foods) is easily transferred to the cells of our bodies, furthering detoxification, regeneration and heightened consciousness.
Fruits burn slowly, but powerfully, while energizing and promoting the vitality of cells faster than other foods.
To sum up: To accelerate our healing and regeneration process, and prevent “disease” we need to eat a higher percentage of raw, fresh fruits and decrease our consumption of starches.
Never fear the use of fruits. These beautiful gifts of nature have more benefits than we may have imagined!!
For further information see
Resources below, and
my new article,
"Tips for Choosing and Preparing Fruit"
1. A short video by Dr. Robert Morse, ND, on the Adrenal Glands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8sCsBEbtKI
2. An analysis of the Harvard Medical Study https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBKjzz8hhnU
Morse, Robert,N.D., The Detox Miracle Sourcebook, Kalindi Press, 2004
Cell and Tissue Regeneration with Fruit
This video, by Mark James Gordon, is an excellent summary of the benefits and importance of fruit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvGtDnv0DXk
About being afraid to eat fruit https://www.gaplesinstitute.org/dont-fear-the-fruit/
17 Surprising Benefits of Grapes https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-grapes.html