Vegans, vegetarians, alkavorians, raw foodism, cancer diets – confused?
I’ve outlined a generic summary below of the various principles and what they do and don’t eat – hope it helps.
There are several variants of this diet, but as a general rule, it allows any raw foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products that have not been heated up above 40-49 degrees celcius (104-120 farenheit). The belief is that heating food above this temperature destroys the natural enzymes and loses their nutritional value.
Raw vegetarians will exclude fish, meat, poultry but may allow dairy products and/or eggs. There are further subgroups such as; fruitarians who eat primarily or exclusively fruits, berries, seeds, and nut; juicearians process their raw plant foods into juice and sproutarians use a diet consisting mainly of sprouted seeds.
As a general rule, vegetarians exclude meat, fish, seafood or animal-body by-products such as gelatine, but usually allows milk, cheese and eggs.
There are variations of the this diet: lactovegetarian diet excludes all animal-body foods and eggs but does allow milk and milk products; ovo-vegetarian diet allows eggs and foods of plant origin but prohibits meat, milk, and other dairy products; lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, the most liberal, excludes all animal-body foods, but includes milk, milk products and eggs.
Veganism is more of a way of life and a philosophy than a diet. A vegan only consumes plant foods (all vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, soya products, nutritional yeast) and no animal products (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, honey).
Vegans do not generally adopt veganism just for health reasons, but also for environmental and ethical/compassionate reasons.
Alkavorians eat predominantly alkaline foods (most fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts) and avoid acid intake (vinegars, soy sauces, mushrooms, meats, aged cheeses, even nutritional yeast). They do allow the occassional fish, meat and dairy products though advise against it. It is also viewed as a cancer curing diet (see The pH Miracle in Books Section)
CANCER CURING DIETS
As mentioned in Can Diet Cure Cancer? there are a wide variety of natural cancer therapies published and they all differ with their food nutrition, supplements, teas and specific regimes (see Book Section for further details). However there are common factors within nutrition. This is to give you a rough idea of what Gerson’s Therapy allows.
DOs: crucial raw juices, most organic fruits and vegetables (exceptions exist when too high in either fats, protein, irritants or difficult to digest), salads, oatmeal, herbal teas, certain oils. Some occasional foods such as brown rice, natural sweetners and certain breads. Rarely lentils and beans.
DONT’s: salt, meat, eggs, fish, all canned, bottled, preserved, frozen or microwaved foods (even vegetables), dairy, wheat and all soya bean products (incl tofu, tamari), nuts and seeds, most oils and fats, coffee, black teas, alcohol.