Why The Angst?

by Leisa on January 11, 2011

It’s quite interesting that recently I’ve received some pretty strong anti-David-Wolfe messages via email and it always surprises me, the amount of vitriol that his message produces in the raw food and vegan communities.

I’ve written on this topic before - Raw Vegan Obsessions – because it is a subject that I am very passionate about. If someone needs to resort to abuse, violence, bullying and humiliating others to get their message across, then where is the “health” in that?  We all have beliefs and opinions based on our own knowledge, experience and level of understanding, but to aggressively oppose others who do not share your opinion, shows a level of emotional immaturity and intolerance that doesn’t fit in with my concept of what health means.

I believe that health encompasses more than just a healthy, fit physical body. To me it is emotional and spiritual health as well, a personal growth and evolution that moves us into a place of joy, kindness, compassion and tolerance. I truly believe that a living and whole foods diet assist in moving us towards that place.  That’s not to say that you can’t have an opinion, be vehemently opposed to certain things and take a stand for what you believe in, but there is a more evolved way of doing this – which shows respect and holds a person in their worth, even as you disagree with them.

To my mind, there are many worse things in the world that could be the focus of this vitriol – such as doctors using chemotherapy as the first line of treatment for cancer which kills people every day, there are inhumane slaughter houses and many, many misuses of animals in this world, chemical companies developing more and more toxic substances, environmental rapists, and war, just to name a few of the issues that seem a lot bigger than one speaker on health who is promoting a mainly raw plant based diet and superfoods.

What do you think?



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Greg Fitzgerald February 6, 2011 at 6:04 am

David Wolfe is far more entrepreneur than health expert. He is very clever at manipulating audiences with biochemistry jargon & then cleverly selling his supposed health products. There is no such thing as a super food! Chocolate, tea & coffee are all stimulants with more downside than up BUT people love to hear good news about their bad habits. What super foods do the 4 longest-lived cultures on earth eat? Not his super foods. It is a marketing strategy that is very clever. The truth is foods do not have the power to heal! Healing is a biological process. All foods do is provide nutrients. What the body does with those nutrients is the body’s prerogatve, which is determined by many factors. Give a “super” food to a dying person & see how super it is?
I do agree though, there’s no place for personal abuse & vitriol.

Leisa March 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

Hi Greg,
I appreciate you writing your opinion, but I would have to agree to disagree. Have you seen David talk live? Yes, there is a business element to what he does – but he is bringing a lot of very good quality information to people who may not have ever been turned onto living foods if not for someone like David putting himself out there in a big way. Yes, your point is valid, it’s not the foods themselves that do the healing, the body does the healing, but taking foods that have very potent nutritional profiles assists the body to do its job properly. Ultimately, there have always been healing foods and herbs that enhance the body’s natural processes and I guess that’s what we’re all aiming for in the healing industry.

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