Raw Foods vs. Cooked Foods - The Great American Rat Experiment
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 by: Paul Eilers (see all articles by this author)
| Key concepts: raw foods, aging and nutrition The following is an
account of an interesting three-part experiment comparing the effects of
raw foods versus cooked foods in rats. This account is taken from a
book titled Goldot, by Lewis E. Cook, Jr. and Junko Yasui:
"It has been found that a group of rats who were fed diets of raw
vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains from birth grew into completely
healthy specimens and never suffered from any disease. They were never
ill. They grew rapidly, but never became fat, mated with enthusiasm, and
had healthy offspring. They were always gently affectionate and playful
and lived in perfect harmony with each other. Upon reaching an old age,
equivalent to 80 years in humans, these rats were put to death and
autopsied. At that advanced age, their organs, glands, tissues and all
body processes appeared to be in perfect condition without any sign of
aging or deterioration.
A companion group of rats were fed a diet comparable to that of the
average American and included white bread, cooked foods, meats, milk,
salt, soft drinks, candies, cakes, vitamins and other supplements,
medicines for their ailments, etc. During their lifetime, these rats
became fat and from the earliest age, contracted most of the diseases of
modern American society including colds, fever, pneumonia, poor vision,
cataracts, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many more.
Most of this group died prematurely at early ages, but during their
lifetime, most of them were vicious, snarling beasts, fighting with one
another, stealing one another's food and attempting to kill each other.
They had to be kept apart to prevent total destruction of the entire
group. Their offspring were all sick and exhibited the same general
characteristics as the parents.
As this group of rats died one by one or in epidemics of various
diseases, autopsies were performed revealing extensive degenerative
conditions in every part of their bodies. All organs, glands, and
tissues were affected, as were the skin, hair, blood, and nervous
system. They were all truly total physical and nervous wrecks. The same
conditions existed in the few which survived the full duration of the
A third companion group of rats was fed the same diet as the second
group to an age equivalent to about forty years in humans. They
displayed the same general symptoms as the second group. They were sick
and vicious so that they had to be separated to prevent them from
killing each other and stealing one another's food. At the end of this
initial period, all rats in this group then received the natural (raw)
diet of the first group of rats. Within one month, the behavioral
pattern had changed completely so that the now docile, affectionate,
playful creatures were once again able to live together in a harmonious
society and from this point on never suffered any illness.
Several rats were put to death and autopsied at the end of the initial
period revealing the same general deterioration as that exhibited in the
second group of rats. However, the remaining rats lived out the full
duration of the experiment, to the equivalent of 80 years in humans, and
when they were autopsied there were no signs of aging or deterioration
or disease just as those in the first group. The obvious disease,
degeneration, and deterioration of body parts evident in their first
half of life had been completely reversed and excellent health restored.
The same principles apply to human life as there is only one Truth!
Thus, it may be concluded that sick people may be restored to health
simply by choosing the proper diet and observing the other rules of
health. There is no mystery. There is no external force that will help
–- all healing is accomplished within the body, by the body, in
accordance with the laws of organic life and health."
About the author
About the Author:
Paul F. Eilers is an independent nutrition researcher and writer. His
main interest is in cutting-edge nutrition that improves health and