Brian Clement Lecture - Notes
4/27/96 Notes by Tom Billings
Brian Clement, Director of Hippocrates Health Institute, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, gave a talk on Saturday April 27, 1996 at the San Francisco Whole Life Expo. The talk was titled "Anti-Oxidants in Whole Living Foods"; however it was really a more general talk on living foods lifestyles.
Brian speaks quickly, and my notes contain only a portion of his excellent talk. If you have the chance to her him speak, it is certainly worthwhile! There was little redundancy with his talk last year, so I am typing up my notes so they are available to others. Also, the notes are given here without any editorial notes/comments from me. I hope you find this of interest!
Brian began in his usual style - by asking the group to sing along with him. He then discussed the early days of Hippocrates, with Viktoras and Dr. Ann. Although Hippocrates is best known for helping critically ill people regain their health through diet and lifestyle, the current customer base is approx. 50% healthy people who want to stay healthy, and live better quality lives.
Brian has a new book in progress; the topic is increasing personal energy levels; also a new recipe book is in progress.
Brian defined living foods, (for those in audience who didn't know), as foods that are vegetarian and raw. Each food has a different energy vibration level. Hippocrates is working on developing ways to match an individual`s energy needs with the energy levels of foods. In a new book to be published in June, "Living Food", there are (color) Kirlian photos of food, showing their energy levels. A piece of raw romaine lettuce has a small aura, 0.5 inches around it, of green color - a moderate quality living food. The same lettuce, when cooked, has no aura = no energy. Raw sunflower greens, and wheatgrass, have large auras, 2 feet around them, and the aura has the colors gold, white, and purple. The same items, after being cooked, have no aura. Raw meat shows brown energy, going in; cooked meat has a black aura - it sucks energy from you. This shows that you don't have to eat meat for it to drain your energy!
Generation X is sicker, on a per-capita basis, than people 65+ years of age. The 65+ group has more life threatening disease, but generation X has more general disease - things like AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc. Brian then briefly discussed the rise of new diseases; he said that AIDS might mutate into an air-borne disease at some time in the future.
Today people want to go beyond health, to find happiness. If you are ill, you should be on a 100% raw food diet, for 1.5+ years. Approx. 97% of people who go on the Hippocrates diet get well within 1.5 years, 3% need longer. Hippocrates has blood profiles done, at beginning and end of their stay at Hippocrates, for all visitors. They are building a data base for study.
If you are well, you can eat 75% by weight raw foods, mostly greens and sprouts, and a maximum of 25% *clean* cooked foods (steamed veggies, pasta). You should consume, twice daily, two green drinks (12 ounces); the drink should be 50% green veggies (NO carrot juice - too much sugar), and 50% sprouts. Thus at a meal, you can drink 16 oz. green drink, eat 0.5 lb. salad, and then you can eat 0.5 lb. clean cooked food if you want; this gives 25% cooked by weight.
There are lots of benefits from wheatgrass; similar benefits come from kamut grass, spelt, barley, rye; might get same benefits from lambsquarters, other bitter weeds such as dandelion greens. A recent Israeli study found certain anti-oxidants in wheatgrass that attack and kill cancer cells, while promoting red blood cells and hemoglobin. Wheatgrass and sunflower greens provide complete protein.
Vitamins are not important. Even on a junk food veggie diet, you will get all the vitamins you need. Minerals are important. You should consume sea veggies 3-5 days per week. If you don't like the taste, take them in tablet form. The most important element is oxygen, as you will quickly die without it. You get this from breathing; oxygen levels are down 50% from 100 years ago. Also, you stop breathing when under stress - and there is a lot of stress in modern life.
You need enzymes! Enzymes give food the aura, the electrical field. Raw foods are charged, and can attract enzymes. (A Nobel Prize was awarded early this century for research that showed that the electrical charge attraction of enzymes enables digestion.) Why do we age? Cells die every day but if you are healthy, you grow new cells. After 20, you are in trouble if you don't eat raw food. Aging = cells die and are not replaced. What you create in the body <=> your attitude, your faith (not necessarily religious faith). Recovery is first and foremost a spiritual process; the physical matters are secondary!
Fruit. Fruit is NOT the ideal diet. We learned this the hard way. We noticed that people with certain diseases - diabetes, candida, hormonal cancers, and others, did *not* get well when on a diet that was high in fruit. We had to abandon fruit, and it created political problems for us, as we foolishly recommended it for years.
Modern fruit has 30 times the sugar level of its wild ancestors. This is because fruit is hybridized for sugar content; we are all addicted to sugar. The 2nd problem with fruit is the pancreas. 100 years ago, we consumed 2.5 pounds of sugar per year; now we consume 124 pounds per year. There is no difference between fructose from an orange, and from a sugar beet. California carrot juice is too high in sugar also; 1 quart has 0.5 cups of sugar in it.
Get off fruit! If you are *very* healthy, both physically and emotionally, you can eat a maximum of 15% fruit. That means 1 apple juiced, with 1 cup water added, not 6 apples juiced to make 1 cup of pure juice.
Rejuvelac. We used to call it rejuve-rot. It is not a Hippocrates invention, it is a traditional drink from the Baltic countries. We used it in the past because we thought it had lacto-bacteria. We paid for a study on rejuvelac; we naively thought the fermentation would always be good bacteria. The study found that this was not the case; 40% of the batches tested were good, 60% were bad. Also, you cannot tell by the smell if the bacteria are good or bad. Instead, you can use acidophilus supplements, and they can be taken as implants also.
Q: Are there any veggies you cannot eat raw? A: No. You should eat spinach raw. Don't eat raw rhubarb or white potatoes (hard to digest). All other veggies should be eaten raw, not cooked.
Q: What about meat? A: In cooked meat, the fat molecules burst and are carcinogenic. That is true for vegetable oil also, including olive oil. Meat is not a complete protein. There are 8 times the protein deficiencies among meat eaters compared to vegetarians.
Q: Are sunflower sprouts/greens toxic? A: No, that is complete nonsense. People eat sunflower greens and recover from serious diseases.