The Raw Truth
by Jordan Rubin
Garden of Life
This book, published by Garden of Life, commits the cardinal sin of misrepresenting the work of Dr. Weston Price in order to sell products that Price would have never approved. Rubin cites Dr. Price as one of several health “greats,” in the company of proponents of raw, lowfat, plant-based diets with an emphasis on juicing and detoxification, such as John Harvey Kellog, Norman Walker, Bernard McFadden and Ann Wigmore. Weston Price never endorsed a diet high in raw foods (he specifically counseled that vegetables should be cooked) and never once mentioned juicing and detoxification in his writings. Even worse, Rubin alludes to Price’s work on fat-soluble vitamins to promote his “All Raw” vitamin D supplements without any supporting vitamin A or vitamin K, a recipe for problems. By invoking the name of Weston Price, many of his readers will assume that his recommendations are safe.
Rubin also describes Mary Enig’s work on fats and oils, explaining that saturated fats are not the devils they are made out to be. His diet plans are heavy on coconut oil and coconut cream, which of course Enig vindicated during her career; But although Rubin mentions butter as a good fat, he does not include even a little bit of it in his omnivore diet plan.
Rubin tries to please everyone by endorsing both all-raw veganism and an all-raw diet that includes animal products— just a few animal products, like raw fish and raw yogurt, but no meat or organ meats. Even raw egg yolks are missing from his very limited omnivore diet plan. Both diet plans are heavy on Rubin’s All Raw supplements, with vitamins, calcium, probiotics and enzymes taken at every meal. He provides various plans for different disease conditions, all of which are bound to leave the patient hungry and malnourished. Advertisements for Rubin’s line of All Raw products are sprinkled throughout the book. Big THUMBS DOWN for this one.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2011.