I believe in the power of food to heal. And that power comes from giving our bodies the wide array of nutrients and vitamins they need to perform their complex daily biochemical reactions with efficiency and precision. Eating raw for a period of time can reset the body as it allows the body to revert to a more primitive—and evolutionarily necessary—ability to chew, digest, absorb, metabolize, and utilize. Cooked foods bypass many of these processes, or at least minimize the need for the body to perform its natural functions.
I chose to do a 21-day raw food diet for two important reasons: The first is because many of my patients would greatly benefit from less inflammatory foods, but all my preaching in the world could not motivate many of them enough to radically change their diets. They needed more than my verbal guidance; I needed to set a shining example. Second, I learned that I had a recurrence of my brain tumor.