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Warning about the raw vegan diet

March 2015 update: Time has come for me to reveal more. I did not think that this was needed or warranted or appropriate before. I did not think that it was worth me spending my time on this. But I do think now that the public deserves to know. So here it is:

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Was I the only person threatened for  expressing my opinion about censorship, bullying, lies and massive health-related concerns that I observed? No. This was a standard threat of which I learned from others in 2012, primarily visible online bloggers affected by this, clearly used in order to silence us and prevent from these concerns being revealed to the public. But Harley would never ever do it, right? Wow, just wow. Why did I keep this page then? Because I care about people being bullied for talking about their health problems as the result of following dangerous advice. Because I believe that people deserve to be informed. Because I had contributed to the existence of the 30bad forum and felt the responsibility to say something. Because I believe that being silent or passive is equal to allowing. Because I am not scared of little bullies.

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December 2014 update: Dear reader. I created this page in 2012 when I learned about certain unethical,  heartless, dishonest  and pathetic practices which I felt needed to be discussed. Since then, this page has been read by many, and I updated it a number of times too. There is one particular update that I feel deserves a separate highlight here. Specifically, I have observed this black-and-white approach to the topics discussed here. Some people try to excuse the unethical behaviors by using arguments based on what good things a person does, as if doing some good things gave a person a mandate to behave badly. Others, to the contrary, accept a position that if someone does some bad things, then they must be a bad person, incapable of doing good things at all. My hope is that both sides will see the full complexity of the reality. I had plenty of time to contemplate on these topics, and observed some positive changes in the raw community since 2012 too, which I believe are due to putting these issues up for the discussion. This page remains here because I feel that they remain current and worthy of being aware of. At the same time, I feel that it is also time  to move beyond them. I look forward to more positive changes in the future. Have the best new transformational year in 2015 and beyond. Love. Gosia.

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“When an honest man discovers he is mistaken, he will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest.”

Dear all,

Since the formation of my website, as I have been blogging my personal journey and my various intellectual excursions, my recommendation to you has always been to be your own guru and to follow the instincts of your own body. If you require professional medical or nutritional advice, I recommend that you contact a registered health professional, not a self-proclaimed on-line guru. This note is intended to reinforce this message and also to warn you about the possible dangers of giving your power away to raw gurus.

It came recently to my attention that there exist reports by people who say they have followed the specific diet as advocated by Harley Johnstone (Durianrider) and Leanne Ratcliffe (Freelee), the owners of the 30 bananas a day forum, and experienced health problems as the result of this. For the details please see “Request for data in support of the claim that 30BAD advice is not working” (archive) post on the “30 bananas a day sucks forum”, a forum that was created in an attempt to share the information that is otherwise censored on the 30 bananas a day forum,  see “How this site came to be & my open letter to Durianrider”  (archive). I also came across some other stories of health problems (including deaths at fasting retreats) as the result of following some other raw gurus advice, please refer to the list of recommended reading below.

I am greatly concerned about the seriousness of these reports. Furthermore, I am highly concerned with the irresponsible, disrespectful, and absolutely appalling and heartless way people who share these stories are treated. My belief is that, whenever such stories emerge, they should be made fully available to everyone who wishes to follow such diet, so that people can make an educated decision. This is why I am sharing this information here.

Adults have the right to experiment with their body and follow any diet they choose, and so I see no problem with people blogging their diets. However, it would be irresponsible for me to suggest to you that you should be following my diet too.  My diet is my own experiment, and I am fine with this, but please do not think that just because it appears that it is working for me, it should work for you. Importantly, note that although fruit and veggies are great, blanket prescriptions are not. Your body needs are individual and so listen to your body.

Please make sure that you familiarize yourself with all information, not only the one which glorifies the raw vegan diet. Be critical of what is presented to you, ask questions and do not let others silence your curiosity.  Please familiarize yourself with the complete picture and make up your own mind about it. Make an educated decision about the diet you follow, so that you DO NOT GET HURT.

I also appeal to all by-standers. Please take appropriate steps – part of the responsibility for what is happening falls on your shoulders too.  Do not be afraid to speak up. The only thing you can lose is your integrity … if you remain silent.

And a note to those who are okay with the unethical practices discussed here. If you’re okay with your children being treated the way my friend Heather was treated, who collapsed and ended up in hospital emergency with severe deficiencies after following 30bad dietary recommendations (ref), then I don’t think we’ll ever agree on anything.

Wishing you the best of health,

Gosia.

People most need the mechanism of denial when an intolerable situation has been pointed out to them – but the means for change does not yet exist.
(Naomi Wolf)

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
(Edmund Burke)

Recommended Reading:

Harley and Leanne use science     (archive of the original post with discussion)

Fruit yay lies nay   (evidence of photo manipulation)

Historical notes on Bob’s high-carb diet     (archive)   (includes screenshots of Harley admitting in 2008 being on a high-fat diet until October 2007,  and of him claiming later in 2012 to have been on a low-fat diet since 2001)

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Request for data in support of the claim that 30BAD advice is not working     (archive)   (reports of health problems as the result of 30bad diet)

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How to file a complaint against or to report a health practitioner    (archive)

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Progress Update, Please Add You Own     (archive)   (more on health issues on 30bad)

Response to Durianrider’s post ‘Hate site dedicated to Durianrider and Freelee.’     (archive)  (evidence of slander)

Former vegans now turned haters–Evidently I am now eating meat…news to me     (archive)  (evidence of slander)

Death Threats from Harley Johnstone aka Durianrider     (archive)

Who exactly is “Wayne” and what did he do to Harley??     (archive)  (more on death threats)

Harley fabricates lies about Anthony Colpo using his own troll account – BUSTED!     (archive)

More Angry Nonsense from Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone   (more from Colpo)

What kind of experience does Harley really have?     (archive)

Sorting fact from fiction on the 30bad diet…      (archive)

Questions for an Interview with Doug Graham     (archive)   (read Harley’s response to concerns about Doug Graham’s fasting retreat raised in 2012, long before Leah Branster’s story surfaced)

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My experience at Doug Graham’s fasting retreat     (archive)  (concerns raised again, Harley defending Doug again)

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What they DON’T Tell you About Water Fasting and Why it’s important to know     (archive)

The Age Of Raw Vegan Cyber Bullies – Who Are Against Other Vegans

Investigating Raw Vegan and Other Diet Gurus: Can You Trust Them?

Code of Conduct for Health Activists     (archive)

Also, please read this very relevant article by Lennie Mowris, Doug Graham’s former assistant:

All I Have to Say On the Matter    (archive)

A short summary of how this page came to be:

(for the details of some related and very worrying issues see the links above)

I went to “30 bananas a day … sucks forum”, because I heard that people’s reports of having health problems on 30BAD diet are being censored out (eg ref) from 30 bananas a day forum. I asked for the stories, admittedly though, I was skeptical about whether I would find many. Simultaneously, I asked a mirror question, about success stories on 30BAD diet, on the 30 bananas a day forum.

(the image is the courtesy of the “30 bananas a day cult” website, the owner of which kindly preserved the evidence)

I wanted to know the full picture, as I was interested in all parts of the spectrum. I discovered a considerable  number of stories by people who say they followed the specific diet recommended by Durianrider and Freelee, and experienced serious health problems as the result of this.

A few days after I started collecting the stories, my membership at 30 bananas a day forum has been terminated. Harley admitted that the reason was my thread at “30 bananas a day … sucks”, on that thread.

Neither Harley nor Leanne have any professional training in nutrition (archive). Their highest level of education is no more than secondary. Yet they advertize themselves as experts in nutrition:

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They both have been also making various claims about their recovery from a host of various medical conditions. As example, Harley has been claiming for years now to have recovered from anorexia (ref1, ref2, ref3, ref4, ref5) e.g.

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However, the truth is he never had anorexia:

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Do you believe he had ANY of the other above listed medical conditions he claimed he had and cured with raw?

They give people paid (and free) health advice. For example,  see Leanne’s conduct towards a person admitting they are her paying client here: “30 BAD made me fat” (archive). Or, read one poster’s claim of Leanne “diagnosing” Crohn’s disease over facebook messenger (archive). There are reports that Harley bully those who report the stories (archive), also see relevant reports in archive, archive or archive.

Apart from these, I’ve read some other, rather bizarre reports such as about alleged death threats (archive and archive), self-confessed (archive) fake identities (Anthony Colpo archive and archive, and Anthony’s response here and here), or some strange claims about anorexia and other “typos” (archive). Again, please check these reports carefully and make up your own mind. I observed some repulsive behaviors first-hand too, here is a screenshot of one example (I blacked out the faces, names and phone numbers for the obvious reasons):

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My understanding of the Code of Conduct that applies to health practitioners (per Australian law, this is anyone who presents themselves as a person giving and selling health advice, regardless of whether they are registered or not) is that they should not work beyond their level of competence, they should respect their patients, and they should never intimidate anyone (see details of legislation here).

Frankly, I think that it is far better that people spend time making videos on their lifestyle passion than taking drugs etc. Also,  I see it as a positive thing that people can freely express their views on nutrition and I do not believe that this is a domain reserved for the scientists and medical doctors only. I think that is it important to question. People can make mistakes, of course, no one is flawless. Lies and bullying, however, is not acceptable. Neither is quackery and breaking the rules of  the code of conduct in general. There is no excuse for that. Yes, the vulnerable need a protection and perhaps the evolution of Internet needs to be coupled with appropriate laws to facilitate this. What are the limits of what can be done? Can we prevent young from being influenced by dietary pseudo-gurus, or being bullied by them? What is the role of observer in this? It seems that some people are unaware of these issues, some close their eyes to it, and yet others think that this is acceptable. I am here to say that this is not OK!

Similarly, I have nothing against people being encouraged to eat more fruit and veggies. However, I am absolutely against bullying those who report that they experience health problems on a raw vegan diet. In particular, I am absolutely against hiding such stories from the public, especially from the newbies who just enter this diet!

So, although I love fruit and veggies dearly, I feel it would be totally unethical for me to be silent about these issues, or supportive in any way of these negative behaviors. The reality is that people get hurt and this needs to be known so that the history does not repeats itself. A friend of mine, a young and vibrant woman, and an ex-member of 30BAD forum, ended up in hospital emergency with severe deficiencies, sick and being unable to look after her baby for a long time after that. This is after some years on the seemingly perfect diet, and seemingly doing so well. Therefore, it would be utterly selfish and reckless of me to not to give any warning, at the cost of such tragedies. No, it was not her fault.

Suggesting that when people have health problems, it is their fault, they were “not doing it right“, and has nothing to do with the person who advertizes the diet, or the shortcomings of what they promote, is a total bullshit. There, I said it. As is. The truth. In particular, if you create an environment of censorship and intimidation, be it an online forum or a youtube channel, where vital information is being deleted or withheld, in which naive people trust and follow your recommendation and advice and end up with health problems as the result of that, then the responsibility lies with YOU.

Realizing the hurt caused has been a difficult and sad experience for me. I am sorry to have been unaware of this for too long.

 

Commons characteristics of a quack:

  • “false expert, quack, impostor, fraud, one who claims more skill or knowledge than he actually has” (ref)
  • “Quacks may be placed in three different categories: charlatans, cranks, or health hucksters based upon whether they are immoral, misguided, or amoral.” (ref)
  • “They are very, very sensitive to criticism and are liable to reach for their lawyers should anyone pour cold water on their claims. “  (ref)
  • “They sue to intimidate their critics.” (ref)
  • “They Display Credentials Not Recognized by Responsible Scientists or Educators.” (ref)
  • ” Some quacks are promoted with superlatives like “the world’s foremost nutritionist” or “America’s leading nutrition expert.”" (ref)
  • “They use pseudo medical jargon that sounds like science.” (ref)
  • “Phony nutritionists do not have a minimum four-year degree in dietetics or related field. Phony nutritionists make claims that sound too good to be true.”(ref)
  • “They Use Anecdotes and Testimonials to Support Their Claims.” (ref)
  • “Promote potentially harmful therapies without adequate warning of the risks.” (ref)
  • “In spite of all the obvious signs of quackery, he still thinks he is all knowing. You still cannot connect with him as a person. He doesn’t see you as a person. He won’t take your ideas and suggestions, because you obviously don’t know anything. After all, he is omniscient.” (ref)
  • “Most of the time, quacks only do injury to our wallets and hopes, promising benefits they can’t deliver. However, they can cause real harm when necessary medical treatment is delayed at a time when it could be most effective in treating an illness or injury. “  (ref)

Updates:

  • July 2012 – Since the stories came to a greater awareness of others, people are reporting that they are getting more help. The awareness of the possible health risks is increasing too. I think that this is a good outcome and hope for more such reports.
  • December 2013 – Harley and Leanne are no longer raw vegans (since a good while) and openly admit the high failure rate of the specific raw vegan diet they formerly advocated but could not follow themselves (ref1, ref2, ref3).
  • Let this be a lesson to all ‘followers’. Many YouTube views and a large audience do not necessarily equate to the validity of someone’s recommendations. Anyone can write or say anything they like on the Internet and gain followers, in particular through advertizing, lies and trolling, and so a healthy level of discernment is necessary.
  • Be extremely weary of those who claim that the only way to succeed is through their way, that their method is the one that works. That is exactly what those whose sole aim is to gain followers, and who do not care about real outcomes for individuals, would like you to believe. Be weary of the fact that such people would tell you that they care, in order to gain your trust. Try testing their level of care by talking about those who got sick as the result of their recommendations. Be extremely weary of those who are unable to be questioned. Be weary of the fact that they would tell you that they are open-minded, in order to gain your trust. Try questioning them, and see how long will this last. If you indeed consider yourself a follower of someone or some such program, then perhaps it is worth to re-examine your situation. Could you be trapped in something that is not beneficial to your well-being?
  • Let this be a lesson to all ‘followees’ too. Apply high standards and be aware of your limitations. Your views may evolve even if you are absolutely certain of your current position. Honesty, humility and education goes a long way. Frankly, if you indeed consider yourself as someone that others should follow or replicate, then you did not come to the grips of what health is about, at all.
  • There are many raw vegan diets, advocated by various promoters. Those that dissemble your ability to think critically, and make you a follower, rather than an independent researcher, are not the ones that  could be considered a sound pathway to health. Keep eating raw but keep your brain too!
  • Oh well, at the end of the day, I am glad that one can see a funny side to this story too (ref1, ref2). ;)
  • August 2014 – A story by young woman named Leah Branster who says she nearly died at Doug Graham’s fasting retreat has surfaced (video1, video2), and with it the very issues discussed here. In relation to this, see the post by Jeff Nelson at his forum at vegsource, and related discussion there, including my posts (ref1, ref2, ref3, ref4, ref5). Before these posts disappear into thin air (I heard that the vegsource forums may go), here are the direct quotes of two of my posts, directly relevant to this article:
  • From: Dr Gosia O’Reilly
    Explicit evidence that leaves no illusion + What’s next
    Date: August 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm PSTDear allI thought it would be pertinent to make it perfectly clear that the information, which Harley claims came to light only recently, was in fact in full view to him and everyone else well before now.Exhibits from 30bananasadaysucks forum:1) 18 March 2012, “Doug Graham was disciplined by the Florida State Dept of Health”:http://web.archive.org/web/20131113162337/http://30bananasadaysucks.com/2012/03/doug-graham-was-disciplined-by-the-florida-state-dept-of-health/- gives a link (https://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/irm00PRAES/PRASINDI.asp?LicId=4405&ProfNBR=501) which refers to the discipline proceedings, exactly the same as posted by Jeff above (same Case #). Clicking on that link, then on the Link to Discipline, and then on the Case #, leads to the case documents.2) 6 March 2012, “What they DON’T Tell you About Water Fasting and Why it’s important to know”:http://web.archive.org/web/20131026022637/http://30bananasadaysucks.com/2012/03/what-they-dont-tell-you-about-water-fasting-and-why-its-important-to-know/3) 19 June 2012, “My experience at Doug Graham’s fasting retreat”:http://web.archive.org/web/20131026060229/http://30bananasadaysucks.com/2012/06/my-experience-at-doug-grahams-fasting-retreat/4) 2 November 2012, “All I Have to Say On the Matter”:http://web.archive.org/web/20130111054326/http://30bananasad%20aysucks.com/2012/11/all-i-have-to-say-on-the-matteras well as various other articles. Dig in if you wish to know the details.Harley’s responses there:
    “Blaming Doug for your ill health practices sounds like the teenage girl blaming her parents for her cracked Ipad 2 screen they just bought her”"Your giving Doug a hard time cos 2 couple of people unfortunately had some severe health issues yet over a million people die each year from heart disease”Quote from Lennie:
    “For those failures and tragedies I witnessed; I’m sorry, you deserved better care and more awareness.”Harley’s response there:
    “Feel free to trash talk as much as you wan’t”Quote from Michele:
    “And, it’s all documented on here the we made them aware of it so they can never say they didn’t know and we have their responses to it and how they chose not to do anything about it.”Indeed, the evidence has been preserved and it is time to show it.Now, instead of pointing fingers and picking who to blame, let us learn from this and move on. We can’t change the past, but we can the affect future. Let us adopt ethical practices that do not involve lies, bullying, censoring, or compliance with it. Raw food diet is a great opportunity for the humans and the planet. Let us use it wisely, and be a good example of health as well as ethics.Regards,
    Gosia
  • From: Dr Gosia O’Reilly
    Subject: Code of Conduct for raw food educators
    Date: September 1, 2014 at 1:43 am PSTThere are many raw food educators/coaches/counselors/leaders etc out there who are not formally registered health professionals. It is important to point out that even when someone is not registered, there may be laws which stipulate the rules that must be followed, and which are designed to protect the rights of the clients.An example is the following Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Professionals in Australia:
    [1] http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/0afc48804e8ed20caf40af3a30168144/Code+of+Conduct-PC-PL-20130214.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=0afc48804e8ed20caf40af3a30168144Practically, in Australia, anyone who presents themselves as a person dispersing health advice, is considered a health professional, and whether they are registered or not, they have to follow the Code of Conduct. The details of legislation can be found here:
    [2] http://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/4692What I would hope to see within the raw food community, is people being familiar with the practices under the Code of Conduct and trying their best to do the right thing. For the examples on what doing the right thing means, see link [1] above.Regards,
    Gosia
  • Also, see a second-hand report of the response by Doug Graham here. Further, please refer to the related decision by the Woodstock Fruit Festival here. Note that these issues were fully exposed at the 30bananasadaysucks forum in 2012 (ref) and surfaced at vegsource forum in 2011 (ref). Earlier, the concerns were raised at giveittomeraw forum in 2010 (ref) after some people became aware if these in 2009 (ref). I hope that the decision by Jeff to allow people to speak openly without being censored will bring some positive changes in the community.
  • In relation to fasting, concerns about Loren Lockman have been voiced too (ref1, ref2).
  • There seem to be no end of concerns in relation to unqualified advice by Harley and Leanne (ref1, ref2).

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Note: If you are a member of a group following a program and/or a leader/guru/authority and things are not working too well for you, and have not for quite some time, but everyone in the group is saying that you should persist and things will get better eventually, then note this. The reason why people listen to ‘gurus’ even when all the rational evidence is telling them to do otherwise, is the following. One could call a crowd syndrome. Or a cult syndrome. When many people in the mindless crowd are saying that the emperor is dressed, then despite the stark evidence in front of their own eyes, people will tend to believe it. There is a need to point the obvious out to an individual, to awaken them from their state. They key is education.

“In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.”

“Lack of public opposition then helps perpetuate a norm that may be, in fact, disliked by most people. A large amount of people are wrong about something but because everyone sees this wrong idea as the perceived social norm, no one speaks up against.”

“Fortunately, pluralistic ignorance can be dispelled, and its negative consequences alleviated, through education.”

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluralistic_ignorance)

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

“Every day thousands of planes fly, however, if one crashes they then investigate it thoroughly to see why it happened and to prevent it happening again – rather than saying ” we have thousands of planes flying safely, let’s ignore the odd one here and there that crashes ”. Car companies produce thousands of cars. If some of their cars have faulty brakes and have accidents they check to see what the problem was to avoid any more problems, they don’t say ” most of our cars have no problems so let’s ignore the ones that have issues ”. The same can be said of electricals or most things that have health and safety issues.

In the health community it’s the exact opposite. In many many cases there are trails of destruction ( teeth, eating disorders and other problems ) – and sometimes even death, but their answer is to point to themselves and the meagre few followers they can find. Why are there so many disenchanted people after following Guru A B and C’s strict advice? Because none of the Gurus have done the rigourous testing that goes into normal health and safety issues, and this is what it is. We are dealing with people’s health. The Gurus only point of reference is their own bodies and the handful of people who have been successful and ignore all the ones who have had serious issues following their advice.” (ref)

“Many raw food leaders are now losing credibility. You cannot bluff people anymore like the old days because the internet will catch you out now. I am hoping the internet will now make raw gurus become more responible, less self focussed, much better studied and much more professional. We need to develop honour and be able to trust people, and hopefully this will happen in the next decade or two as we continue to grow, learn and hopefully become wise.

I think the tired is changing. Raw food leaders are being taken down, people are becoming smarter and more aware of the nonsense spoken about in the raw movement and l think a new wave will occur when the movement becomes much stronger and smarter than it has been. The movement has been like an infant trying to tread water and we have been a laughing stock and sinking, but l don’t believe it has to be that way anymore.

We want to become well studied, ditch the pseudoscience, be responsible, open our minds, care for people and behave honourably. If we do this we can give the face of the raw vegan movement a good image instead of the circus show of baloney talk that it currently is. It’s time for good leadership and people are becoming more aware of the changes needed, but now it’s time to use common sense and read the peer reviewed research every single day.

One last word of wisdom = we are not going to be right all the time so don’t be afraid to admit mistakes as a raw food leader. People respect that quality, and when people know they can trust you you will be a shining example of inspiration for other people to want to be like that too. This respect needs to be earned by high quality integrity. You may think your lies will bluff people but karma will likely catch you out, so do the right thing and become loved and respected by many. Good reputations are great things to have, so lets start developing one.”  (ref)

Note: While the experience reported here has taught me the value of responsible information sharing, it has also taught me that peace and harmony are equally precious and in need of preservation. This is where I invest my time and energy.  As Jane Goodall said,

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”

 

Be your own guru! 

GosiaWarning about the raw vegan diet

Comments

  1. Pablo

    Hi, gosia, I am surprised too about your expulsion from 30bad. I am there too, I was very ill some years ago and thanks to graham I began a low fat diet, hig raw, never totally because of problems of supply and now I know for other reasons.
    I have learn much from you and from Adam, I am sure you know him.
    I am now in Mexico and it is far more easy to stay totally raw sometimes, but I and my wife have experimented cravings that dissapear when we eat certain foods, raw or cooked, so we have gone deep into the stuff about protein and essential aminoacids, I remember to have read about this in 30bad from Adam’s posts.
    We have discovered that we can stay easily totatally raw when we have a variety of fruits and vegetables (spinach) in right amounts, otherwise we feel better with some cooked foods and this phenomenon is totally correlated with the essential aminoacid needs.
    In other words, if one wants to eat totally raw with only the common fruits and lettuce with no overts, then one will develop a deficience in some of the essential aminoacids.
    I think this can be the reason number one that could explain most of the failures.
    I will post this information in 30bad, I have written something yet, and someone have posted that cronometer is only for macronutrients, enough calories=enough protein.
    Our experience is clear about it.
    What do you think?

    thanks very much for your unbiased thinking.

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      Gosia

      Hi Pablo,

      It’s good to hear from you. :)

      Yes, I do (virtually) know Adam and consider him to be my friend.

      I think that your insights are quite spot on.

      The various stories reported by people struggling on the diet, which I mentioned above, indeed seem to have common symptoms that do look like symptoms of deficiencies, and amino acid deficiencies have been suggested to be the base of the problems by various observers. I share their views.

      I find that in order to stay raw, I have to be fed very well, and this does not mean merely having enough food. I do need to have enough variety, and I do need to follow my desires, and do so shamelessly. There is no place for guilt, or dogmatic thinking. Instead, freedom, experimentation, changing, doing what feels best at the moment.

      For example, in the recent couple of weeks I had this desire for hazelnuts and so I’ve been including them on daily basis. I admit that I do feel good with them in my diet.

      warm regards,
      Gosia

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  3. Ahimsa Fruitarian

    It amazes me why only the diet eaten, rather than the diet that could be eaten, is factored into all the vegan posts I read. Why not just don’t worry about what you eat now -(do any veg diet that works) but aim to grow all the world’s highest nutrient fruit trees – so that -for sure – you can have the world’s best raw diet that really works. Logic to me – but I need a partner to help me grow all those fruit trees …… Find me on Facebook.

  4. Harrison

    Hi. I’m Harrison from 30BAD. I’ve been there since the beginning. I was wondering why you disappeared from 30BAD. You created a lot of great content on the 30BAD site, and I am frankly surprised that Harley decided it a good idea to delete you considering that you have credentials as a scientist and provided a reasoned and mature voice in the forum.

    The 30BAD forum is now populated with newbies and “experts” who have been at it for five months and think they know the right remedy for every problem. I’m having second thoughts about creating content in a forum where the owner doesn’t think twice about deleting a member such as yourself. If I owned that forum I’d pay you to be an active participant. Your voice is missed.

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      Gosia

      Dear Harrison,

      Thank you for your contact. I remember your ‘orange’ eyes. :)

      Me vanishing from 30BAD was an inevitability, as it was for others who like to use their brain, and heart too. I could not be a part of an intellectual abyss that contributes to the health degradation of people, who often are very young and very vulnerable. That, to me, was the main reason I could not possibly stay there. I do not want to be responsible in any way for someone’s mental or physical decline.

      Warm regards,
      Gosia

  5. Anon

    The people who told me were close to him and afraid to speak up publicly anymore because he is very slanderous and threatening to them.

    I think there were some old links years ago where he mentioned something about not taking his medication because a raw food diet cures it, but I don’t know the website. You could privately ask around on the forums probably. I just don’t keep a Harley file, you know?

    Regardless I think people are seeing his behaviour as extreme and not normal and that should be sending red flags to followers that something is amiss here and that even on the internet most people are not as obsessive and violent about promoting/defending their beliefs.

  6. Anon

    It is true Harley was supposed to be on medication for his mental illness, he went to a raw vegan diet in hopes it would “cure it”. He hasn’t had a a real job in years because he was on disability leave because of his mental illness. This is not made up. Why do you think he goes by the name DurianRider as much as possible, so as to disassociate from his real name? People close to him in Australia can vouch for this. Mental illness is serious and it is affecting his life and is clear from his obsessive and fixated behaviour that he behaves in ways many of us do not. He makes things up, changes stories, has rapid mood swings, there is something serious going on here. This illness is not his fault but it’s not right that his followers blindly believe everything he says when he stretches the truth or makes things up as he goes.

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