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Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet [Paperback]

Stephen Arlin , David Wolfe , Fouad Dini
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blatantly plagiarized!!! Feb. 24 2004
By A Customer
"Nature's First Law: The Raw Food Diet" was blatantly (mostly, word for word) plagiarized from the classic book "Raw Eating" by Arshavir Ter Hovannessian. In fact, the trio is the foremost authority on plagiarism in the raw food movement and their website is censored. This involves the deletion of any mention of their acts of plagiarism, which occurred more than once. The classic original has been recently reprinted. Get the original, instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best approach Nov. 28 2000
By D. Read
I have been gradually transitioning to a raw-foods diet (I have been vegetarian for a little over two years), so I have been reading a ton of books on the subject. It's a good thing that this was not the first one I read. It's a shame that the authors, while being highly motivated and passionate about a raw-food diet, have chosen to advocate the subject in such an in-your-face, absolutist manner. It's really a turn-off. They have taken stances that are easily supported by documented facts, but instead of supporting them with facts, they choose to make raw-foodism sound like a religion. It's not a religion, it's just a way of eating. I'm sure their approach is a turn-on for some people, so perhaps it's good that a book like this exists for those people who need to hear the message this way.
That said, I'd avoid this book until you've read some more sane and well documented books like Dr. Norman Walker's "Enzyme Nutrition," which is the most scientific and documented of all the literature on the subject. Other good books are Ann Wigmore's wheatgrass book and some of her other books; any of the books by Steve Myerowitz; and the "How I Conquered Cancer Naturally" book. I have also heard that two books called "The Raw Life" and "Blatant Raw-Foodist Propaganda" are good. The Natural Hygiene literature is generally very good as well. Take advantage of all the raw food related web sites out there.
Sorry to diverge from the review, but after getting off coffee, soda, aspartame, refined sugar, and other obvious evils, I have been increasing the raw food in my diet gradually to the point where my diet is 80-95% raw most days. The results have been incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great cover, bad tone. March 2 2004
This book is not nearly as good as David Wolfe's two other books, "Sunfood Diet Success System" or "Eating for Beauty." The tone of the book is too harsh and was a bore to read. There are much better raw food books out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Turned Off July 12 2000
I found out that raw foods are a godsend for health and well-being. No thanks to NFL.
I found the book to be offensive, fanatical in tone, filled with errors (raw fruit juice as good as mother's milk? Puhleeze.), and, frankly, offensive. Some of the statements made were so erroneous that I found myself yelling at the book while reading! The constant "cooked food is poison" diatribe throughout book was irritating.
There are many other wonderful books out there on raw food and changing your diet. Because this one was essentially useless and filled with incredible errors (too many to list here!), this is one I can't recommend. Try "Blatant Raw Food Propoganda." Or many of the "cook" books. You'll be much better served and your senses won't be offended by out-and-out falsehoods. If this was the only book available on raw food eating, I'd be living at Burger King.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Message....Bad Pathway. Jan. 6 2003
I feel that this book encourages a good thing, the raw vegan diet. I feel though that these men exaggerate truth even lie in some instances. I feel this book is a way for them to profit from their business. I would recommend looking for other authors.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't waist your money July 4 2004
By A Customer
I am into the raw foods diet, have never felt better in my life, but I think this book is pretty useless. Just babbles on and on, with occational bits of helpful info.. I also don't care for the fanatical style of writing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Science? March 27 2004
By A Customer
This is a book of rabid propaganda to scare people into eating raw, and buying over priced items at the authors' web based business.
If, you are interested in raw foodism, and want a workable set of books that can give you an introduction, and road map into the world of raw foodism, please read Norman Walker's series of books on the subject. They are, while not backed up by "hard science", very good at helping the reader along this path.
This book is opinion based, scientifically lacking. In fact, I believe someday, science will prove the validity of the raw food diet. But it won't happen by the evidence presented in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dogmatic Jan. 19 2004
This book takes no prisoners. The message is clear: "Eat raw or die, cooked food is poison". This message is pounded into you with each chapter. I would have like a bit more variety in the topics and considerably more science to back up the claims for raw foodism. I would also like to have some research on raw animal foods, which can certainly supply deficits in the raw vegan diet (i.e. vitamins B12,D). Having adopted a raw diet myself to lose weight, I have to agree with the authors that one can pretty much eat any raw foods as desired and still loose weight. I eat at will including such "forbidden foods" as avocado & coconut oil and still lose weight every week, which is something I need to continue doing until I reach a good weight. I feel better than I ever have. This book may sound awfully dogmatic in places, but it will help you if your quest is to eat raw. Read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Message Has Potential, Delivered In More Convincing Format
These guys seem to revel in their cocky, arrogant, overgrown frat-boy style, which could easily turn off people who otherwise might be receptive to some of their ideas. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Messed up on this one`
I thought this might be an anti-oxidant diet, but it is not.
Subject matter was not for me, but if you are a health nut, I'm sure this is for you.
Published on July 31 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!
Could this book be anymore poorly written?! It is basically a collection of the author's passionate opinions. There are no facts or even decent arguements for their views. Read more
Published on April 1 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Motivational, but in a cult sort of way
The Raw Food Diet. It's a very controversial diet. Why? David Wolfe, Stephen Arlin, and the other Nature's First Law guys.
God's diet shouldn't be controversial. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Mark T. Brody
4.0 out of 5 stars Great motivational ... for those who want to go RAW!
Yes this book is in-your-face and somewhat biased, but that is what the authors intended. So if you can handle radical life changing ideas or just need a motivational [push] to go... Read more
Published on March 16 2002 by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars Where did they get their information?
When you write a non-fiction book, you are supposed to include references. This book has very, very few. Some of the so-called "references" shouldn't even be included. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2002 by Jennifer Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL
Nature's First Law:The Raw Food Diet is an extremely insperational book when I first read it, it was so intense for me especially the last few pages with all the facts listed about... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2001 by AHAVA
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