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

Stephen Arlin , David Wolfe , Fouad Dini
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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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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 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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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. Many of their basic ideas seem intuitively to have some merit, but they go overboard with claims that are unsubstantiated by anything except the relatively short-term personal experiences of the authors, whom for all we know, were genetically predisposed to healthfulness. Even something as little as "before and after" pictures and/or medical data of the authors would be a step towards at least providing SOME objective evidence. At least the cover photo of the three of them hanging naked in an avocado tree is a tip-off that these guys perhaps don't take themselves as seriously as their often didactic tone might otherwise suggest, so I suspect that much of their harangue is delivered tongue in cheek. Needs to be longer on evidence and shorter on arrogance, though, to convince people, otherwise their audience will be limited to very few beyond the desperate and the already-converted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Motivational, but in a cult sort of way Jan. 3 2003
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. I agree with what the authors are saying, but they say it in a way that makes you dislike them. Drilling the message into your head like a drill sergeant that "Cooked Food is Poison" might do it for some, but not for me. To me, these guys approach raw foodism as if it's a cult following. Kind of like, "Hey, jump on OUR bandwagon and live right. Everyone else is living wrong." They poke fun at every single diet on the planet, even vegans, who don't even eat animal products.
The abrasive way they deliver their message is unique, but it didn't do it for me. Give me scientific data, not catch phrases and slogans. Give me SOME science at all, not what is 'believed' to be the truth. Do raw foods energize? No doubt they do. Is everyone who eats processed, devitalized foods poisoning themselves? Yes, they are. But are the ones who eat wholesome nutritious foods, mostly vegan, poisoning themselves? No. Poison is a harsh word. Raw foodists can "poison" themselves even worse by overeating on sweet fruit, nuts, seeds, and aggravating a vata condition with the dieuretic action of the sweet fruits. This isn't mentioned in this rah-rah book.
All in all, not a very good intro to raw foodism. This diet is not a cult. It's a healthy way of life, but you must know how to do it properly. For this, I recommend "Conscious Eating" by Gabriel Cousens.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't waist your money
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.. Read more
Published on July 4 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Science?
This is a book of rabid propaganda to scare people into eating raw, and buying over priced items at the authors' web based business. Read more
Published on March 27 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dogmatic
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by Zen Druid
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Message....Bad Pathway.
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Matthew Bello
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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