Comment on Hard-hitting new investigative report asks “Raw gurus: can you trust them?” by Maria.
I have just read Thomas’s report and the situation is so much worse than I had realised. I had come across hints of some of it before but Jeez! It’s very important, not only for raw vegans but for all health seekers.
I salute your and Thomas’s courage.
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Thank you so much for your latest article, Sarah.
I read about the ‘raw food community’ situation a while ago. It sent chills down my spine. Some of the victims were trying to accept what had happened to them by ‘going into non-judgement’. Sad and scary. But I understand their fear of being seen to judge by ‘non-judgemental’ people (ha!) and their fear of not getting their savings back unless they keep schtum.
I have been a customer of raw businesses for years, both food-related and learning-related.
In general, I have found the raw marketplace alright but I have been shocked at times by pettiness and unethical behaviour (such one raw ‘guru’ adding 10 years onto his age when I asked him, no doubt to impress us with how ‘young’ he looked. His only saving grace is that 10 years on, he looks much the same…!).
I have not experienced much bad behaviour on a personal level from raw foodies (only one or two things) but I have seen lots of over-pricing of ‘raw’ goods. These are often concoctions made with cacao, cashews, etc. (is *any* of it actually raw?) or dehydrated crap. I once paid roughly 6 Euro for a packet of raw dehydrated ‘pita bread’, only to discover there were precisely two-and-a-half small slices in the box.
I know from bitter experience, however, how easy it is to trust people who are on your wavelength – or who run an ‘ethical’ business’ – and how devastating it is to be shafted by arrant ruthlessness coated in cane sugar.
I am one of those who finds it hard to stand up for myself in such situations – which, by extension, makes it harder for me to speak up for others when I desperately want to – so I just wanted to say thank you for your courageous beacon of light.
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Raw is law! Great tips, thank you for sharing your story, Jesse.
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Thank you for this report. I’m speechless, I had no idea this was happening. I agree with the commenters above that there needs to be an organised resistance – I’m in and I’m sure thousands of others are too.
My interview with Lillian Muller
thank you for this. my favourite part :-
So at 59, is it safe to say that she’s confident the best is still to come? “When I turned 30 I felt great about it, when I turned 40 I felt even better, when I turned 50 I celebrated. And 60? That’s only a few months away now and I have had so much fun dreaming up wild, crazy things to do to celebrate that.
In 59 years I’ve never been drunk or high, so I’ve had a lot of time to think! I want to do things I haven’t done before. What can I achieve, what influence can I have in society? When you’re older, you’re more experienced, you have more wisdom, you’ve met more people and read more books. Shake it up! Make a difference. Have a few wrinkles and love them!”