Khabir Southwick presents a compelling case against living without some form of animal protein in the diet or eating only uncooked food.
Ayurveda does not advocate any specific diet as individual digestive systems, nutritional needs and health needs are unique. Khabir explains why many “new” diets including the raw food diet do not support healthy digestion thus degrade the absorption of nutrients of time. In other words, it is not so much what you eat but what you can digest.
According to Khabir, it’s one thing to become a vegetarian after a childhood of being an omnivore or to recover from a chronic health condition, but it is another issue to completely stop all dairy such as ghee (clarified butter without the animal protein) and [homemade] yogurt with naturally occurring bacteria (known to assisting in digestion and overall health particularly immunity). Ayurveda, completely supports the use of dairy products for the healthy person and it would be seen as nutritionally insufficient to raise a child without any dairy. Khabir highly recommends pregnant women, underweight people and growing children to indulge daily in warm raw milk and organic healthy dairy products such as homemade yogurt.
In fact, there is no civilization in the history of the world that has thrived eating only uncooked foods. Khabir’s implies that the “raw diet” is only possible in today’s modern world with a tremendous selection of worldwide foods available and superfoods like blue-green algae that were not available to previous generations.
This diet while useful for periods of time for the right people seems to be an overreaction to typical meating eating, over cooked western diet.
Dr. Weill as a similar understanding based on his own experience:
Link to Dr. Andrew Weil’s article on the raw diet:
Khabir Southwick is a Traditional Naturopath, Ayurvedic Practitioner and herbalist; with a successful health consulting practice in Ojai and Santa Barbara, California and over 25 years of experience and training in alternative health-care.*
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