by Dr. Kirstine Nolfi (Denmark)

BEFORE I realized the actual importance of raw vegetable food, my attitude was exactly the same as that of other doctors---to treat the syumptoms of the disease without thinking of preventing it.  It ought to be the duty of the medical profession in future to find means of preventing to a much higher degree than now, instead of having to cure later on.

That I, as a doctor, went in for exclusively raw vegtable food is due to the fact that I became ill, even seriously ill myself.  I developed cancer of the breast.  The disease had, of course, been preceded by wrong nourishment and wrong habitsin the course of my twelve of hospital training, when I suffered from sluggish digestion and catarrh of the stomach all the time,disorders which are still of quite common occurrence among hospital staff members.  Since that time no change of the hospital diet has taken place in Denmark in this very important domain.  On one occasion I was in a dying condition because of a bleeding gastric ulcer.  This made me abandon meat and fish, and I became a vegetarian  Later, I took to eating a good deal of raw vegetable food.  In this manner my digestion became regulated, and I felt better, though not completely well.  In the winter of 1940 to 1941 I was exceptionally tired and dull, but I was unable to ascertain any specific disease.  At that time I did not understand what was wrong with me, but inthe course of the Spring I discovered a small node in my right breast.
   Tired and dull as I was, I did not pay any attention to it until five weeks later I discovered that the node was the size of a hen's egg.  It had grown into the skin---a thing only cancer does.  As a doctor I had seen enough to be unwilling to submit to the treatment of cancer generally employed.  I consulted my good friend, Dr. M. Hindhede, who dissuaded a trial microscopy.  It would open up the blood-streams and the cancer would spread; so I gave it up.  And then I felt it as quite a natural thing that I would have to carry through a one hundred percent, raw vegetable diet.

    I went in search of nature, lived for some time on a small island in the Kattegat, took sun-baths from four to five hours daily, slept ina tent, bathed several times a day, and lived exclusively on a raw vegetable diet.  Later I introduced this habit of life at the sanatorium "Humlegarden."
   But I was still tired and continued to be so for the first two months, and during that period the node in the breast did not diminish; it remained unchanged.

  But then the improvement came.  The node diminished, my strength returned, apparently I recovered and felt better than I had done for many hears.  When I had experienced good health in this manner for about a year, I tried by way fo experiment (and urged to do so by Dr. Hindhede) to revert to a vegetarian diet supplemented by fifty percent of raw vegetable food.
But it was no good.  In three or four months I began to feel a stinging pain in the breast, in the sore-like tissue which the cancer had left where it had originally adhered to the skin.  This pain increased much during the weeks that followed, and I realized that the cancer had begun to develop again.

Once more I reverted to pure, raw food, which caused the pain to subside rapidly and the fatigue to become less pronounced.  But, being a doctor, I realized that I would have to use the experience I had gained to help my sick fellow creatures.  So I set up my home so that I could have four or five patients staying with me the next summer.  We took a hundred percent raw vegetable diet, and all went well; but it was not satisfactory with so few patients.  I understood that this cause would have to be advocated under quite different and larger conditions if any proofs were to be given.  On my initiative a joint stock company was then formed which bought a property, "Humlegarden", well suited for the purpose; it was set up as a sanatorium, where I became the chief physician.  Here we eat only raw vegetable food, patients as well as employees, and the establishment is now in its sixth year.

Now, what is the reason why a one hundred per cent, raw vegetable diet exerts such a beneficial effect on civilized individuals?  First and foremost, because the raw food is live food as it is handed to as by nature.  We all know that life on earth is completely dependent on our sun.  If we had no sun, the earth would be without any life, dark and icy cold.  Vital force is, therefore, identical with sun energy.

According to Dr. Hesselink, it is, however, only the plant with its widely unfolded thin green leaves, that is able to catch the sunlight and deposit it in the form of roots and tubers, fruit and seeds.  We, human beings and the animals, with massive bodies, are not able to utilize it to a sufficiently high degree.  Therefore, both man and beast use plants as carriers between the sun and themselves.  A fresh, raw vegetable diet is sunlight nourishment!

Dr. Bircher-Benner of Zurich realized this long ago.  Dr. Hesselink, from Holland, believes that is the atoms which are the carriers of the solar energy.

Fresh, raw food possess the highest nutritive value, and this cannot be increased or improved; any thing else, such as heating, drying, storing, fermentation or preservation, will tend to reduce and destroy its value.  Boiled vegetables taste of nothing, so something must be done to make them palatable.  We mix many different things together; we add salt, sugar, spices and butter.  We remove the germ and the husk from the wheat to use the flour for baking.  We polish the rice, we refine the sugar; we remove the skin, seeds, and cores of apples and pears, we peel the potatoes and scrape the carrots.  Meat, fish, eggs and cheese supply us with an enormous surplus of ;animal protein.  We make beverages of coffee and cocoa beans, and tea, which contain stimulating poisons.

We use the grapes for wine and brandy--intoxicating poisons---which first stimulate the gray cortex of the brain, and later paralyze it.  We preserve food with chemicals, such as  benzoic acid, salicylic acid, nitre, boric acid and sulphurous acid in order that it may keep well, and look attractive.  Further, we take anodynes, hypnotics, sedatives and aperients---all strong chemical poisons--or at any rate substances that are foreign to the organism.  Among drugs which are misused to a great extent for headache, hypnotics, and aperients are much too predominant.  Ina small country like Denmark the adviser on pharmacological matters of the Public Health Authorities is able to give us the following figures:  consumption of drugs for headache 150 tons, aperients 15 tons, hypnotics 9 tons---annually.

Nicotine, too, is a ruinous stimulant, a still stronger poison than spirits; it causes sclerosis of the heart and the cardiac musculature to become undernourished.  The heart becomes a flaccid bag instead of a firm muscle.  Many busy men who die about the age of fifty years die of heart failure caused by chronic nicotine poisoning.  Here, too I have experienced that patients on a pure, raw vegetable diet gradually lose their taste for tobacco completely.

The ground, too, is wrongly cultivated when it is fertilized too much and too uniformly with chemical manure.  We may run the risk that the ground becomes jus as diseased as man---over acidified, over  nourished, and that it yields sick plants which are not fit for human food.

Raw foods termed live food by me in contrast with such food as has been treated by heating, which I consider dead foo9d.  Care should be taken that the food does not include substances which counteract the chemistry of the organism, so that the waste products are not retained too long and putrefy in the large intestine.  The best food is therefore completely natural food which has not been subject to penetration of any kind.  To this must be added that live food is much easier to digest; it helps in the digestion itself just as the living baby cooperates in its delivery.  Raw vegetables have been digested in the stomach and the intestines in an hour; boiled vegetables require almost three house and leave more waste products, also offensive stools, impure blood, and poisoned and gradually impaired organs, whereas the raw food---live food---sunlight nourishment, dissolves and excretes these poisons.  Raw food is easy to digest, it spares the strengthens the organism in every respect because of its content of life, bases, and vitamins in their natural, living combination and relationship to one another.  Everybody who can think must be able to understand that our present nutrition  is highly destructive and is the most common and most serious cause of physical and psychic diseases and constitutional degeneration.  We must seek more wholesome nourishment and more wholesome habits of life if we are to live better now and in the future.  We cannot afford to compromise when life and health are concerned.  We must follow the only right way ---the one hundred, percent raw vegetable diet.

When cancer occurs, the organism is, as a rule, thoroughly destroyed.  Cancer is the terminal stage.  Here a one hundred per cent raw vegetable diet may prove helpful, alleviate the pain, prolong the life to some extent, because it agrees well with the patient.  In the most favorable cases, when the cancer is dealt within time, it may perhaps also be checked even for many years in some cases.  I am an example of this myself, but then the seat of the cancer must not be in vital organs, such as the lungs, liver  or stomach.  And the treatment with raw food should be commenced as soon as the cancer is discovered, and it is an absolutely necessary condition that it is carried through one hundred per cent.

I want now to tell a little  about my own case from 1942 to the present year.  Up to 1946 I was doing well on my exclusively raw diet---the cancer of the breast was completely quiescent, and my general health was good.

But in the spring of 1946 we got some dried fruit from Sweden (raising, dates, prunes and fits).  I thought then that it would be all right to eat it; it was not.  These are fruits which have been treated with chemical poisons in order to preserve them and to make them look attractive.  Having taken them for three or four months I suddenly developed violent pains in the scar-like tissue in the breast, and, on closer examination, I found a small node in the right breast, in the same place as before.  Once more I reverted to the fresh raw food, and the node disappeared.

The and most dangerous thing for me was, however, the trial microscopy against which I had been dissuaded by dr. M. Hindhede.  I had to let it be done because so many--doctors in particular---maintained that I had never been suffering from cancer.  It was made at the Radium center in Copenhagen, in January, 1848.  This trial microscopy was positive; there were cancer cells in the scar like tissue in the skin of the right breast, but it was a benign form called scirrhus.  My originally malignant, rapidly growing form of cancer had thus, under the influence of raw food, been converted into a benign form of cancer, which remains quiescent.  But still this interference was just on the point of stirring up the cancer so much as to frighten me seriously.  For the first time I developed metastases (two small modules) in the armpit; and about six months---on the exclusively raw diet--were required to make them subside again.  But it went well this time.  Since then I have been in excellent health---all through last summer I was up at sunrise, and in my garden where I have been working hard several hours daily.  This was far more wholesome than sitting indoors working as a doctor.  Not only had I the patients at the "Humlegarden," but also a large practice and correspondence out of town; this was more than I could manage.