My Take On The Mucusless Diet


In my previous blog post I showed you the science of how certain foods cause superficial damage to the mucosa, which then causes a mucoid cap to form over it. This, I submit to you, is the scientific justification for the so-called mucusless diet. The mucusless diet is a misnomer; it does not prevent mucus formation. It prevents mucoid cap formation. As I pointed out to you in my previous post, some modern pathologists wrongly designate mucoid cap as "mucus". The mucusless diet was first proposed by Arnold Ehret.[1] It was later championed by John Christopher,[2] Robert Gray,[3] Richard Anderson,[4] Dr. Sebi (Alfredo Bowman),[5] and Norman Wardhaugh Walker,[6] who each had their own take on it. I have my own take on it, which I think is better though. My take on the mucusless diet is composed of the following 12 pillars:

1. It is best to eat no dairy products of any kind. This includes milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, butter, skim milk, yogurt, kefir, ghee, and whey. However, if you think this is too restrictive, choose goats' milk dairy products rather than cows' milk dairy products. Goats' milk is substantially less damaging than cows' milk. Cow's milk dairy products are absolutely not allowed.

2. It is best to eat no meat products of any kind. This includes red meat, eggs, fowl, and fish. However, if you think this is too restrictive then choose organic and unprocessed meat, and eat only small amounts of it. Processed meat as well as factory farmed meat are absolutely not allowed.

3. Vegetables and fruits are perfectly allowed. They are the base of the diet. This category includes low-acidic fruits, leaves, flowerbuds, flowers, stems, trunks, stalks, immature legumes,[7] immature grains,[7] and tubers. This category also includes seaweed, mushrooms, and single-celled organisms such as algae and yeast. The reason fruits should be low-acidic is because too much is not good for your tooth enamel. A little bit of lemon juice for flavoring is perfectly fine though. Cooking is very individualized. For example, I'm guessing that figs, avocadoes, bananas, lettuce, dulse, dates, sweet fruit, etc should be eaten raw while sweet potatoes, mushrooms, immature legumes, immature grains (sweet corn) etc should be eaten cooked. I also think that some vegetables and fruits can be eaten either raw or cooked depending on what mood you are in.

4. Nuts and seeds are perfectly allowed. Assuming you are not allergic to them, I think they should be the base of the diet, as well, replacing the meat that you normally eat. They must always be eaten raw. Never cook nuts or seeds. You don't need to soak and sprout them to eat them. However, some nuts and seeds will benefit a little by soaking and/or sprouting them. The site sproutpeople.org is a superb resource to learn about sprouting nuts and seeds. Note that peanuts are not actually nuts. They are large legumes. So peanuts are not allowed. Do not masticate nuts or seeds with your teeth; instead, process them into a meal, butter, pâté, milk, or dressing before eating. I believe that crushing nuts or seeds with your teeth is not good for your tooth enamel.

5. Unsprouted mature grain and unsprouted mature legumes are not allowed. This is especially so for soy.

6. However, sprouted small legumes (never soy) and sprouted grains are allowed. They must always be cooked. Never eat raw legume sprouts or raw grain sprouts. The site sproutpeople.org is a superb resource to learn about sprouting legumes and grains. Quinoa and french lentils sprout very well. You can eat sprout bread as well. Note that the huge majority of the bread that is marketed as sprout bread is not allowed. That's because they simply add some sprouts to normal bread. True sprout bread has only one ingredient: sprouted grain. That's it. I found only one company that sells true sprout bread. It's Manna Organics. You can find their products at Whole Foods as well.

7. It is best to limit sweeteners to raw honey (except eucalyptus honey), dates, sweet fruit, and stevia. They must always be raw. If you think this is too restrictive, then at least make sure your sweetener of choice is as unprocessed as possible. Processed sugars like white sugar cane are absolutely not allowed.

8. The only oils allowed are cold-pressed and unrefined oils. Examples are olive oil and flax oil. It must always be raw. Make sure it says cold-pressed or unrefined on the bottle. Never cook or fry oil.

9. Choose certified organic produce whenever you can.

10. Supplement your diet appropriately. Make sure you are getting enough B12, vitamin D, iodine, etc.

11. Don't eat large amounts of black pepper, cloves, garlic, mustard, ginger, or horseradish. You can eat all the cayenne pepper you want, however.

12. And of course, ultra-processed foods and toxic chemicals are absolutely not allowed. Some examples are white refined flour, semolina pasta, white refined sugar cane, sulphured fruit, refined salt, alcohol, processed meats, aged cheeses, pesticides, deep fried whatever, high-fructose corn syrup, refined oils, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, carrageenan, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, carboxymethyl cellulose, etc.

References

[1] See his book called "Mucusless Diet Healing System: Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health". The ISBN-10 is 0879040041. You can read it for free here.

[2] See his book called "Dr. Christopher's Three-Day Cleansing Program, Mucusless Diet and Herbal Combinations". The ISBN is 1-879436-04-3.

[3] See his book called "The Colon Health Handbook". It was written by Robert Gray. The ISBN is 0-9615757-2-7.

[4] See his book called Cleanse and Purify Thyself Book One The Cleanse or Cleanse and Purify Thyself Book 2 Secrets of Radiant Health and Energy.

[5] See Dr. Sebi's mucusless diet plan here.

[6] See his book called "The Natural Way to Vibrant Health". The ISBN-13 is 9780890190357.

[7] Immature legumes or immature grains are such things as edamame, garden peas, sweet corn, corn on the cob, string beans, green lima beans, and green fava beans. They are allowed. They are harvested at an earlier stage before they become mature. Note however that mature legumes such as split peas and mature grains such as corn meal (field corn) are not allowed.

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