Lawsonomy Volume One
Although to a large extent man draws into himself, by Suction, substances that come directly from water, air and sunlight, still the largest part of the substances which build up and sustain his body comes directly from the soil and is called food.
This food comes principally from plant life.
Man, and all forms of animals, birds, insects and fish, are either directly or indirectly dependent upon plant life for food.
There are, of course, men, animals, birds, insects and fish that sustain themselves directly from the bodies of men, animals, birds, insects and fish but the substances obtained from these bodies originally come from the soil.
From trees come nuts and fruits; from bushes come berries; from stalks come grains; and from gardens come the different kinds of vegetables.
Nuts, fruits, berries, grains and vegetables are the concentrated essence of plants.
Plants are living things that eat, grow, feel and to some extent thinkand it is even possible that they may be able to see and hear and converse with one another by some natural method unknown to man.
Plants do not contain the complex organic structure of man nor as great a degree of consciousness as man, but they live, grow and die according to the same principle.
By the power of Suction plants draw into themselves substances which cause expansion and growth and by the power of Pressure plants are contracted, disintegrated and passed away.
Man is of a higher order in the scale of life than the plant because he is detached from the soil and can move his body about at will, whereas the plant is attached to the soil and must remain in one position during its entire life.
When man eats, he conveys the food to his mouth by the use of his hands and instruments but when the plant eats, it buries its mouth into the Soil and keeps it there as long as it lives.
Through a number of roots the plant draws into itself, by the power of Suction such substances as it requires for nourishment from the soil.
Man has been nurtured with the essence of plants for millions of years and without them he could not live at all.
The substances that make up the structures of plants are the same substances that make up the structure of man.
Plants are the parasites of the Earth and man is a parasite of plants.
Plants live and grow within certain degrees of temperature within which range their essencenuts, fruits, berries, grains and vegetablesripen and become rich in food value.
Primitive man subsisted upon plant life in its natural state from which he grew a strong and powerful body, to which chronic diseases were unknown. With his teeth he could chew up wood, and without the aid of tooth brushes he retained all of his teeth as long as he lived.
But some early experimenter who was more theoretical than practical began to play with fire and introduced the art of cooking foods with excessive heat.
This early experimenter did not know that when he exposed food to a higher temperature than that in which it was ripened that the structure of the food would become disorganized and the elements of life would pass out of it.
Cooked foods have been the cause of nearly all of the ailments which infect our present civilization.
How much life would remain in man if he were cast into a heated oven or a pot of boiling water with a temperature of 212 degrees F. or more?
The life of a man would not only be snuffed out by such heat but the micro-life within the protoplasmic cells of his entire body would also be removed and carried away in fumes.
That is what happens to cooked foodmost of the life that it contains is removed by the excessive heat and passes away with the fumes.
Food from plants when ripe have been brought to the proper temperature and condition of man's diet by the Sun and the less he tampers with them the better it is for assimilation.
Food that has been robbed of its vital elements is dead food and can in no way build up the cells and tissues of the human body.
Others have experimented with man's food to the detriment of his health and length of life besides the inventors of cooking. They come under the head of the profit making class of dilutors, concentrators and adulterators of manufactured foods. If allowed the privilege many profiteers would quickly destroy mankind for the sake of a little temporary gain.
It is not within the power of man to cook, dilute, concentrate or mix foods for man's consumption without certain sustaining elements being lost through the process.
Nature's method of cooking man's food is to heat it gradually by the Sun during its growth from plant life, and man's place for mixing these foods for nutrition is in the mouth, stomach and intestines.
Because foods have been robbed of their vital elements through cooking, diluting, concentrating and adulterating methods man must pay the penalty with weak bodies, disabled organs, and all sorts of painful ailments as well as a shortened life.
Some animals that eat their foods direct from plant life live approximately ten times the periods that it takes to arrive at their maturity. If man would do the same he could not only live ten times the length of time that it takes him to arrive at his maturity, but by reason of his improved sanitary methods he could live twenty or more times the length of that period, or a life of several years' duration.
Not only do raw foods contain the necessary elements for man's life, growth and health but the flavors are more delicious as well.
Plants are guided by Equaeverpoise, and Suction draws into them certain available substances that give them balance, and this effect is transferred to the seed in correct proportions.
So when man eats the seed of plants he must, in order to obtain the best results, eat the whole of it, to secure all of the elements that the plant draws from the soilthat means everything that it is made of from covering to core.
When the shell and germ are removed from wheat during the refining process of making white flour, the best elements of the grain are taken from it and the bread that is made from this flour lacks the real substance for nutrition.
Or when certain concentrated beverages are manufactured from food stuffs they are deficient in the bulky, solid substances that the juices from the mouth, stomach, and intestines alone can mix with, and prepare for assimilation.
Greater variety of food eaten gives greater variety of substances of different density to the human system which generates increased penetrability and conflict between Suction and Pressure of varying proportions, that results in increased action and vitality to the whole organized man.
All kinds of ripe nuts, fruits, grains, berries and vegetables should be eaten in their natural state and as fresh from the soil as obtainable.
For the past twenty years I have lived and kept strong on a non-meat diet, and to me that is the practical proof that meat is not necessary for the sustentation of man.
There are, however, certain foods that come from animals and fowls that have been introduced into man's diet that are beneficial. Such foods as milk, butter, cheese and eggs can be eaten with good effect.
Such leafy foods as lettuce, onions, celery, spinach, watercress, dandelion, parsley, grass and cabbage should be eaten frequently.
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries also contain a high standard of life giving properties.
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc., and apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, figs, dates, prunes, and bananas all contain varying substances that man's complex system needs to uphold vitality to the highest degree.
The system requires some fats, and olives are rich in vegetable fat, although the body can well be supplied with it from milk and butter.
Although there are many kinds of foods in nature's storehouse, still upon examination, it will be found that these foods contain many of the same substances in varying combinations.
Proteins are the nitrogenous foods from which albumen, myosin, gluten and casein build up the body, keep it in repair and also, to some extent, serve as fuel for heat and power.
Nuts, grains, eggs and milk and beans, peas and similar vegetables are rich in proteins.
Although proteins generate some heat and power for the system there are in addition three important substances that act mainly as fuels. They are sugar, starch and fats.
Man's diet being made up of a mixture of many foods it is important that he give attention to the choice he makes of foods and endeavor to create the best condition within himself by eating them in correct proportions.
Many foods contain sugar and if the diet is varied the system will absorb the correct quantity of sugar direct from the foods and will not need it in a refined state. In fact refined sugar, that has been robbed of its calcium, robs the bones and teeth of the elements that give them their rigidity and strength.
To understand foods thoroughly is the study of a lifetime. Everybody, however, should give some time to the study of it.
A general formula I have arranged for every one to follow is: (1) Keep as near to nature's raw foods as possible. (2) Foods must be as fresh from the soil as are obtainable. (3) Eat the whole of these foods from covering to core. (4) Mix foods as little as possible before eating them. The right places to mix foods are in the mouth, stomach, and intestines. (5) Change the variety of foods as often as possible. (6) Each day the diet should contain some fruit, some nuts, some vegetables, some grains and some milk, butter and eggs. (7) Eat a little less than the appetite demands, thus keeping the digestive organs in a receptive condition at all times. (8) Chew food until every morsel of it has been disintegrated and saturated with saliva. (9) Concentrate the mind upon the nature and taste of foods while eating.
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