When a health food nut tells you the benefits of vegetable and fruit juices and the powerful effects they have on the body you may just think they are exaggerating.
But when Dr. Cabot opens her book with the phrase, “There is no doubt in my mind that raw juicing can save your life”, then you have to take that seriously!
Cabot is a medical Doctor who qualified in 1975 in Adelaide Australia and had an interest in nutrition right from the beginning.
For a long time she has been known as, “The Liver Doctor” because one of her areas of expertise is treating and reversing the liver disease “fatty liver”.
This is an inflammatory condition and in spite of modern medicines’ steroids and other anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals Cabot has found greater success in using juices and nutrition to save lives of patients with fatty liver and with many other chronic diseases.
She starts her book with a story from her own life of how her Grandmother was diagnosed with a severe kidney disease and pretty much told by her Doctors, “There’s nothing we can do”. Well she was cured by vegetable juices and lived on to a grand old age. Case histories from her practise also help the reader to understand the scope and power of juicing for health.
Very sensibly she advise diabetics to avoid depending only on raw juices as their sole treatment. Diabetics need regular protein to stabilise their blood sugar, but they can enjoy juking provided they bear in mind not to make their juices too sweet.
There is a tendency in many beginner juicers to focus on fruit juices and not juice greens and other healing veggies. It’s easy though after a little practise to make balanced juices and Cabot spends a lot of time pointing out what juices to use and focus on.
She gives advice too on the different types of juicer and how to choose a good one.
The short story on this is that there are some juicers that work by fast spinning blades and some that work by slowly squeezing the juice out of a fruit or vegetable.
There are pros and cons to each.
The juicers with fast spinning blades work fast and clean easily and are called centrifugal juicers. The “slow squeezers” are called masticating juicers and are very slow and need the food to be cut into small pieces and fed through them pieces by piece.
My position is that when all is said and done you do better overall with a centrifugal juicer even though theoretically masticators are best.
Cabot seems to tell you to buy both types and even to buy a citrus juicer too. Rather impractical for most people!
As you might expect from a doctor she lists a lot of the special plant nutrients in vegetables and fruits with their health effects and supplies a lot of detail.
The book itself would benefit from a contents page and the cover looks like it has been designed by a 3 year old.
In spite of that this juicing book by a well known expert can be thoroughly recommended. It is available as a Kindle book at Amazon and sometimes as a paperback too.