Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices: Whats Missing in Your Body? by Norman W. WalkerI was sorely disappointed when I received this book in the mail last night. I was expecting a fun and informative recipe book filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to make my body happy. Instead, Dr. N. W. Walkers Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices: Whats Missing in Your Body? was a bunch of dated information delivered by a preachy and arrogant Dr. The book was published in 1970 (a fact which I should have checked prior to ordering I suppose) which makes the information nearly fifty years old. Much has transpired in the world of nutrition and our understanding of how the body works in the last fifty years and so, in reading this book, one has to be careful not to be ignorant of current ideas.
This book advocates drinking raw fruit and vegetable juices as is apparent from the title, but, not only does it encourage this practice as part of a healthy lifestyle - it also promotes it as a main source of nutrients, denouncing and diminishing the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables raw. It does make small mention of how and why fiber is important in a balanced diet but it is clear that the author feels that the benefits of the juice weighs more heavily on the healthy functioning of our bodies than does the fiber found in whole foods.
The author is a staunch vegetarian and a raw food vegetarian at that. Of course, if thats how you choose to live, I have no problem with it, but what I dont appreciate is someone treating cooked food as if it had the plague. I get why hes against fried foods; there isnt much, if any, nutritional value in a french fry, but a raw potato is no fun at all! This was the paragraph that really turned me off:
Strict vegetarians who eschew cows milk, flour, grain, and concentrated sugar products, are not afflicted with these [respiratory] troubles, particularly if they were brought up from childhood to shun and avoid these foods. This is not by any manner or means fanatical. It is just plain common sense and perfectly natural, and proved beyond question or doubt from experience (25).
The language in the paragraph is exceedingly pompous. I just dont buy it. I dont have any respiratory problems, and never have, and I include milk, flour and grains (as well as sugar but I have to partially agree with the good Dr. on this point) in my diet. Also, earlier he suggest exclud[ing] grains and starches (24) which isnt healthy as our bodies need these elements to maintain a healthy metabolism and digestive flow.
Another big issue I have with this book is that it is very self-promotey. He mentions his other book several times, in big, bolded capital letters and highly recommends it to everyone. Put a list of your work at the beginning or end of your book and maybe mention it once or twice during the text but thats my limit. I dont want to hear about how awesome you think you are, I want to read about the subject - thats why I picked the book up in the first place. I also found it disconcerting when he mixed in some very religious sentiments to his text and didnt differentiate this religious opinion from scientific fact - he even used a quote from the bible to help support his argument (75).
As I mentioned, I was quite disappointed with this book. I must admit I didnt read all the words because I was so disenchanted but I certainly got the gist of what Dr. Walker was interested in - self promotion and righteousness! I wouldnt recommend this book to anyone; there are other more recent, more reliable and less judgemental books on this topic out there!
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by Norman Walker
I have been juicing since and this is considered the Bible for juicing aficionados. I have owned many copies over the years and find myself giving away my copy to new people on their juicing journey. Norman W. Walker is one of the pioneers of the raw foods movement and is recognized throughout the world as one of the most authoritative voices on life, health and nutrition. Walker shares his secret to a long, healthy, productive life through his internationally famous books on health and nutrition.
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Walker categorically lists vegetable juices, explains their elements, and in cooperation with Doctor Pope, provides suggestions for effective treatment of special ailments. Pope, M., I have been juicing since and this is considered the Bible for juicing aficionados. I have owned many copies over the years and find myself giving away my copy to new people on their juicing journey.
Norman Wardhaugh Walker 4 January , Italy — 6 June , Cottonwood , Arizona  was a British businessman and pioneer in the field of vegetable juicing and nutritional health. He advocated the drinking of fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices, both to regain and to maintain one's health. Based on his design, the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer was developed. This juicer continues to be produced and sold today. Walker wrote several books on nutrition and healthy living. Walker was notable for at least three reasons: 1 He was the author of at least six books published from to As of , most book reviews and promotional web sites wrongly claim that Walker reached the phenomenal age of, variously, , , , or even years.
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