Here are few proven facts which indict sugar as a causative factor in heart disease:

White, factory-produced sugar is an isolated, chemically pure carbohydrate, which can not be normally digested by the digestive organs. All natural foods contain certain nutritive complements-vitamins, enzymes, minerals, trace elements, flavorings, fatty acids, etc—which are necessary for the effective digestion and assimilation of the nutrients. For example, vitamins E, A, and D cannot be assimilated unless they are accompanied by fatty acids. Conversely, oils cannot be properly utilized without a certain amount of vitamin E. Carbohydrates are not digested or assimilated properly without vitamin B.

When sugar in refined form is consumed, the body will use its own storage of B vitamins, particularly Bi, in order to digest it, because sugar is totally void of all vitamins necessary for its digestion. This depletes the body’s own supply of B vitamins. Continuous overconsumption of white sugar can ultimately lead’ to a B-vitamin deficiency

White sugar also depletes the body of calcium.

Overconsumption of sugar and other refined carbohydrates is the major cause of obesity, which is one of the prime causes of heart disease.

High carbohydrate intake, especially of refined sugars, causes abnormal fluctuations in the blood sugar level. The heart is a big muscle and its continuous beat is dependent on a steady supply of blood sugar and oxygen. Any interference with the adequate supply of sugar or oxygen to the heart will adversely affect the heart action and may, in serious interference, lead directly to a heart attack.8 Tests have shown that in more than half of the patients with heart problems there was an evidence of low blood sugar due to high carbohydrate intake.

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Mr. Engberg was stricken by disease in 1963. It started with liver trouble and jaundice. He also had suffered from severe constipation for years. Eventually his condition was diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis.

During the following year he received various treatments from several doctdrs and hospitals; injections, cortisone, even the so-called injected malaria treatment. Various other remedies were tried without any noticeable improvement. The doctors said that his kind of arthritis was a very rare type that would be difficult to help.

In June, 1964 he went to Bjorkagarden. He could move only with great effort. He was not able to bend his legs or arms. His joints were inflamed, swollen, and stiff.

Mr. Engberg began his treatment with a ten-day fast. He then went on a special diet for 30 days, followed by a new fast for 21 days. He stayed at the clinic for eight months, alternating fasts with diet periods. Some of the shorter fasts were pure water fasts. The long fasts consisted mostly of carrot juice and vegetable broth. The final fast lasted 40 days. The unusually long fasts and the length of his stay at the clinic were motivated by his damaged liver and the necessity of reactivating and rebuilding his liver function as a step in the normalizing of his entire metabolism. All milk was excluded from his diet, but raw nuts and seeds were substituted as a source of protein.

After eight months Mr. K. G. Engberg was able to leave the clinic in perfect health. On returning to his home town, he visited his doctor and received a complete physical checkup. The surprised doctor could not find any traces of arthritis.

Now Mr. Engberg leads a perfectly normal life. He has resumed pathfinding, his favorite sport activity, and he takes part in strenuous training and competitive sports.

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It is important to realize that although swollen and inflamed joints may seem to be the very first signals of approaching arthritis, they are not at all the first symptoms of the onset of the disease. Arthritis is not a local disease of a particular joint but a systemic disorder; a disease which affects the whole body. It takes years and years of abuse to bring about the systemic disturbance in the bodily functions which eventually leads to a breakdown of the health and the functions of the joints. The arthritic patient usually suffers from a general deterioration of health in the form of sluggishness in the function of his vital organs; incomplete digestion and assimilation of foods; nutritional deficiencies; glandular disorders, particularly in the endocrine system; impaired elimination of metabolic wastes and j toxins; and a weakened nervous system and circulation. These systemic disturbances affect the biochemical structure of the various tissues of the body and cause what one of the pioneer practitioners of biological medicine in the United States, R. P. Watterson, M.D., calls a “biochemical suffocation.”

In order to understand the nature, causes and mechanics of the development of arthritis, the following basic premises should be kept in mind:

Arthritis is not an unrelated, localized disease of certain joints. It is a systemic constitutional disease which always affects the entire body.

Arthritis is caused by metabolic disorder and systemic disturbances, particularly in glandular activity, which bring about pathological biochemical changes in all the tissues of the body, specifically in collagen.

These biochemical disorders cause inflammatory and degenerative changes in the functions of joints and their surrounding connective tissues.

The underlying causes for the development of conditions leading to arthritis are to be sought in prolonged abuse to which the body has been subjected, such as faulty nutritional patterns, overeating, nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, unchecked chronic infections, and severe emotional and physical stress. These health-destroying factors eventually result in diminished vitality and lowered resistance to disease, diminished glandular activity and hormonal imbalance, intestinal sluggishness, impaired elimination and autointoxication.

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All raw juices should be freshly prepared.

Use an electric juice extractor. The large department stores and the health food stores carry various types. Follow the instruction booklet that comes with the juicer.

Use only fresh vegetables and fruits, preferably organically grown (available at better health food stores and organic farms). If vegetables and fruits are bought from the ordinary supermarket they have probably been heavily sprayed with poisonous insecticides and waxes. Wash them very carefully. I use warm water and soap or a mild detergent to wash such vegetables and fruits as apples, pears, grapes, plums, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes and celery. Rinse well, three or four times, in progressively colder water. Give the final rinse under running water, rubbing vigorously with a brush and with your hands.

Make only as much juice as needed. In storage, even in the refrigerator, raw juices rapidly lose their therapeutic and nutritional value.

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The greatest fault with high-protein diet is that your body i cannot store any appreciable amount of protein. It uses only what is needed and the rest is burned, up as energy or deposited in the body in the form of fat. As energy food, however, protein is inferior to carbohydrates or fats. The digestion of animal protein causes building of certain toxins. The nitrogen is transformed to urea or uric acid and, as in the case of sluggish metabolism and inefficient elimination, it is deposited in body tissues. This causes self-poisoning, or autointoxication.

A high animal protein diet also causes intestinal putrefaction and constipation. In addition, meat contains many toxins of metabolic origin, which remain in the tissues when the animal is killed. These toxins lay a further strain on the eliminative organs, particularly on the kidneys. Furthermore, most meats these days are loaded with antibiotics and other drugs used in animal feeding to speed the fattening process. The following drugs are used for this purpose: penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline, aureomycin, terramycin, bacitracin, chlortetra cycline, oxytetracycline tylosin, and arsenic. It is estimated that 75 percent of all the beef sold in America today has been fed rations containing dietylstilbestrol, a synthetic hormone used to fatten livestock. It is known to be possibly carcinogenic. So if you eat lots of meat, you can be reasonably sure that you are receiving a heavy dose of this hormone each day, since much of it remains in the carcass after the animal is killed. According to drug manuals, stilbestrol can also cause edema, skin eruption, uterine bleeding, congestive heart failure, loss of libido in males, and many other disorders.

Most of the natural foods, such as grains, seeds, vegetables, and legumes are all-round foods, composed of well-balanced amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other vital substances. Meat, with the exception of some organ meats, is a one-sided protein food, practically void of most vitamins and low in mineral content.

A diet high in protein causes biochemical imbalance in the system, especially in respect to vitamins. It has been experimentally proven that vitamin B deficiency, especially deficiency in vitamin B«, can be caused by prolonged high animal protein diet.8 Recent research by the doctors at the Vascular Research Laboratory in Brooklyn indicates that the meat-eating habit could be a cause of widespread arteriosclerosis and heart disease.9 And, of course, it is common knowledge these days that meat, no matter how lean it is, contains a large percentage of saturated fats loaded with cholesterol, which raise the cholesterol content of the blood and may lead to heart disease. Currently, a high protein diet is under suspicion as a possible culprit in many degenerative diseases, including arthritis. At the recent annual Rheumatism Foundation meeting, Dr. Donald A. Gerber, professor of medicine at New York State University, stated that the development of rheumatoid arthritis could be caused by a defect in body chemistry which interferes with the metabolism of protein. He then suggested that a low protein diet may provide the answer to sufferers from arthritis.

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Morning

On awaking in the morning take one to one and a half cups of the Waerland drink, “Excelsior.”* This is a very alkaline drink composed of vegetable broth plus flaxseed and wheat bran. It neutralizes over-acidity, helps in elimination of harmful metabolic toxins, and stimulates peristaltic bowel movements, thus helping to relieve constipation. “Excelsior” is prepared in the evening and stored in the refrigerator. Warm it up in the morning to body temperature and drink it all, seeds and bran, without chewing.

Morning routine

First, head massage. Using circular movements with your finger tips, massage firmly from the neck and the temples to the crown of the head. This stimulates hair growth and improves mental activity by bringing more blood to your head.

Next, a cold shower or cold rub-down with a sponge; finish with a vigorous drying with a rough towel.

After shower, a dry-brush massage. Use a stiff, bristle brush (not nylon) and brush vigorously all over the body from top to toe.

Morning exercises are next. These could be any of your own favorite gymnastics, or a short, brisk morning walk.

Breakfast

Waerland does not advocate a large breakfast. The morning hours, until 11 or 12 o’clock, constitute a period of elimination, when the bloodstream is heavily charged with the waste products of metabolism and the organs are doing their job of eliminating impurities and toxins from the system. A large breakfast may disrupt this process and interrupt elimination. Therefore it is essential to have a breakfast which requires the minimum of digestive effort and, at the same time, has a cleansing effect on the digestive system.

Homemade soured milk, yogurt, or buttermilk in combination with fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, grapes, or fresh berries, is an ideal breakfast.

If fruits are not available, soured milk could be eaten with finely-cut onions stirred into it and then topped with powdered dried nettles, alfalfa, or rose hip powder, and wheat bran, wheat germ, and milk sugar (lactose). Unsprayed and unsulphured dried fruits, such as figs, currants, raisins, prunes, apricots, etc., are also excellent in combination with soured milk. Wash them well and soak in cold water overnight.

Between-meal snacks and drinks

No between-meal snacks are recommended with the exception of fresh fruit.

Herb teas are very beneficial between meals. Use any of the teas available at health food stores, or make your own from unsprayed leaves of apples, raspberries, black currants, birch, strawberries, etc. Rose hip tea* is especially recommended for its delicious flavor, aroma and large amount of natural Vitamin C. Use honey to sweeten your tea.

Lunch

A bowl of Five-Grain Kruska, or Uncooked Quick Kruska.

Kruska can be eaten with sweet, unpasteurized milk and stewed fruits, or dried fruits soaked overnight. Homemade applesauce is an ideal addition to Kruska.

Kruska is a highly nutritious and heavy meal in itself. If desired, however, it could be supplemented with wholemeal bread and butter, and with freshly sliced onions and a mild cheese, preferably homemade cottage cheese.

There are various ways to prepare Kruska and each individual must experiment to determine the type of Kruska which is best adapted to his needs.

Dinner

The standard Waerland dinner consists of a large bowl of fresh vegetable salad, the emphasis being on green leafy vegetables. The foundation of this alkaline vegetable meal is a large portion of unpeeled potatoes, either baked in the oven or boiled. Three other standard ingredients are grated raw carrots, red beets and onions. Cabbage, curly kale, chives, raddish, lettuce, dill, parsley and garlic are excellent additions to the salad. Use any available fresh vegetables.

In addition to the potatoes and salad, one could eat one or two slices of sour-dough rye bread* with butter and freshly-cut slices of onions and mild cheese, or cottage cheese. Sour milk or yogurt combine excellently with this vegetable meal, but sweet milk is not allowed. Enzymes and acidophilus bacteria of sour milk have been shown to assist in the digestion and assimilation of raw vegetables.

Note: no drinks of any kind; no vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, raisins, or fresh fruits should be used with this raw vegetable meal. Cooked fruits can be used for dessert, if desired. An exception is made for persons with hydrochloric acid deficiency; in such cases it is permissible to use a little freshly squeezed lemon juice as a dressing for salads. Also, a little cranberry sauce could be used by such persons as a stimulus to the hydrochloric acid glands.

Don’ts of Waerland diet-system

• No salt, vinegar, pepper, mustard, or other sharp spices or condiments.

No coffee, tea, tobacco, or alcohol.

No white sugar or anything made with it; sweets, candies, chocolate, cakes, ice cream, cookies and such.

No white bread or anything made with white flour.

No canned, processed, refined or adulterated foods.

No meat, fish or eggs.

Change-over period

During a change-over period from the “ordinary” diet to the Waerland system, it is important, especially for sick persons, to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins, impurities and residues of sluggish metabolism. Enemas, fasting and lots of exercise in fresh air are helpful for this purpose. The description of fasting in Chapter 2 of this book can be used as a guide in this respect.

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In an article called “Effect of a French Mineral Water on Serum Cholesterol,”1 Drs. Korenyi, Harkavy and Whittier reported on the experiments they conducted with 34 patients’ with high cholestrol levels at the Creedmoor State Hospital in New York. These patients, whose serum cholesterol levels were above 240 mg. percent, did not receive any other type of treatment known to have any effect on serum cholesterol, except 301/2 fluid ounces of mineral water daily in three divided doses. The treatment continued for 30 days.

At the end of two weeks the average decrease of serum cholesterol was 9.9 mg. percent. At the conclusion of the study, the average decrease was 23.8 mg. percent.

A Hungarian doctor, O. Schulhof, M.D., made a study of the spa therapies and reported that “beside the psychological effects produced by the changed environment, and the complex effect of combined drug, electro- and mechano-therapeutic treatments, we still attribute importance to the specific effect of the mineral water.” Dr. Schulhof said that it has been demonstrated that mineral water is actually absorbed through the skin. Mineral waters have been shown to have a beneficial effect on the connective tissues as well as on the immunological and healing powers of the body.’

The doctors in Hungary have discovered that patients taking cortisone can do as well without it after taking the spa treatment. “By spa hospital treatment it is often possible for patients who have taken corticosteroids for years to do without them; one might say that by means of spa therapy we can carry out ‘corticosteroid withdrawal’ treatment.”

In Russia, there are several research centers where balneology, the medical science of curing and preventing sickness by the use of water, is studied. Russia has hundreds of government-operated spas and bathing clinics. Over six million people go to these spas and bathing resorts each year and take “the cure.” Russian scientists believe that the best way to prevent disease is to stimulate the body’s own defensive and resistant forces. “Among these stimulating agencies the first place belongs to spa treatment and rest,” said the Russian Academy of Sciences, Soviet’s highest scientific institution.

People have been using mineral springs and various kinds of water baths for ages, long before civilization. In the Caucasus Mountains you can see ancient bathing places where cave dwellers carried their sick to bathe in natural hot springs. Mexican Indians used natural hot springs and mineral waters for the healing of the sick long before the white man stepped on this continent. Man throughout his history has instinctively appreciated the invigorating and rejuvenating effect of hot and cold baths in springs, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

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After being “worked over” by the powerful stomach enzymes, the partially digested and broken-down food enters the small intestine. Here several new potent enzymes give it a final work-over, and extract and transform the vital nutrients from the food so that they can be assimilated by the blood stream through the intestinal walls and transported to the organs and cells of your body, wherever they are needed.<неиBile emulsifies fat from your cheese and milk and prepares it for assimilation. It also assists in the peristaltic processes in the digestive tract. Emulsified fat from the milk and cheese is then subjected to the enzymatic action of pancreatic lipase, which breaks fat into fatty acids. It also helps in the assimilation of such fat-soluable vitamins as A, D, and E. After the fats have been changed into useful fatty acids by the action of pancreatic lipase, they are then absorbed by the blood and used in many vital functions of your body: they keep your skin and mucuous membranes in good condition; they are used in building the linings of your nerves and brain tissues; and they play a vital role in healing processes.<неиTripsin is another pancreatic enzyme, which continues the digestive work on the proteins of the milk and cheese in your intestines after the preliminary work done by pepsin and rennin in the stomach. And amylase gives the final digestive work-over to the starches of your bread.<неиThere are other digestive enzymes in the intestines, such as: lactase, which helps to digest the milk sugar, or lactose, in your milk; streapsin, which helps in the assimilation of fats from your milk and cheese; amylopsin, which helps to assimilate starches from your bread; and many others. Finally, after few hours of elaborate and arduous work by the enzymes—these miracle health builders—your cheese sandwich and glass of milk are transformed to the living tissues in your organs, your skin, your bones, and other parts of your body.<неиThere are over 600 different types of enzymes! And each of them performs a separate vital function. In addition to the all-important digestion and assimilation of food, enzymes are responsible for practically all the vital processes of your body!<неиEnzymes are present in every cell of your body, and your body is made of billions of cells! Vitamins, minerals, and trace elements are powerless without enzymes. Only as a part of complicated “enzyme systems” can they be triggered into action. Enzymes are responsible for the vital process of autolysis, or self-digestion of diseased and inferior cells and replacement with healthy cells, which occurs during fasting. Without enzymes healing of wounds would be impossible. We know that the proteins in the body are in the so-called dynamic state. This means they are being constantly changed from one state to another, being decomposed and resynthesized from the blood plasma amino acid. This process is accomplished by enzymes.<неиWithout enzymes your body cannot convert food into energy and into the living cells of the body. Enzymes transform proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and other nutrients into your muscles, bones, hair, skin, organs, glands, hormones, blood, etc.<неиIf to all this you add the fact that enzymes protect you against inflammations, promote healing, dissolve clots and tumors, “erase” scars, counteract the adverse effects of drugs, aid in formation of urea and passing it off in urine, aid in blood coagulation, promote oxygenation of blood and tissues, are involved in your sexual libido, are directly responsible for your general state of health-then you realize the miraculous power of these tiny substances!<неиEnzymes are responsible for the normal healthy function of all your bodily processes, for your mental and physical health. They have the power to rejuvenate your entire being, or, conversely, to cause premature aging and death.

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No doubt you have heard of the European Grape Cure. Many books are written on the marvelous benefits and the miraculous healings that have come from living on nothing but grapes for one, two or more weeks. There are many clinics in Europe where you can get a Grape Cure.

There is no doubt that a Grape Cure is an effective treatment in many disorders, from obesity and high blood pressure to arthritis and heart disease. The majority of the biological medical doctors in Europe are, however, of the opinion that the healing effect of the Grape Cure is not as much due to any unusual curative properties of grapes as it is to the modified fasting procedure, which the Grape Cure actually is.

I do not wish to belittle the health-giving value of the grapes. Grapes are, no doubt, a wonderful health food with not only a delicious and satisfying taste but also with a wealth of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. But so are countless other noble fruits and vegetables!

A patient I know in Europe cured himself on an Apple Cure. He had very high blood pressure and a heart condition. On the advice of a naturopath, he lived on nothing but ripe sweet apples for several weeks, starting with an apple a day and increasing the apple diet up to two pounds a day. His blood pressure went down and his heart condition improved.

I know of a woman who cured herself of stomach ulcers by a Cabbage Juice Cure, and I have heard of an old folk remedy in East Europe where patients with digestive disorders helped themselves to better health by eating nothing but sauerkraut and drinking the juice of homemade sauerkraut prepared without salt.

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The 1964 fast march was a new great success. It broke the last remnants of opposition.

Karl-Otto Aly, M.D. one of the leading biologically-oriented doctors in Sweden and one of the 19 participants in the fast march, sums up the 1964 fasting as follows:

First, the march was an indisputable success and all 19 came to the finish line. Although a few had some trouble with pre-existing diseased conditions and were transported part of the distance, none interrupted their fasting. Fourteen of the 19 walked the entire 300 miles. The march clearly showed that man can live for an extended period of time without food, and can even accomplish hard physical effort while fasting. The results of all the medical tests taken before, during and after the march, have demonstrated that there are large potential reserves of strength in our bodies on which we can depend, especially under conditions of disease, when the organism usually gives indication by lack of appetite that it does not require any food. The blood pressure tests, blood serum readings, blood sugar tests, microscopic readings of uric sediment, electrocardiograms—all showed that there was no great change from the usual, and certainly no pathological developments because of fasting. This in spite of the fact that fasting was performed under such a severe stress. Perhaps it is worth noting that the overall tests of the health condition were somewhat better in 1964—with the addition of juices—than in 1954 on a pure water fast.

The most interesting observation was that the protein level (serum albumin reading) of the blood remained constant and normal during the whole period of fasting in spite of the fact that no protein was consumed for ten days.

Even more remarkable were the blood sugar readings. In spite of the great demands on immediate energy, and an only insignificant supply of sugar in approximately one pint of juice each day, the sugar content of the blood remained within the normal limits. Note that during the 1954 pure water fast the blood sugar levels remained normal, too! Thus, there were no grounds for the predicted risk of possible hypoglycemia, or pathologically low blood sugar level. Quite to the contrary, the general tendency was somewhat higher blood sugar levels after the fast than before it. Something for scientists to think about!

The generally-expressed feeling among the participants was that they felt stronger and had more vigor and vitality after the fast than before it.

The prime goal of these experiments was to stimulate scientific institutions to engage in a thorough and objective scientific study of fasting and its prophylactic and therapeutic potentials so that fasting will be generally incorporated into the growing arsenal of medical practice for the benefit and blessing to disease-ridden mankind.

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