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How to get sick. An interview with Jordan Rubin

You are reasonably certain that the fortified — no, wait… enriched bread you buy; the fat-free, gluten-free oat bran muffins and 20% real juice are all “healthy foods,” right? Right?!

Photo at left is Jordan Rubin with Crohn's Disease

Jordan Rubin was a pathetic sight. “I want you to take a picture of me” he told his mother; “no one will ever believe that I was this sick and I need you to take my picture.”

Jordan Rubin suffered from, what one Mount Sinai physician referred to as, “the worst case of Crohn’s disease” he had ever seen. “A nurse was overheard saying, “He won’t make it through the night.” As Jordan told me recently, “anything can be cured, as long as someone before you has been healed, then there is a possibility that so can you… And if no one else has, you have the opportunity to be the first.

“We all carry genetic and metabolic weaknesses” wrote Jordan Rubin in his book, The Maker’s Diet. “If we eat unhealthy foods and adopt unwise lifestyles, we may well see these predetermined weaknesses present themselves as devastating symptoms.”

If, according to recent research, our health problems have nothing to do with our diets, how is it that:

  • 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases (as reported by the NDDIC, National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse)?
  • Roughly two out of ten Americans have irritable bowel syndrome?
  • Diabetes and obesity-related diseases are among the top ten leading causes of hospitalizations and insurance claims in the U.S.?
  • The rise of celiac disease (damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food) has accounted for the increasing popularity of gluten-free food?
  • Heartburn medication sales are soaring with products so pervasive they are sold next to chewing gum?
  • People with Crohn’s disease and colitis (two types of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD) have exacerbated a problem by eliminating nutrient-rich foods from their diet, specifically vegetables?

How to Get Sick

1 . Stay out of the sun: Critics claim that exposure to the UV rays of the sun cause rates of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. This might be true if you have a compromised immune system or don’t consume adequate nutrients (especially healthy fats).

2. Go to bed after midnight: Going to bed and waking with the rising and setting of the sun is a natural way to link your peak activity to the body’s natural hormonal rhythms. According to a study in the British medical journal, Lancet, “chronic sleep loss produces serious symptoms mimicking the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes.”

3. Don’t sweat: Perspiration is the body’s method of safely cooling itself and excreting numerous toxins. Suppressing this natural sweat response blocks the body’s cleansing process and natural flow of the lymphatic system.

4. Take megavitamins: The human body cannot properly consume artificial products in excessive amounts especially “vitamins” created in chemical plants and widely sold in discount retail stores. Nature prevents us from consuming 2,000 mg of vitamin C in one day because it is impossible to consume three hundred oranges in one sitting.

5. Use fluoride: Fluoride is extremely poisonous, especially the salt-based form used in toothpaste and mouthwash. According to a top EPA advisor, “recent federal government tests have shown that fluoride appears to cause cancer…”

6. Use artificial sweeteners: Renowned diabetes expert, Dr. H.J. Roberts believes there is a clear, scientific link between aspartame and increased incidence of brain tumors, seizure disorders, chronic headaches and hyperactivity in children. See: 10 Dangerous Sweeteners in Coca-Cola®

7. Swim in chlorinated pools (and drink and shower with chlorinated water): Chlorine is an indiscriminate killer that kills both friendly and unfriendly bacteria. It also eats through lead pipes, corrodes most metals and harms cells and DNA strands in virtually every living thing it touches.

8. Travel in airplanes often: Some researchers believe the atmospheric pressures and radiation to which airplane travelers are exposed are the equivalent of hundreds of CAT scans and pose the greatest oxidative stress on the human body.

9. Take lots of medications: Medications such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives and corticosteroids may cause major problems with the gastrointestinal terrain, damage the immune system, cause liver problems and alter enzyme function. Much of the prescription activity in the U.S. perpetuates health problems by treating symptoms rather than their root causes.

10. Use plastic food storage products and re-use plastic drinking bottles: Plastic products release or leach carcinogenic toxins into foods. The toxicity is increased when foods contain high amounts of water or when they are highly acidic. Water is one of nature’s most effective solvents and that includes drawing out toxins from plastic. Washing and reusing disposable water bottles may accelerate the breakdown of the plastic.

And, you know what’s funny — no, wait, sad about this list? Everyone already knows this.

  • Jordan Rubin’s story is an excellent example of a person taking his own health into his hands. I read Jordan’s story about 10 years ago. His story is amazing and I encourage everyone to pick up his book. Thank you Stefan to exposing your readers to this man’s inspiring story.

    Gilbert Cervantes

    7:18 pm

  • Jordan Rubin has an interesting story, much like yours, from what I’ve read about you. Have you considered writing about how food affects our state of being? If all of this affects our health then wouldn’t it be an obvious selling point?

    Carolina DeCinto

    2:06 pm

  • Hi Stefan! I just downloaded the Amazon Kindle version of your book! Your story is truly inspiring! Thank you for all you do!

    Janice Wiedemann

    3:08 pm

  • I found this blog from the 100 Days of Real Food website. The pictures of Jordan are definitely compelling. Although I understand his points, don’t you think these are problems of a modern day society? Should we go back to living in caves? Where are the cavemen?

    Maryann Fisher

    2:35 pm

  • Definitely scary.

    Rich Sobel

    1:47 pm

  • Hi Stefan, we’re friends on Facebook. I bought some of Garden of Life’s products, the juice capsules you tweeted the other day. I think it is great. Do they make a protein powder?


    8:14 pm

  • Jordan makes some good points, especially with item 9. Sad thing is this is a vicious cycle for most people.

    Janice Wiedemann

    1:40 pm

  • Nice interview Stefan. Hard to believe that Jordan was that sick. I love your interviews, btw :-)

    Simone Cruz

    8:59 pm

  • Did you know, if you ate 6 to 8 servings of veggies a day, you life — and health — may just improve? Cheaper than a deductible

    Stefan Pinto

    8:58 pm

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