David Wolfe (hereinafter
DW) presents himself as the ultimate expert on human nutrition, raw food,
science, and The Universe.
I had the opportunity
to see his act in Hawaii a couple of years ago.
DW is basically salesman,
with all the scurrilous qualities generally associated with used car salesmen.
He "works the
crowd" psychologically, propagating little useful or meaningful information.
He tells jokes,
usually oblique references to drugs, with a false, knowing smile, implying
that if you buy his overpriced pseudo-"super foods",
they will somehow get one "high". A plant is either a
food for our little psychotic ape species, or not. There is NO such
thing as a "super food", except in the super-profits they bring
from sincere, but ignorant and gullible, seekers of health.
A well known technique
of salesmanship is to get the marks happy, so their intellectual defenses
are down; thus, they will buy anything since they are having such a good
time. They falsely associate the "good time" with the
product, being conditioned to believe that the transient euphoria will
somehow accompany use of the product; of course, it does not. Having
several people in the crowd laughing will be contagious (mass hypnosis),
and is an effective control and manipulation technique.
This section is in
response to a Google video
of DW; wherein, he makes some of the most idiotic and misleading claims,
DW: "... "live food" is my passion".
There is NO such thing
as "live food". This is one of the most ridiculous claims
of the raw food "movement", perhaps started almost a century
ago Howell who claimed, without any proof, that food has a "Life
"I adhere to the philosophy that both the living organism and its
enzymes are inhabited by a vital principle or life energy
which is separate..."; thus, creating the currently myth that enzymes
are alive, repeated endlessly by ignorant raw fooders. NOTE: Howell
admits this concept is a "philosophy", certainly
NOT a scientific fact.
are proteins, period.
Little strings of amino
acids, and no one knowledgeable about chemistry claims
that they are "alive".
Although a food may
be alive before it is eaten, e.g. sprouts, when
chewed, it is killed. Chew some sprouts and plant the mush;
will it continue to grow? Is chewed food "alive"?
IF some cells avoided being crushed and thus
killed, and they made it to the stomach, the acid and digestive enzymes
would kill all such fortunate cells. Any five year old will know
this, but not DW and self-deluded health seekers!
DW: "... a grain of common sense.."
DW manifests NO sense, common, or otherwise.
Falsely claiming to be sensible doesn't make it!
DW: "... stay up all the time ..."
As a chocolate addict,
this is not surprising.
DW has started
a new drug craze in the guise if a "superfood",
is a foremost ethnobotanist,
and author, among numerous other breakthrough books,
Cacahuatl Eater: Ruminations of an Unabashed Chocolate Addict
Ott: "For I am the cacahuatl eater, an unabashed
chocolate addict, from earliest childhood habituated
to this most subtle drug, which many have mistaken
for mere comfit or confection, a palliative for childish natures.
But it is not so ..."