The search for B12 in a food source is underway in full force…
Dr Sam Bass
I watched an interview with Dr Sam Bass, who was in the Natural Hygiene school of thinking for many years. Very interesting man. The interview caught my attention because he had helped me tremendously with his thoughts on the power of fasting previously. At the time I had serious pain in my pancreatic area, and couldn’t eat without going though real suffering. I went on a 7 day fast and it healed. Marvellous. Shows what all that grilled chicken I was then eating was doing to me. So easy to pick up a ready grilled chicken at the supermarket on the way home, and as I believed that high protein was the only way to keep me free of hypoglycemia, I ate it often. But all that animal fat was slowly catching up with me. All part of my journey before eventually looking into Raw Food Living.
He Is No Longer Vegetarian
Anyway, he admitted in this interview that he was no longer Vegetarian, but eats a tablespoon of raw liver every day. Only meat he does eat though. He will not eat it cooked because it takes 6-8 hours for the body to process cooked meat out of the stomach, and only 20 minutes for raw meat to do the same.
There is said to be an anti-fatigue factor in liver that makes it a favourite with athletes and body builders.
I went researching this idea further. and came upon this study by Benjamin K. Ershoff, PhD, in a July 1951 article published in the Proceedings for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.
Ershoff divided laboratory rats into three groups. The first ate a basic diet, fortified with 11 vitamins. The second ate the same diet, along with an additional supply of vitamin B complex. The third ate the original diet, but instead of vitamin B complex received 10 percent of rations as powdered liver.
A 1975 article published in Prevention magazine described the experiment as follows: “After several weeks, the animals were placed one by one into a drum of cold water from which they could not climb out. They literally were forced to sink or swim. Rats in the first group swam for an average 13.3 minutes before giving up. The second group, which had the added fortifications of B vitamins, swam for an average of 13.4 minutes. Of the last group of rats, the ones receiving liver, three swam for 63, 83 and 87 minutes. The other nine rats in this group were still swimming vigorously at the end of two hours when the test was terminated. Something in the liver had prevented them from becoming exhausted. To this day scientists have not been able to pin a label on this anti-fatigue factor.
Got To Trying Some
Well, today I tried this idea. Ate about a tablespoon of raw chicken liver. Pretty awful. Had to quickly knock it back with my tea. Got it down and not sure how often I would do it again, But will experiment a little with this to see if it raises my energy levels. All in the spirit of feeding myself a scientifically healthful diet. But … well …. will have to see on this one.
Better Way To Eat It?
I think a better way is to freeze it into large chunks and then grate it so that it can be refrozen into a flat piece that is easily broken off in bits and swollowed frozen. No taste hopefully. Apparently it is essential to freeze the liver to ensure all parasites are killed if there were any. Ja, no, well fine. People are doing this and I am game to see. I guess raw liver counts as raw food and if Dr Bass is doing it I will certainly deem it worth considering.
Lynn Razaitis, who writes for Weston A Price on liver and this anti-fatigue factor [link below] gives a very interesting recipe. She says:
RAW LIVER DRINK
The following raw liver drink was developed by the author and fellow WAPF member Becky Mauldin. Says Lynn, “I find that nothing works as well for giving strength when I am under stress. I am a teacher and use it when things start getting hectic at school. My husband has also found it very helpful for dealing with stress.”
1/2 – 1 ounce grassfed liver, cut into tiny chunks and frozen (it must be still frozen to blend well)
1 cup organic tomato juice
juice of 1/2 lime
dash hot sauce
1-2 raw pastured egg yolks
2-4 tablespoons fermented young coconut juice
1 tablespoon raw cream
1/4 teaspoon Concentrace mineral solution
1-2 teaspoons bee pollen (optional)
Blend everything together in a blender. You can follow with some fresh papaya if the drink gives you a livery aftertaste. You can also soak the liver chunks in sour milk or lemon juice before freezing to reduce the strong flavor
Perhaps Dehydrating The Liver?
Another idea that I think would make it all more palatable is described here… The Coconut Mama
She says she dehydrated the liver and put it in capsules. I will let her describe it:
My daughter LOVES eating beef liver! She will eat it raw (frozen in small pieces) or gently cooked and mixed with scrambled eggs.
My husband and I decided we would try to capsule it. It was very simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing it sooner. I dehydrated the liver at 105 degrees for 48 hours. I dehydrated it at a low temperature to preserve the enzymes and nutrients. Once the liver was dried, I placed it in my food processor and processed it until it was a powder. I wasn’t able to achieve a fine powder, but more of a coarse powder.
I then scooped the powdered liver into capsules (you can find empty capsules at most health food stores).
I have to admit that something in me gags at the thought of eating raw meat , but if it can turn me into an energy dynamo I would like to know. Part of the journey to ultimate health. Dehydration might rather be the way for me, but the dehydrator that I have my eye on is expensive.
Until next time,
References: Weston A Price The Coconut Mama Photo Credit: http://www.giantrobot.com/2009/05/