In front of the conflict of interest in the fields of science and medicine, which bury the symptoms without understanding the cause, we are invited to become experts of our own healing. The mucus free diet by Arnold Ehret, a pioneer who died nearly one century ago, is not one more food propaganda but a long-term treatment of continuous regeneration that allows the body to put back into circulation and remove old (from decades ago) metabolic waste. The principles taught by Walter Last are also integrated.
Coming back to the cause
A pioneer before the hour
Born in 1866 in Germany, Arnold Ehret is a forgotten and unknown pioneer in cellular detoxification. At 31, he was diagnosed with an incurable inflammatory kidney disease, Bright’s disease. A strong character, he sets himself on a quest for cutting-edge healing methods, from sanatorium to sanatorium in Europe. He took a look at research of his different contemporaries and combined several techniques to create his own vital hygiene approach. He began long fasts (21 to 49 days) and colon cleanses and gave up the consumption of meat, eggs, milk, cereals, legumes, potatoes, rice and fat. He saw a major improve in his health. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he didn’t think that the body depends on food to find its own energy, nor that one lives on his own reserves of flesh during a fast: “the human body does not expel, do not burn or use any healthy cell “. However, fasting and a mostly frugivorous diet will often reveal weaknesses in the body and bring them to the surface. Through his experiments, working with trials and errors and observing how sickness affects people around him, Ehret cured himself and reached a higher stage of vitality. Later, he popularized his holistic healing approach, the mucus free diet, in two European sanatoriums, where thousands of patients considered incurable came to learn how to take better care of themselves, at conferences and through the reports and writings that he was sharing.
For Ehret, all diseases, whatever their medical name is, result from local constipations, obstructions of human tissue, linked to a surplus of mucus in this region: “all diseases are in fact constipation, they consist of an unknown mass, rotten and fermented in the human body, old from decades and especially located in the intestines and the colon. What medical science calls “good health” is actually a pathological condition. The miracle is that we are alive in spite of our excesses and our bad food choices. The internal walls of the intestines are clogged with old hardened feces and look like the inside of a dirty stovepipe. The average man that is said to be healthy has been continuously carrying with him since his childhood several kilograms of faeces which he has never eliminated. The accumulation points are often the tongue, the stomach and first and foremost, the digestive system. The diet of our civilized world is never fully digested and the resulting waste is never completely eliminated. As for drugs, they are never taken out of the body, as some of the food waste is. Obstruction is the number one cause of death of all humanity in Western civilization. We are only a pale copy of the original man because of our degeneracy.”
His depiction of digestion is hardly glorious: “the stomach pocket is deformed and collapsed, which disrupts and interferes with the proper function of other organs. The glands and pores of its walls are completely clogged up and its elasticity, just as the one of the bowels, is almost paralyzed. The abdomen becomes an abnormally stretched bag full of greasy, watery and dislocated organs in which slides a lot of rotten food, fermenting more and more over time. This is what we call digestion today.”
But, what is mucus really? It’s a viscous and sticky fluid that does not dissolve inside of other fluids or tissues. It is generated according to particular contexts and has a defense role against toxins entering the body. It also traps external pathogens and agglutinates particularly in our sinuses, lungs, throat and around our glands. Each food that produces mucus when it breaks down also produces acids. True healing requires the release and cleanse of the layers of density accumulated since conception.
In his diagnostic, Arnold Ehret was taking into account the following points: level of congestion in the system, presence of poison, amount of drugs, state of decomposition of the organs and general level of vitality. At the beginning of a cleansing process, we shouldn’t look at the potential nutritional value of the food we consume but rather at the dissolution and elimination properties of ingredients. How much pathogenic material do they produce in the body? What trace do they leave? What are their properties of dissolution, elimination and healing?
Amongst all the methods that turn healthy food into poisons we find the sulphuring of dried fruits with sodium benzoate or salicylic acid (both powerful poisons) to prevent the fermentation of canned foods. The most dangerous method is to use the sulfuric acid vapors. On the other hand, during detoxification, the presence of poisons, uric acid or phosphate can reveal alarming results in the urine. There is a danger when the poisons (especially potassium cyanide) are dissolved too quickly and enter the circulation hence the importance of controlling the detoxification step by step.
Mercilessly with modern man, which he finds very degenerated, Arnold Ehret also addresses a new angle around white blood cells: “white man is denatured, sick and pathological. His skin lacks pigments because of a lack of coloring salts. It is no surprise he is whitish, pale and anemic. When my friends and I went to take a bath of public air after having followed the mucus free diet, alongside with sun cures, for several months, people thought we were Indians and thought we were from another race. That was undoubtedly due to the large amount of red blood cells in our blood and the remarkable lack of white blood cells. Are white blood cells vital living organisms which maintain life and which destroy germs responsible for diseases? Or are they the opposite, are they waste, decomposed, undigested and unusuable food substances, mucus and pathogens? “
The transition diet
Everyone can start where they are thanks to the so-called transition diet, which includes intermediate foods which are moderately mucus forming: some cereals (millet, quinoa, spelt), sweet potatoes, starchy vegetables, dried nuts, avocados, legumes, etc. High in protein and fat, nuts should be consumed only in winter and with moderation. The transition period ensures gradual and controlled change towards a diet that does not form mucus within the body. This adaptation period is not negligible and can evolve in stages: excessive detoxification can cause uncomfortable symptoms, via toxemia which is being put back in circulation in the blood (also causing irresistible food cravings). On the other hand, very often, our organs of elimination are slowed down and no longer fulfill their original functions. Finally, such changes in food bring to the surface a mountain of buried emotions that must be integrated one by one. It took me six months of transition (with starchy vegetables, some hummus and advocados) before diving into a 42-day masterfast. After that fast it was easier to stick to a mucus-free diet for 2 months before my body was able to handle some mucus-lean food. During the winter I moved back to some nuts and starchy vegetables (for dinner), while I was on fruit only for some other days.
On the creation of mucus, debris and waste in our bodies
In his book Healing foods, Walter Last addresses the impact of the creation of waste in the body. Metabolic residues such as protein debris (from the metabolization of protein), mucus, fatty sludge and organic acids are being created: « small protein fragments clog up the basement membrane through which nutriens move into cells. Also tiny blood capillaries and lymph channels become congested contributing to a wide range of degenerative diseases. Mucus originates from the lactose (milk sugar) in dairy products, from gluten (in wheat products) refined carbohydrates, eggs, molds and food allergens. Fatty slude is mainly formed from oxidized cholesterol and polyunsaturated fatty acids, hydrogenated fats and transfatty acids, but also by the interaction of chorinated water with vegetable oils or body oils. It leads to poor circulation and clogs the blood vessels and congests the lymph system. There is an accumulation of organic acids in the tissues which induces inflammation and mineral deficiencies. The accumulation of waste provides favorable breeding-grounds for microbes and parasites. »
When confronted to a difficult food, the body enters a state of stress: « the glandular system is induced to pour adrenal hormones into the bloodstream and this may be felt as an uplifting stimulation. Eventually, the body begins to crave this stimulation and this leads to an addiction to that particular food. After many years of using addictive food the glandular system is weakened and stronger stimulants are required (alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco). Eventually even these will not achieve the desired effect or only for shorter and shorter periods. Commonly the alarm reaction occurs in early childhood when we are first introduced to wheat or cows’ milk, maize or soy milk and then settles down to several decades of hidden allergies with minimal symptoms. However, eventually the capacity of the adrenal glands to produce sufficient anti-inflammatory hormones becomes exhausted and we enter the exhaustion phase. Now we have a maladaptation to allergens and emotional stress with chronic and generalized inflammations. »
After complete avoidance of an allergenic food and while reducing the overall allergenic inputs from other influences at the same time one usually becomes hypersensitive to that food for a period lasting from a few weeks to several months. After this the sensitivity to the offending food gradually declines : « depending on the severity of your initial symptoms or degenerative disease this may be from a few months up to several years. Depending on its severity and mode of manifestation we may distinguish between 4 types of allergy: addictive, cyclic, fixed and multiple allergies. An addictive allergy induces us to eat our favorite food every day or we are threatened with withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, we have a craving for a certain food and eating or drinking it makes us feel better. The user usually is not aware of his or her addiction and for this reason this type of allergy is also called hidden or masked allergy, corresponding to the period of adaptation. Such reactions as asthma and hay fever would not occur if the mucous membranes were not already hypersensitive because of underlying food allergies, mucus congestion and antioxidant deficiencies. The body can be made sensitive to allergic reactions by regularly using alkalizers (fruit acids neutralized with dolomite powder), MSM, a high intake of bioflavanoids, and carotenes and possibly digestiveenzymes. Reactions can also be stopped using homeopathy: liquefy a sample of the allergenic food, dilute 1 part of it with 9 parts of water and shake in a bottle or jar about 40 times with a strong downard movement. Take again 1 part of this with 9 parts of water and so forth until the dilution process has been done four times in all. Then keep 1 teaspoonful of the last dilution for a few minutes in the mouth before swallowing. Then make 2 more dilutions and also keep a teasponnful of each of these in the mouth. Eat suspected problamatic foods not more than once a week. »
Explaining the stimulating addictive effect of meat on the human system
« Meat stimulates the adrenal glands and the sympathetic nervous system thus creating tension and readiness for action. Fruits have the opposite effect. They stimulate the release of insulin, which counteracts the effect of adrenal hormones. While vegetables, especially those high in chlorophyl, make us more relaxed, fruits make us physically, emotionally and psychically more sensitive. Both fruits and vegetables increase our intuition. Red meat especially has a strong grounding effect and is therefore balancing for those who are oversensitive, overemotional and open to negative psychic or occult influences. »
On fertilizers and nitrates
« Organically grown food means that it is free of toxic agricultural chemicals and has been grown in good soil without the use of water-soluble fertilizers . Very harmful are nitrogen fertilizers, especially nitrates. In one scientific experiment hens were fed blueberries that were either unfertilized or fertilized with nitrates. Hens fed large amounts of nitrate-fertilized berries died within three days. Those that received only small amounts of fertilized berries laid eggs with defective missing shells. Hens fed unfertilised berries in any quantity maintained normal health and eggs. What will a low-dose long-term intake of such fertilized foods do to us ? »
Walter Last advises to use garlic mainly to sanitize the intestinal tract or overcome an infection rather than for everyday food flavouring, because of its adverse affects on brain functions. He advises that, for individuals with a weak sugar metabolism, it it not good to have much sweetness on an empty stomach as that drives the blood sugar level too high, followed by symptoms of hypoglycemia. He also advises these cooking rules :
- By adding water after the water has started to boil, less vitamins will be destroyed when cooking vegetables ;
- Save and use the cooking water ;
- Cook for the shortest period possible ;
- Quickly store and keep cool ;
- Do not leave acid food in contact with metal surfaces ;
- Do not cook what can be conveniently be eaten raw ;
- Do not fry or heat oils or fats.
What to do with all of this?
At first glance, these ideas may seem a little radical. Listening/reading to them without resistance requires keeping an open mind and avoiding many misconceptions around food (which are many). And who is really ready to adapt to a full time lifestyle? Too often, we want a miracle recipe, an express detox so we can keep on with our journey. My research over the past 10 months has led me to discover that we over-estimate our health and underestimate the time our body needs to regenerate. Pesco-vegetarian for 12 years, vegan a year, these diets had allowed me to experience relief from the diet of my childhood and adolescence with my parents (including grains, meat and dairy and sugar), without allowing me to access a deeper stage of healing. At each step, cellular detoxification is full of treasures because it is a field of experimentation for a better knowledge of oneself and a renewed sovereignty around our health.
Living mucus free nowadays
As for contemporary mentors in cellular detoxification, I have reeducated myself for the last 18 months through extensive research. Once the technique is mastered and once one has understood how the body operates, buried feelings and the way we numb ourselves in life are the key aspects to be adressed. By feeling it all as everything is coming up to the surface, we have the opportunity to release each footprint, one by one.
Here is the list of the mucus creation of each food item.
A few tips from Arnold Ehret:
- Add lemon juice to your fruits; eat dried nuts with dried fruits (and not with fresh fruits because water and fat do not mix); fruits can be mixed with celery, lettuce, carrots and raw beets. If one can’t handle raw fruits, they can be cooked: the efficiency of vital healing of fresh fruits can be too aggressive at first.
- For a healthy stomach: 2/3 grated raw carrots or celery or beets with 1/3 thinly sliced bananas and some raisins.
- To dissolve hardened mucus: prepare the juice and pulp of 4 lemons with honey.
- Seared, crispy or cooked in chips without the presence of fat, sweet potatoes are almost devoid of mucus. They are better than potatoes which are best well cooked to reduce the production of mucus.
- Preparing a broth by cooking different kinds of vegetables and drink only the juice; consume only one type of cooked vegetables per meal with raw salad for example.
- Limiting the amount of fluid present during a meal (including soups). During a fast, the less you drink, the more aggressive the fast will be.
- The healing system of the mucus free diet by Arnold Ehret, 2013
- There is an annotated version of this book adapted to our current era. Prof. Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System: Annotated, Revised, and Edited by Prof. Spira, 2014 + audiobook