RFT readers weigh in on the raw-food diet and take Dennis Brown to task over his stand on the Kiel Opera House

FEATURE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
RAW FOODISTS ARE NUTS
Crazy diet for crazy people: Are raw foodists aware that one day soon they will be diagnosed with a psychological disorder ["Weed Eaters," Nicholas Phillips]? Historically speaking, they have, at best, a fringe diet that refuses to recognize the realities of the everyday and the facts of evolution. There isn't a sensible raw foodist out there. They are all using this harebrained diet as a way of dealing with some deep-seated issues. Of course, not all omnivores are sane, but every vegetarian/vegan/raw foodist is undeniably (at least in some small sense) insane. Eat a fucking steak once in a while.
Anonymous, via the Internet

Glad to get a raw deal: Raw nutrition is the most appropriate and natural way for humans to nourish themselves. We got off it because of the industrialization of our society. It takes a lot of time and work to have a complete garden of one's own. I was vegetarian as a kid in a family of omnivores. I felt that eating fruit and veggies right off the shrub or tree was the best way to eat them. Life in the corporate world made me stray somewhat from the raw diet. It is hard to go out for lunch with customers and eat raw in standard restaurants.

I personally don't care if the scientific world can ever explain why eating raw is better for us. I know it is because I have the proof in my own body. That's enough science for me.
Mona, St. Louis, via the Internet

Raw food for thought: The health benefits of a raw-food diet can easily be explained by the fact that raw foodists do not eat unsprouted grains. Autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, migraines, diabetes and a host of other ailments are directly linked to the consumption of whole and refined grains. Simply put, human physiology is not built for grain consumption. Raw foodists also can expect further benefits from no longer consuming immune-suppressing vegetable oils, again because the chemical makeup of these oils is foreign to the human body.

Unfortunately, a diet of raw foods that does not include raw meat will be, over the long term, nutrient deficient for the vast majority of the human population. It's a dirty secret among the raw-food community that many of its long-term practitioners eventually abandon the diet as their health eventually begins to fail.

The fatal flaw to vegan raw foodism, and most food fads for that matter, is that it refuses to acknowledge that we are evolved animals and that the search for proper nutrition must start with this fact. All the scientific data suggest sthat we have been consuming meat for over a million years, and to stop doing so based upon ideological or wishful thinking would be disastrous.
Hugh, Maplewood, via the Internet

Raves for raw: I am living proof that living a raw lifestyle does work. I had two life-debilitating diseases — migraines (my whole life) and a non-functioning thyroid — and both were cured within eleven months, whereas medicine did not help me.
Veganforlife, Belcamp, Maryland, via the Internet

STAGE, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE, DENNIS!
Restoring the Kiel is the right thing to do: What kind of favors did the Fox give you to write this scare piece disguised as genuine concern for the theater scene ["Slay Kiel Opera House!" Dennis Brown]? The Muny and Fox are too big? What the fuck are you smoking? These two venues sell out regularly, and I don't see either theater covering up or ripping out seats due to un-use, do you?

Moreover, not only do you throw blind accusations at a theater that has yet to be reopened, you propose no alternatives to the grand, beautiful, decomposing, unused gem of a building that we have sitting right on the Gateway Mall. I guess the status quo is the best way to approach this, right? Just let the building crumble into dust and hope no one notices. What an incredibly backwards viewpoint, an illustration of why St. Louis always meets resistance when rehab projects emerge.

Hey, Einstein, if the Kiel is so fucking big, did it ever occur to you that the shows it will be stealing won't be from midsized venues, but large ones? You know that massive cavelike dwelling on the other side of the Gateway Mall — Scottrade Center? Well, before the Kiel closed down and they built that monstrosity, it was the Kiel that would get huge massive touring events like Sesame Street Live and Bruce Springsteen. The emergence of midsized arenas like Chaifetz and the Family Arena only further diluted the quality of venues for these large tours. Get a grip, Dennis, and get off your high horse.
Dean, St. Louis, via the Internet

Brownout: Does Dennis Brown really have the inside track on what will or won't work regarding the theater community in St. Louis? If the Fox cannot compete with a renovated Kiel, then the ardent "parochial" capitalists who run it will figure out a way to make the Fox more attractive and more profitable. As we strive to enhance our downtown area (Citygarden) and attract more conventions and visitors, a first-class entertainment venue within walking distance of the Metro, hotels and other attractions is a smart choice for the city.
Dr. Joseph Koestner, St. Louis, via the Internet

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