Day 28: Macronutrients: Protein

Protein Requirements; Protein Sources; Is Dairy Protein Carcinogenic?

Welcome to Day 28!

“Where do you get your protein?”

The conventional information out there on this subject is less than the best ever – today’s file and videos will (hopefully) set the record straight. I have had MDs, Nurses, and Registered Dieticians tell me there is no protein in fruits and vegetables. Then they actually look at the nutritional data, and backtrack.

The main facts to know about protein, with specific Juice Feasting Points:

We need between 25-35 grams of protein/day. The Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that we need approximately 2.5% of our total calories to be protein. This is approximately 18 grams of protein per day. The World Health Organization suggests 4.5% of our calories, or about 32 grams per day. Human mother’s milk has about 5% of its calories as protein, and that is for a growing baby. In Diet for a New America by John Robbins, we see this chart:

Casein, 87% of the protein in conventional pasteurized cow milk, is a potential carcinogen, as proven by the 27-year Cornell-Oxford China Study [graphics and writing below from The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD):

20% Casein Diet Showing Massive Tumor (Foci) Growth


We also examined whether soy protein had the same effect as casein on foci development. Rats fed 20% soy protein diets did not form early foci, just like the 20% wheat protein diets. Suddenly protein, milk protein in this case, wasn’t looking so good. We had discovered that low protein intake reduces cancer initiation and works in multiple synchronous ways. As if that weren’t enough, we were finding that high protein intake, in excess of the amount needed for growth, promotes cancer after initiation. Like flipping a light switch on and off, we could control cancer promotion merely by changing levels of protein, regardless of initial carcinogen exposure. But the cancer-promoting factor in this case was cow’s milk protein. It was difficult enough for my colleagues to accept the idea that protein might help cancer grow, but cow’s milk protein? Was I crazy?

Thus far we had relied on experiments where we measured only the early indicators of tumor development, the early cancer-like foci. Now, it was time to do the big study, the one where we would measure complete tumor formation. We organized a very large study of several hundred rats and examined tumor formation over their lifetimes using several different approaches.

The effects of protein feeding on tumor development were nothing less than spectacular. Rats generally live for about two years, thus the study was 100 weeks in length. All animals that were administered aflatoxin and fed the regular 20% levels of casein either were dead or near death from liver tumors at 100 weeks. All animals administered the same level of aflatoxin but fed the low 5% protein diet were alive, active and thrifty, with sleek hair coats at 100 weeks.


This was a virtual 100 to zero score, something almost never seen in research.

High protein diets, such as Atkins, are harmful and dangerous on multiple levels (see today’s file, “Atkins Exposed” by Dr. Michael Greger, MD and visit

We destroy up to 50% of the protein in our food when we cook it (Max Planck Institute).

Protein combining (a 1970s myth created by Francis Moore Lappe in her book Diet for a Small Planet) to get adequate protein is unnecessary.

John Robbins sites her in Diet for a New America:

“In 1971 I stressed protein complentarity because I assumed that the only way to get enough protein … was to create a protein as usable by the body as animal protein. In combating the myth that meat is the only way to get high-quality protein, I reinforced another myth. I gave the impression that in order to get enough protein without meat, considerable care was needed in choosing foods. Actually, it is much easier than I thought. With a healthy, varied diet, concern about protein complemetarity is not necessary for most of us.”

Leafy Greens are 30% Protein (60% Carbohydrate, and 7-10% Fat)

A pound of leafy greens has between 10 and 15 grams of protein in it. On the Juice Feast, you are using two pounds of leafy greens, which already gives you 20-30 grams of protein for the day.

Nuts and Seeds are between 8% and 21% protein.

Your other high-protein ingredients on the Juice Feast are: Blue Green Algae (65% protein), Green Superfood Powder Concentrates, and Bee Pollen.

Here is your Final Protein-Dense Foods Wrap-Up:

Green Vegetables

+ Spinach
+ Watercress
+ Arugula
+ Kale
+ Broccoli
+ Brussels Sprouts
+ Collard Greens
+ Parsley


+ Spirulina
+ Blue-Green Algae
+ Chlorella
+ Bee Pollen
+ Goji Berries
+ Hemp Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Cashews, Filberts, Brazil Nuts
+ Olives
+ Durian
+ Maca
+ Sprouts

+ Powdered Grasses such as Greener Grasses by HealthForce Nutritionals
+ Green Superfood Powder Concentrates like Vitamineral Green and Pure Synergy

THE REALLY GOOD NEWS IS you can get all the protein you need in a completely plant-based diet, or a largely plant-based, integrated diet, without increasing blood pressure, increasing cholesterol levels, causing kidney damage, liver toxicity and stagnation, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, creating the underlying conditions for osteoporosis, chronic pain, etc. etc.

As long as you are eating enough vegetables, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to meet your caloric needs, a protein deficiency is impossible unless your absorption of protein is compromised by low stomach acid. I you suspect this is the case, please consider investigating the use of Apple Cider Vinegar in water before meals. 1 Tablespoon in a small glass of water just 5 minutes before Juice or a Meal is excellent. (We have placed the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Book in today’s Downloads section for you.)

There is also a supplement called Betaine HCl to increase the amount of stomach acid. But try Apple Cider Vinegar first.

HCl in your stomach turns on the enzymes that digest protein, and many westerners over 40 are somewhat lacking in HCl.)

We have worked very hard on this file to show definitively that we are getting enough protein. This file has gone to several MDs already, who have insisted to my students that a person cannot get enough protein from a live vegan diet. They retracted after viewing the file!

See you in The Green Room!


Day 28 Introduction with David and Katrina Rainoshek

Theme Music: “Feelin Stronger Everyday” Leonid & Friends cover of the song by Chicago.

Kevin Gianni on How to Answer the Protein Question.

David Wolfe on Plant-Based Protein Sources

David Wolfe on Plant-Based Protein Sources

Kevin Gianni: Does High Protein in the Eskimo Diet Cause Osteoporosis?


Today’s Downloads

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by David Rainoshek, M.A.

“Where do you get your protein?” With this file, the question is answered. I have had M.D.s tell me there is no protein in fruits and vegetables. Then they backtrack.

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Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System

by Paul and Patricia Bragg

Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, "a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria" for a healthier, stronger, longer life!

The versatility of ACV as a powerful body cleansing agent is legendary. The use of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful health aid, and the #1 food I recommend in helping to maintain the body's natural digestive fire.

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atkins exposed by michael greger, M.d.

When Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution was first published, the President of the American College of Nutrition said, “Of all the bizarre diets that have been proposed in the last 50 years, this is the most dangerous to the public if followed for any length of time.”[1]

When the chief health officer for the State of Maryland,[2] was asked “What’s wrong with the Atkins Diet?” He replied “What’s wrong with… taking an overdose of sleeping pills? You are placing your body in jeopardy.” He continued “Although you can lose weight on these nutritionally unsound diets, you do so at the risk of your health and even your life.”[3]

The Chair of Harvard’s nutrition department went on record before a 1973 U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating fad diets: “The Atkins Diet is nonsense… Any book that recommends unlimited amounts of meat, butter, and eggs, as this one does, in my opinion is dangerous. The author who makes the suggestion is guilty of malpractice.”[4]

The Chair of the American Medical Association’s Council on Food and Nutrition testified before the Senate Subcommittee as to why the AMA felt they had to formally publish an official condemnation of the Atkins Diet: “A careful scientific appraisal was carried out by several council and staff members, aided by outside consultants. It became apparent that the [Atkins] diet as recommended poses a serious threat to health.”[5]

The warnings from medical authorities continue to this day. “People need to wake up to the reality,” former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop writes, that the Atkins Diet is “unhealthy and can be dangerous.”[6]

The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals,[7] calls the Atkins Diet “a nightmare of a diet.”[8] The official spokesperson of the American Dietetic Association elaborated: “The Atkins Diet and its ilk–any eating regimen that encourages gorging on bacon, cream and butter while shunning apples, all in the name of weight loss–are a dietitian’s nightmare.”[9] The ADA has been warning Americans about the potential hazards of the Atkins Diet for almost 30 years now.[10] Atkins dismissed such criticism as “dietician talk”.[11] “My English sheepdog,” Atkins once said, “will figure out nutrition before the dieticians do.”[12]

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Eggs : superfoods

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Even as a Raw/Live Vegan, in my research I could find nothing but positive information about normal, healthy eggs in one’s diet. I am a fond proponent of using raw eggs and soft-boiled eggs as a major food in your diet.

Raw whole eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat.

Eggs are loaded with healthy: Cholesterol, Protein, Essential Fats: DHA and AA, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, Selenium, Zinc, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Iron

Read on in the file… this has been a major food of renewal for people ready to move forward from a Vegan or Raw/Live Vegan diet.

Online Articles

 The textured vegetable protein experiment: Even rabbits won’t eat it by Mike Adams

I've researched the opinions of quite a few health experts on textured vegetable protein. Dr. Russell Blaylock urges me to avoid all processed soy products. He says that many of them have free glutamate, or MSG, in them, and I've definitely observed that to be true. For example, most of the vegetarian beef jerky products, or the textured vegetable protein products, contain yeast extract, MSG or some other kind of chemical taste-enhancer.

I've also received literally hundreds of emails from readers asking my opinion on soy and whether I'm aware of some of the nutritional dangers of relying too much on soy. To date, my position has always been if you're going to eat soy, fermented soy -- like miso or properly processed tofu -- is best,

 Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) recall leaves food consumers wondering: What is this stuff? by Mike Adams

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) is one of most common soy-based food “fillers” used to make literally thousands of processed food products. It’s found in veggie burgers, gravy mixes, soups and many other grocery products. Last Thursday, one of the largest producers of HVP in the United States, Las Vegas-based Basic Food Flavors Inc., was the subject of an FDA consumer safety warning announcement. Salmonella had been found contaminating the company’s HVP production equipment, the FDA said, and a nationwide recall was initiated that now includes products from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, McCormick and many other companies.

Great Books

By Jonathan Wright

This groundbreaking book unleashes a brilliant new plan for permanently curing heartburn by relieving the root cause of the problem: low stomach acid. The fact is that heartburn is caused by too little stomach acid -- not too much, as many doctors profess. As explained in this book, the current practice of reducing stomach acid may be a temporary fix, but this fix comes at a cost to our long-term health that is being ignored by the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and the thousands of physicians that prescribe anti-acid drugs like Prilosec, Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, and others.

By T. Colin Campbell, PhD

The science is clear. The results are unmistakable.

You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet.

More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found when combined with findings in Colin’s laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

In 2005, Colin and his son Tom, now a physician, shared those findings with the world in The China Study, hailed as one of the most important books about diet and health ever written.

by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

Conscious Eating has been referred to as the "Bible of Vegetarians," for both beginners and advanced students of health. This classic work in the field of live-food nutrition is an inspirational journey and a manual for life. Included is new information on PROTEIN, enzymes, vegetarian nutrition for pregnancy, and an innovative international 14-day menu of gourmet, Kosher, vegetarian, live-food cuisine, plus 150 recipes.

By Weston A. Price

Dr. Price was a Cleveland dentist, who has been called the Charles Darwin of Nutrition. Searching for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration he observed daily in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to study the teeth of native peoples of the world, both eating their native, historic diet, and those who had turned to a westernized diet.

Media, Films, & Documentaries

Dr. Neal Barnard: “Can Vegans Get Enough Protein?”

Dr. Neal Barnard clears up common myths about plant-based diets, including concerns about protein, calcium, and supplements in a new episode of The Exam Room podcast. Listen to the full episode: or on iTunes or Google Play.

The Best Protein in A Vegan Diet | Gabriel Cousens MD

The Protein Combining Myth in a Vegan Diet | Gabriel Cousens MD

I Am Active

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