Author, Actress and Eco-Farmer Rhio Discusses Current Health Issues

Friday, May 30, 2008 by: Kevin Gianni
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(NaturalNews) This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Raw Summit which can be found at ( . In this excerpt, Rhio shares information on pressing issues for understanding health.

Raw Summit Excerpt with Rhio, author of Hooked on Raw, speaker, radio host, actress, singer, raw chef and eco-farmer.

Kevin: Rhio, I want to welcome you to the Raw Summit.

Rhio: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here.

Kevin: Let's start off just by introducing yourself and telling everyone a little bit about how you got to where you are now.

Rhio: Well, my name is Rhio. I wrote a book called Hooked on Raw and I was first introduced to the raw and living food diet when I was a teenager. I was looking for just a little summer job. I got a job at a raw juice bar and it was one of the most amazing educations that I ever had because there would be people with ulcers coming in for cabbage juice and people with kidney problems coming in for watermelon juice and all various types would come in and I would ask them about it because it was all new to me, and I got an education just from the people themselves.

Kevin: That's great. And did you know anything about juicing before or did you just need a job?

Rhio: I didn't. This was like totally new to me -- the concept that food could actually affect your body. The only thing that I knew prior to that was I had read in a book once that garlic was very good for the skin and I like to have nice skin so as a child, I ate a lot of garlic. This opened up a whole new education because it connected the fact that foods have an impact on our health and on our bodies, and I hadn't connected those two before.

Kevin: Yes. Let's fast forward to now. You're a radio show host and you talk to some fantastic people and you address current issues that revolve around the health and wellness industry and I really want to get into this. What do you think are the most current? And let's just get into them one by one.

Rhio: The most pressing issue for me is that people just do not understand what creates health in their body. They are totally ignorant of it and our press, media, the allopathic medical paradigm, all of that supports an erroneous system that we then buy into and believe in.

Kevin: Right.

Rhio: For example, I believe that what causes disease is the fact that our bodies become too acidic. So the main situation in the body is you have to maintain an alkaline state in the blood and in the cells and the tissues because our bodies are alkaline by design but acidic in function. What does that mean? Most people don't know what that means. It means that to live in a healthy body we have to maintain the blood and tissues in a slightly alkaline state. But yet, many of the processes of our body create acidity in their function, and that acidity has to be eliminated efficiently for us to be healthy. And of course, the best way to do that is through a diet of raw fruit and vegetables predominantly.

Now what happened is a lot of people don't know that there's a lost chapter in the history of biology. For example, back in the 1850s, there was a big discussion let's say, going on in France and Europe about what causes health. And there were two different factions at that time. There was Louis Pasteur, and his beliefs have prevailed but there was also a very prominent microbiologist and scientist of that time called Antoine Bechamp. At that time, he had a different theory from Pasteur because Pasteur's theory was that bacteria and germs cause disease. So Bechamp's theory was that it's not the germ that causes the disease.

He discovered that there's this tiny little body present. It's like an indestructible little body in the blood and in the tissues, and he called it microzymes. And certain other researchers discovered these little tiny indestructible bodies in the blood and they gave it different names. So for example, another researcher called Gunther Enderlein, he called it a protit and then, Gaston Naessens, another researcher up in Canada, he called it the somatid.

Bechamp found that when the terrain is in a slightly alkaline state, that body stays neutral. In other words, it's beneficial to our bodies. But as soon as the body starts going acid, then that microzyma, would change form and become pathogenic.

Kevin: Right.

Rhio: So the difference between Bechamp's theory and Pasteur's theory is night and day. Pasteur said that the germs invade the body from the outside and cause disease whereas Bechamp said that the germ exists inside the body and changes form when the body becomes acid. But even at that time, Bechamp with the microscopes that they had, he was able to see the changes occurring. He was able to see it and scientists today can see it as well. The only problem is when they do see it they say that something invaded the medium. So they don't understand that it's happening within the medium, that the germ is actually changing its forms and becoming more pathogenic.

Kevin: So the media obviously plays a huge role in passing along this information as well as corporations and the people who are looking at these microzymes.

Rhio: Well, you see people don't know that that even exists. It's not commonly known because down through the era Antoine Bechamp and Pasteur, they were in the mid-1800's, when they were having
this discussion in Europe. Since then, different scientists have come up with it, but it's all been unrelated to each other, so they never got together and plus they also lived in different times so nothing ever got together to secure a different idea of how to be healthy.

Kevin: Sure.

Rhio: I mean even doctors know this. Because for example, let's say somebody comes into a trauma ward in the hospital. What's the first thing that they do? They have to check your blood pH and make sure that your alkaline... and they actually put stuff in your bloodstream to make sure that you're alkaline.

Kevin: Really?

Rhio: Because when you're in a traumatic state, you're acid and they have to change that, otherwise, they're going to lose the patient.

Kevin: Wow! I wasn't aware of that. It's incredible!

Rhio: Basically, doctors know all of this stuff, but they are so ingrained with the germ theory that they don't take it through to its logical conclusion.

Kevin: How is this going to progress? Is it going to continue with the germ theory or anything?

Rhio: Unless we can through our raw food community and certain of the health community like some of the alternative health doctors and researchers. If we can get this other theory going in contrast to the one that's being hoisted upon us, I mean basically, if your body is in a slightly alkaline state, you cannot get sick. It's impossible to do that.

Kevin: A lot of people find that hard to believe.

Rhio: I know. I lecture about this all the time. I get thrown a lot of things. Well, how come there were germs when you have a disease? Well, I'm not saying that germs aren't there. Germs are associated with disease, yes, but they didn't come first. First, came the acidic terrain and then that little germ changed into a pathogenic form and there you got your germs.

Kevin: Yes. We clearly know that eating a living food diet is going to help us bring us to an alkaline body pH.

Rhio: Yes.

Kevin: Now, what are some of the other issues with our foods that are causing some of this acidity?

Rhio: Well, of course, the foods of modern commerce, let's say all the junk foods, like cola is totally acid, meats create acidity, poultry, dairy create acidity, even wheat creates acidity in the body.

Basically, you have to counteract all that acidity. Well, how you do that? The body has mechanisms to control that. For example, if you are on a high protein diet, you're getting too much acid in your diet, so how does the body ameliorate that?

It has various systems. The most commonly heard system that it has will dissolve calcium and magnesium from the bones and teeth to buffer that acidity and that's why we have so much osteoporosis
because with a constantly acid diet, the body is constantly doing that and what happens overtime is you start losing your calcium and your magnesium from your bones and teeth and it creates that disease.

Another way that you could ameliorate that is through drinking a lot of water that has some effect on bringing down the acidity. Once there is too much acidity, then what happens is disease starts getting formed. For example, when there's too much acidity and it's not being eliminated properly, then the body throws it out into the extremities of the body because it wants to keep it out of the circulatory system.

That's why you have like diseases of the bones like arthritis and things like that because all the acidity goes to the joints and whatever is not the main circulation because when you have acidity in
the main circulation, it's a life-threatening situation and the body knows this because the body is so intelligent. It does everything it can to buffer the acidity, but when it can no longer do that, that's when certain diseases manifest.

Kevin: Right. You've mentioned calcium, you've mentioned osteoporosis, it's a big hot topic. How are people still drinking milk, which creates acidity for the calcium and when there's information out there that says, "Hey! This is really part of a problem, not the solution."

Rhio: Well, I think people still get their health information from mainstream media and that's a problem because mainstream media rarely allows the truth. The dairy industry has a program, thus forever, to think that we need dairy for calcium which could not be further from the truth. I mean the best most assimilable calcium on this earth is from leafy greens.

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