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Raw Grain, Ancient Health Food

Raw Grain in Ancient Rome

Thousands of years ago, men wearing skirts and sandals conquered the world. They ate a plant-based diet, including raw grain. When the Roman legions marched, each unit had a grain mill and a quantity of grain. Part of the grain was ground and soaked, made into raw cereal. Part was baked into loaves, to carry with them.

If the grain ran out and the soldiers had to eat meat, they complained. They knew that their stamina was better on grain. Since Rome was a big bureaucracy, they kept records of everything, including what they fed the soldiers.

Raw Grain in Ancient Middle East

Thousands of years ago, a mystic wrote a book about raw foods, fasting and natural healing. 'The Essene Gospel of Peace' includes instructions for the preparation of sun-baked breads from sprouted barley and wheat.

The Essenes were peaceful spiritual seekers. The book claims to record teachings of Jesus; maybe someone hoped people would take it seriously if it seemed to come from a famous person. Whoever it was, people long ago were benefiting from raw food, including raw grain.
Essene Gospel of Peace

Raw Grain in European Nature Cure Tradition

At the turn of the last century, Max Bircher-Benner, a Swiss MD, promoted a dish called muesli, made with raw oats, apples, and nuts. His healing system emphasized raw foods, a plant-based diet, sunlight, exercise, etc. Many people were healed of chronic diseases at his clinic.

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