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The Rodale Diet: Inspiration

February 27, 2012

I received this email from Men’s Health recently, and was utterly intrigued.

J.I. Rodale, the man who founded Rodale Publishing (the publisher of this website), launched the organic farming movement in America. A strong believer in the power of food to heal, he knew long before organic went mainstream that producing the healthiest food meant growing it in the healthiest soil—soil enriched naturally with organic matter, not synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers that can rob it of vital nutrients and minerals. In a 1947 issue of Rodale’s first magazine, Organic Gardening, J.I. Rodale outlined “The Rodale Diet,” a simple recommendation of easily accessible healthy foods, grown without the use of toxic chemicals that, if followed 20 to 30 percent of the time would “give disease a smart punch in the solar plexus.” And 65 years of nutrition science have proved him right. All of the foods he recommended back in the ’40s, studies are finding, contain the highest amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and other vital nutrients that are deficient in the modern American diet. If you want to follow “The Rodale Diet,” here’s what you need to get started.

Wow! A new hero! Seriously, I’ve been reading up on this man recently and he is truly a superstar in the health world.

To Rodale, agriculture and health were inseparable. Healthy soil required compost and eschewing poisonous pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Eating plants grown in such soil would then help humans stay healthier, he expounded.

One of Rodale’s most successful projects was Prevention Magazine, founded in 1950, which promotes preventing disease rather than trying to cure it later.[5] For decades it has been a leading source of information for those in North America interested in alternative health, including before the natural foods movement became popular in the late 1960s. It pioneered the return to whole grains, unrefined sweets, using little fat in food preparation, seldom eating animal products, folk cures, herbal medicines, and breastfeeding.

What an inspiration! Rodale also founded The Rodale Insitute: Organic Pioneers Since 1947 to “improve the health and well-being of people and the planet” and the institute is dedicated to research and outreach, and his son Robert has since continued the movement (see video below).  I am a big proponent of alternative health, and am absolutely fasincated and in awe of all that this man was able to undertake and accomplish in his lifetime.

Check out the article for more on the Rodale Diet (really amazing information) and may we all aspire to impact the world in as positive a way as this incredible man.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    February 27, 2012 7:59 pm

    wow brilliant! amazing the things that slip through the cracks.

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