The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

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The Live Food Factor is the first comprehensive guide to not only the raw food diet, but also the raw food movement itself. This diet is sweeping America as people discover its power to not only make a body lean, but also keep disease at bay and bolster the immune system to heal from what are typically considered "incurable" diseases. Everyone who eats should read this book! The first edition won the IPPY award as "most progressive health book of the year." The second edition of the Live Food Factor is an updated, expanded and revised comprehensive guide to the raw food diet, with a section on inspiration, a section on science, a section on the history of raw foodism, a complete how-to section, including frequently asked questions & answers, and recipes. It contains 66 scientific studies to support the superiority of eating raw. This second edition brings a summary of all the benefits of Natural Hygiene as well. It includes several chapters written mainly by Victoria BidWell, including the true cause of illness, how to detox and an entire chapter on fasting. It also includes a new chapter written mainly by Dr. Vetrano and Dr. Tosca Haag on how to get children to eat raw. There are new testimonials, many new recipes, updated science studies, and even 3 new appendices. It is packed with new and updated information. In fact, this edition has about 37% more information! (The font had to be slightly smaller to squeeze everything in!) It also contains forewords by Dr. V.Vetrano, DC, hMD, PhD, DSci (who worked extensively with Dr. Shelton of the Natural Hygiene movement) and Victoria Boutenko (one of the most noted leaders of the raw food movement). It was carefully edited for accuracy by Bob Avery, expert on the raw food diet and former editor of the M2M magazine, as well as Victoria Bidwell and Dr. Vetrano for accuracy in the Natural Hygiene components.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Live Food Factor Review
    The book has already helped me immensely. The detoxification section was very informative in understanding the problems that are and will be coming up as I continue on this new eating journey of raw and living foods. I've been struggling for the past year to adopt a noncooked foods diet, and now that God has opened my eyes to the blockages that were holding me back, I am finding the healing process to be a little intimidating. After reading that portion of the book, I feel somewhat prepared for the upcoming year.

    Thank you for taking the time to put this book together and present it in a practical and hands on fashion.
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  • Super handy raw food book!!!
    I'm in a family of four and we all just decided to become 100% raw vegans. The four of us pretty much fight over our copy of "The Live Food Factor". It comes in handy so much! For recipes, for ideas, for answers and to just read more about raw foods.

    We each have specific wants (my sister wants to gain weight, I want to lose some weight, my girlfriend wants to broaden the variety of foods she eats and my brother in law wants information on transitional foods) and this book totally gives us all of the information we need/want. I'm not quite done with it, but I'm about halfway through and loving it.

    Thank you for providing so much information about the raw food diet. I don't know where my family would be without you (or your prompt e-mail responses!!!). Again, thank you. You have changed our lives incredibly!...more info
  • A health lover's library is incomplete without this 660-page masterpiece
    Live Food Factor stands as the most comprehensive book on rawfoodism ever published. This treasure trove of life-enhancing information is completely backed by empirical science. As a 24-year rawfooder and health scientist who has read all the rawfood books, personally knows the co-authors, and long ago recovered from a deadly illness using the natural hygienic principles LFF teaches, I'll attest that LFF is a sound guide to superior health--one that humanity needs to embrace. The variety of topics, especially the healing stories and conclusive scientific studies, are almost endlessly infatuating. A health lover's library is incomplete without this 660-page masterpiece. If you desire to be break out of the shackles of conventional thinking and harmful lifestyle habits and become truly healthy and vibrantly alive, dig in and get inspired for life!

    -David Klein, Ph.D., author of Your Natural Diet: Alive Raw Foods and editor of Vibrance magazine. ...more info
  • Life Changing!
    This book is life changing. My whole family, 5 year old included, is on board and we've seen nothing but extraordinary results. I urge every adult to read it and make the move. I urge every parent to LIVE it, for the sake of your child.... ...more info
  • A Masterful Raw Food Treatise
    I literally stumbled upon this gem. I was primed to purchase a couple raw food recipe books and happened to notice the numerous amounts of high-rated reviews this book received. Since purchasing-and yes, reading-Live Food Factor, I can honestly say I see why it has received such rave reviews. Though the authors recommend reading the book from start to finish, I can't help but scour through the many intriguing chapters and appendices randomly, discovering new information on nearly every page. The Live Food Factor is just as precious to the seasoned raw/ive food veteran as it would be to the raw food neophyte.

    One of the many aspects of the book that I value the most is it's objectivity. Objectivity is something that seems to be few are far between in the raw food movement. With every raw author chanting the "raw is law" mantra, Schenck has the courage and confidence to present the live food diet in all of it's glory, i.e., the Raw Animal Food/Paleo Diet, The Instincto Diet, The Fruitarian Diet, and so on. She presents the pros and cons of all these diets, rather than denoucing them as sacrilegious. Essentially, I believe the Live Food Factor is a beacon of light and offers a voice of reason to a movement that has until recently been written off as quackery.

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  • Excellent Book
    This book is packed full of information on why to go Raw. It also has a section of recipes and page after page of resources. A very informative and thought provoking book. Kudos to the authors....more info
  • Best Raw Food Book Ever!
    The Live Food Factor is an amazing book. It is the most informative and enjoyable book I have on eating raw. The book is equal to owning a whole library of raw food books. It covers everything from raw food gurus, detoxification, fasting, scientific bases for raw living,testimonials, how to get started...I could go on and on!

    Linda ...more info
  • Outstanding book !!!!
    Being a chiropractor and homeopathic physician for almost 30 years, much of my practice has been spent encouraging and counseling patients about lifestyle and nutrition. Often I would advocate a more natural diet. However, until the publication of Susan's book, I would only speak in general terms, and hope my patients would trust my suggestions. Now, there is scientific backing to my suggestions. I can suggest and offer
    The Live Food Factor as a guide. This book is brilliant !! It offers the educated physician enough science to satisfy their clinical standards of objectivity, while maintaining readability and common sense for the non professional consumer. I have not seen another book of its kind satisfy both needs. This book should be the standard for all natural physicians to use.

    Richard Plant, DC, CCH...more info
  • Encouragement
    I was already transitioning to a raw food diet. This book is so educational! With a deeper level of understanding, I am now committed to a 100% raw diet. The price of the book was great too!...more info
  • The Live Food Factor

    Susan's book is a delite. It is about real food for real people covering all aspects of the "RAW" lifestyle.

    I am new to eating raw and seem to be on the same yo-yo I was with cooked food. This book was a help to me because we are all different--even those eating S.A.D. have choices. We need to listen to our bodies and everyone does not eat 100% Raw.

    I highly recommend this book for people that are new and those who have tried before because wherever you are in your journey for better health Susan is an inspiration without judgement.

    This book is well worth the investment and has tons of information....more info
  • A Great Source of Information
    This has been the most complete book I have read on Natural Hygiene. It is an easy read. Even the scientific research data was understandable and held my attention. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in beginning a raw food diet as well as to those looking to increase their knowledge about the raw food journey they have begun and wish to enhance. This book contains one of the best resource guides I have found....more info
  • Forward thinking and resource rich
    As an advocate for Alternative and natural health, I found Susan's book to be the perfect compliment to anyone seeking to move their health forward. As I read this book I found myself constantly highlighting and writing notes for myself on almost every page. As a believer that toxins account for over 90% of all illnesses, Susan explains how a diet rich is raw and living foods helps protect the body from these potentially deadly invaders. I highly recommend adding this book to your library of knowledge and applying a more raw and living foods lifestyle to your routine. Your body will thank you for it and Susan's book can help you get there.
    Russ ...more info
  • Robin Jeep author of "The Super Antioxidant Diet & Nutrition Guide
    Susan Schenck has masterfully created the most comprehensive leading-edge nutrition guide. Her recipes look delicious! I appreciate how she gives the facts and lets, you, the reader make informed choices. Reading this book will give you the most up-to-date nutritional information available. A reference book must for every person interested in their health. ...more info
  • Incredibly Informative and a the Ultimate Raw food book!!!
    One of the best books on Raw Foods!

    This book has so much information for everyone at any stage of there path to a healthier lifestyle. There is a ton of studies that show the benefits of Raw foods, Susan Schenck has obviously put so much into creating this Encyclopedia for Raw foods. This book is essential to add to your home library, I find myself references back to it all the time.

    The Live Food Factor answers practically every question you have ever wanted to know about The Raw food lifestyle, as well as having delicious recipes and is written in a very user friendly way.

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  • excellent book
    I bought this book in order to learn how to eat healthy and according to higienistic way of life. I live in Italy and I couldn' t find a better book dealing these themes. I'm reading it very slowly due to my busy life but it's a pleasure every time I can access to it.
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  • The Raw Natural Path
    As a natrual human care specialist, I help my clients by helping them transition towards the most perfect diet for them. Often,this requires education. This book has become a favourite referral for me education tools. It is all emcompassing and contains enough information to inspire my clients towards a raw food diet.
    Leisha, Buckhorn, Ontario ...more info
  • This book has it all
    I've been a raw vegan for some time and wasn't sure I needed this book. But I decided to give it a read and I was blown away by the immense amount of information contained inside. This is truly the book that answers all your questions about raw food...even those you didn't know you had.

    The amount of information in this book is amazing...from the history of raw foods, to how to get started, to how to stay raw, to the health benefits...I could go on and on. As a science major and teacher, I was most impressed by how well researched this book is. There is a wealth of studies cited and references given.

    I like how the book always gives the other alternatives, as not every raw foodist follows exactly the same path. Some raw food books state the author's opinion as the only way, the TRUTH, but not this one. I am grateful for that.

    I love this's one that I will keep as a reference and keep consulting. And the recipes are wonderful, too!...more info
  • premier education on healthy living
    I love the studies the author shares to reveal the benefits of a living vegetarian diet, its really great to read about these. This book has such a WEALTH of information on living foods. It covers every topic and answers every question about healthy living, body, mind, and spirit. She obviously has put her whole self into writing this and it shows, this book is amazing!! In my humble opinion, this book is essential for anyone who is interested in living a healthier lifestyle. Most comprehensive raw foods book I have ever seen!...more info
  • the only rx you'll ever need

    you MUST have this book if your health is lousy....

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I have been struggling
    > for the last 10yrs to get off paxil. I don't need it for anxiety & I
    > sure ain't depressed. Everytime I tried to discontinuing using it I
    > would get alot of the symptoms people talk about on
    > I am so thankful that after reading the book &
    > linking up with, I have found foods that increase
    > serotonin naturally. This time I KNOW I'll be successful in getting
    > off paxil once & for all. The problem has been that ANYONE who
    > wants to discontinue using paxil finds that the drug has an
    > AFTERLIFE. That is you get terrible side effects from stopping it's
    > use.
    > I am very thankful that this medicine enabled me to be productive
    > when I needed it but I think it's criminal that you have problems
    > when you want to stop. Seems as though GSK knew this & has had to
    > defend itself against several lawsuits.
    > In closing I want to thank you & the other authors for such
    > remarkable research that you included in the book. Fortunately, this
    > is only my 2nd 'raw' book. I may not need another. Thanks also for
    > all the great extras that were included in the sale of the book. May
    > God Bless you abundantly.
    > Sincerely,
    > Joe Wood
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  • Amazing research
    This is it! Wish it had made its appearance earlier in my health quest. It's a highly readable encyclopedia/compendium of holistic health information. I have never found so much vital, accurate information in one location.

    Every family should have a copy....more info
  • The Best
    The best book Ive ever read hands down. I have seen or heard many of the things in this book before but never backed by scientific studies and testimonials. Wow! it changed my life!...more info
  • I LOVE this book!
    OK... Here's the deal. I don't know how to say this any better, but get this book! Full of tons of information, all researched and documented. I have over 10 books on health subjects and this one goes right to the top. If you are having any health issues (I'm Diabetic) this will become your bible.

    You won't be sorry... Get it!!...more info
  • Leading Edge to Healthful, Energetic Living
    I'm about half way through the book and benefiting a great deal from it. It helps to reaffirm for me the faith in daily using the simple and highly effective methods to have a strong, health body free from "dis-ease." And as a result a harmonious, attuned approach to life on all levels. Excellent research and presentation in the book. Good job!! Thank you for making this valuable information available.
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  • Masterpiece on the Raw Food Movement
    This book is truly a masterpiece in scope and detail about the raw food (or live food) movement. It covers the combination of raw food eating and natural hygiene living, resulting in a truly "comprehensive guide to the ultimate diet for body, mind, spirit & planet". Written by raw food author Susan Schenck and pioneering Natural Hygiene teacher Victoria Bidwell, it is a 600 page manual for healthy living and self-care, not just raw food.

    The book has everything--including chapters on reasons to go raw, testimonials, the science behind raw food diets (covering over 60 specific studies), how to get started, detoxification, common pitfalls, FAQs, raising children raw, a history of the raw food movement, recipes, and how to stay raw in a cooked world. I found the chapter on radical branches of the raw food movement especially interesting. The book covers controversial issues in a raw food based life, so that you can make your mind up about what works for you. If you need it, it's here.

    The appendices include a resource guide to raw web sites, a guide to chat groups, sources for supplies, and a list of raw healing centers, festivals, and restaurants.

    If you are a raw foodist, or just someone interested in incorporating more live foods into their diet, this is a book you should not be without. If you are looking to buy one book on live foods, choose this one.

    Highest recommendation.

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  • Definitely Recommended!!
    This book will give you a lot of information for the money. I found that it motivated me to eat raw right away. It is not some puny little book. This book is almost two inches thick. It should be required reading for every doctor, lawmaker, teacher, parent and student that knows how to read! It will be one of my most valued books on the shelf! If you are interested in eating better and getting healthier, get this book today!
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