Interviews

Elaine Lewis

Kelly Young, frequent contributer to the hpathy Quiz, interviews “H4E” assistant editor, Elaine Lewis.

 Kelly Young of the Hpathy Ezine Team interviews assistant editor Elaine Lewis.

elaine and shana at NHS Shana and Elaine Lewis

I cajoled Elaine into being the June Homeopath In The Hot Seat; afterall, June 20th is her birthday and, remember, I have those piano strings still…

Wires, they’re piano wires! Oh my God, somebody call my agent!  Kelly, at this point, nobody remembers the piano wire bit!

Neither do I; but, I think everyone here would like to know more about you.

I seriously doubt it.

Could you please, just for once, not be difficult?  How does a musician become interested in homeopathy?

          

 What inspired you or made you look at alternatives to standard medicine?

Ahem!  Well.  That’s a very interesting question.

Could you possibly answer it?

I don’t think so. 

Elaine!!!

Alright, if everyone is going to become hysterical! 

Ahem!  Well, for one thing, there are a lot of doctors in my family!  I even have a cousin in Australia who’s a homeopath!  I didn’t even know that until my cousin Flora told me roughly 10 years ago.  And, speaking of my cousin Flora (one of the many doctors in my family) it was through her that I found out about a very important place in my life: The Health Food Store!

I was at her house one day and said, “Hey!  Where did you get these vitamin C’s in capsule form?”  “The Health Food Store on 18th Street near Walnut,” she said. 

I went there.  It was like a Vitamin C Paradise!  Capsules, powders, crystals….!              

At the health food store (Au Naturel, family owned, they were so nice to me there!) I was always given a free magazine at the check-out counter, usually “Let’s Live”.

This changed my life!!!!  I found out that what we eat, what’s considered “normal”, can actually kill you!  What an incredible culture this is, where the diet is lethal!  Do you realize that the staple food in the United States is White Flour, which isn’t really a food at all?  It turns into a paste in your intestines and causes constipation, IBS, causes yeast overgrowth…well, you get the idea!

I couldn’t believe what I was reading–I was learning so much!  I started buying books from there too; I bought all of Adele Davis’ books–Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, etc.–and especially those by the majestic, marvelous and suave Carlton Fredericks! Does anybody remember Carlton Fredericks?

 If you do let me know and we’ll start our own Carlton Fredericks Admiration Society!

I don’t know who he is!

Good grief!  Really?  He’s one of the holistic health pioneers, one of the best spokespeople for the natural food movement.  He had a radio show in New York on WOR, which I could barely get in Philadelphia without a lot of static, but it was worth it!

What was he like?

I would say he’s a cross between David Niven and Tony Randall:  Sophisticated, educated, aristocratic, scholarly, debonaire, urbane, witty, with an unabashed aversion to stupidity!

Sounds like my kinda guy!

Same here!  His audience loved him so much that he used to say, “I can’t die, my audience won’t let me!”  Here’s what happened when he offered a showing of a short film to the public, as he describes it in his book Eat Well, Get Well, Stay Well:

“Dr. Francis Pottenger had sent me his cat movies, showing in three generations of the animals the progress of degenerative changes we see (but count as normal because they’re average) in the faces of human beings when they are products of pregnancies in which all the [food is] cooked. I decided to show the film after my evening broadcast in New York. It seemed unlikely that many listeners would attend at the dinner hour, and I didn’t require tickets for admission. This was palpably a mistake, for we had but 500 seats and some 4,000 people jammed the street and the lobby, with the police barring them from the elevators. Mrs. Fredericks, who had planned a quiet restaurant dinner for two after the event, fought her way through the crowd, telling the police, who were blocking her way, ‘I am Mrs. Fredericks!’  A policeman shook his head. ‘You’re the fourth Mrs. Fredericks tonight, and you’re not getting in either!'”

Ha!  I love it!

By the way, here is the movie he was showing.  I simply went to Youtube, typed in Dr. Francis Pottenger, and there it was:

Please watch it, you won’t regret it! 

I’m definitely going to watch!  So, what did you learn from Dr. Fredericks?

What I learned from him:  The average American’s diet is overwhelmed with sugar (over 104 pounds of sugar a year) and white flour, which is essentially the same thing, due to the fact that white flour turns to sugar in the stomach.  These two “foods” not only have no actual food in them, and exist only to benefit the processed food industry as their shelf-life is infinite, but, they also are anti-nutrients as they leach vitamins and minerals out of the body!  

Yeesh!

If you know someone who is depressed, anxiety-ridden, phobic, has a tendency to faint, complains of headaches, insomnia, blurred vision, lack of energy, shakiness, muscle aches, dizziness, sweating, getting sick often, over-weight or underweight or looks pasty and unhealthy; it’s not enough to find a homeopathic remedy for this person, you have to ask what he’s eating as this may be his whole problem!  Unfortunately, these unhealthy people are inevitably on drugs as well, which only compounds the problem.

There’s hidden sugar in every packaged food in the supermarket–even food where you wouldn’t expect to find sugar at all, like peanut butter, ketchup and bread.  You have to read labels!

Even “wheat” bread is not whole wheat bread unless it says so!  It is simply a fancier way of saying white bread!

Oh, I’ve seen that plenty of times!  “Wheat” Bread!  I’ve always wondered if that’s really whole wheat bread or what!

No, it isn’t.  You have to see the actual words “whole wheat” or it’s not whole wheat.  There is often not only sugar in the products you buy, but usually more than one kind of sugar–high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, honey, brown sugar, and so on and here’s why:  If you spread the sugar out by different names, it doesn’t turn up as the main ingredient on the label–which it really is!  The first ingredient listed is the main ingredient.  By all rights, sugar should be the main ingredient in almost every processed food; but, if you add it in by different names, then it comes in as maybe the third, fifth and seventh ingredient instead of #1!  Very clever!  And some of these names for sugar aren’t even recognizable; so, you can add all this sugar to food and no one will know it!  Why are they doing this?  Because corporate food companies tend to use the cheapest ingredients they can find to maximize their profits, meaning the food doesn’t really taste that good–unless you add sugar (and P.S., they need to add salt too for the same reason!); secondly, they’re trying to addict you to the food so you’ll become a regular customer and sugar is very addictive!  The only foods that won’t hurt you are actual whole foods that come out of the ground or grow on trees and are available in the produce aisle or the farmer’s market, etc.  A good dinner, for example, would be a salad and a sweet potato or a stew you actually make yourself with real vegetables.

Here is one of my stews.  It’s basically kale, turnips yams and zucchini.  It looks like I have mushrooms in there too:

This is the food our bodies were genetically programmed to accept.  We need to get rid of the junk food, processed food, white flour products like “macaroni and cheese” (you can make REAL macaroni and cheese with whole grain pasta!), and if we would do this, we’d have our health back.

 Whole Wheat pasta product

As for meat, this is another problem!  We’re not really meat-eaters as a species, we’re fruitarians, really; but, if you must eat meat, buy meat from pastured animals and free-range chickens.  Factory farms don’t let their animals graze and don’t let chickens pick up their seeds and bugs and other things that are good for them!  Too expensive, too much land required.  Imagine the real estate tax bill on a real farm!  OMG!  So the food these animals are eating is unnatural, inappropriate, plus they’re getting hormones and antibiotics in their “feed”; so, shop at the health food store, the farmer’s market, or Whole Foods if you have to eat meat.  Support what real farmers we still have left!!!!

How about you, have you been reasonably healthy all your life?

Oh my goodness, no!  Absolutely not!  I used to be in very bad health!  I used to eat this stuff too, you know!  I used to suffer with dizziness, frequent headaches–terrible headaches, really–anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, irregular heart beat, sciatica, constipation, couldn’t gain weight, very thin…. Did I mention insomnia?

It doesn’t sound good!  What did you do?

Reading these articles and books was my salvation.  It was a very simple matter of switching over to real food, like replacing white flour products with that bag of whole grain pasta shown above, putting processed food and fast food out of my life, stopping the junk food, switching to brown rice and whole wheat bread, raw sugar, raw honey, raw milk, etc.; and when I changed my diet, even my dog’s health improved because she was eating what I was eating!  She lost 10 pounds!

About the author

Kelly Young

Kelly Young

Kelly Young