Man Loses 110 Pounds in Six Months & Overcomes Numerous Health Issues With His “Mucusless Diet”

I was intrigued the first time I heard of the Mucusless Diet Healing System, but not enough to look into it further. The name alone sort of jumps out at you when you hear it the first time. But then it popped up again… and again. I eventually thought to myself, Is the universe trying to tell me something?

It wasn’t until I went on an extended juice fast for 55 days (click here for that story) that I really started taking Arnold Ehret’s work seriously. He created this diet, but what I was really interested in were his views on fasting. After reading his book on rational fasting, I then went on to buy the rest of his works, many of which were annotated by Professor Spira, who I quickly learned is one of the leading authorities on the Mucusless Diet Healing System. The next logical step was to contact him for an interview on our podcast, The Way Within (linked below).

Professor Spira’s Transformation


In 2002, Spira was a 300-pound, 19-year-old former high school football player who suffered from multiple ailments such as daily migraine headaches, frequent ear infections, sleep apnea, painful acid reflux, allergies, joint pain, yearly bouts of bronchitis, constant cold and flu-like symptoms, dry itchy skin, chronic constipation, ear infections, and bad body odour. After losing his mother to a terrible string of chronic illnesses when he was in the sixth grade, he grew up under the assumption that he was genetically destined to be sick his whole life. While studying jazz trombone performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, he met a jazz drummer named Willie Smart (aka Brother Air) who told him about Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System.

He had no idea that the mucus-forming foods he consumed every day played a huge part in his poor health. All he knew was that if he continued on this path of self-destruction, he would surely die at a young age. Within six months of reading Arnold Ehret’ book, Spira had lost 110 pounds and overcome all of his major ailments. He was able to throw away his CPAP unit (an oxygen mask that treats sleep apnea) and the medications he had taken since childhood.

Since his transformation, Spira has become a world-renowned authority on the Mucusless Diet and inspired thousands of people to use Ehret’s Healing System to overcome their illnesses through his writings, music, and one-on-one consultation and coaching sessions.

The photo on the left was taken September 2003 for Spira’s new Resident Adviser ID. The picture on the right was taken one year later after losing 110 pounds and overcoming numerous health issues.

Arnold Ehret’s Story – The Discovery of the Mucusless Diet Healing System

Arnold Ehret was born July 25, 1866, near Freiburg, in Baden, Germany. His father was a brilliant farmer who was so technologically advanced that he crafted all of his own farming equipment. Like his father, Ehret would be endowed with a passion for studying the causes and effects of the phenomena around him. His interests included physics, chemistry, drawing, and painting. He also had an affinity for linguistics and could speak German, French, Italian, and English.

At the age of 21 he graduated as a professor of drawing and was drafted into the military, only to be discharged because of heart trouble. At the age of 31 he was diagnosed with Bright’s disease (inflammation of the kidneys) and pronounced incurable by 24 of Europe’s most respected doctors. He then explored natural healing and visited sanitariums to learn holistic methods and philosophies. In a desperate attempt to end his misery, Ehret decided to stop eating. To his amazement, he did not die, but instead gained both strength and vitality.

In 1899 he traveled to Berlin to study vegetarianism, followed by a trip to Algiers in northern Africa where he experimented with fasting and a fruit diet. Due to his new lifestyle, Ehret completely cured himself of all of his diseases and could now perform great feats of physiological strength, including an 800 mile bicycle trip from Algiers to Tunis. He had rediscovered that pus- and mucus-forming foods are the cause for all human disease and that “fasting (simply eating less) is Nature’s omnipotent method of cleansing the body from the effects of wrong and too much eating” (Hirsch 1994, 9).

In the early 1900s, Ehret opened a hugely popular sanitarium in Ascona, Switzerland, where he treated and cured thousands of patients considered incurable by the so-called “medical authorities.” During the latter part of the decade, Ehret engaged in a series of fasts monitored by German and Swiss officials. Within a period of 14 months, Ehret completed a fast of 21 days, one of 24 days, one of 32 days, and one of 49 days. He became one of the most in-demand health lecturers, journalists, and educators in Europe, saving the lives of thousands of people. In 1914, Ehret moved his sanitarium to California and championed his Mucusless Diet Healing System in America.

On October 9, 1922, at the age of 56, Arnold Ehret suffered a tragic fall, sustaining a fatal blow to his skull. According to Ehret’s disciple Fred Hirsch, he was walking briskly on a wet, oil-soaked street during foggy conditions when he slipped and fell backward onto his head. Hirsch did not actually see the fall but found Ehret lying on the street. Another one of Ehret’s disciples, Benedict Lust, maintained that Ehret was wearing his first pair of new dress shoes and slipped as a result of his unfamiliarity with the footwear. To this day, the true nature of Ehret’s death raises many suspicions among Ehretists. Ehret’s powerful healing successes along with his influential and revolutionary new lifestyle terribly threatened the medical, meat, and dairy industries. Due to these factors, many believe that foul play was involved in his untimely death.

Arnold Ehret is a cultural icon and was an important protagonist of the emerging back-to-nature renaissance in Germany and Switzerland during the latter part of the 19th century. This renaissance spread to America and influenced many of the countercultural movements including the Beat Generation, the vegetarian driven “hippie” movement, veganism, and fruitarianism. Throughout the 20th century the teachings of Ehret have thrived and developed through the sincere efforts of a small group of dedicated Ehretists. Today Ehret’s teachings are gaining wider acceptance throughout the world as people discover for themselves the undeniable truth of his teachings.

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-Giovanni Bartolomeo


Are You A Domestic Terrorist? That Depends On Who Is In Power

(Daniel Lang) Over the past year, Antifa and other similar anti-fascist groups have been caught threatening, intimidating, and inflicting violence against peaceful people on numerous occasions. And in each case, this has been done with the goal of effecting political change in this country. And that has left many of their critics wondering why groups like Antifa haven’t been labeled as terrorist organizations. What these people are doing, literally fits the dictionary definition of terrorism, which is “The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”
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A Harsh Reality We All Need To Accept & React To Differently. Here’s How You Can Handle The Haters

I dislike being the one to break it to you, but even if you consider yourself to have a self-proclaimed degree in people pleasing, there are always going to be people who hate you and what you do in this world.

Hate is a strong word, I know. But the human race is filled with a lot of people who aren’t afraid to not only feel it, but also openly express it — and with pride. And chances are, even if you don’t consider yourself a hateful person, you too have a hatred for someone or something, even if it is something as trivial as waiting in line or as annoying as being bitten by mosquitos. 

So with hate being a seemingly integral part of the human experience, what makes you think you could ever get to a point where you are never the recipient of it? And more importantly, why would you ever want to?

Here is my take on this harsh reality, why we need to accept it, and how we can all react to it in a far healthier way than we currently do:

While hatred as a whole certainly bothers me — especially the more radical forms of it — what irks me far more is how so many of us choose to react to it. Rather than seeing it as a challenge to overcome and a means by which we can identify and maintain our uniqueness, we instead give up aspects of ourselves to avoid being seen as “weird” or “different.”

A simple example of this that I’m sure many of us can relate to happens in the car all the time — you’re driving to work, or school, or wherever else, and your favourite song comes on the radio. You, of course, naturally sing along until you come to a red light, where you not only need to bring your vehicle to a complete stop but you also tend to bring your singing to one as well. Why? Because chances are you are going to be stopping alongside several other vehicles who will now have a clear view of everything you do in your car.

Is singing in your car something that you would naturally do without anyone watching? In the example above, obviously. Then why do we let the potential observation and opinions of others hold us back from doing what we’d otherwise love to do?

This is the part of hatred that particularly bothers me, and it’s something that I’ve made a conscious effort of trying to re-wire from the state my self-conscious teenage years left it in.

I know that even if I dedicated a great deal of my time to ensuring that I never “ruffled any feathers,” I’d still rub some people the wrong way, so why bother trying to please anyone at all?

An Important Element to Set Straight

Before I go any further, it’s important that I set something straight to avoid being misunderstood and taken out of context. I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE ALL ACT RECKLESSLY AND WITH NO REGARD FOR HOW OUR DECISIONS AND ACTIONS CAN IMPACT OTHERS.

I am simply reminding you of the importance of not giving up aspects of yourself to try and please others, and to instead celebrate and appreciate your individuality.

We all have an internal moral compass to guide us through our decision-making, helping us decipher the right from the wrong, the good from the bad, and that part of ourselves should never be neglected.

A World Filled With Examples

No matter who you currently look up to or are inspired by in this world, I can guarantee that they too are hated by a healthy portion of the population. What allowed them to get a point where you identified them as admirable was their willingness to rise above the hatred rather than let it stop them from pursuing whatever it is that they have now attained success within.

Instead of solely admiring their body of work or expertise, choose to appreciate what got them there and find that same strength within yourself to go after whatever you’d like to accomplish. People pleasing may come with the short-term benefit of avoiding some confrontation, but it has the long-term disadvantage of potentially obstructing you from being yourself, which, in my opinion, is essential to happiness.

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If You Want To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music

Music is one of the greatest joys on Earth. From those who play it to those who listen to it, it is a driving force and accompaniment for so many things in life. Many of us do not need scientific evidence to know it enhances our lives, but to learn of such evidence is surely important, especially for those who could benefit from it most.

Previous research has already found that music can serve as medicine, capable of treating symptoms of schizophreniadepressionanxiety, and chronic pain. And now initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists have found that music education can speed up brain development in young children, specifically in the areas of the brain where processing sound, language development, speech perception, and reading skills take place.

Published recently in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, the study, from the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), began in 2012. The researchers wanted to see how music instruction could positively affect children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Their initial results have found that music instruction accelerates the growth of the auditory pathway in the brain, and increases its efficiency.

“We are broadly interested in the impact of music training on cognitive, socio-emotional and brain development of children,” said Assal Habibi, the study’s lead author and a senior research associate at the BCI in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “These results reflect that children with music training, compared with the two other comparison groups, were more accurate in processing sound.”

For their work, the neuroscientists monitored brain development and behaviour in a group of 37 children from underprivileged neighbourhoods in Los Angeles. Of the kids, 13 6- and 7-year-olds received music instruction from the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program at HOLA. They learned how to play instruments in ensembles and groups, and practiced up to seven hours a week.

The researchers compared those 13 children with two other groups, with one consisting of 11 children in a community soccer program, and the other of 13 children not involved in any specific after-school program. Tools like an MRI to observe changes through brain scans, EEG to track electrical activity in the brain, and behaviour testing were all used to monitor changes throughout the study.

The neuroscientists discovered the auditory systems of the children in the music program were maturing faster than in the other children just two years after the study began. The team concluded that the enhanced maturity was the result of an increase in neuroplasticity, which is a physiological change in the brain in response to its environment, which was music instruction in this scenario.

“The auditory system is stimulated by music,” Habibi said. “This system is also engaged in general sound processing that is fundamental to language development, reading skills and successful communication.”

The study also found, after the children completed a task measuring their abilities to distinguish tone, that those in the youth orchestra program better detected pitch changes in the melodies than the other two groups. The children with music training also had smaller P1 potential amplitude, suggesting a faster rate of maturation.

“We observed a decrease in P1 amplitude and latency that was the largest in the music group compared to age-matched control groups after two years of training,” wrote the team. “In addition, focusing just on the (second) year data, the music group showed the smallest amplitude of P1 compared to both the control and sports group, in combination with the accelerated development of the N1 component.”