Who is John Kohler?
John Kohler has become well known today in alternative health circles as an expert on raw food dieting. John became a follower of eating raw foods through necessity. In his early 20s he was seriously ill with the life-threatening disease of spinal meningitis but managed to survive and attributed his successful battle to full health to his diet and higher powers.
John Kohler's doctors told him that he had caught the disease because he had a weakened immune system. It was this information that gave him a clue as to what he needed to do because he realised that he had to build his immune system up.
John Kohler and raw foods
John Kohler is like many others who have found out about the benefits of eating raw food having been forced by necessity in their own lives when they have realised they either find how to live in a healthy way or they actually risk dying. That is how serious the matter has been to them but the adversity they have suffered has been a stepping stone to drive them on to another and much better path in life.
John discovered raw foods as the most healthy way of achieving perfect health and avoiding disease and so he made changes in his lifestyle to follow this pathway. He became really fit and full of energy and with his new-found health came the desire to share his knowledge with other people.
John has helped very many sufferers from various diseases by giving out information on healthy eating by sticking to a raw food diet plan and also by personal life-coaching.
He has become a public speaker on raw foods and health matters and appears in many videos talking about these subjects. He gives advice on what foods really are "raw" ones and about gadgets that are best to use such as types of juicer.
One thing John Kohler has stressed is the importance of getting the freshest and most organic fruit and vegetables as possible. The best way to do this is to grow your own.
John is advising people to make good use of any garden space they have and to grow their own fresh foods. He is a real advocate of urban gardening.
John Kohler's garden
John Kohler and his raw food organic garden
John Kohler doesn't just talk about things but puts what he is advising into practice. In order to get the best quality fruit, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs as possible he has converted his home garden into a place where they can be cultivated.
John has filled his front garden with fruit and vegetables so that in the street he lives his stands out with all the mass of greenery. He grows tomatoes and cucumbers and lettuce, and even the strawberry guava.
Many of his plants are grown in raised beds to keep them warmer and aid in their growth. He grows plants in old wine barrels and puts trellises up so that climbing plants like cucumbers can grow up them.
John uses rock dust to mineralise the compost that he uses and he stresses that we need a full range of natural minerals in our foods and this is why this is important.
Because he doesn't use any harmful pesticides in his garden, John Kohler painstakingly spends time getting rid of pests that attack his plants or he provides workable defenses. He has discovered that slugs and snails do not like copper so he has put this metal as protective strips around some of his crops.
John says that the best way to be able to get edible plant foods is to be able to step outside your own door and pick the fruit and vegetables you have grown yourself. I think he makes a very good point there!
John Kohler talking about healthy raw food
John Kohler links
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Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 09, 2013:
I am glad you found this interesting! Thanks for posting!
juliecaroline from Olympia, Washington USA on April 09, 2013:
I am happy that I found this article. I eat raw food and I had not heard of this guy. What an inspiration to get to my garden right now! Thanks.
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on January 11, 2013:
That is crazy that this is not allowed! People are crazy!
Debra Allen from West By God on January 11, 2013:
Great Article! Now if we can get HOA's to allow people to plant vegetables and fruit in front lawns that would be a boost. There is also a wave of communities not allowing this because of some kind of health issues. It think they are ridiculous. Feed the World in your own backyard! or at lease share with your neighbors.
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on May 23, 2011:
Thank you, Lucky Cats!
Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on May 23, 2011:
Hello Bard. this is great! John Kohler is such a positive man and fun! I love his exuberance and smile..his ease at explaining what he does and why. What a treat and a joy! Your words leading up to the great videos cover his lifestyle so well. The videos uphold your description and your description perfectly describes John's videos. Wonderful! And, Mr. Kohler looks amazingly well! Thumbs up to the both of you!
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on April 14, 2011:
Thank YOU for your comments!
Havenite from Havenheed on April 14, 2011:
So far this is the most inspiring raw food video I have seen.
I personally advocate foraging over gardening. You don't need to identify too many plants as edible to have a large volume. Nettles, dandelions, and clovers are three of my mainstays. I wish more raw foodists would advocate foraging because there is this myth that being raw has to be expensive and given some of the vanity superfoods out there it is easy to understand this perception.
Come what may I do think the raw food movement is the next big diet trend and not one that is going to go away because as John Kohler shows it is just too important to people's health. Thanks for promoting it.
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on February 06, 2011:
Thank you for posting!
fucsia on February 06, 2011:
In this days I have frequently heard talking about the raw food diet. Maybe is a coincidence or maybe is a sign of destiny!!.... I do not know.
But the argument fascinates me... Very interesting. My diet is already rich in raw food, but now I want to learn more . And I can start from John Kohler! Thanks for sharing!
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on January 31, 2011:
You are welcome!
sunnymarie on January 30, 2011:
Great Hub! Good and valuable info, good comments too, thanks for sharing!
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on January 30, 2011:
I just watched that video and some others of his. He certainly knows his subject well. I think the warning is mainly just to cover himself. He does so on another video saying this is "for entertainment purposes only." But I think it is a very valid warning because there are some very poisonous plants. I recommend starting with those plants that are easy to identify such as dandelions, thistles, sowthistles, shepherd's purse, nettles, mallow species and chickweed. Wild radish, mustard, brassicas and cress species are all edible and all have a distinctive mustard oil hot flavour and smell to varying degrees. I would warn against picking plants in the parsley family (umbellifers) because there are a few very poisonous ones such as hemlock, fool's parsley and hemlock water dropwort. There are very good plants like fennel, goutweed, chervil, alexanders and wild carrot in the same family but it is best to have someone who knows to show you which are OK. I noted he made a point of warning about not eating too much of any oxalis/wood sorrel type because of the oxalic acid. It is important because it can make arthritis or gout much worse or cause it. There are plenty of garden flowers you can eat too such as rose petals, marigold petals, hibiscus and hollyhock flowers, nasturtium flowers, leaves and seeds. But make sure anything you gather is out of the way of road fumes and hasn't been sprayed. Start with collecting the ones you are sure of.
Marissa on January 30, 2011:
Bard, what do you think of this foraging video by Green Deane? He claims that we should not eat anything in the wild that has not been approved of by an expert.
What do you think of that? He is an expert on the subject of foraging or he is supposed to be an expert. Let me know what you think.
Steve Andrews (author) from Lisbon, Portugal on January 30, 2011:
Thank you for your feedback, Wesman and Mazzastick!
mazzastick on January 30, 2011:
I grow a vegetable garden in my backyard every year. Once you grow your own, you may never want to go back to the grocery store for veggies again.I found that my stomach has difficulty digesting the skin on some fruits and vegetables. I am going to ask my wife for a juicer, for my birthday. Easier assimilation into the body.
Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on January 29, 2011: