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.
Watch the interview with Professor Spira here:
To connect with Professor Spira you can visit his website www.mucusfreelife.com. The Way Within is more than just a podcast. We have a Facebook Page (CLICK HERE) and a group community that you can also join to connect with me and many others who are on their own Journey of self discovery in life. The group is used to connect, and share experiences and support others.