Kempner Rice-Fruit Diet

Franklin Roosevelt, died in his fourth term as President of the USA on April 12, 1945 from a massive stroke. In the following days and months, it was learned that Roosevelt had suffered from severe high blood pressure for years. In those days it was supposed by society that there was no remedy. But they were wrong. Dr. Walter Kempner had been experimenting from back as far as 1939 on his rice-fruit diet.

A physician-scientist, Kempner began treating malignant hypertension patients with a radical diet consisting of only rice and fruit, with strikingly favorable results: a rapid reduction in blood pressure, rapid improvement in kidney failure, eye pressure, heart failure and other manifestations of this  previously fatal illness.

He figured that if a low salt diet helped with blood pressure, a low protein diet helped with kidney function, and a low fat and cholesterol diet helped the heart, why not take it to its logical conclusion and design a no-salt, no cholesterol diet of almost pure carbohydrate. So, he designed a diet with less sodium than any low-sodium diet, less protein than any low-protein diet, and less cholesterol and fat than any other low-fat diet.

His hope was that it would just stop progression of the disease. Instead, something miraculous happened. In about two-thirds of cases, the disease reversed. There were reversals of heart failure, reversals of eye damage, and reversals of kidney failure. At the time, this was effectively a terminal disease where people just had a few months to live, but with Kempner’s rice diet, they got better.

After being effectively cured by the diet over many months, many patients could then relax the diet to a more conventional plant-based diet and go on to live a normal, active life. The rice diet may actually drop blood pressures too low; so we have to add back other foods to bring the pressures back up to normal.

An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine described Kempner’s results as “little short of miraculous.” Practically speaking, there’s probably no more effective diet for obese cardiac patients. The problem, though, is that most physicians lack the extraordinary persuasive powers required to keep the patient eating such a restricted diet. Kempner apparently overcame that problem, “he brow-beat, yelled at, and castigated them when he caught them straying.” And he didn’t just browbeat them; he sometimes actually beat them. Wow, he was obviously passionate about getting results!
-Nutrional Facts – Michael Greger M.D, August 16th, 2016

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for various symptoms and health
problems. Here are some health benefits.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Ginger

A team at Georgia State University has just published their findings concerning the use of ginger for IBD. Ginger nanoparticles were generated and used in mice to see its effects. It was found to  reduce acute colitis (one form of IBD), prevent chronic colitis and colitis associated cancer. The
nanoparticles target the colon, where they are absorbed by the intestinal lining, which is where IBD occurs giving much benefit.

Pregnancy and Ginger

Pregnant women need safe, natural ways to deal with the nausea and vomiting often associated with morning sickness. Ginger can be that safety net. In a random choice review of 1278 pregnant women, ginger was compared to a placebo for managing nausea and vomiting. Ginger significantly improved the nausea and tended to improve in lessening vomiting. An effective dose was identified at less than 1500mg. The author names ginger as a ‘harmless’ option for women experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Diabetes and Ginger

If you have Type 2 diabetes, ginger could help with certain glycemic factors. Consider the findings of a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial of 20 adults (aged 60) with Type 2  diabetes, not taking insulin. Half of the participants took 3 grams of powdered ginger daily for three months while the other half took a placebo. At the end of the three months, those taking ginger had significant improvements in glucose, haemoglobin A1c, insulin, insulin resistance and several other markers for diabetes.

Osteoarthritis and Ginger

A recent meta-analysis of five trials showed that ginger was associated with a significant reduction in pain and in disability. An interesting study from New Zealand examined the use of topical ginger (compresses and patches) in people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis. Twenty adults with chronic osteoarthritis were assigned to be treated with either a ginger compress or standardised ginger patch daily for seven days, all by trained nurses. At the end of the seven days, patients could opt to continue self-treatment with a ginger patch for an additional twenty four days.

Results were:
After one week, a notable decline in pain, fatigue and functional status.
Satisfaction with health went from 80% dissatisfied to 70 % satisfied.
Over 24 days, all symptoms progressively declined.
-EmaxHealth 21 August, 2016


Tropical Rice
3 c cooked short grain brown rice
1 large unpeeled apple, shredded or diced
½ c raisins
3 T coconut
1½ c fresh or canned pineapple
3 T sliced almonds
½ t salt
1½ t vanilla (opt)
2c fruit juice or dairy free milk

Combine first six ingredients. Dissolve salt and vanilla in liquid. Pour over rice mixture and stir well. Marinate overnight, or for half a day in refrigerator. Serve as a breakfast cereal, or as a dessert. Yield: 6-8 servings.

May add another cup of your favourite fruit, i.e. peaches, blueberries, etc.
May replace rice with dextrinised rolled oats. To dextrinse oats, fry in hot frying pan for 3 min. while stirring.
May also replace rice with - millet, buckwheat or quinoa.