Personal recent experience of mine:
As I mentioned a couple entries ago, I've had some set-backs when trying to become a 100% raw vegan. I actually only had my first green drink about two weeks ago. This experience, to say the least, was astonishing.
I have not been drinking green drinks all-along because the smell of blended vegetables makes me feel sick to my stomach. However, I've discovered that the smell is much worse than the taste, and that by holding my nose I find many more vegetable drinks palatable.
[Update from March 18th 2011: I've found ways to drink vegetable juices that a pleasant not. It takes some trial and error. Certain combinations taste really bad, and some combinations taste amazing. Also, it's important to note that making juice and making smoothies are two different things. Juice has the pulp removed and is made with a juicer. Smoothies still have their pulp and are made with a blender. While many people will find vegetable smoothies intolerable, they will find the same ingredients delicious when turned into a juice.]
Not so long before having my first green drink, I was suffering from severe eye strain, which I wrote about on my all-purpose blog. This severe eye strain was so intense that I walked about my days wearing eye covers with all the lights in the apartment off. Just a peek of dim light made my head explode in pain. I would suspect that it was a migraine, but I have no history of migraines, and neither do my parents or siblings. Also, I could actually feel the pain in my eye muscles. It was incredibly painful to move my eyes about in their sockets.
As I wrote about in the entry on the eye-strain, I was able to deduce the causes. But what I wasn't able to accomplish in any quick order was a solution. Even after I was able to sit at my computer again, I could not look at a light-bulb without getting a headache, and experiencing intense pain in the eyes and eye muscles, and having my eyes water.
And this is where my first amazing green drink comes into play. My husband graciously made me a mild green drink with carrots, carrot-tops (the green stalk that comes out of the top of the carrot), cucumbers and spinach. (If you've been reading my blog, then you know that I'm only just barely able to tolerate cucumbers and spinach.)
Green drink in the making!
I drank it, and was surprised that it wasn't so bad in flavor. It was mild, and only mildly unpleasant. Within minutes (minutes!!!) I was suddenly able to look at a light-bulb without any pain for the first time in well over a month! I was astounded. I had grown into the habit of tilting my line of sight down, and had become used to the slight pressure behind the eyes, and just like that: the pain was gone!
An experience that a friend of my aunt had:
A friend of my mother's oldest sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
A friend of this friend of my aunt brought her a huge sack of carrots. She ate carrots three or more times a day. She said (jokingly), "I ate carrots until they were coming out of my ears!" And upon returning to the doctor, her multiple sclerosis was cured.
This raises the question; Are carrots just that darn amazing?
Yes, they are!
But that isn't the whole and complete truth. Raw vegetables are that darn amazing. It's entirely possible that she would have experienced the same results had she eaten the same amount in raw broccoli, or fresh raw bell peppers, or fresh raw dandelions.
Delicious salad with heirloom tomatoes and garlic seasoning.
This evidence is far from scientific. However, both of these stories are true and incredible to those who experienced them. As I've said before, my mother reversed her diabetes. If you spend the time to do the research, you'll find thousands of stories of people who were cured without chemicals, harmful prescription drugs, without chemo-therapy, and so forth. You'll find that thousands of people have been cured with food. Just like the ancient Chinese saying says: food is medicine. That is, fresh raw food is medicine. Hamburgers and milkshakes are not food, (they're poison!)