Norman Wardhaugh Walker (January 4, 1886—June 6, 1985) was an English-American businessman and pioneer in the field of vegetable juicing and nutrional health. He advocated the drinking of fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices, both to regain and to maintain one’s health. Based on his design, the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer was developed. This juicer continues to be produced and sold today. Walker wrote several books on nutrition and healthy living. Norman Walker actually lived to be 99 years of age
Around 1919 Norman Walker moved to Long Beach, California. With a medical doctor, he opened a juice bar and offered home delivery service. By 1930, they had devised dozens of fresh juice formulas for specific conditions. Walker believed colon cleansing with fresh juices was the key to good health. Walker designed his own juicer, the Norwalk, in two parts — a grinder to slowly grind the vegetables and a press to extract the juice. When the San Francisco health department banned unpasteurized vegetable juices such as Walker’s, he began manufacturing his juice machine in Anaheim, California. He kept the plant going in spite of the steel shortage during World War II.
In the late 1940s, he moved to St. George, Utah, where he found an old cotton mill, ideal for his juice plant, but he was again hampered by local health department regulations. He sold his share of the factory to his business partner and started publication of his own health magazine, The New Health Movement Review. For several years, Walker ran a health ranch in Arizona. Eventually, he gave up the ranch to devote himself entirely to writing.
Walker was a daily practitioner of raw food eating and juicing until he died at the age of 99 years. He was both physically and mentally healthy and active up to the day of his death, when he peacefully died during his sleep one night at his home in Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona.
Walker advocated a diet based solely on raw plants like vegetables, fruits and nuts. He considered cooked, baked or frozen food dead and therefore unhealthful, saying that « while such food can, and does, sustain life in the human system, it does so at the expense of progressively degenerating health, energy, and vitality. » As a strict vegan, he did not recommend eating meat, dairy products (with the exception of raw goat milk), fish or eggs; although, some of his recipes include egg yolks, cottage cheese, and Swiss cheese, as well as raw cream. His diet suggestions avoided such staple foods as bread, pasta and rice, and sugar.
Walker devoted large sections of many of his books to the description of the different organs of the human body, explaining how the digestive system and the various glands work. He considered a healthy colon the key to one’s health. He estimated that 80% of all disease begins in the colon. He wrote: « Every organ, gland and cell in the body is affected by the condition of the colon. »
According to Walker, the number one affliction underlying almost every ailment is constipation. In other words, it is « the primary cause of nearly every disturbance of the human system. » This is because the blood vessels lining the colon collect nutrients missed by the small intestine. In his book Pure and Simple Natural Weight Control, Walker explained, « If the feces in the colon have putrefied and fermented, any nutritional elements present in it would pass into the bloodstream as polluted products. What would otherwise be nutritional instead generates toxemia, a condition in which the blood contains poisonous products which are produced by the growth of pathogenic or disease-producing bacteria. » Pimples can be an indication of the presence of toxemia. Walker maintained that the Standard American Diet causes the colon to be filled with toxins that strain the elimination channels and ultimately, the immune system.
Walker believed that dairy products especially had a deleterious effect on human health. He testified to the disappearance of many ailments upon the exclusion of dairy products. He explained that pathogenic organisms find an ideal breeding ground in the excess mucus that dairy products generate. He cited the following diseases as being aggravated or caused by mucus conditions in which dairy products are the major offender: undulant fever, colds, flu, bronchial troubles, tuberculosis, asthma, hay fever, sinus trouble, pneumonia and certain types of arthritis.
His writings reflect a wide interest in different aspects of health and nutrition; besides authoring eight books, he also produced three wall charts.
Norman’s work lives on in new juice advocates such as Jason Vale in the UK, otherwise known as The Juice Master, and Jay Kordich who popularized « juicing » in the United States with extensive television advertising in the 1990s.
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