Several years ago I was waiting in the office of my dermatologist having a routine visit after he had discovered (as well as taken out) a skin cancer from my face. This was one among several 5-year twice a month visits where tests and checks would be done to be sure that there was no reoccurrence of the melanoma.
I recall him walking in and probably seeing some worry over my face as I was anticipating the test results. He informed me instantly that the results were good (like always). He suggested, like every other visit, to make an effort to prevent from getting burnt by the sun, which will in turn make getting melanoma much less likely. He additionally repeated that although melanoma is the most fatal cancer, it is additionally the most curable, if caught soon enough, so make sure to not miss any visits.
Always being conscious that food plays a part in health, and being aware that this particular doctor was "health conscious" as he was a vegetarian and arrived to work on a bike often, on this particular visit I decided to ask about food. Although I basically ate "whatever" at that time, I asked "isn't what we eat a huge factor in our health as well as our ability to fight disease?". His reply was along the lines of "you don't eat processed foods and you eat lots of greens, so what else could you do".
I believe that was his way of suggesting a whole foods diet. As I dove right in educating myself regarding nutrition, whole foods, all the completely different diets, it ultimately led me to the concept of vegetarianism, as well as veganism. I figured that those diet programs equated to health however that's not necessarily the case, therefore I continued with my research to discover how to be the most healthy.
When I discovered raw food, I felt that was the solution. I felt consuming a raw, organic, vegan diet was the perfect way to eat. I'm not as convinced anymore that the "normal" raw food diet is "it" though after digging a little deeper. I listened to loads of interviews with Daniel Vitalis in regards to "wild foods", and it really made a lot of sense. He discusses how wild foods are more powerful and that they might tap a root through several layers of concrete just to survive. Also, they usually have medicinal characteristics that could help to "tonify" our organs.
He has said that lots of what we consume, or a lot of what raw foodies and vegans consume is what he calls domesticated foods, foods that were altered over the decades to become new versions of old foods. I believe he stated that the domesticated banana, being totally different from its' wild bretheran, is likened to the distinction between a chihuahua and a wolf.
Now, what's the first step to "going wild"? It's not always simple for people to walk through the forest, find wild health food and make tinctures, salads, teas, etc, however there is something that we could do. "Bitters" are found in food stores, and these could be the closest to "wild" foods that are available "domestically".
Some of the typical "wild-ish" greens that I personally incorporate in my food regime are: dandelion greens, arugula, water cress, collard greens and sometimes endive. Spinach and kale may be eligible as bitters nevertheless we're already including those in our green smoothies aren't we? :)