August 26, 1923 |
San Pedro, California
|Occupation||Author and motivational speaker|
|Known for||known as a father in the field of vegetable juicing|
Jay Kordich (born August 26, 1923 as John Steven Kordich in Los Angeles County, CA) is an American television personality, author, motivational speaker, lecturer, and is known as a father in the field of vegetable juicing, fruit juicing and nutritional health. He is an advocate of health through the consumption of raw foods, to maintain and regain one's health. Kordich healed himself of bladder cancer 50 years ago through a regimen of 13 glasses of carrot and apple juice per day. Kordich is the direct protégé of Norman Walker and Max Gerson, the doctors who brought the concept of juicing to the world. Based on his design, the Juiceman Juicer and Power Grind Pro was developed. This juicer has been discontinued.  Kordich authored the #1 New York Times best-selling book, "The Juiceman's Power of Juicing". He also designed a multi-media program entitled Live Foods Live Bodies, and in 2013, wrote the paperback version published by Square One Publishers. It's a program about fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
The only son of a fisherman and a homemaker, Kordich was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He graduated from San Pedro High School. After three years in the United States Navy, he won a football scholarship to the University of Southern California. According to USC Trojan team records from Fanbase.com 1948 USC Football Team, he was only a member of that football team (as John Kordich, Halfback) for the year 1948, where his player record is currently unknown, and in 1949 was drafted, along with 22 other players, by the Green Bay Packers in Round 22, as the #214 Pick. (nfl.Packers.com/history).
Kordich claims that before he got to play a single down in the pros, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer (although the Jaykordich.com website no longer states a bladder cancer diagnosis but rather that he was "diagnosed with a serious illness and told he may not have long to live."). After reviewing all the treatments available, he left California and traveled to New York City to see Max Gerson who was treating terminally ill patients with fresh raw juices and healthy cleansing diets. Kordich went on a regimen of 13 eight-ounce glasses of carrot-apple juice a day. He has no real proof that the juice cured him, but he has never had a bout with cancer since. In 1989, Jay started his national television career, making appearances with his juicer, and by the end of 1990, Kordich and juicing were widely known. His award-winning infomercials aired for over thirteen years. For over forty years Jay has been taking his message to anyone who would listen, from county fairs to large department stores to seaside juicing shops. It was his passion to teach everyone he could reach how to be healthy through the power of fresh juices and raw food. His second book, co-written with his wife, Linda Kordich is entitled: Live Foods Live Bodies (complete raw food preparation book).
"The plant is the factory of life. The roots of plants come from Mother earth. Through sunshine and solar energy, they take whatever is in the soil that is. You cannot take mud, like a mud pie and swallow it, and absorb the calcium, and the phosphorus, and the zinc, and the potassium and magnesium. We can't. We're not capable to transfer those things into organic life. Only the roots of plants through solar energy with the roots down to the ground can take those nutrients out of the soil and create them into the life force, and the life line. That's where juicing comes in."
"Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fiber is a sensible approach to a healthful diet"
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