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Date: October 3rd 2009

The Macfadden Monthly
  October, 2009



"To all who are weary-worn and suffering from the ills of the flesh and spirit; who have prayed and failed; who have tried the conventional way of healing and restoration, come and find this Cosmotarian Gospel the way of redemption and resoration." - Bernarr Macfadden

By 1944 Macfadden's influence as the health guru of the first half of the 20th century was beginning to wane.  "It was perhaps with this waning influence in mind that Macfadden embarked on what may have been the strangest project of his amazing career. In 1944, he filed papers in Florida to start his own religion. He named this new creed Cosmotarianism."  (Quoted from
Mark Adams's recent biography of Macfadden, Mr. America.)

Indeed, Cosmotarianism was strange. However, Macfadden had always been very much the Physical Culture evangelist. Indeed, you could even say that health was his religion. When we look at his history, perhaps the tenets of the new religion had existed all along in Macfadden's thinking. Now, he was simply giving them a name.

Cosmotarian Gospel
Title page of a Cosmotarian publication. The title was certainly borrowed from Christian Science.
Notice the slogan at the top, "Sickness Is a Sin - Don't Be a Sinner"

Cosmotarian Gospel
The body is a temple

Cosmotarian Gospel
Macfadden's image of Jesus - "the strong man!"

Cosmotarian Gospel
The body has the ability to heal itself.

Cosmotarian Gospel
The Cosmotarian Gospel combined Christian beliefs with Macfadden's teachings
on diet, exercise, and natural treatment of ailments. In fact, it is in the Cosmotarian publications
that his theories are most concisely summarized.

(Continued next month)

Karen�s Raw Vegan Cauliflower Salad

Salad Ingredients

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1 head fresh organic cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets

1 organic red bell pepper, diced (yellow or green pepper may be substituted)

1 c organic grape tomatoes, halved

½ c raw pine nuts (optional � I love these and try to sneak them into everything)

Dressing ingredients:

½ c raw organic sesame tahini (keep refrigerated)

Juice of 1 lemon

1/8 t hot cayenne pepper (90 H.U. � you may actually want to start with less than 1/8 t if you use pepper with this many heat units)

Celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt, to taste

Freshly ground pepper, to taste


½ bunch of fresh cilantro (most people either love or hate cilantro � if you hate it, by all means, substitute another fresh herb that you like, such as fresh chopped mint, basil, dill, tarragon, etc)


Combine salad ingredients in a very large bowl.

Mix dressing ingredients in a separate, smaller bowl. I use a small whisk to blend the lemon juice into the thick tahini paste. I sometimes add the juice of an additional lemon or a little water to think the dressing just a bit more. The tahini, straight out of the jar, is thick, like dough or thick paste. You don�t want your dressing to be runny, but a thick creamy consistency.

Add cayenne (use caution), salt & pepper to taste. Blend well with small whisk or fork and pour over salad ingredients. Stir gently to distribute dressing evenly.

Sprinkle chopped cilantro (or other fresh herb) over the top of cauliflower salad. Yum.



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