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Norman W. Walker: Juicing Pioneer

In recent Health Tips, I have shared the life stories of men who have greatly inspired and encouraged me in my quest to learn how to live a long and healthy life on planet earth so that I could better maintain a body fit for the Master’s use.

Jack LaLanne and Paul C. Bragg are two of my three “Health Heroes,” named as such because each of them, though earlier in life were seriously ill, changed their diet and lifestyle, restored their health, and went on to maintain a strong and healthy body until nearly the Century Mark.


In this Health Tip we are going to examine the life of Norman W. Walker, my third “Health Hero” who was born on January 4, 1886 and died June 6, 1985 at the age 99 years and 5 months.

Dr. Norman Walker’s First Half Century of Life

Norman W. Walker, D.Sc., Ph.D., was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy to Robert Walker, a Baptist Minister from Scotland. The family later moved to England where in October 1910, on the S.S. Lusitania, arrived in New York City, and on November 22, 1918 was granted U. S. citizenship.

In his early 50s, Dr. Walker became seriously ill. Rather than going the traditional medical route for his sickness, he turned to Dr. H. William Baum, a chiropractor and physical therapist. At the suggestion of Dr. Baum, Dr. Walker turned his back on the Standard American Diet (SAD) of his day, and changed his diet to raw vegetarian.

(EDITORS NOTE: In 1978, while on staff as a lecturer and head gardener at the Shangri-La Health Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida, I personally met and had an extended talk with Dr. Baum. He shared with me a lot of information about Dr. Walker and gave me what was then a recent photograph of both he and Dr. Walker. Dr. Baum personally autographed the photo on the back side with the words: “To George Malkmus, Compliments Dr. H. W. Baum.” (see below) Also on the back of the picture were the words: “Dr. Norman Walker, Natal Day – January 28, 1867.” Since we know for sure Dr. Walker died on June 6, 1985, that date of birth would have made Dr. Walker 119 years old at his death. This 1867 date of birth conflicts with more recent research which places his birth date as January 4, 1886, which would have made him 99 years and 5 months at death. No matter his actual age at death, Dr. Walker lived a very long life.)

Dr. Walker’s Last Half Century of Life


Following his conversion to a raw vegetarian diet, for nearly a half-century, Norman W. Walker went on to prove through research and personal experience that well being and long life can go hand-in-hand. Modern-day nutritionists and medical researchers are just now discovering some of the truths Dr. Walker knew and expounded upon.

Dr. Walker himself became living proof that a longer, healthier life may be achieved, starting even in later life, through proper diet, mental soundness, and intelligent body care. He left behind his research and unique contributions to health for all to read in his numerous writings. (His books are still available for all to read and are carried by Hallelujah Acres.)

Dr. Walker was notable for at least three reasons: (1) He was author of at least eight books published from 1937 to 1978. (2) He was the inventor of an important and innovative commercial juicer that is still manufactured today. (3) He was a pioneer in the raw foods, juicing, and vegetarian movements, each of which has grown in size and scope over the years.

For several years, Dr. Walker ran a health ranch in Arizona. Eventually, he gave up the ranch to devote his later years entirely to research and writing.

Dr. Walker’s Views on Nutrition

Dr. Walker advocated a diet based solely on raw and fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. He considered cooked or baked foods 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 the eating of meat, dairy or dairy products (with the exception of raw goat milk), fish or eggs. His diet suggestions also avoided such staple foods as breads, pasta, [white] rice and [refined] sugar.

Dr. 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 key to one’s health, and 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, Dr. Walker explained, “If the feces in the colon have putrefied and fermented, any toxic elements present in it would pass into the bloodstream. What would otherwise be nutritional instead generates toxemia, a condition in which the blood contains poisonous products. . . .”

Pimples can be an indication of the presence of toxemia. Walker maintained that the Standard American Diet (SAD) causes the colon to be filled with toxins that strain the eliminative channels and ultimately, the immune system.

Dr. Walker believed that dairy products had an especially 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 offenders: undulant fever, colds, flu, bronchial troubles, tuberculosis, asthma, hay fever, sinus trouble, pneumonia, and certain types of arthritis.

Dr. Walker in 1910 established the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research in New York and later discovered the therapeutic value of fresh vegetable juices. He discovered carrot juice. He also developed the Triturator Juicer, known today as The Norwalk Press Juicer, the granddaddy of juicers.

The present “juicing craze” is directly attributable to the incredible dedication of this great man. Thousands of people credit Dr. Walker’s live vegetable juice therapy for healing them of incurable diseases, including Jay Kordich, known as the “Juiceman”, who popularized juicing in the United States with extensive television advertising in the 1990s.

When Jay Kordich had cancer, he met and was tremendously inspired by Dr. Walker. After healing himself of cancer through the raw food diet and juice therapy promoted by Dr. Walker, Jay worked with Dr. Walker beginning in the 1940s and right up until Dr. Walker’s death.

Dr. Walker’s discoveries and the advocating of raw vegetable juices in the restoration of health has lived on in the promotion of juicing by Jay Kordich, Paul Bragg, Jack LaLanne, and yes, even to this day, by this editor and Hallelujah Acres.

Dr. N. W. Walker was living proof that a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life is achievable through mental poise, intelligent body care, and the abundant use of raw vegetable juices.

Dr. Walker observed a raw food diet, with the abundant use of raw vegetable juices right up until his death at the age of 99 years and 5 months. He also remained 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.



Dr. Norman W. Walker, along with Paul Bragg, and Jack LaLanne, my Health Heroes, are men I have tried to emulate. It is my hope that after reading their testimonies, you will make them your Health Heroes as well, and that you will desire to emulate their diets and lifestyle as I have.

What Dr. Walker, Paul Bragg, and Jack LaLanne, preached and practiced for many, many, years is what this editor has been preaching and practicing for the past 35 years.

If you, my friend, are not on The Hallelujah Diet, if you will but stop putting the world’s SAD diet into your body and start eating those foods God told us to eat in Genesis 1:29 and start exercising, then you too can most likely experience the miracle in your body that Dr. Walker, Paul Bragg, Jack LaLanne, and this editor have experienced.


And please don’t say that you are too old or sickly to begin. No matter how old or sickly you may be, in most instances a change in diet and lifestyle can start you on the road to recovery – a road that can restore your health, and possibly save your life.


  1. Interesting article.

    I have written to SC’s governor and many legislators concerning why and how the SC Dept of Mental Health can improve behavior and outcomes, moving toward curing instead of drugging, by treating patients with diet, exercise, biochemical testing and nutrients. In addition to a lot of other information, I gave them all copies of your article about Jack LaLanne. Thank you. Health Minister Ann Dunham

  2. homeschoolmom March 1, 2011

    We knew Norman Walker in the early 1970s when he and his wife attended the church we went to in Tempe, AZ. At that time, he indicated to my mother that he was around 100 years old. He was a very interesting man.


    • In his book, dr. Walker wrote about one woman, Diane Wallester Folton and his son Eric. I’d like to know more about this family. Maybe you know something that would help me to find them?

  3. I love Dr. Walker, but the timeline in your story is a tad off. How can he arrive in America in 1910, and ALSO start his clinic in 1910 after the age of 50?….

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  5. Barbara Charis May 26, 2017

    The Social Security system established a date for Dr Walker’s age. I know a very credible man from Arkansas who knew Dr Walker when he had a farm there. He met Dr. Walker, when he was a teenager. Dr Walker showed him his baptismal certificate. He was at least 118 when he died. There was very little fanfare given Dr Walker by any group, when he died. The Establishment did not want to acknowledge his works, because they proved the value of a vegetarian diet. The food industries and the medical industries would suffer if people knew the truth about the totally healthy raw vegetarian diet.
    I corresponded with Dr Walker and he authorized me to teach his method. Some years earlier by following his information I regressed a lemon sized tumor using his information In 1982 I opened my own center and promoted his books for 30 years. He is my hero, too.

    • Sareeta Pattni September 22, 2017

      Dear Babara,

      That is amazing! I have only read the current editions of his books, he is my hero too although I never had the chance to have any contact with him. I do feel that there is information from the books that has been edited and I would love to opportunity to meet/speak with someone who has first hand experience of his work.

      Would you be willing to discuss the Walker program in more detail with me and answer a few questions? Can I email you? My email address is

      I really hope to hear from you soon,

  6. Regina Cramer March 3, 2018

    I would help in finding the book with sections of DR. WALKER Explaining what each juice did for you. Its not in the lastest book. Please help me.
    Thank you Regina

    • sandra eng September 10, 2018

      Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices

      Page 17 -61 Vegetable Juices – Uses and Benefits

      Page 86 – 115 Ailments and Formulas

  7. We met a Doctor in Palm Springs while vacationing in the late 1970’s who gave us colonics. We saw his business sign. He was in the process of organizing his business and told me he was a retired school teacher from L.A. He gave me a pen and pad and told me write down what to eat.
    Soaked figs and ground nuts. Soak almonds over nite. Grind in a blender, strain use the almond milk on the figs. Almond milk will keep fresh in the fridge for
    two days.
    Juice carrots, celery, beets, apples or any combination in a juicer. We owned an Acme Juicer.
    Lunch: Small salad of spinach, apple, cashews, celery, avocado, shredded carrot or any combination you desire. In the blender combine oil, lemon juice and honey for a dressing.
    Dinner: Wash and slice potatoes, Leave on the skin. Bake on parchment paper until they puff up. In a blender combine yogurt and rinsed canned black olives for a dip. Only eat a few of these sliced potatoes. Snack or dessert: Grind sesame seeds and add a little honey. Form into small balls. Keep covered in the fridge. This was alot of work back in the 1970’s when they didn’t have pre washed vegetables. Now that I’m in my 70’s I no longer eat black olives because they are too salty. I buy bottles of carrot and apple juice from the market. Raw fruits and veges are hard for me to digest. I drink mint tea when I have gas. I steam apples, add cinnamon and a few ground soaked nuta and drink goat milk. I still soak and eat figs or dates. Lunch is avocado and a slice of swiss cheese, low sodium cottage cheese or no salt farmer’s cheese. Dinner is carrot juice and I drink mint tea. I make 4 egg yolk omelettes Dr. Walker recommends too twice a week. My blood tests are good and I don’t take any medications.

    • Melody Hord March 16, 2021

      Thank you so much for writing all this down. I loved reading it. MANY great ideas here for healthy eating. Grinding sesame seeds, adding a bit of honey and making small balls to keep in the refrigerator sounds great.
      Juicing is the topic I am most interested in right now. I go through phases when I juice, then, because of the time involved, I quit for a while. Recently, I have started back.
      Since the late 1970s, what has your juicing regimen been like? How many 8 oz. glasses per day or week? Did you finally burn out on juicing?
      Your answers could really help other people!

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