Archive for November, 2010

A Plant-Based Diet

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

One of the most convincing arguments for a plant-based diet is the fact that it prevents a wide range of diseases. Unfortunately all the scientific studies in the world will not convince some people to alter their diet. One study would not convince a person. But if we take dozens and dozens of studies that show countries with low rates of heart disease consume low amounts of animal-based foods, and dozens and dozens of studies showing that individuals who eat more whole, plant-based foods get less heart disease, maybe people will take notice.

For example: if milk produces “strong bones” as the advertising says, why do we have more osteoporosis than countries where they drink less milk? Since Americans consume more cow’s milk and its products per person than most populations in the world, this “logic” would lead us to believe we would have one of the lowest rates of osteoporosis in the world. Unfortunately American women aged 50 and older have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world.

Research has shown that animal protein, unlike plant protein, increases the acid load in the body. This means that our blood and tissues become more acidic. In order to neutralize the acid the body uses calcium. The calcium is pulled from the bones and the loss weakens the bones. It becomes a vicious cycle.

A hundred years ago the evidence shows that animal protein decreases bone health. This explanation was first suggested in the 1880s and documented in 1920.

How can we keep ignoring facts? Just look at the size of the meat industry. Look at the size of the dairy industry. Look at the profits from drugs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know if the facts were followed these industries would shrink immensely.

much of this was taken from Dr. Campbell’s, The China Study.

Dr. Campbell grew up as a dairy farmer and the facts did matter to him. Do they to you? Had my parents known this I probably wouldn’t have prostate cancer and a cardiac arrest. In fact, I’m sure I wouldn’t have. Just before my scheduled prostate surgery I heard that cancer cannot grow in an alkaline body. It was too late for me but maybe not for you. To your health!

A Healthy Lymph System

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Here is good advice from Dr. Byron Richards for you in staying healthy this winter.

A Healthy Lymph System is Vital for Flu Fighting Immunity

Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Byron Richards, CCN

The healthy function of your lymphatic system is required for an optimal immune response.  Millions of Americans struggle with a sluggish and stagnant lymph system.  This is because your lymph system, in addition to its immune-related chores is also involved with clearing trash and the absorption and transport of fat.  The speed with which you mount an immune response, can be drastically impaired by poor lymph function.  It is worthwhile to understand how well your own lymph system is working.

Read the complete article here: http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/a_healthy_lymph_system_is_vital_for_flu_fighting_immunity/

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I know this is the time of year people start putting on weight and it goes until after New Year’s Day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy all the good food. But if you chew your food thoroughly you will enjoy it more and be healthier for it.

For best results cut back on the processed food and learn how to cook your own food without all the salt and preservatives.

I’ve been eating just vegan meals for the last six weeks and today they make the foods taste so good that you cannot tell you’re not eating meat. For a healthier meal cut back on the milk and diary products as well as the eggs.

I guess you could call it conditioning. Years ago when I was playing racketball with a former NFL football player I could beat him any day of the week. But if he scheduled our game a few days out and psyched himself up I just couldn’t beat him. Try the same thing with your eating. Act as if you life depended on it. It does.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Heart Health

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a family physician specializing in nutritional medicine and natural methods.

He is another voice in the wilderness working for real change for healthy lives. Here are some of his comments from the Huffington Post, November 17, 2010

“If you eat the standard western diet that most people eat in the modern world, it’s quite likely you will develop heart disease. But there are other options. When it comes to treating heart disease, most doctors promote drugs, expensive, invasive testing, high-tech medical procedures and heart surgery as the standard options. A significant number of research studies have documented that heart disease is easily and almost completely preventable through a diet rich in plant produce and lower in processed foods and animal products.

“Some studies show that atherosclerotic plaque can be reversed, and cholesterol lowered without drugs or surgery. Making significant dietary and lifestyle changes allow many people who suffer with coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity and/or high blood pressure to reduce or even eliminate their dependence on medications and avoid invasive surgical procedures.

But what is the optimal diet for heart disease prevention and reversal?

“I propose that a high-nutrient, vegetable-based diet can be even more effective. According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, comparing the effects of dietary interventions on LDL cholesterol levels, a low-fat vegetarian diet reduces LDL by 16 percent, but a high-nutrient, vegetable-based diet including daily nuts and seeds reduces LDL cholesterol by 33 percent. (8, 9) This result suggests that if we improve the low-fat, vegetarian diet by making it more nutrient-dense, and include more greens, beans, seeds and nuts we may reverse heart disease even faster, and reduce heart disease risk even more.

“What is a high-nutrient, vegetable-based diet? I call this a nutritarian diet, because it is guided by the ratio of micronutrients to calories in foods. 90 percent of calories come from nutrient-rich plant foods: vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts and seeds.”

Diabetes – cont-d

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Dr. James Anderson, a prominent scientist studying diet and diabetes, took 50 diabetics and showed that diet can be the answer. In one of his studies he took 25 Type 1 diabetics and 25 Type 2 diabetics in a hospital setting and examined the results of using dietary means alone to address the issue of diabetes. He had a high-fiber, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet for his diabetics. None of them were overweight and all were taking insulin shots to control their blood sugar levels.

His first week experimental diet was mostly whole plant foods and the equivalent of only a cold cut or two of meat a day for one week. Then he put them on his veggie for three weeks.

After these three weeks his Type 1 diabetics were able to lower their insulin medication by an average of 40 percent. His Type 2 diabetics, with one exception, were able to get off the insulin shots. That’s 24 Type 2 diabetics who didn’t need daily insulin shots.

One man had a 21 year history of diabetes and was taking 35 units of insulin a day. After the three week intensive diet it was cut to 8 units a day. Following 8 weeks at home his need for insulin shots vanished completely.

If you’re diabetic why don’t you try a plant based dietary regiment. It may save your life.

from THE CHINE STUDY, pp. 151-152

Diabetes

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Over 8 percent of American adults are diabetic. Type 1 and type 2 both begin with some form of dysfunctional glucose metabolism. As a person develops diabetes this metabolic process collapses. Type 1 diabetics cannot produce adequate insulin because the insulin-producing cells in their pancreas have been destroyed. Type 2 diabetes produces insulin but the insulin doesn’t do its job.

Modern drugs and surgery have no cure for diabetics. At best our current drugs help stabilize our bodies to function reasonable well. So we live on a life-time of drugs and medications – a very costly disease.

There is hope.

The food we eat plays an enormous influence over this disease. The right diet not only prevents but also treats diabetes.

(to be continued)

The Defeat of Heart Disease

Friday, November 19th, 2010

More and more studies are showing that plant-based diets are making people healthy again. Even when living with a diseased heart a person moving back to a plant-based diet can restore their heart to healthy conditions again.

I have been trying, at my doctor’s recommendation, to eat Vegan for 6 weeks. That will come to an end soon. I have found it is a challenge when you go to a regular restaurant. But even some of the best restaurants, as I found out with a friend recently, have vegetarian meals. Our local Wedge Co-op has vegetarian and vegan foods on their shelves. And surprisingly the cost of vegan is about the same as a good cut of meat – and sometimes less.

What have you lost?

When you cut out the typical cut of meat, or chicken, or turkey, you cut out all the herbicides, pesticides and medicines that have been pumped into that meat, so you eat healthier. If the animals have been fed modified corn there is also a great possibility of pesticides and herbicides in the corn.

Next you want to cut out the processed foods on your grocer’s shelf. Processed food has most if not all it’s nutrition removed, and sometimes supplements are added back but you’re always short of what the food started with. The process also changes some things to include it’s own poison. Whole food is best.

Our best diets are fruits and vegetables grown without all the pesticides normally used in commercial farming.

It’s your life.

Eating Back to Health

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Dr. Esselstyn, Jr. becoming disillusioned with the treatment paradigm of U.S. medicine for cardiac care, decided to test the effects of a whole foods, plant-based diet on people with established coronary disease. He used a minimal amount of cholesterol-lowering medication and a very low-fat, plant based diet with amazing results.

In 1985 he began his study with 23 patients and he and his wife. Five dropped out. In the previous 8 years before the study began these 18 patients went through 49 coronary events, including bypass surgery, heart attacks, and strokes. So he starts the study with “unhealthy” hearts. In the 11 years following the start of this study there was only ONE coronary event among the 18 patients who followed this diet. And this one event came from a patient who had gotten off the diet for two years.

Not only did the disease in these patients stop, it has been reversed. Seventy percent of his patients have seen an opening of their clogged arteries.

If eating plant-based food is so healthy why isn’t the Federal Government promoting it?

Oh, that would eliminate the need for most of our cardiologists, heart drugs, cattle farms and their drugs. It would save our medical system billions and billions of dollars a year and we could balance the Federal Budget in a matter of years. It would cut out those multi-million dollar bonuses. It could bring back the Middle Class in America

The China Study, pp. 125–126

Mitochondria

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Mitochondria are the cellular energy generators that supply virtually all the power your body requires for a healthy life span. An abundance of published studies underscores the critical importance of the mitochondria to overall health, especially as we age. Energy-intensive organs like the heart and brain are dense with mitochondria.

Until recently, the only natural ways for aging individuals to increase the number of mitochondria in their bodies were long-term calorie restriction or exhaustive physical activity—which are difficult or impractical for most people to implement. PQQ offers a viable alternative.

PQQ is an essential nutrient, meaning your body cannot make it on its own. A growing body of research indicates that PQQ’s unique nutritional profile supports heart health and cognitive function—alone and in combination with CoQ10.

Life Extension

Carbohydrates

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

There is a mountain of evidence that the healthiest diet is a high carbohydrate diet. It has been shown to reverse heart disease, diabetes, and prevent a multitude of chronic diseases.

Dr. Campbell, in his book THE CHINA STUDY, points out that 99 percent of the carbohydrates we consume are derived from fruits, vegetables and grains. When these foods are consumed in the unprocessed, unrefined and natural state, a large proportion of the carbohydrates are in the so-called “complex” form. This means that they are broken down in a controlled, regulated manner during digestion. These complex carbohydrates are full of vitamins, minerals and accessible energy.

On the other side of the coin you find the highly processed, highly refined carbohydrates that are stripped from their vitamins, minerals and fiber. These are simple carbohydrates found in white bread, processed snack items including crackers and chips made with white flour, sweets like pastries and candy bars plus sugar laden soft drinks. Now add 32 teaspoons of sugar per day as a 1996 study reveals.

This is a reason why carbohydrates are given a bad rap. Take you carbohydrates as “complex” and skip the refined products and you will be much healthier.