nerve health

A measure of nerve health is heart rate variability because it measures the control our nerves have over our heart. Drug and chemical residues found in meat, prevalent in the US because of lax or nonexistent safety standards, can result in serious nerve damage as well and bleeding, jaundice, and even death. Essential tremor, a common neurological condition, has been linked to meat eating. Mercury exposure due to fish consumption has been linked to neurobehavioral abnormalities (see also here). Arsenic, primarily found in chicken in the American diet, has been linked to public health issues such as neuropathy and neurocognitive deficits in children. The most common cause of flaccid paralysis in the US comes from eating chicken.

Alzheimer’s disease results from the buildup of a neurotoxic protein in the brain, which kills brain nerve cells; apple juice and ginger have been found to protective of nerve cells in vitro. Indian gooseberries have also been found to be potentially neuroprotective. More than 50% of vegans have been found to be Vitamin B-12 deficient. A vitamin B-12 deficiency can result in spinal cord degeneration (see also here, here). And spirulina has been found to contain a neurotoxin and should probably be avoided.

Topic summary contributed by Denise.
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  • Fecal Bacteria Survey
    Fecal Bacteria Survey
    How contaminated is the American meat supply with fecal matter?
  • Another Update on Spirulina
    Another Update on Spirulina
    Potential neurotoxicity is another concern regarding spirulina supplements.
  • Arsenic in Chicken
    Arsenic in Chicken
    The poultry industry feeds their birds millions of pounds of arsenic-containing drugs every year.
  • Fish Fog
    Fish Fog
    The link between fish consumption and neurobehavioral abnormalities in adults is likely related to mercury toxicity.
  • Muscle Tremors & Diet
    Muscle Tremors & Diet
    Essential tremor, one of the most common neurological conditions, appears to be linked to meat consumption.
  • Vegetarian’s Myelopathy
    Vegetarian’s Myelopathy
    Vegetarians got a disease named after them.
  • Boosting Heart Nerve Control
    Boosting Heart Nerve Control
    Which food was found to improve heart rate variability?
  • Vegan Paralysis
    Vegan Paralysis
    Those eating plant-based diets must ensure a reliable source of vitamin B12 via supplements or fortified foods.
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