Doctor's Note

The new data I refer to in the beginning makes reference to yesterday’s video, Modern Meat Not Ahead of the Game. Lead has also been found in protein powder supplements (see Heavy Metals in Protein Powder Supplements); Ayurvedic medicine supplements (see Get the Lead Out); and other animal products (see Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification). Maybe in shot kangaroo meat too (again, see Modern Meat Not Ahead of the Game). Like mercury in tuna (see Nerves of Mercury), no level of lead consumption can be considered safe. So, what’s the least unhealthy meat? Find out tomorrow in Good Grub: The Healthiest Meat.

For further context, check out my associated blog post, Lead Poisoning Risk From Venison.

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  • The new data I refer to in the beginning is a reference to yesterday’s video-of-the-day Modern Meat Not Ahead of the Game. Lead has also been found in protein powder supplements, ayervedic medicine supplements, and other animal products. Maybe in shot kangaroo meat too? Like mercury in tuna, no level of lead consumption can be considered safe. So what’s the least unhealthy meat? Find out in tomorrow’s video-of-the-day Good Grub: The Healthiest Meat.

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    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Get the ‘Led’ out, otherwise we will be climbing the Stairway to Heaven earlier than expected.

      • HemoDynamic, M.D.

        Here’s my lunch that Got the Lead out:

        Sweet & Spicy Lentil, Ginger Curry Quinoa, tossed with Arugala Salad–Absolutely delish!

        • Thea


          My lead-free lunch was: a baked home-made felafel burger topped with spinach and my own made-up mixture of quinoa, kale, broccoli and mushrooms tied together with a home-made “cheesy” cashew sauce.  I had organic grapes and strawberries for dessert.  Also yumm!  Also lead-free!

          • HemoDynamic, M.D.

            Makes me hungry–again!

          • BPCveg

            Can you please share how you make the “cheesy” cashew sauce?

          • Doug

            I will butt in and tell you how I make “cheese” sauce!
            1 cup water
            3/4 cup raw cashews
            1 tsp salt
            3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
            1 tsp onion powder
            1/4 tsp garlic powder
            1/2 cup pimentos (roasted red peppers)
            2 Tbsp lemon juice
            4 drops Tabasco Sauce or cayenne powder

            Blend in a blender until very  smooth, bring to a boil, turn head down and simmer for a couple of  minutes. ( If you boil the cashews a few minutes before using them,they seem to blend smoother. Pour the boiling water off and use cold to blend with.) 

             To make macaroni and cheese, I add 2 Tbsp olive oil and 3/4 cup almond (or other) milk to the sauce.  I use 2 cups of uncooked macaroni for this amount of sauce.  Of course you have to cook the macaroni first!    Mix the sauce in the macaroni, put in a casserole dish, top with “buttered” crumbs and bake till hot.  enjoy

          • Doug

            Waiting to see if Thea’s recipe is similar or even better!

          • BPCveg

            Doug: Thank so much for sharing this delicious-soudning vegan recipe. Will let you know how it goes!

          • Doug

            You are welcome.  I also use this hot on broccoli etc. or a cold spread for bread.

          • Susan

            Sounds delicious..except it’s high in fat (even if good fat) and high in salt, which makes my osteoporosis worse. Guess I’ll have to pass. There’s vegan and healthy vegan. I’ll cherish a few cashews, and stay with my beans and greens!

          • Thea

             BPCveg:  Doug’s recipe looks good.  I’ve made similar recipes in the past and liked them to varying degrees.

            Unfortunately, the one I referred to above was something that I just made up on the spot without keeping track of ingredients or amounts.  I definitely could not recreate it.  I know I threw some cashews and water to barely cover in a professional-style blender.  Then I put in nutritional yeast and a bit of smoked salt and  lemon juice.  I’m pretty sure I added some other ingredients until I liked the taste, but darn if I remember now what they were.

            Since you ask about cheese, I have to mention that I *just* discovered the book Vegan Artisan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner.  I ordered it from Amazon.  The reviewers rave about the book and the recipes being incredibly true to the “real” thing.  I have a feeling that after trying those recipes that I will be redefining the what counts as “the real thing”.

            What I can say about the various vegan “cheese” sauces that I have made so far: They may be yummy, and they can definitely take the place of a traditional cheese or cheese sauce, BUT they are really, clearly NOT cheese in taste or texture.  Miyoko is reported to have solved both problems.  I’m very excited about trying it.

            Good luck with your cheese sauce adventure.  (And thank you Doug for sharing your recipe.)

          • BPCveg

            Thanks Thea! Like you, I aspire to be a gourmet vegan chef…hopefully the Miyoko book will live up to the promise.

        • BPCveg

          Care to share how you made teh ginger curry quinoa.

          Thanks in advance for any tips.

          • HemoDynamic, M.D.

            I will. Give me some time to get it together.
            Thanks for asking!

  • Thea

    Wow.  I never would have thought of this.  Very interesting.

  • Fascinating! I tell my readers to eat wild meat, but now I need to warn them about lead from bullets. I guess hunters should consider switching to bow and arrows.

    • …or simply use copper bullets.  Several other non-lead options as well.

      • KC

        Wow…I think people totally miss the point of Dr. Greger’s work.  No bullets are necessary if you get it!

        • Han

          I always strangle a bear for dinner…

    • BPCveg

      Or they could use their bare hands. Wouldn’t that level the playing field?

    • Susan

      Or, better still, save the lives of wildlife and let the hunters hunt with cameras!

  • Dobbie

    so true. as well, there’s been a decades-old  epidemic of ‘mad cow’ in wild critters :
    With game there are a few health-related precautions to keep in mind: Chronic wasting disease (CWD). Similar to mad cow disease, CWD is found in deer and elk. While human infection is a potential concern, there have been no verified cases. To minimize risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that hunters who harvest deer or elk from known CWD-positive areas consider having the animal tested for CWD before consuming the meat…
    …From an infectious disease standpoint, CWD is far more frightening than BSE. In BSE, the infectious prions are normally confined to tissues of the nervous system. People get exposed to BSE prions in mad cow beef only because slaughterhouse conditions often splatter brain matter indiscriminately, and it only takes a milligram or so of infected tissue to transmit the prions.In CWD, however, the bad prions manifest throughout an infected animal’s tissues and secretions: they show up in its saliva, its blood, its bones, its feces, its urine, and its muscles…

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      All the more reason to show why I went plant-based. 

      Why worry about a disease that turns your brain into swiss-cheese.
      Just turn to the plants and not only save each other, but the animals and the Planet.

      • KC

        Right on, HemoDynamic!

    • donmatesz

       Wild game also carry campylobacter, pathogenic E. coli, salmonella, etc.  All the data available on pubmed.  Example:

      Assessment of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Isolates from Wildlife Meat as Potential Pathogens for Humans

      Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus among Wild Birds in Mongolia

  • If you’ve ever had to deal with hunters, you’ve probably noticed that their reasoning abilities have seemed… impaired. Now we know that there might be at least a partial answer- besides the fact that their parents are usually close relatives.

  • guest

    I heard deer antler tips is healthy as a supplement, can you summarize the research findings on this? thanks!

    • Connie Sanchez, ND

      Deer Antler tips is used in Chinese Medicine to “rejuvenate and strengthen” the body. However, this is based on the belief that if one takes in specific animal tissues that one will take on the characteristics of that animal (i.e., strength). There is absolutely no scientific evidence that deer antlier tips provide any nutritional value or have special “powers” to strengthen or rejuvinate. The best way to rejuvenate and strengthen the body is by consuming a whole food plant-based diet filled with phytonutrients that have been shown by science to rejuvenate the body.

  • Brian R Gard

    I am very familiar with consuming animals killed by bullets, what we do is cut away the parts that are ‘shell shocked’ or discolored and bloodied by high velocity impact. If it looks at all suspicious it is cut away and left for the magpies on the mountain side usually, sometimes at home as it is being cut up if not detected in the field…

  • Interesting. Thanks for sharing!