Doctor's Note

The "arachidonic acid story" I refer to in the video can be viewed here:Chickens, Eggs, and Inflammation. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient not made by plants or animals and is critical for those eating plant-based diets. See Safest Source of B12 for an introduction, and my blog post Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Putting It Into Perspective. And there are hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that all of the sources listed above in "Sources Cited" are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    The “arachidonic acid story” I refer to in the video can be viewed here: Chickens, Eggs, and Inflamation. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient not made by plants or animals and is critical for those eating plant-based diets. See Safest Source of B12 for an introduction, and my blog post Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Putting It Into Perspective. And there are hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that all of the sources listed above in “Sources Cited” are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links.

    • Oil

      Dear dr. Greger.
      I am a vegan with MVP and regurgitation.

      Is it essential for me to take taurine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670735069 Tan Truong

    Could this be the reason why a number of people, regardless of truth or not, fanatically claim to need meat in their diet?

  • Jon Fisher

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating story! This is a great example of what I love about Dr. Gregor: he reports the facts rather than only giving examples that bolster veganism. Granted, 99%+ of the data do show good results for veganism, but some other groups promote the idea that it is impossible for any vegan diet (no matter how badly planned) can have any deficiencies for any people. It’s great having someone I can trust for nutrition advice!

  • Teresaannpitman

    What is also interesting to me is that the boy chose not to eat meat, but simply to take the supplements. 

  • Jeremy

    I suffer from Gilberts Syndrome and find that my body is unable to synthesize Taurine well, I substitute with supplement tablets when required but find my bodies health breaks down without red meat consumption. I don’t feel that the understanding medically around the affect of Gilberts allows for a true meat-free diet yet as most doctors still believe GS is asymptomatic. Instead I seek to obtain grass fed/free range animal products which have healthier fat and nutrition profiles.

    I am very interested in some of the statistics you show when comparing diets as having seen the vast difference in nutrient profiles put forth from farms like Polyface when comparing their eggs to others. I can’t help but see the need for another classification. One which would represent the consumption of locally, freshly and sustainably harvested animal product grown in a way that respects the historical living conditions and diets of the animals without pesticides, hormones, chemicals and production based breeding specialisation. The comparison between these animal products and the mass-produced animal products is a question that I’ve not found answered clearly yet. Thanks for your videos, very informative.

  • Sebastian Tristan

    Very interesting.

  • cyndishisara

    Carnitine supplements from what source? How can you say he stayed vegetarian if the source was from meat?

  • http://www.ML-Ei.com/ Dr. Kirk McAnsh, D.C.

    Here is an interesting study: http://www.jbiomedsci.com/content/17/S1/S6

    Thoughts?…

  • Bruce Cropley

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    • KWD

      Thanks for pointing this out so we can figure out what the problem is.