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What About Eating Just a Little Meat?

As you can see in my video, Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes, we’ve known for decades that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies going back half a century found that those eating meat one or more days a week had significantly higher rates of diabetes, and the more frequently meat was eaten, the more frequent the disease. And this is after controlling for weight; so, even at the same weight, those eating more plant-based had but a fraction of the diabetes rates. If anything, vegetarians should have had more diabetes just because they appear to live so much longer; so, they had more time to develop these kinds of chronic diseases; but no, apparently lower rates of death and disease.

Fast forward 50 years to the Adventist-2 study, looking at 89,000 people, and we see a stepwise drop in the rates of diabetes as one ate more and more plant-based, down to a 78% lower prevalence among those eating strictly plant-based. Protection building incrementally as one moved from eating meat daily, to eating meat weekly, to just fish, to no meat, and then to no eggs and dairy either. Followed over time, vegetarian diets were associated with a substantially lower incidence of diabetes, indicating the potential of these diets to stem the current diabetes epidemic.

We see the same step-wise drop in rates of another leading killer, high blood pressure. The greater the proportion of plant foods, the lower the rates of hypertension, and the same with excess body fat. The only dietary group not on average overweight were those eating diets composed exclusively of plant foods, but again there was the same incremental drop with fewer and fewer animal products. This suggests that it’s not black and white, not all or nothing; any steps we can make along this spectrum of eating healthier may accrue significant benefits.

What about eating a really healthy diet with just a little meat? Is it better to eat none at all? We had new insight last year from Taiwan. Asian diets in general tend to be lower in meat and higher in plant foods compared with Western diet, but whether a diet completely avoiding meat and fish would further extend the protective effect of a plant-based diet wasn’t known, until now.

Traditionally, Asian populations have had low rates of diabetes, but a diabetes epidemic has since emerged, and appears to coincide with increased meat, animal protein, and animal fat consumption, but the Westernization of Asian diets also brought along a lot of fast food and junk; and so, these researchers at the national university didn’t want to just compare those eating vegetarian to typical meat eaters. So, they compared Buddhist vegetarians to Buddhist non-vegetarians, eating traditional Asian diets. Even the omnivores were eating a predominantly plant-based diet, consuming little meat and fish, with the women eating the equivalent of about a single serving a week, and men eating a serving every few days. That’s just 8% of the meat intake in the U.S., 3% for the women. The question: is it better to eat 3% or 0%?

Again, both groups were eating healthy: zero soda consumption, for example, in any group. Despite the similarities in their diet, and after controlling for weight, family history, exercise, and smoking, the men eating vegetarian had just half the rates of diabetes, and the vegetarian women just a quarter of the rates. So, even in a population consuming a really plant-based diet with little meat and fish, true vegetarians who completely avoided animal flesh, while eating more healthy plant foods, have lower odds for prediabetes and diabetes after accounting for other risk factors. They wanted to break it up into vegan versus ovo-lacto like in the Adventist-2 study, but they couldn’t because there were no cases at all of diabetes found within the vegan group. 

More on preventing and treating this terrible disease:

The reason I keep going back to that Adventist-2 study is that it’s not only the biggest study of those eating plant based diets in North America, but the largest such study anywhere anytime. We owe those investigators a great debt (not to mention the 96,741 participants!). One thing I’m happy my tax dollars are going towards (via the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health). More from the Adventists in Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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        1. It appears that the text in the above article is taken from the video first shown in January 2015, “Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes”. So that would explain the 2014 as being “last year”.




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  1. I wonder how once a month would fare.. I go out to dinner once a month with friends and I allow my self a fillet of salmon at dinner. My “cheat” day. I’m WFPB the rest of the month.. No diabetes No heart dz. and no high blood pressure. If you eat 3 meals a day x 7days x4 weeks a month that 84 days/ 84 meals.. 1 fish meal is 1.2% of total and I’m getting a shot of Ω3’s and B-12.. ?? The “real” paleo diet?”.
    What do you guys think… Am I over rationalizing it a bit???




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    1. Hi Mitch, I am a volunteer for Dr. Greger. This hasn’t been studied, to my knowledge, but the overall concept is, less animal protein translates to an exponentially increased reduction in disease risk. Hope this helps!




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    2. Mitch, what does that salmon meal mean to you? How important is it? For example, would you be just as happy eating a nice vegan meal when dining out with friends or is having salmon crucial to keeping you eating WFPB the rest of the month? Also most salmon served in restaurants is farm-raised, the absolute worst as far as dioxins, PCB’s and other toxins.




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        1. I guess one 8 oz. cup of diesel gas in your non diesel car engine may not freeze it up(?)
          Also, consider if youre the fish, you just lost your life. Watch Nemo or Finding Dory. Studies show their pain is no different then the Cat or Dog, Cow or Duck.




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          1. Animal ethics has no place in discussion of potentially purely mechanical health aspects in humans. Dr Gregers credibility is undermined by his deep associations with animal rights groups, not enhanced. It shows his bias and susceptibility to unscientific conclusions to support his emotional agenda.




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            1. I’m surprised no-one has yet contradicted your gratuitous assertions, Matthew. I spend some valued time at this site precisely because it hews most closely to the science out there.
              If you have evidence of “bias and susceptibility to unscientific conclusions”, present it.




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              1. There is evidence that he holds bias and a susceptibility to unscientific conclusions to support his emotional agenda.

                http://www.hsi.org/about/who_we_are/leadership/subject_experts/michael_greger.html

                He is Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture of Humane Society International

                Humane Society International is one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

                Regardless of if he is correct in that a plant-based diet is healthy (I personally believe he is correct) he has an alternative agenda that may be fueling his vegan campaign which could undermine his conclusions and credibility within the realm of diet and health.




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                1. Outside activities that don’t impinge on what the site presents are not evidence.
                  I’ve seen, and others can document, skeptical coverage of vegan diets on this site. “may be fueling” “which could” is perhaps wimpy on purpose, since there’s no evidence given for any assertions.
                  Did the current study undermine some of your beliefs? I found it useful.




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                2. Matthew, everyone has bias. Everyone. Are you then saying that nobody’s science can be trusted? Is there any evidence of Dr Greger fiddling with the studies to falsely claim something? if not, maybe it’s best just to take it on trust that he is being honest. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable because his bias is not yours.




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      1. Most farm-raised fish and shellfish including salmon is raised in the dirtiest waters. Yes, there are currents in the ocean, but much of the pollutants stay in the area. I remember when seawater was sampled near Seattle. Shocked us all. Looks pristine, but isn’t.




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      2. “Mitch, what does that salmon meal mean to you? How important is it?”

        Not that important but I like it.. The smell, the unctuous mouth feel, the flavor.. It’s like if I was told that sex would ruin my health, I would probably do it once a month!!! ;^)




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        1. Hi Mitch, sorry but this is not a good comparison. What Jeff, Kim and others try to take in you considering is, that you should not only think on your health but also to the health and right of life of all living being. Sure, on pice of salmon will not kill you but on piece of salmon kills more then one salmon. There are a lots of documentaries at this theme at youtube you can watch. So, for me the right question is, is the smell, the taste, the unctuous mouth feel it worth to kill salmons. Let me davit with the words of one of my favorit american Gary Yourofsky:
          Imaging you, that one the day you was born the day was determinated to kill you until this day you have to life in a KZ, waiting for the Holocaust. Right from the day you was born, you will be never free until killing.
          I’m honestly, alone this thoughts in my mind, if I would eat a single piece of meat or fish again, would make me sick.
          It’s not my intention to set any blame on you but I would like to be happy if you take this in considering by your next dinner outside your home… ;-) Thank you so much.




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    3. just enjoy your dinner out — hopeful that the fish is wild caught. Being with friends is part of longevity. I think it’s OK to be a purist but not a Nazi about food.




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    4. Julie makes a good point in looking at our cheat meal in terms of its value in keeping us on the program.. I remember well dr greger saying that our need to have a bowl of grandma’s chicken soup on occasion shouldnt be an obstacle in adopting a wfpb diet.. also, no self respecting restaurant in our region would serve farm raised fish! 1.2% is close to the animal food in okinawan diet isnt it ? enjoy :)




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    5. Mitch, sounds like you’re doing great healthwise, which is terrific!

      For me, your question prompts thoughts less about health and more in terms of ethics. I know this goes beyond the scope of NutritionFacts, but I’d say it’s a fair question nonetheless: do we owe salmon any moral consideration? (Folks may laugh at the idea…but the more we learn about fish intelligence & sentience, the more I think the answer is yes.) I’ve come to realize that killing these fishes—or paying for them to be killed—when I could easily make another choice, isn’t living out my values.

      I’m also concerned about the ecological impact of our collective appetite for them.

      These considerations—the ethical and ecological, together—led me to decide to leave fishes off my plate. (And I can still enjoy fish-free sushi and mock tuna salad. Gardein even makes awesome fishless filets…they’re not compliant with the WF part of WFPB, but they are PB.)




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      1. Agree completely. Aside from health issues, the ethical and environmental issues deserve equal consideration. (And those Gardein Fishless Filets make a fantastic ‘cheat’ meal).




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      2. ‘isn’t living out my values’ really says a lot doesnt it? When I think of it, this is without a doubt what keeps me eating, and advocating, a wfpb diet even though it wasnt the first motivator I had in adopting this lifestyle. Many restaurants will make amazing adaptations to meals upon requests , especially if you eat there once per month. ty Jennifer




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    6. I don’t have a definitive answer but just wanted to chime in. I am also 100% WFPB at home, and go out with friends or family even less than you do. When I do though, it is usually to a local Asian buffet, where I try to stay as plant based as I can, avoiding the obvious meat and chicken, but do allow myself a bit of seafood or a taste of dishes obviously not oil free. Seafood is something I have always enjoyed immensely because we lived on the coastline, and the only thing I truly miss, and whatever the negatives, the experience of celebrating this life with loved ones and partaking in tradition feels more positive to me on balance than deprivation or obsessing over the ingredients in my meal. This may be a weird analogy, and definitely another rationalization, but I feel guilty even killing an insect (and I live in Florida) UNLESS that insect is a giant spider or palmetto bug in my house! Suddenly I feel justified despite my qualms, and the reward is worth the breach. Living mindfully is huge, as is having boundaries, but for some of us, it’s also important to have a gate so you don’t feel fenced in or trapped. I admire those stronger than I, but ultimately, we are the ones who have to live with our choices and fanaticism for me just adds stress. If you are foregoing flesh the overwhelming majority of the time and sparing yourself and the animals, spare yourself the stress of guilt for your extravagance and allow yourself to enjoy! None of us are getting out of this alive.




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      1. I feel the same way though I don’t hesitate to kills black widow spiders and mosquitoes. I do have brie to my heart’s content twice a year on my birthday and again on New Year’s eve without guilt It’s always from France therefore organic. Haven’t eaten meat in over 45 years and gave up fish about 25 years ago. I was never all that fond of meat anyway so it wasn’t a problem. Brie or any French or English cheese is another matter though. I confessed this to Dr. Esselstyn a few years ago and he told me he eats 12 pieces of Reese’s pieces every New Year’s day! We both laughed.




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    7. I would say that it would only have a significant health impact in two situations. One is if that particular salmon fillet sat just a wee bit too long on the loading dock without being on ice or refrigerated. Then you run the risk of becoming accurately ill. The second, and I think a bigger risk, is if that single fillet once a month becomes two, and then a burger once in a while (because its just a burger), and so on and so forth until you stop resisting the constant pressure of friends and family to “eat normal” and throw in the towel and go back to the standard diet and all of the long term chronic diseases that come with it.

      I think the risk of backsliding increases when eating meat becomes a planned part of your diet. Though keeping a bright line where meat doesn’t come into your house and you have to go out to eat it probably reduces this risk somewhat.

      But if you can avoid bad fish and backsliding, I am very doubtful that a single meal with meat in it once a month will increase your chances of developing a chronic disease.




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    8. I attended a lecture by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., a few years ago (in Wooster OH). During a Q&A session after the presentation, a questioner from the audience asked, “Do you follow your own dietary program [to prevent & reverse heart disease] 100% of the time?” For what it’s worth, Dr. Esselstyn replied that he regularly eats salmon once a month while dining out with friends but would not do so if he were to have any signs—perceived, clinically apparent, or test-result based—of heart disease. (We are, it seems, neither gasoline nor diesel-powered engines! Not only that, but there are all sorts of reasons that people may choose to eat in the healthy way Dr. Greger and others recommend, any one or more of which we decide upon for our own reasons.) I hope, Mitch, that this was helpful to you.




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      1. Echoes my thoughts on Esselstyn’s approach. One meal out of 90 probably ain’t that bad. As long as it doesn’t become one meal in 21 (one every week), then one meal in 7 (one full “cheat day” each week), and then back to just regular old omni-…




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    9. Well, I think Esselstyn would probably think of it this way:

      None is best.

      1 meal out of every ~30 days (~1/90 meals? or ~1.11% of meals?), probably not the end of the world, as long as it’s transitory and you’re right back on the WFPB diet the next meal.
      1 meal out of every 7 days (~1/21 meals? or ~4.75% of meals?)
      1 full day [3 meals] out of every 7 days (~3/21 meals? ~14.3% of meals), probably not-so-great compared to the other 2 options.

      Yeah?




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    10. If you want to have a cheat meal, I’d suggest oysters or mussels. They are almost always farmed and have very low contaminant levels when compared to salmon (since toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain). They are more nutrient dense per calorie than salmon, by a lot. Added benefit for those of us who don’t only eat this way for health is that you’re not cheating on your ethics — since they do not have a central nervous system and can’t feel pain. On the other hand, we know that fish definitely feel pain.




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    11. Hi @disqus_geYoJCCXuD:disqus I am a volunteer for Dr Greger, too. I recommend that you watch the great documentary Cowspiracy (I just saw it through Netflix). It can be helpful to learn about ALL the consequences of animal protein production, not just health consequences. When I weigh the entirety of the true costs to health, the environment, to resource allocation, animal welfare and other factors, an “occasional” meal of animal protein of ANY kind just isn’t worth it. Let me know what you think!




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  2. Ever think that beef adds iron to the body. Iron is the issue IMO, but it’s the excess unbound iron accumulating in the body for years that is causing the problems.




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        1. Excess iron is a big problem, though I’m not sure how to rank it. I’ve been learning more lately about the role of manganese and the ratio of manganese to iron, which tends to be high in vegetarian diets. It’s interesting. On the other hand, my iron intake is pretty low and my manganese intake seems fairly high, but I still feel like crap if I eat a high saturated fat meal (last time it was a vegetarian meal at an Indian restaurant). Just an anecdotal report, I know…




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  3. I am a huge fan of Dr. Greger, but this blog is misleading…in his own words, Dr. Greger found that research shows better health over all, but here he targets only diabetes. What about those of us without diabetes? Also, how about the Vitamin B-12 deficiency for vegans? I think we shouldn’t be extreme vegans but eat mostly plant based foods most of the time…




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    1. B-12 comes from bacteria and can be cultured in a clean lab, avoiding all the nastiness in beef. Best to stick to the science, not the “I think”.




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    2. Dr Greger has previously reported that almost everyone who didn’t supplement, including meat eaters, are low in B12. So I don’t see how B12 is in question.




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    3. Understand that Dr, G is an animal rights activist and paid directly by the Humane Society to twist the facts and tell you to not eat animals. See this Taiwan Study that showed that the vegetarians had higher homocysteine levels which translates to shorter life spans than the omnivores: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11823571
      Dr. G is not reporting the real science but rather the religion of the Humane Society.




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      1. You are definitely letting your bias blind you here. Dr. Greger has made lectures on the Omega 3/6 fats issues with vegetarians and vegans as well as B12 issues, including reversing these issues and the effects they have. Just because he doesn’t bring up what you want as your strawman arguement in every article doesn’t mean it isn’t acknowledged.




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      2. This has been addressed by Dr Greger on multiple occasions. Search youtube for “40 year old vegan dies” for the lecture. It’s understood that vegetarians have lower B12 levels leading to higher homocysteine, which can cause brain diseases. It is important to note that this didn’t lead to vegetarians living shorter on average, but only within certain diseases. He then addressed that if you supplement with B12 then you can avoid homocysteine issues and even be better off than just eating meat.

        It’s important to realize that diets are an evolving study in efforts to continually improve health and quality of life. One shortcoming shouldn’t necessitate scrapping the diet completely, but instead adjusting it to achieve optimal health.




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    4. vegans aren’t vit B12 deficient because of their diet but because modern processing kills all the bacteria which make B12 off as the others have replied.

      we used to get it in water from streams and wells, now water is fluoridated and all B12 is killed off no matter what you drink (coke, orange juice, tap water etc)

      our produce is all washed and bleach bathed so the bacteria are all killed off there too.

      since you are a “Big Fan” of Dr Greger you probably already knew that so why would you spread that disinformation?




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      1. As to “things other than diabetes,” read Caldwell Esselstyn, read Neal Barnard. Yes, WFPB is good for improving or eliminating T2 diabetes (Barnard), but the exact same formula (WFPB diet, keeping fat to less than ~15% of consumed calories) is also good for preventing and even reversing heart disease (Esselstyn). Literally clearing out arteries of plaques; supported by angiograms, etc., before and after.

        Apparently also helps reduce hypertension (high blood pressure), etc. Seems to be good for more than “just one thing,” despite this article only talking about one of the things it’s good for. That this article only targets diabetes does not mean the approach does not apply to any other fields of inquiry (heart disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, gout, etc.)…




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    1. Animal muscle tissue is what is referred to as “meat”. The parts of the fish that are eaten are its muscle tissues. Therefore fish is meat. The confusion comes from religions and cultures that put the muscle tissue from aquatic animals in a different class than the muscle tissue of land animals and then only calling the muscle tissue of land animals “meat”. This is a cultural label and doesn’t signify a fundamental difference from a nutritional perspective.

      Nutritionally all animal muscle tissue is very similar and quite distinct from all plant tissues.




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  4. I’d love to hear proof that vegetarianism has no ill effect on dental health. Dr. Weston Price has done a study that indicates animal products vital to strong healthy teeth. If you know of such a study, I’d love to read it. Thanks.




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    1. Jim Bean: Do you have a link to that actual study? Because I read a quote from a letter from Weston Price to his children basically encouraging them to eat a plant based diet. Didn’t sound like he felt animal products are essential for anything.




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      1. Hi Thea-

        Here is the link relating to diet-teeth http://www.westonaprice.org/holistic-healthcare/dentistry/diet-in-relation-to-dental-caries/

        Here is another to a whole list of topics related to teeth by Price: http://www.westonaprice.org/dentistry/

        WHy do I ask?
        I went vegan (no meat-dairy-oils-sugar(other than fruit) for 2 months after years-years (decades of eating a mixed bag of meat-veggies-low sugar). Two months into my diet change (which I felt awesome about), I needed a root canal in a tooth refilled 3 years prior. I opted to have the dead tooth extracted. Now, I know many scoff, but I’m scared skinny about EVER having to have a tooth extracted again and want to do everything possible to keep my teeth in top top shape. I’d rather croak than have to do that again. Implants cost $4K each! Anyway, I just wanted to share why I’m so interested. I’d be curious to hear your opinion after you have time to digest the info. Thanks!




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        1. Jim Bean: That first link is an article on the Weston Price Foundation study. I did not read the article in detail, but I saw no evidence of an actual study by Weston Price. The Weston Price Foundation site is infamous for misleading and faulty information. You can learn in detail about how the people who use poor Weston Price’s name are not actually following the science on the Plant Positive site: http://plantpositive.com/ (Search for “Weston Price” and “teeth” and “dental” or watch the entire series of videos to learn about the entire topic of cholesterol denialism and all that goes with it.)

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          I understand from your personal story that you are most motivated to have healthy teeth. I would be too! However, I see nothing in your story to suggest that eating a vegan diet caused your tooth to need a root canal. Fillings go bad and often enough lead to root canals. It seems to me the most likely explanation that the original filling has a microscopic hole/not sealed and over 3 years, the damage was done to your teeth.

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          I think you are aware of the videos on NutritionFacts which cover dental health. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating sour foods seems like the biggest concern for people who eat healthy.

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          I personally know people who have been vegan for decades and children and adults who have been vegan ever since being weaned and all of their teeth are just fine. And I would guess that you ate healthier for those 2 months than them! (I’m sure they eat sugar…) While I am no expert, once again I don’t see any evidence that it was your plant food diet that caused your tooth problem. Good luck.




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        2. Jim, I had very similar observations as yours. I encourage you to experiment. Maybe you need occasional animal product. I myself do. I learned it the hard way. Nowadays, I follow a near-vegan diet, very heathy, but I do take small amounts of occasional animal product, very selectively.
          BTW, who here can claim to have been a 100% vegan for more than 3 years?
          Have you, Dr. Greger?
          BTW, if you eat bread, you are not a vegan.




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              1. That’s true of all canned foods, and must be true of grains and beans kept in storage, though the Lundbergs have used CO2 to minimize insects. But few people here care for a ‘vegan’ diet of chips/crisps and beer.




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            1. That is not, per se, true in all cases. There are most likely breads made without the use of animal products. And wheat is not an animal. :P

              But, they were probably referring to the fact that much bread uses eggs, milk, honey, etc. So, not technically animal-product-free, thus not ‘vegan.’ (Some might still call it “vegetarian” [but not “vegan”] if they go by the more loosey-goosey definition of “anything but meat,” and technically eggs / milk / honey aren’t ‘meat,’ per se.)

              But, you can probably find or make some kinds of breads that don’t use eggs / milk / honey, if you absolutely must be fully ‘vegan’ in the truest sense (as opposed to what some people call ‘vegetarian’ or ‘ovo/lacto vegetarian’)…




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              1. i buy my 6 or multi grain bread from the local german bakery which uses no oils, salt or sugar. completely vegan and nothing like grabbing 1/4 loaf, nuking it till warm and chowing down. they were out today or i’d be eating some as we speak. :o)




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          1. Um, maybe SOME bread with milk or eggs or whatever, but I make bread
            out of ground grains, water, a bit of salt, and either sourdough starter
            or yeast, which are classed with fungi not animals.




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          2. there are vegan bread options available to make at home as well as your local artisan bakery. corn breads, quick breads and muffins, flat breads of all kinds are just some ideas of whats available




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        3. Jim Bean, just my two cents: I used to have a lot of problems with my teeth, fillings, root canals, receding gums, you name it. Since I went WFPB about 3 years ago, those problems kept improving until they pretty much stopped. My dentist says that all her vegan patients have good teeth. So maybe your teeth just need some more time.




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          1. Keep in mind that certain plant foods are still acidic. Like citrus.

            Just ’cause something comes from a plant doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t erode your teeth or otherwise do damage… If it’s acidic, it can still wear down tooth enamel.

            Being vegan/vegetarian isn’t “magic” & “doesn’t defy the laws of physics / chemistry,” etc. Just saying. Still possible to practice poor oral hygiene, even if you’re vegan. Or to eat lots of acidic foods / drinks, depending what you’re into.




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        1. I used small natto beans from mail ordered from Laura, spores from Cultures for Health, and the basic instructions from:
          https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2THCK1072ND6J/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00FLYWNYQ

          My soaked beans did not all fit into my steamer insert so I just filled to the rim and used the rest for sprouts. I used the spores instead of natto as in the instructions; I accidentally used around 4x as much spores as suggested on the package. It cultured for 24 hours. The hardest part was maintaining sterile conditions when scooping out the extra water in the bottom of the pot. Pressure steaming produced some nice beans; I’m going to try it with other types of beans – not for culturing but just for eating directly after.




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          1. Awesome thanks! I was wondering because I read you can use about any beans for natto, but haven’t tried yet. I love natto and will probably make a feeble attempt with a package of frozen natto I have used as the starter, and my regular sized soy beans or maybe try another bean until I can purchase the starter and little beans. Ya never know till you try I guess! (My life is kinda low key, so my idea of a big adventure! LOL)




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    1. It boggles me that when I ask people why they want to lose weight the answer is almost always to become healthier, and yet mostly they are jeopardizing their health and acting on vanity!




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    2. People who believe in Atkins diet make me sick, and they are not right in the head. It’s been repeatedly shown that high-animal-protein diets are really bad for you, so why are they still talking about it??




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      1. ….and they completely ignore and make excuses of the fact that he was MORBIDLY obese with prior and current heart disease when he dropped dead of a heart attack while making excuses that he passed out (presumably because of his artery clogging progressive brain disease {speaking from experience here}) instead?

        thank God for the PCRM who ended up getting the autopsy report (in error) and made it known what he REALLY died of.

        of course, those cholesterol “DENIERS” will just ignore or poo poo the autopsy report and continue to make excuses for their unhealthy decisions like the “4 tomato slices and 7 green pepper strips” bathing in that cholesterol/saturated fat soup i mentioned above.




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    3. here’s what cracks me up about these paleo people and the picture of that frying pan.

      there’s 3 eggs, 6 thick bacon strips and 3 blocks of cheese.

      there’s enough cholesterol there for probably 3 weeks but then they think it makes it all healthy and takes away the bad effects by placing in 4 tomato slices and 7 green pepper strips. LOL.

      incredible.

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        1. no, completely wrong and if you go back a few videos you can read my entire terminal reversed life story by going to a WFPBD.

          FYI. 5.5 years ago weightlifting and eating 5 heavy protein animal meals per day (full of dietary cholesterol) my levels were just under 300. my last lipid panel cholesterol level was 101.

          your body makes all the cholesterol needed to function. our high cholesterol levels are a direct result of diet (be it dietary cholesterol or saturated fats).

          the paleo’s will yell and scream that it’s NOT from dietary cholesterol. maybe so but then it’s the saturated fat, either way it’s from the animal food. it doesn’t matter which because it all comes in the same package.

          that’s like screaming that lung cancer IS NOT CAUSED BY THE NICOTINE AND IGNORING THE FACT THAT IT’S ACTUALLY CAUSED BY THE TARS IN CIGARETTES.

          its deceiving either way you look at it.

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  5. So there’s no safe amount of meat, dairy or eggs (from what I’ve learned in this site). But doc, see I’m not vegan. I avoid animal protein as much as I can, regarding my RA. I eat vegan whenever I have the choice, but at my workplace lunch is mandatory and they serve me a lot of veggie tortillas (with eggs, of course) and the occasional white fish. I want to ask the cafeteria to cut back on one or the other (for starters)… So my question is: which is worse for my arthritis and overall health? Eggs or fish?




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    1. I personally would eliminate eggs first. Eggs have a much higher cholesterol and saturated fat level, and at least some fish contain meaningful amounts of preformed DHA and EPA that partially off-sets the negatives. But just because it fish and fish are supposed to be a good source of DHA and EPA doesn’t mean the fish on your plate does. Farm raised fish often have much lower levels, and really low fat fish species like Talapia contain almost none in their muscle tissue regardless of what they are feed.

      But to the bigger point, what work place forces it employees to eat lunch and only the food provided? Can you not bring your own lunch?




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    2. nope, catapaz.

      every time you turn around it’s always ANIMAL products to blame for our health woes no matter how benign they appear to be.

      “TMAO: WHAT WE EAT AND WHAT’S EATING US”

      “Is it time to add dietary fish to the list of potential causes of coronary heart and kidney disease based on new research findings (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-kahn-md/tmao-what-we-we-eat-and-w_b_10904668.html




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    3. catapez, your comment was from awhile back, so I hope in the meantime you’ve found http://www.drmcdougall.com. I also hope you’ve read the several success stories from people who have arrested their RA, stopped the pain and deterioration completely, after they changed to his WFPB diet, based largely on starchy foods.




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      1. excellent, Julie !

        is there a summation to the 7th day’ers study like a synopsis of the china study which i’ve posted several times over the last few videos?

        thanks.
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  6. This was particularly relevant to me, as being lacto-ovo vegetarians for the past 5 years ago, I am starting to contemplate a return to some meat do to my daughter being diagnosed with iron deficiency. Although, I believe that in theory a vegan should be able to get most of what they need, in practice this may not be working in my family’s case. Assuming that for whatever reason (her tastes/preferences or our buzy schedules) her dietary intake of iron does not increase, I wonder what would be healthier some lower mercury fish (eg sardines) or iron supplements? I think it is important to weigh up a variety of risks when taking health related actions and also remember that for most risky exposures dosage matters. I certainly have been guilty of this in the past.




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    1. From my own experience with low iron instead of taking supplements I used blackstrap molasses, soy beans, lentils and other higher iron containing foods. Worked for me. But of course if she won’t eat those things that is another issue.




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      1. She will eat tofu, but we only use it in moderation partly from Dr Gregers video. Soy beans she wont touch. Lentils she east but does not consume the volume I think neccasary. The thought of eating fish/meat is offensive to her so maybe she will increase he consumption of some of the high iron vegan foods. I have not looked into blackstrap molasses, thanks for the tip.




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        1. Physiorol: You can increase iron absorption by eating foods that are high with iron with foods that are high in vitamin C. (For example, squeeze on that lemon juice.) http://nutritionfacts.org/2012/11/01/how-to-enhance-mineral-absorption/ I highly recommend reading that article.
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          I’ll also share with you what someone once told me when we talked about this issue. She pointed out that when a meat eater gets iron deficiency, the answer is to supplement with iron. There’s no reason to run to the meat when a vegan gets iron deficiency. The same solution would logically apply. I think it was WFPBrunner who once recommended the vegan liquid iron supplement, GIAI (sp?). And make note from the article above that only people with a diagnosed deficiency should supplement.




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    2. Eating an omnivorous diet is no guarantee of obtaining sufficient iron in the diet. About one in 5 US women (of child-bearing age) have iron deficiency for example. And about half of all pregnant women.
      https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/atrisk

      However, the US Institute of Medicine does advise that vegetarians should consume 1.8 times the amount of dietary iron as non-vegetarians because non-heme iron is less bioavaiable. It is worth noting that vitamin C increases the bioavailability of non-heme iron.
      https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/

      I hate to sound all “paleo” but humans are one of the few mammals that do not synthesise vitamin C. This suggests that at one point in our evolutionary history, vitamin C was so plentiful in our diet that its synthesis was unnecessary and we lost the capability.to make it. Perhaps modern Western diets are just too low in vitamin C. You may therefore want to suggest she increases both the vitamin C and iron content of her diet. Alternatively vitamin C supplements are cheap and widely available.

      Also, I am not American but understand that by law all breads and (many cereals) are fortified with iron so these may ne dietary options.




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        The doctors wants her to get 18mg/day she gave me a list of veg and nonveg option but

        1/2 cup of spinach is only 2mg
        1/2 cup of kidney beans is 3mg

        Gives you a feeling of how much she would have to eat to get her 18mg




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          Have you thought about boiled potatoes (skin on)? 300 grams of boiled skin-on potato alone will deliver the 18 mg. That is about two medium potatoes – but smaller ones are better because there is more skin.

          The info about the iron content of potatoes comes from the US National Nutrient Database
          https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/report?nutrient1=303&nutrient2=&nutrient3=&fg=12&fg=11&max=25&subset=0&offset=25&sort=c&totCount=923&measureby=g




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          1. Hi Tom, I mentioned below about molasses and iron – not exactly a healthy food, but it apparently works and isn’t expensive. I avoid it though since I’m suspicious that t may contain a lot of advanced glycation end products. Do you know if it does?




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            1. Hello. I am not a chemist but understand that AGEs are formed. by a reaction between sugars and proteins and/or lipids. I think that, technically, glycated proteins are AGEs and “glycated” fats are ALEs (advanced lipoxidation endproducts) but both are commonly grouped together and called AGEs.

              Since only proteins and fat can be glycated, and blackstrap molasses apparently contains neither protein nor fat, I imagine it contains zero AGEs. However, I have not seen any analysis to confirm this .

              Apart from dietary AGEs, the body naturally produces some AGEs. Whether consuming molasses spurs the body to produce more AGEs is another question. I have absolutely no idea what the answer would be though.




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  7. Really? I wonder what the actual numbers are, rather than the percentages. I mean how many people who drink no soda and eat well and eat meat only once a week actually get diabetes anyway? Massive amounts of potato chips? Massive amounts of cheese? Except those items are not in a traditional Asian diet. It just sounds very odd. Why should there be any diabetes at all in a traditional Asian diet- as mentioned in the article. That question goes unanswered. If the study had 100 people and the diabetic group went from 1 for the veggies to 2 for the carnivore the difference is 100%. But that actual difference is almost meaningless. I am all for eating less meat and dairy but something sounds not totally organic with this study.




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    1. You may have missed the end of the blog post (especially the last sentence) where Dr G reports
      “So even in a population consuming a really plant-based diet with little meat and fish, true vegetarians who completely avoided animal flesh, while eating more healthy plant foods, have lower odds for prediabetes and diabetes after accounting for other risk factors. They wanted to break it up into vegan versus ovo-lacto like in the Adventist-2 study, but they couldn’t because there were no cases at all of diabetes found within the vegan group. “




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      1. {{but they couldn’t because there were no cases at all of diabetes found within the vegan group}}

        AND A ONE-TWO, KA-BOOM TO YOU, TOM!

        LOL.

        GREAT POST, I JUST LOVE READING YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. (i’m obviously not as p/c as you but you are soooo darned effective)

        I WISH WE WERE NEIGHBORS SO WE COULD “BS” OVER THE FENCE, SO TO SPEAK.

        TAKE CARE.,,,




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    1. Kelly: In addition to the article that lemonhead pointed out, I’ll point out that in many videos, Dr. Greger covers the likely reasons that dairy is so bad for us – and most of those reasons apply just as much to organic dairy as a non-organic. Of the top of my head, I can think of : saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones, and animal protein. When I look at the healthy impacts of dairy on the dairy topic page on NutritionFacts, I can’t think of a reason why most of it wouldn’t apply to organic dairy also. http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/dairy




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  9. Assume those should say “Buddhist” not “Bhuddist”…?

    Interesting that even fractional increases in meat consumption would contribute that significantly to diabetes / pre-diabetes risk. Such that 1/2 to 3/4 of the remaining cases disappeared when taking out the one or two meals of meat pear week?




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  10. The paleo doctors cite their studies as to why you will certainly irreparably damage your health if you eat grains. The vegan doctors say the same if you eat meat once a month. Both cite their studies. They can’t both be 100% correct. I guess we’ll have to decide who’s cherry picking.
    John S
    http://doctoraseem.com/?utm_source=Fat+Summit&utm_campaign=4394b22b5c-Newsletter_2_6Fat_Makes_Thin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ce0a1ea1a3-4394b22b5c-104363181&mc_cid=4394b22b5c&mc_eid=b83f95eb45
    http://www.doctoraseem.com




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    1. John: As Dr. Greger says, it’s not cherry picking if there’s only one cherry. There’s only ever been one diet proven to reverse heart disease, and it’s not the paleo diet.
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      I’ll add that it’s not a simple as “Both cite their studies.” There is no equality when one side is deliberately misleading people. I’m sure the common person following the paleo sites are not deliberately misleading people, but the leaders of the movement, the doctors and lay people who write their blogs most definitely are. They site studies which do not actually back up their points. Or they cite studies which have fatal flaws and are not really valid. Etc. You are familiar with enough with NutritionFacts I believe to know what those types of studies are. However, for an in depth look at the claims made by the cholesterol deniers, refuting the points and looking at the studies that the paleo people quote, check out the site http://www.PlantPositive.com. Going through those videos is a real education and backs up what I am saying here.
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      Also: “vegan doctors say the same if you eat meat once a month.” Who says that??? I’ve never heard that. All the plant based doctor’s I’ve heard say tiny amounts of meat are not likely to be a health problem for at least a percentage of the population. Even in this post, Dr. Greger does not make the claim that you seem to be attributing to him.




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      1. Hi Thea,
        I have looked at plant positive before. I have mixed feelings about it. Some parts of it are impressive. Other parts, not so much.
        I’m sure this is baffling to you, but paleo and paleo ish doctors say that the vegan and low fat crowd are deliberately misleading people,and they are only looking at old studies and frameworks about Ancel Keys and already disproven frameworks for how cholesterol works in the body. I have seen studies from both camps that are very impressive, and I’ve also seen some by both camps that I felt were unfair and misleading.
        My favorite videos from Dr. Greger are the ones that show particular benefits of particular plants and fungi. I think if more people saw them, and realized how good plants and fungi can taste, I think a lot more people would eat plant dominated diets like most on this list.
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        1. That is what they say, John, but all the latest research as described in eg the most recent US and UK guidelines show that high blood cholesterol is a n important risk factor and that high saturated fat consumption is unhealthy.

          They are heavy going but completely refute all the claims about “disproved old science” made by these people. Their claims about “new science” are reminiscent of the story about Emperor’s new clothes
          http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg181/evidence
          http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/129/25_suppl_2/S1.full
          http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/nutrient/en/
          http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/expert_report/index.php
          http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/
          http://www.nel.gov/evidence.cfm?evidence_summary_id=250189
          http://foris.fao.org/preview/25553-0ece4cb94ac52f9a25af77ca5cfba7a8c.pdf




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          1. I appreciate what you are doing Tom, and I believe you are sincere. I think you are extremely well versed in these areas. I have no place to gather ammunition to attack the other side, because for me there is no other side. The other side (paleo/ish) will also give me 20 studies to look through to prove they are right, and I don’t have the time. They also believe that the vegans are wearing the emperor’s new clothes. I am not defending a point of view. I am trying to figure out what to eat. There are many doctors I respect on each side and areas in between.
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            1. Here is some straightforward perspective to review below, besides the numerous resources here. Consider the simple fact that bias is going to happen when the truth threatens to alter or deprive people of what they enjoy, not to mention that the animal indu$tries will suffer hugely if people turn to simple produce to nourish themselves! As Dr. McDougall so aptly states, we love to hear good news about our bad habits.
              https://www.scribd.com/doc/94656/The-Comparative-Anatomy-of-Eating

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8




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        2. John: It’s not baffling to me at all, re: “paleo and paleo ish doctors say that the vegan and low fat crowd are deliberately misleading people,and they are only looking at old studies and frameworks about Ancel Keys and already disproven frameworks for how cholesterol works in the body.” I get that the paleo people *say* that whole food plant based experts are being misleading, but that doesn’t make it true. I’ve seen those same arguments. And it’s those arguments that Plant Positive does such a fantastic job of refuting. These claims are simply false. The claims about Ancel Keys’ studies are *verifiably* false as Plant Positive shows. It sounds like you disagree. I get that. No one is perfect, but I find that in general, Plant Positive’s analysis and refutations are spot on.
          .
          But it’s more than just Plant Positive. There are other people who have also done analysis and looked into the claims made by the paleo people and found the science simply does not back up what claims are being made. I have links for refutations of books like Wheat Belly, Grain Brain, and The Big Fat Surprise. And as I’ve mentioned, NutritionFacts does a good job of explaining how the studies backed by the paleo crowd just do not hold up:
          http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/10/29/why-some-dietary-cholesterol-studies-fail-to-show-harm/
          http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/08/14/how-the-meat-industry-designed-a-highly-misleading-study/
          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-saturated-fat-studies-set-up-to-fail/
          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eggs-and-cholesterol-patently-false-and-misleading-claims/
          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-the-egg-board-designs-misleading-studies/
          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/who-says-eggs-arent-healthy-or-safe/
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        3. The way I see it, we make all the cholesterol our bodies need so don’t even require a dietary source. And since dietary cholesterol comes only from animals, and we know eating animals has a myriad of other assorted and well documented health risks, why even bother trying to isolate or dispute the cholesterol issue when it’s a package deal? You can’t take the cholesterol out of the animal anyway, just avoid eating animal products. Isolationist reasoning totally misses the big picture.




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    2. I’d like to see those studies that supposedly show that eating grains irreparably damage our health.

      Malhotra isn’t a paleo doctor although he seems just as wrong. He apparently works closely with Tim Noakes and Stephen Phinney. His “charity”, the National Obesity Forum, receives funding from the British meat industry.

      Saying that the views of these people are equally as credible as the expert assessments and scientific reports published by panels of world class scientists convened by the World Health Organization, the World Cancer Research Fund, the US Government, the UK Government and countless other national health authorities around the world, professional medical associations and major disease-specific charities, which have all reviewed the totality of the science, is stretching credulity beyond all reasonable limits. Their views certainly attract more headlines and wishful thinkers though.

      Simply saying eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains (which is what the scientific consensus boils down to) is pretty boring by comparison.




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            1. Yes, I did meet someone who actually told me – in all seriousness – that the reason Asians are becoming fat, diabetic and plagued with cardiovascular disease is because they are now wealthier and therefore can afford to eat more rice. It’s the carbs you see ……….




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  11. May I ask why you chose to use the image of a tomato impaled with syringes ? I’m sure you are aware that this is often used by the anti-science/anti-GMO activists to trigger unfounded fear in consumers.




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    1. It is a thought provoking article and hopefully we will get there somehow,
      Here in Ontario Canada the school teachers are confiscating inappropriate snacks from young students , like apple juice, crackers and granola bars, what the hell? Is the ham and cheese sandwich ok? I bet it is. Same thing is happening in Detroit area from what I heard on the news.If I had a kid in school I would sue the bastards.




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      1. {{Is the ham and cheese sandwich ok?}}

        well, duh!

        of course the artery clogging, hypertension causing saturated fat, cholesterol, overloaded salt and sugar is ok for developing minds and bodies and……

        oh wait …. what?

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  12. I’m interested about the problems, that strictly vegetarian has with health.
    It’s hard to say what exactly we take from meat and fish, but we can expect, that years after some research will show us that veg diet is poore for smth else (not only B12 or Omega-3) that also needed.
    So I still prefer to take some meat then take this risk. It’s just a “home” meat that grown up in a little private farm, or even stag meet, so it’s pretty clean for hormones and other pollutants compare to chicken from shop.




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    1. BILLIONS OF “ILLNESS FREE” RURAL chinese, taiwanese, s american, oriental, central american, se asian, okinawan, 7th day adventists and other RURAL peoples of the world not influenced by the western diet would highly disagree with you, Helga.

      read the china study and you will see that those people never even knew anyone with cancer or let alone even knew what the word meant.

      over time, 99% of the planet has been plant based and that’s what we’ve evolved from and you can see it specifically in our teeth and digestive tract.

      we are herbivores, period or else we wouldn’t develop atherosclerosis as carnivores DO NOT DEVELOP THIS DISEASE.

      the book is boring so here’s a little summation for you.
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      SYNOPSIS OF THE CHINA STUDY
      Condensed Synopsis Compiled by Nathan Batalion ND

      INTRODUCTION

      When this study began in the 1980’s, it appeared the death rate from heart disease for males in the US was 17x higher than in China. The death rate from breast cancer was 5x higher. The China Project set out to find out why. Rural China was an ideal living laboratory for the most comprehensive study ever made of whole and entire diet and lifestyle patterns. This involved looking at not just one or another food nutrient in isolation but rather roughly 1000 different items of information per person gathered in a 1989 survey. This was an ideal study because the average Chinese spent most of their lifetimes in the same region eating similar foods – unlike restless Americans and Europeans whose daily dietary choices can vary with each city street residence and ethnic restaurant visited.

      Secondly, diets in China varied dramatically in different provinces, as did the disease and death rates. A massive data base was used to focus on these differences. It contained the death and disease rates of some 80 million Chinese. This was used to select 65 Chinese counties for study. Sometimes the death rates varied several hundredfold, begging us to ask – why exactly! Regions with the highest and lowest rates were chosen and the pursuit began to relate many chronic diseases, including seven major cancers such as stomach, liver, lung and breast. Researchers asked themselves why did men in one part of China die of esophageal cancer at rates 435X higher than in another part.

      DISEASE ORIGINS & CAUSES

      CLUSTERED DISEASES OF AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY
      Among the first startling finding was that certain groups of diseases kept occurring together, clustering in certain regions. For example, there were regions with simultaneously high diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer disease rates while other regions had simultaneously high levels of pneumonias, infections, digestive ailments, nephritis, and rheumatic heart disease rates. Somehow lifestyle differences caused not just different disease rates but higher or lower disease clusters. The first group of diseases were correlated to more affluence regions and the second to more poverty-ridden ones. This implied some common causes further related to the degree of access to expensive food and health services.

      BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND UREA NITROGEN
      The second major finding was that the “rich disease cluster” was highly correlated to raised levels of blood cholesterol and urea nitrogen. Thus the highest blood cholesterols had the highest cancer and heart disease rates. The lowest cholesterol levels, the lower such disease rates were.

      EFFECTS OF SMALL INCREASES IN ANIMAL PROTEIN AND FAT
      Such correlations held up even though the highest blood cholesterol rates in China (90-170) matched the lowest in the US (170-290). Still even a tiny increase in blood cholesterol levels was tied to a about half as much cholesterol blood levels. This implied even eating quite small amounts of animal protein products (like once a week) significantly matched a rise in clustered degenerative diseases. By contrast, eating high levels of plant foods did not and they rather brought down the cholesterol levels! This startling result was not anticipated.

      OSTEOPOROSIS
      The Chinese have had a much lower risk of osteoporosis than Americans, even though the Chinese consume far less dairy. We know that high levels of protein intake is tied to high levels of calcium being lost or excreted in the urine. We know that calcium is an alkaline mineral that neutralizes acids, and that animal protein digestion leaves acid residues. Thus animal protein intake, even in small amounts, could cause a drawing out of calcium and other alkaline minerals from our bones and teeth. Eating vegetables, often high in calcium, doesn’t have this effect.

      HEART DISEASE
      17x as many Americans die of heart disease compared to the Chinese who have half as much blood cholesterol. Studies show that eating animal protein raises blood cholesterol levels. Thus lean meats are no escape.

      BREAST CANCER
      The China Project highlighted a worldwide chart that showed breast cancer rates in about 40 countries rose in parallel with the amount of animal protein intake. Besides the rise in cholesterol levels, other factors were significantly linked with higher breast cancer death rates. These included dietary fat, estrogen and blood testosterone levels, and the earlier onset of a first menstruation.

      LUNG CANCER
      Researchers found a low rate of lung cancer up until the introduction of cigarettes. China’s ministries of agriculture and commerce promoted tobacco for economic reasons with tragic results. Approximately 50 million Chinese now are projected to die from lung cancer.

      BOWEL CANCER
      The China Project conclusively found that the higher the intake of fiber (derived from plant sources), the lower the rate of colon cancer. The Chinese eat three times as much fiber and starch. At present approximately 140,000 Americans die each year from colon cancer.

      LIVER CANCER
      While China-wide rates are low, certain regions had high levels. Previously scientists believed that aflatoxins in moldy grains and beans were a primary cause, but this did not bear out in the China Project. Instead, those infected with viral hepatitis (an astonishing 12-13% of Chinese compared to less than 1% of Americans) were predisposed to liver cancer. A second correlated factor was high cholesterol levels – tied again to animal-protein diets. In the west, alcoholic consumption is also associated with liver cancer.

      STOMACH CANCER
      Individuals commonly infected with bacterium Heliobacter pylori were at an increased risk of stomach cancer. Both of these disease patterns remind us of relatively high levels of infectious diseases a century ago in the West and relatively low levels of contemporary chronic ailments. No doubt those predisposed to liver and stomach cancers in China would have had much higher rates if they ate the sweet and sour pork that is typical of Americanized Chinese food. What the above also reflects is a lack of modern refrigeration in China at the time. Foods were most often preserved via fermentation or salting (also a stomach irritant), and this allowed for bacteria and mold to sometimes contaminate the process, as a precursor to these two chronic ailments.

      OVERALL FINDINGS AND DIETARY SUGGESTIONS

      All in all, the single most dramatic finding of the China Project was the degree and strength of the correlation of animal-origin foods to a variety of cancers. Dr. Chen Junshi, the chief Chinese researcher was not surprised with this result of comparing villages with the highest and lowest cancer rates. “We expected that because it followed animal experiments.” He was referring to a series of animal experiments where rats were fed animal proteins and had a rapid cancer etiology. When the diet stopped, the tumor growths halted or the cancers were routinely turned on and off by diet alone. Why? One explanation is that the digestion of excess protein releases several acids, more than the bloodstream can handle or effectively alkalinize. This then acidifies the blood stream causing chronic ailments, including cancerous tumors and precancerous growths. It leaches alkaline minerals from the bones to trigger osteoporosis. While the China Project led to the recommendation of an 8-10% vegetable-protein diet, the standard American diet (SAD) has 11-22% protein with 70% from animal sources. This again may be compared to 10% from animal sources in China with total protein intake at least a 1/3rd less.

      In China most cancers, cardiovascular ailments and types of diabetes were linked to high animal protein diets, and with significantly less intake than with the Standard American Diet. Powerful companies selling meats have influenced major media and institutions to keep Americans misinformed about this most potent connection.

      MOVING AWAY FROM ANIMAL-BASED DIETS

      PROTEINS
      Reducing animal protein intake will reduce blood cholesterol. Reducing animal protein intake by 1% tended to reduce the chance of heart disease by 2-3%. FATS – The Chinese eat 6-24% fat compared to 36-46% in the US where chronic ills are more prevalent.

      MOVING TOWARDS VEGETARIAN BASED-DIETS

      CALORIES
      The Chinese eat close to 300 more calories per day but were not obese. It seems easier to burn calories with a high carbohydrate (2x the starch), and low animal protein diet (2x the plant protein instead) and low fat (1/2 or less as a % of calories).

      ANTI-OXIDANTS
      The China Project found eating more anti-oxidant and vitamin C-rich whole foods (not synthetic isolates) lowered the relative risk of many cancers. The Chinese took in about 2x as much Vitamin C.

      SUFFICIENT IRON
      The Chinese had about 2x the intake of iron. This is contrary to the myth that a vegetarian diet results in an iron deficiency. A Harvard study showed that an increase of iron from vegetable sources lowers the risk of heart attack.

      PLENTY OF FIBER
      It used to be thought that a high fiber diet might bind with minerals to cause deficiencies. In the China Project, subjects with high fiber vegetarian diets had more minerals in their blood and the higher the intake of their fiber, the lower the bowel cancer rate. Meat products offered little or no fiber.

      MORE FOR FOLLOW UP

      COPPER
      High levels in the blood correlated to certain cancers.

      CADMIUM
      High levels in the urine correlated to liver cancer.

      HERPES SIMPEX
      This correlated to heart disease.

      HEIGHT
      Increased animal protein intake, including milk, was not connected to increased height in the subjects. The Chinese generally tend to be shorter perhaps because of a combination of childhood infections and genetic determinants.

      MENOPAUSE & PMS
      A high animal protein diet may be correlated to elevated hormones and the triggering of earlier menopause. In China women tend to have fewer symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes was well as lower estrogen levels. When not so high, their fall has less steep. Foreign hormones fed to animals may be a trigger for breast cancer. Diets rich in plant-based foods have ingredients like magnesium that calm PMS symptoms. Plant foods like soy have phyto-estrogens that ease symptoms.

      MALE PROSTATE DISEASE
      A study of 68,000 men showed that those who ate the highest animal fat diets had about 80% more prostate cancer. The worst foods included red meat and butter. China had the lowest prostate cancer rates in the world, about 1 in every 100,000 compared to 19 out of 100,000 Chinese-Americans living in San Francisco. About 10% of American males will get prostate cancer in their lifetime (compared to less than 1% in China). A low-fat, high fiber diet lowers the triggers.

      CONCLUSION

      The China Project showed that animal-based foods should be replaced by plant-based foods with health benefits. This could significantly reduce obesity, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney ailments and much more. A study of Seventh Day Adventists who are vegetarians has corroborated this. As Dean Ornish writes, “Animal products…are the main culprit in what is killing us. We can absolutely live better lives without them.” This transition in diets can take time, but even small steps toward a plant-based diet yield positive results. According to nutritional scientists, here are a list of further dietary suggestions that may help avoid 80-90% of premature deaths from chronic diseases.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL PROTEINS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
      We only need 8-10% proteins in our diets, and a plant-based diet provides that and is the healthiest.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL FATS & REDUCE PROCESSED FATS
      Skip animal proteins and processed fats and you will skip most cardiovascular/heart diseases and cancers.

      INCREASE: FIBER-RICH FOODS
      This lowers cholesterol and avoids bowel cancer.

      EAT: WHOLE PLANT-BASED FOODS
      This includes roots, stems, leaves, flowers (such as broccoli florets) for a symphony of nutrients. Be careful with supplement isolates (not compete substitutes for whole foods). Ultimately moving to a diet of whole, plant-based foods plus the use of modern refrigerators gives us the best of both worlds. The China Project was the most comprehensive nutritional study ever, but it still does not address many issues, so that we have room for more exciting findings.

      ORGANICS
      What is the impact of eating foods grown in enhanced organic soils?

      ALKALINE/NUTRIENT-DENSE DIETS
      What is the impact of incorporating more alkaline and nutrient-dense superfoods, such as green kale, collards, sea algae, herbs and sprouts for further benefits?

      LOW GLYCEMIC & FAT /LIVING RAW
      What is the impact plant-based diets that are raw/living and low-glycemic and low fat?

      DETOX & EXERCISE
      What is the impact of green juices, blends, periodic fasts, saunas, chelation, and regular exercise routines?

      MIND/BODY CONNECTION
      How can our lives be enhanced through meditation and spiritual support? We can expand our horizons to use more natural healing methods, but the most powerful first step is suggested by the China Study. We now have the opportunity to live the very longest in a disease-free way. Taking a first step offers a most exciting and health-liberating opportunity.

      THE CHINA STUDY ODYSSEY AND INSPIRATION

      Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, was raised on a Virginia dairy farm. In his early years he thus developed the strong faith that ingesting milk and meat gave everyone a stronger constitution. This belief was ingrained despite his father having died of a massive heart attack. Colin later went to veterinarian school. He pursued his graduate work at Cornell University, further studying animal nutrition. At Cornell, his assigned lab work was to search for better means of animal-protein production (making cows and sheep grow fatter faster). This tied into the underlying belief, held throughout his college years and expressed in his Ph.D. thesis, that eating more animal protein equaled better health. A subsequent career jaunt at Virginia Tech involved working in the Philippines and investigating a disturbing rise in liver cancer rates among young children. Typically this was just an adult-onset disease. The suspicion also arose that the main culprits were some local peanut and corn crops that showed high aflatoxin contents. Aflatoxin lives in molds that develop during crop storage and is a most potent of carcinogens. Lower rates of liver cancer then might logically proceed if his project worked to change agricultural growing and storage procedures plus offered malnourished Pilipino children more animal proteins to build greater immunity. In fact, Colin helped establish 110 nutritional education centers all over the Philippines for this purpose.

      Colin, however, later was disturbed by the finding that children from the wealthiest families (those who ate more animal proteins) had the highest, not lowest, liver cancer rates! Because of his grave aflatoxin suspicions, he was piqued by an Indian research paper that outlined how an equal level of aflatoxins was fed to two groups of rats where one feasted on an animal-protein-rich diet and the other not. The first group all died because they developed fatal liver cancer, and the other not. The score was actually an outrageous 100 to 0! Dietary effects here trumped a most suspected and potent of carcinogens.

      Since the Indian study violated established beliefs, there was natural suspicion that the Indian study was flawed or fraudulent! Might sloppy or deceiving researchers have accidentally switched the two rat groups, but what if not? Thus Colin was driven to conduct some animal experiments to resolve this hugely nagging and vital question. The results were absolutely astonishing. Other studies later corroborated his startling findings. The low-animal-protein diet inhibited cancers (despite aflatoxins being present) and the high-animal-protein diet did not. Colin also uncovered something still more earth-shaking. He could affect pre-cancerous and cancerous growths in a decisive “on/off” way and simply and again via diet changes. Raise the rats’ animal protein intake and the cancers grew. Lower the rat’s intake, and surprisingly, cancers stopped growing! Using wheat and soy or high-plant-proteins did not have this effect. These studies made him yearn to explore such remarkable finding using human research studies. Would humans have similar reactions or not? When Dr. Chen Junshi of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine introduced Collin to a massive and unique compilation of mainland Chinese death rates and their disease correlates, the two realized they now had a vast opportunity-of-a-lifetime to map diet and illness connections on an unprecedented scale. This was the inspiration behind the China Study and how it was born.




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    2. Thanks for your comment Helga.

      According to the Position of the American Dietetic Association a plant based diet doesn’t have to lack any nutrient if you plan accordingly and can actually protect you against obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, ischaemic heart disease and some types of cancer (see here). Therefore, I can only see benefits.

      Regarding B12, know that supplementation is a good strategy to cover this nutrient (see here)

      Omega-3 plants sources of ALA (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, etc) “confers modest protection against CVD. Although the strength of the evidence is not nearly the same as for marine n–3 fatty acids, there is an increase in the number of studies in the past decade that support this protective association. There is still a lack of prospective studies focusing on CVD subtype to make firm conclusions on how ALA may modify the risk of these specific CVD outcomes. With regard to fracture risk and T2D, preliminary evidence suggests a protective role for ALA, but there is still a great need for more prospective studies and RCTs. Although there is some light shed on potential mechanisms of action by which ALA may lower the risk of CVD, fractures, and T2D, further elucidation of mechanisms requires both primary and secondary prevention RCTs. Until the strength of the evidence is increased in the future, specific recommendations for disease prevention cannot be made to the public. However, given that the sustainability of marine sources is a concern, and that ALA-rich plant sources are more abundant, ALA-rich plant foods may be recommended for inclusion in the diet, irrespective of the consumption of marine n–3 fatty acids, but specifically for those whose consumption of EPA and DHA from the diet is low.” (see here).

      Omega-3 EPA and DHA can easily be covered with micro algae oil supplementation (see here).

      Hope this answer helps you get a more clear insight into a plant based diet.




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  13. Hello to single ladies that might need help to get out from diabetes , I am Mrs Thompson Sandra, I have been
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  14. I bring nutrition education material in to my Substance Abuse Treatment group therapy sessions.

    I often present latest findings as well as those of Dr. Michael Greger. (How Not to Die etc.).

    A client made the statement that the Dr. Greger material was outdated, so I provided for him a reference list which demonstrated citations from 2013-2015 and pretty current research. I also explained that ongoing research was continually taking place on a daily basis and all claims are re-substantiated in the light of new research.

    Since the material is not “outdated information” as the client alleged, I was seeking guidance on how to respond to individuals who seek to contradict findings that are accurate and timely as well as well-researched. Mainly, I think these “polarity responders” feel threatened regarding their passion for red meat, processed meat etc..

    This client also claimed that cancer had almost nothing to do with nutrition and that nutrition could not counteract cancer because recent research has demonstrated that cancer is purely genetic.
    (This claim is obviously inaccurate).

    Another client stated “you just want everyone to be vegetarians” when in fact I had presented material related to whole food and plant based diet. I also indicated that for steak eaters, counteracting carcinogens with whole foods, plants, vegetables and fruits was a useful approach.




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    1. SYNOPSIS OF THE CHINA STUDY

      Condensed Synopsis Compiled by Nathan Batalion ND

      INTRODUCTION
      When this study began in the 1980’s, it appeared the death rate from heart disease for males in the US was 17x higher than in China. The death rate from breast cancer was 5x higher. The China Project set out to find out why. Rural China was an ideal living laboratory for the most comprehensive study ever made of whole and entire diet and lifestyle patterns. This involved looking at not just one or another food nutrient in isolation but rather roughly 1000 different items of information per person gathered in a 1989 survey. This was an ideal study because the average Chinese spent most of their lifetimes in the same region eating similar foods – unlike restless Americans and Europeans whose daily dietary choices can vary with each city street residence and ethnic restaurant visited.

      Secondly, diets in China varied dramatically in different provinces, as did the disease and death rates. A massive data base was used to focus on these differences. It contained the death and disease rates of some 80 million Chinese. This was used to select 65 Chinese counties for study. Sometimes the death rates varied several hundredfold, begging us to ask – why exactly! Regions with the highest and lowest rates were chosen and the pursuit began to relate many chronic diseases, including seven major cancers such as stomach, liver, lung and breast. Researchers asked themselves why did men in one part of China die of esophageal cancer at rates 435X higher than in another part.

      DISEASE ORIGINS & CAUSES

      CLUSTERED DISEASES OF AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY
      Among the first startling finding was that certain groups of diseases kept occurring together, clustering in certain regions. For example, there were regions with simultaneously high diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer disease rates while other regions had simultaneously high levels of pneumonias, infections, digestive ailments, nephritis, and rheumatic heart disease rates. Somehow lifestyle differences caused not just different disease rates but higher or lower disease clusters. The first group of diseases were correlated to more affluence regions and the second to more poverty-ridden ones. This implied some common causes further related to the degree of access to expensive food and health services.

      BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND UREA NITROGEN
      The second major finding was that the “rich disease cluster” was highly correlated to raised levels of blood cholesterol and urea nitrogen. Thus the highest blood cholesterols had the highest cancer and heart disease rates. The lowest cholesterol levels, the lower such disease rates were.

      EFFECTS OF SMALL INCREASES IN ANIMAL PROTEIN AND FAT
      Such correlations held up even though the highest blood cholesterol rates in China (90-170) matched the lowest in the US (170-290). Still even a tiny increase in blood cholesterol levels was tied to a about half as much cholesterol blood levels. This implied even eating quite small amounts of animal protein products (like once a week) significantly matched a rise in clustered degenerative diseases. By contrast, eating high levels of plant foods did not and they rather brought down the cholesterol levels! This startling result was not anticipated.

      OSTEOPOROSIS
      The Chinese have had a much lower risk of osteoporosis than Americans, even though the Chinese consume far less dairy. We know that high levels of protein intake is tied to high levels of calcium being lost or excreted in the urine. We know that calcium is an alkaline mineral that neutralizes acids, and that animal protein digestion leaves acid residues. Thus animal protein intake, even in small amounts, could cause a drawing out of calcium and other alkaline minerals from our bones and teeth. Eating vegetables, often high in calcium, doesn’t have this effect.

      HEART DISEASE
      17x as many Americans die of heart disease compared to the Chinese who have half as much blood cholesterol. Studies show that eating animal protein raises blood cholesterol levels. Thus lean meats are no escape.

      BREAST CANCER
      The China Project highlighted a worldwide chart that showed breast cancer rates in about 40 countries rose in parallel with the amount of animal protein intake. Besides the rise in cholesterol levels, other factors were significantly linked with higher breast cancer death rates. These included dietary fat, estrogen and blood testosterone levels, and the earlier onset of a first menstruation.

      LUNG CANCER
      Researchers found a low rate of lung cancer up until the introduction of cigarettes. China’s ministries of agriculture and commerce promoted tobacco for economic reasons with tragic results. Approximately 50 million Chinese now are projected to die from lung cancer.

      BOWEL CANCER
      The China Project conclusively found that the higher the intake of fiber (derived from plant sources), the lower the rate of colon cancer. The Chinese eat three times as much fiber and starch. At present approximately 140,000 Americans die each year from colon cancer.

      LIVER CANCER
      While China-wide rates are low, certain regions had high levels. Previously scientists believed that aflatoxins in moldy grains and beans were a primary cause, but this did not bear out in the China Project. Instead, those infected with viral hepatitis (an astonishing 12-13% of Chinese compared to less than 1% of Americans) were predisposed to liver cancer. A second correlated factor was high cholesterol levels – tied again to animal-protein diets. In the west, alcoholic consumption is also associated with liver cancer.

      STOMACH CANCER
      Individuals commonly infected with bacterium Heliobacter pylori were at an increased risk of stomach cancer. Both of these disease patterns remind us of relatively high levels of infectious diseases a century ago in the West and relatively low levels of contemporary chronic ailments. No doubt those predisposed to liver and stomach cancers in China would have had much higher rates if they ate the sweet and sour pork that is typical of Americanized Chinese food. What the above also reflects is a lack of modern refrigeration in China at the time. Foods were most often preserved via fermentation or salting (also a stomach irritant), and this allowed for bacteria and mold to sometimes contaminate the process, as a precursor to these two chronic ailments.

      OVERALL FINDINGS AND DIETARY SUGGESTIONS
      All in all, the single most dramatic finding of the China Project was the degree and strength of the correlation of animal-origin foods to a variety of cancers. Dr. Chen Junshi, the chief Chinese researcher was not surprised with this result of comparing villages with the highest and lowest cancer rates. “We expected that because it followed animal experiments.” He was referring to a series of animal experiments where rats were fed animal proteins and had a rapid cancer etiology. When the diet stopped, the tumor growths halted or the cancers were routinely turned on and off by diet alone. Why? One explanation is that the digestion of excess protein releases several acids, more than the bloodstream can handle or effectively alkalinize. This then acidifies the blood stream causing chronic ailments, including cancerous tumors and precancerous growths. It leaches alkaline minerals from the bones to trigger osteoporosis. While the China Project led to the recommendation of an 8-10% vegetable-protein diet, the standard American diet (SAD) has 11-22% protein with 70% from animal sources. This again may be compared to 10% from animal sources in China with total protein intake at least a 1/3rd less.

      In China most cancers, cardiovascular ailments and types of diabetes were linked to high animal protein diets, and with significantly less intake than with the Standard American Diet. Powerful companies selling meats have influenced major media and institutions to keep Americans misinformed about this most potent connection.

      MOVING AWAY FROM ANIMAL-BASED DIETS

      PROTEINS
      Reducing animal protein intake will reduce blood cholesterol. Reducing animal protein intake by 1% tended to reduce the chance of heart disease by 2-3%. FATS – The Chinese eat 6-24% fat compared to 36-46% in the US where chronic ills are more prevalent.

      MOVING TOWARDS VEGETARIAN BASED-DIETS

      CALORIES
      The Chinese eat close to 300 more calories per day but were not obese. It seems easier to burn calories with a high carbohydrate (2x the starch), and low animal protein diet (2x the plant protein instead) and low fat (1/2 or less as a % of calories).

      ANTI-OXIDANTS
      The China Project found eating more anti-oxidant and vitamin C-rich whole foods (not synthetic isolates) lowered the relative risk of many cancers. The Chinese took in about 2x as much Vitamin C.

      SUFFICIENT IRON
      The Chinese had about 2x the intake of iron. This is contrary to the myth that a vegetarian diet results in an iron deficiency. A Harvard study showed that an increase of iron from vegetable sources lowers the risk of heart attack.

      PLENTY OF FIBER
      It used to be thought that a high fiber diet might bind with minerals to cause deficiencies. In the China Project, subjects with high fiber vegetarian diets had more minerals in their blood and the higher the intake of their fiber, the lower the bowel cancer rate. Meat products offered little or no fiber.

      MORE FOR FOLLOW UP

      COPPER
      High levels in the blood correlated to certain cancers.

      CADMIUM
      High levels in the urine correlated to liver cancer.

      HERPES SIMPEX
      This correlated to heart disease.

      HEIGHT
      Increased animal protein intake, including milk, was not connected to increased height in the subjects. The Chinese generally tend to be shorter perhaps because of a combination of childhood infections and genetic determinants.

      MENOPAUSE & PMS
      A high animal protein diet may be correlated to elevated hormones and the triggering of earlier menopause. In China women tend to have fewer symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes was well as lower estrogen levels. When not so high, their fall has less steep. Foreign hormones fed to animals may be a trigger for breast cancer. Diets rich in plant-based foods have ingredients like magnesium that calm PMS symptoms. Plant foods like soy have phyto-estrogens that ease symptoms.

      MALE PROSTATE DISEASE
      A study of 68,000 men showed that those who ate the highest animal fat diets had about 80% more prostate cancer. The worst foods included red meat and butter. China had the lowest prostate cancer rates in the world, about 1 in every 100,000 compared to 19 out of 100,000 Chinese-Americans living in San Francisco. About 10% of American males will get prostate cancer in their lifetime (compared to less than 1% in China). A low-fat, high fiber diet lowers the triggers.

      CONCLUSION
      The China Project showed that animal-based foods should be replaced by plant-based foods with health benefits. This could significantly reduce obesity, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney ailments and much more. A study of Seventh Day Adventists who are vegetarians has corroborated this. As Dean Ornish writes, “Animal products…are the main culprit in what is killing us. We can absolutely live better lives without them.” This transition in diets can take time, but even small steps toward a plant-based diet yield positive results. According to nutritional scientists, here are a list of further dietary suggestions that may help avoid 80-90% of premature deaths from chronic diseases.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL PROTEINS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
      We only need 8-10% proteins in our diets, and a plant-based diet provides that and is the healthiest.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL FATS & REDUCE PROCESSED FATS<b>
      Skip animal proteins and processed fats and you will skip most cardiovascular/heart diseases and cancers.

      INCREASE: FIBER-RICH FOODS
      This lowers cholesterol and avoids bowel cancer.

      EAT: WHOLE PLANT-BASED FOODS
      This includes roots, stems, leaves, flowers (such as broccoli florets) for a symphony of nutrients. Be careful with supplement isolates (not compete substitutes for whole foods). Ultimately moving to a diet of whole, plant-based foods plus the use of modern refrigerators gives us the best of both worlds. The China Project was the most comprehensive nutritional study ever, but it still does not address many issues, so that we have room for more exciting findings.

      ORGANICS
      What is the impact of eating foods grown in enhanced organic soils?

      ALKALINE/NUTRIENT-DENSE DIETS
      What is the impact of incorporating more alkaline and nutrient-dense superfoods, such as green kale, collards, sea algae, herbs and sprouts for further benefits?

      LOW GLYCEMIC & FAT /LIVING RAW
      What is the impact plant-based diets that are raw/living and low-glycemic and low fat?

      DETOX & EXERCISE
      What is the impact of green juices, blends, periodic fasts, saunas, chelation, and regular exercise routines?

      MIND/BODY CONNECTION
      How can our lives be enhanced through meditation and spiritual support? We can expand our horizons to use more natural healing methods, but the most powerful first step is suggested by the China Study. Wenow have the opportunity to live the very longest in a disease-free way. Taking a first step offers a most exciting and health-liberating opportunity.

      THE CHINA STUDY ODYSSEY AND INSPIRATION
      Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, was raised on a Virginia dairy farm. In his early years he thus developed the strong faith that ingesting milk and meat gave everyone a stronger constitution. This belief was ingrained despite his father having died of a massive heart attack. Colin later went to veterinarian school. He pursued his graduate work at Cornell University, further studying animal nutrition. At Cornell, his assigned lab work was to search for better means of animal-protein production (making cows and sheep grow fatter faster). This tied into the underlying belief, held throughout his college years and expressed in his Ph.D. thesis, that eating more animal protein equaled better health. A subsequent career jaunt at Virginia Tech involved working in the Philippines and investigating a disturbing rise in liver cancer rates among young children. Typically this was just an adult-onset disease. The suspicion also arose that the main culprits were some local peanut and corn crops that showed high aflatoxin contents. Aflatoxin lives in molds that develop during crop storage and is a most potent of carcinogens. Lower rates of liver cancer then might logically proceed if his project worked to change agricultural growing and storage procedures plus offered malnourished Pilipino children more animal proteins to build greater immunity. In fact, Colin helped establish 110 nutritional education centers all over the Philippines for this purpose.

      Colin, however, later was disturbed by the finding that children from the wealthiest families (those who ate more animal proteins) had the highest, not lowest, liver cancer rates! Because of his grave aflatoxin suspicions, he was piqued by an Indian research paper that outlined how an equal level of aflatoxins was fed to two groups of rats where one feasted on an animal-protein-rich diet and the other not. The first group all died because they developed fatal liver cancer, and the other not. The score was actually an outrageous 100 to 0! Dietary effects here trumped a most suspected and potent of carcinogens.

      Since the Indian study violated established beliefs, there was natural suspicion that the Indian study was flawed or fraudulent! Might sloppy or deceiving researchers have accidentally switched the two rat groups, but what if not? Thus Colin was driven to conduct some animal experiments to resolve this hugely nagging and vital question. The results were absolutely astonishing. Other studies later corroborated his startling findings. The low-animal-protein diet inhibited cancers (despite aflatoxins being present) and the high-animal-protein diet did not. Colin also uncovered something still more earth-shaking. He could affect pre-cancerous and cancerous growths in a decisive “on/off” way and simply and again via diet changes. Raise the rats’ animal protein intake and the cancers grew. Lower the rat’s intake, and surprisingly, cancers stopped growing! Using wheat and soy or high-plant-proteins did not have this effect. These studies made him yearn to explore such remarkable finding using human research studies. Would humans have similar reactions or not? When Dr. Chen Junshi of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine introduced Collin to a massive and unique compilation of mainland Chinese death rates and their disease correlates, the two realized they now had a vast opportunity-of-a-lifetime to map diet and illness connections on an unprecedented scale. This was the inspiration behind the China Study and how it was born.
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        1. AZ DONALD: I’ve seen this twice before! I once accidentally posted under someone else’s name and that should never ever be possible. It is some kind of very, very, very bad bug with disqus. I think closing and re-opening my browser allowed disqus to recognize me as me again. I’ll sort of cc @nfdev-cc357e38cb35b97eac4bf587c3341b3c:disqus here so that he will see this and can work with you on getting it fixed.




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          1. i’ll just repost the corrected version and then he can delete his at his convenience. would it disappear if i flagged it in the meantime?




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              1. that’s fine too.
                i wanted to thank you for your response to my mineral post awhile back, i got busy and lost track of it and now i’m sitting here eating my salad, refried beans and fresh horseradish :o)




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    2. SYNOPSIS OF THE CHINA STUDY
      Condensed Synopsis Compiled by Nathan Batalion ND

      INTRODUCTION
      When this study began in the 1980’s, it appeared the death rate from heart disease for males in the US was 17x higher than in China. The death rate from breast cancer was 5x higher. The China Project set out to find out why. Rural China was an ideal living laboratory for the most comprehensive study ever made of whole and entire diet and lifestyle patterns. This involved looking at not just one or another food nutrient in isolation but rather roughly 1000 different items of information per person gathered in a 1989 survey. This was an ideal study because the average Chinese spent most of their lifetimes in the same region eating similar foods – unlike restless Americans and Europeans whose daily dietary choices can vary with each city street residence and ethnic restaurant visited.
      Secondly, diets in China varied dramatically in different provinces, as did the disease and death rates. A massive data base was used to focus on these differences. It contained the death and disease rates of some 80 million Chinese. This was used to select 65 Chinese counties for study. Sometimes the death rates varied several hundredfold, begging us to ask – why exactly! Regions with the highest and lowest rates were chosen and the pursuit began to relate many chronic diseases, including seven major cancers such as stomach, liver, lung and breast. Researchers asked themselves why did men in one part of China die of esophageal cancer at rates 435X higher than in another part.

      DISEASE ORIGINS & CAUSES

      CLUSTERED DISEASES OF AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY
      Among the first startling finding was that certain groups of diseases kept occurring together, clustering in certain regions. For example, there were regions with simultaneously high diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer disease rates while other regions had simultaneously high levels of pneumonias, infections, digestive ailments, nephritis, and rheumatic heart disease rates. Somehow lifestyle differences caused not just different disease rates but higher or lower disease clusters. The first group of diseases were correlated to more affluence regions and the second to more poverty-ridden ones. This implied some common causes further related to the degree of access to expensive food and health services.

      BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND UREA NITROGEN
      The second major finding was that the “rich disease cluster” was highly correlated to raised levels of blood cholesterol and urea nitrogen. Thus the highest blood cholesterols had the highest cancer and heart disease rates. The lowest cholesterol levels, the lower such disease rates were.

      EFFECTS OF SMALL INCREASES IN ANIMAL PROTEIN AND FAT
      Such correlations held up even though the highest blood cholesterol rates in China (90-170) matched the lowest in the US (170-290). Still even a tiny increase in blood cholesterol levels was tied to a about half as much cholesterol blood levels. This implied even eating quite small amounts of animal protein products (like once a week) significantly matched a rise in clustered degenerative diseases. By contrast, eating high levels of plant foods did not and they rather brought down the cholesterol levels! This startling result was not anticipated.

      OSTEOPOROSIS
      The Chinese have had a much lower risk of osteoporosis than Americans, even though the Chinese consume far less dairy. We know that high levels of protein intake is tied to high levels of calcium being lost or excreted in the urine. We know that calcium is an alkaline mineral that neutralizes acids, and that animal protein digestion leaves acid residues. Thus animal protein intake, even in small amounts, could cause a drawing out of calcium and other alkaline minerals from our bones and teeth. Eating vegetables, often high in calcium, doesn’t have this effect.

      HEART DISEASE
      17x as many Americans die of heart disease compared to the Chinese who have half as much blood cholesterol. Studies show that eating animal protein raises blood cholesterol levels. Thus lean meats are no escape.

      BREAST CANCER
      The China Project highlighted a worldwide chart that showed breast cancer rates in about 40 countries rose in parallel with the amount of animal protein intake. Besides the rise in cholesterol levels, other factors were significantly linked with higher breast cancer death rates. These included dietary fat, estrogen and blood testosterone levels, and the earlier onset of a first menstruation.

      LUNG CANCER
      Researchers found a low rate of lung cancer up until the introduction of cigarettes. China’s ministries of agriculture and commerce promoted tobacco for economic reasons with tragic results. Approximately 50 million Chinese now are projected to die from lung cancer.

      BOWEL CANCER
      The China Project conclusively found that the higher the intake of fiber (derived from plant sources), the lower the rate of colon cancer. The Chinese eat three times as much fiber and starch. At present approximately 140,000 Americans die each year from colon cancer.

      LIVER CANCER
      While China-wide rates are low, certain regions had high levels. Previously scientists believed that aflatoxins in moldy grains and beans were a primary cause, but this did not bear out in the China Project. Instead, those infected with viral hepatitis (an astonishing 12-13% of Chinese compared to less than 1% of Americans) were predisposed to liver cancer. A second correlated factor was high cholesterol levels – tied again to animal-protein diets. In the west, alcoholic consumption is also associated with liver cancer.

      STOMACH CANCER
      Individuals commonly infected with bacterium Heliobacter pylori were at an increased risk of stomach cancer. Both of these disease patterns remind us of relatively high levels of infectious diseases a century ago in the West and relatively low levels of contemporary chronic ailments. No doubt those predisposed to liver and stomach cancers in China would have had much higher rates if they ate the sweet and sour pork that is typical of Americanized Chinese food. What the above also reflects is a lack of modern refrigeration in China at the time. Foods were most often preserved via fermentation or salting (also a stomach irritant), and this allowed for bacteria and mold to sometimes contaminate the process, as a precursor to these two chronic ailments.

      OVERALL FINDINGS AND DIETARY SUGGESTIONS
      All in all, the single most dramatic finding of the China Project was the degree and strength of the correlation of animal-origin foods to a variety of cancers. Dr. Chen Junshi, the chief Chinese researcher was not surprised with this result of comparing villages with the highest and lowest cancer rates. “We expected that because it followed animal experiments.” He was referring to a series of animal experiments where rats were fed animal proteins and had a rapid cancer etiology. When the diet stopped, the tumor growths halted or the cancers were routinely turned on and off by diet alone. Why? One explanation is that the digestion of excess protein releases several acids, more than the bloodstream can handle or effectively alkalinize. This then acidifies the blood stream causing chronic ailments, including cancerous tumors and precancerous growths. It leaches alkaline minerals from the bones to trigger osteoporosis. While the China Project led to the recommendation of an 8-10% vegetable-protein diet, the standard American diet (SAD) has 11-22% protein with 70% from animal sources. This again may be compared to 10% from animal sources in China with total protein intake at least a 1/3rd less.

      In China most cancers, cardiovascular ailments and types of diabetes were linked to high animal protein diets, and with significantly less intake than with the Standard American Diet. Powerful companies selling meats have influenced major media and institutions to keep Americans misinformed about this most potent connection.

      MOVING AWAY FROM ANIMAL-BASED DIETS

      PROTEINS
      Reducing animal protein intake will reduce blood cholesterol. Reducing animal protein intake by 1% tended to reduce the chance of heart disease by 2-3%. FATS – The Chinese eat 6-24% fat compared to 36-46% in the US where chronic ills are more prevalent.

      MOVING TOWARDS VEGETARIAN BASED-DIETS

      CALORIES
      The Chinese eat close to 300 more calories per day but were not obese. It seems easier to burn calories with a high carbohydrate (2x the starch), and low animal protein diet (2x the plant protein instead) and low fat (1/2 or less as a % of calories).

      ANTI-OXIDANTS
      The China Project found eating more anti-oxidant and vitamin C-rich whole foods (not synthetic isolates) lowered the relative risk of many cancers. The Chinese took in about 2x as much Vitamin C.

      SUFFICIENT IRON
      The Chinese had about 2x the intake of iron. This is contrary to the myth that a vegetarian diet results in an iron deficiency. A Harvard study showed that an increase of iron from vegetable sources lowers the risk of heart attack.

      PLENTY OF FIBER
      It used to be thought that a high fiber diet might bind with minerals to cause deficiencies. In the China Project, subjects with high fiber vegetarian diets had more minerals in their blood and the higher the intake of their fiber, the lower the bowel cancer rate. Meat products offered little or no fiber.

      MORE FOR FOLLOW UP

      COPPER
      High levels in the blood correlated to certain cancers.

      CADMIUM
      High levels in the urine correlated to liver cancer.

      HERPES SIMPEX
      This correlated to heart disease.

      HEIGHT
      Increased animal protein intake, including milk, was not connected to increased height in the subjects. The Chinese generally tend to be shorter perhaps because of a combination of childhood infections and genetic determinants.

      MENOPAUSE & PMS
      A high animal protein diet may be correlated to elevated hormones and the triggering of earlier menopause. In China women tend to have fewer symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes was well as lower estrogen levels. When not so high, their fall has less steep. Foreign hormones fed to animals may be a trigger for breast cancer. Diets rich in plant-based foods have ingredients like magnesium that calm PMS symptoms. Plant foods like soy have phyto-estrogens that ease symptoms.

      MALE PROSTATE DISEASE
      A study of 68,000 men showed that those who ate the highest animal fat diets had about 80% more prostate cancer. The worst foods included red meat and butter. China had the lowest prostate cancer rates in the world, about 1 in every 100,000 compared to 19 out of 100,000 Chinese-Americans living in San Francisco. About 10% of American males will get prostate cancer in their lifetime (compared to less than 1% in China). A low-fat, high fiber diet lowers the triggers.

      CONCLUSION

      The China Project showed that animal-based foods should be replaced by plant-based foods with health benefits. This could significantly reduce obesity, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney ailments and much more. A study of Seventh Day Adventists who are vegetarians has corroborated this. As Dean Ornish writes, “Animal products…are the main culprit in what is killing us. We can absolutely live better lives without them.” This transition in diets can take time, but even small steps toward a plant-based diet yield positive results. According to nutritional scientists, here are a list of further dietary suggestions that may help avoid 80-90% of premature deaths from chronic diseases.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL PROTEINS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
      We only need 8-10% proteins in our diets, and a plant-based diet provides that and is the healthiest.

      ELIMINATE: ANIMAL FATS & REDUCE PROCESSED FATS
      Skip animal proteins and processed fats and you will skip most cardiovascular/heart diseases and cancers.

      INCREASE: FIBER-RICH FOODS
      This lowers cholesterol and avoids bowel cancer.

      EAT: WHOLE PLANT-BASED FOODS
      This includes roots, stems, leaves, flowers (such as broccoli florets) for a symphony of nutrients. Be careful with supplement isolates (not compete substitutes for whole foods). Ultimately moving to a diet of whole, plant-based foods plus the use of modern refrigerators gives us the best of both worlds. The China Project was the most comprehensive nutritional study ever, but it still does not address many issues, so that we have room for more exciting findings.

      ORGANICS
      What is the impact of eating foods grown in enhanced organic soils?

      ALKALINE/NUTRIENT-DENSE DIETS
      What is the impact of incorporating more alkaline and nutrient-dense superfoods, such as green kale, collards, sea algae, herbs and sprouts for further benefits?

      LOW GLYCEMIC & FAT /LIVING RAW
      What is the impact plant-based diets that are raw/living and low-glycemic and low fat?

      DETOX & EXERCISE
      What is the impact of green juices, blends, periodic fasts, saunas, chelation, and regular exercise routines?

      MIND/BODY CONNECTION
      How can our lives be enhanced through meditation and spiritual support? We can expand our horizons to use more natural healing methods, but the most powerful first step is suggested by the China Study. Wenow have the opportunity to live the very longest in a disease-free way. Taking a first step offers a most exciting and health-liberating opportunity.

      THE CHINA STUDY ODYSSEY AND INSPIRATION
      Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, was raised on a Virginia dairy farm. In his early years he thus developed the strong faith that ingesting milk and meat gave everyone a stronger constitution. This belief was ingrained despite his father having died of a massive heart attack. Colin later went to veterinarian school. He pursued his graduate work at Cornell University, further studying animal nutrition. At Cornell, his assigned lab work was to search for better means of animal-protein production (making cows and sheep grow fatter faster). This tied into the underlying belief, held throughout his college years and expressed in his Ph.D. thesis, that eating more animal protein equaled better health. A subsequent career jaunt at Virginia Tech involved working in the Philippines and investigating a disturbing rise in liver cancer rates among young children. Typically this was just an adult-onset disease. The suspicion also arose that the main culprits were some local peanut and corn crops that showed high aflatoxin contents. Aflatoxin lives in molds that develop during crop storage and is a most potent of carcinogens. Lower rates of liver cancer then might logically proceed if his project worked to change agricultural growing and storage procedures plus offered malnourished Pilipino children more animal proteins to build greater immunity. In fact, Colin helped establish 110 nutritional education centers all over the Philippines for this purpose.

      Colin, however, later was disturbed by the finding that children from the wealthiest families (those who ate more animal proteins) had the highest, not lowest, liver cancer rates! Because of his grave aflatoxin suspicions, he was piqued by an Indian research paper that outlined how an equal level of aflatoxins was fed to two groups of rats where one feasted on an animal-protein-rich diet and the other not. The first group all died because they developed fatal liver cancer, and the other not. The score was actually an outrageous 100 to 0! Dietary effects here trumped a most suspected and potent of carcinogens.

      Since the Indian study violated established beliefs, there was natural suspicion that the Indian study was flawed or fraudulent! Might sloppy or deceiving researchers have accidentally switched the two rat groups, but what if not? Thus Colin was driven to conduct some animal experiments to resolve this hugely nagging and vital question. The results were absolutely astonishing. Other studies later corroborated his startling findings. The low-animal-protein diet inhibited cancers (despite aflatoxins being present) and the high-animal-protein diet did not. Colin also uncovered something still more earth-shaking. He could affect pre-cancerous and cancerous growths in a decisive “on/off” way and simply and again via diet changes. Raise the rats’ animal protein intake and the cancers grew. Lower the rat’s intake, and surprisingly, cancers stopped growing! Using wheat and soy or high-plant-proteins did not have this effect. These studies made him yearn to explore such remarkable finding using human research studies. Would humans have similar reactions or not? When Dr. Chen Junshi of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine introduced Collin to a massive and unique compilation of mainland Chinese death rates and their disease correlates, the two realized they now had a vast opportunity-of-a-lifetime to map diet and illness connections on an unprecedented scale. This was the inspiration behind the China Study and how it was born.
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  15. Don.t know if any of you plan on going to heaven, but there won’t be any MEAT to eat there as there will be no death there. So I am getting ready now, in more ways than one! I have been a vegetarian since Dec 16, 1995




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  16. Humans and our hominid ancestors have eaten meat–probably at least a few times a week or month–for millions of years. But diabetes has become an epidemic only in the last century. What is it about the meat consumed today that supposedly causes it? The bioaccumulation of POPS? Or is it a result of less daily exercise than our ancestors got, so we’re less able to defend ourselves against the unhealthy aspects of meat??




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  17. Dr. Greger, I would like to know your response to the rebuttal posted by Dr. Pam Popper regarding using relative terms vs absolute terms. It’s imperative that my trust be restored to your website because I reference you often in my columns (for the newspaper and magazines). Thank you!




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      1. Hi Thea, I did read “gatherers” comments and did not think a valid point was made regarding the absolute vs relative risk that Dr. Popper referred to in Dr. Greger’s video. It seems people were getting a bit hostile toward Dr. Popper on the link you provided, and I wish we could just stick to the facts instead of stooping to personal attacks. Here is a link to the video she made, for your reference. I still don’t have a satisfactory answer to my question and would appreciate hearing from Dr. Greger or someone knowledgeable on this site, rather than trusting the comments of a reader. Thank you. https://youtu.be/IcTj6I6DWLk




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        1. Cyd Notter: Thank you for the clarification. I forwarded this conversation to our volunteer medical moderators. Please note that we don’t have enough volunteers to answer everyone’s question. However, your question is now in the pile, and I hope you get your answer.




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    1. Hello Cyd,

      To what statement are you specifically referring to that Dr. Greger made? I would like to investigate this further.

      If it is to a): The Health Adventists. The stepwise reduction in meat coincided with the apparent reduction in diabetes risk, this is based on an odds ratio. The non-vegetarians were assigned the risk of “100%” based on diabetes incidence and acted as a comparison group.

      “In multiple logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, the odds ratio (OR) of incident diabetes for vegans was 0.228 (95% CI 0.140, 0.372), lacto ovo vegetarians, 0.461 (95% CI, 0.373, 0.569), pesco vegetarians, 0.597 (95% CI 0.433, 0.823), and semi-vegetarians, 0.380 (95% CI 0.236, 0.613) compared to the non-vegetarian reference group. With adjustment for age and BMI, these point estimates were somewhat weakened but remained statistically significant with the exception of the pesco vegetarian group. For vegans the OR was 0.383 (95% CI 0.233, 0.629), for lacto ovo vegetarians, 0.635 (95% CI, 0.511, 0.789), for pesco vegetarians 0.791 (0.572, 1.095) and for semi-vegetarians 0.447 (95% CI 0.277, 0.722). Adjustment for lifestyle factors in addition had very minor effects on the estimates compared to the age and BMI adjusted results ”

      This is graphed well here
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3638849/figure/F1/

      In other words, in the first regression model, vegans had a 78% reduced risk (0.228 odd ratio) of developing diabetes. Mind you, non-vegetarian health Adventists are generally healthier than the general population in the sense that they consume more plant foods.

      On the other hand, if your statement is in regards to b): the Taiwanese study (smaller sample size), there indeed was a marked difference between both groups.
      http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0088547

      While it is impossible to know the “absolute” risk of developing a chronic disease based on consumption, we can get as close as possible with an abundance of studies comparing dietary groups, this gets us the “relative” risk when the comparison diet is used as the control group.

      Just a thought as well, while we certainly could get away with including some animal products in the diet, (early stage prostate cancer was indeed reversed with a “vegetarian” diet, not a vegan diet. It had very small quantities of dairy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16094059) we have no evidence that animal products contribute to any positive health outcomes, while their exclusion does. I don’t think we will ever know how much is too much, because genetic susceptibility begins to become a more important factor when making such a consideration, and this varies person to person. From a public health perspective, avoiding animal products is a more prudent strategy than to allow the inclusion of some (the definition of “a small amount” varies depending on how its defined by the individual). In the clinical setting, (purely anecdotal) I observe that once patients go off of strictly plant-based diets and start including some animal products, it is a slippery slope and the quality of the diet deteriorates with time.

      Let me know if I helped get to the root of the question or not.

      Regards,
      Rami Najjar (aka, Toxins)




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  18. Cyd,

    You’re correct……. when we discuss the relative vs absolute risk clarity is necessary. Perhaps a comment on the results stated as both the absolute vs relative risk is in order. Your reference to your driving is actually a good example. My one concern is that my experience with this information is that it tends to muddy the waters and leave patients with more uncertainty. With that said… perhaps referencing the webpage (http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2013/03/15/absolute-versus-relative-risk-making-sense-of-media-stories/) and telling the lock ness monster example would be helpful ?

    I agree that it’s essential for us to hold our standards to the highest level and report in a manner that truly reflects the literature. I think we need the clarity to admit regularly that we as a profession are still in the dark ages of knowing, with certainty, which individuals will derive the maximal benefits from a WFPB diet vs those with animal products. We work the numbers with relativity and not absolutes.

    Clearly, the literature when taken as a whole, tends to give us some of the answers hence our use of the WFPB diet for medical interventions and the results seen in many.

    Clarity is king……especially when detractors of this approach can point out this shortcoming. Thanks for your input.
    Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger




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  19. Irish Scientist Discovers Breakthrough For Diabetes Cure

    The research comes from a UT Health San Antonio
    report which describes the method as utilizing a gene transfer which might enhance
    the forms of cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Sort
    2 diabetes is a long-term situation marked by excessive ranges of glucose
    (sugar) within the blood. So, the examine proves strict weight loss plan can carry down the FBG ranges, however not a
    treatment. People with Sort 1 diabetes do not produce insulin so the
    cell doorways cannot be unlocked. Middle-aged adults with
    type 2 diabetes are two to four times more prone to die from coronary heart
    illness than adults with out diabetes. Recent studies clearly connect coffee ingesting with a decrease risk for developing diabetes.
    Researchers counsel that future analysis ought to investigate what further
    elements might contribute to the sooner rise in diabetes in men than in ladies.
    Intermittent fasting is a strong approach to consuming that’s becoming very popular because
    it could possibly provide help to reduce weight whereas lowering your risk
    of power ailments like diabetes and coronary heart disease.
    That is analogous to certain cancers, the place treatment is outlined
    as full remission of sufficient duration that
    the long run danger of recurrence is felt to be very low.
    The findings suggest that by selling power irritation by way
    of their effect on fats cells, bacterial toxins could play
    a role in the development of diabetes. Forty years of investment on the earth’s finest
    type 1 diabetes researchers has created a pipeline
    of exciting prospects from academic research by way of medical trials to
    merchandise and therapies requiring regulatory approval and reimbursement
    for entry. One was just lately diagnosed with kind 2 and the opposite was recognized 5 years in the
    past with LADA. It definitely pointed out that their agenda shouldn’t be actually to cure diabetes,
    however to proceed to gather funds with the promise” of a cure sometime in the nebulous future.
    There are three forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, kind 2 diabetes and gestational
    diabetes. Metformin (Glucophage, Glumetza, others) is generally the first medicine
    prescribed for sort 2 diabetes. Monogenic defects that cause β-cell dysfunction, akin to
    neonatal diabetes and MODY, signify a small fraction of
    sufferers with diabetes (<5%). Briefly; Type 2 diabetes is a malfunctioning state of the sugar (glucose) regulation and distribution in the physique. There are not less than 40 genetic mutations known to be related to type 2 diabetes. When you've got diabetes, you are up to five instances extra likely to have coronary heart illness and a stroke than somebody without diabetes. In areas where rates of kind 2 DM and weight problems are high, individuals with type 1 DM might share genetic and environmental components that result in their exhibiting type 2 features comparable to diminished insulin sensitivity. But now we have proof that these factors are extra essential than ever in stopping a variety of diseases, including the just lately recognized Type three diabetes. Diabetes has grown to epidemic” proportions and the most recent statistics revealed by the U.S. Facilities for Disease Management (CDC) state that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes.

    Type 1 diabetes isn't attributable to lifestyle components resembling chubby and weight problems. This speedy enhance over the last a long time indicates that environmental factors must play an important role in the illness process. From the dietitian viewpoint, Diabetes if well managed is like living with out diabetes. It might be that there is some overlap and that most of the remedies within the autoimmune protocol are listed right here also. I was happy to obtain a prompt reply from Mr. Pollan, thanking me and letting me know that in the future, he can be more cautious about making a distinction between the varieties of diabetes. Many times I've heard about this that cow-milk consumption in the cause of sort 1 diabetes. It impacts about 25% of patients who use insulin, almost always folks with sort 1 diabetes. Up till this point, the medical neighborhood had thought that just one kind of beta cell existed, but Grompe and his colleagues were in a position to isolate beta cells and classify three extra sorts. When food regimen and exercise aren't satisfactory, weight loss drugs equivalent to Belviq , Contrave , Xenical , or Qsymia will also be used to assist with the administration of obesity. As soon as the harm is repaired the forces should withdraw, and the physique should return to homeostasis, or its peaceable time.” But for some reason, in continual diseases like Sort 2 diabetes, the inflamed state continues for too lengthy. In type 1 diabetes (formerly referred to as 'juvenile-onset' or 'insulin-dependent'), the pancreas completely stops producing any insulin, a hormone that allows the physique to make use of glucose (sugar) found in meals for power. Quite a few medical research are being conducted to check numerous methods of preventing kind 1 diabetes in these with proof of autoimmunity ( ). The product or program is offered by a nutritionist, chiropractor, diabetes educator, MLM rep, and so on. Spend a night with JDRF, in a lush metropolis oasis, and contribute to funding some of the world's best research into sort 1 diabetes and its complications. Experience reveals from folks with type 1 diabetes, once blood glucose ranges normalise, the body has some power to recuperate from nephropathy. First, long-term complications of diabetes can intrude with the secure operation of a vehicle. Kind 2 diabetes often develops after the age of forty (but sometimes happens in children and younger individuals). Different specific kinds of diabetes resulting from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other diseases might account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Along with sustaining a healthy diet and exercising, your treatment plan might include monitoring your blood sugar and, in some circumstances, using insulin or oral drugs. If you happen to suffered from diabetes throughout your being pregnant, it's known as gestational diabetes and this could enhance the danger of you developing Kind 2 diabetes later in your life.

    Speak with your well being care crew about other issues you are able to do to lower your chances of developing diabetes. You are thought-about to be susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes in case you are over forty years of age and white, or over 25 years of age and black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group. For example, scientists are finding out whether diabetes may be prevented in those who could have inherited an increased danger for the disease. It's because in type 2 diabetes you continue to make insulin (unlike kind 1 diabetes). Insulin resistance can progress to type 2 diabetes if the young particular person's pancreas cannot continue to make enough insulin to beat their insulin resistance. Herman mentioned the findings, printed within the Journal of Scientific Investigation, address a longtime controversy over whether or not eating excessive sugar contributes to diabetes. Our bioscience power is strongly evident in type 1 diabetes research, where Scottish establishments, scientists and charity supporters already play a number one function in the international battle in opposition to the situation. Kind 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that causes the physique to attack the insulin-producing cells within the pancreas. There is no such thing as a identified option to forestall diabetes kind 1. Efficient treatment requires using substitute insulin. In this article I'll go over the precise steps you have to take to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally and enhance kind 1 diabetes. This idea is according to the saying that genetics loads the gun and the surroundings pulls the trigger.” In each sorts of diabetes the gun is loaded. When you have a body mass index of higher than 25, you've gotten an increased danger of growing kind 2 diabetes. These studies spotlight our concerns about the rising prevalence of diabetes Every 23 seconds, one other person is recognized with diabetes in the United States,” said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Individuals inherit a genetic predisposition for this situation, known as type 1 diabetes, but an environmental trigger can be needed for it to appear. Obesity Weight problems contributes to insulin resistance and is a danger factor for pancreatitis, which might lead to diabetes. Kind 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that develops when the physique destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin This implies individuals with sort 1 diabetes do not make insulin. The event of type 1 diabetes isn't normally associated to life-style habits, obesity or insulin resistance, however to an issue with immunity. As diabetes administration is affected by a person's emotional and cognitive state, there has been proof suggesting the self-management of diabetes is negatively affected by diabetes-associated misery and depression. We therefore present the following steps to the incremental introduction of treatments as a guide only. Most individuals with kind 1 diabetes take insulin within the injectable form and require several photographs per day.

    Having a stable understanding of diabetes remedy, really helpful blood sugar ranges, and doable complications is vital in avoiding serious health problems. In type 1 diabetes, your personal immune system ravages the insulin-producing cells of your pancreas. In kind 1 diabetes, signs are sometimes sudden and could be life-threatening; due to this fact it is usually diagnosed fairly shortly. Too Much TV Time A examine of adults between the ages of 20 and 54 years of age confirmed that people who watched tv more than two hours a day have been extra likely than their friends to be obese and to have diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune situation, which implies your immune system assaults wholesome physique tissue by mistake. Due to this fact, individuals with type 1 diabetes might want to take synthetic insulin as a way to preserve ranges of glucose in the blood within safe limits. Prediabetes describes the situation the place blood glucose ranges are higher than normal however not high sufficient for a prognosis of diabetes. For those diagnosed with Sort 1 diabetes, treatment contains routine, typically 4 times per day, insulin injections and blood glucose monitoring. Nonetheless, life expectancy remains to be decreased in individuals with Type 1 diabetes. Your physician should speak to you concerning the danger of getting a diabetic foot and methods to control it with early antibiotics remedy. MODY (maturity onset diabetes of youth): a form of diabetes that has been recognized earlier than the age of 35 years in no less than three generations of family members. With sort 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas produces no insulin, but in sort 2 cells in the physique turn out to be resistant to insulin, so a higher quantity of insulin is needed to maintain blood glucose ranges inside a standard range. Your diabetes care crew can discuss your blood glucose level with you in more element. At this stage, the extent of blood glucose after meals tends to be higher than the fasting stage. In contrast to type 2 diabetes, it isn't doable to manage this form of diabetes by train or modifications in weight-reduction plan. Kidney illness – diabetes is a number one cause of renal nephrophathy, which might lead to finish-stage renal illness (ESRD). You can also learn methods to handle your condition as a way to dwell well with diabetes. Quite a few research have shown that common physical exercise can significantly cut back the risk of developing kind 2 diabetes. Laing SP, Swerdlow AJ, Slater SD, et al. The British Diabetic Affiliation Cohort Study, I: all-trigger mortality in sufferers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus. Anybody dwelling with diabetes might want to have common checkups with a healthcare supplier so as to evaluation signs, have blood glucose ranges monitored, and alter insulin dosages as wanted. Kind 1 diabetes often runs in households, so there might also be a genetic trigger for the autoimmune reaction. Docs usually suggest transplants in circumstances of finish-stage kidney failure or when diabetes poses more of a menace to the patient's life than the transplant itself.

    Medical doctors and researchers are developing new tools and coverings to assist youngsters cope with the particular problems of growing up with diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the islet cells are still functioning, but the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin or each. Your fat will actually dissolve away, and with it your kind 2 diabetes and other illnesses. An essential subgroup of deaths amongst younger folks with kind 1 diabetes is sudden unexpected loss of life within the absence of a clear cause (eg, hypoglycaemia or cardiac autonomic dysfunction). In my very own expertise, I've observed that I at all times say Kind 1” when telling somebody I am assembly for the first time about my diabetes, and I rapidly follow that with, I was identified after I was 10 years old.” At age 45, I have never lost all of the weight I gained throughout my two pregnancies, and I do know that being overweight is associated within the public mind with Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is because of insulin blocking hormones produced throughout pregnancy. Present or potential future therapies for sort 1 or type 2 diabetes will likely at all times go away sufferers at risk for relapse, given underlying pathophysiologic abnormalities and/or genetic predisposition. There is a genetic danger for Type 1 diabetes, though 80% of people with Sort 1 diabetes have no household historical past of the illness. Although some attempts have temporally cured diabetes they have additionally created other complications. Diabetes also can cause a proliferation of new blood vessels that do not successfully feed blood to the retina, however that do leak and bleed. Folks with diabetes face the next risk for influenza and its issues, including pneumonia. As soon as you already know the roles that carbs, fat, and protein play, you possibly can construct a wholesome consuming plan that helps preserve your ranges the place they need to be. A diabetes educator or registered dietitian may help you get began. Specific sorts of diabetes attributable to other causes include monogenic diabetes syndromes, reminiscent of neonatal diabetes or maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY); diseases of the exocrine pancreas, resembling extreme pancreatitis; cystic fibrosis; endocrinopathies; drug- or chemical-induced diabetes, reminiscent of in the therapy of HIV/AIDS or after organ transplantation; infections; rare types of immune-mediated diabetes; and other genetic syndromes which can be associated with diabetes. The absolute lack of insulin, usually secondary to a destructive process affecting the insulin-producing beta cells within the pancreas, is the principle disorder in sort 1 diabetes. About 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, whereas 90 to 95 percent have kind 2 diabetes. The sufferers who had never had diabetes experienced no change within the stage of fat of their pancreas. When you work carefully along with your physician and make good way of life choices, sort 2 diabetes can typically be successfully managed.




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