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   Bill Harris, M.D. | Q&A

Gastritis & Veggie Junk Food?
Q&A with Bill Harris, M.D.

Q. I am a vegetarian. I do not eat eggs, cheese or drink cows milk. I occasionally will eat something that has milk or eggs in the ingredients such as processed food. I am a junk food almost vegan. I love french fries potato chips etc. I also eat some good food also. I am 5' 2" tall and I weigh 178 lbs.


 



Dr. Harris comments: Those figures give you a body mass index (BMI) of 32.6 which puts you in the range of Overweight II. (Normal BMI is 18.4-25).

I am a recovering alcoholic. I have not drank for 4 years. I am suffering from gastritis. I also have gastric reflux. I went to the doctor and they did a barium test on me. It showed the gastritis and acid reflux.

Dr. Harris comments: This is consistent with your dietary and alcohol history.

The doctor prescribed Prevacid. I took it for about two months and it quit working. I also do not want to take pills daily. I have read that once you start taking that type of medication you cannot get back off of it. I would like to loose approximately 40 lbs. What is your advice on the gastritis. What should I do diet wise and any other suggestions. I am sick of being sick. I am miserable most of the time.

A. I think you have already identified your problem, now it's up to you to act on what you know. French fries and potato chips are high fat items and fat stays in the stomach a long time and raises the gastric acid concentration. Gastritis and reflux follow easily.

The keys to good health are regular exercise and a diet centered on fresh vegetables and fruit with grains and starches used to just barely fill in Calorie requirements. If you can somehow motivate yourself to follow the recommendations at.....

On Becoming Vegan http://www.vegsource.com/harris/going_vegan.htm

Diet and Exercise Questionnaire http://www.vegsource.com/harris/download.htm

Some Vegan Starter Recipes http://www.vegsource.com/harris/recipes.htm

Nutrient analysis of the recipes. http://www.vegsource.com/harris/going_vegan_table1.htm

.....you should be able to lose ~ a pound a week until you're down to 136# at which point (42 weeks later) your BMI will be normal at 24.9.

Good luck.

Sincerely,

-William Harris, M.D.


William Harris MD received a degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his degree in medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, and received his postgraduate training at San Diego County Hospital. He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He has been an Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his retirement in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.

In addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is an accomplished hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became a skydiver with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian since 1950, and vegan since 1963.

 
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