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.
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.
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
Diet and Exercise
Some Vegan Starter
of the recipes. http://www.vegsource.com/harris/going_vegan_table1.htm
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.
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
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.