I went to: http://www.ivillage.com/diet/features/fatflush/articles/0,5050,222480_13884
It makes no
sense to me either. In 52 years as a vegetarian and 40 years as
a physician I have seen hundreds of "miracle diets" come
and go. Someday I'd like to count 'em all up and see who came up
with the most ridiculous nonsense; the medical profession or the
people outside the medical profession. It would be a close race.
In the quest
for health there are only 3 items that have ever worked for me;
a whole food vegan diet and regular exercise are the first two.
The third is
periodic fasting. It's probably the best way to "detox"
and it doesn't require egg yolks, coffee enemas, liver extract,
or any of the other dubious nostrums that appear on the web and
in the bookstores in regular intervals that probably reflect publishing
There is a healing
system called Natural Hygiene that makes extensive therapeutic use
of simple fasting and a balanced, mostly raw, vegan diet. While
a few of its advocates are on the fringe there are also some very
responsible practitioners with extensive experience in the field.
If you are trying to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, fix
your joints, etc., I would recommend that you learn about fasting.
It's a physiological function that's built into all of us (although
most people have never done it) because in our evolutionary history
food was not always available. So those of our ancestors that made
the Darwinian cut had developed the capacity to go without food
for extended periods. Fasting gives many organ systems a much needed
rest and a chance to break down and excrete various waste metabolites
that the Hygienists not very accurately refer to as "toxins."
Here are three
Hygienic practitioners who in my opinion have their act together:
you have any information about the impact of egg yolks on liver
health? I wouldn't want to go back to eating yolks (They are distasteful
now!) and my cholesterol has been measured recently at 210! and
my HDL is low. Even with the vegetarian food, it's high!
Egg yolk is
#4 for cholesterol content in the USDA nutrient database. Cholesterol
cannot be broken down enzymatically by any animal (including humans)
although several species of free living bacteria can reduce it to
carbon dioxide and water. Therefore, a major function of the liver
is to conjugate cholesterol into bile acids and get rid of it via
the intestines. Hence, whatever virtues eggs are alleged to have
(usually protein is mentioned) it seems unlikely that they will
offset the burden of increasing the liver's cholesterol disposal
Raw egg whites,
by the way, contain avidin which binds tightly to biotin and prevents
I hope this
will be of some help.
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.
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.