Ah, Denise -- the Michelle Malkin of the meat industry!
So far, I have read nothing in the plant-food world about chronic kidney disease. It's almost as if the subject is avoided. What is your advice about this?
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Congratulations Mrs Minger for study in depth the subject. For his clear explanation. A notice of Languedoc in France
Mark, Spark's question is valid, in fact anybody's questions are valid, and he was quite reasonable. His question is interesting, and KEY to go from a somewhat informed omnivorous diet to an informed vegan/vegetarian diet, when Health is what is valued. I am vegetarian more because of my ethics than health, but some people are more interested in what diet would be optimal, not ethical. Plus defining well what an optimal diet REALLY is, its important regardless. A diet abundant with vegetables & leafy greens, herbs, Ancient grains (no wheat), some tubers & fruit, and supplemented with some quality animal protein and fat seems to be close to optimal, from what I've learned. Personally Im only interested in optimizing my vegetarian diet, but still itch to know what would be optimal, and what diets are best for treating & preventing illnesses like cancer. Steve Jobs didnt survive his cancer, and he was seemingly going with the Ornish approach (I am aware of the other problems that may have gotten in the way of sucessful diet/lifestyle intervention), now I would love to see someone that believes in a lower carb, meat, fat & plant rich diet, intervene with THAT diet and see if its more protective.
Would you take Ancel Keys seriously, simply because he was a Scientist? What about his flawed Lipid Hypothesis?
All people -- Scientists, Doctors, English Majors -- are fallible. The person of value and integrity is the one that can say "In light of this new data, I can see that my previous position was wrong."
People all over the world thrive on a variety of diets. Stop placing people on a pedestal and claiming their way is the "only" or the "right" way.
A fact is only a fact until it's proven wrong.
So many things over the last 50 years (especially) have been proven wrong. Yet, we keep the misinformation alive in the collective psyche by continuing to regurgitate it without actually doing our own research.
Example: "Everyone KNOWS that saturated fat causes heart disease!" Right? WRONG!
I'm not trying to convince anyone to eat meat, not eat meat, or debate anyone about the ethics of eating animals. That's none of my business.
What I AM suggesting, however, is to become TRULY informed, before rendering a life-altering decision about what you put into your body. Then, living with the consequences of your decision.
This means going beyond the headlines of CNN and Yahoo. It also means going into the opposition's camp with an inquisitive mind and a desire to find what's true for you -- not simply for the sake of being "right."
In closing, no matter what path people follow, I hope they do it with enough information from ALL sides. Then, they become responsible for their own health, rather than abdicating it to others. When we get so entrenched in a position, we become more concerned about being "right" than being "correct." I wish for everyone to thrive.
What Dr. Fuhrman and the persons commenting seem to have missed is that there is a vast difference between grass-fed animals and those fed grains and injected with growth hormones and then antibiotics to correct the bad effects of the hormones. Dr. Al Sears, the anti-aging expert, says grass-fed beef is very healthy and the other stuff is very unhealthy. And all but one of the many leading alternative doctors I am familiar with think a vegetarian diet results in a shorter life span. They also promote saturated fats as healthy. The eminent research physician Dr. Uffe Ravnskov of Denmark is one of the biggest proponents of saturated fats, having even written more than one book about it. Bariatric Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, authors of a dozen or so books, use a diet high in saturated fats to take weight off their patients. In February 2010, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the findings of the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Center in California, which pooled data from 21 studies that included a total of almost 348,000 adults. Participants were questioned about their dietary habits and then tracked for between five and 23 years. Of the 348,000, 11,000 developed heart disease or suffered a stroke. The researchers found no difference in the incidence of heart disease and stroke between those with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat. The renowned lipid biochemist Mary Enig, Ph.D., writes that saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry." She listed them as: (1) they give cells their necessary stiffness and integrity; (2) they are vital to the health of our bones, effectively incorporating calcium; (3) they lower Lp(a) (lipoprotein (a), a substance in the blood that indicates susceptibility to heart disease, and protect the liver from toxins; (4) they enhance the immune system; (5) elongated omega-3 fatty acids are better retained in the tissues when the diet is rich in saturated fats; (6) saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon palmitic acid are the preferred foods for the heart; and (7) saturated fatty acids of short and medium chain protect us from harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract.
The Drs. Eades echo Enig and add to her assessment:
• The only means for lowering Lp(a), which "strongly correlates with heart disease," is by eating saturated fats, because there are no medications for it. Also, saturated fats raise the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol. And research has shown that dieting women with the highest percentage of saturated fat in their diets lose the most weight.
• Medical research has shown that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to eliminate their fat content, the critical first step to halting middle-body fat storage. Not only does saturated fat protect the liver from toxins, but it can even reverse damage. Polyunsaturated vegetable fats (including canola oil) do not afford this protection.
• To function properly, air spaces of the lungs must be coated with a thin layer of "lung surfactant," the fat content of which is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these fats with other fats potentially causes breathing difficulties, and has been associated with problems among infants and children.
• The brain is made mainly of fat and cholesterol, and most of the fatty acids are saturated. Hence, one's diet needs saturated fats for an optimally functioning brain.
• Certain saturated fats – particularly those in butter, lard, coconut oil and palm oil – act as nerve signals that influence the metabolism, performing such critical jobs as the appropriate release of insulin.
• Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells weakens the immune system, hampering its ability to destroy foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Enig cautioned, however, that both fats and cholesterol can be oxidized, or damaged, by exposure to heat and oxygen, and in this form can be harmful to the cells of arteries, where they may form plaque buildup. Powdered milk, which is added to reduced-fat milk for body, contains damaged cholesterol, as do meats and fats heated to high temperature.
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