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From: claudine (
Subject:         Re: protein and calcium +vegans
Date: October 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: protein and calcium +vegans posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on October 19, 2008 at 2:37 pm:

thank you for your post. i was just showing the numerous studies, all of
which contradict one another. i get lost which one to believe and if they
apply to ME. these just showed how low protein does not mean low
calcium is ok. i will ask my dr. if he knows of a veg. based nutritionist
that will accept my insurance. i actually want to be vegan since i love
animals and turned off by meat. but right now more important is my
health but i still want to be as vegan as i can be. my break is from a
sports accident not related to bone health, but since i had to wait to get it
fixed, the broken piece in the middle died and i was left with a big gap to
heal. i probably didnt heal since my body rejected the graft. the next
surgery is bone taken from my hip/leg to put in my arm. but since i have
always been underweight, the pressure from drs. and family members to
eat a rich animal based diet seems more so. i assume i do need more
protein and calcium now. vegan diets are not considered healthy by my
family or drs. at this time and since i do not have osteoporosis, it makes
me look bad. i am now trying more sources of calcium but i wish i knew
better what, if anything, i could do to help.

my moms friend is now in the hospital having had surgery having some of
his stomach/intestines removed from cancer. he was normal/thin man.
he lost 15 lbs already and now my mom is talking about how nice it will
be for him to have latkes (jewish dish) and a rich turkey dinner once he
can eat. right now they are forcing him milkshakes, i'm sure ensure plus
filled with sugar. i do believe with cancer sugar feeds it???? seems like
being thin is worse to them then cancer!? so now i feel moreso not sure
to trust drs. thats why i am researching it as i know if i see a nutritionist i
will be required to eat 7 ounces of meat a day. i wont do that! i am not
the normal person who is at risk for heart disease and diabetes. i am very
small framed, underweight,and was very active but heathy otherwise who
is not healing for some reason. i was maintaining my weight but lost
recently out of frustration. do you know how i can find out if plant based nutritionists take insurance and where to locate one? i do not have money
now since i'm unemployed, if not i will keep researching on my own as i
do have 2 degrees and very literate.

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