Vegan vs Controlled Carb

by Louise

After watching the Sanjay Gupta special with Bill Clinton on heart health, I feel apprehensive about eating anything not plant based if I want to ensure that I have clear arteries and make myself heart attack proof.

I have also studied Drs. Barnard, McDougall, Ornish, Esslystyn, etc. and find they list as many studies as the Paleo people in support of their programs.

How can we know who to believe and what will truly prevent declining health?

I am nearly 70 years old, have struggled my entire life with obesity and now as I am older the dr. has prescribed blood pressure meds and statins.

My parents both died with Alzheimers Disease and I don't want to put my children through that. Everyday is an emotional battle as I try to decide what to eat and what to avoid and the stress is killing me.

My head aches constantly, I do not get to sleep until 3 or 4 in the morning and I feel like time is running out and I have got to make some decisions.

I buy brown rice and oats, then when hunger overwhelms me I buy cheese and meat and eggs. And in between I buy chocolate and ice cream and promise that I'll do better the next day and then it starts all over again.

I don't want to die but I don't know who to believe and how to live. Can you help?

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Sep 11, 2011
Healthy Transitions
by: Misty

Oh Louise, let me begin by giving you a big virtual (((HUG))).

I get this question frequently most particularly since the new movie forks over knives just came out.

I'm going to offer you some critical information to really think about ok?

Anyone who practices a Standard American Diet is at high risk for heart disease. When one transitions to a healthier lifestyle whether it be heavy plant based or a paleo lifestyle, one is reducing their risk a great deal just by eliminating processed and packaged foods that contain trans saturated fatty acids, flours and sugars. Studies have shown that both are effective in reducing risk. However, which will be beneficial long term?

When we consider the cell wall is comprised of a 50% phospholipid layer, our hormones are all built from fatty acid, the brain is 70% fat by dry weight and the only viable source of a variety of vitamins and minerals are found strictly in animal proteins, a low fat vegan diet just doesn't make sense long term. I don't oppose this on a temporary basis however in all of the research I have seen, it isn't viable long term.

We can take a look at each one of these authors that you have mentioned above Louise and understand that The China Study was used as reference for all of these diets. The China Study was a project done by T. Colin Campbell. His work has been the basis for many a vegan conversion. I would like you to understand that there is no credible reference that proves meat causes cancer as his study was based on isolated casein (milk protein).

Sep 11, 2011
Healthy Transitions
by: Misty

You might find the work of
Chris Masterjohn and Denise Minger interesting.

When we understand that the past 100 years have truly been an experiment in human health, what about the years prior to that where there was virtually no cancer, heart disease, stroke or diabetes and our traditional diets included that of snout to tail animal proteins and traditional fats.

It has been proven that inflammation is at the root of all disease, most particularly that of heart disease. Take a look at my cholesterol page and really study what the professionals have to say there. When we also understand the difference between the LDL particle size patterns, and the contribution of carbohydrate to this negative small dense particle, we understand what truly contributes to heart disease.

I'm not against anyone's choice to practice a vegan lifestyle as long as they understand the potential consequences of their decision. There is a lack of omega 3 fatty acids, this the very thing responsible for countering inflammation, again, that of which contributes to heart disease. I would like you to take into consideration the fact that there are no societies in human history who have sustained on a vegan diet.

This, the newest fad in a 2.6 million year human history.

Finally, I would like to refer you to
Dr. William Davis' website. Dr. Davis is a cardiologist and the author of the newest book Wheat Belly. I know that all of the above authors recommend whole wheat pasta in their plans.

High non-starchy vegetable consumption of every color, sustainably raised animal proteins, small amount of fruit and nuts with some omega 3 supplementation Louise has proven to change lives on many levels.

I hope you can find peace with a plan and treat yourself to consistency because at the end of the day? No matter which plan you choose, you must not only enjoy it but make it your lifestyle.

I wish for you, the freedom from a processed food lifestyle.

In peace and good health

Sep 20, 2011
Take A Deep Breath
by: Anonymous

First of all Congratulations!! On what you say? You stated that you are 70 yrs. old!! That in itsself is awesome.

Look at it this way... You have lived to be 70 yrs.old so you must have not broken all the laws of nutrition and nature!!

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