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When I became a type-2 diabetic and started testing my blood sugars, I began to realize that every bite of food going into my mouth was profoundly affecting my body. Eat or drink one thing and the blood sugar goes up a few points, consume something else and the blood sugar jumps up a hundred points. And the effect was immediate. As soon as I started chewing something, my body started responding.

Then I read The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, a medical research PhD. It was a revelation. As a young member of the medical profession, he at first refused, like most doctors, to admit what he was seeing, both in his patients and in his research. But fortunately for us, he had personal integrity; he was honest enough to follow his research results instead of following medical dogma.

He found that he could turn cancer on and off in rats by feeding or not feeding them dairy. This was the beginning for him. He also saw his older Hawaiian patients, who ate the traditional diet of unprocessed rice and vegetables, were free of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many other chronic ailments. His younger patients, who adopted the toxic Western diet of meat, chicken, dairy, fish, all processed with huge amounts of sugar, salt, and fat, were ravaged with the very diseases their parents had avoided: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.

His conclusion: No one [who adopts the habits of prosperity] escapes in the end–-eventually the western diet--what Dr. Campbell calls the "diet of prosperity"--guarantees some form of [chronic] disease in all of us. The answer, he found through experimentation with his patients and research, was a diet of unprocessed starches and vegetables. The same diet which more than half the planet still lives on.

Dr. Campbell, in his books, talks about the complete abrogation of responsibility by the medical community in not telling their patients about his findings. Instead they push pills, treating the symptoms instead of the causes. The root villain, of course, is money. If people found out that the most efficacious medicine was simply food, the results would be catastrophic for the pharmaceutical industry, the factory farm industry, the medical community and many others who make a living off the public's illnesses and misery.

Below I have collected materials for you to review and, hopefully, follow. My hope is that you do not have to suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart disease... or the side effects of prescription drugs.

- Colby Glass, MLIS, Professor Emeritus

Sierra Rise stories to save the planet...Support a plant-based diet. Hosted by Sierra Club.

Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.

If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?

There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.

The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.

70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.

One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.

In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.

An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.

"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)

The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.

The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.

Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.

The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.

"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].

It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.

An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.

In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.

It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.

Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.

Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.

Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.

 

Health

WHO Announces Processed Meat Causes CancerPublished: October 28, 2015 | Authors: Alexandra Jacobo | Nation of Change.. According to the World Health Organization, it now classifies processed meats as a major cause of cancer, alongside cigarettes.

On Monday, the World Health Organization announced that they are now classifying processed meats are carcinogenic to humans. Bacon, ham and sausages were listed as ranking alongside cigarettes as a major causes of cancer. Processed meat has now been placed in the same category as abestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.

Red meat, including beef, pork and lamb, may also cause cancer too, and has been labeled as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

The report comes from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). They stated that there is a basis of sufficient evidence to link processed meat to colorectal cancer. There is also a positive association between processed meat and stomach cancer. Red meat is being linked with pancreatic and prostate cancer.

The IARC defines red meat as “unprocessed mammalian muscle meat—for example, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, or goat meat—including minced or frozen meat; it is usually consumed cooked.”

Processed meat is being defined as any type of meat that is salted, cured or smoked to enhance its flavor or preserve it.

According to the IARC’s report, eating 50-grams of processed meat daily can increase your risk of cancer by 18%. To put that in perspective, 50 grams is equivalent to two slices of ham.

.. provoked new hysteria from the meat industry and is likely to stir up its allies in Congress.

World Health Organization Confirms That Eating Bacon Causes Cancer

The World Health Organization has confirmed what PETA, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and others have said for a long time: that eating bacon, hot dogs, ham, and other processed meats causes cancer. Not to worry, though, because we've got you covered with tips on how to eat a healthy plant-based diet—plus, get a free personal vegan mentor today!(PETA).

The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease – Fact or Fiction? Three Case Reports by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, and Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD

Each case demonstrates disease progression and the failure of the standard cardiovascular approaches in contrast to the prompt, powerful and enduring resolution of disease with whole foods, plant-based nutrition. These outcomes constitute an additional mandate that patients with cardiovascular disease be offered a plant-based option which is safe, inexpensive, empowering, and has the potential to end cardiovascular disease epidemic.

John A. McDougall degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based/vegan diet – especially one based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn – which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils

Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center The McDougall Program Basics:

A diet of plant foods, including whole grains and whole-grain products (such as pasta, tortillas, and whole-grain bread), and a wide assortment of vegetables and fruit... Plenty of spices and usually small amounts of sugar and salt to enhance the flavor of food... Exercise as simple as a daily walk... The exclusion of animal foods, including red meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, and fish – all of which provide toxic levels of fat, cholesterol, protein and, very often, infectious agents and harmful chemicals... The exclusion of all oils including olive oil, safflower oil, and corn oil. Oils are nothing more than liquid fats that increase obesity, which in turn, depresses immune function and contributes to the most common chronic diseases.

Abolishing Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. World War II provided a graphic example of how the ravages of these diseases could be totally halted. Norway was one of several western European nations occupied by Nazi Germany during the conflict between 1939 through 1945. The Germans removed all animal livestock from these occupied countries. The native population subsisted on whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit. Almost immediately death from heart attacks and strokes in Norway plummeted. With the cessation of hostilities in 1945 animal products became available as well as an immediate return to the prewar levels of deaths from these illnesses. It is a powerful lesson in public health about the cause and cure of our most common killer-heart disease. This message was not heeded by the medical profession or the public.

Modern medicine of the latter half of the 20th century and early 21st, must be condemned for its failure to share with the public the knowledge to eliminate the most common chronic killer disease such as heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, and dementia all of which are a bitter harvest of the toxic western animal based nutrition.

These pioneers were men like Pritikin, McDougall, Klaper, Pinckney, Campbell, Ornish, Esselstyn, Fuhrman, Barnard and Diehl to mention a few.

Patients need support and guidance as they surmount these hurdles and their prompt improvement is their reward. While patients rejoice at finally discovering the answer to their disease they are often furious their physicians did not mention it.

Why don’t more cardiologists employ this simple and successfully proven method? The stock answer is “My patients won’t follow such a diet.” That is indeed hard to accept when entire cultures without heart disease have preferred this way of eating for centuries and thousands of heart patients have accepted this technique. A more honest answer would be there is much less financial reward for the caregiver.

For example, if a 250 pound, obese, mildly diabetic hypertensive, patient has a heart attack and is fully compliant with plant- based nutrition treatment, profound changes occur. By 8 months he weighs 190 pounds and is no longer obese, his diabetes and hypertension are gone as is any risk for a future heart attack. He will also protect himself from erectile dysfunction and dementia. This toxic western diet consumed over decades behaves as a malignant stew daily marinating our cells towards chronic illness.

From _The Campbell Plan_ by Thomas Campbell:

SUGAR "an intense sensation of sweetness surpasses maximal cocaine stimulation, even in drug-sensitized and -addicted users" (43).

"...make it inconvenient to get bad food and you'll do much better without even thinking about it" (146).

"... you will not need to worry about limiting the food volume. You cannot overeat sweet potatoes and broccoli or brown rice and beans. There is too much fiber, too much bulk, and your body will tell you to stop long before you need to consciously restrain yourself" (146).

Meds to eliminate: insulin, blood pressure pills (as you lose weight), blood thinners, meds for heartburn, high cholesterol, arthritis, pain, autoimmune meds (147-9)

FOODS TO ELIMINATE: all fats, mayonnaise, salad dressings with the word "oil" anywhere in the ingredient list, refined grains, refined grain pastas (must explicitly say "100% whole grain"), refined grain breads (must explicitly say "100% whole grain"), croutons, packaged sugary foods (candy, cookies, cakes, frozen desserts), energy bars, breakfast cereals, white rice, artificial sweeteners, cake and cookie mixes, hot chocolate and sweetened drink mixes, coffee creamer, cow's milk, all cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, all meats, most frozen meals (everything that contains meat, cheese, or oils), most sauce blends (any with more than 10% of calories from fat), tomato sauces (any with more than 10% of calories from fat) (148)."

Record your food intake... "the more you stay aware of what you eat, the more weight you will lose" (149).

New Staples:

Pastas: 100% whole wheat pasta; Brown rice pasta

Whole Grains and Legumes: Oatmeal; Brown rice; Purple thai rice; Quinoa; Whole wheat couscous; Beans; Post Grape-Nuts

Breads, Crackers: 100% whole wheat bread, Ezekial 4:9; Whole grain Tortillas, Ezekial 4:9; Baked organic tortilla chips

Baking: 100% whole wheat flour; Applesauce; Raisins; Dates

Roots: Yams; Sweet potatoes; White potatoes; Onions

Dark leafy greens

Tofu

Frozen Foods: Chopped greens; Veg. mixes; Corn; Shelled, organic edamame

Beverages: Water; Alcohol... up to 2 drinks a day... For opimal weight loss, avoid all alcohol.

Reading labels... Your choices at the grocery store are going to either make or break your mindless habits during the rest of the week.

The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the New Medicine of the Future by T. Colin Campbell

A Diet Change Beats a Pill A plant-based diet improves blood sugar, body weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol... People with diabetes looking for a more powerful treatment should consider a plant-based diet, according to a team of American and Japanese researchers. (mega study)

Combining the results of six prior studies, the researchers found that a plant-based diet significantly improves blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes. Earlier studies had shown that plant-based diets could improve a key indicator of blood sugar control, called hemoglobin A1c, as much as 1.2 points, which is far greater than the effect of typical oral diabetes medicines. The new study is a meta-analysis, widely considered the highest level of scientific evidence. (published in Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy.)

Esselstyn Site Specialist in reversing heart disease. I spoke to him on the phone. Here are some notes from his book.

NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. Both the mono unsaturated and saturated fat contained in oils is harmful to the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. It doesn’t matter whether it’s olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil, canola oil, or any other kind. Avoid ALL oil.

There is no question it is hard at first. And it is hardest eating out at friends’ houses. However, I am always impressed how well my patients do once they experience the relief of chest pain, weight loss, and the improved feeling of well being they have eating a plant-based diet. Then the motivation comes from within. It also helps that within 8-12 weeks of starting the program the fat receptor in the brain down regulates and they lose the craving for fat. And as they start feeling better and better, they know that they are the ones– not their physician or their surgeon–that have control over the disease. It is a powerful feeling!

If you feel tired and lacking in energy, be sure you are eating enough calories. You have eliminated the high calorie foods: meat, dairy and oil so you simply need to eat more, especially beans, lentils, starchy vegetables and whole grains to make up the calories. Also exercise because you need to use energy to make energy. Depression also contributes to lack of energy. But first of all eat more.

Do not juice. Fructose separated from fiber is too rapidly absorbed and injurious. You lose the benefits of fiber best obtained eating the fruit. Chew your food.

No one escapes in the end–-eventually the traditional western diet guarantees some form of disease in all of us. While it may not be heart disease at the moment, eventually it will be or hypertension, diabetes, stroke, obesity, gall stones, diverticulitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, or a greater likelihood of breast, prostate, colon, ovarian and uterine cancers. Even erectile dysfunction and dementia. The world famous Framingham Heart Study now approaching its 60th year looked at 1,000 people at age 50 who had normal blood pressure. They looked at the same group at age 70, and 90% now had high blood pressure. But there is something that you can do now to stop the cascading events that occur in the body and lead to disease. You can change your diet and begin safeguarding your health for the future.

The protein available in a diet of whole grains, legumes, fruit and beans, and red, yellow and green vegetables is adequate to nourish even professional champion athletes such as those who compete in the iron man races, professional football, mixed marshal arts, track and field. Avoid protein drinks. The extra protein is truly unnecessary and has the potential for harm if it contains animal protein.

Calcium supplementation is unnecessary. There is more than adequate calcium in a plant- based diet of whole grains, legumes and grains and especially the green leafy vegetables.

Take Vitamin B-12. If eating copious amounts of leafy green vegetables, a multi vitamin is unnecessary. Have blood tested for Vitamin D level and supplement as appropriate to maintain blood level in the low normal range.

Fish oil is not essential. Fish get their omega 3 from plants. It is difficult to be deficient in Omega 3 if eating 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed meal or chia seeds and green leafy vegetables at several meals. There is also research that suggests that those on plant based nutrition become highly efficient in their own manufacture of omega 3. Patients on fish oil are also at increased risk for bleeding, and studies now indicate they are of no benefit for heart disease patients.

Flax seed meal is well tolerated and supplies a bonus of omega 3 using 1 or 2 tablespoons on cereal daily. Avoid flax seed oil.

Avoid oils. They injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. All oil is also empty calories.

As nuts are a rich source of saturated fats, my preference is no nuts for heart disease patients. That also eliminates peanuts and peanut butter even though peanuts are officially a legume. For those with established heart disease to add more saturated fat that is in nuts is inappropriate. For people with no heart disease who want to eat nuts and avocado and are able to achieve a cholesterol of 150 and LDL of 80 or under without cholesterol lowering drugs, some nuts and avocado are acceptable. Chestnuts are the one nut, very low in fat, it is okay to eat.

Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc.) Are seeds ok to eat?
1 -2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or chia seeds daily for omega 3 are appropriate for everyone to eat including heart patients, if they wish. Some seeds baked in bread or crackers is acceptable. Just don’t eat handfuls.

Coconut water is 8% saturated fat and about 50% sugar. So save your money and don’t use it.

Statins are not the reason that cultures such as the Tarhumara and the Papua Highlanders do not have cardiovascular disease. Statins appear to have modest benefit in primary prevention but are of some help in slowing disease progression for those who already have an established diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Clearly though, some of our most profound successes in arresting and reversing disease were with patients who either refused or were incapable of taking statins. Nothing is as powerful for the prevention of cardiovascular disease as plant based nutrition.

Do not juice. Fructose separated from fiber is too rapidly absorbed and injurious. You lose the benefits of fiber best obtained eating the fruit. Chew your food.

Drinking fruit juice is like pouring the sugar bowl down your throat. It is fine to eat the whole fruit. Do not drink the juice.

Avoid smoothies. The fiber is so finely pureed and rapidly swallowed without the benefits of mixing with helpful bacteria in the mouth. The sugar is separated from the fiber of the fruit, bypasses salivary digestion and results in a surge of glucose. The fructose enhances inflammation, hypertension and endothelial injury. Chew your food.

Reducing Medical Costs Stop PSA testing for prostate cancer. Stop surgery for prostate cancer... Earnestly promote clean habits and exercise... Treat elevated blood pressure only after it is sustained for months at 160/100 mmHg or greater. Use a simple diuretic, chlorthalidone, when blood pressure needs to be lowered (to no less than 140/90 mmHg with medication)... Limit use of statins to people at high risk of heart disease—not simply to treat cholesterol numbers... Cholesterol-lowering Statins Weaken Muscles and Cause Falls... Osteoporosis Drugs May Cause Esophageal Cancer

McDougall newsletter, success story:

Since September 1, 2013, I’ve been 99.9% compliant with the diet. Almost everything the diet promises has already happened in 14 months. I eat all I want, and surprise people by the sheer volume of food I consume! I’m no longer afraid of carbs, and home, not restaurants, is the best place to eat. I’ve thrown away all supplements, and reduced medications. My weight has come down to 120 lbs., without dieting, and my total cholesterol is 123mg/dl (down from an all-time high of 345mg/dl) the lowest it’s ever been in my life. Blood pressure is a non-issue. Sleep apnea has disappeared. Depression is much improved. I have more energy and sleep better. The afternoon slump is gone. I no longer keep magazines next to the toilet because, although I’m there frequently, I’m never there long enough to read! I have all new, little clothes. It’s sooooo much easier to get on and off my horse, and she’s sooooo grateful that I’ve taken such a load off her back! Although I still have some angina when my heart rate elevates, it has greatly improved. I look forward to the day when I can hike briskly for an hour, up a mountain trail, pain free. That’s my goal.

In order to strengthen my resolve and hang tight to all these wonderful gains, I knew I needed to stay focused on this new life, free myself of the pleasure trap (thanks Dr. Lisle), break the food addiction (thanks Dr. Barnard), keep cooking and eating carbs (thanks Dr. McDougall), and remember that moderation kills (thanks, Dr. Esselstyn.) So, I read Dr. McDougall’s newsletter every month, watch McDougall Moments twice a week, and read every book I can get my hands on. I found some other ways to stay focused, too... In October I began Dr. Campbell’s Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition course on-line through eCornell.

McDougal Newsletter Over-treat Your Blood Pressure and You Could Die Sooner: If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may insist that your blood pressure must be lowered all the way to “normal” (110/70 mmHg* or less) – but he’s dead wrong. And no matter how much the pharmaceutical companies protest with their billions of dollars of marketing money for research and advertising, over-treatment of your hypertension increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and early death. .. Faced with these numbers you might think again. Or better yet you might decide that a change in diet and lifestyle, which costs nothing, with no side effects and far greater benefits, might be well worth all your efforts (especially since you now realize you are not going to be saved by the pharmaceutical industry).

Boost Healthy Gut Bacteria With Plant-base Foods.

Foods that fight depression Depression can aggravate other chronic illnesses as well, like diabetes and heart disease. We know that plant-based diets prevent and even treat these chronic illnesses, but can they also improve mood? Our recent study published in the March/April issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion demonstrates how a plant-based nutrition program improves not only depression, but anxiety, fatigue, productivity, and other markers of well-being.

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure With Diet, Not Drugs Looking at the research:

Eating more whole grains could save 1.7 millions lives.
Eating more vegetables could save 1.8 million lives.
Eating more nuts and seeds could save 2.5 million lives.
Eating more fruit could save 4.9 million lives.

High blood pressure is not a natural, inevitable consequence of getting older. Researchers found that whole groups of people who ate a diet centered around whole plant foods experienced lower blood pressures as they aged. What else did they find in these populations? They also had no heart disease.

Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us Comparing coal, oil, and gas addiction to the last generation's effort to kick the tobacco habit, doctors say that quitting would be the best thing humanity can do for its long-term health

American Bellies Are Getting Bigger: You Won't Believe Why: Common wisdom holds that Americans are eating too much and not exercising enough. Actually, it's more complicated. September 22, 2014 | "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... The CDC researchers cited sleep deprivation as a possible culprit. Possibly, not getting enough sleep alters brain patterns that prevent a person from feeling full after eating. According to the Havard School of Public Health, a growing body of research has accumulated which supports the idea that sleep and weight are related.... The CDC researchers also pointed to overmedication and endocrine disruptors as possible suspects in the growing waistline epidemic. Endrocrine disrupters are chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives in products plastic bottles, food cans, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and certain pesticides."

5 Unhealthy Foods Engineered to Be Addictive Food scientists use dangerous chemicals to make you eat -- and buy -- more junk food. by Martha Rosenberg.
Salt Is Not the Enemy. Guess What Actually Ruins Your Health Instead? Sugar.

7 of the most addictive foods pizza, chocolate, potato chips, fries, cookies, cakes, ice cream, cheeseburger, soda. Yes, food addiction is real. Studies have found that food addicts and drug addicts experience similar feelings of euphoria (and corresponding crashes.)

Fed Up the movie sugar and obesity


Coffee

5 health benefits of coffee

McDougal Newsletter Coffee Damages Artery Function – Another Mechanism for Heart Disease: Chronic coffee consumption has a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness and wave reflections by Charalambos Vlachopoulos in the June 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found, “Chronic coffee consumption exerts a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness and wave reflections, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

This study shows that coffee causes its ill effects by impairing the function of the arteries, which increases the risk that these blood channels supplying the heart muscle will be compromised, leading to a heart attack... The results of studies on the effects of coffee drinking on the risk of death from heart disease are conflicting; however, the evidence seems to indicate that at high levels of consumption this popular drug is detrimental. Besides the manner of harm found in this study, other mechanisms may account for more heart disease in coffee drinkers.

There are two substances found in coffee beans, cafestol and kahweol, which raise total cholesterol, “bad” LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.2 On average, cholesterol is increased by 10%; but very potent boiled coffee can raise total cholesterol by as much as 23% (that could mean a 50 mg/dl increase for someone starting with an average cholesterol of 210 mg/dl). Triglycerides may be increased by a similar amount.

Coffee will raise the systolic blood pressure (top number) by 5 to 15 mmHg and the diastolic (bottom number) by 5 to 10 mmHg.3 People who are heavy coffee drinkers may also have a tendency to abuse themselves in other ways, such as consuming more heart damaging, high-fat, high-cholesterol foods... Coffee drinking rightly deserves its reputation as “a bad habit.”

1) Vlachopoulos C, Panagiotakos D, Ioakeimidis N, Dima I, Stefanadis C. Chronic coffee consumption has a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness and wave reflections. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jun;81(6):1307-12...

2) Urgert R, Katan MB. The cholesterol-raising factor from coffee beans. Annu Rev Nutr. 1997;17:305-24...

3) James JE. . Critical review of dietary caffeine and blood pressure: a relationship that should be taken more seriously. Psychosom Med. 2004 Jan-Feb;66(1):63-71.

McDougal Newsletter Coffee - Pleasure or Pain: Of the world’s population, 80% consumes caffeinated beverages – Coffee is the most widely consumed of all these stimulating drinks. The user is seeking enhancements in mood, mental performance, and physical activity. (Starbucks’ popularity can be directly tied to the potency of their brew – 550 mg of caffeine per Coffee Grande.) Within minutes of that first morning cup, people become keener, more alert, and wide awake. Not only is the mind awakened but so are the bowels – a cup of coffee starts the day right with a vigorous elimination. For some people, coffee serves as a weight loss aid by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism (burning calories). If not for the side effects, this might be the ideal legal, mind-altering, drug.

But, as with all drugs, there are prices to be paid... Raise Your Cholesterol by 10%: Coffee contains several hundred different substances (in addition to well-known caffeine) and many of these have powerful pharmacological effects on the human body. Two cholesterol-raising substances – cafestol and kahweol – are found in coffee beans. Not only do they raise total cholesterol, but also “bad” LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, too.1 On average, cholesterol is increased by 10%; but very potent boiled coffee can raise total cholesterol by as much as 23% (that could mean a 50 mg/dl increase for someone starting with an average cholesterol of 210 mg/dl). Triglycerides may be increased by a similar amount... The overall effect of elevated cholesterol could be a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Heavy consumption – greater than 4 to 9 cups of regular coffee a day – does appear to actually translate into an increased risk of heart attacks. In relevant numbers, a 10% increase in cholesterol could boost your risk of death from heart disease by 20% to 30%. Considering, that cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) accomplish about a 10% reduction in cholesterol; you may decide to stop this daily drink, rather than start daily drugs... Fortunately, these substances lose their potency when poured through a paper filter. Most coffeemakers in use today drip water through coffee grounds held by a filter. The paper effectively traps the cafestol and kahweol; and as a result, a person’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels are little affected by this filtered beverage. Instant coffee is almost devoid of cafestol and kahweol, and would also be a good choice for someone only concerned about the cholesterol-raising effects of coffee.


Weight Loss

For maximum weight loss, focus on squash, potatoes, yams, corn, green and yellow vegetables like onions, carrots, lettuce, wax beans, green beans, zucchini.

Record your food intake... "the more you stay aware of what you eat, the more weight you will lose" (149).

Reading labels... Your choices at the grocery store are going to either make or break your mindless habits during the rest of the week.

12 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

Have you adopted a vegan or plant-based diet in hopes of losing weight, but the pounds refuse to budge?

Or worse, maybe you GAINED weight?

You're not alone!

While you may not be eating the Standard American Diet anymore, a vegan/plant-based diet has its traps too.

Here are 12 culprits that will keep you from losing weight:

Oil - If you're not oil-free, that's your #1 culprit. Even if you think you're oil-free, make sure you really are. It's shocking how often oil sneaks into foods, like non-dairy milk and mustard!

Alcohol - The second biggest culprit, especially if you're drinking wine, beer, or alcohol with mixers. If you're drinking booze, your body can't burn fat or other calories.

High-Fat Plant Foods - Tofu, tempeh, avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut milk, coconut, nut butters, chocolate, and olives are high in fat. "The fat you eat is the fat you wear." - Dr. McDougall

Liquid calories - Smoothies and shakes don't provide the same satiety as chewed whole foods. They also skip an important step of the digesting process -- chewing. You'll eat less if you chew.

You're Counting Calories - Intuitively you know 100 calories of carrot cake isn't the same as 100 calories of carrots. So why do we keep plugging them into the same math formula? Why do we expect our bodies to treat them the same? You wouldn't mop the floor with a muddy rag assuming just because it's a rag it'll get the job done, right?

Convenience Foods - Vegan substitutes like faux meats and cheese are not healthy. Your body knows what to do with peas and soy beans, but not weird lab creations from pea proteins, and soy byproducts.

Eating Out - Even if you're ordering a vegan meal, most restaurants overload their food with salt, sugar and oil; a killer combo that makes you overeat AND gain weight.

Coffee - Sugar and creamer (even vegan creamers) can turn a latte into a hot, drinkable candy bar. Drink it black or with a little almond milk.

* Salt - Eating salt won't make you gain weight, but it will make you retain more water, which shows up on the scale.

Fiber-Broken Foods - Make sure you're buying 100% whole-wheat (or gluten-free) and oil-free breads, pastas, and crackers, and use them to accent your diet. Don't make them a staple or a snack.

Dried fruits - Dried fruits are very calorically dense and not satiating. They are also often coated with sugar and oil.

Mindless eating - Keep a journal to see how much you really eat in a day. You'll be surprised to see how much food sneaks in -- tastes while cooking, candy jar at the office. It can be a huge culprit!

Eating all day - There's an increasing amount of research suggesting a shorter eating window is better for weight-loss. Instead of eating from 6am to 8pm, try 8am to 6pm.

Summary: Weight gain (or lack of weight-loss) hinges on diet more than anything.

You can't exercise off a bad diet.

You also can't expect your body to run correctly without the perfect fuel. It's a little like your car in that way.

5 Teas That Melt Fat White tea, Barberry, Pu-erh, Oolong, and Rooibos (red tea from S. Africa)

McDougal Newsletter encourage frequent eating with snacks provided all day long. People who eat frequently (graze) lose weight more effectively than those who eat less often (gorge)...

Why Am I Hungry Even Though I Just Ate? salt and sugar send messages to your pleasure center telling you to eat more; sugar cancels leptin which tells you that you are full; if you choose whole foods instead of packaged ones, you'll be content longer; thirst can masquerade as hunger; if you are hungry in the evening, the cause may be that you didn't have enough for breakfast; food ads will cause you to be hungry, even if you are full, turn of the TV and eat mindfully. Slow down when eating; it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full.

Discover The DARK Side of Soy… PROVEN To Age You Faster, Increase Belly Fat And Disrupt Your Hormones

Soy Danger #1:

Hidden Toxins That Make You Store MORE Belly Fat

High Carb Low Fat [HCLF] refinement of WFPB diet

Cronometer

Video: What I Eat in a Day - VEGAN NUTRITION on Cronometer

*Video: How to Lose Weight - Vegan HCLF Jeff Nelson. High Carb Low Fat--calorie density is the key

No animal products, no oil, no flour [bread, pasta, et al.], no processed foods, no overt fats [nuts, seeds, avocados, no soy or soy products, no olives]. High fat foods are easily stored as fat, so avoid them.

No starchy vegetables--the key to weight loss. 100 calories per pound. 1/3 of your plate should be starchy vegetables. the rest should be non-starchy vegetables.

Non-starchy vegetables are typically flowering parts of the plant:

Lettuce,
asparagus,
broccoli,
cauliflower,
cucumber,
spinach,
mushrooms,
onions,
peppers
tomatoes

examples of starchy vegetables:

Corn,
peas,
parsnips,
potatoes,
pumpkin,
squash,
zucchini and
yams

CALORIE DENSITY
WEIGHT LOSS KEY

EAT
Calories
Per Pound">

100 kcal. - Vegetables [non-starchy]
300 kcal. - Fruit [limit to 2/day]
400 kcal. - Potato, Corn, Squash, Oats
500 kcal. - Whole grains, Rice, WWPasta
600 kcal. - Beans, legumes


AVOID

750 kcal. - Avocados
1200 kcal. - Ice cream
1400 kcal. - Bread/wraps/bagels
1600 kcal. - Cheese, Dry Cereal
1800 kcal. - Sugar, Crackers, Popcorn
2500 kcal. - Chocolate
2800 kcal. - Nuts, seeds, butters, tahini
4000 kcal. - All Oils, Oil-popped Popcorn

Jeff Novick [vegan dietition]--Sequencing meals. Start with salad and raw veg's. Then you have the entree after you have filled up to certain degree.

Video: What I Eat In A Day | Vegan HCLF Jeff Nelson.

Starchy Vs Nonstarchy Vegetables


Salt

WebMD: Salt is a major culprit in depriving the body of calcium. The more salt you eat, the more calcium gets carried away by urine. Sticking to a low-salt diet can help you keep more calcium to strengthen your bones.

Salt Shockers Slideshow: High-Sodium Surprises U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day: about 1 teaspoon of table salt. And half of Americans should drop to 1,500 milligrams a day.

You may be surprised by some of the foods that are high in sodium. Frozen dinners, ready-to-eat cereals, veg. juices, canned vegetables (Tips: Rinse vegetables thoroughly, or buy canned ones labeled "no salt added" or "low sodium." Or check the freezer section, where you may have more luck finding an unsalted choice),

packaged deli meats, soups, marinades and seasonings (Notoriously high-sodium items include Teriyaki sauce (1 tablespoon) which can have 690 milligrams of sodium, and soy sauce (1 tablespoon), which may have up to 1,024 milligrams of sodium... Tips: Even "lower-sodium" soy sauce can have a lot of sodium, so use sparingly. Go for vinegar and lemon juice to enhance flavor, since they naturally have less sodium. Try orange or pineapple juice as a base for meat marinades.),

spaghetti sauce (Half a cup of spaghetti sauce may pack 554 milligrams of sodium, and that amount barely coats a helping of pasta. Tip: Look for "no salt added" versions),

nuts, salty snacks ( in an average 1-ounce serving: Potato chips:136 milligrams; Cheese puffs: 240 milligrams; Pretzels: 385 milligrams),

Pre-Packaged Products (Foods such as rice, potatoes, and pasta in their natural forms are naturally low in sodium. But if you get the convenient "all-in-one" box and add the flavor packet, you may end up eating more than half of your daily allowance of sodium in just one serving),

Condiments (Ketchup (1 tablespoon) = 167 milligrams; Sweet relish (1 tablespoon) = 122 milligrams; Capers (1 tablespoon) = 252 milligrams (drained) Tip: Go for low-sodium or sodium-free condiments),

Watch the Serving Size (The sodium content listed on a nutritional label isn't for the whole package. It's just for one serving. So check the label for the serving size),

Check Your Medicine Cabinet (Surprise! Some headache or heartburn medicines can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. Read the ingredient list and warning statement to be sure).

Track Your Sodium---Don't know how much sodium you're getting every day? Keep a daily tally of the foods you eat and drink. Then calculate how much sodium is in each.

High salt diet mediates the skin immune response Salt in our diet has been linked with all sorts of nasty side effects such as hypertension and autoimmune disease. Researchers from Germany, though, wondered how Na+ in our diet may be affecting the skin microbiome, especially during infection. Our skin is an important physiological barrier between our body and our microbiome, and because it is partially covered in organisms whenever we get a cut we are at risk for infection. Fortunately our skin is actually loaded with immune cells that help destroy any of these organisms that may cause harm, and they mitigate the risk for infection. The German researchers recently discovered that Na+ in our skin may actually be critical for our body to properly fight these infections... This study shows an unexpected benefit to salt in the diet. Interestingly, the salt content of our skin increases with age. While this process has been linked to hypertension, perhaps it also helps fight bed sore infections and other types of skin infections that primarily afflict the elderly.


Oil and Fat

Avoid oils. They injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. All oil is also empty calories (Dr. Esselstyn).

NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. Both the mono unsaturated and saturated fat contained in oils is harmful to the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. It doesn’t matter whether it’s olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil, canola oil, or any other kind. Avoid ALL oil (Dr. Esselstyn).

I Should Use Coconut Oil, Right? Dr. Esselstyn’s mantra is “NO OIL!” How can he be so emphatic? Could it be that vegetable oils have absolutely no: fiber, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, or essential fats? Is it possible that a lot of calories and an abundance of saturated fat lurk in the fatty “healing elixir?” Maybe it’s because oil injures the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, the ‘gateway to vascular disease.’

Is Coconut Oil Healthy or Hazardous? Oil and fat are oil and fat.


Eggs

Lurking Beneath the Shell: Health Concerns with Eggs There are many reasons to eliminate eggs from your diet. Recent studies suggest that egg consumption can cause heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer

Eggs have zero dietary fiber, and more than 60 percent of their calories are from fat—-a large portion of which is saturated fat. An average-sized egg also contains an unhealthful 186 milligrams of cholesterol. To put this amount in perspective, those with high cholesterol, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease are advised to limit their daily intake to less than 200 milligrams. But any dietary cholesterol is unnecessary, as our bodies already produce more than enough for our needs.

A 2011 Harvard study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that eating eggs is linked to developing prostate cancer. By consuming 2.5 eggs per week, men increased their risk for a lethal form of prostate cancer by 81 percent, compared with men who consumed less than half an egg per week.

Researchers found that those who consumed the most eggs increased their risk for cardiovascular disease by 19 percent, and for those who already had diabetes, their risk for developing heart disease spiked to 83 percent.

Eggs are included in recipes for binding, leavening, and adding moisture. However, there are many simple replacements, such as ground flaxseeds or applesauce, which allow for fully enjoying favorite foods while avoiding possible health risks. Products like tofu and beans can even take the place of eggs, making tofu scramble or garbanzo bean eggless salad.


Veganism

T. Colin Campbell much on all aspects of veganism

The Day My Food World Turned Upside Down: My Plant-Based Journey Then, about three years ago, a friend told me about the documentary Forks Over Knives. I watched it alone one night, and for 96 minutes every truth I thought I knew about food and health unraveled. It gutted me on a physical and emotional level. One idea in particular shocked me: the revelation that we don’t actually need animal protein to be healthy. I was floored.

And yet it was just the beginning. I learned that not only was it unnecessary, but a diet based on animal products could be harmful, associated with higher rates of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

I felt betrayed by the misinformation I’d been fed — literally — for my entire life. I thought about how I’d been unknowingly urging these unhealthy foods upon my family for years, and I couldn’t wait for my husband, Jim, to see the film. Both of us have heart disease and cancer in our families, and I felt an urgency to share what I’d learned with him. My pulse was racing as we watched it together, Jim in complete silence the whole time. The stakes were so high, I felt, because it had literally changed the bedrock of my personal values, and I hoped that the information would hit him just as strongly.

After the film ended, we walked to our kitchen and without missing a beat, Jim said, “We have to get rid of animals products in our home.”

My Plate, My Planet an open letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Agriculture, pleading with them to give up promoting meat and dairy.

Famous Vegans: John A. McDougall, M.D.

Veganism in a Nutshell Almost all foods except for alcohol, sugar, and fats provide some protein. Vegan sources include: lentils, chickpeas, tofu, peas, peanut butter, soy milk, almonds, spinach, rice, whole wheat bread, potatoes, broccoli, kale...

Fat: Vegan diets are free of cholesterol and are generally low in saturated fat. Thus eating a vegan diet makes it easy to conform to recommendations given to reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. High-fat foods, which should be used sparingly, include oils, margarine, nuts, nut butters, seed butters, avocado, and coconut.

When Eating Out Try These Foods: Pizza without cheese, Chinese moo shu vegetables, Indian curries and dal, eggplant dishes without the cheese, bean tacos without the lard and cheese (available from Taco Bell and other Mexican restaurants), Middle Eastern hummus and tabouli, Ethiopian injera (flat bread) and lentil stew, Thai vegetable curries...

Food Matters

VegNews vegan

One Green Planet great against meat

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals

Evolve! We may look different, but in our capacity to suffer we are all the same. Veganism.

5 Reasons I’m Glad to Be Vegan no fecal matter, etc.

Vegan for Life review

Vegan Health

Why Being the Lone Vegan Makes You a Power Player You have more influence than you know. Whether they know it or not, you are normalizing veganism in your community—its definition, existence, its feasibility, and its “face.” Your purchases influence the market and make vegan products more affordable and available.

Why Vegan?

Great Vegan Athletes

My Dog is a 55lb Pitbull… And He’s Vegan!

How olives changed the world

Eco-Vegan Gal

Animal Equality


Soy

Discover The DARK Side of Soy… PROVEN To Age You Faster, Increase Belly Fat And Disrupt Your Hormones

Soy Danger #1:

Hidden Toxins That Make You Store MORE Belly Fat

EVERY living organism in nature has some sort of defense mechanism.

While animals use obvious weapons like claws and teeth to survive, certain plants like soy use special toxins that are linked to several health problems, which can potentially screw up your hormones.

Here are 6 examples…

Natural toxins: Impair your digestive system.

Phytates: Prevent you from absorbing certain minerals.

Enzyme inhibitors: Hinder protein digestion.

Goitrogens: Interfere with your thyroid function and metabolism.

Phytoestrogens (Isoflavones): Genistein and daidzein, which mimic the fat storing hormone estrogen. They're also shown to increase your risks of hypothyroidism by 3 fold.

Now you can probably see why Asians have been using a process called "fermentation" for years now. It gets rid of most of the anti-nutrients, allergens and hormone-disrupting compounds found in raw soy beans.

But in North America, no one seems to care! And companies carelessly put hormone-disrupting raw soy in soymilk, soybean oil, soy patties and tofu – which increases fat storage, drains your energy, and HARMS your body.

Soy Danger #2:

Genetic Modification That DESTROYS Your Digestive Health & Immune System

What you may, or may NOT know, is that 93% of the soy grown in the US has been genetically modified by the food giant Monsanto.

You might be downplaying this like it's no big deal, but researchers have discovered that the Bt toxin inside GMO soy that's supposed to repel bugs accumulates inside your gut, slowly leaching TOXIC pesticides into your body.

Soy Danger #3:

Heavy Chemical Processing That Harms Your Body and Ages You FASTER...

Soybean oil, soy protein and other popular forms that are touted as "healthy" are all heavily processed, which presents ALL kinds of problems.

Haemaggluttin: Causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen uptake and growth.


Gut Flora

Boost Healthy Gut Bacteria With Plant-base Foods.

Gut Flora Gut microorganisms benefit the host by gleaning the energy from the fermentation of undigested carbohydrates and the subsequent absorption of short-chain fatty acids. The most important of these fatty acids are butyrates, metabolised by the colonic epithelium; propionates by the liver; and acetates by the muscle tissue. Intestinal bacteria also play a role in synthesizing vitamin B and vitamin K as well as metabolising bile acids, sterols and xenobiotics.

The human body carries about 100 trillion microorganisms in its intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body. The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ, leading some to liken gut bacteria to a "forgotten" organ. It is estimated that these gut flora have around a hundred times as many genes in aggregate as there are in the human genome

What Is Your Gut Telling You? Ongoing research reveals that people with certain diseases often have a very different mix of bacteria in their intestines compared to healthier people.

"If you make a long-term dietary change -- for example from a high-fat, high-sugar diet to a leaner, more high-fiber diet -- it’s possible that you could reshape your microbiome, giving it a healthier profile,” Petrosino says. This could improve immune function, lower inflammation, and lead to overall better health. Not just a healthy diet, he says, but a more varied diet may be key to fostering a diverse and healthy microbiome. Exercise might diversify gut bacteria, too, says a recent study that showed athletes had more varied intestinal microbes than their non-athlete peers.


Prostaglandins

Prostaglandin The prostaglandins (PG) are a group of physiologically active lipid compounds having diverse hormone-like effects in animals. Prostaglandins have been found in almost every tissue in humans and other animals. They are derived enzymatically from fatty acids.

A given prostaglandin may have different and even opposite effects in different tissues. The ability of the same prostaglandin to stimulate a reaction in one tissue and inhibit the same reaction in another tissue is determined by the type of receptor to which the prostaglandin binds. They act as autocrine or paracrine factors with their target cells present in the immediate vicinity of the site of their secretion. Prostaglandins differ from endocrine hormones in that they are not produced at a specific site but in many places throughout the human body.

A given prostaglandin may have different and even opposite effects in different tissues. The ability of the same prostaglandin to stimulate a reaction in one tissue and inhibit the same reaction in another tissue is determined by the type of receptor to which the prostaglandin binds. They act as autocrine or paracrine factors with their target cells present in the immediate vicinity of the site of their secretion. Prostaglandins differ from endocrine hormones in that they are not produced at a specific site but in many places throughout the human body.

Prostaglandin influence on health, role of food and diet Sources: Curcumin is an extract from turmeric. Pomegranate juice. Prostaglandin E1 has been used for the first time in the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

Series 1 prostaglandins are made from gamma linoleic acid (whose parent fatty acid is linoleic acid). This series of prostaglandins relax blood vessels, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve nerve function, regulate calcium metabolism, improve T-cell function, and lastly, prevent the release of something called "arachidonic acid" from cells. Arachidonic acid, or AA, is what Series 2 prostaglandins, or the "bad" prostaglandins, are made from.

Aspirin is a mild prostaglandin inhibitor, another prostaglandin inhibitor is ibuprofen.

Dietary Fats, Prostaglandins The main series 1 eicosanoid belongs to a subgroup of eicosanoids called prostaglandins. It is prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) and has the following positive actions:

Helps remove excess fluids and sodium from the body
Improves circulation
Decreases inflammation
Improves nerve function
"Boosts" the immune system
Regulates calcium metabolism (important in muscular contractions)
Increases protein synthesis in muscle cells
Elevates levels of intramuscular glutamine (good!)
Increases growth hormone secretion
Makes insulin work more effectively

Here's a list of foods providing good sources of these fatty acids. The percentage listed in brackets after the oil, fat or food indicates how much of it's total fatty acid content is the fatty acid in question.

Sources Of Fatty Acids

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA)

Flax Seed Oil (often called Linseed Oil) (50-57%)
Hemp Seed Oil (19%)
Canola Oil (10%)
Soy Bean Oil (5-7%)
Walnuts (3-11% of their oil)
Oil Of Dark Green Leaves (50%) - but the leaves are low in overall fat levels
Pumpkin Seeds (0-15%)
Linoleic Acid (LA)

Safflower Seed Oil (78%)
Sunflower Seed Oil (68%)
Wheat Germ Oil (60%)
Corn Oil (57%)
Hemp Seed Oil (57%)
Soy Bean Oil (53%)
Walnuts (54-62%)
Sesame Oil (43%)
Pumpkin Seeds

Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA)

Borage Oil (23%)
Black Current Seed Oil (15-19%)
Evening Primrose Oil (7-10%)
Hemp Seed Oil (2%)

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

Cod Liver Oil (9%)
Salmon (up to 30% of their oil)
Trout (up to 30% of their oil)
Mackeral (up to 30% of their oil)
Sardines (up to 30% of their oil)

Stearidonic Acid (SDA) (aka Octadecatetraenoic acid)

Black Current Seed Oil (2.4%)
Hemp Seed Oil (1%)

Arachidonic Acid (AA)

Animal Fats
Eggs
Butter
NOT found in Peanut Oil, as some authors have claimed

It's also very important to realize that many dietary, medical and lifestyle factors can influence eicosanoid pathways. For instance:

Alcohol consumption and overeating interfere with D6D action. ( Loss of delta-6-desaturase activity as a key factor in agingDelta-6-desaturase (D6D) levels have been found to fall rapidly in the testes and more slowly in the liver in aging rats. D6D is an enzyme which converts cis-linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Other factors which inhibit D6D activity are diabetes, alcohol and radiation, all of which may be associated with accelerated aging. In meat eaters or omnivores which can acquire arachidonic acid from food, the main consequences of D6D loss will be deficiencies of GLA, dihomogamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) and prostaglandin (PG) E1... Other factors important in regulating D6D and the conversion of GLA to PGE1 are zinc, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, the pineal hormone, melatonin, and possibly vitamin B3. GLA administration to humans has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and to cause clinical improvement in patients with Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma and alcoholism.

Deficiencies of biotin, vitamin E, protein, zinc, B12 and B6 all interfere with the action of D6D and other enzymes involved in eicosanoid production.

Sugar intereferes with the action of the desaturase enzymes.

Mental and physical stress alters eicosanoid formation ratios.

There is some evidence that an excess of oleic acid (found chiefly in olive oil and nuts) may inhibit eicosanoid production

And here are a few things that you may not have control over:

Diabetes, poor pituitary function and low thyroid function (well, you do have some control over these) are all associated with poor D6D action.

Diabetes, protein deficiency and alcohol all inhibit the action of D5D. (Delta-5 and delta-6 desaturases: crucial enzymes in polyunsaturated fatty acid-related pathways with pleiotropic influences in health and disease Alterations of D5D/D6D activity have been associated with several diseases, from metabolic derangements to neuropsychiatric illnesses, from type 2 diabetes to cardiovascular disease, from inflammation to tumorigenesis... )

Aging is accompanied by decreasing desaturase enzyme action. (Fatty acid desaturase A fatty acid desaturase is an enzyme... also known as stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1, is used to synthesize oleic acid, a monounsaturated, ubiquitous component of all cells in the human body... desaturases are required for the synthesis of highly unsaturated fatty acids)

Desaturases: Emerging Models for Understanding Functional Diversification of Diiron-containing Enzymes Desaturase enzymes perform dehydrogenation reactions that result in the introduction of double bonds into fatty acids that are initiated by the energy-demanding abstraction of a hydrogen from a methylene group (1?–3). To achieve this, desaturase enzymes recruit and activate molecular oxygen with the use of an active-site diiron cluster (4). The diiron center is common to a variety of proteins, including methane monooxygenase, ribonucleotide reductase, rubrerythrins, and a variety of oxidase enzymes.

Regulation of membrane fluidity by Lipid Desaturases Saturated fatty acids are known to be the precursors of unsaturated fatty acids in eukaryotes... Fatty acid desaturation... requires oxygen, reduced pyridine nucleotide, and a particulate fraction of yeast homogenate... The major factor affecting the fluidity of membrane lipids in eukaryotes, apart from the presence of cholesterol, is the degree of unsaturation of their fatty acid chains.


Meat

For a summary of all the reasons not to eat meat, see Reasons Not to Eat Meat, Chicken, Fish, and Eggs

Exposed! Beef-Eaters Are Using 160 Times More Land Resources Than Plant-Eaters The High Cost of Animal Products: The data was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious journal with very high standards. Researchers in New York, Israel and Connecticut used extensive databases to compare the land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the U.S. The shocking finding was that beef production required 28, 11, 5 and 6 times more land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and nitrogen than the production of poultry, dairy or eggs.

Dairy production like cheese, which might be viewed as less demanding than meat production, actually was as intensive to the environment as poultry, pork and egg production. Beef required 88 percent of all U.S. land allocated to producing animal-based calories! The authors concluded that “beef is by far the least environmentally efficient animal category.”

The researchers were also able to analyze data for the plant-based staples of potatoes, wheat and rice using the same metrics. Compared to plant food production, beef production required 160, 8, 11 and 19 times as much land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas and nitrogen. Yes, 160 times as much land, or 40 percent of the total land area of the U.S. Poultry, eggs, and dairy required 6 times as much land as the plant-based staples.

the only reasonable response at this time is to reduce or eliminate beef (and other animal based calorie sources) for the sake of the environment. This analysis did not take into account the crucial issue of animal suffering. It also did not investigate the economic and health burden of disease associated with the consumption of animal calorie sources such as coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, hypertension, and cancer.

For those of us who have chosen entirely plant-based diets, we can take comfort that we are using less than one percent of the land requirements of beef eaters and producing far less greenhouse gases at the same time. At the same time, we are maximizing the chances that we will avoid the number one killer in the U.S., heart disease.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment There’s been a lot of buzz in the media lately about the negative impacts that meat production and consumption have on the environment and with good reason. Many issues that our planet currently faces, including increased green house gas emissions and unsustainable water usage to name just a couple, can be tied directly to animal agriculture.

Eating Up the World excellent brochure against eating animals

10 Shocking Environmental Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Putting Meat on Your Plate More than any other industry, animal agriculture has become a leading driver of all these major issues. Producing the incredibly high volume of animal products demanded by our meat-centric diets requires an inordinate amount of land resources and freshwater supplies. On top of this, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases emissions than any other industry, and yet, 850 million people across the world still suffer from lack of food.

Video: Reveals The Hidden Water in Meat and Dairy When you take into account how much water is needed in the meat and dairy industries to grow the feed for animals, hydrate them, and keep both factory farms and slaughter facilities clean, we’re looking at two incredibly thirsty operations... You can save 50,033 gallons of water a year by leaving dairy off the menu. If you swapped meat for a plant-based option, you’re total water savings would be 162,486 gallons.


Links

Doctor Prescribes Plants for Health & Weight Loss Excellent article about WFPB approach

American College of Lifestyle Medicine Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is the use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease... A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated that lifestyle intervention is an essential component in the treatment of chronic disease that can be as effective as medication, but without the risks and unwanted side-effects.

Happy Herbivore

The Campbell Plan videos

Dr. John A. McDougall newsletter

McDougall Education

McDougall on Health

Center for Nutrition Studies T. Colin Campbell

11 Secrets the Food Industry doesn't want you to Know You see, food manufacturers think you're stupid. In fact, their marketing strategies rely on it...

The Truth About the China Study "People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. . . . People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease."

The China Study: Fact or Fallacy? Campbell actually raises a number of points I wholeheartedly agree with—particularly in the “Why Haven’t You Heard This?” section of his book, where he exposes the reality behind Big Pharma and the science industry at large. I admire Campbell’s philosophy towards nutritional research and echo his sentiments about the dangers of scientific reductionism.

American Vegan Society

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM

==> Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Plant-Based Diet Reduces Migraine Pain November 12, 2014. A plant-based diet reduces migraine pain, according to a new study in the Journal of Headache and Pain.

Natural News health, science, self-reliance

CALDWELL B. ESSELSTYN, JR., M.D.: RESPONSE TO THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE “PRIMARY PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE WITH A MEDITERRANEAN DIET”

Physician Profile: John A. McDougall, M.D.: The Luckiest Doctor in the World That turning point came in the early 1970s. As a young internist practicing in Hawaii, Dr. McDougall began to notice that his older Asian patients didn’t have the heart disease, arthritis, and other debilitating conditions their American-born children did.

Vegan Peace

The Lundberg Institute

AMI: American Microbiome Institute Strange Parasitic Microbiome Bacteria May Be Responsible for Inflammatory Diseases

Plan Eat

Forks Over Knives

PETA: Animals Are NOT Ours to Eat, Wear, Experiment on, Use for Entertainment, or Abuse. Free vegan starter kit.

Happy Cow.net/

Vegan Bandit

Plant-based Pharmacist

My Plant-based Family

Plant-based Pharmacist


How

Record your food intake... "the more you stay aware of what you eat, the more weight you will lose" (149).

New Staples:

Pastas: 100% whole wheat pasta; Brown rice pasta

Whole Grains and Legumes: Oatmeal; Brown rice; Purple thai rice; Quinoa; Whole wheat couscous; Beans; Post Grape-Nuts

Breads, Crackers: 100% whole wheat bread, Ezekial 4:9; Whole grain Tortillas, Ezekial 4:9; Baked organic tortilla chips

Baking: 100% whole wheat flour; Applesauce; Raisins; Dates

Roots: Yams; Sweet potatoes; White potatoes; Onions

Dark leafy greens

Tofu

Frozen Foods: Chopped greens; Veg. mixes; Corn; Shelled, organic edamame

Beverages: Water; Alcohol... up to 2 drinks a day... For opimal weight loss, avoid all alcohol.

Reading labels... Your choices at the grocery store are going to either make or break your mindless habits during the rest of the week.

22 Healthy Foods to Stock

1. Staple Vegetables
For vegetables, stock up on carrots, celery, beets, and bell peppers, because they have a better shelf life than other vegetables. You can use them in stews, for making stock, with dips as a snack, and in a lot of other types of recipes.

17. Cooked Beans
Whenever you make a batch of beans, double the recipe so that you have extra to freeze. This cuts down a lot of prep time during the week.

To thaw: remove from the freezer and thaw in the fridge overnight, or run under hot water to use them immediately.

18. Cooked Grains
Just as with beans, grains freeze and reheat beautifully. Store extra cooked rice and quinoa in your fridge and quick meals will be a breeze.

To thaw: remove from the freezer and thaw in the fridge overnight, or steam them to use them immediately. Or place the frozen grains in a bowl, and set into a larger bowl partially filled with very hot water.

19. Frozen Vegetables
Stock up on frozen vegetables like corn, vegetable medleys, edamame, and green peas, and you will always have healthy options when you’re cooking.

21. Garlic and Ginger
Garlic and ginger are excellent to have for flavoring savory dishes, so I store minced garlic and grated ginger in small freezer bags when I have extra. There’s no need to defrost it before using.

22. Corn, Rice, and Wheat Tortillas
These freeze well, and tortillas are endlessly useful when making tacos, wraps, quesadillas, and other handheld meals.

A Guest Post by Dustin Rudolph, the Plant-Based Pharmacist A little over four years ago my eyes were opened to a whole new world. I learned what it really meant to bring others back to an optimal state of health. Not just temporary health, but long term health, where individuals thrive as the years and decades go by. This new world was opened to me when I became aware of the healing powers of a whole foods, plant-based diet. I had read The China Study by the highly respected Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University. As it turned out, food is the best medicine you can give a human being when facing a chronic illness.

I believe now that it should be the first thing taught to all aspiring healthcare practitioners and the primary point emphasized in the treatment of chronic diseases. Food is why we are in this healthcare crisis, and food is also the way out of it. When I finally grasped this concept, my life (and my professional career) forever changed. The idea of food as medicine now serves as the basis of my message to others in their quest for optimal health.

Adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet is the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It will bring about vibrant health, lessen the carbon footprint on the world we live in, and increase the welfare of all living creatures living on this planet. It is truly a win-win-win situation. With that being said, I’m going to ask of you something that no pharmacist has ever asked of you before – please put me out of business by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. You will eliminate and/or reduce the need for medications and live a disease free life in the process.


Liver

THE 9 BEST FLAT-BELLY SUPERFOODS You may think having the “fat genes” means a lean, flat belly is nearly impossible. But the more we learn about fat genes, the more we’re learning the nutritional secrets that can turn them to “off.” This summer, I used this new research to create my Zero Belly Diet and put together a test panel of 500 people to show how it could work. The results: Immediate, shocking transformations—some lost as much as 16 pounds in 14 days—and an average of two dress sizes gone in six weeks!

Zero Belly works in three ways: by reducing bloat, healing your gut and turbocharging your metabolism. These three mechanisms work in tandem to turn off your fat genes—resetting your body to “slender” and helping you lose the weight. The key is to rebalance your diet with the Zero Belly foods. These 9 foods are like delicious little IT geniuses, hacking into your body’s computer system and resetting your genetic code to “slim.”

Z: ZERO BELLY DRINKS
These are smoothies that are supercharged with belly-flattening nutrients. The key: each drink is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here’s a quick recipe I call the Mango Muscle-Up: Mix 1 scoop vegetarian protein powder, 1 cup frozen mango chunks, ½ tbsp almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk. You’ll get 29 grams of protein for just 224 calories!

R: RED FRUITS
Why red? They pack the most phytonutrients—high-powered compounds that make your belly fat see red.

B: BEANS AND OTHER HEALTHY FIBER
You have 80 trillion microbes in your belly, and most of them are angry. Healthy fiber is what we call “prebiotic,” meaning it feeds the healthy bacteria and helps them fight inflammation and fat gain.

E: EXTRA PLANT PROTEIN
I add protein to the ZERO BELLY Drinks to help boost metabolism. But most protein is made from whey, which can lead to bloating. That’s why I use plant protein. This plan reduces bloating dramatically—up to 3 inches off your waistline in the first week.

L: LEAFY GREENS AND BRIGHTLY COLORED VEGETABLES
Leafy greens give you folate, which blocks the genes that trigger fat-cell formation.

Y: YOUR FAVORITE SPICES AND FLAVORS
That means cinnamon, ginger and even dark chocolate. Why chocolate? Your healthy gut bacteria love it!

Zero Belly Fat Before you can reset your metabolism and turn off your fat genes, you need to balance your belly.

The human GI tract contains more than five hundred species of bacteria—trillions of microbes that help to break down food, while also playing a role in knocking off any invading bugs that might be taking a ride on your radicchio. In fact, some of the bacteria in your gut even help ward off the pathogens that cause colds and flus... But when things get out of whack—because of a poor diet or, sometimes, medications like antibiotics and even heartburn remedies—the forces below your navel can turn on you.

Studies show that obese people have higher levels of bad bacteria from the phylum Firmicutes, while lean people have higher levels of good bacteria from the phylum Bacteroidetes... Why do you gain weight when your bacteria are out of whack? Well, some of the bacteria in your gut release toxins, which inflame the GI tract. As long as these bacteria are kept in check, that’s not a problem. But when they begin to overwhelm the better-trained bacteria, you’ve got a midsection mutiny on your hands.

As those toxins begin to cause inflammation in your digestive tract—a condition known as “leaky gut”—the complications can be massive. Essentially, think of your intestinal tract as a fine screen, with little tiny holes through which nutrients can move into the bloodstream from your food. When bacteria get out of whack, they begin to irritate the lining of the intestines, and those holes become larger. Bacteria, food particles, and other nasty things escape your GI tract and get into your bloodstream. These pathogens begin to attack the body and the body fights back. The results: inflammation, weight gain, bloating, and fat genes that rev into the red... On the other hand, when you start to cut out the sugars, preservatives, unhealthy fats, and bloating foods, replace them with ZERO BELLY foods, and allow your gut to begin to heal, you’ll start to see real changes.

According to the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, a healthy bug called L. plantarum, a bacterial strain found in plant-based foods, can decrease bloating, particularly in people with irritable bowel syndrome. It’s found in the highest concentrations in fermented plant foods like sauerkraut and brined olives.

Your body will start creating the fatty acids that shut down your fat genes. Chronic inflammation caused by a leaky gut is one of the most common culprits for the triggering of fat-storage mechanisms and genes connected to metabolic disorders like insulin resistance. In fact, it’s the fatty acid butyrate, produced by healthy bacteria feasting on fiber, that helps to dampen the behavior of genes linked directly to insulin resistance and inflammation. More healthy fiber from the ZERO BELLY foods means healthier bacteria, which means more butyrate and an end to inflammation and diabetes.

5 Health Foods You Should NEVER EAT If You Want to Lose Belly Fat by Dr. Charles Livingston, certified chiropractic physician, certified wellness practitioner, certified advanced nutritionist.

Canned soups with MSG, HFCS (high frustose corn syrup) goes straight to your liver and turns to fat,

BIGGEST FAT_BURNING METHOD: 70% obese.. key to eating some bad foods and still lose weight.. liver breaks down toxic substances, pot belly is from disfunctional liver (no bile to deal with fats), liver also deals with excess estrogen which also causes pot belly & breasts. The key is getting your liver as healthy as possible before beginning a weight loss program.

Liver repairing protocols: LivLean Formula #1. Silybum Marianum seed extract (milk thistle--helps repair liver and treat type 2 diabetes),

selenium (mineral involved in functions of liver, thyroid, immune system, and pancreas. Will boost metabolism and burn fat. SelenoExcell is best form. Jama showed that it decreases cancer 60%.),

Turmeric (1,493 journal articles about benefits),

Artichoke Leaf extract ( used to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, and this is thought to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and alcohol “hangover.” Artichoke is also used for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney problems, anemia, fluid retention (edema), arthritis, bladder infections, and liver problems; also lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar; to increase urine flow; and as a tonic or stimulant),

Burdock root extract (People take burdock to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Burdock is also used for high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), and liver disease),

Yellow Dock root (the root is often used for treating anemia, due to its high level of iron; used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat bacterial infections),

vitamins C, B6 and B12. Also folic acid and

N Acetyl Cysteine (N-acetyl cysteine is used to counteract acetaminophen (Tylenol) and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also used for chest pain (unstable angina), bile duct blockage in infants, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, allergic reactions to the anti-seizure drug phenytoin (Dilantin), and an eye infection called keratoconjunctivitis. It is also used for reducing levels of a type of cholesterol called lipoprotein (a), homocysteine levels (a possible risk factor for heart disease) and the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with serious kidney disease.

Some people use N-acetyl cysteine for chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hay fever, a lung condition called fibrosing alveolitis, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer. It is also used for treating some forms of epilepsy; ear infections; complications of kidney dialysis; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s syndrome; preventing sports injury complications; radiation treatment; increasing immunity to flu and H1N1 (swine) flu; and for detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.

N-acetyl cysteine is also used for preventing alcoholic liver damage; for protecting against environmental pollutants including carbon monoxide, chloroform, urethanes and certain herbicides; for reducing toxicity of ifosfamide and doxorubicin, drugs that are used for cancer treatment; as a hangover remedy; for preventing kidney damage due to certain X-ray dyes; and for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The above combination will cleanse, detoxify, and regenerate your liver.

Complaint Review: : Dr. Charles Livingston - Fat Loss Factor Ordered the online diet which was suppose to have a money back guarantee and personal email from Dr. Livingson, yet when I emailed several times wanting a refund I received no return email.

Customer comment: DR. Charles program does work if you follow his diet plan. He shows you how to lose 10 pounds in a week. A lot of consumer complaints come from either buying a knock-off or boot leg product. And if you follow a fake, you will get no results. A lot of real consumers get real results from following the guidelines of the Fat Loss Factor. I suggest to future consumers that you search for honest reviews before buying the product. The reviews I read before buying the product does tell you that you will be fasting. Another suggestion would be to look at YouTube videos and get real reviews from actual consumers like this one shedandshredit.com/i-need-to-lose-weight-fast/

Is The Fat Loss Factor Program by Dr Charles Livingston a Scam? An Objective Review The program works if followed as per instructions.

Complaint About 2wks afterwards, I started noticing edema in my legs & ankles. It subsided after 2wks but then came back again. I went to see my Dr & brought the supplements with me. After getting the results of my blood tests, he recommended that I stop taking it.

This company is a scam & I think their supplements are actually water pills because of the reaction it had on my body. I'm relatively healthy & in shape individual. I just wanted to use this to enhance my health by detoxing but it had an opposite effect on me.

The Truth Behind Fat Loss Factor Program by Dr. Charles Livingston DO NOT Buy Fat Loss Factor until you read My REVIEW based on Fully Researched Information! Results and USER FEEDBACK...

LivLean Formula #1 Reviews

Perfect Origins Reviews Livlean Formula #1 contains ingredients that they promise are vegetarian and all-natural, including Milk Thistle, Selenium, Turmeric, and Vitamin C; they list the names of several scientific studies they say back up their claims of detoxification/rejuvenation. Perfect Origins insists if you take 2 pills of Livlean Formula #1, your liver will begin to function “normally” again, detoxifying the body.

But, the main question you may be wondering is: will LivLean Formula #1 “detox” your liver? The answer is: no. Consumer Reports did a probing investigation into the question of “cleansing” and concluded “science does not support the idea that… organs are lint traps for toxins and require cleaning.”

Similarly, The Guardian newspaper proclaimed detoxing to be a myth and quoted NHS dietician at St. George’s Hospital in London as saying: “The idea that your liver somehow needs to be ‘cleansed’ is ridiculous.”

Over at HighYa, consumer reviews are mixed on Perfect Origins and their products, with an average of 3.5 stars. Many negative comments say that the pills did not work and they had difficulty getting refunds because the 60 days from order date had expired. Some reviewers mention having side effects of diarrhea, while others reply that this is part of the “cleansing” process.

Customer Comment: Have been taking this product for one and half months, am feeling much better. Finally can sleep and eat better. This product has been an answer to prayer for me... Because of being highly sensitive to stuff, took less then half dose at the start, am now on full dose now and feeling better all the time... Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Customer Comment: Feeling Fantasstic. Go for it and then feel great, look good. I am very happy with this product. Wish I had found it sooner. This company will also answer all your questions immediately. It's Amazing. All I can say is it is surly working for me... Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Reviews Is It Safe? There does not seem to be any complaints regarding safety at this time.

Customer comment: This supplement literally made me GAIN 2+ pounds in a month while I ate super healthy and exercised hard and frequently! !

Customer comment: LivLean lives up to what was marketed to me. I lost weight, I lost belly fat, I feal leaner and I feel better. However, LivLean is too expensive. There is a product named "Liver Support and Detox" by Cultao that has the exact same ingredients at about half the price. It's available on Amazon.com .

Comments on Amz Liver Support from Cultao:
I have been taking it for about a month now -and I have lost considerable weight, and feel much better physically. Less tired and with more energy to do things. I have no real negative comments to add. I recommend it to anyone that wants to start loosing some extra weight and needs to increase their energy levels.

Is this product comparable to Livlean Formula #1?
A: Based on the labels of both products, they appear to have the same ingredients and the same potency.

Let's talk REAL numbers here. I'm very skeptical about supplements, mainly cause I've taken a lot for working out and most are 100% cr@p. Most the stuff you read about supplement, vitamins, etc are junk. But here is the real deal. Let me explain. I have been going to the DR every 6 months since 2009. I get blood tests taken for no other reason but being on BP and Cholesterol medication. Dr wants to make sure that all organs are safe, etc.. So here's the deal....... my AST since September 2013 is anywhere between 54 and 64. My ALT was between 113 and 161. (Look up the safe figures on google.) So yeah, pretty elevated in the ALT area. I decided to give this supplement a try figuring it could only help... So I bought it. I went to the DR 4 months later (yes, 4 months) and got another blood panel after taking this supplement most days, not daily. I also took it the day before my visit and wanted to see what the results showed.... SO my AST = 35 and ALT = 102. That's a big drop considering last test for ALT was 161. Does it work...? It appears so, I mean the numbers don't lie. I will continue taking this supplement and charting my progress. I can only hope that it get's better. Hope this helps you. (ALT=Alanine transaminase (ALT) is an enzyme found in the highest amounts in the liver. Injury to the liver results in release of the substance into the blood. . AST= (aspartate aminotransferase) is an enzyme found in high amounts in liver, heart, and muscle cells. It is also found in lesser amounts in other tissues. This test is mainly done along with other tests (such as ALT, ALP, and bilirubin) to diagnose and monitor liver disease.)

Liver Support by Cultao order Amz.

Premium Liver Support & Detox Cleanse Supplements w/ Milk Thistle, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Turmeric Root Extract, Dandelion Root Extract, Vitamin C & B And More -... from CulTao $33.95 at Amazon for bottle of 60 capsules. Exact same ingredients, including SelenoExcell.
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Save the Earth

Join One Green Planet’s ‘Eat for the Planet’ Movement! As the largest independent green site on the Internet with the largest vegan recipe database, One Green Planet is the leading voice in the sustainable food space. Using this authority, the #EatForThePlanet campaign aims to inspire the public to take control of the damage being caused by animal agriculture, and show them how the fork can be an incredibly effective tool in the fight against climate change... the real war against climate change is being fought on our plates... It’s time for us to recognize that animal agriculture is the leading cause of the climate crisis and exercise our power to be a part of the solution with every food choice we make.

If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.

If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.

For a lot on the environment, see Environment and Environmental Issues.


Dairy

Got a Prostate? Ditch the Dairy. This isn’t the first study that links dairy products with prostate cancer. Research published in 2013 shows that eating dairy products results in a 12 percent increased chance of developing prostate cancer. With dairy consumption linked to both prostate cancer and reduced odds of survival after diagnosis, dropping dairy products from your diet is the safest bet.

Dairy Causes Cancer read Campbell, T. Colin. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. NY: BenBella, 2006. Most important study ever done on nutrition and health. It is criminal that doctors are not taught this and tell their patients.

Dr. Campbell did extensive research on casein [the protein in milk]. When he fed casein to rats they got cancer. When he withheld casein, their cancer went away. It's all in the book. Read the book.


REFERENCES

Campbell, T. Colin. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. NY: BenBella, 2006. Most important study ever done on nutrition and health. It is criminal that doctors are not taught this and tell their patients.

Campbell, Thomas, and T. Colin Campbell. The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study's Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Rodale Books, 2015. "goes beyond the why and shows readers how to make the transition - and enjoy the journey - with practical guidance and a simple plan to make a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle easy and sustainable."

Esselstyn, Caldwell B. Jr.. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. NY: Avery, 2008. (We talked by phone-basing regimen on this). Requires very strict regimen, but would you rather have heart disease and die? This book is the best of the best.

McDougall, John A. The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss. NY: Dutton, 1994. Similar story but very inspiring. By the son, also a physician.

-----. The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart. NY: Plume, 1998. Same as Esselstyn but fewer details.

McDougall, John A. and Mary. The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! Rodale Books; Reprint edition, 2013.

-----. The McDougall Plan. Ingram Book Co., 1983. The original book. The second half is recipes by Mary McDougall. A good summary of WFPB.

Stone, Gene and T. Colin Campbell. Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. The Experiment, 2011. The beginning of a large franchise based on the China Study. Not original research, but good marketing which can change minds.


This Incredible New Jersey Doctor is Using Plant-Based Foods to Treat His Patients In the Western world, the concept of using food as medicine seems strange to many people because we don’t often stop to think about how the food we’re ingesting impacts health and well-being. When we eat a lot of junk food, we know we don’t feel our best, but most of us don’t actually stop to question why things like chips, cookies, and soda make us feel sluggish and what they are doing to our bodies.

Further, when we get sick (sometimes because of the way we eat), we tend to turn too short-term solutions to our symptoms like drugs or antibiotics without really looking at the root of the problem.

This is an issue that Dr. Jon Weiss is very familiar with. Dr. Weiss began his career as an emergency room physician and was taught to treat patients in the traditional symptom-based manner. However, when his 69-year-old father became ill with pancreatic cancer, Weiss’ entire philosophy on medicine changed.

Instead, Weiss buried himself in the library and learned all he could about alternative cures, specifically, he turned to plants. In his undergrad study, Weiss majored in botany and was drawn to the idea that a plant-based diet could improve human health. Using this knowledge, he developed a diet plan for his father that consisted primarily of broccoli, kale, brown rice, seaweed and collard greens.

Building off this experience, Weiss began to incorporate his findings while working as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at New Jersey Medical School. Now, he’s launched a revolutionary practice called Ethos Health that is the only farm-based primary care practice in the country. Unlike other doctor’s offices that are located in industrial complexes, Weiss’ practice is located on 342 acres of rolling farmland in Long Valley, New Jersey.

Ethos helps patients learn how they should select vegetables when they shop to help treat their individual conditions. As an added bonus, patients who come into the office can simply step out back afterwards and purchase farm-fresh crops growing right there!

“I think we are still just scratching the surface in learning how plants can help us avoid some of the chronic illnesses that we see,” Weiss says in Rutgers Today. “There is a great deal we can do to educate our patients about how they can help themselves with diet and exercise.”

So far, Weiss’ patients have experienced amazing results. Many other organizations, including the American Cancer Society assert that a diet rich with fresh fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer and T. Colin Campbell has spent the past 50 years studying the connection between eating plant-based and a reduced risk of cancer. There are many additional lauded benefits of choosing more plant-based foods, including better cardiac health, lower risk of diabetes. A diet heavy in plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to prevent long-term illnesses and improve longevity.

If you want to know more, see One Green Planet--Health Monster

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MARIN VEGETARIAN EDUCATION GROUP Information, Resources, Motivation and Support for Plant-Based Eating.. A Project of the Veg News Network

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Unprocessed

Video: Chef AJ: Are You Ready To Go Unprocessed? Watch her make Smoky Black Bean Soup, Red lentil chili, Quinoa Salad with pistachios and currants (or raisins), Hail to the Kale Salad,

Low sodium tamari or raw coconut aminos. Processed foods are full of fat, sugar and salt. Dr. Goldhammer. There is no oil in nature; it is a highly processed/refined food. Oil is 4000 calories a pound, vegetables are a 100 calories a pound. Uses date paste for sweetener. Soak dates in water or pomegranate juice. 1 lb dates to 1 lb water. Use boiling water. Use food processor with S blade. Puree it. Uses Instant Pot - 6 quart Instant Pot IP-DUO60. 6-In-1 multi-functional cooker (pressure cooker, sauté/browning, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer & warmer). Large, easy to use control panel. 10 built-in smart programs: meat/stew, sauté, poultry, soup, bean/chili, congee, steam, multigrain, rice and slow cook with 3 adjustable modes 10 proven safety mechanisms: UL & ULC certified. Safe; latest 3rd generation technology; convenient and dependable. Delay cooking timer: up to 24-hour; Automatic keep-warm; Manual setting: up to 120 minute cook time; 3 temperatures for sauté/browning and slow cook. 5Qt 3-ply stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steaming rack The Instant Pot Is One Machine That Does the Work of 7 Gadgets - Product Review It cooks meals faster, and offers the option for a delayed programmable start time... Most of all, I love the convenience. I can set it and walk away, and it saves time cooking foods like dried beans, lentils, whole grains, and stew. It's also durable and easy to clean.

Instant Pot comes with an instruction manual and short booklet of recipes. While basic and brief, the instruction manual covers all of Instant Pot's functions, as well as the recommended ratio of ingredients (like grains and dried beans) to water, and the cook times for popular items. The Instant Pot website also offers the digital version of the instruction manual, as well as recipes, benefits of using the appliance, information on cook times, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Instant Pot.com an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Most importantly, Instant Pot cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients.

Hip Pressure Cooking

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Video: Plant-based Diets in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease Brenda Davis

Diet and lifestyle diseases are the number one killer globally. 70% of deaths in the West are caused by diet and lifestyle. An estimated 90% of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and 70% of cancers are entirely preventable. 2011 WHO report: the five lifestyle culprits are an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco.

The best consumer unprocessed, high-fiber plant-based diets and lead physically active lifestyles. These populations are in rural China, South America, and Japan.

Blue Zone Longevity Lifestyle:

1. Eat less. Hara hachi bu - stop eating when you are 80% full.

2. Move more. Be as active as possible in daily activities.

3. Eat primarily unprocessed foods. Minimize intake of packaged foods, fast foods, and fried foods.

4. Eat more plants. Load up on vegetables, fruits, legumes, intact whole grains, nuts and seeds.

5. Eat less meat. Avoid processed meat completely.

6. Eat at home.

Take home idea: the healthiest, longest living populations in the world consume plant-based diets.

Lifestyle Medicine Institute - CHIP The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) - formerly Coronary Health Improvement Project - is an affordable, lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar levels and reduce excess weight. This is done by improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress, thus aiding in preventing and reversing disease.

Date Lady buy date powder and syrup here

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables sustainably harvested and certified organic. Minimum order is $13, Shipping is $7.95.

Benson's Gourmet Seasonings Table Tasty is their salt substitute.

Chipotle People you can get chipotle paste here.

Organic Sunshine Burgers In 1983, Carol started making Sunshine Burgers at home for her children. The recipe was such a success that a small business was born. Since then, Sunshine Burger has been dedicated to offering you delicious, wholesome vegan burgers made with non-GMO, organic whole food ingredients.

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Chef AJ's Healthy Kitchen

Fat Free Vegan Recipes

Healthy Living with Chef AJ - Ep.6 - Classic Diner Foods

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Healthy Living with Chef AJ - Ep.3 - Dr.Esselstyn Jr. & Dr.Campbell

Healthy Living with Chef AJ - Ep.2 - Dr.T. Colin Campbell

Apple Cider Vinegar

Chef AJ takes 1 TBSP with 1 cup hot water every morning.

6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar It is also an ancient folk remedy, claimed to help with all sorts of health problems... This includes weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar is High in Acetic Acid, Which Has Potent Biological Effects

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.

2. Acetic Acid is a Potent Antimicrobial and Can Kill Some Types of Bacteria

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.

Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it

3. Apple Cider Vinegar May Lower Blood Sugar Levels, Which is Very Useful For Diabetics

By far the most successful application of vinegar to date, is in patients with type 2 diabetes.

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.

Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals.

4. There Are Some Studies Showing That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help With Weight Loss

Given that vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight.

Several human studies suggest that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and even lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.

Vinegar along with high-carb meals can increase feelings of fullness and make people eat 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar May Have Some Benefits For Heart Health

Apple cider vinegar may also contain the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, a crucial step in the heart disease process (22, 23).

There are also some studies showing that vinegar reduces blood pressure (a major risk factor) in rats

6. Vinegar May be Protective Against Cancer

The best way to incorporate it into your diet is to use it in your cooking… for salad dressings, mayonnaise and that sort of thing.

Some people also like to dilute it in water and drink it as a beverage. Common dosages range from 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 mL) to 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 mL) per day.

Definitely don’t go above that, because excess consumption may have harmful effects.

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Nutrition in Research - November 2015

Plant-Based Foods Protect Against Depression

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may protect against depression, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.. High consumption of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes had the most protective effect against this condition.

Western Diet Shrinks Area of Brain

A Western diet, high in fat and animal protein causes the hippocampus to shrink, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.

Researchers monitored the diets of 255 participants from the Personality and Total Health Through Life Study and measured the size of the left hippocampal section of the brain. Those who ate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables had a larger hippocampal volume while those who ate a Western diet of processed meats, fried foods, and soft drinks had smaller volumes after a four-year period.

The implications from decreased hippocampus volume include impaired cognitive ability and learning and depression. This study hopes to emphasize dietary interventions as a valid method for to promote cognitive health in advanced age.

Diabetes & Diet

Vegan diets, free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products, contain no cholesterol and less fat and saturated fat, which contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease risk, in addition to diabetes risk.2 Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, making vegan diets the most healthful overall.

A vegan diet may also help with complications associated with diabetes. One that often goes unmentioned is neuropathy, or pain or numbness in the hands and feet through nerve damage caused by diabetes. This pain can cause other complications and severely lower quality of life. A low-fat vegan diet may reduce pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study published in Nutrition & Diabetes.

8 probiotic foods that aren't yogurt fermented vegetables, kombucha (ancient Chinese drink made of sweetened tea that’s been fermented using a colony of bacteria and yeast), sauerkraut, miso soup (made from fermented soybeans. It can contain up to 160 bacteria strains), tempeh (made by fermenting cooked soybeans with a mold)

3 Sometimes Forgotten Reasons Organic Whole Foods Are Better for the Environment Once we started to understand how the plethora of pesticides and other chemicals used to grow food en masse impact not only our own health, but also the health of the planet and animals as well, organic produce became all the more desirable.

1. More Organic Means Less Chemicals in the Ecosystem

2. More Biodiversity

3. Organic Whole Foods Cause Less Waste

The footprint of all the packaging used to make that corn chip, to have the convenience of microwave dinner, causes an almost inconceivable amount of waste. But, organic whole foods just provide some skins or peels, bits, and ends, to throw into a compost bin, which in turn provides us with rich, healthy soil for the next crop to grow in. No waste necessary.

What Are We Exactly Celebrating on Thanksgiving? By Jim Hightower / AlterNet November 25, 2015

We face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture or in exploitative agri-industry.

America certainly has an abundance of food (even though many Americans do not), yet we face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture (emphasis on "culture") or in exploitative agri-industry.

The conglomeratized, Wall Streetized, monopolized, globalized, chemicalized and plasticized model of treating dinner as just another manufactured product is presently dominant. Big Food has gained this control, not because its product is superior, but because, for the past 70 years, the corporate powers have ruthlessly abused their financial, marketing and political muscles to bully and shove aside anyone in their way.

What better symbol of agri-industry's vision of "food" than that ubiquitous Thanksgiving "Butterball" turkey. In a succession of corporate deals, the brand has passed from Swift & Co. to ConAgra to Smithfield Foods and now to the shipping giant Seaboard Inc. Whatever its industrial flag, the Butterball has been hoisted onto our tables by huge advertising budgets and promotion payments to supermarkets. The bird itself has been grotesquely deformed by industrial geneticists to have breasts so ponderous that the turkeys can't walk, stand or even reproduce on their own (thus earning the nickname "dead-end birds"). Adding torture to this intentional deformity, the industry sentences them to dismal lives in tiny confinement cages inside the sprawling steel and concrete animal factories that scar America's rural landscape -- monuments to greed-based corporate "husbandry."

As the eminent farmer-poet-activist Wendell Berry tells us, eating is a profound political act. It lets you and me vote for the Butterball industrial model or choose to go back to the future of agriculture, which is the art and science of cooperating with, rather than overwhelming, nature. That cooperative ethic is the choice of the remarkable Good Food Uprising that has spread across the country in the past 30 years. Now the fastest growing segment of the food economy, it is creating the alternative model of a local, sustainable, small-scale, community-based, organic, humane, healthy, democratic -- and tasty -- food system for all.

Agri-industry doesn't care whether it makes food or widgets, for it's run by people who are dedicated solely to making money. In contrast, those involved in agriculture love what they do and care deeply about making the very best food they can. Their attitude is summed up by Lee Jones, a sustainable farmer in Ohio. Asked what he'd be if he weren't a farmer, Lee replied: "Disappointed."


Coffee

Spotlight on Coffee: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes coffee consumption has been linked to some pretty impressive health benefits over the past few years!

  • A 2009 study linked coffee consumption to a significantly decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • A 2010 study found an inverse relationship between caffeine consumption (via coffee) and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Animal studies also suggest a role for caffeinated coffee in mitigating against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A 2011 study showed a 3 percent reduction in the risk of developing 10 different types of cancer with each cup of coffee consumed per day!
  • In particular, regular coffee consumption is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing lethal prostate cancer – the effects are seen with both regular and decaf!
  • Coffee has also been linked with a decreased risk of liver cancer.
  • Depression risk among women decreases with an increase in caffeinated coffee consumption.

A 2005 study even found that coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants in the American diet! But that probably speaks more to a dearth of fruit and vegetable consumption than the superpowers of coffee.

The 3 main certifications to look for are Rainforest Alliance, Organic, and Fair Trade, but there are also other programs making important strides for human and environmental health. For more information about coffee certification programs, check out this comprehensive guide from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

8 Drinks, Besides Coffee, That’ll Wake You Up But, in the midst of growing up and taking responsibility for our actions, the negative effects of coffee quickly become apparent. In excess, the caffeine can really twist up our cardiovascular system, causing increased irregular heartbeats, anxiety and various other unwanted ailments. As consumers, it takes a very careful eye and easy-flowing source of money to buy coffee responsibly, both from an environmental and human rights standpoint.

But, we love it, and that’s that. And, it’s not all bad. Coffee actually does have significant health benefits, too. Even so, in an ideal world, our general attitude and ability to wake up shouldn’t rely entirely on one beverage. So, what if there weren’t coffee at the ready? How, then, could we wake up?

Hot Chocolate, Chai, Dandelion Root Tea, Kombucha, Mint Tea, Yerba Mate, Black Tea, Green Tea With Citrus, Green tea is just something we should all be drinking. It can help with our teeth, lungs, organs, and immune system. It prevents several types of cancer and cognitive diseases. It also has a little caffeine. With a squeeze of citrus, or vitamin C, some of its antioxidants are seriously strengthened, and the smell of citrus fruit inspires uplifting moods.

Earth is Running Out of Land … Seriously. And It’s Going to Spell Disaster for Our Food System The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures discovered that around one-third of the planet’s arable land (i.e. land that is suited for growing crops, excluding deserts, ice, etc), has been destroyed by erosion or pollution in the past 40 years alone.

According to the to study’s authors, the loss was “catastrophic” and near irreversible without major changes to agricultural practice. Considering 33 percent of land worldwide is occupied with growing livestock feed and another 26 percent is being used to graze animals for consumption … we have to say we absolutely agree with the whole “catastrophic” thing … in fact, that might not even do it justice.

While this news is absolutely ridiculous, the reality is that we can all do something about this, starting today. By shifting our diets away from animal agriculture and towards more plant-based foods, we can redirect enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people.

Eat for the Planet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/ campaign

In the past 40 years, we’ve lost 52 percent of wildlife from the face of the planet; there is currently more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been in the past 800,000 years and our oceans are riddled with over 400 massive dead zones, completely devoid of life due to our pollution. While it may be difficult to fathom the fact that humankind has been responsible for this enormous amount of damage, it is the reality. But what is possibly even more challenging for people to understand is that something as simple as the food choices we make every day can be intrinsically tied to this destruction. Especially, our appetite for meat, dairy and eggs.

70% of global freshwater supplies are used for agriculture.
14.5% of global greenhouse emissions are produced by livestock.
45% of [mostly] arable global land is occupied to raise livestock.
33% of arable global land is used to grow feed for livestock.

These statistics illustrate the devastating use of land resources, freshwater supplies and sheer volume of greenhouse gases produced by the livestock industry, and yet, 850 million people across the world still suffer from lack of food. Not to mention, animal agriculture is also the leading driver of deforestation and habitat loss which has pushed countless endangered species on to the brink of extinction. As our population grows to nine billion by 2050, these percentages are set to grow exponentially.

If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each, redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.

No matter how you look at it, the animal agriculture industry is a losing bet for the environment, animals, and people. It is time that we stop looking for ways to make this archaic industry “less inhumane,” “less environmentally destructive,” and “less unhealthy,” and choose an option that is not “less bad” but undeniably better: plant-based.

Eating for the planet has never been easier … or more delicious. One Green Planet just happens to be home to the largest vegan recipe database on the web – and trust us, once you dive in, you’ll probably ask yourself why you never considered eating plant-based before.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment It takes more than nine times the fossil fuel to produce one calorie of meat than it does one calorie of plant protein.

Agriculture uses 70% of the earth's available fresh water. With one third of that used to produce grain fed to livestock [instead of hungry people].

26% of land worldwide is used for grazing livestock. And 33 percent more is used for growing livestock feed.

51% of global greenhouse gases are due to lifestock.

70% of grain grown in the U.S. is fed to animals in feedlots.

It takes 4.5 pounds of feed to produce just one pound of chicken.

Beef eaters use 160 times more land resources than plant based eaters do.

The EPA estimates that animal agriculture accounts for 50-80 percent of all man-made ammonia volatization in the U.S. [Ammonia gas can be lost from the soil and return to the atmosphere. This is called ammonia volatilization (U. of Missouri). Ammonia volatilization reduces the economic efficiency of agricultural cropping systems (Wikipedia).

Animals raised for food produce approximately 130 times more excrement [poop] than the entire human population.

By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.

Veganism Vegans are vulnerable to deficiencies in vitamins B12 and D, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. But they have higher levels of vitamin B1, folate, vitamins C and E, and magnesium. Vegans need to supplement B12 because there is no reliable source in their diet. But B12 and D deficiencies are common in everyone, not just vegans, and doctors recommend supplementation for older people with all diets because our ability to assimilate vitamins weakens as we age.


Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.

If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?

There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.

The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.

70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.

One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.

In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.

An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.

"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)

The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.

The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.

Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.

The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.

"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].

It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.

An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.

In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.

It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.

Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.

Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.

Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.

Diet and Global Warming If one takes the threat of global warming seriously, the most powerful personal step you can take may well be choosing a vegetarian diet.


Colby Glass, MLIS, Ph.D.c., Professor Emeritus